Clark Adams, Murray State ’18
Adams is the current vice president of recruitment for his chapter. A Ruck Scholar, he gets things done within his chapter and holds many leadership positions on campus.
He is a member of his state’s governor's scholars program, and as an occupational safety and health major, he’s active in several related student organizations.
In addition to his chapter responsibilities, he has served on his university’s IFC. He’s also participated in two service organizations, Operation Christmas Child and St. Jude’s “Up Til Dawn” program. A Life After College attendee, he’s interned in his prospective industry. After college, he hopes to pursue a master’s degree in occupational safety or business administration.
Jeff Back, Cincinnati ’18
Back is a brother with a variety of interests who hopes to work in education in some way. He’s served as coordinator for three different BMP challenges as well as vice president of communications, and he’s attended Life After College and is a Ruck Scholar.
Academically, he’s received many honors, such as a full-ride scholarship through his university, the Balanced Man Scholarship, the National Merit Scholarship, and an award from IBM. Back is the founder of a campus leadership program for first-year students, a campus tour guide, and a member of the student alumni council. He’s served as a tutor in local public schools, and he was chosen to speak at his school’s convocation.
Back has held several internships in Washington, D.C., and is studying a self-designed major in emotional intelligence, change management, education, and leadership. He’s a student director on SigEp’s National Board.
Steven Breaux, Auburn ’18
Breaux has demonstrated a deep commitment to his chapter and the ideals of Sigma Phi Epsilon. While serving as chaplain, he was also handed the responsibilities of vice president of recruitment due to his chapter’s struggles in that area.
He effectively executed the responsibilities of both positions in addition to maintaining a 3.85 GPA, and he was a strong advocate for SigEp’s values within his chapter.
Involved in several organizations related to his engineering major, Breaux also serves as a tutor at his school and was part of a freshman leadership program.
On the Sound Body side, he serves as coach of a youth soccer team and captain of a men’s team.
Patrick Clarke, West Virginia ’18
Clarke is a broadcast journalism and musical theater major who’s had roles in a number of shows produced at his school. In addition, he’s interned at several media companies and volunteers as a SigEp marketing intern.
Also a Ruck Scholar, he’s a member of the Student Government Association and served as its director of communications. Active in his chapter and the Greek community, he’s served as his chapter’s vice president of member development and Phi challenge coordinator and headed the Rising Greek Leaders Council.
Clarke also swims frequently and works out at the gym at least four times a week.
Patrick Githens, West Chester ’18
Githens aspires to teach high school English and also mentor students outside the classroom as a sponsor of after-school clubs. He hopes to eventually become a reading or writing specialist to help students who struggle academically.
This Phi challenge coordinator is totally at ease with the idea of leading a classroom full of teenagers, but says it took a high school physics project to push him out of his comfort zone and past his fear of roller coasters.
Not surprisingly, this future educator and Ruck Scholar holds a 3.87 GPA. However, he also thinks it’s important to read, watch TV and take walks to relax and refresh his mind.
Nathaniel Glass, American ’18
Glass enjoys learning about a variety of subjects as an interdisciplinary studies major and is excited by the many career options it offers him. He’s worked as a research assistant at his school and interned at the Securities and Exchange Commission. After graduation, this Ruck Scholar hopes to work in banking before attending law school.
He’s a Balanced Man Scholarship recipient who’s held several positions in his chapter, including vice president of recruitment. He has a 3.95 GPA.
A baseball fan of the highest order, he couldn’t pass up the chance to attend a National League Division Series game — even if it did mean sneaking in with a friend’s press credentials.
Patrick Goodrich, Florida ’18
Goodrich is a brother who joined SigEp later in his college career. Serving as president of an SEC, this brother has jumped headfirst into SigEp and exemplifies our ideals of Sound Mind and Sound Body. A member of a group of scholarship recipients committed to public service, Goodrich plans on attending graduate school for a degree in public administration or public policy.
He is also a runner and club volleyball player.
Goodrich is passionate about educational policy and plans on serving in the educational system, either as a teacher or administrator. Involved with residential life at his university and a variety of local philanthropic organizations, he has a desire to serve those around him.
Brad Hoffman, Louisville ’18
Hoffman has held a variety of positions in his chapter, including vice president of communications and Phi coordinator. He enjoys playing volleyball and maintaining nutritional health.
A computer science and computer engineering major, he has an eagerness to learn and would like to be an entrepreneur. He’s already running his own LLC, and participated in StartupWeekend, where he and his small team created a wristband that transfers the wearers’ contact information.
He helps introduce new students to campus as an orientation leader and ambassador for his department, and he is a member of a men's group for prevention of violence against women. He’s also a voracious reader, and seeks to better himself through gaining new knowledge.
Matthew Lin, Connecticut ’18
In high school, Lin watched a documentary with his older brother about a hospital in Peru for disabled children. It inspired them to travel there to see it for themselves and set him on the path to becoming a doctor. He now participates in medical aid missions throughout his state and has even traveled to South America to help those in need.
