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Working for a Sound Body
By Josh Keller, Class of 2014

Ohio Theta is always striving to develop the best men possible for the University of Cincinnati.  These advancements come in categories such as academics, health, and chivalry just to name a few.  Several steps specifically have been taken to pursue the optimum sound body.  The steps include; bringing in our newest faculty fellow, Dr. Nodzak to facilitate nutrition seminars, brothers in the Phi class participated in a semester long fitness challenge, and finally we created a binder of workouts and utilize in our our fitness facility, the “Swoll Center”.

Dr. Nodzak is currently an Anatomy & Physiology professor here at the university and formerly a practicing M.D. for numerous years. He came to the house and taught us the science behind the food we ingest. The seminar inspired brothers to adjust their current diets, or to have a greater understanding of the foods they ingest.   

The semester fitness program challenged brothers to create goals and record current body composition stats.  These stats consisted of body fat percentages and weight, which were found with donated calipers and scale.  We kept track of our goals & stats through Google Drive and we were able see our brothers’ progress.  This created a sense of accountability, which was an invaluable tool, especially when it comes to creating a sound body.

A great tool for brothers that helps us meet our fitness goals is very extensive binder that contains both workouts and nutrition facts. For an example in the front there are complete programs that may go for a month or repeat weekly.  Then it is broken up into upper and lower body workouts. This is for brothers’ who know specific areas they want to train.  In the back of the binder there are recipes and nutrition facts for anyone that needs help in the kitchen.  This binder is the one stop for fitness success.

Finally after all this planning and goal setting an individual has the opportunity to implement them all in our chapter fitness facility, the “Swol Center”.  Alumni and actives continue to donate equipment to better our facility.  It is a real blessing to have this workout room at our fingertips and it is very nice to not have to rely of the campus recreation center.

Overall Ohio Theta is making huge steps toward the ideal sound body. Every day our members are bettering themselves and creating healthy life habits that can be carried on years after college.   The sound body advancements are just a few of the great things we have going on here at the University of Cincinnati Ohio Theta chapter.
SigEp Welcomes Three Faculty Fellows
By Nick Wagner, Class of 2016

In the spring of 2013, the Ohio Theta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon welcomed three new mentors. Dr. Paul Nodzak, Mr. Scott Steger, and Dr. Marianne Lewis all agreed to join the chapter as Faculty Fellows to further collective success.

Dr. Nodzak, a professor in biology and anatomy, has become well acquainted with brothers, Josh Keller, Mike Brutz, Jordan Bryant, and Mike Basilius. This is the first science professor that Ohio Theta has brought in as a faculty fellow since we have been chartered. Dr. Nodzak was thoroughly impressed with our chapter. Additionally, he said that we have changed his outlook on Greek Life overall. So far, he has facilitated a nutrition seminar at the house, and has held study sessions for brothers preparing for exams.

Scott Steger, an alumnus not only of the University but Ohio Theta as well, just recently came back to UC and is currently working in admissions. He will help brothers with professional development, and to network with campus leaders and representatives. Scott is a agreed to be a faculty fellow in an effort to mentor brothers, and to reconnect with the chapter. Scott has a lot of potential to help this chapter reach new heights.

Dr. Marianne Lewis, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, has been involved in the Kolodzik Business Scholars Honors Program (KBS). Ohio Theta has numerous brothers involved in (KBS) and these brothers have been able to work with Dr. Lewis on many occasions. She plans to host many leadership seminars for brothers and will work to prepare us for life after college. Dr. Lewis has the drive and enthusiasm to interact with her students and guide them on the path to success.

All of these faculty fellows are what sets SigEp apart from other chapters on campus. These individuals care deeply for their students. We thank them for their time and effort in helping us become balanced men.
SIgEp Hosts Inner-City Children for a Day!

      On May 9th, 2012, the brothers of the Ohio Theta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon gave many inner city middle- school students the chance to see what a day on campus at the University of Cincinnati is like for an average student. Kyle Franz, the initiator of this newly introduced event, is the student teach of Dater Middle School and wanted to bring hid student down to get the experience of what college life is like and why it is important.

      The buses arrived on campus around 10 AM, and they went straight to Lindner Hall to receive a presentation from Brother Ric Sweeney. Ric spoke about the importance of going to college to get a degree so one can further their goals towards a career. At 11 AM, the brothers of SigEp treated the students to the campus eatery of CenterCourt. Once all the students were fed and ready to go, Tom Meyer led a tour through the campus showing the students the campus and why the University of Cincinnati is such a great place to live and get a degree. The tour stopped at Nippert to see the Bearcat and play some sports and have some fun in the sun. The tour ended on McMicken Commons and the students got to play field games and sports with many of the brothers and relax after a full day of college life.

