Gamma Upsilon Alumni Chapter of Sigma Nu

University of Arkansas (Est. December 21, 1904)

With over 3,600 initates, more alumni than any Sigma Nu chapter

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Lifetime (Eternal) Members
(In Order of Joining)


Clete Brewer


Jim Salmon


David P. Nelson


Mike Lax


Kevin Faught


Dr. Garland M. Thorn, Jr.


Michael James Ptak (Jacque Hill-Ptak)

d. January 24, 2020


Bryan R. Wright


Raymond E. Osborn, Jr.

d. May 24, 2023


Dr. David Conrow



William Benson


Chris Bevans



Dr. John Daniel


Kenny Gibbs



Keith Faught



Mike Shearer

January 1, 2024

Rush (Never Ending)
Formal Rush Registration Deadline 2/14/2024
Formal Recruitment — Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 2/16-18/2024, Friday, 2/23/2024 Bid Day — Saturday, 2/24/2024 — Time, Place TBD

Arkansas and Beyond

March 9, 2024

Cole Pangburn Memorial Golf Tournament
Stonebridge Meadows Golf Club
8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start
Signups Coming Soon


October 20, 2024

Fourth Annual Rock (Alumni) Weekend

Social @ Mermaids Seafood Restaurant
2217 N College Ave
Friday,  Fall 2024, 7-10 pm
Date TBD

Tailgate @ Chapter House
Saturday, Fall 2024
Date, Time TBD, Depending on Kickoff


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Hall of Fame

From Arkansas Avenue to North Stadium Drive, members of Gamma Upsilon have a rich tradition of excellence and leadership both during and after their time on The Hill.

Modeled after Sigma Nu National's, "the Gamma Upsilon Hall of Fame is awarded to those alumni, living or dead, who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields, thus bringing credit to the chapter."

The following twelve brothers were inducted into the new Gamma Upsilon Hall of Fame at the Chapter House on September 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm:

First Arkansas-born University of Arkansas President
Arthur M. Harding (GU 17)

World-renowned Architect
*Edward Durell Stone (GU 179)

Congressional Medal of Honor Winner, Ten-term Lt. Governor
Nathan G. Gordon (GU 445)

Tyson Foods’
**Donald John Tyson (GU 644)

Former University of Arkansas Chancellor
John A. White, Jr. (GXi 591, GU 936)

Razorback All-American, All-Century Running Back
James W. (Jim) Mooty (GU 938)

Razorback National Champion Quarterback
Charles F. (Fred) Marshall (GU 1022)

Razorback All-Century Quarterback
William A.(Bill) Montgomery (GU 1283)

Razorback Two-Time All-American, College Football Hall of Famer
***Charles W. (Chuck) Dicus (GU 1312)

Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice
John D. (Dan) Kemp, Jr. (GU 1342)

12-year NFL Veteran, 3-Time Pro Bowl, All-Pro, Super Bowl Champion
Ray C. (R.C.) Thielemann (GU 1494)

36th President of Panama
Ricardo A. Martinelli (GU 2757)

*With Eight-time Olympic Gold Medalist Ray Ewry, Western Novelist Zane Gray, and Big-Band Leader Glenn Miller, among original four inductees of the Sigma Nu Hall of Fame (1982)
**Sigma Nu Hall of Fame (2012)
***Sigma Nu Hall of Fame (2021)

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Hall of Honor

Modeled after Sigma Nu National's, the Gamma Upsilon Hall of Honor tributes those members whose distinguished service to Gamma Upsilon and Sigma Nu has brought enduring strength and vitality to the Chapter and Fraternity.

Membership in the Hall of Honor is Gamma Upsilon's highest distinction. Recipients must meet ALL the following qualifications for induction into the Gamma Upsilon Hall of Honor:

The brother must have distinguished himself in his field in a manner to bring great credit to the Chapter.

The brother must have rendered distinctive service of vital consequence to the progress and well-being of the Chapter.

If the brother is still living, he must have attained the age of 50 years old.

Selected by the Gamma Upsilon Alumni Chapter Board of Directors, each new member of the Hall of Honor is announced at Rock Weekend. He receives a framed replica of his name and initiation number which will be displayed in the Chapter House.

