What is the Time Commitment?
There is definitely a time commitment, but there are great benefits from being in Sigma Kappa, such as leadership and networking opportunities, career preparedness, academic support, and lifelong friendships. As a chapter, we believe that you make the experience as meaningful as you want it to be; therefore, we encourage all sisters to participate, not only, in our Chapter, but also other organizations on campus as well.
Although some events we hold are optional, it is not always the case. We do have some events that are mandatory, such as our Founder's Day celebration, celebrating the birth of Sigma Kappa, Sisterhood Retreat, celebrating and getting to know the new members, and our weekly chapter meetings, preparing future events for the Chapter. We understand and respect commitments that based athletic-based, scholarship-based, and/or academic-based. With that being said, we want all Sigma Kappas to participate in any event she wants--without overloading the individual. For example, we attempt to plan as many events as possible in each semester; for example, we have many opportunities to play intramural sports in the Spring and Fall semesters, where we compete against other Greek Life. Moreover, we hold events that uplift sister involvement, such as a movie night or karaoke night. We host events that support our philanthropies each semester, and we also participate in other chapters' philanthropy events. We have many volunteering and service opportunities throughout the Spring and Fall semesters, which you can read more about on our Philanthropy page!
Is There an Academic Requirement?
While having the highest GPA out of the Greek Organizations on campus, it is obvious we value academics highly, believing we are first students then Sigma Kappas. With that being said, Sigma Kappa cares about our education, requiring members to complete study hours each week; it is based on GPA. If you are wanting more help, it can be arranged; we do offer group study sessions, individual study session, and we encourage students to attend TWU's free tutoring center occasionally.
We do require that each member maintains a 2.5 overall GPA in order to remain in good standing. If a member falls below this minimum, she will be provided an Academic Assistance Plan with guidance from a member of the Academic Excellence position, ensuring success for each member.
Sigma Kappa recognizes that education is the primary purpose of the collegiate experience and strives to provide resources to all members in reaching their academic goals. We provide motivation and assistance for our sisters to help them develop their fullest academic potential and plan for a successful future. As such, our chapter requires that each member attends a certain amount of peer monitored Study Hours each week, based on that member's GPA, academic programs are hosted, ensuring the best, good study and class habits are being achieved.
What are the Financial Responsibilities?
Sigma Kappa is a not-for-profit corporation and relies on the national fees from its members to finance yearly operating expenses and charter services. You can read more about those fees on our national website. Your daughter will be provided with a detailed breakdown of all the financial responsibilities should she join our chapter. We understand that it can be overwhelming at first, but it is definitely manageable. Please do not feel intimidated! If needed, payment plans can be arranged between a member and our Vice President of Finance.
How Can Parents Get Involved?
We invite parents to come to our Parent and Alumnae weekend, parent-based events, such as Mother-Daughter Tea or Daddy-Daughter Dinner, and UltraViolet Event in the Fall. We encourage guardians to come to support their daughters during Greek Week and Homecoming! We will let your daughter know when there are events that parents can attend, but you can always feel free to check our Events page to see what events we have coming up soon!
What About After Graduation?
After graduation, your daughter has the opportunity to remain involved in the organization for years to come. With over 165,000 members worldwide and 106 alumnae chapters in 34 states, your daughter has the opportunity to connect with women wherever she goes in the coming years. Alumnae membership looks different for each of our members. Some are involved in an alumnae chapter that meets regularly for activities and service events while others are advisors for a local chapter. Our members are able to continue their personal and professional development with Sigma Kappa through social and philanthropic activities with other alumnae members. The possibilities are endless and her Sigma Kappa involvement can and will look different over time-based on her life experiences at the time.