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. (http://www.alphaphi.org/COL/skillsattributes.html).

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 (http://www.alphaphi.org/COL/referrals.html
). If you have any further questions, please refer to the Alpha Phi website at http://www.alphaphi.org/COL/ or email the committee directly at COL@alphaphi.org.

Thank you for contributing to the future of Alpha Phi!

Sincerely,
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 aschuman@alphaphi.org

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.

Affectionately,
Clara Bradley Burdette,
Founder.

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 alphaphi.org/podcast.

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 aschuman@alphaphi.org

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 (http://www.bealphaphifacebook.com/), 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
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