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Dispatches from The Legion of Honor

Chapter & Alumni News for the Summer 2024 Quarterly


Over the weekend of April 27, Kappa Lambda Chapter at the University of Akron made a pilgrimage to the Fraternity’s Headquarters in Lexington, Va. While the members of the chapter were in town, they enjoyed tours from Fraternity staff member Levi Lunceford (Idaho) and the opportunity to visit the site of the Fraternity’s founding at the Virginia Military Institute and learn more about the history of the Legion of Honor. 



Congratulations are in order for Theta Chapter Commander Riley Giardina, who was tapped into the 111th class of Jason’s Senior Men’s Honorary class on April 5th. The Jason’s Honorary is the oldest honor society at the University of Alabama, recognizing men who display exceptional character, service, and commitment to academics. Riley will join seniors Chris Crane and Christopher Edwards, members of the 110th Jason’s class.


Alabama in Huntsville

On April 20, the Mu Beta Chapter at the University of Alabama in Huntsville hosted Serving Up Hope, a pickleball philanthropy event raising money for Little Orange Fish. Little Orange Fish is a nonprofit organization addressing mental health care in Huntsville, Ala. The chapter’s event took place at the Town Madison Pickleball Courts in Madison, Ala., and raised over $5,400 for the charity.



Gamma Gamma Chapter alumnus Joey Barcheski (right) was honored by Albion College as the recipient of the Young Alumni Award during the 2024 Purple & Gold Weekend. Joey, owner of FrankZ Restaurant in Frankfort, Michigan, is recognized for his entrepreneurial success and dedication to community support. Joey has grown FrankZ from humble beginnings to a booming business with over 250,000 meals served each summer. In recognizing Joey for the award, Albion noted his significant contribution to Britons in his local community during the COVID-19 pandemic, including funding to local students and area hospitals in Northwest Michigan.


Appalachian State

In mid-April, brothers from the Kappa Epsilon Chapter at Appalachian State University lent a helping hand to the Watauga Humane Society. The men helped out with tours around the shelter’s proper and even got to spend some time with the animals on site. The chapter extends a special shout-out to member Harper Galloway, who organized the volunteer outing.

On Sunday, June 16, the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League honored the life of legendary costume maker and Kappa Epsilon Chapter alumnus Jeffrey Fender during the 77th presentation of the Tony Awards. Brother Fender was a prolific painter for Broadway, and his work could be seen in many notable productions, including Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Cabaret, Les Misérables, The Color Purple, The Book of Mormon, Sweeny Todd, and more. Brother Fender’s brother, Greg Fender, was a founding member of the Kappa Epsilon Chapter when the chapter was chartered in 1983. Brother Fender entered Chapter Eternal last October. He was 60 years old. 



Each semester, the Epsilon Alpha Chapter at the University of Arizona hosts a philanthropy week that benefits a charitable cause of the chapter's choosing. For the past several semesters, the chapter has raised money to help support Children of Fallen Patriots, which is a non-profit organization that offers resources and educational funding for the children of servicemen and women who lost their lives serving our country. Over the course of the week, the chapter hosted many different events, including a rock wall climb, an obstacle course, and a raffle for a football signed by the University of Arizona football team. The event is open to the public and receives support from the fraternity/sorority community and the local Tucson community. For the chapter’s spring philanthropy week, Epsilon Alpha set a fundraising record with over $11,500 raised for Children of Fallen Patriots. The chapter extends credit for the record-setting effort to its philanthropy chairmen, Ethan Merrifield, Peter Lara, and Nick Ragatz. The brothers helped coordinate the week of the event, including working with university administration and ensuring other chapter leaders and members were prepared for the busy week.


Arizona State

On April 19-20, the Zeta Upsilon Chapter at Arizona State University hosted an impactful celebration of fraternity and fellowship. On Saturday, April 20, Zeta Upsilon welcomed the other Sigma Nu Chapters from Arizona – Epsilon Alpha Chapter (Arizona) and Eta Iota Chapter (Northern Arizona) – for a series of joint LEAD sessions. Throughout the day’s program, the chapters were joined by several significant alumni brothers, including Past Regents Howard Pickett (North Carolina State), E. G. White (Indiana), Mike Long (Drury), and Dan Rodriguez (Arizona State), Sigma Nu’s Executive Director Brad Beacham (Texas Chrisitan), and Regent Maury Gaston (Auburn). In addition to these alumni, the chapters were also joined by local community leaders for the sessions, which covered Sigma Nu history, living our values, networking, and entrepreneurship. 

The day before, Friday, April 19, Zeta Upsilon celebrated its long history and close friendship with Past Regents Pickett, White, and Long. The alumni brothers and Sigma Nu Hall of Honor inductees were officially made members of the Zeta Upsilon Chapter. Their affiliation honors the five decades of service the men have dedicated to the Fraternity and chapter and their close friendship with past Zeta Upsilon and Epsilon Alpha Regents John Thoren, Corky Olsen, Pete Faggella, and Dan Rodriguez.

This semester, Zeta Upsilon Chapter was recognized as the IFC Chapter of the Year for the fourth year in a row. Recognition was also given for Honor in Member Development, Honor in Civic Engagement, and the Wellness Impact Award. Pictured above are Zachery Leso, Brandon Ngo, Jackson Bush, Maxwell Oransky, and Jack Curcio, who accepted the awards on the chapter’s behalf. Brother Oransky also took home an individual award, receiving the Greek Leadership Village Assistant of the Year award.

The Zeta Upsilon Chapter and Arizona State University’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL) announced a partnership to establish the Dominic Frattura: SCETL Scholarship. This scholarship rewards Sigma Nu members who demonstrate ethical leadership within the SCETL community. The collaboration integrates SCETL's curriculum into Sigma Nu's LEAD Program, promoting civic virtues and leadership. The first recipients are Brothers Rafael Ortiz III and Maxwell Fields.



Brothers, did you tune in for the 150th Kentucky Derby? Sigma Nu was well-represented during Saturday’s race. In addition to Lambda Chapter alumnus Larry Connolly’s (Washington & Lee) two horses, Dornoch and Society Man, two other horses that competed in the historic event are owned by alumni from the Gamma Upsilon Chapter at the University of Arkansas. Jerry Caroom is the owner of Track Phantom, and Daniel Banks Hamby is the owner of race winner Mystik Dan (pictured). Stronghold was foaled at Mulholland Springs Farm owned by Gamma Iota Chapter alumnus John Mulholland (Kentucky). A Race for the [White] Roses, indeed!

Alumnus Jim McClelland, former CEO of McClelland Consulting Engineers Inc., and his wife Pat have pledged $1 million to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The donation coincides with the hospital's $318 million expansion, which will increase bed capacity, transform inpatient and outpatient surgical approaches, redesign clinical spaces to promote multidisciplinary care, and improve campus accessibility. The McClellands have served as board members for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Northwest, and the Arkansas Children’s Foundation.

Alumnus Gary Newton has been appointed by Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders to a six-year term on the Arkansas PBS Comission. The appointment took place in early April with fellow Gamma Upsilon alumnus and Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Kemp and Gary’s wife, Alanna Hamill Newton, present to administer and witness Gary receive the oath of office.


Arkansas - Fort Smith

In mid-April, brothers from the Nu Alpha Chapter at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith hosted their annual Sigma Cup Tournament. The 5v5 soccer tournament raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The chapter’s philanthropy event was a great success, with the brothers raising just over $3,500 for St. Jude.

