Amidst a virtual term with online classes and opportunities, Drexel
Engineering student organizations have prepared to adapt and rise to the
challenge, creating all new experiences which will allow new students and
members to feel a sense of community through the computer screen. When the
Beta Mu chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon (A.O.E.) went online, they stood by
their motto of “friendship, leadership and professionalism,” and set a
standard for how to acclimate to a virtual setting.
The Beta Mu chapter of A.O.E. is a social and professional sorority for women
in engineering and technical sciences, and was founded at Drexel University
in 2015. The organization is made up of members who pride themselves on
following the A.O.E. mission — strong and intelligent women who yearn to break
STEM barriers. Since 2015, the sisters at Alpha Omega Epsilon have created
a strong bond in sisterhood in STEM, and a virtual term certainly isn’t
With a large network of alumni in a variety of career fields and industries
across the country, A.O.E. implements a strong source of mentorship, providing
members with a professional network to keep in touch with and learn from at
events. At their most recent event, alumni were invited to speak on a panel
to talk about their lives after college. Their network also involves
employees from sisters’ past co-op experiences. Supported by relationships
they’ve built while on co-op, A.O.E. has held professional engineering panels
with leadership from AECOM, an American multinational engineering firm and
Fortune 500 company, as well as with Supporting Women in Manufacturing
(SWiM), a group established by AdvanSix, an American chemical company and
fully-integrated nylon manufacturing leader.
Chapter vice president Emma Youngs says that new students can find a home
away from home by joining A.O.E. “We know Drexel students, especially
freshmen, will have a hard time finding their niche with Drexel being
remote, but by joining different organizations like A.O.E., [they] can create
meaningful friendships and bonds on campus before they get here,” she says.
“A.O.E. can help increase networking skills, establish and develop leadership
skills, and most importantly, help you find your best friends for life."
Internationally, there are 49 chapters of Alpha Omega Epsilon at different
universities, and Drexel’s chapter hopes to further build relationships
with these sisters through virtual events and experiences. In the past,
they’ve teamed up with nearby chapters at Lehigh University, Widener
University and the University of Delaware. They’ve participated in events
like football tailgates and fundraising for UDance, but they hope to expand
these opportunities in the future to fit a virtual format. This past
August, Alpha Omega Epsilon held their first ever virtual convention, an
event that typically sends a group of members to different national
locations every other year. This year, they were able to send more sisters
to attend the event on behalf of their chapter due to its virtual format.
“When Beta Mu went online in the spring, they adapted quickly,” Youngs
explains. “Some events we hosted were a Step Challenge, Netflix Party
Night, and a Virtual Social with Widener University’s chapter of A.O.E. In
the summer term, events included a sister and alumni Pen Pal event, baking
night, and an online escape room. This fall term, on top of recruitment, we
have some fun fundraising, philanthropic, and sisterhood events planned.”
This fall, the Beta Mu chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon will be holding fall
formal recruitment, kicking off on Wednesday, September 30 from 7 to 8:30
p.m. with a virtual informational session.
See the full roster of events
, sign up for events, or
email Vice President Emma Youngs
for more information.