The Kappa Sigma Formal is held at the end of every semester. This year with the extra money we had in our budget, we chose to hire a DJ for the evening. The money spent was well worth it, as everyone at the formal had an amazing time. Our house mom, Sandy, was gracious enough to provide food for the entire brotherhood as well as their dates. The food was delicious and the company was great, which ended in one of the most successful formals that the chapter has held in the past few semesters. Thanks goes out to the finance and social committees for putting the event together and making it fun for all.
The annual Kappa Sigma Christmas party was held on the evening of Friday, December 7th. It is an annual event that the active brothers look forward to every year. Brothers drew names from a hat and participated in a Secret Santa amongst the brotherhood; exchanging gifts, stories, and laughs. This was a great way to end the semester on a positive note and a nice break from studying for finals. The actives would like to wish a merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of our alumni around the world.
Brother Ryan Richman was recognized by The Kappa Sigma Fraternity with a 2012 Scholarship-Leadership Award. Brother Richman is a Finance Major from Wabash, IN. and is currently our Chapter's Grand Treasurer.
Business Planning Workshop at Kappa Sigma
Trine Students Learn Practical Steps and Lessons from Alumni Entrepreneurs and IN State Planner
On Wednesday evening October 17, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Trine University hosted a workshop seminar for students interested in how to make and execute a business plan. Twenty eight students from a variety of TU study majors attended the interactive workshop to learn from a panel of successful entrepreneurs with experience in starting and growing their own various businesses. The undergraduate brothers of Kappa Sigma organized the workshop under the guidance of Kappa Sigma Faculty Advisor and Professor Dr. Marek Kolar of TU's Ketner School of Business. The workshop panel was comprised of TU and Kappa Sigma Alumni David Ballinger, Mitch Rhoads, Keith Turner, and Roy Meyer, all highly successful business professionals, along with Wes Shie of the Indiana State Small Business Development Center. The panel shared practical guidance and experience with TU students who have an interest to start their own business one day. This was the first in a series of workshops planned by Kappa Sigma at Trine University. The undergraduate and alumni brothers see the workshops as a productive joint project that gives useful value to TU students by sharing lessons from the school of hard knocks to augment the great classroom education provided by Trine University.
Dave Ballinger and Keith Turner make their presentation
Below Dan Fogt holds the ' that was awarded to the fraternity for having the greatest increase in house grade point average for the last academic year.
The Kappa Sigma Fraternity will be bringing back their annual event 'Wine & Cheese' which will be held March 16 at the house. The event is for Trine University faculty members and or alumni who wish to join.
The Spring 2012 Alumni weekend will be held March 31st/April 1st at the house.
We would also like to inform the alumni that we have 19 pledges this semester, and possibly a few more that are interested. After discussions with Darch /Rhoads and other alumni regarding the number of pledges, we are very excited about the high numbers. With the 19 pledges, and the new brothers from last semester the Theta-Xi chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity hopes to recognized in The Caduceus of Kappa Sigma (the quarterly magazine sent out by nationals) for one of the largest increases of the year.
Through the course of the semester, the chapter has been recognized with a couple awards for its service around the community. The first award was presented at the beginning of the semester, called the Champions Quest Award. This award came from Kappa Sigma Headquarters and was presented to our chapter for being the largest on campus. The second award that was presented was from the Steuben County Humane Society. Our chapter received a gracious plaque from the humane society for the abundance of volunteer hours that the actives gave to the society last spring. Below is a picture of the Humane Society award that we received, held by brothers Curtis Holcom and Dan Fogt. Through the generous donations from our alumni, we have also been able to raise over $1,100 for the American Red Cross.
One of the community service projects we participated in this semester was cleaning up the Kappa Sigma Highway. Once a semester the brothers get together and take a trip to a strip of highway right outside Angola and clean it up. Over time this three mile strip of road can accumulate all kinds of trash that can harm the environment. Being named Kappa Sigma Highway, it is our duty as a brotherhood to make sure it stays clean. Along with the community service project it is also a good trip for the brothers to have fun and just hang out. After the approximately three hours of work fly by, we return to the house with good memories and a couple more community service hours.