Chi Omega Fraternity
Welcome to the Zeta Gamma Chapter of Chi Omega, the first sorority on College of Charleston Campus! Chi O came to CofC in 1928, and has been a huge part of campus ever since. Chi Omega paved the way for sorority life at the College, and for that, girls in Greek Life will always be grateful.
Chi Omega Fast Facts
Colors: Cardinal and Straw
Flower: White Carnation
Symbol: Skull and Crossbones:
Motto: "To be womanly always, to be discouraged never"
Philanthropy: Make-A-Wish foundation
The Zeta Gamma Chapter of Chi Omega was founded on February 15, 1928. Chi Omega was the first sorority on College of Charleston’s campus. Our Sisters are committed to Chi Omega’s six purposes which guide each member and include the following: Friendship, High Standards of Personnel, Sincere Learning and Credible Scholarship, Participation in Campus Activities, Career Development, and Community Service. With the six purposes as our guide, we recruit women into our Sisterhood circle who will contribute to the harmony in our chapter and who demonstrate our values. Chi Omega sisters are inspired by our values and serve the world while keeping Chi Omega ever at heart.
Chi Omega recognizes that its members and new members are students at the College of Charleston first. Each Chapter of Chi Omega has unique scholastic requirements and individual scholastic membership requirements that reflect our long-standing commitment to this Purpose. For new members in Chi Omega, grades must be demonstrated before initiation. If a member cannot fulfill her academic obligations and her chapter obligations, she must separate from Chi Omega and concentrate on her studies; this is to benefit each student as well as our chapter. Zeta Gamma strives to remain true to the line in our symphony that states, “to place scholarship before social obligations.” Zeta Gamma has fun scholarship events, some include: Jeopardy and Majors Workshops. We award our sisters for their scholastic achievements with scholarships, GPA dinner parties, as well as weekly gift’s at Chapter for 2 special members who received A’s the previous week. Zeta Gamma also has fun scholarship events such as Jeopardy and Majors Workshops.
Sisterhood is very important to our chapter. Our events range from something as simple as weekly movie nights on Tuesdays at Cinebarre to zip lining with sisters at Charleston Zipline Adventures. Our sisterhood extends past our programming, we foster genuine relationships that go beyond our College of Charleston campus.
Chi Omega endeavors to serve local communities and to recognize the needs of others. Chi Omega’s community service and philanthropic projects are worthwhile and reflect the values of the organization; they involve both our sisters’ active participation as well as monetary donations. Our philanthropy is the Make-A-Wish foundation. Every spring Zeta Gamma puts on our main philanthropic event, the annual Work it for Wishes Fashion Show. With the help of other sororities and fraternities on campus, we raise money in order to grant wishes as well as raise awareness. Occasionally we will host a send-off party for a “wish kid” for whom we have granted a wish. Send-off parties are for sure Zeta Gamma’s favorite event because we get to meet an amazing wish kid as well as their family and see, first hand, what an impact our hard work is making. It brings so much joy to us knowing we’re the reason this kid’s wish is coming true. A wish granted not only provides hope, strength and joy to a child and their family, but it can provide a wish child with the ability and willingness to comply with difficult medical treatments, and the hope gained by that wish often improves a child’s physical health.
At the beginning of the fall semester, our social committee plans a date-party called “My Tie,” this function is held by Chi Omega chapters nationwide. This event is a fun start to the semester and helps the new members get to know their bigs as well as the older members in Zeta Gamma. Another one of our main events is our formal held in the spring. Our social chair works very hard to find us a unique venues for all of our events that take place. In addition to these events, we participate in about three mixers every semester with other greek organizations on campus.
The Zeta Gamma Chapter is proud to call Charleston our home and humbled to be able to share this campus with other outstanding greek organizations.