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Plane Pull Fundraiser to help the Special Olympics

Hello  Phi Brothers and other people wishing to help out with this charitable event!

Some of the actives and some potential alumni are looking to do the plane pull again this year. Last year we missed this great event due to The Insurance Policy that Kean recently added. But some of us are looking for donations or anything that comes to mind to where we can lend a helping hand in order to get some money to be able to participate in this awesome event, in which proceeds go towards the Special Olympics.

Please feel free to contact Zach Denelsbeck at 609-335-9126 if you have anything that comes to mind so he can spread word to the brothers.

This is an awesome event for our philanthropy and don’t want to miss out two years in a row. The event takes place at the Newark Airport on September 28, 2015

We need $1,200 to pull so please be as generous as you can for this awesome event.


Please contact contact Zach Denelsbeck at 609-335-9126 if you should have any questions.

The more money donated the better!

Thank You!
Zach Denelsbeck
Alpha Theta 12′
Best pledge class… ever (according to Zach)

Nu Sigma Phi celebrates 75th anniversary

Kean University’s Nu Sigma Phi fraternity celebrated its 75th anniversary on Oct. 25 with a gala event that drew approximately 100 alumni and current student members to the atrium of the university’s STEM building in Union Township.

The event included a silent auction and presentations by the fraternity’s alumni leaders, including a historical retrospective of Nu Sigma Phi’s founding and subsequent three-quarters of a century of “Strength, Nobility, and Progress Through the Ages” (the fraternity’s tagline). Current students conducted a pinning ceremony for this fall’s inductees during the program.

“The purpose of this event was to celebrate our 75-year legacy on campus, and to reconnect our brothers with their alma mater,” said Michael Delicio ’82, the event’s primary organizer. “I would hope that attendees walked away knowing that brotherhood is timeless, and that there is much that they can contribute to both the current fraternity and Kean University.”

The program was punctuated several times by energetic chants and cheers from the audience, particularly its younger members, who at one point started a rousing repetition of one of Nu Sigma Phi’s signature catchphrases—“Who’s Got Your Back?”

This particular chant directly refers to one of Nu Sigma Phi’s central precepts: that its brothers are committed to actively supporting each other in all endeavors, and particularly in situations where a brother may be in need of either financial or emotional support. The pledge that new members take upon admission to Nu Sigma Phi includes the stated obligation to “come to the aid of brothers in need.”

“Brotherhood is not a given right,” said Dan DeWeever ’84, chairman of the fraternity’s alumni association. “It’s a two-way street. The active support of our members, by our members, is our only guarantee of success.”

The philosophy of mutual support derives directly from the circumstances of the fraternity’s founding at then-New Jersey State Teachers College at Newark. (The college would not take the name “Kean” until 1973; starting in 1959, it was known as Newark State College.)

In 1939, a group of 15 students, frustrated by their inability to pledge existing college fraternities due to reasons that included religion, ethnicity, and/or choice of academic focus, decided that they would create a new fraternity founded on principles of democracy, integrity, mutual respect, and inclusion. They successfully petitioned the college administration, and Nu Sigma Phi was born as one of the first nonsectarian fraternities to be granted a charter in the state of New Jersey. Its first advisor was Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences John C. Hutchinson Jr., who would serve in that capacity for the next 25 years and became the namesake of Kean’s Hutchinson Hall.

“We were founded by a small group of students who experienced discrimination firsthand,” said Delicio. “They overcame adversity to create an organization dedicated to diversity, inclusion, service to others, and most importantly the true spirit of brotherhood. Our story and philosophy are as relevant today as they were in 1939, which is why brothers like Henry Niemira keep coming back.”

Delicio was referring to Henry Niemira ’41 one of two of the original 15 founders who, remarkably, are still alive. Niemira was proudly present at the gala, holding court at his table near the front of the room, the multicolored braid around his shoulders signifying his position of high honor within the fraternity.

