Chi Omega is an intergenerational women's organization forever committed to our founding purposes:
• Personal integrity
• Service to others
• Academic excellence and intellectual pursuits
• Community and campus involvement
• Personal and career development
The Chi Omega Symphony is one of the most special pieces of our membership in Kappa Chapter. The symphony was written in 1904 by Ethel Switzer Howard on the eve of her initiation into Xi Chapter at Northwestern University. The words of the symphony have come to be much more than something we simply recite; they are a reflection of what is important to us as Chi Omegas and what we work to embody as individuals.
"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 teaches 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 – 1904
Founded: April 5, 1895, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
UNL Chapter Founded: Kappa Chapter, February 14th, 1903
Flower: White Carnation
Symbol: Skull and Crossbones
Colors: Cardinal and Straw
Philanthropy: Make a Wish Foundation
Fun Facts: Chi Omega is the largest women's organization in the United States with 181 collegiate chapters, over 345,000 initiated members, and approximately 16,000 active collegiate members each year.