Fall 2015 Web Extra, From the Quad

A special addition to the Fall 2015 Quarterly "From the Quad" section.
































CANADA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

British Columbia (Beta Theta)
The chapter hosted a successful philanthropy event, The Dating Game, despite a busy exam season. Tickets were sold out. A recent graduate was accepted into law school and another sister was crowned Miss BC of 2015.

Fun Fact: The chapter recruited more than 10 through continuous open bidding (COB) in the spring. 


ONTARIO

Toronto (Xi)
Three members attended the Alpha Phi Fellows Program this summer, and three more members attended the emerging leaders institute (ELI). The chapter is thankful for the opportunity to build its members' leadership skills. 

Fun Fact: The chapter initiated two new members in the spring.

Western University (Theta Eta)
Sisters were awarded "Top Sorority Fundraiser" at the campus Relay for Life this past spring. Over the summer, four members attended ELI. In September, sisters welcomed potential new members with an elegant garden-themed recruitment.

Fun Fact: The chapter celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall. 


UNITED STATES

ALABAMA 

Alabama (Beta Mu)
In fall 2014, the chapter raised more than $20,000 through its Red Dress Gala, and the summer was spent strategically planning this annual event for fall 2015. Additionally, sisters enhanced social media efforts to stay competitive, including hosting a successful photo challenge and implanting programs like Canva to create more visually engaging posts. 

Fun Fact: Sisters Julianna Neal and Ellie Zloty studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, during the summer


CALIFORNIA

Cal Poly (Epsilon Chi)
The chapter was voted "Best Sorority at Cal Poly," through the school newspaper's "Best of SLO" special edition magazine. Winners were chosen through an online survey. In individual member news, Erin Averill graduated from the Orfelea College of Business in the spring. She was a member of a research team that made it to the regional semifinals of the CFA Institute Research Challenge, a global competition where students work in teams to research and analyze a publicly traded company. Erin also made time to travel to Thailand and Hong Kong. Now, she is spending the summer on a solo trip through Europe, making stops in Stockholm, Berlin, Prague, Istanbul, Paris, Italy and Switzerland. 

Fun Fact: 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the chapter at Cal Poly. 

Sacramento State (Epsilon Gamma)
Sisters hosted the chapter's inaugural spring philanthropy, Phi Ball, a campus-wide football tournament. Member Michelle Campbell served as an intern engineering student at the California Department of Water Resources. Projects included calculating how much water makes it into our rivers and reservoirs when it rains or snows. 

Fun Fact: The chapter recruited 22 new members during the spring term. 

Santa Clara (Zeta Gamma)
In April, collegian Madeline Owen was elected Santa Clara's Student Body Vice President. Madeline and her running mate Arron Poor will represent the student body for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Fun Fact: At the chapter's 10th annual Red Dress Gala, sisters welcomed a record-breaking 515 guests and raised more than $60,000 for Alpha Phi Foundation.

Stanford (Kappa)
The chapter hosted its inaugural "Bare Bowls" fundraiser in the spring, earning more than $1,000 for Alpha Phi Foundation.  

Fun Fact: The chapter recruited 42 new members during the spring term. 


COLORADO

Colorado (Beta Gamma)
For the past two semesters, the chapter has held the highest Panhellenic GPA on campus. Members Zoe Tartz, Illeana Hernandez and Chaison Snyder traveled to Ecuador with Timmy Global Health, providing health care to those for whom it was previously inaccessible. 

Fun Fact: The chapter won the Cap and Gown Photo Contest hosted by Alpha Phi's Executive Office.

Denver (Iota Xi)
The chapter held its inaugural Move Your Phi't 5K in the spring and had an extremely successful turnout. They raised approximately $4,000 for Alpha Phi Foundation, and welcomed attendees from many different campus organizations and the local community. The chapter also achieved the highest GPA on campus with an average of 3.47. The academic chairs implemented an effective and fun study-table system and competition between new member classes to see who gets the most As on tests and papers. 

Fun Fact: The chapter launched a new website this past academic term. Check out the new site at www.denveralphaphi.org

Northern Colorado (Delta Gamma)
For the second year in a row, the chapter was awarded Gold Chapter of the Year. While studying abroad, sister Carley Ulibarri competed in the Sydney Herald Half-Marathon. 

Fun Fact: Collectively, the chapter volunteered for a total of 700 community service hours. 


CONNECTICUT

Connecticut (Iota Lambda)
Sisters were excited to win Greek Sing during Greek Week, and worked hard to keep the title from the previous year. The Ladies of this chapter worked hard to keep the title from the previous year and succeeded in doing so! 
Junior Marcea Stilson interned with Live Nation this summer, where she assisted the sales staff with research, assisted VIP clients and worked with musicians up close and personal. 

