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Fall Recrutiment 2017!
September 05, 2017

Posted by Chelsea Carpenter

Check out our Youtube Channel for our new recruitment video!


Sister of the Month!
March 06, 2017

Posted by Chelsea Carpenter

This year, the Theta chapter will be featuring outstanding sisters who have excelled in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship! The sister who has received “Sister of the month” will be recognized on all platforms of our social media and will be given a small gift! The sister will be announced at the beginning of every month! Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates!


End of Spring Semester 2015
April 21, 2015

Posted by Kristen Walker

With only one week of classes left last night was our chapter’s last meeting of the semester. Our amazing Professional Chair, Lynsey, planned a Dinner Etiquette class for us complete with delicious food! We also watched the senior slideshow for all of our seniors graduating this semester. We will miss those girls so much! Although summer is just around the corner, it will be no time before we are back in the fall at Retreat! Hope everyone does well on their finals and has a great summer!


Spring 2015 Activation
April 14, 2015

Posted by Kristen Walker

Last night, April 13, we activated 10 new girls into our chapter! They gave their bigs their paddles and we welcomed them into the chapter with open arms! We can’t wait to see what they do in Sigma Alpha and all the friendships that will be made!!


Spring Rush Week 2015!
January 21, 2015

Posted by Kristen Walker

Spring rush has officially began for the Theta Chapter! We started Rush Week last night with Meet & Greet, and had lots of prospective sisters show up! It was super fun and we cannot wait to meet them all! Rush continues tonight with Secret Event Night! Hint: it involes tons of sheets and pajamas! Can’t wait! Thursday is Philanthropy Night and Friday is the popular Dinner with the Sisters! Can’t wait for more fun and excitement this week!


End of Fall Semester 2014
December 05, 2014

Posted by Kristen Walker

Another great semester for the ladies of Sigma Alpha, Theta Chapter is in the books! We activated 10 fabulous new girls into the chapter and had a semester full of events and fun times! We participated in homecoming in October with the men of Beta Theta Pi, and got first place in small group overall! We elected a new executive board and new officers, and are extremely excited about another semester coming up and another year with new leadership!


End of Spring Semester
May 02, 2014

Posted by Molly Cotham

Sigma Alpha Theta had an amazing year! We activated 11 new sisters this spring semester and are so proud of all of the girls. We are very excited to see what next year holds for our sisterhood!


Agventures
April 15, 2014

Posted by Molly Cotham

After weeks of planning our Agventures event, we had such a successful turnout! We teamed with Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity to put together an event where grade school kids could come out and learn about all thing agriculture. We had many barn animals, wildlife pelts, and activities concerning all of the stations. This event will hopefully be an annual affair so, hope to see you next year!


An Ending to Spring 2013
June 26, 2013

Posted by Megan Godfrey

Another successful semester for the ladies of Sigma Alpha has been completed.
After the initiation of our new ladies, we had our leadership conference February 15-16.
We had our first men’s basketball game sisterhood on Tuesday the 26th. It was so much fun watching the men beat Florida. We had many ladies come out and support our team.
April 7th was our annual Easter Sisterhood. We met in the University of Tennessee Gardens for a cookout, Easter Egg hunt, and to exchange our final Sneaky Bunny gifts.
The 12th was Relay for Life. We set up our tent and sold Petro’s in a Bag. We got Fritos chips and put chili plus toppings into the bag for a tasty snack. Everyone stayed at least 3 hours, but many sisters stayed the whole night!
The next day was Alpha Gamma Rho’s 7th Annual Water War’s and our Formal. This is AGR’s biggest philanthropy of the year and all the proceeds go towards St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Formal this year was held on a River Boat complete with dinner and dancing!!
On April 25th was our yearly Sigma Alpha Stud Auction. This is one of our major fundraisers. We persuaded a few gentlemen to allow us to auction them off to the highest bidder. Then each lucky lady who won a guy got to go out on a lovely date that has already been set up by our sisters. This was the first year Stud Auction was held in the Brehm Animal Science Building arena.
This was a very eventful semester and we all are looking forward to another this Fall!


