Sigma Chi Horizons : The Experience

January 10, 2012

Earlier today I noticed that the official Sigma Chi YouTube account posted a video about Horizons. These are exactly the types of videos that Sigma Chi should be producing on a consistent basis. I’ve embedded the video below as well as some other videos about Horizons that I created myself.

Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCIZoWr8hBM

ShareSigmaChi Horizons Videos

Below are a few videos I’ve recorded about Horizons. The first video is a compilation of quotes from former Grand Consul, Keith Krach, discussing the Horizons program.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl9O9aa_SbA

The next two videos are interviews I did with Ryan Wakefield. The discussions focused on Horizons and Ryan’s role as a facilitator at Horizons. The 1st video is our talk focuses on Ryan’s expectations before he went to Horizons and the 2nd video he talks about his expereience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib2r-KDvCPA


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR2CQGSLdoE


High Ambitions October 2011

October 21, 2011

Original Article:

Dear Brother,

We, as the brothers of Sigma Chi, have made a lifelong commitment to upholding our values and ideals. Explicit within that commitment is a promise to obey the laws of our Fraternity. We do this, both in our chapter and in the Fraternity at-large.

As is sometimes the case, one of us may falter and not quite live up to that obligation. When that happens, Sigma Chi looks to the brothers of the involved chapter to hold that brother accountable for his actions. This is the preferred response within Sigma Chi. If the chapter cannot or will not police itself, the General Fraternity may be required to step in to protect the safety of the brethren, the reputation and honor of the Fraternity, or to expect a just and equitable outcome to a given situation.

This is what occurred a few weeks ago with the chapter at Towson University, and regretfully, it was necessary to suspend the chapter. The chapter had faced repeated violations over the years.

Thankfully it is not often that the Fraternity is required to suspend or revoke the charter of a chapter that has not evidenced our high ideals. When this does happen, we must look to the future and posture our actions to permit the return of recognition of the chapter at the earliest practical moment. Earliest practical moment does not mean immediate. We may be required to delay reinstatement of a chapter for years, depending on the circumstances or the original cause for withdrawal of recognition.

I, as Grand Consul, do not want to lose a chapter, but I will request the Executive Committee to take whatever action is necessary, including withdrawal of chapter recognition, if the honor of Sigma Chi requires me to do so. Likewise, if any given brother soils the purity of the White Cross by actions inconsistent with our ideals, he must be held accountable.

Sigma Chi expects more from its members than from other men. Guard well the honor of the Cross.

In Hoc Signo Vinces,

Dennis Santoli
CASE WESTERN 1967
67th Grand Consul


Merlin Olsen Day of Service Tomorrow September 15th

September 14, 2011

Get your gloves on and your rakes ready. The Sigma Chi Fraternity’s second-annual Merlin Olsen Day of Service begins tomorrow.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Fraternity encourages all undergraduates and alumni to better their communities or campuses by volunteering their time and displaying their generous spirit, much like Order of Constantine Sig and Significant Sig Merlin Olsen, UTAH STATE 1962, did throughout his life.

See if your chapter can set the standard this year in community service, whether it is by cleaning up a local highway, assisting in campus landscaping, volunteering at a soup kitchen or giving blood.

The Fraternity would like everyone who volunteers their time during the Merlin Olsen Day of Service to submit photos from their service activities along with a paragraph describing where the event was hosted and what service was accomplished to honormerlin@sigmachi.org. Your photo may be published in an upcoming issue of The Magazine of Sigma Chi.

You can also post videos and other information relating to your service projects on the Merlin Olsen Day of Service 2011 Facebook event page. Lastly, share your stories on Twitter using the hashtag #olsendayofservice.

To assist in spreading the word about and bringing awareness to the Merlin Olsen Day of Service, the Fraternity asks that you change your Facebook profile picture, to that of the official 2011 #olsendayofservice icon, on Sept. 15.

This icon and directions on how to change your photo can be found here.

Thank you for your efforts to improve your communities, and for honoring the spirit of Brother Olsen.


