Brothers from the Kappa Lambda Chapter gathered this July for the annual alumni and active golf scramble. The brothers played 18 holes and concluded with a cookout at Brother Bob Keres’ house following the scramble.
Brother Joe Gimmarco was awarded the Outstanding Student Assistant by Akron University’s Division of Student Affairs. Several brothers are busy with summer jobs and internships. Brother Christian Perez recently completed a marketing internship working with Jim Tressel to promote the University. Brother Kirk Lutz is a marketing intern for Veyance Technologies and Chris Cesta is a Detention Analyst at JRayl Transport. Other brothers are interning in civil engineering, product and inventory control, and Brother Mike Sabo is a nursing student technician.
This past spring, the Gamma Upsilon Chapter at the University of Arkansas received several awards. The chapter received the Award of Excellence, Big Greek Man on Campus Runner Up (Samuel McClelland), and Top Fall President (Alan Matthews). In addition, the chapter won the Fayetteville Community’s Choice: Best Philanthropy Event 2012 (Pi Phi/Sigma Nu 5k), and was recognized at Grand Chapter 2012 with a Sigma Nu Manpower Award.
This summer, Brother William McComas represented Sigma Nu and the University of Arkansas in a study abroad program for pre-med students in Belize during the first summer session. The chapter is in the process of creating a new scholarship plan to be passed and implemented to help motivate members to strive to be top in their class.
President Martinelli of Panama recently donated $100,000 to the chapter’s scholarship fund which will be used to create scholarships and incentives for current members with good grades and good standing. The chapter is looking forward to the fall and hopes to better improve the 5k philanthropy event which remains one of the best philanthropy events on campus.
The chapter earned a 2.94 GPA in the fall 2012 semester and a 2.75 in the spring of 2013. The chapter has substantially improved and maintained academic performance for a number of years now. Auburn has become much more academically competitive, and the chapter has done its part.
Three awards were given to graduating seniors in the spring. The E. Meade Wilson Award went to Trey Oliver, the Ray Spearman Cobb Award went to Clint Maroney, and the Travis Rabren Award went to Gibson Hand. All three were dedicated to improving the chapter and left it a better place than it was when they got there.
On April 24, 2013, the chapter voted to create the Maury D. Gaston Award. For over three decades, Maury D. Gaston, Beta Theta 1752, has proven to be an excellent brother of Sigma Nu Fraternity. There are many things that have changed since he pledged Sigma Nu in 1977, but his dedication and service has not once wavered. As an alumnus, he has done more than can be expressed in words. Yet, the chapter wishes to offer him a legacy in tribute to his hard work and unprecedented involvement.
Mr. Gaston served as Recorder and Treasurer as an undergraduate, planned the chapter’s 90th Anniversary in 1980, and received the E. Meade Wilson Award as the brother who best exhibited service and love to the fraternity. When he returned home after a number of years out of state, he was asked to serve on the House Corporation and he is now the President. His leadership was soon evident to the General Fraternity and he has been honored as House Corporation Officer of the Year and as Division Commander of the Year. He has been appointed by Regents Durham and Eitel to serve as Grand Chaplain. Mr. Gaston has distinguished himself and the fraternity on campus as well. Gaston is currently serving as Chairman of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council and a member of the University’s capital campaign leadership team.
The award will read, “Very few brothers of Sigma Nu Fraternity are able to truly incorporate into their service the values of Love, Honor, and Truth learned through the Beta Theta Chapter as has Maury D. Gaston. This award shall be given to a brother who shows a passion for leadership through his actions of goodwill and determination, while never compromising the values which he pledged to uphold. The recipients of this award are those brothers of Beta Theta Chapter who left this chapter better than when Beta Theta found them.”
The chapter voted unanimously to award Mr. Gaston as the first recipient of the Maury D. Gaston award. The chapter will present this to him before the Georgia game on November 16. At that same time, the chapter will recognize past Regent, Robert E. Durham, Beta Theta 2804 and Mu 1650 as a member of the John M. Ward Alumni Hall of Honor.
The Theta Nu Chapter at Ball State University had a very successful philanthropic spring semester. For the first time, Dance Marathon was included in the spring philanthropies with a large amount of participation. The chapter Commander, Max Wurster, as well as the chapter’s Philanthropy Chairman, Kevin Corder, stressed the importance of giving back to the community this semester. Following this emphasis, the chapter raised $120 per member for charitable causes within the community. This was the highest dollar amount per member of any Greek organization on campus!
This semester the Theta Nu Chapter reevaluated the chapter’s action plan and current fall philanthropy to increase dollar amounts raised. Theta Nu will continue to strive for excellence this coming fall and will continue the increased amount of attention to philanthropic endeavors at Ball State University.
Bowling Green State
At the end of the spring semester, the Epsilon Chi Chapter participated in the BGSU Greek Weekend with Delta Gamma Sorority. Epsilon Chi took first place in the entire competition and took first place in Greek sing. At the end of July, members of the Epsilon Chi Chapter and alumni will be attending the annual “Sigma Nu Camp-In.” This is when brothers gather at an alumnus’ home in Richfield, Ohio, for a weekend. This is a great opportunity for the collegiate members to make personal and professional connections with alumni while still in college.
