April 5, 2015 Update

Mu Chapter Consul, Christian Miranda '15

April 5, 2015


I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weekend if you are in Ohio. This week we are participating in Pi Beta Phi's philanthropy events Pi-Phi-Palooza. We will have a flag football team in the charity tournament, we hope to win and make a lot of money for our friends in Pi Phi to donate to their foundation.

We are also preparing for the Relay For Life, a event that happens all across the nation to promote cancer awareness and celebrate the survivors. We will be a part of the Fraternity and Sorority Life team, with Brother Spencer Greene ‘14 in mind. There is a Greek Hour where the proceeds of that hour going to the Chapters foundation. We expect to be full force at the event and plan to donate the money to the same foundation we are donating the Derby Days money to, the Oligo Foundation.

The Harman Life Loyal Sig Award Dinner will be held at the Sigma Chi House on April 21. This year we are giving ex-pro consul Andrew Newman ‘15 the award and we hope that you will be able to join us for the first of many Harman Award Dinners. This would be a terrific opportunity to reconnect with the active chapter and open the lines of communication once again. I hope that I will see some of you there.

In hoc,

Christian Miranda ’15, Consul


March 31, 2015 Update

Mu Chapter Consul, Christian Miranda '15

March 31, 2015


Tonight's chapter was a productive one. We have decided to keep the Mu Chapter website and revamp it in order to allow for easier updates and a forum on which the accomplishments of the Mu Chapter can be displayed. Brother Styerwalt ‘15 has volunteered as webmaster and have the revamped site running by the summer. Brother Neeson ‘15, one of the co-chairs of Derby Days, has laid out a fun and different schedule of events to excite and engage the whole of campus. 


The Harman Award Dinner is going to be an event that will celebrate the Harman Award and give the award and this year’s recipient, Andrew Newman ‘15, their proper respect. As of now it is still being planned around the plethora of philanthropy events this spring, but will most likely be on a weeknight in mid April. I will let you know the actual date as soon as I know it.


Those are the updates for this week; I hope that you all continue to bring new luster to the White Cross of Sigma Chi.


In hoc,

Christian Miranda, ‘15

Update Introduction

Introducing a new section to the Mu Chapter Alumni Website:


Please note that this is a temporary solution: The Active Chapter Website – – is being revamped. While a period of time will be required to complete this, activity at Mu Chapter proceeds unabated!

Christian Miranda '15For now, please follow posts on the Chapter News section of this website for Updates posted by Mu Chapter Consul, Christian Miranda. He will write many of them but, from time to time, may invite others in the Active Chapter to contribute, too.

Active Chapter Updates will be posted regularly in this space until the revamped Active Chapter Website is ready. Then these Updates will appear there… linked so that Mu Sig Alums can continue to keep up with what’s been going on in involving activities in and around the Sig House and on campus.

A blast email will go out to inform Mu Sig Alums of each new Active Chapter Update. Informing Mu Sig Alums by email has been an ongoing activity, in connection with information offered on the Mu Chapter Alumni website:

  • Launched in 2012
  • A total of 44 emails has been distributed so far
  • Total number of alums in online database is ~550

A side benefit to this activity is to create another opportunity to obtain current Mu Sig contact information, including email addresses. To date, the record shows the following representation of Mu Sigs by class group:

Class Years      Contacts

1040-1049           2
1950-1959          55
1960-1969          88
1970-1979          84
1980-1989          63
1990-1999          79
2000-2009          47
2010-2019          87

Mu Chapter Update #4

Sig House (10-2-14)The legacy lives on!

   Keeping up with an 84 year old House requires constant attention which our Alumni Association leadership has taken seriously.  

   Each spring a program is outlined for summer vacation completion and it's reassuring to announce all updates have been completed as planned.

   Extensive painting including many of the offices on the second and third floors (now rented by Denison for office space) provides a new sheen and clean image.Sig House 2nd Floor

   Outside painting was conducted by the nationally syndicated Student Painters organization that hires college students to run their own summer business venture.

   Interior painting also included the third floor (formerly the sleeping dorm, now occupied by Denison's Investment Offices also rented by the University) with a new two-tone paint scheme that provides a new look and warm feeling to frequent visitors and office holders.Former 3rd Floor Sleeping Dorm

   Basement recreation room upgrades, mostly for cosmetic effect, included the addition of new heavyduty ping-pong tables. Sig House Basement (10-2-14)

   Vinyl pads were added to the back basement stairs, plus all the existing 7 landings were covered with the same vinyl/rubber material, increasing the safety of the back entrance used by office-holders.

