On Friday night October 24th at the IU Auditorium was ZTA’s Big Man On Campus talent show. Every year, Zeta Tau Alpha hosts this philanthropic event to raise money for the battle against breast cancer. Indiana University family, friends, alumni, and local businesses all donate to help support the BMOC cause. Over the last four years the women of Zeta Tau Alpha have raised over $700,000 through the Big Man on Campus event, including over $200,000 raised Friday night. All of the funds raised from BMOC 2014 will be donated to the NFL Pink Ribbon Project and to Dr. Milan Radovich at the IU School of Medicine for his research towards chemotherapy with breast cancer patients.
The BMOC event lasted a total of 3 hours and consisted of 24 competitors with a half time show presented by In-Line Dance Studio and a closing act by the male acapella group Another Round. Acts ranged from a singing and dancing routines.
Within the 24 total acts, there were only a few that really got the crowd going. And finally there was SAE who wowed the crowd with their stellar dance moves. By far, SAE had the best dance routine of the night. Each brother in the dance act had their own solos that electrified the crowd. In addition to the solos, ladies’ man Kaleb Sullen jumped out into the crowd in a wild display of athleticism.
In the end; however, SAE’s donation level was not high enough to earn them any placement in the top three, but after the event it was clear they had left their mark on the crowd, many of whom could not stop praising the act.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Indiana Gamma was glad to have an opportunity to support a good cause, and show off their special abilities.
On Friday, members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Indiana Gamma spent the morning volunteering at the Jill Behrman Color the Campus 5k. The brothers worked from 9 AM until the race’s conclusion at noon, primarily at the water stations and as guides for the course. The experience was rewarding for most, as they got to enjoy nice fall weather helping out their local community. However, one brother was injured during the race as he was stung by a bee while volunteering. While the bee’s intent is unknown, the brother’s spirits were not wavered, and he continued to hand out water despite this aggravating and terribly timed injury.
The race is done in memory of IU student Jill Behrman, who was killed during a bike ride. The JB5k is in it’s 14th year and continues to be a big event at IU in the fall. And now, please enjoy a full slide show of “Selfies Taken with Runners” during the race, by brother Ryan Nelson.
Andrew Jent helps players understand the fundamentals of the game.
Community service has always been a staple of SAE’s Indiana Gamma Chapter, and many members have taken the opportunity to coach children’s soccer at the Monroe County YMCA. Brothers have been coaching for well over a month in multiple age groups. YMCA Youth and Adult Sports Coordinator, Chris Jones, has been very optimistic about working with Indiana Gamma for some time, as multiple upperclassmen have a history working with such programs in the past. Seniors Nate Keyton and Andrew Jent both have previous work coaching in the YMCA’s youth soccer leagues, influencing others to participate this semester.
Brothers of all ages have been thoroughly enjoying their participation in this fall’s youth league. Rob Payne, a sophomore member who coaches Team Italy in the 5/6 year age group, had great things to say about the program as he explained his experience midway through the season. “I was really excited to get involved with the children in the community when Nate (Keyton) brought the opportunity to our attention. Since I enjoyed working with children for the majority of the summer and played soccer my entire life, it seemed like the perfect way for me to give back,” he said.
Many members plan to continue their service with the Monroe County YMCA through other service opportunities. While the youth soccer league still has a few weeks remaining in its season, many positions in coaching different sports will present themselves in the coming months. With these positions, SAE Indiana Gamma hopes to remain involved with Bloomington’s youth for the foreseeable future.
On April 5 from 11-2 p.m., SAE Philanthropy Chairman Trevor Poplewko hosted Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s first Jungle Bowl – a powderpuff football game at IU’s soccer fields between Phi Mu and Alpha Gamma Delta. The event attracted a huge crowd and raised over $1,200.
The inaugural Jungle Bowl was a philanthropic flag football game between Phi Mu and Alpha Gamma Delta.
“Over the summer, I got my committee together and brainstormed a bunch of ideas. We decided on a powderpuff football game with Phi Mu and Alpha Gamma Delta. The success of similar Greek philanthropy events led us to this decision,” said Poplewko. “The event went so much better than I expected – it practically ran itself. Everyone was having a great time”.
