Welcome to the world of Sigma Kappa! I am so happy your daughter has chosen to accept her bid and begin her journey within this sorority! Your daughter will now begin a six-week Promise program prior to being initiated into our beloved sorority.
Two years ago, I was in the position your daughter is in today. Coming into college, I knew little about Greek life, but I knew it would be a great way to get involved in the community and make new friends. Now here we are today and I am currently on the Executive Board for Sigma Kappa. I have the honor to serve as Vice President of New Member Education where I have the opportunity to lead your daughter through her new member experience. I am ecstatic to educate your daughter about Sigma Kappa and watch her grow and develop as a woman.
Part of Sigma Kappa’s mission is to strive for excellence. Whether that is in the classroom, in the community, or just everyday life, we strive to push ourselves to become better individuals. As Sigma Kappas, we have four core values that we live by: personal growth, service, friendship, and loyalty. We serve a purpose to provide women lifelong opportunities and support for social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our community.
Greek Life comes with stereotypes. One main stereotype is that people involved in Greek Life do not study or focus on their academics. I want to reassure you that this is not the case. Your daughter will be required to complete mandatory study hours, submit midterm grades in order to be initiated, and must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA after initiation in order to be in good academic standing with the sorority. The chapter also works to assist your daughter with resources in order to assist her in her scholastic needs.
Over the course of the next four years of college and your daughter’s time as an active member of Sigma Kappa, she will be given many opportunities to be involved with the community as well as the sorority. From Homecoming week to formal, intermural games and philanthropy events, there is a perfect place in Sigma Kappa for your daughter.
As a new member, your daughter will have weekly meetings on Wednesday nights where I will teach her and the rest of her new member class the history of Sigma Kappa, and why we as initiated members have come to love our sorority as much as we do.
Being a member of Sigma Kappa is so much more than just a name. Being a Sigma Kappa means to be a part of something bigger than yourself. It means making lifelong friends and finding your bridesmaids for your special day. Being a Sigma Kappa means growing into the woman that you’ve always wanted to become, and it means that you are never alone. Sigma Kappa has given me a home away from home and has made me into the strong, confident, independent woman that I am today, and I am so incredibly blessed to be a part of this amazing sorority and I am thrilled that your daughter is now going to be able to experience this as well.
If you have any questions at all throughout this process, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am more than willing to help you in any way possible. I look forward to meeting you in the near future. Thank you for letting your daughter have the opportunity to become a sister of Sigma Kappa, as well as allowing me the opportunity to guide your daughter through the new member program.
Sigma’s Love and All of Mine,
Vice President of New Member of Education
Vice President of Membership, Halle Raines, and Vice President of New Member Education, Bailey Laughmiller at Bid Day in 2016.