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History of Alpha Chi

Alpha Chi Omega was originally founded on October 15, 1885 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Originally founded by musical students at DePauw, the sorority has grown into one that supports the arts and the intellectual standards of our members. There are now currently almost 200 chapters across the nation's universities and colleges with over 200,000 lifetime members. Alpha Chi Omega was brought to the University of Virginia on April 19,1980.

Founders: Anna Allen Smith, Olivia Burnett Clark, Bertha Deniston Cunningham, Amy DuBois Reith, Nellie Gamble Childe, Bessie Grooms Keenan, Estelle Leonard

Accomplishments of Founders: Created the sixth women's fraternity in nation and created the first sorority in a music school

 

 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.

The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega

Celia McClure in the January 1912 issue of the Lyre Magazine