Through fundraising efforts over the course of the fall semester, the University of Rochester's chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) national fraternity raised more than $1,300 for the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program at the Hillside Family of Agencies. During a ceremony last week, members of SigEp presented a check to representatives from Hillside.
"In the past, SigEp's fundraising efforts have been tailored toward our national philanthropy, YouthAIDS, but we've been looking for ways to make an impact within the Rochester community," said Sean Savett, a sophomore who has served as the fraternity's philanthropy chair for the last year. "We were attracted to the Work-Scholarship Connection program's mission of helping at-risk youth stay in school."
The fraternity planned three events to raise funds. They set up an amateur squash tournament for the University community and a "Date a SigEp" competition where students could place bids to win a date with a brother. In November, the fraternity organized a Beatles tribute concert that featured music department professor John Covach's band, The Smooth Talkers.
Rochester's chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded in 1986 and is based on the national fraternity's principles of "virtue, diligence, and brotherly love." In 2008, the chapter contributed more than 800 hours of community service in the Rochester area. SigEp is the largest undergraduate fraternity in America, with more than 250 chapters.