The Eta Lambda Chapter of began in March of 1988. At that time, we were only known as a colony. We were seventy- five girls working toward a similar goal. The colony needed to develop traditions and regulations that would be carried on throughout the years. Through mixers, meetings, and retreats we all began to develop a bond of sisterhood. Finally on October 20, 1988 the colony received its charter and its members became initiated sisters.
However, the work was not completed. We experienced our first formal recruitment that fall. With the tremendous support from the Alumni and International, we had a very successful recruitment. Alpha Phi was one of three sororities to reach George Mason's quota. Our first new member class added more enthusiasm and devotion to our newly formed fraternity. We developed a new member program, which allowed us to become better acquainted. Big and little sisters had fun through dollar night movies, big and little sis dinners, and just hanging out. Alpha Phi held many events. Among them were our semi-formal, our first annual Dance-a-Thon for the American Heart Association, and a formal. We were ready to continue with our excellent accomplishments from our second new member class. This new member class added even more enthusiasm and diversity to our sorority. We noticed the strength that we had accumulated. Alpha Phi came out on top during our first Homecoming at Mason. Our float placed first place. But, our proudest moment was the crowning of the first homecoming queen, our sister Jenny Cooper.