• Phi Phi Chapter celebrated 140 years of brotherhood during Homecoming this year. Thanks to all actives, alumni, and friends who celebrated with us!

    In celebration of our 140 years on campus, we’re asking brothers to share their best photos and memories from their time in our chapter’s history. Click here to upload pictures to the online album, or here to share a great memory on the discussion forum.

  • The Annual Meeting of the Alumni House Corporation (The Sigma Chi Club of Philadelphia, Inc.) was held on Saturday November 7, 2015 at the Chapter House.

    Board President Mark Kocent ‘82 called the meeting to order and the first item on the agenda was Board elections. A slate of candidates was proposed and approved for a 1-year term.

  • Even if you don’t live near Philly, you can still remain involved with Sigma Chi in your alumni years by joining a local alumni group where you live.

    David Fleshman ’61 participates with his local alumni chapter in Charleston, SC. He writes “We welcome all Sigs from everywhere who live locally, as well as active members of the local chapter. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at a local pub, not unlike Smokey Joe's. We also take part in activities at the local Iota Epsilon chapter at the College of Charleston. I have assisted with rush and try to attend all initiation ceremonies.”

    Are you involved with your local alumni or active chapter? Share your story by commenting below or on the discussion forum.

  • Join your Phi Phi brothers as we celebrate the 140th anniversary of our charter at the University of Pennsylvania during Homecoming on November 7.

    Festivities include pre-game breakfast and cocktails, a noon kickoff vs. Princeton, and an evening celebration at the house followed by a final toast at Smokey Joes.

  • The temporary scaffold access has been removed and with the installation of the metal connector decks and railings, the new stair tower is now operational. Some inclement weather and a few days off to observe the papal visit extended the final completion about 10 days. Final painting and miscellaneous finishes remain along with site restoration and paving. All work will be ready for your inspection at Homecoming on Nov 7th!

  • David Fleshman '61 had such a great experience in Sigma Chi that he's celebrating his lifelong membership by actively participating in his local alumni chapter in Charleston, SC.

    He writes, "We welcome all Sigs from everywhere, those who live locally as well as active members of the local chapter. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at a local pub, not unlike Smokey Joe's."

  • Sigma Chi provided much more than a great time in college. We all gained invaluable skills, relationships, and values that will carry us through life. Did you learn skills in the fraternity that are helpful in your career today? Or perhaps find a job thanks to a Sigma Chi connection? Or meet your spouse through the fraternity?

    Take a moment to share the top 3 things you gained from your Sigma Chi experience with us on the discussion forum.

  • On September 27, 1875, the Phi Phi Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity was chartered at the University of Pennsylvania. Phi Phi became the 34th Chapter of Sigma Chi and the 5th Fraternity at Penn. Over 140 years have passed as generations of Quaker men have continued to create true friendships and future leaders at our historic home at 3809 Locust Walk.

  • During this past summer, current Phi Phi junior Griffin Rubin ’16 was selected as one of 192 Sigma Chi brothers across the country to attend the Huntsman Horizons Leadership Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah. While at Horizons, Griffin was given the opportunity to visit the Huntsman Cancer Institute, where he toured his way to the top floor of the institute – the Sigma Chi International Fraternity Sixth Floor. The wall bears our fraternity’s crest and a list of all of the chapters across the country that have donated $20,000 in a single fundraising year to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the “The $20K Club.”  This year, we are committed to adding our chapter’s name to that wall – The Phi Phi Chapter of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • As you can see in the picture the new stair tower is almost complete. The brick clad enclosure has topped out and the steel stairways, landings and railings are all installed within. This week the temporary scaffold will be removed and the new steel bridges that will link back to the house will be installed and the existing terra cotta tile and other exterior finishes will be repaired and replaced. The last element of the project will be site restoration and paving. All work should be completed during the week of Oct 5th in time for the students return from Fall Break.

    Caption: Progress photo from Sept 22tnd of the New Stair Tower at the rear of 3809 Locust Walk

  • For the second year in a row, the Phi Phi Chapter was honored with a Peterson Significant Chapter Award on August 1st at the Balfour Leadership Training Workshop in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Peterson Significant Chapter Award, sponsored annually by the Sigma Chi Foundation, is the highest honor that the Fraternity bestows upon an undergraduate chapter. Named for 38th Grand Consul J. Dwight Peterson, Indiana ‘19, the award recognizes excellent, but not impossible performance by a chapter in all major areas of operation and programming. For many years, the Peterson plaque has been a symbol of dedication, idealism and achievement. This is the fifth time that Phi Phi has won this award, and the first time in consecutive years. Can 2016 be a three-peat? 