Epsilon Mu Chapter won a series of awards at Butler’s Greek Excellence Awards Ceremony this past spring. The chapter’s awards covered campus leadership, educational programming, new member education, scholarship, philanthropy, and community service. The chapter’s performance was highlighted in achieving Gold Status for campus leadership with over 50% of its members holding
executive leadership positions in other campus organizations. The chapter is also proud to announce that it was the only 5 Star Greek chapter this past year. Additionally, the Epsilon Mu Chapter initiated 35 outstanding young men and is now the largest fraternity at Butler University.
Epsilon Mu Chapter was able to achieve these successes by implementing LEAD and other risk reduction and hazing prevention programs. The chapter is also proud of the impact their renewed focus on philanthropy had on the surrounding community.
Epsilon Mu Chapter’s Craig Fisher was elected President of Butler University’s Student Government Association this spring. Craig, also Epsilon Mu’s Lieutenant Commander, has been involved with SGA since his freshman year, most recently as parliamentarian
. Craig is the third Sigma Nu to be elected Butler’s SGA President in the past five years; previous SGA Presidents from the Chapter were Chris Ring and Chad Lesczynski. Officially inaugurated on April 24th, Fisher gave special thanks to his brothers for their never-ending support throughout the campaign. Serving on his campaign staff were fellow Epsilon Mu Brothers Scott Nemeth, A.J. Teare, and campaign manager, Alex Tallentire.
The Epsilon Mu Chapter of Sigma Nu had a tremendous 2012-2013 school year. The chapter looks forward to sustaining this success in the upcoming academic year.
California State, Fullerton
The brothers of the Lambda Upsilon Chapter participated in Camp Titan, a camp for underprivileged kids in the Orange County area. Every year around 150 kids come to the camp that is sponsored by the Greek system. The funds are raise through Greek week and other donations.
This year the chapter had 11 brothers volunteer including two members who served on the camp’s staff and the rest who served as counselors. In addition to the eleven brothers, the chapter’s sweetheart was able to participate as a staff member.
Things are going great for the Mu Psi Chapter this summer. In preparation for the fall, the chapter has held a number of recruitment events in order to have a strong candidate class of men who show good character. Mu Psi has found that holding numerous events allows the chapter to know potential members better before extending a bid.
The chapter won Chapter of the Year, awarded by the University of Central Florida, at the end of this past spring semester. The chapter is extremely excited to win this award for the third time and thrilled to have received it two years in a row. This year’s award was special to the chapter because it was recently reinstated after UCF put all of Greek life on suspension. There is one winner for fraternities and sororities.
Several brothers are extremely excited for their internships. Brother Matthew Gruda had an internship with Marco Rubio’s office this past spring semester. Brother Kevin Craig also had an exciting internship with the Florida Capital Office and worked for Congressman John Mica. Brother Michael McManus will be starting an internship in the fall semester with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
The chapter is planning a brotherhood retreat to Ginny Springs, a campground here in Florida. The brotherhood retreat was held here last year with great success. Sitting around a campfire was the best environment for brotherhood bonding and for holding LEAD sessions. The lack of technological distractions, cell phones, televisions, and computers, helped brothers communicate better. The brothers discussed why they joined Sigma Nu and why it was important. Additionally, brothers voiced any issues they had with the chapter.
Along with all of this, the chapter is thrilled to move into a new house this fall. Brothers will be moving into the house this August and cannot wait to see what opportunities this will bring.
The Delta Rho Chapter, won several awards presented by the Colorado State University IFC. The awards included Excellence in Academics, Excellence in Membership Development and Retention, Excellence in Risk Management and Accountability, and Excellence in Fraternal Values. As a highlight, Delta Rho was awarded Chapter of the Year, and received the only Gold Status IFC seal of approval.
Some of members were also recognized by the CSU IFC for outstanding character. Luke Allen was awarded Up and Coming Leader of the Year, Zack Schrag was awarded Living the Ritual, Jonathan Ng received Outstanding Campus Involvement, and Cameron Delphia was named Outstanding Chapter President of the Year.
Mu Xi Chapter Marshal John Andrew Pollock IV won Columbus State University’s Legacy Award in Diversity Leadership and was awarded Greek Male Leader of the Year last spring. Pollock has served the chapter as Sentinel and Marshal, and has served the Greek community as IFC Secretary and Vice President. Pollock is the first Sigma Nu to be awarded the Legacy Award and the second Sigma Nu in a row to win the Greek Male Leader of the Year. The other was J.P. Dockter. Speaking after the awards banquet he said, “Without many of the older brothers, Andy Knight, Fabian Vazquez, and J.P. Dockter, I would not be where I am today and for that I thank them. A ‘thank you’ is not enough to cover the impact they have had on my life as well as Sigma Nu has had in my life. Now I will look to pass on what they passed on to me with the new candidates and newer brothers.”
When Leadership Consultant Alex Taylor came down this past spring, Commander Conner Davis listed three goals the chapter needed to accomplished to retain their dominance on campus and one of those goals was to sweep the competition in Greek week. The brothers found it to be an easy task. Mu Xi Chapter also came first in Greek week.
On May 11, the Mu Xi Chapter created and installed its alumni chapter. May 11th is also the day the chapter was originally chartered. About 50 alumni and all active brothers were present.
The chapter is now 17 years old and many of the alumni wanted to stay involved with the growth of the chapter. The first task completed by the alumni chapter was creating a scholarship for incoming freshmen dedicated to founder Michael Joyce (Mu Xi 33). Brother Joyce passed away due to leukemia. Michael Joyce’s family was contacted for their blessing of the scholarship. They were ecstatic and thanked the chapter for keeping his name and badge number relevant and to Sigma Nu. The scholarship is funded and managed by the alumni chapter.
