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Biggest Benefit of Membership = Lifelong Bonds and Friendships

Jacob Black ’07 (Kappa Chapter) had such a great experience in Sigma Phi Delta that he’s extending that experience in his alumni years as president of the Kappa Alumni Chapter in Angola, Ind.




He says “In order for Sigma Phi Delta to survive and flourish, it's necessary to have a significant amount of Alumni involvement. Alumni chapters are necessary to provide guidance and help mentor the Active chapters, and Alumni involvement within the International organization is crucial for making sure all the chapters are on the same page as we continuously move toward the future.”



Why did you join SPD as an undergrad?

I was not overly satisfied with the way my high school experience turned out, so as a freshman in college, I was looking for a way to redefine myself and for a place where I fit in. After meeting all the brothers of Sigma Phi Delta at various events that they hosted, I just started to really enjoy being around them and started to feel at home at the fraternity house. Everyone went out of their way to get to know me and make me feel welcome, and with them all being engineers we all had similar interests. I just knew that it was something I wanted to be a part of.



What is your best fraternity memory, either from your undergraduate days or as an alum?

My best fraternity memory is the moment that I became a brother. When I found out that I had successfully completed pledging and that I was officially one of them, I just remember being overcome with joy and excitement. It was my best Sigma Phi Delta memory and one of the best moments in my life.



Why do you personally volunteer for your alumni chapter?

Joining Sigma Phi Delta was one of the best experiences of my life. I just want to give back to that which gave so much to me.



What is the importance of staying involved SPD as alumni?

In order for Sigma Phi Delta to survive and flourish, it's necessary to have a significant amount of alumni involvement. Alumni chapters are necessary to provide guidance and help mentor the active chapters, and alumni involvement within the International organization is crucial for making sure all the chapters are on the same page as we continuously move toward the future. Without the guidance and life experience that goes along with alumni involvement, there is little chance for progress. And without progress, Sigma Phi Delta will eventually cease to exist.



What is the benefit of staying involved as alumni?

One benefit is that you have the opportunity to meet new people and make new connections whether it be the new actives or Alumni who have chosen to get involved. It also gives you a better opportunity to stay connected with the friends that you made while you were in school. You also have a chance to mentor the younger members and help make Sigma Phi Delta better, and you can't help but get a good feeling from that.



What would happen if more alumni didn’t engage/financially support SPD after graduation?

Without alumni involvement, there would be no one making sure that Sigma Phi Delta is heading in the right direction as we move toward the future, and if we are not all moving together toward the right future then we will have a difficult time sustaining our fraternity.



What are the top three things you gained from your SPD experience?

Sigma Phi Delta gave me a place of like-minded individuals where I fit in and created lifelong bonds. There's a small group of alumni near me, and we have met for dinner almost every week for the past few years. Aside from that group, I probably haven't gone more than a month or two since graduation that I haven't attended some gathering of Sigma Phi Delta members.



Going along with meeting like-minded individuals, joining Sigma Phi Delta also helped me gain a significant amount of confidence and directly molded me into the person I am today.



Lastly, I gained a lot of experience and knowledge of skills that directly correlate to the professional business world. Holding positions I the fraternity and attending meetings and giving status updates really prepared me for my jobs after graduation.



What is the best thing about the alumni experience?

The best thing is the lifelong bonds and friendships. Most of my best friends are Sigma Phi Delta brothers.



Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I feel like a lot of people are afraid to get involved as alumni due to their lack of free time. But everyone currently involved has a full time job and limited time to spend on Sigma Phi Delta. Every little amount of time will help. Even if you can only commit to an hour a week. That's still an hour's worth of work that'll help to accomplish something. Every little bit helps so even if you don't have a lot of free time, just a small commitment will help.



Please provide some background on your life today (where you live, family, career, etc.).

I live in Fishers, Ind. with my wife, Nicole. We just got married earlier this year in April. I work at Raytheon in Indianapolis as a Software Engineer where I work on multiple programs involving the V-22 Osprey.



To learn more about opportunities to engage with Sigma Phi Delta in your alumni years, contact Grand President Alix Minden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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