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1/27/2006

Sigma Omega Alumni Association Holds Successful Reunion For NC State Fratres


On November 18th through the 20th of 2005, the Sigma Omega chapter's Alumni Association held a reunion that claimed over one hundred attendees and included fraters with initiation dates in five different decades. The festivities featured a golf outing, an NC State football game complete with a catered pre-game party, and an evening reception at a local hotel.

The weekend started on Friday morning, when thirty early arrivals descended on an area golf club for a superball shoot out. Most of the groups were only a few strokes under par, in large part due to the ready availability of everyone’s favorite libations (courtesy of the club's unlimited beverage cart), but one foursome was steady enough to finish a whopping fourteen under, easily taking first place. As the day came to a close, there was a short get-together in the clubhouse where prizes were awarded, and then it was back to the chauffeured vans that had been rented to carry the golfers to and from the course.

That evening no formal activities were scheduled, but several brothers planned dinners at local restaurants. One; held at the Angus Barn, a steak house and for decades a Raleigh area icon; mushroomed into an affair of over forty diners, some of whom had not seen each other in over thirty years. Afterwards, many Sammies got together at a hospitality suite in the Sheraton Imperial to tell stories of college days, laugh, and catch up on the lives and adventures of old friends. Saturday was the big day, however. The day began with buses taking the reunion attendees to a party tent on the grounds of Carter-Finley stadium where everyone enjoyed a catered meal of Eastern North Carolina’s finest barbeque, complete with all the fixings. Then there was the game itself, fortunately an NC State victory. Attendees may have annoyed a few other fans sitting in our section by standing over and over to take pictures and sharing high decibel stories with fraters several rows away, but no complaints were received. Many brothers drifted between the stadium and the never empty party tent during the contest, preferring fraternal comradeship to the drama of athletic competition. But regardless of where fraters chose to congregate, a good time was had by all.

The reception that evening was held at the Sheraton, and in a room designed to seat over ninety people, many were left to stand wherever they could find a spot, a situation brought about by a flurry of last minute registrations. To begin the affair, an ample spread of heavy hors d'oeuvres was consumed. Next there was a short program with several speakers, ending with a toast to those taken from Sigma Omega to a better resting place in the Chapter Eternal. Then the deejay began to spin his music, which provided a pleasant background only, as every Sammie was still too busy conversing and catching up to do anything like dance. The reception went on into the wee hours of the morning, the last of the celebrants finally heading off to bed at something close to two thirty.

Sunday morning there was a breakfast meeting of the Sigma Omega Alumni Association that was well attended. Business was conducted and decisions were made, including one to provide funds to the chapter, as the undergraduates had only recently been struck with a house fire that tragically took two brother’s lives. When the meeting was adjourned, goodbyes were said and all headed off headed off either to their cars or the airport and then to their homes.

The driving force behind this very successful reunion was one-time Prior Walter Pelletier, who took it upon himself to make contact with a great many of the brothers from his time in school, and who was solely responsible for getting the rest of the organizers excited about the events and about pulling them all together. In the end the reunion came in under budget and substantial donations were made to the Alumni Association. One question was on the lips of many of the attendees, however, and that question was "Why did we wait so long to do this?" It is a question that needn't be asked again. The Sigma Omega alums plan to get together with regularity in the future; the groundwork for the next reunion having already been laid at the Sunday morning alumni meeting.

1/6/2006

ΣΑΜ Conducts Humanitarian Mission To Cuba's Jewish Community


A thirty-two member Sigma Alpha Mu delegation assembled on December 15 at the Miami airport for a special charter flight to Havana, Cuba. The trip was the culmination of a year of planning by the Fraternity to bring humanitarian aid to the 1,500- member Jewish community of Cuba.

The seven-day mission included delivery of medical supplies to the pharmacy at the Patronato Synagogue, meetings with leaders of the Jewish community, participation in Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Centro Sefardi Synagogue, Shabbat services at the Patronato Synagogue, and delivery of educational supplies to the Jewish Sunday and Hebrew schools. There were also visits to two Jewish cemeteries, and to Adath Israel Synagogue as well as meetings with members of the orthodox Jewish community.

