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Alpha Omega Epsilon
ΑΩΕ
FoundedNovember 13, 1983; 40 years ago (1983-11-13)
Marquette University
TypeSocial and Professional
AffiliationPFA
EmphasisEngineering and technical science
ScopeInternational
MottoFriendship. Leadership. Professionalism.
Colors  Royal Blue
  White
  Silver
SymbolDolphin
FlowerWhite Carnation (Candidates)
White Rose (Actives)
Calla Lily (Alumnae)
JewelBlue Sapphire, Pearl, Diamond
PublicationThe Angle
Chapters48 active
Headquarters6510 Telecom Drive, Suite 200
Indianapolis, Indiana 46278
United States
WebsiteAlpha Omega Epsilon homepage

Alpha Omega Epsilon (ΑΩΕ) is a social and professional sorority for women in engineering and technical sciences. The sorority was founded at Marquette University in 1983.[1] There are 48 active chapters of the sorority.[2]

Alpha Omega Epsilon is a member of the Professional Fraternity Association at the international level; however, several of its chapters are members of their local Panhellenic Councils.[3] It also enjoys a close working relationship with its male counterpart, Sigma Phi Delta (ΣΦΔ).

Purpose

Alpha Omega Epsilon promotes ideals and objectives to help further the advancement of female engineers and technical scientists, while at the same time encouraging bonds of lifelong friendships among members. Alpha Omega Epsilon members value "friendship, leadership, and professionalism."

Friendship lies at the heart of every activity in which Alpha Omega Epsilon members participate.

Leadership opportunities at the chapter and international levels are available to Alpha Omega Epsilon members.

Professionalism is integral to promoting the purpose of Alpha Omega Epsilon; the sorority is dedicated to educating the community on the importance of women in technical fields and encouraging young women to pursue technical careers.

History

1980 to 1990

In the early 1980s, the Little Sisters of both Sigma Phi Delta and Triangle Fraternity at Marquette University, started meeting in hopes of forming an organization to increase the number of women in engineering. They decided to form a sorority, and Alpha Omega Epsilon was founded by 27 female engineering students on November 13, 1983.[1]

Alpha Omega Epsilon Founding Members
Margaret Denzin (EECS) Maureen Kerrigan (CE) Lisa MacIsaac (BE) Patricia Rogers (EE) Sheri Weber (EE)
Marie Ferris (BE) Susanne Koth (EE) Ann Mahnke (BE) Victoria Schlicht (EE) Teresa Williamson (EE)
Brenda Kay Herold (EECS) Linda Kresmer (EE) Kathy Rectenwald (EE) Kristin Schneider (EE) Susan Wimmer (EE)
Deborah Hoffman (ME) Lou Ann Lathrop (EE) Eileen Robarge (EE) Lori Ann Sienicki (EE) Carmen Valazco (ME)
Kimberly Hubbard (EECS) Catherine Lewis (BE) Felice M. Roberts (EE) Mary Ruth Szews (EE) Lily Ying (EE)
Chris Ludwig (EE) Tu Quynh Tran (EE)

Four months later on March 22, 1984, it became a recognized organization on the Marquette University campus.[1] The first Alpha chapter candidate class was initiated in the fall of 1984.

1990 to 2000

In 1990, four members from the Alpha and Beta chapters–Cindy Majcher (Alpha), Kathy Rectenwald (Alpha), Julie Whalen (Alpha), and Michelle Rohr (Beta)–established the National Executive Board (NEB as the governing body for the future national organization. The NEB was composed of the executive director, expansion officer, financial officer, and interchapter relations officer. Majcher was elected the first executive director.[4]

In 1991, procedures to incorporate the organization in the state of Wisconsin began, and the national organization’s constitution and bylaws were drafted. Additionally, the then-local sorority Alpha Sigma Kappa at the University of Minnesota was accepted as the Epsilon Prospective chapter, but withdrew the following year to form its own new national.[5] During this, time Alpha Omega Epsilon’s scope increased from solely promoting women in engineering to promoting women in both engineering and technical sciences.

In 1992, the NEB’s structure was changed, replacing the executive director with a president, the expansion officer with a vice president, the financial officer with a treasurer, and the interchapter relations officer with the secretary. The sorority's first National Convention was held in Rapid City, South Dakota during the summer of 1992 with the Alpha, Beta, and Gamma chapters in attendance. In late 1992 the NEB decided to join the Professional Fraternity Association (PFA). In 1993 the National Constitution and Bylaws were ratified and a decision was made to incorporate as a social organization, rendering the sorority both a social and professional organization (due to the NEB's affiliation with the PFA). Articles of Incorporation for Alpha Omega Epsilon, Inc. were filed in Wisconsin.[4]

In November 1994, Alpha Omega Epsilon, Inc. received 501(c)(7) designation as a tax-exempt organization from the Internal Revenue Service. In 1996, a fifth office was added to the NEB, the interchapter relations officer whose duties included overseeing the activities of the chapters. This allowed the secretary to focus on sorority history and risk management.