Nu Alpha Brothers Dawsyn Smith and Ryan Gifford closed out the end of the academic year with individual awards. Brother Smith was recognized as President of the Year for his time as Nu Alpha Chapter’s Commander and Brother Gifford won New Representative of the Year for UAFS Student Government.



Beta Theta Chapter Lieutenant Commander Joe Lash won the “Unsung Hero Award” at Auburn University’s 2024 Greek Excellence Awards. In a social media post recognizing Joe’s achievement, the chapter emphasized his embodiment of what it means to be a humble leader and his selfless service to the chapter.

Brother Gunnar Smith, a junior in Auburn’s  Industrial and Systems Engineering department, received the Jeff and Linda Stone Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership beyond engineering. Outside of ISE, Smith has served as a College of Engineering senator and served as Scholarship Chairman for the Beta Theta Chapter. Additionally, he is working towards a minor in finance and is a member of Auburn’s Financial Management Association (FMA) and an analyst in the Auburn Student Investment Fund (ASIF).


Ball State

In late April, Kayden Ginder was recognized with a New Member of the Year Award. He is a member of the Theta Nu Chapter at Ball State University and was recognized through SOAR 2024. The chapter shared that though Kayden has only been a member for a short time, he has made lifelong connection with alumni, contributed to chapter events, and been an outstanding member of the Fraternity.


Bowling Green State

On April 8-13, the Epsilon Chi Chapter at Bowling Green State University hosted its annual Bike-A-Thon. During the event, the chapter biked for 120 hours straight to raise money for the Brown Bag Food Project, which tackles food insecurity in Wood County, Ohio. Through the chapter’s successful fundraiser, over $1,500 was raised for the charity.

On May 10, Epsilon Chi Chapter Alumni gathered for their annual fishing outing on Lake Erie. Brothers Mike Icenogle, Randy Stenhouse, Dave Johnson, and Dick Schultz were present for the outing.



During Bradley University’s annual Student Leadership and Organization Recognition Reception, the Zeta Phi Chapter was recognized with the Student Organization Service Award. In addition to the chapter-level recognition, two individuals also received hardware. Brother Logan Vargas was recognized as Senator of the Year for the Bradley Student Senate and Zeta Phi Chapter’s Chapter Advisor, Colleen Splitter, was recognized as Student Organization Advisor of the Year.

Speaking of Colleen, in May, the Fraternity sat down with her to talk about her experience as a Chapter Advisor for the Zeta Phi Chapter. Colleen is also a mother of an active member of the chapter and shared best practices for parents with children interested in joining Sigma Nu. Listen to Colleen’s interview on the Fraternity’s official podcast, The Gavel, here or wherever you stream your podcasts.



In late April, brothers from the Epsilon Mu Chapter at Butler University had the honor of holding the banner in this year’s Out of the Darkness Walk, which was hosted by the Indiana chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 


Cal Poly Pomona

In late April, the Kappa Gamma Alumni Chapter at Cal Poly Pomona celebrated its “Homecoming 2024” with the newest candidates of the Kappa Gamma Colony. Alumni brothers from the Kappa Gamma Chapter and its predecessor, Pi Sigma Chi, gathered for the 67th Annual Pi Sigma Chi/Sigma Nu luncheon. The event took place at Cal Poly Pomona’s Collins College of Hospitality Management and later transitioned to Innovation Brew Works. Candidates were spread out to different tables during the event to meet and greet with alumni. During the luncheon, alumni were provided with an update on the progress of Kappa Gamma’s return to the university.

This semester, the Kappa Gamma Colony assisted local Boy Scout Troop 737 in restoring the Pinyon County Ridge trail located in the Los Angeles National Forest. The colony members completed a variety of tasks around the trail, including painting signposts and bridges, clearing debris from trails, diverting running water on trail paths, and building a strong bond with the local Boy Scout Troop 737.


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Kappa Pi Chapter at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo capped off the academic year with an annual alumni weekend. The weekend drew many alumni who enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the chapter's collegiate members over a Friday barbecue and a Saturday Top Golf social. The chapter hopes the alumni weekend helps build momentum and excitement for next year’s alumni weekend, which will coincide with the chapter’s 40th chartering anniversary. The event has been set for the third weekend of April in 2025.


Central Oklahoma

In late April, the Mu Tau Chapter at the University of Central Oklahoma co-hosted its inaugural pickleball tournament, Sigma Serves, with the UCO chapter of Tri Sigma. Proceeds from the tournament will go to support the organizations' respective philanthropies.



Iota Rho Chapter at the College of Charleston is celebrating the achievement of an outstanding brother. Graduating senior Ben Stinson was awarded the Advisors Choice Award for Student Leadership in the CofC fraternity community. Brother Stinson has served the Iota Rho Chapter in a number of positions throughout his time in the collegiate chapter, including Alumni Relations Chairman, Community Service and Philanthropy Chairman, and most recently, as the chapter’s Eminent Commander.



Over the weekend of May 11, brothers from the Theta Zeta Chapter at Clemson University volunteered at Izzie’s Pond, an animal rescue and sanctuary center. Izzie’s Pond is a nonprofit organization that provides rescue, rehabilitation, and refuge for injured or orphaned wildlife.


Colorado State

In early April, brothers from the Delta Rho Chapter at Colorado State University volunteered with Arc Thrift Stores. The local non-profit thrift store has a mission to support the local community and individuals with developmental disabilities.


Columbus State

The Mu Xi Chapter at Columbus State University capped off a successful academic year with an impressive achievement: The chapter won Fraternity of the Year for its campus community.



Gamma Theta Chapter alumnus Tim Barry (center), CEO of VillageMD, has been named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year 2024. Barry founded VillageMD in 2013, aiming to enhance healthcare quality, patient outcomes, and cost efficiency through technology and a professional network. VillageMD includes Village Medical, Summit Health, and CityMD, employing 20,000 people with locations nationwide. Barry was honored at Cornell's Entrepreneurship Celebration Event on April 11 and will speak at the Eclectic Convergence Conference in November, later this year.



Members of the Delta Kappa Colony enjoyed a great week giving back to their local community. The men kicked it off with a car wash event with the University of Delaware chapter of Alpha Phi followed by time at St.Thomas Oratory to make PB&J’s for those in need.



For the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, ESPN profiled Brother Jack Hamiln, who is an initiate of the Epsilon Beta Chapter at Drury University. Brother Hamlin, a 102-year-old war hero, is believed to be the last surviving professional athlete to have served at Normandy. In fitting Sigma Nu fashion, Brother Hamlin has been awarded the French Legion of Honor, the highest French decoration and the founders’ inspiration for the Fraternity’s badge. The Fraternity is truly proud to have Brother Hamlin as an ambassador of our own Legion of Honor and of the Greatest Generation. We encourage you to read Brother Hamlin’s ESPN profile about his experience in WWII and the baseball career he gave up to serve.



Over the weekend of April 5-7, the Kappa Delta Chapter at Duquesne University traveled from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Lexington, Va., for a pilgrimage to the Fraternity’s Headquarters. 26 members of the collegiate chapter along with Kappa Delta alumnus and Chapter Advisor Rod Dobish experienced tours of the Headquarters and VMI, two educational sessions facilitated by Fraternity staff member Austin Lloyd (Arkansas-Fort Smith) and a stay in the new Spears Family Epsilon Epsilon Center for Excellence.


East Carolina

Over the weekend of April 20, the brothers of the Eta Beta Chapter at East Carolina University partnered with the ECU chapter of Tri Sigma for a charity car wash. The brothers enjoy the opportunity to raise funds for the Children’s Oncology Group.

Eta Beta Chapter concluded the 2023-2024 academic year recognized as a top-performing chapter at ECU. The chapter was honored by the university's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life as the 2024 IFC Chapter of the Year. 


