Fall 2016 Rush Schedule

Class is getting underway for the Fall 2016 semester as the brothers begin to prepare for Fall Rush. We will host several events listed below for any potential new members to come out and get to know the Brotherhood. Please feel free to come out, socialize, and direct any questions/concerns to the Rush Chairs. Follow the Recruitment link for questions about rush, check out our Rush FAQ, and check out our History to learn about the chapter.

Sunday, September 4: Greek 101

Tuesday, September 6: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Backyard Games and Pizza @ Sigma Chi House (68 Oak lane)

Thursday, September 8: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cox Driving Range/Mini Golf @ 3500 Prices Fork Rd (Contact Rush Chairs for info on carpooling!)

Monday, September 13: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Hokie House Wing Night @ 322 N Main St

Thursday, September 15: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Steaks and Stogies @ Sigma Chi House

Eta Lambda’s 45th Anniversary

SigLogoDemo#2Eta Lamba’s 45th Anniversary Celebration!

February 17-19, 2017

Many thanks to Leslie Roberts Gregg for the fantastic artwork / logo above. Remember SigmachiVT.org is your home for getting the latest updates!

Come back to this site often and check under the “Future” tab on menu bar for updates.  Over the next few months links to online registration, sign up forms, and payment forms will be added here.


End of Winter Update

Sigma Chi Alumni, Friends, and Family,

Second semester of 2014-2015 is underway and even before the turn of spring break the active brothers of Eta Lambda have accomplished great things. Our chapter continues to excel in a variety of dimensions; academically, athletically, and socially. The virtues of the Jordan Standard remain a staple of how we live out our everyday lives to benefit not only ourselves but others as well.

Mission 365
On the weekend of February 6th, the brotherhood underwent a Sigma Chi National leadership based program titled Mission 365. Conducted by accomplished Sig Don Haddox, this program, developed in 2003, intends to enhance the quality and quantity of Sigma Chi chapters through innovative recruitment techniques. The program focuses on an experiential learning process that teaches active brothers the tools to determine the values and ideals within a potential member and see if Sigma Chi is a correct fit for them. The brotherhood gained valuable knowledge on future rush procedures and methods to glean into the character of future candidates of Eta Lambda.
Academic Excellence
The fall semester of 2014 proved to be a time of tremendous academic excellence for Eta Lambda. With 40 brothers appearing on Dean’s list, Eta Lambda claimed the sixth best IFC grade point overage. Both the brotherhood and pledge grade point averages rose exponentially from last spring. Our chapter is determined to continue this tradition of success and plan to exceed to even greater heights on our quest for knowledge.

Delta Zeta Pledge Class

Rush has concluded and Eta Lambda is proud to announce the emergence of seven outstanding spring pledges. As their pledgeship progresses, we are excited to see how these young men grow into Sigma Chis as they learn more about the ritual and the importance of striving to live out the Jordan Standard everyday.

Huntsman Golf Tournament
We are excited to announce that the time has come for this year’s Huntsman Golf Tournament benefiting the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Coinciding with Parent’s Weekend, the tournament will take place on Saturday, March 28th. All information that you need should be laid out in the attached pack

et. However, if you have any questions or comments please contact President Dow Perkins or Huntsman Co-Chairs Matthew Hourigan (804) 543-9715 and Jason Wells (804) 822-1740.
Relay for Life
For the past few years, Eta Lambda has participated in the American Cancer Foundation’s Relay for Life. As many can attest, cancer has affected just about everyone whether directly or indirectly. Numerous actives and alumni have been impacted greatly by cancer through friends family, or even themselves.We ask of you to help us fight cancer and beat our goal by donating to our cause through our Relay for Life team page. Help us find a cure!-Team Captain Dan Mangels
Here is the link: Eta Lambda Relay for Life

Sigma Chi Alumni LinkedIn
Please join if you haven’t already! Although the group has not been very active over the past few years, our undergraduate chapter is hoping it can become a common meeting ground for building relationships and career opportunities. Our brothers continually are landing excellent jobs and establishing their network base – and we see this as another tool to continue Eta Lambda’s successes. We are trying to get in as many Sigs as possible so please invite your brothers from your years at Tech and before we know it, the group will grow substantially in size!

