Sigma Nu

Infobox Fraternity | name = Sigma Nu
letters = ΣΝ
motto = Excelling with Honor
crest =
colors = Gold, White, Black
symbol = Serpent
flower = White rose (The Classic Five-Petaled, wild, white English Florabunda)
birthplace = the Virginia Military Institute
founded = January 1 1869 (Age 139)
chapters = 195 (including 10 colonies)
members = 206,653
type = Social, Honor
scope = United States, Canada
address = 9 Lewis St., P.O. Box 1869
city = Lexington
state = Virginia
country = USA
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homepage = []

ΣΝ (Sigma Nu) is an undergraduate college fraternity with chapters in the United States and Canada. Sigma Nu was founded in 1869 by three cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. Founders James Frank Hopkins, Judge Greenfield Quarles and James McIlvaine Riley formed Sigma Nu shortly after Hopkins witnessed what he considered a hazing ritual by upperclassmen at the Virginia Military Institute. Sigma Nu's existence remained secret until the founders publicly announced their new society on the first day of January 1869, the accepted birth date of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

The Fraternity's values are summarized as an adherence to the principles of brotherly Love, Truth, and Honor. Because of its military heritage, Sigma Nu retains many military trappings in its chapter ranks and traditions, and places much importance on the concept of personal honor. Today, Sigma Nu honors its founders' integrity as the basis of its strictly enforced ban on hazing. Sigma Nu is also one-third of the Lexington Triad, along with Kappa Alpha Order and Alpha Tau Omega all of which were founded in Lexington Virginia.


Sigma Nu's history began in the period following the American Civil War, when a Confederate veteran from Mississippi enrolled at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington Virginia. That cadet was James Frank Hopkins, and it is to him and two of his classmates that Sigma Nu owes its existence. When Hopkins enrolled at VMI, the South was in a state of turmoil, only beginning to recover from its devastating military defeat. VMI was recognized for its civil engineering program at a time when the South needed engineers to repair its bridges, railroads and general infrastructure. At the Institute, cadets suffered from the aftermath of war and its disruption of 19th Century home life. No less insufferable was the institutional system of physical harassment imposed on lower classmen by their own upper classmen.

Hopkins had experienced military subservience during the war, and was willing to tolerate a reasonable amount of constraint intended to induce discipline. However, Hopkins was unwilling to accept any amount of hazing, as then tolerated at VMI, in the name of his Christian faith. "Not one ounce of hazing" was he willing to suffer and he was doggedly adamant to eliminate it.

Two classmates and close friends who were also unhappy with the hazing situation soon joined Hopkins. They were Greenfield Quarles, from Arkansas, a Kentuckian by birth, and James McIlvaine Riley from St. Louis, Missouri. These three men began a movement to completely abolish the hazing system at VMI. Their efforts climaxed on a moonlit October night in 1868, presumably following Bible study at the superintendent's home, when the three met at a limestone outcropping on the edge of the VMI parade ground. Hopkins, Quarles and Riley clasped hands on the Bible and made a solemn pledge to form a new brotherhood.

The vows taken by these three Founders bound them together to oppose hazing at VMI and encouraged the application of the Principle of Honor in all their relationships. That the founders should adopt Honor as a guiding principle was a natural move since a rigid code of Honor was already an established tradition of the VMI Corps of Cadets. The Honor system at VMI required each cadet to conform to the duty imposed by his conscience that each act be governed by a high sense of honor.

The founders of Sigma Nu

*James Frank Hopkins (1845–1913)
*Judge Greenfield Quarles (1847–1921)
*James McIlvaine Riley (1849–1911)


Although the Sigma Nu Fraternity began in October 1868, its existence was kept secret until the founders publicly announced their new society on the first day of January 1869, the accepted birth date of Sigma Nu. In those days the Institute did not close for "breaks" as we know them. It suspended classes only for the day on such occasions as Christmas and New Year's Day.

The fraternity's spiritual birth, however, actually occurred in 1866, the year the Founders entered VMI, when Hopkins first rebelled against hazing at the Institute. Still, the Founders did not create Sigma Nu with any feeling of animosity toward others; rather they were prompted by the impulses of sympathy and affection for all people, which underlie abiding peace and contentment. They had experienced enough hate and destruction all during and after the War. They wanted to end all abuses, and they knew it would not come easily. It was never an issue of who won or lost the War. It was only an issue of winning the peace.

