Alpha Phi International Fraternity was founded in 1872 at Syracuse University in New York. Since its founding, the fraternity has flourished and expanded throughout the United States and Canada, and now has over 150 collegiate chapters. The Iota Pi chapter was colonized and installed at Northern Arizona University in the Spring of 2012. Alpha Phi has six core values: Service, Scholarship, Sisterhood, Character Development, Leadership, and Loyalty; values which members live out at NAU by actively participating in the chapter as well as in a variety of events and organizations on campus. Alpha Phis are leaders, scholars, contributors to the community, and lifetime members of a truly beautiful and meaningful sisterhood.
The Fraternity Crest is the Alpha Phi coat-of-arms, adopted by Convention delegates in 1922. The shield is Bordeaux with a scroll and ivy leaf above it. Inscribed on the scroll is the public motto, “Union Hand in Hand”. A bar of silver crosses the shield from left to right; the upper half of the shield contains a Roman lamp in silver and the lower half, Ursa Major. The meaning of the symbols depicted on the crest is a significant part of the ritual witnessed at initiation. The use of the Fraternity crest is reserved for jewelry, sportswear and other Fraternity equipment befitting the dignity and honor of Alpha Phi’s heritage
The Fraternity constellation is Ursa Major, the Great Bear. This symbol can be seen on the Alpha Phi crest and is displayed on the ceiling of the Alpha Phi Executive Office in Evanston, Illinois.
The mascot of Alpha Phi, the “Phi Bear,” is named after Ursa Major, the Great Bear, and was adopted in 1974.
Alpha Phi’s original colors were blue and gold. In 1879, noting that a fraternity had colors too similar to hers, Alpha Phi adopted the more distinctive colors of silver and bordeaux. Members wear their colors, in the form of ribbons of silver/gray and bordeaux, under their badge to acknowledge special occasions such as the installation of a new chapter, the anniversary of their chapter’s installation or the celebration of Alpha Phi Founders’ Day each year on October 10. In modern day, these ribbons are often worn virtually in the form of social media badges.
The flowers of Alpha Phi are the fragrant lily of the valley and the blue and gold forget-me-not.
The symbol of Alpha Phi is the Ivy Leaf.