Sigma Phi Epsilon - Purdue University

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Indiana Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at Purdue University

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Indiana Alpha Will Return to Purdue Campus in Spring 2019 Inside: 2018 Homecoming Weekend t 2 Thank You, Loyal Donors t 3 Alumnus Spotlight t 3-4 From the heart A PUBLICATION FOR ALUMNI OF INDIANA ALPHA t SIGMA PHI EPSILON t FALL 2018 WWW.PURDUE-SIGEPS.COM Alumni, I am so grateful for the board members and alumni who joined us and played a part in this year's Homecoming celebration and annual meeting. We are experiencing both exciting and trying times in the life of our fraternity, and I think the events of the weekend showed the pri- ority that your alumni board plans to put on en- gaging alumni and, in turn, the role alumni are willing to play and the support they have for the relaunch of our great fraternity. Purdue University has asked Sigma Phi Ep- silon – Indiana Alpha to return in spring 2019 and provide an example for other fraternities to model and follow. Only through committed and engaged alumni will we be able to deliver on that request. Many of those who attended the Homecoming events pledged to play a role in mentoring young undergraduates and doing what they could to help deliver on the pledge to Build Balanced Men. I know there are more brothers who are willing to contribute in some way, and to those I ask that you please come forward and be a part of rebuilding SigEp on Purdue's campus in whatever way you are able. In closing, the following men have committed to working with and for you, the alumni, as your 2018-19 Alumni Volunteer Corporation board members: Brian Todd '97, Mike Ellis '84, Mitch Salyers '93, Daryl Martz '76, Mike Da- vis '77, Norm Nabhan '71, Scott Swisher '79, and Jim Mosch '79! I am humbled to serve as president for another year and to work with such dedi- cated and servant heart leaders! HFF, Brian Rodell '98, AVC President SigEp AVC Places Priority on Engaging Alumni and Mentoring Collegians Donald F. Smith '48 lives in Atlanta, Ga., and has four children. He reports, "Still alive at 95; remain a World War II statistic: four years' ser- vice, 30 months in the Pacific." He retired in 1993 as a sales manager in the food industry with Borden/Beatrice. He stays active with the Georgia Lions, collecting eyeglasses, hearing aids, and cell phones for the Georgia Lighthouse Foundation. Raymond S. Stephens '49 and his wife, Julie, live in Hammond, Ind., and have been mar- ried for 66 years. They have five children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Ray retired in 1993 as director of risk man- agement at University of Illinois at Chicago. E-mail: Alumni News What Are Your Fellow SigEps Up To? Harold "Hal" Shevers '57 and his wife, Sandy, live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hal is director/turbine aircraft operations for Sportsman's Market. "Still kicking ass!" E-mail: William C. Stumbaugh '59 and his wife, Mari- anne, live in Waukesha, Wis., and have two daughters, Jenny and Heidi, and four grandchil- dren. In 1972, William and a partner started a fluid power distributorship, which they sold in 1992 and is now the largest in the Midwest. In 2001, he cofounded Sunset Bank and is now an officer and director. E-mail: Roger G. Blocks '62 lives in Three Lakes, Wis.—Shelbyville, Ind., in the winter—and has two daughters, Barbara and Elizabeth. He mar- ried Barbara Weber McNeely on December 23, 2017. She also has two children, and together they have 12 grandchildren. Roger semi-retired in 1970 as president of Chem-Al Inc. E-mail: Kenneth C. "Swany" Swanson '65 and his wife, Carol (Purdue Phi Mu), live in Kerrville, Texas, and have two children, Robert and Kath- erine. Swany retired in 2001 as assistant to ex- ecutive vice president at Saudi Aramco. E-mail: Charles R. Deible '68 retired in 2011 as an attor- ney. He and his wife, Stephanie Funcheon, live in West Lafayette, Ind., and have two children, Kris- tin and Lara. E-mail: Steve R. Simmons '68 and his wife, Mary Ann, have three daughters, Jill, Lara, and Dawn, and moved from St. Paul, Minn., to Seattle, Wash. "The biggest draw is that two of our daughters and all three grandchildren live here." Steve retired in 2008 as a University of Minnesota professor and now writes creative nonfiction (steverobert.word- E-mail: A. Gene Voelkel '68 and his wife, Virginia, live in Walnut Creek, Calif., and have three children and four grandchildren. Gene retired in 2016 as an interventional cardiologist for John Muir Health. E-mail: (Continued on page 4)

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