The new fraternity needed an identifying symbol, and Founder Hopkins designed a badge for the members to wear on their uniforms. That badge was patterned after the White Cross of the French "Légion d'honneur", which was worn on the uniform of a favorite professor of Hopkins. The badge was first introduced in the spring of 1869. Keeping with the Founders' decree, the Badge has remained unchanged ever since, except in size and the raised center. Even today, the collegiate Commander's Badge, and the Badge of the Grand Officers remain identical to Hopkins' original badge. When the first slate of Officers was chosen, Riley, the most popular, was elected Commander and Hopkins the Lieutenant Commander. Typically, Hopkins, the epitome of humbleness, was delighted that "Mac" Riley was chosen leader. It gave Hopkins "the doer", thinker, planner, along with Quarles who had similar talent, more of an opportunity to concentrate on solidifying Alpha before he graduated in 1870. By the 1869 commencement, the group had grown to fifty-one members. [Announced:]


Expansion began for Sigma Nu in 1870 after the graduation of the Founders, when the mother chapter at VMI, known as Alpha Chapter, approved the establishment of a chapter at the University of Virginia. In addition, many of the graduating Brothers from VMI were given charters that they could grant to collegiate chapters near where they settled. Many of these chapters would not survive, as a number of states passed anti-fraternity laws during the decade.

Sigma Nu established a chapter at North Georgia Agricultural College in 1881, soon after Georgia's law was repealed. One of the men instrumental in the chartering of the North Georgia chapter was John Alexander Howard, who had graduated two years previously but nonetheless took an interest in the new society. A journalist by trade, Howard read widely and in his reading discovered Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities, which prompted him to examine shortcomings in Sigma Nu. At this time Sigma Nu was still using the Roman numeral designation for chapters. Howard felt that the fraternity should adopt a Greek-letter designation according to the founding date of the chapter. Thus, his own chapter at North Georgia became Kappa, while VMI's chapter would be known as Alpha. Another contribution was the founding of "The Delta", the fraternity's international magazine. He selected the magazine's title to symbolize the geographic relationship of the three existing chapters of the fraternity at that time, Alpha, Lambda (at Washington and Lee University) and Kappa. The first edition of "The Delta" was published in April 1883 and contained sixteen pages. [ Expands:]

First National Convention

The year following the publication of The Delta witnessed another important milestone for Sigma Nu. That event was the First National Convention, which met at the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, July 9 to July 10 1884. The person responsible for the First National Convention was Isaac P. Robinson (Lambda, Washington and Lee). Robinson felt that a meeting of alumni and collegiate representatives was imperative because of a need to update the constitution, revise procedures and coordinate efforts. The Sigma Nu convention later became known as Grand Chapter. It is held every two years and serves as the legislative body of the General Fraternity.

Another event in 1884 which had a major impact upon the Fraternity was the establishment of Nu Chapter at the University of Kansas. During the first fifteen years of its existence, Sigma Nu was primarily a Southern fraternity, and the decision to establish Nu Chapter was to be the first step in a radical expansion program. Nu chapter was to open the west and north for Sigma Nu. Eugene L. Alford of Lambda was instrumental in the founding of Nu Chapter.

Two charter initiates of Nu who became very influential in Sigma Nu in later years were Perlee Rawson Bennett and Grant Woodbury Harrington. Bennett served the fraternity as Grand Recorder for many years and in 1890 was elected Regent. He presided over the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Grand Chapters. Harrington became editor of The Delta and Grand Recorder. For eight years (1886–1894) he had almost total responsibility for the administration of the fraternity. Other early members of Nu Chapter were the Sears brothers, William H. Sears, Clarence H. Sears and Walter James Sears, who also became influential in Sigma Nu affairs. Their brother, Lorin Beecher Sears, attended Ohio State University where no chapter of Sigma Nu existed at the time. Walter was so interested in having Lorin initiated into the Fraternity that he entered Ohio State University, founded Beta Nu and became its first initiate; Lorin became its second. Walter Sears devoted much of his lifetime to Sigma Nu, but his name will be remembered best for his beautiful prose work, "The Creed of Sigma Nu." [National Convention:]

The Move West

Leland Stanford University opened in 1891. Among its first students was Carl Lane Clemans, who had founded Chi Chapter at Cornell College in Iowa. Clemans was determined to open a chapter on the West Coast, and he recruited enough men to charter Beta Chi Chapter at Stanford in November 1891. Beta Chi's fame soon spread to Berkeley, and Clemans went there to help organize Beta Psi in February 1892.

