December 27, 2013

Featured Product Friday: Overnight Duffel from Policy

If you're looking for the perfect overnight duffel, look no further than this custom Alpha Phi leather bag from Policy

The bag is built from Policy's richly toned collection. It features durable brass hardware, cotton lining, adjustable/removable shoulder strap, snap-together handles, an attached luggage tag and six brass studs on the bottom of the bag to keep its leather off the ground. The debossed imprint is custom-designed for the Alpha Phi sisterhood by Policy's typographer and is stamped into the leather to make an impression on fellow travelers. Measures 17" long by 10" wide by 10" high. Free shipping in the contiguous United States via UPS ground. 

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December 20, 2013

Featured Product Friday: Alpha Phi Cookie Cutters

'Tis the season for baking the perfect batch of cookies! Use these Alpha Phi cookie cutters from Jamie Ann Online to bring some sweet spirit to  your next chapter meeting, philanthropy event or alumnae gathering! 

Priced at $5.00 a piece and available in turquoise and pink, this is a perfect treat for any Alpha Phi. See this product on the Alpha Phi Boutique under Fall Favorites.

December 13, 2013

Featured Product Friday: Francesca Joy Headbands from Fashion Greek

Looking for a great gift under $10? Check out these adorable Francesca Joy print headbands from Fashion Greek! Available in pink/green or multicolor/white. Soft stretch fabric. $9 per headband. Also available in bulk order.

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December 12, 2013

Collegiate Perspective: I Chose the Ivy Leaf, ‘Cause Nothing Else Would Do

There’s nothing quite like the holiday season, especially when it’s spent at the Alpha Phi Executive Office. My last weekend as a collegian was spent in Evanston, Ill., with 19 sisters from across the country and even one sister from Canada! We were all flown to Evanston to interview for Educational Leadership Consultant (ELC) positions. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the friendly staff at the Executive Office and were given a tour of headquarters. My favorite room at the Executive Office is Heritage Hall. Here, you will find old Alpha Phi pins and other vintage artifacts.  Outside of Heritage Hall are two stained glass windows from the Alpha chapter house at Syracuse University.

Alpha Phi established the Educational Leadership Consultant Program in 1894, and was the first women’s fraternity to use “traveling delegates.” ELCs are an extension of the Executive Office and provide guidance and support for all of the fraternity’s chapters. Throughout the weekend, all candidates were interviewed extensively and also spent time working together in groups. I met women who have really transformed their respective chapters through recruitment, marketing and campus involvement. It was truly remarkable to be numbered amongst them. Not only were the candidates exceptional Alpha Phis, but the Selection Committee was full of talented women who have done so much for our fraternity. In just a short few days these women became an inspiration to me, and further developed my passion to serve as an Alpha Phi staff member or volunteer beyond my collegiate years.

Alpha Phi is an organization unlike any other, and I know that I speak for all of those who have been fortunate enough to be a part of it. The past 3 ½ years have gone by so quickly, but I could never imagine my college years without Alpha Phi. I have had the opportunity to meet Alpha Phis from numerous different chapters through attending conferences, bumping into Phis at my study abroad program in Rome and now this weekend at the Executive Office. Meeting these women has really put into perspective the value of sisterhood. No matter what chapter a sister may come from, we are all connected through our fraternal vows and that quirky Alpha Phi personality. I bonded with the sisters I met during ELC interviews as much as I have with some of my sisters in Eta Lambda.

As a graduating senior this winter, I am anxious and excited to see what the future holds for me and my other sisters about to embark on a new chapter in their lives (even those outside of Eta Lambda). Together we will achieve amazing things and will push the boundaries on what is possible. The world doesn’t know what’s coming for it; these women are the innovators of the future, with kind hearts and beautiful smiles. There’s nothing we can’t do with our fellow sisters by our side. 

 Kersten Smith is a collegiate member at George Mason (Eta Lambda). Read more about Kersten by clicking here.

