Sigma Nu, founded in 1869 by three cadets at the Virginia Military Institute, is America's first "Honor Fraternity." Following the Civil War, the Institute's cadets suffered from the effects of fighting and death, leading to a system of harassment of lower classmen by their upper classmen superiors.
James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles, and James McIlvaine Riley, unhappy with the hazing, began a movement to abolish hazing at VMI. Together, they formed Sigma Nu, a fraternity founded on the values of Love, Honor, and Truth.
The Zeta Xi chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity in Davis opened in 1952; however, to the dismay of the chapter, it was closed in 1991. After nearly two decades of dormancy since the chapter closed, the Zeta Xi chapter at UC Davis officially received its charter back during the Winter of 2009. The 29 new founding fathers of the Zeta Xi chapter wrote a 400+ page petition to make this possible. The accreditation of the Zeta Xi petition was the fastest in the national fraternity's history.
Sigma Nu Fraternity at UC Davis seeks to break the stigma surrounding Greek life. With its zero-tolerance policy towards hazing, Sigma Nu's candidate program fosters growth and leadership. Our chapter is a two-time "Rock Chapter" award recipient, an award given to top Sigma Nu Fraternity Chapters in the country, and is fastest Sigma Nu chapter to ever receive the award after rechartering. In 2016, the governing body that oversees fraternity life at UC Davis awarded Sigma Nu with "Fraternity of the Year", "Philanthropy of the Year", and "Community Service of the Year" awards.
As of Spring 2017, the Zeta Xi chapter has 70+ members hailing from all over the globe. The fraternity house is currently located at 100 Parkway Circle in Davis, California.
For more information about our chapter, don't hesitate to contact our President Toby Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Recruitment Chair Carson Graves (email@example.com).
Here at Sigma Nu, we strive to promote the welfare of others. Each quarter, we hold a philanthropy event to raise money for organizations aligned with our chapters' values. In 2016, twelve brothers raised and donated ~$14,000 to the Pathway Home in our annual philanthropy Trekking for the Troops. They then embarked on a 110 mile trek to the summit of Mount Whitney to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury suffered by one-third of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Our other three philanthropies - Happy Holi'dares (Fall), Sigma Noodles (Winter), Ducky Dash (Spring) - send proceeds to St. Judes and Camp Kesem. To learn more about our philanthropies, contact our Trekking for the Troops Chair Marcus Barrango (firstname.lastname@example.org), or our Philanthropy Chair Louie Lara (email@example.com).
Servant leadership is an important part of who we are. Whether it be on campus or at home, we individually embody the values of Sigma Nu in our daily lives. As an organization, giving back to the community allows us to grow as servant leaders. We volunteer at a variety of organizations around Davis including: Habitat for Humanity, Yolo County Food Bank, Putah Creek, Hillel House, TROTR, and more. To learn more about our community service events, contact our community service chair Andrew Isaac (firstname.lastname@example.org).