Omega Phi Alpha

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Omega Phi Alpha
ΩΦΑ
Coatarms color.jpg
Founded June 15, 1967; 47 years ago (1967-06-15)
Bowling Green State University
Type Service
Scope National
Motto Today's Friends, Tomorrow's Leaders, Forever in Service
Colors

     Dark Blue      Baby Blue

     Gold
Symbol Chevron
Flower Yellow Rose
Publication The Chevron
Chapters 28
Mascot Ophia (Raggedy Ann)
Headquarters PO Box 955
East Lyme, Connecticut, 06333, US
Homepage http://www.omegaphialpha.org

Omega Phi Alpha (ΩΦΑ) is an American national service sorority. It was founded in 1967 at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Omega Phi Alpha, also known as OPhiA or OPA, currently has twenty eight active chapters in the United States.

Purpose[edit]

The purpose of Omega Phi Alpha reads as follows:

The purpose and goals of this sorority shall be to assemble its members in the fellowship of Omega Phi Alpha, to develop friendship, leadership and cooperation by promoting service to the university community, to the community-at-large, to the members of the sorority, and to the nations of the world.

History[edit]

In 1953, the Zeta Kappa chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, expressed interest in forming a group much like theirs to help them in their service endeavors. The brothers of Zeta Kappa formed interest groups for a new organization, and many of the attendees at these interest groups were women. The need for a female service sorority then became evident.

The two groups were to be alike in objectives—friendship, leadership, and service. A similar name—Omega Phi Alpha—was chosen for the new organization. Just as the Alpha Phi Omega chapter was limited to former Boy Scouts, the Omega Phi Alpha chapter was originally limited to former Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls.[1] This limitation continued until 1958.

Two more Omega Phi Alpha groups were formed at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Bridgeport in 1958 and 1962, respectively. All three groups had the intention of becoming a national sorority together; however, it would be five more years before national status was reached.

In 1966, plans for a national convention, at which the three chapters could meet, were made. In the summer of 1967, the three groups met in Bowling Green for the first time and laid the foundations for what is currently Omega Phi Alpha. The Bowling Green group was given the title of Alpha Chapter, University of Bridgeport became the Beta Chapter, and Eastern Michigan was named the Gamma Chapter.

The Alpha, Beta, and Gamma chapters continued for several years as a national sorority until women at Texas A&M University formed the Delta chapter in 1970. Currently, there are twenty-seven active chapters of Omega Phi Alpha. Additionally, there are ten inactive chapters and eight alumnae chapters.

Service program[edit]

Omega Phi Alpha has a diverse, flexible service program which allows each member to contribute to the world around her. Many chapters have ongoing projects that they have worked with for years.

Six areas of service:

1. Permanent Project: The permanent project is mental health. Mental health service projects are defined as any project that improves the well being of others, and these projects are typically hands on projects such as playing with kids in an afterschool program, playing Bingo at a nursing home, or serving meals at a soup kitchen.

2. President's Project: Each year at Omega Phi Alpha National Convention, the National President of Omega Phi Alpha presents the cause she feels is worthy of being the focus of OPA service nationwide.

3. Service to the University Community: Volunteering to help at a school event, holding stress relief classes, random acts of kindness

4. Service to the Community at Large: Local park clean ups, food banks, tutoring at a local school, Humane Society volunteering

5. Service to the members of the sorority: Alumnae, internal strengthening

6. Service to the nations of the world: UNICEF, AIDS Awareness, diabetes awareness (American Diabetes Association), breast cancer awareness (Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, among others)

Through these six areas of service, active and alumnae chapters plan a variety of service projects year each to carry out and make a difference.

Active chapters[edit]

These are the current active chapters of Omega Phi Alpha.[26][27] Generally, chapters of Omega Phi Alpha are named in Greek alphabetical order. The only exception to this is the Penn State chapter, which was founded from a local sorority named Theta Alpha Pi. This chapter was named Alpha Theta as a tribute to their founding organization.

