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.”

Announcing the 2016 Chapter Awards

The Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity has announced chapter-level awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. Chapter awards for 2016 include the Pyramid of Excellence, Chapter of Distinction, Blood Sweat & Cash Award, Harris Award for Excellence in Recruitment, the Service Award, the Philanthropy Award, the Leadership Award and the Ritual Award.

Awards are determined by committees after reviewing each chapter’s performance in The Pyramid Program, Delta Sigma Phi’s annual assessment and accreditation process. Chapters also had the option to submit award applications with additional information and documentation to improve their chances at being recognized for an achievement.

Listed below are a breakdown of each award, followed by a list of recipients and honorable mentions:

Harris Recruitment Award: This award is given to chapters based on their recruitment efforts and alignment with the Fraternity’s recruitment education provided at Summit. The growth of a chapter, its size relative to the average chapter size on campus and within Delta Sigma Phi, and a chapter’s alignment with the 365 Year-Round Recruitment/Marketing practices taught at the Bruce J. Lowenberg Summit were taken into account to determine the recipient and honorable mentions.

  • The 2015-2016 winner, the Gamma Rho Chapter at Gannon University, grew by 48.65% year-over-year, nearly doubles the average chapter size for fraternities on their campus and markets to potential members year-round.

Blood, Sweat & Cash Award: The Blood, Sweat & Cash Award is given to a chapter with an exceptional and well-rounded commitment to the Fraternity’s national philanthropic focus: The American Red Cross. Chapters eligible for this award provided documentation to confirm their contributions to the Red Cross.

  • This year’s winner, the Iota Delta Chapter at James Madison University, raised $5,700 for their chapter of the Red Cross’ local disaster response fund and prepared 350 home fire preparedness kits for local families. Additionally, the winning chapter collected 141 pints of blood, which can save up to 423 lives! The winning chapter also became the first since the Fraternity’s alignment with the American Red Cross to partner with another chapter for a competitive fundraising event, and seeks to grow this event in the years to come.

Philanthropy Award: The Philanthropy Award recognizes a chapter that has dedicated significant effort to raising funds for non-profits including, but not limited to, The American Red Cross.

  • The Theta Chi Chapter at The University of Georgia has been awarded the Philanthropy Award for 2015-2016. The chapter raised $21,000 through their annual Miss Sorority Row Contest and an additional $19,000 for UGA Miracle for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Service Award: The Service Award recognizes a culture of volunteerism built into the day-to-day experiences of members of Delta Sigma Phi. The total number of hours, hours per man, and effect of service are all considered in determining the recipient.

  • The Beta Mu Chapter at Transylvania University is the recipient of the Service Award in 2016. The brothers of Beta Mu Chapter averaged 53.7 hours of service per member and 94.62% of brothers volunteered 20 or more hours to local partners. The chapter worked with Habitat for Humanity about every two weeks to assist in home builds, restore shifts and street clean ups.

Ritual Award: The Ritual Award is new for 2016, and recognizes a chapter that best implements the values and founding principles of the Fraternity into its daily, weekly and monthly activities.

  • The Beta Mu Chapter at Transylvania University receives the Ritual Award for their commitment to incorporating the values of the Fraternity into weekly meetings, the orientation of new members, and by incorporating it into the planning processes of the chapter. The chapter also hosted two ritual education meetings and included members from the Theta Mu chapter and alumni members.

Leadership Award: The Leadership Award is given to the chapter with the highest level of involvement of its membership in campus or local organizations other than Delta Sigma Phi, the percentage of men with leadership positions in those organizations as well as the reach and diversity of organizations with which the members are involved.

  • The Beta Mu Chapter at Transylvania University engaged 98% of their 93 members in organizations other than Delta Sigma Phi. Additionally, 63.5% of those members hold leadership positions in organizations including student government, admissions ambassadors, residential life, writing consulting, on-campus tutoring, and the theatre guild. The Inter-Fraternity Council President is also a member of the chapter. This is in addition to exceptional performances academically and with regard to community service.

Pyramid of Excellence & Chapter of Distinction: These awards are given to chapters with a high completion rate in the Pyramid Program. The chapter’s submissions and documentation are reviewed and those that have made exceptional contributions to their communities in addition to a well-rounded overall performance were considered for the award. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the Fraternity is awarding 5 Pyramids of Excellence and 2 Chapter of Distinction awards.

