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 eeichinger@alphaphi.org
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 pstallings@alphaphi.org.

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.