Throughout the past four years, the Kappa Eta chapter of Alpha Phi has learned that a sisterhood is much more than having a house on campus. We have learned how to build our sisterhood without having a permanent home. From having dinners and hang outs in Jackson Square to weekly chapter meetings at the Reitz to sisterhood events all around Gainesville, we choose to not let our housing situation bring us down. Instead, it has only made our sisterhood stronger. We have placed a high value on creating meaningful friendships and memories and spending time together.
With that being said, a house of our own has still been a goal for us as we continue to grow on campus. We are now excited to announce that the groundbreaking of our new chapter house is underway! The Kappa Eta chapter was founded in 2018 at the University of Florida, with an original groundbreaking ceremony planned in 2020. However, the Coronavirus pandemic set back our plans. In that time, Alpha Phi acquired a new plot of land at the corner of SW 10th and SW 5th avenue, only a few blocks northeast of sorority row. The land will consist of the Alpha Phi Kappa Eta chapter house, along with 2 other buildings for Alpha Phi use.
After years of waiting, we are happy to hold our official groundbreaking ceremony on March 13th. Construction is expected to be completed by Spring 2023 for event use. In Fall 2023, the house will officially be move-in ready for our chapter. We are so excited for this next step for our chapter and looking forward to strengthening our sisterhood!