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    Theta Phi Alpha e-News: 2016-11 (Issue 87)



    LIAA Installation Celebration

    The Grand Council of Theta Phi Alpha is pleased to announce the installation of the new Long Island Alumnae Association with 31 charter members to support and guide the Long Island collegiate chapters at Stony Brook University, St. Joseph’s College, and Farmingdale State College Colony. Read more…


    Become a Leadership Consultant!
    Theta Phi Alpha is looking for the next team of Leadership Consultants to help chapters with recruitment, officer training and provide guidance and support. Think you have what it takes to hit the road as a consultant? Learn more and apply today. Applications are due by Jan. 16, 2017http://thetaphialpha.celect.org/leadership-consultants (login required)

    2nd Annual Virtual Award Winners!
    Fifteen of our chapters and associations were recognized last week during the 2nd Annual Virtual Awards event on Facebook. If you missed it view the video recap here: https://youtu.be/C0CA-Fi Gfcs. And for those of you who followed along, please take a brief moment to fill out our survey: https://goo.gl/forms/1 Ej18A0oZBap2LhD3


    Share Your Stories!
    Do you have a personal or professional accomplishment you’re proud of, or know a sister who does? We're looking to highlight the extraordinary work that our members are doing within their communities. Send your story ideas and photos to communications@thetaphialpha.org and it might get published in the next issue of The Compass!

    Grand Council Prep Calls
    Beginning this January, Grand Council will be hosting monthly phone calls for sisters who are interested in serving on Grand Council for the upcoming biennium starting at Convention 2018. Consider joining one of these calls to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of Grand Council members. Contact np@thetaphialpha.org for more information.

    Theta Phi Day Photos
    Send us your photos from this year’s Theta Phi Day events and use #ThetaPhiDay16 online! http://thetaphialpha.celect.or g/photo-submission


    2018 Siena Medal Nominations 
    Nominations are being accepted now through June 1, 2017. Siena Medalists have created a legacy of integrity, principled leadership, grace and social change. Help us find our next honoree: http://thetaphialpha.celect.or g/siena-medal-nominations

    NPC Announces Gender Identity Study Group
    The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) has created a Gender Identity Study Group to gather and then disseminate, substantive information for member organizations on the relevant questions of transgender inclusion. Susan Lee, National President, will be participating as a member of the study group along with 13 other NPC representatives.


    National Officers
    The following sisters were recently appointed, or re-appointed, by Grand Council to serve as National Officers for the new biennium:

    Jennifer Blades Lecesses, Beta Psi, National Alumnae Standards Board Chairman
    Meghan Gleason, Alpha Omega, Alpha Omega Chapter Advisor
    Tessa Filiano, Beta Theta, Beta Theta Chapter Advisor
    Baillie La Mariana, Gamma Omicron, Delta Theta Chapter Advisor
    Stephanie Galendez, Alpha Beta, Interim Alpha Beta Chapter Advisor
    Joann Danis, Alpha Epsilon, National Recruitment Chair


    Latest Member Benefit
    FindGreek.com is the new online shopping experience that provides a one-stop shop for quality Theta Phi Alpha gear from officially-licensed vendors. Visit www.FindGreek.com/ThetaPhiAlpha. Or download the FindGreek app to shop on the go! 



    Theta Phi Alpha Celebrates Chapter Anniversaries

    November 04, 2012 - Gamma Psi Chapter, Philadelphia Univ., Philadelphia, PA

    November 08, 1924 - Mu Chapter, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

    November 10, 1973 - Alpha  Nu Chapter, Kettering Univ., Flint, MI

    November 10, 2007 - Gamma Nu Chapter, Rockhurst Univ., Kansas City, MO

    November 12, 2005 - Gamma Iota Chapter, Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, WV

    November 15, 2003 - Gamma Eta Chapter, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

    November 16, 1985 - Alpha Sigma Chapter, California Univ. of Pennsylvania, California, PA

    November 16, 2013 - Delta Gamma Chapter, Lynn Univ., Boca Raton, FL

    November 17, 1990 - Beta Kappa Chapter, Clarion Univ. of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA

    November 23, 1991 - Beta Nu Chapter, Floria Atlantic Univ., Boca Raton, FL

    November 25, 1960 - Alpha Epsilon Chapter, St. John's Univ., Jamaica, NY

    November 26, 1926 - Pi Chapter, Univ. of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

