Alumni Thomas Jelke, Ph.D. ’90 and Sean Gazitúa ’04 remain actively involved with SigEp and FIU as mentors, fundraisers and volunteer leaders.
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, better known around campus as SigEp, celebrated its 35th anniversary at FIU with an alumni reunion at Cerveceria La Tropical in Miami on April 2.
The celebration came on the tails of a successful Red Door Classic, SigEp’s charity golf tournament, in March. The annual event supports the FIU First Generation Scholarship Program, the SigEp Balanced Man Scholarship, and the Miami-based Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. Attended by FIU alumni and community supporters alike, the tournament has raised $270,000 for the three funds since its inception in 2015, including $63,000 this year.
Alumni Thomas Jelke, Ph.D. ’90, CEO of the higher education consulting firm t.jelke solutions, and Sean Gazitúa ’04, president and CEO of the logistics company WTDC, remain actively involved with SigEp and FIU as mentors, fundraisers and volunteer leaders. Emulating a core value of SigEp, the two also have numerous civic and philanthropic involvements in the community, and Gazitúa is vice president of the FIU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Jelke and Gazitúa recently sat down with FIU News to reflect on their personal experiences as members of SigEp, as well as the organization’s impact on the university and the community over 35 years.