Omicron Gamma, Ohio University

About Omicron Gamma Chapter

Omicron Gamma was founded on April 28, 1990 at Ohio University in Athens, OH. We've been around 29 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 5. We currently have a total of 87 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.32! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 17 service hours and $85.00!

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Chapter News

Alumna Named Teacher of the Year

Lori Biggs Robbins, Omicron Gamma - Ohio, was named Teacher of the Year by named Mauldin High School in Greenville, South Carolina. "Lori is a wonderful teacher who goes above and beyond to meet the needs of a diverse range of students. From providing ESOL support to students and teachers, serving as DECA advisor, or to hosting after-school English classes for parents, Lori puts her heart and soul into every aspect of her many roles here at MHS," says the high school. Congratulations!

Allie Haddad, Omicron Gamma Chapter (Ohio University) member, marches for women’s rights

Allie Haddad, a junior member of the Omicron Gamma Chapter at Ohio University, had the opportunity to attend the Women’s March in Washington D.C. in January.

“It was completely empowering to see so many men, women and children of all ages taking a stand against the oppression that women face every day,” said Allie “It was amazing to see people refusing to be silent about the unjust things they see or experience.”

The women’s march was a worldwide protest that not raised awareness about women’s rights, but also those regarding human rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, and other issues facing our country.

Omicron Gamma hosts successful second annual Starters for Starkey at Ohio University

On November 17, 2016, the Omicron Gamma Chapter of Delta Zeta at Ohio University raised $2,400 during their second annual Starters for Starkey philanthropy event, an all-you-can-eat appetizer buffet that drew more than 200 students from across campus.

Senior Hannah Jarvis, Omicron Gamma's Vice President of Philanthropy who kickstarted the event last year during her first term, was amazed at much the event has grown n just one year.

"We did a lot more advertising this year so more people came to the event," she said.

For two hours, members of the Omicron Gamma Chapter dished out favorites like mozzarella sticks and buffalo chicken dip, but the biggest payoff was more than just a full stomach. The money the chapter raised throughout the evening is enough to provide at least one individual with hearing aids.


"Wow, this is amazing! We're blown away by the support we receive from across @DeltaZetaNatl," the Starkey Hearing Foundation gratefully responded via Twitter.

Annie Nowak, Omicron Gamma collegian (Ohio University) gives campers unforgettable experience at The Painted Turtle camp

Annie Nowak, a sophomore member of the Omicron Gamma Chapter at Ohio University, had the opportunity to volunteer at The Painted Turtle camp in June 2016 during Skeletal Displaysia week.

As a cabin counselor for the youngest group of boys who ranged in age from 8 to 10 years old, Annie and another Delta Zeta from Kentucky, along with several other staff members, took the campers to and from activities and made sure they had an unforgettable experience at camp.

"One of the most incredible experiences for me," said Annie, "was seeing the boys participate in the high ropes course and go horseback riding, along with other activities that they otherwise would not have been able to participate in because of their condition." Annie is counting down the days until she can return to volunteer again in the near future.

Ashley Deck, Omicron Gamma (Ohio University) collegian, teaches in New Zealand through Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching

Ashley Deck, collegiate member of the Omicron Gamma Chapter at Ohio University, spent her summer student teaching through the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching, or C.O.S.T., a program that gives teaching candidates the chance to spend a semester student teaching in another country.

Once Ashley was accepted into the program, she learned that she had been placed in a Year 2 (equivalent to first grade) classroom at Howick Primary in Auckland, New Zealand, and she spent every Monday through Friday at Howick for three months. At the beginning of her experience, she would observe and assist her mentor teacher with her teaching; by the end of the three months, she was doing the majority of the planning and teaching by herself.

Students attend New Zealand schools year-round with a two-week break after every term. During this break, Ashley enjoyed traveling around New Zealand before spending a week in Australia. Through this program, Ashley completed half of her internship requirements, which placed her a semester ahead in school.

"Teaching in a country whose education system is completely different from the United States' was the part of the incredible experience that I will remember forever," Ashley said.

Michaela Houston, Omicron Gamma collegian (Ohio University), advocates for those in need

Michaela Houston wanted to begin her 21st year of life with meaning. This summer, she experienced the birthday of a lifetime, though in a different way than most college students typically imagine.

Michaela worked with the Borgen Project, a non-profit organization based out of Seattle that works with Congress to shorten the poverty gap and address hunger in developing countries.

Michaela spent her summer calling Congress, writing letters and informing people of the Borgen Project's cause. Additionally, she recruited interns and volunteers and assisted in the hiring process to increase the number of members on their team. After her internship concluded, Michaela traveled to Nicaragua where she taught English and built houses in addition to other work. This trip was all Michaela asked for her 21st birthday; she wanted to gain the ground experience necessary to continue advocating for the people in developing countries.

As a political science major with a focus in sustainability and a minor in communications, Michaela hopes to use her degree to continue to help developing countries through governmental work in the United States. "Humans are as one," she said, "and I hope that people can see themselves as citizens without borders and understand that a simple call to Congress in support of a bill could help the lives of millions."

Omicron Gamma Chapter celebrates Mom's Weekend at Ohio University and raises $3,291 to help women
May 6, 2016

The Omicron Gamma Chapter recently celebrated Ohio University's Mom's Weekend by hosting a luncheon for the chapter members and their moms. Members made baskets of crafts, Delta Zeta apparel, makeup and accessories to raffle, benefiting the the Starkey Hearing Foundation as well as the chapter's local philanthropy, My Sister's Place, which provides shelter and services to those faced with domestic violence. Through this fundraiser, the chapter raised $3,291 for these organizations.
Margaux Aschinger, Omicron Gamma (Ohio University) collegian, interns at NBC in New York City
March 4, 2016

Margaux Aschinger a junior and a member of the Omicron Gamma Chapter at Ohio University, is interning in New York City this semester for NBC. She is doing media relations for all of the MSNBC shows and works in legendary 30 Rockefeller every day. "It is an amazing opportunity because so many shows are filmed there and everyone has such interesting backgrounds," she said.
Omicron Gamma Chapter at Ohio University raised more than $2,967 for Starkey Hearing Foundation
February 26, 2016

The Omicron Gamma Chapter at Ohio University raised more than $2,967 for the Starkey Hearing Foundation by hosting its Starters for Starkey event. Ohio University students purchased $5 tickets and enjoy delicious appetizers and dips at the event, while helping the cause of speech and hearing.