Sigma Chi is a brotherhood with roots in the collegiate experience that engenders a lifelong commitment to strive to achieve true friendship, equal justice and the fulfillment of learning as part of our overall responsibilities to the broader communities in which we live. Our mission is to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus, and community.
Our members actively serve our local and broader communities. Through volunteer service and philanthropic endeavors, we enhance our character and provide enriching experiences for our brotherhood.
Huntsman Cancer Institute and Foundation
Founded in 1995 by Significant Sig John Huntsman of the University of Pennsylvania, the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has become one of the premier institution researching ways to eradicate cancer, a disease that has affected so many in our lives and in our communities.
Since 2005, the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, the fundraising arm of Institute, has been Sigma Chi’s preferred philanthropic partner. In 2015, the Fraternity pledged to raise $11M to benefit the Institute. In 2019, the Fraternity pledged to raise an additional $20M, bringing the total amount pledged to $31M. To date, Sigs across the country have raised over $9M of the Fraternity’s $31M pledge.
In the 2018-2019 school year, we raised over $12,700 for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which represents more than half of the total money raised by fraternities and sororities at Puget Sound.
Hairless for Huntsman
Each fall semester, our brothers ask for donations and shave their heads to raise awareness about cancer and to benefit cancer research. The money we raise is donated to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Each year, our chapter also hosts Derby Days, a week-long series of campus-wide events and activities. Some of the events we’ve held in the past include benefit concerts, dunk tanks, bake sales, and a four ticket raffle for any home Mariners game.
In addition to fundraising for Huntsman, our chapter also volunteers in the Tacoma community. We are regulars at the Northwest Furniture Bank, where we construct pieces of furniture which are distributed to families in need in Pierce and King Counties.
We have a number of athletes in our brotherhood. There are Sigs who represent the Puget Sound Loggers in football, soccer, tennis, golf, and lacrosse.
“My brothers in Sigma Chi have provided me amazing support in my athletics endeavors. I can always rely on them to be in the stands cheering for me, and support me no matter the outcome.” — Murdock Rutledge ’21, Loggers Quarterback, #1
Our members are also talented musicians. There are DJs, guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists, harmonicists, and even a venue owner – plus, they’re all more than willing for the impromptu jam.
“Sig provides an opportunity for budding artists to learn together and apply skills that are greatly valued among fellow musicians and the industry itself.” — Max Kaesschafer ’20, Founder of Psychward
The brotherhood of Sigma Chi does not live solely in Tacoma. Numerous times a month, there are groups of members who venture out into the outdoors, seeking thrills on the ski slopes, weaving through trees on mountain bike trails, and summiting Rainier!
“I can always count on many guys to come on an adventure with me whether it be skiing, camping, or hiking.” — Hayden Borg ’22