August 31, 2014

On the Road: Sisterhood

From Chicago to Tuscaloosa to Los Angeles to Ottawa; from bunk room, to guest room, to apartment, to dorm, the travels in my first month as an ELC have taken me to so many different places. With the amount of travel we do, there is a constant need to adapt to new places and new people. The fast-paced lifestyle during recruitment season keeps us going, going, going most hours of the day (and night, too!) and rarely gives us time to take a break. And with all of this commotion around us, sometimes it’s the little things that keep us going.
Arriving at the airport to a sister waiting inside with a smiling face
Putting your suitcases away and seeing that the chapter you’re visiting bought you a 12-pack of Coca-Cola
Waking up in the morning to a collegiate member holding a cup of coffee for you
Returning to a collegiate chapter and receiving hugs from the members
Leaving a chapter and getting a massive influx of friend requests on Facebook

These are the things that keep me moving when I’m tired, over-caffeinated and still need to respond to all those emails. These are the things that remind you how wonderful this Fraternity is. These are the things that sisters do for one another. 

No matter how silly these sound, it’s the little things that mean the most. This first month has taught me so much about sisterhood that I thought I already knew. Sisterhood is about more than late night study sessions and road trips. It’s about your Starbucks order that your best friend bought for you since she knew you would be late to class or the playlist she made with all your favorite songs before you left for summer. Sisterhood is about the small things that only your sisters would care enough about to remember. 

My journey has only just begun and already my love for Alpha Phi has grown. I’ve met so many amazing Alpha Phis and gotten to work with women I’ve looked up to for years. I’m fortunate that I get to call all of them my friends and sisters. I never thought that my feelings for Alpha Phi could get any stronger, but now I know that I was wrong. I can’t wait to see what comes next in my travels, but I already know that wherever I go, I’ll find sisterhood.

Erin Hannam (Gamma Pi-Arizona State) is a first-year educational leadership consultant. Learn more about Erin by clicking here

August 28, 2014

On the Road: My Kind of People

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been fortunate enough to meet some of the most driven and inspirational women that I have ever met in my life. From the amazing volunteers and advisors that donate their time to keep our chapters stay on the right track, to the PHI-nominal chapter presidents that work hard and always put their chapters first. I’ve been able to witness this during training in Evanston at the Executive Office, polish and formal recruitment at the University of Alabama, and polish and formal recruitment at the University of Arizona. Every day I continue to be amazed by how much love and pride we all have for this amazing organization.

While visiting the Beta Epsilon chapter at the University of Arizona this week, I was immediately impressed with their chapter and its leadership. Their chapter president and the recruitment team were some of the most genuine and driven leaders that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Their love for Alpha Phi and each other was evident in everything they did. They demonstrated the type of leadership that every Alpha Phi chapter should aspire to have. Even though it’s hard for me to leave, I know that I am leaving the chapter in the best hands possible.

On my visits in Alabama and Arizona, I was commonly asked if I liked my job and what my favorite thing about being an ELC was. Without hesitating, I told them that I love it and that it’s been a very rewarding experience so far. Even though I have only been on the road for a couple of weeks now, I have discovered more about myself and my skills during this short time than I have my entire life…  And there are so many other reasons I love my role as an ELC:  I love the fact that I can go to a completely new and different place surrounded by a bunch of strangers, but they automatically make me feel like I am home. I love that I have the opportunity to make friendships that will last long after I’ve left the chapter.   I love that I can make a difference in not only the chapter’s future, but in the collegians’ future as well. I love the inspiration and pride that ELCs have the power to give and the unbreakable bond that my ELC team has created. I love witnessing the sisterhood, values and ideals of our Fraternity every single day within our chapters. And lastly, I love that no matter where my travels as an ELC take me, I know that they will always take me to “my kind of people.”

I have had such a truly challenging, yet amazing, experience so far these past couple of weeks and I am so grateful for my experiences in Chicago, Alabama and Arizona. I can’t wait to see what the future holds in my crazy and beautiful ELC life!

Stephanie Scott (Beta Sigma-Utah) is a first-year educational leadership consultant. Learn more about Stephanie by clicking here.

August 22, 2014

Featured Product Friday: Take Heart Necklace

Official jeweler Herff Jones' Take Heart Necklace is a great addition to any jewelry collection! This delicate sterling silver charm measures 1/2" x 1/2" and includes the engraved Alpha Phi letters.

Price is $31.00. View details by clicking here.

August 21, 2014

2014-15 Collegiate Perspective Blogger Application

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 crafting 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 two to three times a month
  • Be available to write through the end of this semester (Fall 2014)
Interested? Fill out the Alpha Phi Guest Blogger Application below. Please be thoughtful and thorough with your responses. You can view past collegiate perspective pieces by clicking here. We'll be in touch following the deadline regarding the status of your application.

Contact with any questions!

The application deadline is Monday, September 8, by 12:00 midnight CST.

August 20, 2014

Alpha Phi’s Third Annual Paint Your Letters Contest!

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

1. Take a photo of your painted letters. Members can be included in the photo. Photos entered last year will not be eligible. 

2. Send the photo to with your name, chapter and school by Friday, August 29, at 5PM CST. Please include "Paint Your Letters" in the subject line.

3. We’ll post all submissions to our Facebook page on Tuesday, September 2. The photo with the most “Likes” by the following Tuesday, September 9, will receive the following:

The Executive Office will re-create the winning pattern in graphic form, and the chapter’s winning image will be featured as the cover photo on Alpha Phi’s official Facebook page.

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

Last year's winner: Utah (Beta Sigma) // Chevron Ombre Letters
The winning pattern in graphic form

August 15, 2014

Featured Product Friday: Beauty Bin from Pottery Barn Dorm

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August 7, 2014

On the Road: From Me to We

Becoming an educational leadership consultant (ELC) is nothing short of an adventure. It involves giving up everything familiar and beginning a life of constant newness. Each ELC begins training with a unique experience at her own collegiate chapter. These memories are deeply treasured and rooted into our hearts. You can see the glow in an ELC’s eyes when she speaks of her own collegiate chapter, but we now have a greater responsibility—to ensure every single Alpha Phi in the country can speak to her experience as a collective, as a “we.” Alpha Phi is no longer “your chapter;” it is every single collegian, alumna and chapter across North America. This knowledge creates a bond between every ELC, both current and former.

I know that our ELC group will encounter obstacles, both large and small. There are, of course, small challenges, like fitting your closet into a 50-pound suitcase and lifting your overweight carry-on that holds all of your excess weight into the overhead bin. Most importantly, your fellow ELCs will understand your biggest challenge, finding a new home wherever you travel.

I can confidently say that the relationships built throughout the three-week training process at the Executive Office in Evanston, Ill., have created a home and a safe haven for us all. We have laughed and cried together, taught and learned from each other, and established a sense of “we” as a team.

Our ELC group, just as many others, has become more than a job; these women have become family. As we spread out across the country, I am sad to say “see you soon,” but grateful to have become a part of my new Alpha Phi family. Together, I am confident we will change, create and enhance the lives of Alpha Phi members across North America.

Jessie Keigley (Theta-Michigan) is a first-year educational leadership consultant