University of Virginia | Zeta Iota Chapter

About Us


    Hello and welcome!

    I am privileged to represent the Zeta Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Sorority as Chapter President.  Our chapter is home to over 160 members. I’m so very proud of the women that make up Alpha Phi. Each of our members are unique in their own way, but together we form a chapter that is centered around the values of friendship, service, personal growth and loyalty each day. Our sisters represent a diverse group of hard­working, driven, and special women. Our sisters are involved in a range of organizations from One Goal, Madison House, Student Council, Relay for Life, varsity Athletics teams and many more.  The members of our chapter are the foundation to our success and all we achieve.  

    At the University of Virginia, the Alpha Phi chapter has established themselves as leaders within our Greek community since 1978. Lasting friendships are formed through our sisterhood, scholarship, social and philanthropic events, which enables us to withstand the test of time. Today, some of our favorite events include our “Ivy Circle” dinners, sisterhood events, date functions, Professor Desserts, and our annual Thankful 5k in honor of Shelley Goldsmith and Casey Schulman.



    It is an honor to lead such an amazing group of women who exemplify our values in their daily lives. I am so thankful for a chapter that challenges me to be the best that I can be in everything that I do, and has made me the person who I am today. They've pushed, loved, challenged and taught me so many things, but best of all, they've accepted me for who I am.  My passion to lead this chapter stems from a place of love and utmost respect, and I am truly honored to serve as President this year.

    If you have any questions about our chapter, UVA, or recruitment feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., I would love to hear from you!


    Ifunanya Dallah

  • At a time when society looked upon women only as daughters, wives, and mothers—and therefore not in need of higher education—our ten Founders were pioneers of the coeducational system. Attending school with the handicap of opposition, our Founders sought support from each other. There was a need for a social center, a place of conference, a tie which should unite, a circle of friends who could sympathize with one another in their perplexities. They formed Alpha Phi in 1872 at Syracuse University.


    Today, with over 190 chapters and 200,000 members, Alpha Phi continues to provide a "tie which unites, a circle of friends" for women young and old all around the world. From hand to hand and heart to heart, we are all grateful and proud of the legacy left to us by our Founders.


    Mission statement: Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of women supporting one another in lifelong achievement.



    Our symbol: The Ivy Leaf

    Our mascot: The "Phi Bear"

    Our colors: Silver and Bordeaux


    Fun facts:

    • In 1886 Alpha Phi became the first women's fraternity in America to build and occupy its own chapter house
    • In 1906, Alpha Phi became an International fraternity when a chapter was chartered in Canada


    • Congratulations to Sally Karstens for being elected ISC VP of Judiciary!
    • Shout out to Farrell Jaskot for being named Most Outstanding Chapter Advisor this year!


    Upcoming Semester Events:

    • Parents' Weekend: We're pumped to host our annual Parents Weekend that includes our Red Dress Brunch and Silent Auction!
    • Thankful 5k:  We can't wait to host the Thankful 5k this year in honor of Casey Schulman and Shelley Goldsmith! It will be the 5th year we've held this event! Click on the philanthropy tab for more information. 
    • Alumnae Tailgate: We're very excited to welcome back our Alumnae back in the fall with brunch and good music!




Every chapter of Alpha Phi is united by a single goal when it comes to philanthropy. Internationally, Alpha Phi’s philanthropy focuses on women’s heart health. As the Zeta Iota chapter of Alpha Phi, we organize various events to help raise money for the Alpha Phi Foundation, which divides donations into several categories including women’s heart health, scholarships and leadership programs. Alpha Phi also allows us to donate 50% of our funds raised to a charity special to us. Please read on to learn about our specific charities and the events we hold to raise money.


    We are proud to announce that in the 2017 calendar year, the Zeta Iota chapter of Alpha Phi raised over $18,000 the very important organizations below.

    Alpha Phi Foundation:

    • Cardiac Care: Alpha Phis take pride in their dedication to raising funds and awareness to fight heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. Through the resources available on our international website and our philanthropic endeavors, such as the Heart to Heart Grant, Alpha Phi continuously works to educate and inform women about the importance of heart health. For more information, please follow this link to our international chapter's website: 
    • Forget-Me Not: Alpha Phi is not for four years, it's for life. The Forget-Me Not fund provides grants to active or alumni sisters around the nation who are facing severe and unforeseen personal or financial struggles. 
    • Academic Scholarships: Academic excellence is a hallmark of Alpha Phi. This year, Alpha Phi Foundation awarded more than $148,150 in merit-based and needs-based scholarships. 


    Casey Schulman Memorial Scholarship Fund and Shelley Goldsmith Memorial Scholarship Fund:

    Each year we donate to these scholarship funds in loving memory of two very special sisters. In their short time at UVA, they left a profound impact on this school. We are proud to keep their legacies alive through scholarships for other outstanding students. 



  • Thankful 5k: A Thanksgiving 5K run/walk to send a message of love and gratitude to our dear sisters Casey Schulman and Shelley Goldsmith. Half of the proceeds go to the Alpha Phi Foundation, and they other half go to scholarship funds under the names of these two amazing women. They touched the lives of so many and this event is a small way for us to continue their legacies. 


