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Many of us would admit that the reason we survived at Trine (TSC, TSU) was due to the bond we made at Beta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi.  Some Brothers have reignited that bond during the past few Homecoming events and the building of the new    "OLD GAL".

Two Brothers, pledging fifty years a part, have formed a uniques bond which may impact their futures.  Two years ago, Nick Santino, #657, returned to Homecoming and visited the Innovation Center at Trine University.  Nick owns Swimming Reaction Lights and he committed to the University that he would work jointly with them to develop a new system.  Unbeknownst to Nick, the University assigned Nathaniel Scroggins, #1171 to be the leader on this
project.

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Nathaniel Scroggins shows a light for swimmers that he redesigned during his internship at Trine University's Innovation One.   Photo by Dean Orewiler

Nathaniel Scroggins, a senior design engineering technology major fromHanover, IN is a Lilly allocation recipient who works for Innovation One on Trine University’s main campus. He “focuses on designing or redesigning products, creating test fixtures for companies, and doing computer-aided design work for Trine or outside companies.” According to Scroggins, this opportunity has allowed him to get his foot in the door at many area companies and has given him more resume-worthy experience. Nathaniel worked on redesigning the light tubes used in competitive swimming for hearing-impaired swimmers. Nathaniel's redesign improves the aesthetics and functionality of the rpoduct while drastically cutting the cost of production.

Recently, Nathaniel traveled to New York to visit owner and developer, Nick Santino. While there he learned first-hand those manufacturing methods currently being used by SRL of NY. He then returned to Angola and developed and proposed to the Innovation One group an on-site manufacturing process. Subsequently, Mike Bock Senior Vice President of Trine University, has approached Mr. Santino on forming a Joint manufacturing process on the Trine campus. The proposal will include hiring Nathaniel upon graduation as the project engineer where he will assume all responsibilities of production and distribution, using students on campus thru a work study program. This proposal has progressed to the point where legal documents are currently being written and manufacturing is scheduled to start right after the 2015 Homecoming events. Nick and Nathaniel will be at the 2015 Home Coming and I am sure will be more than willing to discuss
this project and more with anyone interested.

Nick and his Daughters Shannon and Traci recently traveled to San Antonio Texas to launch the new reaction light system at an International Swimming Championship meet. It was well received and overwhelming approved by all the competitors from the countries participating. You can find more details about SRLofNY by going to their web site, http://www.srlofny.com.

It was also recently announce that several track and field organizations have contacted Nick as to making this system adaptable to track and field. Both Nathaniel and Nick are currently working on proto types for approval.

This is a win/win/win/win for everyone. It has provided Nick and his company an innovative product; provided Nathaniel an internship and possibly a future job; Nick is donating some of the proceeds to Trine University and
will work with Trine on a manufacturing facility; and Nick will donate some the proceeds to the Beta Omicron chapter. But the biggest win is for the pride and strength of the Beta Omicron Brotherhood.

Trine Scholarship Golf Outing

Golfers raise money for Trine scholarships
Teams of golfers competed and had fun Jan. 22 in Longboat Key, Fla., during Trine University's annual golf outing for scholarships.

The Alpha Sig team of John Goudy '70, Darryl Shoff '70, Mike Galiyano '70, and John Stock '71 won for the second year in a row; Jim Ingledue (JICI) with longest drive; Board of Trustee, Dr. Alan McGee with longest putt and John Anderson '74 was closest to pin.

Alpha Sigma Phi, Beta Omicron Chapter was well represented at this function.

Support Tyler’s Effort

Kingsley

 

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Greeting Brothers,

My name is Tyler Kinsley, the current President of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi at Trine University. This summer, I will be participating in Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity’s global service and cultural immersion program—the SIG Experience. From May 30-June 5, alongside our brothers from across the country, I will travel to León, Nicaragua to provide hands-on assistance in the construction of homes for families in need. Charity and service towards others is something I actively try to implement in my life. I would like to extend the scope of who I attempt to serve beyond those in northeast Indiana; this is why I have decided to participate in this trip.

In order to attend this program and help Better the World, my goal is to fundraise $1,850.00. This amount will pay for my lodging, food, airfare, local transportation, and materials/supplies. I would like to ask for your help to make this exciting and life-changing experience possible! Any assistance you can provide would be deeply appreciated. I’ve personally given $200 toward the $1,850 goal already. You can donate directly online by visiting this link. Once again, please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Thank you in advance for your support!