    November 28, 1959 - Alpha Beta Chapter, Loyola Univ., New Orleans, LA


    Theta Phi Alpha e-News: 2016-10 (Issue 86)

    2nd Annual Virtual Awards
    Join us on Nov. 8, 2016 from 8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST for our 2nd Annual Virtual Awards event. This year’s award recipients from our chapters and associations will be announced via video on our Facebook event page (with live introductions by the Board of Trustees), and on thetaphialpha.org. Follow theFacebook event page for additional information and to help congratulate our winners on November 8th!
    Fall issue of The Compass
    The fall issue of The Compass is arriving in mailboxes this week! Inside this issue you’ll find:

    • A recap from our National Convention in St. Louis
    • Information on the New Member Development Experience
    • Profiles of the new Grand Council and Leadership Consultants
    • Welcome to two new alumnae associations!
    • A history article about the founding of Theta Phi Alpha from Eva's diary!

    It’s Time for Alumnae Dues
    By paying your alumnae dues, you are helping to ensure there is a strong sisterhood for future generations of Theta Phi Alpha. This year, all alumnae who donate will receive a window cling of our new logo. The first 100 alumnae to donate at least $100 will receive a limited edition 2016-2017 charm. Additionally, those sisters who give $200 or more will also be entered into our big prize raffle. Show your support today!http://www.thetaphialpha.org/dues-donations
    New Ritual Team
    Theta Phi Alpha now has two National Officers dedicated to Ritual! The previous National Ritual Chairman position is now divided into two new roles: the National Ritual Marshall and the National Ritual Programming Chairman. Learn more about these new positions here.

    Volunteers: StrengthsQuest Assessment
    Theta Phi Alpha is excited to provide an opportunity for all National Officers and Volunteers to participate in the StrengthsQuest Assessment, a product of the Gallup Strengths Center. By taking the assessment, we hope to learn more about our officers and volunteers, as well as provide different training opportunities to sisters in the future. For more information, please visit www.thetaphialpha.org/2016-volunteer-summit, and call the National Office to obtain a code to take your StrengthsQuest Assessment. 

    2016 Fall Theta Phi Days
    Registration closes today for the 2016 Theta Phi Days. Visit the website and register for a great day of sharing, learning and sisterhood. http://thetaphialpha.celect.org/theta-phi-days-2016 (login required). We hope to see you there!
    Photo Contest Winners Announced
    Congratulations to the three winners of our fall photo submission contest: Sara Politowski, Epsilon; Isabelle Smith, Beta Delta; and Julianna Pronesti, Delta Beta! Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their photos with us. We received 119 entries but only four of those came from alumnae members! So next time your alumnae association or club gets together, snap away and share with us. Photo submissions are continually accepted through our website form.
    New Member Benefit: Snazzy Travel Membership
    Whether you are traveling for the holidays, work, or that long-awaited vacation, Theta Phi Alpha wants to help you save up to 75% on hotels, car rentals, and cruises. Theta Phi Alpha is proud to offer alumnae a Snazzy Traveler membership, valued at $99 per year, absolutely free. To gain access to these savings all year long, go to www.SnazzyTraveler.com/ThetaPhiAlpha and use the promo code, ThetaPhiAlpha2016.
    October Guest Blogger: Executive Director
    Head on over to the National President’s blogto read Executive Director Shane McGoey’s thoughts on the I-PEEP leadership model as it relates to the new Member Development Program.


    National Officers
    The following sisters were recently appointed, or re-appointed, by Grand Council to serve as National Officers for the new biennium:

    Lauren Lewis, Alpha Zeta, Conference Director
    DeAnna Kotuski, Beta Xi, Beta Xi Chapter Advisor
    Paige Gaver, Alpha Pi, Alpha Pi Chapter Advisor
    Taylor Fonseca, Beta Epsilon, Beta Epsilon Chapter Advisor
    Ainsley Robson, Alpha Tau, Association/Club Extension Coordinator
    Margaret Barnett, Alpha Beta, Emerging Chapter/Colony Coordinator
    Gabriella Rivera, Beta Nu, National Assistant Treasurer


    Theta Phi Alpha Celebrates Chapter Anniversaries

    Oct. 15, 1983 - Alpha Omicron Chapter, Xavier Univ., Cincinnati, OH

    Oct. 26, 1968 - Alpha Theta Chapter, Univ. of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI


    Theta Phi Alpha e-News: 2016-09 (Issue 85)


    Introducing our New Online Community!
    Join us in our new online community to connect to your ever lasting network of Theta Phi Alpha sisters, http://my.thetaphialpha.org. Visit the site today to set up your new account and search for sisters, share pictures, update your personal profile and so much more!

