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    Fraternity Pledge Thoughts from Michael R. Ayalon, Executive Director of Sigma Pi Fraternity, International

The Rho chapter of Sigma Pi at NC State raised over $12,000 for the NC State Counseling Center at it's 5th annual Break the Silence 5K run for suicide prevention and awareness. The event started in 2011 in honor of one of their brothers, Marc Haege, who took his own life as a Junior at NC State in 2010.

The President of the Rho chapter at NC State, David Latteney, knows just how hard it is for a fraternity to get the media coverage they are seeking when the headlines are dominated by many campus wide problems such as hazing, sexual assault, and underage drinking. "It's a lot easier for the media to report on allegations of misconduct," Letteney said. "We are glad to be able to shed light on the good fraternities do. We hope that our philanthropy will help remind our school and our community of the great work being done by fraternities."

Internationally, Sigma Pi sees the importance of resources dedicated to mental health. One of our International Philanthropies is The Amazing Day Foundation, dedicated to reducing suicide among college students. Each year, 1,100 students die at their own hands. For more information about The Amazing Day Foundation, please visit their website at: http://amazingdayfoundation.org

Also, Sigma Pi has developed a new position on staff to address these needs with our members. We want to support the holistic development of our members through programming and educational initiatives. We will educate and promote the overall wellness and safety of our undergraduate members, alumni, volunteers, and staff. If you're interested in applying for that position, please view the full job description at: http://sigmapi.org/employment-opportunities/director-of-wellness-safety/

Photo of the Rho Chapter House of Sigma Pi Fraternity.  

 

 

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Today's post is a guest post from PGS John Kitch, General Counsel.

As careful as we are, as closely as we adhere to the risk management policies of the Fraternity, bad things can happen. A person can fall from a chapter house balcony, a non-member can assault a brother, a person of legal age can still drink so much that he or she suffers from alcohol poisoning. So what should we do if something terrible happens at a chapter house or chapter event?

First, call 911 if there may be a serious injury. Our first duty is to get proper medical attention to someone who is hurt. Do not delay, as each passing minute can make the situation worse for the injured party.

Next, any member aware of the incident should immediately inform the chapter Sage, and the Sage must take charge. He must then notify International Headquarters of all incidents through the C-3 report online at http://sigmapi.org/chapter-reporting/incident-report/ and notify the Chapter Director and Province Archon. Follow up the C-3 Report by calling your Regional Director or the Executive Office at 1-800-332-1897. You can reach Executive Director Michael Ayalon at extension 306.

Cooperate with the police. If you don't, you can be charged with being an accessory to any crime and/or obstruction of justice. Take photographs and/or video to preserve documentation of what occurred. Refer the media - print, TV, or radio - to International Headquarters. If you think you are being investigated or accused of a crime, ask for advice from a lawyer before answering any questions.

As much as we try we may not be able to avoid a serious incident. However, following these simple steps can help us minimize the harm to the individual involved, the chapter, and the Fraternity.

Beta Chapter of Sigma Pi (Indiana University) after a recent snowfall.

 

 

So, we all know the values of Sigma Pi, the real question becomes: How do we live those values in our daily lives? How to we make sure that our chapter members also live those values that we made an oath to uphold in Sigma Pi's ritual when you were initiated?

I have a perfect solution for you. This March, YOU can help change a community with other young people from all over the country. You can sign up now here: http://www.unitedway.org/student/alternative-spring-break/

Since 2006, Alternative Spring Break had 3,500 students participate with over 112,000 service hours! You might spend a week:

- In Biloxi working in the shadows of Hurricane Katrina, where it all started 10 years ago

- In El Paso building houses in one of the safest - and poorest - in the country

- In Tennessee building a community garden and teaching families how to cook with fresh foods

- In Baltimore, DC, New York, Newark, Jersey Shore, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Fort Worth, Killeen/Fort Hood, Tucson, San Diego, San Francisco, or Seattle changing lives. Including yours!

Let's make a commitment to attend and change lives. Let's document those photos and stories in the upcoming issue of the Emerald magazine. Let's live our values, feel good about what we're doing this year on Spring Break, have a unique experience that hiring managers want to hear more about when you enter an interview situation, and show how Sigma Pi Fraternity can and will make a difference in our local communities.

The 100,000th member of Sigma Pi from Beta-Tau representing at West Point

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About Michael Ayalon

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Michael R. Ayalon serves as Executive Director 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.

Contact Michael:

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Tel: 615.921.2300

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