To show our appreciation, we’re recognizing a number of dedicated SigEp volunteers who give their time to support our chapters and mentor our undergraduate brothers. We’re grateful for the commitment of each of SigEp’s more than 3,000 volunteers.
Austin Hurwitz, Pepperdine ’97, took on the role of Alumni and Volunteer Corporation president in 2017 for his home chapter. Combining long-term thinking with personalized support for the undergraduates, he’s laid a foundation for long-term success at California Psi. Designing a five-year plan for the chapter, he aims to take the chapter to new heights and achieve a Buchanan Cup. In addition to his big-picture thinking, he’s contributed greatly to the chapter’s recruitment by helping undergraduates refine their recruitment pitches and maintain their manpower goals. Brother Hurwitz resides in the Los Angeles area.
Why do you volunteer with SigEp?
My brothers and I successfully led Pepperdine’s transition from local Greek organizations to colonization and chartering with national organizations. As a California Psi founding father, there has never been a doubt in my mind that SigEp was the perfect fraternity for us and the ideal choice for the Pepperdine community. In February of 2017, following the 20th anniversary celebration of our chapter’s chartering, I agreed to serve as AVC President and worked with our chapter’s members and alumni as well as our brothers at headquarters and many other chapters across the country to forge a new and exciting path for SigEp CA Psi. Core to this path were clear objectives and goals rooted in furthering SigEp’s Learning Community concept. I volunteer with SigEp because I care deeply about my alma mater and my brothers. While our chapter is already one of the most historic student organizations as well as longest actively tenured and consistently successful Greek organizations on campus, SigEp’s full potential at Pepperdine and in the greater Los Angeles area has not yet been realized. We’re going after some pretty big things as a group, and that’s extremely exciting and profoundly rewarding.
How has serving as a SigEp volunteer impacted your life?
Our university affirms … “Knowledge calls, ultimately, for a life of service.” Continuing to serve our Fraternity, which has helped deliver immeasurable and lasting added value since our national chartering in 1997, has impacted my life greatly. To me, our Fraternity has always afforded an unrivaled opportunity to make a positive impact on our university, community, spirituality and brotherhood. Our chapter’s short-term and long-term goals have never been higher, and I’m inspired by how this is pushing everyone to think and act more creatively than ever before — even more so now, with the life-changing challenges that we’re all experiencing. With a combined local fraternity history that dates back to 1946, and national fraternity history that began in 1901, I’ve always appreciated the gravity of what has come before us and the responsibility of furthering the legacy we share with those that come after.