December 19, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: Getting Involved

As a collegian, one of the best New Year’s Resolutions is resolving to become more involved on your campus, to diversify your resume and to expand your horizons. Here are some tips on how to become more involved, while still making time for Alpha Phi.

1. Write it all down. Whether you use a calendar, a planner or your smart phone, the key to making sure you don’t miss any Alpha Phi events is to first write them all down. Once you have that mapped out, it’s easy to budget time for other events on campus.

2. Schedule a sister date. If you and two other sisters are in Nutrition Club together, you’re building stronger relationships with your sisters and simultaneously meeting new people.

3. Find clubs in your major. If you join a club that relates to your major, the advisor may be able to write you a really valuable recommendation or connect you to a career opportunity.

4. Don’t overbook. The most important aspect of getting involved is knowing your limits. When you overbook, you won’t be able to commit as well to any of your groups and you will constantly feel the stress of trying to do too much.

5. Communicate. The best way to do it all is to talk to the people in charge. If you can’t make an Alpha Phi bowling night because the Student Senate is having elections, talk to the sisters in charge of the event. Let your sisters know what nights you have Senate and ask them to try to schedule fun events on your off nights.

There are so many opportunities on campus available to collegiate members. There's no possible way to do it all, but if you follow these steps, you’ll be able to do more. Learning how much you can handle will not only help you as a collegian, it will also propel you into balancing a successful career as a post-grad.

Katie Foster is a collegiate member at Delta Nu-Maine.

December 9, 2011

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December 6, 2011

Famous Phis Series: Janet Murguia

Janet Murguia (Gamma Delta-Kansas) is a prominent advocate for the Latino community and a popular civil rights activist. Janet went to Kansas University where she earned degrees in Journalism and Spanish. She has served as the Executive Vice Chancellor for University Relations at the University of Kansas and as Deputy Campaign Manager and Director of Constituency Outreach for Al Gore’s presidential campaign. She later served as Deputy Assistant to President Bill Clinton and as a Senior White House Liaison to Congress.

Janet currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the country. In addition to this impressive resume she has also been named as one of Latino Leaders magazine’s “101 Top Leaders of the Hispanic Community,” Washingtonian magazine’s “ 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington,” and The Non-Profit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50.” She serves as a great role model for Alpha Phis aspiring to work both the business and non-profit sectors.

Annie Williams is a collegiate member of the Gamma Kappa chapter (CSU/Long Beach).

December 2, 2011

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December 1, 2011

Quarterly Review

Winter ’81 Quarterly:
A cross section of the four-story spiral staircase at DePauw (Gamma), with layers of Phis smiling down at us. The spiral staircase is still intact at the chapter house today.

November 30, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: Interacting with Alumnae

The opportunities for Alpha Phi alumnae are endless, and the opportunity for collegians to interact with the dedicated alumnae network and connect with sisters everywhere is unmatched. Whether you’re on the brink of an unbelievable career opportunity, struggling to find a place in the working world or simply trying to navigate as a new alumna, there’s a sister who has been there before.

Alpha Phi’s LinkedIn groups provide career support and networking opportunities within your industry, and upon graduation, the Alpha Phi Transitions e-newsletter will be able to assist you with entering the real world.

While the Alpha Phi alumnae network is beneficial for career advancement, the opportunity to learn from and grow with alumnae—both young and old—is truly special. I encourage all sisters to connect to an alumna sister, whether they’re from your own chapter or not, as they’ll be able to share stories of Alpha Phi that may not be the same experiences you had. Sharing that familiarity as sisters is a great way to bond in the real-world.

Throughout my time in Alpha Phi, I’ve been privileged to meet and work with Alpha Phi alumnae from across the country. From each of these sisters I have learned something new, and they have motivated me to be a dedicated Alpha Phi volunteer upon graduation. They’ve inspired me to give something else back to our beloved Fraternity far beyond my collegiate experience.

Finding an alumnae opportunity is as simple as searching “alumnae” at or creating a LinkedIn Profile and connecting to the Alpha Phi group. You won’t regret taking the time to do so!

