Sigma Chi Fantasy Hockey League

September 21, 2009

If you’re interested in hockey and want to join a fantasy hockey league for Sigs only, then you’re in luck. All Sigs are welcome so feel free to share the league info with others. I would suggest signing up as soon as you can because these leagues seems to fill up pretty quick. Good luck and In Hoc to everyone in the league.

League Info:
League Url: http://hockey.fantasysports.yahoo.com/league/sigmachihockey
Signup Url: http://hockey.fantasysports.yahoo.com/hockey/register/joinprivateleague_league_select?.scrumb=
League Id: 189757
League Password: inhoc

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Sigma Chi and Social Media with Brad Wellman

September 9, 2009

Sigma Chi podcast by ShareSigmaChi.com – Sigma Chi Podcast with Brad Wellman

In this episode we will be discussing what Sigma Chi does when it comes to social media and some things that they could be doing.

Host: Jacob Cook Running Time: 1:04:03

Show Links:
http://wellmania.wordpress.com

http://www.twitter.com/bradwellman

http://www.facebook.com/bradwellman

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Sigma Chi Recruitment – Becoming a Charter Member

September 8, 2009

This is a guest post by Isaac Chavez from Kappa Xi Chapter at Tarleton State University and is the 2nd guest post we’ve posted about recruitment week. Thank you Isaac for sharing your recruitment experience.

I’m sure every Sigma Chi brother has their own amazing recruitment story.  After all, it’s because we saw something special during rush that we all decided to pledge Sigma Chi over all the other organizations on campus.  Where does a high school senior start? There are the big guys: UT, Texas A&M, Texas Tech… but not to be forgotten were University of North Texas in Denton, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and St. Edwards in Austin.  I got some information from a little heard of university – Tarleton State – at a recruitment fair.  They seemed on the up and up, but my academic adviser in high school actually warned me against TSU because of the small minority population and “small minded Texans”.

Being a progressive city boy who hates to be told that I can’t overcome adversity, I decided to check out the campus for myself.  I’m not sure if it was the small town environment, the nice scholarship offer, or the amazing hospitality that first drew me in, but after a campus visit, there was no other choice for me.  Tarleton State University it is.

Tarleton was far enough from home to spread my wings, but close enough for parental approval.  My adviser was right: but there were only a handful of minorities at TSU.  Guys from the dorm were all talking about Rush, but I had no clue or concept of what they were talking about.  They talked me into it and we went as a group, I guess there is power in numbers.  After checking out Lambda Chi, Kappa Delta Rho, Delta Chi, we came to the Sigma Chi Omega room.  They were smart, didn’t focus on girls, drinking, or partying.  They explained they had the highest GPA among the fraternities.  I felt like there was more substance to their presentation.  It drew me in and it seemed I fit in well with the Sigma Chi Omegas.  They seemed to have more substance than the other groups at Rush.  So, after much contemplation, I rushed and got a Bid from Sigma Chi Omega.

As it turns out they were a petitioning local chapter to Sigma Chi. As a freshman who had just pledged, the terms “petitioning local” meant nothing to me, but I was told things were about to get much better than they are now.  So, after my pledge period and Sigma Chi Omega initiation, I turned into paperwork master.  There’s so much work involved in becoming a Sigma Chi chapter, and we all worked hard to make it happen.  We actually obtained our charter faster than it had ever been done before (at the time) and became the Kappa Xi chapter of Sigma Chi on 9/26/06.  I’m a charter member of the chapter.  My parents came to the banquet put on by the Fraternity/University and instantly became fans.  Thankfully, they paid my Sigma Chi dues thanks to a personal conversation they had with Dick Hester, Grand Consul at the time.

The friends I made will last a lifetime.  They extend all over the USA.  Sigma Chi taught me confidence, taught me composure, and after serving on IFC board, it taught me great negotiation skills.  All of the above helped my professional life and have groomed me into what I am today.  To any gentlemen asking themselves “Should I rush”, the simple answer is Yes! Is Sigma Chi for everyone? No. But we’re smart enough to realize each individual is comprised of different temperaments, talents, and convictions, and if they align with our vision, we welcome you with open arms.

IHSV,
Isaac Chavez
Tarleton State University ’00
Kappa Xi Chapter – #32
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Isaac once again thanks for sharing your story and helping begin a  new chapter at Tarleton State University.

