Alpha (DePauw University) chapter members pose together for a formal portrait. Four of the women are identified: Lillian Moore Cottingham (Alpha, DePauw University, upper right corner), Anna Allen Smith (Alpha, DePauw University, second row, left), Daisy Steele Wilson (Alpha, DePauw University, lower left corner) and Mary Janet Wilson (Alpha, DePauw University, lower right corner).
The Founders' Bell Tower was constructed by Alpha Chi Omega as part of DePauw University's new performing arts building in 1976 and dedicated to the memory of the seven founders.
Anna Allen Smith (Alpha, DePauw University) lived her entire life in Greencastle, Indiana, and was childhood friends with Bessie Grooms Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University and Olive (Ollie) Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University). She was always interested in music and was the youngest student to do advanced work at DePauw's School of Music. She was just 15 years old when Alpha Chi Omega was founded. Anna was the Founder most associated with Alpha chapter and until her untimely death in 1932, she knew every initiated Alpha (all 700 of them).
When Bertha Deniston Cunningham's (Alpha, DePauw University) parents decided their musically advanced daughter should continue her studies at DePauw, she had to play for Dean Howe to determine just how advanced she was. She went on to become the envy of the school’s music students because of her composing skills. She also was an accomplished performer and successful teacher in the School of Music for 10 years. Hers is the only one of five original badges that exists today.
Nellie Gamble Childe (Alpha, DePauw University) studied piano from an early age and, after much deliberation, chose DePauw. She was described variously by her sisters as being gentle, energetic, earnest and friendly, leading a life of “quiet influence for good.” Later in life, she cultivated roses and loved to garden. She said that Alpha Chi Omega had a small beginning, but was built by loyal women with high standards who have achieved “marvelous results.”
Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) grew up in Greencastle, Indiana before eventually moving to Indianapolis, Indiana. She set the example for grace, civility and dignity that defined the Fraternity.
Founders (left to right) Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University), Nellie Gamble Childe (Alpha, DePauw University) and Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) pose with Ruth Orndorff Darragh (Gamma, Northwestern University) at DePauw University on Homecoming Day of the 1935 National Convention.
The 1985 National Convention marked Alpha Chi Omega's 100-year anniversary. The five-day convention packed in a ton of events, trips and meals, and saw more than 1,700 attendees. Play Day was added in the middle of the convention to sight-see in Indianapolis and offer some bonding time with sisters. This particular excursion was to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, home of the Indy 500 race, which was held the month before.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.