T HETA X I N EWS. Theta Xi Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity Virginia Tech Spring 2009. 401 Progress Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060 www.vtsigmanu.org. In This Issue:. Brothers,
Theta Xi Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity Virginia Tech Spring 2009
401 Progress Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060 www.vtsigmanu.org
In This Issue:
My name is Trevor Gingras. I am the new Alumni Secretary for the active chapter. It is my hope that we can rekindle the relationship between the active 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
White Rose Recap…………
State of the Chapter
by Phyllip ‘Blane’ Bowers, ΘΞ 489, Fall 2006
The chapter gathers in Lexington for Spring 2008’s Knighting.
As the newly elected commander of our chapter of Sigma Nu I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the current state of the chapter. We are currently in the process of pledging four new candidates. I am glad to announce that the new guys seem eager to learn the ways of our brotherhood and in my opinion they have a bright future within the chapter. We are currently developing a year round recruitment plan so that we can rush throughout the entire school year. This will be beneficial to the chapter not only in the long term but the short term as well. Within the next calendar year we will see the large majority of the fraternity graduate. It is essential that we establish a strong base of young men that are enthusiastic toward the chapter and show potential leadership qualities. If anyone within our extensive alumni base knows of young men that will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall, please feel free to contact our Recruitment Chairman or myself to refer these potential members to the chapter. The chapter is also pleased to announce that we are currently developing a philanthropy event that will raise money for our National Philanthropy, Cystic Fibrosis. In addition, we are working with some of the other off-campus fraternities on a local community service project. This will hopefully improve not only our relations with the Blacksburg Community but with other fraternities whose values somewhat mirror those of our chapter. With all of the changes being made within the chapter and the planned renovations by our housing corporation, Progress Properties Inc., the future of Sigma Nu at Virginia Tech looks to be a strong one.
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)
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 behind the house as well as doing landscaping work that included planting new trees in front of the house.
Inside the house, we have updated our kitchen with a new oven, stove, and dishwasher as well as replacing all of the house’s smoke detectors. This semester has seen the potato room getting brand new
wooden flooring, the
waterproofing of the new deck and fence, and the sanding and re-staining of the stairs. Also, the entire upstairs hallway and stairwell have new baseboards, crown molding, and have been painted.
While the house has significantly benefited from these efforts, many necessary improvements are still needed.
Primarily, the house is in need of new windows, front door,
and entire electrical system. We also plan on getting a new sound system for the basement and re-model the bar. These needs and goals can certainly be met with the cooperation of the active chapter, PPI, and the entire alumni base. That being said, I look forward to continue working with you in the future and please contact me with any questions or ideas. Thank you.
National Recruitment Day
by Luke Hodnett, ΘΞ 505, Spring 2008
Our second annual National Recruitment Day event will take place in Richmond this summer. The plan is to have a joint cookout-style rush event with the Sigma Nu chapters from UVA and JMU. This event is geared towards bringing out graduating senior males from the Richmond area, who will be attending one of the three colleges. The purpose of the event is to familiarize the incoming freshman with their future school, 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.
This semester’s rush provided fun for both rushes and brothers alike as well as producing four great candidates. Our rush events included a hot wing eating contest at Sharkey’s, cook outs and watching the Super Bowl the house, and dinners at D2. With another successful rush under our belt, we are already working on some great events for our Fall Rush next semester.
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
Langley High School
Sports, Cheerleading, Computers, and Cars
A third generation Virginia Tech student, Casey plans on becoming an engineer. Though he is a legacy of Kappa Sigma, Casey chose to pledge Sigma Nu instead. He met Brother Daniel Dively (ΘΞ485) through cheerleading and soon started to rush Sigma Nu. As the Vice President of his pledge class, he is already becoming a leader within Sigma Nu.
