Kappa Sigma - Missouri University of Science & Technology

Spring 2014 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 2014 Inside Beta-chi leaderShip Stronger than ever 2 chapter placeS FirSt at BeSt ever St. pat'S 2 generouS alumni 3 alumnuS Spotlight 3 Beta-Chi I t's great to be involved with a successful organization. The Beta-Chi Chapter of Kappa Sigma is leading the MS&T campus in grades and leadership. We have won numerous awards from our National Fraternity, our G.P.A. is at an all-time high, and our members hold executive positions in numerous campus organizations, including president of the IFC, president of Theta Tau Omega, and president of the St. Pat's Board. We believe this to be only the second time in university history that one fraternity has the held these positions at the same time. I am proud of the Chapter and their accomplishments. Building, running, and maintaining our Chapter is the job of the house corporation. In part, the success of the Chapter rests on our shoulders because we create the environment they live in. With your help we were able to raise $2.6 million to renovate and expand the Chapter House. We provided additional study areas, private living rooms, private bathrooms, a gym, soccer field, a sound-proof social room, and a modern, up-to-date facility. Again, thanks for your support. However, our job is never done. Maintaining the Chapter House requires vigilance. If it was not for alumni like Ron Acker '75 and Rich Manning '78, who have weekly involvement, I am not sure what we would do. Some items in the Chapter House were never replaced during the renovation because that would have put us over budget. Last year we expanded the irrigation system, installed new doors on the second floor of the foyer, installed a crest and Greek letters on the gable, and replaced the combination locks on exterior doors, along with numerous other renovations and repairs. The electrical service is still original and we have a budgeted replacement. We also built a new website with a great directory to find your fellow alumni. Check it out. The password is aekdb. We borrowed $2.5 million to complete the project and now all of our excess revenue is being used to pay down the loan. So far, thanks to generous alumni and the financial discipline of the Chapter and the house corporation, we have paid the loan balance down to $2.1 million. Any additional help you could give with paying down the loan or paying for the electrical service would be appreciated. Financial aid is one of our biggest needs. Brothers Bill Ricketts '58 and Norman Hart '53 have set up scholarship funds for members of our Chapter. Thank you! We also have the MST/Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation that many of you have donated to. Thank you again! This money is held and managed by the university, but the proceeds go to members of our Chapter. If you donate to the university please specify our fund. We also have the tax-exempt Beta-Chi Educational Foundation that is held and managed by our alumni. If any of you are willing to help Brothers in need, let me know. Thank you again for your generous support! We are looking forward to another great year. A.E.K.D.B, Robert Hoffman '78 Alumni House Fund Association President roberth@hoffmanbros.com Scholarships and House Maintenance Possible Due to Alumni Contributions Alumni House Fund Continues to Pay Down Loan Freshman Scholarship Winners T he following freshman Brothers were each awarded $1,000 scholarships from the UMR/Kappa Sigma Endowed Educational Fund for their outstanding academic achievements: Brendan Chura '14, Alex Ernst '14, Lucas Phillips '14, Justin Thomas '14, Will Tichacek '14, Zach Tognarelli '14, and Chris Wilkinson '14. Thank you to the Brothers who have donated to the MST/Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation. Your donations make these scholarships possible.

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