Chapter Initiatives & Philanthropy

 

2013 - 2014

Columbia Community Outreach Day of Service

The campus group Columbia Community Outreach organizes this annual celebration. Various campus organizations sign up in teams and based on group size are assigned to selected community service projects taking place throughout the New York City metropolitan area over the course of the day. This year Sigma Nu participated in one big project, held in a local garden on 161st Street in the Bronx. Our brothers spent the majority of the day in the garden area helping to relocate soil, plant flowers, clean up trash, and build new sustainable devices for the area such as compost receptacles.

Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash

For the third year in a row, Sigma Nu won the anchor splash tournament and raised over 200 dollars for Service for SIght. We participated in a choreographed routine involving aquatic acts and also competed in swimming races.

One-to-One Tutoring

Some brothers elect to participate in One-to-One tutoring on a weekly basis here at Columbia. Columbia’s “Community Impact” sponsors this activity and students tutor in a wide range of subjects for 1.5 hours a week for a 10-15 week period during the semester. Tutoring is open to any student aged 6-12 who lives or attends school in the various neighborhoods surrounding Columbia.

Alpha Omicron Pi: Sisters for Soldiers

Participating in this event for the first time, some of the brothers participated in an arm wrestling competition to support the wounded warriors project. The event as a whole raised over 300 dollars for the Wounded Warriors Project and Sigma Nu took the top two spots in the arm wrestling tournament as well.

Hunter College Project Happy

Every Saturday, anywhere from two to four brothers venture downtown to Hunter College to participate in four half hour sessions of swim lessons with mentally challenged children. The sessions are led by an instructor who pairs the volunteers up with a kid during a session for personal mentoring and playtime activities. This year we also participated in the Swim-a-thon which raised another 1,000 dollars for the program.

Sigma Nu & GlobeMed Present Spring Break Party 2.0

We co-hosted a Spring Break themed party with members from the Columbia GlobeMed organization at the local restaurant “The Heights Bar and Grill”. Donations were accepted at the door, and all proceeds ($510) benefitted the GlobeMed organization which partners with Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWEDG), a human rights organization based in Gulu, Uganda, to provide health services, economic empowerment, psychosocial support, and human rights advocacy for the communities surrounding Gulu.

Columbia University Relay for Life

For the second time in as many years, our brothers sponsored a team in Columbia’s annual Relay for Life. Brothers were involved in staffing a Sigma Nu fundraising booth the day of the event as well as collecting personal donations from friends and family to benefit the American Cancer Society ($183).

Halloween Trick or Treat

Sigma Nu partnered with the other fraternities and sororities on 113th street to hand out candy to the neighborhood trick or treaters on Halloween.

Sigma Nu and Nourish Present: The 80's

On October 10th, 2014, our chapter held a fundraising event to benefit Nourish, an organization dedicated to engaging students and empowering communities in making a lasting impact on extreme poverty. Nourish was recently founded at Columbia University and the organization exists at various colleges across the country. Our chapter raised $1632 for Nourish through donations during this event.

Columbia Sexual Violence Response Presentation

This year, Columbia made it mandatory for every student to participate in a sexual violence prevention workshop. We at Sigma Nu saw this as an opportunity to get together as a brotherhood and talk about these issues while fulfilling the university requirement. We had two of Columbia’s own facilitators in sexual violence response come into our brownstone and talk to us about what part masculinity plays in our social life today and how we as men can work to prevent gender-based misconduct. The workshop proved to be very productive and effective and we are definitely looking to continue this into the future.

Sigma Delta Tau’s Quest for the BeSDT (PCAA)

In partnership with Sigma Delta Tau and Prevent Child Abuse America, Sigma Nu took part in a talent show performance to raise money to help prevent child abuse in America. This annual performance boasted a fundraising total of $1,370 last semester.


2012 - 2013

Community Soup Kitchen Project:

Every week our brothers help cook and serve meals for the homeless at the Broadway Presbyterian Church and Soup Kitchen.  

 

Weekly One to One Tutoring:

Brothers weekly tutor and mentor children ages 6-12 with their school work. 

