Alpha Phi at SUU: Distinctly ExcellentMarch 08, 2010
Southern Utah University’s student leadership of the Theta Sigma Chapter of the Alpha Phi International Women’s Sorority recently returned from their annual regional leadership conference with a distinction no other chapter can claim.
The Theta Sigma Chapter was awarded “Excellent Overall Chapter Operations.” According to the Chapter’s advisor, Kathleen McDowell, this is the first time an Alpha Phi chapter in the Southwest Region has received such an honor.
The award reflects the tireless efforts of the undergraduate women to excel in every facet and element of Greek Life including scholarship, financial management, membership recruitment, service and philanthropic giving.
“Alpha Phi has consistently shown that they are one of the finest student organizations on campus,” commented Keri Mecham, director of student involvement and leadership. “This award is additional evidence of the women’s commitment to one another, the Sorority, and the University.”
The Chapter routinely leads the SUU Greek community in academic achievement. The Alpha Phi’s have recently earned a Chapter GPA that exceeds the All-Women’s Average and claimed 13 women on the Dean’s List.
The women recently completed their Philanthropy Week wherein they raised approximately $6,000 for Women’s Cardiac Care. Additionally, Alpha Phi was recognized at the 2009 Thunderbird Awards as Organization of the Year.
Of their many achievements, Greek advisor Jake Johnson remarked, “Alpha Phi is the standard bearer of our Greek community. There is not a more deserving group on campus, and I am incredibly proud of all they have been able to accomplish.”
McDowell also expressed great satisfaction with the recognition. “Working with these women is so enriching,” she said. “I was touched to receive so many wonderful compliments on behalf of the Chapter, and to see just how much our women stand out.”
The Theta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi was established at Southern Utah University in 1995 after Phi Alpha Beta, a local sorority, established an affiliation with the national Sorority.