April 27, 2010

Extension Update

We are excited to share the news that Florida State University has selected Alpha Phi to colonize as their 16th NPC sorority. The International Executive Board has voted to accept the invitation. This will reopen our Gamma Phi chapter, originally founded in 1959. Alpha Phi will colonize and recruit in Fall 2010.

Here are some pictures of our Gamma Phi – Florida State sisters from our archives!

Gamma Phi/Florida State’s first new member class

Gamma Phi/Florida State Officers – Fall 1959

April 25, 2010

Collegiate Experience

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

Lauren Donahoo William Woods (Delta Chi)

Alpha Phi. Texan. Avid Horse Back rider. Ex triathlete. Procrastinating blogger. Sporadic Twitter-er. Driver of large, loud truck “Jane”. Lover of the outdoors. Adorer of the Dallas Cowboys. Those are just a few things that define me – Lauren Donahoo. Although the first thing on the list is definitely Alpha Phi. I’m a proud member of the Delta Chi chapter at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. I chose the school for its unique degree program in Equestrian Science – “horses” in lay(wo)man’s terms, as I plan to be a professional rider and dressage trainer “when I grow up” (if that ever happens!). I was granted the opportunity to share my two cents with the Alpha Phi community because I blog my own training at www.TexanEquestrian.blogspot.com .

“Home” is Texas for me. I say “home” because let’s be honest – I’ve found that my home is where my girls are. Walking up the front steps of the house to the sounds of music blaring in the bathrooms on all three floors and the smell of cookies baking in the basement is what keeps me going. While I’ll be a Texan til’ the day that die, and I love my family, the tiny town in the Middle of Nowhere, Missouri where the Alpha Phi house is nestled is definitely Home.

Currently, I’m a Junior at William Woods University, with plans to graduate in May of 2011 with my Bachelor’s. I’ve served as the Panhellenic Delegate and Panhellenic Treasurer during my freshman and sophomore years at WWU, respectively. However, my junior year I jumped on the opportunity to “study abroad”. I received the opportunity to train and compete with some very nice horses, and it qualified as an internship, but instead of being across the pond, so to speak, I’m back home in Texas. So I’ve taken two semesters – Fall of ’09, and Spring of ’10 as an “early sabbatical” to further my experience and my career in the saddle. It has been a tremendous effort to stay away from my girls for this long but I’ll return to normal college life in Missouri this fall. While I have learned and continue to learn a lot, I’m SO excited for my senior year!

However, if anyone had told me my senior year of high school that this is where I’d be now, I’d have laughed for days. I was listening to every stereotype around, believing the crazy stories, even turning down scholarships to some state universities because of their astounding Greek population. Little did I know, I’d meet some of the most fabulous women I’ve ever had the privilege to know, and even have the honor of joining them in all of their endeavors while they helped guide my own. I was attracted to Greek life because of the women I met who showed me they were the furthest opposite of every stereotype and image of Greek life I’d ever come to know. I was attracted to Alpha Phi when I found genuine, honest women who made me feel as though we’d already been best friends for three decades. I was hooked.

So over the next year, I’ll be blogging about all the things that I’m hooked on. Everything from recruiting new Phis, philanthropy events, goal setting, raising awareness of Greek and Alpha Phi life, and what being a Phi means to me. But until next month, I wish all my sisters wonderful spring weather, glamorous year end events, and all my love from warm, sunny Texas!

AOE, Lauren

April 22, 2010

Alpha Phi Staff Profile: Cathy Koessl

Cathy Koessl
Graduate of Marquette University. Alum initiate – Initiated at Convention 2000

Originally hired as Staff Accountant in June of 1999. Am now the Director of Finance

Where do you work? Executive Office in Evanston, IL

What does your job entail? I am responsible for the planning, development and financial management of the Fraternity. I also Provide support and advice to EO staff, volunteers and members on all aspects of financial operation issues.

Why do you like working for Alpha Phi? Working with all of the great staff and volunteers

What is your Alpha Phi legacy? Continue to help solidify Alpha Phi’s financial position.

