Learn & Give to Chi Omega

We did it, Sisters!

Chi Omega and Kim Cornetet, Chi | Transylvania, asked and you answered our call. Thank you for your support in helping us reach

2,028 donors allowing us to receive Kim’s gift of $126,000 for Chi Omega’s 126th birthday!

You also answered Susan Ruhne’s call for 1895 Society Membership renewals. We had 48 donors renew during this challenge unlocking her gift of $10,000!

*pictures taken prior to pandemic

More About Kim

Kim Siebers Cornetet has served Chi Omega in many ways since initiating at Chi | Transylvania University. Kim is a former National Leadership Consultant as well as former Director of Extension opening new Chi Omega chapters. Kim then pursued a career in sales and initiated the formation of an alumnae group in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and another in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Additionally, she has led as President of the Western Michigan Alumnae and Sarasota-Manatee Alumnae groups. Kim served as a Trustee of the Chi Omega Foundation and is a current member of the Ever at Heart Campaign National Steering Committee. You may have met Kim as she chaired the Convention 2016 Owl Tree. Kim’s generosity for sharing her time and treasure is lifelong. Kim is a member of The 1895 Society as well as The Margaret Hyde Heritage Society.

Kim and her husband James have four children and own the decorative fabric distributors Greenhouse Fabrics and Anna Elisabeth. Kim and James live in Sarasota, Florida as well as Ada, Michigan.

Kim tells us why she feels it is important to support Chi Omega:

“Women supporting Women. Chi Omega Sisterhood has been doing just that for 126 years. As individual instruments in a symphony we came to college from different backgrounds and experiences. Individuals uniting to make beautiful music together that we call Sisterhood that lasts a lifetime.

During critical development years of my life, I was shown and taught leadership, problem solving, compromise, team building, manners, acceptance, diplomacy, loyalty, humility, grace, courage, and respect by my Sisters. Chi Omega’s purposes and values have held lifelong meaning for me to lead a purposeful life. I have found great joy in the instant connection I have when meeting new Sisters everywhere I have traveled and lived.

As a result, Chi Omega has always been a priority in my giving, knowing that young women will have the opportunity to learn and experience what I did. I encourage you to make it a priority in yours.”

More About Susan

San Francisco alumna Susan Ruhne has served Chi Omega in many capacities. From Chapter Advisor at Mu | Cal Berkeley to President of the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter or serving as National Volunteer, Susan is truly a Sister on purpose.

“Chi Omega has been a part of my life since I joined in 1985 at San Jose State,” Susan says. “For me, many times in my varied career I’ve had bosses look at me and ask, ‘How do you know how to do that?’ and my answer is always Chi Omega! I still have close friends from college, but also have made amazing friendships with women I’ve met through alumnae groups and national participation. These Sisters and friends are there no matter what life throws at me.”

As an employee of Salesforce in San Francisco, Susan was one of just 100 top employees who fulfill a rigorous volunteer schedule to be awarded a $10,000 grant from Salesforce to share with the non-profit of her choice. We are so grateful that Susan chose the Chi Omega Foundation for this honor. When asked why she chooses to give back to Chi Omega, Susan has a simple response – “because Chi Omega keeps giving back to me.”

Susan encourages all Chi Omegas to check and see if your employer has a matching program.

Message from Foundation President, Letitia Fulkerson

Image captured before COVID-19

In a year of monumental change, I am especially grateful for my Chi Omega Sisters. We may be physically separated, but we can—and we must—support one another. Your gift today will provide vital resources our Sisters need to help them stay connected and lead with strength and resilience.

“Chi Omega is a beacon of positivity to me. It tells me it’s okay to be a different person every time I enter that red door; because I know that with Chi Omega, I’m becoming a better, more purposeful person. So, this fall while I’m sure we all want to forget Corona, and forget the time we spent quarantined and bored. I say instead, we take all of those bits with us and embrace the changed people Corona shaped us into.”

Rachel Loring, Gamma | Florida State wrote as a reflection on change, resilience and Sisterhood

Your gifts to the Chi Omega Annual Fund support:

  • Leadership – Provide access to premier leadership opportunities for Sisters of all ages, including The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega.
  • Decision Making and Risk Management – Help members navigate the challenges facing all young women today with knowledge and confidence to make informed and safe decisions.
  • Member Development and Education – Support training for key chapter leaders through national meetings and volunteer-led teams.
  • Sustaining the Fraternity through Strategic Needs – Fund the immediate needs of the Fraternity. These dollars allow for a swift response to maintain a high degree of excellence for our membership.


Letitia Fulkerson, Foundation President

The 125th Anniversary Challenge is Live!

