Alpha Chi Omega Blog

Our story is a collection of your stories. The ones that bring our sisterhood to life and remind us of the bond we share. The Alpha Chi Omega blog serves to illustrate the connections Alpha Chis have across the country and to create the space to make new connections with your sisters and with Alpha Chi Omega.



Real. Strong. Women. of Distinction AwardsMeet the 2019 Real. Strong. WOmen. of Distinction

By: Lauren Stark Filippini, Alpha Chi (Butler University)

In my job as editor, I have the opportunity to talk with so many incredible women doing things I could only dream of and to highlight their accomplishments in The Lyre. But once a year, my interactions with inspiring sisters are multiplied as I put together the summer issue that features our Real. Strong. Women.® of Distinction Award winners.

Each year, we make a call for nominations of Alpha Chi Omegas who are making a difference in their chosen fields – and, importantly, who can look to their sorority experience as one of the reasons for their success. It’s sisters nominating sisters, sharing with us about a friend from their chapter, a woman they met in their professional life, a community leader who also shares the bond of sisterhood.

Once the nominator tells us why her nominee deserves the award, the nominee has the chance to tell us about herself. And while I’m always blown away by the professional accomplishments I read in these applications – this year’s class of winners is doing everything from creating economic change to fighting to end gun violence – it’s hearing about the value they place on their Alpha Chi Omega experience that warms my heart.


Young AlumnaeYou're an Alumna, Now What?

By Erica N. Brown, Epsilon Theta (California State University, Sacramento)

You may have heard the saying, “It’s not four years, it’s for life!” Whether you were in the chapter for four years or just one semester/quarter, sorority and sisterhood doesn’t end when you become an alumna. Or at least it shouldn’t! You’ve gone through Hall of Commitment and are officially an alumna, now what?

Five years ago, I graduated from Sacramento State and became an alumna of the Epsilon Theta chapter. I served as the vice president public relations and marketing in 2013. I received a degree in communication studies, emphasis in public relations. I share this because it was easy for me to find the local alumnae chapter and get involved; I wanted to build my professional network.

But I know that’s not the case with everyone.

Whether you take advantage of remaining involved with Alpha Chi Omega because you want to network, to grow your skill sets or just to have fun, Alpha Chi Omega offers a variety of ways to stay involved beyond college.


Every Service RenderedEvery Service Rendered: Global Service Initiative Reflections

The Collegiate Global Service Initiative (GSI) combines direct service, immersion, and Alpha Chi Omega principles and values into one unique experience. Three participants of the 2019 GSI trip share about their experience in Jamaica.

Arrival and Negril
By Stephanie Van Horn, Iota Chi (Middle Tennessee State University)
For the 31 other collegians, three leaders and myself, I can safely say that beautiful island was a place for memories, growth and quite literally seeking the heights. During my day of travel from Nashville to Miami and finally Montego Bay I wondered…
“What would this week entail? Would the girls like me? I mean, we’re sisters but other than that what do we have in common? Also, did I pack enough bug spray?”
Treasure Beach
By Carly Cisson, Kappa Upsilon (Florida International University)
The most heart-warming thing (besides Chicken and Nugget, the local pups) was the principal’s face when she saw what we were able to do in two days, which would have typically taken weeks. I feel that Treasure Beach was mutually beneficial, as we were able to do service, but were also impacted deeply by the community.
Final Thoughts
By Nicole Little, Iota Tau (California State University, San Marcos)
As I reflect on the Alpha Chi Omega Global Service Initiative trip, I can wholeheartedly say that it has changed my life. The week in Jamaica placed me in an environment where I was completely out of my comfort zone, surrounded by Alpha Chis who were unfamiliar to me. Although at first I was intimidated and uncertain about what the women and the experience would be like, I can truly say we bonded as sisters and were heartbroken to part ways at the end of the week.

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Volunteer Summit 2019

The third biennial Volunteer Summit was an amazing weekend of learning and sisterhood, but don’t take just our word for it! Check out what sisters had to say on social media using #AXOVS19.

“Really enjoyed Karen Walrond’s keynote speech at #AXOVS19 – a wonderful boost of positivity, self-awareness, grace and embracing vulnerability. Thank you!” – Lindsay Hicks”Everything about #AXOVS19 was great but the conversation I had with our incredible National President topped everything!” – Lizett Ross

“Volunteer Summit 2019, what a weekend! So many ideas exchanged, support given and stories shared. Looking forward to continuing the work we started this weekend and seeing all of the great things this organization will continue to do!” – Toby Henson

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If you have an idea for the blog or a story you would like to share about your Real. Strong. Woman. Experience, email Lesley Hall, associate director of marketing and communications, or Contact Us on the blog. 

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