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Dispatches from the Legion of Honor

Chapter & Alumni News

Alabama

Candidates from Theta Chapter make the long pilgrimage from Tuscaloosa to the Rock.

Arkansas

Jacob Stansell was selected as a member of the Class of 2017 Seniors of Significance. This award recognizes seniors for their achievement in academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and significant campus and/or community involvement. Over 400 nominations were received and a selection committee of over 100 alumni and staff selected the top 71 in honor of the University of Arkansas’ founding year of 1871. This program is building on over 50 years of the Arkansas Alumni Association recognizing outstanding seniors. Also, only seniors who are selected as Seniors of Significance can apply for the top awards on campus in the Spring.

Arizona State

The re-founding fathers of Zeta Upsilon.

Zeta Upsilon Colony Commander Rob McCutcheon at the Rock.

Auburn

Alumnus Tim Hennesey was recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of Birmingham’s “Top 40 Under 40.” Hennesey serves as the Director of Sales for Concepts and Associates, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama.

Bowling Green State

Taylor Nicholson during a trip to China.

Taylor Nicholson spent January traveling to the Hunan Province in China as part of a study abroad opportunity with Bowling Green State University and Hunan Normal University. As part of this experience, he assisted in holding math camps for local middle schools that focused on interactive and engaging math curriculum.

Bradley

Zeta Phi Brothers mourn the passing of alumnus Bob Michel.

The chapter mourned the passing of alumnus Bob Michel in late February. Michel served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for 38 years and was House Minority Leader for 14 years.  At the service, held in Peoria, Illinois, collegiate members of the chapter served as ushers.

Proud Zeta Phi alumni visit the founding marker at VMI.

Butler

A chilly but celebratory bid day for Epsilon Mu.

Following a successful Grand Chapter, the Epsilon Mu Chapter refused to be complacent, and it resulted in a semester for the books. Among the highlights was the revamp and rebrand of the chapter’s annual fall philanthropy event. Previously known as “Voodoo,” the chapter’s philanthropy event typically took the form of a week filled with Halloween-themed programming to benefit the U.S. Dream Academy. The event was starting to lose its luster, so Will McKnight took on the role of talent booker, bringing chart-topping artist, Cheat Codes, to the front lawn of the chapter house. Thus, Voodoo Music Festival was born. The concert was free to all Butler students, but attendees were encouraged to make a donation or purchase a custom-designed t-shirt at the event. The Epsilon Mu Chapter raised over $7,000 for the U.S. Dream Academy, making an incredible impact on the underserved youth of the Greater Indianapolis Community.

Great honor was brought to the chapter, as five brothers were initiated into the Nu Upsilon Chapter of Order of Omega during the fall semester. Order of Omega is a leadership-based Greek honor society comprised of only the top 3% of the Greek population at Butler University. The Epsilon Mu Chapter continues to have the highest membership among the four fraternities and seven sororities on Butler’s campus. Brothers Brad Bocketti and Adam Bantz were also nominated as the Nu Upsilon Chapter’s two applicants for the national Order of Omega scholarships. Both brothers were awarded scholarships, a very uncommon occurrence for two members of the same Order of Omega chapter.

Seven Epsilon Mu brothers were named on Butler University's Top 100 Most Outstanding Students list, an honor given to those students that Butler University recognizes as having excellent potential for succeeding during their college and professional careers. These brothers have worked hard to maintain high academic standing, while staying involved and connected on campus through extracurricular activities.

Two members of the chapter were elected to positions on the university’s Interfraternity Council. Brothers Adam Bantz and David Kaylor were elected to the positions of president and vice president of programming, respectively. Both brothers are excited to serve and advance the Greek community through these leadership roles. Bantz noted, “Our chapter has always had a strong presence on the Interfraternity Council. It is both a privilege and an honor to represent not only the Epsilon Mu Chapter but also Sigma Nu Fraternity as the Interfraternity Council president at Butler University.”

Following formal recruitment in early January, the Epsilon Mu Chapter extended bids to 32 incredible young men who uphold the values of Love, Honor and Truth. The brothers of the Epsilon Mu Chapter are confident that these young men have within them the ability to build upon recent successes and take the chapter to new heights.

