My experience with Sigma Kappa has been an interesting one. During my collegiate years in Sigma Kappa, if I’m being completely honest, was a rocky time. I was dealing with being engaged to someone in the Navy, who was conveniently stationed in Southern Italy while also navigating through the experience of living in the sorority house. Deciding to live in the house was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve formed some of the best bonds, ended up finding my bridesmaids and had a great amount of help and support without any questions asked.
It wasn’t until I was traveling in Europe in between semesters and hospitalized for complications with my pregnancy in Germany that I realized the strength of the mystic bond. The amount of support I received both from our military family and the Beta Zeta chapter that I received was amazingly overwhelming. It was interesting to realize that with both of these organizations, it’s understood that you take care of your own. Knowing that you share creeds, history, symbolism, and rituals with people you probably don’t have the closest relationship to still attempting to help members of their organization. Whether it’s just through kind messages and thoughts, having sisters that are studying abroad, attempting to find ways to travel to your remote locations, or having my husband’s orders augmented to allow him to stay in Germany with me so that I wasn’t alone.
Being married to someone in the Navy means relocating every 3-4 years. Sometimes it means fast friendships are formed, other times it might mean isolation whilst trying to navigate through new cultures and customs. Being Sigma Kappa has meant a network of sister’s readily available, understanding that it truly isn’t four years but for life and trying to uphold our values. It’s finding women that were in different Greek organizations while they were in undergrad and automatically having a handful of things to relate to.
I attended the University of Kansas and joined Sigma Kappa my freshman year. I really liked the idea of finding a special place where I belonged and was accepted, and Sigma Kappa did it for me! I lived in the SK house my sophomore, junior, and senior year and loved it - it was extremely close to campus, fun to be around my sisters all the time, and had a great chef. My senior year I was honored to have been voted Senior of the Year for our chapter, as well as Appointed Officer of the Year for KU Panhellenic (I was Greek Environmental Board Co-Chair). I made lifelong friends in SK and am still in touch with many of them today.
I have met other SKs in random places, which I love. The summer before my senior year of college, I interned at an architecture and interior design firm in Atlanta and one of the interior designers was a SK! Now I work as a professional Wedding Coordinator in San Diego and a few years ago I randomly found out that one of my clients (brides) was a SK along with all of her bridesmaids -- I discovered it on her wedding day when they were all wearing SK shirts while getting their hair and makeup done! In recent years, I became a mom, joined a mom group, and found out that one of the other moms is a SK. So cool!!!
College: University of Kansas Chapter: Xi
Pledge Year: 1998
Current location: San Diego (Bay Park neighborhood)
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Freshman orientation 2003. My mother is walking around talking to the sororities with their tables set up, trying to recruit new freshman. I couldn't be more embarrassed and tried to hide when she talked with them. Thinking to myself, "I will never join a sorority, ever."
Flash forward to about three weeks into school. I felt completely alone in the dorms. I didn't know anyone, mostly boys lived on my floor and the girls were just into partying. I saw more flyers all over campus for fall recruitment. I needed friends! Why not just give it a try?
I was a legacy for a few sororities, however my mother was a Sigma Kappa at California State University, Chico (Delta Iota). So naturally I wanted to hate them because I cannot, will not join the sorority my mother did! Gosh no!
But...I met the Sigma Kappa ladies and felt an instant connection. It's the only sorority I looked forward to visiting during the recruitment. I was thrilled on bid day to find they had picked me too! I had to tell my mother, who was just as excited as I was. I made forever friends in my pledge class and more every year thereafter. I was so involved, I eventually became President! I changed so much in those four years, I wish I had listened to my mother in the first place. Sigma Kappa's really are the best gals around!
College: San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Chapter: Beta Psi
Pledge year: 2003
Current location: Carlsbad, CA
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I always knew that I would join a sorority. When choosing a college, Greek life was very important to me. Bradley had a very popular Greek system with not a huge campus so it was the perfect fit me...even if it was thousands of miles away from home!
