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Dispatches from The Legion of Honor

Chapter & Alumni News for the Spring 2024 Quarterly

AFLV Central

February 1-4, Sigma Nu brothers across the country gathered in Indianapolis, Ind., for AFLV Central, one of the largest gatherings of fraternal stakeholders in the country. Each year, the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values hosts 2,300 participants from more than 150 campuses to experience programs and activities at all levels of the fraternity/sorority experience.

Photographed are Sigma Nu’s collegiate attendees, many of whom are leaders within their campus Interfraternity Councils.

Thanks to Brother Robert Marias (Villanova), Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at James Madison University, for providing this photo.



Over the weekend of March 1-3, brothers and guests of the Kappa Lambda Chapter at the University of Akron gathered in Akron, Ohio, for the chapter’s 40th chartering anniversary. Alumni ranging from badge number Kappa Lambda #2 to Kappa Lambda #515 were in attendance to celebrate the milestone. Special guests included Division Commander Chris Graham (Lamar), who treated guests to his famous recitation of the Preamble to the Fraternity’s Creed and Kappa Lambda’s own, Vice Regent Shon Christy. Sigma Nu’s 68th Regent, Regent Maury Gaston (Auburn), was also onsite to deliver remarks and present the collegiate chapter and alumni with their 40th-anniversary plaque. Finally, to make the occasion extra special, the collegiate chapter and chapter house corporation were proud to announce that Kappa Lambda has secured a chapter house to call their own.

On March 14, Kent State University’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life announced the naming of a new award, which will recognize staff, faculty, and advisors. The Dennis Campbell, Jr. Fraternity & Sorority Advancement Award honors Brother Campbell and will be awarded to individuals who have dedicated a significant amount of their time, effort, passion, and energy to advancing the fraternity and sorority community at Kent State. The university named the award in honor of Dennis noting his career of service to advancing fraternity/sorority communities, including seven years of service as the Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Kent State. Dennis has been a long-time volunteer for Sigma Nu and currently serves as the Alumni Advisory Board Chairman for the Kappa Lambda Chapter at the University of Akron and serves the Fraternity nationally as a Division Commander for the Great Lakes Beta division. A video of Dennis’ recognition is available HERE.



On February 23-24, Theta Chapter celebrated 150 years at the University of Alabama. On the evening of the 23rd, members and alumni gathered for a cocktail event in the Zone of Bryant Denny Stadium. On the 24th, the alumni and guests came to the Theta Chapter House for lunch and a band party. The overall event was well attended, with over 500 members, friends, and guests in Tuscaloosa for the celebration. Regent Maury Gaston (Auburn) presented the chapter with its 150th anniversary plaque.


Alabama in Huntsville

In early March, brothers from the Mu Beta Chapter at the University of Alabama in Huntsville volunteered with Hubert Family Farms, a local tulip flower farm, to help them prepare for the opening day of the season. The brothers completed a number of tasks around the farm, including painting, spreading mulch, and entertaining the farm’s sheep and goats.



On February 9, Gamma Gamma Chapter brother King David Adedapo set an Albion College track and field record during the WHAC vs. MIAA Challenge. Brother Adedapo and his relay broke the school’s record for the 4x400m, with a time of 3:25.21.


Appalachian State

On March 12, Kappa Epsilon Chapter brother Addison Beam, a senior on ASU’s Men’s Golf team, clinched a first-place finish during the Surf Club Invitational. Br. Beam trailed by two shots at the 54th hole before making a 20-foot birdie putt that helped force a two-man playoff with the 36-hole leader who bogeyed the 18th hole. He won the playoff hole (also the par-3 18th hole) with a tap-in par to become App State's first medalist in a spring event since 2013.



This spring, Epsilon Alpha Chapter brother Greg Abraham received the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) 2023 Outstanding IFC President Award. The award recognizes IFC Presidents whose leadership has been a driving force for growth, positive change, and interfraternalism on their campus.

Under Greg’s leadership as the IFC President of the Interfraternity Council at the University of Arizona, the IFC was also recognized with two additional awards by the NIC, Outstanding Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Outstanding Community Service. Greg has also spent the past year serving on the NIC’s IFC Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is a unique opportunity allowing undergraduate fraternity members to engage with industry leaders while helping to influence and shape the fraternity experience. The Council members assisted with developing IFC resources, inter/national policy, and mentoring other IFC officers. In February, Greg was also awarded an Outstanding IFC President Award from the Arizona chapter of the Order of Omega (pictured).

The Fraternity recently interviewed Greg about his experience serving on his campus IFC and the NIC’s IFC Advisory Council for The Gavel Podcast. Listen to that episode HERE.


Arizona State

The 69th Anniversary of the Zeta Upsilon Chapter at Arizona State University was held on March 16, 2024, at the old location of their chapter house, 601 Alpha Dr, which is now the Tempe Hyatt House/Hyatt Place. Over 100 brothers were in attendance, and they were joined by notable alumni, including Vice Regent Shon Christy (Akron). Neil Giuliano, former Mayor of Tempe and notable Zeta Upsilon alumnus, was the master of ceremonies. Christine Wilkinson, the secretary of the university, was also able to be a part of the program and say a few words. Past Sigma Nu Regent John Thoren was inducted into the Zeta Upsilon Chapter Hall of Honor. Brother Derrick Hall, CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, was inducted into the Zeta Upsilon Chapter Hall of Fame. Past Sigma Nu Regent Dan Rodriguez was in attendance and excited to honor Brother Thoren. The chapter extends special thanks to Brother Dominic Frattura, who helped plan and host the event.


