by Rachel Luce
Bryant University will be welcoming a new sorority on campus. The existing National Panhellenic Council sororities had a say between two potential sororities, Kappa Delta and Alpha Sigma Alpha. After the extension process, Greek life has decided to allow Alpha Sigma Alpha to colonize on our Bryant campus. Recruitment for this new sorority will begin in the spring of 2017. This is the first chapter to be colonized in Rhode Island, which is why it is very exciting for not only Bryant, but Alpha Sigma Alpha as well.
Since it will be the only chapter in Rhode Island, the closest collegiate chapters with Alpha Sigma Alpha on their campus are located at Suffolk University in Massachusetts, Southern Connecticut State University, University of New Haven in Connecticut, and Stony Brook University in New York. Alpha Sigma Alpha currently has over 175 chapters nationwide. They have more than 120,000 members between all these chapters.
Alpha Sigma Alpha can bring a lot to the Bryant campus, especially in philanthropy. With three national philanthropic partners, members always have an opportunity for community service. Their partners are the Special Olympics, S. June Smith Center, and Girls on the Run. Through the Special Olympics, members provide sports training and athletic competition. They can achieve this through different Olympic-type sports for people of all ages with disabilities. This gives them the ability to be physically active and participate in the community. Through S. June Smith Center, members help children with disabilities achieve goals and support the kid’s participation in their family and school. Through Girls on the Run, members teach life skills to young girls though a youth development program based off interactive lessons and different running games. The girls involved are in grades 3rd-8th. Having three philanthropies is very impressive and we can only hope to have them impress us even more once they colonize on campus.
Before Alpha Sigma Alpha comes to campus, it is important to get to know them a little. They were founded in 1901, which makes them 114 years old. They were founded at Longwood University in Virginia by five young women. Their first philanthropy partner was the Special Olympics, adopted in 1976. The second was S. June Smith Center, adopted in 1990. The third was Girls on the Run, adopted in 2012. Alpha Sigma Alpha also has primary colors, a sorority jewel, a couple different symbols, and a mascot. The colors that Alpha Sigma Alpha uses to represent themselves are crimson and pearl white. Their sorority jewel is the pearl, which belongs to the new member. They have another sorority jewel, the ruby, which belongs to the initiated member. Some of their symbols include a star, a crown, a palm tree, and a phoenix. And finally, their mascot. Their mascot is Dot the ladybug, which was officially adopted in 2008.
Alpha Omicron Pi, Delta Zeta, and Sigma Sigma Sigma, along with all other members of the Bryant community, are excited to welcome Alpha Sigma Alpha on campus. Expanding Greek life will allow even more women to foster lifelong friendships and participate in rewarding philanthropy events. With all the opportunities that await, we welcome Alpha Sigma Alpha with open arms.