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Essential Sigma New Member Program
This award winning program consists of learning about Tri Sigma’s history, values & purpose, and operations of the chapter.  The Residential Leadership Consultant leads the Arc Sequence meetings with the Essential Sigma advisor and other chapter advisors.

Essential Sigma is an award-winning comprehensive membership education program that spans the new member period through graduation and beyond. It is a pioneering program, completely unique to the fraternal experience and something that differentiates Tri Sigma from any other national sorority.

The purpose of this Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA) award-winning program is to foster the development of well-rounded Sigma women. To achieve this goal, members will learn about the history of Sigma Sigma Sigma, develop strong friendships, serve as a chapter and campus leader, establish mentoring relationships, develop and practice life-long leadership skills, and learn about giving back and leaving a legacy.

Essential Sigma is based on the cornerstones of our existence: Friendship, Character and Conduct. The entire program is reflective of those founding principles. The program has three sequences (Arc Sequence, Triangle Sequence, and Circle Sequence) that women will journey through while a collegiate member. Each sequence has specific requirements to fulfill and once completed, there is a culminating event which signifies the progression to the next sequence.

Participation in the Essential Sigma program develops highly engaged members, both collegiate and alumnae, with shared values. Our members are given the opportunity to grow personally while creating inseparable bonds with their sisters.

New Member Education – Essential Sigma Arc Sequence

The New Member Education program is encompassed within the Arc Sequence of Essential Sigma.   The culmination of the Arc Sequence is initiation into our sisterhood through Triangle Degree.   The New Member period lasts a maximum of six to eight weeks.

Arc Degree Meeting Summary

Session 1             Our Sisterhood Begins…

Session 2             Your Pledge is Your Promise

Session 3             Together we Inspire Greatness

Session 4             Academic Success - Foundations for the Future

Session 5             We are our Sisters’ Keepers

Session 6             Sigma Jeopardy

Session 7             Partnerships in Services (plus National Test)

Session 8             Sigma Sigma Sigma is Yours for Life

Session 9             Post Initiation Meeting

Weekly Colony Meetings

These meetings educate members on the operations of the chapter (dues and treasury, parliamentary procedure, songs, alumnae life, officer positions and elections), provide committee reports and updates, conduct the business of the sorority, and most importantly, the colony works on the progress of the colony towards Installation and completing their Installation goals

Big/Little and Chapter Mentoring Program  
A question that we often get is, how we do this without having women in the chapter that are already established as “older” mentors. So, how do we do this? The Regional Consultant in conjunction with the Chapter Advisory Board work to match up juniors and seniors in the colony with freshman and sophomores in the colony. We then take the older women and match them together to make twins which forms a Tri Sigma “family”.

Big sisters are expected to participate in a half-day training event led by the Regional Consultant and advisors in order to prepare big sisters to become mentors to their little sisters.

Honor Council

This is our internal judicial board and member accountability process. 3-5 Honor Council members are elected by the colony. Training is provided within the first week and they operate under the guidance of their Honor Council Advisor.

Points Participation System

We have a set point values system (required to meet 85% each month) and an excuse policy. Each event is worth X points. Members are required to track and maintain their own personal points to participate in events totally at least 85% of the possible points each month. If less than 2 weeks notice are given, the points will be considered bonus. Tri Sigma does not fine members for not attending events.

Individualize Education Folders (IEF) Scholarship Plan

To help ensure colony members maintain their academic standing, each new member will meet with the scholarship committee to set personal scholarship goals and commitments.