Sigma Nu opened the Northwest to Greek letter organizations when Gamma Chi was chartered at the University of Washington in 1895, earning the Fraternity kudos throughout the Greek community for its "Northwest conquest." For almost four years Sigma Nu was the only college fraternity in the Northwest, having been the first to establish a chapter not only in the State of Washington, but also Montana and Oregon.

Beta Iota at Mount Union was chartered by Walter James Sears in 1892. Three years later Beta Iota initiated Albert Hughes Wilson, to whom Sigma Nu owes a great debt. "Bert" Wilson served as Regent, but his most noteworthy achievement was in expansion. Wilson established more chapters than any other member of the Fraternity, thirty-two in all, and he is generally credited with helping develop Sigma Nu into a geographically representative organization. Brother Wilson was the exemplar of inter-fraternity spirit. As an aside, it should be noted that Brother Wilson C. Morris (Beta Iota, Mt. Union) is given credit by Sigma Tau Gamma men's fraternity as being the driving force behind its founding, while the collegiate Brothers of Delta Theta Chapter at Lombard College (now at Knox College) assisted greatly with the founding of Alpha Xi Delta women's fraternity. [Move West:]

Headquarters established

Having active chapters in each section of the country, Sigma Nu was now in every sense a national fraternity. Expansion proceeded at an orderly rate, and by 1915 there was a need for centrally located administrative offices with full-time officers. Heretofore, the various Sigma Nu officers maintained their files and records at their own homes or places of business. Fire had once destroyed many of the fraternity's records, and there was a lack of coordination in general.

Following the Denver Grand Chapter in 1915, the High Council approved the establishment of the central administrative system first proposed by Regent Francis V. Keesling (Beta Chi, Stanford). The plan, adapted by Walter J. Sears, converted the High Council into a board of directors elected by the Grand Chapter; all executive and administrative duties previously exercised by members of the High Council and committees were lodged in a single official – the General Secretary (now Executive Director) – appointed by the High Council and subordinate to its direction.

Indianapolis was selected as the location of the fraternity's headquarters, and on November 1 1915 the General Offices were opened there temporarily in the Lemcke Annex before moving into the main building. Bixby Willis (Lambda, Washington and Lee), a past Grand Treasurer of Sigma Nu, was employed as the first General Secretary. In 1926 the central office was moved to the Illinois Building in Indianapolis.Indianapolis served as the fraternity's headquarters for forty-two years, during which time fifty-five new chapters were added to the roster. [Headquarters:]

Deaths of the Founders

Founder James Riley, who had served ten years (1869–1879) as the fraternity's first Regent, died (entered "chapter eternal," as members of the fraternity refer to it) on May 6, 1911, in St. Louis, Missouri. Members of the Fraternity carried his remains to a burial plot purchased in Bellefontaine Cemetery by the St. Louis Alumni Chapter in fraternal affection for the Founder.

James Frank Hopkins died on December 15 1913, and he was buried in the village cemetery at Mabelvale, Arkansas beside his wife, Jennie Barclay Hopkins, a native Lexingtonian. In 1920 a memorial was dedicated at the gravesite. Greenfield Quarles, the only Founder still living at the time, offered a tribute to Alpha 1:

:"The love of our Brother for his fellow man was only excelled by his love of God. His example has instilled into the hearts of us all the principles which guide us now, and these principles will go down in future generations for all time. His life has been an inspiration to all youth. All that was mortal of Brother Hopkins lies buried here; but his immortal spirit will live forever."

Six months later, the last of the three Founders, Judge Greenfield Quarles, died at his home in Helena, Arkansas, January 14 1921. [Founders Death:]

Return to Lexington

Even before Sigma Nu's first central office was organized in Indianapolis, some dreamed of the day when the Fraternity would have an appropriate shrine at Sigma Nu's birthplace, but it took nearly four decades before the first step was taken. That step was the appointment of a Headquarters Committee in 1954. It compared rent with ownership and ultimately recommended the latter in a college town where a Sigma Nu chapter thrived. Inevitably Sigma Nu history and tradition pointed to Lexington.

