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Day of Service: Saturday, April 4, 2020

 
Apply to be a City Lead

Continuing with the success in 2019, we will again be having City Lead volunteers coordinate events for collegians and alumnae in their cities. Training and supplemental material will be available for members that are chosen. Applications are due Monday, October 28.

Interested in applying? Fill out the form below.

 
Responsibilities of a City Lead
  • Prepare to spend 15-20 hours total in planning the event, including training and phone updates with the programming team
  • Be available on Saturday, April 4, onsite at their city event
  • Open to all alumnae or collegiate member

 

Sharing your experience with #SKserves brings even more awareness to the day. More to come at the beginning of 2020, but for now, mark Saturday, April 4, 2020 on your calendar. For questions about the 2020 Day of Service, contact Lindsey Medenwaldt, director of service, at dos@sigmakappa.org.

  

Day of Service City Lead Application

Have you participated in Day of Service in the past? (No prior participation is required.)
Can you commit to approximately 15-20 hours (total) for planning and implementing a service project?
Regional Leadership Conference

It’s been five years since our first winter-hosted Regional Leadership Conferences (RLCs). The feedback that we have received in recent years from our attendees and facilitators has indicated that it’s time for a change to this experience. The national headquarters staff has been hard at work collecting quantitative and qualitative information from our collegiate members and used that feedback to make significant changes for the 2020 RLCs.

Here is what you need to know about what is to come:

  • All officer nuts and bolts training will be removed from the RLCs. We are excited to offer virtual training sessions, via Zoom meeting, in late fall that will help facilitate comprehensive role-specific learning for each officer. These sessions will also foster relationships between chapter leaders and the national volunteers who support them. More details will be available in the coming weeks.
  • The 2020 RLCs will shift the focus to solely leadership and personal skill development, focusing on the five member development competencies developed in 2016 that are used by Sigma Kappa:
    •  - Career Readiness
    •  - Holistic Personal Wellness
    •  - Meaningful Relationships
    •  - National & Global Citizenship
    •  - Self-Awareness & Development
  • Each chapter will be expected to send ten members from their chapters. The only two individuals required to attend are the chapter president and advisory board supervisor. The remaining eight spots can be filled by any member of the chapter. Officers and non-officers are all welcome, and who each chapter brings is up to them!

 

2020 RLC Dates and Locations

 

Registration is open now through December 2. Contact your chapter president if you need to register.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How should my chapter decide who attends the RLCs?

 

With the changes coming to the RLCs in 2020, any of your chapter members can attend! If your chapter is having trouble choosing who to send, here are a few ideas for you to try:

 

  • Have interested members submit letters of interest to the chapter president to read at an upcoming chapter meeting. Your chapter can vote on who to send based on the letters of interest.
  • Write down the the names of all members interested in attending on slips of paper and draw their names out of a hat. Those names that are drawn are the ones who will attend.
  • Allow chapter members to nominate members who they think should attend the RLCs based on their leadership potential.

Remind your chapter members that they don’t need the label of an officer title to make a difference in the chapter, and that attending the RLCs should be something open to everyone!

 

What do attendees at the RLCs need to wear?

We are encouraging RLC attendees to have some fun with their attire in 2020 by participating in some themed days! Here are the suggested attire expectations:

  • Friday – Travel to the RLCs representing your school spirit! College or university themed clothing is suggested for this day.
  • Saturday – Show us what makes you feel empowered as a woman! Do you have a favorite superhero or mantra you live by? Allow your attire to reflect that! Please no politically affiliated attire.
  • Sunday – Share your Sigma Kappa spirit! Wear your Sigma Kappa letters proudly as we close out the RLC experience.

 

On all days attendees are encouraged to wear jeans and pack layers as hotel meeting rooms can sometimes be chilly. Clothing items like ripped jeans, pajama pants, slippers, and leggings are not appropriate for the RLCs.

 

What do we do if we experience delays or bad weather while traveling to the RLCs?

When traveling to and from the RLCs, safety is our top priority. Chapters are encouraged to use common carriers for transportation (flying, taking the train or renting a bus) whenever possible to minimize the need for individuals driving. Should your chapter choose to drive, please use the designated/event driver form located in the chapter president resources. If inclement weather impacts travel to or from the RLC, please inform your location’s lead registration staff member and they will help you plan how to remain safe during your travels. 

 

Where are the nuts and bolts going?

