Why Iota Gamma Upsilon ?
IGU is a local sorority founded by Lynne Knubbe Montross, Cheron Laboissoniere, Virginia Mallison Stibolt, Susan Morash Powers and Judy Reiker Pardon on May 29, 1962.
Our sisterhood is a strong and growing family. As a local sorority we have the ability to govern ourselves and make important house decisions on our own or with alumnae assistance. We are active in the community and by doing philanthropic work, our sisters participate in a variety of on-campus activities during the semester. Some of the other fun things that we do are date parties and formals, and movie nights. Friendships gained at Iota Gamma Upsilon last longer than your years at UMass: they last a lifetime.
Each year the Nancy Jean Lahteine Palmer scholarship is awarded to an IGU sister based upon her academic achievement, financial need, and her demonstration of touching the lives of others. This year, sister Taylor Orton was awarded this scholarship. Betsy Lahteine Trobough, '82, set up this memorial fund to pay tribute to her sister, Nancy Jean, '78, to continue her legacy of giving. Sisters who will be Juniors or Seniors living in the house may apply here.
The chapter consists of dynamic, diverse women both from Massachusetts and outside the state. We enjoy being able to live in a spacious house close to campus on North Pleasant Street. Check out What's New to see some of the things going on right now!
It's a great time to be Greek at UMASS! The University's new Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life, Dr. Michael Gargano, is inspiring and supporting strong growth for fraternities and sororities, setting the goal to raise Greek participation from the present 3 percent to at least 20 percent of the student population. We have all been challenged to redefine what it means to be Greek. We are proud that IGU is a big part of these plans — the house is strong and continues to grow. We are one of the top three sororities for academic average. Please visit all the IGU links to learn about house information, new sisters and pledges, house officers, photographs and more. To learn more about the UMass Greek system in general, see the UMass fraternities and sororities pages.
At a Iota Gamma Upsilon's annual executive board member luncheon, the experience of meeting so many past and present sisters is truly heartwarming. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus, IGU is the only chapter within the Panhellenic Council that is not a nationally recognized sorority. Although IGU is fully recognized within the Panhellenic Organization, it was established with the mission of a fresh approach to sorority life, and a sense of self-governance outside of the National Panhellenic Conference. While some may assume that this unique local label might impede on an ability to recruit new members, in fact it has only added to the sorority's success.
This weekend I learned first hand the unique benefits that a local designation can bring to a chapter. As alumnae shared personal anecdotes about their experiences at IGU over the years, the incredible camaraderie and common institutional bonds became evident. Not only are IGU’s dedicated to their organization, but they are dedicated to UMass, and this is something with which the national sorority organizations will never be able to compete.
While this weekend really opened my eyes, I also hope that it shed light on the incredible benefits a local chapter can bring, to its current members. In today’s college environment where difference is valued, community is essential, and everlasting friendships are forefront, Iota Gamma Upsilon truly has everything going for them!
— Jenny Schweon, Panhellenic Council adviser, grad student, and UMass alumna
Iota Gamma Upsilon sisters are busy with their studies, Greek projects and their philanthropies — all providing practical lessons for their future lives.
Every year alumnae come back for Homecoming Events such as UMass football games! It is a great way for current and old sisters to share memories and make new ones!
IGUs on the move: They don't let a little thing like an ocean get in the way! Sisters visit each other while they are studying abroad. What fun!
After an Iota Gamma Upsilon workday, the sorority house got a new porch! And a new foyer floor!
So many people helped to make the repairs happen — IGU sends a big thank you to all!