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MSU Chi Omega Chapter celebrates 50 Years and establishes scholarship endowment

This past weekend, over 200 Chi Omega alumni and active student members gathered to celebrate the Epsilon Theta Chapter’s 50th anniversary on Morehead State University’s campus. In celebration and honor of this achievement, alumni members established the Chi Omega Founders Scholarship Endowment. 

Some of the weekend’s events included a welcome reception in the newly renovated Adron Doran University Center, memorial service, campus tour and a banquet. These events provided members the opportunity to learn about the chapter today, as well as opportunities to get involved with alumni chapters. At the banquet, charter members were recognized in addition to recognition of the chapter’s longtime advisor, Mary Jo Netherton, who passed away in 2017.   

“It was amazing to have so many alumni back on campus for this anniversary celebration,” said Allison Caudill, a member of the group’s anniversary planning committee. “There were nearly 20 Epsilon Theta Charter members in attendance and sisters traveled from as far as Arizona to attend the event.”  

The scholarship endowment will support initiated members of the Epsilon Theta Chapter that embody the values of the social fraternity: friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and credible scholarship, participation in campus activities, career development, and community service. The fund was established by an initial gift from the organization’s 50th Anniversary Fund and will continue to grow by contributions from alumni members. Currently, over $29,000 has been contributed to the scholarship. Once their fundraising goal of $50,000 is met, a space in ADUC will be named “The Chi Omega Founder’s Room” to honor their charitable dedication to MSU students.   

“This scholarship is going to make a difference in the lives of Chi Omegas for generations to come,” said Alicia Parker Webb, senior philanthropy officer for MSU’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development and fundraising coordinator for the 50th Anniversary planning committee. “We are so grateful for the generosity of our alumni. Naming a space in ADUC and creating a scholarship is going to provide permanent recognition of the Epsilon Theta Chapter founders.”  

Chi Omega is a women’s fraternity and a member of the National Panhellenic Conference, the umbrella organization of 26 women’s fraternities. Founded in 1895 nationally, Chi Omega has 181 collegiate chapters and 246 alumnae chapters. Morehead State University’s Epsilon Theta Chapter was chartered in 1969. 

For more information on this scholarship, or to establish your own, contact MSU’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 606-783-2033, email giving@moreheadstate.edu or visit alumni.moreheadstate.edu/give


Photo: Chi Omega Epsilon Theta Charter members gathered at the Chi Omega 50th Anniversary Banquet in the Adron Doran University Center. 

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