November 30, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: Interacting with Alumnae

The opportunities for Alpha Phi alumnae are endless, and the opportunity for collegians to interact with the dedicated alumnae network and connect with sisters everywhere is unmatched. Whether you’re on the brink of an unbelievable career opportunity, struggling to find a place in the working world or simply trying to navigate as a new alumna, there’s a sister who has been there before.


Alpha Phi’s LinkedIn groups provide career support and networking opportunities within your industry, and upon graduation, the Alpha Phi Transitions e-newsletter will be able to assist you with entering the real world.


While the Alpha Phi alumnae network is beneficial for career advancement, the opportunity to learn from and grow with alumnae—both young and old—is truly special. I encourage all sisters to connect to an alumna sister, whether they’re from your own chapter or not, as they’ll be able to share stories of Alpha Phi that may not be the same experiences you had. Sharing that familiarity as sisters is a great way to bond in the real-world.


Throughout my time in Alpha Phi, I’ve been privileged to meet and work with Alpha Phi alumnae from across the country. From each of these sisters I have learned something new, and they have motivated me to be a dedicated Alpha Phi volunteer upon graduation. They’ve inspired me to give something else back to our beloved Fraternity far beyond my collegiate experience.


Finding an alumnae opportunity is as simple as searching “alumnae” at alphaphi.org or creating a LinkedIn Profile and connecting to the Alpha Phi group. You won’t regret taking the time to do so!


Katie Foster is a collegiate member at Maine (Delta Nu)

November 25, 2011

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November 21, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: Making Risk Management Fun



Risk Management. Cue the cringes and groans of every collegiate Chapter President and VP Program Development. Before every social event you stand in front of the chapter and deliver the same speech about responsibility and rules. You feel like you’re beating a dead horse, and the blank stares in the crowd make you wonder if anyone is actually listening to what is being said. Sound familiar?

Today, as I finish my term as chapter president, I realize just how much time chapters spend on risk management. No chapter member will tell you that risk management is her favorite part of the Fraternity, yet the well-being of those very same members is an incredibly important part of being an Alpha Phi. As chapter leaders, we strive to engage our members in chapter programming. Risk management proves to be one of the most challenging areas, but there are ways to make your programming more fun and effective!

1) At the chapter meeting before a social event, have your VP Program Development give a jeopardy-style quiz about your chapters Risk Management policies, what time they need to be at event check-in, etc. Hand out candy to anyone who answers a question correctly. Getting members involved makes things more fun and gets people engaged in learning the information.

2) Does your chapter have a check-in hour before you leave for your event? See if you can reserve a large conference room or other room on campus. This streamlines the process for Executive Council members and alleviates the pressures of people wandering off or making a mess of the chapter house.

3) At your check in hour, provide snacks, water and fun activities. At our formal this fall we created a backdrop and had one of our members take silly prom pictures. We also had karaoke, which helped make check-in fun and prevented people from getting bored.

4) As serious and important as risk management is, remember to be positive and remind your chapter that everyone is working together! Everyone should be holding each other accountable, which alleviates the pressure for executive councils to act like chapter police.



Kelsey Moore is a collegiate member at DePauw University (Gamma chapter).

November 14, 2011

All About You


In 2003 I was a successful career woman with a great job, a great house, fun friends, and big plans for being a working mom. Then that week came when we were supposed to take our little one to day care. My husband and I simply couldn’t do it, and so began my journey to maintain a sense of myself.

What is self? I suppose it’s the place where you’re comfortable with what you know, how you apply it, and what is going on in your world. If what you know shifts, how do you remain grounded? That’s been a question I ask myself almost daily.

For me, that’s where Alpha Phi has become truly valuable. College was a tremendous experience for me, full of all the superlatives you can throw at a time in your life with relatively low responsibility and high ability to do as you please. I joined as a junior and did not choose a leadership path because I knew my tenure was short. In that that time, I learned many valuable lessons on relationships and meeting expectations.

So many women I know struggle with where they fit in the world. Whether they’re in the workforce or at home for their tasks, I find many of my friends are simply drained from all they do. Stress, boredom, repetition, and lack of recognition take their toll on everyone, but especially women who want to have it all.

