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EMERALD • The official publication of Sigma Pi Fraternity • Fall 2006

Rovira elected

Grand Sage



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Dear Brothers: As a man looks back over his journey in life there are several dates that may stand out in his mind. For me, December 7, 1980, and August 5, 2006, are key dates that I reflect upon in my journey as a leader in Sigma Pi Fraternity. On Sunday, December 7, 1980, I took an oath of loyalty to Sigma Pi during my initiation with 24 other pledges at Cal State Fullerton. As pledge class president, I was charged with leading, inspiring and supporting a group of young men into what would become a legacy in the Epsilon-Nu Chapter. Over 25 years later, on Saturday, August 5, 2006, I took a similar oath of loyalty with six men to lead our entire fraternal organization as its 41st Grand Sage. Both initiations and oaths are important to me. As I have learned over the Grand Sage Rovira years, loyalty is a strong character trait that I cherish in people, and that if you give your oath of loyalty to your wife, friends or fraternity you must live up to that commitment every day of your life journey. It is both an honor and pleasure that I serve Sigma Pi Fraternity as a brother, a leader and as its Grand Sage. To continue to enhance and improve upon the legacy that was founded 109 years ago is a challenge accepted by myself and my fellow Grand Council members, and a charge not taken lightly. Here are some of our current activities:

VOLUME XCI, NUMBER 4 • FALL 2006 EDITORIAL STAFF Adam L. Dibble (ΘΘ, Ferris State ’06) Managing Editor Mark S. Briscoe (ΑΠ, Arkansas ’82) Business Manager VOLUNTEER STAFF Adam Shores (ΔΨ, Troy ’98), Chairman John Kitch (Η, Purdue ’73) Jeffery Seay (ΗΕ, Florida State ’91) CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jim DiVita (ΖΜ, Michigan State ’04) Nick Hoffman (ΘΕ, Indiana U of PA ’06) Kyle Jackson (ΔΕ, Seton Hall ’06)

4We continue to support and update the Fraternity’s strategic plan, an important document that keeps our organization improving and growing in North America. 4We continue to recognize and support our leaders by enhancing the Founders’ Award and implementing new service awards for our volunteers. 4We have enhanced our volunteer training in order to give more support to our undergraduate and alumni chapters, thereby cementing our competitive status on our college campuses and in the communities. 4As a key strategy in our plan, expansion will become an everyday focal point to our continued growth. With successful colonizations at Kansas State, Oregon, Minnesota, Delaware, Cal Poly SLO, Texas A&M, St. Joseph’s, Eastern Michigan, and University of Texas-San Antonio. As a “Top 10” national fraternity, we compete with the “Top 5” fraternities in future expansion. Over the next semester we will be colonizing at Florida State, The Ohio State, Michigan, UC - Santa Barbara and University of Texas - Arlington to name a few. 4We re-established our executive office by purchasing a new international headquarters in Brentwood, Tennessee, giving Sigma Pi further opportunities to grow its staff and operations. Plan to participate at our official ribbon-cutting ceremony during this summer’s SPU. 4We continue to seek more volunteers to support our fraternal organization by giving of their “time, talents and treasures.” By continuing one’s loyalty to Sigma Pi, in which ever way possible, you help continue the legacy you pledged during your journey. Since being elected to the Grand Council eight years ago, our team has emphasized inclusiveness to all our alumni members in good standing. We are challenged to encourage our alumni to “come back and give back” to our great Fraternity. As you read this quarterly magazine, rekindle your emotions about Sigma Pi, especially with your local chapter brothers, and help rekindle the true spirit of our brotherhood. In our quest in life, we gain many insights. During my quest within our brotherhood, I have learned that Sigma Pi is not just about brotherhood. It is about emotions - it’s about passion; a passion for the success of our Fraternity. Rekindle your journey within Sigma Pi. Call your old fraternity roommates and come participate in a local chapter event. Volunteer to participate in a national committee. Support the further education of our leaders at our Mid-Year Conference and our summer Sigma Pi University at Vanderbilt University. But what ever you do, please remember your loyalty. It is important that you are still as emotional about your oath as you are passionate about your Fraternity. Finally, thank you for your continued support of our great Fraternity, to your local chapter, and to your Grand Council. I am humbled and honored to lead Sigma Pi during the next two years and give you my oath that I will lead your organization with the utmost passion and character as our first 40 Grand Sages have done. IST,

Larry Rovira Grand Sage

Sigma Pi Fraternity was founded at Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana, on February 26, 1897. Sigma Pi has chartered more than 200 chapters in North America and has initiated more than 85,000 members since 1897. The founding fathers of the Fraternity are: Rolin Rosco James (1879 - 1953) William Raper Kennedy (1877 - 1944) James Thompson Kingsbury (1877 - 1950) George Martin Patterson (1877 - 1960) Emerald of Sigma Pi Fraternity (ISSN 1074-5289, USPS 011-013) has been published since 1911. Emerald is published quarterly by Sigma Pi Fraternity, P. O. Box 1897, Brentwood, Tennessee, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to SIGMA PI FRATERNITY, P. O. Box 1897, Brentwood, TN 37024. MEMBERS: When making an address change, please send your full name and chapter with both the old and new address to the Executive Office address below. Submission Deadlines: Spring December 10 Summer March 10 Fall May 10 Winter September 10 Submit Emerald news to: Sigma Pi Fraternity, Attention: Emerald P. O. Box 1897, Brentwood, TN 37204 Telephone: (615) 373-5728 Fax: (615) 373-8949 Email:

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The Executive Office staff take a moment to pose during Convocation in New Orleans

’Busy serving you’ sums up the fall It has been a busy third quarter at the Executive Office this year. We held our 48th Biennial Convocation (which you will read about in this edition), saw people move onto to other career endeavors, brought in new people and have been busy moving into our new headquarters. It is an exciting time for our Fraternity as we get settled in and get our museum and building ready for visitors. All the while that this is occurring our new staff members have been undergoing training and heading on the road to work with our undergraduates.

respective regions and train and assist our undergraduates. Our Expansion staff was trained on recruitment and colony operations so that they could begin recruiting new men to start new chapters and bring back chapters that have been closed. Our Expansion efforts are working out great for our fraternity as we have been able to recruit on campuses where we used to be and bring Sigma Pi back. We have made an effort not only to grow with new groups but it is a top priority for us to re-start chapters and give our alumni a place to go back to.

Our new Educational Leadership Consultants underwent training on chapter operations, risk management and finances to prepare them to head out to their

We have also been working to catch up with the technology age and are now able to reach out to alumni more via email and inform you of events that are going on

with the Fraternity. At the same time we are seeking alumni support in volunteer roles to help us educate and mentor our undergraduates through their experiences. There is work being done to bring up a resumé posting sight in order to allow our members to have better access to networking within in our folds. Our Alumni Development Committee has been busy working to find ways to keep our brothers involved; after all, our membership lasts a lifetime. As you can see we have been extremely busy to move our Fraternity forward and live up to our slogan A New Generation of Leaders. We look forward to meeting you if you make your way through Nashville, TN and want to see the museum or do

some research on your chapter. We are setting up a room for members to come and read about their Chapter Founding Fathers and find out what it took to get yours open or reminisce on the work you did to get your chapter started. We have even built an Executive Council training room for our young leaders to come and receive information that will help them guide their chapter forward. We made sure to add these areas to our building as we felt it was important for our members. If you have any questions about the Fraternity feel free to contact us at the office. We thank you for your support towards our endeavors and again we look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you, Editor and Brother Sigma Pi thanks Brian Alley (Α, Vincennes ’03) for his work and time as a member of the Executive Office staff. Alley joined the Executive Office in July 2003, traveling the northeast region of the United States and Canada as an Educational Leadership Consultant. After traveling one year as the ELC for the northeast region, Alley spent the next year traveling as the southern region ELC and Assistant Director of Chapter Services helping chapters with recruitment, officer training, and scholarship development. Following his time in the Chapter Services department, Alley was promoted to Director of Communications in 2005. As Director of Communications, Alley served as the Editor to the Fraternities magazine, the Emerald and oversaw all public relations, marketing, and communications of the Fraternity and Foundation. Alley left the Executive Office in October, when he moved to the Evansville, Indiana area to pursue his career. We thank Brother Alley for his years of service and dedication to Sigma Pi by serving on the Executive Office staff and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Fraternally,

Mark S. Briscoe Executive Director

Dibble named Director of Communications Adam Dibble is succeeding Brian Alley as Director of Communications. He attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan where he was a founding father of the Theta-Theta Chapter. As an undergraduate he served his chapter as academic, intramural, and ACE chairs. Dibble later progressed to the executive board where he held positions of first counselor, fourth counselor, second counselor and sage, and is now serving as the ThetaTheta Alumni Club president. As an undergraduate Dibble was active in his community and was involved with many professional student organizations. Dibble graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in communication. He joined the Executive Office staff in July 2006 as an expansion consultant. As Director of Communications he is your contact and resource for all things pertaining to any area of communication, including but not limited to press releases, publications, and trademark usage. You can reach him at (800) 332-1897 or by email at

News from the Communications Department How to submit photos: 4Traditional film photos or digital images printed on professional photo paper work best. We cannot use digital pictures printed on your home printer or color copier. 4We can accept high-resolution digital images (above 300dpi) by email. These must be a .tif or .jpg files in PC (IBM) format. For best results, use a camera with at least 4.0 mega pixels set on its highest resolution setting (usually “for enlargements”).

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CHAPTERS Chapter News Editorial Policy Submitted news should be 100-150 words long and contain information about positive chapter events, community service efforts, ACE Projects, gatherings and other notable happenings. Other news items are accepted but will be judged on their level of interest to the entire brotherhood. Electronic submissions are given the highest priority and should be filled out online or email directly to Digital photos should be at least 300dpi in resolution. Hard copies can be sent to The Emerald, Post Office Box 1897, Brentwood, TN 37024. High-quality 4” x 6” or larger photos are preferred. Photos should not contain alcohol or other unsuitable content, and not all photos will be printed. Hard-copy photos will not be returned, but will be placed in the chapter archives at the Executive Office.

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Theta-Pi Chapter This has been a great year for the men of the Theta Pi Chapter at the University of Arizona. We have had a great year and we closed out the spring semester strong. We have participated and placed in many of the philanthropy events held by sororities on campus, such as first place in Delta Gamma Anchor splash, second place in Chi Omega Kick Off, and third in Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Hoops for Hope. As well as participating in these events we have had a very successful ACE project as well as initiating ten new members into the fraternity. Along with new members into the fraternity comes alumni, and one of our alumnus Morgan Keene has successfully pass the navy seals program and has joined that elite force we would like to congratulate him and all of his efforts. All and all this has been a great year, and we are excited for fall semester and the possibilities to come.

