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									THETA XI NEWS
Theta Xi Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity           Virginia Tech    Spring 2009
401 Progress Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060      
                                                         In This Issue:
  Brothers,                                          Sentinel’s Report………….. 2
     My name is Trevor Gingras. I am the             Recruitment Recap………. 3
  new Alumni Secretary for the active                Announcements……………. 4
  chapter. It is my hope that we can rekindle
                                                     White Rose Recap………… 6
  the relationship between the active
                                                     Upcoming Events………….. 8
  chapter and you, the brothers of Sigma Nu
  and Pi Kappa. We look forward to seeing
  you at Alumni Weekend (see page 8 for
  details) or your next trip to Blacksburg. I
  would like to invite you to visit our new
  website, which we decided to upgrade to
  over the summer. We are working hard to
  get this site up to date with our current
  activities. Please check it out at I would like to thank
  you for continuing support.
  Trevor Gingras, ΘΞ 503, Spring 2008

   State of the Chapter                                  The chapter gathers in Lexington for Spring 2008’s Knighting.
   by Phyllip ‘Blane’ Bowers, ΘΞ 489, Fall 2006
     As the newly elected commander of our                men that will be attending Virginia Tech in the
  chapter of Sigma Nu I would like to take this           fall, please feel free to contact our Recruitment
  opportunity to inform you of the current state of       Chairman or myself to refer these potential
  the chapter. We are currently in the process of         members to the chapter. The chapter is also
  pledging four new candidates. I am glad to              pleased to announce that we are currently
  announce that the new guys seem eager to learn          developing a philanthropy event that will raise
  the ways of our brotherhood and in my opinion           money for our National Philanthropy, Cystic
  they have a bright future within the chapter. We        Fibrosis. In addition, we are working with some
  are currently developing a year round recruitment       of the other off-campus fraternities on a local
  plan so that we can rush throughout the entire          community service project. This will hopefully
  school year. This will be beneficial to the chapter     improve not only our relations with the
  not only in the long term but the short term as         Blacksburg Community but with other fraternities
  well. Within the next calendar year we will see         whose values somewhat mirror those of our
  the large majority of the fraternity graduate. It is    chapter. With all of the changes being made
  essential that we establish a strong base of young      within the chapter and the planned renovations
  men that are enthusiastic toward the chapter and        by our housing corporation, Progress Properties
  show potential leadership qualities. If anyone          Inc., the future of Sigma Nu at Virginia Tech looks
  within our extensive alumni base knows of young         to be a strong one.
New Chapter Leadership
Eminent Commander              Phyllip ‘Blane’ Bowers (
Lieutenant Commander           Justin Smith (
Treasurer                      Jason Tartaglia (
Rush Chairman                  Luke Hodnett (
Marshal                        Dave Dunn, Jr. (
Social Chairman                Tony Caiazzo (
Recorder                       Cory ‘Butch’ Niziolek (
Risk Reduction                 Jon Bagg (
Alumni Secretary               Trevor Gingras (
Controller                     Chris Glass (
Sentinel                       Jerry Button (
Chaplain                       Stephen Reid (
Historian                      Casey Stafford (
Academic Advisor               Michael ‘Sal’ Salvatore (
Chapter Advisor                Scott Hutchins

