Gamma Phi Chapter

University of Southern Indiana

About the Chapter

The Gamma Phi Chapter at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana was the 93rd chartered chapter in Sigma Tau Gamma, chartering on May 19, 1973. Over 800 men have been initiated into the Gamma Phi Chapter since its inception.

Fun Facts

  • First fraternity at USI to establish a “dry rush” – 1986
  • First fraternity to build a Chapter House on campus (currently the USI Foundation Office at 7601 Clarke Lane) – 1984
  • National Chapter Leadership Award – 1991, 2013, 2014
  • 2 Brothers appointed by Indiana Governor as Student Trustees:
    Greg Hall (’84) 1981- 1983
    Eric Williams (’89) 1985- 1987
  • 10 Brothers elected as Presidents/Vice Presidents of the Student Government Association at USI
  • 13 Brothers crowned USI Homecoming King
  • USI Homecoming School Spirit Award – 2015, 2016, 2017
  • USI Greek Week Champions: 1970-1974, 1980, 1985, 1990, 2013, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023
  • Gamma Phi Beta Lip Sync Champions – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019
  • Eagle Grand Prix Bike Race Champions – 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1987
  • Six Alumni Brothers recipient of the Annual USI Alumni Service Award
  • USI Distinguished Alumni Award:
    2002- Brad Ellsworth (’81), US Congress 2006-2008, US Senate Candidate
    2007- Honorable Vanderburgh Superior Court Judge Brett Niemier (’81)
    2011- Eric Williams (’89), Vanderburgh Co. Sherriff
  • Numerous Intramural Sports Championships
  • Numerous Accolades for Outstanding Community Service
  • Edward H. McCune Distinguished Chapter of the Year Award for a Small IFC Community – 1983, 2013, 2017, 2021, 2023
  • Ellsworth C. Dent Undergraduate “Man of the Year” Award Recipient – Christian Ely (’12) – 2015

Chapter History

Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity at the University of Southern Indiana (originally named Indiana State University – Evansville when established in 1965) began as a local fraternity Alpha Omega Tau in the fall of 1969. On September 11, 1972, Alpha Omega Tau colonized with Sigma Tau Gamma National Fraternity. On May 19, 1973, they were chartered as the Gamma Phi Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma at ISUE and excelled for many years. After a brief departure from campus in the 1990s, Sigma Tau Gamma returned to campus in 2010 and once again earned their charter on February 17, 2013. Today our chapter remains as one of the oldest fraternities on campus as we celebrate 50+ years of existence.

Sigma Tau Gamma has a five-decade tradition of excellence in academics, campus leadership, and athletics and boasts many prominent alumni. Our chapter continually ranks in the top five chapters nationwide each year, and we have received the highest honor (Edward H. McCune Distinguished Chapter Award) in 1983, 2013, 2017, 2021, and 2023.

Upon graduation, our brothers continue to enjoy brotherhood with our active chapter with regular alumni meetings, social outings, and annual scholarships for our undergraduate brothers. Sigma Tau Gamma is a fraternity for life.

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, where it 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.