The Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority chapter will be returning to the Penn State University campus next spring following a five-year hiatus from the school.
According to Onward State, the Penn State chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma was closed by its national organization back in 2013 due to low recruitment numbers.
Prior to the closure, Tri Sig had been on the Penn State campus for 25 years. After the chapter was shut down five years ago, the Tri Sig national organization immediately began planning a return to Penn State.
According to Tri Sig Director of Growth Initiatives Katelyn Whitty, the sorority’s return came earlier than expected at the university’s request due to fewer chapters on campus and an unchanged level of interest in sorority recruitment.
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“We’re going to fit in as much as we can into the Panhellenic community,” Whitty said. “But we want to stand out in those ways that are really great: providing leadership opportunities, providing leadership development programming, giving them a place they can grow, and to decide what their traditions will be here at Penn State.”
Tri Sig works with the Sigma Serves Children, which partners with March of Dimes to provide prenatal care and pediatric assistance. Because the chapter is reopening at Penn State, leadership positions are wide open for potential new members.
“I think the best part of being in a new chapter at a large and old school like Penn State is being able to write yourself into the history,” said Ellen Elmore, Tri Sig’s assistant director of new chapter growth. “Thinking about charter classes from 50, 60, or 100 years ago, you get to be that for Tri Sigma here.”
Sigma Sigma Sigma’s formal sorority recruitment for the Panhellenic Council begins on January 29, 2019, and Bid Day is scheduled for February 18, 2019.