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Alpha Sigma Alpha's Interactive History

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Fall 1901

Making history


Historical Moments

Among the students in the fall term of 1901 at the State Female Normal School in Farmville, VA, were five women who had become very good friends. Attractive, vivacious and intelligent, each woman had been extended invitations to membership from the school’s existing sororities. However, if they each had accepted those invitations, it would mean that our Founders would not be sorority sisters.

If the school could have three sororities, then why not four?

Barb Struble

Our Founder’s were remarkable women. It takes courage and strength to begin something new, especially at a time when it was more difficult for women to accomplish this task. I can relate to these women because being a female engineer in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s was also a challenge. Women comprised 30% of the population at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and Alpha Sigma Alpha was my support system.


Louise Cox Carper was my great grandmother. She was ‘Nannie’ to me. I remember her well. Thank you for putting this site together.

Kiara Payton

Thank you to those five women for organizing a chapter with such a prestigous organization. I cannot imagine my college years without being part of Alpha Sigma Alpha. It is definitely a life-changing experience. Live it, talk it, dream it, work for it! -Zeta Rho

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