About the Chapter
The Alpha Chi Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, in Champaign, Illinois, began with 13 Founding Fathers on May 9, 1953. The chapter has initiated over 800 members since its inception.
- In 2016 members of Alpha Chi chapter took a cross country trip visiting other Sig Tau Chapters, and publicized the event to raise awareness for Special Olympics.
Alpha Chi Chapter was originally Witanshire Fraternity, a local fraternity founded in 1946. After a controversial decision which eventually split the local fraternity, Witanshire decided to become a part of a national organization. They were chartered as the Alpha Chi Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma on May 9, 1953.
From 1972-1973, the chapter’s membership began to deteriorate, with the chapter closing in March of 1974. In 1975, Don Peck and Joe Musselli restarted Sigma Tau Gamma Alpha Chi Chapter.
The four refounding fathers of the Alpha Chi Chapter were Mark Boma, Ron Rysell, Dominick Savaiano, and Jerry Tanaka. In 1995, under the direction of President C. Bryce Fuller, Sig Tau was the first fraternity at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign to become alcohol-free.
A Chapter Fund is a restricted account from the Sigma Tau Gamma Foundation. In this case, the restriction is that the funds and earnings on the investment of the funds may be used only for a particular chapter, meaning that if you donate to your chapter’s fund, it may only be used for your chapter.
Chapter Funds may be used to:
- Award scholarships based on academic and leadership criteria
- Technology grants for purchase and upgrade of chapter computer technology
- Educational facility grants to the selected chapter
- Leadership education grants for participation in institutes, seminars, and conventions.
The Foundation manages the fund. This management includes fund accounting, investing, and preparing required reports for the Internal Revenue Service. The policy of the Foundation Board of Trustees is to involve chapter alumni association leaders in the creation of criteria, formation of program priorities and selection of grant recipients.
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