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AΦ Parent Newsletter Alpha Phi 2626 University Ave Grand Forks, ND 58203 und.edu/orgs/alpha-‐phi/ Facebook: UND – Alpha Phi Pi Chapter Twitter: @AlphaPhiPiChap
Vol. 1, April 2014
Welcome Greek Awards
Cardiac Care Week UND Philanthropy
Meet Your Exec Sisters on Spring Break Mark Your Calendars
Welcome to our first Parent Newsletter! I am excited to serve as the Alpha Phi Pi Chapter’s first Director of Parent Relations for the 2014 term. Your daughters’ dedication to our core values; scholarship, sisterhood, service, loyalty, leadership, and character development, is truly impeccable. I hope that through this newsletter, I am able to highlight the many accomplishments of my sisters, and give our parents an inside look at the wonderful women you have raised! If you have any questions or concerns you can contact me at email@example.com. -‐ Taylor Nelson, Director of Parent Relations
Greek Awards -‐ Chapter Excellence Award Spring 2013 and
-‐ Outstanding Greek Senior, Allie
-‐ Outstanding Chapter Award
-‐ Excellence in Chapter Accountability
-‐ Outstanding Alumni Award
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Cardiac Care Week – Boot Hockey Tournament In 1995, Alpha Phi was one of the very first fraternities to establish a Foundation, the Alpha Phi Foundation, which is dedicated to improving women’s hearth health. It is well known internationally as a philanthropic leader of the entire Greek community, with our chapters raising over a million dollars each year. Individual chapters are also encouraged to develop a relationship with a local cardiac care facility in their community. Here in Grand Forks, the Alpha Phi Pi Chapter raises thousands of dollars annually to support the Altru Cardiac Unit. This February, which we promote as Cardiac Care Month, we hosted our annual Boot Hockey tournament. This tournament allowed the entire Greek community to get involved and we raised over $1,000. Spectators joined us as well and bundled up with their hot chocolate, labeled with healthy heart facts! Each fraternity entered one or more teams to compete against each other for the prize of $100 to donate to their own philanthropy, and Sigma Chi gained the champion title!
Supporting Greek Philanthropy This past semester, Alpha Phi has been actively involved in supporting the Greek community! The ladies of Pi Beta Phi held a pancake feed to support creating a more literate and productive society through Read > Lead > Achieve, Delta Gamma hosted their annual Anchor Splash, a synchronized swimming event, to raise money and awareness for the blind, and Alpha Chi Omega raised money by selling root beer floats to donate to the Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center. We were lucky enough to attend philanthropies hosted by fraternities as well! Alpha Phi won Sigma Phi Epsilon’s basketball tournament and Pi Kappa Alpha’s Pike Spike. We also had a lot of fun supporting sister Hannah at the Delta Upsilon’s Dream Girl competition and Quesadilla feed as well as sister Brooke at Lamda Chi Alpha’s White Rose Girl and carnival. Both girls did a fantastic job representing Alpha Phi! We’ve had a blast this semester and always love to support the many local and international philanthropies hosted by the UND Greeks!
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Throw What You Know!
Meet the Executive Council Meghan Warbis – President “My name is Meghan Warbis and I am a junior from Washington State. I am double majoring in Kinesiology and Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. I am currently the President of Alpha Phi-‐Pi Chapter here at UND. Basically I oversee all internal and external affairs of our chapter. I have an amazing executive board that I work with daily to keep all aspects of our organization running smoothly. I am an ambassador for Alpha Phi so it is really important to me that I am representing each individual member, and that I am representing them well. My main goal during my term is to make sure everyone has the best possible experience in Alpha Phi. I am very lucky to represent such an amazing organization.”
Devon Schuster – VP Risk Management “Hi, my name is Devon. I am a junior in my third semester of the nursing program. My position oversees the general safety of our members. At the end of the day my job is to make sure that everyone is safe, is following Alpha Phi’s rules, and adhering to our standards. It’s an honor to serve this wonderful group of girls as their VPRM and I am proud of them every single day!”
Alpha Phi sisters on Spring Break 2014
Whitney Page – VP Chapter Operations “My name is Whitney Page and I am a sophomore in the Petroleum Engineering program at UND. I am currently serving as the Vice President of Chapter Operations, which includes overseeing house affairs, chairing the By-‐laws Committee, attending House Corporation Board meetings, and coordinating busboys. My goal is to keep open communication between all working parties of our chapter and to ensure the house is our home away from home. In addition to my involvement in Alpha Phi, I am also active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Dakota Venture Group, and Tau Beta Pi. Hailey Schminke – VP Programming and Education “Hi! My name is Hailey and I am a sophomore majoring in Dietetics with a minor in Psychology. I am currently the Vice President of Programming and Education. As VPPE, it is my job to oversee our chapter’s rituals and programming. I put on programs for the chapter that help our sisters develop into well rounded women, while also overseeing our scholarship chair. I have a strong passion for Alpha Phi ceremonies and hold our values near and dear to my heart. One goal I have had for our chapter this year is to help everybody really understand the meaning behind our rituals and how we can live out our values every day!”
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Continued… Courtney Rowan – VP Campus Affairs “My name is Courtney. I am a Communication Sciences and Disorders major with a minor in Psychology. I am currently a Sophomore and involved in Phi Eta Sigma, Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha, National Student Speech Hearing Association, Mortar Board, and Intramural Soccer! As the Vice President of Campus Affairs I hope to accomplish meaningful volunteer events and encourage supporting all Greek philanthropies on our campus.” Kelly Nizzari – VP Membership Recruitment “My name is Kelly Nizzari and I am the Vice President of Membership Recruitment. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology and Sociology, and am involved with the Criminal Justice Association. With my position, it is my duty to educate all members on the recruitment process used during our recruitment weekend that takes place in September. During recruitment we meet hundreds of girls that, at the end of the weekend, could become members of Alpha Phi Pi Chapter. It is my goal to plan and execute a successful recruitment in which we welcome great new members, like your daughters.” Emily Hancock – VP Marketing “Hello parents! My name is Emily Hancock and I am currently serving as Alpha Phi's Vice President of Marketing (VPM). I am sophomore communication major with and emphasis in public relations. I am also a marketing associate on The University Programming Council at UND, which organizes on campus events for students to attend throughout the year. As VPM, I post on all the social media pages that we have among other fun things as well. I am very grateful to have this opportunity and I hope that though this position I can show the community all the wonderful things that Alpha Phi is doing.” Skyler Moderow – Director of Administration “My name is Skyler Moderow and my major is Biology/Pre-‐Dental with a minor in Chemistry. My position deals with the behind the scenes work like completing reports and maintaining the chapter’s by laws. A big part of my job deals with the elections process. One of my goals this year is to have a successful elections process in the upcoming fall semester.”
Fun at the Quad!
We had so much fun at our Kentucky Derby themed quad with Kappa Alpha Theta, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Phi Delta Theta!
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Mark Your Calendars! Bordeaux Ball: April 26th, 2014 We are excited to have you all here for our annual parents forma!! Please contact Emily Punt if you are interested in donating an item for our silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to the Alpha Phi Foundation to benefit cardiac care. Your Alpha Phi has been updated on all the information for the evening’s plans but you may also contact her with any questions you may have at 605-‐228-‐8538 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dad’s Day: June 21st, 2014 Attention Aphi Dads! We will be having our first Dad’s Day Event this upcoming summer. Dads, stepdads, grandpas, uncles, and brothers are all welcome to join us for the Twins vs. White Sox game. We will be purchasing the tickets at a group rate and there will be a group dinner following the game. More details to come!