Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Springtime in Chi Omega Land


            This certainly has been a full semester for the Chi Omega ladies of Epsilon Delta. From taking all of the philanthropies by storm, to making a difference on campus as well as in the community, Chi Omega has been extremely active in not only our chapter but outside as well.

            February started up with the annual Sigma Chi Derby Days. The ladies of Chi Omega participated in the week’s festivities and were awarded silver at the last event with an energetic Mardi Gras themed dance. The Derby Days week ended by a show of support for Sigma Chi’s philanthropy with a charity night at DeRe LaRouge.
The following weekend was Chi Omega’s formal at Southern Oaks, where all of the brand new initiates were recognized. February continued with Chi Omega and Pi Kappa Phi returning to their roots with a “high school cliques” themed mixer. Chi Omega also participated Delta Gamma’s philanthropy, Anchor Splash, which was sadly cut short this year by tornado warnings. However, Chi Omega was the special entertainment, and managed to wow the audience with a Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana tribute performance before the tornado sirens began.

Apart from just participating in philanthropy events, Chi Omega had a chapter wide community service event to end the month of February that included participation with Southern Pines Animal Shelter, the Salvation Army, the Hattiesburg ARC, and a 5k benefitting some local businesses. To wrap up a super busy February, the last week of the month was spent with the ladies of Chi Omega taking first overall in Pi Kappa Phi’s Petal for Push philanthropy week.



            For Spring Break, many of the Chi Omega ladies spent their spring break in Destin, while others went hiking in the mountains of Gatlinburg, or found amusement in Disney World.  The return to school promised a large amount of sisterhood bonding.  The Chi Omega and Sigma Phi Epsilon mixer allowed everyone to show his or her true style with a CMT vs. MTV theme.
  After Spring Break, the ladies hosted the 2nd Annual Chi O Cupcakes fundraiser, benefitting the Make A Wish Foundation. Raising nearly $4000, we declared it to be a sweet success!
 
 
Later that week, the entire chapter attended a sisterhood sleepover at ACE gym in Oak Grove, where everyone was able to reconnect and socialize with lots of fun and exercise. The next morning, the girls had to wake up bright and early to give back to their community, because Chi Omega had several teams involved in the Big Event, hosted by USM’s Student Government Association.
Chi Omega took second place in Delta Delta Delta’s Triple Play cheer competition, but unfortunately the softball game scheduled for the weekend was rained out. Chi Omega’s busy spring thus far was brought to a close by a Mother/Daughter tea, where the Chi Omega ladies were able to spend quality time with their mothers at the Camellia House.  Chapter members were able to have lunch and work on beautiful artwork sponsored by Hattiesburg’s local business, Painting With a Twist.
 
Chi Omega has had a wonderful 2014 so far and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!
LICO,
Epsilon Delta

Monday, February 3, 2014

Initiation

          
  Epsilon Delta started off this New Year with great excitement by welcoming every single member of PC’13 into the Chi Omega sisterhood. January 16-19 marked the dates of much sisterly bonding including the initiation of its 45 new members. All of the active chapter members showed tons of support throughout the entire week/weekend and of course this is always a great time to reconnect with alumni and see their continuous support. 
PC '13 gathers for first picture as official
Chi Omega sisters of the Epsilon Delta Chapter

           

 Sueb Walley, a Chi Omega Epsilon Delta legacy, was elected by the active members of the Epsilon Delta chapter as PC’13’s model initiate. She was chosen by overall recognition of her active representation of a Chi Omega lady. Epsilon Delta could not be happier to have initiated this amazing group of young women into the chapter this past weekend. Congratulations to PC’13!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Yours Forever

Homecoming Step Show
Following the excitement of recruitment, Bid Day, and the semester’s first swap in September, the Epsilon Deltas tackled October’s ever-hectic homecoming week and gained campus-wide recognition. Junior Kimber Atwell, this year’s homecoming chair, oversaw the week’s copious obligations. Homecoming week began on Monday, October 21, when seven teams comprised of one sorority, one fraternity, and one campus involvement group each assembled for a cheer competition. Throughout the week, other attendance and spirit-based competitions were held, including a late-night event at the Fresh Food Company, a Golden Eagle Olympic games at the Payne Center, a dance competition at Reed Green Coliseum, and a fountain sit in Shoemaker Square. Additionally, Homecoming social media challenge kept all the teams on their toes throughout the week. Teams were encouraged to tweet and post pictures involving Southern Miss and its students, and those with the highest number of posts at the end of each day were given extra homecoming points. Throughout the week, Chi O’s were busy “pomping” their team’s lawn decoration and painting the homecoming float. The Epsilon Deltas finished the week strong, with first place in the Golden Eagle Olympics, third in the float competition, second in the lawn decoration competition, and second overall. The Chi Omegas hosted an open house for alumni, actives, new members, and their families on Saturday, October 26. They also had a sprawling tailgate tent in the District. This year’s Homecoming week was one of the most successful to date 

