December 17, 2009

Message from the COL

Dear Sisters,

The process of slating a new International President and new International Executive Board is currently under way. As part of this process, the Committee on Leadership (COL) is actively seeking to engage Alpha Phis around the globe by participating in candidate feedback.

In order to provide feedback to the COL, members are asked to follow this link to an electronic survey tool no later than Jan. 8, 2010. The COL takes candidate feedback seriously, and in confidence. In turn, we ask members to submit feedback that provides insight on a candidate in relation to the knowledge, skills and attributes that have been identified as key characteristics for potential board members.

The following women are currently being considered for the 2010-12 International Executive Board:

Jane Kirby Arkes (Omicron-Missouri)
Susan Weiskittle Barrick (Beta Omicron-Bowling Green State)
Alison Begor (Beta Alpha-Illinois)
Linda Long Boland (Gamma Kappa-CSU/Long Beach)
Laura Lynn Davidson (Beta Delta-UCLA)
Andi Etwaroo (Zeta Omicron-Johns Hopkins)
Deana Koonsman Gage (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech)
Julie Renee King Gomez (Gamma Xi-Wichita State)
Valerie Lawlor (Omicron-Missouri)
Sara Christine Mayer (Delta Chi-William Woods)
Susan L. McNeice (Epsilon Nu-Delaware)
Coree Christine Smith (Epsilon Theta-Northern Iowa)
Diane Spry Straker (Delta Alpha-East Carolina)
Sonja-Lou Bark Clary Stunard (Delta Mu-Purdue)
Amy Jordan Tvrdik (Omicron-Missouri)
Renee Smith Zimmerman Zainer (Beta Epsilon-Arizona)

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the candidate feedback process, please contact Carole Salerno, chair of the COL, at If the COL has questions or needs clarification about your feedback, you will be contacted by a member of the committee by early February 2010.

December 8, 2009

Alumnae Perspective

Each month, we'll be having our collegiate and alumnae blog writers post about their Alpha Phi experiences. Want to write for the Alpha Phi blog? E-mail
The prior blog post seems to take on a seasonal approach so with that in mind, December is the holidays, a time for celebration and thanks for our many blessings. Unlike many Americans trying to speed up the start of decorations, my husband and I resisted the pressure and continued to enjoy family in town for Thanksgiving, fall decorations and most importantly, football, specifically college football. But, yesterday I began to cave in by boxing up my fall decorations and doing little things to get ready for the full blown decorating assault come Saturday. And, to make it official, we received our first Christmas card yesterday, which was from another Alpha Phi, Terri Brooks.

So, it only seems fitting to say that during every December as the cards come in, I think of all of the Alpha Phi's that we know and I am reminded of how blessed I am to have these friends. There is never a season of the year, nor a month, nor a day that goes by that I do not have some contact with Alpha Phi, either via phone, e-mail, letter or best of all, in person. It really sinks in as an alumni to realize that I have been an Alpha Phi longer than I have not; it is so ingrained in me that it is who I am.

These Alpha Phi friends certainly are not all from my college days at LSU. They are from all stages of my life as I have met friends through alumnae chapters, advisory boards I have belonged to, being a District Alumnae Coordinator, meeting Phi's at work or as moms at my son's school. Each of these friendships has meant so much to me at different stages of my life—from realizing the trust I placed in Alpha Phis that were co-workers (knowing they would always have my back and could always be trusted); to my son's first caregiver (a nurse between jobs); to a dear friend being legal guardian to my son if something happened to us; to a fellow mom giving me " the wave" as we dropped our boys at elementary school when no one was looking! Alpha Phi has meant making new friends each time we have moved: I became the Rush Advisor at Arizona State the morning after I contacted the Chapter Advisor shortly after moving to Phoenix, and I formed an alumnae chapter here in Fresno a year after moving here. I have met Alpha Phi's where there was not a collegiate or alumnae chapter by joining the local alumnae Panhellenic and making contacts.

In counting my blessings this time of year, I realize that the old adage could not be truer as an alumni member: the more you put into something, the more you get out of it. In college when sometimes you were working so hard for the chapter and there were some frustrations mixed in with great times, you could not always see that so clearly. But now I fully comprehend how my efforts to volunteer for Alpha Phi have benefited me far more in true friendships than I have ever put in.

And, despite making friends with Alpha Phi's from so many different chapters as I have moved and volunteered, I hold a special place in my heart for my chapter sisters, the ones who knew me in college and still love me in spite of it! We get together each fall informally, usually in the south and of course not on a home football weekend. We just had our mini reunion in early November and had a wonderful time as usual. We don’t talk specifically about anything from college and there are women there that were not in the house when I was, but we all share that bond of sisterhood, more so being from the same chapter.

I am very grateful for my many Alpha Phi friendships and I am sure that anyone reading this blog feels the same way about Alpha Phi and all that it has meant to them as a person. So, thank you Terri Brooks for sending the first of many Alpha Phi cards we will receive and thanks to all of my Alpha Phi friends at Christmas time and during every season of the year.

Happy Holidays!

Nancy Theisen Bennett
Delta Tau - LSU
For more information about alumnae chapters, to locate the closest chapter or to start up a chapter, visit the alumnae chapter listing or contact Paige Stallings at 847-316-8925 or e-mail at

December 3, 2009

The Inside Story

The holiday season has begun at the Executive Office! Here is the view into the Marian Wiley Keys Living Room, where we have placed our holiday tree.

To see close-ups of all our Alpha Phi tree ornaments, be sure to check our Facebook and Twitter pages, where we'll post daily photos!
*note: Marian Wiley Keys, the namesake for the Executive Office's formal living room, was a 1920 graduate of the Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi at Syracuse. She held the position of International President from 1954 to 1958. Keys passed away in 1975, after a life of much service to Alpha Phi.

November 10, 2009

Quarterly Review

Right about now, Alpha Phis everywhere are receiving their Fall 2009 issue of the Quarterly magazine. Here is a look back at what they received in the Fall ten years ago...and twenty years ago, before Alpha Phis newest members were even born!

