Monday, December 14, 2009

Election Results Fall '09

We congratulate the following brothers for their new roles within the chapter:

Annotator:  Rich Passanissi
Magister:  Troy McClellan
Risk Manager:  Victor Ukmar
Tribune:  Mike Gill
Chapter Editor:  Victor Ukmar
Historian:  John Zahuta
IGC:  Mike Gill + John Zahuta
Scholarship:  Suhail Hassam
Social/Formal:  Jeremy Eckles
Public Relations:  Victor Ukmar
Philanthropy:  Brendan Welch
Greek Week:  Rich Passanissi

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Meet John Zahuta of the Alpha Iota Pledge-Class

I am sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University and intent to major/minor in one of the following areas:  political science and/or sociology.

I am from Denville, New Jersey. In getting to know me, you may find me to be affable; I am easy to get along with and enjoy meeting new people. My personal hobbies include astronomy, politics, intermural sports, watching spectator sports of various kinds and hanging out with people in general.

My favorite movies include: Star Wars, Forrest Gump, James Bond, the Batman series and basically anything Mel Brooks, John Hughes and Tim Burton.

My music preferences varies. it includes music from the 1960's to the early-90's. Favorite bands/singers include: Aerosmith, Beatles, Doors, Smash Mouth, Van Halen and Weird Al Yankovic.

Of all the fraternities offered on campus...
I chose to pledge Sigma Chi because I felt connected to its members.
I am confident that I can help the Brotherhood achieve its goals and realize its intentions, and in doing so, it will be beneficial to myself and the organization as a whole.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Enter 2010@Lugano eTourism Conference


I hope that everyone had a good Thanksgiving break, and I appreciate the brothers that volunteered at the NY/NJ Alumni philanthropy event at the Monmouth Foodbank.

The other day I talked to our Brother Greg Byrnes, currently residing in Switzerland, and he informed me of an exciting event that he is coordinating in Lugano, Switerland.

Lugano is described on the web page for the event (

Lugano is located in the Southern – Italian speaking part of Switzerland, in the Canton Ticino, that has always been a bridge between the Mediterranean and the Northern part of Europe.

The town, lies on the marvelous Lake of Lugano, surrounded by spectacular mountains offering splendid viewpoints. The traffic-free historic town centre, the numerous buildings in Italianate Lombardy style, the exclusive museums, the mountains, lake and a packed calendar of events all invite visitors to see the sights, soak up the atmosphere – and enjoy “dolce far niente”. Moreover, Lugano is a major Swiss center for tourism, trade, banking and culture.

With Mediterranean elegance, Lugano offers all the benefits of a world-class city, combined with the cachet of a small town.

The event, entitled:  The 17th International Conference on Information Technology and Travel & Tourism, will be taking place February 10 – 12, 2010, should prove to be an exciting conference; guest speaker’s include, among others, agents representing Google and

Again, on their website, (; they even provide an easy method for booking flights. The  itinerary should prove to be an excellent networking opportunity for anyone looking to advance his or her career within the tourism industry.

Registration is easy and can be done here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Few Updates...

On Tuesday, December 8th and Thursday, December 10, we will be hosting a hot chocolate sale during the day, and a nacho sale at night.

This Friday, December 4th, we will be having initiation at Bill Sapoch's house in Verona, NJ. We cordially invite any and all alumni to attend. Further questions about initiation should be directed to Magister Jon Klingert (the link will address an e-mail directly to Jon).

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties

3300 Route 66,

Neptune, NJ 07753

It is that time of year to volunteer at the Foodbank.  Please come out and spare your time to make this another successful event.

SUNDAY; NOV. 22 -- 9am

For directions please visit the following web site:

Thank you and look forward to seeing everyone.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Recuitment DVD

Towards the tail-end of last semester; we worked together to create an updated recruitment video. This is our final product, to view, click on the link below; enjoy!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Brothers and Alums,

On Saturday, October 3rd, 2009, we will be tailgating in the parking lot by the stadium along with our brothers of the Nu Nu chapter (Columbia University), brothers at Princeton, and brothers of the New Jersey and New York alumni-chapter before Princeton v. Columbia football game.

The tailgate starts at 12:30p and the game begins at 3.

