LEBANON, TN – The Executive Office of Sigma Pi Fraternity announced today that, Eric Babbitt (Northern Arizona ‘18), Alexander Pettigrew (Indiana of Pennsylvania ‘18), Ben Sorteberg (Salisbury ‘17), and Jacob Camilleri (Saginaw Valley State ‘18) have been hired as Chapter Management Associates within the Member Services Department to support the needs of chapters, colonies, and alumni clubs. All will begin their work on June 4th.
Assistant Executive Director Joseph Drain (Florida State ’10) stated that “this process, in collaboration with our partners at Phired Up, was a very extensive and thoughtful one to ensure we have a team that can lend a new level of support to all our entire membership. I feel confident that these young leaders will accomplish that mission.”
Eric Babbitt, as a freshman student at Northern Arizona University in 2015, requested that Sigma Pi recolonize at his campus. By spring 2016, Beta-Iota Colony returned. Babbitt served as Colony/Chapter Vice President for two years, and was instrumental in the chartering of the Chapter, in only 356 days. His dedication to the rechartering efforts earned him the Inaugural Leadership Scholarship presented by the Beta-Iota Alumni Association. The success of he and his brothers’ efforts to become a high-quality organization inspired $30,000 in donations from local alumni. Additionally, Babbitt was a member of Northern Arizona’s Interfraternity Council for three years and ended his undergraduate career as the Chapter’s Public Relations Chairman. His service to Sigma Pi extends further than his own local undergrad experience; he attended all three Sigma Pi conferences, has been a contributing author for The Emerald, and currently is a member on the 2018 Convocation Elections Board. Babbitt will graduate from Northern Arizona in May, with a bachelor of science in public relations, and a minor in business marketing and administration.
“I’m very excited to join the Sigma Pi Executive Office [in this role],” said Babbitt. “As an undergrad, I made sure to get the most out of my Fraternity experience and involve myself with as much as I could; both locally and nationally. I’m officially a member of staff, and instead of my Chapter, I’m now dedicated to the success and well-being of our chapters internationally! I look forward to working with some amazing young men.”
Alexander Pettigrew, originally from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, will be graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania this May with his bachelor of science in marketing. A brother of Theta-Epsilon since fall 2015, Pettigrew has served as the Fundraising and Recruitment Chairmen along with holding the positions of Treasurer and President from 2016-2017. Outside of Sigma Pi, he has also been a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success along with sitting on his campus’ Interfraternity Council as Vice President of Programming in 2016.
Pettigrew said “I am really looking forward to this upcoming year and am thankful for Sigma Pi and the staff for this chance to not only travel the country meeting brothers but also the opportunity to have a direct impact on our individual and collective pursuits of excellence for all chapters involved.”
Ben Sorteberg was born and raised in Towson, Maryland. He went on to attend Salisbury University, joining Theta-Xi in the spring semester of his freshman year. Sorteberg graduated with two bachelors of science degrees in marketing and management while also being a part of the Honors College for four years. During his time at Salisbury, Sorteberg remained involved in his Chapter and on campus. On campus, he was a Resident Assistant and SGA representative. Within his Chapter, he dedicated three years to philanthropy and the ACE Project, working with Stand4You, Active Minds, and the Counseling Center on campus. Although Sorteberg did not serve on the Chapter Executive Council, he was nominated for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Herald during his time. As a junior, he served as President of Salisbury’s Interfraternity Council. He was re-elected to the position for his senior year but respectfully declined due to his desire to focus on education. Before the end of his final semester, Sorteberg became an initiate of the Order of Omega for his outstanding Interfraternity contributions and for exemplifying a great deal of leadership in the Salisbury Greek community.
“I am grateful to be able to join the Sigma Pi team,” said Sorteberg. “I can’t wait to guide chapters and colonies in ways that will help them continue to improve for years to come.”
Jacob Camilleri has served Theta-Beta as Vice President for two years and Recruitment Chair for one year while also being on Athletics Chair and Public Relations Chair. In his free time, he likes to explore the outdoors, participate in various intramural sports such as flag football and basketball and he also enjoys sports. He is a first-generation college student that will be graduating from Saginaw Valley State University this May with a degree in exercise science in which he hopes to one day pursue a master’s degree in sports administration to become an athletic director.
Camilleri said “I am honored to accept the position of Chapter Management Associate, and I look forward to working with the amazing staff and with various chapters to help make this great Fraternity better and to achieve our quest for excellence.”
About Sigma Pi Fraternity, International
Sigma Pi Fraternity was founded in 1897 at Vincennes University, in Vincennes, Indiana. Our Executive Office is located in Lebanon, Tennessee. The Fraternity is one of the top men’s collegiate organizations in North America, with more than 120 active chapters and colonies in the United States and Canada. With over 100,000 alumni and 5,000 undergraduates; our men strive for excellence by living our core values to promote fellowship, develop character and leadership, advance heightened moral awareness, enable academic achievement, and inspire service. Sigma Pi is the only Greek-letter organization with an international service program, The ACE Project, specifically designed to give back to our host institutions.