A third fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, has been established at William Woods University, joining Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Gamma Delta. The new chapter has 12 founding fathers and is the fraternity’s 70th nationally recognized chapter.
“Sigma Tau Gamma gave all of us an opportunity,” said Dakota Smith, a junior at WWU and the first founding father of Sigma Tau Gamma. “As a new group on campus, we have the opportunity to unite as men. To come together as individuals to build something that is greater than any of us could have done alone. Here we are, pushing ourselves to be better, pushing one another. We are growing. As men. As leaders. As brothers.”
Founding members include Alex Severino of Wildwood, Missouri; Caleb Bounds of Savannah, Missouri; Connor Wood of Ash Grove, Missouri; Conor Cable of Spalding, Linconshire; Dakota Smith of Montgomery City, Missouri; Dyllon Harper of New Franklin, Missouri; Ian Mayr of Belleville, Illinois; Isaac Dodson of Webster Groves, Missouri; Phillip Kulpinski of Tinley Park, Illinois; Preston Wolfe of Ashland, Missouri; Stuart Robb of Columbia, Missouri; and TJ Pyatt of DeSoto, Missouri.
Sigma Tau Gamma is a national college fraternity that was founded in 1920 at the University of Central Missouri. At the time, 17 founding members, including educators and World War 1 veterans, met to create an organization that offered a support system and strong brotherhood.
The fraternity was founded as a society of men who endeavor to pursue the highest ideals of Manhood, Brotherhood, and Citizenship. Its members dedicate themselves to a Path of Principles: value, learning, leadership excellence, benefit and integrity. Their philanthropy is Special Olympics.
“Sigma Tau Gamma is hoping to make a positive impact on William Woods University by bringing fraternities and sororities together. We hope to offer a fulfilling experience for male leaders in the community. We are excited and thankful to be here at WWU!” said Brian Lewallen, associate director of recruitment and growth for Sigma Tau Gamma.
“Many people have put in a lot of work to see a third fraternity at William Woods so it is great to finally see that becoming a reality,” said Lacey Sweeten Randall, director of student involvement.
“Having three organizations on our campus will allow more opportunities for male students to experience fraternity. We are excited to watch our fraternity and sorority community grow with the addition of Sigma Tau Gamma and we look forward to what this dynamic new group will bring to campus.”
“This is a huge step for Greek life here at WWU,” said Caleb Bounds, Sigma Tau Gamma founding father and a junior at WWU.
“It allows students more opportunities to join a brotherhood that will help benefit them not only during their school years, but for the rest of their lives. I know that together, as brothers, we can create a new legacy that will be remembered forever.”