Founding Sisters of Sigma Alpha Omega® at North Carolina State University are
Michelle Myers (née Bull), Kathryn Meyer, Kimberly Pereira (née Rogers), and Josie Thomas (née Watson).
Sigma Alpha Omega® was formed as a Sister Sorority to Chi Alpha Omega fraternity. Chi Alpha Omega was founded as a co-ed Christian fraternity in the spring of 1987 at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. The purpose of Chi Alpha Omega was to assemble Christian students in a Christ-centered brotherhood in order to enjoy Christian fellowship, service, accountability, and social activities.
In January 1998, the active brothers (both males and females) of the Beta Chapter of Chi Alpha Omega at North Carolina State University voted to form Sigma Alpha Omega® in hopes of benefiting both the fraternity and the sorority. Both groups committed to living according to the ideals of Christ and His Word, uplifting each other through fellowship and service, and bringing the love of Christ to North Carolina State University.
Sigma Alpha Omega® Christian Sorority, Inc. was officially recognized as a national non-profit organization under the laws of North Carolina in June 2004. Since the founding of the sorority, chapters of Sigma Alpha Omega® have been established at many colleges and universities across the nation.
We are a Christian social sorority. First of all we are founded in Christ and secondly in sisterhood. We encourage one another to grow in love through life in Christ. Some of the ways in which we fellowship include Bible studies, social activities, retreats, and service projects. Sigma Alpha Omega® is a great way to get involved and enjoy college life while remaining true to your identity as a child of God.
"To glorify God by reaching women across the world through the expansion of the sisterhood, by encouraging spiritual development through Christ‐inspired accountability and unity, by participating in evangelistic and philanthropic endeavors, and focusing on good scholarship and humble leadership."
"To become an international Christ-centered sisterhood that equips women to grow in their relationships with Christ, through unity and service to others, at institutions of higher learning."
OUR PROFESSION OF FAITH:
Sigma Alpha Omega and its National Organization was founded and shall always work to further the teachings and principles of the Christian religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and faith in the one God who is an indivisible Holy Trinity comprised of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Membership in Sigma Alpha Omega and its National Organization is offered by invitation only to eligible persons who profess such faith for so long as they continue to profess it and otherwise comply with the membership requirements of Sigma Alpha Omega and its National Organization.
OUR CREST + SHIELD:
Tasha Smith, alumna of the Alpha chapter of Sigma Alpha Omega® and past National Board Trustee, designed our sorority shield in the summer of 2001. It is symbolic of the Armor of God, based from scripture, and also includes our letters, slogan, and sorority symbols (lily and dove). It is also the official image on our sister pins.
OUR BRANDED LOGO:
Valerie Weller, alumna of the Mu chapter of Sigma Alpha Omega, designed our national logo after submitting it to the Annual Convention 2014 Meeting of Members. The chapter delegates voted to approve her concept and by January 1, 2015, the final version of the logo was officially launched by the National Sisterhood. It features both our official bird (dove) and flower (lily of the valley) and incorporates our traditional national colors, burgundy and forest green. It currently is featured as the header for our national website.
OFFICIAL BIBLE VERSES:
Revelations 22:13 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."
Luke 1:46-47 "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."
Our official shield and crest was designed by Alpha Chapter alumna and former Trustee, Natasha Smith. It incorporates the Armor of God, our official colors, motto, founding year, and mascots.
OUR NATIONAL COLORS:
Burgundy & Forest Green
OUR SLOGAN + MOTTO:
"One in Christ through Unity in Sisterhood." ®
OFFICIAL BIRD: DOVE
Matthew 3:16-17 "As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him."
OFFICIAL FLOWER: LILY (OF THE VALLEY)
Song of Solomon 2:1 "I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys."
SIGMA ALPHA OMEGA + THE NATIONAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES
As the sorority grew, a need arose to connect chapters through a national organization. Active sisters of the Alpha Chapter at North Carolina State University labored for three years to prepare documents to support a National Board of Trustees. During the spring of 2004, the Lord confirmed the timing of the establishment of the National Board when active and alumni members of the Alpha Chapter met to pray about the future of the sorority.
The first National Board of Trustees consisted of alumnae members from the Alpha chapter. They were Kristen Batten, Emily Britt, Emily Greene, Valerie Harris Smith, Beth Helms, Jerusha Monroe, Jody Moss Ransom, Josie Watson Thomas, and Lindsey Viens.
Sigma Alpha Omega, "SAO", is a non-denominational, Christian social sorority that is first founded in Christ and second founded in sisterhood. We encourage each other to grow in the Lord and in the Word while holding one another accountable through our friendships.
Together, we pursue the Biblical ideals of Christian leadership, sisterhood, spiritual development, campus leadership, good scholarship, fine standards, service, excellence, and love through life in Christ. We enjoy Christian fellowship through Bible studies, service projects, social activities, and more.
We are already sisters in Christ, so it feels natural for us to operate as a social sorority providing women a Christian focus in university Greek Life.
Depending on the campus, Sigma Alpha Omega can be classified as a club or as a Greek Special Interest Group. Sigma Alpha Omega is not a part of Panhellenic or Inter-Fraternity Conferences or other National Councils.