Notes from the House



The Spring Semester

at the House 

April 15, 2016

Brothers, As the school year continues on, the Brothers here at Theta-Xi continue their hard work both toward their academic schedules and finding men that exemplify the ideals of being a Kappa Sigma. During the month of February, we pinned 15 pledges, and they were recently initiated on April 3, bringing our brotherhood to 48. We are still proud to boast the second highest GPA on campus amongst fraternities, and hope our newly initiated brothers can continue to uphold our tradition of excellence.

Also during the month, Theta-Xi’s Executive Committee had the chance to go to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and be a part of the Great Lakes Conclave. In Pittsburgh, the EC learned many new things, including how to “rush” properly and proper ways to run the chapter. In their return, they have brought many new things to the chapter, including new ideas for rush and philanthropies as well as ways to maximize

In the next few weeks, the chapter will be hosting our second annual Kappa Sigma Classic golf outing. All money raised will once again be donated to Kappa Sigma’s Military Heroes Campaign which helps out veterans and their families. Last year, the event raised over $4,500 and was the largest fundraiser held on campus, a title our brotherhood was very happy to boast. We hope the even reaches even greater heights this year, and already has more teams registered than last year. Anyone looking to still register and play or sponsor this years’ tournament should contact Shawn Reiner at to get involved.

Additionally, seven of our brothers participated in the Trine University Relay for Life on the weekend of April 9th, 2016. Together they spend their night walking around the basketball court in Hershey and raised $850.20 for the American Cancer Society. It was a great event and we are proud to have representation there.

On March 4, 2016, the chapter participated in the inaugural Stephen Alonzo Jackson Day of Giving, an Endowment Fund fundraiser run by Headquarters. 12 active brothers along with 12 alumni helped to raise $653.74 for the Theta-Xi Scholarship Fund. A huge thanks goes out to all who participated this year.

With the semester coming to a close, our brotherhood is still looking to improve. We hope to get back to number one on campus in terms of GPA and philanthropy. As well, we hope to honor the collegiate careers of our 14 brothers graduating at the end of the semester. Many have contributed greatly to the fraternity, and will leave a lasting legacy. We thank them for their time, and know that they will make great alumni.

Looking towards next semester, we are very excited to celebrate Theta-Xi’s 50th anniversary at homecoming in October. Be on the lookout for more information coming soon, and we hope you can contribute to our Burn the Mortgage Campaign several alumni are heading up. We are fundraising as well, and are over halfway to our goal of $1,000 with several additional fundraisers coming up this month. Check out the video our brothers made for the campaign and we look forward to seeing everyone at homecoming!


Kyle Hoyt and Buchanon Carpenter Public Relations

Our Brothers enjoying some free time during the weekend

Ken Johnson, Past Bengals Defensive End Visits the House


Posted by Mike Darch & Ryan Estes ,November 10, 2015

Nick Lang(new GM),Ken Johnson and Sophomore Ryan Bosse



Bill San Giacomo, Ryan Estes and Ken Johnson enjoying refreshments before Ken's presentation


Ray Estes father of Ryan Estes, was the basketball coach at Anderson High School from 1960-1975. Dave Ballinger and Ken Johnson were teammates during the 63-64, 64-65, and 65-66 seasons. Ryan said "Both these guys were larger than life to me as a little grade-schooler!" Dave came to Trine where he played basketball and Ken went on to Indiana University and was an All-Big Ten basketball player. He was also the Most Valuable Player his Junior and Senior years while attending Indiana University. Ken was drafted by the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers but accepted Tom Landry’s invitation to come with the Dallas Cowboys and try out because of his athletic talents. Ken was cut by the Dallas Cowboys but was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals where he played 8 years in the NFL as a Defensive End. Ken is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Ken now resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Joyce and one son (Raphael).


The actives enjoying some conversation while waiting on Ken's arrival.














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  • HEIGHT: 6’6” WEIGHT: 245
  • POSITION: Defensive End

  • COLLEGE: Indiana University

  • Drafted by the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers,
    but chose the NFL instead;
    Eight-year starter with the
    Cincinnati Bengals

  • Cincinnati Bengals, 1970-77