On February 21, 1998, the Eta chapter was installed at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia marking the first international chapter of the sorority. In March of that same year, the Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation received 501(c)(3) designation as a tax-exempt charitable organization from the IRS, retroactive to the date of founding. On December 4, 1999, a prospective chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon was established at Trine University in Angola, Indiana.

2000 to 2010

In April 2000, the Iota chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon was founded at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In November 2000, a prospective chapter petition was received from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, but additional members were needed in the interest group before the petition could be approved.

During the summer of 2001, a constitutional change was approved which changed references in the National Constitution and Bylaws from “national” to “international” to recognize the sorority’s status as an international organization due to the installation of the Eta chapter at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[4] In conjunction with this change, the NEB became the International Executive Board (IEB).

In April 2002, the Trine Prospective chapter was disbanded due to low membership numbers. The Trine Prospective chapter was re-established on February 14, 2002. During the 2004 Convention, the IEB structure was modified to include a sixth position, the alumnae relations officer, whose main responsibilities included the creation and oversight of alumnae chapters. The first ARO was appointed in January of the following year.

The Bradley University Prospective chapter was established on November 12, 2005. The 2005 convention was held in Vancouver, Canada, marking the first convention in an international location.[4] On February 26, 2006, the Trine Prospective chapter was disbanded for a second time due to low membership numbers. Also in February of that year, the Kappa chapter was deactivated due to waning membership.

The 2006 Convention was held jointly with Sigma Phi Delta Engineering Fraternity in Chicago.[4] During that convention the IEB structure was changed to modify the duties of the vice president to include outreach to other Greek and engineering organizations and learning the duties of the president, to transfer the vice president's duties of expansion to the director of expansion, and to add the director of publications to oversee all of the sorority’s website, newsletter, and standardization of materials. Regions and regional advisors were added to the interchapter relations officer’s responsibilities. Each chapter was assigned a region.

In February 2007, the Bradley prospective chapter was disbanded due to waning membership. On March 8, 2008, the first alumnae chapter was chartered as the Alumnae chapter of the Delta chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon. On November 13, 2008, the sorority celebrated its 25th anniversary.[6] A weekend of activities in Milwaukee was attended by actives and alumnae from eleven chapters across the United States. At the 2009 convention, the IEB presented the sorority’s strategic plan which laid the groundwork for the long-term goals of the sorority.

2010 to present

On April 24, 2010, the sorority's first double-lettered chapter, Beta Alpha chapter, was installed at Texas Tech University. The sorority added 22 chapters between 2010 and 2019. In 2018 the organization celebrated its 35th anniversary in Indianapolis. In 2019, the IEB became the board of directors (BOD). The sorority chartered its 49th chapter as James Madison University on August 1, 2020. The organization chartered its 50th chapter at the University of Tennessee on March 20, 2021.

Symbols

The sorority's colors are royal blue, white, and silver. Its jewels are the blue sapphire, pearl, and diamond. Its flowers are the white carnation for candidates, the white rose for active members, and the calla lily for alumnae. Its symbol is the dolphin.

The Alpha Omega Epsilon motto is "Friendship. Leadership. Professionalism."[7] Its publication is The Angle.

Philanthropy

On December 5, 1996, the Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation was established as a nonprofit organization by four members of the sorority—Cindy Benske (Alpha), Julie Whalen (Alpha), Julie Heinrich (Beta), and Michelle Vondenkamp (Beta).[8] Benske was the first chairman. of the foundation's board of directors.[4] The foundation primarily focuses on academic development programs, professional and leadership development programs, volunteer development programs, and organizational grants.[8]

In February 2003 the Degree Recognition Committee was formed as a joint effort between the sorority and the National Foundation to ensure that all technical science majors accepted for admission into the sorority qualified for the scholarships the National Foundation awards to engineers and technical scientists.[9] The National Foundation opened its Rings of Excellence Scholarships to sorority members and their families in Canada.

