January 26, 2012

Inside the EO: Kary Huffman

What is your name? Kary Crumm Huffman

Where are you originally from? San Jose, CA

Where did you attend college and what chapter were you a part of there? San Jose State University, Beta Psi Chapter

What was your major in college? English, minored in religious studies

What was your plan post-graduation? My plan was to be a Greek Advisor and I started down that path in a graduate program at SJSU. I then realized that Greek advisors worked over 60 hours a week sometimes and decided that the career was not conducive to me having a family. Thus, I went back to the original plan of being a high school English teacher. After I had my first son, I decided to work from home doing bookkeeping for Alpha Phi chapters with Sorority Solutions, Inc.

Why did you decide to work for Alpha Phi International Fraternity? I obviously love Alpha Phi and I have spent many years volunteering in various capacities. I decided to work for Alpha Phi International both to meet and “touch” a larger group of collegiate and alumnae, but also to really make sure that our new Billhighway gets off the ground running in such a way as to really benefit our collegiate chapters.

What is your job title? Program Coordinator, Finance

When did you start in your current position? January 2012

What is your favorite memory of Alpha Phi—as a collegian, alumna, or staff member?
My favorite memory so far would have to be volunteering to work with a struggling chapter and watching that chapter reach campus total for the first time in over a decade. So many others had given up on the chapter and I decided to focus on them, giving them the tools to function as a proper collegiate chapter, and they have just flourished. I was so proud to hear their screams and see their pride when they accomplished such a big goal.

What do you like best about working at the Executive Office or what are you most looking forward to? I am very familiar with our chapters on the west coast, and I am very much looking forward to meeting, connecting, and working with our chapters throughout the rest of the United States and Canada.

What are some of your goals for the next few years? My goal would be to help steam-line the fraternity’s financial processes so that there is consistency in all of our programs, procedures, and messages regarding chapter finances.

Do you have any advice for current collegiate members? Volunteer as an alumna! Though I have many fond memories of being a collegian and loved my time at my collegiate chapter, I have had the best experiences and have made some of my best friends by volunteering after I graduated!

January 25, 2012

Famous Phis: Jeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan (Beta-Northwestern) is an established actress who has starred in both television shows and films. She currently plays the role of Dr. Kate Murphy on ABC’s hit drama Body of Proof. In addition to her current role, she is well know for her work as Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager; Tara Cole on Leverage; and Ronnie Cooke on Boston Public.

Jeri attended Northwestern University where she was a member of the Beta chapter of Alpha Phi and earned a degree in Theater. While in school, she was crowned Miss Illinois and went on to become third runner up in the 1990 Miss America Pageant. Upon graduation she moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue her acting career.

In addition to the roles mentioned above she has appeared in many shows and movies including The OC, Down with Love, Shark, Warehouse 13, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She was nominated for and won several awards for her work on Star Trek: Voyager.

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

January 20, 2012

Featured Product Friday: Anorak from Geneologie

This featured Anorak by Geneologie is made from water-resistant nylon and lined with soft cotton flannel. Known for its signature stripe across the chest and back, it is a comfy customizable choice for Alpha Phi chapters.

The minimum order number for embroidery is only 24. Price for the product ranges from $39.00-$41.00. The price will go down as the purchase quantity increases.Order these for your chapter by clicking here!

January 17, 2012

Sisterhood & Safety

Our own safety and the safety of our sisters is a growing concern on campuses across the country. When it comes to safety, be proactive and don’t ever think you’re being too careful. Here are some tips to staying safe this semester.
If you’re inviting friends over, and you say it’s okay for them to bring friends, make sure to lock your door and put your valuables away. It may even be your roommates’ friends, but you can never be sure who is going to help him or herself to your belongings.

Think about safety when you’re choosing off campus housing: First floor vs. second floor? Windows that lock? Individual keys for your bedrooms? These are all legitimate concerns that you should be sure to address with your landlord or complex manager prior to signing a lease.