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

November 25, 2011

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November 21, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: Making Risk Management Fun

Risk Management. Cue the cringes and groans of every collegiate Chapter President and VP Program Development. Before every social event you stand in front of the chapter and deliver the same speech about responsibility and rules. You feel like you’re beating a dead horse, and the blank stares in the crowd make you wonder if anyone is actually listening to what is being said. Sound familiar?

Today, as I finish my term as chapter president, I realize just how much time chapters spend on risk management. No chapter member will tell you that risk management is her favorite part of the Fraternity, yet the well-being of those very same members is an incredibly important part of being an Alpha Phi. As chapter leaders, we strive to engage our members in chapter programming. Risk management proves to be one of the most challenging areas, but there are ways to make your programming more fun and effective!

1) At the chapter meeting before a social event, have your VP Program Development give a jeopardy-style quiz about your chapters Risk Management policies, what time they need to be at event check-in, etc. Hand out candy to anyone who answers a question correctly. Getting members involved makes things more fun and gets people engaged in learning the information.

2) Does your chapter have a check-in hour before you leave for your event? See if you can reserve a large conference room or other room on campus. This streamlines the process for Executive Council members and alleviates the pressures of people wandering off or making a mess of the chapter house.

3) At your check in hour, provide snacks, water and fun activities. At our formal this fall we created a backdrop and had one of our members take silly prom pictures. We also had karaoke, which helped make check-in fun and prevented people from getting bored.

4) As serious and important as risk management is, remember to be positive and remind your chapter that everyone is working together! Everyone should be holding each other accountable, which alleviates the pressure for executive councils to act like chapter police.

Kelsey Moore is a collegiate member at DePauw University (Gamma chapter).

November 14, 2011

All About You

In 2003 I was a successful career woman with a great job, a great house, fun friends, and big plans for being a working mom. Then that week came when we were supposed to take our little one to day care. My husband and I simply couldn’t do it, and so began my journey to maintain a sense of myself.

What is self? I suppose it’s the place where you’re comfortable with what you know, how you apply it, and what is going on in your world. If what you know shifts, how do you remain grounded? That’s been a question I ask myself almost daily.

For me, that’s where Alpha Phi has become truly valuable. College was a tremendous experience for me, full of all the superlatives you can throw at a time in your life with relatively low responsibility and high ability to do as you please. I joined as a junior and did not choose a leadership path because I knew my tenure was short. In that that time, I learned many valuable lessons on relationships and meeting expectations.

So many women I know struggle with where they fit in the world. Whether they’re in the workforce or at home for their tasks, I find many of my friends are simply drained from all they do. Stress, boredom, repetition, and lack of recognition take their toll on everyone, but especially women who want to have it all.

I’m not immune to feeling drained. Over the past eight years of my sabbatical from “a real career,” I’ve worked to build some defenses over feeling downtrodden. One method is not foolproof, but it’s so effective that it makes me sad others don’t use it.

You guessed it—I stay in touch with Alpha Phi. I take it a step beyond just the “I sent in my lifetime dues” category, although that is important and might be just what other need. I have found that I need to maintain a relationship with my alumnae chapter.

I can hear the explanations now. I’m too busy. Work wears me out. The kids have baseball, ballet, basket weaving practice. We’re all on the life path, friends, with the same amount of time in our day. And here’s what I learned, not from my Alpha Phi life, but some other key friends: if you don’t take care of you, there’s nothing left to give those you love.

What do I get from my involvement? Much like exercise gurus will encourage you to put your workout on your calendar, when I book an Alpha Phi meeting, I create a mini-goal. Get to that meeting and you’ll feel better. It works. There’ve been times I thought I should skip, but I think of the encouragement I’ll receive and realize I’m trying to excuse myself from one of the key things in my life that enables me to simply be Melinda.

Okay, so I get a night out with friends. What else, you ask? In our alumnae chapter, I’ve met people at different stages of life. New grads. New moms. New retirees. Each woman is unique, coming from a very different place than me. Sharing their experiences helps me understand my own. Learning from them helps me go back to my corner of the world refreshed, renewed, and ready to be the best I can be.

I encourage you to make that appointment for yourself. I think you’ll be surprised at how Alpha Phi can help you right now.

Melinda Wedding (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) currently resides in McKinney, TX.