Joining the Alumni Ranks
Zach Arritt (ΘΞ 500)
Jon Bagg (ΘΞ 501)
Tony Caiazzo (ΘΞ 502)
Trevor Gingras (ΘΞ 503)
Chris Glass (ΘΞ 504)
Luke Hodnett (ΘΞ 505)
ΘΞ 480, Spring 2005
Business Information Technology
ΘΞ 483, Fall 2005
Consumer Business Management
ΘΞ485, Spring 2006
ΘΞ 482, Spring 2005
Michael ‘Sal’ Salvatore
ΘΞ 488, Spring 2006
John Nein, Jr.
ΘΞ 498, Spring 2007
New Little Sisters
Brothers who earned a 3.0 last semester
Dave Dunn, Jr.
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 17th 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).
by Michael Violette, ΘΞ 148
Michael S. Violette
by Gina Miller, Little Sister Alumnus (far right on the picture below)
Thanks to all who made the 2009 Virginia Tech/Sigma Nu Alumni White Rose a social and financial success. This year’s AWR was held at the Main Street Train Station in Richmond, Virginia on Valentine’s Day. 160 alumni, actives, friends and family joined in the fun and embraced this year’s Roaring 20s theme. We have created a site for photo sharing at http://vtsigmanu.shutterfly.com. Please add your own photos and memories to the site. The photos will attest to the beautiful venue, the fabulous attendance and the continued AWR tradition of simply being the Best Party Ever.
All proceeds from Alumni White Rose benefit Progress Properties, Inc. (PPI), the alumni organization that owns and maintains the Sigma Nu house. As always, the AWR Silent Auction made the evening a financial success. We had 66 extraordinary items donated to the Auction this year. Most of the items were handmade arts and crafts from our talented alumni. There were also numerous donations of vacations home, golf outings and personal professional services. Rounding out the auction selections were the always-welcome wine, booze, and cigars. The 2009 AWR raised over $8000. Combined with funds raised through the Capital Campaign, PPI hopes to continue to improve, update and restore our beautiful and independent VT/Sigma Nu house at 401 Progress Street.
Alumni White Rose is held every other year. The past two events have been held in Richmond. Northern Virginia hosted the previous AWRs. The next event will be in 2011. PPI is looking for new committee members to help plan and execute the next event. Maybe you? Maybe in your town? Throwing the Best Party Ever is extremely gratifying and the OLD committees recommend it highly.
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 planning the 2011 White Rose event, please email the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above are the active brothers and their dates at the 2009 White Rose.
2009 Virginia Tech
David Holt, ΘΞ 65
This newsletter edition’s alumni spotlight is on Brother David Holt. After his senior year when he lived in the "outback" with Wesley Shaw (ΘΞ 45) and Chris Scott
(ΘΞ 79), he taught and
coached (tennis and soccer) for 2 years at Varina High School in Richmond, Virginia. Then, he went to the University of Utah to get a degree in geology and affiliated with the Epsilon Lambda chapter of Sigma Nu. Upon returning to Richmond, he got an MBA at the University of Richmond and began working at VEPCO (now Dominion Power). Brother Holt attended this year’s White Rose and enjoyed 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.”
2009 Spring Alumni Weekend
As is tradition, we are excited to announce this Spring Alumni Weekend on April 24th – 26th, the weekend of the Maroon vs. White football game. We hope that you will come and enjoy a weekend visiting with the active members, reconnect with fellow alumni, and see the house as well as its improvements. The event schedule may be subject to change, check the website for updates. As of now, the schedule for the weekend is:
11 AM- Tailgate at the house
2 PM- Spring Maroon vs. White Game at Lane
5 PM- Luau at the house (family friendly event)
Sunday Morning: 9 AM- PPI/Active chapter
joint meeting (all alumni are invited to come)
Mark your calendars and come to the: 23rd AnnualSIGMA NUBULL RUN FAMILY PICNIC!Sunday May 3rd 200911am - 5pm Picnic Site #6 (same as last year)
Bull Run Regional ParkCentreville, VAhttp://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!