Kappa Sigma - Missouri University of Science & Technology

Spring 2016 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 2016 Inside contributorS liSt 2 Welcome, neW memberS 3 homecoming 2015 4-5 Beta-Chi ATTENTION: Please send any contact information updates to Ed Jantosik at ecjjrpe@ miner.mst.edu. Beta-Chi house Corporation remains Confident amidst rolla's student housing growth T his year marks the fifth year in our newly renovated and expanded Fraternity House. Our facility is first class and has allowed us to recruit top prospects for potential new members. Our goal as a house corporation is to keep up with the maintenance and repairs so the facility stays first class. The student population at the university is at an all-time high, above 8,000. This is good news for Rolla. The local economy is booming, much of it due to MS&T. A lot of the inexpensive housing in town is being purchased by companies, who then convert it into much more expensive housing. Rolla has a shortage of student housing, which should help to make Kappa Sigma an attractive option to incoming students. However, competition for members in the Greek community continues to grow and is not limited to fraternities. The university is building massive new dorms on University Drive between our location and campus. And several fraternities have performed upgrades since our project of 2011. Two years ago, KA renovated its facility, and last year Phi Kap opened a new replacement facility at their location on State Street. This year, TKE and Lambda Chi will begin new construction projects. TKE will build a new facility on fraternity row. They have leased the old Delta Sig property and plan to raze what has long been known as the "Round House." The new TKE facility will be about half the size of ours, but from what we have seen, it looks like a first-class facility. We welcome the upgrade to the neighborhood, but we are also challenged with the additional competition for members by other upgraded fraternities as well as the new university dorms. Our renovation would not have been possible without the financial support of so many of you. We set a goal of $2.5 million and ended up raising $2.6 million. (TKE has only been able to raise about half of that amount and they used the same professional fundraiser.) Most of our donations came from 1950s and 1960s brothers who are holding a reunion October 5-9 in Branson, Missouri. See the "Save the Date" section of the website for more information. Some of our alumni gave one-time donations, but many made five-year pledges and we are at the end of collecting on them. Since these contributions are coming to an end, we reinitiated our annual dues program to help offset the cost of alumni programming (website, newsletters, database, and events). We are also using these funds, when available, toward undergraduate scholarships. I want to thank each of you for your support. I am really proud of our undergraduates. They consistently achieve academic success, lead in campus competitions, and show leadership in campus organizations. Again, I want to thank you for your ongoing support. A.E.K.D.B., Robert Hoffmann '78 Alumni House Fund Association President roberth@hoffmannbros.com Steve Suellentrop '71 Looks Back on His Time with Kappa Sigma T he summer before his freshman year, Steve Suellentrop '71 visited MS&T's campus and met the men he would call Brothers. Kappa Sigma introduced Steve to friends, opportunities, and camaraderie. The lessons he learned as an undergraduate stuck with him and helped propel him in his successful career. Steve is president of Hunt Oil Company in Dallas, Texas. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in petroleum engineering in 1974 and 1975, respectively, and entered the industry soon after. He has held many roles throughout his career, including managing director of Arco British Limited, vice president of Arco Research and Technology, vice president of Hunt Oil, and now president. Hunt Oil commercially structured, engineered, financed, constructed, and operates the only LNG liquefaction facility in South America. For young alumni fresh out of school, Steve's advice is to remain open to all opportunities that come your way. "Move out of your comfort zone and take advantage of what may come to you. Kappa Sigma taught me to be flexible, so it's important not to put yourself in a box. Be open-minded to all opportunities." Steve and his wife, Betty, a former Kappa Sigma Sweetheart, have been married for 42 years and live in Dallas. They have two children, Katie and Greg, and two grandsons, Liam and Connor. In his free time, Steve hits the links to work on his golf game. You can contact Steve at ssuellentrop@huntoil.com.

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