About the Chapter
The Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma at the University of Arkansas at Monticello in Monticello, Arkansas began with nine Founding Fathers in 1938, receiving their charter in 1939. The chapter is over 70 years old, with over 1,000 brothers initiated since its inception.
- 2016 Greek Week Champions
- 2016 Intramural Softball Champions
- Former President Bryson Berry voted Greek Man of the Year (2016)
- Brother Brett Courville plays/played for the UAM Football team
Dean James H. Hutchinson established the Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma at what was then known as Arkansas A&M University. Some of the chapter’s original members include Billy Ritchie, Milton Higgason, Walter Brewster, John Bowen, Harry N. Murphy, Hudgens Jeter, James Robert Clark, Byron Wilson, George Lyon, Edward Saunders, Ray Byargeon, Norman Butler, Bill Smith, R.P. Smith, Lathan Abernathy, and Zeb Freeman. Sigma Tau Gamma was the first fraternity to be established on campus and remains active today. Dean Hutchinson organized the group of noble men on The Hill (where the main buildings on campus were located), and on December 17, 1938, the Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma was born. These men were dedicated to high ideals of manhood, scholarship, citizenship, congeniality, personal characteristics, social poise, mature thinking, as well as action, loyalty, and service to college, community, country, and fraternity. Many organizations have come and gone, but Sig Tau has been there through it all.
Throughout the years, many people have played an essential and fundamental role in shaping the Upsilon Chapter. Many men are brothers from the Upsilon Chapter such as Paul R. Carter, a UAM graduate, and former Chief Financial Officer for Walmart. One of the most influential men was a longtime advisor, Mr. Joe Guenter. Guenter was a member of the UAM faculty from 1962 (when the school was known as Arkansas A&M College) until his retirement in 2008. From 1965 to 1985, Guenter served as a faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. Guenter is a lifetime member of both the Arkansas Academy of Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is a Wilson C. Morris Fellow. He served as Province Governor for all Sigma Tau Gamma chapters in Arkansas and received the Grubbs Chapter Advisor Award. He was, and still continues to be, a huge impact in the history of the chapter.
Many things had changed since 1938 when the Upsilon Chapter was born, but one thing remains the same; the men of the chapter have exemplified the Principles of Sigma Tau Gamma.
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