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Theta Omega

Barry University

May 11th, 1996

Founding Date

On May 11, Alpha Phi added a bright new star to its southern sky with the installation of Theta Omega chapter at Barry in Miami Shores, Florida. Theta Omega became the second active chapter in Florida, joining Theta Zeta at Florida Tech.


Theta Omega’s charter membership included 47 collegiate members and several alumnae initiates. The Court of Ivy Ceremony was held on May 10. The special time allowed for members to reflect on the bonds of sisterhood they had created during their time as a new chapter. Initiation and the reception followed on May 11.

Installing the chapter were Vice President-Extension Laura Malley-Schmitt (Zeta Phi-MIT), New Chapter Supervisor Jennifer Glass Winstead (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech), District Alumnae Chair Stephanie Johnson Watson (Zeta Epsilon-Indiana U. Southeast), Installation Coordinator Jennifer Koschalk Stevens (Theta Zeta-Florida Tech) and Anne Scarboro Stout (Beta Nu-Duke).


After introductory remarks by Jennifer Winstead and a welcome from Laura, George Wanko, vice president of student services, addressed the gathered Alpha Phis, friends and family at the reception. He remarked on the incredible personal and academic growth he has seen in every Alpha Phi member during the establishment. On behalf of the university, Wanko welcomed Theta Omega as a chartered Alpha Phi chapter and expressed his hope that the chapter will prosper for many years to come. 


The highlight of the reception came when Laura presented Danielle Knignin, chapter president, and past president Jessica Kegler with the charter to Theta Omega chapter. In her remarks, Danielle offered the chapter’s thanks to the advisory board that had provided so much guidance and support during the journey to chapterhood.