37th National President, Tom Morgan, Phi ’85, presented a charter on Saturday November 2, 2013 to 85 collegiate members of the Epsilon Phi Chapter at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The installation ceremony was held on campus in the Ferguson Center for the collegiate men who helped start the chapter, officially welcoming them to the Brotherhood of Sigma Tau Gamma.
More than 120 people, which included family members, significant others and Sigma Tau Gamma alumni attended this event. Collegiate members from the Phi Chapter at Southeast Louisiana State University also attended to show their support for the new chapter.
Notable Sig Tau alumni in attendance included: Paul Manly, Epsilon Rho ’11, Alabama provisional chapter mentor Philip Jeanfreau, Phi ’99, Gold Coast District Director Mark Mauer, Jr., Phi ’12, Director of Expansion Derek Kaimann, Beta ’10, and Vice President of Strategic Growth Michael Smoll, Delta ’03.
Featured speakers included provisional chapter president Andrew Sbrissa, ’15, Jeanfreau, and Smoll. Morgan delivered the Installation Address, which encouraged the collegiate members to build a tradition of excellence at the University of Alabama. In addition to the speeches and Installation Address, the collegiate members presented several awards based on the six principles of the Fraternity to several outstanding brothers.
In recognition of their chartering, the collegiate members also presented an encased “Alabama” football that was signed by each of the founding fathers. This gift will be displayed at the Marvin Millsap Headquarters Building for visitors to see.
“The University of Alabama is one of the largest fraternity and sorority communities in the country. Since the beginning it has been a team effort to bring Sigma Tau Gamma to campus. I cannot thank The University of Alabama enough for their support and help in the planning process. Paul Manly and Derek Kaimann did an outstanding job recruiting some of the top students on campus. Their hard work and dedication to this expansion project was remarkable and it showed in the significant number of high quality men they recruited,” said Smoll. He also added, “The collegiate men need to be commended as well. They continue to strive for excellence in their chapter and are focused on developing a solid foundation for future Sig Taus at The University of Alabama.”
This is the first Sig Tau Chapter ever chartered at The University of Alabama. Expansion Counselors Manly and Kaimann began on the campus recruitment during the Fall 2012 semester.