Eastern Illinois

On April 13, brothers from the Lambda Gamma Chapter at Eastern Illinois University volunteered their time with the Urban Butterfly Initiative. The brothers helped work on improving butterfly habitats at Reasor Park in Charleston, Il. The chapter’s service tasks included planting trees, shrubs, and wildflowers and removing invasive honeysuckle. During the service activity, the brothers were able to observe nine species of butterflies, including Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Clouded Sulphur, Dainty Sulphur, Cabbage White, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Henry’s Elfin, Red Admiral, and American Lady.


Eastern Kentucky

During Eastern Kentucky University’s Presidents Ball, the Theta Theta Chapter was celebrated with a number of chapter-level and individual award wins. At the chapter level, Theta Theta was recognized with the “Most Improved Chapter Award” and the “Week of Events Award.” For individual awards, Brother Carson England received Fraternity Member of the Year. Brothers Carson England, Brandon Dearing, and Brandon Macintyre also received Living the Ritual awards.

The Theta Theta Chapter received news coverage of its Walk A Mile Event, which took place on April 18. The chapter partnered with EKU Student Life and the First Year Experience Office, and the event aims to raise awareness of the causes, effects, and ways to stop sexualized violence. Around 1,000 students, faculty, and community members were expected to participate. Spectrum News Anchor and Theta Theta Chapter alumnus Mario Anderson (pictured) delivered the coverage.


Eastern Washington

In mid-April, the Theta Lambda Chapter at Eastern Washington University lent a helping hand to Our Place Community Outreach in Spokane, Washington. The brothers helped the food pantry and resource center provide groceries to around 200 people.



The Fraternity is sad to report the passing of former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, who entered Chapter Eternal on April 16, 2024, at the age of 87. Brother Graham served as the 38th Governor of Florida from 1979-1987 and as a U.S. Senator from 1987-2005. Brother Graham was initiated by the Epsilon Zeta Chapter at the University of Florida in 1956 and served as a collegiate chapter Commander. He was inducted into Sigma Nu’s Hall of Fame in 2000 at the 59th Grand Chapter in Phoenix, Ariz. The thoughts and prayers of the Legion of Honor are with Brother Graham’s loved ones.



Kappa Chi Chapter alumnus John Genther received the Meritorious Public Service Award from the U. S. Coast Guard after saving a man’s life from the water just off Long Island Sound. The young alumnus was working as a commercial whelk fisherman when he spotted an overturned vessel. John rushed to the boat and discovered an older man in the cold water, barely hanging on. John got the man into his boat and rushed him to shore, caring for him until EMS arrived. In coverage of the story, John credits his quick response to the first aid training he received from Fishing Partnership Support Services and the leadership he learned as Commander of the Kappa Chi Chapter. “I think that a rescue like this takes a certain level of maturity and confidence in one’s abilities.”



During the month of March, Mu Chapter Philanthropy Chairman AJ Stevenson conducted a Backpack Project for the chapter. Various products and materials were organized into backpacks and then given to the Backpack Project Organization in Athens. The bags were then dispersed to homeless people around the city of Athens, helping them with food, water, and many other necessities.

Mu Chapter alumni gathered in Augusta for the 2024 Masters tournament. Pictured are Brothers Tom Greene, Kurt Kronauge, Bob Fowler, and Past Regent John Hearn in transit for the tournament. The group of alumni, many of whom are former Commanders of Mu Chapter, is a great example of lifetime brotherhood, friendship, and career success.


Georgia Tech

On April 21, Brothers from the Gamma Alpha Chapter at Georgia Tech participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk. The brothers walked in honor of Gamma Alpha brother Andrew Collins, who passed from suicide in 2020. In total, the chapter helped raise $12,145 for suicide prevention, educational resources, and support for those affected by suicide!

"Basement Recess," an indie rock band formed by five brothers of the Gamma Alpha Chapter, has made a name in the local music scene. Originating from practice sessions in the chapter house basement, the band has released songs like "firefighters" and "chained to a stranger." Their energetic performances, including covers of well-known songs, have garnered a loyal campus following. The band's future is uncertain, but they continue to play passionately, leaving a memorable impact on their audience. The band members are lead singer Ollie Davidson, guitarists Adam Boss and Lee Johnson, bassist Jack McMurtrie, and drummer Eric Sander. 



For National Volunteer Week and Sigma Nu’s Founders’ Month of Service, the Eta Pi Chapter at Hampden-Sydney College has continued its monthly commitment to the Prince Edward County Feed More Food Market. The chapter has volunteered with Feed More for the past three years. Feed More is a non-profit that collects, prepares, and distributes food to those in need in Prince Edward County.



Congratulations are in order for the brothers of the Mu Iota Chapter at the University of Hartford for winning Chapter of the Year at the 2024 Greek Awards. In addition to the award for overall excellence, the brothers were also awarded the Best New Member Growth award.



To close out the spring semester, collegiate brothers and alumni from the Zeta Chi Chapter at the University of Houston gathered for the Zeta Chi Alumni Crawfish Boil. The event was hosted at the new Zeta Chi Snakepit. The collegiate chapter enjoyed the opportunity to connect with alumni in attendance.



In late March, the brothers from the Nu Beta Chapter at Huntingdon partnered with the Huntingdon chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi for a paint swap social.

Hi Rickety and congratulations to brothers Dillon Bryars (Huntingdon) (Left) and Jake Wagner (Illinois State) (Right), who were recently selected to receive scholarships from Order of Omega. Order of Omega is a Greek-letter honorary organization that recognizes the top 5% of individuals within a fraternity and sorority community. Their scholarship program was established to recognize academic achievements, participation and leadership in campus organizations, citizenship, and service to the Order of Omega and the campus community. Since 1985, Order of Omega has awarded over 1.6 million dollars in undergraduate scholarships. In notifying the Fraternity of Dillon and Jake’s recognition, Order of Omega shared, “Receiving a scholarship is not only a testament to their academic endeavors but acknowledges the impact they have had on their campus community. Their dedication and commitment to serve is an inspiration to others, and we have no doubt that they each excel within the fraternity. They are wonderful representatives not only of their chapter but of Sigma Nu. Thank you for providing them with a strong foundation and leadership opportunities so that they can continue to inspire others.”



On April 14-16, the Delta Omicron Chapter at the University of Idaho hosted its annual Sigma Nu Slam philanthropy.  The event was composed of several activities, including a canned food drive, a brownies and ice cream catering event, and a 3v3 basketball tournament. Canned goods and proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Vandal Food Pantry and the Moscow Parks and Recreation Youth Program.


Illinois State

In early May, the Theta Rho Chapter at Illinois State University attended the Inaugural IFC Scholarship Banquet. During the banquet, the chapter was presented with three awards: Academic Program of the Year, Academic Chair of the Year, and recognition for having a chapter GPA above the All-Men's GPA at ISU.

Fore-ever brothers! On May 4, the chapter hosted its annual alumni golf outing, the Snake Shootout. Over 60 alumni were in attendance for the best-ball scramble.



The Beta Eta Chapter at Indiana University has made a life-saving match. This semester the chapter partnered with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry to co-host “Swab-a-Palooza.” The event, which was designed to encourage members of the IU fraternity and sorority community to join the marrow registry contributed greatly toward the additional 1000 potential donors added to the registry during Gift of Life's Swab Week. Through the registration drive, Brother Jordan Bowbeer was identified as a match for a 53-year-old man battling Myelodysplastic Disorder. Brother Peter Baker had this to say about the chapter’s partnership with Gift of Life: “Identifying a life-saving match for someone is a profound achievement for our chapter. This accomplishment not only transforms the life of the recipient but also provides our members with a sense of purpose and fulfillment. It reinforces the importance of our mission, inspires continued efforts, and strengthens the bonds within our community. Ultimately, it emphasizes the impact we can have when we come together to support and save lives.”


