Fraternity reunions in full swing

Greek Life is still thriving at Trine University. When fraternity brothers reunite, there is sure to be excitement, much reminiscing about the good old days, a few alumni awards, golf, dinner events, and much more. Here are a few of the highlights of this year’s fraternity reunions.

Sigma Phi Epsilon

by John Patota, CE ’80

Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity celebrated homecoming weekend at Trine University by inviting Alpha Gamma Upsilon (Alpha Gams) and SigEp alumni to the new house on Darling Street. A total of 150 brothers, actives and their friends and families returned to the house after the football game Saturday to share a great meal, view slide shows of old pictures and enjoy entertainment.

The highlight of the afternoon was when Bill Stockberger, BAD ’79, received the 2011 Lambda House of Excellence award for his 37 years of continuous service to SigEp. Bill thanked his wife, Michelle, BAD ’79, and the brotherhood for all of the great memories over the years.  The brothers remembered the words of Jeff Haskins, “Thru these halls walk some of the finest men on campus. The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon.”

Also unveiled was the Engraved Brick Fundraising Program. Brothers, parents and friends of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Gamma Upsilon can purchase  engraved bricks that will be installed during a ceremony each Homecoming Weekend.  Thank you to everyone that helped our Engraved Brick Program and Homecoming Weekend. It was a huge success. We are planning another alumni event in the spring. Please visit www.LambdaHouse.org for future details and information.

sig ep reunion

Tau Kappa Epsilon

by Dan Collins, BAD ’74

The TKEs of the Beta Epsilon chapter held a reunion for the brothers of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s the weekend of Sept. 16-18. Many had not seen each other for over 35 years. We had a great turnout for the reunion of nearly 140 brothers and spouses.

The weekend included golf and a tour of the campus on Friday, along with a “welcome back” event with a barbecue at the Witmer Clubhouse and a slideshow of photos from back in the day. Many of the brothers also stopped by the TKE house to visit the actives that evening.

Saturday’s festivities included another golf outing, watching the Trine football game and an evening at Witmer Clubhouse for another great meal from Bon Appetit Management Co.  The brothers renewed friendships and told stories from the past. Sunday morning many met again for a farewell brunch at Clay’s Restaurant.

“I have been smiling all week.  Thanks to all who made this past weekend so special.  But, it should be no surprise it came off as planned because that is the same way it happened back in the day,” said Bill Bertram, BAD ’74. “This has always been a special group of guys and it felt the same way last weekend. All my old positive feelings about TKE brothers were reaffirmed. It was great to see you all.”

tke reunion

Delta Chi

by Rich Kruger

The university’s chapter of Delta Chi Fraternity celebrated the 42nd anniversary with the annual alumni weekend April 15-17.

Fifty active college members, as well as roughly 150 alumni, friends and family members visited Trine University over the weekend to enjoy in the festivities. Friday night began with a reunion social in the basement where everyone gathered to tour the new Delta Chi house, snack on food and mingle with old friends.

Saturday lunch was served picnic style, and was followed by the annual chapter meeting, coordinated by Building Corporation and the Academic Board of Trustees.

A special alumni dinner, catered by Bon Appetit, was hosted in Ketner Sports Center in Hershey Hall Saturday night. The chapter presented alumni Jim Olson, ME ’74, the Alumnus of the Year Award. Alumni were invited to participate in an optional golf outing on Sunday morning.

Sigma Mu Sigma and Acacia

by Vince Arizzi, BAD ’69

The reunion started Oct. 1 as brothers and spouses took a tour of the old fraternity house on College Avenue. For most of the men, it had been 40 years since they were inside the house. A number of the alumni attended the football game and sat together, while others spent time revisiting Angola and places from the college days.

The third annual Reunion Dinner of Sigma Mu Sigma and Acacia fraternities (from the classes of 1958 to 1979) was held at the Loft at Timbers Restaurant on Saturday evening. Forty brothers and guests – from as far as Oklahoma, New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Ontario, Canada – attended. In some cases, a number of the members had not seen each other since graduation.

Sigma Mu Sigma was the first fraternity on the Tri-State College campus, starting in 1921. The chapter closed in 1967 when a decision was made by the members to affiliate with the Acacia Fraternity. The Acacia chapter closed in 1979. The plan is to continue to hold a reunion dinner on the Saturday evening of Trine University’s Homecoming weekend every year.  To contact fraternity alumni or for more information on upcoming gatherings, please contact Vince Arizzi at varizzi2@yahoo.com.

acacia reunion

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