The Theta-Zeta Chapter of Kappa Sigma has been a dominant organization at Eastern New Mexico University for over fifty years. In that time, the Brothers of this Chapter have set forth a standard of excellence, and to become the best fraternity on campus. Through their hard work and dedication to the fraternity, Theta-Zeta has achieved this dream.
The Early Years
On April 28, 1962, thirty campus leaders were officially accepted as the Theta-Zeta Colony of Kappa Sigma, creating the first national fraternity at ENMU. The charter members were a diverse group of students, including varsity athletes, faculty, students of every major field of study, and even then-President Dr. Donald C. Moyer.
On Friday, November 16, 1962, ceremonial teams from Delta-Zeta (University of New Mexico), Epsilon-Xi (UTEP), and Epsilon Phi (Texas Tech) arrived in Portales. They worked all night on the first initiations of Theta-Zeta, initiating three faculty members and twenty-two of the twenty-five charter members still on campus.
One of these was Bob Slone. Brother Slone first served as Theta-Zeta’s Grand Master of Ceremonies, and then was elected as our Grand Master. He was a dedicated Kappa Sigma and an excellent student. Brother Slone was killed in an automobile collision within the Chapter’s first four years. At the funeral, the brothers and pledges sang “Brightly Gleams the Star and Crescent.” His mother, Thelma Slone, was the Chapter’s House Mom, with all the Brothers calling her Mom Slone, and was also dedicated to our Chapter. Slowly, the Chapter and Mom Slone recovered together, and Mom Slone continued her service as House Mom for twelve years.
The Chapter Today
Today, Theta-Zeta is one of the finest chapters of the fraternal world. The Chapter has won over twenty-two consecutive FACE Awards, twenty-one GMA Cups, fifteen consecutive Founder’s Circle Awards, and recently won our eighth Silver Bowl for academic excellence, and third Jackson’s Cup award. (More information on awards can be found on our Accomplishments page.) Kappa Sigma is ENMU’s largest and oldest fraternity, with brothers consistently holding numerous leadership positions throughout campus, from student government to the Interfraternal Council, and many other organizations.
What started as a dream has become reality. Our Alumni and undergraduate brothers joined together to achieve the most ambitious privately funded building project in school history. The new Chapter house was dedicated at the Chapter’s 35th Anniversary/1997 ENMU Homecoming as the result of the many years of teamwork by the brothers of the Chapter. Renovations to this newer house began in the summer of 2012, with the re-dedication during the Chapter’s 50th Anniversary/2012 ENMU Homecoming, all courtesy of the Theta-Zeta Half-Century Campaign.