    Red Dress Brunch: The Red Dress Brunch takes place on the weekend of our annual Parents Formal in the fall. Our chapter member's and their families are invited to a morning brunch and encouraged to wear red in support of the Alpha Phi Foundation and Cardiac Care. We invite a guest speaker from Charlottesville's Club Red to speak on the importance of heart health in women and their efforts locally to support and educate those affected by heart disease. 


    Parents' Formal & Silent Auction: Every fall our chapter hosts a formal dinner, dance, and silent auction for our members and their parents. Baskets are donated and/or created by Alpha Phi families and local businesses to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Alpha Phi Foundation and Cardiac Care. Past baskets have included UVA spirit wear and football tickets, a conglomeration of local wines and cheeses, and even an aerial tour of Charlottesville! 


    Heart Health Week : This year we introduced a new philanthropy event that raised over $1700 dollars. Throughout the week we tabled on the Lawn and in front of Newcomb and passed out lollipops with information on heart health. We hosted CPR classes and free Purvelo classes as well as a Cardiac Arrest event. This event benefits the Alpha Phi Foundation and Cardiac Care.


  • Please send legacy and recommendation letters to:


           Halle Lyon

           Director of Formal Recruitment

           518 17th Street NW

           Charlottesville, Virginia 22903



    If you have any questions, please direct them to:

           Kate Landers: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • The women of the Zeta Iota Chapter are thankful for the time, energy, and love that Liza Curring, former Vice President of Membership Recruitment, and Kate Landers, former Director of Formal Recruitment, put into the 2017 recruitment process! We are thrilled with our new pledge class!



The Wilton Montgomery Family Scholarship:

This scholarship, created by Betsy Wilton and her daughters Christian Wilton Simmers, and Ann Somers Wilton, both alumnae of the Alpha Phi Zeta Iota Chapter at the University of Virginia, is to award a current sister in Alpha Phi at the University of Virginia. Preference will be given to an applicant who has successfully demonstrated commitment and dedication to the sorority, maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and demonstrates a need for financial aid. To apply, use the link below.

Other scholarship options:

Chapter Dues Scholarships: Offered each semester and selected by scholarship committee comprised of chapter members- one full dues scholarship and two half dues scholarships offered. Applications are available at the beginning of each semester.

Zeta Iota Alpha Phi Foundation Scholarship: Started by the Advisory Board to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the chapter. Award amount varies yearly. Deadline: April 1




Our love for one another is what binds this sisterhood together. Alpha Phi’s motto, “union hand in hand,” perfectly describes the strong bonds formed in Alpha Phi at UVA. It is an honor to be surrounded by such caring, intelligent, and dynamic women. We are connected by similar values, interests, and goals, but pride ourselves on having unique personalities and allowing each other to grow into remarkable individuals. 

  • Every new member of Alpha Phi is paired with a "Big Sis" to welcome her to our chapter. New members will receive clues and gift baskets throughout "Big Sis Week" from their mystery bigs until the reveal. Big Sis/Lil Sis reveals will occur in the spring, just after spring break! We can't wait to see who is paired up this spring! These pairings help develop deep friendships and mentors for the newest members of our chapter.

  • Date functions are an exciting part of Alpha Phi social life. We have six date functions a year, and they provide a great opportunity to both bond with sisters and meet new people! Each Alpha Phi gets to bring a date to each event and enjoy the night at a fun venue around Charlottesville. Events can be semi-formal, formal, or even themed! Each fall, one of our favorite date functions is Parents' formal. This year it was hosted in a beautiful ballroom at the Boar's Head Inn.


    We also have "mixers" with fraternities in which we participate in various activities and get to know men in many different fraternities. Mixer activities include volleyball tournaments, a night of dancing and socializing at a local restaurant, football tailgates, and many other fun get-togethers.

  • Each semester we make a concentrated effort to incorporate our valuable alumnae into fun and interactive events that can benefit the chapter. Below are some of the events we have in the works to welcome our fabulous alumnae back to UVa!

    • Resume Writing Workshop
    • Homecoming Brunch at the Alpha Phi House
    • Job Information Sessions
    • 4th Year Mentoring (pairing alumnae with a graduating 4th Year)
    • APhi Tailgates
    Additionally, as our members move on from their college experiences, we ask you to remember Alpha Phi and how it helped you become the woman you are today. Ongoing support of the Alpha Phi Foundation and Cardiac Care after graduation is vital to the success of Alpha Phi's mission. Donations can be made directly by following the directions via this link to our international website, selecting 'Scholarships'  and designating 'Zeta Iota Chapter' in the 'Special Comments or Instructions' area: This ensures that your contributions will directly benefit our chapter, in the form of a scholarship. Thank you in advance for your continued support of all things Alpha Phi! 


    For more information on our Alumni Programming or questions in general, please contact our Director of Alumni Relations: Peyton Traina This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">



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518 17th St. NW
Charlottesville, VA  22903
Phone: (614)638-2028