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June / July 2013

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Sigma Phi Delta Update

Contributed by Jacob Black ′07

As the month of April wound down, the actives of Sigma Phi Delta did not. Busy studying for finals, the brotherhood devoted many hours to community service by participating in Steuben County's highway clean up. This is an annual community service project in which the brothers participate. They also assisted in helping with the American Society of Civil Engineers conference.

As finals wrapped up for the school year, rather than saying goodbye to many of their beloved graduating seniors, Kappa Chapter decided instead to welcome their newest alumni. Before taking on life's new responsibilities, the brotherhood went on an annual camping and canoeing trip on the Pigeon River in Mongo — a perfect way to end the term.

Phi Delta Alumni

The Kappa Alumni Chapter of Sigma Phi Delta is a fairly new organization that was reorganized just less than two years ago. That being the case, we would like to take this opportunity to provide a little background on how we have been operating. The newly reformed Alumni Chapter is now known as Kappa Alumni of Sigma Phi Delta, Inc., and is managed by a board of directors consisting of five to seven members elected during the fall annual meeting (there are currently six members on the board).

Our five year strategic plan includes the following:

  1. Improve the relationship between Sigma Phi Delta and Trine University
  2. Continue to improve the relationship and communication between alumni and actives
  3. Continue to improve the quality of the fraternity house through renovation efforts
  4. Ensure actives are aware of and follow the risk-reduction policy
  5. Re-instill the values of what means to be a Sigma Phi Delta man in the alumni and actives ranks.

Saturday, April 13, marked our semi-annual alumni meeting. It is one of two annual meetings; the fall meeting coincides with Trine homecoming. The purpose of these meetings is to give alumni and actives a chance to have discussions about current fraternity projects, issues and ideas in order to help us advance toward achieving our five-year goals. We have made successful advancement toward our goal in the category of house renovations. In the past couple of years, our renovation projects have included new carpeting, painting and staining the exterior and replacing the three heating and cooling systems. The next big projects are remodeling the kitchen and dining room and flooring the basement. If any alumni would like to get more involved with Sigma Phi Delta, please contact the board of directors at