      This experience was great, not only for the students of Dater Middle School, but also for the brothers of SigEp. Kyle Franz started a very good event that should be continued every year so that inner- city students understand the importance of a college degree and how it is fun to get it also.

Cincinnati Dance Marathon - Christopher Hais Class of 2012
On February 18th, the University of Cincinnati’s Campus Recreation Center hosted Cincinnati Dance Marathon, a 24-hour event that brought out over 1,000 UC student participants.

The fundraiser benefits the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, who support ill children who have been struggling with serious medical conditions. More than 150 colleges across the country host these dance marathons to benefit their local children’s hospitals. Cincinnati Dance Marathon Chairman Chris Hais, a fifth-year UC finance major, says the event raised more than $24,300 last year. Hais became of brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon – Ohio Theta in the winter of 2008.

“We’re really hoping to unite the entire Cincinnati community in support of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center,” says Hais. “We try to keep it interesting through the entire night, with dance themes, guest DJs and lots of food.” Hais has been involved in the Cincinnati Dance Marathon through all four years of its existence, first starting out as transportation chair. The 23-year-old resident of Western Hills, a graduate of St. Xavier High School, says it was building these connections outside the classroom that led to the memories he’ll have of college long after he graduates in June.

“By getting involved, I feel like I went from a shy freshman to being able to stand in front of hundreds of people and talking all night, which is what I’ll be doing at the Cincinnati Dance Marathon,” says Hais. As a brother of SigEp, Hais has served the chapter in a variety of way, exemplifying the values of virtue, diligence, and brotherly love. Hais is currently Senior Marshal and facilitates various philanthropies, rituals, retreats, and chapter meetings. He was recently nominated for the Mr. Bearcat award, the most prestigious honor a undergraduate student can receive at the University of Cincinnati. Another brother of Ohio Theta, Sean Huff (class of 09’) won the title 2 years ago in 2010. “I can honestly say that what I have discovered outside the classroom at UC is almost as transforming as what I’ve learned inside the classroom.”

SigEp Sound Body on the Rise...

This past quarter there has been a strong push to improve the sound body aspect of our chapter by revamping the current phi challenge.  This was done by trying to raise awareness of the value of going to the gym/rec center.  To dispel and fear or confusion about attending the gym multiple workout videos were created and posted to the chapter website, ohiotheta.info.  These videos consist of two members from Ohio theta showing examples of proper exercises with good technique.  In between exercises the videos include outlined numbers of sets and rep ranges.  On top of all these videos, workout logs were composed by the VP of Development and required at certain phi meetings.  Finally a recommended safe supplement list was developed to help aid on the road to a sound body. 

                  Next there is a weekly “Detox Run” on either Saturday or Sunday at noon to encourage people to get out of bed after perhaps a long night of socializing.  This is a great way to self-motivate and not waste an entire day.  After just one week of this run it was clear that people who participated in it were feeling better and more productive during the remaining part of the day.  Finally it is a great opportunity to interact sororities and other members of the Greek community by inviting them on our runs. 

The Ohio Theta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon has also demonstrated their dominance in the intermural league by winning three consecutive sports’ championships. A softball championship in the spring along with one each in football and volleyball in the fall have shown that Sigep is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the intermural league. With the two championships so far this year, Sigep is in first place in overall points and with strong teams in the three remaining sports, basketball, softball and soccer, it could be a clean sweep this year. One of the reasons for Sigep’s success is the Sound Body plan they have implemented for all of their members. Everyone in the chapter sets goals they want to achieve in the upcoming year and have monthly checks to make sure they are all sticking with it. The success of this plan is evident in the multiple championships that have been won over the past few years and the three consecutive ones they have now.

 

HFF,

Josh Keller, Kevin Mathias, and the rest of SigEp Athletics!

Mr. University 2011

As of Tuesday night, November 15th, the University of Cincinnati crowned a new king.

Dozens of fraternity members strutted through Tangeman University Center’s Great Hall for the pageant. Sponsored by Kappa Alpha Theta, the male spectacle charged a $2 admission with all proceeds supporting the nonprofit organization, ProKids.

While the event opened with Theta members escorting contestants across the stage, only one tux-sporting male would stand out at the end of the night — Sigma Phi Epsilon member, Greg Trybula.

