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
to us, as opposed to being 300+ feet be-
[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
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!
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,
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.
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-
Return to San Antonio On the
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
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
* 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
? Brother to Brother
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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.
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* June 2005: Alaskan Cruise
__________________________________________ * September 2005: Indiana Tech 75th Anniversary
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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]
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