Three brothers will be studying abroad this semester. Among them is Tommy Roers who pursuing a double major in elementary education and Spanish. Roers will not only be studying in Santiago, Chile, but will also be participating in an internship that allows him to study the educational policies and pedagogies of South American countries.

The Epsilon Mu Chapter is proud to report that brothers past, present, near and far are striving to excel with honor in every facet of life.

Cal State Northridge

Alumnus Troy Scott facilitates a LEAD session for Iota Upsilon brothers.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

2017 has treated Kappa Pi Chapter quite well thus far. The chapter has the highest Cal Poly IFC GPA (3.25) for the third quarter in a row, led by the efforts of the 43 brothers who achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher and made the Dean’s List.

St. Patrick’s Day is a popular holiday among Cal Poly students, and in recent years, there have been some unfortunate incidents that have negatively affected all of Cal Poly’s Greek organizations. In order to change the stigma, Kappa Pi philanthropy chairman, Chris Kwasny, partnered with United Sorority & Fraternity Council organizations and organized a barbeque at the chapter house where brothers handed out free water bottles and hot dogs to students passing by and encouraged them to get home safely. Brothers were personally commended by the Cal Poly Dean of Students, Kathleen N. McMahon, and the San Luis Obispo Police Chief, Deanna Cantrell.

In sports news, the Sigma Nu IFC volleyball team took home the Division 2 IFC championship trophy. Kappa Pi also held its 8th annual Ducky Derby in downtown San Luis Obispo on February 18th. The event raised $9,000 for Jack’s Helping Hand, a local organization that provides community programs for children with cancer and other special needs all over San Luis Obispo County. Kappa Pi is also very proud to announce that brother Brett Raffish has announced his candidacy for ASI Student Body President for the 2017-2018 school year. The chapter is looking forward to supporting him throughout his campaign.

Central Oklahoma

Mu Tau alumnus and Columbus State University President Chris Markwood was recently named one of Georgia’s most influential people by Georgia Trend Magazine, joining 99 other top leaders in the state, including politicians, CEOs and innovators in education.

This is Markwood’s first appearance on Georgia Trend’s list of “100 Most Influential Georgians” since he took the helm of CSU in June 2015. Since that time, CSU has received its first-ever patent, restored and opened Pasaquan, and graduated its first class of film production students in partnership with the Georgia Film Academy, noted the editors of Georgia Trend in their profile on the president.

“There are great things happening at CSU every day, and this is a tribute to the role CSU is playing on a statewide scale,” said Markwood. “I am very honored by this distinction, but it is really a reflection of the work being done at Columbus State University by the faculty and staff here. It’s great to be part of this team.”

Colorado School of Mines

Gamma Eta brothers break a tie for Brother of the Week with a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Colorado State

The Delta Rho Chapter has seen a lot of success so far in 2017. They recruited the largest spring candidate class in all of CSU IFC thanks to the efforts of recruitment chairman Jared Cook and the rest of the chapter. The new executive board has transitioned very effectively into their new positions. LEAD Chairman Jordan Leonard has set up weekly leadership sessions where members of the community come and speak to the chapter. Chaplain Adam Golden set up a brotherhood weekend in Estes Park, Colorado, where candidates found out who their big brothers were. The community service chairman Ethan Peet set up a monthly event at which brothers go and help set up a dance for the intellectually and developmentally disabled. The chapter is also planning on having a food truck-sponsored philanthropy event sometime in late spring. The proceeds from the event will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

In addition, members are enjoying all of the perks of the recently renovated chapter house. Eminent Commander Brandt Reutimann is hard at work making sure the house is prepared for the brothers living in next semester.

Duquesne

Kappa Delta brothers trade the snow for sun during their brotherhood retreat in Daytona Beach.

