February 8, 2006 Alpha-Nu Alumni Newsletter Greetings from Sigma Pi’s Finest Mark Your Chapter Director Charles ‘Fred’ Bauer Calendars Gary Bunting Tash We are eager to wel- Hello and Happy New Grand Sage’s Award this Greetings Alpha-Nu’s! come Alumni for any Year! I hope that this newslet- summer in New Orleans at Carol and I miss seeing you occasion here at Alpha- ter finds you all having en- Convocation. and wish more of you would Nu, but here are a few joyed a wonderful holiday come back to Alpha-Nu for Fall dates that promise to be My family is doing season. We certainly enjoyed Homecoming and/or Spring a good time this Spring: well. Robin received a pro- it and all the kids complained Alumni Weekend! that it went by too fast and that motion this past year and is Fred Bauer is doing a su- ⇒ February 19 now a supervisor with the they were not ready for school Clerk’s Office and has really perb job as Chapter Director, Men’s Basketball v. to start. I must admit, it was taken to her new position. I but I still manage to show up North Carolina enjoyable not having to rush in am in my thirteenth year as for most Monday chapter meet- the mornings. an Assistant District Attor- ings (old habits are hard to ⇒ February 24 The undergraduates are ney handling general felo- break). However, I do not miss Viking Fest truly excited about the spring nies, with a case load rang- having to attend disciplinary semester, having weathered ing from breaking and enter- hearings -- hmm!?! And of ⇒ March 4 the fall semester under the ing to capital murder. Un- course Carol and I still enjoy cloud of “at risk” status as fortunately, there is plenty hosting the Senior Cookout at Men’s Basketball v. labeled by the administration. of job security. The boys the end of each year. N.C. State Rush is well organized and are growing up fast, and ought to bring in a strong Matt is quite the Deacon Carol and I left our old law ⇒ March 17-18 firm on July 1, 2005 and group of new brothers to carry fan. Alex is in fifth grade formed a new law firm known **Alumni Weekend on what you have all worked and Matt is in first. Ashley as “Tash & Kurtz, PLLC.” All so hard to create. will be sixteen this summer is going extremely well, and we ⇒ March 24-25 I am looking forward to and cannot wait to drive are very pleased with our deci- Nuclear Fallout working with the new EC, alone (Robin and I can wait sion! some of whom will be attend- though). Our daughter Ginny was ⇒ May 15 ing the Mid-year Leadership I hope to see many of married in October 2004, and Graduation Exercises Conference in St. Louis this you at this spring’s Alumni she and Brandon live in February, as they position the Weekend, until then go Greensboro, NC. Our son An- ⇒ August 2 chapter to bring home another Deacs! drew works as a civilian 48th Convocation employee of the U.S. (New Orleans, LA @ the Navy in computer engi- Marriott, 555 Canal St.) neering and lives in Charleston, SC. Alpha-Nu continues to ** It is very important do well, and I am pre- to us that all alumni dicting a fourth Grand have as good a visit as Sage Award at the 48th possible when returning Biennial Convocation at to Wake. Please contact the New Orleans Mar- 1st Counselor Charlie riott at 555 Canal Street Tennyson if you have (only three blocks from any questions, concerns Bourbon Street) on Au- or suggestions. You all gust 2-6, 2006! I hope better be back here for to see many of you there at least one event! as possible, and Happy firstname.lastname@example.org Porchin’ it: Brothers, Alumni and past Grand Sage Gary Tash (left-center, blue New Year! shirt) gather for a picture as they wait for the Spring 2006 pledge class to arrive. (919) 491-4931 Alpha-Nu Alumni Newsletter Executive New Sage Optimistic About 06’-07’ Council The New Year has big shoes to fill in replacing our brought new beginnings for outgoing senior class. Our sen- 2006 Alpha-Nu. After weathering a fall semester of suspension for iors represent everything from multiple honor societies to intra- various social infractions, our mural championships to leader- Second Counselor Steven Dee chapter is back on track and ship within and outside of our more united than ever. The chapter. The common theme Hometown chapter’s response to these among them is their commitment Durham, university sanctions was a to excellence that typifies what it New Hampshire testament to the character and means to be an Alpha-Nu. Ush- Major resilience of our brotherhood. ering in our new wave of leader- Finance Redoubled efforts on the re- ship is an Executive Council cruitment trail and in other Sage Nick Spuhler comprised of six juniors who campus groups and leadership work in tandem with Chapter positions have led to a spring Director Fred Bauer and Past pledge class of 24, the largest new philanthropic endeavors