Taggard, Genevieve

Taggard, Genevieve

Taggard, Genevieve, 1894-1948, American poet, b. Waitsburg, Wash. Her early years were spent in Hawaii. She returned to the United States in 1914, graduated from the Univ. of California in 1919, and taught English at several women's colleges. Her poetry ranges from the deeply personal poems of her early career to her later verse of social commentary. Among her volumes of poetry are For Eager Lovers (1922), Hawaiian Hilltop (1923), Calling Western Union (1936), Long View (1942), and Collected Poems: 1918-1938 (1938). She compiled several anthologies, including a collection of metaphysical verse.

Chi Omega (ΧΩ, also known as Chi O) is a women's fraternity and the largest member of the National Panhellenic Conference. Chi Omega boasts 174 active collegiate chapters and hundreds of alumnae chapters. The fraternity's headquarters is located in Memphis, Tennessee.


Chi Omega was founded April 5, 1895 at the University of Arkansas by Dr. Charles Richardson (an initiate of Kappa Sigma Fraternity), Ina Mae Boles, Jean Vincenheller, Jobelle Holcombe, and Alice Simonds. In 1915, Chi Omega established its executive headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, pioneering the use of office space among all national women's fraternities, before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1926. Since 1995, the Fraternity's executive headquarters has been situated on in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Fraternity's colors are cardinal and straw, the flower is the white carnation, and the mascot is the owl. Other symbols include the skull and crossbones.

Chi Omega made the Make-a-Wish Foundation its official philanthropy in 2000.

Chi Omega is the largest women's organization in the United States, recently surpassing the Girl Scouts.


In 1895, the six purposes of Chi Omega were established in order to preserve and enhance the values of each member. The six purposes are friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and creditable scholarship, participation in campus activities, career and personal development, and community service.


The fraternity's day to day business activities are overseen by the Executive Council which consists of five elected members. Each individual chapter of Chi Omega receives at least one visit per year from a National Consultant who aids in the development of the young women. Furthermore, each chapter gets additional support from Chi Omega alumnae, national volunteers, professional staff and resource manuals.

Chi Omega Symphony

"To live constantly above snobbery of word or deed; to place scholarship before social obligations and character before appearances; to be, in the best sense, democratic rather than 'exclusive' and lovable rather than 'popular'; to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act sincerely, to choose thoughtfully that course which occasion and conscience demand; to be womanly always; to be discouraged never; in a word, to be loyal under any and all circumstances to my Fraternity and her highest teachings and to have her welfare ever at heart that she may be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note."


Notable alumnae

For a full list of notable Chi Omega alumnae please visit here.




  • Susan Athey (Mu Kappa) - Professor of Economics at Harvard University
  • Alice Marriott (Xi Alpha) - Entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Nancy Walton Laurie (Psi) - Niece of Sam Walton founder of Wal-Mart, name sake of the Leadership Institute of Chi Omega.





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