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.

Fraternity Position Available: Director of Fraternity Growth & Services

Delta Sigma Phi is looking for a Director of Fraternity Growth and Services at its Headquarters in Indianapolis. See the description below for details, and send your application and/or questions to Patrick Jessee at Jessee@deltasig.org.


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

Type:
Full-Time

Start Date:
April/May 2018

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

Description:

The focus of this job requires significant attention to connection building, motivating people, and inspiring them to achieve results. The ideal candidate will be professional and have an engaging, empathetic communication style and an ability to drive results by securing commitment and buy-in of others in shared goals. The position requires strong initiative and self-direction; results are only achieved with and through people. An appreciation for people and how they are each uniquely motivated is the foundation for designing and implementing interactive communication and decision-making processes. Successfully influencing and persuading others by understanding how their individual needs and motivations link to goals is essential.

The job requires a high degree of “selling” ideas and policies within and outside of the organization. Delta Sigma Phi has a fast paced and results oriented environment. The job has a variety of responsibilities and is dynamic and changing. The ability to understand, quickly react, and motivate others to adapt to the changing organization environment is a critical key to success. In general, the core of this position requires a motivated and motivating team builder and organization developer.

Responsibilities:
This position serves on the leadership team of Delta Sigma Phi and therefore assists in setting the course of the organization’s initiatives, services provided to undergraduate members, partnerships with higher education institutions & volunteers, and educational programs.

The Director will have ultimate responsibility for overseeing and leading two key areas of operation:

  • Chapter Services Team (including the function of the development and coaching of existing and newly developed undergraduate chapters)
  • Organization’s growth strategy: overseeing our Chapter Growth Team and the Marketing & Growth Coordinator.

Specific to the leadership of these two areas, responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Oversight of all services, resources, and trainings provided to new/chartered chapters & undergraduate members
  • Support the strategy for pipelining & securing new chapter development opportunities
  • Manage relationship and expectations with relevant 3rd Party vendors
  • Support the coaching & strategy of the Chapter Growth Team, and ensure efficient integration between this team and the Support Team during campaigns
  • Support, manage, coordinate, recruit, and develop all members of the team in these two critical areas
  • Manage relationships with key chapter stakeholders (including university partners and alumni volunteers)
  • Work in collaboration with the other directors to align initiatives with the assessed needs of chapters and members

Qualifications:

Experience leading a team; association or higher education background; bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred; ability to manage a variety of projects with varying deadlines; work in a fast paced environment; desire to drive results and assist chapters in creating a values based membership experience;

A strong candidate will have comfort with public speaking, strong verbal and written communication skills, critical thinking skills, and foresight when making decision. A valid driver’s license is required.

Contact:

Please submit resume, salary requirements, and cover letter to:
Patrick Jessee, CEO
jessee@deltasig.org
(317) 634-1899

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.

 

Update Regarding Rho Chapter

On September 24, 2017, Delta Sigma Phi revoked the charter of the Rho Chapter at North Carolina State University. This decision, while extremely difficult, was made in cooperation with the chapter’s alumni volunteers after repeated attempts of corrective action to address ongoing behavioral concerns of members and repeated university conduct violations.

Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity is committed to upholding our standards and fostering meaningful Fraternity experiences for our members. In July 2017, the National Fraternity was made aware of continued concerns regarding individual member actions and unsafe chapter behavior, by alumni and ACB members.  It was determined, in cooperation with alumni and ACB of the Rho chapter, that the best course of action would be for Headquarters staff and alumni to conduct a membership review and create specific operating guidelines for the chapter to obtain throughout the academic year in order to maintain the chapter’s status.  On August 12-15, 2017 members of Headquarters staff and Rho alumni and ACB conducted the membership review and the remaining undergraduate members were provided the operating expectations for the year.    In the weeks following the membership review, alumni and Headquarters staff were made aware of several repeated and ongoing violations of the student code of conduct, Fraternity policy, and the expectations outlined for the chapter following the membership review.

