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Chi Omega Class of 2018 - a look back over the past four years

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Chi Omega Class of 2018 - a look back over the past four years

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Four years ago, they opened an envelope on Bid Day to find "Chi Omega" written on a piece of paper. They ran home to 804 Iowa Avenue to celebrate joining a group of women who would quickly become family. Here is a look back at some of the highlights and accomplishments over the past four years.

2014-2015 Freshman Year

In their first year as Chi Omegas, they were Homecoming Champions, Intramural Champions, held the highest new member class GPA, contributed to the highest overall chapter GPA, Dean's Circle Award, raised over $38,000 for Dance Marathon, won the Chapter of Excellence Award, and won Chapter of Year! They received their Big Sisters, were initiated and made official, and formed even closer friendships at various Sisterhood and Philanthropy events. 

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2015-2016 Sophomore Year

Sophomore year they became even closer after moving into the Chi Omega house together. This year was also their first time on the other side of recruitment, and they were excited to have Little Sisters. After Bid Day they went on to win Iowa Shout and 2nd Place Overall during Homecoming Week, received 1st place in Greek Week Follies and 3rd place overall,, overall Intramural Champions, won the Chapter of Excellence Award, raised over $10,000 for Make-A-Wish, and once again held the highest chapter GPA.

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2016-2017 Junior Year

Junior year they passed the halfway point of their time as active members of Chi Omega. The tradition of excellence continued as they created their first online recruitment hype video, were Iowa Shout Champions and 2nd place overall in Homecoming Week, Greek Week & Follies Champions, the Top Fundraising Chapter for Dance Marathon 23, once again held the highest chapter GPA, were named Chapter of Excellence, and recruited another amazing group of women into Chi Omega. They also held numerous leadership positions in Chi Omega, and organizations across campus. 

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They also cheered on two of their Sisters as they gave Commencement Speeches at Graduation! Kayln Hugdahl and Kimberly Chexnayder.

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Read about the future plans and favorite memories of Some of our Seniors Below!

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MADI SMITH

Degree / Future Plans: graduating in December with a Nursing degree

I owe a lot of my successes to Chi Omega. To begin, Chi O introduced me to the most incredible women that I now call my best friends. Chi O encouraged me as I began my journey through nursing school and it shaped me into the leader that I am today because of the opportunities I had while serving on our executive board. Chi O cheered me on as I ran marathons, studied for countless exams and celebrated with me on every single birthday. Chi omega  has repeatedly pushed me to be a better friend, daughter, student, leader and women and I couldn't be more thankful. I will never forgot the memories I had as an active member and especially the 2 years I lived in 804 Iowa Ave! I miss it already. Xo

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PAIGE SHOCKEY

Degree: Marketing Management, Certificate: International Business

Future Plans: I will begin my training as a District Manager for ALDI in the Chicago suburbs.

Favorite Chi O memory was the night before initiation freshman year. Our pledge class all came over to Kenzie and I's dorm room and we hung out, ordered food, and watched movies. We were so excited to officially be Sisters the next day!

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Degree: Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology and Spanish Minor

Post grad plans: Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Iowa

Fave memory: My entire senior year! Bid day, Nashville, spring break, formal, just hanging out and playing games. There is nothing better than seizing every moment with friends before we go our separate ways. I owe a huge thank you to Chi Omega for introducing me to the best people I know.

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Alex Griffin

Degree: Journalism Mass Communication & Business

Future Plans: Traveling this summer, then working for Insight Global as an account manager

When it comes to my favorite memories with my time in Chi Omega, it is almost impossible to choose one specific time.  It's the moments that we have had where we are all in sweats cuddling and dying laughing about nonsense together, or all of us jamming to 80's music in the bathroom while curling our hair, or the infamous amount of McDonalds runs we would all take packed into one person's car.  The simplest of times with each other, where we are close and laughing, are the memories I will cherish the most.  I have made friendships I could only dream of, and as much as it kills us all to be separating physically, we all know we all will always have each other in our hears and memories.

Caroline Rossberger

Degree: Marketing

Future Plans: Traveling this summer to Brazil and looking for a job! Chi O has given more than I ever could have asked for. I have met my best friends, role models and future bridesmaids. Some of my favorite college memories are with my Chi O's driving to Coralville Lake with the music up and the windows down! These past four years have been the absolute best and I have my Chi O's to thank for them.

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Kimberly Chexnayder 

Degree: Journalism & Mass Communication

Future Plans: Junior Rotational Executive- The National Football League 

Favorite Memories of Chi O: Meeting my best friends and soulmates through Chi Omega. Women in this house have changed me for the better. I know that without them my college experience would’ve never happened as magically as it  did. 

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Ashley Mazzocchi

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Minor: Spanish

Future plans: Graduating in December with my BSN and then will plan to work here at UIHC before moving back to Chicago! My career goals is to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Oncology. 

Chi Omega has been the reason my college career has been so great. Because of Chi O I’ve been lucky enough to be blessed with my forever friends. These incredible, passionate, caring women have been by my side through the many ups and downs of my college career. They’ve been with me to support me through my hardships and help celebrate my achievements. I am so lucky to know these women will be by my side throughout the rest of my life. Chi Omega has also given me the courage to travel abroad for a summer, to apply to the nursing program, and endless opportunities to make a difference both on and off campus. I have Chi O to thank for my passion for Dance Marathon which has shaped my career path into becoming Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Oncology. Without Chi O, I wouldn’t have nearly as an amazing college experience. I will also cherish the trips and memories we have taken. From Nashville to Cabo to all the memories in Iowa City! Thanks for the absolute best four years, but thankfully Chi Omega is for lifetime.

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JENSEN BISHOP

Degree / Future plans: Graduating in December with my BSN and plan to go into OB/maternity nursing. 

My college experience would not have been the same without Chi O. We’ve been through everything together. The ups, the downs, and everything in between. I will never forget all of the late nights living together, sharing bunk beds, running around Iowa City, and all of the road trips we have taken. Chi Omega is not just four years, it truly lasts a lifetime. 

ELIZABETH SHAW

Degree: Sport and Recreation Management with an emphasis in business studies, certificates in leadership studies and interscholastic athletic/activities administration

Future Plans: I will be attending the University of Iowa College of Law to pursue my Juris Doctor degree

Favorite memory from Chi O: is honestly meeting everyone from all of the different pledge classes and helping people navigate college! Sal Lee and Lucy Korsakov (graduated last year) really helped mentor me the past few years when it came to law school applications and I would have never met them if it wasn't for Chi O! I also loved being the Golf Classic Director this past year because it made me feel like I was truly giving back to Make-A-Wish and it was fantastic seeing everyone have fun out on the golf course.

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Hayley Wilson

Degree: BA in Health Studies and minor in Business Administration, graduating in December 

Future Plans: Attend Des Moines University to receive my Masters in Health Administration & hopefully manage a pediatric specialty clinic in the future! 

Favorite Chi O Memory: IMPOSSIBLE to pick a favorite buttt my favorite memories always include snacks from Casey’s, and the chapter room full of girls “trying” to study but instead sharing stories and laughing about anything and everything.

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CORTLYN KASIK

Degree: bachelor in science in human physiology (pre-dent)

Future Plans: Going to dental school next year at Iowa!

