Parents of Potential New Members,
Joining a sorority is a big decision in a woman's collegiate career and we know you have questions, so we are here to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about sorority life in Sigma Kappa!
Why Join Sigma Kappa?
Sigma Kappa at California State University, Fullerton is a sisterhood comprised of empowered, supportive, and diverse women working together to enhance each other's lives through the sorority's four values: personal growth, loyalty, service, and friendship. Personal Growth is vital to a member's experience inside and outside of Sigma Kappa, and members have opportunities to personally grow through social and leadership opportunities in the chapter. Loyalty is important to the strength of a sisterhood, and Sigma Kappa women strive to maintain by each other through the easy and difficult times during their collegiate years. Service is significant to Sigma Kappa, as we strive to give back to the community through our five national philanthropies that spell out S.I.G.M.A. (Sigma Kappa Foundation, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology, Maine Seacoast Mission, and Alzheimer's Research). Finally, friendship is what bonds Sigma Kappa women together to form everlasting relationships.
Will joining Sigma Kappa take away from my daughter's college education at Cal State Fullerton?
We understand that education is a first priority for every sister, and Sigma Kappa at Cal State Fullerton strives to provide a supportive environment through sorority life and academics. Pertaining to education, Sigma Kappa ensures each sister is on track with college curriculum by holding each member accountable for their grades and grade point average. The sorority offers academic support by hosting weekly study nights for sisters to study together in the Pollak Library on campus. Additionally, we praise academics with our scholarship banquet each semester, where we recognize and award sisters with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
What are some opportunities during college that Sigma Kappa can provide for my daughter?
There are a variety of opportunities that Sigma Kappa at Cal State Fullerton can provide for your daughter. We have various leadership opportunities through our executive board and cabinet board, ranging from larger roles such as President and Vice President of Academic Excellence to more supportive roles such as Webmaster and Sisterhood Chair. A leadership position is a valuable opportunity for your daughter to enhance her personal and professional skills, as well as contribute her efforts to the advancement of the sorority.
Along with leadership opportunities, there are also many opportunities for philanthropic services and social events. Sigma Kappa at Cal State Fullerton strives to give back to the community as much as possible through our five national philanthropies (S.I.G.M.A.); such philanthropic services include our annual Frats at Bat philanthropy to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association as well as our beach clean-ups to dispose of and reduce waste at our local beaches. Regarding social events, Sigma Kappa at Cal State Fullerton works toward enhancing relationships within the chapter and the Greek community on campus. Social events in the past included a sisterhood event with another sorority on campus that entailed decorating cookies and writing cards for patients in local hospitals.
How can my daughter benefit from Sigma Kappa after she graduates?
Sigma Kappa has a vast alumnae network that continues as a support system after college. The alumnae of Sigma Kappa at Cal State Fullerton stay connected through various social mediums, as well as keep informed of chapter through newsletters and alumnae events planned by the Vice President of Alumnae Relations. As an alumna, your daughter will remain a Sigma Kappa sister, and she will have opportunities to contribute to the sorority by applying to positions in National headquarters, applying to be leadership consultants to chapters around the nation, or simply remaining in touch with her chapter and sharing her experiences and knowledge with other sisters. Your daughter will be able to continuously network with Sigma Kappa sisters beyond her collegiate years, and this network will be greatly valuable as she transitions from college to career with a strong support system.
What is Formal Fall Recruitment?
Formal Fall Recruitment is a process where a potential new member will meet and get to know various Panhellenic sororities. As the weekend continues, you will get to know more about each sorority and form deeper connections with the members, while also learning about what each of the sororities you are visiting stand for. Formal Fall Recruitment is a mutual selection process, meaning chapters will invite back potential new members whose values closely match with theirs, ultimately helping you also choose and narrow down the best fit for you
What does the recruitment process look like?
Recruitment lasts 3 days at California State University, Fullerton.
Durning day 1 a potential new member will meet each sorority by talking to a few members from each. This gives you the perfect opportunity to get to know some of the members briefly, while active chapter members get to know you.
Day 2 is know as Philanthropy where a potential new member is invited back to learn more about each of the sororities and their philanthropic cause. Each sorority will share about their own philanthropy and what they do in order to raise money and stay involved for their cause. You will also get to know members on a deeper level and have longer conversations, as well as learn about what their philanthropy means to them.
Day 3 is known as preference night, the day before bid day. On this night you may be invited back to up to two chapters where you will visit each house. A new potential member will talk to 1 to 2 girls that they believe you would have a great connection with for an hour. Day 3 is to really showcase what their chapter means to them as well as the entirety of their sisterhood usually with a special ceremony.
The opportunities of being in Sigma Kappa are endless, and we cannot wait to show you and your daughter what Sigma Kappa is all about at Cal State Fullerton!