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1st Annual SigEp Singers is a Hit

On a late winter night after chapter and challenge meetings were concluded, the phi’s and a few sigma’s sat around in a group thinking of new things that we could do with this fraternity. With the holiday season quickly approaching, a few brothers threw out the idea of going around and caroling to the different sororities on campus. The thought was an instant hit and the brothers in the room started to look forward to the unique event. As the idea got thrown around the room, people began expanding on it and thinking of how we all could make this special. After a little debate and planning, the SigEp singers were formed after just a few days. When Brother Mike Brutz informed the rest of the chapter of what was going to be taking place, the buzz began and in an instant, the chapter had over 35 brothers that wanted to participate. After a few practices and some intense planning, the night was finally here. Gathering in the cafeteria with our caroling books and SigEp Singer sweatshirts out in full force, we began our trek around campus to the 8 lovely sororities to sing them holiday songs on the snowy winter night. Starting off with the women of Chi-Omega and eventually covering all of campus, we ended the night strong with the newest sorority on campus, the ladies of Gamma Phi Beta. The night was a fantastic success, and soon all of the sororities on campus were buzzing with talk, Facebook posts, and Tweets from the great time that they had with the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon that night. It’s the small things like the caroling event that keep Greek Life at the University of Cincinnati strong, and our adventure that night helped to strengthen this Greek bond. Next year we will be having the Second Annual SigEp Singer’s event, and are looking to expand the event around the community to the local Hospitals and schools to help brighten the holiday for those in need. As Sean Reichle said, “Be around the people you want to be like, because in the end you will be like the people that you are around.” 

 

VDBL and HFF,

Jake Maio

CDM a Success!

On February 18th, the University of Cincinnati’s Campus Recreation Center hosted Cincinnati Dance Marathon, a 24-hour event that brought out over 1,000 UC student participants.

The fundraiser benefits the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, who support ill children who have been struggling with serious medical conditions. More than 150 colleges across the country host these dance marathons to benefit their local children’s hospitals. Cincinnati Dance Marathon Chairman Chris Hais, a fifth-year UC finance major, says the event raised more than $24,300 last year. Hais became of brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon – Ohio Theta in the winter of 2008.

 “We’re really hoping to unite the entire Cincinnati community in support of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center,” says Hais. “We try to keep it interesting through the entire night, with dance themes, guest DJs and lots of food.”

Hais has been involved in the Cincinnati Dance Marathon through all four years of its existence, first starting out as transportation chair. The 23-year-old resident of Western Hills, a graduate of St. Xavier High School, says it was building these connections outside the classroom that led to the memories he’ll have of college long after he graduates in June.

“By getting involved, I feel like I went from a shy freshman to being able to stand in front of hundreds of people and talking all night, which is what I’ll be doing at the Cincinnati Dance Marathon,” says Hais.

As a brother of SigEp, Hais has served the chapter in a variety of way, exemplifying the values of virtue, diligence, and brotherly love. Hais is currently Senior Marshal and facilitates various philanthropies, rituals, retreats, and chapter meetings. He was recently nominated for the Mr. Bearcat award, the most prestigious honor a undergraduate student can receive at the University of Cincinnati. Another brother of Ohio Theta, Sean Huff (class of 09’) won the title 2 years ago in 2010.

 “I can honestly say that what I have discovered outside the classroom at UC is almost as transforming as what I’ve learned inside the classroom.”

SigEp's FlyAway Philanthropy
On Satuday, October 8th, the Ohio Theta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon once again hosted its annual philanthropy event FlyAway to benefit the Hamilton County Special Olympics. The day began early in the morning on Sheakley Lawn where the fraternity hosted a 10 team flag football tournament. The winners of the tournament were Alpha Tau Omega in the men’s division, who defeated the men of Pi Kappa Alpha and Kappa Kappa Gamma in the women’s division who were victorious over the ladies of Theta Phi Alpha. After the football tournament concluded, the event continued with a concert on McMicken Commons where over 500 students came out to support the cause and listen to live music. The acts included a DJ and live performer Mer, a talented guitar artist from Chicago. The night finally ended late on Saturday night with an on-stage raffle where an iPad was given away to a lucky attendee. The entire event was a huge success for all involved and ended up with a final total of $5,000 dollars to be donated entirely to the Hamilton County Special Olympics. The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon would like to thank everyone who came out to support our event and encourage them to come out next year when we host this event again.
UC's Best Fraternity

May 2011 - The Brothers of the Ohio Theta chapter at the University of Cincinnati are exemplifying what can be categorized as nothing other than, excellence. We have for an unprecedented third year in a row, been recognized as the Overall Premiere Chapter out of the now twenty different fraternities at the University of Cincinnati.  This accomplishment is no act of luck or good fortune.  The recognition comes as a byproduct of the brothers’ dedication to innovating and working harder at any other chapter on campus.

