Alpha Sigma Alpha's History

Sorority History

Alpha Sigma Alpha’s five original founders were good friends at what was then the State Female Normal School of Farmville, Va. Each of them had been invited to join the school’s three existing sororities but thought that starting their own was a better option. On November 15, 1901, they founded what is now Alpha Sigma Alpha. In the early years of its life, during which the State Female Normal School was renamed Longwood University, Alpha Sigma Alpha installed 13 chapters. By 1913, however, only one of those chapters was active.

 Originally, Alpha Sigma Alpha was only associated with teachers’ colleges and colleges of education within universities, under the leadership of Ida Shaw Martin. However, the sorority’s reach has extended greatly since 1947, when many teachers’ colleges began granting liberal arts degrees in addition to or instead of teaching certificates. That year, Alpha Sigma Alpha joined the National Panhellenic Conference.

 Alpha Sigma Alpha Symbols and Insignia

Alpha Sigma Alpha has four official colors. The main two are crimson and pearl; the secondary two are palm green and gold. To go along with their main colors, the sorority uses the ruby and pearl as their official jewels. The colors and jewels represent the sorority’s exemplar St. Valentine (crimson) and Christ (pearl). According to Alpha Sigma Alpha bylaws, the pearl, which represents growth and beauty, belongs distinctively to new members. The ruby belongs distinctively to initiated members. 

Alpha Sigma Alpha has two flowers, one for fall and one for spring. Their fall flower is an aster, while their spring flower is a narcissus. Their official mascot is Dot the ladybug, who represents the sorority to the public and appears on sorority merchandise. Their motto is “Aspire. Seek. Attain.”

 Alpha Sigma Alpha Philanthropy

Like most other fraternities and sororities, Alpha Sigma Alpha is dedicated to bettering local communities and giving positive attention to its chapters through community service and philanthropic missions. Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters participate in Girls on the Run International, a program for girls in third through eighth grades. The program’s ultimate goals are to teach girls life skills, prepare them for a lifetime of physical fitness, and raise their confidence. Program participants are prepared for a culminating 5k event through activities that include running games. 

Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters also participate in Special Olympics, which is the world’s largest movement dedicated to the promotion of inclusion, dignity, and respect for persons with disabilities. Additionally, the sisters participate in related Polar Plunges and the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.

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Sources:

https://www.alphasigmaalpha.org/about-us/service-giving/

https://www.alphasigmaalpha.org/about-us/symbols/

https://www.alphasigmaalpha.org/timeline/

 

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