Louisiana State University
The Delta Tau chapter of Alpha Phi was installed at Louisiana State University on May 1, 1965.
This group, formerly the Alpha Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Omicron sorority, was picked up by Alpha Phi in 1964 when the majority of Beta Sigma Omicron chapters were absorbed by Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. The Louisiana State University campus already had an established Zeta Tau Alpha chapter on campus which led the Alpha Rho chapter to become a part of Alpha Phi.
As the chapter developed in the 1960s and 1970s, LSU also welcomed three other NPC groups. The community grew more quickly than the demand for sorority involvement, and Alpha Phi was challenged to fill their chapter facility and remain financially viable.
In 2012, after an extension selection process that lasted more than a year, International President Linda Long Boland (Gamma Kappa-CSU Long Beach) announced to the 2012 Biennial Convention of Alpha Phi that the Delta Tau chapter would return to LSU in the fall of 2013.
After interviewing more than four-hundred potential members in September 2013, Alpha Phi selected two-hundred new members. Members from other Greek organizations celebrated Alpha Phi’s new beginning at LSU by lining West Lakeshore Drive to cheer on our new members as they “ran down the row” – a Bid Day tradition at the university.
Two-hundred and thirty collegiate and alumnae members were initiated and Delta Tau chapter of Alpha Phi was reestablished the weekend of March 21-23, 2014. Many Delta Tau alumnae were on hand to reunite with each other and celebrate with the new chapter. Court of Ivy was held on Friday evening in the chapter room of Kappa Delta sorority with initiation the following day in the LSU Student Union’s Royal Cotillion Ballroom. On Sunday, March 23, 2014, the reinstallation banquet took place at the Baton Rouge Renaissance Hotel. The new chapter was joined at the banquet and chartering ceremony by alumnae, friends, family and the LSU Panhellenic community. A special moment at the installation banquet in 2014 was when the last president of the chapter in 1980 presented the president’s badge to her successor, the president of the reinstalled chapter, thirty-four years later.
• 4020 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
• The establishment of Alpha Phi at LSU in 1964 coincided with the establishment of sorority homes around University Lake, and Alpha Phi immediately began to consider housing options for the new chapter. The groundbreaking ceremony for Alpha Phi’s first home at LSU took place in 1969. At the time, Alpha Phi’s facility on West Lakeshore Drive was the largest sorority house at LSU. The early house, now owned by the university, was unavailable when the chapter returned to campus in 2013. After exploring potential options Alpha Phi began collaborating with the university to build a new house at 4020 West Lakeshore Drive. The chapter occupied temporary housing for the 2015-2016 academic year and moved into their current home in the fall of 2016. Fifty-two sisters live in the elegant three story Greek Revival style house overlooking the lake.
• Elizabeth Williams - 1980 Michaelanean Award Winner
• Becky Othold Del Rio – 2008 Ursa Major Award Winner
• Sammye Crawford – 2014 Michaelanean Award Winner
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