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Sigma Pi Fraternity’s Official Publication

Summer 2005

Is Your Chapter’s Puzzle Complete?


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FROM THE GRAND SAGE PUBLISHED SINCE 1911

VOLUME 90, NUMBER 3

SUMMER 2005

F E AT U R E S The Missing Piece 3 Why Should I Volunteer? 5 ACE Project Recap 16

D E PA R T M E N T S Chapter News 6 Expansion News 19 Adytum on High News 24 Alumni News 25

E D I T O R I A L S TA F F Brian C. Alley (, Vincennes ’03) Managing Editor Mark S. Briscoe (, Arkansas State ’82) Business Manager

V O L U N T E E R S TA F F PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

Adam Shores (, Troy ’98), Chairman Larry Rovira (, Cal State Fullerton ’85) Jeffery Seay (, Florida State ’91) Chris Mundschenk (, Southern Ill.-Carbondale ’97) Andrew Smith (, Troy ’00) CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Andrew Morris ( , Murray State ’68) Jim DiVita ( , Michigan State ’04) Christian Miele (, Towson ’04) Lamel J. Moore ( , Johnson & Wales ’02)

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 83,000 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) Members: When making an address change, please send your full name and chapter with both the old and new addresses to the Executive Office (see address below). Submission Deadlines: Spring Summer Fall Winter

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Editors Association Submit Emerald news to: Sigma Pi Fraternity, Attention: Emerald Post Office Box 1897, Brentwood, TN 37024 Telephone: (615) 373-5728 Fax: (615) 373-8949 E-mail: Emerald@sigmapi.org Web site: www.sigmapi.org

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Dear Brothers,

When people think about fraternities, they automatically think of our undergraduate groups at colleges and universities across North America. That’s what I used to think, until I realized that more than 93 percent of living Sigma Pi brothers are alumni, ranging in age from their 20s to their 90s. It used to be that when people asked about the significance of the Greek letters on my T-shirts or the crest on my polo shirts, I said they represented “my college Fraternity.” No more! I’ve been educated. Now it’s just “my Fraternity.” Membership doesn’t end with graduation. Our Brotherhood is for life. GS John D. Kitch This issue of the Emerald pays tribute to some of our most important and valued alumni, those who serve as chapter directors, province archons, members of chapter alumni advisory boards, members of housing corporations and members of alumni clubs. These men serve our Fraternity by assisting our undergraduate chapters in their operations and by teaching personal responsibility, leadership skills and character to our youngest brothers, all because they love Sigma Pi and because they believe in building a New Generation of Leaders. These alumni give to our collegians because men who came before did the same when they were in school. These men are keys to our Fraternity’s success. They have the most direct contact with our chapters. These are the “big brothers” our undergraduates go to when they need guidance and advice, even when they may not like what they hear. They lead by example. They give because they live the Creed of Sigma Pi. An ancient Greek proverb states, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Our alumni volunteers may never sit in the shade, but they plant trees every day, and I commend every one of them for their exceptional service. I also must recognize another strong group of alumni for all the work they do: the Trustees of the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. These men are building our future with their fund-raising efforts, through which they provide scholarships for deserving undergraduates, support for our Educational Leadership Consultants, alumni receptions and events, our annual Midyear Leadership Conference and Sigma Pi University. Why don’t you help them help us by making a commitment to support the Foundation? Stop reading right now, and I mean right now. Write a check to the Foundation, or go online and make a contribution at www.sigmapi.org. OK. Now you may continue reading. There is one final group of volunteers I must acknowledge: my colleagues past and present of the Grand Council of Sigma Pi Fraternity. With the assistance of a great Executive Office staff, led by Executive Director Mark Briscoe, these men give freely and willingly of their time, talent and treasure to push Sigma Pi to the forefront of the Fraternity world. In the seven years I have been privileged to serve on the Grand Council, I have learned what dedication and effort means. I have learned what a group of leaders, united in Brotherhood, can do. I have seen these men spend countless weekends away from their homes and families to conduct Fraternity business, all because they believe in Sigma Pi. These men don’t ask for thanks, but the next time you see one of my Grand Council brothers, shake his hand and thank him. These men are as good as it gets. I now want to invite you, the guy reading this article, to participate as an active alumnus. There are so many opportunities available. I don’t care if you graduated a few months ago or 50 years ago. You have talents that can benefit your chapter. Why not contact the chapter sage or chapter director and ask what you can do? If you live close to another chapter, make contact and do the same thing. Join an alumni club in your area, or if there aren’t any close by, start one. As Albert Schweitzer once said, “You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it’s a little thing, do something for others, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.” It is a privilege to participate in the success of our Fraternity, and we need you. Fraternally, John D. Kitch, Grand Sage


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Andrew Morris and Dimitry Magidin handle the barbeque at the Alpha-Upsilon house during a recruitment event.

“A man’s footprints in life are only as deep as the ones that follow in his steps.”

Why Should I Volunteer? No One Helped When I Was An Undergraduate By: E. Andrew Morris ( , Murray State ’68), Past Executive Director hen was the last time you had a young man put his arm around you and say, “You are the man I respect and love?” Or when did a young man say, “I don’t know what we would do without you?” I doubt very many members of Sigma Pi have experienced it, because most people think that when they leave college as an undergraduate, the Fraternity was in their past. Maybe I am an exception, but the friendships I have made in the Fraternity are the most valuable to me today. I still go each summer to Murray State University to the Fraternity reunion, not to visit the old buildings or walk the hallowed ground of all the students that went to Murray State. I go to visit my Fraternity house, meet new brothers and hope that I will see someone from the ’60s with less hair than I. I can honestly say that not all my memories of the Fraternity are good and I don’t like every Sigma Pi I have ever met. But I would not take anything for those great experiences which I shared with the best friends a man could ask for in life. The fact is what I did get out of being in the Fraternity makes me want to tell men 40 years younger than I that it can be a positive part of their lives. I don’t ever remember having an alumnus come to the chapter to talk about the good old days or give me advice on what I should plan in my future to make me a more successful person. The reason was that we were a new chapter and there were no alumni. I don’t think it really matters, because after 37 years and over 400 alumni from the Gamma-Upsilon chapter, we still only have a few that give any support. This is the case with most chapters and with the other national fraternities, so Sigma Pi is not an exception.

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Some members send a check each year for their alumni dues and a few very active alumni club members give time to be involved on the House Corporation or Alumni Board. The fact is most alumni have forgotten that membership in the Fraternity is a lifetime experience, not just an experience while they are in college. What most chapters really need is someone to be at the meeting, speak at a recruitment dinner, or attend an event on campus to show their support. The rewards of being a volunteer for the Fraternity come from working with the members and the small compliments that you receive that really make it all worth while. During the last two years I have worked with a group of young men to help them form a colony, reopen the chapter house, and become an active chapter at the University of Rhode Island. Although the 60 men had to do the work themselves by recruiting members, volunteering community service, and having a social life on campus, they still need alumni as mentors. The future of our great Fraternity is to have a better understanding of each other, and I still feel the Fraternity in the best organization on today’s college campuses and making better citizens for our country. Many of our alumni look at all the different projects and organizations that we support in our community, but we forget about being a Sigma Pi. Maybe you think the fraternity is part of your past, but the future of many good young men depend upon our alumni support to give them the footprints to follow. Sigma Pi needs alumni leaders and you could make a difference t o help our undergraduates become the new generation of leaders. SUMMER 2005/EMERALD OF SIGMA PI FRATERNITY

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The Missing Piece It’s The Chapter Director’s and When It’s Missing, There Are Going to be Problems can help out on an alumni advisory board,” said Paul Wydra, t’s missing at too many of our chapters. What is it? It’s the Director of Alumni Services. “There are many positions available for chapter director or alumni advisors. And that missing piece of alumni volunteers. Oftentimes, chapters which have an active, supthe Sigma Pi puzzle is a big threat to the growth and developportive chapter director and alumni supment of Sigma Pi Fraternity. When a chapport are those that win awards on campus ter director is in place, chapters are and on the international level. Alumni suphealthy, stable and growing; members enjoy A chapter director is port is crucial for the lifeblood of a chapter. and learn from their Sigma Pi experience. a role model—a living The undergrads change throughout the When it’s gone there are going to be probyears, but if the chapter director and alumlems. And this piece is missing, there are illustration that ni volunteers remain consistent, then the going to be problems. Fraternity membership transition is much easier.” With one-third to one-fourth of a chapter’s membership changing every year, an continues after graduation, advisor is vital for continuity. A chapter is a and the values and principles What Is A Chapter Director? complex, living, fluid organization. It needs A chapter director is a friend, someone on-the-scene guidance to achieve its full taught in the chapter who believes in young people and will offer potential. Without an advisor, the impact of the benefit of his common sense and expeinternational programs, manuals, materials can be applied rience. and annual consultant visits is often lost. in the everyday world. A chapter director is not a dictator. The Why haven’t more Sigma Pi alumni come major role is to offer advice when it is forward to help? Perhaps because they requested and when it is critical that the chapter hear it. Those two haven’t been asked. Sigma Pi has been aggressively trying to find situations do not always occur simultaneously. Undergraduates often and recruit advisors where it can. Many chapters could use multiple make decisions without the experience to consider liabilities or advisors, as alumni advisory board (consisting of the chapter direcramifications. The chapter director is there not to make the decitor as well as a faculty advisor, housing advisor, membership educasion, but to make sure all issues are considered. One of the greatest tion advisor, finance advisor, alumni relations advisor and recruitadvantages of membership in Sigma Pi is leadership experience. A ment advisor.) This advisor pool reduces the individual workload good advisor shows what paths could be taken and supports the and can increase effectiveness in every area of fraternity operations. chapter in whatever path they choose. “If you see that a chapter already has a chapter director, you still

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A chapter director is a role model—a living illustration that Fraternity membership continues after graduation, and the values and principles taught in the chapter can be applied in the everyday world. A chapter director helps members see the world beyond their own campus in terms of Fraternity and life. A chapter director is a resource, not just an authority figure. He is a counselor, someone who is available when an individual or group needs support or guidance.

Why Be A Chapter Director? The pay is lousy. The job can be frustrating. It takes some time (not necessarily a lot, just an hour or two a week). The motivation of many chapter directors is loyalty to the Fraternity. They want to see Sigma Pi continue and grow. They want to pay back something received, often because a chapter director was there. The American College Personnel Association asked undergraduate leaders to rank functions most important for their chapter director or advisor. The results are interesting. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

To provide advice when called upon. Teach techniques of good leadership and fellowship. Provide continuity with the history and tradition of the group. Help members develop self-discipline and responsibility. Prevent the group from breaking university rules. Supply the organization with information, expert knowledge and insight gained through experience.

Chapter directors are rewarded in a variety of ways. Seeing a group respond and improve. Helping with career choices. Years later, having individuals they've worked with call to announce a marriage, birth or personal success, and to say “thanks.” “The guys appreciate my time and effort, and I have always enjoyed doing things for people when they seem to be appreciative,” said Gary B. Tash, Past Grand Sage and chapter director for 25 years. “The exposure to college kids keeps me young at heart, if not in body. I know our best chapters have dedicated chapter directors because the undergrads do not have to reinvent the wheel every time a new Executive Council takes over. Instead, each year’s programming builds upon the prior year. Things get bigger and better each year.” “Our Fraternity is so great because it exists for the benefit of its undergraduate members,” continued Gary. “There is no greater service that a grateful alumnus can perform than to assist the current actives in making their local chapter the best it can possibly be.”

Barb Robel, Executive Director, Mid-American Greek Council Association, provides this funny but serious profile of a successful chapter advisor:

A Chapter Director: Must be able to bite tongue frequently and effectively. Must have good eyesight and be able to distinguish a mountain or a molehill at 50 paces. Must have a tough hide, for he will frequently take the brunt if things go wrong. Must have an adjustable hearing aid and be able to tune out stereos during a serious conversation, yet be able to pick up the slightest rumblings of chapter unrest. Must have a flexible timetable, for many meetings and serious crisies will occur between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. Must have a complete set of fingernails, which are helpful for biting during chapter meetings. Must have a relatively poor memory and never begin a sentence with, "When I was in the chapter…". If you are interested in serving as a chapter director or advisor, please contact Director of Alumni Services Paul Wydra at the

Much of this article was originally published in the 1984 spring/summer issue of the Emerald, and was written by Evin C. Varner, Past President of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity and the College Fraternity’s Editors Association.

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CHAPTER NEWS “And I will strive to make real the Fraternity’s ideals in my own daily life.” —from The Sigma Pi Creed

Brothers from Towson relax before performing their first place Wild Wild West Greek Sing performance.

ALABAMA Theta-Omicron Chapter Theta-Omicron had a productive and exciting spring semester. Brothers held many events that helped promote the chapter’s image on campus, including the Founders’ Day celebration and the chapter’s pinnacle event, their ACE Project. The chapter held its Parents Weekend to coincide with the Founders’ Day event. A father-son golf tournament kicked off the day, and following many “subpar” rounds, a reception was held at the chapter house. After the reception was a dinner, which was catered by the chapter’s herald, at a local historic mansion. The dinner afforded brothers the opportunity to promote the chapter’s growing scholarship fund to parents and alumni, as well as thank those who had already given. In mid-March, the chapter held its inaugural formal in New Orleans. It was a weekend brimming with brotherhood and typical Cajun experiences. The chapter’s ACE Project was a tremendous success. Early on a beautiful, April morning, chapter members swarmed the quad and launched a full-force landscaping attack. Brothers rejuvenated the area surrounding the most prized possession on campus— Denny Chimes. The area around the chimes is the most visible spot on campus, and brothers thank the University

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of Alabama for allowing them to add a new look of class and the Sigma Pi letters to the historic landmark. —David May, Herald may026@bama.ua.edu

ARIZONA STATE Beta-Kappa Chapter Brothers started off the spring semester rested and ready to go after a month-long winter break. They started off by recruiting 11 new members for spring rush and taking a weekendlong brotherhood ski trip. Beta-Kappa held its first philanthropy since chartering in November, which was a huge success. Brothers raised a lot of money, which was sent to the Red Cross and to the family of Scott Bostick, a fellow Sigma Pi who recently died in a car accident. Beta-Kappa also participated in seven sorority philanthropies. The chapter held a successful Founders’ Day barbeque and encourages even more alumni to come next year. During the week of March 3–9, the chapter held its ACE Project which was called Sparky’s Spring Break. Sigma Pi helped promote the project by passing out flyers and hanging up posters around campus, as well as hosting sporting events during the week and viewing parties for ASU sporting events. The week ended with a free concert for ASU students featuring RX Bandits.

