Undergrad News

Balanced Man Scholarship 2015

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During the first week of the Fall semester, the Ohio Theta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at University of Cincinnati hosted yet another Balanced Man Scholarship finalist dinner. With the help of the undergraduate brothers, scholarship chairman Tim Waymire interviewed a countless number of incoming freshman applicants this past summer. Outside of the scholarship interview process, BMS applicants also had the opportunity to meet Ohio Theta brothers at events like Monday night softball games, Thursday night volleyball, and many others.

Balanced Man Scholarship applicants were evaluated on a variety of characteristics and qualifications. Some of the obvious qualifications were the applicant’s involvement and academic record throughout their high school career; whether that be through athletics, academic teams, musical groups, or service organizations. However, the less obvious characteristics were if they identified with SigEp’s values of virtue, diligence, and brotherly love, and how passionate they were to make a difference on University of Cincinnati’s campus.

During the finalist dinner, 12 freshmen ranging from Pre-Medicine course tracks to Finance majors were awarded scholarships. In addition, University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono and distinguished Ohio Theta alumni Joe Blizzard were guest speakers at the banquet.

Grand Chapter Conclave 2015

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The Ohio Theta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon experienced, yet again, another successful and record-breaking Grand Chapter Conclave.

The 54th Grand Chapter Conclave took place in Nashville, Tennessee at the Grand Ole Opry Resort from August 12th-16th. Throughout the national event, brothers from across the country attended seminars covering topics such as fraternity stereotypes, the role of faculty fellows, recruitment, ritual study, and chapter standards. In addition to these informative sessions, brothers also attended awards banquets, luncheons, and a career fair.

The Ohio Theta chapter at University of Cincinnati was fortunate enough to send 14 undergraduate representatives through the help of alumni sponsorships. The Ohio Theta representation was very impressive from alumni, their loved ones, and a majority of the chapter’s Alumni Volunteer Council members.

The 54th Grand Chapter Conclave was particularly exciting to be a part of because of the national approval of the Balanced Man development program, which SigEp the first nationally non-pledging fraternity. Nick Wagner, current President of Ohio Theta, was the chapter delegate; Ryan Clem, past Vice President of Recruitment, was the chapter alternate.

During the awards ceremony, Ohio Theta was honored to win their 14th consecutive Buchanan Cup, representing the chapter’s 28 years of continued excellence and thusly breaking the record for the most Buchanan Cups won in a row. On top of this prestigious award, the chapter was also given the Cornerstone Award in recognition of the new $2 million plus housing expansion project.

Third-year brother Jeff Back was one of three undergraduates selected to be a Student Director on the SigEp National Board of Directors. Back interviewed with 25 other undergraduate applicants, and was selected after multiple rigorous rounds of interviewing by multiple national SigEp representatives.

Academic Classes at Home

As a Residential Learning Community, the Ohio Theta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon is grateful to have the opportunity to take academic classes in the comfort and sanctuary of our own house. This year, Dr. Jeffrey Bauer was generous enough to take on teaching Introduction to Macroeconomics for spring semester 2015.

The class is open to students from all academic backgrounds within the Greek community. Dr. Bauer’s teaching style is innovative, interactive, and fun for all students. Since we have students from a variety of majors, he makes the content extremely easy to relate to by connecting the topics covered in class with real-world applications and events.

Our assignments include two weekly posts that are generated from questions or articles he poses to us through a discussion board Blackboard (online hub for professors to post assignments, grades, and announcements for students). This format allows students to interact with each other, question each other’s positions, and benefit from the knowledge of our fellow classmates.

In addition to this, we are required to complete two issue summaries. These summaries entail researching articles from reputable sources, such as The Wall Street Journal. While reading the article of our choice, we need to connect it back to the material we have covered in class, and summarize it. In conclusion of the assignment, we identify future problems posed by the article and analyze what could be done in order to combat these issues.

2015 Spring Recruitment

This year’s spring rush brought many new members to Sig Ep. Through the week there were around 40 potential new members who can to the events during the week. At the end of the rush week there ended up being 16 new members of the Ohio Theta chapter.

On Sunday, the first day of rush week, there was a UC Basketball watch party at the house where majority of the chapter was at allowing the new members to meet many of the brothers in Sig Ep.

Monday was basketball and dodge ball at the recreation center. At this event there was basketball being played on one court while on the other dodge ball was being played. This was a good chance for potential new members to see the sound body aspect of Sig Ep as we all competed physically.

Tuesday was the spaghetti dinner, which gives a chance for the potential new members to see what Sig Ep is about, and all of the things as a chapter we do and represent throughout campus as well as Sig Ep on a national basis.

Wednesday was an event held at Skyzone, which is a place with many trampolines to mess around on and activities that can be done on them. This event was by invite only for the potential new members that the recruitment committee wanted to have attend to be more one on one with.

Thursday was the final rush event, which was casino night at the house followed by going to watch the Bearcats basketball game.

After all of the bids were handed out the chapter ended up with 16 new members who are: Alec Angel, Jeremy Buchanan, Michael Bond, Andrew Casile, Ryan Donovan, John Ensman, Cody Foster, Jordan Frisco, Will Ittenbach, Timmy Jones, Ray Marlow, Eric Mills, Michael Mueller, Kyle Oldiges, Joey Polen and Steven Ricke.

All of these new members come from an array of majors as well as years here at Cincinnati. This spring rush was very successful as we exceeded our goal of having 15 new members when we ended up with 16. We look forward to see what these new individuals can bring to the success of Ohio Theta.

2014 Fall Recruitment

This fall, Ohio Theta has welcomed 49 new brothers into the chapter. Through the strong efforts made by Vice President of Recruitment Ryan Clem, the Recruitment Selection Committee and the rest of the chapter, Ohio Theta was able to recruit a fantastic class of new brothers that includes 10 legacies! Below are the names of all 49 new brothers, with legacies marked in bold text:

  • Alex Chun
  • Alex Glahn
  • Alex Scherzinger
  • Alex Tepley
  • Andy Wentzel
  • Austin Vick
  • Bennett Herbert
  • Bobby Buse
  • Braden Baldwin
  • Brent Ufkes
  • Bryan Wilson
  • Cooper Brown
  • Dave Werwinski
  • Dillon Staub
  • Donald Edgington
  • Eric Estenfelder
  • Ethan Bishop
  • Evan Hill
  • Evan Lah
  • Grant Slovan
  • Hadis Palic
  • Jack Lang
  • Jason Kohorst
  • Jeff Kroeger
  • Jonathan Quantz
  • Josh Schaefer
  • Kenny Blount
  • Kyle Hardison
  • Kyle Rickett
  • Logan Porter
  • Matthew Lizik
  • Max Agranoff
  • Michael Caldwell
  • Michael Irvine
  • Nathan Cook
  • Nathaniel Allen
  • Nathaniel Burke
  • Nick Cacodcar
  • Nick Childs
  • Noah Danes
  • Nolan Sablak
  • Paul Whitaker
  • Preston Heath
  • Reid Becker
  • Ryan Bohenek
  • Trenton Pfister
  • Tristian Rothenbuecher
  • Zac Swadner
  • Zach Green

2014 Balanced Man Scholarship

At the beginning of the fall semester, the Ohio Theta Chapter was fortunate to recognize and award 12 outstanding balanced men entering the University of Cincinnati, alongside four current brothers in the chapter. At the Annual Balanced Man Scholarship Dinner, brothers, alumni, friends, families and finalists all came together for a special evening at the University of Cincinnati Faculty Club to honor outstanding first-year students and current brothers alike.

2014 Homecoming

This year, the Ohio Theta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon was paired with the lovely women of the Beta Rho Deuteron chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. During the week, brothers helped construct and decorate a float alongside the Kappa women that helped illustrate a rich, German heritage to accompany this year’s homecoming theme: Zinzinnati! As the weekend approached, downtown Cincinnati boomed with Bearcats, Cincinnatians, and Oktoberfest attendees. Brother Jarrett Frauhiger entertained the crowd atop our float during the Saturday afternoon parade before the Battle for the Bell homecoming football game vs. the Miami Redhawks. Brother and current chapter president, Logan Brooks, rode through the parade alongside the rest of the 2014 Homecoming Court. Logan was honored as a member of the Homecoming Court at halftime during the Bearcats’ 31-24 victory over the Redhawks.