Fall 1999 Quarterly

Fall 1989 Quarterly

November 3, 2009

Collegiate Perspective

Each month, we'll be having our collegiate and alumane blog writers post about their Alpha Phi experiences. Want to write for the Alpha Phi blog? E-mail

Kimberly Riha (Iowa-Delta Epsilon)

A few weekends ago my chapter had an Alpha Phi filled weekend. Court of Ivy, Initiation, and my chapter’s fall philanthropy event all took place within the same weekend and reminded me that my time left at Delta Epsilon is short. Our philanthropy event—a Pancake Breakfast—fell on a beautiful October morning, a drastic change from last year’s freezing, windy weather.

While getting ready for initiation, I looked back on my own initiation in spring of ’07 and remembered how excited and nervous I was. When I started my new member period as an Alpha Phi I was happy to have finally found a place for myself at the University of Iowa. Formal Recruitment in the fall had not worked out for me and I decided that being Greek wasn’t that important any longer. By spending time with my best friend who had joined Alpha Phi, I found a group of women I clicked with.

Luckily for me, the women in this organization wanted me to be a part of their group, and share the traditions of the fraternity with them. The day of my initiation I wasn’t sure what to expect but I knew whole-heartedly that I was making the best decision I could. I was proud to become a member of this organization; proud to be a sister in Alpha Phi. Every new member should have the same special experience with initiation that their sisters have had for decades.

I wanted to use this month’s blog to ask my fellow sisters to remember Alpha Phi. Remember your own initiation and how you felt becoming a member of this organization. Remember that even if you have been to multiple initiations, the new initiates are experiencing it for the first time. Our traditions and values have been practiced and preserved since 1872 and should be honored by all members. Remember our ten founders, their goals for the fraternity, and how much Alpha Phi has grown.

October 22, 2009

Alumnae Perspective

Each month, we'll be having our collegiate and alumnae blog writers post about their Alpha Phi experiences. Want to write for the Alpha Phi blog? E-mail
Where would your life be without Alpha Phi?

It was the work of 10 young women 137 years ago that has forever changed the way thousands of women live their lives today. As we celebrate our fraternity’s founding this month, we should reflect on how Alpha Phi has influenced each of our lives.
How has Alpha Phi shaped you into the woman you are today?
What if there was no Alpha Phi, how would your life be different? Would you be the same woman you are today without the values that our fraternity has instilled in you? Would you have met and stayed close to your college friends if there was no Alpha Phi? How many of your experiences as an undergraduate or even as an alum would have been changed if Alpha Phi didn’t exist?
The skills and life lessons let alone all of the experiences gained by being a member of Alpha Phi is reason enough to remind us why we joined Alpha Phi in the first place.
As we look back over the last 137 years, just think how the world around us has been influenced by Alpha Phi and our members who have made an impact.
We need to remember these 10 forward-thinking women from Syracuse University who came together for a common purpose and thank them for what they have done to enrich our lives.

Mission Statement:
Alpha Phi International Fraternity is a membership organizationdedicated to promoting sisterhood, cultivating leadership, encouragingintellectual curiosity and advocating service. Alpha Phi develops character for a lifetime.

--Lori Lyman-Losee (Beta Rho-Washington State)
For more information about alumnae chapters, to locate the closest chapter or to start up a chapter, visit the alumnae chapter listing or contact Paige Stallings at 847-316-8925 or e-mail at

October 13, 2009

Meet J.D.

J.D. Louk
Director of Collegiate Operations

After being here about a month and getting my feet wet, I felt like I needed to reach out to you and let you all know who I am.

I joined the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Austin Peay State University, where I double majored in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish as well as Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. After graduation, I traveled for my fraternity. I loved seeing new chapters and the vast different regions. After my year on the road driving across the country I went to graduate school. I attended Georgia Southern University where I encountered Alpha Phi Sara Mayer, an initiate of the Delta Chi chapter at William Woods in my classes. Her devotion to Alpha Phi and its values was evident and prompted learning opportunities. We were both pursing masters’ degrees in the Higher Education department so we had plenty of time to talk and learn.

Upon graduation I took the path of working in housing and residence. I had the opportunity to work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Tulane University both in housing while doing some fraternity and sorority related activities on the side. In 2004 I attended the Interfraternity Institute at Indiana University; it was there that I reacquainted myself with the fact that fraternity & sorority life is my true passion. Shortly after, I moved to Florida to begin working with fraternities and sororities. I had the opportunity to work at Florida Southern College and then Florida International University – working with Panhellenics, Interfraternity Councils, National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council.

The move to Miami also began my volunteer experience with Alpha Phi. The past three years I have served on the Advisory Board for the Theta Omega chapter at Barry University. I served as the Recruitment and Program Development Advisor. I had the opportunity to work with some dynamic women from multiple countries and various backgrounds. Working with college students and helping them grow and see the multitude of opportunities that membership in a fraternity/sorority provides is definitely something I find rewarding.

I was drawn to Alpha Phi due to the rich history in the cultivation of women to be empowered leaders of tomorrow. Now, more than ever, young women in college need the guidance of dedicated and true individuals in advisory roles. This direct impact is how we are able to shape the future of tomorrow’s leaders by utilizing the long standing values of the fraternity: sisterhood, service, scholarship, character development, leadership and loyalty.
I am very excited to be a part of the rich Alpha Phi history and development of our women to be values based leaders helping everyone grow and become more than they dreamed they could become.

September 28, 2009

Collegiate Perspective

Each month, we'll be having our collegiate and alumane blog writers post about their Alpha Phi experiences. Want to write for the Alpha Phi blog? E-mail

Kimberly Riha (Iowa-Delta Epsilon)
Collegiate Blogger

It is easy to see the strength of a friendship in the fun times like planning a philanthropy event, giggling together at a sisterhood event, or getting dressed for formal. Those have been some of my favorite times at Alpha Phi but I think the real test of a friendship is who is still by your side when everything is going wrong.

