Nu Alpha Kappa

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Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc
NAK
The official emblem of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc.
Founded February 26, 1988; 26 years ago (1988-02-26)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Type Social
Scope National
Motto Men of Mind... Men of Culture... Men of Pride...
Colors      Red
     White
     Bronze
Symbol Xinako Man
The official symbol of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc.
Headquarters 234 Broadway # 161
San Diego, California, USA
Homepage http://www.naknet.org

Nu Alpha Kappa (ΝΑΚ), is a Latino-based fraternity which encompasses and values all cultures. Nu Alpha Kappa stands as one of the largest Latino-based fraternities on the west coast.

Often referred to as "NAK", Nu Alpha Kappa was founded on February 26, 1988 on the campus of California Polytechnic State University, with twenty-four established chapters across California, Nevada, and Colorado. Nu Alpha Kappa was a charter member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), but is now a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference.

History[edit]

"Xinaco", a Nahuatl word used by the Olmecs, describes an educated, amiable individual whose personality and charisma transcends and enlightens all cultures and social classes. The "Xinacos" (CHI-Na-Kos) meeting resulted in the creation of a new fraternity. The foundations of the fraternity were started by fifteen good friends at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California, of which eleven would become founding fathers of the fraternity. This marked the beginning of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, an organization based on the belief of a commitment to "Carnalismo" or brotherhood, the search for knowledge and the retention and pride of culture.

Nu Alpha Kappa was established on February 26, 1988 on the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo by Antonio Arreola, Marin Arreola, Nicolas Arreola, Ernesto Garcia, Moises Herrera, Jesse Martinez, Hector Mendoza, Joel Romero, Alberto Salazar, Antonio Valenzuela, and Ramiro Ramos.

The pressures of being the first Latino-based fraternity at Cal Poly were significant. Despite having many supporters on campus, there were also many detractors who anticipated NAK's demise. With steadfast determination, the brothers of NAK persevered. In the end their hard work has paid off. Twenty-Five years later, NAK is one of the most respected organizations at each of the 24 chapters throughout California, Nevada, and Colorado.[citation needed]

National events[edit]

National Leadership Development Conference (NLDC)- A leadership development weekend which invites the executive board of each chapter, alumni and the National Board to convene on new policies and strategies for the upcoming academic year. Over 200 brothers come together to learn from each other and take back knowledge to their chapters and communities for a successful year. Workshops, discussions and lectures are conducted by National Board, NAK alumni, Campus advisors and administrators. Each year a different chapter has the opportunity to host this event during the late Summer.

Pledgefest - An opportunity to bring together all potential brothers, known as NAK Little Brothers, from each chapter for a weekend of team building, leadership development and a large community service event. The experiences and memories incorporated throughout the weekend ignite the flame of brotherhood for the next generation of NAK brothers. Each year a different chapter has the opportunity to host this event during the late Fall.

NAKFest - An annual family reunion between alumni and undergraduate brothers which brings together the past with the present. A weekend event hosted by a different chapter each year which consists of the National Elections, Sports Tournament, Awards Banquet, and National Party. A one day double elimination sports tournament is held with all chapters, with the winner receiving a first round bye during the NSL tournament and year of bragging rights. A Spring time event which helps close out the academic year allowing brothers to network and continue to build upon the unseen bond of brotherhood.

NAK Sports League (NSL)- A year long brotherhood event giving chapters the opportunity to network and convene in a friendly sports competition. A different chapter serves as hosts of the first round games between two chapters outside of their region. The Semi-Finals and Championship Game are concluded at NAKFest.

National philanthropy[edit]

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), created in 1986, is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its mission is to extend and improve life through innovative stem cell therapies.

The Hispanos Dando Esperanza: Nu Alpha Kappa-Hermandad Initiative is dedicated to outreaching the Hispanic/Latino communities. This outreach to the Hispanic/Latino community demonstrates that the National Marrow Donor Program and Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. are committed to serving our cultural diversity U.S.A. This initiative promotes innovation and teamwork.

By incorporating these values, the National Head Program and Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. aspire to set a standard of excellence nationwide that rewards our recipients, donors, volunteers, and communities.

This Hispanic/Latino Stem Cell and Marrow Initiative focus efforts throughout California, Colorado and Nevada with 992 National Marrow Donor Program donor centers and 10 recruitment groups, including Nu Alpha Kappa Chapters.

Alumni[edit]

As graduation approaches for many university seniors within NAK, the Alumni Association is determined to prepare each individual for life after the University experience. Throughout the academic year, Alumni Associations host informational sessions to help bridge the undergraduate and alumni experience. Open to all, yet focused on seniors, these sessions include financial planning, presentations from different professionals explaining "a day in the life of" their respective careers, the home buying process and graduate school. It is the goal of the Alumni Association to serve as vehicle for all NAK members wishing to better themselves and their families, through education and community building.

National chapters[edit]

There are Nu Alpha Kappa chapters in California, Nevada and Colorado.[1]

Chapter University City, State Founding Date
Founding California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA February 26, 1988
Alpha San Jose State University San Jose, CA February 26, 1989
Beta San Diego State University San Diego, CA February 10, 1990
Gamma Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA June 20, 1992
Delta California State University, Stanislaus Turlock, CA November 22, 1992
Epsilon California State University, Fresno Fresno, CA November 22, 1992
Zeta University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA November 22, 1992
Eta Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA September 18, 1993
Theta California State University, Chico Chico, CA September 9, 1995
Iota California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, CA July 27, 1996
Kappa University of California, Davis Davis, CA November 30, 1997
Lambda University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA December 21, 1997
Mu Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO April 10, 1999
Nu University of California, Riverside Riverside, CA November 12, 2000
Xi California State University, Monterey Bay Seaside, CA February 28, 2004
Omicron University of Nevada, Reno Reno, NV April 17, 2004
Pi California State University, Northridge Northridge, CA April 2, 2005
Rho University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA April 30, 2005
Sigma University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO April 21, 2007
Tau California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona, CA May 18, 2008
Upsilon University of Nevada, Las Vegas Paradise, NV May 23, 2009
Phi National Hispanic University San Jose, CA November 12, 2011
Chi California State University, San Marcos San Marcos, CA May 26, 2012
Psi University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA August 18, 2012

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "National Chapters". Retrieved November 24, 2013. 

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