Iowa State

Sigma Nu is excited to announce its return to Iowa State for Fall 2024. The Legion of Honor will be on campus in late summer to begin the work of identifying the future knights who will lead the charge in reestablishing the Gamma Sigma Chapter. Know of any prospective members who currently attend or will begin their college journey at ISU this fall? Let us know at www.sigmanu.org/referral and make sure to stay up-to-date on the project at @sigmanuiowastate. Go Cyclones!


Jacksonville State

Over the weekend of May 17-19, brothers from the Iota Lambda Chapter at Jacksonville State University traveled 1,000 miles round trip from Jacksonville, Ala., to Lexington, Va., for their pilgrimage to visit the Fraternity’s Headquarters and stay in the new Spears Family Epsilon Epsilon Center for Excellence.

Iota Lambda Chapter Brother Calvin Norris recently traveled to France to perform with the Jacksonville State University Marching Band, The Marching Southerners, in honor of the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. The Marching Southerners performed with other ensembles, choirs, and JROTC students at an official public ceremony held at St. James American Cemetery. Additionally, the band had the opportunity to participate in a parade that began in the first village liberated by American troops following the landing, Sainte-Mere-Eglise.



On April 26th, the Mu Pi Chapter at Thomas Jefferson University chapter hosted its second annual Siggy’s Award Show and Casino Night. The event takes place on campus and is a great event, including participation from alumni, sororities, and families of brothers. The event is a brotherhood award show and casino night, where the money raised is a fundraiser for our chapter. The awards part of the show provides recognition and incentive to brothers for their achievements during the year.

Over the weekend of April 19-21, the Mu Pi Chapter had the privilege of traveling to Lexington, Va. for a pilgrimage to the Fraternity’s headquarters. Throughout the weekend, the chapter toured both Sigma Nu HQ and VMI and held team-building exercises for the chapter.



On April 5, members of the Nu Chapter’s Philanthropy and Community Service Committee had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Throughout the morning, the brothers handed out toys and goodies to patients as they entered the building.

It is with a heavy heart that the Fraternity shares the news of the passing of Brother B.J. “Bud” Hinkle (Kansas), a truly remarkable individual who dedicated his life to service, leadership, and brotherhood. Brother Hinkle was an exemplary member of the Greatest Generation, earning three Bronze Stars for his courageous service as an Army Medic during World War II. His commitment to his country was paralleled by his dedication to Sigma Nu, where he served as Commander of his chapter and as a house corporation officer and advisor for decades.

In 2022, in recognition of his exceptional contributions, Brother Hinkle was awarded the Regent’s Medallion of Merit, an honor bestowed by Sigma Nu’s High Council to individuals who exemplify the principles of Love, Honor, and Truth. Beyond his professional success and volunteer leadership, Bud was a devoted family man. His legacy continues through his sons, David and Jim, who followed in his footsteps as initiates of Nu Chapter, and his grandson, Bobby Costello, an initiate of Beta Theta Chapter at Auburn.

Those who had the privilege of working with Bud remember him for his kind words, unwavering optimism, and the gentlemanly conduct that characterized his life. As we mourn his loss, let us also celebrate the indelible mark he left on our Fraternity and the countless lives he touched with his generosity and spirit.


Kent State

On April 15-19, the Zeta Gamma Colony at Kent State University hosted a 2024 Tug of War philanthropy competition. The chapter hosted several events in the lead-up to the main tug-of-war event, including a bake sale and food drive. Proceeds and food collected through the event were donated to Feeding America, a network of over 200 food banks on a mission to end hunger in communities nationwide.



In early April, brothers from the Gamma Iota Chapter at the University of Kentucky participated in DanceBlue, a 24-hour dance marathon fundraiser supporting the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the University of Kentucky’s Children’s Hospital. For this year’s effort, the chapter doubled its participation from the previous year, from 24 to 53 dancers. The 2024 DanceBlue raised $2,129,952.87!

Gamma Iota’s participation in DanceBlue isn’t the only reason for the chapter to celebrate. The chapter took home two impressive awards from the university’s 2024 FSL Awards. For the second year in a row, the chapter received the Commitment to Community Award. This award honors a chapter for its emphasis on giving back to the Lexington, Ky., community and building a better community on campus. The chapter’s second award is the Dean’s Cup/2024 IFC Chapter of the Year Award. This is awarded to an organization that excelled in all fraternal areas and exemplified the values of their national organization.


Kentucky Wesleyan

Eta Epsilon Chapter at Kentucky Wesleyan College closed out the 2023-2024 academic year with great success. The brothers participated in Campus Ministries' annual Build-A-Bed and took home some hardware at the Campus Involvement Awards. The Chapter brought home a Most Improved Chapter award and an Alumni Development Award. Eta Epsilon’s Chapter Advisor, Brother Ron Sharp, received recognition taking home the Outstanding Chapter Advisor award.



Fourteen Brothers of the Pi Chapter of Lehigh University met for a 50th reunion dinner at Morgans Restaurant on June 8. They represented 1971-1976 classes and were joined by nine wives. Besides enjoying the renewed comradery and honoring brothers called to the Eternal Chapter, they enjoyed a delicious meal and a continuous slide show of historic pictures.

(Pictured: Top row: Greg Gleason, Bruce Kiefer, Paul Stavrou, Pete Jones, Eric Wallace, Rick Nolte, Phil McCutcheon, and Drew Brown. Seated: Bob Alexander, Ed Hickey, Al Wroe, Neil Clemence, Jack Sanders, and Bob Millinghausen.)



The Mu Phi Chapter at Longwood University took home award recognition at the university’s Greek Awards on April 14. The chapter earned Silver-Level Chapter Excellence and Excellence in Scholarship awards. Additionally, Brother Nicolas Kincheloe was recognized with the Selfless Helper Award, and Brother Zach Ngeth received the GELE Graduate Award.


Louisiana at Lafayette

Community service isn’t just for the collegians. Eta Nu Chapter alumnus Dan Hare joined the collegiate chapter, fellow alumni, and students in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's annual Big Event. Big Event is the university’s largest day of service, offering students and alumni the chance to make a difference in the Lafayette, La., community. Over 910 students, alumni, and faculty volunteers participated in this year's event. Brother Hare currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement for the university's alumni association. He is a former Commander of the collegiate chapter and a current member of the chapter's Alumni Advisory Board.


Louisiana State

On April 26, Phi Chapter at Louisiana State University hosted its 3rd Annual Rock for Reclaimed, a charity music festival with proceeds benefiting the Reclaimed Project and St. Lillian’s Academy. The Reclaimed Project is a non-profit organization based out of Mississippi whose goal is to serve orphans and vulnerable children in Sub-Saharan Africa. At this year’s event, the chapter raised an outstanding $71,252!

The Phi chapter was awarded Chapter of the Year at the annual Greek Awards hosted by LSU’s Greek Life Office. This honor was accomplished by the chapter’s 2023 executive board, led by Commander Charlie McKenzie. The chapter’s house mom, Frances Moody, also received recognition, taking home the House Director of the Year award.


