The Fraternity welcomed its 240th chapter to its roll Saturday, when the Lambda Omicron Chapter at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale was installed in Carbondale, Ill.
The Fraternity initiated its new members into the chapter, led by Directors of Expansion Nick Conway, CAL. STATE-FRESNO 2010, and Matt Pagan, NORTH FLORIDA 2010, with Expansion Coordinator Kyle Marscellas, CALIFORNIA-IRVINE 2011, helping out with I-week activities.
Sixty-seventh Grand Consul and Order of Constantine Sig Dennis Santoli, CASE WESTERN 1967, signed the charter, while Sigma Chi Executive Director/President and Order of Constantine Sig Michael H. Dunn, UTAH STATE 1976; Director of Accountability and Order of Constantine Sig William Scott, ARIZONA 1980; Online Specialist James Jones, NORTH FLORIDA 2009, and Joe Wolf, NORTHWESTERN 1974; attended the installation on behalf of Sigma Chi International Headquarters.
Shawn Betar, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (CARBONDALE) 2012, is now a graduate student at the university. Working through the colony process was an arduous but fulfilling task. “It was definitely a long 2½-year process, but it was worth it,” says Betar. “You could see the guys' faces; there were tears and smiles all around. It was a culmination of all our work. We were just really proud of ourselves.”
The chapter must immediately shift its focus to the recruitment process, which was ongoing during I-week. Currently, the chapter has handed out 12 bids with more bids to be distributed, and accepted bids should be returned to the chapter this week, Betar says.
Any alumni looking to get involved with the chapter at Southern Illinois (Carbondale) can contact Betar at (309) 569-9153 or sbetar@siu.edu.