SAE’s Oakes earns Scholarship on the Gridiron

The college football season is well underway, and the Indiana Hoosiers have jumped out to a surprising 3-0 start. Close wins against Southern Illinois, Florida International, and Western Kentucky saw the Hoosiers come from behind in each outing, and the team boasts its first 3-0 start since the 2010 season. A huge key to the team’s success has been junior kicker Griffin Oakes, a member of the 2015 spring class at Indiana Gamma who won the starting job midway through last season. Oakes has hit 6 of his 7 field goal attempts and 14 of 15 extra points through three games this season, and his efforts are being noticed. His success last season and hard work over the summer earned Oakes a full athletic scholarship from coach Kevin Wilson and the IU athletic department, and Oakes couldn’t be happier about it.

“It’s just a huge honor to be recognized in the eyes of the coaches as someone who deserves something like this”, Oakes said of the scholarship offer. “For someone like me who didn’t have any division one offers coming out of high school, this is a dream come true, not only for me but for my parents as well”. Undoubtedly, this season has already been a great success for Griffin, and with further success on the horizon, his brothers at Indiana Gamma are excited to watch it all unfold. Blake Biesen, Griffin’s pledge brother in the spring class and former teammate on the football field, expressed his optimism for Oakes’ season. “Considering I was on the team with him last year, it’s weird seeing him from the stands as a fan instead of on the field”, he notes, “but it’s been great for all of us to see him playing so well and earning the scholarship, we watch him every single Saturday and we couldn’t be more proud.”

He’ll have to get right to work to earn that scholarship, however, as the Hoosiers’ schedule only gets tougher from here. They face their first road test of the season this Saturday against Wake Forest, before coming home to face the nation’s best team, Ohio State, to open conference play. The Hoosiers are seeking to appear in their first bowl game since the 2007 Insight Bowl, and they have a tough Big Ten schedule in their way, but Coach Wilson should be confident that the kicking game is one thing he won’t have to worry about thanks to his newest scholarship athlete.

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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

SAE Initiates the “Nu” class

Last Sunday, February 17, 2015, the Indiana Gamma Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon initiated 22 new members into our beloved order. With plans of initiation in the Levere Memorial Temple on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois cancelled due to inclement weather in Chicago, the brothers of the Gamma chapter welcomed in the new initiates in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana. With the brotherhood in attendance, the evening began with a wonderful dinner and the excitement in the room was palpable. The 22 new members come from various parts of the country, from New Jersey to California, and all bring a new and fresh mindset into the brotherhood. The future is bright for the chapter and each new group of initiates brings excitement for the years to come.

Nu Class sits and awaits instruction after their initiation

Nu Class sits and awaits instruction after their initiation

Here is a list of all the new initiates, their hometowns, and legacy information.

Name                                    Hometown                                    Legacy?

Evan Baker                        Lincolnshire, IL                                  No

Blake Biesen                    Valparaiso, IN                                    No

Ryan Beck                      Geneva, IL                                          No

George Duffy                  La Grange, IL                                      No

Geoff Ferguson              Cincinnati, OH                                    Yes, Bruce Ferguson (dad)

Andy Foster                    Carmel, IN                                           No

Patrick Hennessy             Western Springs, IL                         No

Joe Krahulik                        Indianapolis, IN                                 Yes, Sam Krahulik (Uncle)

Andrew Krahulik (Brother)

Brian LaManna               Hinsdale, IL                                         No

Sean Marks                   Cos Cob, CT                                        No

Drew Miller                        Bloomington, IN                               No

Michael Montgomery       Cincinnati, OH                                    Yes, Robert Montgomery                                                                                                           (Grandfather)

Evan Morris                   Carmel, IN                                           Yes, Brian Morris (Dad)

Anthony Nasti                 Addison, IL                                          No

Michael Rastovic             Valparaiso, IN                                    No

Jack Rohrer                    Glen Ellyn, IL                                      No

Derek Shireman                Westfield, IN                                     No

Jackson Tomchek           Montclair, NJ                                     No

Dylan Wendel                    Bloomington, IN                               Yes, Charles Spillman (Dad)

 

Gamma Gives Back at Indiana University Dance Marathon

Indiana University is well known for its philanthropic activity on campus, and the Indiana University Dance Marathon has become one of the main reasons for this recognition.  IUDM is a student organization that raises money for the Riley Hospital for Children, and this year, participants went above and beyond, raising over $3.2 million.  As the second largest student-run organization in the US, IUDM 2014 shattered the total from the year before by an astonishing $600k.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s involvement in this year’s event consisted of a large upgrade in the amount of participants, as well as in the amount of money raised.  Grant Schultz, a member of the Corporate Relations committee, raised over $17k on his own, earning him the award for the marathon’s highest fundraiser.  Although committee members’ totals do not officially count towards the team’s total, Grant’s representation of the fraternity did not go unnoticed as he received this prestigious award.

