Letter from the Chapter

Welcome to Sigma Kappa’s Theta Zeta Website. My name is Annika Meurer and I am the current President for Sigma Kappa Sorority. Sigma Kappa Sorority is one of fifteen sororities that are a part of UVA’s Inter-Sorority Council (ISC). Sigma Kappa Sorority is part of national organization and we are the Theta Zeta Chapter. Sigma Kappa also belongs to National Panhellenic Conference. Our sorority was founded in 1874 at Colby College, with the ideals based on scholarship, friendship, and mutual interests. Sigma Kappa was established in 1987 at the University of Virginia. Our chapter size averages 130 members in the fall semester and increases to approximately 175 members in the spring. Fourteen 3rd years have the opportunity to live in the house each year.

We as a sorority 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 Kappas are called to “Live with Heart”. Our main philanthropy is 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. We hold an annual kickball tournament in which all the proceeds are donated to the cause. Sigma Kappa also volunteers at the annual Charlottesville Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Additionally, we hold an annual Violet Gala which incorporates a live auction and parents formal where the money is donated to the Sigma Kappa Foundation. We also volunteer weekly at Martha Jefferson House, a local retirement home. 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 UVA clubs and organizations. We have members in Student Council, Honor Committee, Club Swim, Virginia Riding Team, Advertising and Marketing Association, Dance Team and UVA Relay for Life to just name a few. One of our best qualities is how involved we are outside of our sorority.

Lastly, our main goal is to become a more well-rounded sorority. We are working on being more inclusive, diverse, and open minded. I want our members to graduate being educated about important social issues around the world and becoming more informed than when they first joined. Sigma Kappa Sorority is a great group of women and I believe is an asset to the University of Virginia.

Annika Meurer

President of Sigma Kappa Sorority, 2018

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