An announcement from Grand President Neugebauer,
Brothers, I am pleased to announce that Brother Tim Vojtasko (IUP '85) has been elected to the Board of Directors of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Tim's election took place at the NIC Annual Meeting April 6-7 in Atlanta, GA and he will serve in the position for the next two years.
Brother Vojtasko (IUP ’85) said "I have been passionate about the Greek system since 1982. To be elected by all NIC Fraternities is humbling experience. In short, the NIC's Mission is to Advocate, Collaborate, and Educate. I look forward to guiding the direction of the North American Fraternity movement."
Michael Carey, Executive Vice President says, "Brother Vojtasko’s appointment marks another important moment for Phi Sigma Kappa. It is an indicator of the growth and success of the fraternity and it will improve our ability to provide resources, services, and support to both our fraternity and the interfraternal community. It goes to show the countless opportunities we have to serve and advance the fraternity movement; this is a great day for us as Phi Sigs and for our interfraternal partners.”
Brother Vojtasko has proudly held numerous offices within Phi Sigma Kappa, from Chapter Adviser to Grand President, and he will continue to “…promote courageously and unselfishly the chosen ideals of our mutual affection and common endeavor.”
Official North-American Interfraternity
Conference Press Release
Tim Vojtasko has been elected to the Board of Directors of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the international trade association representing 74 national and international men’s fraternities. As a member of the nine-man board, Vojtasko’s responsibilities will include working with NIC member fraternities, other fraternal trade organizations and the higher education community. Throughout his two-year term, he will provide direction and leadership for the conference, including oversight of the CEO and guidance related to products, impacts, benefits, and outcomes of the organization.
Vojtasko holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he joined Phi Sigma Kappa in 1982. After graduation, Vojtasko joined the Fraternity’s staff for three years, serving as a Leadership Consultant, Director of Member Services and Director of Expansion. Over the past 28 years, he has served as a regional and chapter advisor for chapters in the Washington D.C. area. More recently, he was elected to three four-year terms on the Phi Sigma Kappa Board of Directors, culminating in his election as Grand President in 2011.
In his professional career, Vojtasko currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for SOS International, where he oversees all HR activities for a global workforce of over 1,000 employees, including employees in such austere locations as Iraq and Afghanistan. Tim maintains a Department of Defense security clearance at the secret level, and a position of public trust clearance through the FBI.
Prior to his current role, Tim has worked in various human resources capacities at SRA International, Management Sciences for Health, SAIC and Hewlett-Packard. Vojtasko is a certified police officer and graduated from the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Academy in 2006. From 2002 to 2007, he served as an adjunct instructor at George Mason University, and from 2013 to 2014 he worked as a House Director at the Phi Sigma Kappa house at the University of South Carolina.
“I look forward to working with Tim,” said NIC President and CEO Peter D. Smithhisler. “He brings a wealth of fraternity experience to the table, and I welcome his perspective.”
Tim lives in Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1909, the NIC, through advocacy, collaboration and education, works to ensure that fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success.
RPI Phi Sigma Kappa chapter to Fund $50,000 Mt Ida Community Development Micro-Grant Program
Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity at RPI is sponsoring a $50,000 grant program to improve the “quality of life” in the Mt. Ida neighborhood. Home-owners, landlords, business owners, and not-for-profits will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to $1,000. The grant can be used for home improvement, historic restoration, neighborhood beautification, maintaining community parks and green spaces, or for not-for-profit programs, which service residents of the neighborhood .
The grant target area extends south from College Avenue west of 15th Street and south of Tibbits Avenue between 15th Street and Bleeker Avenue. It is bordered on the West by the western end of 11th Street. It also includes Prospect Park, Mt Ida Cemetery and the corner of Congress St. and Pawling Avenue.
The fraternity developed the grant program in partnership with local residents, business owners, and not for profits from the Mount Ida neighborhood. The Troy Rehabilitation & Improvement Program (TRIP), Inc. has also partnered with the fraternity. “This micro grant program is a great example of how local investment and support can benefit everyone. We are proud to partner with the Phi Sigma Kappa Alumni Association and we congratulate them on being such a valuable asset to their community,” said Hilary Lamishaw, Director of Community Affairs at TRIP.
