We had a blast with our partner Phi Kappa Psi during Homecoming week, as all of the events of brought us together to compete in various events across campus to try to win a title as Homecoming champions. All week we ran to various events, from causing an uproar at Ruckus at the Rec in Tug-of-War and Dodgeball to becoming the champions of Iowa Shout, we did it all.
A major highlight of this year’s Homecoming week was winning the title of champions of Iowa Shout. The dancers that participated in this event underwent weeks of practice after class, complete with flipping routines and learning how to quickly form a team of trust and support that can hit every beat with authority.
One of our Campus Events Directors, Jenna Heeren, worked with the dancers week by week to perfect the routine. “The dancers had scheduled weekly time in the studio prior to Shout, working to perfect all of the dances, which was an absolute blast! Their hard work paid off as winning Iowa Shout was such a rewarding experience for all of us. We all anxiously waited, holding hands, as they announced who won second and third place. Finally, they announced our name as the champions! It was the most amazing feeling to see all of our practice pay off as we screamed and jumped on each other in celebration.”
We had an absolute blast with each other and were thrilled to place 2nd Overall at Homecoming. We could not have done it without our fearless leaders Jenna Heeren and Hayley Wilson!
Homecoming also draws our amazing alumnae back to us for the weekend. Though we are constantly excited for new members to join our chapter, we always miss seeing our Sisters who have graduated and become alumnae. Being able to cheer on the Hawkeyes on Saturday morning together with old and new Chi Omegas alike is truly a wonderful experience. The alumnae love to come back home and relive their time in Chi Omega, as a few of them reflect on below.
Lauren Cummings (Graduating Class of 2016): “The best part of coming back to Iowa City last weekend was being with all of my favorite people again! I never realized how much I love Iowa until I had to leave it when I graduated last May. Honestly, it feels like my second home. And we all know that the real world doesn’t compare to those 5am wake up calls on Saturday morning."
Lexi Colby ( Graduating Class of 2015): “I miss Chi O and being able to spend all of my time with my best friends. Chi O gave me my friends that I will have for life, and not seeing them each day anymore just isn’t the same.”
Lierin Seavey (Graduating Class of 2015): “I love coming back to Iowa City and simply walking around downtown with my best friends. It’s hard not to get nostalgic in the Ped Mall as we pass by our favorite spots, each of us recalling an old story to laugh about as we go. Grabbing dinner at The Mill is a must every time we are in town, and each time we are here with each other, we are reminded of our unbreakable bond rooted in Chi O."
Rachel Johnson (Graduating Class of 2016): “I was a part of Homecoming Council when I was an undergrad, so this weekend has always had a special place in my heart. It was so much fun to come back to Iowa City last weekend and see that they still used some of my decorations, such as the big “HOMECOMING” letters on the Pentacrest! Being back reminded me that I loved being either a bedroom or a block away from all of my Chi Omegas. Being states away from everyone when you lived that close to them for four years is probably one of the most difficult parts about graduating. But, at least there is always something to look forward to when I come back!”