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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:
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.
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
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
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: 2016-05 (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 email@example.com.
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