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We are extremely excited to announce that Alpha Sigma Phi will be joining the Montana State community in fall 2017. Alpha Sigma Phi is the Nation’s 10th oldest collegiate men’s Fraternity, founded at Yale University in 1845. The motto of Alpha Sigma Phi is “To Better the Man” through our core principles of Silence, Charity, Purity, Honor and Patriotism. Over the past 7 years Alpha Sigma Phi has become the fastest growing Fraternity in America and are looking for hard working, sociable men that want to leave their legacy at Montana State. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Founding Father at MSU contact Director of Expansion and Growth LT Piver at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more information.
Each Spring, we have an awards ceremony celebrating the Fraternity and Sorority chapter and individual accomplishments of the previous year. All of the chapters fill out an awards packet, and then an Awards Committee go through them and determine which chapters will receive which awards. Current members, alumni, and distinguished faculty and staff attend to announce the awards. Read on to see how the night turned out!
Jessica Donahoo, Panhellenic President, and Garth Grimsrud, IFC president, were the announcers for the night. They did a fantastic job!
Dr. Chris Kearns was the Guest Speaker. Dr. Kearns serves as Vice President for Student Success at Montana State University. Prior to coming to Montana State, Chris served for 14 years at the University of Minnesota, and for 18 years at Indiana University. His current projects are designed to advance student success at the intersection land-grant access and academic excellence.
Academic Excellence Awards were presented by Ed McKenna, Assistant Dean of Students, to the following chapters:
- Sorority New Member Academic Excellence: Alpha Omicron Pi
- Fraternity New Member Academic Excellence: Sigma Phi Epsilon
- Sorority Academic Excellence: Chi Omega
- Fraternity Academic Excellence: Sigma Phi Epsilon
Campus Involvement Awards were presented by Brady Bollum, past IFC President, to the following chapters:
- Sorority Campus Involvement Award: Chi Omega
- Fraternity Campus Involvement Award: Sigma Phi Epsilon
Philanthropy and Community Service Awards were presented by Dr. Brian Kassar, Senior Staff member at CPS and advisor to SigEp, to the following chapters:
- Sorority Philanthropy Award: Chi Omega
- Fraternity Philanthropy Award: Alpha Gamma Rho
- Sorority Community Service Award: Alpha Gamma Delta
- Fraternity Community Service Award: Kappa Sigma
Recruitment Excellence Awards were presented by Erin MacDonald, Assistant Dean of Students, to the following chapters:
- Sorority Membership Recruitment Excellence Award: Pi Beta Phi
- Fraternity Membership Recruitment Excellence Award: Sigma Chi
Kappa Delta Scholarship presented by Erin Macdonald, Assistant Dean of Students:
- Jacquelyn Merrill, Chi Omega
Member and New Member of the Year Awards were presented by Laura Wilson, advisor to Alpha Omicron Pi:
- Sorority Member of the Year: Maria Rodriguez, Alpha Gamma Delta
- Fraternity Member of the Year: Nathan Rizk, Sigma Nu
- Sorority New Member of the Year: Adrienne Miller,Alpha Omicron Pi
- Fraternity New Member of the Year: Todd Lackman, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Alumni Excellence Awards presented by Jennifer Poser of the MSU Alumni Foundation to the following individuals:
- Susie Jessop, Alpha Gamma Delta
- Jodi Mathews, Alpha Omicron Pi
- Stephanie White, Chi Omega
- Amber King, Pi Beta Phi
- Bill Perry, Alpha Gamma Rho
- Jerry Krause, Kappa Sigma
- Glen Steinhoff, Sigma Nu
- Brad Brown, Sigma Phi Epsilon
- Steve Liebmann, Sigma Phi Epsilon
The Advisor of the Year Awards were presented by Gianna Vanata of the MSU Alumni Foundation to the following Advisors:
- Sorority Advisor of the Year: Dana Skorupa, advisor to Alpha Gamma Delta
- Fraternity Advisor of the Year: Todd Eliason, Sigma Nu
Finally, the Most Improved Chapters and Chapter of the Year Awards were presented by Dr. Matt Caires, Dean of Students:
- Most Improved Sorority: Pi Beta Phi
- Most Improved Fraternity: Sigma Chi
- Sorority of the Year: Alpha Omicron Pi
- Fraternity of the Year: Sigma Chi
And so concluded the Awards Celebration. We look forward to another great year!
AOII has been having a great fall. The sorority is currently one of the two largest on campus, the other being Chi Omega, both having 80 members. This semester, the chapter welcomed 29 women into their sisterhood which contributed to the growth in house size. Over the Fall Semester, the women of Alpha Omicron Pi earned a 3.27 combined (actives and new member) GPA, the highest of the four campus sororities.
SigEp, likewise, had a productive fall. The fraternity, as of this semester, is the largest fraternity on campus with 67 members. The chapter welcomed 23 young men into their brotherhood which apparently made squeezing the whole chapter into the cabin they use for their brotherhood retreat quite difficult. Over the Fall Semester, the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon earned a 3.40 combined GPA, the highest of the seven campus fraternities.
Homecoming weekend was very exciting for our Fraternity and Sorority community. Many of our houses started off the weekend with barbecues and get-togethers with visiting alumni. In addition to hosting events, all the houses put together floats for the homecoming parade Saturday morning. The themes for the floats were varied but the Bobcat spirit was the same! After attending the parade, the next stop was the homecoming football game!
