Why Your Chapter Needs an Alumni Advisory Board

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Advisory boards allow many young members the chance to interact with an older alumnus who can help them navigate the difficult waters of being a chapter leader.

By Ben Nye (Arkansas) and Todd Denson (Nicholls State)

If you’re chapter is like many across the country, it could stand to have more alumni advising. The problem is complicated: many chapters are advised by one or two overextended alumni while other alumni don’t know how to be involved or hesitate to commit to advising because of other activities. Fortunately, the alumni advisory board (AAB) model addresses these problems while providing an avenue for multiple alumni to be involved in the advisement of the chapter.

Spreading the Workload

According to The Atlantic, the average adult between 25 and 54 with children only has 2.6 hours per day for free time and leisure. That time has to be distributed among competing priorities such as family, work responsibilities, and community involvement.

Busyness undoubtedly prevents many alumni from committing to advising and overextends the ones who are involved. Fortunately, a well-constructed advisory board gives each board member smaller commitments and a focused area of advisement. As each member of the board picks a different officer to advise, the advising is spread across the entire board. Each advisor can then focus on their particular area and develop a more specific advising strategy.

The Theta Kappa AAB, at Georgia Southern University, has used this to their advantage. In an interview with Theta Kappa AAB Chairman Bill Geddy, he pointed to the work of John Austin in the area of risk reduction advising. John Austin, the risk reduction advisor on Theta Kappa’s AAB, has developed a unique curriculum that he is able to train the new Risk Reduction Chairman on each year. Brother Austin’s contributions have been the result of a focus on purely risk reduction related topics and would likely have not happened had Austin not been allowed to specialize in one area of advisement.

Opportunities for Mentorship

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Courtesy of Flickr use USFWSmidwest.

Writing about mentorship for The Art of Manliness, Bret McKay reflected that, “In addition to providing some guidance in navigating through life as a man, mentors can expand one’s view of what it means to be a man.” Mentorship is exactly what alumni advisory boards give to officers in Sigma Nu, and for many, this is a deep need. Many officers are getting their first taste of leadership and are at a particularly crucial point in their development.

Advisory boards allow many young members the chance to interact with an older alumnus who can help them navigate the difficult waters of being a chapter leader. This is the type of mentorship that can pay dividends years down the road.

Training Alumni Leaders

Another positive aspect of AABs is that they help in identifying new alumni leaders. Because advisory boards have a much greater number of advising positions available, it is possible to get younger or previously disengaged alumni involved.

It is also possible to groom younger members of the advisory board for more senior positions on the board. Theta Kappa’s advisory board members begin serving as members-at-large and then transition into specific advising positions. Having this transition period allows for the new members to determine a time to pick a role and then learn under the previous advisor.

Having a system like this in place allows the alumni advisor the chance to learn the ropes and many alumni advisory boards will transition leaders after a pre-determined period. This allows for other board members to get engaged in specific advising roles or in leadership of the board.

In addition to providing some guidance in navigating through life as a man, mentors can expand one’s view of what it means to be a man.

Improves Accountability

Lastly, alumni advisory boards can help hold chapter leaders accountable. As an example, the Georgia Tech alumni advisory board meets monthly with the officers of the chapter. During this monthly meeting, the alumni review the goals and progress of each chapter officer. The advisors also ask questions and provide suggestions to the officers.

This additional perspective ensures that each officer is focused on his duties and tasks that need to be completed. Whether it is monthly, quarterly, or semesterly, the advisory board reviews the progress of the chapter leadership and can help steer the chapter in the right direction.

Getting Started

Chapters benefit when they have AABs: collegians benefit from mentorship and accountability and alumni benefit from a decentralized workload and specialized advisement. What remains is building an alumni advisory board for your chapter. This will be the subject of our next post in the area of alumni development.

In the meantime, the Best Practices Library (BPL) is designed to give specific examples of how Sigma Nu chapters have achieved excellence in alumni relations and helps provide a road map for other chapters to do likewise. The BPL includes specific practices submitted by many of the most successful chapter advisors, alumni advisory board members, and housing corporation board members in Sigma Nu.

For more information about alumni programming and resources, contact Todd Denson, director of alumni and volunteer programs (todd.denson@sigmanu.org).

Keeping Homecoming and Tailgating Safe

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Tailgating at Epsilon Epsilon (Oklahoma State).

By Drew Logsdon (Western Kentucky)

It’s that amazing time of year again when college campuses across the nation are weekly engulfed with the excitement of their alma maters taking the field for one of America’s greatest past-times: college football.

For Sigma Nu chapters across the nation, this time of year also means a flurry of tailgating and homecoming festivities. While this season is important to chapters and counts as a time-honored tradition, it’s equally important for every chapter to understand the risks involved with hosting or participating in this unique type of social function.  As legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once said, “It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

So let’s look at tailgating and homecoming to fully understand the risks and how to avoid them altogether.

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The Grove at the University of Mississippi. Courtesy of Flickr user Ken Lund.

Tailgates

Tailgating for football games can be one of the greatest examples of fellowship that college provides. Seas of grass become blanketed in an explosion of school colors, tents, grills, and fans.

However, the most obvious risk associated with these activities is alcohol. And alcohol can sour the good nature and fun of sportsmanship faster than Auburn can return a missed field goal for a touchdown. The fact that games tend be played at odd times doesn’t help either. Many Saturday games kickoff at noon or earlier which means most of those who have been consuming alcohol at a tailgate haven’t had much to eat.

Another big risk with tailgating comes after the game. Members and guests may return to the chapter house intoxicated which means some could have been on-again-off-again drinking alcohol for a 12+ hour period of time.

One of the best things your chapter can do is simply provide food. Have each member sign up for a food item to bring or have food catered. Be sure to consult your school’s policies on food to ensure that your chapter doesn’t conflict with your university’s food contract or grilling policies.

For more ideas on how to manage the risk of tailgating check out the resource We Have a Situation.

Penn State Homecoming Float

The Delta Delta (Penn State) Chapter home during the school’s homecoming last fall.

Homecoming

Homecoming is my favorite time of football season, as it is for many alumni. It’s a great time to see chapter brothers I haven’t seen regularly since graduation. I doubt I’m the only alumnus with these feelings and so it’s not surprising that this is an event I mark on the calendar well in advance.

But for your chapter, homecoming can present its own unique set of challenges. Not all alumni return to campus with the best of intentions and some may return with different ideas of what homecoming is all about.

It’s always best to ensure that your chapter communicates their homecoming plans with alumni well in advance. If the chapter isn’t doing anything at the house then take steps to make sure it is properly secured with help from the house corporation.

Here’s an article from a past Risk Reduction Newsletter about the importance of putting your best foot forward at homecoming and how the chapter’s behavior could negatively affect alumni relations in a single event: http://www.sigmanu.org/documents/risk_reduction_newsletter_2012_10.pdf

 

Becoming A Consultant

I Never Thought…

By Scott Smith (Central Arkansas)

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I never thought I would work for the Fraternity. Sure, I served in multiple officer positions, was involved in other organizations on campus, and even attended Grand Chapter and College of Chapters, but I didn’t initially consider employment with Sigma Nu as a viable option post-graduation.

You might not be surprised to hear that this is a common sentiment among our collegiate members. But why? The vast majority of Sigma Nus would agree that they owe the Fraternity for helping to make them the man they are today and that they have a desire to give back to the organization.

There are many ways to support Sigma Nu that don’t require becoming a full-time paid employee of the organization (volunteering with a collegiate chapter, giving to the Educational Foundation, joining your alumni chapter or local alumni club, to name a few). But those that advance the Fraternity from its Lexington offices will tell you that their lives were changed, even while they were giving back to Sigma Nu. In their own words, they would tell you things like this – I never thought…

  • I would have the opportunity to make an impact on someone else’s fraternity experience and even change their life.
  • I could have a job that I didn’t see as a “job.”
  • My coworkers would become as close as many of my chapter brothers.
  • That working for the Fraternity would prepare me as much for the future as it has.
  • That such an awesome work environment existed.

