525 Oxford Circle
Davis, CA 95616
(right next to the Cuarto dorms)
The year was 1866, and unbeknownst to their fellow cadets at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), three men were about to set out on a mission to change the preexisting system of physical abuse and hazing of underclassmen. Amidst the turmoil and civil strife of the Reconstruction period, a time during which the south was struggling in vain to recover from the ravages that the war has wrought on their society; James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles, and James McIlvaine Riley came together due to their equally shared feelings of discontent with the hazing situation, ultimately becoming the founding fathers of the Legion of Honor, later known as Sigma Nu Fraternity. Due to the fact that the VMI enforced a strict code of honor, it seemed only fitting to the founders that one of their governing principles be honor; however, the other two principles were undoubtedly to be love and truth. In contestation of hazing of any kind, the founders set out to form a society that would use these principles to create equality amongst its members.
Motto: Love, Honor, Truth
The Zeta Xi chapter in Davis opened in 1952; however, due to the dismay of the chapter, it was closed in 1991. After nearly two decades of dormancy since the chapter closed, the Zeta Xi chapter at UC Davis officially received its charter back during the Winter of 2009. The 29 new founding fathers of the Zeta Xi chapter all came together to build a 400+ page petition to make this possible. The accreditation of the Zeta Xi petition was the fastest in the national fraternity's history.
Highlights of the Zeta Xi Chapter
-Winner of 2 Greek Awards, the most out of any chapter on campus including House of the Year 2012 and the Scholarship Award for Highest GPA among all UC Davis fraternities
-Fall 2011 IM Football Champions
-Winner of Mr. Casanova 3 years consecutively
-33 Bedroom, 22,000 sq. ft. house, the largest in Yolo county
-Winner of the People's Choice Award at Arrowjam 2010
-50-60 members strong, and still growing
-Fairly new on the UC Davis Campus, offering countless opportunities to lead, shape, and develop the future of the fraternity
-They are simply put... Awesome guys!
Excelling with honor
-To develop ethical leaders inspired by the principles of Love, Honor and Truth.
-To foster the personal growth of each man’s mind, heart and character.
-To perpetuate lifelong friendships and commitment to the Fraternity.
To believe in the life of love,
to walk in the way of honor,
to serve in the light of truth,
this is the life, the way, the light of Sigma Nu,
this is the creed of our fraternity.
Interested in rushing?
Look for us on campus during the first week of the quarter(s), most likely near the MU. Also, you can contact our recruitment chair or eminent commander. For more information, our website is http://www.davissigmanu.com