New fraternity may open doors on campus
A new fraternity hopes to join the Arkansas State University campus by the fall of 2014. To become official and join its already established counterparts, Kappa Sigma must reach all the requirements set forth by not only the Kappa Sigma organization, but Arkansas State University as well.
Trent Rivers, a sophomore mechanical engineering major of Bryant, and member of the group hoping to establish Kappa Sigma at A-State said, “Right now we are focusing on meeting the chapter membership and funding requirements.”
Those requirements include having 60 members and a deposit of $2,500. “As of right now we have 39 members,” said Jackson Troxel, newly elected president of the A-State Kappa Sigma and sophomore pre-professional biology major of Pocahontas.
“We are still working on funding. While we are reaching out to alumni and plan to have fundraisers, we also hope to reach out to the community for any donations,” Rivers said. If this strategy works, it will allow members and those wishing to join to pay less in dues upon initiation into the fraternity.
Installing the fraternity has been an ongoing process since the beginning of February, when Troxel first began contacting the national organization to inquire about the possibility of bringing a Kappa Sigma chapter to the ASU campus.
“ASU did have plans to expand (its fraternity population) this summer, but at the same time, it was a very strong student-driven effort to bring Kappa Sigma here,” Troxel said. “They reached out to me the same day (contact was made) and we scheduled for someone from nationals to come down within the following weeks to help us with recruitment.”
Kappa Sigma has recognized the A-State group as a potential colony, and the group is now in pursuit of recognition from the University.
Leadership members were voted into position Saturday night. Evan Delancey was named vice president of administration, Casey Goode was named vice president of brotherhood development, Austin Andrews was named vice president of public relations, and Hunter Biram was named vice president of finance..
If all goes well, the goals the group plans to achieve for the fall semester include seeking membership into the InterFraternity Council, and based on approval, continuing the growth of the organization as well as collaborating with the current seven IFC organizations already on the A-State campus.
The impact the fraternity plans on making on campus and in the community revolves around their philanthropy and the pillars of their national organization. “Pending approval and recognition, we hope we are able to uphold the four pillars of our national organization, which are Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service. We also hope to be very philanthropic and active in the community as well as on campus,” Troxel said.
The mission of the fraternity, which was originally established in the University of Virginia in 1869, is to complement and enhance the educational mission of the host institution, promote the ideal of brotherhood, actively contribute to the personal growth and development of its members, promote ethical behavior and decision-making, and encourage service to others, according to the Kappa Sigma web site.
Alex Washam, a sophomore music education major of Jonesboro said, “I think it’s cool that there will be another organization that students can join. It provides opportunities for new friends and can make school a lot easier for some students.”
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