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

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Dear Brothers: In this issue of the Emerald, we honor four exceptional brothers who will each receive the Founders’ Award, Sigma Pi Fraternity’s highest mark of distinction, at our Biennial Convocation in New Orleans this summer. Each of these men has earned our respect and admiration through unflagging devotion to those principles embodied in our Creed and dedication to the betterment of society through education, public service and/or service to Sigma Pi. Charles Bayless has returned to his alma mater, West Virginia Institute of Technology, to assume the role of president. His mission of teaching young people is one of the great callings, and his dedication to that mission has elevated him to the highest echelons of the educational community. Brother Bayless faces great challenges as a university president, but Grand Sage Kitch I know that he is meeting those challenges with grace, dedication and success. Tech will prosper under his administration. Bob Burns also has served as a university president – twice – as well as being a Past Grand Sage of Sigma Pi. He served as chairman of our nominating committee at the Biennial Convocation in Chicago and is our delegate to the North American Interfraternity Conference, where he has represented us well. On a personal note, he also has been a willing ear for me when I needed one, and his advice has always been dead on the mark. He is a tremendous asset to the Fraternity. Mike Beebe has dedicated his life to public service, previously serving twenty years in the Arkansas State Senate, serving at the present time as attorney general of his home state, and currently running for governor of Arkansas. Even more significant to me, I remember meeting him at an Alpha-Pi Founders’ Day banquet at Arkansas State, where he gave an inspiring speech about how Sigma Pi had taken him in as a simple country boy and helped him become the man he is today. If you ever doubt the value of Sigma Pi in your life, just ask Mike. He knows. The last Founders’ Award is awarded posthumously. Past Grand Sage Jack Fields has passed to the Adytum on High, but his service to higher education and to the Fraternity lives on. His leadership set the stage for Sigma Pi’s rise to supremacy in the Greek world and his work as a professor and administrator at Illinois Wesleyan helped maintain that institution’s preeminence in the university community. He is missed by all of us whose lives he touched. I was saddened to hear of the death of Bob Merriman, a Founders’ Award recipient in 1998, who ascended to the Adytum on High on March 18. Bob had been a member of the Grand Council and was a long-time Trustee of the Educational Foundation, serving as its president from 1998 to 2002. A Founding Father of Alpha-Rho Chapter at Missouri State University, Bob never forgot that the primary mission of Sigma Pi is to develop our young men’s character. To that end he was always available to advise his own chapter and others in his home state, and the success of those chapters is in large measure due to his sage advice. Two other alumni brothers meriting special recognition are Fred Sorsabal and Alan Rovira. Brother Sorsabal has been elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Masons of California. A Beta-Omicron alumnus, Brother Sorsabal now leads one of the largest Masonic organizations in the world with over 75,000 members statewide. Brother Rovira of Zeta-Phi Chapter at Southeast Louisiana was among those who were awarded the NASA Exceptional Bravery Award for their willingness to remain in the New Orleans area with Hurricane Katrina bearing down on them so that they could help protect the facility responsible for the space shuttles’ external fuel tanks. In presenting the award NASA administrator Michael Griffin stated that “Their courage reminds us that not all of NASA’s heroes fly in space.” Last but not least, I want to thank Frank Fryburg for his many years of dedicated service to the Fraternity. Frank, you may think that you’re retiring from active involvement, but rest assured I’m not letting you off the hook that easily! Lest you think that I have forgotten about our undergraduate brothers, I want to tell you that, as of this writing, we are at 130 groups, chapters and colonies, and by the time you read this, we will approach 135. Our average group size is growing as well. In the face of declining numbers in many other Greek organizations, Sigma Pi’s growth is amazing, but not unexpected. Our staff has achieved such success through hard work, polished presentations and a focus on the values of our Creed. They are to be congratulated. I hope to see you all for “Brotherhood on the Bayou,” our Biennial Convocation in New Orleans the first week of August. “Laissez les bon temps roulez!”

VOLUME XCI, NUMBER 2 • SPRING 2006 EDITORIAL STAFF Brian C. Alley (Α, Vincennes ’03) Managing Editor Mark S. Briscoe (ΑΠ, Arkansas ’82) Business Manager VOLUNTEER STAFF Adam Shores (ΔΨ, Troy ’98), Chairman Chris Munschek (ΒΝ, S.Ill.-Carbondale ’97) Larry Rovira (ΕΝ, Cal State - Fullerton ’85) Jeffery Seay (ΗΕ, Florida State ’91) CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jeremy Boyd (ΘΛ, Radford ‘04) Frank C. Fryburg (Θ, Penn State ’49) Alan Moore (ΕΠ, Christopher Newport ‘05) Gregory Ritchie (ΔΖ, Missouri - St. Louis ‘04)

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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John D. Kitch Grand Sage THANKS: Sigma Pi would like to thank Elizabeth Telich and The Miami Student Newspaper in Oxford, Ohio, Masons of California, NASA, University of Missouri, Arkansas State University and the University of Illinois for the of pictures and articles in this issue of the Emerald.

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Kappa Re-Charters Xi Re-Charters Founders’ Award Recipients Alumnus leads California Masons Fryburg retires Rovira honored for service 48th Biennial Convocation

5Brad Schaupeter (B, Indiana ‘02) plays for a crowd during homecoming festivities outside Memorial Stadium on the Indiana campus.

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Brothers from Zeta-Beta at Embry-Riddle at Daytona Beach.


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Busy Year for Executive Office The Executive Office has been extremely busy this semester with our pursuits of becoming “A New Generation of Leaders.” Some of the many duties of the Executive Office Staff involve traveling to consult and assist chapters, recruiting on campuses to start new groups and helping guide new colonies in order to aide them through the chartering process, assist at regional Province Workshops and traveling to national conferences to represent Sigma Pi. There are many conferences that are held which members of varying fraternity national boards and executive offices attend to share ideas and discuss the future of Greek Life. Grand Sage John Kitch and Executive Director Mark Briscoe have attended many of these over the past few months, traveling to Atlanta, Georgia for the AFA/NIC Conference, and to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the Edgewater Conference. Briscoe, along with Dr. Bob Burns attended the NIC

meeting in Washington, D.C. At the same time Briscoe and Kitch found room in their busy schedules to attend the re-chartering of the Xi Chapter at the University of Iowa on January 28, 2006. Briscoe and Grand Fourth Counselor Chris Brown attended the re-chartering of the Epsilon-Xi Chapter at Farleigh Dickinson University on April 8, 2006. Grand Sage John Kitch, Grand Second Counselor Larry Rovira and Assistant Executive Director Jonathan Frost also attended a chartering on April 8, 2006 at Texas State University where they installed the new ThetaUpsilon Chapter. In the midst of all this traveling, Briscoe and Frost made a special visit to Rho Chapter at North Carolina State. Briscoe spoke on behalf of the SAM Spady Foundation, as a board member, in support of their event to raise funds and awareness on the dangers of alcohol poisoning. The Executive Office would like to thank Past Grand

Sage Gary Tash, Alpha-Nu Chapter Director Fred Bauer and the brothers of Alpha-Nu for hosting Briscoe and Frost to a nice dinner during their visit to North Carolina.

Assistant Executive Director Jonathan Frost and Grand Sage John Kitch with “Flat Stanley” from Southwest Airlines on their way to Texas State’s chartering.

In addition to daily operational duties, the staff tries to attend Province Workshops to assist with training and educating our members when our Province Archons conduct a regional conference. Director of Alumni Services Paul Wydra attended the Central Missouri Province Workshop to assist Province Archon Joe Turck. Frost

and Northeast ELC Justin Steele traveled to Monmouth University for an the New Jersey/Long Island workshop for new members conducted by Delta-Beta Chapter Director Joe Palazzolo, Province Archon Paul Gorman III and Grand Fourth Counselor Chris Brown. Steele also visited the New England Workshop this past semester conducted by Province Archon Jeremy Boylan and the New Jersey Province Workshop conducted by Province Archon Paul Gorman. As you can see, the Executive Office keeps a very busy schedule in order to aide the undergraduate chapters of Sigma Pi and to help perpetuate our brotherhood. Educational Leadership Consultants have finished another semester of traveling and working with our chapters to ensure our prosperity and educate our undergraduates on the many facets of fraternal operations. We thank them for their efforts and the great job they have done this past year.

Changes at the Executive Office Jim DiVita (ΖΜ, Michigan State ’04) has been promoted to the position of Director of Expan-

Gregory Ritchie (ΔΖ, Missouri – St. Louis ‘04) was promoted to the position of Director of Finance,

sion. DiVita joined the Executive Office staff in

taking over for John Swales who will be

January 2005 as an Educational Leadership

leaving in May to serve in the United States

Consultant for the west region. After travel-

Army. Ritchie started with the Executive

ing for a year as an ELC, DiVita moved

Office in January 2005 traveling as a Colony

over to the Expansion Department as an

Development Consultant working with newly

Expansion Consultant expanding Sigma

colonized groups of Sigma Pi as they reached

Pi to campus all over North America. DiVita

towards chartering as a new chapter. Ritchie,

will now manage the Expansion Department

who has a background in finance, will be tak-

which includes overseeing the Expansion and Colony Development Consultants.

ing over the day-to-day financial matters of the Fraternity and Educational Foundation.

We have some exciting news related to the purchase of a new Executive Office. Look for information to come soon.

Ace of Spades 50,000

Over cards have been distributed across North America

News from the Communications Department

We plan to use this same space in every issue to let you know the stories we are working on and how you can help us. We welcome your suggestions. Stories we are working on include:

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.

Boyd joined the Executive Office staff in July of 2004 traveling as a Renaissance Consultant helping struggling Sigma Pi chapters. During his time helping renaissance chapters, Boyd was able to lend his expertise to help small chapters rebuild their membership numbers, recruit leaders and train officers to help the chapter prosper. After traveling as a Renaissance Consultant for one year, Boyd then joined the Expansion Department as a Senior Expansion Consultant. Throughout his time in the Expansion Department, Boyd, and other consultants, was able to set new expansion records for Sigma Pi by nearly double, with more than 15 new colonizations in the 2005-06 school year and secured five major universities for expansion in the fall 2006 semester. Boyd will be leaving the Executive Office staff in May, when he will be moving to Florida to pursue his career endeavors.

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”).

Swales joined the Executive Office staff in October 2003 as the Director of Finance, a position that was created with the move of the Executive Office in December 2003. While on staff, Swales oversaw the day-to-day finances of the Fraternity and Educational Foundation. Swales is leaving staff to enlist and serve his country in the United States Army in their Airborne Infantry Unit and will be shipping off to One-Station-UnitTraining and, after graduation will attend Airborne school. Swales also will be married on May 20 to Heather Cozart in Raleigh, North Carolina. We thank these gentlemen for their years of service and dedication to Sigma Pi by serving on the Executive Office staff and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. Fraternally,

4We can always use great photos of members wearing the Sigma Pi badge and letters. Keep your background as uncluttered as possible. Remember, we do not print any photographs that show members holding alcoholic beverages or making inappropriate gestures.

Mark S. Briscoe Executive Director

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4Diversity within Sigma Pi 4Brothers in military service 4Brothers in politics/government 4Brothers in sports 4Brothers in entertainment

Sigma Pi thanks Jeremy Boyd (ΘΛ, Radford ’04), John Stone (ΘΛ, Radford ’05) and John Swales (ΒΤ, Valparaiso ’03) for their work and time as members of the Executive Office staff.

Stone joined the Executive Office staff in July 2005, traveling the Midwest region of the United States as an Educational Leadership Consultant. While on staff, Stone helped chapters with recruitment, membership education, officer training, scholarship development and maintaining relationships with their universities. Stone will be leaving staff in May to continue his graduate studies at Argosy University in Arlington, Virginia, in the field of counseling psychology.

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This is the third issue of The Emerald produced by our new Communications staff. We hope you enjoy the changes we are making to make your magazine more enjoyable and easier to read.

Thanks, Brothers

Send your story ideas, pictures, and suggestions to: Sigma Pi Fraternity Attn: Emerald Post Office Box 1897 Brentwood, TN 37024 Boyd




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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.

Zeta-Mu brothers from Michigan State pose after winning their second IFC Soccer Championship in three years.

Arizona Theta-Pi Chapter With a successful semester behind us, the men of Theta-Pi have accomplished a lot in our short time as a recognized Sigma Pi chapter. With a fall pledge class of 22, our numbers have increased by 1/3 and the quality of men that are now apart of our chapter is making Sigma Pi one of the most talked about fraternities at the University of Arizona. With the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Theta-Pi organized a charity selling rubber bracelets that read, “WildKats for Katrina.” With the help of the Arizona Greek Life, we were able to raise well over $1,000 to contribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, also giving Sigma Pi a reputation of caring and giving men among the Greek Life community. Rick Michlig, Herald,

Arizona State Beta-Kappa Chapter The Brothers of the Beta-Kappa Chapter had another great semester. The chapter continues to be one of the top houses on campus. With our philanthropy scheduled

for next semester, the chapter decided to sponsor a needy family in the Phoenix area. Beta-Kappa continues to build brotherhood, highlighted with a trip to a nearby campground. Brothers hosted an alumni barbecue during ASU’s homecoming and placed third in the university’s homecoming competition. Brian Reid, Herald,

Auburn Alpha-Delta Chapter The Alpha-Delta Chapter just completed another great semester at Auburn. The chapter welcomed Mrs. Juanita Garret as their new house mom. With help from alumni, the chapter house underwent many renovations, including new carpets, new floors, newly painted walls throughout the house, and a new pool table. The

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.

brothers have been actively involved in holding adoption drives for the Auburn Humane Society as part oft heir philanthropy. They are looking forward to another great semester and rush in the spring. Phil Barksdale, Herald,

3Brothers from Iowa State (Sigma) after a canned food drive.

Chapter reports are those submitted by the December 10th deadline

Bridgewater State Eta-Eta Chapter Eta-Eta Chapter has made quite the presence on the Bridgewater State College campus this semester. We have been part of the “Walk for Breast Cancer” and ran a very successful fundraising program with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. As for philanthropic events, we have helped out the Boston Red Sox with their charity fundraisers, created an on campus clothing drive for Hurricane Katrina victims, and helped out during events for on campus service organizations. Christopher Norton, Herald,

California Iota Chapter The Iota Chapter’s semester has been spectacular! Our brotherhood trips were memories we’ll never forget. We have weekly social events with our closest friends to celebrate the weekends. These events are so popular; we are having girls, friends, and rushes coming up to us on the street asking us if there’s anything planned. We had the best football BBQ for our annual big game against our arch rival, Stanford. Many alumni come from all over to watch the Bears “roll on to victory”. Ryan Rudnitsky, Herald,

Carleton Eta-Rho Chapter The 2005-2006 school year began filled with anticipation and was

met with even greater success. The acquisition of a new chapter house at a fantastic location has produced great results. Eta-Rho also welcomed four new initiates to the brotherhood. We had Semi Formal on December 3rd. Special thanks to Matt Whitteker for putting on such a successful event, and to Haben Sahlefor for assembling another fantastic slide show. Congratulations to Ryan Anthony as the recipient of the Reece J. Scofield award for most outstanding pledge. Brett Hogg, Herald,

Cal State - Chico Theta-Mu Chapter It has been an unusual semester for the entire CSU Chico Greek System. Despite the fact that all Greek organizations were not allowed to recruit this semester, our Fraternity still got involved with the community events held on campus. Our chapter participated in “Up Til Dawn”, a philanthropic event where students gathered to write letters to households, fundraising for the St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. Also, members of our Fraternity participated in Scour and Devour, a community event where volunteers go around the City of Chico and other neighboring cities to clean up the streets, making this a better place to live in for the entire community. Our chapter is also proud that we are the number one ranking fraternity in the Greek Cup. Hoi Cheng, Herald,

Gamma-Alpha (Detroit Mercy) brothers Patrick Brechting and Jeff McCarty smile for the camera after taking pies in the face during a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Cal State - Dominguez Hills Eta-Iota Chapter The brothers of the Eta-Iota Chapter have done an outstanding job in maintaining brotherhood. As more ideas come in from the alumni and their experiences, Sigma Pi still remains the top fraternity on campus in numbers and GPA. The Alumni BBQ put on by the pledges was a great success. Alumni and actives reunited to share stories and meet the fall 2005 pledge class. As the semester progresses, we move closer towards the end of the book knowledge for the Alpha-Theta pledge class. Hugo Rodas, Herald,

Ross McKee, Herald,

Cal State - Sacramento Eta-Alpha Chapter The fall semester was the first semester the Eta-Alpha chapter had two houses to hold events at, making for a strong rush and a great semester. Thanks to the strong rush we were able to welcome 12 new members, bringing the house total to over 40. As usual, Eta-Alpha participated in many philanthropies, proudly taking home two trophies early in the semester. Many of the brothers have also been actively participating in intramural sports, competing in football, basketball, and soccer. During the semester the chapter also held our annual active/alumni BBQ and softball game. The alumni destroyed the actives at softball, like always, but the event was a success nonetheless.

