Alpha Phi

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Internationally founded: 1872 Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Colours: Silver and Bordeaux

Flower: Lily of the Valley and Blue Forget-me-nots

Jewel: Pearl

Mascot: Phi Bear

International Philanthropy: Alpha Phi Foundation

Manitoba Founded: 1928

Known as: Phis (Pronounced “Fees”)

Chapter Name: Beta Eta

Our chapter was founded in 1928! Alpha Phis are leaders, scholars, contributors to the community and lifetime members of a sisterhood that values these traits.

Alpha Phi was founded 141 years ago at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Our fraternity was founded by 10 forward-thinking young women.
Back in 1872, there was a lot of gender inequality. Very few women were in university, and those who were there did not receive respect equal to their male colleagues.

On the afternoon of September 18, 1872 Martha Foote Crow was visiting with two of her friends and fellow Alpha Phi founders, Clara Sittser Williams and Kate Hogoboom Gilbert. Martha asked them, “Why can’t we have a society as well as the men?” To their knowledge there were no female fraternities.
Since our founding Alpha Phi has had many firsts. The first sorority house (1886), the first traveling delegate program (1894), and the first NPC website launched (1995) are a few.

Alpha Phi adopted cardiac care as her philanthropy in 1946 and the Alpha Phi Foundation was born in 1956. Alpha Phi has a legacy and standard of excellence. She now has 161 active chapters with over 200,000 initiated members. Her first 141 years have been extremely successful, and her next 141 years will continue along the same path.