NEWS

 

Sigma Pi Graduates Five

[5.4.02 LIVINGSTON]  Seven brothers from Theta Gamma graduated from UWA on Saturday.  Participating in Commencement were Rob Dial (Q), who received his degree in Computer Information Systems, Jeffrey Dubuisson (M), in Psychology, Scott Gray (z, A), in Environmental Science, Anthony Mock (z, A), in Industrial Technology, and Jeff Moody (Z), in Education.  Dubuisson will continue on as an active as he will complete his M.S.C.E. in Counseling at the UWA School of Graduate Studies.  Theta Gamma bids farewell to the departing four and also to two brothers who will be transferring.  Brother Clint Toney (L) will be moving to Huntsville and Brother Geiger (K) will be moving to Mobile, as he is transferring to the University of South Alabama.  Best of luck guys in your endeavors!

New Executive Council Installed, Burkett Initiated

[4.12.02 LIVINGSTON]  Jason Till took over the reins of Theta Gamma Friday as he was installed as the fifth sage in chapter history.  Installed alongside Till was new Second Counselor David Laster, Doug Deaton as Third, Scott Hutton as Fourth, Kevin Thirsk as First, and Doug Nunley as Herald.  Also, the long awaited initiation of Michael Burkett commenced Friday, as brothers were on hand to see Theta Gamma's sixty-first initiate cross over. 

Brother Jason Till Named Mr. UWA, Michael Burkett Receives Pi Kappa Phi Honor

[4.4.02 LIVINGSTON]  University officials met this week to select its annual "Mr. & Miss University of West Alabama" for the 2001-02 school year.  Brother Jason Till was named as the 2002 Mr. UWA.  Also, at the 2002 Greek Banquet Awards Presentation, the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity handed out its annual Lynn Smith Sportsmanship Award to recognize outstanding sportsmanship among UWA athletes.  Sigma Pi and UWA offensive lineman Michael Burkett was chosen as this year's recipient for his contributions to Tiger Football and to the University itself.

Sigma Pi Takes Yet Another James P. Homer Award, GPA Title, & Intramural Cup

[4.4.02 LIVINGSTON]  For the third consecutive year, Sigma Pi at UWA has been awarded with the James P. Homer Award, given to the best overall Greek organization.  The award capped off the evening at the 2002 Greek Banquet, where the Chapter took home three awards.  The chapter earned the Highest GPA Award for the fourth time in six years.  Theta Gamma also captured the Intramural Cup.  This marks not only the fifth straight year in the top two in that category, but the second straight first-place finish (the chapter also won the cup in '97-'98).  Sweetening the night's awards ceremony was the coveted Homer.  Sigma Pi was recognized as UWA's best Greek organization once again.  The Homer reflects all of the hard work through the school year of the brothers and serves as a sweet reward to the chapter's efforts to fulfill its mission of being the premier fraternity at UWA and of raising up men of character on this campus.

2002-03 Officers Elected

[3.17.02 LIVINGSTON]  Theta Gamma selected its leaders for the upcoming year.  Current Second Counselor Jason Till (Z, '03) will become the fifth sage at the installation later this semester.  Congratulations guys!

Sage - Jason Till
Second Counselor -
David Laster
Third Counselor -
Doug Deaton
Fourth Counselor -
Scott Hutton
First Counselor -
Kevin Thirsk
Herald -
Doug Nunley

Sigma Pi Celebrates Six Years at UWA at Orchid Ball 2002

[2.23.02 BIRMINGHAM]  The Chapter held it annual Orchid Ball Saturday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham.  Brothers and Alumni were on hand to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Sigma Pi at UWA, which began on February 21, 1996.  Also included in the night's festivities were the presentation of the annual chapter awards.  Second Counselor Jason Till was awarded with the Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes the highest GPA.  The Joseph Schell Award, formally known as the I Believe Award, was awarded to Fourth Counselor Wes Morrow.  Brandon Arrigo received the Pledge of the Year Award.  The 2001-02 Alumnus of the Year Award went to Past Sage Matthew Ford ('00).  On hand to receive the award on behalf of Past Sage Ford was previous Alumnus of the Year Award recipient, Past Sage Joseph Schell.  The Brother of the Year Award went to Brother Anthony Mock.  Orchid Ball also served as the Founders' Day Celebration for Sigma Pi, International, which is celebrating 105 years on February 26.  Brothers and dates capped off the evening and danced well into the night.  Over eighty people were present for the celebration, making Orchid Ball 2002 the most successful ever.