    New Blog Post from Susan Lee
    Changing Times, Changing Terminology: From ‘Colony’ to ‘Emerging Chapter’. Learn about the restructuring of our emerging chapter program and how that's reflected in our new terminology.

    Help for our Louisiana Sisters
    The Theta Phi Alpha- Northshore Louisiana Area Alumnae Association and the Theta Phi Alpha New Orleans Area Alumnae Association are working hard to provide immediate relief to our sisters affected by the devastating flooding in Louisiana.Download our informational flyer to learn how you can join the relief effort.

    Welcome our New Delta Theta Chapter!
    We are thrilled to announce the installation of the new Delta Theta Chapter at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. The celebration kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 10 with the initiation of 27 collegians (including one legacy!) and three alumnae. Congratulatory notes can be sent to the following address:
    Theta Phi Alpha
    Campus Activities
    1 Hartwick Drive
    Oneonta, NY 13820

    Fall Photo Contest
    Submit photos of you and your sisters through our website form and you’ll be entered to win one of three prize packs from the Penguin Shoppe! Photo submissions are easy and also allow us to feature you on our website, social media accounts and in The Compass. Each photo submitted equals one prize entry so, submit more photos to increase your chances of winning. Photos must be submitted by Oct. 15.  http://www.thetaphialpha.org/photo-submission

    2016 Fall Theta Phi Days
    Theta Phi Days provide an opportunity for education, service and sisterhood activities for collegians and alumnae. Dates and locations for the 2016 Theta Phi Days are now available on the website under the Convention and Conferences tab,http://thetaphialpha.celect.org/theta-phi-days-2016 (login required). Registration will open soon. We hope to see you there!

    Chapter Recruitment Photos
    We love seeing the great work our chapters are doing during this fall recruitment season. Please be sure to email us with your photos and updates.

    Travel to Spain with your Theta Phi Sisters!
    Bienvenido a España! Theta Phi Alpha sisters and guests are invited on a 7-night culinary tour of the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain. Fly into Barcelona and embark on an itinerary full of private tours, small-group excursions, and memorable meals - and you only have to unpack once. This luxurious journey has it all: history, food, beauty, beaches, and, of course, sisterhood. Find out more!

    Featured Member Benefit
    This fall, get an auto insurance quote from our partners at GEICO and take advantage of your member discount. By simply requesting a quote, you'll also be earning funds for Theta Phi Alpha. Get your quote today by visitinggeico.com/greek/ThetaPhiAlpha to see how much you could save!


    Recently Appointed National Officers:
    Many of our sisters were recently appointed, or re-appointed, by Grand Council to serve as National Officers.Visit us online to see the complete lists of appointed officers.

    Welcome Caitlin Parker - Director of Collegiate Services
    Caitlin Parker joins the National Office staff on Oct. 4th as the new Director of Collegiate Services. Caitlin will provide leadership and support to our collegiate members through the administration of operations, chapter services, communications and programming. Welcome to Theta Phi Alpha, Caitlin!

    National Office Welcomes Additional Support Staff
    Recently, two part-time employees have joined the National Office staff in Bay Village, Ohio. Kamille Bremer, Alpha Xi, is joining the communications effort as our new social media intern, and Maria "Alex" Ziton-Bigley is with us to assist with office tasks as a staff associate. 



    Theta Phi Alpha Celebrates Chapter Anniversaries

    Sept. 13, 1987 - Beta Alpha Chapter, Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY

    Sept. 22, 1952 - Chi Chapter, Creighton Univ., Omaha, NE


    Theta Phi Alpha e-News: 2016-08 (Issue 84)

    2016 National Convention Recap
    For those of you who weren't able to join us in St. Louis for our National Convention, please visit the convention web page to read the daily summaries as well as the full list of award winners.National Convention Web Page

    Celebrate #IAmASororityWoman
    Throughout the month of August, use the hashtag, ‪#IAmASororityWoman, and join our Panhellenic sisters in celebrating why you are more than a stereotype and proud to be a sorority woman.

