Sigma Phi Epsilon House Fund

A Firm Foundation for a New Generation.

Monmouth College has a long tradition of supporting both men’s and women’s fraternal organizations on campus. These organizations contribute significantly to our students’ personal development and supporting them is an important initiative in the College’s strategic plan.

After 50 years in the Fraternity Complex, Illinois Gamma Chapter will be moving in to a stately, Queen Anne-style residence, located at 815 E. Broadway. The chapter house will join several other fraternities and sororities as a modern-day Greek Row for Monmouth College. This house will reflect the character, strength, achievement, and legacy of Sigma Phi Epsilon. 

Renovation plans include interior and exterior updates, along with landscaping for the front and back of the house. The property also includes an adjacent garage that will be completely remodeled and converted into a chapter/ritual room and will also serve as a location to host special events and recruitment activities. 

We aim to raise more than $450,000 in current gifts and pledges for house renovations, demonstrating strong momentum by a cadre of brothers ready to step up and lead.

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fundraising Progress

Goal amount: $450,000+ Our Goal
Current amount:$284,210 Raised and Pledged

Construction on the house will begin when 100 percent of the renovation costs are pledged and 75 percent is in hand. Once the funds for the renovations are reached, we hope to push for an additional $300,000 to establish an endowed maintenance fund that will ensure the longevity and maintenance of the new Sigma Phi Epsilon Illinois Gamma Chapter House.

Together, let us share the heart of Sigma Phi Epsilon with future brothers for generations to come. Let’s pass along the legacy of brotherhood with a fraternity house our active members can be proud to call home.

There are unique opportunities for naming, memorial, and leadership gifts.

Support Sig Ep Today!

Primary contacts for gifts

Hannah Maher
Vice President for Development and College Relations
hmaher@monmouthcollege.edu
309-457-2231

Gena Alcorn ’88, CFRE - Contact for Sigma Phi Epsilon
Assistant Vice President of Development & Legacy Giving
galcorn@monmouthcollege.edu
309-457-2427

House Fund Steering Committee

Eric Ealy ’86 Bill Goldsborough ’65  Pete Lipinski ’13
Bill Murschel ’75 Scott Shaw ’03 Joe Svoboda ’75

Roy Sye ’13

Bill Turner ’93

John Welsh ’78

Pete Widolff ’88  

 

The Campaign

FAQs

  • I would like to name a room, or make my gift in memory of a brother. What should I do?

    We are very fortunate to have Gena Alcorn ’88, CFRE, AVP for Development and Legacy Giving as our fund-raising advisor and liaison with the College Development Office. Gena is an alumnae member of Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and she was closely involved in KKG’s fundraising campaign for their house on Broadway several years ago. Gena and her staff can be contacted to make a larger gift, to name a room in the house or annex, or to make your donation in memory of a brother. Email Gena directly at galcorn@monmouthcollege.edu. You can access the online giving form and view house renderings and interior drawings of the house via this link: https://www.monmouthcollege.edu/give/sig-ep-house-fund/

  • When might construction begin?

    Construction on the house will begin when 100 percent of the renovation costs are pledged and 75 percent of the funds are in hand. The goal of the Steering Committee it to reach this goal by Illinois Gamma’s Founder’s Day on May 22, if not sooner! Monmouth College will coordinate the final bids and general contractor for the project.

  • How can you contribute?

    Brothers and friends of Illinois Gamma Chapter can donate cash gifts immediately and/or spread their donations over two fiscal years with a written pledge. All donations should be made directly to Monmouth College with designation for the SigEp House Fund. All contributors to the chapter house project will have their names included on the Donor Wall inside the house.

  • What specific renovations are included?

    For the house, the interior/exterior makeover will fund a new roof, windows, exterior repairs and paint as well as rebuild the front porch of the house. In addition, updates to the kitchen, library, study area, bathrooms, laundry area, and bedrooms are planned; as well as installation of a sprinkler system. Landscaping will be completed; as well as new sidewalks, and handicapped access. New furnishings are also included in the renovation costs. The chapter annex building will receive new siding, doors, flooring, interior walls and ceiling, and complete HVAC and electrical service.

  • What is the fund-raising goal and timeline?

    The campaign goal is to raise over $450,000 in gifts and pledges for the renovations. An additional $300,000 will be raised for an endowed maintenance fund for the chapter house, which can be used for future house maintenance projects and improvements. Plans are to complete the campaign in the next 6-10 months so that the College can obtain final bids and move forward on renovations.

  • Why not update the Fraternity Complex? Why move to Broadway?

    The “Complex” was originally constructed for a 30-year lifespan; it would need to be torn down and rebuilt – a cost that would be multiple times the 815 E. Broadway project. Monmouth College does not need additional residence space.

    While the Fraternity Complex was very adequate, Illinois Gamma has not had a classic, stately chapter house on Broadway since the 1960s. Interestingly, the Chapter will have come full circle with this move: the first house was on Broadway. The curb appeal of the new home and its high-profile location – along a developing Greek Row – will be a major improvement over the Fraternity Complex.

  • What’s happening and why now?

    Illinois Gamma Chapter will be moving to a College owned house at 815 E. Broadway – right across from Wallace Hall. The undergraduate members are currently living in a College owned apartment complex as the 50-year-old Fraternity Complex has been closed for several years.

    The alumni members of Illinois Gamma are being asked to raise funds for renovations to the interior and exterior of the house and annex/garage. The stately, Queen Anne-style residence will reflect the character, strength, achievement, and legacy of the top fraternity on campus. A chapter house is critical for building community, sharing bonds of brotherhood, creating an identity, and displaying the Chapter’s rich history. The Steering Committee, Advisory Council, and the undergraduate brothers are very excited to move forward with this project in 2024 – the 75th year for Illinois Gamma.

  • What awards has ZBT received?

    The Delta Lambda chapter of Zeta Beta Tau has received the following national awards in recent years:

    • 2023 Buddy Messing Award for Most Outstanding Individual Brother (Jake Rathgeb ’23)
    • 2023 Joseph E. Glazer Award for Excellence in Philanthropy
    • 2023 Lee Dover Award for Outstanding General Chapter Programming
    • 2023 - Recipient of largest ZBT Foundation Scholarship awarded ($17,500 to Corey Pevitz ’24)
    • 2022 Phil Goodman Award for Outstanding Campus Leader (Owen Davies ’23)
    • 2021 Brummer Cup Champions for Most Outstanding ZBT Chapter
    • 2021 Risk Management and Best Educational Program Awards
    • 2020 Lee Dover Award for Outstanding General Chapter Programming

    Additionally, ZBT has earned the following awards from Monmouth College in recent years:

    • 2023 Outstanding Chapter Operations
    • 2023 Outstanding Chapter President (Owen Davies ’23)
    • 2023 Excellence in Philanthropic Programming
    • 2023 Emerging Male Leader (Ethan Panganiban ’25)
    • 2022 Excellence in Community Service
    • 2022 Excellence in Chapter Education and Programming
    • 2022 Outstanding Chapter Program (Wellness Fair)
    • 2021 Emerging Male Leader (Jake Rathgeb ’23)
    • 2021 Outstanding Chapter Advisor (Jake McLean)
    • 2021 Outstanding Chapter Program (Antisemitism Awareness Event)
    • 2021 Outstanding Chapter President (Rodolfo Garcia ’21)
  • How many members does Delta Lambda ZBT have?