Rush Spring 2013
February 22, 2013

Posted by Megan Godfrey

The last two weeks have been very busy for the Theta chapter of Sigma Alpha. During the week of January 28-February 1, we were hard at work recruiting new members for our chapter.

On Monday, we hosted an information night on campus. We played icebreaker games, taught the girls about the history of Sigma Alpha, and enjoyed pizza and snacks. On Tuesday, we taught the rushes about our participation in philanthropies including Ag in the Classroom, our national philanthropy. We also braided friendship bracelets to deliver to the Children’s Hospital at a later date. Wednesday we split into small groups and went to local restaurants for dinner. This is usually a favorite among our rushes. Thursday we went to an ice skating rink. Those of us who are more “balance-challenged” were able to socialize by the fireplace instead. On Friday, our final night of rush, we had a girls’ night in and watched Pitch Perfect while enjoying popcorn and soft drinks. We had so much fun getting to know our new girls!

In the end, we decided to invite thirteen girls to join Sigma Alpha. On Monday, February 11, we initiated all thirteen of them into our Membership Candidate Education Program. We are very proud of all of our new girls and are looking forward to seeing what each of them brings to our chapter!

Thank you to Sarah Howard for providing this news post.


Spring Into 2013
January 30, 2013

Posted by Megan Godfrey

As we enter the New Year, we come forth with new ideas and exciting events that will make 2013 one of the best years for the Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha yet!

2012 closed with the election of a new Executive Board and Chair Positions. Leading us as President is the wonderful Sarah Howard, and completing the exec board are Alyssa Clements as 1st Vice, Kaysie Jennings as 2nd Vice, Adrienne Myers as Secretary, Emily Shearin as Treasurer, and MiKayla Goodman as Rush Chair.

Elected as chair positions were Amber West as Philanthropy Chair, Carly O’Connell as Sisterhood Chair, Sarah Hargrove as Public Relations Chair, Julie Skaggs as Social Chair, Lockard Cassity as Fundraising Chair, Megan Moore as Professional Chair, Erin Brinkley as Scholarship Chair, Megan Godfrey as Webmaster, Shelby Mendoza as Chaplain, Jessie Tipton as Alumni Relations Chair, Libby Schwartz as Historian, Ravin Thomasson as Homecoming Chair, and Sharena Domingo as Smokey’s Howl Chair. Congratulations to all of the sisters elected to positions!

The end of 2012 also brought forth the exciting opportunity to have a National Visit with our regional consultant Carly Earp. During the visit our members took part in many activities that promoted communication, problem-solving, and leadership abilities. Our chapter was also given the chance to make short-term and long-term goals for the future of the Theta chapter that we hope to implement throughout the next year. Although we are sad to see Carly go, our members are grateful for all the help and knowledge she gave us over the years and we are excited to welcome our new regional consultant, Lisa Jackson.

The beginning of 2013 started out with our annual Spring Retreat, however this year things were a bit different as retreat was held in Knoxville on campus instead of a cabin in the mountains. Nonetheless, all of our sisters had a great time catching up with one another after the long Christmas break and discussing future plans for the semester.

Friday night all of our sisters gathered at Wasabi Steakhouse to enjoy a Japanese meal cooked in front of us at our table that left us entertained AND stuffed! Afterward, we were invited by our sisterhood chair, Carly, to attend a bowling sisterhood at the UC Down Under recreation area. The next morning we met bright and early to begin business for the semester. After our executive committee discussed our new risk management policy and important dates for the semester, our members chose what committees they would like to be placed on, and then broke into their committee groups to discuss plans with each chair holder. After lunch, our chairs announced their plans for the remainder of the semester.

Sisterhood Chair Carly O’Connell was first to speak, and announced several new and exciting sisterhoods planned for the semester, such as a UT Basketball game Sisterhood in February and Trivia Night at Mellow Mushroom in March.

