An Alumni Group and Their #myFraternity Story

Published on September 12, 2018 in News, Press Releases

ROLLA, MISSOURI – “We all agree that it is less about where we are and what we’re doing and a lot more about the company we keep – and it all started at Sig Tau.”

A special “band of brothers” from the Alpha Omega Chapter from what is now Missouri S&T, continue their #myFraternity bonds well after their collegiate days. This group of men vary in age and graduation dates from roughly 1965 to 1975, and have managed to stay in touch over the years Many of the men settled in St. Louis with their families – which have now grown close themselves.

Salvatore Pagano, a  1970 initiate, explained that in 2007, following the passing of one beloved brother, and the cancer diagnosis of another brother, the group decided to start traveling together. In 2008, the group traveled to Napa, CA with a group of roughly 20. Because the trip was so memorable, the group decided to travel together every two years to a new location.

Over the years, the group has been to Tampa Bay, FL; Morrow Bay, CA;  Yellowstone National Park; and Acadia. Shortly after the Acadia trip, a brother of the group passed away, “impressing the importance of these trips”, Pagano said. The trips continue to grow in size. From an early trip consisting of 14 people to a recent trip to Glacier, Waterton and Banff National Parks consisting of 57 attendees, there are more and more brothers signing up each time.

“Everyone, including the wives, will tell you that the bond between the people in this group is unique and very special even after all the years.  While we try to pick new and fun places to experience, we all agree that it is less about where we are and what we’re doing and a lot more about the company we keep – and it all started at Sig Tau.”

Barry Baiotto, Carol (Schaffer) Beckman, widow of Steve Schaffer, Art Bell, Bob Bell, Dave Birenbaum, Ken Cropp, Mark Evertowski, Alan Funke, Gary Gerhard, Mike Gronek, Randy Hughes, Bob Kostelnik, Greg Kotys, Jim Martin, Dave May, Bryan McWeeney, Mark Middendorf, Paul Moots, Steve Moss, Robin Murphy, Sal Pagano, Darrell Robb, Rick Sauerwein, John Scheumbauer, Mark Sicking, Paul Sicking, Matt Stone

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ABOUT SIGMA TAU GAMMA FRATERNITY

Founded at the University of Central Missouri on June 28, 1920, the organization will commemorate its 100th Anniversary in 2020. With a presence on 87 campuses in 31 states, our membership includes 3,000 undergraduate men and 61,000 living alumni. The Headquarters, which is home to the Fraternity, Foundation, and WPN Housing Company, is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, 12 miles from the center of downtown. Visit http://sigtau.org for additional information.