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Sigma Alpha Mu
Founded: November 26, 1909 (1909-11-26) (age 98) at City College of New York
Founders:
  • Lester Cohen
  • Adolph I. Fabis
  • Samuel Ginsberg
  • Hyman I. Jacobson
  • Jacob Kaplan
  • Abraham N. Kerner
  • David D. Levinson
  • Ira N. Lind
Colors: Purple and White
Flower: Purple Aster

Sigma Alpha Mu (ΣΑΜ) also known as "Sammy" is a college fraternity founded at the City College of New York in 1909.[1] Originally only for Jewish men,[1] Sigma Alpha Mu remained so until 1953, when members from all backgrounds were accepted. Originally headquartered in New York, Sigma Alpha Mu has relocated its international headquarters to Indianapolis, Indiana. Sigma Alpha Mu now has 69 chapters and colonies in the United States and Canada. Image File history File links SAMCrest. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... “City College” redirects here. ... Species Many, see text. ... For other uses, see College (disambiguation). ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... “City College” redirects here. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...

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Mission and creed

Sigma Alpha Mu's stated mission is "to guide each undergraduate member toward a more meaningful life, to prepare members for responsible fraternity and community involvement, and to create social and service opportunities for its alumni." Its creed is "To foster and maintain among its sons a spirit of fraternity, a spirit of mutual moral aid and support; to instill and maintain in the hearts of its sons love for and loyalty to Alma Mater and its ideals; to inculcate among its sons such ideals as will result in actions worthy of the highest precepts of true manhood, democracy, and humanity."[2]


Community service

Sigma Alpha Mu members, through their chapters, participate in service in the communities in which their respective colleges are located. Bounce for Beats, a national service project, began in the 1960s. Scores of chapters bouncing a basketball to symbolize the heartbeat—or now conducting other basketball-related events—have collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes including the American Heart Association and Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Since 1995, proceeds from the event have benefited the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.[3]


In 2005, ΣΑΜ chose the Alzheimer's Association as its service project where they raise donations for Alzheimer's Research.[4] Association board member Marshall Gelfand was instrumental in forging the partnership between the two organizations and received the fraternity's Certificate of Merit in 2005, which is awarded to ΣΑΜ alumni whose service and achievements in community endeavors are worthy of special recognition. Donations raised by the fraternity are part of The Judy Fund, established in 2003 on behalf of Mr. Gelfand's wife who in 1995, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Mrs. Gelfand died in 2004. Alzheimer's Association's fastest growing individual named fund, The Judy Fund, has raised more than $2.5 million.[citation needed]


Chapters

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Notable members

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References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Sanua, Marianne Rachel [1994]. 'Going Greek': A social history of Jewish college fraternities in the United States, 1895-1945. Columbia University. 
  2. ^ About Us. Sigma Alpha Mu. Retrieved on 2007-04-18.
  3. ^ Want, Ryan. "Sammy raises more than $1,000 in Bounce for Beats benefit", Indiana Daily Student, March 31, 2004. Retrieved on 2006-12-10. 
  4. ^ News. Sigma Alpha Mu (July 1, 2005). Retrieved on 2007-01-19.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i University of Nevada Greek Life:Famous Greeks Retrieved on 2007-10-13
  6. ^ Sports Broadcasters and Writers. Retrieved on 2007-12-23.
  7. ^ Official Website of Paul Michael Glaser. Retrieved on 2007-12-12.
  8. ^ Against All Odds. Columns Magazine, September 1999. Retrieved on 2007-11-22.
  9. ^ The Hon. Bora Laskin: A Legendary Force at the University of Toronto. The University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Retrieved on 2007-11-23.
  10. ^ a b c Sigma Alpha Mu - a powerful Fraternity. Israel Times. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  11. ^ a b Greeks in Entertainment. Retrieved on 2007-12-23.
  12. ^ Greeks in Professional Basketball 2000-2001. Retrieved on 2007-12-01.
  13. ^ OSU Greek History. Retrieved on 2007-12-18.
  14. ^ Minutes of the Stated Meeting of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania June 18, 2004. The University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved on 2007-11-22.

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