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BROTHER TO BROTHER N EWSLETTER OF INDIANA ETA , SIGMA PHI E PSILON AT INDIANA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY —WINTER 2004/2005 Indiana Eta’s Quest to Greece S “There were two main principles ince its inception in 1930, Indiana followed in Delphi and these were: “know Institute of Technology has changed thy self” and “no excess.” To know thy and grown to meet the needs of its current self is to understand who we are and what students. It has meant new buildings, new our purpose is. No excess is referring to programs, and new opportunities for stu- every day life; one must not do too much dents. Among these new programs and in one direction, but do some things in all opportunities is the chance for students to directions of life. I found that they were take a humanities elective overseas. In a very similar to what all brothers in Sigma past year, Adam Greb and Kris DelBarba Phi Epsilon follow. visited Spain; but this year, actives Ryan “Overall I am very pleased with Camp, Mark Gilson, Kris DelBarba, my decision to take part in this trip and I Mike Riley, and Tim Novinger had the think I can speak for all the brothers who opportunity to go to where it all started for took this journey with me by saying they Ryan Camp, Mike Riley, Kris DelBarba, Tim the modern fraternal world: Greece. feel the same. Many interesting things root Novinger and Ryan Camp at a fountain in Greece I asked Mark to summarize his from Greece and after traveling and experi- experience. He writes: “Over winter encing the life there I can understand why. break most Indiana Tech students went The trip has given me a deeper apprecia- home to their families to celebrate Christ- tion of SigEp’s ritual, principles, and the mas and New Years; this was not all that fraternity as a whole.” took place for a few students from the Indi- The students who went had to ana Eta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. submit a paper detailing the trip to Susan Those few chose to take a humanities elec- McGrade. In his report, Tim wrote that tive over the winter break and were taken the students from Tech wound up with a on a journey through the very heart of that group from Roger’s William’s University, which we derive much of our beliefs from; and while unexpected, they made quick this place, of course, being Greece. friends with them. He then goes on to say “Throughout the trip we visited that the little differences were the ones that many historical sites such as the Acropolis, surprised him the most. For example, taxis Delphi and the Temple of Apollo, Olym- that are Mercedes-Benz, the currency, and pia, Epidaurus, Mycenae, and even a day breakfast that, well, wasn’t exactly break- cruise on the Saronic Gulf. All these sites fast. were breathtaking and virtually indescrib- Of course, it wasn’t all studying, able on paper but I found that the Temple learning, and sight-seeing. Tim says that of Apollo in Delphi topped them all. Here they got to try many traditional drinks in- The picture above is at the ancient site of we learned of all the ritual they had with cluding Ouzo, Metaxa and the Greek wine Epidaurus, famous for its open air theatre. the Oracle of Delphi as well as the princi- Retsina. It is (apparently) the best preserved theater ples which each citizen followed. Indiana Tech has indeed learned of its kind in all of Greece. Like other to grow with the times, especially if it is things that the ancient Greeks built, this offering it’s students these opportunities. theatre was built into the side of a hill. When I looked at all the pictures, I re- The acoustics of the theatre were abso- marked that it didn’t even seem real. To lutely astounding. At the top of it, the the men of SigEp, it was much more than speaker on the stage could be heard clear that, it was surreal; and a life-changing as day—almost as if they were sitting next experience. § to us, as opposed to being 300+ feet be- low. [Many thanks to Mark, Tim, and Kris who contributed to the article] Alumni News & Notes Chad Pieper and his wife, Heather, are In the last issue of BtB, we reported on JD Lee MacSorely reports that he is a volun- expecting a child on June 10th. Chad has Hill and his wife’s pregnancy complica- teer firefighter with the Hoagland Volun- recently taken a position of recruiter for tions. Sadly, when Gabrielle came into the teer Fire Department; and also a volunteer Indiana Institute of Technology. world on 1/4/05, she was only 2 pounds EMT with the Hoagland EMS. In his free and 6.2 ounces, she passed away shortly time he scuba dives, and plays volleyball Gregg Koppelmann recently participated thereafter. If you would like to see pic- (somewhat) competitively. He is also an in a Bowl-a-thon for his kid’s former tures of Gabrielle, they can be found at avid Komet Hockey fan. He is still work- church school. Gregg also reports that his http://hill.bnkweb.com/Gabrielle.html. If ing as an Information Technology Man- son Sam is now