COVID-19 Updates for our Sisters

Mar 17, 2020 | Categories: COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is dominating news coverage across the country. The health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance to us. Theta Phi Alpha National Office remains open and working diligently on chapter preparations in response to the virus. We are encouraging chapters and alumnae associations and clubs to follow CDC and local guidelines in regards to gatherings and events.

We encourage you to stay aware and informed by reading any information shared by your college/university and monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites.

April 30: Virtual Founders' Day celebration on Facebook at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET

April 28: Alumnae Supportive Space virtual meeting. 8 p.m. ET [Sign up]

April 22: Collegian Supportive Space virtual meeting 8 p.m. ET [Sign up]

April 14: Join CAMPUSPEAK presenters Lauren Cook and Sara Lowery as they discuss Six Ways to Cope During COVID-19 on April 16 at 3:00 pm ET.

April 9: Need resources on domestic issues, food insecurity, or mental health? Check out our guide.

April 8: Watch the recording from our virtual town hall where we discuss changes to Fraternity and Foundation plans.

March 25: National Convention remains scheduled as planned for July 8-12. We will continue to monitor public health recommendations for travel and meeting attendance. Please look for another update on Convention during the first week of May.

March 24: View the recorded Town Hall Meeting from March 23.

March 23: Billhighway and Theta Phi Alpha will be suspending late fees assessed to all chapter and individual invoices until further notice. Additional invoicing questions can be sent to [email protected].

March 20 Statement: Some tips on managing stress and anxiety from the New York State Office of Mental Health.

March 17 Statement: The March 19 scheduled webinar to discuss new proposals has been postponed while we all take some time to adjust to new routines at home. Stay tuned for a rescheduled webinar in the coming weeks.

March 16 Statement: Due to the uncertain situation that the COVID-19 virus has caused, we are temporarily cancelling the Founders’ Day webinar previously scheduled for Wed., March 18. Theta Phi Alpha Foundation is working to develop resources for chapters and associations to use in situations when in-person Founders’ Day celebrations cannot be held. If your chapter or association is in a situation where you must cancel an already planned celebration, you should immediately contact the venue and cancel and try to get any deposits back.

COVID-19 chapter guidanceMarch 13 Chapter Operations Guidelines

March 12 Statement: The installation at Mount St. Joseph University for the Delta Xi Chapter originally scheduled on Sat., March 21, has been postponed until further notice.

March 11 Statement: We are monitoring the COVID-19 developments on a daily basis and we'll continue to follow the advice from experts to help us determine how we conduct operations moving forward. At this time, plans remain in place for National Convention in July. If any changes need to be made, we will continue to communicate them to our members as quickly as possible.

March 10 Statement to Chapter Leadership Team: Theta Phi Alpha is treating the health and safety of our members as our number one priority as we continue to evaluate concerns surrounding COVID-19. We understand that several campuses have suspended in-person classes and have moved to remote and online methods of learning. We recognize this in the spirit of caution, and Theta Phi Alpha supports these measures taken by our campus partners. 

If your campus has suspended in-person classes and large gatherings, please contact us as follows:

  1. Email Theta Phi Alpha National Office at [email protected] with your campus status.
  2. If your new member education plans will need to be altered with remote learning, or if initiation is scheduled during the time of campus closures, please notify Candice Bender at [email protected].
  3. If you have concerns about chapter operations during this time, please contact Ashley Crews at [email protected]

Theta Phi Alpha is monitoring this situation on our college campuses on a daily basis but we appreciate your assistance in sharing updates about your campus as soon as you hear of them. Please encourage your sisters to download the OurHouse app, if they haven’t already. We will be pushing out notifications through the app as the situation evolves.

March 10 Statement: Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and health of our employees, Theta Phi Alpha has made the decision to cancel all air travel for our staff through the end of March. This includes a cancellation of all campus visits by our Leadership Consultants (LCs). LCs will be wrapping up their current campus visits this week and then returning home to support chapters remotely. This travel restriction will be reassessed at the end of March to determine if travel is safe to resume in April. 

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