East Tennessee State University
Ten honorable men sought to bring the values and ideals of Society, Brotherhood, and Remembrance to the East Tennessee State University. They envisioned such principals, so that they may be shared among many unique individuals. Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. at ETSU was colonized on November 19, 2008. Since its conception, the Brothers at ETSU have grounded themselves in an ongoing journey; altering the general dogma of their student body and local community.
Upon establishment, the Brothers at ETSU have made history, solely founding the first Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). Notably, Sigma Beta Rho is the first multicultural Fraternity on campus. This was made possible through essential long-term relations with the Office of Greek Life.
Involvement and dedication; these two apparent subjects have exemplified the work of ETSU Brothers. They have made momentous efforts to involve themselves in numerous campus organizations such as: the Student Government Association, Medical Professions Peer Mentor Program, and the Race Relations Dialogue. Strongly keeping the pillar of Society in check, they have dynamically aided the local community through affiliations such as: Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club of America, NHC HealthCare nursing home, Washington County Animal Shelter, Relay for Life, Breakthrough Ribbon Run for Autism, ETSU Blood Drive, Youth AIDS Campaign, and a recent Haiti Earthquake Relief donation. Each Brother generously gives thirty hours of community service, totaling about five hundred and seventy hours of service each semester.
Apart from association with campus organizations and community service, ETSU Brothers voluntarily engage in different university held events. “Junior Day” is one such event, a day in which Brothers give campus tours, and answer questions for potential incoming freshmen. “Ain’t I a Woman” is another event, a performance oriented around the history of African women; Brothers actively aid in the event setup and maintenance. Their dedication has rapidly fascinated the university, and has astounded the Johnson City community in a respectful manner.
Close relations with other Greeks is a crucial aspect for any fellow Greek. With that in mind, the Brothers at ETSU have made conscious efforts to maintain such relations. Diligently working with the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Council, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), they have bridged narrow gaps between all Greek organizations; presenting a stronger, more unified Greek life.
This newly established colony has made marvelous commitments to their local community, and has given their university a taste of multicultural Greek life. The Brothers at ETSU postulate inspirational education for newly inducted members, which is one of the greatest beliefs they maintain. Through this inspirational notion, prestigious fraternal developments are promising in the years to come.
- Brother Executioner, Brother Takeover, and Brother Lapse