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By GWEN SISSON
It is the oldest and largest sorority house at Mississippi State University and this weekend, the Phi Delta Chapter of Chi Omega celebrates their 75th year on campus.
Paige Passons Simmons, Chi Omega alumnae and coordinator for this weekendâs events, said about 610 active members and alumnae are expected to attend the anniversary celebration.
âI am hopeful that (actives and alumnae) will really soak in the rich history and the stories that so many of these Chi Omega alumnae will share,âÂ Simmons said. âI was a Chi Omega at MSU during our 50th anniversary and did not appreciate the significance of the event.Â We have so much to be proud of and we will certainly highlight that over the course of the weekend.â
Simmons said celebrating the rich history of the sorority on campus will be a big part of the weekend events.
âIt really makes you proud to be a Chi Omega when you have researched all of our outstanding achievements,â Simmons said. âI am also looking forward toÂ meeting our alumnae that are attending that were in the pledge classes of 1939, 1940 and 1941!â
For Simmons, Chi Omege was very special to her, because her family moved to Saudi Arabia when Simmons enrolled at MSU as a student.
â(With family out of the country) I was really homesick and lonely quite often,âÂ Simmons said. âMy Chi Omega sisters picked me up and embraced me; they took me home on weekends and holidays and made me feel like part of their families.Â My parents are still thankful to those âsistersâ today.Â I can tell you that organizing this event over the last six months has reconnected me with my sorority, my sisters, and enabled me to develop newÂ relationships.â
Simmons said the active Chi Omegas at MSU are âjust outstanding and such precious girls!â
âThey have really helped meÂ pull this together,â Simmons said. âI could not have done it withoutÂ their support!â
Meg Swindoll is a recent MSU graduate and Chi Omega alumnae. She has been working with Simmons to create a memorable anniversary celebration.
âThe 75th Anniversary is a timeÂ to reminisce the past, enjoy the present with sisters, and get excited about the years to come,â Swindoll said.
Swindoll said Chi Omega was also an important part of her college experience.
âChi Omega is an indescribable bond of sisterhood,â Swindoll said. âIt isÂ something that will be near and dear to my heart for the rest of my life. The Phi Delta Chapter of Chi Omega made my college experience. I think I would be lost without it.â
Miss Mississippi Sarah Beth James is an active Chi O at MSU and is serving as an emcee for events throughout the weekend.
James said she is looking forward to seeing old and new faces.
âIt is always a fun time when we get together and I cannot wait to meet the many women that came before me with whom I share this legacy,â James said. âBeing a Chi Omega creates a special bond that will be strengthened and celebrated this weekend for our 75th Anniversary!â
Current Chi O President Victoria Mayhall said the active members have been very supportive in helping to execute the 75th Anniversary event.
âWe all realize the importance of such a milestone and are excited to be a part of the celebration,â Mayhall said. âThisÂ special event will definitely beÂ one that we will remember for years to come.â