Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship among its members. The sorority was founded in 1978 at the Ohio State University by five women who wanted an alternative to the social Greek sorority system. Since that time, Sigma Alpha has become a national organization consisting of more than 80 chapters, comprised of undergraduate and alumni members. Today, more than 9,900 members have been initiated into Sigma Alpha Sorority.
We are the Upsilon Chapter at North Dakota State University. Our members meet weekly to engage in a formal business meeting or sister fellowship. Throughout the year we organize many events. In the 2016-2017 school year we volunteered at nursing homes, taught youth at the YMCA and Oak Grove elementary about agriculture, made tie blankets for child cancer patients, and raised money for Heifer International and Farm Rescue. Not only do we value service, but we also value developing our own character to become professional women in agriculture. Together we network with area professionals to better ourselves. In the 2016-2017 school year we listened to author Renee Rongen’s story in agriculture, worked on our resumes with women from Ag Country Farm Credit Services, and got networking tips from Karin Hart of Red River Farm Network. Furthermore, we keep ourselves busy!
Cultivating Professional Women in Agriculture
The objective of Sigma Alpha shall be to promote its members in all facets of agriculture and to strengthen the bonds of friendship among them. It is the purpose of the members to strive for achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service, and to further the development of excellence in women pursuing careers in agriculture.
To be the foremost organization fostering academic excellence and professional development while encouraging networking and lifelong bonds for women leading the agricultural industry. We strive to build diversity by marketing our organization on an international level.
(Photo credit to image above to Beth Burdowski: Upsilon Alumni and Photographer)