For a leadership consultant, receiving a call from a fraternity sorority advisor the night the bid list is due makes your heart beat a little faster. After five days of formal recruitment and sleepless nights, I went to dinner with Alpha Gamma’s chapter president Amanda, VPM Donelle, and VPPS Nicole. While eating our wonderful Mexican food, I missed a call from the fraternity sorority advisor and tried to stay as calm as possible and call her back. She told me she had exciting and terrifying news, another thing that no consultant wants to hear. She informed me that quota on the campus was 45 and asked how many quota additions I thought Sigma Kappa received. I guessed eight, which at the time seemed like a normal number of quota additions. The fraternity sorority advisor informed me that Sigma Kappa received 20 quota additions and said, “Everybody wanted to be a Sigma Kappa today!” I immediately had chills and was trying not to cry or smile too much and give away the exciting news. The chapter members with me were anxiously waiting for me to tell them what was going on because I was acting very calm. I mouthed to them that they received 64 new members and the president started crying and small screams were let out at the restaurant. Needless to say, this was by far the best phone call I could have received from a fraternity sorority advisor!
Recruiting with about 45 initiated members, Alpha Gamma, Washington State University, defied all odds and doubled their chapter size during formal recruitment. The chapter showed their personality, positive attitudes, sisterhood, and love for Sigma Kappa and now has a new member class of 64! I could not be more proud of these women and all of their hard work. Throughout bid day yesterday, I overheard the following statement from many members: “I am so proud to be a Sigma Kappa!” and I thought to myself that this is also one of my proudest Sigma Kappa moments. The women of Alpha Gamma truly welcomed me with open arms, which has been greatly appreciated since I am very far from home, and showed me the true meaning of sisterhood. Though they make fun of me because I say “y’all,” they embraced me like I was one of their own. I could not be more thankful for them and cannot stop smiling with excitement for their accomplishments this week and the many more to come over this year!
(left: the 64 Alpha Gamma new members)