Department: Financial & Housing
Since the Indiana Sigma chapter was founded on October 25, 1969, at Indiana State University, members and alumni have dreamed of having a permanent chapter house. “The current property was purchased in 2004 because members of Indiana Sigma Alumni Association saw that the campus was expanding,” says Chris Hancock (’96), alumnus and alumni association board-of-directors member. “The choice of the property was also based on the logic due to the newly constructed Sigma Kappa house and other fraternity houses around the area.”
After years of moving from one chapter house to another, Indiana Sigma and its alumni finally have a place to call home. On August 17, 2012, their dream became a reality when the brothers moved into their newly constructed home at 831 North 5th Street in Terre Haute. The grand opening included the Indiana State University President Dr. Daniel Bradley; Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett; representatives from all fraternities and sororities on campus; Indiana Sigma collegiate and alumni members; SAE Financial & Housing Corporation President Mike Rodgers, Vice President Lee Miller and Associate Executive Director Gregory Somers; and the Eminent Supreme Recorder Blaine Ayers.
The Indiana Sigma Alumni Association, in conjunction with SAE Financial & Housing Corporation, entered into a partnership to build the first new fraternity chapter house in Terre Haute in many years. Their partnership required Indiana Sigma alumni to fundraise a portion of the construction cost while the Financial & Housing Corporation paid another portion. Then, the group financed the remaining amount. Alumni entered into a fundraising agreement with Pennington & Company, the recognized leader in fraternity fundraising, to handle the campaign on behalf of the Indiana Sigma Alumni Association.
SAE Financial & Housing Corporation hired Kuo Diedrich Architects from Atlanta to design the fraternity house to meet the needs of today’s students and to integrate the façade into the surrounding community with recognition to our rich Fraternity history. Highlights of the chapter house include a dedicated house-director suite; full-service kitchen and dining room that can serve 240 meals a day; dedicated library and study rooms; custom-sculptured marble lions from Vietnam; a coat-of-arms inlaid in the entry foyer’s marble and a large rendition badge on the front of the chapter house.