Letter from the Chapter
Dear Potential New Members,
My name is Cassidy Bartenhagen and I am the Vice President of Membership for Sigma Kappa at Northwest Missouri State University. As you start to think about participating in the recruitment process here at Northwest, you will realize that all five sororities in our Panhellenic community have different values, but overall represent something very meaningful. Our chapter prides ourselves on four main values. Those values are Loyalty, Personal Growth, Friendship, and Service.
Within our Sigma Kappa chapter, these values can hold very different meaning to each of our members. Loyalty is something that is very important to have during this time of your life. We all came to Northwest for one reason and that is for our academics, we hold our sisters to a high standard when it comes to academic excellence and without having loyal people around you it can be hard to sometimes find the motivation and support within your academics. We are loyal to ourselves and to all of our sisters. It might even just be simply acts of kindness that show your loyalty to your fellow members.
Personal growth is something I personally can say has been a huge part of my college experience. College is a completely new adventure that each one of you is taking on. It is nothing like high school and is certainly nothing like living at home and having constant support from the people you have grown up with. Personal growth shines through each one of our members who has taken the time to be their best self and to fully enjoy the college experience. We encourage our members to stay involved on campus by joining different organizations, taking on leadership roles in those organizations and within our chapter, and most importantly to work hard on their academics.
Service is a huge part of who we are as a chapter. We have five philanthropies that we focus heavily on. We have the Sigma Kappa Foundation, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology, Maine Sea Coast Mission, and Alzheimer’s research. Throughout the year, we have multiple events to support each one of these philanthropies. We have found that giving back to our community and to people far beyond our community has given us the ability to grow as individual women as well as a whole chapter.
Finally, we have friendship. As this value seems self-explanatory to most people, it becomes so much more than just a couple girls you can be yourself around. Joining a sorority gives you people who are going to be a constant support system for you, be there for you on your good days and your not so good days, they are going to be the ones who watch you do amazing things in life and they are going to cheer you on each step of the way. You are going to make friends who make you laugh so hard your stomach hurts, but also be the people who are there when you need to cry. College is not easy, but with a group of girls that are constantly there to lift you up and show you support, it becomes a lot more enjoyable.
Each of our members hold these values near and dear to their heart. It is clear to me that all of our sisters love where they are and are constantly growing within their personalities,
academics, community, and friendships. As the Vice President of Membership, I am so excited to meet each one of you who is considering this amazing experience. As a scared little freshman I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but as a senior I can confidently say that my time at Northwest and in Sigma Kappa have been the best years of my life. I cannot wait for all of you to find somewhere that makes you able to say that as well. Enjoy every moment of recruitment; it is all worth it in the end when you find your home.