    30

  • Does ZBT have pledging or initiation?

    ZBT does not have a “pledge period.” Initiation takes place almost immediately after bids have been distributed and accepted, typically within a 72-hour timeframe. Once initiated, new members have the same rights and privileges as all other brothers.

  • What does recruitment look like today?

    ZBT hosts two formal recruitment periods. The first is a two-week period in the fall after students start the academic year. The second is a shorter, 10-day recruitment that takes place in the spring semester.

    The fraternity is also open to accepting potential new members anytime of the year, except for summer and winter break.

    ZBT does not have a “pledge period.” Initiation takes place almost immediately after bids have been distributed and accepted, typically within a 72-hour timeframe. Once initiated, new members have the same rights and privileges as all other brothers.

  • What does Monmouth College’s Greek life look like today?

    The College has a rich history of Greek life on campus. We are the home of women’s fraternities, with both Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma being founded at Monmouth College. Today 19% of undergraduate men on campus are affiliated with a fraternity, and 28% of undergraduate women are affiliate with a sorority. Overall, approximately 23% of the student population is a member of Greek life.

  • What are the long-term benefits to ZBT if a smaller number reside in the new house?

    There are clear benefits to ZBT, whether or not a majority of the brothers reside at the house. It will become the place to conduct meetings and initiations; a gathering site for hanging out and studying; a place to host recruitment events; to display chapter awards and historical materials; and above all, provide the undergrads an added sense of identity and a foundation for building a stronger brotherhood, the kind we all experienced.

    Monmouth College sororities now have their own houses, with 15 or less women living in them. They have larger active members than the four fraternities.

  • How many brothers will live in the house? Where will the chapter room be?

    The house has 4 bedrooms on the 2nd floor and will sleep 7 brothers. The College has renovated and/or built other Greek Housing in the last decade and they have seen fewer men and women desiring to live in the Greek Houses.

    The attached garage will be renovated into a space for ritual activities, meetings, special events and for hosting backyard recruiting and other chapter activities.

  • Is a renovation approach and this property the best alternative available to ZBT at this time?

    At the present time, Monmouth College is utilizing about 75 percent of its residence hall capacity, due to a post-Covid reduction in the student population, and shifting demographics of college-age students. Monmouth College considered all options for housing and determined repurposing and renovating a current property would make the most sense for the active chapter.

    Monmouth College owns the building and property – which has always been its requirement – while ZBT funds the renovation costs. The property sits on a prime location on Broadway with more curb appeal and proximity to academic buildings.

  • Does the College Leadership support Greek Life on campus?

    The value and historical impact of Greek organizations on campus is recognized by Monmouth College senior leadership, which is in contrast to some other universities around the country. Greek alumni hold key roles on the College Board of Trustees and have pushed for the housing improvements. Greek letter organizations on the Monmouth College campus are noted for motivating academic success, career preparation and alumni engagement. After a successful presidential search, Monmouth College is welcoming Dr. Patricia Draves in July 2024. It is expected she will share this view and understand the value of Greek Life on the Monmouth College campus.

  • Did the undergrads select 903 E. Broadway? Are we the only fraternity offered a house?

    Yes. The ZBT chapter was offered two on-campus options and the undergraduate men and advisers chose 903 E. Broadway for its prime location, in the center of what is becoming “Greek Row”.

    The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has selected a different site and is embarking on a similar campaign to raise funds this year. Their renovated house will be east of ours, down Broadway.

  • Is there a similar campaign underway by SigEp?

    Yes. The SigEp’s are engaged in a campaign to raise funds to renovate a house on Broadway, as well.

  • I would like to name a room, or make my gift in memory of a brother. What should I do?

    We are very fortunate to have Molie Harrod ’07, MNA, Senior Development Officer as our fund-raising advisor and liaison with the College Development Office staff. Mollie not only graduated from Monmouth College but has been working in the office since 2016 and she has a Masters in Nonprofit Administration with a focus in fundraising. Mollie and her colleagues can be contacted to make a larger gift, to name a room in the House, or to make your donation in memory of a brother. Email Mollie directly at mharrod@monmouthcollege.edu. You can access the online giving form and view house renderings and interior drawings of the house via this link (https://www.monmouthcollege.edu/give/zbt-house-fund/).

  • When might construction begin?

    Construction on the house will begin when 100 percent of the renovation costs are pledged and 75 percent of the funds are in hand. Monmouth College will coordinate the final bids and general contractor for the project.

  • Can I add the ZBT house to my will?

    Yes, but only to support the Endowed Maintenance fund. You can learn more about estate and gift planning on the Monmouth College website (http://www.monmouthcollege.edu.giftplans.org).

  • How can you contribute?

    Brothers and friends of ZBT can donate cash gifts immediately and/or spread their donations over two fiscal years with a written pledge. All donations should be made directly to Monmouth College with designation for the ZBT House Fund.

  • How will Doc Kieft be honored?

    Doc Kieft was our advisor for 25 years, half the life of the chapter! His legacy is important to many of us. The Delta Lambda House Fund Steering Committee is open to discuss ideas of honoring Doc. If you would like a room named in his honor, please reach out to a committee member or Mollie Harrod.

  • Why not update the Fraternity Complex? Why move to Broadway?

    The Complex – originally constructed for a 30-year lifespan – would need to be torn down and rebuilt – a cost that would be multiple times the 903 E. Broadway project. Monmouth College does not need additional residence space.

    While the Fraternity Complex was very adequate, and enjoyed being part of its 50 years, we have not had a classic, stately chapter house on Broadway since 1988. This new home for ZBT will have curb appeal, be a high-profile location and will be part of the developing Greek Row. A major improvement over the old Fraternity Complex.

  • What specific renovations are included?

    For the House, the interior/exterior makeover will fund a new windows, exterior repairs and paint as well as rebuild the front porch of the house. In addition, updates to the kitchen, bathroom and community spaces on the first floor and the updates of a bathroom, laundry area and four bedrooms on the second floor. Landscaping will be completed, as well as new sidewalks, handicapped access, and sprinkler/alarm systems. New furnishings are also included in the renovation costs. The attached garage will also receive updates including HVAC and electrical. Once finished it will become the new chapter room for ZBT.

  • How is the college ensuring ZBT will stay housed at 903 E Broadway?

    We are actively fundraising an additional $300,000 to establish an endowed maintenance fund that will ensure the longevity and maintenance of the house. The chapter must stay in good standing with ZBT’s national chapter and Monmouth College.

  • What is our fund-raising goal and timing?

    The campaign goal is to raise over $480,000 in gifts and pledges for the renovations. An additional $300,000 will be raised for an endowment maintenance fund for the chapter house, which can be used for future house maintenance projects and improvements. Plans are to complete the campaign in the next 6-10 months so that the College can obtain final bids and move forward on renovations.

  • What’s happening? And why now?

    The Delta Lambda chapter of ZBT will be moving to a College owned house at 903 E. Broadway – right across from Wallace Hall. The undergraduate members are currently living in an apartment complex as the 50-year-old Fraternity Complex has been closed for several years.

