November 9th, 2013, holds a special place in the hearts of the members of Eta Omega. Two years ago, Kappa Alpha Theta colonized at Saint Louis University. The charter members of Eta Omega are a part of something much bigger than themselves. These women have started something truly amazing.
In just two years, the chapter has been able to accomplish many amazing things. The chapter had the second highest all-Greek average GPA in the Fall of 2014. The chapter also has been very successful in its signature philanthropy event, Cakes for CASA. Last year, over $4,000 was raised for Voices for Children. Additionally, Eta Omega was recognized at the Saint Louis University 2014-2015 Leadership and Service Awards and was presented with the New Student Organization Award. We are so proud of the accomplishments Theta has had over the past two years.
Even after graduation, women from the charter class still feel connected to the chapter. “I can see the love that everyone has for our sisters and for Theta,” said Corinne O’Brien, class of 2014; she said that she is “so proud to have played a role in the beginnings of all the love.” The women of Eta Omega have grown so much together, as an organization as well as sisters. Jenn Camm, another alumna, said “it is exciting to see Eta Omega become a more prominent organization on campus as my relationships with my sisters from Eta Omega and the other chapters of Theta continue to flourish in my post-grad life.” This year, our chapter has continued that growth and cannot wait to see what other amazing things the members will continue to accomplish in the many years to come. Kait Tretter, class of 2015, said that “I think that Eta Omega has, in a sense, grown up a lot since I graduated in May. It has been very apparent that the chapter has continued to present a unified front. I saw it the most by keeping track of the recruitment process through social media this fall. It was awesome to see Eta Omega have a successful recruitment season and add to such a stellar group of women. Also, I appreciate that Eta Omega has continued in its tradition of having women involved in almost every aspect of campus as well as getting more involved in Panhellenic Council. I think the chapter has grown so much as an overall community and is setting itself up to continue to be successful and to keep expanding its influence at Saint Louis University.”
Happy Birthday Eta Omega! We look forward to celebrating the many more years to come.
From serving our philanthropy Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to weekly service sites, the members of Eta Omega are very involved in ongoing service. The Eta Omega Chapter works with the St. Louis branch of CASA, Voices for Children. Our signature philanthropy event is Cakes for CASA, which is a pancake breakfast fundraiser. Cakes for CASA will be held next semester on February 21st, 2016, so be on the lookout for more information regarding the event! Some additional upcoming service events that our chapter is participating in for Voices for Children are volunteering at the Voices for Hope breakfast and lunch and holding a winter toy drive for CASA. Next semester, our members will volunteer at Voices For Children’s Gala fundraiser as well as their trivia night.
Members completed close to 2,000 hours of continuous service last semester alone. Several members, including Brooke Erwin, Sarah Bowen, and Rachel Neuhalfen, volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. It is is an organization dedicated to providing mentors to children facing adverse situations. Anna Vettiankal volunteers at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Almost Home, and Gateway 180. Genie Rizzo volunteers for Casa de Salud, which is an organization dedicated to providing healthcare to patients without insurance or without enough insurance, with a focus on helping patients who face additional barriers to access to healthcare. Thetas give back to their communities through both individual service projects and fraternity-wide causes, too.
On October 19th, the Eta Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta participated in Day of Service. This day was started in 2009 as a day to bring Thetas across the world together in honor of our founder Bettie Locke Hamilton’s birthday. This day is dedicated to our commitment to spread spreading the widest influence for good.
Eta Omega participated this year by serving Urban Harvest St. Louis. This community garden is a local effort to bring fresh food to St. Louis; it was started in 2011 in order to develop a local food system. It brings fresh fruits and vegetables to people in the community who might not otherwise have access to them. Our members were able to aid this wonderful urban project by helping with the upkeep of the garden.
On October 24th, the women of Eta Omega also participated in Make A Difference Day, and every year, students at Saint Louis University participate in the Make A Difference Day project. The Make A Difference Day project was started 24 years ago and is a USA Today initiative. Saint Louis University had over 4,000 students involved this year. Thetas spent the day helping with the Revitalization 2000 project in The Ville neighborhood, which also serves as a community garden for the area. Claire Ramsey, a participant, states, “I really enjoyed today. It was a great opportunity to make a difference with my Theta sisters and to have a direct impact on an area that serves a deserving population. It gives them access to healthy, fresh vegetables, and an open space for children to play.”
We are the Eta Omega chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at Saint Louis University. We were established on November 9th, 2013. We have over 180 wonderful sisters that are alike in many ways but all with unique interests. Our blog will highlight many of these.