Alpha-Pi Chapter This also helped cap off the end of a highly successful school year in recruitment where we initiated 12. We were also awarded the scholarship award from the university during this year’s Greek Awards. At the end of the school year leading into finals the chapter threw a Toga Party for everyone to relax right before finals began. It turned out to be a big success with many of our alumni that live close showing up and enjoying the festivities. We plan on having another big year with recruitment by starting during the summer with many of our guys talking with many of their friends from their respective hometowns.

hood camping retreat this summer nearby the college. In addition, with a renewed philanthropic sense, this chapter has donated portions of our funds to the Willie Prader Foundation, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the Special Olympics, and towards a Regional Conference called Martywood held at our College. We held our annual Red Cross Blood Drive

which was a resounding success, and even setup and donated a brand new volleyball court to Bridgewater State College as part of our ACE Project. Lately, Eta-Eta Chapter has been all about giving back to the community that gives us so much, and we hope you will check out our other events at our website:

Bridgewater State Eta-Eta Chapter The Brotherhood within Eta-Eta Chapter has grown to 47 deltas and is still climbing each semester. We plan on keeping our unique bonds going strongly with our first annual brother-

Theta-Delta (TCNJ) Sage Ryan Cummings (’07) and Kappa (Temple) Sage, Jason Sandolo (’07) with United States Senator Richard Lugar (ΒΘΠ, Denison ’54).

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Caly Poly Eta-Delta Chapter After the re-colonization of Eta-Delta Colony at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in March of this year, we have had great success at becoming a viable part of the Greek community! We had a great start last quarter with 26 members, and we can’t wait for fall rush to begin! Our main goal right now is to increase our numbers and plan our first ACE project! Cal State - Chico

Taking a break from assisting on move-in day, brothers from Epsilon-Xi at Farleigh Dickinson

Undergraduates making a difference Become a member of the Delta Society today for a donation of $25 to the Educational Foundation and help to insure the future of the Fraternity and its educational programs and scholarships for all Sigma Pi Brothers that follow.


California - Irvine Eta-Upsilon Chapter The men of Eta-Upsilon have already initiated sixteen new members and have eight pledges this spring. The fraternity house was completely repainted inside and out, and we are enjoying our new doors and windows. We used our new six foot tall three dimensional letters at our annual blood drive as well as at the ACE project where we handed out Sam Spady cards along with energy drinks, pencils and testing materials to students during midterms this quarter. Sigma Pi and Kappa Alpha Theta received the Spirit Award at Songfest, the largest all Greek philanthropy at UCI. And our chapter was honored with the brotherhood award at the Sigma Pi World Series Softball Tournament. Our Sunset Cruise in Newport Harbor was the largest it’s ever been with more than 500 guests attending and we are all looking forward to our Orchid Ball dance this spring in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Colorado Zeta-Delta Chapter This spring semester was a very successful semester for the brothers of the Zeta Delta Chapter. This last March we started another philanthropy called the Miss Greek Pageant. Every sorority at the University of Colorado participated and helped raise over $34,000. After the pageant was over all of the money was donated to the People’s Clinic, the only non-profitable hospital in Boulder. This event marked the largest Greek or student ran philanthropy ever at the University of Colorado. The Zeta Delta Chapter plans on making this an annual philanthropy and hopes to raise over $50,000 next year. Lastly, all of the brothers of the Zeta Delta Chapter would like to extend their congratulations to the Kappa and Lambda graduates. Good luck with everything in the future.

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Theta-Mu Chapter Our school year here at CSU Chico ended strong, initiating 14 new members. Our talent show during Greek Week was also a major success, drawing the most support from the crowd, and receiving the “funniest” award. We took 1st place in Community Challenge during Greek Week as well. Aside from Greek related events this year, we were able to branch out and create new relations. We now volunteer our time at ’Prestigious Living’, the home for the elderly, making the name Sigma Pi even more prevalent within our community.

Central Michigan Delta-Alpha Chapter Delta Alpha Chapter had its most successful year in probably over 5 years. The Chapter took home Most Improved Fraternity at CMU. The Chapter also placed in the top 3 in Outstanding Alumni Relations, Campus Relations, Membership Education, Community Service, and Leadership and Campus Involvement. The Chapter is in First Place in IM Sports. The Chapter recruited 24 men this year and is looking to recruit 30 men in the Fall. If any alumni would like to be added to our Newsletter list please email The Chapter will be organizing a big weekend for the Boston College Game on August 31, 2006. The weekend will probably consist of tailgating and a golf outing. Homecoming is either going to be on 9/16/06 or 10/14/06 the date has not been set yet. Looking way ahead mark your calendar for Founder’s Day Festivities on February 24, 2007.

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Epsilon-Rho brothers at Drury show their school sprit during a home volleyball match last spring.

and we were long over due to start back up. All the men here are very excited to be a part of such a great organization and are looking forward to being chartered in 2007. Fairleigh Dickinson Epsilon-Xi Chapter The summer of ’06 has been very busy and productive for the Epsilon XI Chapter in New Jersey. Upon settling in a large chapter house, we have organized and run two ACE Projects on campus before school even started. At FDU, we had a successful freshman move in day with entertainment for the new students. Also, we created a battle of the bands and info session for the upperclassman during their return to school. We look forward for our efforts to pay off greatly with new interest.

Theta-Theta Chapter The gentlemen at Ferris State University ended the 2006 school year in a bang. Winning the Most Improved Chapter Award, Greatest Chapter Diversity Award, Chapter Excellence Award, and over all Greek Week Champions Theta-Theta has quickly reestablished its reputation as one of the most elite fraternities on campus after a long year on probation. Other milestones were also accomplished by successfully completing our first composite and holding our inaugural orchid ball. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our alumni and guest who were present. A special thanks to Tom Moore for all his support and encouragement since this chapter was chartered three years ago. As we look toward the new school year we welcome our new E-Board and the new challenges we will have to face. Theta-Theta to the Top! Fitchburg State Eta-Tau Chapter It was an eventful spring semester for the Eta-Tau brothers as we look forward to a nice long summer break. On April 8th we held out annual Orchid Ball at the Sheraton. All in

Brothers from Beta-Omicron Chapter after an intramural softball game at Cal State – Long Beach.

attendance had a great time dancing the night away. Brother Jon Fish led our ACE project as we spread alcohol awareness on campus, students had the opportunity to participate in several events while wearing “beer goggles”. We also held great fundraiser on campus with our first ever car smash. Perhaps the biggest news was Brother Matt Swimm’s purchase of an alumni’s former house as our first true fraternity house. Many brothers are helping to restore it to a great condition. Next month we’ll be having our annual retreat before the summer break. Best of luck to our graduating brothers. Thanks for four...or even five great years. Florida Zeta-Zeta Chapter Our 3rd Annual Orchid Ball was a success this year. We held it in Daytona Beach Florida and it was the perfect mix of glamour, relaxation, and brotherhood. We also said goodbye to 6 seniors and Founding Fathers of the Chapter. It was a terrific and unforgettable night for the Zeta-Zeta Chapter. Georgia Alpha-Phi Chapter Spring semester ended very success-

Brothers from Epsilon Rho Chapter at Drury

fully for the brothers of Alpha-Phi. After initiating three great guys into our brotherhood as well as completing a lot of work on our house, we are all looking forward to a fun filled summer. This spring we gave away our second annual Doug Henderson Memorial Scholarship and held an Easter egg hunt for the Boys and Girls Club of Athens with Delta Zeta sorority. Our annual Dazed and Confused band party was another huge success this year and everyone who attended had a great time. This summer we are looking forward to kayaking and rafting trips and are preparing for another huge rush in the Fall to build on the success of last Fall’s great recruitment. We will be holding a recruitment dinner in the Atlanta area this summer and all alumni are welcome to join in. Illinois

Indiana Tech Gamma-Kappa Chapter This has been a very busy year for the Gamma Kappa chapter! We’ve pledged 6 new members, 5 of which are now initiated. We’ve made multiple improvements on the house, including the long needed sanding and staining of a hallway, a new crest has been painted on the wall, and we’ve also improved on a stairway. As mentioned earlier this year we also replaced all of the windows in the house, painted the inside, and added a garden before the start of the school. Our successful philanthropy projects included the Ace Project and a city wide “Great American Cleanup,” where we cleaned up the block around our house (something we’re expanding upon next time). We just recently finished up our Alumni Banquet which was a very nice dinner, music, several excellent speeches, and of course lots of reminicing.

hard. This spring was a good semester, but the men of sigma chapter hope to improve things during the fall. There are high expectations for success during summer rush. Jacksonville State Colony This year for Jacksonville State’s ACE Project the brothers got together to help clear land for a new intramural softball field that will be ready for next year’s season. This new field will provide much better conditions for the entire university intramural system to play softball on. We have also just completed Greek Week which we did with Zeta Tau Alpha, and Delta Sigma Theta. The final results have not been posted on what place we have gotten. Johnson & Wales Eta-Omega Chapter Our Chapter started the Spring trimester off strong with five new members from the Alpha Gamma pledge class. With new faces in the Chapter we were able to win Greek Week for the second year in a row and an award for Excellence

Iowa State Sigma Chapter Sigma Chapter just finished the spring semester in style. Finals were this last week, and the guys have been studying

Brothers from Theta-Eta Chaper at Old Dominion during the chapters Annual Firefighter Appreciation Day last spring. continued on next page

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Phi Chapter Phi chapter members are coming to the end of a very successful spring semester. We have participated in many philanthropy events, including an afternoon of work at the University’s Robert Allerton Park. We held our formal this semester at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. All that attended had a great time. As with the end of every semester, we are going to be losing some great active members. The members of Phi Chapter would like

to thank Pat Ryan, Dan Davila, Lotan Band, Chris Livesay, Brad Shipley and John Campbell for the years they gave to the chapter and we wish them luck.


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8 C H APTER NEWS in Community Service. Some of our brothers have been recognized for their outstanding leadership. These recognitions include Student Government Executive Board elections including Stephen Bernstein as Chief Justice and Tyler Hunt as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Our Founding Sage and two term Student Body President Kevin Pons prepares to graduate, he was honored for his astonishing leadership skills. His recent awards include being named Outstanding Greek Chapter President and Student Leader of the Year. Hunt followed in former Chapter President Pons’ footsteps and was elected to Order of Omega Executive Board as Treasurer. We’re ending this year strong and preparing for an even better next year when we return in the fall. Lawrence Tech Zeta-Omicron Chapter Our long time goal has finally been accomplished. This spring we finally won Greek day, but not only did we win it we totally blew out the competition, winning by an unprecedented 12 points. It took a lot of work and practice but it was all worth it in the end. On top of winning Greek day we also got first place in our school’s intramural football league. It’s just one more reason why Sigma Pi is number one. Louisiana Tech Delta-Lambda Chapter It has been a successful spring quarter for Delta-Lambda Chapter. With the help of donations from alumni and active brothers, we have been able to re-landscape our front yard and make significant improvements to our house. We also volunteered at the local theatre which turned out to be a huge success. In Addition, our Sage, Christopher Barber and Kyle Leibenguth have finished rookie school and have become firefighters at the Lincoln Parish Volunteer Fire Department. We

Delta-Beta brothers from Monmouth enjoy brotherhood recreation

are looking forward to a great summer and a successful fall rush. Miami (OH)

both spring session championships. We have now turned our eyes towards winning the Golden Standard.