CHAPTER OF DISTINCTION – Alpha Pi Chapter – Michigan State University

The Alpha Pi Chapter achieved an average 3.06 GPA among their 114 members and gave just under $22,000 to non-profits, including $1,750 to the American Red Cross. 98 members volunteered 20 hours or more over the course of the year.

CHAPTER OF DISTINCTION – Iota Lambda Chapter – Appalachian State University

The Iota Lambda Chapter maintained a 3.197 average GPA among their 55 members and raised $852 for disaster relief funds. Members volunteered 1,094 hours of service and dedicated another $2,050 to Hunter’s Heroes and PKU (Phenylketonuria) awareness. 100% of members are involved in another campus organization.

PYRAMID OF EXCELLENCE – Epsilon Kappa Chapter – Loyola University Chicago

The Epsilon Kappa Chapter finished the spring 2016 academic term with a 3.23 average GPA and a chapter size of 79 men. Of those 79 men, nearly 50% maintain leadership positions in organizations across campus and the chapter collected 73 pints of blood on behalf of the American Red Cross. Epsilon Kappa completed 19 out of a possible 20 components in the Pyramid Program, and organized efforts for local philanthropic partners, personal and career development programs for chapter members and a health and wellness program.

PYRAMID OF EXCELLENCE – Alpha Iota Chapter – The Ohio State University

The Alpha Iota Chapter maintained a 3.42 average GPA compared to a campus average of 3.19. The chapter organized several events for parents of members throughout the year and provides high levels of personal development training, including strengths assessments and professional branding. Alpha Iota grew by 30.3% year-over-year and incorporates year-round marketing and recruitment efforts including one-on-one meetings throughout the year, interest presentations and values based selection criteria. The chapter raised more than $2,150 for the Red Cross and collected 142 pints of blood, saving more than 400 lives!

PYRAMID OF EXCELLENCE – Theta Psi Chapter – Shorter University

The Theta Psi chapter collected 101 pints of blood for the American Red Cross this year, saving up to 303 lives, and dedicated 130 hours of service to the Red Cross, the most reported by any chapter. 95% of Theta Psi members are involved in another campus organization and 29% maintain leadership roles within those organizations. Chapter members dedicated more than 1,100 hours to service and above a 3.0 average GPA. As the only fraternity chapter at Shorter University, Theta Psi maintains a commitment to excellence that can be challenging without immediate competition.

PYRAMID OF EXCELLENCE – Delta Epsilon Chapter – Missouri University of Science & Technology

The Delta Epsilon Chapter completed 3,330 hours of service, averaging 40 hours per member and with 98% of members completing 20 hours or more of service. The chapter also raised $3,000 for the American Red Cross through an annual Burgers, Shakes and Fries event and was recognized for their “unwavering support” of their local chapter of the Red Cross throughout the year. In addition to these efforts, the chapter members maintained an average GPA of a 3.298 compared to a 3.048 campus average.

PYRAMID OF EXCELLENCE – Beta Mu Chapter – Transylvania University

The Beta Mu Chapter completed 20 out of a possible 20 components in their Pyramid Program submission (the first and only chapter to do so). During the past year, the chapter volunteered nearly 5,000 hours of service, averaging 53 hours per member. There are 93 men in the Beta Mu chapter, the largest on campus and a significant accomplishment at an institution with an enrollment of fewer than 600 men.

Listed below are the recipients and honorable mentions for each award:

Pyramid of Excellence

Beta Mu – Transylvania University

Delta Epsilon – Missouri University of Science & Technology

Theta Psi – Shorter University

Alpha Iota – The Ohio State University

Epsilon Kappa – Loyola University Chicago

Chapter of Distinction

Alpha Pi – Michigan State University

Iota Lambda – Appalachian State University

Harris Recruitment Award

Winner: Gamma Rho – Gannon University

Honorable Mentions: Alpha Iota (Ohio State), Alpha Pi (Michigan State)

Blood Sweat & Cash Award

Winner: Iota Delta – James Madison University

Honorable Mention: Zeta Upsilon (Eureka College)

Philanthropy Award

Winner: Theta Chi – University of Georgia

Honorable Mention: Alpha Pi (Michigan State)

Service Award

Winner: Beta Mu – Transylvania University

Honorable Mentions – Delta Epsilon (Missouri S&T), Alpha Lambda (Appalachian State)