New Member Retreat
In addition to Homecoming festivities, October was full of sisterhood, social community service, and fund-raising events. On October 4 and 5, Pledge Class 2013 participated in a New Member Retreat at the Phillips’ camp, where it has been held for the past several years. The girls bonded as a pledge class by eating snacks, staying up, and learning more about Chi Omega and each other. Freshman Chloe Sanders substantially benefited from the retreat. “New member retreat was such a great opportunity to become closer to my pledge class and to be able to have conservations beyond the typical, ‘Hey, what’s your name? Where’re you from? What’s your major?’” Sanders said.
Date Party

On October 5, several Epsilon Deltas volunteered for the annual Breakfast With Seymour to raise money for the Make a Wish foundation.
        The semester’s first date party, which was rock-and-roll themed, was held on Friday, October 11. The girls accessorized their date party shirts with bandanas, punk jewelry, and big hair. Epsilon Deltas competed in Phi Kappa Tau’s Silly Olympics philanthropy event on October 12, placing in several categories.
        One of the first fundraising events of the semester (and certainly the first of its kind in Epsilon Delta history) was the profit share with Click boutique held on Thursday, October 24. The community was invited to the boutique for an afternoon of shopping, refreshments, and philanthropy, and the event’s turnout was generous. A portion of all sales that afternoon were donated to the Make a Wish foundation in honor of Epsilon Delta.
        As a whole, October signaled the beginning of what will surely be a busy, productive academic year for the Chi Omegas at Southern Miss. Stay tuned to see how the chapter continues to uphold its distinguished values and timeless Symphony.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Home


Fried chicken, corn, and rice. A winding concrete staircase. A big, black King James Version bible.   If I were asked two years ago to give a list of things that reminded me of home, these would be just a few of the things I would tell you. Then I graduated from high school—the “big day” when you become an adult.  We all remember it. Before I knew it, I was off to college and leaving behind all my friends and family. What was I going to do? Who was going to hang out with my goofy self? Then, my roommate suggested Greek Life to me.  Freshman me thought, “What the heck, maybe somebody on that Village Circle will be like me and they’ll have the same ideas about life as me?” Long story short, I went through recruitment and found a whole group of people that are like me, even some that aren’t (which always makes for interesting conversation).  The outside world calls us “Chi Omega,” but I call these people “sisters.” 


Imagine this. It’s Bid Day 2011, and this girl opens up her envelope to see the cardinal and straw that she’s been hoping for all week.  Immediately the two girls next to me scream, “SISTERS!” and hug me.  (If you know me, you know that me hugging anybody is a reason to worry, but hey, what the heck?)  So there I was. Wearing my new “letters” and smiling for what seemed like a thousand pictures.  And then Bid Day was over, and I couldn’t help but wonder what was supposed to happen then.  I could’ve never imagined the memories, best friends who seem more like family, and home that Chi Omega would give me in my just two short years so far.  I’m sure you’ve all heard that before, it even sounds cliché coming out of my mouth, but there isn’t a word besides “home” to describe what Chi Omega has been to me.  Sure, we all like owls, but that isn’t what really makes it for me.  The doors of Chi Omega are a sheltering place where I can leave behind all my troubles if I want to, but I know that if I don’t want to and I desperately need the understanding ear of a friend, it’s mine, no questions asked.  Believe me, I am the last person to get all emotional on you, but I couldn’t imagine my life without chapter meetings on Mondays, Songfest, date parties, but most importantly, the sisters I have gained. 



Wherever we go, we know that we can always go home to Chi Omega.  From the shores of France to The Colosseum of Rome, Chi Omega sisters are proud of where they come from.  
So ask me what “home” means to me now and I will probably still tell you about the chicken thing, but first I would tell you about the second house on Village Row with the stone owl in front of it. I’d tell you about the countless nights I’ve spent there just wasting time with the girls that are so dear to my heart. But most importantly, I would simply tell you about the letters I wear over, and forever in, my heart. Chi Omega, Yours Forever.

- Kellie Herrington

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Update



Okay ladies, I know I have not blogged in a long time, but that's because I was focusing on my studies which was also the case for the rest of my sisters because guess what?! Chi Omega got first in grades for the 4th semester in a row! AND we also received the Aubrey K. Lucas award! For those of you that don't know, the Aubrey K. Lucas award is awarded to the Greek organization with the highest cumulative GPA. It is so rewarding to know our long nights of studying paid off! Congrats smart sisters!


