Chi Omega Grants Wishes, Achieves Excellence

Their work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped the Chi Omega chapter at William Woods University earn a national Award of Excellence for the first time this year.

The sorority received the award at the 55th Biennial National Chi Omega Convention in San Antonio, Texas, this summer.

The women of Tau Theta chapter raised more than $1,000 this past year for Make-A-Wish Foundation, Chi Omega’s national philanthropy. The proceeds allowed them to grant two Fulton children their wishes. One girl went to Silver Dollar City and met Scooby Doo, while boy had his dream of going to Disney World fulfilled.

Besides granting wishes, members of Tau Theta have earned high academic achievement while maintaining campus involvement. They achieved a GPA above 3.4 two consecutive semesters and were involved in numerous campus activities.

They participated in Campus Activities Board, basketball, volleyball, President’s 20, Student Alumni Council, golf, Order of Omega, C.I.R.C.L.E.S. program, Campus Crusade for Christ, the Woods Wire, International Club, University Ambassadors, Social Work Club, Circle K, Radio Station, Phi Alpha Delta (pre-law), Phi Beta Lambda (business), Alpha Mu Gamma (foreign language), Phi Alpha (social work), Lambda Pi Eta (communications) and Alpha Chi (honor society).

Breena Cook of Ashland, Mo., president of Chi Omega at WWU, attended the convention with members Lauren Rossi of Poplar Bluff and Vicki Carlile of Smithfield, Ky.

Cook spoke and received the award on behalf of her chapter. She credits the chapter achievement to individual academic, campus involvement and community service goals that were met by each member.

“Every member met their own personal scholarship goal, and that helped the whole house meet [its] scholarship goal to achieve the award,” she said.

Cook believes the six founding values of Chi Omega have made “every woman present herself in a favorable manner.”

Those values are: friendship; high standards of personnel; sincere learning and creditable scholarship; participation in campus activities; career development, and community service. To be selected for the Award of Excellence, a chapter must meet all six of these standards.

The Tau Theta Chapter was established at William Woods University in 1965 and was among the 32 out of 170 Chi Omega chapters in the nation to receive the award. Most were collegiate chapters at much larger universities, such as University of Oklahoma, University of Florida, University of Texas, University of Nebraska, Arkansas State University and University of Kentucky.

“This is quite an honor for Tau Theta,” Laura Archuleta, chair of the chapter’s advisory board, said. “The members worked extremely hard this past year and are very deserving of this national recognition.”