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University of Virginia at Wise

Epsilon Tau Chapter

University of Virginia at Wise
Founded: February 2, 2008
Status: Inactive



Individual Awards

Undergraduate Scholar of the Year
Justice, Joshua V. '08 [2006]

Chapter History

The University of Virginia College at Wise is the only branch campus of the University of Virginia. It was founded in 1954 as Clinch Valley College, initially a two-year school, and was authorized to grant four year degrees in 1970. The name was changed to University of Virginia College at Wise in 1999.

An interest group was formed in Fall 2003 and became a colony by Fall 2005. It grew to 32 members by March 2006.  In the Spring of 2007, colony membership was 23 and it was advised in April 2007 that it would have to submit a chartering petition by October 2007, or it would be closed. The chapter was chartered on February 2, 2008.

Joshua V. Justice, Wise '08, was Alpha Sigma Phi Scholar of the Year in 2006.

On May 20, 2013, the chapter was placed on Administrative Suspension for mounting chapter debt, including the fact that their insurance premium for the previous year was unpaid.  On July 18, 2013, three members of the Epsilon Tau chapter; Brad Morris, Guston Robinson and Victor Scott visited Fraternity Headquarters and spent 3 ½ hours meeting with President and CEO Gordy Heminger, Vice President Matt Humberger and Director of Educational Programs Tabatha Sarco to discuss the chapter's current financial standing.  Despite the Fraternity Headquarters staff writing off more than half of the chapter debt while allowing the chapter to pay the remaining $3100 debt over a period of one year (without any late penalties or interest), the chapter elected to surrender the charter.

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