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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Six new members!

Congratulations to:

Elana Bode
Molly Hancock

Emily Koemeter-Cox
Danielle Nase
Brooke Ruhl

Dani Wysocki

The Nu class at the Beta Alpha chapter of University of Maryland, inducted November 23rd, 2009!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Membership Candidate Interviews!

Today was our last day of rush! Congratulations to everybody who was offered an interview. Interviews will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd around 5pm (individual interviews scheduled with Sara). Dress is professional. There is no test, just think on a few things that you think would make you an asset to our sorority. And good luck!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sigma Alpha Information


Sigma Alpha is a professional sorority dedicated to excellence in women pursuing careers in agriculture. The UMD chapter (Beta Alpha chapter) was founded in 2003 and is very active. Sisters participate in professional development workshops, network with industry professionals, participate in philanthropy projects, and build lasting friendships by just having fun! New sisters are welcomed every semester.


Sigma Alpha is open to any undergraduate student with a sincere interest in agriculture. Our group seeks enthusiastic and motivated women looking for others who share their passion. Sisters are expected to be active members and make the sorority a top priority.


To join Sigma Alpha, you must:

  • Have a sincere interest in agriculture
  • Be an undergraduate student
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • Be a member of another organization or work 20+ hours per week

Sisters are expected to:

  • Attend weekly meetings (currently on Monday evenings)
  • Attend some weekend events
  • Work independently and with others outside of meetings to get things done
  • Make the sorority a top priority

New members pay a one-time activation fee of $160 at the time of activation. After activation, dues of $120 per sister are collected each fall. Payment plans are available for sisters that cannot pay their dues in one installment.


  • We DO treat all sisters with kindness and respect. We DON'T participate in hazing of any sort.
  • We DO hang out as friends outside of sorority time, but we DON'T allow consumption of alcohol at any sorority event.
  • We DO help each other out with school work, but we DON'T provide tutoring.
  • We DO enforce attendance.
  • We DO encourage sisters to be members in other organizations, but we DON'T allow sisters to join a social sorority.

Past and present events and projects include:

  • Learning how to interview, dress for the work world, and prepare a resume
  • Attending local and national conferences
  • Meeting and networking with industry professionals
  • Raising money to support charities like Heifer International and others
  • Assembling care packages and writing letters to military families
  • Cleaning up Paint Branch Stream
  • Ag Day Kiss-A-Pig Competition
  • Hosting Mary Kay parties, going out to lunch, and having sleepovers
  • Camping and visiting places like Harpers Ferry
  • Attending mud bogs, shooting trap, driving tractors, and getting our hands dirty!

As always, if you have any questions, contact the rush chair, Sarah, at meagher@umd.edu

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fall 2009 Rush!

Hello everybody! If you are interested in Sigma Alpha at the University of Maryland, you've come to the right place! The sorority is a great place to meet women with similar interests, and make some great friends. To Rush for the sorority, you must attend two of the Rush events. Then, if you are still interested in joining you will do an interview with the sisters of the sorority. After that, if you are accepted, you go through a Membership Candidate process where you learn more about the sorority, it's objectives, vision, etc. Each Rush class does a volunteer event, a fundraiser event, and a social event with the Rush class. This gives you time to decide if you like the sorority and to get to know the women in it.

The Rush schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 8th at 6:30 pm - Ice Cream Party at the Campus Farm
    Meet at the campus farm where you will get a tour and have an Ice Cream party!

  • Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 pm - Alpha Gamma Rho cookout
    Come meet the men in the Agriculture fraternity and get some free food!
    7511 Princeton Avenue

  • Sunday, September 13th at 2:00 pm - Founder's Day Celebration
    Meet some of the Sigma Alpha Alumni on the weekend of our chapter foundation anniversary
    8400 Potomac Avenue

  • Tuesday, September 15th at 5:30 pm - Service Event to Benefit Military Families
    Join us in this service event in Animal Science room 0408

  • Wednesday, September 16th at 5:15 pm - Dairy Farm
    Visit the UMD Dairy Farm! Meet at the campus farm to carpool from there

The Rushes are NOT required to bring any food, money, etc to the events. This is on us! We want to show you what a great sorority Sigma Alpha is!

Save the Date:
The Interviews will probably be scheduled for Tuesday, September 22nd, so keep that in mind as you are making your plans.

Also check out the National Sigma Alpha website.

If you have any questions you can email Sara Meagher, the Rush Chair, at meagher@umd.edu.

Coming up:
Who We Are and Who We Recruit
Requirements & Expectations of Sigma Alpha women
The Do's and Don'ts of Sigma Alpha

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Meeting Notes 12/1/08

Meeting called to order at 6:31 p.m. by Sara.

