Faculty members tour Sigma Chi house, see presentation on chapter’s history

Jessica Parmalee

Wisdom, courage and integrity filled the Sigma Chi house.

The fraternity invited all members of the Kent State faculty for an open house to tell the history of the chapter and the leadership of the young men.

President Lester Lefton; Pete Goldsmith, vice president of enrollment management and student affairs; and Dean of Students Greg Jarvie were only a few of the faculty members that attended Sigma Chi’s open house.

A handful of Sigma Chi members waited eagerly on the doorstep of the Sigma Chi house on East Main Street. Among the men was chapter President John Wetmore and Secretary Brandon Dorsey.

They started to plan the event in the middle of summer and the idea went into motion about three weeks ago, Wetmore said. This is the first fraternity open house – as far as Sigma Chi knows – to invite the faculty, he said.

“Sigma Chi has done well with the house. This is a good way to learn more about the people in the fraternity,”

Goldsmith said.

Chapter members gave faculty a tour of the fraternity house. They offered food from Franklin Square Deli, which donated sandwiches for the event, Dorsey said. Members set up a room with seating, a podium and a projection screen for a presentation.

“(It’s) important for the Greek community to showcase the house and show leadership among brothers,” Jarvie said.

Around 35 members, faculty and Greek community members listen to a presentation about the Sigma Chi fraternity. Dorsey welcomed and thanked everyone for coming to the open house.

The presentation consisted of two movies that outlined a number of donations the chapter has made. Sigma Chi shared the history of the fraternity, which has been based on education and leadership since 1965. Since 1992, the chapter has donated $4.2 million to the Children Miracle Network.

“Fraternities are part of a larger community and having community support so far,” Lefton said.

The presentation focused on courage, wisdom, integrity and self-confidence.

“The presentation was inspirational,” Lefton said. “They make you want to be a fraternity boy all over again.”

Contact Greek life reporter Jessica Parmelee at [email protected].