Start Thinking

Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. is hiring enthusiastic leaders to serve as members of our team at the Headquarters Office in Lexington, Va. October 15, 2014 is the priority application deadline for January positions and for early-decision June positions. The Fraternity is now using an “early-decision” model for spring graduates where applications are submitted, interviews conducted, and offers made prior to the start of the spring semester. Additional interviews will only be conducted in the spring if positions remain available following the priority hiring period in the fall. Early decision applicants will have an opportunity to secure employment well in advance of graduation.

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Positions Available – Learn More

Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. is excited to announce openings for entry level staff positions for 2015. Both leadership and expansion and recruitment consultant positions are available. Interested applicants should visit the employment page of the Fraternity’s website, www.sigmanu.org/employment, for more information about openings, the work and life of a General Fraternity consultant, and next steps for applying and interviewing.

Recent and soon-to-be graduates are encouraged to consider employment with the General Fraternity. Consultant positions offer a competitive salary and benefits package as well as opportunities for travel, networking, advancement within the Fraternity, and preparation for jobs in higher education and related fields (e.g. business, law, non-profit work, and graduate school).

Interested applicants graduating after May 2015 are also encouraged to notify the General Fraternity to learn more about potential employment in the 2015-2017 academic years.

Consultant Trunks

Still have questions?

Contact Director of Leadership Development Scott Smith at scott.smith@sigmanu.org or at 540.463.1869 extension 350. For testimonials about working for staff, check out previous interviews with past staff members Bill Morosco and Justin Wenger and current Associate Director of Communications Chris Brenton.

 

The Delta of Sigma Nu – Fall 2014

Table of Contents

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Features

The 66th Grand Chapter
A photo essay captures the biennial meeting of Sigma Nu’s supreme governing body.

“It’s all about honor.”
Curt Menefee’s (Coe) voice fills our living rooms every Sunday in the fall as we sit down to watch our favorite NFL teams. As he begins his ninth year as host of the most-watched NFL pregame show, Brother Menefee shares with us the practical path that has guided his broadcasting career.

Covering the Next Dynasty
ESPN columnist Mark Schlabach (Georgia) talks about landing the biggest scoop of the 2010 college football season and the sequence of events that led him to a career in journalism.

Practice What You Preach
He’s played for legendary coaches and blocked for Hall of Fame running backs. Now, in his role as managing director of a Bay Area investment firm, Tommy Vardell (Stanford) offers up the keys to leadership and building successful teams.

The Future of Food
Georgia Tech Sigma Nus Rob Rhinehart and Matt Cauble could be on the cusp of revolutionizing how the world gets its nutrition.

Departments

From the Editor
Introducing the latest issue.

More at SigmaNu.org
The latest resources and information available at the fraternity’s website.

Conversation
A look back in history.

Updates From Lexington
News from the General Fraternity office in Lexington.

Chapter News
Dispatches from around the country.

Alumni News
News and notes from alumni around the country.

Award Winners
Full list of brothers, chapters and Greek movement leaders who exemplified excellence this biennium.

Bookshelf
What a new book by Simon Sinek can teach us about leadership and creating positive group chemistry. Plus the latest titles by Sigma Nu authors.

Higher Education
Updates on trends in higher education.

Perspectives on Our Past
Grand Historian Bob McCully offers a look at the effort to restore some of Sigma Nu’s most cherished historical artifacts.

Interview
2013 Chapter Advisor of the Year Dr. Mark Himmelein (Mount Union) talks advising, leadership, and the importance of listening to students.

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From the Editor

Honor is Everything

It was a year ago this month when we sat down with Curt Menefee at the brand new Fox Sports 1 studios in Los Angeles. Only a few weeks before our meeting, Curt was tapped to offer the opening remarks that would form the identity for Fox’s new 24-hour sports network.

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Fox NFL Sunday host Curt Menefee (Coe).

Gracious and welcoming, Curt talked with us about how Love, Honor and Truth have provided the underpinnings to his broadcasting career and how a focus on Honor has elevated his career at every stage.

Honor – i.e. reputation – is everything for a journalist.

Our second feature profile is another testament to this idea. As you’ll read, ESPN columnist Mark Schlabach’s reputation for integrity would yield a scoop that turned out to be the biggest story of the 2010 college football season. His previous investigative work exposed misconduct that would later lead to needed reforms in prep school academies.

We’re pleased to present a follow up story on a brother who was featured in The Delta 20 years ago. The last time we checked in with Tommy Vardell, he was scoring touchdowns for the Stanford Cardinal and on his way to the NFL. Fast forward 20 years and Tommy is a managing partner with Bay Area investment firm Northgate Capital. It’s clear from talking to Tommy that the leadership skills he developed playing football have served him well in his post-gridiron career. Tommy’s approach to leadership and operational excellence provide useful examples for brothers at all career stages – whether a collegiate officer or a rising executive.

Rounding out our feature stories is the tale of two Georgia Tech brothers who may be on the verge of a new revolution in food and nutrition. They’ve been profiled in such publications as The New Yorker, Vice, The Atlantic, and now, The Delta of Sigma Nu. In our interview with Rob and Matt, the brothers from Gamma Alpha Chapter were eager to tell us how Sigma Nu helped them learn the business skills to found their company.

Inside you’ll also find a recap of the 66th Grand Chapter in Nashville complete with award winners and a series of photos capturing the full experience from start to finish.

We hope you enjoy the stories in our latest issue and we invite you to share feedback and ideas for future stories by emailing news@sigmanu.org.

Yours in Sigma Nu,

Nathaniel Clarkson

Sigma Nu Authors

Title: Two Lives One Life
Author: Charles Pitcher (Mississippi)
ASIN: B008OYF4NW
Publisher: Charles Pitcher 

The storyline begins in Mark Hill, Georgia, near the end of the Great Depression and follows Henry Jimson’s life to the end of World War II. The plot develops an unlikely bonding between an old man and a boy. Old Man, the name he prefers, is a permanent resident of the county home at Mark Hill. Henry, a seventh grader, first encounters him on a class field trip to the home. Old Man intentionally reveals nothing of his past and his true identity remains a mystery until the very end of the book. He is a constant source of wisdom, knowledge and guidance for the boy. Henry becomes the old man’s closest friend and companion.

Charles Pitcher_Two Lives One Life_600 dpi_low resMother, Father and Henry are a close knit and loving Christian family. We follow this intelligent and gifted boy from seventh grade until his graduation from high school, and then to a university with a full scholarship. Henry meets Mary there and his life is changed. World War II interrupts Henry’s education and time with Mary. He makes the decision to join the Army and is assigned to the Medical Corps.

Henry and his new friend, Fred Guenther are sent to Africa, to serve in a combat field evacuation hospital. Later they take part in the invasion of Sicily, where they encounter German and Italian troops in close combat. While advancing toward the town of Messina, his platoon is pinned down by enemy fire. He becomes separated from his unit and then gravely wounded by friendly fire. He is comatose and cared for in a British hospital for weeks. He miraculously awakens, begins his recovery and is sent home, honorably discharged. Henry is unprepared for the death of Old Man. In the end the reader learns of Old Man’s surprising identity and past.

Reprinted from Amazon.com

Title: Legacy of the Gray Ghost
Author: Gerry A. Zimmerman (Virginia)
ISBN: 978-0-6154212-5-4
Publisher: Road Scholar Publishing Group 

The legendary John Mosby led his band of marauding Confederate raiders through northern Virginia on daring raids deep behind Union lines and, his ability to seemingly disappear, earned him the name of Gray Ghost.