If you’re interested in writing a guest post  about your Sigma Chi experiences then please contact me at:
contact [at] sharesigmachi [dot] com

IHSV,
Jacob Cook


Sigma Chi Recruitment – First Hand Experience

September 1, 2009

This is a guest post by Martin Erbele from Theta Epsilon at North Georgia College and State University. Martin has been gracious enough to share his experiences when he was “rushed” by Sigma Chi.

My recruitment week experience was one that actually started many months before – Our school has deferred recruitment and I was not yet convinced Greek Life was something I was interested in once the Spring came around.  I watched a lot of my friends go off and join different Fraternities and though they seemed to have fun with their pledge brothers, it didn’t seem as meaningful I as I hoped, and I was pleased I chose not to participate.

But about halfway through the Spring semester, I started to grow closer towards a few new friends in a couple of my classes.  I just knew them on a first name basis at first, but my impressions of these guys were reflected on the fact they behaved well, held the door open for women, even dressed nicely.  Most importantly though, was how genuine they seemed and how incredible close they became throughout the semester.

And though I became closer friends with them all, as well as more guys they introduced me to, it was evident they were forming a bond much closer than friendship.

I saw they all wore a small little blue and white pin over their heart and shortly after I met them I asked what ‘Frat’ they had joined.  They told me they were hoping to become Brothers in the Sigma Chi Fraternity – they kindly told me they don’t shorten it to ‘frat’.

And even though I still wasn’t convinced that I would join any Fraternity, Sigma Chi was clearly a different group than the ones I had first hung out with at the beginning of the year.  So with mild, but growing interest, I came to several Intramural games and even a community service event one early Saturday morning.  Furthermore, Several Brothers and the Pledges I had first met told me I had a place to sleep in their apartment just seconds away from campus and I was invited to a few camping trips and school athletic events with the guys too.

All this kindness and inclusion for someone who had repeatedly said, ‘No thanks, I’m not interested’.

Then shortly before the end of the Spring semester, after a week of silence and a weekend where I heard nothing from the guys, my friends came back to class not wearing their pledge pin.  The 5 of them were Brothers.  And if I thought they were tightly-knit before, I was amazed at how they grew closer still.  They were true Sigma Chi Brothers, visibly living the values they had briefly told me about in the Jordan Standard and the Sigma Chi Creed.

It only took a few days before I realized that I had seriously misjudged this group of men.  Sigma Chi was not your stereotypical ‘Frat’ – they were men of value and honor.

I spent the entire summer going to baseball games and grilling out.  I was fortunate to meet nearly all the Brothers who I found were all very different and diverse, but all treated each other and me so well.  I took the Brothers up on the offer to stay at their apartments more and more often.  It was one of the seemingly shortest summers I can remember just because I was enjoying myself so much.  I was so caught up I realized, I had never officially said anything other than the ‘No thanks, I don’t to join’ I had vowed during the Spring.

So in the Fall, again our school follows deferred rush, I told the Recruitment Chairman that I changed my mind, and if I was lucky enough to receive an open bid, I would gladly accept it.

A few days later on a very informal bid acceptance day, I got a call from the Greek Life Office.  Inside an envelope with my name on it were a few bids.  Ms. Ledford, the Greek Life Coordinator said I could take a few hours to decide which one to take.  I actually cut her sentence off a bit in excitement, but told her I didn’t need to think about it.  I’m rushing Sigma Chi.

I feel really fortunate.  Sigma Chi has made my college experience.

Martin Erbele
North Georgia College and State University
Theta Epsilon Chapter, Fall ’07, #572
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First off, I want to thank Martin for sharing his story and I also want to thank the brothers who continuously rushed Martin even when he said he wasn’t interested. Because they practiced Mission365 they were able to initiate a brother who has already accomplished some great things for Sigma Chi. In Hoc fellas.

Since becoming a member of Sigma Chi Martin has

  • Attended Balfour,
  • Attended Horizons twice
  • Met the grand executive board several times
  • Held an executive office

If you’re interested in writing a guest post  about your Sigma Chi experiences then please contact me at:
contact [at] sharesigmachi [dot] com

IHSV,
Jacob Cook