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Join your SigEp brothers on Sept 30 for Valpo Homecoming
September 22, 2017

Posted by Brian Keller

Valpo Homecoming 2017 is quickly approaching! On September 30, alumni will gather with friends to celebrate the past, present, and future of Valparaiso University. Let this also be a time of gathering and celebration for the brothers of the Indiana Zeta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. We hope you can join us!

This year’s schedule will be similar to last year. We will be participating in the Crusader Street Fair and tailgating outside of the ARC from 11:00am – 1:00pm, prior to the football game. Food will be available and the university will be hosting a beer tent.

We will hold our alumni board meeting at the house at 4:00pm, and our traditional pig roast meal will follow the meeting. This continues to be an exciting time as we discuss the potential for a new chapter house. We will share the latest updates at the alumni meeting – don’t miss it!

Homecoming Schedule
Saturday, September 30

Events at the Athletics-Recreation Center (ARC)
11:00am – 1:00pm Crusader Street Fair (visit our tent!)

Homecoming Football Game
Crusaders vs. Stetson University
1:00pm – Brown Field

Events at the SigEp House, 705 Mound Street
4:00pm – Alumni Board Meeting
4:45pm – Pig roast dinner and socializing


Homecoming 2015 Schedule
September 15, 2015

Posted by Brian Keller

On September 26, alumni will gather with friends to celebrate the past, present, and future of Valparaiso University. Let this also be a time of gathering and celebration for the brothers of the Indiana Zeta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. We hope you can join us!

This year’s schedule will be similar to last year. We will be participating in the Crusader Street Fair and tailgating outside of the ARC from 10:30am – 12:30pm, prior to the football game. Food will be available and the university will be hosting a beer tent.

We will hold our alumni board meeting at the house at 3:00pm, and our traditional pig roast meal will follow the meeting. The full schedule is listed below.

Homecoming Schedule
Saturday, September 26

Events at the Athletics-Recreation Center (ARC)
10:30AM – 12:30PM Crusader Street Fair

Homecoming Football Game
Crusaders vs. University of San Diego
12:30PM – Brown Field

Events at the SigEp House, 705 Mound Street
3:00PM – Alumni Board Meeting
3:45PM – Pig roast dinner and socializing


Homecoming 2014 Schedule
October 03, 2014

Posted by Brian Keller

On October 11, alumni will gather with friends to celebrate the past, present, and future of Valparaiso University. Let this also be a time of gathering and celebration for the brothers of the Indiana Zeta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. We hope you can join us!

This year’s schedule will be different than in the past. We will be participating in the Crusader Street Fair and tailgating outside of the ARC from 11:00am – 1:00pm, prior to the football game. Food will be available and the university will be hosting a beer tent.

We will hold our alumni board meeting at the house at 3:00pm to accommodate the new schedule, and our traditional pig roast meal will follow the meeting. The full schedule is listed below.

Homecoming Schedule
Saturday, October 11

Events at the Athletics-Recreation Center (ARC)
11:00AM – 1:00PM Crusader Street Fair

Homecoming Football Game
Crusaders vs. Missouri Baptist
1:00PM – Brown Field

Events at the SigEp House, 705 Mound Street
3:00PM – Alumni Board Meeting
3:45PM – Pig roast dinner and socializing into the night


The Red Door Classic Alumni Golf Outing 2014
June 11, 2014

Posted by Brian Keller

Sigma Phi Epsilon – Indiana Zeta presents:

The Red Door Classic Alumni Golf Outing 2014

The Course at Aberdeen – Valparaiso, IN
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Registration starts at 1:00pm with tee times starting at 1:40pm

Please join us for the return of The Red Door Classic! Come to socialize and connect with alumni near and far as well as undergraduate brothers. Family members of brothers are welcome, too! Activities will include a round of golf, BBQ dinner, and the opportunity to catch up with brothers and hear about the current status and future of the IN Zeta Chapter.

Groups of four will be going out at tee times and participating in a Scramble format. We hope you’ll enjoy some great competition. Prizes will be awarded.

Please join us! Cost will be $100 for alumni and family, and $75 for undergrads. This covers golf (cart included), BBQ dinner at Aberdeen, and 2 drink tickets as well as a donation to the Alumni Volunteer Corporation. The donation money assists with The Balanced Man Scholarships awarded to outstanding freshmen, CLA and Ruck Leadership Academy opportunities for our undergraduate brothers, as well as maintenance of our facility and planning for a new one.

Please register online in advance. You have the opportunity to sign up as an individual or create your own group. Deadline for registering is July 2, so do not delay. See you on the course!

Buy Tickets on Eventbrite


Celebrating Success Throughout the Year
September 04, 2013

Posted by Justin Mickens

Sigma Phi Epsilon is proud to share with you just some of our many areas of success as we return to Valpo. We have had an exciting summer filled with rewards for hard work and all kinds of career opportunities.

SigEp came out on top in several different areas last semester! After a successful year, our chapter was came first in the All-Greek and All Campus Intramural Championship! This is an excellent example of our commitment to a sound body. Indiana Zeta also came away with the Outstanding Public Relations, Outstanding Chapter Programming and President’s Award of Excellence at this year’s Greek Awards!

Indiana Zeta won two awards at Carlson Leadership Academy (SigEps leadership conference for chapter leaders) as well. The Scholarship Award is for maintaining the highest GPA on campus (as well as being above the All-Campus Average), and The Manpower Award for excellence in membership and recruitment at Valparaiso University. This award was based on our success in continuing to be top in recruitment among all fraternities.

The chapters stunning 2nd Place performance at Songfest, which won most crowd pleasing, was a great way to round out the semester.

Throughout the summer, numerous brothers held internships at a number of innovative companies. There were also brothers that spent the summer here at Valpo conducting research with professors. One brother in particular, Jon Ogland-Hand, had the opportunity to assist Professor Palumbo of the engineering department. The research conducted had to do with thermodynamics, and made great use of the newly constructed solar furnace on campus.

