Cortlynn Stark, The Black Bear – With only five members, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Nu Epsilon chapter, has made their mark at Missouri State University after a nine year absence.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated was founded November 12, 1922 on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, IN.
After 70 years of national success, the Nu Epsilon chapter was chartered on the campus then known as Southwest Missouri State University on Oct. 31, 1992.
In 2005, the chapter went inactive; however, in spring 2014, the chapter was reborn with five new members.
Currently, Sigma Gamma Rho has only three active members on campus, making it the smallest sorority at MSU.
However, they are heavily involved with community service and growing their sisterhood.
“Now people can look at SGRhos differently because of the fact that we’re here and not on a different campus,” Senior and President of the Nu Epsilon chapter, Janeisha Gooden, said. “They know how we run now.”
Sigma Gamma Rho does not rush like other sororities. Instead, members go through a 40-day intake process and must meet basic requirements like having a 2.5 GPA and a minimum of total 12 credit hours.
According to members, being a part of this sorority also positively impacts its members.
Gooden felt this impact heavily and felt it allowed her to become a better person.
“A lot of people said I have changed,” Gooden said. “I’m grown, I’m more responsible because I’m running the whole chapter.”
Former MSU student and member, Vanessa Marshall, who attends the Stevens Institute of Business and Art felt a similar impact.
“It definitely gave me more confidence,” Marshall said. “More of a sense of get it done, and do it and go after it.”
This ideology is developed in part from Sigma Gamma Rho’s “Greater Service, Greater Progress” motto.
The Nu Epsilon chapter brought a weekend of events to the campus in late October.
Their first event, “Save the Tatas” took place in the PSU on Oct. 30. The event consisted of information about breast cancer, tips on how to prevent it and bingo with words like mastectomy and breast.
“I feel like this really gave people new information about what you can do to prevent something like this,” Marshall said. “A lot of people didn’t know the answer to the questions so people do need to know a little bit more and be prepared.”
This event was followed later that night by their Halloween party, Death Rho. Then, on Halloween day, Sigma Gamma Rho gave back to the community by participating in Clean-the-Streets.
Sigma Gamma Rho also annually participates in Foster Night, which gives service to foster families.
In addition to community service, Sigma Gamma Rho focuses on sisterhood and bonding. As sisters, they spend large amounts of time together both on campus and in the community.
“If I were looking at it and I wasn’t in it, I would think of a family outside of your family,” Marshall said. “I would really see a sisterhood that you would want when you want to join a sorority.”