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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August 31, 2014


From Chicago to Tuscaloosa to Los Angeles to Ottawa; from bunk room, to guest room, to apartment, to dorm, the travels in my first month as an ELC have taken me to so many different places. With the amount of travel we do, there is a constant need to adapt to new places and new people. The fast-paced lifestyle during recruitment season keeps us going, going, going most hours of the day (and night, too!) and rarely gives us time to take a break. And with all of this commotion around us, sometimes it’s the little things that keep us going.
Arriving at the airport to a sister waiting inside with a smiling face
Putting your suitcases away and seeing that the chapter you’re visiting bought you a 12-pack of Coca-Cola
Waking up in the morning to a collegiate member holding a cup of coffee for you
Returning to a collegiate chapter and receiving hugs from the members
Leaving a chapter and getting a massive influx of friend requests on Facebook

These are the things that keep me moving when I’m tired, over-caffeinated and still need to respond to all those emails. These are the things that remind you how wonderful this Fraternity is. These are the things that sisters do for one another. 

No matter how silly these sound, it’s the little things that mean the most. This first month has taught me so much about sisterhood that I thought I already knew. Sisterhood is about more than late night study sessions and road trips. It’s about your Starbucks order that your best friend bought for you since she knew you would be late to class or the playlist she made with all your favorite songs before you left for summer. Sisterhood is about the small things that only your sisters would care enough about to remember. 

My journey has only just begun and already my love for Alpha Phi has grown. I’ve met so many amazing Alpha Phis and gotten to work with women I’ve looked up to for years. I’m fortunate that I get to call all of them my friends and sisters. I never thought that my feelings for Alpha Phi could get any stronger, but now I know that I was wrong. I can’t wait to see what comes next in my travels, but I already know that wherever I go, I’ll find sisterhood.

Erin Hannam (Gamma Pi-Arizona State) is a first-year educational leadership consultant. Learn more about Erin by clicking here

August 28, 2014

My Kind of People

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been fortunate enough to meet some of the most driven and inspirational women that I have ever met in my life. From the amazing volunteers and advisors that donate their time to keep our chapters stay on the right track, to the PHI-nominal chapter presidents that work hard and always put their chapters first. I’ve been able to witness this during training in Evanston at the Executive Office, polish and formal recruitment at the University of Alabama, and polish and formal recruitment at the University of Arizona. Every day I continue to be amazed by how much love and pride we all have for this amazing organization.

While visiting the Beta Epsilon chapter at the University of Arizona this week, I was immediately impressed with their chapter and its leadership. Their chapter president and the recruitment team were some of the most genuine and driven leaders that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Their love for Alpha Phi and each other was evident in everything they did. They demonstrated the type of leadership that every Alpha Phi chapter should aspire to have. Even though it’s hard for me to leave, I know that I am leaving the chapter in the best hands possible.

On my visits in Alabama and Arizona, I was commonly asked if I liked my job and what my favorite thing about being an ELC was. Without hesitating, I told them that I love it and that it’s been a very rewarding experience so far. Even though I have only been on the road for a couple of weeks now, I have discovered more about myself and my skills during this short time than I have my entire life…  And there are so many other reasons I love my role as an ELC:  I love the fact that I can go to a completely new and different place surrounded by a bunch of strangers, but they automatically make me feel like I am home. I love that I have the opportunity to make friendships that will last long after I’ve left the chapter.   I love that I can make a difference in not only the chapter’s future, but in the collegians’ future as well. I love the inspiration and pride that ELCs have the power to give and the unbreakable bond that my ELC team has created. I love witnessing the sisterhood, values and ideals of our Fraternity every single day within our chapters. And lastly, I love that no matter where my travels as an ELC take me, I know that they will always take me to “my kind of people.”

I have had such a truly challenging, yet amazing, experience so far these past couple of weeks and I am so grateful for my experiences in Chicago, Alabama and Arizona. I can’t wait to see what the future holds in my crazy and beautiful ELC life!

Stephanie Scott (Beta Sigma-Utah) is a first-year educational leadership consultant. Learn more about Stephanie by clicking here.

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:
  • Be a 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 with any questions!

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