Fenway Academic Mentoring Program

Boston, MA – (October 1, 2017) - The Brothers of the Xi-Beta chapter are fresh off their first week of volunteering at Fenway High School, a new philanthropy program designed to integrate Kappa Sigma's A Greater Cause initiative into the local community.

Brothers Spencer Sutton and Erik Ryde, responsible for bringing this program to the chapter, suggested this opportunity last spring. With the possibility of seeing a direct impact from volunteering in the community, Xi-Beta set out to start the Fenway Academic Mentoring (F.A.M.) program, with the goal of building a foundation to involve other collegiate organizations in the future.

This program offers academic aid and mentorship to those in a developing learning environment.  Brothers visit the high school every day during the week to tutor, study, and spend time with the high school students. Classes included in our tutoring range from math and sciences to humanities courses. The chapter also seeks to provide financial support to Fenway High. Xi-Beta plans to hold supply drives, fundraisers, and donation campaigns and apply them to the acquisition of classroom essentials for the students of Fenway High.

With a large amount of brother interest in the program and the potential for expansion and integration into more facets of Fenway High School, Xi-Beta hopes to this volunteering opportunity will become a staple in the chapter and a defining feature for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Northeastern University.

About Xi-Beta:

The Xi-Beta Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity has been growing as a Northeastern University Chapter since 1995. With over 120 active men, Kappa Sigma is the largest Fraternity on campus. Xi-Beta has been a long time recipient of the Founders’ Circle Award, the highest honor of Kappa Sigma and the Chapter strives to build better men and provide the best Northeastern University experience possible through educational programming focusing on the Four Pillars of Kappa Sigma - Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service.

2017 Kappa Sigma 71st Biennial Grand Conclave

Boston, MA – (August 3, 2017) - On July 12th, 2017, over 20 undergraduate and alumni brothers from Northeastern University’s Xi-Beta chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity traveled to Las Vegas to attend the 71st Biennial Grand Conclave. Members of the current and past Executive Committees were there to represent Xi-Beta as one of over 320 chapters nationwide.

The week-long event provided a variety of programs focused on personal and chapter-wide development within Kappa Sigma’s four pillars--fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and service. All of the programs were aimed at cultivating a strong undergraduate and alumni network, developing individual chapters and ultimately advancing Kappa Sigma as a whole.

The conference provided a chance for all chapters to join together in celebrating yet another historic biennium for Kappa Sigma. Over the past two years, the fraternity set a world record of more than 20,500 new pledges, along with $6.7 million and 1,408,474 hours of philanthropy. Kappa Sigma Fraternity demonstrated once again why it is the gold standard for fraternities worldwide.

Xi-Beta was one of 12 chapters to receive the prestigious Founder’s Circle Award - Kappa Sigma’s highest honor at the chapter level. The chapter was also given the Founder’s Award for Chapter Excellence, 100% Ritual Proficiency, Silver Bowl Award and the Chapter Attendance Cup.

Individually, brothers Wyatt Lillie (‘14), Benjamin Koza (‘14), Rollin Atkinson (‘13), and Daniel Tomanelli (‘14) were recognized for outstanding work in their executive committee positions for the chapter in the 2016-2017 academic year. Brother Lillie served as Xi-Beta’s Grand Master, Brother Tomanelli was Xi-Beta’s Grand Treasurer while Brothers Koza and Atkinson served as Grand Procurator and Grand Scribe respectively. Furthermore, Brother Lillie was one of five brothers nationwide elected to the Kappa Sigma Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which acts as a voice for undergraduate brothers to relay their thoughts to the Supreme Executive Committee.

This level of continued success would not be possible without the tireless support of the Xi-Beta alumni, eight of whom were recognized for their exemplary service at the Grand Conclave. Rob Ranley (‘05) and Michael Hall (‘03) received Distinguished Service Commendations for their efforts. Gary Marinelli (‘04) earned the Commissioner of the Year Award for his work as Communications Commissioner. Northern New England District Grand Master Dan Murdiza (‘07) was given the Outstanding District Grand Master of the Year award, and also took the stage on behalf of the Northern New England District to accept the award for Kappa Sigma District of the Year. Daryn DeCesare (‘01) was given the Outstanding Alumnus Adviser Award, and Cory Krzanik (‘11) was awarded Outstanding First Year Volunteer. Dan Murdzia (‘07) was also recognized for 5 Years of Service, and Thomas Kelly (‘03), Michael Hall (‘03) and Michael Benson (‘04) were recognized for 10 Years of Service.