This year our Bobcat Homecoming Court had many Fraternity and Sorority members on it. All of the homecoming king candidates were members of fraternities and 3 out of the 4 homecoming queen candidates were members of sororities! Our 2015 Homecoming Court was:
- Cali Christiansen and Chris Eddlemon (Sigma Chi)
- Karly Terrell (Chi Omega) and Colt Coffee (Sigma Chi)
- Shannon Bangen (Chi Omega) and Cody Howell (Sigma Phi Epsilon)
- Laura Wilson (Alpha Omicron Pi) and John Miller (Pi Kappa Alpha)
We would like to congratulate Cali Christiansen and Chris Eddlemon for being selected as Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King this year!
The Fraternity and Sorority community enjoyed sharing our Bobcat spirit with our alumni and our community this weekend and we can’t wait to do so again!
The members of our Fraternity and Sorority have been very busy this summer! Between internships and international travel, these men and women have been making memories that will last a lifetime!
Recently, several of our sorority women have attended their national conferences! From the big smiles on their faces, you can tell that they are very excited about the ideas and plans they are going to bring back to Montana State this year!
Members of Alpha Gamma Delta traveled to Indianapolis for their International Conference. The women of Pi Beta Phi traveled to Chicago.
We would like to offer our congratulations to Alpha Omicron Pi! At their national conference this year they won awards for Excellence in Rituals, Excellence in Membership Recruitment, Excellence in Risk Management, Honorable Mention for Excellence in Campus Involvement, and Honorable Mention for Excellence in Community Involvement! Wow!
Several members of the community have been traveling and sharing their experiences with us. It looks members of Montana State’s Fraternity and Sorority community have been on just about every continent this summer! Below are some of their adventures!
Several sorority women, including the three Alpha Gamma Deltas above, traveled to Greece with the Honors College to explore the legacies of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Member of Alpha Omicron Pi throws what she knows while hiking around the mountains in Montana.
Member of Chi Omega enjoys the sun in Key West, Florida!
Member of Pi Beta Phi throws what she knows while traveling in Alaska.
President of Sigma Phi Epsilon (middle of group) travels with his National Fraternity to Greece to explore the ancient culture his fraternity was founded on.
Members of Kappa Sigma take their flag with them as they explore the mountains!
Member of Chi Omega taking a quick break during a backpacking trip across Europe!
Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon getting ready to go paragliding!
Several members of Pi Beta Phi traveled to Zambia, Africa for an internship!
Member of Pi Kappa Alpha traveled to Beijing, China for a summer language studies program.
Clearly, the members of our Fraternity and Sorority community are making the most of their summer! We can’t wait to hear about their travels and the memories they have made!
Our Sorority Women and Fraternity Men dedicate much of their time and effort to give back to the community. Two great examples:
The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon worked with Habitat for Humanity in April and accomplished a great deal on the house they were working to build.
The men of Kappa Sigma helped the Cancer Support Community by giving a fence the staining it needed!
The men of Alpha Gamma Rho had no problem heading to Townsend, MT to help a friend at a ranch, or heading to Big Timber, MT to help rebuild a baseball field
The men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, as many of the Fraternities do, hosted a blood drive this spring. No pictures from that, since we don’t want to make anyone squeamish!
The Women of Pi Beta Phi lended a hand at the Montana Ballet Company’s “Carnival of the Animals”
The men of Kappa Sigma and the women of Alpha Omicron Pi teamed up to get students to “Take the Pledge” to raise awareness of sexual assault on our campus
We blog a lot about sisterhood events, so this post is to give you an idea of the fun of brotherhood!
Kappa Sigma has an annual “Snow Bowl” where their older members battle the younger members for glory and bragging rights. Winners this year? 35-7, the older members, of course.
Sigma Phi Epsilon held their annual brotherhood retreat, filled with fun and learning. Here’s a picture of just a few of the members doing their best job at modeling. The picture below that is one of a brotherhood bonfire earlier in the semester at Hyalite
The men of Pi Kappa Alpha are always willing to have a brotherhood if it involves a good BBQ
Greek week, a friendly competition among the fraternities and sorority, was held in April this year. A committee had worked hard all semester to determine the competitions and point breakdowns, receiving input from fraternity and sorority members and revising the previous years competitions. Here is the breakdown of what the week entailed:
Round One: Bubble Soccer
Round 2: Lip Sync
Round 3: Chariot Races (see our facebook page for video)
End of Greek Week: BBQ at Kappa Sigma
The competitions were fun and friendly. Pi Beta Phi received the winning title, but it was a close match!
2015 is off to a strong start for Sorority & Fraternity Life after the annual Leadership Retreat on Tuesday, January 13th. Presidents from each chapter came together with leaders from IFC and Panhellenic from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to gain skills and knowledge regarding leadership and engage in discussion about their goals for this year. The schedule was as follows:
- 9:00-10:00: Introductions and opening session by: Jaynee Groseth, President Emerita MSU Alumni Assoc.; Rolf Groseth, MSU Billings Chancellor; and Matt Caires, Dean of Students
- 10:00-12:00: Strengths Assessment with Amy Snyder, Assistant Director of Residence Life
- 12:00-1:00: Lunch with advisor and faculty guest
- 1:00-2:00: Guest Speakers- Janell Barber from The Office of Institutional Equity, Hannah Stark and Joe Schumacher from the VOICE Center, and Rachel Randash from The Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success
- 2:00-3:00: Presidents/ IFC/ Panhellenic goal setting and round table discussion led by Panhellenic President Kenzie Redmond and IFC President Colton Coffee
- 3:00-4:00: QPR Suicide Training with Brian Kassar
The Fraternity and Sorority Leaders left prepared for and looking forward to a fantastic semester!