Arkansas at Fort Smith

The Sigma Noodles event, hosted annually by the Nu Alpha Chapter at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, was a spectacular affair this year. The brothers of Nu Alpha transformed an outdoor space into a delightful pasta restaurant, featuring beloved college classics like chicken and beef ramen noodles, along with hearty spaghetti in marinara sauce. Dressed for the occasion, fraternity members seamlessly juggled multiple roles as they cooked, hosted, and served guests at the charming outdoor pop-up venue. To add to the excitement, a spirited penny war unfolded throughout the week, culminating in a thrilling speed-eating competition among the top three donation recipients. Brother Ivan Welborn astounded everyone by setting a record-breaking time and finishing first. The event's proceeds were channeled towards the Nu Alpha Endowment, which supports deserving brothers with $1000 scholarships each, taking into account their financial need and academic excellence. Additionally, surplus food supplies were graciously donated to a local non-profit.



Beta Theta Chapter at Auburn University recently honored Brother Will Romanowski with a framed jersey and scholarship award for members of the collegiate chapter. Will passed away last summer after a fatal car accident, but his words and motto have become a source of inspiration and comfort for the chapter as well as the broader Auburn community.

The framed jersey and scholarship plaque have been placed in the downstairs foyer of the chapter house and include the words: “The Will Romanowski scholarship will be awarded annually to a brother who exemplifies Will’s qualities of quiet leadership, determination, ambition, Christian love, and lives his life to “Be Better than Yesterday.”

Brother Simmons Byrd, Beta Theta’s current Chaplain, was selected for the inaugural scholarship.

A link to a story about how Will’s words inspired the Auburn football team is available HERE.


Ball State

In early February, the brothers of the Theta Nu Chapter at Ball State University participated in the BSU Dance Marathon to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital. Together with the help of the BSU chapter of Phi Mu, the chapter raised the highest donation amount among Greek-letter organizations, $3,690. In total, the BSU Dance Marathon raised $238,821 for Riley Kids!

City of Elkhart, Indiana, native Derald Gray was recently interviewed for an entrepreneurship profile. Elkhart’s Regional Partnership website featured the profile of Derald and his company, DG Visionaries. The company provides high-value video production and mobile DJ services for corporate events as well as weddings. While based out of Elkhart, Derald also has an office in Indianapolis. The company has become a sought-after vendor in the wedding industry, growing from 16 weddings in 2020 to over 80 in 2022. In addition to weddings, they’ve also produced commercials and documentaries, even corporate livestreams and football hype videos. Derald’s profile can be read HERE.



The Zeta Phi Chapter at Bradley University continued its annual philanthropic tradition, the Gameball Run, presenting a check to OSF Children’s Hospital in Peoria, Ill. The donation will go to support the hospital’s Almost Home Kids Foundation. This year’s effort, led by Chairman Sean Coen raised $20,000 for the charity.



Brothers from the Epsilon Mu Chapter at Butler University participated in the NBA’s service component of their All-Star weekend in Indianapolis. The NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee, in partnership with the NBA and the Million Meal Movement, set out to have one million meals packed through 24 Hours of Service, a new take on the 14th annual NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service during NBA All-Star 2024.


California Sigma Nu Chapters

  • On January 28th, 35 Sigma Nu initiates and candidates gathered at Division Commander Jordan Wu’s (Cal Poly Pomona) home in Villa Park, Calif., for a recruitment skills workshop and a unique opportunity to spend time in fraternal fellowship. Attendees were from the following 4 chapters.

    Eta Phi Chapter (Cal State LA)
    Lambda Upsilon Chapter (Cal State Fullerton)
    Lambda Omicron Chapter (UC Irvine)
    Kappa Gamma Colony (Cal Poly Pomona)

    The afternoon started with two hours of a catered lunch and activities, followed by the workshop. The workshop was led by Brother Wu and General Fraternity Staff Members Mac McNeilly (Huntingdon) and Chaysen Babcock (Northern Arizona).


Cal Poly Pomona

Sigma Nu is back at Cal Poly Pomona. General Fraternity Staff Members Mac McNeilly (Huntingdon) and Chaysen Babcock (Northern Arizona) have been on campus this spring term assisting alumni leaders with the return of the Kappa Gamma Chapter. With the colony establishing its first candidate class and colony officers, the Fraternity will continue to work with the group and local alumni, setting the colony up for long-term success and a return of the chapter’s charter.


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

This February, brothers from the Kappa Pi Chapter at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo raised $24,000 for Jack’s Helping Hand through their annual Ducky Derby fundraiser. Since 2016, the Kappa Pi Chapter has supported Jack’s Helping Hand, and this year’s donation brings the chapter’s total contributions to over $105,000!


