Congressman Burchett (R-TN 2), a 2019 Significant Sig Award honoree, accepted The Fraternity's top recognition at the Fall Alumni party hosted by Scott and Hope Davis on Sept. 6 in Knoxville.
Tim Burchett displays his 2019 Significant Sig Award, along with wife Kelly at the Fall Alumni party. Helping Burchett celebrate is another Beta Sigma Significant Sig honoree, the Hon. Tim Irwin, '81. Irwin was recognized in 1992 for his role as UT and NFL veteran offensive lineman (Now serving as Judge of the Juvenile Court for Knox County).
Burchett was honored for his outstanding public service, including:
* U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 2nd congressional district, 2019 -
* Knox County Mayor, 2010 – 2018.
* Member of the Tennessee Senate from the 7th district, 1999 - 2010
* Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from the 18th district, 1995 – 99.
We are excited to announce that everything looks to be in motion to have Beta Sigma return as a colony beginning Jan. 2020.
Representatives for Sigma Chi Headquarters will be coming to campus later this fall to interview prospective members to start the colony process.
If you have a son, grandson or a family friend that you think would be perfect to help bring Sigma Chi back to UT, please send an email to Jason DeBord at JasonDeBord11@gmail.com.
He will be coordinating with Headquarters the list of prospective members and helping facilitate the beginning of the colony.
Jason DeBord briefs the crowd at the 2019 Fall Alumni party, along with Scott Davis, host of the event.
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Another Beta Sigma Named a Significant Sig:
Bobby Ogdin ’66.
Accomplished Nashville Keyboard-Musician Recorded/Toured with Elvis.
Former member of the TheMarshall Tucker Band: Listed in Who’s Who of Rock Music
submitted by: David Jones ‘65
Robert “Bobby” Ford Ogdin ‘66 has established himself as one of Nashville’s most sought-after recording session keyboard musicians. Now he’s earned another award: the 2015 Significant Sig Award.
From Left: Bobby Ogdin '66, Tom Collins '65, Breck Grover '69, and Jim E. Hall '63, all celebrate Ogdin's Signnificant Sig Award.
Listed in the Who’s Who of Rock Music, Ogdin (who grew up in Knoxville – Bearden and West high schools) is a former member of The Marshall Tucker Band. He also played on over 20 of Elvis Presley’s studio recordings, and played 45 live shows with The King.
Ogdin received his Significant Sig Award in August 2015 at the Nashville home of one of his Beta Sigma pledge brothers: Significant Sig Tom Collins ’65. Tom, now a prominent record producer, years ago had persuaded Ogdin to come to Nashville for the music scene.
More than 100 Sigma Chis and guests from classes 1962 to 1971 attended the event. Two Beta Sigma alums presented Ogdin with the Significant Sig Award:
Significant Sig Jim E. Hall ‘63, who had rushed Ogdin at the chapter house on Circle Park; and
Ogdin, mid-1960s; and Back/left, as a member of The Marshall Tucker Band in the mid-1980s.
At the Awards Party in Nashville, four former Consuls attended: Jim E. Hall, Edgar Faust, Glen Smotherman, and John Clinard. The host committee for this event: Collin Ballance, Lee Cannon, Conn McConnell, Paul Williamson, John Van Mol, Anne (Sienknecht) Humbracht and David Jones.
Watch Ogdin’s award-acceptance video (scroll over photo, click on red/white box), shown at the 2015 Sigma Chi Grand Chapter in San Diego. Ogdin chose to receive the award locally in Nashville.
Some of Bobby’s Honors & Achievements:
Nominated for keyboard Instrumentalist of the Year (1988) at the 23rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
He has performed on over 500 albums to date.
His keyboard is heard on scores of number one hits, and gold and platinum records, with artists such as: Kenny Rogers, The Judds, Travis Tritt, Kenny Chesney, Ray Charles, Ronnie Milsap, Aaron Tippin, Ween, Willie Nelson, Highway 101, Levon Helm, Tanya Tucker, Dan Hill, Barbara Mandrell, George Jones.
Served as a board member of The American Federation of Musicians (Local 257) and President of the International Association of Recording Musicians (Nashville).
More Awards Party Info:
* Jim E. Hall ‘63, Significant Sig, Former: UT Board Member, and Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
* Tom Collins '66, Significant Sig: Prominent record producer (Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Pride, Sylvia, Barbara Mandrell). As an undergrad, Collins directed our All-Sing chorus for 3 seasons.
* Breck Grover '69, is Beta Sigma's only living Order of Constantine member.
Note for Nashville brothers: For more info on the Nashville Alumni Chapter:www.NashvilleSigmaChi.com or email: info@NashvilleSigmaChi.com.
___________________________________ Kem Hinton, Beta Sigma '77, Named Significant Sig 2014
Kem Hinton, Beta Sigma 1977, who leads his Tuck-Hinton Architects firm in Nashville, has been named a Significant Sig for 2014. Sigma Chi's UT chapter now has 22 of its members in the elite group of Brothers recognized by the International Fraternity for their professional achievments.
Kem received the 2014 Significant Sig Award on Oct. 14, 2014 at the Nashville Sigma Chi Alumni Chapter's Honors Dinner. His partner Seab Tuck, a Sigma Chi from Auburn, 1975, was also honored with the 2014 Significant Sig Award. Kem and Seab had previously earned the Nashville Alumni Chapter's "Alumni of the Year" award in 2006.
Kem earned his FAIA (Fellow of the American Institute of Architects) for his outstanding contributions to architecture (design excellence, architectural education, and advancement of the profession). For Kem's bio, click here.
At the Beta Sigma chapter, Kem was Pro Consul in 1976-77 and received the Balfour Regional Award as the most outstanding Sigma Chi in the region. Born in Nashville and raised in Murfreesboro, Kem earned his Bachelor of Architecture from UT in 1977. List of Beta Sigma's Significant Sigs.
Note for Nashville brothers: For more info on the Nashville Alumni Chapter: www.NashvilleSigmaChi.com or email: info@NashvilleSigmaChi.com.
Pop Quiz: What do these 4 Sigma Chis have in common?
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Answer: They all were named Significant Sigs, Class of 2012. Two are Beta Sigma alums; One's from Knoxville; the other has been in some movies.
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