Bessie Grooms Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University) began studying music as a young child and was an accomplished pianist by the time she entered DePauw. Near the end of her first year there, she strained the muscles of her left hand from over-practice and had to give up the ambition of her life. However, she gave much of her time to help build Alpha Chi Omega. Her daughter, Hannah Keenan, eventually became director of Alpha Chi’s central office, today known as headquarters.
Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University) entered university hoping to make a living as a musician. Most of her time was spent practicing or studying. She also served as Dean Howe’s secretary for two years. Though she had serious goals and a “dignified appearance,” she was known for playing practical jokes on her colleagues. She graduated in 1891 and had a full career, teaching music, publishing piano compositions and reporting for the local newspaper. Long involved with Alpha Chi Omega, she attended more conventions than any other Founder. She was described in our 1948 History as “distinctly modern in her ideas” and as having “developed independence, decision, and a rather bohemian attitude.”
Martha Carolan Hannegan (Omicron, Baker University) served as National President from 1980-83.
Past National Presidents pose together at the 2008 National Convention. (Left to right) Past National President 2004-08 Donna Smith Chereck (Alpha Phi, The University of Texas at Austin), Past National President 1976-80 Karen Aunan Miley (Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota), Past National President 2000-04 Julie Cain Burkhard (Beta Sigma, University of Georgia), Past National President 1992-96 Judy Evans Anderson (Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota), Past National President 1980-83 Martha Hannegan (Omicron, Baker University), Past National President 1988-92 Ellen Little Vanden Brink (Alpha, DePauw University), Past National President 1983-88 D'Alice Coburn Cochran (Alpha Mu, Indiana University), Past National President 1996-2000 Janice Manning Crandall (Omicron, Baker University).
Five unidentified Gamma Upsilon (University of Houston) chapter members perform a line dance during the University of Houston's Frontier Fiesta. The chapter won best overall show and the line dance was hailed one of the top 10 acts.
National President Jan Manning Crandall (Omicron, Baker University) poses with members of Beta Xi (Utah State University) chapter at a reception given in her honor.
Sarah Caldwell (Alpha Mu, Indiana University) and Lauren Werner (Alpha Mu, Indiana University) collect donations to support relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina while advertising for the chapter's benefit.
Beta Omega (The University of Toledo) chapter members pose together holding a sign celebrating their new members on bid day.
From left: Alpha Phi (The University of Texas at Austin) chapter President Meghan Murphy (Weller), National President Jan Manning Crandall (Omicron, Baker University) and birthday co-chairs Marlene Whitehead Small (Alpha Phi, The University of Texas at Austin) and Elizabeth Keele Miketinac (Alpha Phi, The University of Texas at Austin) pose together with a cake during the Alpha Phi chapter 75th birthday celebration. This photograph was featured on page 29 of the winter 1999-2000 issue of The Lyre.
An unidentified Iota Lambda (Texas Christian University) chapter member poses with two novelty checks for donations to a women's shelter and to Kristin's Story with funds from the chapter's fashion show.
The first convention walk-a-thon, "Stepping out against violence" was in 1996. This tradition continued through 2006 and attendees can be seen here, in 2000, raising awareness for our national philanthropy Domestic Violence Awareness.
From left: Executive Director Nancy Nitchman Leonard (Alpha Chi, Butler University), Archivist Nancy Cutter Turula (Alpha Mu, Indiana University) and Past National President D'Alice Coburn Cochran (Alpha Mu, Indiana University) pose together at a retirement celebration for Turula.
Executive Director Nancy Leonard (Alpha Chi, Butler University) sits at her desk in headquarters, tackling the daily to-do list.
Four unidentified members pose together at the 2016 National Convention.
Initiate of Alpha Iota (University of Vermont)
In 2006, The Foundation built and dedicated the Founders' Forum on the headquarters property. There are seven pillars on the outside that feature the signature of each founder. The large sculpture in the center represents the entwined connection of the founders themselves and the organization.
Carol Hall Bolen (Beta Phi, Bowling Green State University) poses with the Pledge Award won by her chapter at the 1972 National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
Norma Dowdy Labuda (Delta Phi, Texas A&I University) poses with the Most Improved Scholarship Award won by her chapter at the 1972 National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.