Ritual Award

Winner: Beta Mu – Transylvania University

Leadership Award

Winner: Beta Mu – Transylvania University

Honorable Mentions: Zeta Upsilon (Eureka College), Alpha Iota (Ohio State)

Dr. Pat Bosco Recognized

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – June 10, 2016 – Dr. Pat Bosco, an 1969 initiate of the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Phi, at Kansas State University, has been recognized by the Fraternity Executives Association with a Distinguished Service Award.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals “who have contributed outstanding service in the betterment of all college fraternal organizations”. Delta Sigma Phi nominated Dr. Bosco for his long-time dedication to fraternities throughout his career, including Delta Sigma Phi.

Dr. Bosco has served as Director of Student Activities at Kansas State University, and more recently as Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students, also at K-State. His position has allowed him the opportunity to work hands-on with more than 50 fraternities and sororities throughout his 40 year career. He has received numerous awards from various Greek organizations, including recognition from Sigma Lambda Beta, Alpha Tau Omega, and Delta Sigma Phi.

“Dr. Bosco’s tireless dedication to the Greek community at Kansas State University is a testament to his character. As a Delta Sig, he represents the type of man we hope all of our young members aspire to be.”, said Patrick F. Jessee, Executive Director and CEO of Delta Sigma Phi.

Front page photo credit – GreekYearbook, www.greekyearbook.com, all rights reserved. Pictured is Chris Bosco, who accepted the award on his father’s behalf. Dr. Bosco was unable to attend the event.

Delta Sigma Phi Recognized by North-American Interfraternity Conference

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – June 7, 2016 – Delta Sigma Phi, together with Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha Order, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Tau and Sigma Nu, has been recognized by the North-American Interfraternity Conference with a Laurel Wreath Award for the development of its Social Strengths Workshop.

“The Laurel Wreath is presented to individuals or groups in recognition of their unique programs, community outreach, or influence within the fraternal world.” The collaborative Social Strengths Workshop was developed to educate Greek community members on sexual assault, relational violence, healthy relations and bystander intervention. Developed with the aid of Aaron Boe, founder of Prevention Culture, the Social Strengths Workshop launched in 2015 with members of Sigma Nu, with 95 percent of participants stating they felt more able to recognize warning signs that crop up during arguments, beyond physical violence.

“This is a particularly great moment for the Greek community, as it displays the power of working together and the impact we can have when we are fraternal with our efforts.” said Amber Huston, Chief Operations Officer for Delta Sigma Phi.

Delta Sigma Phi remains strongly devoted to the safety of its members and those in the college community. In 2015, Delta Sigma Phi also launched GreekLifeEdu, an online education and prevention program designed to challenge members’ beliefs about alcohol, hazing and sexual assault, while also empowering them to make health and safe decisions. It provides an experience that impacts both individual behavior and chapter culture, using objective, scientifically-based content.

Cameron Warner, Director of Risk Management and Housing for Delta Sigma Phi added “Our team is thrilled to be recognized for our prevention initiatives, and this recognition from the NIC validates the work we do. More importantly, the Laurel Wreath is a challenge for Delta Sigma Phi to do more to prevent sexual and interpersonal violence. We look forward to providing more resources and opportunities for our members to leverage as we become leaders in the sexual and interpersonal violence prevention movement.”

About Prevention Culture

Founded in 2014, Indianapolis-based Prevention Culture works with organizations and institutions to evolve their prevention efforts regarding sexual assault and abuse in relationships.

New programs launching in 2016 by Prevention Culture involve a comprehensive program for athletic departments and student-athletes, a customized program for the military, and mental health education programs for the Greek community and student-athletes.

Originally motivated by the experience of a survivor close to him, Prevention Culture founder Aaron Boe set out over a decade ago to understand what would actually work to influence behavior and prevent harm before it occurs. As a result, Prevention Culture applies social psychology to target the points of greatest leverage for behavior change. Visit Prevention Culture online at preventionculture.com. Aaron Boe can be reached at aaron@preventionculture.com.

E. Allen James Award Application Online

The highest award the Fraternity can give to an undergraduate brother is the E. Allen James Outstanding Undergraduate Award. The award is given annually to the one undergraduate brother who contributed the most to his chapter and the Fraternity. Selection is based on an application that is submitted to the Fraternity Headquarters and is reviewed by a committee. The award is named in honor of E. Allen James, NC State ‘65, whose service to the Fraternity has included the position of Executive Director, member of the Grand Council and president of the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation.

