Sigma Chi Foundation “Text To Give”

June 23, 2010

Today I received an email from the Sigma Chi Foundation. They have started a new campaign that allows members to donate $10 just by texting “INHOC” to 20222. It’s that simple and I’m impressed with the fraternity for their progressive thinking. The “text to donate” thing has become main stream and been a huge success in recent years. Hopefully the Sigma Chi Foundation will see similar success. If you’d like to give more then $10 you can by using the following “online giving form”:

There was also an interesting stat in the email.
P.S. less than 3% of alumni give to support Sigma Chi. Help us change this by texting to give today. We really do need you.” (emphasis mine)

For more information about the Sigma Chi Foundation go to A picture of the email is embedded below.

Sigma Chi Foundation "Text To Give"

In Hoc,

Jacob Cook

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Post Sigma Chi Horizons Facilitator Training

June 21, 2010

Sigma Chi podcast by – Discussing Horizons with Ryan Wakefield after his facilitator training.

In this episode we discuss Horizons from a facilitator’s perspective. Ryan just finished his facilitator training and will be attending Horizons as a facilitator two times in the next five years. We discuss how you can become a facilitator and what Ryan gained from his experience
Host: Jacob Cook
Guest: Ryan Wakefield
Running Time: 10:29

Its easy to stay up to date with the podcast and many ways to subscribe.

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Sigma Chi 155th Birthday

June 16, 2010

Its almost June 28th and everyone knows why that day is special. In case you forgot that is the fraternity’s birthday. She’ll be turning 155 this year and I figured we should all celebrate. Last year we asked everyone to update their Facebook/Twitter status on the fraternity’s birthday. It went so well last year that we figured we’d ask everyone to do it again this year. So don’t forget on Monday, June 28th to update your Facebook and/or Twitter status with

Happy 155th Birthday Sigma Chi

Feel free to share this post with others, so they’ll know to update their status. You can use the following short link:

In Hoc,

Jacob Cook

Sigma Chi Technology Committee

June 8, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I was able to interview current Grand Consul Wayne Tucker. We had a really good discussion about Cornerstone and an even better conversation once the interview was over. Thats when Wayne asked if I wanted to be a member of the Sigma Chi Technology Committee. I was surprised, but definitely flattered. It was one of those moments that made me feel like this whole ShareSigmaChi stuff is worth doing. I gladly accepted the position and can’t wait to get started. Most of the committee’s focus will be the and websites. If you have a comment, thought, idea or opinion about Sigma Chi and how it’s implementing technology then please let me know.

In Hoc,
Jacob Cook

I also posted some info on my personal blog if you’re interested.

Sigma Chi Horizons Discussion With Ryan Wakefield

June 3, 2010

Sigma Chi podcast by – Discussing Horizons with Ryan Wakefield

[update 6.3.2010] Ryan is currently a “facilitator in training”. He leaves tomorrow for his first Horizons experience as a facilitator.

In this episode we discuss Horizons from a facilitator’s perspective. Ryan will be facilitating Horizons for the first time at Session I this summer. We discuss how you can become a facilitator and what Ryan is expecting from this experience.
Host: Jacob Cook
Guest: Ryan Wakefield
Running Time: 13:43

I uploaded the first part of our discussion to YouTube.

Its easy to stay up to date with the podcast and many ways to subscribe.

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My Experience As A Sigma Chi Sweetheart

June 1, 2010

The following was written by Nikki Bussey,  the 2009-2010 sweetheart at the University of Memphis.

My experience as Sweetheart:

I wasn’t the typical Sweetheart. In fact, when I got the call I asked, “Are you sure?” I’m the girl who was more like one of the boys than the girls. I immediately embraced my role, even though I was very worried about the baking… As Carrie Bradshaw would say the only thing I have managed to successfully create in the kitchen is a mess…or a few small fires.

Baking aside, my time spent as the Sweetheart of the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Sigma Chi included some of the best moments in my life. It was always easy to love my guys. From the time I was a freshman on campus, the Sigma Chi men were my favorite. They were the leaders on campus, they stood up when women were in their presence, they worked hard and sometimes played hard. They were always the men that all the girls wanted to be with, and many of my friends and my best friend joined Sigma Chi. The more time I spent with them, the more I loved being around them. I know every chapter will say they have the best guys, but we really do. So of course I was more than happy to represent these amazing men.

Last summer began my time as Sweetheart. The summer was filled with sunshine, karaoke, barbeque, festivals, and more. Every Wednesday I would leave my internship at a local news station to drive to their house to help them with summer recruitment. When I worked at my other job, the guys would all come into the restaurant and ask to sit in my section. That honestly meant the world to me. I HATED waiting tables, but having a large group of my guys made the night so much better.

When I actually attempted to cook or bake something, they ate it up and I would receive phone calls, texts, and Facebook messages thanking me for the food moments after leaving it at the house. (They could have been lying because I’m a terrible cook, but it still made me happy.) Another important factor with my guys is their endless support of my career aspirations. Any time I was able to write a story for the newscast or read a breaking news alert text message out loud, they listened to my excited babble and beamed with pride to tell others what I had done.

I could never forget Valentine’s Day. I was picked up and driven to a restaurant where a large portion of the guys had reserved a table for us. They also bestowed me with red roses (because they are my sorority’s signature flower), a box of candy, and a HUGE teddy bear. Easily, it was the best Valentine’s Day of my life. Who needs a boyfriend when you can have a group of 60 plus men who treat you better and love you just as much?

The spring Academic Banquet was filled with a room full of my smart Sigs. Then I was surprised to see a slide with my picture information on their slideshow. They listed everything they were proud off that I had accomplished in college. They supported me all the way to graduation where I received around a million congratulatory text messages, Twitter and Facebook posts. I was more than happy when I was finally able to attend the Spring Sweetheart Formal in New Orleans. I had been asked the past year but was unable to attend. So, this year the guys gave me one final present in singing The Sweetheart song to me. It brought me to tears, and you can ask anyone, I DO NOT cry. I hated to give away my title, of course, but I wish luck to the next girl, and to all future Sweethearts. It is truly a wonderful experience.

How the fraternity could make things better/easier for sweethearts:

I think there should be a Sigma Chi Sweetheart Boot camp: you know, welcoming her to the chapter so all the guys can meet her at one time. This should be done very quickly after she is invited to be Sweetheart. She should be given a copy of the Norman Shield or something similar since she needs to know some things about the chapter. Other than that, I cannot think of anything else.

Nikki Bussey

To further discuss Nikki’s time as a Sigma Chi Sweetheart you can contact her in the following ways: