On December 10, 1869, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, five young men united in the bond of friendship gathered to form a Brotherhood, one that was not only steeped in the traditions of the past, but also dedicated to the Pursuit of Learning. Many years have passed, but since its founding by these Five Friends and Brothers, Kappa Sigma has grown to become one of the five largest fraternities in North America.
Currently, Kappa Sigma has 252 Chapters and 29 Colonies, with over 255,000 initiates, of which over 196,000 are living, and more than 14,000 undergraduate members. With their focus on leadership and high achievement, numerous Kappa Sigs have gone on to successful careers in music, entertainment, business, and government, including Jimmy Buffett (Southern Mississippi; Musician), Robert Redford (Colorado; Actor & Director), Ted Turner (Brown University; Media Mogul), Daniel “Rudy” Ruettinger (as featured in the movie Rudy), and Bob Dole (Kansas; former U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate). With Brothers like these, it is easy to see why so many men want to wear the Kappa Sigma scarlet, white, and green!
Kappa Sigma’s “A Greater Cause” initiative has placed special emphasis on service to the campus and community, providing each Brother with the opportunity to record his hours of service and funds raised, with the goal of raising at least $25.00 and completing at least 25 hours per year, per member. Due to the strong Kappa Sig sense of duty, this initiative has proven to be successful and in 2009 – 2011 alone, Kappa Sigma donated over $2,800,000 and more than 859,000 man-hours to charity.
It is appropriate that the Kappa Sigma Badge is composed of a crescent-moon and star, as all strive for great heights in academics, personal conduct, and service to others. Regardless of the life path each Brother may choose, every facet is guided by The Four Pillars of Kappa Sigma: Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service.