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From the CEO Brothers and Friends, As we close out the 2020 - 2021 fiscal year, I want to begin by thanking our undergraduate officers for their leadership, our volunteers for their service to provide advice and support to these young men, and our donors who not only continued to give but increased their annual giving support. In collaboration with strategic decisions, sound fiscal management, and difficult decisions, these efforts have put our Fraternity in a stronger position as we come out of this pandemic and monitor a return to in-person collegiate experiences. While COVID had an adverse impact on Fraternity recruitment across North America, we saw some positive outcomes from our chapters, including a retention rate of new members of over 82%. This is a remarkable highlight as historically, our chapters collectively have had an average retention rate of 75%. Another highlight of our chapters’ recruitment efforts was reviewing March-June membership reporting year-over-year. Within this timeframe, we saw a 143% increase in new members and a 158% increase in initiates. This was an outstanding way to end the year and provides a glimpse of our future, and the value of Sigma Pi, to young men looking for a world-class fraternal experience.

CEO Jonathan M. Frost (UMSL '99) jfrost@sigmapi.org

One of the positive outcomes of this pandemic is that it allowed us to implement the utilization of virtual technology. We were able to successfully transition our annual Mid-Year Leadership Conference, historically tailored towards Chapter Sages, Second Counselors, and Third Counselors, to include all Chapter officers and select committee chairmen. We were also able to incorporate greater alumni involvement due to the ability to have them Zoom in and be speakers and panelists. The use of virtual services and programs will carry on, as they also reduce travel time and expenses for our undergraduates and volunteers while allowing for enhanced educational opportunities. I want to end by highlighting our financial health, as that is an area where we focused a lot of energy and time. Thanks to sound fiscal management practices, we have seen an increase in our balance sheet of 14%. This was also accomplished while investing upwards of $100,000 into recruitment support services for chapters, marketing enhancements, and other brand value additions to continue to support our Chapters in their recruitment efforts. It has not been an easy year, but our Golden Quest prepared us to handle adversity, navigate malevolent forces, and endure treacherous paths. I thank all of you who have stayed committed to Sigma Pi and look forward to seeing you and meeting new brothers and friends at one of the alumni events that will be happening across North America. I ask that you make plans to join us in San Antonio in August of 2022 as we celebrate 125 years of Sigma Pi! Fraternally,

Jonathan M. Frost (UMSL '99) CEO & Executive Director

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Contents

In This Issue ABOUT THE EMERALD VOLUME CV, NUMBER 2 - Summer 2021 (ISSN 1074-5289, USPS 011-013) The Emerald has been published since 1911 by: Sigma Pi Fraternity 1101 Kermit Dr., Suite 730 Nashville, TN 37217 and additional mailing offices.

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International Digest

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From the Grand Sage

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Feature: Al Seib

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Chapter Reports

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Shop Sigma Pi

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Feature: Chris Viaud

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Education & Programming

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

22 Volunteers

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Alumni News

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Educational Foundation

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ABOUT SIGMA PI Sigma Pi Fraternity was founded at Vincennes University, Vincennes, Ind. on February 26, 1897. The Executive Office is located in Nashville, Tenn. Sigma Pi has chartered more than 230 chapters in North America and has initiated over 114,000 members since 1897. The founding fathers of Sigma Pi Fraternity are:

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Rolin Rosco James (1879-1953) William Raper Kennedy (1877-1944) James Thompson Kingsbury (1877-1950) George Martin Patterson (1877-1960) SHARE YOUR STORY Send pictures and stories to: emerald@sigmapi.org or Sigma Pi Fraternity 1101 Kermit Dr., Suite 730 Nashville, TN 37217 UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION To update your contact information, please visit: sigmapi.org/updateinfo or send an email to: records@sigmapi.org

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Contributors EDITOR/CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Chris Carter (Middle Tennessee '08) ASSISTANT EDITOR

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About the Cover This cover features a collage of images from Al Seib, including captures of Michael Jordan, Cirque de Soleil, and much more. Find out more about Seib and his journey on page 4.

Jacob Camilleri (Saginaw Valley State '14) Jeff Cline (North Carolina State '85) Daniel Daugherty (Morehead State '88) CEO Jonathan M. Frost (UMSL '99) Russell Kizior (Northern Arizona '17) Jeremy Lenart (Monmouth '19) GS Joe Palazzolo (Monmouth '00)

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International Digest

Recent Hiring at the Executive Office Carpenter Brought in as Director of Strategic Growth recipient, President when ThetaOmega won Most Improved Chapter Award, and MTSU Fraternity Man of the Year Award recipient.

In the Director of Strategic Growth role, Carpenter will meet with universities and create a pipeline for further market penetration while also having a small portfolio of current chapters that need growth assistance and managing the process for alumnifunded chapter expansion efforts. Carpenter graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, where he majored in community and public health, with a minor in music. As an undergraduate, Carpenter was highly involved on campus, from Ambassador Program President, IFC President, MTSU Red Cross Club

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President, to MTSU Homecoming King, and five-time Dean’s List recipient, to name a few. Within his chapter, Carpenter held active roles, including Herald, Third Counselor, and Sage. His accolades included Harold Jacobsen Award

“I am thrilled to be starting in this position with Sigma Pi Fraternity,” said Carpenter. “Working with like-minded individuals across the country to grow our fraternity is certainly an exciting prospect. I look forward to interacting with active members and alumni alike. But, most importantly, I am delighted for the opportunity to further our shared mission and impact the lives of future generations.” Outside of the office, Carpenter loves to travel, having visited 23 states and with hopes to see all 50 states by the time he is 30. Carpenter also enjoys playing the trombone and is learning to play the electric bass.

Join the Owl Society Today! The Owl Society was created for our young alumni (age 35 and under), who can start an unrestricted monthly gift of $18.97. Once giving has been established, the donor will receive a special lapel pin recognizing their membership in the Owl Society. After one year of annual payments, the donor will also receive a special gift from the Fraternity.

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The Executive Office of Sigma Pi is proud to announce that Drew Carpenter (Middle Tennessee ’18) was hired as a Director of Strategic Growth. He officially began serving in the new role on June 7, 2021.

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Grand Council

From the Grand Sage A Message from Grand Sage Joe Palazzolo Brothers and Friends, North America continues to open up and reawaken after more than a year of physically distancing. Offices are reopening and finding ways to accommodate a workforce that grew to appreciate the flexibility of a hybrid or fully remote schedule. And college campuses are determining what the fall semester will look like for students as society moves closer to a new, soon-to-be-normal, version of social interactions. Notwithstanding this changing landscape, our undergraduates and alumni should recommit to making the Fraternity’s ideals real within their sphere of influence. Our undergraduates have engaged in the fraternity experience in ways that our Founders could not imaginez. Meetings, recruitment, and even rituals took place over Zoom. Chapter programming and fellowship that once took place in chapter common rooms and in the hallways of academic buildings moved to Discord and GroupMe. Some alumni clubs hosted virtual get togethers while others conducted meetings through remote technologies. In your excitement and enthusiasm to return to a pre-pandemic mode of operation, do not quickly dispose of the technological gains that your chapters and alumni clubs made over the last year and a half. One of the more inspiring stories from the pandemic era is the incredible commitment that our alumni and undergraduates showed to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. This support was achieved during a time when the economy was shaken, employees were furloughed, and the impression of higher education diminished in the view of the larger population. Congratulations to Foundation Chairman Jeff Cline and

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his Board of Trustees for their success in bringing in a new generation of donors that are committed to the future of Sigma Pi. Among those investing in the future are alumni like Bradley Ferguson (Vincennes ‘07), Darien Ketterer (Penn College ‘17), and Andy Kuper (Southern Indiana ‘12), among others, who joined the Foundation’s new Owl Society program by donating $18.97 per month. And they include undergraduates like Alexander Martin (Missouri S&T ‘19) and Jack Seaman (Fitchburg State ‘18), among others, who joined the Foundation’s Delta Society. Personally, I am thankful for the commitment of my chapter alumni Andew Grosso (Monmouth ‘05) and Brett Stevens (Monmouth ‘05) who joined the Foundation’s Brotherhood of the Golden Cross for the first time by donating at least $1,000 during the last year. I would like to say that they are the youngest members of the Brotherhood of the Golden Cross, but Iota-Upsilon Chapter Founding Father Daulton Sykora (Stockton ‘16) is also on the list for the first time this year.

