Sigma Chi Pledge Tests – Stats & Numbers

June 29, 2011

One of the main reasons I created ShareSigmaChi was to help Sigs share Sigma Chi related stuff with other Sigs. I believe that a lot can be gained by the fraternity if pledges/members/alum/chapters just share their knowledge with each other. Ideas for philanthropy, parties, derby days, alumni events & tailgates could help chapters in all sorts of ways. More importantly chapters could share i-week or pledge membership information with one another (in a secure manner of course).

Pledge Tests

The other big part of ShareSigmaChi are the pledge tests. I’ve always thought it made sense to allow pledges to study/learn online. When I was in school the only ways to learn about Sigma Chi were to read your Norman Shield or talk to members. Obviously I’m not saying that pledges shouldn’t read their Norman Shielf or talk to members. But there are a lot of times that those two options aren’t available.

Version 1

So why not make the information available online so pledges can study whenever they want? This is what I have tried to do. The original version of the “ShareSigmaChi Pledge Test” was made up of 44 multiple choice questions. All the questions and answers were filled out by me doing research. The problem with this version was that I was the only one who could create new questions and answers. I would add a question here and there, but eventually I moved on to other projects. Version 1 I felt was pretty successful. It served its purpose and in total questions had been answered over 15,000 times. The graph below shows the questions and what percentage they were answered right (http://www.scribd.com/doc/58918640).

Version 2

Some of the faults of Version 1 were that nobody else could create their own questions and you didn’t have an easy way of sharing the questions with other Sigs. So with Version 2 I decided to create a brand new website http://sigmachipledgetest.com solely dedicated to creating and sharing Sigma Chi pledge tests. Version 2 allows you to create pledge tests with as many questions as you want. You decide the pledge test name, description and whatever questions and answers you want. Each test is given its own unique url. You can share that url with other people. Also somebody takes one of your pledge tests, they can share their score on facebook to invite others to take your pledge test.

Overall I’m pretty happy with the new version. There are a few updates I’d like to do, but its all a matter of having enough free time. For now it will do and I just hope that Sigs can find it useful.

– Jacob
http://sigmachipledgetest.com

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Grand Chapter in Need of Delegates

June 14, 2011

Undergraduate and alumni chapters need to register members for Dallas

The 78th Grand Chapter in Dallas is short of quorum. It needs help to get there. The Fraternity is looking for chapters to register one delegate for Grand Chapter, which will be June 23-26. For undergraduates, they must go through two different processes to register a delegate.

1. The delegate must register online for Grand Chapter at grandchapter.sigmachi.org/registration. If the member has not created a sigmachi.com profile yet, they will be prompted to do so at the time of registration.

2. Only one delegate per chapter. Chapters can register an alternate delegate, but only one delegate can represent a chapter.

3. The delegate must also complete the certified delegate form and return it to sam.smith@sigmachi.org. You can obtain the form here.

IMPORTANT: Delegates do not have to physically sign the form. If they return the form without physical signatures, the Fraternity will need confirmation emails from the Consul and Annotator about who the delegate is. The email should read: “I, the (Consul/Annotator), am writing to confirm (Name of Delegate) as the delegate for the (CHAPTER NAME) for Grand Chapter.” If the Consul is the delegate, then the Fraternity would only need a confirmation email from the Annotator.

Undergraduate delegates do not have to pay for the registration fee, but they will have to pay for travel and hotel accommodations. At the end of Grand Chapter, undergraduate delegates are eligible for a travel stipend of 8 cents per mile for the first 1,000 miles and 10 cents per mile thereafter.

Anyone with questions can contact Sam Smith, director of expansion, at (847) 869-3655, ext. 223, or sam.smith@sigmachi.org.


The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Song Contest Deadline Extended

June 7, 2011

Members now have until June 13 to submit a song rendition for consideration

All aspiring Sigma Chi artists have a little more time to tune up their rendition of The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi song. The inaugural Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Song Contest deadline has been extended to Monday, June 13.

The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi song will turn 100 this October. To honor this occasion, the Fraternity will choose one brother to serenade the incoming international sweetheart at the 2011 Grand Chapter Sweetheart Reception on June 24 at the downtown Dallas Sheraton Hotel during the 78th Grand Chapter.

To enter the contest, submit a song rendition via a YouTube video, an mpeg or QuickTime video on a DVD, a CD or a jump drive. Label the entry with the following title: 100 Years Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Song Serenade Contest.

The entry title should not include your name in or on the video. YouTube videos can be e-mailed to GC@sigmachi.org, while CDs/DVDs/jump drives can be mailed to:

Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Contest
Sigma Chi International Fraternity Headquarters
1714 Hinman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
The winner will receive: one roundtrip airline ticket to Dallas; a complimentary overnight stay at the Dallas Sheraton; and a complimentary ticket to the Sweetheart Reception.

Anyone with questions can contact Natalie Konowal, director of conferences and travel services, at (847) 869-3566, ext. 232, or natalie.konowal@sigmachi.org.


Sigma Chi Sweetheart Song – Blues Version by Devon Wright

June 1, 2011

I was sent this new version of the Sweetheart Song the other day. It’s a blues version. The creator of the song is Devon Wright, initiated in 2007 at The University of Western Ontario, Epsilon Omicron chapter. Devon is also a member of the Toronto Alumni Chapter.

Here is what Devon had to say after I contacted him about the song:

I was inspired to rewrite the Sweetheart Song when I came across a contest that Grand Chapter ran this year to mark the songs 100th anniversary. It seemed like a great way to inspire some modern interpretations of this old school song.

Singing the sweetheart song is one of those truly unique experiences that sticks out in my mind of what it is to be a Sigma Chi. If you weren’t in a Greek Organization, you may never actually be put in a situation where you have to get down on one knee and sing your heart out to a group of beautiful girls. It sounds trivial, but those little experiences – the ones that put you out there in ways you other wise would have shied away from – those experiences really add up to build your character. And thats really the value of being a Sig, I believe. Remaking the Sweetheart Song was just a way for me to re-experience that valuable lesson the song has to offer. I remade the song, sang my heart out, and put it out their for people to see. I am glad to see people are enjoying it 🙂

A big thanks goes out to my good friend Arif Mirabdolbaghi, who worked with my rough vision of the vocals, and came out with those beautifully bluesy strings to accompany me. Also, thanks to my band mate Matt Hunter for helping me review the track.

If you’d like to help support Devon, than check out his band “The Wheel Wells”.
www.thewheelwells.com