Alpha Chi's History

Alpha Chi Omega was founded on October 15, 1885 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. The seven founders were Anna Allen, Olive Burnett, Bertha Deniston, Amy DuBois, Nellie Gamble, Bessie Grooms and Estelle Leonard. Their desire was to form an organization that would provide both close companionship and support to its members. They believed that such a group would benefit the students, the university, and the musical arts.

While Alpha Chi Omega is no longer a music fraternity, we pay tribute to our musical heritage. Alpha Chi sisters support the fine arts--music, literature, art, drama, and dance--encouraging members' intellectual development.

Zeta Eta's History

On October 12, 1976, the local sorority, Delta Nu, was founded. There were twelve women on Bradley's campus who thought more could be offered than what the sororities were currently offering on campus. These twelve women got together and formed Delta Nu Sorority.

In late Spring of the next year, Delta Nu decided to petition Alpha Chi Omega for national colonization. During the summer break, Alpha Chi Omega National Council, at convention, fulfilled the Delta Nu desire to become an Alpha Chi Omega colony at Bradley University. There were officially installed as the Zeta Eta Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega on May 6th, 1978 with 30 members.


Our colors of scarlet red and olive green were chosen to commemorate the autumn founding of Alpha Chi Omega.

Our flower is a red carnation, exemplifying our colors.

Our badge is a lyre. In Greek mythology, the lyre was the first instrument played by the gods on Mt. Olympus. The pin has 22 pearls held within the lyre's golden frame and a banner with our Greek letters across the three chords in the center.

The shield displays an open book in gold; at the base is a sheaf of wheat, also in gold. The bar has three stars. The crest is a lyre bird. The scroll at the bottom bears the Greek translation of our open motto, "Together let us seek the heights."

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