Gray Ghost_crop_low resLegacy of the Gray Ghost” morphs into a tale of how one of his young raiders founded a family that becomes very successful and in honor of Col Mosby, establishes Mosby University.

The antics that follow the various groups of students and their many adventures will offer up lots of laughter and cheers.

Any reader who enjoys football will be rooting for the out manned and underdog Mosby Raider team and the heroics of Coach Willie Hairston, who subscribes to the belief, that emulating Mosby’s techniques of surprise and intelligence, and having a positive attitude, can be the key to a person’s or a team’s success.

Reprinted from cover.

Title: Against The Grain
Author: Bill Courtney (Mississippi)
ISBN: 978-1-60286-224-1
Publisher: Weinstein Books

Bill Courtney is a familiar name to those who saw him in Undefeated, the Oscar-winning movie about the high school football team he coached in a downtrodden section of North Memphis. Now, in his first  book, Courtney describes the key principles – including service, civility, leadership, character, commitment, and forgiveness – that have helped young people and adults to live better and more fulfilled lives.

B Courntey_crop_low resCourtney has also passed along these values to his 120 employees at the lumber company he built from scratch. A former drug addict became a line manager and loving family man; an out-of-control cornerback is now a cadet at West Point; a star running back has discovered he can show his emotions and still be strong. Courtney, Esquire magazine’s Coach of the Year in 2012, shares these and other compelling stories to illustrate how readers can enrich themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities.

Courtney goes against the grain of today’s me-first culture, while explaining why these time-tested principles are needed now more than ever. He shows that winning isn’t just about the score at the end of the game, or the profit margin. Ultimately, it’s about the impact you make on your fellow human beings and the legacy you leave behind.

Reprinted from cover.

Chapter News

Alabama

The Theta Chapter is proud to announce that it raised $21,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Throughout the semester, Theta Chapter held events such as, Jam for St. Jude on February 7th, which raised $12,000, and Crawfish for a Cure on April 10th, which raised $9,000 plus 2,500 cans to donate to the Tusca­loosa community soup kitchen. Theta Chapter is also proud to announce the success of its first parent’s weekend, an event that will grow and gain the continued support of the chapter.

Alabama in Huntsville   

UAH Student Government

Pictured are the six brothers from the Mu Beta Chapter that were sworn into the student government association at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Arkansas at Fort Smith

The participants of Nu Alpha’s St. Jude Breakaway 5k pictured on the campus at Arkansas Ft. Smith.

The participants of Nu Alpha’s St. Jude Breakaway 5k pictured on the campus at Arkansas Ft. Smith.

This year was the Nu Alpha Chapter’s 7th annual St. Jude Break­away 5k. This year’s event saw more than 160 runners and walk­ers, which resulted in donations totaling more than $3,500 for St. Jude Children’s Re­search Hospital. Both of these numbers were records for the event.

The St. Jude 5k has been Nu Alpha’s premier philanthropy event since coming to the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS) in spring 2007.

The participants of Nu Alpha’s St. Jude Breakaway 5k pictured on the campus at Arkansas Ft. Smith.

 

Ball State

Alex Sventeckis and Max Wurster of the Theta Nu Chapter took home Greek Man of the Year and Out­standing Interfrater­nity Council Chapter President of the Year, respectively, at this year’s Ball State University Grand Chapter. The Theta Nu Chapter also became fully accredited and recognized as “meets expectations” in six of the eight categories in Ball State’s Greek standards program. The Theta Nu Chapter received recognition for their membership development as “ex­ceeds expectations.” This is a dramatic step forward from last year’s review of “needs improvement” in all eight areas of operation.

The chapter intends to build on this suc­cess and continue to grow as a leader within the Greek community at Ball State University.

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Alex Sventeckis (Man of the Year), Phil Iwinski (current chapter Commander), and Max Wurster (IFC Chapter President of the Year) at the Ball State awards ceremony.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo   

Brother Cameron Schwartz was part of the winning team from Cal Poly that won the Ernst and Young Beam Abroad Information Systems Case Study Competi­tion. The team gave its final presentation to a group of judges from Ernst and Young in Los Angeles. The team from Cal Poly competed against eight other colleges from around the country, including UC Berkley and Univer­sity of Washington.

As part of its win­nings, the team will receive a full vacation anywhere around the world and $6,000. The team worked relentlessly for over a month, occasionally putting in 21-22 hour days. After winning, Brother Schwartz commented, “I couldn’t have done it without the lessons of hard work and drive instilled in me from Sigma Nu. The support and encour­agement from my brothers of the Kappa Pi Chapter was the greatest strength I had.”

Cal State Chico   

In November, broth­ers of the Iota Kappa Chapter won the intramural volleyball championship. The chapter also won Gamma Phi Beta’s Crescent Classic Philanthropy Week Competition (Novem­ber 17th-19th) raising money for Girls on the Run and Camp Fire.

California State Northridge   

Brother David Perry was recognized as the 2014 Fraternity Chapter Advisor of the Year by Cal State Northridge on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Under his advisement, the Iota Upsilon Chapter has improved in academic standing, increased recruitment, expand­ed the LEAD Program, and increased alumni support.

Case Western Reserve   

Brother Anton Spencer recently addressed leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus on the partnership between the organization and his university at a luncheon in Washing­ton, D.C. Spencer is a recipient of the Louis Stokes Congressional Black Caucus Foun­dation Scholarship and is majoring in biomedical engineer­ing and music.

Speaking about his experience, Brother Spencer noted, “I was really excited to showcase CWRU and tell people how I plan on making a differ­ence and improving the campus even more.” Continuing his remarks he added, “Case Western Reserve allowed me to pursue both of my passions: music and engineering,” Spencer said. “I have access to a world-renowned conservatory and the engineering program is excellent.”

At this spring’s Greek awards cer­emony, the Delta Alpha Chapter won six awards and one scholarship. Among the individual awards won were Outstanding New Fraternity Mem­ber (William Oldham), Christina Camardo Award for Outstand­ing Service to their Chapter (Anton Spen­cer), and Greek Man of the Year (Brian Hayt).

The chapter was also recognized for its leadership, citizen­ship, ritual use, and scholarship.

Despite its strong showing at the awards ceremony, the chapter is committed to con­tinued growth. Delta Alpha will continue to strive for excellence in all areas. With planning and perse­verance, the chapter will attain heights that were never thought possible.

Columbia   

Delta Gamma candidate class

The spring 2014 candidate class of the Delta Gamma Chapter.

Cornell

Brother Alex Krakoski was recently profiled on Cornell Univer­sity’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management blog about his new com­pany Trail-Worthy Beef Jerky. Krakoski, a sophomore brother, developed the idea for his company while studying abroad in Switzerland. Many of Krakoski’s classmates were seeking a better snack option for their daily skiing routines and he decided to use the recipe for beef jerky that his mother had used to create some snacks.

Krakoski’s team, now composed of nine other Cornell students, has won a $5,000 scholarship from the Cornell John­son Graduate School of Management for their start-up. Speaking about his new start-up, Brother Krakoski said, “I donate a large percentage of my sales revenue to a scholarship student fund at my school.”

Also, at this spring’s Greek life awards presentations, Brother Julian Gallo (Cornell) was named Outstand­ing Officer of the Year by the Cornell Univer­sity IFC. Brother Gallo created a new member education program that placed particular emphasis on non-hazing practices.

