UT Panhellenic Sorority Spotlight: Alpha Phi

Check out the Texas Alpha Phi website: http://www.texasalphaphi.com/


Fast facts:


  • Alpha Phi is the fourth oldest national women’s sorority.
  • Three of the founders were listed in Who’s Who of America: Clara Bradley Burdette, Martha Foote Crow, and Rena Michaels Atchison.

  Symbols: ivy leaf

  Colors: Silver and Bordeaux

  Flower: lily of the valley & the forget-me-not

  Philanthropy: The Alpha Phi Foundation, Heart to Heart Cardiac Care, American Heart Association

  Motto: Union hand in hand.

  Notable APhis: Georgia Neese Gray (First woman treasurer of the United States), Alice Waters (award-winning chef), Andrea Wong (former Chief Executive Officer and President of Lifetime Networks), Stacia Hookom (first female named to the U.S. National Snowboarding Team), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (best known for her role in the Father of the Bride movies)

Connect with the Alpha Phis and hear more about these wonderful women!


Texas Alpha Phi Blog


UT Panhellenic Sorority Spotlight: Alpha Epsilon Phi

 Check out the Texas AEPhis: http://www.aephitexas.com/


Fast facts:

  Founded on October 24, 1909 at Barnard College in Harlem, New York City by seven Jewish women; Helen Phillips Lipman, Ida Beck Carlin, Rose Gerstein Smolin, Augustina “Tina” Hess Solomon, Lee Reiss Liebert, Rose Salmowitz Marvin, and Stella Strauss Sinsheimer

  Symbols: columns

  Mascot: Giraffe: It’s got the biggest heart, and its head is above the rest.

  Colors: Green & White

  Flower: Lily of the Valley

  Philanthropy: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation &

  Motto: Many Hearts, One Purpose

  Notable AEPhis: Lauren Weisberger (author of The Devil Wears Prada), Erica Hill (CNN anchor), Nancy Goodman Brinker (Founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research; appointed in 2001 as Ambassador to Hungary), Lillian Copeland (Olymbpic Gold & Silver medalist)

Looking for more information or some of these inspiring ladies’ stories?  Check out these links!





Hyperion Award 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 Hyperion Award Winners — recognizing significant contributions to Greek life from Texas Sorority and Fraternity Life!  These awards honor sorority and fraternity members who work diligently to improve the community and for their unselfish contributions to their chapters and councils.

Brooke Dorris — Texas Alpha Xi Delta


Javier Abrego — Texas Delta Alpha Omega


Inmer Cardona — Texas Sigma Lambda Beta


Katie Saxman (soon to be Cramer!) — Texas Alpha Delta Pi & Phi Delta Theta Sweetheart


Mallorie Mach — Texas Kappa Delta & UPC


Peggie Wann — Texas Alpha Kappa Delta Phi


Veronica Rivera — Texas Sigma Lambda Gamma


Congratulations, ladies and gentlemen!

UT Panhellenic Sorority Spotlight: Alpha Delta Pi

Check out the Texas ADPis: http://www.texasadpi.com/


  Founded on May 15, 1851 at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia

  Symbols: four-pointed diamond

  Mascot: Alphie the Lion

  Colors: Azure Blue & white

  Flower: Woodland Violet

  Philanthropy: Ronald McDonald House Charities

  Motto: We live for each other


  Notable ADPis: Karen Fairchild (member of Little Big Town), Kelli Finglass (director of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders), Emily Proctor (actress, the West Wing), Kathy Bates (actress), Alyssa Wayne (John Wayne’s daughter), Holly Mills (Miss Texas 1998), Jewel Davis Scarborough (organized the University of Texas Alumnae Association), Katie Saxman (soon to be Cramer!, winner of the 2014 Hyperion Award)


Looking for more information or some of these inspiring ladies’ stories?  Check out these links!






Congratulations Graduates!!  Whether it’s a friend, family member, sorority sister, or distant cousin that’s finishing up their college career, sometimes a gift card just doesn’t say enough.  We’ve pulled together a list of graduation gimmes that we would love to receive!

1. 36 Hours: Do you suffer from wanderlust? The New York Times has been offering up dream weekends with practical itineraries in its popular weekly “36 Hours” column since 2002.  Pictured: 36 Hours in Latin America & the Caribbean and 36 Hours in Asia &Oceania.  Also available for the US & Canada.

2. Tiffin Lunchbox: A striking and fun way of transporting food and perfect for a picnic, this tiffin box from House by John Lewis is sure to add a touch of color to your meal!  (And because buying lunch takes a huge bite out of an entry-level paycheck.)

3. Michael Kors Saffiano Pumps: Add the classic MK Flex Mid Pump to your footwear repertoire to easily transition from work to play when the clock strikes 5!

