Founded in 1872 by ten forward thinking women at Syracuse University, Alpha Phi is now one of the oldest and largest women’s fraternities in North America with over 150 chapters internationally. The Iota Lambda chapter at UConn was founded in March of 2008 and has continued to uphold the ideals of Alpha Phi International since.
Alpha Phi Symbols
Symbol: The most recognizable symbol of Alpha Phi is the Ivy Leaf. This leaf is reflected in our new member pin and is apart of our crest. Ivy symbolizes the intertwining of intellectual, philanthropical, and social pursuits. The ever growing vine symbolizes our every growing sisterhood.
Flowers: The flowers of Alpha Phi are the Lily-of the-Valley and the Forget-Me-Not. This flower also symbolizes that Alpha Phis will never forget their sisters.
Colors: Alpha Phis colors are Silver and Bordeaux.
Coat of Arms: The Fraternity Crest is the Alpha Phi coat-of-arms, adopted by Convention delegates in 1922. The shield is Bordeaux with a scroll and ivy leaf above it. Inscribed on the scroll is the public motto, "Union Hand In Hand." A bar of silver crosses the shield from left to right; the upper half of the shield contains a Roman lamp in silver and the lower half, Ursa Major.
Mascot: Our mascot is the "Phi Bear," whose name is taken from our constellation "Ursa Major," or the "Great Bear."