Alpha Xi Delta Celebrates 110 Years

April 05, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — More than 150 women representing decades of sisterhood came together recently to celebrate the University of Mount Union’s Alpha Xi Delta sorority’s 110th anniversary.

The chapter, a women’s fraternity, was established in 1902 at Mount Union and the organization is still thriving on campus today. According to, Alpha Xi Delta began in 1893 when 10 young women at Lombard College in Galesburg, IL shared a vision and a dream of a national organization dedicated to the personal growth of women. Alpha Xi Delta is now a national fraternity with more than 149,000 initiated members.

On March 31, 166 former and current chapter sisters came together at the Alliance Country Club for a dinner banquet. Two members of the graduating class of 1945 — Ruth Fiegenschuh and Ruth Rankin  — spoke during the dinner, as did chapter advisor and 2010-2011 president Kelly Emery and alumna Dodie Davis ‘62. Jane Fursey Ralston, national Alpha Xi Delta foundation chair, was in attendance as well.

An open house was held at the chapter house on April 1, with alumni invited to tour the chapter house and have refreshments.

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