Fall 2014 Hilltop Breeze Newsletter


Congratulations 2014 Graduates

Dan Fogt Garrett, IN Chemical Engineering
Ryan Richman Wabash, IN Finance
Ethan Eichhorn Muncie, IN Electrical Engineering
Zach Bearss Garrett, IN Computer Engineering
David Duquette Wilmington, OH Chemical Engineering
Kevin Wunderlin Ft. Wayne, IN Design Engineering & Technology
Lyle Smith Plainfield, IN Design Engineering & Technology
Sherard Dames Nassau, Bahamas Computer Engineering
Augustus Tanner Benzonia, MI Civil Engineering


Recap of the Fall 2014 Semester at the House 

January, 2015

As our fall semester here at Trine University comes to a close, we would like to give you a recap of our accomplishments this semester and what we look to continue next semester.

This fall as we started our semester we welcomed a new member to the Kappa Sigma family. This new member was a dog and her name is Beaux. She is doing very well adapting to our house and all of our brothers. She gets a lot of attention and is the queen of the house.


Also this fall we had an extremely successful intramural football season. Our team proceeded to go 19-0 until the last game of the regular season when they lost to finish at 19-1. But this was not the end of the season for us as we marched into the playoffs of the greek league as the overall #1 seed and we won three tough games to capture the greek intramural title and finish at a whopping 22-1. It took a lot of hard work and effort from many people throughout this season because we played four games a week sometimes, but we worked through it to win a championship. Our Kappa Sigma intramural football team will come back even stronger next year to capture a second straight championship.

2014 Intramural Football Champs

Earlier this semester we as a chapter volunteered for the wine and run community service event and most recently a toboggan race at Pokagon State Park.

This semester our chapter had an outstanding performance during homecoming week. We came in third in the lip syncing contest and also had an outstanding sidewalk design. Our one win for the week came in the Tour de Trine prior to the football game on Saturday morning. We came up just short for the total point lead.

We also elected a new executive committee this fall and we would like to congratulate the following: Nate Price (Grand Master), Shawn Reiner (Grand Procurator), Kenny Rappuhn (Grand Treasurer), Alvaro Castelan (Grand Master of Ceremonies) and Zack Hopper (Grand Scribe). We elected minor offices for the spring semester as well and we’d like to congratulate everyone who was elected.

This fall we had 3 new members get initiated into The Theta-Xi Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. We would like to extend the congratulations to Keifer Beck, Luke Porter and Mitchell Schmucker.

As a brotherhood this semester we went to skyzone, had a thanksgiving dinner and we plan to have a Christmas dinner before everyone leaves for the semester. We wrapped up this semester with our brotherhood Christmas gift exchange and formal as we move into our final week before exams. Both events went extremely well and now as a chapter we are slowly bringing this great semester to an end.


We would like to say farewell to four seniors that will leave us after this fall semester ends. Those four seniors are Sammy Seibolt, Jimmy Deibert, Andrew Arthur and Ryan Goodhew. Sammy Seibolt will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and plans to move back to Kansas. Jimmy Deibert will graduate with a degree in biology, but he looks to join the Peace Corps upon graduation. Andrew Arthur will graduate with a degree in civil engineering and is pursuing jobs in the civil engineering field. Ryan Goodhew will graduate with a degree in criminal justice and he will be commissioned into the marine corps on January 10th, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lastly, we would like to extend our congratulations to Ryan Goodhew and Taylor Davis who are recently engaged. As a chapter we would like to extend a Happy Holidays to everyone and we hope everyone is well.

Fellowship at Theta-Xi of Kappa Sigma at Trine University

Posted by Ryan Goodhew on December, 2012

The Kappa Sigma Formal is held at the end of every semester. This year with the extra money we had End of Semester Formalin 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;The annual Kappa Sig Christmas Party 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.




Leadership, A Kappa Sigma Quality

Posted by Mark Davenport, Spring 2013 

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

From Randy Plank October 18, 2012

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 Dave Ballinger and Keith Turnergives 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


Scholarship, Trine Academic Improvement Award


From Femi Adediji January 20, 2012

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. Dan Fogt with the Trine Academic Improvement Award

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.

Service Is a Brother Tradition

Posted by Ryan Goodhew on November 2012

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. Curtis Holcom and Dan Fogt Receiving Steuben County Humane Society AwardThrough 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.