• Pledging Fraternity
    Pledging Fraternity Thoughts from Chris Carter, Director of Communications of Sigma Pi Fraternity, International


It's that time of year.  Yes, you're heading back to school.  Yes, college football is back.  But I'm talking about that time of year that you dread: buying textbooks for your classes.

We're trying to make it easier for you.

Sigma Pi has recently partnered with Gremlin Books.  Have you ever bought something and wondered if you could have bought it cheaper somewhere else? Well now you don't have to wonder! Within seconds, Gremlin can scour the internet for you, you can find it by entering Title, Author, Keyword, or ISBN.

This partnership with Gremlin Books gives our members a platform for finding the textbooks you need at the lowest prices available, with student savings averaging around 50% and sometimes as high as 80%.

Check them out, and save money on books this semester!

If this is your first time attending Convocation, you are probably asking yourself, what exactly should I bring? Below are some tips for you to take into consideration between now and leaving for Orlando.

  1. Schedule: Bookmark the link for the schedule on your phone or tablet’s browser.  This will give you the ability to have a quick look if you forget your printed copy. Click Here for Schedule

  2. Weather: The link below will provide you a great source to stay up-to-date on the weather for August 6th-10th.  Keep an eye on this as we get closer to time, so that you know what to pack! Click Here for Weather

  3. Coat and Tie: There are several Convocation events where a coat and tie is mandatory, including all business sessions during the day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Additionally, the two lunches and closing banquet are coat and tie.

  4. Bring Your Badge: anytime you are wearing coat and tie at Convocation, you should be wearing your badge; please remember to bring it.

  5. Casual Attire: Casual clothes (i.e. jeans, shorts, appropriate t-shirts) will be welcomed for social opportunities outside of the formal activities.  The nighttime events such as the opening reception, Thursday night event and Friday evening free-time are casual.

  6. Camera: Convocation is a great event for social interaction with brothers from all across North America. You will have the opportunity to make new friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Make sure you have a camera or smartphone to capture these images. These pics are great for chapter websites, recruitment brochures, and chapter newsletters as well.

  7. Social Media: The best way to share your Convocation experiences with your brothers and friends is by live-tweeting throughout the weekend. We encourage you to post on all social media outlets utilizing the official hashtag, #Convo2014. Your posts will automatically enter you into our various competitions, which could result in you winning free Sigma Pi swag.

  8. T-Shirt Exchange: Don't forget to pack any extra Sigma Pi apparel you may have, and participate in the t-shirt exchange - a fun opportunity to trade and network with other brothers.

  9. Spending Money: Dinner on Friday evening and lunch on Saturday is “on your own.” There are several great restaurants to choose from within the hotel complex, and over 30 restaurants within a 10-minute free shuttle ride at Downtown Disney.

  10. Vendors: Our vendors this year are OmegaFi, Collegiate Regalia, Spirit Recognition and Southeast Impressions. Spirit Recognition and Southeast Impressions are clothing vendors so make sure to stock up new Sigma Pi-branded clothes for the upcoming academic year. OmegaFi will be on hand to answer questions about their systems and will be giving away prizes. Finally, Collegiate Regalia is your one-stop-shop for purchasing official Sigma Pi ritual equipment.

  11. Manual of Ceremonies: Don’t forget to bring all six of your chapter’s copies of The Manual of Ceremonies! Each Chapter will be receiving six newly updated copies of this manual. For each copy that is not returned, your Chapter will be billed $100 as a replacement cost for the missing manual(s).

  12. Your Best Behavior: Remember at Convocation, you represent Sigma Pi.  There will be many other guests staying at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, and your behavior will reflect on the entire organization.  Be chivalrous, and show respect to hotel employees and fellow guests.  Hold your fellow brothers accountable, and continue to be exemplary members and show your pride in Sigma Pi.

As a lifetime member of Sigma Pi Fraternity, we've partnered with several different companies to get you great deals and discounts.  We've compiled a list of some of our favorites below, as well as links to view all licensed vendors of Sigma Pi. 

PCIlogoPublishing Concepts (PCI)

We've teamed up with PCI for the collection and verification of data that will lead to the printing of a new edition of the Sigma Pi Membership Directory, which will be available in 2015.  PCI will begin contacting members beginning this Friday, May 23, 2014, in the attempt to verify all of your contact information. So if you receive an e-mail, phone call, postcard, or other communication from PCI, please know they are an authorized vendor and are operating on behalf of Sigma Pi. 

sofilogoSoFi - Student Loan Refinancing

In a partnership with Social Finance, Inc. (SoFi), members may be able to lower their student loan debt by consolidating and refinancing their loans. Sigma Pi members (family and friends too) could save up to $270 a month and earn a $300 welcome bonus. Initial registration can be done in less than 10 minutes. Visit sofi.com/sigmapi to get started!

smileAmazon Smile

Have you ever thought of how you could support the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation?
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. 

