It all began on April 5, 1895, at the University of Arkansas when four young women, with the help of a local dentist, established the secrets and symbolism that today bind over 260,000 women. This small band of women founded Chi Omega after realizing a need for an organization that would foster both friendship and respect for the potential and inherent value of women. Over the years, Chi Omega has provided its members with unique opportunities in leadership, scholarship, and lifelong friendship - striving to provide each Sister with a commitment to personal integrity, excellence in academic and intellectual pursuits, intergenerational participation, community service, leadership opportunities and social enrichment.
Chi Omega has a long history with the University of Evansville, dating back even before UE! The Chi Epsilon Chapter of Chi Omega began on March 4, 1854 at Moores Hill College. It was at that time a local group called the Sigournean Literary Society. In 1871, the society became the Gamma chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. However, the college passed an anti-fraternity and sorority act banning all groups on the Moores Hill campus so the Gamma chapter dropped out. The members continued as the Sigournean Literary Society and through the years picked up the nickname of "Sigs." Moores Hill College closed and re-opened in 1919 as Evansville College. The Sigs followed and in 1929 became known as Gamma Epsilon Sigma sorority. Finally, on September 8, 1951 the "Sigs" became Chi Epsilon chapter of the Chi Omega fraternity. In January of 1967, Evansville College became the University of Evansville.