    Delta Theta Chapter to be Installed
    The Grand Council is pleased to announce that the installation of the Hartwick College Colony as the Delta Theta Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha will occur Sept. 10. 2016 in Oneonta, New York. If you live within the Oneonta area and would like to attend the Initiation Ceremony and Installation Celebration, or to inquire about any further information about the weekend of events, please contact nvp-e@thetaphialpha.org.

    Nosh & Network: Cleveland 2016
    Join us on Aug. 27, 2016 for the next Nosh & Network alumnae event being held in Cleveland, Ohio. Join your fellow sisters to celebrate in sisterhood, snacks and socializing. Space is limited so please RSVP today. We hope to see you there!


    Introducing our New Brand!

    Sisters may visit the following page to download the new logo files and branding guidelines. Login, in the top yellow navigation bar click on, Theta Phi Alpha Brand Launch.

    ΘΦΑ National President is Blogging!
    Our new National President, Susan Lee, has shared her goals for the next biennium in her very first blog post: http://thetaphialphablog.blogspot.com/

    2016/2017 Leadership Consultants
    Congratulations to our new Leadership Consultants: Stephanie Notaro (Northeast), Kate Hamilton (Midwest), Jessica Montenegro (New England), Anjali Haury (South), and Jessica Rappaport (Mid-Atlantic). Welcome to the team!

    Alumnae Attitude Survey
    A new survey is on its way for our alumnae members to gather important feedback so we can continue to improve for you. Be sure to set thetaphialpha.orgas a a safe domain to receive this survey and other important emails in the future. 

    Share Between Sisters
    Do you have a personal or professional accomplishment you’re proud of, or know a sister who does? How about a great photo that you'd like to share from one of our national social media accounts? We're looking to highlight the extraordinary work that our sisters are doing within their communities. Send your story ideas to socialmedia@thetaphialpha.org and submit your photos via our website.


    Theta Phi Alpha Celebrates Chapter Anniversaries

    June 07, 1919 - Delta Chapter, Ohi Univ., Athens, OH

    June 14, 2003 - Gamma Zeta Chapter, Texas A&M Univ.-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX

    June 14, 2014 - Delta Zeta Chapter, St. Cloud Univ., St. Cloud, MN

    June 15, 1919 - Epsilon Chapter, Univ. of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

    June 26, 1968 - Alpha Eta Chapter, Thomas More College, Cresview Hills, KY

    July 25, 2009 - Gamma Tau Chapter, Clayton State Univ., Morrow, GA

    August 04, 1990 - Beta Iota Chapter, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., Teaneck, NJ

    August 12, 1921 - Iota Chapter, Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

    August 15, 1974 - Alpha Mu Chapter, Northern Kentucky Univ., Highland Heights, KY

    August 29, 1921 - Theta Chapter, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO

    August 30, 1912 - Alpha Chapter, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Theta Phi Alpha e-News: 2016-05 (Issue 83)

    National Office Personnel Change
    Recently, our devoted Director of Collegiate Services, Liz D’Orsa, has announced her resignation with the Theta Phi Alpha National Office. We are excited for her new endeavors as she pursues her graduate degree at Stony Brook University. As an interim measure, Liz will be supporting the National Office on a part-time basis until her last day on August 1st. In the coming weeks, we will be sharing a job announcement as we begin our search for her replacement. We wish you all the best, Liz!

    Join us on Instagram!
    We are so excited to officially join the fun and conversation on Instagram! Please visit us athttps://www.instagram.com/thetaphialpha_national/ for pictures from our chapters and sisters all over the country. If you'd like to be highlighted on the account send your photos and captions tosocialmedia@thetaphialpha.org.

    Senior Sendoff
    Through our social media channels, we’d like to help celebrate all of our Seniors who are graduating this spring. Send us your graduation photos and we’ll share them with the rest of our sisters so we can celebrate this milestone with you! Submit pictures here: http://thetaphialpha.celect.org/photo-submission.