Regent James W. Bradley (Epsilon Epsilon, Oklahoma State) and his High Council took the historic step in 1957, purchasing without mortgage or lien a singularly appropriate property, a large home ideally suited for conversion and development. The land, conveniently located on the highest hill in the corporate limits of Lexington, Virginia, and on a seven-and-a-half-acre tract overlooking VMI and Washington and Lee University, enjoys the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop to the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west. The land was originally owned by the son of General Frances H. Smith, the first superintendent of VMI, who inspired Hopkins in the founding of Sigma Nu; the house, built by the grandson of Superintendent Smith, came to Sigma Nu directly from the Smith family. Milton L. Grigg, a renowned Virginia architect and participant in the famous Williamsburg Restoration, was contracted to restore the building. The headquarters facility was occupied in 1958 and officially dedicated June 9, 1960.

Civil Rights era

Despite the progress, the 1950s and 1960s proved to be as tumultuous for the fraternity as they were for the United States as a whole. With many Sigma Nu chapters requesting to admit members who were not Christians or Caucasians, the fraternity faced a dilemma. As with most national fraternities, Sigma Nu's founding documents and policies (including the charters it granted to individual chapters) had traditionally and explicitly barred non-white members and Jews, as might be expected for an organization established during the nineteenth century. However, in recognition of the changing racial climate, some universities began to pressure the various fraternities to excise their racial qualifications. Fact|date=February 2007

When the issue was raised at the Grand Chapter (national convention) in 1962, many southern chapters threatened to leave the gathering if the racial language were changed; the fraternity voted against the proposal, and some chapters, e.g., Beta Chi, Stanford, left the national organization in protest. [,8599,399310,00.html?cnn=yes] (Beta Chi would return in 1987.)(Sigma Nu had offered a "waiver with honor," proposing to allow individual chapters to avoid compliance with certain specific clauses that prohibited them from admitting members of certain groups, but not all chapters found that option satisfactory. Delta Beta chapter at Dartmouth College, for example, seceded in 1961 and became the local fraternity Sigma Nu Delta; although it returned for a few months under a "waiver with honor," it soon departed again and did not return until 1985. Sigma Nu eventually adopted the reforms suggested, and now counts members of many different backgrounds among its ranks. Fact|date=February 2007In 1967 a national convention was held in Lexington, Virginia. At this convention there was a heated debate about the inclusion of potential members who are minorities. There was a clear division between northern and southern chapters. Civil rights won the day and Sigma Nu was changed to be more inclusive.

igma Nu centennial

On January 1 1969, Sigma Nu reached its one-hundredth anniversary. In the year that followed, it marked that event with a series of Centennial dinners at thirty-six locations throughout the country and with pilgrimages to the gravesites of the three Founders and the first editor of The Delta. Then on Sunday, June 15, a Centennial Convocation was held in Lexington. Two new wings of the Headquarters building were dedicated, one housing the Sigma Nu Museum and the other the Fraternity's Honor Library, later to be dedicated in tribute to former Executive Secretary Richard R. "Dick" Fletcher, who had long since earned the moniker "Mr. Sigma Nu".

Sigma Nu in its 100th year had come a long way from its founding. At the century mark it had issued 164 charters of which 143 chapters were alive and flourishing. Of the nine other truly national fraternities older than Sigma Nu, only three had more initiates. Sigma Nu owned 110 chapter houses providing living accommodations for more than 3,500 students. All this had been accomplished solely through the appeal of its principles without merger or honorary members. Every chapter had earned its own way by applying integrity in both purpose and method.

igma Nu celebrates its 125th year

Well into the fraternity's second century, Sigma Nu continued its growth. Today, the number of initiates is nearly 200,000; the number of chapters approaching 300. Many of the fraternity's chapters have initiated more than a 1,000 members, with a large number topping 1,500 and several exceeding 2,000.