Cal State LA

At the end of every month, the Eta Phi Chapter's Community Service and Philanthropy Chairman sets up a service opportunity with the LA Regional Food Bank. At each service event, 8-12 brothers help process produce that the building receives from donors. The men audit the produce by checking if it’s healthy and safe for the families that are receiving care packages to eat. Any produce unsafe to eat doesn’t get thrown away but is instead given back to the farmers so that they can recycle and use it as compost. The brothers sort through roughly 10-12 thousand pounds of produce at each service event. 



On February 10, the Kappa Delta Chapter at Duquesne University hosted its 17th Annual White Rose Ball. The White Rose Ball is a time-honored tradition at Duquesne, where the chapter raises money for the American Gold Star Mothers, an organization that supports mothers whose children have passed in service of our country. The Ball includes a dinner, basket raffle, 50/50 raffle, the crowning of The White Rose Queen, and a Valentine’s Day-themed dance. This year’s event raised a total of $17,150 for American Gold Star Mothers.


East Carolina

In mid-March, the Eta Beta Chapter at East Carolina University hosted its 4th annual golf tournament at Benvenue Country Club. The tournament was a great success raising money for the Children’s Oncology Group.


Eastern Kentucky

In early March, Theta Theta Chapter at Eastern Kentucky University launched a new initiative, the Morale & Mental Health Check-in, to provide brothers with the space to connect and provide support. Initially conceived as a monthly event, the group switched to hosting the event bi-weekly in response to its popularity. During the check-in, brothers are placed into breakout groups with a team lead to facilitate conversation.


Eastern Washington

In late February, Theta Lambda Chapter at Eastern Washington University partnered with Second Harvest – Inland NW to provide free food on campus.



Epsilon Zeta Chapter Brother Josh Rosen has been selected as the Director of Sales for Florida Blue Key. In 1983, Florida Blue Key began sponsoring what has now become the largest student-run high school speech and debate tournament in the country. Hosting young leaders each October has become a tradition at the University of Florida. The Florida Blue Key Speech and Debate Tournament seeks passionate and involved members of the University of Florida community to welcome talented high school students to our campus every year. As a director, Josh will be responsible for developing merchandise to be sold at the tournament, organizing sales to maximize profit, designing and ordering staff apparel, and working with the finance division to track sales throughout the tournament. Josh is the first Sigma Nu to be selected for Florida Blue Key in six years.


Fresno State

On March 16, The Longhairs, a popular men’s grooming brand and unique global community for men with long hair, attempted a world-record hair donation for children with medical hair loss at The Great Cut. The company was founded by Zeta Kappa Chapter alumni Chris Healy and Lindsay Barto in 2014 and has since gone global after the duo’s 2018 appearance on “Shark Tank” and investment from Mark Cuban.

To promote The Longhairs' record-setting attempt, Chris Healy appeared on the morning show “Good Day DC” along with fellow Sigma Nu alumnus Beau Busby (Western Carolina).

A profile of Chris and Lindsay’s journey to creating The Longhairs was featured in the Fall 2018 issue of The Delta.



In early February, brothers from the Kappa Chi Chapter at Furman University partnered with Susan Jordan and Friends of Bald Rock to serve the mountain community. The chapter got their hands dirty cleaning up and helping preserve Bald Rock.


Georgia Sigma Nu Alumni

On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, Sigma Nu alumni who work at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta convened for the first Sigma Nu Caucus meeting. The inaugural event was organized by Brothers Billy Hickman (Georgia Southern) and Chris Green (Georgia) who recently discovered they were both members of Sigma Nu. Elected officials and government relations professionals convened at a BBQ restaurant near the State Capitol to share memories and fellowship with new friends. 

Attendees included:

  • Senator Billy Hickman (Georgia Southern), 4th District, Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee
  • Senator John F. Kennedy (Mercer), 18th District, President Pro Tempore
  • Representative Noel Williams, Jr. (Georgia), 148th District, Chairman of Banks and Banking Committee
  • Representative Joseph Gullett (Columbus State), 19th District
  • Representative Brad Thomas (Georgia Southern), 21st District 
  • Mr. Chris Green (Georgia), Director of Government and Community Affairs, Georgia State University
  • Mr. Clay Huckaby (Georgia Southern), Capital City Public Affairs
  • Mr. Austin Hackney (Georgia), Home Builders Association of Georgia
  • Mr. Wes Robinson (Georgia), American Chemistry Council
  • Mr. Clayton Cox (Georgia), McGuireWoods 
  • Mr. Michael Barry (Georgia), Arnall Golden Gregory



Thanks to the work of Mu Chapter’s Community Service Philanthropy Chair AJ Stevenson, the chapter at the University of Georgia has been busy serving Athens. AJ helped coordinate opportunities for brothers at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia to help sort food donations and took the initiative within the chapter to host its very own donation drive. The brothers donated cans of goods, toiletries, and more to make an impact in the local community. Additionally, several brothers participated in a group clean-up with the other Greek Park Circle fraternities. Together, River Road became cleaner and more environmentally safe.