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Eta-Eta Chapter brothers at Bridgewater State

Cal State - Long Beach Beta-Omicron Chapter Sigma Pi once again dominates IFC. Brian Troutner won finance chair, Kyle Ferraro won communications, and Ernesto Velasquez controls sports for the ninth year in a row. We won first place for football and rushed 25 guys. Our annual golf tournament was this semester with over 100 alumni & actives in attendance and over $13,000 was donated and four $2,000 scholarships were awarded. The Beta-Omicron house has been renamed as “Merino Manor” in honor of John Merino. A wooden plaque

with the “Merino Manor” engraved in it will rest on the front of the house. It is unbelievably hard to give back what John Merino has given to BetaOmicron.

Jason Farrell, Herald,

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6 C H A PTER NEWS elections. Along with having some fun, Sigma Pi has had a great semester in intramurals. We placed 1st in Volleyball in November against Alpha Tau Omega, 2nd place finish in the 5k run, and had a win by brother Michael Tucker in one on one B-Ball. Also, in September Sigma Pi participated in the Heart Walk to raise money for Heart Disease Research. To top it all off we were able to recruit 8 quality men through dry rush. Brad Young, Herald,

Zach Greenwald (’04) and Justin Kraus (’07) pose next to an ice sculpture of the Radiant Triangle at Eta-Nu’s (Towson) 15th Anniversary Celebration.

other successful semester. The chapter placed in the top 3 in all of the Intramural Sports this fall, was number one for fraternity recruitment, and received second place for the “Greek Service Cup”(Philanthropy Award). Kevin Kacel was recently elected President of the IFC. The chapter had a very successful Homecoming and reached out to many alumni. The chapter is selling engraved bricks to any alumni that would like to purchase one. Any alumni that are not on our Weekly Alumni Newsletters can be added by emailing us at Joshua Wright, Sage,

Central Missouri State Gamma-Gamma Chapter The Gamma-Gamma Chapter has had a very productive and promising semester. To start the semester off right brother Lucas Andert finished 2nd in homecoming

Christopher Newport Epsilon-Pi Chapter The spring semester has been an excellent one for the Epsilon-Pi Chapter. We have been a recognizable force on campus by holding frequent barbeques, pick up football games, and poker tournaments. We had a strong rush this spring and as a result have a strong pledge class. We are working on several philanthropies throughout the Hampton Roads area and now have our local website up and running, please visit us at http://www. On April 8th we celebrated our 25th founder’s day at the Sheraton in Norfolk, Virginia. We were honored to welcome Grand Herald John Michelich, Past Grand Sage John Williams, and Director of

Brothers from the Epsilon-Lambda Chapter at Eastern Kentucky during a dinner with their Chapter Sweetheart.

Communications Brian Alley. This semester we also established an alumni advisory board for the chapter. If you would be interested in serving on the advisory board or would like to join the alumni club, please visit our website or contact Chapter Director Dave Edwards at George Southwelll, Herald,

Clemson Eta-Psi Chapter The 2005-2006 school year at Eta-Psi Chapter has been a good one. We made several long-needed changes to our house, including new flooring and furniture. We also joined in on several campus philanthropy events, including ZTA’s Race For the Cure and Chi Omega’s Boot Camp. We’re looking forward to our own upcoming events as well, including our annual sorority kickball tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society and the return of our alumni golf tournament this spring. Robert Hayden, Herald,

Colorado Zeta-Delta Chapter Another semester has come to another close for the brothers of Zeta-Delta. We have had many successes once again this semester. The Greek

Drury University, spent countless hours renovating an off campus house for hurricane refugees to live in. We put up dry wall, painted, cleaned, cut and hauled trees away to make the house suitable for living. Kyle Springer, Herald,

East Carolina

Eta-Phi brothers during a softball philanthropy event at Miami (OH).

system as a whole has bettered their performance on our Dance Marathon fundraiser. This year’s total was over $30,000 dollars to be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. The brothers of Zeta-Delta are also congratulatory of the 21 members of the newest pledge class. Zeta-Delta would also like to congratulate the new EC for their initiation. These new leaders are leading our fast growing chapter into the future with some great new ideas. One thing is that we are now currently trying to establish stronger alumni relations now that our chapter is taking off.

Drury Epsilon-Rho Chapter The brothers of Epsilon-Rho had another great semester. We recently initiated 12 new members, which we are very proud of. We are looking forward to an excellent spring rush where we hope to get 5 to 10 new pledges. We had an extremely busy philanthropic schedule this semester as we logged over 700 hours of community service. Many of those hours went to help the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Epsilon-Rho, along with

Eta-Kappa Chapter The fall semester for the Eta-Kappa Chapter was quite an eventful one. We have recently initiated our Alpha-Delta class, adding eight new brothers to our chapter. Eta-Kappa is anxious to see what the new brothers will bring to the table this semester and the ones to follow. We have been involved in a community service/philanthropy project with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville and have also participated in intramural flag football, in which we reached the playoffs, and soccer at East Carolina. For a chapter fundraising activity, we have been contracted to man two concession stands at Minges Coliseum during the 2005-2006 ECU Men’s Basketball season. Kito Romans, Herald,

Eastern Illinois Beta-Gamma Chapter Beta-Gamma just finished a great year and is off to another impressive start in 2006. The chapter finished second in grades for the second semester in a row and is working hard to take the title this spring. Dave Amdor, Herald,

Sean Jendry, Herald,

Detriot Mercy Gamma-Alpha Chapter The Gamma-Alpha Chapter of the University of Detroit Mercy has focused on the two areas of rush and philanthropy this fall term. The actives were able to attract the biggest pledge class in the chapter’s history. The Gamma-Alpha Chapter’s focus on philanthropy has put them among the top chapters in the nation in the field of service. The actives have participated in numerous activities such as a campus wide cleanup, a Thanksgiving food drive, fundraisers for hurricane Katrina relief, and many events in the surrounding neighborhoods. These projects have brought compassion to the chapter and will be capped off next semester with the ACE Project. Spring 2006 •

Patrick Brechting, Herald,

Brothers from the Epsilon-Phi Chapter at Embry-Riddle (AZ) after competing in a Mud Volleyball philanthropy event for Alpha Xi Delta Sorority.4 continued on next page


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C H APTER NEWS class resembled the largest this far for the young Zeta-Zeta Chapter. Now with 53 members, the Zeta-Zeta Chapter of Sigma Pi is in the middle of the pack in terms of numbers. We are in constant competition with 25 other fraternities within one of the largest Greek communities in the country. With a winning reputation in philanthropies, an increasing GPA, more and more leadership opportunities both within the university and abroad, and a drive like no other, Zeta-Zeta is on a quest to leave a legacy at the University of Florida. Patrick Turiano, Herald,


Brothers from Texas State during Homecoming last fall.

Eastern Kentucky Epsilon-Lambda Chapter Our chapter has worked diligently on philanthropy events. We worked the Habitat for Humanity, tearing down a house, and we recently have had a very successful Tree of Hope effort due to our chapters consistent strong effort to raise money. Our Pig Roast/Softball Tournament is scheduled for the weekend of April 22nd and 23rd. The cost is $100 for your first team and $50 for any additional teams. As always, Alumni teams are free. We openly invite any of the chapters to participate. For more information please contact John Christian at (804)-6419788. Jonathan Davidson, Herald,

Embry-Riddle (AZ) Epsilon-Phi Chapter The semester is winding down very nicely. We had seven guys start the new member program and had all seven guys finish. We also work hard with the local Big Brothers & Big Sisters chapter by having brothers become Big Brothers in the program and by working with the program on special event days such as Aviation day. We had two brotherhood and alumni events this semester. One of our Alumni’s hosted a retreat at his Cabin in Payson, AZ and the chapter welcomed it’s alumni back on Octoberwest Weekend by renting out Scrappy’s Bar and Grill for a brotherhood. Joshua Neptune, Herald,

Ferris State Theta-Theta Chapter The Theta-Theta Chapter has finished out the semester on a very high note. In relation with other organizations on campus, Sigma Pi is among the elite by earning the most community service hours and coming in second in overall grades. In our efforts to keep in touch with the community the chapter went on a “River Clean” where brothers canoed down the Muskegon River picking up trash off the banks. Along with the Theta-Beta chapter at Saginaw Valley we participated

in “Battle of the Chapters” where we each brought in profits for the Salvation Army. I am proud to say that this year belongs to Theta-Theta, but we are looking forward to more events, such as this in the future with our brothers across state. David Ursuy Jr., Herald,

Fitchburg State Eta-Tau Chapter The past fall was a good one for the brothers here in Fitchburg. We set goals to improve on many things throughout the semester. By mid-November we had added four great guys as the Alpha Epsilon class to our chapter. For philanthropy, Matt Swimm organized a great Brother Auction that was able to raise $500 for autism, the most the event has ever raised. Also, for the ACE Project the brothers put on a second faculty appreciation dinner. More than twice the number of teachers attended than the last time we had the event. James King, Herald,

Florida Zeta-Zeta Chapter Zeta-Zeta initiated 17 solid new brothers this semester. The pledge

Alpha-Phi Chapter This past fall was a landmark semester for Alpha-Phi. After over a year of hard work and generous support from alumni we finally secured a $1.25 million permanent home on Greek Row. Also, after a great rush last fall, we initiated 22 quality men. We held the first annual “Sigma Slam” tennis tournament benefitingAlzheimer’s research, and will also hold our yearly Easter Egg hunt with Kappa Delta sorority for the Boys and Girls Club. Alpha-Phi would like to thank our alumni for their dedication and welcomes alumni to stop by the new house anytime. Kenny Fadeley, Herald,

Hofstra Eta-Gamma Chapter As we close out 2005, we welcome new brothers and bid farewell to others. Eta-Gamma would like to welcome four new brothers this semester and bid farewell to Brandon Szeker as his term as president has graciously come to an end. Before the semester closed, we ran Part 1 of our ACE project. Our theme was alcohol awareness and our brothers we able to distribute cards outlining warning signs for people who experiencing alcohol poising. The students and administration were very receptive and complimented our efforts. Robert Pearsall, Herald,

Illinois Phi Chapter Phi Chapter has been busy this fall semester. We have proudly initiated nine new members into the chapter. In addition to our new members, Phi has installed a new Executive Board. Our outgoing Executive Board has done a great job and we plan to continue their hard work for this chapter. Phi was also very active in our campus’ intramural sports. We participated in broomball and softball with Delta Zeta and had successful seasons, making the playoffs in both sports. Phi also had a successful Homecoming. We thank our alumni for their continued support for our chapter. Christopher Cody, Herald,

Indiana Beta Chapter The Beta Chapter has already had a very busy year as the end of the year, and the semester comes to an end. Our alumni turnout at our homecoming football event was a record high. A large group of alumni ranging from graduating in the 1960’s to the early 90’s, got together with the rest of the chapter, and discussed the future plans for the Beta Chapter of Sigma Pi. We

also put together a plan to renovate both large bathrooms in the chapter house, which is an extensive and costly project.

its new officers into the executive council. These new officers have big shoes to fill. The semester is coming to an end now, and our brothers are vigorously studying for their upcoming finals. Matt Koch, Herald,

Bryant Snyder, Herald,

Indiana Tech Gamma-Kappa Chapter With the close of the semester, Gamma-Kappa has increased its numbers. We just had 3 new initiates and 2 new brothers complete their pledging. We have also completed our annual toys for tots drive. We have also increased our house GPA this semester which will help the house’s image on campus. For fund-raising we have continued to work at a local arena working concessions to raise money for the house. With the semester coming to an end, we are working on a new rush plan in an effort to get more members next semester. Ryan McGuire,

Iowa State Sigma Chapter Sigma Chapter started things out strong this year surpassing the newmember goal set by the Executive Office. Sigma Chapter recently installed

Jacksonville State Colony The brothers recently attended our brotherhood retreat at Mt. Doom Paint Ball Course in November. We camped out on the night before and played paintball the next day. Later on in the month many of our brothers went to Auburn to watch the Iron Bowl game with brothers from Alabama, and Auburn. During JSU’s homecoming we worked with Delta Zeta sorority and placed 3rd in the float competition. During homecoming week alumni Matt Law and Justin Davis attended as well as Greg Ritchie from the Executive Office. Michael Miller, Historian,

Lawrence Tech Zeta-Omicron Chapter This fall semester proved to be a very successful one. Twelve quality men were initiated as the Alpha-Iota Class. The semester started with a trip to Hallow Weekends at Cedar Point to get all the brothers together and focused on making this semester a great one. We also set up the campus wide blood drive, which is a huge success every year. Recently, we held our annual Alumni Poker Tournament, which gives the new initiated brothers a chance to meet the alumni that made this chapter as strong as it is now. Jason Green, Herald,

Louisiana Tech Delta-Lambda Chapter With the recent events of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, Delta-Lambda has

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10 C H APTER NEWS opened its doors to many of our southern alumni. In addition to housing our stranded brothers, we also helped the Red Cross shelter here in Ruston. Members spent time serving food and playing with children at the shelter, as well as donating much needed supplies. After facing the natural disasters of late October, winter rush seemed to be a piece of cake. During rush week the brothers of Delta-Lambda raised money for a local toy drive for evacuees and underprivileged children. James Meier, Herald,

Loyola - Chicago Beta-Chi Chapter Our chapter has been extremely busy over the past few months. The sign of snow and blistering cold in Chicago came as a representation that we would be inducting new members into our chapter. Our chapter is very excited to have ten new men that we can finally call brothers. The pledging process ran very smoothly this past semester and our rush committee is working hard to expand the roster of

Epsilon-Rho Chapter at Drury

Sigma Pi for next semester. Michael Sullivan, Herald,

Miami (OH) Eta-Phi Chapter We had a very productive first semester with the installation of a new Executive Council and participation in our newest philanthropy called Recess where we raised money to support schools throughout Africa. We also began the sale of luminarie’s for Relay for Life, which is our ACE Project as well as Miami University’s largest philanthropy. We are also looking forward to establishing an Alumni Advisory Board by mid-spring. EtaPhi would like to congratulate our seniors who graduated this semester as well as Nick Shawver who was recently elected as IFC’s Vice-President of Community Relations. Joe More, Herald,

Michigan State Zeta-Mu Chapter At the Zeta-Mu Chapter, we recently initiated nine new members, and reelected a new E-board and new chair

positions. We look forward to a great spring semester here at MSU. This past month, Chris Rose organized our annual philanthropy event, the Miss Greek pageant, which was a huge success. We had 24 girls representing 12 sororities competing in the pageant. Formal was held in Windsor Canada again this year, where we gave out our annual awards and acknowledged our graduating seniors. The second annual alumnus vs. active football game was a huge success. The actives dominated the game this year tying the record at 1-1. John Eastman, Herald,

Monmouth Delta-Beta Chapter Delta-Beta is still on the move here at Monmouth University. We just initiated eight new brothers into our chapter this past fall and they are a fine young group of men. This semester we held a record breaking American Red Cross Blood Drive on campus and it was a huge success. We also held a semi-professional wrestling event on campus organized by our

fundraising chair Joseph Mullan. Thanks to all of the alumni, new and old, who came out to homecoming. Alec Gutierrez, Herald,

North Carolina State Rho Chapter The fall semester was a pretty good one for the men of Rho Chapter of Sigma Pi. We initiated three very motivated new brothers, each of which are ready to begin their journey as men of Sigma Pi. In October, during Homecoming weekend, we spent time with the Alumni golfing, tailgating for football, and held a semi formal. A great time was had by all. Mark Sutton, Herald,

Northern Colorado Zeta-Tau Chapter Dedication and domination has reigned true for Zeta-Tau this past semester. We initiated eight solid brothers during the fall semester. We have also placed first in volleyball and third in softball to take the lead for the Greek Cup. These accomplishments have reaffirmed our position as the

leading fraternity on campus. Our house continues to display its leadership to the campus as brother Ryan Anderson has been elected as the new IFC president for Northern Colorado. Daniel Baker, Herald,

Oakland Zeta-Pi Chapter The Zeta-Pi Chapter has entered yet another great year of brotherhood, scholarship and all around Sigma Pi passion. We are currently undergoing the implementation of a “5-year” plan. It is our belief that at the commencement of these five years, our chapter will not only be much larger, but stronger and become an undisputed dominant force in the Greek community at Oakland. Our chapter is also especially excited in planning this years’ Orchid Ball as this coming year will mark our 20th year here at OU, this not only an exciting time for the chapter but a very proud one as well. Ryan Borst, Herald,

Ohio Northern Zeta Chapter Zeta Chapter started off with an eventful and successful year. The brothers went to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio twice this year to work and raise money for a new roof on the chapter house. We also had an alumni gulf outing and would like to thank all the guys that came, especially Anthony Borivica for setting it up. The fall quarter here at Northern has also been very busy. We began the year with fall rush which was very successful. Attention alumni, you will be hearing shortly of ONU Sigma Pi Homecoming in the spring of 2006. We are currently in the process of setting up events for the winter. David Phillips, Herald,

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Tyrone Brown, Historian,

Pat Nowak, Herald,

Salisbury Theta-Xi Chapter On an early Saturday morning, ThetaXi took part in the “Rose Street Blossom” service project to help clean up the neighborhood. Salisbury Neighborhood Housing joined forces with the chapter to assist with funding and landscaping. Approximately 25 brothers turned out and completed a job in two hours, which would have normally taken weeks to do. We planted nearly 85 trees and shrubs and spread about 110 pounds of mulch. We have been a part of various service projects around the community over the years including Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society, Relay for Life and the Multiple Sclerosis Walk. Timothy Couzens, Herald,

San Diego State Alpha-Omega Chapter As fall 2005 comes to an end, our chapter looks back on a very meaningful and productive semester filled with many great memories and highlights. In being socially active this semester our house has participated in SDSU Greek related events, as well as coordinating our own fraternal events aimed towards maintaining and building on our strong relations between members and alumni. One event we coordinated earlier in the semester was our annual Homecoming Alumni Tailgate at Qualcomm stadium taking place on October 29th a few hours prior to the game vs. TCU. On a closing note, our Alpha-Omega chapter has created 19 solid new Sigma Pi members, elected and assembled an ambitious new Executive Council and planned the upcoming semester with momentum that is unstoppable.

