University of Virginia | Zeta Iota Chapter

About Us



    We are so excited you are visiting the website for the Zeta Iota chapter of Alpha Phi at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our chapter is comprised of inspiring, talented, and intelligent women from all over the country. We are involved in a wide array of activities around Grounds and the Charlottesville area. Despite our vast interests, together we share a special bond and have a truly unique sisterhood. As Chapter President, I am honored to give you a glimpse into our chapter!

    The Zeta Iota Chapter was founded at the University of Virginia in 1978 and has brought women together through sisterhood, scholarship, and social and philanthropic events ever since. Today, some of our favorite events include our “Ivy Circle” dinners, sisterhood events, Professor Desserts, and date functions!

    Our philanthropic events unite us in an effort to raise money for the Alpha Phi Foundation, benefitting Women’s Heart Health both locally and nationally. Our main event, the Thankful 5K Race, is in memory of two very special sisters. This race takes place every November, near Thanksgiving, to remind the UVA student body, our friends and families, and the Charlottesville community that we have so much to be thankful for. In addition, we hold an annual Parents’ Formal and Silent Auction in the fall semester, and a Semiformal in the spring.

    After reflecting on my time in Alpha Phi, I am amazed and inspired with each of my sisters. I believe that individually, we are driven, passionate, smart, talented, fun, and beautiful girls. But collectively, we are so much more. We are the best versions of ourselves. There is something truly special about our sisterhood. It is amazing how quickly I was able to find some of my very best friends. 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.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn more about our chapter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!


    Annie Kane


  • 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 Allison Palacios for being elected ISC President and Katie Davis for being elected ISC VP of Judiciary!
    • Shout out to Farrell Jaskot for being named Most Outstanding Chapter Advisor for the third consecutive year!
    • Shout out to Lauren Yevak for being a blogger for Alpha Phi International
    • Shout out to our Executive Council for attending Conference this weekend to find ways to improve our already amazing chapter!


    Semester Events:

    • APhiesta: Our annual late-night taco philanthropy will be held again this Spring! Be sure to come join us for some delicious food and fun times!
    • Big Sis Week:  We can't wait to pair our newest members with their Bigs in March! See the Social tab for more information. 
    • Dads' Weekend: Our third annual Dads' Weekend was a huge success! We enjoyed a tailgate at our house, a UVA Baseball game, and dinner at a local brewery.  Looking forward to our next one this Spring!



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 2014 calendar year, the Zeta Iota chapter of Alpha Phi raised over $25,000 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
    • 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 effected 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! 


    APHIESTA: Held on the porch of our home at UVa in the spring semester, the sisters of Alpha Phi serve late night tacos and t-shirts to hungry students. This event benefits the Alpha Phi Foundation and Cardiac Care and is described by many of our members as the most fun and delicious event!


  • Please send legacy and recommendation letters to:


           Liza Currin

           Director of Formal Recruitment

           518 17th Street NW

           Charlottesville, Virginia 22903



    If you have any questions, please direct them to:

           Emily Mosher: 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 Kathryn Hahne, former Vice President of Membership Recruitment, and Emily Mosher, former Director of Formal Recruitment, put into the 2015 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 an 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: Lauren Yevak 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