Eta-Phi Chapter Eta Phi had a successful second semester. We completed or Ace Project, Relay for Life. Despite severe thunderstorms the night of the event, Relay still managed to raise $60,000 to help the American Cancer Society. Both of our fundraising teams far exceeded their goals. We would like to thanks everyone who helped make Relay such a success. We also initiated 22 members of the Upsilon pledge class. Socially, this

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past semester our brotherhood attended a Reds game; went to Gatlinburg, TN for formal; and had our Malibu beach party among other parties. We had brothers participate in many philanthropies on campus including the Pink Ribbon Run, Puttin on the Hits, and King of the Wing. All of our athletics teams did well, but our broomball team continued its reign as the best on campus, winning

Alpha-Iota Chapter Alpha Iota has had an excellent past semester. We have had multiple alumni events including our Orchid Ball which was held in Branson, Missouri this year and as always our annual St. Pat’s celebration. Many alumni attended both events and it was great to see such a good turn out. The Brothers of Alpha Iota also participated in philanthropy events.

Zeta-Epsilon Chapter It has been a busy few weeks for the brothers as Zeta Epsilon. We held our 22nd annual Orchid Ball down in Chicago and had a great turnout. We also initiated 6 new brothers this last weekend and as the school year comes to an end we are looking forward to seeing our brothers again this next school year. Missouri - Rolla

Brothers from Zeta-Eta Chapter (Santa Clara) at Santa Cruz Beach during their Annual Multiple Sclerosis Volleyball Tournament.

We all worked together and cleaned out the entire UMR Weight Room. This included wiping down all the walls and sanitizing all the equipment. We also worked at the Shamrock run where we guided runners down the streets of Rolla. All in all, it was a productive and great semester. Murray State Gamma-Upsilon Chapter The summer is progressing mostly uneventfully, the annual summer reunion is coming up July 14-16. In the meantime, some minor repairs are being done around the house, including some much needed air-conditioner repairs. Other plans for the summer include some plantings around the outside of the house to make the yard look much better. Our brothers are looking forward to a good fall rush, and are eager to start taking a more active role in campus activities.

Epsilon-Pi Chapter This spring, Epsilon-Pi Chapter has been busy with philanthropy work. Brothers helped out with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Norfolk by


Epsilon-Pi Chapter celebrated its 25th Founder’s Day this year thanks to the careful organization of Matt Shelley, who graduates this semester. We would like to thank our guests Past Grand Sage John Williams, and Grand Herald John Michelich. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all Alumni of our Chapter who came and made the whole thing a huge success.

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Zeta-Pi Chapter The Winter 2006 semester at Oakland University started out with a show of force, a fund-raiser lift-a-thon event. Eleven of the active members of the Zeta Pi chapter participated in the event to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. The brothers got people to either sponsor them for a one time donation or a money amount per pound lifted in the bench press exercise. The event was then held on the 13th of January in the Oakland University Recreational Center. After all donations were collected the event raised over $500. Moving on to the end of the semester, the Zeta Pi chapter celebrated its 20th year at Oakland University with an amazing Orchid Ball held at the St. Regis Hotel in Detroit, MI. The food was delicious, awards were honored, the dance floor was full, and the bar was open. Everyone who went would tell you that it was a time in their lives to remember. Aside from that, Zeta Pi voted in 2 new members awaiting initiation set for early spring. There are also plans set and organized to set up tables for every Freshman orientation over the summer. Things are looking up for the Zeta Pi chapter with hopes to stick around at Oakland University for another successful 20 years.

Theta-Eta Chapter As our semester came to a close at Old Dominion University, Sigma Pi showed well in a variety of different events. They include: co-hosting a philanthropy event to collect children’s book for needy children in the community with Pi Beta Phi Sorority at the local bowling alley; Pulling off the most successful Fire Fighter Appreciation Day yet, in which we prepared a huge pig bbq, burger, and hot dog roast for the local fire fighters to show the communities appreciation for everything they do. We presented them with a gift of $200 Home Depot Money to use toward new equipment and supplies; We initiated a new scholarship program, which was embraced by all brothers and seems to be bettering our chapter academically as a whole. continued on next page

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keeping the streets clean for guests and other volunteers. Brothers also helped out with sanitation services at the Taste of Hampton Roads, and the organizers of both events were very grateful for out help. It wasn’t all work this semester though, Brothers had a great time at a Norfolk Tides baseball game as a Brotherhood Event. Spring Rush was competitive once again, but the chapter was able to bring in four new members: Dave Latham, Justin Houle, Ricky Williams, and Casey Sellers. Brothers expect another strong rush in the upcoming Fall. Intramurals remained strong this spring with Brothers participating in Flag Football, Basketball, and Indoor Soccer. All three teams had strong showings in their respective leagues.


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10 C H APTER NEWS Oregon State Omega Chapter Omega chapter of Sigma Pi is going very strong. We have participated in many Greek philanthropies over the past term, including the OSU blood drive, Kappa Delta’s Mock Rock, and were winner of the Alpha Gamma Rhodeo. On March 3rd we held our Orchid Ball which had a huge turn out from the members and pledges. A meeting with the Alumni was held in March, where the alumni gave examples of how to keep and strong house in the forms of brotherhood, grades and campus involvement. Penn State Theta Chapter Another year has passed here in Happy Valley and with it many memories. Theta Chapter had a spectacular performance in this year’s Greek Week, winning 1st place in the mini golf hole competition and 3rd place in the chariot race. We also participated in a number of philanthropy events and educational programs such as AIDS walk, a canned food drive, and attended sexual assault and hazing forums. Finally, Brother Adam Griess won the Academic Achievement Award at the second annual Penn State Greek Oscars, which is awarded to one Penn State fraternity man each year. In the fall, we have eleven new brothers moving into the house, as well as

an exciting schedule of events. During dry week, held during the last week of rush, we will be hosting a series of alcohol awareness events, which will include a drunk driving simulator, various speakers and a philanthropy basketball tournament. Purdue Eta Chapter Eta Chapter continues to be very productive this past spring semester, with 100percent retention rate for our spring pledge class. During our ACE project this year we assisted the school grounds keepers by mulching a large section of campus behind the BRWN chemistry building from 7am to 6pm. We had a blast during Orchid ball this year at the Hyatt in downtown Indianapolis . Eta chapter continues to strengthen its greek relations by participation in many philanthropy activities such as Alpha Gam Cup and Frats at Bat. Congrats to brothers Joseph Tragger and Michael Nash for being apart of the 2006 Purdue Grand Prix Champion team. Also thanks to the hard work of our alumni and housing board, we were able to raise enough money to retile the house, bringing a fresh look for Fall 06. Rowan Zeta-Chi Chapter This past spring semester has been one of change for the brothers of Zeta Chi chapter. Following a visit by assistant

executive director Jonathan Frost and ELC Justin Steele, our chapter has begun efforts at reorganizing for a better, more industrious future. We have begun planning for the fall term and, with hard work throughout the summer, will be ready and able to rush only the best people on campus. Other efforts that we have undertaken are the revitalization of the chapter house, a reconstruction of our Greek image, and philanthropic activities. With all of the brothers looking towards the future, we take great pride in the steps our chapter is taking to better ourselves and our campus. With the recent addition of our Alpha Pi class, and many promising prospects for next semester already, we hope to again be a dominant force on and off campus.

Saginaw Valley State Theta-Beta Chapter The brothers of Theta Beta would like to congratulate Tony Lacaze ’07 and the Saginaw Valley bowling team for capturing the National Title. We would also like to welcome back Adam Ulfig ’07 of a safe return home form the Marine Core. Theta Beta held its Orchard Ball on April 1st in Sarnia, joining the Brotherhood was the newly initiated Rho pledge class. Every year the Brothers of Theta Beta sponsor a charity event called Pi games. Pi Games this year rose over $1,300 for the Salvation Army, along with over $4,200 dollars in prizes. In recognition of Theta Beta good will, the Salvation Army honored us with an award. Even though Theta Beta had a great winter semester, it’s not without a loss. Congratulation to the graduating class of ’06, Jeff Romback, Pat Reed, Chad Martin, Sean Wyandt, and Jason Schnell. Theta Beta will also like to welcome home Aaron Mason ’07 for his semester at sea. Santa Clara

2006 TCNJ graduates with Past Grand Sage Don Cox and recently initiated ThetaDelta Brother, Christopher H. Smith, a 26-year veteran of the House of Representatives and also a graduate of TCNJ, class of ’76.

Zeta-Eta Chapter It has been another successful year for recruitment at Zeta-Eta. Bolstered by two strong rushes, the chapter added 30 new members to its rolls. Together

with our large membership and excellent new house, Sigma Pi is becoming powerhouse name at Santa Clara. In addition, the chapter’s annual philanthropy, the Sigma Pi Multiple Sclerosis Volleyball Tournament, bested last year’s mark by $2,000 to a total of $6,000. Over 200 participants attended as we spent a sun-filled day at the Santa Cruz beach. Other noteworthy events include Orchid Ball and our philanthropy with Sacred Heart Nativity School. Our Orchid Ball which took place at the small beach town of Cayucos, near Pismo beach had over 150 in attendance. We’re also proud to say that we’ve had brothers going to Sacred Heart Nativity every week to spend time playing with and tutoring young teens. Seton Hall Delta-Epsilon Chapter We have completed yet another successful semester at Delta Epsilon. We completed a second ACE project and won several honors at the Seton Hall leadership awards. Late in the semester, once weather allowed, we hosted our second ACE project of the year. We invited the ladies of Alpha Gamma Delta to join in providing an on-campus car wash. It was a very successful endeavor. At the leadership awards ceremony, we were presented the 2005-2006 Greek Organization of the Year at Seton Hall. Other notable honors were for our sage, Kyle Sarausky, earning an honorable mention for Pirate of the Year, one of the most prestigious individual leadership awards offered. We initiated five new members this spring, Matt Semmelrock, Nick Pellicano, P. Michael Synan, James Furey, and James Ferraioli. Departing members were Tom Gipson, Dane Martin, Joe Mazza, Kyle Jackson, Tom Gallahue, Chris Branca, Koray Guleyupoglu, and Eddie Bartlett. Southern Illinois - Carbondale Beta-Nu Chapter With the end of the school year upon on us, the brothers of Beta Nu are packing up with good feelings. The year has brought a lot of change to the house. The spring semester saw great

athletics in basketball, hockey and softball. The appearance of the Sigma Pi house improved after a weekend of spring cleaning. Spot lights light up the house, new mulch was laid and a tree was planted. The brothers of Beta Nu wish senior Matt Pfau much luck while attending school at

cron chapter of Sigma Pi at SUNY Buffalo, we are wrapping up a great year here. The chapter had the most pledges on campus, which is showing we are getting the word of Sigma Pi out there. We also participated in Buffalo’s Annual Kid’s Day which helps support children’s hospitals

TCNJ Theta-Delta Chapter Theta-Delta continues to excel as the most active fraternity on campus. This spring we have strived to improve our chapter, as well as the campus of TCNJ. In April we hosted our most exciting social event of the year, the

brothers. We teamed up with Austin police, fire department, EMS and had a great A.C.E project. The project consisted of a drunk driving awareness presentation on Campus. Many of our brothers also traveled to Texas State University to take part in their chartering ceremony. At the end of the

Delta-Zeta Chapter at Missouri – St. Louis participating in a Tug-of-War contest to benefit the Relay for Life. The brothers were able to raise over $2,500 for the American Cancer Society.

around Buffalo. The chapter is also pleased to announce that we have announced the dates for our annual camp out trip, which will be held on July 21st and July 22nd. The chapter is looking forward to next year with excitement in our endeavor to spread Sigma Pi on our campus and through the community.

