Heritage of Sigma Tau Gamma

Sigma Tau Gamma’s Founders’ grandparents were veterans of the Civil War. That was a domestic quarrel. In bravely heading to fight in World War I, our Founders embarked on a journey that would take them off of domestic soil and back to the old country in a battle unlike any from their generation could have imagined. General John J. (Black Jack) Pershing, a native son of their state of Missouri, was selected by President Woodrow Wilson to command the American Expeditionary Force. As volunteers, our Founding Fathers would leave their Midwestern school and follow him into the War to End All Wars. They were not ordinary men.

In an era when fewer than half of the nation’s young people advance beyond the eighth grade and fewer graduated from high school, these children of farmers, craftsmen, and shopkeepers in the sparsely populated rural counties of western Missouri were pursuing educational degrees. These two-year, post-high school programs qualified them to teach and administer public schools. Almost uniformly, they were as well qualified academically as students at the private and land grant colleges but simply lacked the financial resources necessary for enrollment at those schools. Together, they joined what was then called an Ambulance Company.

Today, we could call them Corpsmen and Emergency Medical Technicians. Near the end of 1918, after 18 months of battle, the armistice came. The war ended, and after serving in the occupational force, they headed home by steamship. While they were overseas, our Founders’ school had become a four-year college. It was in the summer of 1920 when Emmett Ellis, their leader, was 29. This was not a group of starry-eyed children.

They were veterans who had met death face to face and fully realized the essence of a life worth living, manifesting itself in caring for their fellow man. They were determined to continue the bonds of brotherhood they created in the trenches of WWI. This time, they found it through the enlightenment of a liberal arts education. The Founders of Sigma Tau Gamma were hopeful. Thus, Sig Tau began on a warm summer morning in a rooming house at 101 Ming Street, a few blocks from a school dedicated as much as they were to the pursuit of the American dream.

28 Jan 2017

Missouri Re-Charter



19 Nov 2016

Inaugural Noble Man Institute


12 Nov 2016

Kansas State University

Kansas State, Nov. 12, 2016

20 Aug 2016

Washington State University

Washington State, August 29, 2016

18 Jun 2016

New Brand Launched at 46 Grand Chapter

23 Jan 2016

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Jan. 23, 2016

30 Aug 2015

Arizona State

Arizona State, Aug. 29, 2015

1 Feb 2014

Epsilon Chi at Auburn University


2 Nov 2013

Epsilon Phi Chapter at the University of Alabama

Alabama Nov. 20, 2013

28 Jun 1970

50th Anniversary Grand Conclave


50th Anniversary, Grand Conclave Picture

4 Oct 1959

Beta Eta Chapter at Alma College

Beta Eta in 1961

Beta Eta Chapter in 1961

19 Dec 1940

Chi Associate Chapter at Western Michigan

Chi Chapter 1940

30 Nov 1934

Sigma Chapter at University of Central Arkansas

Sigma Chapter

30 Jul 1921

Beta Chapter at Truman State University

Beta Chapter, 1922

28 Jun 1920

Fraternity Founding at University of Central Missouri

Several Founders in 1919