GRAND SAGE Joe Palazzolo (Monmouth '00) grandsage@sigmapi.org

During a year of unknowns, these men and so many more let their commitment to Sigma Pi Fraternity be known. Our long-term success is built on men like these - and men like you! As our undergraduates bring the Fraternity’s ideals back to life on campus, I encourage our alumni to consider how you can help invest in Sigma Pi Fraternity’s future. Fraternally,

GS Joe Palazzolo (Monmouth '00) Grand Sage #47 of Sigma Pi Fraternity

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AND THE OSCAR GOES I TO.... by Jeremy Lenart (Monmouth '19), contributing writer

magine hanging out backstage of the Oscars with Brad Pitt as U2 performs live. That might sound like a dream come true for the average person. For Al Seib (Valparaiso '75), lead photographer at the LA Times and Sigma Pi alumnus, it is just another day in the office. Working as a photographer for many years, Seib has won numerous awards for his extraordinary photographs. His work has helped win four Pulitzer Prizes for Spot and Breaking News Reporting awarded to the LA Times staff. These pictures have evolved from a truly diverse and exciting job. Seib has gone places and seen things that many people will never get the chance to. He has captured the fall of the Berlin Wall, wildfires, earthquakes, the inside of prisons, ICE raids, professional sports, and has shot the beauty of California’s coast and national parks, to name a few. Of all these fascinating places to visit, Seib had a lot to say about the Oscars.

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In the 18 years that Seib has been shooting the Oscars, he has developed a great relationship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At the red carpet, most photographers are crammed behind a waste-high wall, leaning over each other and craning their necks to get a decent shot of the Hollywood stars. However, Seib is on the carpet rubbing elbows with Leonardo DiCaprio and Dwayne Johnson as he chats up Hollywood’s finest. Then, he heads backstage and takes pictures of the winners as they leave the podium and celebrate. Seib said that he only receives these privileges because of the mutual respect between himself and the Academy. He said, “there were really great moments that I didn’t capture but could have. They might have embarrassed the actor. That’s where the respect comes from.” A great moment that Seib did catch on camera, and one of his favorites, was when the Oscars messed up and announced the wrong title for

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Al Seib / Los Angeles Times The crowd reacts to the chaos on stage at the 2017 Oscars. History was made following the announcement of the wrong winner for Best Picture.

the Best Picture award. The award ceremonies are run like a well-oiled machine. Everything is perfectly timed, executed, and filmed. So, when they messed up and read the wrong title, the reaction of the crowd was priceless. Thanks to Seib’s quick reaction time and prime backstage location, he was able to capture the reaction of the first couple of rows. The stunned look on the faces of many Hollywood icons, sums up that astonishing moment. A great example of, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Following that motto, Seib has caught some very raw and natural emotion on his camera over the years. Backstage moments at the Oscars finds people during some of their greatest sigmapi.org

moments. Those moments are easy because Seib said, “I am like a fly on the wall. The stars are so happy, they do not even notice I am there.” On the other hand, earthquakes and devastation show people on some of the darkest days of their lives. As the photographer, Seib might not be experiencing those emotions. He is

someone who just lost a loved one or their home is no easy task. Seib first introduces himself and talks to them for a little while as he develops a heart for the story. He said that in certain situations they will want to talk and other times they will not. If they want to be left alone, he just apologizes and walks away. Sometimes, they notice

“I am like a fly on the wall. The stars are so happy, they do not even notice I am there.” there to capture them. In order to do this successfully, he understands that respect and empathy for the people play a huge role. Approaching

the respect he possesses, and they call him back to chat. Seib said, “you respect them, and they will respect you.” That respect has allowed for 5


Feature all these different professions and hobbies on a daily basis is what Seib loves so much about his job. He said, “I get to live vicariously through others as a journalist and photographer.”

Al Seib / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson guarded by Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls in the 1991 NBA Finals.

Seib to take many striking pictures of the human emotion. He said it allows him to, “create more telling images.” Not every day on the job for Seib is filled with movie stars or heartache. One of Seibs favorite parts of the job is environmental projects, getting outside into the wilderness and observing the beautiful places North America has to offer. He has traveled to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska (ANWR). The pictures Seib has taken of ANWR are there to show its unique beauty, since only a few people will ever get to visit in it in person. Seib has also hiked along the California coastline and seen some magnificent places that can only be accessed by hiking. No roads lead in or out. He has traveled up north to the snow mountains and skied with Rangers who spend the winter patrolling the mountains for avalanches. Furthermore, Seib has flown in a variety of different aircrafts to get aerial pictures of earthquakes and wildfires. Getting to experience 6

Entering Valparaiso University in 1974, Seib was not a photographer. He was a pre-med student, but it was not long before he discovered the art of photography. He tried joining the photography 101 class, and the professor told him it was already filled with students. That did not stop Seib, he still showed up to the class in hopes of learning the craft. He became a double major in journalism and communications and the rest was history. During Christmas break of his senior year, a chain of bi-weekly papers in the suburbs of

Chicago, called Star Publications, offered him a job as a freelancer. They liked his work and asked him to come back after graduation where he did freelance work for about three years. He then became a full-time staff photographer and worked with them for two more years. It was a small community paper that covered multiple little towns. This was great for Seib because it meant they needed a lot of pictures which allowed him to build his portfolio. In 1983, the Chicago Sun Times reached out to Seib and hired him on full-time as a photographer. In that same year, Seib was named the Illinois photographer of the year. He said it was an exciting time to work in Chicago but when the LA Times called him a year later in 1984, he could not pass up the

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Al Seib / Cirque du Soleil

Seib has been photographing numerous Cirque du Soleil shows all over the world for their souvenir programs since 1986 after a group of Montreal street performing fire-eaters, stilt-walkers and jugglers joined forces to create one show that had everything. Over the years, Cirque du Soleil has become an international phenomenon.

opportunity. Seib and his girlfriend had always dreamed about moving to California and getting married. They packed their bags and never looked back. Seib and his wife are still happily married and living in California to this day. Seib credits a lot of his success to the wonderful experiences he had at Valparaiso as a Sigma Pi. Growing up as an only child and having only a few close friends in high school, he never knew what it was like to have brothers. At Valparaiso, he became friends with about 30 other freshmen living in the dorms. They were all too young for the bars, so they would go to the Sigma Pi houses to hang out instead. Seib and fifteen of his friends pledged the spring of that first year. The other half followed them in the sigmapi.org

fall of the following year, adding 30 kids to a once small chapter of Sigma Pi. Seib said, “For the first time in my life, I felt fellowship. I never played a team sport or had siblings. With Sigma Pi, there was unity and brotherhood. To this day, the guys are still my best friends.” Being part of a brotherhood taught Seib what it was like to be on a team and the importance of his role on that team. Like many Sigma Pi undergrads, Seib was constantly surrounded by his brothers. Seib explained that he can walk into any room and strike up conversation with strangers because of the practice he had with his brothers of Sigma Pi. Being social is a very important trait for a photographer to possess and one he accredits to his college years.

