High on the north wall founding plaque of the grand lobby entrance to the Administration Building at the University of Central Missouri is a bronze tablet inscribed with the name “Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity”, followed by the names of seventeen students.
Some of these students had just returned from Europe, having served in the American Expeditionary Force under the command of their Missouri native son, General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, during World War I.
At this small college campus in the rural Midwest, they hoped to leave behind the horror of war and pursue the promise of education. Yet their wartime experience proved to them that friendship was a most rewarding aspiration. They believed that all men are social creatures and that friendships of college men are lasting ones.
Their school had just been elevated from a Normal (two year) teacher training institution to a full four-year college. They believed that it was ready for a genuine college fraternity.
They decided to dedicate themselves to creating a college fraternity that promoted the highest ideals of Manhood, Brotherhoodand Citizenship. By doing so, they would inspire thousands of men from all parts of the country to follow in their footsteps.