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  • Changing the Culture
  • Leadership and Excellence on Campus
  • Giving Back
  • The Generation to End Cancer
  • The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
  • Brothers in Service

Changing the Culture

Through values-based leadership programming, academic excellence, community service and philanthropic giving, today’s Sigma Chi reflects the values and principles that inspired our founders in 1855 while leading the fraternal shift away from the rebellious, Animal House portrayal of Fraternities in media at large.

Lifelong Learning

A Sigma Chi endeavors to achieve his maximum potential during his college years and continues a lifelong pursuit of learning for the development of knowledge, wisdom and character.

Diverse Membership

Sigma Chis are men with different temperaments, talents and convictions who acknowledge, respect and highly value their collective diversity all while sharing a common belief in the fundamental purpose of Sigma Chi.

Human Dignity

A Sigma Chi treats others with respect and dignity and believes in the value of all individuals. We do not practice nor condone any insensitive or abusive behavior toward any individual or group.

Service to Others

A Sigma Chi acknowledges and accepts personal responsibilities to his family, community and those who are less fortunate. We volunteer our talents, time and resources to build a better world.

Responsible Personal Conduct

A Sigma Chi conducts himself as a high-minded man and a gentleman, exhibiting integrity, courtesy and loyalty. Our members reject behavior that is dangerous to others, including the use of illegal substances and the abuse of legal substances.

Leadership and Excellence on Campus

When compared with other campus organizations and athletic teams, the impact of Sigma Chis are evidenced by their community service, philanthropic efforts and campus-wide activities.

  • 74 percent of Sigma Chi chapters are above the all-men’s average GPA on their campus
  • Sigma Chi’s contributed a combined 257,167 hours of community service during the last academic year — an average of 16 hours per man.
  • Our chapters contributed over $4.1 million to non-Sigma Chi charities as a result of chapter-organized philanthropic events — an average of $266 per man
  • In 2018 to 2019, our young brothers are student body presidents at 24 institutions (while we represent less than 0.1 percent of the overall student body), and Interfraternity Council (IFC) officers at 85 percent of campuses.
  • 85 percent of all undergraduate brothers participate in one or more extracurricular activity on campus.
  • A decrease in substance abuse issues, hazing incidents and other behavioral issues in each of the last six years.

Sigma Chi has taken a lead role in the fight to preserve the freedom of association rights of college students. In particular, the Fraternity is among the organizations that filed suit against Harvard University over their legislation banning students from single-sex organizations from holding a leadership role or obtaining a fellowship on campus.

Fraternity leadership has met with congressional officials and is proactively encouraging new legislation providing college students with the freedom of association.

Sigma Chi has proactively been a leader with legislation prohibiting hard alcohol in chapter facilities — a decision lauded and implemented throughout the fraternal world.

Members are being rewarded with increased academic scholarship opportunities from the Sigma Chi Foundation and their own chapters, surpassing the $1 million mark for 2018 to 2019.

Sigma Chi also honors the most outstanding graduate senior in each of its provinces, as well as an overall International Balfour Award winner each summer at Krach Transformational Leaders Workshop.

Character-in-ActionTM

Throughout our organization’s history, undergraduate and alumni members of Sigma Chi have given their time, talents and treasure to change their campuses and community by volunteering for a variety of initiatives.

Whether it’s helping construct homes through Habitats for Humanity, serving the need-based and homeless community with canned food drives or meals, volunteering within local animal shelters or lending a hand in disaster relief, Sigs understand the meaning of giving back.

Sigma Chi recognizes these acts as Character-in-Action.TM

In 2005, Sigma Chi introduced the Mark V. Anderson Character-in-ActionTM Leadership Award to recognize the selfless acts of brothers. A formal recognition from the General Fraternity not only applauds these actions, but also allows non-members an opportunity to appreciate the scope and mission of the organization.

Here are a few examples of our members, who continue to go above and beyond:

Eric Feigl-Ding, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins 2004

The Flint, Michigan water crisis inspired Feigl-Ding to create toxinalerg.org, a website that alerts schools and communities of high levels of heavy metals in water samples. The public can submit water data so that it appears on an interactive map on the website, making the level of its quality openly assessable. Water testing collection kits are available and can be tested by toxinalert.org to be placed on the interactive map.

