National History

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 were 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) Taphorn, Founding President

 

Chapter History

Alpha Sigma Kappa- Women in Technical Studies Zeta Chapter began as an interest group in Spring 2003. UMBC's AΣK colony was formed on November 22, 2003 by our 11 founding members.

On March 5th, 2005 we became the Zeta Active Chapter of Alpha Sigma Kappa-Women in Technical Studies. Currently, the Zeta Chapter is the newest Active Chapter nationally. AΣK Zeta also acts as the point of contact for any East Coast Interest Groups, as we are the only Chapter on the East Coast

During the 2009-2010 school year, the Zeta Chapter finally joined UMBC's Panhellenic Association. As part of the university's PHA, we have gained more recognition on campus and have become significantly more involved with Greek Life and the other Greek organizations.

Our Zeta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Kappa-Women in Technical Studies is still very young. Each semester brings new experiences and new people as our chapter continues to grow. Our history is still in the making, wouldn't you like to become a part of it?

 

Chapter Traditions

As Sisters of Alpha Sigma Kappa, we are joined together by our symbols and our traditions. While our Sisterhood is built on our members, our symbols and traditions provide a common bond extending beyond the confines of our chapter, creating a timeless link between the Sisters, and shining a beacon to others of what Alpha Sigma Kappa stands for.

"Our symbols and traditions are part of what make Alpha Sigma Kappa a Sisterhood, a sorority. They are tangible reminders of who we are, where we came from, and the bonds that hold us together."


With each new Sister initiated, we pass along our values and purpose with the hope of providing unity within our Sisterhood. The ceremonies we perform now are unchanged from the ones our Founding Sisters and every class since then have shared in. We hold these rituals and ceremonies very close to our hearts.

Each initiation class works together to form a new tradition for the chapter. This not only adds individuality to our chapter, it also allows every sister initated to be a part of our history.

 

OUR TRADITIONS:

Alpha: Class Traditions
Beta: Beta Names
Gamma: Gamma Gear Day
Delta: Delta Motto - A posse ad esse (from possiblity to reality)
Epsilon: Epsilon Gifts
Zeta: Zeta Lineage Project
Eta: Eta Prints
Theta: Zeta Chapter Jewel: Opal
Iota: Zeta Chapter Game: Apple to Apples
Kappa: Kappa-Loop Greeting
Lambda: Lineage Names
Mu:
Nu:
Xi:Hidden Talent
Omicron:
Pi: TBA

 

Symbols

 

Our Colors: Royal Blue and Silver

Our Jewel: Blue Topaz

Our Flower: The White Rose

Our Symbol: The Lioness

 

Sister Chapters

Alpha Sigma Kappa-Women in Technical Studies currently has five Active Chapters nationally.

Alpha
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, Minneapolis, MN.
Established May 1, 1989.
www.tc.umn.edu/~ask/

Beta
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
Established September 13, 1997.
http://askbeta.org/

Gamma (Inactive)
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
Established April 1, 2000.

Delta (Inactive)
University of Texas, Arlington, Arlington, TX.
Established October 27, 2001.

Epsilon
Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
Established October 23, 2004.
http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/ask/

Zeta
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD.
Established March 5, 2005.
http://www.ask-zeta.org/

Eta
New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM.
Established December 4, 2010.
https://www.facebook.com/ASKEta