Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest secret college Greek-letter social fraternities. Sigma Chi was founded on June 28, 1855 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio when members split from Delta Kappa Epsilon. Sigma Chi has seven founding members: Benjamin Piatt Runkle, Thomas Cowan Bell, William Lewis Lockwood, Isaac M. Jordan, Daniel William Cooper, Franklin Howard Scobey, and James Parks Caldwell. Sigma Chi is a part of the Miami Triad, along with Beta Theta Pi and Phi Delta Theta.

The fraternity's official colors are blue and old gold, and its badge is a white cross with emblems on each of its arms: crossed keys on the upper arm, an eagle's head on the right arm, seven gold stars and a pair of clasped hands on the lower arm, and a scroll on the left arm. In the center of the cross, on a black background, are the gold symbols for the Greek letters Sigma (Σ) and Chi (Χ). The left and right arms are connected to the upper arm by gold chains.

Sigma Chi's purpose is to promote the concepts of Friendship, Justice, and Learning; its mission statement is to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and community. Sigma Chi's vision statement is "to become the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization—aligned, focused and living our core values".

On June 13, 2005, Sigma Chi was the first Greek-letter society to be honored by the United States Congress for the fraternity's 150th anniversary.

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        The Beta Iota chapter of Sigma Chi was originally chartered in 1910, and was the third chapter in the Northwest Province.  The original location of the house was on 13th and Alder, which is the piece of property that the US Bank currently sits on near the Bookstore.  Stood there was a beautiful three-story colonial style house that remained there through the 1960’s.  The Beta Iota chapter then moved from that location in 1964, into a new house that was built on 19th and Emerald, about a block behind historic Hayward Field. 

        The Beta Iota chapter of Sigma Chi was a strong house on the University of Oregon campus through the 80’s. In the early 1990’s our house strayed from the ideals of Sigma Chi and thus charter was pulled in 1996. Thus the Beta Iota chapter of Sigma Chi did not exist at the University of Oregon for the next four years. It wasn’t until 2000 when a courageous group of Sigs from the Beta Pi chapter at Oregon State had the ambition to recharter Sigma Chi back on campus at Oregon. The re-chartering of the Beta Iota chapter serves as one of the most significant events in the history of our chapter.


        In Fall of 1999, Jason Mirk, a Sig from Oregon State’s Beta Pi chapter put his courageous idea to task, as he lead nine of his fraternity brothers, known as the Beta Pi Ten, to recharter Beta Iota at UO. They decided Sigma Chi was too important to let Oregon remain without a chapter. These young men sacrificed their senior year of college and transfered to UO to do what was seemingly impossible because re-chartering is typically a five-year process.  After working incredibly hard gaining support from alumni in Portland, they gained our charter back in an incredible nine months. Then all ten of them were charged with the task of recruiting quality men with leadership skills to grow the fraternity stronger and stronger. They ended up initiating a pledge class of 28 men with the pledge class name of Chi Nu Chi, which stood to represent “the new Sigma Chi.” The re-chartering makes all brothers strive to be the best house possible as we realize how lucky we truly are to even have this opportunity to be a part of the Beta Iota chapter of Sigma Chi. 




Beta Iota - Oregon                

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