ΑΧΩ's Fall 2014 New Member Class & Big/Little Reveal

Going Greek is really special, it brings a lot of opportunities, and lasts for a life time.

Alpha Chi Omega Beta Xi has had the most successful recruitment semester so far! Shout out to Katelin Wadsworth (VP recruitment) Mandy LoPatriello (President) , Syney Outsen (CRIC), and Cyndee Claphanson (CRIC asst.). Our recruitment was such a success that we took the most amount of girls we possibly could and we are the biggest Greek chapter on USU campus! Good job girls! It was fanatastic and so fun! 
2014 Bid Day will never be forgotten! 

Over the past few weeks, the new member class has bonded with life time members and learned about Alpha Chi Omega's history and membership requirements. Which led up to our recent Big & Little Day Reveal. Bigs were wrapped up like presents until their little(s) unwrapped them by finding which present was wrapped in the same wrapping paper they held in their hand!
Some of the cutest memories were captured on camera! Shout out to Kenzie Gunter for putting Big & Lil week together! 

Big & Little relationships are special because they last a life time. A "big" will always be a mentor, someone to look up to, someone to trust, and to be there when needed. For hard moments, trials, triumphs, silly moments, and every bit of life! A "little" can actually guide their big as well as balance out their life, and eventually will become a Big as well!

Our journey continues this semester as we will be celebrating Lyre Week this next week. We can't wait for our new members to become initiated life time members! Stay posted on what is to come! 


Beta Xi

Go Greek! 2014 Fall USU Recruitment!

This post is dedicated on the benefits and rewards of going Greek! First off, Every house is a bit different and not one is better than all the others. Everyone is unique and so are sororities. The best place is where you feel at home and what unites the whole Greek community, is the similar values and campus involvement that is shared. It really is such a joy to be more involved, do service for others, network with different people, have a good time, make long lasting friendships, have an extra drive with school, and to make USU your home.

So why go Greek?

Going to college, figuring out the right major, moving forward with your future, and growing up are all challenging things. Being Greek is a comforting organization to be a part of. 

You get involved, you have your sisters to get you through the rough spots, you have grade requirements and goals, you network a ton, you do service, you are a part of fun events, you are able to be social, you are able to be yourself, you have a family away from home, you have the opportunity to serve leadership positions, you meet people from all wakes of life, and you get to be a part of something bigger. 

We collaborated stories from active members from our chapter on why they went Greek:

"Going Greek was the the last thing I thought I would ever do. But since I have been Greek it has been the best thing of my life. I have learned how to communicate with people better. I have some of the best relationships with these girls and I know they will last a lifetime. I have found some of my very closest friends and it is so great to always have someone to talk to. I know going Greek has been the best decision I have ever made and i haven't ever had any regrets about it. I love the Greek community and all it can do for you as an individual. Go greeeeek!!!!!!!" -Madi

"I am so thankful that I went Greek. I felt at home with my chapter. But a huge reason why I went Greek was to be more involved! My freshman year of college, I wasn't involved. I was by myself a lot, and had no idea how college worked. It was actually a roommate I had, when I interned in Florida that made me want to go Greek. I love the sisterhood, I love how we all share common values, I love doing service for others, and meeting people from all different wakes of life. I love how we are all so accepting of each other's beliefs, standards, and personalities. I love being part of something bigger than myself, and having friendships that will last forever I absolutely love being Greek! I can't even put into words all the opportunities we have, the things we do, and how great it is. But the blessings and reasons are endless! It's wonderful! Do it! Get involved! Be you! Find where you belong & go Greek!" -Victoria

(Victoria & Katelyn)
"I went greek so I could meet more people and create new friendships while I was in college.  It was such a great experience and I loved every minute of it.  It was one of my favorite memories from college.  If I could redo my decision on going greek I wouldn't change it for anything." -Shelby

(Shelby & Shylee)

