Iota Upsilon Chapter 

at the 

University of Ottawa

Lilly of the Valley




Big Dipper


Phi Bear


Our Symbols

Alpha Phi’s symbols are representative of the love sisters have for each other as well as the importance attributed to the sorority itself. These symbols are treated with respect and are displayed or worn proudly. This is done through apparel, flags, as well as with our ivy leaf hand symbol.

Alpha Phi Badge

Alpha Phi was the first women's organization to use Greek letters as an emblem. There was no standard badge for Alpha Phi until 1906 when the current badge was adopted. In the past, each sister went to the jeweler to have her pin custom designed and embellished. Today, the official badge is a gold, un-jeweled monogram of the Greek symbol Alpha superimposed over the Phi symbol. Inscribed in black on the Phi symbol are the letters a, o, and e. The meaning of these letters is unveiled only at the initiation ceremony.

New Member Badge

In 1898, the Alpha Phi sorority (known back then as a fraternity since the word sorority was not yet adopted), inaugurated a special badge to honor her newest members. The badge is in the shape of an ivy leaf, set in silver pewter. An ever-growing vine, the ivy, symbolizes the growth of the Alpha Phi sisterhood. New members wear this badge until initiation, after which they will receive their official Alpha Phi badge.

Fraternity Crest

The Fraternity Crest is the Alpha Phi coat-of-arms, adopted by Convention delegates in 1922. The shield is bordeaux with a scroll and ivy leaf above it. Inscribed on the scroll is the public motto, "Union Hand in Hand". A silver bar 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 (also known as the big dipper constalation). 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, apparel and other items befitting the dignity and honor of Alpha Phi's heritage.

Fraternity Colours

Alpha Phi's original colours were blue and gold. In 1879, noting that another fraternity had colours too similar to hers, Alpha Phi adopted the more distinctive colours of silver and bordeaux.

Members wear their colours in the form of ribbons under their badge to acknowledge special occasions such as the installation of a new chapter, the anniversary of their chapter's installation or the celebration of Alpha Phi Founders' Day on October 10th

Fraternity Flowers

The flowers of the Alpha Phi sorority are the Lily-of the-Valley and the Forget-Me-Not. The blue and gold of the Forget-Me-Not flower reminds us of our original colours (see Fraternity Colours above). This flower also serves as a reminder to members to always remember their fellow active and alumnae sisters.

Fraternity Constellation

The Fraternity constellation is Ursa Major, also known as the Great Bear or the Big Dipper. This symbol can be seen on the Alpha Phi crest and is displayed on the ceiling of the Alpha Phi Executive Office in Evanston, Illinois. 

Fraternity Mascot

The mascot of Alpha Phi, the Phi Bear, is named after Ursa Major (the Great Bear) and was adopted in 1974.

 To learn more about our sorority, please visit the Alpha Phi International website.