Delaware

On Sunday April 13th, the Delta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Nu held their 2nd annual Alumni Golf Classic, Auction & Dinner at the Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club in Newark, Del. The time and effort put in by the brothers to build on last year’s success was notice­able. Compared to last year’s event the chapter doubled the total attendance at the event while also tripling profits. This year the event was also a philanthropy event, benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. There were 18 foursomes of golfers, with 72 golfers par­ticipating. There were more than 20 Delta Kappa alumni in attendance, as well as many colle­giate brother’s fathers and uncles.

Immediately fol­lowing last year’s golf outing the chapter outlined key areas that could be im­proved upon. The chapter recognized that to hit a higher fundraising target it needed outside help. The chapter got in contact with Delta Kappa Alumnus Kevin Scanlon who special­izes in fundraising for events similar to the chapter’s event. The chapter’s Fundraising and Alumni Relations Chairman worked closely with Brother Scanlon to make the event the success that it was.

The chapter made about $13,000 in revenue and $7,500 in profit. This is more than triple the numbers from last year. The chapter is excited to build off this success next year. In planning for next year, the chapter has set a goal of $12,000 net profit. More im­portantly, the goal is to raise the participa­tion of the chapter’s alumni in the event.

Drury

On Saturday, May 3, the Epsilon Beta Chapter worked from 6 a.m. to noon with JDRF of the Ozarks for their annual fund­raiser walk. The walk was held at Drury Uni­versity. In total, over $100,000 was raised at this event to go to research for a cure to Type 1 diabetes.

The chapter cre­ated its own team to participate in the walk and also raised money. Before the event, brothers trained and prepared. On the day of the walk, brothers worked from 6 a.m.-noon setting up, supervising, and cleaning up.

The chapter has always participated in this event, but has even more moti­vation to be involved because one of the chapter brothers has Type 1 diabetes.

Auburn   

Nacho Average Tailgate

Pictured is Sigma Nu & Phi Mu’s Nacho Average Tailgate benefiting The American Heart Association and Children’s Miracle Network. Over $12,000 was raised for the organizations.

Eastern Kentucky

Theta Theta Chapter participated in and helped set up the Relay for Life in Richmond, Ky. This is the second year the chapter has par­ticipated in the Relay for Life. Theta Theta saw much improve­ment in members becoming leaders of this event, having six committee members.

Theta Theta Chap­ter saw this event as a great opportunity to step up as leaders and benefit an outstand­ing cause. Theta Theta Chapter helped raise money through per­sonal fundraising and by having an on-site fundraiser. The chap­ter looks forward to being student leaders of this event for many years to come.

George Washington   

George Washington Initiation

The newest initiated brothers of the Delta Pi Chapter pictured at the Headquarters Shrine.

 

The Delta Pi Chapter of George Washington University initiated five new knights into the Legion of Honor on April 26, 2014, at the Headquarters Shrine in Lexington, Va.

It is the Delta Pi Chapter’s tradition to travel to the Head­quarters Shrine to hold its initiations. The spring 2014 candidate class has proven itself deserv­ing of Love, Truth, and Honor through arduous learning of the traditions and values of fraternity, as well as active participation in the chapter’s social, phi­lanthropy, and service events. Their initia­tion has brought new blood into the chapter, and the new mem­bers are all excited to further contribute to the chapter’s improve­ment and prosperity with their talents and efforts.

Georgia

On April 6, 2014, Mu Chapter hosted its first annual Sorority Soccer Showdown – a 3 on 3 tournament organized to benefit the National MS Soci­ety. In total, 11 sorori­ties participated with over 150 spectators in attendance. The Showdown was won by Kappa Alpha Theta, with Pi Phi coming in second.

MS touches the lives of many, but Mu Chapter chose to raise money for the MS Society in particular due to many brothers having family and friends who have been diagnosed with MS, in particular, Freshman Chase Griffin’s (M 2568) father, Charles Griffin (M 1889). The chapter wanted to show its support to the Griffin family.

“We chose to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society be­cause many brothers have family affected, so it is a cause close to home which is helping get everyone excited,” said Community Ser­vice and Philanthropy Chairman Alex Croy.

The chapter publicized the event through social media and flyers all over campus and down­town Athens busi­nesses. Brothers of the chapter even walked down Milledge Avenue one afternoon and spread the word to all 17 sororities on campus.

The chapter raised over $8,000 from this event and its related silent auction – held on April 12 at the annual parent’s weekend. This was the first time the chapter hosted the event, but the broth­ers look forward to it becoming an annual occurrence. With the success experienced this year, it should be easy to make next year’s event bigger and better.

SN Smokeout

Brothers and friends of the Eta Gamma Chapter gathered for the annual Sigma Nu Smoke Out benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Georgia State

On April 5th, 2014, the Eta Gamma Chapter held its annual Sigma Nu Smoke Out benefit­ing St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The chapter raised over $9,000 with the help of Eta Gamma alumni, brothers, fel­low Greeks, and nearly 60 sponsoring businesses from metro-Atlanta. This has put the total amount raised from the Smoke Out to ap­proximately $25,000 since it was started by Chris Pena in 2010.

With the year now completed, the chapter collectively accumulated approxi­mately 700 hours of community service towards organizations such as Trees Atlanta, Mad Housers, The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Along with this, the Eta Gamma Chapter surpassed expecta­tions for recruitment by increasing its chapter size by nearly 60%, initiating 23 members bringing the active chapter to a total size of 62 mem­bers. This recovery in chapter size gives the chapter the manpower it needs to prepare for the 55th anniversary of the Eta Gamma chartering, which will be a luau thrown collaboratively between the active and alumni chapter as a fundraiser for on-campus housing.

Eta Gamma is the only IFC chapter to be recognized three years in a row by the university. The chapter won the Greek Collaboration Award for its recent Golden Reign Week, hosted alongside the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha and Lambda Upsilon Lambda. The week focused on promoting Greek unity throughout the GSU community and consisted of multiple events including a clothing drive, a dodgeball tourna­ment, a Greek block party, and a blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross. Along with this great accomplish­ment, the brothers of Eta Gamma brought home the Jernigan’s Cup for the best over­all intramural team at Georgia State for the second year in a row!

The chapter won several social awards, as well, over the past year. Brother Andrew Hoffritz won Alpha Xi Delta’s man of the year for a second year in a row! The brothers also won Phi Mu’s Spring Fling Week for the fourth time in the past five years, and Brother Ryan Monroe was named Spring Fling King. The chapter also won the Alpha Xi Delta Xi Marks the Spot and Football FrenXi championships in the spring and the Alpha Omicron Pi All in for Arthritis Week.

Houston

The brothers of Zeta Chi Chapter spent their monthly com­munity service event with Eagle’s Lift Min­istries, a non-profit organization that focuses on sheltering young homeless wom­en and their children. The brothers spent time doing yard work, gardening, and some construction. At the end of the service day, the chapter presented Eagle’s Lift with a check for $1,000 to help continue their efforts to aid young homeless women and children.

Huntingdon College

Jeremiah Stone

Jeremiah Stone being named Greek Man of the Year at Huntingdon College.

The Nu Beta Chapter is pleased to announce two individual awards that were won by chapter brothers. Nu Beta Marshal, Jeremi­ah Stone was named the Huntingdon Col­lege Greek Man of the Year and Social Chair­man Malone Kaak was named Future Fra­ternity Leader of the Year. Both individuals were nominated by multiple Greek chap­ters on campus.

Jeremiah is serving in his second term as Marshal, and is also IFC vice president of community service. Jeremiah is also involved in various organizations at Huntingdon College such as Ambassador, Student Alumni Asso­ciation, Host, Voice of Justice, and 4Life.

Malone is serving as Social Chairman and served as his can­didate class president last semester. Malone is also involved at Huntingdon as IFC vice president of recruitment and as an orientation leader.

