Sigma Gamma Chi
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Sigma Gamma Chi (ΣΓΧ) was the name of the fraternal organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Though it once was a national organization, it later only operated at the University of Utah.
Sigma Gamma Chi
|Alpha - α|
|Beta - β|
|Chi - X|
|Delta - Δ|
|Iota - Ι|
|Mu - μ|
|Nu - Ν|
|Pi - π|
|Rho - ρ|
|Sigma - Σ|
|Phi - Φ|
|Xi - Ξ|
Sigma Gamma Chi originated with Lambda Delta Sigma, a fraternity founded in 1936 by Lowell L. Bennion, director of the University of Utah's Institute of Religion. Soon afterward it also admitted women into its membership. In 1967 the LDS Church assumed management of the group and it was divided into a fraternity, Sigma Gamma Chi, and a sorority, Lambda Delta Sigma.
For decades the organization expanded, with several charters at campuses throughout the United States. The Latter-day Saint Student Association (LDSSA) had since largely replaced these fraternities and sororities in LDS Institutes of Religion. Before the end, only the University of Utah was authorized to host this organization. A new president of Sigma Gamma Chi was called annually to replace the previous president.
As of Friday, 10 June 2011, Sigma Gamma Chi exists only as a chapter of history. The fraternity and its counterpart sorority was dissolved for reasons unknown. Those involved with the fraternity and sorority are still wondering why it was dissolved, and hope for a return.
At the University of Utah Sigma Gamma Chi (ΣΓΧ) was composed of twelve chapters (Alpha, Beta, Chi, Delta, Iota, Mu, Nu, Pi, Rho, Sigma, Phi and Xi). Chapters typically met each week on either Wednesday or Thursday night. These meetings were held at the LDS Institute of Religion to the South of The U of U campus (1780 E South Campus Dr). Sigma Gamma Chi was led by the Inter Chapter Council composed of a president, and officers he selects from the twelve chapters. Each chapter was led individually by a Chapter President, who assigned other officers from within the chapter.
Pi - Was formerly known as PI RHO, however the chapter did not break off into the two chapters Pi and Rho. The fraternity originally had two letters for each chapter, however one of the chapters' letters conflicted with the lettering of another recognized fraternity, so all of the chapters were forced to reduce to single Greek letters. The chapter Rho came several years later. This chapter was well known for their tight brotherhood. It is quite common for members of Pi to keep in touch after several decades.