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SUNY - Potsdam Epsilon-Omega Chapter This semester got off to a very productive start with a visit from The Past Grand Sage John Williams. Our chapter was honored to have him visit. We talked with him about risk management, the character of a brother, rush tactics, and pledging. It was a very enlightening experience. We look forward to a great semester.

Epsilon-Alpha Chapter The Epsilon Alpha chapter is growing as the years go on. with more people, we have had a great spring semester. Our brothers have made every effort to raise their GPAs and made sure that school comes first. SUNY - Buffalo Epsilon-Omicron Chapter Greetings from the Epsilon Omi-

annual Sigma Pi Luau. All who attended enjoyed a full day of live bands and barbequing. Our family picnic was also a success with many families in attendance. Each family brought food, beverages, or deserts and were given a tour of the house. Our formal was also an exciting event for our brothers and alumni. In May we honored two distinguished members of our campus community through our Teacher Appreciation ACE project. This spring we initiated sixteen new members who demonstrate the values of Sigma Pi. We also honor those brothers who graduated on May 12th, and have now joined our alumni club. Theta-Delta continues to progress. Texas Gamma-Theta Chapter This Spring we initiated five new

semester we are looking forward to our annual crawfish boil with our alumni. Toronto Eta-Omicron Chapter The accomplishments of Eta Omicron were reflected in this year’s Orchid Ball festivities. It was a night that epitomized the dedication, wisdom, and spirit molded within each brother over the past year. It was an unbridled success enjoyed by all who were in attendance. With a fond heart we bid goodbye Jason Hum, and outgoing sage Angelo Simoes. Despite rare setbacks, the consensus among the chapter was that 2005/2006 marked a year of progress. A cohesive executive council was established, our philanthropic endeavors were well appreciated, and our chapter house

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Notre Dame in the fall. Also senior Chris Montgomery will be attending school at UCLA. Congratulations to graduates Adam Ruck, Alex Morrison, Mike Wadley, Brandon Lewe, Mitch Waner, Tom Daniel, Casey Woodcock, Mike Kiel Andy Kasperski and Patrick Loftus. Beta Nu wishes all brothers a safe summer and good luck in the fall.


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12 C H APTER NEWS is looking better than ever. There is no doubt that we are now a stronger brotherhood with grander visions for the future of this chapter. Towson Eta-Nu Chapter Once again, this past semester for EtaNu has been one for the record book. The brothers of Eta-Nu continued their dominance of the Towson University Campus by emerging victorious with their 10th Greek Week victory in the past 16 years, Each and every brother showed their contribution through Athletic competitions to voluntary donations to the Children with HIV Foundation. Our recent success with the Sigma Pi Ace project helped further our leadership role amongst greek organizations on campus. Recently, the brotherhood of Eta-Nu celebrated the initiation of the Spring 2006 pledge class. The entire AlphaZeta pledge class has shown much enthusiasm and dedication towards the progress of Eta-Nu and Sigma Pi International. We look forward to a relaxing break and a prosperous forthcoming academic year. Valparaiso Beta-Tau Chapter Beta Tau just welcomed seven new members to the brotherhood this spring. The chapter also was honored at the Greek Awards on three separate occasions. Former Sage Erik Wielgos was honored with President of the Year; and the chapter received Most Improved GPA, as well as an award for completing all of the university’s standards and expectations. Vincennes Alpha Chapter Alpha chapter has continued to dominate Vincennes University despite our situation on campus. We have put through ten of our pledges who show a lot of pride and dedication to Alpha and are going make strong brothers. Alpha chapter has gave back strongly to the community and to the university by participating in a city-wide clean up and two ACE projects. For the city-wide clean up brothers picked up trash along 6th street and for our

efforts the chapter was awarded one hundred dollars by Burkhart Insurance Company who was sponsoring the event. The ACE projects consisted of brothers helping with the construction of the new Red Skeleton Performing Arts Center and helping out with the Vincennes University graduating ceremony. Alpha chapter is proving to VU and to the rest of the world that we are “A New Generation of Leaders.” Wake Forest Alpha-Nu Chapter Alpha-Nu had yet another outstanding spring semester at Wake Forest! Although we graduated 17 brothers, our paramount focus on Spring Rush paid off and resulted in 22 new members who bring an important diversity and distinctiveness to the Chapter. For the first time, the Brothers of AlphaNu performed three different ACE projects at Wake Forest in one year! Furthermore, our 46th annual Orchid Ball continued to be a huge success, and even more importantly, the semester saw a true display of unity when two chapters worked synergistically in order to ensure the success of this year’s initiation ceremony at the Epsilon-Theta Chapter at Elon University. The Epsilon-Theta executive council attended the Alpha-Nu initiation ceremony where they were familiarized with the process, and then several Alpha Nu representatives traveled to nearby Elon in order to provide support while they carried out the process themselves. Congratulations to our own Pete Bolac who will be taking a Sigma Pi Executive Office Staff position! Finally, Congratulations to the 2006 graduates whose accomplishments and dedication have most certainly left the Chapter an even better place than when they came in, and good luck to the newest members who already display the commendable characteristics that we have come to expect from a Sigma Pi. We look forward to an incredible summer where both of the aforementioned groups as well as over twenty other brothers will contribute to the great number of Alpha-Nu representatives in New Orleans this August!

William Paterson Theta-Tau Chapter Theta Tau is happy to announce the induction of our Beta class. It was comprised of four young men who we are proud to now call brothers. We recently crowned our chapter sweetheart for the 2006-2007 year in our annual Sexy Sigma Pageant, where we raised both money and awareness for the American Red Cross. We have also completed our annual volleyball court clean up, as well as a campus-wide clean up. The brothers of Theta Tau have also just applied to adopt-a-spot on campus. The brothers have also held an alcohol awareness program to inform and spread awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking. We have a few more events before the year finishes out, and we are looking forward to next semester. Wisconsin - Madison Tau Chapter Tau chapter has been doing very well on campus this last semester. We have 6 new brothers from spring rush and each one of them is an outstanding individual. Next semesters rush is expected to bring in 20 members due to the outstanding planning and organization of our new rush chairman. Tau chapter has shown the UW-Madison campus that we can do great things. The Chapter placed first in just about everything we entered notably Humorology, Anchor splash (4th year in a row), and Greek Week. The chapter also held our philanthropy “Evening with the Gentleman” where we make a formal dinner and provide our own entertainment for our female guests. We had 5 brothers graduate this year and are very sad to see them leave but also want to wish them good luck in their future endeavors. Wisconsin - Oshkosh Gamma-Mu Chapter This last semester has been a busy one for the Gamma Mu Chapter. We graduated 3 brothers for the fall and welcome 6 new Brothers to our ranks. We are expanding our ACE Project even further to include more organizations on campus and on the subject of campus involvement, we took both Homecoming and Winter

Carnival for the third year in a row! Our Brothers are also currently working hard on housing improvements. We completely remodeled out upstairs bathroom and it is truly a throne for the Gods. We have also stressed very heavily scholastics and self improvement. We are taking strides to stand out on campus and become more involved leaders. We also want to say thank you to the Brothers from Platteville who came to visit us, and to congratulate the Tau Chapter on what they are doing down there. Keep up the good work! Wisconsin - Platteville Delta-Iota Chapter The men at Delta Iota have been kept busy this spring with numerous philanthropy projects, fundraisers, and social events with other Greek chapters. The continuance of the philanthropy project at the VFW has opened up new doors for our chapter to participate in other local events by renting out our dunk tank to increase our fundraising efforts. This semester’s ACE project, campus clean up, was an excellent way for our chapter to give back to the campus. Having initiated four men this semester who have the potential of being great leaders, we are well on our way of being recognized as being exemplary citizens. York Eta-Theta Chapter This semester was particularly busy for the Eta Theta Chapter. We had a good size pledge class of 7 that was initiated early in April. We are proud to welcome our new brothers and enjoy the progress that they are helping our chapter make right now. We are also very proud of the work we have done for our first ever ACE Project this year. Our chapter constructed a regulation size sand volleyball court on our west campus, and all the hard work sure paid off. We also had a very close greek week this year, placing third among nine fraternities at the school. We are happy and sad to see a few of our brothers venture out into the world after graduation, Tony and Cory we will miss you and good luck.

Lead. Experience. Inspire.

Experience Travel. Educate. Encourage Travel Grow. Teach. Learn. Develop. Learn Do any of these words jump out at you? If so, then you should consider applying to become an Educational Leadership

Consultant (ELC) for the 2006-2007 academic year.

The role of an ELC is to lead undergraduate officers and members in creating the finest and most rewarding college chapter experience. ELCs travel to Sigma Pi chapters across the United States and Canada, teaching, training, educating, and inspiring the men they come in contact with.

ELCs begin their traveling year at the beginning of July and travel through the end of April. During an extensive training period in July and early August, they learn to create and lead workshops, facilitate small and large group discussions, teach problem-solving techniques, assimilate to different environments quickly, and communicate with collegians and volunteers on a regular basis. ELCs also meet and network with numerous alumni while traveling for the Fraternity.

Becoming and ELC is a wonderful opportunity. If you are a graduating senior and are

Questions may be addressed to Jonathan Frost,, or (800) 332-1897.

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looking for an exciting job that will teach you a number of skills and help you grow and develop as an individual, apply to the educational leadership consultant program. Applications and additional information on the program is available in the Executive Office section of Applications are also being accepted for Colony Development Consultants and Expansion Consultants.


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Future Expansion: Currently, our scheduled expansion projects for the spring semester include: 4The Ohio State Univ. (Columbus, Ohio) Gamma Chapter was stablished June 6, 1908. Originally Phi Kappa Phi founded in 1901. Responsible for the first Convocation. Inactive during World War II and since 1995. 4University of California (Santa Barbara, Calif.) Alpha-Omicron Chapter was established February 28, 1948. Formed as a colony of Sigma Pi in 1947. Inactive 19721973 and since 1976. 4Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) - EtaEpsilon Chapter was originally established November 19, 1988. Formed as a colony of Sigma Pi in 1988. Inactive since 2001. 4Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)


Sigma Pi Colonizes at Kansas State University by Jim DiVita

On September 1, 2006, Expansion Consultants Peter Bolac, Adam Dibble, Kyle Jackson and Director of Expansion Jim DiVita colonized twenty-four men at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. The colonization at Kansas State University marked the first “cold start” expansion visit for Sigma Pi during the 2006-2007 year in addition to becoming the newest fraternity to K-State in over twelve years. The formation of the colony can be traced back to Sigma Pi being formally voted into the K-State Greek community in April 2006. During a cold start visit the expansion staff will begin with zero men and much of the work is done prior to arriving to campus.

The new colony consists of many former high school and on campus leaders involved in such positions and organizations as residence hall government, Air Force ROTC, varsity athletics and K-State scholarship recipients. The men are excited to begin contributing to campus and making an impact in the local Manhattan community. The colony joins a Greek system of over 30 fraternities and 15 sororities. The men are poised to participate in Homecoming with the lovely ladies of Alpha Xi Delta and the men of Alpha Gamma Rho and Phi Gamma Delta. Special thanks to Scott Jones and the K-State Greek Life Staff, Founding Father Ray Garrison (ΘΓ, West Alabama ’97) for his support and to the gentlemen of Epsilon-Epsilon Chapter who also attended the colonization ceremony.