Sentinel’s Corner
by Jerry Button, ΘΞ 494, Spring 2007
   As the current Sentinel, I
would like to update you on the
current status, recent upgrades,
and needed improvements to
the house. In the past year, we
have put new doors in the
house, including one with a new
keypad lock for the rear
entrance. During this past
summer party, we along with
several PPI members built a
brand new deck and fence               waterproofing of the new deck      and entire electrical system. We
behind the house as well as            and fence, and the sanding and     also plan on getting a new
doing landscaping work that            re-staining of the stairs. Also,   sound system for the basement
included planting new trees in         the entire upstairs hallway and    and re-model the bar. These
front of the house.                    stairwell have new baseboards,     needs and goals can certainly
   Inside the house, we have           crown molding, and have been       be met with the cooperation of
updated our kitchen with a new         painted.                           the active chapter, PPI, and the
oven, stove, and dishwasher as            While the house has             entire alumni base. That being
well as replacing all of the           significantly benefited from       said, I look forward to continue
house’s smoke detectors. This          these efforts, many necessary      working with you in the future
semester has seen the potato           improvements are still needed.     and please contact me with any
room getting brand new                 Primarily, the house is in need    questions or ideas. Thank you.
wooden flooring, the                   of new windows, front door,
  Recruitment Recap                         National Recruitment Day
  by Luke Hodnett, ΘΞ 505, Spring 2008
                                             Our second annual National Recruitment
   This semester’s rush provided fun      Day event will take place in Richmond this
for both rushes and brothers alike as     summer. The plan is to have a joint cookout-
well as producing four great              style rush event with the Sigma Nu chapters
candidates. Our rush events included a    from UVA and JMU. This event is geared
hot wing eating contest at Sharkey’s,     towards bringing out graduating senior males
cook outs and watching the Super Bowl     from the Richmond area, who will be
the house, and dinners at D2. With        attending one of the three colleges. The
another successful rush under our belt,   purpose of the event is to familiarize the
we are already working on some great      incoming freshman with their future school,
events for our Fall Rush next semester.   college life, and Sigma Nu. All alumni are
                                          invited to this event (and bring seniors who
                                          might be interested). Further information on
                                          this event will be posted on
                                 in the near future.

                                          Candidate Recommendations
                                             Want to recommend a candidate? If so,
                                          please contact Luke Hodnett at
                                 or (804)-405-0954. Please
                                          include your contact information along with
                                          the candidate’s contact information, high
                                          school, and comments you may have on them.

                     Meet a Candidate: Casey Conklin
Hometown:                                            A third generation Virginia Tech
Great Falls                                       student, Casey plans on becoming an
                                                  engineer. Though he is a legacy of
High school:                                      Kappa Sigma, Casey chose to pledge
Langley High School                               Sigma Nu instead. He met Brother
                                                  Daniel Dively (ΘΞ485) through
                                                  cheerleading and soon started to rush
University Studies
                                                  Sigma Nu. As the Vice President of his
Interests/hobbies:                                pledge class, he is already becoming a
Sports, Cheerleading,                             leader within Sigma Nu.
Computers, and Cars
       New Brothers                               Joining the Alumni Ranks
           Spring 2008                                             Fall 2008
                                                                Graham Hudgins
     Zach Arritt (ΘΞ 500)                                      ΘΞ 480, Spring 2005
     Jon Bagg (ΘΞ 501)                                   Business Information Technology

     Tony Caiazzo (ΘΞ 502)                                      Spring 2009
     Trevor Gingras (ΘΞ 503)                         Brett Alley           Daniel Dively
                                                  ΘΞ 483, Fall 2005      ΘΞ485, Spring 2006
     Chris Glass (ΘΞ 504)                   Consumer Business Management      Biology

     Luke Hodnett (ΘΞ 505)                         Matthew Kachur           Michael ‘Sal’ Salvatore
                                                  ΘΞ 482, Spring 2005        ΘΞ 488, Spring 2006
            Fall 2008                            Mechanical Engineering     Chemical Engineering
     John Nein, Jr.                                               Casey Stafford
                                                                ΘΞ 498, Spring 2007
    New Little Sisters                                                History

     Brittany Berneski
     Katie Hatt
     Sam Wingo                                      Brothers who earned a 3.0 last semester

                                            Zach Arritt        Graham Hudgins      Michael Salvatore
  2009 ΘΞ Sweetheart                        Tony Caiazzo       Matthew Kachur      Justin Smith
                                            Dave Dunn, Jr.     Dustin Lotz         Jason Tartaglia
     Michelle Desiderio                     Trevor Gingras     Cory Niziolek

                                Congratulations to:
Trey Rowan (Fall 94) and Renea Rowan are proud to announce the birth of their baby son,
Graham Cavender Rowan, on May 5, 2008.

Patrick ‘Babar’ Barbier (ΘΞ 372 and Fall ’94) and Kristina (Lil Sister ’98) are proud to announce
the birth of their baby girl, Madeleine Antoinette, on September 17, 2008.