Last but not least, we would like to congratulate Brother Justin Hansen for his election as Worthy Grand Procurator on the Supreme Executive Committee to serve Kappa Sigma at the national level. We could not be more proud of Brother Hansen and his accomplishments, and are excited to follow his lead in practicing the Four Pillars of Kappa Sigma.

The 71st Biennial Conclave was a fitting way to celebrate the hard work done by Xi-Beta and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity as a whole in the 2016-2017 academic year and prepare for another year of excellence. For more information or photos of the event, please contact Alexander Corley.

About Xi-Beta:

The Xi-Beta Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity has been growing as a Northeastern University Chapter since 1995. With over 120 active men, Kappa Sigma is the largest Fraternity on campus. Xi-Beta has been a long time recipient of the Founders’ Circle Award, the highest honor of Kappa Sigma and the Chapter strives to build better men and provide the best Northeastern University experience possible through educational programming focusing on the Four Pillars of Kappa Sigma - Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service.

2016 Kappa Sigma Military Heroes 5K

Boston, MA – (October 15, 2016) – The Kappa Sigma Fraternity’s Xi-Beta chapter at Northeastern University held its fourth annual Military Heroes 5K along the Charles River Esplanade on Saturday, October 15. The event raised a record-high $7,334 for Kappa Sigma’s Military Heroes Campaign.

Four years ago, the Xi-Beta chapter established its very own 5K in hopes of further assisting Kappa Sigma’s principal philanthropy program, the Military Heroes Campaign. Since its inception nine years ago, the campaign has raised over one million dollars for various charitable organizations that work to aid veterans of the U.S and Canadian Armed Forces and their families.

Each fall, Xi-Beta invites affiliates of Northeastern and members of the Greater Boston community at-large to participate in the 5K. The run begins by the Hatch Memorial Shell and circles the scenic Charles River, set to the backdrop of the Boston skyline. Supporters are also encouraged to donate directly to the Military Heroes Campaign online, or simply to stop by and join in on the community-oriented event.

Saturday, October 15 was a warm, sunny day, fighting off the impending crisp fall weather and providing the perfect conditions for the 5K. Boston University’s Mu-Psi chapter of Kappa Sigma and Northeastern’s Epsilon-Mu chapter of the Chi Omega sorority were among those in attendance alongside Xi-Beta.

Numerous local students and citizens also participated, including Captain Daniel Bamford of the United States Marine Corps Reserves; Captain Bamford was commissioned by the Marine Corps in 2010, before serving overseas in Afghanistan from 2012 to 2014. Xi-Beta was honored to host members of the United States Armed Forces, especially given the context of the event.

In anticipation of the run, field games such as cornhole and spikeball were set up on the Esplanade’s greens; light refreshments and music were also provided as those in attendance mingled before the 5K’s noon start time.

In all, 66 runners competed as those remaining in attendance cheered along. Brother Michael Bogoian-Mullen of Xi-Beta finished first overall with a gun time of 20:00, followed closely by local runner Daniel Cleary (20:03).

Top 3 (Male, 19-39): Michael Bogoian-Mullen (20:00), Daniel Cleary (20:03), Evan Sutherland (21:24)

Top 3 (Female, 19-39): Maggie Simmonds (24:47), Olivia Maeder (24:47), Alexandra Srnka (24:59)

The money raised, a direct result of donations and race-day signups, will go directly to Kappa Sigma’s Military Heroes Campaign to benefit those who have fought hard to protect our country.

Xi-Beta is grateful to be able to put together such a rewarding philanthropic event each year; the chapter graciously thanks everyone that attended the fourth annual Military Heroes 5K and those who contributed to the cause online. The result was not only a successful philanthropic effort, but also a day accentuating the benefits of brotherhood and community.

For more information, and photos of the event, please visit the Kappa Sigma Xi-Beta Facebook Page or contact Grand Scribe Rollin Atkinson via email (rollinsatkinson@gmail.com).

2016 Kappa Sigma Leadership Conference

Boston, MA – (July 31, 2016) - On July 22nd, six undergraduate brothers from Northeastern University’s Xi-Beta chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity traveled to Orlando to attend the 2016 Leadership Conference. 

Brothers Rollin Atkinson (‘13), Parker Brown (‘14), Joe Connelly (‘13), Desmond Gray (‘13), Troy Sutton (‘14), and Daniel Tomanelli (‘14) were amongst the nearly 1,800 brothers in attendance, making the event the largest Leadership Conference in Kappa Sigma history. Undergraduates and alumni alike represented Kappa Sigma’s 320 national chapters. 

