Phi Alpha Mu traces its origins to 1923 and a group of women on the Hill who called themselves the "Snake Charmers". Jokingly labeling themselves the "Find A Man" Club, or F.A.M., the group grew, eventually fusing with Zeta Gamma to become Phi Alpha Mu. At this time, the club adopted purple and white as its official colors, the purple pansy as its flower, the purple cow as its mascot, and the torch of learning as its symbol. These symbols are still maintained and cherished today.
In 1941, Phi Alpha Mu adopted Gamma Beta Chi as its brother fraternity. Though Gamma Beta Chi no longer has an active chapter at McDaniel College, the relationship between these two greek organizations continues to this day.
In the 1970s and 1980s, there was a great deal of pressure for Phi Alpha Mu to "go National". Phi Alpha Mu has rejected this possibility out of the desire to uphold self-made rules, constitutions, and sacred traditions without national influence, in order to maintain the intimacy, closeness, and uniqueness of our family.
The three letters "Phi", "Alpha" and "Mu" stand for three separate values; Philanthropy, Altruism, and Melioration.
We define Philanthropy to mean, "a love that binds all mankind. Such is the law of love: ceasing to give, we cease to have."
We define Altruism to mean, "a regard for and devotion to each one of our sisters and to the sorority's cohesiveness."
Finally, we define Melioration to mean, "to search for what is best in others and oneself and to develop this part in one's personality. It is truly better to deserve without receiving, than to receive without deserving."
our mission statement
Our mission is to promote love, trust, loyalty, and respect between each sister and to support growth and learning as individuals and as a group while providing service and compassion to our community, there by ensuring the survival of the group and the group's ideals.
"Love and sisterhood, our principle, yet lofty ideals, are obtainable only through a concentrated effort by every member of Phi Alpha Mu. Membership in this sorority connotes responsibility, a willingness to give the most of ourselves at all times; for halfhearted efforts are meaningless and can do us no good. A sister must be willing to accept such a responsibility with pleasure. Membership also means unwavering loyalty to and pride in Phi Alpha Mu. If one, only one, member does not sincerely believe that she is part of "the best sorority on The Hill" and is not willing to work to keep it so, then as a consequence, the entire sorority will suffer. There are no secrets among the sisters of Phi Alpha Mu. Nothing can be called a secret when a group of women as large as us, share in its knowledge. Yet this sharing cannot reach beyond the bounds of our clubroom. How can we distinguish ourselves, what will make us different from any other group of persons if their awareness of our fortunes and problems is equal to ours? Upon formal initiation, a woman has committed herself to this responsibility, loyalty, and pride. This committment is not to be taken lightly, never to be forgotten, and never to be placed second to involvement in any activity."