  • After resolving some unforeseen conditions below grade, including the removal of a former septic tank and coal storage room, the above ground construction phase moved into full gear in August. The concrete block enclosure of the new stair tower is nearing completion and its brick cladding will follow in early September. The internal steel stair assembly and bridges that will link back to the house are in production. Inside, on the third floor, the egress corridor was realigned and three new single bedrooms were created. The project is scheduled to be completed in early October. In order for the brothers to safely occupy the House this fall, a temporary scaffold stair was installed adjacent to the new egress door locations. The existing terra cotta tile and other exterior finishes will be repaired and replaced as part of the project. 

  • Sigma Chi reigns as one of the premier leadership-development organizations in the world, and has provided countless young men with lifelong values and friendships. Why are YOU proud to be a Sig?

    Brett Nakfoor '91 says "Because of the values it stands and the strong friendships I made that have stood the test of time." He goes on to say that he has great memories and great friendships that have come from his Sigma Chi experience, the funniest story being when a squirrel got into the house (and the pandemonium that ensued as a result).

    Why are YOU proud to be a Sig? Share your story on the discussion forum.

  • With less than a week to go in the 2014-15 giving year, we need your help to push us over the finish line! To date, we have raised $14,390, which is just $32 short of last year's total and within reach of our goal to raise $15,000 this year. Thank you to the donors who have helped us gain such great momentum!

    Will you help us in the final stretch to raise the $578 needed to reach our goal? Click here to make your donation before the giving year ends August 31.

  • With so many negative fraternity headlines in the news these days, this article caught our eye. Officials at the University of Michigan are considering reinstating the role of the house mother--or a live-in housing director--in fraternities on their campus.

    What are your thoughts on this concept? Is the way of the house mother a dated part of history? Or would fraternities thrive with live-in advisors guiding the way? Share your thoughts in the discussion forum.

  • Work began this summer on a new enclosed stair tower to replace the former fire escape on the north side of our Chapter House. The brick-clad stair tower will occupy the footprint of the former kitchen storage porch and will provide code a compliant egress path from the basement via the laundry and will link the 2nd and 3rd floor bedroom corridors via new steel connector walkways to the tower. The design has been carefully aligned to accommodate a planned bedroom addition to follow. This project is one of the first to be funded by the University’s centrally-managed Capital Improvement Fund for fraternities and sororities. The project will be completed in September 2015.

  • Several Phi Phi undergraduates will hone their leadership skills at Sigma Chi sponsored programs and workshops this summer. Griffin Rubin '17 will attend the Huntsman Horizons Program, and Consul Tyler Roth '16 will lead a delegation of Phi Phi aspiring leaders to attend the annual Balfour Leadership Training Workshop July 30-August 1.

  • Eddie Banks-Crosson has been named Director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Pennsylvania. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., he brings a decade of experience serving Greek communities at Syracuse University and Jacksonville State University. He starts at Penn on August 17.

    “Eddie brings a contemporary vision to Greek life at Penn and a keen understanding of the lifelong connections forged by fraternity or sorority membership,” said Karu Kozuma, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs. “We look forward to him getting to know our students and staff and becoming an integral leader at OFSL, in VPUL, and across campus.”

  • Sigma Chi was recognized in The Salt Lake Tribune last week for pledging to raise $10 million for the Huntsman Cancer Institute from the fraternity's flagship nationwide fundraising event, Derby Days.

    Click here to read the full story.

  • By Mark Kocent '82, House Corporation President

    One beautiful fall day in 2011, I got a call from H. Samuel Greenawalt '51, who was on campus and looking to attend the Quakers' football classic that day. Sam and I toured the new athletic facilities in Penn Park before heading over to Franklin Field. At halftime, the crowd was treated to a dedication ceremony of the statue of Chuck Bednarik, the former Penn and Philadelphia Eagles legend who broke the mold for toughness. Sam arrived at Penn as a freshman and played alongside Concrete Charlie for a few years, learning every move while playing similar positions.

  • Sigma Chi Club of Philadelphia, Inc. relies solely on alumni donations to continue operations. Click below to make a donation and to see how your donation will support the Phi Phi Chapter.

  • To anyone else, it might seem like just another fraternity prank. But for Jon M. Huntsman Sr. ’59, the heist of the front doors of 3809 Locust Street by the pledge class of 1956 was a legendary lesson in leadership, teamwork, and sticking to your guns. Jon even credits this moment as helping to position him for success in the chapter, at college, and in life after graduation. Here, he shares his first-hand account of taking part (or, perhaps, being the mastermind behind) the Great Front Door Heist of 1956.

  • Ferg Sloan '54 reports "I recently had lunch with Don Scanlon ’52 at Winged Foot, his golf club. Norm Wholken and I both joined Sigma Chi in 1950, influenced by Don. The initiation ceremony was one of my greatest experiences."