Despite all the amazing moments and extraordinary places Seib has gone, he said, “the biggest thing is to enjoy the moment and enjoy where you are.” Some of Seib’s favorite pictures and memories were those captured with Star Publications at local t-ball games. The emotions of a parent watching their child play is priceless. He said, “life is so rich, and people are so rich, often times the best stories are right under our noses.” There will be challenges along the way, but that is what helps us grow. Seib summed up his success nicely when he said, “I love the process of meeting new people and getting out in the community. If you want to succeed, you got to be in it for the love of photography and storytelling.” 7


Chapter and Colony Reports

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

CHAPTER REPORTS

BALANCE - Ø indicates a zero balance; $ indicates that money is owed to the national organization ROSTER SIZE - Total number of undergraduates during the 2020-21 academic year NEW MEMBERS - Total number of new members during the 2020-21 academic year INITIATES - Total number of initiates during the 2020-21 academic year LIVING ALUMNI - Total living alumni members COMMUNITY SERVICE - Total hours performed by chapter during the 2020-21 academic year PHILANTHROPY DOLLARS - Total dollars raised by chapter during the 2020-21 academic year DONORS - Number of members who donated to the Educational Foundation during the 2020-21 academic year CHAPTER EDUCATIONAL FUND - Indicates if the chapter has started a CEF or not CEF MINIMUM BALANCE RECEIVED Indicates if the minimum balance of the Chapter Educational Fund has been met *All data as of June 30, 2021

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ROSTER SIZE

NEW MEMBERS

I N I T I AT E S

L I V I N G A LU M N I

C O M M U N I T Y S E RV I C E

PHILANTHROPY DOLLARS

DONORS

C H A P T E R E D U C AT I O N A L FUND

$

100

31

23

400

NA

NA

2

No

Auburn (Alpha-Delta)

AL

Ø

126

48

45

1654

315

$1,250

15

Yes

West Alabama (Theta-Gamma)

AL

Ø

13

8

2

221

NA

NA

1

No

Arizona State (Beta-Kappa)

AZ

$

74

12

25

581

NA

NA

1

Yes

Northern Arizona (Beta-Iota)

AZ

Ø

29

4

6

515

NA

NA

4

No

Arkansas (Alpha-Sigma)

AR

Ø

55

30

33

564

50

NA

3

Yes

No

Arkansas State (Alpha-Pi)

AR

Ø

16

7

7

901

NA

NA

10

Yes

Yes

Arkansas Tech (Iota-Lambda)

AR

Ø

25

4

6

169

NA

NA

1

No

Southern Arkansas (Epsilon-Kappa)

AR

Ø

13

6

7

442

213

$600

1

No

Cal Poly (Eta-Delta)

CA

Ø

65

18

18

342

NA

$550

16

Yes

Cal State Chico (Theta-Mu)

CA

Ø

38

12

22

263

4

$3,579

1

No

Cal State Fullerton (Epsilon-Nu)

CA

Ø

56

20

20

893

NA

NA

27

No

Cal State Long Beach (Beta-Omicron)

CA

$

41

13

10

1500

20

$1,042

20

Yes

No

California-Irvine (Eta-Upsilon)

CA

Ø

63

29

37

523

20

$600

20

Yes

No

California-Santa Cruz (Iota-Eta)

CA

$

24

7

23

355

NA

NA

1

No

Carson, CA (Eta-Iota)

CA

Ø

18

6

5

337

NA

NA

1

No

San Diego (Epsilon-Chi)

CA

$

24

14

18

419

2

NA

1

No

Santa Clara, CA (Zeta-Eta)

CA

$

80

26

25

823

12

$3,000

3

No

UC Berkeley (Iota)

CA

Ø

30

0

3

660

NA

NA

5

No

UC Santa Barbara (Alpha-Omicron)

CA

$

47

34

13

619

NA

NA

1

Yes

Yes

UCLA (Upsilon)

CA

$

22

9

0

1380

NA

NA

23

Yes

Yes

Colorado (Zeta-Delta)

CO

Ø

131

48

34

611

NA

NA

0

No

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S TAT E

AL

CHAPTER

Alabama (Theta-Omicron)

Yes

No

No

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NEW MEMBERS

I N I T I AT E S

L I V I N G A LU M N I

C O M M U N I T Y S E RV I C E

PHILANTHROPY DOLLARS

DONORS

C H A P T E R E D U C AT I O N A L FUND

CO

$

37

27

18

262

46

NA

1

No

Florida State (Eta-Epsilon)

FL

$

80

27

15

748

NA

NA

0

No

Orlando, FL (Iota-Kappa)

FL

Ø

46

27

28

331

NA

NA

0

No

South Florida (Iota-Sigma)

FL

$

21

7

7

105

NA

NA

0

No

Georgia (Alpha-Phi)

GA

Ø

82

33

32

918

750

$8,905

4

Yes

Eastern Illinois (Beta-Gamma)

IL

$

10

7

4

1876

NA

NA

15

No

Illinois State (Epsilon-Eta)

IL

Ø

58

29

19

549

NA

NA

2

No

SIU-Carbondale (Beta-Nu)

IL

Ø

23

8

6

951

133

$150

5

No

Western Illinois (Epsilon-Zeta)

IL

$

12

4

4

689

NA

NA

3

No

Purdue (Eta)

IN

Ø

38

17

15

925

216

NA

10

No

Southern Indiana (Theta-Psi)

IN

$

27

12

10

114

567

$663

1

No

Valparaiso (Beta-Tau)

IN

Ø

12

10

10

626

102

$3,809

6

Yes

Vincennes (Alpha)

IN

Ø

7

11

11

983

NA

NA

4

No

Iowa (Xi)

IA

Ø

71

49

26

771

80

$4,500

5

No

Iowa State (Sigma)

IA

Ø

9

8

0

610

NA

NA

5

No

Kansas (Beta-Delta)

KS

Ø

49

18

10

161

NA

NA

1

No

Eastern Kentucky (Epsilon-Lambda)

KY

$

32

13

9

531

NA

NA

9

Yes

Kentucky (Epsilon-Beta)

KY

$

43

16

7

1028

NA

NA

1

No

Louisville (Iota-Omicron)

KY

Ø

4

2

0

101

50

NA

0

No

Morehead State (Delta-Rho)

KY

Ø

9

6

9

530

NA

NA

13

Yes

Yes

Murray State (Gamma-Upsilon)

KY

Ø

24

4

8

660

NA

NA

11

Yes

Yes

Salisbury (Theta-Xi)

MD

$

27

18

26

235

NA

NA

1

No

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CEF MINIMUM BALANCE RECEIVED

BALANCE

Colorado State (Eta-Sigma)

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Yes

Yes

No

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ROSTER SIZE

NEW MEMBERS

I N I T I AT E S

L I V I N G A LU M N I

C O M M U N I T Y S E RV I C E

PHILANTHROPY DOLLARS

DONORS

C H A P T E R E D U C AT I O N A L FUND

$

7

2

21

405

NA

NA

0

No

Bentley (Iota-Theta)

MA

$

39

8

13

170

NA

NA

0

No

Bridgewater State (Eta-Eta)

MA

Ø

42

9

21

441

255

NA

8

Yes

Fitchburg State (Eta-Tau)

MA

Ø

25

3

3

269

NA

$300

2

No

Worcester Polytechnic (Gamma-Iota)

MA

Ø

64

22

21

781

182.5

$1,400

4

No

Central Michigan (Delta-Alpha)

MI

$

74

23

20

891

NA

NA

2

No

Detroit-Mercy (Gamma-Alpha)

MI

Ø

10

1

3

550

152

$300

5

No

Ferris State (Theta-Theta)

MI

$

25

12

9

205

NA

NA

4

Yes

Grand Valley State (Theta-Rho)

MI

Ø

74

34

35

312

NA

$10,500

4

No

Lawrence Tech (Zeta-Omicron)

MI

$

7

0

4

317

NA

NA

1

No

Michigan State (Zeta-Mu)

MI

$

100

43

40

526

8

$500

2

No

Michigan Tech (Zeta-Epsilon)

MI

Ø

27

9

11

363

272

$404

0

No

Oakland (Zeta-Pi)

MI

Ø

29

12

15

319

266

$739

20

Yes

Saginaw Valley State (Theta-Beta)

MI

Ø

19

4

6

227

89

$581

11

No

Wayne State (Gamma-Omega)

MI

Ø

22

0

0

426

NA

NA

1

No

Minnesota (Iota-Zeta)

MN

Ø

35

15

12

201

69

$535

2

Yes

Mississippi (Beta-Mu)