Florida

Brother Harrison Magoutas was inducted into Florida Blue Key, the prestigious leadership honorary society at the University of Florida, for exhibiting exemplary leadership and service to the university. Brother Magoutas was additionally selected to serve a second term as director of web design for the 2017 UF Homecoming and Gator Growl and accepted a summer 2017 internship with Lockheed Martin. Brother Alex Goforth obtained a prestigious internship at Corning Inc. for the summer. The company is well-known for the creation of optical fiber, catalytic converters, and gorilla glass. In February, the Epsilon Zeta Chapter was lucky enough to have a visit from esteemed alumnus and former Florida Governor Bob Graham. Jared Blackburn, the current Commander of the Epsilon Zeta Chapter, has been heavily involved on and off campus this semester. Right now he is an OPS Clerk for the State Attorney’s Office in Florida’s Eighth Judicial Circuit. In this position, he assists with the day-to-day operations in the law office. In addition, Jared will be working in Ottawa, Canada this summer in the U.S. Embassy. He has been assigned to the Political Section in the embassy where he will maintain close contact with a wide range of Canadian political leaders and government officials, third-country diplomats, academics, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, journalists, and others of influence. He will welcome the opportunity to speak to Canadian audiences about U.S. policy priorities and U.S.-Canadian relations. He will assist the mission in seeking to keep the U.S. Government well-informed about Canadian political and security (including non-proliferation) issues and developments through regular reporting and analysis. Lastly, he will assist in preparing the chapters on Canada for Congressionally-required reports on human rights, religious freedom, narcotics, terrorism and trafficking in persons. This experience will increase his exposure to governmental and international affairs. Jared hopes to complete the LSAT exam in June to be able to apply for law school in the upcoming fall. It can truly be said that Jared represents the best of what the Epsilon Zeta Chapter has to offer.

The Epsilon Zeta chapter house.

Over the past year Brother Sunil Ghosal has come to realize what represents Sigma Nu. He has become a contributing member and leader of the University of Florida. He is inspired by his hard-working father who immigrated from India, and he hopes that these leadership activities will give him the skills necessary to follow suit and become a business leader. Just in his first semester at the University of Florida, he has become the director of spirit stations (sponsorships) for Gators March for Babies, an organization that raises more than $600,000 for charity, and an assistant director of operations for Gator Growl and Homecoming, which entails organizing multiple events during Homecoming week to promote school spirit.

David Rosenbaum recently began research with a professor at UF building a telescope that will detect dark matter, a groundbreaking research venture. He is studying astrophysics at UF and is planning on attending graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in this field. The research project will not only be a groundbreaking scientific accomplishment but also will help him gain entry to prestigious graduate programs across the country.

Brother Paulo Bazan was elected to serve a one-year term on the University of Florida Student Government Senate as an Engineering Senator and hopes to bring positive impact to the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. The Epsilon Zeta Chapter hosted its annual Sigma Nu Slam philanthropy event benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a fantastic turnout from the UF Greek community.

Georgia Southern

During the chapter’s annual Commanders’ Dinner in January, the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation “jacketed” alumnus Anthony Barnett Fair, which is symbolic for joining the Knight’s Council. Sigma Nu Educational Foundation President Brad Hastings (West Georgia) and Past Regent Joe Gilman (Morehead State/Georgia) were on hand to present the jacket. Tony has been a generous contributor to the Foundation’s Omega Society, of which he is a founding member. He has bought enough bricks (well over 100) that Theta Kappa has its own section in the Pathway of Honor at Headquarters.

Alumnus Tony Fair is "jacketed" by Past Regent Joe Gilman (Morehead State/Georgia) and SNEF President Brad Hastings (West Georgia) in recognition of his dedicated service to Theta Kappa Chapter and the Legion of Honor.

Both Brad and Joe provided remarks, but one commented that the Theta Kappa Chapter has more members in the Omega Society than any other Sigma Nu chapter. On another note, Theta Kappa alumni are planning a pilgrimage to the Headquarters Shrine to kick off the chapter’s 50th anniversary, which starts this year with 50 years since the chapter’s local founding and concludes in 2020, at 50 years since the chapter’s chartering.

Houston

Zeta Chi alumni join the chapter's graduating seniors for the Affirmation of Knighthood ceremony.

