The History of Sigma Nu

 
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Painting of the Founding of Sigma Nu featuring James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles, and James McIlvaine Riley.

Painting of the Founding of Sigma Nu featuring James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles, and James McIlvaine Riley.

The Gamma Pi chapter of Sigma Nu at West Virginia University has a rich history unlike any other fraternity on campus. As one of the oldest fraternities at WVU, Sigma Nu has developed a strong brotherhood based on the values of Love, Truth, and Honor.

The idea that set forth the creation of Sigma Nu came about in 1866 due to strong & defiant opposition of hazing practices. Three men—James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles, and James McIlvaine Riley came together at the Virginia Military Institute to form “The Legion of Honor,” a secret society hidden from the world. It was not until January 1st, 1869 that the group became public and branded as Sigma Nu Fraternity.

 
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Sigma Nu is currently one of the largest, most prominent college fraternities in the United States. The fraternity has 166 active chapters and colonies nationwide and continues to expand upon that number. Since the founding of Sigma Nu, over 230,000 men have been initiated.

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The Gamma Pi Chapter here at West Virginia University was founded on February 23rd, 1904. The chapter currently has 70+ brothers and is quickly growing. We at Gamma Pi look for dedicated campus leaders who possess strong traits, similar to those of our founders. Gamma Pi excels in all facets of campus life including: academics, brotherhood, community service, philanthropic events, social activities, athletics, and many more.

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Joining Sigma Nu isn’t just four years, it’s for life.

A lifetime of unbreakable brotherhood and friendship.