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Theta Phi Alpha Begins New Chapter at HWS

HWS welcomed Theta Phi Alpha to campus to begin a new chapter at the Colleges on Saturday, Dec. 2. Interested William Smith students spent the fall semester learning about the history and traditions of the sorority, which include a long standing commitment to service and leadership. And on Saturday, the students were inducted as members of the organization. National representatives from Theta Phi Alpha were on campus to celebrate the installment of the chapter and to welcome William Smith participants.

“I treasure the traditions and values at Hobart and William Smith, and I’m excited to make these bonds stronger through a sorority,” says Student Trustee Caitlin Lasher ’19, who helped bring the organization to campus. “In particular, I like Theta Phi Alpha because of their focus on philanthropy, commitment to achieving academically and providing opportunities through meeting alumnae and attending conferences.”

Lasher, along with Elizabeth Dunne ’19, Julia Krupp ’19, Teya Lucyshyn ’19 and Emily Wilkinson ’19, surveyed William Smith students throughout the 2016-2017 academic year to determine student interest in bringing a sorority to campus. When the surveys showed that William Smith students welcomed sorority life, they began to search for an organization that embodied the Colleges’ values of tradition, service and leadership.

“We were drawn to the match between our commitment to academic excellence and the academic rigor of HWS,” says National Vice President-Extension Nicole Conroy. “Our members will have the unique experience of starting a chapter and leaving a legacy at HWS for future women, as well as the opportunities for personal and professional development through local, regional and national programs and events.”

Theta Phi Alpha was founded in 1912 at the University of Michigan and has since empowered women to achieve academic excellence and professional success, while demonstrating a commitment to social service.

The inaugural Theta Phi Alpha charter includes 41 students: Tayanna Bowman ’19, Sarah Burstein ’19, Eva Catanzariti ’21, Sarah Cavanaugh ’20, Lillian Dash ’19, Molly Diviney ’20, Molly Englert ’19, Cameron Faulkner ’20, Meredith Fennell ’20, Sabrina Fitch ’18, Abbey Frank ’19, Rabiah Fresco ’19, Meghan Greco ‘18, Parker Guo ‘19, Alessandra Haversat ’19, Katie Hunt ‘19, Rachel Irizarry ’19, Aubrey Johnson ’19, Lauren Kane ‘18, Julia Krupp ’19, Pippa Kula ’19, Caitlin Lasher ’19, Rose Lippman ’20, Xiaojin Natty Lin ’20, Gabriella Lopez ’20, Grace Mailey ’20, Maris Malanoski ‘21, Jackeline Matos ’19, Kahiya McDaniels ’19, Mikayla Meyer ’20, Elizabeth Morgan ‘19, Skye Morgan ’20, Molly Quinn ’20, Danielle Ramos ’18, Kenisha Ross ’19, Ying Ying Sun ’19, Alexa Tierney ’20, Caroline Turino ’20, Avery Wickersham ‘19, Faye Zhang ’19 and Sherry Yating Zhang ’19.

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