The delegation delivered more than a hundred boxes of medical and humanitarian aid and over $7,000 in cash contributions to the Jewish community. The Fraternity's Supreme Prior, David S. Rice of Chicago, who lead the mission, stated, "support of Jewish communities and culture is an important part of Sigma Alpha Mu's history and identity", and that, "humanitarian missions give all men of Sigma Alpha Mu the opportunity to give aid and support to those in need."

Sigma Alpha Mu was founded in 1909 at the College of the City of New York as a Fraternity of Jewish men. Today, the Fraternity has 58,000 initiates and active chapters on seventy North-American campuses.

10/18/2005

Mu Psi Chapter Raises $11,000 For Charity


Forty-eight members of Miami University's chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu got up at 5 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, to help the American Heart Association put on the Miami Valley Heart Walk.

The fraternity members assisted by marking the four-mile walk course, helped with parking, staffed food booths and staffed the children's booth, where they painted kids' faces, blew up balloons and provided popcorn.

In addition, 59 members of the fraternity pledged to raise at lease $150 each for the heart association. To date, the Miami fraternity has raised more than $11,000 for the charity.

According to Joshua Rothstein, a "Sammie" member, the American Heart Association "raises money to help advance research for heart disease and strokes and obesity-related heart risks. They also provide a lot of education on the subject, make 'heart healthy' cookbooks, go to schools and do 'jump rope for heart' events to make taking care of your heart fun for little kids, and simple fun activities to help get the youth engaged in fun activities which stimulate the heart and try to keep it in good condition."

"The brothers of Sigma Alpha Mu felt a great sense of pride for their accomplishment and plan to stay involved with the event in the future. Congratulations to Sigma Alpha Mu for promoting our Greek Community's Core Principles of Service/Philanthropy and Brotherhood!"

The Mu Psi chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu was founded at Miami University in 1959. Since its founding the chapter has initiated over 1200 members.

10/10/2005

Chapter Academic Report


With fifty chapters/colonies reporting many groups are showing excellent achievement in the all important area of chapter scholarship. Twenty-one groups report a GPA at or above 3.0/4.0; this represents 42% of groups reporting. Groups in bold rank in the top 3 on campus.

Scholarship data is provided by the North-American Interfraternity Conference, chapters and campus Greek Advisors.

CHAPTER

LOCATION

Spring 2005 GPA

 

 

 

BETA

Cornell

3.438

ETA

Syracuse

3.02

THETA

UPENN

3.56

KAPPA

Minnesota

2.87

OMICRON

Cincinnati

2.866

RHO

Illinois

3.4874

PHI

Washignton U

3.31

PSI

Pittsburgh

No Report

SIGMA BETA

Ohio State

2.91

SIGMA GAMMA

Tulane

No Report

SIGMA DELTA

Rutgers

2.843

SIGMA ZETA

Indiana

                        2.949

SIGMA THETA

Texas

3.367

SIGMA IOTA

Michigan

3.38

SIGMA KAPPA

Lehigh

2.923

SIGMA PI

UCLA

3.464

SIGMA SIGMA

Berkeley

3.198

SIGMA PHI

Bucknell

2.69

SIGMA CHI

Maryland

2.9

SIGMA OMEGA

NC State

2.66

MU GAMMA

Case Western

No Report

MU EPSILON

Miami (Florida)

3.17

MU LAMBDA

Penn State

3.04

MU OMICRON

NYU

No Report

MU RHO

Rochester

3

MU UPSILON

Brooklyn

3.215

MU CHI

Michigan State

3.381

MU PSI

Miami

2.85

BETA GAMMA

Arizona

2.676

BETA EPSILON

UMASS

2.286

BETA IOTA

Wisconsin

2.864

BETA OMICRON

Students at GWU

3.24

BETA PSI

Virginia

No Report

BETA OMEGA

Kentucky Wesleyan

2.74

GAMMA EPSILON

Illinois-Chicago

2.78

GAMMA ZETA

Ohio U.

