We have a six-week new member program that begins with Bid Day and ends with initiation. Each week, the new members will meet with our New Member Educator to learn about what it means to be an Alpha Phi, as well as how to become involved on campus to have a successful start to their college careers.
Each week the new member is paired up with an “Ivy Linker” from the sophomore pledge class, and they will do things together that week to get to know each other such as getting ice cream, getting a tour of campus, going shopping or making crafts at Paint Yourself Silly. As a freshmen pledge class, along with the sophomores, new members attend Ivy Linker Events, which include anything from community service projects to a group yoga class!
The week of initiation, the new members will become a part of an Alpha Phi family, which of course means finding out pledge moms. This is someone who the new member can go to for anything throughout the year and who will be her roommate the next year when she moves in.
The new members also have “Freshman Retreat”, a night of bonding that allows new members to really get to know their fellow pledge class members. During their new member program, they also plan a surprise theme for their Initiation Party. As winter break approaches, the new members come to the chapter house decked out in “ugly Christmas sweaters and holiday music” to help put up Christmas lights, hang ornaments on the Christmas tree, and decorate cookies.
Throughout the new member’s first year in our sorority, she will find these moments and countless others to be lifelong memories, while quickly becoming acclimated into Alpha Phi.