The Order of Omega was founded at the University of Miami in the fall of 1959 by a group of outstanding fraternity men, who felt that individuals in the Greek community should be recognized for their service to the fraternity system and the University.
The Chapter of Miami had long desired for their organization to expand to other colleges and universities. The Chapter gave its sanction to Dean Patrick W. Halloran to make initial inquiries and to further grant charters to universities that were accredited and interested in the purpose of The Order of Omega. On February 9, 1967, a Chapter was chartered at the University of Southern Mississippi. There are now over five hundred chapters in the United States with an average of ten new chapters opening every year.
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Local History & Recruitment Information
The Upsilon Beta Chapter of Order Omega was installed at Sacred Heart University in the spring of 2005 with the purpose of recognizing academic and leadership excellence within the Greek Community. Applications for membership are reserved for junior and senior students in Greek Life who have a cumulative GPA that meets or exceeds the all-fraternity or all-sorority average cumulative GPA in respect to membership of the applicant. Invitations for membership will be extended to no more than 3% of the Greek community.
Invitations to apply for Order of Omega will go out every fall with the new members to be initiated upon return for the spring semester. All new members of the chapter will pay the initiation fee of $50 that will pay for materials. Applications are included within this invitation to apply and often require the answer to questions related to leadership experience, a letter of recommendation, and signature. Applicants are also required to attend an information session during the recruitment season that gives them a chance to learn more about the organization and ask questions before applying.
Purposes & Chapter Efforts
The Upsilon Beta Chapter aligns directly with the nation purposes of Order of Omega through direct efforts on campus.
The purpose of Order of Omega is to RECOGNIZE those fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in interfraternity activities, ENCOURAGE them to continue along this line, and to INSPIRE others to strive for similar conspicuous attainment; to UNITE outstanding fraternity men and women to create an organization which will help mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate fraternity affairs; to BRING TOGETHER members of the faculty, alumni, and student members of the institution's fraternities and sororities on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness; to help CREATE an atmosphere where ideas and issues can be discussed openly across Greek lines and to help work out solutions.
The chapter is currently working on the following projects for the 2017 year:
- Organizing book drive for schools in the surrounding community of Sacred Heart University
- Creating an event promoting scholarship and leadership during the annual Greek Week held by the Office of Greek Life
- Planning an Academic Success Summit and recognition night for the students in the Greek Life community
- Developing a social media presence highlighting the activities of the chapter and Greek Life at Sacred Heart University
- Forming an updated constitution for the chapter