Story and photo by Kali Robinson
Video by Paola Troche
Several Cameron University students became candidate sisters of Sigma Alpha Omega (SAO) after participating in activities hosted by the sorority throughout its Recruitment Week.
Sigma Alpha Omega hosted a Bible Study at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 in the Buddy Green Room as one of the Christian sorority’s five consecutive events during their Survival Through Faith recruitment week.
Recruitment events, occurring Jan. 21 through Jan. 25, consisted of a Last One Standing Manhunt and the Country Girl Can Survive Dinner. Each event was designed with a specific message about obtaining or maintaining faith.
Sorority members Semaj McManus, Jennifer Landers, Stephanie Serra-Monori, Elizabeth Krause, Sarah Vrla and Vivian Arroyo watched the Sigma Alpha Omega introduction video that was presented at each event.
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Vrla led a discussion about Survival Tools and asked the students about the trials and obstacles that Christians face.
Each student spoke in turn and offered her opinion, but everyone had a turn to speak and write notes.
The members of the organization pointed any questions or concerns the sisters had to Vivian Arroyo, a senior majoring in Romance Languages Education.
Arroyo currently serves as the President and is also one of the founding sisters of the CU Chapter of Sigma Alpha Omega.
Arroyo explained why she decided to help form the sorority.
“I was approached by two friends,” Arroyo said. “I thought ‘Why not?’ I had never heard of a Christian sorority before.”
This decision, however, became more than the beginning of an organization.
“[I have] grown so much, [and am a] different person,” Arroyo said. “I am so passionate about this sorority, so running for president I know I could do a really good job in this position.”
Arroyo said that this feeling has not always been the case.
“Leadership roles kind of scared me,” Arroyo said.
From the time she began the organization, Arroyo said she began accepting responsibility.
Arroyo said she was able to build her confidence through serving in smaller leadership roles like committee chair and secretary. Her sisters have taken over these responsibilities.