    The alumni members of ZBT are being asked to raise funds for renovations to the interior and exterior of the house and attached garage. The stately, Queen Anne-style residence will reflect the character, strength, achievement, and legacy of the top fraternity on campus. A chapter house is critical for building community, sharing bonds of brotherhood, creating an identity and displaying our rich history. The Steering Committee, and the undergraduate brothers are very excited to move forward with this project in 2024.

  • What awards has Illinois Gamma received?

    The Illinois Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon has received the following national awards in recent years:

    • 2022 Frank J. Ruck Leadership Award (Elijah Lind ’23)
    • 2021Pay it Forward Grant
    • 2020 Excelsior Award – Standards and Accountability

    Additionally, SigEp has earned the following awards from Monmouth College in recent years:

    • 2023 Academic Excellence Award
    • 2022 Excellence in Philanthropic Programming
    • 2022 Outstanding Chapter Advisor (Steve Distin ’08)
  • How many actives are in the Chapter?

    20 members

  • Does SigEp have pledging or initiation?

    SigEp does not necessarily have a “pledge period,” as the national fraternity employs single-tier membership. New members have the same rights and responsibilities as all other members once they join. There are development classes, with the first one being Sigma. This is where they learn about some of the history of SigEp and the expectations of being a member. This lasts anywhere from a semester to a semester and a half.

  • What does recruitment look like today?

    SigEp hosts two formal recruitment periods. The first is a two-week period in the fall after students start the academic year. The second is a shorter, 10-day recruitment that takes place in the spring semester.

    The fraternity is also open to accepting potential new members anytime of the year, except for summer and winter break.

  • What does Monmouth College Greek Life look like today?

    The College has a rich history of Greek life on campus. We are the home of women’s fraternities, with both Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma being founded at Monmouth College. Today 19% of undergraduate men on campus are affiliated with a fraternity, and 28% of undergraduate women are affiliate with a sorority. Overall, approximately 23% of the student population is a member of Greek life.

  • Does the College Leadership support Greek Life on campus?

    The value and historical impact of Greek organizations on campus is recognized by Monmouth College senior leadership, which is in contrast to some other universities around the country. Greek alumni hold key roles on the College Board of Trustees and have pushed for the housing improvements. Greek letter organizations on the Monmouth College campus are noted for motivating academic success, career preparation and alumni engagement. The College is in the final stages of the Presidential search and a new President will be expected to share this view and understand the value of Greek Life on the Monmouth College campus.

  • What are the long-term benefits to Illinois Gamma if a smaller number reside in the new house?

    There are clear benefits to Illinois Gamma, whether or not a majority of the brothers reside in the house. It will become the place to conduct meetings and initiations; a gathering site for hanging out and studying; a place to host recruitment events; to display chapter awards and historical materials; and above all, provide the undergrads an added sense of identity and a foundation for building a stronger brotherhood, the kind we all experienced.

  • How many brothers will live in the house?

    The house has 4 bedrooms on the second floor and will sleep six (6) brothers. The College has renovated and/or built other Greek Housing in the last decade and they have seen fewer men and women desiring to live in the Greek Houses.

  • Is a renovation approach and this property the best alternative available to SigEp at this time?

    At the present time, Monmouth College is utilizing about 75 percent of its residence hall capacity, due to a post-Covid reduction in the student population, and shifting demographics of college-age students. Monmouth College considered all options for housing and determined repurposing and renovating a current property would make the most sense for the active chapter.

    Monmouth College owns the building and property – which has always been its requirement – while Illinois Gamma funds the renovation costs. The property sits on a prime location on Broadway with more curb appeal and proximity to academic buildings.

  • Did the Chapter select 815 E. Broadway? Are we the only fraternity offered a house?

    The SigEp Chapter was offered two on-campus options and the undergraduate men and advisers chose 815 E. Broadway for its prime location, in the center of what is becoming “Greek Row”. The second structure on the property was also an attractive option for the Chapter, as that space will be remodeled to create a ritual and meeting space for events. There will also be a parking area in the rear of the property, and along Broadway.

    The Zeta Beta Tau fraternity has selected a different site and is embarking on a similar campaign to raise funds this year. Their renovated house be at 903 E. Broadway.

  • I would like to name a room, or make my gift in memory of a brother. What should I do?

    We are very fortunate to have Gena Alcorn ’88, CFRE, AVP for Development and Legacy Giving as our fund-raising advisor and liaison with the College Development Office. Gena is an alumnae member of Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and she was closely involved in KKG’s fundraising campaign for their house on Broadway several years ago. Gena and her staff can be contacted to make a larger gift, to name a room in the house or annex, or to make your donation in memory of a brother. Email Gena directly at galcorn@monmouthcollege.edu. You can access the online giving form and view house renderings and interior drawings of the house via this link: https://www.monmouthcollege.edu/give/sig-ep-house-fund/

  • When might construction begin?

    Construction on the house will begin when 100 percent of the renovation costs are pledged and 75 percent of the funds are in hand. The goal of the Steering Committee it to reach this goal by Illinois Gamma’s Founder’s Day on May 22, if not sooner! Monmouth College will coordinate the final bids and general contractor for the project.

  • How can you contribute?

    Brothers and friends of Illinois Gamma Chapter can donate cash gifts immediately and/or spread their donations over two fiscal years with a written pledge. All donations should be made directly to Monmouth College with designation for the SigEp House Fund. All contributors to the chapter house project will have their names included on the Donor Wall inside the house.

  • What specific renovations are included?

    For the house, the interior/exterior makeover will fund a new roof, windows, exterior repairs and paint as well as rebuild the front porch of the house. In addition, updates to the kitchen, library, study area, bathrooms, laundry area, and bedrooms are planned; as well as installation of a sprinkler system. Landscaping will be completed; as well as new sidewalks, and handicapped access. New furnishings are also included in the renovation costs. The chapter annex building will receive new siding, doors, flooring, interior walls and ceiling, and complete HVAC and electrical service.

  • What is the fund-raising goal and timeline?

    The campaign goal is to raise over $450,000 in gifts and pledges for the renovations. An additional $300,000 will be raised for an endowed maintenance fund for the chapter house, which can be used for future house maintenance projects and improvements. Plans are to complete the campaign in the next 6-10 months so that the College can obtain final bids and move forward on renovations.

  • Why not update the Fraternity Complex? Why move to Broadway?

    The “Complex” was originally constructed for a 30-year lifespan; it would need to be torn down and rebuilt – a cost that would be multiple times the 815 E. Broadway project. Monmouth College does not need additional residence space.

    While the Fraternity Complex was very adequate, Illinois Gamma has not had a classic, stately chapter house on Broadway since the 1960s. Interestingly, the Chapter will have come full circle with this move: the first house was on Broadway. The curb appeal of the new home and its high-profile location – along a developing Greek Row – will be a major improvement over the Fraternity Complex.

  • What’s happening and why now?

    Illinois Gamma Chapter will be moving to a College owned house at 815 E. Broadway – right across from Wallace Hall. The undergraduate members are currently living in a College owned apartment complex as the 50-year-old Fraternity Complex has been closed for several years.

    The alumni members of Illinois Gamma are being asked to raise funds for renovations to the interior and exterior of the house and annex/garage. The stately, Queen Anne-style residence will reflect the character, strength, achievement, and legacy of the top fraternity on campus. A chapter house is critical for building community, sharing bonds of brotherhood, creating an identity, and displaying the Chapter’s rich history. The Steering Committee, Advisory Council, and the undergraduate brothers are very excited to move forward with this project in 2024 – the 75th year for Illinois Gamma.