Georgia Southern

On Saturday, January 13th, Theta Kappa Chapter at Georgia Southern University celebrated its 10th Commander’s Dinner. The event, held at the Capital Grille in Atlanta, honors past and current chapter Commanders and celebrates the achievements of the collegiate chapter and alumni. Highlights from the event include a swearing-in of the newly elected Theta Kappa Chapter Commander, Connor Kinard, by the chapter’s first Commander, Robert Williams and the recognition of outgoing Commander Alex Guilloux. Theta Kappa also recognized the transition of alumni leadership on the Alumni Advisory Board as Evan Winebarger assumed the role of Chairman following Bill Geddy’s retirement from the position after 15 years of service. Brother Geddy, a current Division Commander and Sigma Nu Educational Foundation Board member, will remain as the Chapter Advisor. He was recently recognized by Georgia Southern University as Chapter Advisor of the Year. The Commander’s Dinner saw 28 attendees, including 12 past Commanders from the chapter and special guests Vice Regent Michael Barry (Georgia) and Past Regent Joe Gilman (Morehead State).


Georgia State

Eta Gamma Chapter Alumni hosted its second annual Commander’s Dinner at McKendrick's Steakhouse in Atlanta. Sixteen Commanders spanning the 1970s to the current era were in attendance. Brother Bill Geddy (Georgia Southern) represented the General Fraternity as a member of the Educational Foundation Board and Division Commander.


High Point

On March 13, the Nu Delta Chapter at High Point University presented the American Heart Association with a check for $15,000. The chapter has supported AHA for several years and this donation draws from the chapter’s fundraising efforts over the course of the 2023 calendar year.



During the University of Houston’s spring Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life awards ceremony the Zeta Chi Chapter took home six awards. The chapter received recognition for excellence in Leadership Development, Service & Citizenship, Meaningful Relationships, Ritual & Values, and Intellectual Development. The chapter was also awarded the Archegos Award for excellence in five out of five areas evaluated by the CFSL.


Illinois State

In early March, brothers from the Theta Rho Chapter at Illinois State University partnered with the Midwest Foodbank to package food for 2,100 people in need. The volunteer service follows exciting news for the chapter from last week, where the chapter received six awards during the Illinois State Greek Gala. The chapter was awarded the IFC Chapter Excellence Cup and awards for Outstanding Scholarship Program, Academic Excellence, and Commitment to Philanthropy. Two members from the chapter also received individual awards; Brother Jake Wagner was recognized as Chapter President of the Year, and Brother Aiden Isaacson took home the Living the Ritual award.



In the January episode of The Gavel Podcast, the podcast team interviewed Kappa Theta Chapter alumnus Dillon Basse (center), frontman and vocalist for the indie rock band Flipturn. During the episode, Dillon talks about his love of music growing up and how his chapter brothers helped fuel the early success of the band as they were just getting started. Flipturn is currently touring following the August 2022 release of their debut album Shadowglow. Listen to this and other episodes of The Gavel Podcast at https://the-gavel-podcast.simplecast.com or on your favorite podcast streaming platform. You can also visit Flipturn’s band site at flipturn.band.


Jacksonville State

The bond of Sigma Nu Fraternity transcends the years spent within chapter houses and college campuses, often revealing itself in the most remarkable of ways. For Iota Lambda Chapter brothers Jimmy Carder and Dan Jagoe, an extraordinary act of kindness not only saved a life but defined the true meaning of brotherhood. Read more about Jimmy and Dan and the story of their life-saving kidney transplant HERE.



To kick off the new year, the Mu Pi Chapter at Thomas Jefferson University participated in its first service event of 2024, volunteering with the Share Food Program. Share Food Program distributes food to neighbors in need throughout Philadelphia, over 50% of whom are children, seniors, or people with disabilities. Mu Pi Chapter has established an ongoing relationship with Share, committing volunteers for the food bank each month.



  • The Nu Chapter at the University of Kansas and the KU chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta are the 2024 Rock Chalk Revue Winners! Rock Chalk Revue is an annual show in which student organizations write, produce, and perform original musical productions. The Revue annually contributes over 2,500 hours of community service to the Lawrence, Kan., community and has raised over $2.5 million for local charities since its inception. The 2024 beneficiaries for the 2024 Revue are The Ballard Center and the KU Dream Maker Fund.

    Nu Chapter and Kappa Alpha Theta put together a dominating performance, taking home awards in many categories including:

    Best Overall Show
    Chorus Performance
    Best Choreography
    Best Production Number
    Best Interpretation of Theme
    Community Service
    Female Lead - Lauren Fenton
    Male Ensemble - Will Robben


Kennesaw State

The inaugural Commander's Dinner is a new tradition for the Iota Pi Chapter. Past and current Eminent Commanders gathered to discuss the future of the chapter and to spend time in fellowship. Over 30 alumni were present for the event including Iota Pi alumnus and current Division Commander Jason Dooley.


Kentucky Wesleyan

In mid-February, alumni from the Eta Epsilon Chapter at Kentucky Wesleyan College joined the collegiate chapter members for a KWC basketball game, followed by the first official meeting of the alumni chapter.



