October 1, 2014

Collegiate Perspective: Not Four Years, But for Life

As my college career rapidly approaches its finale and the future looms in the distance, I’ve been forced to start thinking about what some would call “real life.” For almost 21 years, every step of my life has been obvious: elementary school, then middle school, then high school then college. For almost 21 years, every year has been just another class, another teacher and another summer. But now, I am at a loss. In two short years, I will graduate college: the last clear step on my path. From there, it is completely up to me – and likewise for most of you – to actively pursue a path that will be all my own. For some, this may be an easy choice: maybe that next step is graduate school or a job offer. For others, that next step is still quite unknown. Either way, every sister of Alpha Phi should rest easy knowing that taking care of our sisters is a lifelong promise.

Being a part of Alpha Phi means you are in the company of strong, independent women who seek to change, inspire and thrive. Here at the Epsilon Chi chapter, I am surrounded by women who are both academically inclined and socially competent, whom I look up to for their drive, leadership and strength. And in each of your own chapters, I am sure you will find similar women and mentors.

This year, Alpha Phi International announced the Leadership Fellows Program, an annual program designed for upperclassmen to learn firsthand what it takes to be successful businesswomen. The women who are chosen to attend this development program are those who show leadership potential, but it is an experience that will benefit them for a lifetime. Epsilon Chi’s Chapter President, Bryce Gassner, attended the first ever Leadership Fellows Program this summer, and came back excited to share all she had learned. Additionally, Alpha Phi offers the Chapter Leadership Development (CLD) and Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) programs to further the lifelong personal growth of each of our members. These prestigious programs impart wisdom that will benefit each attendee in her professional career.

Alpha Phi Foundation also supports lifetime membership with the Forget Me Not Fund, which donates over $100,000 annually to alumnae who are in financial distress from urgent or serious situations Knowing that we are dedicated to ensuring the lifelong safety and happiness of our members gives me such pride in our organization.

Through my Alpha Phi experience, I have met women who I know will still be my best friends 25 years from now. They will be my bridesmaids and my babysitters; they will pick me up when I fall down, and they will do it with a smile on their faces. They are the women I’ve met during these four years, and they are the women who will be my sisters for life.

Claire Lindsey is a collegiate member at Cal Poly (Epsilon Chi). Learn more about Claire by clicking here.

September 24, 2014

Alpha Phi, "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project"

Meet Maddie McKinley (Beta Pi-USC)! Maddie graduated from the University of Southern California in 2013 with a double major in Public Relations and Entrepreneurship. She was very involved in her chapter and served as secretary, social chairman and president. Maddie currently works for Fox Broadcasting Company as a strategic planning and brand insights coordinator in the marketing department.

Within the department she implements television show marketing campaigns and oversees the execution of special projects, events and promotions. Her department has worked with companies such as Tinder, Venmo, Soul Cycle, Dry Bar and now Alpha Phi! Recently she was excited to create something fun for her sorority and created a promotional partnership between Alpha Phi and two of FOX’s most-loved shows, "The Mindy Project" and "New Girl." Maddie continues to remain a part of Alpha Phi and attends alumnae events at Beta Pi and in the Los Angeles area.

Stay tuned to Alpha Phi's social media outlets for fun news and a big surprise! Apparently there is some buzz about Alpha Phi on the sets. More soon...!

September 23, 2014

Meet the Fall 2014 Collegiate Perspective Bloggers!






Alexa Curto (Zeta Omicron-Johns Hopkins): Alexa Curto is a junior at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studies cognitive science with a concentration in neuroscience and linguistics. On campus, Alexa is a blogger for the Student Admissions Advisory Board, a Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellow and a proud sister of Alpha Phi, where she serves as Red Dress Gala chair and is a member of the marketing team. She loves forensic pathology, sequins and her little.










Claire Lindsey (Epsilon Chi-Cal Poly): Claire Lindsey is a junior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She is earning her major in English and minor in linguistics. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, she is actively involved in the Epsilon Chi chapter at Cal Poly. She knows that joining Alpha Phi was the best decision she’s ever made. It became her home away from home; a place where she found women who made her want to be the best version of herself. Claire is also a member of the English club on campus and serves as a student assistant for the Career Service center. She is both Cal Poly and Alpha Phi Proud!




Hellen Pang (Theta Eta-Western University): Hellen is a junior majoring in business and French in the Ivey Business School at Western University. She currently serves as Panhellenic delegate in her chapter, as well as vice president of recruitment in the Panhellenic Council. After disassociating for formal recruitment, she discovered a newfound appreciation for the Panhellenic community and for her letters, which she hopes she will be able to share with others. When not found with her sisters, she is most likely playing with her puppy (Ducky), watching Criminal Minds with a cup of tea and/or dreaming of another trip abroad.







Stella Swartz (Iota Xi-Denver): Stella Swartz is a sophomore member of the Iota Xi chapter at the University of Denver. Stella is a socio legal studies and English double major with a minor in Italian. She is also a student editor for her school's publication, WRIT Large. In her chapter, she currently serves as the Director of Chapter Programming. Stella loves a night in with her sisters watching Netflix, pumpkin spice lattes, and pictures of pugs.



Lauren Yevak (Zeta Iota-Virginia): Lauren is a second year student at the University of Virginia studying English and media studies. She is a sports enthusiast, specifically interested in baseball (Go Nats!), and hopes to enter the sports journalism field after graduation in 2017. She is also currently the Charlottesville correspondent for a small basketball coverage site called VantageHoops. As she is only a sophomore, she hasn’t held a position in her chapter yet, but she looks forward to running this year! In her extra time, she loves working at her waitressing job at Boylan Heights, spending time with her best friend and big, and writing! She can’t wait to get started as a Collegiate Perspective Blogger and share her love for writing and Alpha Phi with members across the nation! 



