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Order of Omega Welcomes Two New Members to its Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

ARLINGTON, TX, July 20, 2022 — Order of Omega, an international honorary organization recognizing
fraternity men and sorority women who have attained a high standard of leadership, service, and scholarship
since 1959, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors.

Dr Lamar Bryant
Dr. Lamar Bryant
Lamar currently serves as the associate vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, in the Division of Diversity
Engagement at The University of Tennessee Knoxville and collaborates with an amazing team to help
cultivate a campus environment, at all levels, which is inclusive and welcoming to everyone.  With over a
decade of professional experience in higher education, Lamar understands the direct correlation between an
impactful well-rounded college experience, and high student retention/graduation rates.  He believes
academia presents us with a unique opportunity to challenge and support students academically, socially,
and personally.  Furthermore, he believes it is not just about getting students to attend college, it is about
creating an experience that compels them to persist and graduate.  Lamar is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc. and is a 2006 initiate of Order of Omega.

Cheri Wechsler
Ms. Cheri Wechsler
Cheri has long served Order of Omega as the Western Regional Chapter Director.  She served as the Assistant
Director for Greek Life at the University of Southern California and Director of Fraternity and Sorority
Relations at the University of California, Irvine.  As a member of Delta Gamma, she has served as a Collegiate
Advisor, Alumnae Chapter President, Recruitment and Extension Director and most recently as Council
Trustee: Membership. “What I like most about Order of Omega is the uniqueness of how each chapter fills a
need on their campus. Magic happens when bringing together the best and brightest members of the
fraternity and sorority community.”  Cheri is an April 1985 initiate of Order of Omega at the University of
Southern California.



About Order of Omega

Order of Omega members are selected from the highest achieving fraternity or sorority members (must be a sophomore, junior, or senior to apply) at each institution.  To date, over 575+ chapters have been chartered throughout North America with over 250,000 members initiated since 1959. 

Order of Omega is a leadership honor society for members of Fraternity & Sorority organizations. Order of Omega recognizes upperclassmen who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, involvement within their respective organization and within the Fraternity/Sorority, campus, and local community. Members share the common goal of recognizing the many outstanding student leaders at their institution.

(January, 2022)

Order of Omega has partnered with MyHonorSociety (MHS) as the platform that Order of Omega chapters will use to register new members with us. A reminder that at this time only chapter advisors (known as “sponsors” on the MHS platform) can upload new members. We will have access for chapter officers at a later time.
In the past, chapter advisors had to track down membership dues from each new member and send in, to headquarters, a lump sum payment for all the dues. With MHS, after the chapter has recruited new members, the advisor/sponsor will upload the new members’ emails to MHS and use their email to send them an invite to create a profile. After the new members create their own profile (they will have a specified amount of time before their invite expires), they can pay the $50.00 national dues (including a $3 processing/technology fee) directly to headquarters on the MHS platform. Once all the new members have paid, we will download the list of those new members and create their new member certificates and membership pins. HQ will then ship the new members’ certificates and pins to the campus FSL address. Note: MHS is not able to accept local dues payments — if your chapter does have local dues, you will need to collect that separately.  
There will be an option where the new members don’t have to pay their national dues online. They can use a “pay advisor” option and, like in the past, we can then email the chapter an invoice for the total number of new members captured on MHS. Your chapter can collect their dues and either mail in one check or use one credit card (over the phone with us at HQ) to make the chapter invoice payment. 
MHS can also function as a platform for the chapter to communicate with its members, and manage rosters in one place so that as new officers or advisors come in to the chapter, all that is housed in one place. A roster of all your chapter’s past members dating back to when your chapter was chartered will soon be available on your MHS chapter profile (we hope by mid-Fall 2021).
All advisors should try to log in to Order of Omega’s MHS portal.  If not able to log in using your university email address, email Mike Taddesse at HQ for a new temporary password (which will need to be changed once logged in).


Parker F. Enright's idea

Order of Omega was founded at the University of Miami (FL) — the Omega Alpha chapter. The original constitution was approved on April 14, 1959. The idea of an honorary for fraternity men at the University of Miami is attributed to Parker F. Enright, the advisor to fraternities at the time.

The Second Chapter

On December 1st, 1967, a Chapter (Omega Beta) was chartered at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The Dr. Kent L. Gardner Era Begins
University of Texas at Arlington

After receiving a charter from Order of Omega on February 25, 1969 (Omega Kappa chapter), the University of Texas at Arlington would become home to Order of Omega. Dr. Kent L. Gardner assumed the role of National President and Executive Director in 1971.

The Coed Era Begins
From all-male to a coeducational organization

The chapters at Oregon State University (Alpha Rho) and the University of Florida (Omega Zeta) trialed the initial idea of coed Order of Omega chapters. They were great successes and in 1977 a vote was taken to change Order of Omega from an all-male organization to a coeducational organization, and its growth accelerated even further.

A New Constitution
Setting the tone for rapid growth

The first meeting of Order of Omega leadership from across the country. A new Constitution was approved and chapters were divided into regions according to geography.

Scholarship Program is Launched
Helping Undergraduate Students

The final details of the scholarship program were approved. Ten scholarships in an amount of $500.00 were awarded this first year. Since then, the scholarship program has awarded nearly $1.5 million to deserving undergraduate members of Order of Omega.

A Focus on Diversity
Board Meeting in New Orleans, LA

At the 1988 Board of Directors meeting, a primary focus of discussion was coming up with strategies to try and increase the number of African-American men and women in Order of Omega. A strategy was developed to target historically black colleges and universities for future expansion.

Master's/Doctoral Fellowship Program is Launched
Giving back to Higher Education

In an effort to give back to the Higher Education profession, Order of Omega established a Fellowship program for full and part-time professionals enrolled in a Higher Education-related field of study (Master’s or Doctoral). Since then, Order of Omega has awarded over $250,000 to deserving professionals.

Daisy Wood Joins Board of Directors
An NPHC representative

Order of Omega Board of Directors opened a position with the intention of including a member of an NPHC organization to the Board. Ms. Daisy “Dee” Wood, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and past president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council accepted the position. Daisy enthusiastically served in this position until her passing in 2014.

International Chapters
First Chapter in Canada

Order of Omega officially became an international organization on April 26, 1993 with the chartering of the Nu Xi chapter at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada).

The 400th Chapter
Rapid Growth

Order of Omega, in just its 38th year, chartered its 400th chapter at Towson University (Rho Alpha) on November 17, 1997.

Headquarters Office Building Opens
Building Dedication

After breaking ground in 2005, Order of Omega’s current headquarters office building was officially opened on July 22, 2006 with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

50th Anniversary
Back to the beginning

To celebrate Order of Omega’s golden anniversary (50th), the Board of Directors meeting was held in Miami, Florida. A reception was held at the University of Miami to celebrate the founding of the organization and Order of Omega approved a $10,000 gift to be given to the University of Miami’s Greek Affairs office.

Mardie Sorensen Becomes New Executive Director
Passing the torch

After over 40 years at the helm as Executive Director, Dr. Kent L. Gardner retired and passed the torch over to then-Assistant Executive Director, Mrs. Mardie Trask Sorensen.