Be aware of your surroundings. This is true whether you are choosing an area for housing, an area for parking or just walking across campus. Think about where you’re going and what the safest way to get there is, and at night, what areas are well-lit. Avoid listening to music on your headphones while you’re out alone. This minimizes your ability to hear someone approaching and also advertises to a potential thief that you have something valuable to attempt to steal.

Take a self-defense class! Last year one of my sisters who is a black belt in karate taught our chapter some moves during a programming meeting. If you don’t have time to work it into your schedule, some campus recreation programs offer self-defense, or check out the local YMCA.

Talk about safety and inform yourself. Chances are your college or university has a Department of Safety or a site including tips, resources and where to report incidents. Educate yourself and your sisters on the potential risks, and have a plan should anything happen. The more aware you are of what could potentially happen, the more aware you will be if something is going on that doesn’t make you feel 100% comfortable. Never downplay your concerns, and if you don’t feel comfortable, remove yourself from the situation and report suspicious activity to campus security or police.

Visit Security on Campus, Inc. and Community Oriented Policing Services for more resources on campus safety.

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

What does your chapter do to make sure its members stay safe?

January 13, 2012

Featured Product Friday: Key Fobs from Jamie Ann

From Greek Licensed Vendor Jamie Ann Online: Alpha Phi Key Fob

Handmade with personal attention to detail, these key fobs are designed with the sorority colors in mind.  The brightly colored key fobs measure 1.25" wide and 5" long and are made of sturdy cotton webbing, grosgrain ribbon and nickel-plated hardware.  The key fobs fit around your wrist. Just choose your sorority and enjoy the cheery reminder of sorority days every time you use your keys!

January 6, 2012

Featured Product Friday: Necklace from Urban Sparrow

A beautiful hand stamped sterling disc, hung on a dainty chain, and designed by Greek licensed vendor Urban Sparrow. Disc measures 3/4" and various chain lengths are available, including 16", 18" and 24."

Price is $42.00 and can be ordered online by clicking here.

January 5, 2012

Inside the EO: Fresh Faces Series

What is your name? Kelly Ryan

Where are you originally from? Bow, New Hampshire

Where did you attend college and what chapter were you a part of there? I was initiated at James Madison University (Theta Iota) and transferred my sophomore year to the University of New Hampshire (Eta Alpha).

What was your major in college? I was a Recreation Management and Policy Major- Therapeutic Recreation

What was your plan post-graduation? Did you pursue a graduate degree post-graduation? I graduated this past spring. This past summer I completed a 580 hour clinical at a state Hospital in New Hampshire, and in October I became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. As of right now, I do not plan on pursuing a graduate degree for at least a few years; I’d like to get settled in the “real world” for a while first!

Why did you decide to work for Alpha Phi International Fraternity? As a collegian, I was always very involved with the Fraternity and held leadership roles such as Vice President of Program Development and Chapter President. Alpha Phi has been there for me since the day I received my bid and I want to show my gratitude. I decided to work for Alpha Phi International Fraternity because I want to help Alpha Phi continue its greatness.

What is your job title? Coordinator of Collegiate Member Services

When did you start in your current position? Mid-December 2011

What is your favorite memory of Alpha Phi—as a collegian, alumna, or staff member? Convention 2010. As Chapter President I was lucky enough to attend Convention as UNH’s Collegiate voting delegate. My time spent there opened my eyes to Alpha Phi as an International organization and a lifetime commitment. It was genuinely a life changing experience.

What do you like best about working at the Executive Office or what are you most looking forward to? I love how everyone in the office comes from different backgrounds, including many different chapters of Alpha Phi, however, everyday we come to work with a common goal which brings us all together; and that goal is to make Alpha Phi a better organization!

What are some of your goals for the next few years? Since I relocated to Chicago as a result of this job, one of my big goals it to learn my way around the city! I would also like to run a half-marathon; I’m not sure which one will take more time!