I lost my grandfather in late August and had a really hard time dealing. I found out on the second day of class very early in the morning. I went upstairs to tell my roommate, and I have never felt as much support as I did at that time. She hugged me and let me cry all over her pillows. I skipped four classes and she skipped as well in order to take me out to lunch instead.

When I got back from the funeral there was a card from all of my roommates on my bed just to say that they had been thinking of me. This small gesture meant so much to me, and it reminded me that Alpha Phi is a connection that goes much deeper than simply having fun together at a social event. Alpha Phi is a group of women with big and caring hearts that will take care of a sister in need. I know that in the future my sisters and I will experience other difficulties and hardships, but I also know that we can always depend on each other, no matter how much distance separates us.

September 21, 2009

Lifetime of Leadership

Each month, we'll have a graduate of ELI share her experiences. Want to write for the Alpha Phi blog?

Noel Miller (Theta Sigma-Southern Utah)
2009 ELI graduate

Attending ELI this past summer was one of the best experiences of my life. ELI stands for Emerging Leaders Institute, and not only did I meet 50 other girls from around North America, I was taught information that will stay with me for a life time. We went over everything from how to remember names to our values in Alpha Phi.

As the school year has started, and my chapter just finished recruitment I realize how much more I actually know now because of that experience. When I look back on ELI I hope to teach my chapter how wonderful Alpha Phi really is, and how many doors it has opened up for me.

I try to share my experience by example. That one week in July has forever changed who I am as a person. I learned so much about my values and the values of Alpha Phi. I believe I carry myself differently, that I posses more leadership qualities. and that I am able to one day become a leader of the Theta Sigma chapter. I hope that the girls from my chapter see and believe that my experience has made me who I am.

September 17, 2009

Inside Story

Kacey Albertine (Beta - Northwestern)
Alpha Phi Intern, Marketing and PR

The following quotes are excerpts from recent conversations that I have had with various friends:

“Wait, is it really September?”
“I can’t believe that we are seniors already!”
“Is summer actually over?”

For several Septembers now, I have, without fail, taken part in these exact same cliché exchanges (with the exception of the word “seniors” being replaced with the appropriate year) for the entirety of the month. Although we all welcome the weather, food, and fashion of autumn, we are hesitant to move on with it and leave behind those precious summer months.

Why do we mourn our summer experience when we can instead take summer with us as we march into September with enthusiasm?

I say this as I am finishing my last week as a Public Relations/Communications intern at the Alpha Phi International Office. This experience, along with my other summer internship, has gotten me excited to embark on my last year of college. Sure, I am nervous to begin my hunt for jobs in the “real world” for 2010 and beyond, but I welcome September because it asks me to start fresh. I may even secretly dub it “Fresh-tember,” as nerdy as that may be.

One of the most incredible experiences for me here at the Executive Office was interviewing Carol Reed. Carol is an Alpha Phi alumna who is the Marketing Manager at Lange Productions, a company that creates patient education materials for women, especially patients with breast cancer. I interviewed her for the On the Go Podcast that we will be showcasing in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. While speaking with her, I thought about my friend’s mother, who is a survivor, and her grandmother, who is not. I thought about how it affects the entire family in a way that I don’t completely understand, and I thought about how there’s a lot of need in the world for support.

Most of all, I thought about how much good we can all do if we take those little things we learn from our summers, whether it be summer jobs, internships, or relationships, and use them to educate others, to contribute our time to causes, to support friends, families, and strangers…to start fresh.

I thank Alpha Phi and Carol for inspiring me to experience September in a different way.

September 14, 2009

Alumnae Perspective

Each month, we'll be having our collegiate and alumane blog writers post about their Alpha Phi experiences. Want to write for the Alpha Phi blog? E-mail
Alpha Phi membership doesn’t end after graduating from college; it’s merely another step in the lifetime membership to our fraternity.
Whether you are a recent college graduate or you graduated in 1979, it’s never too late to join an Alpha Phi alumnae chapter. Currently, there are 137 chapters all across the United States and Canada promoting the values of why our fraternity was created by 10 women in 1872 at Syracuse.
By joining an alumnae chapter, you have the opportunity to meet other Alpha Phi sisters from chapters across the entire country and Canada.
Alumnae chapters offer a variety of activities ranging from book clubs, wine tastings and happy hours and games night to participating in philanthropic events. Another great reason to join is the networking aspect.
It’s not only alumnae who benefit from the alumnae chapters, it’s our collegiate chapters who receive support from these chapters in means of volunteers and participate in chapter’s formal recruitment, philanthropy events and alumnae events.

Lori Lyman-Losee (Beta Rho-Washington State)

For more information about alumnae chapters, to locate the closest chapter or to start up a chapter, visit the alumnae chapter listing or contact Paige Stallings at 847-316-8925 or e-mail at

September 2, 2009

The Inside Story

Elle Eichinger (Iota Eta-DePaul)
Quarterly Intern

Alpha Phi founders Clara Bradley Burdette and Martha Foote Crow are my best friends right now. While researching most of the founders usually leads to a dead end—there are absolutely NO photos of Florence Chidester Lukens!—CBB always provides me with something interesting, and MFC, a humorous photo or twenty (see picture).

We are currently working on a Founders’ Day kit to provide chapters with a way to celebrate the uber-important but incredibly vague Alpha Phi holiday (October 10th—mark your calendars!). I’ve raided the archives in the EO for photos of the founders, and in the process found a couple other things worth mentioning.

One was a letter to new members written by Clara Burdette that is posted below on the blog. As the director of new member education for my own chapter (Iota Eta-DePaul), I was excited to scan and copy that to pass out to our recruits this year.

The other thing I found was an essay, also written by Clara Burdette—I’m telling you, I love this girl. It was written in 1938, and is titled “The Characteristics of the Founders.” She discusses the eccentricities of each of the ten women, including herself, whom she says was described as “the molasses jug, which was always surrounded by the flies (the boys).”

