We are excited to announce our 2011 Collegiate Perspective Guest Bloggers! Stay tuned to read their pieces on a variety of topics: everything from Alpha Phi fashion to philanthropy ideas and more! For now, get to know each of our guest writers by reading their bios below. Welcome to the Alpha Phi blog team!
Alison Parker is a sophomore member of the Theta Iota chapter at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Originally from
Martinsville, VA, she is a Media Arts and Design (Journalism) major
with minors in Dance and Conflict Analysis/Intervention. She is the Vice President of Marketing for her chapter and believes online media has a huge impact on Alpha Phi’s image. Alison was instrumental in creating a Twitter account and blog for her chapter and is currently designing a new website. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, photography, theatre, dancing and swimming. She loves Alpha Phi and strives to live the ritual every day.
Chelle Haynes is a senior at SUNY (Plattsburgh) where she is a member of the Theta Psi chapter. She currently serves as the Alumnae Relations Chair, a member of the Recruitment Committee and part of the campus wide Future Fraternal Leaders program. Outside of Alpha Phi, Chelle is the president of Lambda Pi Eta, the communications honors society, and a member of Anthropology Club, Honors Student Association and Omicron Delta Kappa, the leadership honors society. She is a triple major in Art History, English Literature and Anthropology with minors in Journalism, Spanish and Archaeology. Chelle waitresses at the restaurant Friendly's on the weekends and also runs her own photography business. She was the Art Director, Photo Editor and Web Editor of a student run, award-winning newspaper, Cardinal Points, along with serving for two years as the Editor-in-Chief of her school yearbook. She speaks Spanish and two dialects of Elvish fluently (yes, the Lord of the Rings language), loves Wonder Woman and plays the keytar.
Alex Jackson, born and raised in Southern California, is a senior at George Mason University with a major in Communication and a minor in Business. She has recently completed her term as President of the Eta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi and was recently awarded Greek Woman of the Year by GMU Fraternity and Sorority Life. Outside of school and sisterhood, Alex would like to be traveling around the world and visiting friends around the country. She is excited to fulfill her passion for travel upon graduation, as well as moving back to the west coast, but her time in Alpha Phi is something she will never forget. Alex’s Alpha Phi experience has changed her life, and she is excited to enjoy her last few months with her sisters and write for the Alpha Phi International blog.
Devin Denny is a senior at the Theta Kappa Chapter at University of Rochester. She is currently finishing her degrees in History and Religious Studies, writing her thesis and hoping to attend graduate school in the fall. Eventually, Devin would
like to become involved in a non-profit that focuses on women's educational rights. During her membership in Alpha Phi, Devin has served as the Panhellenic Delegate, Marshall, a Recruitment Counselor, and the Director of New Member Education. Devin loves used bookstores, popsicle stick jokes, Humphrey Bogart and the Chicago Cubs.
Grace Roberts is a charter member of the Beta Mu chapter at the University of Alabama. She is a junior finishing her degree in Dance and pursuing another in Public Relations. Grace currently serves as the Director of Parents’ & Family Weekends for the Beta Mu chapter. She is also part of Nu Delta Alpha, a dance honors society on campus. Besides cheering on the tide, Grace spends her free-time working at a local dance boutique and watching Chelsea Lately with her sisters.
Stephanie LeBlanc is the current Vice President of Marketing at Alpha Phi’s Upsilon chapter at Washburn University. Next fall, she will be a 5th year senior finishing up her degree in Psychology. This extra year of school is the result of Stephanie exploring her options to find a path that she genuinely loved, rather than declaring a major early on. A few years ago, she transferred to Washburn from a school that didn’t offer Greek Life and, without hesitation, decided to go through formal recruitment. She found a perfect fit with Alpha Phi and confidently jumped into involvement both in her chapter (a month after initiation, she was elected VPPD) and within other organizations including Psychology Club, Gamma Chi Lambda, Campus Activities Board and Gamma Sigma Alpha. In February 2011, she was selected to join Mortar Board and nominated for Washburn’s Greek Woman of the Year award, which will be decided in May. She looks forward to getting even more involved during her last two semesters and, of course, sharing her Alpha Phi experiences through this amazing opportunity!