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3.4.16 Issue

by David and Carol Alloy

The Sigma Alpha Mu (ΣAM) Fraternity, Sigma Omicron (ΣO) Chapter at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln is back!

The brothers of Sigma Omicron chapter kicked off our recruitment drive on Sept. 26, 2015, prior to the homecoming football game against Southern Miss. The alumni sponsored a tailgate party for the prospective pledges. About 35 alumni attended, along with some of their spouses and friends. A good time was had by all.

On Oct. 10, 2015, prior to the Wisconsin football game, we had a recolonization ceremony which took place at the Multicultural Center Building. We are starting to rebuild on the heritage that began with the founding of our chapter on Dec. 11, 1926. The event was well attended by the pledges and some of their parents, as well as approximately 30 alumni and several spouses of alumni. Also in attendance were two representatives from our National Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. Some of the alumni came from as far away as Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, and Sioux Falls to attend this historic event. A highlight of the ceremony was the attendance of retired Judge Ben Novicoff from Lincoln (class of 1938). We literally had eight decades of Sigma Alpha Mu representatives.

Pledges and alumni at re-colonization ceremony

Pledges and alumni at re-colonization ceremony

Following the ceremony, the pledges, alumni and family members went on a tour of the David and Carol Alloy Strength Complex conducted by Boyd Epley, Assistant Athletic Director for Strength and Conditioning at the University. After the tour, attendees went to the football game.

Sigma Alpha Mu celebrates inclusivity. At our 1953 Sigma Alpha Mu National Convention, we opened our doors to non-Jewish members. Nationally, 50 percent of our members are Jewish.

We have a strong and very supportive alumni advisory corps composed of both Lincoln and Omaha based alumni as well as other locations throughout the country. The Sigma Omicron Chapter has initiated 670 men since its inception in 1926. Our alumni members include business and political leaders, entrepreneurs, judges and attorneys, military leaders, athletes (including a Heisman trophy winner), and a host of other accomplished professionals. Our chapter has won two Founders Cups, an award which is presented annually to the best overall Sammy chapter.

Bounce for Beats, our national fundraising event, was a contributor to the American Heart Fund for decades and now contributes significantly to the Alzheimer’s Research Fund. Our new service activities in Lincoln are clean-up and maintenance at the Nebraska Holocaust Memorial, located in Wyuka Cemetery, and participation in blood donations at the American Red Cross. These activities represent an enduring commitment to our values and to our local community.

For more information about our Fraternity please contact Tanner Crable, Chapter Secretary, 402.796.1060, recorder. sammysigmaomicron@gmail.com; David Alloy, Alumni President, 402.334.0609, alloyent@cox.net; or Sigma Alpha Mu National Headquarters Recruitment Hotline, 888.369.9361, Editor@sam.org.