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Operation Phi Gives Back

Operation Phi Give Back

As a group we have done many good deeds and contributed much to our communities. In that spirit, the Alumni Association has donated 40 blankets to the drive started by our Active brothers to celebrate Founders Day and our 78th year of brotherhood.

If you wish to donate to this important drive so we can make an even bigger impact, you can donate using the following PayPal link


or you can send a check to:
Nu Sigma Phi
55 Elizabeth Ave. Cranford NJ 07016
Attn: Drive for the Needy

Making Progress together,
Nu Sigma Phi Alumni Association

Hurricane Harvey disaster relief c/o Bob Henkel

The Nu Sigma Phi Scholarship site. The donation button is below the letter – Thanks very much!

Brothers and all those that would like to contribute:

As you know, our Brother Bobby Henkel lives and works in the center of the Hurricane Harvey disaster, where he is a Deacon at St. Maximilian’s church. Their community and their buildings are now a refuge for people in need. Brother Bobby needs our support to help these deserving people. At this point in the process, cash donations are the most effective form of help for Bobby and his folks to buy the supplies needed most. We are all pledged to come to the aid of a brother in need and those deserving of our help. This situation meets both goals. The amount of your help is up to you, but we all are capable of extending some help, as our means allow. The Nu Sigma Phi Alumni Association is beginning our effort with a $250 donation. Please join the effort.
You can make your donation via Paypal or checks – instructions below:

St Maximilian Kolbe Parish 10135 West Road 77064 Houston Texas
In the memo line please add: Disaster Relief from Phi.

– or – VIA PAYPAL:

Thank you for your generosity.

Yours in Brotherhood,
The Alumni Association of Nu Sigma Phi

Freddie Paiva Jr. Funeral Expense

For those of you that may not have heard, I am sorry to announce the passing of our brother and friend Freddie Paiva Jr. Unfortunately Freddie passed away yesterday from an apparent heart attack. He was a good friend to us all, had a heart of gold, and dedicated his life to helping others. Please just keep Freddie’s family in your prayers at this time as we grieve our loss.

Brother Pavia’s son provided us with the details for Freddie’s arrangements and all those who wish to come and pay their respects to Freddie and his family, the arrangements are as follows:

O’Brien’s funeral home
2028 NJ-35, Wall Township, NJ 07719
Friday 5:00 – 9:00 pm (Wake Only)

The Paiva family has asked for DONATIONS in lieu of flowers paid to the order of the Funeral Home to help with the funeral expenses as they have no money for the arrangements. For your convenience we have created a PAYPAL LINK BUTTON to make donation immediately to The Phi Alumni Association who will forward the donations to Freddie’s brother – or – you can always send a donation via check or money order payable to Mark Paiva directly at:

Mark Paiva
1641 Elm Avenue Unit 6
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

Whatever amount you can afford would be most appreciated by the family.

Thank you
The Alumni Association of Nu Sigma Phi

Phi brothers giving back to the community!

Today the brothers of Nu Sigma Phi participated in Garfield UNICO’s annual Christmas Baskets service event.

The brothers assembled 52 care packages of an assortment of food and distributed them to low income households in Garfield, NJ.

The Brothers of Nu Sigma Phi will receive a  featured photo and write-up in their national publication “The Unican”. Congratulations to all of our brothers who participated for their hard work our hard work and for having positive social impact  in the community. Our fraternity is soon to be presented with a certificate on campus from UNICO National in honor of our effort!

brothers helping in the community

This is the second year in a row the brothers have worked the Christmas Baskets. It was a great way to spread the holiday spirit.

brothers spreading cheer in the community

Alvin Quinones praised for lifelong Human Rights work

Art with a bird’s eye view on social justice

Years ago, from a hotel room in Madrid’s Gran Via, artist Alvin Quiñones was inspired by the bird’s eye view of the myriad of people walking about on the streets below.
“It [the view] allows us to look at people as just “people” and not make any judgments,” explained Quiñones who is an adjunct professor at Kean.
With this premise in mind, Quiñones created a series of works that uses this unique viewpoint to depict groups of people enigmatically.

Article praising brother Alvin Quinones


One such work by Quiñones, who is of Puerto Rican descent, is currently part of the “We Are You Project” art exhibition at the Human Rights Institute Gallery on campus. The exhibition explores the themes of social justice and immigration and features work by Ibero-American artists from the United States and abroad.
Prof. Quiñones standing next his painting, “Palante,” at the Human Rights Institute Gallery.
In addition to the exhibit, the Human Rights Institute held a poetry reading on October 8th and will be holding a film screening on November 9th. Furthermore, a guest lecture and panel discussion is scheduled to be held on November 16th. The “We Are You Project” exhibit, featuring Quiñones’ work, will be on display until January 2016.

Click here for the full Article

Plan Pull a huge success to help Special Olympics

The Plane Pull fundraiser held this weekend at Newark Airport to Benefit the Spacial Olympics was a HUGE SUCCESS.
With a little help from our Brothers, anything is possible! These are the official event Photos from yesterdays very successful charity event . Great work to the team and all those who supported them. Enjoy the photos




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.

T.J. Denehy will return to be an assistant football coach at Kean University

Former Academic All-American T.J. Denehy will return to be an assistant football coach at Kean University this fall after graduating summa cum laude from Kean in 2012. A Second-Team All-NJAC selection as a wide receiver and punt returner, Denehy is the Cougars’ all-time leader in punt returns (86) and is second in single-season school history with 60 receptions in 2011.

For his academic efforts, he was named a Capital One Academic All-American First-Team member (the first in program history) in 2011 as well as a Second-Team member in 2012. Denehy was also a member of the University’s Dean’s List.  Denehy has been inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, Lambda Alpha Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi (all honor societies), and was also named the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey Outstanding Student-Athlete Award in 2012.

Denehy previously served as president of the Kean and NJAC student-athlete advisory committees and is currently a graduate student at Kean pursuing his master’s degree.



Kean University inducts first National Athletic Training Education Honor Society Class

Congrats Eric – Nu Sigma Phi

Congratulations to Eric Centofanti on being inducted to Kean’s National Athletic Training Education Honor Society Class.
On April 20, 2009 an initiation ceremony was held to induct 8 Kean University Athletic
Training students into the National Athletic Training Education Honor Society
Iota Tau Alpha – Alpha Lambda Chapter. The Kean University chapter is the first Iota
Tau Alpha chapter at a New Jersey college or University. The purpose of Iota Tau
Alpha is to function as an honor and professional society for students of Athletic
Training Education. Membership requirements include: 1) completing at least one
term of the second year of a four-year curriculum or its equivalent. 2) completing at
least three term courses in Athletic Training Education with an average grade of B or
better of which at least one is not an introductory course 3) be in good academic
standing 4)have an overall GPA of 3.45 or higher. Seniors inducted were: Valeria
Bozza, Carolina Castro, Mark Harrington, and Christopher O’Boyle. Juniors inducted
were: Eric Centofanti, Ngan Chung, Sarah Lyon and Victoria Stanislawski. Kean University’s
Athletic Training Education Clinical Coordinator Gwen Cleaves, MA, ATC,
is the honor society’s advisor.