MS

Ø

57

29

0

584

284

$4,970

3

No

Central Missouri (Gamma-Gamma)

MO

Ø

29

11

14

737

1260

$1,550

1

No

Drury (Epsilon-Rho)

MO

Ø

15

7

6

492

170

$1,000

1

No

Missouri S&T (Alpha-Iota)

MO

Ø

46

11

16

886

496

$1,136

16

No

Missouri State (Alpha-Rho)

MO

$

79

33

43

1191

NA

NA

7

No

Keene State (Iota-Rho)

NH

$

9

7

15

80

NA

NA

0

No

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S TAT E

MD

CHAPTER

Towson (Eta-Nu)

Yes

No

No

No

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NEW MEMBERS

I N I T I AT E S

L I V I N G A LU M N I

C O M M U N I T Y S E RV I C E

PHILANTHROPY DOLLARS

DONORS

C H A P T E R E D U C AT I O N A L FUND

NJ

$

27

10

21

394

24

$2,400

0

No

FDU-Florham (Iota-Phi)

NJ

Ø

24

4

9

32

NA

NA

0

No

FDU-Metropolitan (Epsilon-Xi)

NJ

$

6

2

4

252

NA

NA

1

No

Monmouth (Delta-Beta)

NJ

Ø

43

13

12

425

NA

NA

21

Yes

Montclair State (Iota-Iota)

NJ

$

22

8

8

136

NA

NA

0

No

NJIT (Alpha-Mu)

NJ

Ø

20

5

11

861

50

$1,014

18

Yes

Rowan (Zeta-Chi)

NJ

$

36

0

19

504

NA

NA

1

No

Rutgers (Gamma-Eta)

NJ

Ø

13

8

6

677

42

$2,035

7

Yes

No

Stockton (Iota-Upsilon)

NJ

$

38

5

5

71

188

$1,068

6

Yes

No

William Paterson (Theta-Tau)

NJ

Ø

12

1

0

149

NA

NA

0

No

Cornell (Mu)

NY

Ø

59

0

0

1322

NA

NA

4

No

St. John's (Iota-Tau)

NY

Ø

30

10

8

128

NA

NA

1

No

East Carolina (Eta-Kappa)

NC

Ø

79

26

24

276

NA

NA

1

No

Elon (Epsilon-Theta)

NC

Ø

37

13

40

643

NA

$80

1

No

North Carolina State (Rho)

NC

$

54

13

22

844

NA

NA

12

Yes

Wake Forest (Alpha-Nu)

NC

Ø

88

22

22

1154

75

$281

13

No

Miami (OH) (Eta-Phi)

OH

$

86

29

30

740

NA

NA

2

No

Ohio Northern (Zeta)

OH

Ø

22

12

10

956

NA

NA

6

Yes

Carleton (Eta-Rho)

ONT

$

22

4

5

403

NA

$1,280

0

No

Oregon State (Omega)

OR

Ø

47

9

9

730

NA

NA

3

No

East Stroudsburg (Beta-Psi)

PA

Ø

21

7

6

787

500

NA

2

No

Indiana of Pennsylvania (Theta-Epsilon)

PA

$

19

13

15

192

NA

NA

2

No

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CEF MINIMUM BALANCE RECEIVED

BALANCE

Ewing, NJ (Theta-Delta)

CHAPTER

S TAT E

Chapter and Colony Reports

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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BALANCE

ROSTER SIZE

NEW MEMBERS

I N I T I AT E S

L I V I N G A LU M N I

C O M M U N I T Y S E RV I C E

PHILANTHROPY DOLLARS

DONORS

C H A P T E R E D U C AT I O N A L FUND

Ø

13

5

6

124

145

$1,050

1

No

Penn State (Theta)

PA

$

82

35

34

1247

NA

NA

7

No

Penn State-Altoona (Theta-Iota)

PA

$

11

11

9

194

NA

NA

3

No

Ursinus (Theta-Sigma)

PA

$

8

7

8

161

10

$225

1

No

West Chester (Zeta-Alpha)

PA

$

38

14

27

430

50

$1,200

1

No

Middle Tennessee (Theta-Omega)

TN

Ø

24

14

20

196

NA

NA

26

Yes

Houston (Theta-Nu)

TX

Ø

19

10

11

156

NA

NA

0

No

UTSA (Iota-Delta)

TX

$

23

11

5

182

NA

NA

3

No

Old Dominion (Theta-Eta)

VA

Ø

37

24

16

227

NA

NA

4

Yes

Yes

Radford, VA (Theta-Lambda)

VA

$

45

20

17

225

NA

NA

1

Yes

No

Virginia (Beta-Pi)

VA

Ø

28

10

21

968

535

$2,788

3

No

William & Mary (Alpha-Eta)

VA

$

38

16

20

813

NA

NA

6

No

Washington State (Iota-Nu)

WA

Ø

55

3

4

190

NA

NA

2

No

Wisconsin (Tau)

WI

Ø

18

0

5

191

NA

NA

0

No

Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Gamma-Mu)

WI

Ø

33

19

20

518

NA

NA

5

Yes

Wisconsin-Platteville (Delta-Iota)

WI

Ø

25

6

7

558

250

$1,500

3

No

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CEF MINIMUM BALANCE RECEIVED

S TAT E

PA

CHAPTER

Penn College (Theta-Phi)

No

Yes

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Chapter and Colony Accomplishments

Accomplishments Celebrating the achievements of our chapters, colonies, and undergraduate members across the land of Sigma Pi.

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DELTA-RHO CHAPTER MILESTONE

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RHO CHAPTER MILESTONE

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Delta-Rho at Morehead State celebrated their 50 year milestone on April 17, 2021. Learn more about their 2021 celebration on page 24.

Rho at North Carolina State celebrated their 100 year milestone on May 28, 2021. An in-person celebration will take place on the weekend of October 29-31, 2021. Note: Archive photo from 2015. 3

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Alec Bailey ('19) Ben Abdallah ('19) Ben Foster ('20) Ben Luci ('19) Ben Wicks ('21) Brendan Agemak ('19) Bryan Collier (18) Cesidio Terzini ('20) Charlie Proctor ('17) Collin Page ('20) Connor Smith ('18) David Augustyn ('20) David Boarman ('19) Dev Dayal ('18) Dominic Mistretta ('18) Dylan Davari ('20)

Gavin Bruggeman ('20) Greg Gibson ('18) Greg Needham ('18) Jack Day ('20) Jack Lochkos ('17) Jackson Devine ('18) Jacob Green ('19) Jeff Danstrom ('19) Joseph Fortino ('19) Joey Baran ('21) Kelly Murray ('21) Joel Coughlin ('18) Logan Hand ('18) Lucas Tomilo ('19) Mason Clark ('18) Max Emadi ('21)

Nathan Lie ('17) Nick Beculheimer ('20) Noah Baer ('19) Phillip Angelos ('20) Phineas Charles ('17) Ryan Macvicar ('18) Ryan Connolly ('19) Ryan Leach ('19) Ryan Ostrander ('19) Saptarshi Das ('19) Sam Zurcher ('19) Sungyu Kwon ('20) Turner Terborg ('19) Zachary Winston ('20) Zemo Rhodes ('18)

WILSON ELECTED IFC PRESIDENT

Beta-Kappa Chapter Past Second Counselor Parker WIlson (Arizona State '19) was elected the IFC President at Arizona State University. 4

GRAEME ELECTED IFC PRESIDENT

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OVER HALF OF ZETA-MU CHAPTER

Eta-Eta Chapter Past Sage Eamonn Graeme (Bridgewater State '18) was elected the IFC President at Bridgewater State University.

ROSTER MAKES DEAN'S LIST

47 brothers from Zeta-Mu Chapter made the spring 2021 Dean's List at Michigan State University.

