ThunderBolt - Alumni & Friends Newsletter

April / May 2013

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Usually, TBolt focuses on one Greek organization, highlighting its contributions to society. In this issue, we are providing a look at the projects and accomplishments each fraternity or sorority has reported. Because this is self-reported information, some organizations might be missing. To easily find your organization, we have included the letters for each group′s news.

Theta Phi Alpha (Zeta Theta Epsilon) – ΘΦΑ (ΖΘΕ)

On Dec. 15, 23 women were initiated into Theta Phi Alpha national fraternity. These women worked together to take Zeta Theta Epsilon, their local sorority, to the next level becoming a national sorority with the help of many supporters on Trine University′s Campus. These 23 founders of the Gamma Omega chapter adopted a new organization, but will still be able to keep the old alive.

The Mission of Theta Phi Alpha ... to create close comradeship, to advance educational, social and philanthropic interests and leadership training; to encourage spiritual development and adherence to the highest moral standards; and to promote lifelong bonds of friendship ...

In January, these women welcomed seven new members into their family. Each of the sisters knows these seven new members will be great leaders and accomplish great things for their organization.

The Gamma Omega chapter of Theta Phi Alpha also held one of its biggest philanthropy events on Feb. 8. This event is known as Big Man on Campus, which is a male pageant. All proceeds to were donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This year, the Theta Phi women worked to raise more than $500. Not only did they achieve that goal, but they went above and donated $790.50.

In July, they plan to send three representatives to the national Leadership Conference at Cleveland State University. The women are looking forward to learning skills that can be brought back to improve their overall chapter.

The Trine women of Theta Phi Alpha continue to strive for improvement.

Phi Kappa Theta – ΦΚΘ

In April, the brothers are working the door during a benefit concert to raise money for Steuben County Special Olympics.

April 14 – The brothers co–hosted the Steuben County Special Olympics in the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center.

April 20 – The brothers will host the fraternity′s inaugural dinner at The Hatchery for its national philanthropy, Children's Miracle Network.

This past semester, as a house, they were second out of Trine fraternities for their GPA. They also have had two brothers go to nationals for their respective sports, one in wrestling and the other in indoor track.

Kappa Sigma Alpha – ΚΣΑ

The sisters of Kappa Sigma Alpha recently held a fundraiser for UNICEF. This philanthropic outreach raised more $500. In April, they have scheduled a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Tau Kappa Epsilon – ΤΚΕ

This school year, the brothers have accumulated 595 service hours and raised $1,539.62 for local and national charities. These numbers were compiled through involvement in such events as "TKE Help the Homeless," "To Write Love on Her Arms," St. Jude′s fundraisers and personal hours performed by members. They are currently in the process of educating 10 new members to achieve active status.

In February, they sent six members to the Regional Leadership Conference held in Chicago. Regional Leadership Conference is a three-day educational event provided by the national fraternity in which members learn valuable professional, personal and networking skills. Last fall, they had visits from several national volunteers to work on recruiting on campus and improving the chapter as a whole.

In the coming months, the brothers will host a youth league benefit baseball tournament for St. Jude Children′s Research Hospital, clean up local roads for the Indiana Adopt–A–Highway program and participate in the Trine Relay for Life event.

Gamma Phi Epsilon – ΓΦΕ

Part of Gamma Phi Epsilon′s purpose is to support the activities of the sisters, promote spirit and foster goodwill between the sorority and the community. After winning the President′s Cup for the 2011–2012 school year, the sisters came together to make the sorority the best it could be. Since then, membership has increased from 21 members to 29 members, and the sorority has hosted several events on campus and had sisters participate in more than 30 other organizations, teams and clubs.

They focus their community service efforts on local philanthropies of Steuben County, ranging from individual hours to group projects. Gamma Phi Epsilon continues to work on academic excellence by increasing its minimum GPA requirements to 2.5, and the sisters have increased their overall cumulative from a 3.215 to a 3.288. The sorority continues to work to make stronger bonds between the group and the community.

Alpha Sigma Tau – ΑΣΤ

Alpha Sigma Tau has had a lot of exciting things happen during the past couple of years. One of the most exciting is the start of an annual philanthropy event. This April, the sisters will hold the second annual Strikes for Riley′s event, which is a bowling tournament to raise funds for their local philanthropy, Riley′s Children′s Hospital. Last year, they raised more than $700 and this year their goal is to reach at least $1,000.

They have also developed alumnae weekend. As a fairly young chapter they have not had a very large number of alumnae; however, with their growing alumnae population they have begun to make a more structured alumnae weekend. Specifically, they have developed the Yellow Rose Banquet, a banquet designed to honor those who are going above and beyond in different areas. They are honoring these individuals by giving them the sorority′s newly created Golden Anchor Awards, a set of awards that will honor people in different categories, such as most involved alumna and hardest working recruiter.

The chapter is creating the foundation for a lot of great programs and events.

Kappa Sigma – ΚΣ

Jan. 21–25, the Kappa Sigma fraternity collected money from local students to raise money for the Military Heroes Campaign. Kappa Sigma′s Military Heroes Campaign was designed to honor and aid wounded military veterans returning from active duty. The campaign provides charitable donations to organizations such as the Fisher House. The Theta–Xi chapter raised more than $100 for this fund throughout the week.

The brothers also raised money to assist the Red Cross Foundation and donated more than $300 to help after Hurricane Sandy swept over the east coast. They also will be sponsoring a golf outing on April 20 at Zollner Golf Course. All of the proceeds will be going to the Fisher House Foundation. The outing is open to the public. If you would like more information, please contact Steve Gullette at

Delta Chi – Δ Χ

Delta Chi recently held their annual reunion, and 22 Beta Phi Theta fraternity brothers joined the celebration. Beta Phi Theta was a local fraternity that merged with the national chapter of Delta Chi in the mid–1960s. The local Delta Chi chapter received its charter in Spring 1969, and there are more than 100 national chapters nationwide.

Delta Chi Betas

Chuck Rheutan, Steve Briody, Dave John, Larry George, Miguel Levy, Dick Kasaba, Roy Ghrist, and Darrel Billings.
Back row: Steve Clark, Stan Bankus, George Bender, Don Snyder, George Metzger, Ron Suter, Chuck Kronenwetter, John Heinz, Jim Dinsmore, Al Yoder, Bud Cancasci, Zane Wade, Mack Short, and Bruce Johnson attended but is not pictured.