"Before I went Greek, I was pretty shy and didn't want friends. Joining a sorority changed that. It helped me become a stronger person who wasn't afraid of people. I love the Greek community because we are all different (in a good way) but we still are able to love each other. I have found some of my best friends going Greek and I am proud of the confident woman I have become. I didn't think it was for me but Greek life can be for anyone. My sisters are so diverse I can find someone who wants to do anything with me, from hiking to crafting to watching football. And the great thing about it is that I don't have to be their best friend, I can just hang out with them and be myself because we share a bond as sisters. 
When I used to swim, we had an acronym YOGOWYPI: You Only Get Out What You Put In. I feel like this applies to everything, including Greek life. So try it out. Go through recruitment week. Put your heart into finding your place in a Greek house and you WILL surprise yourself." -Iris
(Iris & Brooke)

"Going greek has made more of an impact on my life than any other experience I have ever had. I’ve been graduated from Utah State for just over a year now, and after living in my Chapter's house for 3 wonderful years, it is hard to call my 1 bedroom apt in downtown Chicago “my home”.  I went Greek to  make some girlfriends and get involved on campus, but what is more…I found myself in a safe haven surrounded by the unconditional love of my sisters; a new family. I cannot put into words the feelings of love, joy, and completeness this organization has given me. I learned so much about myself, my relationships with others, my abilities, and so much more.
 The one word that I would describe my time in the my sisterhood would be “Fulfilled”! -Danielle

"I am a legacy through my mom, and she always told me to go through recruitment. She was in the same chapter at Utah State as well. I wasn't going to go through because I didn't want to follow in her footsteps but rather do my own thing. I am incredibly glad I joined! There is so much more to Greek life than I ever expected and I absolutely love all of my sisters. It has given me something that I was lacking in my college experience that I wouldn't trade for a lifetime! And I also get to share this amazing sisterhood with my mom, and it's bonded us even more. Going Greek was and is the best choice I've ever made:) Now it's time for me to leave my legacy!" -Katie 

(Katie & her big Maddie)
Fall 2014 sorority recruitment is this week!!! To learn more go to 


Get involved, be a part of something bigger, enjoy having a life time sisterhood, and go Greek! 

ΑΧΩ Beta Xi Spotlight: Jordan Lopez

Spotlight: Jordan Lopez

Major/what are you studying ? Elementary Education 
Where are you from? West Valley City, UT
Favorite food? Mexican Food 
Favorite thing to do in your spare time? Sleep 
Who you digging now a days? One Direction 
What's something most people don't know about you? I am afraid of dogs.

Why did you choose USU? Because it's so pretty!
Why alpha chi? Because I adore my sisters! 
Best part of alpha chi? The bond.
Funniest or embarrassing shareable  moment with alpha chi/sisters? When we broke that old chair at sisterhood retreat or when we pranked pike!
Special shout out to 3 random sisters that first come to mind today? Sariah, Stephanie, and Abby 

What a few sisters have to say about our wonderful Jordan Lopez:

"I've known Jordan since about 1st grade and I can tell you she is one of the funniest people I know and whenever you need her she truly is always there for you. She's very kind hearted and cares for others like no other. She's non- judgemental and she's crazy for one direction, especially Harry Styles, or is it Niall Horan today.... Hahahaha she's a joyous person to be around and a person that everyone should meet in their lives. I'm glad to say she's one of the greatest friends in my life and she deserves this spotlight more than anything 😊 " -Lexx

"Jordan is my birdie sister and has always been such a beautiful, fun, sweet woman to be around!  I am so lucky to have a sister like her, she is such a positive influence. I know all our sisters of beta xi feel the same way. We love you Jordan!" -Jennifer

"Jordan has become one of my best friends at Utah State, she has the bubbliest personality and you can't help but smile and laugh when your around her! Just whatever you do, don't let her take you to the Dairy Queen 😉 love you Jordan!!" -Sariah

"Sisters love Jordan because she's so fun, and she's such an enjoyable person to be around! She's beautiful on the inside and out. One of her best characteristics is her confidence! Confidence like hers is what so many people strive to eventually have. It's her confidence and sweetness combined that radiates where ever she goes. She's defiantly a person that you must get to know! Her inviting personality is so welcoming, and she knows how to make sisters feel loved. We love you Jordan and all that you do. We look forward to seeing what positions you will serve for our chapter this year and the years to come. Enjoy the rest of your summer and Disneyland!"

