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October / November 2013

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Alpha Sigma Phi breaks ground for new house

Our chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi is the Beta Omicron chapter. In addition to the undergraduate chapter, we have an Alpha Sigma Phi Alumni Association, Inc., and a separate corporation that owns the fraternity house(s).

That other corporation is known as the House Corporation of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi. In all writings, I refer to these two corporations as the Alumni Association and the House Corporation.

The groundbreaking ceremony at Trine took place during homecoming weekend, Oct. 4-5.

Speaking to the crowd (in yellow coat) was Mark Stone, a trustee of the House Corporation and a holder of two master’s degrees from Georgia Tech. He lives in Alabama.

ASP house groundbreaking

Photographed with shovels, from left, are: John Goudy, House Corporation trustee, Darryl Shoff, alumnus and retired building executive, Paul Ruegamer, chairman of the House Corporation, Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president, Mark Stone, Nick Santino, alumnus and reunion coordinator, Gene Tierney, president of the Alumni Association, Cameron Aldridge, undergraduate vice president substituting for undergraduate president Samuel Montes, a Trine cheerleader, who was cheering at the football game and not able to attend the groundbreaking ceremony.

Submitted by Terry Carter

Sigma Mu Sigma - Acacia annual reunion

Sigma Mu Sigma and Acacia alumni returned to Angola to join current Acacia chapter members for the annual Reunion Dinner during homecoming weekend, Oct. 4-5.

reunion ceremony

Activities included a tailgate before the football game and the Reunion Dinner which was held the evening of Oct. 5 at the Loft of Timbers Casual Dining in Angola. Sixty-five individuals, including alumni (1950s through the 1970's) with their wives as well as the current members of the Acacia Chapter and their dates, attended the dinner.

Sigma Mu Sigma fraternity began on the Tri-State College campus in 1921. In 1967, the Chapter affiliated with the Acacia fraternity.

Submitted by Vince Arizzi

Acacia chapter chartered on Trine campus

The recent chartering of the Acacia fraternity chapter on Trine’s campus was celebrated with a banquet at Witmer Clubhouse on Sept. 28.

The 80 in attendance included chapter members, guests and visitors; alumni; Acacia national headquarters representative and Randy White, Trine’s vice president for Student Services.

Charter ceremony

The highlight was a presentation of the charter to Andrew Hadden and Jameson Boblenz, past and current veneral deans of the chapter, respectively.

Speeches were given by Acacia national representatives Pat McGovern, executive director, and Scott Meyer, first vice president.

Submitted by Vince Arizzi

Sigma Phi Delta celebrates End of Term Alumni weekend

Coinciding with the Trine Homecoming weekend, Sigma Phi Delta celebrated its End of Term (EOT) Alumni weekend. During that weekend, the annual Alumni meeting took place and some of the main topics of discussion were renovations and house improvements.


During these discussions, the Kappa Alumni chapter was proud to announce the kitchen and dining room renovations (see photos) were completed. This had been an important topic of discussion for numerous previous meetings so the mid-September completion by Kyser Construction was welcome.

The entire kitchen was updated to incorporate a more modern and functional layout. The stove was moved next to the sink and other counter space, making it easier and more efficient to use. The dishwasher was also moved to the opposite side of the sink, maximizing its functionality as well. The new kitchen layout includes new custom cabinets, laminate floors, countertops, a pantry and updated lighting.

The flooring of the dining room was replaced with laminate to match the kitchen. In addition to the flooring, the dining room was equipped with a new cabinet and pantry layout to surround the two refrigerators. Cabinets were placed above each fridge and pantries were constructed on either side of each fridge as well as in between the two. This creates a more aesthetically pleasing look and more room for storage.

These improvements are just the latest in a list of many, and there are numerous other ongoing discussions related to even more renovations and house-improvement plans. So, look forward to hearing about more updates in the future!

Submitted by Jake Black

First Storm's Challenge raises $3,500
to benefit cancer research foundation

The challenge was hosted by the Office of Alumni and Development and the brothers of Delta Chi while the Department of Exercise Science assisted. Trine plans for Storm’s Challenge to be an annual event during homecoming weekend.

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