THETA XI NEWS Theta Xi Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity Virginia Tech Spring 2009 401 Progress Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060 www.vtsigmanu.org 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 www.vtsigmanu.org. I would like to thank you for continuing support. Fraternally, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Lieutenant Commander Justin Smith (email@example.com) Treasurer Jason Tartaglia (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rush Chairman Luke Hodnett (email@example.com) Marshal Dave Dunn, Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Social Chairman Tony Caiazzo (email@example.com) Recorder Cory ‘Butch’ Niziolek (firstname.lastname@example.org) Risk Reduction Jon Bagg (email@example.com) Alumni Secretary Trevor Gingras (firstname.lastname@example.org) Controller Chris Glass (email@example.com) Sentinel Jerry Button (firstname.lastname@example.org) Chaplain Stephen Reid (email@example.com) Historian Casey Stafford (firstname.lastname@example.org) Academic Advisor Michael ‘Sal’ Salvatore (email@example.com) Chapter Advisor Scott Hutchins firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 www.vtsigmanu.org in the near future. Candidate Recommendations Want to recommend a candidate? If so, please contact Luke Hodnett at email@example.com 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 Major: 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 Announcements 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, including: • 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 http://vtsigmanu.shutterfly.com. 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. at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 http://www.nvrpa.org/parks/bullrun/index.php 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Moore (email@example.com) for more information. Hope to see you out there this year!
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