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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.

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. U of L Chi Omegas hold numerous leadership positions and are involved in a variety of RSOs on campus.

UofL Chi Omega individual leadership positions for the 2011-2012 school year
  • SGA Services Vice President (Sirena Wurth)
  • President of Order of Omega  (Alison Cox)
  • 3 Student Senators  (Kelli Williams, Naseem Ansari, Amy Pinney)
  • Engage. Lead. Serve Board Director of Leadership Training and Development 2011 (Jennifer Henry)
  • Panhellenic President (Courtney Jenny)
  • Best Buddies Activities Coordinator (Kaitlin Fodi)
  • Relay for Life Board Members 
  • Relay for Life Assistant Director - Tessa Barnes
  • Greek Woman of the Year 2011-2012 (Alison Cox)
  • ULDM Executive Board (Sirena Wurth, Millie Fugate)
  • ULDM Directors (Naseem Ansari, Autumn Kidd, Shelby Linthicum)
  • Mortar Board Honors Society Executive Board (Julia Conley, Kaitlin Anderson, Naseem Ansari)
  • Sigma Alpha Lambda President (Allyson Davis)
  • President of the Interior Design Club (Maggie Glaser)
  • Honors Volunteer Program Chair (Haylee Beggs)
  • KEA Executive Board (Sarah Graziano, Olivia Hust)
  • Best Buddies Director (Sydney Loy) 
  • Secretary of the Photographic Alliance (Lauren Adkins)
  • 8 Sisters on Arts and Sciences Student Council
  • Panhellenic Alumni Relations Chair - Kristi Knop
  • Panhellenic Webmaster - Megan Mercer
  • Panhellenic Social Chair 
  • 3 Diamond Dolls Captains
  • Louisville Lady - Tessa Barnes
Chi Omega also has sisters who are:
  • Student Orientation Staffers
  • Brown Fellows
  • GEMS Scholars
  • Harlan Scholars
  • ULEAD Students
  • Freshmen LEAD Members
  • First Year Guides
  • Diamond Dolls
  • Bonner Leaders
  • Cardinal Hosts
  • Cardinal Ambassadors
  • REACH Ambassadors
  • CAPS Leaders
  • Peer Advisors
  • Make sure you check the Intramural Website to you can check out those Chi Omega's in action.

Meet the Campus Activities Team!

Campus Activities Chair: Tessa Barnes

Major: Social Work, Justice Administration 

Hometown: Frankfort, Kentucky 

Pledge Class: Fall 2010

Chapter Updates


90% or Higher Retention Rate Award

Panhellenic Most Community Service Hours Fall 2012
Phi Kappa Tau's "Most Outstanding Community Service Project" Award 
Most Representation Award-- University of Louisville Dance Marathon 2012

Highest Sorority GPA for the past 15 semesters 
Panhellenic "Highest Semester GPA" Fall 2012 
Panhellenic "Highest Cumulative GPA" Fall 2012           
Sigma Chi's Sorority Scholarship Award 2012-2013 
Over $25,000 for Make-a-Wish 2014
Largest Greek philanthropy event on campus   
Panhellenic's "Sorority of Excellence" Award Spring 2012 
Pike's "Spirit of the University Award"   
SAE Sisterhood Award 2011 

1st Place in Phi Kappa Tau step show 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
Most Entertaining-- Women's Division-- Fryberger Greek Sing Fall 2012
Best Solo/Ensemble-- Women's Division-- Fryberger Greek Sing Fall 2012
3rd Place and Best Arrangement-- Women's Division-- Fryberger Greek Sing Spring 2015

President and 1 Senator of SGA 2015-2016 school year
2 Senators and 1 on SGA top 4 2012-2013 school year
Miss Kentucky County Fair 2013
Miss Richmond Area 2012
Kentucky Derby Princess 2013
4 SOSer's 2013
2 Teach for America Corp Members
4 McConnell Scholars
1 GEMS scholar
1 Harlan Scholar
1 Brown Fellow Scholar
Received Award of Achievement at the 2010 National Convention
University of Louisville Excellence in Retention Award 2011
Panhellenic Most Community Service Hours Per Member Fall 2010- Spring 2011
Sigma Chi Most Outstanding Academic Program 2010-2011

