Theta-Xi of Kappa Sigma With Honors

Theta-Xi of Kappa Sigma has a long illustrious history of honors. From the early days on the campus of Tri-State College to the present Kappa Sigma brothers on the freshly named campus of Trine University.


Ralph Trine Given Sagamore

From the Herald Republican by Kathryn Bassett on April 15, 2010

ANGOLA — Describing him as a "particularly great American," Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Wednesday morning named Steuben County business owner and philanthropist Ralph Trine a Sagamore of the Wabash.
Daniels traveled to Trine University in Angola to surprise Ralph Trine, a university trustee and benefactor, with the honor.Ralph Trine Receiving the Sagamore of the Wabash from Gov. Mitch Daniels
The Sagamore of the Wabash is the governor's highest honor bestowed on a citizen. Daniels said when determining standards for receiving the honor, Trine surpasses them all.
"You just don't have very many citizens like him. A state like ours can never get enough citizens like that," Daniels said.
"I need not tell anyone in this audience what the Trine family has meant to this university, to the growth of its mission, to the fabulous facilities and therefore the attractiveness to the best and brightest students, the kind I was enjoying visiting with out there in the hall," Daniels told the gathering in Trine University's Fabiani Theatre.
"I think it's so important to note, and I know Ralph never fails to note, this is a two-way street," Daniels said.
Daniels said the education Ralph Trine received from the university as a student allowed him to build his set of companies that have provided hope and a better life for thousands of people.
"And that success reciprocally then made possible the gifts, which have made this an even greater place than it was when young Ralph Trine studied here. And it is that circle of hard work in the classroom, leading to success in life and hard work in life leading to success that at least in the best of people is given back, is paid back to those who made it possible. That is one of the most special characteristics of the American experience." Daniels said.
After graduation from Tri-State College, Trine returned to Michigan to work with his family's business. That business eventually moved to Angola in 1982 as the first industrial resident of Angola Industrial Growth Park. Since that time, Vestil Manufacturing has grown exponentially.
Trine has been a supporter and board member of Trine University, donating the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts and making numerous other significant contributions. A nature and animal lover, he and his family donated the former Oakhill Conference and Retreat Center to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation to be used as the Trine State Recreation Area, an annex to Pokagon State Park.
"The tradition of philanthropy, of people giving freely of their earnings generously to good causes, to those less fortunate, to great universities, is very particularly American. And that makes Ralph Trine a particularly great American," Daniels said.
Accepting the award, Trine deflected credit from himself to others, especially his wife, Sheri.
"Well, certainly I'm very humbled to get this act of appreciation, but I really think that it's me that should be the one that appreciates everything that has been accomplished by so many people," Trine said.
"If you come around this campus on Sunday morning, you will often see Sheri and I around here enjoying watching the kids, enjoying the improvements that are going on here. It really is a great feeling that we have, and it's part of the appreciation that we would like to express to everybody else that has done so much."
To the laughter of the audience, Trine said his wife not only spends Sundays on campus, but Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and more.
"She really has rallied to the cause and does a great job for the university," he added.
Making sure Trine was in town for Wednesday's surprise presentation also was a challenge. Sheri Trine said she and her husband had been scheduled to leave for Florida. Believing he would be meeting a college alumnus, Trine agreed to delay his trip.
"It was one of the most difficult things I've ever done, because we share everything," Sheri Trine said of keeping the secret from her husband.
She said the Trines' business has benefited from the talents of engineers, managers and other employees who were educated at the university.
"Those employees are what made us grow and do well," she said. "We're giving back to the university. We love it."

Theta-Xi of Kappa Sigma With Honors


Congratulations from the entire brotherhood to Dave Ballinger, whom we have grown to love and know asDave Ballinger with actives "Bal"!  The 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award is a well deserved honor for Dave as he embodies the ideals of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and is highly dedicated to our Order.  Dave has unselfishly served on our Theta-Xi Board, as well as several different committees and task forces over the years and currently is an integral part of our Finance Committee.

 In addition to being a fantastic Brother and highly committed to the Fraternity, Dave is a credit to the Banking profession and is well respected by peers and those in the community.  He has served on numerous local boards and philanthropic groups in Steuben County as he and his wife, Ellen are Angola residents…not to mention proud grandparents.

Dave has a heart of gold and we are all proud to call him a friend and Brother.  Thank you for all you have done!

 

Brothers Initiated into the Order of Omega

Posted by on March 24, 2010   

 

Three Kappa Sigma brothers have been initiated into the Order of Omega, a National Greek Honor Society.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Brothers Issa Salsa, Nicholas Miller and Scott Barlage have recently became the first Kappa Sig's initiated into this prestigious Greek Leadership & Scholastic Society at Trine University. 
The Order of Omega was founded in 1959 by a group of Greeks at the University of Miami. They decidedOrder of Omega Honor to start an organization that would recognize Greek brothers who showed outstanding Leadership to both their Fraternity and the School Community. The organization then spread to the University of Southern Mississippi in 1967. Currently there are over 300 Order of Omega chapters on college campuses throughout the United States.  Potential members must apply to become a member based on their grade point average, extracurricular activities, community service, and positions held within their fraternity. Upon acceptance, the inductees are invited to a ceremony to show their commitment to leadership, service and being a better Greek person.
Recent KS initiate Nicolas Miller stated, "It is an honor to be a member of the only Greek honor society on campus. Scott, Issa and I were selected, along with seven other members of the Greek community, based on our academic achievement, involvement in our fraternity, involvement in the Greek community, involvement on the Trine campus and the community. I am also proud to say that three of us were the only multiple initiates from any Greek organization on campus. We are the first three brothers to be accepted into Order of Omega from our brotherhood. However, now that we have brothers active in the Order of Omega, hopefully it will be a tradition that we will keep up." 
Brother Scott Barlage pointed out that, "I am further honored to have been appointed to the Executive Board of the Order of Omega at our first meeting. We are certain that the Order of Omega will have more Kappa Sigma's inducted next year."
"I am thrilled to be a part of it," added Issa Salsa, about being asked about being inducted into the Order of Omega.
Ryan Estes, President of Kappa Sigma - Theta Xi's alumni organization said, "This make us all very proud and reinforces our active alumni organization's commitment to continue to support our younger brothers to strengthen the brotherhood at Trine University. Our collective congratulations to Nicolas Miller, Scott Barlage and Issa Salsa for being the first Kappa Sigma brothers inducted into the Order of Omega."

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