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Extension Terms

Frequently Used Extension Terminology:

Colony   – term used to describe a Tri Sigma group before they receive their charter  

Charter --  the official document from National Headquarters that all chapters receive and keep as recognition of their good standing with the National Organization

Installation Goals   – goals and requirements (similar to the Chapter Accreditation program) that a colony must achieve before they receive their charter . These goals are provided when they begin the colonization process.

Sail Away Retreat   – A full day retreat where the new colony women learn about what it means to be a colony. We define Tri Sigma’s principles and values and try to get the group to come to some consensus of “who they want to be” on campus and what “makes this group relevant” to a woman’s university experience. This is the beginning of the sisterhood building process. They’ll also receive their installation goals, be placed on committees, elect Honor Council, determine which Arc Sequence group they’ll participate in, and receive/review chapter calendars.

Installation - After receiving approval from Executive Council that the colony has completed all goals, they will begin planning their Inspiration Week which is a week full of celebrating their time as a colony. This week includes the Installation weekend. Installation weekend involves visitors from Executive Council, National Headquarters and other collegiate chapters. This weekend is when the colony members are officially initiated as members of Tri Sigma! All officers and advisory board members are also installed at this time. During the celebratory banquet (held after Initiation), the chapter also presents their chapter doll to the Executive Council Installing officer. This doll is a Tri Sigma tradition; for every installed chapter, the women create a doll representative of the times and their campus. The dolls are then displayed at our National Headquarters in recognition of the chapter. It is always a highlight when members come to tour the house.  

To support the installation of our new chapters, all collegiate members will wear badge attire and their badge over a purple ribbon for three days in order to celebrate the success of the new addition! All colonies receive a special press release, social media support, as well as a feature article in the Triangle .