The Executive Board
With the start of the new year, came the start of our new Executive Board. Our Executive Board performs the "behind the scenes" action involved with organizing and scheduling events both internally and externally. They are responsible for managing finances, recruitment, communication, and many other aspects of the fraternity. Our Executive Board volunteers their time in order to make sure that SigEp can functionally maintain and provide all that it does to the Kent State University community.
E-Board Members (left to right):
- V.P. of Recruitment - Seth Fangman
- V.P. of Finance - Kevin Teeples
- V.P. of Programming - Brandon Stewart
- President - JT Rinehart
- V.P. of Member Development - Reid Schaffer
- V.P. of Communications - Spencer Smith
- Chaplain - Tommy Watral
SigEp Dr. Suess
Within the past Fall and Spring semesters, we have welcomed 12 new brothers into our fraternity!
- Josh Duffy
- Spencer Smith
- Cory Antoncic
- Dakota Fox
- Dominic Nicoletti
- Teddy Ostapack
- Luke Fenstemaker
- Ron Barbella
- Nick McCuen
- Kevin Rabbits
- Kyle O'Donnell
- Mark Dzapo
Our new members have become a great addition to our fraternity, and have already begun to provide outstanding and exceptional contributions to what we stand for. Many new members have become involved with our fraternity leadership and operation. For instance, Dakota and Cory are currently serving as members of our Standards Board. In addition, Dominic is taking on the role of our Risk Management Chair; in which he helps ensure that all brothers remain safe during social events. Furthermore, Spencer is a current member of the fraternity Executive Board as the Vice President of Communications. Although these are important positions, we value that brothers are treated equally and believe that these positions and many other positions should be open for any member to fill.
In addition to involvement internally, our new members have also been a huge help externally. As memebrs of Greek Life, there are many philanthropies, fundraisers, and events to attend. In this school year, our new members have contributed to more than 70% of all external involvement. With these numbers in only the past year alone, we are very excited to see all of the many things that they will do in the near future!
In this photo: Nick McCuen, Ron Barbella, Greg Moses, Mark Dzapo, Kevin Rabbits
Parent's Day - April 23rd
The Dean's List
At the end of the fall semester, 4 of our brothers were on The Dean's List, which requires a GPA of a 3.4 or above.
- Spencer Smith
- Tommy Watral
- Cody Dawson
- Matthew Ludwick
The President's List
Only one brother made it onto this list, which requires a 4.0 GPA.
- Teddy Ostapack
Congratulations, and keep up the hard work!
The Saint Baldrick's Foundation
Did you know?
The Undergraduate Student Government
Barnesville - April 28/29
Every year, the brothers of SigEp travel to Barnesville, OH to volunteer to work on the Butler family farm. This trip is especially sentimental to our chapter, as a member of their family was a brother of our fraternity. Losing his life in a car accident, we make it our goal to return each year and help the Butlers in order to continue keeping his memory alive.
What was your favorite part about Barnesville? JT: "Spending time with brothers and doing something that has such a deep meaning for both this fraternity and the Butler family. It's a trip that I look forward to every year!"
What experience did Barnesville provide you with that you wouldn't have gotten without going? Josh: "I experienced the gratification of knowing that my hard work went a long way in helping out someone who deserved it."
In this photo: JT Rinehart, Matt Ludwick, Tommy Watral, Nick McCuen, Seth Fangman, Mark Dzapo, Reid Schaffer, Austin Tomletz, Logan Georskey, Josh Duffy, Dominic Nicoletti
How does it feel to be graduating? Cody: "It's a bittersweet moment! I'm going to miss making memories with all of my brothers, but I'm ready for the next chapter of my life."
What are you going to miss the most? Alec: "All of the unforgettable moments with my brothers."
Out of the Darkness Walk
Be The Difference Walk to Fight Suicide
On Sunday April 30th, brothers participated in this walk to show their support for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. By creating a team, we were able to help raise money that will go towards raising awareness for mental health and suicide. We plan on organizing our own similar philanthropy this coming Fall to continue our passion for this cause!
Why do you feel that raising awareness is so important? Tommy: "There needs to be a more open dialogue and more advocacy so that people suffering feel comfortable seeking help."
Why are you passionate about mental health awareness? Seth: "Why I'm so passionate about this cause is because of how this issue is growing bigger and bigger, yet little is being done. There is such a negative stigma attached to mental illness and suicide. I know what it's like to not be mentally healthy and how tough it can be. I just hope that if more people can be educated on warning signs for suicide, we can get people the help they need."
In this photo: Alec Paul, Tim Varrelmann, Seth Fangman, Cody Dawson, Josh Duffy, Tommy Watral, Dakota Fox, Brandon Stewart, Cody Porche, John Merlo (center, front)