Tyler Kinsley
Alpha Sigma Phi Beta Omicron Chapter President
[email protected]
(317) 224-3617

 

 

A “Champion” Among Us

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The Wayne A. Champion Alumni Service Award

 The Wayne A. Champion Alumni Service Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a Beta Omicron Alumnus.  This award is a very selective award recommended by the board of the Alumni Association.  The award is only given for exception support and service to the Beta Omicron Chapter.  This award was named in memory of Wayne Champion, a business Professor at Tri-State College and one of the best chapter Advisors ΑΣΦ Beta Omicron Chapter.  Professor Wayne (Champ) Champion was a real friend to many of our Brothers.  He supported the growth of our Chapter and helped many Brothers in school and in their personal development.  It is an honor for an Alumnus to receive this honor as it is very selective and not presented annually.

Brain Stableton #643, Nick (Dick) Santino #657
Brain Stableton #643, Nick (Dick) Santino #657
Nick Santino accepting the "Wayne Champion Alumni Service Award"
Nick Santino accepting the "Wayne Champion Alumni Service Award"

 

Nicholas A. Santino (#657) of Newark, New York was the recipient of the Wayne A. Champion Alumni Service Award.  He was recognized at the 2014 Homecoming Saturday night dinner for the contribution and time that he has given to the Chapter.   As Gene Tierney, Alumni President, commented that Nick was one of the individuals responsible for increasing recent interest and participation at the last three Homecomings.   (You should read “A Picnic Table Journey” under the April 2014 Posts on this website.  It tells the story of how Nick got a few guys together and started this momentum.

Nick began making significant contributions to the Chapter as an undergraduate when he used his creative talents and a little magic to design and built the “disappearing bar” in the basement of 113 N. Superior Street “Old Gal”.  This was the beginning of Nick’s long list of contributions to the Beta Omicron Chapter.  In the last decade, Nick has aided a Brother or two that had some financial problems paying their House bill.  He has also supported a couple of Alumni that wanted to come back to Homecoming but did not have the resources.  Nick helped out his Brothers and did not want them to know that he paid for their events.  He has truly been a Brother willing to help others.

In the Spring of 2012, he gather a fee Brothers from his era and began a major push to support the House Corporation’s effort to build the “New OLD GAL” at 110 S. Darling St.  Like it or not, Bulldozer Nick was engaged.   Nick created a small team of Brothers known as the “We Team”.  They planned the 2012 Homecoming events in the format that is used today, and Nick built a website. They started a major alumni outreach effort in July of 2012 resulting in 65 bothers showing up at Homecoming for the presentation on the New Old Gal, setting a Homecoming attendance record.

Nick had a plan to make Homecoming a true annual alumni reunion for the Beta Omicron Chapter.  So he pulled together his planning team in November of 2012 to help the Alumni Association's new 2013 Homecoming Events Committee.  Nick was also active in monitoring the progress being made on the fund raising, the development of construction plans and the transfer of the land for the New Old Gal.

Mr. Santino' vision of  an annual well attended Brotherhood reunion at Homecoming started to become a reality when over 87 alumni attended the 2013 Homecoming for a ceremonial ground breaking for the New Old Gal.   Once Bulldozer Nick got one of those gold shovels in his hands, he wanted to keep digging.

In 2014 Nick work hard on fund raising issues, he continued revving his bulldozer engines to insure ΑΣΦ's House was marching forward and  also decided that a whole new website needed to be built.  Eventually the Chapter agreed, with a big push from the Alumni Association President, Gene Tierney. They consolidated some five web sites into one official site. Mr. Santino funded his web site consultant to help. The consultant, Nick and Gene stayed up nights the month of April 2014 and launched the new web site by the end of the month. After you read this article, take time to view this website.

Nick's contributions to ΑΣΦ are more numerous than those mentioned here, but there is also much that does not reach the Chapter's eye.  A few examples are Mr. Santino funded and built a memorial in a park in his home town of Newark, NY and created an alumni fund for projects at his high school called One Plus One Plus One.

Nick Santino just retired as President of his very successful company, S & C Aquatics Specialists LLC to run his two new companies.   Prior to that he was in charge of Sales and Marketing of C.H. Stuart Co.

And prior to that........... Nick became an Alpha Sig – “a gentleman and a scholar with a heart beneath his vest”

He is a man you ought to know.

