State of Kappa Sigma-Theta-Xi, Trine University

Mark Houser, President  October 20, 2017

Brothers,

Wish more could have made the annual Homecoming/Alumni Meeting this past September. Yet following such a momentous occasion last fall did expect a lower turnout. The 50th was a big event for sure.

The actives had a great year. Know information is on the web in regards to their high accomplishments. They brought home 9 awards from the National Conclave held in Las Vegas this past July. They won the most coveted award that Kappa Sigma has, The Founders Award. Going forward this fall house has 4 new brothers coming into the house. Working hard on spring rush, and with direction/support from alumni Mike Darch expecting a 20 plus pledge class. Working hard on rush plus the many other functions/positions that actives are involved in. Please read the updates on web page for more information. If you want more information on what it takes to become eligible to win the Founders Award can go to mykappasigma.com.

House Mortgage now stands at $380,000. Making very good progress. Now that Mike Brown, Randy Plank and Ron Jarvis will be reaching out to those who may have pledged yet nothing received and those who have upcoming pledges in 2018. Expect to see this mortgage to be paid off in the next couple of years or sooner. With the refinancing that was done, there will now be extra funds that can be put aside for house expenses. House will be self-sustaining. House is approaching the 10 year mark, so there will be items such as kitchen equipment, new carpeting, more painting, and so on. Want to keep house in great shape. Bigger goal would be to get this paid off and then look at putting on an addition. House holds 16 if could get this to 24, it would have a big impact on overall picture. Thanks for all donors/contributors towards the BTM campaign, it is much appreciated.

Pictured (L to R): Brothers Mike Brown, President of Theta-Xi of Kappa Sigma Alumni Association, Mark Houser, and Allen Abbata on tour of the new hockey rink at homecoming.

In closing, it has been great working with the actives and alumni since fall of 2014. It is time for this brother to step down and hand position off to another alumnus. House is in good order but needs strong support from alumni. Looking for a brother who would like to step forward. It really takes a working group of alumni to put their heads together along with the President to make the House Corporation function properly, maintain solid relationship’s with actives and Trine University. I am very fortunate to have had help from the following alumni Marek Kolar, Mike Brown, Bill San Giacomo, Mike Darch, Randy Plank, Mark Davenport, and Jeff Turner. Let alone the support from Sandy Hubbell (house cook, mom etc), Dan Hammel (Lawn Maintenance), Greg Griffis (web support), Mike Redford and Tracey Gaarabrandt (Redford Tax Services). Sure there are others of which many were with the Trine Administration.

THANKS TO ALL THAT WORKED ON PUTTING TOGETHER THE 50TH REUNION AND BTM CAMPAIGN.

I plan on staying on and getting replacement in place either later in fall or early spring. Need to reach out to the board to those whom wish to remain on such and if anyone new wants to be involved.  Reestablish the Executive Committee and look at an updating names of those whom wish to be involved on the Finance Committee. There will be upcoming items which will need feedback on. Again if anyone has an interest in becoming President let me know.

AEKDB

Respectfully,

Mark Houser , President

Cc: Marek Kolar, Mike Brown, Randy Plank, Mike Darch, Mark Davenport, Coach Bill San Giacomo

Read the Agenda from the 2017 Annual Alumni Board Meeting

 


 

 

2017 SIG CUP Scholarship Golf Outing – Kappa Sigs vs. Alpha Sigs

August 4 and 5, 2017

 

Shawn Floyd,  May 16, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 SIG CUP Scholarship golf outing at Trine University and Glendarin Hills golf courses. We will play the University course on Friday August 4, 2017 and Glendarin Hills on Saturday August 5, 2017. The Friday match at the University course will start with registration and lunch at 12:00 PM and shot gun start at 1:30PM and dinner following the match. Friday’s match will be a 4-member team scramble. Saturday 2 team member scramble match will be at Glendarin Hills starting at 9:00AM, lunch to follow in the clubhouse. Both days will be a scramble format.

The Trine University Villa’s will be available for those needing lodging accommodations, the cost is $25.00/night. You can call Nancy Roberts at 260-665-4114 or email robertsn@trine.edu to reserve your lodging.

Sig Cup Expenses:

--Donation of a $100.00 or more to the Sig Cup Scholarship Fund. All donations go towards awarding 4 $1000.00 scholarships to two brothers from both the KS and AS Fraternities. You make your check out to Trine University and highlight in the note area – Sig Cup Scholarship Fund

--Friday’s Match at the University course in conjunction with the Trine Alumni and Friends Scholarship Outing is $180.00. You can pay when checking in on that Friday. I will turn in the names to the University. So you do not need to contact the University for this Friday Event.

