Hello Brothers, Alumni, and friends of SigEp,
Welcome, my name is Ryan O’Gorman and I am the current president of the California Alpha chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. When I joined SigEp at the beginning of my sophomore year, I was blown away by how impressive the brothers I had met were – from their academic diligence, their involvement as leaders around campus, and professional qualifications. At the same time, I found men who were friendly, kind and virtuous who I enjoyed hanging out with and having fun with. I am honored to be a member and leader of this brotherhood, with leaders in the Formula Car team, SAGE Mentorship Program, Berkeley Careers in Entertainment Club, Machine Learning @ Berkeley, ROTC, numerous finance and consulting clubs, the Squash and Triathlon teams, and many more groups, who are also entrepreneurs, chefs, musicians, boxers, and comedians.
SigEp is a community where brothers strive to grow together and excel in all aspects of life: academically, professionally, physically, and socially. Through my nearly 2 years in SigEp I have been mentored by alumni, both tutored and been tutored by brothers, ran, cycled, lifted, and competed with brothers, and had many of the most memorable moments of my college career. To list a few of my favorite events: chapter retreats in Tahoe or Yosemite, attempting the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazing Challenge, open-mic nights, going to the Big Game at Stanford, piggy-back races to the Big C, flying kites at the Berkeley Kite Festival, and certainly Pedal for Life – our yearly 5-day 500-mile charity bike ride from Berkeley to Santa Monica. Most of all I cherish the growth I have made while in this chapter, and the friendships and bonds I have made.
Our chapter currently stands at 93 active brothers, 20 of whom joined this spring. I encourage anyone who is interested in meeting the brothers and seeing what SigEp is about to come to our fall rush events or other recruitment events throughout the year.
Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded in 1901 on the campus of Richmond College (now called the University of Richmond) in Richmond, Va. The story of its founding by 12 determined men set the stage for the growth and success of one of the country’s premier fraternal organizations. The history of the Fraternity reflects the times, through great wars and profound cultural shifts. Throughout the decades, the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon have practiced their values and embraced the stated desire of the Founders, “This Fraternity will be different.”
This fraternity will be different.
SigEp was founded with the Cardinal Principles of Virtue, Diligence and Brotherly Love. Our mission is “Building Balanced Men,” which is achieved through a commitment to Sound Mind and Sound Body.
As gentlemen of SigEp, we believe in continuously giving back to our community.
One of our most renowned annual philanthropic events is Pedal For Life, which is a 500-mile philanthropic bike ride from Berkeley’s Sather Gate to the Santa Monica Pier. Brothers embark on this journey to raise money and awareness for an annually selected charity/cause of choice. Our past two rides supported the non-profit Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and raised over $15,000.
For more information, visit our PFL page: berkeleysigep.com/pfl/
We enjoy several brotherhood social events throughout the year. Just a few of our annual events include:
- Weekend Retreats (past locations have included Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and Dillon Beach)
- Various Leadership Programs (Including a week long journey to Greece)
- Intramural Sports Teams
- Football Tailgates
- Semesterly Date Nights (Including our classic Yacht Date Night in the Spring)
- SigEp was founded on November 1, 1901, at Richmond College.
- With over 315,000 lifetime members SigEp ranks among the largest national fraternities.
- SigEp Cal Alpha Chapter is consistently ranked amongst the top 3 in campus wide GPA.
- We won our Fraternity’s National Excelsior Cup Award for Recruitment last year!
- Brothers’ current and past involvements include ASUC, ROTC, Campus Ambassadors, Cal Men’s Squash, Cal Cycling, Berkeley Model United Nations, Acapella Group, Triathlon, Cal Ultimate, Rally Committee, The Daily Cal, Cal Performances, Professional Fraternities, DeCal Facilitators, Peer Advisors, and more.
Theodore Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss
Douglas Engelbart - Inventor of the computer mouse
Terry Lundgren - CEO/Chairman/President, Macy’s Corporation
Kenneth Derr - Chairman, Chevron Oil
Steve Hofstetter - Comedian, Executive Producer/Host of Fox’s “Laughs”
Harold Poling - CEO, Ford Motor Company
Kenneth Arrow - Nobel Laureate, Economics
Robert Stempel - CEO, General Motors
Ronald Brown - U.S Secretary of Commerce
Fred Turner - Chairman, McDonald’s Corporation