March 16, 2011

The Silver and Bordeaux Tradition: Gamma Phi Chapter’s Installation at FSU

In 1879, Alpha Phi adopted its official colors, silver and bordeaux, distinctive shades that have come to represent the rich history and timeless bonds originally established by our Fraternity's ten Founders.

Since their adoption, members have worn these colors in the form of a silver and bordeaux ribbon under their badges to acknowledge special occasions. These recognized occasions include Alpha Phi Founders’ Day, the anniversary of a chapter’s installation and the installation of a new chapter.

On March 19, Alpha Phi and its members will honor the re-installation of our Gamma Phi chapter at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. On this day, we ask members to participate in our Fraternity’s long-standing tradition by wearing silver and bordeaux ribbon beneath our member badges.

We have also created a recognition icon for use on Facebook profile pages, and ask members to upload it as their profile pictures or post it to their walls, spreading awareness about Gamma Phi’s installation. You can download this icon here.

We also look forward to the installation of our Iota Omicron chapter at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on April 2, and once again ask our chapters to take part in these events on that date.

Take this chance to embrace tradition and wear your Alpha Phi colors proudly in recognition of these two exciting events!

Stay tuned to our blog for a follow-up post next week, which will include photos and highlights from Gamma Phi’s installation.

Kristen Mitchell is the Program Manager of Marketing and Communications at the Alpha Phi Executive Office. She can be reached at

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