Alpha Upsilon

West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, June 11, 1924-1987

The local sorority Alpha Theta Zeta laid the scholastic foundations for what would become Alpha Upsilon chapter. The local maintained the highest GPA of any Greek organization at West Virginia University, but could not win the scholarship trophy because they were not a national organization. In 1924, the chapter was installed with 32 charter members, six pledges and 16 alumnae members. The chapter's house on Prospect Street was actually two older houses with a "connector" constructed between, making the house shaped like the letter "L." Carley Ann Rees held the distinction of being the first woman to earn A's in every course for four years as an undergraduate. Charter member Ethel Pearcy Masters contributed invaluably to the chapter throughout her life. WVU's Panhellenic GPA award is named for former chapter advisor and international officer Betty Miller, or Aunt Betty as her "girls" called her. Betty also was the first woman inducted into Mountain, the ranking men's honorary society. She was Alumna of the Year in 1991. Mary Pat Kasun Lynch was Director of Executive Office. Long-serving international officers include Dorothy "Dot" Prager Spargo, Virginia Hyer Brooks, Pam Lewis, Carla Smallridge, Denise Pavlick Sprouse, District III Team Director Karen Elliott Galentine and Grand Council member Anne Charnock.