Make a Difference on the Merlin Olsen Day of Service September 15th

September 2, 2011

We encourage Sigs to take part in the second-annual Merlin Olsen Day of Service on Thursday, Sept. 15 by volunteering in their community. Whatever you do, do it in honor of the late Merlin Olsen, UTAH STATE 1962, affectionately referred to by many as a ‘gentle giant.’

At 6 feet 9 inches tall, Merlin’s competitive nature drove him to success as an NFL defensive lineman, actor and broadcaster; and his generous soul propelled him to support Children’s Miracle Network (now called Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals) for many years. In fact, Merlin helped forge Sigma Chi’s partnership with CMN Hospitals, one of the Fraternity’s preferred philanthropies.

Take part in the Merlin Olsen Day of Service to honor his philanthropic spirit. Imagine the difference that we could make if all of Sigma Chi’s approximately 238,000 living members volunteered just a few hours of their time.

The international fraternity has created the Merlin Olsen Day of Service official Facebook event page, entitled “Merlin Olsen Day of Service 2011.” You can access it by clicking here.

We hope to capitalize on the success of last year’s inaugural Merlin Olsen Day of Service, in which Sigs across the United States and Canada served their communities by volunteering in local parks, donating blood, and collecting money for charity, to name just a few examples.

After participating in the Merlin Olsen Day of Service, send photos of your volunteer activities (please send the original files from your camera to ensure that we receive the highest-quality images possible), along with a short description of where the event was held and what you did, to honormerlin@sigmachi.org. Your photo may be published in an upcoming issue of The Magazine of Sigma Chi. You can also post photos, videos and descriptions of your service projects on the Merlin Olsen Day of Service 2011 Facebook event page. Lastly, share your stories on Twitter using the hashtag #olsendayofservice.

We thank you for your efforts to keep the spirit of service exemplified by Brother Merlin alive.


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.


Grand Chapter : Pre-Register by April 30 to Save Cash

April 19, 2011

PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE 78TH GRAND CHAPTER ENDS APRIL 30

Hurry! Grab a spot to attend the 78th Grand Chapter, from June 23-26 in Dallas. On April 30, pre-registration for the event ends and attendee prices increase. As a Grand Chapter attendee, you can rub shoulders at the Saturday night banquet with the new class of Significant Sigs, which includes a retired FBI agent, CEOs and executives from key industries, as well as professors and retired professors from top universities such as Harvard.

The Saturday Order of Constantine lunch affords you the opportunity to be part of the recognition of volunteers who have devoted years of their time to help advance the Fraternity.

And, of course, we’ll crown a new International Sweetheart on Friday—it will be an event full of celebration!

Please join us in Dallas, but act now to secure pre-registration prices.

Delegate and attendee full-package prices, which include all of the above-mentioned events, increase by $50. Each of the a la carte prices will increase $10 per event.

For more information check out http://grandchapter.sigmachi.org/registration


Daniel Tosh Is Not A Sigma Chi

April 6, 2011

It has been rumored for a long time now that comedian Daniel Tosh is a Sigma Chi from the University of Central Florida. Today I was able to confirm with headquarters that he is NOT a Sigma Chi. In an email exchange with an employee at headquarters I was given the following response.

Nope, he’s not a member.

This may disappoint some of you. I’ve noticed over the last year that a ton of Sigs have sent messages to Daniel Tosh’s twitter account asking if he was indeed a Sigma Chi. I never once saw him actually respond to those messages. A few months back I sent a message to a Sig at the University of Central Florida asking if Daniel Tosh was initiated there. He sounded confused by my question and pretty much had no idea what I was talking about. But now that headquarters has responded, I think we can all agree that Daniel Tosh is not a Sigma Chi.

[updated: 4.06.2011 10:00am] A follow up response from headquarters.

He is not a member according to our database/ membership records.

We don’t know anything concrete about the rumors. The only thing we’ve heard is that he briefly pledged one of the Florida chapters and dropped well before Initiation, however we don’t have evidence to back that up.

For those that are still curious, feel free to contact headquarters on the matter here: (e) feedback@sigmachi.org (p) (847) 869-3655
Or use the contact list.