The National Fraternity determined, together with North Carolina State University and the Alumni Corporation Board, that such ongoing conduct presented a health and safety concern for our members and guests, and that the chapter membership was not committed to upholding the expectations provided to them.  There are good men from Rho Chapter who now must pay a great price for the actions of other members; we are truly disheartened that those brothers will lose this undergraduate component of the Fraternity experience.

The National Fraternity and university have agreed to an initial period of closure of Rho Chapter. Delta Sigma Phi is committed to providing a premier, values-based fraternity to North Carolina State University and will utilize its resources to recruit new men who—upon our return to the university—will uphold our mission of Building Better Men. We are confident that we will once again have a chapter of men who are committed to the ideals of Delta Sigma Phi.

The news of the chapter’s closure is—without a doubt—upsetting for all Rho 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 University of North Carolina community to restore Rho 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.

Updates on Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

Updated 9.8.17

In as many weeks, a second historic hurricane will soon impact the southeast. Irma is set to make landfall early the morning of September 10, at Florida’s southern and southeast coasts. Irma has already caused catastrophic damage throughout the Caribbean region. Many Floridians are in the process of evacuating, while a large swath of the remainder of the south also makes preparations. Our own chapters – Alpha Chi at Stetson, Iota Epsilon at the University of Central Florida, Florida International University, and Theta Omega at Georgia Southern are doing what they can to get away from the path of the storm of otherwise prepare for this extreme weather.

As we continue to learn more, and share updates such as those from J.T. Thompson below, we invite Delta Sigs to use the hashtags #DSPHarvey and #DSPIrma to connect with one another, share resources or needs, and otherwise stay connected with one another throughout these storms and their aftermath. Additionally, we are sharing this info sheet from the American Red Cross on how to stay safe during the hurricane and aftermath.


Updated 8.31.17

Today, we’re sharing an update from J.T. Thompson, University of Alabama at Birmingham ’96, who lives in the Houston Metro area. We want you to hear from a fellow Delta Sig brother.

Dear brothers,

I am reaching out to you as someone who went through the recent tropical system that moved through the Houston Metro area. I wanted to provide you with a personal perspective of what has transpired. I also want to encourage you to get involved, either through financial contributions or hands-on volunteering.

As you know, the city of Houston was devastated by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, which flooded the city with over 9 TRILLION gallons of water in a 48-72 hour period. A city, which covers over 2,200 sq miles was almost completely flooded. To put it into perspective, this area received enough water in that time period to fill the Great Salt Lake twice!

As of Tuesday night, 15,000 people were in shelters; more than 13,000 had to be rescued; and 18 people lost their lives. I had a chance to see the devastation that the flooding caused as I went out to see who needed help. Places as close as three miles from me were destroyed by the flood waters.

My family and I were lucky. We were spared the flooding, but I will tell you that it came extremely close. The flood control ravine that sits roughly 50 yards from my house came within a foot of cresting. Had it done so, we would have had water all throughout our house. Sunday evening was one of little sleep and angst as we watched the rising water and moved items to our second floor. Now, the sun is out, and hope begins. We as a city will rebuild. However, we can’t do this alone. Our fraternity has always been willing to step up when called upon. Forever repaying the debt to both our organization, our members, and our communities.

Now is that time. I ask each of you to dig down and find whatever you can donate to help those who have lost everything. If you would rather donate to local organizations, I have provided the HQ that will posted on social media. Every little bit helps!

Thank you in advance for your help!

YITBOS,
J.T. Thompson, University of Alabama at Birmingham ’96

Continue Below to See How to Help

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J.T. has included a list of organizations in the region that are providing aid to those impacted by this disaster. You can view that list here. Delta Sig has multiple chapters in Texas, undergraduate and alumni brothers and their family members in and from this region. The Red Cross has upgraded their need for assistance in the region as Urgent, and we encourage all members to help. Alternatively, you may also click this link to donate directly to the Red Cross, you can even choose to have your donation go specifically to Hurricane Harvey assistance. You may notice this link is a Delta Sigma Phi affiliate link – this is solely to track the number and value of donations from our members; we do not receive any compensation for donations made through our link.