Let the countdown begin! Celebrate Chi Omega and our five Founders by supporting our biggest fundraising challenge in Chi Omega history or of any sorority!

We are challenging 5,000 Sisters to give a gift of $10 or more to Chi Omega. If we meet this challenge from Susan Miller Bush, Pi | Tennessee, Chi Omega will receive $125,000 from this generous Sister.

Your gifts to the Annual Fund will go directly to supporting your Sisters NOW, ensuring they have the resources and training they need to succeed.

Be a change-maker. Be a leader. Be a role model. Be there for your Sisters when it matters.

Click here to join our 125th Anniversary Challenge!

About our 125th Challenge Donor

Susan Miller Bush, Pi | Tennessee, previously worked as a Chancery Court Clerk, then for Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead, The Trust Company of Tennessee, and the Bush Brothers & Company. Susan is on the Bush Family Senate. Her husband, Jay, is with Bush Brothers and Company serving as the Brand Ambassador. Jay also serves on the JonnyPops Board and the York Industries Board.

Susan has spent many years serving Chi Omega as Chapter Historian and Rush Chairman; previous Member Advisor and Fraternity Regional Alumnae Director for the Midwest: currently State Recruitment Information Chairman; and serves on the National Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee and Donor Relations Committee.

Susan Miller Bush and her family

Susan and her husband Jay have two children, Ian Laseter Bush, 28, of Nashville and James “Cameron” Bush, 25, of Denver. Susan enjoys travel, music, reading, and cheering on her Vols and Green Bay Packers.

“I am grateful every day for the friendships I have made and continue to make in Chi Omega. I volunteer and donate to Chi Omega in honor of my mom and dad, their friends, alumnae, and women in the chapter who mentored and guided me throughout college. I want to pay it forward by providing the resources to protect our collegiate Sisters and help them make wise choices.”

Check out the latest updates from the Chi Omega Foundation and how it supports Chi Omega Fraternity.

Letter from Foundation President


As we celebrate 125 years of Chi Omega, our collegiate Sisters continue to seek more from every opportunity, harnessing their individual potential while finding strength in the shared values of our Fraternity. Not only are our Sisters creating meaningful friendships, they continue to lift each other up and challenge one another to be their best selves.

Here are a few points of pride to celebrate with Sisters across the country.
Chi Omega Sisters across the country.

  • Chi Omega Sisters across the country celebrated a GPA of 3.38 for Fall of 2018! This average is of our 26,000+ collegians! Way to go Sisters!
  • Your gifts enabled Chi Omega to award over $214,000 in scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • All 181 Chi Omega chapters received tailored leadership training from our National Leadership Consultants.

Your support is more important than ever, as it helps encourage and educate our Sisters. Our collegians will leave college prepared to lead, work earnestly, and make a substantive difference in the world…just as you did. Your investment in Sisters across the globe will help Chi Omegas reach their fullest potential while cultivating a lifetime of purpose.


Letitia Fulkerson
Foundation President

P.S. Make sure to mark your calendar for April 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CST for a virtual Eleusinia with surprises you won’t want to miss!

Thank You to the 2019 Founders’ Day Challenge Donors!

Sisters, thanks to you we had 3,031 donors who contributed to the 2019 Founders’ Day Challenge! With your help, we were able to unlock the $125,000 gift courtesy of Lynnie Goss, Lambda Alpha/University of Kentucky, and collectively raise $357,159 for the Chi Omega Foundation which will be used to directly impact the Fraternity! See a full list of those who donated here!

Your gifts are at work!

Your gifts to the Chi Omega Annual Fund support:

Leadership – Provide access to premier leadership opportunities for Sisters of all ages, including the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega.

Decision Making and Risk Management – Help members navigate the challenges facing all young women today with knowledge and confidence to make informed and safe decisions.

Member Development and Education – Support training for key chapter leaders through national meetings and volunteer-led teams.

Sustaining the Fraternity through Strategic Needs – Fund the immediate needs of the Fraternity. These dollars allow for a swift response to maintain a high degree of excellence for our membership.

Your gifts to the Annual Fund allow the Fraternity to provide engaging, thought-provoking content, ultimately helping our members make wise choices during college and beyond.

Chi Omega has almost 125 years of Sisterhood to celebrate, and the hallmark of our beloved Fraternity has been and is our commitment to helping each other cultivate a lifetime of purpose.

Founders’ Day 2019

Chi Omega’s 2019 Founders’ Day Challenge is official live! We need your help to reach 3,000 gifts of $18.95 in order to unlock a $125,000 gift from Lynnie Goss, Lambda Alpha/Kentucky. You can help the Chi Omega Foundation reach our goal of 3,000 gifts by giving now!

