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Man of Character

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Man of Character

To Develop Character: Honor is the basis of fraternal relationships. We resolve to instill in each member a devotion to those values which will guide him to ends that are noble and right, so that in all that he represents and in all that he does, he shall be known as a man of honor who inspires others by his example and thus wins admiration and respect for himself and for Phi Sigma Kappa.

Phi Sigma Kappa International Headquarters and the Grand Chapter seek to instill this Cardinal Principle within our members. Every brother should strive to develop his character throughout his lifetime so that…

“…be known as a man of honor who inspires others by his example and thus wins admiration and respect for himself and for Phi Sigma Kappa.”

This Cardinal Principle is the very core of our Fraternity and is what defines it to the world.

Today, on our Founders’ Day, we are launching a new program to recognize those brothers that seek to define this Principle by the actions they take in their lives. The Grand Council’s new “Man of Character” program will recognize up to four undergraduate brothers a year that they see as defining “To Develop Character” and what it means to our Fraternity.

This Founders’ Day they would like to recognize Brother Alexander Biniaz-Harris (Southern Cal ’15) with this honor.  Alex has displayed leadership through his time at the University of Southern California in multiple ways. He was a founding father during the Omega Deuteron recolonization, has held positions within the chapter and is heavily involved in organizations outside of the chapter, in particular, the USC Shoah Foundation, which he has been involved with since his freshman year. Below you can read more about Alex and his work with the Shoah Foundation and his once in a lifetime trip to Kraków, Poland to perform his co-composed piano piece, Auschwitz Suite, for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp this past January. 

 

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Look for more on Alex in this upcoming Spring Signet issue in June.

More information and criteria on this new initiative will be released this week. Nominees must be undergraduate brothers in good standing with the Fraternity and can be nominated by anyone. 

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iRecruit: Learning from Apple

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Apple is one of the world’s most innovative companies. As an organization that prides ourselves on ‘meeting challenges with innovation’, there are some things we could learn from such a successful company. Their entire approach to business focuses on why they do what they do, and they let that approach guide their entire business model. Their approach to customer service is particularly interesting; it follows the acronym A-P-P-L-E.

Approach with a customized, warm greeting.
Any time we are meeting new guys on campus, it’s important to be very genuine and friendly with them. Customize your approach with each guy to avoid sounding like you are reading from a script. Ask something personal and show a genuine interest in them and what they are about, before you tell them what Phi Sigma Kappa is about.

Probe politely to understand the customer’s needs.
Potential new members aren’t necessarily customers, but you are selling our organization to them … and I must say, we are quite a good product!  Ask questions that find out what potential new members are looking for.

Present a solution the customer can take home today.
After finding out what potential new members are looking for, we should let them know how our organization can benefit them. Use this time to do a little humble bragging on the organization you have come to love … Make them want our product!

Listen for and address unresolved questions.
While you are talking with a potential new member, listen for any reservations they have about joining. Help address these issues with creative solutions (i.e. payment plans, scholastic workshops, leadership development conferences, etc.) If it’s something you don’t necessarily know how to resolve, let them know you’ll work with them, together, to figure it out.

End with a fond farewell and an invitation to return.
Be sure to let any potential new members know that you enjoyed meeting them.  Ask them if they would like to grab lunch, play football, or come to another recruitment event … and be sure to get their phone number! It is way more effective to call a guy first, than to sit around and hope he calls you wanting more information.
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Top 4 Non-traditional Recruitment Places on Campus

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Do you ever wonder where you should look to find other students on campus to recruit? We have compiled a list of the top places to recruit on campus and have provided some reasons why. Take these into your chapter meeting and share them. Get out there and start shaking some hands!

1.      Library

As fraternity men, if we gather in a library with letters on and study together, we break an unfortunate stereotype. Fraternity men can study, and we can study well. By stimulating scholarship, we can create a well-rounded image for ourselves and our Fraternity. Also, by creating this image, others will notice. Create this type of positive image on campus by creating study hours for the chapter and new members alike. People will recognize your commitment to academics and be intrigued by the potential to become a member of Phi Sigma Kappa on campus.    

