August 22, 2014

Featured Product Friday: Take Heart Necklace


Official jeweler Herff Jones' Take Heart Necklace is a great addition to any jewelry collection! This delicate sterling silver charm measures 1/2" x 1/2" and includes the engraved Alpha Phi letters.


 
Price is $31.00. View details by clicking here.

August 21, 2014

2014-15 Collegiate Perspective Blogger Application

 
Are you....  
An avid writer?
Social media savvy?
Passionate about Alpha Phi? 
 
Then consider applying to be a guest writer for the Collegiate Perspective section of the Alpha Phi International blog.  
 
Our blog features topics ranging from alumnae perspective articles to crafting to general women's awareness pieces. And we'd love to throw your viewpoint into the mix! Document a semester in the life: snap photos, tell about events happening within your chapter or write about topics concerning women. The possibilities are endless, and we want to hear your ideas! 
 
In order to be eligible, you must:
  • Bea collegiate member
  • Be able to write blog updates two to three times a month
  • Be available to write through the end of this semester (Fall 2014)
Interested? Fill out the Alpha Phi Guest Blogger Application below. Please be thoughtful and thorough with your responses. You can view past collegiate perspective pieces by clicking here. We'll be in touch following the deadline regarding the status of your application.

Contact lphillips@alphaphi.org with any questions!

The application deadline is Monday, September 8, by 12:00 midnight CST.
 
 

http://www.alphaphi.org/collegian/collegiatebloggerapplication
 

August 20, 2014

Alpha Phi’s Third Annual Paint Your Letters Contest!


Last year, we noticed a trend of painting patterns on Alpha Phi letters for recruitment, Greek Week and more, and after two successful Paint Your Letters contests, we’ve decided to do round three! With the start of a new school year, what better time to break out the paint, get your creative juices flowing and enter our Third Annual Paint Your Letters contest! Here are the deets and how to enter:

1. Take a photo of your painted letters. Members can be included in the photo. Photos entered last year will not be eligible. 

2. Send the photo to lphillips@alphaphi.org with your name, chapter and school by Friday, August 29, at 5PM CST. Please include "Paint Your Letters" in the subject line.

3. We’ll post all submissions to our Facebook page on Tuesday, September 2. The photo with the most “Likes” by the following Tuesday, September 9, will receive the following:

The Executive Office will re-create the winning pattern in graphic form, and the chapter’s winning image will be featured as the cover photo on Alpha Phi’s official Facebook page.

So, get out your paint brushes and get ready for a great year! We look forward to receiving your photos! 


Last year's winner: Utah (Beta Sigma) // Chevron Ombre Letters
The winning pattern in graphic form


August 15, 2014

Featured Product Friday: Beauty Bin from Pottery Barn Dorm


This tote is perfect for back-to-school! Keep your bath and beauty essentials mobile. Styled with plenty of pockets for everything from soaps and toothbrushes to lotions and towels, our water-resistant caddy is spot-on. Monogram it and make every day of the week Greek! Measures 10" wide x 7.5" deep x 8" high, and features sturdy handles and 14 exterior pockets for storage.

View this product on our boutique.

August 7, 2014

From Me to We

Becoming an educational leadership consultant (ELC) is nothing short of an adventure. It involves giving up everything familiar and beginning a life of constant newness. Each ELC begins training with a unique experience at her own collegiate chapter. These memories are deeply treasured and rooted into our hearts. You can see the glow in an ELC’s eyes when she speaks of her own collegiate chapter, but we now have a greater responsibility—to ensure every single Alpha Phi in the country can speak to her experience as a collective, as a “we.” Alpha Phi is no longer “your chapter;” it is every single collegian, alumna and chapter across North America. This knowledge creates a bond between every ELC, both current and former.

I know that our ELC group will encounter obstacles, both large and small. There are, of course, small challenges, like fitting your closet into a 50-pound suitcase and lifting your overweight carry-on that holds all of your excess weight into the overhead bin. Most importantly, your fellow ELCs will understand your biggest challenge, finding a new home wherever you travel.

I can confidently say that the relationships built throughout the three-week training process at the Executive Office in Evanston, Ill., have created a home and a safe haven for us all. We have laughed and cried together, taught and learned from each other, and established a sense of “we” as a team.

Our ELC group, just as many others, has become more than a job; these women have become family. As we spread out across the country, I am sad to say “see you soon,” but grateful to have become a part of my new Alpha Phi family. Together, I am confident we will change, create and enhance the lives of Alpha Phi members across North America.

Jessie Keigley (Theta-Michigan) is a first-year educational leadership consultant

July 21, 2014

Inside the EO: Crista Kieffer

Name: Crista Kieffer

Hometown: Born and raised in Abington, Penn., right outside Philadelphia.

College/Chapter: Gamma Rho-Penn State (Go Nittany Lions!)

What was your major? I majored in Risk Management-Real Estate with a minor in International Business.

What was your plan post-graduation? I knew I wanted to do something in Real Estate. I wasn’t sure if it would be residential or commercial though. I was looking into different options and certifications I could get, but then I saw this opportunity with Alpha Phi and knew it was a perfect fit!

Why did you decide to work for Alpha Phi International Fraternity? The job description was ideal for me. Alpha Phi has given me so many opportunities, whether it was meeting my best friends in college, attending different social events, serving on my chapter’s executive board, or being selected to attend ELI, I just knew I wanted to give back and be a part of Alpha Phi’s growth. 

What is your job title? Program Manager of Collegiate Housing Services

How long have you been working for Alpha Phi? Since July 7, 2014.

What is your favorite memory of Alpha Phi—as a collegian, alumna or staff member? I have such amazing memories of Alpha Phi. My favorite would have to be attending ELI.It was such a wonderful experience and I got to meet the most amazing Alpha Phis-collegians and alumnae. I learned so much about myself and definitely became a better Alpha Phi. I highly suggest collegians to apply and hopefully have the opportunity to attend!

What do you like best about working at the Executive Office/What drew you to work at the Executive Office? I love the people I work with. From the start, I always felt welcomed and it is such a great environment. I wanted to use my Real Estate experience and education for a great cause. 

What are some of your goals for the next few years? My first goal is to get settled into my new apartment. I also want to be able to explore Chicago. I have only been here twice before, so I want to see the sights and get to know the city better. I also am excited to travel to different campuses to see all the Alpha Phi chapter houses. 

Do you have any advice for current collegiate members? Enjoy your time in college; it goes so fast! Treasure all the moments with your sisters. Take advantage of all the opportunities Alpha Phi offers. You will learn so much about yourself that will carry into the real world.

July 11, 2014

Featured Product Friday: Imagine Alpha Phi


If you weren't able to attend Convention 2014 this year in Palm Springs, you can still be a part of the fun with Alpha Phi merchandise from Greek licensed vendor Coastal Greek! 

They customized tons of Convention-specific items just for you! To learn more about these products (and many others!) visit them on Facebook or email them at coastalgreek@aol.com.