The alumni chapter has been helpful in this year’s upcoming fall rush. They doubled the chapter’s recruitment budget which should help the chapter get 15-20 candidates.
This summer Mu Xi Chapter held its 2nd annual Snake Bite Scramble Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the tournament benefitted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Around 14 teams managed to raise about $3,000.This is up from ten teams last year. Next year the chapter hopes to double the amount of teams and raise $5,000-$10,000 for St. Jude.
Brothers from the Gamma Theta Chapter are all in the middle of their summer internships. Several brothers are interning in finance this summer. Brian Murray is a summer intern with Credit Suisse, Nick Baccile is with Ares Management, Will Hutton with L88 Investments, and Ty Bostain is with G.E. Capital. Brother Ryan Ur is with the real estate company Related Companies and Max Tave is interning with The Renaissance Hotel in Thailand. Lastly, Brother Michael Wolcott is with Seneca Foods and Chris Shei is with AV Nightclub. The brothers look forward to the upcoming academic semester and returning to campus.
At this past spring’s Greek awards ceremony the Kappa Delta Chapter won the President’s Cup Award. This award is given to the top fraternity on campus based on overall chapter excellence including academics, recruitment, service and philanthropy, presence on campus, and meeting all of the Office of Greek Life’s expectations. The Kappa Delta Chapter also received the Order of Omega Most Improved Academics award for receiving the highest GPA of all fraternities in the fall of 2012. The Kappa Delta Chapter also received Best Fraternity Recruitment. This award was based on the number of new members that were initiated along with the chapter’s recruitment plan and recruitment goals. Senior and past Commander, Ryan Smith was honored with the award of Greek Man of the Year. This award was based on service to his individual chapter, as well as service to Greek life as a whole.
Also, this past spring, the Kappa Delta Chapter took first place overall in Greek week. Over the course of the week the events were Greek games, Greek god, dodgeball, blood drive, canstruction, and Greek sing.
Theta Theta Chapter was honored to bring home several awards at the 2013 Greek Week Award show at Eastern Kentucky. Brother Brandon Mandigo was named the IFC New Member of the Year and the Outstanding Alumni Award was presented to Brother Christopher Gabel. Josef Katzman, a recent graduate, was named Greek Man of the Year. In addition, the chapter came in 3rd place in the Greek games and Greek sing.
Several brothers have internships with law enforcement agencies including Brother David Stanek with the Secret Service in Lexington, Ky., and Hoai Robinette who just finished an internship with the U.S. Marshals in Lexington. Brother Nicholas Jensen has an Internship with Janus Fire Systems as a Fire Protection Engineer in Indiana and Brother Aaron Spencer has an internship with the Rehoboth Beach Country Club in Delaware.
Theta Theta is preparing for one of its best semesters ever this fall. With many recent changes in committee chairmen, necessary and proper planning, the initiation of seven great candidates, and the motivation and drive fueled from the summer meeting and retreat, the chapter brotherhood is going to be leaders on campus and very active within the community.
This past spring, the Lambda Pi Chapter at Eastern Michigan University was recognized as a Chapter of Excellence in the Greek Standards and Assessment Program. They achieved excellence in the categories of Positive Relationships, Integration of Purpose, and Civic Engagement. They were the only fraternity recognized with the award at Greek awards. Furthermore, Brother Josh Richardson was selected as the Greek Man of the Year for his contributions to the community as Commander of Lambda Pi and as the Vice President of External Affairs on IFC.
Lambda Pi has traditionally struggled with being recognized for awards by the University, despite meeting the criteria for Excellence in most categories. With 25 members, the chapter is smaller than most on this campus, the average being around 35 members. It was important that the chapter show the campus that Sigma Nu is a hard working chapter, that it is doing twice the work of larger chapters with less members. The chapter wanted to prove it was a force to be reckoned with this year. The chapter was able to affirm this.
This year, Lambda Pi looked at the university’s standards and awards program in tandem with Pursuit of Excellence, and realized that many of the goals were the same. Therefore, the chapter worked on reaching goals for both of the programs. This included hosting more service and philanthropy events, putting on diversity programming for the winter candidate class, and having values congruent discussions both before and after any events to ensure that Sigma Nu’s programming was in alignment with the ideals of Love, Truth, and Honor. Other obstacles to overcome included removing $15,000 in debt, raising manpower from eight members to 23, getting off probation for the first time in three years, and raising the chapter GPA by .5.
The chapter’s goals for next year are simple: improve and achieve excellence in the other two GSAP categories (Intellectual Development and Leadership Development). The chapter was very close in both categories, but did not achieve the necessary scores this year, and would like to next year. Lambda Pi knows what to do to achieve excellence and be considered a chapter of excellence for 2013-2014, and plans to do whatever it takes. The chapter strove for excellence and will keep striving for excellence.
Three brothers of Mu Chapter were recently accepted into the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA).
Sean Gilrain and Wes Roberts were accepted into the Leonard Leadership Scholars Program. The Leonard Leadership Scholars Program (LLSP) is a highly selective two-year leadership development program designed exclusively for Terry undergraduates. The program provides personalized leadership training through innovative courses, enriching extracurricular activities, and challenging service opportunities.
