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Celebrating 100 Years of the Beta Phi Chapter at the University of Arizona

On April 13, 2021, the Executive Committee of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity voted to issue a special proclamation celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Beta Phi chapter at the University of Arizona and the many contributions its members have made to Sigma Chi.

Sigma Chi established its Beta Phi chapter at the university 100 years ago today when, on April 23, 1921, it initiated 47 men into the Fraternity. Since that time, the chapter has initiated 2,717 brothers into Sigma Chi. Thirty-six of the chapter’s initiates have received the Significant Sig Award for their outstanding professional achievements, 10 men have been inducted to the Order of Constantine for dedicating at least 20 years of service to the Fraternity, 34 men have received the Sigma Chi Military Service Recognition Pin and another 557 of its members have become Life Loyal Sigs.

Three Arizona Sigs have additionally served Sigma Chi in its highest elected office as Grand Consul, or international president. They are 50th Grand Consul Jack McDuff, 1951, who served from 1979 to 1981; 53rd Grand Consul Marvin Johnson, 1950, who held the office from 1983 to 1985; and 71st Grand Consul Steve Schuyler, 1979, who was elected to the office in 2019 and will serve until June 2021.

Arizona Sigs have, throughout the group’s history, consistently placed it among the Fraternity’s best undergraduate chapters: They’ve earned the J. Dwight Peterson Significant Chapter Award 28 times and have won Daniel William Cooper Award for being Sigma Chi’s top academic chapter four times.

For Schuyler, being counted among the chapter’s initiates and serving as Grand Consul at the time of the anniversary makes the occasion even more special. “Every brother who has stepped through the doors of Beta Phi is part of the rich history of Sigma Chi at the University of Arizona. I am doubly proud to be part of that history and to be serving as Grand Consul during this centennial.”

Read the full proclamation here.