November 10, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: Famous Phis Series

One of the most internationally, well-known Alpha Phis is Kimberly Williams-Paisley, initiated at Northwestern University (Beta) in Evanston, Illinois, where she earned a degree in Drama. Kimberly is most well known for her role as Annie in the Father of the Bride movies and as Dana in ABC’s popular sitcom, According to Jim. Besides these popular roles, Kimberly has also graced the screen on countless television shows and movies. Kimberly is also the wife of popular country music star, Brad Paisley. Kimberly has proven herself to be an inspiring role model for Alpha Phis who are pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.

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

November 4, 2011

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November 2, 2011

Serving as a Collegian on the Committee on Leadership (COL)

The Committee on Leadership (COL) is a committee within Alpha Phi responsible for creating the slate for the International Executive Board. As a collegian serving on this committee, I have been offered a unique opportunity to work with devoted alumnae and to expand my knowledge of an organization that I care so greatly about.

As a collegiate member on the COL, I, along with Hilke Brandon (Delta Xi- Nebraska/Kearney), represent the voice and opinions of our vast collegiate membership.

The International Executive Board (IEB) is the governing body of the Fraternity between Conventions and the body that exercises general supervision of the Fraternity’s business and affairs. Understanding the duties of the IEB and the members who serve on it is integral to our Fraternity’s success.

Overall, the job of the collegians on the COL is to build relationships with alumnae and provide insightful feedback on the IEB application process. I was given the opportunity to serve on the Candidate Recruitment and Outreach Committee, offering feedback on viable social media outlets for advertising the COL application. Currently, I am assisting with the review of applications and providing feedback as a member of the Application Review Committee.

Learning about the processes that our Fraternity undertakes in slating and selecting its IEB has changed my membership in a way that no other opportunity could have done. I have built relationships with alumnae from all over the country whose collegiate experiences were nothing like my own, and for that I have grown as a person and as a member of Alpha Phi.

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

*Keep an eye on Alpha Phi's website and social media outlets in the future to learn how you can apply to serve as a collegiate member on the COL.

November 1, 2011

Quarterly Review

Phyllis Sims Selig (Gamma Delta), International President in 1974, wrote the following about this cover: “The cover of this issue of the Quarterly proudly presents to Alpha Phis everywhere the architect’s rendering of our New International Executive Office.”

Here it is now:

October 31, 2011

Representing Alpha Phi in Your Community at Alumnae Panhellenic

In my nearly 35 years since college graduation, I have lived in six different communities, five of them in the first 17 years. So, as we moved to new communities, I looked for any networking opportunities that would help me meet new people socially and professionally. My first priority was always direct involvement in Alpha Phi, specifically as an advisor to a collegiate chapter. I did this with my own chapter (Delta Tau – LSU) and also with Gamma Pi at Arizona State. Both of these experiences of being an advisor were very rewarding and kept me young and connected. In the case of Arizona State, I became lifelong friends with a close knit group of advisors and also met wonderful women through the alumnae chapter. These Alpha Phi contacts were terrific socially but were also an asset to my career as two of my close Alpha Phi friends worked for the same bank as me.

The four other places I lived did not have Alpha Phi collegiate chapters and one town was so small that there was no college nearby. We currently live in Fresno, CA and have lived here for nearly 18 years. I contacted the local Alumnae Panhellenic to join and represent Alpha Phi as there was not an Alpha Phi alumnae chapter when I moved there. I am still actively involved in Fresno Alumnae Panhellenic Association (FAPA) and enjoy friendships to this day with some of the women that I met when I first move to Fresno. Sorority women are active and involved in their communities and for this reason I have found ease with working with fellow sorority women on different school or community projects. For selfish reasons alone, the Alumnae Panhellenic memberships that I have held have benefited me in many ways. On a much larger scale, my membership has benefited Alpha Phi.

In the case of FAPA, I was a District Alumnae Coordinator for Alpha Phi in the mid-90s. Fresno State’s Greek system was in a state of flux and really needed some assistance. Because they were without a true Greek Advisor for quite some time, FAPA recommended me as a volunteer advisor. My role was so appreciated because I was knowledgeable and objective. My presence at Greek events keeps the Alpha Phi name in the forefront on campus. The strong Greek community at both the college and alumnae level here indirectly benefits Alpha Phi at other locations, certainly in California.

