The History of Alpha Sigma Kappa
Alpha Sigma Kappa-Women in Technical Studies grew out of a Little Sisters of Triangle organization, which dates back to at least 1983. In the late 1980s, Triangle Fraternity's National Council resolved to phase out their local Little Sister organizations. Hence, our sorority was born.
The University of Minnesota Little Sister Chapter wanted to continue the formal relationship already established. After considering various options, the members felt the only way to keep the premise of the group intact was to form a new sorority. Alpha Sigma Kappa-Women in Technical Studies was founded with eighteen members on May 1, 1989. Appropriately enough, May Day is a holiday which honors and celebrates friendship.
Alpha Sigma Kappa-Women in Technical Studies was founded in the hopes of bringing women pursuing technical studies together in a social setting. Historically, these career fields have been dominated by men.
At the time the sorority was founded, only 17 percent of the students enrolled in the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota were female. The presence of a group dedicated to supporting the few women who entered such fields was greatly needed. Today, these fields are seeing more and more women. We feel the need for an organization that develops, encourages and supports the academic and social needs of these women is an important aspect to our society and ourselves.
-Melissa (Matschiner) Carnicelli,
Significant Moments of Alpha Sigma Kappa's National History
- May 1, 1989: Alpha Sigma Kappa-Women in Technical Studies is founded at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Alpha Chapter has eighteen founding Sisters.
- September 1991: An Interest Group is formed at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The group is unable to become part of Alpha Sigma Kappa since the campus administration only allows national fraternities/sororities to recruit students.
- Spring 1991-Winter 1992: Our sorority is a colony of Alpha Omega Epsilon for one year, but then chooses not to be installed as a chapter upon discovery of significant differences.
- March 4, 1996: Interest Group is formed at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.
- April 29, 1996: The first National Meeting is held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The National Organization is formed with the ratification of the National Constitution and Policies. The symbols that had been in place for numerous years are officially ratified by The National Organization. The first National Board of Directors is elected.
- May 1, 1996: The Interest Group at the University of Oklahoma submits their petition for Colony Status. The petition is accepted on May 6, 1996.
- July 15, 1996: The National Organization is incorporated as a non-profit organization.
- July 15, 1996: The Alpha Alumnae Chapter is formed.
- August 3, 1996: The first National Convention is held at the University of Minnesota.
- September 21, 1996: The Beta Colony is established at the University of Oklahoma.
- September 13, 1997: The Beta Chapter is installed at the University of Oklahoma. The Beta Chapter has fourteen founding Sisters.
- February 1998: The first issue of News & Views, official National newsletter of the Sorority is produced by Michelle Kuechle (Alpha).
- March 27, 1999: The Gamma Colony is established at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.
- August 7, 1999: The Beta Alumnae Chapter is formed.
- April 1, 2000: The Gamma Chapter is installed at the University of Louisville. The Gamma Chapter has eleven founding Sisters.
- October 21, 2000: The Delta Colony is established at the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas.
- October 27, 2001: The Delta Chapter is installed at the University of Texas at Arlington. The Delta Chapter has fourteen founding Sisters.
- August 9, 2003: The Gamma Alumnae Chapter is formed.
- August 9, 2003: The Delta Alumnae Chapter is formed.
- September 27, 2003: The Epsilon Colony is established at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
- November 23, 2003: The Zeta Colony is established at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland.
- October 23, 2004: The Epsilon Chapter is installed at the Iowa State University. The Epsilon Chapter has twenty-nine founding Sisters.
- January 8, 2005: The Epsilon Alumnae Chapter is formed.
- March 5, 2005: The Zeta Chapter is installed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The Zeta Chapter has ten founding Sisters.
- January 5, 2008: The Zeta Alumnae Chapter is formed.
- December 5, 2009: The Eta Colony is established at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM.
- December 4, 2010: The Eta Chapter is installed at New Mexico Tech. The Eta Chapter has 16 founding Sisters.