A long and winding road came to an end Saturday as the Nu Sigma Chi local fraternity was formally installed as the Iota Omicron chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Saturday, October 28, 1989, was the date members of Nu Sigma Chi have been waiting for for three-and-a-half years.
Started in the fall of 1985, Nu Sigma Chi was founded as a special interest group by Joe Ortiz, whose brother was a Sigma Chi at Columbia University in New York.
With the help of his friends, Ortiz worked hard to get the fraternity recognition on campus, and in the fall of 1986, they had their first rush. They were recognized by WIU that October, and on January 31, 1987, they were recognized by the Sigma Chi Fraternity as an official petitioning local.
Nu Sigma Chi has had six successful pledge classes and this semester's pledge class, Eta Alpha, is their first as a Sigma Chi chapter.
On their way to becoming a Sigma Chi chapter, Nu Sigma Chi has had many honors placed upon them. They won Homecoming 1987 with the Chi Omega's, their president, Joel Ridle, was named Fraternity President of The Year (1988-1989) by the Inter-Fraternity Council, and they had the highest grade point average of all fraternities in the fall of 1988.
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