Kappa Sigma Fraternity

University of Tennessee

The Star and Crescent shall not be worn by every man, but only by him who is worthy to wear it...

Download the 2016 Lambda Letter!

Lambda Chapter at a glance:

  • 2015 Interfraternity Council Chapter of the Year
  • 2015 First Place Overall Finish in All-Sing
  • 2015 Fraternity League Intramural Softball Champions
  • 2015 Inaugural IFC Eric Berry Flag Football Champions
  • 2015 1st Place Finish in Carnicus
  • 2014 Intramural Flag Football Champions
  • Fall of 2014 Highest IFC New Member GPA
  • 2013 IFC Chapter of the Year
  • 2013 intramural flag football and softball champions
  • 2013 intramural soccer and basketball runner-up
  • 2013 1st place in Carnicus and All Sing
  • Chapter Size: 150 Members
  • Spring 2014 GPA: 3.07 (above all men's average)
  • Largest Alumni base in Kappa Sigma Fraternity
  • 4th largest initiate class among all Kappa Sigma Chapters nationwide for 2013
  • National Founding: 1869 at University of Virginia
  • UT Founding: 1880
  • Charity: Fisher House Foundation
  • Currently in good standing with UT
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Located on the corner of Lake Avenue and Melrose Place, the Kappa Sigma house was the first fraternity house built on the University of Tennessee's campus.

Built on the original fraternity row, it is a prime location as it is closer to the strip, Fort Sanders, the library, the University Center, Presidential Court, and most classes and dorms than the new fraternity row.

2017 Officers

Grand Master

Grand Procurator

Grand Master of Ceremonies

Grand Treasurer

Grand Scribe

Rush Chairmen

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Grand Master's Report

2015-2016 has been another successful year for the Lambda chapter at 1730 Melrose Place. As the landscape of Greek Life at the University of Tennessee continues to change, Lambda strengthens by the quantity and, more importantly, the quality of men initiated. In the fall of 2015, Lambda initiated its largest class, with 66 worthy men. By adding 6 more initiates in the spring of 2016, Lambda is now one of the largest Kappa Sigma Chapters in the Nation. We are excited about this fall’s rush and we hope that you inform us of any potential new members that have the qualities of a Lambda Man.

The chapter passed another milestone on the philanthropic front this year. The fifth annual South Seas Week was as successful as last year, raising over $13,000 for the Fisher House Foundation benefiting Military Heroes. A special thanks goes to Austin Baggett, RJ Bell, Austin Mcpeek, and Frank Murphy, who coordinated our South Seas Week, and the combined efforts of our brothers for putting on a great event. Senior Whit Emerson will be heading up South Seas for the fall in 2016, and we would appreciate any donation to help the Fisher House Foundation of Tennessee.

Lambda is proud of the continued academic success within the Greek Community. The chapter had a cumulative grade point average of 2.98 in the fall, which is a steady improvement from the fall of 2014.

The Lambda chapter received recognition from the National Fraternity and University. The chapter received awards for the highest percentage of ritual proficiency and highest number of initiated members from the national fraternity in recognition of the Chapter’s success. Brother Bill Fort was named Advisor of the Year from the University.

Extracurricular activities were a high point this year. Lambda won the intramural flag football and soccer championships, second in basketball, and had two teams in the semifinals for softball. To add to that, all four of the teams that played in the semifinals for football were Kappa Sigma teams. We also won the Eric Berry Flag Football Tournament for the second year in a row.

In April, we participated in a full pad football game against Sigma Chi to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network as a part of their philanthropy, Derby Days. That game helped them raise thousands of dollars for the network. We also beat them 6 to nothing, and the score did not reflect how much we actually dominated them.

Kappa Sigma and the ladies of Kappa Delta placed 2nd in the classic division at Carnicus. Unfortunately we did not place in All Sing this year, but we still put on a stellar performance with Alpha Delta Pi. We were happy to also get 2nd in Homecoming in the fall with Kappa Delta. Jack Hartfelder, now our Grand Scribe, did a wonderful job leading us to our highest ranking in recent years.

Lambda men continue to be acknowledged for excellence by the national fraternity, the Inter-fraternity Council and the active brothers. Brother Austin Winstead was presented with the Master of Recruitment award by our Alumnus Adviser, Bill Fort, from our national Fraternity for excellence as Rush Chair. Also, Robert Wrinkle became our first Master of the Ritual in March. This accomplishment is the highest honor one brother could achieve in our Fraternity.

Every year we continue to better ourselves and the chapter as a whole. I am honored to serve as Grand Master to an incredible group of men and I could not do so without the support of the Executive Committee, active brothers, and the numerous volunteer alumni that donate countless hours to the betterment of this chapter. We look forward to the fall and we invite you to come by the house and visit your brothers. AEKDB and GO VOLS!

John Garrett, GM Lambda Chapter


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