JACKSON, Tenn. – June 27, 2014 – Chi Omega opened its annual convention this week in Orlando, Fla. with a video featuring the Union University chapter, which won grand prize in a contest that drew entries from colleges and universities around the country.
The video shows an April meeting on campus at which members of the Union chapter were notified that they had won the national contest. Participants were challenged to express “Why I love Chi O.” Entries were accepted via email or social media.
Union’s chapter suffered through a tragedy in September 2013. One of its members, Leighton Williams, died after injuries sustained in a car accident near Nashville. The Union contest entries focused on how the sisters of Chi Omega supported each other during the days and weeks that followed – support that included encouragement from other chapters across the country.
In the video, excerpts from several of the Union entries are read aloud in a private meeting by members of the Chi Omega Governing Council. The grand prize for winning the contest was the governing council’s surprise campus visit that is captured in the video.
“We had more than 1,100 collegians enter this contest,” said Whitney Heckathorne, director of marketing and public relations for Chi Omega. “The sisters at Union University truly captured the hearts of the Chi Omega Governing Council.”
“Congratulations to the ladies of the Upsilon chapter of Chi Omega,” said Interim Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Bryan Carrier. “This award emphasizes the fact that the ladies of Chi Omega play an integral part in student life at Union and more broadly at the national level of their organization.”
A Chapter of Excellence Award also was awarded to the Union chapter during the convention.
According to the organization’s web site, Chi Omega is the largest women's fraternal organization in the world, with more than 320,000 initiates and 178 collegiate chapters.