Next, Julie Skaggs informed members of upcoming social events she has planned, a mixer with Beta Epsilon Pi and Spring Formal occurring in mid-April. Julie also requested of co-chair for the semester, and Macy McGuire was elected for the job. Congratulations Macy!

Lockard Cassity also told us about the various fundraising events we would be participating in this semester, such as our Stud Auction, and important due dates regarding Men of the Ag Campus Calendar sales and dates for Stud Auction.

Sarah Hargrove, our PR Chair, spoke next and showed us the mock up for our Spring Rush shirts. They will be purple with our letters on front and will include a chevron design on the back. Other t-shirt and apparel options were discussed as well and possibilities included were monogrammed keychains and croakies.

Philanthropy Chair Amber West spoke next, and excited us with her many opportunities for active and inactive philanthropies she has planned for the semester, including visiting a local nursing home close to Valentine’s Day, participating in Relay for Life and Ag in the Classroom, as well as being able to take part in blood drives.

And of course, no retreat would be complete without some Mums!

Since retreat, the Theta chapter has been very busy in January with all of its activities. Currently, we are selling our Men of the Ag Campus Calendar and the last week of the month signals the beginning of Rush Week. Other upcoming events include a Valentine Party Sisterhood on February 10th, a philanthropy opportunity where we will visit a local nursing home on February 13th, and the Alpha Gamma Rho/Sigma Alpha Leadership Seminar in Nashville, TN on February 15-17 that several of our members are going to be attending this year.

We are all looking forward to a great semester as Sigma Alpha starts out the new 2013 year with exciting events and new opportunities.

Thank you to Emily Shearin for providing this news post.


Another Successful Semester!
November 26, 2012

Posted by MiKayla Goodman

With the semester coming to the end, we can now say that this semester has been busy yet successful. We attended National Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, participated in many philanthropy events, celebrated 22 years, pushed through a hectic Homecoming week, and activated a fabulous Membership Candidate class.

The National Conference was attended by three of our very own: Lockard Cassity, MiKayla Goodman, and Brenna Goodwin. They flew to Omaha, Nebraska during their Fall Break in order to participate in the National Conference. To their surprise they ended up bringing 4 awards home with them. Emerald Chapter, Best Website, Best Scrapbook, and the Founders Cup were all awarded to Sigma Alpha – Theta Chapter. All the girls were very excited to learn that for the first time, they had received the Founders Cup!

Philanthropy events that the ladies of Sigma Alpha participated in this semester include Race for the Cure, Boo at the Zoo, and cooking dinner at the Ronald McDonald House. The sisters have been very active in the community this semester.

October 7, 2012 marked 22 years for the Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha. We celebrated with a luncheon at Calhoun’s on the River. Awards were given out to outstanding sisters, and parents were encouraged to attend.

This semester the ladies also participated in UT’s Homecoming Week with the men of FarmHouse. The theme was Trojans: Ancient History. They all worked hard on completing a banner, float, cheer competition, and many other events. They did not place overall; however, they did win third place for their float. All in all, many memories were made, and it was a Homecoming to remember.

Finally, 14 beautiful ladies were activated into Sigma Alpha after completing all the Membership Candidate requirements. The sorority is very excited to see what is in store for them as they head into a new semester.


Rush Fall 2012
August 27, 2012

Posted by MiKayla Goodman

It is that time of year again! Sigma Alpha – Theta Chapter is holding its Fall 2012 Rush. Any interested girls should check us out in the Hollingsworth breezeway from August 27th to August 31st. Sisters will be sitting at an information booth to let anyone know what we are all about! Our rush week events start September 4th and run until September 7th.

Tuesday September 4th – Ice Breakers at 6:30 pm

Wednesday September 5th – Laser Tag at 6:15 pm

Thursday September 6th – Pool Party at 6:15 pm

Friday September 7th – Dinner with the Sisters at 6:00 pm

Check out our calender at http://utksigmaalpha.com/events for more information!


