Nu Sigma Beta Fraternity (ΝΣΒ) is a Puerto Rican fraternity. It was established in 1937 at the University of Puerto Rico by students from diverse backgrounds.

Nu Sigma Beta
ΝΣΒ
Founded1937; 87 years ago (1937)
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
TypeSocial
AffiliationCIPFI
ScopePuerto Rico
United States
Colors  White,   Royal blue and   Gold
Nicknamela Nu Sigma
HeadquartersSan Juan, Puerto Rico
WebsiteOfficial website

History edit

Among the founding members were: Carlos M. Vidal, Jafet Ramirez Ledesma, Jose Antonio Luiña, Jose Enrique Del Valle, Juan Pedrosa, Luis A. Berrios, Pedro Urbiztondo, Pedro A. Mattei, Ruben Gaztambide Arrillaga, Baltasar Quinones Elias, Edwin Cortes Garcia, among others.

These members came together on the Rio Piedras Campus and decided to form their social fraternity based on the principles of appreciation, respect, and tolerance, among other qualities. Believing this, they established a non-profit organization to develop helpful community-oriented citizens, promoting sincere friendship and a sense of brotherhood. Nu Sigma Beta was established with a written constitution.

Shortly after it was established, they celebrated their first initiation ceremony. During this ceremony, seven students joined them. The fraternity quickly expanded and grew in numbers. By 1939, the fraternity opened its second chapter at the UPR-Mayaguez, formerly known as CAAM.[1] This chapter became known as the Beta chapter and the San Juan chapter became the Alpha chapter. The fraternity has continually grown and expanded to encompass almost all institutions of higher learning within Puerto Rico and some beyond. Today, more than 70 years after its founding, there have been and/or are chapters in the Dominican Republic and the United States. Recently the fraternity organized the reopening of the Nu chapter at the Universidad Central del Este at San Pedro de Macorís There are also chapters in the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao[2] and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.[3]

The fraternity's need to be organized at a central level, due to its expanding nature, led it to be divided into Zones and chapters. Those still in college are inducted into chapters, while those who are not in college are inducted into zones. Chapter members are transferred into zones upon completing their undergraduate and/or postgraduate studies.

Governance edit

The fraternity is governed by a presiding or executive committee, composed primarily of the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, General Secretary, and General Treasurer. It also has a separate body acting as the legislative and judicial branches, simultaneously. The Supreme Council is presided over by the Executive Secretary. The governing bodies can only take action based on the rules of the fraternity, but the executive decision relies on the General Assembly, which is composed of zone and chapter delegates. The Constitution may only be amended in General Assembly.

Philanthropy edit

The fraternity is dedicated to the creation of outstanding citizens in their community. As a result, the fraternity has many community-based programs, such as drug prevention campaigns, charity sports tournaments, and blood drives for local hospitals and the American Red Cross. Members are active in their communities, participating in environmental campaigns like SCUBA Dogs. Nu Sigma Beta also holds an annual golf tournament benefiting Instituto Santa Ana y el Colegio Caliope[4] and her organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Hogar Niñito Jesus, United Way, and The Salvation Army.

Chapters edit

Collegiate chapters edit

These are the collegiate chapters of the Nu Sigma Beta fraternity.

Chapter Chartered/Range Institution Location Status Reference
Alpha October 1937 University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico Active [5]
Beta (RUM) 1939 University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Active [5]
Gamma September 22, 1945 – 19xx ?, 1977 Interamerican University of Puerto Rico San German, Puerto Rico Active [5]
Delta (PUCPR) 1948 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico Ponce, Puerto Rico Active [5]
Epsilon April 1946 – xxxx ? Villanova University and Pennsylvania Villanova, Pennsylvania Inactive [5]
Zeta 1957–1967 George Washington University Washington D.C Inactive [5]
Omega Prime 1949–19xx ? University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida Inactive, Reissued [5]
Kappa Prime December 1958 – 1972 University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine San Juan, Puerto Rico Inactive, Reissued [5]
Omicron Prime 1958–19xx ? Study Center of the Inter-American University in Arecibo Arecibo, Puerto Rico Inactive, Reissued [5]
Chi Prime 1964–1967 University of Puerto Rico School of Law Río Piedras, Puerto Rico Inactive, Reissued [5]
Omega Second 1966–1972 Inter-American University of Hato Rey Hato Rey, Puerto Rico Inactive, Reissued [5]
Nu 1975–1986 Universidad Central del Este San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic Inactive, Reissued [5]
Omega Third 1977–1980 Loyola University and Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana Inactive, Reissued [5]
Kappa 1977 University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Cayey, Puerto Rico Active [5][a]
Omega 1992 University of Puerto Rico at Humacao Humacao, Puerto Rico Active [6]
Omicrón 1958 University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo Arecibo, Puerto Rico Active
Chi 2018 Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida Active

Notes edit

  1. ^ This chapter started at the Cayey School of Medicine and the Cayey University College.

Alumni chapters edit

These are the Zones or alumni chapters of the Nu Sigma Beta fraternity.

Chapter Chartered/Range Location Status Reference
Zona Alumni 2019 Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Active
Zona Arecibo Arecibo, Puerto Rico Active
Zona Betances Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Active
Zona Borikén 2019 Dorado, Puerto Rico Active
Zona Cayey Cayey, Puerto Rico Active
Zona Centro Caguas, Puerto Rico Active
Zona Guajataca Isabela, Puerto Rico Active
Zona Humacao Humacao, Puerto Rico Active
Zona Kofresi 2019 Quebradillas, Puerto Rico Active
Zona Lajas Lajas, Puerto Rico Active
Zona Miami Miami, Florida Active
Zona Orlando Orlando, Florida Active
Zona Ponce 1950 Ponce, Puerto Rico Active
Zona San Juan 2019 San Juan, Puerto Rico Active
Zona San Patricio San Juan, Puerto Rico Active
Zona Señorial 2919 Ponce, Puerto Rico Active
Zona Yauco Yauco, Puerto Rico Active

Notable members edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "uprm.edu" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  2. ^ "universia" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  3. ^ "PUCPR" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  4. ^ "Green Area" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Historia". Fraternidad Nu Sigma Beta. Retrieved 2023-01-24.
  6. ^ "Fraternidad Nu Sigma Beta". 2018-04-13. Archived from the original on 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2023-01-24.
  7. ^ "tareaescolar , PEDRO PIERLUISI, Governor of Puerto Rico (2020-2024)" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on April 8, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-22.