CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
- Women in Business
- Women in Computing
- Kelley Honors Society
- American Marketing Association
- Hutton Honors College
- Women’s Financial Association
- Retail Workshop
- Finance Diversity Program
- ACE Program
- Club Lacrosse
- Living Well Learning Community
- IU Student Association & Knall-Cohen Fund
- Technology Consulting Workshop
- Investment Management Workshop
- Collegiate Entrepreneurs Association
- Hutton Honors Council Association
- Club Tennis
- Predental Society
- Retail Studies Association
- KLLC Emerging Leaders Program
- Indiana University Student Foundation
- Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society
- Hudson Scholars Program
- Holland Scholars Program
Throughout the past fall semester here at the Indiana Beta chapter we have been extremely proud of two very special members. After several interviews, applications with thought-provoking prompts, and letters of recommendation, these passionate ladies landed the part. Nia Casso and Taylor Salo were appointed positions on Indiana University’s Panhellenic Association. They both serve very active roles in the community as well as here in our chapter.
Nia, the Vice President of Recruitment, will work to plan and execute all recruitment activities at Indiana University. She will also oversee 8 undergraduate directors and all the rho gammas. Nia shared, “I am proud to represent our chapter on the Panhellenic executive board and apply the lessons I have learned through Pi Beta Phi to better the recruitment process.”
Taylor, Vice President of Risk Management, communicates with all 22 Panhellenic chapters at Indiana University to make the Greek community a safer place. She is also tasked with leading our Panhellenic Association Honor Board with the help of five Honor Board directors. Taylor enthusiastically said, “I am excited to represent Pi Beta Phi on the Panhellenic Executive Council and assist all Panhellenic chapters at Indiana University in reaching their full potential.”
With such prominent role-models here in our chapter, our members continue to push and support each other in being our best selves, especially when taking on big roles like these. We, as a chapter, are excited to support Nia and Taylor as they help lead the Greek association in the right direction. We not only look up to them, but strive to also be leaders every chance we are given.
Nia Casso (left) and Taylor Salo (right)
Two of our members in the 2018 pledge class, Mckenna Renier and Ava DIckman, are a part of the IU cheerleading squad and share what their experience has been like overall with the support of their Pi Phi sisters.
My experience being a cheerleader at IU is unlike anything I have experienced before. I came from a competitive cheerleading background which involved traveling around the country to compete but with an outside organization. That being said, this is the first time I’ve cheered for my school and it is incredible. Representing IU in a sport is something much bigger than myself, it is tradition and honor and something I will cherish for the rest of my life.
In particular, I will never forget my first time cheering in the iconic assembly hall for men’s basketball. The atmosphere was absolutely electric. The IU fans bring so much energy to every arena they fill and with the debut of a new head coach Archie Miller there was great anticipation. A lot goes into making IU men’s basketball what it is, and just being a small part of a fans experience is something really cool.
From the very beginning when my sisters learned I was a cheerleader they immediately supported me in any way they could. They started coming to nearly every game I cheered and were never afraid to take funny pictures of me on the court. The support from everyone was amazing especially when life got very busy with games and school they were always there to help.
IU cheer has helped me see college in a different view than most get to see. At times it’s hard to juggle classes, practices, workouts, games, and still make time to see my friends. However, in the few things I miss out on, I gain memories that will last a lifetime. I am so lucky to be able to say that throughout college I not only had my sisters in pi phi, but also a family in the cheer team.
Cheering for a Big 10 school is unlike anything I've ever committed to doing before, but it is so humbling and rewarding to be part of such an amazing program. I never understood what it meant to be part of something truly larger than myself, but wearing Indiana across my chest solidifies the significance of representing such an outstanding University and all it has to offer. My experience as an IU Cheerleader has given me the opportunity to grow as not only a cheerleader, but a person more than anything else. It has allowed me to meet some of the most amazing people as well as develop friendships along the way. No feeling compares to running the players onto the field as the Hoosiers yell in Memorial Stadium. Or clapping the school song in Assembly Hall as the players take the court. More than that, cheering at Indiana has provided me with a better understanding as to what being "Hoosier" means, and for that I am undeniably grateful.
My favorite part about cheering is knowing that I am given the privilege to represent Indiana University with the utmost respect, as well knowing that I can set an example for the younger generation looking up to me and the other cheerleaders just dreaming about what it would be like to cheer for Indiana, just as I did when I was younger. It still doesn't feel real to me, and I am so thankful for this opportunity.
My sisters in the house were and still are so supportive and have been from the beginning! Many of them go to the games and take pictures and have a way of making us seem special. They are so supportive when it comes to the commitment and the dedication it takes to be a cheerleader and are always there at the end of the day.
As stated above I believe that cheerleading has given me a new perspective on how to be truly dedicated to something so significant. It has provided me with endless opportunities to succeed and has enabled me to grow physically and mentally. Cheering at Indiana has taught me so many valuable lessons that pertain to all aspects of life and has given me something to really be proud of. I am so thankful to be part of such a humbling program and am grateful to have my Pi Phi sisters as an extra support system!