Alpha Omicron Pi Beta Nu at Illinois State University will be opening its doors fall 2020 to its new sorority house.
Over 122 years ago four women founded Alpha Omicron Pi at Barnard College. Beta Nu was installed as an official chapter Jan. 24, 2016, beginning with 90 women at ISU.
Colleen O’Neil, AOII Founder of Beta Nu chapter and now alumna was an active member all four years serving in positions such as social chair and day chairmen.
“I’m so excited. I’m looking forward to the girls that are newer and active to get the chance to live in and have somewhere to call home,” O’Neil said.
The house will be a place for the ladies to conduct chapter business, studying and sisterhood bonding.
The specific details for the house are yet to be determined and will be established over the next year with the help of the Beta Nu ladies.
Mandy Doyle is the director of properties for AOII for large scale renovations and University Housing.
“We are excited to provide the women with a beautiful and safe facility to call their home filled with color schemes and character that reflects their chapter’s ideas while also incorporating AOII’s branding,” Doyle said.
Doyle also stated that every house made by AOII has be unique to each chapter.
Roger Lantz, owner of Greek Housing USA and developer for AOII stated that this this is their first sorority house at ISU.
Lantz said to make a house of that size takes about seven months including weather delays for a house with a basement.
“We’re always excited and then you have all the fraternity and sororities both getting excited toward the end and having a grand opening makes it more real,” Lantz said.
There is a lot more attention paid to detail on that particular house.
Chris Ellis, project manager said this project has been an easy one for him.
“We have done several projects for other AOII houses. It’s nice we have their trust to continue to do projects for them in other universities,” Ellis said.
Rachel Sarah Marcus, an active member for AOII said she does not plan on living at the house but plans on spending a lot of time there.
“I am very excited, watching it get built from the ground up and being able to drive past every so often to see the progress is really exciting,” Marcus said.
According to AOII headquarters, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony when the house opens.
“The house doesn’t make the girls, the girls make the house,” Marcus said.
The new house will be near the corner of Normal Avenue and Willow Street at 405 Normal Ave.