4. Rockflowerpaper Zip Bags: They are the world’s best organizing tools!  Small and colorful, they work beauifully as a companion to the tote bag or on their own to hold cosmetics, school supplies, or tech gadgets!

5. Jon Hart Boarding Case: For the traveling grad, Jon Hart has designed a boarding case that has so many options! Rear pocket with zipper converts to sleeve for sliding over the carry-on wheels handle system. Adjustable shoulder strap and four zippered exterior pockets. Spacious main packing compartment includes one zippered pocket and two open pockets. And there are so many colors to choose from!

6. Kate Spade iPad caseThanks to an ergonomic design (and extra flexible rubber fabric) this origami ipad case easily folds into a horizontal or vertical stand to make watching, typing and reading a snap.

So what’s on your graduation wishlist?

UT Panhellenic Sorority Spotlight: Alpha Chi Omega

Visit the the TX AChiO website! http://www.texasaxo.com/


Fast facts:

  Founded October 15, 1885 at Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana

  Symbols: lyre

  Flower: Red Carnation

  Colors: Scarlet Red & Olive Green

  Philanthropy: Domestic Violence Awareness

  Notable AXOs: Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”), Condoleezza Rice (Former U.S. Secretary of State), Elle Fowler (YouTube beauty guru), Sherron Watkins (Enron whistleblower), Nancy & Emily Hoyt (mother-daughter Amazing Race team)

Looking for more information or some of these inspiring ladies’ stories or more ways to connect with the UT AChiOs?  Check out these links!






Lights, Camera, Action!

As finals draw to a close, graduates are looking for final photoshoots and summer visitors are looking for the most memorable locations to commemorate their time in Austin. Austin is mostly know for its live music, festivals, and burnt orange game days, but there is a lot more to the city than dog-friendly eateries and go-green transportation.  Not only does Austin have some of the best musicians in the country, it also has some of the best artists, and there’s street art to suit every occasion!  Street art not your thing?  Check out these other picture-prefect locales!


This postcard-based mural first adorned the Roadhouse Relics in 1998.  In August 2013,  a restoration project was launched for the well-loved wall by owner Todd Sanders with help from Rory Skagen and Creative Action Color Squad. A word of caution for visitors: if you’re the photographer, watch out for traffic!

Location: Annie St. and South First, on the side of the Roadhouse Relics building


Cute for engagement sessions, anniversaries, friendiversaries, you name it.  Local designer John Rockwell of Creative Suitcase was the inspiration behind this fun-loving mural. He teamed up with the entire Creative Suitcase team, who volunteered two days of their time to complete the smart, new street art in the neighborhood.

Location: United Way for Greater Austin building- 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd


You can’t call your visit to Austin complete without a trip to Sixth Street — just pick your day and time carefully!  Thursday nights the east strip is overrun with college-age frat-daddies, short skirts — like, really short — and drink specials, but there are some great places for Saturday brunch too!

Location: IH-35 & E. Sixth St.


In 2010, local musician Amy Cook took a can of red spray paint to write a beautiful and simply scripted love letter.  Since then mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, couples, and even the occasional dog and owner have taken pictures here. Be prepared to wait your turn when the weather’s nice!

Location: South Congress and James Street on the side wall of Jo’s Coffee


A sunset worth the hike!  The view from the cliffs of the Pennybacker bridge is a popular spot for senior portraits and definitely taken for granted by the Westlake locals.  There are trails along both sides of either cliff.  Watch your step and go armed with a flashlight if you’ll be stumbling back down after dark.

Location: Overlook at the Pennybacker Bridge

We’ll be adding more to this list, so check back when you’ve crossed these off!

Summer is underway!  Here at Melissa’s we’ve compiled a list of summer must-sees here in Austin; here’s our first four!

Visit their websites for more information!

1. Movies in the Park  Free movies in Austin’s Republic Square Park.  Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, and your furry companion and enjoy the 2014 line-up!

2. The Oasis  The signature restaurant for sunsets, salsa, and tex-mex the Oasis is your go-to for live music from the Brew every Sunday night this summer and a collection of other great live bands.  (512) 266.2442

3. The Elephant Room Dive bar, jazz club, and basement hideout, the Elephant Room hosts live music every weeknight.  Get there by 8pm for the best seats. Small cover on weekends.  (512) 473.2279

4. Texas Climbing Adventures The only American Mountain Guide Association accredited school in Texas has been teaching in & around Austin since 1986.  Course prices include equipment and park admission fees.  (512) 590.2988


These time-saving tips are basically your hairway to heaven  (Did you catch our pun??)

We all have those mornings — running late for class, didn’t shower the night before like you meant to — it happens.  But you don’t have to go the rest of the day with a plain ponytail.  

From popping up that pony with bobby pins to time-saving tricks to perfecting the messy bun, these 26 quick styles are exactly the finishing touch your outfit needs!

Click the link to see all 26 hasty hair-dos!