Gamma Learns to Dance

With another successful year in the books, Indiana Gamma had many successes to reflect on and be proud of, having made great academic and social progress as well as recruiting two fantastic new member classes that show incredible promise. For one graduating senior, however, one part of his experience in the chapter stuck out like no other.

Kaleb Sullen graduated this year and plans to begin teaching physical education at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, before eventually moving to teach abroad and join his family in Switzerland. Sullen joined the chapter as a sophomore transferring from Franklin College, and since then he has been heavily involved with the chapter as the serenade choreographer. Talking with Sullen about his time working on the serenades, his enthusiasm was evident, he called it “one of his favorite experiences at IU,” and “a great opportunity to meet each new member class and learn their persona.” According to Sullen, “We offer a less traditional serenade with more emphasis on dancing, and it brings something different to the table that sororities love.” He hopes to see the chapter continue to push the limits of their creativity long after he is gone and for everyone to “keep having fun with it, that’s the most important thing.”

Kaleb’s contributions to the chapter were strongly appreciated and the overwhelming sentiment is that he will be sorely missed. Speaking with freshman Brian LaManna, who played a major role in coordinating with sororities to organize the serenades, his praise for Kaleb echoed the sentiments of the entire chapter. “Kaleb Sullen is a class act” he explained, pointing out that “in a time when many seniors grew distant in their involvement with the house, Kaleb continued to step up and do meaningful work to help us, gaining everyone’s respect in the process.” With his help, both semesters of serenades were massive successes this year and Brian acknowledged that he had Kaleb to thank for helping make his job easy. “Serenades represent a great opportunity to spread our wings socially and meet some fantastic girls,” Brian explained, “but at the same time, just participating in serenades was such an exhilarating feeling. Being able to be goofy and grow closer with my brothers was such an incredible experience”.

Freshman John Graves will be taking over for Sullen as the main coordinator for serenades next fall, and with the recruitment of an excellent Xi class, there is no doubt that serenades will continue to be another aspect of what makes SAE Indiana Gamma unique and noteworthy on campus.

The serenade maestro himself, Kaleb Sullen

The serenade maestro, Kaleb Sullen

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Gamma’s Fence Project

The most recent product of SAE’s ambition of consistent improvement is the completion of a fence in the back courtyard of our Indiana Gamma chapter. Constructed entirely by members of the chapter, this fence adds both visual appeal and functionality to what was previously just a parking lot.The construction took just over a month, and required a significant amount of hard-work and dedication, but eventually produced an admirable addition to the chapter.

SAE Indiana Gamma Fence

The first step in the creation of the fence was to dig the holes that would eventually hold the fence posts in place. After the holes were completed, and the posts securely fixed in them, the next step was attaching the fence panels, which are 8 feet wide and 6 feet tall. To assure that the panels were securely fixed to the posts, we used bolts on the top and bottom thirds of the panels. These bolts were drilled through both the panels and the posts. At this point, all of the panels were in place, and the only task that remained was to create 3 gates and add lattice onto the top of the panels to add a professional look to the fence. The lattice was fairly straightforward; it was attached to the excess height on the posts that rose above the top of the fence panels. After that, we attached 2x4s across the top to create a frame for the lattice. To create the gates, we took the same panels used for the body of the fence (to retain uniformity) and cut these in half. We added hinges to the outsides, and carefully measured the lengths to prevent the gates from closing improperly. After that, we added the locks to the interior of the gate and the construction was complete aside from minor additions to refine the style of the fence.IMG_1880

Since the completion of this project, there have been several examples of instances that reinforced our theory of the fence’s positive impact on the chapter. First of all, the fence creates a separation between the courtyard and the parking lot, creating a location where everyone would rather spend their time. Not only that, but it created the perfect atmosphere for our philanthropy event “Bonnamu” that we hosted with Phi Mu, which was extremely successful and raised a significant amount of money for the Children’s Miracle Network organization. Our ability to close certain gates and provide only one entrance exponentially increased the organization of the event because it allowed us to concentrate the flow of guests to one location. Overall, the decision to add a fence to Gamma has already proved worthwhile.