The Alpha Sig Homecoming was as well attended with over 80 alumni joining in for this special reunion Dedicating the New Old Gal. Everyone seemed to be impressed with the New Alpha Sig Chapter House at 110 S. Darling St on Trine University’s Fraternity Row. It looks better than its beautiful architectural renderings and its interior layout has a good feel to it. It is also is said to be quite functional as reported by the 15 (full capacity) live-in Brothers who proudly provided us personal tours of their new home. “Best Fraternity house on campus.” Congratulations to us all !
The pictures almost capture the level of Brotherhood and camaraderie that was felt throughout the Dedication weekend. The Thursday reception at the Holiday Inn and the Friday golf outing were well attended.
For the third year in a row Alpha Sigma Phi won the Trine Touch Stone Dinner crystal goblet Participation Award, which OddBall Alspaugh #840 proudly received on behalf of our Alumni Association. Brother Dr. James Rinker #551 was recognized by Trine University for his significant contribution to the current Best Hall rehabilitation project. The campus just keeps on improving. Enrolment is way up and construction projects seem to be part of the current culture.
The Saturday morning Alumni Meeting was special. Many reports on the House fund raising, construction and current financial status were provided. Things look good. A new parking lot taking over Gale St. south of our property is planned by Trine. Much of it will be dedicated to Alpha Sig parking. Gene Tierney’s #850 extended term as President ended on the Alumni Association Board. Mike King #1085 will be our new President and Matthew White #1099 was voter on to the AA Board. Gene Tierney and David Moon # 639 were invited to serve as Trustees on the House Corporation Board. The meeting was held in Best Hall’s recital Room 221, it’s large back stage area is where Nick Santino’ # 657 Reaction Light Company is working with Trines Innovation One to develop this sports racing event starting product. A tour was given and Reaction Light hosted a catered hot breakfast for the Alumni.
Our Tail Gate Party at the tent, next to The House, before football game, was a great social and historical event. Those who stayed behind during the game, for the third year in a row, heard Alpha Sig Legends Storytellers weaving stories about Omega Chapter member, Don Cerrato’s # 771 wardrobe, pets and pet burial ceremonies, how warm beer almost powered John Pelczar #866 Apha Sig team to an upset victory in the Greek Week canoe race, how pledging Alpha Sig improved Tim Adam’s interview skills and how the IRS was impressed with, then Treasurer, Darryl Shoff’s #750 temporary office, and many other tails that may never be told again.
The Dedication of the New Old Gal started a group photo in front of The House. It was followed by House Corp. President, Paul Reugamer #913, leading the Dedication with a talk from Trine University President, Dr Earl Brooks and Brother John Goudy # 758, project manager, thanking Ingledue Construction and Ralph and Sheri Trine for their contributions to The Old Gal. Tux (John) Anderson #864 spoke about the successful Capital Campaign and thanked everyone for the contributions. OddBall Alspaugh discussed the Old Gal’s Time Capsule, which was filled to the brim with many Brother’s various donations.
The evening was wrapped up with Undergraduate awards and lots of socializing, back patting and hand shaking. The party at the tent and back at the Holiday Inn went late. It was a very fun and rewarding Homecoming and Dedication of our New Old Gal.
Thank you to all who attended and worked on The Chapter House, the Homecoming events and the Dedication.
The commemorative Group Photos in front of the Darling St Old Gal with the names listed of the Brotherhood, with and without guests, can be purchased at http://www.gearyphotography.com/alphasiggroup for $35 unframed, including postage. Three dollars goes the Alumni Association. (Yours will not have the photographers’ logo on it.)
Thank you to all who attended this fabulous Dedication of the Old Gal.
Homecoming 2017 is scheduled early for the weekend of Sept 15 and 16. Mark your 2017 calendar now. Come see that house and enjoy our tradition of gathering for Homecoming.