a junior in high school and you’d like to send condolences or other- ager at Northeastern REMC in Columbia his other kids: Brandon (15) and Kyle (13) wise, JD’s address is 1827 Canoe Drive; City, IN. are keeping him busy. Lutz, FL 33559. JD asks that if you would like to contribute something in Gab- Aaron Diers sent this updated picture of Tom Gallup reports that things are going rielle’s honor, you can do so to the Poly- his first son, Christopher. Check out news well for him. He is now a partial owner/ cystic Kidney Disease Foundation at http:// of Aaron’s other bundle of joy in the manager of a division of Needham and www.pkdcure.org/home.html ‘Weddings…’ section. Associates, Inc. that does custom software development. He primarily works with On the other side of the coin, JD reports AutoCAD, but is also working on a com- that he has maintained his employment at mercial website. Tom also provides the Verizon for the past 5 years and is getting chapter with the webspace for along very well there. He also has a green www.indiana-eta.org. He reports that he is belt in To Shin Do. Lastly, he reports that busy, and that you can see http:// he is a “bad golfer” when he can spare the www.whimsplace.com/Twins.htm if you time to get out and play. are wondering why! David Durocher reports that he is hoping Carlos Reckner has had some contact to get back to visit the house and Tech in with Paul Litcher and reports that things the near future. In the meantime he is are going well and that his kids are getting working for a company called Centorr big. Jen is now in first grade and Chris is Vacuum Industries and has been there for in preschool. 10 years now. He does electrical controls for the products they make —some of which can get up to 3000 degrees Celcius. He still plays soccer in an over-30 men’s league. If you’d like to reach David, you c a n f i n d h i m a t email@example.com Evan Katon sends his hello from Atlanta where he continues to work for a company doing service claims in the Auto Industry. Here’s your chance to reconnect ALUMNI NEWS TO SHARE? with alumni from Indiana Eta, Just remember, BtB is a newsletter for as well as alumni from all over Chris and Jen Reckner alumni by alumni. We can’t do our the country! From August 10 job very well if we don’t hear from through August 14, thousands Jerry Williamson retired from Dow you guys. So, when you’ve got news, Chemical Company in Midland, MI after of SigEps converge on Nash- gossip, stories, memories, or some- 34 years and 2 months. He has since relo- thing else that you’d like to share with ville. Early registration is still cated to Arizona [see On the Move]. your fellow brothers of Indiana Eta, going on until June 30! Cost is drop us a line at: $355 per person. More infor- Paul Knupke reports that they lost their firstname.lastname@example.org oldest child, Paul Jr. (31) in 2002. His mation at: death was unexpected and of natural Hope to hear from you soon! causes. www.sigep.org/conclave Random Ramblings Jim Spelbring has been hosting some The active chapter participated in a philan- Texas Hold’em Tournaments at his apart- thropy for the Fort Wayne YMCA in De- ment complex. SigEps have faired some- cember. The guys got up early on a Satur- what well at these gatherings, with active day do some general work for the YMCA Matt Stephens winning the first one and which included painting the locker rooms. Brandan placing second at the next one. Of course, Brandan and Matt donated their Sanguine et Purpure, the “Unofficial and This year Nationals hosted a Fantasy Foot- winnings to their favorite charity. Unauthorized” SigEp Blog (at http:// ball League in association with AllStar- redandpurple.blogspot.com), recognized Stats. It was a chance for all SigEps to Indiana Eta as their “Chapter of the Week” compete in some good natured competition in December of 2004. S&P is constantly while meeting new brothers. Our very running stories about happenings in the own Savan Thakkar entered a team called Greek world, as well as the good and bad Kakana’s Champs. For a while, Savvy led happenings and opinions on SigEp as a the league in first place; but eventually he whole. dropped off a little. In the end, he wound up placing 4th with a point total of 1793, Allen Price [Founder] dropped us a line in just 20 points off of the leader (Seth Pro- December to let us know that he appreci- misel from MO Beta). Unfortunately, Matt Herald (foreground) and Matt ates the work that active Tim Novinger Savvy missed out on the prizes since only Stephens (far right) at JSOP I has done on the website. He also reports the first three places got an award. Here’s that his business (http://gothotel.com) to next year! Greek Games returned to Indiana Tech this which specializes in internet hotel reserva- year after a brief hiatus. A banner contest, tions is doing very well. Stop by gothotel Another local league for just the Indiana chant/cheer contest, ping pong, fooseball, if you are looking for over 5,000 pages of Eta alumni was established