Spring Fever!
April 17, 2012

Posted by Marsha Bartholomay

Another semester is almost over and it has been a busy springtime for our sisters. The rush of spring activities began at the end of March with our annual Ag in the Classroom philanthropy. This year we went to Inskip Elementary School to teach 4th graders about dairy. We began our hour segment by talking about where milk comes from and brainstorming all of the different products that come from cattle. Then we made ice cream in plastic bags. At the end of the hour we asked the students what they had learned, and they seem to have retained a lot of the information we went over.

The last weekend of March, we had our Spring Formal. We all dressed up and went out to Pigeon Forge, TN to see “Who Dunnit, Lucy” at the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show. We had a very fun evening. The show was so cheesy you couldn’t help but laugh and the food was pretty good too. Then that very same weekend we had our Easter themed Sisterhood. Sunday afternoon we met at the University of Tennessee Gardens for a cookout and to exchange our final Sneaky Bunny presents. Sneaky Bunny is sort of like Secret Santa, but with three gifts ($5, $10, & $20) spread out over three weeks. Normally we play lots of fun games at Easter Sisterhood, but this year’s festivities were cut short by some rather unwelcome rain. Although, we did manage to have an Easter Egg Hunt before the clouds rolled in. Then on the Tuesday following Easter, the gentlemen of Farmhouse and our sisters got together for our annual Easter Dinner. Everyone brought lots of food to share and it was all delicious.

This past weekend our sisters participated in Relay for Life. This year’s Relay theme was different countries from around the world. Our sorority chose to be from Egypt. For our fundraiser we sold bottled water from the Nile River and mummy treats (hotdogs rolled up in crescent rolls to look like mummies). We also had a Cake Walk Like an Egyptian ever hour throughout the night. One of our membership candidates, Carly O’Connell, designed some pretty awesome shirts for everyone to wear that night.

This week we are participating in Alpha Gamma Rho’s 6th Annual Water Wars. This is AGR’s biggest philanthropy of the year and all the proceeds go to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And on Thursday next week we will be hosting our yearly Sigma Alpha Stud Auction. This is one of our main fundraisers for the sorority. We persuade a few gentlemen to allow us to auction them off to the highest bidder. Then each lucky lady who wins a guy gets to go out on a lovely date that has already been set up by our sisters. We have been tirelessly collecting date packages for the past couple of months, and there are some really great places that have donated to the cause including: Ripley’s Aquarium, P.F. Chang’s, Red Lobster, Blake Jones Racing Center, Lazer Tag, Macaroni Grill, and many more.

Spring Formal 2012


The Blues Brothers (and Sisters) come to Knoxville!
March 06, 2012

Posted by Marsha Bartholomay

Recently the members of the Theta chapter of Sigma Alpha had an awesome opportunity to showcase our creative side as we participated in All-Sing with our brother fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho. All-Sing is an event put on by the ACE (All Campus Events) committee at the University of Tennessee every spring. A theme is chosen and each group presents their interpretation of that theme in a choir-like setting. The overall theme this year was “ACE, ACE Baby: All-Sing Through the Decades,” because this is the University of Tennessee’s eightieth anniversary of holding All-Sing. Going along with this, our group decided to use music from The Blues Brothers movie, including songs such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Soul Man,” and “Respect.”

In All-Sing, everything is built from the ground up. We had to select music, design costumes and lighting, decide on stage placement, and even write choreography for our performance. We had less than one month to get all of these aspects together. With nine boys and twelve girls participating, we really had our hands full! We held practices twice each week leading up to All-Sing and every night the week of the performance. Although it was a lot of hard work, spending so much time together was a great way for us to meet the members of Alpha Gamma Rho.

The night of the performance we were able to watch some of the other groups before it was our turn. They were fun to watch, but it also made us very nervous! I am pleased to say that night we had our best performance yet. The crowd loved our show and we had so much fun displaying it for them. At the awards ceremony, our efforts were rewarded with a large first place trophy for our division! I couldn’t be prouder of the group of ladies and gentlemen that I was so privileged to work with and hope that we can make All-Sing a standing tradition for our sorority.