Brother Jon Ogland-Hand also had the chance to travel down to SigEps national headquarters for the Ruck Leadership Institute in Richmond, Virginia. The Frank J. Ruck Leadership Institute is an intense five-day event for SigEp’s top rising leaders. Participants are stretched both mentally and physically, and pushed to explore their potential. The result is that Ruck scholars learn about their leadership styles, and how to apply them to different situations.

At the end of July and beginning of August, seven of IN Zeta’s brothers had the opportunity to make a trip down to Dallas, Texas for five action packed days. During the award ceremony, our chapter received the Buchanan Outstanding Chapter Award. The Buchanan Cup represents superior and sustained achievement in our Fraternity and we are so proud to have received it this past summer.

At the end of the summer our chapter received even more amazing news! Our brother Marshall Miller was selected for SigEps National Board of Directors. The 9 National Directors are prominent in the business and professional world, or, in the case of the student directors, are exceptional campus leaders. They are selected because of their devotion to the Fraternity, their ability to lead, and a proven track record of setting and achieving strategic goals. We are honored to have one of our own brothers selected, and very proud of Marshall for his accomplishment.

Have another great semester!!


Spring 2013 Sigma Class
February 17, 2013

Posted by Justin Mickens

Sigma Phi Epsilon Indiana Zeta RLC is proud to welcome the following 12 men to our chapter as our Sigma class of Spring 2012:

Alex Siebert
Caleb Liptak
Matt Roeper
Tyler Sanft
Jon Tiemann
Xavier Scott
Logan Cummins
Colin Slack
Adam Talbot
Tommy Morrison
Kyle Brown
Nick Sondag

Sigma Phi Epsilon Indiana Zeta RLC is excited to welcome these outstanding men into our beloved brotherhood!


Homecoming 2012
September 19, 2012

Posted by Charlie Walesa

The undergraduates at Valpo SigEp are excited to host homecoming events this year. Alumni and their families are invited to celebrate our brotherhood and it’s achievements. The schedule of events is as follows:

Homecoming Schedule
Saturday, October 6

Events at the SigEp House, 705 Mound Street
11:00AM – House opens for Alumni
11:30AM – Lunch will be served at this time
NOON – Alumni Board Meeting
Epsilon Rite of Passage will follow the Alumni Board Meeting. Brothers and Alumni only.

Homecoming Football Game
Crusaders vs. Butler
1:00PM – Brown Field

Burning Heart Ceremony
Open ritual for brothers and family
9:00PM – Eastgate Athletic Complex
Meet at the house at 8:45 to walk over together


Celebrating Success in 2012
May 10, 2012

Posted by Charlie Walesa

Sigma Phi Epsilon is proud to share with you just some of our many areas of success as we close out the academic year. We have had an exciting semester filled with rewards for hard work. We are proud of the accomplishments that we have achieved and look towards next semester to improve further upon this groundwork.

SigEp came out on top in several different areas this semester! After a successful year, our chapter was awarded the Intramural All Sports Award and All Fraternity Award! This is an excellent example of our commitment to a sound body. Indiana Zeta also came away with the Outstanding Public Relations and President’s Award of Excellence at this year’s Greek Awards!

Our chapter also won the award for Most Outstanding Chapter Programming among all fraternities on campus! A special thanks to Brother Adam Jerry for his hard work as the VP of Programming. SigEp at Valpo has been known for its excellence in educational, social, campus, and community programming and we are proud to continue this tradition.

Indiana Zeta won two awards at Carlson Leadership Academy (SigEps leadership conference for chapter leaders) as well. The Scholarship Award is for maintaining the highest GPA on campus (as well as being above the All-Campus Average), and The Manpower Award for excellence in membership and recruitment at Valparaiso University. This award was based on our success in continuing to be top in recruitment among all fraternities.

The chapters stunning 1st Place performance at Songfest was a great way to round out the semester.

We congratulate our graduating seniors and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors! Their leadership and presence will be greatly missed, but we are excited and look forward to the leadership that our new members will provide this chapter.

Have a great summer!


2012 Songfest Champs!
May 01, 2012

Posted by Charlie Walesa

Sigma Phi Epsilon IN Zeta is proud to announce that our chapter took best male performance, most creative performance and most in crowd pleasing in the 2012 Songfest competition. The theme this year was the future of fraternities, and the crowd loved the performance. A special thanks is given to brother Dane Callstrom for coordinating and to all the brothers who participated in the event. The video can be viewed below and in our videos tab. We would also like to congratulate the women of Kappa Delta for taking first place in the women’s category.


Polar Plunge 2012
April 11, 2012

Posted by Charlie Walesa

This year brothers Charlie Walesa, Zach Huey, Eric Goetsch, Adam Reister and Cody Newport paired with the Valparaiso University Police Depart to take part in the Polar Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics.


Congrats Ben Macy
April 10, 2012

Posted by Brad Lubeck

Sigma Phi Epsilon would like to congratulate Brother Ben Macy on officially becoming the 2012-2013 Student Body President of Valparaiso University!


Carlson Leadership Academy Recognizes Indiana Zeta
March 11, 2012

Posted by Charlie Walesa

From February 25 – 26, the Executive Board of Sigma Phi Epsilon Indiana Zeta attended Carlson Leadership Academy (CLA). The experience was enriching and engaging as it highlighted achievements from chapters across the Midwest and challenged over 700 SigEp leaders to improve their individual chapters. The Indiana Zeta chapter was recognized with the SigEp National Manpower Excellence Award and The Scholarship Award for maintaining the highest GPA on campus.


Spring 2012 Sigma Class
February 05, 2012

Posted by Charlie Walesa

Sigma Phi Epsilon Indiana Zeta RLC is proud to welcome the following 11 men to our chapter as our Sigma class of Spring 2012:

David Allie
Thomas Beineman
Jon Bicanic
Russell Danielson
Mickey Delcambre
Eric Honert
Eric Loria
David Ramer
Matthew Schneider
Philip Schroeder
Joshua White

Sigma Phi Epsilon Indiana Zeta RLC is excited to welcome these outstanding men into our beloved brotherhood!


Alumni: New PO Box
November 07, 2011

Posted by Jay Strybis

We have a new PO Box for alumni dues, etc.:

PO Box 410
Valparaiso, IN 46384-0410

You can also pay your dues online. Click the link on the alumni page.


Fall 2011 Fall Class
September 23, 2011

Posted by Ben Macy

Sigma Phi Epsilon Indiana Zeta RLC is proud to welcome the following 4 men to our chapter as our Sigma class of Fall 2011:

Alex Corrente
Kiefer Heiman
Doug Bennett
Chad Henkel

Sigma Phi Epsilon Indiana Zeta RLC is excited to welcome these outstanding men into our beloved brotherhood!


Buchanan Cup Win!
September 19, 2011

Posted by Brad Lubeck

In Zeta is proud to share the introduction to our chapter shared by nationals at Conclave 2011!

“Our next chapter exemplifies the Fraternity’s ideals of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love in all aspects of its operations. They have been a leader in many facets of fraternal life for decades and are now the clear example by which all Greek organizations are judged at the university. They currently boast a 3.23 GPA, have multiple intramural championships, and are the largest Fraternity on campus. They continue to defy the stereotypes associated with fraternities across the country and are living proof that “This Fraternity Will Be Different”. Winning a 2011 Buchanan Cup is the Indiana Zeta RLC at Valparaiso University.”


Homecoming 2011
September 02, 2011

Posted by Ben Macy

The undergraduates at Valpo SigEp are excited to host homecoming events this year. Alumni and their families are invited to celebrate our brotherhood and it’s achievements. The schedule of events is as follows:

Homecoming Schedule
Saturday, October 1

Events at the SigEp House, 705 Mound Street
11:00AM – House opens for Alumni
11:30AM – Lunch will be served at this time
NOON – Alumni Board Meeting

Homecoming Football Game
Crusaders vs. Morehead State
1:00PM – Brown Field

Burning Heart Ceremony
Open ritual for brothers and family
9:00PM – Eastgate Athletic Complex
Meet at the house at 8:45 to walk over together


Academic Excellence & Conclave
August 15, 2011

Posted by Brad Lubeck

IN Zeta is proud to share exciting news as a result of our continued excellence on campus!

Once again, SigEp earned the highest GPA among all fraternities on campus. Our combined spring 2011 GPA of 3.23 was large improvement upon our previous success and further demonstrates our dedication to building balanced men. This also represents a large increase over the all-campus men’s GPA, showing that SigEp offers students a college experience that leads to greater success than other students on campus.

Additionally, student representatives from Valpo just returned from Conclave, SigEp’s national convention for undergraduate chapters. IN Zeta won a Buchanan Cup for the chapter’s outstanding work over the past 2 years.

The Buchanan Outstanding Chapter Award, named in honor of two-time Grand President and Grand Treasurer Edwin Buchanan, is indicative of the highest level of undergraduate achievement in our Fraternity. The “Buc Cup” recognizes the best-of-the-best Sigma Phi Epsilon chapters. Chapters are measured against the accomplishments of their peers at campuses across the country. Only the chapters that excel in every area of operations and further the Grand Chapter’s strategic plan qualify for this high honor.

IN Zeta is proud to be one of only 37 chapters from across the country to have received this honor!


Conclave 2011!
August 08, 2011

Posted by Brad Lubeck

6 members of IN Zeta will be representing Valpo at Conclave, SigEp’s national conference, this weekend. Chapters from across the country meet to develop leadership skills and celebrate the accomplishments of our fraternity.

We will be sending twitter updates from Phoenix, so for more information on Conclave, follow @ValpoSigEp on twitter or see the updates above on this page.


Celebrating Success
May 20, 2011

Posted by Brad Lubeck

Sigma Phi Epsilon is proud to share with you just some of our many areas of success as we close out the academic year. We have had an exciting semester filled with rewards for hard work. We are proud of the accomplishments that we have achieved and look towards next semester to improve further upon this groundwork.

SigEp came out on top in several different areas this semester! After a successful year, our chapter is once again the campus Intramural Champion! This is an excellent example of our commitment to a sound body.

Our chapter also won the award for “Most Outstanding Chapter Programming” among all fraternities on campus! A special thanks to RJ Greim for his hard work as the VP of Programming. SigEp at Valpo has been known for its excellence in educational, social, campus, and community programming and we are proud to continue this tradition.

Indiana Zeta won two awards at Carlson Leadership Academy (SigEp’s leadership conference for chapter leaders) as well. The Scholarship Award for maintaining the highest GPA on campus (as well as being above the All-Campus Average), and The Manpower Award for excellence in membership and recruitment at Valparaiso University. This award was based on our success in continuing to be top in recruitment among all fraternities.

The chapter’s stunning 1st Place performance at Songfest was a great way to round out the semester.

We congratulate our graduating seniors and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors! Their leadership and presence will be greatly missed, but we are excited and look forward to the leadership that our new members will provide this chapter.

Have a great summer!


2011 Songfest Champions
May 02, 2011

Posted by Ben Macy

Sigma Phi Epsilon IN Zeta is proud to announce that our chapter took best male performance in the 2011 Songfest competition. The theme this year was love, and the crowd loved the performance. A special thanks is given to Dane Callstrom for coordinating and to all the brothers who participated in the event. The video can be viewed on the main page, and also in the video section of the website. We would also like to congratulate the women of Kappa Delta for taking first place in the women’s category.


Congratulations Dane Callstrom!
March 27, 2011

Posted by Brad Lubeck

Sigma Phi Epsilon congratulates brother Dane Callstrom for winning the title of “Mr. Greek 2011”! Dane stole the show with his stunning looks, outstanding musical talents, and quick thinking. Great job, Dane!


Carlson Leadership Academy Recognizes Excellence and Inspires Ideas
February 28, 2011

Posted by Ben Macy

From February 25 – 26, the Executive Board of Sigma Phi Epsilon Indiana Zeta attended Carlson Leadership Academy (CLA). The experience was enriching and engaging as it highlighted achievements from chapters across the midwest and challenged over 700 SigEp leaders to improve their individual chapters.

This year, Indiana Zeta won two awards! The Scholarship Award for maintaining the highest GPA on campus, and The Manpower Award for excellence in membership and recruitment at Valparaiso University.

CLA also taught the Executive Board to progress individually and collectively. Each officer had sessions where he could interact with alumni and fellow officers from different chapters to learn and improve his leadership skills within the organization. The Executive Board has worked diligently to develop new goals and aspirations for the continuing excellence of our fraternity.

CLA is just one part of the SigEp The Leadership Continuum. This program is an award-winning series of distinct and progressive leadership opportunities aimed at teaching and reinforcing SigEp values to a Brother from the day he joins until the day he graduates. Through self-discovery, analysis, and interaction, Brothers develop skills necessary to lead balanced lives and to continue leading the fraternity world.

This type of program is truly one-of-a-kind and is the only comprehensive leadership experience offered to men participating in Valparaiso University greek life. The SigEp Leadership Continuum has given our Brothers the skills needed to be the leading chapter on Valpo’s campus by shedding the traditional “pledging” model in favor of a focus on leadership development and continuing education.


Spring 2011 Sigma Class
January 29, 2011

Posted by Ben Macy

Sigma Phi Epsilon Indiana Zeta is proud to welcome the following 22 men to our chapter as our Sigma class of Spring 2011:

Adam Jerry
Carmelo Castillo
Chris Larson
Chris Stoming
Dan Arnold
Dan Groch
Doug Coeur
Eric Götsch
James Repp
Jared Metz
Jesus Alvaro
Jonathon Grit
Jonathan Ogland-Hand
Justin Mickens
Marshall Miller
Nick Goodman
Noah Neuenfeldt
Randy Grosshauser
Sean Carey
Sean Kemp
Spencer Wilson
Zach Schlecht

Sigma Phi Epsilon Indiana Zeta is excited to welcome these outstanding men into the brotherhood!


Congratulations to Balanced Man Scholars
January 17, 2011

Posted by Ben Macy

bms

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Balanced Man Scholarship this year. It was undoubtedly one of the most difficult years because of the large number of exemplary candidates. After much contemplation, we narrowed the search down to around 15 men. We would like to congratulate Zach Schlecht as our first place winner, as well as our runners-up Derek Wessels, Evan Byers, and Matt West.


Grades
January 05, 2011

Posted by Kris Parrent

Sigma Phi Epsilon is proud to announce that we have once again achieved first place in grades out of all of Valparaiso University’s men’s fraternities! This is the fourth semester in a row we have held this title, bringing us to leading in grades six out of seven of the last semesters.


2011 Spring Recruitment Schedule
December 17, 2010

Posted by Kris Parrent

Sigma Phi Epsilon would like to invite all men considering joining Greek life to attend our rush events for Spring 2011. Come down and have a great time while getting to know our brothers!

Saturday, January 8th: Fraternity Open House @ 2:00 pm

•Meet at the Harre Union at 2pm, and tour all of Valpo’s fraternities.

Sunday, January 9th: Ice Bowl @ 2:00 pm

•Snow football on the Law School field. Chili and NFL playoffs on the big screen after!

Wednesday, January 12th: Games Night @ 7:00 pm

•Come to the house for video, board and card games.

Friday, January 14th: Floor Hockey @ 7:00 pm

•Classic 2 on 2 floor hockey tournament at the SigEp house! Free pizza, chips, & pop!

Sunday, January 16th: Chicago Wolves Game vs San Antonio @ 2:30 pm

•Meet at 2:30 by the Union Welcome Desk, then we’ll drive to catch the 4pm game!

Monday, January 17th: Ping Pong/Foosball Tournaments @ 7:00 pm

•Single elimination tournaments at the house. Free food for all, prize for the champion!

Thursday, January 20th: Fluorescent Dodgeball @ 8:00 pm

•At the SigEp house. You’ve never played dodgeball like this.

Saturday, January 22nd: Winter Olympics @ 1:00 pm

•Come to the SigEp house to try your hand at curling, bobsledding and snow rugby!

Sunday, January 23rd: Paintball @ 9:30 am

•Meet outside of Lankenau Hall at 9:30 for an afternoon of paintball!

Thursday, January 27th: Preference Dinner

•By Invitation only.


SigEp Christmas 2010
December 10, 2010

Posted by Brad Lubeck

SigEp would like to thank all of those who made SigEp Christmas 2010 a success. We managed to donate over $1000 in addition to toys and games. We are sincerely thankful for all of your contributions.


Homecoming!
July 18, 2010

Posted by Kris Parrent

Valparaiso University’s homecoming this year will be held on Saturday, September 25. Sigma Phi Epsilon is excited to invite all of our chapter’s alumni and their family and friends back to celebrate the event. The schedule is as follows:

11:30 am: Lunch
12:00 pm: Alumni Board Meeting
1:00 pm: Homecoming football game kickoff
8:45 pm: Burning Heart Ritual at Eastgate (open to family)

We are excited to see you there!


New Page for Seniors!
April 27, 2010

Posted by Kris Parrent

Check out what our seniors will be doing after graduation!  This addition to our website can be viewed here or by selecting the link under the Brothers section on the sidebar.  Good luck seniors!


Congratulations Brad Lubeck!
April 26, 2010

Posted by Kris Parrent

Sigma Phi Epsilon would like to congratulate Brother Brad Lubeck on officially becoming the Student Body Vice President of Valparaiso University! 


Songfest 2010
April 26, 2010

Posted by Kris Parrent

SigEp took second place in this year’s Songfest competition.  Congratulations to Kappa Delta and Phi Kappa Psi on their victories this year.  The video of SigEp’s performance can be viewed below.  Sigma Phi Epsilon President Jacob Tewes sang the solo during "You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling."  The band was also all SigEps featuring Jon Becker on drums, Dane Callstrom on keyboard, Grant Chapman on bass, and Kris Parrent on guitar.  The theme for our performance was "Top Gun."  The performance was directed and choreographed by Dane Callstrom.  Enjoy the video!