Louisiana Tech

In late March, Eta Zeta Chapter alumnus Jason Smith took the Eta Zeta  Alumni Scholarship winners out for dinner and awarded them each $500. The Eta Zeta Alumni Scholarship was awarded to members of the collegiate chapter who demonstrated outstanding contributions to the collegiate chapter. This year’s scholarship winners were Brothers Walker Forsyth, Peyton Cavalier, Ty Lolley, and JD Roberson.



The Mu Chi Chapter at the University of Lynchburg made the short drive over the mountain from Lynchburg, Va. to Lexington, Va. to initiate their newest brothers in the Fraternity’s Alpha Room. Congratulations to recent Mu Chi Chapter initiates Brock Jones, Richie Snyder, and Lane Payne.



On April 14, the Delta Phi Chapter at the University of Maryland hosted its inaugural Alumni Day. Over 30 alumni returned to the chapter’s home on Norwich Road in College Park, Md. The event’s activities included an outing to Top Golf, an Alumni Day lunch prepared by the chapter’s house chef, a panel discussion with alumni, and an afternoon raffle.

On June 3, brothers from the Delta Phi Chapter participated in a golf tournament organized by The Dandy-Walker Alliance, which supports children born with Dandy-Walker Malformation, a congenital brain malformation. The Dandy-Walker Alliance was founded by Delta Phi Chapter alumnus Eric Cole in 2006 to support families affected by Dandy-Walker Syndrome worldwide and fund national research activities.



Eta Chapter at Mercer University closed out the academic year with several awards. Brother Kernen Frey was awarded the Student Leadership Award from Mercer’s Stetson-Hatcher School of Business. Brother Amann Patel won the honor of Outstanding New Member. Finally, alongside Phi Mu, Alpha Tau Omega, and Kappa Alpha Psi, the chapter also won FSP Week to conclude this semester.


Miami (Ohio)

Sigma Nu is excited to announce its return to Miami University (Ohio) for Spring 2025. The Legion of Honor will be on campus at the beginning of the new year to begin the work of identifying the future knights who will lead the charge in reestablishing the Epsilon Nu Chapter. Know of any prospective members who currently attend or will begin their college journey at Miami this fall? Let us know at www.sigmanu.org/referral and make sure to stay up-to-date on the project at @sigmanumiami. Go RedHawks!



At the University of Michigan’s FSL Awards Gala the Gamma Nu Chapter brought home awards for outstanding achievements and success over the past year. The awards recognized the chapter’s excellent performance in Social Media and Philanthropy. Additionally, Brother Riley Aust was recognized as Man of the Year, with Brother Thomas Sheldon receiving a Commendation.


Minnesota State

Over Memorial Day weekend, brothers from the Lambda Delta Chapter at Minnesota State University gathered at Fort Snelling Cemetery to pay tribute to deceased veterans. The brothers partnered with Honored Always to place flowers on veterans’ graves in preparation for Memorial Day.



On April 9, the Epsilon Xi Chapter at the University of Mississippi hosted its 34th annual philanthropy event, Charity Bowl, which benefits an individual living with paralysis. Charity Bowl is a multi-faceted event that features a full-contact football game, sorority cheer competition, and a homecoming-style Charity Bowl Court. The 2024 Charity Bowl raised over $200,000, benefiting Chris “Creek” Mitchell, a former Ole Miss football standout who sustained life-threatening injuries to his head, neck, spine, and legs in 2020. The 2024 Charity Bowl also benefited the William Magee Center for Health and Wellness and the Manning Family Foundation. Since its inception, Charity Bowl has raised over $3 million for its recipients. Hi Rickety to the brothers of Epsilon Xi Chapter on its tradition of excellence and service to others.

On Wednesday, June 5, the Trent Lott Leadership Institute celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Many Sigma Nu brothers, including several from the Epsilon Xi Chapter, were present for the event to honor U.S. Senator Trent Lott.

(Pictured – left to right: Malloy McDaniel, Austin Harrison, Zach Scruggs, Trent Lott III (Mississippi/Southern Methodist), Chet Lott, Billy Gottshall, Senator Roger Wicker, Senator Trent Lott, Regent Maury Gaston (Auburn), William Courtney, Miles Bolin, John Green, and Tripp McKemey)


Mississippi State

On April 14, the Iota Gamma Chapter at Mississippi State University held its annual spring philanthropy, Sigma CaNu. Having the beautiful sunny weather along with chilly waters from Chadwick Lake made this Sigma CaNu another one for the books. Proceeds from the chapter’s fundraiser will go to support Camp Kessem, which provides summer camps and year-round peer support for children impacted by a parent’s cancer.



On Thursday, April 4, eighteen Rho Chapter alumni and chapter members met in Columbia, MO, for dinner and told stories. Attendees spanned a 60-year initiation range from the early 1960's to current. Attendees included Joe Gibbs, Eric White, Steve Bowles, Randall Young, Mike Sokolaski, Dave Baker, John Rentschler, John Cleek, Campbell Laird, Adam Smith, Jeremy Bowles, Josh Bowles, Craig Anderson, Jake Hacker, Mason Babington, George Ballew, Jake Koenig and Ethan McGinnis. Alumni Chairman George Ballew presented the chapter's activities and accomplishments. Brothers Gibbs and White were presented with special alumni pins from the General Fraternity


Missouri State

The brothers of the Theta Sigma Chapter at Missouri State University had a very exciting and eventful Annual Alumni weekend. Brothers from many generations enjoyed fellowship and honoring the brothers who have made a significant impact on the chapter. The chapter also hosted its first flag pole ceremony in collaboration with Kappa Alpha Order to recognize Douglas Hamilton, the KA alumnus to whom the flag pole is dedicated.

On Saturday, March 23, the chapter welcomed prestigious alumni, including members of the Fraternity’s High Council, professionals, and Missouri State head football coach Ryan Beard to our annual LEAD Day. LEAD Day an opportunity for the chapter to have a panel of guest speakers speak to the chapter about personal development, organizational success, and professionalism.


Montana State

The Zeta Nu Chapter at Montana State University had a great time at the university’s FSL Awards. The chapter enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate the fraternity and sorority community and took home some hardware. The chapter was honored to take home the Fraternity Community Service Award, the Fraternity Academic Excellence Award, and the Fraternity Chapter of the Year Award. Alumnus James Patton was also recognized as the Fraternity Advisor of the Year.


Mount Union

On March 23rd, the Beta Iota Chapter at the University of Mount Union hosted the 39th Annual Mike Hardy Basketball Tournament in Louisville, Ohio. This event benefits the Legacy of Honor, a charity providing financial assistance to veterans, first responders, and their families.

The chapter has hosted the tournament since 1985 in remembrance of Brother Mike Hardy, making it the longest-running event on the University of Mount Union's campus. Ten teams of 5-10 players participated, including members from the Greek community, campus sports teams, and alumni. Mike's sister, Jenny Parker, attended with her family and delivered a moving speech before the event, highlighting its impact on her family and the community.

The chapter is dedicated to honoring Mike's legacy and providing his family with this meaningful experience. Recently, the chapter switched the benefiting charity to the Legacy of Honor in memory of Brother Jake Nees, who served his community as a police officer and recently passed away.

Advisor Dr. Mark Himmelein works closely with the chapter to ensure it continues to honor Mike's legacy. He maintains contact with Mike's family to ensure their annual attendance and stays connected with the alumni chapter to encourage participation from graduated brothers.



The Fraternity is sad to report the passing of Judge Larry Hicks, a dedicated servant of justice, a loving family man, and a proud Sigma Nu brother. Judge Hicks, who entered Chapter Eternal on Wednesday, was a distinguished U.S. District Judge and an alumnus of the Delta Xi Chapter at the University of Nevada, Reno. The thoughts and prayers of the Legion of Honor are with Brother Hicks' loved ones.