I’m not immune to feeling drained. Over the past eight years of my sabbatical from “a real career,” I’ve worked to build some defenses over feeling downtrodden. One method is not foolproof, but it’s so effective that it makes me sad others don’t use it.

You guessed it—I stay in touch with Alpha Phi. I take it a step beyond just the “I sent in my lifetime dues” category, although that is important and might be just what other need. I have found that I need to maintain a relationship with my alumnae chapter.

I can hear the explanations now. I’m too busy. Work wears me out. The kids have baseball, ballet, basket weaving practice. We’re all on the life path, friends, with the same amount of time in our day. And here’s what I learned, not from my Alpha Phi life, but some other key friends: if you don’t take care of you, there’s nothing left to give those you love.

What do I get from my involvement? Much like exercise gurus will encourage you to put your workout on your calendar, when I book an Alpha Phi meeting, I create a mini-goal. Get to that meeting and you’ll feel better. It works. There’ve been times I thought I should skip, but I think of the encouragement I’ll receive and realize I’m trying to excuse myself from one of the key things in my life that enables me to simply be Melinda.

Okay, so I get a night out with friends. What else, you ask? In our alumnae chapter, I’ve met people at different stages of life. New grads. New moms. New retirees. Each woman is unique, coming from a very different place than me. Sharing their experiences helps me understand my own. Learning from them helps me go back to my corner of the world refreshed, renewed, and ready to be the best I can be.

I encourage you to make that appointment for yourself. I think you’ll be surprised at how Alpha Phi can help you right now.

Melinda Wedding (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) currently resides in McKinney, TX.

November 10, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: Famous Phis Series




One of the most internationally, well-known Alpha Phis is Kimberly Williams-Paisley, initiated at Northwestern University (Beta) in Evanston, Illinois, where she earned a degree in Drama. Kimberly is most well known for her role as Annie in the Father of the Bride movies and as Dana in ABC’s popular sitcom, According to Jim. Besides these popular roles, Kimberly has also graced the screen on countless television shows and movies. Kimberly is also the wife of popular country music star, Brad Paisley. Kimberly has proven herself to be an inspiring role model for Alpha Phis who are pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.

Annie Williams is a collegiate member at CSU/Long Beach (Gamma Kappa).

November 4, 2011

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November 2, 2011

Serving as a Collegian on the Committee on Leadership (COL)





The Committee on Leadership (COL) is a committee within Alpha Phi responsible for creating the slate for the International Executive Board. As a collegian serving on this committee, I have been offered a unique opportunity to work with devoted alumnae and to expand my knowledge of an organization that I care so greatly about.

As a collegiate member on the COL, I, along with Hilke Brandon (Delta Xi- Nebraska/Kearney), represent the voice and opinions of our vast collegiate membership.

The International Executive Board (IEB) is the governing body of the Fraternity between Conventions and the body that exercises general supervision of the Fraternity’s business and affairs. Understanding the duties of the IEB and the members who serve on it is integral to our Fraternity’s success.


Overall, the job of the collegians on the COL is to build relationships with alumnae and provide insightful feedback on the IEB application process. I was given the opportunity to serve on the Candidate Recruitment and Outreach Committee, offering feedback on viable social media outlets for advertising the COL application. Currently, I am assisting with the review of applications and providing feedback as a member of the Application Review Committee.


Learning about the processes that our Fraternity undertakes in slating and selecting its IEB has changed my membership in a way that no other opportunity could have done. I have built relationships with alumnae from all over the country whose collegiate experiences were nothing like my own, and for that I have grown as a person and as a member of Alpha Phi.



Katie Foster is a collegiate member at the University of Maine (Delta Nu).


*Keep an eye on Alpha Phi's website and social media outlets in the future to learn how you can apply to serve as a collegiate member on the COL.

November 1, 2011

Quarterly Review

Phyllis Sims Selig (Gamma Delta), International President in 1974, wrote the following about this cover: “The cover of this issue of the Quarterly proudly presents to Alpha Phis everywhere the architect’s rendering of our New International Executive Office.”









Here it is now: