Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#WCW - Our "Why Alpha Chi Wednesday" and "Woman Crush Wednesday"

Today we recognize a devoted, talented and involved alumna of our chapter:
Anne E. Helliwell!

Anne served as the director of the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation.
Anne remains an Alpha Chi Omega Life Loyal member.
Anne serves as the president for Junior League of Miami Foundation.
Anne works as a board member for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.
The Women's Fund Miami-Dade made Anne a Power of the Purse 2015 Honor Roll Honoree.

Thank you Anne for showing us how to be Real.Strong.Women.; a servant leader and a lifetime member of Alpha Chi Omega who honors her Bond of Sisterhood.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

#AXOYoungAlum Successes #WCW

UF produces many impressive graduates, and we are proud the Florida Magazine highlighted our sister!

Pretty impressive when you open a major magazine and there is your sorority sister! #MarieClaire

Sunday, September 20, 2015

“40 Answers” To Common Excuses for Hazing - Thank You Sigma Nu Fraternity

Is perpetuating a version of your negative experience shedding the light of love & friendship round you?  

Sigma Nu Fraternity @SigmaNuHQ

Did our seven Founders come up with it? They intended us to show love & sincerity to each other.  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Alumnae at Homecoming - prepare and post Sept 10th

In honor of our Alumnae and Families Game Day Brunch tomorrow, we wanted to share past photos of alumnae showing their Gator Love!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

AXO Weddings - #WeddingWednesday

Sarah Jean (Tallahassee native, '13 initiate & Delta flight attendant) married Alex this summer. She was so lucky to invite many sisters from many initiation years to her wedding!

Jen ('04 initiate & Naval flight surgeon):  Another beautiful wedding full of Alpha Chi Omega sisters!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Gator Football and Alpha Chi Omega - #GoGators #GoAXO

We are so pleased to welcome a new alumna to town:  Karen McElwain!
Yes, "Mrs. Coach McElwain" for the Gators is an Alpha Chi Omega.


Their two daughters from Alpha Upsilon chapter also share the lifelong bond of sisterhood!


We cannot wait to enjoy the society of our sister(s) in Gainesville and share the Gator Nation love! 

Go Gators:  Beat New Mexico State!


CSU coach Jim McElwain bringspast with him to CSU - Denver Post

The trappings were similar. NFL stadium. Big city. The feeling in Karen McElwain's gut was similar too. Maybe it should have been. The tension was just as high.

National championship last January versus her husband's head coaching debut Saturday.
"I'm really not that nervous," she said before her husband, Jim, debuted as Colorado State's head coach at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. "There's been a lot of excitement leading up to this. Normally when I'm calm there's good results."

Quick. Someone bottle Karen McElwain's gut feeling.
Her premonition came true. Her husband of 25 years, best friend for 28, beat Colorado 22-17 and became the first CSU coach to win his first game since 1970.

From his first job as a quarterbacks and receivers coach at Eastern Washington in 1985, Jim McElwain has waited for a day like Saturday. So has everyone who knew him as the charismatic, down-to-earth Montanan who loved nothing more than sitting around his lake cabin with friends.
So many were here for his head coaching debut: Dave Whittle, who coached with him at Eastern Washington and now lives in Loveland; Nathan Emmons, the McElwains' babysitter on their rare date nights as an assistant at Montana State; Pete McCartney, security guard for then-head coach John L. Smith when McElwain assisted him at Louisville.

They all remembered him. That's because McElwain, even while helping Alabama win two of the last three national titles as offensive coordinator, never forgot them.

"The great thing about the McElwains is no matter where I went or anybody that they know has gone, Jim always makes that phone call to stay in touch," said Whittle, an executive with the Norwegian wood stove company Jotul. "He's that kind of a person. He's a good man. Just out of the blue. Like he kind of goes big time. He's down in Alabama. He doesn't want to hear from me. I'm not coaching anymore. Boom! There's a call from Coach Mac. Just, 'Hey, I just want to say hi.' "

For the past few days leading to Saturday, McElwain went into game mode. He was coaching against the same Jon Embree who got the Colorado job McElwain interviewed for two years ago. His wife was in game mode too. She has spent time talking to the players who have been the lifeblood of her husband's career.

The couple still remember Super Bowl XXXIX when Deion Branch, his old receiver when he was a receivers coach at Louisville from 2000-02, called him from the Patriots' locker room. Branch just wanted some words from his old mentor to calm him down before the biggest game of his life.
Branch went out and won the Super Bowl MVP award.

These Rams didn't need that reassurance. Despite coming off three straight 3-9 seasons and being 6½-point underdogs, the Rams were ready.

"They said they've never been as prepared as they are now," Karen said. "They're very calm and believe in what Coach Mac has told them. That is if every play you're doing your best and follow through with every play, you're going to win."

True to his word, CSU won enough plays to win the game. As the gun sounded, reserve linebacker Jedidiah Teofilo lifted McElwain in a bearhug. McElwain took the Centennial Cup and handed it to his roaring players as they celebrated in front of their rollicking fans.

Long after his last interview, after his last words to his wide-eyed team, McElwain emerged from the locker room. Waiting for him were Karen and their three kids: Hanna, a senior at Alabama where she works for the sports information department; Lizzi, her Alpha Chi Omega sorority sister and sophomore at Alabama; and Jerret, a junior linebacker at Fort Collins' Rocky Mountain High.

His tie undone, his smile as big as the Rams' future, he hugged his old buds, Whittle and Emmons, like they were longtime assistants. They were all headed to the McElwains' house later that night for a little celebration.
Then he did something odd.

"Here," he said to his family, "I have your gum."

He handed a stick of gum to his three beaming kids and Karen. This is the postgame tradition he loves the most. It began when Hanna was born in 1990.

Before each game, he writes the name of his kids on three pieces of gum. On another he writes the name of his late father, Frank, a high school coach and principal in Montana. He carries the gum in his pocket during every game and afterward hands the three sticks to his kids.
He hands the one with his father's name to Karen.

"All the hours you put in, all the time you put in, you realize what it's for and what it's about," McElwain said. "It's about my family."

Then he and his family were gone. A rich past has turned into an even richer present.
John Henderson: 303-954-1299, or

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bid Day 2015: A Garden Party with Gamma Iota Welcomes home NMC15!

We are so excited to bring 84 new members into the Gamma Iota family!

And a few photos from our gorgeous recruitment this year!