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.

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.

 

 

Cycling Facility Upgrade

Although the beautiful Indiana gamma chapter house that sits at 1115 North Jordan Avenue is only just over a year old, there is always room for improvement. Recently, this improvement came in the bike room. Tired of training in a gray, un-inspiring concrete cell, the team decided to paint the facility, as shown below:

Krahulik painting

Andy Krahulik applies some finishing touches

Jake Hartmeister, a member of the bike team, said, “Before it got painted, it was like training in a closet. Now it feels like training at home”. This upgrade wouldn’t have been possible without the captain of the bike team, Andy Krahulik, bike team member Mitch Sasseman, and brothers Nick Prewitt and Max Douglass. Krahulik created the design, and free-handed the writing on the wall. Douglass was a vital part of the team due to his supervision skills and expert guidance and critiquing. Prewitt, Krahulik, and Sasseman possessed the art skills that came in handy when physically painting the wall.

Max Douglass preps the project.

Max Douglass preps the project.

The chapter thought that painting the bike room would be a good way to give back to the bikers who spend so much hard work and dedication to perfect their craft and bring pride to the chapter. There was also a desire to highlight Indiana Gamma’s unique history and display pride in SAE’s staple colors of gold and purple.

Mitchell Sasseman rolls on some purple paint.

Mitchell Sasseman rolls on some purple paint.

When asked whether the new design will boost team morale, bike team member Arjun Sridhar, responded, “Absolutely, nothing gets me pumped like SAE purple and gold.” This new addition to the bike room will most definitely help in the quest for a little 500 trophy, while also doubling as a great photo op. We’re proud to have provided this enhancement to the house.

Captain Andy Krahulik and cycling team member Arjun Sridhar ride rollers in the newly improved training room.

Captain Andy Krahulik and cycling team member Arjun Sridhar ride rollers in the newly improved training room.

 

Putting History of Gamma back up

The construction of the new SAE Indiana Gamma chapter house on North Jordan marked a new era in the history of our chapter, and the beginning of our quest to regain SAE’s great presence on campus. After a year of adjusting to life with a chapter house, Indiana Gamma thought it was time to display appreciation for the hard work and effort put in by previous Gamma members.

Brother Ben Womac adjusts a composite.

Brother Ben Womac adjusts a composite.

Sophomores Ben Womac, Jack Binzer with the help of junior Jake Hartmeister got to work in the basement of the house and hung up paddles and composites from past generations of Gamma, a step in setting foundations to create a strong cohesion between current members and Gamma alum. Ben Womac commented “We’re glad we could give Gamma history more of a presence in the house to remind the current members of where this chapter came from.”

 

Brother Jacob Hartmeister fashions a paddle to the wall.

Brother Jacob Hartmeister fashions a paddle to the wall.

As the rendezvous for chapter meetings, the basement is now a place in which current members are surrounded by the history of Indiana Gamma, spurring them to further improve the chapter like the many alum had done before.

Paddles now hang on the walls in the basement

Paddles now hang on the walls in the basement.

 

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.

 

 

 

Dad’s Weekend at SAE

The weekend of October 3rd and 4th marks SAE’s Dad’s Weekend.  Numerous activities have been planned for the dads and brothers, primarily the IU Football game and Casino night.

IU Football

IU (2-2) squares off against North Texas (2-2) of Conference USA.  A lot of brothers and fathers will be attending the game and subsequent tailgate.  This non-conference battle will be IU’s last non-conference game of the year, and should be considered a must-win for the team.  This event will provide some great entertainment for brothers and their families.

Casino Night Philanthropy

The brothers in SAE will be hosting a casino night for their dads, but with a twist. 10% of the pot will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network, SAE’s primary charity.  This allows for brothers and their dads to help raise money for charity while having some fun.

Most importantly, Dad’s weekend is a time for brothers to be reunited with their family, so we expect some good times to be had!  We’re always glad to see a house full of proud fathers and even some alumni. A great weekend to look forward to.  We’ll have recap of the events and any earnings from the casino night by next week.