Men of Character
Phi Sig is the fraternity of builders, entrepreneurs, and leaders at Minnesota.
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Phi Sig supports your success, at school and after graduation. As students, members strive for excellence in all aspects of life, balancing high scholastics with a quality social life. Because we rely on each other, members develop great friendships. We are selective 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, with Fall, Spring and Summer pledge classes. Phi Sig welcomes guests and prospective new members to stop by for a visit at various social events through the year. Call Colin Atkinson for calendar dates and a personal tour, at (651) 285-7661, or write to atkin340 (at) umn.edu , or reach Michael Bjork at (507) 261-6434 or bjork225 (at) umn.edu. These two rush leaders will 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.
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'll be proud to call Phi Sig's Tudor mansion your home, living among your brothers in the heart of campus. We've been here 107 years. Living at Phi Sig is cheaper than the dorms and FAR cheaper -- and closer -- than the average apartment. Seriously, sharing the whole house is soooo much more comfortable than cramped dorm life - choose it, if you can. At this writing, we have just 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 a dorm 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 that 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 Colin or Michael to make that first connection.
President Calvin Moon moonx300 (at) umn.edu (608) 495-2716
Calvin is a Finance and Entrepreneurship major with a minor in Leadership. A Renaissance man from the butter capital of the world, Reedsburg WI, Calvin hopes to one day own his own business and become a volunteer firefighter.
Vice President Blake Barnett barne933 (at) umn.edu (952) 456-2204
Blake studies Landscape Architecture and is scheduled become a millionaire. As a Phi Sig he has spearheaded many projects, including the addition of the gorgeous retaining wall along our shared alley. If you have a question about the house, he probably has the answer.
Treasurer Dom Stockey stock492 (at) umn.edu (612) 817-1890
Dom is a sophomore finance major at the University of Minnesota. He grew up in Shakopee, Minnesota, with plans to become an investment banker and to one day run his own business. His hobbies include drag racing, personal investing, hanging out with his fellow Phi Sigs, and working on anything with an engine.
Secretary Thomas Le lexxx711 (at) umn.edu (651) 352-5848
Thomas, a junior Computer Science major is very active volunteer, supporting the Susan G Komen Foundation and Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota. Thomas spends a lot of his time listening to music and listens to Electronic Dance Music (EDM) during his free time. He has been to multiple concerts and festivals across the country.
Inductor Ethan Peppin peppi008 (at) umn.edu (952) 452-0191
Ethan, a junior in Sports Management, one day hopes to work for an analytics department in Major League Baseball. Ethan was born in Aberdeen, SD and raised in Prior Lake, MN He spends his free time working out, watching sports, and spending time with his friends and brothers. He has attended an uncanny amount of sporting events, and he can name a professional player from every major sports team in the United States.
Sentinal Derik Graham graha637 (at) umn.edu (612) 387-4492
Derik is a Senior studying Economics and Psychology here at the University of Minnesota. As an avid sports fan, Derik enjoys a well-rounded obsession with any game that involves a ball. Aside from sports and school, Derik finds time to travel and hopes to some day visit every state.
Recruitment Chair Logan Quimby quimb011 (at) umn.edu (507) 993-6695
Logan, known as “Quimby” to all of his closest friends, is a Sophomore Supply Chain and Operations Major in CSOM. He graduated from Rushford-Peterson after helping to design their new $38 million high-school over his junior and senior year. He is passionate about the outdoors and his car collection and enjoys spending free-time hanging out with his fellow Phi Sigs.
Alumni Relations Chair Elijah Uecker uecke039 (at) umn.edu (763) 568-2576
Elijah is a junior sociology of law, criminology and deviance student in CLA. He recently studied abroad in Sydney, Australia where he was disappointed to learn that P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way does not, indeed, exist.
Social Co-Chair Cole Bruns bruns210 (at) umn.edu (262) 332-0908
Cole is a senior studying Sports Management in CEHD, originally from Southeastern Wisconsin. He enjoys both watching and playing sports, the gym, movies, going out, and wants to go into professional scouting for either basketball or football.
Social Co-Chair Forbes Gefre gefre006 (at) umn.edu (612) 968-0644
Forbes is a junior studying Astrophysics in CSE. He enjoys building computers and anything with two to four wheels . He is not named after the magazine but plans to be in it one day.
PR Chair Will Yankosky yanko014 (at) umn.edu (507) 272-2988
Will is a Sophomore Industrial and Systems Engineering major in CSE. He graduated from Plainview-Elgin Millville in southeastern MN. His passions run far and wide. Basketball, good food, music, clothing, and dogs are just a few, among many others. He enjoys experiencing new things, especially with his fellow Phi Sigs.
Scholarship Chair Alec Ferris ferri111 (at) umn.edu (320) 493-3414
Alec has his sights on a degree in Biology, Society and the Environment, and is a busy Junior. One of his tactics to improve chapter grades is to pair freshmen with upperclassmen who've been in the same classes. That, and brewing strong coffee in the mornings.
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 has 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 our annual spring Founders' Day (April 23, 2017 this year), the Golf Tourney (July 12, 2017), Oktoberfest (Sept 16, 2017), and Homecoming (Oct 21, 2017) - or whenever you stop by. Details and tickets for these events are at https://squareup.com/market/triton-corporation .
We're gearing up for an Oktoberfest celebration on September 16th, 2017. All alumni are welcome for the feast, honoring several of our brothers who graduated in the 1940s and 1950s, and who are making the pilgramage to the old chapterhouse to see our remodeling efforts and meet our fine chapter. Look to the newsletter or donations website for details and times, or call or write Tom Jackson at tom (at) pro-activemktg.com or (612) 801-0708.
Homecoming for 2017 will be October 21. Game time has not been announced as of this writing, but the alumni ALWAYS host a breakfast or lunch in the two hours prior to the game. See you there for the tailgating! There will be a parade the evening before the game. Many alumni and parents make it a long weekend, and usually the weather cooperates. Parking is first come, first served.
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 $32,000 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 Steve Schmeling '88 elias637 (at) yahoo.com (612) 221-7217
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, while 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. To contribute to the Foundation (charitable), make your check out to "The PSK Foundation of Minnesota," same address.
Any and all historical information is most welcome, at the same address. Photos? Stories? Career notes? Intern openings? Bring 'em!
Finally, you can donate online by visiting our online store! - Thank you...
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, to 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 2017. We provide alumni connections for mentoring support and jobs better than any other house.