 





Tommy Lindell to attend Ruck
April 08, 2010

Posted by Jay Strybis

Congratulations to Tommy Lindell ’11 for being accepted into the upcoming Ruck Leadership Institute.  Joining the ranks of Adam Dralle ’10, Geoff Yates, and Nate LaGrange ’08, Tommy continues to represent IN Zeta at this highly selective program.

Ruck scholars are some of the best undergraduates SigEp has to offer.  They are taken to the College of William & Mary, the birthplace of the American College fraternity, to participate an intense five-day leadership experience.

Congratulations again to Tommy!


Spring 2010 Recruitment Class
February 03, 2010

Posted by Kris Parrent

Sigma Phi Epsilon Indiana Zeta is proud to welcome the following 17 individuals to our chapter as our recruitment class of Spring 2010:

  • Matt Baldwin
  • Nate Bluhm
  • Mark Bonick
  • Grant Chapman
  • Benjamin Ema
  • Gabe Gibson
  • RJ Greim
  • Kurt Gutfrucht
  • Alec Johnson
  • Brad Lubeck
  • Cody Newport
  • Zach Phillips
  • Adam Reister
  • Jay Sipes
  • Josh Tanrikulu
  • Taylor Wegrzyn
  • Chris Wesemann

 

Sigma Phi Epsilon Indiana Zeta is now composed of 26 seniors, 24 juniors, 8 sophomores, and 15 freshman.  Welcome to the brotherhood!


2010 Recruitment Schedule
January 08, 2010

Posted by Jonathon Becker

The following is the Fall 2010 spring recruitment schedule. We do, however, practice year-round recruitment. If you miss out on the semester events and are still interested in joining, please contact the VP of recruitment. Although Valparaiso University does not permit freshmen to join greek life until the spring semester, they are welcome to attend our fall recruitment events.


Sunday, September 5th: Buffalo Wild Wings @ 4:30 p.m.
Join us and a panel of our seniors for wings from Buffalo Wild Wings down at the house! Come with any questions and get a new perspective on SigEp and Greek Life.

Tuesday, September 7th: Video Game Night @ 7:00 pm
Come down to the house for some Halo and Call of Duty! Free food & drinks!

Thursday, September 9th: Floor Hockey @ 7:00 pm
Classic 2 on 2 floor hockey tournament at the SigEp house! Pizza, chips, and soda will be provided..

Sunday, September 12th: Football @ 1:00 pm
Come watch the Bears or Colts play and enjoy free food and drinks at 1:00, then be ready to head out to the field to play at 4:00!


2009 Balanced Man Scholarship
August 24, 2009

Posted by Jay Strybis

Every year, Indiana Zeta awards scholarships to incoming freshman males who have shown dedication to developing a sound mind and body in their high school careers.  More information can be found on our Balanced Man Scholarship page.

The scholarship is absolutely free to apply for, and we would encourage all incoming freshman males to submit an application!

The 2009 Balanced Man Scholarship application can be downloaded here.  You can turn in the application at the Union front desk or give it to any SigEp brother.  You can also view the accompanying letter.


InZeta represents at Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
March 29, 2009

Posted by Jonathon Becker

Several members of our chapter took the opportunity to go down to Indianapolis over the weekend to participate in some philanthropy with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. TV station, Indiana 6, did a profile on some of the local companies participating in the event, and this video featured Jake Hautly and Colin Fields, with extensive photos of Jake in his letters. Check it out embedded below, or head over to the Indiana 6 website, here.




Feel free to head over to the discussion board to discuss this video here.


Carlson Leadership Academy yields new ideas, awards
February 09, 2009

Posted by Jonathon Becker

Last weekend, the new officers of Indiana Zeta attended The Carlson Leadership Academy at the Weston Lombard in Chicago. The officers were joined by AVC board president, Josh Lee and chapter counselor, Mike Nevergall.
The Carlson Leadership Academy (CLA) is part of the national SigEp Leadership Continuum, which is set up to help “elected officers develop key life skills and share best practices to lead their chapter to excellence.”
The group arrived on Friday night and spent all day Saturday spending time talking with other executive boards from around the region, and learning from successful alumni. There were officer break-out sessions for people to talk to and learn from other people who are trying to accomplish the same things. Everyone who went came away with many goals and ideas to bring back to chapter. In particular, each officer was asked to come up with three goals for each position.
In addition to learning leadership skills, Indiana Zeta was also the recipient of two awards at the event. We received the Manpower Excellence award for having the most members of any fraternity on campus at 67, and the Phi Beta Kappa Wheelhouse award for maintaining greater then a 3.15 GPA for both semesters in the 2007-2008 school year. These awards have been added to the list on our awards page.

Discussion of this post, as well as each officer’s list of goals can be found on the forums, here.


New members, new E-board
February 05, 2009

Posted by Jonathon Becker

On Friday, January 30, spring rush ended, and ten men turned in their bids to join the Indiana Zeta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. The quality of these ten men can not be overstated, and the chapter as a whole is very proud to call them members of this Fraternity. They began the Balanced Man program that night by going through the Sigma right of passage.
The names of these ten men are: Justin Bui, Dwight CooperLuke Easterday, Derek Egley, Zach Huey, Zoran Kvrgic, Curtis Marshall, Joseph Miller, Kris Parrent, and Geoff Stellfox. (Click on their names to view their user pages, which they should be updating within the next week.)
In addition to getting new members, the Fraternity leadership also transitioned on Sunday, February 1, as the new executive board was sworn into office. The new officers can be viewed here.


Discussion of this article can be found on the forums, here.


Plug's Pond
January 13, 2009

Posted by Jay Strybis

Dustin posted some sweet pictures of Plug’s Pond, an ice rink in the house’s parking lot.


2009 Recruitment Schedule
December 07, 2008

Posted by Dustin Lawrence

Undergraduate men who are interested in learning more about the brotherhood of Sigma Phi Epsilon are invited to join the brothers at the following events. For more information regarding recruitment click here.

