Photo of Gamma Delta chapter members posed in front of chapter house. On the top step to the right you can see Dr. Condoleezza Rice, smiling with her chapter sisters.
Dr. Condoleezza Rice joined Alpha Chi Omega at the Gamma Delta chapter at the University of Denver. Until her senior year, she was the only African American member of the chapter. She was 19 years old when she graduated cum laude from the university in 1974. She was named Outstanding Senior Woman and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board. She earned a master's from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies. In 1993, she became Stanford University’s first woman provost and served in that position until 1999. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed her national security advisor. Rice later was named the U.S. Secretary of State, the first black woman to serve in that capacity. A professor, consultant and author, she has won many awards. She is an articulate speaker, accomplished pianist and a football aficionado. She received Alpha Chi Omega's Award of Achievement in 1990.
Large group selfie taken by the National Council from the stage at the 2018 Leadership Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In 2016, Kathleen Lampinen Gaffin (Delta Zeta, Central Michigan University) was named chief executive officer of the Alpha Chi Omega Enterprise. Katie, as she prefers, works out of headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Angela Costley Harris (Alpha Beta, Purdue University) was elected National President at the 2016 National Convention. Her four-year term will end in 2020. Her long volunteer resume began in 2003 as a chapter advisor, eventually serving as a national vice president in 2008. Her dedication and love of Alpha Chi Omega and its members shows in her constant involvement throughout the years!
Diane Wilson Blackwelder (Omicron, Baker University) has a long-standing history as a volunteer with Alpha Chi Omega. Starting in 1986 with a role on the Foundation Board of Trustees, Diane has also served as NPC delegate and a national vice president, and she has been very involved in the Foundation scholarships program. At the 2012 National Convention, Diane was elected National President and served in that role until 2016.
Past National Presidents came to headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana in August 2016. They pose together in the parlor at headquarters. Top left: Marsha King Grady (Alpha Upsilon, The University of Alabama), Donna Smith Chereck (Alpha Phi, The University of Texas at Austin), Diane Wilson Blackwelder (Omicron, Baker University), Julie Cain Burkhard (Beta Sigma, University of Georgia), Angela Costley Harris (Alpha Beta, Purdue University). Bottom left: Karen Aunan Miley (Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota), Ellen Little Vanden Brink (Alpha, DePauw University), Judy Evans Anderson (Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota).
Nancy Nitchman Leonard (Alpha Chi, Butler University) sits at a piano during a national convention. Nancy served as executive director from 1978-99. She continued to attend every convention, only missing one in 2010, until her death in 2012.
Marsha King Grady (Alpha Upsilon, The University of Alabama) has served on three boards for Alpha Chi Omega since her first role as national vice president in 2000. She was elected National President and served from 2008-12. In October 2012, Marsha became a staff member at headquarters and now serves as the chief development officer.
Julie Cain Burkhard (Beta Sigma, University of Georgia) began her national volunteer roles in 1994 serving as national vice president. Julie was then elected National President at the 2000 National Convention. In 2004, Julie started her NPC journey, earning the chairman position in 2007. Julie also started a scholarship fund in 2009 and continues to be a very involved volunteer to this day.
Epsilon Chi (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) accepts the National Council Trophy award at the 2016 National Convention in Orlando, Florida. The chapter representative poses with the 2016 National Council members. From left to right: Dr. Mary Kacmarcik Baker (Delta Mu, University of Massachusetts), Jennifer Daurora (Delta, Allegheny College), Diane Wilson Blackwelder (Omicron, Baker University), Epsilon Chi representative, Angela Costley Harris (Alpha Beta, Purdue University), Mary McMurtry Winkler (Epsilon Zeta, Auburn University), Lynne Biggio Herndon (Alpha Upsilon, The University of Alabama).
Donna Smith Chereck (Alpha Phi, The University of Texas at Austin) was elected National President during the 2004 National Convention. She has had a long-standing career with the NPC, becoming alternate delegate in 1998 and delegate in 2011-18.
Janice Manning Crandall (Omicron, Baker University) was elected as National President at the 1996 National Convention. Janice began her volunteer work on the National Council in 1983 while also serving as the NPC delegate on and off from 1984-97. She was remembered fondly by friends who said, "She always had a friendly smile and was eager to help her fellow sisters."
Ellen Little Vanden Brink (Alpha, DePauw University) was elected National President during the 1988 National Convention. Eight years earlier she began her volunteer work with National Council while simultaneously volunteering with the NPC as the alternate delegate until 1991. From 2004-06, Ellen served as the NPC delegate. She is remembered by many for her tremendous love of Alpha Chi Omega and the sorority experience.
Judy Evans Anderson (Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota) was elected National President at the 1996 National Convention. Judy first began her national volunteer role as vice president in 1985. She also worked with NPC from 1991-96, serving as alternate delegate and delegate.
The exterior of the Delta Tau (Minnesota State University, Mankato) chapter house at 1204 Gage Center is seen here in the winter.
A group of collegiate members gather around an alumna wearing a white dress after singing a chapter song.
Mary Flood Hutton (Psi, The University of Oklahoma), Patricia Mullins (Kappa, University of Wisconsin), Shirley Henry Nielsen (Alpha Psi, University of California, Los Angeles), Hillyer Freeland (Psi, The University of Oklahoma) and Adele Fieve Drew (Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota) pose with an unidentified man during the 1973 Training Leadership Conference in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The 1977-78 national collegiate field advisors and graduate advisor pose together in matching T-shirts at the 1977 Training Leadership Conference in Stillwater, Oklahoma. They are (left to right) Kenis McGough Dunne (Alpha Psi, University of California, Los Angeles), Andrea Wooten (Gamma Rho, Texas Tech University), Betsy Greene Ruis (Epsilon Pi, Georgia Southwestern State University), Terri Tipton Holder (Delta Kappa, Sam Houston State University) and Patti Lucas (Gamma Tau, Oklahoma City University).
Alpha Eta (University of Mount Union) chapter members pose together with a flag featuring the Greek letters "Phi Delta Pi" after an initiation.