No Report

GAMMA THETA

UC Davis

2.62

GAMMA KAPPA

Texas A&M

3.101

GAMMA LAMBDA

N. Illinois

2.74

GAMMA NU

San Diego State

2.32

GAMMA RHO

UC San Diego

2.72

GAMMA TAU

University of Florida

3.35

GAMMA CHI

Brandeis

3.5

DELTA ALPHA

Hofstra

3.43

DELTA EPSILON

Johns Hopkins

2.78

DELTA ZETA

Florida International

2.6

DELTA ETA

W. Florida

No Report

DELTA THETA

Stony Brook

No Report

DELTA IOTA

Brockport

2.4

DELTA LAMBDA

Delaware

2.948

DELTA PI

Ottawa

6.82/10

DELTA SIGMA

CW Post

No Report

DELTA TAU

Florida Atlantic

2.54

DELTA UPSILON

UNLV

2.56

DELTA CHI

St. Johns

No Report

DELTA OMEGA

RIT

2.824

EPSILON ALPHA

Stephen F. Austin

2.66

EPSILON DELTA

Johnson & Wales

2.73

EPSILON EPSILON

Geneseo

3.18

EPSILON ZETA

Villanova

2.74

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLONIES:

 

 

LSU

LSU

3.198

GAMMA PHI

ASU

No Report

Alpha

CCNY

No Report



9/16/2005

YOUNG SCHOLARS


In 2002, thanks to the generosity of Past Supreme Prior Sid Guller of St. Louis, the Sigma Alpha Mu Foundation established the Young Scholars program, whereby first-year fratres who earn a grade point average of 3.75/4.0 or equivalent during the term of their candidacy are accorded Young Scholar status following their initiation, as indicated by their official academic transcript. They receive a handsome certificate attesting to their achievement plus a check in the amount of $200.  Listed below are all of the young scholars designated thus far.

Rho-Illinois
Michael S. Boyer
Gavin R. Davis
Jordan Z. Harris
Jason D. Heskel
Andrew J. Holoska
Nikolas S. Jakobs
Peter E. Kimball
Aaron H. Lorber
Brian J. Lorber
Michael E. Perlstein
Daniel H. Roseth
Brian J. Schwartz
Ryan L. Steinberg
Brett D. Taylor
Todd B. Weinstein
Daniel L. Winternitz

Sigma Theta-Texas
Jason H. Busch
Adrian D. Cane
Aaron M. Eckerling
Gregory D. Kelminson
Jonathan Korin
Andrew D. Krasnov
Andrew F. Perin
Brett S. Riesenfeld
Andrew E. Schwaitzberg
Benjamin D. Toscher
Adam E. Witkov

Sigma Sigma-UC Berkeley
James W. Doyle
Daniel S. Hoodin
Russell S. Komor
Siamak K. Kordestani
Moshe Malkin
Samuel F. Moore
Andrew Rastetter
Alexander J. Sosnowski
Jeffrey E. Wong
Kevin H. Zhang

Theta-Penn
Andrew S. Dulberg
Andrew E. Glantz
Jordan M. Grossman
Oren K. Isacoff
David M. Linder
David S. Miller
Eric R. Plunkett
Robert J. Rothrock
Adam B. Weiss

Sigma Zeta-Indiana
Steven M. Appel
Paul J. Arnold
Alexander R. Heisler
Matthew R. Hodes
Paul E. Miller
Mark D. Nagrodzki
James M. Rome
Michael P. Schachter

Mu Epsilon-Miami U.
Jason N. Abrahams
Eric M. Berman
Michael W. Diccicco
Timothy B. Eaton
George K. Lewis Jr.
Marc R. Rabinowitz
Joseph M. Rosenberg

Phi-Washington U.
Andrew R. Harrison
Rajeev D. Jahagirdar
Tyler J. Jensen
Amandeep S. Kahlon
Jesse M. Minc
Daniel H. Taupin
Robert B. Winning

Sigma Beta-Ohio State
Brandon J. Betteridge
Adam B. Diamond
Ryan A. Heksch
Aaron A. Shankman
Craig R. Shapiro

Kappa-Minnesota
Daniel R. Abrams
Johnathan M. Dullum
Aleksandr Kladnitsky
David A. Leibman

