April 29, 2011

The Legacy of Alpha Phi: Sharing the Alpha Phi Collegiate Experience with a Blood Sister

When I made the decision to go through formal sorority recruitment, I told everyone the same thing – that I wanted my future sorority sisters to be just like my biological ones. So how exactly did my real life little sister teach me a thing or two about sisterhood in Alpha Phi? Today I count down the Top 5 ways…

 



5. ASK FOR HELP: I’ve oftentimes seen the need for help as a sign of weakness. When my sister moved in, she wasn’t afraid to ask questions, which reminded me that it’s acceptable to not always know an answer. At times, it’s easy to forget that none of us know everything there is to know about Alpha Phi – the sooner we recognize that each of us always has more to learn, the better.


4. REALLY LISTEN: While pillow fights are generally a stereotypical aspect of sorority life, those infamous heart-to-heart conversations really do happen. Except it’s not always about sharing a box of tissues and a pint of ice cream. In fact, the little things are usually the ones that mean the most. For example, my sister is the sounding board for all my big ideas, no matter how harebrained, because I know that she doesn’t judge me for them and that she’s not afraid to respectfully suggest alternatives. Yes, we have deeply meaningful cry-fests together (and those are great!) but the important thing to remember is that when a sister comes to you about something, she chose YOU for a reason.


3. REMEMBER TO LAUGH: One day, my sister decided to share a joke with the rest of the chapter. Now there’s a dry erase board outside her room reserved for the “Joke of the Day.” Everyone walks past to have a little chuckle on their way to class or work – it’s a bright spot to most mornings and the whole chapter has gotten into it. That daily note has reminded me that it’s okay to laugh at life once in a while. All of my Alpha Phi sisters encourage me not to take my life (or myself) so seriously all the time.

 
2. STAY TRUE: One of the most beautiful things about sharing Alpha Phi with someone who knows you well is that they bring out the absolute best in you. She’s not afraid to tell you when you’re out of line or to defend you when someone else is. Most importantly, my sister has reminded me to be genuine and honest with all of our Alpha Phi sisters, and also with myself.


1. CHERISH EVERY SECOND: It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of the stresses of college, but watching my little sister experience everything for the first time helps me to keep it all in perspective. I want my sisters, whether we’re blood related or not, to know that the bonds we share a special & infinite – an eternal love to be cherished for a lifetime.


Stephanie LeBlanc is a senior at Washburn University (Upsilon).

April 22, 2011

Alpha Phi Celebrates Earth Day


5 Simple Ways Your Chapter Can Go Green


1. UNPLUG.
  • This first way to go green might shock you (no pun intended)! How many of you leave for class and leave your phone on the charger or your computer plugged in? The U.S. Department of Energy reports appliances continue to draw electricity even when the products are turned off, and nearly 75% of all electricity used to power electronics is consumed by products that are actually switched off! A phone that’s charging, for example, only uses 5% of the power drawn from an outlet. The other 95% is wasted when it’s left plugged into the wall (The Terrapass Footprint).

2. SAVE H20.

  • One simple way to save water is to take shorter showers. Include timers in your bathrooms and encourage members to take showers less than five minutes long. Taking shorter showers by one to two minutes could save 700 gallons of water per month. Also encourage members to turn the faucet off while brushing those pearly whites, and make sure the faucet isn’t still dripping before leaving the bathroom. One person turning the water off while brushing his or her teeth and only turning water on to rinse will save three gallons of water per day, while fixing leaky faucets or turning faucets all the way off will save nearly 20 gallons per day!

3. CREATE A GREEN TEAM.

  • You have an Executive Council, so why not have a Green Council, too? Members of this council can be divided into committees: recycling, conservation, compost, energy reduction and more. These women can be responsible for heading up green projects, relaying important facts and information to chapter members at meetings and getting involved with campus wide initiatives.
  • The recycling team, for example, could be responsible for developing a recycling center in your chapter house or on your dorm floor. This could be as simple as making sure trash cans and recycling bins are available, or hanging up signs about what can and can’t be recycled. Education is half the battle!


4. SEE YA, STYROFOAM.

  • Invest in Alpha Phi Reusable water bottles and coffee mugs and ditch the Styrofoam or paper cups. We love this adorable Camelbak water bottle and this durable monogrammed  tumbler. Another way to reduce the use of plastic water bottles is to invest in a filter pitcher for the chapter house. This commercial might inspire you.

