On Saturday, April 4, we took part in Sigma Chi’s Philanthropy Hockey Game, “Puck-Off Cancer.” The goal of this event was to raise over $15,000 benefiting The American Cancer Society. Each year, we show our full support in this event on behalf of Alumni Brother Alex Berlin. SAE won the game 6-5…it was a hard fought battle, and we ended up holding on for the win!
Mom’s Day 2017
In February, we hosted our 2nd Annual Mom’s Day. There were 75 undergrad brothers’ moms who attended. The day consisted of lunch at the SAE house, bowling during the afternoon, and a social with Chi Omega at night (it was their mother’s day, too, so their mothers attended)!
2014 Michigan Gamma Fall Events!
With brothers excited to finally reacquire the Chapter House, we set our heads straight to become something great. We began this fall moving into 342 Harrison and familiarizing ourselves with the renovated house and new location. We quickly got to work to establish ground rules and schedules for the upcoming semester. During our Fall Recruitment, we initiated 26 new members under the new recruitment and initiation standards. We strongly believe this group will exceed our expectations and carry on the new tradition we’ve created.
As for philanthropy, our first event was to clean up our adopted highway. We sent over 20 brothers to pick up trash and any rubbish that may have accumulated over the past few months. Our chapter is also constantly involved in supporting other fraternity and sorority philanthropy fundraisers. Lastly, as the semester moves along we are preparing for one of our biggest events, St. Jude Up Til Dawn, where we are currently the largest greek donors. We work to raise money over a few weeks using social media and the event culminates with an all night fundraiser. Contact us if you would like to join in!
During the Michigan State Homecoming weekend, we hosted an alumni homecoming tailgate at the new house. The chapter offered burgers, hot dogs, tailgate games, and tours of the new house as many alumni had stopped by. We send our thanks to all those alumni who attended and showed their support, and we also strongly encourage those we have lost to reach out and come visit us.
One of the biggest movements we’ve strongly supported is the Lift for Berlin movement. Last spring, a brother of ours was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, and still continues to fight today. All of Greek Life and the Michigan State community has rallied behind him as people workout to help show support. He is set to be finished with treatment before Thanksgiving and continues to show how strong and outgoing he really is. We would like to thank everyone for the support and if you would like to be involved, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Bonds,
Luke Boettcher ’15
Sigma Alpha Epsilon is Reborn at Michigan State University
Michigan Gamma Chartered on November 16-17
Eighty young men of Michigan State officially became a phoenix chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon on November 16, 2013. The event was presided over by Eminent Supreme Archon Brad Cohen, Arizona Alpha ’85, and Eminent Supreme Recorder Blaine “Boomer” Ayers, Kentucky Epsilon ’01. Also in attendance were SAE Financial & Housing Corporation board members Lee Miller, Ohio Sigma ’62, and Mike Rodgers, Virginia Kappa ’92. Numerous SAE staff members were in attendance including Ryan Tolle, Georgia Omega ’09, Russell Best, Ohio Epsilon ’09, Thomas Brigman, North Carolina Epsilon ’11, Phil Holst, Iowa Beta ’97, and fellow Michigan Gamma alumnus Gregory Somers ’98. The Detroit Area Alumni Association was represented by Joe Drompp, Arkansas Beta ’72, and Province Omega was represented by Province Archon and fellow Michigan Gamma alumnus Brett Polen ’10. The Michigan Gamma alumni advisory board was represented by Chase Winsman ’00 and Charlie Breneman, Ohio Gamma ’67. The chapter advisor Ben Baxter, Florida Beta ’12, was also present for the event.
The Michigan Gamma alumni association would like to give a special thanks to past Eminent Archon Bryce Traverse ’14, current Eminent Archon Jeffrey La Hood ’14, Alumni Relations Chairman Austin Essenburg ’15, and Eminent Deputy Archon Jack Toohey ’15 for all they have done to get the colony to the point of chartering. More than 25 percent of the chapter has attended the John O. Moseley Leadership School thanks to the generous donations from fellow Michigan Gamma alumni. This is just the beginning for this chapter and they’ve set a goal of becoming a Zeal nominee and winning Chapter of the Year very shortly.
Gregory Somers ’98
Michigan Gamma Alumni Association President
MIGA Raises Nearly $10,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
The Up ’til Dawn philanthropy event was a huge success this year, raising nearly $10,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Philanthropy Chairman Michael Wilk ’15, who serves as director of recruitment for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at MSU, led our brothers in this year’s event. Brothers used social media to fundraise for the hospital, whose daily operating cost of $1.8 million is funded primarily by donations. Michigan Gamma was responsible for one third of all donations on MSU’s campus, and took home the award for highest fundraising team for the second straight year.
To cap it off, brothers joined other MSU students to stay “Up ’til Dawn” the night of November 15, for the kids who can’t sleep through the pain, the parents who can’t sleep through the worry, and the researches who stay up to find a cure.
As a chapter, we look forward to annual participation in this event as we continue to strive to make a difference.
In the Bonds,
Michael Wilk ’15