Sigma Delta Alpha

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This article is about the fraternity established in 1992. For the fraternity founded as (ΣΔΑ) at the University of Puerto Rico in 1928, see Phi Sigma Alpha.
Sigma Delta Alpha
ΣΔΑ
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Founded May 5, 1992; 22 years ago (1992-05-05)
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Type Social
Scope National
Motto

"Excelencia Y Lealtad Entre Hermanos"

"Excellence and Loyalty Amongst Brothers"
Colors      Forest Green
     White
     Maroon
Chapters 9 chapters in 2 states
Headquarters San Jose, California, US

Sigma Delta Alpha, Fraternity Inc. (ΣΔΑ) is a college fraternity established in the West Coast of the United States. The organization was founded in 1992.

History[edit]

The first interest group was formed in the Fall semester of 1991, at San Jose State University. Future Founding Father, Francisco Huerta, had the idea of creating a new organization on campus to serve the needs Latinos and other underrepresented student groups. Francisco Huerta took the forefront in organizing the initial meetings that set the groundwork for the establishment of Sigma Delta Alpha.

The first introductory meeting held in November 1991. The fraternity's ideological Purposes were set and after several meetings and numerous successful events it was decided that it was time for these individuals to present themselves to the community as an established organization. On May 5, 1992, Sigma Delta Alpha was officially recognized with 18 Founding Fathers.

This was one of only two Latino fraternities founded in the United States during the so-called fragmentation period from 1990–2000, and the third to ever be founded in California.[1]

It is also one of the few Latino fraternities that eschew stepping, an important distinction when considering the cultural history of the practice.[2]

Nationally recognized chapters[edit]

Chapter Date founded Campus Mascot
SJSU (Founding Chapter) May 5, 1992 San Jose State University Spartans, Sammy the Spartan
Alpha April 22, 1995 University of Southern California Trojans, Traveler
Beta (Inactive) May 14, 1998 California State University, Fresno Bulldogs, Timeout the Bulldog
Gamma September 16, 2001 University of Nevada, Las Vegas The Rebels, Hey Reb
Delta April 6, 2002 California State University, Sacramento The Hornets, Herky the Hornet
Epsilon September 21, 2002 University of California, Irvine The Anteaters, Peter the Anteater
Zeta March 18, 2006 California State University, Fullerton Titans; Tuffy the Titan
Eta August 20, 2010 University of California, Riverside Highlander, Scotty the Bear
Theta May 5, 2012 Merced, CA
Iota August 8, 2014 University of California, Davis Aggies, Gunrock
Alumni Chapter Northern California
Alumni Chapter Southern California
Alumni Chapter 2011 Southern Nevada

Chapter awards[edit]

Cultural Ambassadors Certificate of Appreciation from City of Los Angeles, Alpha Chapter May 2006[3]

USC MGC Fraternity of the Year Award, Alpha Chapter 2009-2010 & 2011-2012

UNLV Greek Week 1st Place Overall Award, Gamma Chapter 2009 & 2012

CSUS USFC Greek Week 1st Place Overall Award, Delta Chapter 2009, 2010 & 2011

XΔ "Grand Slam" Philanthropy 1st Place Participation Award, CSUS Delta Chapter 2011

ΔΓ "Anchor Splash" Philanthropy 1st Place Participation Award, UCR Eta Chapter 2011

UNLV Rebel Awards Outstanding New Program (Go Nutz for ΣΔΑ), Gamma Chapter 2011

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Mark Cardenas, Representative for Arizona House of Representatives, District 19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Torbenson, edited by Craig L.; Parks, Gregory S. (2009). Brothers and sisters : diversity in college fraternities and sororities. Madison [N.J.]: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. pp. 113–114. ISBN 0838641946. 
  2. ^ Kimbrough, Walter M. (2003). Black Greek 101 : the culture, customs, and challenges of Black fraternities and sororities. Madison Teaneck [N.J.]: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. ISBN 0838639771. 
  3. ^ Nunez, Efren. "Photo of Certificate". Retrieved 2012-08-16. 

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