Statement to Media – Central Florida Lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JUNE 14, 2018 – Delta Sigma Phi has been named in a central Florida lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct through an online group involving multiple members of the University of Central Florida chapter.

Delta Sigma Phi has placed our UCF chapter on immediate suspension as we investigate these claims. While we cannot comment on specific allegations made in the lawsuit, these claims are disturbing and antithetical to our organization’s values and mission.

Announcing our Executive Search

Delta Sigma Phi’s Executive Director & CEO, Patrick Jessee, will be resigning from his position at the end of 2018. We cannot thank him enough for his dedication, forward thinking, and drive for pursuing our mission of Building Better Men.

Like other executive directors before Patrick, you don’t replace the person, but you do try to fill the shoes they wore. We are committed to finding an individual that can fulfill the responsibilities of this demanding role in a manner that continues to drive us toward our Vision 2025 goals.

The executive search committee is actively seeking an empowered, progressive leader with a steadfast dedication to maintaining our member-focused, mission-driven organization. This individual should be collaborative, dedicated, and a staunch advocate for fraternity life. Interested candidates are encouraged to review the position profile available here. To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest and fit for the position by July 15, 2018, to ExecApply@DeltaSig.org.

We’re excited for Patrick as he pursues his next adventure. We know our next Executive Director is out there right now.

Foundation Position Available: Director of Development

Delta Sigma Phi Foundation is looking for a Director of Development at its Headquarters in Indianapolis. See the description below for details, and send your application and/or questions to Nathan Wight at wight@deltasig.org.


Location:
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity Headquarters
2960 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Type:
Full-Time

Nondiscrimination:
Delta Sigma Phi does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity or national origin.

Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Make strong connections with alumni and friends of Delta Sigma Phi and earn their philanthropic support that meets the organization’s needs
  • Conduct 150+ donor visits annually
  • Work closely with all development team members to ensure annual fund, major giving and planned giving goals are met each fiscal year
  • Be determined and results-oriented, self-confident and enjoy working in a small team dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Personally manage a portfolio of major gift prospects/donors
  • Collaborate with and engage Delta Sigma Phi board members and other volunteers to include them in the fundraising process
  • Assist in formulating and implementing the Foundation’s short-term and long-term fundraising plans
  • Serve as an official ambassador for Delta Sigma Phi

Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree and at least two years of fundraising or sales experience. The successful candidate will have a basic understanding of planned giving vehicles and be goal-oriented, organized and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Be able to travel throughout the United States. Finally, this individual must have the willingness to learn in an ever-changing environment.

Contact:

Please submit resume, salary requirements, references, and cover letter to:
Nathan Wight, Chief Advancement Officer
wight@deltasig.org
(317) 634-1899

McKee Scholarship Application Now Open

The 2018 McKee Scholarship application is now available!

First awarded in 2009, the McKee Scholarship program is made available thanks to the generosity of the late Hensel McKee, Washington ’30, and his wife Jeanette McKee. The McKee Scholarship Endowment issues three kinds of scholarships: for leadership (Courage), service (Action) and academics (Excellence).

Application Requirements: The Delta Sigma Phi Foundation will award up to $10,000 per individual scholarship recipient. To be eligible, applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, be initiated members of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity in good standing, and be enrolled at a college or university during the Fall 2018 term. The Scholarship is available to undergraduate members and alumni members who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees at accredited college universities. Funds from the McKee Scholarship can also be used for study abroad programs.

Deadline: The application deadline is May 14, 2018 at midnight (PT). To be eligible for the McKee Scholarship, all components of the application must be completed and received by that date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Award acknowledgements and denial notifications will be sent via email the third week of July.

Apply for the McKee Scholarship here.

Frequently Asked Questions: Based on feedback from previous years, here are some Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: “I am a graduating senior, do I apply for the Undergraduate or Graduate Scholarship?”
A: If you are a graduating senior and you are attending graduate school in the fall 2018 semester, you should apply for the Graduate Scholarship.

Q: “I will be completing my undergraduate degree over the summer, can I list this degree as earned?”
A: Yes, but confirmation of completion will be needed prior to any awards being given.

Q: “I am a part-time student. Am I eligible for the McKee Scholarship?”
A: Yes, part-time students are eligible for the McKee Scholarship.

Q: “I am pursuing a certificate at a college or university. Am I eligible for the McKee Scholarship?”
A: No. Unfortunately, the McKee Scholarship is only open to those students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Q: “I am studying abroad. Am I eligible for the McKee Scholarship?”
A: Yes, students who are studying abroad are still eligible for the 2018 McKee Scholarship.

