Peterson Award

After completing the appeal process, I am pleased to announce that Rho chapter is once again a recipient of this fraternity's most prestigious award, the Peterson Significant Chapter Award. Sigma Chi defines and grants the Peterson award as follows:

The Peterson Significant Chapter Award, sponsored annually by the Sigma Chi Foundation, is the highest honor that the Fraternity bestows upon an undergraduate chapter. Named for 38th Grand Consul J. Dwight Peterson, INDIANA 1919, the award recognizes excellent, but not impossible, performance by chapters in all major areas of operation and programming. For many years, the Peterson plaque has been a symbol of dedication, idealism and achievement.

There is no minimum or maximum number of chapters that may win the award in any given year. Award criteria are assigned on an objective scale and encompass the entire gamut of chapter activities, from financial stability and recruitment, to chapter and member reputation, to Ritual and Initiation performance. Because chapter operations vary among campuses and chapters, each chapter measures itself against these absolute Sigma Chi standards, rather than against other chapters.

This year Rho chapter earned the J. Dwight Peterson Significant Chapter Blue Award. The Blue award is presented to chapters that scored between 90-96.99 percent on their annual reports. Thank you to our past executive team and active brothers who strived to once again earn Rho chapter the Peterson Significant Chapter Award.

Posted on November 1, 2017 .

Doc Jackson Enters Chapter Eternal

Brothers,

Richard A. "Doc" Jackson has entered the Chapter Eternal, leaving a legacy of service and leadership to our beloved Rho Chapter that spanned over 60 years. 

In our proud 152 year history, there have been perhaps only a few men who have impacted our chapter as much as Doc.  From the financial strength of our chapter, to our own scholarship foundation, to the very bricks of the chapter house on Hampton Drive, his life's work continues to thrive and will our brotherhood for generations to come.

http://obits.flannerbuchanan.com/obituary?id=307993

Please join us for his White Rose Ceremony on the 31st as we say farewell to of one our finest brothers.  All honor to his name.


The Men of Rho Chapter
Sigma Chi Fraternity, Butler University

Posted on July 18, 2017 .

Spring Scholarship Cookout

Rho Chapter held its annual Spring Scholarship Cookout on April 13 with brothers, faculty, and alumni sharing a great casual meal on the deck.  Scholarship Chair Noah Caracoglia organized the event and has a done a great job this semester keeping everyone focused on their grades.

The Rho Scholarship Foundation board awarded checks to thirty-three brothers for academic achievement, totaling over $8000!  Alumni on hand for the event included board president Dean Theofanis, board treasurer Mark Kugar, Faculty Advisor Marv Recht, board members John Dedman and Rich Vonderhaar, donor Phil Schaefer, and Chapter Advisor Dan Brown.

The Chad Rankin Award for community service was awarded to Eric Davidson.  Given annually by Dan in memory of Brother Rankin, the award recognizes the brother with the most service hours and includes a cash prize along with a custom trophy donated by Thos. Miller

 Pictured:    L to R Dean Theofanis, Dan Brown, Eric Davidson, and Mark Kugar

Pictured:    L to R Dean Theofanis, Dan Brown, Eric Davidson, and Mark Kugar

Posted on April 17, 2017 .

Alumni Golf Outing

Rho Chapter hosted its annual Alumni Golf Outing on October 7th, the Friday before Homecoming. We had 60 brothers play this year at Brookshire Golf Club in Carmel and the weather was fantastic.  Everyone enjoyed the competition, brotherhood, food and prizes. Chapter Advisor Dan Brown, who organizes the event said, "Its really great to have everyone get together every year for a great cause.  We had brothers spanning four decades participate and its a great way to kick off the Homecoming weekend. The outing raised over $3400 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute in support of Rho chapter's Derby Days efforts.  Alumni donations are still being accepted at Rho Chapter Alumni's Personal Page for 2016-2017 Derby Challenge:

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  Team Champions Todd McIntire, Matt Kiger, Marc Kreuger, and Scott Gotshall

Team Champions Todd McIntire, Matt Kiger, Marc Kreuger, and Scott Gotshall

  Jeff Craig, Mark Kugar, Mark Eaton, Tom Dyer, Tim Miller, Howard Baetzhold

Jeff Craig, Mark Kugar, Mark Eaton, Tom Dyer, Tim Miller, Howard Baetzhold

  Thad Ailes tees off on a hole sponsored in memory of some members of the Chapter Eternal

Thad Ailes tees off on a hole sponsored in memory of some members of the Chapter Eternal

 Tom Fine, Sam Horner, Jim McKernin, Scott Atkin

Tom Fine, Sam Horner, Jim McKernin, Scott Atkin

Posted on October 31, 2016 .

