Cal Poly SLO Chartered as Beta Lambda Chapter

National President Leslie Klaidman was joined by Bonnie Wunsch, Leslie Shiffman, Lisa Miller, Kelly Koffman, Rachel Seserman, and Talia Fishbon to welcome members of the Cal Poly Greek community, Jewish community, and family and friends who traveled to celebrate the chartering of Beta Lambda Chapter at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo on Sunday, May 25th.

In 2007, a group of Jewish women seeking the bonds of friendship through a Jewish-interest sorority on campus formed the group "Nice Jewish Girls." These women enjoyed being in an organization and felt that being part of the Cal Poly Greek community would be the right fit for them. The group of women made a presentation to the campus Panhellenic focused on creating a local Jewish-interest sorority, and on November 17, 2007, Alpha Epsilon was born. There were 14 founding sisters who strived to become a part of AEPhi, integrating themselves into Cal Poly Greek life as well as the Jewish community in San Luis Obispo. They never gave up on their dream of one day becoming AEPhi.

AEPhi first learned of the group in early December 2011. The more National Council learned about Alpha Epsilon, the more they were able to see the similarities between our two organizations and the values we both hold so dear. Alpha Epsilon's six values of sisterhood, friendship, Judaism, scholarship, philanthropy and integrity mirrored those of our organization. Their motto spoke of lifelong commitment to their sisterhood. AE gave back to its community, placed academic excellence as a top priority, had been recognized many times on campus, and provided the opportunity for young women to learn many of the skills that they will need for the rest of their lives. National Council knew that we would be privileged to affiliate Alpha Epsilon with us and extend our sisterhood to women on their campus.

May 25th, 2012 marked a special day in the history of the group as they officially changed from the Alpha Epsilon local sorority to new members of Alpha Epsilon Phi. Their dream to become a colony of Alpha Epsilon Phi was realized as they were ribboned, beginning their official affiliation with AEPhi and each individual's road to becoming a sister of our organization.

May 25th will continue to be a special day to this group. Thanks to the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of the members of AEPhi's Cal Poly Colony and all members of Alpha Epsilon, we entrusted collegiate women at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo to carry on the honor and traditions of AEPhi by chartering them as the Beta Lambda Chapter on May 25th, 2014.