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This blog is a day-to-day update of what is going on in Mu Tau Mu. Eventually we'll move the older journal entries from our livejournal space but for now to read the archives (entries prior to May 19, 2005), head over to

Things you'll hear about here include notification that new photos or other items are posted on our private website (more about the site is here), more detail on our activities than you see in our month-by-month history blog, news from Case, news from the collegiate chapter, news from Alpha Chi Omega at large, and occasionally fun new ideas on their way to implementation. Links to the private site will take you directly to the item mentioned.

To protect the privacy of our members, only first names will be given.

Best Doctors in Cleveland

Cleveland Magazine's March 2012 Best Doctors in Cleveland issue features two of our CWRU Alpha Chi Omega sisters, including the cover doctor!

Yes that is 1986 initiate Dr. Smitha Krishnamurthi, oncologist at University Hospitals. She wants you to know that a colonoscopy could save your life. (see her video on the local news that we shared in 2009: ) 

Also featured in the magazine is Dr. Marie Budev, a critical care physician who works with lung transplant patients at the Cleveland Clinic. 

Best Doctors 2012: 15 pieces of wisdom for a healthier lifestyle

Internal Info

Colonoscopies may not be fun, but they can be lifesaving. A recent study found that a colonoscopy can significantly reduce the risk of death from colon cancer by finding lesions on the left side of the colon. "Colon cancer is a very curable disease," says Dr. Smitha Krishnamurthi, gastrointestinal disease team leader for University Hospitals' Seidman Cancer Center. "So that is an advantage of a colonoscopy — it can visualize the polyp, and in the same procedure you can have the polyp removed."

Happy International Women's Day! 

Some fun ideas for celebrating International Women's Day (that also celebrate Alpha Chi Omega Ritual Celebration Week too!): 

  • call, text or email a woman who has made a difference in your life... like an AXO sister. 
  • watch Saving Face tonight on HBO at 8:30pm ET. This film spotlights women in Pakistan who've faced one of the worst kinds of domestic violence - acid attacks - and the work they've done to heal and change the laws in their country. See attached flier and
  • write your members of Congress and ask them to reauthorize VAWA (the Violence Against Women Act) - visit to learn more and take action. 
  • Like the National Women's History Museum on facebook and enjoy their daily Women's History Month trivia questions. 
And most of all, have a wonderful day!!


Alpha Chi Omega Ritual Celebration Week

Mu Tau Mu invites you to participate in National Ritual Celebration Week by adding a fun banner to your facebook profile. Here's a sample:

To add the banner, you need five photo files:

(Right click on each one to save them to your computer. It helps if you name them Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 in the order in which they appear above.)

Then upload the 5 photos to a facebook album and tag yourself in reverse order (Part 5 first, then Part 4 and so on.)

You may also want the National Ritual Celebration logo to use as your profile picture:

With thanks to ZU collegian Chelsea M and her friend Pete S for creating the 5 part banner and Tau alumna Mandy S for the explanation of how to upload correctly on her blog

Good luck and let us know if you have any questions! Thank you for helping make National Ritual Celebration Week a success!

Announcing Alpha Chi Omega Ritual Celebration Week

Alpha Chi Omega is proud to join with Phi Mu and many other fraternities and sororities for National RitualCelebration Week, March 1-7.

Collegians and alumnae are encouraged to take time each day that week – either by participating in collegiate or alumnae chapter activities or personally – to reflect the meaning of Alpha Chi Omega Ritual and how intentionally personifying that Ritual positively impacts your life.

To honor Alpha Chi Omega’s seven founders, here are seven suggestions for how you and/or your chapter can participate in National Ritual Celebration Week:


  • Organize a Hera Day activity on March 1. Take time on March 1 to be of service to others.
  • Perform the Rededication of the Bond ceremony at your chapter meeting. Invite area alumnae to your chapter meeting that week and perform the ceremony for both collegians and alumnae. If you don’t live near a collegiate chapter, don’t have an alumnae chapter near you or don’t have a meeting scheduled that week, take a minute to reflect on your Initiation ceremony. Are you living the life you pledged to live that day? If so, how else could you show that every day? If not, there is no time like the present to start!
  • Reconnect with a sister you haven’t spoken to for awhile. Go to lunch. Have a phone date. Send a card. Write a text. Make time one day that week to reach out to someone and tell her why you’re glad she’s your sister. If you have regular conversations with sisters, take time this week to talk about the common bond you share with your closest Alpha Chi Omega friends.
  • Reflect on the meaning of The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega.  Re-read "The Symphony" at least one time during the week. How does it relate to where you are in life right now? What is your favorite part of the passage? Why?
  • Change your Facebook profile picture to the National Ritual Celebration Week logoConsider posting your reflections and other Alpha Chi Omega stories and thoughts as your status updates and on the Alpha Chi Omega Facebook page during that week. You also could tweet your ideas during the week – tag your tweets with #AXORitualWeek and follow that tag throughout theweek to see what others are saying on Twitter
  • Reflect on how you personify Alpha Chi Omega’s values of Wisdom, Devotion and Achievement. You might consider a conversation about one of these ideals with a non-member and tell him/her why you value your Alpha Chi Omega experience so much.
  • Participate in National Panhellenic Conference’s International Badge Day on March 7.Proudly wear your lyre badge to work, on campus and to your community gatherings.  Doing so not only honors Alpha Chi Omega, but gives you a chance to connect with other sorority women in your area and celebrate the history of women’s fraternities.

