The first Sigma Gamma Rho undergraduate chapter in Connecticut was chartered on May 8th, 1993 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, by eight young ladies. The courageous women who decided to embark on the effort of chartering the first chapter were, Andrea Barge, Natasha Chambers, Erica Garcia, Maureen Gore, Llonia Jackson, Audrey Medina, Rendesia Mills and Paula Smith. Together, they strived to display the true mission of the sorority’s slogan, Greater Service Greater Progress.
Theta Alpha Sigma
Once again history for Connecticut was made, when five dedicated members established the first graduate chapter in June of 1995. Andrea Barge, Erica Garcia, Tracey Hall, Rhonda Mongroo and Paula Smith became the first member’s of the Theta Alpha Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc,. Since inception, Theta Alpha Sigma has expanded membership to more than fifty young women.
Iota Chi Sigma
It was on May 14, 2005 that the incomparable Iota Chi Sigma was chartered by Andrea Barge, Pertrinea Cash Deedon, Erica Garcia, Chandira Jenkins, Paula Rice, Cynthia Roque, Pamela Washington, and Terri Williams. Iota Chi Sigma was honored with a recognition award at the 2007 William E. Edwards-Academic College Tour (WEE-ACT) reception for its association in guidance provided to college bound youth. ICS’s signature fundraising event is the SIGMA SOIREE, which aids in funding the chapter’s youth initiatives including but not limited to Sigma Gamma Rho’s National Projects: Project Reassurance, Operation BigBookBag, A3 for Life, Hattie McDaniel Breast Cancer Awareness Program, Project Cradle Care, and others.
Expanding to Universities
Connecticut’s Rhoyal oats continued to spread to universities throughout the state. Chapter development continued when three wonderful women founded Northeastern Region at University Massachusetts (UMASS), Amherst on April 8th, 2000. Next came the chartering of Pi Xi on May 29th 2004. In the Spring of 2003, The North East Region at the University of Bridgeport was established in April 23, 2005 and on January 7,2006 Rho Alpha was chartered. The spring of 2009 brought the twin charters of the Sigma Beta Charter at Quinnipiac University and the Sigma Gamma chapter at Southern Connecticut State University on April 18.
Continued Efforts of Committed Sisterhood
Hundreds of women have joined our sisterhood through Connecticut’s chapters, and hundreds more will join in coming years. The efforts to expand the legacy of Sigma Gamma Rho will never end and has always been the highest priority of the women in our sisterhood.