Letter from the Chapter
Letter from the Chapter
Welcome to the Sigma Kappa Gamma Kappa Chapter at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. We hope that you find what we have to say both interesting and informative, and we want you to be as excited about recruitment as we are! While recruitment may seem like a scary idea at first, going Greek is the best decision that many of our chapter members have made. It has allowed us all to maintain good grades, complete community service hours, become more involved by holding leadership positions, meet new people, network with alumnae, and form everlasting friendships.
Founded nationally on November 9, 1874, at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and founded locally on April 23, 1955, at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, Sigma Kappa has provided positive lifelong experiences to many young women throughout their collegiate years. Here, at the Gamma Kappa Chapter, we provide many wonderful opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere.
We strive to teach our members about the history, values, and traditions on which Sigma Kappa was founded upon, and we pride ourselves in sharing Sigma Kappa's four values (personal growth, loyalty, service, and friendship) with others, along with living them each and every day.
The four values of Sigma Kappa play a major role in every chapter member's life, as they make up who everyone is as a person, along with the dynamics of our entire chapter.
As Sigma Kappas, we consistently push ourselves to be the best that we can be, along with holding ourselves to a higher standard. This applies to all aspects of our lives including academics, leadership positions within the chapter, and who we are as sisters, friends, leaders, members, and people. The Gamma Kappa Chapter received highest overall greek gpa for the school year of 2017-2018. As for leadership positions, ten young women make up the Executive Council each year, which is used to run chapter operations, while twelve other young women hold chair positions in assisting them.
As Sigma Kappas, we are loyal to each other as sisters, friends, leaders, members, and people, along with everything that we participate in. We strive to stay faithful to our sorority and our ritual by keeping all business matters and proceedings private and confidential. However, we are also loyal to our Greek community by participating in yearly activities with other Greek chapters on campus. Some of these yearly events include Homecoming, Greek Sing, and the Theta Xi Variety Show. While all of them provide us with friendly and healthy competition, we always stay loyal and true to what we start and try our hardest to win. The Gamma Kappa Chapter has won Homecoming Queen twenty-two out of thirty years. Finally, a few of our members are loyal to certain fraternities, where they take the position as a specific fraternity's "Sweetheart."
As Sigma Kappas, we enjoy helping, aiding, and assisting others, along with the environment. We partake in many different community service events throughout the year. These consist of Adopt-A-Spot, Alzheimer's Memory Walk, The Big Event, Up Til' Dawn, Red Cross Blood Drives, Student Move-In and others. While we do many of these volunteer efforts together, many members do individual community service on their own as well. Some of these service events include Partners in Reading, The Boys & Girls Club, The St. Frances Animal Shelter, Conversation English Speaking Partners, and Habitat for Humanity. Every member completes at least 30 community service hours a year.
As Sigma Kappas, we are most proud of the bonds that we have created with each other over the years. All of the chapter members have made lifelong friends within the chapter that they will be able to count on and keep in touch with even after their collegiate days are over. Joining the sisterhood of Sigma Kappa, allows one to not only make friends, but to make sisters who will be always there for each other no matter what the circumstance or situation may be. We strengthen our friendships by having sisterhood retreats and events. These activities consist of games at Touch of Nature, movie nights, formal dinners, casual lunch dates, workout classes, pumpkin picking/carving/painting, stocking decorating, cookie baking, and more. We are viewed by many as having the strongest sisterhood on campus, and this is one of our biggest accomplishments yet.
We really hope that you come to love Sigma Kappa as much as we do after learning more about us. It is everything we could ask for and more.
Finally, we understand that recruitment can be an overwhelming process; however, all of our chapter members are here to make sure that you are comfortable and having fun. In the end, the best advice we can give to you is to always follow your heart in the decision that you end up making. Whatever chapter you choose to join, we hope that you are able to find the love and happiness that we have found here at Sigma Kappa. We all look forward to meeting you at recruitment!
Love In Sigma Kappa,
The Gamma Kappa Chapter