Favorite Chi Omega Memory: Every part of senior year. It was the best year of my life because I had my best friends at my side! We really came together and finished college with a bang. We lived by the Tom Petty quote and cherished every second!

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Lindsey Hiepler

Degree: Finance

Future Plans: working in Bloomington, MN as associate finance manager at Aramark

Favorite Chi Omega Memory: how do i pick?!?! Probably our road trip and adventure in Nashville this past fall.. We were only there for 48 hours but man we had so many good times on Broadway and on the long car rides.

RILEY COYLE

Chi O helped remind me constantly to push myself. I was constantly reminded of our values through the actions of the people around me. I’m thankful chi o was able to shape me the last four years. 

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Megan Frischmeyer

Degree: Environmental Bioscience and Public Health

Future Plans: Traveling!

Choosing Chi Omega 4 years ago turned out to be the BEST decision I made in college. I came to Iowa without a clue as to what I wanted to do here or who I wanted to be when I left but everything fell into place the minute I stepped inside. Each year brought new memories from dining together in Burge, having sleepovers every night in the house, or taking countless road trips and vacations with the women who know me best. I can't thank this amazing chapter for giving me the life I've always dreamed of and friends who support each other every step of the way. XOXO

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Lindsay Randklev

Degree: BBA in Entrepreneurial Management, certificate in International Business, minor in Spanish

Future Plans: District Manager with Aldi in Chicago suburbs

Favorite Chi Omega Memory: The late nights in the house, full of pokey stix and endless shenanigans.

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KELSEY WROBLE

Degree: Therapeutic Recreation with a certificate in Disability Studies 

Future Plans: attend graduate school for Special Education. 

My favorite memory from Chi Omega:  our Sophomore year sleepover on the porch.

Alexandria Seavey

Degree: English and Communication

Future Plans: I will be working for a company called All Community Events as an Event Manager for races from 5ks to Marathons.

I love Chi Omega because four years ago it brought me my best friends. These women will be my bridesmaids, my 4am call when life gets to be too much, my home team. I would not be the woman I am today without them.

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Maddie Lorentzen

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology with honors and distinction 

Future plans: I will be headed to Rhode Island to work at the Rhode Island Free Clinic as a patient and volunteer coordinator for one year! After that I hope to attend medical school. 

I kind of think of Chi Omega as the best “cheat sheet” to college. Before getting halfway through freshman year I already had an amazing group of friends, help in my classes, a gorgeous house to live in. It’s the end of my senior year and as I snuggle on the couch with my best friends and sisters I realize I have a world of appreciation for the sisterhood that provided me with this impeccable “cheat sheet”. College would not have been nearly as great without it. 

Michelle Kannenberg

Degree: Marketing, a minor in Italian, and a certificate in international business

Future Plans: I have two full time offers, one in Chicago doing advertising and marketing consulting  and the other in Cedar Rapids doing digital marketing. I plan on choosing on of the 2 by graduation, spend a month at home, and then move/prepare for my full time career!

Favorite Chi Omega memory: Getting Katherine Crosby as my little. One of the reasons I joined Greek life was to have a little because I never got the privilege of having younger sibilants. She is one of my very best friends and I couldn’t be more blessed to have her and the rest of our Chi Omega family in my life. I know she will be a forever friend and I can’t thank Chi Omega enough for that.

Rosemary Adams

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Degree: Journalism and Mass Communication

Future plans: I will be working at Weber Shandwick in downtown Chicago doing Consumer Public Relations

Chi Omega shaped me into a more driven and strong young woman and showed me how to advocate for myself in order to accomplish my goals. It has given me friends for a lifetime and memories that I’ll cherish forever.

 Katherine Mendieta Photography

Seniors, we love you and are forever grateful for the lasting impression you have made on our chapter. We are so proud of you and can't wait to see you change the world. 

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Iowa Homecoming 2017

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Iowa Homecoming 2017

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This year's Homecoming was an absolute blast! Chi Omega was paired with the fraternities of Zeta Beta Tau and Lambda Chi Alpha and participated in activities like Can-Struction, bags tournaments, Ruckus at the Rec, and of course, Iowa SHOUT. We placed 2nd overall and we could not be more proud! Read all about our events below! 

Can-Struction was a mad dash to build the best design with canned goods that would be donated at the end of the day. Chi Omega decided to build the children's hospital to honor the kiddos on the 11th floor and to represent the newest Iowa football tradition: The Wave. 

We also had a blast at Ruckus at the Rec! We participated in Tug of War, obstacle courses, and dodgeball. Those who did not play cheered in the stands and caused a ruckus for their sisters. Ruckus at the Rec is always a fun way to bring out our competitive side and cheer each other on.

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Our Campus Activities Director, Katie Cabel, played an enormous role in Homecoming Week. She spent countless hours preparing the dances for SHOUT, and making sure the week was a blast for everyone. We are so proud of her dedication and love for this chapter. 

Homecoming Week 2017 was one to remember. I was so proud to see our pairing come together and give it their all at various events. I especially had a blast working with our team for Iowa Shout, and I was absolutely thrilled when we won! It was a great time for me to get close to our new members and share with them how this aspect of Chi Omega holds a special place in my heart! I can’t believe my time as Campus Activities Director is already up, but I look forward to seeing someone else take over and hopefully give their heart and soul to the position because I loved every minute!
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Iowa SHOUT is always the highlight of the week (besides the football game, of course)! Each chapter gets a chance to show off with a girls dance, boys dance, and a partner dance. This year, Chi Omega took FIRST PLACE in SHOUT and had a blast doing it!

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The dancers worked their butts off for weeks leading up to the performance to make it past try-outs and be able to take the main stage in the IMU! They put in many hours of work each week and the payoff was outstanding!

All of the rehearsals and the performance allowed us to bond even more with our pairing-making new friendships all week long!

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Iowa Shout Photos by JoePhoto

Besides Chi Omega having  blast during Homecoming week, our Sister Kimmi Chexnayder won Homecoming Queen this year! We could not be more proud of her and everything she has accomplished! HUGE congrats to Kimmi! 

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As with everyone home game, we also enjoyed seeing our Sisters who perform on the field and pump up the crowd! Kylene Spanbauer is Iowa's Golden Girl, Sydney Albertson and Kayla Drow are on the Iowa Dance Team, and Maria Werner Anderson is a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band!

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We finished off the week in a very special way this year. Two of our inspiring alumnae, Brooke Mickelson and Meighan Phillips, took the new first quarter 'WAVE' to the children's hospital a step further. Both Brooke and Meighan have a personal connection to the hospital, as they have experienced firsthand having a child treated at the Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. So they created a shirt to fundraise for the kiddos in the UISFCH. This shirt raised over $100,000 for the Stead Family Children's Hospital in the first 48 hours it was on sale! You can order your WAVE shirt by clicking here ---> The Iowa Wave Shirt

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Chi Omega's First WISH WEEK!

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Chi Omega's First WISH WEEK!

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Chi Omega’s first Wish Week has come to an end in what seems like the blink of an eye. But Wish Week started off as just that - a wish. A wish to raise awareness, to raise money, and to provide hope for children and families grappling the burdens of life-threatening illnesses to show them the happiness, relief, and renewal that a wish can bring. This was Chi Omega's goal with our first ever Wish Week to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation: our philanthropy that we are deeply attached to and proud of. We decided to plan a week full of events leading up to our annual Chi Omega Golf Classic to raise funds and awareness for Make-A-Wish within the Iowa City, University of Iowa, and Greek communities.

