Siblinghood

We wanted a society that should continue our companionship through life, and extend the like joys to others, usefully, unselfishly and without pettiness. We wanted to enshrine, sublimate, and perpetuate our love and our unity through service worthy of these blessings, deserving to persist. We wanted a fraternity that should carry on the delightful fellowships and cooperations of college days into the workaday years magnanimously, both in school and afterwards.

— Stella George Stern Perry, AOII Founder

BIGS & LITTLES

One of Alpha Omicron Pi’s most treasured traditions is Big/Little. A Big is an older sibling in the Fraternity who could become your mentor, your best friend, or your other half. Every one of our new members is thoughtfully matched with a Big who guides them through their transition into Greek Life. The unbreakable bonds between family lineages is one of the most cherished parts of being in AOII. After a week of clues and heartfelt presents, the week ends with the much anticipated Big/Little Reveal! Big/Little pairs form some of our closest and strongest relationships within the chapter. Your lineage becomes a constant source of unconditional love and support, even past our fleeting collegiate careers.

 

SOCIAL

In our free time, AOII Alphas love to socialize with other Greek organizations on campus and meet new peers. Our chapter also hosts a Semi-Formal/Crush Party midway through the academic semester, and each semester culminates with our highly anticipated Formal! Formal is a time for members to reflect on the successes of our chapter over the past semester and to celebrate all of our achievements with our friends and loved ones.

 

PANHELLENIC INVOLVEMENT

Outside of our own siblinghood, AOII Alphas are also extremely involved within the Columbia Panhellenic Community. Our Director of Panhellenic Relations organizes a plethora of events with other sororities on campus every semester, allowing our Alphas to meet and build friendships with members of other Panhellenic sororities. Our fraternity focuses on fostering strong bonds and support not only within our own siblinghood, but within the greater Panhellenic community as well. That being said, you can often catch members of Alpha Chapter attending other sororities' philanthropy events and more.

 

ALUMNAE INVOLVEMENT

Alpha Omicron Pi’s sub-motto is “Women Enriched through Lifelong Friendship," and the ties that our members make truly are for forever. Even though we only have 4 short years as collegiate members, our values and sisterhood stay with us eternally. At the end of each year, we celebrate our graduating Alphas during senior week. Lineages shower their seniors with gifts as seniors reminisce about their AOII experiences. The week ends with a special Senior Retreat before our seniors finally transition from collegiate to alumnae members. We hold our alumnae dear to our hearts and often invite our graduated siblings to events such as our Holiday Dinner at the end of the Fall semester. AOII Alpha also debuted the Alum Mum Mentoring Program this past year, where each collegiate sister is paired with an AOII alumnus. With 320 alumnae chapters in North America, there is always a welcoming sister nearby anywhere you go.

 

Fun Fact: Sofia Vassilieva, CC’14, who stars in My Sister’s Keeper and Eloise at the Plaza, is an alumna of AOII Alpha Chapter!