The Sigma Kappa extension team read about the University of Houston Panhellenic opening for extension in the spring of 2014. After visiting the campus in March of 2014 and making a presentation at the University, the extension team found out Sigma Kappa had been selected to colonize in Fall of 2014!
During the fall semester, leadership consultants Gabriela Rodiles, Theta Omicron, Bianca D’Alessio, Zeta Zeta, and Danielle Hall, Alpha Theta, spent weeks spreading the word about the upcoming colonization. A team of national officers, national headquarters staff and even a member of national council–Carol Beth Ivory, Beta Epsilon, National Vice President for Collegiate Chapters–came in for the weekend. The potential new members learned about the Sigma Kappa Foundation’s partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association during the event called #ENDALZ and came up with future ideas for their first Ultra Violet campaign. On Cougar Red Friday, when the university wears red for the upcoming game day, they hosted “Spirit Day with Sigma K.” The event combined the UH spirit with the love of sisterhood and members of the team shared their favorite Sigma Kappa sisterhood memories. Preference followed and the next day, the team extended 75 bids to women.
The Lambda Delta Chapter of Sigma Kappa was installed on The University of Houston campus on December 6th, 2014. After months of recruiting some of the highest achieving women on campus, the charter was signed by initiated sisters as well as mother and alumnae initiates. National President, Cheri De Jong, Epsilon Omega, presided over the ceremony.. As a young chapter, the women of Lambda Delta had the amazing opportunity to create their own legacy on campus while building upon the existing traditions of Sigma Kappa.
Over the course of the fall semester, the colony had flourished! As a sorority, we moved forward at a rapid pace setting the bar at an all time high. The chapter participated in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer and exceeded our goal for donations! Together the chapter and local alumnae raised over $8,000 for our philanthropy! Along with service projects, the chapter hosted our very first sisterhood retreat. The retreat was an opportunity to get to know our sisters at a deeper level and learn more about Sigma Kappa. Here we created committees, held elections and established the executive council and chairmen. In such a short period of time, the colony grew together and discovered the joys of sisterhood.