Alpha Omicron Pi Mourns the Loss of Olivia Erhardt
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (January 14, 2016) -- Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity is mourning the loss of Olivia Erhardt, 19, a member of AOII’s Alpha Chapter at Columbia University who passed away in a tragic bus accident the evening of Wednesday, January 13. She along with other students from Columbia University were in Honduras volunteering for the non-profit group Global Brigades, providing medical and other support to international communities in need. Alpha Omicron Pi sends its deepest condolences to Olivia’s family and to the sisters of Alpha Chapter. It is Alpha Omicron Pi’s hope that members will find the support they need through the deep rooted bonds of sisterhood from members across North America and across the world. Alpha Omicron Pi is thankful for the Columbia University community and all those who are offering support to our members and keeping Olivia’s loved ones in their thoughts during this difficult time.
Alpha Omicron Pi will provide information at a later date about a formal draping of the badge in coordination with the Alpha Chapter. The preferred method of draping the badge is to pin the badge through a looped piece of black ribbon. Collegiate and alumnae chapters may also hold the Memorial Ritual for Chapters and Members, a ceremony intended for initiated members of Alpha Omicron Pi to honor a deceased member.
About Alpha Omicron Pi
Alpha Omicron Pi was founded in 1897 at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. AOII has almost 190,000 initiated members and 139 current installed collegiate chapters, with 165 active alumnae chapters across the United States and Canada. Alpha Omicron Pi is an international women’s fraternity promoting friendship for a lifetime, inspiring academic excellence and lifelong learning, and developing leadership skills through service to the Fraternity and community.
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