Sigma Chi

Nationally Founded: June 28, 1855 Miami University, Ohio
Founded at UI: March 15, 1924
Colors: Blue and Old Gold
Flower: White Rose
Motto: “In Hoc Signo Vinces” In this sign you will conquer
Number of chapters nationally: 220
National headquarters location: Evanston, IL

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Brotherhood Activities:
One of the greatest characteristics of Sigma Chi is the strong, life-long brotherhood we develop with each other during our years here. We believe our brotherly bonds greatly add to our success, so we try to strengthen those ties in any way we can. To kick off the year, after rush is over the whole house packs up and heads down to Riggins, ID for a weekend of camping and river rafting down the Salmon River. We feel that sporting events are a great way to promote our brotherhood. There’s usually a big group of Sigma Chis at school sporting events cheering on our teams. We also enjoy taking a night to go up to Spokane to a Chief’s hockey game. Towards the end of November we all get together to compete in our annual Turkey Bowl football game and then enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. All of these events lead up to our biggest event, a brotherhood retreat to Kelowna, B.C. for a weekend of skiing and relaxing at Big White Mountain.

Academic/Scholarship Activities:
We are in college for one reason and that is to increase our academic knowledge. We understand the importance of a good education and strive to maintain a house GPA that is above a 3.0. When freshman first join our house they are given four hours a week of study table to help them acquire good study habits. After midterms they are given study table based off of their midterm grades. If they have above a 3.0 after midterms they do not receive study table. Members do not have study table unless they are performing poorly academically, which is based off of semester grades. Incentive to keep on our studies is provided in the form of scholarship banquets held after midterms, where members proving their scholastic dedication receive scholarships from funds donated by alumni. Members have a chance to win prizes and money towards scholarships based on “A” papers, tests and perfect attendance in their classes. Also, any member with a 3.5 GPA or higher earns the privilege to park in our parking lot.

Philanthropic/Community Service Projects:
The men of Sigma Chi are proud to be active service members of this community. We are responsible for organizing and directing many events. Our biggest philanthropy of the year is our Derby Days. We take all of the money we receive during this week and donate it to both the Children’s Miracle Network and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. We strive to raise upwards of $3,500 every year to send to these noble organizations. Our members also take part in community service projects such as Make a Difference Day (a community clean-up day), various blood drives throughout the year and we also have a highway clean-up once a semester. This is all in combination with the great participation we get from our members at the many sorority philanthropies on campus. Some of these sorority philanthropies include a pumpkin carving event with a local Girl Scout group and the Kappa Delta sorority. Others are the Kappa Alpha Theta’s Foot Brawl football tournament, Alpha Phi’s Alphatraz, Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash swimming tournament and much, much more.

Social/Campus Activities:
A big part of college, other than academics, is meeting new friends and creating friendships that will last for your lifetime. We promote academics but we also promote an environment that will allow our members to make these friendships. We are always actively participating in campus events such as Homecoming and Greek Week. Our members are very involved with intramural sports. We have a team in nearly every sport available. Our members are very involved with ASUI and other campus clubs. The 2006-2007 ASUI president was our own Humberto Cerrillo. We also have another member who serves as an ASUI senator. The two student coordinators for B.E.A.R. (Brotherhood Empowerment Against Rape) are both Sigma Chis. Our former president is now an active member of the Inter-Fraternity Council. Two of our members are also involved with the campus academic society, Golden Key. Socially, we hold numerous functions throughout the year in order to get to know the ladies from the sororities and to promote inter-fraternal relations. We usually will have a fall cruise on Coeur d’ Alene Lake. We also hold a formal dance in the winter and a Sweethearts Dance in the spring in which we announce our house’s new Sweetheart for the upcoming year.

Awards and Honors (campus and national):
Our chapter just recently received the Most Outstanding Chapter Award for the Big Sky Province of Sigma Chi. This province includes chapters from all over Idaho, Montana and eastern Washington. The Greek office also awarded us with a community service award. We placed 3rd out of all fraternities on campus. Along with that, we place second overall in intramural points, second during Homecoming week and we won the Greek Week Games.