Contact Us

Mary Elizabeth Young, GH
University of Louisville
2018 Unity Place
Louisville, KY 40208

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.
  • The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 and is the world's largest wish granting organization. They have granted over 167,000 (and counting) wishes.  A child's wish is granted every 40 minutes.
  • Chi Omegas have helped raise millions of dollars and volunteered tens of thousands of service hours in support of the Make-A-Wish foundation.
  • The average cost of a wish is $6,500.  All expenses are covered by the Foundation, giving the wish kid and family a respite from the stress of dealing with a life-threatening medical condition.
  • The most requested wish is a visit to a Disney theme park.
Each year the U of LChi Omegas hold their Red Hot Chili Cook Off to raise money for Make-A-Wish.  
Please contact our Chili Cook Off Chairs Emily Kelly and Sabine Eid with any questions:     

Visit their national website to learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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.

psi-chapter-1906.jpgChi Omega has a rich history dating back to its founding at the University of Arkansas on April 5, 1895. Born in the late 19th century, Chi Omega's four women founders grew to adulthood as a rapidly expanding economy fostered industrialization and urbanization. And they were instilled with the spirit of America, with values of independence, innovation, and adventure. They could not have known how influential their lives would be.

The Fraternity's Five Founders, Jobelle Holcombe, Jean Vincenheller, Ina May Boles, Alice Simonds, and Dr. Charles Richardson, wrote the Chi Omega Constitution and Ritual. Dr. Richardson, a dentist by trade, crafted the first badge out of dental gold. The organization grew locally that first year with 11 out of the 14 original members returning to the university in September of 1895. During this time, Chi Omega began to acquire a reputation for determination and poise, and for doing things well. Chi Omega was founded with the intent of becoming a national organization and it expanded into every part of the country. Whenever a new chapter was installed, members in other chapters wore Chi Omega's colors beneath their pins and sent letters of welcome and congratulations.

theatre.jpg    By 1904, Chi Omega extended through Texas, Nebraska and California, and as far north as Virginia and Washington, D.C. The Fraternity realized the need to enter the Northeast, and over the next few years founded chapters in Pennsylvania, Maine, and New York City. In the early 1900s, social service was regarded as a collegiate activity of the highest importance and Chi Omegas gave countless hours of time, unbounded energy, and hard-earned monies to their local communities. Chi Omega was the first women's fraternity to undertake a major gift to a university. Mary Love Collins and Dr. Richardson scouted a location for a Greek Theatre at the University of Arkansas. The theatre still stands, with five words engraved on the frieze: Knowledge, Integrity, Courage, Culture, and Intelligence.

front-of-hq.jpgOver the last century, Chi Omega has grown to an organization with over 300,000 initiates from 173 collegiate chapters. The Chi Omega Foundation was founded in 1982 to fund the educational goals of the Fraternity. Chi O Creations, our in-house boutique, opened in 1989. In 1994, the Fraternity moved to its new national headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee. The Chi Omega Executive Headquarters employs about 50 staff members and supports the day-to-day operations of the Fraternity, the Chi Omega Foundation, and Chi O Creations.
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.
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.

To live constantly above snobbery of word or deed; to place scholarship before social obligations and character before appearances; to be, in the best sense, democratic rather than 'exclusive', and lovable rather than 'popular'; to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act sincerely, to choose thoughtfully that course which occasion and conscience demand; to be womanly always; to be discouraged never; in a word, to be loyal under any and all circumstances to my Fraternity and her highest teachings and to have her welfare ever at heart that she may be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note.

Ethel Switzer Howard, Xi Chapter, Northwestern University, 1904

The Chi Omega Symphony articulates the true ideal of a Chi Omega Sister. Every Chi Omega carries the Symphony in her heart, and most have a favorite line upon which they often reflect.

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