The Selection of 815 East Broadway

FAQs

  • What are the long-term benefits to Illinois Gamma if a smaller number reside in the new house?

    There are clear benefits to Illinois Gamma, whether or not a majority of the brothers reside in the house. It will become the place to conduct meetings and initiations; a gathering site for hanging out and studying; a place to host recruitment events; to display chapter awards and historical materials; and above all, provide the undergrads an added sense of identity and a foundation for building a stronger brotherhood, the kind we all experienced.

  • How many brothers will live in the house?

    The house has 4 bedrooms on the second floor and will sleep six (6) brothers. The College has renovated and/or built other Greek Housing in the last decade and they have seen fewer men and women desiring to live in the Greek Houses.

  • Is a renovation approach and this property the best alternative available to SigEp at this time?

    At the present time, Monmouth College is utilizing about 75 percent of its residence hall capacity, due to a post-Covid reduction in the student population, and shifting demographics of college-age students. Monmouth College considered all options for housing and determined repurposing and renovating a current property would make the most sense for the active chapter.

    Monmouth College owns the building and property – which has always been its requirement – while Illinois Gamma funds the renovation costs. The property sits on a prime location on Broadway with more curb appeal and proximity to academic buildings.

  • Did the Chapter select 815 E. Broadway? Are we the only fraternity offered a house?

    The SigEp Chapter was offered two on-campus options and the undergraduate men and advisers chose 815 E. Broadway for its prime location, in the center of what is becoming “Greek Row”. The second structure on the property was also an attractive option for the Chapter, as that space will be remodeled to create a ritual and meeting space for events. There will also be a parking area in the rear of the property, and along Broadway.

    The Zeta Beta Tau fraternity has selected a different site and is embarking on a similar campaign to raise funds this year. Their renovated house be at 903 E. Broadway.

  • What awards has ZBT received?

    The Delta Lambda chapter of Zeta Beta Tau has received the following national awards in recent years:

    • 2023 Buddy Messing Award for Most Outstanding Individual Brother (Jake Rathgeb ’23)
    • 2023 Joseph E. Glazer Award for Excellence in Philanthropy
    • 2023 Lee Dover Award for Outstanding General Chapter Programming
    • 2023 - Recipient of largest ZBT Foundation Scholarship awarded ($17,500 to Corey Pevitz ’24)
    • 2022 Phil Goodman Award for Outstanding Campus Leader (Owen Davies ’23)
    • 2021 Brummer Cup Champions for Most Outstanding ZBT Chapter
    • 2021 Risk Management and Best Educational Program Awards
    • 2020 Lee Dover Award for Outstanding General Chapter Programming

    Additionally, ZBT has earned the following awards from Monmouth College in recent years:

    • 2023 Outstanding Chapter Operations
    • 2023 Outstanding Chapter President (Owen Davies ’23)
    • 2023 Excellence in Philanthropic Programming
    • 2023 Emerging Male Leader (Ethan Panganiban ’25)
    • 2022 Excellence in Community Service
    • 2022 Excellence in Chapter Education and Programming
    • 2022 Outstanding Chapter Program (Wellness Fair)
    • 2021 Emerging Male Leader (Jake Rathgeb ’23)
    • 2021 Outstanding Chapter Advisor (Jake McLean)
    • 2021 Outstanding Chapter Program (Antisemitism Awareness Event)
    • 2021 Outstanding Chapter President (Rodolfo Garcia ’21)
  • How many members does Delta Lambda ZBT have?

    30

  • Does ZBT have pledging or initiation?

    ZBT does not have a “pledge period.” Initiation takes place almost immediately after bids have been distributed and accepted, typically within a 72-hour timeframe. Once initiated, new members have the same rights and privileges as all other brothers.

  • What does recruitment look like today?

    ZBT hosts two formal recruitment periods. The first is a two-week period in the fall after students start the academic year. The second is a shorter, 10-day recruitment that takes place in the spring semester.

    The fraternity is also open to accepting potential new members anytime of the year, except for summer and winter break.

    ZBT does not have a “pledge period.” Initiation takes place almost immediately after bids have been distributed and accepted, typically within a 72-hour timeframe. Once initiated, new members have the same rights and privileges as all other brothers.

  • What does Monmouth College’s Greek life look like today?

    The College has a rich history of Greek life on campus. We are the home of women’s fraternities, with both Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma being founded at Monmouth College. Today 19% of undergraduate men on campus are affiliated with a fraternity, and 28% of undergraduate women are affiliate with a sorority. Overall, approximately 23% of the student population is a member of Greek life.

  • What are the long-term benefits to ZBT if a smaller number reside in the new house?

    There are clear benefits to ZBT, whether or not a majority of the brothers reside at the house. It will become the place to conduct meetings and initiations; a gathering site for hanging out and studying; a place to host recruitment events; to display chapter awards and historical materials; and above all, provide the undergrads an added sense of identity and a foundation for building a stronger brotherhood, the kind we all experienced.

    Monmouth College sororities now have their own houses, with 15 or less women living in them. They have larger active members than the four fraternities.

  • How many brothers will live in the house? Where will the chapter room be?

    The house has 4 bedrooms on the 2nd floor and will sleep 7 brothers. The College has renovated and/or built other Greek Housing in the last decade and they have seen fewer men and women desiring to live in the Greek Houses.

    The attached garage will be renovated into a space for ritual activities, meetings, special events and for hosting backyard recruiting and other chapter activities.

  • Is a renovation approach and this property the best alternative available to ZBT at this time?

    At the present time, Monmouth College is utilizing about 75 percent of its residence hall capacity, due to a post-Covid reduction in the student population, and shifting demographics of college-age students. Monmouth College considered all options for housing and determined repurposing and renovating a current property would make the most sense for the active chapter.

    Monmouth College owns the building and property – which has always been its requirement – while ZBT funds the renovation costs. The property sits on a prime location on Broadway with more curb appeal and proximity to academic buildings.

  • Does the College Leadership support Greek Life on campus?

    The value and historical impact of Greek organizations on campus is recognized by Monmouth College senior leadership, which is in contrast to some other universities around the country. Greek alumni hold key roles on the College Board of Trustees and have pushed for the housing improvements. Greek letter organizations on the Monmouth College campus are noted for motivating academic success, career preparation and alumni engagement. After a successful presidential search, Monmouth College is welcoming Dr. Patricia Draves in July 2024. It is expected she will share this view and understand the value of Greek Life on the Monmouth College campus.

  • Did the undergrads select 903 E. Broadway? Are we the only fraternity offered a house?

    Yes. The ZBT chapter was offered two on-campus options and the undergraduate men and advisers chose 903 E. Broadway for its prime location, in the center of what is becoming “Greek Row”.

    The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has selected a different site and is embarking on a similar campaign to raise funds this year. Their renovated house will be east of ours, down Broadway.

  • Is there a similar campaign underway by SigEp?

    Yes. The SigEp’s are engaged in a campaign to raise funds to renovate a house on Broadway, as well.

  • I would like to name a room, or make my gift in memory of a brother. What should I do?

