The Gamma Lambda chapter of Phi Mu fraternity celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday and the Panhellenic women’s organization hosted multiple events throughout the weekend, including a ball at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.
Three years of work went into the planning of this weekend’s events. Phi Mu also received a special proclamation from Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt declaring Nov. 14 as Phi Mu Gamma Lambda Chapter Day.
Debra Pickrel is the alumnae chair of the Phi Mu 50th Anniversary Celebration and the president of the Gamma Lambda Chapter Association. She said Phi Mu sets itself apart from other Greek organizations.
“I think that each Greek organization has its own personality so the characteristics of being ambitious, inclusive and spirited, along with our outstanding philanthropic heritage, are what make us unique,” said Pickrel, who authored a commemorative book about UNC’s Phi Mu chapter. “Any organization might pick one of those words, but for us it’s the combination of those descriptors that set us apart.”