Men of Character
Phi Sig is the fraternity of builders, entrepreneurs, and leaders at Minnesota.
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Phi Sig supports your success, in school and after graduation. As an undergrad, members strive for excellence in all aspects of life, a balancing high scholastics with a quality social life. Because we rely on each other, members develop great friendships, and are therefore careful about whom we ask to join. You won't find an entire high school class transplanted here. Nor do we fit a predictable mold. We're individuals, sharing an enthusiasm for the challenge and excitement of our growing fraternity. Most of us work our way through college, but we all work hard - at life. We consider a prospective member's character and how we can best help him, and benefit from him - because support goes both ways. Our alumni play a big role at Phi Sig, providing scholarships, mentoring, and job connections to many of our active and graduating members.
We're open for informal recruitment, and our summer pledge class is growing. Phi Sig welcomes guests and prospective new members to stop by for a visit at various social events all summer. Call Gandhi for calendar dates and a personal tour, at (612) 385-3737, or write to gandh034 (at) umn.edu . Or, contact Brian Pagnano at (507) 254-2401 or pagna002 (at) umn.edu . We'll answer your questions and make a few introductions to upperclassmen. Prospective new members can participate in all the activities of the chapter except for our formal meetings, and may soon join these after initiation later this Fall.
In a recent survey of our members, the top benefits listed were "close bonds between brothers" and "major alumni support and job networking." Our chapter provides members a place to rest, eat and study between classes. On the weekends, enjoy a party or game with us. Newly remodeled, you'd be proud to call Phi Sig your home, among your brothers in the chapter. We've been here 106 years; because we own our building, living here is cheaper than the dorms. Our convenient location can't be beat, close to Dinkytown and Stadium Village. Seriously, living in is soooo much more comfortable than dorm life - choose it, if you can: At this writing, summer occupancy is full. We only have 10 beds left for Fall live-ins, available to members and pledges on a first-come, first served basis. Non live-ins are called townies, and can enjoy the privileges of membership while living in the dorms or an apartment.
For more information, download our prospective member information sheet here.
What else do we do?
You'll find that our members participate in dozens of student groups and clubs. Our football, broom ball and other intramural teams are called the Phi Sig Raiders. We'll tackle a number of community philanthropy events a year, currently supporting the Special Olympics. Members appreciate peer mentoring with upperclassmen. While science, tech and engineering are the most popular majors, we have a strong showing among Carlson School students, CBS, Architecture and liberal arts. When you are ready to graduate, we appreciate the support that our alumni give us, for internships, job leads and recommendation letters, available to all members. Get ahead in life - join Phi Sigma Kappa.
The best candidates are incoming freshmen, transfer students or underclassmen who can make the most of several years of participation in our active group. We are individuals, working on a common endeavor of making the most of our college years. Many of us work during the school year, some join athletic clubs or teams, and we maintain a house GPA well above the Men's Average and among the highest of the fraternity averages. Did you know? Greeks graduate faster than the average student, and with higher GPAs. Sound like a path you may want to explore? We want to meet you.
Call or write Gandhi or Brian to make that first connection.
President Caleb Walters walte574 (at) umn.edu (262) 719-8005 Milwaukee native Caleb is majoring in Cellular Biology. He's a busy athlete, as a member of the U of M Gymnastics club.
Vice President Michael Younghans youn1632 (at) umn.edu (612) 655-2007 Mike joined us from Savage Minnesota. Now a sophomore in the Carlson School of Business, he values balancing his work and school life with his personal life. Mike is already a marketer: his catch phrase is "obvi." It's already trending. Obvi.
Treasurer Abhik Mahakul mahak01 (at) umn.edu (630) 770-4839 Majoring in Electrical Engineering, Abhik is a junior, can eat a hotdog in one bite (why would he admit to this?) and follows the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts.
Secretary Marc Fink finkx206 (at) umn.edu (651) 260-2200 Majoring in Finance, Marc works full time, managing to maintain nearly a 4.0 GPA in the Carlson school, and to keep his girlfriend entertained. "Time management," he says.
Inductor Ben Jacobus jaco1900 (at) umn.edu (651) 331-1609 Ben is a sophomore majoring in Engineering, who hails from Woodbury, MN. Ben is a competitive trap and sporting clays shooter, and can recite most lines from the TV show "How I Met Your Mother".
Sentinal Alex Kaplan kapla262 (at) umn.edu (847) 347-6996 One of several freshman members from Illinois, Alex is from Buffalo Grove, majoring in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Tough enough to wear a White Sox jersey to a Twins game, he nevertheless says he is afraid of Pugs. Especially in packs. Must be their beady eyes.
Rush Chair Nisarg Gandhi gandh034 (at) umn.edu (612) 385-3737 A freshman from Wayzata whose friends call him just "Gandhi," he is a debater, published poet, and as he says, "hopefully" a Neuroscience major. He mostly writes his poetry about tuition bills, because tears just seem to stain the receipts in that special poetic way.
Assistant Rush Chair Brian Pagnano pagna002 (at) umn.edu (507) 254-2401 Majoring in Communication, Brian is a Junior from Chatfield, MN, and a proud cadet of the Air Force ROTC.
