LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Beta Iota Chapter of the national leadership honor society Order of Omega inducted their largest class with 59 new members Sunday, April 18. Order of Omega recognizes juniors and seniors who have attained a high standard of leadership within the fraternity and sorority community.
Membership selection is usually conducted each semester, but no more than 3% of the total number of enrolled full-time fraternity and sorority undergraduates may be initiated into membership in any one year. The Beta Iota Chapter was established at the University of Kentucky March 28, 1978.
“This year, Order of Omega has expanded as an organization on campus, and I am so excited we were able to initiate our largest initiation class to date and hold our first in-person initiation in over a year,” said Savannah Miller, chapter president.
This past semester, Order of Omega sponsored two blood drives on campus. The current officers also include Vice President Kelli Burnett and Director of Programming Ainsley Flask.
The Spring 2021 inductees are:
College of Agriculture, Food and Environment: Aryanna Gomez, Amanda Pacyna, Rachel Rathje
College of Arts and Sciences: Lauren Baer, Madison Baker, Drew Beecham, Katherine Cermack, Tabitha Charter, Carmen Cox, Justin Denny, Adrian Dozal, Lindsay Hair, Alyssa Hargis, Spencer Hodson, Lindsay Holeman, Sophia Marcolla, Anne McAtee, Frances Miller, Flor Mucino, Emma Olmstead, Grace Salmon, Emily Schneck, Natasha Steele, Mia Stefanelli, Rachael Twehues, Rachel Von Ebers
Gatton College of Business and Economics: Allyson Carson, Kendell Clark, Kendall DuLaney, Zachary Hampton, Hannah Jelf, Sophia Maggs, Aidan Salmon, Brianne Thomas
College of Communication and Information: Aniya Hall, Erin Lemmon, Scott Manning, Nizhoni McDarment, Catherine Simonis, Erika Williams
College of Design: April Morris
College of Education: Amanda Jones
College of Engineering: Mekenzie Dunnuck, Anna Erpenbeck, Tyler Ly, Brayden Reichelderfer, Stephen Schniers
College of Health Sciences: Emilee Cox, Abigail Elbert, Lana Heslop, Ragan Howard, Sabrina Sadr
College of Nursing: Lynsey Tyree, Bailey Willis
College of Public Health: Madeline Bilicki, Gracelyn Bush, Jessah Hughes
Honorary Members: Travis Buchanan and Mallory Griffith
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