At the banquet following Kappa Mu’s installation, Eva Magnuson, colony president, delivered this tribute to her new Sisters and her Chi Omega experiences.
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Eva Magnuson Tribute
My Greek life journey
started during my
freshman year when my roommate
decided that she needed to become more
involved in Sacred Heart’s campus and it just
happened to be sorority recruitment weekend.
The two of us attended all the events together,
but at the end of the week I simply felt that I had
not found my niche. There were aspects that I
liked at each of the sororities, but I just did not
find my perfect fit.
Three years quickly passed and during spring
semester of my junior year I found myself walking
toward the cafeteria when I saw an impressive
display of red and yellow balloons and an
eye-catching banner. As I slowly walked by the
tables, an energetic woman, not much older
than myself, stopped me and asked if I would be
interested in joining a new Greek organization
that was coming to campus the following fall.
My immediate response was, “You probably
wouldn’t want to take a senior!” But to my great
surprise, she said that they were definitely going
to. The woman introduced herself as Molly
Onufer, a national consultant, and started to
inform me about this new sorority coming to
campus: Chi Omega.
The more she talked, the more interested I became.
From the national philanthropy of Chi
Omega to the six major purposes that the Fraternity
upholds, I started to feel like this could
be the missing piece of my college experience.
I kept all this in the back of my mind until returning
for my senior year, when I was pleasantly
surprised to be personally contacted to
see if I was still interested and if I would come
for an interview and attend various special
events. I quickly became so impressed by the
strong women who represented Chi Omega and
I felt that if I could develop into half of what
these women had become, I could lead a very
successful and happy life. Once my bid came,
and shortly after being elected president of the
colony, I knew that I had been waiting for Chi
Omega for a long time.
The women present here—my Sisters, whom
I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know—inspire
me every day. The experiences that we’ve
had together have bonded us for the rest of our
lives. Having parents who are both members of
the Greek system, I have seen the positive, lifelong
influence of Greek association while growing
up, and I feel blessed to be able to carry on
the tradition with an organization to which I
am so devoted.
I thank each and every person who has made
this journey so memorable, and most importantly,
my Sisters, our national representatives,
and our advisors. Our adventure together has
just begun! My heartfelt thanks to all!