 

John Jay RHLO Carnival Event:

Candidates helped set up the Freshman carnival as the philanthropy project for the incoming candidate class. 

 

Columbia Community Outreach Karaoke Night:

Sigma Nu partnered with CCO and hosted a night of karaoke to raise money for Community Impact. 

 

Business Speaker Event:

Young alumnus Greg Eleck, an Analyst at Goldman Sachs, came to speak about careers in Financial Services.

 

Business Speaker Event:

doUdeal co-founder Josh Currie spoke in the Sigma Nu house about his experience as a young entrepreneur and CEO in the dynamic world of e-commerce

 

113th Street Block Party:

Sigma Nu teamed up with Delta Gamma Sorority and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity to host a family friendly carnival in our backyards as a fundraiser for Community Impact

 

Business Speaker Event:

PolicyMic co-founder Chris Altchek spoke in the Sigma Nu house about launching a new media enterprise

 

Columbia History Speaker Event:

Lehman Library Curator Eric Wakin spoke in the Sigma Nu House about the history of 19th century New York City and how it relates to Columbia’s development. This was part of the larger Columbia University Historical Initiative. 

 

Sigma Nu Halloween:

Trick-or-Treating and 113th Street Children’s Carnival: Sigma Nu helped bring the fun of Halloween to Morningside Heights in the wake of Hurricane Sandy by partnering with the 113th Street Community Garden

 

GlobeMed Trivia Night:

Trivia Night as a fundraiser for Columbia’s chapter of GlobeMed in the Sigma Nu House

 

Columbia University Society of Hip Hop Rap Cypher ( fall and spring)

Hosted a freestyle rap showcase in our brownstone featuring members of CUSH

 

Quarto Open Mic Night: Bros, Brose, and Broetry:

Sigma Nu hosted a slam poetry open mic night in its brownstone featuring members of Quarto

 

CCO and Youth for Debate Karaoke:

Sigma Nu raised money for Youth for Debate and CCO through karaoke nights in our brownstone

 

Columbia Community Outreach

Brothers helped clean up a park in the South Bronx as part of a Columbia-wide day of service

 

Re-Humanize 

Brothers hosted artist Taylor Gahm, whose work focuses on female empowerment, in Lerner Hall

GlobeMed Trivia Night:

We hosted a fun fundraiser trivia night for GlobeMed at our brownstone. GlobeMed enhances accessibility to much-needed medical supplies and services across the world.

 

Camp  Kesem Fundraiser

Sigma Nu helped fundraise for the Columbia arm of Camp Kesem, a national organization dedicated to providing summer camps and opportunities to children whose parents are afflicted with cancer. 


2011 - 2012 Academic Year

 

Two CEO's Unplugged Event:

One of our brothers helped organize a speaking event by two media CEOs, including the CEO of Random House Publishing, so we mobilized all of our brothers to attend the discussion. 

 

Assisted in Whoot Launch:

Our brothers heard a presentation by the founders of the social media start up, Whoot, and helped market their product on campus

 

Orchesis Night of Dance:

We partnered with Orchesis to offer a night of dancing lessons at our brownstone and help raise money for the popular student group. 

 

Participation in Mr. Fraternity and the SDT Talent Show:

Our brothers participated in Greek-wide sorority philanthropy events such as Mr. Fraternity and the SDT Talent show

 

Persian Culture Night:

We teamed up with CU Belly Dance and the Columbia Iranian Student Association to offer a Persian Culture Night at our brownstone in order to help CISA raise money. 

 

Pencils of Promise Campus Campaign:

Pencils of Promise is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access of education resources in the developing world. They are interested in building awareness of their organization on college campuses, so we launched a marketing campaign for them at Columbia. 

 

Take Back the Night:

Sigma Nu showed its support for Take Back the Night, a women's abuse awareness event, by making a banner with Sigma Delta Tau to be displayed outside of our brownstone during the march. 

