In April 1987, April Savage and Cathy Miller, two sophomores who lived in the residence halls, wanted to have a national sorority represented at Humboldt State University. They were both very interested in being tied nationally to women throughout North America. A mutual friend suggested that they start their own sorority. They set up a table at Humboldt State University Orientation Program to see if there were other women interested in founding a national sorority. Fourteen amazing woman signed the list to help April and Cathy.
Four women attended April and Cathy's first meeting. Monica Bisbey and Elisa Cobin attended and brought Dena Pulverman and Marlo Heltman with them. Later Judy Gleadhill and Lisa Gardner also joined the group. These eight women eventually founded the Delta Phi Epsilon chapter at Humboldt State University.
With a revised list of all the national sororities the ladies had gotten, April and Cathy sent out letters in hopes of a response. Delta Phi Epsilon was the first sorority to respond to them. These eight ladies were excited, but also cautious, they did not know if they were going to get another response, and they wanted to make the right choice. They got one other response, but the ladies were impressed with DPhiE'S TRIAD.
During the Spring Formal in April of 2017, the Mayor of Arcata said she was beyond impressed with how much the Epsilon Upsilon has done to help the community. She then continued to announced that April 15 is officially Deeper Day in Arcata!
DPhiE's History - Alpha Chapter
On March 17, 1917, five courageous women attending New York University School of Law could not find a membership accepting of all backgrounds. So they formed Delta Phi Epsilon with the purpose of accepting all races and religions–one of the first non-sectarian, social sororities to do so. Our founding sisters are known as the "DIMES"; this is an acronym developed by combining the first initial of each founders first name. These five women dedicated their lives to DPhiE and stayed very involved.
Today, Delta Phi Epsilon heads into our Centennial year. Since our founding nearly 100 years ago, we have grown into a thriving organization with over 67,000 initiated members and chapters located across the United States and Canada.
Our Founding Sisters
Dorothy Cohen Ida Beinstock Minna Goldsmith Eve Effron Sylvia Steireman Schwartzman Landau Mahler Robins Cohn
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