    Have you recently reunited with fellow Sigs? Share your stories and photos by emailing our alumni relations office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Sam GreenawaltH. Samuel (“Sam”) Greenawalt ’51 passed away as a result of cardiac arrest on March 25, 2015 at the age of 85. He was a former Penn Trustee, Significant Sig, and major Phi Phi supporter.

  • Phi Phi’s 2015 Derby Days, which were held April 6-10, raised an astounding $10,000 to benefit Huntsman Cancer Institute. A total of 150+ participants from sororities and sports teams across campus competed for bar tabs and other gifts throughout the week.

  • Did you catch the commercial featuring our very own Jon Huntsman Sr. '59 and the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI)? The commercial promotes how the Institute is working every day to eradicate cancer for all people. CLICK HERE to watch the TV spot.

  • Mark A. Kocent ’82
    House Corporation President

    In the wake of a virtual media storm that has focused on the weakest links and poorest judgment among some individuals associated with fraternities, it is important to step back and reassess our own fraternity affiliation and purpose.

  • Jamie '08 and Charles Green '10 are more than just Sigma Chi brothers. They are blood brothers who now share an very special connection - they joined together to sponsor their former bedroom at 3809 Locust Walk, The Gym. Now living on opposite coasts, the brothers know they always have a place to call "home" at Phi Phi.

  • Four years after the University of Pennsylvania moved from 9th and Chestnut Streets to its West Philadelphia campus in 1871, the Sigma Chi Fraternity installed its 34th chapter, Phi Phi of Pennsylvania, on September 17, 1875. The original charter, granted to Phi Phi by the Ohio Wesleyan Chapter of Sigma Chi, has survived 139 years and most recently has been displayed in the chapter room at 3809 Locust Walk.

  • The minutes from the 2014 annual meeting of The Sigma Chi Club of Philadelphia, Inc. Board of Trustees, held during Homecoming on November 1, have been posted.

    Click here to download a recap of the meeting.

  • Sigma Chi Club of Philadelphia, Inc. wishes you and your family a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year! We look forward to connecting with you in 2015.

  • Significant Sig Jon Huntsman, PENNSYLVANIA 1959, has pledged $5 million to continue four annual sessions of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity's Horizons leadership development program for the next 10 years. The program, which will soon enter its 15th year, immerses undergraduates in six days of experiential learning in Utah and includes a trip to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) in Salt Lake City, where students see how the center treats those with cancer.

  • The House Corporation recently authorized the purchase of new kitchen equipment for the chapter house. Attached are photos of the new 6-burner range/double oven, grill and refrigerator.

    This picture shows the new grill. Click here to view more pictures of the new kitchen equipment and other 2014 house renovations.

  • On Wednesday November 12th, the undergraduates of Phi Phi Chapter of Sigma Chi extended a warm welcome to Brother Jon M. Huntsman Sr. '59 at the chapter house at 3809 Locust Walk. Brother Huntsman was on campus as part of his book signing tour for his new autobiography, Barefoot to Billionaire – Reflections on a Life's Work and a Promise to Cure Cancer

  • Now is your chance to have a bedroom in the chapter house named in your honor. Over the past five years, the Phi Phi House Corporation has begun to carefully renovate and restore all of the bedrooms at 3809 Locust Walk.

  • In this season of giving and giving thanks, we'd like to thank you thank the 100+ brothers who keep our alumni program going year after year. Because of alumni support, we are able to maintain a thriving communications program, maintain a historic home, and support a strong active chapter. Thank you to all who give back to the fraternity experience that gave so much to all of us.

    If you have not already made your gift in 2014-15, which kicked off September 1, please consider giving back to Phi Phi during this season of thanks and generosity. Click here to make your annual fund donation and add your name to this year's Honor Roll of Donors.

  • We hope to see you at the Sigma Chi house during Homecoming on November 1!  Click below for the day's schedule!

  • Over the summer our House Corp. was able to fund continued renovations to our historic home at 3809 Locust Walk. All bedroom hardwood floors were repaired, refinished, and protected with new area carpets for each room. The Huntsman Blue Room was restored and features new curtains. We are currently in design for a new stair tower to replace the fire escape.

    Click here to view more pictures of the latest renovations.

  • On September 20, The Phi Phi Chapter of Sigma Chi is hosting its annual fraternity volleyball tournament in an effort to raise funds for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Ordinarily, our donation to the HCF consists of the funds accrued through the teams' submission fees; however, in an effort to make a greater impact, we are also soliciting your donation this year.

  • We're pleased to report that Phi Phi was one of the chapters awarded the Peterson Significant Chapter Award at the 2014 Balfour Leadership Training Workshop. This is the highest honor that the Fraternity bestows upon an undergraduate chapter, and this achievement marks the fourth time Phi Phi has reached this pinnacle among its peers.