   A number of electrical upgrades/repairs were also completed including an exterior outlet at the rear of the House and doorbells at the front and rear entrances programmed to ring in both the basement recreation room and Housemother's apartment.

   Bill Mason '57 Tends Historic ClockMany historic fixtures of the Sig House are prized featuresone holding special prominence, the grandfather clocka gift from the Class of 1917 that was restored by Pete Ullman '50 and keeps perfect time. Bill Mason '57 performs the weekly winding ritual to ensure that it does! 

  Of course, in any 84 year old Home, unexpected emergencies are not a rarity and this summer was no exception!  Right after painting the Housemother's apartment bathroom we detected a mysterious dampness on one wall.  The wall became so moist an inspection hole was cut through the ceiling that revealed the wetness not only had been present for years, but that it had produced black mold making it necessary to cut away more ceiling and eventually two walls. A leak in a union of copper pipe most likely had been there since the renovation back in 1999-2000. It had taken all these years for the drip to saturate the area and finally appear in the Housemother's bathroom.

   Such is the daily plight of maintaining an antique mansion, but what a beautiful tribute to the past and bright beacon for the future!  Our Old Home on the Hill remains a focal point on the Campus landscape and stands as a symbol to our resolve to keep fraternity life fulfilled even in a non residential atmosphere.  

   That's why we all have good reason to stand tall and be proud!

- Bill Mason '57

Other Sig House scenes include:

Sig House front door    

Historic Registry Plaque

Sig House Front Stairs

   Refurbished Front Stairs.


Sig House Front Hall

   Sig House Front Hall, looking into Dining Room, showing guest-book table and portrait of William P. Huffman '11, Grand Counsel of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Sig House Brigham Wentis Memory Room

   Brigham-Wentis Memorial Room and Active Chapter Study/Computer Room

Woody Hayes Varsity Sweater

   Woody Hayes '35 Memory Room, with Woody's Varsity "D" Sweater.

Woody Hayes Memory Room

   Woody Hayes Memory Room Display

Sig House Living Room Fireplace

   Sig House Living Room and Fireplace... photo spot for many group and individual pictures.


Sig House Living Room

   Sig House Living Room... IFC meeting in session; one of many groups using the Sig House.

Mu Chapter Update #3

Third in a series of updates about Mu Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity:
The Active Chapter at Denison and Mu Chapter Alumni... Published by
Mu Chapter Alumni Association.

2015 Recipient of Life Loyal Sig Award, Drew Newman '15

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Active Chapter Status... by Will Koontz, Consul

Will Koontz, Consul

Mu Chapter has come through a period of testing... neither bloodied nor bowed. But having learned some important lessons about fraternity life.

Denison's belief that Mu Chapter Actives had engaged in hazing activity in 2013 led them to place the Chapter on suspension, requiring us to perform specified tasks during a probationary period -- a ground-up revialization.

After revitalization efforts of the 2013-2014 academic year, the men of Mu Chapter were successful in returning the house to full, active status; in good standing with the University. This was a long, difficult road that took a lot of perseverance and dedication to reach. Initially, when DU's sanctions

Consul Will Koontz '15

were handed down, they seemed mundane, and ineffective. They were tasks required by the University with intentions of realigning the brothers closer to our avowed rituals, while at the same time removing the hazing culture from our Fraternity. I admit, though they seemed ineffective at first, the results were quite the opposite.

As the school year went on and the sanctions were completed, there was a renewed buzz around the chapter that told me that a change in attitude had slowly started to emerge. For the first time since I had been there, brothers stepped up to help out in various ways, and everyone was a lot more involved.

Elections for positions took longer than ever before because guys all around the house wanted to hold various positions. Chapter meetings were lengthier because there has been a lot more to plan and discuss.

The underlying result of all this was a renewed reputation of the men of Mu. Though it may have been the result of history, Mu chapter was not necessarily positively recognized around campus. Women viewed us as arrogant and rude, other organizations around campus were hesitant to hold events in connection with us, and the administration felt they had to keep close watch on our behavior.

However, after this revitalization stage and the efforts that were made, not just by the under-graduates, but by all the people involved with the Mu chapter (Thank you Alumni!), these negative associations virtually dissolved. Now, women feel welcome and respected when in our presence, socially or academically... organizations (Greek and non-Greek) are extremely anxious to work in collaboration with us... and the administration is extremely pleased with the status of our Chapter and the positive initiatives of undergraduate members.