We are doing our best to increase the relationships with our Alumni and we greatly appreciate any feedback, comments, or general ideas to increase the active alumni activity.  Please send any thoughts our way!

In Hoc,

Mitchell Moss

Sigma Chi, Eta Lambda Chapter

Sigma Chi Alumni, Friends, and Family,


The active brothers of Eta Lambda continue to represent the virtues of Sigma Chi and uphold the values of the Jordan Standard in their everyday lives. The first few months of the Fall 2014 semester have proven to be an exciting time for our chapter with a variety of inter- fraternal, academic, athletic, and social activities and events where the leadership and abilities of our brothers individually and as a whole have impacted the Virginia Tech community.

Executive Council 2014-2015
The Executive Council for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year was selected by the entire brotherhood based on their dedication, attributes and determination to make Eta Lambda the best chapter on campus and continue the prestigious tradition of Sigma Chi at Virginia Tech. The top five consist of: Consul Dow Perkins from Charlottesville, VA (Delta Alpha, spring 2016), Pro Consul Neil Hartman from Ashburn, VA (Delta Beta, spring 2016), Annotator John Miller from Ashburn, VA (Delta Beta, spring 2016), Magister James Giltner from Ashburn, VA (Delta Gamma, spring 2016), and Quaestor Logan Ryder from Sykesville, MD (Delta Alpha, spring 2016). The entire Executive Council will strive for excellence out of themselves along with the rest of the brotherhood and will perform their duties admirably with the chapter’s best intentions in mind.
Fraternal Leaders Institute
This year the Fraternity & Sorority Life at Virginia Tech will once again be offering an Fraternal Leaders Institute Experience (FLI) at Smith Mountain Lake to be held three different weekends over the course of the entire year. The FLI experience is meant to increase students’ sense of belonging, cultivate student’s knowledge of being a positive social agent of change, create a sense of global citizenship, and to advance Fraternity & Sorority Life at Virginia Tech. Past participants include Neil Hartman, AJ Cagle, Matthew Hourigan, and Ryan Febles. In Pro Consul Neil Hartman’s words, “FLI gave me the ability to see the strengths and weaknesses across all of Virginia Tech’s Greek Life and work with student leaders so that we can strive for the ideal fraternity and sorority experience at Virginia Tech.” The brothers of Eta Lambda will continue to participate in this invaluable opportunity to enhance Virginia Tech’s Greek Life to even greater heights.

Delta Epsilon Pledge Class

Eta Lambda came out of rush with 18 exceptional young men as pledges. As their pledgeship progresses, we are excited to see how these young men grow into Sigma Chis as they learn more about the ritual and the importance of striving to live out the Jordan Standard everyday.

Anchors Away!
Delta Gamma Sorority of Virginia Tech recently chose four Eta Lambda brothers as their affiliates, also known as “Anchormen”. 

Out of the seven men chosen, four were Sigma Chis. Robbie Hecht (Delta Alpha, spring 2016), Robbie Martin (Delta Alpha, spring 2016), Andrew Baker (Delta Alpha, spring 2016) and James Giltner (Delta Gamma, spring 2016) now have the distinct pleasure of being affiliated with one of the top sororities on campus.

IFC Soccer Champions
Eta Lambda’s athletic prowess prevailed once again as Sigma Chi took home 1st place in the Inter-Fraternal Council soccer tournament this past Sunday. After defeating FIJI in the semifinals 2-1, Eta Lambda continued its dominance by besting PIKE 3-2 in the final to win the championship. The quest for the Hokie Grail continues with IFC football and basketball on the horizon.