IFC Relations Levi Carstensen carst071 (at) umn.edu (605) 553-1617 is a Poli Sci major from Pipestone, considering a career in politics. He lends a practiced diplomatic sense to our inter-Greek relations.
Scholarship Isaac Sorensen soren804 (at) umn.edu (651) 356-1004 Majoring in Poli Sci, junior Isaac is from Woodbury, and holds the golden key to our members-only test file.
Alumni, you've simply been amazing, once again. We will complete the last touches of our house-wide renovation this Fall, after three years of work. But in the end, it's made for a much more comfortable chapter building for our boys. The entire national fraternity of 90 chapters visited our building and our growing chapter during the official reception in 2015, when our national General Convention was in town. We look forward to Homecoming, Oktoberfest and our annual spring Founders' Day - or whenever you stop by.
Watch this space for an announcement of the next alumni reception. We'll be honoring all our donors and volunteers, providing house tours and introducing our actives.
Homecoming is scheduled for October 22th, 2016 at 11:00AM, against Rutgers. There will be a parade the evening before the game, and breakfast at the chapter house prior to the game. Parking is first come, first served, for a small donation to the remodeling fund.
While many generous donations have come in, and all of these funds have gone to improve the chapter, we have a remaining shortfall in our funding campaign of $10,000 to complete our work. Can you help with all or part of that? There is a donations link, further down this page.
Some of you have especially fond memories of living in the house, and in a particular room. By popular demand, we are now naming each room after the generous alumnus donor who wishes to memorialize his name or nickname on the new bedroom door. Here are the bedrooms and common rooms that are still available for naming:
A portion of each bedroom may be tax deductable. See us if interested.
Have you bought your commemorative mug and shot glass? Do you want to contribute to the remodeling fund or our educational foundation? Do you need parking for Vikings or Gopher games? You can do all that, and more, at our online store!
Many of you get our alumni newsletter. If not, send us your email address with any other contact information, to tom (at) pro-activemktg.com , and we'll be sure to including you in these thrice-annual mailings. No spam, just alumni and chapter news, promise.
Do you get your Signet four times a year? All alumni know it's their birthright. Sometimes this impressive fraternal magazine is sent via mail, and sometimes by email. To ensure you don't miss an issue, update any missing alumni information for you or your pledge brothers here: http://bit.ly/1dslvUB
If you ONLY want print copies of The Signet, we can do that too, but need to know your wishes. Call PSK Headquarters with this request, at (317) 573-5420.
Did you know? When you send in Sustaining Member dues to National, almost all those funds go to OUR CHAPTER. Thanks for your support!
We look to you to help provide internships, interview practice, recommendation letters and job leads to our excellent graduates. If you can help, let us know your field and location, and we'll send only the brightest, most capable and hard working lads your way. See Tom Jackson at tom (at) pro-activemktg.com , or call (612) 801-0708.
Alumni President Marty Brown '84 themartybrown (at) yahoo.com (612) 845-1475
Alumni News and Networking Tom Jackson '87 tom (at) pro-activemktg.com (612) 801-0708
Alumni Secretary and House Dad Jeremiah Wingstadt '14 wings003 (at) umn.edu (920) 284-5594
Local PSK Foundation David Anton '84 dave.anton (at) comcast.net (612) 201-3096
Donations to the Foundation are tax deductable, donations to the building fund generally are not. Give to the building fund with checks payable to "The Triton Corporation," c/o Tom Jackson, at 431 Post Road, Lino Lakes, MN 55014. Make checks to the local foundation to "The PSK Foundation of Minnesota," same address.
Any and all historical information is most welcome, at the same address. Photos? Stories? Bring 'em!
We have a story to tell that is unique and powerful and inspiring. With over 106 years on campus, and almost 150 years as a national, our history is amazing. You can be part of it as a member.
We began as many older chapters did: 25 charter members with a dream, operating as a local club in 1907, and looking for the right National. We narrowed it to five, and were thrilled to find a perfect match in Phi Sigma Kappa, an impressive eastern fraternity which had just begun to span our growing nation. Things really took off five years into being a chapter, with the move to larger quarters, and what turned out to be an extremely potent class of members who had a dream of building the most inspiring mansion on campus, reflecting our brotherhood. Renting three successively larger homes, we bought a barn-roofed clapboard home for the first time just five years after our chartering. Saving funds for 12 more years enabled us to design and build the home we have today.
The Lovering brothers, members of Beta Deuteron at Minnesota, started a construction firm out of college. They built Beta Deuteron’s current home in 1928, when they were only 31 and 35 years old. Our 15-year old chapter had saved for it. We bought a key parcel of land, building two years later, here, near the stadiums and main classrooms of the day. Our building has only gotten more convenient. Brother Sam Gale, a VP at General Mills, helped us sell alumni mortgage backing during the Great Depression that kept the chapter solvent. Alumni rock. Our alumni still rock, having funded the bulk of a total building renovation that is being completed by the fall of 2016. We provide alumni connections for mentoring support and jobs better than any other house.