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Thriving Through Fraternity Fraternity is for life. For many fraters, Fraternity plays the biggest part of the lives as undergraduates. I have the great opportunity to work with extraordinary young men in Sigma Alpha Mu. The Fraternity experience continues to be one where our undergraduate members learn through hands-on projects related to the management of the chapter and creating change in the community. A highlight to serving Sigma Alpha Mu as a volunteer has been to watch students grow and achieve. To me, the values of our fraternity are the values for a successful life. One of my personal highlights is to see how engaged our undergraduates are as we take the time, after our model ritual to discuss the meaning of each of the eight pillars. Our Ritual describes our eight core values. It never surprises me how these ideals are just as relevant today as they were at the time of our founding. I have had great discussions with students about how these values apply to their daily lives. The lessons learned in Fraternity are for life. The Fraternity’s values coupled with the trials of managing people, projects, and priorities of a chapter create an ideal place for students to grow. Young men rise to the challenge in the classroom and in their chapter. Daniel Puentes (FIU ‘13) is a great example of a student leader that has performed at the highlight levels of his chapter, campus and international fraternity. He was recently recognized as IFC Man of the Year and embodies the spirit of serving Sigma Alpha Mu in any way possible. Another example is Joshua Bietchman (Texas A&M ‘11) who continues to be engaged as a medical school student. This Fall we have seen a resurgence of alumni involvement on various committees and chapter advisory boards. In my second term as Supreme Prior, I see the positive change that comes from alumni that are involved and giving back. It is reinvigorating to see young alumni get involved. It also exciting to have new volunteers join alumni like Ira Rubenstein (UCSD ‘86) and John Ale (Virginia ‘73) that are finding new ways to get back involved. The Fraternity is thriving as a result of our tremendous members. I also believe that our members are thriving because of the role that Sigma Alpha Mu plays in their lives. From Supreme Prior David Sergi The lessons learned in Fraternity are for life. Pictured on the cover, members from Psi Chapter at Pittsburgh providing community service. The OCTAGONIAN ISSN 0744-6971 KELBY M. DOLAN, Editor Vol. CIII, No. 4 Winter 2016 ANDREW J. HUSTON, Executive Director The OCTAGONIAN is published quarterly in the spring, summer, fall and winter by Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, Inc. Copyright 2016 by ΣΑΜ. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A. Periodical postage paid at Indianapolis, IN, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The OCTAGONIAN, 8701 Founders Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268. All manuscripts and matter for publication should be addressed to Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, 8701 Founders Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Return of manuscripts and photographs promised, if requested. Articles published and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the editorial views of The OCTAGONIAN or of the national officers and various entities of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. 2

Thriving Through Fraternity

David Sergi

Fraternity is for life. For many fraters, Fraternity plays the biggest part of the lives as undergraduates. I have the great opportunity to work with extraordinary young men in Sigma Alpha Mu. The Fraternity experience continues to be one where our undergraduate members learn through hands-on projects related to the management of the chapter and creating change in the community. A highlight to serving Sigma Alpha Mu as a volunteer has been to watch students grow and achieve.

To me, the values of our fraternity are the values for a successful life. One of my personal highlights is to see how engaged our undergraduates are as we take the time, after our model ritual to discuss the meaning of each of the eight pillars. Our Ritual describes our eight core values. It never surprises me how these ideals are just as relevant today as they were at the time of our founding. I have had great discussions with students about how these values apply to their daily lives.

The lessons learned in Fraternity are for life. The Fraternity’s values coupled with the trials of managing people, projects, and priorities of a chapter create an ideal place for students to grow. Young men rise to the challenge in the classroom and in their chapter. Daniel Puentes (FIU ‘13) is a great example of a student leader that has performed at the highlight levels of his chapter, campus and international fraternity. He was recently recognized as IFC Man of the Year and embodies the spirit of serving Sigma Alpha Mu in any way possible. Another example is Joshua Bietchman (Texas A&M ‘11) who continues to be engaged as a medical school student. This Fall we have seen a resurgence of alumni involvement on various committees and chapter advisory boards.

In my second term as Supreme Prior, I see the positive change that comes from alumni that are involved and giving back. It is reinvigorating to see young alumni get involved. It also exciting to have new volunteers join alumni like Ira Rubenstein (UCSD ‘86) and John Ale (Virginia ‘73) that are finding new ways to get back involved.

The Fraternity is thriving as a result of our tremendous members. I also believe that our members are thriving because of the role that Sigma Alpha Mu plays in their lives.

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