Kappa Sigma - Missouri University of Science & Technology

Fall 2022 Newsletter

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

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2 Beta Chi Columns Thomas E. Smith '48, a proud Beta-Chi Kappa Sig, entered Chapter Celestial on March 3, 2022. Tom is survived by his loving wife Samantha, son Brian and wife Linda, son David and wife Deborah and daughter Debbie, as well as three granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren. Tom was a long-time resident of Glenview, Ill. From 1976 to 1983, he was president of the Glenview Board of Trustees. He practiced law in Chicago from 1956 to 2008 and was a founding partner in 1974 of the Chicago intellectual property law firm, Lee and Smith (later Lee, Mann, Smith, McWilliams, Sweeney and Ohlson), which merged in 2001 into Barnes and Thornburg. Tom chaired the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law from 1994-95 and was President of the National Inventor's Hall of Fame Foundation. He was a Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and was editor of the "AIPLA Selected Legal Papers." He was also chairman of the Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is listed in "Who's Who in American Law." In 1948, Tom earned his bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (then the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy), where he joined Beta-Chi Chapter of Kappa Sigma. He earned his J.D. in 1956 from George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the George Washington University Law Review. Maxwell Right '18 entered Chapter Celestial on July 20, 2022. Beta-Chi recently learned of Max's tragic passing during his graduation trip to South Dakota. Max's brother, Oliver Right '20, is currently an undergraduate Brother in Beta-Chi. The Chapter extends thoughts and prayers to the Right family. Grand Master Michael Schwetz '19 Grand Procurator Lucas Arias '20 Grand Master of Ceremonies Padraig Quinlisk '20 Grand Scribe Caleb Greiner '21 Grand Treasurer Richmond Tran '19 Inner Guard (Risk) Alec Brinkmann '21 Outer Guard (Scholarship) Tim Guccione '21 Assistant GMC Colin Skaggs '20 Assistant GS Shalim Andrade '21 Assistant GT Gary Yerby '19 Recruitment Chairman Tim Guccione tmghp6@mail.umsl.edu (636) 385-0893 Honoring the Brotherhood Hall of Fame Inductee Michael Murrary '02 Shares How Kappa Sigma Shaped His Life B eta-Chi Hall of Fame recognizes Brothers who exemplify what it means to be a Kappa Sigma and have vital skills such as fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and service. Beginning in 1998, the Hall of Fame houses over 60 Brothers and adds anywhere from one to 15 men per year. This year, Michael Murray '02 will join this honorary list of men. "I have always kept my head down, doing the best I can do," Mike said. "Knowing I am being seen and noticed is a great honor." EXPANDING HIS EXPERTISE When Mike arrived at UMR, he didn't know anyone and chose to go through recruitment since the lack of community in the dorms made the college experience less enjoyable. "At a Kappa Sigma event, I met a bunch of good guys that were smart and fun to hang out with," he said. "I felt like I instantly gained a large group of friends and people I could count on." Kappa Sigma guided Mike through college by helping him succeed academically and gain valuable life skills. Kappa Sigma also provided opportunities to develop Mike's leadership skills and gain practical experience outside class work. "I took most of my classes with Brothers from the Fraternity, and we spent many long nights studying and prepping for tests." While at the house, Mike took on more and more senior positions, including steward and treasurer, where he grew in confidence and even planned the Homecoming activities his sophomore year. "Beta-Chi gave me a foundation to grow on and continue growing my leadership skills." UTILIZING SKILLS "My experience as treasurer and that real- world experience of working with books and watching cash flow was a great launching point into founding a company." For the last five years, life has been a whirlwind for Mike as he founded Ageto Energy. Ageto's mission is to make renewable energy simple by using the Ageto ARC Microgrid Controller to coordinate and optimize solar, energy storage, generators, and the utility. Mike is responsible for business development, operations, and thought leadership within his company. "I knew, while I was at UMR, that I wasn't going to be a design engineer—programming and AutoCAD were not my strong suit—but business and sales have always been more interesting to me," Mike shared. PASSIONS AND HOBBIES As an avid cyclist, Mike can be found on a bike many weekends. "I have been elevated as a team manager for the First City Cycling Team, a group of roughly 100 members that includes several national champions." He is responsible for planning team camps, including to Fruita and Crested Butte, Colorado. In the winters, Mike tries to get to destinations like Steamboat Springs, Vail, and Breckenridge to ski—he averages about 10-15 days of skiing a year. "Outside of sports, I am a keen cook and baker, and part of a wine club who meets once a month." You can congratulate Mike on his Hall of Fame induction or connect with him at mikelmurray@gmail.com. "Beta-Chi gave me a foundation to grow on and continue growing my leadership skills." C H A P T E R O F F I C E R S Chapter Celestial

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