Sigma Alpha is the only professional agricultural-based sorority on campus. Because of this, we pride ourselves on being able to offer a unique experience to our members here at UCD.
The pillars of Sigma Alpha are scholarship, leadership and service. Following these pillars we hold events each quarter, where our sisters have the opportunity to grow and learn. Our organization recognizes the importance of academics first, and encourage our members to do well in classes by forming study groups and completing study hours with sisters.
Our members are emerging women leaders in the agricultural industry. Each quarter we hold workshops to promote self growth of our members in order to learn valuable skills needed in the work force. We also enjoy touring local ag organizations to learn about the many different facets of this industry.
Philanthropic events allow us the opportunity to give back to different organizations in the Davis community. Some of our past philanthropy events have been collecting pet items to donate to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and we have also donated our time into putting together an agricultural education booth for Girl Scout Farm Day held in Sacramento.
Finally, joining Sigma Alpha is a great opportunity to get to know other women with similar passions and goals. We are always striving to strengthen the bonds of friendship and sisterhood among our members. We hold social events as well as sisterhood workshops, and are always learning new things about our sisters.
We hold professional, philanthropic, social and fundraising events each quarter.
Some of our professional events in the past have been hosting an alumni panel to talk about their current careers and the paths they took that got them there, having UC Davis professors come to speak to us about their research and how to be more involved in the world of agriculture,
Our personal philanthropy is ag in the classroom where we volunteer at local elementary and middle schools to help educate children about agriculture and what it entails. We also volunteered at phoenix ranch a non profit animal shelter, as well as the Yisrael family urban farm to help provide support and labor for these up and coming businesses.
Our socials have featured yearly holiday parties including thanksgiving dinners and white elephant gift exchanges. We also host a formal event each year during winter quarter where our members get dressed up and go out to dinner and dancing. In addition we hold unofficial social events that our members are invited to, but not required to, attend such as; hiking Lake Rerryessa, frozen yogurt outings, trips to Point Reyes, and movie nights.
Plans for the Year
This upcoming year we are planning on establishing a relationship with Slow Food where we will collaborate with them in hosting an event which we hope to host every year. Professionally we are going to hold a personality workshop to better understand personal shortcomings and advantages and how best to manipulate them. We also have have pumpkin carving and other holiday party socials planned for fall quarter. We also plan on becoming even more involved with greek life here on campus and organizing socials between groups
Benefits of Being Involved with Sigma Alpha
We are the only professional agricultural sorority on campus. Joining us enables members to learn about agriculture in a hands on and tangible way and how to use this information to work towards professional careers with actual experience behind them. In addition we have a large network of alumni who can be found across the United States and who offer internships and potential jobs to our members. Finally being a member of Sigma Alpha carries a weight behind it that professors and future potential employers respect.
Sigma Alpha’s Collaborations with other Student Organizations
We have worked with other greek organizations in competitions such as greek week and GI Theta Chi. We are also members of PFSC and participate in the yearly BPFG games with other professional fraternities and sororities.
Sigma Alpha’s Contributions to the Community
Sigma Alpha contributes to campus community through participation in campus held events such as Greek Week where we volunteered time to clean up campus, we also participate in the buzz set up shifts. Additionally we require members to be involved in outside activities such that our members are actively participating in all facets of what UC Davis has to offer.
Awards and Recognition
Our chapter has won awards from our national board such as the emerald award which recognizes the girls in our chapter who have a GPA over 3.8
Our mascot is the baby bull
Our colors are emerald and maize
Our flower is the yellow chrysanthemum
Our jewel is an emerald
We are members of the Professional Fraternity Association
How to Get Involved with Sigma Alpha
We hold recruitment on the second week of fall and spring quarter, anyone interested is invited to attend the scheduled recruitment events
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