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Feature

In the Kitchen with 'Top Chef' Chris Viaud Q&A with the Restaurateur and 'Top Chef' Competitor Meet Chris Viaud (Johnson & Wales '09), owner of two restaurants (Greenleaf and Culture), ‘Top Chef ’ contestant, father, and proud member of Sigma Pi. Did we mention he’s accomplished all this by 30? While the pandemic set many back, Chef Chris didn’t let it slow him down! Chef Chris sat down with us to share his experience as a brother, how he opened his second restaurant during the pandemic and competed in season 18 of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef.’

FRATERNAL EXPERIENCE What does it mean to you to be a Sigma Pi? I joined Sigma Pi in 2009 [at Johnson & Wales], and it was the time of my life. The bond of brotherhood is real, and I am extremely grateful for that opportunity as an undergraduate. That was a time of meaningful growth for personal development while also interacting with people who shared the same mission of comradery and community service. I am so grateful I still have connections with those brothers. If you could give any advice to the younger version of yourself or 16

to an undergraduate now, what would it be? Take advantage of all the opportunities at the school, whether it be additional learning services or community development; take charge of your own actions, but make sure you're having a great time while doing it. LIFE AS A RESTAURATEUR You've opened two restaurants before the age of 30. How did you accomplish these milestones at such a young age? To open two restaurants before 30 was an incredible feat for me. It was just a case of being in the right place

at the right time and knowing the right people. You just need to put yourself out there and be vulnerable. Involve yourself with the people around you, and it will pay off. Tell us about your restaurant, Greenleaf.

first

Greenleaf is an upscale farm-totable experience that is seasonally inspired. The goal was to be involved in the community and get the best food in the area. Culture Bread is the sister restaurant to Greenleaf. How did it come to fruition? Culture is a bakery and sandwich shop that came out of necessity. Summer 2021


Feature Your season was filmed amidst the pandemic. What was that like? It was completely different from past seasons. Production did an excellent job taking steps to keep us safe; we always wore masks while we weren't filming. In a trailer, judge Tom Colicchio says, "this could be one of the best collections of chefs we've had in 18 seasons." What does this mean to you to be a part of this? That gave me the chills to hear him say that. We went through a lot to get here and be able to stand in the Top Chef kitchen and to hear Tom say that was a feat on its own. Thinking of prior seasons' chefs, it was great to hear. COOKING What is to cook?

We were making our own bread for Greenleaf, and there were no sandwich shops around, so I decided on Culture. We're now able to utilize products that would have gone to waste prior.

scale. Culture opened in August 2020 and was perfectly suited for the quick "grab and go" experience that came with the pandemic.

your

favorite

dish

Tough, tough question, but I'd have to say our signature from Greenleaf. It is herb-crusted cod with spring vegetables. The easiest meal for a Sigma Pi undergrad to cook?

How were your businesses affected during COVID-19?

What was it like coming into the competition? Were you excited, nervous, or a mix of both?

Soup is the easiest thing. You can utilize scraps and things in your fridge from previous meals and just have fun with it. You could go for a simple puree or chicken noodle soup!

At the beginning of Covid, Greenleaf had a dramatic drop in sales, but once forced closure came, we switched to take out. Greenleaf was not prepared. We hardly had any togo containers to begin with, so we decided to shut down for two days, scratch the entire menu and create something new, specific to take out only. Letting staff go was hard, but by June, we picked back up on a smaller

All of the above, every emotion you can feel, I felt. I was very anxious and nervous the entire time. There's no amount of preparedness to get you ready, and there is so much involved physically and mentally. It's a balance of knowing you're gone for an extended period while figuring out how to put your best foot forward and then knowing 'I am worthy of competing on Top Chef.'

Season 18 of Bravo's 'Top Chef' premiered on April 1, 2021. Chef Chris had a tough start facing elimination in two of the first three episodes but persevered for nine weeks of competition until he was asked to "pack his knives and go" after his pasta dish fell short in his last competition. Visit Chef Chris at Greenleaf or Culture, both located in Milford, New Hampshire.

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TOP CHEF COMPETITION

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Education & Programming

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Education & Programming

Pack your bags for San Antonio! by Russell Kizior (Northern Arizona '17), contributing writer

The 55th and 56th Biennial Convocation will take place at the Hilton Palacio del Rio, located at 200 S. Alamo Street in San Antonio, TX. Join your brothers to celebrate 125 years as a Fraternity from August 17-20, 2022 for a week full of celebration, networking, and good times! This is an event you won't want to miss! Registration will open in spring 2022 and Convocation attendance is open to any and all who wish to attend! While each chapter is required to send a delegate to the business sessions, we highly encourage multiple brothers from each chapter to attend and learn more about our Fraternity’s successes through the years. San Antonio is a city rich in history and booming with attractions, and it offers its visitors many opportunities to explore and experience the city! Take a stroll along the 15-mile riverwalk located right outside our hotel and experience a fun and active atmosphere that is filled with restaurants, local shops, and sightseeing. Or you can go experience the rich cultural history of San Antonio and tour the Alamo. We'll have more information coming soon!

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Riverwalk

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Sightseeing, shopping, food and fun. This is all on the world-renowned 15mile waterway. The River Walk is a San Antonio treasure and the largest urban ecosystem in the nation. Tucked quietly below street level, it provides a serene and pleasant way to navigate the city.

Don’t miss San Antonio’s largest, most popular theme park on the city’s Northwest side, Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The theme park offers guests thrilling coasters, exhilarating park rides, splash zones and wave pools, live entertainment, fair food and so much more!

The Alamo

Mission Historic Park

A story bigger than Texas. And, a landmark of San Antonio Texas history. The Alamo features interactive tours and exhibits and hosts reenactments of the Texas Revolution. Stroll through the 4.2-acre complex and Alamo Gardens and experience this landmark in history.

Where the city’s rich history meets national parks, stop and visit the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park to experience the stories of people who came into the Spanish missions to live in the 1700s.

San Antonio Zoo

Sightseeing Tours

Open year round, experience and connect with more than 750 animal species on 56 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds that immerse visitors in replicas of the world’s most stunning natural habitats! The San Antonio Zoo offers fun and affordable tours, feedings, and experiences with some of their animals!

Want to see all that San Antonio has to offer? Hop on and off with San Antonio's double decker tour buses! A fun attraction that tours downtown San Antonio's most popular and historic landmarks. With tours beginning every 20 minutes with stops right next to our hotel, this offers a great way to experience San Antonio! 19


Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities Open Province Archon and Chapter Advisor Roles Chapter/Colony Advisors Cal Poly (Eta-Delta) Cal State Chico (Theta-Mu) Orlando, FL (Iota-Kappa) South Florida (Iota-Sigma) Western Illinois (Epsilon-Zeta)

Province Archons Arkansas Province Arkansas State (Alpha-Pi) Arkansas (Alpha-Sigma) Southern Arkansas (Epsilon-Kappa) Arkansas Tech (Iota-Lambda) Ontario Province Cornell (Mu) Carleton (Eta-Rho)

Volunteer Appointments

Recently Appointed Province Archons and Chapter Advisors Chapter/Colony Advisors

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WEST ALABAMA (THETA-GAMMA) Dylan Sager West Alabama '12

STOCKTON (IOTA-UPSILON) Daulton Sykora Stockton '16

CENTRAL MISSOURI (GAMMA-GAMMA) Brendan Hundley Central Missouri '18

IOWA (XI) Grant Jensen Iowa State '11

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Volunteers

Advising for a Local Chapter Learn More About How You Can Make an Impact Locally Supporting local chapters through advisory roles helps strengthen the undergraduate experience directly. We feel that one of the keys to a successful organization is the involvement of a core group of alumni advisors to help assist and guide the undergraduates with different aspects of chapter operations. The most successful chapters/colonies have exemplary and dedicated alumni advisors. An Advisory Board is a group of volunteers who have limited time for volunteering, but extensive knowledge and expertise that could benefit our undergraduates. Geographically, Advisory Boards are generally focused on one chapter, but regional boards may be formed if there are 2 or more chapters that could benefit from the volunteers’ expertise. The Board does not need to be comprised solely of Sigma Pi Fraternity alumni. In fact, when people from outside of the Fraternity are brought onto an Advisory Board, they often bring a great new perspective to the table. STEP 1 Review Advisory Board Position Descriptions Housing Advisor – Ensure the chapter structure has proper maintenance and is compliant with fire and safety codes. Work with the House Corporation (where

applicable) on major renovations, repair projects, annual maintenance projects, ensure compliance with house rules and coordinate future living arrangements. For those chapters without a house, the Housing Advisor will work with alumni to establish a House Corporation to look to for potential housing options and explore housing opportunities.

