The Valpo Colony of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. officially received chapter status earlier this week, becoming the Delta Zeta chapter.
Chapter status comes after a long colony period, spent establishing ties with the larger Greek community and recruiting sisters.
SLG president Karina Calvillo reflected on the process, which began back in the fall of 2014 during her freshman year, with what started as an interest group.
“We started as an interest group. We had almost 30 women interested,” Calvillo said.
At the end of 2014, interest was high enough for the women to send out their colony petition to SLG headquarters. The following spring, they were granted colony status, and two sisters attending Valpo’s law school became their educators.
Most of SLG’s colony period was spent immersing themselves in the Valpo Greek community, recruiting sisters and handling administrative responsibilities like creating and revising a set of bylaws.
All of their hard work paid off last Monday, Jan. 24, when Calvillo received a call around 9:30 p.m. with the news that their colony would officially become the Delta Zeta chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma.
For Calvillo, who was at home in Chicago at the time she got the call, the best part of the news was sharing it with her sisters. Although she couldn’t be there to celebrate with them, her sisters commemorated the night with a classic Valpo tradition.
“They all went together on Monday night, and they went and rang the Victory Bell,” Calvillo said.
From here, the chapter will work to continue the success they established as a colony.
“We’re focused on building our numbers and engaging more with the Valpo community,” Calvillo said.
The Valpo community is overjoyed for the women of SLG, celebrating with them. Several chapters have congratulated their chartering over social media, and the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon even presented them with pink roses--SLG’s flower. Calvillo says that from the start, SLG was always welcomed in the Greek community, and these celebrations of this milestone further reiterate that acceptance.
“I think we’re all just really happy and overwhelmingly just excited that we’re a part of the Valpo community for sure. We were super excited and super grateful for everyone that kind of reached out,” Calvillo said.
The women of SLG also recently got approval for their own space on campus.
“Super exciting to see where we can go from here. We just got approval for a chapter room, too, so now we have a chapter room in Brandt,” Calvillo said. “So everything kind of just fell into place all around the same time. And honestly for us, it’s exciting to just know that we have a permanent home here at Valpo.”
Calvillo, who recently visited the founding location of SLG at the University of Iowa, and is entering her second term as president, is optimistic about SLG’s future on Valpo’s campus. Above all, she and her sisters are happy to see all of their efforts finally paying off.
“We’re really proud and excited that this is our home now,” Calvillo said.