As Alpha Chi Omega, we have an extensive history and as Iota Tau, we already have many local traditions. However, we have not always been Alpha Chi Omega at California State University, San Marcos.
In the early 1990’s, two women decided that they were tired of the “commuter campus” life style. They both envisioned a college life filled with friends, parties, and lots of laughs. They started to gather friends from campus to begin a social group for women. The small, informal group that they had dreamed of grew into a local sorority. Bylaws were created, colors were designated, and a mascot was chosen. Their colors were maroon and teal. The dolphin was the mascot symbol of the group. Phi Delta Delta was born.
We had increasing interest in taking our local group and making it a nationally recognized organization. A group called the Greek Advisory Council was created and they sent out notifications of interest to National Fraternal organizations. Four groups were selected by the council to present to Phi Delta Delta and we without a doubt, chose Alpha Chi Omega!
We held officer elections and had our first formal Alpha Chi Omega recruitment. The members that we acquired through this recruitment would also be known as Founders of Iota Tau.
On March 18, 1995, Iota Tau was installed as a new chapter in Alpha Chi Omega. It was the most amazing time of our lives! We were a part of fraternal history and members of the most incredible sorority! We were surrounded by strong, determined, and confident women who would support us through anything. There is a quote that reads, “We will all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.” For us, being an Alpha Chi Omega has defined this saying. We know that we will always have the imprint of Alpha Chi Omega no matter where our lives take us.
Everything we represent today is because of what we were, what we are, and what we hope to be!