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

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!


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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


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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.


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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.


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SAVE 10% AT MOTEL 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.  

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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.

NOTABLE ALUMNI FORM

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.

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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.

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A NOMINATION 

 

Brand Standards

In 2013, former Director of Communications Todd Shelton began work on the new, modernized branding of Sigma Pi.  The design, an updated version of the “owl” that can be seen on the the crest of Sigma Pi, had been released to the public, with plans to release the proper standards for the branding at a later date.

When Todd moved on to a new endeavor, I inherited the branding.  In the early period of my time as Director of Communications, I determined and mapped-out the proper uses of the updated branding, with several tweaks from Todd’s initial plans.  These changes should be actively and properly applied to all measures of Sigma Pi branding throughout chapters, colonies, alumni clubs, and any other entity of the Fraternity.

One change you may notice is that the “Sigma Pi Gold” version of the owl icon is no longer used as a standard branding image.  Now, that version is solely used to represent the Grand Council, a group that represents the “gold standard” of Sigma Pi Fraternity, International.  

Another change is the lack of the “pyramid” icon.  This icon doesn’t fully represent the traditional sense of the Pyramid of Stars, as the Pyramid of Stars should be properly shown as a flat surface.  Therefore, the “pyramid” logo will no longer be used in any Sigma Pi branding.

The Brand Standards guide also provides pertinent information for several other important factors of the Fraternity’s image.  This information includes: 

  • Brand presence and the elements that make up Sigma Pi, from the creed to the motto to the ideals, and so on.
  • Proper color values (Pantone Matching System, CMYK and RGB) for all official primary and secondary colors of Sigma Pi
  • Logomark descriptions for Sigma Pi, the Grand Council, and Sigma Pi Educational Foundation
  • Description of the design of the crest of Sigma Pi and its elements
  • Proper use of chapter extensions with the various logomarks of Sigma Pi
  • Typography and the fonts that Sigma Pi uses
  • Usage violations, and what not to do with the branding
  • Letterhead, business card, and email signatures styles and layout guidelines
  • Proper style guidelines, such as the use of “Executive Office” instead of headquarters, nationals, internationals, etc.

I’m excited to have built upon the foundation that Todd laid down in developing the modern branding for Sigma Pi, and am honored to be a part of the evolution of Sigma Pi’s image on an international scale. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  All elements of the branding will soon be available in the MySigmaPi Resource Center, which will include vector and raster image files, so that you can use the logos as need be.  However, please contact me if you need something specific (chapter extention added, colorized version of the full logo, etc.)

CLICK HERE to access the Brand Standards guide.

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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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