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.

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Spring Father/Son ceremony conducted

With spring around the corner and the weather finally showing some life,  Indiana Gamma held it’s father/son ceremony for it’s newest initiates, the Nu class.  The ceremony took place at the house, held by Eminent Herald Jacob Wainwright and officiated by Member Educator Scott Kincannon and Eminent Archon Nick Martell.  The process went smoothly, and Wainwright had the following to say: “I was very pleased with the ceremony and I look forward to watching the relationship between mentor and mentee grow with time”.

Without further ado, here’s the list of fathers and their corresponding sons.

Kyle  Schultz Dylan Wendel
Stephen Bonica Drew Miller
Noah Roush Ryan Tuffnell
JamesMantz Ryan Beck
Arjun Sridhar Joe Krahulik
Thomas Newlin Blake Biesen
Andrew Johnson Andy Foster
Colby Stewart Derek Shireman
Nicholas Loughlin Evan Baker
Dan Wilkerson Mike Montgomery
John Padgett Taylor Bezotte
Will Torres Jack Rohrer
Ian Baques Griffin Oakes
Dom Bale George Duffy
Ryan Schroeck Geoff Ferguson
Jack Binzer Michael Rastovic
Joe Gralak Evan Morris
Rob Payne Jackson Tomchek
Nick Prewitt Brian LaManna
Brennan Haug Anthony Nasti
Matt Delaney Pat Hennessy
Matthew Marconcini Sean Marks

And some pictures of the new families.

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.

 

 

Andy Krahulik Takes more Gold

Gamma Cycling was at it again this past week, with the Thursday Night Race Series kicking off at Bill Armstrong Stadium.  This event consists of three separate types of races in which riders use different strategies.  Junior rider Andy Krahulik has been very successful in the series thus far, posting impressive times and leaving the track with a victory in one of the events.  The first race was a scratch race in which there were a set number of laps, and the first to cross the finish line was the winner.  Andy did not compete in this event as he missed the beginning of his race while aiding a female rider who had fallen in the previous race.

In the second event of the night, Andy participated in the “Miss ‘n Out” portion of the series.  In a race that consisted of nearly 25 riders, the last to reach the finish line in each lap was eliminated until there were three riders left.  Krahulik comfortably cracked the top three in his heat, meaning he was part of the final lap that decided the top three positions.  Riding with Andy on the final lap were two members of the Cutters, a well known independent team.  Although he did not come away with gold, Andy posted the fasted lap of the event in a lap that saw him chase down one of the Cutters in the final two hundred meters.

In the third and final event of the evening, points were awarded to riders every five laps depending on their position within the pack.  Andy took full points in the opening fifth of the twenty-five lap race, earning five points towards his eventual total.  Going into the final portion of the event, he had accumulated eight points to set him up for a great final lap that saw him sprint around the rider who had defeated him in the previous race.  With this, Andy again took full points, giving him a grand total of thirteen, which was good enough to bring home the victory.

“Overall, the races went very well.  I felt extremely comfortable on the track and enjoyed racing with everyone”, the junior said.  The Thursday Night Race Series does not count for anything towards the spring season, Andy was quick to note that, “they are helpful for identifying racers and improving riders’ comfort on the track.”  Gamma Cycling will continue training and competing in the months leading up to the race as the team hopes to improve from their finish in the spring.

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.