About Us

Since its founding at the University of Virginia on December 10, 1869, Kappa Sigma has initiated more than 245,000 men on college campuses throughout the United States and Canada. Today, the Fraternity has over 175,000 living alumni and more than 13,500 undergraduate members.<

Our proud history of producing campus leaders who go on to succeed in business, government, the armed services, sports, entertainment and the arts has led to Kappa Sigma’s continuous and unparalleled growth across the continent.

Today, more men join Kappa Sigma each year than any other fraternity in north America. Kappa Sigma works to provide a brotherhood of fellowship, develop leadership, encourage scholarship, and has a deep commitment to community 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.

Baker University's Beta Tau chapter of Kappa Sigma refelcts goals and emphasis of the national fraternity. Beta Tau has a rich history as Baker Universitiy's first national fraternity. The alumni of Beta Tau have stepped out into the world as congressmen, educators, doctors, ministers, state representatives, social work pioneers, atheletes, newspaper reporters and editors, coaches, bankers, mayors, accountants, artists, lawyers, soldiers, college and seminary presidents, and a host of other careers. Beta Tau truly is a "pearl of great price".

Kappa Sigma has a rich history dating back to 1400 in Italy and 1869 in the United States

Kappa Sigma Fraternity was originally founded as a secret society of students at the University of Bologna in Italy in the year 1400. The group was founded by Manuel Chrysoloras, a Greek scholar, who taught at the university. In that day of city-states, the groups initial purpose was mutual protection of its members against physical attack and robbery by the unscrupulous governor of the city, Baldassare Cossa. In 1400, mutual protection which inspired the Ritual and beliefs of modern day Kappa Sigma.

Kappa Sigma in America was founded one chilly evening in the fall of 1869. Five students attending the University of Virginia in Charlottesville gathered in William Grigsby McCormick's room at 46 East Lawn and planted the seed of Brotherhood. For many weeks the bonds of friendship had drawn these five together. Now the need became clear for a formal structure to contain their feelings became prevalent. Thus, not only did the Founders formalize their friendship, but they also created a fraternity steeped in the traditions of the past and dedicated to the Pursuit of Learning. The new brothers recorded their bond in a Constitution and in an Oath which set forth the ideals and principles to all Kappa Sigmas today. The "Fve Fouding Friends and Brothers" of Kappa Sigma were: William Grigsby McCormick, George Miles Arnold, John Covert Boyd, Frank Courtney Nicodemus, and Edmund Law Rogers.

Stephen Alonzo Jackson (while attending the University of Virginia) is regarded as possibly the most important man in Kappa Sigma's history. Through his efforts a struggling local fraternity became a strong national organization. He was the architect of our Ritual, writer of our Constitution, and was our first Worthy Grand Master. The following is an excerpt from the Bononia Docet, our pledge manual: Stephen Alonzo Jackson was born September 22, 1851. He was left motherless in his infancy and was raised by his grandmother. A close associate and brother, Francis Nelson Barksdale, recalled him with these words, "{A} perfect bundle of nervous energy. His love of the Fraternity knew no bounds, and his enthusiasm was so contagious that it influenced everybody who came within his reach. His one ambition was to make Kappa Sigma the leading college fraternity of the world, and to that end he thought and worked by day and night, until the end of his busy life."

Jackson died on March 4, 1892. His legacy to the Fraternity included its Ritual, a revised Constitution, a precedent-setting Grand Conclave, the first southern Fraternity to extend a chapter to the north, and above all else, a spirit for expansion.

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