Being a SigEp was One of the Outstanding Experiences of My Life

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For Walt Sherlin '71, two of the best things about being in SigEp were friendship and closeness.

"Obviously, the great friendships that have endured over time," he said. "Also, the fraternity was a way to make a big university personal."

Graduating in 1971 with a degree in English Education, Walt still keeps in close contact with several brothers after 35 years.

Most noteworthy, he says about 16 brothers get together regularly for golf outings.

"It takes about five minutes for everyone to get comfortable with each other again."

Walt and his wife, Mary Penn, have also taken trips to Hawaii with a few brothers and their wives. Six couples also had dinner with Sterling Hennis '52 for the campaign to raise money for the house. A bridge group also unites a couple of brothers several times a year.

During his years at the house, Walt served as intramural director and was vice president his senior year.

He remembers being the hated DUs in football and winning the fraternity basketball championship.

Walt recommends fraternities to any guys interested but said everyone has to find the fraternity that is right for them.

"I suggest that folks check out SigEp and then make up their own mind," he said.

But Walt does recommend the fraternity to any guy interested in joining one, specifically SigEp because of the friendships he made and continue to share today.

"Being a SigEp was one of the outstanding experiences of my life."

Giving back is important to Walt because it is a way to say "thanks" and a way to support others in having the same kinds of experiences he and his brothers had, he said.

Today, Walt is a retired educator, having worked as a teacher, principal and a district administrator. He is currently working as an educational consultant.

He has been married for 36 years to his wife, Mary Penn, who works as a manager at a pharmaceutical company. They have two songs, David and Will.

David is a lawyer in Raleigh and has two children, Addison and Austin. Will worked in publishing in New York City for six years and currently works for a phone applications company in Washington D.C.

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