Oswego, Ny. We welcome new members every single day. Dr. Skantz passes away. Then, on the day of the event, we'll honor the lives lost to cancer, celebrate survivors, and support the caregivers who so selflessly help others. Treasurer Psi Phi Gamma Fraternity January 2016 – December 2017 2 years. The fraternity begins an annual involvement with maintaining West Park. Pledges for many, many years wore plastic name badges that would list their names and hometowns, and a green and gold ribbon would be affixed to the pledge pins. Sean "Jabber" Ohnmacht's bar, "Greene's" served as a terrific hosting spot for the fraternity's reunions and we held an alumni Tim Schulz basketball classic in 2012 that proved memorable for all. In the Spring of 2017, the fraternity was rejuvenated by another strong pledge class and the renewed focus on reinstating traditions. arly 80’s, Sigma Gamma brothers provide significant operational, organizational and financial assistance to the sisters of Omicron Xi in starting their new sorority. Alumni Bill Testa donated new silk screens used for producing Sigma Gamma pledge books. This provided a much- needed jolt of enthusiasm as we were going through the unfortunate stages of planning to bid goodbye to our beloved Sigma Gamma House, which we would ultimately be forced to sell for the paltry amount of $32,000 in early 2009. Chapter Councilor. 1001 Rogers St Columbia MO 65216. Throughout the 1980’s Sigma Gamma absolutely dominated the Greek athletic leagues, then known as “MRA”. Greeks have been a part of student life at Oswego since the 1920s, when Ransom Libby and Max Ziel founded Psi Phi Gamma, Oswego’s first fraternity, … As the summer of 2020 continued, the Alumni Board officers continued their regular Sunday night ZOOM calls with the fraternity to plot out the next steps in the master plan. There were nicknames given out before then, but it wasn't the thing it would later become. The ceiling on the Cave is painted with an incredible design. Brothers plan, execute and finance the building of a completely new concrete porch and front foundation. In the mid 80's, the drinking age in NYS changed to 21 which had a significant impact on many aspects of life as a college student. He is a member of Psi (sigh) Phi (fie) Gamma (gam-ah). Some ill - advised brothers, for reasons known only to them, began a destructive course of action that ultimately caused the fraternity house to become seriously damaged. Back in these days, and indeed up until the 1972/73 school year, pledging only took place once a year, in the Spring. In 1965, original mirror in Front Hall was accidentally broken and replaced. A lot of property renovation work was required and not all of it was completed as timely as we had hoped. The Fall 2017 pledge class built a nice beer pong table emblazoned with the classic Sigma Gamma crest. Late 80’s - Betty Marshall is re-added for a brief period as an additional advisor, (she had previously served as an advisor in the late 70’s and through parts of the early 1980’s prior to Dr. Smith’s arrival) In 1989, a local attorney, Tim Fennell is added as an advisor. Starting in the end of the March, the fraternity's Alumni Board officers began instituting weekly ZOOM video calls with the brothers to more actively provide rapid consultation and advice to the active brothers. The fraternity raised significant funds, made many improvements to the House and re-asserted itself as the dominant fraternity in all of Oswego. During the period from 1948 - 1958, pledges also used to wear “hats” shaped like foreign legion hats with a “bird’s beak”. A "modern" sound system was installed in the 3rd Floor Party Room where previously live bands played. In 2012, brothers took their home improvement efforts to the next levels by building a custom fitted DJ booth in the 110 Attic and painting the front porch green and gold. Please enter at least three letters of the city name. These efforts paid off handsomely, as there were 16 new brothers indoctrinated into Sigma Gamma Fraternity in April 2019. This association would prove to be a tremendous advantage to the fraternity for several years. Cla ss. Throughout the period from 1948 to 1958, the fraternity resided at “The Lodge” at 84 Sheldon. Oswego has an array of Greek organizations (fraternities, sororities, or mixed) from both national and locally recognized chapters. Many brothers from all eras donated time, their services and funds to these efforts. In 1957, brothers Dick Sadlo and Maynard Matteson built the original Sigma Gamma sign which hung at the 84 Sheldon Avenue house and moved over to the "new" house the brothers