History

Symbols

Fraternity Colors

Alpha Phi's original colors were blue and gold. In 1879, noting that a fraternity had colors too similar to hers, Alpha Phi adopted the more distinctive colors of silver and bordeaux.


Members wear their colors, in the form of ribbons of silver/gray and bordeaux, under their badge to acknowledge special occasions such as the installation of a new chapter, the anniversary of their chapter's installation or the celebration of Alpha Phi Founders' Day each year on October 10.  In modern day, these ribbons are often worn virtually in the form of social media badges.

Fraternity Symbol

The symbol of Alpha Phi is the ivy leaf with the new member badge taking its form.

Fraternity Constellation

The Fraternity constellation is Ursa Major, the Great Bear. This symbol can be seen on the Alpha Phi crest and is displayed on the ceiling of the Alpha Phi Executive Office in Evanston, Illinois.

Alpha Phi Bear

The mascot of Alpha Phi, the "Phi Bear," is named after Ursa Major, the Great Bear, and was adopted in 1974.

Fraternity Flower

The flowers of Alpha Phi are the fragrant lily of the valley and the blue and gold forget-me-not.

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Founders

Brave hearts filled with a noble purpose whose eyes saw clearly into the future...


At a time when society looked upon women only as daughters, wives, and mothers—and therefore not in need of higher education—our ten founders were pioneers of the coeducational system. Attending school with the handicap of implied, if not open, opposition, our founders sought support from each other. There was a need for a social center, a place of conference, a tie which should unite, a circle of friends who could sympathize with one another in their perplexities. They formed Alpha Phi in 1872 at Syracuse University. Today, Alpha Phi continues to provide a "tie which unites, a circle of friends" for women young and old all around the world. From hand to hand and heart to heart, we are all grateful and proud of the legacy left to us by our founders. To learn more about the great legacy of Alpha Phi, check out www.alphaphi.org. 

Clara Bradley Wheeler Baker Burdette

Hattie Florence Chidester Lukens

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​​Martha Emily Foote Crow

​​Louise Viola Shepard Hancock

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Ida Arabella Gilbert DeLamanter Houghton

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​​Elizabeth Grace Hubbell Shults

​​Jane Sara Higham

​​​Rena A. Michaels Atchison

​​Kate Elizabeth Hogoboom Gilbert

​​Clara Sittser Williams

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