But despite its humor, the essay focuses on a clear and meaningful message: women today may laugh at the eccentricities of the founders in photos and stories like these, but we must remember that someday down the road, future members will look at our pictures as silly too. We must remember that despite this, we are all the same girls at heart, with the same desires, and we must “play [our] part well, for memory’s records.”

The final sentence of the essay says: “We Founders were girls just like yourselves, with human qualities, open minds, and desirous of making the most and the best of ourselves, as we then saw the light.”

Thanks for the words of wisdom, Clara.

August 31, 2009

Call for 2010-12 International Executive Board Nominations

Dear Sisters,
We are just under a year until Convention 2010 in Miami and the election of our next International Executive Board (IEB)! The Committee on Leadership (COL) has been working diligently to make sure that our best and brightest serve the Fraternity in the role of Board member and International President.

The COL invites all Alpha Phi’s to participate in the nomination process by referring outstanding leaders or nominating yourself for consideration for the 2010-2012 International Executive Board. As an outstanding and dynamic membership organization, Alpha Phi Fraternity’s future depends on its strong and motivated leaders. We urge you to review the Knowledge, Skills and Attributes that the COL has identified as qualities that members of the next IEB would ideally possess to take on this exciting and important position. (

If you think you might be qualified, please nominate yourself, or you know an Alpha Phi that would make an excellent IEB or presidential candidate, please nominate her by October 15, 2009, via the online referral form (
). If you have any further questions, please refer to the Alpha Phi website at or email the committee directly at

Thank you for contributing to the future of Alpha Phi!

The Committee on Leadership

Carole Salerno, chair
Bonnie Arthur
Stacey Boulmetis
Holly Bryk
Carol Glotfelter
Kate Halfon
Allison Nash
Kim Watson
Eden Ahrens
Samantha Shulman

August 28, 2009

Collegiate Perspective

Each month, we'll be having our collegiate and alumane blog writers post about their Alpha Phi experiences. Want to write for the Alpha Phi blog? E-mail

Chapters across the country are finishing up a successful recruitment or perhaps preparing for one. Iowa’s fall formal recruitment is now over, and this year I separated from my sisters and represented the entire Panhellenic community as a Rho Gamma.

My blog this month is a little later than I had hoped; all of my attention these past two weeks has been turned toward the hundreds of potential new members hoping to be a part of the Greek community.

When I met my group of twenty women one week ago, I recognized familiar fear I had once had as an incoming freshman. Will I make friends? Will people like me? Can I really someday see this as my home and see these women as my sisters?

As a senior these anxieties seem like a lifetime ago, but this week I found myself hoping all of these things with the freshmen I was getting to know. I felt sorrow in their disappointments and shared joy in their successes.

When preference came around it hit me that I would not be sharing my last collegiate preference ceremony with my sisters. I was sad to miss this special night with the women who are my best friends but I was also excited to experience this night again through the eyes of women who someday might be my sisters.

I don’t regret choosing to miss my last formal recruitment to be a Rho Gamma. I got to watch future leaders of the Greek community find their way to the chapters they were meant to be a part of. I got to join in their first experience of being a sorority woman and I hope that my guidance helped them in some way; large or small.

I know that all of the chapters at Iowa have wonderful new women to lead them through the next few years and beyond. To Alpha Phi’s across the US and Canada: thank you for continuing to bring fabulous women into this sisterhood. It is a group I am honored to be a part of.

And finally to all the sisters who have joined our chapters across North America, welcome and AOE.

August 25, 2009

From the Archives

Aug. 1929
To the Pledges--
To you who are about to come into the loyal circle of Alpha Phi--I greet you.
You are not only to receive the accumulative blessings of high ambitions, rich experience and affectionate inspirations that have blossomed along the path you are about to enter but to you is entrusted nobler ambitions-new sources of inspiration-greater opportunities for leadership, fired by the spirit of modern light and vision.

Be zestful and carry your torch high.

Clara Bradley Burdette,

August 18, 2009

The Inside Story

Elle Eichinger (Iota Eta-DePaul)
Quarterly intern

I guess I underestimated the trust of a sister until I started my internship at the Quarterly magazine. Since day one—I’ve now been here for about four weeks—my supervisors have been handing me real projects to work on; if I were interning anywhere else, my only real project would likely have been figuring out the coffee machine.

Even before I arrived, the women here were confident enough in me to get a desk set up and set real goals for me to accomplish, such as writing articles for the magazine and writing podcasts for the Web site’s On the Go series. Lucky for me, I couldn’t have hoped to get more out of this internship; Lucky for them, I was prepared to take on projects like these (although I had been practicing my coffee-making).

Yesterday we produced the latest podcast in the series: Summer Balancing Act, online soon. Here at Alpha Phi, we use only the most high-tech equipment (see photo). Okay, not really—yesterday morning I worked on stacking up books just right so the microphone would sit at a good speaking level, then we used a little screen held together by binder clips to cover the mic.

This was all balanced out, however, by the voice of our podcasts, Jane Baxter Miller (Alpha Lambda-Alumna Initiate). Jane is a professional voice actress, and you can tell. Trust me, because I had to test the microphone, and her voice was like an angel’s compared to mine.

Finally, we added music and made some small edits; you would never know the podcast wasn’t recorded in a high-tech studio (but rather in a tiny office cubicle). You can check out the finished product at

I was so lucky to have been a part of that process, and am super excited about all the other projects I am working on. Check back for more updates from Kacey and me!
Alpha Phi's 2009 interns, Kacey and Elle, will be sharing their experiences at the Executive Office during their internship. To learn more about the Alpha Phi internship program click here.

