March 30, 2012

Featured Product Friday: Shirts 101

Check out these adorable shirts, made by Shirts 101 for our colony at Clemson University in South Carolina!

March 28, 2012

A Night to Remember: Beta Mu Chapter's Red Dress Gala

Every year, February rolls around and brings one of the most anticipated events in every Alabama Alpha Phi’s social calendar. And I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day. Instead, I’m talking about Beta Mu chapter’s Red Dress Gala. Sure, Valentine’s Day and Red Dress Galas have some similarities: radiant red, lots of hearts and spending time with people you care about. But as Alpha Phis, we know how to take all three components and turn it into something much more—a cause worth living for.

Beta Mu’s Red Dress Gala is a charity auction that benefits the Alpha Phi Foundation. Alpha Phi Foundation raises and awards funds for programs that advance leadership development, encourage academic excellence, support sisters in need, educate about the value of philanthropy, and improve women’s heart health. While the Foundation was officially established in 1956, women’s heart disease – the #1 killer of women – was chosen as Alpha Phi’s international philanthropic priority in 1946, ten years earlier.

For Alabama’s 2012 Gala, we went all out to help raise awareness and funds for the Foundation. On February 25, more than 450 guests arrived at the gorgeous Jemison-Van De Graaff Mansion in downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I attended the event with my dad, godmother Julie (a fellow Alpha Phi) and one of my sisters and best friends, Kaitlyn. When we all arrived, the party was in full swing! DJ Lo from 94.1 ZBQ was playing the latest hits in one of the outdoor tents, and in another tent the Ultimate Sound was playing some of our favorite oldies and classics for everyone to dance to.

One of my favorite parts of the evening was the wonderful buffet of food. The spread included chicken and petite sandwiches as well as my personal favorite, the bite-sized cupcake. When I saw one of the caterers from A Cutting Edge Catering pass by with a tray of mini-chocolate cupcakes, I immediately stopped her. We bonded over our shared sweet tooth, which was easily satisfied with a few of the delicious treats. Dark chocolate is heart healthy after all!

The main event of the evening was the auction. We had both a silent and a live auction. I remember going through the silent auction room with some of my sisters just wanting to bid on every single basket. Later in the evening, the live auction started. Some of the best prizes included hotel stays or vacations to amazing locations. Collegiate member Aimee Lindamood was the Red Dress Gala chair, and with her dedication, leadership and enthusiasm we were able to raise more than $35,000 for the Alpha Phi Foundation this year. We were thrilled to raise this much money for such a worthy cause, and hopefully next year we’ll be able to surpass it and raise more money than we could ever imagine!

Cate Cullen is a collegiate member at Beta Mu chapter (Alabama). Read her bio here.

March 23, 2012

Beta Sigma (Utah) Installation

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.

The weekend of March 23, 2012, Alpha Phi and its members will honor the installation of our Beta Sigma chapter at University of Utah in Salt Lake City,Utah. On this day, we ask members to participate in our Fraternity’s long-standing tradition by wearing silver and bordeaux ribbons 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 Beta Sigma's installation. You can download this icon via Facebook or by saving the icon below:

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

Stay tuned to our website and blog for a follow-up post next week, which will include photos and highlights from the 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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This design includes the Alpha Phi crest and a beloved phrase from the Alpha Phi Creed. Set includes 8 folded note cards with white envelopes, packaged in a clear resealable bag. Price is $10.00. To place your order, click here.

March 13, 2012

Introducing Alpha Phi's Spring 2012 Collegiate Bloggers!

Cate Cullen (Beta Mu – Alabama)
Cate Cullen is an 18-year-old Alpha Phi at the University of Alabama (Beta Mu). Majoring in Broadcast Journalism, her goal is to one day be a national morning news anchor or host her own daytime talk show. She also enjoys staying active in various activities including hosting a weekly 2 hour radio show on 90.7 The Capstone, being Alpha Phi’s Social Chair, a City Chair and an Ice Water Tea Day Chair for Formal Recruitment all while competing in pageants and being a member of the University of Alabama’s Honors College. Cate  loves singing while she drives, working out and playing with Lexie Bear, her Yorkie. Change is nothing new to this Alpha Phi. Cate has attended 15 different schools, lived in Yokohama, Japan for four years and travelled to five out of the seven continents. A true Alabama fan and Alpha Phi at heart, her two favorite sayings are “Roll Tide” and “AOE”.

Murphy Dowd (Theta Delta – Creighton)
Murphy is a freshman at Creighton University majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in French. She is a founding member of the Theta Delta colony, currently serving as the head of the Philanthropy & Community Service committee. Currently, Murphy is involved with the nationally-recognized Freshman Leadership Program, Creighton Student Union Program Board's Street Team, and she is an avid volunteer at Precious Memories Daycare and the South Omaha Boys & Girls Club. She eventually hopes to become even more involved with the development of Alpha Phi on Creighton's campus, and aspires to have a career as an event planner, post graduate school.

Jamie White (Gamma Phi – Florida State)
Jamie is a senior studying English with a focus in media. She began her membership in Alpha Phi as a charter member of the Gamma Phi chapter at Florida State University. She served as the Chapter President of the first Executive Council, which was an amazing experience and has made her time in college truly unique and memorable. Prior to joining her sisterhood, she was heavily involved with FSU Homecoming and served on the Executive Board as the Assistant Director of Sponsorships as a sophomore and Director of Student Groups her junior and senior year. She has a passion for student growth and leadership and of course, writing! She is currently the campus editor for the Uloop Student News Network and plans to pursue a career in editorial work. When she isn't working or going to school, she can be found in a corner with her Kindle, watching Madmen, or enjoying her last year with her Alpha Phi sisters. Go 'Noles!

Maria Opatz (Gamma Omicron – Drake)

Maria Opatz is a sophomore studying Public Relations and Marketing at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She is the her chapter's Director of Formal Recruitment and is very excited to live in Drake's big yellow Alpha Phi house with her sisters next year! During her two years in college, she has kept busy by being involved in various leadership and communication organizations, serving on several Alpha Phi committees, and working as a public relations intern. When she isn't spending time with her sisters or friends, she is addicted to watching Grey's Anatomy, working out, trying new recipes, and relaxing with her family at her cabins. After she graduates, she hopes to work at a successful PR agency and live on one of Minnesota’s 10,000 beautiful lakes.

Emily Johnson (Gamma Pi - Arizona State)
Emily Johnson moved from the “tundra” of Minnesota to the desert of Arizona and has spent the last four years completing her degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Special Event Management at Arizona State University. A senior, graduating in May, her most rewarding leadership experiences as a sister of Alpha Phi were serving as the Vice President of Membership Recruitment and being part of the committee to help organize and implement the Gamma Pi chapter's first ever Mr. Ivy Pageant. This fall she put her event planning skills to use and served as the Director of Coronation through the ASU Programming Activities Board where she planned and directed the process of selecting ASU's Homecoming King and Queen. Emily was Miss Teen Arizona International 2009 and promoted her platform Bringing America Home: Ending Child Homelessness. She enjoys spending time with her sisters, cooking new recipes, crafting ideas from Pinterest and doing crossfit.

March 1, 2012

Quarterly Review

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First Alpha Phi Collegiate Leadership School.