On March 2, 2008, Alpha Phi proudly installed our chapter at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut.
The celebration began on the evening of Friday, February 29, with the Court of Ivy ceremony led by Lindsay Martin (Beta Psi-San Jose State), associate director of collegiate membership. The festivities continued on Sunday, March 2, as International President Laura Malley-Schmitt (Zeta Phi-MIT) presided over the initiation of 79 new members in the historic Wilbur Cross North Reading Room on campus.
The Rome Commons Ballroom on campus was host to a reception for more than 250 faculty and friends of the initiates. Megan Bouché (Epsilon-Minnesota), associate director of marketing and extension, served as toastmistress. UConn’s director of fraternity and sorority life, Todd Sullivan, welcomed the new chapter on behalf of the university. Todd was presented with an Alpha Phi Red Dress tie in honor of his support of the new chapter. Dean of Students Dr. Lee Williams also attended and represented the university. She delivered an inspirational message to the members, stating that this occasion was a good day for UConn, while urging them to “make this a great day for UConn” by proving their dedication to raising the bar at the university and Alpha Phi in the years to come. Susan Bevan (Sigma-Washington), Foundation Board director, presented the scholarship badge to the new chapter. She also presented the Foundation’s traditional $1,000 gift in celebration of the chapter’s installation. The chapter designated the gift to the American Heart Association Heart Walk in New Haven, Connecticut.
The highlight of the installation was the presentation of the charter. During the initiation banquet, International President Laura Malley-Schmitt presented the charter to Angela Cillo (Iota Lambda-Connecticut), new chapter president. She was also presented with the president’s badge and gavel. Gifts to the chapter included the Loving Cup from the International Executive Board and welcome dollars from 43 collegiate and alumnae chapters.
40 Laurel Way, D1 Husky Village, Storrs, Connecticut
Mar 2nd, 2008