Distinguished Alumni Receive High Honors
POSTED: 2008-08-19 :: LAST UPDATED: 2008-08-20, 09:00 ET
The highest distinction the Fraternity can offer: the Hall of Honor recognizes members whose distinguished service to Sigma Nu has brought enduring strength and vitality to their Fraternity. Likewise, the Hall of Fame is awarded to those alumni, living or dead, who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields, thus bringing credit to the Fraternity.
At the 63rd Grand Chapter, Sigma Nu recognized the following brothers with these awards:
Hall of Honor - 74th Inductee
Brother H. Randall "Randy" Capps
(Eta Epsilon, Kentucky Wesleyan College)
Randy Capps was initiated into the Eta Epsilon Chapter in 1962 and began his service to Sigma Nu as Lt. Commander, Treasurer, Marshal and Rush Chairman during his undergraduate years.
Following graduation, he served as advisor to his chapter from 1964 to 1972, and he was instrumental in founding the Eta Rho Chapter at Western Kentucky. He later served as advisor to the chapter and was a member of its house corporation.
At the national level, Capps served the Fraternity as Division Commander from 1971 through 1976. For two years, beginning in 1975, he was Dean of the College of Chapters, and in 1976, he began his service as Grand Councilman. In 1978, Capps wrote the Heritage History of Sigma Nu, the first new history of the Fraternity since the 1936 writing of The Story of Sigma Nu by John C. Scott and Charles E. Thomas. In 1980, Capps was elected the 47th Regent of the Fraternity
Professionally, Capps is President and Founder of Leadership Strategies International, a global business management consulting firm. He is also a Visiting Professor of Management in the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University. He has held several management and academic positions at Western Kentucky University, including Chairman of the Department of Speech and Broadcasting and Assistant to the President.
He has been recognized for his professional accomplishments, being selected as a recipient of the "Outstanding MBA Teacher Award" at the Gordon Ford College of Business and the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce "Global Business Advocate of the Year Award." Capps is an award-winning researcher and a renowned author of more than seven books.
He and his wife Joan reside in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Hall of Fame - 45th Inductee
Charles R. Eitel
(Epsilon Epsilon, Oklahoma State)
Charles R. Eitel presented the Maddox Honor Lecture at Grand Chapter in Austin, Tex., this year and was honored as the 45th Inductee into the Sigma Nu Hall of Fame. A 1971 graduate of the College of Business at Oklahoma State University, Eitel is the current Chairman and CEO of the Simmons Bedding Company, one of the largest branded bedding companies in the world.
Eitel has remained involved with Sigma Nu since his graduation from OSU. A continual donor to Epsilon Epsilon, he has established a $25,000 academic scholarship for eligible chapter members and helped fund two renovations at the Sigma Nu house providing carpet, furniture and bedding.
His successful business career includes recognition for his leadership skills and business acumen, which helped turnaround five different companies, four of which were in the carpet industry. He is the author of three books, Eitel Time: Turnaround Secrets (1995), Mapping Your Legacy, A Hook It Up Journey (1998) and a pocket size quote book called 84 Quotes. In June 2008, Charlie was selected as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the southeast by Ernst & Young.
He is active in many civic and professional organizations, including World Presidents Organization, International Business Fellows, Oklahoma State University Foundation Board of Governors and Whoís Who in American Business. He is a board member of American Fidelity Assurance Company in Oklahoma City, The George West Mental Health Foundation and Duke-Weeks Realty Corporation (DRE), an Indianapolis-based real estate investment trust (REIT) that is traded on the NYSE.
Oklahoma State has honored Eitel by inducting him into the College of Business Hall of Fame (1997), the OSU Alumni Hall of Fame (1993) and presenting him with the "OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award." Harvard University has written a four-part series, focused on Eitelís impact at Simmons during the last eight years, which is used at over 30 business schools around the country. He frequently accepts invitations to speak at the university level, having recently lectured at Harvard and The University of Virginia. At Grand Chapter, his Maddox Honor Lecture was on the topic of "Leadership in the 21st Century."
He is married to Cindy, his college sweetheart and wife of 37 years. Together they have three grown children and reside in Atlanta, Ga.
Hall of Fame - 46th Inductee
George Dallas Green, Jr. (Delta Kappa
Chapter, University of Delaware)
Dallas Green was initiated into Delta Kappa Chapter at the University of Delaware in 1954. After college he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in the amateur draft and pitched in the major leagues for eight seasons. When his playing days were over, Green became a successful manager for three different major league teams, the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and the New York Yankees.
He served as manager of the Phillies in 1980, the year they earned their only World Series title in franchise history. Green also served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Chicago Cubs and won "Executive of the Image courtesy David Zaveloff Photography Year" honors in 1984. Green currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Though not able to attend Grand Chapter this year, Brother Green was the 46th Inductee into the Sigma Nu Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame - 47th Inductee
Elisha N. Manning
(Epsilon Xi, University of Mississippi)
Eli Manning, an American football quarterback, was honored as the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008, during which he led the New York Giants to an upset of the undefeated New England Patriots.
Manning played college football at the University of Mississippi where he was a member of the Epsilon Xi Chapter, having joined in February, 2000. While in the chapter, he coached Sigma Nuís Charity Bowl football team for the chapterís annual philanthropic event which has raised more than $1 million for paralysis research. After graduation, Manning supported the Epsilon Xi housing campaign through a financial contribution to the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation.
His father, Archie Manning, is also a member of the Epsilon Xi Chapter and the Sigma Nu Hall of Fame. They are the first father-son duo to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. While he was unable to attend Grand Chapter, Eli did meet with Regent Jay Pitts at Giants Stadium to film a video acceptance speech that was played at Grand Chapter.