July 10-12: Summer Meeting!
On behalf of the Theta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi, I welcome you to our website! Here at the University of Central Missouri, Alpha Phi takes great pride in being a part of the Greek community and strives for excellence through philanthropy, service, scholarship, leadership, campus involvement, and sisterhood. Being a sorority woman means having the ability to impact generations of women to come, and I find that exhilarating.Words cannot begin to describe my incredible experience as an Alpha Phi at UCM and I am honored to represent this outstanding group of women as their Chapter President. One of the greatest feelings throughout my college experience has been to know that I am a part of something much bigger than myself and I can honestly say through Alpha Phi, my life has truly been enriched.
We are so excited that you are interested in our chapter and we welcome any questions that you may have!
Loyally in Alpha Phi,
July 10-12: Summer Meeting!
Academics: Our members take academics very seriously, which shows through in our scholarship program. We support your daughter's vision to excel and to be a leader in and out of the classroom. We hope to foster your daughter's creativity and drive in all aspects of her collegiate experience.
Sisterhood: The bonds of friendship formed in Alpha Phi tie our members together for a lifetime, not just for college. It is these friendships formed that lead to smiles, laughter, tears and ultimately, the unforgettable memories your daughter will make. In Alpha Phi, it is the individual that makes the difference in the experience - and a collection of brilliant individuals leads to the experience of a lifetime.
Since coming to Central’s campus just over 24 years ago, we’ve won numerous awards. Here are just a few of our most recent awards and recognition we have received.
Alpha Phi 2014 Convention Award for Outstanding Continous Open Bidding
First Place Tug Greek Week
Second Place Money Raised at Bill Battle Greek Week
First Place Table Decorations at Bill Battle Greek Week
Second Place Can Construction Greek Week
Third Place in Goddess Obstacle Course Greek Week
Third Place Co-ed Tug Greek Week
First Night of Spirit Award Greek Week
Emerging Leader Award: Savannah Chambers
Greek Woman of the Year: Sarah Arnold
Best New Member Education Program
Greek Academic Achievement Award
Emerging Leader Institute participants: Savannah Chambers, Camryn Hayes, Ciara Cleveland.
Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute participant: Gamma chi
Order of the Lamp qualifier - to be awarded at the 2014 International convention
First Place Tug Greek Week
Second Place Capture the Flag Greek Week
Second Place GAMMA Event Greek Week
Third Place Dodge ball Greek Week
Third Place Epic video Greek Week
Third Place Pie Eating Contest Greek Week
Alpha Phi International Fraternity was founded at Syracuse University in 1872 as one of the first Greek societies for women. Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement and is dedicated to promoting sisterhood, cultivating leadership, encouraging intellectual curiosity and advocating service. The organization is comprised of more than 160 collegiate chapters and 150 alumnae chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
Our mission statement: Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement.
Symbol: Ivy Leaf
Colors: Silver and Bordeaux
Flowers: Lily of the Valley and Forget-Me-Not
Constellation: Ursa Major
Alpha Phi International Fraternity's philanthropic efforts support Alpha Phi Foundation which benefits women's heart health, the #1 killer of women in America. The University of Central Missouri Alpha Phis host an annual Red Dress Gala, which is an enchanting evening where parents and community members gather together to enjoy a dinner and silent auction. Thousands of dollars are donated each year to support women's heart health awareness and education, and we are looking forward to raising the bar again this coming year.
Alpha Phi also has a strong passion for donating time to our local community and giving back to those in need through service. This year, a major focus for Alpha Phi will be the Johnson County Heart Walk in support of heart health awareness in our local Warrensburg community. You'll find the Alpha Phis volunteering, cheering on the participants from the sidelines, or walking to the finish line side-by-side!
Red Dress Gala is Alpha Phi's annual dinner and silent auction philanthropy event, held during the month of April. Families, friends and alumnae are invited to enjoy an elegant evening of food, drink and fun. All proceeds from Red Dress Gala benefit Alpha Phi Foundation.
In 2015, the Red Dress Gala was a huge success! We were able to raise over six thousand dollars for the Alpha Phi Foundation in silent auction items, ticket sales, and a fifty fifty raffle! We also were able to welcome Marcia McCoy, the director of Muriel Kauffman Women's Heart Center in Kansas City who gave a stunning presentation about what Alpha Phi has done for the facility Kansas City women's cardiac patients call home. We are very pleased with all the lovely faces that attended and we cannot wait until our 2016 Red Dress Gala coming up in February.
