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Kappa-So-Proud

The Tau-Gamma chapter of Kappa Sigma has a lot to be proud of.
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The Tau-Gamma chapter of Kappa Sigma at the University of Nevada, Reno entered campus in the Fall of 2013. They were chartered one semester later on April 26, 2014, and the members have achieved beyond what they believed was possible in the two years they’ve been on campus.

Billy Fox, a Founding Father, knew Kappa Sigma had a lot to offer once he became a member. “When people look at all the work we've done here on campus and with our national organization, we've achieved a lot. I think that speaks for Kappa Sig's love for the university and the local community we take part in. I hope that we can continue to be an exceptional, well-liked group of guys for years to come,” said Fox.

Chris Tovar is a Founding Father and will be entering his final year of college this coming school year. Out of his two years of being a member of Kappa Sigma, he has found that there is nothing more important than brotherhood. “Brotherhood means to never quit or give up on each other. One brother struggles we all struggle. One brother succeeds, we all succeed,” said Tovar. “We define what brotherhood means. Being there for your brother at anytime of the day…either early in the morning, late at night, traveling to different towns just to clear your minds…or even having 15 brothers stay overnight in a hospital just to make sure your brother is fine. We're stronger then friendship. We're part of a brotherhood, we're a family.”

Scott Sawamura, a founding father and a recent alumnus, knows Tau-Gamma will strive for the highest of goals possible. “It has been amazing to see how far our chapter has come. From starting with only three guys to growing to over 70 members while winning some of the highest awards Kappa Sigma has to offer in a little less than two years is incredible,” said Sawamura.

“Seeing this chapter grow so quickly has been my greatest source of accomplishment and wonder. To see something move this quickly yet not fall down has been a constant reassurance that we're doing something right,” said Mitchell Martinez, another Founding Father of Tau-Gamma.

Kappa Sigma Conclave 2015 was held at the end of July in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the Grand Master’s (current President) words, Daniel Leonardini, “it can be described as one of the best learning and fun experiences of being a Kappa Sigma.” During Conclave, members get the opportunity to learn how to solve problems that their chapter may be having and learn about great ideas that have done well in other chapters. “It is an opportunity to meet brothers from across the country and to get to know them and hang out with them,” said Leonardini.

Six individuals won awards with one person being awarded two. The chapter as a whole won five awards, two of those awards being the biggest honor that could be awarded to a chapter as new as Tau-Gamma.

Individual Awards

Outstanding Grand Master (President) Award for Jonathan Kenerson

Outstanding Grand Procurator (Vice President) Award for Kenneth Laverty

Outstanding Grand Master of Ceremonies (Second Vice President) Award for Ernest Landrito

Outstanding Grand Scribe (Secretary) Award for Zach Thompson

Outstanding Grand Treasurer Award for Mitchell Reyes

Outstanding Alumnus Advisor Award for Chuck Kenerson

Distinguished Service Commendation Award for Chuck Kenerson

Chapter Awards

Chapter Academic Excellence Award

Champion Chapter Award

“Awarded to chapters reaching the standard of at least 60 members or largest fraternity on campus (minimum 35 members).” –Daniel Leonardini

Founders’ Award of Chapter Excellence (FACE)

“The Founders’ Award of Chapter Excellence (“FACE”) is the benchmark award in Kappa Sigma. The FACE award recognizes outstanding Chapter management, achievement, and program development in all areas of operation.” –Daniel Leonardini

Founders’ Circle Award

“The Kappa Sigma Founders’ Circle Award is the highest award given to Chapters. The Founders’ Circle Award recognizes the Order’s “best of the best” at the undergraduate Chapter level. Founders’ Circle designees succeed in all areas of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service and set a shining example to which all Chapters should aspire.” –Daniel Leonardini

District of the Year Award

“Presented to the district which by undergraduate and alumni activity has distinguished itself in strength, reputation and Fraternity relations.” –Daniel Leonardini

“These awards are important to us for many reasons. It shows all of the hard work we put into our new chapter and trying to make it the best it can be. Part of the FACE and Founders’ Circle awards has to do with community involvement. Knowing that a lot of the hard work affected peoples’ lives in a positive way makes all of this meaningful,” said Leonardini.

Past Grand Master (past President), Jonathan Kenerson knows the future is looking bright for his beloved chapter and can’t wait to see what values their chapter can add to their university and community to grow. “One of our most historically influential brothers once said, "let us not rest until the Star and Crescent is the pride of every university". Some Kappa Sigma chapters take that to mean beating the competition,” said Kenerson. “In my mind, it means we should be a chapter of men that the Reno community and the University and its organizations are proud to affiliate with. My hope is that our name can be connected to strong character and involvement in the communities we're a part of.”

The Tau Gamma chapter of Kappa Sigma has shown significant growth from the day they first entered campus. The chapter’s participation on campus is fully recognized. Their members are valued. Their values are held the same amongst their members.

To see what Kappa Sigma will be doing on the University of Nevada, Reno is an exciting endeavor. Their goals and successes will leave lasting footprints on the campus.

Cover Image Credit: Serphos Photography; Daniel Leonardini

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Top 3 Lifestyle Changes I Made In College

The mistakes I corrected which stood between me and satisfaction.

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2019 has been a year of unparalleled growth for me. In 2018 I could have said the same. I spent extended periods of time analyzing the factors of my life which left me, in some ways, feeling unfulfilled. Here are the top 3 lifestyle changes that I made in college which left me feeling happier than ever.

1. Cut out the toxic people. 

A house is worthless without a solid foundation. The people which you call your friends are largely the foundation for your confidence and social life. Sometimes, we recognize that these people are overall anchors on our psyche; condescending narcissists whose confidence rests on making others feel inadequate. The first step to building self-confidence is to get these people out of your life immediately. Once you solidify this foundation, you will soon realize how pitiful these people are, and growth you had been capable of without them.

2. Do you even lift?

Not only has my physical condition improved from going to the gym, so has my mental strength. As my physical form has improved, my confidence has risen. We have spent millions of years evolving to physically exert ourselves. Our modern lifestyle has left many of us without this crucial key to endorphins and proper brain chemistry; a factor which has promoted never before seen rates of depression and anxiety. Lifting weights have left me feeling better than I can remember, with endorphins and testosterone at an all-time high.

For years, I either avoided the gym or found excuses to stop. The reason I never committed to fitness was largely a lack of interest in self-betterment, but also a feeling of cluelessness in the subject. I recommend utilizing the "Beginner's Health and Fitness Guide" linked here. This guide breaks down fitness in an incredibly easy to understand way. This information is not published by someone trying to sell you something. It was written by input from numerous online fitness enthusiasts and refined for accuracy as well as simplicity. This guide has helped me and many others in online communities start down the road to improved physical and mental health through fitness.

3. Do as much as possible, even when you don't feel like it. 


I squandered years of my short life secluding myself to a comfort bubble. While in college, I have realized that happiness largely rests on occupying yourself with new and real experiences as frequently as possible. Time which would have previously been wasted on my phone, the television, or playing online games was shifted to trying new things. As often as possible, I have pushed myself to undertake activities such as learning to snowboard, grabbing food with people from college whom I had just met, going hiking with strangers and our mutual friend, traveling solo, etc. Pushing myself further from my comfort bubble every day has been exceptionally conducive to not only living life to a greater degree but also decreasing the anxieties which we all experience.


What can you fix in your current life to build the lifestyle you dream of?





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