We were also recognized within the all-Greek awards for the individual programs that make us so successful.  We were the winner of the Exemplary Scholarship Award as well as the Innovative Recruitment award. These two awards come from the chapter hosting University sanctioned courses in the house, the tutoring program and the fact that the chapter’s recent 3.33 GPA was better than any other Greek organization at the University for the entire year.  On the recruitment side, it stems from the over 350 BMS Scholarship applicants, 150 home interviews, and the approximately 40 new members the chapter had in the fall, bringing the chapter to a healthy 112 men. 

The awards are not achieved just for the recognition but rather as further evidence that the chapter is continually innovating and implementing positive change for the chapter and, most profoundly, sustaining that success over time. 

The only thing left for us to do now is to set the bar for ourselves higher and continue to innovate and do more, and not be complacent with success.  

We acknowledge and thank the generations of Ohio Theta brothers that have come before us and have helped to build this premier chapter into what it is today.

SigEp Brothers Attend National Leadership Course

 Of the 16,000 undergraduate active members from 240 SigEp chapters, only 120 are chosen annually to take part in a leadership institute called RUCK. Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity hosts this event once a
year, and this year two brothers from the Ohio Theta Chapter at the University of Cincinnati had the opportunity to spend a week this summer at the University of Richmond.  Joe Blizzard, a chemical engineer going into his third year of school, and Kyle Sutton, our chapter’s current President and a psychology major going into his Senior year, both had the opportunity to learn leadership from some of the top SigEps in the county. Kyle attended RUCK in 2009 for the first time and went back this year as an “Intern” to help facilitate the event. Since this was Joe’s first time, he was a “RUCK Scholar” and participated in RUCK with the other 119 guys.

Named after the program’s founder, Frank J. Ruck, the institute is SigEp’s number one leadership program for a select few brothers. Being selected to be a RUCK Scholar is a huge honor and they are considered to be some of SigEp’s top undergraduates. Prior to going to RUCK, applicants should have attended other leadership programs such as EDGE and CLA (Carlson Leadership Academy). At RUCK, brothers further develop these leadership and critical mentoring skills.

After talking to Kyle and Joe about their experience, they both agree that it was an awesome experience and would recommend it to any brother. “If I did not recommend other brothers to apply I would not
only be doing a disservice to my chapter, but to the existence of the National Fraternity” said Joe. One of the most important things Kyle took away from his first experience at RUCK was identifying different
leaders and learning to develop them as leaders.

If you talk to either brother about RUCK, they have a lot to talk about and it is easy to see why Kyle went back to RUCK as an Intern and why Joe wants to go back, “Honestly, I would just like to go through RUCK every year for the rest of my life. […] I could have spent five months there and not had a single dull moment.”

SigEp Brothers Volunteer with Cincinnati Community Outreach

 

Saturday, May 7th, 30 members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity came out to show their support for CCO, UC’s Cincinnati Community Outreach program. Students traveled to Burnett Wood’s Green-Up Day, the Civic Garden Center, the Brighton Center, and The Anna Louise Home to participate in a variety service projects ranging from landscaping to sorting and categorizing donated clothing. “We were pleased with how many guys came out and all the organizations we went to really appreciated our efforts” – Dan Niergarth. Dan is a fourth year Mechanical Engineer, member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and also the current president of CCO. The mission statement of CCO is to bring students together from all over the city to participate in projects that help keep Cincinnati beautiful and visitor friendly. With a turn out of over 65 volunteers on Saturday, the events went very successfully and SigEp plans to continue to participate throughout the year.     

 

SigEp Supports Relay for Life

 

Every year, students and staff of the University of Cincinnati (UC) get together on McMicken Commons in late April to fight back against cancer. Relay for Life is a fundraiser to support the development of cancer research and to help families affected by cancer. The committee spends countless hours preparing and plans the event year-round. Year after year, the University of Cincinnati is among the top for Collegiate Relay for Life fundraising. Students plan the event: they reach out to friends, family, businesses, and many more to help get everything organized. Relay for Life's purpose is to honor those who have been lost, honor those still fighting, and celebrate those who defeated cancer. It is also a good opportunity to raise awareness; to encourage people to get checked and be aware of the signs that could lead to cancer. Most of all, it is a time to get together with friends and have fun.
 
Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp), a social fraternity at UC, participates in Relay every year. The Greek community at the university raises approximately 30% of the total funds. This year, SigEp came out in extraordinary fashion, having over fifty participants. These gentlemen donated more than $1400. Most individuals raised money individually, asking friends and family to help their cause. Team funds were contributed by SigEp's unique onsite fundraiser. Though they sold sandwiches to other participants, they were also able to raise money by giving NFL Draft updates, reading people's palms (not qualified to do so), and one member dressed up as a cat. Participants at Relay for Life paid a total of $20 dollar to pet the "cat". Many members of SigEp participate because of cancer's affects on their lives. Others participate to show their love and support of those who have been affected. The members of Sigma Phi Epsilon are proud to participate in the fight against cancer.

 

SigEp Sound Body

 

Nationally, Sigma Phi Epsilon is dedicated to developing ‘Balanced Men’ in their chapters. To do so, SigEp chapters work to enrich the minds of their brothers, while working together to develop healthy bodies. Thus, living by the Sound Mind, Sound Body virtue. To enrich the mind, SigEp members work together to achieve various grade requirements and attend weekly study sessions. Yet, they also look to educate themselves by inviting guest speakers to talk about topics ranging from job interviews to Alcohol Awareness. To live by the Sound Body virtue, SigEp members excel in intramurals, but also seek education on physical fitness. On Saturday, April 9th, Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Ohio Theta and Kentucky Eta (Northern Kentucy University) chapters participated together in a Sound Body event.  They invited a Sigma Phi Epsilon alumni, Frank Butterfield, to lead the respective chapters in physical fitness event. At the University of Cincinnati’s Armory Fieldhouse, Frank led the chapters through hours of physicals fitness activities that focused on proper form, technique, and concentration. As well as spending time with such a distinguished alum, the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapters enjoyed each other’s company as they performed various stretching and endurance exercises. Altogether, this Sound Body event not only taught these individuals physical fitness lessons, but brought their respective chapters closer when the event culminated with a cookout at the Ohio Theta Chapter House.

 

SigEp Sweeney

It’s not every day that a professor is seen outside of their classroom, let alone seen interacting within the Greek community. Ric Sweeney, a marketing professor in the college of business, has recently become very involved with Sigma Phi Epsilon. Last spring Sweeney taught a class, open to members, about personal branding. The class’s main focus was to teach members how to separate and distinguish themselves in the business world once they graduate. Along with teaching the class, he attended several SigEp functions such as their winter formal, Queen of Hearts, both in 2010 and this past winter.

 
Ric Sweeney was awarded the Order of Omega 2010 Professor of the Year Award and was named SigEp’s Faculty Fellow. He is continuing the branding class from last spring to this coming spring and it will be open to just brothers and several sororities. The focus this spring will be more focused on Greek applications of marketing and branding on campus. His contribution has lead to SigEp having the highest GPA among fraternities, and second highest among fraternities and sororities after spring quarter of 2010. After this past fall quarter, SigEp had the highest average term GPA among both fraternities and sororities. For all of his service and dedication Sweeney was recently initiated on February 5th as an honorary brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon with the hope that SigEp could recognize all that he has done for the fraternity here at UC.

 

Residential Learning Center Library Makeover

Ohio Theta Library Scholar. A benchmark that the men of the Ohio Theta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon strive to achieve and the numbers don’t lie. In the Spring of 2010 SigEp boasted a GPA of 3.354, with their new member average being above a 3.7. Both of these numbers are well above the all male average GPA at the university of 2.921.


This achievement is no accident. It is nurtured by a few well developed programs in the SigEp community. The first of these programs is the Balanced Man Scholarship. This scholarship takes in applications from the incoming freshman that display excellent qualities in being a leader, scholar athlete, and gentleman, the four qualities that make up Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Balanced Man ideals. The men of SigEp then interview and have many events to determine the 10 scholarship winners.

For those men who do wish to become members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity they are immediately immersed into SigEp’s Residential Learning Community (RLC). This program is designed to deliver academic growth in a number of ways. The Ohio Theta chapter has two faculty members from the University of Cincinnati called “Faculty Fellows”, Dr. Jeff Bauer and Professor Ric Sweeney, who actively guide each member to become a well rounded student. Professor Sweeney is a Marketing Professor for the University of Cincinnati and is currently in his second year as a Faculty Fellow for SigEp. Dr. Bauer is a Professor of Economics and is currently teaching a Personal Finance course in the UC SigEp house. The course is a 3 credit hour class that is taken exclusively by SigEp brothers and sisters from the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. SigEp is the only house in the greek community to host a university accredited course. 

The push for academic excellence does not end here. The brother’s of SigEp put $4000 towards renovating their existing library. This addition included 4 brand new computers and brand new desks for studying. This renovation allowed for better allocation of space, letting more students study in a more learning friendly environment. The new library, along with SigEp’s Balanced Man Scholarship and Residential Learning Community, show only signs of growth for the men of SigEp.
 

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