Coming home - Celebrating 50 years

Sep 29, 2006

The name has changed over the years, and so have the faces, but the spirit has stayed the same. Sigma Nu (formerly Delta Chi Rho) fraternity celebrates 50 years in their house this October.

The president of OnStar used to live here, as did the owner of Biomet (worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of joint replacement products). But when Chet Huber '77 or Dane Miller '69 cross the threshold now, it is as double alumni - graduates of Kettering/GMI and former active members of Sigma Nu fraternity.

Currently, approximately 15 Kettering students occupy Sigma Nu (formerly Delta Chi Rho) Chapter House, the historic Murray Dailey family residence, at the corner of Elms and Flushing Roads in Flushing, Mich.

On Oct. 7 and 8 alumni of Delta Chi Rho and Sigma Nu (Eta Mu chapter) will be returning home to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their beloved chapter home. Both A and B sections of the fraternity will be helping with the celebration.

Already the Chapter has reconnected with more than100 alumni as well as with one of the original chapter advisers, Prof. Robert Brown, who served as adviser to the chapter for 40 years, according to Robert Marias, director of Greek Life and Community Services. "I think it's great that I can come back and share my experiences with my brothers young and old," said Chapter Adviser of the Year Tom Plotkowski '77.

Plans for the weekend include formal recognition from Sigma Nu headquarters, comments from the original members, dedication of a newly renovated room in the chapter house, a family barbeque, a golf outing at Flushing Country Club, and tours of campus.

Originally purchased from the family in 1956, the house has seen many changes and many future industry leaders pass through its doors.

In the 1970s the "new wing" was added in order to accommodate the more than 60 members who lived in the house. Parts of the current house still bear the names of their former use, for example, the bedroom known as the "garage" was once the actual garage on the house.

In March this year a milestone was reached in the history of Sigma Nu when the alumni and the active members agreed to create a new Alumni Housing Corporation which would protect and maintain the Chapter's most precious asset, the house and property. Since the formation of the Housing Corporation more than $100,000 has been raised to make needed repairs and improvements to the structure.

Some of these up-grades have already begun including: a fresh coat of paint throughout the interior, new flooring in all common areas, updates to the plumbing and bathrooms throughout the house, new illuminated exit signs, as well as general improvements to the surrounding grounds and landscaping.

Alumni interested in attending the golden anniversary of Sigma Nu/Delta Chi Rho should contact Robert Marias at 810-762-9743.

Written by Robert Marias and Dawn Hibbard