Alex Kellams was admitted to the ILA Fellows Program – a one-year course-based program that results in a graduate certificate upon successful completion of the ILA courses.
Sean, Wes and Alex follow a number of Mu brothers who have been accepted to the prestigious Terry leadership programs. Such success is another example of the Sigma Nu brotherhood at UGA – with older brothers extending the helping hand to improve the opportunities afforded to the younger members in the Chapter. The brothers are proud to present this as another example of the chapter’s 140-year commitment to excellence on River Road.
On April 13th 2013, the Eta Gamma Chapter held its 3rd Annual Sigma Nu Smoke Out benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The chapter nearly raised $6,000 with the help of Eta Gamma alumni and brothers, fellow Greeks, and nearly 50 sponsors from around the Atlanta area. This total put the chapter at over $15,000 raised for St. Jude in only three years.
Along with this, the Eta Gamma Chapter held its 41st Annual Sigma Nu Sweepstakes which helped raise nearly $4,000 for the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School. This event calls on the participation of all Greek organizations on campus competing in a week-long event consisting of different events that not only help raise funds towards the Charter School, but also are point based to crown a champion for the week. This year Phi Mu Sorority, Theta Beta Chapter, was crowned Sweepstakes champion. Along with these efforts the chapter’s members participated in over 700 hours of community service towards organizations such as Trees Atlanta, Mad Housers, St. Jude, The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, and Gigi’s Playhouse.
Congratulations to the brothers of Eta Gamma on their achievements at this year’s Greek awards banquet. For the second year in a row Eta Gamma was the only IFC chapter recognized. Brother Ozaer Faroqui was recognized as the chapter president and Brother Kabir Faiz for his service as IFC President for the year. Brother Faiz also won Greek Life’s Executive Officer of the Year Award, while the chapter was awarded IFC Chapter of the Year. Eta Gamma was also the only IFC chapter to achieve the Five Star Status of Excellence for the 6th consecutive year! Along with this accomplishment, the chapter brought home the Jernigan’s Cup for the best overall intramural team at Georgia State, and captured its 18th overall IFC all sports trophy, the most in the history of the council at GSU.
The brothers of Eta Gamma won Phi Mu’s Spring Fling Week for the third time in four years, and Brother Nolan Herslebs was crowned Spring Fling King, helping the chapter gain this status for the third time in four years as well.
The brothers of Eta Gamma, alongside the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha and Lambda Upsilon Lambda hosted GSU’s first ever Golden Reign Week. The week focused on promoting Greek unity throughout the GSU community and consisted of multiple events including a clothing drive, dodge ball tournament, Greek block party, and blood drive sponsored with the American Red Cross.
Gamma Mu Chapter’s House Director won the House Director of the Year award at the recent Greek Oscar ceremony this past spring. Before Alumnus Robert Hart took over the position of House Director in late 2011, the physical state of the house was in extremely poor condition. As soon as he and two other alumni took on the task of running the house corporation, he immediately became a daily presence within the house. He is a recently retired electrician who has spent 8 hours a day, 5-6 days a week since January 2012 working to modernize the house and make it a place people have a deep desire to live in. Over the course of the past year and a half, he has acted as foreman, as well as primary laborer, to ensure the quick, effective installation of the chapter house’s new fire protection system, restoration of the public areas of the first floor, rewiring of the entire house, new ceilings in both the second and third floor hallways, and other general repair. His tireless work has shown the brothers, and now the Greek community as a whole through this award, that being a brother of Sigma Nu does not end upon graduation. In fact, as Bob has shown to all of the brothers of Gamma Mu, the pursuit of excellence is a lifelong commitment that should never falter.
This spring, Beta Mu Chapter won Greek Week Follies, a dance and skit competition among fraternities and sororities at University of Iowa. Every fraternity and sorority at the University of Iowa participated along with hundreds of guests from the surrounding community. This year the chapter was paired with Chi Omega and Phi Beta Chi. Beta Mu Chapter has participated in the annual event each year since its inception, demonstrating the chapter’s dedication to Greek life at Iowa. The chapter hopes to carry this momentum into its upcoming philanthropy event to provide a meaningful experience for all involved.
The Nu Chapter house is undergoing several important renovation projects: a complete replacement of the carpets, remodeling bathrooms, and restructuring the basketball court. Soon, a sprinkler system will be installed for the lawn, a much needed renovation in the Kansas heat.
The chapter worked closely with alumni to get the support and financial donations necessary. The chapter is very thankful for all the Sigma Nu alumni and active members who have put together these renovation projects. It really is awesome to see how much a little renovation can do for a chapter house’s appearance.
Zeta Gamma Commander Joshua M. Cherok was one of nine student leaders selected as Kent State University’s Student Leader of the Year. Cherok is the first Sigma Nu to receive this award in over three years.
Last spring, Phi Chapter held its first Annual “Sigma CaNu” at Louisiana State University benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This is Phi Chapter’s first philanthropy event of this kind. In prior years, the chapter held crawfish boils and golf tournaments.
Sigma CaNu is a series of canoe races for sororities held on the lakes near campus. All sororities participated with at least one team of eight girls while some contributed multiple teams. The philanthropy raised $1,500 with the help of several corporate sponsors. Tri Delta placed 1st, winning the coveted oar trophy that now hangs proudly in their sorority house.