See you at the game!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Message From the Consul


First off, I hope everyone had a great summer, and are transitioning the summer back to school. I have seen most of you guys, and it seems that all is well so far. I want to let you guys in on a few things so far this semester that I have been informed.

First, our alumni and last chapter adviser, Nick Buteas, is now back in the area, and is anxious to help out with any Sigma Chi activities. He also is working for the Chris Christie campaign and asked if any brothers would help him out this Saturday September 12th in Parsippany with the campaign. He says any help would be greatly appreciated. If any one is interested, please send me an email.

Next, we have our first chapter meeting this Sunday the 13th at 8 p.m. in the Mansion.

I look forward to our first meeting, and remember to dress appropriately for the meeting.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Message From Our Praetor

Please join me in congratulating John Vitale, Chapter Advisor at Iota Kappa at FDU. John will be assisted by Josh Sims as assistant Chapter Advisor. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dan Hassan and Nick Buteas for their extensive support over the years as joint advisors. Their generosity with their time and support has been incredible! They have agreed to continue to assist John and Josh when needed.

The chapter consul Jeremy Eckles and his executive will be attending BLTW to learn the “nuts and bolts” to ensure an excellent rush in the fall. John will also attend the Chapter Advisor training at BLTW.


Monday, June 1, 2009

By This Act of Ours...

Sigma Chi is bringing Balfour Leadership Training Workshop to the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, N.C. from July 30-Aug. 1. Balfour LTW 2009 is themed "By This Act of Ours."

Learn more here:

Brothers, we hope to see you there!

Questions? Please contact Dan Bradley, director of leadership programs, at (847) 869-3655, ext. 213 or

Friday, May 29, 2009

Huntsman Cancer Foundation

Brothers and Friends,

I have recently received a letter from Robert P. Haight, the Executive Vice President of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation personally thanking our chapter, Iota Kappa, for our donation of $500.00 that we raised over the course of my tenure as Quaestor of the chapter. The donations rose from our benefit concert as well as contributions from Brother Bill Sapoch and the hard work of our brothers. The conclusion of the letter reads:

"Now more then ever Huntsman Cancer Institute needs your help with the support of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. The efforts of Sigma Chi are making a difference. Your donation of $500.00 adds to that pool of Brother Helping Brother. By working together we will succeed. We look forward to working together in the future to bringing additional hope to all those who suffer from cancer."

Whenever someone asks you what Sigma Chi and Iota Kappa are all about, look no further then the work we have done to help the Huntsman Cancer Institute and our brothers across the nation that need our help.

As my graduating class goes from active to alumni status, I am proud of what we have accomplished in our careers in Sigma Chi and I have nothing but the utmost faith in the new Executive Board and current active brothers. Have a great summer and be proud of the organization that you represent.

In Hoc,
Mike Cortese

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Annotator: Permanent Contact

A permanent e-mail has been set up for Iota Kappa chapter:

Alumni who happen across this blog - I speak on behalf of the Iota Kappa chapter when I say that we would be thrilled to reconnect with you. It's summer and school is out, but once things return to business-as-usual, you'll be updated with chapter minutes and informed of all our fraternal events. We're looking forward to an exciting semester in the Fall.

Have a great summer everyone!


Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Message From the Consul

I hope everyone's summer has kicked off right with Memorial Day Weekend and everything so far, and watching these Yankees just rip apart teams, and the sick playoff games in NBA. As for fraternity stuff, we discussed at some of our last chapter meetings, that our chapter will vote on a new adviser, but for Dan and Nick to still be there to help out if the advisers had a question. It was necessary to vote on a new chapter adviser and the nominations were for John Vitale and Josh Sims. I had e board conduct a vote because we are only allowed to have one name on formal sheets from headquarters for who our adviser is. John Vitale, you are our new adviser, and Josh will act as the assistant, which is very similar to what Dan and Nick did. So, this is for formal purposes on sheets that will be handed into headquarters, but John Vitale and Josh Sims will both act as our advisers within our Iota Kappa chapter. Have a great summer, and if anyone has a question, don't hesitate to call.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Election Results

Congratulations all elected officers!




