02/27/2013 - Grand Council Approves Seven Chartering Recommendations
CARMEL, INDIANA History was made yet again this weekend as the Grand Council approved seven recommendations for charter during their monthly meeting a record number to be approved at one time for Alpha Sigma Phi. The Council's decision brings the total of recognized chapters to 87, also a record for the Fraternity.
Five of the seven colonies that will charter are restarts: Gamma Chapter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Delta Chapter at Marietta College, Pi Chapter at the University of Colorado, Beta Sigma Chapter at the University of Cincinnati, and Delta Omicron Chapter at Illinois State University. Alpha Sigma Phi will also add two new designations to the chapter roll on the West Coast as San Francisco State University will charter as Zeta Lamba Chapter and Fresno State University will be recognized as the Zeta Mu Chapter.
All seven groups began their journey towards chartering during the Fraternity's commitment to expansion and growth over the past four years. This is an historic day for the Fraternity. Not just for the organization as a whole, but for all of these young men these Founding Fathers who have put in an incredible amount of time and effort to reach their goals, noted Fraternity Vice President Matt Humberger, Bowling Green 03. The coast-to-coast presence represented by these seven soon-to-be chapters illustrate the success of Alpha Sigma Phi's mission to become the organization of choice on campuses nationwide.
Chartering ceremonies for the respective chapters will occur on the following dates:
- Marietta College, Delta Chapter Saturday, April 6, 2013
- University of Colorado, Pi Chapter Sunday, April 7, 2013
- University of Cincinnati, Beta Sigma Chapter Friday, April 12, 2013
- California State University, Fresno, Zeta Mu Chapter Saturday, April 20, 2013
- Illinois State University, Delta Omicron Chapter Saturday, April 20, 2013
- San Francisco State University, Zeta Lambda Chapter Saturday, May 4, 2013
- University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Gamma Chapter Sunday, May 5, 2013
For more information on these ceremonies (times, locations, etc.), please contact Matt Humberger at email@example.com
02/26/2013 - Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Dartmouth '34, Enters Omega Chapter
HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE The former surgeon general who raised the profile of the position by captivating America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as AIDS and by railing against smoking, died at his home in Hanover, New Hampshire on February 25, 2013. He was 96. Koop is the 1993 recipient of the Fraternity's Distinguished Merit Award.
Charles Everett Koop was born in Brooklyn on Oct. 14, 1916. He briefly played football at Dartmouth College, where he acquired his lifelong nickname Chick, according to a biography posted online by the National Library of Medicine. While at Dartmouth College, Koop joined the Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity in 1934 becoming the chapters 143rd initiated member. The chapter was closed just a few years later.
An early fascination with medicine eventually led him to Cornell University Medical College. In 1945, he became first surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a position he held until his appointment as Surgeon General.
Koop, a pediatric surgeon with a conservative reputation and a distinctive beard, was Surgeon General from 1981 to 1989, a term of service that spanned the Reagan administration and the early months of the administration of George H.W. Bush.
In a somewhat unexpected move, he released a first of its kind report on tobacco in 1984. Following the release of his report, he instituted the practice of requiring rotated health warning labels on cigarette packs and required advertising to include the labels, although some warnings had been required since 1965. Koop issued a challenge to Americans in 1984 to "create a smoke-free society in the United States by the year 2000." As Surgeon General, he released eight reports on the health consequences of tobacco use including the first report on the health consequences of involuntary tobacco smoke exposure or second-hand smoke as it is more widely known today.
He is probably best remembered for his official 1986 report on AIDS a plain-spoken 36-page document that talked about the way AIDS spread (through sex, needles and blood), the ways it did not spread (through casual contact in homes, schools and workplaces), and how people could protect themselves. An eight-page version was mailed to every American household in 1988.
Koop remained active after his term as Surgeon General, heading his C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. At a news conference in Washington, D.C., in 2010, when he was 94, he spoke from a wheelchair and told reporters that he was "very, very deaf" and legally blind, the Washington Post reported.
Even so, he still had the strength to warn that AIDS was becoming a "forgotten epidemic." Although 56,000 Americans were still getting infected each year, "simply put, HIV is no longer on the public"s radar screen," he said.
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02/12/2013 - Zeta Iota and Zeta Kappa Chapters Receive Charter
On Saturday, February 2, 2013 Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity officially recognized groups at the University at Albany - S.U.N.Y. and the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater as the 148th and 149th groups to receive their charter in the Fraternity's 167 year history. The Zeta Iota (Albany) and Zeta Kappa (Whitewater) Chapter's add to the incredible growth that Alpha Sigma Phi has been experiencing since 2009; 20 chartered groups in just three and a half years.
Zeta Iota Chapter began as an expansion effort in the spring of 2011. Two men, Danny Randell and Aaron Seigel contacted Alpha Sigma Phi Headquarters wanting to start a new fraternity on the campus of the University at Albany - S.U.N.Y. Fraternity staff conducted a pledge ceremony for both men in February and from there the group began to grow with many students who were interested in creating a new fraternity experience. Fraternity staff member Ryan Bakita, Miami University '06 spent three weeks at the campus and conducted additional pledge ceremonies, including one at the Beta Psi Chapter House at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. On April 11, 2011 and April 12, 2011 two Initiation Ceremonies took place at the RPI house, initiating a total of 26 brothers to the University at Albany - S.U.N.Y. Colony of Alpha Sigma Phi.
