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First Theme House at Clarkson University Dedicated by Sigma Chi Fraternity
On Saturday, the Iota Zeta Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Clarkson University dedicated its new house on the University's hill campus.
Attending the dedication were more than 170 student and alumni brothers of the Iota Zeta Chapter, as well as faculty, staff, parents and friends. The dedication coincided with Sigma Chi’s 25th anniversary as a recognized fraternity at Clarkson.
The program included remarks from Ryan Rosiek ’04, Iota Zeta House Corporation president; Bryan Davidson ’13, undergraduate chapter president; Kevin Lobdell ’06, fundraising chair; Kevin Cunningham ’90, design chair; Clarkson President Tony Collins; and Rev. Garry Giroux, who offered a blessing for the house.
Thanks to the generous support of their alumni, the Iota Zeta Chapter has surpassed its fundraising goal of $200,000 by raising $249,000 to date. The funds are being used for upgrades and enhancements to the new chapter house.
"Our Clarkson values are the framework for a common experience that shapes the growth of every Clarkson student," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "The Sigma Chi Fraternity will be our first student organization to share this new on-campus living-learning environment, which will promote values like teamwork, caring, growth and a sense of service to our greater community. Values such as these have proven highly effective in developing the leadership and teamwork skills that give our graduates an edge."
Clarkson's master plan maximizes its scenic river- and forest-side location. One of its most exciting aspects for students is the creation of new houses to serve Greek organizations and other shared-interest groups. These new theme houses will offer living and gathering space for 20-22 individuals with shared interests.
Working with students and alumni representing fraternities, sororities and special interest groups, Clarkson developed site plans and is building new University-owned housing to accommodate members of designated organizations.
Construction is taking place just west of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing building with the first two of the houses scheduled to open in the fall. Sigma Chi and Sigma Delta fraternities will be the first two groups to move onto campus in the theme housing. They will be followed by Sigma Phi Epsilon.
The Iota Zeta Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity was chartered at Clarkson University on April 17, 1988, and has initiated 460 members won 16 Peterson Significant Chapter Awards, since inception. The Peterson award, sponsored annually by the national Sigma Chi Foundation, is the highest honor that the fraternity bestows upon an undergraduate chapter
Sigma Chi International Fraternity was founded in 1855 at Miami University (Ohio) and has more than 240 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.
Photo caption: The Iota Zeta Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Clarkson University dedicates its new house on the University's hill campus. Attending the dedication were more than 170 student and alumni brothers of the Iota Zeta Chapter, as well as faculty, staff, parents and friends. The dedication coincided with Sigma Chi’s 25th anniversary as a recognized fraternity at Clarkson.
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