Kappa Sigma - Missouri University of Science & Technology

Spring 2022 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 2022 Beta Chi Connect with Beta-Chi Online f www.beta-chi.com f Beta-Chi of Kappa Sigma l @BXKappaSigma i @kappasigma_mst f tinyurl.com/ BetaChiFoundation F inally ... things are back to normal: no masks, indoor gatherings are allowed, and we even participated in the annual campus St. Pat's celebration. With life returning to how we once knew it, Kappa Sigma hosted one of the largest events of the weekend, and fun was had by all. Every year, the university provides Kappa Sigma a list of members who need financial assistance based on their financial aid score. Last semester, the Beta Chi Educational Foundation provided 15 individuals with a $1,500 scholarship for financial need, three individuals with a $1,000 scholarship based on ACT scores, and four individuals with a $1,000 recruitment scholarship. We were able to get $5,000 in matching funds from Missouri S&T as well. I want to thank each of you for your generous support of our undergraduate members, as these funds come from alumni donations. Your contributions offer aid and shift trajectories of students' lives—you are making the ultimate difference. If you want to help support our members in need, then please donate at tinyurl.com/ BetaChiFoundation. Several years ago, a group of Greek House Corporation leaders formed an organization called GGG to support the Greek community. We share ideas on how to run a chapter, info on vendor contacts, and strategies for negotiating with the university on policies that concern the Greek community. Through these meetings, I found out that the university views Kappa Sigma as the "model Chapter" on campus. I was told this by two different high-ranking university officials. Kappa Sigma's national organization also views our Chapter highly and has, again, awarded Beta- Chi Chapter the coveted FACE award. This is the highest award given by Kappa Sigma. Our Chapter leaders are amazing in everything they do, and it makes me proud to see their success. If you know of any upstanding young men heading to Rolla, then please pass along their information to our recruitment chairman, Evan Ratterman '18, at (573) 514-1105 or egr6xq@umsystem.edu. Fraternally, Robert Hoffmann '78 Alumni House Fund President roberth@hoffmannbros.com | (314) 537-3193 Best of the Best Beta-Chi Brothers and Alumni Set the Standard T he pledge class of 1969 mourns the loss of Brother Gerald "Jerry" William Kiel '69. Beta-Chi remembers Jerry for his tremendous enthusiasm for all things Kappa Sigma. He came to Kappa Sigma from Kirkwood, Missouri, majored in mechanical engineering, played and lettered four years in football, and served the Chapter as an officer and St. Pat's Board representative. Recently, Jerry's diligence and organizational skills brought the pledge class together to celebrate our 50th Beta-Chi anniversary. Brothers and wives enjoyed a weekend in Naples, Florida, filled with fun, memories, and renewal of brotherhood. Conversations picked up, without pause, where they left off many years ago. Jerry's pledge/initiation project was the gateway wall, which still identifies our Beta-Chi Chapter House at 1701 White Columns Drive. "Kiel's Wall" at the entrance drive to our house proudly presents the Kappa Sigma Greek letters to the UMR/MS&T campus as well as the city of Rolla. Jerry built the wall as his gift to the Fraternity. Our pledge class walkout to Jerry's family's Lake of the Ozark house will never be forgotten. The Brothers also fondly remember his wife, Carol, at all of the social functions that the demanding academic schedule allowed. Jerry is survived by Carol, son Josh, and daughter Courtney. The pledge class of 1969 has made a group donation to the Beta-Chi Educational Foundation in Jerry's memory. "The Star and Crescent shall not be worn by every man, but only by him who is worthy to wear it." Jerry is worthy and wore it proudly. Peace, Brother. Remembering Gerald "Jerry" William Kiel '69 Jerry's Memory Stands the Test of Time at Kappa Sigma House

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