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Congratulations to Beta-Kappa for winning two awards at this year’s Greek Awards ceremony: Involvement in the Greek Community and Alumni Communications. The chapter is looking forward to a successful fall rush. Brothers hope to turn Beta-Kappa into a 100-man chapter, and they look forward to reclaiming the Chapter of the Year award. —Jason Asavadejkajorn, Herald Chafe33@hotmail.com

ARKANSAS STATE Alpha-Pi Chapter Alpha-Pi Chapter enjoyed a great year at ASU. Chapter numbers increased and participation was at an all-time high. Everyone lent a helping

hand at the chapter’s annual philanthropy event with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Brothers began manning roadblocks on Jonesboro city streets at 6 a.m. As vehicles stopped at red lights, drivers and passengers were encouraged to donate as much as they wished. Most contributed, and the foundation raised $118,000 that day. Brothers old and new joined together to commemorate Founders’ Day with the annual golf tournament. Brothers Chase Davis and Robert Hildgeford took first place. Brothers gathered later that night for a banquet. Eighty-three people attended, which is the largest turnout in many years. Awards were handed out, including the first ever Sigma Pi Parent Award, presented to Tom and Gloria Eubanks. Also, Alpha-Pi named Lauren Books Alumnus of the Year and Nathan Roop Scholar of the Year. This year’s ACE Project was much larger than in previous years. Brothers decided to engage in a weeklong effort to better the university and college community. During ACE week, brothers provided breakfast for the faculty, washed university police patrol cars, raised money for ASU’s rugby team, picked up trash on campus and participated in a phonathon for ASU’s Alumni Association. Brothers wish the best to graduating seniors Chase Davis and Charles Eubanks. Also, congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Robby Glasco on their recent marriage. —Raymond Whiteside, Herald raymondlw22@hotmail.com

AUBURN Alpha-Delta Chapter The brothers of Alpha-Delta Chapter ended the fall semester with an excellent Christmas party and started off the spring semester with a devoted rush committee. Several suc-

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CHAPTER NEWS Chapter reports are those submitted by the March 10 deadline.

cessful rush events took place, which provided a great opportunity to keep the chapter growing. Chapter members also came together to keep the house in good repair. The restoration of the upstairs poker room took many weeks, but proved to be a great asset for the chapter. Brothers donated endless hours of hard work and a lot of their own money to finish the room with two gorgeous poker tables, an incredible sound system, a dart board, a new TV, a foosball table, new stools and benches, a redone bar and freshly painted walls. There are also plans to redo the floor and make other minor improvements. Brothers are sad to announce that their house mother passed away February 14, 2005. Ann Cushman was a spirit-lifting presence at the house. The things she did for the chapter and the relationships she built with brothers are unforgettable. Ann will be missed, remembered and honored by everyone for the years of happiness she bestowed. —Brian Whitehouse, Herald whitebr@auburn.edu

CALIFORNIA-IRVINE Eta-Upsilon Chapter The brothers of Eta-Upsilon Chapter were proud to accept UC Irvine’s first ever IFC sports trophy on February 28 as part of the annual Greek Week celebration. The trophy is awarded to the fraternity that accumulates the most points in all IFC and intramural sports. After the chapter’s recent victories over Kappa Sigma in IFC basketball and volleyball championship games, brothers are well on their way to establishing an IFC sports dynasty at UC Irvine. Brother John Bauche was also recognized at the celebration and took home Greek Man of the Year honors. The chapter celebrated Founders’ Day with Emerald Ball on February 25. When the clock struck midnight, brothers gathered ’round the dance floor to recite The Fireside Song and pay homage to the Fraternity. The chapter also celebrated its 10th anniversary on March 11, and hosted an alumni barbecue and celebration to commemorate the event. Eta-Upsilon is mourning the loss of one of its founding fathers, Brian Clancey, who died February 22 at the young age of 30. The chapter’s thoughts and prayers are with his family. —Daniel Hernandez, Herald danielh@uci.edu

CAL STATE-CHICO STATE Theta-Mu Chapter

Iowa State Chapter sage A.J. Carroll congratulates David Ogg for being named Brother of the Year at the 2005 Orchid Ball.

CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES Upsilon Chapter As brothers wrapped up a hugely successful winter quarter at Upsilon Manor, excitement and change were in the air. From academics to athletics, to the outstanding support of alumni, the last few months have been great to Sigma Pi. As always, chapter academics are strong, ranking Upsilon among the top few houses at UCLA. And once more, Upsilon has been a dominant force in IF sports, making a powerful showing in nearly every event. The chapter’s philanthropic contributions have also been impressive as brothers participated in a number of campus charity events. Special mention must also be made of the tremendous support shown by alumni. Recent renovations, which could not have been achieved without their help, have made for a fantastic change in the house. From the new gym to the newly relocated and refurbished library, Upsilon Manor has never looked better. A huge thank you to the alumni who made it out for Founders’ Day. Brothers appreciate the support more than they can express. Within the house, at the end of another great Moonshiner week (congratulations to the McCoy Sweep), the chapter found itself once again at the beginning of great change. Brothers simultaneously welcomed the young members and the new EC, while waving goodbye to the graduating seniors, the guys who made the house what it is. These brothers will be greatly missed, and the chapter looks forward to seeing your future successes. —Dave Bresler, Herald DBresler@ucla.edu

As the fastest growing chapter on the Chico State campus, Theta-Mu has great expectations for the future. Brothers recently discovered that they are going to obtain a new chapter house. Renovations will begin soon. In light of recent tragic events within the Chico Greek system, Theta-Mu was still able to recruit 14 pledges, the most of any Chico fraternity for the second semester in a row. During the fall semester, the chapter finished first in volleyball to become back-to-back champs and finished a strong third in football. Brothers also have high hopes for their basketball team, which has a great chance at taking home another first place trophy for Sigma Pi. Brother Nick Hollingsworth holds the position of IFC president. Matt Kasch is working with IFC’s judicial board and Steve Breedlove is helping start a recycling program for the Greek system. There are also several brothers who hold positions in Chico State’s Associated Students office who are helping promote leadership and relations with the university. The brothers of Theta Mu wish the best of luck to the chapter’s newest graduate, Brother Tommy Brockert. —Andrew Williamson, Herald awilliamson2@mail.csuchico.edu

CAL STATE-DOMINGUEZ HILLS Eta-Iota Chapter After many successful rush events, Eta-Iota invited six promising and enthusiastic men into the chapter. Brothers look forward to seeing these fine gentlemen apply their many abilities on the road to brotherhood. As for Founders’ Day, five brothers headed to Sacramento to visit the EtaAlpha Chapter, as well as Theta-Mu Chapter at Chico State. The men from Eta-Iota felt more than welcome and thank their brothers for the hospitality. While in the South Bay, the remaining brothers celebrated Founders’ Day. Brothers Walter Lopez, Victor Zendejas and Christian Martinez put on a Founders’ Day Dinner at Alejos Italian Restaurant. Brother Walter said it was a big success and thanks the brothers who helped. Sigma Pi still remains the largest fraternity on campus, and brothers are continually working hard to keep it that way. In March, the brothers of Eta-Iota participated in the ASI softball tournament. The turnout was excellent. The Sigma Pi team played a

long stretch of games and came out triumphant as the softball champions. Once again led by “The Coach” (Brother Victor Zendejas), the team played very professionally and competitively. Brothers also presented the All-Star Benefit Comedy Show at the theatre at CSUDH, along with Espiritu De Nuestro Futuro and Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity. —Gilbert Hernandez, Herald alphazeta29@netzero.com

CAL STATE-LONG BEACH Beta-Omicron Chapter Earlier in the semester, brothers beat each other up during broomball. The chapter attended sporting events together, and the brotherhood camping trip is planned and ready. In community service, brothers participated in a beach cleanup as well as the Relay For Life and St. Baldrick’s. Beta-Omicron also has its ACE Project coming up, and the chapter looks forward to making the campus beautiful. Not to mention, the chapter also has the backing of all the sororities, so it should be an exhilarating weekend of giving back to the school. During Greek Week, brothers were paired with Delta Gamma and Delta Zeta sororities. Beta-Omicron has multiple brothers up for Order of Omega. In addition, a Beta-Omicron brother was crowned homecoming king. On February 26, the chapter celebrated 50 strong years at Cal StateLong Beach. An event was held at the Weston with an incredible turnout. Thanks for all who attended, and here’s to another 50 years of Sigma Pi dominance at Long Beach State. —Ross McKee, Herald rmckee@csulb.edu

CARLETON Eta-Rho Chapter Eta-Rho’s second semester was filled with philanthropic success. A tsunami relief project was headed by the chapter as clothing, blankets and basic necessities were donated by the bagful. A “famine” was held to raise money for O.V.A.C.C. Many chapter members did not eat for 30 hours straight and were thankful for the buffet breakfast when it was all over. The chapter’s ACE Project was a hit this year as 14 active members and four pledges shaved their heads to raise money for the cancer ward at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Shave Your Lid for a Kid helped raise just over $4,000. Thanks

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CHAPTER NEWS enjoyed a great Founders’ Day celebration and also a mother’s weekend. The chapter would like to give special thanks to the moms for their generous donations to St. Jude Hospital, and for coming out and having a good time. Beta-Gamma still leads the IM points race, and brothers look forward to a fourth championship in a row. —Robert Wolff, Herald wolff_robert@yahoo.com

to Philanthropy Chairman Scott Campbell for his fantastic efforts in nearly doubling last year’s total. Eta-Rho hosted its annual TundraBowl tournament early in February. Congratulations to Eta-Tau brothers from Fitchburg State who were victorious in this year’s battle in the cold, Canadian climate. —Ian Shepard, Herald ian_shepard@yahoo.com

EMBRY-RIDDLE (AZ)

CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT

Epsilon-Phi Chapter

Epsilon-Pi Chapter This spring, Epsilon-Pi Chapter stayed busy with philanthropy work. Brothers assisted the American Red Cross, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the NEC and the local food bank. The NEC even invited chapter members to be in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade to show their thanks for the chapter’s help during the semester. Spring rush was competitive due to the low number of rushees. The chapter took on four pledges: Behzad Ghoraishi, Greg Menchefsky, Jacob Pickwoad and Justin Wilkins. Brothers anticipate another good fall rush this year. Springtime brings softball, and brothers took the game very seriously since it’s their favorite intramural sport in which to participate. The spring also brought the chapter’s annual Pig-Pickin barbeque, camping trips and road trips. —Alan Moyer, Herald, Alanmoyer@hotmail.com

CLARION Theta-Alpha Chapter With the chapter’s ACE Project and philanthropy successfully accomplished, brothers are looking forward to summer weather. Theta-Alpha Chapter is excited to start fall recruitment. Congratulations to the new members and the chapter’s fourth straight win in Greek Week. —Daniel Spaccavento, Herald S_daspaccave@clarion.edu

COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY Theta-Delta Chapter The brothers of Theta-Delta Chapter continued to provide service to the community and have fun participating in various brotherhood events. Recently, brothers helped raise funds for the families of New Jersey soldiers by assisting at a pasta dinner held at the National Guard Armory in Lawrenceville. Also, members teamed up with a sorority to throw a party for

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Epsilon-Phi brothers after a canned food drive for the American Red Cross at Embry Riddle (AZ) University.

the senior citizens living at the Claire Estate Nursing Home. The rest of the semester included renovations to the chapter house, community service events and an alumni event. Many brothers graduated in May. Good luck in your new jobs and in the years to come! —Kevin Croissant, Herald croissa2@tcnj.edu

DETROIT-MERCY Gamma-Alpha Chapter This term has been excellent for Gamma-Alpha Chapter. Brothers have been busy with numerous events. Gamma-Alpha had great attendance at both the Midyear Leadership Conference and the Provincial Workshop. Alumni support was strong on February 26 for Orchid Ball. It was amazing to see brothers not only from Gamma-Alpha, but from chapters across the United States as well. The chapter’s main goals this term are rush and philanthropy. GammaAlpha’s presence on and around campus has been strong as brothers continued their poker tournaments and other events in the dorms and the chapter house. These efforts produced one of the largest pledge classes on campus this term. Chapter members look forward to crossing several quality guys into the brotherhood. On the philanthropy side, the chapter is coordinating a campuswide clothing drive. The goal is to work with the Salvation Army to lead all of the organizations on campus to collect a significant amount of clothing to help with the local clothing shortage. The entire chapter is pulling together to attain the required support from families, organizations and

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companies to pull off such a largescale initiative. —Matthew Dearing, Herald dearinma@students.udmercy.edu

DRURY Epsilon-Rho Chapter Epsilon-Rho is excited about several new opportunities and events that they have planned. The chapter continued one of its traditions this year by making the trek to Colorado to enjoy some fresh powder. The members who went enjoyed great skiing and brotherhood. The chapter has also been hard at work for the community. Epsilon-Rho hosted its annual blood drive in early March, which was a huge success. In February, brothers took time out on a Sunday to clean up the chapter’s Adopt-A-Street. Over the past few months, the chapter has been hard at work for the school as well. Epsilon-Rho was chosen to run the parking for the school’s basketball games, which will benefit the chapter for years to come. In early March, brothers held their spring formal at Tan-Tar-A, which was a great time. Before the dance, brothers enjoyed a week of events, which included paintball, bowling, karaoke and a Dance Dance Revolution Party. Brothers look forward to more events and will continue to help the community. The chapter would also like to wish the graduating seniors the best of luck. —Eric Rhodes, Herald erhodes@drury.edu

EASTERN ILLINOIS Beta-Gamma Chapter The men of Beta-Gamma started the new year with a bang. The chapter

The semester started out well for Epsilon-Phi Chapter with five potential new members. The chapter participated in an on-campus blood drive for the Red Cross and started sponsoring a local little league team. The chapter’s intramural soccer team, led by Sean Minard, and basketball team, lead by Ian Wright and Michael Buttenob, ended the season in first place. Brothers Sean Minard, Jake Howard and James Copper participated in the annual Career Expo, where they helped aerospace industry representatives as they held presentations throughout the day. Events throughout the semester included a brother foosball tournament, a Big Brothers Big Sisters bowling event and Orchid Ball. —Joshua Neptune, Herald neptu574@erau.edu

EMPORIA STATE Epsilon-Epsilon Chapter Epsilon-Epsilon completed their ACE Project by selling rubber bracelets that benefited the Presidential Academic Scholarship Fund. On March 12, the chapter held a brotherhood tournament and played foosball, darts and pool, and on April 23, Orchid Ball was held in Kansas City. Some of the goals the chapter has planned include increasing communication with alumni and the alumni board. Brothers set up a message board on yahoo to help them with this process. Another chapter goal is to improve relationships with other fraternities on campus. During spring semester, Epsilon-Epsilon completed interfraternalisms with every fraternity on campus and an exchange with each sorority. This year, many brothers held leadership roles on campus. Past Sage Brandon Hunninghake served as IFC vice president. Sage Brad Drewek is serving as the IFC risk management chair and as the university’s mascot, and Delta Esteven Decker is serving


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CHAPTER NEWS as a member of HALO and as a Emporia State University ambassador. —Jourdan Colbert, Herald jourdan_c1982@yahoo.com

FERRIS STATE Theta-Theta Chapter After a spell of downtime, ThetaTheta Chapter is back in action and ready to make its presence known once more. With philanthropies, community service and brotherhood events at an all-time high, it has never been a better time to be a Sigma Pi. With the national initiation of one of their largest pledge classes ever, Theta-Theta Chapter looks forward to the days to come! —Mike Manning, Herald mann21@fsuimail.ferris.edu

FITCHBURG STATE Eta-Tau Chapter As the second semester began, EtaTau brothers were rested from winter break and ready to take on new tasks. They decided to try and get even more involved with the school and make a difference in people’s lives. Chapter members have been regularly going to Our Fathers House and serving food to the homeless and less fortunate. The month of February was a good month. The chapter had three pledges after a month of rush events, including movie night, video game day and poker night. After spring break, brothers built a hole for the school’s minigolf event and helped the school put on an egg hunt for local kids. And yes, five brothers dressed up as bunnies. On the last day of March, brothers enjoyed a relaxing night at a bowling alley with plenty of food. April included Orchid Ball, an alumni vs. actives softball game and the Sigma Pi New England workshop at Bridgewater State College. —Kenneth Tolley, Herald kennethtolley@hotmail.com

