It all began on April 5, 1895, here at the University of Arkansas. Four young 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.
Some years after creating the first chapter of Chi Omega, the fraternity also decided to be the first Greek organization at the University of Arkansas to build their own house. They purchased our lovely plot of land at 940 W. Maple in 1928 and the house suited for 45 young ladies was complete that year. Since then, the house has been added on to accommodate 86 sisters, which is where it stands today.
Over the years, Chi Omega has continued to grow and provide 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, inter-generational participation, community service, leadership opportunities, and social enrichment.
Here at the Psi Chapter of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, we have the privilege of being surrounded with our Fraternity’s rich history. Our chapter house is listed on the National Historic Registry. The Greek Theatre is the largest donation by a Greek Organization to a university and is the only structure of its kind in the United States. Each university pep rally is held at the Greek Theatre, and it is very special to be a part of this chapter which has now initiated over 3,000 wonderful women!
SWEET HOME CHI OMEGA
Since 1928, 940 W. Maple has served as a home for generations of sisters, a landmark for the Chi Omega Fraternity, and a symbol of love and friendship for all those who made priceless memories within its walls.
In the next year, Psi Chapter house will undergo a total and complete renovation of the property for the first time since 1958. At that time, the house was designed to serve 75 members. Today, Psi Chapter serves 432 members. For that reason, the time has come for this generational investment to expand and update the place we call “Sweet Home Chi Omega.”
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