Special thanks to our 2019 Founders’ Day Challenge Donors!

Lynnie Goss, Lambda Alpha/University of Kentucky

Lynnie worked for 20 years as a retail manager for The Acorn, Polo Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and a family-owned fine jewelry store, The Diamond Cellar, in Columbus, Ohio. She retired early and has been enjoying life ever since.

She has invested her time volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Lynnie lives in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus, with her little dog, Roxie. She is recruitment advisor for Zeta Alpha/The Ohio State University and was the Owl Tree chairman for Convention 2018. In addition, she supports Lambda Alpha/University of Kentucky, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and The David and Andria Goss Endowment for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Lynnie enjoys gardening, baking, traveling, Ohio State football and spending lots of quality time with her dear friends and family.

Lynnie currently resides in Columbus, Ohio and is the 2019 challenge donor for the Founders’ Day Challenge.

Dorothy Kaplan Light, Psi Beta/Iowa

Dorothy served as corporate Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Directors of The Prudential Insurance Company, as well as Chair of the Prudential Foundation and head of their social investment portfolio.

She has volunteered in numerous capacities, including serving as Chair of Milkweed Editions, a non-profit book publishing company in Minneapolis and serving as President of the Monmouth Ocean Development Council in New Jersey. She is co-author of the book “Into the Boardroom: How to Get Your First Seat on a Corporate Board.”

She was married to Ernest Light for 57 years and welcomed four children in less than four years. Dorothy now enjoys spending time with her twelve wonderful grandchildren. In her free time, Dorothy has been an avid snow skier, tennis player and runner before an injury. She now enjoys walking and practicing yoga.

Dorothy states, “I came from a town of 70 residents in Franklin County Iowa. I am giving back to Chi Omega because my Psi Beta Sisters taught me many lessons. The friendship, fellowship, and fun I had as a Chi Omega will always be treasured.”

Dorothy currently resides in Parker, Colorado and is challenging her Psi Beta Sisters to support their Psi Beta Scholarship this Founders’ Day 2019.

Thank You to the 2018 Founders’ Day Challenge Donors

As this year’s Founders’ Day Challenge quickly approaches, we want to thank all who donated to the 2018 Founders’ Day Challenge. With your support the Chi Omega Foundation is able to provide philanthropic support for the Chi Omega Fraternity, strategically ensuring the needs of our collegians and alumnae are met. See a full list of those who donated here!

Online Alcohol Education

Below, read from current collegians about the effectiveness of the online alcohol education each and every Chi Omega collegian receives on an annual basis.


Letitia Fulkerson

Incoming Chi Omega Foundation President Letitia Niemeier Fulkerson, Zeta Alpha/The Ohio State University

Former Governing Council President Letitia Fulkerson has been appointed by current S.H. Shelley Potter to serve as President of the Chi Omega Foundation, effective in 2017. Outgoing Foundation President Jane Rogers concluded her term in December 2016 with the successful conclusion of the Sisterhood Never Stops Campaign, the largest campaign in women’s fraternal history at more than $26 million.

The devotion of volunteers has been a source of constant strength for Chi Omega. Jane has led the way in these efforts, serving Chi Omega as Centennial Chair from 1992-95, as a Governing Council member from 1994-2000, and as a Foundation Trustee since 2000. Jane graciously agreed to serve as Foundation President from November 2014 through the end of the Campaign, concluding December 2016. We are grateful for her leadership, fundraising skills, generous spirit and all she has shared. Jane will serve another year as a Trustee — and we hope she will be engaged with our Foundation for years to come, as her friendships are far-reaching and efforts for Chi Omega are extraordinary. Proud graduates of the University of Arkansas, Jane and her husband Jay reside in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Outgoing Foundation President Jane Wickard Rogers, Psi/University of Arkansas

Outgoing Chi Omega Foundation President Jane Wickard Rogers, Psi/University of Arkansas

Letitia’s service to Chi Omega Fraternity has been constant since her collegiate experience. She has served Chi Omega in many different capacities, including multiple Fraternity staff roles and service on Chi Omega volunteer teams and committees. Letitia joined the Chi Omega Governing Council in 2004 as Treasurer and was the first ex-officio Foundation Trustee when that role was created in 2006 as the A Loyalty to Sisterhood Campaign for endowment was concluding. She became Fraternity President in 2008, serving for six years.

A past president of The Ohio State University’s Greek Leaders Alumni Society, Letitia has been honored with the Outstanding OSU Alumni Society Leader Award. She received the Outstanding Chi Omega Alumna State of Ohio Award in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chi Omega President’s Award at Convention 2016.