Jeremiah, uniquely, is the first person to win Future Frater­nity Leader of the Year (2013) and follow that with Greek Man of the Year. A Sigma Nu has been named Greek Man of the Year two out of the last three years with Jake Bechert (NB 23) winning in 2011 and Jeremiah Stone (NB 56) in 2013.

Malone is the third consecutive Sigma Nu to win Future Frater­nity Leader of the Year with Jagger Eastman winning in 2012 and Brother Stone in 2013.

Greek oscars

Pictured at the University of Illinois’ Greek Oscars are (from left to right): past Commander Chris Marr, Commander Tyler Crusey, LEAD Chairman Nick Allen, Scholarship Chairman Matt Grapsas, and Marshal Danny Kuzlik.

Illinois

Gamma Mu Chapter was honored at the University of Illinois Greek Oscars annual awards presentation for being one of five exceptional chapters in the IFC during the 2013 calendar year. The University of Illinois IFC has the largest number of chapters in the country with 51 active chapters and close to 3,000 men.

The chapter is also proud to announce that their former Com­mander, Chris Marr, won the Greek Man of the Year Award for the IFC. This award is selected by a vote from delegates of each chapter. The Greek Man of the Year is a man who embodies the best of the Greek community and has made a substantial impact to improve his chapter and com­munity while leading others to do the same.

Iowa

In the fall, the Beta Mu Chapter success­fully recruited 32 new candidates with 20 additional candidates joining in the spring. The chapter looks forward to continu­ing its recruitment success through use of the Virgil M. Hancher Scholarship that is awarded to five incoming freshmen.

Beta Mu initiated 30 of its fall candi­dates – its second largest initiation class in chapter history. The fall semester also saw the chapter have 22 members make the Dean’s List, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Led by the efforts of Brother Ricky Stochl the chapter raised a total of $12,611.41 for the University of Iowa’s Big Event. Speaking about his involvement with the Big Event, Brother Stochl said, “I feel ex­tremely proud and feel very hopeful for our future involvement.”

James Madison

On Sunday, February 9, 2014, the Iota Delta Chapter at James Madison University traveled to Headquar­ters in Lexington, Va. At HQ, Iota Delta held its initiation ceremo­ny for 18 brothers, as well as the induc­tion ceremony for 14 new candidates.

In January, Iota Delta won the Out­standing Alumni Program, Outstanding Alumni, and Chapter Scholarship Award at the James Madison University Frater­nity and Sorority Life Excellence Awards Banquet. Also, Alum­nus Matthew Alcide won JMU Fraternity Alumnus of the Year.

The chapter focused on alumni relations these past couple of years, and the results speak for themselves. These awards prove how much the chapter has improved in alum­ni relations. Moving forward, the chapter’s goal is to win JMU Fraternity of the Year.

UGA Soccer Showdown

Brothers of the Mu Chapter work the registration table at the Sorority Soccer Showdown.

Kent State

The fans of the Cleve­land Indians – and Nick Swisher – have spoken, and have elected Brother Adam Gockowski as the first full-time Governor of Brohio, the group of fans that make up sec­tion 117 at Progressive Field. Gockowski, a Twinsburg, Ohio, na­tive will now preside over the excitable section 117 (“Brohio”) that cheers on Nick Swisher with particu­lar enthusiasm. Brohio went viral on social media throughout the summer of 2013 and is now a recurrent theme for all Friday and Sat­urday games during the 2014 season.

Fans originally submitted videos to be considered for one of four finalist spots, and those finalists then campaigned in front of Swisher him­self on the KeyBank main stage in January at Tribe Fest, held at the ballpark.

For more informa­tion on Gockowski, Brohio and to see a video of Swisher congratulating the winner, visit Indians.com/Brohio.

On April 5, 2014, the Zeta Gamma Chapter volunteered at The Up Side of Downs Dinner, Dance, and Raffle at Lamalfa Hotel in Mentor, Ohio. The Up Side of Downs is a Cleveland based charity that has the mission to provide support, education, and advocacy for people with Down syndrome, their fami­lies and communities.

Zeta Gamma Chap­ter has volunteered at The Up Side of Downs Dinner, Dance, and Raffle every year for the past three years. More than 600 people from the greater Cleveland area attended The Up Side of Downs Dinner, Dance, and Raffle this year with 18 brothers from the Zeta Gamma Chapter in attendance to vol­unteer at the event.

The Zeta Gamma Chapter has been par­ticipating in numer­ous events with The Up Side of Downs over the previous three years and the gener­osity from the orga­nization to help the chapter participate in these great events motivates the broth­ers to be more active in the community.

Four months prior to the event, the chapter planned the 2014 calendar around this event, so brothers were able to be in at­tendance. The chapter teamed up with mem­bers of The Up Side of Downs to raise more money at the raffle this year.

On April 13, the Zeta Gamma Chapter hosted its 2nd annual Sigma Nu: Golf Your Heart Out at the Fair­ways of Twin Lakes in Kent, Ohio, with proceeds being do­nated to the American Heart Association.

The Zeta Gamma Chapter has been hosting Sigma Nu: Golf Your Heart Out for two years with an increased at­tendance this year. Around 100 indi­viduals came out to support, with 11 teams participating in the scramble and many parents coming out to the dinner afterwards.

The chapter for many years did not have a successful philanthropy that would occur yearly, so several brothers developed this idea in November 2012 and it has been successful for the first two years.

Four months prior to the event, the Zeta Gamma Chapter reached out to local businesses to donate to the raffle and also reached out to family, friends, and chapter alumni to participate in the golf outing for a great cause.

The chapter reached its fundrais­ing goal of above $3,800 this year and plans to reach about $4,000 for next year and increase the total number of teams play­ing in the event.

Longwood   

Longwood IFC

Brother Montu Jani (right) and Brother Murat Tosunoglu (left) of Mu Phi Chapter were elected onto Longwood University’s IFC board as president and vice president of scholarship.

Louisiana State

In spring 2014, Phi Chapter initiated 10 new knights as they successfully complet­ed the candidate pro­gram over the course of the semester. In addition, the chapter had great success with its philanthropy Sigma CaNu. The ca­noe regatta put on by Phi on the LSU lakes raised nearly $8,500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Louisiana Tech

The Eta Zeta Chapter at Louisiana Tech University is proud to announce that it won the annual Greek week trophy for the third consecutive year. Greek week at Louisiana Tech consists of philan­thropic, athletic, and culinary events.

The Eta Zeta Chap­ter also hosted its annual crawfish boil fundraiser this spring where over $7,500 was raised to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Hundreds of active members, alumni, and community members attended the event.

HZ

Eta Zeta Chapter, Louisiana Tech Greek Week champions.

Middle Tennessee State

Brother Tyler Muller was recently elected as the new IFC president for 2014 at Middle Tennessee State University. Brother Muller had previously served as IFC vice president of recruitment during 2013. Muller is the second consecutive Sigma Nu to be elected IFC president as he takes over the reins from Brother Jared Adams.

Muller pursued the position of president due to his passion for IFC and the progress it has made. “Jared, myself, and the rest of the council have invested a lot of time into the steps taken this year and I believe I am capable to lead these men as we strive for even greater progress,” he stated.

Over the next year Muller hopes for the IFC to continue its significant improve­ments in recruitment as well as continuing to establish a posi-tive image among the MTSU campus and surrounding community.

Midwestern State   

The story of Eta Upsilon’s descent from a powerhouse at Midwestern State to near extinction will not be repeated here except to say the decline serves as an example to current and future members of what happens when the Fraternity’s values no longer govern a chapter. This is a story of recovery based on dedication to those values.

