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A Few Brothers Have Spoken.

You answered five brief questions in a survey last month. Here is what you said:

What is your fondest memory of being part of Sigma Chi?

  • Great fun as we learned to be men.
  • There are many, but the fondest was after the initiation interview (I was blindfolded), I was told that because I had failed in my quest, I would not be recommended to join Sigma Chi. Tearfully, I was lead upstairs and went to bed and could not stop crying. Jon Huntsman, my big brother and later dear friend and mentor, came in, sat down beside the bed, put his hand on my shoulder and said, "David, you'll make a great Sig". I hope I have.
  • Friends forever
  • Living in the house with all of my friends
  • The friendship and the stories etc. from undergrad days
  • Eating dinner in the dining room with all the guys or funny chapter meetings.
  • The unquestioning friendship and support of my brothers.
  • I enjoyed hosting alumni on homecoming. It was great to see former house members come back and share memories. Our chapter presidents always sent letters to alum and we stocked the bar and had a band and served dinner to those wishing to purchase it. We were taught by our chapter presidents to be gracious to alumni and go out and meet them and invite them to come inside. Apparently these good manners are no longer observed. These were the days when donations were coming in from alumni.




What are the top 3 things you gained from your Sigma Chi experience?

  • Pool and growing into manhood while having fun.
  • Integrity, appreciation of the bond that binds good friends and trust in the brotherhood that a great fraternity brings and cultivates.
  • Friendship friendship friendship
  • Friendships, Diversity of Opinion / Respecting Others, Memorable Experiences
  • Friendships / relationships, Fun, Being part of a tradition
  • Friendship, teamwork, problem solving
  • True friendship, leadership training, connection to the university.
  • Confidence, wisdom, insight.
  • I enjoyed the chance to meet upperclassmen which were role models for Sophomores like myself during my time living in the chapter house. This isn't something you can do easily since the men's dorms tend to be arranged in terms of freshmen versus sophomores etc.




How would your life be different today if you had never joined Sigma Chi?

  • Doubt I will ever have this much fun with such great people again.
  • Hard to say; I have been very fortunate in my life and would have changed very little in decisions made and the friends I have had and still have. I am eternally grateful and have continued my relationship, albeit limited, with Sigma Chi.
  • I would not have known my closest friends. We are getting together this weekend.
  • Not as many friends
  • My experience at Penn would have been much different and not nearly as fulfilling. I wouldn't have been able to have been as social or have as much fun and that would have impacted a number of areas in my life.
  • I would not have bonds as deep with as many people
  • I'm not sure I would have nearly the level of lifelong friendships I do today.
  • Different career path, different friends.....without any intention to be dramatic, I am quite sure it would be so different as to be nearly unrecognizable. Phi Phi Sigma Chi was the single most positively influential experience of my life.




Share an update (family, career, hobbies, other interesting news) for possible publication in an upcoming mailing.

  • Son's lacrosse team won their first tournament in Charlotte.
  • Getting together with brothers for 50th reunion AND getting together with brothers for a weekend in the country
  • I work in private equity in Greenwich, CT. My wife and I have two young boys (5 and 2).
  • Living large in Vancouver, Canada and still getting together every year to see various brothers, multiple times, all over the country.



As an alumni association, we strive to keep you connected with the Phi Phi chapter long after graduation. What could we do to encourage you to become more active in the association? Perhaps by hosting more fun events? Any other advice?

  • Send around lists of expected attendees at events ahead of time.
  • Contact information for brothers + and - five years of graduation.
  • Well-organized and well-attended events at the house during alumni weekends and/or home football games is probably the best way for me to stay connected.
  • By getting it up an running and keeping it as such, which historically has been a challenge in Philly.
  • Make it known that the alumni are always welcome back, and seek opportunities to get them to come back. Whether that is career talks, or maybe a monthly breakfast or happy hour.
  • More active - find a way for me to move closer to Philly! More realistically - create a more active online community for all of us alums can interact.

 

Thank you for sharing your memories and your opinions. Your words mean something to us, brothers. We have heard you and will act on your advice.

Still haven’t taken the survey? Here’s the link.