All officer nuts and bolts training will be moved into virtual training sessions, via Zoom meetings, in December that will help facilitate comprehensive role-specific learning for each officer. These sessions will also foster relationships between chapter leaders and the national volunteers who support them.

 

Where does chapter action planning happen?

It will be left up to each individual chapter executive council to determine how and when they want to hold a chapter action planning session. Once chapter elections have completed, your new officers can determine how they want to approach this part of building out their goals as a team.

 

Questions

More information about the RLCs is available by contacting: 

Sigma Kappa Volunteer Summit

 

WHEN:

Friday, June 28 – Sunday, June 30, 2019

WHERE:

Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center
1800 Highway 26E
Grapevine, Texas 76051-9641

VENDORS

Coastal Greek | Wooly Threads

SCHEDULE:

Get excited for a full weekend! Our Volunteer Summit schedule is designed to maximize your time and get you the information you need most in order to thrive in your volunteer role. The official program will kick off with breakfast Saturday morning. 

We’re planning three dynamic keynote sessions focused on exploring your strengths using the StrengthsFinder assessment, understanding current trends in higher education and how they impact you as volunteers, and digging into diversity and inclusion and what those topics mean for us as a women’s organization. Add to that two dedicated blocks of time for meeting with your team so you can focus on building those relationships that will help you succeed.

We will conclude the weekend by 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Click here to view our full schedule. We can’t wait to welcome you in Dallas for this full weekend! 

KEYNOTE SESSIONS:

StrengthsFinder
Kirstin DeMartino, PhD

Kirstin DeMartino currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she leads Student Leadership Programs. Prior to her current role, she served as a campus-based fraternity/sorority advisor for nine years.She has earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.E. in Student Affairs from Iowa State University, and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University. Kirstin became a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach in 2018 and her Signature Themes are Adaptability, Communication, Woo, Input and Empathy. She is also an alumna of Alpha Phi.     


Trends in Higher Education

Cassie Gerhardt, PhD

Cassie Gerhardt currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students at the University of North Dakota (UND).  In this role, Cassie provides vision and leadership for student engagement and retention initiatives facilitated by the Memorial Union, Wellness & Health Promotion, Student Diversity & Inclusion, and Student Involvement & Parent Programs.  Cassie chairs the Behavioral Intervention Team and is a member of the Care Team.  

Cassie is an active volunteer for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and currently serves as President of the National Housing Corporation Board.  She is also actively involved in AFA and NASPA.  


Diversity + Inclusion

Sam Centellas

Sam Centellas is the Executive Director and CEO of La Casa de Amistad a Latino Youth and Community Center on the West Side of South Bend, Indiana. He loves working with college students and more importantly fraternities and sororities. He started his own consulting group and travels speaking and working with college students around the country on many topics including hazing, risk management, diversity, eating disorders, and membership accountability. Sam has served on the National Board of Directors for Gamma Sigma Alpha in Los Angeles, the Western Region Greek Association in San Francisco, and his own fraternity, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. in Iowa City and was a founding Board Member of the National Hazing Prevention Organization the organizers of National Hazing Prevention Week.

TRAVEL: 

Ground Transportation: Complimentary ground transportation is available to and from the hotel. You may contact the hotel to request a shuttle in the following ways: by courtesy phones located in baggage claim or by calling the hotel’s main number at 817-481-8444. You will be directed to pick up the van at the airport’s lower level. The shuttle is white with the hotel’s name on the side.

Drivers: For those members driving, there is complimentary parking at the hotel. When driving to the airport, please use this address: 2009 Anderson Gibson Road, Grapevine, TX, 76051.

QUESTIONS:

Travel: Check out the Sigma Kappa’s Travel Policy first, then contact Gina Farrar, meetings and events specialist, 317-381-5511, with questions related to Canyon Creek.

Registration: Contact Sarah Eller, director of alumnae services, 317-381-5518, for changes in your registration.

Programming: Contact Mary Phillips Carlson, director of educational programs, 317-381-5509, with questions regarding the summit agenda or educational topics.

  

Frequently Asked Questions


[Volunteer Summit]

Why should I attend?

This weekend will provide educational experiences to help develop skills that will assist you professionally and as a volunteer. It will be a fun, upbeat weekend of sisterhood, skill development and team training.

 

Is there a cost to attend?

There is no cost to the individual volunteer. Registration fees for all attendees are being paid by the national organization. Flights for advisory board supervisors and recruitment supervisors will be covered by the chapters they support. National volunteers will be covered by the national organization.

