Sigma Alpha Kappa (ΣΑΚ) is a local fraternity at Loyola University New Orleans. SAK was founded on December 10 , 1923. The founders were Harold Winling, Blaise D'Antoni, and F. Edward Hebert. The charter members were Ewell A. Smith, Albert D. Smith, Louis J. D'Antoni, Joseph R. Domengeaux, Cecil Gibson, Gordon Hebert, Harold Winling, and Leo B. Schwegmann.
Sigma Alpha Kappa stresses inclusion rather than exclusion and emphasizes academics, athletics, and social graces. The fraternity also enforces a strict no-hazing policy. Its colors are gold, black, and white. The official flower is the white carnation.
Sigma Alpha Kappa members are proud of their long association with Loyola. A SAK alumnus gave first alumni endowment to the university in 1939. Some of the gifts that the fraternity has given to the university over the years include a stained glass window in Marquette Hall, exercise equipment for the former Loyola field house, and the famous Loyola letters that sit on the front of the campus on St. Charles Ave.
Sigma Alpha Kappa purchased Loyola's first fraternity house in 1924, remaining in it until it was sold in 1927.
SAK members participated in the first recorded inter-fraternal sports competition (against Alpha Delta Gamma) and played the first intra-fraternal sports (old members vs. new members) at Loyola. Sigma Alpha Kappa, in fact, organized the first inter-fraternal sports league in 1927.
The fraternity was expanded in 1945 when Theta Alpha Chapter at Spring Hill College became affiliated with the fraternity. The Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Kappa was established in 1970 at Emory and Henry College. While similarities such as the fraternity colors (purple) and the diamond-shaped badge exist, no firm relationship between the groups has been established.
In 1975, Sigma Alpha Kappa lost its charter. However, with strong support from its alumni, the charter was regained in 2003.
- Ben Bagert, former Louisiana Congressman and prominent New Orleans attorney
- Philip J. Carroll, former CEO of Shell Oil
- Gregory Choppin, Co-discoverer of Mendelevium, element 101
- Fr. Ernest Ferlita, S.J., Jesuit priest and playwright
- William J. Guste, former Louisiana attorney general, co-proprietor of Antoine's Restaurant
- F. Edward Hebert, former U.S. Congressman
- Richie Petitbon, retired NFL safety, former Washington Redskins head coach
- Paul "Biff" Rose, comedian and artist
- Eugene Walet III, Olympic sailor- Dragon Class
- Sigma Alpha Kappa's Homepage
- Sigma Alpha Kappa at Emory and Henry
- Loyola University History of Greek Life
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