After a thorough assessment process, it was decided that Alpha Chi Omega will be the new Panhellenic sorority to join campus beginning next fall.
Alpha Chi Omega will be included in recruitment week next fall, and will go about bidding and initiation the same as the other three Panhellenic sororities. The sorority’s central office will send staff to move into Schenectady to recruit, give bids, and lead initiation.
Alpha Chi Omega was founded on October 15, 1885 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, by three pianists, a cellist/violinist/bassist, a composer and two singers. The chapter’s size is currently 230,000 members.
The predominant philanthropy of Alpha Chi Omega is focused on domestic violence awareness, education and prevention, partnering with foundations such as “Mary Kay” and “The One Love Foundation.” The chapter colors are scarlet red and olive green, and their chapter flower is the red carnation. The chapter’s patron goddess is Hera, guardian of women. Traditions of Alpha Chi Omega include Hera Day, on March 1, where chapter members dedicate the day to volunteering in honor of their patron goddess, as well as Founder’s day on October 15 to celebrate the chapter’s founders.
As stated on their website, Alpha Chi Omega is “devoted to enriching the lives of members through lifetime opportunities of friendship, leadership, learning and service.” However, their overall brand tagline is “Real. Strong. Women,” and their motto is “Together let us seek the heights.”
“Alpha Chi Omega provides the programs, initiatives and opportunities that help each of our members grow to be the best version of herself. We see the potential in each of our members—the real, strong version of the woman she is meant to be,” states the Alpha Chi Omega website.
Union’s Panhellenic counsel predicts that the addition of a new sorority will provide women with a greater variety of options for involvement in Greek life.
Additionally, a point threshold to join a Greek organization next year has been put in place. Panhellenic and multicultural Greeks are less than 6 points, and the interfraternity council is less than 8 points.