Sigma Nu Fraternity Receives National Service Award

April 22, 2010

The Mount Union College Sigma Nu Fraternity Chapter won the national service award, with only one award given out per year, for the chapter's Russia orphanage program and their fund raising efforts for a Russian child with cerebral palsy.


Last Christmas break, Dr. Mark Himmelein, associate professor and department chair of foreign language and the Sigma Nu Fraternity faculty advisor at MountUnion, traveled to Kursk, Russia with active brothers Matt Myers '05, Jamie Hart '05 and Jarrod Cole '05 to visit a family that the fraternity has supported over the years.

The fraternity focused their efforts on the Tombergs, a young couple with a four-year old son, Alexi, who suffers from cerebral palsy. By taking a percentage of all its income and placing it in a separate account and seeking corporate and local sponsors along with fundraising events, the Mount Union Sigma Nu chapter raised over $4,000 for the medical expenses that face the Tomberg family.

The efforts were begun by last year's president, Cole and were continued under the current president of the fraternity, Jai Govindani, a senior mathematics and computer science major from Thailand.

'The Beta Iota Chapter is greatly honored by this award,' said Govindani. 'Our initial aim was to make a difference in a little boy's life; we have achieved that and so much more. We hope to see the continuation of this program benefit many more needful youth in Russia.'

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