The following ten brothers were inducted as the inaugural class for the new Gamma Upsilon Hall of Honor at the Chapter House on October 21, 2023.

Gamma Upsilon Founder
*William Terry Feild (GU 1)

World Renowned Architect of Former House
Edward Durell Stone (GU 179)

Lead Funder of Current House
Donald John Tyson (GU 644)

University's Lead Fundraiser for Construction of Current House
John H. Tolleson (GU 871)

Longtime Chapter Advisor, General Contractor for Former House Expansion
Donald B. Hunnicutt (GU 949)

Lead Fundraiser for Construction of Current House
Gaston P. Gibson, Jr. (GU 1000)

Leader of Expansion of Former House, Originator of Junior Initiate Scholarships
James E. (Jim) McClelland (GU 1054)

Leader of Shutdown, Recolonization
Charles W. (Chuck) Dicus (GU 1312)

Longtime Chapter Advisor, House Corporation President, Sigma Nu Chapter Advisor of the Year (2023)
*Bruce MacLeod Armstrong (GU 1719)

*Announced in 2022

Bragging Rights

Gamma Upsilon Alumni Star in Many Professions

Here are just a few...

Tyler Bell (GU 1951 ) produced TREASURE (MusicRow Top 40), by Mary Heather Hickman (daughter of Mark Hickman, GU 1956).

Tyler Bell (GU  1951)


Clete Brewer (GU 1876), as president and co-owner of Sports Clips, Inc., grew the company from 42 franchised stores to over 675. As president, CEO and co-founder of Staffmark, he led the IPO (STAF:NASDAQ) and grew the company from $600,000 in sales to over $1 billion.

Clete Brewer (GU 1876)

Managing Partner, NewRoad Capital Partners

Lt. General George A. Crocker, U.S. Army (ret.) (GU 2209) pledged, but was not initiated before accepting an appointment to West Point in July 1962. Decades later, upon approval by the Sigma Nu High Council, the Silver Star recipient was initiated into Gamma Upsilon. 

Lt. General George A. Crocker (GU 2209)

U.S. Army (ret.)

With over 45 acting credits, Dean Denton (GU 1776) has four recent or upcoming releases - feature films DEVOTION (Glen Powell) and CAUSEWAY (Jennifer Lawrence), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, THE LINE (John Malkovich), and the Amazon sci-fi thriller THE PERIPHERAL (Chloe Grace Moritz).

Dean Denton (GU 1776)


"Hot Rod" Fuller (GU 2173) was an outspoken and colorful character during his NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) days and won 20 Wallys during an impressive career that spanned 15 years.

"Hot Rod" Fuller (GU 2173)

NHRA Driver

Over the past four decades — from THE MUPPET MOVIE to the latest GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, from LOU GRANT to WINNING TIME: THE RISE OF THE LAKERS DYNASTY, Jeffrey Humphreys has helped make many of your favorite series and films.

Jeffrey Humphreys (GU 1869)


Greg Koch (GU 1495), a former Razorback All-Southwest Conference offensive lineman, played eleven seasons in the National Football League, mainly with the Green Bay Packers. In 2010, Koch was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. He is a licensed attorney and co-host of In The Trenches with Koch and Kalu on SportsTalk 790 KBME in Houston. Also known for his 16-hour drinking contest with WWE Lex Luger. Koch was just recently included in The 100 greatest Packers Players for the 100 year celebration of the NFL checking in at number 67.

Greg Koch (GU 1495 )

Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer

Rob Morgan (GU 2236) is an American former professional stock car racing driver and team owner. He currently owns the GT Celebration Race Series, a road racing series. He formerly competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as a driver from 1997 to 2001.

Rob Morgan (GU 2236)

Stock Car Driver, Team Owner

Gary Newton (GU 1708, A 312) produced the ensemble comedy feature film ANTIQUITIES, which just wrapped a three-year run on Showtime and is available on many streaming platforms throughout North America, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. As an actor, he may be seen in the supporting role of  "Raymond" in the dramedy feature I'LL BE THERE, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival.

Gary Newton (GU 1708, A 312)


With over 50 credits, Byrne Offutt (GU 1898) recently guest starred on ABC's STUMPTOWN.

