Read the latest news, accomplishments and announcements submitted by your brothers who want SigEp to share with you the big events happening in their world. Local chapter and alumni events as well as individual news may appear here. These submissions have been reviewed and edited for clarity and length as needed. Submit your news today.
The Rev. Quigg Lawrence, Virginia ’81, was consecrated on February 4, as the fifth and newest bishop in the Province de L’Englise Anglicane au Rwanda and in the Anglican Church in North America. He will remain as pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke County. Brother Lawrence’s father was also a SigEp at Virginia. View the full story.
In January, 2013, seven members of the Ohio Upsilon Chapter traveled to Nicaragua with an Immersion Program. Through this experience, the brothers practiced Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love. They lived and bonded with Nicaraguan families, learned of the nation’s history through many outlets and helped pick coffee beans with local farmers. As SigEps, they became closer and learned more about their world and themselves.
Tyler Stimpert, John Carroll ‘15
SigEps at Southern Methodist boost a new member class of 34 including a professional wake boarder, tri-athlete, varsity football player, student senators and an eagle scout.
John Morrow, Southern Methodist ‘15
For the 2013 NASCAR season, Chris Yerges, Wisconsin-Platteville ’09, can be found in the pit helping call the shots on the #7 Sprint Cup Team for Driver Dave Blaney. Brother Yerges has been named the Lead Race Engineer and Engineering Department Head at Tommy Baldwin Racing. For Yerges, this is a dream come true.
Chris Yerges, Wisconsin-Platteville, North Carolina-Charlotte
Chandler Vreeland, Georgia ’80, was recently installed as a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, John Collins Chapter, Marietta, Ga. Brother Vreeland’s ancestor, Drewry Allen fought under Gen. George Washington in N.C. and Cowpens, S.C. Brother Vreeland invites other SigEps to get involved in SAR activities.
For the first time since 1998, SigEps at Rhode Island are living in their chapter home. Chapter President Bobby Pelland, Rhode Island ’15, worked hard over winter break to help give the house a face-lift. The walls were painted and both the crest and letters are hung in the stairwells.
Shawn Mullen, Rhode Island ‘13
At the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Connor Close, Texas Christian ’16, won $10,000 for the Texas Gamma Residential Learning Community’s philanthropy, the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Worth.
Corbett Ekonomou, Texas Christian ‘12
SigEp Brother Omar Franco, Miami-Dale ’85, is the newly elected president of the Hispanic Lobbyist Association. Brother Franco will serve a one-year term as head of this national organization which provides mentoring for Hispanic youth and professionals seeking careers in government advocacy, and promotes education, professional development and bi-partisanship. For further information, view this press release.
Congratulations to the Baker RLC as SigEp tops all fraternities on campus scholastically for the fall 2012 term. The SigEp brothers also ranked #2 among Greeks at Baker with a 3.36 overall GPA. Read more about this RLC’s achievement.
Alumni and undergraduates of the Muhlenberg SigEp chapter will gather the weekend of April 12-14, 2013, to celebrate its chapter’s 75th Anniversary. The Pennsylvania Iota Chapter was founded on April 10, 1938, in Allentown, Pa. To join the celebration of this milestone, visit the anniversary website at www.penniota75.com or contact Steven Dimirsky ’01, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dane Eagle, Florida ’05, was recently elected to the Florida Legislature. He is excited about his new role as he looks forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead. “I owe much to the principles, values and friendships I formed while being a SigEp,” he said. Brother Eagle was a Founding Father of the Florida Gulf Coast chapter before transferring to the University of Florida and becoming a member of the Florida Alpha Chapter.
Brother Craig Dewey, Washington State ’72, has been inducted into the 2012 Hall of Achievement by The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Craig serves as the president of the Washington Alpha Alumni and Volunteer Corporation.
Submitted by Cliff Webster, Washington State ‘74
Brother Ken Christianson, Washington State ’74, and his wife, Sue, were recognized by the Washington State University Foundation this past fall for their volunteer contributions over the years. Both Ken and Sue are also long-time volunteers of the Washington State SigEp Chapter, and Ken is currently serving as a Trustee of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation.
