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Encyclopedia > Alpha Chi Omega
ΑΧΩ - Alpha Chi Omega
Image:Axo.jpg
Founded October 15, 1885
DePauw University, (Greencastle, Indiana)
Type Social
Philanthropy The Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, helping Victims of Domestic Violence
Motto "Together let us seek the heights."
Colors Scarlet Red and Olive Green
Symbol Golden Lyre
Flower Red Carnation
Scope International
Chapters 135
Headquarters 5939 Castle Creek Parkway North Dr.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Homepage http://www.alphachiomega.org/

Alpha Chi Omega (ΑΧΩ, also known as A-Chi-O) is a women's fraternity founded on October 15, 1885. Currently, there are over 130 chapters of Alpha Chi Omega at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Alpha Chi Omega's official symbol is the lyre, and its official jewel is the pearl. Image File history File links Axo. ... DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, USA, is a private, national liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. ... Greencastle is a city in Putnam County, Indiana, United States. ... Scarlet (from the Persian saqirlat or latin astacus= crayfish) is a color with a hue between red and orange. ... Olive is a dulled, darker yellowish-green color typically seen on green olives. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Look up fraternity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... October 15 is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years). ... 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Strand of akoya pearls from China Pearl farm, Seram, Indonesia A pearl is a hard, rounded object produced by certain animals, primarily mollusks such as oysters. ...

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History

Alpha Chi Omega was formed at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Professor James Hamilton Howe, Dean of the Music School, invited seven young women from the school to attend a meeting for the purpose of forming a society. Those young women were Anna Allen, Olive Burnett, Bertha Deniston, Amy DuBois, Nellie Gamble, Bessie Grooms, and Estelle Leonard. Alpha Chi Omega’s Founders chose "Alpha" (Α), the first letter of the Greek alphabet, because they were forming the first fraternity in the school of music. Since they thought they might also be founding the last such fraternity, "Omega" (Ω) seemed appropriate. "Kai", meaning "and" was added to form the beginning and the end. "Kai" was soon changed to "Chi" (Χ), a letter of the Greek alphabet. The first house included 27 women, and has become much larger throughout the years. Alpha Chi Omega no longer has any musical connections, but the legacy and talent of it's founders remains in its symbol and symphony. DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, USA, is a private, national liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. ... Greencastle is a city in Putnam County, Indiana, United States. ... Alpha (uppercase Α, lowercase α) is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. ... The Greek alphabet is an alphabet that has been used to write the Greek language since about the 9th century BCE. It was the first alphabet in the narrow sense, that is, a writing system using a separate symbol for each vowel and consonant alike. ... Omega (Ω ω) (literally, big O) is the 24th and last letter of the Greek alphabet. ... Look up kai in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Chi (upper case Χ, lower case χ) is the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet. ...


The open motto is "Together let us seek the heights."


Alpha Chi Omega's colors of scarlet red and olive green were chosen to commemorate the fraternity's fall founding. The symbol is a lyre and the official flower is a red carnation, exemplifying the Fraternity's colors. Scarlet (from the Persian saqirlat or latin astacus= crayfish) is a color with a hue between red and orange. ... Olive is a dulled, darker yellowish-green color typically seen on green olives. ... Autumn (also known as fall in North American English) is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition from summer into winter. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Binomial name Dianthus caryophyllus L. The Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) is a flowering plant native to the Near East and has been cultivated for the last 2,000 years. ...


The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega was chosen by the founders after much research, and designed by James G. Campbell (an undergraduate member of Beta Theta Pi men's fraternity, who acted as librarian for DePauw's School of Music). The Lyre, a replica of a three stringed harp, was decided on because it stayed true to their musical interest, as music unites the souls of many. According to Greek mythology the first instrument played by the gods on Mt. Olympus was a lyre. The original badge was purchased by Founder Bertha Deniston and is in the Fraternity archives at Headquarters.


The coat of arms includes a square shield, a crest, and a scroll. The shield is red, with a bar of olive green. The first section of the shield displays a book in gold; at the base is a sheaf of wheat, also in gold. The bar has three white stars. The crest, a lyre bird, is in its natural color. The scroll at the bottom bears the Greek translation of the open motto, “Together let us seek the heights.”


There are over 130 chapters of Alpha Chi Omega at colleges and universities in the United States. There are also many very active alumnae chapters. The alumnae chapters allow women of all post-graduate ages to come together and continue the mission and values of Alpha Chi Omega. In addition, alumnae chapters continue the cause of working to eliminate domestic violence. Alpha Chi Omega collegiate chapters work directly with alumnae chapters to link women by way of formation of a very personalized mentorship program. An alumn (with a silent n), alum, alumnus, or alumna is a former student of a college, university, or school. ...