Thank you to Sarah Howard for providing this news post.


You're the App for That! AGREALS 2012
February 27, 2012

Posted by Marsha Bartholomay

I am so excited that I was able to attend the AGR-SA Leadership Conference this year in Atlanta, GA.
When a group of us decided that we would be attending the conference the entire sorority put in an effort to make our goal of going to Atlanta a success. The sorority held a bake sale for 3 days to help raise money for the event.

We left way too early in the morning on our epic adventure down to Atlanta, so we could make it to the conference in time! After stopping for breakfast at Cracker Barrel, we finally made it to the conference just in time for it to start.

The first event was the Welcome session. This year’s theme was “You’re the App for That”. Social media was a big deal, and really got us more involved in our own chapter’s competition for the Webby Award (which I plan on winning). After a get-to-know-you game or two and some fun mingling with some of the Alpha Gamma Rho brothers and other chapters of Sigma Alpha we went to the breakout sessions.

My first session was “Knowing Yourself”. This focused on us, and how our personalities worked on a social level as a leader and a member of the groups we belonged in. I thought I knew myself pretty well, and when I was told that I am an expressive leader, I knew that it was right on the dot. This session also focused on how to interact with people of other personalities.

Then we went to another breakout session, this time I went to the session “Career Mapping”. This helped me put into perspective what I want to do when I graduate. This made me consider everything I have to finish in order to go to graduate school next year.

As the group came back together we had a Risk Management session and discussed as Sigma Alpha and Alpha Gamma Rho members how to handle situations on alcohol, hazing, and other problems that we could encounter in the Greek system. Following the risk management seminar, we had a great dinner provided to us by the Holiday Inn. And listened to a presentation by Monsanto.

We started day 2 of the Leadership Conference with breakfast. During breakfast they gave us a chance to mingle with other people not associated with our own chapter. The facilitators would ask us questions and we would explain our chapter’s best practices to the others at our table.

Than we broke into sessions again like we had the day prior. First, I went to “Failing & Adapting”. In this, we realized that we will have obstacles we need to overcome before we finally reach our final goal and it’s okay because “failure is mandatory in finding success”. It was great to learn that the obstacles in life are mandatory and something to learn from and not get stuck on.

After this I attended the “Branding and Selling Yourself” workshop, this one was fun because we learned about how major cooperation’s brand themselves and try to make a known brand to sell, and how we can do that with ourselves as we try and go into the world to pursue jobs.

Our very own Erica Jenkins was Master of Ceremonies for the Luncheon and we watched as she did a great job introducing the speakers. At this lunch she introduced Maria Navarro a International Agriculturalist, who was given the Agriculture Advocate Award. She was a great speaker and spoke on doing exactly what I want to do with my career. Following lunch we had a session on “Flex Communication and Media Relations” where we focused on how to deal with media when they ask tough questions.

Then we had the Sigma Alpha session and closing ceremonies. This gave us a great closing to the end of the weekend where we learned a lot, made many professional connections, and had tons of fun.

Thank you to Laura Roddy for providing this news post.


Rush Week Festivities!
February 06, 2012

Posted by Marsha Bartholomay

The Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha has not let any grass grow under their feet since planning out the spring 2012 semester at retreat! Immediately following retreat, Sigma Alpha Rush Information Week took place. During this time there was a booth set up on campus for ladies interested in Sigma Alpha to ask questions and talk to the active sisters. This semester was nothing short of a success as our girls pulled in twenty-five girls who showed an interest in rushing in the spring semester!

Following Information Week, we hosted the interested ladies for Rush Week. During Rush Week many activities took place, allowing the new girls to get to know the current members of the Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha.