Friday, May 1, 2009

Northern New Jersey Alumni BBQ

On May 31st, 2009, the Northern New Jersey Alumni Chapter will hold it's annual BBQ at Bill Sapoch's House.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Final Chapter Meeting for the Semester

This coming Sunday will be the final Chapter meeting for the semester, the principle focus will be on the elections of new officers, below you will find the list of nominations and the corresponding position, good luck to all brothers nominated!

CONSUL: Marshall, Troy, Jeremy, Rich

PRO CONSUL: Tim, Marshall, Kenny, Julien, Jon Klingert, Rich, Jon Giuliano

ANNOTATOR: Marshall, Rich, Kenny, Brendan, Jon Klingert, Mike Gill

MAGISTER: Tim, Kenny, Jon Klingert, Brendan, Marshall, Mike Gill, Suhail, Jon Giuliano

TRIBUNE: Vic, Rich, Ervin

CHAPTER EDITOR: Ervin, Rich, Scott Neuberger, Mike Gill

HISTORIAN: Ervin, Brendan, Jon Klingert,


SCHOLARSHIP: Rich, Ryan, Mike Dorso

SOCIAL: Mike Gill, Mike Dorso, Jon Giuliano, Tim

PETERSON: Marshall, Endri

PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIRMAN: Tim, Troy, Mike Gill, Ervin, Suhail, Rich


Monday, April 27, 2009

Philanthropy Event May 5th!

Alpha Theta

On Friday, April 10, 2009, Alpha Theta pledge class was initiated under the leadership of Magister John Vitale.

Meet Alpha Theta:

1. Victor Alexander Ukmar [Pledge-class President]

I was born in a Bavarian city called Nuremberg in 1986. It is a typical mediaeval city with a big castle on top of a hill that oversees everything. I grew up speaking three different languages, since my father is Italian and my mother is French. Basically, you can say I grew up among those three cultures. Every summer we used to go to Italy to meet up with the family and every winter we used to go to Paris to see my grandma; during the year I went to school in Germany. At home, we would always switch between three languages. Needless to say, foreign cultures and travelling have always attracted me. I travelled to many different countries and learned a lot about their history and social customs. We made a lot of vacations to the United States and that might be the reason why I decided to move to America and start college here. I always loved the American culture for its entertainment. I am a big movie fan and appreciate the art of filmmaking. Art in general has always interested me: Film, Music, Magic, Concerts etc. After graduation, I plan to apply to law school and to become a lawyer. I guess I still kinda try to live after the American Dream where anything is possible. I am sure being in Sigma Chi will prepare me to be a strong member of our society and to be a better and stronger person.

2. Mike Gill [Pledge-class Vice-President]

I’m all about being easy going and having a good time, always down for whatever; I’m not afraid to meet new people and I am welcoming towards anyone that greets me. I listen to all kinds of music, but I prefer to listen to metal.

My Favorite Films include the following:
Reservior Dogs, Pulp Fiction, The Princess Bride, Robinhood: Men In Tights, Goodfellas, The Godfather, The Goonies, Billy Madison, Wayne's World, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, American History X, One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest, Sin City, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Forest Gump, Blow, The Departed, The Shining,

I hope my gregarious and welcoming personality will advance the interests of Sigma Chi.

3. Ervin Cani [Pledge-class Secretary]

I’m a freshman at FDU. I am currently studying as a business management major with hopes to minor in film. I like to be a part of many different events. I play many different sports including soccer, tennis, baseball, and many others. I like to act and have been a part of many theater productions. My dream is to one day be a film director and possibly own my own film company. I also love to act in film productions so that is also an interest for me. I joined Sigma Chi because I thought this was something that would be very meaningful in college. I’m not one of those guys who usually walks up to someone to start a conversation so I think this will also make me much more social. I also think it’s a nice idea to have friends for life as opposed to just people you hang out with at school and never speak to again after. In general, I’m a really fun guy and I love to make people laugh.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Greek Week: An Update

Our valiant efforts to win Greek Week proved to be successful. While we weren't able to win the coveted 1st place, we did place 3rd.

