My name is Abby Valkovci and I’m a senior General Studies major at IUS. I joined Sigma Kappa in February 2016 and since then, my life has changed in so many ways. I decided to join Greek life when I transferred to IUS because I desperately needed a support system and had no idea where else to find it. I found myself isolated when I first started attending here, knowing no one and having trouble making friends beyond classroom acquaintances. Freshman Abby never would have thought that my shy, nerdy self would ever fit into Greek life, but I felt it was my last resort to meet people – and I’m so glad that I gave it a chance, because it defied all the stereotypes and expectations I held, and became so much more to me than just a way to make friends. I can honestly say now that my sisterhood is one of the most important things to me in my life, and every day I strive to be a better person because of my sisters. Sigma Kappa has helped me blossom into a more confident woman who every day tries harder to be someone my sisters can be proud of. I feel like I am who I’m meant to be now because of my sorority; beyond just taking me out of my shell, it’s given me a purpose and constant new goals to work towards. If you are looking for a group of friends to uplift you, support your goals, and help you grow into the best version of yourself, I highly recommend going Greek!
My name is Kendra Stevens and I am the Chapter President for the Zeta Alpha chapter of Sigma Kappa here at IUS. I originally joined Greek life for the same reason most do, to make some new friends and get involved on campus. I had recently endured some pretty significant family issues right around the beginning of my first semester, and I knew I needed a support group if I wanted to get through it. Throughout my experience as a Sigma Kappa, I have learned quite a bit about myself. I have pushed myself into multiple executive council positions in the sorority, I have been much more social than I ever thought possible, and I began volunteering with the Special Olympics of Kentucky as a softball coach to enhance one of our values within Sigma Kappa; service. I would encourage anyone to give greek life a try, regardless of what year you are within your college journey, or whether you had any initial intentions to go through recruitment. I never thought of myself as a “sorority girl,” but I wouldn’t change where I am now for the world. Keep calm and Go Greek!
Hi! I'm Brittany McCarty. I joined Greek life to be a part of something bigger than myself. Greek life has taught me how to be a better leader, scholar, and individual! I would recommend going Greek to anyone, but especially to those who want a home away from home. My sorority has given me numerous opportunities to better not only myself, but my college and community as well. Joining a sorority isn't the stereotypical image that media portrays. It's about making a difference with a group of women who make you feel at home. I've found that with Phi Sigma Sigma, and I hope you all find your perfect homes too!
I am Catie Sorrell, and I am this year's Panhellenic's Internal Vice President. I am so excited to get to know you all better as Recruitment grows closer! Recruitment weekend is so much fun and is filled with so many memories! Sorority life has allowed me to grow mentally and emotionally. I never thought I was the typical "sorority girl", but I decided to give it a chance anyways, because what else could I loose? Going through recruitment was one of the most exciting times thus far in my college career. I have made so many good friends in and out of my own sorority. Sorority Life pushes you to become the best version for yourself. I wasn't the stereotypical sorority girl and I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone forcing myself to take on roles and responsibilities that I never thought that I would have. Before Greek Life, I was the girl who had only a small amount of friends, an introverted person, and one to never have an important role because I was so shy and quiet. After becoming Greek, I can honestly say that I am more outspoken and am able to stand up for what I believe in. Having a support system with a group of women is a great thing to have! Knowing that you will have a sister at any time of the day is reassuring.
Internal Vice President
I am Shelby Lucas, the Panhellenic Vice President over Recruitment. I am looking forward to recruitment this fall so much! The Gamma Chi’s, chapters, and myself have been hard at work to make this experience one of a kind for you. I hope that you’re looking forward to this memorable weekend as much as I am! I’d love to share my experience in what being in a sorority has given me. When I came to IUS, I learned very quickly that if you didn’t get involved in something you would get caught up in the routine of going to class, back to your lodge and go home every weekend so I started looking into my options. I am constantly trying to better myself, take advantage of every opportunity and find a way to give back. I found this and so much more in being a sorority woman. I found a group of girls who would cheer me on during the good times in my life and would support me through the bad, I found a group of woman who were giving back to their philanthropy and finding ways to give back in the community, I found a group that I really fit in with. In all of these, I found my home. Now I look forward every year (this is my second year on the Panhellenic side of recruitment) to helping new women find their forever home and a group of women that supports them the way that my chapter supports me!
To the girl who’s counting down the days to recruitment, I PROMISE I’M JUST AS EXCITED AS YOU ARE! To the girl who doesn’t think Greek Life is for her, how do you know until you try? To the girl who’s afraid she won’t fit in, I was you and look where I’m at now!
