Dear Alpha Phi Parents
We are so happy your daughter has joined our amazing chapter. She is in a network of some of the most passionate, intelligent, and involved women on campus and we can't wait to see her make lifelong memories. We know this is definitely a new environment for both you and her and we just want to ease your nerves as you go through this process. Our website houses a lot of information about our chapter so feel free to take a look and learn about things like our philanthropy, diversity equity & inclusion, sisterhood, and our beautiful house. Following initiation, your daughter will join a network of more than 250,000 women invested in cultivating a life of integrity.
Alpha Phi members hold themselves and their sisters to high academic standards, especially at Georgia Tech. One thing we pride ourselves on is that there is an Alpha Phi in almost every major, so you daughter will probably never be studying alone. Our chapter has a director of academics dedicated to academic programming, ensuring individual members are supported in their educational endeavors. We also have "major moms" where your daughter is added into a group of members who are in the same major. Members can ask about class advice, professors, professional advice and have a strong academic support system. Alpha Phi members proudly live up to and represent the high ideals: character, generosity, sisterhood, and innovation. In Alpha Phi, your daughter joins a network of bold, driven women who respect and support one another for a lifetime. An Alpha Phi woman sets high expectations for herself and her sisters, and learns to lead by example—whether she’s making a difference in the community, on campus, or in the classroom.
Alpha Phi is also for the parents! We love to keep are parents connected to what our chapter is doing with different events. Every year we have parents weekend, red dress brunch, siblings day, among other events. We also have a monthly newsletter where you can learn about what we do each month! If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alpha Phi Pronunciation: "Alpha fee" often called aphi or "a-fee" for short
Alumna: An initiated member of a sorority who has graduated from college and is no longer an active member (plural: Alumnae)
Bid: A formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.
Big: Nickname for big sister, a mentor assigned to a new member. A member a year or two older, who will welcome them into their "phamily".
Chapter: A membership unit of a national or international sorority or fraternity at that partner university. We are the Iota Mu chapter of Alpha Phi. This just means our specific name is "Iota Mu" which helps us identify our school out of all of the other Alpha Phi's nation-wide.
Dues: The monetary costs of membership in a fraternity or sorority. These fees are used to cover the costs of social events, community activities, sisterhood events, international fees, chapter operations, and other events. Alpha Phi dues are all-inclusive meaning everything the members are asked to participate in, and have the opportunity to attend, are covered.
Initiation: The formal ceremony of induction into the chapter. This marks the transition to full membership of a fraternity or sorority. We like to celebrate with desserts at the house at the end!
Collegiate Panhellenic Council: The governing body for all women's sororities on campus. Often times abbreviated "CPC". Georgia Tech's CPC website is https://www.gatechcpc.com .
Mixer: a social event usually at a rented out venue. This is a great way for our members to meet other students on campus and bond with their sisters. Mixers often have fun attire themes (70s, 80s, basketball, disco... etc).
Philanthropy: Philanthropy is a term used to describe charitable events performed by Greek organizations. Alpha Phi's philanthropy is the Alpha Phi Foundation which supports women's heart health as it is the number 1 cause of death of women in the U.S. Learn what we do for philanthropy in our philanthropy section on the website.
Potential New Member (PNM): PNM stands for Potential New Member and is used by the Collegiate Panhellenic Council to describe all those women that have the potential to go through formal recruitment. This includes incoming freshmen and upperclassmen that have not joined a Panhellenic sorority.
Recruitment Counselor (RC): a current CPC woman responsible for leading a group of PNMs through recruitment. She is disaffiliated from her own chapter during recruitment to remain an unbiased, confidential resource for your daughter during the entire process.
Sister: The term used by members of sororities when referring to each other.