 

What if I can’t attend?

Following the weekend, general educational content will be available online to provide post-weekend information and support for attendees.  If you are unable to attend, please let your national council supervisor, volunteer team director or CC and RC know as soon as possible.

 

What will I learn?

This weekend will be a combination of relevant personal skill development and intentional time with your volunteer teams! Keynote sessions throughout the weekend will focus on a variety of areas including StrengthsFinder, diversity and inclusion and trends in higher education. 

Time has been allotted for volunteer teams to meet.

During team meeting time, you will have the opportunity to continue those conversations from the keynote sessions in addition to focusing on relevant training and development for your specific responsibilities.

 

Additional details:

Additional details including shuttle information, what to wear and the final agenda of events will be provided to attendees after registration closes.

 

[Heart Exchange] 

Is this a required exchange to participate in? 

Absolutely not! The Heart Exchange is 100% optional. 

 

How do I sign-up? 

The Heart Exchange sign-up period has closed. 

 

What’s the budget of the item? 

We encourage you keep the gift $20 and under. Remember it’s small and should be easy to travel with to and from Volunteer Summit. 

 

What’s a Heart Partner? 

Your Heart Partner is whom you are getting the gift for. Keep in mind you might have someone different getting you a gift, so you might have two new sisters to meet! 

 

I have no idea what to for a gift. Help! 

We have you covered! Store-bought or hand-made, local or global, there's no restriction on where to get your gift from. Check out our Pinterest page to see get an idea of what might work for your Heart Partner. 

 

Wrapped or Unwrapped?

Up to you. But don’t we all like unwrapping a gift? Keep in mind the gift will be dropped off at registration.  

What do I do with it when I get to Volunteer Summit? 

During registration on-site you will drop off your gift to the staff with your Heart Partner’s name identified on it. From there, the gifts will be organized and ready to give during the One Heart, One Way Soiree. 

 

When will I get my gift and when will my Heart Partner get her gift? 

The One Heart, One Way Soiree will be the place to be! We will have a gift pick-up table during this time for you to pick up your gift. 

 

How do I learn more about my Heart Partner? When will I learn who my Heart Partner is? Will I get to meet them?  

You will be able to find and meet your Heart Partner at the One Heart, One Way Soiree. (If you don’t already know her!)  

 

Should this be a surprise?  

It’s up to you! You can keep it a surprise or reach out to your Heart Partner prior to Volunteer Summit. 

 

I can no longer participate, what do I do? 

Reach out to Sarah Eller, director of alumnae services. 

 

What happens after the Heart Exchange?  

Take a photo and share on Instagram or Facebook. Stay in contact if you would like!  

 

 
 
Week of Giving

Sigma Kappa's nationwide Week of Giving occurs each year during the week of November 9, our Founders' Day. It is a time to celebrate our history of sisterhood and service to others. As alumnae members of Sigma Kappa we have the opportunity to do great things. Sometimes great things come in small ways and random acts of kindness. The Week of Giving gives us an opportunity to celebrate our history of sisterhood and service to others by showing our compassion and understanding of one another. Below are a few suggestions that you can do by yourself, with your family, or as a group or chapter.

 

Join us as we show each other and the community
around us how we live with heart.

Expectations for collegiate chapters have not changed with regard to Week of Giving. Click here for more information (page 16). Sigma Kappa is providing an opportunity for alumnae to also engage in living with heart in their communities. This is also a great chance for collegiate chapters to pair with their alumnae chapter!

 

Send a note or card to a friend (Find a sister here!)
Write thank you notes to local advisors or corporation board members
Bring cookies to a local fire department or police station

 

 

Buy coffee for the person behind you
Rake leaves or mow the lawn for a neighbor
Let someone go in front of you in line

 

 

Visit to a local senior living community
Call or have lunch with a grandparent
Pick up trash at a local park

 

 

Drop off a special treat at a collegiate chapter
Text or call a sister to tell her how much she means to you
Grab coffee or lunch with a sister

 

 

Make a donation to the Sigma Kappa Foundation's 1874 Minutes of Giving
Donate blood at a local blood bank 
Collect books, food or clothes to donate to a local organization

 

 

Share your photos with us using the Week of Giving hashtag or send them to photos@sigmakappa.org.

 

Questions? Contact Lindsey Medenwaldt, director of service.