Financial Advisor – Will guide the undergraduate Treasurer in financial planning, record keeping, and budgeting. When needed, will assist with individual dues collection and personal financial management. This person will also ensure that all new member & initiate fees are transmitted directly to Sigma Pi, and are not deposited in the chapter’s own account.

Academic Advisor – Monitor overall chapter and individual academic performance and scholastic organization. They will work with individuals on academic goal-setting, time management skills, and career guidance. This person will also work with the chapter’s scholarship chairman to oversee a program to ensure the chapter meets or exceeds Sigma Pi and the college/university’s minimum GPA requirements for members, new members, and prospective new members.

Alumni Advisor – Will assist in relaying information between the alumni and undergraduates through all media/mediums. Will help undergraduates coordinate alumni events such as Homecoming, Founders' Day, etc. This person will also work with the First Counselor of the chapter in producing and distribution of the chapter’s alumni newsletter.

Recruitment Advisor – Assist in organizing a structured recruitment process that complies with Sigma Pi and college/university/IFC guidelines/rules. Will brainstorm with undergraduates about refining recruitment tactics and events for the future. This person will also ensure all recruitment events adhere to insurance/risk management guidelines.

Membership Education Advisor – Will aid the chapter in structuring and completing a continuing member development program. This advisor will certify the chapter’s strict adherence to the Foundation of Membership program. STEP 2 Contact the Chapter or Colony Advisor Visit sigmapi.org/contact-directory to view a list of Chapter Advisors and find out more information on how to contact them.

For information, please visit

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Alumni News, Events, And Accomplishments

TOP: Top Golf event in Auburn Hills, MI. BOTTOM: Indy Eleven soccer match in Indianapolis, IN.

Fraternity-Led Alumni Events The national Fraternity, led by Director of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving Jacob Camilleri (Saginaw Valley State '14), will be hosting national alumni events around the United States during the 2021-22 fiscal year to engage with alumni members. The first event of this kind was held on June 11th at Top Golf in Auburn Hills, Mich. Every alumni in Michigan and undergraduate who is close to graduating in the state of Michigan were invited to

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the limited event. Those who were able to attend the event learned about the progress Sigma Pi has had over the year and enjoyed their time with brothers while celebrating the organization we all love!

Eric Cole (Ferris State '07), who serves as a board member of Sigma Pi University.

After the success of the Top Golf event in Michigan, Camilleri began planning additional, largerscale events, beginning with the Indy Eleven soccer match in Indianapolis, Ind. The event was co-hosted alongside Indy Eleven General Manager of Ticket Sales

Check online at sigmapi.org/events to see future events like this, or contact Jacob Camilleri at jcamilleri@sigmapi.org for more information or for assistance in hosting an event.

The next event will take on August 21, 2021 in San Diego, Calif. at Green Flash Brewing Company.

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Events

SIGMA PI CLAY SHOOT

Check out this list of upcoming events

OCTOBER 29, 2021

across the country! Find expanded information on each event online at

From 8:00am-1:00pm at Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, N.Y.

sigmapi.org/events NOTE: Dates subject to change Alumni Event

8am-9am

Registration/Breakfast

9am-12pm Shoot Begins

12-1pm

This is a prepaid event. Credit cards will be taken at the time of booking.

Green Flash Brewing Company San Diego, California August 21, 2021

Register via sigmapi.org/events or contact Jacob Camilleri at jcamilleri@sigmapi.org

Alumni Event NFL Preseason Watch Party Ocean Township, New Jersey

Boxed Lunch along with Taconic Distillery tasting

August 22, 2021 Golf Classic

With a passion for the outdoors and a desire to work the land, the Coughlin family purchased part of Laufred Farms in Stanfordville, NY, a shuttered beef farm, and renamed it Rolling Hills Farm in 2010. The farm’s 117 acres of rolling hills became the inspiration for Taconic Distillery’s entrance to Dutchess County’s local agribusiness market. Taconic Distillery will be doing a tasting of their distilled spirits and mixing up some delicious signature cocktails (one per person) to try along with your lunch and some prizes after the shoot!

Sigma Pi Golf Classic Denver Colorado September 10, 2021 Golf Classic Grand Valley State (Theta-Rho) Allendale, Michigan September 11, 2021

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Alumni Event Orvis Clay Shoot Event Millbrook, New York October 29, 2021

*Must be 21 to participate in bourbon tasting

Golf Classic

Standard Package:

Placentia, California

Orange County Alumni Association

$350 per person or $1,300 if signing up a four person squad. Includes breakfast, 100 targets, boxed lunch, distillery tasting, cart rental, and four (4) boxes of ammunition per person. Gun not included.

November 22, 2021

All inclusive Package:

January 11-13/18-20, 2022

$400 per person or $1,500 if signing up a four person squad. Includes breakfast, 100 targets, boxed lunch, distillery tasting, cart rental, and four (4) boxes of ammunition per person. Includes gun rental.

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Conference Mid-Year Leadership Conference Virtual

Conference 55th & 56th Biennial Convocation San Antonio, Texas August 17-20, 2022

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Alumni News, Events, And Accomplishments

Delta-Rho at Morehead State Summer Picnic On Saturday, July 10, 2021, Delta-Rho Alumni Association, in conjunction with Delta-Rho Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity at Morehead State University, held its 35th annual picnic at the Twin Knobs Shelter on Cave Run Lake near Morehead, KY. This event has been held consecutively for 35 years on the first Saturday after the 4th of July holiday. The weekend started off with a golf scramble on Friday, July 9, at the University Golf Course (Eagle Trace) with bragging rights for the best score belonging to the foursome of Charlie Eldridge, Tim Hacker, Rodger Rinebold, and Daniel Daugherty. Closest to the pin awards were given out to Tim Hacker, Brian Handshoe, Brian Settles, and Daniel Daugherty. The last place award was given to Kasey Nolen, Jackson Latta, and Kevin “Boots” Shelton, who is still trying to find where he left his pitching wedge. Saturday morning weather for the picnic started with some overcast skies. Before noon, in typical Morehead “any day ending in Y it could rain” fashion, a downpour came, which caused some concern

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on how that would affect the turnout. After about 20 minutes, the rain started to subside, however, and the clouds began to move on to the east. Thankfully, our boy scout alum brother, Jeff West, brought a portable grill, and we were able to start cooking while the other shelter grills were being rained upon. Special thanks again to Jeff for being the cook for yet another year at the very popular event! Brothers from as far away as Florida (Tom McClanahan, Randy Alexander, and John Clemons) and special guest, Rodger Rinebold (from Gamma Chapter at The Ohio State University) made their way back to Morehead to enjoy the company of over 50 brothers, little sisters, and families, and to tell stories from years gone by. A special feature for those in attendance was to see a preview of the 50thanniversary book being compiled by our own in-house historian and writer, Bob Webster. We also had an appearance by recently retired Ralph D. Wells, who mentioned this was the first time he had seen some of the brothers since 1983.

With hamburgers and hotdogs-agrilling, the brothers, little sisters, wives, and families of Delta-Rho brothers, both undergraduates and alum, started to make their way towards the buffet line, bringing desserts with them and more sides than could be eaten. After a break for some lunch, DeltaRho Alumni Association had a quick meeting to discuss the Chapter Educational Fund through the SPEF, DRAA dues, plans from the chapter for the upcoming fall recruitment, and discussion on the 50th-anniversary book, as well as an update on the 50th-anniversary celebration, which had been postponed due to Covid. As with every summer picnic, the day ended far too quickly after more laughter and stories of good times within the Fraternity and Delta-Rho. Goodbyes, hugs, and handshakes were exchanged as the gathering started to slowly dissipate with the promise of keeping in touch and the excitement of our 50th celebration tentatively planned for April 2022. Mark your calendars now for the 36th annual Summer Picnic, Saturday, July 9, 2022!

