June 30, 2010

Collegiate Experience

Kimberly Riha (Iowa-Delta Epsilon)

As I sat in my graduation ceremony waiting for my name to be called, I looked next to me at my roommate, a fellow Alpha Phi. We had spent the past four years at Alpha Phi together, and now we waited for our diplomas and for whatever the world may throw at us. Looking back on the past few years I have spent as an Alpha Phi, I see a family. I see a family that let me grow and have new experiences all while keeping me sheltered and safe. I see the third floor of our chapter house while everyone got ready to go out. I hear laughter and I remember the way the sun would shine through my window in the early spring. Some of my Alpha Phi memories have begun to grow hazy, as though they are from a past life. I know that when I look back on my years as an undergraduate I won’t remember specific parties or conversations, but I will remember the amazing women who were by my side through everything.

Now that I have graduated, I am hoping to stay close to the University of Iowa. I also hope to be an advisor for my chapter. I loved my undergraduate years as an Alpha Phi and though I know my experience will never be the same as it once was, being an Alpha Phi will continue to enrich my life. Even if I am not close to an undergraduate chapter, I hope that I end up living near an alumnae chapter that I can become involved in. I see Alpha Phi always being a big part of my life because it was one of the biggest contributors to who I have become as a young woman.

June 15, 2010

Alpha Phi Staff Profile: Gwendolyn Hill

Gwendolyn Hill
Gamma Epsilon/Lake Forest

Program Manager: ELCs and Recruitment, it’ll be 3 years in July!

Where do you work?

I work at the Alpha Phi Executive Office in Evanston and I live in Chicago. I also make 4-6 recruitment visits each year. In addition, I attend regional conference(s), Recruitment University and Convention.

What does your job entail?

I manage all aspects of the ELC program from recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, and managing the consultants. I also support our recruitment department in a variety of ways at the office which includes managing the legacy/recommendation process, answering recruitment-related questions, and providing general support to the International Recruitment Team (IRT).

Why do you like working for Alpha Phi?

I love working with the consultants! We have a great program which reaches out to all of our chapters but also develops our consultants to be strong, independent professionals. It’s amazing to watch ELCs grow through the position and launch their volunteer careers after working here. I’m also a little recruitment-obsessed and love learning from every recruitment visit I make whether it’s a new song, a different strategy, or building relationships with our members.

What is your favorite Alpha Phi memory?

It’s so hard to pick just one!! Since I’ve worked at the EO, probably the coolest thing I’ve done is to attend the Greek Congressional Visits in Washington DC. I was one of 200 fraternity and sorority representatives lobbying for Greek housing (for the passing of the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (H.R. 1547/S.781)). Not only did I get to meet several Senators and Congressmen, but I saw firsthand how strong our organizations can be when we come together for a cause.

What is your Alpha Phi legacy?

I’m a charter member of my chapter which is such a unique experience! We not only started the chapter but began many of the traditions still carried on today. I had the wonderful opportunity to go back for our 5-year anniversary, and I couldn’t be more proud of my chapter!!

What is the future of Alpha Phi?

Alpha Phi is an immensely strong and meaningful organization. We continue to grow each year with each new member class we pledge, each new chapter we establish, each opportunity we COB, each member we retain, and each volunteer we engage. Every person contributes to our success and growth by educating others about our organization and being a strong representative in her community. Alpha Phi will continue to grow along with our membership, our name recognition, and our strong sisterhood bond.

Tell us about your family!

I have an adorable black toy poodle, Coquette, who I’ve had for four years. Both my parents and older sister live in central Illinois. And I have extended family in the suburbs of Chicago, central Illinois, Nashville, and New Jersey.


My hobbies include running, playing in intramural leagues (kickball, volleyball, softball), cooking, learning about wine, traveling abroad, and being an active alumna of Lake Forest College.

Interesting fact about yourself!

I lived in Nashville for a year after I graduated and had the opportunity to work at a CMA after party. Throughout the course of the night I met Jewel, Rascal Flats, Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, and more country music singers!

