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About Alpha Chi


Alpha Chi [pronounced: Alfa kai] is a general honor society, admitting the top 10 percent of an institution’s juniors and seniors from all academic disciplines.

The Oklahoma Theta Chapter of Alpha Chi was charted at Southeastern in 1983. Since that time over 1000 Southeastern students have been inducted into lifetime membership. Southeastern students have presented over 50 papers at regional and national conventions. Three Southeastern students have been awarded regional and national scholarships.

Mission: Alpha Chi’s mission is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.

Founding: Initially founded on February 22, 1922 as the Scholarship Societies of Texas, expansion of the society soon changed it to the Scholarship Societies of the South in 1926. At the annual meeting in 1934, the decision was made to expand further, becoming a national organization under the presently used name.

Name: Alpha Chi’s name is derived from the initial letters of the Greek words ALETHEIA, meaning TRUTH, and XAPAKTHP, meaning CHARACTER.

Symbology: In 1935 Alpha Chi adopted its official shield and key, colors, and song.

Shield and Key: The shield and key bear a lamp of learning and the initials AX in raised letters.

Colors: The colors are emerald green, signifying victory and sapphire blue, signifying truth.

Motto: The motto of the organization is taken from the Gospel of John: “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”(John 8:32 KJV).

Song: Lyrics for the official song, “Hail to Alpha Chi,” were written by a Southwest Texas State University student, J. M. Brandstetter, in 1935.

Exact requirements for invitation to the Southeastern chapter can be found under the “requirements” link on the right.