Many women want to know that the organizations they are involved in is relevant to them – one that gives back to the community and benefits them as individuals – which is exactly what Alumnae Panhellenics do. They are in place to help the collegiate sororities and assist in spreading the word about sororities to high school students. For example, many Alumnae Panhellenics award scholarships to Greek women at local universities or who live in the area. In the case of FAPA, we have consistently helped with recruitment, especially helping counsel girls during the final selection process. We have lobbied on behalf of the Greek community with the college administration on issues such as housing contracts in the dorms or being involved in the interview process for replacement Greek Advisors. Additionally, we help publicize the positive events that the Greeks participate in. FAPA is relevant and the proof of that is the women who join FAPA because they want to give back to the Greek community, help strengthen it and provide positive role models to the collegiate women.

I would encourage any Alpha Phi to take advantage of joining an Alumnae Panhellenic in your community, both for your personal networking and also to spread the positive benefits of joining Alpha Phi. Alumnae Panhellenics seek membership from all NPC sororities as part of their charter. For more information about Alumnae Panhellenics in your area, please contact Paige Stallings at

Nancy Bennett (Delta Tau-LSU) currently resides in Fresno, CA.

October 26, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: Fostering First-Year Leadership

The first few months of membership in Alpha Phi set the tone for long-term investment and leadership in the Fraternity. Here are three easy ways to cultivate first-year leadership in your chapters!

1) New members have the potential to set an example for your whole chapter! Encourage them to live Alpha Phi’s values and standards on a daily basis. As we move through the years, it’s easy to become complacent. New members can help remind the chapter of the values and principles that help us grow as women of character.

2) Make sure to provide multiple leadership opportunities within the first year. You’ll likely be able to pick out some obvious leaders early in the new member period. Take care to foster their leadership, but make sure that you provide opportunities for all new members. Ask chapter officers to look to new members for assistance on committees and with planning. Getting involved in aspects of chapter-specific leadership has long-term benefits for the chapter as well as individual membership.

3) Finally, encourage all new members to apply for leadership programs, either nationally or on your campus. Alpha Phi’s Emerging Leaders Institute was one of the most transformational experiences in my membership. It inspired me to get involved, build my chapter, and live Alpha Phi’s values throughout my lifetime. Check out this great video about the program!

Kelsey Moore is a collegiate member at DePauw University (Gamma).

October 21, 2011

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October 19, 2011

Recruitment as a Remedy for Job Stress

The post-graduation job panic has already begun—and it’s only October. I find myself in a What’s next? conversation almost every day, and the state of the economy certainly doesn’t make the job hunt seem easier. We, as sorority women, may not be able to control the amount of jobs available; however, we can control our likelihood of landing that competitive job with the help of a little something called self-confidence.

When applying for summer internships last year, I wanted to make sure I looked good on and off the paper. Preparation is definitely key when trying to land that dream job, but there is a such thing as too much preparation. I definitely learned that lesson in those stressful months. I attended so many mock interviews and resume critique sessions that I did not sound or look prepared anymore; I looked and sounded like a robot.

I discovered how to escape this over-prepared predicament at an unexpected time—during my chapter’s recruitment practice. We were going over conversation topics to bring up with potential new members when it hit me: the interview process is a lot like recruitment. In recruitment, you can’t rehearse every detail, but you can be prepared to answer questions in a way that makes you look poised, well-spoken and capable. Likewise, in an interview, you must be able to think quickly while also having some prepared responses in your head to questions you know you’ll be asked. After four years in Alpha Phi, I’d like to think of myself as somewhat of a recruitment pro, so I realized there should be no reason to panic. Many experiences like recruitment may seem specific to college life, but if break them down to their core, you might just find how to apply these experiences to your aspirations in the real world.

Danielle Honig is a collegiate member at Connecticut (Iota Lambda).

Mary Kay® Inspiring Stories: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

You may recall Alpha Phi's promotion of the Mary Kay® Inspiring Stories documentary program and participation from one of our very own, Ashliegh Jarzenski (Epsilon Alpha-Ashland). Women from all across the country applied to participate on the Mary Kay® Inspiring Stories film crew. The 18 selected women, including Epsilon Alpha’s Ashliegh, were flown to Los Angeles were they devoted their hard work and passion to creating three separate documentaries. During the 7-day production week, participants learned the ins and outs of how to create, develop, produce, shoot and promote their documentaries.

