The Sigma Kappa chapter at the University of California, San Diego was chartered on June 3, 1978. For over 40 years we have been a strong presence on the UCSD campus. As the first sorority established on the UCSD campus, Zeta Mu prides itself in maintaining a wide alumnae network, one the spans multiple decades. Our presence goes beyond our college campus, spanning into our nearby community of La Jolla and San Diego. Our sisters enjoy giving back to both our community on campus and off campus. For instance, through participating in the annual Walk to End Alzheimers, orchestrating various community service projects with our Panhellenic community, and hosting our annual philanthropy Sigma Kappa's Best Dance Crew. Just last year, our chapter held a beach clean up at Mission Beach in San Diego in which our very own National President, Sara Chacon, participated in.
Our award-winning chapter has a long tradition of sisterhood that will continue to enrich the lives of our members for years to come. Our sisters truly make lifelong connections in their four years as collegiate members at Zeta Mu. Upon joining the chapter, there is an instant connection and bond that sets our chapter apart and distinguished us as Sigma Kappas. Even more so, after initiation, our ritual and knowledge of such further strengthens our bond with our sisters. Each year Zeta Mu hosts several sisterhoods and retreats. For instance, our sisters recently went to Disneyland for the day just before our 2018 Formal Recruitment. This day allowed our sisters to have fun exploring Disneyland and all it has to offer while also offering them a relaxing day to bond as a chapter before the start of the quarter and, thus, recruitment. Yet, our sisterhood goes beyond this. Being sisters doesn't simply mean hanging out when it is convenient or an organized event. Rather, our sisterhood is truly defined in smaller ways like supporting a sister when she needs it, studying together in Geisel during midterm season or finals week, or offering to help a sister move out of her dorm.
Zeta Mu prides itself in helping to prepare each of our sisters for life after college as Sigma Kappa isn't for four years but for life. Our chapter hosts multiple alumnae events, coordinated by our Vice President of Alumnae Relations. For instance, just last year our chapter celebrated our 40th Anniversary. Zeta Mu held a celebration on a local cruise ship in which we sailed around the San Diego Bay while hosting our current members and local alumnae. While a collegiate member of our chapter, our sisters learn and can further harness important life skills. These can be accomplished through holding a leadership role, such as on our Executive Board or through one of our various chair positions, or simply by participating in the various events we host as well as the workshops held during our informal meetings. One workshop our chapter held recently focused on perfecting one's resume as well as how best to list Sigma Kappa on it. As a chapter, we strive to be the best versions of ourselves in addition to embodying the values of an ideal Sigma Kappa.
This past academic year the Zeta Mu chapter of Sigma Kappa won Student Organization of the Year at UC San Diego. We are beyond proud and honored to receive such a prestigious award!