University of Rochester Chapter

Each year, members of the University of Rochester undergraduate chapter spend days in the Dominican Republic building latrines and offering other assistance. It allows them to improve the lives of citizens in need and learn first-hand about poverty. In five years, the Rochester Chapter have constructed a church and 20 latrines, which help residents who were previously walking barefoot through human waste in the streets.

Tom Umstead

georgia tech 1956

Umstead and his nonprofit, Mr. Tom’s Heart, support a growing list of nonprofits, delivering discarded food and other items of need from area stores such as Costco or Kroger to homeless people, hungry children, lonely seniors and youth in hospitals on a daily basis.

Will Cleaver

Pittsburg State 1996

The devastating May 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri inspired Cleaver to serve hot barbecue meals to the first responders and residents in need at the site. From that event, Operation BBQ Relief was born. Operation BBQ Relief has gone on to serve more than 600,000 meals to victims and first responders at disaster sites across the country.

Nominate a Brother

Award criteria

  • Nominee must be a Sigma Chi.
  • Recognition should be for an action/deed that the nominee has performed within the last year, rather than for a monetary donation.
  • Recognition should be for an action that leads to the betterment of or support for the community, not for the advancement of Sigma Chi.
  • Nominee will not be recognized for service that is a part of his employment responsibility.

To nominate a brother who should be recognized with this award, send an email that answers the following questions to character@sigmachi.org.

  • What is the community service for which the brother is being nominated?
  • How and why did he begin such volunteer work?
  • How long has he been involved in these activities?
  • What percentage of the work was completed on a volunteer basis
  • How would you describe the nominee to others? What key traits does he possess that make him a man of good character?

Also provide the name and contact information of someone with whom the nominee has worked while volunteering on a project.

The Generation to end Cancer

From groundbreaking genetic research to a first-of-its-kind treatment to combat Ewing sarcoma, the second-most common bone cancer in children, the world-class research work at Salt Lake City’s Huntsman Cancer Institute is helping lead the fight against cancer.

Named in honor of renowned philanthropist, the late Order of Constantine and Significant Sig Jon Huntsman Sr., PENNSYLVANIA 1959, and his family, the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has furthered Huntsman’s life goal of combatting and eradicating all forms of cancer.

The loss of his mother to breast cancer was something that motivated Jon Huntsman Sr. throughout his life. The commitment of more than $300 million from Huntsman and his family toward HCI has helped provide Utah and the western states with one of the best cancer hospitals in the world, and one of the most comprehensive cancer research centers, since HCI’s creation in 1995.

Knowing that 1 in every 2 men and 1 in every 3 women will get cancer during their lifetimes and the importance of the research being done at HCI, Sigma Chi officially announced during its 150th anniversary celebration in 2005 that it was partnering with Huntsman to make the Huntsman Cancer Foundation the preferred charity of the Fraternity.

In 2012, Huntsman Cancer Foundation was designated as the Fraternity’s sole preferred philanthropic partner, and, in 2015, Sigma Chi made history with the largest-ever philanthropic commitment from a Greek-letter men’s organization with an $11 million pledge — over $10 million of which has been raised in less than five years.

During the 2018 to 2019 Huntsman Challenge fundraising cycle, Sigma Chi chapters collectively raised more than $2.35 million for HCI. And, for the first time in the campaign’s history, three chapters surpassed the $100,000 milestone.

This commitment was furthered during Sigma Chi’s 82nd Grand Chapter in Salt Lake City as the Fraternity surpassed its prior historic commitment with an additional $20 million pledged towards HCI’s Women’s Health Center and Research Wing through 2030.

For more information on the Sigma Chi Huntsman Challenge, visit Huntsmanchallenge.org

The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi

The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi is more than a famous song written in the 1920s, it is the description of important young women who serve in leadership roles assisting philanthropic, recruitment and volunteer causes within Sigma Chi.