Grand Sage Gary Tash to over- and best at Wake. Rather than like the campus-wide Wake n’ see the positive progression of Third Counselor accept a diminished role on Alpha-Nu. Michael Lucki Shake for cancer research and campus, the brothers of Al- Alpha-Nu’s campus clean up Hometown Our brotherhood has pha-Nu worked hard to return ACE project. Such a full Port Jefferson, planned a great Alumni Week- our chapter to its familiar schedule gives the brothers New York end for March 17-19. Planned position as a pillar of Wake plenty to look forward to this Major events like Alumni Club and a Forest’s Greek community. spring and ensures that Alpha- Finance lounge party will allow you to Alpha-Nu is now prepar- Nu will continue its legacy as catch up with old friends and ing for a jam-packed spring a Grand Sage caliber chapter meet the new generation of Al- semester, full of social and through constant involvement pha-Nu brothers. We thank you philanthropic events. Social and activity. for your continued contact with standbys such as Viking Fest, Orchestrating the hectic Sigma Pi, Alpha-Nu, and we Fourth Counselor Orchid Ball, and Nuclear Fall- operations of our chapter is a invite you as our guests to share Adam Leigh out are being coupled with in our chapter’s bright horizon. new core of leaders that have Hometown Eden Prairie, Minnesota Budget Breakdown: Where The Money Goes Major Social 23% Biology National Insurance 18% We Need Your Help! The brothers at Alpha-Nu are always Rush 13% trying to improve things like the newsletter and alumni events. Any donations or sugges- First Counselor Rent 10% tions that you have would be greatly appreci- Charlie Tennyson ated and put to immediate use If you would Hometown Philanthropy 7% like to receive your newsletter in color from Durham, now on, please send a $10 donation to: Formals 6% North Carolina Major Special Weekends (Alumni, 4% Alpha-Nu Mailing Address Political Science PO Box 7327 Winston Salem, NC 27109 IFC Dues 3% Brother Activities 3% Herald Chris Hayes Composite 3% Hometown Chester, Fines 2% New Jersey Intramurals 1% Major Chapter Email: Economics Other Expenses 6% email@example.com Alpha-Nu Alumni Newsletter Alumni Weekend 2006 Set To Coincide With St. Patrick’s Day Figuratively The Alumni Club officers met in January to discuss plans Speaking for the coming year. Our main The Alpha-Nu Chapter of Sigma Pi priority is getting more alumni to regularly attend Alumni has not only earned the reputation Weekend and Homecoming. of being Wake’s largest fraternity (there are currently 64 members We are looking for repre- not including a pledge class of 25), sentatives from each class to assist in recruiting or coordinat- but also its most diverse. Here are ing activities. Any support we a few numbers that shed a little can get will be greatly appreci- light on the brotherhood as of the ated. If you are interested in 2006 Spring semester: helping or if you have ideas to Things You Won’t Want to Miss: make these weekends truly memorable, please email me at • March 17th — Alumni and Brother dinner at Mi Pueblo 11 Juniors out of 28 that spent firstname.lastname@example.org. We the fall in another country. About at 6:00 p.m., followed by an open party with St. Patty’s look forward to seeing all of 40% of Wake students typically Day theme at the Sigma Pi lounge in Taylor House. you at Alumni Weekend. In the study abroad for a semester. meantime, encourage everyone • 4 March 18th — Alumni Club in the chapter room at 10 you keep in touch with to at- a.m. to catch up on Alpha-Nu current events and alumni Overall ranking of Sigma Pi’s tend! affairs. Meet up with friends for dinner, then head to an 2.986 GPA amongst the 13 fraterni- — Mike Barbato ‘05 off campus house at 7 p.m. (location to be specified at ties at Wake Forest. The chapter Alumni Club President Alumni Club) and out to bars. Rides will be provided. expects that the fall semester will have moved the average even higher. Philanthropy Efforts remain Strong 13 Number of brothers that have declared a major in Economics. The second most popular majors are Political Science and Finance, each with six declared in Alpha-Nu. 21 Different states currently represented in Alpha-Nu. 10 active brothers claim NC as their home state while New Jersey is currently the second most represented state with six brothers. 