Sigma Chi: Alpha Lambda Chapter, University of Wisconsin
About Us
History of Sigma Chi

International Fraternity

Sigma Chi is one of the oldest and largest international all-male college social fraternities, with chapters at universities in Canada and the United States. Sigma Chi was founded in 1855 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio when members split from Delta Kappa Epsilon. Sigma Chi has seven founding members: Benjamin Piatt Runkle, Thomas Cowan Bell, William Lewis Lockwood, Isaac M. Jordan, Daniel William Cooper, Franklin Howard Scobey, and James Parks Caldwell.

Sigma Chi's purpose is to promote the concepts of Friendship, Justice, and Learning; to build brotherhood and life-long membership among members from all walks of life. Its mission statement is to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and community. Sigma Chi's vision statement is "to become the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization—aligned, focused and living our core values".

As of 2011, Sigma Chi Fraternity consists of over 300,000 initiates in 222 chapters at colleges and universities throughout North America, and over 150 alumni groups around the world. Every two years, delegates from all undergraduate chapters and alumni chapters meet for the Grand Chapter - in which Grand Officers, the International Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, and the International Balfour Award winner are elected, and revisions to the General Fraternity's Governing Laws and Ritual are proposed and debated. The fraternity sponsors and hosts a myriad of leadership conferences including the annual Balfour Leadership Training Workshop and the Horizons leadership series.

Sigma Chi was honored by the United States Congress on its 150th anniversary on June 13th, 2005, becoming the only Greek letter society so honored.

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Alpha Lambda Chapter

Welcome to the Alpha Lambda Chapter

The brothers of the Alpha Lambda Chapter welcome you to this site that will provide some basic information regarding how our chapter is run. Many of our prospective members and their parents have had no direct experience with a college fraternity so we hope that this web site will provide an introduction to both our chapter and Sigma Chi.

The Alpha Lambda Chapter of Sigma Chi was chartered in 1884 and has been a part of the University of Wisconsin in Madison throughout these many years. The chapter has initiated more than 2,600 members since that time and currently has over 100 undergraduate brothers. A spacious chapter house is maintained for the use of the undergraduate brothers.

Thank you for visiting today. If you have any questions about the Alpha Lambda Chapter, feel free to contact Kurt Mittelstadt, President of the Alpha Lambda Chapter, at

Click here for an article on Alpha Lambda history.
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