The 75th anniversary gala was especially meaningful for alumni who lived through some of the fraternity’s more difficult times. Nu Sigma Phi ran into problems with the university during the mid-1990s and ceased to be an active organization on campus. But by 2008, a core group of dedicated alumni had managed to bring the fraternity back from the brink.

“As our motto is ‘Progress Through the Ages,’ it was important that our brothers, especially those who have been less than engaged over the years, understand and be proud of the fact that our organization and the university have accomplished much and continue to grow,” said Delicio. “Many of our older brothers were not aware of the fact that we stopped being an active organization about 20 years ago, or of the remarkable story of our subsequent renaissance.”

That renaissance includes the establishment of the Nu Sigma Phi Annual Scholarship at Kean, which provides financial assistance to academically talented Kean students and to brothers of Nu Sigma Phi.


Meal of Thanksgiving

Save the Date   November 16th, 2012

Brothers of Nu Sigma Phi,

The Fraternity of Nu Sigma Phi will be holding its Meal of Thanksgiving on Friday, November 16th We’re having a reception and Pot Luck Dinner in celebration of Phi and a very special brother, Joe Festa.

We will also be announcing the official launch of the Joe Festa Scholarship Award through the Nu Sigma Phi Scholarship Fund.

Last year was a huge success and we know this year will be even more so.

This is a family friendly event and alcohol free.

Please join us in celebrating the life of a very special brother Joe Festa and all of Nu Sigma Phi.

The Reception starts at 6:30pm and dinner @ 7:00pm

Location: Ruth Horowitz Alumni House, on the East Campus of Kean University

For further information please check the Brotherhood Page on Facebook or contact Michael Delico at We will also be sending emails as more information is available.

We look forward to having you there!

Yours in Brotherhood,

The Alumni Association of Nu Sigma Phi

Fall 2010 Meet the Greeks

Are you an interested in becoming a Nu Sigma Phi brother? If so, on September 15, 2010, come out to Meet the Greeks on Kean University’s campus. Meet the Greeks is an event put together by Kean University to help students interact with fraternities and sorrorites. Come by our table to see what we are all about and meet the brothers. This is when you could meet some of the brothers for the first time, if you have not met us yet. You could also ask us any questions you would like answered.

Nu Sigma Phi Induction/Awards Dinner

Nu Sigma Phi Fraternity Established 1939

The Brothers of Nu Sigma Phi would be honored if you would join us in celebrating the crossing of our newest brothers, Alpha Delta Class, and help us to wish Brother Brandon Charles a safe and prosperous time, as he departs for his term of military service.

Nu Sigma Phi Induction/Awards Dinner
Friday, April 16th, 2010
6:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Pantagis Renaissance and Snuffys Restaurant
250 Park Ave. Scotch Plains NJ 07076

The Price for the event is $60 per guest and dates are encouraged. The cost of admission can be paid through the PayPal link below, or cash upon arrival. Please RSVP by April 12th 2010.

After more than 70 Years of Brotherhood, we add a new chapter to the story of PHI. We need you there brothers!

CLICK HERE to download the PDF invitation

Dine to Donate – March 2, 2010

Phi Alumni,

The active brothers need your help! We are having a fund raising event called ‘Dine to Donate’ on March 2, 2010. Essentially, what it is is we bring people in to eat at Applebees, and get a percent of whatever people pay. Phi will receive 10% of every dollar spent. So, for example, if you run a bill up to $100, Nu Sigma Phi gets $10 directly into our pocket.

All proceeds will benefit our philanthropy, breast cancer. We are trying to make this a successful and eventful evening for all Phi brothers. Most of the actives will be there in the evening to hang out and shoot the shit with any alumni who shows up. So please, mark Tuesday, March 2, 2010 on your calendar and try to make it out to support your brothers.

All you need to do is print out the flyer which can be found here and give it to your server when you go in to Applebees that day (does not include half-price apps, sorry). Please print out the flyer and distribute them at work or to friends to help support our effort.

Thanks for all the support, all the brothers sincerely appreciate it.

Jon Kuligowski
Alpha Beta
Vice President
Apparel Committee
Fundraising Chair

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