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There are many roles, opportunities and activities that you can participate in after graduation, which can happen at both the local and national level. Listed below are the ways to maintain your involvement with the Fraternity. If you would like more information or don't see an opportunity listed below that you would like to assist with, please contact Alpha Sigma Phi Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET INVOLVED - BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Just as an undergraduate in the chapter, you can hold positions as an alumnus. The Fraternity has a number of volunteer opportunities across the United States and the list continues to grow each academic term. Alpha Sigma Phi encourages alumni to stay involved and volunteer to serve on either a Chapter Council or Alumni Association. Alpha Sigma Phi also has volunteer opportunities with the Ritual Education Team for those who are new graduates. If you have been out of school for a couple of years, you can volunteer to be a member of the Tomahawk Publication Board. Alumni that have generally been out of school for five or more years can serve as facilitators at Grand Chapter, January Leadership Programs or Elevate - International Leadership Program. To learn more about these opportunities, email Jeremy Ried, Director of Alumni Engagement, at email@example.com.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT - BECOME A DONOR
You can also help the Fraternity and/or your chapter by providing financial assistance. By supporting the Alpha Sigma Phi, you will provide opportunities for our undergraduate members to attend leadership programs, retreats, etc. No matter what your income level may be, you can become a donor to Alpha Sigma Phi. Your chapter has an endowment already established that you can contribute to monthly, quarterly or annually if you so choose. Your financial assistance will aid the chapter in its growth and development. To support your chapter, donate now.
SCHOLARSHIPS - APPLY TODAY!
The Fraternity offers those pursuing a graduate degree with several scholarship opportunities. These opportunities are named to honor Brother Howard Kleinoeder, Washington '35, who donated $6.4 million to the Foundation upon his passing into Omega Chapter in 1990. This scholarship is presented to brothers pursuing graduate-level degrees at accredited institutions. Applications are available beginning in January and are due on April 15.
PUBLIC CEREMONIES - EXHIBITING OUR PRIDE IN ALPHA SIGMA PHI
There are some special ceremonies that can be shared with those outside of the Mystic Circle, such as the Wedding Service. While they are exoteric, or non-secret, they are based soundly on the ideals, traditions, and symbols of Alpha Sigma Phi. If you wish to perform the Wedding Service, a certificate from Fraternity Headquarters can be sent to you upon request.
Use of these ceremonies allows us to give non-Alpha Sigs some insight into the high purposes of our Fraternity. And they reaffirm the joy of brotherhood in all aspects of our lives...they enrich our fraternal experience and they serve to renew the vows and dedication of all members of all ages. Although some of the ceremonies will be available to the general public, most scenarios will only include invited guests, parents, partners, friends, faculty, neighbors, and others of the chapter's extended family.
Do not remove pages from the Ritual Book for use in public. Chapters have been instructed to not release Ritual Books to any member for the purpose of conducting any of the Rituals for Life (e.g. the wedding ceremony) who is not a current undergraduate member. If ritual books are used for any public ceremonies, guard them well. Under no circumstances should anyone copy an esoteric ceremony.
Join our Career Connection page on Facebook to easily network with current undergraduate and alumni brothers, whether you are looking for a job or in a position to help other brothers find work.
Following Scene 1 and 2 of the Initiation Ceremony, the Membership Orientation Program provides new members to the fraternity with all the information they need to become dedicated, life-long, initiated members of Alpha Sigma Phi. The Membership Orientation Program is designed to be flexible to the needs of individual chapters. Chapters have the ability to design their own orientation experience within reason—to set their calendars to include the new member meetings within the designated time limit. This allows the chapter to personalize their new member experience. The Vice President of Membership Enrichment is responsible for executing this program.
There are three core components of a chapter’s membership orientation program:
Alpha Sigma Phi Overview
Health and Safety
It is an expectation that all chapters’ membership orientation programs include content covering these three critical areas. It is additionally an expectation that new members build positive relationships with the chapter’s membership and one another through their orientation experience. Each chapter may add additional content into its membership orientation program as desired, but all membership orientation activities must be completed, and new members must be initiated, within a maximum of 35 days.
Below are the main resources that are used throughout the Membership Orientation Program:
The TBTM Manual is a main resource to be used throughout the Membership Orientation Program. It is available for desktop and mobile download here.