August 14, 2009

Alumnae Perspective

Each month, we'll be having our collegiate and alumane blog writers post about their Alpha Phi experiences. Want to write for the Alpha Phi blog? E-mail

One easy way to give back to Alpha Phi as an alumna is by volunteering.
That doesn’t mean stepping up as a Chapter Adviser…at least not right away; but there are so many other amazing opportunities to support our collegiate chapters.

Volunteering has been one of the most rewarding things I have done since I graduated and it’s a great way to connect with the next generation of Alpha Phis and continue to stay involved with the fraternity at the local level.
From volunteering on a chapter’s advisory board to the House Corporation Board, there are endless opportunities to get involved and all it takes is one phone call or e-mail to your regional Human Resources Coordinator who can put you in touch with the nearest Alpha Phi chapter.

From my experience, the best part of volunteering is sharing my love, passion and enthusiasm for Alpha Phi with the collegians using my knowledge and expertise to help strengthen their chapter and sisterhood. My ultimate goal is for the collegians to understand why I volunteer and in turn they will want to volunteer for Alpha Phi after graduation.

During my time as an advisor, I have been able to travel around the country and have met hundreds of other sisters, all of whom I would never have had the opportunity to meet if I didn’t get involved and I am grateful by all of these amazing opportunities.

Remember, Alpha Phi is for a lifetime!

Lori Lyman-Losee (Beta Rho-Washington State)

To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Alpha Phi, click here.

August 12, 2009

Growing in Sisterhood

It’s finally August and time for recruitment at UK! Our consultants and Team Wildcat are packing our bags and getting ready for the move to Lexington this week. We’ve spent the summer planning and preparing to participate in the Open House round of formal recruitment with the rest of UK Panhellenic and we couldn’t be more excited about joining such a fantastic Greek community.
Our Alpha Phis from nearby campuses are hopping onto busses ready to introduce the wonderful world of Alpha Phi to potential new members. Our Web site is up and running, and our Team Wildcat members have been actively planning a calendar for our new members. We are busy purchasing our last few recruitment items and training our recruiters! Panhellenic Open House at UK is August 16th and 17th!

While we are busy on the ground in Lexington, support Alpha Phi by recommending a PNM, checking out our Facebook Application (, and thinking good thoughts for our future Kentucky Alpha Phis!

August 11, 2009

Inside Story

Kacey Albertine (Beta-Northwestern)
Alpha Phi Intern, PR & Marketing

When I first arrived two weeks ago to begin my Public Relations internship with Alpha Phi, I was struck by the sophisticated, yet laid-back atmosphere of the Executive Office. Although there are cubicles and people (mainly women) dressed in “snappy casual” floating about, there is a sense of connection and belief in Alpha Phi that makes this office feel like a home. It’s a wonder that although I am entering my senior year at Northwestern University and have lived at my own chapter’s (Beta) house just across the street, I have not been inside the headquarters until now!

The nature of my projects has also instilled in me a feeling of connection and sisterhood. I am currently composing a workbook for the women holding the position of Director of Public Relations at their chapter. It’s incredible to me that my project will help 147 chapters scattered around North America keep Alpha Phi alive and successful. Even though I am the Vice President of Membership Recruitment at the Beta chapter, I was unaware of all of the resources available for the women who hold an office in their chapter until now. If you’re a current member, you should really check out the “members only” tab on the website!

I will also be witness to the recording of our latest Alpha Phi Podcast, and will even input my own ideas for future Podcast topics. Like the workbook, the Podcasts reach a huge audience of members and alumnae, as well as their family and friends. It feels tremendous to be a part of that.

I will update this blog regularly as my projects with Alpha Phi expand and change. Until then, I am going to learn as much as I can from the lovely women here at the EO, not only to enrich the Beta chapter, but to enrich my own life as well.

Alpha Phi's 2009 interns, Kacey and Elle, will be sharing their experiences at the Executive Office during their internship. To learn more about the Alpha Phi internship program click here

July 31, 2009

On the Road

Sam Stawicki (Epsilon Rho – UC/Davis)
Second Year ELC

Looking back over my ELC experience I have met over 1,300 members, visited 20 universities, and participated in 10 recruitments – but one moment stands out from this experience. I was meeting with the president of a chapter, and we were discussing their initiation ceremony over lunch. Suddenly her eyes lit up, she put her sandwich down and said, “Guess what I just realized? You and I both went through the same initiation ceremony – sometimes it’s hard to remember that Alpha Phi is bigger than just my chapter at my university... but that’s what makes us sisters!!”

It seems like easy concept to remember that we’re all connected through Alpha Phi, but seeing this member feel that bond was so rewarding. Alpha Phi I more than just a 4 year experience at one university; it is a lifetime of friendship with dedicated women from over 150 different universities who all have the opportunity to continue to grow in Alpha Phi’s original values: truth, honor, and love.

July 28, 2009

Collegiate Perspective

Each month, we'll be having our collegiate and alumane blog writers post about their Alpha Phi experiences. Want to write for the Alpha Phi blog? E-mail

As I look forward to my senior year of college and saying good bye to my sisters, I can’t help but reflect back on the past three years Alpha Phi has given me. Most of my memories have been wonderful, but there have been difficult times. I once reached a point where I was planning on dropping Alpha Phi. Then something unexpected happened.

Due to special circumstances I was lucky enough as Vice President of Recruitment to be able to attend Convention in Arizona last July. I was nervous for Convention; being in Arizona by myself was intimidating and I worried that I would spend my time there wishing I was home. At that point in my life I wasn’t feeling much of a sisterly bond and I didn’t think Convention would help matters. I was definitely wrong.

We always hear about the international bond that Alpha Phi’s share, but I thought it was just something we talked about, not something I would experience. Not only were the women I met friendly towards me, we connected instantly.

I’m so grateful for the beautiful, smart, funny women I met last summer. I was reminded why I joined Alpha Phi in the first place; to be a part of a sisterhood that can withstand anything. I was reminded what it means to be an Alpha Phi, and I now have comfort in knowing that where ever my life leads after I graduate I will always have a connection of sisters to rely on.

