Kappa-So-Proud

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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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

Cover Image Credit: Julia Waterbury

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Personal Space Is More Important Than Socializing

Stop pretending you don't need a break from your friends (and life).

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Firstly, I would like to say that FOMO is a very real thing.

For those born in the prehistoric era, that means 'fear of missing out'. It's something that definitely came with the age of technology, and the tendency for everyone to post the best aspects of their social lives in an attempt to prove they have one (don't stress, I'm the biggest culprit). It's also something that's potentially destroying our ability to prioritize our need for time alone.

I feel like we're all in a competition to be the most social person in our social media bubbles. I'm sure you can agree there's that pressure lurking every time you do something fun to whip out your phone and make sure you take a snap of it, to prove you actually did something with your day other than binge watch David Dobrik vlogs.

Even when the aspect of social media is removed, FOMO still hangs around. Sometimes I just don't want to go out. I don't want to get out of bed, to get dressed, brush my hair. Sometimes I simply don't want to socialize — small talk is exhausting! But yet, I get that feeling like I really should go out and see people, like I'm not spending my time wisely unless I'm soaking up every chance I get to hang out with friends. It's almost as if everyone thinks your life isn't of value if it isn't spent being around others, and I do agree with this — to an extent.

Before leaving for Alabama, the number one piece of advice I heard over and over was, "say yes to everything!" I was then usually told to make friends with as many people as I could, maybe even say hi to strangers once in a while! Anyone who had been on exchange previously recommended that I immerse myself in every experience that presented itself to me. After all, their favorite memories involved making new, unexpected friends.

I still strongly stand by this idea — I wouldn't have had half the experiences I've had so far if it weren't for this Yes Man mentality. However, I am now past halfway, and all I can say is I'm absolutely knackered. I'm all socialized-out! After being in the company of at least one other person every… single… minute… (I have a roommate) for the last 11 weeks, I can confidently say I've had enough. If I carry on this way, forcing myself to attend any and all outings, I quite possibly could implode… or at least want to crawl under a rock and never talk to anyone again (nearly at this stage already).

One thing I didn't realize until recently is just how much downtime I have to myself at home. Sure, I work or go to Uni most days, and I see my friends as much as possible. I also have my scheduled 6 p.m. family dinner followed by one-hour gossip session with mum each night. But at the end of each day, I would snuggle up in my big queen bed that I had all to myself (I'm single, thanks for reminding me) and finally feel relaxed. That was my designated time to myself that I could look forward to each day. Some nights I just put music on and lay down for hours doing absolutely nothing. That was the point though, I didn't have to do anything, and I didn't have anyone else to worry about.

Now, I might be lucky to get 10 minutes alone each day while I take a shower. Even then, my roommate occasionally drops in to go to the bathroom, and the thin shower curtain is the only thing standing between myself and a mental breakdown. Sometimes I want to hide behind that curtain all day. My happy place is now the small square corner of my bathroom, how sad is that?

I think the notion of spending time alone is severely underrated. Why have we created an idea that it's not OK to want to be alone every now and then? Why do we have to constantly be pushing ourselves to reach out to others and put ourselves out there? I absolutely love meeting new people and making new friends! But you know what else I love? Sitting on the couch with a hot Milo, binge-watching David Dobrik vlogs. So sue me! I think finding time to think about yourself only is just as essential for mental stability as surrounding yourself with friends and family.

After this experience, I know I will never feel ashamed to admit that I am going to miss out on doing something with my friends in order to be alone. It's literally the only thing that keeps me sane! (Can you tell I'm already going a little insane?)

I can now finally understand why mum used to be so happy when the school holidays were over. It's not that she didn't love us, she just valued her personal space! What a smart little lady!

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