Gamma was a valuable member of the Green Team during the marathon, raising over $53k behind the passionate encouragement of Morale Committee member, Ian Baques.  The sophomore constantly expressed his enthusiasm for IUDM and its cause throughout the Fall 2014 semester, and his leadership, as well as the team’s commitment, eventually led to the chapter receiving the award for being the Most Improved Organization.

SAE Indiana Gamma looks to build on a great experience by becoming even more involved in the dance marathon.  Many members of the chapter seek to become committee members during the coming months, with more than 15 committees available for consideration.  With 2014’s edition in the books, Gamma looks forward to what will undoubtedly be another unforgettable experience at IUDM 2015.

 

 

SAE Bike Team Update October 2014

Andy on Bike

Bike team captain Andy Krahulik never stops training.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s bike team finished 8th in last year’s annual Little 500.  With the 2015 race quickly approaching we decided to meet with the bike team and discuss their progress.  Team captain Andy Krahulik, Junior, discussed the team’s training during the summer: “We did not have any formal training together this summer, but we each trained individually as much as we could to prepare for this year.”

Krahulik personally trained at the Velodrome race track in Indianapolis, concurrently competing in the Kentucky and Indiana state championships.  He managed to bring back 2 bronze, 2 silver, and 2 gold medals with a team of other Indiana University riders.  Bike team members Stephen Bonica, Mitchell Sasseman, Jake Hartmeister, and Arjun Sridhar trained at their personal training facilities in Chicago, Carmel, and Minnesota respectively.

With the start of the fall semester, the team’s training has become more consolidated and scheduled. “Training throughout this semester has been much more rigorous and cosnsistent,” Krahulik iterated, “We each try to put in around 150-200 miles per week.”  The team does weekly group rides to nearby locations, such as Brown County, pushing each other to get better.

In particular, the captain commented on the improvement of one specific member. “Arjun Sridhar has been very passionate and strong this semester,” Krahulik said, “His improvement is indicative of his work ethic and dedication.  He has proven to be one of our better riders as of now.”

Sridhar and the rest of the bike team members brought their A game to multiple events this weekend as a part of the Fall Cycling Series. On Friday team members participated in individual time trials, then on Saturday the Kirkwood street sprints, and finally culminated the weekend with a team cyclocross event. SAE team 2 finished 12th in the cyclocross event.  SAE team 1 finished 24th  Below are each members results:

Andy Krahulik

  • Time Trial: 2:35.72, 3rd overall
  • Street Sprints: 00:16.98, 16th overall

Arjun Sridhar

  • Time Trial: 2:43.05, 26th overall
  • Street Sprints: 00:17.577, 31st overall

Mitchell Sassemen

  • Time Trial: 2:43.60, 29th overall
  • Street Sprints: 00:16.901, 15th overall

Jacob Hartmeister

  • Time Trial: 2:44.36, 31st overall
  • Street Sprints: 00:17.511, 31st overall (broken chain)

Stephen Bonica

  • Time Trial: 2:46.78, 43rd overall
  • Street Sprints: 00:20.101, 70th overall (broken chain)

All of these events were a good gauge of the team’s training progress, and a look at their growth and potential.  Having lost three senior riders after Little 500 last year, it is up to the younger riders to step up to reach their goal of a top 3 finish in the competition.

The bike team will continue to work hard throughout the semester, and plan to travel to Texas for training over Winter Break.

More updates on the bike team will come later this semester.

 

SAEs Volunteer at Color Run

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.
Color Run 1And now, please enjoy a full slide show of “Selfies Taken with Runners” during the race, by brother Ryan Nelson.

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Brother Spotlight: Cameron Shine

Cameron Shine is sophomore member of SAE, from Kappa class.

Why did you initially join SAE?

I joined SAE to experience a brotherhood similar to that of sports teams that I played on in the past.  Also, I wanted to establish immediate connections with other IU students that share similar interests as myself.

Are you involved in any organizations outside the chapter?

I am involved with Club Soccer and am involved with Indiana University Dance Marathon.

What are the commitments for Club Soccer like?

We practice Monday through Thursday and have about 12 games scattered across multiple weekends across other universities in the Midwest.

It’s been noted you’re the “face” of the Fry scholars. How did you earn that distinction?

They offered me to be profiled in their brochure because I had an interesting background and chose Kelley over multiple division 1 soccer scholarships.  They thought that would make a good story for other potential Fry Scholars to hear.

You’re the junior recruitment chair.  How do you feel this new style of fall recruitment went?

It went very well. Despite changes to how the recruitment process works at IU, our committee acclimated well. We recruited a solid group new members (Mu Class) that I can see doing big things. Overall, it was an awesome experience.

Extra Questions:

Favorite Dessert?

Apple Cobbler

Favorite Professional Soccer Team?

Chelsea FC (Of the English Premier League)

Backstreet Boys or N’SYNC?

N’SYNC. I can’t go against Justin Timberlake.

Best part about IU?

The Greek Life and the bonds that come with it.