These are just a few of the ways you can celebrate.  If you have other ideas we hope you’ll share them on the Alpha Chi Omega Facebook page.

Contact Alpha Chi Omega Headquarters if you have questions or need additional information.

Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 06:38PM by Registered CommenterMTM Exec Board | Comments1 Comment

Veterans' Day Gratitude from Alpha Chi Omega 2010

It's becoming a tradition on Veterans' Day to highlight an Alpha Chi Omega alumna for her military service. This year we hope to inspire you with the story of Betty Bachman Buehner, Xi chapter, University of Nebraska. (see her photo here.)

The Great Plains During World War II tells the story of Betty becoming a pilot through the Civil Aeronautics authority at the University of Nebraska:

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The Co-Eds Fly for Uncle Sam

THAT old campus maxim, "A coed's place is at tea dances," is taking an awful beating at the University of Nebraska these days. And all because of three little gals who wouldn't take "No" for an answer–not even from Uncle Sam.

When the University of Nebraska was selected by the Civil Aeronautics authority as one of the schools to set up a course for pilot training, men students thought they'd have the field to themselves. But CAA regulations permitted schools to admit women students up to 10 per cent of the total enrollment in the course and the coeds immediately flocked in.

Prof. Jiles W. Haney, chairman of the mechanical engineering department, who is in charge of the course at Nebraska university, got applications from five coeds. But physical examinations put most of them on a snag. CAA requirements called for girls at least 64 inches tall and weighing not less than 115 pounds. And the gal applicants were on the diminutive side.

Nothing daunted they appealed to authorities to make physical requirements a little less exacting. Prof. Haney and I. V. Packard, secretary of the state aeronautics commission finally persuaded Washington to give the girls a break. As a result, it was agreed that coeds 62 inches tall and weighing one hundred pounds would be admitted, providing they could fulfill all other physical requirements.

When final selection of 40 students was made, three coeds got the nod. Like their masculine classmates they were chosen on a basis of scholastic standing and general ability.

One girl was selected from each of the three upper classes in university. Elinor Hakanson of Fairfield is a teachers college senior; Betty Bachman of Omaha, an arts college junior; and Jean Robinson of Lincoln, an arts college sophomore.

Instructors in fields which are traditionally masculine property usually find the presence of a girl in class a distraction. But the three coeds soon gave evidence they were out to show the boys, not distract them.

The collegiennes had to fight to get into the course and they haven't stopped fighting yet. Two of them–Miss Bachman and Miss Hakanson–were first students to solo out of a group of 30 taking instruction at Municipal airport from Lincoln Airplane and Flying school pilots. Miss Robinson will solo as soon as weather permits the field to be properly cleared. The girls were beaten to their solo flights only by a few students taking instruction from Alva White at Arrow airport, who started their flying instruction earlier.

Not only have they proved their right to try their own wings–their conduct in the ground school part of the course has been equally commendable. Prof. Haney says the girls have been set a much better attendance record for classes than the fellows and seem to show a very definite interest in the course. And Miss Robinson copped more laurels for the feminine contingent by ranking third in an examination on engines–that in a class which includes many engineering students!

Miss Bachman was chosen "best dressed girl" on the Nebraska university campus last spring and was a candidate for "Nebraska Sweetheart" this fall. She has curly hair, eyes that crinkle up when she laughs and is labeled "cute" by campus men.

An accomplished artist, she draws, paints and designs many of her clothes. This 20-year-old coed has dreamed of flying for a long time. As one Alpha Chi Omega sorority sister puts it, she's "nuts about flying and there's nothing she wouldn't do to fly." Betty's not sure how she'll use the training, but admitted she hopes to "make a little money from it eventually."

A sorority sister of Miss Bachman's, Elinor Hakanson was lovely enough to be nominated as one of the candidates for Cornhusker beauty queen last year. She and Betty made their solo flights the same day early in December. She is 21, has been crazy about flying as long as she can remember. Elinor expects to teach, but thinks she'll find a way to combine flying with pedagogy.

See the rest of the article here.

Betty went on to complete her training and became a Womens AirForce Service Pilot (WASP). [About WASP: 1,830 were choosen to receive training, 1,074 graduated, and 916 were on duty when they were disbanded. The air miles flown by these women totaled 60,000,000. They flew all of the planes developed for the war, including the Boeing built B-17 and B-29 bombers.] Betty was a member of class 43-2, the Singing Second. She was stationed at Love Field where she flew AT-6 and PT-19 aircraft. Women like Betty being able to fly freed up men pilots to serve overseas. In 2009, Congress honored all the women who served as WASP with the Congressional Gold Medal. Betty passed away in February 1981.

She's featured on this page by the National Archives for her service.

Additional References:

With gratitude to all men and women who have served our nation, past and present.

Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 10:45AM by Registered CommenterMTM Exec Board in , , , , , | CommentsPost a Comment
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