North Carolina State University in Raleigh, became the home for Epsilon Phi chapter of Alpha Phi on April 19, 1975. Alpha Phi joined two other sororities, Alpha Delta Pi and Sigma Kappa, and 18 fraternities. Housing for the sororities in the past had been confined to dormitories, but the regulation against off-campus housing toppled the previous fall, and Alpha Phi was first to move into a sorority house. A three-story house close to campus had been re-decorated for Epsilon Phi by local Raleigh alumnae.
The installation of the chapter climaxed a series of events which began in October 1974 when thirteen women became interested in forming a third sorority at NCSU. Formal recruitment began for the new Epsilon Phi members on January 21 and ended with inviting 10 more women to join Alpha Phi on January 31. March recruitment saw five more new members. Installation weekend began April 18 with the Court of Ivy ceremony at Driftwood Manor Clubhouse. Delta Alpha chapter conducted the ceremony, which was attended by the local alumnae and alumnae from Greenville, North Carolina and Greenwood, South Carolina. Initiation of 28 women was conducted by Delta Alpha at the First Baptist Church in Raleigh. Epsilon Mu (Lander) conducted the model meeting for the new initiates on April 19.
Both the reception and presentation of the charter were held Saturday, April 19, following the initiation, model meeting and lunch. The presentation of the charter was made by Judy Kay Mead (Delta Gamma-Northern Colorado). Epsilon Phi celebrated following the reception with a banquet held at the Raleigh Women’s Club. In its year of establishment, Epsilon Phi concentrated on increasing its membership and making its name known on campus as well as collecting for the Heart Fund, forming intramural teams in tennis, swimming and softball and participating in All-Greek week.
Tracy Weaver Hickman – 2006 Michaelanean Award Winner