The 1985 National Convention was the 100-year celebration for Alpha Chi Omega. The five days were packed with activities, including a special DePauw Day, where attendees packed onto buses in groups and made their way to Greencastle, Indiana, for a tour of campus, a pageant of our founding, a concert by the Founders' Memorial and presentation by National President D'Alice Cochran.
National Inspector Gretchen Gooch Troster (Iota, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, left) and Eastern Province President Helen Wood Barnum (Alpha, DePauw University) pose together in front of the home of Grace Sanderson (Iota, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) in Alliance, Ohio, during the installation weekend of Alpha Eta (University of Mount Union) chapter.
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.”
The 1984-85 Collegiate Field Consultants pose together outside during the 1984 Training Leadership Seminar at DePauw University. They are (front row) CFC Melissa Ford Taylor (Alpha Upsilon, The University of Alabama), AFC Vicki Womack Chase (Delta Pi, University of Tennessee, Knoxville), CFC Kim Morrison Joyce (Beta Phi, Bowling Green State University), (back row) CFC Debbie Thomas (Beta Eta, Florida State University), CFC Nancy Reed Aichholz (Alpha Omicron, The Ohio State University) and AFC Tammie Clarke Northrop (Delta, Allegheny College). This photograph was featured on page 16 of the summer 1984 issue of The Lyre.
(left to right) Lenore Ruark Sutherlin (Alpha, DePauw University), National President Burnette Grimes Jones (Omega, Washington State University), Catharine Appleby Toole (Alpha, DePauw University) and Ruth Tewinkel Suppes (Rho, University of Washington) pose with DePauw University President Dr. Russell Humbert and the temporary Founders memorial installed at DePauw on DePauw Day during the 1960 National Convention. The temporary plaque was installed as a token of Alpha Chi Omega's promise to provide a proper memorial to the Founders at a later date. This photograph was featured on page 14 of the September 1960 issue of The Lyre.
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.
A set of bells, dedicated to the founders of Alpha Chi Omega, sit on the ground as they wait to be installed in the Founders' Bell Tower in the new performing arts center at DePauw University.
Fraternity Executive Director Hannah Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University, center) receives the Good Neighbor Award from Chuckles Chapman and Founder Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) at the Alpha Chi (Butler University) chapter house.
Anna Ryan (Wells) (Alpha, DePauw University, left) poses with Alpha Chi Omega Founders Olive Burnett (Clark) (Alpha, DePauw University, center) and Bertha Deniston (Cunningham) (Alpha, DePauw University, right).
Alpha (DePauw University) chapter members sit with men from Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity during a dance.
Four Alpha (DePauw University) chapter members and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma pose together at Thanksgiving. They are: Sidelia Starr (KKG), Anna Hough, Maud Rude Link, Grace Paul Kerr and Olive Burnett Clark.
A group of six pose together at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Alpha (DePauw University) chapter house. They include Hannah Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University, left), Ardath Yates Burkhart (Alpha Beta, Purdue University, third from left), Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University, third from right) and Harriette Dresser Crabill (Alpha Beta, Purdue University, right).
Founders Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University) and Bertha Deniston Cunningham (Alpha, DePauw University) pose together at the 1937 National Convention in Glacier National Park.
National Council members Ruth Tewinkel Suppes (Rho, University of Washington), Hannah Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University) and Vera Arnold Willis (Mu, Simpson College) play around with a hand cart during the 1950 National Council meeting at the Seigniory Club in Montebello, Quebec, Canada. In the background are Martha Chamberlin Leslie (Theta, University of Michigan), Delight Stevens Dodds (Alpha Chi, Butler University), Katherine Schafer McDonald (Alpha Omicron, The Ohio State University) and Mary Frances Hess Peak (Beta Nu, University of Utah).
Hannah Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University) served as director of the central office from 1937-66.
Mary Janet Wilson (Alpha, DePauw University) served as national president from 1896-98. She was the first alumna to serve as president of Alpha Chi Omega.
Founders Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University, seated left) and Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University, seated right) play piano while Patricia Lyons Pointer (standing left) and Beverly Brantner Price, both pledges of the Alpha Chi (Butler University) chapter, sing from a book of Alpha Chi Omega songs. The event was the Beta Beta (Indianapolis, Indiana) alumnae chapter's Founders' Day celebration. The photo was taken by George Tilford for the "Indianapolis News."
Alpha (DePauw University) chapter members pose together for a formal portrait. Altah Devore Evans (Alpha, DePauw University) is identified as the woman second from the left in the back row.