Kimberly Riha
(Delta Epsilon-Iowa)
Alpha Phi Collegiate Blogger

July 17, 2009

Alumnae Perspective

I had grown up knowing that one day I would become an Alpha Phi. It was my mom who taught me several Alpha Phi songs from an early age and shared her stories and memories of being an Alpha Phi while in college. So it was no surprise when I would join the same chapter as her and my cousin in the fall of 1997 at Washington State University. Even before I was initiated, I knew that Alpha Phi meant more than just a 4-year experience. It was Alpha Phi where I met my best friends and who would later become my bridesmaids and where my mom also became my sister. It was Alpha Phi that brought my parents together and me and my husband.

During my years as a collegiate, I did whatever I could for my chapter and the only way I could repay Alpha Phi for all of the good memories was to give back as an alum. I began serving as an advisor two years after graduating before becoming the chapter adviser at the University of Puget Sound. As an alum and through my volunteering I have been able to meet even more Phi’s that I would probably have never met, many who have become some of my closest friends even though we lives thousands of miles apart. Currently, I serve as the Program Development Advisor for my own chapter as well as their Chapter Based Initiative facilitator, PNW Regional New Member Specialist and PNW Regional Conference Coordinator. One of my best highlights of my advising career was being named the 2006 Outstanding Chapter Advisor for the Pacific Northwest Region and more recently being awarded the Michaelean Award at the 2008 Alpha Phi Convention.

As a wedding and event planner based in Washington State, Alpha Phi has helped to provide me the tools to be successful in my field and it has provided me a large network to work with.

I feel that my life as only been enriched by Alpha Phi both as a collegiate and as an alumnae and I am thankful to have Alpha Phi in my life. It is Alpha Phi had made me the woman I am today.

Lori Lyman-Losee (Beta Rho-Washington State)

July 9, 2009

What's your story?

Leave a comment on this post that tells your sisters why you became an Alpha Phi and you could be quoted in an upcoming issue of the Quarterly.

And be sure to watch your inbox for The Alpha Phi Story video
coming soon.

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July 6, 2009

From the Executive Director

After a week in the role of Executive Director, I wanted to reach out and thank everyone for the warm welcome that I have received. The first time I logged into my new email account, I was greeted with a screen full of welcoming emails from collegians and alumnae across the US and Canada. It reaffirmed to me why I am so excited to be in this role. For all the fun and interesting things there are to work on, Alpha Phi is - at the core - about wonderful people.

To share a bit about my background, I attended Iowa State University and was initiated into the Zeta Delta chapter of Alpha Phi where I served as recruitment chairman. As an alumna, I have served as chapter adviser at Delta Zeta (University of Maryland) and Zeta Gamma (Santa Clara University), fraternity education adviser at Eta Delta (CSU / East Bay) and house corporation board president and chapter operations adviser at Beta Psi (San Jose State). I have always loved working with the collegiate chapters, and am immensely proud of the chapters I have had the opportunity to be a part of.

Professionally, I began my career as a software engineer and spent most of my career in Silicon Valley in high-tech management roles. My last role was president of the small-to-medium business division of EarthLink, a national internet service provider. Though I hope to contribute to Alpha Phi’s future in many ways, I am especially excited about how we can use technology to create even closer connections to each other.

Thank you again for the warm welcome and I look forward to meeting and working with many of you in the future as we work to carry on this wonderful legacy that is Alpha Phi.

Linda Wells (Beck) Kahangi

Executive Director
Alpha Phi International Fraternity

June 19, 2009

Quarterly Review

The very first issue of the Alpha Phi Quarterly, July 1888.
(click for larger image)

June 1, 2009

Growing Alpha Phi in Kentucky

As many of our chapters are already hard at work preparing for the fall, our extension team has been preparing for our upcoming colonization at the University of Kentucky. We’ve been working on everything from our marketing scheme to recruitment plans, colony development and finances!

So far we have had a fantastic response from committed Alpha Phi volunteers stepping up to join Team Wildcat, our Alpha Phi alumnae volunteer troupe who will lead Alpha Phi at UK. We’ve also been taking lots of great advice from our good friends on Panhellenic at the University of Kentucky!

Alpha Phi will be marketing on campus as soon as students arrive this August. We are sharing our colonization schedule with you so you can follow along with us. We are so excited to find leaders and future sisters to help start an amazing chapter at UK. As plans continue to move forward we hope you will wish us luck as we add a new chapter to Alpha Phi’s legacy in Kentucky! To get more Alpha Phi and Kentucky scoop visit

May 21, 2009

Alpha Phi Quarterly Awards!

Last week, Arden Schuman (Iota Eta-DePaul), Marketing and Communications Program Manager for Alpha Phi attended the Fraternity Communications Association's (FCA) Annual Conference. FCA is composed of fraternities and sororities committed to communicating the highest ideals of the fraternity system and its achievements. Their annual event is an amazing opportunity for Greek organizations to network, learn new skills and share their knowledge with each other.

It's also an opportunity to be recognized by Greek peers during the Fraternity Communications Association (FCA) / North American Interfraternal Foundation (NIF) awards competition.

We're proud to report that Alpha Phi's Quarterly came away with two awards this year:
Second Place, Fred F. Yoder Award for Overall Excellence. The award recognizes general excellence of a total publication as demonstrated in all issues of a magazine, newsletter or tabloid published within a year.

Second Place, Feature Article Design for the Fall 2008 feature “
Women and Voting.” The award honors creativity of feature article layouts of more than two pages in a magazine, newsletter or tabloid.
Given the quality and talent seen during the conference and among the award winners, we are especially honored to be chosen by our Greek peers for these awards.

Thank you to all the organizations and individuals who participated in this amazing conference. It is another reminder of the interfraternal community that we are all a part of and the great work that Greeks are doing everywhere!