-ΑΧΩ Beta Xi Sisters

Jordan & Courtney (her Big)

ΑΧΩ Beta Xi Spotlight~ Sara Arrowood

 Sara Arrowood:
Major/what are you studying? Graphic design
Where are you from? Ohio
Favorite food? Tacos 
Favorite thing to do in your spare time? Paint, draw, and craft! 
Who you digging now a days? Ayyye all the attractive men who played in the 2014 world cup!
What's something most people don't know about you? I have a collapsed lung 
Why did you choose USU? I loved being around the mountains.

Why Alpha Chi? I chose Alpha Chi because I wanted to be around a group of women who would push me forward, help me become a better person and I wanted to be somewhere I could be myself. I feel like Alpha Chi is that place. 

Best part of Alpha Chi? How accepting, amazing and real the women are. Everyone is so different and that is why I love Alpha Chi.

Funniest or embarrassing shareable moment with Alpha chi/Sisters? One time a sister thought it would be a cool idea to take a picture pretending to be a dog, I decided it might be a cool idea also, it wasn't and I am embarrassed to say I did it..without thinking twice. 
Special shout out to 3 random sisters that first come to mind today? 

MY BIG (Maddie Jones)- This whole experience would not have been the same without you. The first time I met you we immediately became friends and I knew that I wanted you as my big. You are an amazing friend and sister, and an even better big! I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you for always being there for me and for giving me so much love. I love you with me whole heart and I can't wait to see where this journey will take us!

Maddi Payne (my corn)- I love you. Thanks for accepting me when I randomly moved into your dorm room. You are the reason I went through recruitment and you always push me to do things, even when I am scared. I don't know where I would be without you and I am beyond blessed to have you in my life. Through all the funny, scary, weird, exciting things we have done, you still remain my best friend and I couldn't be happier. You are truly an amazing person, sister and best friend.

Lauren Fagnant- You are always so friendly, wonderful and accepting. I love that I can call you a friend and a sister. You were one of the first girls I talked to at the house and you made me want to be involved with Alpha Chi from the very first time I spoke with you. Thank you for being such a wonderful influence and for being the most caring person.

Sara Arrowood with Maddi Payne promoting #BeKindToYourself. (Promoting accepting body image and loving yourself for who you are)

What sisters have to say about beautiful Sara:

"Sara is the most creative girl I know.  Her artsy ways never cease to impress me and I can't help but be jealous!  I wish her luck in all of her dreams and hope that I can be by her side to watch them come true as we grow together as birdie sisters.  I love you Sara!" -Cyndee C.

"Sara you are beautiful and don't ever let anybody bring you down. I love you so much and you are gonna go so far in life. You are the best friend ever. You are such an amazing sister, Love you"
-Maddi P.

"The moment I met sara in the living room the night of game night I knew she was an Alpha Chi. She lights up the room. I cant wait to see what she can do with this chapter. Plus shes is my great grand niece, and being a feather is pretty special."- Katie H.

"Sara has been a great addition to our chapter, because she is a great representative of what Alpha Chi Omega is about. She always knows how to brighten a sisters day up and have a good time! Not only that, but she's a wonderful Alpha Chi! We are so glad to have her and that she chose Alpha Chi this past Spring semester. We know Sara is going to do great things for the Beta Xi Chapter and can't wait to see the different leadership positions she will do. We want Sara to know that her sisters have her back and we love her!" -Beta Xi Sisters
ΑΧΩ Spotlight Sara Arrowood 

Congrats to the Beta Xi Newly Alumnae and Graduates of 2014!

