Rho - Upsilon Chapter at UIW
History of the University of the Incarnate Word Rho-Upsilon Chapter #359
In the spring of 2010, the District Grand Master at the time, Cesar Sabillion (Theta-Zeta, Eastern New Mexico, ‘06) and Andrew Ryan Sanchez presented Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the All Greek Information Night. There they met Carlos Ruben Velez and Gilbert Lopez Jr. and with them they discussed the brotherhood of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Carlos and Gilbert then returned to the Agnese-Sosa Dormitory and researched Kappa Sigma. It was at that time, that Carlos and Gilbert decided that Kappa Sigma was the journey they wanted to embark upon. Later on that day, they ran into David Chavarria, Joshua Luna, Paul Villanueva, Leo Abreu, and Alejandro Flores. From that instance, Kappa Sigma was the bond that was going to hold them together. That weekend, Andrew conducted Kappa Sigma’s first colony meeting. At this meeting many new faces appeared such as Alexander Olivarez, Eduardo Flores, John Green, Travis Gotthardt, Anhojin Aidin Akhmkhuami-Entchasheqner, Patrick Wallace, Elmer Rodriguez-Adame, Kyle St. Charles, and James Austin. It was at that time that they planned to spread the word of Kappa Sigma throughout the University of the Incarnate Word campus.
As they returned Fall 2010 a group of eager young men joined the Kappa Sigma Colony brotherhood. With a spark of enthusiasm the Kappa Sigma Colony dominated rush two semesters in a row and became the biggest and most preferred fraternity on campus. With a cumulative GPA of 2.9 and having logged more than 1500 hours of community service, the four pillars of Kappa Sigma fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and service displayed that Kappa Sigma was “number one second to none.
The Chapter was founded on August 27, 2011
Special Thanks To: UTSA (Xi-Delta), UT Dallas( Nu-Omicron) and UT Pan AM ( Kappa-Epsilon)
Since the establishment of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at UIW, they have set the standards in academics for the past two semesters on campus. In Spring 2012, they were one of the top ten chapters, across the nation for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, with the highest grade point average. They have dominated recruitment for the last two years, allowing them to continue holding the title of the largest fraternity on campus.
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“It Remains, And It Shall Remains.”
About the Kappa Sigma Fraternity
Values and Standards - Kappa Sigma is focused upon the Four Pillars of FELLOWSHIP, LEADERSHIP, SCHOLARSHIP and SERVICE. As a values-based men's fraternity, Kappa Sigma strictly forbids hazing and fosters meaningful college experiences by offering progressive membership development and pledge education.
Programs and Awards - Kappa Sigma's three primary initiatives -- CHAMPION QUEST, BROTHERS IN ACTION and A GREATER CAUSE -- have led to new heights in recruitment, membership development and community service. The Fraternity has developed outstanding programs in alcohol and drug education (My Brother's Keeper), and recognizes excellence among its members through individual, chapter and alumnus awards each year.
Scholarships KAPPA SIGMA ENDOWMENT FUND awards more than $250,000 in Scholarship-Leadership Awards each year to qualified undergraduate members who excel in the classroom, on campus, in the community and within the Fraternity. These Brothers represent the best and brightest of Kappa Sigma. Since 1948, the Endowment Fund has awarded more the $3.5 million to thousands of deserving Brothers.
Alumni Involvement - Kappa Sigma has more than 100 alumni chapters and 175,000 living alumni throughout North America who support our undergraduate chapters. The organization's alumni involvement is unmatched in the fraternal world, with more than 1,200 appointed volunteer alumni advisors.
Headquarters - In 2007, Kappa Sigma Fraternity opened the largest International Headquarters in the fraternal world, very near Monticello, the home of the third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson, and the University of Virginia campus.