Traditions are manifestations of the spiritual ties that bind men of kindred soul and common goal. Alpha Sigma Phi has developed a rich heritage of traditions over the years, many dating back from the early days at Yale. The oldest and most cherished of our traditions are part of the esoteric Rituals of the Fraternity and never revealed to non-members. The beauty and depth of the Ritual is appreciated more and more as you participate actively within the Mystic Circle. Alpha Sigma Phi has a secret Grip (handshake) that has never been described in writing. It is passed on from Brother to Brother. It, like our traditional heraldry, is a device of recognition shared only by the initiated.
On the chapter level, the Vice President of Rituals & Traditions is in charge of executing our rituals, both public and private. Click here to see the available resources for our public rituals.
BLACK AND WHITE FORMAL
The oldest traditional dance held by Alpha Sig chapters is the Black and White Formal; a formal occasion with all decorations and dress in black and white. Nu Chapter at UC-Berkeley is credited with beginning this tradition.
BLACK LANTERN PROCESSIONAL
The Black Lantern Processional serves to remember our deceased brothers and commemorate Founder's Day. It is one of the Fraternity's oldest traditions, dating back to the 1800's when it was used at Yale University to announce to the campus those candidates who were accepted into Alpha Sigma Phi. All Brothers are in black (hooded robes with hoods up) and marched in single file, approximately six feet apart. Each carries a black Diogenes lantern with a single candle.
The Processional is conducted in a very dignified manner and in strict silence. Chapters often reenact the Black Lantern Processional on other appropriate occasions such as Founders Day, the anniversary of the chapter's chartering, or as a memorial for those Brothers who have entered Omega Chapter. Probably the longest continuous use of the Black Lantern is Delta Chapter's Processional following its annual Sig Bust. As used by Delta, the Processional is enacted in memory of Brothers who have passed to the Omega Chapter, signifying that, although they are no longer present, their spirit remains forever in the minds of the brothers.
The chapters of Alpha Sigma Phi have always been given Greek letter designations, assigned in order of founding. No chapter is designated Omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet that signifies the end. Brothers who have passed away are said, respectfully, to have joined the Omega Chapter. All members have equal status as brothers. Therefore all Badges are the same and none may be jeweled. There are no honorary members and there is no inactive status. A chapter consists of all the members ever initiated through it. The undergraduate group should never refer to itself alone as the chapter. Alpha Sigma Phi has no defunct chapters, even though some are not currently active at the undergraduate level. Each of these chapters still exists, for it has its alumni members.
DISPLAYING THE FLAG
Fraternal traditions very carefully specify the use of the Fraternity flag, with the U.S. Flag taking precedence by flying either above or at the left of the Fraternity's emblem. The Fraternity flag is displayed at full-staff on national holidays or celebrations and at half-staff on days of institutional mourning. Chapters may fly the Fraternity flag at any time, but should be displayed alone on days of Fraternity celebration, such as Founder's Day, days when Grand Chapter is in session, during official or invited visits of Grand Council members or any representative of the Fraternity, or whenever ordered by the Grand Senior President, Grand Council, or Fraternity President and CEO. The Fraternity flag may be used to drape the coffin of a member.
One of the oldest traditions of Alpha Sigma Phi is the Mystic Circle. It is rich in symbolism. It should be used at the end of each chapter meeting, initiation, or other special Fraternity function. It is strictly for initiated members only; non-members are asked to excuse themselves briefly and wait in a nearby area.
In writing members of Alpha Sigma Phi, the usual salutation is, "Dear Brother _____," the title "Brother" should never be abbreviated. "In Phi" is the most popular form for closing letters. "Fraternally Yours," "Yours in the Mystic Circle," "YITMC," and "Yours in Alpha, Sigma, and Phi" are also often used. In addition, the term "brother" should never be used on an envelope.
SIG BUST AND FOUNDERS DAY
First held in Cincinnati in the 1880's to insure the re-dedication of Delta Chapter to the Old Gal, most chapters hold a "Sig Bust" sometime during the year when alumni brothers return for a traditional dinner to renew fraternal ties and to meet the current undergraduate members. To honor the anniversary of our founding, close to the sacred December 6th date each year, chapters hold a banquet or other observance of Founders' Day. Alumni brothers and special guests are invited to attend. It is an important time of re-dedication to the Fraternity and to the pursuit of its lofty goals and objectives. During the 50th Grand Chapter, Delegates passed a resolution asking that all chapters and affiliate organizations celebrate Founders' Day and that all members undergraduate and alumnus wear their Badge on that day.
Head to alphasigmaphiarchives.org to view public archives such as old Tomahawk Magazines, Old Gal Gazette, Brotherhood Bulletin and many more publications. For private, chapter-specific archives, visit our members-only site at asparchives.org.
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