Alumnae Spotlights

Jocie Wright

Lambda Zeta, University of South Florida

Hometown: Townsend, MA How has Sigma Kappa impacted your life post-graduation? Sigma Kappa has given me so many opportunities to grow into the woman I am today and has given me the confidence and inspiration to work toward goals I never thought were possible for myself :) What advice would you give Sigma Kappa women as they go through college? Advice to SK women as they go through college would be to get involved and don’t be afraid to put themselves out there! The women of SK will always be there to support you! P.S. live in the house it is my favorite SK memory!

Mary Hughes

Lambda Zeta, University of South Florida

Hometown: Clearwater, FL How has Sigma Kappa impacted your life post-graduation? The relationships I made have really impacted me. My littles have been so good at staying connected through Covid and one of them let me stay with them several nights a week to ease some stress in my life after moving home sooner than planned. Even as an alumna I feel so loved by the chapter. What advice would you give Sigma Kappa women as they go through college? I would say to really take a record of memories. Take too many pictures and write things down to look back on. There are highlights to every season and even when things don't seem perfect, some memories will always make you smile.

Darcie Milfort

Lambda Zeta, University of South Florida

Hometown: Port Saint Lucie, FL What are you up to now? I am currently pursuing my Master's of Business Administration at USF and interning with the Technology Transfer Office of USF. How has Sigma Kappa impacted your life post-graduation? Sigma Kappa has continued to be a support system after graduation. From continuing to grow my relationships with my big and little to connecting with members still in the chapter, I have a love for the women of my sorority. What advice would you give Sigma Kappa women as they go through college? I would tell every collegiate member to enjoy their time as a college student. Don't rush through life, enjoy the little things, and try something new.

Cindy Castaneda

Lambda Zeta, University of South Florida

Hometown: Tampa, FL How has Sigma Kappa impacted your life post-graduation? While I was an active member in this chapter, I was able to strengthen my public speaking skills through my position as VPF and the many recruitments I participated in, which has greatly helped improve my presentation skills in my professional career. Sigma Kappa also brought me a network of women that provide career opportunities and connections throughout different cities across the country. What advice would you give Sigma Kappa women as they go through college? My advice to the women in Sigma Kappa as they go through college is to take advantage of all of the opportunities provided by this organization and have fun! Your time in undergrad goes by so quickly, so make sure to build your social network and participate in all the events you can to make the most of your experience.

Avalon Theisen

Lambda Zeta , University of South Florida

Hometown: Tampa, FL How has Sigma Kappa impacted your life post-graduation? Sigma Kappa continues to greatly impact my friendships, community and guiding principles for how I live my life, just as it did in undergrad. I met my closest friends through the Big-Little process. As I move across the country for graduate school, I already have connections with people there, thanks to the alumnae chapter. Sigma Kappa has also given me a set of guiding values: service, friendship, loyalty, and personal growth. These values will help me stay on track as I start the next phase of life as a Ph.D. student! What advice would you give Sigma Kappa women as they go through college? You get out what you put in! Go to every event you can, be an active mentor for any Littles, and run for a leadership position, in which you can use your skills and strengths to help the chapter. Remember you are an ambassador for Sigma Kappa, so represent the chapter by being kind, friendly, and scholarly. Try to think of what you want your legacy to be, then plan and act accordingly. You will only get to be a collegiate a short time, so make the most of it! I miss being a collegiate part of all of you in such an awesome chapter, and I love each of you!

Ali Mae Gleason

Lambda Zeta , University of South Florida

Hometown: Tarpon Springs, FL How has Sigma Kappa impacted your life post-graduation? The most important way Sigma Kappa has impacted my life post-graduation is by providing me with the confidence I have needed to succeed. As I left college and entered a new chapter in my life I was faced with great doubts, confusion, and uncertainties. However, Sigma Kappa provided me with relationships and experiences that have taught me how to stay strong within myself and know that I am so capable no matter what doubts I am faced with. What advice would you give Sigma Kappa women as they go through college? The advice I would give to other Sigma Kappa women as they go through college is to give as much as you can to the chapter. You truly get out of your sorority experience what you put into it. By going to events (even if they’re virtual) and just being involved in any way you can, you will meet new people, experience new things, create lasting memories and so much more. Those are the things that will carry you through your college days and beyond.