It is a beautiful thing when an entire campus comes together for a cause bigger than themselves. In years past, we have had single-day events for the cause, but this year we decided to take it one step further. The results? More than we could have imagined. In seven days, we raised a grand total of $8,670.08: enough to grant a child's wish!

Our sister, Anna Vos, played a huge role in organizing this week and we could not be more grateful to her and her hard work. Read more about this incredible week below! 

Monday - Adam's Wish

This year, each day of Wish Week saw a new event. On Monday, we kicked off our week by hosting an event called "Adam's Wish," where we were blessed to listen to Adam's family speak. We heard about how Make-A-Wish granted Adam's wish to visit San Diego, California, and learned first hand what the power of a Wish truly means to a kiddo and his family. We loved being able to invite the Greek Community to come listen to Adam's story and it was so awesome to share our philanthropy among so many different chapters! 

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Tuesday -Donut you wanna grant a wish?

Tuesday mornings call for donuts and coffee, which we handed out at Hubbard Park all morning. We got to spread the power of Make-A-Wish to our fellow student body over some delicious pastries and caffeine! 

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Wednesday -Chipotle Community day

On Wednesday, our sister, Ella Paris, organized our first community day at CHIpOtle. This means that 50% of the proceeds that Chipotle made from 4-8pm that night went directly to Make-A-Wish! The line was out the door for hours as everyone on campus chowed down on burritos for an amazing cause.

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Thursday & Friday - 24hr wish rally!

Thursday and Friday we blew Facebook up with our 24 hour Wish Rally! We urged our family and friends to find a few extra dollars to donate to Make-A-Wish through social media, and the results were incredible. We started out with a goal of $1,100 and surpassed that before the 6 hour mark. We then raised our goal to $2,000 and ended up with a grand total of $2,555! 11:11am on September 28th to 11:11am on September 29th saw the funds for portion of a child's wish get raised, and that is something we are truly proud of. 

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Sunday - Golf Classic

Wish Week finished up on Sunday with our annual Chi Omega Golf Classic! Golfers sign up to play 9 holes in competitive fun on Brown Deer Golf Course. Chi Omega's caddied for our dads, fraternity men, and community members all throughout the day. This is always one of our favorite events throughout the year and having it finish off our first ever Wish Week made it even better! 

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Our friends in Phi Kappa Psi took home the gold on the Front 9 by shooting 8 under par!

Our friends in Phi Kappa Psi took home the gold on the Front 9 by shooting 8 under par!

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"Golf Classic 2017 went really well! Clare Keating and Margaret Kaufman were my assistants and I could not have done it without them! We couldn't have asked for a better day. The weather was perfect and it seemed like everyone was enjoying themselves. What I enjoyed most about Golf Classic in general was witnessing all of the planning pay off. I was able to caddy for my dad and boyfriend, which let me relax and soak in the whole day. We raised so much money for Make-A-Wish and all the families that Make-A-Wish helps! It will be great to see another child be granted a wish!"

Our sister, Liz Shaw, was the mastermind behind the planning of Golf Classic. She spent months contacting the golf course, organizing the donations, and making sure it would be a wonderful event for all! 

Anna, Chi Omega's Philanthropy Director, commented on the incredible turn out in on both the participation and financial ends of the spectrum of Wish Week -which so successful largely in part to her hard work and dedication!

"As the Greek Philanthropy Director, I cannot express how much it meant to have such a great turnout at the Wish Week events. To me, it demonstrates the sense of unity in the Greek community when we come together to show emotional and financial support for organizations that make an impact across the country. It’s incredible to see the way Greeks contribute to that impact, and how we empower one another by encouraging leadership and awareness through organizing philanthropy events. Most importantly, we came together to raise enough money to grant a child’s wish. In meeting Wish families throughout our events, we were able to catch a glimpse of the lasting impact that can make on one child’s life, and how that one person can continue to inspire others who are wishing to make a difference." -Anna Vos

Chi Omega's President, Sarah Fisher, could not be more proud of how the week turned out.

"As Chi Omegas, we are so excited to take on new projects and try to push ourselves to go above and beyond. We are so proud to have raised nearly $9,000 for Make-A-Wish during our first Wish Week! However, none of this would have been possible if we did not have such amazing individuals organizing these events. Anna Vos, our Philanthropy Chair, went above and beyond to make sure this week went so smoothly. She spent countless hours setting things up, tearing things down, and making sure everyone had a smile on their face throughout the week. Anna, along with the rest of our Make-A-Wish committee, are women that make Chi Omega so outstanding. Each and every one of them contributes their strengths that make this organization successful. We want to give Anna and the rest of these ladies a HUGE thank you for all of their hard work. Psi Beta has endless love for them and all that they do!"

Missed this year's Wish Week? Don't worry! Next year's is already in the works!

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Bid Day 2017! Meet Our New Members

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Bid Day 2017! Meet Our New Members

This August, we welcomed home 60 new members to our HOME in Chi Omega! These ladies have already become such assets to Chi Omega and we can't wait to see how they will change the world in the next four years. Read all about them below!

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Rony Wright

"Rony exudes confidence yet remains humble and kind. She is a friend til the end and an irreplaceable one at that. Everyone is always laughing around her!"

Hometown: Lisbon, IA.

Major: Pre-Pharmacy

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Jordan Winke

"Jordan embodies everything in a good role model. She is disciplined, hardworking, sincere, a lady!"

Hometown: Albia, IA.

Major: Marketing/Sports & Rec Management

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Anushi Wijayagunaratne

"She is very intelligent, cool, calm, & collected, smiley, stylish and relatable. She can get along with anybody and has a smile that lights up the room!"

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA.

Major: Biomedical Science

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Gracie Wilson

"Gracie is such a sweetheart. She lights up the room when she walks in and you can't help but smile when you're with her! She is radiant, compelling, and simply incredible!"

Hometown: Bettendorf, IA.

Major: Spanish & Education

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Maria Werner Anderson

"Maria is stunning and bright-minded. She is graceful and charming and we are so proud that she is a Chi Omega!"

Hometown: Ames, IA.

Major: Nursing

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Madeline Volk

"Madeline always has a smile on her face and I love seeing her around campus! She is one of the sweetest, funniest, and hardest working girls. Everyone is always smiling around her!"

Hometown: Ankeny, IA.

Major: Nursing

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Caely Tietz

"Caely is genuine, kind-hearted, and humorous. She is a total sweetheart, a lifelong friend and a sister to the end."

Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN.

Major: Political Science

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Peyton Swift

"She is the most kind-hearted person I know. Peyton brings the sunshine wherever she goes. She is captivating and gentle."

Hometown: Urbandale, IA.

Major: Speech & Hearing

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Kylie Spanbauer

"Kylie is Iowa's Golden Girl! Kylie is delightful, pure-hearted, and has an old soul. She is passionate and driven; the epitome of success. She is inspiring yet humble, kind and graceful."

Hometown: Fon Du Lac, WI.

Major: Therapeutic Recreation

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Sidney Smolik

"Sidney is completely genuine and has such a sweet soul. She is a ray of sunshine and so much fun to be around."

