Chapter News

Alumni Update #6

Newest Chapter Advisor Appointed;

Bell Hoy, Chapter Advisor

Bell Hoy Takes Charge of

Mu’s Active Chapter

Appointed by Ryan Temby, Grand Praetor OH Southern Ohio Chapters and former Mu Chapter Advisor (2009-11), Bell Hoy is quickly taking an active role with members of the Active Chapter.  

(See Bell Hoy’s background below).

Brother Hoy is finding that he has plenty to do following the past two Advisors who served Mu Chapter during what might be described as somewhat "hands-off" period owing to conflicting job responsibilities held by Liam Stranahan (Beloit ’07) and Todd Robinson (Ohio Weselyn ’93), respectively.

In announcing Hoy’s appointment to replace Robinson, Grand Praetor Ryan referred to Todd Robinson’s contributions despite his Active Duty military status in the USAF; “Todd has brought his many talents to bear for more than a year and we will miss him. A big thank you to him for his dedication to Mu Chapter. We wish him every success on his new deployment with our nation’s defenses.

Bell has hit the road quickly, tackling such duties as included within the position of Chapter Advisor as specifiec by the General Fraternty:

  • Hold every undergraduate chapter member accountable to the values of Sigma Chi;
  • Provide general assistance and guidance for chapter programs and operations;
  • Attend weekly chapter meetings on a regular basis (or as necessary);
  • Meet regularly with the chapter's Consul and Executive Committee (or as necessary);
  • Be readily available to the chapter's members via telephone and email;
  • Facilitate annual officer transition and brotherhood retreats;
  • Have a working knowledge of the Ritual, Constitution and General Fraternity policies and procedures;
  • Facilitate strategic planning (e.g., risk management) and ensure that plans are implemented by the chapter;
  • Ensure that chapter goals and deadlines are met on a timely basis.

Numerous other duties involve attending to requirements for the Peterson Significant Chapter Award and a variety of specific communications needs given the special circumstances facing Mu Chapter. Among them:

  • Coordination with Bill Mason ‘57, who, due to his on-site presence as House Manager and coordinator with Denison University’s Administration, principal Sig House tenant, has day-to-day contact with members of the Active Chapter.
  • Coordination with the Housemother, Connie Purtell, on the condition day-to-day of the Sig House;
  • Coordination with the Mu Chapter Alumni Association on the priorities and operation of the Sigma Chi House as a dual-use facility (rented 2nd & 3rd floor spaces used by Denison and main floor & basement used by the Active Chapter.

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Introducing Mu’s New Chapter Advisor, Bell Hoy:

EDUCATION:
Pepperdine University
Graduated 2010
Studied Integrated Marketing Communications
SIGMA CHI:
Pepperdine University
Kappa Omicron 
Pledge Class 2006
Historian & Philanthropy chair

A little bit about me: I'm excited and honored to have the position of chapter advisor for Mu. I look forward to getting the know and lead the active chapter. In my short time as advisor I've seen and learned about the history of the chapter and the house and it's evident that the actives and alumni are very proud of what they've built. I'm excited to work with the undergraduate chapter and immerse my experiences and insights as an active and now advisor, to promote the RBCs of the fraternity. I'm a big Crossfit junkie, so my time is spent, eating & training. When I'm not Crossfitting, I spend time checking out new restaurants and exploring the globe.

IH,
Bell Hoy
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Update Introduction

Introducing a new section to the Mu Chapter Alumni Website:

ACTIVE CHAPTER UPDATES...

Please note that this is a temporary solution: The Active Chapter Website – www.musigmachi.com – 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

April 29, 2015 Update

Christian Miranda '16
April 29, 2015
Brothers,
Last night was the Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards here at Denison. These aim to recognize many different people in Greek organizations on campus -- their accomplishments in athletics, academics, as leaders in the Greek community, and much more. I am proud to say that our former Consul, Will Koontz '15 won the Outstanding Chapter President Award for his work in rebuilding the chapter this past year.
Along with that, Sigma Chi won Most Improved Chapter, recognizing the hard work that we put into becoming the stronger chapter that we are now. These are terrific honors, and we are happy that they were bestowed upon us. 
Damn Glad,
Christian
 

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.


FIFTY-YEAR SIGS...

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.

NOTES:
(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

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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.

Active Chapter Update - 2017 Derby Days

This Update is contributed by Active Member, Corey Chapman '17, who serves as Mu Chapter's Philanthropy Chair and who is leading this Special Derby Day event to suupport the Oligo Nation, a brain cancer research organization organized 3 years ago by a Mu Chapter Brother of Spencer Greene '14, who contracted this rare form of brain cancer..

Springtime at Denison Is Made For Derby Days
It's sping on the hill! The cold weather has ended, flowers are blooming and Granville is showing its finest colors. In addition to warm weather and blossoming flowers, spring has a special place throughout Sigma ChiIn the hearts of Mu Sigs, Derby Days holds special significance because of its connection with one of its very own -- Spencer Greene '14.-- and the support given in Spencer's name to cancer research by the Oligo Nation. Senior-year Consul, Cory Chapman, cleared Mu Chapter's direction with Sigma Chi Fraternity and has pledged Mu Chapter to donte $1,000 of the total it raises to support the Huntsman Campaign.
Oligo Image
Last year Mu Chapter raised $15,000 for Oligo Nation, a brain cancer research organization started by a Mu Chapter brother of Spencer Greene. This year, the chapter set a goal of  $25,000 to help support continued research by Oligo Nation. Click the image above for more information about Oligo Nation's work.

Why Oligo Nation and Sigma Chi?
Oligo Nation is a non-profit brain cancer research foundation that was started on behalf of Spencer Greene, a member of Mu Chapter Sigma Chi. A 2014 graduate of Denison, Spencer spent most of his college experience battling Oligodendroglioma, a rare brain cancer. Not only was Spencer diagnosed, but shortly thereafter his brother, Zach, learned that he too suffered from Oligodendroglioma. It was then that Oligo Nation Foundation was formed which has raised over $3 million dollars to fund research and begin to investigate how to treat this rare form of cancer.


What is Oligodendroglioma?
Oligodendroglioma comes from oligodendrocytes, a type of cell that makes up the supportive, or glial, tissue of the brain. What is the impact of having Oligodendroglioma? Depending on the location of the cancerous tumor(s), one could suffer from one or all of these:

  • Headaches

  • Seizures

  • Weakening of one side of the body

  • Personality shifts

  • Short Term memory malfunction

Goal Of Mu Sig Derby Days at Denison
Mu chapter of Sigma Chi has supported Oligo Nation for the past three years since Spencer's diagnosis. Last year we raised a chapter record of $15,000. This year we want to have a bigger impact and have set our fundraising goal to $25,000. For more informaton about this Special Derby Days campaign contact the Active Chapter's Philanthropy Chairman, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Conontributions to Oligo Nation in its fight to cure this rare form of brain cancer are tax deductible.
 

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