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  • Sigma Kappa Spotlight

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In 1873-74  five young women founded Sigma Kappa at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. 1871 was the first year that Colby College allowed women to attend equally. Mary Caffery Lowe attended for two years as the only female at the school -- what a trail blazer!!! Finally in 1873 four other women came to the school -- Elizabeth Gorham Hoag, Ida May Fuller Price, Francis Elliot Mann Hall and Louise Helen Coburn. During this time in history it was very difficult for women to gain admittance to a college and once they were they faced discrimination by college staff and male students. Naturally, the five women spent a lot of time together and decided they would like to start a literary and social society -- Sigma Kappa.  They were first required to submit a constitution and bylaws, which they did. On November 9th, 1874 the women received a letter stating their petition was approved and Sigma Kappa  became official! That date has been celebrated as Founder's day throughout Sigma Kappa's history.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    According to the official Sigma Kappa website the purpose and values of the sorority are as follows:

     

    Purpose Statement

    The purpose of Sigma Kappa Sorority is to provide women lifelong opportunities and support for social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our communities.

    Values

    Our values: personal growth, friendship, service and loyalty; bound by a promise.

     

     

    It is also very important to the members of Sigma Kappa to give back to the community, help fellow sisters and to national organizations as well. Their philanthropies include; Alzheimer's Research, Gerontology, Maine Sea Coast Mission and Inherit the Earth.

     

     

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