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Epsilon Omicron

Austin Peay State University

Mar 20th, 1974

Founding Date

Alpha Phi, formerly Theta Phi Epsilon, joined the national affiliate in 1973. Initiation and installation ceremonies for Epsilon Omicron chapter at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, were held May 18, 19 and 20. Twenty-four coeds from APSU became members of Alpha Phi’s second collegiate chapter in Tennessee. Six alumnae were also initiated and form Alpha Phi’s third alumnae chapter in Tennessee. Installation weekend ceremonies for Epsilon Omicron began Friday evening, May 18, in the University Center Conference Room with an inspiration ceremony conducted by Alpha Phi Director of Extension Judy Kay Schmidt Mead (Delta Gamma-Northern Colorado). Initiation ceremonies were conducted Saturday morning, May 19, by members of Delta Lambda chapter from Memphis State University. Members of Gamma Mu chapter at Georgia State University conducted the model meeting. 


Saturday evening the new initiates were honored with a banquet at Hachland Hills in Clarksville. Louise Trissler Cruikshank (Beta Iota-West Virginia), Director of Chapters East, was the main speaker, and Martha Watkins Mast (Beta Nu-Duke), Vice President Alumnae Organization, was toastmistress. Welcomes were given from Gamma Mu chapter by Debby Smith (Gamma Mu-Georgia State) and from Delta Lambda chapter by Linda Cogbill (Delta Lambda-Memphis). Other welcoming addresses were given by Joe Morgan, president of Austin Peay University; Mildread Deason, Dean of Women and ISC director; Judy Kay Schmidt Mead, and Susie Ferrara Turmes (Beta Tau-Indiana), Extension Coordinator. Deborah Cobb Stutz of Nashville, Tennessee State Chairman, acknowledged the gifts that were presented to the chapter. The Loving Cup ceremony was conducted by Louise Cruikshank (Beta Iota-West Virginia). On Sunday, May 20, the chapter attended church services at the First Baptist Church of Clarksville. A reception for Epsilon Omicron was held on Sunday afternoon in the University Center Ballroom with the charter ceremony at 3:00 p.m. conducted by Judy Kay Schmidt Mead.