Alpha Iota Chapter

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Alpha Iota Chapter (Founded 25 March 1990) is located at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. The chapter was founded by Elizabeth Bernal (née Schwartz) and is a member of the East Region.

Alpha Iota official chapter banner

Chapter History


Elizabeth Schwartz, a brother of Theta Chapter at Mansfield University, transferred to Montclair State College and was contacted by Nationals during the spring of 1990 about starting a chapter of Phi Sigma Pi at Montclair State College (now Montclair State University). She helped recruit and initiate 47 students as members in the Fraternity.

Early Years

2005 Growth

In spring 2005, the Chapter was down to approximately 15 members. With the help of the National Office and the Region Consultant at the time, the Chapter was able to pin 26 new Initiates for the Chapter's Alpha Zeta Class.

The Active Chapter

Due to Montclair State University regulations, the Alpha Iota Chapter is one of a handful of Phi Sigma Pi Chapters that are officially recognized as a Greek organization by Montclair State University's Greek Council. Phi Sigma Pi is classified as a "Professional Fraternity," along with similar honor or service fraternities chartered on campus. Alpha Iota Chapter's involvement with Greek Council has allowed the Chapter to be involved in campus-wide Greek social events, such as Greek Week.

Current Active Brothers

  • Daniel Cyckowski
  • Megan Groner
  • Keyla Nunez
  • Michelle Indarjit

2016-2017 Executive Board

2016-2017 Committee Chairs

Past Executive Boards

Main Article: Alpha Iota Chapter Past Executive Boards

Initiate Classes

Main Article: List of Alpha Iota Chapter Initiate Classes


Main Article: Alpha Iota Chapter Families

Chapter Events & Activities

Founder's Day Weekend

AI Formal 2008

Alpha Iota celebrates the Chapter's founding with a Potluck Dinner on or around March 25. Brothers bring games, photo albums, videos, and more recently, a large model of the Alpha Iota family tree. Alumni are greatly encouraged to come to this event to remember and celebrate the past and future of the Alpha Iota Chapter.

Traditionally, the Chapter used to celebrate their annual formal on or around March 25, but in recent years, the Chapter moved the Formal to the end of the academic year to avoid conflicts such as Spring Break or mid-term exams. Since then, the Formal has been the de-facto Founder's Day celebration, although it is typically held late April.

Alumni Potluck/Picnic

AI Alumni Potluck Fall 2009

Every semester the Alpha Iota Chapter holds a potluck dinner or picnic for all of it's Alumni. Generally, the Potluck dinner is held in the fall as it is too cold for a picnic, and the picnic is held in the spring. While the picnic is generally held at Liberty State Park last year it was held at a Brothers house for a more private/personal feel. All Brothers participate by bringing food and supplies and treating the Alumni to show their appreciation.

Notable Alumni

Phi Sigma Pi Foundation Member
Phi Sigma Pi Foundation Member
Regional Consultant
Director of Expansion
NYMAAC Founder

Honorary Members

Chapter Mascot

AI Brothers carrying a placard featuring "Siggy the Penguin"

The Alpha Iota Chapter mascot is Siggy the Penguin. Siggy is actually a real-life penguin; the Chapter used to regularly adopt this penguin from the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ, as part of its service programming every year. The Alpha Iota Chapter tries to incorporate its mascot into various public relations materials, including rush placards and flyers. The Chapter has also, in the past, gone to the Turtle Back Zoo to visit Siggy as part of various scholarship or service projects.

Chapter Honors and Awards

National Awards

University Awards

  • Spring 1999 Overall Best Organization, awarded by the MSU Greek Council
  • Spring 2005 Best Large Organization, awarded by the MSU Greek Council

Other Awards

  • 2003 MSU Homecoming "A Fairy Tale" 3rd Place Float Design
  • 2004 MSU Homecoming "The Eighties" 1st Place Float Design
  • 2005 MSU Homecoming "Home is Where the Hawk Is" 2nd Place Float Design
  • 2005 MSU Homecoming "Home is Where the Hawk Is" 2nd Place Overall Performance
  • 2006 MSU Homecoming "Hooray for Rockywood!" 1st Place Float Design
  • 2006 MSU Homecoming "Hooray for Rockywood!" 3rd Place Overall Performance
  • 2015 Relay for Life of MSU Greek Challenge Winner

Further Resources

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