Alpha Chi Omega was founded on October 15, 1885 by seven amazing young women at DePauw University in Greencastle Indiana: Anna Allen, Olive Burnett, Bertha Denison, Amy DuBois, Nellie Gamble, Bessie Grooms and Estelle Leonard. They founded Alpha Chi as the first and most likely last musical fraternity, thus naming the group ‘Alpha,’ meaning first, and ‘Omega,’ meaning last, using ‘Chi’ as a link.
Alpha Chi Omega is far more than a social organization, a place to live, or a way to meet people. Our mission is to enrich the lives of members through lifetime opportunities for friendship, leadership, learning and service. Real Strong Women is our commitment to dream big and shape women who want to change the world. Our members are authentic, honest and caring. We help each other build confidence, find courage and develop a sense of purpose. We have fun and embrace new experiences. Our members reach out and help others. We speak up and take action. For 125 years, Alpha Chi Omega has transformed women’s lives.
Alpha Nu Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega
Charter Name: Alpha Nu was founded on October 15, 1885
Chapter Charter Date: 1922
Symbol: Greek Lyre, representing our seven founders’ musical roots. It was the first musical instrument played by the gods on Mt. Olympus.
Membership Criteria: Academic Interest, Character, Financial Responsibility, Leadership Ability, and Personal Development.
Colors: Scarlet Red & Olive Green
Flower: Red Carnation
Open Motto: “Together let us seek the heights.”
National Philanthropy: Increasing awareness of and supporting the victims of domestic violence
Founders’ Day: Alpha Chi Omega was founded on October 15, 1885 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. The seven founding members wished to form an organization based on friendship, scholarship, and appreciation for the arts.
Badge: The badge of Alpha Chi Omega is a Greek lyre of gold, having three twisted strings spanned diagonally by a raised and slightly rounded scroll of black enamel bearing the Greek letters Alpha Chi Omega in gold. Alpha Chi Omega’s badge was voted most beautiful of all Greek organizations at Mizzou.