Philanthropic Efforts
So far this semester our chapter has participated in three philanthropies and are currently partaking in two more. Eta Lambda placed 5th in Tridelta’s House of Pancakes philanthropy supporting Childrens Miracle Network, 4th in Gamma Phi Beta’s Crescent Classic for Building Strong Girls (with a win in their “Moonball” volleyball tournament, seen right) and placed 1st in Zeta Tau Alpha’s Crown Classic supporting the Susan G. Komen Cure for Breast Cancer. Overall, Eta Lambda has raised roughly $2300 for noble and worthy charities so far this semester.
In Hoc,

Mitchell Moss

Sigma Chi, Eta Lambda Chapter

Fall Update

Back to School

After a rewarding summer filled with vacations, incredible experiences, jobs and internships, and brotherhood gatherings such as the Amelia Beef Festival put on by the Scott Family (Clay Scott, Delta Gamma spring 2017, Lee Scott, Gamma Upsilon fall 2013) the brothers of Eta Lambda have returned to Blacksburg and the beautiful Virginia Tech campus to begin their fall 2014 semester. An exciting and memorable semester is in the making as our brothers continue to pursue academic excellence, social extravagance and athletic prominence all while exemplifying the Jordan Standard and upholding the virtues of friendship, justice and learning.

Awards & Accomplishments

To cap off an excellent 2013-2014 school year, Eta lambda received the Peterson Significant Chapter granted by the Sigma Chi Foundation. The Peterson is the highest honor that an undergraduate chapter may attain and represents dedication, idealism, and achievement. Eta Lambda has received the award 8 out of the past 10 years.

This past summer, chapter advisor Edward “Doc” Spencer was named the most outstanding facilitator at the Balfour Leadership Training Workshop held at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Doc continues to be a vital asset and beacon of guidance and wisdom for not only Eta Lambda but also Sigma Chi as a whole.

Eta Lambda invades Columbus

sigmachicolumbusThe weekend of September 5th-7th will go down in history for Eta Lambda and Hokie Nation. Over 40 active and alumni Eta Lambda brothers made the trip to Columbus, Ohio to witness our Virginia Tech Hokies battle and defeat the #8 ranked Ohio State buckeyes 35-21 in front of a record attendance of 107,517. Eta Lambda upheld Hokie Respect while also teaching Ohio St. how to have a good time in the process. H-O-K-I-E-S HOKIES!

Fall Rush Begins

Eta Lambda is gearing up for Fall Rush to recruit young men who represent and embody the ideals and virtues of Sigma Chi. The first event is September 9th at Hokie House from 5pm to 7pm. We encourage everyone to come out and meet the brothers and are excited to cultivate our fall pledge class into men worthy of belonging to the preeminent collegiate leadership organization in the nation.

Published by:

Mitchell Moss (Delta Alpha spring 2015)


Winter Update

February 6, 2014
Dear Sigma Chi Alumni,

From roadtrips across the country to religious journeys to Israel, Eta Lambda had quite an interesting Christmas break. Now, we are currently underway with our semester as we continue recruitment and prepare for the upcoming events, pledges, philanthropies, brotherhood events and more.

Recruitment for Delta Delta Pledge Class

Eta Lambda is currently in the middle of recruitment for the new pledge class, Delta Delta. We have had one event thus far and we look forward to the next three.  All alumni are invited to attend closed rush which will be held Sunday, February 15.  Remember that the new pledges we recruit will carry on the legacy of our Chapter! If you know of any potential members that live the Jordan Standard, please email one of our rush chairs, Ian Trampe (ijt004@vt.edu), Robert Wineland(rhw4459@vt.edu), or Robbie Martin(Roberthm@vt.edu).

New Scholarship Awards

Eta Lambda has decided to try new scholarship award techniques.  This year under the direction of scholarship chair, Sam Schirmer, we paired up the brothers with the lowest gpa and the highest gpa and created a team. The team with the highest overall gpa was awarded $500 down to $250.  We also awarded $250 to the brother with highest gpa in a specific college. In order to receive any award, both partners had to attend 75% of chapter meetings.  This new attendance policy has greatly increased our numbers at chapters.  Our scholarship program has helped our overall average increase to a 3.14, an all time high for Eta Lamdba.  View this document to see which brothers received the awards. Scholarship Awards.

Andrew Bailey Spencer  

Andrew Spencer, son of Dr. Edward Spencer, passed away in early January.  There was a strong support from the Eta Lambda chapter at the memorial service and we will all do our best to keep supporting Doc in anyway that he needs.  Keep Doc in your thoughts and prayers as times like are when the strong arms around a brother of Sigma Chi must be shown.  Click the link below for the story of Andrew Spencer’s incredible life. Roanoke Times.