Chad Rankin Service Award

This year's Spring Barbecue and Scholarship Banquet was not only a recognition and commencement of another successful school year for Rho Chapter, it was also in loving memory of our brother Chad Rankin who entered Chapter Eternal the previous summer.  Chad was known for his warm heart and infectious smile and personality, as well as for his service to others and the community at large, which is why this year we are proud to announce the creation of the Chad Rankin Service Award.  This award will be given annually to the brother of Rho Chapter who donates the largest amount of their time to the community and the service of others over the course of the academic year, and best resembles the values and ideals that Chad embodied in his own life.  We are proud to honor Chad in this way.  Pictured below is this year's recipient, Samuel Motiff '16, and Dan Brown '84, who was instrumental in the creation of this award.

Posted on April 29, 2016 .

Spring Barbecue and Scholarship Dinner

This past week Rho Chapter welcomed Butler faculty and staff over to the house for our annual Spring Barbecue and Scholarship Banquet, which was organized and put on by our Scholarship Chairman, Ben Cavanaugh '18.  This year, 36 brothers received generous scholarship checks from our Sigma Chi Scholarship Fund for their academic performance during the fall semester.  A special thanks to our Chef's, Paul and Andre, who cooked up some outstanding burgers and hotdogs and were flexible in making this event a success, despite the banquet location being moved from outside to inside because of the poor weather.  Thanks again to all faculty and staff who were able to make it to this great event.

Posted on April 29, 2016 .

Spring 2016 Pledge Class

Spring 2016 Pledge Class:

Rho Chapter is excited to welcome our Spring 2016 Pledge Class.  Of the 30 bids we gave out, all 30 were accepted.  The following is a list of the Pledge Class and their hometowns:

  • Dom O'Neill- South Elign, Illinois
  • James Riley Longstreth- Carmel, Indiana
  • Ben Lowry- Springfield, Virginia
  • Alex Brittan- Orland Park, Illinois
  • Joey Gurgone- Hinsdale, Illinois
  • Colin Daly- Western Springs, Illinois
  • Jacob Daniels- Indianapolis, Indiana
  • J.T. Hollon- West Chester, Ohio
  • Dan Mallerdino- Chicago, Illinois
  • Dawson Henderson- Austin, Texas
  • Jack Sigman- Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Layne Garrison- Carmel, Indiana
  • Peyton Kime- Elkhart, Indiana
  • Dan Devine- LaGrange, Illinois
  • Mitchell Jackson- Mount Vernon, Indiana
  • Alec Armstrong- Peoria, Illinois
  • Tommy Abraham- Peoria, Illinois
  • Ethan Kocourek- Lake Bluff, Illinois
  • Chris Lewis- Fox Island, Washington
  • Zach Carrabine- Greenwood, Indiana
  • Nate Price- Willowbrook, Illinois
  • Matt Price- Willowbrook, Illinois
  • NIck Ortolano- Chicago, Illinois
  • Adam Preda- Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Matt Bucciferro- Joliet, Illinois
  • Scott Weber- Peoria, Illinois
  • Jay Jasiak- Western Springs, Illinois 
  • Tom Conlin- Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Chad O'Connell- Carmel, Indiana
  • Ryan Thieme- Grand Rapids, Michigan


In Hoc Signo Vinces

Posted on February 1, 2016 .

