Alpha Omicron Pi sorority was founded on the campus of Columbia University at Barnard College on January 2, 1897 in New York. At the time, Barnard College was a separate women's college associated with Columbia University, which was for men only.
Alpha Omicron Pi is currently a member of the National Panehellenic Conference and is an international sorority. The founding women met in the Columbia Law Library to start their fraternity. The founders were Stella George Stern Perry, Helen St. Clair Mullan, Elizabeth Heywood Wyman and Jessie Wallace Hughan. At the time of the organization's inception, the term sorority was not used, so Alpha Omicron Pi was founded as a fraternity for women. Alpha Omicron Pi started their quest for expansion on the national level in 1898. The first expanded chapter was the Pi chapter which was at Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans. Sophie Newcomb College was part of Tulane University.
The official philanthropy for Alpha Omicron Pi is Arthritis Research and Education.
"Exceed the Expectation."
- Sorority color is cardinal
- Sorority symbol is the panda
- Sorority flower is the Jacqueline rose
- Sorority jewel is the ruby
- Sorority publication is To Dogma
- Sorority headquarters located in Brentwood, Tennessee
- Mission statement: Women Enriched through Lifelong Friendship
- 188 collegiate chapters throughout the US and Canada
- Janis Mackey Frayer (Canadian TV Journalist)
- Courtney Kupets (Olympic and World Champion Gymnast)
- Heather Whitestone (Former Miss America)
- Natalie Powell White (Survivor: Samoa winner)
- Parvati Shallow (Survivor: Micronesia winner)
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