Sigma Nu - Mu Tau Chapter History|
In 1998, UCO invited several national fraternities to campus for new expansion. Realizing
the significance of this in 1999, Sigma Nu headquarters dispatched Kevin Weaver as its
representative. After some successful lobbying on his behalf, Sigma Nu was accepted by IFC
and gained permission to establish a colony at UCO. Weaver spoke at student organizations
like UCOSA and President's Leadership Council to recruit enough men to start the colony.
Weaver organized the original group of men, which became known as the "Dirty Dozen." On
February 20, 1999, the UCO colony of Sigma Nu was officially recognized at the 90th
anniversary celebration of the Delta Upsilon (Oklahoma) Chapter at the Petroleum Club in
downtown Oklahoma City.
Soon after brother Justin Earley found a rent house at the corner of Edwards and Jackson.
During Christmas Break of 1999 the first members of the colony nailed letters to the house
and moved in. Now that the colony had a fraternity house they turned to the goal of
receiving a charter from Sigma Nu headquarters. One criterion for receiving a charter was
to have a thirty-man chapter. Sigma Nu had not colonized a chapter for several years and
therefore the institutional knowledge from headquarters was not as substantial as it is
today, i.e., recruiters visit campuses, recruit men and a colony becomes organized within a
year. However, working together, the "Dirty Dozen" learned through trial and error, using
its own experiences to organize and recruit the requisite number of men. Internally, the m
colony organized itself, electing its first set of officers and writing a chapter constitution.
Joe Smaligo, MT2, was elected the first colony commander.
On March 9, 2002, the Mu Tau Chapter was chartered, and the colonists, many who had
been candidates for three years, were knighted and made the Founding Fathers of the Mu
Tau Chapter, number 272, of the Legion of Honor.