December 9, 2013

Collegiate Perspective: Study Tips and Tricks

With finals just around the corner for so many sisters, the anxiety in the air is almost tangible. To help out, I asked sisters in Delta Rho to send me their best study tips and tricks.

Some of these gems of wisdom may seem perfunctory. I know I’ve been hearing “cramming doesn’t help” since day one; but I continue to do it anyway. Hopefully this year I can avoid it by remembering these tips and I won’t have to pull all-nighters in the campus library.

First and foremost, it is important to keep in mind that the first step to successful studying is figuring out HOW you learn and finding study methods that work for you. The same tricks may work wonders for someone but not help you when it comes to remembering every bone in the body.
  • Color-coding is good for visual learners. It’s recommended to use this for classes where memorization is key. is a site that allows you to make flashcards online so you can take them with you on a mobile device and they can be color-coded.
  • Personal positive reinforcement is a great motivator. If you need to read a long article, place a goldfish or gummy bear intermittently through the pages so that when you’ve read and understood everything up to that point, you get a snack. Reward yourself with a few minutes of Pinterest or Facebook.  Just be sure to set a timer so that you know when to get back to work.
  • Writing out notes as opposed to typing them helps many kinesthetic learners. The physical act of writing has been proven to help retain information more than typing.
  • Using mnemonics is another time-tested memorizing tradition. I still remember all of the Great Lakes because I can remember H.O.M.E.S.
  • Teach someone else the material. Ask your roommate to listen or explain it to your fish. You will be more likely to recall it on an exam if you can elucidate the content aloud.

None of these tips are earth shattering or a guarantee to a perfect score; but they are helpful and proven to work.  They come from sisters who are going through the same stressors and difficulties as all of us!  Keep motivating yourself to study and remember how important scholarship is to Alpha Phi!

So much thanks to Mackenzie Confer, Gabby Lavoie, Kelby Sankey, Mandy Sherer, Caitlin Agan, Meg Naumovich and Jordan Fink for letting me in on your study secrets!

Emily Nickels is a collegiate member at Ball State (Delta Rho). Read her bio by clicking here.

December 6, 2013

Featured Product Friday: Tri-blend Cardigan from The Greek Supply

We love this soft tri-blend cardigan from Greek Licensed Vendor The Greek Supply. Because each product is hand-screened, it may have slight variations in ink color and graphic placement, making each garment special and unique! The cardigan is printed with eco-friendly water based inks. Order a size smaller than your normal t-shirt size, as product runs large. Also available in charcoal and heather gray. $29.50 per cardigan.
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December 3, 2013

Collegiate Perspective: Welcoming More New Members

For the members of the Iota Tau chapter at Harvard, this will be our last week of classes for the semester. We woke up early, went to class, ate lunch and went to more class. I went for a run. Some people met with groups for group projects, and some people took naps. Many people stressed about a paper, or problem set or final. Everyone had a busy day.

This week, our chapter will also be initiating 12 new members. These members were recruited through the COB process throughout the semester. They have been to our events, met our women and helped make our chapter great. Tonight, we get to officially welcome them into our family.

Initiation is a wonderful event. The fact that I get to share the sweet memories of initiation with new members, some of whom are my good friends, is such a gift. That is one of the perks of being a charter member – I have seen the chapter grow from day one, and now I get to see more women join. It’s the ultimate high of Alpha Phi.

In the spring, we will have our first formal recruitment. This initiation only excites me more for when we will have an entire class of new members. It’s getting us ready, helping to remind us of the special peacefulness in the ceremony. I already know most of these women fairly well – but to share in something so special with them will bond us forever.

It’s fun to think about what the new members are feeling just hours before the ceremony. I hope that they will find initiation to lead to a whole lot of love and sisterhood that they didn’t think was possible. I know it did for me.

Elizabeth MeLampy is a collegiate member at Harvard (Iota Tau). Read more about Elizabeth by clicking here