Recommend an undergraduate Brothers, do you know a current undergraduate or college-bound senior that would make a great addition to an existing chapter of our Fraternity? Is your son or brother attending a school where he would be a legacy of Sigma Pi? If so, complete the Recommend a Man submission form online and let us know! Current chapters of Sigma Pi benefit greatly from receiving names of quality individuals attending their college or university.

The link to this service can be found on the main page of If you cannot access the internet, please send a form that includes your name and contact information, the name and school of the recommended man, and his contact information to: Director of Expansion Sigma Pi Fraternity P.O Box 1897 Brentwood, TN 37024

University of Delaware Colonizes by Kyle Jackson

On the evening of Friday, October 13, 2006, twenty men at the University of Delaware were formally colonized. The ceremony was conducted by Past Grand Sage John Williams (ΕΨ, Widener ’85), with the assistance of Direc-

tor of Expansion Jim DiVita (ΖΜ, Michigan State ’04), and Expansion Consultant Kyle Jackson (ΔΕ, Seton Hall ’06). Several brothers from Theta-Xi Chapter at Salisbury University were also in attendance. The newly formed

colony is a diverse group, with several athletes, campus leaders, and members of the campus leadership program. This is the first Sigma Pi group in the state of Delaware, which will join the Mid-Atlantic Province. With excellent leader-

ship, and nearby chapters offering their assistance and experience, the colony will continue to grow, and look to charter next fall.

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campus. Strong in size, the group is led by President Tommy Morgan and Vice President Ian Latimer. This colony becomes the 4th group in Texas and seeks to become another great chapter in the Lone Star State. The colony is currently in the process of putting together an alumni advisory board. If you live in the area and are interested in helping out this group, please contact Director of Expansion Jim DiVita at: or call the Sigma Pi Executive Office at: (800) 3321897.

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On September 22, 2006, in the Regents Room of the JPL Library at the University of Texas at San Antonio a group of 38 men were formally colonized. The colonization ceremony was conducted by Expansion Consultants Kyle Jackson (ΔΕ, Seton Hall ’06) and Peter Bolac (ΑΝ, Wake Forest, ’06). The result of another “cold start” expansion visit, we are excited as the land of Sigma Pi in Texas continues to grow, and are proud to help these young gentlemen along the path toward becoming initiated brothers. The colony is already one of the largest groups on


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LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE February 2-4, 2007 St. Louis, Missouri For the first time since its existence recruitment chairs are invited to attend this year’s Mid-Year Leadership Conference, free of cost! The 6th Annual Mid-Year Leadership Conference will be held February 2-4, 2007 in the Hilton St. Louis Airport at 10330 Natural Bridge Rd., in St. Louis, Missouri, 63134. Guests arriving by air transportation are encouraged to utilize the Hilton shuttle service from the St. Louis airport to the hotel. Register online by January 19, 2007. Registered conference participants need to arrive Friday afternoon in time for the opening reception which starts at 5:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time). Meetings will be held Friday night and Saturday and checkout will be Sunday morning. The Mid-Year Leadership Conference is designed specifically for recently elected chapter sages, third counselors, and recruitment chairs. This is the reason we hold the conference at the beginning of February after new officers have taken their positions. We will also have special programming for our chapter directors, province archons, and alumni club delegates. (These sessions will help them develop leadership in their chapters.) The Grand Council and Educational Foundation boards will also be present for the conference which is designed to be interactive, informational and motivational. The objective is to make this conference positive and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. The hotel and registration fees for the sages, third counselors, recruitment chairs, chapter directors, and province archons, are covered by Sigma Pi. This includes the cost of the hotel room, opening reception, Saturday breakfast, and lunch. (Saturday Dinner Is On Your Own) Chapter officers and alumni volunteers will have to be on file with the Executive Office as holding these positions at their chapters and in the provinces to receive complimentary lodging. Substitutes are allowed, but must be discussed beforehand by contacting Jonathan Frost at (800) 332-1897 or via email at Any member of Sigma Pi Fraternity may attend; but if you are not a sage, third counselor, recruitment chair, chapter director, or province archon, you must pay a registration fee of $100 and you must cover your own lodging expenses. Your $100 registration fee will cover opening reception, Saturday breakfast, and lunch, and shuttle transportation to downtown Saturday night. Sigma Pi Fraternity must have advance registration and ALL participants must register via www. There will be NO on-site registration at the event. Unregistered people showing up will not be allowed to participate in the events. Please understand we must have exact headcounts for the hotel for meeting rooms, meals, and ground transportation. For questions, please contact Jonathan Frost at (800) 332-1897 or via email at We want to remind everyone once again that sages, third counselors, recruitment chairs, chapter directors, and province archons, are NOT required to send payment.


Visit the national website for up to date Mid-Year information WWW.SIGMAPI.ORG

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This Years Mid-Year Highlights Include: 4Phired Up Productions 4Separate Agenda For Alumni Volunteers 4Shuttle Transportation Downtown Saturday Night 4First Time For Recruitment Chairs


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During the week of August 1st through 6th, 6th Sigma Pi Fraternity held its 48th Biennial Convocation at the Marriott New Orleans, a few blocks from the legendary Bourbon Street, in the city’s French Quarter. This Convocation marked the second visit of the Grand Chapter to New Orleans, Louisiana, in its 109 years of existence, the first being in 1990. Brotherhood on the Bayou brought together more than 500 alumni, actives, and new members in a setting that only New Orleans could offer. 4

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3Top left - Grand Sage Kitch leads the opening procession of Convocation; left University of Virginia, Towson, Drury and Monmouth chapters pose with their Grand Sage Cup awards.

4Grand Grand Sage-Elect Larry Rovira and Past Grand Sage John Williams present Grand Sage Kitch with his gavel and plaque in appreciation of his years of service to the Fraternity.

4Founders’ Award recipients: Charles Bayless (ΓΞ, West Virginia ’68), Bob Burns (ΔΦ, Wisconsin - Lacrosse ’71), Jack Fields (ΕΓ, Illinois Weslyan ’71) [accepted by GFC John Michlich], and Mike Beebe (ΑΠ, Arkansas State’68)

Many brothers know the biennial convocation is filled with entertainment, dinners, and awards. Convocation serves to provide a forum in which the delegates of chapters, alumni clubs, and Past Grand Officers are able to convene for the purpose of discussing, creating, and revising fraternal policy while enjoying the true spirit of brotherhood. Behind the scenes delegates and alumni volunteers spent a great deal of time discussing revisions and motions before they were brought to the floor of the Grand Chapter. A variety of committees tackled these tasks to enable the Grand Chapter meetings to run smoothly, and allow for the most efficient use of the limited time we share together.

Thursday, August 3rd, began with a continental breakfast giving everyone the energy they would need to maintain focus throughout the day and night. The first business session started promptly at 9 AM and led all the way up to the awards luncheon where many chapters were honored for their accomplishments during the past Biennium. After the delegates refueled and gathered their awards to take back to their respective chapters, it was time to get back to business. During the second business session, the Grand Chapter reconvened to observe the new members being initiated by the Grand Council, seeing our Ritual performed from the new Manual of Ceremonies for the first time. Interest groups and colonies were taken to a separate meeting room to continue having breakout sessions on recruitment and chartering, looking forward to the future when they would be able join the chapters in performing our Ritual. Committees met briefly following the conclusion of The Golden Quest and soon after the brothers would be preparing for a night on the town. Dinner was held at Bourbon Vieux, in the 500 block of Bourbon Street, boasting the largest balcony on the entire street. Jazz entertainment was provided by Sigma Pi Alumnus Randy “Big Daddy” Webster (ΒΝ, Southern Illinois ’82) and his band for everyone to enjoy. Soon it would be time for some members to turn in for rest, while others made their

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Tuesday, August 1st, began the first round of meetings to be held in New Orleans. The Grand Council held an afternoon meeting together working on the strategic plans for the future of Sigma Pi. The night concluded with the nominations committee dinner. The nominations committee was busy at work the next morning, meeting with the current Grand Council members and other applicants wishing to be elected for a position on the Grand Council. Simultaneously, the Educational Foundation discussed its future programming to assist the undergraduates of the Fraternity. Throughout Wednesday, August 2nd, most of the delegates were busy arriving into the airport or traveling the final stretch of a long drive to New Orleans. The afternoon began with meetings involving Chapter Directors and Province Archons, while later on the arriving delegates were able to attend Sigma Pi University breakout sessions. These sessions were lead by the Executive Office staff and gave the undergraduates an opportunity to meet their fellow

brothers to discuss topics such as risk management, the Educational Foundation, recruitment, and the ACE Project. Convocation was kicked off later that evening, in grand fashion, with the opening reception in the Acadia Room of the Marriott. The night concluded with the Grand Sage reception hosted by John Kitch in his suite.


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had subsided, many brothers took time to relax, while others were off to Harrah’s Casino and Bourbon Street to enjoy a night out with their brothers.

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5PGS Gary Tash and Chapter Director Fred Bauer with the brothers of Alpha Nu Chapter at Wake Forest - winners of Most Man Miles Award

Above left: Joe Palazzolo received the Lyle H. Smith Award for Outstanding Chapter Director for the biennium; Shea Stickler (above) amd Paul Gorman (left) both recipients of Curtis G. Shakes Award for Outstanding Province Archon for the biennium

way into the night to experience all that New Orleans had to offer. Friday, August 4th, started off with a breakfast hosted in Grand Sage John Kitch’s suite for the Top 12 Chapters, while the remaining brothers met for the continental breakfast in the Acadia Room. Business sessions and committee meetings once again consumed the morning of the Grand Chapter. After the morning session of meetings concluded, the Educational Foundation hosted a luncheon for those in attendance. Many brothers were excited and grateful for the scholarships awarded at the luncheon, and the Educational Foundation took the opportunity to update the group on the progress they have made over the past biennium. Thomas Moore, chairman, and Richard Robinson, president and chief development officer, of the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation also reported on the foundation’s goals for the future; to continue and increase its support of the fraternity’s educational programming, and to grow our scholarship programs. After the lunch break the Grand Chapter convened again to hold its afternoon business session and continue striving to create the greatest fraternity in North America. Once the long day of business

The final day of meetings started off like the others with actives, alumni, and new members gathering for the customary continental breakfast at the Marriott. After many days of business, the Grand Chapter pushed through two more business sessions on its last full day of the 48th Biennial Convocation. In the early afternoon, while the colonies and interest groups were busy having workshops with the expansion staff, the Grand Chapter installed the newly elected Grand Council. Grand Second Counselor Larry Rovira was installed as the 41st man to hold the position of Grand Sage of Sigma Pi Fraternity. Many familiar faces returned to the Grand Council in new positions: Grand Second Counselor George Hakim, Grand Third Counselor Chris Brown, Grand Fourth Counselor Ed Levesque, Grand First Counselor John Michelich, and Past Grand Sage John Kitch. Andy Morris’ life experiences with Sigma Pi as an active, alumni, and as a former Executive Director of Sigma Pi Fraternity proved to motivate the Grand Chapter to elect him to the position of Grand Herald for the upcoming biennium. Past Grand Sage John Williams Jr. moved on to the role of Province Archon of the Eastern Pennsylvania region after serving the fraternity in his various roles on the Grand Council since 1994. After all the business of the 48th Biennial Convocation had transpired, a reception was held in the Acadia room for the newly elected Grand Council to be followed by the Final Awards Banquet. For many, this banquet was the highlight of the long

