About the Chapter
The Gamma Tau Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania was first established in 1963 as a local fraternity. Sigma Tau Gamma reached an agreement with the local chapter and became an official Sigma Tau Gamma Chapter in 1972. Over 400 men now call the Gamma Tau Chapter home.
- Won Greek week in 2016 accompanied by Alpha Xi Delta
- Had the highest GPA of fraternities on campus in 2016
- Raised $4,800 for the capital area Polar Plunge in 2016
The Gamma Tau Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma started out as the first local fraternity on the campus of Millersville State College in October of 1963. Five gentlemen decided they wanted to live “The Good Life” and choose the letters Tau Gamma Lambda for their new fraternity. It would take four years before official recognition came from the college. Millersville officially accepted Tau Gamma Lambda’s constitution and was recognized as the first official fraternity on campus in November 1967.
During the 1969-70 school year, the brotherhood decided it would be in their best interests to become affiliated with a national fraternity. After meeting with several fraternities offering association, Sigma Tau Gamma was the best option for the men. They officially became an Associate Chapter of Sig Tau in January 1971. The Associate Chapter status would last until May 6, 1972, when Jake Hartman, President, accepted the national charter from Basil Hunt, Sig Tau’s National President.
The summer of 1975, the Chapter President was runner-up for the Ellsworth Dent “Man of the Year Award.” The Gamma Tau Chapter was recognized as the winner of the Emmit Ellis Scholarship Award given to the chapter with the highest GPA among all Sig Tau chapters.
During the late 70s and early 80s, philanthropic desires led the chapter to several events designed to raise money for several charities. The Cancer Society of Lancaster was an early designer along with the Millersville Youth Association and the West End Ambulance Association. 1985 saw the start of a yearly tradition in participation in a barrel roll from Millersville to the Beta Epsilon chapter at Shippensburg. The barrel roll raised money to benefit the American Cancer Society.
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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