    We are very fortunate to have Molie Harrod ’07, MNA, Senior Development Officer as our fund-raising advisor and liaison with the College Development Office staff. Mollie not only graduated from Monmouth College but has been working in the office since 2016 and she has a Masters in Nonprofit Administration with a focus in fundraising. Mollie and her colleagues can be contacted to make a larger gift, to name a room in the House, or to make your donation in memory of a brother. Email Mollie directly at mharrod@monmouthcollege.edu. You can access the online giving form and view house renderings and interior drawings of the house via this link (https://www.monmouthcollege.edu/give/zbt-house-fund/).

  • When might construction begin?

    Construction on the house will begin when 100 percent of the renovation costs are pledged and 75 percent of the funds are in hand. Monmouth College will coordinate the final bids and general contractor for the project.

  • Can I add the ZBT house to my will?

    Yes, but only to support the Endowed Maintenance fund. You can learn more about estate and gift planning on the Monmouth College website (http://www.monmouthcollege.edu.giftplans.org).

  • How can you contribute?

    Brothers and friends of ZBT can donate cash gifts immediately and/or spread their donations over two fiscal years with a written pledge. All donations should be made directly to Monmouth College with designation for the ZBT House Fund.

  • How will Doc Kieft be honored?

    Doc Kieft was our advisor for 25 years, half the life of the chapter! His legacy is important to many of us. The Delta Lambda House Fund Steering Committee is open to discuss ideas of honoring Doc. If you would like a room named in his honor, please reach out to a committee member or Mollie Harrod.

  • Why not update the Fraternity Complex? Why move to Broadway?

    The Complex – originally constructed for a 30-year lifespan – would need to be torn down and rebuilt – a cost that would be multiple times the 903 E. Broadway project. Monmouth College does not need additional residence space.

    While the Fraternity Complex was very adequate, and enjoyed being part of its 50 years, we have not had a classic, stately chapter house on Broadway since 1988. This new home for ZBT will have curb appeal, be a high-profile location and will be part of the developing Greek Row. A major improvement over the old Fraternity Complex.

  • What specific renovations are included?

    For the House, the interior/exterior makeover will fund a new windows, exterior repairs and paint as well as rebuild the front porch of the house. In addition, updates to the kitchen, bathroom and community spaces on the first floor and the updates of a bathroom, laundry area and four bedrooms on the second floor. Landscaping will be completed, as well as new sidewalks, handicapped access, and sprinkler/alarm systems. New furnishings are also included in the renovation costs. The attached garage will also receive updates including HVAC and electrical. Once finished it will become the new chapter room for ZBT.

  • How is the college ensuring ZBT will stay housed at 903 E Broadway?

    We are actively fundraising an additional $300,000 to establish an endowed maintenance fund that will ensure the longevity and maintenance of the house. The chapter must stay in good standing with ZBT’s national chapter and Monmouth College.

  • What is our fund-raising goal and timing?

    The campaign goal is to raise over $480,000 in gifts and pledges for the renovations. An additional $300,000 will be raised for an endowment maintenance fund for the chapter house, which can be used for future house maintenance projects and improvements. Plans are to complete the campaign in the next 6-10 months so that the College can obtain final bids and move forward on renovations.

  • What’s happening? And why now?

    The Delta Lambda chapter of ZBT will be moving to a College owned house at 903 E. Broadway – right across from Wallace Hall. The undergraduate members are currently living in an apartment complex as the 50-year-old Fraternity Complex has been closed for several years.

    The alumni members of ZBT are being asked to raise funds for renovations to the interior and exterior of the house and attached garage. The stately, Queen Anne-style residence will reflect the character, strength, achievement, and legacy of the top fraternity on campus. A chapter house is critical for building community, sharing bonds of brotherhood, creating an identity and displaying our rich history. The Steering Committee, and the undergraduate brothers are very excited to move forward with this project in 2024.

  • What awards has Illinois Gamma received?

    The Illinois Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon has received the following national awards in recent years:

    • 2022 Frank J. Ruck Leadership Award (Elijah Lind ’23)
    • 2021Pay it Forward Grant
    • 2020 Excelsior Award – Standards and Accountability

    Additionally, SigEp has earned the following awards from Monmouth College in recent years:

    • 2023 Academic Excellence Award
    • 2022 Excellence in Philanthropic Programming
    • 2022 Outstanding Chapter Advisor (Steve Distin ’08)
  • How many actives are in the Chapter?

    20 members

  • Does SigEp have pledging or initiation?

    SigEp does not necessarily have a “pledge period,” as the national fraternity employs single-tier membership. New members have the same rights and responsibilities as all other members once they join. There are development classes, with the first one being Sigma. This is where they learn about some of the history of SigEp and the expectations of being a member. This lasts anywhere from a semester to a semester and a half.

  • What does recruitment look like today?

    SigEp hosts two formal recruitment periods. The first is a two-week period in the fall after students start the academic year. The second is a shorter, 10-day recruitment that takes place in the spring semester.

    The fraternity is also open to accepting potential new members anytime of the year, except for summer and winter break.

  • What does Monmouth College Greek Life look like today?

    The College has a rich history of Greek life on campus. We are the home of women’s fraternities, with both Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma being founded at Monmouth College. Today 19% of undergraduate men on campus are affiliated with a fraternity, and 28% of undergraduate women are affiliate with a sorority. Overall, approximately 23% of the student population is a member of Greek life.

  • Does the College Leadership support Greek Life on campus?

    The value and historical impact of Greek organizations on campus is recognized by Monmouth College senior leadership, which is in contrast to some other universities around the country. Greek alumni hold key roles on the College Board of Trustees and have pushed for the housing improvements. Greek letter organizations on the Monmouth College campus are noted for motivating academic success, career preparation and alumni engagement. The College is in the final stages of the Presidential search and a new President will be expected to share this view and understand the value of Greek Life on the Monmouth College campus.

  • What are the long-term benefits to Illinois Gamma if a smaller number reside in the new house?

    There are clear benefits to Illinois Gamma, whether or not a majority of the brothers reside in the house. It will become the place to conduct meetings and initiations; a gathering site for hanging out and studying; a place to host recruitment events; to display chapter awards and historical materials; and above all, provide the undergrads an added sense of identity and a foundation for building a stronger brotherhood, the kind we all experienced.

  • How many brothers will live in the house?

    The house has 4 bedrooms on the second floor and will sleep six (6) brothers. The College has renovated and/or built other Greek Housing in the last decade and they have seen fewer men and women desiring to live in the Greek Houses.

  • Is a renovation approach and this property the best alternative available to SigEp at this time?

    At the present time, Monmouth College is utilizing about 75 percent of its residence hall capacity, due to a post-Covid reduction in the student population, and shifting demographics of college-age students. Monmouth College considered all options for housing and determined repurposing and renovating a current property would make the most sense for the active chapter.

    Monmouth College owns the building and property – which has always been its requirement – while Illinois Gamma funds the renovation costs. The property sits on a prime location on Broadway with more curb appeal and proximity to academic buildings.

  • Did the Chapter select 815 E. Broadway? Are we the only fraternity offered a house?

    The SigEp Chapter was offered two on-campus options and the undergraduate men and advisers chose 815 E. Broadway for its prime location, in the center of what is becoming “Greek Row”. The second structure on the property was also an attractive option for the Chapter, as that space will be remodeled to create a ritual and meeting space for events. There will also be a parking area in the rear of the property, and along Broadway.