  • Last spring when you were asked to step up and meet our challenge to pass our goal for the annual campaign, you did! As of August 31st, we have successfully concluded our 2013-14 giving year with a new record of $14,422 made possible from 111 gifts.

    Let's continue that momentum as we kickoff our 2014-15 giving year. This year, let's challenge ourselves to surpass the 111 individual gifts made and reach a goal of adding 125 donors to our Honor Roll this year. Click here to make your donation.

  • With just a few days left in the 2013-14 giving year, we would like to recognize the alumni donors who helped us to raise the highest level of donations in the past five years. Annual fund gifts help us to maintain an active alumni relations program, including publication of communications, hosting of events, maintenance of our house and mentoring of our active chapter.

    Join us as we celebrate this banner giving year -- and ensure that we can do even more to enhance your alumni experience -- by making your annual fund gift before August 31.

  • Check out this great rendering we found of the Phi Phi house, circa 1922. Help us to add to our collection of archived memorabilia by adding your own photos from your era to our online albums (must be logged in to view/upload).

  • According to our records, we are missing mailing addresses for 100 of our alumni brothers. That means that 10- of you are not benefiting from our full alumni relations program, including printed copies of The Quaker Sig and other important mailings and announcements.

    Take a moment to review our lost list, containing the names of brothers for whom we don't have current mailing addresses. If you see yourself among them, follow the instructions to update your contact information. Also, if you know of the current whereabouts of any of the other brothers listed, help us update our database by sending us their addresses too. Our data is used solely for Phi Phi publications.

  • Attention alumni! As we approach the end of the giving year, we're pleased to report that we've exceeded last year's annual fund totals in both dollars raised and donor participation, raising $11,820 from 77 donors with two months to go in the giving year! This puts us on pace to exceed our highest annual fund totals in the last 10 years, which was $13,980 from 100 donors in 2011-12.

    To meet this milestone, we need 24 more alumni to step up and make their annual fund donations before the giving year ends August 31. Are you one of the 24 we're looking for?

  • John Weinkopf (WH/EAS '84) reports from Rio de Janeiro that he really enjoyed his first time back to Philly in almost 25 years to meet his big brother, Ron "Woody" Woodmansee (WH '82), and Charlie Leasure (CAS '85) for lunch at the Union League Club and then spend his 30th Penn Reunion together with classmates Brian Scanlon and Jim Goodfield.  He also ran into Bob Snyder (WH '85). little sister Virgina Callahan (EAS '84) and Chapter Faculty Advisor Professor Conston during the event. 

  • Does Greek Life truly equal happiness? A recent study by Gallup and published in The Wall Street Journal seems to indicate so. After interviewing more than 30,000 US college graduates, the study found that "...fraternity and sorority members are more likely than all other college graduates to be thriving in each of the five elements of well-being (purpose, physical, social, financial, and community). Thus, fraternity and sorority members are more likely than their non-Greek counterparts to find fulfillment in daily work and interactions, to have strong social relationships and access to the resources people need, to feel financially secure, to be physically healthy, and to take part in a true community."

    Click here to read more about the survey, then come back and click Read More to share your thoughts in our comments section.

  • In early April the Phi Phi chapter completed another successful Derby Days event.  The weeklong event had its largest participation in recent years with fifteen teams and almost 200 competitors.  The annual event was a great way to kick off the Spring by celebrating the initiation of 17 new members as well as raising money for a great cause.  Once again we are raising money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. 

  • Congratulations to Joe Sheetz '89, who was recently named President & CEO of Sheetz, Inc. In this Q&A, he shares how Sigma Chi helped him in his career success, gives a glimpse into the Sheetz vs. Wawa showdown, and shares the secret of what sauce makes every MTO taste that much better...

  • Consul Conor Hails was interviewed by Bloomberg news about the increase of fraternity brothers in the finance market. In the interview, Conor told Bloomberg News how his fraternity membership helped him land a connection at Barclays Plc recruiting event when he approached a banker using the fraternity's secret handshake. Conor was quoted as saying, "We exchanged a grip, and he said, 'Every Sigma Chi gets a business card.' We're trying to create Sigma Chi on Wall Street, a little fraternity on Wall Street."

  • The Penn Hockey team has made drastic improvements this season. Sigma Chi has eight members on the team, including two who were interviewed for a piece that was published on the University's web site. Sophomore Joey Maiocco was quoted as saying, "Winning is one thing you never get tired of, and, especially after the rough season we had last year, it's very rewarding to see all the W's up on the schedule. The win streak is awesome." Eric Skoritowski is also featured in the article.

  • The Phi Phi Chapter has recruited a class of 17 new candidates through the 2014 spring rush period.

