Sigma Kappa sorority spreads awareness about Alzheimer’s disease


    Sigma Kappa members gathered by the Founders Statue Wednesday morning and passed out Starbucks hot chocolate and coffee in cups that read “Sigma Kappaccino.”

    It was a way to welcome students and faculty back to campus and spread the word about Sigma Kappa's philanthropy for the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Since 1954, Sigma Kappa has been committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease by creating a major funding stream to the Alzheimer's Association, according to Sigma Kappa's website. 

    “The Association really just focuses on the research and helps find a cure for Alzheimer’s. One in three adults are affected with it. It is a huge epidemic that affects many people,” first-year nursing major and member of Sigma Kappa Erin Carlson said.

    Alzheimer's disease is the nation's sixth-leading cause of death, according to the website. Sigma Kappa has become one of the nation's leading contributors to Alzheimer's disease prevention, research and treatment efforts. 

    Sophomore writing major and member of Sigma Kappa Coady Spaeth said Sigma Kappa also participates in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s every fall semester. It is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.

    Whether a grandfather, grandmother or loved one, Carlson said that Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone in some way. 

    Students could drop coins and dollar bills into the donation bucket for the Alzheimer’s Association.

    “I think it’s great. I think it’s a great way to outreach to their philanthropy and give awareness for their philanthropy and it’s free coffee and that always makes everyone’s day,” elementary education graduate student Rachel Gleitman said.

    Lexi Bianchin, first-year business major and public relations chair for Sigma Kappa, said the sorority raised $63.32 through the “Sigma Kappacino” event.