Eta Mu Chapter of Sigma Chi at Eastern Illinois - Greg Schneider ’73: Indoctrination into Sigma Chi was Thrilling and Fulfilling

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Greg Schneider ’73: Indoctrination into Sigma Chi was Thrilling and FulfillingI graduated from EIU in 1973. After seven years of teaching and coaching at the middle school level, I became a school administrator (elementary and middle school principal). I retired in 2006, but I have kept very busy as a mentor for beginning principals and also as an interim principal in various schools and districts. I was honored to serve as a group discussion leader during 'I' Week and the installation of the Lambda Omega chapter (DePaul University) in February 2015.

My wife, Jan, and I live in Elgin, Illinois. We have two married daughters. We enjoy playing golf every opportunity we get.  Our recent travels have taken us to Africa and Alaska. We spend a good part of the winter months in Bonita Springs, Florida.

I was one of the 'Founding Fathers' of the Eta Mu chapter. Several of us went through rush, but could not find what we were looking for in a fraternity. After sharing this frustration with each other (many of us lived in Thomas Hall), we decided to form a local fraternity—Lambda Sigma Chi. Through the leadership of John Beeson (Kappa Kappa) we determined early on that our goal was to petition to become a Sigma Chi chapter as soon as we met the criteria that was required by the General Fraternity. Indoctrination into Sigma Chi was a thrilling and fulfilling experience. I clearly remember the pride we all had with dropping the 'Lambda' from our fraternity name and wearing the Sigma Chi Greek letters around campus. Other fond memories include the keggars (which were often held at unique sites!), the great rush classes we were able to recruit each year, Dad's weekend, Greek Week, Derby Days, living in our first house, 'I' Weeks and Initiation ceremonies, formals, initiating two of my brothers into Sigma Chi (Delta Delta & Kappa Kappa), and the overall great brotherhood we shared with each other. Other than the influence of my parents, being a Sigma Chi has had everything to do with making me the person that I became and strive to be each day.  I still carry a copy of the Sigma Chi Creed in my wallet and refer to it frequently.

In Hoc,
Greg Schneider '73

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