National History

How we began...

Alpha Chi Omega is a women's fraternity that was founded on October 15, 1885
at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. There are currently more than 135
chapters around the country and over 200,000 lifetime members. Alpha Chi
Omega's color's of scarlet red and olive green were chosen to commemorate the
fraternity's fall founding. The symbol is a lyre, which was the first instrument
played by the gods in greek mythology, and the official flower is a red carnation.
The mission of Alpha Chi Omega is to embody a national women's organization
that enriches the lives of its members through lifetime opportunities of friendship,
leadership, learning, and service. It is through this mission that sisters of Alpha
Chi share such strong bonds and memories that will forever shape the
outcome of their lives.

the founders

The full story...

Alpha Chi Omega was founded on October 15, 1885, 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. The seven young women chosen to attend this first meeting
were Anna Allen, Olive Burnett, Bertha Deniston, Amy DuBois, Nellie Gamble,
Bessie Grooms and Estelle Leonard. They wanted to form an organization that
would provide both close companionship and support to its members.The young
women met regularly in a small room in the music building. One week after their
initial founding, Alpha Chi Omega's Founders and their first new members made
their presence known. Although founded within the school of music, Alpha Chi
Omega is now open to all undergraduate female students meeting our
National Membership Criteria.

founding members