Over the next few semesters the colony worked hard to become fully involved in campus life while recruiting new member classes to bolster their roster. A strong recruitment effort in the fall of 2012 solidified their membership at 41 men who are now recognized as the Founding Fathers of the Zeta Iota Chapter.
Undergraduate Grand Councilor Jon Lucas, Capital '11 and Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Ryan Bakita attended the ceremony to present the chapter with their charter and insignia. Grand Chapter Advisor Brandon Seeley, Hartwick '05 was on hand as well and spoke to the commitment of all the men in the chapter that worked tirelessly to become officially recognized as a chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. Chapter President Andrew McBean, Albany 11 noted the positive effects that the brotherhood has had on him and many of the chapter members during their journey towards the Chartering Ceremony. He then reminded all in attendance that the journey is not over, and challenged his chapter to work harder and become even stronger.
The very same evening, some 918 miles away, the colony at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater held their chartering ceremony as they were officially recognized as the Zeta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi.
The Zeta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi was brought together by staff member Jason Hinson-Nolen, Murray State '05 in March 2012. On April 28th, 2012 15 men were initiated into the Mystic Circle. Under the leadership of Chapter President John Jensen, Whitewater 12, the colony put a high emphasis on brotherhood, operations, and Ritual. During fall 2012, 12 men were initiated into Alpha Sigma Phi. The Zeta Kappa Chapter has enjoyed a lot of campus success, as men within the group hold campus positions such as: Student Body President, Former Speaker of the Student Senate, Big Man on Campus, Homecoming King, Resident Assistants, President of Chemistry Club, and many more. They raised $400 for LIVESTRONG and over $1,100 for Movember during the month of November for men's health. The men in the chapter have been highly motivated since the beginning focusing on their goal to become a chapter and achieving their goal in less than a year.
During their Chartering Ceremony, Chapter President John Jensen offered we are extremely proud and excited to be the Zeta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. The support of all of our Brothers across the nation has truly helped us accomplish this goal. We are very excited to continue to work to better the man and help define the future of the Old Gal!
Fraternity staff member Doug Jones, Cornell '09 and Grand Councilor Rodney Rusk, Central Michigan '93, Delta Beta Xi 04 presented the charter and insignia to the chapter and were joined by Foundation staff member Steve Latour, Central Michigan '04 and Foundation Board Member John Anderson, Trine '71, Delta Beta Xi '11 who announced the creation of a Chapter Endowment Fund.
The Zeta Kappa Chapter is one of three active groups in the state of Wisconsin. The others are the Kappa Colony at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the colony at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. 27 men are recognized on the charter as Founding Fathers of the Zeta Kappa Chapter.
02/12/2013 - Awards, Scholarship, and Annual Report Forms Available Online - Deadline April 15
Hurry! The deadline to apply for a scholarship or nominate a brother for an award is April 15. The Alpha Sigma Phi Awards website is now the location for undergraduates to complete the Annual Report and apply for scholarships, and for alumni and undergraduates alike to nominate brothers for all awards, such as Delta Beta Xi or the Undergraduate Hall of Fame.
To complete any form on the site, you simply click on the SUBMISSIONS link at the top of the page, then choose from the categories offered on the Submissions landing page. You do NOT need to create a login. The only reason in which you would need to create a login would be if you were unable to complete a form once you started and wanted to save your progress and come back later. All forms are available now, but the deadline is April 15, so hurry and visit the Alpha Sigma Phi Awards website today!
02/12/2013 - Register Now To Attend Elevate 2013!
Registration is officially open for you to attend Elevate - National Leadership Conference at Marshall University from July 25-28. Last year's Grand Chapter and Elevate - National Leadership Conference was the largest gathering of Alpha Sigs ever. Register now and you could become a part of history as we hope to break last year's record.
There are seven educational tracks that will be offered at Elevate; Advanced Leaders (current Prudential Board), Graduating Seniors, Recruitment, Ritual, Standards Board, Treasurer, and introducing the Ralph F. Burns Leadership Track. For the first time ever offered in a summer leadership program, the Burns Leadership Track will be geared towards members that are within their first two years of being a member of Alpha Sigma Phi. Ideally, members who were not able to attend the Burns Institute this past January and spring 2013 initiates are encouraged to register. More information about each track is available here.
To participate in this leadership conference and brotherhood extravaganza, all you need to do is complete the registration form with payment information. Your $200 registration fee includes three nights at the historic Marshall University, four meals, and all your conference materials. Parking is even free for those driving.
The form and your payment are due at the same time and must arrive by April 15, 2013 because after the 15th, the price goes up $100. Click here to download your registration form. Don't wait until we are at capacity because space is limited and some tracks always fill up quickly! This will be a truly unique experience to meet brothers from across the country, learn to better yourself and your chapter, and have plenty of free time to share brotherhood. Remember the deadline is April 15th if you want to take advantage of the $200 rate.