A new chapter joins the ranks of CNU’s honor fraternities
“This fraternity is giving me the chance to build new relationships on campus and to find a whole new family of brotherhood,” said Dana Fulcher, a new member of CNU’s newest Greek organization, Phi Sigma Pi.
Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity has recently expanded to Christopher Newport University. The organization established its newest chapter, Eta Pi, with 29 members inducted on campus on Dec. 2, 2018.
Phi Sigma Pi is quite unlike many other Greek life organizations on campus, standing out among them due to their commitment to inclusivity displayed in several ways.It is not primarily a social fraternity, nor just a service-based organization, nor a group where those who belong to a certain major can come together.
Phi Sigma Pi blends all of these ideals into one inclusive and incredible organization that offers various social, academic, leadership and service opportunities for members.
“Phi Sigma Pi is a major and gender inclusive organization,” said Jessica Iarocci, the Director of Expansion for Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. “There are a lot of organizations where you have to be a certain major to join. We welcome students from all over campus.”
The only requirements for membership are a 3.0 GPA, a minimum of 12 completed credit hours, and not being in your very first or last semester of college.
Iarocci believes that upholding these indiscriminate ideals for membership help Phi Sigma Pi to create a “real-world experience” in which students can learn and grow alongside other individuals with whom they may not otherwise have many similarities. This allows for the fraternity to reach a large number of students from various walks of life.
“When you leave college, you’re not always going to be with those who were the same major as you,” Iarocci said. “We thought that by coming to CNU, [our fraternity] would provide a little bit of [that] different experience.”
Phi Sigma Pi functions as a social, leadership, and service organization. Their three main objectives, scholarship, fellowship and leadership, make up the fraternity’s concept of the Tripod, which “create[s] well-rounded students” who excel in all areas, as is the goal of Iarocci and Phi Sigma Pi as a whole.
“Phi Sigma Pi will be a place of unity for many Captains as we all value scholarship, fellowship, and leadership,” said Samantha Raines, a new member inducted at CNU this year.
Every year, Phi Sigma Pi hosts a national convention in which members from all over the United States come together to for a few days centered around the three goals for the fraternity through the Tripod. The fraternity also hosts the Phi Sigma Pi Leadership Academy, which provides opportunities for leadership development in various aspects.
The fraternity’s national philanthropy is the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, also known as HOBY, which helps teach leadership skills to youth and provide opportunities for real-world application.
Additionally, every chapter of Phi Sigma Pi selects a local charity for further philanthropy, such as Dance Marathon or Relay for Life. This choice makes service opportunities feel more personal and closer to home, and it enables members to realy see the impact of their service to those around them who are benefited by it. “It feels different when you volunteer in your own community,” Iarocci said.
Phi Sigma Pi is a welcome addition to the Greek life opportunities available at CNU and the new chapter is excited to see what comes next for them. Inductee Bianca Brinceanu said, “Leaving a legacy involves multiple motivated individuals coming together to make a difference and pave the way for future generations. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us!”