SigEp’s Ohio Nu Chapter was first chartered in 1964. The founding group was made up of 41 members of a local fraternity, Lambda Tau Delta, on a campus that had expanded and was changing its name from Fenn College to Cleveland State University that same year.
In the 1980s, Cleveland State experienced another transition as it developed into a commuter campus. With fewer students living on campus, interest in Greek life declined; and the struggling Ohio Nu Chapter closed in the spring of 1990.
During the chapter’s dormant years, Cleveland State alumni, most notably Dave Huiett, ’66 — chapter president of the founding 1964 group — and Bill Schutte, ’71, remained active in their efforts to return SigEp to their alma mater. Their Alumni and Volunteer Corporation petitioned SigEp and Cleveland State for their chapter’s return and committed to mentoring and supporting a new chapter on the campus.
In the fall of 2013, their diligence paid off when an initial group of nine students was recruited by SigEp’s new chapter development team. Early chapter presidents Andrew Holland, ’15, and Parker Keating, ’17, helped build a foundation for the chapter and kept brothers focused on SigEp’s chartering criteria. By fall of 2016, the chapter had grown to include 39 brothers, and the men completed a successful chartering petition with Chapter President Paul All II, ’17, at the helm. After receiving news that their petition had been approved by SigEp’s National Board, the chapter went on to receive an Excelsior Award for recruitment and had a brother win the Zollinger Senior Award at the Carlson Leadership Academy.
A chartering banquet was held on Cleveland State’s campus on April 8, 2017, with nearly 200 people in attendance. Brothers and guests were welcomed by Chapter Counselor Brian Breittholz, who serves as the school’s assistant vice president for alumni relations and the executive director of its alumni association. Other speakers included Vice President of Student Affairs Boyd Yarbrough and alumnus Dave Huiett. Yarbrough spoke about the academic and professional opportunities provided by SigEp, and Huiett presented a proclamation signed by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. The mayor had designated the weekend “The Official SigEp Weekend of Cleveland.” The evening’s keynote speaker was District Governor Scott Phillips Jr., Ohio State ’05. Phillips addressed the importance of remaining humble when dealing with great success and SigEp pride.
National Director Daniel McVeigh, Texas Wesleyan ’90, installed the chapter’s officers and, along with SigEp Volunteer Services Director Archie Messersmith, Samford ’99, presented the Cleveland State brothers with their charter. The evening closed with final remarks from Chapter President Constantine Kiriakou, ’18, and Chapter Counselor Breittholz.
Since the chapter’s chartering, Ohio Nu has been recognized by Cleveland State with several awards, including Outstanding New Member, Greek Man of the Year, Fraternity of the Year, Greek Week Champions, Top Academics and Top Recruitment.