Submitted by Cliff Webster, Washington State ‘74
Four SigEp Missouri State alumni, Drew Burbridge ‘07, James Spears ‘07, Paul Spears “09, and Brandon Power ’08, produced an internet-based cooking show, called These Guys Can Cook. The show was created by Brother Burbridge, and stars Brother Spears and him, as two normal guys who can teach anyone how to create a meal that will have everyone saying "These Guys Can Cook."
These Guys Can Cook has a pilot in consideration at the Food Network and they are constantly hosting large-scale events in Missouri to promote their show. Charity work is also a large part of These Guys Can Cook, a concept that was instilled in our crew during our SigEp days in Springfield, Mo. On September 2, 2012, These Guys Can Cook teamed up with the Saint Louis Charity Team Athletics for Special Kids (TASK) to cook and host their annual charity bag-toss event which raised thousands of dollars for local special needs children.
These Guys Can Cook truly feel we can be a great asset to all Sigma Phi Epsilon members as our time in the Fraternity helped create our interest in sharing our passion for cooking with others. As part of their Phi Ritual, Drew and James taught a session on cooking for your girlfriend or loved ones and that has always stuck with us. Any SigEps following our kitchen principles of simple preparation, bold flavors and solid techniques will have everyone around them saying, "These Guys Can Cook."
Submitted by: James Spears, Missouri State ‘07
Marc B. Levine, Cal State-Northridge ’96, was elected to represent the 10th Assembly District of California during the November 2012 election. Ready to hit the ground running, read more about Brother Levine’s priorities and issues.
Submitted by: Henry Chalian, Cal State-Northridge ‘91
On November 17, 2012, SigEp Brothers at Davidson College conducted an annual 5K Turkey Trot and raised $2,100 for a local free clinic, the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, N.C. The event promoted community service and Sound Body. The mission of the Ada Jenkins Center is “to improve the quality of life for the residents of our communities through the integrated delivery of health, education and human services”.
Liam D. Miner, Davidson ’13, has been recognized as the Patterson Court Person of the Year for living the life of leadership, service, scholarship and betterment of the Patterson Court Council at Davidson College. Patterson Court is the governing board for Greek life and other campus organizations. Brother Miner is North Carolina Epsilon’s vice president of communications.
Submitted by: Chapter Counselor Bill Raffety, Arkansas ‘97
Having a meaningful and worthwhile philanthropy is a paramount issue for any Greek organization. As a result, SigEp at the University of Houston decided to help raise money and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Through donations from generous people, the Texas Delta Chapter raised over $7,600.
In the weeks prior to the day of the Walk MS event on campus, the brothers began its mission to reach its $5,000 goal. Many brothers simply began asking for donations while others sent out emails and texts to friends and family. Over the course of a just couple of weeks, SigEp had almost reached its goal. By the time the big day came around, the Texas Delta Chapter had exceeded its goal.
Bright and early on November 11, 2012, the brothers of SigEp showed up to Walk MS, being held at the pavilions right outside of Robertson Stadium. Along with many other teams, SigEp walked the 3K path around the university to raise awareness for MS.
Overall, SigEp finished in 4th place out of the 110 teams also raising funds for the National MS Society. The philanthropy itself was a big success thanks to the dedication of the chapter and everyone who gave SigEp support. The brothers of SigEp are extremely grateful to the people who donated and are proud to have participated in such a great cause.
Kalen Gallagher, UC Davis ’05, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Campbell Union High School District, in San Jose, Calif. Amongst the four electable candidates, including two incumbents, Brother Gallagher received the most votes (29.8%). This will be Kalen’s first job as a public official.
Submitted by Dieter Rutzen, Stanford '11
Recently a SigEp alumnus, Sam Levin, Temple ’00, was featured in the Keystone Edge. Keystone Edge covers growth across the state of Pennsylvania with a particular focus on the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the people, places and companies driving the state forward. Brother Levin is a 33-year old CEO and co-founder of Maven Wire, a company that specializes in Supply Chain technology solutions with a global customer base.