All in all, though the start to the year was very rough, and many of us were not necessarily sure in what direction the Chapter was headed... or if there would even be a Chapter... by the end of the year we felt reassured that, having come through this period of testing, we were stronger and had a genuine commitment to each other, our Chapter and our Fraternity.

Randall-Bodman Receives 2014 Life Loyal Sig Award

Caleb Randall-Bodman, past Mu Chapter Consul and graduating Senior, was honored at the final Chapter Meeting of the academic year as the 2014 recipient of the Richard C. Harman '35 Life Loyal Sig Award. Presentation took place on May 4th in the Sig House at Denison.

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Caleb Randall-Bodman '14 Named Life Loyal Sig Award
Recipient; Presented by Steve Harman '62

The award, named in memory of Richard C. Harman ’35, a Denison Alumni Citation recipient and member of Sigma Chi’s prestigious Order of Constantine, is known as the “Life Loyal Sig Award.” This award was introduced in 2012. Caleb is the second recipient.

Criteria for the award is the “Jordan Standard,” a statement of Fraternity values set down by one of its founders (Isaac M. Jordan) that states that a Sigma Chi member should be…

A man of good character, a student of fair ability, with ambitious purposes, a congenial disposition, possessed of good morals, having a high sense of honor, and a deep sense of personal responsibility.

Caleb was the unanimous choice to receive this award in voting by chapter members, having distinguished himself as one who embodied the values of the Jordan Standard and one whose leadership during Mu Chapter's suspension and rebuilding period was indespensible.

Along with this recognition by his peers, Caleb's designation as “Life Loyal Sig” provides lifetime membership in Sigma Chi, a lifetime subscription to the Magazine of Sigma Chi, and having his name engraved onto the perpetual plaque on display in the Sig House, showing that he is one of Mu Chapter's leaders -- recipient of the Richard C. Harman '35 Life Loyal Sig Award.


Huge Turnout By Class of '64 Marks Big Reunion

More than 50% of all the living members of the 1964 Mu Chapter Class came to their fiftieth Denison Reunion and were recognized at the Sig House on May 31st as being "Fifty Year Sigs" -- receiving 50-Year Sig pins and accompanying certificates.

"This is the largest turnout by any Denison fraternity on record," according to Gary Zywotko '64, who can take rightful credit for 'rallying the troops' for the occasion.

50-Yr Sigs_Class of '64
Class of 1964
Front Row (l-r): Bob Ottesen, Jeff Chapple, Gary Zywotko, Tony Hall(1)
Back Row: Nick Zimmer, Don Bryant(1)(2), Pete Edwards, John Lowenberg(1), Tom Christiansen, Hugh Fullerton, George Arbeiter, Bob Henninger.

(1) Denotes 2014 Recipient of Denison Citation (See AlumNotes)
(2) Denotes Class of 1964 Mu Chapter Social Member (Mu Sigs of this class have commenced the 'Non-Student Initiation' process with the General Fraternity that will result in gaining Don Bryant membership into Sigma Chi).

'Suprise Guest' Greets Fifty-Year Sigs

50-Yr. pins & certificates had been presented by Alumni Association President, Dean Weaver '89 and Will Koontz '15... Will was just finishing up with his "state-of-the-chapter" spiel to the nearly 30 alums filling the Sig House dining room... when who should stroll into our midst but Denison's new President, Adam Weinberg!

How cool is that!

Relatively short in stature, but one who casts a very large shadow, Dr. Weinberg took this occasion to demonstrate just that! After congratulating the 50-Year Sigs, he proceeded to give an impromptu tale of Mu Chapter's turnabout... nicely paraphrasing and not once contradicting what Will had just told the group. Talk about your 'slam dunk'he said that he stood in admiration of what the Active Chapter had accomplished... that he expected great things from the Chapter next year... and that he was fully in support of Greek life at Denison.

Sig House Dining Room Guest Speaks


Above: Dr. Adam Weinberg speaks to 50-yr Sigs and Alums on May 31st as Mu Chapt. Alumni Assn. President, Dean Weaver '89, and Consul, Will Koontz '15, look on.
Below: 50-Yr. Sigs from the Class of 1964 and Alums of other classes spark to words of encouragement from Denison's President, Dr. Adam Weinberg.

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