by Shawn pool, trivia, a marshmallow eating contest, hotels throughout the world. Lang he and brothers Brandan Haines, a “frozen T-shirt” contest, and a best pad- John Kosmakos, Greg Fetting, Savan dle contest were held. Indiana Eta came Mike McDowell, current Regional Direc- Thakkar, Reid Hochstedtler along with away with first in many of the events, and tor, also gave us some praise for the work former members Dave Spelman and Josh wound up first overall. Congrats to the on the Newsletter and the updated website. Armas all took part in Shawn’s Pocket- active chapter on winning Greek Games. He is really pleased with the chapter and Jacks Yahoo FFL. In the end, Fetting’s recent work we have done on improving team the Spacely Sprockets which he had- Indiana Eta celebrated its 41st anniversary communication. n’t touched or changed since the beginning on November 2, 2004. Paul Litcher sent of the season and went into the playoffs in his best and hopes everyone is happy, Is your contact information with Nationals last made a valiant run for it. Fate and healthy, and having fun. current? If not, you can visit luck ran out in the championship game www.sigep.org/alumni/update.asp to get which saw Fetting lose to Spelman’s En- everything up-to-date. terprising MVPs. Incidentally, Brandan’s team called I’mSoGonnaLose did just that, N M EW EMBERS Chad and Keri Grooms wanted everyone placing 8th. Shawn will probably be do- to meet Chance, the newest member of ing a NCAA Basketball bracket within the Travis Dean their family. He is about 6 months old next few weeks. An invite will be sent to Finneytown, OH; IS now and is a playful black lab mix. the Yahoo Group. If you aren’t a member, Jesse Dudgeon sign up now! Bluffton, IN; Internet Tech. Dean Duncan [Honorary ‘67] stopped by Matthew Zavodny the house in early October. He arrived Fort Wayne, IN; EE during ritual, and was welcomed by the actives and alumni that were present. Brandon Abernathy Many of the brothers had a chance to talk Kansas City, MO; CS to Dean and we managed to scrounge up Chris Brown one of the old SigEp license plates for him. Blytheville, AR; CS He also got to participate in the pinning ceremony that took place that day. He Bobby Munger expressed his appreciation to the chapter Geneva, IN; Internet Tech. for their hospitality and enjoyed his visit. Weddings, Engagements, and Births Lance Robert Kontowsky was born to Irv Aaron Diers and his wife Amanda were and Kathy Kontowsky at 9:32pm on surprised when she went into labor a little Wednesday, February 9. He was 9lbs. 14 over a month early. Ian Michael was born oz. and was 22 inches long. Irv promptly on Saturday, January 22 and is reported to gave him his first birthday present (yes, be a much more active baby (Amanda con- that is Mr. Daniels). firms this was true in the womb as well!). There were a few scary moments during labor, but he came out at 6 pounds and 9 ounces (after only incubating for 33 weeks) and healthy. Samantha Lynn Hoffman Ed Wetzel and his wife Kris are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Amanda Nicole on 10/3/2004. She was 21” and weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. As for his other kids: Anthony (8) is active in cub Lance Robert Kontowsky does his daddy proud! Ian Michael Diers scouts, soccer and wrestling; Alexandra (3) likes tap dancing; and Andrew (2) is a Justin Hoffman (current President of handful and the “best way to describe him Active Tim Novinger and his girlfriend Alumni Board) and his wife Shannon, wel- is busy”. Christina are expecting a baby in May. comed Samantha Lynn into the world on Hopefully, I’ll have some more pictures January 26 at 1:04pm. She was 8lbs. 2 Andy and Jamie Dye were wed on January and news in the next edition of BtB. ounces and 20 1/4” long. Shannon and 15, 2005 in San Antonio [see related arti- Samantha have been doing very well since cle]. coming home. Keira [the couple’s first child] has been helping every chance she gets. Justin reports that he is now out- numbered 3-1 and that he better start be- having. Return to San Antonio On the Move W quests (and tips) to do certain songs. The hen Andy Dye announced that most entertaining part of the night was Jerry Williamson: 18842 N. 16th Place; he was getting married in San when the guys at the piano asked Jamie up Antonio, it didn’t take long for the brothers to the stage. Jamie took a seat on the pi- Phoenix, AZ 85024 and friends of Andy and Jamie to book ano and all of the guys in the place got up Chad and Heather Pieper: 1611 Randford their flights, their hotels, and confirm that, to sing her the Righteous Brothers’ You’ve yes, they would indeed be attending. After Lost that Loving Feeling. Afterwards, Place; Fort Wayne, IN 46815 all, this was a very special couple, and San Jamie would say that she had an absolute Andy and Jamie Dye: 2016 Bayview Dr.; Antonio is a great place. blast and that she really enjoyed it. Fort Wayne, IN 46815 Among the brothers to attend On Friday, some of the group were: