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 Garrett Caddes cadde003 (at) umn.edu (801) 664-0404
Garrett is a sophomore majoring in Finance, who hails from Los Altos, CA, on the San Francisco peninsula. Just down his street back home is the garage where the first Apple computers were built. We expect great things, Garrett.
Vice President Blake Barnett barne933 (at) umn.edu (952) 456-2204
Majoring in Landscape Architecture in the College of Design, Blake came to us from Bloomington, MN. We are impressed by his interest in improving the landscaping around our building, and tackling our massive front and back lawns.
Treasurer Calvin Moon moonx300 (at) umn.edu (608) 495-2716
Calvin, a sophomore MIS major, aspires to one day run a national chain of large machine shops. Raised in "Butter Capital of the World," Reedsburg, WI, Calvin spends his free time playing minesweeper, listening to his vinyl collection, or indulging in his favorite local burger, burrito, and pizza places. His diet is said to be an unstoppable force; and digestive system: an immovable object.
Secretary Maverick Johnson joh12908 (at) umn.edu (763) 228-0534
Majoring in Psychology, Maverick came to us from Plymouth, MN. Maverick loves to watch the TV show Archer. He confides that snark and sarcasm are somehow motivating to him.
Inductor Elijah Uecker uecke039 (at) umn.edu (763) 568-2576
Majoring in the Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance with a minor in Psychology, busy Elijah plans on a career in the justice system. He hails from Anoka, MN, a city known as the Halloween capital of the world.
Sentinal Isaac Sorensen soren804 (at) umn.edu (651) 356-1004
Issac is a senior, majoring in Political Science, who hails from Woodbury, MN. The trusted role of Sentinal includes risk management, and security.
Rush Co-Chairs Colin Atkinson atkin340 (at) umn.edu (651) 285-7661
and Michael Bjork bjork225 (at) umn.edu (507) 261-6434
Both sophomores from Lake Elmo, and Lewiston MN, respectively, Colin is majoring in Economics, while Michael majors in Supply Chain and Operations Management with a focus on Business Analytics.
Alumni Relations Chair Ethan Hogen hogen038 (at) umn.edu (218) 370-8716
Ethan is a Junior majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering, and has moved up, after helping with alumni relations last year. He is also our Scholarship Chair.
Social Committee Co-Chairs Simon Larson lars4851 (at) umn.edu (952) 446-5559
and Ethan Peppin peppi008 (at) umn.edu (952) 452-0191
Coordinating the chapter social calendar is a task shared by two. Simon hails from Shakopee, MN, while Ethan came to us from Prior Lake. Look to them to coordinate sorority exchanges, formals and the heavy lifting of big inter-Greek events.
IFC Relations Chair Marc Fink finkx206 (at) umn.edu (651) 260-2200
Majoring in Marketing, Marc is a senior member of our fraternity and has been an officer all four years while in the chapter. He knows things. A diplomatic and connected member of the officer team. In his role he makes a welcome addition to our inter-Greek relations.
Scholarship Chair Ethan Hogen hogen038 (at) umn.edu (218) 370-8716
Ethan is a Junior majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. As scholarship chair he holds the golden key to our members-only study bank. He is also our Alumni Relations Chair.
PR Chair Danny Kobren kobre001 (at) umn.edu (301) 467-3644
Danny is a senior, majoring in Journalism. Hailing from Columbia, Maryland, outside of Baltimore, Danny is a sports fan. Already boasting stints for Gopher Athletics and the Vikings, this summer he will work with the Washington Capitals. Tweet him a friendly hello, at @UofMPhiSig .
Golf Tournament Coordinator Michael Bjork bjork225 (at) umn.edu (507) 261-6434
Majoring in Supply Chain and Operations Management with a focus on Business Analytics, Michael came to us from Lewiston, in southern MN. He led the establishment of our July 12, 2017 Phi Sig Golf Tourney at Deer Run GC for alumni, parents and members.
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.