The Iota Sigma chapter of Alpha Phi was only installed last spring, but after a successful first formal recruitment in our brand new chapter house, it is obvious that we have a great year (and many more!) to come at Carnegie Mellon. With elections just around the corner and our first Red Dress Gala quickly approaching, I cannot wait to see what wonderful things my sisters and I will accomplish in the coming year.
Just three days after a very exciting bid night, Iota Sigma was lucky enough to have a very special guest visit our new house – Alpha Phi International President Linda Boland (Gamma Kappa-CSU/Long Beach)! Along with Linda came other members of the Alpha Phi Executive Office to join our chapter in a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially celebrate the opening of our brand new chapter house on the Greek Quad. Just one semester after being installed we proudly have a home to call our own, in one of the largest Greek facilities available on our campus, right in the middle of all the exciting things happening at Carnegie Mellon. The ceremony included a gift from Alpha Phi Foundation—a photo of the first Alpha Phi chapter house at Syracuse University—a great reminder of just how proud we should be of our new home and what it represents for Alpha Phi. After the ceremony we had a nice luncheon and I gave tours of the newly renovated home to members of other Greek organizations on campus, parents and a group of Alpha Phi sisters from Duquesne University. It was a very memorable day and we loved being able to show off our beautiful new space to everyone in attendance!
I am also lucky enough to be one of the 29 women living in our house for this year. As the first ever residents of the new facility, it has been an exciting experience for us to learn just what “living in” will be like. It’s great to be able to walk down the stairs for meetings, socials and sisterhood events, and living in the house has made being a member of Alpha Phi even easier. I also serve on the executive council as the Director of Finance so it’s convenient to be able to collaborate with other executive members just by walking down the hall or down a flight of stairs. With elections on the way, I am so excited that our new board will be able to live together in the house next year. Living in the house has helped me become closer to so many of my sisters. I already have so many great memories of staying up late, or lounging in bed on the weekends, just hanging out and catching up in the midst of all of our hectic schedules. Having the Alpha Phi house has been a great experience for our chapter so far and I cannot wait for more women to experience how great it is!
Catherine Spence is a collegiate member at Carnegie Mellon (Iota Sigma).