Perhaps the largest benefit of joining Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies is the sisterhood. Having sisters to act as mentors and friends can be both rewarding and fun. We hold sisterhood events throughout the semester, such as going to an apple orchard, making tie-dye t-shirts, or having a bonfire. On top of that, there is always someone there to grab lunch or coffee with. Sisters of Alpha Sigma Kappa become life long friends and stay in touch years after they graduate. They've been bridesmaids, godparents, and most of all - best friends.
"I loved the sense of community I felt when attending recruitment events. ASK felt like a great group of potential friends with similar experiences and interests. It made college much easier to adapt to as a freshman."
- Anna Metzger, Beta-Gamma Class
"I always wanted a sister growing up and now I have 40! ASK is a fun, supportive, and loving community that helps me feel connected to others in the face of the enormity of the U of M. I love being a part of this sisterhood of women who want to be their best and help others achieve their best as well."
- Katrina Orthmann, Beta-Gamma Class
Leadership opportunities are abound in sororities, and Alpha Sigma Kappa is no different. Our organization is a smaller group of women, which allows us to offer more opportunities for every Sister and even Candidates to become involved in running our chapter. Sisters may run for executive offices, hold appointed chair positions, and sit on committees, while Candidates may be their Candidate Class representative, and also sit on committees to plan important chapter events. We offer four year-round Executive Board positions including President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as twelve semester-long chair positions. Elections take place in December and May each year.
Many sisters are able to take science and engineering classes together, which allows them to help each other with homework, tests, and studying. There is always someone there to help and we hold study sessions once per week on campus during each semester.
Outside of academics, Candidates receive a Big Sister to help her learn about the sorority and begin to understand her role in it. Big Sisters, along with all the other members, provide help and guidance in every aspect of a sister's life - family, friends, school, jobs.
"I love being a part of ASK because I get to be around amazing women in STEM fields, be more involved in the community, and support philanthropic causes."
- Hannah Warner, Beta-Epsilon Class
"ASK is a group that welcomed me with open arms when I could not find a place to belong to on campus."
- Morgan Stanley, Beta-Epsilon Class
Being a part of something larger than yourself can help you to define who you are. Through helping the Sisterhood to grow and strengthen, you are strengthening your own values, and learning how to set and achieve goals. It is our hope that every Candidate grows as a person during her Candidate semester, even if she chooses not to become a Sister. We help to see this through by providing more than just education about our Sorority and Greek Life during that semester; we offer social get-togethers where Candidates and Active Members alike can hone their social skills and become more personable, more responsible, or whatever other personal goal she has set for herself that semester.
Joining a sorority is a great way to get involved, especially if you take advantage of leadership roles. Alpha Sigma Kappa volunteers with various charities and works together on many philanthropy events. We are also involved with many science and engineering related activities throughout the year.
"It's been a great support system for me! This group has helped me more academically and personally that I ever would have thought!"
- Tess Knezic, Beta-Delta Class