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.
Founders of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity (In the order each gentleman signed the original petition to charter on June 28, 1920)
Edward G. Grannert
Edward H. McCune
William G. Parsons
B. W. McDaniel
A. B. Cott
Allen R. Nieman
W. E. Billings
Frank H. Gorman
Carl N. Chapman
C. Willard Salter
Rodney E. Herndon
G. E. Hartrick
A. O. Fisher
University of Missouri Re-Charter
The Beta Alpha Chapter at the University of Missouri re-chartered on January 28, 2017. National President Jonathan Proehl, UW–River Falls, Chief Executive Officer Steve Latour, Central Missouri, and WPN Housing Manager John Heiman, Central Missouri, were all in attendance.
Inaugural Noble Man Institute
The inaugural Noble Man Institute was held November 18-20, 2016 in four locations across the country. Over 160 men attended, learning how to navigate the transition from high school to college, and how to lead the life of a nobleman.
Zeta Kappa Chapter at Kansas State University
The Zeta Kappa Chapter as Kansas State University received their charter on November 12, 2016. In attendance were National President Jonathan Proehl, UW–River Falls, and Chief Executive Offer Steve Latour, Central Missouri.
Zeta Iota Chapter at Washington State University
The Zeta Iota Chapter at Washington State University received their charter on August 20, 2016. In attendance were National President Jonathan Proehl, UW–River Falls, and Chief Executive Offer Steve Latour, Central Missouri, and Recruitment & Growth Coordinator Angel Gonzales, Washington State.
New Brand Launched at 47th Grand Chapter
Sigma Tau Gamma officially launched its new brand at the 47th Grand Chapter in Orlando, Florida. This launch was highlighted by this video, which digs deep into our history, to unveil our future.
Zeta Beta Chapter at the University of Cincinnati
The Zeta Beta Chapter at the University of Cincinnati received their charter on January 23, 2016. In attendance were former National President Alyx Parker, Illinois, and Chief Executive Offer Steve Latour, Central Missouri.
Zeta Alpha Chapter at Arizona State University
The Zeta Alpha Chapter at Arizona State received their charter on August 30, 2015. In attendance were former National President Alyx Parker, Illinois, and Chief Executive Offer Steve Latour, Central Missouri, and Director of Collegiate Services Erik Kahl, UW–La Crosse.
Epsilon Chi Chapter at Auburn University
The Epsilon Chi Chapter at Auburn University received their Charter on February 1, 2014. Former National President Thomas Morgan, Southeastern Lousiana was in attendance for the ceremony.
Epsilon Phi Chapter at the University of Alabama
The Epsilon Phi Chapter at the University of Alabama received their charter on November 2, 2013. In attendance were former National President Thomas Morgan, Southeastern Lousiana, former staff member Paul Manly, Salisbury, and former staff member Derek Kaimann, Truman State.
50th Anniversary Grand Conclave
Beta Eta Chapter at Alma College
Beta Eta in 1961
Chi Associate Chapter at Western Michigan University
Sigma Chapter at University of Central Arkansas
Beta Chapter at Truman State University
Fraternity Founding at University of Central Missouri