IPFW’s first sorority in over a decade will enhance student life
July 20, 2016
When female students return to IPFW in the fall, they’ll have the chance to join a sorority for the first time in over a decade.
Alpha Sigma Alpha will open a chapter at IPFW after three years of hard work, said Gabby Atkison-Flynn, a senior and the current president of the Sisters of IPFW student organization.
Sisters of IPFW was formed to focus on bringing Greek Life back to IPFW and has been active for about three years. For Atkison-Flynn, offering Alpha Sigma Alpha will fulfill a part of the quintessential college experience that was previously missing and will encourage leadership.
“I came to a school where I didn't know anyone,” she said. “Joining Sisters of IPFW gave me plenty of friends who encouraged me to be better and who were always there for me. Before I started college I was a quiet, shy person. I never would have guessed I would be a student leader. This has been the best experience of my life.”
Atkison-Flynn has been counting down the days when she’ll go back to school because she can’t wait to join the new sorority.
From her point of view, Alpha Sigma Alpha will not only help students get to know one another, but it will also aid the community.
“I believe that the addition of Greek life will encourage students to be more active not only socially but within our community as well,” she said. “Philanthropy was a vital part of our Sisters of IPFW, so I look forward to donating more time to service through Alpha Sigma Alpha.”
As of spring 2016, IPFW had 11,804 students. Among them were 6,763 undergraduate students, 55.2 percent female.
Alpha Sigma Alpha will revive Greek life for women and join IPFW’s other Greek organization, fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
“IPFW had sororities on campus for more than 30 years with the last sorority leaving in the fall 2005 semester,” said Kasey Price, assistant vice chancellor for student life and leadership and the chair of the Greek life implementation committee. “IPFW has been working to bring Greek life back since 2010 and welcomed Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia to campus in the fall of 2012.”
Price hopes Alpha Sigma Alpha will be a foundation for Greek life at IPFW.
“I am hopeful that they will instill great values and sisterhood in our students and implement an excellent model for Greek life leadership education,” she said.
The creation of Alpha Sigma Alpha at IPFW aligns with several priorities in IPFW's Bicentennial Strategic Plan, including a commitment to student success.