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  • e-News Issue 91

     

    NPC Advocacy Request
    The National Panhellenic Conference is calling on all sorority women to encourage their Congressional representatives to support the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) create parity among all not-for-profit student housing entities and allow charitable contributions to build and maintain sorority and fraternity housing to be tax deductible. Learn more and get involved here.

    Grand Council Meeting Recap
    Grand Council met in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey the weekend of March 31-April 2. Each of us have been working on things that will improve communication and connections. We worked on improvements to our volunteer opportunity form and we are developing more resources for volunteers. We have also been reviewing the development of our new website as well as learning about the capabilities of our new database. These tools will improve our ability to connect sisters in many ways!

     

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

    *Victoria Lukas, Gamma Gamma, Gamma Gamma Chapter Advisor
    *Briana Gilmartin, Gamma Chi, Gamma Chi Chapter Advisor beginning in May 2017
    *Stephanie Dial, Gamma Zeta, Gamma Zeta Chapter Advisor beginning in May 2017
    *Tiffany Fettig, Beta Upsilon, Beta Upsilon Chapter Advisor

     

    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.

     

    Scholarships for Sisters
    This summer, Theta Phi Alpha Foundation will send two collegians to Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), a five-day program engaging fraternal organization leaders in exploring community challenges in a framework of creating values-based action and change. Theta Phi Alpha is sending:

    • Sami Eron, Delta Delta, a sophomore from Ashland University serves her chapter as recruitment chairman. 
    • Kelly Runyan, Gamma Chi, is her chapter’s president as a junior at Stevens Institute of Technology. 

    Sisterhood Society 2017 Charm
    The 2017 dangle charm of the Sisterhood Society program is our beloved Fraternity mascot: the penguin! The Sisterhood Society program is expressly for collegiate women who loyally support Theta Phi Alpha Foundation with an individual gift. Learn more about the Sisterhood Society online!

     

    Awards Changes

    Recently, the Board of Trustees has streamlined the award application process, clarified and changed certain award names, and eliminated some required paperwork. More information about these changes will be available this fall. The live, online Annual Awards event (previously known as the virtual awards) will present the following awards each fall:
    •    Compass Points Alumnae Recognition Awards (given biannually each fall and again each spring. Nominate a deserving sister anytime through our web form).
    •    Selma Gilday Chapter Improved Academic Excellence Award  
    •    Anna Rose Kimpel Chapter Academic Excellence Award   
    •    Esther Burke McCormick Chapter New Member Retention Award
    •    Patricia Giallanza Chapter Hospitality Awards 
    *All other National Awards will now be presented at National Convention except for Senior Service.

     

    Theta Phi Alpha Celebrates Chapter Anniversaries!

    April 04, 2009 - Gamma Rho Chapter, Sacred Heart Univ., Fairfield, CT

    April 11, 1992 - Beta Xi Chapter, William Paterson Univ., Wayne, NJ
    April 12, 2008 - Gamma Omicron Chapter, Utica College, Utica, NY
    April 13, 1991 - Beta Lambda Chapter, Univ. of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI
    April 15, 2012 - Gamma Chi Chapter, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
    April 17, 1955 - Omega Chapter, St. Louis Univ., St. Louis, MO
    April 17, 1993 - Beta Upsilon Chapter, Saint Leo College, St. Leo, FL
    April 23, 1994 - Beta Omega Chapter, Kean Univ. of New Jersey, Union, NJ
    April 26, 1970 - Alpha Iota Chapter, Purdue Univ., Calumet Campus, Hammond, IN
    April 26, 1997 - Gamma  Beta Chapter, Marian Univ., Fond du Lac, WI
    April 29, 2006 - Gamma Lambda Chapter, Suffolk Univ., Boston, MA
    April 30, 1960 - Alpha Gamma Chapter, DePaul Univ., Chicago, IL

     

  • e-News Issue 90

     

     

    Theta Phi Alpha Introduces New Values Statement
    Although times have changed since our founding, our commitment to our values, as identified in the first half of our creed, remains steadfast. To clarify for our members how to best live our creed, in addition to helping potential new members, campuses expanding their fraternity and sorority communities, and other non-members easily understand Theta Phi Alpha's core values, we've developed a values statement that articulates what we're all about.

