Kappa Sigma Award Story

The chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Eastern New Mexico University has been awarded the organization’s highest national awards as one of the top chapters in North America. Since being founded at ENMU in 1962, Kappa Sigma is the university’s longest standing social fraternity. The Kappa Sigma Founders’ Circle award is the highest honor given to its chapters. The top 2 percent of chapters receive this award annually, with only six awards being given in 2020.

While the exact requirements for the Face award are numerous, a brief list of the Theta-Zeta chapter’s achievements were credited as being the main contributing factors to their overall success in the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • The chapter’s GPA was above the Eastern New Mexico University All Men’s GPA during both semesters in 2019.

  • The chapter engaged in more than 6,400 hours of community service.

  • The chapter raised more than $26,000 for charitable causes.

  • The chapter raised $4,000 for the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign, which is committed to supporting ongoing care for our military veterans and their families. More information is available at www.MilitaryHeroesCampaign.org.

  • The chapter raised more than $14,000 for its Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund Chapter Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to chapter members based upon academic achievement, campus involvement, and leadership within Kappa Sigma.

The Theta-Zeta chapter’s president Jesus Castillo credits his group’s success to a proud tradition of hard work and perseverance. “We really put an emphasis on teamwork and coming together to work towards a common goal. At the end of the day the most important thing to us is to keep improving and to strive to become better men. I love every minute of what we do here, and it’s our goal to make this opportunity as accessible as possible to the students of Eastern” said Castillo.

Alumnus Adviser Jody Bailey commented on the potential value of joining Greek life: “It really taught me how to be a hard worker very early. I believe that it gives young people a platform and a community when they start forward with their careers. It really teaches you how to network, how to study, and how to prepare yourself for the future”.

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