March: Busy Sissies!

As can be seen from the title, this month was extremely busy for the Alpha Gamma chapter! Aside from finishing up midterms and getting ready to end the semester, the chapter had a lot going on as well.

One of the first things I’d like to highlight from the month of March is our Spring Formal! For us, Formal is basically a dance where everyone dresses up and is able to just let loose and have some fun. We have this event specifically around this time as we know this is a time when people are preparing for the end of the semester. Therefore having a fun event around this time gives sisters a chance to destress and bond! This event was a total hit, and everyone loved it!

We also had a philanthropy during the month of March! This philanthropy was Sigma Slices. This is an event we hold yearly where we set up a booth in front of Ruby park on a Friday night and sell monster pizza from Pizza Perfection! It was a little chilly, but we persevered and were able to raise $2672 for the Sigma Kappa Foundation! They describe their mission as “to create and fund leadership, scholarship and philanthropic initiatives that reflect the values and spirit of Sigma Kappa Sorority”.

During March we also began preparing for Primary Recruitment! We had another recruitment workshop with our first mock recruitment session. Mock means that we met with another sorority and did a run through with them of the a day of recruitment. In this case it was the first day of recruitment, or Pan (Panhellenic) Day. This way both sororities can get feedback on things they may need to improve on prior to Primary Recruitment!

Finally, our sisterhood chair Hazel Wilburn put on an awesome sisterhood with the assistance of sister Emily Mccallum and LC Kim Ferguson. This really was an amazing sisterhood, and it was obvious that a ton of work was put into it turning out so well. The sisterhood started with everyone getting free shirts, which is always a good place to start. Sisters were then able to get food, snacks, candy, and pizza. After that everyone was divided into groups with people that they specifically didn’t know. This was done to get us out of our cliques and to try to bond with every sister, not just the ones we know. We then did multiple team building and communication exercises within those groups, as well as just getting to know each other too! Then someone from Sanctuary Yoga came in and did a yoga session with everyone, which was super cool! We then finished up with an exercise called “Tap a sister who”. This exercise involved Kim asking questions similar to “Tap a sister who inspires you”, as different groups of sisters got up and anonymously tapped sisters who they believed fit that description. Everyone REALLY loved this, because it really allowed sisters to see how much they really are appreciated within the chapter and how much they are truly loved.

 

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Back To School!

Hello Parents!

After an eventful summer, the members of Sigma Kappa traveled back to our home in Pullman, Washington. Once we had all moved in, we got to work preparing for a busy week of recruitment, where over one thousand potential new members walked through our door. We really enjoyed participating in primary recruitment and ended up welcoming fifty-eight new members into our chapter!
Shortly after the excitement of Bid Day, school was upon us. August quickly came to an end while the members got back into the swing of fall classes and began to look forward to future events like Cougar Football Saturdays and the Sisterhood Retreat, where the whole chapter will go camping together.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to bond with our sisters and give the new members a chance to connect more with Sigma Kappa.  We are so excited to welcome the new members into our sisterhood!

Upcoming Dates:
– September 8th-9th: Sisterhood Retreat

Featured below are a few photographs from the start of primary recruitment to Bid Day.

 

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February: Snow, Sisters, and Sweets!

 

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This was a fairly quiet month for the Sigma Kappa chapter, but exciting and rewarding nonetheless. In this month, students are preparing for and taking midterms. This means the chapter usually doesn’t have a ton going on so that our members can focus on their studies.

The first thing to happen this month, many of you already know about. This is the enormous amount of snow we got! Pullman just kept snowing and snowing, until we finally had a snow day. WSU had a hard time keeping up with the snow and was forced to close school for a day to catch up. They also had to make multiple days “delayed start” (not starting until 10am) since the conditions before then were not considered safe.

Another event during the month of February was our Valentines sisterhood! In this sisterhood, members made valentines, ate snacks, and posed for photos at a special Valentine’s photo op. But there was one event I thought was really amazing; our sisterhood chair had us write our names on hearts and pass them around to all of our sisters. These sisters would then write kind things about their fellow sisters. This was really heartwarming because it was truly embodying the sisterly spirit, and living one heart one way. Each sister was able to consciously recognize their fellow sisters, and the efforts we make each day to live by our values.

We also held another Valentine’s event, but this one was a Public Relations (or PR) event! In this event sisters held a table in the CUB building, and passed out free Valentine’s candies in the name of Sigma Kappa. These events are very important because they show the rest of the campus who we really are. This in turn allows the non-Greek students to put a face to the name of Sigma Kappa.

Finally, our four members that had their bid day on the previously mentioned ice skating sisterhood received their Big sisters! To begin this process, members that would like to be big sisters meet with each new member to get to know each other! Eventually, the new members preference their Big sisters and the Big sisters preference their Littles, or Little sisters. After this, there is what we call Big/Little reveal! The entire family of Big and Little sisters usually will get together for this event to welcome the new member into their family.

See you next month for March, where we will feature Initiation, recruitment practices, our Spring Formal, our Spring Sisterhood Retreat, and more!

January: Back To School!

A lot has happened for the Alpha Gamma chapter during this month. To begin, we participated in Secondary Recruitment and took in 5 new members! These women are in the process of becoming full-fledged members and will be initiated in the coming months. Our entire executive council as well as our social chair also attended the RLC or Regional Leadership Conference for our district. This conference was held in Los Angeles, and members received specific training for their position as well as group training. Below is a quote off of the Sigma Kappa website for more information about the RLC.

