Alpha Chi was colonized in 1963 when Kappa Delta Alpha, a local sorority dating back to 1928, petitioned to become a chapter of AOII. The chapter name was chosen to honor Rachel Smith Allen, an alumna of Alpha Chi Chapter, and Clyde Burton Cates, an alumna of Rho Chapter at Northwestern University. The chapter was installed by Jessie McAdam Larned (Tau Chapter, University of Minnesota). Members have received numerous awards including AOII Rose Awards, Outstanding Chapter Adviser, and Outstanding Greek Woman. AOII awards have included: a scholarship cup in 1975; the JWH Cup in 1991; Distinguished Service Awards in 1971, 1979, 1987, 1989, and 1995; and Headquarters Cooperation Cup in 1977, 1987, and 1995. Alpha Chi Chapter is the chapter to have most recently won the JWH Cup, awarded at AOII's International Convention in 2011.