RioGrande RoadWarriors
Over break, five brothers, Lee Scott, Robert Wineland, Marcus Tedesco, Ryan Gram and Sam Mattern adventured across the country from Blacksburg to SanFrancisco and back traveling over 9000 miles, visiting 18 different states and 8 national parks, all while sleeping in gas station parking lots and eating Ramen Noodles. Consul Ryan Gram, described the trip as, “surreal ” and ” one of the greatest experiences of my life.”
One of the best parts of Sigma Chi Fraternity is lifelong friends that one can gain from simple experiences.

Sigma Chi Alumni LinkedIn

Please join if you haven’t already! Although the group has not been very active over the past few years, our undergraduate chapter is hoping it can become a common meeting ground for building relationships and career opportunities. Our brothers continually are landing excellent jobs and establishing their network base – and we see this as another tool to continue Eta Lambda’s successes. We are trying to get in as many Sigs as possible so please invite your brothers from your years at Tech and before we know it, the group will grow substantially in size!

We are doing our best to increase the relationships with our Alumni and we greatly appreciate any feedback, comments, or general ideas to increase the active alumni activity.  Please send any thoughts our way!
In Hoc,
Robert H. Wineland

Tribune and Rush Chair
Sigma Chi, Eta Lambda Chapter

Alumni Newsletter

During the first few months of the 2013-2014 school year, Sigma Chi has seen much action from philanthropies to athletics, schoolwork, new pledges and many other exciting events.  We started out the year the strong and we continue to excel on many fronts.  
We competed in numerous philanthropies placing 4th in Tri Delta’s Flapjacks and Football and placing second in Zeta’s Crown Classic.  We are currently first in Kappa Delta’s Fall festival as we compete for the win.  On other fronts, our chapter has been working on increasing the grades by new incentivized programs, such as cash prizes for highest in major GPA and matching high GPA with low GPA brothers and giving out scholarship checks to the highest combined scores at the end of the marking period. 
Athletically, we have remained in the top bracket for sports as we compete to defend the Hokie Grail award. We currently have three teams competing in Football, with volleyball and basketball right around the corner. 
Many of our current brothers have seen great success as they look towards future ambitions and opportunities.  Tyler Borup was accepted early decision into VCU Pharmacy School and Logan Miller will be working for Wells Fargo in Charlotte, NC this spring. Also, Pro-Consul Dan Lee was chosen as CEO of the on campus financial group S.E.E.D. and Magister Curtis Calder was accepted to the Consulting Club at Virginia Tech. 
Rush period was very successful with six different events and over 240 rushees and 24 bids given out. We continue to be one of the most selective fraternities on campus through utilization of the Jordan Standard and the guidelines set forth by the Ritual.  We are excited to bring in the newest pledge class, Delta Gamma, as we teach them about what it means to be a Sigma Chi over the next several weeks.
Overall, things have been going very well in the chapter as we work towards the betterment of ourselves and our fraternity. It has been a great start this semester, and we look forward to keep the momentum going in the right direction. We will do our best to keep the alumni updated with newsletters, Facebook, and Linkedin as this upcoming year unfolds.

Robert Wineland

State of Our Chapter

EX_VT                         State of the Chapter              August 19th, 2013


As the newly elected executive council prepares for an exciting 43rd year on campus, I wanted to update everyone on the state of our chapter. We have continued to excel in all aspects; academically, socially, and in the community.

Over the past year we have moved into the delta pledge classes, as we initiated two energetic and well-rounded pledge classes. Delta Alpha of twenty-five and Delta Beta of thirteen replace nearly thirty senior graduates. Our brotherhood has ranged between 90 and 117, our greatest numbers to date.  During this past year’s Derby Days, we raised over $15,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. This was in incredible fashion, despite having the length shortened from a week to simply 3 days. Additionally, we raised a record breaking $10,000 from our annual Huntsman golf tournament, which took place during Parent’s Weekend. This event of over 100 golfers was an absolute blast for everybody involved and I highly encourage all to come out next year to join in the fun.


