Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau is a national Panhellenic sorority founded on November 4, 1899, at Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University). The Sorority has more than 80 active chapters and colonies nationwide.

About Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau is a national Panhellenic sorority founded on November 4, 1899, at Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University). The Sorority has more than 80 active chapters and colonies nationwide. As told by founding member, 'There were present at this first meeting, Helene Rice, her sister Adriance, Eva O'Keefe, Harriet Marx, May Gephart, Mayene Tracy, Mable Chase and Ruth Dutcher.' There were then in existence on campus three other sororities: Pi Kappa Sigma, Sigma Nu Phi and Zeta Phi (now inactive). The name Alpha Sigma Tau was chosen and purple and gold were chosen for the colors. Thus, Alpha Sigma Tau, the third oldest educational sorority, was organized. The next meeting was a little party at the home of Mrs. Depew on Forest Avenue where Helene and Adriance Rice, Eva O'Keefe and Harriet Marx roomed. The party was indeed gay and festive with decorations of gold and purple. Even the cake was golden with purple icing.

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