The Zeta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Chi at Kent State University was founded 50 years ago. Over the years, the chapter has become stronger. The reason for this is because brothers do not see our Fraternity has a party playground, a way to pay for friends, or any other stereotype assigned to us. IT IS A BROTHERHOOD. Each brother will be there at any time of the day when help is needed; your shoulder to lean on throughout you college career and in your life down the road.

Diversity is also a main part of Sigma Chi. We believe in a brotherhood among members of different temperaments, talents, and convictions is stronger then a brotherhood among members with the same temperaments, talents, and convictions. In Sigma Chi, you are your own individual. Your pledgeship is not a time period where we train you to act like us, to be like us. Each brother contributes to the running of the chapter in their own special way.

Over the years, brothers have held many positions on Senate, IFC, and many other organizations on campus. Our chapter holds a week long philanthropy known as Derby Days, raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. One year, the chapter invited all other fraternities and sororities to help build a playground at Locoy Elementary School. It is through this involvement with Greek and Non-Greek activities that Sigma Chi shows everyone who we are.

But words are only words, and nothing more…

If you are interested in finding out more about us, please talk to us in person. The door is always open, so feel free to stop by and meet our brothers. If you see a Sigma Chi on campus, feel free to stop him and ask him whatever questions you have. You are always welcome to stop by, get to know Sigma Chi.

History of Zeta Lambda

In February of 1962, the Chi Sigma Colony was founded at Kent State University, under the guidance of the Akron Alumni Chapter of Sigma Chi, the faculty adviser William Weidner (who was a Sigma Chi himself), and under the close supervision of the Grand Praetor of the Northern Ohio Province. The colony’s expressed purpose was that of petitioning Sigma Chi for an active charter. Elected president of the colony (as of yet not University recognized) was Ron Isle. The organization was patterned after that of an active Sigma Chi Chapter, including the names of the officers and general chapter structure and proceedings.

On October 29th of that same year, Chi Sigma petitioned Kent State University’s I.F.C. for University recognized colony status. This status was soon granted and the Colony flourished, participating in all I.F.C. functions (Homecoming, Campus Day, etc.) leading all fraternities academically, holding its own Sweetheart Ball, and sponsoring its own Penny Carnival to benefit handicapped children.

On March 25, 1964 Chi Sigma’s status was upgraded from Colony status to Fraternity status by the KSU I.F.C. These men continued to excel in all aspects of campus life and demonstrated their ability to effectively govern themselves, and as a result an active Sigma Chi Charter was granted on the 26th day of September, 1965.

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Chapter Officers

Jacob Bowling

Collin McKenzie

Sean O’Meara
Recruitment Chairman

Adam Shaw

Alex Rule
House Manager

Lukas Minkov
Legal Chairman

Avery Borak

Josh Bonacci
Public Relations

Marius Karl
Pro Consul

Dica Santosa

Alex Jeffers
Derby Days Chairman

Conor McDevitt
Risk Manager

Zak Laird
Scholarship Chairman

Ky Kalinowski
Chapter Editor

Ross Adair
Social Chairman

Ky Kalinowski
Community Service Chairman

Zach Adair

Jacob Fender

Justin Mason
Derby Days Chairman

Justin Shaw
IFC Representative

Alex DeFraine
Brotherhood Chairman

Adam Shaw
Sports Chairman

Josh Bonacci
Fundraising Chairman

Lukas Minkov
Event Planning Chairman


How does Sigma Chi feel about hazing?

There is a zero tolerance for hazing in Sigma Chi! Hazing neglects the fraternity and what it stands for – BROTHERHOOD, BUILDING CHARACTER, HIGH MORALS, AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

How many hours a week will I have to devote?

There is one mandatory pledge meeting once per week, which is a requirement to become an active member. All additional activities are optional, but pledges are encouraged to attend philanthropies, socials, and other events to make the most of their pledge experience.

Will Sigma Chi be a financial burden?

Every pledge and active member alike is treated as an individual, especially when it comes to finances. The treasurer tailors payment plans and will do whatever is in his power to accommodate pledges’ personal financial needs.

What should I expect during my pledge experience?

One can expect their pledge period to last approximately five weeks. During that period, a pledge absorbs all the meanings and proceedings of Sigma Chi. This is a very critical time for a pledge.