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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Psi Chapter of Sigma Chi at the University of Virginia

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Psi Chapter of Sigma Chi at the University of Virginia • Spring 2014 HOUSE CORPORATION PREPARES FOR THE FUTURE OF PSI CHAPTER T his is a busy time for the House Corporation and the active Brotherhood at 608 Preston Place. In previous newsletters, we have discussed our goal to provide the best learning, living, and leadership environment that we can for members of Psi Chapter. Safety is our number one priority and is at the top of our list when allocating funds and planning projects each year. Developing a strategy to help ensure the long-term presence of Sigma Chi at the University of Virginia is also something that the House Corporation considers part of its mission. Former Consul Brian Ohlhausen '14, Consul Michael Kreamer '15, Pro Consul David O'Hara '15, and House Manager Peter Wright '15, have taken an active role in this work. The group coordinates meetings with the entire Brotherhood and House Corporation members and leads the effort to re-establish good neighbor policies among the residents of Preston Place. Most fraternities at the University are also housed in older facilities and many are searching for ways to upgrade, modernize, and adapt to the needs of a changing environment for fraternity life in Charlottesville. The cost of maintenance and upkeep is rising while the ability to remain competitive with University housing, off-campus apartments, and other fraternities is an ongoing challenge. The House Corporation has reviewed the progress of other fraternities and has watched as our neighboring fraternity, Theta Chi, has completed a major facility modernization and expansion that should serve them well for the foreseeable future. We will continue to plan and prepare our own future and will share details with you in later editions of The Constantine Sig. We encourage all members of Psi to get involved with Sigma Chi. There are many opportunities to volunteer with the Chapter and its members and we welcome your involvement. We would like to hear from you and can be reached through the Chapter website at Without the support of alumni like you, the House Corporation would not be able to complete necessary maintenance projects to 608 Preston Place. Enclosed you will find a donation envelope. Please consider making a gift today in support of Psi of Sigma Chi. In Hoc, Steve Herbert '68 Vice President House Corporation Alumnus to Be Inducted in Order of Constantine Bob Fair '50 Recognized for Years of Service B ob Fair '50 will be inducted into the Order of Constantine in recognition of his many years of service to the Fraternity. The Order of Constantine is considered to be the highest honor that Sigma Chi bestows upon one of its members. Since 1948, just 670 brothers have had the honor of being named an "Order of Constantine Sig." Fourteen members are inducted each year, recognizing their commitment, dedication, and service to the Fraternity. Bob was the Psi Chapter Consul in 1950 and was instrumental that year in the purchase of 608 Preston Place. While an undergraduate, he was a class officer and University leader. He subsequently was named the Balfour Award winner for the Eastern Virginia Province. After graduation, Bob has remained active with Psi Chapter, serving as Chapter advisor, House Corporation President, and Grand Praetor for the Eastern Virginia Province. Before beginning at U.Va., Bob served as a combat infantryman in WWII, receiving two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and the European Theater Medal with three battle stars. After a lengthy hospitalization to recover from serious injuries sustained in the war, Bob was finally released from his U.S. hospital in 1946 and enrolled in the University's School of Engineering. In 1950, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and in 1952 his Master's in Business Administration degree from Harvard University. Bob's career in business began in 1952 when he was hired by the Westinghouse Corporation. There, he rose to the executive position of Manager before joining the faculty of the University's Darden School of Business in 1964. Like his success in business, Bob's academic career also blossomed as he was later appointed Associate Dean for Darden's MBA program. In 2000, Bob retired from Darden holding the title of Professor Emeritus. Today, Bob lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Camilla. The couple has two grown children and two grandchildren. Congratulations to Bob Fair for receipt of this honor. The Brotherhood of Psi of Sigma Chi will forever be grateful for your untiring support of and loyalty to our beloved Fraternity.

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