The two-day event provided a variety of programs focusing on personal and chapter-wide development within each of Kappa Sigma’s four pillars of fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and service. All programs and resources are provided with the hope of assisting undergraduates and alumni network and find ways to better both their chapters and Kappa Sigma as a whole.

A variety of Kappa Sigma commissioners, officers, and Supreme Executive Committee members contributed addresses over the weekend as part of the ongoings. Xi-Beta’s own Michael Hall (‘03), the current AGC Deputy Commissioner for the Military Heroes Campaign, focused his speech on our service efforts, highlighting exemplary community service events around the nation. Justin Hansen (‘01), a former Xi-Beta Grand Master and the current Worthy Grand Master of Ceremonies, talked to the conference about Champions’ Quest and Ritual, proclaiming that Kappa Sigma is more ritually proficient than ever before. Worthy Grand Master Derek L. Marchman (Lambda-Xi, Georgia College and State University, ’85) closed out the conference with a keynote address reminding brothers that the focus should be not on what has already been achieved, but instead on what is still to come.

The conference also provided the chance for all chapters to join together in celebrating yet another historic year for Kappa Sigma. Boasting more than 10,000 new pledges, a world record, to go along with $3.6 million and approximately 900,000 hours of philanthropy in the 2015-2016 academic year, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity once again why it is the worldwide fraternity gold standard. 

Xi-Beta reaffirmed its position as one of Kappa Sigma’s most exemplary chapters over the weekend, receiving a multitude of national honors. Brothers Alex Bonacum (‘11), Joe Connelly, and Courtland Chapman (‘13) were recognized for outstanding work in their executive committee positions for the chapter in the 2015-2016 Academic year; Brother Bonacum was Xi-Beta’s Grand Master, while Brothers Connelly and Chapman served as Grand Master of Ceremonies and Grand Scribe respectively. Furthermore, Brother Troy Sutton was one of five brothers nationwide elected to the Kappa Sigma Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which acts as a voice for undergraduate brothers to relay their thoughts to the Supreme Executive Committee.

Xi-Beta was one of 12 chapters to receive the prestigious Founder’s Circle Award. According to Kappa Sigma Executive Director Mitchell Wilson (Beta-Nu, University of Kentucky, ‘78), the award is given to those who have reached the pinnacle of excellence in Kappa Sigma, those who have gone the extra mile to assert themselves as the best of the best. The chapter also took home honors for excellence in A Greater Cause, 100% Ritual Proficiency, as well as an award for an Outstanding Community Service Event with the Military Heroes 5k. 

Four Xi-Beta alumni were also recognized for their continued dedication to Kappa Sigma. Gary Marinelli (‘04), the current Communications Commissioner; Tom Kelly (‘03), the current Alumni Advancement Commissioner, and Michael Hall all received Distinguished Service Commendations for their efforts. Operations Deputy Commissioner and Northern New England District Grand Master Dan Murdiza (‘07) was given a Distinguished Service Award as well, and also took the stage on behalf of the Northern New England Region to accept the award for Kappa Sigma District of the Year.

The 2016 Leadership Conference was a fitting way to celebrate the hard work done by Xi-Beta and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity as a whole in the 2015-2016 academic year and prepare for another year of excellence. 

For more information or photos of the event, please contact Rollin Atkinson.

Northeastern University Greek Week 2016

Boston, MA - On March 31, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity’s Xi-Beta chapter won Northeastern University’s Greek Week alongside Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Eta Omicron chapter.

Each spring, chapters of Northeastern’s overarching fraternity and sorority life (FSL) organizations come together to compete in a variety of organized events. Chapters are paired together for the competitions and choose a central theme to guide aspects of their participation (Safari for Kappa Sigma and Kappa Kappa Gamma). The week culminates in an awards ceremony, where FSL leaders award the university’s chapters for achievement in various categories throughout the week and over the course of the past year.

The week kicked off on Easter Sunday with a Greek Olympics event set in Centennial Quad. Teams of brothers and sisters competed in tournaments for three contests: relay race, tug of war, and dodgeball. Kappa Sigma and Kappa Kappa Gamma finished in second place in the relay race, but then rallied to win the tug of war. It all came down to a championship dodgeball matchup against Delta Tau Delta and Sigma Kappa, in which Kappa Sigma and Kappa Kappa Gamma emerged victorious.

On Monday, nationally recognized speaker and Greek life member TJ Sullivan delivered a presentation to the FSL community in Blackman Auditorium. The speech, entitled “Confronting the Idiot in Your Chapter,” dealt with resolving destructive behavior within one’s chapter, touching on everything from excessive drinking to invasion of privacy.