Chapter letters given out of order to honor the name of the local which joined, Theta Alpha Pi[28]

Inactive chapters[edit]

These are the current inactive chapters of Omega Phi Alpha[27]

Alumnae chapters[edit]

  • Omega Alpha - Connecticut (inactive)
  • Omega Beta - Michigan (inactive)
  • Omega Gamma - Greater Atlanta
  • Omega Delta - Greater Nashville
  • Omega Epsilon - Chattanooga (inactive)
  • Omega Zeta - Austin
  • Omega Eta - Knoxville (inactive)
  • Omega Theta - Acadiana Louisiana
  • Omega Tau - Houston Area (Name assigned out of order to honor this long-running group, previously named the Texas Alumnae Chapter.)
  • Phoenix Provisional Alumnae Chapter
  • Dallas / Fort Worth Provisional Alumnae Chapter

Convention[edit]

Omega Phi Alpha holds one national convention each year. The national conventions provide a forum for making sorority-wide decisions like aligning on a budget, electing national officers, or changing the national policies reflected in the constitution and by-laws. Each active chapter in good standing has two votes to use in deciding sorority issues. Active chapters who are not in good standing have only one vote. There are also alumnae delegates who represent each of OPA's four districts. For every three active votes, alumnae get one vote.

OPA national convention locations include:[30][31]

Year Location Theme Dates Refs
1967 Bowling Green, Ohio hosted by Alpha Chapter June 12, 1967June 15, 1967 [32][33]
1968 Bridgeport, Connecticut hosted by Beta Chapter July 11, 1968July 14, 1968 [34]
1969 Ypsilanti, Michigan hosted by Gamma Chapter June 16, 1969June 19, 1969 [35]
1970 Bowling Green, Ohio hosted by Alpha Chapter 1970
1971 Bowling Green, Ohio hosted by Alpha Chapter June 1971 [36][37]
1972 Ypsilanti, Michigan hosted by Gamma Chapter June 30, 1972July 2, 1972 [38]
1973 College Station, Texas hosted by Delta Chapter June 1973 [39]
1974 Cookeville, Tennessee hosted by Epsilon Chapter June 25, 1974June 28, 1974 [40]
1975 Bridgeport, Connecticut hosted by Beta Chapter June 18, 1975June 22, 1975 [41]
1976 College Station, Texas hosted by Delta Chapter June 17, 1976June 20, 1976 [42]
1977 Bowling Green, Ohio hosted by Alpha Chapter Happy Tenth Birthday June 15, 1977June 19, 1977 [43]
1978 Cookeville, Tennessee hosted by Epsilon Chapter Raggedy Ann Goes South June 21, 1978June 25, 1978 [44]
1979 Amarillo, Texas & Plainview, Texas hosted by Zeta Chapter & Eta Chapter July 10, 1979July 15, 1979 [45]
1980 College Station, Texas hosted by Delta Chapter The Yellow Rose of Texas June 18, 1980June 22, 1980 [46]
1981 Bridgeport, Connecticut hosted by Beta Chapter June 20, 1981 [47]
1982 Cookeville, Tennessee hosted by Epsilon Chapter All of Tomorrow Depends On Today...Upon You June 16, 1982June 20, 1982 [48]
1983 Columbus, Ohio hosted by Kappa Chapter Create!......Relate!.......Motivate! August 3, 1983August 7, 1983 [10]
1984 College Station, Texas hosted by Delta Chapter Hit the Trail for the "The Wild Wild West" August 1, 1984August 5, 1984 [49]
1985 Murfreesboro, Tennessee hosted by Mu Chapter OPA in for A Dixieland Delight August 6, 1985August 10, 1985 [12][50]
1986 Bridgeport, Connecticut hosted by Beta Chapter August 11, 1986August 17, 1986 [51]
1987 Bowling Green, Ohio hosted by Alpha Chapter 20th anniversary August 4, 1987August 8, 1987 [52]
1988 Cookeville, Tennessee hosted by Epsilon Chapter 1988
1989 College Station, Texas hosted by Delta Chapter 1989
1990 Atlanta, Georgia hosted by Nu Chapter 1990 [3]
1991 Bridgeport, Connecticut hosted by Beta Chapter Convention '91 – Barnum and Beta Circus July 29, 1991August 4, 1991 [53]
1992 Cookeville, Tennessee hosted by Epsilon Chapter Omega Phi Alpha 25 Years of Excellence July 29, 1992August 2, 1992 [54]
1993 Bowling Green, Ohio hosted by Alpha Chapter Celebrate Cardinal Principles July 29, 1993August 1, 1993 [55]
1994 Auburn, Alabama hosted by Omicron Chapter Sisterhood in the Heart of Dixie July 27, 1994July 31, 1994 [15][56]
1995 Atlanta, Georgia hosted by Nu Chapter 1995
1996 Chattanooga, Tennessee hosted by Sigma Chapter 1996
1997 Cookeville, Tennessee hosted by Epsilon Chapter 1997
1998 College Station, Texas hosted by Delta Chapter 1998
1999 Columbus, Ohio 1999
2000 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2000
2001 San Antonio, Texas July 18, 2001July 22, 2001 [57]
2002 Radisson Hotel & Suites, Chicago, Illinois July 17, 2002July 21, 2002 [58][59][60]
2003 Renaissance Waverly Hotel Atlanta, Georgia July 30, 2003August 2, 2003 [61]
2004 Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee July 14, 2004July 18, 2004 [62]
2005 Embassy Suites Biltmore Hotel Phoenix, Arizona Service at the Oasis July 20, 2005July 24, 2005 [63]
2006 Hilton Hartford Hotel Hartford, Connecticut Service in the City July 19, 2006July 23, 2006 [64]
2007 Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Jacksonville, Florida Service is our Greatest Treasure July 25, 2007July 29, 2007 [65]
2008 Doubletree North Denver Denver, Colorado Rockin' in the Rockies July 16, 2008July 20, 2008 [66]
2009 Crowne Plaza Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania City of Sisterly Love July 22, 2009July 26, 2009 [67][68]
2010 Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch St. Louis, Missouri Destination O-Phi-A July 21, 2010July 25, 2010 [69]
2011 Holiday Inn, Charlotte, North Carolina Queens of Service in the Queen City. July 20, 2011July 24, 2011 [70][71]
2012 Radisson Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah Abuzz about OPhiA July 11, 2012July 15, 2012 [70]
2013 DoubleTree Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Women of Steel July 18, 2013July 21, 2013 [70]
2014 Hilton Indianapolis Downtown, Indianapolis, Indiana Taking the Lead in Service July 16, 2014July 20, 2014 [70]

