Founded: December 6, 1845
Nickname: Alph Sigs Colors: Cardinal and Stone Symbol: Phoenix Open Motto: To Better the Man
In the spring of 1994, Alpha Sigma Phi Expansion Director Todd D. Harris and Alpha Sigma Phi Director of Chapter Relations Glen Olsen came to Grand Valley State University to recruit men for a new chapter. These men were seeking gentleman who were actively involved on campus and in the community, in organizations other that Greek Life. Eighteen men were recruited into the interest group on April 17, 1994. Jon Heyboer was named President of the group and the mission statement of Building a Diverse Brotherhood through Leadership, Service, and Scholarship was quickly developed.
The chapter at Grand Valley was founded upon the values of Charity, Patriotism, Purity, Honor and Silence, and seeks to Better the Man as defined by its open motto. Through the chapters commitment to excellence, sound determination, and strong brotherhood, the members of Alpha Sigma Phi have not only bettered themselves and their chapter, but their community as well. The gentleman of Alpha Sigma Phi, in total, donate more that 300 hours of community service a semester to the campus and adjacent community, as well as educate and promote awareness about their philanthropy and other causes on campus. Members in the chapter are actively involved in both Greek Life and other organizations on campus and constantly seek to help others and demonstrate the values they live by.
To this day, the brothers of Alpha Sigma Phi strive to be leaders on and off campus. The members actively volunteer their time and commitment to their philanthropy, Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that helps to train leader dogs to assist the blind and disabled. Through the years the chapter has helped to raise more than $75,000 for this cause. The chapter also actively participates in Intramural Sports throughout the semester, various brotherhood retreats, and the famous Bike Trip for CCI in which the brothers take an 8 day Bike Trip around Lake Michigan and present CCI with their donation in Chicago.
New Members are also actively involved and required to attend the Ralph F. Burns Leadership Institute in January, one of the nations premiere leadership institutes. Through this weekend course, brothers meet other AlphSigs from around the nation and learn the tools necessary to grow as brothers, gentleman, and leaders of tomorrow. The chapter is looking to continuously improve and make a lasting mark at Grand Valley State University.
More information regarding the Delta Phi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi can be found at the chapters website: http://alphasigmaphi.org/grand-valley-state-university
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