Our present fraternity had its origin in the founding of Zeta Rho fraternity. This Fraternity was founded on the Oswego campus in 1946 by 25 men with the beliefs that social friendships between college men are the ones that are lasting. These premises are still the basis of our fraternity.
In April 1951, Zeta Rho fraternity became the Alpha Omicron chapter of the Sigma Tau Gamma National fraternity. We, as a fraternity, remained in the National for three years during which we received and contributed much to this union of organization. At the time which we joined, the National charter consisted of 46 chapters in 18 states. We were only a small part of an organization that was to become long and lasting.
In the spring of 1953, our chapter awarded Miss Barbara Jean Hewitt White Rose Queen of Sigma Tau Gamma. Mel Torme, after looking through 45 pictures chose our Miss Hewitt to be queen. Because of a decree passed down through the New York State Board of Trustees concerning the abolition of National fraternities on this campus as well as other State University campuses, we had to break ties with the National chapter. In the spring we still crowned White Rose Queen at the formal. These few concepts of the history of our fraternity are but a small listing of many significant facts that have contributed to the history of Sigma Tau.
The knowing beliefs of a forward looking fraternity, one that is willing to make changes for the betterment of itself. In closing, we believe that if you know the history of an organization you can tell what it stands for.