Fun Fact: Six sisters went abroad this summer and traveled to Florence, Paris, Prague, Ireland and beyond. 


FLORIDA 

Barry (Theta Omega) 
Sisters kicked off the spring semester with several sisterhood events including a campus photo shoot, an ice cream social, on-campus tabling for Cardiac Arrest Week and a volunteer activity with the Women's Breast & Heart Initiative of Miami. 

Fun Fact: Chapter Advisor Jennifer Wescott (Theta Theta-St. Joseph's) was nominated Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Miami (AFP Miami) for her work with Barry University and Alpha Phi International.


ILLINOIS

DePaul (Iota Eta)
The chapter raised $1,500 to purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED) for the DePaul campus. At the university's Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards, sister Emily Avioli was honored with the Chapter President of the Year award, and alumna Justine Amato (Iota Eta-DePaul) was recognized as Alumni Advisor of the Year. 

Fun Fact: Sister Jamie Massimilian traveled abroad to Italy the entire month of July with the Alpha Phi study abroad program.


INDIANA

DePauw (Gamma)
The chapter was recognized with the Best Philanthropy award at DePauw's Order of Omega awards ceremony. Sister Natalie Weilandt received a Fulbright Scholarship and spend the 2015-16 academic year in Turkey. 

Indiana U. Southeast (Zeta Epsilon)
Sisters raised $10,500 at the chapter's annual Red Dress Gala - the most raised in the event's history. 

Fun Fact: Sisters celebrated the end of the academic year with a formal at the Louisville Science Center in Louisville, Ky.


IOWA

Drake (Gamma Omicron)
In the spring, sisters raised more than $4,500 for Alpha Phi Foundation through the chapter's annual philanthropy event Fast Phi't. Among numerous recognitions of members last semester, Erica Noyes was recognized as the top Biochemistry Cell & Molecular Biology (BCMB) student in her class. 

Fun Fact: The chapter recruited five women during spring recruitment.

Northern Iowa (Epsilon Theta)
The chapter won the "Outstanding Sisterhood" and "Outstanding Philanthropy" awards at the all-Greek banquet in the spring. During the spring and summer, sisters traveled to Japan, New Zealand, Hawaii, Ireland, California and Illinois. 

Fun Fact: This year, the chapter raised more than $16,000 dollars at their Red Dress Gala event, which is an $8,000 increase from the previous year. In total, the chapter donated more than $22,000 to Alpha Phi Foundation. 


KENTUCKY

Kentucky (Iota Nu)
The chapter raised more than $3,300 at its inaugural "Phifa" soccer tournament. In total, 24 teams participated, including other sororities and fraternities on campus. In member news, sister Leanndra Thompson won the National American Miss Kentucky pageant in June and will compete in the national pageant in November.

Fun Fact: The chapter was selected to co-host Phi Sigma Kappa's philanthropy event, the Polar Plunge. They won the event the previous two years, and are excited to participate from the other side. 


MARYLAND

Maryland (Delta Zeta)
The chapter was recognized with two honors at 2015 Spring Greek Awards. Sisters accepted awards for Outstanding Personal Developmental Programming and alumna Wendy Gordon (Delta Zeta-Maryland) was recognized as Outstanding Chapter Advisor 

Fun Fact: Thirty-three sisters received academic honors and were on the dean's list.


MARYLAND

Johns Hopkins (Zeta Omicron)
A record number of students attended the chapter's annual pancake in the spring. Ticket sales increased by more than 100. 

Fun Fact: Sister Emily Su was accepted into the Disney College Program as an entertainer for fall 2015. Auditions were recently held in 14 cities, and only 200 college students were offered this unique paid internship opportunity.


MASSACHUSETTS 

Harvard (Iota Tau)
The chapter participated in Relay for Life and was recognized as largest fundraiser on campus. Sisters hosted the chapter's second Red Dress Brunch and auctioned off a number of hot ticket items, including two roundtrip airline tickets. 

Fun Fact: Seventeen seniors, a number of whom were founding members, graduated in the spring. 

MIT (Zeta Phi)
The chapter celebrated many member accomplishments this past academic term. Sister Julia Heyman was elected president of GlobeMed, a student group trying to solve the global health crisis. Sophia Jaffe was elected president of Smart Women Securities, a student group practicing trading. Whitney Loo's manuscript was accepted to Nature Materials, an academic journal. Claire Stepanek was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society, and Daysi Gomez was re-elected vice president of the Class of 2018. Olivia Massey won a national Chi Epsilon Scholarship (civil and environmental engineering academic honor society), and Liana Ilutzi was reelected president of the class of 2017. Kristyn Berretta and Bella Didio were awarded Academic All-Conference in lacrosse.