On the first night of Rush, the group played “Minute to Win It” games and ate junk food. In one of the games our very own, Brittany Mitchell showed that she was in fact the “Cookie Queen”, defending her title as champion of “Face the Cookie!” Check out the video at the bottom of the page to see her in action. This night was undoubtedly a good time that allowed everyone to open up and set the tone for the rest of the week!

Tuesday night the ladies met up for the highly anticipated “Dinner with the Sisters.” This year we had groups that went to Chili’s, Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden, and Agave Azul. The atmosphere for this event was great, allowing the sorority to break into smaller groups and get to know the new ladies even better.

Everyone got together on Wednesday night for a fun game of laser tag! There were plenty of ladies participating in the game, but the highlights of the night had to be the excitement of the results of the game. Our overall winner was Samantha Woodruff. Despite the outcome of the game, there was a good time had by all.

Thursday night, we all went ice skating together, which was a cold but fabulous time!

The final night of Rush Week was the always popular “Amazing Race: Sigma Alpha Style.” During this event the ladies were given tasks such as finding a Tennessee quarter or hugging a guy in Farmhouse Fraternity. The night was a great end to an exciting rush week!

Overall Rush Week was a success thanks to all of the lovely ladies who showed interest and to all of the Sigma Alpha sisters who participated in the events!

Thank you to Kaysie Jennings for providing this new post.


A New Semester and New Opportunities
February 06, 2012

Posted by Marsha Bartholomay

The Theta chapter of Sigma Alpha started the spring 2012 semester off by attending retreat during the weekend of January 20. It was a weekend full of laughs and bonding. After settling into the cabin, which was located in the mountains of pigeon forge, much of what was to happen for the rest of the semester was planned out. Committees were picked and then met briefly with their chairperson.

The first committee to speak was the sisterhood committee which is headed by Brittany Mitchell. Sisterhoods for the semester include a Sigma Alpha date night, a Disney sisterhood, 80’s workout night, and of course the annual Easter sisterhood.

Philanthropy chair Brittni Corder was the next person to speak on ideas for the semester. Brittni gave many ideas to choose from regarding possible philanthropy credit. These ideas included volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house, campus blood drives, participating in the UTCVM’s Feral Fixings program, a possible raffle, and our annual Ag in the Classroom philanthropy.

Laura Roddy, who is Social chair, then spoke on her ideas for the semester. Formal was discussed. This semester formal will be a murder mystery dinner that will take place in the pigeon forge area.

Next, the fundraising chair, Deanna Ingle, spoke about fundraising opportunities for the semester. Fundraisers are to include the annual Men of the Ag Campus Calendar, a bake sale, a clothes swap with Gamma Sigma Sigma, and the annual Stud Auction.
The professional chair, Alyssa Clements gave a few great ideas for the semester. These included teaching about how to correctly do documents such as resumes, cover letters, and personal statements.

The last chair to speak was the webmaster Marsha Bartholomay. She announced that an award will be given at the end of the semester for whoever posts the most about Sigma Alpha on our website, Facebook page, and Twitter.

Retreat ended with the sisters eating at Huck Finn’s in pigeon forge and then going to see Beauty and the Beast 3D afterwards.

Since coming back from retreat a lot has been going on for the Theta chapter of Sigma Alpha. The annual Men of the Ag Campus Calendar was a hit as usual. And, within the shortened month of January, Sigma Alpha was privileged to be asked to participate in two separate events by our two brother fraternities. During our first meeting on January 23, 2012, the men of Alpha Gamma Rho asked the Theta chapter to participate in All Sing. After voting the ladies decided to accept the invitation. The following week on January 30, 2010, the Theta chapter was asked to participate in Homecoming 2012 with Farmhouse Fraternity. The fact that Farmhouse brought in a beautifully decorated cookie cake definitely helped to sway the hearts of the ladies. After voting it was decided that we would indeed do Homecoming with Farmhouse Fraternity.

So as you can see, the Theta chapter of Sigma Alpha has a busy semester planned with many new refreshing opportunities ahead.

Thank you to Brittany Mitchell for providing this news post.