Updated 8.28.17

As you have seen in the news, the Gulf Coast of Texas and parts of Louisiana were hit by Hurricane Harvey – a Category 4 storm. With storm surges upwards of 6-8 feet, the initial hurricane was already life threatening. But as the storm has stalled over the region, the people of southeast Texas are facing a week of torrential rain that is predicted to bring in upwards of 36 inches in some areas. This is still a dangerous situation, many thousands have been evacuated, and by the time this event is over, millions will be affected. In Huston, experts are suggesting this may be the worst flood experienced in their city’s recorded history.

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In 2005, at the height of recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina, Delta Sigma Phi named the American Red Cross as its national philanthropy. Chapters maintain close relationships with local Red Cross operations to create awareness, donate blood, and raise much needed funds for the organization. Our men take pride in having the courage to get involved, taking action to make an impact, and pursuing excellence in service to their communities.

Delta Sig has multiple chapters in Texas, with undergraduate and alumni brothers from this region, and their family members. The Red Cross has upgraded their need for assistance in the region as Urgent, and we encourage all members to help. You can click this link to donate directly to the Red Cross, you can even choose to have your donation go specifically to Hurricane Harvey assistance. You may notice this link is a Delta Sigma Phi affiliate link – this is solely to track the number and value of donations from our members; we do not receive any compensation for donations made through our link.

We urge you to help today. From our Delta Sigma Phi brothers in the region to all those who have been affected, we wish you Godspeed in the days ahead and during the long recovery process as you weather the storm.

2017-2018 McKee Scholarship Recipients

This fall, 64 Delta Sigs will receive a helping hand from the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation when it comes to paying for their education. In July 2016, Delta Sigma Phi Foundation announced its 2016-2017 McKee Scholarship recipients.

Since 2009, these scholarships have provided much-needed resources for brothers seeking either undergraduate or post-graduate degrees. These funds are made possible through will bequest to the Foundation from brother Hensel McKee, University of Washington ’30, which provided just over $4.3 million to the Foundation.

This year, the Foundation created new scholarship levels with differing dispersement amounts and tying the scholarships to Delta Sig’s ideals of being men of Courage, Action and Excellence.

Congratulations to these men!

The Better Man Scholarship

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

  • Cameron Cruz, Texas State University
  • Bryant Hovest, The Ohio State University
  • Charlie Tancula, Transylvania University

Nile Scholarships

$500 for undergraduates exhibiting exceptional leadership and values.

  • Taylor Brimer , Texas State University
  • Brandon Evanich , Stetson University
  • Abraham Ramirez , University of Los Angeles
  • Daniel Roth , University of Michigan- Ann Arbor
  • Nathan Wofford, Texas State University
  • Nanhao Chen, Transylvania University
  • Ryan Gallus, Iowa State University
  • Ronald Geho, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Alex Lambert, Miami University
  • Samuel Anderson, University of Utah
  • Brandon Fulwiler, University of California, Irvine
  • John Henderson, Transylvania University
  • Alex Horowitz, The University of Alabama
  • Luke Bakies , Miami University
  • Daniel Cooper , Transylvania University

Sphinx Scholarships

$2,500 for graduate students.

  • Suraj Rama, University of Kentucky
  • Joseph Becker, University of Virginia
  • Joseph Lindsey, Transylvania University
  • Daniel Martin, Transylvania University
  • Gurvikram Boparai, University of Virginia
  • Matthew Coleman, Binghamton University
  • Carl Agner, Transylvania University
  • Eric Joseph de Lara, Loyola Marymount University
  • Fernando Gonzalez Lesniak, Saint Cloud State University
  • John Hann, University of Georgia
  • Peter Trombly, University of Virginia
  • Justin Kiesel, Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis
  • Zamin Raza, The George Washington University
  • Bryan Stinson, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Nick Johnston , Duke University

Men of Courage Scholarships

$2,500 for men who exhibit exceptional leadership.

