Chapter Site
Activities
Participation in Activities develops us into well-rounded people.  We engage with others to develop outside interests and expose us to new and differing points of view.   By contributing in the larger world, we demonstrate that Chi Omega makes a difference in the lives of women.
Chapter Updates

So Far in Spring 2013...

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·         Sun. Jan 13th- We initiated 21 new sisters into our Beta Theta Chapter! 1:1

·         Thurs. Feb 7th - "Nut and Bolts" Swap party!

·         Sat. Feb 9th - Spring 2013 Informal Recruitment Bid Day! We got three wonderful new members!

·         Mon. Feb 11th - Sisterhood paint party at Paint Party Studios

·         Thurs. Feb 14th - "Who needs a GUY O when you've got a CHI O?" Valentine's Day party

·         Sat. Mar 2nd - Chi Omega "White Carnation" Formal dance

·         Weds. Mar 20th - Chi Omega annual 'Walk for Wishes'. This year we had a Color Run as our theme!

·         Fri. Mar 22nd - Sisterhood Baseball Game night!

·         Sat. Mar 23rd - Actives Retreat, to the beach!

·         Sun. Mar 24th - Big sis/Lil Sis Reveal for our newest members!

·         Sun. Mar 24th - Sisterhood Easter Potluck Lunch event with an Easter Egg Hunt after!

·         Fri. Mar 29th - The sisters participated in the annual Pikefest Dance competition and one of our actives won the title of "Rose Queen" for 2013! Congratulations!

·         Weds. April 3rd - Our Mary Kay makeup consultant came over and had a huge makeup party! So much fun!

·         Thurs. April 11th - Make -A-Wish Baybears Baseball game night!

·         Sun April 14th - Full of bittersweet emotions; the chapter sisters said farewell to our graduating seniors at our Eleusinian Ceremony! Love in Chi O, 1:1

·         Tues. April 16th - The sisters all went to Cold Snap by campus for a cool snack while also raising money for Make-A-Wish Foundation with their 'Cold Snap Fundraiser'!

·         Thurs. April 18th - "Kickin' it in the Sticks" themed Swap party with TKE

·         Thurs. April 25th - Our Vice President, Jenn Rensink, organized our Professor Dinner! The dinner serves as a way to get to know our professors a bit better as well as announced our scholarship winners for the 2013-2014 school year!

·         Fri. April 26th - The sisters participated in Sigma Chi's annual Kentucky Derby Dance Competition! Our active member, Caroline Johnson, won the title "Derby Darlin" for 2013! Congratulations!

·         Sat. April 27th - Chi Omega "Kentucky Derby: Belles and Beaus" themed Formal dance

·         Tues. April 30th - " 'Sache Bash " themed Swap party with Pi Kapp!

Mon. May 6th - Finals "Fiesta" party! The sisters enjoyed yummy Cinco de Mayo foods to kick start finals week! 

Contact Us

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Questions or comments?

Please email betathetapr@gmail.com

 

Friendship
Friendship is what binds us to each other and to our Fraternity.  The friendships we develop in Chi Omega give us a home across geography and generations and give us lasting support throughout our lives.

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Welcome!

Sisterhood means everything to us in Chi Omega! All year round we have numerous events beginning right after bid day until finals week every semester! In the beginning, we have what is called The First Fourteen Days which involves fourteen different activities to help our new members get to know the sisters of Chi Omega and make them feel at home. The activities include things like dinner/lunch with the sisters, paint parties and much, much more!

The fun doesn't end there!  Throughout the semester I coordinate events that involve lunch for Thanksgiving, Easter egg hunts, tons of movie nights, seeing Mardi Gras parades in the spring and going to dinners together. Our bigger events, such as our formals and swaps, are other amazing events that have themes ranging from cute and creative to classic and formal! It is always fun to dress up in fun outfits for themed events, like our recent spring 2013 "Stache Bash"!

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Having sisterhood activities helps all of us find a chance to relax from the stresses of school life and to spend time together, all while making lasting memories.

 

Sincerely,

Jenna Akins

Chi Omega Sisterhood Director 2013

 

 

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High Standards
Sisterhood and High Standards means that we are women of integrity and good character.  We have high expectations for ourselves and for our Sisters.  We strive daily to be role models to others.

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Hello and thank you for visiting our chapter's website!

One of Chi Omega's founding purposes is High Standards of Personnel. Each member strives to uphold high levels of respect for one's self and, in turn, respect others. It is the goal of every Chi Omega to live each day exemplifying good character. Along with ensuring the standards of the chapter as a whole, I have the honor of keeping chapter morale high!

Each semester the Personnel Chair (that's me!) plans the Actives Retreat for our sisters in which they can relax and get away, along with forming lasting bonds with the chapter members!  Our most recent Actives Retreat was held at the beautiful location of Oak Hallow Farms in fall of 2012. The sisters got to spend the day riding horses all along the lovely trails that Oak Hollow had to offer. We have also planned beach trips and floating down Styx River in inner tubes as the Actives Retreat activity in years past; all of which the sisters loved!


Sincerely,

Aysha Razavi

Chi Omega Personnel Chair 2013

 

 

 

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Join
Membership in Chi Omega is for a lifetime. Our network of Sisters and the spirit of Chi Omega are a home wherever you are. We invite you to connect!
Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is Chi Omega Fraternity's National Philanthropy. Since the start of our alliance, Chi Omegas have made a difference in many children's lives through volunteering time, talents, and dollars. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has honored Chi Omega for the incredible volunteer efforts of our members.


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Make-A-Wish is about making a wish come true for a child with a life threatening medical condition. It's about giving that child and his or her family the hope, strength and joy they need. That hope that comes from their wish being granted can lead to an improvement in a child's physical health. That is where Chi Omega's come in; we help raise money to grant those wishes and give children hope! Supporting our philanthropy 110% is a vital part of being a Chi Omega and helping the Make-A-Wish foundation is a passion all our sisters share.

More than 760 wishes have been granted because of our sisters' efforts. This is why the Beta Theta chapter of Chi Omega has accepted the union and has strived to provide every ounce of support possible. We host events and fundraisers throughout the year, including an annual singing and dancing competition among campus organizations called Songfest, which has become the longest standing tradition on the University of South Alabama's campus. At our last Songfest competition, which was fall of 2012, we were able to raise over $34,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation! More recently, we have established an annual Walk for Wishes, a one mile fun walk. On USA's campus this past spring, we organized our walk to be a Color Run! The sisters threw paint powder at walkers/runners to make for a fun and 'colorful' way to raise money for Make-A-Wish. Along with the walk we held, we also worked with Mobile's very own BayBears Baseball team to have a night just for the Make-A-Wish children! Combined, we managed to raise $5,000 for our Philanthropy; and that's just the beginning!

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Each dollar raised is a step closer to granting another child's wish. Every dollar raised reinforces why Chi Omega's are passionate about Make-A-Wish. Our chapter has been lucky enough to have the opportunity to interact with local wish children. This makes every effort more important to our sisters. Getting to see the smiles on their faces and their families' faces when they hear their wish is being made possible by our chapter means the world to us. Because of our efforts, their dreams of flying to Hawaii, becoming a fashion designer, living it up at Disney World, and anything else they want; get to come true.

 

Sincerely,

Michelle Vajgrt

Chi Omega Philanthropy/Songfest Chair 2013

 

 

 

                     




Members

Meet the Beta Theta Sisters 

President: 

Tabitha Larkan 

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Vice President: 

Jennifer Rensink 

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Secretary: 

Rachel Howorth 

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Treasurer:

Lindsay Reynolds

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Member Educator: 

Sarah Mitchell 

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Personnel Chair: Aysha Razavi

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Recruitment Chair: Bethany Stone

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Panhellenic Delegate: Destinee Bliss

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Facility Manager: Hillary Williams

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Cardinal Cabinet Committee:

·             Director of Friendship/Social-   Rachel Green and Coley Stephens

·             Director of Sisterhood-   Jenna Akins

·             Director of Community Service-   Ashton Smith and Ann Huang           

·             Director of Campus Activities-   Riley Davis and Caitlin Jackson

·             Director of Career Development-   Chelsea Heitfield

·             Foundation Ambassador-   Erica Eversole

·             Webmaster/Marketing Chair-   Rachel Green

·             Songfest Chair-   Michelle Vajgrt

·             T-Shirt Chair-   Caitlyn Barton

·             Sheet Sign Coordinator-   Nicole Walker

·            Intramural Chair-  Hayden Ellis

 

  A Letter from Our President:

      Hello and welcome to our website for the Beta Theta Chapter of Chi Omega at the University of South Alabama! My name is Tabitha Larkan and I am the current chapter president. Chi Omega women focus on academic achievement, campus involvement, and philanthropy. The Beta Theta Chapter of Chi Omega has been awarded the Dean's Cup for the past eighteen years. This prestigious award is presented to the top Greek women's group on campus and is based upon scholastic honors, campus involvement, intramural sports, and community service.

Chi Omegas are also involved in a number of campus involvement activities and honor societies including: Mortar Board, Order of Omega, the Honors Collehe, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Jaguar Marching Band, and USA Southerners. We are also proud that our sister, Ann Huang, is the Greek New Member of the year as well!  

