While Sigma Chi’s core values are Friendship, Justice and Learning, our vision is to be the preeminent leadership and character development brotherhood benefitting our members throughout life. Our mission is to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and community. In the pursuit of these high ideals, the Sigma Chi Fraternity is able to offer tremendous value in augmenting the collegiate experience and supporting the lifelong journey of each of its members. We hope to assist brothers in becoming men of character, caring husbands, compassionate fathers and community leaders.
In 1855, seven young men, Benjamin Piatt Runkle, Thomas Cowan Bell, William Lewis Lockwood, Isaac M. Jordan, Daniel William Cooper, Franklin Howard Scobey and James Parks Caldwell, wanted something better in a fraternity during their collegiate experience, and from that recognition, a dream was born — the fraternity of Sigma Chi. In short, Sigma Chi began because good men chose to act. Our seven Founders recognized that a principle-driven lifestyle should be paramount in an individual’s lifelong quest to achieve progressive development, and that the world in which they lived had a great need for ethical leaders whose core principles were based on the possession of remarkable character.
The chapter house is located next to Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Gamma Delta and Alpha Sigma Phi at 400 Parkway Circle directly across from the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). Founded in 1985, the Theta Omicron chapter has spearheaded efforts to donate to the Huntsman Cancer Society having raised over $286,000 over the past decade, placing the Theta Omicron chapter among the top 5% of over 240 Sigma Chi chapters internationally. In addition, the Theta Omicron chapter has been awarded the Gold Peterson, an award granted to the highest performing Sigma Chi chapters internationally, in back to back years, the only chapter in the history of Sigma Chi to do so. With over 70 active brothers, we are proud to have a diverse background of brothers hailing from all parts of the world and each possessing different temperaments, talents, and convictions.
From spending long nights in the library to traveling across the world, the possibilities are endless with the brotherhood you will find at Sigma Chi. Some of our annual brotherhood traditions include events such as the Superbowl, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Cocktail. However, you can always find brothers playing backyard basketball and planning weekend trips to Tahoe. With a chapter of 70, you will find someone with similar passions, goals and career interests. Our brothers are always pushing one another to succeed in all facets of their lives.
Puppy Love is a philanthropic event that the Theta Omicron Chapter hosts every year.Puppies will be brought to the house from Hearts for Paws, a non-profit rescue organization that saves dogs throughout Yolo County from poor conditions and near euthanasia circumstances. All profits will be donated to Hearts for Paws.
Derby Days is Sigma Chi’s national philanthropy whose main goal is to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The HCI is one of the leading cancer and genetics centers in the world — the money we raise goes directly to funding new facilities, clinical trails, and revolutionary patient care methods. Sigma Chi has pledged $20 million to the HCI, the largest philanthropic pledge in the history of men’s fraternities. The Theta Omicron chapter alone is on the forefront of the charge, having raised well over $250,000.