Alpha Phi (Women's) Fraternity

Members of Alpha Phi

About Alpha Phi

Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement. This international women's fraternity enhances and promotes each member's development and learning by focusing on sisterhood, service, scholarship, leadership, loyalty and character development. Alpha Phi currently has 152 active chapters and over 200,000 initiated members. It was the third Greek-letter organization founded for women. Like many other Greek-letter organizations for women, Alpha Phi is a fraternity, not a sorority, although both terms are often used. The term sorority was not yet in widespread use at the time of Alpha Phi's founding, and therefore it is officially a "fraternity for women".

The Beta Psi Chapter at San José State University was founded in 1957. This chapter is home to a group of sisters who are diverse in many ways: where they come from, their career path, and their interests. But, we are all bonded together by Alpha Phi's values, traditions, and sisterhood. As college students first and sorority members second, we strive for academic excellence and work hard in school. We also participate in many community service and philanthropy events throughout the year, including 3 of our own where we raise money for The Alpha Phi Foundation. Our chapter offers many leadership opportunities to members, which help them grow as leaders and as individuals. Though we work hard, there is always something fun going on at the Alpha Phi house, whether it's a movie night, a trip to the Giants game, or a social with another Greek organization.


Silver Laurel Chapter


Alpha Phi House

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Alpha Phi Values

Chapter Information

  • Designation: Beta Psi
  • President: Danielle Panigall
  • Websites: Chapter and National
  • Active Members: 105
  • SJSU Founding: March 6, 1948
  • National Founding: October 10, 1872 at Syracuse University in Syracuse NY
  • 2014 Service / Philanthropy: 2308 hours of service, $25,040 raised for charity
  • Scholarship: Spring 2015–3.14, Fall 2014–3.06
  • Colors: Bordeaux and Silver
  • Flowers: Lily of the Valley, Forget-Me-Not
  • Symbol: Ivy
  • Motto: "Union hand in hand"
  • Nicknames: A-Phi
  • Famous Alumnae: Jeri Ryan (actress), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (actress), Liz Carpenter (former Press Secretary, Lady Bird Johnson), Lynn Woolsey (Congresswoman (WA)), Jennifer Joines (Olympic silver medalist), Catherine Maples Waynick (Episcopal Church Bishop)
  • Annual Events: King of Hearts and the Red Dress Gala

Awards and Recognition (2014–15)

  • 4.0 Awards — Single Semester: Stephanie McKinney, Alyssa Perrault, and Haley Rabin
  • Spirit of the Key Award — Gina Caudill
  • Silver Laurel Chapter (2014 Standards of Excellence — 1586 points, 79%)