    We've posted a variety of graphics on our website to help you share these values with your sisters, friends, family members and anyone you encounter who would like to learn more about Theta Phi Alpha.

     

    Sustaining Sister Program
    One of the fastest growing giving programs offered by Theta Phi Alpha Foundation is the Sustaining Sister program, with 70% more alumnae and collegians now participating. In December, our 1,000th recurring contribution was received from this special program. We offer the option for a monthly, quarterly or annual gift recurrence plan when you make your donation through the Foundation Giving tab at my.thetaphialpha.org. Payments may be made by credit card or via debit card, which will often draw directly from your bank account. Thank you!

     

    Founders’ Day
    April 30th is quickly approaching! Login to the website, click on Calendar of Events> Founders’ Day 2017 to find this year’s proclamation, ceremony guidelines, membership anniversaries, and the form to submit your Founders’ Day celebration.

     

     

    Welcome Farmingdale State College!
    Theta Phi Alpha held its opening weekend at Farmingdale State College and has welcomed 13 new members to date. Follow their journey to Chapter Installation on their Facebook page!

     

    New Membership Portal 
    Have you connected with sisters through Theta Phi Alpha’s new membership portalyet? This is a great resource to keep us all connected, act as a mentor, and share news with each other. Please note that this site requires a separate account than the login you use on the National Website.

     

     

    National Officers

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

    Katie Weber, Gamma Nu, Gamma Nu Chapter Advisor

    Katie Elliot, Beta Xi, Montclair State University Emerging Chapter (Colony) Advisor

     

    Theta Phi Alpha Celebrates Chapter Anniversaries
     

    March 01, 1986 - Alpha Upsilon Chapter, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
    March 07, 1943 - Upsilon Chapter, Loyola Univ., Chicago, IL
    March 15, 1986 - Alpha Phi Chapter, St. Mary's Univ., Winona, MN
    March 21, 1971 - Alpha Lambda Chapter, Gannon Univ., Erie, PA
    March 27, 1993 - Beta Tau Chapter, Johnson & Wales Univ., Providence, RI
    March 28, 2009 - Gamma Pi Chapter, St. John's Univ., Staten Island, NY
    March 29, 2008 - Gamma Xi Chapter, The Univ. of Virginia's College at Wise, Wise, VA
    March 31, 1990 - Beta Zeta Chapter, New York Institute of Technology, Central Islip, NY

     

     

  • e-News Issue 89

     

    Attention Seniors: Alumnae Involvement
    Graduation is just around the corner! Maintain your connection to Theta Phi Alpha by joining your local alumnae association! Complete the Alumnae Association Interest form and you will be directed to your local association. 

     

    Member Portal – Set Up Your Account Today!
    Set up your account on our new membership portal: http://my.thetaphialpha.org. This account enables you to search for sisters, update your career information, and volunteer to mentor sisters with similar personal and professional interests! Please note that this portal requires a separate login account than your current Theta Phi Alpha website account. 
     

    New Alumnae Associations   
    New Associations!
    Help us welcome the new Houston Alumnae Association and the Southeastern Wisconsin Alumnae Association! Read more and send a congratulatory email.

     

    New Colony!
    Theta Phi Alpha is expanding with a new colony on the campus of Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey! Follow the colony's Facebook page for further updates.

     

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    Scholarships for Sisters
    Theta Phi Alpha Foundation awards academic scholarships for sisters based on:
    •        Academic performance
    •        Financial need
    •        Service to Theta Phi Alpha
    Scholarships are available for undergraduates as well as graduate students. Complete application packages are due by March 15, 2017. 
     

    Foundation Annual Report 
    The Theta Phi Alpha Foundation Annual Report highlights financial results, donor lists, and goal performance, as well as articles on the 2016 scholarship recipients, Convention speakers, and disaster relief support. You will also find a brief how-to on using the new membership portal that the Foundation has sponsored in partnership with the Fraternity. You can find the Annual Report and key statistics on ourFoundation Dashboard.
     

    All Our Thanks…
    Thank you to the generous alumnae who challenged our Foundation donors to aim higher!  We appreciate our new donors and donors who increased their giving to the next level during our Theta Phive drive to increase overall giving during our year-end appeal. 
     
