Sigma Delta Omega was the recipient of the 2015 Community Values Award!

Sigma Delta Omega showed dedication to service and their community by completing 2584 hours of service in the 2015 calendar year. That's an average of 46 hours per member!

To learn more about the Community Values Award, click here.


A Q and A with Aryn Thomas, Community Outreach Coordinator of Sigma Delta Omega

What does service mean to you and your chapter?  What standard do you hold for your members regarding service?

Service has always been an important part of my life. The impact that even a small act of kindness can make is extraordinary. I am constantly blown away by the members of SDO. Majority of us are science or engineering majors, taking some of the most challenging courses, and everyone still finds time to give back to the community. These ladies are absolutely incredible, with many of them achieving well beyond the minimum requirement of 10 hours of community service per term.  

Can you name and describe some projects/ongoing service that your chapter is involved in?

Our chapter participates in a wide variety of service projects on and off campus. One of the larger projects our sister's volunteer with is a program called AWSEM, which stands for Advocates for Women in Science Engineering and Mathematics. Our sisters mentor middle school and/or high school girls during this six week program to encourage the young girls to pursue careers in STEM fields. Our club is also famous for our Periodic Table of Cookies, which we sell during WinterTerm in order to raise money for Relay for Life.


What is your national philanthropy focus?

Our sorority isn't a national sorority so we don't have necessarily a national philanthropy, but we focus more locally. Our philanthropy raises money for K-12 science programs for youth in the Corvallis area. 


What events does your chapter put on that we can all be looking forward to for the end of this year or next year?

We are wrapping up our Periodic Table of Cookies by the end of Week 7 this term, with all proceeds benefiting Relay for Life! Philanthropy has a tentative plan to do another science themed cookie sale, with beakers, test tubes, Erlenmeyer flasks, and atoms during Spring term. Our main philanthropy event, the Mad Scientist Pursuit will be held next Fall term for 2016.

What do you feel bonds your chapter together? (List some fun things you all do together!)

Although we're in an un-housed sorority and don't spend as much time together as some other chapters, we haven't let that get in the way of our sisterhood bonding time. Almost every chapter meeting we put time aside to do sisterly bonding activities and our social chairs have been incredible with planning weekly events, such as a Fondue Night, Pizza Making Nights, and . One of the biggest things we do as a chapter is a Spring Retreat. We take one weekend during spring term and rent a huge, beautiful house, that the whole sorority can go stay in for the weekend. We've gone to the beach previous years and this year it'll be at the mountain! It's a perfect time to spend more quality time with our sisters, getting to know each other more, relax and most importantly have fun!