Among the many significant achievements during the past decade has been the addition of adjacent properties in Lexington, Virginia, known as the Ethical Leadership Center, owned by the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, Inc. Particularly noteworthy is Sigma Nu's inter fraternity leadership in risk reduction and risk management matters followed by the introduction of its unique LEAD Program, one of the most meaningful educational initiatives ever undertaken by a college fraternity. In addition the transfer of ownership of the Fraternity's Headquarters property, known as the Sigma Nu Headquarters Shrine, to the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, Inc. [] has enabled alumni gifts to assist in its restoration and preservation, so as to relieve the burden of upkeep on future generations of collegians.

Finally, in celebration of the fraternity's 125th anniversary, the foundation undertook construction of a third wing to the Headquarters Shrine as well as a Pathway of Honor of engraved bricks, which provides an opportunity to celebrate the life of each Sigma Nu. The Pathway of Honor will meander throughout the Lexington properties. A special "Pilgrimage to the Rock" was held at the 56th Grand Chapter held in Washington, DC, in August 1994.

igma Nu Educational Foundation, Inc.

In 1945, Brother William P. Yates (Beta Rho, Pennsylvania), inspired the formation of the "Sigma Nu Inc., Educational Foundation" with a handsome bequest. Its name was changed in recent times to the "Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, Inc." The foundation has been instrumental in assisting collegiate members with financial aid supplements, and the General Fraternity in the development of the LEAD Program, (LEAD is an acronym for leadership, ethics, achievement, development). The Foundation continues to support the exclusively educational programs of the Fraternity. [Education:]


Famous Sigma Nu alumni have included men of note in the arts, media, politics, sports, and numerous other fields. Some of the most well known are listed below.

Performing arts, literature, and media

*Matt Letscher (Gamma Nu)

*Bob Barker (Epsilon Beta)
*:Emmy-winning host of "The Price is Right" game show from 1972 to 2007; has served as emcee for Miss Universe and Rose Bowl parade

*Mark Schlabach (Mu)
*:College Football and Basketball Columnist on ESPN

*Joe Buck (Beta Eta)
*:Sportscaster on FOX television network

*William Daniels (Gamma Beta)
*:Emmy Award winning actor starred in "The Graduate" and "Boy Meets World", and was the voice of "KITT" in the television show "Knight Rider".

*Harrison Ford (Zeta Tau - Ripon College, now the fraternity Theta Sigma Tau)
*:Actor in films such as the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" series

*Sean Hampton (Delta Mu) [] , February 2008]
*:Film and Television Actor

*Zane Grey (Beta Rho)
*:Western novelist ("Riders of the Purple Sage")

*Dave Guard (Beta Chi)
*:Guitar player who helped form the Kingston Trio. The Kingston Trio won the 1959 Grammy for best folk performance.

*Doug Ying (Delta Phi)
*:Author of critically acclaimed 2007 novel, "The Jone Dome". Other works include "Strange Fisherman", "Nice Eating Disorder", and "Short Haircut".

*William Inge (Nu)
*:Noted poet and playwright. Earned a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1953 for his play "Picnic". Also won an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay in 1961 for "Splendor in the Grass".

*Tom Johnson (Mu)
*:President of CNN; has also served as President and CEO of the "Los Angeles Times".

*Blake Lyon (Iota Psi)

*Andy Luckey (Iota Upsilon)
*:Producer of animated television programs including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; children's book author".

*Al Michaels (Zeta Upsilon, Eta Kappa)
*:Play by play sportscaster for NBC's "Sunday Night Football"; formerly announced ABC's "Monday Night Football" from 1986 until it ended in 2005; one of only two men to have hosted the broadcast of the championships of the four major American pro sports (NFL, MLB, National Basketball Association, NHL)

*Glenn Miller (Gamma Kappa)
*:Leader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, received the GRAMMY Hall of Fame Award in 1983 ("In the Mood") and 1991 ("Moonlight Serenade").

*Tom Poston (Epsilon)
*:Won 1959 Emmy as best supporting actor in a comedy series for "The Steve Allen Show". Featured in "To Tell the Truth", "Mork and Mindy", and "Newhart". He received best supporting actor Emmy nominations in 1984, 1986, and 1987.

*Burton Rascoe (Gamma Rho)
*:Editor and literary critic.