Now, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Mary Kay® Inspiring Stories hopes to educate and inspire women to make better choices by creating a conversation about the issues of domestic violence through the messages in these documentaries. You can join their efforts by watching Ashliegh’s documentary, created by Team Give Joy and featuring celebrity narrator Alexa Vega.

Here’s where you—Alpha Phi’s members—come in: the documentary with the most views will receive a $20,000 donation in the name of the crew to a women’s shelter. As Ashliegh is a participant in Team Give Joy, we’d like to encourage you to watch the team's video and share it with other Alpha Phis and friends. You must watch the video all the way through for your view to count. After viewing, feel free to comment on the film or the cause.

Congratulations to Ashliegh for being chosen to participate in this program and for creating such a wonderful documentary. We wish you and Team Give Joy the best of luck!

October 14, 2011

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October 12, 2011

It Must Be Midterms!

Ten-page paper, check. Four exams, check. Coffee hooked up to an IV, check. Zero hours of sleep, check.
It must be midterms!

As collegiate members we are busy with homework, studying, leadership positions and still find the time to hang out with our sisters. Good study skills help us manage our time more efficiently and ensure we get a full night’s sleep!

Here are some tips to help you with your midterms and finals:

• Schedule time to study and study in a regular place

• Study and do homework as soon as classes are done

• Learn the general concepts first

• Take short breaks frequently; your mind is able to retain information you study at the beginning and end more than what you study in the middle. Taking short breaks often will help to maximize your capacity to memorize.

• Review your notes right after class when it’s fresh in your memory

• Go to class!

• Study when you’re alert and not tired! Stay well-rested and hydrated!

• Ask a sister in the same class/major to help you study or set up sisterhood study groups.

After your midterms and finals are done, reward yourself for all of your hard work! Treat yourself to some new Alpha Phi gear.

Ashliegh Jarzenski is a collegiate member at Ashland University (Epsilon Alpha).

October 11, 2011

Giving Back to Local University Chapters

Remember when you were a kid, it was your birthday and you were opening all those fabulous gifts? There were beautiful bows, and bright colored paper and inside something new, a very special something you had been wanting for months or weeks. And when the party was done, somehow you ended up having to share because your mom would say, correction, yell “Share!” across the house.

Sharing was a major flaw in the birthday system. Unfortunately, mom’s words still ring true; however, these days you aren’t sharing toys or clothes, you need to share your talents.

When you hear about giving back to Alpha Phi, I know the first thing that pops in your head is money, cash, dinero, moola, greenbacks and so on. But if cash were the only thing that Alpha Phi needed, life would be simple.

Alpha Phi’s collegiate chapters actually need you. The collegiate members need guidance and mentoring to help them through their college experience and getting their first step out in the real world. Sometimes advisors aren’t enough.

If not an advisor, then what? - Everyone has a talent. Let me repeat that, EVERYONE has a talent. For some it’s resume writing. For others it may be fashion sense. For the very select few it’s social and conversation skills that allow them to talk candidly to a stranger as if speaking to an old friend, and for even fewer, it’s the financial know-how for a college budget.

No matter what your talents, there is a collegiate chapter or collegiate member who is need of your friendship through mentoring.

Please consider volunteering to help the nearest collegiate chapter by volunteering your talents at a chapter meeting, special workshop, polish week, or recruitment.

Here are some ways Alpha Phi could use your help:
  • Resume workshops
  • "Dress for Success" workshops
  • Mock job interviews
  • Financial advice (budgeting post-graduation)
  • Song practice
  • Mock recruitment parties
And the list could go on and on.

Pick up the phone or log onto and reach out to the nearest collegiate chapter to volunteer your talents. Yes, mom was right, life is not fair, eat your veggies and share!

Look on the bright side, you might actually enjoy yourself (GASP!).

Jennifer Hernandez (Iota Beta-St Mary's) currently resides in Bay Harbor Islands, FL.

