Dartmouth SigEp Alumni Corporation Elects New Members, Amends Bylaws
Hanover, NH – The Sigma Phi Epsilon New Hampshire Alpha Alumni and Volunteer Corporation (AVC) held its Annual Meeting during Dartmouth Homecoming on Saturday. Newly elected to the board were Rick MacMillan ’66 and Sean Anthony ’06, and re-elected was Dodd Griffith ’87. The members also approved amendments to the corporation’s bylaws clarifying “due notice” procedures and officer positions, and recognized the retirement of Associate Treasurer Bob Field ’43 with the “Distinguished Service Award,” for his service to the fraternity. Finally, AVC President Herb Philpott announced the appointment of Josh Hamilton (Tuck ’16) as the Balanced Man Steward of the chapter.
The AVC Board develops strategic long-range plans for the NH Alpha AVC, a not-for-profit organization incorporated in New Hampshire. The NH Alpha AVC owns, manages, and maintains the Chapter facilities at 11 Webster Avenue, and fosters an active relationship with the Chapter and its alumni. The board members provide continuity and stability to the chapter by mentoring, advising, and providing positive role models for the chapter. They recruit and educate new volunteers, and manage the business of the corporation.
“We now have a nine-member board, with each member serving staggered three-year terms,” explained AVC President Philpott. “This ensures the continuity of support for the chapter, while preventing burn-out and entrenchment.” Lieutenant District Governor Chris Lynch (Northeastern University, MA Eta ’04) noted, “New Hampshire Alpha has a board that could run a Fortune 500 company.”
Rick MacMillan ’66 was elected to fill the seat vacated by the retiring Bob Field ’43. Rick is a senior financial executive with over 30 years of financial management experience. A graduate of Dartmouth, and Tuck, and a CPA, his industry experience includes chief financial officer positions in companies engaged in electronics assembly, fabrication, machining, and textiles. Prior associations include Ernst & Whinney, Schlumberger Ltd., Aerojet-General, Troy Mills, Inc., Colt’s Manufacturing, and Joann Fabrics Corp. He is currently an adjunct professor of accounting at River Valley Community College in Keene, NH. He has served as Class Secretary, Alumni Fund Class Co-Chair, and as Dartmouth Club president for Northern New Jersey, and later Southwest New Hampshire. He is currently the northern New England representative on the Dartmouth Alumni Council, where he is vice-chair of the Honorary Degrees Committee.
Sean Anthony ’06, was elected to a newly created board seat, hails from Canandaigua, NY, and served twice as Chaplain and Scholarship Chair while in the chapter. Sean was selected for SigEp's Tragos Quest to Greece and played varsity lacrosse all four years while at Dartmouth. After graduation Sean went to work for SigEp's Headquarters staff spending his first year as a Regional Director in the Pacific Northwest and an additional two and half years in Richmond, VA as SigEp's Director of Chapter Services and Sr. Director of Chapter Services. Sean left SigEp in 2010 for Columbus, Ohio where he is now a Corporate Recruiter for Abercrombie & Fitch. Sean manages a large part of A&F's international recruiting while also serving on the board of the Dartmouth Club of Central Ohio as well as serving as the Recruitment Mentor for the SigEp chapter at The Ohio State University. Sean is currently serving as a NH Alpha volunteer chairing the Buchanan Cup Application Working Group.
AVC President Herb Philpott also announced the appointment by the SigEp District Governor of a Balanced Man Steward for NH Alpha. Josh Hamilton, a native southern Californian, joined SigEp in 2006 at the California Beta Beta chapter of the University of San Diego. He attended the Sigma Phi Epsilon Ruck Leadership Institute in 2007 and the Tragos Quest to Greece in 2008, and in 2009, Josh received the J. Edward Zollinger Outstanding Senior Award. Following graduation, he worked for Evans Hotels, a private hotel company--owned by Tuck alumni, Grace Cherashore T’81 and David Cherashore T’80--in business development. From 2010-2013, he served on Cal Beta Beta’s AVC as the recruitment mentor. Josh is an Eagle Scout and avid outdoorsman, and is currently in the MBA program at Tuck.
“I’m honored to serve with such a distinguished Board and so many dedicated volunteers,” Philpott said. “And it’s a privilege to work with the current undergraduates. The SigEp ExComm and brotherhood is working hard to uphold the vision of our founders that, ‘This fraternity will be different.’”
The Dartmouth SigEp Chapter enters its second century of existence on strong footing. Combining the best and biggest facility, the highest GPA, and one of the largest memberships on campus, Dartmouth SigEps have good reason to be proud of their chapter. In 2013, SigEp won the Dartmouth Greek Letter Organizations & Societies (GLOS) O’Connor Cup for overall excellence, the Service and Philanthropy Award, and the Scholarship Award for the highest fraternity GPA.
27 New Members Join SigEp
The 2013 Rush at Dartmouth was a three-day process which began on September 28th and concluded on September 30th. A total of 350 bids were accepted as sophomores made their fraternity choices.
