Alpha Phi International Fraternity presented a charter to establish its newest chapter on the DePaul University Lincoln Park campus in Chicago, Illinois, January 19-20, 2002. The weekend celebrated the 49 members who were initiated after more than a year of hard work by all involved. Alpha Phi’s Iota Eta chapter was the fifth sorority chartered at DePaul and Alpha Phi’s 143rd active chapter in North America.
The Court of Ivy ceremony was conducted on the evening of January 19 at the campus’ historic Cortelyou Commons. International Executive Board Director Mary Rekart Ulich (Delta Gamma-Northern Colorado) and Associate Director of Extension Linda Schnetzer (Beta Omicron-Bowling Green) led the ceremony with the assistance of several advisory board members, Epsilon Delta-Northern Illinois collegians and members of Team DePaul.
The initiation ceremony was held the following morning. Participants included Mary, Linda, Interim Chapter Adviser Megan Ford (Eta Lambda-George Mason), Educational Leadership Consultant Heidi Fleck (Nu-Nebraska), advisory board members and Team DePaul representatives. In addition to the charter members, six women were alumnae initiates.
A reception honored new initiates and their families at DePaul’s newly built student center. Linda Schnetzer was toastmistress of ceremonies. Regional Manager Colleen Sirhal (Theta-Michigan) and Alumnae Membership Coordinator Caryn Schultz (Zeta Alpha-Eastern Illinois) welcomed the women on behalf of the region’s collegiate and alumnae chapters. DePaul Greek Life Program Coordinator Marsha Carrasco spoke on behalf of the university and welcomed the chapter to the campus. Alpha Phi Foundation Associate Executive Director Rebecca Andrew Zanatta (Beta Rho-Washington State) presented a scholarship pin to Iota Eta Scholarship Chair Heidi Neuzil. Charter members selected Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Foundation to receive a $1,000 Alpha Phi Foundation donation on their behalf. The donation benefitted cardiology research at Children’s Memorial Hospital.
Megan Ford presented the president’s pin to Jackie Piraro. Jackie and former Chapter President Christine Parzygnat spoke of the women’s accomplishments and thanked family, friends and the DePaul community for their support.
The presentation of Iota Eta’s charter by Mary Ulich was a highlight of the installation events, and Jackie and Christine gratefully accepted on behalf of the chapter.