The next day, Xi-Beta’s Spencer Sutton (Alpha-Upsilon) participated in the week’s “Greek God and Goddess” competition alongside KKG sister Dina Hagigeorges. The night began with a fashion walkout, with each participant dressed in theme-related clothing. Brother Sutton donned a lighthearted giraffe costume, complete with a safari vest.

The second round was a talent portion; here, Brother Sutton offered an acoustic guitar-accompanied parody of Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”, suitably entitled “Frat Queen.” His performance earned him one of eight brother/sister spots in the event’s final round, involving questions. Though Brother Sutton did not go on to win the event, his inspiring effort was well received by those in attendance. KKG Sister Hagigeorges, however, did receive the title of NU Greek Goddess 2016.

Wednesday’s Greek Sing event may have been the most anticipated event of the week for Xi-Beta; as the competition’s three-time defending champions, all eyes were on our competing brothers as they offered a dance rendition of Disney’s animated classic, “The Lion King.” Incorporating current hit songs such as Flo Rida’s “My House” and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” Xi-Beta brothers and KKG sisters alike executed a virtually flawless routine.

Throughout the Greek Sing competition, Xi-Beta brothers and KKG sisters spectating in the audience showed overwhelming support with thunderous cheering. Defying the odds, Kappa Sigma and Kappa Kappa Gamma were announced as the competition’s victors, signaling an unparalleled four-peat for Xi-Beta.

On Thursday night, the week came to a close with the FSL awards ceremony, where Kappa Sigma and Kappa Kappa Gamma were named the 2016 Greek Week winners. All in all, Xi-Beta had an excellent showing in other award categories; the chapter as a whole was recognized for excellence in service hours, philanthropy dollars, campus involvement and alumni advisory. Xi-Beta was also named most improved chapter of the year.

To top it all off, Brothers Alex Bonacum (Alpha-Mu) and Daniel Tetzlaff (Alpha-Tau) were awarded the Interfraternity Council’s president and new member of the year respectively. The 2016 Greek Week as a whole was a huge success, accentuating Xi-Beta’s sustained success and continual growth within the Northeastern community. 

Fight For Air Climb

Boston, MA – On February 6, more than 50 brothers and pledges of Kappa Sigma’s Xi-Beta Chapter at Northeastern University made their way to One Boston Place to volunteer in the American Lung Association’s 11th Annual Fight For Air Climb.

One of the American Lung Association’s (ALA) signature fundraisers, the Fight for Air Climb is hosted at several tall buildings and skyscrapers across the country. Participants walk, run and race up step after step at the hosting venue; beforehand, they set up accounts to raise money for the ALA’s mission to improve lung health and save lives.

At this year’s event, more than 1,000 participants raised a total of nearly $400,000 dollars. Beginning at 8:00 a.m., waves of groups made their way up the 41 flights of stairs at One Boston Place. Towards the conclusion of the event, waves of firefighters representing local departments made the trek in their entire uniforms, adding a notable level of difficulty to the task.

All the way, participants were cheered on by brothers of the Xi-Beta chapter. Brothers were at One Boston Place as early as 6:30 a.m. and stayed well into the afternoon, positioned at various floors along the climb and at the reception area. At their stations, they were able to interact and share stories with lung disease survivors and countless other volunteers.

The Brothers of the Xi-Beta Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity would like to thank the American Lung Association for allowing us to help out with a great cause, as well as the participants for their fundraising efforts and perseverance at the event. This year’s climb was a success as always, and we look forward to helping out next year!

 

2015 Take it to the Floor Victory

Boston - On October 29, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity’s Xi-Beta chapter and Delta Zeta Sorority’s Xi-Upsilon chapter won Northeastern University’s 2015 Take it to the Floor competition. The victory was Xi-Beta’s third in a row.

Each semester, Northeastern’s overarching Greek life organizations work together to put on a dance competition. The university’s fraternities and sororities are paired up and given a theme to choreograph a small dance routine around, complete with costumes and props. In honor of this semester’s “Leave Your Print” theme, Kappa Sigma and Delta Zeta arranged a Peter Pan-styled performance.

Kappa Sigma and Delta Zeta’s group consisted of new and current members from both organizations. The duo began rehearsals on October, practicing for as much as 10 hours a week. According to Xi-Beta Grand Master Alex Bonacum (Alpha-Mu), team leaders would often write the phrase “KLEAR ΣYES FULL HEARTS CΔN’T LOΖE,” a play on word with the group’s Greek letters and a popular battle cry from the TV show “Friday Night Lights,” on the board to add energy to rehearsals.

