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Ag sorority Sigma Alpha celebrates anniversary

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Updated: Monday, April 25, 2011 21:04

The Beta Theta chapter of the Sigma Alpha sorority celebrated its one-year anniversary on April 15. Sigma Alpha is a professional agriculture sorority for women pursuing careers in agriculture.On April 15, 12 women were activated as charter members of the Beta Theta chapter. Since the chartering one year ago, Sigma Alpha has been working hard to get involved and be recognized by the greek community at UTM. The sorority was founded on four basic principles: scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

Scholarship is extremely important to this chapter. During the past year, Sigma Alpha's collective GPA, which is a 3.17, has risen above the departmental GPA, which is 2.75, for the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

Leadership is definitely one area in which the chapter shines. The sisters serve as officers in organizations such as Collegiate FFA, Collegiate 4-H, Pre-Vet Club, and SGA.

The sorority's national philanthropy is Ag In the Classroom, an organization dedicated to educating children about the significance of agriculture in the United States. On National Ag Day, the sisters joined other Sigma Alphas from across the United States in visiting elementary schools to read to the students and talk to them about the role agriculture plays in their lives.

Professional development is the foundation of Sigma Alpha. In the past year, the members have invited a number of speakers to talk to them regarding everything from graduate school to life principles.

The proudest moment of the Beta Theta chapter of Sigma Alpha occurred Oct. 21, 2006. Four sisters attended the National Sigma Alpha Convention in Atlanta, where they attended workshops, met sisters from across the country, and received the official chapter charter for UTM.

Sara Beth Griffin of Brighton, the chapter president, praised the chapter and described its growth.

"As chapter president, it truly thrills me to see how our chapter has grown from 12 girls in Pamela Bartholomew's apartment to 25 of UTM's best and brightest," Griffin said.

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