New Hampshire

On April 27, brothers and alumni from the Iota Sigma Chapter at the University of New Hampshire worked with Habitat for Humanity to help build a house for a family in need in Rochester, N.H.


North Carolina State

Beta Tau Chapter alumnus brothers Braxton Smith, Sr., Rick Tate, Bryan Benton, Buck Anderson, and Buz Phillips gathered for a monthly alumni lunch. The lunch gatherings have been taking place for over 40 years and attract anywhere from five to over a dozen alumni for good food and fellowship. The lunches are always on the first Thursday of the month at the Beta Tau and NC State favorite spot, The Players Retreat.

Beta Tau Chapter Alumnus and the General Fraternity’s Director of Communications, Christopher Brenton, was recognized by the Fraternity Communications Association for his service to the association. During the association’s 101st Annual Meeting, Brother Brenton received the Outstanding Committee Chair Award, recognizing him for his service as FCA’s Associate Partners Chair.

For Past Regent Howard Pickett, this year’s NCAA basketball Final Four appearances by both the Wolfpack’s men’s and women’s teams are extra special as this year marks the 50th anniversary of NC State’s first NCAA basketball championship in 1974. Earlier this year, NC State University honored its 1974 championship team during halftime of its game against ACC opponent Boston College. Among the team members in attendance for the honor were NBA All-Star David “Skywalker” Thompson and the Beta Tau Chapter’s own, Brother Pickett.


North Georgia

The Kappa Chapter at the University of North Georgia closed out the academic year with several chapter-level awards and recognition for members of the chapter presented by the university’s fraternity/sorority community. Kappa Chapter earned Fraternity of the Year, Excellence in Campus Engagement, Excellence in Leadership, and the chapter was recognized as having the highest fraternity GPA. Individual award winners include Jack Octavec, who won Chapter President of the Year, Grady Colson, who won Emerging Leader of the Year, and Jack Octavec and Brady Hawkins, who received Fraternity Legend Awards.

In April, Kappa Chapter members and alumni gathered to replant the white rose bush at The Delta's memorial marker in Dahlonega, Ga. The new rose bush comes from the original rose bush at the Fraternity’s Headquarters in Lexington, Va.


North Texas

In early April, the Zeta Omicron Chapter at the University of North Texas raised over $4,500 for a family in need with the help of friends in the university’s sorority community. Additionally, the chapter had a donor willing to match their efforts, providing a grand total of $9,000 to this family in need.


Northern Arizona

Congratulations is in order for Eta Iota Chapter Brother Ian Willeke (right) who was named President of the Year during Northern Arizona University’s Order of Omega Awards. Ian currently serves as the Eminent Commander for the chapter.

In mid-April, the brothers of Eta Iota Chapter partnered with NAU Campus Health Services to become certified through Active Bystander Training. Through the training, the brothers learned how to help reduce sexual violence on campus, support someone who has experienced sexual violence, and improve their knowledge and skills for intervention in situations of sexual violence, harassment, bullying, sexism, and discrimination.


Northern Illinois

Congratulations and Hi Rickety to the Theta Eta Chapter at Northern Illinois University who won their fourth consecutive Tugs event earlier this semester. Tugs is an annual competition hosted by the campus IFC similar to tug-of-war. The event has a long and rich history at the institution and is a point of pride among collegiate fraternity brothers and alumni. With this win, Theta Eta Chapter became the second chapter in NIU IFC history to win four consecutive Tugs championships and the first since the early 1990s. (Photo Credit: Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Theta Eta Alumnus Brett D. White has been named to the list of “Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors” published by Barron’s, a publication covering business and finance. This is his third time on the annual Barron’s list recognizing the most outstanding financial advisors who represent the highest levels of ethical standards, professionalism, and success in the business. Brother White is a private wealth advisor/financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial.


Northwestern State

In early May, the Mu Rho Chapter at Northwestern State University hosted the 2024 Alumni Crawfish Boil, drawing an enthusiastic turnout of over 35 collegiate and alumni brothers.


Oklahoma State

This semester, the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter at Oklahoma State University hosted its annual Temple Classic Sand Volleyball Tournament. The event surpassed expectations, marking it as the chapter's most successful tournament to date. Held over three days at Coney Island, the tournament drew enthusiastic participation and raised $50,000 in support of Oklahoma Project Woman, a nonprofit dedicated to aiding breast cancer victims.

The annual Alumni Golf Tournament hosted by the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter at Lakeside Memorial Golf Course on April 26th shattered previous records, drawing an impressive turnout of around 140 golfers. This year’s tournament not only set a new benchmark for attendance but also $38,000 in donations raised for the collegiate chapter’s operations.


Old Dominion

The Eta Chi Chapter at Old Dominion University kicked off the 2024 Founders’ Month of Service with a collaborative service activity. The chapter partnered with the ODU Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi to hold a street clean-up of 42nd Street in Norfolk, Va.



The Gamma Zeta Chapter at the University of Oregon celebrated outstanding achievements within its fraternity community at the FSL Excellence Awards, where Gamma Zeta Chapter proudly took home top honors. Brother KJ Horsley (right) was recognized as Fraternity Man of the Year, while Brother Charley Carey (not pictured) received the Chapter President of the Year award. The awards ceremony was held as part of the FSL Games 2024.


Oregon State

On April 20, the Delta Tau Chapter at Oregon State University proudly participated in and donated $2,500 to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness (OOTD) walk. This nationwide event series aims to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention, particularly among youth and young adults, emphasizing the importance of mental health awareness on a national scale. The chapter expressed deep commitment to this cause, highlighting their enthusiasm for supporting initiatives that promote mental health and prevent suicide.

The Delta Tau Chapter house at Oregon State University has been recognized by the Corvallis Historic Resource Commission for its exemplary exterior renovations, maintaining authenticity to its original period. This prestigious award, presented annually, acknowledges significant contributions to preserving the city’s architectural heritage. Alumnus Doug Eaton, whose nomination efforts were pivotal in securing the award, expressed gratitude for the recognition. The awards ceremony, held on May 30 at the LaSelles Stewart Center on the OSU campus, was attended by Sigma Nu representatives, including Brother John Blake and 10 active chapter members. Accepting the award on behalf of Sigma Nu were Commander Trey Putnam and Alumni Relations Chairman Lukas Ruden. Sarah Johnson, Corvallis Senior Planner, highlighted the Sigma Nu House as a standout among this year’s nominees for its dedication to preserving local architectural history.



On Sunday, March 24, collegiate and alumni brothers from the Zeta Theta Chapter at Presbyterian College visited Pastor Will Delaney following his service at Belton Presbyterian Church in Belton S.C. Brother Delaney was ordained and installed as the church’s pastor on June 11. Will is a 2020 Alpha Affiliate Award Recipient.



Sponsored by Egis Group, Martin Family Farm, and Familyexpress, the Beta Zeta Chapter at Purdue University participated in the Purdue Grand Prix. Since its inception in 1958 at Purdue University, the Grand Prix has grown from a student idea to a beloved tradition. Starting with homemade karts powered by lawnmower engines, the race now features teams competing on a state-of-the-art track designed for safety and speed. Fundraising efforts support student scholarships, with the event overseen by the student-run Grand Prix Foundation. Notable for its role in Purdue's spring calendar, the Grand Prix continues to thrive as a testament to engineering skills and community spirit at the university.



