Sigma Chi - University of Nebraska

Fall 2014 Newsletter

Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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Spring 2014 Fall 2014 INSIDE: Groundbreaking Results for Rush Page 2 • Momentum Continues Page 3 • Derby Days Page 4 THE HUSKER SIG Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Chi at the University of Nebraska I AM A SIGMA CHI... I recently had an experience when waiting for a plane at Chicago's O'Hare airport. A gentleman in the waiting area noticed my fraternity ring and asked me if I was a Sigma Chi. I responded affirmatively and, in striking up a conversation, asked him if he belonged to a fraternity. He replied that he was a member of Delta Upsilon at one point. This struck a chord with me. I never fully appreciated, until then, that I never thought of describing myself as was a member of Sigma Chi. In contrast to my new DU acquaintance's long-gone experience with his fraternity, I was gratified to remember that I am a member of Sigma Chi. The lifelong relationship with Sigma Chi, and the friendships that travel along with it, are part and parcel of the Sigma Chi experience and it goes way beyond graduation. The opportunities to stay involved, especially for those living close to the Alpha Epsilon Chapter, are only limited by RECONNECT WITH SIG BROTHERS Join Alumni Chapter Today! Why I Support the Alumni Chapter Brother Harry Tolly '60 said, "I'm pleased to be a part of the alumni chapter and feel that the annual dues I pay is but a small way I get to say thank you for all the good things I received from Sigma Chi over the years." September marks the start of a new school year and it is a time when the Greater Nebraska Area Alumni Chapter renews its campaign to grow the Chapter membership and provide opportunities for alumni to commit themselves to get involved. The undergraduates met with our 48th Grand Consul, Dr. Chuck Thatcher, to talk about values and ritual at BLTW in Muncie, Indiana. Left to right: Reagan Bergen '17, Mitch Johnson '17, Trevor Jorgensen '16, Dr. Thatcher (in blue), Chapter Facilitator Jim Hargrove, New Mexico '88, Eric Wilhelm '16, Ky Veney '17, Alex Moore '15, Joel Girouard '14, and Josh Johnson '16. one's imagination. One of the easiest and most gratifying ways to stay connected is through the Greater Nebraska Area Alumni Chapter. Brothers who have been involved say their involvement has many benefits beyond just keeping in touch with other Sigs at the monthly luncheon meetings and the events we sponsor throughout the year. It gives them a chance to stay connected with the values and principles that were formational in their college years. Recognizing that Sigma Chi has been a prominent national fraternity for 159 years, there is also a sense among alumni that we all have a role in maintaining our legacy as we stand on the shoulders of those before us and provide leadership and stability for those Sigs who come after us. The opportunity to serve as a role model for Join Alpha Epsilon for Homecoming 2014 on September 27 (Turn to page 6 for more information) undergraduates as they travel through the early part of their Sigma Chi experience is especially prized by alumni who have chosen to stay active in the alumni chapter. The alumni chapter's mission is to be an asset to our undergraduate Chapter, which has made remarkable progress on and off campus over the past three years. For example, the Alumni Chapter provides a forum for matching alumni volunteers with opportunities to mentor and support our undergraduates. While we do our best to match up skills with needs, the real opportunities tend to be just being available from time to time to give the undergraduates a feeling for what it means to be a lifelong Sigma Chi. My personal experience is that it is so gratifying to see what a difference our small gestures of support make! The Alumni Chapter has provided a steady hand of support for the undergraduate Chapter since its first formal meeting at 1510 Vine Street on November 27, 2007. At that meeting we discussed converting our, then informal, Alumni Association that had operated for 30 years into a more forceful and active Chapter which could be recognized by the International Fraternity. That recognition happened in January 2009. Since then, our membership has been centered on a core group of about 55 dues-paying members. This small cadre of dedicated Sigs form a strong foundation for building a vibrant Alumni Chapter. But we know that to really achieve excellence we need to have more alumni involved, and more dues paying members supporting the Fraternity. (Continued on page 6) Written by Curt "Woody" Denker '77

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