The Iowa Delta chapter picked up 15 new members this past week with fall recruitment. While most of the events were online, it still enabled the new members to meet the brothers and become comfortable with Sig Ep’s values and mission statement.
“With little to no guidance from Drake’s Interfraternity Council, our members were forced to adapt,” said Vice President of Recruitment Hoff Boyea. “However, we took charge of the situation for ourselves. Though it was a lot of work, it all paid off with once again admitting more new members to our chapter than any other social fraternity at Drake.”
The online recruitment took place on blackboard collaborate instead of the regular meetings at the fraternity houses. Unlike the other social fraternities, Sig Ep utilized the breakout room tool with blackboard to talk to potential new members in small groups to discuss professional development and philanthropy efforts.
President Josh Hession expressed excitement when talking about the new class recruitment number and is also looking forward to spring recruitment and informal recruitment. Hession also commented that he was eager for these new members to join, along with the rest of the chapter, in chapter meetings and socially distant events planning to happen later this year.
“I choose Sig Ep because everyone that I talked to seemed like someone that I could become brothers with,” said first-year student Mike Straub. “Every guy seemed like they wanted me to succeed regardless of which frat I joined. I look forward to getting to know more about the house.”
It wasn’t just first-year students that decided to rush this fall; sophomore students like Caleb Lilliquist also came out for recruitment and decided to join Sig Ep.
“One of the main reasons I joined Sig Ep is because of the great group of guys,” Lilliquist said. “Out of all the frats, they were the only ones to reach out to me by writing letters and asked me to be part of their group of motivated guys. I couldn’t back down from that, so here we are.”