You may nominate yourself, or nominate another individual. The nomination form is available online here.

2016 McKee Scholarship Application Now Available

The 2016 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 2016 term. The Scholarship is available to active 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 Friday, May 6, 2016 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.

The application can be found here.

Frequently Asked Q&A: Based on feedback from previous years, here are some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

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 2016 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 2016 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 Abby Peck at peck@deltasig.org. On behalf of the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation, we wish you the best of luck in earning the 2016 McKee Scholarship!

Delta Sigma Phi Award Application Available Online

Starting in 2016, Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity will make available an award application for those chapters seeking to improve their chances of winning one of several recognitions awarded by The Fraternity each year.

As a continuation of the Fraternity’s overhaul of its annual accreditation process (read about The Pyramid Program here), chapters will now have the ability to submit additional information for any of the following awards by completing the Fraternity’s award application:

  • The Blood, Sweat & Cash Award for excellence in service and fundraising on behalf of the American Red Cross, the Fraternity’s official philanthropic focus
  • The Delta Sigma Phi Service Award for excellence in volunteer efforts throughout the year
  • The Delta Sigma Phi Philanthropy Award for excellence in service and fundraising on behalf of a nonprofit other than The American Red Cross
  • The Delta Sigma Phi Excellence in Recruitment Award for an outstanding performance in recruitment, retention and incorporation of recruitment techniques and strategies taught at the Bruce J. Loewenberg Summit
  • The Delta Sigma Phi Ritual Award for excellence in integrating the Fraternity’s Ritual into the regular activities of a chapter and its members *NEW*

Additionally, any of the above submissions will be considered in determining Chapter of Distinction and Pyramid of Excellence award winners.

Completing the application is not required for a chapter to be considered for an award, and chapters will only be eligible for any of the above-mentioned awards if they complete the associated component of the Pyramid Program, are not under any form of probation or suspension from the Fraternity.

“This application allows chapters who wish to better publicize their efforts to go above and beyond the basic expectations of the Fraternity to do so without compromising the opportunity for any chapter to win an award,” says Nik Koulogeorge, Director of Fraternity Growth and Services.

“The Pyramid Program is a tool to assist our staff, alumni and volunteers in coaching each chapter to its highest potential. This application ensures that the Pyramid Program will maintain that simple purpose,” he added.

Applications will be accepted starting May 1, 2016. The application can be found here.

Serve as Next Undergrad Member of Grand Council

Attention undergraduates! Would you like an opportunity to serve your Fraternity as a leader on the National level? Please see the information below to find out how you can submit your name for election to the Delta Sigma Phi Grand Council. Letters of intent must be submitted to the Executive Director no later than March 20.

The Grand Council of Delta Sigma Phi serves as the board of directors of the Fraternity. Its primary responsibility is to ensure the future relevance, viability and prosperity of the Fraternity by engaging in the following activities:

  • Setting a long-term direction and vision and guiding the fraternity towards the realization of that vision.
  • Performing strategic planning and analysis of the factors, forces and trends impacting the fraternity, the fraternal movement and American colleges and universities.
  • Establishing broad fraternity-wide policies.
  • Overseeing and reviewing the performance of the Executive Director.
  • Serving as the custodian of the fraternity’s financial condition, the strength of its balance sheet and the investment of its assets. Also, the Grand Council is involved in overall financial planning as well as the approval and monitoring of the annual operating budget.
  • Being official representatives of the fraternity in ceremonial and ritualistic roles and at various chapter and alumni events.

It is equally important to clarify what the Grand Council does not do:

  • Does not supervise the day-to-day operations of the Fraternity headquarters staff.
  • Does not deal directly with chapters and individual brothers on policy violations or disciplinary actions except in those instances specifically stipulated in the Constitution and Bylaws.

