BW’s Alpha Phi Chapter Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Current Alpha Phi members pose with fomer members as they join together to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the BW Delta Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sorority.

Drew Boxler, Contributing Writer

The Baldwin Wallace University Delta Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sorority celebrated a milestone for their organization last month, commemorating their 50 years as a chapter.
The Alpha Phi chapter was regionally founded on the Baldwin Wallace campus in 1964, and has continued to receive regional accolades ever since, including awards for “Excellence in Chapter Culture,” “Excellence in Recruitment” and “Excellence in Community.”
Alpha Phi has also made a substantial impression on the BW Greek Community throughout its years here on campus.
The sorority and its members achieved “Outstanding Risk Management” and “CPC Delegate” awards as well as maintaining the highest average GPA of the BW sororities in recent years.
To celebrate their continued presence and success on BW’s campus, the chapter hosted a variety of events throughout the weekend.
The festivities began with an alumni reception at local Berea establishment, Scoundrels and continued from there.
One of the highlights of this particular event was the sprawling family tree. A giant map of all of the sorority’s “families,” Bigs and Little pairings tracing lineage back through each of the 50 years of the Delta Upsilon Alpha Phi chapter, were drawn out and presented at the reception Friday night.
On Saturday, current members of Alpha Phi gave campus tours to interested alumni. The tours took the previous members through the Alpha Phi floor and chapter room in addition to walking them through some of the more recent changes that have occurred on campus.
Campus tours were then followed by a luncheon in the Colony room, where the members and alumni enjoyed a quick meal before attending the football game against Otterbein.
On Saturday evening, the Alpha Phi members hosted a gala at the Sheraton Hotel.
According to Annette Fetter, the chapter’s previous president, the gala was the main event of the alumni weekend and Fiftieth Anniversary celebration.
The gala featured a dinner, a silent auction, speakers, a pinning ceremony of 25 and 50 year Alumni and, of course, dancing.
Over  the  course of her years as an Alpha Phi, Fetter said that she has learned countless lessons in the bonds of sisterhood, specifically, how these bonds of sisterhood do not lessen after graduation She said these bonds and affiliations will still maintain an affect on a person throughout his or her life.
“One of the most astounding experiences in working with the Alumni committee this year for the 50th Anniversary, was seeing some of the members from the Chapter’s foundation return, seeing how these bonds and memories retain their impact throughout the years,” Fetter said.
The weekend of celebration was a success. The bonds of sisterhood shining through the eyes of every woman present, the fifty years of tradition uniting each sister. Still, these past 50 years were only just the beginning.