A Ruck attendee, he serves as his chapter’s sound mind coordinator and Phi challenge coordinator. And he visits local high schools to talk to students about applying to college, as well as balancing classwork with other activities. Considering his 3.97 GPA, that’s a topic he understands well.
Austin McCraw, UNC-Greensboro ’19
McGraw has served his chapter as vice president of recruitment … and served his country as an Army Ranger. He’s interested in exercise science and frequently visits the gym. He’s even considered opening his own strength and conditioning gym.
Active in several student organizations, including the student veterans association and economics club, he plans to pursue his MBA after graduation. He also serves the community by volunteering with the Special Olympics and with special needs students. A decorated combat veteran and serious scholar, McGraw exemplifies the Sound Mind, Sound Body ethos.
And while he’s jumped out of many planes while still in the air, he’ll have no need to make an in-flight exit on his flight to Greece.
Jonathan Napolitano, Drexel ’18
Napolitano’s passion for the environment inspired his mission to design buildings that aren’t just nice to look at, but are also environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
Currently vice president of member development, he’s a National Competition Scholarship winner with a 3.7 GPA who’s held numerous other leadership positions in the chapter, including philanthropy chair and house manager. He also enjoys being physically active and participates in a variety of club sports.
He says he initially was nervous about shaving his head for his school’s St. Baldrick’s charity event to assist pediatric cancer patients. But afterward, he found the gesture so fulfilling that he’s organized the event for the last 3 years.
Patrick Ryan, Toledo ’18
Ryan has served his chapter as president and vice president of member development. He holds a 4.0 GPA and is a professional sales and supply chain management major.
He’s received several awards from his school, and is on the dean’s list and president’s list. He’s received several scholarships through his school and is a member of the Order of Omega. He’s a student ambassador and serves on leadership of a student organization that distributes sack lunches for the needy in their city. He’s also a member of Pi Sigma Epsilon, a marketing and sales fraternity.
Ryan also has a massive breadth of community involvement, serving over 300 service hours with a wide variety of organizations throughout his city. He’s also held several marketing and sales internship, and hopes to work for 3M in outside sales after graduation.
Andrew Vasile, Cal State-Northridge ’18
Vasile is a rising senior who has earned the admiration and respect of his brothers even when he has to make tough decisions. In his role as chaplain, he is fair and judicious, making difficult decisions that hold brothers accountable.
He is able to do so because of the high standard he holds himself to. He holds a 3.6 GPA as a film and television major andbusiness management minor. He is on his school’s Dean’s List and has received the Outstanding Academics Award.
Vasile is a leader on campus and in the community as well. He is a camp counselor for incoming freshmen at his school and a student assistant for the administrators on campus. He’s volunteered at his local Boys and Girls Club, and also works to help Spanish speakers learn English.
He meditates, eats healthily and exercises regularly to maintain a sound mind and body. He is an aspiring filmmaker who has a deep appreciation for classical music and jazz — a true balanced man.
Sammy Velazquez, Indiana State ’19
Velazquez has overcome incredible adversity in his life, and has a remarkable depth of fraternity and on-campus involvement.
He’s been vice president of recruitment and managed his chapter’s philanthropy, and he’s attended Life After College and the Ruck Leadership Institute. He manages a six-figure budget as director of finance for the student government, founded Big Brothers Big Sisters on his campus, and volunteers with a campus ministry and a sexual assault awareness organization. His volunteer involvement is impressive … he’s a mentor, church volunteer, Greek community volunteer and servant leader throughout his community.
On top of all this, Velazquez immigrated from Mexico as a young child in a single-parent household … and while in college he works to support his younger sister.
Jeffrey Woo, Stanford ’18
Woo plans on pursuing a career in technology, but that doesn’t stop him from exploring life outside of his comfort zone. He has a track record of academic success, placing second in a Philadelphia-wide middle school math competition and then later graduating summa cum laude from high school.
He has pushed himself to build relationships with a diverse group of students as a member of the club swim team, climbing rec team, marching band, Undergraduate Research Mentor Association, LGBT community, and the “Casa Italiana” Italian community.
Woo is passionate about helping others as a resident assistant and has served his chapter as Balanced Man Scholarship chairman. Far from the typical student, this brother’s adventurous spirit led him to take an impromptu trip to study in Italy where he worked as a tour guide for the second largest cathedral in Florence and took off on a solo hike through the Amalfi Coast.
An avid reader and writer with creativity to spare, this brother ran a YouTube channel with 300,000 cumulative views and is currently writing a novel.
Joe Zach, Nebraska ’18
Zach has served his chapter as vice president of finance and his campus through his involvement in the student government. In those roles, he’s been a leader, and he’s played a huge role in the implementation of the BMP in his chapter. He’s served as speaker of the student senate, member of the local Red Cross Board of Directors, and as a volunteer for several philanthropic events.
Zach hopes to become a CPA or attend law school, and he is interested in combining those interests in a public service role. He has experience interning in Washington, D.C., and has worked for Koch Industries and Marriott while in college.
He’s also a Ruck Scholar who, as an accounting and finance major with a political science minor, holds a 3.68 GPA.