Summer 2021


Twitter Spotlights

On June 21, 2021, Meteorologist Brandon Spinner (Valparaiso '09) joined Al Roker from the TODAY Show in an attempt to set the

Saginaw Valley State Golf Outing The annual Sigma Pi Alumni Association of Saginaw (SPAAS) golf outing benefits the endowed scholarship fund administered by the Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) Foundation (ID # 38-1798800). This year's event took place on Saturday, July 10th at Timbers golf course near Frankenmuth, Mich. This year, 72 players participated in the outing, raising over $6,000 for the SPAAS Scholarship that is granted to one Theta-Beta member at $1,000 each year!

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SPAAS is a way for Sigma Pi men to effect change, stay engaged, and foster the ideals of citizenship, philanthropy and brotherhood well after graduation from SVSU. This is demonstrated by the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund that awards one deserving undergraduate Sigma Pi member annually. The scholarship endowment is the first established by alumni of an SVSU student group and hopes to act as a model for which others can follow.

Guinness World Record

for the

"World’s Longest Online Weather Reporting Video Relay." The TODAY weatherman and more than 50 members of the NBC family gathered coast to coast to mark the return of summer by sharing the weather forecast from their neck of the woods continuously throughout all four hours of TODAY. They collectively set a record for the most people in an online weather reporting relay with 63, which was confirmed by Guinness World Records live on TODAY.

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Sigma Pi Educational Foundation

From the Chairman Brothers and Friends, What a difference a year makes! So many aspects of our lives – personal, professional, and fraternal – have been altered or paused as we adapted to the new normal in the face of a continuing global pandemic. Despite the economic headwinds we faced in 2020, the Educational Foundation has remained steadfast in our resolve to grow the contributed support, grow investment income, control expenses, and strengthen the balance sheet. In FY 2020-2021, your generosity in contributed support surpassed $310,000 (up 52%) from 820 unique donors (of which 191 were first-time donors), grants & scholarships reached $116,000 (up 86%), and net assets surpassed $5.4M (up 26%). This year, we promoted a number of first-time Online Giving programs and events. We began the year by launching Making a gift online at the Owl Society to recognize recurring donations sigmapi.org/donate from young alumni and launched a reimagined Delta is a quick and secure way to make Society to recognize undergraduate giving. Then, a contribution to invest in the we executed the first Chapter Housing Fund (CHF) future of the Fraternity. with Rho Chapter. Next, we expanded our Founders’ Day campaign to a Founder’s Month of giving, in concert with the 10-Stars campaign, and raised over $61,000. Then, we launched the Leadership Speaker Series completing “zoominars” featuring prominent alumni such as Al Seib (Valparaiso ‘75), Nelson Farris (Cal State Long Beach ‘63), Alan Boehme (Cal State Long Beach ‘78), and most recently the father-son team of Ken Zampese (San Diego ‘87) and Anthony Zampese (San Diego ‘17). Learn more about the Leadership Speaker Series on page 27. The Sigma Pi Educational Foundation provides scholarships, grants, and financial support for educational programming to members of the fraternity through the generous support of our Membership. As a donor today, you can be an active partner in the development of the Sigma Pi leaders of tomorrow by creating the financial support they need to continue their educational pursuits and reach their goals. We encourage you to reflect on how Sigma Pi has enhanced your life and consider a tax-deductible gift to the Educational Foundation. No matter the size of the gift, all donations will benefit our members at a time when they need it the most.

CHAIRMAN Jeff Cline North Carolina State '85

BOARD MEMBERS CHAIRMAN

Jeff Cline North Carolina State ’85 VC INVESTMENTS

David Presson Murray State ’77 VC LEGAL

Mike Long Oakland ’03 TREASURER

Daniel Daugherty Morehead State ’88 SECRETARY

Taylor Lapsys UC Irvine ’04 TRUSTEE

Robert Pankau Oakland ’02 TRUSTEE

Jason Walker Georgia ’92 TRUSTEE

Paul Gorman Seton Hall ’93

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, and all the men of Sigma Pi who have benefited from your generous contributions, we thank you for your continued commitment and ongoing support of the Educational Foundation. Because we all believe in Sigma Pi.

TRUSTEE

Fraternally,

Diogo Tavares Seton Hall ‘96

Patrick Reimer Morehead State ’94 TRUSTEE

HONORARY LIFE TRUSTEE

Jeff Cline (North Carolina State '85) Chairman, Sigma Pi Educational Foundation

PGS Frank C. Fryburg Penn State ’44†

† Adytum on High

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Sigma Pi Educational Foundation

Al Seib

New Virtual Speaker Event

Nelson Farris

Fraternity-Hosted 'Leadership Speaker Series' Features Notable Alumni Leadership Across Many Industries In February 2021, Sigma Pi Fraternity and the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation kicked off a new online-only event series for members of the Fraternity. Each 45-minute live session takes place bi-monthly, and features an update on the Fraternity from Executive Director/CEO Jonathan M. Frost (UMSL '99) followed by an interview with a notable alumnus. To date, the programming has featured key leaders in their industry, including: - Al Seib (Valparaiso '75) - Photographer and videographer for the Los Angeles Times since 1984. His photos have won numerous awards from national and international associations.

leader with nearly 30 years of experience innovating enterprise architecture, IT strategy, and cloud technologies. - Ken Zampese (San Diego '87) - An American football quarterbacks coach for the Washington Football Team of the National Football League. Throughout his NFL coaching career and prior to his current role, Zampese has had stops with the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns, as well as several roles in the collegiate ranks.

- Nelson Farris (Cal State Long Beach ’63) - Nike’s longest tenured employee, who estimates that he has held 20 different jobs during his almost 45+ year career and traveled to more than 50 countries on six continents.

- Anthony Zampese (San Diego '17) - The Football Recruiting Coordinator for San Diego State University. He previously served as a Student Assistant for the University of San Diego football team. He is a Founding Father of the recolonized Chapter at the University of San Diego (Epsilon-Chi), where he served as the Chapter Sage from 2017-2019.

- Alan Boehme (Cal State Long Beach ’78) Chief Technology Officer of H&M Group, and is an experienced digital transformation

Stay tuned in the future to see who joins us for the next edition of the Leadership Speaker Series virtual event!

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Mental Health Resources In May 2020, Sigma Pi announced the launch of Sigma Pi Lifeline, an online mental health resource center made possible with the partnership of the Jed Foundation (JED) as part of their Ulifeline program. ULifeline provides college students with information about emotional health issues and the specific resources available on their campus. It also offers a confidential mental health self-screening tool. JED is a leading nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. “After being available for more than a year, we have seen a vast amount of traffic to our Sigma Pi Lifeline platform. We are thrilled to continue to provide this resource for our members,” said Director of Education and Programs Alexander Pettigrew (Indiana of Pennsylvania '15). “It is imperative that we continue to educate our members on how to make their mental health a priority.”