Homecoming 2015- Chariot Races and Football Game

Rho Chapter is pleased to announce that we have extended our streak of winning Homecoming Chariot Races to 7 years in a row with our victory over the men of Delta Tau Delta.  This years runners were Isaac Bales, Keenan Casey, Ryan Moll, Ryan Donahue, Brandon Merkle, Colin Regan, Andrew Shroyer, Kyle Jacobs, and Josh Etchberger.  After the race both brothers and alumni gathered to tailgate and reconnect outside of Hinkle Fieldhouse before the Football team took on Campbell Camels.  The Bulldogs won the game in dramatic fashion with some late game heroics giving them the 25-24 win and advancing them to a 3-1 record on the year.  Thank you to all who were present for the Homecoming festivities, it was great to see alumni and their families back on campus.  We hope to see you all again next year.

Posted on October 5, 2015 .

Homecoming 2015- Golf Outing

This year's homecoming yet again did not disappoint.  It was great to see alumni of all ages and their families back on campus.  The weekend festivities began on Friday with the annual Rho Chapter Alumni Golf Outing.  Players ranged in age from 20-60 years, spanning 5 decades of Rho Brothers.  The winning foursome shot 16 under par, and took home some great prizes for their effort.  More importantly however, $3400 was raised through the event for the Rho Chapter Derby Day's fund supporting Huntsman Cancer research Institute.    

Posted on October 5, 2015 .

Butler Club Hockey

Rho Chapter is pleased to announce that four of our brothers have successfully reinstated the Butler Club Hockey Team as a school recognized and supported club on campus.  Thanks to the efforts of Noah Brayton (President), Keenan Casey (Vice President), Kyle Kortebein (Secretary), and Liam Creamer (Treasurer), Butler students now have the opportunity to participate in the sport they love and continue their hockey careers.  To learn more about the team and to find out when and where games will be held please contact Kyle Kortebein via email at kkortebe@butler.edu. 

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Posted on September 1, 2015 .

Passing of Chad Rankin

It is with a heavy heart we share the news that Chad Rankin '15 passed away unexpectedly yesterday morning.

As we struggle to deal with the shock of his loss and grief of his passing, let us remember to be kinder and gentler to those around us as a way to remember him. Please keep his father Rob '81 and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Information on services for Chad will be shared when available

In hoc,

Tony Rinehart '14

Posted on June 8, 2015 .

Spring Pledge Class

Congratulations to the Rho Chapter Spring Pledge Class of 2015 on their recent Initiation.  Shown below is the 25 members of the pledge class on Bid Day.

On Sunday March 21st 2015, Rho Chapter had the privilege of initiating 25 young men into our Fraternity.  We are very proud of this great group of initiates and excited for their future as Sigma Chi's.

Posted on April 1, 2015 .

Rho Chapter Significant Sigs

Scott Atkin

  Scott Atkin, Butler University Class of 1985, has lived a life of service to others and has made a very significant contribution to the business world, and in doing so has done a great service to Sigma Chi as well.  After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in both Chemistry (Honors) and Computer Science (Honors) from Butler in 1985, Scott went on to work for The Dow Chemical Company as a Senior Research Chemist until 1991 when he became the Co-Founder and President of SAGIAN Inc.  This company provides services and products to the research markets in life sciences and chemical industries.  Scott is still on board with SAGIAN as Managing Director today.  In 1996, Scott became the Executive Vice President of Beckman Coulter where he oversaw more than 700 engineers on three continents supporting all product lines and business units for Beckman Coulter.  He served in the position until 2011, when he was given the role of President of Life Sciences for Beckman Coulter, a role that he served through 2012.  Currently, Scott is a Member of the Board of Advisors for Vision Tech Partners who provide thoughtful, systematic, and proven approaches to deliver financial and strategic support to promising entrepreneurs and startup companies.  More recently in March of 2014, Scott helped to Co-Found Inside Out Innovations, LLC, which provides business advisory and consulting services to companies desiring to improve the effectiveness of their product realization processes.  Scott has also received numerous awards throughout his professional life including Entrepreneur of the Year (Indiana Finalist 1995), Indiana Growth 100 Company SAGIAN Inc. 1996, and Beckman Coulter Award for Most Significant New Product Introduction 2001, to name just a few.  Outside of his professional life Scott is active in his local Little League Baseball Association where he has served as Vice President of Eagle Creek Little League Baseball, and Secretary of Indy Bulldogs Baseball, Inc.  He is also a licensed IHSAA Baseball Umpire.  His postgraduate Butler involvement has included Sigma Chi Housing Corporation, Butler Computer Science & Software Engineering Advisory Board, Liberal Art and Sciences Board of Visitors, and Technology Transfer Committee.  As is apparent by his credentials, Scott is well deserving of this Significant Sig honor and Rho Chapter is proud to call him one of our own.

