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Sigma Nu's past is a proud and colorful one. Founded by three cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in a period of civil strife known as the Reconstruction, Sigma Nu represented a radical departure from the times. The system of physical abuse and hazing of underclassmen at VMI led to James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles, and James McIlvaine Riley to form the "Legion of Honor" which soon became Sigma Nu Fraternity. So, amidst a backdrop of turmoil, North America's first "Honor" fraternity was established. Here at the Eta Rho chapter of Sigma Nu we are committed  to continuing the legacy that out founders set forth for us and living by the principles of love, honor, and truth.

Nickname: Sigma Nu

WKU Chapter: Eta Rho

Founding Date: January 1, 1869

Original Charter at WKU: May 8, 1965

Colors: Black, White, & Gold

Flower: White Rose

Mascot/Symbol: Knight & Serpent

Philanthropy: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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