2014 Fall Homecoming and Alumni Reunion


Below read about this year's Homecoming and Alumni Reunion
Find details below and a RSVP form.


2014 Fall Homecoming and Alumni Reunion

From Mark Davenport August 28, 2014  

Join your brothers for the 2014 Kappa Sigma / Kappa Sigma Kappa Alumni Reunion at the Kappa Sigma Chapter House October 3rd thru 5th, 2014. In addition to seeing old friends and meeting the current undergrad Brothers, you can tour The New House on the Hill at 801 Moss St. which is in its 6 th year as home to the Theta-Xi Chapter.

The schedule of events includes:

Friday, October 3rd:

6:00                 Homecoming Celebration Dinner – No cost – Pre Registration Required at:                        https://secure.trine.edu/trine/alumni/homecoming/hom_registration_2014.htm


Be sure to enter Kappa Sigma as your Organization, and request seating with the Kappa Sigma Group. There is a Greek Alumni Challenge for most members attending! Please join us at this dinner. Two Kappa Sigma Brothers are being honored by Trine University at this event.
Location: Keith E. Busse / Steel Dynamics Athletic & Recreation Center
8:00                 Social hours at The Chapter House - 801 Moss Street

Saturday, October 4th:

9:00 - 9:20      Presentation of 2014 Sig Cup Scholarships - Location: Best Hall, Room 221
(two Kappa Sigma winners; two Alpha Sigma Phi winners)
9:30 - 10:30    Annual House Corporation Business Meeting
Location: Best Hall, Room 221
11:00 - 12:30  Pre Game Gathering – The Kappa Sigma Chapter House – 801 Moss Street
1:00 -             TU Homecoming Football Game – Shive Field at Zollner Stadium
4:30 - 6:30      Social hours at The NEW Chapter House – 801 Moss Street  
7:00               Charlie Daniels Band – T. Furth Performing Arts Center – tickets $50/$45
Purchase in advance, subject to availability at: http://www.trine.edu/furth/upcoming_events.aspx

If you want to play golf at Zollner Golf Course over Homecoming weekend, you should book a
tee time in advance by contacting Brother Noah Warren at Zollner:  260-665-4269

*Our Reunion is being held during the University’s Homecoming celebration. See University website for local hotelinformation.GroupratesavailableforHomecomingweekend.  www.trine.edu                                                                          


Print the below RSVP form

2014 Theta-Xi Chapter of Kappa Sigma Alumni Reunion
Please RSVP
Name ___________________________________  Pledge Class _______________________
E-mail address: ________________________________
Please check all that apply:

___ I plan to attend the Trine University Homecoming Celebration Dinner on Friday evening.
___ I will bring a guest to the dinner.             Guest name: ____________________________
Please pre-register with Trine U. for the Friday Dinner (see link above)
___ I plan to be at the House for social hours on Friday evening.
___ I will attend the House Corporation Business Meeting at 9:00 am. on Saturday.
___ I plan to be at the Kappa Sigma Chapter House on Saturday.
___ I will be unable to attend this year. (Please return this form with your e-mail address even if
you cannot attend)

Return this form to:


Team Kappa Sigma Brings Home Cup at 2014 Sig Cup Scholarship Golf Tournament

From Mark Davenport August 18, 2014

Dave Ballinger, Steve LaHood, Ryan Estes, Allan Abbata

John Goudy (R) presents Sig Cup to our Captain, Steve LaHood


On August 1 and 2, Alumni from the Theta-Xi Chapter gathered for the 9th annual Sig Cup Golf Challenge to compete with Alumni from Alpha Sigma Phi for fun, fellowship and to raise funds for scholarships for Brothers from both Fraternities. Established in 2006 by Kappa Sigma Alumnus Steve LaHood and Alpha Sigma Phi Alumnus John Goudy, this medal play-scramble event has grown in number of players every year, and has raised over $37,000 to date. Two Undergraduate Brothers from each Fraternity will receive a $1000 Sig Cup Scholarship for the 2014-15 school year.



Andrew Lesher, Alex Lorencz, Shawn Floyd, Andrew Wolf

The Friday afternoon round is held in conjunction with Trine University’s Annual “Alumni and Friends Scholarship Golf Outing” at Zollner Golf Course. The Saturday morning round takes place at a different course in the Angola area. After building up a formidable lead on Day One, highlighted by the Kappa Sigma foursome of Shawn Floyd, Andrew Lesher, Alex Lorencz and Andrew Wolf winning the Trine University outing; Team Kappa Sigma claimed the 2014 Sig Cup by holding off a Day Two rally by the Alpha Sigs at Lake James Golf Club, and over $6,000 was raised for the scholarship fund.



Marc Snyder shows off his putting skill as Andrew Arthur,
Noah Warren and Mark Davenport "go to school."

This year’s participants included Alumni Steve LaHood, Dave Ballinger, Marc Snyder, Doug McCray, Ron Thomas, Dave Petrie, Roy Charleswood, Shawn Floyd, Alex Lorencz, Andrew Lesher, Mark Davenport, Mark Houser, Dave Zeider, Steve Bushore, Noah Warren, Ryan Estes, Allan Abbata, Jim Sproatt, Andrew Wolf, Jeff Huffman and Undergrad Brothers Andrew Arthur, Chris Stewart, Jason Maier and Nick Lang. Others who took part in the festivities but did not play golf were Mitch Rhoads, Rick James, Ralph Trine, and undergrads Nate Price, David Longo, Zach Rilett and Jimmy Deibert.


Andrew Wolf, Alex Lorencz, Mitch Rhoads,  Ralph Trine, Steve LaHood, Andrew Arthur

If you are interested in participating in, or contributing to, the 2015 Sig Cup event, contact one of the following Alumni Brothers: Steve LaHood, Shawn Floyd or Ryan Slone.



New Letters for the Kappa Sig House

From Mike Darch

Brother’s proudly surround our new letters.



Plagued by repeated vandalism and a workable solution, the two corners of the Kappa Sigma house’s perimeter wall have been in a state of visual unpleasantness for a long while. That was until brother Lyle Smith asked for the assistance of his father, Robert Smith. With a dxf drawing from Lyle, Mr. Smith took the project into his Indianapolis shop utilizing 10 gauge stainless steel, a water jet cutter and a tig welder to fabricate the letters and brackets.  Ambitiously,  Mr. Smith sourced an Angola firm to secure the letters to the cornerstones to complete the transformation.  The letters can proudly be seen from the Kinney Street entrance and the lower portion of the campus.  Both views are impressive.

Kappa Sigma Faculty Advisor Spotlighted by Trine University

Marek′s teaching and mentoring come
from real life experiences.

From Mike Darch

I have been teaching finance at Trine since August 2009. Previously I taught economics in Michigan at Delta College in Saginaw, Northwood University in Midlandand Michigan State University in East Lansing.I am awaiting publication of one of my 2008 doctoral thesis chapters in the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions, and Money. Through doctoral research, I have gained expertise infinance, economics and business, and am eager to pass this expertise on to the students at Trine.
Marek KolarI was born in Czechoslovakia, and lived there under communism for 14 years. That experience has made me a passionate defender of freedom. I was inducted into the Northwood University Athletic Hall of Fame as a tennis player in 2007. I am a big fan of soccer and hockey. My wife Erin and I have a newborn daughter, Mikaela, and a seven–year–old black lab named Lucky. After living over 10 years in Michigan, we are excited to be a part of the Angola community.

Along with the above comments Marek made for the Trine article, below are some comments by Brother Mike Darch about Marek's involvement with the Kappa Sigma house.


Marek has been the men's assistant tennis coach at Trine for 2 seasons, spring 2011 and 2012 under head coach Bill Maddock.

I have personally known Marek since the Spring of 2010.  Introduced by Professor Bill San Giacomo, Marek graciously accepted our invitation to become a faculty advisor to the fraternity.
He quickly immersed himself into his new role and in short period of time has become an invaluable asset to our organization. His leadership skills helped our undergraduate brothers achieve the “most improved GPA” award for the second time since he became our advisor. This award is given to the Trine fraternity with the most improved overall GPA. In addition, Marek has helped to dramatically increase the number of new members into our brotherhood by way of his acute mentoring capabilities.

To confirm his commitment to the fraternity and enhance his ability to mentor our membership, Marek requested and was granted formal initiation into the brotherhood earlier this year. In addition, Marek has taken on another significant responsibility by becoming the Treasurer for the Trine Kappa Sigma Alumni Corporation.

Marek devotes significant amounts of his time to our brotherhood, as evidenced by his regular participation at chapter meetings, managing our finances as well as serving on the University’s Greek Council.

We are especially proud of Marek’s recent initiative in launching an educational series of workshops sponsored by Kappa Sigma for the benefit of all Trine students using the vast career experience of our alumni.  The first workshop on “How to Develop a Business Plan” was held two weeks ago to an audience of 30 enthusiastic Trine students.       

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