GEORGIA Alpha-Phi Chapter Spring semester was highly productive for the brothers of Alpha-Phi. The chapter made great strides in the areas of housing and philanthropy. Thanks to the generous donations and support from alumni, Alpha-Phi now has a wonderful chapter house that brothers can call their own. Although the chapter had numerous social events such as White Rose Date Night; Orchid Ball Formal; and socials with Sigma Delta Tau, Zeta Tau Alpha and Delta Gamma sororities, the chap-

ter’s main focus this semester was philanthropy. Events included an Easter egg hunt with Kappa Delta Sorority, which supported local needy children; a blood drive; and participation by many brothers in the Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon. Also, for the ACE Project, brothers promoted alcohol awareness at the university’s student center. And finally, the Doug Henderson Memorial Scholarship, created in memory of a late brother and benefiting the American Cancer Society, was presented at the Greek Night basketball game. Founders’ Day was held at the Georgia Center and was considered a great success, as there were many alumni in attendance, some of whom undergraduates met for the first time. It was a great pleasure and honor. Three more men were initiated in the spring and are already proving to be great brothers. This summer, AlphaPhi is sending several brothers to Sigma Pi University. Also, Rush Chair Kyle Burriss has planned a beach weekend at the end of summer as a key rush event. The chapter will be putting a large focus on fall rush, and brothers are eagerly looking forward to these summer events and next fall. —Jon Michael Thomas, Herald jmt83@uga.edu

playground and other equipment. The teachers and kids were extremely appreciative and sent the chapter thank you letters and cards the very next week. Sigma Pi’s name was put on the front page of The Daily Cougar, the university’s newspaper, with a full description of what the chapter did for the children’s center. With the initiation of Beta class new members and the future initiation of Gamma class, things are looking up for the chapter. These are great guys with many leaders among them who can lead the chapter in the right direction. Theta-Nu tied one other fraternity for the most pledges this spring (nine), which is pretty good for a commuter school. Two guys from Beta class participated in Sigma Chi’s Fight Night in

for the fall 2004 semester. The undergraduate chapter continues to forge new and lasting relationships with the Cyrus E. Palmer Alumni Association. Now under the management of Randy Wimmer, the alumni board has been working closely with Phi Chapter to repair and improve the chapter house, which includes the installation of new windows by this fall. Brothers look forward to working alongside the alumni board as they prepare for Phi’s centennial as a continuously active chapter in 2008. Phi Chapter was proud to host Grand Herald John Michelich during his visit to Champaign-Urbana in March. —Chris Cody, Herald ccody@uiuc.edu

HOFSTRA Eta-Gamma Chapter Spring semester was fun-filled and enjoyable. The chapter had a great group of young men who made up the Alpha-Theta pledge class. These six gentlemen have become great assets to the chapter. Eta-Gamma worked hard to put together its yearly philanthropy, the Bachelor Auction, which raises money for multiple sclerosis. On a less serious note, the chapter competed in the campus 3-on-3 basketball tournament and several brothers took a spring break trip to Acapulco. —Daniel Bennett, Herald dbenne1@pride.hofstra.edu

HOUSTON Theta-Nu Chapter Theta-Nu brothers started the semester with their ACE Project, which was a big success. The chapter spent the weekend of January 29 and 30 fixing up a small children’s center on campus. Brothers helped improve the center by putting new sand on the playground and new mulch in the front yard, raking the leaves, picking up trash and building a new shed for

Brothers from Missouri-Rolla work together to build a new barbeque pit. November to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. In this event, both of the guys, Willy Nwuli and Jarad Farber, won their respective fights in front of a crowd of 500-plus people. This event really lifted the spirit and morale of the chapter, especially after trying to get over the loss of three brothers who died in a car accident the month before. —Travis Klecker, Herald djtravisknox@hotmail.com

ILLINOIS Phi Chapter Phi Chapter started the semester strong with the recruitment of eight new members. This marks one of the best spring rushes in recent memory. Brothers were also proud to learn that the chapter placed fifth in men’s GPA out of 45 fraternities on campus

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN Epsilon-Gamma Chapter Epsilon-Gamma Chapter is proud to have 12 new pledges and would like to congratulate Shinsuke Mizuno on receiving the alumni club scholarship for an outstanding GPA during his pledge semester. The chapter would also like to extend a warm welcome to its newest initiated brother, Christopher Pali, who was a member of the Zeta-Epsilon colony. Chris was initiated on Founders’ Day, celebrating the chapter’s 30th anniversary. Epsilon-Gamma initiated 10 new members from the fall and is continuing to grow in number. Brothers held a battle of the bands philanthropy event to give aid to the Tsunami Relief Fund by raising $300. —Justin Everett, Herald jeverett@iwu.edu

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CHAPTER NEWS INDIANA Beta Chapter Beta Chapter has continued to thrive in both academics and extracurricular activities. The chapter was excited to initiate 24 new members. Congratulations to everyone. Beta also started a new pledge class with 13 quality gentlemen. Beta Chapter is in the thick of another competitive fight for an unprecedented fifth straight intramural championship. Beta had the pleasure of hosting a Province meeting for regional Sigma Pi chapters. Beta had the honor to initiate four new brothers in the presence of Worthy Grand Sage John Kitch. In other news, alumnus Brandon Sanchez made a recent appearance and generous donation to Beta Chapter. —Ryan Schweet, Herald rschweet@indiana.edu

INDIANA TECH Gamma-Kappa Chapter Gamma-Kappa Chapter completed its ACE Project on February 9. The chapter’s Faculty Night Out was successful in many ways. It allowed the faculty to see the appreciation that members of our chapter have for our university. The chapter is actively pursuing new members and is consistently setting recruitment dates biweekly. —Merrill Joslin, Sage soccer10tec@verizon.net

INDIANA OF PENNSYLVANIA Theta-Epsilon Chapter Even with the winter weather at Indiana, Pennsylvania, the chapter started the semester motivated and strong. Rush went well despite the snow storms, and the chapter acquired three great, dedicated pledges. On the community service side of things, brothers helped the Red Cross and are involved with a huge Ace Project to increase drug awareness on campus. Congratulations to Brother Aaron Meyers for becoming IFC treasurer and Brother Christian Lundis for becoming IFC secretary. Sigma Pi is having a tremendous influence on Greek life at IUP. The chapter’s alumni events consisted of a Founders’ Day celebration and the annual Alumni Pig Roast, which was filled with memorable stories. —Shawn Goodling, Herald trwk@iup.edu

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Zeta-Tau chapter at Northern Colorado celebrates after being named spring ’05 intramural softball champions.

IOWA STATE

JAMES MADISON

Sigma Chapter

Epsilon-Mu Colony

More than 90 percent of the chapter donated blood to the American Red Cross during Greek Week. The chapter has high expectations for its ACE Project as well. A lot of hard work and time went into this year’s events, which included a pillow fight for students to raise money for the American Red Cross, an outdoor basketball tournament to further improve the condition of the courts the chapter installed last year and helping the women’s center put on their annual Take Back the Night rally. Summer rush is predicted to be one of the largest yet. Rush chairs David Ogg and Nick Belt are doing an excellent job coordinating rush events and getting many young men interested in the best fraternity on campus. The men also received runner-up for the Greek Intramural Basketball Tournament this year. Dad’s Weekend featured a father-son project, which was building a new grill pit. Many improvements have been made to the new chapter house, and all the brothers have adapted well to the new surroundings. The men at Sigma Chapter would like to thank all of the alumni for their continued support and contributions. Many renovations are being made that could not be done without you. —David Carroll, Herald dsc1985@iastate.edu

As Epsilon-Mu strives toward earning its charter, brothers would like to express their gratitude to those who have contributed. Recently, alumnus Dave Peacock, who was a founding father of Epsilon-Mu, generously offered his services to the chapter as it eagerly tries to reestablish its charter at JMU. For Epsilon-Mu’s ACE Project, the colony donated a Flowering Dogwood—the Virginia state tree—to the James Madison University Arboretum. This project is a great way for the first graduating seniors (’05) of Epsilon-Mu colony to make a lasting impression on the university community. This tree, over time, will grow stronger and stronger. In 50 years, it will be stronger than ever, much like Epsilon-Mu at JMU. —Christian Barmoy, Herald barmoycm@jmu.edu

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KENTUCKY Epsilon-Beta Chapter Spring semester has traditionally been slower as far as recruitment numbers go. However, the 14 Beta Tau pledges took the necessary steps to one day become brothers of this Fraternity. With wins in both fraternity “A” and “B” basketball, Epsilon-Beta continued to be a force to be reckoned with.

The first weekend in April, the chapter adopted a street and cleaned up the surrounding campus area. Brothers went in with the attitude that cleaner streets promote a better campus. This was the chapter’s first attempt at an ACE Project. Each semester, the project will get bigger and more elaborate. A reminder to all alumni: The annual parent/alumni weekend will be held October 29, 2005 with a great day at Keeneland horse track, and hopefully, a Kentucky football win over Mississippi State. —Zachary Miller, Herald zsm83@aol.com

LAWRENCE TECH Zeta-Omicron Chapter Philanthropy and giving back to the on- and off-campus communities kept Zeta-Omicron active spring semester. Brothers conducted an awareness campaign for the walk and bike event for multiple sclerosis and helped out at a local soup kitchen. In March, the chapter held its Orchid Ball in downtown Detroit. In April, the chapter held its annual Chivalry Dinner. This year’s event was held for the sisters of Delta Tau Sigma Sorority. Brothers excitedly launched the chapter’s first parent appreciation dinner for the parents of the active brothers. This event informs parents about chapter activities and thanks


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CHAPTER NEWS parents for their support. Dinner was cooked by brothers and speeches were given afterward. The focus of this year’s ACE Project was on recognizing faculty members and employees by hosting an appreciation lunch. Toward the end of the semester, the chapter held its annual pig roast, which was the focal point of the school’s Greek Day. The chapter also enjoyed a successful spring rush. Members look forward to welcoming new brothers into their rapidly expanding chapter. —Ben Gregory, Herald bg000091139@ltu.edu

LOUISIANA TECH Delta-Lambda Chapter The brothers of Louisiana Tech finished the winter quarter strong. Delta-Lambda participated in the Kappa Delta Shamrock Run, a fundraiser that raised money for the Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston and the Prevent Child Abuse America Organization. The chapter made donations to the organizations and had several brothers and pledges run while proudly wearing the letters of Sigma Pi. For spring rush, the chapter hosted several events, including open houses, cookouts and a luau. Congratulations to the brothers who graduated at the end of spring quarter. Best of luck in all future endeavors. —James Meier, Herald jpm029@latech.edu

LYNCHBURG Theta-Zeta Chapter The brothers of Theta-Zeta Chapter have been doing their best to do as much service work as possible to benefit the Lynchburg College campus. Recently, the chapter provided the student community with a concert that featured two local Indy rock bands: Shapiro and Six Chasing Seven. In March, the chapter hosted an event where improvisational acting was performed by Sigma Pi brothers and brothers from Sigma Nu Fraternity. Theta-Zeta also completed its ACE Project and built 15 picnic tables for the school’s new pavilion. The chapter hosted a time management workshop with the brothers of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Brothers also participated in the Relay for Life and the Special Olympics. —Ryan Hanley, Herald Hanley_r@students.lynchburg.edu

MICHIGAN STATE

MISSOURI-ROLLA

Zeta-Mu Chapter

Alpha-Iota Chapter

The brothers of the Zeta-Mu Chapter were once again very busy during the spring semester, maintaining their dominance of the Greek community through philanthropy service, academics, sports and social events. However, Zeta-Mu brothers are most proud of being in the final stages of purchasing their chapter house. The house is one of the most prized and honored fraternity houses on campus. In philanthropy, the chapter was once again placed on the most competitive and respected team for Greek Week 2005. The team included Kappa Delta Sorority and Farm House Fraternity. The team set the standard in the Relay For Life event by raising more than $15,000, which was donated to the American Cancer Society. In sports, Zeta-Mu brothers continued to do well. In volleyball, we had a great season, placing them second after a hard loss to Beta Theta Pi Fraternity in the championship game. The chapter softball team also participated in Alpha Chi Omega sorority’s Spring Softball Smash and defended its championship title from last year. Spring rush went well for Zeta-Mu. The chapter had many young men come through for rush in comparison to other houses on campus. The chapter ended up with 20 pledges for the spring, which was the second most on campus. Congratulations to graduating brothers Andrew Abramcyzk, Greg Baracy, Aaron Craft, Nick Nykerk, Troy Horning, Eric Tritch, Curtis Smith, Chris Montoya, Derek Bush, Matt Ledesma and Phil Bolans. Best of luck in your future endeavors! Socially, Zeta-Mu brothers had an exciting spring semester. Their closed rush was hosted at an amazingly classy night club in downtown Detroit with the ladies of Alpha Phi sorority. Also, the chapter had its annual Pistons date party in early April, followed by a second date party at the Tigers game in late April. For the summer and fall months, Zeta-Mu brothers look forward to finally purchasing their chapter house, tailgating at the rock, defending their championship titles in soccer and football intramurals, Orchid Ball Formal in Windsor and continuing to raise the bar of excellence on campus. —Patrick Russo, Herald russopat@msu.edu

Alpha-Iota brothers renovated the chapter’s Ritual equipment, completed their ACE Project and set up philanthropy events such as the Shamrock Run. The chapter is proud of brothers Adam Rhodes (pole vaulting) and Heath Groom (javelin) who competed in varsity athletics at UMR. Brothers are also proud of members who excel academically. Rob Rogers (Order of Omega), Mike Anderson (Order of Omega), Dan Aiken (Blue Key) and Josh Prater (Sigma Gamma Epsilon) were inducted into professional honor societies for their achievements. —Josh Prater, Herald jcpwdf@umr.edu

MISSOURI–SAINT LOUIS Delta-Zeta Chapter Delta-Zeta Chapter grew significantly from a successful winter rush and with the initiation of nine members from the fall. The Midyear Leadership Conference in St. Louis was a great experience, as always. Delta-Zeta Chapter would like to thank brothers from across the country for being such courteous guests at the chapter house and for making the conference such a success. The chapter hosted its first Founders’ Day event this year, which had a remarkable turnout. The chapter would like to thank all of the alumni for coming. A big thank you also goes to Pat Brannon and Justin Shacklette for organizing this spectacular event. The chapter hosted an all-Greek Texas Hold ’Em tournament. Alumni relations improved as brothers prepared for the annual active/alumni softball game in April. Many improvements were made to the chapter house with the help of all the brothers. Several alumni are organizing a day on which they can come and help out with several major improvements to the house. —Mike Nelson, Herald mnelson1983@sbcglobal.net

MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE Eta-Mu Chapter Eta-Mu initiated seven out of seven men in the fall and hopes to have the same success with their four spring pledges. Brother participated in intramural sports at MSSU, and Mark Peron took

first place in the nine-ball tournament. In February, the chapter held its Founders’ Day camping trip and was able to pull out some old-school alumni, including Eta-Mu’s pin #1. During the chapter’s ACE Project, brothers renovated the sand volleyball courts by the dorms and painted the bridges on campus as a part of Campus Beautification Week. —Chastan Jordan, Herald jordan-c-714@mssu.edu

