'Phi Sig Inspires Me'
Student leader, star athlete lives Phi Sigma Sigma's core values every day
HOBOKEN, N.J. – When Hillary Paul convinced her Delta Zeta chapter sisters to take a six-hour road trip from Stevens Institute of Technology outside of Manhattan to the U.S. Transplant Games in Pittsburgh this past summer, she knew it would be a life-changing experience.
What she didn’t know was the impact that they would have at the event, where more than 120 sisters volunteered to help our Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation, a key sponsor of the Olympic-style competition for athletes who have benefited from the miracle of organ transplantation.
From the moment they arrived, Hillary and her Delta Zeta sisters wasted no time ramping up the excitement and celebrating the athletes and their families Phi Sig style!
Dressed in identical yellow and blue letter shirts, they lined up on two sides of the aisle near our Foundation booth and began wildly cheering and clapping as athletes passed through.
The response was electric. Athletes, their families and friends were thrilled – and it earned a lot of positive attention for Phi Sigma Sigma’s continuing support of the Games.
Hillary – a devoted student, Phi Sig sister and athlete herself – wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Living our core values
Ask Hillary what she likes best about being a Phi Sigma Sigma since joining in 2006, and she speaks immediately of the impact our core values have on her everyday life. Just like that – no fanfare, no having to stop and think about it.
“To me, it’s a no-brainer if you want to take full advantage of your life,” she says with a laugh. “Our core values – inclusiveness, leadership through service and lifelong learning – follow me everywhere. If you choose not to use them, you’re letting a lot of opportunities pass you by.”
A biomedical engineering major who’s scheduled to graduate in 2010, Hillary maintains a 3.7 cumulative GPA at this internationally top-ranked university and has earned significant academic and athletic accolades. Among her many accomplishments in recent years:
- Archon of Delta Zeta, one of our top chapters internationally
- Senior captain of the celebrated Stevens Ducks women’s field hockey team, which reached the Sweet 16 in NCAA division play; she herself was selected second team All-American for her contributions
- Order of Omega, the prestigious Greek honor society
- Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, and
- Gear & Triangle – a Stevens-specific society that’s very active in promoting the school’s high honor principles, fellowship and spirit (indeed, she’s the spirit chair).
Hillary currently serves as steward of the Delta Zeta house, creating menus and ordering groceries for more than 20 sisters living there. She’s already served Phi Sigma Sigma at the international level, volunteering as a staffer at the 2007 Convention at Disney World and also serving on an alumnae-focused task force this past year.
What’s more, she works part-time in Stevens’ athletics department – managing stats for many of the school’s teams and webcasting color commentary for the men’s and women’s basketball games.
Ultimately, Hillary – whose home is in Concord, N.H. – hopes to become a physical therapist or even a high-school teacher of subjects like calculus or biology.
But no matter what she chooses to do or where she chooses to go, Phi Sig will be there, she says.