The idea for the event sparked during a chapter meeting two years ago. Phi Chapter’s house sits on the LSU Lakes and discussion was brought up on how to utilize it for philanthropy. Sigma CaNu was born.
Phi Chapter officers spent an entire year gaining University approval to make the event happen. The chapter plans to hold the event every spring with a goal to increase the donation annually.
Mu Chi Chapter celebrated its 10th anniversary at Lynchburg College this past spring with a series of events to commemorate this important milestone. Chapter members gathered with a strong turnout of alumni, who presented the chapter with their 10-year certificate.
Mere days after celebrating their 10th anniversary, Mu Chi Chapter showed up big at Lynchburg’s Greek awards ceremony , earning a lengthy list of distinctions. Mu Chi was awarded as Lynchburg’s Chapter of the Year and DJ Bowles was named Greek Man of the Year. In addition the chapter received the highest cumulative GPA award, Most Improved GPA, and Outstanding Risk Management. Brother Billy Saulle was awarded Best New Member, Jonathan Fries was named Outstanding Greek Advisor, and Tim Barzditis was given the individual award for community service. Additionally, Wil John received the Sigma Sigma Sigma Stand Up award and Tim Barzditis received the Sigma Sigma Sigma Senior Set Sail award.
The Delta Phi Chapter won several awards at this past spring’s awards week. The chapter won Most Improved Chapter, Outstanding New Member Education Program, and Best Community Service Programming.
In addition to earning these distinctions, Delta Phi Chapter recently won University of Maryland’s Terp Thon for the 3rd consecutive year, teaming up with Delta Phi Epsilon to raise $35,000 for Children’s National Medical Center.
Summer is going very well at the Delta Phi Chapter as the chapter prepares for the upcoming semester. The executive board is quite excited about completing its semester goals and both the Philanthropy Chairman and Recruitment Chairman have already hit the ground running as they work to match the successes the chapter had in the spring. After hosting another successful philanthropy event this past spring as well as recruiting the largest candidate class in recent years, these officers appear to be using this momentum to their advantage as the fall semester approaches.
Several of the chapter brothers are in the middle of their summer internships. Several brothers are working in finance over the summer including Ryan Streilein who is an intern at Convergent Wealth Advisors, Luke McNally at Fannie Mae working as a forecasting analyst, and Aaron Williams who is with Tate and Tryon as an auditor. Brother Keith May is working with Techno-Sciences on GPS satellites.
Additionally, Brother Maks Berger is working in the finance department of Dow Jones and Scott Zlotnick is interning at news station WTOP in Washington D.C. Many more of the chapter brothers have internships and all look forward to returning to campus for the fall term.
Several of the Epsilon Theta Chapter brothers have internships this summer. Four chapter brothers are working in software engineering this summer. Henrique Ponde is with Dropbox, Ulziibayar Otgonbaatar is interning at Facebook, Jorge Ornelas is interning at Bloomberg in New York, and Lt. Commander Anthony Adams is with DirectTV. Also, Brother Eli Kosminksy is working at Rapid7, a cyber-security company in Boston.
Commander Cameron French is working as a research assistant on the HIT_SI nuclear fusion reactor at the University of Washington and Brother Mateo Williams is doing research on 3D solar cells with the Grossman Group at MIT. Billy Ndengeyingoma is working in France at the National Science Research Center studying microscopic fluid dynamics in porous materials. Additionally, Brother Daniel Lizardo is teaching a science class at a public school summer camp in Pasadena.
Following graduation, Michael Walsh Sigma Nu’s Man-of-the-Year for 2012-2013, is pursuing a Ph.D. in quantum computing at MIT and Adam Vickerman will be working at a machine shop near his home in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada while saving money to travel abroad in New Zealand.
The Epsilon Nu Chapter at Miami University in Ohio has made exciting progress in the past few months. Recently, the chapter was recognized for its 56% increase in manpower due to a chapter-wide effort in recruitment this past year. In addition, the chapter was able to raise over $40,000 in alumni donations for their “Raise the Roof” campaign. The chapter is happy to report that the roof of the fraternity house will be replaced before the active chapter returns for classes in mid-August, along with several other projects that will take place to give the Epsilon Nu house a collective $100,000 make-over. The active chapter and alumni are excited to see this progress continue over the coming months.
Middle Tennessee State
This summer, the Theta Iota Chapter’s house went through a series of renovations including new floors in the social room and hallways, wall repairs, and common area painting thanks to the chapter’s capital campaign.
Theta Iota wishes to maintain the quality of their house because of the cherished time the actives and alumni have had while living there. This also ensures the opportunity is available for future brothers in years to come.
The capital campaign, which has raised approximately $90,000 in donations and commitments, provides brothers, alumni, parents and friends with an easy and rewarding way to make gifts to the Theta Iota Chapter. By 2017, the goal is to raise over $150,000 to meet the chapter’s debt repayment obligation to Middle Tennessee State University and provide for house repairs, renovations, furnishings and collegiate scholarships.
After being away from the chapter for almost 6 months, Brother Charles Hussey graduated basic training on June 20 and will return to school in the fall. Charles Hussey graduated One Station Unit Training as a Cavalry Scout at Fort Benning, Ga., on June 20. Lt. Commander Jonathan Jackson continues his work with BankPlus as an Accounting and Finance Intern in Jackson, Miss.
