Alpha Sigma Kappa-Women in Technical Studies was originally founded at the University of Minnesota on May 1, 1989 from the Little Sisters of Triangle. The Epsilon chapter was established at Iowa State in late October 2004. In the spring of 2006, Alpha Sigma Kappa was inducted as a member of the Collegiate Panhellinic Council. According to former president Jessica Reese, even though Alpha Sigma Kappa has a short history at Iowa State, “that only means we are making history.”
The sorority differs from many other social sororities because it is a sorority for technical majors with an emphasis on scholarship. Women with majors in Engineering, Management Information Systems, Architecture, and the Sciences can be admitted to membership.
Making history for Alpha Sigma Kappa includes a host of activities and philanthropic events. Each fall, members host a philanthropy for the local Girl Scouts called Scout-It-Out. A day full of scientific experiments and activities is used by the Girl Scouts toward their badge work. During Veishea each year, Alpha Sigma Kappa hosts the game Fish ‘n Chips in Cy’s Big Top. During the game, participants use bean bags to get a tic-tac-toe, and winner receive real fish or a bag of chips. The money raised from the game is donated to Youth and Shelter Services, Iowa’s first runaway and homeless shelter. In addition to these philanthropies, members of Alpha Sigma Kappa also judge local science fairs, help with Special Olympics, and give talks to school-aged children.
Along with philanthropy, Alpha Sigma Kappa also organizes and participates in numerous social and campus activities. The sorority takes part in Homecoming, Greek Week, and Veishea. In addition, they have at least two socials with other chapters each semester, a spring formal, and a sisterhood retreat each semester.