Sigma Chi: Alpha Lambda Chapter, University of Wisconsin

Consul Update on Spring Semester

This Spring 2013 semester, my first semester as Consul, was an incredible success.  We reached and surpassed many of our goals, and had a great time doing so.  We had more planned than we maybe thought we could handle, but the event-filled semester went off without a hitch.

First, Derby Days this year was the most successful Derby Days we have ever had.  We raised around $55,000 and all proceeds went to the University of Wisconsin American Family Children’s Hospital, which is located right here on UW’s campus.  We were paid a visit to one of the last events of the week by the UW Hospitals and Clinic President CEO Donna Katen-Behensky, who presented us with a plaque in recognition of our service to the community and specifically the Children’s Hospital.  It was truly an incredible feeling to have been able to contribute such an outstanding amount of money to an even better cause.  Among Greek life at UW, our chapter raised more than double the philanthropic money than any other organization on campus.  We were recognized by the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) as demonstrating the best overall philanthropic service to the community and were subsequently awarded the inaugural “IFC Service Stanley Cup.”

In addition, we have had the highest membership numbers we have had in over a decade and our chapter continues to grow steadily with young men of exceptionally strong work ethic and overall character.  We are currently sitting around 120 members and have had pledge classes around 30 the past few years.

Along with growing chapter size always comes more risk and a higher chance for getting infractions with IFC and/or the Center for Student Organizations (CSO) and University.  However, in the past year we have not had any infractions and currently are not under any sanctions by any of the governing bodies previously mentioned.  This is an incredible accomplishment and is obviously key to continuing the success we have been experiencing over the past year.  We have updated and revised our Crisis Management plan, Risk Management policies, and overall structure of officer positions in the house.  This has created more order and has proven to help the officers reach their full potential in effectively leading the chapter.

We have had the fortune of being able to make improvements to the chapter house, including a finished library filled with historic Sigma Chi relics and a brand new workout facility on the second floor.  We have additional aspirations consisting of renovating the basement over the summer and adding a recreational room on the first floor.  We are very appreciative of everything that has been given to us and has gone into the chapter house.

Spring Formal in Chicago was a fantastic success as well.  We took a midnight boat cruise on Lake Michigan and had an incredible time wrapping up the semester in such fashion.

Finally, our alumni relations have been exponentially increasing, with our annual scholarship banquet as the pivotal alumni relations event of the year.  This year we were fortunate enough to be awarded over $5000 worth of scholarships to a few very intelligent and well-achieved brothers.  We are deeply grateful to be allowed these types of opportunities and I believe that the willingness of our alumni to contribute speaks volumes toward our chapter’s strong character and seemingly endless drive toward our future goals and ambitions.

In hoc,

Kurt Mittelstadt
2013 Consul
University of Wisconsin-Madison ’14

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