Alpha Chi Omega strives to create a sisterhood that welcomes and celebrates each woman that is a part of our chapter.
Each Semester we hold a sisterhood retreat in which we gather as sisters to participate in growth opportunities and bond as sisters. At the spring 2021 retreat "Dance Moms" reality star Melissa Gisoni joined us via zoom and explained what a real strong woman means to her.
We love to host family events such as Ladies’ Weekend and Guy's Weekend to give back to our families and friends who have supported us throughout this whole journey.
All year long we have Alpha Chi Omega member-only events like movie watch parties, pumpkin carving, craft nights, and group yoga. All events are to uphold the sisterhood of Alpha Chi Omega and give members frequent and special opportunities to spend time with sisters.
We typically host two formal events a year, one in the fall and one in the spring. These formals are a fun way to get together with sisters at an off-campus venue in the surrounding Ames area and invite the date of your choice.
Participating in Iowa State University Homecoming in the fall and Greek Week in the spring are amazing opportunities to not only spend time with sisters but also meet other members of the Sorority and Fraternity community. We look forward to weekly Yell Like Hell practices, the annual Blue Sky Run, and cheering on the ISU football team at Jack Trice Stadium during Homecoming season. Greek Week is full of fun with a Lip Sync performance at CY Stephens auditorium, Olympic tournaments in Greek Land, doing the Polar Bear Plunge (benefitting special Olympics Iowa), and so much more!
Bid day is just one of the best days out of the year because we get to welcome the newest members of Alpha Chi Omega who went through primary recruitment into our sisterhood. This celebration is just the beginning of a new member's journey into finding what it means to be an Alpha Chi.
Every member of the chapter will gain a mentor/mentors as a new member on bid day and by going through the big and little processes. A big is an older member of the chapter that serves as an "older sister" or guide to the new member. A little is typically a new member in the chapter. These big and little relationships are so special because of the unspeakable bond between members as they introduce older and younger members of Alpha Chi Omega.
“Sisterhood is the essence of the wisdom of all the ages distilled into a single word. You cannot see it; neither can you hear it nor taste it. But you can feel it a hundred times a day. It is a pat on the back, a smile of encouragement. It’s someone to share with, to celebrate your achievements.”