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
Hi everyone! My name is Kelsi Dempster and I am the Director of New Member Education for Alpha Phi Zeta Epsilon here at Indiana University Southeast! I am an Elementary Education major with hopes of teaching Kindergarten one day! I went to Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs, Indiana and currently live in New Albany with several of my Alpha Phi sisters!
I chose to go Greek because I was looking for an amazing group of friends to learn, grow, and share with and that is exactly what I have found here in Alpha Phi! I wouldn't trade any of the moments with my sisters for anything! As Director of New Member Education I am in charge of welcoming the new members into Alpha Phi and educating them on our values, sisterhood, our history, and much more! I love my position because I get to spend so much time with the newest Phi Bears and get to know them in such a great way! I love watching them grow into strong, involved sisters!
Alpha Phi has given me the confidence to be a strong leader not only within our chapter but on campus, in class and in the workplace. It has also allowed me to develop strong relationships and contacts to help me within my major as well as other aspects of life. I strongly encourage everyone to go through recruitment find their home, just as I have found mine!
Hello! My name is Olivia Fitchett, a proud member of Sigma Kappa! My journey in Sigma Kappa started in fall of 2011 where I went through recruitment as a freshman. I was encouraged by my cousin, a notable member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity to go through recruitment. I cannot suggest the moment I knew I was a Sigma Kappa. Maybe it was when I talked to the girls in recruitment, could have been when I grounded myself in my faith and values years back, or when I learned valuable lessons as a toddler. My Sigma Kappa journey began before I wore Greek letters…
“Sigma Kappa is not something you become, it’s something you’ve always been”, is what I have been told.
The truth in that statement resonates with me in a powerful way. Since joining Sigma Kappa I have gained more than I could ever repay this amazing organization back. I have had the opportunity to travel across the country to various leadership conferences and seminars including Las Vegas, Chicago and other cool places! I have been given responsibility while holding many positions within the organization all while hanging out with my best friends. Sigma Kappa has given me the drive scholastically to constantly be excelling in school and the passion to be even more involved in my church and community. Because of my time in Sigma Kappa, I feel very prepared to take on the world with confidence and a strong identity.
Our sisterhood is our heartbeat! It is such a breath of fresh air knowing your sisters are behind you in every choice you make and expect the best out of you. Getting to have these girls by my side is the best decision I could have made for myself. God has given me so many friendships that will last a lifetime. I am beyond ecstatic to reunite with these inspiring women every day I can. I know in my heart I will always have a passion for Sigma Kappa and be giving back- not four years, for LIFE!
We all have our own unique stories and here’s mine, albeit unusual: a freshman to IUS and being one of the few from my high school deciding to stay home and attend a nearby college, I was a doe in headlights when I first walked on campus. I remember coming to school for orientation; I remember reading the campus map and trying to determine where my classes would be; I remember seeing dozens of tables set up recruiting incoming freshman to join one group or another. Upon seeing the tables, I realized that I wanted to become a part of something bigger than myself and find a way to meet new people beyond the confines of the classroom walls. With that idea in my head, I attended an info session about the sororities on campus. As the speaker talked more and more about the amazing benefits one would reap from joining, my desire grew stronger to sign up for fall recruitment. But alas, with any story there has to be some trial and tribulation before the happy ending can occur. Thus, I was not able to join that fall, or the next, or the next. However, my senior year approached and my opportunity to become a Greek woman arose again and I leapt at the chance.
Now, I’ll be honest that when I attended fall recruitment I was skeptical. I had many doubts. What if no one wants me? What if it’s all partying and no philanthropy? What if it’s high school drama all over again? But once the first night of recruitment finished, I was filled with adrenaline: I couldn’t contain my eagerness to find my Greek home. The weekend continued on with the same thrill as the first night and has yet to ease. I won’t lie to you and say that this is easy; this is hard work. Any relationship requires work and that is exactly what this is-a relationship. It’s not only a relationship between you and each sister you gain, but between you and the philanthropy you support, and especially the Greek Letters you represent. It requires a great deal of your time but also your effort, your passion, and your strength. Trust me when I say that it is worth it: the sweat, the tears, the laughter, the love, and so many other blessings.
Since my initiation, I have found that my Greek life has been more than I could have imagined. I have learned numerous life lessons from working so closely with my sisters. My sisters have become my support system, my goofy gang, and my best friends. When I chose to apply for a summer job in Italy to teach English, my sisters were the first ones (yes the first even before my family) to express their pride in my ambition. Their undying encouragement aided me in having the faith in myself to take such a huge dive into the unknown. I love my sisterhood for all that it entails. These women are my family.
I’ll leave you with this thought that I believe represents the feeling of sisterhood:
“Family- We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.”
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.