 

Youth for Debate Karaoke Night:

Our brothers opened our brownstone to Youth for Debate—a student group that teaches public speaking at disadvantaged middle and high schools throughout the city—and helped host a karaoke night for the Columbia community. Through good times and bad singing, we raised several hundred dollars for YFD

GlobeMed Trivia Night:

We hosted a fun fundraiser trivia night for GlobeMed at our brownstone. GlobeMed enhances accessibility to much-needed medical supplies and services across the world. 

 

McNally Plaza Park Clean Up:

Our brothers helped clean up a park near McNally Plaza in the Bronx

 

Safe Horizon Anti-Domestic Violence Bracelet Sale:

We partnered with Safe Horizon, a domestic abuse prevention organization, to sell bracelets on campus and raise money for their program      

 

Day of Service (Gandhi Day):

Our brothers participated in a day of service organized by the Hindu Student Organization by helping clean up a blighted area of Morningside Park. 

 

Columbia World Cup:

Several brothers participated in a campus-wide soccer tournament organized by brother Richard Fineman through the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. The event was a charitable fundraiser. 

 

Columbia Community Outreach:

Through CCO, a Columbia-wide day of charitable work, Sigma Nu helped clean up a dilapidated park in the Bronx in order to make it safer and more appealing for local residents. 

 

Project HAPPY Fundraiser and Coaching:

For several years, our brothers have contributed mentors to the Hunter Activity Program for Parents and Youth, an athletic coaching project for autistic children. Each week we send several brothers to work with children of a variety of ages. This year, we facilitated the program’s second SWIMATHON, a fundraising project that netted several thousands dollars for Project HAPPY’s awesome mission.

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life:

Our brothers fielded a Relay team and helped fundraise for the American Cancer Society. 


 2010 - 2011 Academic Year

 

Gift Of Life Foundation Bone Marrow Drive:

Our brothers registered approximately 200 individuals as prospective bone marrow donors in the Gift of Life Foundation’s Bone Marrow Database. With our work, people in need of life-saving bone marrow transplants have crucial access to a larger pool of support.

 

GrowNYC Stop ‘N’ Swap:

Sigma Nu partnered with the environmental non-profit, GrowNYC, to host a reuse and recycle fair on Butler Walkway. The almost 400 individuals in attendance came from all over the city to bring lightly used clothing and household items, which could in turn be picked up free of charge by those in need. Everything left over at the end of the day was donated or recycled. The Stop ‘N’ Swap helped Columbia’s neighbors while supporting the green initiatives of reuse and recycling.

“On behalf of GrowNYC I would like to thank and congratulate you on your tireless effort on this project” – Ermin Siljkovic, GrowNYC

 

Youth for Debate Karaoke Night Fundraiser:

Our brothers opened our brownstone to Youth for Debate—a student group that teaches public speaking at disadvantaged middle and high schools throughout the city—and helped host a karaoke night for the Columbia community. Through good times and bad singing, we raised over $550 for YFD, completely paying for its application to become a national non-profit organization.

“With Sigma Nu’s help, we can expand our program to reach needy students across the country” – Taarini Vohra, President and Founder of YFD

 

Columbia Community Outreach:

Through CCO, a Columbia-wide day of charitable work, Sigma Nu teamed up with Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority to provide support at an elderly rehabilitation center. By facilitating exercise, Sigma Nu advanced the health and happiness of its residents.

Columbia/Barnard Hillel Bone Marrow Drive:

During a Hillel-sponsored event, our brothers registered prospective bone marrow donors.

 

Spring Clothing Exchange:

Sigma Nu partnered with Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Green Umbrella, and Hillel in order to hold a month-long clothing collection. The drive culminated in a used clothing flea market, where individuals from Morningside Heights and the university could purchase clothes at highly discounted prices. The proceeds went to the Streets of Hope Charity, which works in Senegal, and the leftover 4,000 articles of clothing were donated through Wearable Collections. Coverage of this event in the Columbia Daily Spectator: (Read: From Push to Pull)http://eye.columbiaspectator.com/article/2011/04/21/getting-green-light

 

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life:

Our brothers fielded a Relay team and helped fundraise for the American Cancer Society. We also held an on-site water balloon slingshot contest and aided with the event’s management. Sigma Nu contributed to the fight against a disease that touches countless lives across the globe.

