the star and crescent shall not be worn by every man, but only by him who is worthy to wear it...
Kappa Sigma, Second to None. Kappa Sigma’s main objective is based on building a better man, while encouraging him to participate in as many other campus organizations that he may choose. More specifically, Kappa Sigma looks to provide the opportunity for the male student to enhance his fellowship circle, leadership skills, scholastic involvement, and service contribution to the local community.
Since 1869, Kappa Sigma has chartered over 335 chapters and nearly 245,000 men have pledged to become faithful members of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. The Fraternity is focused upon the Four Pillars of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship and Service. As a values-based fraternity, Kappa Sigma strictly forbids hazing and fosters the meaningful college experiences by offering progressive membership development and pledge education.
The Fellowship of Kappa Sigma began over six hundred years ago when students of the University of Bologna joined together for their mutual protection under the leadership of Manuel Chrysoloras. These five disciples and Chrysoloras formed a society against the corrupt governor of Bologna, Baldassare Cossa, who was leading a physical attack against the students.
These students formed a secret society with secret signs and words to protect their own safety. Their ideals embodied in a ritual, transformed them from a group of men to a true brotherhood - the Fellowship of Kappa Sigma.
Five friends and brothers came together on a cold evening on December 10, 1869 at the University of Virginia at 46 East Lawn to draft a constitution and found the Kappa Sigma Fraternity in North America. These five friends bounded themselves together by an oath and presevered their union with secret work.
The five friends and brothers, George Miles Arnold, John Covert Boyd, William Grigsby McCormick, Frank Courtney Nicodemus, and Edmund Law Rogers, Jr. are responsible for the American founding of Kappa Sigma at UVA.
Before his death, Stephen Alonzo Jackson, who was considered one of the most valued Brothers of our Fraternity, Jackson announced to all Kappa Sigmas that it was his dream "to make Kappa Sigma the leading college fraternity in the world." Today every alumnus and undergraduate Kappa Sigma is dedicated to continue the Pursuit of Jackson's Dream, to champion the cause of Kappa Sigma on every campus.
On November 21, 1970, Kappa Sigma was chartered as a the Kappa-Omega chapter at UNC Charlotte. We became the 205th chapter of the fraternity nationally.
That day, 28 men were initiated into Kappa Sigma and became the first Kappa Sigmas on UNC Charlotte's campus, otherwise known as the Founding Fathers of our Chapter. Kappa-Omega was the first Interfraternity Council chartered at UNC Charlotte.
Brothers gather for a group photo at the 2012 annual IFC/PHA BBQ Cookout at UNC Charlotte.
Today, Kappa-Omega is comprised of over 60 active undergraduate brothers and hundreds of alumni from UNC Charlotte. We continue to grow on a day-to-day basis forming a Brotherhood that is stronger than any other fraternity on campus. The history we make speaks for itself and forever will live in our heart.
At the July 2012 Kappa Sigma National Leadership Conference, Kappa-Omega received the F.A.C.E. and Founders Circle Awards - two honored and prestigious awards given to chapters who exhibit excellence both in Brotherhood and academics.
What should a fraternity do?
The Fraternity is committed to fostering a close cooperative partnership with all colleges and universities where its chapters exist. Kappa Sigma not only assists with achieving academic potential, but helps pursue one's degree goals.
The creation of lifelong friendships is a primary benefit of a Kappa Sigma membership. The Fraternity fulfills the need of students to belong to an extended family and frequently provides the opportunity to enhance those personal relationships through group living situations.
Members, individually and collectively, should work toward the betterment of their campus and community...and in so doing contribute to the betterment of themselves.
We teach young men social skills that will benefit them throughout their lifetime. The multitude of leadership opportunities available through Kappa Sigma prepares members for success in their chosen careers. Kappa Sigma organizes well-rounded programs and strives for excellence and quality in all undertakings.
Fraternity ritual should be incorporated into the daily lives of the members. Kappa Sigmas are expected to act as gentlemen at all times, and the fraternity must demand the highest standards of personal conduct. The Fraternity should instill a sense of responsibility and integrity. The dignity of all persons shall always be respected; intolerant or abusive behavior cannot be tolerated.