Alumni and active members of the Epsilon Sigma Chapter at Rhodes College gathered for a lively Wild Game Cookout on Saturday, March 23rd. Among the attendees were longtime Sigma Nu volunteer Bud Richey (far left), current Epsilon Sigma Commander Porter Kaufman (center left), and Rob Browne, a great-great-grandson of Greenfield Quarles (center). The event brought together over 60 collegiate chapter members and alumni, fostering camaraderie and shared memories within the fraternity.


San Diego State

Sigma Nu is excited to announce its return to San Diego State for Fall 2024. The Legion of Honor will be on campus in late summer to begin the work of identifying the future knights who will lead the charge in reestablishing the Eta Kappa Chapter. Know of any prospective members who currently attend or will begin their college journey at SDSU this fall? Let us know at www.sigmanu.org/referral and make sure to stay up-to-date on the project at @sigmanusdsu. Go Aztecs!


San Jose State

In observance of Founders Month of Service, members of Zeta Iota Colony at San Jose State University dedicated their time on April 26 to assist at Second Harvest, a prominent organization battling food insecurity in the area. The brothers engaged in sorting through a substantial amount of food, significantly contributing to efforts aimed at alleviating hunger.

Members of the Zeta Iota Colony gathered with alumni for a memorable BBQ event, celebrating the bonds and traditions of the chapter. The event provided a meaningful opportunity for current colony members to connect with chapter alumni, sharing cherished memories and forging new connections


South Florida

Members of the Theta Alpha Chapter at the University of South Florida demonstrated their commitment to community service by participating in two consecutive clean-up events, resulting in the collection of 200 pounds of trash. The initiative was organized in collaboration with "Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful," Over the course of two days, chapter volunteers diligently worked to improve the cleanliness and aesthetics of the local community.


Southeast Missouri State

The Mu Kappa Chapter at Southeast Missouri State University proudly announced their third consecutive Chapter of the Year Award. At the university’s annual awards ceremony, Mu Kappa received recognition in multiple categories. They were honored as the 2023 Chapter of the Year and celebrated Katie Krodinger as Advisor of the Year. The chapter excelled in Chapter Management, Membership Education and Development, Harm Reduction, and received Honorable Mentions for Academic Achievement and Civic and Campus Engagement. Order of Omega also honored Mu Kappa members for their outstanding contributions: Nick Brune was named New Member of the Year, Andrew Wildhaber as Junior of the Year, Brandon Vogt as Greek Man of the Year, and Jason Steiner as IFC President of the Year. Harland Bross received the Unsung Hero award, Luke Bell for Community Service, Grant Breece with the Greek Heart Award, and Matthew Werkmeister as Runner-up Sophomore of the Year.

The Mu Kappa Chapter concluded its annual spring philanthropy week with a significant contribution of $2,715 towards the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), bringing their total for the year to approximately $6,300.


Southern Methodist

On April 27, the Iota Theta Chapter at Southern Methodist University celebrated its 50th Anniversary at the Highland Hotel near the SMU campus. The event, held one day before the original charter date of April 28th, brought together over 200 brothers and guests. The evening began with a cocktail hour, allowing newer members since the re-chartering in 2020 to meet original charter members from 1974 onwards. The banquet program commenced with an Invocation by Chaplain Jacob Sands, followed by Division Commander Chris Graham (Lamar) reciting the Preamble to the Creed of Sigma Nu. Master of Ceremonies Hayden Horn recognized VIPs, including advisors, 50th Anniversary Chairman Michael Castle, and Regent Maury Gaston (Auburn). After dinner, a tribute honored the Iota Theta brothers who have entered Chapter Eternal. Awards were presented for leadership and service. "State of Fraternity" addresses by Iota Theta #1 Robb Horn, Iota Theta #100 Trent Lott III, and Eminent Commander Thomas Powitsky, highlighted the chapter's vision, history, and recent successes. The program continued with recognition of refounding fathers and the presentation of 5, 45, and 50-year pins. Regent Maury Gaston challenged the chapter to achieve Rock Chapter status and provide an exceptional fraternity experience. The night concluded with Regent Gaston presenting the 50th Anniversary Certificate to Brothers Thomas Powitsky and Robb Horn.

The chapter capped off a remarkable academic year by earning the title of SMU Interfraternity Council’s 2024 Chapter of the Year. This prestigious recognition marks a first-time achievement for Iota Theta. Under the leadership of Commander Thomas Powitzky, Iota Theta embarked on a mission at the beginning of the academic year to secure this accolade through dedicated philanthropic efforts and extensive campus involvement. The chapter actively pursued leadership roles across SMU and contributed significantly to causes such as Mental Health America and various philanthropic initiatives. The award underscores Iota Theta’s commitment to excellence, community service, and leadership within the SMU fraternity community.

Iota Theta Brother Jackson Gordon has been selected to join the North American Interfraternity Conference’s 2024-2025 IFC Advisory Council. Brother Gordon will join five other collegiate fraternity leaders serving for one year on the council. The IFC Advisory Council is a unique opportunity allowing undergraduate fraternity members to engage with industry leaders while helping to influence and shape the fraternity experience. They will assist with developing IFC resources, inter/national policy, and mentoring other IFC officers. Brother Gordon serves as the current Interfraternity Council President at SMU.


Southern Mississippi

The Theta Gamma Chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi is proud of Brother Miguel Valadez-Sanchez for being inducted into the Who’s Who and the USM Hall of Fame, and Brother JK Brock for also being awarded Who’s Who. These accolades are among the highest honors bestowed upon students at the University of Southern Mississippi, recognizing their exceptional contributions and achievements.


Stephen F. Austin State

On April 6, the brothers of Mu Upsilon Chapter at Stephen F. Austin State University enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer with SFA’s Big Event. SFA’s The Big Event brings student volunteers together for one BIG day of service to express our gratitude for the support of the Nacogdoches community.



At this year’s FSI awards, the brothers of the Delta Mu Chapter at Stetson University took home the 2023 Chapter of the Year and Community Involvement awards. The awards showcase the chapter's strong commitment to excellence within the Stetson Greek community.



On April 25, the Gamma Delta Chapter at Stevens Institute of Technology hosted a successful dog charity event, Sigma Nu Paws with Purpose, which drew an enthusiastic crowd. Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.



The Epsilon Eta Chapter’s Executive Committee participated in a University of Tennessee Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life event hosted by the University of Tennessee Police Department. The event, called “Strike Out Hazing,” was a kickball tournament with over 10 chapters participating. The chapter won first place after playing 4 games against competing teams. Brother Chase Darwin was named tournament MVP.


Tennessee at Chattanooga

Braden Stillwell, a member of the Nu Epsilon Chapter at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, took home some impressive hardware at the 2024 UTC Blue & Gold Awards Ceremony. Braden was recognized with the SGA Impact Award, the Outstanding Contribution to Campus Involvement Award, and the Chancellor’s Blue and Gold Award of Excellence. The Chancellor’s Blue and Gold Award of Excellence is the highest honor a student can receive at the university. It is given annually to one or more students who exemplify what it means to be an outstanding student member of the UTC campus community. The award is reflective of academics, involvement, leadership, and service/dedication to UTC.

On March 26-29, Nu Epsilon Chapter hosted Pasta for a Purpose philanthropy week. Through the chapter’s main event, Sigma Noodles, the chapter raised funds in support of the Siskin Children’s Institute, which works to improve the quality of life for children with special needs and their families.


Texas Christian

The Lambda Epsilon Chapter at Texas Christian University has achieved a significant milestone: It has been named the TCU IFC 2023-2024 Chapter of the Year. This marks the second consecutive year Sigma Nu has been recognized as the most outstanding fraternity chapter on campus. This accolade reflects the dedication, character, and community involvement of its members. The announcement was made during an event organized by the TCU Interfraternity Council, which included trap and skeet shooting, a dinner, and an awards ceremony.

