Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded at Richmond College, now the University of Richmond,
on November 1, 1901, on the Cardinal Principles: Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly
Love. Today, the Fraternity has grown to more than 262,000 lifetime members, including
13,500 undergraduates on 260 campuses in the United States. SigEp is the currently
the largest fraternity in terms of undergraduate enrollment.
With the ‘17-’18 academic year concluded, the Montana Beta chapter is excited to share
the accomplishments of the fraternity in the past year and looks forward towards the
upcoming semesters. With a goal of recruiting the brightest and most well rounded
individuals from the entering class, the chapter was elated to bring in 24 new members
over the course of the year, and was recognized by SigEp nationals with an Excelsior
Award for outstanding recruitment. The chapter is also proud to be a leader in substance
free-facilities, both on campus and in SigEp nationally. Brother and former chapter
president Connor Hoffmann led a coalition of chapters across the nation to make all
SigEp chapters substance-free by 2020, and was recognized by receiving the Frank J.
Ruck leadership award. The chapter has always put a strong emphasis on academic excellence,
and this year was no exception. Finishing with a chapter GPA of 3.49 first semester
and 3.51 the second, the Montana Beta chapter had the highest GPA of all fraternities
and sororities both semesters. Brothers were recognized for their individual excellence
in academics and leadership on a national level as well, with brother Ryan Mason winning
the prestigious Goldwater scholarship, awarded to undergraduates showing exceptional
promise in science, engineering, and mathematics. Brother Connor Hoffmann received
the Truman Scholarship, the nation’s premier scholarship for those looking to enter
into a career in public service.
Across campus, SigEps can be found in the forefront of student engagement. For the
second year in a row, a brother will be serving as student body president, with Taylor
Blossom elected to serve this upcoming year. Two brothers were elected to senate positions
as well for the ‘18-’19 academic year. Members can be found actively engaged in the
Honors college and also serving in the VOICE Center, addressing sexual violence through
advocacy, education, and social action. SigEp has brothers serving in Army and Air
Force ROTC, playing on the Lacrosse Team, singing in Rhapsody, the student led a cappella
group, working as Resident Advisors (RAs), and heavily involved in research across
campus amongst many other activities. The chapter was excited to volunteer this year
with Eagle Mount, Habitat for Humanity, and raise money for Special Olympics Montana
through the Polar Plunge. Brothers also enjoyed many brotherhood activities throughout
the year, such as rafting the Yellowstone River, paintball, and swing dancing to only
name a few. The chapter is anxiously waiting for another great year to start!
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