Members of Alpha Phi recognize the importance of using their collegiate years to gain valuable leadership experience. Our members hold many leadership positions within our chapter that guide and govern our members. These roles allow our chapter officers the opportunity to become a leader among their peers. Many members of our chapter are also involved in activities outside of Alpha Phi that will help shape their future success. Year-round, our chapter members participate in internships and jobs, volunteering, study abroad opportunities, and clubs and student organizations.
One of the things Alpha Phi prides itself in is our leadership, which began in 1872 with ten pioneers of the conference that became Alpha Phi. These women serve as our guides to become not only exceptional women but also great leaders.
Brave hearts filled with a noble purpose whose eyes saw clearly into the future...
At a time when society looked upon women only as daughters, wives, and mothers—and therefore not in need of higher education—our ten Founders were pioneers of the coeducational system. Attending school with the handicap of implied, if not open, opposition, our Founders sought support from each other. There was a need for a social center, a place of conference, a tie which should unite, a circle of friends who could sympathize with one another in their perplexities. They formed Alpha Phi in 1872 at Syracuse University. Today, Alpha Phi continues to provide a "tie which unites, a circle of friends" for women young and old all around the world. From hand to hand and heart to heart, we are all grateful and proud of the legacy left to us by our Founders.
Clara Bradley Wheeler Baker Burdette
...lived the longest, most active life of all of the Founders. She was born in East Bloomfield, New York. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated in the class of 1876. She was a writer, lecturer, business woman, philanthropist, a trustee of Syracuse University, and held many volunteer positions that filled her nearly ninety-nine years. Nationally recognized for her achievements, Clara was listed in Who's Who of America.
Hattie Florence Chidester Lukens
...was born in Utica, New York. She received her B.S. degree in 1875 at age 21, and her M.S. degree in 1879. Upon graduation she became an elocutionist and teacher of higher mathematics in the high school in Bedford, Pennsylvania. She also taught in Minnesota, Clifton Springs, New York, and in Teacher's Institutes in Pennsylvania and Iowa. She gave numerous readings in fourteen states and territories. A Syracuse newspaper wrote: "It is a matter of gratification that a Syracuse lady and graduate of the University has achieved such flattering success in this difficult department of literary work." Her father's office served as the first chapter room. The rent was $7.50 a term. Florence was the first Founder to enter the Silent Chapter.
Martha Emily Foote Crow
...was born at Sacketts Harbor, New York. She received a Ph.D. in English literature. She taught and wrote, and went abroad to study at Cambridge, Oxford, and Leipzig.
From the beginning of Alpha Phi, she dreamed of an international Fraternity. Part of the chapter program was literary exercise, and in one of these essays she wrote: "Now that we have founded the Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sorority, is this all there is to do? ... No indeed ... We have all the Alphabet to go through, and to go through again and again ... Can we not be a World Society as well as a National One? Yes, there is work enough for all of us and today is no time to be idle."
She was the first National President of Alpha Phi and was an administrator in education. She was the fourth Alpha Phi to serve as Dean of Women at Northwestern University, and also a founder of the American Association of University Women.
Ida Arabella Gilbert DeLamanter Houghton
...was born in Phoenix, New York. She received her B.S. in 1876 and in 1879 she received an M.S. degree in modern languages. After college, she taught school and wrote for newspapers and magazines.
Ida never entered a room - she breezed in, and everybody stopped until they heard what she had to say. But although she was witty and full of fun, she was never unkind. She lived in a mansion on Turtle Street in Syracuse, and she and her mother arranged the first Alpha Phi banquet there following initiation. To her and her mother we owe this tradition which we still enjoy.
Jane Sara Higham
...was born in Rome, New York. She received her B.A. degree in 1876 and her M.A. degree in 1879. After college she taught for a short time in Syracuse, then from 1882 to 1892 she taught at the High School in Rome, New York. She then traveled in Europe for a year. Thereafter, for forty years she taught Latin at the Rome Free Academy.
After Jane Higham had attended her last Convention, she wrote, "When I think of the faces of Alpha Phi women, I feel sure that Alpha Phi is big enough and noble enough to reach out and help others where there is the greatest need."
