Sigma Chi - Auburn University

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Gamma Sigma Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity at Auburn University

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Inside... 2 Back in Action 2 Chapter Officers 3-4 Alumni Update 3 Sigma Chi Gamma New Members SIGMA CHI FRATERNITY AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY FALL 2018 THE AUBURN SIG G reetings brothers. Welcome to our newest version of The Auburn Sig. It is great to be able to communicate with you. We are so happy to be where we are in the process of bringing Sigma Chi back to Auburn's campus. It seems appropriate at this point that we should address where we were, where we are now, and where we are going. As many of you know, Gamma Sigma lost its Sigma Chi charter in the fall of 2013 following an investigation into allegations of hazing. Summer 2017 the Sigma Chi Gamma colony of Sigma Chi was born. Fall recruitment 2017 led to 17 new pledges. Winter recruitment added another four. This fall 2018, we had an additional 17 young men of different talents, temperaments, and convictions pledge Sigma Chi. Where are we now? Sigma Chi is back and determined to be Auburn's preeminent, values-based leadership development fraternity. We intend to fully embrace the values of Sigma Chi as set forth in our ritual and the values of Auburn University as set forth in the Auburn Creed. The Sigma Chi colony has adopted a zero tolerance policy for hazing, drug use, and alcohol abuse. We are a select group of individuals with an emphasis on scholastic achievement, philanthropy, and leadership roles on the Auburn University campus. We are working hand in hand with Sigma Chi as we restore Gamma Sigma's charter. The national leadership of our fraternity has many things to offer in the form of training opportunities for our members and the colony intends to embrace those programs. Where are we going? If all goes as planned, we expect to complete the colonization process and be approved for the reinstallation of the Gamma Sigma Chapter in the spring of 2019. All of the current colony members will be initiated together on April 6, 2019, as determined by the Sigma Chi Executive Committee. All Gamma Sigma alumni will be invited to participate along with representatives of all of the undergraduate chapters in our province, several national officers, and members of Sigma Chi's new Chapter Development Committee. The initiation ceremony will be followed that evening by a reinstallation banquet that will include spouses, dates, parents, and university officials. The Gamma Sigma chapter house at 737 West Magnolia will be returned to the chapter at the conclusion of spring semester 2019 and significant renovations are planned for the summer of 2019. The chapter will occupy the house in the fall of 2019. We look forward to that time as it will provide a focal point for us to renew old bonds of friendship and to establish new ones. You all can be proud to be represented by this new group of young men and the journey we are on. Financial support from all of us will be needed to complete this work. On the Road to Rechartering John Smyth '93, Ryan Barnes '20, Fischer Hawkins '21, Armen Palanjian '21, and Michael Roberts '20 at an alumni event honoring winners of the Sigma Chi Foundation at Auburn University Scholarship. Sigma Chi Foundation Awards ousands in Scholarships O n Saturday, August 25, at a reception in Auburn to honor Gamma Sigma Significant Sig Jim Thompson '66, four undergraduate colony members were also awarded academic scholarships. The Sigma Chi Foundation at Auburn University, Inc. awarded four $1,000 scholarships to colony members who excelled academically and in their extracurricular activities on Auburn's campus. The recipients were, Ryan Barnes, a junior from Auburn, Ala., majoring in information systems management; Fischer Hawkins, a sophomore from Homewood, Ala., majoring in accounting; Armen Palanjian, a sophomore from Dothan, Ala., majoring in accounting; and Michael Roberts, a junior from Mobile, Ala., majoring in accounting. Executive committee members at the Balfour Leadership Training Workshop in Bowling Green, Ohio, in August.

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