In 1985 God, the Holy Spirit gave Evangelist Shirley K. Russell (a God fearing woman and mathematics instructor at Morgan State University) a vision for a Christian fraternity and sorority. The development of this vision matured when Evangelist Russell shared the vision with two of her students, Doral R. Pulley and Joyce Mungo, who were very instrumental in organizing the "CALLING ALL CHRISTIANS" meeting on November 3, 1988. This is now known as Founder's Day.
The Lord moved on the hearts and minds of many of the attendees of the meeting to help in the manifestation of the vision of Alpha Nu Omega. The first fruits of Alpha Nu Omega consisted of 14 founding brothers and 15 founding sisters. Collectively they labored along with the Visionary Founder Shirley K. Russell in establishing the Constitution of Alpha Nu Omega. This step enabled the organization to be incorporated on December 20, 1988, 47 days after the founding date. The National Headquarters was at this time established at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Many crucial decisions were made by the Founders of Alpha Nu Omega, Inc. in regard to the administration of the organization. One decision called for the organization to operate as two distinct entities (a fraternity and a sorority) bound by a single constitution. At that time two executive boards were established - Founder Doral R. Pulley presided as the president of the fraternity, and Founder Joyce Mungo presided as the president of the sorority. Visionary Founder Shirley K. Russell remained the advisor to the brother/sister organization.
In October of 1989, the organization inducted its first line consisting of one brother and six sisters. The second line for the sisters was held in the fall of 1990. The sisters increased their membership by five.
In the Spring of 1991 the entire Alpha Nu Omega Family met and decided to become a non-hazing organization. They adopted an intake curriculum now known as the Orientation Process. This decision led to the rapid addition of membership.
Change has taken place in Alpha Nu Omega on several occasions, but the brothers and sisters of Alpha Nu Omega Inc. hold to God's promise of membership growth and leadership in ministry. This will come through spiritual growth, which is found by walking in the Spirit and pressing toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).
The history of the Alpha Nu Omega Sorority at the Ohio State University began as a vision of one and grew into the destiny of many. The original vision for Alpha Nu Omega at OSU was first conceived on January 2, 1999. In the beginning, it was simply intended to be an alternative to the other sororities and organizations at the university, a group for young Christian women, whose character and design were based on the Word of God. Later, after much prayer and preparation, its foundation was transformed from a Christian copy of a the Greek organizations that were already in establishment, to a legitimate Christian ministry whose purpose was to not only acknowledge the existence of God, but to glorify Him, serve Him, and spread His Gospel to unbelievers throughout the campus and in the surrounding community.
The original organizers of Alpha Nu Omega at OSU were TaNikka Sheppard, Kariba Vinson, and TaLisa Sheppard. On January 2, 1999, with much enthusiasm, these three students sat down together for the first planning meeting and began compiling ideas and information on how to start the organization. It was at this meeting that the name "Alpha Nu Omega" was given to the developing sorority. This name was derived from Revelation 1:8 and Kirk Franklin's "Nu Nation".
In spite of the students' initial excitement and eagerness, and due to several failed attempts, the sorority was not founded immediately. It was not until a full year and a half later during July of 2000 that the new vision was set in place and the organizational foundation was finally laid. At this time, with renewed dedication and an abundance of conviction, the original visionary, TaNikka Sheppard, decided to give the sorority one last attempt. At this time, the first constitution and by-laws were written, 12 principles were chosen, and an abundance literature was distributed. In August of 2000, Jacquelyn Monroe became the first faculty advisor to the Alpha Nu Omega Sorority at OSU. Following four more months of planning and consideration, the Alpha Nu Omega Sorority finally became an official organization at OSU on December 7, 2000.
On Tuesday, January 9, 2001, the first collective meeting was held for interested students and perspective members. It was attended by seven students, Shannon Crosswhite, Vontija Coleman, Jennifer Morgan, Shantelle Porter, Mia Allen, Roseadelle Snow, and TaNikka Sheppard. From that information session more students became aware of the budding organization and began to attend meetings.
It was at this time that the perspective members became aware of the national Christian sorority and fraternity that bore the same name. Finding themselves at a crossroads, the students researched the organization and made the collective decision to explore the possibility of being incorporated as a national chapter. They corresponded with members of the National Board and after misinterpreting the board's response, the students made the decision to keep the name and officially adopt the colors and symbol of the national sorority. However, due to a lack of communication with the national organization and an uncertainty of their own desire to become an incorporated chapter, the members decided to continue operating as an independent organization, for the time being.
As a new sorority and organization at OSU, Alpha Nu Omega found itself under constant revision and self-scrutiny. One of the major issues in question was how to acquire new membership. Under the belief that the membership process for a Christian organization should be focused on bringing perspective members closer to Christ, they looked to constitute a biblically based procedure that was neither easy nor destructive or excessive. After much prayer and contemplation for a solution to this dilemma, the vision of the 40-Day Passage came forth. One of the many unique attributes of the 40-Day Passage is that, during the initiation of new members, old members must go through this process every year in order to maintain active membership. This was set in place to help bring about total group unity and to eliminate the future possibility of hazing.
The first 14 members to finish the 40-Day Passage in the spring of 2001 and become the official foundational members of the Alpha Nu Omega Sorority at OSU were Roseadelle Snow, Shannon Crosswhite, Jennifer Morgan, Mia Allen, Esther Gray, Izetta Thomas, Erin Hardin, Brooke Burns, Lessie Shorter, Eran Evans, Rashonda Shockley, Nicholette Chambers, Jasmine Handy and TaNikka Sheppard. It was these members, the first fruits of this ministry, who labored tirelessly to establish Alpha Nu Omega as a unique and virtuous sorority at the Ohio State University.
In the summer of 2002 the Alpha Nu Omega Sorority on this campus, was reconnected with the national organization. During this time, the membership began the process of becoming a national chapter. While still developing as an independent ministry, the membership at OSU was orientated to the rules, practices, and regulations of the national organization. At this time, it was confirmed that although the sorority would become a part of the national body, the Christ-centered focus, (the heart and soul of the ministry that was already thriving at OSU) would not be diminished. After an extensive process, which took place over the course of the next year, the Alpha Nu Omega Sorority at OSU became chartered as the Mu Chapter of Alpha Nu Omega, Inc. on October 31, 2003. This chartered group consisted of 22 women whose names are listed below.