Districts[edit]

Omega Phi Alpha has nine districts of active chapters. Each district meets at least once a year to hold a district summit, which includes service projects, workshops, and sisterhood activities. Alumnae ties were removed from districts and changed to regions at Convention 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • D1 - Liberty District
    • Alpha Theta (Penn State)
    • Alpha Iota (Notre Dame of Maryland)
    • Alpha Mu (Boston University)
  • D2 - Bluegrass District
    • Epsilon (Tennessee Tech)
    • Mu (Middle Tennessee State)
    • Rho (Western Kentucky)
    • Sigma (University Tennessee Chattanooga)
  • D3 - Azalea District
    • Nu (Georgia Tech)
    • Omicron (Auburn)
    • Alpha Zeta (Kennesaw State)
    • Alpha Delta (Georgia Southern)
    • Alpha Xi (University of Central Florida)
    • UF Colony
  • D4 - Cajun Country District
    • Upsilon (Louisiana at Lafayette)
    • Alpha Beta (Ole Miss)
    • Alpha Epsilon (Southeastern Louisiana)
  • D5 - Lonestar District
    • Delta (Texas A&M)
    • Tau (Texas at Austin)
    • Psi (Texas A&M Corpus Christi)
    • Alpha Nu (Texas State)
  • D6 - Cactus Pine District
    • Phi (Arizona State)
    • Alpha Alpha (Northern Arizona)
  • D7 - Founding District
    • Alpha (Bowling Green State)
    • Gamma (Eastern Michigan)
  • D8 - Carolina District
    • Chi (South Carolina)
    • Alpha Lambda (North Carolina State)
    • Alpha Eta (South Carolina Aiken)
  • D9 - Heartland District
    • Alpha Gamma (Oklahoma State)
    • Alpha Kappa (Kansas)

Regions[edit]

Omega Phi Alpha has four regions of alumnae. Alumnae regions are drawn on state lines and are based on population distribution of OPA alumnae. Each alumnae region sends a specific number of delegates to OPA's National Convention every year; this number is based on the number of active votes possible at that year's Convention. Alumnae representation makes up 25% of the total representation at any given Convention.

