Ryan Bailey, a senior majoring in communication at Southern Utah University, has found a passion for working on projects that he would say are bigger than himself. As president of SUU’s Sigma Chi chapter, the Monticello, Utah native has developed an interest in higher education leadership and teamwork. These invaluable skills have all lead him to success at the university and in his fraternity.
During Sigma Chi’s philanthropy week, Ryan helped raise over $28,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), an NCI-designated cancer research facility and hospital in Salt Lake City. The event was filled with weekly games, activities and a formal dinner all hosted by Sigma Chi.
Ryan was drawn to Sigma Chi three years ago because of the fraternity's focus on fundraising for cancer research. The cause sits close to home for Ryan as his mother recently lost her battle with cancer.
“Joining Sigma Chi was a way for me to support the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the facility that gave my mother treatment and comfort during her time of need,” said Ryan. “This is a way to stay connected with her and help others who are battling the disease.”
Ryan has held several roles within the fraternity including president, recruitment chair, treasurer and the undergraduate representative on the philanthropy committee for Sigma Chi Headquarters.
“Sigma Chi has taught me a lot about leadership and teamwork, and has connected me with so many resources across the country,” said Ryan. “Throughout this journey, I've created lasting bonds with my Sigma Chi brothers and am grateful to have them in my life.
Ryan gives credit to his outstanding professors and staff mentors for his growth and achievements. He gives particular mention to Eric Kirby, Jared Tippets, Ellen Treanor and Mindy Benson.
Looking to his future, Ryan plans to use the experiences he has gained at SUU to work in event branding and promotion. Ryan also plans to continue working in higher education, where he can help future students have positive college experiences like he has had.
“Sigma Chi is about being something bigger than yourself and helping others, and that is what drives my passion for working in higher education, helping people,” said Ryan.
After graduating this spring, Ryan hopes continue supporting Sigma Chi chapters, and to continue working with the HCI to be the generation that ends cancer.