Santa Clara Zeta-Eta Chapter The Zeta-Eta Chapter had an excellent fall quarter. The fall rush was a success and 19 new members were initiated in late November. Immediately following the initiation ceremony, the chapter arranged an initiation dinner date event for the first time. The event was well received and Zeta-Eta hopes to continue this new tradition in the winter quarter. With the 19 new initiates, the chapter retains its position as the largest fraternity at SCU. The recently acquired chapter house, housing 18 members, is also the biggest fraternity house at SCU. Patrick Mowrer, Herald,

Seton Hall Delta-Epsilon Chapter Concluding the fall 2005 semester, the Delta-Epsilon Chapter has elected six new Executive Council members to lead us into the next two semesters. The highlight of the semester was our first successfully completed ACE Project, the brothers of Sigma Pi served the Seton Hall community by handing out free hot chocolate on December 6th, a morning that recorded temperatures in the lower twenties. Over 1,000 Seton Hall students, staff and faculty were served. The semester ahead is a promising one for intramurals, rush, brotherhood events, and academics. Joseph Mazza, Herald,

Southern Arkansas Epsilon-Kappa Chapter The brothers of Epsilon-Kappa have added six new brothers to the group. We hosted a 5-k run on homecoming weekend which we used as our ACE Project. We dj’d at Family Day and won the Greek Canoe race. We helped the University to put lights up for the Celebration of Lights which was seen by the citizens of Magnolia. We helped the IFC place bags at local stores in Magnolia to help collect can food for the needy. We have many brothers that are active in everyday campus life. Lane Knighten, Herald,

Southern Illinois - Carbondale Beta-Nu Chapter The Beta-Nu Chapter has really buckled down and did well this semester, we had the largest pledge class of all fraternities with 12 pledges, and we registered our ACE Project this semester, and we are currently leading the Greeks in sports points. We also won Homecoming this year which we teamed up with Delta Zeta. We have been doing a lot of much needed and long overdue repairs to the house to keep up the reputation as one of the nicest houses on campus! Casey Woodcock, Herald,

Southern Indiana Colony We colonized in October, but had been holding un-official meetings for about a month before. The colony decided to hold a bonfire and cook-out after colonization in order to meet other Greek organizations at the university and also to better get to know the staff. The colony is still growing and we are still actively recruiting brothers, we hope to colonize by next fall. Andrew West, Historian,

SUNY - Buffalo Epsilon-Omicron Chapter It has been a great semester for the Epsilon-Omicron Chapter; we crossed seven prosperous brothers including two legacies. We have been spreading our name to other sororities at local schools through social events and community projects. Our annual beach party, where many of our distinguished alumni came from all over the state and country, was a huge success. Next semester, we are looking forward to another exceptional semester both on campus and in the community. Andrew Braten, Herald,

TCNJ Theta-Delta Chapter The Theta-Delta Chapter is proud to say that we experienced a great year in 2005, filled with brotherhood, social, and community service events. A new class was inducted into the chapter, and we won an award from the Autism Home for our commitment

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Colony As the newest addition to the Sigma Pi family, we are so excited to be apart of something so established. Were looking forward to becoming a chapter and were doing are best to get our tasks done. We have a lot on our plate but were going to take it one bite at a time.

Saginaw Valley State Theta-Beta Chapter Theta-Beta celebrated the New Year after completing another successful semester. Congratulations goes out to our new initiates from the Pi Pledge class. A congratulation also goes out to Matt Koleszar (‘05) upon his recent graduation. Theta-Beta has elected a new Executive Council and looks forward to continuing success in 2006.

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12 C H APTER NEWS as volunteers. We also won the TCNJ Student Life Award in recognition for our Sexual Assault Awareness Week, and continue to participate with the Adopt-A-Highway program. A brotherhood week has been planned in order to work on our chapter house and our property. We are proud to say we had a successful year, and look forward to 2006. We wish our graduating brothers, Kyle Niemis, Greg Ryan, Grant Linder, and Jeff Cooper, the best of luck in the future. Giancarlo Giametta, Herald,

Temple Kappa Chapter On December 3, 2005, Kappa Chapter had its re-chartering ceremony. During our chartering dinner, we were told that never before in the history of Sigma Pi, have four past Grand Sage’s attended a chartering ceremony, as well as a past Grand Herald and a current Grand Herald. In addition, we were also told that we were the second fastest colony to get their charter in the history of our great Fraternity. We graciously thank Past Grand Sage Don Cox, Colony Development Consultant Greg Ritchie, Assistant Executive Director Jon Frost, Grand Herald John Michelich, Past Grand Sage John Williams, and Executive Director Mark Briscoe for all the sacrifices they have made for Kappa over the past three years. We are very thankful for all you have done, and we will make you all proud. Mike Kester, Herald,

Texas State Theta-Upsilon Chapter Texas State Colony of Sigma Pi has had an exceptional first semester in the Sigma Pi brotherhood. The colony finished first in the chariot races during Greek Week and won a first place trophy for collecting and donating the most money during the annual Anchor splash competition. The colony also participated in the first ever winter clothing drive gathering coats, sweaters, and jackets that were then donated to the local Goodwill. Texas State Colony also became the first Greek organization to attend SACA and Associated Student Government meetings. Michael Roche, Herald,

Toronto Eta-Omicron Chapter The fall has been a time of improvement for Eta-Omicron. Among our priorities, the foremost was rejuvenating the front yard of the chapter. As brothers we worked together to improve both our house, and our relationship with the neighborhood. After work comes play; Eta-Omicron was the host to biweekly poker tournaments held for brothers and friends of brothers. We also held two post exam parties, which were well received by our guests. Active-Alumni relations were also strengthened, as many of the chapter’s founding brothers met with the active chapter during the much awaited reunion. With our eyes pointed forward and philanthropic projects just on the horizon, the second semester will be strong for the chapter. Aaron Veerasingham, Herald,

Towson Eta-Nu Chapter Eta-Nu Chapter had an excellent fall semester. The chapter commemorated their 15th Anniversary while chartering the Alumni Club. We hosted 400 members including current Grand Herald, John Michelich, and Past Grand Sage John Williams. The event was very successful and the feature of the evening was the viewing of an excellent produced video that showed the past 15 years of local history. The chapter would like to thank Zach Greenwald for making this inspiring video, as well, for setting up great brotherhood events throughout the years. James MacFarlane, Herald,

Boys and Girls Club and the UCLA campus. The chapter has been in full force in recruitment, retention, social events, and philanthropy. With any luck, we’ll be able to keep the momentum going through the new year and beyond! David Bresler, Herald,

Ursinus Theta-Sigma Chapter The former Ursinus Colony is happy to finally be called the Theta-Sigma Chapter of Sigma Pi. We would like to thank everyone that was involved with our chartering, especially are excellent chartering team. Recruiting as been great, we have 15 top notch prospective members looking into joining our great fraternity. Lastly we have moved into the next phase of our ACE Project which is now recycling batteries as well as anything else recyclable. Patrick Waldron, Herald,

Valparaiso Beta-Tau Chapter The men of Beta-Tau are having a busy end to a successful semester. We also have placed in many of the other Inter-Greek and intramural sports on campus and have a good chance of winning the Greek games this winter. Beta-Tau has also hosted many philanthropic dance parties to raise money for the Red Cross and many other worthy charities. Beginning with our Katrina relief efforts, we have also raised money for various local homeless shelters, food pantries, and orphanages. Most students agree that the Sigma Pi dance parties are the place to be on campus. Darryl Kozel, Herald, betatau@sigmapiorg

UCLA Upsilon Chapter Fall quarter has been an amazing time for Upsilon Chapter at UCLA. Not only did we start with and retain the largest pledge class in the western region (31 solid guys!), but after a number of house improvements, we’re looking stronger and better than ever. Also, as we wrap up the quarter, we have a number of philanthropies in the works in association with a local

Vincennes Alpha Chapter I am very proud to announce that the Alpha Chapter has once again had another great fall semester. Twelve of our new members have completed the pledge program and our very motivated and eager to get Alpha going for the next semester. Our annual Thanksgiving canned food drive was a huge success. The cans that were collected were sent to all the needy

families around Knox County. We are showing the City of Vincennes, as well as Vincennes University, that Sigma Pi is a powerful asset to the community. Congratulations to Christian Gleason who graduated in December. He was a very hard working brother for the chapter and he will be missed by all of us. Alpha is continuing to grow and become stronger thanks to our hard working brothers, new members, and alumni. We are looking forward to a successful recruitment period and more activity in the community. We encourage all brothers of Sigma Pi that if you in the Vincennes area feel free to stop by the house anytime. Travis Tobin, Herald,

Virginia Tech Delta-Upsilon Chapter The fall 2005 semester was productive, but not as much as our chapter would’ve liked. We initiated 6 new brothers and are looking forward to the spring semester and the many rush events that we have planned so far. The first two weeks of school during will be tough but my brothers and I will be up to the challenge. Richard Shirk, Jr., Herald,

Wake Forest Alpha-Nu Chapter Alpha-Nu is excited to be back for another semester at Wake Forest. This spring, we’re looking forward to another promising rush season, our annual Orchid Ball brother retreat, as well as our continued philanthropic involvement in activities such as the ACE Project which entails the AlphaNu brothers improving the Wake Forest campus. Socially, the Alpha-Nu brothers are eager to open up their doors once again to students of this university and guests from others, and plans for numerous sorority mixers have already been developed. We are obviously very excited for our upcoming spring new member education, where a new class of worthy individuals will be prepared to carry on the Alpha-Nu legacy. Chris Hayes, Herald,

a model of a true fraternity man. We wish all of our new alumni best of luck with their new endeavors. Matthew Braun, Herald,

Wisconsin - Platteville Delta-Iota Chapter As the semester winds down, it has been a very successful semester for the brothers of Delta-Iota. The new brothers will be a great asset for our chapter and will continue to strive for excellence in the ways of our great brotherhood. We hope to kick off rush as strong next semester as we did this semester and hopefully initiate ten to twelve new brothers. Joe Lu, Herald,

Brothers from the Eta-Alpha Chapter at Cal State - Sacramento in front of their new chapter house.

Wayne State Gamma-Omega Chapter The Gamma-Omega Chapter has been very busy this semester with numerous activities and events. We have continued to do projects to better the chapter and the appearance of our house. This semester we worked on ways to become the leading Greek letter society, and student organization, on the Wayne State campus. As I write, we believe that GammaOmega is making great strides towards accomplishing this goal. Joshua Intemann, Herald,

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Josh Kerrigan, Herald,

Western Michigan Gamma-Rho Chapter The brothers of Gamma-Rho have

Jeffrey Otto, Herald,

William Paterson Theta-Tau Chapter We have had a crazy few months over here at Theta-Tau. We chartered on October 8th, and we have to give a big thanks to our big brother chapter over at Delta-Beta, as well as everybody else who helped us out. We are also very happy to announce the induction of

our Alpha Class, Shawn Strauss and Greg Kreha. We have had a number of successful rushes, as well. Our Beta class is shaping up to be quite a group. Unfortunately, we are also already saying goodbye to our original Herald, Robert Velasquez. We all wish him luck in all of his future endeavors. The brothers here are very optimistic about the upcoming semester, as we have many events lined up. Besides the ACE Project, we plan on visiting a local soup kitchen and helping with the local Habitat for Humanity. James Thorpey, Herald,

Wisconsin - Madison Tau Chapter The Brothers of Tau Chapter are excited about our accomplishments during the fall semester. We initiated quality gentlemen into the brotherhood, who have already taken leadership roles in the house and on campus. Brother Raisch won the Mr. Alpha Chi Omega competition, making Sigma Pi the winners of this event for two years in a row. Our date auction also raised over $400 for the American Red Cross, and alongside our upcoming Etiquette Dinner, Sigma Pi is a leader on campus as an example of true gentlemen and

Sean Scheriff, Herald,

York Eta-Theta Chapter This semester has been a rebuilding semester for the brothers of the Eta-Theta chapter of Sigma Pi at York College. Tradition and ritual have had a greater influence this semester than they ever have in previous years. Strong leadership has been the guiding force that has contributed to the newfound success of Eta-Theta. With the election of a new executive board we are stronger than ever before. We only hope to continue our success by instituting our first annual ACE Project, initiating new brothers and regaining our trophy in next semester’s Greek Week. Jason Kranjac, Herald,

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Theta-Gamma Chapter The fall semester was great. Our annual can food drive was very successful. We also had a good outcome for Blood Wars, our annual blood drive. I would like to thank all the brothers that helped with the hurricane relief. Also, Theta-gamma Chapter would like to congratulate the new members that were initiated.

had a very exciting fall semester. With the new chapter house that was built, we expected to have a solid pledge class, in which we did. We had 13 newly initiated brothers join our strong brotherhood. During the past semester we had our homecoming. The brothers would like to say thank you to the alumni for attending. We feel that this was one of our best turnouts for homecoming that we have had in years. This semester the brothers wanted to do something to give back to our campus community. Two of our brothers decided that we should start our ACE Project. The brothers decided to do a drunken driving simulator that was designed to help people learn about the consequence of drunk driving. We also passed out the Ace of Spades Cards.

Worcester Polytech Gamma-Iota Chapter We are finishing up our rush and have nine new pledges. Elections will also be held soon with many of the houses leaders running for critical EC positions it should be an interesting race. Finally renovations are almost complete in the basement and we should have a modern electrical and lighting system.


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The Colonization Campaign: Calling all Undergraduates by Alan Moore

The Executive Office needs the help of our greatest resource, you the undergraduate. The Grand Council has set ambitious expansion goals that we strongly support and are excited to achieve. We realize that these goals cannot be met without your support and effort. We want to maintain about 20 colonies at every given time with newly chartered chapters being replaced with new colonies. We all know that Sigma Pi has so much to offer and want to spread our message to more campuses all over North America. Additionally, with more chapters come more funds for increased programming for you and your chapter, as well as a larger array of connections when you become an alumnus. Think for a minute about your friends from high school and

extracurricular activities your are involved in. Now think of friends or acquaintances at a college or university that does not have a Sigma Pi chapter or colony. Have you ever approached anyone about starting an interest group? Just mentioning such a proposal can spark a motivated individual to the beginnings of a successful chapter. Just like your chapter, our entire brotherhood is only what you want it to be and depends on the time and effort you are willing to spend. While you are thinking about people you know, consider this: do you know a student at the following? 4A school that formerly held a ΣΠ chapter ( a list of dormant chapters is on the website under Undergraduates - Chapter Roll) 4An Ivy League school, such as Brown, Harvard, Princeton, Yale,

Columbia, Dartmouth, etc. 4In the Northeastern states Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware and the Washington D.C. area. 4In the Midwestern states of Minnesota, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Oklahoma. 4In the Western states of Alaska, Hawaii and New Mexico. 4In the Northwestern states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada and Utah. 4In the Southern states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina and Louisiana. While some of these states have colonies, most of them do not. These places are on our wish list and we would love to bring Sigma Pi to these regions. While these are our targets, do not limit yourself.