The Fraternity is proud to recognize Lambda Epsilon brother and former Commander Lawson Ewing for being recognized as a Clark Scholar and the Mosebrook Pfizer Student Leader Award Winner by TCU. The Clark Society Scholarship is awarded to 10 rising seniors, nominated by faculty, who represent the University with the highest degree of character, leadership, and sense of service. The Mosebrook Pfizer Student Leader Scholarship is awarded to a Neeley School of Business student who exemplifies characteristics of integrity, leadership, responsibility, excellence, and performance. In addition, Lawson continues to lead on campus as the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program President.


Texas State

At Texas State University’s FSL Banquet on April 25, Eta Tau Chapter Brother Caden Carpenter was awarded the “Fraternity Man of the Year”. Eta Tau Chapter also received recognition for Excellence in Philanthropy and an honorable mention for Operational Excellence.


UC Davis

In mid-May, the Zeta Xi Chapter at UC Davis hosted its 2nd Annual Sigma Zoo philanthropy. All proceeds from the petting zoo go directly to Empower Yolo, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families in Yolo County, California. Their mission is to provide comprehensive support for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, offering emergency shelter, counseling, legal assistance, and advocacy. With the help of some 300+ attendees, the chapter was able to spread awareness across campus and provide immediate relief to individuals in need, raising over $2000 and counting.


UC San Diego

In early June, the Kappa Rho Chapter at UC San Diego hosted its annual philanthropy, Relay for RAINN. The chapter spent time in the lead-up to June 1 raising money and spreading awareness about the importance of RAINN. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Through the chapter’s philanthropy, over $1,100 was raised for the charity.


UNC Asheville

At the FSL ceremony on April 28, the Mu Eta Chapter at UNC Asheville won six out of nine awards, including all three fraternity-specific awards. The honors included Outstanding Philanthropic Initiative for their work with Habitat for Humanity, the Fraternity Spirit Award to Cole Hampton, Outstanding Fraternity Senior to Dillon Yousif, Exceptional Campus Involvement to Nova Valentine, Outstanding New Fraternity Member to Noah Morgan, and Outstanding Chapter Advisor to Corey Smith.


UNC Chapel Hill

Brothers from the Psi Chapter at UNC Chapel Hill volunteered at the Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary's "May the 4th Save Lives" event, enjoying the opportunity to support the sanctuary's progress. Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary rescues animals who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, giving them comprehensive care as they work to find them loving homes. During the chapter's volunteer service, the brothers completed projects around the sanctuary, including clearing land for future play areas. 


Virginia Tech

On April 6, brothers from the Theta Xi Chapter at Virginia Tech enjoyed a fulfilling day cleaning up St. Philips Anglican Church. The service opportunity was part of Virginia Tech’s Big Event. The Big Event at Virginia Tech is a student-run day of service that has grown into the second-largest event of its kind in the nation. Every spring, thousands of students, faculty, and staff come together to complete nearly 1,200 community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and the New River Valley


Washington D.C. Area Alumni

On the evening of June 3, twelve brothers, including Sigma Nu’s 68th Regent Maury Gaston (Auburn) and the NIC’s Director of Advocacy Dominic Frattura (Arizona State), gathered at Clyde’s restaurant in Alexandria, Va. Chapters represented include Beta (Virginia), Mu (Georgia), Beta Theta (Auburn), and Zeta Upsilon (Arizona State). The collegiate members in attendance are in the early weeks of their congressional internships and enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the Regent and find brotherhood in the nation’s capital.



In early April, the brothers of the Gamma Chi Chapter at the University of Washington partnered with the UW chapter of Phi Mu to volunteer at the UW Farm. The UW Farm is a 1.5 acre student-powered urban farm & educational facility located on the University of Washington’s Seattle Campus.


Washington & Lee

In early June, alumni brothers from the Lambda Chapter at Washington & Lee University gathered at Sigma Nu Fraternity Headquarters for a brief reunion and an opportunity to reconnect with the Fraternity. The brothers were treated to a special tour of the Headquarters from the Fraternity’s Executive Director, Brad Beacham (Texas Christian), and posed in front of The Rock with their chapter flag from the Alpha Room.

Sigma Nu Fraternity is returning to Washington and Lee University in the 2024-2025 academic year. The Legion of Honor will be on campus recruiting the next generation of Knights for the historic Lambda Chapter. Do you know any incoming or current W&L students who exemplify our Creed? Make a recommendation at www.sigmanu.org/referral and stay up-to-date at @wlusigmanu on Instagram.


Washington State

The brothers of the Delta Iota Chapter at Washington State University believe that service and philanthropy are vital aspects of the Sigma Nu Fraternity experience, shaping their identity and fostering a strong sense of giving back to the community. By supporting the Kellen Cares Foundation, the Whitman County Humane Society, and the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute, the Delta Iota brothers have developed valuable life skills while giving back to those in need.


West Georgia

In mid-April, the Theta Pi Chapter hosted its annual Alumni Golf Tournament. Over 75 collegiate brothers and alumni hit the links for fellowship on the greens.


West Virginia

Sports reporter and Gamma Pi Chapter alumnus Brandon Saho struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for years before seeking therapy and checking into a hospital in 2022. Following his treatment, Brandon found a new purpose in life to help others battling the same challenges with depression, anxiety, and mental health. He launched The Mental Game podcast hoping to break the stigma around talking about mental health and has interviewed guests such as actor Terry Crews (pictured) and former NFL All-Pro linebacker Ryan Shazier. Read how Brandon Saho overcame a lifetime of mental health issues and now helps others on their journey through ‘The Mental Game’ podcast in the Fraternity’s alumni profile.


Western Kentucky

The Eta Rho Chapter at Western Kentucky University had a remarkable year, culminating in a successful convocation where it was recognized for its dedication and achievements. The chapter received several awards, including WKU Most Improved Fraternity Chapter, and Awards for Campus Involvement and Leadership, Greek Involvement, and Outstanding Intramural Performance. Additionally, members Luke Blair, Adan Canizalez, and Jackson Smith were inducted into the Greek Hall of Fame, and Braden Clough was honored as the Order of Omega Outstanding New Member.

The Eta Rho Chapter at Western Kentucky University recently partnered with the American Medical Student Association at WKU to contribute and donate to Western Kentucky’s American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Brothers sold bracelets, held a raffle, and participated in the annual WKU Out of the Darkness Walk to increase awareness for suicide prevention.



The Eta Omicron Chapter and the Wofford College chapter of Tri Delta hosted a joint philanthropy event that successfully raised approximately $5,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event saw enthusiastic participation from the campus community, contributing to its resounding success.

Greek Week 2024 was a memorable occasion for the chapter, as they received multiple accolades at the annual Greek Awards. The chapter was honored with the IFC Chapter of the Year award, the IFC Scholarship Award for Highest GPA, and the IFC Outstanding Philanthropy & Service to the Community Award. These recognitions highlight Sigma Nu’s commitment to academic excellence and community service.



During the University of Wyoming’s FSL Awards, the Epsilon Delta Chapter, in collaboration with Chi Omega, was honored with the Impact Award, recognizing their significant contributions to the community. Individual members of Sigma Nu also received notable accolades, including Brian Fenn being named Chapter President of the Year, Alec Stauffer receiving the Pokes Pride Award, Carson Stinson being inducted into the FSL Hall of Fame, marking his overdue recognition as the 2022 IFC President and Andrew He being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, highlighting his academic excellence.

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