    The Zeta Beta Tau fraternity has selected a different site and is embarking on a similar campaign to raise funds this year. Their renovated house be at 903 E. Broadway.

  • I would like to name a room, or make my gift in memory of a brother. What should I do?

    We are very fortunate to have Gena Alcorn ’88, CFRE, AVP for Development and Legacy Giving as our fund-raising advisor and liaison with the College Development Office. Gena is an alumnae member of Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and she was closely involved in KKG’s fundraising campaign for their house on Broadway several years ago. Gena and her staff can be contacted to make a larger gift, to name a room in the house or annex, or to make your donation in memory of a brother. Email Gena directly at galcorn@monmouthcollege.edu. You can access the online giving form and view house renderings and interior drawings of the house via this link: https://www.monmouthcollege.edu/give/sig-ep-house-fund/

  • When might construction begin?

    Construction on the house will begin when 100 percent of the renovation costs are pledged and 75 percent of the funds are in hand. The goal of the Steering Committee it to reach this goal by Illinois Gamma’s Founder’s Day on May 22, if not sooner! Monmouth College will coordinate the final bids and general contractor for the project.

  • How can you contribute?

    Brothers and friends of Illinois Gamma Chapter can donate cash gifts immediately and/or spread their donations over two fiscal years with a written pledge. All donations should be made directly to Monmouth College with designation for the SigEp House Fund. All contributors to the chapter house project will have their names included on the Donor Wall inside the house.

  • What specific renovations are included?

    For the house, the interior/exterior makeover will fund a new roof, windows, exterior repairs and paint as well as rebuild the front porch of the house. In addition, updates to the kitchen, library, study area, bathrooms, laundry area, and bedrooms are planned; as well as installation of a sprinkler system. Landscaping will be completed; as well as new sidewalks, and handicapped access. New furnishings are also included in the renovation costs. The chapter annex building will receive new siding, doors, flooring, interior walls and ceiling, and complete HVAC and electrical service.

  • What is the fund-raising goal and timeline?

    The campaign goal is to raise over $450,000 in gifts and pledges for the renovations. An additional $300,000 will be raised for an endowed maintenance fund for the chapter house, which can be used for future house maintenance projects and improvements. Plans are to complete the campaign in the next 6-10 months so that the College can obtain final bids and move forward on renovations.

  • Why not update the Fraternity Complex? Why move to Broadway?

    The “Complex” was originally constructed for a 30-year lifespan; it would need to be torn down and rebuilt – a cost that would be multiple times the 815 E. Broadway project. Monmouth College does not need additional residence space.

    While the Fraternity Complex was very adequate, Illinois Gamma has not had a classic, stately chapter house on Broadway since the 1960s. Interestingly, the Chapter will have come full circle with this move: the first house was on Broadway. The curb appeal of the new home and its high-profile location – along a developing Greek Row – will be a major improvement over the Fraternity Complex.

  • What’s happening and why now?

    Illinois Gamma Chapter will be moving to a College owned house at 815 E. Broadway – right across from Wallace Hall. The undergraduate members are currently living in a College owned apartment complex as the 50-year-old Fraternity Complex has been closed for several years.

    The alumni members of Illinois Gamma are being asked to raise funds for renovations to the interior and exterior of the house and annex/garage. The stately, Queen Anne-style residence will reflect the character, strength, achievement, and legacy of the top fraternity on campus. A chapter house is critical for building community, sharing bonds of brotherhood, creating an identity, and displaying the Chapter’s rich history. The Steering Committee, Advisory Council, and the undergraduate brothers are very excited to move forward with this project in 2024 – the 75th year for Illinois Gamma.

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FAQs

  • What awards has Illinois Gamma received?

    The Illinois Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon has received the following national awards in recent years:

    • 2022 Frank J. Ruck Leadership Award (Elijah Lind ’23)
    • 2021Pay it Forward Grant
    • 2020 Excelsior Award – Standards and Accountability

    Additionally, SigEp has earned the following awards from Monmouth College in recent years:

    • 2023 Academic Excellence Award
    • 2022 Excellence in Philanthropic Programming
    • 2022 Outstanding Chapter Advisor (Steve Distin ’08)
  • How many actives are in the Chapter?

    20 members

  • Does SigEp have pledging or initiation?

    SigEp does not necessarily have a “pledge period,” as the national fraternity employs single-tier membership. New members have the same rights and responsibilities as all other members once they join. There are development classes, with the first one being Sigma. This is where they learn about some of the history of SigEp and the expectations of being a member. This lasts anywhere from a semester to a semester and a half.

  • What does recruitment look like today?

    SigEp hosts two formal recruitment periods. The first is a two-week period in the fall after students start the academic year. The second is a shorter, 10-day recruitment that takes place in the spring semester.

    The fraternity is also open to accepting potential new members anytime of the year, except for summer and winter break.

  • What does Monmouth College Greek Life look like today?

    The College has a rich history of Greek life on campus. We are the home of women’s fraternities, with both Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma being founded at Monmouth College. Today 19% of undergraduate men on campus are affiliated with a fraternity, and 28% of undergraduate women are affiliate with a sorority. Overall, approximately 23% of the student population is a member of Greek life.

  • Does the College Leadership support Greek Life on campus?

    The value and historical impact of Greek organizations on campus is recognized by Monmouth College senior leadership, which is in contrast to some other universities around the country. Greek alumni hold key roles on the College Board of Trustees and have pushed for the housing improvements. Greek letter organizations on the Monmouth College campus are noted for motivating academic success, career preparation and alumni engagement. The College is in the final stages of the Presidential search and a new President will be expected to share this view and understand the value of Greek Life on the Monmouth College campus.

  • What awards has ZBT received?

    The Delta Lambda chapter of Zeta Beta Tau has received the following national awards in recent years:

    • 2023 Buddy Messing Award for Most Outstanding Individual Brother (Jake Rathgeb ’23)
    • 2023 Joseph E. Glazer Award for Excellence in Philanthropy
    • 2023 Lee Dover Award for Outstanding General Chapter Programming
    • 2023 - Recipient of largest ZBT Foundation Scholarship awarded ($17,500 to Corey Pevitz ’24)
    • 2022 Phil Goodman Award for Outstanding Campus Leader (Owen Davies ’23)
    • 2021 Brummer Cup Champions for Most Outstanding ZBT Chapter
    • 2021 Risk Management and Best Educational Program Awards
    • 2020 Lee Dover Award for Outstanding General Chapter Programming

    Additionally, ZBT has earned the following awards from Monmouth College in recent years:

    • 2023 Outstanding Chapter Operations
    • 2023 Outstanding Chapter President (Owen Davies ’23)
    • 2023 Excellence in Philanthropic Programming
    • 2023 Emerging Male Leader (Ethan Panganiban ’25)
    • 2022 Excellence in Community Service
    • 2022 Excellence in Chapter Education and Programming
    • 2022 Outstanding Chapter Program (Wellness Fair)
    • 2021 Emerging Male Leader (Jake Rathgeb ’23)
    • 2021 Outstanding Chapter Advisor (Jake McLean)
    • 2021 Outstanding Chapter Program (Antisemitism Awareness Event)
    • 2021 Outstanding Chapter President (Rodolfo Garcia ’21)
  • How many members does Delta Lambda ZBT have?

    30

  • Does ZBT have pledging or initiation?

