Chi Omega | Rho Alpha Chapter | University of Missouri

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About Chi Omega

Our Story

Founded in 1895 at the University of Arkansas, Chi Omega is the largest women's fraternal organization in the world with over 330,000 initiates and 178 collegiate chapters. Our five founders were a small band of young women who, with the help of local dentist Dr. Charles Richardson, established the secrets, symbolism, and ritual that now bind together all Chi Omegas. Our chapter was chartered in 1913 and is currently home to almost 300 amazing women. Chi Omega's symbol is the owl, a bird of wisdom, which reminds the membership of their responsibility to strive for knowledge and understanding throughout life.

Sisters inspired by our values who serve the world while keeping Chi Omega ever at heart. 

Our Symbols

Colors: Cardinal and Straw

Symbols: Skull and Crossbones, Owl

Flower: White Carnation

Our Purposes

Friendship
Personal Integrity
Service to Others
Academic Excellence and Intellectual Pursuits
Community and Campus Involvement
Personal and Career Development

Our Symphony

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 1904