BELLEVILLE, IL – On Friday, September 11, 2015, Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity installed a Provisional Chapter at Lindenwood University Belleville in Belleville, IL. The Provisional Chapter Installation and Officers Installation Ceremony welcomed 15 Founding Fathers to Sigma Tau Gamma. The ceremony was conducted by Summer Intern Nicholas Cropley, Washington ’14 and Director of Member and Organizational Development Erik Kahl, UW-La Crosse ’07. Frank Shadwell, SIU-Edwardsville ’14 and Lindenwood-Belleville’s Assistant Director for Student Life Corey Ellzey also were present for the ceremony.
The new Provisional Chapter at Lindenwood Belleville is the first fraternity on campus. Expansion on campus began August 26, 2015 and was conducted by Collegiate Service Coordinator Rick Day, Illinois ’12 and Summer Intern Nick Cropley, Washington ’14. Founding Fathers of the Provisional Chapter include members of Lindenwood Student Government Association and sports teams; which include volleyball, baseball, wrestling, and golf.
On the Saturday following the installation, the Provisional Chapter participated in a retreat hosted by Headquarters Staff and District Director Jim Engracia, SIU-Edwardsville ’11. During the retreat, the Provisional Chapter were introduced to the Path of Principles Program, the Social Excellence model, recruitment training, and discussed chartering benchmarks. Provisional Chapter President Rafael Follador Gabriel said “Everyone is committed to do an outstanding job and become a full chapter as soon as possible.”
Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity was founded by veterans of World War I in Warrensburg, Missouri at the University of Central Missouri. On June 28, 2020 it will commemorate its 100th Anniversary. Today, there are more than 3,000 undergraduate members on 72 college/university campuses in 24 states. There are 58,560 living alumni. The Fraternity is headquartered 60 miles east of downtown Kansas City, Missouri in Warrensburg. Learn more about the fraternity online at sigmataugamma.org.
Lindenwood University Belleville is a private liberal arts university that was founded in 2003 in Belleville, IL. The campus serves more than 2,300 students in 30 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs.