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From Mike Brown, August 15, 2021

Trine’s Kappa Sigma chapter honored with national award

The Kappa Sigma chapter at Trine University has been awarded a Kappa Sigma Founders’ Award of Chapter Excellence as one of the fraternity’s top chapters in North America. 

The Founders' Award of Chapter Excellence (FACE) is the benchmark award in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Only 31 chapters received the FACE award within Kappa Sigma in 2021.recognizing outstanding chapter management, achievement and program development in all areas of operation.

“Receiving this award is a great distinction for our chapter here at Trine, since only 10 % of 290 chapters were able to receive it,” said Ben Alston, president of Trine’s Kappa Sigma chapter. “It shows how diligent our members can be to set a goal and obtain it. I am beyond proud and happy for all of our current active brothers and alumni who helped us along the way.”
 
“This recognition shows not only the strength of the Trine chapter of Kappa Sigma, but also the strength of our university,” said Marek Kolar, Ph.D., faculty advisor. “Thanks to our focus on residential life, and on development of skills such as leadership and communication on Trine campus, our brothers were able to stand out while competing at a national level against chapters from much larger universities.”
 
“Kappa Sigma is North America’s largest college social fraternity. We pledge more men and have more undergraduate members than any other fraternity, and we give more time in community service and more money to charitable causes than any other fraternity. Winning a Founders’ Award of Chapter Excellence means that our chapter at Trine University is not just one of the best chapters in Kappa Sigma, but is one of the best fraternity chapters on any college campus in North America,” said Worthy Grand Master Adam J. Merillat, president of Kappa Sigma’s International Board of Directors. 

Kappa Sigma’s Theta-Xi Chapter at Trine University and its 49 members had the following achievements during its award-winning 2020-2021 academic year:
 
• The chapter engaged in more than 2,200 hours of community service. 
• The chapter raised more than $7,900 for charitable causes. 
• The chapter raised more than $1,400 for the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign, which is committed to supporting ongoing care for military veterans and their families. More information is available at www.MilitaryHeroesCampaign.org. 
• The chapter raised more than $6,100 for its Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund Chapter Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to chapter members based upon academic achievement, campus involvement, and leadership within Kappa Sigma. Kappa Sigma is the largest college social fraternity in the world with more than 200,000 living members, including over 17,000 undergraduates and 300 chapters and colonies located throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 1869 at the University of Virginia, Kappa Sigma International Headquarters is based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo: Brothers from the Theta-Xi Chapter of Kappa Sigma at Trine University accept the Founders' Award of Chapter Excellence (FACE) at Kappa Sigma’s Grand Conclave, held in July in Nashville, Tennessee.   

 


From Shawn Floyd, May 8, 2021

2021 SIG CUP Scholarship Golf Outing

The SIG CUP is right around the corner and will be on August 6th and 7th this year , and we hope everyone can attend and participate. Please reply back to me if you would like to play or have any additional questions. We all hope to drink from the cup this year AGAIN, but the main reason everyone attends is to rekindle friendships, connect with brothers, play a little golf, and above all else, raise money for our fellow undergrad brothers at Trine. To date, we have raised over $65,000 for scholarships going to Kappa Sig and Alpha Sig brothers. Let's make this year one to remember. Open this PDF for complete agenda.  

 


From Mike Brown, March 13, 2021

Grosse named Student of the Month for March

Blake Grosse has been named Trine University Student of the Month for March 2021.

Grosse represents the pillar of being Valuable. He is very involved in many organizations on campus, while striving to make Trine a better place each day. He has an uplifting personality and always gives 100% in all he does. Grosse goes above and beyond what is expected of him. 

The recognition is part of the Student SERVE program launched by the Office of Student Services and the Skull & Bones organization.

Trine University promotes intellectual and personal development through professionally focused and formative learning opportunities, preparing students to succeed, lead and SERVE.
Each month, a committee of students, faculty and staff will select a Student of the Month. Students will be nominated based off five pillars of the word SERVE.

Selflessness - We are selfless in our community in how we help others.
Enthusiastic - We are energetic about school spirit. We spread enthusiasm wherever we go.
Reliable - We are able to count on you to go above and beyond for the service of others.
Valuable - We produce valuable work inside and outside of the classroom.
Extraordinary - We push ourselves beyond our expected limits and strive for growth.

 


From Shawn Floyd, September 22, 2020

2020 Sig Cup

 

Team Kappa Sig

 

                    Dave Petrie and Allan Abbata

 

Brothers, 

Sig Cup has become one of the most important weekends of the year. Getting to spend time with brother’s that you see only a few times a year (or less), playing two great golf courses, and most importantly, raising money for undergraduate brothers are all important. 

This year was no different, even in the face of a global Covid-19 pandemic. Kappa Sigma was determined to retain the cup this year, and we battled hard. After day 1, Kappa Sigma had built a nice lead, with the Alpha Sig’s trailing 13-5. Kappa Sigma just needed to hang on at Glendarin Hills Golf Course on day 2, which we knew would be difficult. 

With Alpha Sig charging, the Cup came down to the very last group. Kappa Sig’s clinched the last match needed to win the cup, winning 25 to Alpha Sig’s 24.5.

 A great 2 days of golf, weather, and comradery. Overall, there were around 45 brothers total that attended from both fraternities. Kappa Sigma raised a total of $3,250 this year towards undergraduate scholarships, and our goal for next year is to increase this amount. 

Winners

                 Winners of Trine Alumni and Friends Outing.
              Jason Paff, Shawn Floyd, Noah Warren, Alex Lorencz 

 

 

If you have any interest in playing next year or donating to the scholarship fund, you can contact Shawn Floyd, who coordinates this event each year. His email is  spfloyd@live.com .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


From Mike Brown, June 4, 2020

Burn The Mortgage Campaign

 

Brothers!

Hope this finds you and yours well and coping OK with this very weird time.

Since 2015 when we started our Burn The Mortgage campaign, we've reduced our outstanding house construction debt from about $700,000 to $180,000. That's wonderful progress and every dollar donated is very much appreciated and has made our chapter financially and operationally stronger.

At the chapter's annual business meeting last October during TU Homecoming weekend, Mark Houser laid down a personal challenge to match new BTM donations for the next year, up to a maximum match by Mark of $5,000. Six other alums at the meeting committed to match Houser's match too. That means if we can raise just $5,000 in new BTM donations by the next business meeting in October 2020, we'll be able to pay down the remaining mortgage by at least $40,000 (total new donations + 7 matches of $5k). We'll actually be able leverage every new $1 donated into $6 for the BTM goal! Plus - for those of you who prefer to think of it this way - you can really stick it to Houser and the 6 other matchers!

So far, we've collected $2,650 in new BTM donations. We need at least another $2,350 to trigger the max matches. Every dollar helps and will go totally to paying down the mortgage.

Please mail checks made out to " Theta Xi of Kappa Sigma, Inc." (memo New BTM Donation):

c/o Marek Kolar
40 Lane 146 Crooked Lake

Angola, IN 46703

If you prefer to pay by PayPal or ACH electronic transfer, you can email Marek at kolarm@trine.edu and he will let you know what is possible.

By the way, Theta-Xi is doing very well despite the pandemic impacts. Starting in March, the house followed TU's and the governments' leads in switching over to online classes and having students shelter at home. Most brothers went home but there were 9 who sheltered at the house due to either long traveling distance or special risk situations at home with parents or grandparents. We had no cases of the virus over the spring and the actives stayed sheltered and took good care of the house. At the close of the spring semester, we have 39 active brothers. And Kappa Sig has taken over #1 academic ranking among TU fraternities! The house EC is working over the summer to communicate with all the brothers for minor office elections and fall semester planning so they are well organized when school resumes in August.

Also TU has announced that they will have their golf outing Friday August 7 at Zollner. So the Sig Cup Scholarship Tournament is on for that first weekend in August as usual - look for more information on that soon.

Thank you for your new BTM donations!

AEKDB Mike Brown


From Mike Darch April 15, 2020

Trine email, myPortal ends for 2015-2016 alumni this summer

 

In summer 2020, Trine University will suspend student email and myPortal accounts for those who graduated in the 2015-2016 academic year. Alumni who use their Trine accounts should copy their email to another account and attach other email addresses for social media and other uses no later than June 5.

