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)

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