 

 

Beta Omicron Chapter help re-instate Brothers at Purdue

On November 9, 2014, the Beta Omicron chapter sent 7 brothers to the Alpha Pi chapter at Purdue University to initiate a group of outstanding young undergraduate men.  With the Alpha Pi chapter having no active members, the Alpha Sigma Phi national organization stepped in and recruited 48 men to be initiated into the Mystic Circle and revive the chapter.  At the personal request of National Representative, Carlton Matthews and the Alpha Sigma Phi National President and CEO, Gordy Heminger, the Beta Omicron representatives traveled to Purdue to assist with the initiation.
The representatives sent to assist with the initiation included Tyler Kinsley (President), Patrick Schlamb (Vice-President), Joseph Buchman (Marshal), Charles Stewart (Sergeant at Arms), Joshua Easley (Secretary), Nicholas Ader, and Austin Helm.  Because the national organization wanted the undergraduates at Purdue to be initiated by undergraduate brothers, the Beta Omicron representatives were able to perform their respective roles in the initiation ceremony. It is truly an honor that the undergraduates of our chapter were entrusted with such an important task by the fraternity’s national organization.

In Phi,
Tyler Kinsley
President

The following emails came into the mail box on our website

Gentleman,
Your Brothers from the Alpha Pi Chapter would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the men of Beta Omicron for your efforts in officiating at the recent Initiation of 48 new Brothers into the Mystic Circle held at the Chapter House on Sunday November 9, 2014. We definitely could not have pulled off this ceremony without your knowledge and expertise. Please know how much we appreciate you taking the time to assist fellow Brothers in need.
Thank you again!
Dave Howard, Alpha Pi Alumni Board Corporation secretary

Pin Number Groups at HC

Don Blair #535 and Luke Drerup #1181 represent the span of pin #'s attending Homecoming
Don Blair #535 and Luke Drerup #1181 represent the span of pin #'s attending Homecoming

 

500 Pin Number Series

John Zang #552, Fred Phillip #550, Don Blair #535, Don Collins #540, Manny Limpaphayom #546
John Zang #552, Fred Phillip #550, Don Blair #535, Don Collins #540, Manny Limpaphayom #546

600 Pin Number Series

Brian Stebleton #643 and Nick Santino #657 represent 600 Pin Numbers. Other Brothers in attendance were Terry Carter #604, Dave Moon #639, Jack Messick #649, and Larry Thomas #695.
Brian Stebleton #643 and Nick Santino #657 represent 600 Pin Numbers.
Other Brothers in attendance were Terry Carter #604, Dave Moon #639,
Jack Messick #649, and Larry Thomas #695.

700 Pin Number Series

Chuck Borneman #763 and Larry Wasielewski #744.  Others in attendance were Jim Smoots #711, Dennis Buhrt #728, Ted Kaufman #729, Jerry Cuccinello #736, Darryl Shoff #750, Mike Galiyano #757, John Goudy #758, and  Gordon Pearce #760.
Chuck Borneman #763 and Larry Wasielewski #744. Others in attendance were Jim Smoots #711, Dennis Buhrt #728,
Ted Kaufman #729, Jerry Cuccinello #736, Darryl Shoff #750, Mike Galiyano #757, John Goudy #758, and
Gordon Pearce #760.

800 Pin Number Series

Left to Right:  John Anderson #864, Tom Bledsoe #872, Al Haimbach #802, John Letki #888, Mark "Froggy"Stone #882, Vince DeLaura #807,  Gene Tierney #850, Tom Alspaugh #840.  Not pictured but in attendance Jeff Jackson #811
Left to Right: John Anderson #864, Tom Bledsoe #872, Al Haimbach #802, John Letki #888, Mark "Froggy"Stone #882, Vince DeLaura #807,
Gene Tierney #850, Tom Alspaugh #840. Not pictured but in attendance Jeff Jackson #811
Brother Carl Hall #1163 should have been with the 800 pin number series but he was finally just initiated last year.
Brother Carl Hall #1163 should have been with the 800 pin number series but he was finally just initiated last year.

