Kappa Sigma is the largest men’s fraternity in the world, with more than 280,000 members. Founded at the University of Virginia in 1869, the organization has a long history of friendship and development at some of the nation’s most popular colleges and universities. Kappa Sigma focuses on promoting educational values in local schools, the concept of brotherhood, personal development, ethical conduct, and providing service to others.
Started by five students in the US, Kappa Sigma struggled in its infancy. Another scholar, Stephen Alonzo Jackson, helped the organization thrive and was the individual behind the fraternity’s formal rituals and constitution. As the first Worth Grand Master, he helped Kappa Sigma begin an expansion process that turned it into the thriving society it is today.
The Symbols and Traditions Representing Kappa Sigma
When you see a Kappa Sigma member on campus, you’ll likely see scarlet, white, and emerald green. The primary symbols found on the official badge are the star and crescent. Kappa Sigma maintains an anti-hazing policy and requires all brothers act as gentlemen with honor, courage, humility, and intelligence.
The official flower is the lily of the valley. Each chapter distinguishes itself from the overarching society with its own local rituals and bylaws. The motto “Bononia Docet” (Bologna Teaches) hearkens back to the society’s European foundations in the late 14th or early 15th century.
A Multi-Faceted Approach to Development and Outreach
Some fraternities work closely with one particular cause or organization. Kappa Sigma has many internal and external programs designed to promote service and personal development among members.
Brothers in Action
For fraternity members, this program provides brothers with a blueprint for attaining the skills and values needed to achieve academic, service, and career excellence.
A Greater Cause
This initiative promotes a more diverse outreach among members. Between 2013 and 2015, Kappa Sigma raised $5.8 million for charity and donated more than 1.1 million hours of service as part of this program.
A Day of Service
One day every year, Kappa Sigma brothers join together to help their local communities. This tradition started in 2012.
Military Heroes Campaign
Designed to help veterans and their families, this campaign focuses on providing monetary donations to veteran advocacy programs. Kappa Sigma has worked to improve veteran’s lives through this campaign since 2007.
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