Phi Mu has been an institution at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana for the past 56 years. Our Alpha Upsilon Chapter continues to evolve and improve year after year. Not only do we continue to win various awards on campus, but we also excel at academics. We won Sorority of the Year at McNeese in 2015. Our chapter has won the Hera Cup, which is an award for the sorority that accumulates the most points during our Greek Week competitions that consist of intellectual and physical activities, for the past eight years and counting. During our Homecoming celebration, Phi Mu at McNeese was ecstatic to support our beautiful ladies on homecoming court. Five of the seven girls chosen for court proudly represented Phi Mu and our very own Truc Truong, was crowned as the 2015 McNeese Homecoming Queen. In addition to awards we win, our chapter continues to stand out when it comes to academics. The Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Phi Mu strives for success in each and everything we do!
Our chapter also continues to have the highest participation in campus clubs and activities. Phi Mu has five girls on McNeese’s Blue and Gold Peerleader staff. This is a very prestigious honor that allows the girls to work ambassador events around campus as well as summer orientations. We also have women that serve in various executive positions throughout campus. These accomplishments of our members do not go unnoticed on campus. We are extremely proud that this past spring Sara Dupre was crowned as Miss McNeese during Spring Fling Week and having three other sisters to join her on court. Phi Mu has also held the title of Student Union Board’s Krewe de Rowdy Mardi Gras Queen for the past six years. Phi Mu at McNeese State University is still coming out on top in the intramural competitions. We have the reigning volleyball and basketball intramural champions that continue to go to the state competition every year.
Our chapter is very passionate about philanthropy. We were honored by our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals representative with the “CMNH Community Helper Award.” This award is representative of all the hard work we have done in supporting CMNH throughout the year with events such as our annual Man of the Year pageant, the Dragon Race, and the Cutest Kid Contest. Alpha Upsilon not only held events for CMNH, but we also participated in philanthropies for many other service organizations. We partnered with Komen On the Go and held an informational event on campus about breast cancer. Also, we won the Pi Kappa Alpha Fireman’s Challenge, whose proceeds went to support Muscular Dystrophy. Our girls wrote letters to the troops, helped rebuild a local park that burnt down, visited a nursing home on Valentine’s Day, and served lunch at a local homeless shelter as well. We were proud to be the recipients of the 2013 Philanthropy Award at the Greek Week ceremony, showing how much we strive and care to help others. Alpha Upsilon truly lives by the line in our creed “to lend to those less fortunate a helping hand.
We are overjoyed to continue to win awards on campus, but the heart of our chapter is in our sisterhood because without it Phi Mu would be comparable to any other organization. Our chapter has long standing hangout and study nights at our house on Greek Row. We do activities that help us get to know sisters that we might not be well acquainted with and give out silly awards during our meetings to members that might not otherwise get recognition. We also created a Snap Box which allows members to praise one another. We support our sisters in any endeavors a member pursues whether it is on or off campus. We host a parent tailgate in the fall and a crawfish boil in the spring so that our sisters can introduce their families to the chapter. Also, every month we designate one weekend for a sisterhood hangout as a way to keep in touch with everyone during the busy semester. These types of activities continuously motivate us and remind us of why we love Alpha Upsilon Phi Mu at McNeese State University so much.