Scott Atkin, Butler University Class of 1985, has lived a life of service to others and has made a very significant contribution to the business world, and in doing so has done a great service to Sigma Chi as well.  After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in both Chemistry (Honors) and Computer Science (Honors) from Butler in 1985, Scott went on to work for The Dow Chemical Company as a Senior Research Chemist until 1991 when he became the Co-Founder and President of SAGIAN Inc.  This company provides services and products to the research markets in life sciences and chemical industries.  Scott is still on board with SAGIAN as Managing Director today.  In 1996, Scott became the Executive Vice President of Beckman Coulter where he oversaw more than 700 engineers on three continents supporting all product lines and business units for Beckman Coulter.  He served in the position until 2011, when he was given the role of President of Life Sciences for Beckman Coulter, a role that he served through 2012.  Currently, Scott is a Member of the Board of Advisors for Vision Tech Partners who provide thoughtful, systematic, and proven approaches to deliver financial and strategic support to promising entrepreneurs and startup companies.  More recently in March of 2014, Scott helped to Co-Found Inside Out Innovations, LLC, which provides business advisory and consulting services to companies desiring to improve the effectiveness of their product realization processes.  Scott has also received numerous awards throughout his professional life including Entrepreneur of the Year (Indiana Finalist 1995), Indiana Growth 100 Company SAGIAN Inc. 1996, and Beckman Coulter Award for Most Significant New Product Introduction 2001, to name just a few.  Outside of his professional life Scott is active in his local Little League Baseball Association where he has served as Vice President of Eagle Creek Little League Baseball, and Secretary of Indy Bulldogs Baseball, Inc.  He is also a licensed IHSAA Baseball Umpire.  His postgraduate Butler involvement has included Sigma Chi Housing Corporation, Butler Computer Science & Software Engineering Advisory Board, Liberal Art and Sciences Board of Visitors, and Technology Transfer Committee.  As is apparent by his credentials, Scott is well deserving of this Significant Sig honor and Rho Chapter is proud to call him one of our own.

Posted on April 1, 2015 .

Rho Chapter Significant Sigs

Dr. William Neher

  Bill Neher, Butler University Class of 1966, has devoted his life to his love of education and Butler.  His passion for what he does has been evident throughout his career and has impacted the lives of countless individuals.  In doing so, he has made the White Cross of Sigma Chi shine a little brighter.  He finished his Undergraduate studies at Butler in 1966 with a degree in History, and upon receiving his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Northwestern University, he kick started his teaching career at Butler in 1970 as an Assistant Professor and not long after became an Associate Professor in 1975, while at the same time becoming Dean of the University College, a role which he served until 1982 when he become Head of the Department of Speech Communication.  He served in this role for a number of years before becoming the Head of the Department of Communication Studies in 1998.  He worked in this position along with serving as Chair of the African Studies Program, Chair of the Communication Studies Program, and a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts & Science until his retirement from the University in 2012.  In total, Dr. Neher worked at Butler for 42 years, and was a crucial member of founding Butler’s College of Communication.  Other accolades to his name during his teaching career at Butler include Faculty Assembly Chairperson, University Cabinet Faculty Representative, and many other honors under the field of Communications Studies.  He is also credited with the development of many new courses at Butler under the fields of Communications and African Studies.  Some examples include, Communication Ethics, Senior Seminar in Communication Studies, History of Africa, and Modern Africa to name just a few.  He has been named a Butler Outstanding Professor twice during his time at Butler, has received the Butler Service Medal for his great work over the years, and is a member of the Ovid Butler Society.  Aside from his many teaching awards and honors he gives back to the community through many different organizations, which include the United Way of Greater Indianapolis, Indianapolis Jaycees, Indianapolis Literary Club, and Central Indiana Council on World Affairs.  As a member of Sigma Chi, Dr. Neher served in the positions of Social Chairperson, Corresponding Secretary, and President.  During his time as President he was the International Balfour Award winner, which is the highest recognition that an undergraduate Sigma Chi can receive.  Also during his time at Butler as a student, he was Junior Class Treasurer, Senior Class Vice President, and Butler’s Most Outstanding Male Student.  Rho Chapter is proud to recognize Dr. Neher on all of his significant achievements.