Illinois

Past Commander Taylor Walker receives Illinois' Greek of the Year award.

Illinois State

This spring the brothers of the Theta Rho Colony at Illinois State University went above and beyond to support one of their own and demonstrate that they hold true to the value of Love. When the Colony’s Commander, Anthony Braglia, announced that he planned to honor his late mother, Heidi Anastos Braglia, who tragically lost her battle with breast cancer three years ago, by fundraising for the Susan G. Komen Chicagoland area’s Mother’s Day Race for the Cure, the brothers of Theta Rho knew they wanted to help. “Tony’s goal was to raise $2,000,” said Austin Adams, the Theta Rho Colony Treasurer, “and no one thought he’d have any trouble meeting his goal, but I felt something extraordinary ought to happen.” And that’s exactly what did happen. Adams, working alongside his fellow brothers, launched a Twitter campaign on the ISU Sigma Nu Twitter account to promote Anthony’s fundraising page. The brothers pledged to donate one dollar for every retweet the post received for two days. Within the first hour, the post had been retweeted over one thousand times. By the end of the second day, the post had viewed over 300,000 times and retweeted 3,600 times. True to their word, the brothers donated $3,600 to Anthony’s fundraiser and, in the process, helped Anthony’s campaign attract the attention of top administrators at the Susan G. Komen Foundation who honored Anthony as a More Than Pink™ Hero—one of only twenty in Chicago. “I could not have done this without my brothers,” Anthony said. “The best decision I have ever made in life was to join the Theta Rho Colony and help bring Sigma Nu back to Illinois State University. This gesture has only reinforced my belief, and I could not be happier.”

Indiana

Since January, the Beta Eta Chapter has taken philanthropy initiatives more seriously than ever and is becoming one of the strongest Greek philanthropic forces on the IU campus this year. Newly elected philanthropy officer, Jake LaMar, along with his committee, has worked very hard to make this a top priority for the Beta Eta Chapter. In doing so, Beta Eta hosted its first ever Spring Philanthropy Carnival. The chapter achieved its $10,000 fundraising goal, and all proceeds benefitted The Amethyst House, a local rehabilitation and counseling organization for people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.

The chapter also successfully recruited 27 candidates during the spring rush period. The new recruits were recently inducted as candidates and will be be initiated by the end of the academic year. In March, the Beta Eta biking team qualified for the Little 500 race in April. Jeremy Crawford, Justin Gould, Michael Schmahl, and Levi Stull were the qualifying riders who placed 17th in a four lap sprint against 35 other teams. Looking forward to the Little 500 race, the chapter will pair up with Alpha Delta Pi to engage in philanthropic and social activities leading up to the main event.

Logan Carte was recently elected by his Greek peers to serve on the campus “Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault” board. MARS is an initiative comprised of college men which aims to foster meaningful conversation and action to combat rape and sexual assault.

The chapter is also looking forward to its annual Herman B. Wells Rally, which will take place on April 26, 2017. The chapter encourages all Beta Eta alumni to join and celebrate the history of the chapter. Finally, The alumni relations board is planning an alumni tailgate event next fall before a home football game in October.

Kansas

Leadership Consultant Evan Winebarger (Georgia Southern) and Sam Gay take in a basketball game in Kansas' historic Allen Fieldhouse.

Mississippi

On January 29, 2017, the Epsilon Xi Chapter celebrated its 3,000th initiate. Ed Meek was initiated with badge number 3,000 nearly 60 years after he first became a candidate. Miles Bolin was initiated with the distinction of Honor Pledge.

The Epsilon Xi Chapter is excited to announce that at this year's 28th Annual Charity Bowl in April, the $2,000,000 milestone was surpassed. Charity Bowl was started in honor of the late Ole Miss football great, Chucky Mullins, and continues to raise funds for victims of paralysis, promising research to cure paralysis, and other Mississippi nonprofit organizations. We congratulate Philanthropy Chairmen John North, Daniel Kennedy, and Bill Pringle for their inspirational leadership and for guiding the chapter's philanthropic endeavors.