Congratulations all brothers that participated and organized our efforts!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Greek Week

Greek Week has officially begun at our campus! The following is the Greek Week schedule and roster:

Sunday, April 19:
Volleyball: 2PM - 5PM @ Gym

Roster for Volleyball:

1) Suhail Hassam
2) Jeremy Eckles
3) Kenny Eckles
4) Ryan LaRocca
5) John Guiliano
6) Troy Mccallen
7) Rich Passanisi - A
8) Julien Gutierrez -A

Tennis: 6-9PM @ Tennis Courts

Roster for Tennis:

1) Troy Mccallen
2) Ervin Cani

1) Jeremy Eckles
2) Suhail Hassam

Alternates: Anyone who wants

Monday, April 20:
Basketball: 6-11PM @Gym

Roster for Basketball:

1) Ryan LaRocca
3) Mike GILL
4) Jeremy Eckles -A
5) Suhail Hassam -A

Tuesday, April 21:
Kickball: 1-6PM @Soccer Field... rain location is GYM

Roster for Kickball:

1) Suhail Hassam
2) Kenny Eckles
3) RYan LaRocca
4) Jeremy Eckles
6) Jon Guiliano
7) Timmmy Boy
8) Josh Sims-A
9) Cortese-A
10) Troy Mccallen

Wednesday, April 22:
Greek God: 9PM @CAFE

1) John Vitale
2) Jeremy Eckles

Thursday, April 23:

3) VIC

Friday, April 24:
Football: 12-5PM @ Library Lawn


1) Suhail Hassam - WR
2) Ryan LaRocca - QB
3) Jeremy Eckles - WR
4) Schroder - LINE
5) Cortese - LINE
6) Sims- line
7)- Vital- Line
8) Tim Lovell - TE
10) Kenny Eckles- WR ---- O due to broken hand
11) CLEVO (if kenny doesnt play.)

Saturday; April 25
Soccer: 1-5 PM @Library Lawn


1) Suhail Hassam
2) Kenny Eckles
3) Jeremy Eckles
6) Rich Passanisi
7) Ryan LaRocca

Dodgeball; 6-8 PM Library Lawn


1) Tim Lovell
2) Josh Sims
3) John Vital
4) Troy
5) e•Lion
7) Richhhy boiiii
8) Mike GIll
9) VIC

Sunday, April 26:
Olympics, Library Lawn 2PM - 8PM


1) Jeremy
2) Suhail
3) Kenny
4) Ryan
5) Troy
6) Rich
7) VIC

Chapter Update

The following chapter update was update was published in the Magazine of Sigma Chi:

The past semester was a truly eventful one! We initiated three great men into our brotherhood: Rich Passanisi, 2011; Jon Giuliano, 2009; and Mike Dorso, 2011. We also held our inaugural "Rockstravaganza," which raised almost $500 for Huntsman Cancer Institute. We also contributed to the Interfaith Food Pantry, in Morristown, N.J., and to the FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, in Neptune, N.J., raising more than $2,500, respectively. Personal accolades also were achieved, Troy McClellan, 2010, was nominated and elected to the position of secretary for IFC. We plan to hold our annual "Rocks, Paper, Scissors Tournament" and "Rockstravaganza" events.
-Scott Neuberger, 2010

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Green Day

Congratulations to Brother Richard Passanisi for winning 2nd place with his presentation on Electrophilic Aromatic Iodination at Fairleigh Dickinson's Green Day!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rock - Paper- Scissor Tournament


Monday, March 9, 2009

A Peak Into Our Past...

I had mentioned earlier that pledging invokes a special, "Sigma Chi spirit." This spirit can manifest itself in many creative forms, this is no exception for Alumnus Daniel Hassan, who embodied this spirit and produced a poem about Sigma Chi:

In my cross I see not only pride

I see seven men standing by my side

I feel Benjamin throwing his badge in disgust

And saw hoe he gained the other five's trust

I feel Bell giving me a paternal look

And encouraging me to pick up that book

I know Jordan stares me down, and all he can see

Is a man of good character, and a student of fair ability

Lockwood knows he was not there from the start

But is proud that I am taking his work ethic to heart

Cooper is praying for me from the Chapter Eternal

In hope to keep me from entering the fires infernal

Scobey smiles and relaxes with an open mind

Without him our Spirit could not be defined

And Caldwell embraces me with his everlasting youth

And tells me

Son within this White Cross you will find the Truth

-Daniel Hassan
Iota Kappa

I believe it's important to remember our roots... therefore, it is not such a crazy idea that our chapter has blog, in fact, it is very fitting for a fraternity rooted in a literature society to now have a blog!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Life Loyal Sigs

Today, our chapter recognizes the select Life Loyal Sigs from our chapter. While I recognize that some of you may already be familiar with this distinction, some of our brothers may not...

