Creighton University Alpha Phi | Theta Delta Chapter

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About Us

The sisterhood of Alpha Phi stretches from coast to coast through 161 collegiate campuses and more than 200,000 members. Sisters share a commitment to excellence and a strong desire to help one another and their communities. Alpha Phis are leaders, scholars, contributors and lifetime members of a sisterhood that values these traits. Alpha Phi assists college women in making informed choices to reach their highest potential. Alpha Phi enhances and promotes each member's development and learning by focusing on sisterhood, service, scholarship, leadership, loyalty and character development. The innovative leadership and organizational practices of Alpha Phi's founders in 1872 set the spirit for the Alpha Phi of today... a sisterhood that values the past but looks forward to the progress offered by the future. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
  • Alpha Phi was founded in 1872 at Syracuse University during a time when society only looked upon women as daughters, wives, and mothers. The ten founders of Alpha Phi were pioneers of the coeducational system and saw a need for a social center in which they could support and sympathize with one another. 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.

     

    If you would like to know more about Alpha Phi International visit the site here: https://www.alphaphi.org/Home 

     

  • The Theta Delta chapter of Alpha Phi was established in 2012 at Creighton University, with it's first initiated class consisting of 47 women. These Alpha Phis worked hard to make a name for themselves and develop the chapter. They quickly found their footing, which was easy in Creighton's supportive Greek community, and jumped at every opportunity to support and take part in events on campus. We made a big impact in 2013 when we held our first Red Dress Gala, a formal philanthropy, which was unique to Creighton's campus . We are excited to keep growing as a chapter and provide a place for women to be themselves and grow in confidence.

  • Colors: Silver and Bordeaux

    Flowers: The Lily of the Valley and the Forget-Me-Not.

    Constellation: Ursa Major, also known as the Big Dipper.

    Symbol: The ivy leaf.

    Crest: Shield with a scroll and ivy leaf.

 

Philanthropy & Service

Every chapter of Alpha Phi is united by a single goal when it comes to philanthropy. Internationally, Alpha Phi’s philanthropy focuses on women’s heart health. As the Theta Delta chapter of Alpha Phi, we organize various events to help raise money for The Alpha Phi Foundation. The Alpha Phi Foundation divides donations into several categories including women’s heart health, the Forget-Me-Not Fund, scholarships and leadership programs. Our chapter holds three main events to raise money and we have a lot of fun while doing it. Our three main events are the Red Dress Gala, Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, and Cookies for a Cause. In the 2013-2014 school year, we raised $21,000!

 

The Theta Delta chapter’s passion for community service and outreach is incredible. Our members go above and beyond by volunteering at numerous local organizations such as hospitals, elementary schools, senior care centers and animal shelters. We want to be sure we support those in need and give back to our community through service.

 

If you would like to learn more about the Alpha Phi Foundation or make a donation you can visit the site here: http://foundation.alphaphi.org/

  • The Red Dress Gala is Alpha Phi's annual fall philanthropy event. Families, friends, and alumnae are invited to enjoy an elegant evening in Downtown Omaha. There is a cocktail reception during which guests have to opportunity to bid on silent auction baskets created by our members. Later, after being treated to dinner, a live auction is held, followed by dancing. In 2013, we raised $16,500 for the Alpha Phi Foundation. At this years 2014 Red Dress Gala we raised $33,000!

     

    Check out the video from this years Red Dress Gala! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1beVSj0zLtg 

  • Every fall Alpha Phi partners with the Greek fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, to host an Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. The tournament encourages both members of the Greek and non-Greek community to create teams of five and play in a single-elimination bracket for a shot at the championship title. This event is a fun way to promote heart health by staying active, but also raises money for our local philanthropy, Girls Inc.! 

     

  • Cookies for a Cause is our annual spring philanthropy. With the help of Eileen's Cookies, a well-known local bakery, we sell cookies to the students and faculty of Creighton, as well as to our family and friends. These gigantic cookies are delicious and a blast to sell! All proceeds benefit The Alpha Phi Foundation. 

  • The Theta Delta chapter has a strong passion for helping the local community. Our local philanthropy is the organization Girls, Inc. which provides a safe place for young girls to go and where they are encouraged to believe in themselves and a successful future. Our Alpha Phis happily volunteer their time as mentors to the girls and help inspire them by fostering self-confidence. 

     

    Our members also volunteer around the Omaha community in shelters and retirement homes. Every Alpha Phi knows if they are interested in volunteering somewhere new, they have an entire chapter of sisters who would join them in a heartbeat. Alpha Phis understand the importance of giving back, and have fun doing it.

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Leadership

Alpha Phis lead by example, and strive for continuous, innovative improvement not only as a chapter but as individuals as well. Many of our members hold leadership roles within the fraternity as well as in other organizations. There are a lot of opportunities for members in which they have the ability to improve the chapter as an officer, but also serve as a role model to memebers and the community. Alpha Phis strive to be the best they can be, and to lead the way for younger generations to grow in confidence and with support.

 

As a member of Alpha Phi, you are exposed to many leadership development opportunities within the fraternity as well. Alpha Phi has created an organizaton-wide leadership initiative with two programs: the Chapter Leadership Development program and Emerging Leaders Institute.

 

  •       The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) provides a caring and creative environment where members are challenged to explore and strengthen personal values in today's collegiate society. These rising leaders of Alpha Phi learn from alumnae and each other. Annually around 200 freshman and sophomores are invited to attend. Our own sister, Claire Blann, was invited to attend this past convention and learn about herself in the process:

     

          "Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to attend the Emerging Leader’s Institute. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had since arriving at Creighton and joining Alpha Phi.