Bill Neher, Butler University Class of 1966, has devoted his life to his love of education and Butler.  His passion for what he does has been evident throughout his career and has impacted the lives of countless individuals.  In doing so, he has made the White Cross of Sigma Chi shine a little brighter.  He finished his Undergraduate studies at Butler in 1966 with a degree in History, and upon receiving his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Northwestern University, he kick started his teaching career at Butler in 1970 as an Assistant Professor and not long after became an Associate Professor in 1975, while at the same time becoming Dean of the University College, a role which he served until 1982 when he become Head of the Department of Speech Communication.  He served in this role for a number of years before becoming the Head of the Department of Communication Studies in 1998.  He worked in this position along with serving as Chair of the African Studies Program, Chair of the Communication Studies Program, and a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts & Science until his retirement from the University in 2012.  In total, Dr. Neher worked at Butler for 42 years, and was a crucial member of founding Butler’s College of Communication.  Other accolades to his name during his teaching career at Butler include Faculty Assembly Chairperson, University Cabinet Faculty Representative, and many other honors under the field of Communications Studies.  He is also credited with the development of many new courses at Butler under the fields of Communications and African Studies.  Some examples include, Communication Ethics, Senior Seminar in Communication Studies, History of Africa, and Modern Africa to name just a few.  He has been named a Butler Outstanding Professor twice during his time at Butler, has received the Butler Service Medal for his great work over the years, and is a member of the Ovid Butler Society.  Aside from his many teaching awards and honors he gives back to the community through many different organizations, which include the United Way of Greater Indianapolis, Indianapolis Jaycees, Indianapolis Literary Club, and Central Indiana Council on World Affairs.  As a member of Sigma Chi, Dr. Neher served in the positions of Social Chairperson, Corresponding Secretary, and President.  During his time as President he was the International Balfour Award winner, which is the highest recognition that an undergraduate Sigma Chi can receive.  Also during his time at Butler as a student, he was Junior Class Treasurer, Senior Class Vice President, and Butler’s Most Outstanding Male Student.  Rho Chapter is proud to recognize Dr. Neher on all of his significant achievements.

Posted on April 1, 2015 .

Fall Initiation

On Saturday the 15th of November, Rho Chapter initiated three new members into the chapter, Marko Tomich, Johnah Mancino, and Sepaus Crawford. We are very excited to welcome them into our brotherhood.

Pictured from left to right- Jonah Mancino, Sepaus Crawford, Marko Tomich

Posted on November 18, 2014 .

Dudley receives Top Fall Golfer Award

Connor Dudley, a sophomore brother, was given the recognition of the top fall golfer. Connor received this honor based on what his performance in the six tournaments they had during the fall season.  During his top tournaments he finished Tied for 16th at the Illinois State Tournament, tied for 11th at the Butler Invitational,  and tied for 10th at the Dayton Invitational.  This award was decided on by the other golfers on Butler’s team.

 

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Posted on November 18, 2014 .

Brother's Initiated into Order of Omega

Rho chapter had six of our junior brothers accepted into the Order of Omega. There were only 36 new members initiated between all of Butler’s Greek houses. We are proud to have such a large percentage representing Sigma Chi brothers.

Picture (Left to Right):Kelen Fong, Andrew Tedrick, Matthew Hicaro, Ted Villanyi, Sam Motiff, Mitch Cuningham 


Posted on November 18, 2014 .

150th Meeting Recap (test)

Today we had a productive meeting and we'd love to share some details regarding it.

One of the first discussions we had was the creation of a new Rho chapter website. We decided to switch providers......

Posted on August 12, 2014 .