Any school of higher education without a Sigma Pi chapter is a prospect. According to the North American Interfraternity regulations: “No NIC member organization is prohibited from selecting undergraduates for the purpose of establishing a chapter on the campus of the host institution. The host institution’s Interfraternity Council may not deter expansion by withholding membership of NIC group from IFC.” Most schools follow NIC regulations and will recognize an interest group of Sigma Pi. If you are interested in helping to perpetuate the brotherhood of Sigma Pi, then contact the Executive Office at (800) 332-1897. Let us know what we can do to reward your chapter for your support and assistance. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

Eta-Delta returns at Cal Poly by Jeremy Boyd

After an extensive twoweek recruitment visit to Cal Poly, home of Sigma Pi’s EtaDelta Chapter, Senior Expansion Consultants Jeremy Boyd and Jim DiVita successfully colonized a group of 24 men on Friday, March 3, 2006 to bring back the name of Sigma Pi to California Polytech-

nic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. “This visit was quite a challenge, given that average numbers are low on campus,” said DiVita, “However, we managed to network through the clubs and organizations and contacts we made through the help

of alumni and university officials to bring a strong group together which in turn encouraged the new men to recruit others which they felt worthy of this opportunity.” Many of the gentlemen involved in the new colony are involved on campus in other organizations including varsity athlet-

ics, hall council, and the Semper Fi Society. These young men are highly motivated individuals who will only add to Sigma Pi’s strong presence in the state of California and across North America.

California University of Pennsylvania Colonizes by Alan Moore

Beta-Xi returns at New Mexico State

In what has proved to be a busy year with expansion, Sigma Pi is proud to announce another promising acquisition to our brotherhood. On February 12, 2006, 21 brothers officially became our newest colony at the California University of Pennsylvania. Executive Office representatives Alan Moore and Justin Steele were joined by Theta-Epsilon (Indiana of Pennsylvania) Sage Christian Lundis (‘06) and former Sage Nick Hoffman (‘06) to officially colonize these young men through the traditional colonization ceremony. Special thanks to these gentlemen as well as the entire Theta-Epsilon Chapter, who have been increasingly helpful to this interest group and present colony.

On the evening of Friday, have been successful with socials, performing community service and maintaining strong brotherhood events. As an interest group these gentlemen had long been involved with Sigma Pi, attending Sigma Pi University in Nashville and the Mid-Year Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. They are excited to be a part of Sigma Pi and are already working diligently to be a chartered chapter as soon as their requirements have been met. President Sean Messett (‘06) has been an integral part of their growth as an interest group and the colony has the highest respect for him and his abilities. The colony is already a great example of what Sigma Pi stands for and we are proud to make these gentlemen members in our grand brotherhood. We are happy to have this new colony and are excited to see how they will thrive as a future chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity.

February 17, 2006, Senior Expansion Consultants Jeremy Boyd and Jim DiVita formally re-established the Beta-Xi Chapter with a re-colonization ceremony, pinning 24 men at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Of the 24 men, 21 are active members of the Aggies’ football team, some of which are also involved in various campus clubs and organizations and one member who plays on the baseball team. Since the colonization ceremony, these men have pinned nearly 15 additional men, just several weeks after their initial colonization. “We are trying to

establish a very solid groundwork here at NMSU,” stated Colony President and linebacker Tim McManigal (‘06). “We are not only looking for just football players or athletes in general, but for men involved in other facets of campus life.” Sigma Pi’s new colony at New Mexico State looks to be growing very rapidly, and with so many of its members involved in so many wings of campus life, the growth opportunity is immeasurable. Sigma Pi expects great things from our new colony members at New Mexico State University.

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The colony already is the largest and most diverse fraternity on campus. They boast football players, basketball players, student ambassadors, SGA senators and other campus leaders. They have already been successful in all aspects of being a fraternity and we have the utmost confidence in their ability. Some of these successes include a profound talent to fundraise. They were able to raise enough money so that each original member only had to pay $50.00 out of their own pocket for the pledge fee requirement. In addition they

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Kappa Re-Charters at Temple by Greg Ritchie

Founding Fathers Adam Adelson Chris Berean Matt Copenhaver John Dettinger Mark Dewey Michael Duffey Michael Fry Shawn Geller Eric Greco Nathan Harper Melvin Hill Sean Kane Michael Kester Bradley Kline Jason Kreider Billy Lampariello Andrew Lebo Jerermy Lee Chris Mariello Carlos McDonald David Peltier Zachary Quemore David Reed Grady Reicker Matthew Rieker Alan Rozetar Jason Sandolo Jason Savageau Kyle Sawdey Michael Smith Anthony Sparano Christopher Swoyer Andrew Tull Justin Watts Justin Welch Jonathan Williams

Stats on campus: 23,450 undergraduates 6,383 graduate enrollment 1% men join fraternities 6 fraternities / 3 sororities Location: Downtown Philadelphia Type of school: public, four year, coed

Since 2001, Past Grand Sage Don Cox (Κ, Temple ’55) has been determined to get his old chapter back on the roster with Sigma Pi. He recruited Zach Quemore (’07) and Jason Sandolo (’07) in 2004 and told them about the history of the chapter at Temple and how significant it was to Sigma Pi. The Kappa Chapter was originally founded as the Sigma Delta local fraternity and became the Kappa Chapter of Sigma Pi on March 13, 1909. This historic chapter is responsible for the ceremony of the Fraternity known as “The Golden Quest,” the initiation ritual used since 1910. Quemore and Sandolo found this to be a once in a lifetime opportunity that they could not pass up and they were easily convinced to bring that rich history back into the Sigma Pi family. Before long, Quemore and Sandolo and some of their friends had recruited an ambitious group of young men ready to do whatever was necessary to bring Kappa Chapter back to Temple. After attending the Mid-Year Leadership Conference in 2005, CHARTERING TEAM: Grand Sage: PGS Don Cox (Κ, Temple ’55) Grand Second Counselor: PGS John Williams (ΕΨ, Widener ’85) Grand Third Counselor: PGH Frank Woodbury (ΑΙ, Missouri - Rolla ’65) Grand Fourth Counselor: Jonathan Frost (ΔΖ, Missouri - St. Louis ’02) Grand First Counselor: PGS Howard Beyer (ΑΜ, NJIT ’56) Grand Herald: John Michelich (ΕΓ, Illinois Wesleyan ’74)

Quemore and new president Dave Reed (’07) knew what they needed to do to get colonized, and did it in record time. In March 2005, the Kappa colony of Sigma Pi Fraternity was re-established. The new group didn’t waste any time in their efforts to re-charter. They were determined to recharter before the spring semester of the 2005-06 academic year. They all got together and established an aggressive set of goals for the group to have completed by December, one of the goals being to get that charter back! With the assistance of Cox along the way, these motivated young men went above and beyond what is required of a new colony and on December 3, 2005 their efforts paid off and their hopes of bringing one of Sigma Pi’s most cherished chapters back into the fold were made a reality. The initiation took place at the very elegant Diamond Club with the banquet immediately following. Special thanks to all guests in attendance including the men from Theta-Delta Chapter at TCNJ, ZetaChi Chapter at Rowan and Theta-Sigma Chapter at Ursinus.

Univ. of Iowa Xi Chapter Re-Charters at Iowa by Greg Ritchie

Founding Fathers

On September 18th, 2003, 18 men were established as a colony of Sigma Pi at the University of Iowa, a University that has a great historical relationship with Sigma Pi. One of our original single letter groups, Xi Chapter was originally established on May 30, 1918, making it one of our oldest chapters in our ranks. The young men of the new Xi Colony had big shoes to fill, and were under a lot of pressure to succeed. At the time, the Greek system was struggling and the group was having trouble finding their way within the ranks of the other Greeks on Iowa’s campus. During this time, they lost some of their original members and the future wasn’t looking good for those remaining. It was a time where each of the members

had to decide to push on and try to succeed or pack it in and give up. Lucky for us the remaining members of the original group; Calvin Shadden (’06), Adam Frei (’07), Marty Hoglund (’06), Hays Whitlach (’06), Dan Teschner (’06), Ben Hill (’06), Brandon Watters (’06), Drazen Kljucevic (’06), Nick Josephs (’07), and Aftabur Rahman (’06), decided not to quit and to find a way to make this organization thrive and work. They pulled together and worked their way through the adversity. By the summer of 2005 the results of their dedication spoke volumes as they moved into their new house on Greek Row and could boast one of the highest memberships on campus. This paired with their exemplary GPA and Community service, more than qualified them to re-establish our Xi chapter. On January 28, 2006, 38 young men were initiated and the Xi Colony officially became a chapter. The initiation took place at their new chapter house with a banquet immediately following where the charter and petition exchange took place.


Grand Sage: John Kitch (Η, Purdue ‘73) Grand Second Counselor: Eugene Hibbs (Σ, Iowa State ‘93) Grand Third Counselor: Louis Ebert (ΒΦ, Rochester Tech ‘73) Grand Fourth Counselor: Frank Sammet (Ξ, Iowa ‘87) Grand First Counselor: Steve Lawler (Ξ, Iowa ‘82) Grand Herald: Mark Briscoe (ΑΠ, Arkansas State ‘81)

Stats on campus: 19,566 undergraduates 6,085 graduate enrollment 8% men join fraternities 18 fraternities / 19 sororities Location: 20 miles from Cedar Rapids, Iowa Type of school: public, four year, coed

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Shawn Carmody John Claypool Clifford Corley Cameron Cunion Louis Ebert Dylan Frana Adam Frei Christopher Freiburger Riley Genz Benjamin Harringa Brian Hartz Nicholas Heider Douglas Heider Benjamin Hill Martin Hoglund Jonathan Holscher Matthew Jensen Nicholas Josephs Drazen Kljucevic Benjamin Lewis John Maslowski Paul McCoy Jade Monahan Michael Oehler Sean O’Neill Daniel Petersen Aftabur Rahman Calvin Shadden Joshua Simpson Robert Stricklin Erik Tefteller Daniel Teschner Nicholas Tinkle Tyler Tran Brandon Watters Hays Whitlatch Alberto Whitlatch Gregory Zawada



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d r a w A s r e d ’ n u o F by Brian C. Alley (Α, Vincennes ’03)

presented to Distinguished Brothers

An educator, a public servant, and two Fraternity

volunteers will be recognized for their outstanding contribu-

tions during the 48th Biennial Convocation in New Orleans. The Grand Council announced that Fraternity alumni Charles

E. Bayless (ΓΞ, West Virginia Tech ‘68), Mike Beebe (ΑΠ,

Arkansas State ‘68), PGS Dr. Robert L. Burns (ΔΦ, Wisconsin – Whitewater ‘71) will each be presented with a 2006 Founders’ Award this summer as well as an award given posthumously to PGS Dr. Jack C. Fields (ΕΓ, Illinois Wesleyan ‘71). The Founders’ Award is the highest and most prestigious honor which the Fraternity bestows upon an individual brother. The selection is based upon outstanding contributions or exceptional service in business, a profession, education, or humanitarianism, including service to Sigma Pi or the fraternity system as a whole. Through the years, the Fraternity has developed programs for the recognition of outstanding brothers, alumni, and chapters. Since 1962, Sigma Pi has recognized several of its most outstanding alumni brother’s through the presentation of the Founders’ Award. Before each Convocation, the Grand Council selects the recipients from among those brothers recommended by chapters and alumni clubs. The presentation of the Founders’ Award to recipients takes place during the closing banquet of each Convocation. Since its inception, 81 outstanding brothers have had the prestigious Founders’ Award bestowed upon them. The Founders’ Award was the brainchild of Past Grand Sage J. Robert Odaniell (ΒΝ, SIU – Carbondale ’51). He presented the concept in 1961 at the Grand Council retreat in St. Louis, Missouri. During the 26th Biennial Convocation in French Lick, Indiana, the Grand Council presented the first Founders’ Awards to Byron R. Lewis (Α, Vincennes / Φ, Illinois ’05), Curtis G. Shake (Α, Vincennes ’06) and Robert W. VanHouten (ΑΜ, NJIT ’30). 4

Charles E. Bayless

(ΓΞ, West Virginia Tech ’68)

Brother Bayless is President of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, a regional Campus of West Virginia University specializing in Engineering, Nursing, Athletic Coaching, Printing and General Education. Prior to December 27, 1999 Bayless was Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Illinova Corporation, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Illinois Power Company, an electric and natural gas utility with more than half a million customers and approximately 4,500 megawatts of electricity generating capacity.

Prior to joining Illinova Corporation in June 1998, Bayless was employed by Tucson Electric Power Company (UniSource Energy); as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. From 1981 to 1989, Bayless worked for Public Service Company of New Hampshire where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Before that, he was employed by Consumers Power Company in Jackson, Michigan, from 1972 to 1981 — first as an attorney, then as the Director of Nuclear Fuel Supply, and finally as the Director of Special Corporate Projects. Prior to that Bayless had summer jobs in line construction and at power plants at Kentucky Power and Pennsylvania Power and Light. Bayless received his BSEE from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1968. In 1971, he earned his MSEE, in power engineering, and in 1972 his law Degree, both from West Virginia University. He earned his MBA in 1977 from the Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan. Bayless is a Board Member of Dynegy, where, he has been Chairman of the Audit Committee and of the Governance and Nominating Committee, Primary Energy

Inc., Commerce Energy and Thermon, Inc. He is Chairman of the board of Independent Wireless One and a Board member of the Ontario Power Authority. He is a past Board Member of Patina Oil and Gas, Trigen Energy Inc., EPRI and EEI. In 1993, Financial World awarded Bayless its CEO of the Year Bronze Medal. Also in 1993, the Wall Street Transcript named Bayless the winner of its CEO of the Year Bronze Medal. In 1995, Financial World awarded Bayless its CEO of the Year Silver Medal. Bayless’s involvement with the Boy Scouts of America is extensive. He is an Eagle Scout, a member of the National Advisory Board, a past member of the National Board of Directors, a Member and past Chairman of the Philmont Ranch Committee; a Board Member of the Buckskin Council and past President of the Catalina Council. He was Support Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America at the 1999 World Jamboree (held in Chile), was Program Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America 1997 National Jamboree and led the Project 2005 team at the 2001 Jamboree. Bayless was Chairman of the National Venture Exploring Committee and he is a recipient of the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope Award and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

Bayless is also past Chairman of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (a CEO Organization): a past Member of the University of Arizona Business School National Board of Advisors; a Member of the West Virginia University Engineering Academy; a past member of the Arizona Commission on Appellate Judicial Appointments, a past Board Member of the Public Utilities Reports, Inc.; and a past Board Member and Vice President of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Bayless is an inactive member of the Michigan and West Virginia Bar Associations; a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering and Eta Kappa Nu Electric Engineering honorary fraternities and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. Bayless is a native of Dunbar, West Virginia. He is married to the former Joan Schulter, a native of Allentown, Pennsylvania. They are the parents of one daughter, Lisa, and one son, Charles.

Mike Beebe (ΑΠ, Arkansas State ’68)

In the past three years as Attorney General, Beebe’s Consumer Protection Division engaged in enforcement efforts that resulted in judgments or settlements of more than $46.2 million; saved utility ratepayers $111.1 million; disbursed nearly $1 million in individual restitution from antitrust actions against pharmaceutical companies, and recovered more than $5.1 million in restitution of consumer complaints. Beebe’s office filed 1,417 criminal appellate briefs to ensure that convicted criminals serve their sentences, while, at the same time, providing over $11 million in compensation to crime victims. In the area of Medicaid fraud, Beebe’s office works hard to protect those who reside in our state’s long-term care facilities and has recovered $10.5 in civil settlements and criminal restitution. Beebe is committed to promoting policies and enforcing laws that give our state’s young people a safe environment and a brighter future. His office serves as the statewide clearinghouse for missing and exploited children, hosts Missing Children’s Day and a Child-Safety Fair, and Beebe has created Mentor Arkansas, a program designed to encourage individuals and corporate citizens to participate in the lives of Arkansas’ youth. Beebe was born in 1946 at Amagon, AR (Jackson County), in the northeastern part of the State. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Arkansas State University in 1968 and a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1972, all the while serving his country in the U.S. Army Reserves. A leader in the Arkansas Senate for 20 years, Beebe consistently worked to reach across party lines, and to solve problems. In June of last year, Beebe announced his candidacy for the Arkansas Governor race in 2006. The Attorney General and his wife, Ginger, have three adult chil-

dren. Beebe is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Searcy, where he has served as senior warden and member of the vestry.

