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    • 3/14/2015

       

       

      Today we release the Digital Signet Archive, which includes digital PDF versions of our archived collection. We encourage you to share this archive and information with our brotherhood because,

      Directions of use are as follows: The Signet Archive

      • Follow the link above to the FileBound LogOn page and then follow the directions below.
      • Use the Sign-On and Password: guest
      • From the next screen you will be able to press search and bring up all digitized Signets, or you will be able to search a specific year.
      • EX: 1953 à Search
      • The issues from the archive will appear and you will click the 2nd box to open that specific PDF.
      • On the left side of the screen, you will see a drop down menu titled “SIGNET”, click this and follow the drop down as you see in the example below.

      • Click on Page 0001 and allow time for the PDF to load, some files are larger than others and may take up to 2 minutes to load.
      • Explore the document, you will be able to Zoom In and Out, Save or Print these PDFS by using the menu in the bottom right corner, which is activated by bringing your cursor over the bottom right corner of the document.

       

       

    • 3/14/2015

       

       

      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. 

       

      Links:

      Article 1

      Article 2

      Article 3

       

      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. 

    • 2/18/2015

       

      Matching Grants for Local Scholarships


      The Foundation will match local scholastic achievement awards given by chapters, colonies or alumni clubs, dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $300 per chapter for the first 15 chapters to apply.  

      APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15. 

      The Matching Grants for Local Scholarships Application

       

    Starting a Colony

    If there is no existing chapter or colony at your school, you have the exciting opportunity to become a Founding Father for Phi Sigma Kappa! This is truly and honor, and a title only a few will ever hold. Read below, and see what is involved with starting a colony.

    How to Start a New Colony

    Typically, expansions fall into three categories: interest group, local fraternity affiliation and a national expansion. Their definitions are as follows:

    Interest Group: An interest group is comprised of a number of men who are interested in bringing Phi Sigma Kappa to campus. An interest group can be as small as 10-15 men, or as large as 40-50.

    Local Fraternity Affiliation: This type of expansion comes about when a local campus fraternity contacts Phi Sigma Kappa seeking to merge with our organization.

    National Expansion: This type of expansion involves staff members building a colony from the ground up, from recruiting founding fathers and supporting alumni to appointing and training new colony officers. This type comprises the majority of Phi Sigma Kappa's expansions and can be the result of interest from local alumni and/or the institution.

    When choosing where to expand, Phi Sigma Kappa considers a number of factors, including, but certainly not limited to:

    • Does the institution and Greek community support expansion?
    • What types of support does the institution offer the existing Greek community?
    • How many fraternities and sororities are on campus, and what percentage of students on campus are Greek?
    • Has Phi Sigma Kappa ever had a chapter there? When and why did Phi Sigma Kappa leave?
    • When was the most recent expansion, which fraternity was it, and was it successful?
    • Are the area alumni interested?
    • Is the campus growing, and are there plans for more construction on campus?

    For more information on Phi Sigma Kappa's expansion program, please expansion@phisigmakappa.org.

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