A Semester In Review: Fall 2015

With winter break now in full swing and the holidays just around the corner, lets take a look at the chapter's successes from the fall semester!

Leadership

In mid-November, our chapter transitioned it's new executive officers for the following term:

  • Grand Master (President): Randy Hebert
  • Grand Procurator (Vice President): Matt Wronski
  • Grand Master of Ceremonies: Estevan Mares
  • Grand Treasurer: Collin Pincumbe
  • Grand Scribe: Josh Perez
 From left: Josh Perez (Grand Scribe), Matt Wronski (Grand Procurator), Randy Hebert (Grand Master), Estevan Mares (Grand Master of Ceremonies), Collin Pincumbe (Grand Treasurer).

From left: Josh Perez (Grand Scribe), Matt Wronski (Grand Procurator), Randy Hebert (Grand Master), Estevan Mares (Grand Master of Ceremonies), Collin Pincumbe (Grand Treasurer).

In addition to our new officers, these Brothers were also elected to the following positions:

  • Recruitment: Patrick Borum
  • Fundraising: Lane Wells
  • Community Service: Louis Devoto
  • Historian: Louis Sullivan

We extend our congratulations to our brothers that were elected to the Interfraternity Council Executive Board: Derek Arguello as Vice President of Public Relations and Jason Hoefler as Vice President of Philanthropy!

Fellowship

Throughout the semester, the chapter held multiple retreats and lock-ins including game nights, trips to Skyzone and a brotherhood Thanksgiving dinner. Aside from spending time together as a chapter, we utilized these times to prepare for the upcoming semester and set goals for each chair, as well as the necessary steps to reach those goals. 

On December 5th, the chapter welcomed the 8 members of our Zeta pledge class into our brotherhood. Congratulations to our new Brothers!

 From left: Jarett Sobkowiak, Patrick Borum, Blake Roach, Louis Sullivan, Dallas Conner, Louis Devoto, Brendan Damron, Daisuke Jimenez.

From left: Jarett Sobkowiak, Patrick Borum, Blake Roach, Louis Sullivan, Dallas Conner, Louis Devoto, Brendan Damron, Daisuke Jimenez.

Scholarship

On Sunday, December 13th, we sent off two of our graduating seniors: Adam Comer (Hospitality & Tourism Management (Food/Beverage Management emphasis), Finance and Business Economics) and Kegan Buth (Supply Chain Management, Logistics and International Business); we wish the best of luck to the both of them in their future endeavors!

Service

As far as service goes, this semester was a semester of firsts for our chapter:

 Brother Jason Hoefler promoting the Cardboard Campout on campus!

Brother Jason Hoefler promoting the Cardboard Campout on campus!

In October, we hosted Kappa Sigma's first annual Cardboard Campout at the Cook Carillon Tower in the heart of Grand Valley's Allendale campus. With cardboard donations from Brian's Books, our brothers were able to camp outside in cardboard boxes from 7am till 10pm, collecting non-perishable food and monetary donations from students, faculty and staff. Throughout the day, we raised over $600 to be donated to the Wellhouse of Grand Rapids and over 300 pounds of non-perishable food to go towards Feeding America of West Michigan. 

On December 14th, we hosted an American Red Cross blood drive on campus. Throughout the day, we had 50+ donations from students and faculty and had brothers volunteering all day helping with set up/tear down, food and beverages and registration.

In the fall semester alone, our chapter averaged 20 hours of community service and $42 philanthropic dollars per brother, which sets us on track to beat our numbers from last year!


We would like to thank those who have contributed to our successes this semester. Much of what we accomplished was made possible with the help and support from our family, friends and those in the Grand Valley community - it goes without saying that we are eternally grateful. 

On behalf of the Brothers of the Sigma-Kappa chapter, have a safe, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!