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!
Our annual holiday party was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. We joined the Zeta Mu chapter for an evening of baked goodies, delightful conversation and a rowdy ornament exchange. The bake-off brought some delicious treats that were all so good I'm certain it was difficult to choose a winner. We met some new friends, shared stories with the collegiate members and caught up with old friends. The ornament exchange was spirited, as usual, with lots of "stealing" going on but eveyone went home with a lovely ornament as a memento. Thank you to Karina for hosting the event at her home and thank you to the Zeta Mu Vice President of Alumnae Relations, Asha, for planning the evening. We hope to see everyone again at our events in 2013.
We joined the Zeta Mu chapter to celebrate Sigma Kappa Founder's Day. VPAR, Asha, put together a lovely evening with dinner, a program and fun trivia. It was great to see some new alumnae faces and mingle with our delightful collegiate sisters.
Our founders were five beautiful, smart, brave women. As the first female students at Colby College, they formed Sigma Kappa as a refuge from their male peers who often isolated, ignored and ridiculed them. 138 years later, the dreams of five young college students bloomed into an organizaton with hundreds of thousands of smart, brave, beautiful women around the world.
The La Jolla Alumnae Chapter joined our sister collegiate chapter, Zeta Mu, to form Team Sigma Kappa at the San Diego Walk to End Alzheimer's. Team Sigma Kappa raised nearly $1,500 towards fighting Alzheimer's disease and was the largest school group at the event. Many of the Zeta Mu members also volunteered at the event. It was a beautiful morning in Balboa Park, catching up, getting to know each other better and raising awareness for one of our favorite philanthropies. Thank you to everyone who donated, raised funds or participated in the walk.
First and foremost I want to thank you all for the honor of serving as our alumnae chapter delegate at Sigma Kappa’s 85th National Convention in The Woodlands, Texas. It was my first convention and truly an amazing experience. Did I drink the purple kool-aid for five days straight? You bet I did! There is nothing quite like being surrounded by Sigma Kappa women from all over the world to encourage inspiration and motivation. I certainly returned with both.
We kicked it off with a welcome reception where my collegiate chapter, Theta Omicron, was recognized with other recolonized chapters. It was an exciting and emotional moment for me along with my Theta Omicron sisters both old and new.
On day two after a long day of meetings, collegiates and advisors from Zeta Mu, Theta Omicron and Zeta Omicron grabbed dinner together. It was a wonderful meal full of swapped stories and ideas. I loved being able to share my Theta Omicron world with our Zeta Mu girls.
The Sigma Kappa Foundation Ultra Violet Event was so much fun! Our trivia knowledge was put to the test. La Jolla alumnae were well represented with our five attending members wearing our much adored chapter t-shirt. We were fortunate to have some entertainment by Former National President, Angela Guillory, and Director of Colonies and Chapters, Meaghan Miller Thul. By the end of convention the Sigma Kappa Foundation raised nearly $225,000 with our own District 3 raising the most money!
Two accomplished women were initiated into the mystic bond; professional golfer, Nancy Lopez, and philanthropist, Kay Malone. These inspiring women make perfect additions to the ranks of our Sigma Kappa sisterhood.
Later that evening we all celebrated sisterhood at the famous Confirmed Conventionite Celebration with the Texas appropriate theme of Denim, Diamonds and Divas. Some national officers/volunteers dressed as the five founders complete with period clothing. It was a real treat to see the creativity of our sisters expressed in some fantastic outfits.
Excitement was high at the Inspiring Leaders, Inspiring Us Achievement Banquet when our sister collegiate chapter, Zeta Mu, was awarded the One Star Standards of Excellence. They worked very hard last year to earn this honor and we are so proud of them. They also received the Sigma Kappa Foundation Silver Circle Award for their Ultra Violet event, Sigma Kappa’s Best Dance Crew.
Before I left for convention, I was given some wonderful words of advice from a wise “big sister”, Carol Winter, Gamma Kappa. She told me that convention will bring home the scope of Sigma Kappa, both collegiate and alumnae. Truer words could not have been spoken. I encourage you all to attend at least one convention in your lifetime. The next convention will be in Las Vegas in 2014!
Saturday we enjoyed a lovely brunch with our fourth year collegiate members from the Zeta Mu Chapter. We wanted to thank them for their dedication to Zeta Mu and welcome them to alumnae life. These young women are a bright and talented group. Many of them are going on to persue graduate degrees. Some will be staying in the San Diego area and we are fortunate to have them join our alumnae chapter. Snaps to Karina for oranizing the event and to Bianca for putting together our fun ice-breaker game.
Our graduating Zeta Mu women will be going through the Order of Triangle ceremony on Tuesday May 29. We would love to have you don your white dress and join us in officially welcoming them to the next phase of sisterhood. For more information on time and location, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring is here and La Jolla Alumnae Chapter members have been busy serving the community and supporting the Zeta Mu Chapter. We finished April with our kids craft booth at The Oceanside Green Fair. Not only did we collect school supplies for local schools and teach children about water conservation, we got to show off our new banner.
A special thank you to Nancy for connecting us with this great community event and thank you to Jessica for organizing volunteers. Of course we can not forget to thank all of the wonderful chapter members who volunteered their time to help with the booth. You are all awesome!
On May 5, Sigma Kappa alumnae joined with Zeta Mu for our spring tea. This annual event was held at Tea Upon Chatsworth with collegiate and alumnae members enjoying a lovely morning of sisterhood bonding. Just look at these beauties!
La Jolla Executive Council members attended the Zeta Mu informal meeting on May 7 to present a program on dressing for interview success. The presentation instructed Zeta Mu members on the dos and don'ts of proper interview attire and included some hilarious "don't" photos. The collegiate members were grateful for the career tips and enjoyed getting to know some of our executive council members. Snaps to Larissa for putting together this helpful program and snaps to the executive council members who modeled the do and don't outfits.
If you missed out on some of these events, don't worry, we have lots of great events coming up and we would love to see you! Click over to our calendar page and join us for Zeta Mu Initiation, Senior Celebration Brunch, Order of Triangle, Happy Hour or Relay for Life.
Zeta Mu held their annual Ultra Violet fundraising event, Sigma Kappa’s Best Dance Crew on February 29th. The evening was a huge success, raising over $3500 for the Sigma Kappa Foundation! The entire UCSD Greek community participated with each sorority and fraternity choreographing a dance routine, judged by fraternity and sorority presidents. Led by the amazing Vice President Philanthropic Service, Megan, and the Assistant VPPS, Lexie, the Zeta Mu women pulled off an awesome event.
The lollipop table, complete with the classic gourmet lollipops we sold as collegiate members, was manned by La Jolla Alumnae Chapter members. The entire lot of lollipops sold out before the event even started. The Zeta Mu Vice President Alumnae Relations ensured the alumnae had VIP treatment. We had our own reserved section with an adorable red velvet cupcake from Sprinkles on each chair.
Each chapter showed us some serious talent with Pi Beta Phi and Tau Kappa Epsilon earning the coveted prize of being named Sigma Kappa's best dance crew. It was fun cheering on the UCSD greek community (and transporting us back to our college days for a couple hours) while supporting our local collegiate chapter. We had a great turnout and hope to see everyone soon at our upcoming happy hour.
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