“Sigma Kappa has been able to provide leadership and personal development for over 7,000 collegiate members and chapter advisors since the Regional Leadership Conferences (RLCs) began in 2013. In 2020, the program will continue to provide this education through thirteen focused track experiences that include key elements of job-specific training. General sessions will contain relevant skill building opportunities focused on overarching leadership development topics, providing attendees the chance to build relationships and identify shared goals for their term as officers”. (Sigma Kappa, 2019)

The weekend following the RLC, we held a skating sisterhood at the Moscow Ice Rink. It was a wonderful opportunity for members to bond as we quickly found out who knew their way around the ice. This event was also held after our Informal Bid Day, which celebrated our 5 new members accepting their bids. This definitely gave them a chance to feel that sisterly connection right away!

During this month we also elected a new position, the Diversity and Inclusion chair. This position will be working with sisters that are apart of any marginalized groups to make sure everyone is being both included and respected. She will also be providing programming on how to be our most supportive and respectful selves for all of our sisters.

Finally, the semester has started and classes are in full swing. The campus is busy (and cold) as people prepare for upcoming exams, projects, and papers. Our women are studying hard and most definitely being studious. But that sure doesn’t stop our sisters from having some fun and enjoying day to day life. After all, it can’t be all studying. Thanks for reading!

SLAM,

– Maddie Edwards

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October: Friends, family and sisters!

It was a big month for the Alpha Gamma chapter. To start the month off we had the honor of initiating 53 new members of pledge class 2018 to our chapter. Theses members spent their time before initiation learning about the founding of our chapter, our key values and what it means to be a Sigma Kappa.

October was also the month that Sigma Kappa participated in Spokane’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. We were able to raise $40,000 this year ranking us at number five of all Sigma Kappa’s in the nation. This amazing goal could not be met without our friends and family and a huge thank you goes out to you all.

At the end of this month we also got to see our Dad’s and other family members for Dad’s Weekend. The house was full of Dad’s and daughters seeing the house for the first time or coming back to celebrate the weekend again. With a close call, the Cougars were still able to pull off a win! It was a very memorable Dad’s weekend and we are already excited for next year!

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As Thanksgiving break approaches quickly we are all so excited to spend time with our families.

 

September: Welcome to Sigma Kappa!

September was an amazing month for the Alpha Gamma chapter of Sigma Kappa. In the month of August, we welcomed 64 new members to our chapter through formal recruitment.  We could not be happier with our new sisters and cannot wait to see them grow in the coming weeks. In the first week of September our chapter had the annual sisterhood retreat. The retreat took place at Deer Lake Resort just north of Spokane. Our time was spent at the waterfront, playing games, and learning more about our sisterhood. Sigma Kappa was also able to have a second Bid Day in September to celebrate 16 new sisters who joined our chapter through secondary recruitment.

The month of September is always an exciting month in Pullman because September means the start of CFS!! C.F.S. stands for Cougar Football Saturday, and is by far our most favorite day of the week. During homecoming week our chapter joined with the fraternity men of Theta Xi and Sigma Pi to participate in a week long list of activities to try and win homecoming.  Our team was able to participate in the chariot races during half time of the Utah vs. WSU game, it was a blast for everyone!

We also take a week in September to recognize national hazing awareness week. Our chapter has zero tolerance for hazing and we participate in this week every year to raise awareness.

Between sisterhoods, football games, and getting to know our newest Pledge class, September has been a wild month. We are so excited to start learning more and to initiate our new sisters in October

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April: We’re Done!

Hello Sigma Kappa friends and family! April marks the last month of the Spring semester at WSU. Our month started off extremely busy and never seemed to calm down. The first week of this month was spent with our mothers for Moms Weekend. The chapter hosted a lovely tea time on the first day followed by the main event “Mocktails with Mom” where SK daughters and their mothers sipped on fun drinks while painting flower pots together.

Later that month, we held our second philanthropy of the semester, Sigma Sweets! Sisters gathered on the mall (our main strip of buildings on campus) and sold homemade cookies, cupcakes and ice coffee. In total we raised $450 which will kickstart our philanthropy starting next semester “Walk to end Alzheimer’s”.

We have also finalized plans this month to renovate our formal living room and purchase new furniture for the basement! If you would like to help, we are currently looking for donations of dark grey, and purple (light and dark) pillows that can be donated for the new couch we will be purchasing over the summer. We also are looking for mirrors and nice wall decorations to make the house look a little fresher.

If you have anything you would like to donate feel free to mail them to:

720 NE Campus St.

Pullman Wa, 99163

 

One more week till we are all happily home!

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March: Spring is Here!

Happy Spring! We have finally hit somewhat sunny weather and can leave our snow boots behind. The sisters of Sigma Kappa have had a jam packed month, and we cannot believe it’s already over! The month of March started off with our Philanthropy Sigma Slices. For the event we set up a booth on Ruby Park and sold giant slices of pizza for $3 each. From the event we raised 2136, with all of the money going towards the Sigma Kappa Ultra Violet Campaign. The event was very successful and we look forward to hosting it again. That same weekend we had the honor of initiating six new members from our fall informal class, these girls will join the class of 2017! With spring break dividing our month the time together seemed to fly by. After getting back from a much needed spring break we all got dressed up for our Spring Formal! The event was fantastic and many cute photos were taken.

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Currently everyone is preparing for Moms weekend, we cannot wait to show you our chapter and to have a fun weekend with our favorite mothers.