Sigma Pi - Missouri University of Science & Technology

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Alpha Iota Chapter of Sigma Pi at the University of Missouri Science & Technology

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Spring 2018 THE CROSSING A. I. SP S I G M A P I • A L P H A I O T A C H A P T E R The CROSSING B rothers, the capital campaign has pro- gressed very well and we are ready to break ground on our new house. Yes, this is finally happening! Timeless New Home to Stand Out Among Greek Housing Our new home will be among the best on cam- pus; a modern, 18,000-plus-square-foot design that intentionally separates itself from the typi- cal red brick with white columns we often see in Greek housing. The building lines, construc- tion materials, interior finishes, and functional backyard will provide a timeless look that will serve the chapter well into the future. Plenty of common meeting and study spaces will promote brotherhood, rather than succumb to the trendy "suite model" design, where two or three sleep- ing rooms have a private common area for their own isolated use. I am envious of the 65 young men who will have the privilege of being the first residents of the new chapter home. Reputable Contractor Selected for Construction AIBA has selected Conway Contracting Inc. as the builder of our facility. Dan Conway, a UMR graduate and prominent Kappa Sigma alumnus, owns the company, which is responsible for the addition/remodels of Kappa Sigma and Lambda Chi Alpha. The company is currently building a new home for Theta Xi on their Pine Street prop- erty. Dan was added to the team right after the first of the year, and has already provided valu- able design input, cost control ideas, and experi- ence as we complete our construction drawings. Project Expected to Take 12 Months, Ready for Fall 2019 Bank financing is secured and we are in the final permitting process. Demolition of the old house on 206 E. 12th Street and the next door annex will begin shortly after the May 19 groundbreaking festivities. Construction will take approximately 12 months, allowing actives to move into the new house for the fall 2019 semester with plenty of time to acclimate over the summer. Actives to Be Housed in Single Facility for Upcoming School Year For the 2018-19 school year, Alpha Iota's home will be Sally Hall at 600 N. Elm Street. The building was last used by the university for over- flow housing while new dorms were completed. Active members will have common space for meetings and be able to keep their cook em- ployed via use of a common, onsite kitchen. Most importantly, all brothers will be under one roof during the construction process. Additional Support Needed to Reach $1.8 Million Goal Special thanks to donors who have already made a campaign commitment, putting us over the $1.5 million mark in pledges. Without your early leadership, we would not be able to break ground in May. The campaign goal is still $1.8 million and will require support from those who have not yet made a commitment. If you were waiting to make sure the project would happen before making your pledge, now is the time to jump on board. Laufer Challenge to Match Up to $125,000 in New Commitments Finally, I am pleased to announce the Laufer Challenge, which I believe will go a long way in helping us secure the final $500,000 in pledges. Wayne Laufer '67 has been the lead donor on this project, with $250,000 already paid to the campaign. His early support helped other donors feel confident enough to make their gifts and accelerated us to groundbreaking. Wayne has agreed to give up to an additional $125,000 to- ward the campaign as part of a conditional chal- lenge to new and existing donors who make a gift between now and the start of construction. See the Laufer Challenge feature in this newslet- ter for the exciting details! Fraternally, Jeff Tottleben '91, AI 729 Capital Campaign Chairman (314) 852-1910 New 18,000-Square-Foot Home Will Be Grand, Distinctive Construction to Take One Year; Pledges Still Needed Richard "Dick" Miller '64 retired from S&T as emeritus in June 2010. He runs the scoreboard at all the men's and women's soccer games. Dick served as chairman of arts, languages and philos- ophy from 2000-10. He and his wife, Margaret, traveled to Egypt in February 2017, where they met Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egyptian archaeologist Alumni news and former director of antiquities affairs. The Millers have also traveled to the Nile and Lap- land, Finland. E-mail: William D. Conner III '68 retired as senior consultant/project manager in 2014. He now works with the Houston Consulting Group with the Process, Safety and Reliability department. He and his wife, Susan, celebrated 51 years of (Continued on page 3) marriage in March and live in Lynchburg, Va. E-mail: Robert "Bob" Orr Jr. '69 is enjoying life to the fullest. He is retired and has traveled to Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. He at- tributes his success to the great experiences he had at the chapter. Bob resides in West Chester, Ohio. E-mail:

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