Mission Statement

Alpha Chi Omega is a national women's organization that enriches the lives of members through lifetime opportunities for friendship, leadership, learning, and service.


Standards for membership

Alpha Chi Omega prides itself on maintaining five standards:

Personal development (also known as self-development, self-improvement or personal growth) comprises the development of the self. ...

Important dates

Members of Alpha Chi Omega have enjoyed the same heritage and traditions for nearly 121 years. Some of these special dates celebrated by Alpha Chi Omega include:


Founders' Day - Sisters gather on October 15th of each year to recognize the fraternity’s fall founding at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. On Founders' Day, members wear their badges, along with scarlet and olive green ribbons. DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, USA, is a private, national liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. ... Greencastle is a city in Putnam County, Indiana, United States. ...


Hera Day - On March 1st of each year, members recognize the fraternity's commitment to helping others by conducting service projects and offering assistance to others.


MacDowell Month - Each year, during the month of February, Alpha Chi Omega women celebrate the fine arts and their fine art heritage.


Chapter Founders' Days - Each collegiate chapter recognizes its founding anniversary annually.


The National Convention - Members join together every two years to conduct fraternity business, reunite with fellow Alpha Chis, and celebrate Alpha Chi Omega.


The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega

"My Symphony"


To see beauty even in the common things of life.


To shed the light of love and friendship round me.


To keep my life in tune with the world that I shall make no discords in the harmony of life.


To strike on the lyre of the universe only the notes of happiness, of joy, of peace.


To appreciate every little service rendered.


To see and appreciate all that is noble in another,


Be her badge what it may.


And to let my lyre send forth the chords of love, unselfishness, sincerity.


This is to be my symphony.


-Celia McClure, Delta Chapter: Allegheny College, 1914


Philanthropy

Alpha Chi Omega's original philanthropy was Easter Seals. Easter Seals lily logo, adopted in 1952. ...


Alpha Chi Omega's current national philanthropy is the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, which supports Victims of Domestic Violence. Alpha Chi Omega voted to change primary philanthropies during the 1980's after the National Board became aware of the prevalence of domestic violence, with very little remedy offered to victims, both financially and emotionally. Alpha Chi Omega was the first American women's fraternity to tackle the problems of domestic violence head-on, not just by assisting victims, but by embracing and educating its members against it. Alpha Chi Omega continues its support of Easter Seals. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Victim was the title of a British film made in 1961, directed by Basil Deardon and starring Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Simms. ... Easter Seals lily logo, adopted in 1952. ...


Individual chapters focus their attention on increasing the awareness of domestic violence, the destruction it causes to individuals, families, and children, as well as actively aiding victims of domestic violence through hands-on activities and service projects. This work is done through local agencies, which undergraduate and alumni chapters support physically and financially. Local agencies include rape crisis centers, emergency shelters and safe houses for victims of domestic violence and their children, and long-term assistance centers for battered women across the nation. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... An alumn (with a silent n), alum, alumnus, or alumna is a former student of a college, university, or school. ... Emergency shelters are places for people to live temporarily when they cant live in their previous residence, similar to homeless shelters. ...


Alpha Chi Omega's #1 altruism is the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, which financially supports the following associations: Easter Seals, MacDowell Colony, and Kristin's Story.


Notable alumnae

For a full list of notable Alpha Chi Omega alumnae please visit here. [1]

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References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o About ΑΧΩ Notable Alumnae. Alpha Chi Omega. Retrieved on 2007-03-12.
  2. ^ Aubrey Style - Interview. Aubrey-o.com. Retrieved on 2007-03-12.

2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini era. ... March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (72nd in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini era. ... March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (72nd in leap years). ...

See also

Αlpha Chi Αlpha, 2005. ... Dartmouth College is a private, coeducational university located in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the United States. ...

External links


National Panhellenic Conference
Alpha Chi Omega | Alpha Delta Pi | Alpha Gamma Delta | Alpha Epsilon Phi | Alpha Omicron Pi | Alpha Phi | Alpha Sigma Alpha | Alpha Sigma Tau | Alpha Xi Delta | Chi Omega | Delta Delta Delta | Delta Gamma | Delta Zeta | Delta Phi Epsilon | Gamma Phi Beta | Kappa Alpha Theta | Kappa Delta | Kappa Kappa Gamma | Phi Mu | Phi Sigma Sigma | Pi Beta Phi | Sigma Delta Tau | Sigma Kappa | Sigma Sigma Sigma | Theta Phi Alpha | Zeta Tau Alpha

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