An Address from the Grand Master
Hello! My name is Paul Pavlich. I am the Grand Master of the Rho-Omega chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. I am proud to serve my undergraduate brothers and have never been more excited about the direction our chapter and international organization is going. Here at Stevens Institute of Technology, we have an outstanding undergraduate student body that Rho-Omega is happy to be part of. Our brothers are dedicated to improving campus life and are developing our community by living the values of Kappa Sigma’s founding principles: scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service.
Academic performance is a priority of the brotherhood. The brothers of our chapter have earned the Office of Student Life’s highest GPA award each semester since our founding in January of 2012 for obtaining the highest average GPA of any Greek organization and for having a GPA greater than the all-men’s average. Last fall, six of our members received Kappa Sigma Scholarship Leadership Awards which are awarded to the top 2% of undergraduate initiates. Brothers hold academic study sessions for all Stevens students with the goal of increasing everyone’s academic performance so they can reach their goals. This year Rho-Omega will work hard in the classroom to improve our overall GPA and looks forward to helping our brothers and school succeed academically.
Brothers are not only leaders in the fraternity, but in many organizations on and off campus as well. Kappa Sigma believes that community involvement is critical in developing future leaders. Several brothers are Resident Assistants who assist new students adapt to the college environment while other brothers are varsity athletes who have brought honor to Stevens by winning Conference Championships and earning All-American honors. These roles and a host of others give brothers experience with working in teams to create unity and establish common ground from which to grow into outstanding citizens. The members of this fraternity are chomping at the bit to lead their respective organizations to new heights this year and I am excited to be a part that journey.
Being a part of Kappa Sigma has given me experiences that have changed my life and made me who I am today. The brothers of this fraternity are exceptional in every way. I am referring to all brothers, not just members of the Rho-Omega chapter. Brothers are provided opportunities throughout the year to visit other chapters to network and learn from a different perspective about how to live the values of the fraternity. In addition to networking with chapters, Kappa Sigma brothers attend district conclaves where they participate in workshops on leadership, conduct standards and personal development to name a few. Rho-Omega has truly given me a family away from home. I look forward to a great year where we can provide an even better experience to our new members so they can enjoy the benefits of the brotherhood.
One of the most rewarding aspects of the fraternity is giving back to our campus and community. Brothers actively participate in and coordinate domestic and foreign service projects year-round. Our brothers understand that we are a part of something larger than our organization and believe it is our duty to help others succeed. Rho-Omega has a strong relationship with the City of Hoboken, Hoboken Grace Community Church and many other local organizations. This year is guaranteed to be our best yet and brothers will volunteer even more of their time than in the past years to helping veterans, students and the homeless.
I cannot wait to see where our fraternity goes next. The way I view the upcoming year is how our chapter’s first founding father viewed the future. Julian Gallo always said that the days in front of us are an empty canvas and it is in our power to decide what will be on it. With the support of my brothers, I choose to make that canvas one worth showing to others.
Paul Ivo Pavlich
Kappa Sigma – Rho-Omega