Hometown: Waukee, IA.

Major: Human Physiology

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Sydney Shie

"Sydney has such a joyful disposition and wears a smile wherever she goes. She is charming, sweet, and charismatic!"

Hometown: Iowa City, IA.

Major: Public Health

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Macy Schares

"She is goofy, funny, determined, smart and outgoing. Macy is also so stylish! She is energetic and there's never a dull moment with her."

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA.

Major: Nursing

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Peyton Ross

"Peyton is a classy lady with integrity who is extremely personal and well-rounded! She is a fantastic person all around!"

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA.

Major: Human Physiology

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Julia Romanowski

"Julia is absolutely awesome. She's intelligent, has good humor, and absolutely lights up my day. She's smiley and always knows how to make the best of a situation!"

Hometown: Joliet, IL.

Major: Biology

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Ali Randolph

"Ali is ambitious, fearless, and she always keeps it real. Her sparkling personality is what will make her flourish in these next four years and beyond!"

Hometown: For Madison, IA.

Major: Biology

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Kaitlyn Pfaffle

"She is genuine and has a gentle soul. She is warm, caring and a complete genius. She is already an amazing sister!"

Hometown: North Sioux City, SD.

Major: Direct-Admit Nursing

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Nicole Pagliari

"Everyone would love to be around Nicole. She is always smiling and makes everyone laugh. She is funny, unique, and completely relatable!"

Hometown: Park Ridge, IL.

Major: Creative Writing & Psychology

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Sarah Niesman

"Sarah is beautiful and sweet. She is intelligent and down-to-earth and a complete role model! She radiates positive vibes wherever she goes."

Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL.

Major: Nursing

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Rebecca Nelson

"Becky!! She is an adorable human with the most kind and pure heart. Her natural optimism and ability to make the most out of every situation is so inspiring."

Hometown: Audubon, IA.

Major: Speech Pathology

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Clare Nelson

"Clare is lovable a kind-hearted soul, and radiant! She is selfless, outgoing, and she effortlessly makes everyone's day brighter by just being herself. Her sweet demeanor makes everyone she talks to feel like an instant friend."

Hometown: Chicago, IL.

Major: Human Physiology

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Ellie Murphy

"Ellie is so genuine and curious about the world. She is involved, kind, and has an absolute heart of gold."

Hometown: Chicago, IL.

Major: Speech & Hearing

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Mary Mondanaro

"Mary is sweet, spunky, and so adorable! Her smile is completely captivating and she is such a welcoming young woman."

Hometown: Iowa City, IA.

Major: Economics & Mathematics

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Jana Miller

"Jana is fun-loving, easy-going, mature, and has a calming presence. She is so personable and makes everyone feel special!"

Hometown: Davenport, IA.

Major: Health & Human Physiology

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Marisa Milavitz

"Marisa is a very outgoing lady with a sparkling smile and capturing eyes. She has a sweetness that is so memorable and makes everyone want to be around her!"

Hometown: Iowa City, IA.

Major: Human Physiology

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Emma Meador

Emma is compassionate and outgoing and has a huge heart. She is down-to-earth and a great role model!"

Hometown: Independence, IA.

Major: Public Health

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Danielle McComas

"Danielle is bold, she is true to herself and outgoing! She is unique, smiley, and genuine to the core."

Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA.

Major: Political Science

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Julia Matthews

"Julia is a genius! She is a ray of sunshine with a heart of gold and anyone could talk to her for hours about anything and everything."

Hometown: Naperville, IL.

Major: Nursing

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Chase Marzen

"Chase is so bubbly and fun to be around!! She is a absolute joy to spend time with and when someone meets her they instantly want to be her friend."

Hometown: Ankeny, IA.

Major: Open

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Kelly Lynch

"Kelly is smart, caring, and a total show stopper. She is the life of the party, because people are drawn to her and that amazing smilet!"

Hometown: Bloomfield, MN.

Major: Open

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Lydia Leyden

"She is a breath of fresh air! Her smile is completely contagious. She's courageous, successful, and spunky."

Hometown: Iowa City, IA.

Major: Nursing Interest

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Hannah Lee

"Hannah Lee is so sincere and down to earth. Her smile lights up a room and her genuine spirit makes her so approachable."

Hometown: Johnston, IA.

Major: Exercise Science & Pre-Physical Therapy

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Skyler Lawson

"She is kind, mature, and a helping hand! Skylar is enthusiastic and beautiful in every way and will flourish wherever she is planted."

Hometown: Cincinnati, IA

Major: English

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Rory Laubengayer

"She's bubbly, conversational, hilarious, and has a heart of gold. She is a great friend to everyone!"

Hometown: Chesapeake, VA.

Major: Marketing

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Jenny Kulhanek

"This girl has a contagious personality that everyone can see! She is driven, personable, and is a light to everyone that knows her."

Hometown: Davenport, IA.

Major: Nursing

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Beth Kuhn

"Beth is extremely smart and is so easy to talk to! She is humble, kind, and inspiring in every way."

Hometown: Lockport, IL.

Major: Biomedical Engineering

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Kara Krantz

"She is relatable and talkative and won't let you down. She is a fighter and her fierce spirit is contagious!"

Hometown: Dyersville, IA.

Major: Journalism & Mass Communication

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Mary Kainec

"She is fun-loving, mature, and so smart! She loves to laugh, has a heart of gold, and finds joy in everything."

Hometown: Bettendorf, IA.

Major: Open

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Carson Hunt

"Carson is a fantastic writer and always brings a positive energy wherever she goes. She is so intelligent, ENERGETIC, enthusiastic, positive, smiley, and upbeat!"

Hometown: Duxbury, MA.

Creative Writing

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Andrea Huls

"Andrea is so kind-hearted and cheerful that anyone can have a good time around her. She is one of the most caring people I know."

Hometown: Sergeant Bluff, IA.

Major: Political Science

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Haleigh Houston

"Haleigh is such a spunky spirit, but she also has a kind and empathetic nature about her. She is driven, fun, and compassionate!"

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA.

Major: Human Physiology

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Katherine Henry

"Katherine is studious and focused and dazzles anyone she talks to. She is a leader and the world is hers!"

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA.

Major: Speech & Hearing Science

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Mary Grace Henderson


"Mary Grace is a fabulous dancer and a leader. She lights up a room, she can make anyone smile, and she is extremely intelligent."

Hometown: Des Moines, IA.

Major: Psychology & Dance

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Jessica Hawkins

"Jess Hawkins is so genuine and down to earth! She has such a kind soul and makes everyone happy around her."

Hometown: Evanston, IL.

Major: Journalism & Graphic Design

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Ellie Havenstrite

"Ellie is confident, independent, funny and well-rounded. She is calm and collected, so driven, and an unstoppable force."

Hometown: Wisconsin

Major: Mathematics

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Emma Hapeman

"Emma is the total package! She is a natural born leader, eccentric, sharp, intelligent, and she brightens up any room she walks in!"

Hometown: Kohler, WI.

Major: Marketing & Management

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Camryn Glienke

"Camryn is sweet, lovable, and so natural! She is enthralling and a natural leader."

Hometown: Clive, IA.

Major: Art Education

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Stephanie Garoufalis

"Stephanie is a ray of sunshine! She is responsible and leads by example and she has an infectious smile."