          While I learned a great deal about people and the qualities of good leaders, one of the most memorable parts of the weekend was reading through our ritual. It helped me become fully aware of what being an Alpha Phi personally means to me, yet it also showed me what connects us to so many different people across the world through the organization. 

          Being an Alpha Phi is so much more than being part of a group in a social setting. We hold each other and ourselves to a set of ideals that connect us and allow us to accomplish great things. It was remarkable to feel so deeply connected to girls I had met only three days prior and share the same core values and beliefs that Alpha Phi’s founders summed up so beautifully in the ceremony we call our ritual. 

          I have become infinitely more passionate about this organization of which I am blessed to be a part of, and I am grateful to all of the leaders in our chapter who built us literally from the ground up. They exhibit all the aspects needed to be a great leader with style and class, and the Theta Delta chapter will always be indebted to them.

          As our founding class graduates, it is our responsibility as underclassmen to pick up where they left off, build on their foundations, and become even better. I see great things coming from our chapter and I am excited to shape the future of Theta Delta with the rest of the women I am proud to call my sisters."

  • The Chapter Leadership Development (CLD) program defines a leader as anyone who influences others and contributes to the chapter. Successful chapters rely on the involement of every member. In order to achieve this, Alpha Phi alumnae serve as Educational Leadership Consultants and travel to each chapter in order to support and foster leadership within. The program is designed to give members the tools to be active followers and foster an environment where all members understand how to be leaders.

  • Our current Executive Council was elected in November of 2013 and has been working hard to lead the chapter. We're excited to see what they bring to the chapter this fall!

    President- Courtney Coslor

    Vice President of Risk Managment- Morgan Ryan

    Vice President of Chapter Operations- Lauren Nun

    Director of Finance- Christine Gonderinger

    Vice President of Programming & Education- Jenny Vestle

    Vice President of Recruitment- Dale Hoeffel

    Vice President of Marketing- Guinevere Ayers

    Vice President of Campus Affairs- Sam Staver

    Director of Administration- Megan Roberts

    Director of New Member Education- Isabelle Laposha

    Panhellenic Delegate- Hailey Froehlich

 


Recruitment

Alpha Phi is so excited for Formal Recruitment in January! Each year we meet many amazing women who participate in recruitment and hope everyone who goes through the process enjoys her time with Alpha Phi! We could not be more excited for our next new member class, and already know we will be so proud to call them our sisters!

 

Creighton's Formal Recruitment Dates:
January 12th to January 17th

 

This is a five day process that takes place after winter break. To register for Formal Recruitment, please visit the Greek Student Activities Office page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

 

Dale Hoeffel
Vice President of Member Recruitment
Alpha Phi Theta Delta

 

 

Scholarship

The founders of Alpha Phi were ten of the first twenty women admitted to Syracuse University in 1872. Inspired by their courage to pursue a higher education despite societal expectations, Alpha Phis strive for excellence in academics. Each member has a passion for knowledge and achievement. Alpha Phis work hard and help each other when struggling. There are weekly study hours that members can attend if they need a place to study without being distracted, or if they need help in a particular subject. Alpha Phi has members from every academic field who are willing and ready to help any one of their sisters. 

  • Alpha Phi believes in striving for excellence in education and understands that sometimes assistance is needed. The Alpha Phi Foundation provides scholarships to students that are based on merit or need. More information can be found on the Alpha Phi Foundation website.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sisterhood

Alpha Phis cherish life-long friendships rooted in kindness, love and respect for one another. We believe in the concept of Watchcare- an encouragement of support of one another through the good times and the bad, whether helping one another with academics or providing much needed support during a rough time. Throughout the year, we hold sisterhood events to deepen the relationships between our members, such as river floats, hikes, and cook-outs. Our new members had a retreat at the beginning of the year, and later in the semester, all our members attend a retreat together.  We've held lively day retreats at an exhilarating ropes course, and heartfelt overnight retreats at our community partner building, Girls Inc. Besides going on retreats, we hold a series of small events throughout the semester for Alpha Phi members to attend. These vary from karaoke to dinner dates. Whatever the event, Alpha Phis always have a great time together and uphold the fraternity mission statement: "Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of women supporting one another in lifelong achievement."

  • After recruitment every spring, each new member is paired with an Alpha Phi who becomes their "Big." Each "Big" welcomes the new member to Alpha Phi and serves as her mentor. During Big/Little week, the new member receives clues and small gifts from their Big up until the reveal at the end of the week. It is always one of the most exciting weeks of the year!

  • Alpha Phi has an extensive alumnae community all across the nation. This provides graduating Phis assistance programs and mentorship opportunities that help acclimate them to the "real world," as well as the Transitions magazine. The online network provides job hunting support through online resources and Alpha Phi alumane in the HR profession. Alpha Phi provides many ways to build your resume through the numerous volunteer opportunities and internships available. For support with a big move after graduation, Alpha Phis can reach out to the Ivy Connection chapters which connects you with other young alumnae in the area. Whatever the case, Alpha Phi aims to support it's members past their time in college. After all, Alpha Phi is a sisterhood that lasts a lifetime.

  • Alpha Phis support one another through the good times and in times of need. The Alpha Phi Foundation helps by providing the Forget-Me-Not Fund. Donations made to this fund provide assistance grants to alumnae who are facing severe financial distress, serious health issues, the consequences of natural disasters and urgent family crisis, and to collegians who face an interruption of education due to unforseen personal or financial struggles. Members may apply for the grant on their own, or they can be nominated for it by a fellow sister. These grants give Alpha Phis the knowledge that their sisters care and are always there to help.

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©2014 Alpha Phi International

Alpha Phi/CreightonUniversity
Skutt Student Center #110
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
 
Phone: (308) 293-0166
Email:courtneycoslor@creighton.edu