2.     Gym/Athletic Facility

I think we’ve all been that guy at some point –the guy who shoots the basketball alone or throws a baseball up and down to himself for a bit. How much better would that be if we could have been part of a game? Get a group of your brothers together and head to the gym or outdoor field and find that guy. Invite him to be a part of your game. Integrating others into fraternity events such as athletics can be one of the most successful ways to recruit. Maybe you can finally find that last member for your intramural team, too, and not be stuck with the guy who... tries really hard, but can’t quite get it…again.

3.     Dining Hall/Coffee Shop

Much like the guy who was playing a sport alone, there are more people who at some point during their day will eat a meal alone. By going to a dining hall and asking to eat with someone, you have the possibility of an interesting meal and could make a new friend too. Another option can be heading to the local coffee shop on campus. Find someone in line, offer to buy them a coffee and sit down with them for a conversation. I know this may sound awkward, but try it! You will be surprised with the results. At the very least, these are good activities for stepping outside of your comfort zone and practicing your recruitment abilities (and social skills).

4.     Union

Where do people hang out in between classes on campus? The union can be a good place to grab a bite to eat, finish your last minute studying, or just meet up with friends. Because of its many uses, it’s the perfect location on campus to meet new people. Many times transfer students and commuters will spend a majority of their time outside of class at the union. These are two groups that can also use an organization like a fraternity to provide them “a home away from home.” Some unions even have lounges for transfer and commuter students. Contacting the union on your campus is a great way to start finding these students.
Scott Pegram
Director of Expansion and Recruitment
Scott has been on staff since September 2013 serving as the Director of Expansion and Recruitment. He is a proud alumnus of the Nu Pentaton Chapter at Clarion University. 

 

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Alpha Deuteron Charters at Illinois

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The Phi Sig Brotherhood welcomed back the Alpha Deuteron Chapter at the Univerisity of Illinois last Saturday, August 18. The colony has been working extremely hard over the past year, making a successful charter possible within only 12 months of its beginning. 

The night was a tearful one, pulling on the heartstrings of both current undergrads and present alumni alike. Phi Sigma Kappa welcomed over 30 brothers, adding exceptional young men to the network. 

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Valdosta State to Charter

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The colony at Valdosta State will become the Psi Septaton Chapter on February 6. Grand President Todd Simpson, Grand Council Director Doug Diekow and Regional Adviser Frank Tortorici will represent the Grand Chapter at this historic event.

 

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New Colony at Auburn!

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The Grand Chapter is proud to announce that it has colonized a group of 29 men at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. The Ritual of Association was conducted on November 1 and facilitated by Grand Council Director Doug Diekow (Florida AI), Regional Adviser Frank Tortorici (Alabama '60), Regional Counselor Tom Childress (Alabama '08) and a ritual team from the Omicron Deuteron Chapter at the University of Alabama. The Grand Chapter is pleased to be colonizing at an institution with a rich tradition of Greek life. Congratulatory notes can be sent to Colony President M.V. Young at mvy0001@auburn.edu.

 

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Risk Awareness Materials

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Chapters and colonies are reminded to check the Risk Management section of the Collegiate Portal for information pertaining to Risk Awareness Week. The certification form is due to the International Headquarters by November 15.

 

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Grand Chapter Welcomes New Colonies

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   The Omega Colony was re-established Friday, March 13 at Cal/Berkeley. Regional Counselor Zach Jacobson and Fraternity Operations Specialist Erik Sederstrom represented the Grand Chapter for the re-colonization.
   To celebrate, the new colony hit the Pacific Coast Highway and visited chapters at Cal Poly, UC/Santa Barbara and the Signet Circle Corporation, which was celebrating Founders' Day at USC.
   The Eta Colony was re-established Thursday, April 16 at the University of Maryland. Grand Council Director Tim Vojtasko, Eta Alumni Association President Scott Shaul and Fraternity Operations Specialist Erik Sederstrom represented the Grand Chapter.
   The staff at the International Headquarters publicly thanks the Xi Septaton Chapter at George Mason for helping to recruit on the Maryland campus.


 

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