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The Purpose

The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to assemble college students in a national Service Fraternity in the fellowship of the principles derived from the Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop leadership, to promote friendship, and provide Service to humanity; and to further the freedom that is our national, educational and intellectual heritage.

History of Alpha Phi Omega

Alpha Phi Omega is the largest undergraduate collegiate organization in the United States. APO was founded at Lafayette College in 1925. Its purpose was to become an organization for college men who cooperated with youth movements, especially Scouting. Since Scouting is worldwide, Alpha Phi Omega endeavors to become worldwide and stretch into universities and colleges of all nations. APO has fulfilled original intents, expanded its membership to women as well as men, and is devoted to service to humanity.

Read The Story Behind the Founding at the National Website

You may also find PDF documents of the National Fraternity Bylaws and the National Fraternity's Risk Management Policy, affirmed annually by all chapters, at the National Alpha Phi Omega website.

The Alpha Omicron Chapter at Southern Methodist University was chartered in 1935, making it the first chapter to be recognized in Texas. The chapter's first president was Gerald Harkey. Alpha Omicron voted to allow female members 2 years before it became a national policy. The chapter is located within Region 7 and Section 41.

In Fall 2003, AO won the Joseph Scanlon National Certificate of Merit. The chapter's 2003 homecoming float also won first place in the Student Organizations category and its Homecoming King nominee was first runner-up. In Spring 2004, the chapter won the Leadership Award at the Section 41 Conference and was recognized by the city of Dallas for its longtime support of the People Helping People program. We were also recognized by SMU as the most outstanding student service organization for Spring 2004.


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