May 4, 2009

Emily Bunch (Theta Iota-James Madison)
Educational Leadership Consultant

Spending the last few months on the road has brought back my love of literature, classic and contemporary. With all of the time on airplanes and sitting in airports I have been able to catch up on some of the novels I’ve been putting off. While I’ve read many books this year – some lighthearted, some educational, some inspirational – I have truly enjoyed reading them all and wished to recommend a few here.
The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella is simply priceless. Every girl has a secret love for shopping but in this series it is taken to the extreme. Despite the first book Confessions of a Shopaholic being made into a movie, I still suggest it as a great read.

The author of the Shopaholic series started writing individual novels under the name Madeleine Wickham. Cocktails for Three and The Gatecrasher were two books I picked up on the road simply because the covers were appealing. I know you should never judge a book by its cover, but both of these were worth the purchase.

Out of all of the books I’ve read over the last year, I definitely recommend The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch the most. I started reading this memoir without any idea of the lessons it held. Randy Pausch has an incredible story to tell and everyone can take away something meaningful from his amazing life.

As a professional in the Greek community, Goat: A Memoir by Brad Land is a heartbreaking story explaining one man’s experience as a fraternity pledge. This memoir brings forward the reality of hazing and how devastating it can be.

As I wrap up my first year as an ELC and head home for the summer, I am looking forward to continuing to check books off my list and adding more back on for my return to the ELC position next year.

April 30, 2009

The trees are blossoming and spring has sprung in Charlotte, NC! I was most recently on a GOLD trip, April 14 through April 16, meeting with A Phi alumns. I was able to meet up with 10 women during my time in the city. Ruth Alesci and Kristin Neal were able to meet up with me at a delicious local coffee shop, Dilworth Coffee; love the spiced chai lattes, yum! A special thank you to Mona Baset, Melissa Deere, Abby Basalyga, Hannah Deaton and Ruth Alesci for joining GOLD. You ladies are making changes and empowering women in Alpha Phi. It is from sisters like you who continue to make a difference!

Lauren Vandeveer (Delta Rho-Ball State)

April 20, 2009

When I joined Alpha Phi in the fall of 1992 as a sophomore I never could have imagined that I would be in my current role. I had a great time as an undergraduate member of the Theta Gamma chapter at Northeast Missouri State and am excited by the opportunities I have been given as an alumnae volunteer.

I did not originally stay involved when I graduated but 5 years later I decided I wanted to find an activity to take up some of my free time. While my volunteer roles have expanded (and multiplied) over the past 10 years I still get the most reward from working directly with our collegiate chapter members.

When people ask me why I volunteer for Alpha Phi I say it is a way for me to stay connected to an organization that has given me so much. As an undergrad Alpha Phi gave me a place to call home and a group of friends that were always there for studying, partying, and just hanging out. As an alumnae Alpha Phi had given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing women that I am fortunate to call my sisters, travel to exciting locations and lots of laughter.

Some of my favorite Alpha Phi times have been at regional conferences (Chicago in February) and conventions (much better weather). These events give me time to reconnect with other volunteers and meet lots of great collegiate officers.

Alpha Phi has truly become an lifetime commitment for me :)

Jaime Ryberg
NCMW Regional Manger

Regional Team at the NCMW Regional Conference

April 19-25 is National Volunteer Week! All week, Alpha Phi will be celebrating our volunteers and all that they do for Alpha Phi.

Be sure to send a thank you to the Alpha Phi volunteers in your life!

April 9, 2009

Born to Party (Plan)
How Two Alpha Phi Sisters are Making Waves
in the Event World
Written by Stephanie Hansen, managing partner of Starfish Creative Events, Inc.

For as long as I can remember, I have been a planner. The first event I can recall putting together was a surprise birthday party for my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Mills, at the ripe age of seven. It was a huge success! My father used to say to me ‘one day you’ll realize that life’s not just one big party’, and my response was always, ‘Who Says?’

My business partner and fellow Alpha Phi, Gail Cayetano, spent her time as most middle kids do -- working to be a creative standout in suburban, NJ. At the young age of 13 and armed with a new technological advancement called the “Internet”, Gail posted on job boards that she was starting her own casting company. Within a week she had received over 100 submissions from actors in the tri-state area. An entrepreneur was born.

The two of us first met at as undergraduates of Boston University, where we developed the usual college friendship – as sorority sisters. We both quickly rose as leaders in Alpha Phi, where we were able to organize and inspire our fellow sisters through team-bonding events, charity fundraisers and branding initiatives.

Years later, we reconnected 3,000 miles away from our original meeting place – in sunny Venice Beach, California. Though we both took different paths to get there, we found ourselves with very similar backgrounds in the event industry. So, we joined forces and founded our company, Starfish Creative Events, Inc (SCE). SCE is a full-service event management agency that caters to corporate and entertainment clients who wish to build their brands through events.

Since the start of the company 3 years ago, we have increased our revenue over 3000%, with 2008 sales coming in at almost half a million dollars. Our list of distinguished clients includes Activision, University of CA - Irvine, Virgin Charter, Douglas Emmett Management, Coin-Op Television, Konami Digital Entertainment, and celebrity David Hasselhoff.

In 2008, both Gail, now 26, and myself, 25, were honored by The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, capturing the honor of “Best Young Entrepreneurs” for the year. The Stevie Awards honor and recognize the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide.

We often reflect back on our time as sorority sisters in Alpha Phi, and are quick to realize how well the organization prepared us for the business world – and for a successful partnership.
Gail put it well when she said, “Not only did we refine crucial skills like networking, marketing and organization, but we learned how to follow a successful business model and, most importantly, solidified a strong friendship built on mutual respect and fortified by trust, which is why we make such great partners.”
I couldn’t agree more.

For more information on Starfish Creative Events, visit our website at

April 2, 2009

War Relief Stamps that Alpha Phi issued during WWII to help raise money.
Stop by the EO sometime to see the real thing!