Do you have any advice for current collegiate members? Alpha Phi has an unlimited amount of resources for you as a collegiate member and alumna, so take the time to investigate how Alpha Phi can help you accomplish your future goals and remember it is a lifetime commitment! 

January 3, 2012

Famous Phis: Rosemarie B. DeWitt

Alumna Rosemarie B. DeWitt (Theta Mu-Hofstra) is a popular American actress appearing in both films and television shows. She is known for her starring roles as FBI hostage negotiator Emily Lehman in the hit television show “Standoff,” and as Charmaine Craine on the original series “United States of Tara.” She has also appeared in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Queens Supreme,” “Sex and the City,” “Rescue Me” and “Mad Men.” She played Rachel in the movie Rachel Getting Married, for which she received 10 award nominations and won several critics’ awards, as well as a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also appeared in Purple Violets, Off the Black, Shut Up and Sing, The Great New Wonderful, Blackbird, and most recently, as Ben Affleck’s wife in The Company Men (2010). She also appeared as Sara Wilson in Cinderella Man, which told the story of her real life grandfather, James J. Braddock. In addition to her studies at Hofstra University, she also studied at the Actors Center in New York. 

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

January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

We asked sisters to finish the following sentence. Listed below are 10 of our favorite responses!

My favorite Alpha Phi memory from 2011 is…

“…Getting initiated into an amazing sisterhood! Though I've only been in Alpha Phi for a few months, it has been one of the most rewarding and best experiences of my life! So proud to be an Alpha Phi!” - Kathleen Caporoso 

 “…Being given an antique pin by a fellow sister for my little dipper. By the time she's old enough to be initiated, it will be 100 years old!” - Bree Barnett Dreyfuss 

“…Learning that we are colonizing at Clemson University!” -Laura McMahon Kovacs

“…When we officially broke ground to start building the Iota Nu chapter house! As a founding member at the University of Kentucky, it has been so exciting to see everything come together over the last 3 years. Can't wait to start senior year in our new home!” -Lindsay Price Niklas 

“….The 20th anniversary of the Theta Iota chapter of James Madison University. As one of the founders of this amazing sisterhood, it was wonderful to reunite with 20+ other founding sisters as well as see the wonderful legacies who followed!” -Jennifer Gregorio Alberto 

 “… Being given the chance to participate in Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI). I connected with sisters from so many different places and showed me that there is more to Alpha Phi than my own chapter. I learned about myself and Alpha Phi as a whole and met some of the most amazing women ever. ELI made me even more proud to call myself an Alpha Phi.” -Marissa McLean 

“…Learning about our ritual in a whole new way as I served as a Silver Circle Facilitator at the Emerging Leaders Institute. Sharing our ritual and learning about the ritual with the collegians was an amazing experience and I will cherish it.” - Kristina Feher 

 “…Pinning my Alpha Phi pin on my daughter during Initiation! But a close second -- learning that Alpha Phi will re-colonize on the Creighton University campus in Omaha, Nebraska.” - Sharon Stephens Jensen 

“…During a charity date auction I organized in my home town(San Diego), in which I recruited San Diego Alpha Phi's from over 12 different schools to come and help me with the event. Even though I was just meeting some of these women for the first time we shared a bond that was so incredibly amazing it was unexplainable. We shared the bond of sisterhood. We shared the bond of Alpha Phi. That's when I realized being a part of Alpha Phi is one of the biggest blessings and it truly is something so much bigger and so much more amazing than I ever could have imagined.” - Ashley Rhame 

 “…Big/little week and Initiation. I eagerly awaited both events with a countdown and crossed off the days until each arrived. I remember being too excited to sleep after both events and they both left special imprints on my heart that I will remember forever!! I am beyond thrilled with my choice to join and I'm reminded each day how lucky I am to call myself an Alpha Phi!” Kirsten Logan 

January 1, 2012

Quarterly Review

Summer 1983
Title Caption Reads:
"A few years ago a bumper pledge class like this one would have seemed an impossible dream at Upsilon chapter, Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas."