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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.

Our sisters are leaders and members all over the nova nation. From Blue Key to Voices, Club Soccer to SNAP, our Sisters are pursuing their individual interests outside of Chi Omega. Chi Omegas excel all over campus and make for an incredible network of passionate women!
Contact Us

Feel free to email any member of the the Iota Lambda executive board for further information. Or if you would like to know more about joining Chi Omega, please CLICK HERE to learn more about Villanova's recruitment process!

Please direct all recruitment questions and information to Mackenzie Durand at: mduran01@villanova.edu.

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.
Whether traveling abroad, or home in the summer, Chi Omega is always present in our lives. Sisters take road trips to one another, visit each other in different countries, or just hang out on weekends. Our families within Chi Omega provide guidance and love. We have made our best friends within our chapter and our bonds continue to grow year after year!

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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.
Sisterhood events are some of our favorite nights! We go ice skating, watch movies or even plan special dinners celebrating the end of finals! We love spending time with our sisters who give us unconditional love and support.


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Leaders

Iota Lambda Executive Board
(2013)

NAME

E-MAIL

POSITION

Sarah Garland

sgarla01@villanova.edu

President

Christine Haggerty

chagge03@villanova.edu

Vice President

Rosie McCarty

mmccar23@villanova.edu

Secretary

Allison Duran

aduran03@villanova.edu

New Member Educator

Katie Pilot

kpilot02@villanova.edu

Personnel Chair

Mackenzie Durand

mduran01@villanova.edu

Recruitment Chair

Melissa Pfeifer

mpfeifer@villanova.edu

Panhellenic Representative

   Michelle Garofalo    mgarofa4@villanova.edu   Panhellenic Representative

 

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.

                                           

Over the past few years, our Chapter has been able to raise enough money through fundraising events, such as Rock N' Bowl, Chi O Karaoke, Dishes for Wishes, Dodge for a Dream, and Chi O Kan Jam to grant seven wishes! Four local area girls: Fiona, Ashley, Vanessa and Riley and three local boys named Aiden, Matthew and Christopher! We were able to send Aiden, Fiona, Ashley, Vanessa and Riley, as well as their families, to Disney World for a week long, all expenses paid vacation. We sent Christopher to the Superbowl and Matthew to New York City!  


      
  

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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Ninety six years later, the Iota Lambda Chapter was established at Villanova University. Founded upon the same principles established by the four founding members, our chapter has grown to over one hundred active members today!



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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.
With resume workshops and networking opportunities, Chi Omega strives to aid each Sister in all facets of her career. Alumni and parents also contribute to the ever growing success of Chi Omega Sisters in their chosen paths in life!

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"All I ever really neeed to know about the kind of person I should be, the kind of friend, sister, daughter, wife and mother I should be, I learned from Chi Omega. You see, fulfillment comes not in the muck of theories and theologies, but in the simple truths of life. That is why the creed of Chi Omega is so simple: always be respectful and respectable, always be willing to lend a helping hand and never neglect a person in need, especially a sister. Life itself is such a a simple process, but somewhere between birth and death, we humans tend to confuse and complicate life so much that our version becomes blurred. The beauty of Chi Omega is that she allows us to focus our vision on the simple, important truths in life.
Just think how great the world would be if all of us could get together once a week with the people we love most in the world and remind ourselves of what drew us together in the first place. Or how wonderful it would be if everyone respected traditions set almost a century ago--and still lived by them. If only everyone could see, as Dr. Charles Richardson did, that humble beginnings soon blossom into cherished and revered symbols of a way of life, wrapped in secrecy and shared with scrutiny. And oh how amazing life would be if we could all prioritize to uphold the honor and dignity of ourselves and the people we choose to associate with. 
So you see, while all other experiences are certainly important, Chi Omega, will teach you all you need to know. Listen well to these lessons she has to share with you, for she will provide you with a foundation upon which you continue to build for the rest of your lives."

                     - Karen May Marklein, Xi Zeta, 1989

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.
 
If you have any questions about recruitment, please do not hesitate to contact our Recruitment Chair, Mackenzie Durand, at mduran01@villanova.edu. 

                            
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.

As one of the higher purposes of Chi Omega, Scholarship is near and dear to our heart. We continually seek new opportunities that will help improve both our individual and overall chapter GPAs. Our chapter has study hours, a lending library and many different tools that can help each Sister achieve academic excellence!



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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.

Many sisters are involved in Habitat trips, Service Break trips, RUIBAL, Bigs & Littles, Special Olympics and more! Whatever you choose to do, you can always find a Chi Omega lending a helping hand along side of you.

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Symbols
Chi Omega’s symbols are a visual representation of our purposes and ideals.


Chi Omega Colors
Cardinal (red) and Straw (yellow).


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Chi Omega Greek Letters

Chi Omega Greek Letters are the X and the Omega (horseshoe). Every Chi Omega may wear and use our letters. Not knowing the Greek language, the Chi Omega Founders cut cardboard into the shapes of Greek letters, shuffled, arranged and rearranged them on the floor until they found the monogram, CHI OMEGA. They liked the combination.


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Chi Omega Flower

Chi Omega's flower is the white carnation. It was chosen for its pure, delicate white color and its rich, refreshing perfume.


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Symbol of Chi Omega

The owl, an emblem on our Chi Omega badge, is the most recognizable symbol of Chi Omega, and represents wisdom.



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Chi Omega Crest


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 Chi Omega Chapter of Villanova University, Iota Lambda

Our chapter is home to over 100 sisters who value and truly define Chi Omega's six Purposes. We pride ourself on High Standards of Personnel, Scholarship, and Career Development. We grow together through Community Service and participation in Campus Activities.  Membership in Chi Omega is for a lifetime! The memories and relationships we share and strengthen during our years together are the foundation of our strong sisterhood. We hope you enjoy getting to know the Iota Lambda chapter. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments!