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Every year, we like to recognize all of the Alumni who have contributed to the Kappa Alumni Chapter. Without the continued support of our Alumni, we would not be what we are today. As we progress, it is essential to have a strong Alumni base, and we thank all of you who have contributed toward that strength.

Alumni Donations for the 2017 Calendar Year
Joe Fulcher    $150.00
 Edwin Ludwig    $100.00
Kent Grose    $50.00
Mike Votaw    $50.00
Dues Paying Alumni for the 2017 Calendar Year
Chris Baker Kent Grose Dave Norris
Jake Black Rodney Jacobs Casey O'Brien
Nick Bohlander Edwin Ludwig Chad Owen
Jon Eastham Joseph Lushnia Gary Ray
Charlie Erb Michael Miller Andrew Slovacek
Tyler Finup Lyle Fast Mike Votaw
Joe Fulcher Mike Murphy Bill Warner
In addition to those who have donated and paid their dues, we would also like to thank everyone who has supported us by participating in the Annual and Semi-Annual meetings, EOT weekend celebrations, as well as those who have supported us with their feedback and encouragement.

As the Fall EOT rapidly approaches, it's a good time for a reminder on the house rules. Although, the fines technically only apply to the Active members, these are rules that apply to and should be followed by all guests of the house. One relatively new rule is the one about pets.

PETS: There are NO PETS (including but not limited to dogs) allowed on the property. This includes Actives, Alumni, and anyone else who may visit the house. Having pets on the property is in direct violation of both the Sigma Phi Delta International insurance policy as well as the Kappa Alumni of Sigma Phi Delta, Inc lease and insurance policy.

DISHES: Plates, bowls, silverware, cups, glasses, pots, pans, casserole dishes, cutting board, appliances, and big defrosting bowls will be cleaned by the person(s) using them. Fines will be assessed. Rinse your plates off on the RIGHT side of the sink after eating.

FOOD: If it’s not yours, don’t eat it. A $20 fine will be assessed to anyone CAUGHT IN THE ACT of stealing food.

Other than water, NO EATING OR DRINKING IN GRAND ROOM!!! If you eat, drink, spill or leave a stain in the grand room a $10 fine will be assessed.

Air/Heat will be turned on and off by Chief, Vice Chief, or Business Manager ONLY!!!

DRINKING: If you drink in the basement or anywhere else in the house, clean up your mess. Fines will be assessed for those who leave the mess.

NO DESTRUCTION OF THE HOUSE!!! i.e. punching or kicking holes in the walls, windows, or throwing knives into doors or walls.

Shut off all lights and electronics when leaving a room. Keep front door locked at all times

The house is to be locked no later than midnight every night.

Pool Sticks: Intentional damaging or abuse of a pool stick will incur a $1 fine.

On the weekend of August 12th, the Kappa Chapter held a work weekend to get the Castle looking great before the start of the fall semester. The weekend started with a Chapter visit by fellow Kappa Alumni, Grand President Alix Minden, who also helped to organize the work weekend. The attendants included 12 Actives and 8 Alumni for a total of 20 Brothers. One of the main focuses was to replace the steps of the deck, which have been in rough shape as of late. They were completely torn down, replaced, and stained. Other major projects included painting the main level and upstairs bathrooms and re-staining the balconies. The bathrooms were painted a neutral light grey color named "online" grey, and the balconies were stained the same brown color that we have all gotten accustomed to. The deck was not re-stained since there have been discussions about completely replacing the deck sometime in the near future. Additional projects included repainting the front and back doors and exterior trim, repainting the letters on the south and west sides of the house, fixing the railing in the west foyer that had come unattached, cleaning the windows, replacing a light fixture, and tracing and labeling the breaker panels by room and function. Overall, a lot of work was accomplished over the weekend, and the Castle was ready for the semester to begin. Thank you to everyone who participated in the planning and execution of the work weekend!