Plans have begun for a candidate retreat early in the semester followed by a brotherhood trip to include the entire chapter. The Iota Gamma Chapter is working with the housing corporation, General Fraternity, and another fraternity on campus to secure the chapter’s first on-campus house.
Missouri Science and Technology
Garret Cozad – Gamma Xi Chapter’s Commander in 2012 – received Missouri S&T’s Outstanding President Award this spring. Presidents from Missouri S&T’s 17 fraternities were nominated and one recipient was chosen at this year’s Greek award ceremony. Garret is a fifth year senior in civil and architectural engineering.
Gamma Phi had a very promising spring, achieving a 2.88 cumulative GPA with most members over a 3.0. The chapter also raised over $2,000 (the second highest out of any UM organization) for the Relay For Life this past spring. Recruitment has been active for the fall by attending and tabling at summer orientations and raising funds. The chapter’s goal is 25 new members and is confident that this can be attained.
This past fall, the Delta Eta Chapter helped to kickstart the fundraising and momentum for Jack Hoffman, the winner of the Best Moment award at the spring 2013 ESPY awards. Jack’s touchdown run at Nebraska’s spring game was featured for multiple weeks on SportCenter’s top ten countdown as the top video.
The Delta Eta Chapter dedicated its homecoming float to Team Jack. The entire chapter helped out by building the float, selling Team Jack t-shirts, and raising awareness about Jack Hoffman. Delta Eta was able to host Jack and his family at the chapter house before every home football game. The proceeds raised were donated to pediatric brain cancer research.
The chapter got its motivation from Delta Eta’s house mother, Pat Madsen, who is good friends with the Hoffman family and suggested the idea to the chapter. Through this, Delta Eta realized the impact that it could have to help fundraise for Jack Hoffman. Brothers decided to stand out and lead the charge for Jack Hoffman.
The Delta Eta Chapter continues to represent Jack in any way possible; wearing the Team Jack t-shirt, selling Team Jack t-shirts, hosting Jack whenever he is able to make it to Lincoln, and continuously donating money towards pediatric brain cancer research.
Kappa Chapter at North Georgia College organized a chapter-wide fundraiser to help classmate Katelyn Pitts and her friend Sunny Carey with a recent mission trip to Uganda to provide counseling, rehabilitation and medical aid for abused women.
Speaking about the fundraiser, Billy Hallowes said, “The chapter recognized an opportunity to branch out beyond our normal philanthropies to make a difference beyond our own community. Katelyn was a stranger to Greek life until some Sigma Nu classmates heard about her cause and decided to enlist the chapter to help out.”
The Gamma Beta Colony was recolonized in the earliest months of 2013. It could be said that the Alpha class came together in opposition to the current stagnant Greek life that exists in many chapters at the University. Instead of joining other fraternities with the stereotypical motives of partying and meeting sorority girls, the men of Gamma Beta came together as reformers with a mission to be heavily involved both on campus, within the community, and around the country. Since the first chapter meeting, the colony has been hard at work putting together a petition for its chartering. As a byproduct of its efforts, the colony has gained a significant amount of recognition from sororities, school officials, and members of the Evanston community.
The Gamma Beta Colony began its recolonization efforts in January of 2013 with the guidance of Brother Spencer Montgomery and, later, Brother Bill Morosco. Since then the colony has worked hard brainstorming new and innovative ideas to introduce to Greek life at Northwestern University.
Like mentioned earlier, the men of Gamma Beta came together in stark opposition to the stagnancy of many chapters on the campus. In fact, many current brothers turned down offers from other chapters so that they could create the stronger and more sincere chapter that would become Gamma Beta. Every man brought with him to Gamma Beta an opposition to hazing, a passion to serve the community, and a desire to grow as men. It was the search for a place that supported an environment such as this that drove the recolonization of Gamma Beta.
The colony began with elections of the executive board and committee chairmen. From there the colony quickly pressed forward assigning committees, brainstorming new initiatives, and making campus-wide connections. With the guidance of some incredible committee chairmen, Gamma Beta laid down a solid foundation on which to grow. Once the foundation was built, it was just a matter of pushing forward with the same intensity with which the colony began its journey.
Community Service and Philanthropy Chairman, Danny Callison, is working with his committee to piece together a 5-10 kilometer race to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this upcoming October. Additionally, the colony is excited to be one of the first fraternities within the IFC to build strong relationships with the other Greek councils and non-Greek student groups.
Delta Epsilon Colony is participating in its first summer recruitment after being recolonized in the fall of 2012. The colony has been contacting members who have signed up through the IFC database, along with contacting legacies and any other referrals received by their website, ousigmanu.com.
The Recruitment Chairman, Austin Buonasera, is being assisted by every member of the colony, with extra help from members Andrew Mercer, Charles Sager, and David Heins. Delta Epsilon is committed to excellence, and one of the first steps is to ensure that that message resounds through every candidate class that is accepted into the colony.
Two brothers of the Gamma Zeta Chapter were hired after a competitive process to be a part of the student orientation staff for the incoming freshman class. Brothers Jere Dietz and Marc Caputo were chosen to not only represent the University as a whole but the fraternity and sorority life community. During the month of July, they helped approximately 4,000 new freshmen acclimate to the University of Oregon.
Every year the IFC and PHC executive board and the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Oregon put on the spring Greek awards. The Gamma Zeta Chapter did quite well winning the most awards: Fraternity Man of the Year, President of the Year, Most Community Service Hours, and Best Chapter Relations.