Dr. Robert L. Burns (ΔΦ, Wisconsin – Whitewater ’71) Dr. Robert L. Burns holds a bachelors degree from Kentucky Southern College, a master’s degree from the University of Florida, and a doctorate from the University of Louisville. His career in higher education has spanned more than 40 years and has included service in the university systems of Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas, Nebraska, and Florida. Positions have included both faculty and administrative roles, including dean, vice president, provost, and president. Dr. Burns retired from his second presidency in 1999 and has been active since then in numerous consulting roles, major donor fundraising, and establishment of a university branch campus. He and his wife Pat made their home on the southwest Florida coast for a number of years after retirement and recently have moved back to their hometown, Louisville, Kentucky. Their two sons live in Wisconsin and in Kentucky, respectively. Burns is recognized for his leadership in multi-campus organizations, as a founding figure in both governmental and educational organizations, and for the establishment of new programs and innovative paradigms at the local, state, regional

and national levels. He has been a leader in the initiation of international education programs and has been recognized for the innovative and effective use of television and other technologies in the delivery of education at the university level. He and Pat have established contemporary folk art collections at museums in both Kentucky and Kansas and have maintained life-long roles as patrons of the arts. The Robert L. Burns William Wilberforce Collection, established as a permanent element of the rare book and special collections of the University of Louisville’s Ekstrom Research Library, stems from Dr. Burns’s work as the American Editor of the British/American William Wilberforce Papers Project (funded by universities and private foundations in this country and in Britain). Dr. Burns established and directs an academic scholarship fund, The Jay C. Norris Scholarship Endowment, which awards full scholarships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He has given time to numerous boards and councils in the arts, humanities, and charitable efforts, often serving as chairman. Burns first became a part of Sigma Pi Fraternity as a young professor when a group of men in his classes asked if he would serve as their local fraternity’s chapter advisor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1970). He agreed to do so and worked with the undergraduates to build a colony of Sigma Pi, ultimately becoming a charter member of Delta-Phi Chapter at that campus. His active involvement led quickly to roles in Sigma Pi as Chapter Director and Province Archon. His first Convocation was in 1974 in French Lick, Indiana. In 1976 at the San Diego Convocation, he was elected to the Grand Council as Grand Herald. At the next Convocation Burns was elected Grand Second Counselor. He became Grand Sage early in 1979 with the untimely death of GS Mike Carey and then served another full two-year term as Grand Sage (and so

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On January 14, 2003, Brother Beebe was sworn in as the 51st Attorney General for the State of Arkansas. As chief law-enforcement officer, Beebe’s responsibility is to represent the people of the state and to be the guardian of their interests. He and his staff are committed to safeguarding consumers, protecting seniors from abuse and neglect, and developing solutions to problems ranging from upholding criminal convictions

to protecting children from predators on the Internet.


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was Grand Sage for three years, from 1979 through 1982). Burns’s service on the Grand Council was completed in 1984 as Past Grand Sage. He serves currently as Sigma Pi Fraternity’s Delegate to the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).

Dr. Jack C. Fields (ΕΓ, Illinois Wesleyan ’71) Past Grand Sage Jack C. Fields is being honored posthumously for his tireless and devoted service to the development of higher education and to Sigma Pi Fraternity. At the time of his death, Fields held the posts of Associate Professor of Business Administration and University Registrar at Illinois Wesleyan University. Brother Fields was hospitalized for the first time on August 4, 2004, the opening day of the 47th Convocation in Chicago, where he was expected to arrive that day. After spending very little time in the hospital he was soon diagnosed with liver cancer which caused his death less than two months later. Jack C. Fields was born June 6, 1949 in Paxton, Illinois. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In 1972, Fields earned a Masters of Business Administration from Illinois State University and later attained his designation as a C.P.A. From 1972 through 1980, he worked for

the General Electric Company in various domestic and international assignments as an auditor in the finance section. He entered law school in 1980 and earned his juris doctor degree from Northern Illinois University in 1983. In 1983 Fields returned to his alma mater as a faculty member in the Business Administration Department where he specialized in business law and accounting courses. From 1992-94, he served as Acting Assistant Dean of the University. In 1994, Fields was appointed to the position of University Registrar, and he continued to teach courses in business administration. As Registrar, he served as Illinois Wesleyan’s faculty representative to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As a member of the Illinois Wesleyan community, he built a reputation as an outstanding teacher, valued colleague, and as an empathetic and trusted adviser to all the students. In 1969, while a student at Illinois Wesleyan, Fields was one of four original founders of a local fraternity, Zeta Epsilon. The founders saw a need on campus for a new, progressive Greek organization that emphasized scholarship and leadership and did not engage in hazing. Their goal was to gain university recognition and to affiliate with a leading national fraternity at the earliest opportunity. Fields was instrumental in narrowing the choice to Sigma Pi, and under his leadership, Zeta Epsilon became a colony of Sigma Pi in 1971. Fields was initiated as a brother of Sigma Pi and a Founding Father of the Epsilon-Gamma Chapter on January 25, 1975. Fields remained active in the life of the Fraternity throughout his career serving almost continuously as an adviser of the Illinois Wesleyan chapter where he was Chapter Director from 1983 until his death. Jack also held several national offices in the Fraternity. He began his service on

the Grand Council in 1986 when he was elected Grand Third Counselor. In 1988, Jack did not seek an office, but was elected Grand Third Counselor again in 1992. Jack was elected Grand Second Counselor in 1994, Grand Sage in 1996, and Past Grand Sage in 1998. His commitment and dedication to Sigma Pi never wavered. Jack served on the Fraternity’s Scholarship and Standards, Housing and Finance and Expansion Committees, and after his service on the Grand Council, Jack volunteered to serve as a Trustee of the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation from 2001-2002. Fields was a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as numerous other national and local professional organizations. Jack is survived by two sisters, Laura (John) Curry of Olney, Ill. and Janice (Wayne) FitzHenry of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and several nieces and nephews, in addition to several hundred chapter brothers who knew him as a friend, fraternity brother and mentor at Illinois Wesleyan. Fields’ colleagues on the faculty and staff at Illinois Wesleyan have created and endowed the prestigious Jack C. Fields Prize in Accounting, to be awarded annually at Commencement to the most outstanding senior student in accounting. In addition, there are two endowed scholarships named in honor of Jack Fields; one at Illinois Wesleyan and the other administered by the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. In these ways, Jack will always be remembered as a brother who epitomized the values and ideals of Sigma Pi.

Past Founders’ Award Recipients: 1962 4Byron R. Lewis (Α, Vincennes / Φ, Illinois ’05), Curtis G. Shake (Α, Vincennes ’06), Robert W. VanHouten (ΑΜ, NJIT ’30) 19644Hon. Frank T. Bow (Ζ, Ohio Northern ’21), Jonathan B. Hillegass (Ν, Franklin & Marshall ’20), Jon J. Kabara (ΓΑ, Detroit – Mercy Faculty), Cyrus E. Palmer (Φ, Illinois ’12) 19664Louis Foley (Ε, Ohio ’15), Fred P. Helm (Ε, Ohio ’10), Becher W. Hungerford (ΑΒ, Michigan ’24), Richard G. Lowe (Θ, Penn State ’25) 19684Lothar I. Iverson (Τ, Wisconsin – Madison ’27), Willard M. Kiplinger (Γ, Ohio State ’12) (posthumously), Alexander E. Wilson, Jr. (Ψ, Emory ’30) 19704Ward Ashman (Γ, Ohio State ’29), Herman G. Fisher (Θ, Penn State ’21), Lt. Gen. William R. Peers (Υ, UCLA ’37), John P. Soult (ΑΙ, Missouri – Rolla ’39) 19724John A. Epple (Ζ, Ohio Northern ’24), Harold Jacobsen (Λ, Kenyon ’29), Arthur L. Lewis (ΑΜ, NJIT ’44) 19744Cleveland L. Adams (ΑΔ, Auburn ’32), Walter H. Lemmond, Jr. (Ψ, Emory ’25), Charlton Mobley (ΑΕ, Mercer ’28), Maxwell L. Rafferty (Υ, UCLA ’38), Judson C. Ward, Jr. (Ψ, Emory ’33) 19764William J. Cutbirth, Jr. (Υ, UCLA ’44) (posthumously), Walter D. Kephart (Δ, Penn ’21), Walter M. Schirra (ΑΜ, NJIT ’44) 19784Frank C. Fryburg (Θ, Penn State ’49), George L. Haller (Θ, Penn State ’27), H. Prentice Miller (Ψ, Emory ’27), Clarence C. Newcomer (Ν, Franklin & Marshall ’44) 19804John T. Myers (ΒΓ, Eastern Illinois ’49), Isaac K. Beckes (Α, Vincennes ’65), William G. Hills (Γ, Ohio State ’24), William E. Bohlender (Γ, Ohio State ’21) 19824Dr. Wallace Hall (Γ, Ohio State ’31), William H. Harsha (Λ, Kenyon ’43), Lyle M. Smith (Φ, Illinois ’50) (posthumously), Dr. Darrell L. Spriggs (ΑΣ, Arkansas ’53), Lewis M. Grizzard, Jr. (ΑΦ, Georgia ’68) 19844Edward Rogers (ΑΜ, NJIT ’52), Edgar Estes Folk (ΑΝ, Wake Forest ’48), Basil J. Boritzki (ΑΡ, Missouri State ’48), Herbert E. Longenecker (Θ, Penn State ’30), Andrew D. Shaw (Υ, UCLA ’30) 19864James R. Bullington (ΑΔ, Auburn ’62), William F. Creighton (Δ, Penn ’28), E. Alva Edwards (ΑΚ, Louisiana State ’38), Robert A. Prichard (Ρ, North Carolina State ’46) 19884Cletus A. Broecker (Η, Purdue ’29), Major General Raymond D. Free (Π, Utah ’35), Hans M. Mark (Ι, California ’51), Moe M. Mitzman (ΓΚ, Indiana Tech ’38) 19904Charles S. Bicksler (Θ, Penn State ’41), Brigadier General James Livingston (ΑΔ, Auburn ’62) 19924Robert W. Burgess (ΒΟ, Cal State – Long Beach ’63), William D. Meyer (Υ, UCLA ’47), James R. Ross (Υ, UCLA ’49) 19944Major General James M. Lyle (ΑΗ, William & Mary ’62), Hans E. Schmoldt (ΑΙ, Missouri – Rolla ’44) 19964Howard Hulford (Μ, Cornell ’44), James B. “Scotty” Reston (Φ, Illinois ’32) (posthumously), Eli R. Sidwell, Jr. (ΒΓ, Eastern Illinois ’55) 19984Richard R. Barnard (ΔΓ, Milton ’63) (posthumously), William D. Mensch (Κ, Temple ’65), Robert L.C. Merriman (ΑΡ, Missouri State ’49), Hon. Benjamin K. Miller (ΒΝ, SIU – Carbondale ’56) 20004Bernie N. Boston (ΒΦ, Rochester Tech ’55), James L. Hills (ΑΧ, Maryland ’54), John J. Merino, Jr. (ΒΟ, Cal State – Long Beach ’58), Rear Admiral James Seely (Υ, UCLA ’55) 20024Russell H. Conwell (Κ, Temple ’09) (posthumously), John R. Gregg (Α, Vincennes ’74), Tracy Lawrence (ΕΚ, Southern Arkansas ’87), Paul W. Richards (ΒΘ, Drexel ’87), Gary B. Tash (ΒΠ, Virginia ’68) 20044Howard Beyer (ΑΜ, NJIT ’56), Michael Bilirakis (Ξ, Pittsburgh ’59), Anthony Siress (ΖΗ, Santa Clara ’87)

Cal State – Long Beach alumnus elected Grand Master of the California Masons Frederick L. Sorsabal (ΒΟ, Cal State – Long Beach ’58) was installed as the 141st Grand Master of Freemasons for the state of California on October 12, 2005. Brother Sorsable has served on several Grand Lodge Committees and was Grand Orator under Most Worshipful R. Stephen Doan. Sorsabal served as a Trustee for the Masonic Homes of California and was President of the Homes Board. Sorsabal received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cal State – Long Beach in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration in 1958. He started his career in Public Management in the City of Anaheim. In 1970, Sorsabal was appointed City Manager of

the City of Costa Mesa, California where he served for 15 years. His civic involvement has been strong, serving on the boards of the United Way, the Heart Association, and the foundations for hospitals in Mission Viejo and Placerville, California. Sorsabal is also the recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award. In October of 1963, Sorsabal was raised in Azure Lodge #533 in Fullerton, California and served as Master in 1990. He now is a member of the Placerville Lodge #26. His other Masonic involvement includes serving as President of the Placerville Masonic Center Association; a Past Master Councilor and recipient of the Active DeMola Legion of Honor. He is

a KCCH in Sacramento Scottish Rite bodies, a member of the Long Beach Bodies of York Rite; a Past Potentate of El Bekal Shrine and Associate Member of Ben Ali Shrine; Red Cross of Constantine the York Rite Sovereign College; Royal Order of Scotland Southern California Research Lodge; National Sojourners; and the Order of Eastern Star. Sorsabal served as President of the Board of Governors – Los Angeles Shrine Hospital for Children and also the Scottish Rite Language Disorder Center in Long Beach and is presently the Chairman of the Grand Master’s Conference of North America. Sorsabal lives in Placerville, California with his wife Marlene

of 47 years. They have two sons and six grandchildren. He was born in Southern California where he and his wife resided until his retirement in 1995. To read Sorsabal’s installation speech, please visit: www.sigmapi. org/sorsabal.pdf

Miami undergrads create rafting trip for cancer research This spring a group of six Miami University students will complete a 400 mile, 10 day journey down the Mississippi River to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Donations have come from friends, family and larger sponsors, who are then featured on the Rafting for Research website.

The philanthropy, now titled Rafting for Research, evolved a year ago when Miami seniors Damien Howley (‘06) and John Slattery (‘06) discussed taking a fun outdoor trip after graduation.

“On the raft, our corporate sponsors will be represented with large banners,” Mineau said.

“After we started to talk about the plans I began to see the opportunity to make this bigger than just a graduation trip,” Howley said. “I proposed the idea of raising money for charity and Rafting for Research was born.” In addition to Howley and Slattery, students Mike Mineau (‘06), Wade Weber (‘06) Rick Koplin (‘05) and Mike Buckley (‘06) are also scheduled to make the trip.

The organization chose the American Cancer Society as its charity because of its widespread effect on society. “Mike Buckley and I suggested contributing to the American Cancer Society because of the friends and family we have lost to cancer,” Howley said. Group members agree to the decision and the American Cancer Society was contacted to approve the project.

The group will leave Oxford, Ohio May 10 to arrive in Dubuque, Iowa, where they will spend two days constructing the raft before the team’s May 13 departure.

“It is a cause that had the potential to help so many Americans – a cause with the potential to touch nearly every person in this country in some way,” Mineau said.

“We will be constructing the raft immediately prior to the event,” Mineau said. “A road crew, comprised of other students who would like to contribute, will be following us the entire way with supplies and will aid the logistics of our journey.”

A rafting schedule, layout and additional information can be seen on the Rafting for Research website at www.rafting4research. org. The website also includes a biography of the participating students and a tab to donate to the cause.

After boarding the raft, the team will stop at places throughout Iowa, eventually reaching Louisiana, Missouri around May 20. Two days later they will reach their final destination – St. Louis, Missouri.

The Rafting for Research kick-off and awareness event took place on February 26 at the Oxford Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. A portion of the sales went to benefit the Rafting for Research event.

The group meets at least once a week to work on raising money for the American Cancer Society and planning the trip.

Donations can be sent by cash, check or money order to: Rafting for Research, 118 Willow Lane, Oxford, Ohio 45056.

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by Elizabeth Telich, The Miami Student Newspaper

To date, Rafting for Research has received $4,465 in donations.


