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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.

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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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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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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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Chi Omega raises over $95,000 for UIowa Dance Marathon, FTK!

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Chi Omega raises over $95,000 for UIowa Dance Marathon, FTK!

Chi Omegas are passionate about their involvement in the University of Iowa Dance Marathon, truly making a difference everyday for children and families who are affected by pediatric cancer. As a leadership member, I was inspired by my fellow Chi Omegas who were both on leadership and dancers. They were always putting the kids and families before themselves and went above and beyond raising money FTK! (For the Kids!). Their enthusiasm for the organization never ceases to amaze me!

This Dance Marathon 22, Chi Omega broke the record for the top fundraising Sorority, raising over $95,000 which contributed to the final total of $2,424,031.22. As a result, we were awarded the amazing opportunity of going the Rec Center during the Big Event for an hour or two where we were able to do yoga, go for a swim, sit in the hot tub, or play pickup games of basketball or volleyball.

$2,424,031.22 raised FOR THE KIDS!

$2,424,031.22 raised FOR THE KIDS!

Morgan Kennedy, Dance Marathon 23 Executive Director

Morgan Kennedy, Dance Marathon 23 Executive Director

I could not be more proud of everything that Chi Omega has done for Dance Marathon 22 and I am excited to see how we make an even greater impact on the families this year!  Our very own, Morgan Kennedy has been an amazing role model for all of us to look up to. This year she has been chosen as the Executive Director of Dance Marathon 23. I could not think of any other person who deserves this positive more than Morgan. She is going to blow DM 23 out of the water because of her outpouring love and dedication to this organization.

Four Chi Omegas have been chosen for DM Chair positions. These ladies continue to show their love for this organization by taking on a big role for DM 23. As a chair they oversee the committee members and are constantly working hard to plan events, weekly meetings, and getting ready for the Big Event.

  • Jestine Rands - Morale Chair

  • Kenzie Kennedy - Family Rep Chair

  • Riley Coyle - Hospital Co-Chair

  • Emily Fortman - Dance Marathon the Marathon Coaching Chair

photo by Melissa Quaiyoom

photo by Melissa Quaiyoom

Jestine, a Morale Chair, is one of four individuals who are in charge of 50 Morale Captains as well as 54 Morale Captain Assistants. This year I have been given the opportunity to serve on leadership as a Morale Captain. I could not be luckier to have Jestine leading all of us to be the best Morale Captains that we can be. Last year as a Morale Captain, Jestine was awarded the “Highest Overall Retention at 92.96%”. She never gave up on her dancers and was willing to go out of her way for every single one of them in order for them to get to the Big Event. I know she will push me to keep raising the bar to raise the most money I can for the families as well as getting my dancers to the Big Event. Jestine is the definition of a Morale Captain that went above and beyond for her dancers. We are so lucky to have her representing Chi Omega as Morale Chair for DM23! 

Dance Marathon has given me many opportunities in life that I would never have gotten had I not made the decision to join freshman year. Dance Marathon has not only changed my life but it has also guided me along the right path to my dream profession, Child Life. Child Life Specialist’s help children and families cope with the hospital experience. They provide procedural preparation and use play as a coping modality to make the hospital and medical language less scary for children.

Marlee Speak, Kelsey Tebbe, and Annie Clendenen with fellow dancers during 'Power Hour' the last of the 24 hours of Dance Marathon.

Marlee Speak, Kelsey Tebbe, and Annie Clendenen with fellow dancers during 'Power Hour' the last of the 24 hours of Dance Marathon.

Dance Marathon has also led me to be a counselor with Children’s Cancer Connection, Camp Heart Connection. Camp Heart Connection is a week long camp in June for children who have had pediatric cancer. It is a place for them to go where they don’t have worry about kids staring at their scars or asking a million questions, because they have all gone through the same thing. They also offer a week long camp in August for the siblings of kids with pediatric cancer. This is a time for the siblings to be able spend time together in an environment where they are #1, and can bond with others who have dealt with the experience of having a sibling with cancer.

This summer, numbers have risen and 5 Chi Omega’s will be attending camp as either a counselor or on another camp committee! I am so excited to welcome them into the Camp Heart Connection family! Dance Marathon is a proud sponsor of Camp Heart Connection.

FTK always <3
Kelsey Tebbe

( read from Marlee Speak below )

Marlee Speak and Kelsey Tebbe served as counselors for Camp Heart Connection this summer.They are both studying to become Child Life Specialists.

Marlee Speak and Kelsey Tebbe served as counselors for Camp Heart Connection this summer.They are both studying to become Child Life Specialists.

As a founding purpose of Chi Omega, the importance of service to others plays a huge role in our lives. Chi Omega's alliance with Make-A-Wish has sparked a light in us, pushing us to fight for something bigger than ourselves everyday. So it's easy to see how our love for Make-A-Wish has also inspired our passion for Dance Marathon, where we dance for 24 hours to raise money and help kiddos battle a fight against cancer that no child should ever have to face. Chi Omega not only almost tripled the amount of money we raised last year with an outstanding number of $95,000, but had over 25 ladies hold various leadership positions for Dance Marathon, which is an entirely student run organization. 

We also had over 80 members of our chapter dance at the Big Event (you need to raise a minimum of $500 to attend), with several donating their hair as well. Paige Shockey even co-hosted a game of family feud with former Bachelor Chris Soules at Dance Marathon. 

Our business minded members had the opportunity to serve on the Business and Sponsorship Committees soliciting businesses for items to donate; restaurant gift cards to give to our Dance Marathon families, and collect and handle cash from family events and canning opportunities in the community. A few of our members had the opportunity to serve on the Development and Event Committees, brainstorming and planning all events that happen throughout the year and events that happen throughout the Big Event. A few other Chi Omega sisters had the opportunity to serve on the Family Relations cabinet directly working with our Dance Marathon families at family events. They worked inside of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, and help put together the family room at the Big Event that is magical for the families and kiddos to enjoy together. Last but not least, our creative Sisters had the opportunity to serve on the PR/Marketing Committee to brainstorm new themes, apparel, social media, and document Dance Marathon events throughout the year.

When I joined Chi Omega, I never realized how impactful so many passionate, dedicated, and selfless women I would be surrounded by. I am so lucky to share my love and passion for Dance Marathon with so many of my Sisters that change the lives of those affected by pediatric cancer every single day. I think we could all agree that we knew we wanted to help change lives when getting involved in this organization, but little did we know how much it was going to change ours. Dance Marathon has led me to my future career of Child Life, further serving kiddos and families like the ones Dance Marathon has brought me to. It has completely led me to the purpose of my life where I can proudly support and uplift others. I can’t thank Dance Marathon and Chi Omega enough for inspiring me everyday, and for giving me the best college experience I could’ve ever asked for.

- Marlee Speak

Want to be a part of Dance Marathon 23? Sign up here!

You can even choose to join a group lead by a Chi Omega!
-Group 2: Haylee Parker
-Group 29: Kelsey Tebbe
-Group 41: Megan Frischmeyer

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