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Chi Omega may have closed, but hearts are still open
Jessica Kenyon
Antelope Staff
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Chi Omega is the largest womens fraternal organization with more than 290,000 initiates and 172 collegiate chapters.

It’s been nearly six months since the Iota Zeta chapter of Chi Omega closed, but that certainly doesn’t mean the hearts of the girls closed. Although members were very sad with the closing of their chapter, they still know that their sisterhood goes beyond the walls of the chapter house. “We feel that Chi Omega has made a positive impact upon our lives, and we don't have the chance to share that close of a bond with other women on this campus,” said Corina Wright, a senior interior design major of Omaha.

Most girls who were planning on returning to UNK before the closing still did. Many of them are living close together in the towers and in other dorms, and a few have apartments together off campus.

Chi Omega advisor Shari Anderson said, “The girls will continue to reap the benefits of being a Chi Omega, but now it will be from an alumna's point of view. The benefits of Chi Omega are definitely for a lifetime. The support, friendship and sisterhood continue with us throughout our lives.”

One of the best things that has come out of the chapter closing is the opening of the alumnae group that will be meeting at least once a month and taking part in fun activities and still supporting the Kearney area with philanthropic activities.

“We are now meeting as the newly reorganized Kearney Area Chi Omega alumnae chapter, which is recognized as an official Alumnae Chapter with our national headquarters,” Anderson said.

Anderson said this alumnae group spans several generations, with members from age 19 to 89. “We are happy that we can still be connected in an organized manner once a month.”

Chi Omega was founded in 1895 and had been making significant contributions to the university since 1962. Chi Omega is the largest women’s fraternal organization with more than 290,000 initiates and 172 collegiate chapters.

The women of Chi Omega still plan to actively support the Make-A-Wish Foundation (Chi Omega’s National Philanthropy) both locally and nationally.

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