Each fall we begin the academic year with our annual Songfest song and dance competition. Not only is this South Alabama's oldest running tradition but it is also a highlight for every Greek organization on campus. Through this single fundraising event we were able to raise over $34,000 for Chi Omega's national philanthropy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you!

-Sister Larkan

 

 

Fall Recruitment Class 2010:

Riley Davis

Lorin Espiritu

Lindsey Freed

Andrea Pittman

Rachel Howorth

Caroline Johnson

Beth Lawyer

Jacque Underhill

Fall Recruitment Class 2011:

Jenna Akins

Destinee Bliss

Emily Feagin

Heather Garner

Chelsea Heitfeld

Tabitha Larkan

Sara Mitchell

Jenn Rensink

Lindsay Reynolds

Katie Segers

Ashton Smith

Bethany Stone

Michelle Vajgrt

Peyton Walker

 

Spring Recruitment Class 2012:

Aimee Cibiras

Rachel Green

Aysha Razavi

 

Fall Recruitment Class 2012:

Caitlyn Barton

Steph Bishop

Haley Butler

Katlyn Conklin

Rachel Doyle

Hayden Ellis

Erica Eversole

Elizabeth Hartzog

Ann Huang

Caitlin Jackson

Kristen Perigo

Catherine Pittman

Sarah Potts

Taylor Rogers

Coley Stephens

Katie Strickland

Nicole Walker

Hillary Williams

Savanna Winslett

Spring Recruitment Class 2013:

Elisabeth Clark

Rachael Deiniger

Amanda Sherrill

Fall Recruitment Class 2013:

Courtney Barber 

Madison Bass

Allison Beck

Madison Blatz

Danielle Bodiford

Emily Booth

Shalee Bowden

Christen Canova

Jessica Carr 

Kristen Collins

Adriana Comerford

Rebecca Dickinson

Tiphanie Evans

Ashton Gossett

Juli Hess

Lindsay Holub

Ashlyn Hubbard

Anna Jackson

Kayla Lawson

Claire McConnell 

Mary Catherine Nall 

Emily Rushford 

Sarah Sargent 

Jessica Schulte 

Sam Scott

Caitlynn Strickland 

Allison Tanner 

Holly Taylor

Lindsey Teter

Jessie Vajgrt 

Jessica Vo 

Kasi Wallace 

Rebecca Walter

Ella Weishaar

Callie Wilkinson

 

 

Famous Chi Omega's:

Lucy Lui    - Actress 
Sela Ward - Emmy Award Actress
54, Sisters, Once & Again
Harper Lee - Author
" To Kill a Mockingbird" 
Shelly Long - Actress
Cheers, The Brady Bunch Movie
Natalie Allen - News Anchcor 
CNN 
Liza Huber - TV Actress 
Passions 
Susan Helms- NASA Astronaut 
1st Woman to live on the Int'l Space Station
Lauren Hutton - Supermodel/Actress 
Revlon, 54, My Father the Hero
Sylvia Hitchcock - Beauty Queen 
Former Miss Universe 
Alice Sheets Marriott - Hotel Executive 
Marriott Hotel Co-FounderPatricia Schroeder- Gov't 
Member House of Representatives 
Mabel Walker Willebrandt - Gov't 
1st Woman to hold high postion in Federal Government 
Mary Ann Mobley - Beauty Queen 
Former Miss America 
Lee Meriweather - Beauty Queen 
Former Miss America 
Joyce DeWitt - Actress 
Three's Company 
Alana Davis - News Anchor
The Today Show 
Joanne Woodward - Actress 
TV & Movies

Our Story
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.

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Personal Development
Career and Personal Development prepares us for life’s work and makes us marketable regardless of the path we choose.  Sisters serve as mentors and coaches along the way.  Chi Omega promotes personal growth and teaches us to work earnestly at whatever we choose to do.





Our chapter has held  various events from etiquette dinners to budget planning parties to improve our life skills.  
 




Recruitment
Chi Omega is FUN! Every year, over 5,000 young women across America join the largest women’s fraternity in the world for sisterhood and lifelong friendships.

     

For All Your Recruitment Needs,

Meet our Recruitment Chair, Bethany!

 

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Every year, over five thousand undergraduate women across America join Chi Omega for fun

and lifelong friendships. Chi Omega offers a home in your new college

environment and a place to make your mark on the world.

 

You can make a difference in Chi Omega. Chi Omega can make a difference in you.

The Beta Theta Chapter of Chi Omega hopes that you will join us for recruitment this year.

Hootie Hoot!!

