RI Beta’s Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon home at 17 Fraternity Circle.
The University of Rhode Island’s Beta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon welcomes you to their official website. This site has been designed to help benefit our members, potential members, alumni, and family/friends of Rhode Island Beta as an informative resource. The website will provide you with an array of information ranging from upcoming chapter events to the insight into the lives of chapter alumni and undergraduates.
As the status of URI SigEp is always under development and updated frequently, so is the website. Therefore, please email us at email@example.com with any questions, critiques, or input. Collectively as a brotherhood, we hope to make this site better and easier to utilize in the future.
About Sigma Phi Epsilon RI Beta 2014-2015
Striving for excellence has always been a staple of the Sigma Phi Epsilon creed. In fact, building balanced men is the brick and mortar that is holding up the groundwork to our Fraternity. Without an atmosphere of excellence instilled within our brotherhood, we are a building with no foundation.
This year in particular, has been essential to reflecting the always increasing potential of Sigma Phi Epsilon. The fraternity’s increasing fraternal relations, rising community outreach, dedication to philanthropy, distribution of leadership within/outside the Greek community, and unmatched GPA are all paramount to what makes Sigma Phi Epsilon so successful.
In an act to counter the rising negative connotations associated with Greek Life, Sigma Phi Epsilon recently took part in the “Standup” campaign. The fraternity felt it was obligated to address the growing epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses and took a pledge to standup against it. In terms of community outreach, the fraternity set out to exemplify the often-ignored positive aspects of Greek Life. By publicly standing up against sexual assault, Sigma Phi Epsilon was fulfilling the aspirations first established by founding father Carter Ashton Jenkins. The hope that “this fraternity will be different”.
Aside from the great strides made towards community outreach, Sigma Phi Epsilon has also ameliorated its dedication towards philanthropy. With 300 planned service hours in the second semester alone, we are moving towards the highest number on campus. In order to reach that goal, the fraternity has planned numerous community service events such as Water Place Park clean up, Fargnoli Park clean up, and a charity walk intended to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis.
However philanthropy doesn’t stop at community service, it encompasses fundraising as well. Events such as our annual Halloween Party, Shave a SigEp, and cornhole toss have helped us raise around $1,600 for Big Brothers Big Sisters RI (our flagship charity) and $1,500 for Habitat for Humanity. With a total estimate of around $3,100 raised for those in need.
Sigma Phi Epsilon also prides itself on the quality of its brotherhood. In the past year brothers have held a myriad of positions including campus tour guides, President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Greek 101 Mentors, Memorial Union Building Manager, member of the National Honors Society, Student Nurses Association, URI EMS, Student Entertainment Committee, Project Manager for North Shore Architectural Stone, and Vice President of IFC.
Along with excelling at holding leadership positions on and off campus, members of Sigma Phi Epsilon are also being recognized nationally. The current president of the fraternity Frank DiPalma, has been a Tragos Quest to Greece finalist, where around 20 brothers from around the country are meticulously selected to take part in a 10-day journey through Greece. Furthermore, brother Robert Williamson-Noble has been nationally selected to participate in the Ruck Leadership Institute where the Fraternity’s best and brightest gather in Virginia over the summer for a program focused on personal leadership skills and the Balanced Man Ideal.
This year, the fraternity was fortunate enough to be recognized as being the most academically apt one on campus. Sigma Phi Epsilon achieved the highest fraternal GPA on campus with a new personal record of 3.04 and had the 5th highest GPA in all of URI Greek Life.
However, Sigma Phi Epsilon is not settling for 5th. Like stated before, “striving for excellence has always been a staple of the Sigma Phi Epsilon creed” and due to this the fraternity is taking steps to increase its academic standings in the future. By having an average GPA of 3.52, the Executive Board hopes to lead by example and by having an incoming class with an average GPA of 3.4, Sigma Phi Epsilon is making strategic decisions to dominate the future academic playing field.
Sigma Phi Epsilon understands that it is not a perfect fraternity, and never will be. However, it’s the institutional strive for perfection that keeps the brotherhood hungry for excellence. As the individual brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon work to become balanced men, they collectively revolutionize what it means to be a SigEp.
Gregory R. Husta V.P. of Communications
The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon RI Beta