In a group led by brother John Pierce and Lt. Commander Conner Adkins, 13 chapter members elected to spend their spring break at the Mission of Hope organization in Haiti to serve those in need and further the message of the gospel. With a successful 2016 season, Sean Rawlings solidified his position as the starting Right Tackle of the Ole
Miss Rebel Football team. The band Ebenezer Goodman, with lead singers Andy Shine and Caleb Carroll, released their first self-titled album. LEAD Chairman Nick Egorshin was selected as the vice president of finance and administration for the UM Interfraternity Council. Fifteen brothers were selected to the UM chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi academic honor societies.

Seniors Brent Ferguson, Caleb Carrol, and Treasurer Jacob Munn completed their terms as associated student body attorney general, senior class treasurer-secretary, and president of the School of Accountancy. This spring, Commander James-Roland Markos and brother David Rozier were awarded UM Taylor Medals, the university's highest academic honor conferred to fewer than 1% of its graduates. Commander Markos was also one of 10 graduating seniors to be inducted into the Class of 2017 Ole Miss Hall of Fame, and he completed a term as one of two collegiate board members of the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation. Markos will attend the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, the most selective medical school in the nation, on a full tuition scholarship.

Dr. Jimmy Davis receives the Regent's Medallion of Merit from Regent Lee Perrett (Auburn).

The chapter is also proud to announce that longtime Chapter Advisor and former Dean of the School of Accountancy, Dr. Jimmy Davis, was awarded the Regent's Medallion of Merit. The brothers of Epsilon Xi would like to express their gratitude for the example of service and stability Dr. Davis has provided for the past four decades.

Missouri State

Zach Stout, Ty Sholtis, Austin Bond, Luke Irwin, and alumnus Cody Stout set up a trip though Lifestylez to go skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, this past winter break. On their drive over they were snowed in and had to spend the night in a small church. Zach says his favorite part of the whole trip was the atmosphere. “Everyone was so positive and happy there; it's a different world.”

Arbnor Dullovi went from class to competition after he gave an informative speech to his class on the Red Cross, their services to refugees, and his family's experiences when they came to America after the war in 1999. Arbnor remembers practicing for several weeks while he interviewed family members for information. He turned the speech from informative to persuasive when he entered the competition and secured the spot for fourth place against 60 other competitors. Arbnor said, “The whole experience in itself was amazing. Having to share my story in front of hundreds of people was one of my proudest moments in my life.”

In February, Luke Wiesboeck was elected as the new IFC vice president of administration.Several alumni, including one of Theta Sigma’s founding fathers, Tom Edwards, met with current Commander Austyn Ipock and Lieutenant Commander Sam Dow for a Commander's Dinner. While they were dining at Ocean Zen, alumnus Kyle Lee presented the gavel he bought custom-made for Austyn. The gavel went around the table from most recent Commander to the founding father present as they gave Austyn and Sam advice. Past Commander Chase Marable said, “It was a great opportunity for the incoming president to learn about situations previous presidents have dealt with and start with new strategies on how he can deal with them.”

North Carolina

Several Psi brothers on a pilgrimage to the Rock.

North Dakota State

Eta Theta brothers showing their support for a Special Olympics basketball game.

This year the chapter participated in the Special Olympics Basketball Game vs. the University of North Dakota. Three brothers were a part of the basketball team helping the Special Olympics athletes. Dylan Burger and Matt Suhr competed as partners with the Special Olympics athletes and Jack Palen was the head coach. The rest of the chapter cheered the team on in the stands of the Scheels Center. The chapter won an award for the highest percent of members at the Special Olympics Basketball game.

Northern Arizona

Spring 2017 Candidates of Eta Iota.

Northwestern

This year, the chapter hosted our annual Sigma Nuggets Philanthropy and raised $2,500. The chapter also had the entire candidate class and several brothers volunteer at a local gala that was raising money for an animal shelter. The chapter’s members then helped serve beverages and food to the patrons of the event later in
the evening.

The chapter’s Commander, Brother Blake Maier, has also helped voice our opinion actively in IFC discussions about sexual assault on campus. In addition, the chapter had several speakers come in this year regarding sexual assault to help raise awareness in our chapter about these issues across campus.