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Fryburg retires after 62 years of service In May of this year, PGS

Frank C. Fryburg (Θ, Penn State ’49) will complete 62 years as a member of Sigma Pi. In August he will attend his 26th Convocation and will complete his 56th year as a Grand Chapter alumni volunteer. Since he will turn 80 in late July, Fryburg has indicated that he plans to retire from active Fraternity involvement. In the winter of 1944, Fryburg matriculated to Penn State University. Since his brother, Dr. George C. Fryburg (Ν, Franklin & Marshall ’41) was there as a graduate student, Fryburg moved into the temporary Sigma Pi facility in downtown State College. Theta’s chapter house at that time was occupied by the Navy V-12. Fryburg was initiated on May 14, 1944 and two weeks later chapter elections were held. W. Edward Carson (’45) was elected sage and Fryburg filled the other five positions, since all other brothers were leaving either for the service or medical school. In November, shortly after moving back into the chapter house, Brother Fryburg left for the Navy. Upon his return in August 1946, Fryburg accompanied his brother George, who was elected Theta’s Convocation delegate, in recognition of keeping Theta alive during World War II, to the Asheville, North Carolina Convocation. That began Fryburg’s series of attending 19 consecutive

Convocations, which was broken only when RCA transferred him to Paris, France, in 1981 for a threeyear assignment. Upon graduating from Penn State in 1949, Fryburg entered the graduate MBA program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he met Brother James Ross (Υ, UCLA ’49) and together they convinced a local fraternity at Drexel Institute to petition Sigma Pi. Their petition was approved at the 1950 Convocation and Fryburg became the Province Archon for the eight chapters in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. Upon graduating from Penn in February 1951, Fryburg began a 37-year tenure with the RCA Picture Tube Division in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and served in various executive positions in quality control, materials and planning, and purchasing. He left RCA in November 1987 and moved to Owensboro, Kentucky where he became a purchasing manager at Premium Allied Tool. Fryburg retired to Ormond Beach, Florida in November 1991, where he remained until 1998 when he and his wife, Maggie, moved back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 1954, Fryburg was elected Grand Third Counselor, a position he held for six years. In 1962, Fryburg was elected as Grand Sage and during his term he, along with Jim Hills (ΑΧ, Maryland

’54), moved the Executive Office from Elizabeth, New Jersey to Vincennes, Indiana. Also during his term, Fryburg served as commissioner of highways for Manheim Township. Asked how he managed to hold three full-time jobs and help raise four children, Fryburg stated, “I limited my sleep to what one normally enjoys while attending Convocation.” While serving on the Grand Council, Brother Fryburg was also a Trustee of the Sigma Pi Foundation, which was the national housing corporation. He remained on that board for 24 years and served time as its chairman. In 2000, Fryburg once again became Province Archon for the four chapters in Central Pennsylvania. Due to subsequent resignations, he had assumed responsibility for all 15 chapters in Pennsylvania prior to the 2002 Convocation. In December 2001, the Grand Council created the Sigma Pi Fund and asked Fryburg to serve as its Chairman. During his 19month tenure, the Brotherhood of the Golden Cross was established to honor alumni who donate $1,000 annually to the 501(c)(3) corporation of Sigma Pi. In August 2003, when the Sigma Pi Fund and the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation merged, Fryburg was elected to serve as a trustee thru 2006. Fryburg has four children, three

step-children, 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. “Keeping track of them is a major task in itself,” said Fryburg. In a recent interview, Brother Fryburg credited not only his membership in Sigma Pi but also his long involvement in the affairs of the Grand Chapter, to the strong influence of his brother. He regretfully reported that George passed away to the Adytum on High in February. He further noted several records for other Sigma Pi brothers to challenge, namely: 425 Convocations attended – PGS Howard Beyer (ΑΜ, NJIT ’56) has attended 26. 427 Chapter Charting Ceremonies. 4Fryburg and Beyer are the only two men who have served on the boards of all four Sigma Pi corporations.

Rovira awarded NASA’s Exceptional Bravery Medal As Hurricane Katrina threatened the Gulf Coast last August, thousands heeded warnings to flee, but a group of workers at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, east of New Orleans, chose to stay behind despite the danger. Alan Rovira (ΖΦ, Southeastern Louisiana ‘93) and the rest of the ride-out crew were awarded the agency’s Exceptional Bravery Medal for protecting the facility responsible for the space shuttle external fuel tanks and for saving the Space Shuttle Program from massive delays. “Their courage reminds us that not all of NASA’s heroes fly in space,” said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin who was at Michoud to present the awards to the crew’s 38 men and women.

Griffin visited the facility on September 7th to see conditions

Michoud is near the spot where Katrina’s eye made landfall. Though hurricane winds exceeded 130 mph and waves topped the levee height of 19 feet, the crew braved the conditions to work a critical pumping station. They were able to pump more than one billion gallons of water out of the facility, which kept external tank production downtime to a minimum and prevented significant delays in the shuttle program. Several buildings on the 832acre site suffered window and roof damage, but only one fuel tank was damaged when a concrete roof panel fell and bounced off the side of the tank. “Rovira and the ride-out crew risked their lives to save the facility, and many of them lost everything they owned outside our gates,” said NASA’s Patrick Scheuermann, the chief operating officer at Michoud who was awarded an Outstanding Leadership Medal for coordinating the crew’s efforts. Many team members “didn’t even know the fate of their own families until days after the storm

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin (left) and Deputy Administrator Shana Dale (right) present Lockheed Martin Industrial Hygienist Alan Rovira with the agency’s Exceptional Bravery Medal.

passed,” said Stephen Turner, one of the honorees whose own home was severely damaged in the storm. “The crew worked through many weeks of hard, recovery work under very tough conditions. I am very proud to have served with this brave team and of what Michoud means to this community.” After Hurricane Katrina passed, with no injuries to employees, land routes were cut off and electricity and water were nonexistent for 21 days. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama mobilized within hours to deliver supplies to recovery teams working to restore communications and power. Building supplies, construction tools, personal items, food, bottled water and medicine were flown in by helicopter. Facilities were brought back online quickly, but a more pressing concern was finding temporary housing for workers -- 94 percent of whom reported damaged or destroyed homes. Short-term housing was provided to employees while they worked to restore the facility, bringing it back on-line

to accept two tanks scheduled for shipment from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The tanks were returned for redesign work. Some Lockheed Martin workers temporarily relocated to other NASA centers. Marshall civil servants assigned to Michoud moved to the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, which also was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. Nine weeks after the hurricane, Michoud returned to full operations. Most of its 2,000 employees, 600 of whom lost their homes in the storm, have returned to work. “Everyone is proud of the dedication and focus the ride-out crew displayed,” Scheuermann said. “Since Katrina, I have seen this same dedication and focus displayed daily on the work being done on external tanks despite the personal issues most of our workers face.” Now Michoud employees can once more focus on their work -getting external tanks ready to fly for the next space shuttle launch.

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As the NASA and Lockheed Martin workers “hunkered down” in the early morning hours of August 29, 2005, they weren’t just waiting out the storm. They had volunteered to stay and protect valuable space flight hardware inside the facility. Their efforts were critical not only to NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, but also to the future of human space flight. Michoud’s unique manufacturing facilities figure prominently in America’s Vision for Space Exploration, since derivatives of the external tank are part of the design for the next generation spacecraft.

first hand, and addressed NASA employees the next day. “You can’t buy the kind of dedication that I saw down there from our folks for any amount of money,” he said. “It is not about salary or about holding a job. It is about dedication to the [space shuttle] program.”


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We hope to see you and your family in New Orleans to celebrate the accomplishments of the Fraternity and chart the course for the future.

Thinking about your summer vacation plans? The Fraternity has a great vacation option for you and your family. This summer, August 2-6, the Fraternity will host its 48th Biennial Convocation at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. On Wednesday evening at the hotel, the Grand Chapter will kickoff its biennial celebration with a Cajun reception complete with flavorful food and local entertainment. The reception is a great opportunity to display your alma mater’s colors and get acquainted with young and old brothers from across the continent. This casual, festive event allows time to share stories from the past with a wide array of people. The business sessions will commence bright and early on Thursday morning. These sessions serve as the legislative deliberations of the Grand Chapter. Earnest and thorough discussions will take place about matters vital to the prosperity of Sigma Pi. Presentations will highlight our strengths and identify our challenges. Committees, comprised of undergraduate and alumni members, will report on issues relating to chapter and alumni services, alcohol and risk management topics, expansion and ritual as well as other aspects of the Fraternity.

Later that afternoon, the Grand Council will conduct the model initiation ceremony open to all initiated members of the Fraternity. The Golden Quest is the common bond all members share. Attending the ritual will allow members to reaffirm their commitment to the ideals of Sigma Pi and experience a ceremony fraught with deep meaning. Alumni are encouraged to take part in this event and welcome neophytes into the brotherhood. On Thursday evening, brothers will gather at Bourbon Viuex restaurant which features one

of the French Quarter’s largest balconies overlooking the alwaysfestive Bourbon Street for “Sigma Pi Mardi Gras.” Come enjoy some Cajun food and live music as Sigma Pi gathers in fun, fellowship, and brotherhood. The Sigma Pi Educational Foundation will host its biennial luncheon on Friday afternoon. Over the years, the Educational Foundation has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money to members and it will continue that tradition at this Convocation. During the luncheon, the Educational Foundation will award scholarships to deserving undergraduate members based on academic merit, leadership, field of study, and financial need. Immediately following the luncheon, the Educational Foundation will conduct its biennial corporate meeting at which Educational Foundation members elect new Trustees. On Saturday morning, undergraduate and alumni delegates

will vote on the leadership of the Fraternity for the next biennium. The business agenda promises to be full and meaningful. Later that evening, the Grand Chapter Banquet will bring the 48th Biennial Convocation to a close. This event is a time of great celebration and camaraderie. Brothers, spouses, family members, and guests take this last opportunity to chat with new and old friends alike. During the banquet, four alumni brothers will be presented with the Founders’ Award, the highest individual honor awarded to a Sigma Pi. The Grand Council will also present the Lyle H. Smith Award and the Curtis G. Shake Award to the most outstanding Chapter Director and Province Archon, respectively. Finally, the Grand Sage’s Award will be presented to the top four chapters in recognition of their overall superiority and accomplishments during the biennium. These awards provide a fitting end to the biennial celebration.

All members and their guests are encouraged to attend this year’s Convocation and be part of the festivities. If you wish to participate in the entire Convocation, registration packages are available, or, if you wish to attend just one event, ticket prices are as follows:



Opening Reception



Grand Chapter Awards Luncheon



Sigma Pi Mardi Gras



Educational Foundation Luncheon



Grand Chapter Banquet



For more pricing information about the Convocation or for general questions, contact the Executive Office at (800) 332-1897 or visit the Convocation website at Room reservations must be made by July 3, 2006, to receive the discounted room rate of $132.95. After July 3, the room rate will increase to $375/single and $405/double.

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Recognizing the accomplishments of chapters and members plays a large part in the Convocation. On Thursday afternoon, the Grand Chapter Awards Luncheon will honor the accomplishments of chapters, alumni clubs, and individuals. Chapter awards will

be presented for academic excellence, service to the community, membership recruitment, efficiency, ACE, overall improvement, and, overall superiority among many other things. An award will also be presented to the best overall alumni club. Individual undergraduate members will be recognized for leadership in their chapter, on their campus, and in their community.


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Alumni and their families gathered at the UCLA football game last September where the Bruins of UCLA took on the Aztecs of San Diego State.

Attention Alpha Chapter Alumni The annual alumni work weekend is tentatively schedule for the weekend of June 23-25. All alumni are invited to come and help fix up the house. Plans this year include installing a new roof, painting, landscaping, and general maintenance. Please contact Chapter Director Ryan Waldroup if you are interested in helping at (812) 887-2485 or by email at Donations in the form of money as well as supplies are also being accepted to help offset the cost. There will be a barbeque on Saturday evening as well. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Beta Chapter Alumni Club The BCAA and the Beta Chapter Alumni Foundation have been busy during the last year in working towards accomplishing our three main goals: 1) communication with alumni, 2) events for alumni, and 3) fundraising. We have been working with Fraternity Management Group (FMG) to continue to update our website (, improve our database of alumni by researching

lost members and making sure people update their information at events and online (update your personal information in the Update Profile area on the website). We are fulfilling our goal of sending out a Beta Bits once per semester (Fall & Spring) and have now started sending out monthly emails updating alumni on happenings with the chapter and alumni organization (be sure to sign up for these emails at our website). We had a very successful homecoming event in the fall. Just steps away from “The Rock”, undergraduates, alums, family and friends gathered to share in memories and enjoy the time honored tradition of homecoming. With over 100 people in attendance, this was the best homecoming in years. John Huybers (’90) and Cory Schoch (’07) worked hard to make this event a special one. The day started off with a tent next to the stadium where everyone enjoyed plenty of food and beverages catered by Smokin’ Jack’s Rib Shack. Brad Schaupeter (’02) donated his time and great music abilities as he played a fantastic 45 minute acoustic guitar set. Thanks Brad!

Everyone then headed into the game to see the Hoosiers beat the Illini of Illinois 36-13.

Attention Murray State Alumni Summer Reunion is here. This year Summer Reunion is scheduled for July 14 -16, 2006. The featured events for this year’s celebration include the 3rd Annual Brotherhood Memorial Golf Tournament, alumni versus active softball and volleyball games. You should have received information on these details from the Alumni Club. If you have not received this information, please contact us at and we will be glad to add you to our electronic newsletters. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that if you have moved, please send us your new address and information. This is also true if you have changed email addresses. - Tex Shellhart (’93)

Niagara Frontier Alumni Association Over the past year, the Niagara Frontier Alumni Association (NFAA) has made some very significant strides. Our membership has

Finn Awarded Varsity I Award of the Year Charles ‘Chuck’ Finn (Φ, Illinois ’55) was awarded the 2005 Varsity I Award of the Year at the 2005 Varsity I Weekend Sept 9-10, 2005 at the University of Illinois. Finn a football manager from 1951-1955, was honored at a reception on Friday September 9, 2005 at the Bielfeldt Athletic Building, and at a half time ceremony during the September 10, 2005 San Jose State Game. Finn, a Gibson City native, currently residing in Champaign, owns a sales organization that sells furniture in the central parts of the US. Finn, a Life Member of the Varsity I Association, also received the 2002 William Winter Outstanding Advocate Leadership Award through the business college, and was a University of Illinois Alumni Association Loyalty Alumni Award winner in 2004. Chuck and his wife Blanche moved back to Champaign on a part time basis in 1999, making the move permanently, from Dallas, in 2001. When asked about his memories of his time associated with the football team, Finn fondly recalls the diversity and learning to live with the wide variety of players, as well as witnessing the great dedication of Coach Ray Elliot. Finn also recalls that his brothers at Phi Chapter were very supportive of the many hours required to attend practices and games, and were terrific brothers through his entire 4 year Varsity experience. With the 2005 football season behind us, Finn also recalls the 1951 season, where Illinois won the Big 10 and the Rose Bowl, specifically the game against UCLA, an outstanding 14-10 win over Wisconsin, and the 7-0 Win (in a blizzard) over Michigan. In 1953, the CoChampionships (with Michigan State) witnessed the great play of J.C. Caroline, and Mickey Bates. Finn also fondly recalls the 1954 1-8 season, where injuries and bad luck plagued the team…but the team never quit and displayed the true Fighting Illini Spirit. Finn is only the second Athletic Manager ever to receive this Varsity I Award from the university, and accepted the award on behalf of all the young men and women who have ever been an athletic manager for a Varsity Team. Congratulations to Chuck and Blanche for this outstanding honor. Our Executive-at-Large Michael Goldberg (’04) has put together many exciting alumni events in the New York City area such as a Founder’s Day dinner at Terry G’s Steakhouse in Long Island and a baseball game at Shea Stadium in July. Both events drew an excellent turnout of brothers. We will continue to have various alumni gatherings in both the Buffalo and New York City areas once every two months. Also, great job by alumnus Kurt Dahlberg (’89) for

Our chapter was sad to hear of the passing of Brother Jeffrey Plewinski (’89) this past August. We wish his family the very best. Congratulations to brothers Jason Dix (’96), Robert Pollack (’03), John Jucha (’03), Steven Gyurindak (’93), and Jason Behan (’90) on tying the knot this past year. We always welcome new members and new ideas to our Alumni Club. For more information on alumni events, please contact Seth Marin (’00) at - Seth Marin (’00)

Northern Illinois Update When some of the alumni were initially contacted, the patient was barely breathing, and everyone from the landlord of the chapter house to the Executive Office were more than ready to pull the plug. Beta-Sigma Chapter of Northern Illinois was ready to pass on to that Valhalla of lost fraternity chapters. The symptoms were many and severe; a debt in excess of $20,000, an insufficient number of active members, and no status with the university. Yet, several actives were adamant about keeping the chapter alive and sought the help of any alumni that would listen. That was the winter of 2002 and there did not appear to be any medicine that could cure all these maladies. Now, most of us from the 70’s, having peacefully put away our wild days from the chapter long ago were comfortably settled into middle age. Northern was long ago and far away and Sigma Pi was a warm, distant memory. Why should we get involved? However, some of the alumni did take an interest and met with

the actives to investigate the exact depth of the troubles. Aaron Ball (’05), the current president, explained a few of the more serious symptoms. He failed, however, to mention them all. First, the Executive Office told us the chapter had not paid their insurance premiums, many of their dues, and had not filed the proper paperwork in quite some time. The debt exceeded $20,000. Next we spoke with Greek advisor Chris Juhl at NIU to see how they stood with the university. He told us they had not attended any of the mandatory meetings that year. Further, the university has a list of requirements for every Greek organization such as service projects and grades that are scored on a 100 point scale. Chris informed us that Beta-Sigma had a zero!! Then the current landlord gave us an earful on the condition of the house and bitter relations with the students. Maybe it was time to consider euthanasia! However, with a core of young actives like Joe Menzione (’06), Dino Petrin (’06), Mark Dabbert (’07) and a few willing alumni we decided to revive the patient. The standards of triage dictate that you stop the bleeding first and treat long term ills second. So a new house was rented for the next year. It should have had a wrecking ball swung through it years ago, but with only 20 or so actives committed to living there and no budget, our choices were extremely limited. Then new president and Executive Director Mark Briscoe met with the IFC at Northern and reestablished the chapter as an ongoing concern. The IFC did put Beta-Sigma on probation with a continued on next page

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soared to 37 members, the most since our inaugural year, thanks in big part to the hard work of our Treasurer John Jucha (’03). We would especially like to thank our eight Centurion Club members for their very generous contributions of $100 or more. With alumni club dues and other donations, we have exceeded over $6,000 in total monetary assets. The money has been placed into a long-term savings account in an effort to purchase a permanent chapter house.

organizing a brotherhood outing at the Saratoga Horse Race Track this past July.


