Sigma Alpha Sigma

90th Reunion Oct. 8, 2022

The 90th reunion was an immense success with over 60 S’s, 8 sweethearts, many additional spouses and family members that we lost count at 120. We sang the club song written by David Bowen from PC 1959 simply called “Sigma Alpha Sigma” and followed this agenda:
9:00a – 10:20a Mingle, coffee, pastries
10:20a – 10:30a Group Photo
10:30a – 10:45a Welcome message
10:45a – 11:00a Honor Sweethearts
11:00a – 11:15a Honor Legacy Members
11:15a – 11:30a Alumni Association
11:30 – Noon Lunch / Game
Noon – 12:30p Website / Video
12:30p – 1:00p Bring Back SAS
1:00p WW2 and Vietnam Memorials

Please check back for upcoming events. 

In 1932 Gillespie, Hagins, Martin, and McConnell founded Sigma Alpha Sigma underground at Ouachita Baptist University during The Great Depression. ΣΑΣ is officially recognized by OBU in 1933 but because of The Great Depression there was no yearbook printed that year. This photo is from the 1934 OBU yearbook and the 1st images we see of our ΣΑΣ brothers.
Sigma Alpha Sigma displays the modern crest in the Ouachita Baptist University 1952 Yearbook.

Reintroducing The Fighting S’s

Meet The Fighting ΣΑΣ

The late Dr. Downs did an excellent job researching all the Ouachita Baptist University’s fallen heroes of World War II. In his book, The Fighting Tigers, he goes into detail of the brave young ΣΑΣ brothers that gave the ultimate sacrifice. We want to dedicate this website to these men. Click to see the memorial at OBU.

Capt. Virgil Benson

1938-1940 ΣΑΣ Member

March 26, 1917 – March 9, 1945, RIP Brother

Maj. George S Grant

1936-1939 ΣΑΣ Member

December 7, 1915 – June 6, 1944, RIP Brother

Lt. John Milton Hall

1940-1943 ΣΑΣ Member

June 15, 1921 – July 4, 1944, RIP Brother

2nd Lt. John F. Reed

1938-1941 ΣΑΣ Member

Nov. 12, 1916 – April 10, 1943, RIP Brother

1936 ΣΑΣ Displays First Crest Design

Originators…

Sigma Alpha Sigma published graphics to highlight their brotherhood and time at Ouachita Baptist University. Pictured is Joe Gillespie Jr. as President of the brotherhood, he helped create. Also, you see George Grant of The Fighting Tigers and many others.

1938 ΣΑΣ Prepares for World War II

Traditions…

Many members of Sigma Alpha Sigma face war and decided to join the United States Military to prepare for World War II. Many of these men are mentioned in Dr. Downs book dedicated to remembering them called The Fighting Tigers and many others.

1939 WWII Begins & ΣΑΣ Members Act

Selfless…

Many Sigma Alpha Sigma members act selflessly and bravely joined the USA Military to fight in World War II and many did not come back home.

1940 ΣΑΣ First Mission Statement

Purpose…

A social organization instituted to promote good feeling and fellowship among the student body, establish precedents of scholastic achievement, good principles on the campus.

1943 WWII Rages & ΣΑΣ Members Perish

Sacrifices…

Many Sigma Alpha Sigma members paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the USA Military during World War II. Rest in peace brothers.

1946 ΣΑΣ Welcomes First Sweetheart

Sweethearts…

Wipe that smile off, pledge! First images of the ΣΑΣ ax!

Sigma Alpha Sigma is the first social club to honor women and welcome them into the fellowship.

1952 ΣΑΣ Displays First Images of the Modern Crest

Trendsetters…

The JOI’s placed second in the Double Round-Robin Tournament of basketball. They were defeated in the play-off 20-19, by the SAS Harold Lawrence, Muriel Lewis, Luther Brewer, Spear Titsworth, and Johnny Hagan.

1952 Sigma Alpha Sigma Modern Crest

2022 ΣΑΣ Mobilizes a Plan

Lives…

Many plans will be discussed at the 90th reunion. If you are a ΣΑΣ alumni or sweethearts, please attend the 90th Reunion Oct. 8, 2022, 10AM – 1PM at the new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at 258 Red Hill Road Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71923.

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