Last week Kappa Sigma hosted a variety of events each night, from a poker night to a Friday evening barbeque. Members of the fraternity are hoping to have 12 to 13 new bids, with five already receiving grade checks. Kappa Sigma prides itself on its four pillars: Leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service.
Its history began in 1869 in America, and was established in Shippensburg University in 1969.
Kappa Sigma offers many opportunities for students. Its network reaches out to about 300,000 alumni, and has an active membership of 17,000 in 312 charters in the United States.
They have also created an endowment fund scholarship for members with GPA averages over 3.0.
Alumni from all over the nation attend an event in Las Vegas, and SU’s Kappa Sigma received an award for being above the national chapter grade average for three years in a row.
The service element of Kapa Sigma’s pillars stands true as it was able to raise $1,000 toward a philanthropy service in part of the military bureau campaign, which focuses on helping wounded military heroes.
Each member has a 60- day pledge process, which includes learning the history of the fraternity and getting to know the brothers. It prides itself on its no hazing policy and its welcoming environment to new members.
Kappa Sigma is very community-oriented as each member is held to the minimum of 35 volunteer hours and $35 in donations per year. This semester members have already raised $900 for Relay for Life.
Chapter President David Iacovino is also the president of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club on campus and many of the fraternity members are also involved.
Iacovino said the 60-day process is his favorite part of the fraternity.
The buildup and anticipation of this process made him fall in love with the grind of the process, leaving him thoroughly satisfied.
Eli Digon, another member, said his favorite part of the fraternity was the emphasis on alumni relations.
Three times a year, alumni are invited back to the school to reconnect with members and reminisce.
His fondest memory was when he was a new member and he watched one of his brothers struggle with more than $1,200 in medical bills. Without hesitation, another brother pulled out his checkbook and wrote him a check. It was this moment that Digon realized, “These guys have my back.”