March 1-3, the Eta Mu (A) Chapter at Kettering University traveled from Flint, Mich., to Lexington, Va., for a pilgrimage to the Fraternity’s Headquarters. Seven alumni from the chapter traveled with the collegiate members for their own opportunity to visit the site of the Fraternity’s founding. While in Lexington, the Eta Mu members experienced tours of the Headquarters and VMI, a LEAD Session facilitated by Fraternity staff member Michael Lay (Arkansas-Fort Smith), an initiation ceremony in the Alpha Room, and a stay in the new Spears Family Epsilon Epsilon Center for Excellence.



Delta Theta Chapter alumnus Andrew Isaacson, a former Commander of the chapter, was profiled by Knox College in advance of his company’s work during this year’s Super Bowl. In the profile, Andrew shared that his company, The Famous Group, will help create exciting mixed-reality experiences for fans attending the big game. In the profile, Brother Isaacson also talks about his journey in the entertainment industry, including a connection to a Sigma Nu chapter brother who helped him make connections in Los Angeles. Read more from the profile HERE.


Louisiana at Lafayette

Laissez les bons temps rouler, brothers! In celebration of Mardi Gras, the Fraternity shared a profile of Brother David A. Koke, Jr. who was named King of Carnival by the Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association. The article is available HERE.


Louisiana Tech

Eta Zeta Chapter brothers Wesley Driggs, Brandon Franks, Adam Johnson, and Neal Plauche at Louisiana Tech University volunteered during the Night to Shine 2024 event in Ruston, La. The event, which was held on Louisiana Tech’s campus, had more than 500 participants, including guests, caregivers, and volunteers. Night to Shine is a prom night experience for people with special needs sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.



Brothers from the Mu Chi Chapter at Lynchburg University got out into the streets to participate in another road cleanup. The effort is a part of the chapter’s ongoing partnership with the Adopt-a-Street program.



On March 8, Sigma Nu Fraternity wished a very special Happy Birthday to an outstanding Knight of The Legion of Honor, Brother Bill Barron. March 8 marked his 100th Birthday. Br. Barron was inducted into the Fraternity’s Hall of Honor in 2010 in recognition of his lifetime of volunteer service, including service as a Division Commander, Director and Life Director of the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, and as a Chapter Advisor, President and Treasurer of the Delta Nu House Corporation for the Delta Nu Chapter at the University of Maine. (Photo: Br. Bill Barron was selected as the 75th inductee into the Sigma Nu Hall of Honor during the 64th Grand Chapter in Boston, Mass.)



On February 17, 2024, the Gamma Nu Chapter hosted its annual philanthropy at the University of Michigan called Winterfest. In tandem with other fraternities and sororities at the university, the chapter raised a record $227,196 for three outstanding charities: Autism Alliance, The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan, and the Fisher House. During the event, fraternities and sororities faced off in a tournament of broomball, a hockey-style game that produces high-intensity matchups.

The Gamma Nu chapter has hosted Winterfest annually since 2022 after the chapter returned to campus in 2020. The event has evolved over time, garnering more sponsors, participants, and, most importantly, a larger sum raised for charity each year.

Approximately 5,000 students attend Winterfest throughout the day, including members of the University of Michigan football team, IFC affiliates, and students from within and outside of the fraternity/sorority community.


Minnesota State

For Valentine’s Day, the Lambda Delta Chapter at Minnesota State University, Mankato partnered with the MNSU chapter of Alpha Chi Omega for Healthy Relationships Week. The partnership helped support CADA, Inc., which provides safety and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence through education, advocacy, and shelter. Together the two groups raised $216.



The Epsilon Xi Chapter was grateful to attend the annual FSL Awards Ceremony hosted by the University of Mississippi’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, where chapters are recognized for their efforts throughout the year. This year, the chapter was awarded in the areas of Academic Excellence, Personal and Professional Development, and Mental Health, as well as the Chancellor’s Cup, the highest honor a chapter at the University of Mississippi can receive. Additionally, Epsilon Xi’s Chapter Advisor, John Green, was awarded the Advisor of the Year Award for the IFC community.

Epsilon Xi Chapter alumnus Bill Courtney’s podcast, An Army of Normal Folks, was recently recognized by the Anthem Awards, the largest and most comprehensive social impact award. The Anthem Awards celebrates purpose & mission-driven work from people, companies, and organizations worldwide. The Army of Normal Folks received recognition in the Awards’ Humanitarian Action & Services category. The podcast aims to “build this Army (a movement) that can change the country simply by each of us ‘doing what we can.’” Recently, the podcast highlighted the Epsilon Xi Chapter’s Charity Bowl philanthropy effort. In the episode, Coach Bill shares about his experience with Chucky Mullins, an Ole Miss football player who suffered a life-altering injury during a game. While it rendered him a quadriplegic that day, it didn’t stop him from using his life to inspire others and enrich the lives of those around him. Chucky’s life inspired the largest collegiate philanthropy event in the country, the Sigma Nu Charity Bowl. Listen to the episode HERE.