October 10, 2011

In Honor of Founders’ Day: A Note from Rena Michaels Atchison

December 7, 1881
Fayette, Iowa

Dear Sisters in Alpha Phi,

It is a long, long time since I addressed that name. But, today, somehow, the time or the weather, or something that cannot be expressed brings back to me very vividly the time when the name of Alpha Phi made my pulses beat like a lover’s.

It was eight years ago this autumn, the eleven girls walked through the mud and rain on Friday eve to the homes of our resident girl friends to discuss the plans and means of establishing a secret society. I remember that one of our number thought a secret society was a terrible thing for girls, and forthwith left us to carry out our plans alone. She has since formed a secret society* with two members only, possibly there are more now, such societies sometimes have a way of increasing rapidly. Well, if you will pardon this digression, we worked on. The young gentlemen made many interesting remarks to the effect that a girl’s society could not live more than six weeks. Then they gave us six months. Now, I presume, they have lengthened the time indefinitely, only presuming that it will die sometime because it was originated by girls.

A sister’s greeting to you all, and as I do today, may you all in after years recall the pleasant friendships formed and sealed in Alpha Phi…

Your Sister in Alpha Phi,
Rena Michaels

*Rena is referencing Gamma Phi Beta, which was founded on Syracuse University’s campus in November of 1874.

October 7, 2011

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October 3, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: Famous Phis Series

Famous alumnae are often a hot topic of discussion during recruitment for many Alpha Phi chapters! Over the next few months we will feature Alpha Phi sisters who have accomplished some extraordinary career goals. Today we will feature and pay tribute to Alpha Phi alumna, Anne Martin, who joined the Silent Chapter on August 20, 2010. Anne pledged Alpha Phi at the University of Washington (Sigma) in 1947 and continued her involvement in Alpha Phi at the University of Montana, where she graduated in 1951 with a degree in English and Education. Upon graduation, Anne became an esteemed journalist and the first female to anchor the news in Seattle, Washington. She was also the prime time news anchor and co-host of Woman 2 Woman, KCBS-Los Angeles. She was a winner of three Emmy Awards®, two Golden Mike Awards, and an award for best 30-minute newscast. Anne has left an amazing legacy for Alpha Phis who are pursuing careers in journalism.

Annie Williams is a member of the Gamma Kappa chapter (CSU/Long Beach).

October 1, 2011

Quarterly Review

“We’re here!” proclaims a member of Gamma Zeta as she hoists the Alpha Phi letters over the door of the new Puget Sound chapter house.

September 30, 2011

Alpha Phi Founders’ Day

If you do a Google search on “Alpha Phi Founders’ Day,” the results might yield “September 30, 1872” as our founding date. Today, you might also see other organizations wishing us “Happy Founders’ Day” via social media outlets and on the web and think to yourself, But Founders’ Day isn’t until October 10!

October 10 is our celebrated Founders’ Day, but our organization was in fact founded on September 30, 1872. Our ten Founders met on September 18 to plan the sisterhood, and on September 30, at the home of Ida Gilbert, six freshmen, three sophomores and one junior initiated themselves into Alpha Phi.

While today is the official founding date, we hope you celebrate with us October 10 to honor these amazing women and the tradition that began nearly 139 years ago. You can view alumnae chapter Founders’ Day events here, or if you happen to be in the Chicago area, please stop by the Executive Office in Evanston to celebrate with our Fraternity and Foundation staff. Details can be found in this e-vite.

Today also marks the start of our Founders’ Day facts, where we will share details and little known information about the Founders through our social media outlets. Be sure to keep an eye out on these pages today and in the days leading up to October 10 to learn more about the ten influential women who shaped our sisterhood.


