Interested joining a sorority? That's great! There are two sororities at UAA: Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri Sigma) and Alpha Sigma Alpha and we welcome sisters from all walks of life in the spirit of sisterhood and love. We empower our sisters to reach their maximum potential, to become strong leaders and equip them with the tools they need to change the world. However joining to a sorority is a lifetime commitment and should be researched first.
Every sorority has a core purpose that their sisters promise themselves to. Tri Sigma's purpose is to establish a among its members a perpetual bond of friendship, to develop in them strong womanly character and to impress upon them high standards of conduct. Alpha Sigma Alpha's purpose is to foster close friendships between members and to develop women of poise and purpose. The closer your personal purpose aligns with your sorority the stronger impact joining will have on your life.
Every sorority has different values and it's members try to embody them as well as their own. Tri Sigma's values are Wisdom, Power, Faith, Hope and Love. Alpha Sigma Alpha's values are Balance, Generosity, Growth, Integrity, Learning, Relationships, Responsibility and Enjoyment. The closer a sororities values match your own, the deeper and more meaningful the experience will be.
Fun with Friends
Joining a sorority will give you plenty of opportunity to make friends but are you willing to help a friend study for a test? Go to dinner with friends even though you may not like to go out at nights? Would you be willing to pick up a classmate on the way to school? Stay at school two hours after class to have a surprise birthday party? Help a friend through a personal or family crisis? Fortunately most friendships are worth it but remember that friendships take time and work regardless of whether or not you are both sorority sisters.
Sororities offer plenty of leadership opportunities such as serving on councils or committees, holding an officer position within the organization or organizing an event or fundraiser for the sorority. We also encourage sisters to seek leadership opportunities outside of the organization such as being the head of student club or taking a challenging internship or volunteer position.
Your sisters are college students too and understand that collegiate courses can be difficult. Our chapters intentionally set themselves up for success by implementing scholarship programs and applying for scholarships, both locally and nationally. In fact, it is all too common to see large groups of our Greek members setting up study tables in the Consortium Library to cover daily homework and prepare for upcoming exams!
Joining a sorority will help you develop personal and professional networks for life. After all your sisters will graduate and become professionals in diverse fields such as nursing, business and graphic/web design for example. But just as friendships take work so do professional contacts. You will be encouraged to attend alumni gatherings and keep in touch with your sisters. The more work you put into developing professional contacts the more often they will be there when you need them.
Community Service is a win-win situation for all of those involved. Volunteers get to do something good for their fellow community members, put it on their resume and possibly network with people in their future profession. Community Organizations get some much needed help from groups of highly engaged workers and thus are able to offer more services to those in need and most importantly more people from your community will get the help that they need. Whether it's a hot meal or a cleaner park to play and spend time outdoors in.
So then it's no wonder why Greek Organizations do so much for their communities. The Greek Organizations even have signature philanthropies. Tri Sigma's national charity is the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation, their local charity is The Broken Sparrow Home. Alpha Sigma Alpha's national charities are the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation, Girls on the Run, Special Olympics and the S. June Smith Center. Their local charity is Covenant House Alaska. Besides their signature philanthropies, sorority sisters often volunteer on other projects such as raising money for breast cancer or the local soup kitchen.
How do I join?
While the best way to start a new member process is to have an in-person conversation with active members of our sorority community, we realize that is not always possible. During times when sororities are not hosting recruitment events, you have a few options: click on each sorority's link on the left-hand banner and follow the hyperlinks to send them a message, call the SCGL office (907-786-1217) and we can forward your information to the chapters or drop by in person to SU Room 210 to learn more.