President’s Blog

Nov 30, 2016

Nurturing our Sisterhood into the Future

Nurturing our Sisterhood into the Future

Categories: Blog

I’m writing this as we have just elected a new President of the United States of America. There are very polarized feelings of great fear and great hope across the country as this was a very close election. Our Founders in 1912 were not afforded the rights women have today, including the right to vote. And while many are concerned today about women’s rights given the recent turn of events of the election, we as a sorority should continue to stand for the rights of women by honoring our past sisters, supporting the present collegians and alumnae, and nurturing the future of our organization.

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Oct 20, 2016

A Moment from the Executive Director

A Moment from the Executive Director

Categories: Blog

For those who attended this summer's National Convention, you know there was a wealth of information shared to help better Theta Phi Alpha nationally, as well as improve chapter operations. One of the many presentations Convention attendees participated in was regarding a new Member Development Program, presented by Karyn Nishimura Sneath.

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Sep 26, 2016

Changing Times, Changing Terminology: From ‘Colony’ to ‘Emerging Chapter’

Changing Times, Changing Terminology: From ‘Colony’ to ‘Emerging Chapter’

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It’s out with the old (i.e., “colony”) and in with the new (i.e., “emerging chapter”) for Theta Phi Alpha and our extension efforts! So be sure to update your Theta Phi Alpha vocabulary as follows:

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Aug 30, 2016

Happy 104th birthday, Theta Phi Alpha!

Happy 104th birthday, Theta Phi Alpha!

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Theta Phi Alpha was founded on this very day 104 years ago by 10 remarkable women at the University of Michigan. Our Founders were certainly progressive, modern women. Very few women attended college in 1912. Female students weren’t even allowed to enter the student union!  In the United States, women weren’t allowed to vote or to own property. Yet these 10 women not only attended college, graduated and had careers but also felt it was very important to create an organization where they could meet and support each other. 

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Aug 14, 2016

Susan Lee Shares her First Blog Post as National President

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Coming home from Convention, sisters are filled with excitement and renewed commitment to the Fraternity. You can see it all over social media with lots of posts, interactions and new friend requests. Sisters are filling out the volunteer interest form on the website and Grand Council members are busy learning their new roles, filling their teams with returning and new volunteers and getting ready for our first meeting at the end of August. Collegians are winding down summer jobs, heading back to campus and preparing for fall recruitment. September is a time of new beginnings. It’s a good time to get involved.

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Jul 10, 2016

July News & Notes

July News & Notes

Categories: Blog

As I reflect over the biennium and I prepare for the State of the Fraternity, I am reminded of all the changes that have occurred. Changes can be difficult, but they can also be good. When change occurs it means something familiar is exchanged for something new and unfamiliar. But not moving forward is sometimes just not an option.

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Jun 1, 2016

Transgender Membership, Title IX, and Single-Sex Organizations

Transgender Membership, Title IX, and Single-Sex Organizations

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Transgender issues, Title IX, and single-sex organizations are generating significant national, state, and campus-wide conversations, and they all impact us as sorority women.  Here’s an introductory snapshot to these issues for members that want to learn more, with key terms hyperlinked to additional educational resources, as well as our position on honoring the lifelong membership of all Theta Phi Alphas.

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Apr 28, 2016

April News & Notes

April News & Notes

Categories: Blog

It is Spring time and the weather is changing. For many of us it is a welcome change. Fresh grass, flowers popping up and longer days. It is also a time for change as our New Members are initiated and as our Alumnae Associations welcome new graduates.

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Mar 16, 2016

February/March News & Notes

February/March News & Notes

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March is an exciting month for Ritual. The month starts off with National Ritual Celebration Week (NRCW) from March 6-12th. 

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Jan 20, 2016

January News & Notes

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Welcome 2016! As we start a New Year it is time to look to the future. 2016 is a convention year and with convention comes the election of our Fraternity leadership. Theta Phi Alpha is made up of countless women who are full of ambition and untapped potential to lead and make a difference within our growing organization. We need you to help us identify these leaders and encourage them to run for election this summer. Even better, maybe you are the leader we’re looking for to make a difference within our sisterhood.
 

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President’s Corner

Susan Lee Grau, Theta Phi Alpha National President

Susan Lee, Theta Phi Alpha National President, will share her monthly news and notes and highlight other stories from the sisterhood through this blog.

Founded in 1912, Theta Phi Alpha is a women’s organization dedicated to close comradeship; to advance educational, social, and philanthropic interests and leadership training; to encourage spiritual development and adherence to the highest moral standards; and to promote lifelong bonds of friendship; a fraternity for college and university women and alumnae.