On April 30, 2021, the Executive Committee of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity voted to issue a special proclamation celebrating the 150th anniversary of its Chi chapter at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, and the many contributions its members have made to Sigma Chi.
Sigma Chi established its Chi chapter at the college 150 years ago today when, on May 30, 1871, it initiated six men into the Fraternity. Since that time, the chapter has initiated 1,462 brothers into Sigma Chi. Ten of the chapter’s initiates have received the Significant Sig Award for their outstanding professional achievements, four men have been inducted to the Order of Constantine for dedicating at least 20 years of service to the Fraternity and six men have received the Sigma Chi Military Service Recognition Pin.
Two Hanover Sigs have additionally served Sigma Chi in its highest elected office as Grand Consul, or international president. They are fifth Grand Consul Walter Fisher, 1883, who served in the office from 1890 to 1892 and 13th Grand Consul Charles Alling Jr., 1885, who served from 1907 to 1909.
In 1890, the chapter also procured the first house designed and constructed to be a chapter house by the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
The Hanover Sigs have, throughout their chapter’s history, consistently placed it among the Fraternity’s best undergraduate chapters: They’ve earned the J. Dwight Peterson Significant Chapter Award 19 times, the James F. Bash Significant Improvement Award twice and have earned Daniel William Cooper Award for being Sigma Chi’s top academic chapter.
“The Executive Committee extends its sincere congratulations to the members of the Hanover chapter on the occasion of the chapter’s 150th anniversary,” says 71st Grand Consul Steve Schuyler, ARIZONA 1979. “We send our best wishes to them for the next 150 years of brotherhood and friendship.”
Read the full proclamation here.