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Largest Initiation Class Ever at Alpha Eta

Posted By Mike Palladino, Monday, December 4, 2017


Check it out. This is Alpha Eta at South Carolina…well, not all of them. This is Alpha Eta’s newly-initiated Fall 2017 new member class, all 35 of them! This is their largest initiation of new members ever. Congratulations to the men of Alpha Eta on this incredible accomplishment!

When stories like this reach my desk, I am most proud to serve as your Grand Alpha. Knowing a group this big was able to come together, go through The Pillars, and take part in our Ritual as a collective makes the work we do here on the Fraternity’s Executive Committee and Headquarters worth it.

This is not just a victory for Alpha Eta; it is a victory for the entire Fraternity. Accomplishments like this say a lot about a chapter and how it is being run, and ultimately it sets the tone for years to come. Times like this are why we do what we do. I have no doubt every one of these Phi Kaps will continue to grow into the leaders, scholars, brothers, and gentlemen we expect them to be.

I would be remiss if I did not also congratulate Alpha Eta’s Iota, Zach Thayer, the Alpha Eta Executive Board, and all active members of Alpha Eta for making this achievement possible. Without you and your efforts, there is no Phi Kappa Sigma at the University of South Carolina. These men owe much of their success to you. We look forward to hearing more from Alpha Eta in the weeks, months, and years to come. Congratulations again.

Alpha Eta has come a long way, largely due to their own hard work and dedication to the Fraternity’s values and goals. They also receive help from Headquarters in the form of leadership institutes and regular oversight by their educational consultant.

In order to provide our chapters with the help and resources they need to be successful, we rely on your generous contributions to the Phi Kappa Sigma Foundation. As we dive into the holiday season, I ask that your support continues, so we can advance our 2020 Strategic Plan without sacrificing the quality of the resources we provide to our undergraduate members.

Indeed, your tax-deductible holiday gift to us will fund $80,000+ in need- and merit-based scholarships as well as our Men of Honor Leadership Institute.

There are several ways to support Phi Kappa Sigma today:

  • Donate online at Gifts are tax-deductible and are acknowledged in writing.
  • Set up a recurring donation (same link).
  • Matching gifts--Many companies have a matching gift program that can multiply your support. Please ask your company’s HR representative for the necessary forms to send with your gift.
  •  Do all your gift buying this season on Amazon Smile, which will automatically contribute to the Phi Kappa Sigma Foundation with every purchase. Instructions can be found here.

Again, we thank you on behalf of the thousands of alumni and undergraduate members whose lives are impacted by your generosity.




Mike Palladino
Alpha Nu ‘04
Grand Alpha

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