Northwestern State

This year Brothers Grant Butts, Ty Wright, Jacob Hammons and Alex Stewart were elected as senators to the Student Government Association with Otha Nelson being elected as the president. Anson Ballow was elected as the vice president of scholarship for the Interfraternal Council. Grant Butts and Mikey James were inducted into the Order of Omega. Hayden Pilcher, Drew Barkley and Esdon Boyd all serve as freshmen connectors for the University.

Mu Rho brothers celebrate a successful 5k Color Run.

The Mu Rho Chapter partnered with Phi Mu to host a 5k Color Run and raised over $4,500 for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. Brothers cleaned up the local Veteran’s Park once a month. When tornados tore through southern Louisiana, the Chapter had food drives and sent several trucks full of supplies and Brothers to help those affected.

Pennsylvania

Beta Rho Chapter’s recruitment program this semester yielded a 96% bid acceptance rate, culminating in the initiation of 17 men. New recruitment events included Top Golf and a date night at the famous Hotel Monaco. Social Chair Drew Boyette put together an impressive schedule of events this semester, including mixers with Zeta Tau Alpha and Sigma Psi Zeta, sororities the chapter has not engaged with in recent history.

Brothers have also undertaken leadership positions in important organizations on campus. Brother Carter Coudriet was recently elected president of the school newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian. Brother David Akst was elected editor-in-chief of Under the Button, the school’s humor and satire blog. Brother Barry Chiu succeeded Brother Richard Lou as president of the Wharton China Business Society. The chapter is excited to witness their accomplishments. As part of their work on the university’s Greek Diversity and Inclusion Board, Eminent Commander William Archer and Brother Conrad Mascarenhas recently led a successful retreat for dozens of members in the Greek community. The retreat helped facilitate dialogue about the role of diversity in Greek life on campus.

This summer, Brother Shay Moon will lead newly initiated Brothers Santiago Herrera, Adam Green, and Arman Murphy on a trip to Sierra Leone. They will work on expanding food production in disaster recovery areas using funding from the U.S. State Department. Commander William Archer will be studying Indonesian in Malang, Indonesia, as part of the Critical Language Scholarship program run by the US State Department.

RIT

In the Fall Semester of 2016, the chapter initiated five new brothers from the Nu candidate class: Kurt Bernabei, Derek Bules, Keith Ericksen, Jr., Jacob James, and Wolfgang Staley. They did an incredible job throughout the candidate program. The chapter is proud of them and looking forward to their journey as Sigma Nu Knights. Also in the fall, the chapter earned a grade point average of 3.070, third in the Interfraternity Council at R.I.T. The chapter is proud of Scholarship Chairman Craig Mills for doing weekly check-ups and for providing continuous support of the brothers in their academic pursuits. The chapter is now looking forward to the G.P.A for the Spring Semester of 2017 with new Scholarship Chairman, Brennan McDonough.

Brothers were at several different places during Winter Break. Thomas Chappell and Marshall Hurst went on a cruise to five different islands in the Caribbean; Alton Markel, Noah Blankenship and Iosif Shayman went touring in Austin, Texas; Asher Kirschbaum and Sheign Freel went for a backpacking trip in Guatemala. Current Commander, Gideon Samara, went to Lexington, Virginia, for the College of Chapters.

The start of 2017, means a change to the Executive Board! Eminent Commander is Gideon Samara; Lieutenant Commander is Matthew Freeberg; Treasurer is Noah Blankenship; Recorder is Marshall Hurst; Marshal is Aaron Kellogg; Recruitment Chairman is Vladimir Slavov; LEAD Chairman is James Brunner.

South Florida

Theta Alpha's Executive Board continues a tradition of holding their Executive Board retreat at Headquarters.