MISSOURI 

Central Missouri (Theta Lambda)
During Greek Week the chapter won "Tug" for the third year in a row. The chapter's Red Dress Gala raised more than $6,000 for women's heart health. 

Fun Fact: Sister Ernesha Bland studied abroad in Ireland this summer. 

Missouri (Omicron)
Sisters celebrated the chapter's 105 years on campus with a special anniversary celebration.

Fun Fact: The chapter raised more than $23,000 during the chapter's inaugural Red Dress weekend. 


NEBRASKA

Creighton (Theta Delta)
Members raised more than $3,000 during the chapter's spring philanthropy event Cookies for a Cause. Faculty Advisor Faith Kurtyka won the Greek Faculty of the Year Award at Creighton's annual Greek Awards this past spring. 

Fun Fact: The chapter is currently the largest on campus with more than 130 members. The Greek chapter average is 105. 

Nebraska (Nu)
The chapter won Greek Week in the spring semester by a whopping 800 points, raised more than $14,400 at the annual Phiva Las Vegas Philanthropy event and celebrated a chapter house renovation over the summer. More than 20 sisters traveled abroad or volunteered in other countries during the summer months. 

Fun Fact: Sixty-seven sisters were named to the dean's list in the spring, with grade point averages above 3.75. 

Nebraska Kearney (Delta Xi)
During the spring and summer months sisters studied abroad in Ireland, Czech Republic and Spain. Sisters Danielle Milos and Bailey Bond were accepted into the extensive Spain study abroad program and were fortunate enough to spend three weeks in A Coruña at the Universidad de Coruña. They studied alongside other students from all over the United States and Europe. 
 
Fun Fact: The chapter celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Red Dress Poker Tournament. 


NEW JERSEY

Seton Hall (Eta Eta)
In February 2015, the chapter hosted its "King of Hearts" competition fundraiser. Couples in various organizations battled it out "newlywed gameshow style" to find out who knows each other best. Couples from every Greek organization on campus were represented, and the chapter raised more than $700 for the event. 

Fun Fact: The chapter plans to continue this event in the future. 


NEW YORK

Rensselaer (Theta Tau)
The chapter celebrated its 25th anniversary with a weekend of celebrations, including the seventh annual Red Dress Gala. At this year's Greek Awards, the chapter was recognized as a "5 Star Chapter" and the following members were honored with individual awards: Pixie Sirois with Panhel's New Member of the Year Award; Catherine Hastings with the Jessie K. Fortier Award; Kylie Harrington with the Greek Executive Leader of the Year Award; and Erica Hutchins with the Greek Woman of the Year Award.

Fun Fact: The chapter welcomed four new members in the spring through COB. 


NORTH CAROLINA

Appalachian State (Theta Nu)
The chapter won highest GPA for the fifth semester in a row, and raised more than $6,000 at the inaugural Alpha Phifa in the spring. 

Fun Fact: Sisters traveled abroad to Germany, Spain and Czech Republic over the summer.

East Carolina (Delta Alpha)

The chapter celebrated its 55th anniversary and hosted its first Cardiac Care Week events in February, which included a 5K, a pancake dinner and a Jail 'N Bail event. Sisters Marisa Giglio and Lauren May studied abroad in Florence, Italy; Micayla Albers completed a research internship at East Carolina University's Heart Institute; and Jess Gribbon interned at NBC in New York City.

Fun Fact: Sisters raised more than $2,000 for Alpha Phi Foundation during its Cardiac Care Week events in February.


NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota (Pi)
Sisters hosted a successful "Alpha Phi'd: a Picnic with Pi Chapter" event, which included pulled pork sandwiches, a photo booth and a pie throwing contest. Recent alumna Devon Schuster was hired as an 
RN in the thoracic vascular ICU at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn She will be taking care of patients that come back from stent placements or cardiac cauterizations, as well as patients with vascular issues and the general overflow ICU patients. 

Fun Fact: Sisters raised $2,300 at the inaugural Alpha Phi'd. 


OHIO 

Ashland (Epsilon Alpha)
The chapter was recognized with the Community Service Award at the Ashland University Greek Honors Ceremony. 

Fun Fact: Sisters raised more than $2,000 for Alpha Phi Foundation during the spring semester.

Case Western Reserve (Zeta Pi)
Collegiate members Christina and Anna traveled to Chocola, Gautemala, on a medical mission trip over the summer. 

