Modern day Kappa Sigma was founded one chilly evening in the fall of 1869, as five students attending the University of Virginia in Charlottesville gathered in the room of William Grigsby McCormick, 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. 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 to all Kappa Sigmas today.
Rho Omega History
In October of 2010, Julian Gallo made a fateful visit to Temple University, where he met with the Grand Master of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Sigma. Almost immediately, he was inspired to bring Kappa Sig to his own university, Stevens Institute of Technology; from then on, he would literally not rest until this dream became a reality.
Slowly, friends, and friends of friends, were “shpeeled” the idea of bringing Kappa Sigma to Stevens and quickly began to share in Julian’s vision. Within weeks, a national representative came to meet with the interest group to begin the process of colonization, and after working with the school, Kappa Sigma colonized at Stevens Institute of Technology in May of 2011: The process had begun.
Several months later, while on a camping trip in South Jersey (the first instance of what would become an annual tradition), a group of Brothers traveled to Philadelphia to petition for chartering at a meeting of the Kappa Sigma Supreme Executive Committee. The petition was gladly approved by the committee, and the Stevens Colony was approved to become a full chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
The Rho Omega Chapter of Kappa Sigma was chartered on January 28, 2012, and followed initiations with one of the best Chartering Galas that the fraternity had ever seen; among its attendees were such luminaries as the Supreme Grand Master of Kappa Sigma, Christian Nascimento. On that day, Kappa Sigma became the first men’s social fraternity to come to Stevens’ campus since 1938. The fraternity continues to grow in both membership and fellowship.