Top left: Grand Sage Kitch presents PGS Frank Fryburg (Θ - Penn State) with a gift from his friends for his numberous years of service to Sigma Pi Top Right: Chad DeMars (ΘΚ, Texas Tech ’03), one of many scholarship recipients, receives a check from Tom Moore, Chairman of the Educational Foundation

Left: “Big Daddy” Randall Webster (ΒΝ - Southern Illinois - Carbondale) and the Red Hot Cava Band provided music for a group outing at Bourbon Vieux Right: Members from across the continent presented flags during the opening ceremonies

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Center: A large group of chapters were rewarded for attaining their recruitment goals


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weekend, with the largest attendance of any of the events hosted at Convocation. On hand were alumni, actives, and new members from across North America, many of whom brought their families to celebrate yet another great biennium for one of North America’s premier fraternities. Tensions were high as the undergraduates awaited the announcements of the Grand Sage Awards to the top four chapters in their respective tiers. The event included heart felt speeches from the outgoing Grand Sage, John Kitch, and the incoming Grand Sage, Larry Rovira, both of whom had loving support from their families on hand to witness the milestones they were passing. Four Founders Awards were presented to outstanding Sigma Pi Alumni. Charles Bayless ((ΓΞ, West Virginia ’68), the President of West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Mike Beebe (ΑΠ, Arkansas State ’68), the now elected Governor of Arkansas, and Dr. Robert Burns (ΔΦ, ( Wisconsin

- Lacrosse ’71), Past Grand Sage and University President, were in attendance to receive their awards. Dr. Jack Fields (ΕΓ, Illinois Weslyan ’71), Past Grand Sage, was honored posthumously with the Founders Award. Past Grand Sage Jack Field’s sister graciously accepted the award on his behalf while Grand First Counselor John Michelich spoke on behalf of his good friend. These men received the most prestigious honor the Fraternity can bestow upon its members for their contributions or exceptional service; in business, a profession, education, or humanitarianism, including service to Sigma Pi Fraternity. The time had finally come to give out the Grand Sage Award to the best chapter in each of the four respective tiers. With anticipation enveloping the Acadia Room, the awards were presented to Drury University (ΕΡ), Monmouth University (ΔΒ), Towson University (ΗΝ), and The University of Virginia (ΒΠ). Each group was applauded for their exceptional accomplishments throughout

the past biennium. The Grand Council managed to re-excite the room when, unbeknownst to everyone, they announced the sixth ever Honorary Grand Sage. Executive Director Mark Briscoe was honored for his countless contributions to Sigma Pi Fraternity by the Grand Council to enter into an elite group of five previous brothers (Harold Jacobsen, D. Dean Crook, Judge Curtis G. Shake, Byron R. Lewis, and Jim Hills) as Honorary Grand Sage. Stunned by the honor, Mark Briscoe was congratulated with a resounding standing ovation from the packed Acadia Room. Once the shock wore off, it was time to honor Past Grand Sage John Kitch for his ongoing commitment to the Fraternity over the past biennium while serving as Grand Sage. He was presented with a Nike golf club bag with custom embroidering of his name and the crest of Sigma Pi. He was also humorously given a set of golf balls, because he seems to lose a number of them on his outings. The Fireside Song served as the grand finale of the evening, when the brothers and alumni joined together to keep the fire burning bright. The 48th Biennial Convocation certainly lived up to “Brotherhood on the Bayou.” The event brought members and family together spanning many decades of our Fraternity’s existence, for yet another successful national gathering of Sigma Pi, with memories that will prove to last a lifetime. For those members who were unable to attend “Brotherhood on the Bayou” please reserve a spot on your calendar in August, 2008 for the 49th Biennial Convocation in beautiful Long Beach, California, you surely will not regret it!

Top left: The top 12 chapters enjoyed a breakfast in their honor in the suite of Grand Sage Kitch Top right: In a transition of leadership, PGS John Kitch passes the gavel to the new Grand Sage Larry Rovira Above: Past Executive Director and newly elected Grand Herald, Andrew Morris, addresses the Convocation

Right bottom: Mark Briscoe presents PGS John Kitch with a custom embroidered golf bag as a token of the Grand Chapter’s appreciation Below: In a Convocation tradition, Jim DiVita, Director of Expansion, assist the Kappa chapter representatives in adding their banner before the Grand Chapter

Right center: Executive Director Mark Briscoe becomes the sixth Honorary Grand Sage of the Fraternity

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26 Convocation Award Winners 2006: Grand Sage’s Award Top 4 chapters that have maintained a superior level of operations on their campuses throughout the biennium. Tier I - Rolin Rosco James Tier Beta-Pi, University of Virginia Tier II - William Raper Kennedy Tier Eta-Nu, Towson University Tier III - James Thompson Kingsbury Tier Delta-Beta, Monmouth University Tier IV - George Martin Patterson Tier Epsilon-Rho, Drury University

Tier III - James Thompson Kingsbury Tier Delta-Beta, Monmouth University Tier IV - George Martin Patterson Eta-Mu, Missouri Southern State University Byron R. Lewis Academic Award The highest GPA for the entire biennium. Mu, Cornell University William J. Cutbirth Community Service Award Delta-Alpha, Central Michigan University

Iverson-Lemmond Expansion Award Chapter that contributed the most toward the expansion of Sigma Pi. Kappa, Temple University Efficiency Awards Chapters who achieved at least 800 efficiency points for the academic year. Awards for the 2004-2005 academic year were presented at Sigma Pi University last summer. Therefore, the recipients for the 2005-2006 academic year are as follows: Beyer-Fryburg Efficiency Award

Grand Council Award Top 12 chapters that have maintained a superior level of operations on their campuses throughout the biennium.

Most Improved Chapter Award Eta-Omega, Johnson & Wales University Delta-Alpha, Central Michigan University

Tier I - Rolin Rosco James Tier Sigma, Iowa State University Beta-Pi, University of Virginia Alpha-Phi, University of Georgia

Curtis G. Shake Award The province archon who best fulfills the duties. Shea Stickler (Beta-Kappa, Arizona State ’90) - New Mexico/ Arizona Province Archon

These chapters attained a score of 900-999 points for the year.

Tier II - William Raper Kennedy Tier Alpha-Iota, University of Missouri-Rolla Alpha-Nu, Wake Forest University Eta-Nu, Towson University

Paul Gorman (Delta-Epsilon, Seton Hall ’96) - New Jersey/ Long Island Province Archon

Joe Palazzolo (Delta-Beta, Monmouth ’03) - Delta-Beta Chapter Director

Sigma, Iowa State University Gamma-Sigma, University of Missouri Epsilon-Phi, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (AZ) Zeta-Alpha, West Chester University Zeta-Eta, Santa Clara University Zeta-Omicron, Lawrence Technological University Eta-Nu, Towson University

Most Outstanding Alumni Club Award

800 Club

Tier IV - George Martin Patterson Tier Epsilon-Rho, Drury University Zeta-Eta, Santa Clara University Theta-Beta, Saginaw Valley State University

Upsilon Alumni Association, University of California-Los Angeles

These chapters attained a score of 800-899 points for the year.

Michael P. Carey Award Outstanding leadership within the chapter.

Grand Chapter Award Top 25 chapters that have maintained a superior level of operations on their campuses throughout the biennium.

Joshua Wright, Delta-Alpha, Central Michigan University

Alpha-Iota, University of Missouri-Rolla Alpha-Nu, Wake Forest University Beta-Omicron, California State University-Long Beach Gamma-Kappa, Indiana Institute of Technology Delta-Alpha, Central Michigan University Delta-Epsilon, Seton Hall University Epsilon-Rho, Drury University Theta-Delta, The College of New Jersey

Tier III - James Thompson Kingsbury Tier Beta-Omicron, California State University-Long Beach Delta-Beta, Monmouth University Theta-Rho, Grand Valley State University

Mu, Cornell University Sigma, Iowa State University Upsilon, University of California-Los Angeles Beta, Indiana University Alpha-Iota, University of Missouri-Rolla Alpha-Nu, Wake Forest University Alpha-Phi, University of Georgia Beta-Gamma, Eastern Illinois University Beta-Omicron, California State University-Long Beach Beta-Pi, University of Virginia Gamma-Sigma, University of Missouri Delta-Beta, Monmouth University Epsilon-Gamma, Illinois Wesleyan University Epsilon-Rho, Drury University Zeta-Delta, Colorado University Zeta-Zeta, University of Florida Zeta-Eta, Santa Clara University Zeta-Pi, Oakland University Zeta-Tau, University of Northern Colorado Eta-Nu, Towson University Theta-Beta, Saginaw Valley State University Theta-Delta, The College of New Jersey Theta-Epsilon, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Theta-Rho, Grand Valley State University ACE Project Award The best ACE Project during the academic year. Tier I - Rolin Rosco James Tier Zeta-Zeta, University of Florida Tier II - William Raper Kennedy Tier Alpha-Nu, Wake Forest University

Lyle H. Smith Award The chapter director who best fulfills the duties.

Harold Jacobsen Award Outstanding contributions and leadership on campus. Kevin Pons, Eta-Omega, Johnson & Wales University Cletus A. Broeker Award Outstanding service to the greater community.

These chapters attained a perfect 1,000 points for the year. Alpha, Vincennes University Delta-Beta, Monmouth University 900 Club

Eric Greco, Kappa, Temple University

Convocation Attendance Award Chapter with the most members in attendance at the Convocation.

Louis Foley Newsletter Award

Alpha-Nu, Wake Forest University

2004-2005: Phi Cry, Phi, University of Illinois 2005-2006: Beta Bits, Beta Alumni Club, Indiana University Chapter Video Award

Man Miles Award Chapter whose members collectively traveled the most miles to attend Convocation.

Eta-Nu, Towson University

Alpha-Nu, Wake Forest University

Chapter Website Award Upsilon, University of California-Los Angeles Alumni Club Website Award Upsilon Alumni Association, University of California-Los Angeles Reston-Fitzpatrick Emerald Award of Merit 2004-2005: Epsilon-Rho, Drury University 2005-2006: Upsilon Alumni Association, University of California-Los Angeles Membership Recruitment Award 2004-2005: Zeta-Eta, Santa Clara University 2005-2006: Zeta-Eta, Santa Clara University Membership Recruitment Increase 2004-2005: Alpha-Iota, University of Missouri-Rolla 2005-2006: Zeta-Omicron, Lawrence Technological University



Seminole Alumni Club Seminole alumni Foundation of Eta Epsilon chapter from Florida State University is gearing up for a busy fall. Several tailgates are being planned for home football games vs. Boston College, Troy (with fellow alumni from the James Hauser alumni club), and University of Florida all sponsored by the alumni foundation. The alumni club has been also working closely with Jim DiVita and the expansion staff at Sigma Pi nationals to re-colonization of the Eta Epsilon chapter at Florida State Inter-Fraternity council this fall. With a majority vote of current chapters on campus we will prepare to start up again in Spring 2007. We welcome any chapters or alumni members interested in assisting with our return to campus. We are also currently looking for interested alumni in the Tallahassee area to serve on the alumni advisory board for the colony, so if you are interested please contact Spencer Klein, SAF President, at 850-445-0826. The alumni club is also still looking for alumni that are not currently on our email contact list. To be added, email Spencer at spenceloriklein@aol. com or go to our website at www. and register your email address in our updates section. We are looking forward to re-establishing Eta-Epsilon chapter back at Florida State University for many years to come and continuing to add dedicated members to our alumni foundation in the future. Stephen Ahle (ΒΟ, Cal State-

Long Beach ’75), was named as California’s National Distinguished Principal by The National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Robert W. Hauer (ΑΩ, San Diego State ’69), received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University, July 31, 2006. Bob is Education & Training officer at Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND. He lives with his wife Bobbie, daughter Barbara, and Golden Retriever Mack in East Grand Forks, MN. Rustin Mackey (ΗΑ, Cal StateSacramento ’97) and wife, Jessica, are the proud parents of Lauren Camille Mackey, who was born on August 13, 2006.

