In April 2009, the University of Kentucky Panhellenic Council invited Alpha Phi to become the 13th sorority on campus. Iota Nu’s establishment efforts began in August 2009 with participation in UK’s formal recruitment, followed by an establishment blitz. Potential new members were introduced to Alpha Phi by participating in the first round of formal recruitment. Collegiate members from Illinois (Beta Alpha), Indiana (Beta Tau), Butler (Epsilon Beta), Indiana U. Southeast (Zeta Epsilon), Miami University (Gamma Nu), Ohio State (Rho) and James Madison (Theta Iota) marketed Alpha Phi during this round. Following formal recruitment, the on-site team led a campus-wide introduction to Alpha Phi by participating in K-Week (orientation events) and establishment-specific marketing activities. In mid-September, a weekend of interviews kicked off a week of recruitment events held at the King Alumni House on campus. These events culminated with Preference and Bid Day on Sunday, September 20. Bid Day for the UK new chapter was a celebration for the community, as Panhellenic women were on hand to welcome the newest members of Alpha Phi to their extended family.
On April 10, 2010, Alpha Phi welcomed Iota Nu chapter at the University of Kentucky with more than 115 new members. The festive installation and banquet took place at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington, Kentucky. More than 300 initiates, parents, alumnae and community members were present to commemorate the occasion.
International President Laura Malley-Schmitt (Zeta Phi-MIT) presided over the ceremony. International Executive Board Director and Team Mentor Amy Jordan (Omicron-Missouri) and Executive Director Linda Wells Kahangi (Zeta Delta-Iowa State) also were present to help in the initiation.
The Foundation presented the Lexington American Heart Association with a $1,000 community contribution check and honored the chapter’s scholarship chair with a scholarship badge.
The Iota Nu Chapter has a tradition that started a few years ago where they always use Came Here For Love by Sigala for their Sisterhood Round walk in/exit and it really shows the potential new members how fun and loving Alpha Phi is.
• The chapter bought a facility at the end of sorority row called the Math House. It was a math tutoring location, was small, but had a large plot of land and was right next to Pi Beta Phi. The chapter leased the land, tore down the house, and started building the facility. It started a wave of new chapters coming to campus in the following years. This has caused Greek row to grow into Greek Park, as it is more commonly known now.
• Alpha Phi was the first house to have an elevator on Greek row. The facility has a large basement, which includes a chapter room, TV/study room, laundry room, bathrooms, a guest space, and storage. The main floor has a large living room, dining room, industrial kitchen, then small breakfast/coffee kitchenette, an outdoor back patio/seating area, mailroom, foyer, bathrooms, house director suite, and storage. The main front staircase takes you up to the bedrooms and bathroom on the second floor. You can take the elevator or back two staircases to the third floor, which is the same floor plan of rooms and a bathroom as the second floor. The third floor is where the large study room is. Most of the rooms are two person, except the President gets their own room, and there are a few three person rooms on the second and third floors.
• The facility continues to undergo design projects and additions each summer to keep it appealing to freshmen that sign a contract to live in their sophomore year. The chapter uses the facility year-round for spirit week, recruitment, COB events, sisterhoods, chapter and new member meetings, chapter dinners, philanthropy events, date party check-ins, etc. and it is occasionally rented/used for other events like fraternity recruitment, campus pop up shops, etc.
• 417 Columbia Avenue, Lexington, Kentucky
Apr 10th, 2010
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