 

Project HAPPY Fundraiser and Coaching:

For several years, our brothers have contributed mentors to the Hunter Activity Program for Parents and Youth, an athletic coaching project for autistic children. Each week we send several brothers to work with children of a variety of ages. This year, we facilitated the program’s first-ever SWIMATHON, a fundraising project that netted $10,000 for Project HAPPY’s awesome mission.

“The first annual Project HAPPY SWIMATHON was a huge success, and it's all thanks to the efforts of your fraternity” – Penny Shaw, Director of Project HAPPY

 

 
GrowNYC Reuse & Recycle Fair: Sigma Nu partnered with GrowNYC to host a reuse & recycle event on campus in which students and community members donated items, which could be picked up by the needy free of charge. Everything that was left over at the end of the day was recycled. The event attracted about 300 New Yorkers. 

GrowNYC Reuse & Recycle Fair: Sigma Nu partnered with GrowNYC to host a reuse & recycle event on campus in which students and community members donated items, which could be picked up by the needy free of charge. Everything that was left over at the end of the day was recycled. The event attracted about 300 New Yorkers. 

 
 Quarto Open Mic Night: We hosted an open Mic Night with Quarto, where our brothers (pictured here) couldn't help but jam out.

 Quarto Open Mic Night: We hosted an open Mic Night with Quarto, where our brothers (pictured here) couldn't help but jam out.

 
Columbia Community Outreach: Brothers cleaned up a park in the Bronx as part of a Columbia-wide day of service

Columbia Community Outreach: Brothers cleaned up a park in the Bronx as part of a Columbia-wide day of service

 
The view from our stoop: We also have social events. They are very well attended. 

The view from our stoop: We also have social events. They are very well attended. 

 
Rehumanize Event: Brothers hosted artist Taylor Gahm, whose work features female empowerment, in Lerner.

Rehumanize Event: Brothers hosted artist Taylor Gahm, whose work features female empowerment, in Lerner.

 
Columbia University Society of Hip Hop Rap Cypher: Columbia CUSH hosted two rap cyphers in our brownstone.

Columbia University Society of Hip Hop Rap Cypher: Columbia CUSH hosted two rap cyphers in our brownstone.

 
GlobeMed Trivia Night: Teams prepare for some intense trivia as part of a fundraiser for GlobeMed in our brownstone

GlobeMed Trivia Night: Teams prepare for some intense trivia as part of a fundraiser for GlobeMed in our brownstone

 
113th Street Block Party: Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Delta Gamma co-hosted a family-friendly block party to support Community Impact.

113th Street Block Party: Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Delta Gamma co-hosted a family-friendly block party to support Community Impact.

 
Formal: Each year, we have two formals

Formal: Each year, we have two formals

 
Morningsiders perform in our brownstone: The student band, Morningsiders (two of which are brothers in Sigma Nu) performed in our house.

Morningsiders perform in our brownstone: The student band, Morningsiders (two of which are brothers in Sigma Nu) performed in our house.

 
Columbia Historical Initiative: As part of the CU Historical Initiative, Eric Wakin, the former Lehman Library Curator for Rare Books and Manuscripts, came to our brownstone to talk about Columbia's history.

Columbia Historical Initiative: As part of the CU Historical Initiative, Eric Wakin, the former Lehman Library Curator for Rare Books and Manuscripts, came to our brownstone to talk about Columbia's history.

 
Business Speaker Series: Founder of PolicyMic comes to speak in our brownstone

Business Speaker Series: Founder of PolicyMic comes to speak in our brownstone

 
Homecoming: We invite alumni back to our brownstone every year during homecoming

Homecoming: We invite alumni back to our brownstone every year during homecoming

 
Hurricane Sandy Clean Up: Brothers helped clean up Brooklyn following the storm

Hurricane Sandy Clean Up: Brothers helped clean up Brooklyn following the storm

 
Mr. Fraternity: Each year, we participate. And each year, we should be the winners.

Mr. Fraternity: Each year, we participate. And each year, we should be the winners.