Submitted by Francisco DeLosReyes, Temple ‘98
Washington and Lee SigEp Brother Josh Bareno ’13, meet the most interesting man in the world while interning at Havas Worldwide (formerly Euro RSCG Worldwide) in New York City this past summer. View Bareno’s experience.
Submitted by: Josh Bareno, Washington and Lee ‘13
Read more about how the Colorado State Chapter is providing support to their house mom of 17 years after her husband passed away.
Submitted by: Daniel Smith, Colorado State ‘11
Let’s Help, Inc., a local charity in Topeka, Kan., is “committed to building a better community by inspiring hope, promoting self-sufficiency and breaking the cycle of poverty one person at a time”. The recruitment mentor at Emporia State and Washburn, Dr. Mike Culp, has recruited volunteers from both chapters to give up one Saturday a month to help service lunch to the homeless and the poor. The brothers wear their SigEp letters proudly and do a great job on behalf of the Topeka South Rotary Club.
Submitted by: Dr. Michael Culp, Emporia State ‘65
Read about how the Illinois Gamma Residential Learning Community gives back to the city that has been its home for 64 years. View SigEp's design for new Monmouth City sign.
Submitted by: Chapter Counselor Tom Sargent, Monmouth ‘85
Patrick Devereux, Samford ’05, was recently named Young Alumnus of the Year for 2012 by Samford University. Brother Devereux is a great example of leadership in the community, mentoring, and partnering with higher education. View video of Samford University's 2012 Alumni of the Year.
Submitted by: Steve Daniels, Lambuth ‘78
The SigEp Residential Learning Community at Montana State raised over $400 for a local food bank on September 29. At the second annual SigEp Rose Bowl, the sororities on campus fielded teams to compete in a powder-puff football competition. View the action packed highlights.
Omicron Delta Kappa National Honorary Society recently appointed David Chambliss, Bowling Green State '07, and Michael Giles Jr., Samford ‘05, to their National Foundation. Chambliss is a member of our Alumni and Volunteer Corporation at Ohio Wesleyan. Omicron Delta Kappa was founded in 1914, in Lexington, Va., at Washington and Lee University. The Society has initiated over 300,000 members.
Sigma Phi Epsilon took home the Chapter of the Year award on August 26 at the annual Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Greek Awards. SigEp is the only fraternity that has ever won this award since the awards were originally started. This is the second win for the chapter.
In addition to this, the chapter won: Outstanding Chapter Entertainment/Social Program "Greek Goddess," Outstanding Chapter Intramural, Outstanding Interfraternal-Panhellenic Spirit, and brother David Hamilton, '13, was named Greek Man of the Year. SigEp was the only fraternity on the SIU-Edwardsville campus to stay above the all campus average.
The Ohio State University’s Sorority and Fraternity Life recently held their annual Greek Awards. This year, Ohio State’s Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter was recognized for their excellence in the Greek community, receiving awards for:
We appreciate the hard work and dedication put in by every member of the chapter. Looking forward to the coming year, we know Sigma Phi Epsilon will continue to thrive in the Ohio State community, demonstrating the organization’s commitment to excellence.
Shanon Larimer, Kent State ’00, was just promoted to Associate Principal and Vice President of Global Marketing and Public Relations at Baker Barrios Architects, and he was just named as an executive officer for the City of Orlando’s Downtown Arts District Board of Directors and the Museum of Design in Atlanta. In these non-profit board positions, Larimer will play a critical role in providing advice and resources to the boards on governance issues and amendments to state laws that will assist the organizations in fulfilling their fiduciary duties.
In June 2012, Adam Pratt, Rochester ’01, (right) and Drew Sommer, Rochester, ’01, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa's tallest mountain at over 19,300 feet. Sommer and Pratt hold a SigEp shirt when they reach the peak.