Initiate Class Nu Sees Theta Gamma's 60th Brother 

[2.1.02 LIVINGSTON]  Theta Gamma welcomed three new brothers into the chapter on Friday.  Martin Bailey from Demopolis, Thomas Cooley from Vinegar Bend, and Jeff Dubuisson from Meridian were initiated, making Dubuisson QG's 60th brother.  Congratulations to the new brothers!

Spring Pledging 

[2.1.02 LIVINGSTON]  Last week three new men entered Sigma Pi's fold.  Brian Andrews, Michael Burkett, and Tommy Busby formally pledged Sigma Pi.


Pledge Brother Michael Burkett with U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R., AL, DC) who recently visited UWA's campus and met with student, faculty, and community leaders.

Sigma Pi Graduates Three 

[12.15.01 LIVINGSTON] Theta Gamma bid farewell to three brothers, John McLemore, Kyle Tucker, and Chris Watkins, who graduated Saturday. McLemore (colony z class, initiate class G), who was chairman of numerous committees in QG, as well as head cheerleader at UWA, received his B.A. in Physical Education and will be returning to his hometown of Alabaster. Tucker (Z class), who served as chairman of several committees in QG, earned his B.B.A. in Business Management and is living in Birmingham. Watkins (colony z, A class), who completed his B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems in August, now resides in Pelham. Watkins served as Herald, as well as various committee chairs for QG. The Chapter also said goodbye to Brother Michael Greene (H), who is in the process of transferring to an as yet undisclosed institution, in pursuit of a degree in the communication arts field. Greene served as Fourth Counselor, as well as SGA Secretary at UWA. He now resides in Birmingham. Also participating in Fall Commencement was Past Sage Matthew Ford (a, A), who completed his Master's program in History this fall. Congratulations guys! 

Fall Philanthropy Continues 

[11.16.01 LIVINGSTON] Theta Gamma conducted its annual Thanksgiving food drive this week, collecting a record amount [chapter record] of canned food for the needy.  Brothers went door to door, collecting canned food items that will be distributed to needy families for the holidays.  The Chapter works in conjunction with Livingston First Baptist Church and the Sumter County DHR, who will aid in the distribution of the food.  Brothers also held an emergency fundraiser for two UWA students whose apartment was destroyed in a fire on Nov. 15.  Earlier this month, Sigma Pi came in 2nd place in the annual "Mountain of Cans" contest.  As in years past, the prize money will be put toward other philanthropies like Toys for Tots.

Theta Gamma Initiates Ten

[11.2.01 LIVINGSTON] In one of its largest initiate classes ever, Theta Gamma added to its numbers with the initiation of its fall pledge class.  The new brothers are Brandon Arrigo, Josh Beech, Brad Cook, Doug Deaton, Jay Dunne, Wes Hodge, Scott Hutton, Travis Lee, Doug Nunly, and Clint Toney.  Congratulations guys!

Lani Hatcher selected as Homecoming Queen, Homecoming 2001 a Success

[10.27.01 LIVINGSTON]  Earlier this week at Serendipity, UWA announced its 2001 Homecoming Court, revealing that Sigma Pi Sweetheart Lani Dixon-Hatcher was voted Homecoming Queen.  The chapter enjoyed a successful Homecoming as alumni from all over were on hand to join in both the day and night festivities.  The week's hard work paid off on Saturday, as the Sigma Pi float captured first place in the float competition.  The victory was the second first place finish in Sigma Pi's short history of participation in the event.  In fact, Sigma Pi has placed in the top three every year since 1998.

This year's float, "Really Big Show," featured Theta Gamma's own Doug Nunly as Ed Sullivan.  Onlookers and judges watched the Ed Sullivan Show on the oversized Zenith television set, which went along with the theme of "Remembering the 50's."  History buffs might recall the last first place float, "Welcome Back, Kotter," in 1998, featuring the Sweathogs and Grant Goldenkotter, III.  Other medal winners include the "British Invasion" in 1999 (2nd) and "Spank the Braves" in 2000 (3rd).  Honorable mention goes to "That 70's Float" in 1997 as well as "Boot the Blazers" (aka: "The Old Lady in the Shoe") in 1996.  Alumni also had their annual meeting over the weekend.  Steps are being made towards becoming a recognized Alumni Club within the Grand Chapter.

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