       The Alpha Chi Omega Beta Xi chapter is proud to announce the newly alumnae and graduates of our chapter. Congrats Utah State Alpha Chi Graduates! It's truly such a bitter sweet moment to leave a place you have built so many friendships and made many memories at. I think we can all agree that college isn't easy, but it sure is worth it. Earning a degree is defiantly recognized as a major accomplishment!
          Congrats once again to our sisters who have graduated Spring 2014 and good luck on all your future endeavors! L&L

Not pictured: Lauren Fagnant

2014 Graduates

Chelsea Bergstrom

I am graduating with my Bachelors Degree in Parks and Recreation. I am moving to Salt Lake City after graduation for an internship at Wheeler Farm I hope after my internship to have a job in event planning at a resort. I loved my time in Alpha Chi, it was definitely one of the best decisions I made in college. I met some of my best friends, and have come out of my experience a better leader and communicator. Ill miss USU, Logan, and Alpha Chi dearly, but am super excited to start the rest of my life!

Elizabeth Horne

I joined Alpha Chi Omega my first semester in college (fall 2010!) I knew AXO was the right fit for me as soon as I walked in the front door on House Tours night during formal recruitment. The first few weeks of my freshmen year were very tough on me and I wasn't sure if Utah State was the right decision. Alpha Chi provided a home away from home and a support system that I can always count on being there. The sister-friends that I made within the first few days of accepting my bid were the reasons why I chose to remain at Utah State after the first semester, and without them I don't know where I would be. I received my bachelors degree in Geology this last fall 2013 and since graduation I have been working in Houston Texas as a gap-year intern at ConocoPhillips. I'm a Geoscience Research Assistant within the Structural Interpretation and Geomechanics Technology Group at the company headquarters and I will compete this internship in August right before I begin my masters degree in Structural Geology at Colorado School of Mines. Alpha Chi Omega has made a impact on my life. This organization taught me how to lead by example, effectively manage my time, and the importance of giving back to the community. AXO has not only helped me develop as a student, but as a person. I know I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't choose to attend recruitment my freshmen year, and I am so thankful to be a member of this organization.

Carly Crosby

I'm graduating with a bachelors of arts in creative writing with an art minor. I am very excited to start my career path as an editor in the commercial fiction industry. New York is going to be so fun and such an adventure with such a big change. Alpha Chi Omega has meant so much to me in the two and a half years that I've had. Our ritual inspires me to be continually better in my relationships, to seek the heights of my aspirations and to always seek learning and love in all that I do. My sisters have taught me so much and really shown me the true meaning of sisterhood. I'm hoping to continue my involvement with Alpha Chi Omega as an alumnae through my local alumn chapter and through staying involved with my lovely Beta Xi alumnae. I owe this organization so much of my growth as a person, I've gained so many leadership, organizational, life and relationship skills at alpha chi that I will always look fondly on my time here. I've been so pleasantly surprised over the years by how much devotion and love these women have within them and I can not wait to in turn put that out into the world. I love you all dearly, congratulations to all my fellow graduates, I will miss all of you so much. I can't wait to see you in your successes in the future. With love, Carly 1964

Caitlyn Lewis

I am graduating with a major in communication studies! I joined Alpha Chi Omega in the fall of 2011. Alpha Chi Omega has given me the opportunity to meet amazing young ladies from all over. 
Being part of something bigger than yourself is special.

Jessica Christensen

I got my BS in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning with a minor in Ornamental Horticulture. Throughout my college experience I was involved in the College of Agriculture Council as Club VP, and a member of American Society of Landscape Architects, where I was in charge of our chapter's community design team. I joined Alpha Chi Omega fall semester of 2013.With great confidence, I credit Alpha Chi Omega for the person I became this year. This year as an Alpha Chi has notably matured me in ways I didn't know I needed. I have never felt so much confidence from others and for myself as I have this year.Before this year, I hadn't fathomed the value and support that a sisterhood could bring. It freed me. I was motivated to try hard things because I was confident that my sisters would have my back regardless of the outcome. I will forever be grateful to my sisters of the Beta Xi chapter for their sweet souls and impact they all had on me. They all are real, strong women, and I have been inspired by each and every one of them. To me, Alpha Chi Omega means growth. Seeking. I know my time as an active member was short, but I know I will forever be wearing my letters, and forever seeking the heights. ~ Jessica

Jamie Lynne Maurice

I'm a senior and I joined fall 2012. I graduated in Special Education with Hannah Leve. I just got hired at Cache High as their Special Education teacher soooo my future plans are to stay in Logan with my husband and teach and maybe go back and get a Masters in behavior management. Maybe. I love Alpha Chi because they were there for me before they really knew me and I have made some great friends.