URI alumnus establishes $250,000 endowment for engineering student scholarships As a student at the University of Rhode Island in the early 1960s, Steve Jonas was president of his chapter of Sigma Pi, and president of the URI Fraternity President’s Council. Although he was at the top of his class in industrial engineering, it was his fraternity activities that ultimately led to his career in student personnel and higher education administration. “My career traces directly back to URI and the fraternity and leadership experiences I had there,” Jonas said. His recent retirement as vice president for administration at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, got him thinking about his estate plans and how he could give back to the University that played such a big role in his career direction and success.

Robert Nemanich (Β, Indiana ’84), has joined with the Woodmoor Group, ranked in the top 1% of executive search firms in North America as one of their senior recruiters, primarily working in the banking and financial vertical markets.

“My wife and I didn’t have provisions in our will other than ’he gets/she gets,’ and since we don’t have any children, it was a question of where is this money going to go,” said the Centerville, Ohio resident. “We both have doctorates in higher education, so we’ve been interested in doing something to support students.”

Peter Palmiotto (ΒΟ, Cal StateLong Beach ’96), and wife, Kim, are the proud parents of Priscilla Elaine Palmiotto, who was born July 15, 2006.

“The University provided me with scholarship help when I was a student, and without it there’s no way I could have enrolled,” he said. “We decided that because URI helped me when I needed it, maybe we could do something to help someone else who wants to attend.”

Jeremy Sarnovsky (ΖΠ, Oak-

land ’01) recently became engaged to Martha Ciske. A May 12, 2007 wedding is planned in Alexandria, Virginia.

What Jonas and his wife Jan decided was to establish a $250,000 endowment through their will to provide scholarships to students in the URI College of Engineering.

Steve and Jan Jonas returned to URI for the first time in many years during the summer of 2005 to attend a reunion of his fraternity brothers. “I swore I would never go to a reunion in my life,” he joked, “but I saw some guys for the first time in 40 years and we had a fantastic time.” It brought back memories not only of his fraternity activities, but also memories of his engineering classes and professors, especially mechanical engineering professor William Ferrante, who later became URI vice president for academic affairs and interim president. “He was a phenomenal faculty member,” Jonas recalled. “You needed to be on your toes to get through his class, but you walked out of there and you knew the material.” “Over the years more and more alumni and friends of the University have made provisions for URI in their estate plans, just as Steve Jonas has,” said Robert Clough, URI senior development officer. “It establishes a legacy in his name that will enable the College of Engineering to attract students that might otherwise have been unable to attend. We sincerely appreciate his generous support.”

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Aaron Dahl (ΗΑ, Cal State-Sacramento ’96) and wife Jennifer, are the proud parents of Kaia Noelle Dahl, who was born on April 22, 2006.


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Stephen L. Peterson (ΑΥ, Rhode Island ’85) is in his third year as head coach of the Indiana rowing program. Peterson directs the rowing program while working primarily with the women’s varsity. He was named the second rowing head coach in Indiana history on August 11, 2003, replacing former head coach Mark Wilson. “Indiana has all of the necessary tools and potential to succeed. We have great rowing shells and a fantastic lake to row on. On land, we have plenty of ergs, and good weight lifting equipment. We also have a tremendous support staff of strength coaches, athletic trainers, academic counselors and an athletic administration who are excited about our program, and want to help our program to succeed. Couple this with the fact that we are in the Big Ten, one of the strongest rowing conferences in the country, and you have the blueprint to build a powerful rowing program,” said Peterson. At the helm of the Hoosiers, Peterson made an immediate impact on the program. Not only did IU claim its first All-American (Laura Lazaridis) in 2005, the Hoosiers captured their best finish in Big Ten history with a sixth-place effort of 46 points. Additionally, Indiana’s Varsity 8 posted eight head-to-head

triumphs to best the previous record of six set in 2004. Meanwhile, the V8 shell also jumped out to its best start with a 7-0 run. Also of note, the squad created more program history as the V8 earned Big Ten Boat of the Week honors on March 22, 2005 after a first-place finish at the Solid Orange Clemson Challenge in Clemson, South Carolina. Peterson, a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team, came to Indiana after serving as the head women’s rowing coach at George Washington University. Under Peterson’s leadership, the GW varsity crew captured two Champion International Collegiate Regatta titles, an Atlantic 10 Championship and a bronze medal at the IRA’s. George Washington’s women’s varsity eight never finished lower than second at the Atlantic 10 Conference championship during this span and also advanced to the 1998 NCAA Championships, finishing the season ranked 15th in the nation. Peterson earned Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year (2000 and 2001). In addition to his George Washington coaching duties which he had held since 1996, Peterson was a United States National Team Coach from 1999

through 2003. His national team athletes won a total of four silver medals and one bronze medal at the world championships and Pan American games competition. Peterson served on the U.S. Lightweight Women’s Sculling Development Camp staff in 1998 before moving on to the U.S. National Team in 1999.

Peterson is a 1985 graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in marketing/advertising. As a rower at URI, his lightweight 8 crews won the Dad Vail championships twice in 1982 and 1984. He served as an assistant coach for his alma mater from 1986-87 and was URI’s head coach from 1989-91. While coaching at URI, Peterson guided the Rams to victories at the New England Championships, Dad Vails and Women’s Eastern Sprints. He left URI in 1992 to accept the position of head coach for the varsity lightweight men’s crew at Rutgers University, where he would coach until 1995.

A native of Cumberland, Rhode Island, Peterson rowed for the U.S. Olympic team in the men’s lightweight double sculls at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics placing ninth, and is a seven-time US National team member. Peterson has earned more than 50 rowing medals, from collegiate to elite competition. He competed for the U.S. National Team from 1989-92 and 1995-96, finishing among the top four in the men’s lightweight double and quadruple sculls on three separate occasions. In fact, his men’s double scull won the world championships in 1990 in Tasmania, Australia and his quadruple scull finished third at the 1989 championship in Duisburg, Germany. Peterson earned the 1990 Vesper Cup Award, presented annually to the U.S. National Team member for outstanding and inspirational achievement in international competition, for his medal-winning performance at the 1990 world championships. His success in the sport of rowing recently earned him a place in the University of Rhode Island’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Peterson and his wife, Meredith, and newborn son, Tyler, reside in Bloomington with their dogs, Murphy and Cricket.

Peterson currently is serving in his second four-year term as a member of the U.S. Rowing High Performance Committee (HPC). The HPC is made up of former elite rowers and coaches who are responsible for planning and implementing the selection procedures for the U.S. National and Olympic Teams. Fall 2006 •


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Neither Liberal Nor Conservative Be Book aims to take diversity polarity out of today’s American political arena By Lorraine Boyd (The Daily Record)

There’s a new direction in American politics today. Polarization has apparently shut down the art of compromise, heck, even the art of discussion. Even moderate (what’s that?) radio talk show hosts are lamenting the lack of middle ground. Labels have become sharper – liberal and conservative now imply radical left and right, with no where to go in between. The recent defeat of Democrat Joe Lieberman, who dared to support the war as a “moderate,” points out the current polarization that does not allow for compromise. Enter Larry R. Bradley (ΑΡ, Missouri State ’72), a man with a mission. The former Army major has seen the effects of politics on government from the inside out. He didn’t always like what he saw. He likes it less now.

Stephenson serving military With nearly 20 years in service to the ARNG, Major Stephenson (Α - Vincennes ’88) has served in Staff Officer Positions at the Battalion, Brigade, Division, State Area Command, and Major Component Command levels; as both an Infantry, and a Field Artillery Officer, and as a General Officer Aide De Camp. At the Unit level he commanded a Field Artillery Battery, served as an Air Assault Rifle Company Executive Officer, a Mechanized Infantry Platoon Leader, and an Anti-Tank Platoon Leader. Additionally, MAJ Stephenson spent his first four years in the Indiana ARNG as an enlisted Infantryman. MAJ Stephenson’s extensive military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, the resident Command and General’s Staff College, the Advanced Operations War fighter’s Course, and most recently, the Operational Research and Systems Analysis Course. MAJ Stephenson is a graduate of Whiteland Community High School, Whiteland, Indiana. He has achieved an AS from Vincennes University, and a BS from Oakland City University. He is currently a member of the National Guard Association of Indiana, the Minuteman Cannoneers of the National Capital Region, and will forever be a Sigma Pi.

The Missouri native earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Missouri State University with a commission as a Regular Army Infantry Officer. During his Army career, he also earned an MBA in Management from the University of Tennessee. Bradley split his military career between combat units (with a preference for Mechanized Infantry and Armor) and Research and Development (R&D) activities. His combat unit assignments included commanding a Mechanized Infantry unit in Europe. His involvement in R&D gave him a unique perspective into the political and economic dynamics of military procurement and national defense. During that assignment, he co-authored the Army’s revised policy on modifications to Army equipment, a part of Army operations with a price tag at the time as high as $36 billion. Following his military career, he went into sales and training. In his website bio, he says that his “passion for the future well being of the country he served so long and his concern for the direction he saw that country taking caused him to found Kindred Minds Enterprises.” To further his convictions, he has authored the book Neither Liberal Nor Conservative Be – An Action Plan for People Disgusted by Polarized Politics which is now available for pre-order, to be shipped September 5, just in time to be digested and acted upon before the national and local elections in November. The self-published book (he said he didn’t have time before the election to go through the conventional publishing process; “it was the quickest route”) sells for $15.95 and is available at and (and will most likely be available at Barnes and Noble as well). Action Plan

said. “You need to form your own political philosophy and determine what you believe and why. Then you can look at those governing you [and see if they are in agreement with you].”

