09/26/2012 -William Paterson Colony Closed for Risk Management Violations
On September 25, Alpha Sigma Phi Headquarters received a complaint alleging that the Delta Mu Colony at William Paterson was violating our Risk Management Policy, specifically the policy that prohibits all forms of hazing. An investigation was conducted and based on the findings of the investigation, the Delta Mu Colony has been closed, effective immediately. All initiated members of the colony have been moved to alumni status.
Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity is committed to returning to William Paterson University and re-establishing our Delta Mu Chapter but will not launch any effort until at least January, 2018. All questions or comments should be directed to Fraternity President and CEO, Gordy Heminger at email@example.com
09/11/2012 -Gamma Pi Undergraduates Request to Surrender Charter
Yesterday, the undergraduate president of the Gamma Pi Chapter emailed Alpha Sigma Phi Headquarters to inform us that Alpha Sigma Phi Gamma Pi chapter at the University of Findlay will be shutting down. While that email came as a complete surprise to us, within an hour of receiving the email, the following steps occurred:
- Phone conversation with Brian Treece, the University Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisor. During this phone conversation, we learned that the undergraduates informed Brian a week ago about this decision to surrender the Gamma Pi charter. The focus of the phone conversation was to determine when an appropriate return date would be for the Gamma Pi Chapter, better understand the future housing situation (currently no chapter members are living in the house, but it is being used to store Ritual equipment and other materials) and gain a sense of the current climate for Fraternities and Sororities at the University.
- Phone conversation with Grand Chapter Advisor Jeremy Horne. Brother Horne was also surprised by this decision and was not consulted by any undergraduate in the chapter prior to this decision being made. Brother Horne is a past Fraternity staff member, a member of our national Undergraduate Hall of Fame and currently works in the Mayor's office for the City of Findlay.
- Phone conversation with the undergraduate president to ensure that he and the rest of the undergraduates understood the magnitude and severity of this decision.
- Email exchange with Pastor Will Miller, who served as a long-time Grand Chapter Advisor for the Gamma Pi Chapter. Pastor Miller has offered to store all archival material and ritual material until it can be properly secured by Alpha Sigma Phi Headquarters until such time as the Gamma Pi chapter returns to the University of Findlay.
You should know that the national organization did not close the Gamma Pi Chapter nor did we want the Gamma Pi chapter to close. The Gamma Pi Chapter was considered a chapter in good standing with the Fraternity with no discipline issues, a manageable outstanding debt and a clear path, with a little hard work, to becoming the organization of choice at the University of Findlay. We were/are committed to working with the undergraduates to ensure that the Gamma Pi Chapter remains as an active chapter at the University of Findlay for the foreseeable future. Some ways that we have recently provided support to the undergraduates include:
- Vice President Matt Humberger visited campus this August to work with the undergraduates to develop a recruitment program and determine fundraising ideas. Matt also negotiated a payment arrangement with the chapter in which $1000 was to be paid by October 1 (the undergraduates told him that they had $2000 in the bank) with the balance being paid in the spring term after recruitment and dues were collected.
- Director of Chapter and Colony Development Danny Miller has extended himself repeatedly to have weekly or bi-weekly coaching calls to provide support and assistance to the undergraduate officers.
- The chapter had a facilitated Chapter Advance (chapter retreat) by a trained alumni facilitator last academic year, which was completely paid for by Alpha Sigma Phi Headquarters.
- The chapter was one of 15 chapters selected to pilot a program in which all Membership Education Directors attended a weekend long conference, at no-cost to learn how to properly implement a new member education program, facilitate the program and retain members (last year Gamma Pi recruited eight men yet only one was initiated).
We are sad and troubled by the decision of the undergraduates to surrender the charter without having any consultation with their Grand Chapter Advisor or Alpha Sigma Phi Headquarters. We are still committed to working with and supporting the undergraduates if they elect to reverse their decision. If the undergraduates do not reverse their decision, we are committed to working with the University to determine when the appropriate time would be for Alpha Sigma Phi to return to the University of Findlay.
We will keep you updated on any developments. If any Gamma Pi alumnus did not receive this notification via email, please send email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add them to the distribution list for future email updates. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Fraternity President and CEO, Gordy Heminger at email@example.com or by phone at 317-843-1911 x 237.
09/01/2012 - Fall Expansion Starts in the Sunshine State and the Mitten
As the fall term starts up again, so do expansion efforts for the Old Gal. First on the list this fall are the University of South Florida and the University of Michigan at Flint.
The University of South Florida is located in Tampa, Florida and currently has over 40 Greek-letter organizations on campus. This will be the first time since the Gamma Theta Chapter at the University of Miami was chartered in 1952 that the Fraternity has expanded into Florida. "We are very excited to open up our second group in the state of Florida. I believe that USF presents Alpha Sig what a unique opportunity to come in to the community and immediately contribute positively to the Greek Life culture. I believe that the alternative Fraternity experience which Alpha Sig offers can provide an unrivaled opportunity for USF Students. We plan to arrive on campus and recruit Gentlemen who match our values and aim to do something substantial with their time as student of USF. Our expansion process will be network heavy, as referrals from those who live our values often serve as the best means of connecting with individuals who are Alpha Sig material. We have high expectations for the expansion at USF," said Assistant Director of Expansion and Growth Geoff McDonald.