As you guys know, The University of Southern Mississippi was hit by a tornado. The cities of Hattiesburg and Petal were heavily damaged. Luckily, the University was on Mardi Gras break. Miraculously, no one was killed. The tornado wiped out the historic oak trees on the front of campus, and tore apart the newly remodeled Ogletree House. 
The students of USM came together for a student led campus pick-up day. Not only were the students eager to restore campus, an anonymous donnor donated $1M to the restoration of the campus! With that and the donations of many others, the campus will soon be restored.


This past semester was filled with memories that will last a lifetime. First of all, lets just talk about that Derby Hat. No, we did not find it. What?! Yes, that’s right, we did not win Sigma Chi’s Derby Days. Although we put forth effort, we did not put forth enough. But that’s okay! However, we DID win Kappa Delta’s KD Super bowl, Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash, Pi Kappa Phi’s No Boundaries Week, Phi Mu’s Phi Music Fest, and ATO Volleyball! Wow sisters, that’s impressive!

Now for more festivities, Chi Omega Intramurals kicked butt this year! In the fall semester we won: Flag Football, Kickball, and Volleyball. In the spring semester Chi Omega won Walleyball, Basketball, Soccer, and Softball. Plus, we only lost ONE game! Now that is something to be proud of! A huge shout out to our athletes that made this possible. 
Thank you, ladies!    









Speaking of memories to last a lifetime, everyone sure did make lasting memories with the Seniors. The seniors were.. well.. the best seniors any one could have asked for. From date parties, swaps, and sisterhood events, to family dinners and hanging out, these seniors have made a lasting impression on all of us. We are sad to say goodbye, but congratulate them on all of their achievements!




I hope everyone has a great summer!
LICO



Monday, January 28, 2013

Update


Chi Omega Update!

We hope everyone had a wonderful winter break! We are aware that you guys want to know what has been going on in the lives of the Epsilon Delta Chi Omegas, so here it is!

The first week back to school was an exciting one for our new members as they transitioned into new initiates! Our new sisters were able to catch a glimpse of what our sisterhood is about. New initiate, Mackenzie Carmody, says, 
                 


“Initiation weekend was more than being able to call myself an official member of the Chi Omega Fraternity, it was knowing I found people that share the same morals and values as me. When I was going through recruitment, I was looking for a chapter that not only had the same values as me, but also a chapter that could provide me with opportunities and a chapter that I could contribute to. I truly believe that here in Chi Omega, I have found that. I love knowing I have sisters that will always be there to encourage me or to walk to class with me. Our sisterhood is genuine and I have come to love Chi Omega more than I ever expected to. Hip Hip Chi O! “ 

We celebrated our new initiates at our Eleusinian Ball last Saturday evening. The theme was Belles and Beaus, and a huge shout out Sisters Lauren Royerre and Laney Simmons for planning such a wonderful event! Your efforts are truly appreciated ladies! Another shout out to Sister Lauren Rabalais for painting such an awesome door decoration! You go girl! Our new initiates were presented by their handsome dates for all of the chapter to ooh and awe at. Yes, they are definitely a beautiful pledge class, as seen here! 


In other news, this weekend the ladies of Kappa Delta are hosting their 1st annual Shamrock Superbowl. You know what that means, right? Well if you couldn’t guess, our very athletic intramural Chi O’s have been practicing their mad football skills, I mean, we did win 1st place in intramural flag football season! Even though we are competitive, but always classy, ladies, we are more excited about participating in Kappa Delta’s philanthropy event because it supports Prevent Child Abuse America and the Mississippi Children’s Justice Center. We wish our KD friends the best of luck this weekend.

We hope you guys have a great week! Check back for more updates!

LICO

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

MAKE-A-WISHTTT!

On Thursday November 29th 

the Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega hosted their 61st annual Songfest. 
All of the hard work and preparation really paid off..

We were able to raise 41,000 for the Make A Wish foundation

 

A big thanks to our Songfest director Chelsea Fenton for everything.

Songfest would not have been as successful without all of your hard work and dedication. 
We love you!




A special congratulations... 
to the ladies of Delta Gamma for the Overall win.

We would also like to congratulate the the ladies of Delta Delta Delta for placing 1st in the sorority devision. 
The men of Pi Kappa Phi for placing 1st in the fraternity devision.
 And our special Make A Wish pick the ladies of Phi Mu

Thank you to everyone that participated in Songfest 
as well as everyone that came out and supported the Make A Wish foundation.


Cant wait to see what the 62nd annual songfest will bring!

Guck luck on finals everyone!!


Merry Christmas!
LYLAS!