Mississippi State

Iota Gamma Chapter’s 50th Anniversary took place on Feb. 24th at the State Theatre in Starkville, Miss. The event included dinner, remarks by Division Commander Hamp Dye (Mississippi) on behalf of the General Fraternity, a presentation of the chapter’s commemorative 50th-anniversary plaque, and a presentation of alumni awards. Alumni and members of the collegiate chapter, their family members, and significant others were in attendance and enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on the past five decades of the chapter’s operation.



Over the weekend of February 17, brothers from the Rho Chapter at the University of Missouri enjoyed running in the RAMS (Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis) 5K charity event.


Missouri S&T

Gamma Xi Chapter alumnus Wayne Beasley was selected as a 2024 Honorary Knight for the University of Missouri Science and Technology’s St. Pat’s Parade. Brother Beasley is one of eight Honorary Knights selected for the event and was honored during a coronation ceremony on Friday, March 15 at the Leach Theatre in Castleman Hall. Br. Beasley is a member of the Missouri S&T Board of Trustees, the Order of the Golden Shillelagh, the Chancellor’s Greek Advisory Committee, and a Chapter Advisor to the Gamma Xi Chapter.


Missouri State

On Saturday, March 2, the Theta Sigma Chapter at Missouri State University hosted its annual Moms Day. The event was a great success, with the brothers getting to spend time with their mothers in coordinated activities, such as arts and crafts painting. It was a great opportunity to help grow a connection between parents and the collegiate chapter.



On Senior Night, Delta Eta Chapter’s very own Jared Tice participated in his final home game as team manager for the Men’s Basketball Team. Jared put in countless hours of hard work in his two seasons with the team and the chapter couldn’t be prouder.


North Carolina State

On February 24, NC State University honored its 1974 Men’s Basketball National Championship team during halftime of its game against ACC opponent Boston College. This year is the 50th Anniversary of the championship win, and the team was brought back to Raleigh to celebrate the occasion. Among the team members in attendance for the honor were NBA All-Star David “Skywalker” Thompson and Sigma Nu and the Beta Tau Chapter’s own, Past Regent Howard Pickett.


North Georgia

On March 16, brothers from the Kappa Chapter at the University of North Georgia volunteered with The Craddock Center for Child and Family Enrichment. The service opportunity was especially impactful for Brother Ethan Hellman, whose late grandmother, Louise Hellman, was a long-time volunteer for the center.


North Texas

The Zeta Omicron Chapter at the University of North Texas recently awarded $12,000 in scholarships to members of the collegiate chapter. Four members each were selected for the Zeta Omicron Foundation Scholarship and the Ray Woody Candidate Scholarship.


Northern Arizona

Eta Iota Chapter brothers William Policatro and Jeb Berg recently clinched the state championship in event planning excellence. Their outstanding performance at the ACDC Arizona Career Development Conference, part of DECA, earned them this prestigious honor. Competing against universities and impressing industry professionals, they’ve secured a spot in Austin, Texas, for the international competition.

Eta Iota Chapter alumnus Maj. Jay Franklin Pearson, P.E. (Second from Right) of the US Air Force Civil Engineers, Pacific Air Forces, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, was selected as a finalist for the NSPE’s Federal Engineer of the Year. NSPE had this to say of Brother Maj. Pearson’s career:

“The engineering experience of Pearson spans the realms of design, research, development, and management. In research alone, he has advanced the growth of sustainable power solutions for isolated air bases. Embracing that calling, he proposed a microgrid solution by integrating annual weather data and optimizing renewable energy sources and fuel consumption. Pearson’s proposition could potentially reduce fuel demand at isolated air bases by more than 90 percent. As engineering flight commander, he directed a $785 million design and construction project portfolio and guided the close-out of a major command priority — a $19 million air base infrastructural project replacing 2,183 slabs on Kunsan’s only runway.

Also noteworthy, Pearson conducted multiple design reviews for the F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. The $702 million infrastructural modernization program is key to maintaining a strong nuclear deterrence. While deployed, he led a 24-member team to deconstruct and reconstitute a dozen aircraft maintenance shelters in support of the Afghanistan retrograde, completing operations a week ahead of schedule. Aside from saving $2.2 million in infrastructure, the mission facilitated the development of interim quarters for 55,000 noncombatant Afghan evacuees.”


Northern Illinois

On February 17, Theta Eta Chapter at Northern Illinois University hosted its 4th Annual Commander’s Dinner. The event was held at the Carlucci Rosemont and approximately 40 alumni and collegiate brothers were able to attend. Special guests included Kevin Kedzior, who served as the Master of Ceremonies, the collegiate chapter’s outgoing Commander Zack Altoff and incoming Commander Aidan O’Brien, Sigma Nu’s Director of Health and Safety Fred Dobry (Indiana State), NIU’s VP of Student Affairs Dr. Clint Michael-Reneau, NIU Board of Trustees member and Theta Eta alumnus Dr. John Butler, and the Theta Eta Alumni Chapter’s President Cameron Lythberg and Vice President Raaif Majeed.



