Letter from the Chapter
Welcome to Sigma Kappa Theta Zeta's website! My name is Madi Goldberg and I am currently the President of Sigma Kappa here at UVA. Sigma Kappa sorority is one of fifteen sororities that are part of UVA’s Inter-Sorority Council (ISC) on grounds; we also fall under Sigma Kappa's national organization as well as the National Panhellenic Conference. Our sorority was founded in 1874 at Colby College, with ideals based on scholarship, friendship, and mutual interests. Here at the University of Virginia, Sigma Kappa was established in 1987. Our chapter size averages to around 130 members in the fall semester and increases to approximately 175 members in the spring. Fourteen third years have the opportunity to live in the house each year, and every sister is welcome to take advantage of our exceptional house dinners once a week!
As a sorority, we are dedicated to service both nationally and locally. Our sisters value giving back to the Charlottesville community and understand that service operates on multiple levels. Sigma Kappa's are called to "Live with Heart." Our main philanthropic effort focuses on the Alzheimer’s Association. Sigma Kappa has become one of the nation’s leading private contributors to Alzheimer’s disease prevention, research, and treatment efforts through a variety of fundraisers and events. We hold an annual kickball tournament that draws participants from different groups around grounds, and all of the proceeds are donated to the cause. Sigma Kappa also volunteers at the annual Charlottesville Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This past year, we had a handful of members who were able to raise over $1,000 each to contribute to the cause, which was an impressive feat to witness. Additionally, we hold an annual Violet Gala which incorporates a live auction and our parents' formal. We also volunteer weekly at Martha Jefferson House, a local retirement home, playing board games and doing projects with residents. Sigma Kappa became the first sorority to recognize the need for continued comprehensive work on the study of aging and the needs of the elderly population. Our members provide service and companionship to the elderly at Martha Jefferson House as part of Sigma Kappa’s philanthropic interest in gerontology.
Along with our philanthropic involvement, we take our academics here at the University very seriously. Our chapter’s GPA is above the All Women’s GPA, as well as in the top 20% of all sororities and fraternities combined. Our fall 2018 average GPA was a 3.595. Along with our scholastic success, we are very involved with other organizations at UVA. We have members on Student Council, Honor Committee, Club Swim, Virginia Riding Team, the Cavalier Daily, Dance Team, and UVA Relay for Life- just to name a few. I believe one of our best qualities is how involved we are outside of just our sorority.
Lastly, one of our main goals for the upcoming year is to become a more well-rounded sorority. We are actively working on being more inclusive, diverse, and open-minded. I want our members to be educated about important social issues around the world, and I hope that Sigma Kappa can help its members achieve this awareness. Sigma Kappa Theta Zeta is an exceptional group of women, and I believe each member, individually and collectively, is an asset to the University of Virginia.
President of Sigma Kappa Sorority, 2019