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.