As one of only a few African American surgeons in the country specializing in kidney transplants and a board-certified urologist, Gamma Beta Chapter alumnus Dr. Charles Modlin is intently focused on equity for his patients. For a recent alumni profile, the Fraternity interviewed Dr. Modlin to learn more about his life and career, including the impact he has made in Cleveland with the launch of the African American Health Initiative and the Annual Minority Men’s Health Fair. Read more about Dr. Modlin’s story and his journey to close the gap in healthcare access HERE.



In early March, the Delta Epsilon Chapter at the University of Oklahoma brought home the Silver Excellence in Standards Excellence award. This award is in recognition of the 6 different pillars of excellence in the Interfraternity Council. The chapter also had an individual award winner. Brother Cyrus Mortazavi was recognized as IFC Member of the Year.


Oklahoma State

Epsilon Epsilon Chapter Brother Holden Husbands was recognized as a Senior of Significance at Oklahoma State University. The award recognizes the top 1% of seniors at OSU. Holden was also recognized by the Oklahoma State Alumni Association as an Outstanding Senior. He is one of only 21 students to receive the honor and one of eight from the College of Arts and Sciences.



In early February, the brothers and candidates of the Gamma Zeta Chapter at the University of Oregon spent their afternoon in community service. The chapter members partnered with the Oregon chapter of Alpha Chi Omega to clean up around the campus. The chapter’s Community Service Chairman Zach Hayward helped organize the event.


Oregon State

A group of Delta Tau Chapter alumni from the 1960s and 1970s met up at an OSUAA Tailgater in Surprise, Arizona, on Saturday, Feb. 17th. The two groups found each other at the tailgater and joined for some fun conversation and storytelling. 18 alumni in total had the chance to reconnect with pin numbers ranging from 733 to 920. It was great that the Beavers swept the tournament, but the real icing on the cake was the opportunity for so many brothers to connect.

(Pictured: Some of the alumni from the 1960s group visiting the "Big Chair" in center field (left to right, Lee Landry, Bob Jordan, Tim Trailer, Tim Sipe, Doug Shaeffer, Russ Jordan, Bob Johnson, Bob Cockrell, and John Johnston (photo taken by Tim Eilers)).


Pheonix Alumni Club

  • On Saturday, February 3, the Sigma Nu Phoenix Alumni Club held its inaugural event at the Four Peaks Brewing Company in Tempe, Ariz. Brother Andrew Ingram (Arizona State) is a co-founder of Four Peaks and helped provide the venue for the event. The greater Phoenix area (including cities such as Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa, etc.) is home to more than 2,500 Sigma Nu brothers, representing Sigma Nu chapters from around the country. Over 30 brothers were present for the inaugural event, including members from 8 different chapters. Chapters represented include:

    Delta Epsilon Chapter (Oklahoma)
    Epsilon Alpha Chapter (Arizona)
    Epsilon Delta Chapter (Wyoming)
    Epsilon Iota Chapter (William & Mary)
    Epsilon Pi Chapter (UCLA)
    Eta Iota Chapter (Northern Arizona)
    Lambda Nu Chapter (Western Michigan)
    Zeta Upsilon Chapter (Arizona State)




The Beta Zeta Chapter at Purdue University recently awarded $3,600 in scholarships to members of the collegiate chapter.

Congratulations are in order for Brother Chandler Terrell (center), who was awarded the IFC John Wooden Leader of the Year at a recent awards ceremony. This prestigious accolade is a testament to Chandler’s exceptional leadership qualities.


San Diego State

In late February, the Eta Kappa Alumni Chapter hosted its 61st Anniversary Weekend. Upwards of 70 alumni attended events throughout the weekend, which included, Bowling at Aztec Lanes, Golfing at Oak Glen, Singing Hills Golf Course, a tour of Cutwater Spirits, cocktails and dinner in the Terrace Room at the Handlery Hotel, and breakfast at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse.



Brothers from the Beta Omicron Chapter at Sewanee: The University of the South volunteer their time to read to elementary students for the Monteagle-Elementary book camp. Participating brothers take time out of their week to go to the local elementary to read books to children who may not have the best situation at home.


Southeast Missouri State

Mu Kappa Chapter Brother Mason Clough won the High Jump at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, In Birmingham, Alabama, on Thursday, February 22, 2024. This is Mason Clough’s 3rd time competing in the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Mason secured his victory with a height of 2.02m.

Mu Kappa Chapter alumnus Aaron Crowell and the rest of the South Dakota State University Jackrabbit football team celebrated back-to-back FCS national championships. Aaron has served as the Jackrabbit’s Head Equipment Manager for two seasons and gets to add some more hardware to his growing collection.


Southern Methodist

This Spring, the Iota Theta Chapter at Southern Methodist University hosted its inaugural Dog Days, benefitting the Joyful Heart Foundation. The Chapter partnered with the SMU chapter of Its On Us and Saving Hope Animal Rescue for the event. Over 200 student attendees attended the event, which raised over $3,000 for the Joyful Heart Foundation, which will support survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.


Southern Mississippi

The Theta Gamma Chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi was more than honored to have the President of Southern Miss, Dr. Joe Paul, come speak at their weekly chapter meeting. Brother Paul, an alumnus of the Theta Gamma Chapter, described his Sigma Nu experience and how that impacted his life and career.