Penn College of Technology
Mike Spear, a new member of Sigma Nu, was elected SGA President replacing outgoing president, Brother Ryan Enders. Mike Reese — also a new member — filled the role of Vice President of Internal Relations for SGA. He replaced Brother Justin Eberhart. Sigma Nu has taken involvement in SGA seriously the past three years. Several brothers have held positions on the executive board and in the senate. Involvement in SGA has been a great recruitment tool for the chapter. The chapter’s goal is to fill the entire SGA executive board with Sigma Nu members.
Jason Eichensehr, the advisor for the Nu Gamma Chapter, was named Advisor of the Year by the student activities department at Penn College.
Zeta Theta Chapter recently won Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award, Academic Excellence Award, Educational Program Award, and the Greek Freshman of the Year Award at the Greek life awards banquet at Presbyterian College this past spring. For the past year the chapter worked diligently to go above and beyond the requirements for these honors. Award winners are selected by the campus life administration.
Members of each fraternity, sorority, and members from each registered student organization were at the awards banquet, as well as numerous faculty and staff members. The President of the college was also in attendance.
Executive council members worked hard to accurately portray all of the work and improvements Zeta Theta has accomplished on paper. Throughout the academic year Zeta Theta dedicated itself to being more involved on campus with philanthropy, service events, educational programs, and Greek events. The chapter’s dedication combined with driven, efficient leadership led the chapter to the awards.
Zeta Theta aims to continue winning awards from campus life every year. Ultimately, the chapter wishes to operate on a high level, regardless of recognition.
Congratulations go to Brothers Andrew Tait, Brendan Tyler, and Bailey Kimmett (all sophomores) for their induction into Order of Omega. Order of Omega is a Greek honor society where candidates must prove their scholarship, leadership, and service to the Rhodes community in an extensive application process.
The Iota Chapter received the Greek award for best philanthropy for its “Swoll for Soldiers” event that raised over $4,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Iota Chapter hosted multiple LEAD Sessions this past semester. These sessions included “Networking,” led by Dale Brakage, and “Managing Money After Graduation,” led by Deep South Division Commander Maury Gaston.
The Iota Chapter will continue its strong presence in Samford athletics this fall. Ten brothers, eight players and two student coaches, will represent the chapter on the football team, along with two more brothers competing in track and field and another brother serving as a student coach for the basketball team.
Sewanee: University of the South
Beta Omicron Chapter was recognized with the Outstanding Overall Community Service Involvement award earlier this month at the Sewanee Student Leadership Awards Ceremony. Beta Omicron Chapter was featured in several local newspapers this semester for a service project that helped rebuild bridges and trails with the Sewanee Outing Program.
Tommy Healy, Sigma Nu Commander, served as keeper on the Sewanee Lacrosse team, along with 17 other members of the chapter on the team. On April 27, Sewanee lacrosse won the Division III Southern Athletic Association Championship in a double-overtime victory over Berry College. Healy finished the game with 10 saves.
This spring Theta Alpha held its 3rd annual Friday Knight Lights flag football tournament benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The chapter had approximately 200 University of South Florida students attend this event.
Southeast Missouri State
This spring, the Mu Kappa Chapter received the 2013 Presidents Award, presented each year to the top fraternity at Southeast Missouri State. Mu Kappa Chapter has been working diligently for the past few years to reach this level of achievement at SEMO.
Stevens Institute of Technology
The Gamma Delta Chapter’s GPA was a 3.159, with 37 brothers on the Dean’s list and one brother on the President’s list. For an Engineering curriculum this is quite the accomplishment.
Seven brothers play on the Stevens men’s volleyball team which finished 7th in the nation for Division III. The team not only competes against Division III teams but has also played and defeated teams from Division I. The team has gained national recognition and was invited to play in Puerto Rico and Luxembourg.
Four brothers from the chapter have now been elected to the SGA. Brother Mark Scalzo was elected Vice President, Angelo Shambilides a Senator, Anthony Montufar the Public Relations Chair, and Owen Hayes as Secretary.
The chapter has graduating seniors working for companies such as Verizon, J&J, Fisher Price, Lumus Technology a CB&I company, and Cosentini Associates. Despite the tough job market, 85% of seniors were employed at graduation this year.
Current Gamma Delta undergrads have internships with companies such as Viking Yachts, Anheuser Busch, Hunter Roberts CG in NYC, Prudential, Hayward Baker, MediaCom, and a NYC record label. There are also a handful of students doing research for the school this summer.
This year the chapter has an updated history for the 113th anniversary. A draft of this work was sent to the Grand Historian. In doing the research, many materials were found that date back to the early 1900’s that are relevant to both Gamma Delta and Sigma Nu as a whole. One of the most interesting items is the New York Alumni Association’s Secretary book dating from about 1908-1922 which contains some extremely interesting pieces of Sigma Nu history
There were multiple successful Chaplain events this year, but the most memorable was a paintball trip in New Jersey with 15 brothers in attendance.
This year the chapter inducted 13 great gentlemen who represent some of the very best men from across Stevens’ campus. They compete on a variety of athletic teams: varsity wrestling, varsity baseball, club soccer, club lacrosse and intramural basketball. Additionally, they embody service and leadership with some candidates becoming senators of the student government association and brothers of Alpha Phi Omega, the national co-ed service fraternity. Lastly, these new members are all in very good academic standing with the institute and represent the chapter’s dedication to a balanced life of academics and involvement.