MONMOUTH Delta-Beta Chapter The brothers of Delta-Beta would like to thank alumni for coming to Alumni Day this semester. Brothers were happy to see that more than 25 alumni make the trip for the afternoon. It’s great to see alumni support while the chapter continues to go through many positive changes. St. Louis was a great time. DeltaBeta’s Sage, Second Counselor and Third Counselor returned to the chapter with a plan to keep Delta-Beta moving forward. It was great to see all of the delegates from the Province. The chapter would like to wish Farleigh Dickenson the best of luck on their way to becoming rechartered. It was great to meet all of the guys from Delta-Beta’s little brother chapter, William Patterson, over Founders’ Day weekend. Pledging is coming along well. Most of the pledges have a 3.4 GPA or better. The chapter looks forward to these nine pledges becoming brothers in the future. The chapter would like to thank Grand Fourth Counselor Chris Brown and Province Archon Paul Gorman for coming to share their knowledge about the future of Delta-Beta with brothers and pledges. —Alec Gutierrez, Herald s0493120@monmouth.edu

MURRAY STATE Gamma-Upsilon Chapter Gamma-Upsilon began spring semester with a new outlook, having had a successful rush and completing house renovations. In addition to welcoming the new brothers, the chapter welcomed the updated appearance of the Alumni Room. Hardwood floors were installed, new furniture was chosen and the walls received a fresh coat of paint. Brothers also worked diligently to refinish all of the walls in the house. Continuing with their ambitious ways, Gamma-Upsilon brothers were

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CHAPTER NEWS involved in a Business Blitz with the United Way. During this project, brothers were active in the progress of the community. Gamma-Upsilon also assisted the Big Brother program by mentoring students at the schools in Murray. On a more serious note, members supported the chapter’s St. Patrick’s Day event to help cover the medical expenses of an alumnus who was diagnosed with colon cancer. The chapter’s thoughts are with him as he undergoes chemotherapy. Congratulations to Cody Robertson and Gabe Klamer on their graduation. Best of luck, and brothers look forward to their future visits. Gamma-Upsilon participated in the Relay For Life with Sigma Alpha Sorority. The chapter also got a local business to donate a four-wheeler to raffle off to raise money for the United Way. —Jim Bragg, Herald james.bragg@murraystate.edu

NEW JERSEY TECH Alpha-Mu Chapter As another successful school year passes, the challenge of the future compels brothers to grow and improve. Five brothers graduated, leaving a strong foundation. All five held executive positions at one point in their career and are examples of what a leader and a Sigma Pi brother should be. Spring began with the addition of five new members. The chapter participated in several worthy causes during the year, such as selling Armstrong bands to raise money for cancer research. Brothers also played intramural soccer and basketball, which raised money for tsunami relief. The chapter held its ACE Project and had a few house weekends during which brothers performed household repairs. There is a lot of ambition in the brothers who serve as mentors as well as in the new members from the past two semesters. Alpha-Mu looks forward to Sigma Pi University this summer. Several brothers will attend and will have a good time meeting others and learning from the experience. —John J. Kazlauskas III, Herald jjk5@njit.edu

NORTH CAROLINA STATE Rho Chapter Rho Chapter welcomed spring semester with high hopes and open arms. Brothers successfully made their mark on the intramural basket-

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OLD DOMINION Theta-Eta Chapter

Brothers from Iowa State at Orchid Ball 2005. (L–R) Brett McCarthy, David Carroll, Paul Bradfield, Zach Mangrich and Barry Peton. ball league by reaching the first round of the playoffs. During the weekend of April 15–17, Rho Chapter held its Orchid Ball in Charleston, South Carolina. Brothers also held alumni dinners and an alumni barbeque in April. Look in the upcoming Rhoar and Emerald for information about Greek Week, initiation and Orchid Ball. —Travis Ballenger, Herald TGBallen@ncsu.edu

NORTHERN COLORADO Zeta-Tau Chapter Spring semester started out strongwith eight strong members. Zeta-Tau dominated sports again with both basketball teams going undefeated in the regular season. The chapter is well on the way to reclaiming the Greek Cup. The chapter held a Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament with alumni. All of the money won went to help with repairs to the chapter house. Zeta-Tau also held an active/alumni softball game in the spring. Thanks to the ASU and SDSU chapters for putting up brothers during spring break and showing them a great time. If you have questions, contact Sage Matt Murray at (970) 352-5326. —Timothy Cuga-Moylan, Herald cugamoylan@comcast.net

OAKLAND Zeta-Pi Chapter Sigma Pi continues to dominate OU’s campus with the highest membership of any fraternity. The chapter had an outstanding fall as brothers kicked it off another successful Pig Roast. More than 2,000 people were in attendance, and a wonderful time was

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had by all. The chapter also came together to help with two important events: the diabetes walk and the Relay For Life. For the diabetes walk, brothers volunteered with registration and worked hard to help sponsor the event. The 24-hour Relay for Life took place on Oakland’s campus. Brothers volunteered to perpetually walk for a 24-hour period. A big congratulations goes out to the members of the Alpha-Omicron pledge class. The 2005 Team Epsilon will lead this chapter through another outstanding year. —Thomas Constanti, Herald Hearld@sigmapiou.org

OHIO NORTHERN Zeta Chapter Winter quarter grades were quite good for the chapter, and what better way to celebrate a good quarter than by taking a trip to Panama City for spring break. Zeta Chapter is pleased to announce the addition of 13 new brothers. They are all outstanding men, and the chapter expects big things from them. Zeta is also privileged to have Jessie Blaine as its new Sweetheart. Some of the highlights from winter quarter include chapter philanthropic events during which brothers raised $1,100 for Habitat for Humanity with their annual Skip-A-Meal. The chapter also raised $650 for St. Jude Hospital at the annual Buy-A-Pi Auction. Zeta brothers spread some Christmas joy by caroling at the sororities and at the home of Dr. Kendall and Toby Baker, Ohio Northern’s president and first lady. The chapter also strengthened interfraternal relationships by having a Halfway Party with

The brothers of Theta-Eta Chapter had an excellent year. In the fall, the chapter attracted 28 quality pledges, 22 of whom initiated. The chapter went ice skating with the ladies of Alpha Phi sorority and held a line dancing event with Alpha Xi Delta sorority. On February 26, the chapter held its Orchid Ball, which could not have turned out better. Theta-Eta’s ACE Project was a great accomplishment. Before spring break, brothers passed out packets they had put together containing pamphlets on safe sex, safe driving, the use of condoms and the use of breathalyzers. Along with presenting fellow students with packets, the chapter gathered signatures from 200 students who signed a pledge stating they would practice safe spring break habits. —Jonathan O’Briant, Herald jobri003@odu.edu

OREGON STATE Omega Chapter Over the past term, Omega brothers participated in multiple Greek philanthropies. Many donated blood and service hours to the OSU blood drive. The chapter participated in and won the Alpha Gamma Rodeo, a small rodeolike event hosted by Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, which raised $2,200 for Heifer International. Heifer International donates livestock to countries that do not have enough to maintain a stable and good quality of life. Brothers also took part in Kappa Delta Sorority’s Mock Rock, a lip-sync event with all of the proceeds going toward child abuse prevention. During spring term, the chapter held two highway cleanups. On February 26, Orchid Ball was held at the Embassy Suites in Portland. Lately, brothers have been working on improving grades. During study breaks, brothers have been enjoying their outdoor basketball court when the weather is nice. —Ryan Sweeney, Herald sweeneyr@onid.orst.edu

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Radford University’s campus and make a positive impact on the community. The chapter participated in several on- and off-campus community service events with the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, and continues to do so. Theta-Lambda recently took over the duties and responsibilities of Radford University’s ROTC and is the front-runner in assistance for all oncampus activities with the Red Cross. The chapter does more community service events than any other fraternity or sorority at the university. Community service is and will always be an integral part of the chapter as brothers strive to strengthen the chapter and connect with the surrounding community. —Matt Hughes, Herald mchughes@radford.edu

On the philanthropy side, the chapter had a good turnout at the St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some brothers drove meals to shut-ins who couldn’t make it to the soup kitchen, while others helped serve meals. A major project in development is “I Believe” Sigma Pi bracelets that are in the mold of Lance Armstrong’s “Live Strong” bracelets. The chapter will sell these, with proceeds going to the Jack Fields Memorial Scholarship. Look to get yours at Sigma Pi University this summer. Under the newly initiated administration of Sage Mario Grande, brothers hope to get back on track and make progress in the areas of campus and Greek relations to become the top fraternity on the URI campus. —Diego White, Herald dw1515@yahoo.com

SAGINAW VALLEY STATE

PURDUE

Theta-Beta Chapter

Eta Chapter

Winter semester produced continued success for the brothers of Theta-Beta. The chapter had four outstanding pledges who helped ensure the chapter’s continued success on campus. Theta-Beta had a productive ActiveAlumni Workshop in January where several new ideas were discussed to help continue the chapter’s growth. Congratulations to Shaun Johnson (’02) on his recent engagement. The chapter held its 10th annual philanthropic event, Pi Games, which has raised more than $17,000 for local charities. —Matt Koleszar, Herald mjk92181@yahoo.com

The last few months showed remarkable improvement for Eta Chapter. Relations with other houses are the best they’ve been in the last decade. Not only has the chapter held several successful functions with sororities and other fraternities, but for the first time in several years, Eta Chapter had a sorority partner for Purdue’s Annual Grand Prix race. Eta Chapter is also proud to announce that they ran Purdue’s basketball philanthropy in April. In late February, Eta Chapter celebrated its 93rd birthday at the annual Founders’ Day poker tournament. The event raised more than $500 for the house due to the much-appreciated turnout of alumni. Also in February, Eta’s spring initiation was a great success as the chapter had a special guest act in the Sage’s role. John Kitch gave an excellent presentation about the ceremony itself. He also helped the chapter run the initiation to perfection. Brothers are grateful for this opportunity. The future looks as bright as it ever has been for Eta Chapter, and brothers can’t wait to kick off fall semester with a bang! —Dave Leopold, Herald dleopold@purdue.edu

RADFORD Theta-Lambda Chapter As always, it has been a busy year for Theta-Lambda in the community service realm. Brothers continuously strived to leave a positive mark on

Justin Krauss (L) and Jory Frankle from Towson work the ACE fundraiser car wash.

RHODE ISLAND Alpha-Upsilon Chapter

SAN DIEGO STATE

For the brothers of Alpha-Upsilon, it was a long, hard journey, but it was all worth it for the 51 initiated members of the 25th chapter of Sigma Pi. The night went extremely well, and brothers would like to thank the members the Executive Office, alumni and members of other chapters for their attendance. Thanks also goes to the outgoing administration under Momodou Jobe for the hard work these brothers put in to make this night special. As brothers came into the new semester with their eyes on chartering, they focused on the areas of brotherhood and philanthropy. AlphaUpsilon began the semester with a week of brotherhood that has come to be called Zodiac Week. While there was no definite winner, the chapter won as a whole by becoming a stronger brotherhood.

Alpha-Omega Chapter Brothers at San Diego State successfully rushed a good amount of guys with vast potential and strong brotherhood qualities. Once again, Alpha-Omega remains the top fraternity on campus. Chapter numbers keep increasing, and brothers plan to stay on top for many years to come. Chapter members are striving to upgrade the house due to the increase in quality guys. Brothers made some add-ons to the house to coincide with the hot weather conditions. —Kevin Marco, Herald westsidr03@aol.com

repainted the interior of the house. Thanks to Chris McCurdy, Matt Dewit, Theo Abel, Jordon Wong, Eric Feldman, Jarrett Johnson and many others for their help. For the Fraternity’s 108th Founders’ Day, brothers had a repeat of last year’s amazing celebration at the Marriott Hotel. Beta-Eta was honored to have the founders from the 1950 charter in attendance. The Kenny Lloyd Bennett Award, given by the chapter director for outstanding service to Sigma Pi, was awarded to Eric Feldman. The James D. Freemen Award, voted on and given by the chapter, was awarded to Theo Abel for his hard work during the past year. The academic award for best GPA was awarded to Marcel Thomas. The chapter held a brunch and basketball game for the San Jose State Police Department to show how much brothers appreciate what they do. Fundraising Chair Jason Gutierrez planned a car bashing contest at the San Jose Spartan baseball game vs. rival Fresno State. —Eric Feldman, Herald ericfeldm@yahoo.com

SETON HALL Delta-Epsilon Chapter In every aspect regarding DeltaEpsilon Chapter, the word “progress” is a summation of what brothers have done to build Sigma Pi into a powerhouse. The chapter is involved with numerous philanthropies including the Looking Out Breast Cancer Foundation, for which the chapter sold shorts to young ladies to raise money for breast cancer research. The new member education process has given the chapter the support that will lead to great success in the near future. Delta-Epsilon’s campus image has improved tenfold, and there is no question that the progress will continue. As proof of this, the chapter’s GPA is now 3.2. Brothers look forward to showing their involvement on and off campus in an effort to build the image of Sigma Pi. —Joe Mazza, Herald mazzajos@shu.edu

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SAN JOSE STATE Beta-Eta Chapter Beta-Eta Chapter had a groundbreaking year. Over winter break, brothers put up new drywall and

Beta-Nu Chapter had five new members in the spring pledge class of 2005. Brothers had a great time at Orchid Ball, which was held in Memphis, Tennessee.

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CHAPTER NEWS Neil McEvilly, a former Marine sergeant, started a rappelling organization that includes several active members. Brothers serenaded Chrissy Magliano of Delta Zeta Sorority as Sigma Pi Sweetheart. During Founders’ Day, Thomas Daniels lavaliered his girlfriend, Sarah Hanna, who is a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. —Mike Kiel, Herald kielsigpi@hotmail.com

SOUTHERN ILLINOISEDWARDSVILLE Delta-Omega Chapter Sigma Pi is the premiere fraternity on campus. The chapter held its annual pig roast in the fall and continued the cardboard boat regatta tradition in the spring, with all proceeds benefiting the local YMCA. The chapter’s GPA remains among the top of all men’s organizations. —Jason Clark, Herald jasocla@siue.edu

SOUTHERN TECH Epsilon-Alpha Chapter The spring semester has been one of the best semesters at Southern Tech. The chapter was able to rush 10 brothers into the Fraternity. Out of all the Greeks on campus, Sigma Pi had the highest number of new members by the time formal rush was over. The new members are all great people, and the chapter looks forward to having them as brothers. Epsilon-Alpha also had its ACE Project. Brothers arranged a drug and alcohol awareness week on campus. There were several activities planned, including speakers on sexual harassment and alcohol abuse, and a DUI simulator. The professors who were in attendance were all impressed that a Greek organization had taken time to put such an event together. Easily, several hundred people passed by the booth and simulators throughout the day. Those who didn’t care to “go for a ride” simply stopped by to ask questions or give their thanks for the message the chapter was trying to send. This year’s ACE Project went off without a hitch and made a mark on the campus population. The semester also included Orchid Ball and the chapter’s yearly trip to EKU. —Jake Veilleux, Herald flyupsidedown@myway.com

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Bridgewater State brothers celebrate as the 2004–05 school year comes to an end!