    Thank you to the collegians and alumnae who together raised over $400 at Theta Phi Alpha Officer Leadership Training weekends during January!  

    And finally, thank you to the Southeastern Wisconsin Alumnae Association for raising more than $120 at their installation!
    National Officers
    The following sisters were recently appointed, or re-appointed, by Grand Council to serve as National Officers for the new biennium:
     
    Margaret Barnett, Alpha Beta,
    Director of Extension
    Kristin Rodriguez, Beta Alpha,
    Director of Colonies
    Katie Bampfield, Kappa,
    Conference Administrator
    Stephanie Valentino, Gamma Rho,
    Conference Director

    Ashley Revels, Kappa,
    Member of the Social Media Team

     

    Theta Phi Alpha Celebrates Chapter Anniversaries
    Feb. 2, 1985 - Alpha Pi Chapter, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE
    Feb. 3, 1990 - Beta Epsilon Chapter, Southeastern Louisiana Univ., Hammond, LA
    Feb. 9, 1985 - Alpha Rho Chapter, Robert Morris College, Coraopolis, PA
    Feb. 11, 1951 - Phi Chapter, Univ. of Detroit, Detroit, MI
    Feb. 13, 2016 - Delta Eta Chapter, Salem State University, Salem, MA
    Feb. 13, 1926 - Nu Chapter, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
    Feb. 14, 1931 - Sigma Chapter, Univ. of Akron, Akron, OH
    Feb. 20, 1993 - Beta Sigma Chapter, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ
    Feb. 23, 1929 - Rho Chapter, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA
    Feb. 26, 1956 - Alpha Alpha Chapter, The Catholic Univ. of America, Washington, D.C.
    Feb. 27, 1988 - Beta Beta Chapter, The College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ
    Feb. 28, 1988 - Beta Gamma Chapter, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., Madison, NJ

     

  • e-news Issue 88

     Tampa Nosh & Network     Sisterhood in Florida
    We had a great turnout for our January Nosh and Network event in Tampa, Florida. Thank you to everyone who joined us and stay tuned for our next event!

     

    Theta Phi Alpha is now on LinkedIn!
    Head on over to LinkedIn to check out our new page! Please begin following our page and encourage your sisters to do the same so we can continue to strengthen the professional network for our sisterhood.http://www.linkedin.com/company/theta-phi-alpha 
     
    Introducing: Theta Phi Forever
    We are never too old, or too young, to reconnect with a Theta Phi. We are Theta Phis Forever! We’re asking each collegian to reach out to her Big Sister to say hello and catch up on what they’ve been doing. Then, verify your Big's contact information and email it to thetaphiforever@thetaphialpha.org. You can also encourage your Big Sister to log on to the new member portal athttp://my.thetaphialpha.org/ to reconnect with Theta Phi. [Learn more here]
     
    UIFI Scholarship Applications Due Jan. 31
    Theta Phi Alpha offers scholarship opportunities to sisters attending Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI).
    As a result of UIFI 2016:
    · 97.37% of student respondents said they believe they are a better leader because of the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute.
    · 96.49% agreed UIFI deepened their commitment to the fraternal movement.
    · 97.65% agreed UIFI would cause them to make positive changes to their chapter
    · 98.25% would recommend UIFI to a peer.
    Applications for 2017 UIFI scholarships are due Jan.31, 2017. Apply here:
    http://thetaphialpha.celect.org/scholarship

    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 get started with your StrengthsQuest Assessment. 
     
    Susan Lee Shares Her Reflections on 2016
    Our National President helped us wrap up 2016 with the final blog post from Susan Lee on our National President's blog: http://thetaphialphablog.blogspot.com/

    "Remember that you were chosen for membership in Theta Phi Alpha for a reason. Your sisters saw something in you. I know I am thankful for each and every one of you and look forward to serving you to the best of my abilities in the coming year." [Read more]

     

    Officer Leadership Training Follow-Up
    We love hearing all of your experiences from Officer Leadership Training this month. Please take a moment to share your stories and pictures online using #ThetaPhiOLT. And as always, we greatly appreciate any photo submissions through our website:http://thetaphialpha.celect.org/photo-submission

     