--Saturday match at Glendarin Hills is $65.00 which includes golf, cart and lunch in the clubhouse.

Other Activities:

--Thursday evening dinner with the Alpha Sig’s – Mulligan’s – 6 PM
--Friday night after dinner there will be drinks at the new Alpha Sig Fraternity house --Saturday after lunch there will be boat ride around Lake James
--Saturday night dinner with the Alpha Sig’s – Place to be determined

Thanks for your continued support with the Scholarship fund. We have raised over $40,000.00 to date. 

 


 

 

 

Go to the Alumni page for the 50th Anniversary at the House Photo Gallery

 

 

Mark Houser October 29, 2016

The Recap of our Fifthtieth Anniversary

Charter Members

7 of the 41 Charter Members who founded Theta-Xi Chapter in 1966 joined us for the 50th Anniversary celebration. (L to R) Ralph Leidy, Dick Hartley, Mike Darch, Bill SanGiacomo, Dick Dowdell, Mick Walters and Rob Beggs.

Alumni Group Photo at the House

 

 

Mark Davenport  November 1, 2016

The weekend of Sept. 30 – Oct.2, 2016 included a very special gathering on the campus of Trine University. Over 130 Alumni, along with their wives and guests, joined the Undergraduate Brothers to celebrate 50 years of Brotherhood at the Theta-Xi Chapter of Kappa Sigma.

The weekend’s events began Friday morning with 16 Brothers competing in the Annual University Cup Golf Outing at Zollner Golf Course. The Kappa Sigma foursome of Bill SanGiacomo, Ryan Estes, Jordan Davidhizar and Trent Murphy finished the round tied for First Place.

Sagamore of The Wabash Awards to both Brother Rick James (‘71) and his wife Vicki in recognition

Several Alumni Brothers and guests attended the University’s Homecoming Dinner Friday evening where the highlight was the presentation of Sagamore of The Wabash Awards to both Brother Rick James (‘71) and his wife Vicki in recognition of their long time leadership and support of the Northeast Indiana community. The Sagamore of The Wabash is the highest award bestowed by the Governor of Indiana. A recorded message by the Lt. Governor introduced the presentation.

Saturday’s events included the Annual House Corporation Business Meeting, chaired by Corporation President Mark Houser (‘73), where Alumni Brothers were updated on the state of the Undergraduate Chapter, the financial status of the House Corporation and the progress of the 2016 fundraising campaign to reduce the mortgage balance.

Brothers Nick Lang (’13), Brian LeGalley (’15), Michael Nichols, Jr. (’15) and Mason Pelphrey (’15) were awarded scholarships


The meeting included the presentation of scholarships to 4 Undergraduate Brothers from funds raised at last summer’s 11th Annual Sig Cup Golf Challenge. Brothers Nick Lang (’13), Brian LeGalley (’15), Michael Nichols, Jr. (’15) and Mason Pelphrey (’15) were awarded scholarships by Sig Cup founder Brother Steve LaHood (’67). The Sig Cup Golf Challenge is a friendly competition between Alumni from Theta-Xi Chapter of Kappa Sigma and Alumni from the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity chapter at Trine University, held to raise scholarship funds for undergraduate Brothers from both Fraternities.

At halftime of the Homecoming football game, 7 of the 41 Charter Members who founded Theta-Xi Chapter in 1966 were recognized on the field by Trine University President, Dr. Earl D. Brooks, II. The Charter Members who joined us for the 50th Anniversary celebration were Ralph Leidy, Dick Hartley, Mike Darch, Bill SanGiacomo, Dick Dowdell, Mick Walters and Rob Beggs.

Annual House Corporation Business Meeting.

Saturday afternoon and evening saw a large gathering at the Chapter House for a hog roast and Reunion Program. The program was ably emceed by Brother Randy Plank (’72) and included short talks by Brothers from several eras of Chapter history and was highlighted by Charter Member and long-time Alumnus Advisor William R. “Bill” SanGiacomo (’66), and special guests District Grand Master Jake Vitrofsky (Gamma-Delta, University of Massachusetts, ‘11) and Worthy Grand Procurator Toby H. Taylor (Epsilon-Psi, Lambuth University, ’95).

The Alumni enjoying the camaraderie.

Brother Taylor pointed out that the Chapter started by 41 Charter members in 1966 has initiated almost 700 Brothers into Kappa Sigma and that the current Chapter roster of 33 Undergraduate Brothers and 8 Pledges equals 41 Brothers on which to build the next 50 years of Chapter history. The weekend event was a great recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Theta-Xi Chapter, and all in attendance enjoyed celebrating 50 years of Brotherhood, Friendship and Progress.

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