Sigma Nu's 2010-2011
Sigma Nu Epsilon Eta Chapter
The University of Tennessee
Each spring semester fraternity members from each chapter participate in the annual boxing tourney. The annual boxing tournament is one of the oldest and largest fraternity events in the country. The three day event attracts 3,000+ students from all over the south east. It has been going on annually for almost thirty years occurring in the last week of February or the first week of March. Last year the three night event raised over $70,000 for charity.
This year Sigma Nu was represented by Chris Aytes, Andrew Curtin and Robert Stow.
The brothers of the Epsilon Eta chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity joined with the sisters of Sigma Kappa sorority to participate in Homecoming 2010, "Rocky Top the Rebels." The two groups spent hundreds of hours at the fraternity house practicing their Smokey's Howl routine, painting the banner and window display and pomping the float and lawn display. It was another award winner Homecoming performance as the two groups won first place in the Large Banner competition and placed second in the Lawn Display. In prior years, Sigma Nu placed third overall in 2005 and 2007.
Epsilon Eta Tour Neyland Stadium
Each Fall semester the brothers and new candidates tour Neyland Stadium. On the tour they visit the locker room, the post game press room and the luxury boxes.
Sigma Nu Grows Nationally
Sigma Nu fraternity continues to serve as a national leader among fraternities. In the past two years the number of new men pledging Sigma Nu grew by 2% in 2007 and by 5% in 2008. During this period, Sigma Nu pledged just under 6,000 new candidates. Sigma Nu has over 180 active chapters and colonies and over 219,000 members nationally. Currently, of the 72 Greek organizations that are members of the North America Interfraternity Conference, Sigma Nu continues to be in the Top 10 in all ranking categories.
IFC Officers Selected
At the end of fall semester the Inter-Fraternity Council selects new officers. The 2011 IFC has three brothers playing active roles in the new year. Mason McGlamery is the new IFC President, Hughes Miller is the Chaplain and Todd Bateman is Intramural Director.
Ignite, LeaderShape and Freshmen Council
During the 2010-2011 academic year three new Sigma Nu's were selected to participate in campus leadership organizations. Robert Stow and Matt Kyker were selected to be a member of the 40 person Freshmen Council. Freshmen Council is the first year student's branch of SGA. Sigma Nu was one of only two fraternities to be represented by two brothers. Parker Loy and Matt Kyker were selected as Ignite Team Leaders for the two Ignite Summits during summer 2011. They will join 24 other TLs in leading freshmen students during the three day summit. At the end of the school year, Matt Kyker joined other student leaders for the first annual LeaderShape institute held at Coker Creek Village Retreat Center. LeaderShape is a five day national leadership institute.
Sigma Nu Enjoys Full Calendar of Sorority Events
This past year Sigma Nu enjoyed a full calendar of mixers and date parties. The chapter enjoyed mixers with Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Delta Pi, Delta Zeta and Alpha Chi Omega this year. Each mixer has its own unique theme such as---Dazed & Confused, Revenge of the Nerds, Redneck Ball and Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams. In addition, the chapter supports each sorority on campus by participating in their annual philanthropy events. This year the chapter won the Kappa Delta War of the Wings competition, in which the brothers cook hundreds of chicken wings for event, placed second in the Delta Zeta Skeet shooting competition, supported the Kappa Delta golf classic and the Delta Gamma Splash Jam.
Habitat For Humanity
Each spring semester the Greek Community at the University of Tennessee sponsors their annual Greek Week competition. As part of the Greek Week tradition, fraternity and sorority members from campus chapters participate in the building of a Habitat for Humanity home for a Knoxville family. This year Adam Mays served as chapter Greek Week chairman and organized the brothers of Sigma Nu to be very active in building the house. The highlight of the week was on Saturday morning when IFC President and Sigma Nu brother Mason McGlamery presented the homeowner with the keys to his new house. The attached picture is of four Epsilon Eta brothers with Knoxville Mayor Daniel T. Brown and the owner of the new Habitat house.
Camp Koinonia is an outdoor education program for children ages 7-22 who have multiple disabilities. It is a week long residential outdoor education program for over 125 children who have a variety of disabilities, from East Tennessee. The children, ages 7-22 years old, have disabilities including hearing impairment, visual impairment, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and autism. During the first year of the program a counselor/camper duo submitted the winning name for the program - Camp Koinonia. Koinonia comes from the Greek and means 'fellowship' and 'caring community'. Since that time the purpose and mission of Camp Koinonia has been to provide a 'caring community' for our campers in sense of true 'fellowship'. It is also said of Camp Koinonia that this is...'An Experience That Will Last A Lifetime'. This has proven true for hundreds of individuals over the years. The program is organized, planned, and conducted by 150 University of Tennessee students as part of a course requirement.
For the past five years the brothers of the Epsilon Eta chapter of Sigma Nu have been active participates each spring semester. The brothers spend a week at Camp Koinonia and each brother is assigned to a child to take care of and work with for the week. During spring semester 2010, the chapter raised $2,000 for Camp Koinonia. This year brothers Alan Blizzard and Daniel Alexander were the head student counselors for the camp.