Life Loyal Sigs are a brotherhood of alumni, young and old who continue to reap the benefits of Sigma Chi membership long after their college years. They include thousands of successful men in many professions, with such notables as David Letterman, Bill Marriott and Mike Ditka. Life Loyal Sigs exemplify the prosperity, achievement, idealism and deep sense of personal responsibility that we all wish for ourselves and our families. A Life Loyal Membership is the best way for members to take part in the enduring spirit and heritage of Sigma Chi.

Our chapter has 37 extraordinary Life Loyal Sigs

Shawn Beihl, Fairleigh Dickinson '96
Marcus J. Berke, Fairleigh Dickinson '91
John J. Boris, Fairleigh Dickinson '97
Nicholas Christopher Buteas, Fairleigh Dickinson '07
Robert J. Calvano, Fairleigh Dickinson '91
Gregory J. Carrieri, Fairleigh Dickinson '01
Cheng-Chih Chen, Fairleigh Dickinson '04
John A. H. Clarke, Fairleigh Dickinson '89
Jason J. Collins, Fairleigh Dickinson '01
Richard A. Dwyer, Fairleigh Dickinson '99
Jeffrey D. Eischen, Fairleigh Dickinson '90
Peter Grygiel, Fairleigh Dickinson '88
Alexander M. Harmon, Fairleigh Dickinson '93
Daniel F. Hassan, Fairleigh Dickinson '05
William A. Hunt, Fairleigh Dickinson '90
Frank T. Illidge, Fairleigh Dickinson '88
Steven T. Kofsky, Fairleigh Dickinson '93
Aaron C. Liebman, Fairleigh Dickinson '06
Michael A. Matt, Fairleigh Dickinson '95
Troy M. McClellan, Fairleigh Dickinson '10
Victor Melillo, Fairleigh Dickinson '91
Michael P. Migliorino, Fairleigh Dickinson '07
Steven A. Nicolini, Fairleigh Dickinson '00
Nicholas R. Pantaleo, Fairleigh Dickinson '03
Endri Petrela, Fairleigh Dickinson '09
Nicholas J. Pino, Fairleigh Dickinson '06
Frank S. Plefka, Fairleigh Dickinson '94
Andrew J. Rathbun, Fairleigh Dickinson '96
Brent Michael Remetta, Fairleigh Dickinson '03
Michael A. Saccomanno, Fairleigh Dickinson '94
Joe W. Sandomeno, Fairleigh Dickinson '01
Owen Satchell, Fairleigh Dickinson '08
Joel Stephen Shurley, Fairleigh Dickinson '03
Joshua D. Sims, Fairleigh Dickinson '09
William F. Smith, Jr., Fairleigh Dickinson '88
Robert Stracher, Fairleigh Dickinson '92
Phillip J. Suarez, Fairleigh Dickinson '00


Today, our chapter recognizes the efforts of these distinct brothers in trying to make our chapter stronger and more reputable. Thank you!

If you are interested in becoming a Life Loyal Sig and have further inquiries, maybe this guide will help to resolve any questions you may have:

Becoming a Life Loyal Sig Keeps You in Touch:
Reach an exclusive network of members and stay connected with brothers for life.

Receive a lifetime subscription to The Magazine of Sigma Chi, which chronicles the lives and achievements of more than 200,000 living members.

Get exclusive communications from the Grand Consul.

Be recognized for your membership in The Magazine of Sigma Chi.

Distinguish your status as a Life Loyal Sig at international Fraternity events.

Sigma Chi Mementos Come with Membership
The iconic lapel pin, wallet card and deluxe certificate that distinguish your involvement and association with this special group.

Saves You Money
One-time membership fee will cover International Alumni Program annual dues for life (Permanent exemption can represent a savings of more than $2,000).

Advances the Mission of the Fraternity
Membership funds international organization activities and support services to undergraduate and alumni chapter programs.

Assists with educating new members on the ideals, objectives, signs and heraldry of Sigma Chi.

