Get The Sigma Chi Badge On Foursquare

July 31, 2012

Sigma Chi is doing a neat thing by partnering up with Foursquare and allowing users to get a “Sigma Chi Badge”. If you check-in 3 times at any of the designated “Sigma Chi Houses” listed on Foursquare, you’ll receive the badge. Below is what I was sent from headquarters.

basically check-in three times at a sig house or once at an international event (horizons, balfour, grand chapter, etc.) and you get the badge.

Headquarters is currently adding new houses to their list (found here: https://foursquare.com/sigmachi). If you want to make sure that your chapter house gets added, contact headquarters and send them the url of your chapter’s foursquare page. My undergraduate chapter is Arkansas State, which can be found here: https://foursquare.com/v/sigma-chi-fraternity–arkansas-state-university/4ad8f192f964a520411621e3. I simply sent them the url and they added it to the list.

Some more information can be found at this blog post on AboutFoursquare: http://aboutfoursquare.com/sigma-chi-launches-the-second-badge-in-the-greek-organization-series/

The Sigma Chi fraternity is now the second Greek organization to offer their own badge on foursquare.

Users can unlock the badge by following the fraternity and checking in at their chapter houses and other locations. The unlock text reads:

True friendship, equal justice and sound learning! You are exploring Sigma Chi. Now that you have this badge, be sure to get the other one!

what do you think of the badge?

 


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


High Ambitions – Grand Consul Santoli

September 21, 2011

Dear Brother,

Sigma Chi leads the Greek-letter world because of the quality of its brothers. Each of us is committed to upholding our Ritual and demonstrating the values it teaches us, exemplifying the tenets from the day of our Initiation until we enter into the Chapter Eternal. By learning and living our Ritual, we embrace the core spirit of Sigma Chi and embody those virtues that we all hold dear.

During my term as Grand Consul, I want to gain the support of all living Sigma Chis in reinvigorating our practice of the Ritual, as well as rekindling the spirit of brotherhood that makes Sigma Chis stand together as we demonstrate true leadership in all of its facets.

We are establishing a Ritual Renaissance Initiative, which is chaired by 65th Grand Consul Bob Jones, RENSSELAER 1973, and includes many of our most knowledgeable experts on the Ritual and Ritualistic practices. Through this initiative we will help all chapters and brothers to appreciate the deepest meanings of the Ritual and to teach Sigma Chis how to demonstrate its beauty and communicate its value.

To that end, we will be also incorporating a Ritual proficiency requirement into our 2013 Peterson Chapter Award criteria. We will be certifying individuals in Ritual history, performance, and exemplification. These certified Ritualists will evaluate our undergraduate chapters and qualify them as proficient, with proficiency a condition to winning a Peterson Award.

Likewise, I have asked Constantine Capital, Inc., our affiliated financial entity, to develop a quick and simple loan process to be used by undergraduate chapters for funding upgrades and modernization of Ritual regalia.

Also, this month, our newly appointed Pledge Education Committee will be meeting to review the final revisions to our pledge education program. The new pledge education program will become a critical component in Ascent, our recently announced modularized continuum of educational and leadership development programs. Ascent aligns Balfour Leadership Training Workshop, Mission 365, Horizons and alumni services programs and other leadership opportunities in a vision of successive growth for our members.

In the upcoming months we will further emphasize scholarship and philanthropy. We will promote an appreciation of scholarship and encourage undergraduate chapters to voluntarily increase the minimum GPA needed for Initiation and to maintain active undergraduate status. Our philanthropic efforts will not only support fundraising for charity, but will encourage our chapters and individual brothers to engage in a broad range of campus and community activities.

I will continue to keep you informed as we progress in our efforts. Let’s work together for a great year and for the advancement of Sigma Chi.

In Hoc,

Dennis Santoli
CASE WESTERN 1967
67th Grand Consul


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.


Sigma Chi Promotes Jon Huntsman Jr. – Presidential Candidate

August 10, 2011

I’m sure most of you probably received a similar email from our Grand Consul this week. For those that didn’t , here is the fraternity promoting/informing Sigs of Jon Huntsman Jr. running for President.

Dear Brother [Insert Your Name],

We have a unique circumstance in our current political climate with one of our brothers, Significant Sig Jon Huntsman Jr., UTAH 1983.

Governor Huntsman, as many of you know, is the former Ambassador to Singapore, Ambassador to China, and the 16th Governor of Utah. He is now running for President of the United States.

Sigma Chi has played a major role in his life and Jon is asking us to join him in a conversation to learn more about his campaign and his reasons for running for President of our country. We encourage any interested brother to sign up online at Jon2012.us/reNiq9. Upon your RSVP, you will receive more detailed information from Huntsman Headquarters staff.

We are excited to offer this unique chance to create an open dialog with one of our brothers and our country’s leaders. If you have any questions, please contact Joseph Ahearn at 407-674-2874.

Fraternally,

Dennis Santoli, CASE WESTERN 1967

67th Grand Consul


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.