Letitia brings a wealth of experience and skills that will help guide the Foundation for its next endeavors and an exciting future for Chi Omega. With the investment of loyal friends and donors, Letitia and Shelley are excited about the opportunities for Chi Omega.

Professionally, Letitia established an award-winning State Farm Insurance Agency in 1990, which she continues to operate. She and her husband, Mike, live in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Distinguished Alumnae Honored by Chi Omega

Chi Omega recognized exceptional alumnae with two of our highest honors in 2016 through the Roselyn T. Dabbs Philanthropist Award, presented to philanthropist and community leader Linda Gregg Fields (Alpha Zeta/Texas State University) and the Malinda Jolley Mortin Woman of Achievement Award, presented to actress Sela Ward (Nu Beta/University of Alabama).


Linda Gregg Fields, 2016 Roselyn T. Dabbs Philanthropist Award Recipient www.AlexandersPortraits.com

Roselyn T. Dabbs Philanthropist Award recipient Linda Gregg Fields is an initiate of Alpha Zeta Chapter at Texas State University, where she earned an education degree. This award was named to honor former Chi Omega Foundation President Roselyn Threadgill Dabbs. It is given to a Chi Omega who has demonstrated outstanding fraternal and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles within the Greek community and in her own community. Linda and her husband, Jerry, are philanthropic visionaries, having donated millions to causes around the globe, including Chi Omega. Her commitment to improving lives reaches many organizations worldwide. The family’s gift of $1 million to the Chi Omega Foundation’s Sisterhood Never Stops Campaign represents one of the largest gifts in Chi Omega’s history, and will be utilized as critical funding to support the emerging needs of the Fraternity in perpetuity.

Sela Ward, 2016 Malinda Jolley Mortin Woman of Achievement

Malinda Jolley Mortin Woman of Achievement Sela Ward is an initiate of the Nu Beta Chapter at the University of Alabama. This national award is the Fraternity’s highest honor, recognizing distinguished accomplishment in service to Chi Omega, an individual’s community, and the nation. The Woman of Achievement Award is named in honor of Georgia resident Malinda Jolley Mortin, a dedicated Chi Omega alumna. Sela has received many awards for her performances, including Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a Cable Ace Award. Her roles include those in Independence Day: Resurgence, Gone Girl, The Fugitive, Sisters, Once and Again, CSI: NY, House, and many more. Sela is author of the New York Times bestseller Homesick, founder of Hope Village for Children in her native state of Mississippi, and honorary chair of Chi Omega’s premier giving group, The 1895 Society.

Both awards were presented by the Chi Omega Foundation Trustees during Chi Omega’s 61st Biennial Convention in June 2016, with more than 1,200 collegiate and alumnae delegates in attendance. We are honored to be represented by these incredible Sisters and to recognize their impact on Chi Omega and beyond.

Pictured above (L-R): 2016 Roselyn T. Dabbs Philanthropist Award Recipient Linda Gregg Fields (Alpha Zeta Chapter/Texas State), 2016 Malinda Jolley Mortin Woman of Achievement Sela Ward (Nu Beta Chapter/University of Alabama), Chi Omega Foundation President Jane Rogers (Psi Chapter/University of Arkansas).

Chi Omegas in Miss America 2017

Chi Omega was represented on the Miss America 2017 stage this Sunday by Miss Mississippi, Laura Lee Lewis (Phi Delta Chapter/Mississippi State University) and Miss Texas, Caroline Carothers (Theta Kappa Chapter/Baylor University). Both finished in the Top 7 and Laura Lee was Fourth Runner-Up! We are so proud of their accomplishments.

miss-mississippi-laura-lee-lewis-headshotMiss Mississippi, Laura Lee Lewis is an initiate of the Phi Delta Chapter at Mississippi State University, where is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Her platform, Mentoring Matters, is focused on establishing a community-based approach to youth mentorship, bringing awareness to mentoring opportunities and the powerful impact they can have on young men and women. Laura Lee was able to perform her vocal talent on the Miss America stage.

miss-texas-caroline-carothers-headshotMiss Texas, Caroline Carothers is an initiate of the Theta Kappa Chapter at Baylor University, where she is also a Feature Twirler. A competitive baton twirler since the age of 6, Caroline teaches twirling to young women and performed her talent at Miss America. An aspiring math teacher, Caroline’s platform, With Math I Can, helps students reach their potential and change negative attitudes about math.

Chi Omega is honored to be represented by Laura Lee, Caroline, and all of the other Sisters who were local titleholders during 2016. We can’t wait to see what’s next for these incredible women. Congratulations to our Panhellenic Sister and former Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields, for being crowned Miss America 2017!