The Delta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma was chartered at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. Ever striving to become a “Man of Honor,” the brothers of Phi Kappa Sigma live by seven core values: trust, honor, respect, knowledge, wisdom, responsibility and integrity. These values form the foundation which supports efforts towards fulfilling the chapter vision of “promoting Brotherhood by upholding values, stimulating personal and collective growth, and dismantling stereotypes,” which the brothers endeavor to achieve through their commitment to the chapter, to academic success and to philanthropic partnerships and fundraisers.
Different backgrounds, majors and interests enrich the experience of the fraternity members while their common goals and values bring them close together. Their commonalities help the brothers to respect their differences while honoring the core values that connect them.
“We have a group of guys that don’t fit the stereotype and are not your typical frat guy,” Phi Kappa Sigma president, Joseph Mason said. “That’s how we keep growing, we bring a different flare to greek life, a different image.”
Phi Kappa Sigma’s dedication to knowledge and wisdom begins with members maintaining a strong academic performance and commitment to involvement both in the chapter and around the University during their collegiate experience. All brothers must keep their GPAs over the 3.0 threshold.The fraternity aims to remain competitive and help all members realize their goals and potential, both academically and professionally.
“Our academics officer holds members accountable for their grades. They help those members who are struggling in school by helping them prepare for assignments, and develop study skills,” Mason said.
In order to support the well-rounded individual, involvement in the chapter’s executive board and event planning committees is highly encouraged. New members have opportunities to have leadership from the start, taking on positions such as class president or vice president of finance, where they can be mentored and groomed as leaders.
“The goal is to introduce officers to the planning and leadership that is necessary to be in an executive position, and the commitment it takes to be in these positions,” Mason said. “These are the leaders and faces of our fraternity, and are held to a higher standard when around campus. As professionals, we expect the utmost professionalism from our executive board.”
All of Phi Kappa Sigma’s fundraisers are to benefit the local Virginia Chapter of their national philanthropy, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Since 2012, the Delta Upsilon Chapter has raised over $5,000 to help provide support for those affected by blood cancers. The main fundraising event of the year is the annual DunkACop, held in April, supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. VCU’s chapter is the first to host a DunkACop event, paving the way for Phi Kappa Sigma to host the fundraiser nationally. For the past two years the event was covered by CBS 6, which featured members interviewed about their involvement which showcased the fraternity and their service initiatives. Phi Kappa Sigma was able to raise $1,075.64 the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and FRIENDS Association for Children during their fourth annual DunkACop fundraiser in April 2015. This year, the fraternity also hosted their first annual Cornhole For Cancer Tournament that raised, through a combination of registration and sponsorship, over $1,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“A huge part of these donations come from VCU students who choose to participate and they should get as much credit as anybody. We wouldn’t be able to raise this much money without the help of VCU students, so thank you to all those who donated,” said Mason.
Phi Kappa Sigma also actively cleans up the James river several times a year, adding another initiative to their long list of service programs. “We really do strive to do something better for the community,” Mason said.
To learn more about Phi Kappa Sigma at VCU, visit their website at: http://www.phikapsatvcu.org/.