Texas Christian

On Saturday, March 2, the Lambda Epsilon Chapter at Texas Christian University hosted its inaugural Sigma Nu Serves Day with over 120 members participating in community service and philanthropy across the Fort Worth metroplex. The chapter’s freshmen and sophomores volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club, and their juniors and seniors volunteered with the Fort Worth Miracle League. The chapter also donated $1,000 to the Fort Worth Miracle League to continue its mission.


Texas State

Eta Tau Chapter Commander Brennan Swann and Treasurer Marshall Barstow attended College of Chapters in January, accompanied by alumnus Jerry Fields, who delivered a Keynote address at the leadership conclave. On the chapter’s return trip, the men were joined by brothers from the Zeta Chi Chapter at the University of Houston.


Texas Tech

In mid-February, brothers from the Zeta Pi Chapter at Texas Tech University had the pleasure of attending the annual Lions Club Pancake Festival in Lubbock, Texas. The men had the chance to prepare and serve pancakes to the festival attendees.



On January 21, the Zeta Lambda Chapter at the University of Tulsa initiated its 700 Knight at Sharp Chapel on the TU campus. The initiation was attended by Zeta Lambda alumni as well as past Grand Historian Michael Grant (Oklahoma), his father Bob Grant (Oklahoma), and two collegiate members of the Mu Tau Chapter (Central Oklahoma). 


UC Berkeley

The brothers of the Beta Psi Chapter at the University of California, Berkeley, enjoyed spending time with alumni at the chapter’s annual alumni dinner. At the dinner, Luan Cruz received a scholarship in leadership and Seanan Riley received one in entrepreneurship.


UNC Asheville

The brothers of the Mu Eta Chapter at the University of North Carolina Asheville made their annual pilgrimage to the Fraternity’s Headquarters the weekend of January 20. While in Lexington, the chapter had the opportunity to tour the headquarters and VMI. General Fraternity staff member Austin Lloyd (Arkansas-Fort Smith) led the pilgrimage for the chapter, including the facilitation of a LEAD session. While in town, the chapter also had the opportunity to initiate their newest members in the Alpha Room. The men initiated include Brothers Noah Morgan, James Harper, Bryce Yang, and Michael Messele.


UNC Chapel Hill

A metal Sigma Nu dog tag found in the waters of the Roanoke River in North Carolina has been connected to a burglary that occurred in Martinsville, Va., over 70 years ago. Read more about the dog tag’s connection to Psi Chapter alumnus Kent Mathewson and Billy and Jacqueline Hussey, the infamous “Tourist Bandits,” HERE.



Epsilon Lambda Chapter Brother Constantine Linardakis is taking home hardware from the University of Utah Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Constantine was recognized with the community’s Up and Coming Leader Award for 2023.



In late February, seven members of the Sigma Chapter at Vanderbilt University participated in the Nashville Polar Plunge. In addition to surviving the chilly waters, the brothers raised an outstanding $3,200 in support of the Special Olympics.



Outgoing Gamma Chi Chapter Commander Logan Winstel was named the 2024 Chapter President of the Year by the University of Washington Interfraternity Council. Logan was recognized for his leadership, the last positive impact he’s made on his chapter, and as a role model who demonstrates the Fraternity’s values.

Over a career spanning three decades of military service in the Gamma Chi Chapter alumnus and U.S. Navy, Rear Admiral Brett Heimbigner played a key role in the evolution of the country’s national defense. In our latest alumni profile, we interview Br. Heimbigner about his career and leadership within the military and learn more about his time in the Gamma Chi Chapter. Read more about how his leadership helped guide the strategies of the military from an emphasis on tactics to one more reliant on intelligence gathering and data analysis to defeat its adversaries HERE.


Washington State

Delta Iota Chapter Brother Keith Beard is taking home gold with a first-place finish in the Cougar Classic Weightlifting Competition. Keith managed to rack up 1265 lbs. from the bench, deadlift, and squat.


West Georgia

Over the weekend of February 17, brothers from the Theta Pi Chapter at the University of West Georgia volunteered their time working the annual Cheersport National Championship.


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 and former NFL All-Pro linebacker Ryan Shazier.

Brandon recently completed a 30 States 30 Days Road Trip to raise awareness for mental health. Brandon made one of his early stops on the tour, a return to his alma mater for an opportunity to partner with the Gamma Pi Chapter and talk about mental health with fellow Mountaineers.


Western Kentucky

Eta Rho Chapter’s Spring 2024 philanthropy week ended with the chapter collecting over $1,300 in charitable funds. Philanthropy Chairman Zane Short worked night a day to help the chapter raise more than the chapter was able to the previous semester and brings their total to $2,500. The money raised will be donated to help fight childhood cancer.



Epsilon Delta Chapter alumnus Robert Jarosh has been appointed to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Brother Jarosh’s appointment fills an open seat left by the retirement of another Justice and is effective March 27, 2024. Prior to this appointment, Br. Jarosh was a partner at Hirst Applegate, LLP, where he has worked in private practice since 2003, specializing in complex civil litigation in both state and federal courts.

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