Cumberland University


Kappa Sigma chapter set to attend national fraternity conclave after district win



Cumberland University’s Kappa Sigma chapter Theta Prime won a competition at the fraternity’s District 31 Conclave on Jan. 25-26 at Vanderbilt University, earning the right to represent their district at the organization’s 2013 national conclave in Las Vegas, Nev.

Having won in a ritual competition against Kappa Sigma chapters from Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University, and Tennessee Tech University, Theta Prime has also won the honor of hosting their district’s conclave in 2014. They will attend the national conclave later this year.

To Lain Tomlinson, Theta Prime’s grand master (student president), the victory was a triumph, having come after a year in which the chapter tripled its membership after a period of minimal growth.

“It was a great feeling,” Tomlinson said. “When they said Theta Prime won, it was a little overwhelming. To have gone from where we were last year to where we are now, it was just amazing.”

The victory is a milestone for the fraternity and for Cumberland’s four Greek organizations, which “have seen a major rebirth in recent years,” according to Director of Residence Life & Greek Affairs Eddie Lovin.

“Kappa Sigma has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year,” Lovin said. “For a small school like us to accomplish this win at the conclave is momentous, and hopefully it will help to drive the students’ future success here at Cumberland.”

Kappa Sigma was originally chartered at Cumberland in 1887 and officially became the Theta Prime chapter of the fraternity in 1993. The international fraternity is built around four ideological pillars: fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and service.

In past years, Theta Prime has raised funds or provided service for local organizations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Little Pantry That Could, in addition to campus service activities.

“The fraternity is in all true words a brotherhood,” Tomlinson said. “We do many service activities, and we truly are what we say Kappa Sigma is.”

For more information about Cumberland University’s Greek organizations, including Kappa Sigma, contact Director of Residence Life & Greek Affairs Eddie Lovin at