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE Alpha-Rho Chapter Alpha-Rho had another great year. The chapter held its ACE Project in conjunction with the university’s 100year birthday and centennial celebration. Alpha-Rho also held its annual Search For Athena philanthropy event. All proceeds benefited the Children’s Miracle Network. Congratulations to the newly initiated active members. They are all great guys and excellent additions to the chapter. The chapter placed in the top three in softball and roller hockey. Brothers also had a fun and exciting Greek Week. The chapter would like to give special thanks to the alumni for their dedicated help and support. —Ryan Velicer, Herald rmv979s@smsu.edu

TEXAS Gamma-Theta Chapter The Nu pledge class is very strong. The chapter is excited about this new group of young men and can’t wait to initiate them as brothers. They worked diligently on the ACE Project in hope of making it even better than last year’s. Brothers are working on getting together all of the chapter’s alumni in Texas for an alumni weekend barbeque. More than 600 letters were

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sent out. If you haven’t received one, e-mail alumni@texas-sigmapi.com with your address. —Brad Beissner, Herald bsbrad214@mail.utexas.edu

TEXAS TECH Theta-Kappa Chapter To start the semester with a bang, Theta-Kappa recruited five more quality gentlemen during formal and open recruitment. These gentlemen are going to be great assets to the chapter. Chapter members also established a few semester goals, which included finding a new house and making strides toward attaining it by the beginning of fall 2005. The chapter was active in the Adopt-a-Highway program and held its award-winning blood drives with United Blood Services of Lubbock. One of the chapter’s events to raise money for the ACE Project was a carwash, which was pretty successful. The chapter also did other fund-raisers so brothers could donate more money toward Texas Tech’s campus and the ACE Project. Greek Week took place in April. Brothers entered the pushcart race with a great new pushcart entry that not only wowed the rest of the Greek community, but also set a new standard for winning. The Relay for Life event has always been an important fund-raiser for brothers. This cause is especially dear to the chapter since a few brothers

have family members who had cancer. Through this relay event, each team was required to either walk or run all night and raise money for the number of laps walked as a team. This was and will continue to be a great way for Sigma Pi to interact with other Greek organizations and members in the community. In April, the chapter celebrated its second year since chartering. The annual Orchid Ball and Casino Night was held April 30. Everyone who attended had a great time. Annual awards were also given out, which is a tradition started at chartering. This great event was open to all Sigma Pi alumni, and the chapter had a great turnout. In February, about 10 brothers took a 10-hour drive to the University of Arizona and welcomed the new brothers of Theta-Pi Chapter as they received their charter. The chapter also had a weekend retreat at the University of Texas in Austin and hung out with brothers and got to know the new members. Some took the opportunity of being close to the border and visited Mexico. —Hector Ramirez, Herald thetakappa@sigmapi.org

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CHAPTER NEWS an upscale restaurant in downtown Toronto. There was a strong turnout from Zeta-Iota, Eta-Rho and EtaOmicron alumni. It was a great opportunity for brothers to establish new connections and strengthen old ones. In philanthropy, Eta-Omicron raised more than $400 in a bowlathon for the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre. This money will be used to help and support sexual abuse survivors. Congratulations to Brother Greg McBride for winning the Soldier of the Year award in his brigade. Greg is an excellent example of the quality of the men initiated this year. There is no doubt that these new brothers will make great strides in the chapter, community and beyond. The future looks bright for this chapter. —Francis Tong, Herald slick_tricks@hotmail.com

TOWSON Eta-Nu Chapter So far Eta-Nu has been doing extremely well. Starting the semester off the right way, the chapter had two socials per weekend with sororities such as Alpha Phi, AOPi, ZTA and Phi Sigma Sigma. Aside from social events, look for the chapter to defend its title as Best ACE Project of the Year. Eta-Nu incorporated a full week’s events, including a campus cleanup and arranging for a speaker to talk on campus about eating disorders. In other news, Eta-Nu participated in Towson’s intramural basketball league and made it to the quarter-finals. The chapter also held its 10th biannual Brotherhood Pool Tournament. —James MacFarlane, Herald JMacFa1@towson.edu

WAKE FOREST Alpha-Nu Chapter The brothers of Alpha-Nu had an exciting and eventful spring semester. A fun and successful rush period led to the chapter taking 17 pledges. Brothers look forward to their initiation in the near future. In the light of the recent disaster, the chapter organized a tsunamirelief party to benefit the American Red Cross. A band, consisting of Alpha-Nu brothers Scott Dickison, Dave Stewart, Court Hill, Matt Brown and Nick Spuhler, provided live entertainment. The event proved to be a huge success as many people came out for the fun. More than $1,000 was raised for the charity. In other philanthropy efforts, Brother Anderson Ellis organized a

local representative from the Salvation Army to come and give the chapter information about tutoring kids from nearby elementary schools. For their ACE Project, brothers cleaned up debris around the Reynolda Garden path so it can continue to be enjoyed by everyone on campus. Lastly, the chapter thanks their graduating brothers for all of their contributions to the chapter over the past years. Best of luck. —Court Hill, Herald hillce2@wfu.edu

WEST ALABAMA Theta-Gamma Chapter Spring semester began with a successful rush, where Theta-Gamma picked up two promising associate members. Theta-Gamma held its annual clothing drive and giveaway to help citizens in Livingston. Brothers also volunteered to work the Mrs. UWA Pageant. The chapter held its first Miss Greek Goddess Pageant for Greek women only. The women were judged on their interview, and participated in an eveningwear and a toga competition. The turnout was great, and the chapter collected nearly $300 for the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund. In partnership with the Red Cross, the chapter held its first ever Blood Warz, a blood competition between organizations on campus. On Founders’ Day, Theta-Gamma held its sixth annual Orchid Ball. Many brothers were presented with awards, which included Brother of the Year, Sage Danny Hyche; Associate of the Year, Josh Thomasson; and Intramural All-Star, Jamie Parker. The chapter held its Oozeball mud volleyball tournament in March. Proceeds were added to those from the Miss Greek Goddess Pageant and presented to the American Red Cross. —Daniel Bryars, Herald bryarsd@uwa.edu

WEST VIRGINIA TECH Gamma-Xi Chapter Since last semester, Gamma-Xi broadened its horizons by gaining five new members. These gentlemen will help the chapter continue its great traditions. During the spring semester, Gamma-Xi gave much-needed support to the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The two teams showed great appreciation to the chapter. Brothers also got involved with the campus

mentoring program, helping freshmen make the college transition process a little bit easier. Brother Joe Malone finally returned from his tour in Iraq. Joe said he is very happy to be home and back with his brothers at Sigma Pi. —Mike McGreal, Herald smartguy2b@yahoo.com

WISCONSIN-MADISON Tau Chapter The brothers of Tau Chapter came into spring semester motivated to accomplish the goals of chartering and a strong spring rush. Tau’s rechartering was held at the famous Menona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin, and was attended by numerous chapters and alumni. Much thanks is given to Vineet Sudame for his dedication to and preparation for this momentous occasion. Chapter members were surprised when Grand Sage John Kitch and Executive Director Mark Briscoe presented Sage Joshua Kurzbuck with the original Tau chartering document from 1922. The brothers of Tau would also like to thank the many alumni, brothers and parents who shared in the celebration and helped make this a memorable experience. One month after rechartering, the brothers of Tau are hard at work. Many house renovations are underway, including painting and beautification. The chapter’s rush chair and committee had a somewhat strong rush with quality men entering their pledgeship. The brothers involved with Humorology were paired with the gentlemen of Sigma Phi Fraternity and the ladies of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and had their final competition in April. —Matthew Braun, Herald mdbraun2@wisc.edu

VALPARAISO Beta-Tau Chapter The 16 men of Beta-Tau were busy this semester with rush and Greek life. The chapter signed eight pledges, all of whom should become great members of the chapter. A Beta-Tau brother was elected president of the Valparaiso Interfraternity Council, giving Sigma Pi more responsibility in university Greek life than ever before. Two brothers recently returned from high-profile engineering internships, while another brother studied in Cambridge, England, this semester. A team from Beta-Tau placed second

at the Valparaiso University College Bowl, first among Greek teams. The chapter held its ACE Project, which was beautifying the campus in a joint project with the brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa. The chapter also held its semiannual car wash philanthropy event. Brothers renovated the basement in one of their houses, building an external staircase to improve access. Chapter members hope to complete a number of other projects this summer to improve their houses and the community. —Paul Schmid, Herald Paul.Schmid@valpo.edu

VIRGINIA Beta-Pi Chapter Beta-Pi is surging forward at the University of Virginia. During spring rush, the chapter added 17 great young men who will surely become spectacular brothers. The chapter is also on its way to winning the university’s Outstanding Chapter of the Year award, which will be the third award in four years. Beta-Pi brothers are giving back to the community by talking with and teaching children in local public schools. The chapter also held a blood drive during spring semester. —Ryan Hendrixson, Herald rlh3n@virginia.edu

VINCENNES Alpha Chapter Alpha Chapter is undergoing a huge makeover. With the combined efforts of current brothers and alumni, the chapter’s image is improving. Brothers are working hard to improve the relationship the chapter has with the university and other Greek organizations on campus. The future is looking brighter with the size and quality of this spring’s pledge class. This year’s Founders’ Day celebration went very well. Thanks to Alumnus Jimmie Morrison for being the guest speaker for the evening. Brothers would also like to thank all of the other alumni who attended the celebration. The chapter greatly appreciates your continued support. Another person the chapter would like to acknowledge is Denny Uhlik, who recently stepped down from his position as Chapter Director. His dedication to Alpha Chapter and Sigma Pi is much appreciated and will be remembered for a long time. —Eric Griffin, Herald, secretagntman489@aol.com

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Second Year of ACE a Success Chapters finish 87 projects By Andrew Smith (, Troy ’00) n the second full year of the Altruistic Campus Experience, 87 of our undergraduate chapters gave back to its host institution through this unique campus philanthropy. At press time, Sigma Pi Fraternity members had completed well over 100 service projects since the program began as a discussion among chapter leaders, alumni volunteers and the Executive Office staff at the Midyear Leadership Conference in spring 2003.

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What Did Sigma Pi Fraternity Contribute This Year? Our chapters filled campus needs in a variety of ways, including campus cleanups, natural preservation of the grounds, student/community education, collegiate unity events and civic project labor in the name of our campuses. Many of our chapters held events that included more than one of these areas to increase the value of their college experience. Some chapter projects were born from new ideas. Other chapters duplicated successful programs on other campuses or built upon the success of inaugural projects. The men of Sigma Chapter at Iowa State University continued their efforts to rebuild a run-down campus recreation area by renovating the goals and resurfacing the outdoor basketball court used by ISU students. The chapter held its annual Waldo Wegner Basketball Tournament, which raised money to further the improvements and allowed the chapter to pay for landscaping and asphalt resurfacing. The chapter also partnered with the Women’s Center at ISU through the annual Take Back the Night event that raises the awareness of female undergraduates regarding safe ways to get around campus

at night. Events included a parade, the setting up of luminaries on Greek Row and special speakers for continued education. Lastly, the chapter raised funds for the Red Cross by hosting what they hoped would be a Guinness World Record pillow fight (with each participant donating $2 to join) in the hope of breaking the standing record of 2,773 participants. Sigma Chapter’s ACE Project trifecta made a huge impact on the ISU campus. Another chapter that held an equally successful event was the Alpha-Pi Chapter, which set the standard for campus philanthropy at Arkansas State University with its Sigma Pi Week. The chapter completed a different philanthropy project every day. Brothers kicked off the event with a major campus cleanup with the assistance of several sorority and fraternity members. The cleanup was followed by a car wash for campus vehicles, including police and physical plant transports, to show pride in ASU by keeping the vehicles in top shape. On Wednesday, the chapter took the soap and buckets into the community and held a car wash to raise money for the ASU rugby club, which has no campus financial support. Alpha-Pi went back to work early Thursday morning and hosted a faculty


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CHAPTER NEWS breakfast buffet at the administration building on campus to give thanks to these educators. The week ended as members donated time to the university’s Alumni Services Office to help with mailings, phone calls and other services to promote ASU pride among graduates. In total, chapter members and their friends who volunteered devoted hundreds of man hours, collected more than $800 and made a difference in the lives of students, administrators, community members and alumni. In Canada, Eta-Rho Chapter at Carleton University partnered with the institution to help less-fortunate families in the community during the winter holiday season. The chapter hosted a pot luck dinner on December 7, 2004, and invited other campus clubs, administrators and local media to the event to collect gifts for charitable donations to adopted families. The university also made a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The chapter was well received by the community as these efforts boosted the support and awareness of community service. Members of Eta-Mu Chapter at Missouri Southern State made an impact on campus by fixing up several areas on campus that were identified by administrators as needing improvement. During the three-day event, the men repainted the rails of two bridges, assisted with a warehouse cleanup to help the athletic department and restored the sand volleyball courts. The work on the volleyball courts included bringing in new sand, poles, nets and boundaries for the recreation area near the student residence halls. The spring cleaning events made a big impression on not only the athletic department and administrators, but on the student population who could celebrate the chapter’s work after reading about it in the student newspaper. “This was work that definitely needed to be done,� said Julie Blackford, director of student activities and Greek life. “The guys did a great job.� Eta-Nu Chapter at Towson University (Maryland) increased its multidimensional project from last year by making it to a weeklong event. Brothers kicked off the

2004–2005 Campus ACE Projects Chapter  Vincennes  Indiana  Purdue Ohio Northern  Colony, Iowa  Iowa State  Wisc.-Madison

UCLA  Illinois Oregon State  Missouri-Rolla  New Jersey Tech  Wake Forest  Arkansas State  SW Missouri St.  Rhode Island  Georgia  San Diego State  Eastern Illinois  San Jose State  Arizona State  Cal State-Long Beach  Virginia  Northern Illinois  Valparaiso  Lock Haven  Detroit-Mercy Central Missouri  Texas  Indiana Tech  Missouri Murray State  Central Michigan  Monmouth  Missouri-St. Louis  Wisc.-Platteville  Morehead State  SIU - Edwardsville  Southern Tech  Kentucky  Illinois Wesleyan  Emporia State  Western Illinois

Synopsis of Project Community and Campus Event Beautify Bloomington Project Painting Lily Hall Greek Open House Fall Campus Cleanup Take Back the Night Food Drive Opening Football Game BBQ Adopt a Campus Pathway Haircuts for the Community Fund Raising for Alcohol Awareness Drunken Driving Awareness Campus Beautification Sigma Pi Week Volunteer at Public Affairs Conference Dorm Move Out Drug & Alcohol Awareness Safe Spring Break Week Multiple Sclerosis Fund-raiser Set Up for Literacy at MLK Jr. Library “Sparky’s� Spring Break Upgrade Campus Appearance Blood, Sweat and Cheers Greek Row Cleanup “Lemonade for Student Aid� Faculty Spaghetti Dinner Clothing Drive Free Ice Cold Lemonade Drunken Driving Awareness Faculty Night Out Benefit Concert and BBQ for the Red Cross Landscaping New Biology Building “Warm up with Sigma Pi� Faculty Appreciation Dinner Drunken Driving Awareness Upgrade of Campus Golf Course Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week Welcome Week Program Awareness Week Cleaning and Maintenance Inauguration Campus Cleanup Bracelets for Student Scholarships Painting of Wesley Village

 Elon  Fairleigh Dickinson  James Madison  SUNY-Buffalo  Drury  Embry-Riddle (AZ)  Embry-Riddle (FL)  Colorado Florida  Santa Clara Michigan State  Lawrence Tech  Oakland  Northern Colorado  Cal St.-Sacramento  Bridgewater State  Cal St.- Dominguez  Missouri So.  Towson  Carleton  Fitchburg  California-Irvine  Miami (Ohio)  Saginaw Valley  West Alabama  College of NJ  Indiana of Penn  Old Dominion  Lynchburg  Ferris State  Altoona  Texas Tech  Radford  Chico  Houston  Salisbury  Alabama  Arizona  Grand Valley State Ursinus Colony Kennesaw State Colony Wm Patterson Colony Jacksonville State Colony Clayton State Colony

Car Wash Spring Cleaning Tree Planting Cleaning and Planting Finals Week Survival Kits Admission Assistance Litter Cleanup Campus Cleanup Campus Beautification Distributed Study Aids Study Guides/Bags to Students Faculty and Staff Luncheon Annual Pig Roast Faculty/Staff Appreciation Dinner Rape/Abuse Awareness Campus Night Watch Unity Fest Campus Beautification Week of Events, Campus Cleanup Sponsored Christmas Family Spaghetti Dinner Study Packet/Library Service Relay for Life Social Event “Pi Stock� Oozeball Sexual Assault Awareness Week Drug Awareness Program Safe Spring Break Packages Assembling Picnic Tables Alcohol Management Education Spring Run Creek Cleanup HIV Testing Celebrated Highlander Festival Faculty Appreciation Banquet Upgrade Campus Playground Building a Sidewalk Landscaping the Quad Sexual Assault Awareness Luau/Pig Roast/Entertainment Campus Cleanup Landscaping Alumni House Refurbishing of Volleyball Court Sam Spady Week Charity Rock Festival

Houston brothers prepare to upgrade the campus playground as part of their ACE Project.

