Announcing 2018 McKee Scholarship Recipients

First awarded in 2009, the McKee Scholarship program is available thanks to the generosity of the late Hensel McKee, Washington ’30 and his wife Jeanette McKee. The Scholarship is available to undergraduate members and alumni members who are pursuing graduate degrees. 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 academic term.

We are please to announce this year’s recipients:

The Better Man

$10,000 each for men who are a well-rounded embodiment of Delta Sigma Phi values.

Recipient School
Tyler Kozma University of Texas
Dylan Stolz Indiana State University
Robert Weinbaum University of Michigan

Men of Courage

$2,500 each for men who exhibit exceptional leadership.

Recipient School
Grant Bent Ohio State University
Jacob Caponi The Ohio State University
James Constantino The Ohio State University
Maxwell Douglas Indiana University
Jacob Forbes Washington State University
Joseph Howard Transylvania University
Kyle Huffman Ohio State University
Jordan Icenogle Iowa State University
Jacob Kueber Loyola University Chicago
Markus Wesley Gannon University
Daniel Witosky Thiel College

Men of Action

$2,500 each for men who have committed themselves to outstanding service to their communities.

Recipient School
Daniel Cooper Transylvania University
Kian Dalvandi University of Texas at Austin
Carl Higbea The Ohio State University
Gavin Husted Shorter University
Jacob Kordeleski Case Western Reserve University
Andrew Levey University of Michigan
Robert McCoy University of Missouri Science and Technology
Connor McNamara The Ohio State University
Jonathan Staley Indiana State University
Darien Stokes Kansas State University
Mateo Villa Oglethorpe University

Men of Excellence

$2,500 each for men who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance.

Recipient School
James Barr University of Texas at Austin
Brendan Collins Indiana
Patrick Conrey University of Kentucky
Sean Dwello University of Utah
Samuel Finn University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Tom Gallery Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Eli Masjedi University of Michigan
David McGrath Case Western Reserve University
Matthew Mindrup Kansas State University
Brenton Novit The University of Texas at Austin
Kishan Patel Gannon University

Sphinx Scholarship

$2,500 each for graduate students of distinction.

Recipient School
Jean-Luc Banks University of Virginia
Robert Biskupic-Knight University of Oregon
Matthew Coleman Binghamton University
Adam Cooper Stetson University
Ryan Hanson Transylvania University
John Henderson Transylvania University
Alexis Isaev Loyola Marymount University
Jordan Lebovic Columbia University
Kollin Michels University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Alexander Olp UW La Crosse
Roshan Palli University of Kentucky
Charlie Tancula Transylvania University

Nile Scholarship

$500 each for undergraduate men exhibiting exceptional leadership and values.

Recipient School
Cristian Alarcon Stetson University
David Bailey Stetson University
Alex Becker University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Joshua Fox Texas State University
Tyler Gunn University of Louisiana at Monroe
Zachary Kauffman The Ohio State University
Canaan Kerr Loyola University Chicago
Scott La Rochelle George Washington University
Zachary Lewis Missouri University of Science and Technology
Ethan Ramer University of Michigan
Sam Skiljan The Ohio State University
Bretton Stephenson University of California, Los Angeles
Turner Tarrillion Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
John Tyler Wagner Georgia Southern University
Kyle Zeitler Georgia Tech

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.

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.