Helps provide values-based leadership training to cultivate an appreciation of and commitment to the core values of friendship, justice and learning.

Contributes to the production of recruitment materials and recruiter programs.

Funds Alumni Communications
The Magazine of Sigma Chi, published four times per year, contains news and information to recognize, inform, educate and entertain members.

Communications from the international organization and insider commentary from the current Grand Consul of Sigma Chi.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Jordan Standard

Through the process of pledging, we find that our future brothers become motivated in a multitude of ways. Maybe through the process of pledging, our future brothers discover what role they want to play within the chapter; the role that they want to play in their lives after their undergraduate years.

The following post was written by former-Consul Anthony Gallo of the Alpha-Alpha pledge class. He writes on what the Jordan Standard means to him:

The Jordan Standard is one of three sacred texts of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. This document sets the par requirements for membership in the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Such standards include: a man of good character, a student of fair ability, having ambitious purposes, a congenial disposition, possessed of good morals, having a high sense of honor, and a deep sense of personal responsibility. These seven attributes are essential to success both in the business world, and for personal fulfillment.

Good character is defined by being trustworthy, caring, fair, responsible, and respectable. Having good character implies that a man is inherently possessed of good morals, a high sense of honor, and a deep sense of personal responsibility. Without these three one cannot achieve good character, it is through these other traits that one learns responsibility.

A man of good character knows the difference between right and wrong, without this inherent knowledge it is impossible for a man to become respected by his peers, and idolized by his successors. Throughout my life I was always taught that my mistakes are my mistakes and I must take responsibility for them, and that I must always set a good example through everything I do, because my actions define who I am.

It is also required to be a student of fair ability with ambitious purposes. Being a genius, and having everything come easy to you, does not necessarily define a student of fair ability. This criteria is satisfied on the condition that, as long as you work to the best of your abilities, and if you stumble, learn from mistakes. Having ambitious intentions is to want more; to be better, to work harder. Without ambition, where is the motivation? Ambition is the drive, which runs a person, without ambition, hard work is a mired quandary.

Having a congenial disposition is the most influencing criteria when it comes to how others perceive one. A congenial disposition makes a person approachable, and can be a major factor in their success; both the business world and their own personal lives. A congenial disposition also entails a positive outlook on life and events. Someone having a positive attitude is more inviting than a someone with a negative attitude.

Good morals are essential for attaining proper ethics; morals help to give the distinction between right and wrong. It is crucial to have a strong ethical background, for it is through morals that we react accordingly when faced with moral a dilemma, and this determines the difference between a success and a failure.
A high sense of honor defines a person’s reputation, their moral identity, and self-perception. Honor is the ability for a person to become a role model and distinguish themselves from others. Having a high sense of honor makes others look up to you and feel compassionate about yourself, and your causes.

A deep sense of personal responsibility is a societal influence that binds someone to his or her duties. The ability to take on the necessary tasks to succeed, along with being able; to prioritize, defines responsibility.
I believe that these standards are necessary and without these seven characteristics, it is difficult for a person to reach their full potential. These traits have been instilled within me at some point in my life, however, it was not until I pledged Sigma Chi, and discovered the Jordan Standard that I realized the importance of working to personify each of these qualities.

-Anthony Gallo ‘08
Iota Kappa Chapter

Monday, February 23, 2009

Our Roots... Today!

We never forget the sacrifices and the trials faced by our founding fathers. They had the arduous task of starting our great organization; all pledge-classes that came after the Alpha-class, have been charged with the task of preserving our chapter and enriching our history with whatever credit they bring to the table.

On that note, let it be known that the Iota Kappa chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity was awarded the coveted, James F. Bash Significant Improvement Award. for the 2007 -2008 year.

