Montana State University welcomed a fraternity to charter on campus at the end of last month. On February 27th 2016, Zeta Nu Chapter of Sigma Nu was granted their charter making them a full member of the fraternity and sorority community at Montana State. Sigma Nu was originally chartered at MSU on February 2nd 1952. The chapter remained an active member of the fraternity and sorority community until 2006 when it became dormant. Zeta Nu chapter was recolonized in fall of 2010 and after six years of hard work has been granted their charter once more.
The big day started with initiating 30 men into Sigma Nu, including a handful of alumni. Afterwards, the members held a formal dinner in the SUB with their alumni and members from their national headquarters. Former chapter presidents James Patton, Othman Chaney and current president Michael Ritchie were presented with the chapter’s charter by High Regent Joe Francis. The chartering of Zeta Nu chapter of Sigma Nu was a celebration for not only the fraternity and sorority community but the Montana State community as well.
Currently, the men of Sigma Nu are promote their values of brotherhood, campus involvement and community service in many different ways. The members participate in the Sigma Nu LEAD Program which promotes brotherly bonding in each pledge class through learning of leadership skills together. Additionally, they participate in activities such as intramural sports together as a team and have weekly Sunday potluck brunches.
Zeta Nu chapter does philanthropy work for organizations such as Helping Hands Charity, St. Jude’s Hospital and Cancer Research, and Relay for Life. In addition to their fundraising efforts, the brothers regularly volunteer with multiple organizations in the Bozeman community such as the Blue and Gold Ball and the Downtown Bozeman Association. The men of Sigma Nu have helped put on Blue and Gold Ball since its conception in 2012. Their help plays a major role in the running of the event each year. Additionally, the men frequently help organize events with the Downtown Bozeman Association; DBA is known for hosting events such as the Christmas Stroll, Bobcat Fest, and Music on Main. Zeta Nu chapter of Sigma Nu has been working closely with the DBA for several years to help them put on these major events for the Bozeman community.
The men of Sigma Nu have been very active on the Montana State campus in the form of membership to many campus organizations. Sigma Nu members can be seen in organizations from Men’s Rugby and Men’s Soccer to the Bobcat Spirit Squad and the VOICE Center. Their involvement in these various organizations has helped them contribute more to the Montana State community.
After six years of hard work, the men of Zeta Nu chapter of Sigma Nu have earned a celebration. Congratulations on chartering!