2015 Fall Homecoming , Alumni Reunion
and Annual Meeting

Posted by Mark Houser October 20, 2015 

Greetings Brothers,
Attached you will find what was presented at the annual Kappa Sigma (Trine) Alumni Board meeting.  As is usual covered several items in a short period of time.  There are several of these that will need to be followed up on.(Open slides to see meeting outline)

Alumni Enjoying Homecoming Weekend
Back Row, Ron Thomas, Roy Charleswood, Mark Davenport, Bill Meyers, Rick James, Bill Vecsey
Front Row, Mitch Rhoads, Mike Darch, John Ealy, Gary Manigan, Bill Richey, Keith Turner, Steve Lahood, Mark Houser,
Mike Brown
Kneeling, Larry Starkweather

Actives started off the meeting with the house presentation.  Concentrating mainly on RUSH, general house information, suspension (short version was lifted and being addressed, lasted total of 4 days), hiring of the new cook Sandy Hubell this past March 2015, and finances.  Rush is being pushed strongly not only by the house but alumni as well.  Strong support and leadership from Mike Darch, Mike Brown and others that will be working closer with the house.  House has 4 pledges this fall and expecting 15-20 next semester.  Hiring of the new cook was a big plus as she is not only a good cook, great organizer, and keeping various items in not only the kitchen but all of house in working clean order.  Sandy has become a great supporter of Kappa Sigma. 
Short of being silly the suspension was and is being taken care of in working with the DGM Todd Holbein.  The issue arose when house GM put forth the pledge plan for fall semester.  There were issues with the word “mandatory” as it pertained to study hours and house cleaning.  Once house EC explained to the DGM it was worked out.  It does illustrate how serious the issues of hazing are to be taken.  This particular instance could have been addressed with a five minute phone call, versus the harsh way of a suspension.  This will be discussed with the National. 
Overall the house itself is in very good shape and the plan is to keep it that way.  More on what has changed later in message. 
In concluding the houses’ presentation need to advise whom the four scholarship winners were from this year’s SIG CUP event.  They were Shawn Reiner, Zach Rilett, Zach Hopper, and Eric Roland.  Each received a $1,000 scholarship presented to them by Brother Steve LaHood.  Congratulations not only to these four brothers, but also to Steve whom has lead the charge on this annual event.  In the ten years of this event over $40,000 has been raised.  This was the first year that due to the support/growth of the event the number of scholarships has grown from two to four scholarship for each house, Kappa Sigma and Alpha Sigma. 

“Where are the Missing Links in our Chain?”Namely, Dick Dowdell and Jack Kessler 
In the picture:  Larry Starkweather / Mike Darch

You can all read thru what was done this past summer and what is proposed for next summer.  Any and all items are open to discussion.  One of the items pointed out in the meeting was the need for Alumni to start looking at what may need to be replaced capital expenditure wise both inside and outside of the house in the coming years.  Such items as furniture for conference room, living room and so on.  A possibility might be in way of a donation/recognition for each room. 
This leads into the discussion of the mortgage fund campaign.  It has been pretty flat for the last year or so.  Granted not much has been done promotion wise in the last year.  With the new officers being installed last fall, it has been pretty much a learning year for not only us, but getting actives more up to tune in what is expected of them.  There was particular attention paid to making sure the house was taken care of properly.  The understandings of the house managers roll and so on.  It is time to get back into the fund raising.  Need to have the finance committee put forth some either old ideas that worked before or new ones to push campaign forward.  The committee consists of Ron Thomas, Ryan Estes and Mark Davenport, they will need support from Alumni EC as well as other brothers.  There have been some options and ideas put forward, just need to put heads together and make it more formalized.  Will be getting together in very near future either by a meeting or conference call to get this rolling.   One item to note is that as long as the house if full the mortgage payment is made.  Thus the importance that is placed on Rush.  We are full this fall with number at 16, but many seniors are graduating, we are competitive with what the school charges and even $300-$500 less.
Ron Thomas presented work sheet showing the Alumni banking savings and checking accounts with First Federal for the last year.  Obviously we are not seeing much money wise coming in.  Brothers I have to believe that this can be improved on greatly.  Can view Ron’s report on web
Backing up for a minute, touching on the care of the house.  During the summer it became obvious that the house manager’s manual was lacking some updated information.  It was decided that the house would be better off by using a one source contact for most of the maintenance items that come up.  So that is the route selected.  Mike Brown has been working on finding such person or company.  Finally ended up with Integrity Restoration & Construction .   These folks can handle all types of issues, whether plumbing or electrical and more.  The plans is to have them do a monthly inspection of the house, they will fill out a report prepared by Mike and send to him.  This will help us to see issues that the EC does not always see on our visits, as not there every week.  So between Integrity and our visits, provides extra set of eyes on the house.  Once something is reported will look at the importance of getting repaired, and at the same time find out how and by whom it was caused, with this information going on the report as well.