Whitney Nicole Negrete

I Graduated in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in communications & physical education professional. (Bachelor's Degree in Humanities & Social Sciences). I joined Alpha Chi Spring 2011 I would not have stayed up here if it were not for Alpha Chi. I have learned a lot about myself, and it has helped me grow as a person. While in Alpha Chi Omega I have been on the CRS board, V.P. Finance, Greek council, Public Relations, Greek Ambassador, and a facilitator for Greek leadership weekend. I am glad I had all these opportunities in Alpha Chi and the Greek community! Alpha Chi gave me the confidence in my abilities and the women pushed me to believe in myself & become a better person. For that Alpha Chi holds a place dear in my heart & it has helped me in ways I never imagined.
My ultimate goal is to work for the NFL either in their corporate office or the San Francisco 49ers. Also, I plan to move out of Utah as soon as possible to a place with a big city. My immediate plans are to move back to Salt Lake to work at a country club and work as an intern with REAL Salt Lake (Utah's major league soccer team.)
I will miss all my sisters & the fun memories we have had. Most of all I will miss my birdies sisters from Spring 2011, they are my best friends and there for me no matter what. We had our ups and downs, but when I think of the word sister & what it means to be a sister these are the women who come to my mind, I will also miss all the Greek members I have met since up here & the impact they have had in my life. The last thing I will miss is the sports games here at USU. Some of my favorite memories come from those games! Go Aggies!! ~Whit

Ileana Borunda

I am graduating Utah State with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism, and a minor in Psychology. While a member of Alpha Chi Omega I served on the CRS board for two years, and was V.P. CRS for one year! 
I'm planning on moving home to L.A. to pursue work in the entertainment industry. Alpha Chi has given more in the past 4 years, than I could have ever imagined. I became the person I am today during my time in Alpha Chi Omega and have made friendships that I will carry with me the rest of my life.

Mckenna Marie Fenton

I studied marketing at the Jon Huntsman Business School. Alpha Chi and college have changed me so much for the better. I was able to find myself and decide who I wanted to be after school. Holding exec positions in Alpha Chi is invaluable and I would recommend that for creating the best Alpha Chi experience possible. As I move to Seattle to work for Nordstrom corporate headquarters, I want to tell the Alpha Chis to cherish every moment you have with your sisters, and know you are making lifelong friends!

Alpha Chi Omega Newly Alumnae

Katie Haberstock

Katie is a sister to be admired when it comes to school! She received the stand out scholar award for 2014!
A little about Katie... " I grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina. I am graduating in December 2014 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies - Psychology (one more semester HOLLA) I am a Typical Feather and love my 4 amazing kittles. Alpha Chi Omega means the world to me and I am going to be so sad without my BB 11 next fall."- Katie

Le Vu

I will be graduating with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing. After graduating, I hope to become an event planner either in Las Vegas or New York City! Wish me luck!

"It's so bittersweet to be leaving this organization that has been such a huge part of my collegiate experience. But now it's time for me to move along to bigger things and allow the wonderful young ladies in our chapter to step up and continue to build on the legacy the seniors and I have left. I challenge you ladies to understand our ritual and try to live a part of our symphony each and everyday. Smile often and don't let the small things get you down. You only experience this once so give it your all! L&L" -Le

Lacey Jensen

I joined Alpha Chi Omega in Fall 2010. Alpha Chi means so much to me because I met an amazing group of girls and some of the best friends I've ever had. I never thought an organization could really be "life-long" like it's said but to know that Alpha Chi has made me a better person, there is no way I could ever forget about my experience here and what it has done for my future.
I graduate next spring with majors in Business Administration and Marketing with a minor in HR. I still have no idea what my future hold (I totally thought I would have it figured out long before now) so I'm kind of just going day to day and see where it leads me! Right now I have two amazing jobs. One is as a special needs aide at an elementary school and the other one is at Renegade Sports in the Accounting and Financing offices. I would like to pursue a career similar to the one I have at Renegade. But I want to move somewhere where it never snows and is always at lease 80 degrees! -Lacey

      Congrats to the sisters that have graduated this past Saturday, and we are also proud of the sisters who will be graduating at the end of this year! We wish you the best in all you do and especially your next future plans.

