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Q: Why did you choose Sigma Chi University of Oregon in the first place?

During High School, I was looking at a lot of different schools and trying to focus on a college that had a strong business program. University of Oregon came up in my search and I knew I should contact Pat Hossle, because he has spent a lot of time with the Beta Iota chapter at UO.  I also talked to his daughter, who was also a student there. After talking to Pat and his son, Drew, I thought I should at least rush in the fall and see what it all was about. Then, after the three week process and looking at other fraternities, I decided Sigma Chi was the one for me because it felt like home.

Q: What is a typical weeknight like? What about weekend night?

University of Oregon is on a quarter system, which makes you commit to studying all quarter long. I make sure to keep my grades up because that is why I am at college in the first place. We hold our weekly chapter meetings on Monday nights and our pledge activities on Wednesday. University of Oregon is very active in all three quarters of the year. On the weekend there is always something to do. Going to football games, having functions with sororities, and going to the coast are some of the things that we do to have fun at UO.

(R-L) Consul J.T. Bullier Beta Iota '16, Bob McCue Beta Delta '79, Drew Hossle Beta Delta '11, David Beach Beta Iota '19, Pat Hossle Alpha Epsilon and Beta Delta '79 and Greg Beach Beta Delta '79

Q: What is your favorite memory of the chapter so far?

My favorite memory of the chapter so far has been two moments:

  1. The day I got initiated and when my dad put the White Cross on my chest. Having his Sigma Chi brothers there as well was a moment that I will carry for the rest of my life.
  2. Helping raise over 60,000 dollars for the Make a Wish foundation through Derby Days.

These two moments really showed me what being a Sigma Chi is about. 

Q: How many members are in your class?

We have 23 brothers in my pledge class that I love so much because of all the time and effort that they  put in and I know them so well because of pledgeship. I can’t wait for the next three years!

Q: What have you gained from Sigma Chi that you might not gain elsewhere?

Sigma Chi has helped me grow in many ways, but the biggest thing it has helped me with is self-confidence. I was a very shy person overall and learning to/being more confident in my actions allowed me to grow as a person. I hope Sigma Chi continues to round out my character as a man and let me become the best I can be.

Q: How would your life be different if you had never joined?

It is very difficult to say how my life would be different without Sigma Chi because I have only been in it for less than a year. The biggest difference would have to be my friends in college because I am so close to my brothers in Sigma Chi compared to my other college friends. I also would not have connected to my dad as much in the way he thinks of the world and how he acts.

(L-R) David Beach Beta Iota '19, Greg Beach Beta Delta '79, Mike Halligan Beta Delta '75 and Tom Stockburger Beta Delta '74

Q: How do you feel having your father as a Brother as well?

It is very interesting because it is another dynamic in our relationship. We are not just father and son, but also brothers. I also think he can trust me a little more than he used to because he treats me as a brother now, not just a son.

Q: What do you hope to gain out of the chapter?

I hope to gain lifelong friendship like my father has and learn as much from the experience as possible. When I was growing up and visiting the Sigma Chi house here at Beta Delta, I saw how much of an impact it had on my dad and I can’t wait to see the impact it has on me.

Q: What are the benefits/challenges of being a legacy?

Some of the major benefits of being a legacy are that you understand the process of pledgeship and the values of Sigma Chi a little bit more than the other pledge brothers because you have been raised to act like a Sig all your life. Then, you also have the benefit from connecting with your family members through Sigma Chi that is truly special. Some of the challenges are that you are looked at as a leader and someone who should know more by the brothers already in the house because of your background of Sigma Chi.

Core Values, Vision, and Mission

Core Values
Sigma Chi’s core values are Friendship, Justice and Learning. Our vision is to become the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization — aligned, focused and living our core values. Our mission is to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and community.

The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi Fraternity is the cultivation, maintenance and promotion of the core values of Friendship, Justice and Learning.

In the pursuit of these high ideals, the Sigma Chi Fraternity is able to offer tremendous value in augmenting the collegiate experience and supporting the lifelong journey of each of its members. We hope to assist brothers in becoming men of character, caring husbands, compassionate fathers and community leaders.