An important dimension of Phi Eta Sigma membership is the opportunity for service and leadership
on campuses and in communities across our great land. Featured on this page are summaries of a
small sampling of the participation of our members in campus and community help projects custom
designed to meet the special needs of those whose lives they touch. Additional projects are
highlighted in each issue of our magazine, Forum of Phi Eta Sigma.
Phi Eta Sigma members take great pride in their membership by making a difference in their communities, at their schools, and among fellow students as they set examples of higher standards and citizenship values. Later in life, these academically motivated scholars will continue to make a difference in their homes, their communities, and their chosen careers after they leave campus, to the benefit of their families, their friends, their fellow citizens, and society at large.
The following are all-too-brief summaries of recent chapter reports of activities, leadership, and projects.
University of Illinois Chapter Hosts Regional Conference
The Alpha Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign hosted a Regional Convention on April 10, 2010 for those schools interested in participating. The day began with a provided lunch and led into multiple breakout sessions followed by a keynote presentation by Adam Carroll. Adam Carroll is the founder of National Financial Educators, whose mission is to educate and inspire young people to take control of their finances. He has spoken in front of over 150,000 college students nationally and has also co-authored the book Winning the Money Game: A Financial Rule Book for Young People. He also founded Four Legacies Mortgage, the first socially-responsible mortgage company in the state of Iowa. According to Alpha Chapter Treasurer Matt Reed, "Our reason for holding the convention is to provide an engaging, informative speaker to attendees. The topic addressed is one we feel is applicable to all students and one of particular interest to our organization, which encourages academic excellence and helps students strive for success. We also want to give our members the chance to network with other schools while learning valuable information for the future." For more information about the conference or the University of Illinois chapter, feel free to contact the chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa State University Chapter Activities 2009-2010 Over the course of the 2009-2010 academic year the Iowa State University Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma built upon its motto of "More than Recognition." The chapter held bi-weekly meetings over the course of the year and took advantage of the individual members' dedication to organize and host a multitude of social and philanthropic events throughout the year. These events included a canoe retreat to Lake Chichiquawa, where members bonded and worked as a team to paddle canoes and find caches buried in the brush. One philanthropic event that the chapter organized was a trip to the local clothing pantry where members helped organize and sort the clothes. A lady who volunteers there regularly remarked at the amount of work completed by the students in a very short time. When the members finished their volunteer work and said goodbye, they felt satisfaction from seeing a smile on the lady's face that they will not soon forget. The biggest philanthropic event hosted by the Iowa State University Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma is the annual Charity Skate. The chapter rents out the local ice arena and allows individuals in the community to donate two cans of food each to skate for free. Due to the hard work of the executive committee, last year's annual Charity Skate marked a great achievement in the chapter's history, with more than 400 people in attendance and over 800 cans of food donated Submitted by Carl Kirpes Iowa State University Phi Eta Sigma Chapter President