Established: April 20, 1898 Longwood
St. John's University-Staten Island Chapter:
Motto: "Faithful Unto Death"
Values: Wisdom, Power, Faith, Hope,
Colors: Royal purple and White
Flower: Purple Violet
Nickname: Tri Sigma
Publication: The Triangle of Sigma
Sigma Sigma Sigma is a national sorority that currently has over
108 collegiate chapters throughout the United States. It was
founded on April 20, 1898 at Longwood University (Normal School) in
Farmville, Virginia by eight women: Margaret Batten, Louise Davis,
Martha Trent Featherston, Isabella Merrick, Sallie Michie,
Elizabeth Watkins, Lucy Wright, and Lelia Scott who possessed a
common dedication to high standards of behavior and ideals of
friendship.To learn more about our national sisterhood and the
opportunities it offers, please check out our website listed
On April 10, 2010, we received our charter as the Eta Psi chapter
of Tri Sigma, and became the newest sorority chapter on the Staten
To establish among its members a perpetual bond of friendship,
to develop in them strong womanly character, and to impress upon
them high standards of conduct.
Sigma Sigma Sigma inspires exceptional life long learning and
Sigma Sigma Sigma reaffirms its long standing core values of
wisdom, power, faith, hope and love.
Tri Sigma has designed goals to support our mission and
establish a Sorority dedicated to friendship, character, and
conduct. We strive to provide:
- Life Success- Create an environment that nurtures women and
provides them with the tools they need to achieve success in all
aspects of their lives.
- Women's Empowerment- develop within our members the strength of
character needed to be leaders in today's society. Provide
experiences that will give sisters the power and conviction to live
according to Tri Sigma's beliefs and values.
- Intellectual and Personal Development- Strive for increasingly
higher leavels of scholastic and intellectual achievement. Realize
the possibilities of finding our best selves and leading others to
- Purposeful Philanthropic and Community Service- Energize the
benevolent nature of our membership and society. Provide
opportunities to devote time and resources to servicing others
where we learn, live and work. Create hope and the lasting
commitment within each member to volunteer for a cause greater than
- Responsible Citizens- Realize and teach the components of good
citizenship in every setting in which we are a part. Commit to
ethical conduct in our personal and professional environments.
- Meaningful Sisterhood Experiences- Cultivate strong personal
friendships to sustain members throughout their life journey. These
friendships will evolve into healthy, lifelong relationships that
will demonstrate the true meaning of our Sorority.
- An Environment that Secures and Sustains the Legacy of Tri
Sigma- Remember our heritage, commit to the present and plan for
our future. Enhance each member's Sorority experience by building a
strong financial base and a volunteer and professional support
structure that perpetuates sure growth and success.
Our National Philanthropy
The Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation provides grants for educational
and leadership programs that help women meet the demands of
contemporary society. Numerous academic scholarships are provided
annually to eligible students. The Foundation also fosters
community service with special emphasis on support for play therapy
programs for hospitalized children.
The philanthropy is centered around the theme "Sigma Serves
Children" specifically through the Robbie Page Memorial. The
memorial was originally started to help support research for a
polio cure, but once a vaccine was discovered, the focus of Tri
Sigma switched to play therapy for hospitalized children. Funds
raised by Tri Sigma chapters have built hospital playrooms,
provided toys and related equipment, and helped support a
specialized field of study for professionals in child development
and associated health care professions.
Tri Sigma supports play therapy programs at the University of North
Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill and at Children's Medical Center
in Dallas, Texas. Annual grants also fund graduate assistantships
and fellowships in recreational therapy for these hospitals. To
also broaden our support and help as many children as possible, the
Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation works with chapters by providing
grants for the local children's hospital play therapy and child
life programs. Together with the hospital's support, Tri Sigma
creates an environment that helps children overcome their anxiety
and fear during their hospital visits.