Sigma Chi - University of Nebraska

Spring 2016 Newsletter

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

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Spring 2014 Spring 2016 INSIDE: This Old House (3) • Strong Connections (4) • 33 New AE Pledges (5) THE HUSKER SIG Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Chi at the University of Nebraska (Continued on page 2) I n the summer of 1973, I decided to pledge Sigma Chi because my parents, brother, sister, and cousins all had such favorable experiences with the Greek system. Sigma Chi provided me the opportunity to meet brothers with many different temperaments, talents, and convictions, whose friendships would not have been possible without my engagement with Sigma Chi. That kind of rich experience has characterized Alpha Epsilon for ages. Jim Downey '52, our Consul in 1952, wrote in a 1952 edition of our newsletter, "We all live together for only a few short years, but the spirit of Sigma Chi will live within us forever." As I paged through the entire 1952 edition, I realized just how true that is. Robert McNutt '41, State Senator, wrote a letter to the active Chapter and said, "The alumni feel that Sigma Chi is not a cloak to be put on as a freshman or taken off as a senior, but that it is a mantle to be worn proudly from the freshman year of college for the rest of your life." Forty-three years after my own initiation, I can look back at Alpha Epsilon and proudly say that our alumni have always stood firmly by the active Chapter to help them in their growth, whether in times of great achievement or times when they have been challenged. The engagement of a long line of alumni in the work and development of the active Chapter has been essential to the success of our Fraternity. On a personal level, I have been privileged to serve as House Manager, Chapter Advisor, House Corporation President, and Alumni Chapter President. I can honestly report that the opportunity to serve has been paid forward many times over. I feel some of the same early bonds of brotherhood today as I stay involved with Sigma Chi as an alumnus. My great wish for each of you reading this is that you would have the opportunity, on some level, to have similar experiences. Brothers, you need not worry about having to hold a formal office to get involved. It begins with simply joining the Greater Nebraska Area Alumni Chapter by making a small payment for annual dues. Those dues help fund our dues to the National Fraternity, our Lincoln luncheon meetings, our service to the undergraduate Chapter, Homecoming activities, and, of course, The Husker Sig. Whether or not you are able to attend our meetings, I challenge you to ask the simple question, "Has Sigma Chi not given me much more value than the $50 a year dues it suggests?" Brothers, our Alpha Epsilon alumni number almost 1,150 throughout the country. Dues support isn't just an alumni effort that resides in Lincoln, but throughout the state and the country. No matter where you live, please consider being one who faithfully and generously supports our efforts here by taking out that checkbook and becoming a dues-paying alumnus of Alpha Epsilon. On behalf of those alumni representing our undergraduate Alpha Epsilon brothers, I thank you for your support. Together, we are better. Together, we are Sigs in the bond well beyond those four years we shared. Together, we are Alpha Epsilon; still, after all these years! In Hoc, Curt Denker '77 President, Greater Nebraska Area Alumni Chapter THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME Alpha Epsilon Continues to Flourish I n the fall issue of The Husker Sig, I described five major initiatives the undergraduate Chapter developed and subscribed to based on our desires for the Chapter, our work with our Chapter Advisors, and our strategic planning meetings at the province level and at Balfour. I'm pleased to report in this issue that we have made significant progress in each area as we finish the spring semester. I'd like to highlight just two of those areas in this issue which are receiving a great deal of emphasis this school year: philanthropy and richer organizational commitment and involvement. Both are essential to our overarching goal of continuing to build an effective and sustainable membership dedicated to the values and leadership principles of Sigma Chi. Philanthropy As an organization, we set an all-time high $12,000 goal for giving back to the community, and as we go to press, we have reached the $9,000 mark. Last semester, Colin Hill '18 developed the philanthropy Derby Days, Newly initiated members Tony Holloran '18, Riley Hays '18, and Tyler Jennings '19 pose with the active Chapter after the initiation ceremony in January.

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