Going Greek has been the best opportunity that I’ve ever taken advantage of!
Lots of Greek Love,
Panhellenic VP of Recruitment
Hey yall! I'm Bre Jaggers and I'm the Vice President of Membership for Sigma Kappa.
When I first came to college, I contemplated going Greek because I wasn't sure what it was and what all it entailed. Looking back now, I question why I ever second guessed myself about it because it was the best decision I have ever made. Sigma Kappa has given me so many things to be thankful for. I have found sisters that I can confide in, sisters I can call at 3am that will be there for me, sisters that respect me and sisters that love me for my goofy, weird and crazy personality. Not only has Sigma Kappa blessed me with such amazing women in my life but I have had the opportunity to serve as the Vice President of Membership(the person who plans recruitment). I have gained so many leadership skills such as public speaking, organization, time management and helping lead others. I have been able to mentor some amazing women and help them through their journey of Sigma Kappa and college.
Not only has Sigma Kappa pushed me to be a better woman and leader but the Panhellenic community at IUS is fantastic. It amazes me that the men and women at this small campus can make such a huge difference. It's so hard to explain the sorority experience until you are actually a part of it but I can say that it is remarkable and 100% worth it. I am so thankful I chose Sigma Kappa because I have created such a unique bond with spectacular women and Sigma Kappa is and will always be my home.
Go Greek, you won't regret it!
Sigma Kappa's Vice President of Membership
Because I am a sister, I strive to be a leader. Because I am a sister, I have a family and a group of fabulous women by my side for life. Because I am a sister, I will grow to be even more phenomenal each and everyday. Because I am a sister, I know I'm capable of changing the world.
Joining a sorority has helped me become a stronger, more independent woman, and it's all thanks to the women that I have in my corner, If I didn't have them, I wouldn't be as grounded in school and in my friendships. I've learned the value of sisterhood, loyalty, friendship, love and strength through my relationships that I have with them.
I chose to join a sorority soley for the resume building and the leadership opportunities, but I remained a sorority woman because of the support system that I've gained through my organization. Being in charge of recruitment this year has taught me to reach out to women who might be seeking the same things I did when I was in their shoes.
Going Greek is half the battle, because all of the Panhellenic organizations are in it for the same cause. It's a movement, a staement, to go Greek. During recruitment, just breathe, be yourself, and keep an open mind. I promise you'll be great.
HEY! I am Katherine Dauby the Vice President of Membership Recruitment for Alpha Phi and a Nursing Major at IU Southeast. All through high school I was a part of the tennis team and the national art honor society, where I had a constant support system behind me. Coming into college, I felt alone not being a part of something. A friend of mine that was in Alpha Phi and convinced me to go Greek. I never imagined joining Greek life coming to college because of the stereotypical title it is given, but it has been the most rewarding experience in my life. As I stepped in to Alpha Phis recruiting room in the fall of 2013, I knew this chapter was where I belonged and my dream was to become a leader in the recruitment process in my future years as an Alpha Phi. I have never regretted my decision of going thorough fall recruitment because you truly do find girls that will support you through anything and constantly push you to be the best you can be.
Becoming an Alpha Phi has been one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences of my life, my favorite recruitment memory has been experiencing recruitment as the VPMR on the Alpha Phi side. Seeing all of our new sisters, so excited they have found their new home and the love they already have for this chapter is unexplainable, it is all so rewarding after our hard work, late nights, tears, and laughter, it reminds me of why I love Alpha Phi and Greek Life so much.
I could never thank Greek Life enough for all it has taught me these past few years at IU Southeast. The most rewarding skills it has taught me are leadership, time management and dedication. I was always a leader in high school but never put the skills into much action, when I applied for the position of Vice President of Membership Recruitment, I knew it would push my leadership skills even more and I was willing to take that chance to better myself and show my love for recruitment. Greek Life has taught me a lot about time management. I have always been able to manage my time well but with my vice president position, full time nursing student and work, time management has become one of the most important things in my college career. Everyone will tell you going through recruitment that you get out what you put into the chapter, this may sound silly now but it is so true!