Meanwhile, 1,200+ miles to the north, Coordinator of Expansion and Growth Justin Ferreira will be leading the efforts to start a new group at the campus of University of Michigan Flint. "I am very excited to spread the brotherhood of Alpha Sigma Phi to the campus here at UM Flint and I look forward to meeting all of the quality men this university has to offer. I can't wait to get out there and recruit a fantastic group of high-performing gentleman," says Ferreira. The group at UM Flint will be the Fraternity's tenth chapter/colony in the state of Michigan and the second at a U of M campus the Theta Chapter at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor was founded in 1908.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Founding Father or Alumni Volunteer at either school please contact Vice President Matt Humberger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Be sure to check out the November issue of The Tomahawk magazine for more information on all of our fall expansions and a preview of next year's efforts. #
09/01/2012 - Fraternity Grand Council and Foundation Board of Directors Gain First-time Members
In early August the Fraternity held its biennial Grand Chapter in Chicago, Illinois. As a result the Foundation Board meeting and elections held by undergraduate delegates for the Fraternity, both bodies have first time members.
New to the Foundation Board is Evan Geiselhart, Illinois '82. Brother Geiselhart has spent a career in Mortgage Origination, founding HomeTrust Mortgage in 1995. Active in his church and local boards, Evan lives in Glen Ellyn, IL, with his wife Stephanie and two high-school age children. As an alum he is active with the Eta Chapter at the University of Illinois and took an active role in the chapter's centennial celebration and housing fund raising campaign. He will serve the Board in the role of Director. Also new to the board is Myron Burdge, Ohio Wesleyan 59. A graduate of The Ohio State University, he formed and was the Chief Executive Officer of two property casualty insurance companies and also created a general management agency. He is currently retired, but continues to own several rental properties and office properties near Charleston, South Carolina. He has served on the board of directors for several insurance companies, most recently holding the position of the president of the board for a local property owners association. He and his wife Judy live on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, located south of Charleston. He too will serve Board in the role of Director.
The Grand Council of the Fraternity also has two first-time members in Rodney Rusk, Central Michigan '93 and Josh Orendi, Bethany '96. Brother Rusk shared the following about his new role with the Council:
"Having been selected to serve on the Grand Council has been a high point for me in my relationship with the Fraternity. I was truly honored and very humbled to know that my Brothers felt that I had the skills, knowledge and vision to be one of the primary caretakers of our Brotherhood. As a Fraternity, we are doing great things! There is so much excitement and passion running through our ranks, right up from Colony, to Chapter to our Alumni many decades out of school. We are also at one of those moments in our history where we have a chance to transform into our next organization incarnation. We have the opportunity to bring Alpha Sigma Phi and all of our values to more men, at more universities, in more states and across more generations than any other period in our history. Perhaps the most daunting task will be for us to craft our update Vision and Plan of the future. But this is a task that I look forward to tackling with the outstanding men that I have been chosen to serve with. I feel very lucky to know that each of these men share the same passion that I have for the Fraternity and that we will do everything it takes to insure a bright future for Alpha Sigma Phi."
In addition to his role as Grand Councilor, Brother Rusk also serves as Grand Chapter Advisor to the Zeta Zeta Chapter at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.
Josh Orendi was elected to be the new Secretary to the Grand Council. Brother Orendi is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Phired Up Productions and is co-author of Good Guys: The Eight Steps to Limitless Possibility for Fraternity Recruitment. He currently resides in Carmel, Indiana with his wife and daughter.
The November issue of The Tomahawk magazine will have a full recap of Grand Chapter 2012 including a complete listing of the new Ground Council and Foundation Board of Directors.
Questions pertaining to the Grand Council can be directed to President and CEO Gordy Heminger at email@example.com and those pertaining to the Foundation Board of Directors can be directed to Cara Augspurger, Senior Director of Development, Alpha Sigma Phi Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
09/01/2012 -Epsilon Phi Brothers Increase their Impact at Sonoma State
The Epsilon Phi Chapter at Sonoma State University has been making huge moves in their two years as a chartered chapter. At the end of the 2011-2012 school year their chapter received some great news from the school and Greek Community. The Interfraternity Council elections yielded three Alpha Sigs on their new board. Aaron Zavala was elected as IFC President, Tyler Markus (current Chapter President) was elected as IFC Vice President, and Chris Pederson a newly initiated member was elected as IFC Programs Director. Alpha Sigma Phi members now make up one third of the officers on the Interfraternity Council at Sonoma State University.
In addition to the IFC election results, Brother Zavala received another honor by being nominated and receiving the Fraternity Member of the Year award from Sonoma State University Center for Student Leadership, Involvement, and Service Office for his individual contribution to the vision and mission of Fraternity & Sorority Life at Sonoma State University through the shared values of academics, leadership, community building, service, personal growth, and integrity.
The Epsilon Phi Chapter is quickly becoming the organization of choice at Sonoma State, and their continued growth and development as a chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi will build upon the strong foundation laid by their Founding Fathers.
- submitted by Aaron Zavala, Sonoma State '11