Dayton (Zeta Psi)
The chapter celebrated 30 years on campus. Sister Kim Land was awarded the University of Dayton Greek Student of the Year Scholarship. Kim is highly-involved with the Panhellenic community on campus, and she launched the "#UDUCAN" movement, which was designed to encourage and inspire academic achievement throughout the Greek community on campus. 

Fun Fact: The chapter's Red Dress Gala raised enough money to install an AED on campus. 

Kent State (Beta Omega)
At the university's closing ceremonies, the chapter was awarded Excellence in Community Service and the highest possible scores in several categories, including philanthropy, Greek housing and rituals, values and self-governance. The chapter, with a 3.24 GPA, also moved to second place in grades among the seven Panhellenic sororities at Kent State.

Fun Fact: The chapter raised $31,000 at this year's Red Dress Gala.


OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City (Delta Delta)
In the spring, sisters celebrated Frances E. Willard Day of Service by volunteering at the Oklahoma City Zoo. They picked up garbage, prepared food for animals and made goodie bags for young visitors. Over the summer, sister Amy Leonall attended training camp with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders; Ellen Mulvihill, Kaley Were and Keslie Ward performed with Lyric Theater of Oklahoma in their summer stock productions; Katie Barna performed with MTW in their summer stock season; Andye Foultz interned at the Texas State Capitol; Alexandra Garten and Lexa Crawford participated in the emerging leaders institute. 

Fun Fact: The chapter placed third in the university's Spring Sing this year!


PENNSYLVANIA

Franklin & Marshall (Zeta Sigma)
The chapter raised more than $11, 000 at its annual Red Dress Gala.

Fun Fact: Sister Parys Zambas interned with Frank Wagner in the Virginia State Senate campaign.

St. Joseph's (Theta Theta)
Sisters participated in the chapter's first-ever "Flag Down Domestic Violence" flag football tournament with three fraternities. All proceeds went to the Kristin Mitchell Foundation, which supports domestic violence awareness. 

Fun Fact: The chapter teamed up with the university's men basketball team to raise more than $2,000 for Alpha Phi Foundation.


SOUTH CAROLINA

Clemson (Iota Rho)
The chapter's 2015 Red Dress Gala raised more than $22,000 for Alpha Phi Foundation, half of which went directly to the Greenville Health System. Sisters presented a check to Dr. Patel, who plans on using the money to create a program that will encourage women to receive regular check-ups and screenings. The chapter launched a new website (alphaphiclemson.com) in the spring. 

Fun Fact: Sister Emily Hodson volunteered her time traveling to indigenous villages in Panama and Costa Rica to provide medical attention to those much less fortunate than herself. 


UTAH

Southern Utah (Theta Sigma)
Members were honored with the highest Greek GPA on campus and they celebrated the chapter's honor of Greek Organization of the Year. 

Fun Fact: The chapter more than $12,000 for women's heart health.


VIRGINIA 

Virginia (Zeta Iota)
The chapter increased its GPA rank over the past year, and they were honored with the Outstanding Educational Programming Award. Alumna and Chapter Advisor Farrell Jaskot (Zeta Iota-Virginia) was awarded Outstanding Advisor at the Greek awards ceremony. 

Fun Fact: Sisters raised more than $12,000 at the chapter's Red Dress Brunch this past year.  


WASHINGTON

Puget Sound (Gamma Zeta)
The chapter was recognized with the following awards: Chapter of the Year, Chapter of Excellence, Community Service and Highest GPA. Sister Brianna Greenwood was selected as a summer research scholar and was awarded $3,250. Her research is dedicated to discovering the cellular origin of neurodegeneration, with drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) as the model organism. 

Fun Fact: Twelve members made the dean's list.


SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota (Psi)
In the spring, 58 members were named to the dean's list. Five sisters were nominated for homecoming royalty: Sarah Barthel, Sara Mangan, Nicole Griffith, Kaitlyn Stern and Lucy Benitez. A Kate Spade Bid Day-theme was complete with bonding activities, a photo booth and a desert table. 

Fun Fact: The chapter hosted its Red Dress Gala at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. 


VIRGINIA

Old Dominion (Epsilon Eta)
The chapter hosted its first Alpha Phifa Soccer Tournament, surpassing their donation goals. Vice President of Marketing Alyssa Harrison interned at the Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute, managing studies in cardiac surgery research. 

Fun Fact: The chapter celebrated its 43rd anniversary at the Southern Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. 


WEST VIRGINIA 

West Virginia (Beta Iota)
The chapter was recognized with an award for "Excellence in Philanthropy" at the university's Greek awards ceremony. 
 
Fun Fact: Alumna Lauren Barsa was named Cheerleader of the Week on behalf of Sports Illustrated' this past June.