On April 16, 2007, tragedy struck both the Virginia Tech campus and the sorority. Virginia Tech prospective chapter founder, Maxine Turner was killed during the Virginia Tech Massacre. In honor and remembrance of the sorority's fallen Sister, the National Foundation established the Maxine Shelley Turner Memorial Scholarship,[10] and the Rho chapter created a philanthropic event called Take it to the Max.[11]

Chapters

Following is a list of chapters and prospective chapters.[2]

Chapter Symbol Chartered date and range Institution Location Region Status Reference
Alpha Α November 13, 1983 Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin Central Active [1]
Beta Β January 1, 1985 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, South Dakota Central Inactive
Gamma Γ April 20, 1991 North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina South Active
Delta Δ August 1, 1992 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, Wisconsin Central Active
Epsilon Ε October 11, 1996 University of Southern California Los Angeles, California West Active
Zeta Ζ April 26, 1997 Syracuse University Syracuse, New York East Active
Eta Η February 21, 1998 University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada West Active
Theta Θ February 27, 1999 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Central Active
Iota Ι April 1, 2000 University of Michigan–Dearborn Dearborn, Michigan Central Active
Kappa Κ April 28, 2001 – February 2006 North Dakota State University Fargo, North Dakota Central Inactive
Lambda Λ June 2, 2001 Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio Central Inactive
Mu Μ March 28, 2004 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, Illinois Central Active
Nu Ν April 3, 2004 University of Delaware Newark, Delaware East Active
Xi Ξ August 21, 2004 Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina South Active
Omicron Ο December 12, 2004 University of Wisconsin–Madison Madison, Wisconsin Central Active
Pi Π April 23, 2005 University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia South Active
Rho Ρ January 22, 2006 Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Blacksburg, Virginia South Active
Sigma Σ February 4, 2006 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia South Active
Tau Τ April 23, 2006 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, New York East Active
Upsilon Υ April 30, 2006 University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland East Active
Phi Φ November 17, 2007 Lamar University Beaumont, Texas South Active
Chi X March 29, 2008 George Washington University Washington, D.C. East Active
Psi Ψ March 21, 2009 Binghamton University Binghamton, New York East Active
Omega Ω January 23, 2010 South Dakota State University Brookings, South Dakota Central Active
Beta Alpha ΒΑ April 24, 2010 Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas South Active
Beta Beta ΒΒ March 26, 2011 University of British Columbia at Okanagan Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada West Active
Beta Gamma ΒΓ December 3, 2011 San Diego State University San Diego, California West Active
Beta Delta ΒΔ January 21, 2012 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida South Active
Beta Epsilon ΒΕ January 28, 2012 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania East Active
Beta Zeta ΒΖ April 21, 2012 University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri Central Active
Beta Eta ΒΗ August 25, 2012 West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia East Active
Beta Theta ΒΘ November 10, 2012 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York East Inactive
Beta Iota ΒΙ December 1, 2012 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, California West Active
Beta Kappa ΒΚ January 26, 2013 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina South Active
Beta Lambda ΒΛ February 22, 2014 Lehigh University Bethlehem, Pennsylvania East Active
Beta Mu ΒΜ March 1, 2014 Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania East Active
Beta Nu ΒΝ March 30, 2014 Auburn University Auburn, Alabama South Active
Beta Xi ΒΞ April 19, 2014 Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri Central Active
Beta Omicron ΒΟ May 3, 2014 Rutgers University–New Brunswick New Brunswick, New Jersey East Active
Beta Pi ΒΠ April 11, 2015 Oklahoma State University Stillwater, Oklahoma South Active
Beta Rho ΒΡ January 23, 2016 University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama South Active
Beta Sigma ΒΣ February 27, 2016 New York University New York City, New York East Active
Beta Tau ΒΤ March 12, 2016 Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas Central Active
Beta Upsilon BY May 6, 2017 San Jose State University San Jose, California West Active
Beta Phi ΒΦ September 23, 2017 Widener University Chester, Pennsylvania East Active
Beta Chi ΒΧ November 4, 2018 Cornell University Ithaca, New York East Active
Beta Psi ΒΨ May 27, 2019 University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina South Active
Beta Omega ΒΩ February 1, 2020 Texas A&M University College Station, Texas South Active
Gamma Alpha ΓΑ August 1, 2020 James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia South Active
Gamma Beta ΓΒ March 20, 2021 University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee South Active
Gamma Gamma ΓΓ May 6, 2023 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, North Carolina South Active
Prospective Chapter ΓΔ December 2, 2023 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina South Active [12]

Notable members

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b "Chapters & Colonies | Students". alphaomegaepsilon.org. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  3. ^ "Fraternal Members Listing".
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  5. ^ "The History of Alpha Sigma Kappa".
  6. ^ Vose, Cassie. "AOE Celebrates 25 Years of Engineering Sisterhood". University of Maryland, A. James Clark School of Engineering. Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  7. ^ "Instagram". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2023-12-10.
  8. ^ a b "Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation". Alpha Omega Epsilon Foundation. Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  9. ^ "AOE Homepage". Alpha Omega Epsilon. Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  10. ^ "Maxine Shelly Turner Memorial Scholarship Fund". aoefoundation.org. Alpha Omega Epsilon Foundation. Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  11. ^ "Philanthropy. Take it to the MAX". Alpha Omega Epsilon. Archived from the original on 2011-09-04. Retrieved 27 July 2023.
  12. ^ "Instagram". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2023-12-10.
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