5. THINK ELECTRONICALLY.
  • Do you often pass out papers at chapter meetings? Consider an electronic alternative. Share minutes and other chapter related materials via Google docs. It’s free and easy to get started.

Greek Communities around the nation are taking the initiative to make a difference. Check out the program at Cornell and the efforts at Towson. Tell us what your chapter does to go green. E-mail kmitchell@alphaphi.org.


Kristen Mitchell is the Program Manager of Marketing and Communications at the Alpha Phi Executive Office. She can be reached at kmitchell@alphaphi.org.

April 19, 2011

Philanthropy At Its Finest



Philanthropy is a huge part of being an Alpha Phi. Throughout the school year, sororities market their philanthropic events to college campuses, asking for support from Greek and non-Greek students, faculty and the local community. The question then becomes: how do we promote heart health and our mission so that it appeals to everyone? The Theta Iota chapter was the recipient of the 2010 Martha Mast Award for Outstanding Philanthropy, and today we would like to share four tips for successful philanthropic marketing and event-planning.

Photo courtesy of James Madison University Unions.

The first step in philanthropy planning is to choose events that will attract the maximum number of people that are a part of college life. For instance, events should be non-gender- or age-specific but still incorporate the “Heart Health/Go Red” theme. One of our most successful events during our “APHIASCO Philanthropy Week” was our King of Hearts Male talent show. Sisters asked male friends from various clubs and organizations to participate in the event and recruited others to support the show. Participants performed talents such as singing and dancing, and this was a great opportunity for the James Madison University community to come together and fundraise in an entertaining way. In one night, we were able to raise $2,000 from ticket sales, a raffle and the bidding on hilariously talented gentlemen!

The second step in preparing for philanthropy events is to utilize as many sponsorship resources as possible. For example, a new tactic Theta Iota used to accumulate as many donations as possible was selling advertisement space in a Red Dress Gala auction booklet. Sisters were sent home over winter break to consult businesses in their hometowns and ask for support in our fundraising efforts. We had “gold” ($100+), “silver” ($99-$50) and “bronze” ($49 and lower) levels of donations in which businesses could show support. This was an effective way to increase involvement of organizations outside of Harrisonburg and give businesses the chance to market to a new audience.


Rockingham Memorial Hospital representative speaking at the Red Dress Gala.
 

Something unique to Theta Iota’s chapter is its relationship with Harrisonburg’s Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH). Within the past three years, we have donated over $45,000 to its cardiovascular and heart research center, and in 2010 our donations covered more than half of the heart checks given at the center. The third step in ensuring a successful philanthropy is encouraging other chapters to form a close relationship with a local hospital. Because of our strong bond with the RMH employees, we had a wonderful support system throughout APHIASCO, especially at our Red Dress Gala and “Move Your Phi’t 5K Walkathon.” The Harrisonburg community is enthusiastic about our philanthropy because we give back directly to something that is important to them. We have helped fund equipment and research to maintain heart health and that hits home with our supporters.
In the eyes of Brittney Tardy, our Director of Philanthropy, “A successful philanthropy is when the entire sisterhood works as a whole. What we do with our 164 sisters in one week is incredible. It shows how much we truly care about our philanthropy, our accountability and the zeal we have as a sisterhood. In the words of Clara Bradley Burdette, ‘Be zestful and carry your torch high,’ and this is something I think we did throughout APHIASCO 2011.”

 

Photo courtesy of James Madison University Unions.


As we hope for participation from students across campus, we expect participation from all sisters. Regardless of class, meetings and social time, each sister must still contribute time and support of the charity we love. Whether we donate, volunteer or attend to spread the cheer, we contribute to the greater good of heart health research and care. We build our sisterhood through collaboration when we come together for one week, and the rest of the year, to make a difference in the lives of others.


Alison Parker is a sophomore at James Madison University (Theta Iota).

April 6, 2011

Alpha Phi: A Place to Belong - Reflections of a Transfer Student




During the two short years since I transferred to Washburn University, I have become a part of some truly amazing organizations full of people who challenge and motivate me on a daily basis. Of course, the one that’s closest to my heart – the one that started it all – is Alpha Phi.

