On April 2, 2011 Alpha Phi International Fraternity celebrated the installation of its Iota Omicron Chapter at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. Alpha Phi International accepted the invitation to colonize in October, participated in formal recruitment in November and officially colonized at the end of January. Alpha Phi now has a presence on a total of 152 college campuses across the United States and Canada.
WPI Installation events began Friday night with the Court of Ivy ceremony held on campus in Higgins House, where local alumnae joined. Initiation ensued Saturday morning, April 2, at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester, where Alpha Phi welcomed 67 initiates and 3 alumnae initiates into the chapter. Later that afternoon, a successful installation banquet took place at Mechanics Hall, with over 160 guests in attendance including parents, local alumnae and members of the WPI Greek community.
At the reception, Kim Norton-O'Brien presented the chapter with a $1000 dollar check for University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital on behalf of the Alpha Phi Foundation. The check was graciously accepted by Lauren Laboissonniere, Iota Omicron Director of Philanthropy, and a staff member at UMass Memorial. The chapter has also received over $700 in welcome donations from collegiate and alumnae chapters across North America.
Attendees included: Linda Boland (International Executive President), Linda Kahangi (Executive Director), Samantha Lott Hale (Team Lead), Elizabeth Martin (Educational Leadership Consultant), Maggie Becker (Chapter Advisor), Julie Labrecque (PD Advisor), Katie Wetherbee (Marketing Advisor) and Cassidy Rosenthal (Manager, New Chapter Development).
Samantha Lott Hale, Team Lead for WPI, says the following about the Iota Omicron chapter: "It has been really exciting to see the development of both the colony and the colony members. The members recognize and appreciate the importance of their role in laying a foundation for the new chapter and are strongly committed to Alpha Phi's success."
Alpha Phi and the Iota Omicron chapter are thankful for the all support throughout the colonization and installation process. Congratulations to all members of Iota Omicron!
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