It’s an award that is to be presented each year to a brother who shows self-improvement through his association with Sigma Nu.
In addition to the brothers he gained through membership, the fraternity is a family thing for Gaston — his father, older brother and two nephews have all been members.
Founded right after the Civil War on the campus of Virginia Military Institute, Sigma Nu is known as the first “honor fraternity.” Its original purpose was to combat hazing of underclassmen, a practice that was getting out of hand. That’s still important to Sigma Nu, and the organization has been dedicated to building character and ethical behavior, eventually formalizing those goals through its Leadership, Ethics, Achievement and Development program. Gaston has been described as being the “gold standard” for personal and business ethics.
The president of his 1977 graduating class at Sylacauga High School, Gaston was also an Eagle Scout, and currently is the manager of marketing for Alabama Cast Iron Pipe, Inc.
He remains involved at Auburn, serving as the chairman of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council, is the director of the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame and is the division commander and grand chaplain of Sigma Nu. He is also a 16-year member of the fraternity’s corporation that owns the chapter’s house and leases land at Auburn, and he is conducting a capital campaign to make improvements and retire the organization’s debt.
Gaston’s accomplishments make his hometown proud of him, and he is to be congratulated on the recognition.