Q: “My chapter has been closed. Am I still eligible for the McKee Scholarship?”
A: Yes, if you are a member in good standing, you are still eligible for the McKee Scholarship even if your chapter has been closed.

Q: “I have won the McKee Scholarship in the past. Am I still eligible?”
A: Yes, past recipients are still eligible for the McKee Scholarship and may apply again.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Caroline Escobar at escobar@deltasig.org.

On behalf of the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation, we wish you the best of luck in earning the 2018 McKee Scholarship!

Delta Sigma Phi Welcomes Brittany Ankeny-Dooley, Assistant Director of Educational Programs

Delta Sigma Phi would like to welcome Brittany Ankeny-Dooley as our new Assistant Director of Educational Programs.

Brittany Ankeny-Dooley recently graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master’s in Higher Education and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Missouri State University. Prior to graduate school, she worked at the North-American Interfraternity Conference as a Coordinator of IFC Services where she supported and educated 250 Interfraternity Councils across the country. Before joining the NIC, Ankeny-Dooley served as a Leadership Consultant for her organization, Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. Brittany remains an active member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, serving as the Team Leader for the Sorority’s National Recruitment Revitalization Project Team and also serves as an NPC Non-Delegate Area Advisor.

As Assistant Director of Educational Programs, Ankeny-Dooley will work alongside professional staff and volunteers to design curriculum and administer educational projects relevant to the organization’s strategic plan, including management of The LAMP, Delta Sigma Phi’s online learning platform, as well as our four premiere “brick and mortar” educational programs. Welcome!

 

Updating Regarding Kappa Chapter at Auburn University

On December 9, 2017, Delta Sigma Phi revoked the charter for the Kappa Chapter at Auburn University. This decision, while extremely difficult, was made after repeated attempts of corrective action to address ongoing concerns of member health and safety, and repeated university and Fraternity conduct violations.

Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity is committed to upholding our standards and fostering meaningful Fraternity experiences for our members. Since the fall of 2016, Kappa Chapter has been the subject of multiple university conduct sanctions and financial suspensions, and has failed to uphold the basic expectations of membership in Delta Sigma Phi. In the fall of 2017, Kappa Chapter was found responsible for alcohol and hazing violations by the Auburn University Interfraternity Council.  The National Fraternity conducted an extended membership review, and despite a cease and desist from both the university and Fraternity, conduct problems including vandalizing of property and harassment of individuals continued.

The Alumni Corporation Board (ACB) has been re-established and is working closely with the national Fraternity headquarters and Auburn University to ensure a robust volunteer support structure exists for a redeveloped chapter and to secure plans for the chapter house moving forward. We encourage you to reach out to the ACB, below, should you be interested in being involved.

The news of the chapter’s closure is—without a doubt—upsetting for all Kappa undergraduate members, Fraternity alumni and other supporters. While difficult in the short-term, the National Fraternity is committed to working diligently with our alumni and Auburn University community to restore Kappa Chapter with Men of Courage, Action and Excellence. If you have further questions, please contact Aaron Noon, Director of Responsibility, at the Delta Sigma Phi National Fraternity Headquarters.

Divyesh Jevtani Appointed to Grand Council

Divyesh Jevtani, Illinois State University ’01, has accepted an appointment as a member of the Delta Sigma Phi Grand Council, effective January 1, 2018. Brother Jevtani’s appointment fills a vacancy left by John Knowles, Western Michigan University ’99, who resigned effective December 31, 2017.

Jim Larson, National President of Delta Sigma Phi, said, “We are indebted to Brother Knowles, who has been a dedicated member of the Grand Council for 5 years. He felt it necessary to resign his position at this time because of family commitments and increasingly challenging professional endeavors, and he will be missed on the Grand Council.”  Brother Knowles has served on the Grand Council since 2013 and has previously held many national-level volunteer positions within the Fraternity. President Larson cites Brother Knowles’ tireless work over his two decades of volunteerism, “…as an example for all Delta Sigs to emulate.”

“I reflect in awe of the experiences and cherished memories that will enrich my life forever because of Delta Sigma Phi, and am truly grateful.” said Knowles, on his 18+ years serving Delta Sigma Phi as a volunteer.

Brother Jevtani serves as the Americas Region Communications Senior Manager for Deloitte and lives in the Greater New York City area. He brings strategic and operational communications expertise and a passion for Building Better Men to the Grand Council. His professional background will add to the Grand Council’s collective knowledge as the Fraternity continues to expand and enhance its channels for members to be engaged and to provide feedback and perspective on their fraternal experience.