Huntsman Golf Tournament 2013

We also excelled in philanthropy this year across the board, by placing top five in every event we participated in. Furthermore, we continued to help the community through our community service programs including: Linkous Lads, Greeks Giving Back, Relay for Life, Hokie Helpers, and the Merlin Olsen Day of Service.

Our average GPA for the year was a 3.127, well above previous averages and topping both the all-university average, and the all-fraternity average. In the realm of athletics, we excelled on the playing fields this year. We took home Inter Fraternity Council Championships in Soccer, Softball, Football, Dodgeball and ultimately won the IFC Hokie Grail.

 IFC Champs2013

               Top: IFC Softball Championship

                                         Middle: IFC Football Championship                     

                    Bottom: IFC Soccer Championship

We also had many brothers landing incredible jobs and internships, and were gratified that our brothers attributed their success to our chapter’s environment. This past weekend, we enjoyed a day meeting with the House Corp and are excited to continue working to improve our house in a variety of ways. I also had the honor to represent Eta Lambda at the 79th Grand Chapter this past June, which was a unique and great learning experience. Our next step was the Balfour Leadership Training Workshop at Purdue University, to which we sent 7 brothers. We had a great weekend of bonding, learning and planning for the coming year. It was great to share ideas with brothers from all across the country.


Balfour Leadership Training Workshop Group

From left to right: Jack Sistare (Emerging Leader), Ethan Bickford (Centurion), Curtis Calder (Magistor), Eric Iverson (Quaestor), A.J. Cagle (Emerging Leader), Dan Lee (Pro Consul), Ryan Gram (Consul).

We look forward to another successful year to build upon, and exceed, all that we have accomplished thus far. Moreover, we would love for all of you to come out to our events, whether it be Derby Days, a home football game and tailgate, or an athletic event. I speak on behalf of everyone when we say this kind of involvement is what keeps our chapter healthy and moving forward. Additionally, our chapter is planning to have a house cleanup during the weekend of September 14th. We invite everyone to come out to the house to lend a hand and of course catch the Hokie Football game away at ECU. Also, Sunday, October 6th is the date set for a meeting to discuss the future of our housing. We are also planning a white rose ceremony for Brother Mark Warlick. I hope each of you is able to attend these two events.  Please refer to our website for updates throughout the semester (http://www.sigmachivt.org). I will be in touch and hope you will feel free to contact me with any questions about events, tips or comments via phone or email.


In Hoc Signo Vinces,


Ryan Gram

43rd Consul


(845) 702-7431

Services for Mark Warlick

Mark’s memorial service will now be held at Christ & St. Luke’s Church, 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, Virginia, at eleven o’clock a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Please be advised that parking is on-street. A reception will follow service at Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. Private burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

This is the Church where Reilly and Mark were married and its sanctuary seating capacity exceeds that of The Church of the Good Shepherd where Mark regularly worshiped. The family will receive friends at H. D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Norfolk Chapel, 1501 Colonial Avenue, from six o’clock p.m. to eight o’clock p.m. on Monday, August 5, 2013.

Brother Mark Warlick



It is with deep sorrow that we must announce a great loss to the Eta Lambda Chapter. Our brother, Mark Warlick, passed away after his long battle with cancer. Mark is a member of the graduating Class of 1978, and Zeta Pledge Class. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Rest in peace brother.

Mark Bridger Warlick, formerly of Hunters Trail in Norfolk, and recently of 66th Street in Virginia Beach, died at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, after a nearly four-year battle with lung cancer. He was 58. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Mark graduated from Midlothian High School and earned a B.A degree in 1977 from Virginia Tech where he served as student body President, was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, and became one of the Hokies most ardent lifetime fans. He attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William and Mary and earned a Doctorate of Juris Prudence in 1980. He practiced law in Norfolk with Crenshaw, Ware and Martin for three years before he found his passion in commercial real estate and joined Goodman Segar Hogan. After five years in the commercial real estate business, Mark and his friend Miles Leon formed First Commercial Real Estate Services. Miles and Mark, then young mavens of the Hampton Roads commercial real estate scene, had an immediate impact on the local market through their entrepreneurial spirit, gregarious manner, and sharp minds. Alan Nordlinger and the late Alan Nusbaum observed these talented young men from across town for four years before asking them to join forces with the venerable S. L. Nusbaum Realty Co., where Mark found his professional home for the past twenty-one years. S. L. Nusbaum was far more than a place of work – it was an extended family. Mark flourished in the Nusbaum environment, being awarded the Hunter A. Hogan, Jr. Hampton Roads Top Producer Award seven times, the CREC Gold Award twenty times, the CoStar Hampton Roads Power Broker Award four times, and numerous other distinguished honors. In 2012, he received the Hampton Roads Commercial Alliance Person of the Year Award in honor of his legendary volunteerism in the community.

