The State Female Normal School, now Longwood University, in Farmville, VA, was the first institution of higher learning in Virginia to admit women for collegiate study. Naturally, it attracted superior students, many of them daughters of college professors already familiar with the fraternity idea.
Among the students in the fall term of 1901 were five women who had become very good friends. Attractive, vivacious and intelligent, they had been recruited and bid by the existing sororities. However, if they accepted these bids, it would mean that the five would not be sorority sisters.
On November 15, 1901, a new sorority was organized and named Alpha Sigma Alpha. As stated in the charter, “The purpose of the association shall be to cultivate friendship among its members, and in every way to create pure and elevating sentiments, to perform such deeds and to mold such opinions as will tend to elevate and ennoble womanhood in the world.” Signatures to this document include those of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s five Founders: Virginia Lee Boyd (Noell), Juliette Jefferson Hundley (Gilliam), Calva Hamlet Watson (Wootton), Louise Burks Cox (Carper), and Mary Williamson Hundley
As stated in the charter, “The purpose of the association shall be to cultivate friendship among its members, and in every way to create pure and elevating sentiments, to perform such deeds and to mold such opinions as will tend to elevate and ennoble womanhood in the world.” Signatures to this document include those of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s five founders: Virginia Boyd Noell, Juliette Hundley Gilliam, Calva Watson Wootton, Louise Cox Carper, and Mary Williamson Hundley.
Since the founding in 1901, Alpha Sigma Alpha has achieved many awards of excellence among its members and the chapter. For more than a 100 years, Alpha Sigma Alpha have created strong leaders and have encouraged every member to strive for high ideals that will be carried on throughout each one of their lives.
Nationally, Alpha Sigma Alpha has 80 collegiate chapters and 79 alumnae chapters. More than 70,000 members are committed to promoting sisterhood, heritage and leadership.
About Alpha Sigma Alpha
- Pearl White
- Palm Green
- Palm Tree
- King Asa
- St. Valentine
- Raggedy Ann
- Dot the Ladybug
- "Aspire, Seek, Attain"
- Alpha Sigs
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