Sixty outstanding young women became charter members of Rho Mu Chapter of Chi Omega at DePaul University in Chicago during installation ceremonies and related activities held during the weekend of January 6-7, 2007. These events capped four months of dedication and hard work to open the 171st active collegiate chapter of Chi Omega.
Chi Omega was selected in early 2006 to join the DePaul Panhellenic community of Delta Zeta, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Phi, and Alpha Omicron Pi. Preparations for a successful colonization began immediately and were implemented in the fall as 13 staff members and volunteers arrived on the scene to manage the three-week process of creating a charter new member class for what would become Rho Mu Chapter.
Chi Omega participated in formal recruitment with the other Panhellenic groups and, even though there was no existing chapter, exceeded quota with the assistance of our collegiate members of Xi Chapter at Northwestern University and Beta Lambda Chapter at Carthage College. During the following week of informal recruitment, our colonization team interviewed more than 100 women to fill an additional 40 openings, bringing the colony to total with a roster of 70 outstanding women.
Our new members' excitement was apparent when they arrived for a Bid Day celebration. S.K.A. Joellyn Sullivan noted that "the women had obviously been reading up on Chi Omega. They knew about April 5, 1895, and about Psi Chapter. They knew our colors, cardinal and straw. To see these women so thrilled to become Chi Omegas was a wonderful experience."
The new colony wasted no time in becoming a presence on campus. Within days of their first colony meeting, the DePaul women were wearing their new letters, planning their first social function, and participating in community-service activities. When asked by the DePaul Panhellenic to participate in a mocktail party competition to demonstrate the importance and viability of alcohol-free
events, the Chi Omegas met the challenge and won first prize with their "Hawaii Chi O" theme.
During the next four months, our new members were immersed in Chi Omega history, songs, and traditions. Meeting weekly, they learned our Symphony, read about our founding, and put our values into action.
Their new-member experience culminated in a special installation weekend, beginning with Prelude on January 5. They were installed the next morning and celebrated during a banquet held at the University's student center. The luncheon program included a thoughtful invocation by our S.M., Andrea Bechtel, and an inspiring keynote address from S.H. Jean Mrasek. Almost 300 Chi Omegas, friends, and family members attended the event, during which a number of special presentations and recognitions were also made:
- The S.H. awarded Xi Chapter a plaque to hang in their chapter house commemorating their performance of the installation ceremony.
- Xi Chapter presented a gavel to Rho Mu Chapter.
- The S.H. awarded a silver pin box from Chi O Creations to Model Initiate Kelly Hipchen.
- Rho Mu Chapter presented an engraved picture frame to their national consultant, Katherine Ramsey.
- Advisors of Rho Mu Chapter and the Downtown Chicago Alumnae Chapter gifted each new initiate with a Chi O Creations tumbler, featuring the Fraternity crest.
- The director of extension and special projects gave each advisor and House Corporation Board member a Chi O Creations trivet, engraved with the crest, to thank them for their time and hard work with the colony.
To Rho Mu: Hearty congratulations and best wishes from all your Chi Omega Sisters.
What Our New Sisters are Saying
"Chi Omega means to live each day with strength and the mindset to achieve anything." –Catherine DeConcilis, freshman
"Being a Chi Omega helped my transition to college. Rho Mu is a new chapter
and I am a new member of Chi Omega. We get to start and grow together." –Abby Bishop, freshman
"I love the strong friendships that I have formed." –Theresa Borosh, sophomore
"I love having something to say I'm proud to be a part of!" –Molly Caulfield, senior
"I love sharing a unique experience with my Sisters while enriching our lives and building character." –Brittany Chisum, sophomore
"I think by being a Chi Omega, I will always be stronger in life because there is so much love all around." –Nancy Emma Cirje, freshman
"Chi Omega's standards teach me to hold myself to a higher degree and do things that I will be proud of later in life." –Alexandra Evangelou, freshman
What Advisors Are Saying
"To play a part in establishing this new chapter gives me the opportunity to give others what Chi Omega has given me: friendships for a lifetime!" –Dana Kuhman, Alumnae Relations Advisor
"I couldn't pass up the chance to help young women who are just as excited about Chi Omega as I am!" –Lorie Rowland, Asst. Recruitment Advisor
"I hope to help the Rho Mu members become women who not only live our six purposes today but carry them into their lives after college." –Nicole Junas Schoenberg, Personnel Advisor
"Thank you for the opportunity to help secure the future of Chi Omega. I am invigorated by my role as an advisor and truly feel that Chi Omega is for a lifetime." –Aimee Renkes, Forms and Cardinal Cabinet Advisor
Joellyn Sullivan, S.K.A.
Andrea Bechtel, S.M.
Jana Hitt Shaw, National Extension Chair
Anne Emmerth, Executive Director
Laura Lee Jones, Director of Extension/Special Projects
JoDee Klinker, Director of Chapter Services
Kimberly Grantham, Director of Training and Programming
Jessica deGraffenreid, Director of Communications
Alli Klos, national volunteer
Holly Beuke, Regional Director
Holly Sahrmann, National Consultant
Katherine Ramsey, National Consultant
Emily Smith, National Consultant
Emery Dodson, National Consultant
About DePaul University
DePaul University, the largest Catholic university in the United States, offers highly respected, flexible, practical programs of study in a student-focused learning environment. DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. The university's mission emphasizes academic excellence, community service, access to education, and respect for the individual.
