Founders (left to right) Bertha Deniston Cunningham (Alpha, DePauw University), Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University), Nellie Gamble Childe (Alpha, DePauw University) and Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) pose with a birthday cake to celebrate Alpha Chi Omega's 50th birthday at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. during the 1935 National Convention. Behind them are National Editor Ted Maltbie Collins (Rho, University of Washington) and National President Ethel Meade Van Auken (Lambda, Syracuse University).
NPC Delegate Julie Cain Burkhard (Beta Sigma, University of Georgia, left) poses with Ohio Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones (center) and her Chief of Staff Patrice Willoughby at a congressional visit event in Washington, D.C.
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.
Fourteen members of the 1959-60 Beta Rho (American University) chapter new member class pose together.
Valerie Stubbs Mecutchen (Beta Eta, Florida State University) discusses the work of Mary Lisenby (Alpha Phi, The University of Texas at Austin) who serves as food supervisor for the Washington Statler Hotel and who conducts workshops on various food-related topics. The article also includes a photograph of Lisenby at work.
Rachel Williams Haley (Omicron, Baker University) discusses her experience serving as a student lobbyist on Capitol Hill with the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee. The article includes a photograph of Haley with National President Diane Blackwelder (Omicron, Baker University) Senator Pat Roberts, Senator Roberts' executive assistant Jensine Frost Moyer (Delta Tau, Minnesota State University, Mankato) and his communications director Sarah Ross Little (Beta Rho, American University).
The New York Central Lines provided 1935 convention attendees with "The Water Level Route," where guests traveled three different places by train: Greencastle, Indiana; White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; and Washington, D.C. Trains were considered elegant and formal in this time period, so the menu included was served in a fine dining atmosphere. While the service was formal, the sleeping conditions may not be perceived as such to a modern-day viewer; attendees slept in bunk beds! One interesting fact to note about the context of the increased number of alcohol ads in the menu: this convention took place two years after Prohibition was lifted, so these companies increased their advertising in any way possible.
This program includes the menu and toast program for the banquet, a list of province officers and a general program for the convention.