Sigma Gamma-Tulane
Scott A. Ende
Paul S. Gottheim
Charles I. Greenwald
Bradley D. Steinberg

Mu Psi-U. of Miami
Michael Bloch
Jeffrey B. Blumental
Glen R. DePalma
Brian M. Laughlin

Gamma Kappa-TX A & M
Gerard D. Kardonsky
Ofer Mintz
Brian S. Moe
John P. Regan

Mu Lambda-Penn State
Andrew W. Davidson
Jeffrey M. Etter
Brad M. Segal

Beta-Cornell
Joshua K. Goldman
Adam M. Schnabel

Eta-Syracuse
Ian R. Grubman
Andrew T. Mitchell

Sigma Iota-Michigan
Matthew E. Lewitz
Joseph B. Rosenberg

Mu Chi-Michigan State
Andrew P. Cookingham
Richard T. Riegner

Gamma Tau-Florida
Guy S. Lipworth
Daniel M. Schwarz

Delta Phi-Adelphi
Matthew C. Geden
Michael C. Pisano

Epsilon Alpha-S. F. Austin
Daniel B. Imrecke
Jarrett J. Sullivan

Epsilon Epsilon-Geneseo
Matthew R. Fleming
Luke M. Sworts

Omicron-Cincinnati
Kyle E. Francis

Psi-Pitt
John W. Ball III

Sigma Delta-Rutgers
Daniel S. Feinberg

Sigma Pi-UCLA
Jack B. Zellman

Sigma Phi-Bucknell
Marcus M. Ladd

Sigma Omega-N.C. State
Patrick J. Ewing

Beta Omicron
Michael S. Liben

Gamma Theta-Cal-Davis
Christopher M. Kershner

Gamma Pi-Albany
John T. Connors

Delta Epsilon-Johns Hopkins
Aalap C. Shah

Delta Zeta-Florida International
Sergio I. Bolanos

Delta Tau-Florida Atlantic
Gray W. Rifkin

Epsilon Zeta-Villanova
Richard D. Eiszner

9/16/2005

SAM MAKES GRANT TO CAMPUS HILLELS


The board of directors of Sigma Alpha Mu (ΣΑΜ) Fraternity has approved $8850 in funding for campus Hillels and the Hillel Leaders Conference.  The grants are an increase over last year’s funding which totaled $7100.

The grants will be made to sixteen campus Hillels and to the International Hillel Leaders Conference.  The campus grants are to support Jewish student life.  During the 2004-2005 academic year, grants were made to Hillels at Case Western Reserve, West Virginia University, Southern Illinois, Arizona State, the University of Florida, University of South Carolina, Eastern Michigan University and University of Virginia. Campuses receiving grants in 2005-2006 will be announced next month.

“As one of the remaining historically Jewish Fraternities, ΣΑΜ feels it is part of our mission to support Jewish life on North-American campuses.  Many of our members are involved in campus Hillels and many alumni actively support Hillel.” said ΣΑΜ Supreme Prior David S. Rice.

Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity was founded in 1909 at the College of the City of New York as a fraternity of Jewish men.  Today, ΣΑΜ has 68 active chapters and over 58,000 initiates.

7/1/2005

SAM Adopts Alzheimer's Association


Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity (SAM) has adopted the Alzheimer’s Association as its service project. Beginning this fall, SAM chapters will be asked to hold events to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association and increase awareness of the disease.

"SAM is proud to encourage its chapters and alumni to support the Alzheimer's Association's efforts. Alzheimer's has already afflicted too many in our Fraternity and society and we want to do what we can to help," said SAM Supreme Prior David S. Rice.

"There are currently 4.5 million Americans with Alzheimer's and that number could range between 11.3 million to 16 million by 2050 unless we find better treatments and preventions," said Kathryn Kane, senior vice president, brand management marketing, Alzheimer's Association. "We appreciate the help of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. It’s going to take all of us working together to realize the promise of scientific research so we can reduce the devastating impact this disease has on individuals and their families, our economy and healthcare system."

Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity was founded in 1909 at the College of the City of New York as a fraternity of Jewish men. Today SAM has 68 active chapters and over 56,000 initiates.