*Michael Biehn (Epsilon Alpha)
*: Actor in films such as " The Terminator", " Aliens", and "Planet Terror"

*Paul Rudd (Nu)
*:Actor in films such as "Anchorman", "The 40 Year Old Virgin", "Clueless", and "The Shape of Things"

*Josh Saviano (Beta Alpha)
*:Actor; played Paul Pfeiffer on the sitcom "The Wonder Years"

*Murray Silver (Eta Gamma)
*:Author and filmmaker,

*John Shrader (Delta Eta)
*:Sportscaster, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

*Shadoe Stevens (Epsilon Kappa)
*:Host of ABC radio's "American Top 40"; voice of "Hollywood Squares".

*Boyd Tinsley (Beta)
*:Violinist of Dave Matthews Band fame.

*Kyle Chandler (Mu; pledged but never initiated)
*:television actor; Saturn Award-winning star of "Early Edition"

*James Dean (Epsilon Pi, pledged but never initiated)
*:Hollywood film legend ("Rebel Without a Cause", "East of Eden", "Giant")

*Chip Arndt
*:"Amazing Race 4" winner, ex-husband of Reichen Lehmkuhl.

*Chace Crawford (Mu Omicron, Currently a Candidate)
*:Actor; plays Nate Archibald on the TV drama "Gossip Girl".

*Aaron Yoo (Beta Rho)
*:Actor in films such as "21" and "Disturbia".

*Adam Duritz (Zeta Xi)
*:Founding member and lead singer of the rock band Counting Crows.

*David Anspaugh (Beta Eta)
*:Emmy-winning producer of Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere and Miami Vice; Also an acclaimed director of such films as Hoosiers, Rudy, The Fresh Horses, The Game of Their Lives, Moonlight and Valentino.

*Terry Kiser (Nu)
*:Best known for his portrayal of the dead title-character in the comedy Weekend at Bernie's, and its sequel, Weekend at Bernie's II.

Political figures

*Gerry Alexander (Gamma Chi)
*:Current Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court

*Ed Schafer (Epsilon Kappa)
*:Current United States Secretary of Agriculture

*Trent Lott (Epsilon Xi)
*:U.S. Senator (1989-2007) (R — Mississippi).

*Howard Baker, Sr. (Epsilon Eta)
*:Member of the United States House of Representatives (1951–1964) (R — Tennessee)

*Allen Bares
*:Member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature (1972–1992) (D *mdash; Louisiana)

*Bob Graham (Epsilon Zeta)
*:Governor of Florida (1978–1986); U.S. Senator (1986–2005) (D — Florida).

*George J. Mitchell (Delta Psi)
*:Former Senate Majority leader and current chairman of DLA Piper

*Lloyd Bentsen (Upsilon)
*:Former Senator from Texas, Vice Presidential candidate in 1988, and former United States Secretary of the Treasury.

*Jim Gibbons (Delta Xi) [ The Digital Delta of Sigma Nu] , June 2007, p. 23-24]
*:Current Governor of Nevada

*Jim Newberry (Gamma Iota)
*:Current Lexington, Kentucky Mayor

*Bill Baarsma (Zeta Alpha)
*:Current Tacoma, Washington Mayor

*Robert E. Armstrong (Beta Eta)
*:Former Fort Wayne, Indiana Mayor (1975-1979)

*Ed Bryant (Epsilon Xi)
*:Former U.S. Congressman from Tennessee 1994-2002, U.S. Senate candidate in 2002, 2006.

*Roger Wicker (Epsilon Xi)
*:Member of the United States House of Representatives (1995–2007), Member of the United States Senate (2007–present) (R — Mississippi)

*Norm Dicks (Gamma Chi)
*:Member of the United States House of Representatives (1976–present) (D — Washington)

*Jody Powell (Eta Gamma)
*:President Jimmy Carter's Press secretary

*Clarence M. Kelley (Nu)
*:Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from July 9 1973 through February 23 1978

*Herman E. Talmadge (Mu)
*:Governor of Georgia (1949–1955); U.S. Senator (1957–1981) (D — Georgia).

