Attend Sigma Nu Honors on November 16

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Captain Coffee receiving an award
Captain Gerald Coffee as the guest speaker on Veterans Day at the Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, Oahu, Hawaii

Epsilon Pi alumni are invited for the first time to return to the chapter house to participate in the inaugural Sigma Nu Honors dinner. The event will take place at the chapter house on Friday, November 16th beginning with tours of the completed New Wing renovation project at 6pm.

The evening will reveal the Fall and Winter quarter scholarship winners who will share the biggest pot of grant money awarded in the history of Sigma Nu. As a result of the active management, oversight and fundraising efforts benefiting the Sigma Nu Alumni Scholarship Fund an outstanding crop of Brothers will receive a historic round of tuition grants. We ask that alumni attend to recognize this momentous achievement in philanthropy and meet the students who’ve worked so hard to earn these awards.

The night will also feature a toast from retired Captain Gerald “Jerry” Coffee, USA, (EP 468). Brother Coffee will award the first recipient of the scholarship grant named in his honor.

The Gerald L. Coffee Scholarship recognizes an upperclassman active member of the Epsilon Pi Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity who has demonstrated high moral character and allegiance to the tenets of Sigma Nu; has been active in, and well respected by, the Epsilon Pi chapter; and is well respected within the UCLA community. The Gerald L. Coffee Scholarship is being initiated in Fall 2018, and will be presented by retired Navy Captain Gerald “Jerry” Coffee (Epsilon Pi pin # 468) at the inaugural Sigma Nu Honors dinner on November 16, 2018. The Gerald L. Coffee Scholarship is the highest honor and distinction awarded to a current Epsilon Pi active member by the Epsilon Pi Alumni of Sigma Nu Fraternity through the Sigma Nu Alumni Scholarship Fund, and provides a $10,000 payment to the University as a credit against tuition for the benefit of the recipient. The value of the gift is likely to increase over time as the resources of the Scholarship Fund permit.

The merit-based award is named in honor of Gerald L. Coffee, who has led an extraordinary life of service and whose bravery during 7 years of imprisonment during the Vietnam War earned him a “Silver Star” medal. His persistence and creativity in facilitation of “tap-code” communication among P.O.W.s was monumental in creating a formal resistance posture to the enemy and his ability to maintain hope, faith, courage, and honor in the face of such extreme conditions has inspired thousands worldwide through his speaking presentations and his acclaimed book “Beyond Survival”.

View this feature for more about Captain Coffee’s life and his tremendous contributions to our country:

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Dinner will be served at 7pm and feature catering from Whoa Nelly catering who previously catered our Black Knight Reunion in May.

This is a can’t miss event that will shape the direction of our fraternity for years to come. Event details are located on the RSVP page HERE and the dinner will conclude in time for guests to walk to Pauley Pavilion to watch the Bruins take on Saint Francis at 8pm as well. Significant others are welcome to join the festivities as well.

To attend this impactful event we ask that alumni guests make a minimum donation of $150 and that they invite their significant others to join as well for $100. Money raised beyond the event’s expenses will go into the Sigma Nu Scholarship Fund.

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