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Sigma Beta Rho
ΣΒΡ
Sigma Beta Rho Crest.png
FoundedAugust 16, 1996; 26 years ago (1996-08-16)
University of Pennsylvania
AffiliationNAPA and NIC
ScopeUnited States
Motto"Brotherhood Beyond All Barriers"
PillarsSociety, Brotherhood, Remembrance
Colors Red   Black   Green 
SymbolKing Cobra
Chapters61[1]
NicknameSigRho, King Cobras, Cobras
SongRuff Ryders' Anthem
HeadquartersPO Box 4668 #20910
New York, NY
US
Websitesigrho.com

Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. (ΣΒΡ, also SigRho) is a national, collegiate, multicultural, Greek-lettered fraternity. Sigma Beta Rho was founded on August 16, 1996, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Organization

The National Executive Board (NEB) is the governing body of Sigma Beta Rho, and presides over the nationwide fraternity, which is divided into eight interim regions. Each region is appointed a Regional Governor (RG) by the NEB, who acts as the envoy to his respective region on the behalf of the NEB. Under each RG, there is also a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC).

The fraternity’s national philanthropic focus is on its partnership with SOS Children's Villages.[2] Sigma Beta Rho is currently working on establishing an internet-based newsletter, the Seven Star Journal.[3]

Sigma Beta Rho is a charter member of the National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA). Sigma Beta Rho member Akash Kuruvilla co-authored the original constitution of NAPA. The fraternity was also accepted into the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) on 15 April 2007 as its 69th member.[1]

Sigma Beta Rho maintains a non-hazing policy.

History

Founding

The first eight members of Sigma Beta Rho, known as the National Founding Fathers, are Saiful Khandker, Shoor Kalam, Russell Abdullah, Bonit Sharma, Rajan Dogra, Neil Datta, Suman Ghosh, and Anuj Datta.[4]

The eight founders originally attended three different college campuses, and came together to form Sigma Beta Rho as a South-Asian Interest fraternity. Sigma Beta Rho’s pronouncement, however, occurred upon the establishment of its Beta chapter at Binghamton University on August 22, 1998. That same year the fraternity incorporated under the State Department of New York. Since 1998, Sigma Beta Rho has expanded to over 60 chapters and colonies in the United States, and has a total membership of over 3500 brothers.[5]

Diversification

In its first few years of existence, Sigma Beta Rho changed its focus from a South-Asian interest fraternity to one with a multicultural mission. The fraternity's mission advocates the idea that the United States is a cultural salad bowl, and that members should actively embrace both their own cultural heritage, as well as a work towards a better understanding of the greater community.[citation needed]