*Eugene Talmadge (Mu)
*:Governor of Georgia (1933–1937 and 1941–1943; elected in 1946 but did not serve)

*Joe Trippi (Zeta Iota)
*:Campaign manager for U.s. presidential candidate Howard Dean in 2004; worked on other Democratic campaigns from the 1980s onward

*Tom Coburn (R — Oklahoma) (Epsilon Epsilon)
*:U.S. Senator from Oklahoma

*Michael D. Antonovich (Eta Phi)
*:Supervisor of the 5th District for Los Angeles County

*E. Clay Shaw Jr. (Delta Mu)
*: Former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981-2006, representing the 22nd District of Florida.

*Other former United States Senators
*:Quentin N. Burdick (D — North Dakota) (Gamma Tau)
*:Alan Cranston (D — California) (Beta Chi)
*:Walter F. George (D — Georgia) (Eta)
*:Clifford P. Hansen (R — Wyoming) (Epsilon Delta)
*:James A. McClure (R — Idaho) (Delta Omicron)
*:Steve Symms(R — Idaho) (Delta Omicron)

ports figures

*Felix "Doc" Blanchard (Psi)
*:Three time All-American and 1945 Heisman trophy winner for Army (after joining Sigma Nu at UNC)

*John Bitove (Beta Eta)
*:Founder and co-owner of the Toronto Raptors. Current owner of Canadian Satellite Radio XM Canada and Priszm

*Paul "Bear" Bryant (Theta)
*:Coached several college football teams (most notably, his alma mater Alabama) for a career record of 323-85-17

*Jeff Cohen (?)
*:All-American basketball player for The College of William & Mary in 1960-61. Was drafted by the Chicago Packers (modern day Washington Wizards) as the 23rd overall pick in the 1961 NBA Draft

*Bobby Dodd (Epsilon Eta)
*:Coached Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team to 165-64-8 record; All-American quarterback for Tennessee; one of only two men in the College Football Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player

*Walt Dropo (Epsilon Phi)
*:American League rookie of the year in 1950; played twelve seasons for the Red Sox

* Jason Glushon (Xi)
*:Professional Baseball Player

*Dallas Green (Delta Kappa)
*:Major League baseball player; manager of Chicago Cubs and New York Mets; managed 1980 Philadelphia Phillies to first World Series title

*Al Groh (Beta)
*:Former head coach of the New York Jets, current head coach of the University of Virginia football team.

*Giles Tucker (Lambda Pi)
*: [Football Player] Former All-American From Howell Michigan; 160lb Nose Guard; Highest National Average (15 Sacks/Game)

* John Hadl (Nu)
*: A professional American football player who is now an associate athletic director in the University of Kansas (Jayhawks) athletic department.

*Derrick Hall (Zeta Upsilon)
*:Current President of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

*Dick Howser (Zeta Zeta)
*:The Sporting News American League Rookie of the Year in 1961; managed the Kansas City Royals to first World Series title

*Lindy Infante (Epsilon Zeta)
*:Green Bay Packers head coach 1988–1991

*Chet Jastremski (Beta Eta)
*:1964 Olympic Bronze Medalist; made the cover of "Sports Illustrated"; member of the swimming hall of fame

*Hayes Alan Jenkins (Gamma Beta)
*:Olympic figure skating Gold Medalist, 1956

*Norm Johnson (Epsilon Pi)
*:Ranks fifteenth all time in points scored in NFL history

*Stan Jones (Delta Phi)
*:NFL Hall of Famer

*Guy Lewis (Zeta Chi)
*:University of Houston Basketball coach with 27 straight winning seasons

*Tommy McDonald (Delta Epsilon)
*:Member of both NFL and College Halls of Fame.

*Archie Manning [ [ Sigma Nu Fraternity: Eastern Kentucky University ] ] (Epsilon XI)
*:Professional quarterback for the New Orleans Saints

*Eli Manning [ [ Sigma Nu Fraternity: Eastern Kentucky University ] ] (Epsilon Xi)
*:Quarterback for the New York Giants, Super Bowl XLII.

*Mike McCormack (Nu)
*:NFL Hall of Famer

*Wayne Munn (Delta Eta)
*:World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion in 1925

*Rick Neuheisel (Epsilon Pi)
*:UCLA Head Football Coach; former Offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens

*Orval Overall (Beta Psi)
*:MLB Pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs; 2.23 Lifetime ERA.
*Pat Riley (Gamma Iota)
*:NBA head coach for Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and currently the Miami Heat; served as head coach for five NBA championship teams, and as a player or assistant coach on two more.