Dick Reaves (ΘΞ 1) ran the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, his 17 th marathon in a time
of 3 hours 55 minutes and 51 seconds. As a 61 year old, he plans on running the Boston
Marathon next year (as he did in 1990 and 2000).
                  PPI Chairman’s Report
                          by Michael Violette, ΘΞ 148

   It has been a year since we made a transition in the Progress Properties, Inc.
(PPI) board and there was tremendous activity to report in our effort to:
“Preserve the past; Provide for the Future.” Please join us in Blacksburg on
Sunday April 26, 2009 at 9:00 A.M. for the Annual PPI meeting following
Alumni Weekend. This has been a year filled with strong support from Sigma
Nu Nationals towards the Theta Xi chapter at Virginia Tech and a year of
challenges for the active chapter. We are recognizing the need for active
alumni involvement, along with Nationals to provide support and guidance
with many different aspects of the fraternity within the community and
university life.
   It has been 10 years since PPI was formed to accomplish a long standing
goal to purchase our fraternity house from Mr. Frith. Along with that
ownership have come challenges in maintaining a good college housing
environment. We accomplished many items on our capital improvement plan,
but still face some major projects to complete our goals. We will review the
capital improvement plan progress and future goals.
   This year we have also come to recognize that although PPI was formed to
purchase the house, Housing Corporation, it has become the defacto Alumni
Association entity as well. We have realized that PPI should be just one part of
our Alumni Organization and we will be looking to establish this organization
so that we can fulfill many of the ideas and activities that we want to see,
•   Increased Philanthropy in the Blacksburg Community and towards Virginia Tech
•   Scholarships
•   Social Events and Alumni Activities
•   Advisory and Leadership Support
   I look forward to seeing you Alumni Weekend and providing a report on our
plans and progress.

             Michael S. Violette
             PPI Chairman
                             2009 White Rose Recap
by Gina Miller, Little Sister Alumnus
                                            (PPI), the alumni organization that        other year. The past two events have
(far right on the picture below)
                                            owns and maintains the Sigma Nu            been held in Richmond. Northern
   Thanks to all who made the 2009          house. As always, the AWR Silent           Virginia hosted the previous AWRs.
Virginia Tech/Sigma Nu Alumni White         Auction made the evening a financial       The next event will be in 2011. PPI is
Rose a social and financial success. This   success. We had 66 extraordinary           looking for new committee members
year’s AWR was held at the Main Street      items donated to the Auction this year.    to help plan and execute the next
Train Station in Richmond, Virginia on      Most of the items were handmade arts       event. Maybe you? Maybe in your
Valentine’s Day. 160 alumni, actives,       and crafts from our talented alumni.       town? Throwing the Best Party Ever is
friends and family joined in the fun and    There were also numerous donations         extremely gratifying and the OLD
embraced this year’s Roaring 20s            of vacations home, golf outings and        committees recommend it highly.
theme. We have created a site for           personal professional services.
photo sharing at                            Rounding out the auction selections            were the always-welcome wine, booze,
Please add your own photos and              and cigars. The 2009 AWR raised over
memories to the site. The photos will       $8000. Combined with funds raised
attest to the beautiful venue, the          through the Capital Campaign, PPI
fabulous attendance and the continued       hopes to continue to improve, update
AWR tradition of simply being the Best      and restore our beautiful and
Party Ever.                                 independent VT/Sigma Nu house at
   All proceeds from Alumni White           401 Progress Street.
Rose benefit Progress Properties, Inc.         Alumni White Rose is held every

Recognize these guys? (1974)                               How about now? (2009 White Rose)

