Epsilon Omega Chapter

Florida Institute of Technology

About the Chapter

The Epsilon Omega Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida became an Associate Chapter in 2011, becoming a chartered chapter on February 28, 2015. Over 60 men have been initiated into the Epsilon Omega Chapter since its inception.

Fun Facts

  • Won Homecoming 2016 with the sisters of Alpha Phi – Theta Zeta Chapter
  • Brothers from around the world call Epsilon Omega Chapter home, from Norway to the Bahamas
  • Currently the only active Sigma Tau Gamma chapter in Florida
  • Chapter Advisor, Carl Barber-Steele, has only missed two national Sigma Tau Gamma conferences in over 25 years
  • Highest GPA of all of the fraternities on campus in 2016

Chapter History

In Fall 2011, the Epsilon Omega Chapter was deemed an Associate Chapter on the Florida Institute of Technology’s campus. This was the first chapter in Florida since the Delta Sigma chapter at University of South Florida went inactive in 1998. The chartering committee consisted of Cameron Day, Justin Sumner, Justin Wagner, Terrence Pierre-Hosanna, Ryder Wertin, and Logan Valenza. After four years, on February 28, 2015, the Epsilon Omega Chapter was chartered and remains the only active chapter in Florida to this day.

Some of the yearly events are Campus Cleanups, Greek Week, Homecoming, the All Greek Formal, and Relay for Life. For the first time, in fall 2016, the chapter won Homecoming, as well as the lip-sync, with the sisters of Alpha Phi – Theta Zeta. Ryder Wertin became the chapter’s first ever Homecoming King.

Despite the vast majority of our brothers being engineering majors, the chapter has one of the highest GPAs in all of Greek Life, which in itself is well above all male and all female average. 10 percent of the brothers are members of Order of Omega and many others are members of various other honor societies, including Phi Eta Sigma. Most brothers are also active in at least one other club and many are executive board members of those organizations.

The chapter location allows for unique community service events. Epsilon Omega is about five minutes away from the beach and extremely close to Patrick Air Force Base. Brothers often volunteer at local air shows and participate in beach cleanups. Beach days are commonplace on the weekends, and it has become a Sunday tradition to meet up at Greek Village to play beach volleyball.

Despite being the newest chartered fraternity on campus, the chapter has most certainly made a name for themselves and aspire to continue doing great things for many years to come. Members strive to live out the principles of Sigma Tau Gamma, being Leadership, Learning, Excellence, Integrity, Brotherhood, and Citizenship.

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

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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.