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Brothers,

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

Brotherhood

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!

Lauren Fargis Crowned Chapter Sweetheart for 2012-2013 School Year

Eta Lambda Sweetheart, Lauren Fargis, was crowned Chapter Sweetheart at the recent Spring Formals held in Myrtle Beach, SC!

Lauren, a Sweetheart for 3 years, is from Richmond, VA and is working on a double major in International Studies and Sociology with a minor in French. She is also a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. Lauren is scheduled to graduate in May 2013.

Congratulations Lauren on being named Chapter Sweetheart for the 2012-2013 school year.

Huntsman Golf Tournament Raises Over $6,000 for Huntsman Cancer Institute

Two Members of This Year's Winning Team

This past Saturday, April 14th, the Eta Lambda hosted their 5th annual Huntsman Golf Tournament to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah.  With 92 players participating in the tournament, the Eta Lambda took over Draper Valley Golf Club in great numbers.  This year the Huntsman Chairmen, Mark Wilkinson (’13), Daniel Hughes (’13), and Ian Trampe (’14) were able to sponsor all 18 holes of the course and raise donations from parents, businesses, sororities, and brothers.

On behalf of the entire brotherhood, we’d like to give a big thanks to all of our sponsors, especially the Perdue Family.  Each year, we hold the tournament in honor of Duane Perdue, an undergraduate brother of the Eta Lambda chapter who passed away from Leukemia in 2008.  On May 5th, the Perdue family will be holding the Duane Perdue Memorial Golf Tournament at Hanging Rock Golf Course.  If anyone is interested, feel free to find more information at http://www.duaneperduegolftournament.com/.

 

Derby Days Placement Now Available

On behalf of every brother of the Eta Lambda chapter of Sigma Chi, we’re very appreciative of your hard work and enthusiasm involving Derby Days.  Below is the final standings as well as total points earned for each respective organization.  To see a complete breakdown of the points, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/236528339759985/ and refer to the chart.  Congratulations Kappa Delta!

1. Kappa Delta – 1,665
2. Zeta Tau Alpha – 1,298
3. Delta Delta Delta – 1,257
4. Delta Gamma – 1,024
5. Alpha Phi – 960
6. Alpha Chi Omega – 874
7. Sigma Kappa – 731
8. Gamma Phi Beta – 682
9. Alpha Delta Pi – 591

41st Annual Derby Day’s Schedule

If participants wish to donate online, please use the link below to do so.  If you decide to donate online, please write your sorority name under “Company Name” when filling out the donation form.

http://www.helpmakemiracles.org/event/sigmachiderbydays/

Opening Ceremonies- Sunday, April 1st – 3 pm – Squire’s Colonial Hall

A “Miracle Family” will speak about Children’s Miracle Network, programs will be distributed, and the week’s events will be outlined. Addressed envelopes will be collected. Attendance points will b…e doubled for this event.

Derby Chase – Monday, April 2nd – 5:30 pm – On Campus

At 5:30, brothers will run for their lives from one end of campus to the other. Participants will attempt to steal their hats in this giant game of tag.

Night Field Games – Tuesday, April 3rd – 7 pm – Blacksburg Municipal Softball Field

Come out under the Sunday Night Lights and test your mettle. Teams will compete in various field games such as tug-o-war, three legged race and other games. *Theme Night*

Roller Derby – Thursday, April 5th – 9:30 pm – Adventure World

Slap on your skates or (for the extreme) your blades, and prepare to let out your inner John Travolta under the disco ball. It will be $3 to enter and an additional $3 to skate. *Theme Night*

Brother Auction– Friday, April 6th – 7 pm – O-Lounge

Coaches, this is your chance to shine on stage. Impress the crowd with a 2-3 minute skit/song/dance or anything that shows why you should be bought. There will be a $3 cover. *Theme Night*

Airbands – Saturday April, 7th – 5 pm – Top of the Stairs

Each team will create an 8-12 minute skit or group of skits with any or all of singing, dancing, jokes, etc. This is your last chance to call people out, make us laugh, and show the judges why you deserve to win.

Parents Weekend & Huntsman Golf Tournament To Be Held Weekend Of April 14th

The Eta Lambda Chapter will be hosting their annual parents weekend on the weekend of April 13th & 14th.  Additionally, the chapter will be hosting it’s 5th annual Huntsman Golf Tournament, benefiting the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah.  If any alumni are interested in playing in the tournament or anyone is interested in sponsoring the tournament, please feel free to contact Mark Wilkinson (mwilk13@vt.edu) or Daniel Hughes (dano227@vt.edu) for more information.  All team registration and sponsorship information is available in the link below.  More information on parents weekend will be available shortly.

2012 Huntsman Application

Banquet Picture Gallery

40th The Banquet

Thanks to Steve, Nathan, Kim, Lisa, Nancy and Ann for posting your pictures. If anyone else would like to add to “the gallery”. Post your pictures on the Eta Lambda facebook page (or a put a post there to link back to your photo album), and I’ll grab them and add them.

In Hoc,
J. Mark

Sigma Chi Wins Kappa Delta’s Fall Festival for 2nd Year In a Row

Pictured above: Sam Mattern (’13) and Ryne McCoy (’13), cornhole tournament winners

On October 29th, Sigma Chi managed to pull off another victory of Kappa Delta’s Fall Festival for a 2nd year in a row. The philanthropy consists of a pumpkin carving contest, a hot dog eating contest, and a cornhole tounrament, which Sigma Chi placed 1st in each event. The philanthropy raised over $8,000 for the Richmond’s Children Hospital and included live music, a rock climbing wall, and raffles/giveaways.

Edward F.D. Spencer – Sigma Chi and Vice President of Student Affairs Announces Retirement

After almost 30 years at Virginia Tech and 42 years in student affairs, former Eta Lambda chapter advisor Edward Spencer has announced his retirement, planned for June 2012. “Dr. Spencer has had a long and distinguished career at Virginia Tech.  He will be greatly missed by all of his colleagues, but more importantly by the Virginia Tech students — past, present, and those who will join the Hokie Nation in the future,” said University President Charles W. Steger. As Vice President of Student Affairs, Ed provides leadership and oversight to the 15 departments in the Division of Student Affairs, including Career Services and Dining Services.

Some other highlights to add to Spencer’s tenure include:

  • Coordinating the addition of all 4 phases of the Oak Lane Greek Housing Program
  • Creating an independent Fraternity and Sorority Life office
  • Serving on the Care Team and first Threat Assessment Team
  • Most Outstanding Faculty Advisor award
  • Significant Sig award
  • Most Outstanding Chapter Advisor award
  • Order of Constantine award

Following retirement, Spencer says he plans to spend more time with his grandchildren and volunteering, consulting, and traveling. He also plans to return to involvement with Sigma Chi on a national level and hopes to catch up on reading and home projects.  On behalf of the entire Eta Lambda Chapter, we’d like to say “Thanks Doc!”

To read the full article on Spencer’s retirement, feel free to check out this article on the Virginia Tech website: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2011/10/101711-dsa-spencer.html

Sigma Chi Wins Tri-Delta Flapjack & Football Fall Philanthropy

With the help of our Philanthropy Coordinator, Mark Cecchini (’13), the Eta Lambda chapter had the proud honor of winning Tri-Delta’s Flapjack & Football Philanthropy for the 3rd time in 4 years this past Sunday.  With high attendance at their pancake eating contest on Tuesday and a 2nd place finish to SAE in the Flag Football competition on Sunday, Sigma Chi was crowed the champions of the 5th annual philanthropy.