Virginia Wesleyan College
Preparing for this new school year has been different for the Iota Beta Chapter. This past May, the only remaining active Brother from Iota Beta’s colony days graduated. Though the chapter is confident that the alumni will provide needed support, there is an urge among the new members to step up and fill the empty spaces of some of the most respected alumni. The chapter is extremely excited to see what progress can be made in the next year and the new ideas that will be put forward. The brothers of Iota Beta will continue to be men of honor and be held to the highest standards, but the chapter is looking to make some changes in order to create an Iota Beta that is fully reflective of the current members’ values and personalities.
The chapter currently has an active membership of 15 brothers, with one new brother potentially transferring to Virginia Wesleyan from Lynchburg College. It is believed that the chapter is poised for a strong recruitment this fall.
In the meantime, the brothers have been making the most of the summer. Most brothers are taking time to recuperate from extremely busy schedules last semester and save up money. A few brothers are also attending summer classes to knock out a few pesky general studies requirements. Brothers Lewis Myers, Allen Bays and Ben Freiler are about to enter their final academic year at Virginia Wesleyan. Five chapter brothers worked as student-orientation staff for Virginia Wesleyan’s summer orientations. Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Snow, is not only working as a summer Residential Assistant on campus, he is also interning with the City of Norfolk’s Marshal to gain more experience in criminal justice.
The Iota Beta Chapter was honored to receive the following awards from the General Fraternity. The chapter received the Regent’s Award for Academic Excellence for its fall 2012 grades, Excellence in Values Based Leadership, and Excellence in Personal Development and Membership Value.
The chapter has been preparing for fall recruitment since the spring. The events have already been scheduled and a back-up plan is in place. Virginia Wesleyan’s fraternities and sororities will have their rush on the same week this year, making it easier to plan around other organizations’ events.
Iota Beta is in the process of creating another major philanthropic event in the fall. Most of the brothers believe that there should be a large event every semester. Last year the chapter had several small philanthropic events throughout the year and one major philanthropic event, the “Sigma Nu Fashion Show” in the spring.
The chapter is preparing to set up a Sigma Nu tent during homecoming for returning alumni.
Washington University in St. Louis
This past spring, Gamma Omicron Chapter competed in the annual ThurtenE Carnival at Washington University in St. Louis. The ThurtenE Carnival has existed since 1908 and is the oldest student run carnival in the country. Every year a fraternity and sorority pair up to build a large structure called a facade. The facades hold an hour long production and are then judged for multiple categories (construction, production, spirit) and there is an overall winner, the Burmeister Award.
This year Delta Gamma and Sigma Nu team took home the Burmeister for the first time since 2010! Sigma Nu and Delta Gamma traditionally partner together for the ThurtenE Carnival.
Washington and Lee
This winter, Lambda Chapter was recognized for having the highest GPA at Washington and Lee University. Lambda Chapter has received this honor for three out of the past four terms.
The brothers of Lambda Chapter pride themselves on their academic excellence, but not just to pursue their individual academic goals. Austin Peterson, Lambda Chapter’s junior Recruitment Chairman, commented, “Success breeds success. We know that if we are academically successful, the academically successful will be interested in rushing Sigma Nu. With academic success comes dedication, intelligence, and honor, all qualities that make a good brother.”
Lambda Chapter ascribes this success through individual dedication, but also to fraternity-sponsored study events and a culture of academic excellence that permeates the chapter. Lambda Chapter looks forward to academic excellence in the future, hoping to continue increasing Lambda Chapter’s overall GPA and maintaining its top academic status in the terms to come.
The chapter is currently working to plan its recruitment calendar and is exploring options for a fall philanthropy event which could include partnering with a local drive-in movie theatre. Multiple chapter brothers are currently interning across the country. Several brothers are conducting research at universities across the country, one brother is working with the Republican National Committee, and another brother is working with fishing conservation groups in the Adirondack Mountains in New York.
Several chapter brothers are currently in summer internships or are studying abroad. Brother Colton Messer has an internship with the Houston Astros in the ticket operations office. Multiple brothers recently returned or will be returning soon from their time studying abroad in Spain, Japan and the Dominican Republic. The chapter is proud of their accomplishments in their work while representing the Legion of Honor. This fall the chapter will be taking its first ever white water rafting trip as a brotherhood event and that is sure to be memorable.
West Texas A&M
The Eta Delta Chapter of Sigma Nu won the 2nd Annual West Texas A&M Greek Week earlier this spring. Eta Delta Commander Leif Kertis played an important role in organizing the event as the Greek week committee chairman.
The Gamma Pi Chapter won a total of six awards at the 28th West Virginia Greek Awards Banquet last month. The awards the chapter received were the Academic Excellence Award, first place in number of community service hours, Special Program Award, Outstanding Leadership Development, IFC Greek Man of the Year, and IFC Outstanding Alumnus.
After receiving their charter in October the members decided to use that energy boost to do bigger and better things, which put them in position to work towards these recent honors. Earlier this year the chapter held a strategic planning session where all members were given a chance to offer opinions on the direction of the chapter. Officers and committee chairmen used this strategic planning session to develop a set of goals that would drive their efforts for the year. The chapter plans to build off this momentum next year with hopes of winning its first Rock award.