Eighteen alumni recently received an invitation for membership into Sigma Chi International Fraternity's Order of Constantine for their commitment and volunteer service to the organization.


Induction into this select group is considered to be the highest honor Sigma Chi can bestow upon one of its members. Order of Constantine members have volunteered for the organization for more than 20 years.


Members of the 2015 class of inductees are:


Jay Beattey, INDIANA 1981;

Significant Sig Dan Behring, Ph.D., RIPON 1962;

Bob Benz, AUBURN 1960;

Larry Cukjati, PITTSBURG STATE 1975;

Dave Garland, WATERLOO 1989;

Stu Gruber, HANOVER 1962;

Kent Holbert, TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE 1972;

Jim Holcomb, CAL. STATE-SACRAMENTO 1994;

Richard Krisch, PITTSBURG STATE 1973;

Fred Lanier, GEORGIA 1977;

Reese Liggett, MIAMI (OHIO) 1963;

Chester McCrary, TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE 1965;

Dick O'Brien, KENT STATE 1964;

Joel Ridle, WESTERN ILLINOIS 1989;

Tom Samulski, BRADLEY 1988;

Significant Sig Jay Shields, MISSOURI (COLUMBIA) 1976;

Val Simhauser, IOWA STATE 1976; and

Milton Tacconi, UTAH STATE 1962.


The new inductees will be honored at a formal banquet at Grand Chapter on June 27 in San Diego, in the company of Fraternity and Sigma Chi Foundation leadership, family, friends and sweethearts. Others will be recognized at local ceremonies hosted by their respective alumni or undergraduate chapters.


The Fraternity has inducted 703 brothers into the Order of Constantine since its inception at the 47th Grand Chapter in Seattle in 1948.