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 traditions set in 1872, as well as lead by the ideals of Alpha Phi International.
Alpha Phi Symbols
Symbol: IVY LEAF - this symbolizes the intertwining of intellectual, philanthropical, and social pursuits in Alpha Phi. The ever growing vine symbolizes our every growing sisterhood. This leaf is reflected in our new member pin and is apart of our crest.
Flowers: LILY-OF-THE-VALLEY and FORGET-ME-NOT - these flowers also symbolize that Alpha Phis will never forget their sisters, and although we graduate, we still have a home in Alpha Phi.
Colors: 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.
Philanthropy: WOMEN'S HEART HEALTH - the Alpha Phi Foundation is our own foundation dedicated to raising money and awareness for heart health.
Mascot: PHI BEAR - the name is taken from our constellation "Ursa Major," or the "Great Bear."