Kappa Sigma - Missouri University of Science & Technology

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Beta Chi Chapter of Kappa Sigma at Missouri University of Science & Technology

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ΚΣ C lumns Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Missouri University of Science and Technology | Spring 2019 Beta-Chi W e need to increase our financial support to help students in Kappa Sigma with unmet needs to finish their degrees. This support is vital to many of our members. We have an unprecedented opportunity to energize a new fund called the Kappa Sigma Miner Match Fund, which is held by the university. It provides scholarships to the members of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity based on financial need and academic success. This year we decided to place all of our annual dues in this fund, and if we raise more than $25,000 we will receive matching funds. All of this money will go to our undergraduate members in need or to members with stellar academic performance. Please support this effort by making a donation. Make checks payable to the Missouri School of Science and Technology, memo: Kappa Sigma Miner Match Fund. Enclosed is more information. Feel free to call Todd Martin at MST at (636) 283-1157 or me at (314) 537-3193. 1. "New" Kappa Sigma Miner Match Fund (donations are tax deductible): As noted above, the University controls this fund and will match our donations after we reach $25,000. Scholarships are given to Kappa Sigma's at MST who reside in Missouri and have a 30 ACT or higher or have financial need and live in the house. The House Corporation submits qualified applicants to MST, they verify the applicant meets the minimum criteria and send the scholarship to the student. We decide the amount of the scholarship. The program ends and must be paid out by 2023. 2. Beta Chi Educational Foundation (donations are tax deductible): The current balance is over $100,000. We have 100% control of this fund and the balances are in our account. Annual dues go into this account and we use it for the Freshman and White Columns scholarships. We can also use it for any educational purpose including computers, scholarships, desks, study room furniture, etc. 3. The Kappa Sigma Endowed Educational Fund (donations are tax deductible): Currently at a $132,000 balance with $12,800 in the spending account. The University has this money invested in the stock market along with their endowment fund. Half of the earnings gets placed in the spending account that we can use for the freshman scholarships and the other half gets reinvested back into the account. 4. Ricketts Hart Scholarship (donations are tax deductible): Provides scholarships for Kappa Sigma's that are mechanical engineers at a level of $1,000 per year. Alumni can set up their own scholarship by contacting MST's development office. Kappa Sigma was one of the first fraternities to renovate our house back in 2011. A first-class facility made recruitment easy. Now every major Greek organization has completed or is completing a renovation or is planning a project. In addition to the upgraded Greek housing, the university has built new dorms, creating an excess of beds and fierce competition for members. We know that scholarships improve recruitment and retention of members. Many of the other Greek organizations have scholarships. Expanding our scholarship fund by supporting the Kappa Sigma Miner Match Fund will help with recruiting and the long- term success of our fraternity. We are looking for volunteers to run the Kappa Sigma golf tournament this summer. Ketan Patel '00 is organizing the event, but he will need some help. Let Ketan or me know if you are willing to help. Our student members hold leadership positions in many campus organizations and give back through numerous charitable events. The Beta-Chi Chapter fall pledge class had very good grades. Beta-Chi continues to mold young men into people we can be proud to call brothers for a lifetime! If you are interested in organizing a reunion of your class at Homecoming let us know and we can help. And I want to thank each of you for your continued support. A.E.K.Δ.B., Robert Hoffmann '78 President Alumni House Fund Association Support Kappa Sigma through the miner match program Golf Tournament Volunteers Needed B eta-Chi strives for excellence in everything we do and exemplifies the four pillars that repre- sent Kappa Sigma. This past fall, Beta-Chi recruited 29 men and initiated 20. There were only three midsemester pledges, all of whom made grades and were initi- ated early this spring. Beta-Chi has been emphasizing the importance of grades lately and it has shown with an increase in overall chapter GPA. Rising seven spots for Greek chapter GPAs, our goal is to be in the top five within the next three years. Additionally, Beta-Chi reached our best New Member GPA in years. Beta- Chi has set a goal of a 35-man pledge class for the fall of 2019. With the spring in full effect, Beta-Chi is wrapping up St. Pat's festivities. We participated in Missouri S&T's Out 'Til Midnight competition to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Beta-Chi crushed the competition again, raising Beta-Chi Achieves Best New Member GPA in Years, Raises Most on Campus for Out 'Til Midnight Competition Seven brothers earned a 4.0 in the fall semester. Front, Ryan Howe '14, Jackson Pence '15, and Alex Drake '18; back, Cameron Jarvis '15, Josh Morris '15, Collin Cox '18, and Joey Schultz '18 (Continued on page 2)

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