As a transfer student, I know first-hand how scary a new school with no friends can be. It’s a different kind of scary than the freshman feel, because they’re all in the same boat. They sit together through orientation seminars, live together in student housing and bond over their love/hate relationship with the cafeteria food. Faculty and staff take them under their wing and, generally, ease them into campus life. But most transfer students don’t get all of those benefits. The situation for those students is, essentially, intimidating. “Where do I live? Who do I live with? What do I need to do to enroll? Which professor should I take that class from?” The list goes on and on; a list of things that must be faced alone, or so I thought.

Fortunately, the summer before starting school at Washburn, I received a postcard from the office of Student Activities and Fraternity/Sorority Life encouraging me to “Go Greek!” It was something that I’d never seriously considered before. The school I previously attended had no Greek community and neither of my parents had gone Greek – but something about the opportunity intrigued me. I undoubtedly had many incentives for joining a sorority, but mainly I didn’t want to attend a school feeling uninvolved, unconnected. We all want to look back on our college years with fondness and pride and, in that moment, I had found my chance to start fresh. I decided that if I didn’t sign up to go through formal recruitment that fall, I would surely regret it…




By the end of recruitment week, I was certain that I genuinely belonged with the women of Alpha Phi’s Upsilon chapter. I had strong expectations of what I wanted from a sorority, as well as what I should be contributing in return. In Alpha Phi, I found a group of women whose ideals matched my own, women who inspire me to live the ritual every day of my life. I take immense pride in being associated with an organization that holds itself to the highest ideals of womanhood. These women – my Big, my advisors, my new member class and everyone in between – have supported me in every conceivable way. From the moment I joined, there was never a need to face anything alone.

I love this sisterhood, and I’m grateful that, because of it, I am also part of Washburn’s inter-fraternal Greek family. From barbecues to pick-up games of volleyball to study groups, I think that the everyday experience of being Greek is an unbelievable one. My friends who are Greek are the most diverse group of people that I’ve ever met, and I love spending time with all of them, no matter their letters. Whether it’s a movie night with Phi Delta Theta, sharing a laugh with my Delta Gamma and Kappa Alpha Theta co-workers, roasting marshmallows with Sigma Phi Epsilon, or taking a random road trip with Kappa Sigma, I give thanks every day for the little things that remind me why I couldn’t imagine my life without this bond we share.

Collegiate women decide to join the fraternal community for numerous reasons, but the option to join shouldn’t disappear along with freshman year. Going Greek allowed me to have a support group that encouraged me to branch out and make the most of what was left of my collegiate experience, and I’m so grateful that I made the decision to join Alpha Phi as a transfer student. 



Stephanie LeBlanc is a senior at Washburn University (Upsilon).

April 5, 2011

Alpha Phi and the SELF Challenge



Spring is here and warmer temperatures are on their way. It’s the perfect time to dive into a new exercise plan to improve your health before summertime vacations, concerts and events begin. To help you kick off this new lifestyle, Alpha Phi is once again partnering with SELF magazine to offer a new SELF Challenge!

Even if you’re already a fitness guru, you can challenge an already existing work-out regimen by participating in an exercise and eating plan guaranteed to be effective in burning fat and gaining energy. SELF magazine will supply you with all the necessary information, including a work-out schedule, nutrition plan and helpful tips alongside its six-week fitness program—completely free. Working out with a sister is a great opportunity to strengthen bonds within your chapter. Participants of the SELF Challenge, however, can be both Alpha Phis and non-Alpha Phis; everyone is encouraged to get involved!


If this isn’t enough to get you excited to head to the gym with your sisters, SELF magazine will reward the two Alpha Phi chapters who sign up the highest number of participants for this year’s challenge. The winning chapters will receive a sisterhood event that is sure to be a good time. The Beta Mu chapter at the University of Alabama particularly knows the gratifying effects of participating in the program, as they were the SELF Challenge winner in 2009!

The Alabama Alpha Phis gained much more than a healthier lifestyle while participating in the SELF Challenge. As a chapter, we bonded over the program during the year of our recolonization.  We took every task we received by storm, whether it was winning Greek Week or getting our peers heart healthy, the SELF Challenge was no different. We actively embraced the mission of getting people to partake in living healthier lifestyles by reaching out to as many friends and family members as possible. Through emails, Facebook and spreading the word at our campus recreation center, the Beta Mu Alpha Phis signed up over 250 SELF Challengers. SELF magazine rewarded Beta Mu with a celebration during our Homecoming week, complete with Alabama decorations, catered food and complimentary health and beauty products.