1/10   Fazoli’s Dinner – 5pm at the Sig Ep House

1/12   Ping Pong Tournament – 7pm at the Sig Ep House

1/14   Darts Night – 7pm at the Sig Ep House

1/16   Floor Hockey – 7pm at the Sig Ep House

1/17   Chicago Wolves vs. Manchester (meet in Lankenau Cafeteria at 5pm)

1/18   Ice Bowl- noon at the Sig Ep House (Chili will be served afterwards)

1/22   VU Men’s Basketball Game vs. UIC (meet at 6:30pm at the Sig Ep House)

1/24   Paintball at Blast Camp (meet at 10am at the Sig Ep House)


New Officers Elected
December 07, 2008

Posted by Dustin Lawrence

The next wave of Sig Ep leadership has been decided in what was a very lengthy election process that lasted several weeks. After much debate, it was Adam Dralle who was elected the next president of the Indiana Zeta chapter. His executive board will be Jeremy Redenius as VP of Programming, Steve Odegard as VP of Recruitment, Collin Fields as VP of Brotherhood Developmant, Jon Becker as VP of Communication, Adam Westrick as VP of RLC and the Chaplin will be Stefan Schalk. John Grotheer was most recently named VP of Finance by the Alumni Board.

The new executive board will take their positions on February 1, of the the next year.


Sig Ep Christmas Brightens Families' Holidays
December 05, 2008

Posted by Dustin Lawrence

Just as millions of children around the globe are anxiously awaiting the coming of Santa, members of the Indiana Zeta chapter are anxiously awaiting their largest philanthropy event of the year. Sig Ep Christmas will kick off on Saturday, December 6 from noon till 3:00 pm in the Christopher Center’s Community Room.

The second annual event is designed to raise toys for the Reiner Community Center. The event will feature the opprotunity to sit and take photos with Santa Claus. Of course, families are encouraged to attand and to enjoy the festivities. Beyond the company of Santa, live music will be played and traditional Christmas treats will be served.

However, the most important feature of the event will be the toy drive and donations taken for needy families hurt most by the tough economic times. With economic troubles peeking this holiday season, millions of families may have a harder time filling their children’s stockings. To brighten up the holidays for these families by making a donation, contact Alex Voerman at (414) 573-3566.


Homecoming
September 16, 2008

Posted by Dustin Lawrence

Indiana Zeta alumni and actives are looking forward to this years Homecoming on October 11. The INZETA celebration coincides with Valparaiso Universities momentous sesquicentennial anniversary. Active brothers have spent a lot of time already preparing the house for this years Homecoming, which already promises to be one to remember.

11:00 am     Alumni to arrive at the house

11:30 am     Hog roast lunch

12:00 pm     Alumni Board meeting

1:00 pm      Annual football game: Crusaders vs. Davidson- at Brown Field

9:00 pm      Burning Heart Ceremony- at Eastgate Athletic Complex

Brothers are invited and encouraged to stay at the house between events and enjoy each others company.

 


SigEps in Kenya
August 06, 2008

Posted by Matt Schuchhardt

Three SigEps from IN Zeta spent the beginning of their summers in a remote village in Kenya. Eddy Brouch, Jeff Macke, and James Nagel travelled with the student organization Engineers Without Borders to Nakor, a village located in the northern region of Kenya. Nakor is located in a desert and the people who live there usually eat one meal a day. The group included 14 Valparaiso University students, an engineering professor, and another professor’s husband.

The purpose of the trip was to install solar panels and  a merry -go -round that pumps water, both of which provide water for gardens where vegetables and other food will be grown.  Wells had been dug by previous groups for drinking water, and the greatest need was a continual source of water that could help sustain garden plots. The group successfully installed the solar panels, fixed existing windmills, and assembled and constructed the play pump. The experience also provided insights into a culture very far removed from life in Valparaiso, Indiana.

The group learned phrases and songs in Turkana, the spoken language in Nakor, each day during cultural lessons. “It was an eye opening experience to see how these people live. It might be cliché, but we are really lucky here in the states and we have way more than these people could even imagine,” commented Jeff Macke.

Click here for a YouTube video of the play pump in action.


New Photo Galleries
June 15, 2008

Posted by Jay Strybis

Geoff Yates put up a couple of new photo galleries on the website.

Per an alumni request, there’s now a pseudo house-tour photo gallery which contains pictures of some of the common areas and brothers’ rooms.  There’s also another gallery which contains some pictures from this year’s Greek Awards ceremony where we won a number of awards as described here.


SigEp Wins Intramural Title Again
May 11, 2008

Posted by Jay Strybis

Building on a tradition, SigEp has won Valparaiso University’s All-Campus Intramural title for the second year in a row.  We’ve now held the intramural title for 7 out of the last 8 years.

This has been a good year for us.  With only a couple more days of finals and a week until graduation, we’re all looking forward to a break from the action.

On another note, the Spring 2008 Sigma project is almost done, and the back patio is looking great.  We’ve been power-washing the deck and the fence, and the staining/sealing is almost complete.  Plans for some gardening around the deck and fence are in the works, and it should look awesome for homecoming next year.


Regulars On the Greek Award's Podium
April 29, 2008

Posted by Dustin Lawrence

There were a plethora of awards handed out to the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon at VU’s 2008 Greek Awards. In total, Sig Eps took seven of twelve potential awards handed out that Monday night. The Indiana Zeta chapter as a whole received four awards; Fall grades, Spring grades, Outstanding Chapter Programming and the esteemed President’s Award of Excellence, which is given to the overall highest achieving fraternity. Sig Ep also took a majority of the individual awards. Robby Pampel received the highly regarded Greek Man of the Year Award. Matt Riley and James Crowley were also individually lauded, with Matt receiving the Safe Man of the Year Award and Crowley taking the Dr. Alan Harre Civic Engagement Award.

To see other awards that Indiana Zeta and individual Sig Eps have won in past years, visit the awards page.


Songfest 2008
April 27, 2008

Posted by Jay Strybis

Indiana Zeta did it country this year.  We had a lot of fun putting together our show for this year and ended up taking second place in the Men’s Division while winning the Overall Most Creative Award.