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September 27, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: An Alpha Phi Mixtape

A song to encompass the diverse and amazing sisterhood of Alpha Phi can be hard to find. The bond between Alpha Phis is unique and special to every sister, and this playlist provides a wide array of songs—ones that might connect you to a memory or provide the chance to build a new one. Enjoy, and feel free to comment with songs 1. Hang With Me – Robyn

2. Good Life – One Republic

3. D.A.N.C.E – Justice

4. Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland

5. Forever Young – Youth Group

6. With or Without You –U2

7. Sisters – The Puppini Sisters

8. Battle Cry – Shontelle

9. The Best of What’s Around – Dave Matthews Band

10. You Get What You Give – The New Radicals

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

September 23, 2011

Hazing: A Parent’s Perspective

Teasing….putdowns….bullying….hazing…..bystander…..victim. We hear these words a lot. We hear them on the news. We talk about it as part of Chapter Leadership Development, in our education programs, and at conferences devoted to wiping out hazing and empowering students. We wonder how the heck such smart young adults perpetrate these acts on people that they call “brother” or “sister.” It is pretty disgusting to break hazing down into the bits that make it whole. How can organizations that pride themselves on values and ritual encourage or force someone have to drink, get locked in a basement, carry lunch boxes filled with breath mints, gum, Starbucks gift cards, etc.? It is terrifying to think that twenty year olds are doing this to their peers.

This summer I had the privilege of attending the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention at Lehigh University with several of my Alpha Phi sisters. I had the honor of meeting and listening to Kim Novak challenge us to think about what a hazing-free world looks like. At that point, I wasn’t just thinking about the collegiate world in which I actively volunteer, but about another world in which I am a parent who is trying to raise decent human beings amidst teasing, putdowns and bullying. This is the typical world of elementary and middle school age children in my town. No one would equate what is happening on the playground with fraternity/sorority life, but is it really so different? I think parents are afraid to acknowledge that the child who is just a little too rough, a little too mean, a little too quick to show off how cool s/he is, is a bully and without some kind of intervention, this bully could most likely grow up to be a college student who hazes.

The world of the playground is pretty similar to any other world- college, athletics, and/or the workplace. My friends and I continue to talk about the same situation over and over despite the age differences in our children. There is one boy and he is the boy with “it.” What is “it”? Well in the eyes of a preteen, “it” is defined as: athletic, cool games/gadgets, laxer rules at home than the other children, typically have older brothers/cousins/friends and all the grown-ups like him because of his nice manners. The “it” boy is generally fast literally and figuratively. He has the meanest putdowns out of anyone in the pack. So, when the “it” boy decides he is going to start giving everyone nicknames, what can your child do? If your child protests his name too much, he will be branded a wuss and then “EVERYONE” will laugh at him. Most likely though, “EVERYONE” doesn’t like their nickname either. But “EVERYONE” sits quietly waiting for someone to defy the “it” boy. To an adult, it seems that the solution would be that the pack of boys would turn against the “it” boy. However, it never seems to happen that way. Why not?? Generally, the meanest child is the one with the most social collateral. The other children’s are simply afraid of the consequences. In a smaller town, you may be stuck with the “it” kid until after high school.

As I type this, it seems like I’m painting such a grim and hopeless picture, but I haven’t given up hope. Schools are working hard to address this kind of pervasive bullying. Most parents are coaching their children to talk them through these situations. We have better resources and talking points available than just the time-worn “walk away.” We also know that if the playground isn’t giving our children confidence, then we need to find other arenas where they will be successful. These out of school options include scouts, sports, creative and performing arts, and martial arts. I know of one child in particular who was picked on last year. He was the oldest and biggest boy in his grade. He was teased about everything. His parents and the school tried to work through it. What his classmates didn’t know was that he is a baseball prodigy. In the lead up to playing the “it” boy’s team, this boy was teased endlessly. The game was pretty exciting and intense. The “it” boy’s team was ahead by three when the baseball prodigy stepped up to the plate with bases loaded. Yes, this story has the movie ending. Our prodigy hit a grand slam and “it” boy was reduced to tears. Has this silenced the bully? That baseball game ended the teasing of this prodigy’. The teachers made sure this boy wasn’t in class with the “it” boy this year. In the long run, this group of boys also realized that an “it” boy isn’t always as powerful as they think he is.

What is the lesson for us parents? We need to remember that teasing is as dangerous as hazing. Teasing can hurt our young children just as much as hazing can hurt our college students. We need to give our children/college students realistic and authentic ways to handle these situations. We can teach that there is strength in numbers and that they don’t have to stand alone. Our mission as Alpha Phis is “A sisterhood of women supporting each other in lifelong achievement.” Isn’t this also our mission as parents?

Nancy DeLaura, (Villanova/Eta Epsilon) is the Operations & Programming Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

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