With great humility, Mark sat atop the Hampton Roads commercial real estate world as the consummate professional who dealt with colleagues on a friendly, collegial basis. He served on the Norfolk Board of TowneBank and was active with many professional organizations, including the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. Mark was active in the greater community civic and charitable organizations in many ways as well. He served as a member and Chairman of the Norfolk Planning Commission, was a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Board of Visitors, and was active with the United Way Foundation, which he chaired from 2005-2007. He also chaired the NATO Azalea Festival and Family Services of Tidewater. In sum, Mark understood fully the importance of “giving back” and he gave back generously.

However strong were the passion and pride Mark brought to his professional and civic work, clearly this took a back seat to his passion for and pride in his family and friends. After an extended bachelorhood, he finally found “the one”, the love of his life, Reilly Petersen Warlick. He fell for Reilly in the very early stages of his career, and she recognized the “spark” in Mark. Reilly and Mark were a fantastic team, and as a team, they found great professional and personal success and happiness. Reilly has revered her vow of marriage “in sickness and in health” as she selflessly devoted herself to Mark’s care and quality of life throughout his difficult and valiant effort to survive lung cancer. She loved her husband and has modeled awe-inspiring strength. The greatest fruit of their union manifests itself most notably in their two beautiful daughters, Christian Bridger Warlick and Windsor Jens Warlick. Mark was a proud and doting father, and his big brown eyes and indomitable spirit will live on in his special girls. Mark’s mother, Helen Warlick, and his sister, Kelly Warlick Stitzer, have been his angels of unconditional love, showering Mark with support throughout his life, and particularly over these few years of uncertainty and struggle. He so loved them and their visits. He loved and missed his father, Junius Bridger Warlick and his sister, Cheryl Warlick Schropshire, who preceded him in death.

After Reilly, his “girls”, and his family, Mark treasured his friends. And there are many! Virtually joined at his hip, both before and after his cancer diagnosis, have been a host of close friends. A greater demonstration of friendship over the last six months by these men and their spouses, and many, many other members of Mark’s “A Team” would be very hard to find.

Mark Warlick will be remembered for many wonderful things, both professional and personal, but, perhaps most vivid, will be memories of a man who loved people, loved to have a good time, enjoyed his Captain Morgan and Diet Coke with a lime, was a can-do player, and was always there with a smile, a handshake, or a warm embrace. Whether planning a tail-gate party for watching his beloved, one-and-only Hokies play football, refurbishing an authentic “woodie” for use at the Beach, donning a bright pink blazer as Chairman of the Azalea Festival Parade, or cajoling his friends and colleagues to shave their heads to raise money for cancer research, Mark was an all-in marvel. He faced cancer and its effects with courage, hope, and a sense of humor that helped his friends and family take the journey with him.
Mark is survived by his wife Reilly and daughters Bridger and Windsor, his mother Helen and sister Kelly, and by many extended family members and care-givers who loved him endlessly: his mother-in-law Barbara Petersen, sisters and brothers-in-law Kristen and Ran Randolph of Virginia Beach, Rhonda and Lynn Durham, Jr. of Midland, Texas, Chuck and Margie Griffith of Alexandria, Virginia, and Leigh Stitzer of Chesterfield, Virginia; nieces and nephews Jessica Schropshire, Ryan Schropshire, Christine and John Allen, and Adam Stitzer, all of Richmond, Virginia, Ranny Randolph, Christian Randolph, and Peyton Randolph, all of Virginia Beach, Chuck and Lauren Griffith of Jacksonville, Florida, Chris Ripley, Matthew and Kathryn Ripley, all of Norfolk, Trevor Durham of Salt Lake City, Utah, Caitlin and Matthew Cohen of Los Angeles, California, Alexis and Jonathan Durham of New York City; and grandnieces and nephews Cole Durham of New York City, Mordecai Cohen of Los Angeles, California, and Charlotte Allen of Richmond, Virginia.

