The Eta Sigma Chapter of Kappa Pi at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division is celebrating its second full year with the fraternity. The Eta Sigma branch of Kappa Pi fraternity offers members not only recognition, but the opportunity to create meaningful professional and artistic relationships in the virtual world. The chapter members come from across the United States and work in a broad range of artistic fields such as Graphic Art, Media Arts and Animation, Interior Design, Game Design, as well as the Fine Arts.
The virtual nature of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division makes everything Eta Sigma does somewhat unique. Most communication is done via a social networking interface exclusively for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division called Connections. It functions a lot like Facebook to help students to socialize, network, and become involved in a virtual community. Kappa Pi Coordinator and Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Aileen Dillon, created and helps manage the Kappa Pi page Connections, which serves as a forum for interchange among members. Non-members can view certain portions of the Kappa Pi page to learn about the organization and apply.
Faculty sponsors Alison Holmes and Christina Kotoske are very proud to announce that they inducted 35 new members on April 4, 2011, and 25 new members on December 7, 2011. Both ceremonies were held virtually using a combination of Adobe Connect and telephone. The new inductees represent some of the finest students and artists working at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division.
Eta Sigma is still young, but its members are already making a big impression. This year, professional Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Eta Sigma member Arden von Haegar was featured in the July 2011 edition of Nashville Arts Magazine. Closer to home, members Alicia Burgess and Nicole Millay both received an Honorable Mention in Kappa Pi’s 2011 scholarship contest this past summer.
The Eta Sigma chapter is happy to embark upon another exciting and productive year with Kappa Pi in 2012!