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

Whether your team Android or team iPhone, apps have become a central part of our daily lives, and new apps are just trying their best to become a part of our routine.  Below, I’ve outlined some of the best apps that I make use of to improve my work and personal life.  Check them out and share what apps you use to improve your routine with us on Twitter with the hashtag #SigmaPiTech.

  • Mailbox - This app set out to redesign the traditional inbox to make email light, fast, and mobile-friendly. Quickly swipe messages to your archive or trash and scan entire conversations in a chat-like view.  The app integrates easily with Gmail accounts, and works seamlessly with the web-based Gmail dashboard.  Mailbox is owned by the same company that makes Dropbox, a popular cloud storage platform.

  • IFTTT - This app gives you creative control over the products and apps you love.  The web-based service allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called "recipes", which are triggered based on changes to other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. IFTTT is an abbreviation of "If This Then That" (pronounced like "gift" without the "g").

  • Square Cash and Venmo - The two biggest players in the money sharing world, Square Cash and Venmo have changed the game.

    • With Venmo, you can pay anyone instantly using money you have in Venmo or link a bank account or debit card in seconds.  Receive money instantly and move money from Venmo to your bank account in one business day.

    • With Square Cash, you can choose a $Cashtag and share a link to your free cash.me profile to get paid by a friend or family member in a snap.  Use it with anyone, even if they don’t have an account.  Most payments deposit within seconds to your bank.

  • Crystal ($0.99 on App Store) - One of the lesser-known new features in iOS 9, which was officially released to the public last week, is the ability to use content blockers in Safari.  While users could previously download third-party Web browsers that would accomplish the same task, Apple now allows developers to create native solutions for the built-in browser. Getting the ad-blocker up and running does take a few quick and easy steps. After downloading the app, you’ll need to visit the Safari portion of the Settings menu. Select Content Blockers and then flip the toggle switch to enable Crystal.

  • Draft Kings - I couldn’t make it through the blog without mentioning my favorite new sports-related app, Draft Kings.  The one-day fantasy sports platform offers daily and weekly fantasy sports contests for cash prizes in all of the five major sports (MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA and PGA) as well as college football and basketball.


NOTE: This article originally ran on OmegaFi.com and is written by Training Coordinator Hannah Wade. OmegaFi is a partner of Sigma Pi for long-term operational success.

Several weeks ago, OmegaFi launched Vault, our enhanced user interface. If you have not met Vault, allow me to introduce you.

Vault is the premier financial and membership management tool available to fraternities and sororities through OmegaFi. It is the only one in the industry that is device-responsive and works great on a desktop, tablet or mobile phone. While this remarkable tool looks new, it is actually the enhanced and modernized version of the Chapter Desktop. We were confident in the capabilities of the Chapter Desktop, but Vault is so much more – we took something great and made it spectacular. Our users can now input and produce their chapter and member information easier and faster.

“Our intent with the development of Vault was to increase efficiency so our chapter officers can spend less time on the administration of running a chapter and more time face-to-face with their membership while they enjoy and promote Greek life”, explained OmegaFi’s Director of Chapter Services, Jennifer Hadden.

“Vault has a more intuitive navigation. We’ve simplified how we present information. To further increase efficiency, we implemented a new user access structure that affords the ability to customize user rights and management functions for every single officer and advisor associated with the chapter. I’m happy to say we received a great deal of positive feedback from our users, which underscores the importance of continuous innovation. We are fortunate to have our own in house I.T. department, who dedicate themselves to designing and building tools like Vault for fraternities and sororities. Their skills, knowledge and commitment enable them to produce products that look good, are easy to navigate and our customers actually enjoy using.”

Vault – a system that not only looks good, but also makes chapter officers and advisors look good. With a few simple clicks, a fraternity/sorority leader with the appropriate access rights can answer questions from an officer, alumni advisor, director, etc. about the chapter’s members, finances, communication, fundraising and other operational activities critical to running a fraternity or sorority today. Visit the OmegaFi site today and try it out. Better yet, call your dedicated OmegaFi Account Manager to schedule a Vault Webinar and let us show you around!

Hannah Wade, Training Coordinator


Periscope, which is owned by Twitter, is taking the social media world by storm. In the first few months of its inception, Periscope has gained two million users and will soon be competing for time alongside your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts. The aforementioned social media applications all provide a window into our daily lives. While these apps can show blasts from the recent past, none of them give quite an up-to-the-second view like Periscope can.

Periscope is a “live video streaming platform”, which basically means you can transmit a live broadcast from your device on the platform. Similar to Facetime or Skype, Periscope uses live video, but instead of just talking to one person, your Periscope and Twitter followers can easily see exactly what you are broadcasting, as well as comment and “like” your broadcast.

Follow Sigma Pi Fraternity on Periscope @sigmapi1897


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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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