Alumnus Spotlight: Jake Wiskerchen, Nevada Alpha ’01


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JH 122_colThe past year has been quite an adventure for Zeta Class alumnus Jake Wiskerchen ’01 (Journalism), ’08 MA,’11 MA. Since March 2011 he got engaged, got married, hired to a new job, let go from that job, graduated with a second master’s degree, become a certified alcohol and drug counselor intern, become a licensed marriage and family therapist intern, become a nationally certified counselor, adopted a puppy, and purchased a home. “It certainly hasn’t been dull, that’s for sure,” Jake said with a laugh. “I think adulthood just kind of walked up and bit me on the butt without telling me first.”

The chapter has grown so big that we (the alumni) are going to need all the help we can get just to manage the numbers of graduates that are coming along. Wiskers, as he is known to his SigEp brothers, lists his hobbies as hiking, backpacking, scuba diving, snowboarding, cooking, sports of all kinds, being involved with his church, and beer brewing. He will be undergoing knee surgery soon to repair a torn ACL so the sports activity has declined lately while the beer brewing has gotten more attention. So much so in fact, that he is currently in the process of retrofitting a stand-up freezer to dispense kegs of his own home-brewed beer. “Home brewing is a blast but the bottling process sucks, so I just decided to start kegging all my beer. Plus, it makes my man cave that much more awesome to have homemade draft beer available.” He plans to enter the Sierra Tap House Homebrew competition this summer with what he considers his two best beers: a jalapeno honey ale and a Belgian IPA.

He also looks to get back into volunteering on the Alumni and Volunteer Corporation, which he did diligently from 2004-2008, serving as the board’s communication and housing vice presidents. “I think now that my life has settled down and things are a bit more stable it would be good to get involved again,” he said. “The chapter has grown so big that we (the alumni) are going to need all the help we can get just to manage the numbers of graduates that are coming along. If we let these guys slip through the cracks we’ll miss out on a great opportunity to build the fraternity bigger and stronger than we ever imagined.”

IMG_5339Wiskers has a wealth of experience in college student advisement and enjoys consulting undergrads on their collegiate and post-college plans. He is also currently accepting new clients at his private practice for marriage, couple, and individual counseling services and is generally an all-around fun guy to be around. He and his wife Heather, who works as a nurse at Reno Heart Physicians, enjoy hosting friends for dinner and drinks regularly. If you want to connect with him for any reason, he invites you to contact him at or 775.287.1099.

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Alumnus Spotlight: Marcus Liem, Nevada Alpha ’06


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Hey brothers, we are beginning a new section of our blog where we highlight an alumni of the fraternity and give an update with anything that may be going on in his life.  These articles are your opportunity to give us any sort of update about your life from your own perspective.  They can be funny or serious, short or long, whatever you feel is necessary to tell your story.  We are going to try to post these twice a month so if you are interested in contributing your own update, please send your update along with two or more photos and any positions that you held either in SigEp or ASUN to the current Alumni Vice President of Communications at

Our first blog post is on Marcus Liem.  While Marcus did not hold any Executive Board positions as an undergraduate, he was an integral part of the Alumni Board as the Chapter Counselor for the 2009-2010 school year.

From Biggest Little City To The Big Apple

After graduating from Nevada in 2006, I knew it was not the end of my college experience. Though immediately entering graduate school was not available to me at the time of graduation, earning a master’s degree had been at the forefront of my priority list. After working for several years as a public relations professional in Reno, I made the decision to quite my job, leave my friends/family, resign from my position as chapter counselor, and move to the East Coast to attend New York University (NYU).

For months I had mixed emotions prior to leaving. The idea of a new adventure in a big city was exciting, but the idea of not having a job, no friends/family in the area, and no knowledge of the city terrified me. However, I made a promise to myself that I would embrace this new experience — the good and the bad.

The first couple of months were difficult, but it wasn’t very long until things improved.

I got back into the swing of being a student after a five-year break from school. I still hate the idea of homework, but one thing about grad school I love is my classmates. Sure, some of them can be difficult, but most are smart and impressive people that I’ve learned a lot from. Some of my classmates have become great friends – many were in the same boat as me – new to New York with no established network. It’s nice to have people to explore with, eat with, drink with, and party with.

When I originally moved to New York I just wanted to be a full-time student, but surprisingly I missed the daily routine of work (and the paycheck). Since all my classes are at night, I found myself staying up late and getting-up just in time to watch The Price Is Right – it was a TFM (Total Frat Move). So I made the decision to start looking for a full-time job. After applying for every job under the moon and going to a handful of interviews I got my first New York job break. I was offered a job with the City of New York doing public affairs and communications for the NYC Health Department, focusing on 9/11 health issues. In my short time with this job, I’ve learned and grown so much as a professional. As a West Coast kid, I’ve noticed that many people outside of the Tri-State area only really reflect on 9/11 when the anniversary comes around, but for New Yorkers it’s still a big part of the city, even ten years later. Many have a 9/11 story and many of my co-workers were in Lower Manhattan during the attacks. The whole experience has been a real eye opener.

Paul Litcher’s birthday dinner at the 21 Club with SigEps

Back in Reno I was very active with the Nevada Alpha chapter, and I wanted to keep that going when I moved. Mike McDowell connected me to a New York alumnus, Paul Litcher, who is active with the NYU AVC and the SigEp Metro Alumni network. Paul has really showed me great kindness, taking me out to dinner, giving me the FYI about the city and NY SigEp chapters, and just being a good friend. All the alumnus’s I’ve met have been so kind and have welcomed me with open arms, reminding me how damn proud I am to be a SigEp. Although I have not been as active as I would like to be, since school and working have consumed my life, I’ve gone to many alumni events and AVC meetings.

Although I miss Reno, New York has really grown on me. I’ve learned so much in my short year and as cliché as this may sound – if you can make it in New York you can make anywhere.