Southern Mississippi

This year, the Theta Gamma Chapter had five members selected as a part of the Golden Eagle Welcome Week, which serves to officially welcome first-year students to the Southern Miss Family. These members include: Justin Lowery, Ty Trehern, Holden Carrell, Matthew Guillot, and Logan Ryals. Elijah Martin was elected the vice president of strategic initiatives for IFC. Ty Trehern also was selected as an emerging leader for SEIFC.  Henry Woodyard and Elijah Martin were selected as members of the very competitive group Southern Style to serve as ambassadors for the university. Francisco Lopez successfully completed his term as the outgoing SGA treasurer, and Henry Woodyard was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

After fall recruitment, the Theta Gamma Chapter recruited and initiated a total  of 11 members, which is a 34% increase in our chapter. For the spring, this chapter had the largest spring class across all IFC with seven new members, which led to a 22% increase in membership.

In February, the chapter held the 3rd annual Kickin’ It for a Cure, which is a three-on-three soccer tournament for participating members. This chapter also placed first in Delta Gamma’s annual event, King Neptune. Upcoming this semester, the Theta Gamma Chapter will be volunteering with the Downtown Crawfish Jam, which is a large community event held annually.

Stevens

The brothers of the Gamma Delta Chapter have enjoyed a rewarding start to 2017. Scholarship remains a strong focus of the fraternity. The chapter recorded a fall semester GPA of 3.50, one of the top marks for any organization on campus. The chapter has witnessed several successful LEAD events this semester, with sessions hosted by those inside and outside the brotherhood. The brothers hosted local entrepreneurs and think-tank facilitators in an interactive panel discussion in February. Additionally, the house participated in a sexual assault awareness and bystander intervention workshop run by the school’s Title XI coordinator. Brothers who are soon-to-be graduates have secured jobs at some of the top firms in their respective industries, including Johnson & Johnson, Anheiser Busch, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan Chase, while underclassmen brothers have secured internships at similar blue-chip companies. 

Gamma Delta brothers get hands-on as volunteers for Engineer's Week at the Liberty Science Center.

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the Gamma Delta Chapter. Brother Isaiah Marquez has been working to create a non-profit company that seeks to reduce the drunk driving rates in New Mexico, his home state. The company seeks to leverage technology to assist in ride planning and sobriety monitoring. Meanwhile, brothers Gregory Johnson and Matthew Acquiles are part of a four-person team that has developed an application for the health industry that provides a means for data integrity, provider communication, and strong document security. The group has been actively meeting with local providers and will begin user testing shortly. “The fraternal bond from Sigma Nu has carried over and allowed Matt and I to comfortably work alongside each other towards a common goal,” said Johnson, a senior who has signed to join JP Morgan upon graduation.

Outside of the classroom, the brothers have displayed their strong commitment to the campus community. Brothers hold executive board positions in the Order of Omega, Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, College Republicans, Club Soccer, Gear and Triangle Honor Society, Student Government Association, and can be seen enhancing the student experience as resident assistants on campus. Sigma Nu is also well represented in the Stevens Student Managed Investment Fund, a competitive student-led fund that manages a small portion of the university’s endowment.

Brothers continue to excel in the athletic arena as well. Brothers Gabriel Shankweiler, Scott Russell, Jordan Stuart, Dillon Deboer, Joshua Hinton, Pasquale Giancarelli Jr., and Cooper Diamond all compete on the #5-ranked men’s volleyball team. The team traveled to Germany in January for a training trip where they competed against local professional teams throughout the country in preparation for a postseason run that began in early April. “The international adventure was a great way for not only the team to come closer but also for our bonds as brothers to grow even deeper,” said Shankweiler, the team’s captain. Brothers Michael Feldman, Daniel Polk, and William Persson are members of Stevens’ nationally ranked men’s tennis team. Feldman and Polk, who comprise one of the doubles pairings, are the team’s co-captains. On the baseball field, Brother Quinn Dipasquale has earned a spot in the Duck’s pitching rotation. The Gamma Delta Chapter also has a footprint in the men’s golf program. Brother Tyler Balkema is one of the team’s top golfers while Brother John Zieglar, a Stevens alumna, coaches the team. Perhaps the most successful athlete at the university this calendar year was wrestler and Sigma Nu candidate Troy Stanich. Stanich, a 133-pound freshman, recorded a 45-1 record en route to a 3rd place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships hosted in Wisconsin. He was honored as the National Freshman of the Year by D3Wrestle.com.