- policies and procedures document
  • Sara moved to accept amended policies and procedures document
  • Kim seconded
  • Motion passed

- new business
  • We are creating a test bank. Please give any tests to Amanda
  • Let Amanda know what classes you're in next semester. We are going to try to make study groups.

- Meeting continued with a professional dress workshop.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m. by Sara.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Meeting Notes 11/17/08

Minutes 11/17/08

Meeting called to order at 6:35 by Sara.

  • Old business:
    • AGR dinner went well.
    • How much did the MCs make from franklins?
    • Retreat went well in spite of rain!
  • New business:
    • Cook book prototype will be done over thanksgiving break, start pre-selling!
    • Dollar donation post cards to benefit heifer are put off until next semester.
    • We need to sign and mail out thank you cards for the masquerade!
  • Webmaster:
    • Send any photos from retreat to Molly please!
  • Presidents report:
    • Considerations for future fundraising:
      • Should we continue striving to raise money for the arc, or will this result in waning interest from the group?
      • Should we think of another project within Heifer to raise money for?
      • Should we choose another fundraiser entirely?
      • Think about these options and any other suggestions. We will discuss this on our last business meeting of the semester.
    • Ag day:
      • Definitely doing Kiss a Pig.
      • Face painting again.
      • If AG council decides to do grilling, then perhaps we could sign up for a time slot. It seems to make a lot of money.
      • Possible smoothies or snow cones
      • Maybe a raffle? We would need to come up with an item to raffle off.
      • We could make specialty drinks like cucumber lemonade, iced tea, etc.
      • Please give a summary of the ideas to Malora (Lara)!
    • Annual reports are due Friday. Email Sara with any questions.
    • Everyone must sign risk management sheet.
    • Fill out a survey about retreat.
    • Movie at 7pm at the Hoff about this Thursday about exploiting food/people.
    • Policies and procedures:
      • Changed to “at least one weekend event for rush” as opposed to two, but it still says that everyone must attend at least one weekend event. Therefore, next semester everyone must attend the one weekend event next semester.
    • We are creating a handbook for incoming officers. If you know how to do something important like get the key for the board from Libby, or reserve a room, get food permits etc. write a short paragraph explaining how to do that, and email it to Sara.


  • Start pre-selling cookbooks!
  • Send Molly photos from the retreat.
  • Think about what kind of fundraising to do from this point on.
  • Don’t forget annual reports are due THIS FRIDAY!

Meeting adjourned at 7:10.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Meeting Notes 11/3/08

Minutes from Business Meeting, November 3rd, 2008

Meeting called to order at 6:41 by Sara Meagher

Old Business:

  • Deactivations are being processed. They should be done by the end of the semester.

President’s Report:

  • Franklin’s restaurant fundraiser for the MCs is tomorrow night, November 4th. Be sure to tell the cashier that you are with Sigma Alpha.
  • Other Chapters are selling:
    • “We wear the boots on campus” t-shirts
      • $15, not including shipping
      • Payment due by November 17th.
    • Green and yellow Longerberger-type baskets
      • $34
      • Payment due by November 26th
  • There is a meeting Thursday, November 13th at 6pm to work on the Policies and Procedures document. Please be there. Normal meeting room.
  • We are leaving for our retreat with the MC’s on the 14th
  • Today is the last day to let Rachael know if you cannot come to the retreat (rkriege1@umd.edu)


  • Next week is a professional meeting. We are doing a resume workshop. Please bring a resume if you have one.


  • Rush bracelets to sell to other chapters and to distribute during our rush are being ordered.
  • We are switching to another cookbook-making company. Please give any recipes that you would like to be included to Molly by the end of the week.


  • Spaghetti dinner at AGR is at 6:30 this Thursday (the 6th).
  • We need to send ‘thank yous’ to masquerade donors.

Ag Council:

  • We need to come up with an idea for our table at Ag soon. Brainstorm!

We voted on whether or not to accept proposed changes to our bylaws. The results were as follows:

Amendment number:

Motion made by:

Seconded by:

Motion passed? (y/n)





























































(* denotes if a discussion about the amendment occurred.)

*There was a discussion about Amendment 8. It was clarified that the changes made to the bylaws are not in effect until next semester.

In Summary:

  • Meeting on Thursday November 13th to work on Policies and Procedures document in the normal room.
  • We are leaving for our retreat on November 14th.
  • Next week is a professional meeting. We will be working on resumes.
  • Spaghetti dinner this Thursday at 6:30.
  • Think about ideas for our table at AG day.
  • We are sending in our revised bylaws.