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Bid Day 2017! Meet Our New Members


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Camryn Glienke

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

Hometown: Clive, IA.

Major: Art Education


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Bid Day: The Day Where It All Begins


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.


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. 

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

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

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

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


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.

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.