Wake Forest University administrators and officials with the national office of Chi Omega have announced that the Zeta Lambda Chapter of Chi Omega will continue at the university, following a vote by individual chapter members.
A majority of members voted in favor of keeping the chapter on campus, according to Wake Forest and Chi Omega officials. The chapter has more than 100 members.
The vote took place only weeks after a chapter leader told university student life officials that the group surrendered its charter to the Chi Omega national office. Afterward, the university and Chi Omega national office scheduled a vote open to all individual chapter members, including those studying abroad this semester.
“Chi Omega Fraternity is pleased to announce that the Zeta Lambda Chapter is a recognized and re-established chapter of Chi Omega,” said Mary Ann Fruge, national president of Chi Omega. “Members of Zeta Lambda Chapter have been given the opportunity to consider their membership in Chi Omega, and it is with pride that Chi Omega announces that more than 100 members of Zeta Lambda will continue this chapter’s tradition of excellence.”
Fruge added that the decision to continue the chapter was made “by the collegiate members, the advisors and Chi Omega’s national leadership, all with the support of the Wake Forest administration.”
Tricia L. Richerson, associate director of Greek affairs and conference programs at Wake Forest, said Wake Forest and the national organization “are fully committed to working together to help provide these women the opportunity to have a very positive experience with Chi Omega at Wake Forest.”
“The Wake Forest Panhellenic Council is continuing its support of Chi Omega, as always,” Richerson added. “The council looks forward to the chapter’s continued involvement on this campus.”
The chapter elected officers on Sept. 29. The new president is Carolyn Gabbert, a sophomore from Lexington, Ky.
“As president of the Chi Omega chapter at Wake Forest, I am confident in the Chi Omega sisterhood,” Gabbert said. “These past few weeks have given us time to think about our friendships and all that Chi Omega means to us.”
“We are proud of Chi Omega and all of our achievements on this campus,” Gabbert added. “We look forward with excitement to the rest of this school year and Chi Omega being involved in campus activities.”
A board of advisors for the chapter has also been established by the national Chi Omega office.
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