“Most of the people that participate in Take it to the Floor have no previous dance experience,” said Bonacum. “But, with the right attitude, they’re all able to learn simple dances and a sense of stage presence in no time. Our performance this semester was testament to what a little hard work and determination can do in just three and a half weeks.”

The group’s six-minute medley told the story of the 1953 Disney classic, with performers dressed to portray characters such as Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, Mr. Smee and Peter himself. Those in attendance at Northeastern’s sold-out Blackman Auditorium were treated a variety of popular dance moves including the “Whip” and “Nae-Nae,” set to a mix of hip-hop, R&B and electronic music.

“Everything doesn’t go as perfect as planned with a performance like this, but I couldn’t be happier with how we looked on stage,” said Danny Tetzlaff (Alpha-Tau). “When you keep in mind the scheduling constraints we worked through, our moves and our organization were on point. I’m unbelievably proud of our group.”

The audience’s thunderous applause following the performance hinted to the group’s eventual first-place finish. Xi-Beta also swept last year’s fall and spring competitions, winning with the Sigma Delta Tau and Sigma Sigma Sigma sororities respectively.

“There are a number of brothers who have made the year and a half of first-place performances a possibility,” said Bonacum. “They’ve participated in the program for years and have all become integral members throughout the brainstorming, choreographing and practicing process, as well as the coordination with new members and sisters of our partnered sororities. It’s these brothers’ dedication and commitment that drives the success that we’ve seen semester after semester.” 

Judges awarded second place to the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. The Phi Delta Theta fraternity and Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority came in third place. Xi-Beta will have a shot for its fourth straight victory come this spring during Northeastern’s Greek Week competition. 

 

The 70th Biennial Grand Conclave

Boston – (August 6, 2015)- On July 22nd, Kappa Sigma’s Xi-Beta Chapter of Northeastern University sent 9 Brothers to Las Vegas to attend the 70th Biennial Grand Conclave.  All members of the current Executive Committee: Alex Bonacum(Alpha-Mu, Grand Master), Dan Dowd (Alpha-Xi, Grand Procurator), Joe Connelly (Alpha-Pi, Grand Master of Ceremonies) Court Chapman (Alpha-Pi, Grand Scribe), and Desmond Gray (Alpha-Pi, Grand Treasurer)  as well as Brothers Greg Bargiel (Alpha-Rho), Ben Alpert (Alpha-Rho), Cory Krzanic (Alpha-Mu) and Former Grand Master James Burton (Alpha-Mu) represented Xi-Beta at this memorable four-day national Leadership and Brotherhood event.

Those who attended were able to branch out from the New England District and network relationships with Brothers from all over the United States and Canada.  This was also an opportunity for undergraduate Brothers of Xi-Beta to reconnect with Alumni, discussing plans and ideas for the upcoming year with the Brothers who made the Chapter what it is today.

The seminars and workshops available provided Brothers with valuable insights on all aspects of Chapter operations, such as building your own personal brand; running a successful AGC or Philanthropy event; producing a successful Fall Recruitment Program, and continuing to enhance the ritual proficiency within the Chapter.

The Xi-Beta Chapter was notably recognized for the hard work and dedication to excellence over this past year.  The Chapter was awarded the F.A.C.E. and Founders Circle Award, the highest honor a Chapter can receive for excellence in Scholarship, Service, Recruitment, and Ritual Proficiency.  Every member of last years EC was also recognized for their Outstanding Service as an Executive Committee Member for each of their respective positions including an additional recognition for their Outstanding Communications Program. Xi-Beta was recognized for its excellence in Champions Quest and as an Emerald Label Chapter in support of the Endowment Fund. Xi-Beta took home the Traveler's Cup with over 24,000 cumulative miles traveled to the 70th Biennial Grand Conclave. Rightfully so, Xi-Beta would like to extend a sincere thank you to guidance and leadership of the Alumni and past EC who have made the success of this past year possible.

Xi-Beta would also like to send a much deserved congratulations to Xi-Beta Alumnus, Brother Justin Hansen, on his installation as Worthy Grand Master of Ceremonies, as well as a congratulations to the rest of the newly elected Supreme Executive Committee. Brother Hansen is the first Alumni of Xi-Beta to hold a position on the Supreme Executive Committee, and his success within the Fraternity is only rivaled by his success in his post-graduate life outside of Kappa Sigma.  He is a strong guiding force that has helped lead Xi-Beta to the success it is seeing today.