    ZBT does not have a “pledge period.” Initiation takes place almost immediately after bids have been distributed and accepted, typically within a 72-hour timeframe. Once initiated, new members have the same rights and privileges as all other brothers.

  • What does recruitment look like today?

    ZBT hosts two formal recruitment periods. The first is a two-week period in the fall after students start the academic year. The second is a shorter, 10-day recruitment that takes place in the spring semester.

    The fraternity is also open to accepting potential new members anytime of the year, except for summer and winter break.

    ZBT does not have a “pledge period.” Initiation takes place almost immediately after bids have been distributed and accepted, typically within a 72-hour timeframe. Once initiated, new members have the same rights and privileges as all other brothers.

  • What does Monmouth College’s Greek life look like today?

    The College has a rich history of Greek life on campus. We are the home of women’s fraternities, with both Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma being founded at Monmouth College. Today 19% of undergraduate men on campus are affiliated with a fraternity, and 28% of undergraduate women are affiliate with a sorority. Overall, approximately 23% of the student population is a member of Greek life.

  • What are the long-term benefits to ZBT if a smaller number reside in the new house?

    There are clear benefits to ZBT, whether or not a majority of the brothers reside at the house. It will become the place to conduct meetings and initiations; a gathering site for hanging out and studying; a place to host recruitment events; to display chapter awards and historical materials; and above all, provide the undergrads an added sense of identity and a foundation for building a stronger brotherhood, the kind we all experienced.

    Monmouth College sororities now have their own houses, with 15 or less women living in them. They have larger active members than the four fraternities.

  • How many brothers will live in the house? Where will the chapter room be?

    The house has 4 bedrooms on the 2nd floor and will sleep 7 brothers. The College has renovated and/or built other Greek Housing in the last decade and they have seen fewer men and women desiring to live in the Greek Houses.

    The attached garage will be renovated into a space for ritual activities, meetings, special events and for hosting backyard recruiting and other chapter activities.

  • Is a renovation approach and this property the best alternative available to ZBT at this time?

    At the present time, Monmouth College is utilizing about 75 percent of its residence hall capacity, due to a post-Covid reduction in the student population, and shifting demographics of college-age students. Monmouth College considered all options for housing and determined repurposing and renovating a current property would make the most sense for the active chapter.

    Monmouth College owns the building and property – which has always been its requirement – while ZBT funds the renovation costs. The property sits on a prime location on Broadway with more curb appeal and proximity to academic buildings.

  • Does the College Leadership support Greek Life on campus?

    The value and historical impact of Greek organizations on campus is recognized by Monmouth College senior leadership, which is in contrast to some other universities around the country. Greek alumni hold key roles on the College Board of Trustees and have pushed for the housing improvements. Greek letter organizations on the Monmouth College campus are noted for motivating academic success, career preparation and alumni engagement. After a successful presidential search, Monmouth College is welcoming Dr. Patricia Draves in July 2024. It is expected she will share this view and understand the value of Greek Life on the Monmouth College campus.

  • Did the undergrads select 903 E. Broadway? Are we the only fraternity offered a house?

    Yes. The ZBT chapter was offered two on-campus options and the undergraduate men and advisers chose 903 E. Broadway for its prime location, in the center of what is becoming “Greek Row”.

    The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has selected a different site and is embarking on a similar campaign to raise funds this year. Their renovated house will be east of ours, down Broadway.

  • Is there a similar campaign underway by SigEp?

    Yes. The SigEp’s are engaged in a campaign to raise funds to renovate a house on Broadway, as well.

  • I would like to name a room, or make my gift in memory of a brother. What should I do?

    We are very fortunate to have Molie Harrod ’07, MNA, Senior Development Officer as our fund-raising advisor and liaison with the College Development Office staff. Mollie not only graduated from Monmouth College but has been working in the office since 2016 and she has a Masters in Nonprofit Administration with a focus in fundraising. Mollie and her colleagues can be contacted to make a larger gift, to name a room in the House, or to make your donation in memory of a brother. Email Mollie directly at mharrod@monmouthcollege.edu. You can access the online giving form and view house renderings and interior drawings of the house via this link (https://www.monmouthcollege.edu/give/zbt-house-fund/).

  • When might construction begin?

    Construction on the house will begin when 100 percent of the renovation costs are pledged and 75 percent of the funds are in hand. Monmouth College will coordinate the final bids and general contractor for the project.

  • Can I add the ZBT house to my will?

    Yes, but only to support the Endowed Maintenance fund. You can learn more about estate and gift planning on the Monmouth College website (http://www.monmouthcollege.edu.giftplans.org).

  • How can you contribute?

    Brothers and friends of ZBT can donate cash gifts immediately and/or spread their donations over two fiscal years with a written pledge. All donations should be made directly to Monmouth College with designation for the ZBT House Fund.

  • How will Doc Kieft be honored?

    Doc Kieft was our advisor for 25 years, half the life of the chapter! His legacy is important to many of us. The Delta Lambda House Fund Steering Committee is open to discuss ideas of honoring Doc. If you would like a room named in his honor, please reach out to a committee member or Mollie Harrod.

  • Why not update the Fraternity Complex? Why move to Broadway?

    The Complex – originally constructed for a 30-year lifespan – would need to be torn down and rebuilt – a cost that would be multiple times the 903 E. Broadway project. Monmouth College does not need additional residence space.

    While the Fraternity Complex was very adequate, and enjoyed being part of its 50 years, we have not had a classic, stately chapter house on Broadway since 1988. This new home for ZBT will have curb appeal, be a high-profile location and will be part of the developing Greek Row. A major improvement over the old Fraternity Complex.

  • What specific renovations are included?

    For the House, the interior/exterior makeover will fund a new windows, exterior repairs and paint as well as rebuild the front porch of the house. In addition, updates to the kitchen, bathroom and community spaces on the first floor and the updates of a bathroom, laundry area and four bedrooms on the second floor. Landscaping will be completed, as well as new sidewalks, handicapped access, and sprinkler/alarm systems. New furnishings are also included in the renovation costs. The attached garage will also receive updates including HVAC and electrical. Once finished it will become the new chapter room for ZBT.

  • How is the college ensuring ZBT will stay housed at 903 E Broadway?

    We are actively fundraising an additional $300,000 to establish an endowed maintenance fund that will ensure the longevity and maintenance of the house. The chapter must stay in good standing with ZBT’s national chapter and Monmouth College.

  • What is our fund-raising goal and timing?

    The campaign goal is to raise over $480,000 in gifts and pledges for the renovations. An additional $300,000 will be raised for an endowment maintenance fund for the chapter house, which can be used for future house maintenance projects and improvements. Plans are to complete the campaign in the next 6-10 months so that the College can obtain final bids and move forward on renovations.

  • What’s happening? And why now?

    The Delta Lambda chapter of ZBT will be moving to a College owned house at 903 E. Broadway – right across from Wallace Hall. The undergraduate members are currently living in an apartment complex as the 50-year-old Fraternity Complex has been closed for several years.

    The alumni members of ZBT are being asked to raise funds for renovations to the interior and exterior of the house and attached garage. The stately, Queen Anne-style residence will reflect the character, strength, achievement, and legacy of the top fraternity on campus. A chapter house is critical for building community, sharing bonds of brotherhood, creating an identity and displaying our rich history. The Steering Committee, and the undergraduate brothers are very excited to move forward with this project in 2024.

