Symbols & Traditions
SYMBOLS AND TRADITIONS ARE WHAT HAVE CONNECTED ALPHA CHI OMEGA’S MEMBERS FOR GENERATIONS.
Some remain rooted in our founding, like our colors and the lyre, while others have been adopted as we’ve grown and shifted. These symbols and traditions represent who we are and what we value, providing a great source of meaning to our members, and creating a bond of sisterhood that connects through time and space.
BRAND TAGLINE: Real. Strong. Women.
OPEN MOTTO: “Together let us seek the heights.”
PATRON GODDESS: Hera, guardian of women
PHILANTHROPY: Domestic violence awareness, prevention and education
BADGE: Grecian lyre, reflecting our musical heritage
COLORS: Scarlet and olive green
FLOWER: Red carnation
FOUNDERS’ DAY–OCTOBER 15
Founder’s Day is a celebration of our Fraternity’s birth. Traditionally, collegians and alumnae honor our Founders with acts of service, friendship and leadership, and by coming together to celebrate Alpha Chi Omega’s heritage.
HERA DAY–MARCH 1
In honor of our patron goddess Hera, Alpha Chi Omegas dedicate themselves on this day to aid the happiness and well-being of others. Our remembrances include volunteering and fundraising for domestic violence shelters in local communities.
Named for the MacDowell artists’ colony in New Hampshire (Alpha Chi Omega’s first philanthropic project), this month also honors our Founders’ heritage as musicians. During MacDowell Month, our members are encouraged to become patrons of the arts, and attend exhibitions, concerts and other events.
THE SYMPHONY OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA
Celia McClure (1890-1983), a member of Delta chapter at Allegheny College, wrote The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega. It appeared in the January 1912 issue of The Lyre magazine and was adopted as our official symphony in 1914. Because it reflects our tradition of harmony, it remains popular a century later and is read at many gatherings and events.
To see beauty even in the common things of life,
to shed the light of love and friendship round me;
to keep my life in tune with the world that I shall make no discords in the harmony of life;
to strike on the lyre of the universe only the notes of happiness, of joy, of peace;
to appreciate every little service rendered;
to see and appreciate all that is noble in another, be her badge what it may;
and to let my lyre send forth the chords of love, unselfishness, sincerity.
This is to be my symphony.
BY CELIA MCCLURE