Omega holds a variety of different activities for its members to participate
in each year, including:
are informal events where Sigmas get together with the sole purpose of
building our relationships with each other. Our sisterhood events include
Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas brunch, gift exchanges, pumpkin carving,
picnics, bowling, movie nights, dinners at restaurants, parties, and more.
Sigmas hold Rush once a year at the
beginning of the fall semester. Rush includes a series of fun and free
events that people can attend to find out whether or not Sigma Phi Omega is
right for them. For more information, please visit our
Sigmas take academics very seriously. We
understand that our first priority as students at Berkeley is to succeed
in school. As a result, we have weekly study hours, a comprehensive test
bank, an Academic Chairperson, and career fairs where our alumnae speak
and give advice on law school, medical school, graduate school, and
various careers. Many older Sigmas also serve as academic mentors for
younger members, helping with Haas applications and class selections.
is a traditional Sigma event held at the beginning of every fall semester,
designed to celebrate the addition of the new member class. Actives,
new members, and our escorts participate in a banquet that is held at a hotel.
The new members are formally introduced to external organizations from the
Greek community who come to present gifts and offer support.
Formals is one of Sigma Phi Omega's most special traditions, as it signifies
the initiation of our newest members into our sorority. It involves a large
banquet held at a hotel in San Francisco during the spring semester. Dressed
in black, the actives celebrate the success of the year and recognize the
graduating seniors. Dressed in white gowns, our newest class performs a
waltz with their escorts in front of alumnae, sisters from other chapters,
and supporting organizations, who often come bearing gifts.
Sigmas participate in a number of service
events every year. For more information, please visit our
Socials are gatherings between our sorority
and one fraternity, where can socialize, get to know each other, and build
bonds between houses. Sigmas have exchanges with a number of different
fraternities each year, including multi-ethnic fraternities as well as those
located outside of Berkeley.
Sigmas hold fundraising events every semester to help support our
sisters, external organizations, and charitable organizations. We also
use fundraisers as a means of building our sisterhood by spending time
together to work toward a common goal.
Sigmas hold an annual Date Night, where
each member invites a date of her choice to attend an evening out in San
Pie Auction is an annual fundraiser put
together by our newest class. We invite members from different fraternities
to watch our new class perform and to bid on some pies. Proceeds from Pie
Auction are donated to a charitable organization.
Sigmas hold a national Convention every
summer. Convention is the ultimate sisterhood event, complete with
parties, sisterhood games, sightseeing, meetings, mixers, spirit
competitions, clubbing, banquets, and more. It's a chance for Sigmas
across the nation to meet each other for the first time or to further
develop long-standing friendships. Our sisterhood is not limited to just
our one chapter here at Berkeley, and Convention always makes it clear
that our sisterhood knows no borders.
Midyear is a national Sigma event that
takes place every year in January. Sigmas from every chapter and our
National Board travel to one location to attend this conference, where
we discuss business during the day and play hard at night. In previous
years, Midyear was held in Las Vegas, Seattle, Austin, and Los Angeles.
Sigmas hold an annual roadtrip to Southern
California during the fall semester of every year. There, we visit our
sister sororities and brother fraternities, have socials with Southern
California fraternities, shop, visit friends and family, bond with each
other, and have a good time. Throughout the year, we also have a number of
informal roadtrips to Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Vegas.