Graduation is quickly approaching for many Brothers around the country. You may still want to be involved with Phi Sigma Pi after you get that degree, but are not sure how or where to start. We sat down with Karen Goodman, Beta Pi Chapter ’03 and Capital Alumni Chapter President, to talk about how Brothers can stay involved with Phi Sigma Pi after leaving college.
Can you share with us ways that brothers can stay involved with Phi Sigma Pi after graduation?
Sure. There are many ways to stay involved. You can stay involved with your Collegiate Chapter and support their Alumni events, maybe even serve as their Alumni Advisor like I did during graduate school. You can also help with the expansion of the Fraternity if you move to an area/know of people at a university or college where we want to expand. You can support Phi Sigma Pi by contributing financially to the Phi Sigma Pi Foundation or by joining the National Alumni Association. Lastly, and what I think is most importantly, you can join an Alumni Chapter or Alumni Association.
So what exactly is an Alumni Chapter or an Alumni Association?
Alumni Chapters and Alumni Associations are comprised of alumni who wish to continue their active fraternal experience beyond the collegiate level. These groups are based on geographic location and allow Members to continue to live the brotherhood ideals of scholarship, fellowship and leadership. Alumni Chapters are required to hold at least two formal meetings at year, abide by operating policies the Chapter sets forth in their bylaws, elect a President and at least two additional Officers, have representation at Grand Chapter and submit forms to National Headquarters. Whereas Alumni Associations create a flexible structure that enables Members to participate in activities that best fit their schedules. The group adopts bylaws and elects two officers each year.
To become a Member of either an Alumni Chapter or an Alumni Association, you need to have graduated in good standing, be in their geographic location, and pay National Alumni Association dues ($31/year).
How do Alumni Chapters and Alumni Associations work?
Similar to Collegiate Chapters, they have bylaws and a governing body; however, the positions and requirements are not as rigorous. Each Chapter or Association varies as to whether they have in person or online meetings and what the requirements are to maintain membership. The E-board and/or Committee Chairs plan events focused on scholarship, leadership and fellowship throughout the year.
Why should someone join an Alumni Chapter or an Alumni Association?
Because its fun! No, seriously, you should join to meet new Brothers and continue to live the ideals of the Fraternity. They can also be great for networking for jobs or housing, especially if you move to a new area after graduation. I know first hand what it was like to move to a brand new city. It was amazing to have a group of people I could instantly depend on, hang out with, and learn the “inside scoop” from.
How can someone join/get involved with an Alumni Chapter or Alumni Association?
There is a list of the existing organizations and their contact information on the Phi Sigma Pi website along with a lot of other Alumni Resources. If there is not one in your area, don’t fret. Many areas are looking to expand/start organizations. If you’re really a go-getter you can even contact National Office and help to start one if there’s not one in your area!