    Undergrad Consul Conor Hails has provided us with a bio on each new member. Click on the link below to learn more about these future brothers. You may recognize someone from your hometown or with similar extracurricular interests from your Sigma Chi days at Penn.

    Click here to download the bios.

  • Our Phi Phi Alumni Chapter, The Sigma Chi Club of Philadelphia, works in partnership with a third-party alumni relations firm to maintain a clean database of our brothers to ensure we're reaching as many alumni as possible through our print and electronic communications.

    As brothers move and change jobs, we sometimes lose touch of their current mailing and email addresses. See the link below for a snapshot of our database to date. Please take a moment to review the list of our 'lost brothers' and help us to update their contact information (or update your own if you haven't been receiving our email publications).

  • Click here to download your copy.

  • After a successful fall rush, the Phi Phi Chapter of Sigma Chi is now seeking new members during the traditional University-wide Spring Rush period. The recruitment period officially began on the first two days of class last week, featuring open house events welcome to all interested new members.

  • Phi Phi Chapter continues to maintain a strong brotherhood with 47 actives of diverse backgrounds. The Chapter House is at full occupancy with 20 residents. After a large graduation class, the house hosted a Fall Rush this semester, a first in recent memory. Under the leadership of Magister Thomas Muse '14, eight new brothers were initiated November 24.

  • The annual fund (our alumni dues program) serves as the primary revenue source for Sigma Chi Club of Philadelphia, Inc. This fund enables us to continue our alumni communication programs and provides ongoing support to the active chapter. Your donations make possible the Quaker Sig newsletter, the popular monthly email updates and our recently upgraded website.

  • To all of our Alumni Brothers and friends...

    Happy Holidays
    Merry Christmas
    and
    Happy New Year
    to you and your families!

    From the Brothers of the Phi Phi Chapter of Sigma Chi

  • After extensive review and analysis of the current system for funding capital needs of the University-managed fraternities and sororities, the University administration has determined that it is necessary to move forward with a plan to restructure the funding of capital needs of campus residential fraternities and sororities as part of the University's commitment to ensuring the long-term viability of the Greek system at Penn.

  • When the Sigma Chi Club of Philadelphia, Inc. (our alumni house corporation) purchased our stately chapter house at 3809 Locust Walk in 1920, a generous Phi Phi alumni brother stepped forward with a unique gift.

  • Did you receive the most recent copy of The Quaker Sig in your mailbox? If not, click here to download your copy. And be sure to log in to our web site to update your mailing address to receive future issues.

  • The fall semester has been a productive term for the Phi Phi Chapter filled with leadership development opportunities, philanthropy, social events and fall rush. The brothers returned to campus in late August determined to run a successful fall recruitment session. Led by Magister Tom Muse, the collective effort resulted in eight accepted bids from qualified upperclassmen.

  • There are many Sigma Chis participating in Penn sports this fall!

  • Back for Homecoming 2013 and remembering those hazy days from the 1970’s:  (L to R) Bob Donovan ’78, Jim Powell ’78, Bob Crowley ’74, Phil Kozlowski ’78 and Jim MacLaughlin ’78.  Click "Read More" to find out what they had to say about their Homecoming visit this year!

  • It's one of our favorite times of year—Thanksgiving.  Click "read more" to find out how our fraternity brothers gave us so much to be thankful for, no matter how inappropriate, and then be sure to share your own stories and photos!

  • Brothers, we're working on building out the photo album section of our website. With Homecoming a few weeks away, we thought we'd start with collecting Homecoming photos! Go through your camera cards or shoeboxes and find pictures of Homecomings past and present!  

  • It's the most wonderful time of the year again – Rush! Our young actives have been busy bestowing upon prospects the many benefits of Greek life. Have you ever wondered why it's so great to join the Greek community?

  • By now, our freshmen have already arrived on campus for what will likely become the most important four years of their lives. The choices these young adults make as they select their friends, community, and fraternity helps to shape their future and can lead to a very fulfilling college experience that is felt long after graduation.

  • Quaker fans the world over need never miss another Penn football game with the introduction of the Penn Sports Channel on the Ivy League Digital Network. Just in time, too---Penn Quakers have been picked as preseason favorites to win the Ivy League title!

  • Whoever said you can’t have beauty without brains? Penn University’s alumna Sarah Downs ’12, crowned Miss Idaho this past July, will head to Atlantic City this September to compete in the famed Miss America pageant.

  • Social media and blogs are on fire with this question, after six undergraduate students found guilty of “non-consensual sex” from Yale were given what appears to be a slap on the wrist.