Our chapter is excited to take on the Challenge again this year by having members register after chapter and encouraging other sorority and fraternity members to join.

Lauren DeHaven, Vice President of Marketing, is excited to take on the task of asking to people to participate in 2011. She says,  “It's an annual reminder of the benefits of maintaining  a fit lifestyle, and lets others know that Alpha Phi is continuing its campaign for heart health.”

Freshman Amanda Phillips is looking forward to her first SELF challenge saying,“I’ve heard so many great things about participating in the SELF Challenge. I’m excited to get active with my sisters and challenge friends and family to become involved, too!”

Beta Mu members take part in Tuscaloosa’s Heart Walk in February 2011.

Registration for the 2011 SELF Challenge has officially started and will continue until June 30. To register, go to SELF's Challenge page and start today. You can also visit Alpha Phi's SELF info page to find out more information about Alpha Phi’s partnership with SELF magazine and how your chapter can become more involved.


Grace Roberts is a junior at the University of Alabama (Beta Mu).

Terminology Tuesday: It's All Greek to Me!

What is the correct term for one female graduate?  What about one male graduate?  What would you call a mixed group of graduates?  What about a group of all women who share the common bond of Alpha Phi?

This can be a murky business and we want to take a moment to shed some light!

Latin, like many other languages, has different words depending on if the subject is male or female.  They also have slightly different pronunciations. 

Alumna – One female graduate (Ah-lum-nuh)
Alumnae – More than one female graduate (Ah-lum-nee)
Alumnus – One male graduate (Ah-lum-nuss)
Alumni – More than one male or a mixed group of graduates (Ah-lum-neye)

Most often you will use either the term alumna or alumnae to describe the graduated members of your Alpha Phi chapter. You would use the term alumni when talking about all the graduates from your college or university.

Alumni is often incorrectly used as a singular form for both genders. This is most likely due to an ignorance of Latin grammar and the fact that printed documents and university materials almost always use the plural form of the word. But no matter how often you may hear others say it, you are NOT an alumni of Alpha Phi. You are an alumna.

On an interesting side note: at most UK independent schools and a few universities in the UK, and to a lesser extent in Australia and Canada, the phrases “old boy” and “old girl” are traditionally used for former school pupils. Alpha Phi will never call her members “old girls!”

We hope this has been interesting and helpful to you. Take the time to educate your sisters and fellow alumnae about the correct terminology!



Take this recap quiz to determine whether the picture should be categorized as alumni, alumnae, alumnus or alumna. Hint: there is one of each below, plus a trick question!

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Answer key:
1. Alumnae 2. Alumnus 3. Alumni 4. Alumna 5. Alumni (even though the number of women is greater than the number of males in this group, this is still considered “mixed," and is thus considered a group of “alumni”).

April 3, 2011

Emerging Leaders’ Institute 2009: Then & Now



When you joined Alpha Phi as a new member, what did you hope to gain from the experience? Maybe it was to make lifelong friends, to raise money and awareness for an amazing cause or to add something to your resume to help you stand out in the crowd. Maybe it was all of those things. I am sure, however, you weren't expecting to experience the phenomenal impact this Fraternity would have on your life outside of your chapter.


If you did, then you probably knew about Alpha Phi’s Emerging Leaders’ Institute. This 5-day, intensive leadership seminar is an amazing program offered to freshmen and sophomores who are initiated sisters of Alpha Phi. Sisters who are selected through a competitive application process are flown to Butler University to stay in the Alpha Phi chapter house, with the purpose of better defining their voice, identifying their leadership skills and learning how to make practical changes for their chapters and communities. Although this purpose is, without a doubt, achieved by every woman who is privileged enough to attend the Emerging Leaders’ Institute, the impact ELI had on my time in Alpha Phi, and my life, is a lot deeper than the description provided.

In 2009, I was interning in Dallas, Texas, where I would be departing to fly to Indianapolis to experience 5 days of everything Alpha Phi. On the airplane, I was seated in the aisle across from another Alpha Phi, Audie Maki, from Midwestern State. We started making small talk about Alpha Phi, the difference in our universities and where we were from. This small talk turned into an entire flight full of laughter, good stories and a whole lot more in common than we thought we initially had. We landed, were put on buses with the other women and made our way to the Butler chapter house. Upon arrival, I ran into a lifelong friend, Samantha Haraszti, an Alpha Phi at UC-Santa Barbara, who was attending ELI as well. If you thought my world was small, it was about to become even smaller.

