Mu Chapter Update #2

Second 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.

Meet Sigma Chi's Mu-vers 'n Shakers:

"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans," said the Beatles' John Lennon. And so it is with Mu Chapter... many changes to keep up with... changes Mu Chapter Sigs may wish to be informed about.

Introducing the leaders of both Active and Alumni Chapters... the Movers 'n Shakers of Sigma Chi at Denison:

Sandy Thomson '59 - President, Mu Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity Foundation

Sandy_Thomson'59Sandy may be the most well-connected Mu Sig there is!

Named one of Denison's Lifetime Trustees in 2013, he has been helping to guide our Alma Mater through some of its most turbulent times, most recently helping to recruit and install DU's 25th president, Adam Weinberg.

For Mu Chapter, Sandy led the charge to establish its Foundation, becoming its first president. The Foundation now stands as one of the few such organizations in this country to receive 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. At the same time, he was instrumental in organizing the Quest 2000 Campaign to Restore Mu Sig Pride that raised over a million dollars to create an educational mission while mounting what can only be described as an historic rennovation of the Sig House, preserving it as Mu Chapter property while others of Denison's fraternity chapter houses became university dormatories.

From the late 1990s until the present time, Sandy has been a guiding light in mobilizing both Denison's and Sigma Chi Headquarters' leaders to sustain Mu Chapter as a viable, successful active chapter while putting it on a strong financial footing with long-term agreements to lease to Denison unused sleeping/study spaces that are suitable as working offices for DU's emertii professors.
 
Over this same time, Sandy received the Fraternity's highest alumni recognition with induction into Sigma Chi's Order of Constantine.

Sandy's team of Foundation Trustees includes Pete Ullman '50, Bill Mason '57, Dick Dusterberg '60, Steve Harman '62, Steve Knoop '78 and Dean Weaver '89.

Dean Weaver '89 - President, Mu Chapter Alumni Association

Dean_Weaver'89Nobody will disagree that Dean has endured his "back seat" status long enough!

As Alumni Association president, Dean Weaver willingly deferred to the Foundation's priorities -- Sig House Restoration, revitalizing the Active Chapter, achieving a mutually agreeable relationship with Denison (that Dean engineered) -- while waiting to ressurect the Alumni Association. 

With Dean's oversight, the Alumni Association is being reactivated -- after more than a decade of (some would say) neglect. That's what this website is all about... that, and the email communications that seeks to reconnect Mu Sig alums with their chapter and with each other.

Dean maintains close ties with Denison to assure that the lease is renewed in a timely manner each year... and with Active Chapter officers to ensure that the Chapter House has full utilization. As such, he is the champion of each Mu Chapter Alum -- each automatically a member of the Alumni Association. And it is Dean's "voice" we hear in these updates about goings on at the Sig House and notable updates concerning and involving Mu Sig Alums.

Bill Mason '57 - Sig House Manager and Trustee of the Mu Chapter of Sigma Chi Foundation

Bill_Mason'57BIll Mason has been dubbed the "Clerk of the Works" for his abiding care and oversight of the Sig House.

Some might say that this comes with the territory: "Mase" and his family have their home in Granville and his daily involvement with both Denison Lacrosse and DU Swim Team varsities makes him the "go-to" guy for anything involving the chapter house; plus, he maintains his business with SchoolMatch in an office on the 2nd floor of the north wing of the Sig House.

But proximity alone does not explain his insistence on maintaining the historical elegance of the House... or that he is often cast into the role of "surrogate Chapter Advisor" when Liam Shanahan (see below) is not immediately on hand.

An added benefit is Bill's service to Granville as a Granville Township Trustee which puts him at the forefront of many critical town & gown relationship issues... and strengthens his ties with the DU Adminstration as well as with the officer team of Active Chapter officers.

By nature, "Mase" is a "mover 'n shaker" -- a role he embraces with enthusiasm when it comes to the smooth running of the Sig House and, as an active player with the Alumni Association and Mu Chapter Foundation. For such exemplary service to the Fraternity, Mase was inducted into Sigma Chi's Order of Constantine.