March 31, 2009

Megan Aus (Epsilon-University of Minnesota)
Educational Leadership Consultant

At Beta Mu's March 7 installation, we looked out over the University of Alabama's Bryant-Denny stadium and were astounded by the accomplishments since the last time we stood in the stadium more than six months ago. Before September 5, Alpha Phi at Alabama was simply a vision waiting to be fulfilled. When we arrived on campus at the beginning of August we had no idea that Tuscaloosa, Alabama and a group of almost 200 women would find a place in the hearts of two girls from the Midwest.

As a consultant team, we began one of the largest colonization’s in the history of our organization and the University. We arrived on campus not knowing each other. We have now spent almost seven months shaping and guiding the future of Alpha Phi at UA...and becoming best friends. We’ve went through multiple transitions starting by interviewing nearly 400 women with the interview team, turning into the Executive Council and all officers, changing into chapter advisers and leaving amazed at the accomplishments of our charter members, excited for their future.

We love Bento, the Houndstooth, the quad, Denny Chimes, Bryant-Denny stadium and every bit of our Tuscaloosa experience. We know the appropriate time to yell ‘Roll Tide Roll’ during the song Sweet Home Alabama. Megan now wears sundresses and color often, Kat drinks sweet tea and eats fried okra and we both own Sperry’s and several pairs of Nike shorts. We feel like we have had the unique opportunity to see a start up from the beginning and worked the hardest in our lives to ensure it was successful.

We are so thankful for all of the volunteer support from Team Bama, for all of our dedicated and passionate members and for the opportunity Alpha Phi has given us to broaden our horizons. We will never forget our time at the University of Alabama and can’t wait to return and see the future successes of the chapter. Roll Tide! :)

March 23, 2009

As GOLD Development Officers for the Foundation, it has been truly exciting to reach out to the young women of our organization. We are currently in our second year of GOLD, and are still "hitting the road," traveling to major cities across the country, meeting with our young alums to not only educate them on what is happening at Alpha Phi on an International level, but gaining their support for our Foundation. Absolutely priceless.

All of our alums have gotten a little something different out of their experiences as Alpha Phis, but the most resounding theme is that we, as our organization's youth, want to support the continued development of Alpha Phi. We are not only a progressive organization that continues to empower our young women, but we consistently provide a connection even throughout our busy young lives that lasts far longer than our four years in college. We are allowing our young alumns to make a lasting difference in Alpha Phi.

We are honored to provide our young alums a way to "give back and get back." We have been able to attend many inspiring philanthropy events this winter. One being our DePaul Chapter's Red Dress Gala. We not only were able to share in the chapter's success, but gather with GOLD donors Molly Johnson & Tara Majeed (both advisors at DePaul) along with one of our current ELCs, Sam Stawicki.

Look for more of our adventures to come...We are definitely on the road less traveled and are happy to share these unique stories with you!

Feel free to contact Erin Leahey: or Lauren Vandeveer:

March 19, 2009

The Girls Fight Back Pose Contest is underway! Show us your best pose and win fabulous APhi and GFB prizes. Yep, web cam shots are accepted.

You've got until April 6 to get your photo in!

March 18, 2009

The Spring 1988 Quarterly cover.

March 11, 2009

1940's Alabama (Beta Mu) Christmas

March 6, 2009

Monica L. McComb (Beta Alpha-Illinois)
Educational Leadership Consultant

Room service, airport food, and Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Coffees from Starbucks are all temptations women face when they are jet-setting all over the U.S. Whether you are on a business trip or a vacation, eating healthy and working out are probably the last thing on your mind. However, spending a little extra time each day focusing on treating your body right can help increase your focus, energy, and most importantly, your HAPPINESS!

After 8 months of traveling, I have discovered a number of different resources that help me maintain a healthy life style. Here are some tips that can hopefully help
  • Travel with a jump rope and work out band in your suit case. They are light weight, cheap, and effective.

  • Take 10 minutes in the morning to get 250 jumps in as well as some good arm and leg stretches.

  • Pack healthy snacks for your flight such as apples, raisins, or granola bars. All three of these are light on your wallet and belly!

  • Take advantage of your area and some fresh air! Go to and find a new path to power walk or run on in your business or vacation spot.

  • Portions, portions, portions. Remember, when you are eating out at restaurants, portions are twice as large as a meal you would eat at home. As soon as you get your meal, cut the meal in half. Enjoy half and eat the other half later!

March 4, 2009

Regional Conferences are always an exciting time to see officers train and learn how to do a better job in their positions. Officers leave inspired and excited to be Alpha Phis. This is so much more true when working with colony members at conferences.

Last weekend, our colonies at Georgia Tech and Alabama attended the Southeast Regional Conference together. Their excitement and need to absorb as much Alpha Phi knowledge as they could was contagious! They mixed and mingled with the other chapters in the Southeast region, and left with so many ideas that will prepare them as the first set of officers in their colony.

February 19, 2009

If you had asked me five years ago as a senior in high school where I would be at the end of college I definitely wouldn’t have answered that I would be working professionally for a sorority. In high school sororities didn’t really interest me and I didn’t even know they existed at the schools I applied to. Thanks to my roommate and best friend who asked me to rush with her I would not have been able to experience such a powerful network of women.

This has by far been the most significant experience of my life. I never imagined that I would gain so many skills and learn so many new things in such a short year. I am so grateful to have had such a wonderful experience. I have met so many incredible chapter women and volunteers on the road. I am also lucky to have nine other ELC’s to lean on in tough times and share memorable experiences with. Every time I leave a chapter I am reminded of how empowering our organization truly is, how lucky I am to be a part of it, and how many amazing women we have in Alpha Phi.

By the time I am finished I will have visited 22 chapters and have met over 2500 women. I have received approximately 35 new t-shirts and memories that will last a lifetime. I have so much that I will be bringing
back with me to Canada on April 1st when I am finished. I will remember my experience fondly and will continue to volunteer until I am no longer able.

We are all so lucky to be part of Alpha Phi. We have a strong International sisterhood that allows us to help each other internationally.