A major part of the ELI experience is the assigned Silver Circle group and the facilitator that leads it. Not only was Samantha in my Silver Circle group, our facilitator, Lora Tuley Brys, had facilitated my Eta Lambda sister Morgan Harris’ Silver Circle group the previous year. In this Silver Circle group, you meet daily to discuss your thoughts about the workshops you have been attending, as well as having open, and sometimes emotional, discussions about Alpha Phi, our home lives and past struggles that have made us stronger. I have never been one to have a problem with opening up to people, and I was lucky enough to be in a group with 10 other women who felt the same way. We all created an instant bond.



Outside of the Silver Circle group, Audie and I were attached at the hip. Our second day at ELI, we attended a ropes and challenge course that tested our physical abilities, allowed us to work as team and trust others we didn’t know well. It challenged everyone emotionally and physically, with trust falls, zip lines and ropes courses, but the belief in yourself that you gained from it was worth the sweat and tears. Audie and I were on the bus on our way back from this ropes course when we met Gina Davis and Julianne Burke. We connected instantly through our senses of humor and love for Alpha Phi, and were inseparable throughout the rest of our session. We stayed up all night through the tornado-watch storm, and even participated in the traditional ELI talent show together (we wrote and performed a rap about ELI 2009. It was entertaining to say the least).  



These four women, and my Silver Circle facilitator Lora, are the reasons I will never forget ELI 2009. Gina, Julianne and Audie showed me that no matter where you’re from, whether it’s Texas, California, Alabama or Missouri, Alpha Phis truly do have an instant connection that is impossible to ignore, and even more impossible to explain. But what Lora taught me during ELI has had a serious impact on my life. She showed me that being myself wherever I go with whomever I meet is the greatest thing I can do in life, along with always doing the right thing, even if its not the most popular. In our Silver Circle group, Lora shared some hardships she was enduring at the time, and we became her support system as much as she became ours. Lora was the first person I met who truly accepted me for the exact person and leader that I am, even with my quirks and flaws.

For me, the Emerging Leaders’ Institute taught me how to be a leader in different settings and how to adapt to the changes that can and will occur in life. Whether it was through role-play or simply listening to other’s experiences, ELI provided an enriching learning experience. I also gained total confidence. I was going into my junior year of college in 2009, and was the current Vice President of Chapter Operations, but would soon be running for President of the Eta Lambda chapter. The pressure was on, mostly from myself, but the confidence I gained at ELI showed me that I could do whatever I wanted and be successful, as long as I believed in myself and the people around me.

As for Lora, I know about the impact our Silver Circle group had on her life, but I want to share with you the impact it can have on a facilitator’s life. Facilitators have been out of the collegiate setting for enough time to have moved on from sorority life, so what can a leadership intensive program hosted by their sorority provide for them? Lora would say it provided motivation and hope.

Participating in ELI '09 and seeing what the future of Alpha Phi looks like keeps me motivated to continue to volunteer for the Fraternity. I think that I'm a better person for having participated in ELI as a facilitator. I met some amazing women, learned a lot about myself and have been motivated to do more for my community. I am grateful for the time spent with these women and want to continue to pay that forward to others.”

Gina Davis, a sister from William Woods in Missouri, matured the most throughout the Emerging Leaders’ Institute. She was a sophomore in a vice president position who was unsure of her future as a leader in Alpha Phi. She knew she had the love and passion for this Fraternity to lead her sisters down a successful path, but needed reassurance and the confidence to do so. Now, two years after our session ended, Gina has shared with me how ELI gave her the exact experience she needed to do what she wanted to do in Alpha Phi. 

“My values changed so much after the Emerging Leaders’ Institute. I was young at this time and had a basic understanding of Alpha Phi, but it was here at ELI when my real love for Alpha Phi started to really mean something. I saw for the first time that Alpha Phi is something so big and successful, and if I work hard it will give me so much back! ELI was where I really found myself as a true Alpha Phi using what I know to learn more and educate others. I am now the president of my chapter and I owe that to the Emerging Leaders’ Institute. I NEVER thought I could be President, but after this experience, I learned how to be a successful leader!” 

