Letter from the Chapter
Welcome to Sigma Kappa at the University of Washington!
My name is Jane and I’m the President of Sigma Kappa. I love Sigma Kappa. That’s the easiest way to explain my experience. I love my sisters, I love our house, I love our philanthropies, and I love being part of this larger national organization.
Growing up, I lived with my mom and my dad. I always wanted siblings, and I found another family in Sigma Kappa. Being part of this sisterhood reinforced that family can be more than individuals who are blood related. My little Sheila and grand-little Danielle made my junior year so special and joyful last year. My freshman year floormates are still some of my closest friends. With these women, it really is the little things that make living with them special. These women help give my life meaning, and it’s a great honor to be able to serve them as President. I want to look back on these memories that I’ve made these past three years for the rest of my life, and through our philanthropic efforts to the Alzheimer’s Association, I have faith that I won’t have to worry about losing them.
Throughout my time in college, I feel like I’m making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s because I’m a member of Sigma Kappa. Our entire chapter comes together to rally around philanthropy. Some of my favorite memories from my time in Sigma Kappa are walking in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s with my little and my parents, coaching a winning team during our philanthropy week and seeing my friends react to an amazing talent, and helping out at a successful feed, seeing our kitchen filled with people coming over for food and to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Sigma Kappa is more than just this chapter at UW. This summer I was given the honor of representing our chapter along with other Executive Council Officers at National Convention, a gathering of collegiate members and alumnae from Sigma Kappa chapters across the country. Being surrounded by national and regional volunteers and collegiates was inspiring. One of the most powerful experiences of convention was listening to Sarah Weddington, a Sigma Kappa alumna and the lawyer in charge of representing Jane Roe in the landmark case Roe v. Wade. She spoke about her experiences as a woman in law in the 1970s. Her influence on politicians at the time and her legacy as a lawyer were amazing to hear, and it rekindled my love of Sigma Kappa. It made me glad to belong to a sisterhood with so many amazing women. Because of this experience, in the next year, I want to become a traveling consultant for Sigma Kappa and visit chapters around the country, continuing my involvement even after I graduate.
Sigma Kappa isn’t unique because we have a spiral staircase or a wonderful philanthropy. We’re unique because of our values of friendship, loyalty, service and personal growth, and how we encourage our members to live out these values. Being a member of Sigma Kappa has raised my awareness of things I love, both within the chapter and outside of it. Entering the last year of my time in Sigma Kappa is bittersweet, but I know that I’ll be making more memories that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.
Love in Sigma Kappa,
Jane Green, President