On the weekend of April 8th, 2017, the Brothers of the Sigma Phi Delta Kappa Chapter hosted their Spring EOT Alumni weekend. Saturday was a full and eventful day of celebration, remembrance, and memorial as it recognized the 70th anniversary of the founding of Kappa Chapter as well as the 20th anniversary of the passing of Brother Mason Michael Foor, who passed away while still attending college.

The weather was uncharacteristically cooperative for the time of year, and the events of this beautiful spring day began at noon with a lunch at the Castle (fraternity house). The lunch was generously donated by Brother Joe Fulcher ('10) and was hosted by the Actives. Following the lunch, the Semi-Annual Meeting of Kappa Alumni of Sigma Phi Delta took place led by the President of the Board of Directors, Brother Mike Votaw ('91). The meeting included close to 30 participants with a fairly even distribution of Alumni and Actives. The bulk of the discussions included completed, ongoing, and future house projects and lasted just under an hour and a half.

In the mid-afternoon, after the conclusion of the meeting, a memorial was held for Brother Foor, who passed away on April 17, 1997 from a congenital heart defect. He was an Active Brother at the time who was studying Mechanical Engineering at Tri-State. His picture, which is hanging on a memorial wall inside the house, and a memorial tree (with plaque) in the front yard of the house have been familiar to generations of Sigma Phi Delta men. Unfortunately, storm damage destroyed the tree last year so a new one was planted in its place, and it was re-dedicated along with the original plaque during this ceremony. The memorial ceremony was led by Brother Keith Hileman ('97), who remembers Mason as a free spirit and generous soul. Additionally, it was an honor to have his father, Brother Steve Foor, in attendance, who became an Honorary Brother at the time of the loss.

Earlier this year, at the beginning of February, the Actives had the misfortune of experiencing the Castle basement backed up with sewage. This is something that has happened in the past, and periodic professional cleaning has kept the issue from escalating until this year. The line was cleared and scoped to analyze the cause of the build up, and it was discovered that the clay line connecting to the city sewer had swelled and cracked significantly, which was preventing proper drainage. This meant that the only way to resolve the issue was to completely dig up the line and replace it. The Board was quick to gather quotes, and it was decided at the Semi-Annual Meeting in April that T&T would be hired to get the job done. Since the repair would require closing down Thunder Drive (the main road through Trine campus), the decision was made to wait until classes ended for the summer. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts of T&T's other summer projects, the sewer line was not able to be fixed during the summer months. T&T was finally able to get started on August 29th, and the project was completed in just three days. Although, having the main road through campus closed while classes were in session was an inconvenience, this was something that could not wait any longer. The project ended up costing around $14K, but now that it's done, we can move on to bigger and better things!

Being in an engineering fraternity, we are usually celebrating intellectual or professional achievements of our Alumni, but sometimes we get the chance to celebrate physical achievements. That's the story with Kappa Alumni Nathan Turner (Mechanical Engineer '04) and Joel Reed (Mechanical Engineer '02). Both of these Phi Delt men have been heavily involved with marathons and triathlons, including the IRONMAN competition in the past few years. Not only do these competitions require physical strength, but they also require mental strength. For those who are unfamiliar, a triathlon includes three separate portions: swimming, bike riding, and running, and an IRONMAN competition is a type of triathlon that consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run totaling 140.6 miles. Each segment has its own time limit, and the participants are required to cross the finish line by midnight on the day of the competition. These competitions take place all around the world, and every year, the top finishers compete in Kona Hawaii at the world championship. Each race allows a maximum of between 2,500 and 3,000 people, but only 2,000 people total are allowed to compete in the world championship.

Both Nathan and Joel started their journey in similar manner by trying to make life changes to get into better shape. Nathan made a new years resolution 4 years ago to lose some weight. Just by changing his diet, he was able to lose 30 pounds in just a few short months. Continuing the trend of being healthier, he decided to sign up for a mud run with a friend. Nathan had a great time doing the mud run, and he ended up making a deal with his friend to try a triathlon. He signed up to do the smallest of all the triathlons, a sprint triathlon, which consists of a 0.5 mile swim, 12.4 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run (16 miles total). It was a daunting task, but it was only the beginning. "I ended up doing that race in October of 2012 and never looked back. I fell in love with the sport. I realized the challenge of the whole thing, the fitness level required, and the inspiration the whole thing provides to me. I have done sports all my life and love competition, but triathlon is just something totally different. You get to compete against others, but also yourself. Trying to push your body at a hard level (the level the average person would do for 30 min tops in the gym) for 13-15 hrs to me is insane, and I love every minute of it."

As we celebrate Father's Day this year, a few Phi Delts are celebrating for their first time as a father. Andy Dykes (Mechanical Engineer '08) and his fiance, Teena, have a two month old daughter, Bianca. Jarred McCain (Computer Engineer '10) and his wife, Kerri, have a two month old son, Desmond James. And Joe Fulcher (Civil Engineer '10) and his wife, Becki, have a 5 month old son, Michael James. With a new generation of Phi Delts in the stages of their lives where they are getting married and starting to think about having children, these new Phi Delt fathers provided some insight into when they knew it was the right time to start trying to have kids. Jarred wanted to make sure that he had a steady job and that they were settled in a good community, although, he provided this disclaimer to his answer: "Funny how that works since I have moved and changed jobs since!" Since the birth of his son, Jarred has gotten a new job and moved from Ohio to Mississippi. Joe and his wife sat down and discussed children even before getting married just to make sure they were on the same page, and they had numerous discussions leading up to the decision: "Well, first thing before we ever got married we discussed our personal opinions on having kids. If we want to have a big family or a small family or no kids at all, when we hoped to have kids by, and what we would want to do if we were unable to have kids of our own. After we got married we discussed from time to time, when we wanted to start having kids. I always found myself saying I don't know if it's the right time. After 3 or 4 years of marriage, we began to realize things might never be perfect to start a family, but if we wanted to have a family we couldn't wait forever. We did a little research on financials and saved a little money. After 5.5 years of marriage we have our first child." For Andy, it was a completely different story. They knew that they wanted kids and that they were wanting to start trying after they got married, but things don't always go according to plan: "I wouldn't necessarily say we decided it was the right time, but we decided we were ready whenever the time came. We had actually planned on getting married first, and thought it would take some time actually trying to get pregnant before it happened.  Funny how things don't always go as planned."

The Kappa Chapter Spring EOT was held on the weekend of April 2nd. Thank you to all of those who were in attendance as well as those who weren't able to make it but still paid their annual dues and designated a proxy. Your support is much appreciated! The weekend activities consisted of the usual socializing, the Semi-Annual Meeting, and a Brotherhood dinner. The meeting only lasted just shy of an hour and a half, one of the shortest yet! The Treasurer's accounting report was presented, which is now available in the Download Center: Accounting Report 04-02-16. The issue with sewage backup in the basement was further discussed. The repair effort will require Thunder Drive to be closed down for approximately 3 days since portions of the road will need to be torn up and then repaired. Due to the impacts that this will have, the repair will be scheduled after school is out for the summer. The quotes available at the time of the meeting were between $15,000 and $25,000. It was decided to go with the $15,000 quote from T&T. The fire pit project was also discussed. The voting quorum agreed to a $20,000 budget that had been previously discussed, but it was decided not to officially move forward until the sewer line issue has been addressed and paid for. If you haven't had a chance to pay your annual dues yet this year, this would be a great time to do so. Dues payments help to pay for Castle projects like the sewer line and the fire pit, and even though they are only $50 a year, every little bit helps. Or if you would like to donate toward one or both of these projects, that would be much appreciated. To read the full minutes, check out the Download Center: Meeting Minutes 04-02-2016. The formal Brotherhood dinner was located at Mad Anthony's in Angola, which included a cocktail hour and dinner. The attendance ended up being more than expected requiring multiple extra tables to be set up, which was definitely a good thing. It's always nice to see more people than expected. All in all, it was a great weekend. The next EOT weekend will coincide with Trine Homecoming the weekend of October 1st. More information will be made available as the planning progresses.