December 10, 1869 Charlottesville, VA
Founded at UI: September 15, 1905
Colors: Scarlet, White, and Emerald Green
Flower: Lily of the Valley
Jewels: Ruby, pearl, and emerald
Motto: Bononia Docet "Bologna Teaches"
Number of chapters nationally: 209
National headquarters location: Charlottesville, VA.
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Tom & Jerry Party - The T.J. Party is a Christmas function for members and pledges only. Each person in the house draws the name of another person and is responsible for buying that individual a Christmas present and writing a poem to accompany the gift. The price limit on the gift is traditionally $1.69.
Founder's Day Dinner - This formal dinner is held in honor of the day Kappa Sigma was founded by the Five Friends and Brothers. It is held every year on December 10 with members, pledges, and prominent alumni in attendance. The fraternity's scholarships and leadership awards are also presented. These are a few of many brotherhood activities that are held at the Gamma Theta Chapter of Kappa Sigma
Kappa Sigma's main priority is its pursuit for academic excellence. One priority that we focus on is that we make sure that all undergraduate students study a minimum of 24 hours a week. Also all undergraduate students must maintain of minimum GPA of 2.5. Good GPA is rewarded during our Scholarship Dinner. This dinner is more or less an incentive device for scholastic achievement among people in the house. Each member or pledge with at least a 3.00 grade point average attends dinner in a suit and eats a juicy steak. Those obtaining below a 3.00, but above a 2.20, eat a regular meal. .
Philanthropic/Community Service Projects:
Our members are very active in giving back to the community. Not only do our members participate in the sorority philanthropies, we host our own such as our Powder Puff Football benefiting University of Idaho women's athletics, the Basketball Marathon benefiting the Jimmy V. Cancer Foundation, and local Highway Cleanups.
Annual Raft Trip - In late Spring, the chapter organizes a raft trip down the Salmon River from Riggins to Lucille, ID. This trip is for Members, Pledges, Non-initiates, and their dates; and it is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of the year. Pledge Dance - Pledge Dance is normally one of the first fraternity dances on campus. The pledges are in charge of planning the theme and decorating.
House Party - Is the oldest Greek function on the University of Idaho campus. During the 1910-11 school year, the house was located on 107 North Almond, we had an exchange with the Alpha Delta Phi society (Gamma Phi Beta). A rainstorm washed out the bridge over Paradise Creek, the girls and their chaperones were forced to spend the night with us. Gamma-Theta commemorates this event with an annual 12-hour function; the only one of its kind on campus. The official pre-function begins at noon, and lasts until all the dates have arrived at the house, unescorted. This duplicates the arrival of the Alpha Delta Phis.
FarmHouse Annual Hawaiian Luau on the Lake - The Kappa Sigmas, FarmHouse fraternity and their dates gather in Couer d'Alene for a cruise around Lake Couer d'Alene.
Awards and Honors (campus and national):
- We rank above the all fraternity average GPA at the University of Idaho (seven consecutive semesters).
- Winner of the Founders Award for Chapter Excellence four consecutive years, awarded to the top 5% of Kappa Sigma chapters in the country.
- Winner of the Boyd House Prize for the best maintained Kappa Sigma chapter house in the country.