“I am very pleased how we continue to raise our GPAs and still excel in our respective sports, clubs and other extracurricular activities that make a real impact on the university,” Commander Preston Ragonese said. “The brothers of Gamma Delta Chapter continue to develop as scholars, leaders, and most importantly, gentlemen of Sigma Nu.”

Tulsa

Past regent Joe Francis (Oklahoma State) faciliates a LEAD session for the Zeta Lambda re-founding fathers.

UNC Asheville

This past March, Brother William Hinson of the Mu Eta Chapter of UNC Asheville released his EP Elevator Music, Vol. 1. This is the Lieutenant Commander’s third release as a singer-songwriter and his new EP has been carefully crafted since December 2015, building to his March 3rd release. Similarly, Hinson’s work as a musician and now as a music tech major has grown with time. William Hinson, in a recent interview, described both of his parents as being musical and his songwriter-uncle as a major influence in his exploration of music. He said it was one of his sister’s boyfriends that motivated him to play music, and from there, Hinson soon began teaching himself to play guitar. Hinson’s style is largely inspired by his favorite musicians, including: The Beatles, The 1975, and John Mayer. William has performed some of his new work recently at UNC Asheville’s Echofest, a campus-wide event consisting of a full day of local and traveling artist performances. In addition to working on and performing his EP, some of William’s most recent contributions to the Mu Eta Chapter include co-creating a new and improved website on Squarespace with the programming chairman, and he will be sworn in as Lieutenant Commander at our formal in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He has plans for bigger and better shows to come throughout the year to showcase his new EP. Elevator Music, Vol. 1 is available on Spotify and iTunes.

Vanderbilt

This March, Sigma Chapter brother and former Recorder, Joey Martin, used his spring break to travel to Honduras to provide medicine and necessary healthcare to rural villages. Joey Martin was accompanied by Sigma Chapter senior, Ken McNamara. Ken consulted the local schools and businesses to improve the opportunities for the village's youth. This was Ken's first and Joey's second spring break service trip to Honduras.

Ryan Sullivan on a service trip for his nonprofit Village to Village.

Sigma Chapter sponsors many service events throughout the year, but many members create their own service opportunities. In 2011, senior Ryan Sullivan founded his own nonprofit charity Village to Village, which addresses public health, promotes education, and encourages sustainable development in rural Southeast Asia. Sullivan is also a former Marshal for Sigma Chapter. If you want to learn more about Village to Village, you can visit villagetovillage.org.

Although these specific efforts were not sponsored by Sigma Nu, Sigma Chapter prides itself on recruiting members dedicated to being leaders in Sigma Nu as well as outside of our own fraternity. For example, in addition to his commitment to global philanthropy, Joey Martin is also a leader for Vanderbilt's fraternity and sorority community. This past semester, Joey was elected to Vanderbilt University's Interfraternity Council as the vice president for 2017. Moving forward, Sigma Chapter will continue to encourage service trips and philanthropic efforts, both domestic and international.

Villanova

This year on March 25th, Villanova hosted the 4th annual Novadance marathon, a tradition started by the Kappa Zeta Chapter. Novadance grew to be too big and became a campus-wide event although many Kappa Zeta brothers are still heavily involved in the organization of the event. Although the 12-hour dance marathon is no longer an exclusively Sigma Nu philanthropy event, the Kappa Zeta Chapter raised the most money of any Greek organization on campus with a grand total of $27,461. All proceeds from the event go to the B+ Foundation, which works to help victims of pediatric cancer and their families.

Washington State

Past Commander Clayton Simundson was named as Washington State’s Student Leader of the Month in March. In offering advice for younger students beginning their own leadership journey on campus Clayton said, “Leadership comes in all different forms. Leadership isn’t a title; it is the ability to lead a group of people toward a goal no matter what your role is. You must believe 100% in what you are doing. You can do great things as long as you apply yourself with an all-in mentality. Find something you are truly passionate about and make a difference.” 

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