would purchase in 1958. We, at Psi Phi Delta Inc, seek to promote positive growth within the Greek Community as well as the student body. In fairly short order, lockdowns began again and most activities took place "remotely". We, at Psi Phi Delta Inc, seek to promote positive growth within the Greek Community as well as the student body. Way to go Fuzzy! “This is our 90th year. There was a renewed focus on restoring traditions and making sure the “Gamma Way” was being handed down through the pledge programs. Sigma Gamma's active membership ranks suffered during these turbulent times, but we forged on. Peter Devine led an effort for the fraternity to honor some historic members of the fraternity who had passed away prematurely. On one evening, they poured some refreshments and discussed the four existing fraternities at the State Teachers College at Oswego. These circumstances could have, and would have destroyed for good lesser organizations --- but they could not and would not do in the proudest fraternity in Oswego, Sigma Gamma. The pipes in the House froze in the mid 60's requiring an extensive effort to replace boiler systems, piping throughout the house and cast iron steam radiators. And we want to stop this disease in its tracks. You can see pictures of this transformation on the News page of this website. In the fall of 1947, the six housemates, led by Charlie Weigand, spread the word around campus that they were interested in forming an “open fraternity”. Mu Beta Psi is a National Organization comprised of people who have joined together through their shared passion for music and dedication to service. The Alumni Fund made substantial donations to the fraternity in order to keep the momentum going. The Sigma Gamma Alumni Board met regularly during this time, providing guidance and oversight to the fraternity. Calls and chats from patients and caregivers seeking support. For many decades, Worm Football was a football game, played pick up style between the pledges and the brothers. 1993 - Kraftee’s opens an off campus Used Bookstore that is designed to undercut Gamma’s niche market. Following this triumphant next step. The mid 70's were also the time period that the famous Gamma inlaid tiled floors were installed in the Front Hall and the PB & J Room. We thrived in this location for a bit until certain zoning issues and their enforcement caused us to no longer be able to operate the 53 West Seneca Street location anymore. Relay For Life of SUNY Oswego. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, Sigma Gamma rang bells for the Salvation Army during holiday season and established numerous other traditions, including participating in the city’s annual July 4th Parade. As the 50’s gave way to the 60’s, Sigma Gamma was a studious bunch. Sigma Gamma brothers provide assistance to the Psi Phi Gamma fraternity after their house on West 5th Street burns down. Protestant Student Association Council--New York--Oswego Psi Phi Gamma Psychology Department Radio Station WGCV--New York--Oswego Reading Center--Education Department Residence Council--New York--Oswego Rifle Club--New York--Oswego S.E.A.N.Y.S.--New York--Oswego 70’s - Sigma Gamma’s custom tiled floors with inlaid ER lettering were installed, various internal fraternal traditions were started based upon these floors. Brothers have always been athletic, and an important part of pledging and life in the fraternity revolved around a ritual known as Worm Football. Our house burned down in the late 1990s, by an arsonist. After an initial introductory period, the new Sigma Gamma Fraternity was officially accepted as a recognized organization. Alumni brothers, led by Peter “Skeet’ER” Devine and Mike “Jamm” Joseph, and others formed a leadership group and fought valiantly to save our house. Phi Lambda Phi--New York--Oswego Phi Sigma Chi--New York--Oswego Philosophy Department--New York--Oswego Pi Delta Chi--New York--Oswego Protestant Student Association Council--New York--Oswego Psi Phi Gamma--New York--Oswego Psychology Department--New York--Oswego S.E.A.N.Y.S.