Chapter sweethearts are chosen in a variety of ways according to each chapter’s protocol. The nominees can be anyone that would serve as an ambassador for the chapter, and are often voted upon based on a set of criteria.

Chapter sweethearts often help the undergraduate chapters they represent with volunteer and philanthropic efforts, recruitment and Greek relations.

Every two years, at each Grand Chapter, the Fraternity selects one of the chapter sweethearts to serve as the International Sweetheart for the following two years.

Criteria include personality, character, scholarship and campus activities, and the recipient plays a significant role in the philanthropic efforts benefitting the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Written by Sigs Byron Stokes and Dudleigh Vernor, the song The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi was a major hit song in the 1920s and 1930s, inspiring two films by the same name in 1933 and 1946.

The first official naming of a sweetheart by the General Fraternity took place at the 47th Grand Chapter when Barbara Tanner of Michigan State was chosen from six finalists to serve the first two-year term.

/ The sweetheart program /

“The girl of my dreams is the sweetest girl, of all the girls I know ..”

The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi

 

Chapter Sweetheart

The chapter sweetheart has the opportunity to make a great impact on the chapter that she serves. Former International Sweetheart, Amy Jackson, has created some resources for you to download. As sweetheart, you have a perspective that no one else in Sigma Chi can offer. Here are her tips about how you can positively affect your chapter:

International Sweetheart

The International Sweetheart of Sigma Chi has held a distinguished role in our organization since Barbara Tanner was first crowned in 1948 by Significant Sig John Wayne, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 1929. Since then, an International Sweetheart has been chosen once every two years at Grand Chapter. Each young woman has represented the ideals of the White Cross and lived Sigma Chi’s core values of Friendship, Justice and Learning while making her own personal contributions to the Fraternity. Long after her official term is over, the International Sweetheart maintains a special place in the Fraternity. Click here to view a list of past International Sweethearts. 

At the 2017 Grand Chapter, undergraduate delegates voted Allie Hagemeyer the Fraternity’s 2017 to 2019 International Sweetheart. Allie graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017, where she majored in architecture. She is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and works at an architecture firm in Cincinnati.

You may email Allie with questions or requests for visits here. You can also contact Headquarters here with questions for Allie. Please keep in mind that should you wish to host a visit for the International Sweetheart, the chapter is responsible for covering all of her travel expenses.

Brothers in Service

From the American Civil War through the war on terrorism, Sigma Chi members have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives for the United States and Canada through many military conflicts.

Gold Star Honor Roll

The Sigma Chi Foundation recognizes honorably discharged or currently serving members of the armed forces with the Sigma Chi Military Service Recognition Pin. The White Cross we wear is an emblem of sacrifice, and the virtues displayed through one’s service to country brings honor to Sigma Chi.

The Foundation also awards an annual military scholarship award for current undergraduate or graduate student Sigs that are serving their school’s ROTC, reserves or joined the Fraternity while on active duty or following service to one of the military branches.

Stories of Valor

Capt. Maurice Britt, ARKANSAS 1941

After disdaining enemy hand grenades, a close-range machinegun, pistol and rifle, Britt inspired and led a handful of men in repelling a counterattack from 100 Germans on November 10, 1943. In lieu of serious injuries, Britt wiped out an enemy machinegun crew and helped capture a number of Germans while enabling the escape of captured Americans. For his actions he received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

 

Tech. Sgt. Forrest Vosler, SYRACUSE 1941

While serving as a radio operator-airgunner on a heavy bombardment aircraft in December 1943, Vosler was wounded in the legs, thighs, chest and face. With pieces of metal lodged in both eyes, he kept firing his guns, was able to repair an inoperative radio set and send out distress signals despite lapses into unconsciousness. For his actions he received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

 

Capt. Robert Prince, STANFORD 1941

Prince helped plan the rescue of the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War camp in the Philippines, and was personally responsible for the rescue of over 500 Bataan Death March survivors through his rescue plan and direct action. The principles of his plan are still taught today at West Point. James Franco portrayed Prince in the film The Great Raid. He received the nation’s second-highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross, for his involvement.