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28 A L UMNI NEWS list of sanctions including no rush or pledges for fall of 2004; which for a struggling chapter is almost a death sentence. It did give the chapter a chance though. Meanwhile, Leo Laughlin (’74) and Jeff Valentine (’75) went house hunting to find a suitable house for the chapter. They knew the chapter could never recruit enough new members to sustain itself with the dilapidated house that they were currently renting. It so happened that the old Delta Upsilon house, a rival of Sigma Pi for many years, was on the market. Leo and Jeff provided the capital and bought it in the spring of 2004 for occupancy fall semester 2004. Meanwhile, I logged some phone time with Paul Wydra and Mark Briscoe from the Executive Office regarding alumni associations and the lingering debt. On their advice, Beta-Sigma Corporation of Illinois was established to undertake the business end of the fraternity housing. By the time the students moved into the new house in the fall of 2004, the patient was recovering nicely. They worked their way off probation at the university and set up a payment plan for the past debt with the Executive Office. Since last fall, we have settled all outstanding debts with the Executive Office. Further, we posted one of the best overall scores with Northern Illinois University’s IFC. We have a strong and growing alumni association complete with a new website professionally created by Kyle Ballard (’02) with help from Phil Shlimon (’04). As we all know, keeping a fraternity healthy is an ongoing process, not a single task. And no one has the illusion that our work is over. Truly, our responsibilities are just morphing into new ones.

Why did we not allow BetaSigma chapter to die peacefully? I believe it was to preserve a way of college life that many of us experienced at Northern; where we were part of an organization that developed friendships that endured. I believe we all felt this was worth saving and nurturing for future generations. - Marty Gallagher (’75)

Southern West Virginia Alumni Association Brotherhood, a lifetime experience. Relationships that endure more than 40 years. The BKX (WVUIT Local 1926-1967) spring 1966 pledge class plans to celebrate our lifetime brotherhood on May 19 and 20, 2006. We invite BKX and Sigma Pi big brothers and little brothers to participate in our 40 year reunion. The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, has been assured that we will not destroy the place--after all we have slowed down a little. Invitations have been mailed to 145 brothers from our active years using the Southern WV Alumni Association (SWVAA) database. The SWVAA motto “To Establish Unity” will prevail as the reunion unfolds starting with cocktails and dinner at the Sam Snead Tavern on Friday. If you are interested in playing golf, please contact Roger Waldeck (’69) at (540) 839-7702. Roger will use his management privileges at The Homestead to line up golf for our group. Hold on, there is more. Saturday night will be Playboy Ball 2006. Perhaps at dinner our pledge master, Charlie Bayless (’68), now WVUIT President, will share some future goals for our school. We hope the active chapter sends over some pledges for spare parts because we plan to party into the night with music by The VIP’s band from Richmond. We know

Cal State – Long Beach Alumni (Beta-Omicron) gathered at the Circle Bar B Ranch in Santa Barbara, California to celebrate the New Year. Pictured left to right are: Nelson Farris (‘66), George Jenkins (‘68), Ralph Grosso (‘63) Larry Williams (‘60), Barry Tanner (‘64), Vic Coudayre (‘65) Ron Perry (‘65), Bobby Burgess (‘63), Pete Boothroyd (‘64) and Don Bauchiero (‘68).

they play good 60’s music because the original four VIP’s played many house parties. To make hotel reservations call (800) 8381766 and ask for BKX Reunion Program. For more details, check the website calendar or call Tom Curry (’83), SWVAA Communications Chairman at (920) 830-1789. We’ll see you in the hot mineral springs May 19-21, 2006! - Tom Curry (’83)

Upsilon Alumni Association Thank you to our Emerald Level donors of 2005: Jim Ballard (’91), Doug Glantz (’88), Sean Topp (’98), Everett Rea (’48), Ronald Rule (’52), Robert Lashbrook (’55), Raymond Schreck (’41), Joe Marsalek (’57), Tom Miller (’61), Donald Pearis (’64) and Lou Ravetti (’56) The brotherhood completed a successful season (well, except for that USC loss) of tailgaters at the Rose Bowl with Jay Ross (’92) and Julia Zuniga cooking on the grill. Regular visitors included Dwain Jefferson (’00), Nate Murphy (’99), Bruce MacDonald (’97), Dave Finkel (’87), Dave Zeichick (’86), Herman Quispe (’93), Gabor Fabian (’97), Jeff Bara (’90), Won Park (’93), Keith Shoji (’96), Matt Bradley (’98), Tony Leadholm (’00), Sean Topp (’98), Tom Miller (’61), and Joe

Marsalek (’57). Others who made cameos: Mike Liskey (’90), Steve Kaplan(’84), Dave Shiokari (’79), Dan Romero (’98), Stu Johnson (’93), Rich Marcus (’89), A.J. Espinoza (’02), Pablo Rivas (’02), Bill Flores (’01), Matt Sambol (’01), Cory Sambol (’05), Mike Wheeler (’89), Mike Flory (’89) and Ricardo Rodriguez (’05). A group of 13 alumni convened on June 8th at the Westwood Brewing Company to watch the tail end of Michigan defeat the Bruins in the NCAA softball final and honor the successful graduating senior class of Upsilon. Attendees included Scott Good (’95), Chris Good (’99), Won Park (’93), Stu Johnson (’93), Liron Nelik (’03), Steve Kaplan (’84), Gary Gross (’91), Shane Tseng (’95) and David Finkel (’87). Scot Kawano (’91), who works at the dental school, provided toothpaste and brushes as gifts. On a sad note, Dr. Stratis Zampathas (’41) entered the Adytum on January 31, 2006 in Hawaii. He was a teacher, 32nd degree member of the Sacramento Scottish Rite, member of Ben Ali Shrine, and active in the downtown redevelopment of Sacramento. His wife of 56 years, Georgia Zampathas, said, “To Stratis, Sigma Pi was a joy and a prideful experience. He never forgot his fraternity brothers.”

Alumni Updates Chuck Artis (ΓΓ, Central Missouri State ’04) is getting married on June 3, 2006 to Erin Gustafson in Kansas City, Missouri. Jeff Bara (Υ, UCLA ’90) bought a new red motorcycle, a Honda VFR 800 (cc), and he hangs out with Won Park (’90) and Scott Good (’95) at Q’s in Brentwood. Sam Brown (ΖΜ, Michigan State ’04) and his college sweetheart Elizabeth are proud to announce their marriage on August 12, 2006. Michael “Sparky” Bushaw (ΑΦ, Georgia ’81) has a new job as the

Senior Quality Systems Consultant for The Steritech Group, Inc. David F. Brezinski (Φ, Illinois ’66) retired in July of 2004 from the partnership of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after 25 years in the management consulting services segment of the Firm. Jason Burns (ΗΟ, Toronto ’99) and his wife Alison are the proud to announce the birth of their new baby girl, Rebecca, who was born on September 20, 2005. Guillermo “Gil” Cabrera (ΕΝ, Cal State – Fullerton ’94) recently married Krista Sandler in the late summer of 2000 and in January 2006, was named one of the 50 People to Watch in 2006 by San Diego Magazine. Taylor Cline (ΓΥ, Murray State ’97) and his wife, Jennifer, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Haleigh Ann Cline, on January 30. Taylor and his family are currently living in Louisville, Kentucky. Scott Feiwell (Υ, UCLA ’96) a party promoter in Hollywood, was featured in the Los Angeles Times. Scott works for Velvet Crossing, a group responsible for putting together the ’dream team’ of promoters for the Vanguard nightclub. It has a 21,000 s.f. area with a dance floor and VIP balcony, which makes it the largest club in L.A. and similar to the style of large clubs found in Las Vegas, New York and Miami. “People’s jaws drop when they walk in the room,” Feiwell said. “This feels like a club in New York, Vegas or Ibiza, and in reality, it’s bigger than most clubs in those cities. A venue like this doesn’t exist in the pretty people world of L.A.” Trent Foreman (ΑΠ, Arkansas State ’01) and his wife Stephanie welcomed their second daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, on November 25, 2005. Chris Goodand (Υ, UCLA ’99) his wife Camilla have a new son, Oliver

Hayden. Tom Guth (Κ, Temple ’80) was living in New Orleans during Katrina

and was able to get out only after martial law moved into the area. He took a job transfer to the safe confines of Kansas City, Missouri and hopes any other brothers that lived thru the storm are well and safe.

Dwain Jefferson (Υ, UCLA ’00) was engaged in November to his childhood love interest, Kim. He announced the big day to brothers at the Arizona State football game tailgater -- two big wins in one day! Dwain works for Countryside in Glendale, and the two live in Redondo Beach. James Jennings (ΓΥ, Murray State ’93) recently became engaged to his continued on next page

There is nothing better than riding on a motorcycle through the hills, unless you are with Sigma Pi brothers. For the past two years, we have hosted the Sigma Pi Motorcycle Rally in coordination with the Honda Hoot™ in Knoxville, Tennessee. Every year it is a great time to get out and ride the motorcycles with Sigma Pi brothers. Last year, the group rode the Cumberland Gap and saw beautiful Tennessee scenery. In addition, we had a Sigma Pi hospitality suite overlooking the fireworks display. From the suite, we had the absolute best view of the fireworks. In addition, the venue provides great rides every day and one of the biggest midways to purchase motorcycle accessories. This summer, join us for the Third Annual Sigma Pi Motorcycle Rally of a lifetime with other Sigma Pi brothers at the thirteenth annual Honda Hoot™, June 20-24, 2006 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Honda Hoot™ offers the perfect chance to immerse yourself in four days of motorcycling magic. Ride long, winding roads through lush, green forests and rolling hills, discovering new destinations along the way. Further you can look at and take a test ride on an array of new motorcycles in the demo area. Meet new friends and reminisce with other Sigma Pi brothers during the week. Every day there will be special events during the day and of course nightly festivities under the stars. Experience warm southern hospitality as you discover all the exciting attractions Knoxville and the surrounding areas have to offer. We will have our own Sigma Pi calendar of events including a hospitality suite one night. It will be a great time for all! When you pre-register directly on the website, preregister for the following Honda Sponsored events that we can attend together, and make your reservations to stay at the Honda Hoot HQ - Marriott Hotel in Downtown Knoxville or one of the nearby hotels. 4Friday, June 23 - Poker Run, includes lunch. Benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation $18.00 4Saturday, June 24 - Best Dam Ride and Fish Fry Ride, includes lunch $18.00 Mark your calendar now for June 20- 24th 2006. Should you have any questions, please contact Cliff Wilke at (202) 409-0875 or via email

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Clay Jackson (ΖΣ, North Carolina Wesleyan ’97) is selling Real Estate for Prudential Slater James River Realtors in Richmond, Virginia. He and his lovely wife, Janna, are the proud parents of a beautiful girl named Anne Pierce.

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30 A L UMNI NEWS long time girlfriend, Paige Turner. James recently accepted a position with Wells Fargo and both have relocated to the Nashville, Tennessee area. Brent Kunimoto (Υ, UCLA ’81)

has returned to his home of Honolulu after working on the mainland following graduation. Brent earned his MBA and lived in Los Angeles on and off for 15 years, working for Arthur Andersen and General Mills before returning to Hawaii. He now works for Diamond Bakery -- try their Hawaiian animal crackers! Brent’s family has grown since returning with two children, which has cut into his surfing time, but he hopes to take up kite surfing. Brent was one of several Hawaiian brothers during the late 1970s, including Peter Nakagawa, Paul Goto and Ru Shigozawa. They introduced the mainland brothers to traditional pig roasts in the backyard of Sigma Pi Manor. Brent’s friends were Dave Shiokari, Mark Helmick, Dave Pulaski and George Knisley, a lieutenant colonel who recently returned from a tour in Iraq. He also remembers Greg “Cool-gaz” Khougaz, who even back then was always trying to serenade ladies upstairs to his room with his guitar (and still doing it 30 years later!). Joe Lyons (ΓΥ, Murray State ’93) and his wife Elizabeth celebrated the birth of their daughter, Emma Elizabeth Lyons, on January 24. Joe and his family currently reside in Ely, England and plan to return home to St. Louis this summer. Josh Mandel (Υ, UCLA ’03) is co-producer of the feature-length documentary, “Ringers: Lord of the Fans,” which is being released worldwide by Sony Pictures. The film explores how “The Lord of the Rings” book has influenced

Western popular culture over the past 50 years. See Edward Mora (ΒΟ, Cal State

– Long Beach ’93) and wife, Merrie, had their first child, Ava Carolina Mora, on November 30th, 2005. Mora was also promoted in October to Director of Private Wealth Planning for Union Bank of California. John Muraoka (ΗΑ, Cal State – Sacramento ’95) and his wife, Kasey, are the proud parents of their second son, Leo, who was born on October 26, 2005. Rick Savage (Υ, UCLA ’87 ) and his girlfriend, Merrill, won a collegiate alumnus regional golf tournament in Los Angeles and played in the championships in Las Vegas on Nov 13th. They finished third in the alumni group! Keith Shoji (Υ, UCLA ’96) married his longtime girlfriend, Jaylene, on Oct. 5th in Maui. Keith is an attorney in San Diego, California Fred Thornley (Υ, UCLA ’52) was the inaugural Alumni Speaker to the active chapter in November and regaled stories of running for football Yell Leader and serving as Student Body resident in the early 1950s. He also told about his success as a marketing executive and his happy 50 years of marriage to a UCLA sorority girl, Ardis. Ray Lahr (’49), a retired Navy pilot, also attended to hear Fred speak. James S. Verplanck (ΒΜ, Mississippi ’61) was re-elected to the Southwest District C seat on the Lakeland (FL) City Commission. Rich Wiederkehr (Υ, UCLA ’91) and his wife Chrissie have a new son, William Edward Wiederkehr, born Sept. 6. Jon Yipp (Υ, UCLA ’92) and his wife Jennifer welcomed their second child, Jason, in October.

Alumni receive high honors from their Alma Mater The University of Missouri Alumni Association presented one of its 2005 Faculty – Alumni Awards to Mark E. Burkhart (ΓΣ, Missouri ’76). As president and CEO, he directs operations at Colliers Turley Martin Tucker, headquarters in St. Louis, one of the nation’s largest full-service commercial real estate firms. CTMT consists of approximately 1000 people who annually handle more than $3.1 billion in transactions and 123 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space. He joined CTMT in 1977. In his community, he serves in leadership roles for the United Way and its Alexis de Tocqueville Society, the Regional Business Council, Webster University and its Daniel Webster Society and Our Lady of Pillar Catholic School. He is a member of the Jefferson Club and the MU College of Business Strategic Development Board, Department of Finance Advisory Board and Herbert J. Davenport Society, and he played a pivotal role in establishing the endowed CTMT Scholar in Finance position at MU. A regular guest speaker at MU, he has shown personal commitment to the professional development and success of MU business students.

Beck honored by Arkansas State Alumni The Arkansas State University Alumni Association honored Buddy Gene Beck (ΑΠ, Arkansas State ’59) with the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award. Beck graduated from ASU with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, before receiving his masters from the University of Southern California in systems management and a fellowship at Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. Following public service, he launched a business career in advanced research and engineering. He was awarded three patents in computational engineering and advanced sensors, and founding a number of companies involved in energy, defense and medical technology. The resulting firm was named by Business Week in 1993 as the nation’s fastest-growing small private technology company, which was later acquired by Thermo Electron Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. In 2000, he founded Trans Digital Technologies, a leader in advanced technology identity solutions that produces U.S. passports and smartcards. It was acquired by Viisage Technologies, a NASDAQ firm, that produces secure identity solutions and credentials where he is vicechairman of the board. Beck currently sits on the boards of six other companies, as well as a number of national security boards and non-profit organizations. He was recently appointed to the board of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and the Army Science Board to provide counsel to the Secretary of the Army in scientific and technology matters.




