September 11, 2001
At 8:46 on the morning of September 11, 2001, the United States became a nation transformed. Alpha Phis responded to the September 11 national tragedy with donations of time and money, as well as support for the people and communities directly affected. More than $15,000 was raised for the Alpha Phi September 11 Disaster Relief Fund, established by the Fraternity and Foundation. All of the money raised to help victims of the tragedy was given to organizations in honor of the lives of two people close to Alpha Phi. Alpha Phi alumna Kristy Irvine Ryan (Zeta Upsilon – Dayton) worked in the South Tower of the World Trade Center and was a victim of the New York City attack. The other, Michael Lee Selves, was the husband of Gayle Bruhjell Selves (Pi-North Dakota). Michael, who retired from the U.S. Army, worked as a civilian in the Pentagon and died in the attack there.