According to Brother Larson, “Divyesh will bring another level of professional expertise, generational insight, and regional perspective to the Fraternity’s leadership team. His experience in the area of communications will be invaluable for us as we improve our understanding of what our undergraduate brothers and alumni want and need. I expect him to add immeasurably to our “Voice of the Customer” initiative.  As a participant of the Fraternity’s undergraduate training programs, Divyesh is a tremendous testament as to why we continue to invest in and reinforce our commitment to Build Better Men.”

“Our vision is to develop strong leaders, build stronger chapters, and become America’s leading Fraternity,” said Patrick Jessee, Executive Director and CEO of Delta Sigma Phi. “We are excited to have Divyesh join the Grand Council, and see his Fraternity experience come full circle. Divyesh was an active undergraduate brother, serving on the Undergraduate Advisory Committee as the Central Region representative, attending national conventions, participating in several Regional Leadership Academies (RLAs), and graduating from our distinguished learning program – Leadership Institute. Not only was he able to take those experiences back to his chapter as an undergraduate, but he is now in a position to leverage his experiences and help us strengthen our Fraternity.” Brother Jevtani is also a founding member of the New York City Alumni Association and has volunteered at the Northeast RLA, The Summit, and Leadership Institute.

“I am honored to be appointed as a member of the Grand Council and grateful for the opportunity to continue to pay my debt to the Fraternity“ said Jevtani, “and I am excited to serve as the first alumni Millennial and bring new perspectives to the Grand Council.”

Per the Constitution of Delta Sigma Phi, his appointment will run until August 2019 when the biennial Grand Council elections will be held at the Fraternity’s National Convention, to be held in Kansas City.

You can learn more about Brother Jevtani on his LinkedIn profile.

Statement Regarding Death at Fresno State

STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JANUARY 4, 2018 – As has been confirmed by local authorities, Delta Sigma Phi has learned that Omar Nemeth, a friend of a member of Delta Sigma Phi’s Beta Nu Chapter at Fresno State, was transported from the chapter’s house to the hospital on January 3, and died of an apparent drug overdose.

While Mr. Nemeth was not a member of Delta Sigma Phi, we join with the entire Fresno State community to mourn the loss of this young man and send our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. At this time, our primary focus remains on supporting the family and friends of this young man, and we will continue to work closely with the university and law enforcement during its review.

Contact

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Adam Lowe, Director of Communications at lowe@deltasig.org or 317.634.1899 ext. 469.
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Update Regarding Theta Upsilon at Texas A&M

On December 9, 2017, Delta Sigma Phi revoked the charter for Theta Upsilon Chapter at Texas A&M University.

Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity is committed to upholding our standards and fostering meaningful Fraternity experience. These standards include recruitment standards. Unfortunately, Theta Upsilon has been unable to meet a threshold for these standards, which led to the chapter ceasing to be operationally viable in the near future. The chapter’s numbers have steadily declined from a high of 36 in the spring 2015, to only ten members and one new member in the spring of 2017, and currently the chapter has less than 10 members. The chapter’s failure to uphold and meet the expectations of recruitment standards of the Fraternity have led to the decision by the Grand Council to withdraw the chapter’s charter.

The news of the chapter’s closure is—without a doubt—upsetting for all Theta Upsilon undergraduate members, Fraternity alumni and other supporters. While difficult in the short-term, the National Fraternity is committed to working diligently with our alumni and Texas A&M University community to restore Theta Upsilon Chapter with Men of Courage, Action and Excellence. If you have further questions, please contact Amber Huston, Chief Operations Officer, at the Delta Sigma Phi National Fraternity Headquarters.

Kristin Fouts Joins Delta Sigma Phi

Delta Sigma Phi is pleased to share that Kristin Fouts will be joining the National Headquarters team on November 30, as Director of Educational Initiatives.

Kristin has a wealth of experience with assessment and curriculum development. Kristin will be transitioning from the North American Interfraternity Conference, where she has lead the Coalition Assessment Project and assisted with the trade association’s educational programs. Prior to the NIC, Kristin worked in Student Leadership Engagement and F/S Life at Wichita State and Western Michigan University.

Kristin joined the NIC staff in 2011 as the Director of the Fraternity & Sorority Coalition Assessment Project. Over three years she tripled the number of campus visits for the Project’s program review service. With the NIC’s transition in 2015, she assumed responsibility for educational program logistics, including recruiting, training and placing volunteers/Lead Facilitators and supporting campus hosts, coordinating the Annual Meeting and annual awards process, and collecting and managing industry-wide academic data and NIC member survey information.

As Director of Educational Initiatives, Kristin will be overseeing the execution of the Fraternity’s educational framework, developing an organization wide strategy on data and assessment, and leading the Fraternity’s Transition Experience.