Entities

Entities of Sigma Beta Rho[5][6]
Status School City State Established Active
Α - Alpha University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1996-08-16 No
Β - Beta Binghamton University Binghamton New York 1998-08-22 No
Γ - Gamma St. John's University Queens New York 1998-08-22 No
Ε - Epsilon Pace University New York New York 1999-09-01 No
Ζ - Zeta Stony Brook University Stony Brook New York 2000-02-02 No
Η - Eta Boston College Chestnut Hill Massachusetts 2002-06-01 No
Θ - Theta Rutgers University New Brunswick New Jersey 2001-06-17 Yes
Ι - Iota University of Washington Seattle Washington 2003-01-18 No
Κ - Kappa University of Rochester Rochester New York 2002-12-10 Yes
Λ - Lambda Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond Virginia 2002-11-24 No
Μ - Mu University of South Florida Tampa Florida 2001-08-25 Yes
Ν - Nu University of Georgia Athens Georgia 2004-05-09 Yes
Ξ - Xi University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland 2003-04-27 No
Ο - Omicron University of Maryland, Baltimore County Catonsville Maryland 2003-12-13 No
Π - Pi University of Florida Gainesville Florida 2002-05-31 No
Ρ - Rho Temple University Philadelphia Pennsylvania 2004-11-20 Yes
Σ - Sigma Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia 2005-04-02 Yes
Τ - Tau University of Houston Houston Texas 2004-03-04 Yes
Υ - Upsilon Drexel University Philadelphia Pennsylvania 2002-03-30 Yes
Φ - Phi University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Philadelphia Pennsylvania 2003-04-26 Yes
Ψ - Psi Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach Florida 2004-11-19 No
ΑΑ - Alpha Alpha Florida State University Tallahassee Florida 2005-12-10 Yes
ΑΒ - Alpha Beta Northeastern University Boston Massachusetts 2007-04-14 Yes
ΑΓ - Alpha Gamma Oregon State University Corvallis Oregon 2005-05-21 No
ΑΔ - Alpha Delta University of Tennessee Knoxville Tennessee 2006-04-28 Yes
AE - Alpha Epsilon University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Urbana and Champaign Illinois 2008-04-26 Yes
ΑΖ - Alpha Zeta University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2009-05-31 Yes
ΑΗ - Alpha Eta University of Massachusetts-Lowell Lowell Massachusetts 2010-05-01 Yes
ΑΘ - Alpha Theta University of North Florida Jacksonville Florida 2014-04-10 Yes
ΑІ - Alpha Iota New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark New Jersey 2006 Yes
ΑΚ - Alpha Kappa Rutgers University–Newark Newark New Jersey 2006 Yes
ΑΛ - Alpha Lambda Emory University Atlanta Georgia 2014-11-07 Yes
ΑΜ - Alpha Mu Stockton University Galloway New Jersey 2015-11-14 Yes
Associate chapter Baruch College Manhattan New York 2006-04-29 No
Associate chapter East Tennessee State University Johnson City Tennessee 2008-11-19 No
Associate chapter Indiana University Bloomington Indiana 2010-05-29 No
Associate chapter Syracuse University Syracuse New York 2006-05-06 Yes
Associate chapter University of South Carolina Columbia South Carolina 2010-04-18 No
Associate chapter Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton Florida 2017-3-25 Yes
Associate chapter Wayne State University Detroit Michigan 2014-12-13 Yes
Colony Boston University Boston Massachusetts 2005-04-23 Yes
Colony Florida International University Miami Florida 2007-05-05 No
Colony George Mason University Fairfax County Virginia 2007-11-29 No
Colony Long Island University Brooklyn New York 2008-12 No
Colony Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan 2006-12-10 Yes
Colony Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken New Jersey 2004 No
Colony University at Buffalo Buffalo New York 2001-12-07 Yes
Colony University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago Illinois 2006-05-14 No
Colony University of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan 2013-12-06 No
Colony University of North Texas Denton Texas 2011-10-15 No
Colony University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas 2009-05-03 No
Colony University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga Tennessee 2012-11-14 No
Colony Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg Virginia 2004-05-29 No
Colony University at Albany Albany New York 2012 Yes
Colony University of Louisville Louisville Kentucky 2015-05-04 No
Colony Rowan University Glassboro New Jersey 2017-04-08 Yes
Colony Kennesaw State University Kennesaw Georgia 2019-04-12 Yes

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Sigma Beta Rho Today". sigrho.com. Archived from the original on 17 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Sigma Beta Rho Community Channel". Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity. Archived from the original on 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  3. ^ "Seven Star Journal". Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity. Archived from the original on September 1, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  4. ^ "ΣΒΡ National Founders". Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity. Retrieved 2010-06-13.[dead link]
  5. ^ a b William Raimond Baird; Carroll Lurding (eds.). "Almanac of Fraternities and Sororities (Baird's Manual Online Archive), section showing Sigma Beta Rho chapters". Student Life and Culture Archives. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Archives. Retrieved 1 January 2022. The main archive URL is The Baird's Manual Online Archive homepage.
  6. ^ "Chapters - Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity". Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity. Retrieved 13 October 2013.