Byrne Offutt (GU 1898)


Larry Rial (GU 1694) founded Natural Gear, scientifically proven camouflage patterns unmatched by anyone else in the industry.

Larry Rial (GU 1694)

Founder, Natural Gear

A member of the Fall 1964 pledge class, Marty Steele enlisted in the Marine Corps and left for Viet Nam before being initiated. He returned to the University and graduated in 1974 before rising to three-star general. Fifty-eight years later, he accomplished his fraternal mission, becoming a Knight in the Legion of Honor on September 9, 2022.

Martin R. Steele (GU 3502)

Lt. General, U.S.M.C. (ret.)

Barry Waldo (GU 1927) is a producer and writer, known for MONSTER HIGH (2010), HOT WHEELS BATTLE FORCE 5  (2009), and ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2017). His children's book, 'The BEAR who DARED,' was a recent No. 1 in its Amazon category.

Barry Waldo (GU 1927)

Producer, Writer

Coleman L. Warren is only the third man in Sigma Nu history to be named Man of the Year, Scholar of the Year, and Alpha Affiliate. The 2022 graduate served as ASG President, was named both a Rhodes and Truman Scholar, and is the founder and CEO of Simple + Sweet, an artisanal, super-premium, locally sourced ice cream, whose profits fight child hunger.

Coleman L. Warren (A 688, GU 3194)

Founder, Simple + Sweet

GOIN’ THROUGH THE BIG D, written by Jon Scott Wright (GU 1734), Mark Wright, and Ronnie Rogers, and recorded by Mark Chesnutt, was released in October 1994 and peaked at number 2 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and the RPM country tracks charts in Canada.

Jon Scott Wright (GU 1734)


About Us

Gamma Upsilon has more alumni than any other chapter of Sigma Nu.

While many Gamma Upsilon alumni organizations have existed over the years, the official Gamma Upsilon Alumni Chapter of Sigma Nu was chartered in 1936, then rechartered 1985 by our late Brother Michael James Ptak (GU 1650), a former two-term Commander (Fall 1981, Spring 1982).

From paying annual dues to leading the organization, every alumni brother has a role to play. If you have an idea to strengthen the collegiate and/or alumni chapters and are willing to lead its implementation, contact us at [email protected].

 Our board of directors spans generations, from GU 1708 to GU 3270. While striving to preserve and strengthen the bonds of alumni brotherhood, the following  members of the board donate their time and treasure to help ensure the collegiate chapter recruits, develops and bonds men according to the Cardinal Principles to become and remain worthy of the Legion of Honor.

Tim Higginbotham

GU 1838

Gary Newton

Lt. Commander
GU 1708, A 312

Kevin Faught

Treasurer, Chapter Advisor
GU 2031

Bruce Armstrong

President, House Corporation
GU 1719

Steve Butler

Immediate Past Commander
GU 1895

Keith Faught

Recruitment Chairman
GU 2033

Mike Flynn

Scholarship Chairman
GU 2022

Corey Johnson

Faculty Advisor
NA 112 (UA Fort Smith)

Mike Shearer

Legacy Chairman
GU 1930

Terry Smith, Jr.

Candidate Chairman
GU 1975

Jack Armstrong

Board Member
GU 2947

Ashley Bartsch

Board Member
GU 1795

John Furlow

Board Member
GU 2074

Kevin Gancarczyk

Board Member
GU 2024

Kenny Gibbs

Board Member
GU 1772

Hal Purdy

Board Member
GU 2115

Josh Hester

Board Member
GU 3351

Sam McLelland

Board Member
GU 2705, A 606

Josh Rhodes

Board Member
GU 3270

Craig Shy

Board Member
GU 1986

Gaven Smith

Board Member
GU 2359

Jamie Thornton

Board Member
GU 2571

Chad Trammell

Board Member
GU 1912, A 353 

Will Warren

Board Member
GU 3092

Sigma Nu - 150 Years of Excelling with Honor

Sigma Nu Fraternity’s 150th Anniversary documentary, first introduced at the 69th Grand Chapter in Washington, D.C. and select regional anniversary events across the country in 2018-2019.


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