We will miss Don Collins' bright smile and pleasant greetings at Homecoming. Don passed to the Omega Chapter Monday, September 5, 2016. Don was initiated March 5, 1957 and was a member of the Mighty 500s who rendezvoused with much enthusiasm and laughter for Homecoming 2014. He supported the Chapter and the new Old Gal by his frequent returns to Homecoming, even though he lived in the Virgin Islands.
Don worked for Viking Corp. movers and was inducted into the International Association of Movers Hall of Honor in 2013. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sharon, four children, two brothers and nine grandchildren. For more information and to post a note please visit: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/jconline/donald-l-collins-condolences/181311979?cid=full
For 25 years in a row (1991-2016) Brothers from the pledge class of Spring of 1982, Mike (Ed) Pedue #961, Eric (E.B.) Brown #958, Mike (Ed) Crull #969 and Tom Christen #963 have gotten together to play golf. Over the years Brothers Mike (Ed) Bovee #960, Paul Finnell #962 and Jack Robertson #927 joined in on the reunions. (Do you get the feeling it is easier if everyone has the some nick name after a few beers?)
Mike Pedue, Mike Crull, Tom Christen & Eric Brown
We look forward to their rendezvous at the Dedication of the Old Gal
Please Participate in The Old Gal’s History.
Provide a Gift to be Locked in the ΑΣΦ TIME CAPSULE.
ALL Brothers Are Invited To Propose A Gift To The Future To Be Place In The Time Capsule!
During Homecoming 2016's Dedication of the New Old Gal, a Time Capsule will be mounted inside a wall of the Old Gal. It will be a metal box 3 ½ inches deep, 14 inches wide and 36 inches high. Its location between wall studs will be marked with a plaque indicating it is not to be opened until the Chapter House is mortgage fee.
The Time Capsule is expected to have three - 14 inch wide X 12 inch high stacked compartments, 3 1/2 inches in depth. We think one (1) compartment will be for "physical items" like PB’s dog collar or the beer tap from the Maumee St party room and two compartments for paper documents like pictures, news paper articles, etc. As Tri-State used to say, all of this is “TBD” until we know more about what you would like to send into the future.
All Time Capsule Gifts should be focused on 1) The Beta Omicron Chapter and its Brothers, and then, 2) Trine (Tri-State) University and 3) the Angola Area.
The "Gifter" is to make sure their gift is explained well enough that someone in the future will understand what it is. That is: a picture should have a note like, "Brothers XX#, XY#, & XV# in 1972 filling water balloons for campus war with GDIs." or..."an electronic video of Brothers installing windows in 1987 at the Maumee House on USB port drive, XYZ format" Or... "a party favor from October 2015 110 S. Darling St Old Gal Inauguration." You may place pictures in an envelope and put the info on the envelope if you wish.
Please contact the email address below if you need help with pen numbers or other info. Do not let perfection get in the way of providing something fun or of significance to our history.
There will be two ways to get your gifts to us: One, you can bring it to Homecoming (preferred!) Two, you can send it to us. Details on each of those options will be provided after August 21st as we inform "Gifters" we in fact have space for their item in the Time Capsule. (We don't want to be shipping things twice.)
PLEASE propose a Time Capsule Gift by providing in an email to [email protected] with the following:
1) Your name , pen number and phone number
2) Describe the Gift you are providing, why you are providing it, its significance, etc)
3) Paper items, let us know: Is there more than one page? If so, how many pages is it? Is it going to be in a envelop or is it bound? If bound, how?
4) Physical items: provide its dimensions. (a picture would be nice)
5) Delivery: Do you plan to bring it to Homecoming --or do you plan to mail it?
To provide time for organizing the Gifts , communication , mailing, etc,
PLEASE Propose your Time Capsule Gift before Sunday, August 21st.
We hope we can completely fill this Time Capsule box. Your help with creative Gifts to the future will be appreciated.
HOMECOMING 2016; THE OLD GAL, A NEW BEGINNING
Sept 29, 30 & Oct 1st
This IS the ONE !