When Bradley says action plan, he means it. The book, and website, include a prototype letter one can send to members of congress. The letter, in part, shares Bradley’s philosophy:

Pulling Out Magnets The 6x9-inch softcover book is 200 pages, complete with original illustrations. Bradley said the book is not only written for the general public, but also could be used as a supplemental text for political science courses. “The theme is: The way we talk about politics is so polarized now; what can we do to foster objective discussions?” he said. “We’re not so much polarized as misaligned.” Bradley likened the political discussion to the use of a compass, which normally finds true north. When placed by a “magnet” (the losing side of an argument who confuses the direction with emotional terms like liberal) however, the compass can’t find north. “Politicians are getting too adept at pulling out magnets,” he

He said he is seeking to provide readers with a usable analytical framework without those conditions. He uses the example of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to show that getting not one, not two, but three or more points (of reference) helps to build a truer direction. Using the car manufacturing analogy, one that he uses in his book, Bradley says to write to those in power and seeking power and tell them what kind of “car” you want, then tell them “whoever builds it, I will buy it.” When asked what he thinks is the possibility that many voters will take the time to determine their beliefs and communicate them to those running for office, he said, “We’ll never know unless we try.” Right now there are two diametrically-opposed parties and no third way, he said. “We need to tell them, this is what I

We all need to step back and live and let live. We need to learn, he said, to better resist those who would divide us by becoming goal-oriented, not issue-oriented. We need to resist those who would divide us. “For example, a master comedian knows to tell a small joke first, the audience laughs a little, then tell another joke, the audience laughs harder, and so on, until they can’t stop laughing. His timing is impeccable.” The comedian manipulates us, which is okay. But when it’s a political point of view, not a joke, we need to be resistant. He cited the new party in Colorado, whose website is Unity08. com. It states that, “Eight out of ten Americans believe Congress is too polarized to solve our nation’s problems. Unity08 is a citizens’ movement to get our country back on track. Every day – with your support – we’re making progress toward this goal.” “Are you choosing the ’lesser of two evils’ when you vote?” he asks. “Is this the best we can do? If you think so, then read this book.” Fall 2006 •

“The author wrote this book because he was disgusted by the unending confrontational nature of polarized American Politics. He was furious with the approaches taken to solve our national issues. … He asks in the book, if, while in the voting booth, I feel forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. He asks if I find myself asking, ’Is this the best we can do?’ … This book is an open letter to the political parties in the United States of America. The book is written in much the same way that you might write a letter to car manufacturers who are not producing a car you are willing to buy. While you might not expect that one of them will give you 100 percent of what you want, you would hope that one of them could give you 85-90 percent of your needs. In the same way, neither of the major political par-

ties is promoting the policies and candidates or taking the actions I can have 85-90 percent agreement with. This book offers your party an opinion of what you must offer me in order to consistently receive my vote. …”

“What’s more,” Bradley says in the book’s introduction, “people today are likely to discuss political topics by using the same approach they hear on television and radio, little realizing that is … a form of theater. … So, using the language you hear on radio and television invites conflict instead of consensus in your discussion.”

really want. Can we at least have a dialogue?”


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ifts in memory of a brother of Sigma Pi are accepted by the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. Once a gift is received, a card of acknowledgement is sent to the donor and, if possible, a card announcing the memorial contribution is sent to the immediate family of the one remembered or person honored. Please contact the SPEF office (800) 332-1897, email:

Arkansas State - Alpha-Pi Joseph Webb ’55 Ronald Thompson ’74 6/06 George Haynes ’63 2003 Auburn - Alpha-Delta Thomas Spencer ’38 James Smalley ’74 2/01/01 Beloit - Alpha-Theta Donald Halenza ’52 11/09/05 Nahidh Al Jadir ’51 6/25/06 California - Iota Roger Zuniga ’54 11/23/99 California-Irvine - Eta-Upsilon Brian Clancey ’97 2005

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Life Insurance: The Forgotten Gift?

Do you have a life insurance policy you no longer need? Perhaps your other assets have grown to provide the protection you require, and the insurance policy lies forgotten in a safety deposit box. Did you know that the policy could make a wonderful charitable gift to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation? Instead of giving cash or stock, you could sign over your policy to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation and, generally speaking, receive a charitable income tax deduction for the replacement value of the policy. The Sigma Pi Educational Foundation could cash in the policy and put those dormant dollars to work right away. Your gift of life insurance can be used to establish a future endowment fund in your name . . . or you can honor someone else through the fund. The policy could also be used to assist with funding an educational Program or scholarship or to simply give the annual fund a mighty boost. Fall 2005 •

If you have insurance you may like to contribute, or if you are currently paying premiums on a policy and want to discover how this policy might work as a gift, contact our President and Chief Development ofďŹ cer, Richard Robinson. He will be pleased to meet with you and describe the various ways insurance can be used prudently to make a planned gift. He is also available to meet with your life insurance professional, if you wish. You can reach Richard at 1-800-332-1897.


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Why Donors Create Endowments The endowment program at the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation continues to grow because more and more of our friends recognize the benefits of creating their own endowment funds. Some prefer to launch their endowments now so they can see the results, and others make arrangements to establish endowments later on with estate assets. And some prefer to start an endowment now and add more to it later through a bequest. Why do these people choose to make endowment gifts to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation? There are a number of reasons, of course. Here are five you may wish to consider: 1. Durability: The idea of creating a perpetual stream of financial support makes sense to people who see a similarity between retirement funds and endowment provisions. They like the concept of a fund that is guarded and invested separately from other assets so the principal of the fund will stay in tact. Only the income or a portion thereof will be used to support the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. 2. A Positive Legacy: When donors attach their names to an endowment fund, they create an enduring legacy that will outlive them and influence succeeding generations. Grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family members and friends will be reminded of the person’s values and commitments. Endowment funds can also be used to honor the lives of others who have made a significant impact on the donor and/or the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. 3. Perpetuate Annual Gifts: Many donors see an endowment fund as a means to underwrite their own regular giving to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. For example, an endowment fund of $20,000 could create an annual “gift” of $2,000 to the Educational Foundation. It’s a great way to keep giving generation after generation. 4. A Stronger Sigma Pi Educational Foundation: Each year, the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation must raise a certain number of dollars to fund the Fraternity’s educational programming and materials as well as fund scholarships. Raising money for the “here and now” is always a priority. Annual payouts from endowment funds relieve some of this pressure and permit the Board of Trustees and Grand Council to plan more confidently for the future. An organization with a strong endowment is simply more stable financially. 5. Personal Satisfaction: There is something wonderfully fulfilling about doing something good that lasts, something that really makes a difference. Other kinds of giving are important, but having your name on a fund that will benefit others for centuries is truly satisfying. If you would like to learn more about the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation endowment program, you can speak with Richard Robinson, our President and Chief Development Officer by calling 1-800-332-1897 or make your request through our Web site:

Supporting the Midyear Leadership Conference

Our immediate goal is to increase funding of the Midyear Leadership Conference so that we can meet the growth and increased program quality. The ultimate goal is to endow the program so that it’s future is insured.

This workshop is provided at no charge to all registered attendees and is Sigma Pi’s fastest growing and most popular educational program. Some 325 members attended the 2006 Midyear Leadership Conference in St. Louis, MO, setting a new attendance record and that number is expected to increase to nearly 400 in 2007.

The Midyear Leadership conference is funded almost entirely by Alumni and member family contributions to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation’s annual fund. It is our goal to provide for the growth and ever increasing quality of this great educational program.

The Midyear Leadership Conference is an educational program designed to provide team oriented leadership training to every Chapter President, Treasurer, Chapter/Colony Director and Alumni club representatives. Sessions on leadership and management, finance administration, personal development, and community service highlight the 3 day workshop. The Midyear leadership conference gives our young leaders experience and knowledge that they not only can apply in their service with the Fraternity, but can also benefit them in their post graduate professional life.

Please help us to secure the future of the Midyear Leadership Conference through your contributions to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. Your contributions to the Educational Foundation are Tax deductible and may be directed to the specific program you wish to support. You can make your contributions through our secure website at , or you can contact our President and CDO, Richard S. Robinson at . He will also be happy to speak with you at 1-800-332-1897. Thank you for your support of the Midyear Leadership Conference and of our great Fraternity.

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The Sigma Pi Educational Foundation takes great pride in supporting the various educational programs of our Fraternity, such as Sigma Pi University, Midyear Leadership Conference, ACE, AWARE and the Study Guide for Academic Success. Throughout the year, the Educational Foundation offers financial support to the Fraternity through grants. These grants are used to fund a portion of all of Sigma Pi’s educational programs and materials.


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Foundation Volume III, Number 4 • Fall 2006

FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES Chairman Thomas A. Moore (ΓΡ, Western Michigan ’69) Vice-Chairman Gary T. Dvorchak (Ξ, Iowa ’86) Edward J. Panconi (ΕΣ, Loyola Marymount ’84) Allen W. Yee (ΑΦ, Georgia ’99)

Dear Brothers:


I want to express my appreciation to you for your steadfast support of the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. Your faithful and generous giving has helped us accomplish many important things this year. I also want to report that our future looks bright. We are planning for healthy growth, not only next year, but also for the next 10 and 20 years. We want to be ready to effectively meet the challenges that lie in front of us. One of the ways we address the future is through our endowment program. By building up these funds, we increase the financial stability of the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation and provide a stream of income that we can depend on. The principal of these funds remain intact. Only the income, or a portion of the income, is used to meet ongoing needs. So the funds last indefinitely and provide ongoing resources to Sigma Pi Fraternity. As you consider your giving opportunities, I hope you will direct some of your generosity to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation endowment program. I also hope you will talk with our President & Chief Development Officer, Richard Robinson, about possibly making an endowment gift through your will or other estate-planning device. Please consider becoming a donor to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. Your contributions are tax deductible and really do make a difference in the lives of our undergraduate Brothers. Thank you again for your ongoing support. I appreciate all you do.

Treasurer L. Nelson Farris (ΒΟ, Cal State – Long Beach ’66) Secretary John J. Merino (ΒΟ, Cal State – Long Beach ’58) Trustees Donald J. Cox (Κ, Temple ’55) G. Mason Cozart (ΕΚ, Southern Arkansas ’83) David L. DeFilippo (ΕΝ, Cal State – Fullerton ’92) Brenan C. German (ΕΝ, Cal State – Fullerton ’91) Paul W. Hansen (ΒΤ, Valparaiso ’80) John D. Kitch (Η, Purdue ’73) John J. McCann (ΑΜ, NJIT ’83) R. Todd Miller (ΕΤ, Tennessee – Martin ’87) Larry P. Rovira (ΕΝ, Cal State – Fullerton ’85) Marc S. Saffren (ΗΛ, SUNY – Albany ’92) Michael J. Simmons (ΕΝ, Cal State – Fullerton ’87) Jay M. Vaden (ΘΚ, Texas Tech ’03) Clifford A. Wilke (ΔΖ, Missouri – St. Louis ’80) FOUNDATION STAFF President/Chief Development Officer Richard Robinson (ΕΤ, Tennessee – Martin ’87) Managing Editor Adam L. Dibble (ΘΘ, Ferris State ’06) Administrative Assistant Jennifer R. Wyatt


ADMINSTRATIVE OFFICES Sigma Pi Educational Foundation Post Office Box 1897 Brentwood, TN 37024

Thomas A. Moore, Jr. Chairman

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We are only as strong

as the support of our Alumni

Helping Our Fraternity Build “A New Generation of Leaders”

Become a member of the Brotherhood of the Gold Cross today. Your annual donation of $1,000 to the Educational Foundation will help insure the future of the Fraternity and its educational programs and scholarships for all Sigma Pi Brothers that follow. For more information, contact the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation: (800) 322-1897 •

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Foundation • The official publication of Sigma Pi Educational Foundation • Fall 2006

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE February 2-4, 2007 St. Louis, Missouri

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The Emerald of Sigma Pi Fraternity (ISSN1074-5289, USPS 011-013) has been published since 1911. The Emerald is published three times a year...


The Emerald of Sigma Pi Fraternity (ISSN1074-5289, USPS 011-013) has been published since 1911. The Emerald is published three times a year...