She, Mattie Foote, and Clara Bradley became members of Phi Beta Kappa. A newspaper editorial paid her tribute when she retired in 1921: "No teacher has made a more lasting impression of true culture and refinement of spirit than Miss Higham, and she has always had the happy faculty of inspiring both friendship and effort."
Kate Elizabeth Hogoboom Gilbert
...was born in Ovid, New York. She received her B.S. degree in 1875 in the scientific course at age 20, her M.S. in 1878, and a music degree in 1879.
After graduation she studied music in Boston and later taught at Newark and Ithaca, New York. She possessed an excellent soprano voice and sang in the choirs of several Syracuse churches. She was very active in many civic and religious activities of Syracuse. She was gifted also in the field of debate.
She was the first recording secretary of the chapter and, along with Mattie Foote, wrote the Ritual and the first Constitution. Her enthusiasm for Alpha Phi was infectious, and she was very popular. She also became the mother of the first Alpha Phi daughter, Ruth Gilbert Becker, Alpha.
Elizabeth Grace Hubbell Shults
...was born in Rochester, New York. She was a brilliant student who graduated with marked honor from the Rochester Free Academy at age thirteen. At sixteen she taught in the Rochester Collegiate Institute, then took a brief preparatory course in the Genesee Wesleyan Conference Seminary, entering Syracuse University in the fall of 1872. She graduated with honors from the four year classical course, displaying unusual ability in Latin, mathematics, and political science.
She was 22 years old when Alpha Phi was founded, and the only one old enough to sign the legal documents.
She was an excellent debater, and one of the first exercises of the chapter was a debate, which she and Mattie Foote won on the topic: "Resolved: That Women Have Their Rights."
Rena A. Michaels Atchison
...was the first president of Alpha Phi, and the Michaelanean Society derives its name from hers. The Michaelanean Society still exists as a corporation and owns the Alpha Phi Syracuse chapter house. She was in the class of 1874, engaged in the study of the classics and literary work, which she continued to study from 1874 to 1877. She received her M.S. degree in 1879 and her Ph.D. in history in 1880.
She was a professor of modern languages and preceptress at Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa; she later held these same positions at Albion College, Albion, Michigan from 1882-85.
She was also a professor of Spanish and Italian languages and literature and preceptress at DePauw University, and then Dean of Women's College, Northwestern University from 1886-1891. She was an admirer of Frances Willard and became a lecturer for the Women's Christian Temperance Union.
Louise Viola Shepard Hancock
...was an inseparable friend of Jane Higham. Born in Rome, New York, she attended Rome Free Academy with Jane, and together they entered Syracuse University. Louise and Jane remained the closest friends till Louise's death, and Louise's children called her "Aunt Janie." She was in the class of 1876 and received a master's degree two years later.
She had a vivid imagination and keen sense of humor. Throughout her life she made literary contributions to various papers and envisioned many of the privileges which have come to women today. Clara Bradley said Louise "always wanted the last word, and got it. She was a real contender for high and noble things."
Clara Sittser Williams
...was born in Weedsport, New York. She was the only Founder not to graduate from the University, leaving in 1874. Her course had been Latin-scientific. She had taught school for a time. Clara was the only farmer's daughter among the Original Ten. The first Alpha Phi meeting was held in her room.
In her "Old Girl and Days of '72," written for the 40th reunion, Clara wrote, "We thought it would be a fine idea socially to form a circle of sympathetic friends whom we would know personally. We had as our aim the mutual improvement of each other, ever trying to do our best in college work, always keeping a high ideal before us. Never under any circumstances were we to speak disparagingly of a sister. We were to be ever loyal to one another, in joys or sorrows, success or failure, and ever extend a helping hand to our sisters who needed our aid; truly we planned to be a 'Union hand in hand.' "
Erin Stanley President
Devon Chrisman Vice President of Risk Management
Taylor Bock Vice President of Chapter Operations
Maggie McMichael Vice President of Membership Recruitment
Shayna Heathman Vice President of Marketing
Becca Johnson Vice President of Programing & Education
Ernesha Bland Vice President of Campus Affairs
Melissa Sanford Director of Finance
Jessica Root Director of New Member Education
Courtney Moeck Director of Administration
Taylor Clement Panhellenic Delegate