Almost five years ago the five remaining collegiate brothers of Eta Upsilon Chapter saw themselves as the foundation of a concerted effort to rebuild their chapter. Many considered this a pipe dream while others set about help­ing rebuild what had been the powerhouse fraternity on campus. Recovery, however, was not going to be a simple matter. Some alumni had left the five remaining colle­giate initiates with a distrust of almost all alumni, yet those five recognized the need for alumni par­ticipation in the recov­ery effort. One of the first steps taken was to find an alumnus to become chapter advi­sor. With that done, the search began for dedicated alumni to create and serve on an advisory board. Ten alumni scattered from Connecticut to New Mexico answered the call and began to meet monthly by conference call to help their chapter recover. Those ten alumni provided the necessary example that Sigma Nu is for life, that love of the brotherhood and a deep sense of personal honor are not simply abstract concepts learned as candidates.

Chapter recovery was further compli­cated by a sizable debt owed to the General Fraternity; a debt created through neg­ligence of previous brothers. Alumni re­sponded by donating the entire needed sum of $6,000. Alumni continued to support the chapter the follow­ing year and paid for its annual White Star Formal.

As Eta Upsilon became more stable, alumni support gradually increased and the chapter began to receive more suggestions for recovery, more help with recruitment, and more financial donations. Two events in the spring semester of 2013 finally showed the en­tire chapter the depth of restored alumni pride in the chapter.

New Robes

Brothers of the Eta Upsilon Chapter pictured with new robes that the chapter’s alumni helped them purchase.

In the fall, several alumni contacted the Commander to orga­nize a tailgate in time for the homecoming game. At the tailgate, the brothers met a group of men who live their lives – personal and professional – by the Fraternity’s values. Moreover, the alumni left the tail­gate with no doubt the chapter was restored and deserved their respect and contin­ued support. Several weeks later alumni presented the chapter with a set of ritual robes immediately before an initiation ceremony as a vote of confidence in the chapter’s recovery.

During the course of Eta Upsilon’s recov­ery, alumni taught the chapter some tech­niques of successful one-on-one recruit­ment. Other alumni also offered occasion­al ideas for recruit­ment but one idea was never considered: the chapter unanimously rejected all sugges­tions to lower recruit­ment standards for one semester and go for quantity over qual­ity. As a result, the chapter had five mem­bers for one semester, four members for two years, then five for a year, and finally seven members. The number of graduating seniors and the refusal to lower standards kept the chapter as the smallest fraternity on campus. That commit­ment to quality still holds and will con­tinue to do so. During the last six years, Eta Upsilon has gained the reputation of tak­ing only the best of the best as candidates. Mediocrity in any form is not acceptable.

The chapter began 2013 with seven members. Brothers Zane Pollock (HY 539), Bryan Kisinger (HY 542), Storm Cantu (HY 541), Trey Twil­ligear, (HY 545), Luis Lopez (HY 534), Dillon Irwin (HY 544), and Ryan Booker (HY 543) conducted the most successful recruit­ment campaign the chapter had seen in a number of years. The Commander promised alumni the chapter would at least double in size at the end of IFC’s formal rush week in September but even the chapter members, includ­ing advisors Joshua Kattner (HY 533) and Tom Carver (HY 42), considered that unlikely and expected six candidates at the most. Much to everyone’s surprise — except for the Com­mander — the chapter gained seventeen candidates for a total of 24 members. The seven knew the value of year-round recruit­ment and taught the techniques to the seventeen candidates. They learned quickly. Part of next semes­ter’s candidate class is in the wings with possibly more to come after formal rush in February 2014. The chapter considered the IFC decision not to have formal rush in the spring semes­ter unacceptable; so, Sigma Nu is the only fraternity on campus to have planned its own formal rush pro­gram for spring 2014.

Hard work, dedica­tion to principles, and living the Creed of Sigma Nu has taken Eta Upsilon from being a joke on campus to being the leading IFC frater-nity. The gentlemen of Sigma Nu, as known at Midwestern State University, once again have men asking about the Fraternity and enjoy a level of alumni support not seen before. The chapter is doing some­thing many doubted it would survive to do — planning the 50th anniversary celebra­tion for 2016. And all because of those three words: Love, Honor, and Truth.

Minnesota

It has been a great spring for the gentle­man of Gamma Tau Chapter. Relay for Life was a huge success as the chapter raised the fifth highest total of any student group at the University of Min­nesota. Brother Kevin Szeluga and Brother Jacob Iveland were re­cently elected to sit on the IFC and the chap­ter was honored to receive Greek awards for both Outstanding Recruitment and Chapter of Excellence. Gamma Tau Chapter is now looking to the fall in preparation for the annual Border Battle, a philanthropy flag football tournament that invites other chapters of Sigma Nu in the region to visit and help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Mississippi   

Charity Bowl

Brothers of the Epsilon Xi Chapter pictured with Stevelyn Robinson, the recipient of the proceeds from the Charity Bowl.

The Epsilon Xi Chap­ter at the University of Mississippi hosted a 5K charity run on February 26th. The 5k was held to benefit senior Brother Carson Otter. Brother Otter was attacked in Texas in September 2013 while attending the University of Texas and Ole Miss Football game. He underwent brain surgery shortly after the attack, and spent several weeks in the hospital. The charity run went to help cover the family’s medical bills.

Brother Otter who has returned to school as of this February, was able to partici­pate in the race along with his mother and sister. “I think this event really shows the true character of Oxford,” Otter said. “I really want to empha­size how much this will help my family members. They went through as much, if not more, than I had to. This is for them. I cannot express how thankful I am for the people that have gone above and beyond in making this event happen,” said Otter.

On March 21st the chapter hosted its 25th annual Charity Bowl, the philanthro­py football game held every March to raise funds for patients re­covering from spinal cord injuries.

Epsilon Xi Chapter’s Charity Bowl was first held in 1990 and originally supported Chuckie Mullins, an Ole Miss Football player who was para­lyzed after a violent on-field collision. The recipient of this year’s Charity Bowl proceeds, Stevelyn Robinson, was on hand to receive the $75,000 raised from the event.

The 19-year-old Stevelyn Robinson, a former three-sport athlete, has used a wheel chair since in­juring his spinal cord in a 2011 school bus accident. Robinson has worked through two years of physical therapy and can now push a wheeled walk­er for short distances. Stevelyn, who at­tended the event with his family, was joined at mid-field with Epsilon Xi Chapter officers and Ole Miss Football Coach Matt Luke for the check pre­sentation. Comment­ing about Stevelyn, event coordinator Paul DeForest noted, “Ste­velyn is an incredible kid. It’s just a matter of time before he starts walking again.”

The Charity Bowl featured a football game between mem­bers of the Epsilon Xi Chapter and the local Kappa Alpha Order chapter. KA gained its slot in the Charity Bowl by pledging the highest amount of money in an open bid­ding session between Ole Miss Fraternities. The Ole Miss KA chap­ter pledged $7,100, outpacing Ole Miss’ Alpha Tau Omega chapter by $500. Previous Charity Bowl participants have in­cluded Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Chi.

Charity Bowl has become a longstand­ing tradition at the University of Mis­sissippi, eventually expanding to include a cheerleading competition and a Charity Bowl “court” with a Charity Bowl Queen. While the chapter has donated $75,000 to Stevelyn and his family, ad­ditional proceeds from the event will go to the Friends of Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Miss. It is anticipated that an additional $25,000 will be do­nated to the Friends of Children’s Hospital.

The Charity Bowl is supported by a variety of Epsilon Xi alumni, current parents, and friends of the chapter. During the game, many parents and alumni volunteered by selling admission tickets and t-shirts, and working conces­sion stands. With the help of parents and alumni, the chapter was able to raise $18,000 during the game.