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Adytum on High "Our Ancient Sage firmly believed in the persistence of the soul beyond the grave, and although we mourn our brother’s passing from this world, we take comfort in sharing this belief that life is not ended, but changed, and that he now enjoys the reward for a life welllived and guided by the ideals of our Fraternity." Accurate as of July 31, 2021 ARIZONA STATE (BETA-KAPPA) Mat George ('16)

EASTERN KENTUCKY (EPSILON-LAMBDA) Nathan Cullop ('07)

OHIO STATE (GAMMA) Robert Caldwell ('55)

ARKANSAS (ALPHA-SIGMA) Robert Carter ('58) Clement Mesavage Jr. ('71)

EASTERN MICHIGAN (GAMMA-BETA) Wallace Kile ('62)

PENN STATE (THETA) PGS Frank Fryburg ('44) William Glatz ('58)

ARKANSAS STATE (ALPHA-PI) Paul Moore ('85) CAL STATE FULLERTON (EPSILON-NU) Richard Lacoy PhD ('87) Johnny Pope ('81) CORNELL (MU) William Birkhead ('61) David Dewey ('51) Grant Gregory ('55) Manfred Hoffmann ('57) John Kreuttner ('54) John Richards ('37) John Riley ('52) Charles Taylor ('48)

EWING, NJ (THETA-DELTA) Anthony Rodano ('10)

PURDUE (ETA) Roland Milligan ('55)

FINDLAY (GAMMA-OMICRON) George Fry ('73)

SETON HALL (DELTA-EPSILON) Nicholas Moquete ('14)

GEORGIA SOUTHERN (GAMMA-TAU) Kenneth Hamilton ('73)

DREXEL (BETA-THETA) Christopher Makres ('53) EASTERN ILLINOIS (BETA-GAMMA) Fidelis Bushur ('49) Lloyd Eardley ('65) Timothy Krahenbuhl ('87) Robert Roberts ('61) Michael Tabor ('64) Thomas Witkowski ('61)

ST. LAWRENCE (ALPHA-ZETA) David Stabins ('48)

ILLINOIS (PHI) Richard Militz ('71)

SYRACUSE (BETA-EPSILON) Leon Robbins Jr. ('50)

INDIANA STATE (GAMMA-PI) John Gorczynski ('69)

UT-MARTIN (EPSILON-TAU) Howard Black II ('82) Chris Shettles ('82)

KANSAS (BETA-DELTA) Mervin Martin ('57) MARYLAND (ALPHA-CHI) John LaBerge ('49) MICHIGAN STATE (ZETA-MU) Steven Zimmerman ('00) MISSOURI S&T (ALPHA-IOTA) PGH Franklin Woodbury ('64)

VIRGINIA (BETA-PI) PGS Gary Tash ('65) WISCONSIN-OSHKOSH (GAMMA-MU) Edward Lance ('66) WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC (GAMMA-IOTA) John Chipman ('71)

OHIO NORTHERN (ZETA) James Leach Sr. ('63) Theodore McElhany II ('61) Doug Stossel ('91)

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Adytum on High served the Fraternity in volunteer roles for many years throughout his life. As an undergraduate, he served as Sage of Alpha-Iota Chapter. As an alumnus, he held the position of Past Grand Herald from 1992 to 1994 and went on to serve as the Province Archon for Virginia from 1997 to 2000. PGH FRANK WOODBURY MISSOURI S&T '64

Past Grand Herald Frank Woodbury (Missouri S&T ‘64) passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2021, at the age of 83. PGH Woodbury has been an active member of Sigma Pi Fraternity and

PGH Woodbury served in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1961. He was trained as an electronic instrument training technician and served at Ent Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, Col. Upon completion of his military service, he returned to college where he successfully earned a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering

was a member of the varsity lacrosse team. While in the US Navy, PGS Fryburg served as an electronic specialist, where he remained in the Naval Reserve after World War II and reached the rank of Ensign during the Korean War. After receiving his bachelor’s from Penn State, he went on to attend The Wharton School where he received his MBA. PGS FRANK FRYBURG PENN STATE '44

Past Grand Sage Frank Crumback Fryburg (Penn State ‘44) passed away on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. PGS Fryburg initially enrolled at Penn State in 1944, but was drafted into the US Navy later that year upon turning 18. He made his return to Penn State on the GI Bill in 1947 to earn a bachelor of science degree in physics. During his senior year he

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PGS Fryburg was retired, and had spent 37-years of his career with RCA, where he served as an engineer and department manager. His time with RCA included a three year tour in Paris, 1981-84, as the home office rep in a joint venture with Thomson TV. While there, he joined Post No. 1 of the American Legion, the founding chapter of America’s largest veterans’ organization. He retired in 1988 and after several post-retirement jobs settled in Lancaster, PA.

from the University of MissouriRolla in 1965. After college, PGH Woodbury had a long and distinguished engineering career spanned over decades. In addition to his career and involvement with the Fraternity, he was an active member and often elected leader and board member in numerous professional organizations, including the National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society for Engineering Management, American Society for Metals, Sons of the American Revolution, and many more. Additionally, he served on the U.S. National Tunneling Committee of the National Research Council.

PGS Fryburg has been an active member of Sigma Pi Fraternity for 77 years. During his time with Sigma Pi, he served as Grand Sage, Grand Second Counselor, Grand Third Counselor, board member of Sigma Pi Educational Foundation and Chairman of the Sigma Pi Fund, and most recently served as an Honorary Life Trustee for the Foundation. Additionally, PGS Fryburg has acted as Province Archon and Chapter Advisor to various chapters throughout his time as a volunteer. Frank is survived by two daughters, two sons, one step-son and one step-daughter, along with 13 grand children and 20 great-grand children. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Jane, and his second wife, Maggie, plus one step-son.

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Forsyth County from 1976-1983, an Adjunct Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law in 1987 through 1997 and again in 2007, and since 1983 concentrated on family law in his private law practice.

PGS GARY TASH VIRGINIA '65

Past Grand Sage Gary Tash's (Virginia '65) battle against Alzheimer's ended on June 27, 2021. He was 74 years old. PGS Tash completed his bachelors degree at the University of Virginia and went on to graduate from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1971. PGS Tash had a successful career as a district court judge in

After graduating from law school, PGS Tash began dedicating his time to Alpha-Nu Chapter, serving as Chapter Advisor beginning in 1972 where he served until 1997. In 1976, he was elected to serve the national Fraternity as Grand Fourth Counselor. By 1980, he moved up to Grand Second Counselor, and ultimately became the Grand Sage in 1982. In addition to those roles, he has also served as a Province Archon, as well as a member of the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1988, and again from 1998 to 2006. Gary was recognized in

2002 at the 46th Biennial Sigma Pi Convocation in Philadelphia, Penn., where he was bestowed with the highest honor that the Fraternity awards, the Founders' Award. Alpha-Nu officially recognized PGS Tash for his dedication and commitment to both the Chapter and the national Fraternity on January 26, 2019 when they named the Chapter’s lounge in his honor. When announcing this honor, the Chapter had this to say: “Gary’s ear-to-ear smile and irrepressible positive energy has inspired hundreds of Alpha-Nu brothers [throughout his] career.” He is survived by his wife, Carol, and his children Andrew and Ginny, along with five grandchildren.

A Special Message from the Grand Sage "As any Past Grand Officer will tell you, Grand Council service requires a greater time commitment than traditional nonprofit board service and a deeper level of personal commitment than other volunteering activities. And the Grand Council’s work is often not visible to the public. No one sees the time spent reviewing financial statements, having conversations about the strategic direction of the Fraternity, discussing how to empower our members while ensuring the integrity of the organization, or the mountain of phone calls, emails, and informal conversations with brothers across all generations spreading the good word about Sigma Pi.

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And yet, regardless of the time away from family, friends, career and professional development, and other personal and volunteer pursuits, the love of our Fraternity continues to inspire men to serve on the Grand Council. Again, ask any Past Grand Officer and they will affirm that this service is a labor of love, but that their passion for the Fraternity and seeing its stability and success is all the reward that they really need. I am grateful to have known and talked with Past Grand Sage Fryburg, Past Grand Sage Tash, and Past Grand Herald Woodbury. But more importantly, I am grateful to have been able to thank them, personally, for their commitment

to Sigma Pi Fraternity and for their lifetime modeling of service to our brotherhood. As these three men enter the Adytum on High, our ritual reminds us that their lives do not end, but change, and that they are now enjoying the rewards for a life well-lived. We are all brothers in a fraternity that was shaped and developed in so many private, unseen ways by these men. On behalf of all of Sigma Pi Fraternity, I thank these men for paving the path that we all walk on." - Grand Sage Joe Palazzolo Monmouth '00

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