  • With nearly 70% of all Congressmen and senators belonging to Greek organizations, the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) is rallying to gain their support for a tax break bill that would mean massive changes for every Greek organization. However, recent negative media coverage of the legislation threatens to derail FSPAC efforts so far.


  • Have you seen the changes on our website? To improve your online experience, we are excited to share our revamped web platform, complete with a visual overhaul and new features to make reconnecting easier. The website is still available at www.phiphi-sigmachi.org, but your username and password have changed temporarily (you can change yours back when you login the first time). 

  • Signature fraternity events such as Derby Days always stirs up the best memories. It's a unique time when the brotherhood comes together and works hard to accomplish a goal.

  • The 60s are leading the way in annual fund giving so far this year. Alumni contributions are the foundation of our organization. See how your decade is represented in the decade challenge, and make a gift today. Give Now.

  • Dhananjay Pai '83 was awarded the Significant Sig Award for his distinguished career achievement as part of the Class of 2011 recipients. He was joined at the Homecoming presentation by his wife, Heena and their two sons, Arjun Pai '12 and Armaan, Penn '15. Dhan's citation reads:

    In recognition of your remarkable career as Chief Financial Officer of P. Schoenfeld Asset Management LP, a New York City-based investment firm that manages nearly $2 billion of its client's money, where you joined in 2003 and ascended to your current position in 2007, your prior role as the firm's senior vice president of product development; and your previous role as managing director of Lightyear Capital, a private equity investment firm. And in commendation of your notable civic involvement, including your service as an Overseer of the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn and your service as a member of the international advisory board that serves the Center for Advanced Indian Studies.

    Dhan becomes the 29th Phi Phi alum to be so honored.

    Pictured: Dhan and his son Arjun

  • Four years after the University of Pennsylvania moved to its West Philadelphia campus in 1871, the Sigma Chi Fraternity installed its 34th chapter, Phi Phi of Pennsylvania, in 1875.

    As the brotherhood grew in strength, a group of alumni stepped forward to secure the financial and residential needs of the chapter. On January 26, 1912, the Sigma Chi Club of Philadelphia, Inc. was recognized as a corporation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a charter was issued to its subscribers.charter sccofp inc

    Among the first subscribers were five prominent Phi Phi members: Ward W. Pierson, Harold S. Schertz, Francis Burch 1907, Paul Freeman 1905 and Clarence N. Callender 1909. In 1920, this House Corporation purchased the former Drexel family home at 3809 Locust Street and today the Board of Trustees continues to manage the assets of the Phi Phi Chapter.

    At Homecoming this year, we honored our past visionary leaders and toasted our 100 years of success at Penn, noted by the original Charter, which is proudly displayed in the Gilmore Library at the Chapter House. 

    In this photo: Display honors the 100-year anniversary of the Sigma Chi Club Corporation and prominently shows original Charter.

  • Sigma Chi Club of Philadelphia, Inc. met at the end of October. The financial report showed that our finances have maintained a strong position with continued modest growth.

  • In an effort to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

  • hallway 1 1 Following the successful historic window restoration and replacement project, this past summer we embarked on a complete replacement of all 16 bedroom doors and the hallways. This renovation included custom wood trim to conceal new steel frames, polished brass hardware, new ceilings, lighting, painting and carpeting in the corridors and staircase.

    In addition, all bedrooms have now received a plaster skim coat and new paint. Approximately $100,000 was invested in this project from funds made possible by alumni gifts and undergraduate rent subsidies.

    To top it off, just in time for Homecoming, older composite chapter photographs were mounted throughout the hallways for alumni and their families to relive those glory days.

  • We are looking for a few good men and welcome your recommendations. We have just completed a busy fall semester reaching out to potential Rush candidates but when we return to campus in January, New Member Recruitment will formally commence. Over a condensed two-week period the Phi Phi Chapter of Sigma Chi will offer bids to another select group of promising men to join our 138 year old chapter brotherhood. We would like to take this opportunity to reach out to our alumni, and welcome your recommendations of potential candidates. Please contact any one of us below:

    Consul
    Bobby Alexander 2014 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Magister
    Kevin Gramza 2013 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Recruitment Chairmen
    Mitch Stein 2014 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Brad Presant 2014 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Jack Alvarez 2015 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Dan Gautieri 2015 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Harry Holroyd 2015 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • 30th reunion 1 Charlie Crowley '82, Steve Bujno '82, Ron Woodmansee '82 and Mark Kocent '82 returned to campus in May to reminisce about their days at Sigma Chi and enjoy their 30th reunion.

  • We recently learned about the passing of Mike Tate '62. Mike died in 2010 after a long, yet courageous battle with cancer. During his life, he dedicated himself to youth sports, particularly football and baseball, which he himself lettered in while at Penn. He had a successful career in business, mostly recently working for Sports Endeavors' Team Sales Group in Hillsborough, NC until retirement.