As soon as the video is edited, we’ll post a link here.

Heart to heart to all the dudes who helped put it together this year, especially Tyler Schofield, Robby Pampel and Geoff Yates.  Thanks to the guys who helped in the band too: James Nagel, Alex Marque and John Williamson.


BBCode Reference
April 13, 2008

Posted by Jay Strybis

I added a BBCode reference page.


Alumni Page and Forum
April 13, 2008

Posted by Jay Strybis

The alumni page has been updated with a little more information about our alumni accounts process.

Basically how it works is this:
If you are an alumni of our chapter, you can click this link and signup.  Your account will then be in limbo while we confirm that you are actually an Indiana Zeta alumnus.  Our Alumni chair will verify your standing and confirm your account, and you will receive an email notifying you that your account has been confirmed.

One of the benefits of having an alumni account is that you will have access to the private sections of the site.  We have just added a private message forum for actives and alumni to interact.  You can also comment on news, send private messages to all actives and alumni, and you can have access to contact information for all actives and alumni.

We plugged the website quite a bit in our most recent newsletter, and we’ve been getting a steady stream of SigEps signing up since then.

Thanks to all of our alumni who are signing up, and we look forward to hearing from more.


Geoff Yates Going to Ruck Leadership Institute
April 07, 2008

Posted by Jay Strybis

The chapter would like to announce and give congratulations to Sophomore Geoff Yates.  He has been selected as one of the lucky undergraduate members of Sigma Phi Epsilon who get to attend Ruck Leadership Institute.

Ruck is basically SigEp’s Top Gun.  The national fraternity selects some of the nation’s top members and sends them to the College of William and Mary, the birthplace of the American College Fraternity, to develop their personal leadership and mentoring skills.

Geoff is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering student.  He works as an Ambassador in Admissions for Valparaiso’s Admissions Office, is a member of Valparaiso’s Ultimate Frisbee team and drives a 1970 Chevelle.


Spring 2008 Newsletter
April 03, 2008

Posted by Jay Strybis

A big heart to heart goes out to Dustin Lawrence and Brian Keller for taking charge and putting together the newsletter.

You can download it here.

Alumni and all of the actives’ parents should have received a copy of it in the mail already, but if you haven’t, get in contact with Dustin Lawrence.


Balanced Man Scholarship Page
February 18, 2008

Posted by Jay Strybis

A dedicated page to the Balanced Man Scholarship has been added to the website.  This page will archive the winners of our scholarships and provide information for freshmen interested in applying for our scholarship.

Balanced Man Scholarship


Chapter Calendar Up
February 12, 2008

Posted by Jay Strybis

Here’s a link to the chapter calendar that Dralle created for us:

INZeta Google Calendar


Fall '07 Grades
February 03, 2008

Posted by Jay Strybis

This is a little late, but we want to let everyone know about our accomplishment.

Last semester (Fall ‘07), we set a new house record for grades. Our chapter’s average GPA for last semester was over a 3.4.  This is a new house record and should definitely put us among the top SigEp chapters in the nation for grades.

We’re extremely proud of this accomplishment and hope to continue this trend of being the top fraternity on Valpo’s campus with respect to grades.


22 Men Turn in their Sig Ep Bids
February 03, 2008

Posted by Dustin Lawrence

The 22 men who turned in their bids on February 1st make up the largest Sigma class in the last three years. They began their quest that Friday night and now once again there are new Sigmas beginning the Balanced Man Program


Recruitment schedule Posted
January 10, 2008

Posted by Dustin Lawrence

The 2008 recruitment schedule has been finalized. It has been posted on the recruitment webpage. Check it out. 


SigEp Christmas Recap
December 09, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

We’d like to thank everyone who came out to our first SigEp Christmas event.  The event was well attended, and, more importantly, we collected a lot of money and presents for the kids over at HillTop.

The cookies and hot chocolate were a great hit, and lots of students came by to get their picture taken with Santa.  Buckman Page was also in attendance and put on an excellent set.

Thanks again to everyone who came out… look forward to an even bigger event next year.  Oh, and here’s a photo album of the event.


SigEp Christmas
December 02, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

SigEp Christmas is a philanthropy event that our chapter is putting on this year.  We are accepting donations of money and toys so that we can give them away to kids at the HillTop House.

We will be having a See Santa event this Sunday, the 9th of December.  The event starts at 11am in the Union Great Hall.  There will be a raffle, and we will be collecting toys and donations.  Any questions can be submitted to James Crowley at:


Massive Site Update
November 28, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

It’s been a while since any news has been posted, but it should be worth the wait.  The site has been completely re-done using Ruby on Rails.  There are now a lot more interactive features on the site for current members and alumni, and it is a lot easier to add new content and edit what’s already up.

Look forward to much more frequent updates of the site.


Members only section up
November 11, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

News here can only be seen by brothers.  Feel free to comment, make suggestions, etc.


Homecoming events and newsletter
October 03, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

Homecoming is this weekend! Here are a couple of highlights:

At 3pm on Friday, we will be heading out from the house for a golf outing.

On Saturday at 12:30 PM, we will be hosting a pig roast at our house. Later on in the afternoon (3:30), we will be wrecking Dave Andrews’ van for philanthropy. $1 buys you 3 bashes at his van.

Here is a copy of our most recent newsletter. If you are not receiving our newsletter, please contact Matt Schuchardt to get on the mailing list.


Balanced Man Scholarship
September 02, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

We are now accepting applications for our annual Balanced Man Scholarship.

We like to reward freshman for exhibiting our pillars of leadership, scholarship, athleticism and gentlemanly behavior.

Application PDF

Please turn these in at the Union front desk.


News from Conclave!
August 09, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

We just heard that we at Indiana Zeta have won another Buchanan Cup for chapter excellence!

This award is given to the best SigEp chapters in the nation every two years at our national gathering. This is Indiana Zeta’s fourth Buchanan Cup in a row, and we’re looking to continue the streak.

Damn proud.


