This is sort of old news, the press release was sent out in November, 2008, but better late than never, right?
For quite awhile now, Delta Pi (University of Central Missouri) has been the only AOII chapter in Missouri. They will soon be joined by a new colony at Washington University in St. Louis.
Here are the details from the press release:
Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity will soon be the seventh NPC group to join the Panhellenic community at Washington University in St. Louis. Colonization is slated for Spring 2009.Located in St. Louis, Missouri,
Washington University is a mid-sized private institution, which enrolls 6,220 undergraduate students, 50% which are female. Washington University offers baccalaureate degrees in over 90 individual programs as well as a number of professional degree programs and these programs have consistently been highly ranked by US News and World Report. For more information regarding the university, please visit the University’s website at www.wustl.edu.
Enrollment at Washington University as well as interest in sororities has been steadily increasing over the past few years and the Panhellenic Council voted to open for extension in April 2008. Formal presentations were made in October resulting in their invitation for AOII to join the Panhellenic community. The current NPC groups on campus include: Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi. The fraternity and sorority community also includes 11 NIC groups and students in each of the nine NPHC city-wide organizations in St. Louis.
Alpha Omicron Pi will work with the Washington University Panhellenic Council to build a detailed colonization timeline including an extensive public relations plan. Representatives of the Fraternity will travel to St. Louis on December 1, 2008 to meet with members of the Panhellenic community and Greek Life Staff. In the coming months, AOII will train local area alumnae as advisers and hire a resident consultant who will move to St. Louis and work with the colony full time. The sororities rent suites from the University and are located in the Women’s Building. A comparable suite will be available to Alpha Omicron Pi, and renovations will be coordinated with the Greek Life Office.
More information regarding the colonization process is forthcoming.
AOII was founded in 1897 at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. Alpha Omicron Pi is an international women’s fraternity promoting friendship for a lifetime, inspiring academic excellence and lifelong learning, and developing leadership skills through service to the fraternity and community.
This is exciting news for AOII!