Crystal Sutton, Zeta Alpha/Ohio State U
"I'm a Fraternity Advisor!"
Most Chi Omegas consider other Chi Omega Sisters to
be part of their sorority family. But, sometimes, that feeling
of connectedness can even extend to the entire Greek
Shortly after moving to Cleveland for graduate school and
discovering that the nearest Chi Omega chapter already
had a strong advisor base, I put my Chi Omega involvement
on hold. A few months later, it hit me: I work at Case
Western Reserve U, a school with a strong Greek community,
and there was no reason why the lack of a Chi Omega
chapter here had to prohibit my fraternity and sorority
Last summer, I reached out to the Office of Greek Life and
offered to serve as an advisor for any Greek organization
that needed help. A few weeks later, I was contacted by
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and soon became their risk management
Working closely with another Greek organization has
been such a rewarding experience. This role has allowed
me to “pay it forward” in return for everything I gained
during my time as an undergraduate member of Chi
Omega. And I’m sure the young men I work with do not
realize how much I have learned from them in return.
My hope is that every Chi Omega realizes that she can make a positive impact on the
larger Greek community. The founding of our organization is a perfect example of the importance
of the encouragement and guidance of members of other Greek organizations.
After all, what if Dr. Charles Richardson had never taken a chance on four young women
at the U of Arkansas in their quest to create something meaningful?