Alpha Chi Omega is devoted to enriching the lives of its members through lifetime opportunities of leadership, friendship, learning and service.
Leadership: There are many opportunities within Alpha Chi Omega for women to take leadership roles and get involved, whether it be on executive board or otherwise. However, being an Alpha Chi Omega also means being a leader on Marquette's campus and in the community. The women of Alpha Chi Omega are those who take initiative and get involved. They are role models to their peers, and have the determination, passion, and drive that make them natural leaders.
Friendship: The relationships formed in Alpha Chi Omega are the ones that will last a lifetime. They are the relationships that turn friendship, and friendship that turn sisters. They are the endless love and support that help to empower one another to seek and reach new heights.
Learning: Alpha Chi Omega supports and values academic interest and development. Many of the women in Alpha Chi Omega have received awards from the Greek community for their scholastic achievements and commitment to learning. An Alpha Chi Omega women takes her love of learning and also applies it outside of the classroom to her other passions. She uses her drive for knowledge to help broaden her understanding of the world around her.
Service: Alpha Chi Omega is extremely dedicated to the cause Domestic Violence Awareness. On a national level, and a communal campus basis, all Alpha Chi Omega members strive to spread awareness on this social epidemic. We aim to educate people on preventative practices to stop domestic violence before it begins, and also support women who have been, or still are, victims of abuse. Alpha Chi Omega women strive to provide hope and change through our love and support.
The symphony was written to reflect the harmony of our sisterhood. As members of Alpha Chi Omega we live the symphony through the commitment we share in our strong morals and values. The symphony serves as a constant reminder as who we are as women of Alpha Chi Omega.
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.
Our symbols are outward tokens of the values and traditions we cherish as Alpha Chi Omega women.
Patron Goddess: Hera, guardian of women. Like Hera, Alpha Chi Omega women pride themselves on being women who help and support other women. We strive to strengthen and empower one another through love, unselfishness and sincerity.
Badge: Golden Lyre The Lyre was the musical instrument of the Greek Gods. The symbol was chosen by the founders of Alpha Chi Omega to represent its origin as a musical fraternity. The Alpha Chi Omega badge is currently on display at the Smithsonian. It is also legend that Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was was married to Janet Shearon a former Alpha Chi Omega, brought her badge to space and laid it on the moon during his first voyage.
Colors: Scarlet and Olive Green These colors were chosen to commemorate Alpha Chi Omega's autumn founding. Flower: Red Carnation A red carnation symbolized the deep love and admiration that one sister holds for another. Gemstone: Pearl Pearls have been known as "teardrops of the moon" and often symbolize the purity, generosity, integrity and loyalty of the wearer
Alpha Chi Omega was founded on October 15, 1885, at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. At a time when women were just beginning to occupy seats in college classrooms, seven female students were encouraged by Professor James Hamilton Howe, dean of DePauw’s School of Music, to form a women’s society within the school.
Inspired, our Founders formed the sixth women’s fraternity in the country—the first to be in a music school. Sure they would be the last, the founders chose Alpha and Omega—the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet—to form their name, with “Kai” (meaning “and”) in the middle, later changed to the Greek letter Chi.
Dedicated to advancing “the intellectual, social and moral culture” of its members, our founders’ vision has grown to include our women’s Fraternity, the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and the National Housing Corporation. Together, they serve more than 200,000 members in more than 190 collegiate chapters and 200 alumnae chapters nationwide.
Marquette University welcomed the Theta Omega chapter of Alpha Chi Omega onto its campus on April 15, 1989. The Theta Omega Chapter is the 163rd chapter of the 193 collegiate chapters nationwide.