  • West Region
    • States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, International locations
  • Midwest Region
    • States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  • South Region
    • States: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
  • East Region
    • States: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spring 2006 Chevron p4
  2. ^ Fall 1968 (V2N1) Chevron
  3. ^ a b c Fall 1990 (V23N1) Chevron
  4. ^ Fall 1973 (V6N1) Chevron
  5. ^ Winter 1975 (V7N4) Chevron
  6. ^ May 1978 (V10N5) Chevron
  7. ^ September 1979 (V12N1) Chevron
  8. ^ September 1980 (V13N1) Chevron
  9. ^ September 1982 (V15N1) Chevron
  10. ^ a b April/May 1983 (V15N3) Chevron
  11. ^ Winter 1984 (V16N2) Chevron
  12. ^ a b Winter 1985 (V17N2) Chevron
  13. ^ Fall 1991 (V24N1) Chevron
  14. ^ Fall 1993 (V26N1) Chevron
  15. ^ a b Summer 1994 (V26N4) Chevron
  16. ^ 2002 Convention minutes
  17. ^ a b Past Nu Service Projects
  18. ^ Mu chapter Service
  19. ^ a b c d e f g 2006 Service Manual p12
  20. ^ Omega Phi Alpha Convention 2007 Registration Info
  21. ^ a b Student Organization of the Week: Omega Phi Alpha
  22. ^ Omega Phi Alpha Service
  23. ^ Winter 2012 Chevron
  24. ^ Winter 2013 Chevron
  25. ^ a b c d e f Alpha Chapter Service
  26. ^ Active Chapters
  27. ^ a b Handbook
  28. ^ Penn State Omega Phi Alpha
  29. ^ Summer 2009 Chevron
  30. ^ Past Conventions
  31. ^ [1]
  32. ^ National History
  33. ^ Fall 1967 (V1N1) Chevron
  34. ^ October 1968 (V2N1) Chevron
  35. ^ April 1969 (V2N5) Chevron
  36. ^ Omega Phi Alpha - Alpha chapter
  37. ^ May 1973 Chevron
  38. ^ April 1972 Chevron
  39. ^ March 1973 Chevron
  40. ^ Spring 1974 (V6N2) Chevron
  41. ^ Spring 1975 (V7N5) Chevron
  42. ^ November 1975 (V8N2) Chevron
  43. ^ May 1977 (V9N5) Chevron
  44. ^ March 1978 (V10N4) Chevron
  45. ^ March 1979 (V11N4) Chevron
  46. ^ May 1980 (V12N5) Chevron
  47. ^ September 1981 (V14N1) Chevron
  48. ^ Spring 1982 (V14N5) Chevron
  49. ^ Summer 1984 (V16N4) Chevron
  50. ^ Summer 1985 (V17N4) Chevron
  51. ^ Winter 1986 (V18N2) Chevron
  52. ^ Spring/Summer 1987 (V19N3) Chevron
  53. ^ Summer 1991 (V23N4) Chevron
  54. ^ Summer 1992 (V24N4) Chevron
  55. ^ Spring 1993 (V25N3) Chevron
  56. ^ Spring 1994 (V26N3) Chevron
  57. ^ Convention 2001
  58. ^ Convention 2002
  59. ^ Convention 2002 Minutes
  60. ^ Fall 2001 (N35N1) Chevron
  61. ^ Convention 2003
  62. ^ Convention 2004
  63. ^ Convention 2005
  64. ^ Convention 2006
  65. ^ Convention 2007
  66. ^ Convention 2008
  67. ^ Convention 2009
  68. ^ Registration
  69. ^ Omega Phi Alpha Convention 2010
  70. ^ a b c d Convention
  71. ^ Register Online

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