Coat of Arms
The Fraternity Crest adopted by Convention delegates in 1922 has a shield of Bordeaux with a scroll and the ivy leaf above it. On the scroll is our motto “Union Hand In Hand.” A bar of silver crosses the shield from left to right; the upper half of the shield contains a Roman lamp in silver and the lower half, Ursa Major. The meaning of the symbols depicted on the crest is a significant part of the ritual witnessed at initiation. The use of the Fraternity crest is reserved for jewelry, sportswear and other Fraternity equipment befitting the dignity and honor of Alpha Phis heritage.
Alpha Phi’s colors are the rich and bold Silver and Bordeaux. The original colors were blue and gold. In 1879, noting that a fraternity had colors too similar, Alpha Phi adopted the more distinctive colors of silver and Bordeaux. Members wear their colors in the form of a ribbon of silver/gray and Bordeaux, under their badge to acknowledge special occasions, the installation of a new chapter, the anniversary of their chapters installation or the celebration of Alpha Phi Founders Day, October 10.
THe Ivy Leaf
The Ivy leaf symbolizes the intertwining of intellectual, philanthropic and social pursuits of an Alpha Phi. It is also symbolic of the way in which our lives become intertwined with one another’s as we become friends and sisters in Alpha Phi.