2007-08 James F. Bash Significant Improvement Award Winners

Beta Chi Chapter, Emory University
Beta Nu Chapter, Brown University
Delta Xi Chapter, San Diego State University
Epsilon Mu Chapter, Texas Christian University
Epsilon Nu Chapter, Texas Tech University
Epsilon Omicron Chapter, The University of Western Ontario
Epsilon Upsilon Chapter, Arizona State University
Eta Pi Chapter, University of Central Florida
Gamma Kappa Chapter, Utah State University
Gamma Psi Chapter, Michigan State University
Gamma Theta Chapter, University of Florida
Gamma Upsilon Chapter, Mississippi State University
Iota Kappa Chapter, Farleigh–Dickinson University
Iota Rho Chapter, Bishop's University
Kappa Chapter, Bucknell University
Kappa Mu Chapter, University of Windsor
Kappa Upsilon Chapter, The Johns Hopkins University
Pi Chapter, Samford University
Psi Chapter, University of Virginia
Theta Chi Chapter, Arkansas State University
Theta Zeta Chapter, Bridgewater State College
Zeta Pi Chapter, Texas A&M University–Kingsville
Zeta Sigma Chapter, Eastern New Mexico University


In addition to this, in the same academic year, Fairleigh Dickinson University, recognized our chapter with the "Most Improved Organization on Campus."

Our Roots

The main aim and object of Sigma Chi has been, and is, to develop and train broad-minded men who can recognize the wholeness of things, and who are not bound down to a contracted eight by ten notion of exclusiveness. There is an absolute necessity for such men.” — Founder Benjamin Piatt Runkle

Some may be familiar with our history, and some may not... for those not familiar, this post is for you:

On September 10, 1988, Delta Sigma Chi officially became a chartered Sigma Chi Fraternity chapter; upon so, initiating the 48-member Alpha pledge-class.

The process of becoming nationally recognized was a long and arduous process that began in the spring of 1985. Chris Horihan, a transfer from Beloit, came to Fairleigh Dickinson University to play football and evaluated the fraternity system; none of the fraternities at the time matched the standards that he had come to know. He already knew of the rich history and tradition of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He proposed to his fellow football players and other individuals the idea of creating a chapter of Sigma Chi at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Many Brothers from other colleges assisted in this transition. Brothers from Lafayette College and Bridgewater State installed the chapter. Bill Sapoch, the Chapter Advisor, a Sigma Chi Brother from Dickinson, oversaw the entire process along with Art Hendrickson. It took many painstaking months of work creating a petition to send to the Sigma Chi International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.

Upon their return for the spring semester of 1988, they learned of the favorable vote by the other Sigma Chi chapters across the country. As a result, the Iota Kappa Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, became the third nationally recognized fraternity at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

At times, we have held the most members of any other Greek organization on the campus, and other times we have not. This does not make us uncomfortable, because we are more than willing to trade-off quantity in numbers for quality in the character of our members. Our fraternity stresses the ideas of “true brotherhood” and “knowledge of self,” both of which can be achieved and maintained regardless of how large our chapter becomes or the diversity of new membership.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


This blog is not going to be word-heavy; photos will be posted on here as well!

Think of it this way: if pictures are worth a thousand words... then posting a few photos on here is like publishing a text-book!

Here's a few gems from the past... enjoy!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

upcoming event

Upcoming event!

Stay tuned for more information regarding the upcoming:

Roster: Spring '09

Below, you will find a current list of our chapter's officers.

Consul — Greg Byrnes
Pro Consul — Josh Sims
Annotator — Jeremy Eckles
Quaestor — Mike Cortese
Centurion — Marshall Lindeblad
Magister — John Vitale
Recruitment Chair — Tim Lovell

Tribune — Kenny Eckles
Philanthropy — Rich Passanissi
Chapter Editor — Scott Neuberger
Public Relations — Rich Passanissi
Greek Week — Kenny Eckles and Suhail Hassam
Social Chair — Jon Giuliano
Formal Chair — Jon Giuliano

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Brothers and Friends,

I cannot begin to stress the importance of good website in this day and age. Not having a website seems to make an organization invisible. Though there may be an underground charm to be invisible, it proves difficult to connect with alumni and difficult to keep non-current brothers abreast as to the various activities that the fraternity engages.

I must admit, I am new to the blog-world. I'm not really sure how this will function. My hope is that the information pertaining to our organization will be dispensed in a more effective and efficient manner.

While this may not be the most conventional, "official website," I believe that this medium is creative, inventive, and easy to access. This will act as a "stream of consciousness" voice of our chapter; any relevant updates will be posted in a prompt manner.

As our organization changes, this medium will be utilized to keep everyone in the loop.

Stay tuned for more updates!