I pledged my freshman year. I was a legacy to Sigma Kappa (my grandmother, Charlotte McClure was at the Uni of Oregon chapter in the 30's) so it was an easy choice. The girls were all so welcoming and sweet. I met so many of my best friends through Sigma Kappa, ones that I'm still close to this day. I get really excited when I meet other sisters - it's a true bond. I may not wear my letters on my chest anymore but I definitely hold them close in my heart!
College: Bradley University, Peoria IL
Chapter: Beta Nu
Pledge year: 1998
Current location: Oceanside, CA
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On April 5th, La Jolla Alumnae Chapter Members (and their pooches) got together for another lovely hike at Lake Calaveras in Carlsbad. The weather and the views were just perfect for this hike with sisters.
Check out the calendar for upcoming events... we would love to see you out! If you have any suggestions or ideas for events, please let us know!
We invite you to join us in Henderson, Nevada, this summer for Sigma Kappa Sorority's 86th National Convention
National convention will be held June 18-21, 2014 in Henderson, NV, just outside Las Vegas. At convention, members will gather for Sorority business, as well as have the opportunity to learn and grow together with representatives from across the country. In preparing to register, please have your allowance information (if applicable) and your travel dates readily available. Additional information is available at Sigma Kappa's website. Please click either the yes or no button at the bottom to respond to the invite and begin the registration process. We look forward to seeing you, learning alongside you, and strengthening our sisterhood at convention!
WHEN: Wednesday, June 18 - Saturday, June 21, 2014
WHERE: Green Valley Ranch Resort, 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway Henderson, NV 89052
Register by Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Late fee of $50 per person is applied from April 15-30, 2014.
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The La Jolla Alumnae Chapter joined with the Zeta Mu collegiate chapter at UCSD on February 10th for a Valentine themed sisterhood event. The collegiate chapter brought some delicious heart-shaped goodies for everyone to get their sweet tooth fix. The event kicked off with a rowdy trivia challenge that tested our Sigma Kappa knowledge. Melissa's team took first place. Then our alumnae panel took rounds of questions from the Zeta Mu women. They loved hearing stories from our collegiate experiences and advice for life as an alumna. A BIG thank you to the VPAR, Melinda, for organizing the event. And thank you to all the fabulous alumnae who attended. Our strong bond with our sister collegiate chapter is proof that Sigma Kappa is for a lifetime.
The annual holiday party started with delicious desserts and a table full of unwrapped ornaments for the exchange. We quickly got to know one another once we broke into two teams mixed with alumnae and collegiate members. We began by introducing and saying something special about ourselves. We played “Phrase Party!” which allowed us to be silly and provided lots of laughter. Team 2 won, but team 1 wants a rematch next year!
During the ornament exchange many received something they liked. There was not much stealing going on except for the twinkling star and purple elephant. However, someone did get “the big red bird” that we saw last year (if you were there, you know what I’m talking about.) Although it was short notice, many did make it to the holiday party, so thank you. Happy holiday and hope to see everyone next year!
Sigma Kappa has partnered with BillHighway to make accounting, billing, and finances for collegiate and alumnae chapters much easier. As of August 2013, all alumnae chapters transitioned all bank accounts to BillHighway.
What does this mean?
Now all members will be billed through the BillHighway system making payments easier (via credit card, check, and even Facebook). This is a new adventure for all of us, so we appreciate your cooperation and patience as we get everything set up!
How do I log on to BillHighway?
In the last weeks you should have received an email to set-up your BillHighway account. Please check your SPAM folders in case it ended there. You will need to follow the instructions to set up your BillHighway account.
I don't remember receiving an email, now what?
It's ok! You can either respond to this email or contact Melissa Jack directly and she will walk you through what needs to happen. Please have your BillHighway account set up by November 1st.
After I get my account set up, what will happen?
Great question! This will allow the chapter to send you a bill for your dues that you can pay however is easiest for you.
I had a collegiate BillHighway account. Can I just use that?
Currently, the accounts must be different. We will work with you to make sure your account is set up correctly for the alumnae chapter.
Click here for BillHighway - FAQs
Click here to view breakdown of dues
Again, we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we use this new system and hopefully it will make things easier overall for everyone.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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