                                                          by Trevor Gingras, Alumni Secretary
                                                             By all accounts, this year’s White Rose event at the old Main
                                                          Street Train Station was a success. This Roaring Twenties themed
                                                          event was enjoyed by about 160 alumni, actives, little sisters, and
                                                          their dates. The bi-annual White Rose offers all members of Theta
                                                          Xi the chance to reconnect and socialize with old friends. In
                                                          addition to the socializing, a significant amount of money (about
                                                          $8,000) was raised for PPI and the active chapter through the silent
                                                          auction, whose items were donated graciously by various alumni as
                                                          well as the active chapter and current little sisters. The brothers
                                                          appreciate the donations and would like to thank those who paid
                                                          the way for the actives to attend White Rose. We should all thank
                                                          the White Rose Committee for their tremendous effort in planning
                                                          and organizing the event. If you are interested in helping out in
   Pictured above are the active brothers and
                                                          planning the 2011 White Rose event, please email the committee
       their dates at the 2009 White Rose.
Where are they now?                                     2009 Virginia Tech
David Holt, ΘΞ 65                                        Football Schedule
This newsletter
                                                       Sat, Sep. 5, 2009    vs. Alabama in Atlanta
edition’s alumni
spotlight is on Brother                                Sat, Sep. 12, 2009   Marshall
David Holt. After his                                  Sat, Sep. 19, 2009   Nebraska
senior year when he
lived in the "outback"                                 Sat, Sep. 26, 2009   Miami
with Wesley Shaw (ΘΞ                                   Sat, Oct. 3, 2009    at Duke
45) and Chris Scott
(ΘΞ 79), he taught and                                 Sat, Oct. 10, 2009   Boston College
coached (tennis and soccer) for 2 years at Varina      Sat, Oct. 17, 2009   at Georgia Tech
High School in Richmond, Virginia. Then, he went
to the University of Utah to get a degree in geology   Thu, Oct. 29, 2009   North Carolina
and affiliated with the Epsilon Lambda chapter of      Thu, Nov. 5, 2009    at East Carolina
Sigma Nu. Upon returning to Richmond, he got an
                                                       Sat, Nov. 14, 2009   at Maryland
MBA at the University of Richmond and began
working at VEPCO (now Dominion Power). Brother         Sat, Nov. 21, 2009   NC State
Holt attended this year’s White Rose and enjoyed       Sat, Nov. 28, 2009   at Virginia
socially with other alumni.

                           Where are you now?
Please tell us. We would like to know what you are up to, what you plan on doing, and
where you see the chapter in five years. Please include your contact information, badge
number, and graduation year when you email us at

Alumnus Awards Dr. Charles Steger
Brother Daniel Carusillo (ΘΞ 226)
presents President Steger with a
certificate from the brothers, alumni,
and House Corporation of the Theta Xi
chapter of Sigma Nu. The presentation
occurred in the President’s skybox
during a football game on September
6th, 2008. President Steger received
the award for his outstanding
leadership of Virginia Tech and the
entire Hokie community as well as
exemplifying the beliefs of “Love,
Honor, and Truth.”
                  Upcoming Events
                     2009 Spring Alumni Weekend
     As is tradition, we are excited to announce this    Saturday:
 Spring Alumni Weekend on April 24th – 26th, the         11 AM- Tailgate at the house
 weekend of the Maroon vs. White football game.          2 PM- Spring Maroon vs. White Game at Lane
 We hope that you will come and enjoy a weekend             Stadium
 visiting with the active members, reconnect with        5 PM- Luau at the house (family friendly event)
 fellow alumni, and see the house as well as its
 improvements. The event schedule may be subject
                                                         Sunday Morning: 9 AM- PPI/Active chapter
 to change, check the website for updates. As of
                                                             joint meeting (all alumni are invited to come)
 now, the schedule for the weekend is:

                    Mark your calendars and come to the:
                                              23rd Annual
                                               SIGMA NU
                                    BULL RUN FAMILY PICNIC!
                                       Sunday May 3rd 2009
                                              11am - 5pm
                                     Picnic Site #6 (same as last year)
                                          Bull Run Regional Park
                                               Centreville, VA

                                           RAIN or SHINE!
                                 First Sunday in May - The Tradition Continues!
       Kids love this picnic - ask one! Save the date and contact your alumni friends to do the same!
All the BBQ basics and grills are provided, there’s a nice shelter, and restrooms are close by. Lots of sports
 activities (including traditional family kickball/softball/etc.) for the teenagers and younger kids, plus the
   park offers many activities such as Frisbee golf, trails, playground, etc. You bring your own food, lawn
             chairs, special entertainment for your kids, and anything else that floats your boat.

  Leave the dogs at home please and note that alcohol is not permitted in the park and they do check
   periodically. Contact Bull Run Committee Chairs Joe Romagnoli ( or Mark
                          Moore ( for more information.

                             Hope to see you out there this year!

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