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Ball State University - Epsilon Omega Chapter Fall 2012

Sigma Chis attended this year’s Balfour Leadership Training Workshop (BLTW) at Purdue University

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Jim Lehr (‘98), Kris Michael (‘99), and Ryan Knoblauch (‘98) attend the 50 year celebration at Champps in Indianapolis.

Epsilon Omega Celebrates 50 years at Ball State

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On Friday June 22nd, Epsilon Omega began its celebration of 50 years on Ball State University’s campus. The day was highlighted with a White Rose Ceremony, Brotherhood Meetings, and a formal banquet held at the BSU Alumni Center. The banquet recognized the founding members of Sigma Delta as well as those who have contributed to the university. Ball State University president, Jo Ann Gora, spoke to the crowd of nearly 200 in attendance about the impact that Sigma Chi has had with the university over its 50 years on campus. The banquet was emceed by Dick Hester with Dr. Mark Popovich providing additional commentary. All of the brothers in attendance signed a commemorative 50 Year Sigma Chi certificate and received a gold Sigma Chi cross as a gift. On Saturday, the celebration continued with a golf outing at River Glen Golf Course in Fishers and an evening celebration held at Champp’s at Keystone Crossing in Indianapolis. A big thanks goes to Rick Skiles (’76), Mark Maloof (’75), Mark Hess (’77), Jack Wolf (’77), Mike Michelin (’06), Dick Hester (’74), Mark Popovich (’62), and the many others who planned such a well

Epsilon Omega Spotlight
Undergraduate Zach Hartley Elected to Sigma Chi International Executive Board
The Sigma Chi International Fraternity hosted its biennial Grand Council meeting June 29-30 in Cleveland, marking the 100th anniversary of the first such meeting of the Fraternity’s legislative body. During the meeting Zach Hartley (2013) was elected to a one-year term as an undergraduate representative to the General Fraternity’s Executive Committee. With this honor, Zach becomes a voting member in the International Fraternity, an honor that goes to only two undergraduates in the entire organization! One of Zach’s first order of business was to escort the International Sweetheart around the Balfour Leadership Training Workshop held at Purdue University on Zach Hartley (right) with Grand Pro Consul Mike Greenberg (left) August 2-4.
and International Sweetheart Sydney Binnington (center)

Sigma Chi Website to Offer Improved Resources for Undergraduates and Alumni
With the increasing popularity of social networking sites, Sigma Chi has followed the trend by offering opportunities for members to connect. After signing up for a free account, members can update their personal information, create a personal network of friends, find undergraduate and alumni chapters, participate in discussion groups, share or search for career opportunities, and have access to information on upcoming events. By updating your profile, you can also indicate whether you’d like to provide networking, career advice, or business opportunities to fellow Sigma Chis. The website proves to be a useful tool by allowing the members to get involved in their local chapters by indicating if they’d like to volunteer, provide undergraduate support, or be a mentor to undergraduate brothers. Sign up today to update your profile at

Homecoming 2012—Saturday October 13th 3pm
Homecoming is a perfect time to return to campus for a weekend of reminiscing and fun with your friends! Various activities are planned to make your trip back to campus a memorable one. The university will be hosting several events to celebrate homecoming. For game ticket information, contact the Ball State Ticket Office at 765-285-1474, 1-888-BSU-TICKET, or visit All Alumni Coffee Hour - Alumni and friends will gather under the tent at the corner of McKinley and University Avenues at 9:30am for coffee before the parade. Refreshments are complimentary. Parade - The lineup will begin at Muncie Central High School. The parade will begin promptly at 10am. Pre-Game Tailgate – Immediately outside Scheumann Stadium main gate – O’Brien RV. Look for the Sigma Chi flag. Tailgate 11am till game time. Music, food, and beverages provided. Game Time! The Cardinals will take on Western Michigan at Scheumann Stadium at 3pm. Wear your red & white to show your Cardinal Pride! Post-Game Celebration: Guests are invited to come back to the Sigma Chi Fraternity House 2 after the game for the post-game gathering. Music, food, and beverages will be provided.

Alumni Spotlight
Ball State to Build Planetarium Thanks to Sigma Chi Alumnus Charlie Brown’s gift
The Ball State University Board of Trustees has approved construction of a state-of-theart planetarium that will be the largest in Indiana. The proposed new Ball State University Planetarium, with a 52-foot diameter dome, will be one of the top 10 university planetariums in the nation with its size and cutting-edge projection technology. It will consist of a 6,500-square-foot addition to Cooper Science Complex and will be visible from Riverside Avenue.

Construction of the $4.6 million facility will be funded through private gifts. Indianapolis businessman and 1971 Ball State alumnus Charlie Brown has invested in the project with a $2.2 million lead gift. The new planetarium should open in 2014. "This is an exciting addition to Ball State's vibrant campus and will be a tremendous asset to students as well as the community and region," said Jo Ann M. Gora, president of the university. "We are indebted to Charlie for his generosity and enthusiasm for this new facility. It is certain to prove to be another distinguishing feature of a campus known for innovation and immersive learning." The existing planetarium was built in 1967 and accommodated the then-small student body enrolled in astronomy and limited community needs. The new planetarium will seat 140, nearly double that of the current planetarium, and will be accessible directly from campus and public parking areas. The addition will create an enhanced entry aesthetic from the west on Riverside Avenue, while maintaining Cooper's architectural character. "My goal is to get the biggest and best planetarium we can at Ball State to serve this area of the country. My hope is the community — especially youth — as well as the university students will have an incredible resource here," Brown said. 3

Charlie Brown (second from right) poses with Larry Metzing(’70), Jack Hulse (’69), Steve Bartlett(’69), Gary Taylor (’70), Tom Ley (’70) and Duane Hazelbaker (’70) at the White Rose Ceremony during the 50th Reunion on June 22, 2012.

Alumni Involvement
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Alumni and community support is critical to the long-term success of any Sigma Chi undergraduate chapter. Those chapters with consistent and abundant alumni involvement tend to be our best chapters. To ensure that every Sigma Chi chapter realizes its full potential, local area alumni are needed to provide a solid foundation of support and consistency. An active Chapter Advisor’s Board provides this foundation. Epsilon Omega is in need of alumni mentors who can provide insight and support to the undergraduate chapter. If you are interested in participating in any fashion, please contact T.J. Hall, chapter advisor, for more details at 317-371-5288.

Indianapolis Area Alumni Chapter
The Indianapolis Alumni Chapter of Sigma Chi is open to Sigma Chi brothers living within Central Indiana. We offer opportunities for monthly networking events, weekly luncheons, evening social events and various other annual events. This is a great opportunity to continue your lifelong commitment to Sigma Chi. The chapter meets weekly for lunch at 12:00 noon each Friday at Daddy Jack's, 9419 Meridian Street. You are welcome to attend! The Alumni Chapter will be holding its annual Summer Party at French’s on September 20th at French’s Indian Lake Summer Party for Sigma Chi alumni. Visit for more information about the Indianapolis Area Alumni chapter and events. Come join your Sigma Chi brothers to build stronger relationships through networking.

Your local Alumni Chapter
You don’t live in the Indianapolis area? You’re in luck! Sigma Chi has alumni chapters across the United States and Canada. Visit to find the nearest one to you. While you’re there, you can update your information. You can always start your own Alumni Association if your area doesn’t already have a group organized! An Alumni Association is the beginning stage of becoming an alumni chapter. After one year, the group can petition to the Executive Committee to become an official alumni chapter. Contact Greg Morgan, Director of Education & Alumni Services at 847-869-3655, ext. 259 for more information on alumni groups.

Contact Information
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