SISTERS ON PURPOSE: CHI OMEGA CONVENTION 2016

More than 1,300 alumnae and collegiate Sisters came together at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando this June for the 61st Biennial Chi Omega Convention.

The first night of Convention marked the release of Chi Omega’s new visual identity, including a new logo and tagline: Sisters on purpose. This new look gives a modern identity to our Sisterhood that will represent our membership today and for years to come.

The Epsilon Alpha Chapter conducted a beautiful initiation ceremony for the entire Convention delegation for Supreme Governing Council Model Initiate Natalie Thompson, who was joined for the ceremony by her mother, sister, grandmother, and many other Chi Omega family members and friends.

We were honored to recognize many collegiate and alumnae members during Convention for their service to Chi Omega, including Presidents’ Award recipient and former S.H. Letitia Fulkerson (Zeta Alpha/The Ohio State University). Watch the video presentation announcing Sister Fulkerson

For our required delegates, Convention 2016 focused on programming with purpose. Educational workshops connected brand positioning with strategic programming decisions and leadership training, all anchored by Chi Omega’s vision and purposes.

The weekend ended with the Governing Council serenade in the Citrus Garden, honoring our newly appointed Governing Council members for the 2016-18 biennium. We are thrilled to welcome Gena Staggs Runnion (Psi/University of Arkansas) to her first term on the Governing Council and are so grateful to former S.K.A. Jane McWilliams Tankersley (Epsilon Delta/U of Southern Mississippi) for her dedicated service to Chi Omega.

Convention 2016 was a great time to be a Chi Omega! Mark your calendars for Firesides 2017 in Memphis this February and Convention 2018 in Phoenix.

2016-18 Chi Omega Governing Council:

S.H.: Shelley Eubanks Potter (Xi Kappa/Texas A&M)

S.T.B.: Laura Shrode Miller (Rho Epsilon/Texas Christian U)

S.K.A.: Gena Staggs Runnion (Psi/U of Arkansas)

S.N.V.: Anna Funderburk Buckner (Alpha Beta/Auburn U)

S.M.: Missy Ganaway Pask (Sigma Alpha/Miami U)

BRIDESMAIDS CO-WRITER TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT

Bridesmaids co-writer and Chi Omega Sister Annie Mumolo (Mu/UC Berkeley) takes the screen this month in the comedy Bad Moms, starring alongside Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and other leading ladies of comedy.

Mumolo was nominated for her first Oscar (Best Writing, Original Screenplay) for her work on Bridesmaids in 2012, but the movie’s runaway success wasn’t her first venture into the comedy scene. She has also had roles in Modern Family, About A Boy, This Is 40, and Bewitched, along with voicing many animated characters. Mumolo is a graduate of premier Hollywood comedy troupe The Groundlings, which has served as the starting point for comedians including Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, and Annie’s future Bridesmaids co-writer Kristen Wiig.

Annie talks Hollywood, women in comedy, and motherhood in this article and video from The Huffington Post, and you can catch this talented Sister in Bad Moms, in theaters this month!

Chapter Awards!

Congratulations to the following chapters receiving awards at Convention 2016!

Founders Cup
Awarded to the five chapters with the highest performance scorecards over the past biennium:

Chi Epsilon/University of Evansville
Omicron Lambda/Birmingham-Southern College (also received in 2014)
Phi Delta/Mississippi State University
Rho Epsilon/Texas Christian University (also received in 2014)
Upsilon/Union University


Chapter Award of Excellence

Alpha/University of Washington
Alpha Alpha/University of North Texas
Alpha Beta/Auburn University
Beta Delta/Thiel College
Beta Gamma/University of Louisville
Beta Kappa/Cal Poly-Pomona
Beta Lambda/Carthage College
Chi/Transylvania University
Chi Delta/Millsaps College
Chi Epsilon/University of Evansville
Chi Kappa/George Mason University
Delta Alpha/Univ. of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Delta Theta/Oglethorpe University
Epsilon Delta/University of Southern Mississippi
Epsilon Gamma/University of Tulsa
Epsilon Theta/Morehead State University
Eta Gamma/University of South Carolina
Eta Kappa/Missouri S&T
Gamma/Florida State University
Gamma Lambda/Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Iota/University of Texas-Austin
Iota Alpha/Southern Methodist University
Iota Mu/Quinnipiac University
Kappa/University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Kappa Lambda/UC San Diego
Kappa Mu/Sacred Heart University
Lambda/University of Kansas
Lambda Zeta/University of Missouri-Kansas City
Mu Lambda/University of Dayton
Omicron Beta/College of William & Mary
Omicron Lambda/Birmingham-Southern College
Omicron Zeta/Arkansas State University
Phi Alpha/The George Washington University
Phi Delta/Mississippi State University
Phi Epsilon/Ball State University
Phi Gamma/Louisiana State University
Phi Lambda/Franklin & Marshall College
Phi Zeta/McNeese State University
Pi/University of Tennessee
Psi/University of Arkansas
Psi Beta/University of Iowa
Rho Alpha/University of Missouri
Rho Epsilon/Texas Christian University
Rho Mu/DePaul University
Sigma Alpha/Miami University
Sigma Epsilon/Vanderbilt University
Sigma Kappa/Austin Peay State University
Sigma Mu/Babson College
Tau/University of Mississippi
Tau Alpha/Ohio University
Tau Beta/Oklahoma State University
Tau Delta/Gettysburg College
Tau Kappa/University of Montevallo
Tau Mu/Washington University in St. Louis
Tau Theta/William Woods University
Theta Kappa/Baylor University
Upsilon/Union University
Upsilon Lambda/Hanover College
Xi Delta/University of Toledo
Xi Kappa/Texas A&M University
Xi Mu/University of Rochester
Zeta/University of Colorado
Zeta Beta/University of Arizona
Zeta Zeta/Samford University


Chapter Certificate of Advancement:

Beta Beta/Washington State University
Delta Kappa/UNC Charlotte
Mu Alpha/University of New Hampshire
Mu Zeta/Adrian College
Omicron/University of Illinois
Phi Kappa/University of West Georgia
Pi Beta/University of Minnesota
Pi Mu/Florida Gulf Coast University
Psi Alpha/University of Oregon
Psi Zeta/University of Houston
Sigma Zeta/Texas A&M Commerce
Theta Gamma/Queens University
Theta Mu/Worcester Polytechnic University
Upsilon Delta/University of Miami
Xi Beta/University of Maine
Xi Theta/South Dakota State University
Xi Zeta/Univ. of Tennessee-Martin
Zeta Lambda/Wake Forest University
Zeta Mu/University of Denver