In honor of National Volunteer week, we’re celebrating the service of Alumni Members who are making an impact on the Brotherhood. Each day, an Alumni Member will share details about their current involvement with the Fraternity and shed light on how to stay involved after graduation.
Jonathan Graves, Kappa Chapter ’05, shares his involvement as the Chapter Advisor of the Beta Omicron Chapter at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
What is the most rewarding part of being Beta Omicron’s Chapter Advisor?
The most rewarding part of being Chapter Advisor, is watching young people grow in the ideals of scholarship, leadership and fellowship. The lessons our Members learn from collaborating together and accomplishing service within the community are invaluable. I feel blessed to be a part of the journey and a resource they can lean on to accomplish their goals.
Tips on Staying Involved with Phi Sigma Pi after Graduation?
Make a point to reflect on The Ritual and all the things we hold sacred as Members. Let these truths remain an integral part of your life. In this way, you’ll always be involved as a Member and making a difference in this world. Also, attend local and national Alumni events. Donate your time and talents back to your Chapter and it will continue to be a rewarding experience.
What is your favorite Phi Sigma Pi memory?
My favorite event was a fundraiser that the Kappa Chapter did at Christian’s Winery. Members spent the day picking grapes off the vines, laughing and joking with each other. Our Chapter was paid per bushel of grapes that were picked. At the end of the day we donated all the money we earned to a local charity. It was the simple events that brought us together in the spirit of community service that meant so much to me.
Why do you love Phi Sigma Pi?
Wearing the letters of Phi Sigma Pi is something that you have to earn every day and I love when someone asks me what they mean. To me they mean a commitment to something bigger than yourself. I know that I can accomplish a lot on my own, but when I’m surrounded by fellow Members, I know that the possibilities are endless.
Thank you all of our Collegiate Chapter Advisors and Alumni Advisors. We greatly appreciate you sharing your precious time, talents, and experiences to guide and mentor our Members.