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 – Alpha-Sigma John T. Hall, Jr. ’69 5/21/05 Arkansas State – Alpha-Pi Warren Allison ’43 Jackie L. Blackard ’54 William G. Nutt ’47 Lee R. Scott, Jr. ’47 Auburn – Alpha-Delta Arthur Burge ’44 John Deignan, Jr. ’49 John O. Jackson ’50 California - Berkeley – Iota Howry Funk ’40 Gordon Johnson ’51 Cedric McKenna ’33 Central Michigan – Delta-Alpha Jeffrey Nelson ’84 5/05 Central Missouri – Gamma-Gamm Jerry Marquith, Sr. ’76 8/20/88 Cornell – Mu E. Gilbert Barker ’50 Glenn A. King ’50 George G. Reader ’40 Drexel – Beta-Theta Jacob Strauss, Jr. ’51 Emory – Psi Jackson Tillman ’40

Illinois – Phi Arthur Fleming ’46 Clarence Gauthier ’43

Indiana – Beta Rodger L. Buck ’46 Robert Buckley ’47 Joseph E. Dukes William F. Gardner ’45 Robert A. Haak ’39 Alexander Lysohir ’50 William Payne ’26 Edward Rucinski ’41 Benjamin Stands ’43 Iowa State – Sigma William Eaton ’21 Clarence Moffitt ’42 Arden Reynolds ’30

NJIT – Alpha-Mu William Allgair ’43 Conrad Nordfors, Jr. ’48 William Workman ’40 Robert Wylie ’45 North Carolina State – Rho Walter Chapman ’40 Clyde Coppedge Jr ’41 Conley Early ’32 V. A. Harvil Charles Hill, Jr. ’44 James M. Johnson, Jr. ’31 James H. Moore ’49 William S. Moore ’67 4/05 Gus Palmer, Jr. ’37 James Sadler ’33 Jesse Tharnish ’45 Edwin Todd ’42 Richard Watts, Jr. ’41

Purdue – Eta Samuel Curtis ’31 Norbert Gagen ’36 Clarence Gorney ’49 Frank Hershey, Jr. ’40 Lawrence Hintz ’44 11/04 Emor Mannan, Jr. ’28 Rhode Island – Alpha-Upsilon Robert Delarm ’52 San Jose State – Beta-Eta Gregory Mauk ’68 4/05 St. Lawrence – Alpha-Zeta Warren Gardner ’32 Eugene Kleopfer ’53 Flower Natali ’40 Robert Vanderhaden ’45

Iowa – Xi Robert Anger ’38 Howard Kading ’30

Ohio – Epsilon William A. Mechem ’42 George Smies ’35

Temple – Kappa Willard Class ’33 Brooke Gunsallus, Jr. ’43 11/18/99 Robert Hess ’40 Thomas Michael ’45 11/4/05 Karl Thomason ’41 Russell Witman ’17

Kenyon – Lambda Joe P. Keever ’62 1/12/90

Ohio Northern – Zeta Paul W. Adam ’39 C. Robert Ash ’40 David Davies ’43 Donald Mitchell ’51

UCLA – Upsilon Richard Chapman ’58 8/03 Donald Coffin ’50 Peter Mysing ’37 Robert T. Wall ’49

Ohio State – Gamma Dan Barson ’49 Frank Fowler ’37 Robert Georgeff ’50 Lester Klenk Ralph G. Smith ’31

Utah – Pi Konrad Luken ’62 Ralph Peterson ’27

Lycoming – Beta-Lambda William Fiorella, Jr. ’58 Miami (FL) – Beta-Zeta James Hayes ’62 5/05 Missouri – Gamma-Sigma Ermo Ingel, Jr. Missouri - Rolla – Alpha-Iota Ted Dziemianoqicz ’45 11/04 Edwin Hein ’34 William Magill ’44 Earl Washburn ’40 F. Hugh Wilson ’40 Missouri State – Alpha-Rho Basil Boritzki ’48 12/14/05 Max D. Borski ’52 Robert L.C. Merriman ’47 3/18/06 Murray State – Gamma-Upsilon Dr. Michael Leone ’76 12/8/05

Northern Arizona – Beta-Iota Benjamin Swann ’51

Oregon State – Omega Leopoldo Sequel ’43 1963 Rowan Brick ’50 Penn State – Theta William Burry ’33 Clinton Knoll ’38 John Seyschab ’37 Edward Kennerdell ’39 Albert Oppermann ’46 William Gosling ’46 James D. Bell ’21 Richard Updegrove ’50

Wake Forest – Alpha-Nu James M. Edwards, Jr. ’49 Arthur Lewis, Jr. ’43 Charles Merryman, Jr. ’60 5/05 Anthony Urbanik ’53 Washington – Alpha-Gamma Thomas Cenis ’51 William & Mary – Alpha-Eta Jerry Colvin, Jr. ’46 Charles R. Harris ’50 11/2/05 Carroll Simmons ’45 Raymond Waller ’40 1/27/05 Wisconsin - Madison – Tau Earl McDowell ’27

Editor’s Note: The majority of these names were obtained through the Harris Publishing company directory search. If a mistake has been made, please contact the Executive Office so that we may correct the problem. Thank you.

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Franklin & Marshall – Nu Ralph Althouse ’30 Robert Bixler ’48 Charles Coffey ’51 James Crouthamel ’52 Roderic Dietz ’41 George C. Fryburg ’41 2/20/06 Wallace Gavett ’48 George Gibson ’49 Harold Hartman ’50 Herbert Herington ’37 Henry Hershey ’29 Thomas Hollyday ’43 William McKillip ’42 Forrest Pierce ’47

James Grant ’52 Herman Mauck ’38 Alva Naney ’41 Stuart Sherman ’55 Irvin Smith ’45 Albert Statkus ’37 Robert Vitt ’50


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Sigma Pi Mourns Loss of Past National Officer Robert L. C. Merriman (ΑΡ, Missouri State ’47), age 79, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away to the Adytum on High on Saturday, March 18, 2006 from a combined heart attack and stroke. Merriman was initiated into the Alpha-Rho Chapter as a founding father on September 20, 1947 and immediately took on a leadership roll serving as sage. Merriman began his service to the Grand Chapter of Sigma Pi as Grand Herald from September 6, 1958 to September 10, 1960 and Grand First Counselor from September 10, 1960 to September 1, 1962. He also served the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation as a Trustee from August 1994 to August 1996, Vice President from August 1996 to August 1998, and President from August 1998 to August 2002. Brother Merriman was presented the Founders’ Award at the 44th Biennial Convocation in Tampa, Florida in August 1998 for his many years of service to Sigma Pi Fraternity. During Bob’s involvement with the international Fraternity, his commitment and dedication to his undergraduate chapters would never waver, a commitment that he demonstrated by constantly serving as an alumni advisor in many different capacities. Bob not only served his chapter at Alpha-Rho but also served many other chapters in the state of Missouri. “We all have fond memories of Bob and we are all fortunate to have known him. Bob epitomized all of the values and ideals of Sigma Pi and was truly an inspiration to all,” said Executive Director Mark Briscoe.

Robet L. C. Merriman (1927-2006) was one of the great men of our Fraternity. He was a founding father of AlphaRho Chapter at Missouri State University

Basil J. Boritzki passes Basil J. Boritzki (ΑΡ, Missouri State ’48) age 81, died Wednesday, December 14, 2005. He received a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree from the Missouri State University in 1948 and a Bachelor of Law and Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1951. Boritzki served his country in the United States Army during WWII from 1943-1945 in the American and Mediterranean theatre of operations. Brother Boritzki was a charter member and founding father of the Alpha-Rho Chapter at Missouri State. As an alumnus he served Sigma Pi as Grand First Counselor from 1954-1959, National Housing and Finance Chair from 1956-1959. He was also a member of the National Ritual Committee and a Founding member of the Ozark Alumni Club.


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Though the bulk of delegates came to the Mid-Year Leadership Conference from the established chapters, eight of Sigma Pi Fraternity’s eleven colonies were there, as were members of five of our new interest groups. Also during the event, the Grand Council held a meeting with Executive Director Mark Briscoe and the Executive Office staff to discuss the successful operation of the Fraternity’s international business. How successful was the 2006 MidYear Leadership Conference? Survey results of conference attendees show that a full 100 percent of undergradu-

ate leaders said the conference is worth continuing. Delegates offered such comments as, “The Mid-Year Conference is the best conference I have ever attended, and I thank those who made it possible” and “One more positive experience to put in the books! Thank you alumni for donating the money that allowed this event to happen.” The Sigma Pi Educational Foundation also held its mid-year meeting, discussing the results of its efforts in 2005, and set goals to help with more programming like the Mid-Year Leadership Conference through the support of our alumni. As it is stated

in our membership manual, “Sigma Pi Fraternity is a lifelong experience,” and the Educational Foundation is doing everything possible to encourage alumni to take part in regional programming and events like the St. Louis alumni reception at the MidYear Leadership Conference and other regional events to build the bond of brotherhood beyond graduation. So far, the Educational Foundation and Alumni Services Director Paul Wydra have held alumni events in cities that include Detroit, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Houston, Tampa, Nashville, and St. Louis, which have brought back many alumni. The Mid-Year Leadership Conference meeting proved to be a time to refine the details for several alumni events, which are coming soon to an area near you.

The Mid-Year Leadership Conference was funded by donations from alumni like you. Without support from our esteemed members, we would not be as easily able to provide a forum for our undergraduate leaders to meet and discuss the vital operations tactics provided in these seminars. Sigma Pi Fraternity and its Educational Foundation are proud to announce that your donation is doing great things in 2006; providing not only leadership training, but also scholarships and grants to assist in the development of our members. Be part of the excitement this year and join us at an alumni event in your area. Renew your love of the Sigma Pi experience and give back where you can by donating a little advice, a little time, and some resources, which allows Sigma Pi to continue in its mission to cultivate “A New Generation of Leaders.”

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A SUCCESS This year, Sigma Pi Fraternity, along with the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation, invested the time and money to educate a record 325 members from 101 chapters and colonies, filling conference rooms to capacity. The response to the conference improved for the fifth consecutive year, despite the fact that is was held on Super Bowl Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri. The undergraduate members of our chapters and colonies saw the need to send its decision makers up to 1,400 miles to learn how to make Sigma Pi a leader on their campus. Scores of alumni volunteers also made the trip to show their support for the Fraternity and Educational Foundation, which supplied grant money that covered all conference expenses.

The 2006 Mid-Year Leadership Conference was not only the largest spring gathering of undergraduate leaders and alumni in the five-year history of the program, it was also a celebration of fraternal brotherhood.4

The Mid-Year Leadership Conference is vital in the successful operation of our chapters and colonies due to the fact that most of the invited sage and third counselor delegates in attendance were newly elected to their post weeks or days before. The conference gave these chapter and colony leaders the knowledge it takes to successfully run the business of the chapter/colony, through meeting sessions about everything from the basics of information-gathering on Sigma Pi to in-depth discussions on chapter finances and tax laws.

George and Frank Fryburg with parents at Penn State, 1947. 4

A Tribute to a Fallen Brother, Dr. George C. Fryburg by Frank C. Fryburg (Θ, Penn State ’49), Past Grand Sage

Among the many volunteers who have served the Grand Council over the years, I submit to you, that I had no one who influenced my decision to become a Sigma Pi, and who provided continued guidance as I did through my brother, George (Ν, Franklin & Marshall ’41) who rose to the Adytum on High on February 20, 2006. When I arrived at Penn State in early 1944, my brother was living in the Sigma Pi annex and immediately moved me in. At the time our house was occupied by the Navy V12. By May, I had become a brother and shortly thereafter, all but three of our group departed.

By fall we had built the group to six and moved back into our 42man house. I left for the Navy two weeks later, but George, working on his Master’s degree, remained and led a major effort to rebuild the chapter. In recognition that George kept Sigma Pi alive during WWII, the chapter elected him as their delegate to the 1946 Convocation. When I returned home in August, I was advised that I would accompany him to Ashville, N.C. Thus began my long history ( 60 years ) of involvement in our Grand Chapter. George’s influence had only

begun. In 1948, he ran my successful campaign for sage. In 1952, when I succeeded then Grand Sage Richard G. Lowe as President of Theta Building Association, George served as our treasurer. In 1962, when I was elected Grand Sage in French Lick, Ind., George and his wife, Mary Lou, were in attendance to support me. Finally, when I received the Founders’ Award in 1978 at Seven Springs, Pa., he and some of his family were there to share in my success.

Throughout my 62 years as a brother, George was always there not only for the most significant events, but also as an important source of advice whenever I needed some. In addition, as noted earlier, he faithfully served his adopted chapter, Theta, for many years.

Educational Foundation establishes Sigma Pi Fund Endowment Sigma Pi Educational Foundation Annual Corporate Meeting Friday, August 4, 2006 • 2:30 p.m. New Orleans Marriot 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 Location: Balcony M

On February 5th of this year, the Board of Trustees of the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation established the Sigma Pi Fund Endowment. This is a great milestone for the Foundation and the Fraternity. The establishment of this endowment gives new meaning to donating to the Foundation. Under the umbrella of the Sigma Pi Fund Endowment, the Foundation now will be able to accept contributions, directed by the contributor, to specific programs such as the Mid-Year Leadership Conference, Sigma Pi University, AWARE, ACE and the Study Guide for Academic Success. Other programs, scholarships, and educational materials also will accept contributions under the Sigma Pi Fund Endowment. This will give each contributor a voice in how his or her contributions are used. The eventual goal is to

endow the Fraternity’s educational programs and scholarships so that they become self funding. The Sigma Pi Fund Endowment will insure the Fraternity’s future as a leader in the Greek community and is a renewal of our commitment to be good stewards of our members contributions. We at the Educational Foundation understand endowing the Fraternity’s Educational programs and scholarships is a long-term goal, but with the generous contributions of our donors, we know that the goal is attainable. For more information about how you can help to insure the future of the Fraternity’s educational programming and scholarships by contributing to the Sigma Pi Fund Endowment, please contact President and Chief Development Officer, Richard Robinson at (800) 332-1897.

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Agenda: 4 Approval of minutes 4 Approval of budget 4 Election of Trustees 4 Bylaw Change: Article V, Section 1(c) - To include as exofficio voting members of the Foundation the official undergraduate representatives of the top 15 chapters of the fraternity Corporation contact: Richard Robinson, President & Chief Development Officer (800) 332-1897


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Foundation Volume III, Number 2 • Spring 2006

Dear Brothers:


As I transition from the role of Advisory Trustee to President and Chief Development Officer of the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation, I would like all of you to know how proud I am to be a Sigma Pi and to be able to serve our great Fraternity. I would like to encourage each of you to make a contribution to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. The Educational Foundation plays a key role in the future of our great Fraternity and every donation we receive makes a difference in our ability to fund the Fraternity’s programs.


Sigma Pi is a leader in the Greek world when it comes to educational programming, and for that reason, we command a great deal of respect in communities and on campuses across the country. Programs like ACE, AWARE, the Study Guide for Academic Success, and the ELC visitation program are all funded in part by the Educational Foundation. The Mid-Year Leadership Conference and Sigma Pi University are programs that aid in developing our younger brothers into leaders on campus, and after they graduate, in the business world. All of the programs the Educational Foundation supports are funded by alumni donations. In order for our Fraternity to continue to expand our programming and remain a leader in the Greek community, we ask you to help us through your donations. Large or small, they are all appreciated. When you consider the fact that at this point the Foundation can fund only a limited amount in scholarships and educational programs, the need becomes apparent. My goal for the Foundation is that we be able to fund all of our scholarships fully, as well as the Fraternity’s educational programming, within the next five years. That sounds like a tall order, but it is not hard to do. Imagine the difference we could make in the lives of our young brothers if only 10 percent of the approximately 76,000 living alumni would commit to a small monthly donation of five dollars. With that $456,000 we could fund all of our scholarships fully, as well as funding the Fraternity’s educational programs. Sigma Pi membership is life long. When we took the oath, we became brothers. The Fraternity is not just what we did in college. The Sigma Pi Fraternity experience helped to make us who we are and set many of us on the paths in life that we follow today. Help us pass the experience we had on to this “New Generation of Leaders.” Help us to make a difference in the lives of our young brothers and insure the future of the Fraternity’s educational programs and scholarships by becoming a contributor the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation.

Chairman Thomas A. Moore (ΓΡ, Western Michigan ’69) Vice-Chairman G. Mason Cozart (ΕΚ, Southern Arkansas ’83) Gary T. Dvorchak (Ξ, Iowa ’86) Ed J. Panconi (ΕΣ, Loyola Marymount ’84) Gary B. Tash (ΒΠ, Virginia ’68) 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) Frank C. Fryburg (Θ, Penn State ’49) 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) Adam R. Shores (ΔΨ, Troy ’98) Cliff A. Wilke (ΔΖ, Missouri – St. Louis ’80) John H. Williams (ΕΨ, Widener ’85) Jay Vaden (ΘΚ, Texas Tech ’03) Advisors J. David Edwards (ΕΠ, Christopher Newport ’96) J. Brad Hodson (ΗΜ, Missouri Southern State ’91) Brandon Hemel (ΖΧ, Rowan ’97)

FOUNDATION STAFF President/Chief Development Officer Richard Robinson (ΕΤ, Tennessee – Martin ’87) Chief Operating Officer Mark S. Briscoe (ΑΠ, Arkansas State ’82) Director of Alumni Affairs Paul V. Wydra, (ΔΖ, Missouri - St. Louis ’01) Managing Editor Brian C. Alley (Α, Vincennes ’03) Administrative Assistant Jennifer R. Wyatt

I look forward to seeing you at this summers Annual Corporate Meeting in New Orleans. ADMINSTRATIVE OFFICES


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