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.
In February of 1978, our chapter was founded as Sigma Chi Omega sorority by Anita Benschop, Julie Boxell, Marty Dixon, Trudy Hellman, Tina Gouty, and Karen McCoy. On February 3, 1979, our chapter was officially installed as the Eta Kappa Chapter of Chi Omega. By then, the chapter had grown to 27 pledges and 6 advisors. The ladies of the Eta Kappa Chapter moved into what is now the original part of our house in August 1979. An addition was built onto the chapter house in 1981 and the house now contains 23 bedrooms.
We look forward to Eta Kappa's 34th anniversary in 2013!