Hometown: Orland Park, IL.

Major: Human Physiology, Pre-PA

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Gianna Fiandaca

"Gianna is fun, outgoing, super trustworthy, sweet as can be, and everybody's best friend!

Hometown: Mundelein, IL.

Major: Human Physiology, Pre-PA

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Lucy Ernst

"Lucy is a girl with the most radiant presence and brings light into every room she walks into. Her positivity is contagious. To know her is to love her!"

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA.

Major: Pre-Pharmacy

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Kayla Drow

"Kayla is passionate and determined. She is a loyal and fierce friend who will not let you down!"

Hometown: Naperville, IL.

Major: Marketing & Accounting

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Rachel Diomar

"Rachel has a contagious smile and laugh. She is fun loving, a friend to all, and a complete sweetheart!"

Hometown: Winfield, IL.

Major: Psychology

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Laura Derby

"Laura is so easy to talk to that she will hit it off with anyone she meets. Her sweet, genuine personality and bright smile lights up a room!"

Hometown: Urbandale, IA.

Major: Nursing

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Liv Denkinger

"Liv can talk to anyone. She is sweet, down-to-earth, and an absolute ray of sunshine!"

Hometown: Des Moines, IA.

Major: Public Health

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Holly Dannen

"Holly lights up my world! She has such a pure heart and genuine presence. She is kind-natured and so easy to love."

Hometown: Altoona, IA.

Major: Open

Kate Curran

"Kate is sweet as PIE, inclusive & welcoming, intelligent, poised, radiant, giggly, loyal, and bonus: she gives great hugs. The whole package!"

Hometown: Humboldt, IA.

Major: Early Admit Nursing

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Hanna Chambers

"Hanna is extremely dedicated to not only her academics, but also to her activities outside of school like Ultimate Frisbee and Chi O! She is incredibly kind and is always there for you."

Hometown: Urbandale, IA.

Major: Human Physiology

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Renee Cafun

"Renee is driven, yet sweet and bubbly at the same time. She is engaging, relatable, and an amazing friend!"

Hometown: Quincy, IL.

Major: Biomedical Engineering

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Zoe Bussanmas

"Zoe is so smart and independent. She brightens anyone's day and holds herself in the most respectable way!"

Hometown: Urbandale, IA.

Major: Business

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Jess Berning

"Jess is so outgoing and social-she could seriously talk to a rock! She is poised, positive, and always smiling."

Hometown: Centennial, CO.

Major: Business

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Addi Bennett

"Addi is an amazing, pure person! She lives life to the fullest every single day and everyone wants to be around her. She is the sun on a rainy day!"

Hometown: Morton, IL.

Major: Pre-Nursing

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Bid Day: The Day Where It All Begins

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Bid Day: The Day Where It All Begins

It’s more than opening an envelope and seeing the name of their new sorority inside. It’s more than hugging the girls that are their new Sisters once they arrive at their new chapter. It’s finally coming home, a home that has been waiting for them for a long time. A home that made early morning wake up calls and endless small talk worth it. For our new member class of 2016-2017, this home is Chi Omega, and we could not wait to bring these new members home on Bid Day.

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Preparing for Bid Day is quite the feat, including nerves and pre-celebration jitters. But, the task becomes much easier once we remember how excited we are to give 57 new members a place to call their own. Our New Member Educator, Maddie Lorentzen, was the mastermind behind the day that our new members will remember as the day that started it all.

Maddie reflected on Bid Day, saying, “being in charge of planning Bid Day was a blast. From the theme to the decorations, everything was in place, but I was still incredibly nervous. Finally, our Recruitment Chair handed me the list of all our new members and I think I screamed so loud that I ruptured my own ear drums. In that moment, everything about Bid Day came together for me. We have the most amazing pledge class I could have ever imagined. So much so that t-shirts and the perfect playlist that I spent hours crafting didn’t even matter. What was important is how Bid Day was just one big celebration of these fantastic ladies joining Chi Omega. I know our new members will continue the legacy of being a strong, respected chapter full of women who truly care about each other. I cannot wait for them to be the ones giving hugs on bid day next year!”

It is worth it. It’s more than the social media buzz, more than wearing our letters home for the first time after bid day, and it’s more than the initial sea of hugs our new members found themselves engulfed in upon exiting the bus on Bid Day. It is friendship that lasts a lifetime, sisterhood that is stronger than any demons that might cross our paths, and memories that will stay etched in the center of our hearts long after we have packed up and left Iowa City behind.

We could not be more excited for our new members to enter into this unbreakable sisterhood, and Bid Day was just the beginning of it all. Hear below from a few of our New Members on why they went Chi O. 

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I went Chi O because that’s where I felt at home. I’m a sophomore and every time I met a Chi Omega throughout my freshman year I just felt like I could see myself being their Sister! By meeting people through mutual friends, student orgs, or intramurals, I was so excited to go through recruitment and hopefully make Chi Omega my home. Bid day was the best day ever when I opened that card and realized that I was now going to be led, inspired, and surrounded by a truly incredible group of women. I’m so proud to be a Chi Omega!
— Kayla C
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I went Chi O for many reasons, but one of my top reasons was for their philanthropy. the Make-A-Wish Organization is really near and dear to my heart. I love kids and my mom had cancer. I was watching the Chi O sorority video and watching what these women do to make kids happy was one major deciding factors. Kids and cancer have a huge influence on my heart & I want to do everything I can to make these kids happy! I knew Chi O was the one for me when they were passionate about the same things I was. - Bridget H

"When I came to Iowa, I knew I wanted to join a sorority. I knew I wanted the friendships, leadership positions, and service opportunities that were presented to all Potential New Members prior to recruitment. What I didn't know, was how much a sorority was going to impact me on a personal level. As I went through recruitment I found myself being drawn to the Chi O house and all the wonderful and well-rounded ladies I met there. I anticipated going to Chi Omega every round, and at the conclusion of each round I found myself wishing I could stay longer. It wasn't until I was talking to my best friend (a sophomore in Greek Life at another school) about recruitment that I really learned why I loved Chi Omega. She asked me the type of person I wanted to be upon graduating high school, and I listed characteristics such as determined, passionate, and humble, among many others. She then asked me what chapter I described, and I knew instantly that it was Chi Omega. The ladies I met with were some of the most kind hearted and down to earth women I've ever spoken to. Chi Omega truly gives a new meaning to sisterhood: a family that will push you, believe in you, and ultimately be there for you no matter what." - Michaela
From the first time I walked into the Chi Omega house there was a sense of acceptance and passion that I hadn’t experienced in the other houses. I immediately found it easy to talk to girls older me and didn’t worry about an age gap throughout the house. The girls were able to make each of girl going through recruitment feel that we mattered and we made a difference; our faces were going to be remembered. The pride that was displayed through everyone with Chi Omega radiated and I found that time sped by. I was begging for more minutes to get to know the people surrounding me. I wanted a house with a strong sisterhood and I wanted friendships that would carry me through whatever obstacle may arise and at Chi O there was no part of me that doubted that these would be the people to provide this.
— Sara L
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I went Chi O because it felt like home the minute I walked in. The girls were genuine, every girl was so sweet, and they all had the biggest hearts. During the sisterhood / philanthropy round, I knew it was the place for me. - Alex Wilson

Being a member of Chi Omega (even for these few short weeks) has given me more than I could ever ask for. I have gained sisters, self-confidence, wisdom, and leadership skills. I know that Chi Omega loves me for who I am and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. Being around a group of 150+ women that genuinely want me to do well and will push me to achieve great things is incredible. I love knowing I have over 150 sisters to: turn to after a bad day, study with, get Panch with, do community service with, go to football games with, go to the gym with, laugh with and cry with. Chi Omega has given me a family and a home away from home. I know that these letters (and people) will forever be a part of my life and I am thankful now and every day forward for all Chi Omega has given me, and will continue to give to me :)
— Rachel F.
The moment I knew I had to go Chi O was when I saw how all the girls interacted with each other and how much they truly loved one another. Chi Omegas have a genuine spirit about themselves and I wanted nothing more than to get to know each and every one of them better. I am always smiling at the Chi O house, and everyone makes me feel so good about myself. -Karly Lent
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Reasons why I love Chi Omega.. 

