Alpha Omicron Pi
Alpha Omicron Pi Women's Fraternity was founded January 2, 1897 at Barnard College, the first women's college affiliated with a great men's university (Columbia College). In the stacks of the Columbia Law Library, the four founders of AOII pledged each other, creating a fraternity that now includes 188 collegiate and 320 alumnae chapters across the United States and Canada. The International Headquarters of Alpha Omicron Pi are located in Brentwood, Tennessee, outside of Nashville. AOII's National Philanthropy is arthritis research, an endeavor to which each chapter donates funds yearly.
Here at Rose-Hulman, the Delta Xi Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi was colonized on April 10, 2006. The original members of this chapter toiled for two years to bring a third women's fraternity to Rose-Hulman. On May 19, 2007, the twenty-six members of the charter class were initiated by the International President of Alpha Omicron Pi. Many of the members of the Delta Xi chapter are involved in other extracurricular activities on campus, including athletics, music and theatre, and academic fraternities, as well as numerous other organizations. Sisterhood events include movie nights, semi-formal dinners, impromptu coffee runs and several road-trips to visit other AOII chapters across the mid-west. Even with their pressing academic and extracurricular schedules, AOII also hosts the Mr. Rose Pageant, a male beauty pageant held to raise funds for Strike Out Arthritis for Arthritis Research. In 2009, the ladies were able to donate $1600 from this event. In addition, the women hold two other philanthropy events yearly, donating to Trick or Treat for UNICEF and the Terre Haute Humane Society.