Alpha Gamma Omega
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|Alpha Gamma Omega|
|Founded||February 25, 1927
(87 years ago)|
University of California, Los Angeles
|Motto||"Fraternity for Eternity."|
|Chapters||18, 11 Active|
|Verse||"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15
|Headquarters||28000 Meadow Drive Suite 104
Evergreen, CO, USA
Alpha Gamma Omega (ΑΓΩ) (or "AGO") is a national, Christ-centered fraternity. It was founded in 1927 at UCLA, making it one of the oldest national fraternities in the United States that has retained its Christian values. There were 12 original charter members, with E. Harlan Fischer appointed as the first president. There are currently twelve active chapters. AGO maintains a close relationship with its Christian sorority counterpart, Alpha Delta Chi, considered the fraternity's "sister sorority."
The preamble to the fraternity's constitution is as follows:
Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal savior, we, as Christian young men of Alpha Gamma Omega Fraternity, purpose that it shall be the aim of this fraternity:
- To win others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ,
- To promote Christian Fellowship,
- To present Christian ideals in word and deed,
- To search reverently for the Truth,
- To uphold the traditions and ideals of the university,
- And to deepen the spiritual lives of the members.
Significance of the letters
Alpha Omega, the first name chosen by the Fraternity, referenced the Book of the Revelation: "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending..."
However, it was later found that there was an organization in existence which had the same name. Therefore, the letter "Gamma" was added because it corresponded to "C" in the Latin alphabet, the initial of Christ.
- Founders' Day – Celebrated on the last Saturday of February, the active and alumni members celebrate the founding of the fraternity. In 2011, the event was changed to a family picnic to encourage more participation from alumni.
- All-AGO Pismo Beach Flag Football Tournament – Every October, the Kappa chapter hosts the various chapters as they compete on the Pismo-Oceano Dunes against one another in 7 on 7 flag football for bragging rights and the trophy, followed by an evening of dinner with worship and a devotional in San Luis Obispo
- Prayer at Noon
- Monday Night Meetings
- Annual alumni camping trip to Yosemite
- Mission trip to the San Carlos Apache reservation in AZ
Pledges may become active members of an AGO chapter at the invitation of the current active members. To become eligible for activation, pledges must complete a pledge program, slightly unique to each chapter but governed by the National Executive Committee.
During the pledge semester, pledges take part in activities designed to promote brotherhood among themselves. During this time, pledges are required to learn the traditions of the fraternity and the university. Additionally, this is a time for the potential new members to become acquainted with the active body and alumni. One unique requirement of the Alpha Gamma Omega pledgeship is the interview process. Every pledge must interview with every active, so that they may learn each other's struggles and journey towards Christ. Other pledge requirements include maintain a scholastic 'C' average, memorizing AGO knowledge, and wearing a pin at all times.
Individual chapters may have slightly differing traditions for their pledges. For example, a long held tradition in the Beta chapter at UC Berkeley is the "Pledge Sneak" event, in which instead of attending the Monday night dinner, the pledges sneak the president of the chapter away for the Monday. The active body try to find the president by following clues laid out by the pledges, which lead to a specific restaurant and time where the president is being held by the pledges. Other chapters have similar traditions, but with some distinctive variations.
- Alpha – UCLA (founded 1927)
- Beta – UC Berkeley (founded 1938)
- Gamma – California State University, Long Beach (founded 1962)
- Delta – California State University, Los Angeles (Inactive) (founded 1964)
- Epsilon – San Diego State University (founded 1965)
- Zeta – University of California, Santa Barbara (founded 1987)
- Eta – California State University, Fresno (founded 1987)
- Theta – Arizona State University (Inactive) (founded 1989)
- Iota – UC Davis (founded 1992)
- Kappa – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (founded 1992)
- Lambda – UC Irvine (Inactive) (founded 1993)
- Mu – Illinois State University (Inactive) (founded 1994)
- Nu – Baylor University (Inactive) (founded 1996)
- Xi – University of Colorado at Boulder (founded 1997)
- Omicron – University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Inactive) (founded 1999)
- Pi – University of Southern California (founded 2001)
- Rho – Colorado State University (founded 2011)
- Sigma – University of California, Riverside (Inactive) (founded 2012)
- Tau – Santa Clara University (founded 2013)
- Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, Bill Bright: Honorary Member, UCLA Chapter
- Founder of Kings College, Percy Crawford: UCLA Chapter
- Sports newscaster of CBS News, John Howard: SDSU Chapter
- President of the independent record label The Militia Group, Rory Felton: USC Chapter
- Co-founder of Invisible Children, Bobby Bailey: USC Chapter
- CEO of Invisible Children, Ben Keesey: UCLA Chapter
- CFO of Invisible Children, Jay Woodcock: UC Santa Barbara Chapter
- VP Business Operations of Invisible Children, Chris Sarette: USC Chapter
- Actor Beau Wirick: USC Chapter
- Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Benjamin Weir: UC Berkeley Chapter