1. The girls in Chi Omega always push me to be my best and make me feel like I am apart of something bigger. That's what life's about, right? Being the best you, you can be!!! 

2. The girls are genuine. These sisters all share common values and stick to them! I can be myself in the house. 

3. Chi O girls are creative.. From recruitment songs to my gifts from my big. They make every event unique. 

4. Having affiliation as a Chi Omega girl pushes me to higher standards as the Chi Omega chapter is well respected... who doesn't want to feel classy, smart, and intelligent?! - Kylie

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I went Chi O because I knew the moment I walked in the house I was home. I felt like I could find my best friends that will last a lifetime and give back to the community in so many new ways. Chi O will definitely push me to become a better me! -Gina T.

I went Chi O because Chi Omega has it all. It is a great organization where I knew I would be pushed to be just as great. I felt at home at Chi O from the first moment I walked in during recruitment and every other time I walked in, I fell in love a little more. I walked out after Preference round and knew I couldn’t imagine calling any other house home.
— Annalisa S.
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The reason why I love Chi Omega is because of the personal connections you make within minutes of talking to a girl you've never met. Chi Omega girls want the best for each other and help each other become a better version of who you are encouraging you to take risks you may not have taken without their support. Overall being a Chi Omega means being genuinely loved by people who want to see you strive for your goals and reach the top of your personal mountain. :) - Sydne

I joined Chi Omega because it inspires me. The women in the chapter inspire me, the morals we hold inspire me, and being a part of something so special inspires me. I feel like myself being in Chi O, and I know that it will only push me to become the best version of myself that I can be. I know that I made the best choice when I went Chi O - Kate V.
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As We Go On, We Remember... Reflections from our Chi Omega Graduates

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As We Go On, We Remember... Reflections from our Chi Omega Graduates

Chi Omega... the reason I’ll miss everything about this time in my life. I’ll miss living less than 2 feet away from my best friends. Our lives were all intertwined— so much so, that there was no need to update, because we already knew. We grew into a family— they were the ones by my side during every high and low these past four years. And I’m confident they will continue to— to be my lifelines, to be my rocks, to be my therapists, to be my soulmates. Looking back, it’s scary to think— WHAT IF WE HAD NEVER MET!? For that, I’ll never be able to thank Chi Omega enough!
— Lauren Cummings

Where to even start?!.. Chi Omega (The 804), has left me with some of the most amazing and worthwhile memories and lessons in life. I have literally gained my BEST FRIENDS and future bridesmaids and can't imagine my life without these ladies. I knew even before attending the University of Iowa that being a member of a sorority was exactly what I wanted to do, but I never knew I would land myself in the amazing sisterhood of CHI OMEGA!! From the four wonderful bid days that I got to be apart of, to the endearing event every spring---MOM'S DAY... I have been blessed with the absolute BEST! As I spent making dinner and watching movies with some of my best girlfriends and sisters last night (now alumnae, too), we reminisced about all of the incredible times we spent together from freshman to seniors. My words of advice to current and future Chi Omegas: Enjoy every lasting second and spend as much time as possible with your sistas, because time truly flies. 

XOXO, Chase Crane.

What I'll miss most about Chi O is the daily reminder of one of my most precious blessings. This blessing is something that without experiencing, you'd never understand, but after experiencing you can't completely explain. My closest attempt at explanation lies in the saying, "If you're the greatest person in the room, you're in the wrong room." Thanks to all of my sisters, I found myself in something more special than the 'right room', I found myself in the right house. In this house I was surrounded by women who were stronger, kinder, brightens, more womanly and more dedicated that I could ever hope to be. Though this inspiration to become my greatest self will always stay with me, the constant physical reminder my Sisters gave me through their daily company will be what I miss most. They are the source of my happiest memories, my proudest moments, and my greatest growths. - Hannah Rochford

The things I'll miss the most about being an active are the little things. Stuff like watching the Bachelor in an apartment with my entire pledge class, grabbing a quick coffee to chat with my great grand little Jenna, and the sweet good luck texts when I have a big exam (and the big hugs after no matter how it went!). Taking in the little moment of a huge group of us sitting on the pentacrest laughing about the night before or memories from freshman year. These girls are my world, and I can't wait to see how they change the world. Chi O made me a better friend, because these friends celebrate my accomplishments like they are their own. A better student because these girls are brilliant, but don't take that for granted, they work incredibly hard.  A better person because they pushed me to help others through Make-A-Wish and Dance Marathon. I know I'll take these things with me, and always have a home at the 804 :) - Tess Kilpatrick

Chi Omega has been a blessing to be apart of for the past 4 years at University of Iowa. I have made life-long friends who have pushed me to reach my fullest potential. I can confidently say that I wouldn’t be as happy, smart, positive, and confident as I am if it wasn’t for the women I surrounded myself with in Chi Omega. I will forever be grateful!
— Ali Klein
I never knew that I could be so inspired, loved and encouraged by a group of women. Through Chi Omega, I have found my closest and truest friends, and I have them to thank for molding me into the person that I am today. The life full of joy and happiness that you’ve given me these last four years will be almost impossible to beat in the “real world”. I will always cherish our crazy/sappy/lovey/sad/wonderful memories for the rest of my life, and I have Chi O to thank for it all on that fateful Bid Day in 2012! - Ashley Hoff
Chi Omega has changed my life in many ways. It has introduced me to a group of women who immediately became my best friends, surrounded me with beautiful women to look up to as role models, and gave me the confidence to be who I want to be while making a difference on campus. In addition, throughout my time in Chi Omega I realized that I am capable of so much more than what I had originally believed. I learned to never be discouraged and keep reaching for my goals. Overall, Chi Omega gave me so many things and I can't imagine what my college life would have been like without it. - Karly Dankert

Leaving college and friends behind is hard, but I know I'm so lucky to have something to always look forward to coming back to.  I wouldn't have accomplished half of what I did without these amazing women surrounding me, encouraging me and pushing me to be my best self. - Anna Cardamon

Obviously I'm going to miss a lot about being an active....eating coco puffs At the the house, the morale around Greek week or long days of recruitment wasting away in the basement with twizzlers and coffee...but the most underrated blessing of being an active is being in the same city as all of your best friends. Laying in your best friends bed on a tough day or shopping in her closet. Those are the two things that will feel like the biggest holes next year...which I guess is a good thing because I'm not worried about the long conversations, or the constant call to uphold our standards disappearing :) - Anna Santaga