I almost forgot... SongFest 2007
June 10, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

…oh yeah, we also repeated last year’s win of Songfest with the Overall Most Crowd-Pleasing award and 1st Place, Mens’ Division. 

Here’s a link to the performance: SigEp Songfest 2007 

And for posterity… SigEp Songfest 2006  

Edit: added a photo gallery here


Big update
June 10, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

There is a lot of news to write about since no news posts have been added since March! 

We are proud to announce that we have regained our Intramural Championship crown. SigEp has now won Valparaiso University’s all-around Intramural title 6 out of the last 7 years.

In addition to that award that was handed out at Valpo’s annual Greek Awards, we also received the President’s Award of Excellence, Greek Man of the Year (Sean Jesse), First Place Overall in Academics, and Outstanding Chapter Programming. The awards page has been updated to reflect this.

Valparaiso’s Ultimate Frisbee team also held a (to be) annual 5-on-5 tournament in which Sigma Phi Epsilon entered two teams. We ended up taking home both the first and second place trophies for the event.

We’re looking forward to a relaxing summer before we get ready to hit the ground running again for another great year.


SigEp wins IM water basketball!
March 26, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

Before Spring Break, Sigma Phi Epsilon finished an undefeated season by winning the intramural water basketball tournament.

 

Fielding a team of all-around athletes and current/former Valpo swimmers, SigEp was able to hold off the other team for a convincing win.

 

Many brothers were in attendance, and, after the game was over, most of them could not contain their excitement and had to start celebrating immediately. Click on the link for a video posted on YouTube.


CLA awards
February 19, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

This last weekend, our new executive board and a few other brothers attended SigEp’s Carlson Leadership Academy. CLA is a leadership development program mainly meant to help our chapter executives work effectively.

In addition to the focus sessions, awards from the national fraternity were given out. Indiana Zeta received the following awards:

Manpower Excellence Award (1st in manpower among fraternities on campus)

Scholarship Excellence Award (1st in grades among fraternities on campus)

Phi Beta Kappa Wheelhouse (given to chapters with cumulative GPAs of a 3.15 or higher)

In addition to these chapter awards, last term’s president, Sean Jesse was selected to receive our region’s J. Edward Zollinger Outstanding Senior Award. This award is given annually to an outstanding senior in each district of SigEp based on scholastic achievement, fraternity and campus leadership, and community involvement.

Proud as hell of our accomplishments from last year and Sean Jesse’s contributions to our chapter and the community.


Spring '07 sigma class
February 08, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

We are excited to welcome 17 new brothers into our fraternity: Jon Becker, Josh Cardinal, Marcus Chaffee, Adam Dralle, Tim Garibay, John Grotheer, Brett Hartmann, Ray Hylton, Alan Kus, Phil LaBrash, Max Liedl, Joel Mathwig, Aaron Moy, James Nagel, Marco Porcelli, Stefan Schalk, and Geoff Yates.

After a very intense and fun two-week rush period consisting of events like paintball and floor hockey, we are absolutely thrilled to welcome these new men into our brotherhood. They are getting started on the Sigma Program with their coordinators Scott Dueball, Scott Fremont, and Kyle Verage. Damn proud.


New photo galleries added
January 13, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

Two new photo galleries have been added to the Photo Gallery section of the website.

One is a selection of pictures from one of our ultimate frisbee games this past semester, and the other is a gallery of our annual Christmas Cookie party where we invite sororities to come down and enjoy our home-made Christmas Cookies and hot chocolate.


Recruitment schedule posted
January 09, 2007

Posted by Jay Strybis

Attention Freshmen. Please head over to the recruitment page and check out all of the recruitment events we have planned for this semester.

Highlighted events include a free trip to Chicago to see the Wolves play, free Paintball with the SigEps, and our intense floor hockey night.


Website update
November 13, 2006

Posted by Jay Strybis

The website has been updated with a new Photo Gallery section. This is one addition in the media department which is still being developed. Expect more media such as videos and music to be posted soon.

The first set of photos in the Photo Gallery are all from the 50th Anniversary celebration from Sept 29-Oct 1. Photos by Brian Keller.


Ultimate frisbee championship
October 30, 2006

Posted by Jay Strybis

Today the SigEp team 1 ultimate frisbee team took the intramural championship match against Phi Kappa Psi.

SigEp was undefeated throughout the season, and now our ultimate frisbee team helps us maintain our number one spot in the overall intramural points standings.

Click for a picture of the team.

(Pictured from left: Chris, Helland, Tyler Schofield, Shaun Hautly, Joshua Dillon, Dan Lindquist, Brad Holz, Jay Strybis, Scott Fremont. Not Pictured: Bret Hassler, Robby Pampel)


BMS Winners
October 28, 2006

Posted by Jay Strybis

We would like to thank all of the freshmen who applied for our Balanced Man Scholarship and especially congratulate our finalists and winners. It was a tough field of truly balanced men.

Click here for a picture of the winners. The winner of our $1000 academic scholarship was Paul Wolf (pictured left), and our three other $500 scholarship winners were (pictured from left to right) Stefan Schalk, Rian Aaron McMaster, and Max Liedl.


Fall recruitment report
September 18, 2006

Posted by Jay Strybis

After a very busy two-week rush period, we are happy to announce the addition of 5 new brothers to our house: Mike Calvillo, Chris Hippler, Dustin Lawrence, Ian Tiggeman, and Yuuki Guzman.

They are jumping right into the Sigma program and we are really excited to have them.


All is well after awesome party
September 02, 2006

Posted by Jay Strybis

Our annual Hawaiian themed Slip N’ Slide party was a success and a good time. Typically one of our largest parties of the year, we let in over 450 people to our dancefloor, and the front yard 60 foot custom Slip N’ Slide was a spectator attraction.

Unfortunately, we had to end the party early for a student’s well-being. The circumstances that led to this were not due to Sigma Phi Epsilon. We have been told that the student is doing fine now.


New website up!
August 28, 2006

Posted by Jay Strybis

Just in time for fall recruitment, we are launching the new and improved chapter website. New features such as pictures and videos are coming soon.

Please contact Jay Strybis if you find any errors in the website.