--New York--Oswego Science Club--New York--Oswego Abbreviated History 1947 - Sigma Gamma Founding In the fall of 1947, six men attending the State University of New York, College at Oswego were living together in a small wooden cabin with a coal fired, pot belly stove across from Sheldon Hall. In May of 2016, after a few years of having to have  a low key profile, alumni brothers Peter Devine, Mike Joseph and Billy Testa traveled to Oswego to re-teach certain Gamma traditions and began re-implementing certain functions, including the Formal Inductions Ceremony. Through close alumni oversight and significant assistance, the active brothers were guided down the path that led to the fraternity successfully regaining official recognition and relocating to another place of operation. Could help provide free access to 24-hour information and support via phone, email, and online chats for one person. Alumni Bill Testa made a meaningful and symbolic visit to the House on the night of Bid Day, in February 2019, which energized and inspired everyone in attendance. We had safeguarded this variance since 1958 and in 2003, it was gone. Alumni Peter Devine then documented the pages that should be in a traditional Sigma Gamma pledge book and their reasons for being included. ... Alpha Theta Psi. Ashley Kautz. Gamma was also very active in community service initiatives, including coordinating blood drives and working on Gamma's annual entries in the car float parades. The ranks of the active brothers were between 50 – 60 every year. Greeks have been a part of student life at Oswego since the 1920s, when Ransom Libby and Max Ziel founded Psi Phi Gamma, Oswego’s first fraternity, … Fraternities. Fraternities from best to worst: Delta Kappa Kappa Sigma Alpha Epsilon Sigma Tau Chi Sigma Gamma Delta Sigma Phi Theta Chi (recently Phi Tau) Kappa Sig (re - State University of New York at Oswego - SUNYO Discussion In the mid. You can scroll down on the, The new decade (2020) started off with the fraternity operating from a position of strength. These six men proposed the idea of forming the first “open” fraternity at Oswego, and indeed, the first “open, non-sectarian” fraternity in the SUNY system at the time, one which would welcome men from all backgrounds regardless of race, creed or ethnic origin. The Spring 2019 pledge class built a custom fitted booth occupying the western part of the Attic, and the following semester, the brothers and pledges combined to build a custom fitted bar on the eastern side of the Attic. In the early 1980's, the fraternity upgraded the famous "soda machine" which was outfitted by the brothers to dispense soda as well as ice cold beer picked up in bulk from Garafolo's. Our Mission and Values Donate Now. A regulation sized pool table was acquired and a new "Pool Room" was established. John Sarkis hand crafted a replacement for the original, iconic Sigma Gamma mirror. After the Spring 2020 semester concluded, the pandemic was still in effect though somewhat temporarily lessened in scope. October 6, 1898 – Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Donate Now. By 2002, certain long held ideals and values that had been the bedrock of Gamma’s success for so many decades, suffered some direct hits. Sigma Gamma took pride in being Greek Week Champions in 2010. ../acs_bb_2018/branch/master/theme/rfl/img/, https://secure.acsevents.org/site/../acs_bb_2018/branch/master/, https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?client=gme-americancancersociety&v=3&libraries=places&channel=digital_relay, ATTN: Relay For Life of SUNY Oswego - SK #EJV3W5. Several traditions were restored in 2017, including the Fall Toga Party and the re-appearance of the Gamma Batch. School of Business. The fraternity won many scholarship awards given out back in this time, for highest GPA’s among Greek organizations and highest individual student awards. New custom built furnishings were installed, and several new touches were added, including improved lighting and certain safety features. This tool allows event managers to edit sections of the event website. Unsure what turnout to expect, they were energized by the presence of (26) twenty - six men who showed up and crowded the small cabin. October 12, 1952 – Gamma Sigma Sigma. Use the in-line editor controls to make changes to the section. The balance of the semester presented many, many challenges for the fraternity, but ----- the brothers bore down and really focused on what measures could be taken to make the most of the situation. It was also during this period (1968 – 1975) that all of the rooms in the old Gamma House received their memorable names. Traditions were kept up and Gamma continued to dominate MRA athletic leagues. This can take up to 60 seconds. DK, Psi Phi, Sig Tau, Zeta, and even TKE. RJ also installed a new, temperature controlled/activated automatic fan air circulation system donated by the Alumni Fund. As the 1958 academic year was winding down, Sigma Gamma brothers capitalized on an incredible opportunity to purchase the. Contact the site administrator: Full Name: Email: Please enter your message: Psi Phi Gamma Fraternity - State University of New York - College at Oswego. Several brothers stayed around in Oswego to continue the master plan of transforming the House. Eventually, the fraternity resettled at 110 and immediately began work on improving the common spaces, including the Attic. Last update was 3999 days ago UPDATE NOW. The Sigma Gamma Alumni Fund donated considerable sums of money to the active brothers for use in home improvement related projects. The tradition of holding the Tim Schulz classic is kept up to this day. As the Fall 2020 semester started back up again, the pandemic started raging again and limited what the fraternity could do. After repairs are carried out, the fraternity re-paints exterior of House, and tears down old wooden front porch. Notes. It housed many brothers, up to 25 and was the focal point of the fraternity. Psi Phi Gamma brothers enjoying their annual gathering at McCarthy's On the Hill! Externally, we are seen as a friendly, open, and accepting fraternity that embraces all walks of life. RelayForLife.org/emcsupport Sigma Gamma featured numerous interesting entries during this time and took home many awards. John Sarkis simultaneously led an effort to focus on Gamma's rich heritage, by introducing and promoting the "KNOW YOUR HERITAGE" campaign, wherein ongoing social media posting activities utilized classic pictures from the Gamma archive. Sigma Gamma’s finances are operating at their peak capacity due to record breaking business in Used Bookstore, and strong membership ranks. In the late 2000’s this game changed it’s format, and Sigma Gamma pledges (Worms) played football against the Sig Tau pledges (Gators). In late April of 2020, soon to be graduating John Sarkis and Alumni Board member Peter Devine reached out to Paul Stewart and Steve Phillips of the. The brothers threw a “celebratory ball” to commemorate this occasion. (Around 2019, this tradition was brought back, and featured football only amongst the brothers and the pledges). Included in this history book was a nod to young brother. Alumni Sean "Jabber" Ohnmacht closed the bar Greene's in 2018. For many years since then, Sigma Gamma’s alumni have shown up in force for these college reunions which are always on the second weekend of June. However, Gamma brothers have always been resourceful and so, the active brothers took advantage of a sliver of a window of opportunity to initiate a fall pledge program, led by Fall PM Vincent Aparicio. SUNY Oswego students representing Alpha Sigma Chi and Psi Phi Gamma recently held a winter supply drive to benefit Oswego County Opportunities’ (OCO) Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter. Pledge class projects undertaken in Fall 2020 included repainting interior walls and custom painting of the iconic room names inside the historic Sigma Gamma fraternity house. Particular focus was put on the first floor. Today is brothers of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s 108th Founders Day. Last update was 3999 days ago UPDATE NOW. October 10, 1872 – Alpha Phi. A composite for multiple years (2015 - 2017) was compiled to bring the fraternity current. In January 2014, the fraternity was jolted by the sudden, untimely death of 26 year old alumni Kory "Jaeger" Rauscher who had done so much for Sigma Gamma including coordinating the moving of the fraternity from our home of 50 years (53 West Seneca) to the new home at 110 West Bridge Street. As a community service project, Ryann Ward of Alpha Sigma Chi and Skyler Elkins of Psi Phi Gamma chose to do a project that would benefit those that are homeless. Social distancing, mask wearing and other practices were strictly followed to limit the spread of Covid 19. ***********************************************************************************************************************************. Bill Testa continued in his quest to restore and recreate older composites. October 9, 1988 – Lambda Tau Omega. Meanwhile, the fraternity continued to focus on adding more "Gamma touches" to the fraternity house. Please enter at least three letters of the event name. Psi Phi Gamma / Phi Lambda Phi. As Spring 2018 came to a close, the fraternity's PM at the time, John Mullaney, oversaw a successful Spring pledge class. OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego students representing Alpha Sigma Chi and Psi Phi Gamma recently held a winter supply drive to benefit Oswego County Opportunities’ (OCO) Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter. October 7, 1997 – Delta Xi Nu. Each semester, eligible students can "rush" a Greek organization of their choice. 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