Charter Officers of Rho Mu
G.H. Susie Jostes
G.T.B. Jillian Wagner
G.K.A. Melissa Victores
G.N.V. Brynna Doherty
G.M. Vanessa Hernandez
Personnel Chair: Noa Ashkenazi
Panhellenic Delegate: Carolyn Meyer
Recruitment Chair: Kelsey Newell
Chi Omega is grateful to the dedicated alumnae who serve as Rho Mu advisors and on the House Corporation Board.
Personnel Advisor: Nicole Junas Schoenberg, Rho Beta/Drake U
Forms and Cardinal Cabinet Advisor: Aimee Lindh Renkes, Mu Delta/Bradley U
Financial Advisor: Maurine Anderson McAdams, Xi/Northwestern U
Scholarship Advisor: Sophia Thiakos, Mu Delta/Bradley U
New Member Advisor: Bethany Anson Jensen, Psi Zeta/U of Houston
Recruitment Advisor: Lesley Moss, Kappa Alpha/Kansas State U
Assistant Recruitment Advisor: Lorie Rowland, Rho Delta/U of Texas-El Paso
Social Advisor: Olivia Alger, Beta Lambda/Carthage College
Panhellenic Advisor: Dawn Kinder Timberlake, Mu Delta/Bradley U
Alumnae Relations Advisor: Dana Kuhman, Chi Theta/Western Kentucky U
Esoteric Advisor: Sarah Hummel, Sigma Alpha/Miami U
Community Service Advisor: Linda Dailey, Gamma Kappa/Western Illinois U
Career Development Advisor: Nathania Cadet, Mu Lambda/U of Dayton
House Corporation President: Peggy L. Slepian, Tau Alpha/Ohio U
House Corporation Secretary: Jennifer Van Blargan, Mu Lambda/U of Dayton
House Corporation Treasurer: Kelsey Osbourn Cabrera, Lambda/U of Kansas
House Corporation Member: Debbie Schaffel, Theta Alpha/Cornell U
Congratulations to the charter members of Rho Mu Chapter.
Anabel Abarca, Chicago IL
Jennifer Anderson, Chicago IL
Noa Ashkenazi, Northbrook IL
Jaimee Benach, Chicago IL
Abby Bishop, Waukesha WI
Katelyn Bogucki, Overland Park KS
Theresa Borosh, Lake Forest IL
Allison Brinkerhoff, Richland MI
Molly Caulfield, St. Paul MN
Brittany Chisum, Highland Park IL
Nancy Cirje, Hinsdale IL
Alison Connolly, Dallas TX
Catherine DeConcilis, Lockport IL
Brynna Doherty, Crystal Lake IL
Marissa Dremonas, Burr Ridge IL
Ashley Elem, Chicago IL
Alexandra Evangelou, Park Ridge IL
Melissa Furlette, Ann Arbor MI
Leticia Garcia, Chicago IL
Tracey Glynn, Glenview IL
LaReyna Griffin, Chicago IL
Ashley Gushulak, Libertyville IL
Vanessa Hernandez, El Paso TX
Kelly Hipchen, Palatine IL
Gina Jagtiani, Metaire LA
Tanya Jech, Westchester IL
Susan Jostes, St. Louis MO
Katherine LaBeef, Mundelein IL
Lacey Laugen, Louville MN
Ashley Lerner, Louisville KY
Ashley Maciorowski, Willowbrook IL
Sophia Madana, Darien IL
Mary Jo Maffei, Oak Brook IL
Emily McNish, Glenview IL
Nina Metsovaara, Villa Park IL
Carolyn Meyer, Western Springs IL
Valerie Much, Chicago IL
Carolyn Muschler, Cleveland Heights OH
Ashley Nally, Mundelein IL
Kelsey Newell, Minneapolis MN
Diana Niedbalec, Libertyville IL
Elizabeth Nussbaumer, Clarkston MI
Jennifer Plude, Tinley Park IL
Lauren Pudlik, Streamwood IL
Sarah Rice, Whitefish Bay WI
Melanie Richardson, Orland Park IL
Sharitza Rivera, Chicago IL
Christin Robinson, LaPorte TX
Jessica Schuh, Crystal Lake IL
Tina Stanis, Tinley Park IL
Clare Summers, Rocky River OH
Lani Tiberghien, Glen Ellyn IL
Rachel Verber, Danville CA
Melissa Victores, Chicago IL
Patricia Vocal, Mount Prospect IL
Morgan Voss, Rockford IL
Jillian Wagner, Chicago IL
Diane Williams, Northville MI
Nicole Wilsey, Homer Glen IL
Alexis Wonais, Naperville IL
Andrea Woodyatt, Homewood IL
Megan Young, St. Charles IL