Paul Litcher, Adam Greb, Greg headed out to Ruth Chris steakhouse Bryan Thorsen: 503 Bounty Dr. NE; Johnson, Brandan Haines, Dave Pask, (courtesy of Paul) and went to the comedy Poplar Grove, IL 61065 and Tommy Le . Greg and Tommy’s re- club that is at the RiverCentre mall. spective girlfriends, Trish and Carrie as On Saturday, we attended the Jamie Baugh: 311-B McCromick Ave.; well as friend of the house Heathyr Dwight Army High School All-American Football Capitola, CA 95010 attended. game at the Alamodome. We had good On Thursday, the wedding party seats about 12 rows back from one of the Tim Wilhoite : 6826 E. County Road 800 and guests were treated to a night on the end zones. It was a pretty entertaining N.; Brownsburg, IN 46112 town courtesy of Howl at the Moon. For game, which saw the West destroy the those of you that don’t know, it is basically East. Clarence Bunch: 37569 Brynford Drive; a dueling piano bar where they take re- Clinton Township, MI 48036 [Return to San Antonio, Continued] After the game, we returned to the hotel to get changed and ready for the wedding. The ceremony was held in the hotel. It was quite nice and well attended. The recep- tion immediately followed (also in the hotel). We had a pretty good time at the reception, stealing each other’s beers when people weren’t looking, singing [although poorly] SigEp SweetHeart to Jamie, and doing the He Ain’t Heavy circle with Jamie and Andy in the middle (followed, of course, by a rousing rendition of Drink Beer). Sweetheart Ball 2005 Saturday, April 9 I think it says a lot for the quality of character that Andy has, and the strength of brotherhood in Indiana Eta, that 6pm to 12am a decent number of brothers were able to find the time and money to go down to San Antonio to be a part of Andy and Jamie’s special day. We were all glad that we were able to be there, and Andy and Jamie were very thankful. Shiloh Banquet Hall 3127 Carroll Road Fort Wayne, IN RSVP by March 22 $45/person For more details contact Mike Riley: email@example.com Other News and Notes Andy and Jamie share their first dance as Husband and Wife * Actives Ryan Camp, Michael Earnhart, and Steve Eckhart were all members of the 2005 edition of Who’s Who Among It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like... Students in American Universities and Colleges. Congratula- tions guys, and keep up the good work. The annual Christmas Party/Gathering is alive and well. The traditions of exchanging Santa Bros, joke presents (and maybe * Jeff Walls’s presentation “What Motivates College Students to a real one here and there), and mugs are still followed. This Cheat” has been accepted to be shown at the Teaching Confer- year’s gathering was no exception, as active Travis Dean ence held in Schaumburg, Ill. looks on, alumnus Matt Herald plays Santa, and active Jesse Dudgeon celebrates a gift he got. * The Alumni Board of Indiana Eta will be purchasing one of the bricks for the patio outside of Abbott Center. The inscription will read: Sigma Phi Epsilon/Est. November 1963/Virtue, Dili- gence and/Brotherly Love. * Actives Michael Earnhart, and Steve Eckhart are part of a program sponsored by Tech that is competing to be the first “amateur” group to launch a rocket into space. Their first test rocket reached two miles. On April 1, they will launch again hoping to get the necessary 62 and a half miles to reach space. For more information on this unique opportunity, check out www.indianatech.edu/News?news.aspx#181 * The alumni address database management has been moved back in-house. All further updates and mailings [including this one] will be processed internally. We hope that this change will fur- ther solidify our communication efforts and provide some cost savings. ? Brother to Brother Address Update Form WINTER Update your information with 2004/ - 2005 Issue this form and send to: Editor/Designer: Brandan A. Haines Sigma Phi Epsilon - Indiana Eta ATTN: Brother to Brother This issue covers 11/04 through 02/05. 6501 Hill Rise Drive Fort Wayne, IN 46804 Next issue will be around August 2005. Name: _____________________________________ Joined in: ______________ (i.e. Spring 82) UPCOMING INDIANA TECH Street Address: ALUMNI EVENTS __________________________________________ * May 2005: Commencement * June 2005: Alaskan Cruise __________________________________________ * September 2005: Indiana Tech 75th Anniversary Gala and Homecoming City: _______________________ State: _____ ZIP: __________ Home Ph#: _______________ UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS eMail: ____________________________________ * Alumni Corporation Meeting—Saturday, April 9, 9am at the house Publish my eMail on Indiana-Eta.org * SweetHeart Ball—Saturday, April 9 [See p.5] * Conclave—Wednesday, August 10 through Sunday, August 14—Nashville, TN [See p. 3] Brother to Brother ATTN: Brandan Haines 6501 Hill Rise Drive Fort Wayne, IN 46804 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED
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