900 Pin Number Series

Scott Bohr #998, Greg Graff #992, Paul Ruegamer #913, Bill Golden #919, Eric Brown #958.  Not in picture, Mel Budreau #902 and Lenny Duff #975
Scott Bohr #998, Greg Graff #992, Paul Ruegamer #913, Bill Golden #919, Eric Brown #958. Not in picture, Mel Budreau #902 and Lenny Duff #975

1000 Pin Number Series

Corey Herr #1092, Adam Kitson #1090, Brian Laurie #1087, Mike King #1085.  Not pictured - Greg Mowry #1083
Corey Herr #1092, Adam Kitson #1090, Brian Laurie #1087, Mike King #1085. Not pictured - Greg Mowry #1083

1100 Pin Number Series

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Minutes of Alumni Meeting

Beta Omicron Alumni Association

General Meeting

October 4, 2013

The meeting called to order at approximately 9:00 AM EDT by Alumni Association President Brother Tierney.  Board members present:  Brother Tierney, Brother Mowry, Brother King and Brother Kitson.  Brother Ritz and Brother Carteaux were regrettably not able to attend.

OLD BUSINESS

Due to requirements for a new job position at IU, Brother White was unable to attend the meeting.  Brother White was acting as the secretary for the Alumni Association Board of Directors.  Previous meeting minutes were not read as a result of this.

Treasurer Brother King gave the treasurer report with an ending balance of $9273.93 as of 01 October 2014.

Brother Tierney provided the brotherhood with an explanation regarding the formation and purpose of the Beta Omicron House Corporation as it relates to the Alumni Association.  Brothers Ruegamer,  Anderson and “Froggy” Stone provided additional clarification as to the purpose and reason for being of the House Corporation.

Brother “Oddball” Alspaugh gave a detailed update on the Alumni Relations Committee.  At current there are 670 active street addresses in the Committee database. In keeping with technology and streamlining communications, 400 e-mail addresses have been obtained.

The Committee maintains monthly conference calls with Brother Alspaugh chairing the conference calls along with two formal meetings per calendar year.  All brothers are invited to attend.

Brother Carteaux has developed a two-year plan for ongoing communication.

Brother Santino mentioned the possibility of mounting a webcam on the construction site of the new “Old Gal” to allow brothers to check in on progress.  Brother Santino gave extra thanks to Brother Tierney for hours of work spent on the updated and streamlined website.

Grand Chapter Advisor Brother Biedenweg gave a report on the undergraduate chapter.  Brother Bidenweg has held a meeting with the National Fraternity representative.  The representative was impressed with the quality of brotherhood maintained by the Beta Omicron chapter.

Brother Duff thanked Biedenweg for all of the positive work and reminded the alumni group and undergraduates present of the increasing need for financial responsibility and ongoing rush to sustain the undergraduate numbers required to thrive in a new property. Many thanks were extended to Brother Thomas for assistance in holding a rush seminar.

HSP Undergraduate Brother Kinsley gave a report on the undergraduate chapter. The undergraduate chapter currently maintains 22 brothers with two active pledges. The BO Chapter received the “Silver Cup” award from the National Fraternity. Brother Kinsley looks forward to bringing home the “Gold Cup” next year. Brother Kinsey confidently reported the strong likelihood of a 15 member pledge class in the spring of 2015.

Brothers Ruegamer, Goudy, Jackson and “Froggy” Stone all pledged an additional $1000.00 donation to the new housing project IF a minimum of 15 new undergraduates are initiated in spring of 2015 (total of $4000.00). Brother Kinsley also reported that Brother Joseph Buchmann has received the “Greek Man of the Year” award from Trine University.

News that Brother Martin Surma (severely injured last school year) has made a full recovery and has reenrolled at Trine University was given to the board. Undergraduate Brothers put forward a tremendous showing of support for Brother Surma. Brothers were present continually when Brother Surma was admitted into a local hospital. Brothers organized a color run, donation portal and sold T-shirts to assist the Surma family in any way possible. The undergraduate chapter currently holds an average GPA of 3.057 (third or fourth amount Fraternities). Dr. Jenkins has been selected as the faculty advisor and received much praise from several alumni brothers.

NEW BUSINESS

Brother Ruegamer furthered the explanation of the House Corporation as the overseeing body of the physical structure of the undergraduate chapter house. The House Corporation is also responsible for ensuring that undergraduate brothers stay current with finances until such time that this responsibility can be passed on to Trine University. Returning Brothers were informed of the property swap that was negotiated with Trine University. Though the current property at 709 W Maumee St. has been loved by many brothers it is believed that a combined property will foster brotherhood and growth more easily than two separate buildings.

