37th National President, Tom Morgan, Phi ’85, presented a charter on Saturday November 23, 2013 to 40 collegiate members of the Beta Xi Chapter at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. The installation ceremony was held on campus at the Tau Center, officially welcoming them to the Brotherhood of Sigma Tau Gamma.
More than 150 people, including family members, significant others and Sigma Tau Gamma alumni, attended this event. Notable Sig Tau alumni in attendance included: provisional chapter mentor Paul Motin, Beta Xi ’82, Lakeland District Director Andy Tretow, Kappa ’12, Director of Expansion Derek Kaimann, Beta ’09 and Vice President of Strategic Growth, Michael Smoll, Delta ’03.
Featured speakers included Winona State University President Dr. Scott Olson, Provisional Chapter President Michael Whiting, ’15, Founding Chapter President Tim Comes, ‘14, Morgan and Smoll. Morgan delivered the Installation Address, which encouraged the collegiate members to build a tradition of excellence at Winona State. The collegiate members also presented awards based on the Six Principles of the Fraternity to several outstanding brothers.
In recognition of their chartering, the collegiate members also presented a Beta Xi scrapbook detailing the history of the chapter and was signed by each of the Founding Fathers. The scrapbook will be displayed at the Marvin Millsap Headquarters for visitors to view.
The men of the Beta Xi Chapter have worked extremely hard to grow from 10 founding members to now the largest fraternity at Winona State in just three semesters, said Kaimann. They are leaders on their campus and in their community because they live the Principles of Sigma Tau Gamma. Their hard work and dedication to this project was remarkable and it showed in the significant number of high quality men they recruited. They continue to strive for excellence in their chapter and are focused on continuing to build a solid foundation for future Sig Tau’s at Winona State University.
The Beta Xi Chapter was originally chartered on May 7, 1960 and remained active until 1987.