2 Straight championship game appearances made by the fraternity’s dodge-ball team, compiling an 18-3 record in the sport’s two-year exis- tence at Wake Forest. The two title losses came at the hands of starting quarterback Ben Mauch’s team. 3 New members that were initi- ated last fall: sophomores Brad Giving Back: Alpha-Nu participated in a number of events to give back to the community dur- ing the fall semester. The fraternity sponsored a cook-out (pictured above) to raise awareness Hughes, Colin Andrade and Jared about the dangers of alcohol in response to the death of a college student at a Sigma Pi chapter in Beaver. Colorado. Brothers also ran for “Hit the Bricks”, an annual charity event to raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer fund at Wake and on Halloween the fraternity’s lounge was transformed into a haunted house for local children in Winston-Salem, an event the brothers always enjoy. ΣΠ ΑΝ Eleven Alpha-Nu’s Spend Fall Abroad Last semester, the Alpha-Nu chapter of Sigma Pi was truly an international one. Junior David Rocco spent his semester in Sydney Australia, and junior Jason Koch studied in Salamanca, Spain. The two sat down to answer a few questions about their ex- periences and what they missed about Alpha-Nu. What factors lead to your that affect your experience? choosing study abroad? J: I was abroad with [brother Jason: To better understand the Kevin Hembree]. He was in my culture of Spanish speaking program, and that was cool be- people, and also since my ma- cause he and I got close traveling jor is Spanish to improve my to other countries together and Spanish. But also to learn just experiencing the culture of about the culture of Spain and Spain. It was a once in a lifetime the culture of Europe and to experience and it was great to be understand those cultures as able to share that with a brother, well. especially in regards to discover- ing a new culture. With [alumnus Rocco: My older sister went Junior David Rocco with two kangaroos in Queensland, Australia. Dan Rose] coming to visit . . . abroad and she had a great with him that was a devotion time, and I thought it would be of the people there was just com- seeing my pledge class. That was thing to Sigma Pi, he flew all the an amazing time to be in a dif- pletely different than we were who I missed the most because way from London to come see ferent culture for an extended expecting. The friendliness of it’s hard to keep tabs on people some of his brothers. It was great period of time. that society towards [Americans] [while abroad]. And you’re anx- example of the fraternity. ious to get back and to see how How did you decide upon a was the most impressive thing. R: I went on Spring break with things have changed. location? And the pyramids . . . those were [brothers Charlie Tennyson and the most impressive things I had R: I missed all the people that I R: I wanted to go to a place Chris Hayes] and it made that ever seen in my life. We went got to know through pledging and where there wasn't going to be experience that much better to downtown into Cairo and there over the last year. It was nice to any type of language barrier. I have such close friends all the were three and four lane roads have a couple of them in Australia was already planning on going way on the other side of the world each way and there were no lights but it wasn’t as fun . . . Just things to Europe after college so I and to be able to party with them at all in the entire city and you like being the anchor on the A- thought this was the best over there. had to dart across the roads. You league flag football team and chance to get to see Australia, What was your favorite trip/ could always pay a police officer hanging out at the lounge and and I can’t deny that the experience of the semester? though and he’d stop traffic for different houses. weather was a big factor too. you. J: Egypt in a heartbeat. It was What is the biggest change you Did you get to see any other just incredible in that the culture R: Snorkeling at the Great Barrier feel like you made? Sigma Pi’s abroad? How did Reef. We went out on a pretty big boat early in the morning and we J: Obviously your view of the got to spend all day out on the world and your view of societies, reef. The colors you see when different societies and how they you’re out there with the coral and interact with each other is com- all the fish are just amazing and it pletely different. You just take is unlike anything you will ever note on what things are done bet- see. You can get so close to the ter or worse, and you have a fish you can practically touch greater appreciation for the them, and the weather was unbe- American way of life. Like re- fills, there’s no refills in Spain if lievable. you ever go. What did you miss most about R: Well the biggest thing for me Wake Forest and Sigma Pi? was I realized how much I liked J: I definitely missed playing ball being in the U.S. When I first got with the fraternity guys . . . just there I thought that I would want weekdays and going to play ball to live there for longer but now I with them. Stuff like hangin’ on know I would never want to live the halls, going to Benson and just in another country. Junior Jason Koch touring the pyramids in Egypt by camel.