Epsilon Xi Chapter Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Who Are We?

mix and match stamp alpha phi greekOur mission statement: Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement.

To learn about our history, crest, different pins, colors, symbols and more, click on this link: Fast Facts!

While exploring our site, you may notice that we refer to Alpha Phi as a fraternity, women's fraternity, and sorority interchangeably. This is because we were founded before "sorority" was even a word! There were only fraternal organizations until this point, and so our official name is Alpha Phi International Fraternity. However, since the word sorority was coined after our founding, you may see it listed this way as well.

Questions from Parents

Q: How will Alpha Phi help my daughter transition from her comfortable, home-life to a new and different college-life?
A: VP of Marketing, Kait Goldman
As young women are transitioning into the college lifestyle, Alpha Phi is there to support them by providing them with opportunities to be engaged on campus and make life long friends. We participate in events throughout campus, hold our own chapter sisterhood events, and mingle with other organizations. Life in Alpha Phi is a perfect balance that helps girls get involved quickly with new friends and the campus community. We also prioritize our families and where we come from by hosting an annual Dad's Day in the fall and Mom's Day in the spring!

Q: How can I be sure my daughter won't be hazed or peer pressured when she joins a sorority?
A. VP of Risk Management, Caroline Crabtree
Membership in Alpha Phi is an opportunity for college women to develop educationally, emotionally, physically and socially, in a safe environment. This sisterhood provides programs, support, and lasting friendships that foster this growth. All members are to be treated with dignity and respect. A new member is no different; they are not expected to "earn" their membership. Alpha Phi even has a special concept called Watchcare, where we learn ways to come together to support and care for our sisters.

Q: Will this time commitment be too much for my daughter to stay focused on school, take an internship or get involved in other ways?
A: VP of Risk Management, Caroline Crabtree
The women of Alpha Phi take pride in their lifelong dedicaton to becoming the best women they can be. Since one of our values is scholarship, we encourage everyone to dedicate themselves to their school work. We have ongoing academic plans and incentives, and appreciate different, character development opportunities. So, we respect and encourage our sisters to better themselves through alternative opportunities on and off campus. Read more in the "Scholarship" tab above.

Q: How will we, as parents, stay informed?
A: VP of Marketing, Kait Goldman
When your daughter joins Alpha Phi, you will be added to a large, parent Facebook page where you will get updates and notices when needed. The manager of that page is also our Director of Parent Relations, and she is always ready to answer questions or direct you to another sister. To fill you in on all the life-changing things we do throughout the semester, there are two newsletters that explain all the events and activities we take part in. 

Q: Aren't all sororities really expensive? What do the dues go towards?
A: VP of Finance, Isabel Gruse
Our dues fund so many incredible things within our chapter: sisterhood events, awesome mixers, treating our parents to special events, bi-annual formals and semi-formals, and so much more! The fun-filled events we host are paid for through our dues. Alpha Phi is one of the only chapters on campus who offers "all-inclusive dues." What this means is that a sister can attend any event without paying at that time. In some chapters, their members are required to pay for each, individual event- leaving them to make a decision about finances every time, rather than what is best for their sisterhood and personal experience. 

Alpha Phi International

Alpha Phi International Fraternity was founded at Syracuse University in 1872 as one of the first Greek societies for women. Alpha Phi is dedicated to promoting sisterhood, cutlivating leadership, encouraging intellectual curiosity and advocating service. The organization is comprised of 170 collegiate chapters and 135 alumnae chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Some Alpha Phi firsts include:
- 1886: became the first women's fraternity in America to build and occupy its own chapter house
- 1894: became the first women's fraternity to use "traveling delegates," now known as Educational Leadership Consultants
- 1902: called the first inter-sorority meeting that resulted in the formation of the association now known as the National Panhellenic Conference
- 1905: had a member, Frances E. Willard, recognized by the U.S. Congress who placed a statue of her in the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, the first woman to be so recognized
- 1995: became the first NPC international member to have a site on the World Wide Web
- 2006: became the first women's fraternity to develop a values-based leadership institute for emerging leaders based on women's developmental leadership theories
- 2008: joined the social media revolution by becoming the first NPC member to produce an educational podcast
- Since founding to present: continuously recognized women in history. See and hear about some of these amazing ladies and more about Alpha Phi International history here.