Zeta Iota Chapter
Zeta Iota Chapter (founded 17 April 2011) is located at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The chapter is a member of what used to be the Philadelphia Metropolitan Region. The Chapter has won seven national awards, including the Top in Region Award in 2016, Claude A. Phillips Fellowship Award in 2016, and Steven A. DiGuiseppe Administrative Award in 2014.
- 1 Chapter History
- 2 Chapter Positions
- 3 Initiate Classes
- 4 Chapter Events & Activities
- 5 Zeta Iota Families
- 6 Governing Document
- 7 Notable Alumni
- 8 Chapter Honors and Awards
- 9 Further Resources
The Charter Class of the Zeta Iota Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi at St. Joseph’s University was inducted on April 17, 2011. This Charter Class included twenty-six members who enthusiastically worked toward bringing an official chapter of Phi Sigma Pi to Hawk Hill. Our Founder and first President was Sally Siebert.
Sally Siebert led the charge in getting Phi Sigma Pi onto Saint Joseph’s campus. It served as the second co-ed fraternity besides the business fraternity. She worked for several years to get Phi Sigma Pi on campus. The first eboard was Sally Siebert (President), Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (Vice-President), Stephanie Scalice (Secretary), Cory Hall (Treasuer), Justin Colaprico (Parlimentairan), Lauren Takovich (Recruitment Advisor and Initiate Adivisor), and Raya Abat (Historian). The eboard was selected by the Director of Exapsion, Ryan DeGuzman. Zeta Iota upon successful completion of the chapter petition outlining all the events and goals of chapter as a colony. This petition was completed by the Historian, Raya Abat, and fellow brother Robbie Cusella.
On August 6, 2011, Raya Abat and Stephanie Scalice received Zeta Iota’s Charter on behalf of the entire Chapter during the Awards Banquet of the 2011 Phi Sigma Pi National Convention held in Arlington, Virginia. Acquisition of this Charter symbolized Zeta Iota’s official recognition as an active Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi at the national level.
Throughout The Years
The Chapter focused on completing event requirements that were necessary to become a recognized chapter. Lack of experience with proper chapter operations resulted in confusion and uncertainty. There were several events that were planned were later canceled due to confusion and lack of interest. In spite of these set backs, brothers had a fun time getting to know each other and learning about Phi Sigma Pi. Risk management chair was created during this year.
This year was a transitional year with the implementation of structure. The chapter to stray away from a laid back atmosphere to a more formal setting. An anonymous online suggestion box was used to help gain input from brothers; however, this caused more problems and it was decided to discontinue it. Committees started to become more solidified. For the first time, a brother was expelled, put on probation, and brothers resigned from the fraternity. Since this was the first year implementing terms on probation, it was difficult figuring out how to do so. This was also the first year we had an alumni advisor, Chris Costantino, who helped with parliamentary procedure and chapter effectiveness. Robert's Rules were finally used during meetings. The Brother at Large position was created during this year.
Zeta Iota continued to grow throughout this year. Positions Charters and Alphas usually had were finally being replaced by younger brothers. The chapter continued to change. One big change was implementation of event requirements in Operating Policy. Another major change was the number event requirements that were mandatory. It was originally each brother had to go to two social events, two scholarship events, two fundraising events, two service events, and one risk management event. This was changed to one social, one scholarship, one fundraising, one service, one risk management, and two of any event which included those just mentioned plus public relations, historian, alumni, and inter-chapter relations event. This allowed for greater flexibility for brothers and also allowed for the brothers to go to other events make it count for something.
In 2014 a major was that the number of fundraising events required to go was increased from one to two. Going to only one event decreased the amount of money raised for the fraternity. This was also the year the last of the Charters graduated.
Zeta Iota implemented a Partial Activity system for Brothers who may have an extraordinarily busy schedule one semester and still want to stay active. The Chapter also separated the Risk Management Chair into the Risk Management and Special Event Chairs, which took effect for the 2016 Executive Council.
The Chapter implemented a Risk Management Tier system, which took the efforts of every member for two months. Zeta Iota also experienced difficulty during a spike in Brother resignations. To combat the apathy that accumulated from this hard time period, the Chapter held a Brother Retreat and worked together to create a draft to a Mission Statement and set forth goals after discussing the Chapter's strengths and weaknesses. The Chapter won the Claude A. Phillips Fellowship Award due to this retreat and also the Top in Region Award at the 2016 National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
Executive Board Summaries
Main Article: Zeta Iota Past Executive Board Summary
Current Executive Board
Current Executive Council
Past Chapter Positions
Main Article: List of Past Zeta Iota Positions
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Chapter Initiate Classes
Chapter Events & Activities
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Chapter Social Events
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Chapter Service Events
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Chapter Fundraising Events
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Chapter Scholarship Events
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Chapter Rush Events
Campus Wide Events
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Chapter Campus Wide Events
Inter-Chapter Relations Events
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Chapter Inter-Chapter Relations Events
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Alumni Events
Public Relations Events
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Public Relations Events
Risk Management Events
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Risk Management Events
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Historian Events
Main Article: List of Zeta Iota Chapter Other Events
Zeta Iota Families
There are 23 families in Zeta Iota. There are 4 families that are retired (marked by an asterisk).
- Alpha Delta Family *
- Alpha Epsilon Family *
- Alpha Chi Family
- Alpha Omega Family *
- Alpha Rho Gamma
- Alpha Psi Kappa Family
- Beta Alpha Mu Family
- Beta Alpha Rho Family
- Beta Beta Beta Family
- Beta Gamma Tau Family
- Beta Tau Iota Family
- Gamma Alpha Iota Family
- Gamma Alpha Rho Family
- Delta Delta Gamma Family
- Eta Omicron Tau Family
- Lambda Iota Beta Family
- Lambda Iota Lambda Family
- Lambda Omega Lambda Family
- Rho Beta Eta Family
- Sigma Chi Family *
- Tau Nu Lambda Family
- Theta Rho Family
- Psi Kappa Family
There are several documents that dictate how Zeta Iota is run. On a National level, they are the National Constitution, National Operating Policies, and National Risk Management Policy. On a local level, they are the Zeta Iota Bylaws, Zeta Iota Operating Policy, and Zeta Iota Risk Management Policy.
- Robbie Cusella served as Chapter Consultant from Summer 2014 to Summer 2016
- Nick Conway received Zeta Iota's first Chapter Service Key in 2014
- Joe Lacitignola received a Chapter Service Key from Zeta Iota in 2015
- Travis Knapp received a Chapter Service Key from Zeta Iota in 2015
Chapter Honors and Awards
- Outstanding Website Award
- Recruitment Incentive Award
- Love in Action Award - For the work done on campus and outside the community
Main Article: Zeta Iota Awards
|Zeta Iota Chapter|
|Founded April 17, 2011 • Saint Joseph's University|
|Presidents||Sally Siebert • Samantha DiGiuseppe|
|History||List of Zeta Iota Chapter Initiate Classes • List of Zeta Iota Family Lines|
|Chapter Service Keys||Nick Conway|
|National Council Members||none|