*John "Button" Salmon (Epsilon Alpha)
*:Student Body President, baseball catcher and football quarterback at the University of Arizona in 1926. He was fatally wounded in car accident, and on his deathbed told Pop McKale, the athletic director and fellow Knight of Sigma Nu, to tell the football team to "Bear Down," which has since become the school's motto and was uttered two years before Knute Rockne's "Win one for the Gipper."

*Roy Skinner (Zeta Theta)
*:Vanderbilt University Basketball coach (1961-1976); winningest coach in school history. Integrated the Southeastern Conference (SEC) basketball by signing the first black player, Perry Wallace.

*Frank Solich (Delta Eta)
*:College football coach of Ohio Bobcats and Nebraska Cornhuskers; led Nebraska to the national championship game after the 2001 season; won three national titles as an assistant coach.

*Bill Stanfill (Mu)
*:NFL All-Pro defensive end for Miami Dolphins; college football All-American and Outland Trophy winner for Georgia Bulldogs

*Steve Stenstrom (Beta Chi)
*:Stanford quarterback and a Heisman trophy candidate

*Greg Swindell (Upsilon)
*:MLB — Houston Astros; named to Baseball American's all time college all-star team

*Tommy Vardell (Beta Chi)
*:Cleveland Browns running back

*Jerry Kramer (Delta Omicron)
*:Green Bay Packers Right Guard

*Billy Vessels (Delta Epsilon)
*:Winner of 1952 Heisman Trophy

*Bill Yoast (Eta)
*:Coach portrayed in "Remember the Titans"

Other famous members

*Daniel Amos (Mu)
*:CEO of AFLAC Insurance

*Tim Begley (Gamma)
*:Former COO Duke Delivery Services, Duke University.

*Vance Brand (Gamma Kappa)
*:Astronaut — flew on ASTP, commander of STS-5 and STS-41B

*Richard C. Davis (Theta Zeta)
*:CEO of [ Trademark Properties] (subject of the TV show Flip This House)

*Ronald Evans (Nu)
*:NASA astronaut and "Pathfinder to the Stars" who piloted Apollo 17

*Robert L. Gernon (Nu)
*:Kansas Supreme Court Justice 2003-2005

*Joe Gormon (Zeta Gamma)
*:Former CEO and Chairman of TRW.

*V. Burns Hargis (Epsilon Epsilon)
*:President, Oklahoma State University.

*Chet Huber (Eta Mu)
*:Current President of OnStar

*Neal Katyal (Delta Beta)
*:Georgetown University Law Professor, main counsel for "Hamdan v. Rumsfeld" and argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court

*Jack Katz (Epsilon Zeta)
*:Founder and President of Panama Jack clothing and sunglasses

*Donald Malarkey (Gamma Zeta)
*:Member of "Easy" Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, Portrayed in HBO's Band of Brothers

*Johnny L. Morris (Epsilon Beta)
*:Founder and Owner of Bass Pro Shops outdoor retailer

*T. William Samuels (Delta Alpha)
*:CEO and chief distiller of Maker's Mark Whiskey

*Charles R. Schwab (Beta Chi)
*:Founder, Chairman and CEO of Charles Schwab Corporation Retail Stock Brokerage

*General Paul Tibbets (Epsilon Zeta)
*:Pilot of the "Enola Gay", the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare on Hiroshima in 1945

*T. Jeremiah Beam
*:5th master distiller of Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

*Don Tyson (Gamma Upsilon)
*:Chairman of Tyson Foods

*Herman B Wells (Beta Eta)
*:President, Indiana University

*David O'Reilly (Epsilon Beta)
*:Chairman and Founder, O'Reilly Auto Parts

*Daniel D. Reneau (Eta Zeta)
*:President, Louisiana Tech University

*Jeff Tremaine (Gamma Omicron)
*:Director, Jackass, , & more

*Richard Kinder (Rho)
*: Founder, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners
*: Former President of Enron

*Dr. John A. White (Gamma Upsilon)
*:Chancellor, University of Arkansas


External links

* eZine: [ "The Digital Delta"]
* Sigma Nu National Website: [ "Sigma Nu Headquarters"]


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