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

    Carlee Reiber, Gamma Xi, Conference Director

    Ashleigh Callahan, Beta Lambda, Assistant Membership Coordinator

    Marisol Elliot, Delta Alpha, Conference Director

    Kathy Hengel, Kappa, Alumnae Initiate & Honorary Coordinator

    Kathleen Glow, Chi, Volunteer Appreciation Coordinator

    Erin Burke, Delta Delta, Conference Director

    Megan Lisbeth Strang, Alpha Xi, Alumnae Panhellenic Coordinator

     

    Theta Phi Alpha Celebrates Chapter Anniversaries
    January 06, 1979 - Alpha Xi Chapter, Cleveland State Univ., Cleveland, OH
    January 11, 1986 - Alpha Tau Chapter, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ., Daytona Beach, FL
    January 15, 2011 - Gamma Upsilon Chapter, Wesley College, Dover, DE
    January 17, 1987 - Alpha Psi Chapter, Univ. of Dayton, Dayton, OH
    January 18, 2014 - Delta Delta Chapter, Ashland Univ., Ashland, OH
    January 20, 2006 - Gamma Kappa Chapter, Wright State Univ., Dayton, OH

     

  • e-News Issue Number 87

     

    National Office Holiday Hours
    This holiday season the Theta Phi Alpha National Office will close on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 23 and reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3. See you in the New Year!

    New Foundation Board Members
    The Theta Phi Alpha Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new directors to the Board: Katie Evans, Alpha Nu, Director of Finance; and Kathleen Sullivan, Alpha Gamma, Director of Communications. Congratulations ladies!

    Giving Tuesday Set Records for Theta Phi Alpha Foundation!
    Thanks to all who participated in GivingTuesday for the Theta Phi Alpha Foundation! It was a fun day seeing why our sisters believe in Theta Phi Alpha Foundation. We are thrilled to share the news that we have set records in three areas. We increased our number of donors by 9%. The average donation went up by 15%. We are most excited to let you know that our overall donation total increased by 25% over last year for more than $5,500. A final total will soon be published atwww.facebook.com/ThetaPhiAlphaFoundation.

    Do You Know a Potential Leadership Consultant?
    We’re looking for our next group of Leadership Consultants to support Theta Phi Alpha's extension efforts and help chapters and colonies with recruitment, officer training, and provide guidance and support. Help us find these campus leaders by encouraging a motivated sister to apply as one of our 2017-2018 Leadership Consultants. Applications are due by Jan. 16, 2017: http://thetaphialpha.cel ect.org/leadership-consultants  (login required)

    Susan Lee Looks Forward toward the Future in Latest Blog Post
    “I’m writing this as we have just elected a new President of the United States of America. There are very polarized feelings of great fear and great hope across the country as this was a very close election. Our Founders’ in 1912 were not afforded the rights women have today, including the right to vote...” [Read more]

    Grand Council Prep Calls
    Beginning this January, the Grand Council will be hosting monthly phone calls for sisters who are interested in serving on the 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 the Grand Council members. Contactnp@thetaphialpha.org for more information.

    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

    Updated Travel and Expense Policy
    Do you travel on official business for Theta Phi Alpha? If so, please take a moment to review our updated travel and expense policy. (login required)

     

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

     

    Megan Simpson, Delta Eta,Interim Delta Eta Chapter Advisor

    Carlee Reiber, Gamma Xi,Conference Director

     

    Member Benefit!
    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, search for sisters, update your career information, and check the box to allow sisters to contact you about being a possible mentor!

     

     

    Theta Phi Alpha Celebrates Chapter Anniversaries
    Dec. 2, 1923 - Lambda Chapter, Syracuse Univ., Syracuse, NY
    Dec. 3, 1988 - Beta Delta Chapter, Muskingum Univ., New Concord, OH
    Dec. 3, 1994 - Gamma Alpha Chapter, Penn State, The Behrend College, Erie, PA
    Dec. 4, 2002 - Gamma Delta Chapter, Rowan Univ., Glassboro, NJ
    Dec. 4, 2011 - Gamma Phi Chapter, Indiana Univ. at South Bend, South Bend, IN
    Dec. 6, 1941 - Tau Chapter, Marquette Univ., Milwaukee, WI
    Dec. 15, 2012 - Gamma Omega Chapter, Trine Univ., Angola, IN