Recruitment (“Rush”) FAQs

Have questions about joining? Take a look at these frequently asked questions; you’re probably not the only one wondering! If you can’t find an answer, please contact us!

Who is Kappa Sigma for?
How does the Recruitment (“Rush”) process work?
What is a “Pledge”?
What happens during Pledging?
How long is Pledging?
Does Kappa Sigma haze?
What are the costs of joining Kappa Sigma?
How do I join Kappa Sigma?
Will joining affect my grades?
I want to get leadership experience while in school. Will joining help?
What are the time commitments for Kappa Sigma?
I’m trying to build my resume. How will this help?
Still have questions?

Who is Kappa Sigma for?

kshq-badge_colorIf you are committed to participating in our events, meetings, projects, and programs, all while having a great time with your peers, we’re looking for YOU! The Theta-Zeta Chapter is looking for quality individuals who will contribute to the Brotherhood of not just our Chapter, but Kappa Sigma as a whole.

How does the Recruitment (“Rush”) process work?

By participating in any Rush events or Info Sessions, and spending time with the Brothers, you can become acquainted with the Chapter and all we have to offer. If, after the formal rush here at ENMU, you have an interest to join, and the Chapter sees that you would be an asset, you will be invited to sign a bid card, formally accepting our invitation to join our Brotherhood. Soon after signing, you will be Pledged to the Chapter, and learn more about Kappa Sigma, including the history and traditions, among other things. You will also have almost unrestricted access to the House.

What is a “Pledge”?

A Pledge can best be described as a “Probationary Member.” A Pledge can attend almost any Kappa Sigma event, with few exceptions, such as formal Chapter meetings; basically a probationary state. It is used to differentiate between you and an Initiated Brother, and is not a demeaning or disrespectful term; all Initiates were Pledges once!

What happens during Pledging?

Bononia DocetDuring your Pledgeship, you will learn about  Kappa Sigma, including the Star and Crescent Creed. While Pledges cannot attend formal Chapter meetings, they are welcome to any informal meetings, and have special Pledge meetings. These meetings are where a Pledge learns everything before initiations, as well as being able to meet others in his Pledge Class. Every Pledge will receive the Bononia Docet, which serves as HQ‘s universal Pledge Guide, covering fraternity history, values, and traditions, along with some useful tips and tricks of being involved in “Greek Life.”

As a fall Pledge, you are welcome to attend our community service events, though are under no obligation to. It is during these events that a lot of Pledges realize that although we work hard, we still have fun.

How long is Pledging?

Pledging is no more than 60 days. You are able to Pledge during either fall or spring semester, in accordance with all regulations of ENMU, Kappa Sigma, and the Theta-Zeta Chapter. During this time, you are welcome to visit our House and receive a house tour.

Does Kappa Sigma haze?

No. Plain and simple.  Hazing causes distrust, anger, confusion, and other emotions that are detrimental to creating Brotherhood. Like most fraternities, Kappa Sigma HQ has a very strict anti-hazing policy. If you think you are being hazed, there are numerous ways to deal with the situation, both in and out of the Chapter.

What are the costs of joining Kappa Sigma?

The costs vary for each Chapter. Here at the Theta-Zeta Chapter at ENMU, it costs $45 to Pledge, and a one-time Initiation fee of $150 – there are no “Pledge dues” to pay. That money goes towards member insurance, and other HQ fees, as well as towards scholarships you may be soon eligible for and the Chapter’s bills. As a regular Member, dues are assessed in three tiers, which are detailed on our Online Payments page. We even boast some of the lowest dues in all of Kappa Sigma! However, we have introduced a new program we call “Theta-Zeta for Life” that can help reduce your undergraduate costs of being a Kappa Sigma. Please click here to learn more!

How do I join?

To join, it’s simple. Fill out our Interest Form on the Join Kappa Sigma page. We’ll receive your information and contact you once the next rush period begins. If you’re already at ENMU, just stop by the Kappa Sigma House (right next to the police station at 227 S Ave K) or talk to anyone wearing our letters. They will be more than happy to learn of your interest, and together will try to make sure you initiate.

Will joining affect my grades?

Like any extracurricular activity, membership in Kappa Sigma requires good time management skills to be successful in both our fraternity, and school. However, we will do our best to help you effectively manage your time to balance Kappa Sigma, school, and any other activities you may have. We hold academic achievement in high regard, and will do everything we can to make you succeed. We have older members who will advise and tutor younger ones, as well as weekly study hours, usually at the Golden Library. If you have issues with any of your classes, ask for help!

I want to get leadership experience while in school. Will joining help?

You’ve chosen a great place to start your leadership experience! Our Chapter has been leading in Kappa Sigma for almost twenty-five years! The Theta-Zeta Chapter’s members hold important roles all over campus during their undergraduate years, and some very high roles in Kappa Sigma as an alumni – in fact, many go on to be Alumnus Advisors, Assistant Alumnus Advisors, and Area Recruitment Managers, volunteering their time to give back to Kappa Sigma.

What are the time commitments for Kappa Sigma?

While we encourage you to be as active as possible, the basic requirements are very light. As a Pledge, you are only required to attend the Pledging Ceremony, which usually lasts for about an hour (unless done separate from the rest of the class), and the weekly Pledge meeting, which is generally only an hour. If you are ready to initiate, you will be required to attend; this can be a multi-day process, so please be patient. After initiation, you’re only required to attend our weekly meetings, usually an hour every Monday evening. However, we remind you that we look for high participation whenever you are able!

I’m trying to build my resume. How will this help?

Take a look this infographic (here). As you can see, being in a fraternity has many benefits, including a large group of people with whom to network. Brothers of the Theta-Zeta Chapter have been hired by the likes of Samsung and city and/or state governments. The opportunities are staggering! Plus, by participating in events, you will learn lifelong skills that start with Kappa Sigma, but become applicable to the “real world,” such as selling (Rush, Cowdrop), speaking to people (Rush, Cowdrop, meetings), and much more. These are all skills you could add to your resume, and that many potential employers will surely look twice at.

Still have questions?

Let us answer them! Contact us and we’ll get back to you soon, or come by during a rush event!