THE 50th Anniversary of Kappa Sigma.
Many details to be worked out.  Right now it looks like it will be on Trine Homecoming weekend.  That will be on Saturday Oct 1st 2016.  Now the number of days and layout remain to be planned.  What type of format, formal, laid back etc.   That is going to be in the hands of some names you may know below.
Mike Redford and a few brothers have put together an informal plan.  Others that have either been working with Mike or have shown an interest in doing such are Mark Davenport, Ron Jarvis, Greg ILko, Roy Meyer, Ron Thomas, Mike Brown, Roy Charleswood, Keith Turner, Mike Darch, and Randy Plank. Others are welcome for sure.  There was discussion of being tied in with Trine event on Friday night, which would be semi-formal, that there would be some type of formal recognition by Trine.  Then having our own event right after that.  Saturday am our annual meeting, then the Trine Football game, followed by a Hog Roast later in the day.  Campus tours on Friday, possibly attending the Greek Cup golf outing Friday morning.  New event that was started just this year.   Possibly Sunday brunch at Kappa Sigma. 
Mike (Redford), between you and others can you take the lead on this??  Know I have not asked you formally but I did see the initial layout that you put together and it certainly is a good start. 
Brothers one of the big discussions was centered around whether to have event on Homecoming weekend.  That it could detract from Kappa Sigma event.  At the same time there were many benefits of having our function the same weekend. 

Brothers as you can see there are many things going on at 801 Moss St.  Not only would I like to see more of the Alumni back for not just the 50th but anytime that you can make it, as do the actives.  If you find yourself going thru northeast Indiana please make some time to stop in.  There was recently a pretty good turnout for a Rush function, there was actually 12 alumni in attendance, including Brother Ralph Trine. 
In closing think about three things paying down the mortgage, RUSH, and the 50th Anniversary!!
Mark Houser (President of Alumni Trine) mrkhuser72@gmail.com
Ron Thomas (VP of Finance) rtsbplus3@yahoo.com
Mike Brown (Secretary-Facilities Manager) mike@tcagraphics.com
Roy Charleswood (VP) rcharleswood@hotmail.com

2015 Sig Cup's 10th Anniversary

Posted by Steve LaHood August 21st, 2015


Mike Darch and Mitch Rhoads‏ enjoying the day

 This was the 10th anniversary of the Sig Cup which is an alumni scholarship golf fundraiser between the Kappa Sigs and Alpha Sigs.  Back in the day (1967-1970) these two fraternities were located adjacent to each other on fraternity row.  The competition was very fierce between the two houses.  John Goudy, Alpha Sig, and I were friends while attending Trine and remain friends today.  We thought of this idea to get alumni back to the university and fraternity in a friendly competition centered around golf and fund raising.  The first year we both had four brothers.


Quigley, Miller and Fogt ready for some action


This year the Kappa Sigs had 32 brothers participate and 35 brothers make a contribution to the scholarship fund. In past years we awarded two $1000.00 scholarships to two brothers in each house.

This year we will award four $1000.00 scholarships in each house.  The scholarships are awarded based on GPA, Community Service, and good standing with both the National and Local chapter.  The Sig Cup is played over two day period tied in with the university Alumni and Friends Scholarship outing the first Friday in August.  We have raised over $40,000 to date but more importantly getting alumni brothers back to the campus is very special.

Steve LaHood presents the trophy to John Goudy of Alpha Sig

Steve LaHood
August 19, 2015










Watch a slide show from the Sig Cup.



Kappa Sigma Alumni on Trine University Boards

Posted September 28, 2014  

The Theta-Xi Chapter of Kappa Sigma and it’s predecessors on campus have long maintained a good working relationship with The University. An example of this healthy relationship today is the impressive number of Chapter Alumni serving on University Boards.

Seven Kappa Sigma Brothers are currently members of the Trine University Board of Trustees.

