Nestled among the Ozarks, on the campus of the University of Arkansas, the Psi Chapter house betokens the growth, impact, and commitment of Chi Omega that began on this campus in 1895. It stands surrounded by sentiments to our Sisterhood including the Chi Omega Greek Theatre, Holcombe Hall, and Old Main.
After its most recent renovation in 2016, the Psi Chapter house proudly displays the history and tradition of the Fraternity in a way that illuminates the stories of our earliest Sisters while immersing collegians in daily reminders of our humble beginnings. The Founders Library was designed to display Psi treasures permanently, and thanks to Psi archivists and initiates, Anne Hartenstein Morrison and Ann Bigham Engskov, the relics are woven into the daily lives of the women who live here.
“When I was an undergraduate,” says Gena Runnion S.K.A., “the Archives Room was under lock and key. Fraternity men were known to play pranks and items such as composites or recruitment decorations would go missing! Looking back, I can understand the concern of the House Corporation.
“To me, the museum space is the most beautiful outcome of the renovation at 940 West Maple. The open, yet secure, displays afford Sisters and guests the opportunity to see our rich history come to life.”
Today, the Founders Library holds some of our most treasured Chi Omega pieces.
The portraits of Allie and Ina May were painted for the 2016 remodel by Psi alumna, Arden Boyce.
“I am proud to say,” says Gena, “that I never missed a test question when studying our chapter history and recall leading a study session about our Founders prior to a meeting. As a National Leadership Consultant in the early 1990s, I carried a small photo album with pictures of the Greek Theatre, Psi Chapter house, and Founders’ gravestones. I loved sharing that history with chapters. I am and always have been proud to be an initiate of Psi Chapter and feel a great responsibility to share that joy with Sisters across the country.”