New National Service Sorority at Roanoke
By Samantha Snead
Gamma Sigma Sigma is a national service sorority that is just starting up on Roanoke’s campus. This new group of initiates is Gamma Sig’s first, so the colony was very excited about expanding its membership.
Rush week for Gamma Sigma Sigma took place last week, and included events each day to give prospective members an opportunity to get to know one another.
Rush week kicked off on Feb. 2, when students met in Pickle for icebreakers and games. The games were geared towards helping members who didn’t know each other get to know their future sisters.
On Tuesday, baked goods went on sale in the Colket Center outside of Commons. Prospective members donated brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and more, all of which sold for $1 each. The money raised from these sales will go towards Gamma Sigma Sigma’s service week, which takes place later in the semester.
Members met up at Healing Strides, a local therapeutic riding ranch, on Wednesday. The sorority works closely with Healing Strides, with several days per week set aside for volunteering there.
Thursday was “Appetizers at Applebee’s” night, where prospective members of Gamma Sigma Sigma met at Applebee’s to get to know each other over a meal.
The week concluded with an evening workout class on Friday. Gamma Sigma Sigma’s Project I.M.P.A.C.T. promotes healthy living.
Finally, initiation into the sorority took place on Saturday, where members gathered in Garrett in Colket Center. Future members-in-training were asked to wear white, while full-fledged members wore black. There was even a male initiate joining the group. Each initiate was given a white rose to symbolize their welcoming into the family, and the ceremony was followed by lots of selfie-taking and dinner in Commons.
Forty-two new initiates attended the ceremony, each of whom made their formal commitment to advancing the sorority’s goals of diversity, equality, and unity in service.