Congratulations Alpha Sigma Pledge Class!
November 16, 2011

Posted by Marsha Bartholomay

A hearty congratulations are in order for our newly activated sisters of Sigma Alpha Theta. These lucky ladies officially joined our sorority on Monday, November 14 as the Alpha Sigma pledge class, and are our only pledge class that has the distinction of being palindromic. After the activation ceremony, the new girls gave us quite a performance for their class skit. That was by far the best rendition of ‘Party Rock Anthem’ I’ve ever heard. And the special effects were awesome! You can check it out for yourself below.

Activation means that we are coming up on the end of the semester. We only have two meetings left, but they are a couple of the most fun meetings we have during the year: Thanksgiving dinner with Farmhouse and our Christmas party. Also this week, we’re having sisterhood on Thursday and Formal on Friday. This year’s Formal theme is Masquerade Ball. Additionally the end of fall semester signals election time for the sorority. This week we elected our new executive board and next week will be chair positions. Congratulations to Brenna Goodwin, Kathryn Herbert, Breanna Scott, Lauren Colby, Cassie Hornick, and Kaysie Jennings for being elected as our new executive board and good luck to those who are running for chair positions.


Clash of the Tennesseans! Homecoming 2011
November 07, 2011

Posted by Marsha Bartholomay

With a resounding victory over MTSU by our beloved Tennessee Volunteers, we can rest easy now that Homecoming 2011 is over. It has certainly been a busy week for the ladies of Sigma Alpha and our brothers over at Farmhouse fraternity.

Our homecoming festivities actually began two weeks ago when we began painting our small banner for homecoming competitions. We hung it up on the stadium last Sunday, and it looks great. Also last Sunday, we participated in the Anything Goes competition. There were five events for Anything Goes: Tug-of-war, Jousting, Human Pyramid, Can Castle, and the Relay Race/Obstacle Course. We may not have won this competition, but our very own Sam Woodruff kicked butt and won the jousting event. On Tuesday some of our Farmhouse brothers competed in the basketball tournament and did fairly well. Wednesday night seven Sigma Alpha sisters and seven Farmhouse brothers competed in the Smokey’s Howl competition. They had been practicing their routine for two weeks, and it was great. During the week, we painted the windows of the BP gas station on the Strip and worked diligently building, pomping, and gluing our float. Thursday night proved to be a great chance for us to bond with Farmhouse as we worked well past the wee hours of the morning and into early afternoon. But it was worth it because our float looked great!

On Saturday a big group of us went to the Homecoming game to cheer our Volunteers to victory, and to see how we placed in the competitions. During halftime the winners of each category were announced along with the overall winners. We did pretty well. We got first place with our small banner, second place in small float, third with our window, and third place overall!

Now we are in the final stretches of the semester with about a month to go. But we still have lots of exciting Sigma Alpha events coming up.


Founder's Day 2011
October 24, 2011

Posted by Marsha Bartholomay

This year was our 21st annual Founder’s Day and the banquet was held at the Crowne Hotel on Sunday October 16. The introduction was given by Chelsey Smith, our Chapter President, and this is where she introduced the sorority to all the guests that attended and talked about all the things we had done this past year.

Every year awards are given to those sisters who show the most dedication and sigma alpha spirit in their rush class, and there is also an award given for the best sister overall. This year best sister overall was awarded to our President, Chelsey Smith, best senior was awarded to Melody Ratliff, best junior was given to Clare Barker, best sophomore was awarded to Alyssa Clements, and best rush was awarded to Brittany Mitchell. There was also a special award presented to our advisor, Mrs. Gray, for all her help.

Our biggest philanthropies this year were our national philanthropy Ag in the Classroom, and cooking dinner and other small forms of support for Ronald McDonald House. There was also recognition given to those who work the hardest and devote the most time to our philanthropies. These awards were given to Alexis Maneese, Cassie Honick, Kathryn Herbert, Marissa Amos, Sarah Orr, and Austin Leedy.

