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Theta Phi Alpha: About Us
Steven's Colony of Theta Phi Alpha is a unique and diverse group of young women who all share the qualities of individuality, leadership, and above all, a dedication to their sisterhood. The sisters not only participate in, but also excel in many teams and organizations on and off campus. Some of these activities include Alpha Phi Omega, Society of Women Engineers, Ethnic Student Council, Engineers without Borders, Varsity Swim Team, The Dramatic Society, The Stute, The Movie Committee, APO, Gear and Triangle, Tau Beta Pi, Theta Alpha Phi, Tour Guiding, Stevens Christian Fellowship, and ASEM. Theta Phi Alpha is also dedicated to public service. Their philanthropic causes are Glenmary Home Missioner's Camp Friendship, The House that Theta Phi Alpha Built, The Theta Phi Alpha Foundation, and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
Aside from Theta Phi Alpha’s history of vast involvement on campus, Theta Phi Alpha holds academics to the highest standards. Throughout the years, Theta Phi Alpha has earned a reputation for high academic achievement by often obtaining the highest grade point average of all Greek houses.
Steven's Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha stemmed from a local sorority known as Omicron Pi. Omicron Pi Sorority was founded in 1987 by a group of eight women who were formally little sisters of the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. They broke away and formed their own sorority. They then became a local sorority at Stevens and its love grew each year for 25 years. In the year of 2010, the sisters and alumnae of Omicron Pi decided to expand and become a part of Theta Phi Alpha, an NPC organization.
The sorority recognizes Saint Catherine of Siena as their patroness and it is from her their motto, “Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring” is originated. This motto best encapsulates the qualities present in the sisterhood. In conjunction with their motto, the sorority symbol is the compass. By tradition, the compass leads sisters on a path of achievement and success. The sorority’s colors are blue, silver and gold, and sapphire and pearls are the sorority's jewels. The White Rose is our sorority flower.
Whether you are a parent, college student, or administrator, we encourage you to take a few moments to read about our mission, history, creed, and traditions. The outward signs of our Fraternity - our symbols and insignia - will complete the picture. Membership in Theta Phi Alpha, like that of any other NPC sorority, is lifelong. We encourage you to choose the sorority that best fits your long-term goals.
Theta Phi Alpha: Mission
The Creed of Theta Phi Alpha
Theta Phi Alpha: A History
The founding of Theta Phi Alpha is a story of a group of young friends, not unlike the members of today. They were faced with a myriad of challenges and issues on their campus. By joining together, they provided support and friendship to one another, to meet the challenges that they faced and to create an organization that would enable future generations to share that sisterhood. We recognize the contributions of the sisters who have gone before us and acknowledge that, without them, our experience today would be very different.
In 1912, a small, local Fraternity of Catholic women at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, was struggling. The organization had originally been formed by Father Edward D. Kelly in 1909, when he was pastor of the student chapel at the University. He believed that there should be some kind of home life provided for the young Catholic women who attended the University and he realized that a sorority offered such society, friendship, and atmosphere. Several women students were originally very interested in joining, partly because Catholics were not always welcome in the other Greek-letter sororities on campus. By founding this new sorority, Catholic women had sorority life opened to them. Unfortunately, however, by the late spring of 1912 membership in Omega Upsilon was low and the treasury was unable to support the activities of the group.
By this time, Father Kelly had become Bishop of Grand Rapids, but he retained his dream of an organization which, in ritual and in practice, would help shape the lives of young college women. He enlisted the aid of Amelia McSweeney, an 1898 graduate of the University of Michigan and a woman prominent in educational and civic life in Detroit. She and several alumnae of Omega Upsilon felt that a fraternity for Catholic women was a pressing need and believed that many of the problems of Omega Upsilon were perhaps a result of the operations of the chapter being left completely in the hands of undergraduate members. The alumnae felt that, with their guidance in matters such as finances and housing, a new organization for Catholic women would be quite successful.
Throughout the summer of 1912, Amelia McSweeney, seven other alumnae, and two undergraduate women worked tirelessly, meeting at the home of Dorothy and Katrina Caughey, to prepare the plans for the new organization. May C. Ryan contributed the name, motto, and original coat of arms, and the membership selected the Fraternity's flower, jewels, and colors.
Two undergraduate members of Omega Upsilon became members of Theta Phi Alpha. They were Eva Stroh, a sophomore, and Otilia Leuchtweis, a senior, who became Theta Phi Alpha's first Chapter President. Plans for the coming school year were completed on August 30, 1912, and Theta Phi Alpha began operation on the campus of the University of Michigan.
Otilia and Eva, the undergraduate members, proved an enthusiastic team. During the first week, they pledged Kathlyn Holmes, Theta Phi Alpha's first pledge sister, and Marie Sullivan. With the aid of the alumnae, they held their first initiation on November 16, 1912.
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