It all began on April 5, 1895, at the University of Arkansas when four 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.
Chi Omega is the largest women's fraternal organization, with over 320,000 initiates, 178 collegiate chapters, and over 240 alumnae chapters. Throughout Chi Omega's long and proud history, the Fraternity has brought its members equaled opportunities for personal growth and development.
PI ALPHA CHAPTER
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
In 1913, the Pi Alpha Chapter of Chi Omega was established at the University of Cincinnati on Christmas Eve. Ever since, we strive to live out Chi Omega's six purposes each and every day -- friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and creditable scholarship, participation in campus activities, career development, and community service.
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.
Written by Ethel Switzer Howard, Xi Chapter, 1904
A LETTER FROM
Hi everyone! My name is Amalia Nichifor and I am the president of the Chi Omega Pi Alpha chapter at University of Cincinnati. Thank you for checking out our website and I hope this gives you a glimpse into what it means to be a Chi Omega! Chi Omega has been my strongest support system at college. Our chapter is filled with so many unique women who push each other to be the best versions of themselves. Coming into college, I was unsure of who I was as a person or who I even wanted to be, but since stepping into the Chi O Cottage during recruitment, I knew Chi Omega was the place that would allow me to become the best version of myself.
As an only child, I never really understood what it meant to have sisters. I’ve since learned this means having someone who you can share closets with, someone who will stay at the library with you until 2 am, someone who will accompany you to spontaneous Skyline trips, someone who will travel across the country with you, someone who will cry with you on the bathroom floor when it’s just been that kind of day, and someone who will be there by you side through it all.
Ever since my bid day in 2017, I have consistently met and grown closer with these women who have become my best friends. Chi Omega is so much more than making friends in your pledge class. My older friends who have graduated college and Chi Omega are still some of my biggest role models and cheer-leaders to this day. The girls in my pledge class and I have seen each other grow into the women we are today. The girls younger than me remind me that you’re only in college for 4 years (5 if you’re lucky) so don’t take yourself too seriously and have fun!
Even after college, I know that the friendships in Chi Omega will continue to grow and last a lifetime. Chi Omega has taught me so much about myself and I hope you can see why this place means so much to me and the rest of the Pi Alpha Chapter!
Loyally in Chi Omega,