When first visiting AmazonSmile, you are prompted to select a charitable organization in order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile. Select Sigma Pi Educational Foundation and start shopping. It is simple and easy!
Click here to get started at smile.amazon.com!

brooksbrothersBrooks Brothers

Receive 15% savings on regular and everyday value priced merchandise at Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores when you enroll by clicking the link above. Please enter the following information to validate your membership with Sigma Pi.
Organization ID#: 04901
Pin Code #: 44088


Budget Car Rental

For special savings and discounts every time you rent, including free upgrades, unlimited mileage, and the lowest possible rate, use Sigma Pi code: BCD#Z051113

enterprise-logoNational/Enterprise Car Rental

All Active Members and Alumni are eligible for a  free Emerald Club membership.  In addition, both companies have agreed to extend their contracted rates to our Active Members and Alumni.  Emerald Club members are recognized at both National and Enterprise so please reference your Emerald Club number and Customer ID# XZ56Y01 when reserving at both National and Enterprise.

Create your personal Emerald Club membership and take advantage of this new rental program.


Wyndham Hotel Group

Active and alumni members can book hotels with 15% off best available rate for all brands except Wyndham which is 10%. Two ways you can book your reservations to receive your discount- by phone or website.  When making reservations please mention corporate ID: 1000010948.

Motel 6 logoMotel 6

Through this partnership, Motel 6 provides all Sigma Pi members with a 10% discount at any of the 1,100+ pet-friendly Motel 6 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Motel 6 offers a clean, comfortable room and great service for the lowest price of any national chain, and the discount will help you save you even more. To book your reservation, call 1-800-4-Motel 6, and use the code - CP570517 to receive the discount. You can also book online by clicking here. We'll leave the light on for you®.

greeklicensedLicensed Vendors

Members can purchase merchandise, such as shirts, hats, ties, and thousands of other great items through our vendor portal.  All vendors listed within this site are licensed to supply Sigma Pi products.  


Recently, current and past members of the Sigma Pi Grand Council, along with Executive Director Michael Ayalon, pinned the 100,000th initiate of Sigma Pi, Ethan Hernandez (Beta-Tau, Valparaiso '18).  This marked an incredible milestone as the fraternity reached 100,000 members in 117 years. 

As we move forward, we would like to recognize our notable alumni.  Recently, we've come across several members who have made incredible strides in their careers.  Some of them include:

  • Andrew Ross Sorkin (Mu, Cornell '99) - The New York Times columnist, author, co-anchor of “Squawk Box” on CNBC, founder and editor-at-large of website DealBook
  • Daniel Gerson (Mu, Cornell '88) - co-writer Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University
  • Ken Zampese (Epsilon-Chi, San Diego '89) - Quarterbacks Coach, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Jay Jacobs (Alpha-Delta, Auburn '85) - Athletic Director, Auburn University
  • John Milhiser (Eta-Gamma, Hofstra '04) - Featured Player on Saturday Night Live
  • Kevin Yeaman (Zeta-Eta, Santa Clara ’88) - President and Chief Executive Officer, Dolby
  • Jack Lazar (Zeta-Eta, Santa Clara ’87) - Chief Financial Officer, GoPro
  • Chris Murvin (Alpha-Delta, Auburn ’74) - Creator of The Golf Channel
  • John Zimmer (Mu, Cornell '06) - Co-founder and President, Lyft

We want to expand this list, and recognize alumni who have made notable acheivements in their field. If you know of an alumnus that should be added to our "Notable Alumni" list, please fill out the form below.


In addition to improving our "Notable Alumni" list, we are seeking young alumni who have achieved excellence in their field, whether through their career, philanthropy, or other endeavours by introducing our Young Alumni Excellence Award.


The Sigma Pi "Young Alumni Excellence Award"

The Sigma Pi "Young Alumni Excellence Award" seeks to recognize young alumni for their accomplishments in life after college. We encourage all alumni to participate in this campaign by nominating brothers through the form below. A committee of alumni will review all nominations. The most outstanding stories selected by the committee will be shared in the fall 2014 issue of The Emerald.

There are several qualifications that will be factored into the selections. They are as follows:

  • Commitment to the Ideals and Values of Sigma Pi: The actions of the nominee must reflect the ideals and values of the fraternity. 
  • Successful Achievement: The nominee has shown success and tremendous dedication in distinguishing himself within his career field, which makes him stand out from his peers.
  • Age Requirement: The alumnus must be under the age of 40 as of December 31, 2014, and be in good standing with both the international organization and his chapter.



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About Chris Carter

Chris CarterChris Carter serves as Director of Communications of Sigma Pi Fraternity, International. Founded in 1897, Sigma Pi Fraternity is the leading, international men's collegiate fraternal organization which provides training, guidance and innovative opportunities for Leadership Development, Social and Personal Development, Academic Achievement, Community Service and Heightened Moral Awareness for its brothers throughout their lives.

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