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Members of Sigma Pi and Alpha Phi sorority cheerfully clean up one of Towson’s most popular spots, “The Beach.”

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Eta-Mu brothers beautify the campus at Missouri Southern State for their ACE Project.

chapter at the University of Florida showed their campus involvement with registered projects. Then Zeta-Zeta colony members (now rechartered as Zeta-Zeta Chapter) made a huge impact on campus and in the Greek community by hosting vital cleanup projects after multiple hurricanes devastated the Gainesville, Florida, campus last year. “One of the events took place on October 17, 2004, after the three hurricanes had blown through and caught the campus off guard, said ACE Chairman Ian Padial. “UF officials didn’t have enough people to respond quickly enough to the damages left behind. Members decided to dedicate themselves to working on one of the most affected parts of campus to lessen the burden of the campus community. With the cooperation of the physical plant at the University of Florida, we were able to make a significant contribution to the overall campus cleanup.” Not only did the organization show its pride in renovating the campus during the hurricane season, but colony members returned to assist the physical plant in the spring to replant more than 70 trees in February 4, 2004, and eventually assisted in the campus goal of replanting more than 100 trees.

What Does the Future Hold? The ACE Project is in its infancy, but it’s growing quickly across North America as members find creative ways to enhance their collegiate experience. Participation more than doubled this year as ACE veterans and the staff of Sigma Pi assisted new brothers find ways to improve on the successes of our inaugural year. Next year, Sigma Pi Fraternity expects to complete more than 100 service projects. Every undergraduate and alumni member is invited to participate in projects, as everyone can contribute something. This is a great opportunity for alumni to reach out to chapters and increase the success of ACE by sharing the skills they have acquired as professionals by teaching our young men how to communicate, recruit and publicize events. Ensure the success of our undergraduate ACE Projects by asking the same question of undergraduates that they ask campus officials: “What can I do to help you make your collegiate experience better?” You don’t have to wait until homecoming to give back to your school. Get in touch with your chapter (or the one nearest to you) and make a difference today.


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Theta-Pi Charters at the University of Arizona By Jim DiVita ( , Michigan State ’04)

History of the Colony In April of 2003, a young man named James Wie was flagged down between classes by Expansion Consultants Keith Ritson (, The College of New Jersey ’02) and Brent Smith (, Indiana of Pennsylvania ’02). These men offered Wie a groundbreaking opportunity: to become part of an invaluable brotherhood that would last a lifetime. After an initial interest group was formed, alumni both near and far were able to aid the group. Through the combined efforts of Marc Weiser (, Cal State-Dominguez Hills ’94) and Jim DiVita ( , Michigan State ’04), the group would soon grow even larger. Joe DiVita, in his first semester as freshman, met with Wie, Weiser and Ritson. Curious to learn the secrets and traditions of the Sigma Pi brotherhood from his older brother, Joe was already interested in going Greek, perhaps starting a Sigma Pi chapter at U of A. Wie and DiVita alike were dissatisfied with the current makeup of the U of A Greek system and felt that there was something missing, a Fraternity that stood above the rest. On November 13, 2003 the group was colonized. Newly formed, the colony rapidly began their quest for chartering. Just prior to colonization, alumnus Rich Herrera ( , Cal StateBakersfield ’89) joined the alumni board. Herrera, along with Weiser, became an integral part of the colony’s success from the beginning, both serving as Colony Directors. With a foothold established in a new house, the colony became well known and well respected as the gentlemen on campus, in addition to a commitment for philanthropic causes, with over 50% of its membership involved in other campus organizations. On February 26, 2005, the 203rd chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity was installed on its 108th birthday. Nearly 50 men, including many fathers were initiated. Also initiated were three special guests: James Thompson Kingsbury III (Grandson of Founding Father James Thompson Kingsbury-AKA “Papi”), James Dunlap and Ron Dunlap (Great Grandsons of James Thompson Kingsbury). Also, at the charter-

ing banquet Karen Despain (the Great Grand Daughter of James Thompson Kingsbury & alumnus of Gamma Phi Beta sorority at U of A) shared her memories of Papi with everyone in attendance.

History of the University The University of Arizona was founded in 1885 by the 13th Territorial Legislature, standing as the state’s only university to belong to a prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). Located on campus is one of the two original bells salvaged from the U.S.S. ARIZONA, dedicated to the memory of the men who lost their lives on the battleship Arizona in the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. A member of the PAC 10 Conference, the University of Arizona encompasses 362 acres and 172 buildings, with a student population of approximately 37,000. Bear Down Arizona!

Charter Members Alan Ajzen Casey Cutter Joseph Angelini Philip Dietz Dennis Armstrong III Joseph DiVita Erik Bakke Christopher Domschke Jonathan Berns Robert Dreveny Adam Boudreaux Drew Edwards Austin Brannan Arman Ghosh Vincente Cantua Matthew Ginsburg Clay Carroll Joseph Goggiano Andrew Castiglione Geoffrey Hoellen Anthony Contreras William Hoppel Jeffrey Cook Colin Horstman Daniel Corrales Wills Marcello Hiram-Jesus Cruz Christopher Mercer

Richard Michlig Travis Pensky Kris Price Jason Puckett Danny Redding Andrew Rico Gabriel Rodriguez Kyle Sabine Andre Solis Avi Tal Mario Uriarte James Wie Michael Wilbur Michael Wilder

Jason Yao Philip Zimmermann, Jr. Michael Bryan Daniel Ajzen James Dunlop Ronald Dunlop James Kingsbury, III Noah Miretsky Morgan Keane Christopher Cutter Park Dietz M.D.

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Clayton College & State University Colonizes By Christian J. Miele (, Towson ’04), Expansion Consultant For the men of the Clayton College & State University colony, starting their own fraternity did not happen over night. In fact, many of the men who originally discussed the idea lost interest before the group came to fruition. One of those men, Ben Hopkins, decided that Sigma Pi Fraternity was worth bringing to his campus, which offers few options for students looking to enhance their collegiate experience. Hopkins also did not lose sight of his own desire to become a Sigma Pi member and began to aggressively recruit his friends and others CCSU students. Over the last year, the interest group began to meet regularly and started planning events on campus to attract potential members. By the beginning of the spring 2005 semester, the group had grown substantially and had created quite a buzz on campus. In late February, the Executive Office dispatched Christian Miele to investigate the interest group and report his findings. Miele worked with the men for the better part of a week, assisting them in their recruitment efforts, educating them about Sigma Pi and preparing them for colonization. On the evening of March 4, 2005, Sigma Pi became the first NIC fraternity at the 5,700-student university just south of Atlanta. The diverse 27-man group was colonized by Expansion Consultants Christian Miele (, Towson ’04) and Lorne Book (, Arkansas State ’02), and Expansion Committee chairman Jim Wisherd (, Georgia ’93). The following men were elected and installed as the colony’s first officers: Ben Hopkins, president; Mike Hammerstone, vice president; Mike Pierce, treasurer; Ty Gilmer, secretary; Sean Walker, sergeant-atarms; and Jason Redd, historian. The men of Sigma Pi at CCSU are very involved on campus. The colony’s membership includes the president and vice president of the College Democrats, the president of the International Students Council, and members of the varsity track and field team, the Accounting Club, and the Art, Film, and Video Club.

Epsilon-Xi Recolonized By Christian J. Miele (, Towson ’04), Expansion Consultant On the evening of January 30, 2005, 23 men recolonized Sigma Pi Fraternity at the Metropolitan campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Epsilon-Xi was originally formed as a Sigma Pi colony in 1978 at the FDU Rutherford campus and was chartered on May 6, 1979. The chapter was closed in 1994, the same year the operations of the FDU Rutherford campus were absorbed by the Metropolitan and Madison campuses. The idea to reopen Epsilon-Xi chapter was conceived by FDU undergraduates Joseph Sabanos and Bill Brandt, who felt the values of our Fraternity were in line with many of their own. These two men then enlisted the help of their friends to revive Sigma Pi at Fairleigh Dickinson. Sabanos and Brandt attended the 2004 Midyear Leadership Conference in St. Louis to further acquaint themselves with the Fraternity. They later set up meetings with Epsilon-Xi alumni to reengage them and solicit their support. In late January, Expansion Consultant Christian Miele (, Towson ’04) arrived on campus to meet with the interest group and university administrators. He facilitated on-campus information sessions for prospective members, helped recruit more men to join and prepared the group for recolonization. The Ritual ceremony took place in the Rutherford Room in the university’s Student Center. Assisting Miele in the installation ceremony were Grand Fourth Counselor Chris Brown ( , Rutgers ’81) and Delta-Beta Chapter Director Joe Palazzolo ( , Rutgers ’03). DeltaBeta Sage Bill Foley (’06) and Delta-Beta Past Sage Brian Murray (’05) were also in attendance. The following men were elected and installed as colony officers: Dan Rivardo, president; Todd Honig, vice president; Steve Sutera, treasurer; Bill Brandt, secretary; Rick Franceschi, sergeant-at-arms; and Joe Sabanos, historian.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Midyear Leadership Conference

Convocation on the Bayou

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New Orleans, Louisiana August 2–6, 2006

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Zeta-Zeta Rechartered at Florida By Lamel J. Moore ( , Johnson and Wales ’02) On April 16, 50 young men were initiated into our Fraternity when Zeta-Zeta chapter was rechartered at the University of Florida. This event came into fruition from a modest beginning as three freshmen sat in a dorm room, talked about their dissatisfaction with the Greek system at the university and decided to start their own fraternity. The members of Zeta-Zeta colony worked diligently to complete all obligations to Sigma Pi Fraternity to start their new chapter with the greatest success. This past spring, the dream of reopening Zeta-Zeta chapter was realized by colony members who were surrounded by Zeta-Zeta’s 1984 founding fathers. It was a celebration for both new members and alumni as the chapter held an elegant banquet and ceremony. It was a festive time that honored the achievements of the men who showed their worth on campus and as important members of the Interfraternity Council at Florida. The following men were installed as chapter officers: Peter Gonzalez, Sage; Amedeo De Risi, Second Counselor; Jared Binstock, Third Counselor; Michael Irrizary, Fourth Counselor; Chris Ferrante, First Counselor; and Leonardo Williams, Herald. Members of the chartering team included Grand Sage John Kitch (, Purdue ’73), Florida Province Archon Adam Shores ( , Troy ’98 ), Assistant Director of Chapter Development Jeremy Boyd (, Radford ’04), Georgia Province Archon and Expansion Committee Chairman Jason Beck (, Georgia ’93) and Executive Director Mark Briscoe (, Arkansas State ’82). Alumni volunteers included Colony Development Consultant Gregory Ritchie ( , Missouri-St. Louis ’03), Rich Herrera ( , Cal State-Bakersfield ’89 ) and Alumni Advisors Paul Militello ( , Florida ’87) and John Marks ( , Florida ’84).

Charter Members Chapter Roster Mikiel Abraham Mike Adada Alredo Arauz Jared Binstock Mathew Carranza Unay Cruz Amedeo De Risi Michael De Risi Christopher Diaz William Dressel Christopher Ferrante Javier Ferreiro Charles Fletcher Jacob Frank Robert Fuerth Patrick Gamero Raymond Garcia Alex Gomez Arthur Gonzalez Peter Gonzalez Michael Irizary Race Land Jonathen Levy Gabriel Loez-Bernal Hans Lopez

Alejandro Martinez Kevin Massiah Vincent Mattio Alvaro Mendoza Andrew Meyer Jacob Meyer Jamie Mitrani Kenny Molestina Joseph Naerhaus Hiroo Nagahara Robert Norton Ian Padial Gary Pinette Kyle Salman Ryan Sanchez-Breton Ryan Smith Kyle Stevenson Marcus Thomas Patrick Turiano Christopher Valdes Gonzalo Valdes Christopher Villar Leonardo Williams Michael Yeh Zachary Yelman

Tau Chapter Reopened at Wisconsin By Lamel J. Moore ( , Johnson and Wales ’02)

Colony Members Chapter Roster Aaron Bowe Dennis Boyle Matthew Braun Jonathan Bunch Andrew Bureta Paul Burkeland Joseph Buttery Roy Chesson Brian Cho Brian Christman Chad Cochrane Pierre de Filippis Juston Edwards Erik Ehrengren Timothy Fehrenbach Marty Fried Patrick Gaskell Zachary Griswold Justin Hager Donald Hansen Jr. Jacob Heinecke

Christopher Hoelzel Benjamin Hofer Derek Johnson Mike Kofman Joshua Kurzbuch Andrew Marsh Ryan Moore Andrew Munger Erik Nelson Chris Olson Peter Raisch Paul Roszko Josh Rupert Vineet Sudame Brandon Theobald Adrian Tso Jason Ungart Tim Voelker William Warner Joshua Yochem Bingyi Yu

Two years to the date of its recolonization, Tau became an official chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity once again. For those of you who have not been in touch with the colony during that time, the colony went through some dramatic breakups and reorganizations. A quick history on the original members of Tau leads us back to May 20, 1922, when 22 young men took the pledge to become the 19th chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity. During the Great Depression, the chapter fell on tough times and began to dwindle in manpower and success. Despite numerous attempts by then Executive Secretary Harold Jacobsen, the Grand Council declared Tau Chapter inactive. Fast forward to January 29, 2003. Tau officially recolonized with the assistance of then Director of Expansion Eric Blackwell (, Arkansas State ’01), Colony Development Consultant Brent Smith (, Indiana of Pennsylvania ’02) and Midwest ELC Paul Wydra ( , Missouri-Saint Louis), now Director of Alumni Services. The colony suffered many trials and tribulations throughout the chartering process. Many members came and went. Those who stayed through the tough times are affectionately known as “The Original 13.” On January 29, 2005, 42 colony members were ready to once again become an official chapter of Sigma Pi. The men of Tau Chapter have vowed to never let the chapter leave campus again. With strong alumni support, the chapter will make great strides to become a Top 3 Chapter next year. Members of the chartering team included Grand Sage John Kitch (, Purdue ’73), Grand Second Counselor Chad Reuter (, Wisconsin-Platteville ’94), Grand Third Counselor Aaron Krier (, Wisconsin-Platteville ’97), Grand Fourth Counselor Jordan Frelich ( , Western Michigan ’98), Grand First Counselor Brent Smith (, Indiana of Pennsylvania ’02) and Grand Herald Mark Briscoe (, Arkansas State ’82).

