History of the fraternity:
Delta Omicron, founded in 1909 at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music by students for students, is an international music fraternity with collegiate and alumni chapters established in the United States and the Orient. Classified as a professional fraternity and a charter member of the professional Panhellenic Association (now the Professional Fraternity Association), Delta Omicron limits its membership to a specific field of professional education- namely, music- and organizes its activities specifically to promote professional competency and achievement in that field. The original purpose of Delta Omicron was to inspire closer friendship among women music students, encourage high scholarship, develop character and leadership, and stimulate greater growth in the performance and appreciation of good music. As the fraternity progressed to international prominence it proved itself to be an outstanding service group, dedicated to the development of the ideals of service and cooperation. In keeping with the tradition of staying abreast with changing times, the doors of membership in Delta Omicron were opened to men in 1979.
History of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter:
The Gamma Upsilon chapter of Delta Omicron was originally founded December 2, 1997. The chapter was inactive for a number of years.
In the spring semester of 2010 a handful of music students at the University of West Florida began the process of reinstatement. On the 21st day of January in 2011 the chapter was reinstated by the National Second Vice President Mary Chisholm, Kappa Province President Wendy Savarino, and local Delta Omicron Alumna Sharon Van Hoose.
The other chapters of the Kappa Province are:
Omicron Delta - Southeastern Louisiana Univ., Hammond, LA
Omicron Epsilon - Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, LA
Omicron Sigma - William Carey College, Hattiesburg, MS
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