Brother Ruegamer is our current House Corporation President

Brother Carter is our current House Corporation Treasurer

Brother “Froggy” Stone is our current House Corporation Secretary

Brother Zembala is our current liason between the House Corporation and undergraduates

Brother Herr is our current financial responsibility officer under the House Corporation

Brother Goudy is our current building committee chair

Brother “Tux” Anderson is our current capital funds chair

Brother Goudy provided a summary of the planning that was involved in raising the funds necessary for the construction of a new “Old Gal” at Trine University. The new property is located on the corner of Darling St and Gale St in a prime location on the new “Fraternity Row”. The property was formerly occupied by the Delta Chi boys club.

WKM was selected as the architecture firm for design of our new home. An “English Tudor” design was selected to keep the current feel of a private residence. The design will continue throughout the chapter house. Shari Trine generously volunteered to assist with interior design and decoration.

The building is currently designed to hold 16 undergraduate brothers with the ability to expand in the future should more space be needed.

JICI (Jim Ingledue Construction Incorporated) has been selected as the construction manager for the building project. Jim and Chad presented the construction schedule and general plan for the project. Work on the property is expected to begin in November of 2014 with the bid process for contractors to start in January of 2015. Groundbreaking is hoped to take place in March of 2015. JICI is confident that occupancy of the facility will be possible by fall of 2015. Brothers “Oddball” Alspaugh and Carter clarified parts of the construction process and planning. All construction materials will be made available for review to ensure transparency in the construction process. The contract for construction was signed on 10/4/14 by Brother Ruegamer.

Brother “Tux” Anderson provided an overview of the progress of the Capital Campaign. As of 9/25/14 there have been a total of $791,000.00 in actual donations and pledged donations. The campaign costs have totaled $183,000.00. Actual donations received totals total $365,000.00 with $426,000.00 in outstanding pledged donations. The “cash in hand” total at current is $204,600.00. Of the current base of Beta Omicron brothers approximately 20% have pledged a donation.

Brother Moon announced the launch of the Class Agent Program. The Class Agent Program was designed as a phone-a-thon program to raise additional funds for construction. The program took place between 4/1/14 and 5/15/14. The overall goal of the program was $200,000.00. The program ended with $62,500.00 in actual funds raised. Several reasons were given for the shortfall, to include: some brothers losing interest in the fraternity, lack of funds for donation, a wish to wait until construction begins etc…

An additional phone-a-thon was announced. The goal of this program is the raising of an additional $100,000.00. These funds will be utilized to assist in debt that may be incurred through construction. The funds will also provide a cushion for unforeseen costs.

Brother Thomas gave a brief presentation on the financial methods utilized to secure construction loans. The projected cost total is between $1,050,000.00 and $1,100,000.00. Farmers State Bank will hold the mortgage on the property with a 4.25%, 5 year ARM that is rolling. The loan for construction is in place.

Nominations were opened for the replacement of Brothers Carteaux and Ritz. The current Alumni Association by-laws only allow for five board members.

Brother “Froggy” Stone nominated Brother Herr with Brother Kitson seconding the nomination. After discussion, Brother Herr declined the nomination in favor of a hopeful future position with the House Corporation.

Brother Biedenweg nominated Brother Bonardi with Brother Herr seconding the nomination. Brother Kitson motioned to close nominations with Brother Mowry seconding.

Brother Bonardi was elected to the Alumni Association Board of Directors by open vote.

Discussion was held on the need for back-checking and auditing of both the House Corporation and the Alumni Association. It was agreed by all that audits were necessary due to natural human error and the prevention of future problems

REMARKS FOR THE GOOD OF THE SOCIETY

Brother “Froggy” Stone said that the work that has been done by both the House Corporation Board and the Alumni Association Board of Directors has brought us to where we are today. Brothers Stinson, Meek, Tierney, Biedenweg, Kitson, Herr, Santino, Moon, Thomas, along with all committee members have made great contributions and progress, all of which are for the good of the society.

Brother Duff said that the volunteer efforts making the new house a reality, along with continued involvement from current and future active alumni are for the good of the society.

Brother Goudy said that the raising of $35,000.00 for undergraduate scholarships is for the good of our society.

Brother Manny (joining us from Thailand) is very impressed with the progress made. His attendance is for the good of our society.

Brother Ruegamer motioned for the meeting to be closed with Brother Tierney seconding the motion.

The meeting was closed at 10:46 AM EDT.

These minutes are respectfully submitted this 7th day of October 2014.

Adam J. Kitson #1090 Interim Secretary