New sorority focuses on empowering women
Posted Sept. 15, 2006

Greek letters of vibrant colors begin to line walkways at the University of La Verne as sororities and fraternities prepare for recruitment. Not far behind is the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, a recent addition to Greek Life on campus.

The friendship and leadership driven sorority will give women on campus the opportunity to explore another option.

“We wanted to add an organization that was equally strong with a lot of positive built-in programs that can really enhance the Greek system at ULV,” said Raymond Chip West, assistant dean of student affairs and director of student life.

The sorority was invited to open a chapter at ULV, since the female population on campus has shown an increased amount of interest in Greek life.

Alpha Omicron Pi will join the sororities Sigma Kappa, Phi Sigma Sigma and Iota Delta for formal recruitment beginning on Sept. 28. One hundred fifty women are expected to attend.

Unlike other sororities Alpha Omicron Pi applicants will go through one-on-one interviews with the alumni panel, not to intimidate candidates but to kindle the spirit of sisterhood.

The sorority will recruit women from all grade levels to create a strong foundation for its ULV chapter.

It plans to recruit up to 60 women this year.

“AOPi wants the best of the best,” West said. “They’re looking for diverse women that are academically strong and are looking to create something positive and new on campus.”

Currently, there are 12 alumni in the area that are ready to assist the University with launching the sorority.

Pammy O’Leary, the sorority’s resident consultant joined Alpha Omicron Pi in 2002 says that the sorority is not a mere contract that lasts for four years but is a cherished lifetime experience.

Alpha Omicron Pi plans to empower women and raise leaders in this community.

“Our vision is that within this year we will have new members who are ambitious and will be active in the sorority,” O’Leary said.

The sorority will host “Sundaes with Alpha Omicron Pi” on Sunday afternoons starting Sept. 17 in Davenport to get acquainted with women on campus.

It will be recognized as an official member of the University’s Greek organizations on Oct. 26 at its colonization ceremony.

For more information on Alpha Omicron Pi contact Rebecca Myers at (615) 370-0920.

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