The seniors graduating in either December 2011 or May 2012 were also recognized and presented with farewell gifts. Our graduating seniors are: Katie Anders, Marsha Bartholomay, Kristin Collins-Kindall, Melissa Edwards, Ashley Ellis, Erica Jenkins, Kim King, Austin Leedy, Dana Partington, Porsha Poland, Niki Presgraves, Melody Ratliff, Chelsey Smith, Katie Styke, and Sam Woodruff.

Thanks to Porsha Poland for providing this news post on Founder’s Day.


National Convention 2011
October 21, 2011

Posted by Marsha Bartholomay

This October, five ladies of the Theta chapter, Chelsey Smith, Laura Roddy, Erica Jenkins, Brenna Goodwin and Becky Hill, braved our nation’s capital as they travelled to Washington, D.C. for the 2011 Sigma Alpha National Convention. Due to school work and exams, these delegates were unable to leave until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday night. However, their commitment to Convention was so great that they drove all through the night – almost nine hours to get to D.C., arriving at Theta Alumnae Sam Nagurny’s house at 3 a.m. After passing out in their beds, the delegates woke up at 5 a.m. to get ready and brave early morning rush hour into D.C. to the Sheraton National in Downtown D.C. where the Convention was being held.

After dodging numerous crazy drivers and navigating through toll roads, the ladies arrived in plenty of time for the opening morning ceremonies. After the morning speakers, the delegates started off with Round Table sessions with topics ranging from internship opportunities with Monsanto to tips for an effective resume.

The day continued with a session from Chief AGR Recruiter Josh Wackler on practical ways to get quality membership candidates. This dynamic speaker used engaging and applicable information for attendees to take home and implement in their own chapters.

During lunch, Jay Strybis of Chaptercore, the new website provider, spoke about the new web designs and featured the Theta Chapter in his powerpoint as the first chapter to have a new website design.

Friday also included a Regional Town Hall meeting. During the meeting, the Theta delegates had the opportunity to discuss the strengths and weakness of the chapter with other chapter representatives and learn better methods for accomplishing goals.

Although they were worn out from a long day, the Theta delegates would not be deterred from investigating downtown D.C. With alumnae Sam Nagurny serving as a guide, the ladies successfully navigated the metro and the downtown area.

Saturday was equally busy with workshops on sisterhood and guest speaker Denis Avery, who spoke on the future of farming.

On Sunday morning, the Theta ladies made the long drive back to Knoxville, Tennessee. They came home with many skills ranging from throwing change in tolls booths to better recruitment methods. They were all exhausted but agreed that it was both a rewarding and exciting trip. All concluded that it was gratifying to be able to connect with one another and two Theta alumnae – Hayley Grinder and Sam Nagury.

Thanks to Erica Jenkins for providing this news post on her National Convention experience.


October is going to be a Busy Month
October 05, 2011

Posted by Marsha Bartholomay

This week is turning out to be quite a busy week for the ladies of Sigma Alpha Theta. Not only is our new website now up and running, but lots of other events are going on as well.

Last night we debuted our new chapter website and it looks great! We’d like to give a big thank you to Chaptercore for getting our site up so quickly and doing such a great job with the design.

Also, we have two events going on today. We just finished up selling hamburger lunches at the CASNR career fair. Participants at the career fair were able to enjoy a Copper Cellar hamburger, chips, cookie, and a drink; all for only $5! And this evening a group of us will be going over to the Ronald McDonald House to prepare dinner for the families staying there. This is a philanthropy that we perform about once a month, all year long.

And finally, tomorrow morning a bunch of our sisters will be heading up to Arlington, Virginia for the Sigma Alpha National Convention. This year’s convention theme is “What We Have Never Loses Value: Professionalism, Leadership, Sisterhood”. We hope these ladies have lots of fun and bring some good ideas back to our chapter.

We’ve barely cracked into October, and it’s already turning out to be quite a busy month. We have lots more planned for the upcoming weeks, so stayed tuned.


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