Alpha Phi

Alpha Phi

Infobox Fraternity
letters= AΦ
name= Alpha Phi
founded= Birth date and age|1872|10|10
birthplace= Syracuse University, (Syracuse, New York)
type= Social
scope= International
motto= "Union hand in hand"
colors= Bordeaux and Silver
symbol= Ivy
flower= Lily of the Valley, Forget-me-not
handshake= Three squeezes, representing syllables Al-Pha-Phi
publication= Quarterly
philanthropy= Cardiac Care and Research
chapters= 170+
free_label= Mascot
free= Phi Bear
address= 1930 Sherman Avenue
city= Evanston
state= Illinois
country= USA

Alpha Phi (ΑΦ) is a fraternity for women founded at Syracuse University on September 18, 1872. Its celebrated Founder's Day is October 10.Fact|date=April 2008 It was the fourth Greek letter organization founded for women.In Alpha Phi the Greek letter Phi is pronounced "Fee". It is a common misconception that this pronunciation is due to the fact that Phi follows the vowel Alpha. However, the pronunciation of Phi as "Fee" rather than "Fi" actually results from the fact that the organization adopted the Greek rather than anglicized, mainly American, pronunciation of the letter.


The objectives of our Fraternity are the promotion of growth in character; unity of feeling, sisterly affection, and social communion among our members. In all that we do, we try to obey God’s principles of justice and right. We have banded ourselves together to improve our minds and hearts, and we seek to aid each other through a constant watch care always given in love. We believe ourselves to be sincere searchers for truth.

We seek the highest ideal of womanhood, and we try to gain this ideal by cultivating not only the power and passion for seeking intellectual development but, also, the spirit of love and charity. And we who are thus united are under a solemn pledge to lend a helping hand to one another.
"Constitution of Alpha Phi International Fraternity, Incorporated, Article II"


At the time of the founding there were only twenty women attending Syracuse; ten of them eventually joined in the formation of Alpha Phi. The organization was founded on the principles of the promotion of growth in character; unity of feeling, sisterly affection, and social communion among the members.


Alpha Phi's public motto is "union hand in hand".


Alpha Phi's founding members were: [ [, About us: Founders.] ]

* Martha Emily Foote Crow
* Rena A. Michaels Atchison
* Clara Bradley Baker Wheeler Burdette
* Jane Sara Higham
* Hattie Florence Chidester Lukens
* Ida Arabella Gilbert DeLamanter Houghton
* Clara Sittser Williams
* Kate Elizabeth Hogoboom Gilbert
* Louise Viola Shepard Hancock
* Elizabeth Grace Hubbell Shults

Three of the "Original 10" became members of Phi Beta Kappa. Three were also listed in Who's Who of America.

Firsts and Facts

* In 1872, Alpha Phi became the first women's fraternity in America to build and occupy its own chapter house at Syracuse University.
* In 1886 they became the first women's fraternity in America to build and occupy their own chapter house.
* In 1888, the Alpha Phi Quarterly, an award-winning magazine, was established and has been published continuously to the present day.
* In 1894, Alpha Phi became the first women's fraternity to use "traveling delegates," now known as Educational Leadership Consultants.
* In 1902, Alpha Phi called the inter-sorority meeting that resulted in the formation of the association now known as the National Panhellenic Conference, which then included Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, and Delta Delta Delta. This was the first intergroup organization on college campuses.
* In 1905, Frances Willard was recognized by the U.S. Congress who placed a statue of her in Statuary Hall in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, the first woman to be so recognized.
* In 1906, became an "International" fraternity when Xi chapter was chartered at the University of Toronto. Alpha Phi's Xi chapter is the oldest continuously active chapter in Canada. The organization is [ 'Celebrating 100 Years in Canada'] in 2006.
* In 1940, Frances Willard was portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp.
* In 1957, Alpha Phi became the first women's fraternity to establish a Foundation.
* In 1995, Alpha Phi became the first NPC international/national member to have a site on the World Wide Web.
* Alpha Phi is the fourth oldest national women's sorority.
* Alpha Phi is a member of the Syracuse Triad along with Gamma Phi Beta and Alpha Gamma Delta.
* Alpha Phi Headquarters is located in Evanston, Illinois along with the headquarters for Sigma Chi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternities.
* Alpha Phi maintains a secret motto A.O.E. Its meaning remains unknown to the public and is kept highly secret. The meaning of the acronym is unveiled to all members upon initiation.

Notable alumnae

"For a full list of notable Alpha Phi alumnae please visit here. [] "