       The amazing thing about sisterhood is that our bonds can never be broken. As sisters we have your back where ever you will go! We will celebrate with you when we see your next accomplishments, we will be there for you when things don't go as perfectly as planned, and we will forever have your back! 

       The seniors of 2014 have left a legacy at Alpha Chi Omega Beta Xi, and even though it is hard to see you go. The younger class has learned from the best, and will strive to walk in your footsteps. We love you seniors and we will never forget the impact you have made on our chapter. L&L

To my sisters:

P.S. Congrats on surviving finals and finishing this semester off everybody!  Please have a safe and wonderful summer! L&L!

Spring 2014 Initiation

Recently, the Alpha Chi Omega Beta Xi chapter accepted and had six wonderful women initiated into the Beta Xi chapter. 

Katie Rees               Cyndee Claphanson          Anna Meppen

Sara Arrowood       Heidi Hibbard                  Christian Smith

"I'm from Ohio and I come from a pretty big family, I love spending time with them! I enjoy being involved with the arts and I'm currently studying graphic design. Being away from my family was difficult, I joined alpha chi not knowing what to expect and I ended up finding a group of girls who I love being around. I'm excited to see what the future holds for me in this organization and the relationships I will make through alpha chi!" -Sara Arrowood

"I'm from East Nassau, New York. I am so grateful to be a part of this sisterhood with all of you and I never thought I'd come this far but I am so glad I made the decision to become a part of alpha chi omega! You girls have helped me so much and have such an impact on me! I can't wait to form more memories with some of you and get to know some of you better! Love you all!" -Anna Meppen

"I was born in Georgia. I love sports! My major is athletic training or sports management because I love football! I joined alpha chi because Ashley and Brooke were always such great friends to me and would also be overly nice to me and seeing how close everyone is in alpha chi made me want to be apart of such a amazing thing!"- Christian Smith

"My name's Katie Rees, I'm a legacy but that is not the reason I joined alpha chi omega. I joined because of the people, the commitment, the sisterhood, the service, and the opportunities. It was completely my decision and it's a perk to have my mom be excited for me and to share that bond with her. I am a freshman and am majoring in nutrition sciences and hope to go on to PA school. I love tennis and the outdoors. I hope that alpha chi can give me the leadership and service that I love." -Katie Rees

"My name is Cynthia Claphanson but I go by Cyndee. I'm a freshman here at USU studying business to become an event planner. My dream is to one day be a wedding planner for Disney world. I'm an only child military brat. I was born in California, raised in England, went to high school in Las Vegas, and now I'm here! I was a swimmer and cross country runner in high school and I love art. I'm super social so please introduce yourself if we haven't already met!" -Cyndee Claphanson

"I grew up in Iowa, but, I consider Switzerland home because I went to school there and my family still lives there. My major was dietetics/food science but now I'm thinking of changing it to exercise science. I joined alpha chi because I've always wanted to be in a sorority and I really liked the girls that i knew that were alpha chis. I'm excited to get to know all of the girls better and to really feel like I'm a part of the sisterhood." -Heidi Hibbard

Big- Little reveal was a success right before our Lyre Week.  Congrats to the new Big-Little relationships we have in our chapter! It's always nice to have a big sister to look up to and to know that they are always there for you. Big-Little reveal is so special and brings sisterly bonds even closer together! Congrats ladies!

Overall, the Beta Xi chapter is super excited to have 6 new sisters. We have had a great semester so far. Our philanthropy was a success, our leadership has guided us so well, and our sisterhood has stayed strong. This past lyre week was a success as well, and we officially have 6 newly initiated members. We look forward to the memories that will be made with sisters and a good solid finish this semester.

P.S. Keep posted for the blog post spotlighting our 2014 seniors!