Number of Active Chapters: 110
National Founding Date: November 9, 1874
National Founding Location: Colby College, Waterville, Maine
IWU Founding Date: February 14, 1906
Organization Colors: Lavender and Maroon
Organization Flower: Wild Purple Violet
Mascot: Dove and Heart
Local Chapter Website: http://sigmakappaiwu.weebly.com/
International Headquarters Website: www.sigmakappa.org/
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Academics are a priority for our chapter, as is evident by our Sigma Kappa nationally recognized chapter GPA and success at Illinois Wesleyan. Sigma Kappa requires between 5 - 15 study hours per week depending on a member's GPA from the previous term.
Our Vice President of Scholarship designs and controls the programming for academic achievement of our members. At the beginning of each semester, our VPS holds a Scholarship banquet to recognize those girls with outstanding grades form the previous semester. Members with a GPA of 3.5 or above are given the "Smarty Panties" award and receive a Victoria's Secret gift card. The "Study Bug" paddle is awarded to a member bi-weekly at our formal meetings for good grades and hard work academically.
A collection of class notes and materials is kept for every major in our Library of Knowledge. Eta of Sigma Kappa has a Facebook page for all members where members may ask questions, request assistance, or find tutors within the sorority. Grades are monitored by the VPS and help is given to members who may be in need of academic assistance. This includes the creation of an academic plan, tutoring, and increased study hours.
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Above prices include all required dues and fees for that indicated members. Apparel and merchandise are not included. Tee shirt prices range from $8.00 - $15.00 each.
Chapter Capacity: 42
Residency Type: Singles, Doubles, Triples, and Dormers
Sigma Kappa's live-in requirements are parallel to Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life's expectations.
Our chapter house is houses 42 members in four floors. Our main floor includes our formal living room with a fireplace and grand piano, dining room, and kitchen. Our second floor features a TV lounge, 13 bedrooms which include a personal closet, desk, and dresser for each resident as well as a bed for sleeping, relaxing, or having guests stay over, and a bathroom. Our third floor includes 3 bedrooms like those on our second floor, a bathroom, storage space, and our Dormers (cold and warm with beds for each resident in the house which are always kept dark and quiet) of which our residents have an option of sleeping in the dormers or in the beds in their rooms. Our basement features a TV Lounge with a Big flat-screen TV, a Laundry room with 2 FREE washers and dryers, our Library/Study Room, and a Vending machine. We have a private Parking lot with numbered parking spots for each resident and often members who live out of house.
Members may choose to have a meal plan if they live in the house, but it is not necessary. Meal plans include 15 meals per week as well as access to our open kitchen. Our meals are prepared daily by our chef who can make accommodations for Vegetarians, Vegans, Gluten Intolerance, Lactose Intolerance, Shellfish Allergies, Peanut and Other Nut Allergies.
National Philanthropies: Gerontology (the study of aging), with a focus on Alzheimer's disease research and programs directed at improving the lives of older citizens; Inherit the Earth; Maine Seacoast Mission.
Sigma Kappa hosts their annual Bags Tournament for Alzheimer's Research each spring, participates in the Alzheimer's Association's Memory Walk, as well as many local philanthropies, including Habitat for Humanity and local animal shelters and food pantries.
Our members are required to volunteer 5 hours per semester. Sigma Kappa encourages members to volunteer for the sorority's national philanthropies and foundation, as well as any other opportunities of service. Members are not required to donate a specific dollar amount for donations, they are only encouraged.
Length: 6 weeks as a new member; 2 weeks as a newly initiated member
Hours Per Week: 1 - 1.5 hours per week
Our new members meet once a week to complete the Sigma Kappa Promise Program. During this time we share information regarding Sigma Kappa's values and history with the new members. Rituals are taught to the new members as well. Each meeting includes an educational segment on Sigma Kappa (both at IWU and at a National level). Not only is this a time to teach the new members about Sigma Kappa, but it is also a time to get to know one another better
Sigma Kappa considers hazing to be a most destructive and degrading activity which is inconsistent with our ideals and standards. We recognize the dignity of every individual and oppose all forms of hazing. The national council of Sigma Kappa Sorority reaffirms its policy regarding hazing. Each chapter shall have a constructive member development program which enhances our values and goals. Sigma Kappa's new member programs are designed to educate new members in the purpose and ideals of Sigma Kappa. The purpose and ideals guarantee both new members and members the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.
The purpose of Sigma Kappa Sorority is to provide women lifelong opportunities and support for social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our communities.
Our values: personal growth, friendship, service and loyalty; bound by a promise.
Bound by a Promise to be the best person you can be.
Bound by a Promise to model service and leadership in your communities, especially within Sigma Kappa.
Bound by a Promise to demonstrate sisterhood and friendship throughout life.
Bound by a Promise to remain loyal to Sigma Kappa and to living its values in all that you do.
In December of 1906, the sisters of a local sorority Zeta Theta Delta of Illinois Wesleyan University took a momentous step when they responded to a letter from the Delta chapter of Sigma Kappa. On February 21, 1907, thirteen women were initiated into what has become the oldest continuously active Sigma Kappa chapter. Due to this great honor, Eta holds the original crest made by the founders of Sigma Kappa.
Eta has had several chapter houses over the past 114 years including what are now known as Blackstock and Beadles Halls. Beadles Hall was home to our chapter until the late 70's when our current home was finished.
Sigma Kappa Standards of Excellence, 2 stars. Sigma Kappa Foundation, Silver Circle. Alice Hersey Wick Award, honorable mention. Academic Achievement award. Sisterhood Recognition award. (Awards given at 2011 National Convention for 2010 calendar year)s