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Alpha Nu Hera Day Event

Alpha Nu Hera Day Event

The Alpha Nu (University of Missouri) chapter volunteered at a local food back in honor of Hera Day 2013.

Delta Nu Chapter Member and Child at Easter Seal Service Project Photograph, c. 1981

Delta Nu Chapter Member and Child at Easter Seal Service Project Photograph, c. 1981

An unidentified Delta Nu (Iowa State University) chapter member dressed as a bunny helps a young child find Easter eggs during a service project with the Easter Seals.

Epsilon Lambda Chapter Members Presenting Check to Arlington Women's Shelter Photograph, March 28, 1998

Epsilon Lambda Chapter Members Presenting Check to Arlington Women's Shelter Photograph, March 28, 1998

Epsilon Lambda (The University of Texas at Arlington) chapter members present a check for $2,500 from their casino night fundraiser to the Arlington Women's Shelter. The chapter was one of the shelter's top donors at the time.

Iota Nu Chapter at Installation Photograph, May 9, 1992

Iota Nu Chapter at Installation Photograph, May 9, 1992

Members of Iota Nu (University of California, San Diego) chapter pose together at their chapter installation in 1992.

Zeta Pi Chapter Members in Front of Chapter House Photograph, October 2018

Zeta Pi Chapter Members in Front of Chapter House Photograph, October 2018

Alpha Chapter Formal Living Room Photograph, October 2018

Alpha Chapter Formal Living Room Photograph, October 2018

2017-18 Chapter Consultants Photograph, 2017

2017-18 Chapter Consultants Photograph, 2017

The chapter consultants pose for their official photo in the Founders Forum located at headquarters. (Standing left to right) Callie Smith (Beta Nu, University of Utah), Olivia Holt (Alpha Kappa, University of Oregon), Taylor Costa (Kappa Lambda, University of San Diego), Elena Grace Smith (Delta Pi, University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Mia Salgado (Alpha Iota, University of Vermont), Kam Khan (Epsilon Lambda, The University of Texas at Arlington), Kendra Swanson (Zeta Pi, Arizona State University), Ellen Tinder (Alpha, DePauw University), Kristen Reynolds (Iota Tau, California State University San Marcos). (Seated left to right) Taylor Tolley (Alpha Omicron, The Ohio State University), Madeleine Blundon (Gamma Rho, Texas Tech University), Kellie Greene (Beta Eta, Florida State University), Ellie Edwards (Zeta Sigma, Missouri State University), Ashlyn Coston (Beta Lambda, University of Arizona), Michelle Critchfield (Omicron, Baker University).

Kappa Chi Chapter at Installation Photograph, November 7, 2015

Kappa Chi Chapter at Installation Photograph, November 7, 2015

Kappa Phi Chapter Bid Day Photograph, April 18, 2015

Kappa Phi Chapter Bid Day Photograph, April 18, 2015

Dr. Condoleezza Rice in the White House Photograph, c. 2001

Dr. Condoleezza Rice in the White House Photograph, c. 2001

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 Photo, Leadership Academy, February 2-4, 2018

Large Group Photo, Leadership Academy, February 2-4, 2018

Large group selfie taken by the National Council from the stage at the 2018 Leadership Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Katie Gaffin, Chief Executive Officer, August 2019

Katie Gaffin, Chief Executive Officer, August 2019

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, National President, 2016-20

Angela Costley Harris, National President, 2016-20

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 Blackwelder, National President 2012-16

Diane Blackwelder, National President 2012-16

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.

Nancy Leonard, Piano, c. 2000s

Nancy Leonard, Piano, c. 2000s

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, National President 2008-12

Marsha King Grady, National President 2008-12

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, National President 2000-04

Julie Cain Burkhard, National President 2000-04

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.

National Council Trophy Finalist, Epsilon Chi, 2016

National Council Trophy Finalist, Epsilon Chi, 2016

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, National President 2004-08

Donna Smith Chereck, National President 2004-08

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.

Collegians Around Alumna in White Dress Photograph, 1997

Collegians Around Alumna in White Dress Photograph, 1997

A group of collegiate members gather around an alumna wearing a white dress after singing a chapter song.