A new sign will soon grace the northeastern entrance to the City of Monmouth, and the men of Monmouth College’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity have played a large part in making that happen.
In August, Sig Ep member Pete Lipinski, a senior from Western Springs, contacted the city to start brainstorming ideas for possible service projects for the fraternity’s “Sig Ep Saturdays” program. Typically, the organization performs service projects at locations such as the Jamieson Community Center, but a different project came into focus when Jan Helms, the city’s executive administrative assistant, approached Lipinski about helping to replace a “Welcome to Monmouth” sign, with the city providing the materials and supplies.
“I think the project is a big step in the direction that Sigma Phi Epsilon wants to go in helping the City of Monmouth and the surrounding community,” said Lipinski, who is credited by his fraternity brothers as the driving force behind the project.
The fraternity has done more than just offer to help replace the sign. A graphic design major, Lipinski offered to help design it, incorporating elements of Monmouth’s “Maple City” theme. Fraternity members have planted trees around the city in the past, so the idea of maintaining that “growth and nature” theme was a very important part of the project.
The men of Sig Ep erected the new sign on Oct. 20.
“Monmouth has been our home since 1948,” said Sig Ep president Roy Sye, a senior from Arlington Heights, “and we are honored to give back to the community that has helped our members develop into balanced men for more than 60 years.”