History Of Gamma-Delta
Originally chartered in 1904, the Gamma-Delta chapter of Kappa Sigma was a driving force in UMass Greek Life for over 80 years, until its departure in 1986. In the early spring of 2013, brothers and members of the national recruitment team set out to find a group of highly motivated and extraordinary individuals who were ready to take on the challenges of re-founding a chapter of Kappa Sigma at UMass. The Gamma-Delta Colony at UMass Amherst faced the challenge of recruiting 60 men to reach their chartering goal. By the end of the spring, 35 men had been pledged into the fraternity and took it upon themselves to someday be worthy to wear the badge of Kappa Sigma.
On February 8, 2014 the 65 Founding Fathers of the Gamma Delta colony were initiated and given their charter by The Worthy Grand Master of Kappa Sigma himself – establishing the Gamma Delta chapter of Kappa Sigma at UMass Amherst. With spring rush right around the corner, the brothers of Kappa Sigma prepared for their first ever Alpha pledge class. When the spring pledge process was over, Kappa Sigma welcomed 11 quality men into our brotherhood making us one of the largest fraternities on UMass’ campus after just one semester as a chapter. Today Kappa Sigma is a thriving fraternity chapter on UMass’ campus with the goal of becoming a model chapter in the northeast, as well as on campus.
National History of Kappa Sigma
Modern day Kappa Sigma was founded on December 10, 1869. Five students at the University of Virginia met in 46 East Lawn: William Grigsby McCormick, George Miles Arnold, John Covert Boyd, Edmund Law Rogers, Jr., and Frank Courtney Nicodemus established the fraternity. These five founders became collectively known as the "Five Friends and Brothers".
In 1872, Kappa Sigma initiated Stephen Alonzo Jackson, who would go on to transform a struggling local fraternity into a strong international Brotherhood. We attribute much of Kappa Sigma's success to Jackson noting that, "Since his death in 1892, the success of the Order is the direct result of Jackson's devotion 'to make Kappa Sigma the leading college fraternity of the world.' 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. 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 that set forth the ideals and principles of all Kappa Sigmas today.
Today, Kappa Sigma is the largest college social fraternity in the world with more than 200,000 living members, including over 20,000 undergraduates and 320 chapters and colonies located throughout the United States and Canada.