Hobbies: Watching Brewers, Cubs and Packers games.

Complied by: Lori Losee (Beta Rho/Washington State University)

April 20, 2010

From the archives

This postcard reads
"Syracuse University occupies an elevated site of fifty acres. It had its inception in the celebration of Methodism in 1866. The colleges are open to women on the same terms as men."

April 16, 2010

Alpha Phi Staff Profile: Stefania Rudd

Stefania Rudd
Theta Rho/Cameron University

Alpha Phi Fraternity: Manager of Resources and Training Initiatives, almost 3 years (in June)

Where do you work? In Evanston, IL at the Executive Office (come visit!)

What does your job entail? I primarily focus on the Leadership Initiative which has two components: Chapter Based Instruction (CBI) and the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI). I also work with chapters on programming specifically the new member program, scholarship, alcohol education, and Ritual/ceremonies.

Why do you like working for Alpha Phi? I am a big Alpha Phi nerd, so to be able to do what I do for an organization I love is great. It is also a way for me to utilize my higher education background while not being at a university. And of course, the wonderful people that I work with here at the office, alumnae volunteers, and the collegiate members make this job worthwhile. It’s all about the relationships.

What is your favorite Alpha Phi memory? I have so many! But in recent years it would have to be the ELI program. I have met so many phenomenal women and I really feel the Fraternity is in good hands.

What is your Alpha Phi legacy? I have a few that I can think of, but ultimately I follow the philosophy of leaving something better than I found it. Time will tell what my legacy is. But I have a feeling even when I enter the Silent Chapter I’ll be put to work doing something and I’ll gladly do it.

What is the future of Alpha Phi? It’s membership. As we continue to grow in numbers many more people will be in contact with Alpha Phis. How we behave through our actions and words will determine what is thought of us as a whole. We are all in this together and we need to strive to be the best possible women, not only to each other, but to others. This responsibility falls on the newest member to the oldest alumna.

Family: Both of my parents (Willie and Renata) are still in my hometown (Lawton, Ok). I have an older sister, Kathy (who is also an Alpha Phi and a charter member of Theta Rho) and she lives in Austin, TX with her husband, Brian. I have a younger brother, Michael, who lives in Los Angeles, CA. All of my extended family is in Northern Italy. I also consider my friends my family and I have been blessed to have so many wonderfully fabulous people in my life.

Hobbies: Music (http://meltyourfaceoff.blogspot.com/), food, and comedy. My spare time can be boiled down into one of those three categories.

Interesting fact about yourself: I am currently working a wedding sketch show with a fellow Alpha Phi, Jo Meyers, called “Better Off Wed”: http://betteroffwedshow.com/

Complied by: Lori Losee (Beta Rho/Washington State University)

April 15, 2010

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

Kimberly Riha (Iowa-Delta Epsilon)

It is hard as an upperclassman to attend every Alpha Phi gathering like you maybe did when you were younger. When I lived in our chapter structure I was at every philanthropy, every sisterhood, every chance I got—I was participating in Alpha Phi. Now that I have moved out of the chapter structure, have a job, and am working on figuring out life post graduation it is harder to find time to be around the younger members. Even though I may not be around them all the time, I still think it is important to set a good example. Older members should do their best to stay involved. This year I helped plan our parent’s weekend and I was also a member of Iowa’s Greek Week Council. Even though Greek Week Council isn’t directly related to Alpha Phi it shows the younger members that there are plenty of fun ways to be active in the Greek Community as an older member.

We have all felt the struggle to try to get our older members to attend events. Why now, as seniors, would we become the uninvolved members that gave us so many frustrations? Staying active is a great way to set a positive example for our younger Alpha Phis. It is also in the hands of the seniors to provide an example of what it really means to be an Alpha Phi. Alpha Phi, to me, means class and confidence. With social networking sites as extremely popular and visible as they are, it is necessary that the members of Alpha Phi maintain their class, confident image by being appropriate on the internet. Upperclassmen should lead by example to show the younger women the importance of maintaining a positive image because we are always representing not only ourselves, but Alpha Phi as well.