The Grand Council includes two undergraduate members, one elected at-large by the Biennial Convention of the Fraternity, and the other elected in even numbered (non-convention) years. There is no specific regional representation on the Grand Council. The intent is to allow the delegates to choose the best and most capable men without a mandatory regard to geographic location. Grand Council members serve as volunteers and receive no compensation for their work for the Fraternity. The Grand Council meets either in person or by teleconference a number of times per year. In order to promote the perpetuation of Delta Sigma Phi, properly discharge his duties and effectively represent the Fraternity’s more than 90,000 living brothers, a Grand Council member must meet the basic requirements outlined in the Bylaws of the Fraternity and have the following desirable qualifications:

  • Be visionary and forward thinking.
  • Have an understanding of the needs and concerns of undergraduate members.
  • Be a positive, polished and professional representative of the Fraternity.
  • Have the time available to perform the expected duties.
  • Demonstrate a pronounced devotion to Delta Sigma Phi through considerable participation and involvement as an undergraduate brother.

If you are interested in serving on the Grand Council as an undergraduate, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be an initiated member of the Fraternity;
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher education;
  • Be in good standing with the National Headquarters and the local chapter of which he is a member;
  • Have a grade point average equivalent to at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Remain an undergraduate for at least one academic year from the date of election;
  • Submit a personal statement explaining why he wishes to fill the position of Undergraduate Member of the Grand Council;
  • Complete and submit the Undergraduate Member Candidate Certification of Eligibility;
  • Submit the above to the Executive Director by March 20, 2016;

Candidate statements should be postmarked no later than March 20, 2016 and sent attention to:

Nominating Committee
c/o Patrick F. Jessee, Executive Director
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity
2960 N. Meridian St
PO Box 88507
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Should you any questions regarding the position or process of electing the undergraduate members of the Grand Council, please contact me at (317) 634-1899 ext. 412 or via e-mail at jessee@deltasig.org.

Re:Dream Project

“To engage, inspire and challenge.” Nathaniel Bozarth, a 2009 initiate of Alpha Upsilon at Kansas State, is launching Re:Dream. We caught up with him prior to the first video, which will air February 29. Check out our Q&A below.


For more information on Re:Dream, be sure to visit their website!
ReDreamProject.org


DSP: What’s the purpose behind the Re:Dream Project?

NB: It’s a 40-part documentary series about the American Dream. We introduce a variety of folks and look at their “version” of the American Dream, and the opportunity obstacles that might prevent those dreams from becoming a reality. Our aim is to create a neutral conversation around what opportunity looks like today, to help jump-start that conversation.

DSP: Cool. How did Re:Dream come about?

NB: I met a guy named Christopher Cook through mutual friends. He did a documentary feature called We are Superman and when I saw it, I thought “damn, this is really good.” So I offered to help him with future projects, because I was passionate about what he was doing. Christopher had started a video production company, Brainroot, and I came on board shortly before KCPT (the PBS station in Kansas City) contracted us to work on Re:Dream. KCPT was fortunate enough to receive a grant from ThinkShift, an initiative of the DeBruce Foundation.

DSP: What motivated you to join Brainroot and help develop Re:Dream?

NB: The goal for Brainroot is to create videos that engage, inspire and challenge. What really gets me going about building story-based documentaries, we bring together folks from diverse backgrounds, diverse political views, etc. I feel that it’s so important, because there just aren’t that many spaces where people can have those conversations anymore. We’re talking about the American Dream, about success, about things that–traditionally–most everyone can agree on. When casting the documentary, we took a sheet of paper and thought of as many schisms as possible, finding those things that separates us. Then we sought out 40 people to fall into those different categories or subsections. We also wanted to draw focus to the simple, common threads that connect us all, showing the core similarities from one American Dream to the next.

DSP: Did your membership in Delta Sig affect the project in any way?

NB: My experience as a Delta Sig helped galvanize me for this project. Delta Sig was a place where we had all different types of people. I remember so many times where people would say, ‘I can’t put my thumb on who Delta Sig is. They have no stereotype.’ That experience boosted interest in a project like this. The sense of inclusion I’ve developed, because of the fraternity, is now a point of pride.

DSP: What networks can people watch your videos on?

NB: This is primarily an online series, so the best place to see the videos is our website, redreamproject.org. We’re contracted by KCPT, so they lead the series. There will be 15 total public media networks, all the way from LA to Rochester, New York, who will promote the series on their digital platforms.

DSP: What’s the time-frame for the project?

NB: Our first video will air February 29, with a new release every week day, for 8 weeks. So with 40 episodes, the series will wrap up on April 22.

DSP: Thanks for your time, and good luck, Nathaniel! We can’t wait to watch.

NB: No problem! We’re also looking to partner with universities and host physical conversations as well. If readers have a school they’d like to recommend or want to help host an event, definitely get in touch.