2013 Sigma Pi Unsung Heroes
Sigma Pi fraternity hosted the sixth annual Unsung Heroes event on April 19 for Facilities Management's custodians in appreciation for their efforts to keep the campus looking great. The recognition event was part of Sigma Pi's annual A.C.E. Project (Altruistic Campus Experience) suggested by their national office.
"We don't usually get noticed by others, so it's nice that they do this for us," said Building and Grounds Worker Vernon Fynbu.
The Sigma Pi brothers welcomed dozens of FM workers into their house, served them a great meal, played games and thanked them for their service. The meals were funded from the fraternity's philanthropy budget, which comes straight out of the brothers' own pockets.
"The Unsung Heroes event has been the staple of our A.C.E. Project for more than five years now," commented the event's organizer Spencer Knott. "Anyone who comes by always gives me a handshake and a super-big grin, so it looks like it's working."
First shift workers enjoyed a breakfast spread that included scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, fruit and orange juice. Second shift custodians were treated to burgers (meat & veggie), baked beans, potato salad, chips and lemonade as a way of honoring their contributions to the U.
"We all benefit from Facilities Management and the dinner is a way for us to show appreciation for their hard work," said the chapter's president Brandon Schroeder.
The idea to recognize FM staff as Unsung Heroes came from a Sigma Pi brother who worked as an FM student worker. The meal, games and chance to connect with students really makes the custodial staff feel appreciated.
"I think it's good that students do something like this to give back," said Building and Grounds Worker Sandra Johnson. "It feels good!"