Kappa Sigma - Missouri University of Science & Technology

Fall 2016 Newsletter

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

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2 Beta-Chi Columns Alumnus Thankful for Kappa Sigma Life Lessons J.C. Griese '72 Stays Connected to Beta-Chi W hen J.C. Griese '72 joined Kappa Sigma, the Chapter House was brand new. While the exterior of the Chapter may have enticed him, the men who lived there was what truly attracted his attention. "I have to say it was the character and personality of Beta-Chi," J.C. says. "There you had an organization that embraced a diverse set of personalities, was an unpretentious environment, and a place that encouraged you to be yourself. As an undergraduate, he and his Brothers learned the value of tolerance. "My pledge class was a bizarre assortment of personalities and we had no choice but to work together," J.C. says. "This tolerance quickly grew into teamwork, then mutual respect, and ultimately, brotherly love and lifelong friendships." He is thankful to stay connected to his Kappa Sigma Brothers over the past 40 years. Every five years or so, their pledge class gets together "for a beer or 12." Most recently, they traveled to Tulum, Mexico, for a week, and when he's in St. Louis during Christmas season, he enjoys the evening get-together at Llywelyn's Pub. J.C. recently retired from Michelin North America where he had a 37-year career. The first half of his career was spent in various engineering, technical, and management roles. In the second half, he transitioned into marketing and sales, where he held three different director-level positions. Simultaneously, he pursued a 31-year military career in the Army National Guard, retiring in 2008 at the rank of colonel. Throughout his career, his most enjoyable job was as director of Michelin's mining tires business unit. This was immediately followed by what became his most rewarding one: serving as a field artillery brigade commander in Iraq when his unit was activated and assigned to Baghdad in 2006-2007 during the surge. "What made it so rewarding was simply the privilege of serving with these splendid young American soldiers as they went about the serious business of combat operations," J.C. says. "After that experience, any professional activities or responsibilities pale in comparison." Some may say that Kappa Sigma was the best years of their life—he respectfully disagrees. "I really enjoyed my college years, but so much good has happened in my life since graduation," J.C. says. "I've been blessed. I would say that my early association with Kappa Sigma enabled the best years of my life. Many life lessons about tolerance, teamwork, and leadership have made all the difference for me, both professionally and personally." J.C. and his wife of 36 years, Nancy, live in Anderson, S.C. They enjoy traveling and boating. He also spends time trying to improve his golf game. The couple has two children, Bill (32) and David (28). You can contact J.C. at jim.griese@charter.net. Generous Alumni, We Thank You $36,701 Raised So Far in 2016 W e wish to thank all those who have supported the annual program. Alumni who have contributed thus far to the 2016 appeals are listed by initiation year under the appropriate giving levels. If an error has been made in recording your gift, or your name has been mistakenly omitted or listed improperly, we sincerely apologize. Please send corrections to the Beta-Chi Chapter of Kappa Sigma, Alumni House Fund Association, P.O. Box 31611, St. Louis, MO 63131-1611. Thank you, again, for giving back to the Chapter—it truly does make a difference! Benefactors of Beta-Chi ($251 and above) Walter S. Knecht '45 Norman E. Hart '53 Donald E. Beuerlein '58 Bill Ricketts '58 William S. Kirchoff Sr. '60 Theodore M. Fiedler '62 Dale R. Porte '70 James C. Griese '72 Frank P. Allen III '73 Gary E. Roebke '74 Edward C. Jantosik Jr. '76 Mark C. Beck '77 Steven E. Ederle '84 Fred W. Niemeier '92 Dwayne R. Doshier '93 Clay A. McNail '94 James A. McCormack '95 Supporters of Beta-Chi ($250) William J. James '57 James O. Murray '57 William L. Sullivan III '57 William S. Kirchoff Sr. '60 Gene Foshage '63 June C. Thomason Jr. '64 Gary Forsee '69 Patrick J. Knoll '70 S. Craig George '71 Gary D. Leemann '71 Stewart A. Scott '71 David R. Breece '73 Paul R. Vetter '73 Kent S. Springer '74 Mark R. White '75 Thomas R. Gredell '76 Robert J. Hoffmann '78 James K. Von Behren '80 Edward J. Bradley Jr. '81 John M. Remmers '81 William L. Kovacich '82 Richard T. Bradley '84 Grant J. Mabie '02 Friends of Beta-Chi (Up to $249) Guy Franklin Ellis '53 W. Dave Phelps '57 Thomas L. Scott '58 Richard L. Schmidt '61 Timothy M. Handlan '64 Michael A. Perkins '65 David L. Krueger '68 Richard J. Lacavich '69 William S. Wagener '72 Michael J. Lally '80 Steven R. Sieckhaus '84 Benjamin D. Prueter '10 Donate online today at http://beta-chi.kintera.org/foundationgiving. CHApTeR OFFiCeRS Grand Master Reno Reed '13 Vice Procurator Brendan Chura '13 Grand Master of Ceremonies Tyler Howe '14 Grand Scribe Joshua Morris '15 Grand Treasurer Joe Aleman '14 Inner Guard Dan Ederle '14 Outer Guard Alex Albeck '14 Recruitment Chairman Blaine Hrovat '15 (573) 465-8124 bthcn6@mst.edu

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