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January 2013

01/22/2013 - Goal Exceeded In Founders Day Challenge

The challenge was to raise $167,000 in honor of Alpha Sigma Phi’s 167th birthday, attract new supporters, and re-establish the old tradition of giving a little extra on Founders Day to propel Alpha Sigma Phi forward.  We hit the mark in all three objectives!  

The duty of the Alpha Sigma Phi Foundation is to engage and compel those members who believe in making good men better men to invest, give, and build a stronger future for Alpha Sigma Phi. The challenge to all members was to do just that by giving to the 2012 Founders Day Challenge. The 729 men and women who rose to the challenge this past November and December gave $168,058, exceeding the $167,000 goal. 729 is outstanding and is more than gave to the challenge in 2011. Maybe in 2013, we’ll see 1,000 alumni and friends contribute to the challenge.  

There are notable successes to share from the 2012 Founders Day Challenge. 59 donors gave a gift of $67 (5 gave $66 in 2011), 143 donors gave $167 (41 gave $166 in 2011), 6 gave $267 and 2 donors gave $1,845 this year (both had zero in 2011). Of the 729 donors in 2012, 44 gave to the Foundation for the very first time.

“Attracting brand new donors is typically a very expensive and time consuming exercise for any foundation. To see so many brothers give for the first time tells me that the brotherhood still plays a role in their lives and they are compelled to see more and more young men have a productive fraternity experience. The fact that alumni contributed $168,058 is outstanding, especially since so many major supporters were on the sideline waiting to see what would happen with the fiscal cliff. The influx of new supporters really made the difference,” said Foundation CEO Drew Thawley, Ohio Wesleyan ’94.  

Based on giving, here are the top five chapters:

  • Indiana University (Gamma Chi) $11,134.21; 12 donors
  • University of Illinois (Eta) $9,898.45; 27 donors
  • Illinois Institute of Tech. (Alpha Xi) $7,905.45; 25 donors
  • Purdue University (Alpha Pi) $6,251.00; 43 donors
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Epsilon) $5,895.00; 20 donors

Thank you to the 729 men and women who contributed to the 2012 Founders Day Challenge. To see a list of those who contributed to the Challenge, please click here to visit the Foundation website.

1/22/2013 - Elevate Registration Now Available

It’s 2013 and that means plans are well underway for the next summer conference, Elevate – National Leadership Conference. This year, attendees will come together at Marshall University from July 25-28 for three days of brotherhood with Alpha Sigs from across the country and educational tracks offered to make the experience as relevant and applicable to everyone attending. In the past, tracks have been offered for Advanced Leaders (current Prudential Board officers) and Emerging Leaders (those interested in running for a Prudential Board office); a Ritual track (for Marshals, Sgt. at Arms or those interested in the Ritual); a Graduating Seniors Track (for those entering their senior year); and a Standards Board track (for members of the Standards Board). This year, in addition to those tracks, two new tracks will be offered; Recruitment and Treasurer. Both tracks will be excellent for Recruitment Directors, Recruitment Team Captains, Treasurers, and those aspiring to run for one of those positions in the fall elections.

Registration is now open and easy to complete. Simply visit the Fraternity’s website, click on Conferences and Events, then go to the Registration Information Page listed under the Elevate tab. Those who register by April 15 will receive $100 off of the registration cost, and registration is closed after June 28. Registration is limited for all tracks so do not get left out, register today!

Any questions regarding Elevate - National Leadership Conference should be directed to Tabatha Sarco, Director of Educational Programs at tsarco@alphasigmaphi.org.

01/22/2013 - Fraternity Re-establishes Chapter Accreditation Program

In its continuing efforts to create better chapters comprised of better men, the Fraternity re-established the Chapter Accreditation Program this academic year that will evaluate chapters on a four-year basis.

Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, chapters and colonies will be evaluated every four years on their Annual Report scores, their recruitment numbers for the academic year (based on the percentage of the recruitment goal attained) and the number of active members on their Chapter Council.

Note that once a colony becomes a chapter, it will begin accredited four years post-chartering. For more information regarding the Chapter Accreditation Program click here or email Vice President Matt Humberger at mhumberger@alphasigmaphi.org

01/22/2013 - SIG Experience Scholarships Available Online

Thanks to generous donations by several alumni, those applying to be a part of the inaugural Sig Experience now have the opportunity to apply for a $500 scholarship to offset costs of the trip. The scholarship application can be downloaded directly from the Conferences and Events landing page of the national website and are due back to Headquarters by March 15.

In conjunction with the Fraternity’s Sig Experience, the Foundation has started an endowment to help fund this program in the future. If you are interested in contributing to this endowment and helping brothers from across the country travel to El Salvador for a week of service, cultural immersion, and values exploration, then please click here to donate to the SIG Experience.

01/08/2013 - Past Grand Senior President Trubow Passes into Omega Chapter

On Monday, January 7, 2013, Brother George Trubow, Michigan ’53, Delta Beta Xi ’65, passed into the Omega Chapter. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Sue and all of Brother Trubow’s family, the brothers of Theta Chapter at the University of Michigan, and the countless brothers from all over the country who were positively impacted by the service of Brother Trubow.

“The Fraternity lost a great member and many of us have lost a close friend in Brother Trubow. He will certainly be missed but the impact he left on the Fraternity will always remain in our hearts and be felt for years to come,” offered Grand Senior President, Bryan Proctor, Grand Valley '96.

Brother Trubow served on the Grand Council from 1968-1976 where he held the positions of Grand Secretary, Grand Junior President and Grand Senior President from 1974-1976.   In 1977,  Brother Trubow was awarded the Evin C. Varner Distinguished Service Award, the highest award an alumnus can receive.   In 2010, Brother Trubow was awarded the Distinguished Merit Award for his prestigious career in law, including serving in the White House and as the Dean of the John Marshall Law School. Brother Trubow was a pioneer in privacy law and was well respected and a nationally known expert in the 1960’s and 70’s.

“I first met George when I was a delegate to the 1976 Convention. He was GSP and spent a lot of time with us undergrads. During his time as GSP, Alpha Sigma Phi was on the verge of folding. He made brave leadership decisions to keep the ‘Old Gal’ alive. If it wasn"t for George, we would not be seeing the growth today,” commented Kevin Garvey, Westminster ’75, former Executive Director of the Fraternity and Foundation, Past Grand Senior President, and Immediate Past Chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors.

All members of the Fraternity are encouraged to wear their badge on Thursday, January 10, 2013 to honor the life and service of Past Grand Senior President Trubow. Chapters and colonies are encouraged to conduct the Memorial Service immediately before their next meeting.

To share thoughts regarding Brother Trubow’s impact on the Fraternity or to offer condolences to the family, please contact Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Ryan Bakita at rbakita@alphasigmaphi.org

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