  • What awards has Illinois Gamma received?

    The Illinois Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon has received the following national awards in recent years:

    • 2022 Frank J. Ruck Leadership Award (Elijah Lind ’23)
    • 2021Pay it Forward Grant
    • 2020 Excelsior Award – Standards and Accountability

    Additionally, SigEp has earned the following awards from Monmouth College in recent years:

    • 2023 Academic Excellence Award
    • 2022 Excellence in Philanthropic Programming
    • 2022 Outstanding Chapter Advisor (Steve Distin ’08)
  • How many actives are in the Chapter?

    20 members

  • Does SigEp have pledging or initiation?

    SigEp does not necessarily have a “pledge period,” as the national fraternity employs single-tier membership. New members have the same rights and responsibilities as all other members once they join. There are development classes, with the first one being Sigma. This is where they learn about some of the history of SigEp and the expectations of being a member. This lasts anywhere from a semester to a semester and a half.

  • What does recruitment look like today?

    SigEp hosts two formal recruitment periods. The first is a two-week period in the fall after students start the academic year. The second is a shorter, 10-day recruitment that takes place in the spring semester.

    The fraternity is also open to accepting potential new members anytime of the year, except for summer and winter break.

  • What does Monmouth College Greek Life look like today?

    The College has a rich history of Greek life on campus. We are the home of women’s fraternities, with both Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma being founded at Monmouth College. Today 19% of undergraduate men on campus are affiliated with a fraternity, and 28% of undergraduate women are affiliate with a sorority. Overall, approximately 23% of the student population is a member of Greek life.

  • Does the College Leadership support Greek Life on campus?

    The value and historical impact of Greek organizations on campus is recognized by Monmouth College senior leadership, which is in contrast to some other universities around the country. Greek alumni hold key roles on the College Board of Trustees and have pushed for the housing improvements. Greek letter organizations on the Monmouth College campus are noted for motivating academic success, career preparation and alumni engagement. The College is in the final stages of the Presidential search and a new President will be expected to share this view and understand the value of Greek Life on the Monmouth College campus.

  • What are the long-term benefits to Illinois Gamma if a smaller number reside in the new house?

    There are clear benefits to Illinois Gamma, whether or not a majority of the brothers reside in the house. It will become the place to conduct meetings and initiations; a gathering site for hanging out and studying; a place to host recruitment events; to display chapter awards and historical materials; and above all, provide the undergrads an added sense of identity and a foundation for building a stronger brotherhood, the kind we all experienced.

  • How many brothers will live in the house?

    The house has 4 bedrooms on the second floor and will sleep six (6) brothers. The College has renovated and/or built other Greek Housing in the last decade and they have seen fewer men and women desiring to live in the Greek Houses.

  • Is a renovation approach and this property the best alternative available to SigEp at this time?

    At the present time, Monmouth College is utilizing about 75 percent of its residence hall capacity, due to a post-Covid reduction in the student population, and shifting demographics of college-age students. Monmouth College considered all options for housing and determined repurposing and renovating a current property would make the most sense for the active chapter.

    Monmouth College owns the building and property – which has always been its requirement – while Illinois Gamma funds the renovation costs. The property sits on a prime location on Broadway with more curb appeal and proximity to academic buildings.

  • Did the Chapter select 815 E. Broadway? Are we the only fraternity offered a house?

    The SigEp Chapter was offered two on-campus options and the undergraduate men and advisers chose 815 E. Broadway for its prime location, in the center of what is becoming “Greek Row”. The second structure on the property was also an attractive option for the Chapter, as that space will be remodeled to create a ritual and meeting space for events. There will also be a parking area in the rear of the property, and along Broadway.

    The Zeta Beta Tau fraternity has selected a different site and is embarking on a similar campaign to raise funds this year. Their renovated house be at 903 E. Broadway.

  • I would like to name a room, or make my gift in memory of a brother. What should I do?

    We are very fortunate to have Gena Alcorn ’88, CFRE, AVP for Development and Legacy Giving as our fund-raising advisor and liaison with the College Development Office. Gena is an alumnae member of Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and she was closely involved in KKG’s fundraising campaign for their house on Broadway several years ago. Gena and her staff can be contacted to make a larger gift, to name a room in the house or annex, or to make your donation in memory of a brother. Email Gena directly at galcorn@monmouthcollege.edu. You can access the online giving form and view house renderings and interior drawings of the house via this link: https://www.monmouthcollege.edu/give/sig-ep-house-fund/

  • When might construction begin?

    Construction on the house will begin when 100 percent of the renovation costs are pledged and 75 percent of the funds are in hand. The goal of the Steering Committee it to reach this goal by Illinois Gamma’s Founder’s Day on May 22, if not sooner! Monmouth College will coordinate the final bids and general contractor for the project.

  • How can you contribute?

    Brothers and friends of Illinois Gamma Chapter can donate cash gifts immediately and/or spread their donations over two fiscal years with a written pledge. All donations should be made directly to Monmouth College with designation for the SigEp House Fund. All contributors to the chapter house project will have their names included on the Donor Wall inside the house.

  • What specific renovations are included?

    For the house, the interior/exterior makeover will fund a new roof, windows, exterior repairs and paint as well as rebuild the front porch of the house. In addition, updates to the kitchen, library, study area, bathrooms, laundry area, and bedrooms are planned; as well as installation of a sprinkler system. Landscaping will be completed; as well as new sidewalks, and handicapped access. New furnishings are also included in the renovation costs. The chapter annex building will receive new siding, doors, flooring, interior walls and ceiling, and complete HVAC and electrical service.

  • What is the fund-raising goal and timeline?

    The campaign goal is to raise over $450,000 in gifts and pledges for the renovations. An additional $300,000 will be raised for an endowed maintenance fund for the chapter house, which can be used for future house maintenance projects and improvements. Plans are to complete the campaign in the next 6-10 months so that the College can obtain final bids and move forward on renovations.

  • Why not update the Fraternity Complex? Why move to Broadway?

    The “Complex” was originally constructed for a 30-year lifespan; it would need to be torn down and rebuilt – a cost that would be multiple times the 815 E. Broadway project. Monmouth College does not need additional residence space.

    While the Fraternity Complex was very adequate, Illinois Gamma has not had a classic, stately chapter house on Broadway since the 1960s. Interestingly, the Chapter will have come full circle with this move: the first house was on Broadway. The curb appeal of the new home and its high-profile location – along a developing Greek Row – will be a major improvement over the Fraternity Complex.

  • What’s happening and why now?

    Illinois Gamma Chapter will be moving to a College owned house at 815 E. Broadway – right across from Wallace Hall. The undergraduate members are currently living in a College owned apartment complex as the 50-year-old Fraternity Complex has been closed for several years.

    The alumni members of Illinois Gamma are being asked to raise funds for renovations to the interior and exterior of the house and annex/garage. The stately, Queen Anne-style residence will reflect the character, strength, achievement, and legacy of the top fraternity on campus. A chapter house is critical for building community, sharing bonds of brotherhood, creating an identity, and displaying the Chapter’s rich history. The Steering Committee, Advisory Council, and the undergraduate brothers are very excited to move forward with this project in 2024 – the 75th year for Illinois Gamma.

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