I will never forget one day walking home from campus to the Chi Omega house, I was listening to 'It's a Beautiful DAy' by Michael Bublé on repeat and smiling because I felt so blessed about my life. Many of those blessings came from my decision to join Chi Omega. From three years of roommates who laughed and cried with me to nights in the rec room singing along to Frozen at the top of our lungs, from late night runs to Hynes Ice Cream because ten of us wanted it - surprised? … bet not - to running to the front of the dinner line to make sure I got to sit next to Miss Anne, from walking in as strangers on bid day to walking out hand in hand towards graduation. Funny thing is I’m not actually graduating *I have a victory lap* but even though I’m still considered a Chi Omega alumna, I am so thankful that some of those that Chi O brought me — shout out to the fam bam: Lauren, Rilez, and Sarah — will still be there to be my go tos. To my other best friends who are moving on to do great things with their lives: the times we spend together may be shortened, but the love and mems will never go away. - Kaylee Huber

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The Incredible Impact Chi Omega has had on My Daughter

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The Incredible Impact Chi Omega has had on My Daughter

We have had the great privilege of watching Cassidy and her Sisters grow both personally and professionally over these last few years. We are thankful for the guidance and structure that Chi Omega has provided and its dedication to integrity, friendship, sense of purpose and the pursuit of personal and professional excellence. I will also be forever grateful to Chi Omega for picking up where we left off… conveying the type of values that would help her make good choices…modeling philanthropy and a deep appreciation for community... teaching the importance of self worth and the worth of those around her.
— Debbie McDowell

Four years ago I watched my beautiful baby girl walk across the stage to receive her high school diploma.  My mind was filled with so many thoughts and emotions.  I thought about that first day of kindergarten when, just like every other parent, I hoped that her first day of school would be amazing and wonderful.  I hoped that she would make friends easily, pay attention to her teachers and that she would be happy.  As I sat through her graduation ceremony, I had all of those thoughts and more.  As I struggled to reconcile the fact that my little girl was graduating from high school, I couldn’t help thinking how fast the years had gone by and wondered if we had done our job as parents to ensure that she would have a successful future.  I wondered if we had passed-on the type of values that would help her make good choices.  I wondered if we had modeled philanthropy and a deep appreciation for community.  I wondered if we had taught her the importance of recognizing her self worth and appreciating the worth of those around her.  And most of all…. I wondered how she would manage without us when she went on to college. Had I known then that fate would place her in the welcoming arms of the Chi Omega family, I would have rested easier that night.  

Cassidy transferred to the University of Iowa as a sophomore after spending her freshman year at Boise State University.  Even though she had grown up in Iowa, the transition was difficult.  She missed the friends she had made in Idaho; she missed being a Boise State cheerleader; and she missed the small feel of the Boise State campus.  While she didn’t say it specifically, we knew she was second guessing her decision to transfer to Iowa.  She seemed sad and withdrawn and we struggled to know what to say or how to help.  I was cautiously optimistic when she said she was planning to rush a sorority.  While I was hopeful that the bustle of activity might help break her out of the unhappy rut she was in, I was also concerned that a sorority would take too much time away from school.  Who could have guessed that instead of taking time away, the experience would only work to enhance Cassidy’s college experience and leave her with a lifetime of memories.

Cassidy was thrilled to join the Chi Omega Sisterhood!  She loved the girls, the house, and everything that Chi Omega stood for.  As parents, we were thrilled to find out that she was joining a sorority that had the top GPA for several years in a row!  In addition, we were so happy to see how her Sisters had embraced her and helped make Iowa feel a little smaller. We noticed a change for the better in her demeanor.  We couldn’t have been happier when she started getting the sparkle back in her eye and living each day with purpose.  

The last three years have flown by as fast as the high school years, but Chi Omega has done it’s best to pack a lifetime of lessons, memories and friendships into those years.  The opportunities for personal growth and development have been numerous.  Chi Omega’s influence has gone beyond what is taught in the classroom. The life skills Cassidy has learned in Chi Omega will stay with her forever.

Photo by Katherine Mendieta Photography & Films

Photo by Katherine Mendieta Photography & Films

Since 2002, Chi Omega’s alliance with Make-A-Wish has served to reinforce one of the founding principles of the Sisterhood which is service to others.  The alliance has provided lessons too numerous and profound to quantify.  Reaching out and working with families that are facing constant struggle has had a grounding and humbling effect on those seeking to help.  Being involved with Make-A-Wish has taught Cassidy that no matter how discouraging her day might seem or how bad she might feel, there is always someone fighting a bigger battle.  And while watching the struggles of others can feel hopeless, participating in Dance Marathon has illustrated how rallying together for a positive cause can bring about change in the lives of others.  

Chi Omega broke the record for most money raised by a sorority at Dance Marathon 22, coming together to raise over $95,000! 

Chi Omega broke the record for most money raised by a sorority at Dance Marathon 22, coming together to raise over $95,000! 

The Chi Omega/Make a Wish alliance has provided a wealth of lessons and has had a deep impact, yet it is only one of the many learning opportunities Chi Omega has provided.  

Living in the Chi O house has taught her about community and how everyone must do their part to keep the community thriving.

The Mom’s day and Dad’s day celebrations have taught her to reflect and appreciate those who have supported her dreams and endeavors.

The weekly recurring meetings have taught her the value of structure and organization.  

The Chi Omega family not only opened her eyes to the opportunities that Iowa provides but also the infinite opportunities that lie ahead of her.  

We have had the great privilege of watching Cassidy and her Sisters grow both personally and professionally over these last few years.  We are thankful for the guidance and structure that Chi Omega has provided and its dedication to integrity, friendship, sense of purpose and the pursuit of personal and professional excellence.

Soon I will watch my baby girl walk across the stage to receive her college diploma.  I’ll watch with great admiration of the intelligent, compassionate and caring young woman that she has become.  Again, I will be filled with emotions and questions about her future but I will rest easy knowing that we did the best job we could as parents to ensure that she would have a successful future.  I will also be forever grateful to Chi Omega for picking up where we left off…  conveying the type of values that would help her make good choices…modeling philanthropy and a deep appreciation for community...  teaching the importance of self worth and the worth of those around her.  And most of all…. I will be thankful that fate placed her in the welcoming and loving arms of Chi Omega.

- Debbie McDowell

photo by: Katherine Mendieta Photography & Films

photo by: Katherine Mendieta Photography & Films

Chi Omega has been a wonderful experience for Ashley. During the past four years, we have seen Ashley become more interested in how she can make a difference in the world.  She has become very independent and thoughtful. Not only has Chi Omega guided Ashley with her personal and career development, she now strives for academic excellence and continual improvement. She has changed her professional goals to teach artwork that will help children express themselves. She has become committed to serving others by volunteering, not just for Make-A-Wish but for others that may be in need.  

