History of Alpha Phi International
Alpha Phi was founded on October 10, 1872 at Syracuse University. Our ten founding sisters are 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, and Clara Sittser Williams. Their leadership and guidance allowed our sisterhood to grow to include over 150 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Our original ten founders were brave and strong women who saw a need for a social center, a place of conference, a tie that should unite a circle of friends who could sympathize with one another in their perplexities. Out of this need, they created Alpha Phi.
Our Public Motto
"Union Hand in Hand"
"I believe in my Fraternity.
I believe in the friendships formed in the springtime of my youth.
I believe in its high ideals which lift me up beyond myself.
I believe in its earnest drive for good scholarship, moral character, and genuine culture.
I believe in it as a shrine of international sisterhood wherein I may find love and loyalty, sympathy and understanding, inspiration and opportunity.
I believe in it as a creator of good citizenship, helping me to do my work we to live in harmony with others, and to serve my country and to trust in God.
I believe in my Fraternity. I believe in Alpha Phi."
Symbols and Flowers
The flowers of Alpha Phi are the lily of the valley and the blue and gold forget-me-not.
Constellation and Crest
Fraternity Crest is the Alpha Phi coat-of-arms. The Fraternity constellation is Ursa Major, the Great Bear.