Besides gaining amazing skills I will be able to use in my future career and life, I have gained the friendships of some of the most amazing women I have ever met. If I had not gone through recruitment, I probably would not have met my best friends. Becoming close with my sisters through philanthropy, sisterhood events, scholarship, campus involvement, and volunteering in our community, has showed me the importance in life. Volunteering is one of the most important things we focus on in our chapter. Our international philanthropy that all Alpha Phi chapters help raise money for is Women’s Heart Health. Heart health is the number one killer in both men and women, and we believe every little thing can help change this statistic! The Alpha Phi chapter at IU Southeast, host two main events for our philanthropy, they are the Move Your Phi’t Heart walk every fall and the Red Dress Gala each spring. This past year our chapter raised a total of $10,000 for heart health! This is a huge amount for such a small campus! Alpha Phi is the only international sorority on the IU Southeast campus where each sister strives to succeed in their college life while having fun, wearing our letters with pride with our sisters by our sides.
During the greatest times of my life and at my worst, my sisters have given me strength and love no matter the situation. With the love from my sisters and Alpha Phi, my life has forever changed for the better. As my career as an active Alpha Phi is quickly coming to an end, I can honestly say that the best years fly by and Greek Life is not for four years but for life.
“First you are a part of it, then it becomes a part of you”
Vice President of Membership Recruitment
Hi! I’m Justice Burda, Vice President of New Member Education for Sigma Kappa here at IUS!
When I first came to college, I knew I wanted to be a part of Greek life. I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself, to have a “home away from home”, and to be a part of a sisterhood that would support me through my college journey. Going through recruitment I saw the dedication to promoting the sorority experience from all the chapters on campus.
But I gained so much more than what I had expected when I joined Sigma Kappa. I am a part of a sisterhood bound together by a unique bond. Sigma Kappa has encouraged me to become the best version of myself. As Vice President of New Member Education I have the opportunity to share Sigma Kappa’s story, values, and mission. I have the chance to empower other women to be bold leaders in their lives. It is truly inspiring to be part of an organization that encourages women to be brave and passionate in their lives. Being a part of this sisterhood gives me the courage to become the person I’ve always wanted to be. My sisters are my allies, my cheerleaders, my mentors, and most importantly my closest friends.
Being a part of Sigma Kappa has motivated me to be a leader in every aspect of my life. The things I’ve learned as a member of a Greek organization will stay with me forever. As a member of Panhellenic, I have seen the impact sororities can make on young women’s lives. The value of the sorority experience is priceless. I honestly can’t imagine what my college experience would have been like without joining a sorority. In my sorority, I have found a place that motivates me to be the best sister, friend, student, and leader I can be. Going Greek will open many doors of opportunity for you. You will find your sisters, your home, and yourself.
Go Greek my ladies!!
Sigma Kappa’s Vice President of New Member Education
I wear three letters on my chest because without them I am lost. They make me brave and bold and the women I wear them with give me strength and hope for a kinder, more beautiful world.
When I began college I was lost. I had no idea who I wanted to be or which direction I wanted to go; And for the first time I was alone. When I entered college I chose my major because I was already good at it. I had studied psychology in high school and while I enjoyed it, I knew I was settling for the easier and more fiscally responsible path. In the middle of my Freshman year I found myself failing. Not because the material was hard; but because I was too paralyzed by fear to do what I actually wanted. This was my wake-up call. I decided from that point on I would do the things I wanted to do even, and sometimes especially, if they terrified me.
The next day I changed my major from psychology to English and a wave of clarity and relief rushed over me. In the semester that followed, I took a path I never thought I would and joined a sorority. I was part of a tight-knit friend group in high school and missed having that support system. Before my first recruitment event I sat in my car for nearly 30 minutes talking myself into and out of going inside. But the need for a family outweighed my fear of the unknown.
So I walked into a room full of women who were so unique,welcoming and life-changing that I never looked back. I found my home in Phi Sigma Sigma. These women saw the potential in me that I had lost and built me back up into the woman I am today. I know whenever I'm in need I have a plethora shoulders to cry on; And when I succeed I have those same women to share my accomplishments. Because sisterhood is about loving one another through the good and the bad and never letting each other forget how strong and beautiful they are.
That one moment of conquering my fears lead me to today, where I'm the president of that chapter. These woman have given me a voice, a path and taught me that you don't have to be afraid to stand out, because you'll never stand alone.
You never know what you're capable of until you try. So, Women of IUS, go forward, be courageous, live life passionately, be a part of something bigger than yourself, go greek, and find your home. The world is yours for the taking.
Love, Kate Harrison
Phi Sigma Sigma president
Panhellenic Council members, recruitment counselors, and other sorority women in our Greek community will be blogging throughout the summer months to help potential members prepare for recruitment.