    Frank "Broaker" Schmidt '62 describes Mike as "a cool Dude" who was very active, an excellent team player, and well-liked by all.

    Click here to read Mike's online obituary.

  • Exams are over, the boxes are packed, and the cap and gown is pressed and ready for the big event. Graduation day is such a bittersweet moment in our lives, as we say goodbye to the youth and vitality of college life, and usher in a new era in our lives: full-blown adulthood. Think back to your own time and tell us a story about your graduation day. How did you spend your final days as an undergraduate member of Sigma Chi? Were there any last hurrahs or memorable moments with brothers that especially stand out?

  • By Robert Alexander, '14, Consul
    The spring of 2013 has been a busy and exciting season for the Phi Phi Chapter. March 17th saw the initiation of eighteen new members into the chapter. The newest members of our 138 year old Chapter, hail from all over the country, and represent various varsity athletic teams on campus: baseball, crew, football, golf, hockey, and tennis. (See list of all Newly Initiated Brothers). A memorable moment in the Initiation ceremony was having House Corporation President, Mark Kocent '82 on hand to place the White Cross on his son, Matt Kocent '16. Special thanks go to Mark and the following Quaker Sigs: Paul Garvey '82, Ronald Woodmansee '82, and Murray McComas '58 for their spirited participation during this spring's Initiation.

  • By Robert Alexander, '14, Consul
    The spring of 2013 has been a busy and exciting season for the Phi Phi Chapter. March 17th saw the initiation of eighteen new members into the chapter. The newest members of our 138 year old Chapter, hail from all over the country, and represent various varsity athletic teams on campus: baseball, crew, football, golf, hockey, and tennis.

  • We recently learned about the passing of Mike Tate '62. Mike died in 2010 after a long, yet courageous battle with cancer. During his life, he dedicated himself to youth sports, particularly football and baseball, which he himself lettered in while at Penn. He had a successful career in business, mostly recently working for Sports Endeavors' Team Sales Group in Hillsborough, NC until retirement.

    Frank "Broaker" Schmidt '62 describes Mike as "a cool Dude" who was very active, an excellent team player, and well-liked by all.

    Click here to read Mike's online obituary.

  • Exams are over, the boxes are packed, and the cap and gown is pressed and ready for the big event. Graduation day is such a bittersweet moment in our lives, as we say goodbye to the youth and vitality of college life, and usher in a new era in our lives: full-blown adulthood. Think back to your own time and tell us a story about your graduation day. How did you spend your final days as an undergraduate member of Sigma Chi? Were there any last hurrahs or memorable moments with brothers that especially stand out?

    Share your story below or on our message boards.

  • Under the guidance of Magister Kevin Gramza ’13, the Phi Phi brotherhood will once again reaffirm our Chapter’s 138 year old legacy, which began in 1875, by educating and preparing 18 new pledges for a springtime Initiation. The following pledges are listed along with their hometown, School and major at Penn and sports team affiliation. Thanks to those alums who have recommended candidates to the Phi Phi Chapter.

    Phi Phi Chapter - 2012 Pledge Class

    Joseph Anzur
    Philadelphia, PA
    Wharton, Statistics/Actuarial Science
    Heavyweight Rowing

    Miles Bartholomew
    Buffalo, NY
    College of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy, Politics and Economics
    Football

    Shamus Clancy
    Philadelphia, PA
    College of Arts and Sciences, Criminology
    Club Rugby

    Paul Clarke
    Philadelphia, PA
    College of Arts and Sciences, Undeclared

    Connor Cuff
    Chicago, IL
    College of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy, Politics and Economics
    Baseball

    Ivy Gregory
    Ann Arbor, MI
    College of Arts and Sciences, Undeclared Premed

    Matt Kocent
    Bala Cynwyd, PA
    College of Arts and Sciences, Undeclared
    Golf

    Giuseppe Maiocco
    Springfield, IL
    College of Arts and Sciences and Wharton, Biology and Finance
    Vagelos Life Sciences and Management Program
    Hockey

    Gregory Muir
    Lexington, MA
    Wharton, Undeclared
    Heavyweight Rowing

    Lukas Nossem
    Munster, IN
    Wharton, Undeclared
    Football

    Michael O'Brien
    Concord, MA
    Wharton, Undeclared
    Hockey

    Patrick O'Leary
    Milton, MA
    College of Arts and Sciences, Undeclared
    Golf, Club Hockey

    Daniel Orichowskyj
    Cherry Hill, NJ
    Wharton, Real Estate and Finance
    Club Rugby

    Tyler Roth
    Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Wharton, Undeclared
    Football

    Gary Tesch
    Houston TX,
    Wharton, Real Estate and Finance
    Baseball

    Blaine Willenborg
    Miami, FL
    Wharton, Undecided
    Tennis

    Ray Wilson
    Philadelphia, PA
    College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science
    Hockey

    Jeremy Witt
    Orange County, CA
    College of Arts and Sciences, Undeclared
    Baseball

  • There’s quite a “HubBub” surrounding one Sigma Chi Penn alum. Drew Crockett '05 and his gourmet coffee business are creating a buzz on Penn’s campus and in downtown Philadelphia.

