Epsilon Lambda Chapter

State University of New York at Plattsburgh

About the Chapter

The Epsilon Lambda Chapter at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, New York was Sigma Tau Gamma’s 138 chartered chapter. The chapter chartered on April 8, 2000, with over 250 men becoming brothers of the Epsilon Chapter since its inception.

Fun Facts

  • Collectively, the brothers raised over $2,600 for Special Olympics in 2016.
  • The chapter loves the dining hall on campus, every day around 20 brothers will go at a time.

Chapter History

Epsilon Lambda has been a chartered chapter at SUNY Plattsburgh since April 8, 2000. In that time, there have been almost 300 brothers initiated into the chapter. In the 17 years on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus, the brothers of Sig Tau have dedicated countless hours to help the community and actually want to make their small town a better place. From walking dogs at the Humane Society, to picking up trash on the side of the road, to shoveling the many feet of snow they receive every winter, there are always many brothers willing to help out. The brothers of Epsilon Lambda support the National Philanthropy, Special Olympics, through the Polar Plunge that happens in freezing Lake Champlain every fall semester. They also support a local philanthropy, Journey into Reading. Journey into Reading is a program that is a local early literacy program staffed by volunteers who read to individual children and families in Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh, New York between 4:30 and 6:00 each Thursday. After the children hear a book or two they get to chose a free book to take home. This makes the kids start to enjoy their reading and to start practicing their reading skills at an early age. Epsilon Lambda is able to provide all these books through raising money for the philanthropy. Every brother that goes to Journey Into Reading comes out thinking that it was an amazing experience for not only the children and families but for them as well. One of the huge events that raised the most money for Journey into Reading during the fall 2016 semester, was an event that they put on called “Dancing with the Stars: Sig Tau Edition.” This event was an event where teams of two people from all over the campus community would perform a dance before a panel of judges to receive a score. They raised over $600 through this one event and now this is going to be an annual event that the brothers put on. Epsilon Lambda is the only fraternity on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus currently that has never been kicked off campus or suspended for any reason. The brothers of Epsilon Lambda are always looking for new members, so if you are on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus, reach out to the chapter president.

Chapter Funds

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.

Submitting Changes to the Chapter’s History

Any member of the fraternity and/or chapter is welcome to submit a request to update/change/correct information listed within the chapter history portion of the page. submissions will be accepted in two ways: should a correction need to be made, please submit the entire sentence/paragraph, that needs to be updated with the correction highlighted in yellow or in a different color. If something new or updated needs to be added, please submit the entire text that needs to be added and/or revised with the new information highlighted in yellow.

This information should be submitted to noblemen@sigtau.org, where is will be reviewed by HQ Staff. Your submission will not be acknowledged unless it has been added to the website. It is very important that the chapter’s history accurately and objectively reflects the chapter, so all corrections, additions, and revisions should be reviewed by other members of your chapter before being submitted.