We are part of a National organization, with roughly 100 Chapters in almost every state. Nationally, Phi Sigma Pi has been around since 1916, locally, our Chapter was founded in 1995. Since 1995, our Chapter has been continually recognized as one of the top in the Nation, and receiving many awards.
We are a Fraternity, however we are co-ed. We also call each other Brothers. This sounds strange to many at first, but you get used to it very fast and it’s something none of us would change. We currently have approximatly 50 members from a large variety of majors, as well as a few hundred alumni with whom we stay in contact. We are not a Greek Fraternity, thus we are not associated with the other Fraternities and Sororities on campus. We do have a lot in common with them, however, at the same time we are completely different.
Our Chapter is exremetly close. Unlike many organizations on campus when you only see the other members at meetings and events, you WILL see Brothers a few times a week. We hang out together on the weekends, sit next to each other in classes, and often find our roommates, best friends, and boyfriends/girlfriends within the Chapter. When asked our favorite part of being in Phi Sigma Pi, most Brothers will tell you it’s the people and the bonds you make.
Our Chapter organizes many events for our Brothers and the surrounding community. Every year we hold a 5K run/walk for charity called Pi Mile. The walk takes place on campus and last year helped to raise $3500 for our local Special Olympics organization. This year the race is scheduled for October 15th and is benefiting Gateway Community. This race is something our Chapter is most proud of.
Every spring we host a 24 hour Teeter-Totter-A-Thon Fundraiser. Basically, we sit someone on campus and make sure the teeter totter doesn’t stop for a full 24 hours. This event raises money for our Chapter, as well as for a local charity.
Although many of our Brothers feel very strongly about service, that is only a small part of our organization. We have scholastic events, such as trips to the state capital and Potter Park Zoo, resume clinics, and ethnic dinner nights. We have social events, including formals, hay rides, broomball and tailgates. And of course, we also have weekly business meetings.
Because we are a Fraternity, there are three questions we commonly get: ‘Do you have a house?’ ‘Do you haze?’ and ‘Do you party all the time?’ We do not have a house, we absolutely do not haze, and while we do love to party together, even people who don’t can fit into our organization and have a great time.
Hopefully that will answer a lot of your questions about who we are.
It’s very difficult to try to sum it up in an email. Every year the Fraternity changes – we mold to the interests of our Brothers. We are whatever the Brothers want us to be.
We are a group of leaders, who want to accomplish a lot in life, and love to have fun. This isn’t the kind of organization to join if you just want something for a resume. While we do look great on a resume, Phi Sigma Pi takes up a lot of time. I’ve gotten many letters from “honor fraternities” where you go to the induction ceremony, participate in one event each semester, and then are able to use their name as a resume builder. We are nothing like that.
We have mandatory Sunday night meetings, as well as mandatory events every Thursday evening. During your first semester, it is very important to have these days open – after the first semester, it is important, but possible to work around. If you have a class Thursday nights, you may want to consider putting off rushing until next semester.
Our requirements are that you have completed at least 12 credits (we do not accept first semester freshman) and you must have at least 2 semesters remaining before graduation. You also must have a minimum of a 3.2 GPA when you rush.
If our organization sounds like something you might be interested in, I encourage you to join us for one of our meet nights. Make it a point to talk to the Brothers that night, as you will likely learn much more from those conversations. Each person in the Fraternity has a different view of Phi Sigma Pi, and will talk about their own favorite aspects of being a Brother.