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Alpha Chi Omega Quotes and Poems

(these are based on the Alpha Chi Omega motto or symphony character traits)

To My Big

You are my beloved Big Sister.
You have guided me and made me feel welcomed.
Being your Little has helped me grow.
You have served as an example to me in many ways:
You shed the light of friendship on those who cross your path.
You appreciate every kindness shown by others.
You recognize noble character in mankind and in those you call sisters.
You show forth love, unselfishness, sincerity.
You see beauty in the majestic as well as in the simple.
Your friendship gives happiness and joy to those who call you sister.
And especially to me...I call you, Big Sister and friend.

A Little Thanks

We are sisters.
We seek the heights of this experience called Life.
I am proud to be your Little.

To My Alpha Chi Omega Sisters

You have served as an example to me in many ways:
You shed the light friendship on those who cross your path.
You appreciate every kindness shown by others.
You recognize noble character in mankind and in those you call sisters.
You show forth love, unselfishness, sincerity.
You see beauty in the majestic as well as in the simple.
Your friendship gives happiness and joy to those who call you sister.

We are Alpha Chi Omega sisters.

We are Alpha Chi Omega sisters.
We seek the heights of this experience called Life.
I am proud to be your Big.

(The above quotes above are originals written for this website, Sorority Sisters. They may be copied to other sites if a link is given for credit to sororitysisters.net. You are welcome to use these quotes for your own personal use for cardmaking,  giftmaking, etc.)

We have a lot more sister quotes on the sorority quotes page.

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The Alpha Chi Omega open motto is:

"Together let us seek the heights."


Origins of Alpha Chi Omega

Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet, was chosen by the founders of Alpha Chi Omega since they were forming the first fraternity in the school of music.  Since they thought they might also be founding the last such fraternity, "Omega"  seemed appropriate. Kai which means "and", was added so that the fraternity's meaning was "the beginning and the end". The  "Kai" was  later changed to "Chi" . The first house included Twenty-seven women were included in the first house. The sorority has become much larger over the years.  Although Alpha Chi Omega no longer has any musical connections,  the legacy and talent of its founders remains in its symbol and symphony.

Alpha Chi Omega colors are scarlet red and olive green.

They commemorate the fraternity's fall founding.

The Alpha Chi Omega symbol is a lyre.

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The lyre symbol was chosen by the founders after  a lot of research. It was designed by James G. Campbell. He was an undergraduate member of Beta Theta Pi  fraternity who acted as librarian for DePauw's School of Music. The lyre which is a replica of a three-stringed harp was named the symbol because it illustrated to the members' musical interest, as music connects the souls of many.  Also, according to Greek mythology, the lyre was first instrument played by the gods on Mt. Olympus.

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The Alpha Chi Omega official flower is a red carnation

exemplifying the  fraternity colors

The badge of Alpha Chi Omega is a Greek lyre of gold

having three twisted strings spanned diagonally by a raised and slightly rounded scroll of black enamel bearing the Greek letters Alpha Chi Omega in gold.  Bertha Deniston's badge is the only one of the five original badges still in existence. Bertha Deniston was a founder of Alpha Chi Omega. Her badge is  displayed at  Alpha Chi Omega headquarters.

The fraternity colors are prominent in the coat of arms.

It includes a square shield, a crest, and a scroll. The shield is red, with a bar of olive green. The first section of the shield displays a book in gold; at the base is a sheaf of wheat, also in gold. The bar has three white stars. The crest, a lyre bird, is in its natural color. The scroll at the bottom bears the Greek translation of the open motto, "Together let us seek the heights."

The symphony of Alpha Chi Omega:

"My Symphony"

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.


There are 136 chapters of Alpha Chi Omega at colleges and universities in the United States. There are also many active alumnae chapters. The alumnae chapters allow women of all post-graduate ages to come together and continue the mission and values of Alpha Chi Omega. Alpha Chi Omega collegiate chapters work directly with alumnae chapters to link sisters from around the country. In addition, alumnae chapters continue the cause of working to eliminate domestic violence.

Alpha Chi Omega is a founding member of the National Panhellenic Conference.

Alpha Chi Omega's Founders chose "Alpha" (?), the first letter of the Greek alphabet, because they were forming the first fraternity in the school of music. Since they thought they might also be founding the last such fraternity, "Omega" (?) seemed appropriate.

"Kai", meaning "and", was added to form "the beginning and the end".[2] "Kai" was soon changed to "Chi" (?), a letter of the Greek alphabet.

The open motto is:

"Together let us seek the heights."

Alpha Chi Omega's colors of scarlet red and olive green were chosen to commemorate the fraternity's fall founding. The symbol is a lyre and the official flower is a red carnation, exemplifying the Fraternity's colors.
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The lyre symbol of Alpha Chi Omega was chosen by the founders after much research, and it was designed by James G. Campbell (an undergraduate member of Beta Theta Pi men's fraternity, who acted as librarian for DePauw's School of Music). The lyre, a replica of a three-stringed harp, was chosen because it stayed true to the members' musical interest, as music unites the souls of many. According to Greek mythology, the first instrument played by the gods on Mt. Olympus was a lyre.

The badge of Alpha Chi Omega is a Greek lyre of gold, having three twisted strings spanned diagonally by a raised and slightly rounded scroll of black enamel bearing the Greek letters Alpha Chi Omega in gold. Founder Bertha Deniston's badge is the only one of the five original badges still in existence. It is on display at the fraternity's headquarters.

The coat of arms includes a square shield, a crest, and a scroll. The shield is red, with a bar of olive green. The first section of the shield displays a book in gold; at the base is a sheaf of wheat, also in gold. The bar has three white stars. The crest, a lyre bird, is in its natural color. The scroll at the bottom bears the Greek translation of the open motto, "Together let us seek the heights."

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