The Iota Sigma chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority was established at Iowa State in 1968, and since then it has grown into a strong sorority presence on campus. Their house on Greeley Street was completed in 1969, and it is one of the newest sorority houses in Ames.
Alpha Omicron Pi’s annual philanthropy is the Run for the Roses to Strike Out Arthritis. The event usually takes place each year in October. Participants can run or walk either a 5K or a 10K and children can sign up for a fun run. Members of Alpha Omicron Pi coordinate with the Ames Area Running Club, and the money raised is donated to the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation, which in turn gives money to arthritis research groups. In 2007, Run for the Roses raised almost $10,000.
Besides philanthropic events, the women of Alpha Omicron Pi also participate in Homecoming, Greek Week, Veishea, and Varieties. In the spring 2008, Alpha Omicron Pi finished third in the Sweepstakes portion of the competition, and won the People’s Choice Award. Members also enjoy socials and formals, including the Rose Formal at which current members honor graduating seniors.
Women in Costumes, 1961