PARENTS GUIDE


 

To Prospective Members and Parents,

            Phi Kappa Sigma-Sigma Chapter provides a unique experience that encompasses all of the great opportunities that you can seize at the University of Texas. First and foremost, our chapter is built on the basis of brotherhood. A chapter of our size allows all members to get to know each other on an interpersonal level, developing life-long relationships that will carry-on with you after your time here at the university. In a chapter of this size, one has the opportunity to advance himself into numerous officer positions, quickly exposing themselves to structure, organization, and real-life leadership experience. Phi Kappa Sigma takes great pride in giving back to our community hosting different philanthropy events that benefit different non-profits such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the B+ Foundation.

            Phi Kappa Sigma is a chapter that understands that school comes first. By implementing a GPA requirement, mandatory study hours, and full-time “Scholarship League”, the chapter tries its best to ensure that our men are ready for whatever academic challenges we may face. An emphasis on scholarship has produced numerous successful alumni who are ready to mentor and be used as resources for our current members.

            At a university of this size, it is important to find your niche, and Phi Kappa Sigma can provide just that. Joining this fraternity, I found myself improving in many different aspects. I’ve obtained leadership experience, expanded my social/professional network, and have improved my time management (the key to success in college). Us men at Phi Kappa Sigma do not see this fraternity as an end, but rather a stepping stone to prepare ourselves for real world scenarios. I look forward to meeting all of our new members and seeing you become a Texas Phi Kap.

Roll Sigma,

Jacob Rey | Texas Phi Kappa Sigma President


A LETTER TO PARENTS

My understanding is you have a son that is likely to go though fraternity rush in the next few months.

I am now 74 and was experiencing that decision some 56 years ago. I came from a small West Texas Town.  My father said,  I don’t care where you go to college, but I will pay your way to the University of Texas for 4 years. Dad had gotten a journalism degree from UT and then became a lawyer through LaSalle University while convalescing in a VA Waco hospital during WWII. 

Dad was not a fraternity man and he wasn’t sure that a fraternity was necessary for a proper college experience.  Neither was I but I had a neighbor that told me a few stories about Phi Kappa Sigma at Texas. He was 2 years older than I and I still have lunch with him every Wednesday.  The Phi Kap motto in 1850 was that we are Men of Honor.  It still is.  Fully 80% of my best friends are fraternity brothers.   I could never ever assembled such a high powered bunch if was a lone student at UT.            

A popular myth is that fraternities are party organizations for children of wealthy parents.  My fraternity experience contradicts that myth.  We were small then and we are still small today.  We enjoyed ourselves responsibly.  There seems to be 2 advantages to smaller fraternity; you know all members well, (brotherhood)  and you can tackle leadership rolls more quickly.  I was president of our chapter then and am now president of the Sigma Alumni Corporation (SAC).  It isn’t easy to find leadership roles when you are 74.  I enjoy working with the current membership and am still close to those brothers I have known over the years.  I feel blessed.  SAC owns our fraternity house.  Keeping it properly occupied and maintained is a challenge for both the current members and SAC.  Our reward is to interact with the members and they in turn are rewarded by learning how to run an organization. 

I loved my time at UT and I loved being a member of Phi Kappa Sigma.  My college years were the best years of my life.  When it comes to visiting fraternities at UT,  selecting Phi Kappa Sigma should be one of those selections.   Your son will not be disappointed. 

Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sincerely, 

Tom L. White, Jr

President

Sigma Alumni Corporation


We are sure that you have questions, and we’re happy to answer them! Below are some of the common questions that we hear most frequently from interested parents; feel free to contact us to discuss anything that isn’t addressed below – our headquarters staff and volunteers would love to speak with you further.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Over 70% of students who join a Greek organization graduate, compared to less than 50% of all non-Greek students.
  • Less than 2% of an average college student’s expenses go towards Greek membership dues.
  • Over 80% of campus student leaders are Greek.
  • Phi Kappa Sigma members perform over 20,000 hours of volunteer service annually.
  • Over $7 million of philanthropic fundraising is raised each year by Greeks nationally.
  • The Greek system is the largest network of volunteers in the US, donating over 10 million hours of service each year.
  • There are approximately 9 million Greek members in the US today.

WHAT DOES PHI KAP OFFER MY SON?

Membership in Phi Kappa Sigma comes with a number of benefits: a strong academic support network to help with the adjustment to a new environment, the development of leadership and communication skills by working closely to run a non-profit organization, increased philanthropic involvement in the campus and local communities, networking opportunities with a large alumni base, and a well-rounded social experience.

HOW WILL PHI KAPPA SIGMA IMPACT MY SON'S ACADEMICS?

The new member education program is designed to help your son manage the transition to a collegiate environment. While there is an added time commitment any time your son joins an organization, Phi Kappa Sigma focuses on helping new members manage their time effectively through training workshops, oversight of each new member’s academic schedule, study groups, mentoring from upperclassmen, one-on-one tutoring, recognition programs to celebrate accomplishments, and more.

While there are plenty of campus resources available to help every student achieve academic success, each local Chapter has a vested interest in making sure each of its members maximizes their academic potential. Our Chapters can only operate if its members are in good standing in school, and that starts with structuring the academic support to help our members reach their full potential.

IS BEING A MEMBER OF PHI KAP EXPENSIVE?

Less than 2% of an average college student’s expenses go towards Greek membership dues.

Members are responsible for a few one-time fees from the international organization during the first year upon joining the organization; most recurring expenses are defined at the local level. Each local Chapter sets its own yearly budget, which subsequently sets the cost of dues that all members contribute.

The vast majority of our members actually save money by joining Phi Kappa Sigma, by taking advantage of lower costs of housing, parking, meals, sharing resources (such as textbooks), and more.

WHAT OVERSIGHT DOES EACH LOCAL CHAPTER HAVE?

While each Chapter has its own set of local by-laws that they have drafted themselves, all Chapters are governed by the national Constitution & Acts of Phi Kappa Sigma, which have been drafted and refined by the Executive Board and the democratic process of the national convention. Chapters elect members to officer positions that oversee the daily operations of the local Chapter.

At the local level, each Chapter has an Advisor, and most Chapters have an Advisory Board, which provide alumni oversight on a local basis. Additionally, most campuses have a Greek Advisor, which is a campus staff position responsible for the Greek community on that specific campus.

At the national level, all Chapters are supported by the International Headquarters team, which are full-time staff positions, and the democratically elected Executive Board, which are volunteers.

WHAT IS PHI KAPPA SIGMA'S STANCE ON HAZING?

Phi Kappa Sigma has a zero-tolerance hazing policy; the new member development program is designed to promote academic excellence, leadership skills, interpersonal communication development, and involvement in the campus community. Hazing is antithetical to our values-based organization, and our members recognize that.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information please check out our national website at www.BecomeAPhiKap.org