A group of women banded together for social and educational purposes.


A term used within a women's fraternity when referring to other initiated members.


A formal invitation to join a sorority.


A pearled golden lyre worn by initiated members of Alpha Chi Omega.


An instrument of the Greek gods, the symbol and badge of Alpha Chi Omega.


The local group of a national sorority.


The traditional, sacred ceremonies of a chapter, which are usually secret.


The ceremony in which a new member becomes a full active member.


A potential new member who has a relative that is a member of a sorority.


Greek goddess and patron goddess of Alpha Chi Omega.

Hera Day:

Celebrated on March 1, a day recognized by Alpha Chi Omega to give personal service for the happiness and well-being of others.


Community service and fundraising efforts to promote human welfare. Alpha Chi Omega's philanthropy is the fight against domestic violence.


An initiated member assigned to a new member to be her guide and counselor in all matters pertaining to the sorority.

Macdowell Month:

A month to celebrate the fine arts in honor of the MacDowell Colony which was Alpha Chi Omega's first altruistic project, an artist's colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.


Fees for a sorority membership.

New Member:

The title given to a potential member from the time she accepts a bid until the time she is actually initiated.

New Member Education:

A period of time spent learning about the chapter and sorority life prior to initiation.

Membership Criteria

Foundation upon which membership is based. Specifically to Alpha Chi Omega: Academic Interest, Character, Financial Responsibility, Leadership Ability, and Personal Development.

Membership Status:

One's standing with the sorority.


The governing body for women's sororities.