Delta Sigs enjoy success as longest-running Greek group
Posted 3:12 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2022
They are one of the reasons Delta Sigma Phi is UWL’s oldest continuously run social fraternity.
“I believe the alumni involvement is one of the main reasons that the chapter is still here after 55 years,” says Pat “Jar” Stephens, ’71, who pledged the fraternity in spring 1967.
Stephens will join nearly 250 brothers when the group celebrates 55 years Oct. 20-23. They hold reunions every five years, and there’s a lot to celebrate.
Following two challenging pandemic years, the Delta Sigs remain the only fraternity on campus, along with two sororities. When Stephens joined in the late ’60s, there were more than 100 in the fraternity. The Delta Sigs’ current membership is about 35.
From day one of the chapter on the UWL campus, there was always an expectation of being involved on campus and in the community”
Delta Sigs maintain their involvement in community service. Stephens recalls the group’s special Christmas socials for St. Michael’s Orphanage in the ’70s. Since 1994, the brothers have provided security for the annual Rotary Lights in Riverside Park — eight hours nightly for 60 nights.
“From day one of the chapter on the UWL campus, there was always an expectation of being involved on campus and in the community,” he explains.
Stephens says owning a house on nearby Main Street has created a hub for Delta Sigs. While serving as a gathering place for meetings, socials and more, it’s also where alums return. In fact, alum brothers meet two or three times a semester with current members to review policies, procedures and finances.
Reunion details are set. Get them at: https://www.uwlax.edu/alumni/events/delta-sigma-phi/.