Chi Omegas at the annual Make-A-Wish Gala

Chi Omegas at the annual Make-A-Wish Gala

Chi Omega has challenged her to be the best she can be: to put others first; to pursue friendships with those that need a friend; to continually think before making judgements. Our very shy child that would never go or do anything without a friend or family member is now a strong conversationalist, very funny, adventurous and outgoing!  Chi Omega has made her into a strong, confident woman, with integrity.  We are confident that by living and learning the Chi Omega Symphony, Ashley has now found a sense of purpose. Her Chi O house, her Chi O friends and her Chi O experiences have changed Ashley to be the best she can. She will make a difference in the lives of those that need that extra hug. She will make a difference in the greater good of the community. Chi Omega will be in her heart forever; and because of that fact, she will have a bright future!

- Diana Willits

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Happy Mother's Day to our Chi Omega House Mom, Ms. Anne!

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Happy Mother's Day to our Chi Omega House Mom, Ms. Anne!

Ms. Anne is every shade of Happy and every kind of Joy. She is a loving woman who strives to ensure we are all happy and cared for. She is a thoughtful friend who is there whenever. She celebrates our victories and cheers us on as we set out to seize new opportunities. She is wise and witty and oh-so-easy to love. I value her for the amazing person she is in every facet of life and I admire her for being such a selfless, zestful house mom. She is kind and understanding, patient and loving. I am so grateful for all she does to make Chi Omega a loving home for all of us. Enjoy this day Ms. Anne because… you deserve it. :) Happy Mother's Day! Love, Taylor Manders

miss anne is my favorite thing in the chi omega house. she is always bright, always sweet, always making friends, always making coffee, always ready to hear about a bad day, always ready to contribute a comment about the bachelor, and always giving the best hugs. i love that woman and truly consider her family. she's one of the things i'll miss most about being an active. - Anna Santaga

Miss Anne has embraced every single one of us since the first day she stepped into the house. She goes out of her way to make sure everyone is happy, comfortable and loved, and you can truly tell that she cares about each of our individual lives. Whenever I need advice or even just someone to share good news with, I can always count on Miss Anne. - Cassidy McDowell

Miss Anne is the positive spark that always brightens my day around the house. Her door is open any time I'm having a bad day or just want someone to talk to. She embraces her role within our chapter, and I couldn't imagine living at the 804 without her. She's my mom away from home! - Kayln Hugdahl

Miss Anne is always a comforting story and a warm smile away from making my day. I am proud to be a part of her "morning club" where we would hang out in our pajamas and have breakfast in the wee hours at Chi Omega! I miss these mornings with her every day and these times will always be one of my dearest memories in Chi Omega! - Alex Pagano

There is nothing I looked forward to more than coming back to the 804 after a long day to Miss Anne sitting on the porch greeting me with a smile. She sets the tone for a loving home in Chi Omega, Home is where Miss Anne is. - Riley Coyle

Miss Anne has become much more than just a house mom to me, she's a lifelong friend. I can honestly say it is her warm, welcoming presence that has made this house a home for me. She brings a light to our chapter that is simply irreplaceable. We are so lucky to call this wonderful woman family! Thank you for all that you do and all that you are, Miss Anne! - Allie Mayers

She is literally a breath of fresh air. She is always cracking jokes and can make me smile even if I'm in a bad mood. Every time we talk she always remembers what's going on in my life so I know she is always genuinely listening. She's the bestest - Taylor Cork

living in the 804 would not be nearly the same without miss Anne. she is a smiling face, a warm hug (or two) whenever I see her, ray of sunshine and is always down for a good laugh! her stories are something I will truly miss once I don't live in anymore and she has been one of my favorite people to go in and talk to after a long day. I'm so thankful to have gotten the chance to become close with her and she has definitely made the chi omega house home for me - Ashley Mazzocchi

You can always count on a big and bright smile from Miss Anne everyday at the Chi Omega house. She is the most caring person, always asking how we are doing and if she can do anything for us without asking for anything in return. She can chat for hours and crack jokes with the best of them! She will definitely be one of the things I miss most when I no longer live in the house next year! - Maddie Flesner

Even though I haven’t lived in yet and just joined Chi Omega this year, I already feel such an awesome bond with Miss Anne! The fact that she remembers small details about my life every time we talk just shows how much she cares about every single one of us! I can’t wait to continue to get to know her when I live in next year smile emoticon Plus Miss Anne is hilarious and isn’t afraid to joke around with everyone. Seriously couldn’t ask for more!
— Taylor Steinfeldt

From the beginning, Miss Anne has embraced her role as our House Mom, and has treated us like her own daughters. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet such a kind, and loving soul. - Ashley Hoff

Miss Anne is the most caring and loveable house mom I could ask for! She always puts a smile on my face, and I'm so grateful for everything she does for us chi o's. We're so lucky to have her and I can't wait to share a house with her next year! - Margaret kaufman

Miss Anne is what makes this Chi Omega house a home. I can always count on her cracking a joke to brighten my day or calling me out for being tired before I've had my morning coffee. I can talk to her about anything and everything, and I'm so grateful for our friendship. Love you, Miss Anne! - Ally Orwig!

When I first saw Miss Anne I thought she was the cutest thing ever. She is so welcoming and it warms my heart! I can't wait to live in the house with her next year. -Heidi swanson

Since I will no longer be living in the house next year, I'm not sure what I'm going to do without a big smile from Miss Anne bright & early every morning, which always makes  my day! She is the most genuine, kind, & respected woman I know! Much love to her! - Hayley Wilson

Ms Anne is more than just a House Mom. She is a care giver, a role model and a friend. Some of my favorite memories from this house are from my early morning talks with her. I feel truly lucky to have a wonderful woman like her in my life. - Meaghan O'Brien

Becoming close with Miss Anne is definitely one of the things I've enjoyed about living in the Chi Omega house. She is a constant reminder of the good in the world. You can tell she loves all of us just as much as we love her. We are so lucky to have a house mom who is also an amazing friend. Her positive attitude is something that always brightens my day, and she is a woman we should all strive to be more like. - Haylee Parker

Ms. Anne genuinely cares about every girl in this chapter and she makes sure that we know that. There is never a dull moment when she is around and she always brings smiles into whatever room she's in! We love her! - Jestine Rands

I am beyond thankful for a kind hearted, level headed, incredibly loyal woman to live with and work with each day. Life is much brighter with Miss Anne. I am truly blessed to know her. Xoxo - Madi Smith

Miss Anne gives the chi omega house a sense of "home", and I haven't even lived there yet. Her kind hearted personality and warm smile always brighten up my day! She truly cares about each and every one of us and I am so thankful for that. - Annie Korff

I love when I get to stop by the house because Miss Anne is typically the one to great me with a joyous smile. I truly enjoy sitting down and conversing with her because you can tell she wants to get to know every single girl. I can't wait to continue getting to know her over the years! - Jayde Price

Ms. Anne- you are one of the best people I have met in college. I will never forget the time you made ham and deviled eggs on Easter. It was so hard being away from my family, but you were the one that cheered me up. I love our chats and am so thankful for all you do. YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR!! - Maddie Lorentzen

Even though I never got the chance to live in the house with Miss Anne, she has still had such a positive impact on my life. She is so genuinely interested in everything that each Chi Omega is involved in, and has a wonderful skill that makes you feel incredibly important and loved each time you interact with her. Miss Anne’s smile lights up the room, and I have loved watching her light up the faces of each of the younger Chi Omegas living in the house. She truly has changed the atmosphere of being a live-in for the better and I couldn’t feel luckier that we get to call her our House Mom!
— Morgan Kennedy

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