Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Join us in Valpo for Homecoming 2018: Sept 28-29


Your Passion, Your Purpose, You’re Home
Fellow Sig Tau Brothers,

It’s not too late to make plans to join us for Homecoming 2018!  We may not have an active undergraduate chapter on campus yet, but we have a newly renovated chapter house and a solid group of Beta Lambda alumni who want to meet you, hear your stories and memories, and share our plans for the future.  We continue to make progress towards reinstatement and we would love to include you in that process.

Listed below are the activities we have planned for Homecoming weekend:

Friday, September 28
  • 2:00 pm – Rededication of the Hilltop & Dedication of the Dale Kempf Court
    If you arrive early for homecoming, come see this special dedication thanks to the generous bequest of Brother Dale Kempf (’62) to the University. Following the ceremony, enjoy a reception with alumni, students, donors, faculty and staff. Located at the ARC / Hilltop Gym.
     
  • 8:30pm   The Homecoming Fireworks display will take place after dusk near the chapel. Seating available at the Resurrection Meadow.

Saturday, September 29
  • 9:00-10:00 am – Sorority and Fraternity Life Update
    All alumni are encouraged to attend this update on Greek membership trends, local chapter accomplishments and future direction; followed by a Q&A session.  Located at the Christopher Center, Rm 205.
     
  • 10:00 am – Omicron Delta Board Meeting
    Drop by 801 Union to attend the annual meeting of the Omicron Delta Board to learn more about the status of our chapter house and participate in discussions focused on short and long-term improvement projects. We will meet in the Chapter room at the house.
     
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Crusader Street Fair  
    Come visit your Alumni Board of Directors under the Sig Tau tent.  We will have sandwiches and drinks available as well as some special Sig Tau swag.  This is a great place to gather before the football game.  Game starts at 1:00 PM. Get your tickets from the University.
     
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Alumni Board Meeting
    Attend our annual Alumni Meeting to discuss our plans for chapter reinstatement, our thoughts for future alumni events and activities, and our desire to give back to the local community
     
  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm – BBQ at the House
    Sig Tau Alumni president, Anton (Tony) Bommersbach, and the entire Board invite you to enjoy for a BBQ with your brothers. The Board will be cooking up a BBQ for everyone so come visit the house for dinner and fellowship with your brothers. Share stories of your days at Valpo and the great things you did at Sigma Tau Gamma.  Family members welcome.

Renew your alumni membership today:

Go to http://bit.ly/BetaLambdaDues to renew or send a check to:

       Sigma Tau – Beta Lambda Alumni Association
       C/O John Seelander (Treasurer)
       8141 Meadowwood Ave
       Woodridge, IL  60517


We look forward to seeing you. Make your plans today to join us this fall!

Anton (Tony) Bommersbach (’86)
Beta Lambda Alumni Chapter President
Sigma Tau Gamma

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Homecoming: save the date

VU homecoming is the weekend of September 28-30, 2018 and homecoming information/registration is available now from the university.

As usual, the Beta Lambda alumni association will be hosting some events over the homecoming weekend. Stay tuned for more information here, in Facebook and via email.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Update on Alumni Association efforts

When Sigma Tau Gamma had its charter revoked in 2013, many of you may recall that we were told by the University that we would become eligible for reinstatement in the Spring of 2018. Now that we are well past that date you may be wondering about our status, eligibility and standing with the University.
Representatives from STG National, as well as our Beta Lambda Alumni Board, have established a solid working relationship with Carrie Whittier, Asst. Dean of Students and Greek Life. She works very closely with the Valparaiso University Greek Expansion Committee and the Interfraternity Council, the two bodies of Greek representatives who determine whether or not an offer is extended to a Greek organization that has completed the application process. These groups met in April to review applications and vote on this matter.
It has been the practice at Valpo to give newly formed chapters two years to get established before entertaining any further expansion. Pikes are in their second year so that is why no expansion was considered for the 2018-19 school year. This last spring, the Expansion Committee met and reviewed applications submitted by STG and Theta Chi for 2019-20. They had received three additional letters of interest but past practice has been to give priority to groups previously established on campus so the others were not considered.
In a recent conversation with Carrie, she stated that our application was very solid and the committee found no weaknesses or omissions. The strengths they pointed out in our proposal were as follows:
1. The academic programming looks impressive.
2. The inclusion of parents in awareness programs was unique and appreciated.
3. The selection of an Alumni Advisor to guide and direct new Brothers.
4. The relocation of the STG National HQ to Indy. Proximity should help with local chapter support.
After review and deliberation, the recommendation of the Expansion Committee was to bring Theta Chi back but this was ultimately voted down by the Interfraternity Council (failed 4-5).
Carrie went on to state that the committee’s decision was by no means a ‘NO’ to STG and she further stated that she continues to be impressed with the steps we have taken locally and she appreciates the strong relationship we have with the University. She is aware that we will be renting out our house again next year and she fully supports this. She wrapped up our conversation by saying that it looks promising for STG and if things continue as they have, our return to Valpo is not a matter of ‘if’ its a matter of ‘when’.
So, the best case scenario for us would be the Fall of 2021. I know this news may be frustrating for some, but all things considered, this is very encouraging and the future looks bright for us. Our National organization is firmly behind us and we are becoming stronger financially thanks to the efforts of our Omicron Delta Board.
Now all we need is YOU!
By growing the number of involved Alumni we will demonstrate to National and to the University that we can support an undergraduate chapter by having the leadership, financial wherewithal and alumni mentors available to ensure their success. The shortcomings of our recent past will need to become our strength of the future so I urge you to do what you can to keep us moving along this path. We have made great strides these last five years but we want YOU to be a part of our success. By paying your annual dues, running for a Board position this September, or simply joining us at Homecoming and participating in our Annual Meeting, you will become part of the success story that brings the Sig Tau life back to 801 Union Street!
We want your input and we look forward to hearing from you!
Respectfully,
Anton (Tony) Bommersbach (‘86)
President, Beta Lambda Alumni Board
Sigma Tau Gamma