September 20, 2014

On the Road: So What Do You Do?


Being an ELC is a unique job. I struggled to adequately explain it to my family and friends during the months leading up to the role. After lengthy conversations filled with questions of luggage, living quarters and potential weather, they typically ended with “So, you basically get to be in college for another year?”

Although it was frustrating that no one really knew what I was doing, I realized I myself didn’t know exactly what my role was going to be. I knew what the handbook said and what I had learned from past consultants, but what would my experience be? Now after traveling for over a month, I have a much clearer understand of what being an ELC means to me.

I have learned that building relationships is important in any job, but especially as an ELC. When you are eating, sleeping and living with women who are essentially strangers, you better get to know them fast. I have definitely gotten some confused looks from members unaware of my visit as I sat down for dinner on my first day. But for the most part, the members are quick to adopt me as “one of their own.” Consistently, I have been shocked by the incredible impact an ELC can make in just a week or two. In less time than a traditional company spends training their employees, we grow organizational structure, create leadership and build self-esteem in groups of young women. It takes a great amount of trust to let an ELC make great change in such a short amount of time, but luckily sharing the bond of Alpha Phi provides just that. 

I think that that is really what makes this job so different from any other. We are not just coworkers, but sisters. Although that phrase may come off as cliché, it is actually what makes our roles so efficient and effective. The level of trust and understanding present before we enter any chapter allows us to skip the formalities of traditional relationship building. No matter what university you are from, age you are or level of involvement you have, we all have a common thread that makes us far from strangers. 

People may not understand what I do and think I am wasting away a pivotal time in my life; saying I’m “living the college dream one more year.” But that’s okay; I don’t do it for them. In just one month I have had a greater diversity of learning experiences and more rewarding moments than most people do in years of their careers. When I do settle down and find myself interviewing for a more “normal job” I will know that my role as an ELC has prepared me for anything I will encounter.

Although sometimes I think it would have been pretty fun to enroll myself into one more year of college, being an ELC is an experience I wouldn’t change for the world. 

Anita Shannon (Beta Epsilon-Arizona) is a first year educational leadership consultant. Learn more about Anita by clicking here. 

September 19, 2014

Featured Product Friday: The Alpha Phi Planner


Stay organized this school year with the Alpha Phi Planner by Cat & Erica Designs! With customizable tabs for chapter, meetings, event planning, goals, and more, you can tailor your planner to your specific needs. There are four different Alpha Phi cover designs to choose from. They also offer Exec Board or Chapter packages if you want to be the most organized chapter on campus!



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September 10, 2014

On the Road: Nothing to Lose, Everything to GAIN


With educational leadership consultant (ELC) applications due in less than a month, it seems appropriate to share the many benefits of being an ELC beyond what is listed in the official job description. Although I have only been on the road for a little over a month, the time has been filled with memories to last a lifetime and a plethora of learning opportunities. Below is what you can “GAIN” through the ELC program:

Good friendships. Spending nearly three weeks with the ELC team allows for endless bonding.  Over the course of training, the ELC team went to a Cubs game, sang and danced the night away at Blake Shelton, shopped in Chicago and experienced local restaurants and hidden treasures of Evanston, Illinois! It’s not an everyday occurrence to have a bunkmate, sit in front of a mirror to get ready for the day with 15 women and have a coworker to talk to at any hour of the day – and I love it!
Adventure. To be a successful ELC you must be prepared for twists and turns. There is no typical day-to-day or even month-to-month routine. Some ELCs will remain on one campus for a colonization while others will travel weekly across North America for recruitment preparation visits. Many ELCs will check items off of their bucket lists during their travels such as visiting a specific state. Some may even fall in love with a city that could become their future home. As an ELC, you learn to adapt quickly to any and all situations that arise. 
Influencer. As a collegiate member, I always admired my ELCs for their hard work and accomplishments. Often, I think back to the impact they made, whether it was providing recruitment ideas or leaving a written thank you note on my desk. Though ELCs all have a widespread background of Alpha Phi experience and have their own unique stories, the ELC team has the same common goal: to be a role model for collegiate women and to see the chapter upwardly mobile and successful! 
Networking. In addition to the many working relationships formed, an ELC has the ability to make advanced networking connections. As a representative of Alpha Phi International, you come in contact with many unique individuals such as chapter advisors, Greek advisors, campus administrators and even total strangers sitting next to you on the plane. A person you meet on the road may have a connection to your next dream job or even be the CEO of a reputable corporation. Therefore, it is always important to keep your business cards handy and have your personal elevator pitch ready to “roll off your tongue!” Did I mention that you will become a pro at your 30-second elevator speech as an ELC?

The ELC job takes passion, drive, patience, motivation and optimism to be successful. The ELC role allows one to utilize the skills and knowledge obtained throughout collegiate years, but it’s also a huge learning experience. You become a better person, learn new life skills, learn about yourself as an individual and leave a legacy behind at every chapter you visit. The ELC position is a chapter in one’s life that will forever be cherished. The memories, relationships built and experiences gained are unsurpassed and will be applicable to all future endeavors in the professional world. I am beyond thankful for this experience, and I urge anyone interested to apply for the ELC position. Always remember: there is nothing to lose, everything to gain!

Visit the ELC site to apply to become a 2015-16 educational leadership consultant!

Stephanie Tripi (Beta Omega-Kent State) is a first year educational leadership consultant. Learn more about Stephanie by clicking here

September 5, 2014

Featured Product Friday: Big and Little Necklaces


Show your Little some love with this hand stamped piece by Katy Ryan Designs! Perfect for a bid day basket or as a small token for initiation. Want something other than a necklace? Check out Katy Ryan's entire store for bracelets, rings, and other Alpha Phi stamped items!


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