SigEp’s Fall 2013 Rush numbers:
59 shake outs
31 bids offered
27 bids accepted
This means that just under half of the PNM’s who demonstrated interest in joining SigEp eventually became members. Over 90% of those offered a bid by SigEp went on to accept the bid.
Although 28 new members is a solid result, SigEp finished in the middle of the pack. Five fraternities landed between 32 and 35 new members. SigEp is looking forward to adding additional members during the smaller Winter Rush event when students who were off campus during their Sophomore Fall term become eligible to join fraternities.
Rush Chairs John D’Antonio ‘14 and Cameron Hunter ‘15 provided quotes from two new members who shared their feelings about why they joined SigEp. Sean Howe '16 said “I felt like at SigEp I had a chance to embrace my personality and be celebrated by the brotherhood as opposed to conforming to fit the mold of another house. At SigEp, the brothers make the house whereas at other places I think the house makes the brothers.”
For Osamu Fukuyama '16 it was the impression made on him by one of the SigEp brothers. "The main reason why I rushed SigEp was the brothers. I met Cecil Qiu during First-year trips and have been fortunate to have gotten to know him over the past year. He is someone I truly look up to, not just because of his established reputation within the Dartmouth community, but because he's a positive example to those around him. Every SigEp brother that I've met embodies the same qualities I admire about Cecil. I wanted to have the opportunity to surround myself with these great guys, and grow by bettering myself as well as those around me."
The AVC and the SigEp brotherhood extend a warm welcome to our newest members.
Sophomores Say Thanks
Our Sophomore Summer has come to a close, and it has been a fantastic experience. This was the first chance that most of the 2015 class was able to live inside the house, and having a great new house has aided in making living amongst brothers an unforgettable and wonderful experience. We cannot thank those who contributed to its building enough. Having central A/C during the summer has certainly made our house an envy of other fraternity, sororities, and dormitories on campus.
This summer, our brothers have kept busy doing a number of different activities. To start, at the beginning of the summer, SigEp participated in and won the campus-wide, charity dodge-ball tournament.
We also made frequent trips to the river and other swimming locations, held a number of BBQs with different sororities and fraternities, and enjoyed skeet shooting with the ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Brothers have also gone golfing, bowling, played in intramural sports, and really taken advantage of the summer weather.
Near the middle of the term, our chapter was able to raise well over $3000 for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and all brothers participated in the Prouty fund-raiser.
To top it off, we held a parent's weekend BBQ where our parents were able to see our fraternity, and an informal dinner with new President of Dartmouth College, Phil Hanlon, his wife Gail Gentes, and the sisters of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
For those interested, in his brief time here, President Hanlon has really shown an interest in listening to students. He's walked across the street a number of times to talk to brothers, and he's been gathering student opinions from all over campus. We're excited to have a Dartmouth alumnus as President of our College.
I'll mention one last time that living in the house has been an incredible opportunity. Sophomore Summer continues to be a great bonding experience for each and every class of brothers that passes through. We're gearing up for rush in the fall, and are excited to see many alumni come back in a few months for homecoming. Please always feel free to reach out to me or our 2013-2014 Alumni Chair, Sebastian Deluca '14, if you have any questions or plan on making a trip up to Dartmouth!
Joe Loftus '15
NH Alpha Wins Scholarship and Chapter House Awards
Hanover, NH, 2/16/2013 – Dartmouth College’s Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter (NH Alpha) won District awards for scholarship and its new chapter house at the Carlson Leadership Academy in Stamford, CT, a regional training event run by the National Fraternity each February. Story continues in the News section...
SigEp Needs Your Help!
"Excellence is at the margins," says Annual Fund Chairman, Mike Chapman '76, quoting an old Thayer School mantra. Your contribution provides operating fund to maintain and improve the Chapter House, enrich the undergraduate leadership program, and support SigEp alumni events during Homecoming and Reunions.
The new Chapter House was built thanks to the generous donations of only about 7% of our living alumni. Their names are listed on a beautiful bronze plaque in the Balanced Man entryway.
Still, we carry a large mortgage and the expenses for maintaining and cleaning the facility have been higher than forecast before construction began. We asking ALL our alumni, young and old, to consider making a donation to the SigEp Annual Fund. We very much appreciate any amount you are able to give. We promise your money will be spent wisely.
Dartmouth Homecoming 2012
It may not have gone so well for the football team, but SigEps had a great time during Homecoming 2012. Dartmouth Trustee, parent of a '16, and SigEp '78 Rick Kimball came to the Alumni Reception on Friday and enjoyed the hospitality of the AVC Board and undergrads. The Board of Trustees were honored to have Tucker Foundation Dean Richard Crocker visit and held an informative meeting on Saturday attended by 30 people. And former Grand President Bruce Hasenkamp '60 enjoyed his visit to the House on Sunday.
The SigEp NH Alpha AVC Board of Trustees in action on 10/27/2012 with some of the guests and spectators.
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