Sigma Chi celebrates 45 years at Kettering!

Nov 14, 2008

Kettering University's Sigma Chi Zeta Theta Chapter celebrated its 45th anniversary as one of the leading Greek organizations on campus and helped raise money for an important cause.

  • Robert Florian ’82, who gave the invocation;
  • Richard Hester ’77 (BallState), 59th grand consul who discussed Sigma Chi International and several leadership development programs conducted each year;
  • Frank McDonald ’65, who offered reflections from the organizations first year on campus in 1963;
  • Paul Cloutier ’92, who emceed the event and provided an update on the Sigma Chi Theta Zeta House Corporation, which owns and manages the Chapter’s home in Flushing; and
  • Matt Burtch ’04, who presented Sigma Chi-Kettering Scholarship Awards.

During the event, B-Section Chapter President Chris Bidlake spoke about the chapter’s community service, philanthropy, student involvement and brotherhood development. For example, in a three-month period last year, the chapter engaged in more than 600 hours of community service, raised $4,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network and more than $1,100 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.   

“A lot of hard work and planning turn this into a great night,” Bidlake said. “The silent auction was a great success and helped raise more than $5,000 for house renovations and an education fund for the children of Scott Gearhart ’82 and his wife, Barb, who died tragically in a boating accident this October,” he added.

Cloutier, who is vice president of Sales and Marketing for Microposite Inc. in Auburn Hills, Mich., as well as a member of the Kettering University Alumni Association Board of Directors, said that everyone in attendance were thrilled to meet up again. “Judging by the smiles and positive feedback from alumni, the event was a great success. I think the Sigma Chi Zeta Theta 45th Anniversary shows that there is tremendous opportunity for Greek organizations and Kettering leadership to execute these events in a collaborative fashion. In addition to learning about our strong chapter, it provides alumni who may have missed Kettering’s Alumni Reunion Weekend an opportunity to hear about all the great progress the school is making,” he added. 

Dr. Liberty was equally impressed with the turnout and overall celebration. “Given the organization’s long history of developing leaders who graduated from this institution, I’m not surprised at how many returned to celebrate this important day,” he said, adding “this celebration also provided a unique opportunity for alumni and friends to visit the Kettering campus and see first hand the forward progress the institution continues to make,” he added. At the conclusion of the dinner program, Dr. Liberty, an accomplished pianist, accompanied the brothers as they sang “The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi” to the ladies. 

Cloutier also said that what makes Sigma Chi special is the amount of alumni support provided to the Chapter each year. For example, many alumni participate in renovation projects to enhance the living conditions and foster an increasingly safer, more conducive learning environment.

Because Sigma Chi and Kettering are partners in the formation of undergraduate leaders, and determined to enhance the institution’s progress and overall health, Cloutier hopes alumni will continue to support the institution.

“Sigma Chi  Zeta Theta cannot be successful if Kettering is not successful,” he said, adding that Dr. Liberty did an admirable job articulating the excitement and success that exists on campus.

Written by Gary J. Erwin