Epsilon Xi Chapter Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville


Sisterhood: a close and everlasting relationship between women, based on shared experience, concerns, values and joy

Creating a Bond

Sisterhood is one of the six values that our founders held so close to their hearts. We love spending time with our sisters every chance we get, but we also host special events to bring our entire chapter together.
In the past year, we have held various sisterhood events such as our annual trip to Eckert's farm to collect apples and pick pumpkins, ice skating (even if we did end up a bit sore), and attending Cardinal's games at Busch Stadium! No matter the event, we always have a blast with our sisters.

How do Alpha Phis celebrate their hard work?
Our sisters are very dedicated to developing in each of our core values, and to reward them for those efforts, we celebrate the end of each semester with a semi-formal or formal dance! The past few years we have traveled to fabulous St. Louis venues, enjoyed delicious dinners, danced all night, took goofy pictures in the photo booths and even had an ice cream bar for dessert! 

Alumnae Involvement

Membership in Alpha Phi doesn't end at graduation. Our collegiate members are given the opportunity to become alumnae and join a network of lifelong Alpha Phis from chapters everywhere! We love to connect with our local sisters a couple times a year to reunite that bond, whether it be through a brunches after initiation, tailgating at the homecoming game, or spending the afternoon improving our relationships and ourselves by learning yoga and self-defense.

Alongside these fun, event-filled moments with our alumnae, we are also fortunate to have local women, ranging from recent graduates to women who have collegiate-aged children, make up our strong advisory board! These women value the life-long friendships and networking relationships that they have gained from being members in Alpha Phi. They are so enthusastic about volunteering their time to mentor collegiate women to have those same positive experiences.
Our advisors make up a diverse group, ranging from police officers, teachers, nurses, stay at home moms to business professionals. They are eager to watch us grow into our chosen professions and offer assistance when they can. Advisors attend our weekly chapter meetings, assist us in Primary Recruitment, help us negotiate contracts with venues and vendors, as well as attend trainings with us. They are a true example that Alpha Phi isn't just four years... it's for life. 


Big Sister + Little Sister

Here in Alpha Phi, we love welcoming our new members into a family. One of the ways we meet all of these amazing women is through our Ivy Linker program, where they connect with active sisters and are shown what it means to be an Alpha Phi. To strengthen our sisterhood bond, we have a Big Sister, Little Sister program too. In this, new members (Little Sisters) are paired with active members (Big Sisters) for a mentorship. The Big Sister will be a friend, confidant, mentor, shoulder to cry on, support system and so much more, making it easier for our new members to transition into being away from home, college life, sorority life and the next big steps of their individual lives.

In the weeks leading up to getting a Big Sister, new members will be paired with two sisters who are their guides into Alpha Phi for the week. Each week, new members will get to strengthen their relationships with all their Alpha Phi sisters during mini sisterhoods. This is a time where we do different activities to better get to know each other. These can inlcude pool parties, group yoga classes, or ice cream dates!