A History of Excellence
On the afternoon of February 26, 1897, at Vincennes University in Indiana, a new fraternity was born from the brotherhood of four students: William Raper Kennedy, James Thompson Kingsbury, George Martin Patterson, and Rolin Rosco James. Originally dubbed Tau Phi Delta, the fraternity first assumed the name of Sigma Pi Fraternity on February 11, 1907. After 77 years of vast expansion, Sigma Pi chartered its first Canadian chapter in 1984. At the 37th Biennial Convocation, our fraternity henceforth became known, as it is known today, as Sigma Pi Fraternity International.
One hundred and twelve years from the fraternity's founding, on January 17, 2009, Sigma Pi's Iota-Eta Chapter was founded at the University of California Santa Cruz. From thence forward hundreds of brilliant and ambitious men have joined our chapter toward the pursuit of brotherhood, leadership, and excellence. Sigma Pi's Iota Eta Chapter has strived invariably to set the bar for chivalrous fraternal distinctiveness. So begins our quest.
Sigma Pi's Iota-Eta Chapter was established to the end that fellowship might be cultivated, the general knowledge of its members extended, the cause of general education advanced, literary culture promoted, and a high degree of scholarly excellence maintained. Sigma Pi Fraternity is a brotherhood of gentlemen, scholars, and leaders. Our mission is to improve the collegiate academic experience of our members, and provide them with a network of resources toward a lifetime of excellence and achievement.
Here's the skinny on some important Sigma Pi facts:
Founders Day February 26, 1897
Founded At Vincennes University, IN
UCSC Chapter Name Iota-Eta
UCSC Chapter Founding January 17, 2009
Colors Lavender, White, Gold
Flower Lavender Orchid
Leaders of the Pack
Strong leadership is a big part of what makes our chapter so successful. Here's a breakdown of our chapter's leaders:
President Connor Koch
Vice President Ted Giberson
Treasurer Junshi Wu
Secretary Nicholas Loza Smith
Risk Management Matt O’Leary
New Member Educator Chris Nagma Standards/Parliamentarian Josh Spangler
ACE Spencer Cody
Alumni Relations Eugene Lee
Attire Sam Guyette
Brotherhood Joshua Miller Employment Kyle Ko
Fundraising Justin Tang
Greek Week Nick Henderson
Housing Sam Hopson
IGC Townsend Walters McDonald
Intramural Adán Ramos
Philanthropy Hunter Farrand
Public Relations Jonathan Trinh
Rush Tristin Brown, Alex Zuniga
Scholarship Austin Grasty
Social Arty Molina
Social Media Daniel Franz, Clayton Sanborn
Special Events Landen Gozashti
Health Brent Farmer
A Creed of Fellowship
Every successful organization is piloted by a set of core values. As set forth by our founders, the creed of our fraternity is an anthem of fellowship which contains these values as a reminder to all who recite it. The creed is as follows:
I believe in Sigma Pi, a Fellowship of kindred minds,
united in Brotherhood to advance Truth and Justice,
to promote Scholarship,
to encourage Chivalry,
to diffuse Culture,
and to develop Character, in the Service of God and Man;
and I will strive to make real the Fraternity’s ideals in my own daily life.
The creed of Sigma Pi is the backbone of our fraternity's beliefs. It is required that every brother know it by heart. Our members follow its message to a tee both within and beyond the fraternity in order to promote a more prosperous lifestyle.
A Motto of Progress
At the suggestion of Mrs. Bayard, the mother of Sigma Pi's first two initiates Samuel and Maurice Bayard, the fraternity adopted its motto from Robert Browning's Poem "A Death in the Desert." It reads:
Progress, man’s distinctive mark alone,
Not God’s, and not the beasts’;
God is, they are.
Man partly is and wholly hopes to be.
Similar our creed, Sigma Pi's motto bears significant influence to our fraternity's beliefs. Our members our required to understand Browning's meaning and incorporate its significance into our academic and occupational pursuits.
Part of the Community
One of Sigma Pi's most intrinsic focuses is philanthropy. Volunteering, fundraising, and donating are things that our members love to do, and do often. Giving back to the community is how our fraternity helps its members understand the importance and significance of service. Additionally, many non-profit organizations greatly appreciate and benefit from Greek participation.
Some of the events our chapter has participated in include the Santa Cruz SuperKid Triathlon, Gault Elementary School's Halloween Parade, and Scotts Valley's Day of Wine and Wet Noses. Sigma Pi is also active on the University of California Santa Cruz campus. Through our Altruistic Campus Experience, or ACE Project, Sigma Pi holds various volunteer events for the benefit of the university. Our most frequent event is maintenance of the Sigma Pi Happy Trail which connects East Rd (Above the Crown/Merrill Apartments) to College Nine.
Rush Sigma Pi
Sigma Pi is nothing without its ambitious gentlemen, and in the realm of higher education, there is no shortage. Any gentleman who is currently enrolled as a UC Santa Cruz undergraduate student is eligible, and we encourage you to rush in either the Fall or Spring academic quarters. You can find us tabling in the Quarry Plaza during the first week of instruction of either quarter. We also host a table at the OPERS Fall Festival.
Our rush week typically begins with a Monday Information Night. Don't miss this! We'll go over everything you need to know about who we are, what we do, why we do it, and where you come in. We'll also answer any and all questions that you might have about rushing, new member education, active brotherhood, and Greek life in general. Following Information Night, we'll host several fun and exciting rush events which we strongly encourage you to participate in.
Joining a Greek organization is a big step, but a rewarding one. Sigma Pi invites you to take that step and join our ranks as an improved man, setting out for a brighter future. We think you might have what it takes. Do you?
Sigma Pi is a non-hazing fraternity. We do not condone nor promote the use of physical or mental stress as a means of educating our new members. Our goal is to empower men by providing them with a constructive new member education. Regarding membership eligibility, the following is written as Bylaw B, Section 1 of our chapter's Bylaws:
"The fundamental qualifications for membership and the rights and obligations of members are and will be as provided for in the Article on Membership and the Bylaw on Members of the Grand Chapter. The UCSC Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity, International is a men’s only fraternity and is a member of the National Inter-Fraternity Council (NIC). This organization will not discriminate on the basis of age, color, gender, disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight. Although our organization will not discriminate on the basis of gender, historically only male persons who are worthy of emulation shall be allowed into the organization. Only UCSC students may be officers and/or voting members. The UCSC Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity will follow the University of California – Santa Cruz’s non-discrimination policy."
For more information on transgender applicants and other policies this chapter follows in accordance with Sigma Pi Fraternity International's Constitution and Bylaws, please visit our fraternity's Policies page.
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