August 30, 2013

Featured Product Friday: Calligraphy Notepad from Ink & Iron


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August 28, 2013

On the Road: "What a Small World"



 
Many adults suggest that college freshman join Greek life because of the networking benefits. As cliché as it sounds, it’s true. I never really understood that until starting my job as an Educational Leadership Consultant (ELC). Although it has only been a month on my journey as an ELC, I’ve used the phrase, “What a small world,” more times this month than I have my entire life.

My second visit was to Georgia Tech, located in the beautiful city of Atlanta. I was picked up from the airport by the chapter advisor who is an Omega (Texas) alumna. Little did I know she grew up in the town right next to me in a Chicago suburb. Instantly, I felt right at home in the “Big Peach.”

Home. A term the Iota Mu chapter can now use literally, not just figuratively. I have had the opportunity to announce the exciting news of the Alpha Phi house breaking ground within the next year at Georgia Tech. I cannot wait to see the growth of the chapter as their very own home grows right next to the Georgia Tech football stadium.
Traveling as an ELC brings you to places you’ve never been, yet everywhere I’ve traveled thus far has made me feel right at home. During polish week for recruitment, many chapters have Parents/Alumnae night where local alumnae and members’ parents come to watch the recruitment skit and songs the ladies sing throughout the recruitment rounds. As I introduced myself to the Atlanta alumnae at Georgia Tech’s Parent/Alumnae night, I met one woman who is a Gamma Rho alumna—a Penn Stater just like me. I could not believe I met an alumna from my chapter at another chapter’s event. We were able to bond over our love for Alpha Phi, the Nittany Lions, and…. Math! Soon after talking, I found out she graduated with the same degree in Secondary Education Mathematics like me. I was basically seeing myself in the future. It truly is a small world, and I cannot wait to see how much smaller it can be as I continue my journey as an ELC.
 
Liz Palumbo (Gamma Rho-Penn State) is a first year Educational Leadership Consultant.

August 26, 2013

Calling All Collegiate Alpha Phis!




 Are you....

An avid writer?
Social media savvy?
Passionate about Alpha Phi?

 
Then consider applying to be a guest writer for the Collegiate Perspective section of the Alpha Phi International blog.

Our blog features topics ranging from alumnae perspective articles to staff profiles to general women's awareness pieces. And we'd love to throw your viewpoint into the mix! Document a semester in the life: snap photos, tell about events happening within your chapter, or write about topics concerning women. The possibilities are endless, and we want to hear your ideas!
 
 
In order to be eligible, you must:
- be a collegiate member
- be able to write blog updates weekly, at the minimum
- be available to write through the end of this semester (Fall 2013)

Interested? Fill out the "Alpha Phi Guest Blogger Application" below. We'll be in touch when we receive your application!

Contact
 kmitchell@alphaphi.org with any questions!



 

August 23, 2013

Featured Product Friday: Alpha Phi Mousepad from M&D Sorority Gifts

Perfect back to school item! This Alpha Phi damask mousepad is the perfect way to show off your sorority spirit while studying or at the office!


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August 22, 2013

On the Road: Recruitment at FSU

 


Have you ever thought about what it would be like for an Alpha Phi chapter of almost 200 members to recruit out of a fraternity chapter house? Neither had I – at least until I got to Florida State University. When I arrived at FSU I assumed, wrongly I might add, that polish would be a standard combination of workshops, practice rounds, ice breakers and boxed lunches. What I didn’t expect was to have polish week spread among three very unique locations. The chapter practiced everywhere from a museum to a room on campus, to a fraternity house. All the while, the women were happy to be there and eager to participate!
 
On day seven, the chapter was able to settle into a fraternity house. Now you may be confused as to how and why this was going to work. Currently, the chapter is eagerly awaiting the completion of their beautiful new home, but in the meantime they need to have a space large enough to accommodate the
1700 women (a record-breaking number) that signed up for recruitment this year. Keep in mind that they had never recruited out of this particular house, which means that all the party flows had changed from the year before. In addition to this, the chapter also had to “flip” the fraternity to make it "sorority-ready." Chapter members hung composites, placed furniture and the extremely eager ones brought all their personal cleaning equipment to make the house look like their home. Loud music boomed from the large speakers as everyone sang and swiffered. In just a few days the house finally began to look recruitment ready. It took long days and long nights to prepare the members and the house for recruitment but it will be well worth it!
 
It really is true when others say that  no two days as an ELC are the same. But from the successes (figuring out party flows) to the failures (buying two different colored blinds), this week has been one off the best experiences to be a part of and I am sure there are many more to come! I can’t wait to see the wonderful women that recruitment brings to the women of the Gamma Phi chapter.
 
Good luck to all the Alpha Phis going through recruitment this week!
 
 
Nikki Comer (Beta Gamma-Colorado) is a first year Educational Leadership Consultant.

August 16, 2013

Featured Product Friday: Adam Block Crew Neck



Get ready for Fall football games and cool nights in this perfect crew neck sweater from Adam Block Design. Adorned with Alpha Phi letters, the official crest and your specific chapter cascading the left sleeve, it's the perfect way to sport your Alpha Phi spirit! Order yours here.






August 14, 2013

Second Annual Paint Your Letters Contest!

 


Oklahoma City (Delta Delta) for their J’adore Paris-inspired letters

Last year, we noticed a trend of painting patterns on Alpha Phi letters for recruitment, Greek Week and more, and after a successful first Paint Your Letters Contest, we’ve decided to do round 2!  With the start of a new school year, what better time to break out the paint, get your creative juices flowing and enter our Second Annual Paint Your Letters contest! Here are the deets and how to enter:

1. Take a photo of your painted letters. Photos entered last year will not be eligible.

2. Send the photo to kmitchell@alphaphi.org with your name, chapter and school by Wednesday, August 28 at 5PM CST

3. We’ll post all submissions to our Facebook page on Tuesday, September 3. The photo with the most “Likes” by the following Tuesday, September 10, will receive the following:

The Executive Office will re-create the winning pattern in graphic form, and work with a licensed vendor to have Alpha Phi letters with the pattern/print made into decals! The winning chapter (and all other collegiate chapters) will then be able to purchase these decals for on-campus promotion, marketing and gifts. 


Winning graphic letter design.

 So, get out your paint brushes and get ready for a great year! We look forward to receiving your photos! 

On the Road: An ELC in Baton Rouge

Greetings from Baton Rouge! My life as an Educational Leadership Consultant for Alpha Phi has been off to a great start.  I can’t believe I’ve only been at LSU for a little over a week. I feel like so much has happened since we arrived. Time flies when you are having fun!
 
The Greek community here at LSU has shown us an overwhelming amount of support. Everyone is so excited for Alpha Phi to be on campus! All week we met with the presidents of LSU sororities to learn more about Greek life here. They have been so helpful! From sisterhood to social events to football games--I definitely think the life of an LSU Alpha Phi is going to be amazing!  We’ve also been preparing for Alpha Phi’s participation in the first round of formal recruitment. I can’t wait to jump in and get going. LSU recruitment is huge so it will be an awesome thing to be a part of.
 
This campus just oozes school spirit. There is purple and gold everywhere. I love it! While there is a lot of school spirit, I think there may just be even more good food! I don’t think I’ve eaten a single bad thing since I’ve been here…everything is delicious. Looking forward to the rest of my time here at LSU. Geaux Tigers and GEAUX ALPHA PHI!!
 
Ashlee Davie (Omega-Texas) is a first year Educational Leadership Consultant.