Putting a wrap on the event, Deforest said, “It was an excel­lent experience and we were excited to help Stevelyn in his recovery effort. We’re honored to be able to celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary and look forward to the next 25 years of being the largest Greek philanthropy in the country.”

Mississippi State

Iota Gamma is pleased to report that it has a new chapter advisor, Brother Patrick Bland. Brother Bland, an alumnus and past Commander, now living in Tupelo, Miss. stepped into the position in 2013. The chapter has also secured a faculty ad­visor, Nick Gordon, in the Dean of Stu­dents Office.

In the fall, the chapter plans to col­laborate with several campus organizations to increase donations to organizations in Sigma Nu’s Helping Hands Initiative. This year, the chap­ter enjoyed brother­hood outings at the reservoir in Jackson, Miss., and a paintball game in Alabama. The chapter also held its first semiformal in Tupelo and held its annual riverboat formal in Memphis in April.

It was bittersweet to graduate some of the very last re-founding fathers of the chapter. Brothers Charles Capdepon, Sam Ward, Chance Ervin and Matthew Timmins graduated in early December. The chapter is proud to see them move on to a future in great careers and become engaged alumni of Iota Gamma.

Missouri

Past Rho Commander, Justin Kendall, was chosen to be on the University of Mis­souri’s homecoming steering committee for the 2014 home­coming in October.

Homecoming has a long and historic tra­dition at Mizzou and with the Greek com­munity. The Univer­sity of Missouri had the first homecoming celebration in 1911 and ever since then it has been established as the largest student-run event on campus.

Each year, over 50,000 people watch the homecoming pa­rade and view house decorations. Also parts of homecoming include mainly Greek organizations raising over 160,000 pounds of food for Columbia food banks, 6,000 units of blood for the blood drive, and volunteering at six different charities.

Having participated in homecoming for many years in differ­ent capacities with Rho, Justin wanted to have a bigger impact on the home-coming experience.

Rho hopes to have more members on the homecoming steering committee in the future, and looks forward to par­ticipating in home­coming this autumn.

North Dakota State   

French Toast Feed

Brothers of the Eta Theta Chapter at their French Toast Feed, an event to raise money for the Red River Zoo.

Ryan Justak from the Eta Theta Chapter at North Dakota State University was named Greek life Man of the Year at the 2014 Greek awards ceremony for his accomplishments as Philanthropy and Community Service Chairman.

The Eta Theta Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity at North Dakota State Univer­sity is participating in Founders’ Month of Service by hosting their annual French Toast Feed to help support the local Red River Zoo, a non-profit organization. This is the fifth year the chapter has hosted this event and the fourth that has benefited the Red River Zoo. Last year the chapter had its most successful event raising over $1,200 and has set its goal to $1,500 this semester.

Last year, the chapter had around 250 guests attend the event and this year the chapter will need over 300 to reach the goal and cover expenses. The zoo will make an appearance for the second year in a row providing information about its programs and even a few small live animals for entertainment!

Brothers are very active in philanthrop­ic service with other Greek houses and on-campus fundrais­ers. Brother Schaefer keeps track of all donations brothers make, no matter how small and encourages all to take advantage of the philanthropy opportunities pro­vided by campus and the community.

Northwestern State   

Vets Community Service

Brothers of the Mu Rho Chapter recently volunteered time and money at the new Veteran’s Park in Natchitoches, La. The chapter has raised money for the park and typically does a monthly clean up.

Oregon   

In mid-October, 2013, the Gamma Zeta Chapter participated in Greek week, a week-long event supporting local causes such as Food for Lane County and bringing the FSL community together. The chapter teamed up with Chi Psi and Kappa Delta as the Animal Planet team. At least 20 brothers participated in the fi­nal talent show at the end, placing them in third place overall. In the future, the chapter hopes to increase its participation and take back first place.

In mid-November Gamma Zeta held its annual Kick Ball Cancer Philanthropy event. All the proceeds go to the international foundation, Movem­ber. Movember raises money and awareness for men’s testicular and prostate cancer. Throughout Novem­ber, members of the chapter reached out to family and friends for donations. The rest of the money was raised through registration fees for the teams. All of the sororities on campus had at least one team and almost every fraternity had at least one team.

The event raised over $5,000 and had over 400 participants. First place in the men’s division was Delta Sigma Phi with Chi Omega placing first in women’s. The event gained media attention from local affiliate KMTR.

During this process, the chapter worked with Movember na­tional representatives that spoke very highly of the chapter:

“I saw many im­pressive Movember campus campaigns this year, but I can honestly say that the Sigma Nu [Gamma Zeta Chapter] was one of the best… both in terms of preparation, but also commitment. Sigma Nu’s Kick Ball Cancer tournament is a shining example of how simple and fun it can be to organize a Movember event on campus. I have sung your praises far and wide in my conversa­tions with other chap­ters and campuses around the country. I look forward to work­ing with Sigma Nu to continue growing the campaign into an annual tradition,” said Doug Prusoff, college engagement manager at Movember.

Oregon Kickball Cancer Philanthropy

Brothers of the Gamma Zeta Chapter at their Kick Ball Cancer Philanthropy. The proceeds of the event went to the Movember foundation.

Pennsylvania

Beta Rho Chapter of Sigma Nu won the University of Pennsyl­vania’s IFC’s Out­standing Service to the Community award (runner-up). This was due to the chapter’s fantastic Community Service and Philan­thropy Chairman (and now Treasurer) Jeremy Danziger.

The brotherhood’s resident band, Chalk Theory Bandits, has played several small concerts this semes­ter with proceeds going to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Several brothers have been elected to campus leadership positions. Joshua Chilcote was elected VP of the student body undergraduate as­sembly, Devin Gross­man was elected to the chair of NEC, and Akhilesh Goswami was elected to the head of the IAA (the largest organization on campus).

Penn College

Brother Marc Kaylor was one of only eight students selected to receive the Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Tech­nology Scholarship. Brother Kaylor was selected through an international applica­tion process. Brother Kaylor will attend an MD Helicopters fac­tory school that his scholarship of $8,000 will cover.

Rhodes

This semester, the Ep­silon Sigma Chapter at Rhodes College has achieved some great things. Senior Brother Kondwani Banda was inducted into the Rhodes Hall of Fame after being chosen by a group of faculty and staff. Second, senior Brother and former EC Demetri Jerow won the award for Greek Man of the Year. Third, the chapter won the award for Fraternity of the Year at Rhodes.

The chapter held a party at its house in order to raise money for the Globemed chapter at Rhodes. The cover charge for each person was $2, the chapter matched all that we raised. Overall $1,400 was raised for Globemed, which helped them achieve and surpass their annual goal of raising $10,000 for clean water filtration system in Nicaragua.

The chapter also hosted a number of unique LEAD ses­sions, one of which involved retired Air Force Lieutenant General John Bradley coming to speak about his NGO, the Lamia Af­ghan Foundation, and its philanthropic work in rural Afghanistan. Overall, this has been a very exciting semes­ter for the chapter.

Senior Brother Kondwani is the 4th straight brother to appear in the hall of fame. Kondwani has committed himself to service to the college and to the Memphis community making him an ideal represen­tative of the fraternity and much deserving of the honor of the col­lege’s hall of fame.

The hall of fame is selected by distin­guished campus leaders and campus administrators. Kond­wani has shown four years of leadership and service to the col­lege and has sought to make all of those he comes into contact with more whole-some individuals.

Kondwani will be graduating in May and moving back to New York to continue his interests in inter­national media and public relations.

Southern Poly

This spring, the Iota Pi Chapter, some­times referred to as The Iota Pi Family, at Southern Polytechnic State University has won what could be the last traditional Greek week. This is the ninth consecutive year and largest point margin the chapter has won by to date.

