The Alpha Chapter of the University of California, Irvine (est. 2001) is the first expansion chapter of Tau Theta Pi. Originating at the University of Southern California (est. 1998), the Founding Chapter was determined to branch out the ideals that represent Tau Theta Pi towards a new chapter. With cultivation, the Alpha Chapter pursued the desire to nurture the unified goal of building an organization exceeding the expectations of those that prevailed and more. The Founding Mothers consisting of Keyk Capati, Christine Carandang, Shirley Chiang, Jane Cuaresma, Marifi Dinoso, Nina Hamamura, Cathy Lee, Wynnette Marquez, Abegail Panopio, Lizette Raymundo, April Rivera, Kristine Serrano, Jina Siy, Kim Tadina, Shari Yee and Janine Yoshida, came together with the sole determination to form a unique sorority on campus that would emphasize diversity, individuality and ingenuity. The sisters of Tau Theta Pi aim to sustain the visions of unity, humanity and excellence, outlined by the Nine Vital Virtues that embody the true heart of Sisterhood.