Ryan Temby, Rutgers '90 - Grand Praetor, Southern Ohio Province

Ryan_Temby_Rutgers'90In 2009, when he revealed that he'd been instrumental in colonizing the new Sigma Chi Chapter at Rutgers when he was an undergrad there, Ryan Temby announced that he was chomping at the bit to fill the opening as Mu Chapter's Chapter Advisor. And when he said his home was in Powell, Ohio (30 minutes from Granville), it was a dead cinch!

Ryan served Mu Chapter as an actively involved Chapter Advisor until he accepted the Sig HQ appointment as Grand Praetor for Southern Ohio Province chapters (Ohio Weselyn, Ohio State, Denison, Univ. of Cincinnati, Univ. of Dayton, Ohio University). His work with Mu Chapter had given him that sort of visibility and reputation.

But being Chapter Advisor, as Ryan had learned, was a demanding responsibility -- doubly so given his heavy travel schedule as an IT Sales Executive for Hewlett-Packard (he was named "HP Account Executive of the Year" in 2011). Still, he became a Friday afternoon regular at the Sig House which created strong connections with Mu Sig Actives.

When Sigma Chi tapped him for the Grand Praetor position in 2011, Ryan recruited Liam Shanahan to replace him as Chapter Advisor but has retained strong connections with Mu Chapter even as he has gotten involved with the other schools in the Southern Ohio Province.

Liam Shanahan, Beloit College '07 - Chapter Advisor

Liam_StranahanFellow Irishman, Liam Shanahan, was hand-picked by Ryan Temby as his successsor for Chapter Advisor for the Denison Sig House. No surprise there!

While Liam's credentials are considerably different from Ryan's, they are no less impressive: Fire-fighter with heavy-duty training, Liam has completed EMT courses at the Ohio Fire Academy, Columbus State, and Ohio University and presently serves as a Firefighter-Paramedic for Washington Township Fire Department.

Meanwhile, he has helped direct two 'by-the-book' initiation rituals at Mu Chapter and is working closely with Will Koontz and the current team of Active Chapter Officers to support their mission to maintain their "Best of the Greeks" reputation at Denison.

Will Koontz '15 - Consul

Will_Koontz'15Mu Chapter's roster now includes 37 members and pledges, with five presently studying abroad. Mu's current leadership team, headed up by a Junior, Will Koontz, is setting a new standard for fraternities on campus. And lead... Will does!

Initiation is scheduled for April 13 with the annual, all-hands Derby Days fundraiser set for April 14-18.

On March 30, Mu Chapter held its first Active/Alum Brotherhood event -- a Skeet Shoot -- that everyone felt was a success.

And the chapter has voted on the individual who this year is to receive the "Richard C. Harman Life Loyal Sig Award" -- to be documented in this space in about a month.

Members of the Active Chapter leadership team, together with chapter responsibilities and their home cities , include:

Will Koontz '15 -- Consul -- Cranberry Twp., PA
Drew Newman '15 -- ProConsul -- Pittsburgh, PA
Clinton Barber '15 -- Quaestor --  Lower Gwynedd, PA
Matt King '15 -- Annotator -- Glen Rock, NJ
Zach Fleming '15 -- Magister -- Cincinnati, OH
Connor Dunn '16 -- Kustos -- Denver, CO
Hank Donaldson '16 -- Scholarship/Tribune -- Farmington, CT
Clark Bullington '16 -- Risk Management -- Houston, TX
Jeff Higman '15 -- Brotherhood Chair -- Skaneateles, NY
Max Burge '15 -- Public Relations Chair -- Louisville, KY
Caleb Randall-Bodman '14 -- Derby Days Co-Chair -- Duxbury, MA
Matt Neeson '15 -- Derby Days Co-Chair -- Devon, PA
Spencer Greene '14 -- Philanthropy Chair -- San Anselmo, CA
Colin Phelan '16 -- Rush Chair -- St. Louis, MO
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