Symbols & Traditions
"Real. Strong. Women."
Hera, guardian of women.
Domestic violence awareness, prevention and education.
Alpha Chi Omega's Founders chose "Alpha," the first letter of the Greek alphabet, because they were forming the first fraternity in the school of music. They also thought they could be founding the last such fraternity, so they chose the last letter to be "Omega," which stands for end. "Kai," meaning "and," was added to form the phrase "the beginning and the end." "Kai" was soon changed to "Chi," a letter of the Greek alphabet. Thus, creating Alpha Chi Omega.
Grecian Lyre, reflecting our musical heritage. According to Greek mythology, the first instrument played by the Gods on Mt. Olympus was a lyre.
Our Open Motto
"Together let us seek the heights."
Scarlet Red & Olive Green, which were chosen to commemorate the Fraternity’s autumn founding in Greencastle, Indiana.
Red Carnation, exemplifying the Fraternity's colors.
Our Coat of Arms
The coat of arms includes a square shield, a crest, and a scroll. The shield is red, cut by a bar of olive green. The first section of the shield displays an open book in gold; at the base is a sheaf of wheat, also in gold. The bar has three white stars. The crest, a lyre bird, is in its natural color. The scroll at the bottom bears the Greek translation of our open motto, “Together let us seek the heights.”
Alpha Chi Omega Traditions
Members of Alpha Chi Omega have enjoyed the heritage and traditions shared in our sisterhood for nearly 119 years. Some of these special traditions include:
Founders' Day-- Sisters gather on October 15th of each year to recognize the fraternity’s fall founding at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. On Founders' Day, members wear their badges.
Hera Day-- On March 1st of each year, members recognize the fraternity's commitment to helping others by conducting service projects and offering assistance to others.
MacDowell Month-- Named for the MacDowell artists’ colony in New Hampshire (Alpha Chi Omega’s first philanthropic project), the month of February honors our Founders’ heritage as musicians. During MacDowell Month, our members are encouraged to become patrons of the arts, and attend exhibitions, concerts and other events.
National Convention-- Members join together every two years to conduct Fraternity business, reunite with fellow Alpha Chis and celebrate Alpha Chi Omega.
The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega
Celia McClure (1890-1983), a member of Delta chapter at Allegheny College, wrote The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega. It appeared in the January 1912 issue of The Lyre magazine and was adopted as our official symphony in 1914. Because it reflects our tradition of harmony, it remains popular a century later and is read at many gatherings and events.