  • Chanslor Gallenstein, Transylvania University
  • Scott McCormick, University of Michigan
  • Garrett Wilkinson, Kansas State University
  • Spencer Stucky, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obipso
  • Daryl Swartzentruber, Transylvania University
  • Brendan Collins, Indiana
  • Sam Finn, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • William Janousek, University of Georgia
  • Braxton Palmer, Arizona State University
  • Daniel Dunn, University of Missouri

Men of Action Scholarships

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

  • Michael Rafo, Eastern Michigan University
  • Christian Soares, University of Kentucky
  • Nick Bouzianis, Kansas State University
  • Andrew Talamantes, San Jose State University
  • Stephen Johnson, Oglethorpe University
  • Michael Leonard, The Ohio State University
  • Brenton Novit, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Simen Omholt-Jensen, Duke University
  • Ethan Perkins, The University of Georgia
  • Vincenzo Volpe, Case Western Reserve University

Men of Excellence Scholarships

$2,500 for men with exceptional academic performance.

  • Cam Mosleey, Duke University
  • Mason Rodriguez, Texas Wesleyan University
  • George Winsten, Stetson University
  • Tommy McRae, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  • Nikhil Patil, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jordan Potter, University of Kentucky
  • Mateo Villa, Oglethorpe University
  • Michael Filips, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Ryan Gilbert, University of Pittsburgh
  • Thomas Brewer , Eureka College

Beta Kappa Chapter Named American Red Cross Partner of the Year

Beakie Powell of the West Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross works closely with the men of the Beta Kappa chapter. The chapter was recently named the 2016 Corporate Partner of the Year.
“The chapter at The University of Alabama has been a huge asset to the West Alabama
Chapter of the American Red Cross. They have support the Home Fire Campaign over the last two years, installing hundreds of smoke alarms into at risk home and providing important fire safety information to residents.

Through their fundraising efforts they have donated over $20,000 to the local Red Cross chapter. Those funds support the mission of the Red Cross to help individuals in the face of disaster.

The young men of Delta Sigma Phi have been wonderful to work with, each one is a gentleman with high moral character. Their group has given back to the community of Tuscaloosa with their time and respect.

Delta Sigma Phi has been chosen as the Corporate Partner for 2016.”

The Pilgrim Degree

This article was original run in the spring 2015 issue of the Carnation. It has been updated to reflect the 2017 Convention.

The Pilgrim Degree – It’s For You!

By Loren Mall, Historian

 

If you ask previous Convention delegates about their favorite part of a National Convention, some of them will say it is the Pilgrim Degree. This ceremony will be presented again at the Baltimore Convention to bring you a fast-paced and fun-filled evening. If you are part of it, you will gain additional best friends and new enlightenment by the time it finishes.

The first Pilgrim Degree was conducted at the 1923 convention in Dallas. It was conceived and presented by Charles Tonsor, the co-founder of our Fraternity. It is awarded only at national conventions, and you will want to be in Baltimore to discover its revelations.

The original program of 1923 was not specific to the Fraternity, and it was not presented again. A revision in 1937 did not generate much enthusiasm either. Twenty-six years passed before the degree was conferred once more. That occurred in 1963 when the witty Harold Pete Winter, destined to become President of the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation a few years later, decided to add activity to the Convention agenda. He introduced his distinctive version of the event for that purpose.

In 1979, then National President Loren Mall accepted the challenge to provide both fun and meaning as a route to a fuller understanding of our Fraternity. This Pilgrim Degree is now presented at each Convention, orchestrated in recent years by former National President Christopher Northern. Judging by the chortles of laughter and smiling faces that pervade the great hall where the event occurs, along with the knowledgeable expressions that emerge when it has ended, it meets both tests. You may have noticed a few members of your chapter wearing a fez at official Fraternity occasions. It is a safe bet they have not told you what it represents.

Whatever your age and Fraternity record, you can show off your own odd hat and make members  regard you with wonder if you take the Pilgrim Degree in 2017. This will be the 20th time the current degree has startled our Convention delegates. Through it, you can master the third sequence in the meaningful enigmas of our Fraternity. You will become one of the more than 5,000 Delta Sigs who have laughed and learned as they made this special journey into the deeper riddles of Delta Sigma Phi.

Interested? Sign up for the class when you register for Convention!