As for me, I have recently completed by term as President, and am currently running and organizing Greek Week for Alpha Phi to hopefully lead us to our 18th victory out of 22 Greek Weeks. My term as President would have not been so successful if it weren’t for the Emerging Leaders’ Institute and what it taught me about our values as a Fraternity and how to use them to lead my sisters. I was fortunate enough to attend The Alpha Phi International Convention 2010 in Miami, Florida, where I reunited with Lora and a few other women from my ELI session. Even a year later we were still able to pick up where we left off and were reminded of the amazing experiences we had at the Emerging Leaders’ Institute.



So, then, in 2009, 52 Alpha Phi women gathered expecting to find their voice in Alpha Phi, to learn how to lead their chapters and implement the values of our Fraternity into their daily lives. Now, in 2011, these 52 women have not only exceeded these expectations, but have taken their ELI experience and used it to their personal advantage and their chapters’ advantage.



I hope this entry has inspired all of you to apply for the next Emerging Leaders’ Institute for 2012, whether as a collegiate or a facilitator. If you are reading this and are hoping to attend the 2011 sessions, I am so excited for the experiences you will have and the amazing changes you will bring to your chapter. You never know what could come out of it…

Alex Jackson is a senior at George Mason University (Eta Lambda).

An Ideal Sister





In October of 1872, ten motivated women came together through sisterhood.  Alpha Phi Fraternity was founded based on the powerful bond these sisters had with one another. Each founder brought a different perspective on sisterhood to form our rituals, and today this high ideal still uplifts us beyond ourselves, and beyond our chapters.  Martha, Jane, Clara B., Clara W., Ida, Catherine, Hattie, Kate, Rena and Louise were the epitome of sisterhood, for they cared for one another and felt strongly enough to implement their dream when it seemed completely impossible for a group of women to accomplish it. 



Sorority life is a commitment, just as it was 139 years ago.  We must maintain chapter houses, hold social events, complete paperwork, elect and appoint leadership positions, participate in our own and other organizations’ philanthropy events and much more. 

Of all the values we treasure, sisterhood is the one priority that incorporates the rest: an ideal sister is able to balance Alpha Phi with her schoolwork and other extracurricular activities.  She is also a leader, whether by assuming an officer position or by simply encouraging other sisters.  She also volunteers her time to those in need, whether by working in a soup kitchen, tutoring another sister in math or helping other charities.  The challenge is being able to participate in these numerous activities while simultaneously maintaining great relationships with sisters.  



At the Theta Iota chapter, we have incorporated the “Snap Cup,” which recognizes the nice things sisters do for each other.  It is a great way to thank the “silent leaders” in our chapter, or those who are more soft-spoken than others about going out of their way to help another sister.  Not only does this boost the confidence of the chapter but it allows sisters to share their appreciation for the chapter in a unique way.  We pass a jar during chapter, and sisters can write a “snaps to so and so” message.  At the end of each chapter meeting, a sister stands and reads all of the “snaps” aloud.  Although some messages are quite humorous, some are very sincere and deserve recognition. 

The challenge for all Alpha Phis is to reach the goal of ideal sisterhood. Alpha Phi member’s definitions are varied.  Take these Theta Iota sisters’ opinions:

“An ideal sister is someone I could see as a biological sister.” --Stacy Murphy

“An ideal sister treats others to small acts of kindness when it is least expected.” --Katy Summerlin

“An ideal sister is understanding, reliable and trustworthy.” --Katie Soriano

“An ideal sister creates a bond between her sisters on a level that others may not understand.” --Maureen Cashman


The last quote epitomizes our Founders’ intentions for Alpha Phi.  This is why we still keep our rituals secret.  Sisterhood, however, should be no secret.  Alpha Phi challenges its members to show the world what a true sister is. Wear letters to class and make a great impression to professors and other students.  Volunteer at a non-profit organization with new members.  Be the one to spread the cheer when the chapter’s morale is low.  Alpha Phi instilled these values in each of us as we were initiated into this organization.  Lead by example: even the smallest acts of kindness may mean to a particular sister more than we will ever know.  


Alison Parker is a sophomore at James Madison University (Theta Iota) in Harrisonburg, VA.

April 1, 2011

Quarterly Review

In honor of National Volunteer Month, take a look at this Quarterly cover from 1993. Inside the issue, an article featured photos illustrating the motivation, education, friendship, and commitment of volunteers at work.

Thank you to all Alpha Phi volunteers for the difference you make in our Fraternity!