In Fall 2014, Alpha Chi Omega will join the Panhellenic Association at UNC Charlotte. Due to the addition, the Panhellenic Association will grow from six to seven chapters.

Courtney Schmidt, assistant director of chapter growth for Alpha Chi Omega, explained that this has been a process over the last three years. “This year we have focused on learning about the Greek campus culture to prepare for joining the community in the fall,” said Schmidt.

In the sorority’s first year, they will have a separate recruitment period beginning Sept. 2 after Panhellenic Association’s formal recruitment period. This will allow Alpha Chi Omega to shadow and learn about the recruitment process at UNC Charlotte. Beginning Sept. 9, potential new members will take part in interviews to become a founding member of the Alpha Chi Omega.

Schmidt explained that the opportunity to be a founding sister is a very unique one. “One of the biggest benefits to being a founding member is truly that leadership opportunity. You have an immediate input because there is no leadership ahead of you,” said Schmidt.

The sorority hopes to recruit women of all walks of life who strive to be the best in academics, character, personal achievement and leadership.

Alpha Chi Omega is a national organization with over 130 chapters across the country. The sorority has an open motto of, “Together let us seek the heights.”

Alpha Chi Omega’s main values are wisdom, devotion and achievement, and their national philanthropy is victims of domestic violence. Schmidt shared that this philanthropy allows women to get involved right in their own community. “There is no ‘umbrella’ organization for domestic violence. Instead of giving money to an ‘umbrella’ organization, our money goes to a woman in Charlotte who needs our help,” said Schmidt.

Interested women should contact Alpha Chi Omega via email at For more information, visit the Alpha Chi Omega UNC Charlotte Twitter and Facebook page.

Andrew James is a Senior Communication Studies major and Journalism minor. He has worked for the Niner Times in the news and video departments since his freshman year at UNC Charlotte. After college, Andrew aspires to be a television news reporter. Outside of school, Andrew enjoys running and hiking in the mountains.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing about Alpha Chi Omega, Andrew. We can’t wait to become Niners in the fall!!

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