April 10, 2010

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

Jenn Woods (Eta Eta-Seton Hall)

Are you on Facebook? I am. It’s addicting and fun, but why did you join? I know many of us joined social networking sites to catch up on what the captain of our high school football team looks like now but these website aren’t just about information, they’re about reconnecting. Thanks to Facebook, we have the tools to find our old friends and sisters, women with whom we shared our joys and tears.

There are so many great things that I remember about the women in my chapter and it is so nice to be back in touch with them. The best part about social websites is that you don’t have to ask people what they have been doing for the past fifteen years. With all of our hectic lifestyles, who has time to chat about everything that has happened in the past fifteen years? All it takes is the “like” button and viola, you are back in touch! A quick birthday wish or a funny comment under someone’s status is all you need.

One of the greatest tools we have all used to get back in touch is the events application. Organize a dinner, send out an invitation and before you know it, we’re all back together again. I can’t tell you how many laughs I have had with these girls over dinner in the past few months. It’s wonderful to learn that we have all matured into great women.

So the next time you log onto Facebook or Twitter, don’t just check up on your old boyfriend, take the time to see what your old sisters are doing. You never know when an opportunity or a chance to reconnect may pop up.

April 8, 2010

Extension Update

Alpha Phi to install its newest chapter – Iota Nu at the University of Kentucky

By: Lori Losee (Beta Rho-Washington State University)

On Saturday, April 10, more than 120 women will be initiated in to Alpha Phi followed by the installation of Alpha Phi’s newest chapter – Iota Nu at the University of Kentucky.

Saturday is the culmination of nearly a year in the making. In the Spring of 2009, Alpha Phi was chosen out of many fantastic NPC sororities to join UK’s Greek community and became the newest sorority to colonize on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

With the support of several Fraternity staff members, ELCs and a core team of alumnae volunteers, the inaugural new member class was recruited in the fall and over the last seven months, they have been introduced to Alpha Phi and have elected officers and are ready for their next challenge of transitioning from a colony to an installed chapter.

The Iota Nu Chapter has had several successful events including:

· Participating in UK’s Dance Blue, raising $8,400 and had 29 dancers participate

· Attended their first South East Regional Conference

· Hosted a Sweetheart Dance with Sigma Nu

· Hosted their first IGPA Philanthropy Event with Delta Gamma, Phi Gamma Delta, and Delta Tau Delta, a 5on5 basketball tournament called Greek Madness.

Join us in welcoming Iota Nu to the Alpha Phi family!

April 5, 2010

On the Road

Kat Jenne (Gamma Nu-Miami University)
08-09 ELC

One Day in the Life of an ELC

I arrived Monday in Austin after a few delays in O’Hare to visit our Omega chapter at the University of Texas - Austin. The members came and welcomed me at the airport. They were so warm and friendly!! We all went back to the house which is beautiful and located right by the capitol building.

I started off the visit by meeting with the Executive Council. I received my schedule for the busy week ahead. They have an "'Eat Your Heart Out" barbeque from 11am-3pm at the house later that day! Tomorrow will be their first date party with a Mardi Gras theme. By Friday, I’ll have to pack up my things again for my next trip to the Southeast Regional Conference in Virginia.

After receiving my schedule, I left to run errands with a member who planned their philanthropy event and it started raining. She told me that is rarely rains or is cold in Austin. I love this city!! It’s very busy and seems very alive despite the rain.

The Omega House

The Capitol that is to the right of the Alpha Phi House

For lunch, I was able to meet another ELC’s sister, Mandie and her five month old son Anderson. It was really nice – like having some time with family in a new city! They both live in Austin and were happy to meet another ELC on the road.

Me and Anderson

It has been amazing meeting the sisters of Omega; they made me feel so at home! I’m looking forward to attending their events and meeting more members throughout the week. This has been a great day!!

April 1, 2010

Quarterly Review

Those shirts, that hair! This is a 1980's classic.