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Theta-Rho Chapter Charters at Grand Valley State By Lamel Moore ( , Johnson and Wales ’02) Sigma Pi Fraternity witnessed a new beginning with the Theta-Rho Chapter at Grand Valley State University (Michigan) on February 26, 2005, our Founders’ Day, when we welcomed 42 new brothers into the family. The chapter has made a name for itself within the Greek system as being a group of leaders who don’t follow what other Fraternities have done in the past. To date, the chapter boasts three brothers on IFC, and one brother holds the IFC presidency. Theta-Rho was Greek Week champions, Brother Matt Maletich was named President of the Year and the chapter has a list of other awards collected during their presence as a colony. Many brothers New members and alumni in attendance celebrate together as Theta-Rho chaper is chartered. are involved on and off campus, and chapter members have some of the highest GPAs in the Greek community. If you are interested in serving on Theta-Rho’s alumni advisory In the spring, the colony held a successful Date Auction that raised board, please contact Colony Director Chad Dunlap at more than $600 for the American Red Cross. The men continue the trachad.dunlap@voyager.net. dition of representing Sigma Pi and Grand Valley State as the gentleman Alumni who helped with the chartering included: Grand Third on campus. Counselor George Hakim ( , Detroit-Mercy ’78), Mike Grant ( , Several brothers were in attendance for the installation festivities, Oakland ’97), Chad Dunlap (, Saginaw Valley State ’97), Darin including brothers from Gamma–Rho (Western Michigan), Zeta–Mu Demarest (, Purdue ’92), Assistant Executive Director Dave Edwards (Michigan State), Gamma–Pi (Oakland) and Theta–Theta (Ferris (, Christopher Newport ’96) and Matt Johnson (, Saginaw Valley State). Highlights of the night included slide shows created by Jeff State ’03). Other alumni who volunteered included Chris Chesssney (, Arbogast and a special serenade given by the chapter to their newest Texas Tech ’04), John Santeramo ( , Detroit Mercy ’81), Fred Salmu Sweetheart, Brittney Lagarde. Many members in the audience, including ( , Wayne State ’92) and David Demarest (, Purdue ’58). parents, commented on the class and the meticulous preparation the chapter put into the celebration.

Charter Members Jeff Arbogast Nick Batts Craig Bettis Jeremy Bloch Jeff Breault Shaun Brodie Ryan Broekhuizen Jake Burritt Justin Clark Blake Crabb Duane Cunningham Craig Florek Kevin Florek Calvin Gage Dennis Galey John Geahan Nathan Gentile Von Gong Adam Hinman Charlie Jipping Ty Krueger New members of Theta-Rho Chapter at Grand Valley State.

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EXPANSION NEWS Temple Recolonized On March 16, 2005, 20 students re-colonized the dormant Kappa chapter at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Led by David Reed (’07), the colony members worked diligently since the spring of 2004 to bring back the rich tradition the chapter once held. They attended the Midyear Leadership Conference and petitioned the Fraternity with their readiness to be re-colonized. The young men had been functioning as an interest group under the guidance and support of Past Grand Sage Don Cox, along with other area alumni. On March 16 Colony Development Consultant Gregory Ritchie performed the colonization ceremony, which was a huge success. In attendance were Past Grand Sage Don Cox, Past Grand Sage Frank Fryburg, Past Grand Sage John Williams, Grand Fourth Counselor Chris Brown, Past Kappa Chapter Director Leroy Carl and Tim Walker. Members of the colony are involved in an array of campus organizations such as the Future Business Leaders of America, the Business Honors Society Association, the International Business Society, the American Marketing Association, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the JHP Senate and Central Judicial Board. The colony also has members on Temple’s ice hocky, rugby and lacrosse teams, and on the Organization for World Soccer League.

New members and alumni celebrate the recolonization of Kappa Chapter at Temple University.

Colony Members Adam Adelson Chris Berean Mark Dewey Michael Fry

Kristofer Gochenour Eric Greco Kyle Grizzard Nathan Harper Chris Mariello Matthew Paiva

David Peltier Zachary Quemore David Reed Grady Reicker Julio Sanchez Jason Sandolo

Michael Smith Anthony Sparano Andrew Whitehead Jonathan Williams

Upcoming Expansion 2005–06 If you wold like more information on upcoming expansion or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Paul Wydra at 1-800-332-1897 or by e-mail at pwydra@sigmapi.org

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ADYTUM ON HIGH Arizona State (Beta-Kappa) Scott A. Bostick ’87 1/29/05 Arkansas State (Alpha-Pi) Oscar Thomason ’55 12/27/02 Herschel J. Hendrix ’48

Lock Haven (Beta-Omega) Thomas M. Mixer ’65 12/26/04

Oakland (Zeta-Pi) Paul Dawood ’97 2/13/05

Troy State (Delta-Psi) Frank J. Seddio Jr. ’75 2/16/01

Ohio Northern (Zeta) Harvey Whipple ’69 8/02

Tulane (Omicron) Henry L. Roux ’40 UCLA (Upsilon) Burdell Goodfellow ’51 1/07/05 Jerry C. Jordan Jr. ’50 11/1/90 Herbert L. Martin ’50 1/9/04 David L. Leak ’57 2001

Auburn (Alpha-Delta) Dowling C. Miller ’52 9/2/04 James Schrimsher ’55 12/10/01 William P. Knight ’56

Loyola-Chicago (Beta-Chi) Michael Dezynski ’69 12/21/82

Ohio State (Gamma) Robert H. Lynas ’42 William H. Jones ’66

Maryland (Alpha-Chi) Walter J. Blaha ’51 10/14/04

Ohio (Epsilon) Ronald L. Antle ’79 10/6/04

Ball State (Delta-Nu) Lawrence L. Duncan ’73 8/97

Mississippi (Beta-Mu) James A. Wheeler ’72 10/14/04 Jacob C. Azar ’49

Oregon State (Omega) James W. Martin ’50 1/8/04

Beloit (Alpha-Theta) Bayne Freeland ’39 7/12/87

Missouri-Rolla (Alpha-Iota) Brian S. Snow ’92 11/7/04 Ottavio Mallamaci ’64

Pennsylvania State (Theta) William J. Tegtmeyer ’51 12/27/04 Robert M. Ignatin ’58 2003

Cal State-Long Beach (Beta-Omicron) Richard Greenawalt ’66 Wendell Miller ’54 11/04 John Borgerding Jr. ’71 3/02 Jerry Stinnett ’59 2004 Dennis Loreque ’70 2/04/05 William S. Lawson ’69

Missouri-Saint Louis (Delta-Zeta) Mark Verseman ’87 9/12/00

Rochester Tech (Beta-Phi) Gerard A. Adams ’69 6/01 Eugene Zoul ’73 4/03

Moorehead State (Delta-Rho) Doug Bowling ’05 4/26/04

Southern Illinois-Carbondale (Beta-Nu) Dwight Armstrong ’55 1/7/05

California (Iota) Thomas W. Harris III ’49 12/24/04

Northern Illinois (Beta-Sigma) Michael E. Stoik ’72

Cal State-Fresno (Alpha-Xi) James E. King ’55 9/21/04

California-Irvine (Eta-Upsilon) Brian Patrick Clancey ’97 2/22/05 Drexel (Beta-Theta) Ronald A. Anderson ’53 1999 Emory (Psi) George H. Keller Jr. ’51 Harry L. Gibson Jr. ’52 Eastern Illinois (Beta-Gamma) Vernon H. Knop ’58 5/10/04 George E Dunlap ’56 Georgia (Alpha-Phi) Charles Dudley ’62 Illinois (Phi) Ray J. Ohman ’43? 2/24/04 George F. Asselin ’43 Indiana (Beta) Donald Adams ’50 1/5/01 Iowa (Xi) William F. Pohl ’66 9/01/03 Iowa State (Sigma) Thomas J. Sanders ’56

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New Jersey Tech (Alpha-Mu) Peter K. Huebner ’56 7/20/04

St. Lawrence (Alpha-Zeta) Curtis C. Reinhold ’54 12/13/04 Temple (Kappa) Robert Woolley Sr. ’34 12/11/04 Charles N. Capri ’42

Washington (Alpha-Gamma) G. Myron Anton ’55 4/88 Billy G. Berrier ’5 9/08/00 Arthur F. Dascher ’50 8/23/04 George E. Sjaastad ’59 7/04/04 William and Mary (Alpha-Eta) George D. Gravely ’62 2/25/89 Clair Parker Jr. ’50

CORRECTION The Emerald is pleased to announce that James D. Clark ’80 (Central Michigan) is alive and well.

Sigma Pi Mourns the Loss of Past National Officer Tommy West Harris III (I, California ’49) age 79, died Friday, December 24, 2004. He graduated from the University of California in 1949 with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. After graduation, Harris served his country in the Navy from 1942–1945, and remained as an active reserve until 1969 when he retired as a Lieutenant. Tommy worked in a variety of different fields including banking, constructions and manufacturing companies, and the computer industry. Extra curricular activities included being a reserve police officer with the City of Berkeley and treasurer of the Reserve Association. Harris also included sailing, skiing, and traveling. Tommy Harris served his chapter as Third Counselor and Sage, and was instrumental during two reactivations. As a alumnus he served his chapter as Vice President of the Iota Building Corporation and Chapter Director for a number of years. Tommy also served as Grand Third Counselor from 1978–1980.


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Active and alumni brothers from Northern Colorado enjoy a softball game.

Brother Karl Kottke (EN, Cal State-Fullerton ’98) graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. He is now working in outpatient psychiatry in Houston, Texas. Jon Griego ( , Texas ’02) would like to inform brothers that he has opened his own insurance agency through Allstate Insurance. Joe is located in Austin, Texas, and licensed to do business anywhere in the state of Texas. He can be reached at Griego@Allstate.com.

Beta Chapter Alumni Club On February 26, the Beta Chapter Alumni Advisory Board hosted a Founders’ Day reception at the Morrison Opera House Building in downtown Indianapolis. This great atmosphere provided an opportunity for the brothers of Beta Chapter, young and old, to reunite with friends and meet new ones. Stuart Hobson (’90), Beta Housing Corporation President for the past 12 years, is stepping down from his position. He was presented an award for the chapter’s appreciation of his service. It was an appropriate night to reflect on the past and look forward to the future as the new Beta

Chapter Alumni Advisory Board was formally announced (the board officially took over in December). The board discussed their vision for the alumni and the chapter. The new advisory board is as follows: Andy Hahn (’01), President; Frank Winegar (’02), Housing Corporation Director; John Huybers (’90), Alumni Director; Brent Smith (, Indiana of Pennsylvania), Chapter Director; and Gil Mascher (’67), Interim Foundation Director. Please log on to our new chapter web site (undergraduate and alumni) at www.Beta ChapterSigmaPi.org where you can get up-to-date information and update your contact information. —John Huybers huybers@alumni.indiana.edu

The Jersey Shore Alumni Club The Jersey Shore Alumni Club had its second official meeting on Founders’ Day. At this meeting, members approved three scholarships to be awarded to undergraduates as soon as the funds are available. The three scholarships include a pledge and initiate fee reimbursement, a need-based award and a merit-based scholarship. We hope the club will be able to present these awards in early 2006. Brothers Kevin Phelan (’04) and Bart Tripoli (’04) are working on the

final format for our printed alumni newsletter. This newsletter will be sponsored by the alumni club, but will be sent to all alumni from DeltaBeta Chapter. All Delta-Beta alumni are encouraged to update their mailing address at Alumni.SigmaPi.com so they are included in the initial mailing. Brother Chris Navarro (’04) is completing work on official letterhead for

both the chapter and the alumni club. We thank him for his continued efforts to help the Fraternity. Also, we’d like to acknowledge Brother Nathan “Rusty” Hale (’69) for joining the alumni club. Rusty is the most senior member of our club. We hope more of our senior brothers decide to join the club as well. The next meeting of the Jersey Shore Alumni Club will be the day before homecoming. At this meeting, we will elect the club’s President and Secretary. If you’re interested in running for either position, the nomination deadline is August 1. Dues for 2005 are also due on August 1. Any Delta-Beta alumni who are not members of the Jersey Shore Alumni Club but are interested in joining should contact the club at www.alumni@ sigmapi.com. The members of the Jersey Shore Alumni Club would like to take this space to extend our thanks to DeltaBeta Chapter’s undergraduate members who held an Alumni Day on Founders’ Day. It was great to see a large number of alumni come back to support the undergraduates as they continue their mission to make Delta-Beta the best chapter that it can be. Also, the members of the club were heartened to see nine good men pledging the chapter, which means good things for the future of this Fraternity. --Steve Colvell stvcolves@aol.com

SIGMA PI NOW OFFERS LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE There are times in life when you may need the advice of a lawyer: getting a traffic ticket, buying a house, starting a business, going through a divorce, or getting injured in an accident. It can be hard to know where to turn or how to choose an attorney you can trust. Sigma Pi now has a Lawyer Referral Service to provide assistance to alumni, undergraduate brothers and chapters. The lawyers participating in this service are Sigma Pi alumni. Each has agreed to provide a free initial consultation to Sigma Pi members. Available at www.sigmapi.org, the referral service is arranged by state to help you find a lawyer familiar with the law where you reside. Each participating lawyer has listed his areas of practice to help you focus your search. Our goal is to have alumni available for consultation in every state or province. If you would like more information about this program, or if you are a Sigma Pi lawyer who would like to participate, e-mail Grand Fourth Counselor Chris Brown at grandfourth@sigmapi.org for more details.

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Six of the original founding fathers of Epsilon-Gamma Chapter at Illinois Wesleyan attended the formal initiation ceremony for Brother Pali on February 19. Pictured with the Epsilon-Gamma Charter are, from left, front row, Charles Deffenbaugh ’76; Karl DeVore ’75; Jim Causey ’75. (Back row) John Michelich, Grand Herald, ’74; Chris Pali ’73; Gary Schwab ’78; and Joel Hapke ’78.