How to stay connected with Alpha Phi this summer?

By Lori Losee (Beta Rho-Washington State)

Even though we are only a few days away from the official start of summer, it doesn’t mean time off from Alpha Phi. Though we are away from our sisters there are still a variety of ways to stay connected.

Whether it is following Alpha Phi via Twitter, Facebook or through this Blog it’s important to strengthen our ties to one another and to the Fraternity.

Now is the time to branch out and find other Alpha Phi members where you plan on spend your summer vacation, you would be surprised just how easy it is to spot an Alpha Phi or two in your own hometown. Whether it’s in the grocery store or simply getting a cup of coffee, Alpha Phis are all over.

Make sure to wear your Alpha Phi letters loud and proud to demonstrate your love for our fraternity and getting the message out there that there is nothing better than Alpha Phi.

June 10, 2010

Cheers to the Class of 2010

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

As we enter the final weeks of the school year, hundreds of our Alpha Phi seniors are preparing to say goodbye to their last days of being a collegiate Alpha Phi member. Now, is the time to look at the many options that are available to alumnae both young and old.

One of the best ways to continue your lifetime commitment to Alpha Phi and stay connected at the alumnae level is to contact your local Alpha Phi Alumnae Chapter or Ivy Connection (Click here for alumnae chapter listings). These chapters are a great way to stay in touch with Alpha Phi and also a great networking tool. Alumnae chapters provide both social and philanthropic opportunities to stay involved.

ere is a sampling of “The Top Ten Ways to Stay Involved” with Alpha Phi from the 2010 edition of Transitions, The Resource for Alpha Phis Newest Alumnae:

• Communicate Across the Miles: Are you the sister that others consider the main "communicator" and keeps tabs on everyone? Know exactly the sister we are referring to? Encourage her to update the Executive Office on classmates' contact information and create some way everyone in the class can remain connected. There are so many options: Facebook groups, pledge class blogs, monthly e-mails. No matter how you do it, remember it's easier to stay connected than it is to reconnect in a few years.

• Show your Pride: Now that you'll be dressed in "business casual" more often during the week, here are a few easy ways to continue mapping (Marketing Alpha Phi) as an alumna: wear your red dress pin, sport your t-shirts at the gym, wear your badge or even buy new Alpha Phi accessories to compliment this new chapter of your life. You never know where you might run into an Alpha Phi sister!

• Be Part of our Social Network: Alpha Phi is on Facebook and Twitter now so it's easy to stay up to date on Fraternity happenings. Plus, you might meet new friends on our fanpage in your new city. If you have plans to travel after graduation, be sure to check out the "Alpha Phis Overseas" Facebook group. It is a great way to connect with a sister living abroad and to gain valuable travel advice.

More ideas will be featured in upcoming issues of Transitions so be sure to check www.alphaphi2010.com later.

June 5, 2010

On the Road

Ashley Welle (Gamma Omicron-Drake)
09-10 ELC

Life on the road has taught me to expect the unexpected. Even with detailed schedules mapping out my day, there is never a dull moment. One of the most valuable things I’ve learned while traveling is to celebrate every small victory and to appreciate the unexpected. Here is a list of my top ten little victories:

10. Making it all the way through security, the airport, and onto the plane without getting “reprimanded” for having too much or too heavy of luggage.
9. Learning a new Alpha Phi song.
8. Meeting other consultants on the road.
7. Arriving at a chapter that has already provided Diet Mt. Dew for my caffeine addiction.
6. Handing out my Alpha Phi business card - still makes me feel cool.
5. Doing laundry. I never thought I would learn to appreciate this.
4. Making it all the way through my emails in one sitting – take that Gmail!
3. Meeting a fellow Minnesotan – yah sure, you betcha
2. Squeezing in an episode of Glee or The Vampire Diaries. Yet another addiction.
1. Making a new friend – every day.

June 1, 2010

Quarterly Review

The countdown to Convention has begun!
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