Greek Week at SPSU is a highly competitive event that has lasted over 30 years. This year was especially crucial because it was the last traditional Greek week before the consolidation with Kennesaw State Uni­versity. Greek week at SPSU involves 18 athletic events in which fraternities and sororities compete.

It has been the premier event for the Iota Pi Chapter and through continued support from the alumni and under­graduate chapter, Sigma Nu has been the fraternity to compete against at Southern Polytechnic University. The prime motivation in Greek week has always been the support of not only the active chapter, but also the alumni. Brother Robert “Regi” Bailey states, “I feel like the sound of my brothers cheering me on gives me the extra motivation I need to compete at my best.”

Numerous prepa­rations are always made by the active chapter to succeed in Greek week each year. Brothers like Chad Bennet are one of the many leaders of Greek week that make sure the Iota Pi Chapter is always on top of things by organizing practices and appoint­ing committee heads for each event.

Through the next academic year Southern Polytech­nic State University will be consolidating with Kennesaw State University, while most of the chapters at SPSU are concerned, The Iota Pi Family is more encouraged now than ever before to continue their legacy of excellence and suc­cess. John Pulicare, the Commander of the Iota Pi Chapter states, “There is much excitement going into the consolidation after this Greek week victory. We have es­tablished a foundation of excellence at SPSU and look forward to the opportunities the consolidation will provide for the future of this great chapter.”

Stevens   

Awards with  Montufar and Scalzo

Brothers Anthony Montufar and Mark Scalzo pictured as “Greek Leaders of Distinction,” an award given to the top 15 members of Greek life on campus.

This spring the Gamma Delta Chapter participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event hosted on the campus of Seton Hall University. Gamma Delta Chapter has participated in this event for the last two years. Last year, Brother James Coyle even served as the MC and DJ of the event.

About 2,000 stu­dents, including 25 brothers of Sigma Nu, attended this year’s event. The 12 hour re­lay resulted in a dona­tion of over $36,000. Many brothers have been impacted by family and friends who have been diag­nosed with cancer. For this reason, the brotherhood has made this event a staple in its calendars every spring.

The chapter plans to attend this event again next spring, but also has plans to host and run a Relay for Life on the Stevens Institute of Technology campus.

The Gamma Delta Chapter came away from the inaugural Stevens Fraternity and Sorority Achieve­ment Awards recep­tion with three great distinctions. As a chapter, Gamma Delta received Excel­lence in Campus Involvement and in­dividual awards were presented to Brothers Anthony Montufar and Mark Scalzo.

The Gamma Delta Chapter takes pride in in the active involve­ment of its members in all the different sports, extra-curric­ular activities, and community service. Being well-rounded individuals is some­thing that the chapter focuses heavily on, in addition to the rigor of the academic cur­riculum at Stevens.

Although the chap­ter does not aim to win awards for all of its hard work and dedica­tion, it plans to be a favorite for similar awards in the future.

Brothers Chris Vaughan, Daniel Smith, and Gabe Shankweiler were all honored by the Ameri­can Volleyball Coach­es Association as All- American performers in Division III Men’s Volleyball. Sopho­more Chris Vaughan was selected as a 1st Team All-American while Junior Daniel Smith was selected as a 2nd Team All- American. Freshman Gabe Shankweiler also gained 2nd Team honors in addition to being selected as the UVC Co-Rookie of the Year. The Stevens Men’s Volleyball team, which consists of 10 brothers of the Gamma Delta Chapter, finished ranked #5 in the AVC Top 15 roll and will be com-peting in the quarter-final match of the NCAA Division III Championship.

This semester in the LEAD Program, several alumni guest facilitators, and other guest facilitators were used, as well as many smaller sessions facilitated by the chairman and brothers featuring TED Talk topics. Using the Best Practices Library recommenda­tions, Gamma Delta established a new bylaw requiring all officers to complete LEAD Phase II. Se­niors participated in the annual etiquette Phase IV dinner with Stevens Board of Trustees member and Gamma Delta Alum­nus Phil Crowley.

The chapter is pleased to report that following the spring 2013 semester, 18 brothers achieved a GPA of a 3.5 or higher. This was capped by Brother Etan Bennett achieving a 4.0 with 21 credit hours. In the fall, the chapter had 30 brothers make the dean’s list.

Tufts

This fall, the Zeta Eta Chapter at Tufts Uni­versity will be back in a chapter house – its first since being removed from its old home in the summer of 2012. The chapter will be moving into 90-94 Curtis Street, to a property that it will be sharing with Kappa Alpha Theta, a new sorority on campus.

Commander Michael Hursh is op­timistic with moving back into a chapter home in the near future. “We lost the house at a tough time, but we’ve learned a lot from that and moved forward,” he said. “One of the positives of this is that we’re moving into a new space … and we kind of have the opportunity to make it our own and to really develop [it] much like we have developed from the past as a brother­hood,” said Hursh.

In an interview with The Tufts Daily, Com­mander Hursh spoke of the success that the chapter had using Values Based Recruit­ment. “Obviously, hav­ing a house does play a role in recruitment, but one of the things we tried to focus on during our time away from having a house was what we call value-based recruit­ing, which is trying to recruit people with shared values and common views, rather than people who are just in it for the house,” he said. “If you can maintain the values and then use the house more to drum up initial sup­port, that’s kind of the best of both worlds, and that’s what we’re really aiming for.”

UC Davis   

UC Davis Football

Pictured are the Zeta Xi Brothers who won the intramural 4-on-4 flag football championship. The chapter hasn’t lost a flag football game in over four years.

Washington

On March 8th, 37 brothers and candi­dates of the Gamma Chi Chapter held a brotherhood event to collect food and cloth­ing for Goodwill and the local food bank. The Chaplain and the brotherhood commit­tee planned the event. The members divided into four groups and went to different local areas. All the groups spent around 3-4 hours in their respec­tive neighborhoods collecting donations.

Goodwill Food Drive

The brothers of the Gamma Chi Chapter gathered to collect food and clothing donations for the local Goodwill and food bank. Chaplain Garrett Rayl noted that, “there was a distinct satisfaction at a job well done.”

“There was a distinct satisfaction at a job well done that was also visibly measurable and going to make a difference. I liked the personal nature of the event, as it is something unique we haven’t done before and was not just being shoe­horned into a prepared event of someone else, but let our members actively interact with other community members to assist the needy in their own personal way,” said Chaplain Garrett Rayl.

Garrett Rayl is a senior at the Gamma Chi Chapter at UW and is in his third year as Chaplain. When he became Chaplain, he started a new tradi­tion in which all the brotherhood events of the chapter would be based around Love, Honor, and Truth. This community service event was one of the Honor brotherhood events. Many brothers would argue he sig­nificantly improved the Chaplain position and improved the brotherhood overall.

Washington and Lee   

Lambda Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity was named Washing­ton and Lee Univer­sity’s Greek Chapter of the Year at the uni­versity’s 2014 LEAD Awards banquet. The administration cited the chapter’s focus on community service and its partnerships with organizations like Relay for Life and Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity, with whom new mem-bers built a home earlier this winter. Brothers of the chap­ter were praised for their leadership roles in many campus orga­nizations, including the Student Associa­tion for International Learning and the Stu­dent Judicial Council. Lambda Chapter was also recognized this year for its academic accomplishments, as the chapter once again achieved the highest average GPA of any Greek organization at Washington and Lee.

When asked about his thoughts regard­ing the award, Com­mander Alex Retzloff remarked, “I could not be more proud of all of the members of Lambda Chapter. They put in their all and it paid off — the university took notice of their remarkable efforts. However, this award does not mean we can stop what we are doing and rest on our laurels. Now more than ever we must strive to continue to be an exemplary part of the community, both on and off campus.”

WLU Awards

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