Poplewko has proven his passion and enthusiasm for philanthropy throughout the semester. Experienced as an active member in the IUDM marathon relations committee, he has demonstrated his ability to fundraise and get people excited about a cause.
Poplewko commented on what philanthropy means to him.
“I have always been someone who likes to help people, hence my decision to go pre-med,” he said. “Visiting Riley’s children hospital and being in IUDM has really showed me the impact people can make on the lives of others”.
Poplewko hopes to expand the Jungle Bowl in the coming years by getting more fraternities and sororities involved. The event could grow into a tournament, with coaches from other fraternities cheering on their paired sororities.
As Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s first year back on campus comes to a close, it can be proud of its philanthropic efforts. The chapter is dedicated to improving its presence and positive influence on IU’s campus.
From 2 to 4 p.m. on October 12, the Indiana Gamma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon will host its first philanthropic event of the school year. The event is titled “Rent a Gent,” where Indiana University students can bid on skills or services provided by the brothers of SAE. The services up for auction include bike rides, dance lessons and a day on the lake, among others.
The proceeds will go to Graham’s Foundation, which was created to provide care packages that “offer practical and emotional support for the parents of premature babies,” according to the foundation’s website. SAE Indiana Gamma alumnus and IU graduate Nick Hall is the President of Graham’s Foundation, creating a personal connection for the philanthropic event. More information on Graham’s Foundation can be found at http://www.grahamsfoundation.org/home.html.
Austin Hunkin, SAE’s Philanthropy Chairman and a junior at IU, led the organization of Rent a Gent along with his committee.
“The volunteer coordinator from Graham’s Foundation said we should do an auction and I thought that was awesome,” he said.
Hunkin said that he and junior Kaleb Sullen will share the role of emcee for the event. There will be black table cloths and flower vases decorating the tables, while SAE’s new members walk around in suits carrying platters of food for the guests.
Food will be provided by Btown Menus. Tickets can be purchased for $3 and Rent a Gent t-shirts will be sold for $10. The event’s logo was created by IU junior Stephanie Figz.
Girls Club of Bloomington’s Lake Lemon facility with the new greek organization UNIFY. Brothers spent their morning picking up trash, raking leaves, and painting the camp’s facilities.
The Boys and Girls Club at Lake Lemon serves approximately 65 kids per week in the summer and offers activities such as archery, outdoor education, swimming and art programs.
Camp Athletic Director Audrey Halpine expressed her appreciation for the volunteers throughout the event.
“It’s hard to keep this camp clean and safe without the help of organizations like UNIFY; our limited staff in the summer can’t put in all the necessary man hours,” she said. “With continued participation and more events, I’m confident this camp will be a clean and safe environment for the kids in the summer.”
Founded by sophomore SAE brother Brad Boll, UNIFY seeks to build stronger relationships between IU’s greek chapters while serving the Bloomington community.
“Our main goal is to provide service opportunities for the greek community and to try and improve their image,” Boll said. “Our secondary goal is to try and get a better network of houses and make the greek community more of a family.”\
The Indiana Gamma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon organizes a large philanthropy event every year to serve the community. This year, SAE is partnering with the Monroe County Humane Association and Bloomington Animal Care and Control (BACC) to put on a homerun derby.
SAE’s Dog Derby will take place April 7 from 1:00-3:30pm at the old IU softball field, located near Foster dormitory on Fee Lane.
The event will include several dogs from BACC and free hamburgers and refreshments. Participants will compete for various prizes by trying to hit the farthest homerun possible, while all attendees can play with the dogs and enjoy the spring weather.
The pre-sale of tickets and t-shirts will end Wednesday, March 27. Participants who want to buy their tickets in advance can either purchase a pre-sale ticket and event t-shirt package for $12, or can purchase the pre-sale ticket by itself for $7. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $10.
All proceeds will benefit the Monroe County Humane Association and BAAC.
The derby features two rounds: a qualification round and a final round. The qualification round will last from 1:00-3:00pm. From 3:00-3:30pm, the top 10 participants will compete in the final round. Those that do not make it past the qualification round can purchase additional attempts to hit the farthest home run for $5 each.
The third place finisher will receive Studio Beat Headphones, second place an iPod Nano, and first place an iPad.