 

-Sister Stone

 

 

 

 

2013 Fall Recruitment Schedule:

 

Thursday, August 22nd - Ice Water Teas

Friday, August 23rd - Philanthropy Night

Saturday, August 24th - Sisterhood Night

Sunday, August 25th - Preference Night

Monday, August 26th - Bid Day

 

RIF forms can be found at https://everyday.chiomega.com/Default.aspx

 


 

 

For more information about Sorority Fall Recruitment and Greek Life at the University of South Alabama, please visit the Panhellenic site at http://www.southalabama.edu/greeklife/panhellenic.shtml


Scholarship
Sincere Learning and Creditable Scholarship means that we care about our intellectual development.  We embrace the spirit and excitement of learning throughout our lives and encourage others to better themselves.

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  In Fall of 2012, our chapters average GPA was a 3.29!

 

 

A Letter from Our Vice President:

 

As vice-president of the Beta Theta Chapter of Chi Omega, I am in charge of our Chapter-wide scholarship. As Chi Omegas, we have a rich tradition of strong academic excellence, not only nationwide, but here at South Alabama too! Our national average is a 3.2, and our Chapter has been awarded the Deans Cup of Academic Excellence eighteen years in a row!

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Our high academic standards provide a foundation of excellence that lasts well after graduation. I welcome you to the Beta Theta website, and wish you luck in Spring and Fall 2013 Recruitment!

 

-Sister Rensink

   

Service
Community Service means that we want to make a difference on our campuses and in our communities.  We know that giving back to others unselfishly makes the world a better place and makes us better people.   Serving and giving helps to connect us.

 

The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, and The Ronald McDonald house are 

some of the organizations we volunteered with this semester.


Songfest, the longest running tradition on the University of South Alabama's campus. is our annual fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition, our chapter also help Make-A-Wish by throwing "Wish Granting" parties for children whose wishes will soon be fulfilled. 

In addition, the Beta Theta chapter participates in various philanthrophic events throughout the Mobile area. These include Coastal Clean-up, Art for the Heart, MSPCA Pet Adoptions, the College of Medicine Gumbo/Chili Showdown, Relay for Life, MLK day of Service, Ronald Mcdonald House, Prodisee House Food Pantry, and many more. 


Sisters Flourish

   Sisters of Beta Theta Chi Omega... 

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Dean's Cup:

Chi Omega is proud to have won the University Dean's Cup each year consecutively since 1996.

The University's Dean's Cup is awarded based on the sorority which excels in Academics, Intramural Sports, Campus Involvement and Community Service. We are proud to announce we continued this tradition of excellence at the 2013 Greek Awards Banquet by bringing home the University Dean's Cup for the 18th year in a row!

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Symphony
The Chi Omega Symphony has reflected the purposes of Chi Omega members since its composition in 1904 by Ethel Switzer Howard on the eve of her initiation into the Xi Chapter of Chi Omega at Northwestern University.

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Welcome
  

Welcome to the Beta Theta Chapter Website of Chi Omega!

 

 Our Chapter was founded March 29, 1969, at the University of South Alabama, and has been recognized as one of the strongest sororities on campus ever since. Chi Omega is the largest women's collegiate fraternal organization in the world with over 300,000 total initiates and 173 active collegiate chapters. We hope you enjoy our site and hope to one day call you our sister!  

 

Chi Omega Quick Facts:

Founded: April 5th, 1895 at the University of Arkansas

Motto: "Hellenic Culture & Christian Ideals"

Colors: Cardinaland Straw

Flower: White Carnation

Symbol: Owl

Gem: Pearl

1 in 4 sorority women is a Chi Omega.

Chi Omega is the second most financially stable corporation in the United States, behind Disney World.

Chi Omega was the first Greek organization to publish significant literature and to do broad research on women's achievements.

Chi Omega is the largest women's organization, next to the Girl Scouts.
     

 

Famous Chi Omegas:

Lucy Lui - Actress

Sela Ward - Emmy Award Actress

54, Sisters, Once & Again

Harper Lee - Author

" To Kill a Mockingbird"

Shelly Long - Actress

Cheers, The Brady Bunch Movie

Natalie Allen - News Anchcor

CNN

Liza Huber - TV Actress

Passions

Susan Helms-NASA Astronaut

1st Woman to live on the Int'l Space Station

Lauren Hutton - Supermodel/Actress

Revlon, 54, My Father the Hero

Sylvia Hitchcock - Beauty Queen

Former Miss Universe

Alice Sheets Marriott - Hotel Executive

Marriott Hotel Co-Founder

Patricia Schroeder - Government

Member House of Representatives

Mabel Walker Willebrandt - Government

1st Woman to hold high postion in Federal Government

Mary Ann Mobley - Beauty Queen

Former Miss America

Lee Meriweather- Beauty Queen

Former Miss America

Joyce DeWitt - Actress

Three's Company

Alana Davis - News Anchor

The Today Show

Joanne Woodward - Actress

TV & Movies