About the Alzheimer’s Association:

The Alzheimer's Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support, is the first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer's. For nearly 25 years, the donor-supported, not-for-profit Alzheimer's Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes.

The Alzheimer's Association's vision is a world without Alzheimer's and its dual mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research and to enhance care and support for individuals, their families and caregivers. For more information, visit www.alz.org or call 800-272-3900.

4/12/2005

Countdown to Cuba


Sigma Alpha Mu has always had a reputation for community service, whether it’s service in our backyard or halfway around the globe. With that spirit of good will in mind, SAM is promoting a Religious Humanitarian Mission to the Jewish Community of Cuba scheduled for this coming December 15 through December 22.

Today the Cuban Jewish Community numbers approximately 1,500. They live primarily in Havana, but many others live in cities and towns throughout the country. In Havana, one of the three synagogues has undergone extensive renovation, thanks to a family from the United States. This synagogue serves as a center for religious observance, Jewish studies and communal activities. Just as importantly, because a dispensary is located within its structure, it is a conduit for citizens to receive badly needed medicines.

The Jewish Community of Cuba is in great need of humanitarian and emotional support, through the contributions of medicines, both over-the-counter and prescription, supplies, religious books, money and your presence.

When you visit Cuba you will:

  • Deliver humanitarian aid to the Patronato Synagogue Dispensary

  • Meet and interact with members of the Jewish Community

  • Attend religious services in each of the three synagogues

  • Participate in group activities with the Jewish Community

  • Visit museums, schools and community centers

  • The cost of this “once in a lifetime” trip is approximately $2,500 per person, from Miami. It may vary slightly depending on the number of people going and transportation costs. Included in the cost is:

  • Roundtrip airfare Miami/Havana/Miami

  • 7 nights at a Deluxe hotel

  • All meals, as specified in the itinerary

  • All transportation in Havana via Deluxe Motor Coach

  • English-speaking guide with strong knowledge of the Jewish Community and its history

  • Entrance fees to all sites as listed in the itinerary

  • Donations to synagogues in Havana

  • Bottled water on motor coach

  • Departure taxes from Miami and from Havana

  • Yes, it is still legal to travel to Cuba, but only under the license issued by the U.S. Government for religious humanitarian purposes. As U.S. dollars are no longer accepted in Cuba, it will be necessary to purchase foreign currency (e.g. Canadian dollars) and/or foreign currency travelers checks.

    To register: You must send your deposit check of $300 per person, made payable to Nexus Travel Network, 1915 Old Briar Road, Highland Park, IL 60035-4332. When your deposit is received, you will be sent forms for you to complete and return to Nexus. (You may reach Nexus at NexusTN@core.com or 847-831-3380.)





    News Archive


    1/25/2005 - New Colony at the University of Florida

    12/14/2004 - Sigma Alpha Mu Colonizes at the University of South Carolina

    11/5/2004 - Expanding The Chapter Roll

    10/9/2004 - Arizona State Colony

    4/7/2004 - Texas A & M Reactivation

    3/5/2004 - SAM Expands Staff

    3/5/2004 - SAM Returns to UPENN

    2/23/2004 - Ten Years of Support for Pediatric AIDS

    1/14/2004 - SAM Returns to UCLA

    11/19/2003 - Fall Recruitment Results

    10/16/2003 - Endowment Fund Chairman Guller Doubles Young Scholars Award

    10/15/2003 - Discover Israel

    10/8/2003 - Scholarships Awarded to Dallas Area Jewish Youth

    10/1/2003 - SAM Trip to Israel Announced

    5/15/2003 - New Chapter at Geneseo

    5/15/2003 - SAM Returns to Oklahoma and Texas A&M

    2/24/2003 - Sigma Delta Reactivated!

    1/15/2003 - SAM Distinguished Service Award Presented to Sy Weiss

    1/7/03 - Educational Financing Available

    10/30/02 - Recuitment Excellence Awards


    10/17/2002 - Phi is Back

    10/16/2002 - Early Recruitment Results

    8/27/02 - 100th Anniversary in 2009

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