Central Michigan Alumni News Fall semester 2004 and winter semester 2005 were busy and productive times for the alumni of DeltaAlpha Chapter. We coordinated many successful projects and activities that not only benefited the active chapter, but allowed us to continue the Fraternal experiences that we began during our undergraduate days. Much of the alumni activity began after hearing reports that the chapter house was virtually uninhabitable (broken windows, broken doors, holes in walls, a nonworking kitchen and bathrooms, etc.). An emergency meeting of the housing corporation was held on December 20, 2004, at which long- and short-term goals and solutions for both the chapter and the house were discussed. It was decided that before any long-term solutions could be undertaken, immediate action was needed to at least make the house habitable. Thus, the idea to have an Alumni Action Weekend to fix up the house was born. During the weekend of January 7–9, 2005, 24 alumni brothers, including Past Sage Barry Johnson (’73) and former Province Archon Jerry Leman (BN, Southern IllinoisCarbondale ’64), descended upon Mt. Pleasant, armed with their tool belts

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and the goal of making 1016 S. Main a better place to live. Thanks to the leadership of event coordinators Jim Anderson (’90) and Jim Hartigan (’94), we were able to realize our goal and then some. In addition to the usual painting and drywall work that always needs to be

done, some of the projects we accomplished over the weekend were renovating and refurbishing the first-, second- and third-floor bathrooms; replacing the basement stairs; fixing the stairs to the third floor; renovating the old composite room, and replacing five windows on the first

floor. Also, fall ’90s unfinished pledge project was finally ripped out and discarded, and a new television stand/entertainment center was built in its place, complete with a new TV! As you can tell, there was a lot of work to be done (some brothers worked as many as 35 hours over the three day period), but we sure had a lot of fun doing it. Everyone involved considered the event a huge success. Hopefully, it’s a small taste of the great things to come for Delta-Alpha Chapter. In addition to the names already mentioned, the following Delta-Alpha brothers also participated in the Alumni Action Weekend: Andy Benoit (’04), Doug Cecil (’02), Scott Fennell ('99), Wayne Haight (’99), Mike Hamilton (’99), Chris Hankinson (’96), Jeffrey Hansen (’00), Matt Honkanen (’99), Geoff Huntley (’96), Todd Leman (’93), Dirk Loveland (’91), Andy McGrath (’04), Greg Pietraszkiewicz (’96), Matt Ringle (’98), Kyle Smalley (’90), Rob Sturdy (’98), Eric Suppes (’95), Corey Woiteshek (’97), Steve Woiteshek (’89) and Don Yowchuang (’01). Also, thanks to the following DeltaAlpha brothers whose generous donations helped offset the cost of the Alumni Action Weekend: Dominic Carissimi (’91), Tim Dorscht (’90), Paul Leto (’92), Bill North (’88), Rick Overway (’83), Jim Ruth (’94), Kraig

At the 30th Anniversary Founders’ Day, February 19, held at Epsilon-Gamma Chapter, Illinois Wesleyan University, the chapter initiated Chris Pali ’73. Brother Pali was an active in the local fraternity Zeta Epsilon and a pledge of Sigma Pi in the IWU colony, which became Epsilon-Gamma Chapter on January 25, 1975. He said he always regretted not being initiated with the rest of the brothers at the chartering ceremony in 1975 and was very happy to have the opportunity to be intiated 30 years later! Brother Pali completed a career as an Air Force pilot and now flies for NASA. From left, John Michelich, Grand Herald, Epsilon-Gamma ’74; Paul Teipe, Third Counselor, Derek Shemizis, First Counselor; and Matt Iwanicki, Fourth Counselor. The chapter officers are wearing their new Ritual robes purchased by the alumni in honor of the chapter’s 30th Anniversary.

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ALUMNI NEWS Sexton (’95), Dave Snyder (’90) and Fred Snyder (’88). Just as these brothers have done, you too can make a donation to the housing corporation to help offset the cost of this and any future Alumni Action Weekends. By donating, you will be replenishing the housing corporation’s account balance, which will allow corporation members to focus and utilize their financial resources on long-term solutions for the chapter’s housing situation. If you are interested in helping out, make your check payable to the Delta-Alpha Association and send it to Alumni Action Weekend, c/o Todd Leman, 3100 Prairie Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48073. Another idea that was born out of the emergency housing corporation meeting was the need to establish an alumni advisory board to assist and guide the undergraduates with various aspects of chapter operations. Our alumni advisory board consists of the following teams of advisors: housing, member education, finance, alumni relations, recruitment, scholarship and campus relations. We are looking to fill positions on the scholarship team, which would entail helping with undergraduate scholarship and programming. If you are interested in assisting with this or any other position on the alumni advisory board, please contact Steve Fife at steve@spyglasssinspec tions.com. One of the activities that we are currently undertaking is the building of a Delta-Alpha alumni database. It's been said that active and consistent alumni participation and support are indispensable, fundamental foundations—cornerstones—upon which great chapters are built. Even though we weren't chartered until 1969, Delta-Alpha Chapter has one of the largest alumni bodies of any Sigma Pi chapter, going back to the early to mid-1960s. Unfortunately, we have never been effective in making use of the time and talent we have at our disposal. We would like that to change, and one of the ways we can do that is by building an alumni database for Delta-Alpha Chapter. In doing so, not only will this open an opportunity to become reacquainted with your brothers, but it could be the first step in building a consistent, ongoing alumni relations program, which is exactly what Delta-Alpha Chapter needs if it is going to survive in this day and age of universities systematically ridding their campuses of

Members of Beta-Upsilon Chapter at Shippensburg University from 1970–74 recently gathered at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for their annual alumni golf trip. Front row (L–R) Roy Baldassari, Jim Hansbrough, Bob Treon, Dave Leonard. Back row (L–R) Rick Weimer, Darryl Reber, Dan Higgins, Jim Henderson. fraternities. If you have not yet submitted your information for the DeltaAlpha alumni database, please contact Todd Leman at LeeDog23@ aol.com. In addition to building the database, we have been hard at work on rechartering the Mountain Town Alumni Club, which is currently dormant. Our hope is that the club will be rechartered sometime this summer. The goal of our alumni club will be to provide a means by which our members can meet and continue the

bonds of brotherhood through sports teams, tailgates, banquets, golf outings, luncheons, happy hours, etc. Another goal will be to establish more effective means of communication among the members via the use of email, newsletters, mailings, etc. It is our plan that the first of our electronic alumni newsletters will be hitting your e-mail this summer! If you would like more information, are interested in becoming a member of the Mountain Town Alumni Club, or would like to be added to the e-mail

list to receive the alumni newsletter, please contact Todd Leman at LeeDog23@aol.com or Marcus Grandon at marcusgrandon@ mac.com. Another successful activity was our Founders’ Day celebration, which was held in conjunction with the active chapter on Saturday, February 26, in Mount Pleasant. The day began with a special initiation ceremony at the Bovee University Center at which eight men became full-fledged brothers of Sigma Pi. Following initiation, the active and alumni brothers of Delta-Alpha Chapter spent the rest of the day competing against one another in dart, bowling and pool tournaments. The following day, the active chapter was presented with an Adytum on High plaque in memory of our deceased brothers. More than 60 alumni brothers attended the Founders’ Day celebration, including one of our charter members, Don Eikhoff (’71). A great time was definitely had by all! Finally, mark your calendar! Central Michigan University announced that homecoming will be the weekend of October 14–16. We will be looking for an especially large turnout from the fall ’85 pledge class, Delta-Alpha's largest pledge class ever, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. —Todd Leman

Sigma Pi Publications Win Awards! The three major publications of Sigma Pi Fraternity received awards from the College Fraternity Editors Association at its annual conference in May. The 2004–05 edition of the “I believe” Sigma Pi Membership Manual was awarded third place in the Manual or Book category; the Emerald’s Foundation section won a third place award for Creative Use of Routine Material (with its upside-down rear section); and The Bulletin story “Best Year Ever Slowed By Poor Reporting,” written by former Director of Communications Andrew Smith (, Troy ’00) took home top honors in the Best Breaking News Story category. Smith, who served as the 24th Managing Editor of the Emerald and the second Director of Communications, left staff in late June 2005 after guiding all Fraternity news, public relations and art for the last three academic years. In his time as Director of Communications, Sigma Pi was recognized six times by CFEA for outstanding journalism, creativity and alumni communications. “During his tenure, Andrew made constant improvements to our magazine,” Executive Director Mark Briscoe said. “He expanded its page count, took us from a partial-color to a full-color quarterly and improved the paper quality. He was able to stay within his budget and was instrumental in finding ways to save money in his department through extensive industry and postal regulation research.” Smith left Sigma Pi to move closer to his family in their time of need. “It has been an honor to serve the Fraternity,” Smith said. “I know I’m leaving our publications in good hands and look forward to continuing my assistance to Sigma Pi Fraternity as a volunteer alumnus. I thank every member and friend who helped me share the good news with all of our brothers. Together, we have raised the bar for our own publications and those of our friends in the Greek world. I look forward to receiving my next copy of the Emerald and staying active as a member of Sigma Pi.”

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Will Your Chapter Accept The Challenge? As a standout brother in your chapter, you now have the opportunity to take your dedication to Sigma Pi a step further. Today, you can join an inner circle of undergraduate men who recognize their role in building the future of this great Brotherhood. Today, you can join the Delta Society. The Delta Society is an honorary membership society recognizing undergraduate members who have begun a tradition of financial support for the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. Their generosity helps provide grants for educational and leadership programs like UIFI, the Midyear Leadership Conference, Sigma Pi University, individual scholarships, and the chapter visitation and consultant program. The selfless giving back by a Delta Society member further serves as an invaluable example for his chapter brothers. We believe in the future of our great Fraternity. The question is, will you and your chapter believe with us?

Since 1897, Sigma Pi has dedicated itself to enriching the lives of brothers by instilling in them the guiding principles of fellowship, integrity, self-discipline, motivation and ethical judgment. Sigma Pi educates the “whole man” by fostering moral, social and intellectual development. Undergraduate chapters promote leadership development, communication and interpersonal skills, academic achievement, and community service. Alumni mentors pass their life experiences on to younger members who are eager to prepare for life beyond college. The result is clear. Sigma Pi men excel on campus and succeed in their careers. They succeed as scholars, committed citizens and faithful family leaders. The Sigma Pi Educational Foundation strengthens the Sigma Pi experience by offering training and educational opportunities to launch a new generation of leaders. In every chapter of Sigma Pi there are those members who distinguish themselves by their growing commitment to the Fraternity. One brother eats, sleeps and breathes Sigma Pi. Another has a knack for chapter leadership. There’s the brother who’s always firing up his pledge brothers for one service project or another. And everyone knows who to call in the middle of the night because he’s just a 24/7 kind of guy who’ll do anything to help a fellow Sigma Pi.

Which Man are You?

We Believe in Your Future. Believe in Ours!

How Much Does It Cost? For a donation of $25, you will receive a unique, member-only Delta Society lapel pin and membership card. For a donation of $100, you will receive a Delta Society lapel pin, membership card and an embroidered polo shirt designating you as a member of the Delta Society. For a donation of $250, you will receive a Delta Society lapel pin, membership card, embroidered polo shirt and a silver Sigma Pi badge ring.

What’s In It for the Chapter? Every chapter with a 100 percent participation rate will receive a personalized Sigma Pi poker chip set. The three chapters that raise the most money will be recognized and rewarded. The second and third place chapters will receive a desktop computer for their library/study. The first place chapter will receive a big screen television set for their chapter room.

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ARE YOU IN CONTROL? Of your property and how it will be distributed in the future when you no longer need it, that is. So many people—over 50% of Americans—do not take advantage of their right to make even the simplest estate plan. If you do not have a will or other plans in place, your state’s laws will decide what happens to your property. Wouldn’t you rather be in control of major decisions such as: ● ● ●

who will receive your property how much they will receive when they will receive it

how your charitable interests, such as Sigma Pi Fraternity, will be remembered?

Estate planning lets you take control of your property and make sure your wishes are known. To get started, or to review your current plans, contact your attorney today. Please let us know if we can provide more information if you would like to include Sigma Pi in your plans.

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Tribute to a Brother Most of us can remember a brother who stood apart from the rest. He was the chapter president who taught you what it means to be a Sigma Pi. Or the pledge buddy who gave advice you’d never forget. Or the alumnus who steered you beyond one of life’s inevitable obstacles. Perhaps it wasn’t until years later that you even recognized how much he inspired you to learn and grow. Maybe you never had the chance to say thank you. Until now. The Sigma Pi Educational Foundation has established Tribute to a Brother, a program that encourages you to honor someone: the Sigma Pi who made the most positive impact on your life. Through Tribute to a Brother, you extend your appreciation and help build a New Generation of Sigma Pi leaders. Every recognition level provides benefits for your honoree, for you and for Sigma Pi. Making your Tribute to a Brother is a perfect expression of your gratitude, and a meaningful contribution to the Fraternal and external spirit of Sigma Pi. “The Fraternity is one of the most skillfully devised institutions among men, where a boy disorganized is brought into an institution of kindred minds who believe in him and thereby help him to find himself.” –Norman Vincent Peale

All the Small Things He has Done Throughout the Years has Made a Big Difference. Recognition Levels COMRADE’S CIRCLE $100–$249 Honoree will receive a certificate of appreciation on your behalf from the Fraternity. ADVISOR’S CIRCLE $250–$499 Honoree will receive a certificate of appreciation on your behalf. You will receive a crest lapel pin. COUNSELOR’S CIRCLE $500–$999 Honoree will receive a certificate of appreciation on your behalf and a paperweight engraved with our crest. You will receive a crest lapel pin and special Foundation updates. MENTOR’S CIRCLE $1,000–$4,999 Honoree will receive a certificate of appreciation on your behalf and a paperweight engraved with our crest. You will receive a crest lapel pin and special Foundation updates, as well as membership in the Foundation’s Brotherhood of the Golden Cross. If you would like to pay Tribute to a Brother or would like more information, please contact the Educational Foundation at (800) 332-1897, or e-mail Dave Edwards at edfound@sigmapi.org.

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FOUNDATIONNEWS Sigma Pi Fraternity Educational Foundation Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas A. Moore, Western Michigan

Vice Chairmen G. Mason Cozart, Southern Arkansas Gary T. Dvorchak, Iowa Ed J. Panconi, Loyola-Marymount Gary B. Tash, Virginia

Treasurer L. Nelson Farris, Cal State-Long Beach

Secretary John J. Merino, Cal State-Long Beach

Trustees Donald J. Cox, Temple Frank C. Fryburg, Pennsylvania State Brenan C. German, Cal State-Fullerton Paul W. Hansen, Valparaiso John D. Kitch, Purdue John J. McCann, New Jersey Tech Adam R. Shores, Troy State Cliff A. Wilke, Missouri-Saint Louis John H. Williams, Widener Jay Vaden, Texas Tech

From the Desk of the Chairman One of the best ways to assure the future for family members and special friends is through a valid will or other estate plan. Regardless of the size of your estate, you decide whether to leave each person a specific dollar amount, a particular asset, or a certain percentage of your estate. As you shape the future for those you most care about, consider designating Sigma Pi Fraternity to receive the residue of your estate, or "what’s left" after gifts are made to individual heirs. By making the Fraternity part of your estate plan, you can help provide training, guidance and innovative opportunities for our brothers throughout their lives. This type of "last-in-line" gift can make a significant difference both today and in the future. Thomas A. Moore I was reading an article the other day about Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Today we view it as an inspirational piece of work, but at the time, many deemed it trite and forgettable. Even the president was unaware of its importance. Most of us think at one time or another that we do not make a significant difference in the future. But I invite you to change that way of thinking. You can ensure that future generations of Sigma Pi's will benefit from your generosity. If you would like more information regarding planned giving, please contact the Educational Foundation at (800) 332-1897. I want to personally thank you for your support. Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of our members each and every day. Fraternally, Thomas A. Moore Chairman

Foundation Staff Chief Operating Officer Mark S. Briscoe, Arkansas State

is actively seeking fellow Brothers to help the Foundation as an Advisor or Trustee who have:

Director of Alumni Services

The Educational Foundation

Director of Operations J. David Edwards, Christopher Newport

Paul V. Wydra, Missouri-Saint Louis

Administrative Assistant Jennifer R. Wyatt

■ Administrative Offices Sigma Pi Educational Foundation Post Office Box 1897 Brentwood, TN 37024 Tel (800) 332-1897 Fax (615) 373-8919 edfound@sigmapi.org www.SigmaPi.org

Helping our Fraternity to build

“A New Generation of Leaders”

Worked professionally as a fundraiser Worked for a university Development Office Participated in a fundraising campaign

Volunteering to help the Foundation will be a rewarding experience. Our Staff and Board leadership will make sure your time is well managed. If you are interested, please contact Ed Panconi at eapanconi@sbcglobal.net or call Sigma Pi at (800)332-1897.

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Look for the new Sigma Pi membership directory . . . available March 2006! Harris Publishing will begin contacting you in October to update your information for inclusion in the directory. Your information will not be sold and will only be used by the Fraternity for official communication.

Stay in touch with Sigma Pi. Log onto www.sigmapi.org for new information.

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