LATEST NEWS FROM ORDER OF OMEGA

Order of Omega Adds New Staff Member

June 5, 2024 — Order of Omega IHQ is pleased to announce the addition of Adam Joiner as our new Membership Engagement Coordinator, a position uniquely suited to Adam’s strong suits working to help our collegiate members navigate their undergraduate Order of Omega experience. 

Adam, a seasoned Fraternity/Sorority professional, is a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity where he currently serves as a member of the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute. 

Adam is also invested in the Fraternity & Sorority industry by being involved in several associations including the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) and the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI). 

A native of Texas, Adam is excited to embark on this next phase of his journey with an organization headquartered in Arlington, TX.

Adam Joiner Bio

Order of Omega Mourns Passing of Founding Advisor

February 12, 2024 — The Order of Omega Family joins many others in remembering the loss of the first advisor for Order of Omega, Pat Halloran, who passed away Thursday, February 8, 2024, at his home. 

In 1965, Pat Halloran served as the Assistant Dean of Men at the University of Miami (FL). During that time, Pat oversaw the fraternity system at a time when fraternities and sororities were experiencing a loss of popularity from the mid-60s into the 1970s. One of the things he decided to do to strengthen the fraternity system was to support the creation of the Order of Omega.  Today, Order of Omega has initiated over 300,000 members at 586 chapters across the United States and Canada. 

Our hearts go out to his wife and family.  A Celebration of Life service is planned for February 19th, 2024 at 2 p.m. at The Halloran Centre in Memphis, TN.  

OFFICIAL ORDER OF OMEGA STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF PAT HALLORAN

2024 AFLV West Regional Conference

FEBRUARY, 2024 —  Order of Omega recently sponsored the annual Case Study competition at the 2024 AFLV West regional conference in Anaheim, CA.  Attending students and staff paired up to form teams to tackle the complex situation scenario/s they were presented with in front of a panel of judges.

Participants formed student/student and student/staff teams and present to a panel of judges in different tracks.  From there, a first, second, and third-place team was selected per track as the winning institution.

SEE 2024 AFLV WEST CASE STUDY COMPETITION WINNERS

2024 NGLA Regional Conference

FEBRUARY, 2024 —  Order of Omega recently sponsored the annual Case Study competition at the 2024 NGLA regional conference in Hartford, CT.  Attending students and staff paired up to form teams to tackle the complex situation scenario/s they were presented with in front of a panel of judges.

Participants formed student/student and student/staff teams and present to a panel of judges in different tracks.  From there, a first, second, and third-place team was selected per track as the winning institution.

SEE 2024 NGLA CASE STUDY COMPETITION WINNERS

2024 SGLA Regional Conference

FEBRUARY, 2024 — Order of Omega recently sponsored the annual Case Study competition at the 2024 SGLA regional conference in Atlanta, GA.  Attending students and staff paired up to form teams to tackle the complex situation scenario/s they were presented with in front of a panel of judges.

Four tracks were added and a first, second, and third-place team was selected per track as the winning institution.

SEE 2024 SGLA CASE STUDY COMPETITION WINNERS

2024 AFLV Central Regional Conference

FEBRUARY, 2024 —  Order of Omega recently attended the annual AFLV Central regional conference in Indianapolis, IN, and hosted our annual Case Study competition.  Attending students and staff paired up to form teams to tackle the complex situation scenario/s they were presented with in front of a panel of judges.

Five tracks were added and a first, second, and third-place team was selected per track as the winning institution.

 

SEE 2024 AFLV CENTRAL CASE STUDY COMPETITION WINNERS

2023 Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award Recipient

September 18, 2023 — The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) today announced the 2023 slate of individual award recipients. Every year, the AFA Awards & Recognition Committee recognizes outstanding contributions by association members and colleagues, and these awards will be presented during the AFA Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida between November 28 – December 1, 2023.

The Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award, named after Order of Omega’s longest-tenured Executive Director, was established in 2012 and the first recipient was awarded in 2013 at the Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. 

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Now Hiring at Headquarters

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September 15, 2023 — Order of Omega is actively recruiting for our newly created Membership Engagement Coordinator position.  This is a full-time position, on-site only at our International Headquarters in Arlington, TX.  

If you are a Fraternity/Sorority professional looking to make a transition to the headquarters realm (or make a lateral move from another headquarters), then this position is right up your alley.  Applicants must be a member of social Greek-lettered organization.  Preference will be given to applicants with 3+ years of professional Fraternity/Sorority life experience. 

For position details, compensation, and other pertinent information on the position, please click on the document below. 

To apply, please email a cover letter/interest letter, a resume, and three (3) professional references to our Director of Chapter Services, Mike Taddesse at michael@orderofomega.org.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Remembering Dr. Kent L. Gardner

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September 1, 2023 — It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Kent L. Gardner after battling a lengthy illness. Dr. Gardner profoundly impacted a wide range of people’s lives as a husband, father, papaw, brother, mentor, coach, teacher, supervisor, colleague, volunteer, leader, and friend.

Dr. Gardner most recently served as the Executive Director Emeritus of Order of Omega, an international leadership honor society dedicated to recognizing members of Fraternity and Sorority organizations who have exemplified the highest standards in leadership, involvement, scholarship, and character.

Read the full statement on behalf of the Order of Omega Board of Directors, International Headquarters staff, and family.

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2022-2023 Alpha-Omega Year in Review - Order of Omega

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August 2023 – Our annual recap, Alpha-Omega booklet is now available.

Everything from Case Study competition winners at the various conferences Order of Omega attended during the 2022-2023 academic year, to the 2023 undergraduate scholarship winners, to how many miles of graduation cords were purchased by our chapters — it’s all in there! 

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Order of Omega To Name International Headquarters

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July 2023 — The Order of Omega Board of Directors voted unanimously to name Order of Omega headquarters the Kent L. Gardner Order of Omega International Headquarters in honor of Dr. Kent L. Gardner. Dr. Gardner served as the first…

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

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.

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 or 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.

2021-2022 Alpha-Omega Year in Review

The 2021-2022 Alpha-Omega booklet is now available. Read our annual recap of the following information:

  • Case Study Winners
  • Annual Undergraduate Scholarship Winners
  • Graduation Honor Cords Purchased by All Chapters
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AFLV West 2022

Order of Omega hosted the annual Case Study Competition at the AFLV West conference in February at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, CA.

This year, we had multiple teams sign up to compete across three tracks, and we were able to select winners across the tracks. We congratulate all the participants and winners of the competition!

AFLV West 2022

NGLA 2022

Order of Omega hosted the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) Conference’s annual Case Study Competition in February at the Waterfront Marriott in Baltimore, MD.

This year, we had multiple teams sign up to compete across three tracks, and we were able to select winners across the tracks. We congratulate all the participants and winners of the competition!

NGLA 2022