National History

It all began on April 5, 1895, at the University of Arkansas when four young women, with the help of a local dentist, established the secrets and symbolisms forever establishing the Chi Omega sisterhood. 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. 123 years later, Chi Omega has become the largest women's fraternal organization that binds together over 350,000 women and 180 collegiate chapters. Over the years, Chi Omega has provided 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, intergenerational participation, community service, leadership opportunities and social enrichment
Eta Kappa History

In February of 1978, our chapter was founded as Sigma Chi Omega by Anita Benschop, Julie Boxell, Marty Dixon, Trudy Hellman, Tina Gouty, and Karen McCoy. On February 3, 1979, our chapter was officially installed as the Eta Kappa Chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity. The women of the Eta Kappa moved into what is now the original part of our house in August 1979. Since then, the chapter had grown to 133 active members and 6 advisors. An addition has been added on to our chapter house which is now home to 48 of our members.
Symbols

Mascot: Owl
Colors: Cardinal and Straw
Flower: White Carnation
Symbol: Skull and Crossbones
Jewel: Pearl, Diamond
Motto: Hellenic Culture and Christian Ideals
Our Six Purposes

Friendship
Personal Integrity
Service to Others
Academic Excellence and Intellectual Pursuits
Community and Campus Involvement
Personal and Career Development
Chi Omega's Symphony

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 teachings 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 Chapter
1904