Brother Paul Marano (Rensselaer '87), president of the Phi Sigma Kappa Alumni Association, states, “this grant is just one part of Phi Sigma Kappa’s commitment to the growth, improvement and future of the Mt. Ida community. We currently have funding to award 50 grants over 5 years.” Marano adds, “we envision the program running in perpetuity through the support and funding of “Community Sourcing.” Corporations, organizations, and individuals with a vested interest in the neighborhood and/or mission of community development will be able to make charitable donations to the grant program. Eugene St John, a longtime resident of the community and member of the grant planning/award committee says, “a grant like this can have a huge impact on improving the Mt Ida neighborhood. The fact that the fraternity reached out to the community to help assess the needs of the local neighborhood and develop the grant program should add to its success.”
Current fraternity chapter president, Jon Fine states, “I am very excited about this program, and the opportunity to work with our neighbors to improve the Mt Ida community.”
"Three years ago, I expressed my confidence that the brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa would make a positive impact on their new neighborhood," stated Councilman Ken Zalewski (D - District 5), who represents the area where the fraternity is located. "With the creation of the Mount Ida Community Development Micro Grant Program, these young men have delivered on their promise to improve the community in a tangible and worthwhile manner. I thank them for their efforts and appreciate their continued dedication to our neighborhood."
“This initiative is a model of how an independent organization can contribute and make a difference all while educating these future leaders on community action, philanthropy, civic planning, and quality of life issues” said Peter Grimm, president of the Friends of Prospect Park and legislator representing the City of Troy.
Wednesday evening the Fraternity held a town hall meeting to announce and answer questions on the program. Over 50 people from the community were in attendance and the Mayor came and spoke in support of the program. Many from the community took applications and intend to apply for the grant. The attitude at the meeting was filled with hope and excitement, Brother Marano knows the goal is to build and cultivate a positive relationship with the chapter and their neighbors. But he also has hopes that others could join and contribute in their "shared vision."
Phi Sigma Kappa moved into the Mt Ida community 2 years ago when the City of Troy approved the fraternity’s purchase of the former St Francis DeSales church and rectory on Congress St. The fraternity, currently consists of 15 student members and over 700 alumni. The buildings are owned and managed by the Phi Sigma Kappa Alumni Association of Troy. NY, which is responsible for providing safe, affordable, quality housing to its student members.
The Grand Chapter is pleased to announce that 44 associate members from The Ohio State University have been initiated and formally rechartered as the Pi Deuteron Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa. Another 10 associates from the group were unable to attend the chartering weekend, however they will initiate at their earliest convenience, putting total membership of the Founding Father class at 54 men.
On March 22, 2014 Grand President Bill Neugebauer (Indiana/PA ‘67), Grand Chapter staff, and a ritual team from Epsilon Lambda Chapter (Eastern Michigan University), initiated colony members and conducted the formal chartering ceremony for Pi Deuteron Colony. The chartering banquet was held at The Hyatt Regency Downtown Columbus and saw over 200 family, friends, and guests in attendance. Grand Council Director, Shawn Shivnen (Eastern Michigan ’00) was also in attendance.
Pi Deuteron Chapter was originally chartered in 1925 and was recolonized by Grand Chapter staff in the spring of 2012. Over the past 2 years the group has worked tirelessly and its petition to charter was approved in November of 2013. The men honored three undergraduate members as the recipients of Cardinal Principle Awards. Greg DalSanto received the Brotherhood Award, Haiwei Su received the Scholarship Award, and Max Straus received the Character Award. Salvatore Lowry (Ohio State ’63) was given the fourth degree as the official Chapter Adviser of the group.
Should you wish to congratulate the Pi Deuteron Chapter and welcome our new brothers, please direct your emails to Chapter President, Max Straus at firstname.lastname@example.org