Sigma Phi Epsilon - Purdue University

Fall 2020 Newsletter

Indiana Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at Purdue University

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W e kicked off the public phase of The Campaign for Indiana Alpha––A New Beginning in March of this year, concurrent with our Indianapolis area alumni event. The Indy event was well attended, followed up with a 10-page Indiana Alpha campaign brochure that was mailed to 1,500 active alumni. Timing is everything, and certainly COVID-19 has created some challenges for our campaign. However, I am happy to report that enthusiasm and support for the campaign continued, and our donations increased to nearly $1.3 million through the first six months of the public phase. We are well positioned to achieve our goal of $1.75 million as long as we continue with this same momentum. On behalf of my campaign co-chairmen, Mike Ellis '84 and Norm Nabhan '71, we would like to thank all of the brothers who made this possible and we look forward to having others added to the donor list. Throughout the campaign we have gotten a lot of questions about the current status of Indiana Alpha, the 690 Waldron renovation, and the capital campaign. As reported previously, Purdue University allowed us to return to campus a year and a half earlier than expected, mainly based on the merits of the Balanced Man Program (BMP). If you are unfamiliar with the BMP, we encourage you to visit to understand how the BMP is very much about our history and ritual. It has a new focus on developing young men for their next step in life. From a recolonization perspective, we are back on campus and actively recruiting. COVID-19 interrupted spring semester activities, and recruitment was mostly virtual this fall. Our process of year-round recruiting, the BMP scholarship, and supporting programs has positioned us uniquely to manage these challenges. Other fraternities are dependent on group events, which are currently not possible. Through the campaign process, we made contact with Tim Larson '77 and Terry Larson '80, who lead and manage Larson Danielson Construction. Larson Danielson is an award-winning, commercial construction firm based in La Porte, Indiana. In conversation, they believed the best way they could support the campaign was by being our general contractor and donating their profits to the project. This was a huge step forward in the renovation process. They have reviewed the project and confirmed the forecasted budget. This gives us great confidence that the renovation will become a reality. Perhaps more important, having two brothers on the project adds to the narrative of our campaign ambitions. A NEW BEGINNING IndIana alpha's CapItal CampaIgn Update From the heart A PUBLICATION FOR ALUMNI OF INDIANA ALPHA t SIGMA PHI EPSILON t FALL 2020 PURDUESIGEP.ORG Indiana Alpha's chapter house can be seen in this old bird's-eye view of campus before Cary Quad was built. 11 A.M. EDT SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 ANNUAL ALUMNI MEETING Join virtually via Google Meet at JOIN US F INDIANA ALPHA SFE NATIONAL FACEBOOK Indiana Alpha SigEps During the public phase, our primary goal is to increase outreach to our 1,500 alumni, inform them on the status of Indiana Alpha, and to ask for their support of the campaign. A critical part of these efforts are our era and class leaders. A class leader typically represents a pledge class or class year and has volunteered to increase outreach by engaging their class. This may be one of the great positives of the campaign, as it has been a catalyst for brother reconnection. Regardless of your decision to support the campaign, we would encourage you to reconnect through outreach from class leaders. Our experience is that, in two minutes of conversation, you are back at 690 Waldron and all the memories return to you. As they say, "Plan your work and work your plan." With progress being made in recolonization, house renovations, and fundraising, we are very confident in a positive outcome for Indiana Alpha. We do need your support to achieve our goal, and we encourage you to make a donation to the capital campaign today. If you need more information on the campaign or have an interest in being a class leader, please contact me. Fraternally, Jim Mosch '80 Campaign Co-Chairman (717) 487-1181 /

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