Generous Alumnus Donates to Headquarters Museum

Donor will match gifts up to $150,000
September 7, 2014

After much of the area designated as the Omicron Omicron Museum at Sigma Chi International Fraternity Headquarters was damaged by a broken water line in October 2013, Order of Constantine Sig and Significant Sig Chuck Watson, OKLAHOMA STATE 1972, couldn’t pass on the opportunity to afford the museum a handsome environment befitting its contents. To that end, Watson and his wife, Kim, have pledged to match donations up to $150,000 toward the museum reconstruction made by Dec. 31, 2014.

“I have always admired the character expressed by our Founders and believe that the history and the ideals of Sigma Chi are appropriate for all of our brothers to live by,” said Watson, who is a past chairman of the Sigma Chi Foundation, and a current member of the Foundation’s board of governors.

In addition to Watson’s donation, the Sigma Chi Foundation will recognize gifts of all levels in its 2015 annual report and record the names of donors who give $2,500 or more toward the project by the Dec. 31 deadline on a special plaque that will be permanently displayed at the Headquarters museum. Additionally, the state-of-the-art project will feature a limited number of exhibit sponsorship opportunities that will highlight all facets of Sigma Chi, including a Founders Lobby, the seven Founders' portraits and a new archival preservation facility.

Once completed, the museum will display artifacts related to the Fraternity’s founding, including some of the personal possessions of Sigma Chi’s founders. Eventually, the Foundation hopes to include interactive exhibits that will allow visitors to experience Sigma Chi on a deeper level than previously possible.

If you are interested in contributing to the project or wish to learn more, please contact Dianna Morgan, gift and data coordinator at the Sigma Chi Foundation, at (847) 869-3655, ext. 212, or dianna.morgan@sigmachi.org.