    2016 National Convention Agenda Now Online
    The 2016 Theta Phi Alpha National Convention is only 50 days away and we have lots of great information available online to help you prepare for your time in St. Louis. Visit the Convention web page to view all of the latest information including the agenda, registration forms, white rose bouquet sponsorship, proposed amendments, the election slate and so much more! http://bit.ly/1T8WOAB

    Interested in running for Grand Council or the Board of Trustees?
    It’s not too late to add your name to the Official Slate for elections at Convention. Consent to Serve forms that are received between now and Convention will be reviewed for eligibility and if eligible, added to the Official Slate via a nomination during the opening business session at Convention. The Consent to Serve form and qualification for eligibility 
    for The Grand Council and Board of Trustees can be found online at, http://bit.ly/1T8WOAB. If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Palmisano at aliciapalmisanoBOT@yahoo.com.

    Stop and Smell the Roses!
    Help add some joy and fragrance to this year’s Convention home by sponsoring a white rose bouquet. Each bouquet will include a card with the name of the sponsoring Chapter or Alumnae Association. This could be a wonderful way to honor your delegate, the chapter(s) that you support, or other special sisters. Learn more about sponsoring a bouquet here, http://bit.ly/27SEK2d. 

    Marietta Colony Closure
    Theta Phi Alpha was saddened to announce the closure of the Marietta College Colony in Marietta, Ohio on March 29th. Marietta College was colonized in February 2014 by a strong group of women representing the values of the Fraternity. During their time as a colony, members worked hard to make great philanthropic and social contributions to the Marietta campus and local community. However, due to sustainability challenges the Grand Council voted to close the colony. Any questions pertaining to the Marietta closure can be directed to the National Office at 440-899-9282.

    ΘΦΑ National President is Blogging!
    In an effort to move away from email attachments you’ll now be able to read our National President’s monthly news and notes in a mobile-friendly manner online. We will also be introducing guest bloggers to share even more stories from around our sisterhood. We hope you enjoy the new format! http://thetaphialphablog.blogspot.com/

    Grand Council Send-Off
    This year we have three incredibly devoted members of Grand Council who will be passing the baton to the next set of elected leaders at National Convention this summer. Jenn Kreiman has served our Fraternity on Grand Council for ten years! Laura Foley has served us for eight and Jenn Klug for six! We will be presenting Jenn, Laura and Jenn with personalized albums containing photos and notes from members. We’re looking for submissions so we can pack these albums with all sorts of memories from their early days on campus through their terms on Grand Council. Please submit your photos or notes by June 1, 2016 through the Convention webpage by clicking on Photo/note submissions for Grand Council gifts.

    Theta Phi Alpha Celebrates Chapter Anniversaries
    This issue Theta Phi Alpha celebrates the anniversary of…

    May 01, 1960 - Alpha Delta Chapter, St. Norbert College, West DePere, WI
    May 01, 1987 - Alpha Omega Chapter, Univ. of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville, WI
    May 02, 1998 - Gamma Gamma Chapter, Kutztown Univ., Kutztown, PA
    May 02, 2009 - Gamma Sigma Chapter, York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA
    May 03, 1992 - Beta Omicron Chapter, State Univ. of New York at Brockport, Brockport, NY
    May 03, 2014 - Delta Epsilon Chapter, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
    May 04, 1922 - Kappa Chapter, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    May 04, 2013 - Delta Alpha Chapter, State Univ. of New York at Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY
    May 05, 1990 - Beta Theta Chapter, St. Francis College, Loretto, PA
    May 05, 1991 - Beta Mu Chapter, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA
    May 06, 2005 - Gamma Theta Chapter, Shippensburg Univ., Shippensburg, PA
    May 08, 1993 - Beta Phi Chapter, Millersville Univ., Millersville, PA
    May 10, 1986 - Alpha Chi Chapter, Monmouth Univ., West Long Branch, NJ
    May 11, 2003 - Gamma Epsilon Chapter, Shawnee State Univ., Portsmouth, OH
    May 12, 1990 - Beta Eta Chapter, Bryant Univ., Smithfield, RI
    May 15, 1993 - Beta Chi Chapter, Missouri Valley College, Marshall, MO
    May 17, 1919 - Beta Chapter, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL
    May 18, 1993 - Beta Psi Chapter, Merrimack College, Andover, MA
    May 18, 2013 - Delta Beta Chapter, St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY
    May 19, 1954 - Psi Chapter, Quincy College, Quincy, IL
    May 20, 2006 - Gamma Mu Chapter, Clarkson Univ., Potsdam, NY
    May 23, 1963 - Alpha Zeta Chapter, The Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    May 24, 1919 - Gamma Chapter, Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH
    May 29, 1920 - Zeta Chapter, Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN