Sigma Chi, Nu Chapter prepares to re-charter at CU
The men of Sigma Chi Nu hope to bring their chapter back to Cumberland University.
Over the course of the last two years members have met academic and social requirements as required by the national headquarters. The colony is now prepared to submit a formal petition for re-chartering.
The fraternity originally chartered at Cumberland in 1872; by 1880, with only 49 men initiated, the chapter went inactive. Sigma Chi remained dormant at Cumberland until the fall of 2011.
Beginning with an informal meeting in August 2011, a small group of men determined Sigma Chi could offer more to the University community, with the core values of the organization speaking to many men on campus. After garnering support from the University and local alumni of Sigma Chi, the group set out to re-charter within three years, instead of the typical 5-year process. Since that fall, the group has performed community service projects, presented awareness campaigns, and has recruited men who meet The Jordan Standard – “a man of good character, a student of fair ability, with ambitious purpose, a congenial disposition, possessed of good morals, having a high sense of honor and a deep sense of personal responsibility.”
"Re-establishing a chapter is no easy task. The men of Sigma Chi Nu along with the valuable alumni of Wilson County and Metro Nashville have dedicated countless hours in service opportunities and chapter development education to reach this plateau.” said Mr. Eddie Lovin, Director of Residence Life, Greek Affairs, and Orientation. “Entering the formal petition phase of re-chartering is an important step not only for the Sigma Chi, Nu Colony, but for Cumberland University Greek Affairs as well. With the re-chartering of Sigma Chi and the continued pursuit of other Greek organizations, Cumberland University expands and progresses engagement opportunities for students, fostering a foundation to cultivate networks of friends and colleagues that will last long past their years below the clock tower."
If approved, the colony will be officially re-chartered in Fall 2014.
The Sigma Chi Fraternity is one of the oldest international fraternities in the world. Founded in 1855, Sigma Chi is based upon the core values of Friendship, Justice, and Learning.