Another fall semester has come and gone for Wright State University and the Ohio Pi chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon and many other organizations on campus saw this past fall as a very prevalent and impactful period to make a difference both at home, at Wright State University, and for others abroad. From the first day of fall classes until the end of the fall semester, the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon Ohio Pi participated in various activities and volunteer events throughout the Greater Dayton area, showing their determination to grow in brotherhood while improving the lives of others in the process.
It didn’t take long for the brothers to start making a difference this last fall through their various volunteer efforts. On August 21, many of the brothers volunteered for WSU Move in Day, in which they helped new students at Wright State to move into their Residential Communities for the beginning of the fall semester. During these initial weeks of the fall semester, the chapter also worked alongside UAB and FSGC organizations on campus and had a cookout in the University’s Quad for students, grilling food and talking to students about the different opportunities provided by the various organizations on Wright State’s campus.
Throughout the beginning of the fall, the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon also volunteered on several occasions as members of the chain gang for the Wright State University Club Football Team, in which they worked as linesman to assist the officials during home games. On September 27, a large group of the brothers volunteered to set up for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk/5K at Fifth Third Field, in downtown Dayton. During this period, brothers set up tables and tents for registration for the event and worked as parking directors at surrounding lots prior to the event kickoff. These, alongside many other volunteer efforts, helped the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon Ohio Pi to make a difference in the surrounding community while building their bonds of brotherhood in the process.
The volunteer efforts of the Ohio Pi chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon are not the only impressive impacts of the chapter during the fall of 2014. The brothers participated in many philanthropy events throughout the fall helping to raise money for different organizations and charities. Early on in the fall, the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon helped to raise money for Ally’s Army, a charity that benefits Leukemia research, by selling tickets to a Wright State men’s home soccer game. The brothers raised $120.00 individually, and the Greek organizations on campus helped to donate a total of $2300.00 to Ally’s Army. The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon also sold tickets for another Men’s home soccer game later in the fall on October 15, in which they raised a total of $714.00 that was donated to Big Brother Big Sisters, the chapter’s main philanthropy organization.
Perhaps the biggest impact the brothers had during the fall was their participation in Raiderthon, an annual dance marathon put on at Wright State University which raises money for Dayton Children’s Medical Center. The brothers teamed up with several other Wright State students and organizations this fall and helped to raise a grand total of $61,018.89!
This fall was also a success in the recruitment of new members. Under the leadership of Vice President of Recruitment Tyler Shaw, interested new members had the opportunity to participate in many Rush events, including; Kickball, Basketball, Capture the Flag, and many more. During these events, potential new members had the opportunity to meet the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon and learn more about the fraternity and its values. After many weeks of bonding and communication, selected members received a bid from the fraternity. Upon accepting a bid, 15 men began their process of becoming a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
During this process, the pledged members participated in various activities that helped to strengthen their knowledge of the fraternity and of the values to be expected as a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Events such as EDGE and LAC (Life after College), helped to educate both current and future brothers on the expectations and standards of a brother. Those who attended these events said that they were extremely eye opening and helped to present life skills such as networking, communication, responsibility, and career insights which will continue to help in development in the future. The brothers also attended a weekend camping trip in November in which they participated in several different group activities which strengthened the bond of brotherhood among all members of the chapter.
Through communication and teamwork, values such as honesty and trust were strengthened among the brothers. The pledging members also participated in many physical activities with the brothers during the fall such as Football FrenXi, a flag football tournament put on by Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, and a volleyball tournament with Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and Delta Zeta Sorority. The fall semester came to a close with the addition of 13 new brothers to the Ohio Pi Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. We look forward to seeing what great things the chapter will do in the 2015 spring semester.
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Article written by brother Andrew Peters.