Greek life series: Sigma Kappa

Sydney Gregory

Sigma Kappa House at Marietta College. Photo courtesy of Sydney Gregory.

Sigma Kappa was founded in 1874 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine and is currently comprised of more than 165,000 women worldwide. Their jewel is the Pearl and their open motto is “One Heart, One Way,” leading to the significance of the heart symbol. The heart is also accompanied by the dove as an official symbol, which was adopted in 1984.

Allison Watkins, President of the Beta Theta chapter at Marietta College says that the women of Sigma Kappa have helped her grow as an individual.

“I joined Sigma Kappa because the girls that I met there saw potential in me that I didn’t even know I had,” Watkins says. “This sisterhood has provided me with mentors that believe in me and always root for my success. Now, as president I hope to give back the experience that I had.”

Sigma Kappa is unique in that they proudly support three distinct philanthropies: Inherit the Earth, Maine Seacoast Mission, and Gerontology, which focuses on Alzheimer’s disease research.

Beta Theta Philanthropy Chair Taylor Pennock shares why philanthropy is so important to the women of Sigma Kappa.

“Philanthropy is really important to our sorority because service is one of our values, but philanthropy gives you a better connection to our campus and community,” Pennock says. “As the Vice President of Philanthropic Service I get to organize and coordinate different events for my chapter like the dodgeball tournament we’re hosting in April.”

If you’re considering going through recruitment, but are not quite sure if the Beta Theta chapter of Sigma Kappa is the right fit for you, it might help to have a senior perspective.

Kirsten Fleming says “I joined Sigma Kappa because I felt at home the instant I walked in the door. The upperclassmen in the chapter were people that I looked up to and wanted to be around. Sigma Kappa’s members embodied who I wanted to be as a woman.”

For more information about the Beta Theta chapter of Sigma Kappa visit their website at, or their social media accounts.

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