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Established in 1895

Chi Omega was founded on April 5, 1895, at the University of Arkansas by Jobelle Holcombe, Christina May Boles, Jean Vincenheller, and Alice Cary Simonds, with the help of local dentist Dr. Charles Richardson. Chi Omega is the largest women's fraternal organization in the world with more than 390,000 initiates from 181 collegiate chapters and 248 alumnae chapters.

Symbols & Traditions

Mascot: Owl

Flower: White Carnation

Symbol: Skull and Crossbones

Colors: Cardinal and Straw

Motto: Hellenic Culture

Philanthropy: Make-A-Wish Foundation


"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 



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