They are:

Chairman of the Board of Trustees: Rick James Chairman and CEO, Metal Technologies, Inc., Auburn, IN

Secretary of the Board of Trustees: Ralph Trine Chairman and CEO, Vestil Manufacturing Co., Angola, IN

James Bock, President and Owner, Bock Engineering, Elkhart, IN.

Stephen LaHood, President/Owner (ret), SVP Operations. Sarasota,FL.

Mitchel Rhoads, Chairman, Rhoads Holdings Ltd. Inc. and LePeep Restaurants. Angola, IN

Wayne Shive, President, Best Boy & Co., Fort Wayne, IN.

Keith Turner, Co-Founder, Metal Technologies, Inc., Auburn, IN

Two Kappa Sigma Brothers are currently serving on the Trine University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. They are:

Mike Darch, Class of ’67

William Pett, Class of ‘53

Our Brotherhood teaches us that The Four Pillars of Kappa Sigma are Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship and Service. The commitment of these Brothers to our alma mater exemplifies the practice of Leadership and Service beyond one’s college career. We thank them for their contributions to Trine University and are proud to call them “Brother.”

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 in finance, 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.       


House On The Hill Legacy Campaign

From the Financial Committee on July 9, 2011

Theta-Xi of Kappa Sigma HouseGreetings Brothers !

We’ve come a long way in the last six years, including our new House on the Hill, christened in January 2009.

  • The new house is full and working out great, supporting itself for annual operations.   All 12 rooms have been full every semester since finishing the house in January 2009.  The Brothers have doubled up a couple of the larger rooms the last 2 semesters so occupancy has actually exceeded the plan.
  • The Chapter Brotherhood is growing stronger each semester as the facility and traditions attract quality pledges.   The actives are establishing priorities and criteria for grades, house duties, house and campus activities, and leadership.
  • The Brothers are enjoying the return to having a cook and eating meals together on a regular basis.  Out-of- House Brothers can also sign up for the Kappa Sigma meal plan and join in group meals at the House. 
  • Faculty advisor and Brother Marek Kolar is mentoring the EC and the GT on chapter financial management.  Marek is a professor of Business and Finance at TU.
  • Alumni Keith Turner and Mitch Rhoads are mentoring the EC and House Manager on facility care and operation management.  Keith is an ex-GM (1975) and recently retired, splitting his time between Auburn, Crooked Lake, and Florida. 
    Ground breaking for the new house
    Alumni participating in the ground breaking for the new "House on the Hill back in 2008.
    Mitch (KSK 1966, KS 2010) is on TU’s Board of Trustees, and splits his time between Angola, Colorado, and Texas.
  • We have a Brother working for TU in the Student Life area who is helpful in the background with to facilitate engagement and leadership in campus activities.  Campus leadership is a traditional strength for Theta-Xi and is a priority for the House.

When we decided to build the new House on the Hill, we raised substantial initial funds for the down payment, and financed the balance of the house project cost.  We have a mortgage of about $900,000.   We’re paying the loan interest every month with operating revenues, and making some progress on the mortgage principal pay off, but not very fast.  With the global economy and banking situation, we would be much better off to reduce and eliminate our debt as soon as we can

House Dedication
The people in attendance for the dedication of the new "House on the Hill back in 2009.


Our steady annual alumni financial support comes from about 50 guys averaging about $850 per year.  That’s less than 10% of our total alumni group; it’s an unbalanced unsustainable load on too small a group.  A significantly safer and more stable position would be to broaden our alumni support base to say 250 brothers averaging $360 per year ($30 per month).   That’s still less than 50% of our total alumni group.

So this fundraising campaign is very important and it is aimed at our entire alumni group to try to get to at least 250 steady annual donors for the next five years.  This will help greatly to strengthen our financial position and give us a better view down the road for financial planning.

A group of alumni brothers has agreed to match a portion of the donations from NEW DONORS, in order to encourage more brothers to get involved.  That challenge match provides added incentive and benefit for growing our donor base this year and every year, and will help us pay off our mortgage even faster.  One alumnus Brother has already kicked off with a donation of $25,000, and we have another Brother’s pledge for $10,000 over the next 7 years.

Ribbon Cutting for the new house
Ribbon Cutting for the new "House on the Hill by active brothers back in 2009.


Every donation, large or small, is important and will get us closer to our goal of raising $80,000 - $100,000 per year from a much expanded support base.  History of the new house project and the current goal and action plan is attached below.

Click here for more information on the house and our financial concerns.