Guest Blogger: Jennifer McGhee Siler, Epsilon-Tau-Middle Tennessee State University, International Vice President of Communications
You Are Always an Alpha Delta Pi—Have you ever met someone while standing in line for your favorite coffee? Or at your child’s soccer game? Or sitting next to you on an airplane? Or in your neighborhood? And discovered she is an ADPi sister? What a happy coincidence, right? It’s not hard to imagine that could happen when you realize that there are 198,971 alumnae members living around the world and 17,689 collegiate members. Prior to spring graduations, our collegiate members numbered 24,440 for the 2015-16 academic year. The overall number of initiated members is 262,915, and 7,849 of them were initiated just last year. You are always an Alpha Delta Pi, so be on the lookout for your sisters. You never know where you might meet a new friend and sister.
And the Chapter Roll Keeps Growing—Since 1851, 218 chapters have been chartered and 156 of them actively recruit new members on college campuses every year. This fall we are expanding that active chapter number by 4 with new chapters being established at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee; Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina; and the University of California at Davis in Davis, California, and one re-colonization at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition to the collegiate chapters, there are 155 active alumnae associations that includes 10 chapter alumnae associations chartered within the last year.
Campus Facts—Alpha Delta Pi’s overall GPA on campuses where we have chapters is a 3.27. We have women living in 84 houses, 12 suites, and 17 dorm floors. Eleven chapters have 50 or fewer members and 7 chapters have more than 300 members. Beta Epsilon at the University of South Carolina is the largest chapter with 427 members. Delta Delta Chapter at the University of Arkansas had the largest Alpha class last year with 165 members. The average number of collegians per chapter is 149.
Philanthropy Continues—As of July 7, 2017, the total philanthropic contributions from collegians and alumnae this year totaled more than $1.3 million. More than $1.2 million of that was raised for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, a new annual record. Since adopting the RMHC as our national philanthropy in 1979, Alpha Delta Pi has given more than $11,263,038 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Technology Rules—Today, our members are connected with us 24/7 through social media. Our website is constantly used by members and Potential New Members. And, we have 52,000 followers on Facebook; 23,000 followers on Twitter, and 27,300 Instagram watchers. If you aren’t one of those thousands of followers, don’t delay any longer, go online and follow Alpha Delta Pi today.
Alpha Delta Pi by the numbers is quite impressive. We are preparing in the next few months for those numbers to grow even more as chapters across the country enter into recruitment season and meeting new sisters.