The family would like to give its most heartfelt appreciation to Mark’s world-class medical team – Dr. George Saman, Dr. Mark Socinski, Dr. Pasi Janne, and Dr.Barbara Parks who were more than physicians, they were friends, and to caretakers Thomas Spencer and Audrey Alexander.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions in Mark’s honor may be made to Virginia Tech, the United Way Foundation of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Academy, The American Cancer Society, CaringBridge, or a charity of your choice.

-Written by Rhonda Durham

Derby Days 2013

Last spring Sigma Chi’s Eta Lambda chapter was again given the opportunity to host Derby Days on Virginia Tech’s campus. The past decade has been a huge success in showing the New River Valley how large of an impact our chapter can make for Children’s Miracle Network on a year to year basis. CMN relies extensively on donations to purchase prenatal care equipment which makes our efforts to raise money that much more important. It is with pride that the Eta Lambda chapter has continually been placed among the top donors each year for CMN. An aspect of our fraternity we wish to extend far into the future.

However this year the chapter was faced with a reduction in not only the length of the events but an unusually low participation rate due to national pressure on sororities not to take part in our philanthropy. With 3 of the 5 top donating sororities in 2012 electing not to participate (including number 1 and 2) the challenge to meet our target goal in monetary donations was becoming an increasingly difficult task for 2013. But in true hokie fashion, other parts of the Greek community rose to the occasion to help make another memorable and meaningful week for Children’s Miracle Network and Sigma Chi.

Before the week the goal was set at 20,000 dollars with 8 to 10 participating sororities over a span of five days. After only 6 sororities fully committed to the week and the university reduced the week’s duration from 5 to 3 days, this total was not the most feasible goal. To break it down, the week had 60% participation with a 40% reduced event duration to raise 100% of what was raised in previous year; a daunting proposal. Despite these obstacles the week was carried through to the end without any major issues. In years past, critics of our philanthropy have argued that the focus of the event was lost as the week progressed due to various factors .Although our chapter did not fully agree with many of these critiques, we refocused our aim in maintaining the integrity and purpose of the week. Through these revitalized efforts and the support of all those that fought to keep Derby Days a premier philanthropy on this campus, we were able to donate more than 15,000 dollars to the New River Valley’s Children’s Miracle Network.

The results of Derby Days 2013 surpassed all expectations and are truly a representation of the character of Sigma Chi’s national organization as well as the deep sense of community here in the New River Valley.

-Steve Farmartino, Derby Daddy

Huntsmen Charity Golf Tournament Success

The 2013 Huntsman Charity golf tournament was held at Hidden Valley Country Club in Roanoke, Va.  The tournament featured 104 players in which teams of four battled in a captain’s choice format.  The Huntsman Committee consisting of Michael Wood (13’), Ian Trampe (14’), and Mark Hourigan (15’) raised over $10,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.  The $10,000 is the most money ever raised from the Huntsman.  The winning team, with a score of (-16) consisted of Mark Hourigan, Mark Hourigan Jr., Jeff Trampe, and Ian Trampe.  The Huntsman Committee would like to thank Head Golf Professional Michael Abraham at HVCC and his entire staff for helping coordinate such a successful tournament.

Spring Game Alumni Tailgate To Occur April 20th After The Spring Game

Game Starts at 2:00 pm and should end by 3:30pm

4:00 – 7:00 PM

All Alumni Brothers, Active Brothers, Sweethearts, Family Members, Pledges, & Prospective Pledges. In the RSVP, please state the # in your party.