    Crockett started serving HubBub Coffee in 2009, out of a bright red food truck parked about a block from the Sigma Chi chapter house. Four years later, the HubBub truck is still in full throttle -- so much so that in January, Crockett opened the doors to a bricks-and-mortar HubBub Coffee in Center City.

  • It's on-campus recruiting time for the underclassmen of the Phi Phi Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Any alumnus who might help in finding summer internships would be greatly appreciated.

    Fields of interest include Engineering, Computer Science, Finance, Consulting, Financial Strategy and Biotechnology.

  • We recently came across this great story in the New York Times, featuring a 68-year-old man who enrolled in college – and chose to join a fraternity – at age 65. It’s a great read and a testament to the true fraternity values and the definition of brotherhood.

    Would you do it all over again, and relive your fraternity experience in today's day and age? Share your response below.

  • May is just several weeks away. This year, we’d like to share your thoughts, messages, and memories of those soldiers who have served their country. Maybe you want to send well-wishes to a brother who may have lost a family member in Afghanistan or Iraq? Or you simply want to share a fond memory of a long-lost brother who died in combat? Now you can.

    Share your stories by commenting below (if you’re logged onto Facebook) or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll compile your stories and message, along with those from other brothers, and release them in a special alumni eletter in May.

    Let’s properly remember those who fought to preserve our freedom. May we never forget those heroes who died serving our country, the families who loved them and whom they loved.

    Thank you! Share your story below

  • I am often asked how one might give financially to support the Phi Phi Chapter of Sigma Chi at Penn. Here are the three primary options available:

    1. Annual dues - Each year our House Corporation conducts an Annual Campaign soliciting what is essentially alumni dues. The Annual Campaign runs from September 1st to the following August 31st and is conducted by our alumni communications provider, Affinity Connection, based in State College, PA.

    We request dues of $100-per-member-per-year and they are payable by check to “Phi Phi of Philadelphia.” Once collected, these donations are sent via Affinity Connection to our House Corporation treasurer and are used to cover annual communication costs such as the Quaker Sig and our web site, www.phiphi-sigmachi.org. These dues are not tax deductible.

    2. Capital Improvements - If you are interested in making tax-deductable donations that support capital improvements to our chapter residence at 3809 Locust, these checks can be made payable to the “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.” Be sure to include the budget code, #600631, on the check in order to direct the funds into an account for exclusive use in the upkeep of our chapter house.

    These checks can be sent to me: Mark Kocent, 45 East Levering Mill Rd., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 or directly to the Development Office at Penn at 3451 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104. You also can donate on-line by visiting the University website, www. makinghistory.upenn.edu. Our House Corporation actively works with University Fraternity Affairs staff to steward these funds for important capital improvements, such as the recent window replacement project at our historic chapter home.

    3. Scholarship and Leadership - The Sigma Chi Foundation, based in Evanston, IL, maintains an educational fund for the Phi Phi Chapter, which is also tax-deductible. Contributions to this fund are used for leadership programs, scholarships and improvements to the Gilmore Library at 3809 Locust. As an example, we recently inaugurated a program that rewards the undergraduate brother who has achieved the most improved GPA among his peer brothers in successive terms. Funds to support this account can be sent directly to the The Sigma Chi Foundation, c/o Phi Phi Chapter, 1714 Hinman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201.

    Thank you for considering the Phi Phi Chapter of Sigma Chi in your charitable contributions!

  • If you have not paid your annual dues this year, please take a moment and consider the impact of making a financial contribution to support our communications with you. Your donation supports the ongoing maintenance of our web site and database, distribution of monthly eLetters and twice a year provides you with a colorful printed edition of the ever-popular Quaker Sig. 

    Click here to learn how to make your donation.

  • No matter how far away you are today, you share a great experience with 1,069 other brothers: getting to spend four (or more!) years living on campus.

    What do you miss most about living on campus? Share your story below

  • Join the Phi Phi undergrads in supporting the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF). All proceeds from this year's Derby Days will aid the HCF’s research programs. And this year every dollar up to $7,500 will be matched by one of our fellow generous Phi Phi alumni brothers!

    Click here for more information.

  • asibdcisbdibdsilebfvliaubvliaubvilubandv

    ajnfvlandv;oandv