Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement.

The sisterhood of Alpha Phi stretches from coast to coast with more than 200,000 members. Sisters share a commitment to excellence and a strong desire to help one another and their communities. Alpha Phis are leaders, scholars, contributors and lifetime members of a sisterhood that values these traits.

The Theta Tau Chapter at RPI is a dynamic group of women, each with unique interests, talents, and backgrounds. Through the years we spend together our friendships develop into lifelong connections founded on similar experiences and values.

Alpha Phi History

At a time when society looked upon women only as daughters, wives, and mothers—and therefore not in need of higher education—our founders were pioneers of the coeducational system. They were ten of the first twenty women admitted to Syracuse University. They recognized the need for a social center for women, a tie of sisterhood that would unite a circle of friends, and thus created Alpha Phi on October 10, 1872.

Since the founding, Alpha Phi has flourished and grown to include over 150 chapters throughout the United States and Canada and remains the strong sisterhood that our founders intended it to be.

Alpha Phi Founders:
Clara Bradley Wheeler Baker Burdette
Hattie Florence Chidester Lukens
Martha Emily Foote Crow
Ida Arabella Gilbert DeLamanter Houghton
Jane Sara Higham
Kate Elizabeth Hogoboom Gilbert
Elizabeth Grace Hubbell Shults
Rena A. Michaels Atchison
Louise Viola Shepard Hancock
Clara Sittser Williams

Theta Tau Chapter History

The Theta Tau chapter began as a local sorority with the letters Phi Alpha Sigma, founded at RPI in 1986. The founding sisters of Phi Alpha Sigma are the first leaves of our family trees. In 1995, Phi Alpha Sigma was colonized as the Theta Tau chapter of Alpha Phi International Fraternity.

Phi Alpha Sigma Founders:
Michelle Roos
Rowene Resler
Kimberly Timo
Jennifer McGill
Laura Pineman
Catherine Klunk
Susan Flynn
Nancy Flynn
Sonja Gonzalez
Kyle Kristel

Symbols and Key Facts

The symbols of Alpha Phi are outward signs of the high regard and love we have for each other and for Alpha Phi. We treat these symbols with respect by upholding the high ideals and standards which bind Alpha Phi members throughout the world.

Motto: Union Hand in hand
Colors: Silver and Bordeaux
Mascot: Phi Bear
Symbol: Ivy
Flowers: Lily of the Valley, Forget-me-not
Constellation: Ursa Major
Philanthropy: Alpha Phi Foundation
International Headquarters: Evanston, Illinois