The symbol of Alpha Chi Omega is the golden lyre, the first musical instrument played on Mount Olympus, in honor of our musical heritage. In the traditions concerning music, concerning scholarship, and all personal distinction, regarding one’s spirit of service, and the attitude toward things spiritual, the spirit of harmony stands out significantly which is embodied through the golden lyre.
Coat of Arms
The shield proper is red and divided by a bar of olive. Below is the scroll, containing the Greek words of our open motto, “Together, let us seek the Heights.” The shield is square and is divided into three parts, the number three being significant in our fraternity.
As a representative of many of the ideals of our traditions, Hera, the queen of the heavens in Greek mythology, was chosen. Her dignity, womanliness and efficiency make her an inspiring patron-goddess.
The founders of Alpha Chi Omega picked Scarlet and Olive Green as their colors, to commemorate their fall founding.
“The Scarlet and the [olive] green-we found them the day after our first meeting, under a maple tree in the east college campus…where we the girls were standing debating the many phases of the new fraternity.” - Olive Burnett Clark, Founder
The Red Carnation is the flower of the Alpha Chi Omega, because the founders thought that the carnation exemplifies the colors Scarlet and Olive Green perfectly.
The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega
To see beauty even in the common things of life.
To shed the light of love and friendship round me.
To keep my life in tune with the world that I shall make no discords in the harmony of life.
To strike on the lyre of the universe only the notes of happiness, of joy, of peace.
To appreciate every little service rendered.
To see and appreciate all that is noble in another,
Be her badge what it may.
And to let my lyre send forth the chords of love, unselfishness, sincerity.
This is to be my symphony.