* Nancy Austin (Beta Delta - UCLA) - Management consultant and author of "The Assertive Woman"cite web| url =| title = Alpha Phi Fraternity - Famous Phis| publisher =Alpha Phi Fraternity | accessdate =2007-03-25]
* Susie Berning (Delta Delta - Oklahoma City) - American professional golfer
* Elaine Baxter (Βeta Αlpha - Illinois) - Former Iowa secretary of state and former member of the Iowa House of Representatives
* Becky Cain (Beta Iota - West Virginia) - Past president of the League of Women Voters
* Liz Carpenter (Omega - Texas) - Author, political humorist, former press secretary for Lady Bird Johnson
* Edris Rice-Wray Carson (Delta - Cornell) - Public health doctor
* Georgia Neese Clark Gray (Upsilon - Washburn) - First woman Treasurer of the United States
* Lisa Colagrossi (Βeta Ιota - West Virginia) - Emmy winning television anchor with WABC-TV in New York
* Rosemarie DeWitt (Theta Mu - Hofstra) - Actress, ("Standoff", "Mad Men") [cite web|date=2006| url =| title = Alpha Phi Fraternity Quarterly| publisher =Alpha Phi Fraternity | accessdate =2007-03-25]
* Mildred Dunnock (Zeta - Goucher) - Academy Award nominated film and stage actress
* Claire Waters Ferguson (Beta Beta - Michigan State) - First woman president of the United States Figure Skating Association
* Jennifer Joines (Iota Gamma - University of the Pacific) - American indoor Olympic volleyball player
* Ann Martin (Sigma - Washington) - Primetime news anchor and co-host of Woman 2 Woman, KCBS-TV, Los Angeles
* Margaret McNamara (Lambda - UC Berkeley) - Founder of Reading is Fundamental
* Maile Misajon (Beta Delta - UCLA) - Winner of the U.S. reality television series "Popstars"
* Virginia Patton Moss (Βeta Pi-USC)- Actress. Played Ruth Bailey in the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life. Other films include Canyon Passage (1946) A Double Life (1947) The Burning Cross (1947) Black Eagle (1948) The Lucky Stiff 1949). Received Honorary Alumna Award from Ohio University.
* Janet Murguía (Gamma Delta - Kansas) - First female president/CEO of National Council of La Raza
* Eliza Orlins (Alpha - Syracuse) - Participant on and
* Ruth Stafford Peale (Alpha - Syracuse) - Religious leader, public speaker and author
* Nan C. Robertson (Beta - Northwestern) - Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and feature writer for the "New York Times"
* Julee Rosso (Beta Beta - Michigan State) - Founder of The Silver Palate gourmet food shop and Co-author of Silver Palate Cookbook
* Jeri Ryan (Beta - Northwestern) - Actress, ("Boston Public", "", "Shark")
* Inga Swenson (Beta - Northwestern) - Tony Award nominated actress ("The Miracle Worker", "Benson")
* Randi Mayem Singer (Lambda - UC Berkeley) - Writer and producer
* Barbara Brooks Wallace (Beta Delta - UCLA) - Award-winning children's author
* Alice Waters (Gamma Beta - UC Santa Barbara) - author, chef, founder of Chez Panisse, the original "California Cuisine" restaurant
* Bishop Catherine Maples Waynick (Εpsilon Ζeta - Central Michigan) - One of only eight women bishops in the U.S. Episcopal Church
* Frances Willard (Alpha Lambda - Alumna Initiate) - American educator, temperance reformer, and women's suffragist
* Kimberly Williams (Beta - Northwestern) - Actress, ("Father of the Bride"," According to Jim", "We Are Marshall")
* Beverly Willis (Beta Upsilon - Oregon State) - Architect, artist, author, and activist
* Janice Woods Windle (Omega - Texas) - Author of "True Women"
* Andrea Wong (Zeta Phi - MIT) - President and Chief Executive Officer of Lifetime Television
* Lynn Woolsey (Sigma - Washington) - Member of the United States House of Representatives
* Jodie Sweetin (Eta Upsilon - Chapman University) - Actress, best known as Stephanie Tanner, middle child on Full House



In 1946, Alpha Phi adopted Cardiac Care and Research as their international philanthropic cause. Since 1946, Alpha Phi has donated more than $1 million to support cardiac health initiatives. Many local collegiate and alumnae chapters are supporters of and participants in the American Heart Association's [ Go Red For Women] campaign.

One of the Alpha Phi Foundation's programs is the [ Cardiac Care Award] which helps to fund research and educational programs that support women's cardiac health by awarding up to a $50,000 grant to an organization making a significant contribution to Cardiac Care.

Past recipients of the Cardiac Care Award
*1993 - Program in Women’s Cardiovascular Health - University Hospitals of Cleveland - sponsored by the Cleveland East Alumnae chapter
*1994 - Brigham and Women’s Hospital, [ Cardiovascular Division] - sponsored by the Zeta Phi Chapter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
*1995 - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, formerly the Deaconess Hospital, [ Institute for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease] - sponsored by the Zeta Phi Chapter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
*1997 - [ Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation] ’s “Women’s Heart Night Out” - sponsored by the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter
*1998 - Egleston Children’s Hospital’s [ Sibley Heart Center] - sponsored by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter and Theta Pi Chapter, Emory University
*1999 - California Pacific Medical Center/ [ Transitional Cardiac Care Unit] - sponsored by the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter
*2000 - University of Cincinnati [ Women’s Health Program] - sponsored by the Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter
*2001 - [ Allen Memorial Hospital] - sponsored by the [ Epsilon Theta Chapter] , University of Northern Iowa
*2002 and 2003 - Mercy Medical Center of Northern Iowa sponsored by Kaitlin Maguire (Gamma Omicron, Drake University)
*2004 - [ Mainline Health Heart Center]
*2005 - Cleveland Clinic [ Foundation]
*2006 - American Heart Association - La Jolla, CA
*2007 - University of Colorado Hospital
*2007 - American Heart Association - La Jolla, CA


External links

* [ Alpha Phi Homepage]
* [ Alpha Phi Foundation]

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