Your Trine University Office of Alumni and Development wants to ensure that you continue to receive the campus updates and event invitations you are currently subscribed to. Please be sure to update your preferred email with us so that we may stay connected.

For more information on this transition, please visit alumni.trine.edu/AlumniEmail.


From Jonathan Anderson at the House, February 25, 2020

 

Below you will find a copy of what was sent out to alumni. If you did not receive the information for the golf outing please send us a message so we can place your contact information in our Database and mailings. By clicking either image you will open the PDF files and fill out information to particpate.  

                          

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Brotherly Gatherings and Homecoming

Randy Plank, August 2019

Last November, 25 Theta-Xi Brothers from the 1972-76 era at TSU gathered in Birmingham, AL for a weekend to rally around Mike ("Bear") Kolbus who is working through some health issues. That gathering was called the "Bear Hug" and was thoroughly enjoyed by the attendees, most of whom had not seen each other for more than 30 years. It was amazing how the old house personas, trash talk, and stories magically and instantly came back to life.

Our Brotherly bonds and relationships are really something special. This fall, there will be another rally event at the house for Dave ("Doc") Stewart. This gathering is called "Doc's House Call" and will coincide with Trine's Homecoming weekend October 4 - 6. Below is the agenda for Doc's House Call and some hyperlinks to get more information and to register with TU. It is sure to be another fun and rewarding gathering with many Brotherly bonds rekindled and stories and laughs shared with Doc. Hope to see you at Doc's House Call! All alums and actives welcome!

* Attendance at the Touchstone Dinner is a fun opportunity to socialize with TU Board Trustees (many of whom are our loyal Kappa Sigma Brothers), with TU Administration honcho's, and with returning Brothers and other Alumni. The after Dinner program showcases the school's progress and future plans, and recognizes outstanding achievement and generosity in support of TU. No charge at all for attendance (open bar!), but you must register for the Dinner on TU's Homecoming website. The fraternity with most registered Touchstone Dinner attendees wins the annual Homecoming Cup. Dinner dress is semi-formal / sport coat. We're encouraging all our Theta-Xi Alums returning for Doc's House Call to register on TU's website for Homecoming and for the Touchstone Dinner, then at least go and enjoy the lively Touchstone happy hour and delicious free dinner - program optional.

Important Related Homecoming Links

 

Trine University Homecoming Agenda 2019 Link 

Homecoming Registration Link 

Touchstone Dinner Registration at Busse/Steel Dynamics, Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center Link

Touchstone Dinner Registration On Line Registration Link Opening Monday August 12, 2019 Or to register by phone, contact Maureen Bernath at 260.665.4834 or at bernathm@trine.edu.

 

Photos from the Bear Hug November 11, 2018

L-R, Rock Tyson, Randy Plank, Duane Hoke, Randy Copler, Bill McNeil. Background, Jeff Gilman

L to R: Mike "Bear" Kolbus, Tom "Cub" Kolbus, Jeff Gilman, Brian Hagerich, Roy Charleswood

L to R: Frank Crea, Duane Hoke, Steve Lesher and Larry Miller

L to R: Scott Bond, Frank Lubich, Rock Tyson, Mike Brown, Larry Sinclair, Mark Houser, Background: Phil Smock, Keith Turner, Randy Coplen

L to R: Joe Malpiedi and Mark Houser

Top Row: Frank Crea, Joe Malpiedi, Larry Sinclair
2nd Row: Roy Charleswood, Rock Tyson, Steve Lesher
3rd Row: Mike Brown, Randy Coplen, Kieth Turner
4th Row: Ed Buker, Frank Lubich, Mark Houser, Phil Smock
5th Row: Rick Robertson, Duane Hoke, Mikie McNeil
6th Row: Ron Thomas, Jeff Gilman, Brian Hagerich
Front Row: Larry Miller, Tom (Cub) Kolbus
Left Rail: Randy Plank, Right Rail: Jeff Hall,
Far Right: Mike (Bear) Kolbus

L to R: Phil Smock, Keith Turner, and Randy Coplen

L to R: Frank Lubich and Eric Kreutziger
1976

L to R: Linda Goldinger and Rick Bartuska
1976

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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