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University of Chicago - Phi Chi

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Alpha Omicron Pi's

Core Values


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Commitment to
Character

Alpha Omicron Pi was founded on a promise to serve not only one another but the greater community as well. This commitment reflects a philosophy of friendship, concern, and usefulness in the world.

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Commitment to
Dignity

Whether a member chooses to serve as a chapter officer, or represent AOII as a member of other campus or community organizations, there are numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills as a member of AOII.

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Commitment to
Scholarship

AOII encourages all members to excel academically and has many programs designed to assist women in achieving their academic goals. Expectations are high but the support provided by scholarship programs, academic development officer resources, and fellow members makes success attainable.

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Commitment to
College Loyalty

From collegiate years on through alumnae involvement, the reason AOIIs continue service is the joy of spending time together and sharing the insights learned from the relationships we build and sustain.

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Letter from the President


Alpha Omicron Pi Phi Chi Chapter at the University of Chicago is thrilled about your interest in our chapter! My name is Margaret Lazarovits and I am the current Chapter President for AOII Phi Chi. Since joining our chapter my first year, AOII has been the most important part of my undergraduate experience and I want to share with you the successes our chapter has achieved in the past year.

Community service and philanthropy are two pillars of our international organization. In 2017 we had an incredibly successful Alpha Games, our annual philanthropy event for the Arthritis Foundation, raising over $33,000 thanks to the leadership of our two sisters Fiona F. and Nayanika C.. We also participate in many other Greek and non-Greek philanthropy events on campus, raising tens of thousands of dollars. In addition to our record-breaking donation to the Arthritis Foundation and monetary contributions to other organizations, our sisters put in over 1,000 hours every year to various service organizations, like Alpha Phi Omega, Peer Health Exchange and Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE).

In addition to service, sisterhood events are a major part of the AOII experience. From kickboxing classes in the Loop to study breaks in the library, our chapter has a lot of engaging sisterhood events for girls to relax, catch up, and strengthen our bonds of friendship through activities around Hyde Park and Chicago. Our annual retreat is highly anticipated every year; sisters always look forward to sharing a fun weekend getaway with each other.

Sisterhood events are a great way for our members to become closer and also celebrate our organization’s diversity. Last year, our chapter has become the largest and most diverse it has ever been with over 140 members, hailing from all over the United States and the world. Our sisters are from as close as the Hyde Park neighborhood, the South, East and West coasts, and from as far as Australia and Nigeria.

In addition to being a culturally rich environment, AOII also harbors diverse academic interests. AOII’s commitment to academic excellence is accentuated by our academic and co-curricular involvement. Members of Phi Chi Chapter are participating in cutting-edge research, are immersing themselves in language-intensive programs abroad, and are being published in nationally renowned publications, among other incredible endeavors.

Now this is my favorite part, where I get to tell you about the amazing accomplishments of my sisters. Two sisters that highlight our academic diversity and success are Melissa B., who graduated early to pursue a Master’s in European History and Politics at Columbia, and Agnetta C., who will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford University. We have sisters who are already making waves in Washington: Sabine N. worked on Capitol Hill this past summer for Congressman Hurd. In science, sisters Elizabeth K. and Marguerite M. were part of the prestigious Katen Scholars Program, presenting their work in biology at a summer symposium. In media, Tobi G. worked with Adidas’ brand management team this past summer.

Our sisters are also leaders on campus, leading everything from on campus tours to Model UN committees. Fiona F. is the president of MODA and organized their annual student fashion show last winter. Jessica L. and Mina Z. were just elected co-chairs of campusCATALYST. Izzy J. was elected Secretary General of MUNUC, the first woman in nine years to hold this position!

Clearly, I am very proud of all that my sisters have achieved--from breaking Arthritis Foundation donation records to garnering academic accolades and being strong leaders on campus. All these achievements are underscored by our sisterhood and commitment to our chapter. As a first year, what struck me about the members of AOII is that they were all amazingly accomplished, but on their way to success they wouldn’t think twice about helping a sister on her own journey.

Again, thank you for your interest in our chapter. Our growth and success is dependent on the remarkable women we welcome every year and I am so thankful to call them my sisters.

Margaret Lazarovits