What is provided:
Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Chips, Salads, Condiments, Rolls, Dessert
Beverages – Water, Soda, Beer, & Ice

What to Bring:
Cash, Check, Chair, Hat & Coat for Outside Activities           

$10 – Actives & Family Members
$10 – Alumni Members of $45 for 45th Anniversary Club
$15 – Alumni & Guests

Payment accepted day of event. Free to Children under 12 years of age

RSVP:  By April 12th

Jeff Francis / anotherdamnyankeehokie@gmail.com / 610.715.4265
Eddie Brewer / ebreweriii@aol.com / 804.240.3192

Check Out Our Facebook Page


If you’re not aware, we’ve recently set up a Facebook page to keep alumni, friends, the community updated with the Eta Lambda chapter on a more personal level.  If you have a minute, please check out & like the page at https://www.facebook.com/SigmaChiVirginiaTech.  We will continue to publish feature articles on this website as well, seeing as the Facebook page is for quick content and updates.

In Hoc,

Mark Wilkinson
Chapter Editor

Sigma Chi Ranks #1 Fraternity for 2012

In a recent article written by The Daily Beast, Sigma Chi took the spot as the #1 fraternity across the country.  The methodology for the rankings included number of active chapters,  number of alumni government officials, as well as funds donated to non-profit organizations and philanthropies.

Sigma Chi’s rankings were as follows:

Active Collegiate Chapters: 246
Number of Congressional Alumni: 11
Number of Presidential Alumni: 1
Funds Donated through Sigma Chi Foundation: $1,436,883

To see the complete list, view The Daily Beast’s article here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/08/05/college-rankings-2012-top-fraternities-photos.html

Updated Fall 2012 Rush Schedule


Below is the updated Fall 2012 Rush Schedule.  Dates and times are subject to change, so please check back for more information as dates get closer.

Tentative Rush Schedule, Fall 2012:

Times and Locations will be updated as the events get closer.

  • September 10th – Recruitment begins with Greek 101 – See IFC website for details
  • September 11th (5 PM – 7 PM) – Meet and Greet with Sigma Chi brothers at Hokie House. Come out for free food, pool, music, and more
  • September 14th (4 PM – 6 PM) – Basketball at War Memorial Gym. Come out meet the brothers and play a few games of pick-up basketball
  • September 19th – Steak & Cigar Night – Enjoy a tender steak and a stogie at the Sigma Chi house
  • September 23th- Closed Rush – Invite only event at the Sigma Chi house
  • September 24th – Bid Handout
  • September 26rd – Bid Acceptance

For more information about recruitment, please see the Events tab of our webpage.

Bill Roth to Celebrate 25th Year of Virginia Tech Football Commentary

This year, brother Bill Roth is celebrating his 25th year of being the lead play-by-play announcer of both Virginia Tech football and basketball games.  Bill, a member of the Gamma Sigma pledge class, also hosts weekly radio shows featuring Frank Beamer and James Johnson.

Throughout his 25 year tenure here at Virginia Tech, Bill has been honored as Virginia’s Sportscaster of the Year a record nine times and thus dubbed the title “The Voice of the Hokies”.  Bill continues to remain active with our chapter and joins us frequently for rush events and pledge meetings.

Recently, Virginia Tech Athletics announced that they’ll be offering a limited edition commemorative print of Bill Roth and Mike Burnop celebrating their 25th year to anyone who donates $25 or more to the Roth/Burnop Endowment. This endowment will fund a scholarship in their names.

To learn more about brother Bill Roth, feel free to check out his bio at Hokie Sports.

Brothers Sean Cooper and Connor Mckenna attend Sigma Chi’s 2012 Horizons program in Utah

This summer, brothers Sean Cooper and Connor Mckenna were fortunate enough to be selected to attend Sigma Chi’s 2012 Horizons retreat at Snowbird Utah.  Horizon’s is a leadership development experience created specifically for Undergraduate Sigma Chi brothers from Chapters across the nation. The program is offered at no cost to participants due to the generous support of the Sigma Chi Foundation.

“Horizons was an eye-opening experience that challenged my character and strengthened my leadership abilities”, Cooper added as he reflected on his experience.  “Being able to meet brothers from chapters all over North America gave me an incredible opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from other chapters.”

Each year, brothers from across the nation have the option to apply to the Horizons program.  Thanks for representing us Sean and Connor!