Active Chapter Update - 2017 Derby Days

This Update is contributed by Active Member, Corey Chapman '17, who serves as Mu Chapter's Philanthropy Chair and who is leading this Special Derby Day event to suupport the Oligo Nation, a brain cancer research organization organized 3 years ago by a Mu Chapter Brother of Spencer Greene '14, who contracted this rare form of brain cancer..

Springtime at Denison Is Made For Derby Days
It's sping on the hill! The cold weather has ended, flowers are blooming and Granville is showing its finest colors. In addition to warm weather and blossoming flowers, spring has a special place throughout Sigma ChiIn the hearts of Mu Sigs, Derby Days holds special significance because of its connection with one of its very own -- Spencer Greene '14.-- and the support given in Spencer's name to cancer research by the Oligo Nation. Senior-year Consul, Cory Chapman, cleared Mu Chapter's direction with Sigma Chi Fraternity and has pledged Mu Chapter to donte $1,000 of the total it raises to support the Huntsman Campaign.
Oligo Image
Last year Mu Chapter raised $15,000 for Oligo Nation, a brain cancer research organization started by a Mu Chapter brother of Spencer Greene. This year, the chapter set a goal of  $25,000 to help support continued research by Oligo Nation. Click the image above for more information about Oligo Nation's work.

Why Oligo Nation and Sigma Chi?
Oligo Nation is a non-profit brain cancer research foundation that was started on behalf of Spencer Greene, a member of Mu Chapter Sigma Chi. A 2014 graduate of Denison, Spencer spent most of his college experience battling Oligodendroglioma, a rare brain cancer. Not only was Spencer diagnosed, but shortly thereafter his brother, Zach, learned that he too suffered from Oligodendroglioma. It was then that Oligo Nation Foundation was formed which has raised over $3 million dollars to fund research and begin to investigate how to treat this rare form of cancer.

What is Oligodendroglioma?
Oligodendroglioma comes from oligodendrocytes, a type of cell that makes up the supportive, or glial, tissue of the brain. What is the impact of having Oligodendroglioma? Depending on the location of the cancerous tumor(s), one could suffer from one or all of these:

  • Headaches

  • Seizures

  • Weakening of one side of the body

  • Personality shifts

  • Short Term memory malfunction

Goal Of Mu Sig Derby Days at Denison
Mu chapter of Sigma Chi has supported Oligo Nation for the past three years since Spencer's diagnosis. Last year we raised a chapter record of $15,000. This year we want to have a bigger impact and have set our fundraising goal to $25,000. For more informaton about this Special Derby Days campaign contact the Active Chapter's Philanthropy Chairman, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Conontributions to Oligo Nation in its fight to cure this rare form of brain cancer are tax deductible.

Alumni Update #6

Newest Chapter Advisor Appointed;

Bell Hoy, Chapter Advisor

Bell Hoy Takes Charge of

Mu’s Active Chapter

Appointed by Ryan Temby, Grand Praetor OH Southern Ohio Chapters and former Mu Chapter Advisor (2009-11), Bell Hoy is quickly taking an active role with members of the Active Chapter.  

(See Bell Hoy’s background below).

Brother Hoy is finding that he has plenty to do following the past two Advisors who served Mu Chapter during what might be described as somewhat "hands-off" period owing to conflicting job responsibilities held by Liam Stranahan (Beloit ’07) and Todd Robinson (Ohio Weselyn ’93), respectively.

In announcing Hoy’s appointment to replace Robinson, Grand Praetor Ryan referred to Todd Robinson’s contributions despite his Active Duty military status in the USAF; “Todd has brought his many talents to bear for more than a year and we will miss him. A big thank you to him for his dedication to Mu Chapter. We wish him every success on his new deployment with our nation’s defenses.

Bell has hit the road quickly, tackling such duties as included within the position of Chapter Advisor as specifiec by the General Fraternty:

  • Hold every undergraduate chapter member accountable to the values of Sigma Chi;
  • Provide general assistance and guidance for chapter programs and operations;
  • Attend weekly chapter meetings on a regular basis (or as necessary);
  • Meet regularly with the chapter's Consul and Executive Committee (or as necessary);
  • Be readily available to the chapter's members via telephone and email;
  • Facilitate annual officer transition and brotherhood retreats;
  • Have a working knowledge of the Ritual, Constitution and General Fraternity policies and procedures;
  • Facilitate strategic planning (e.g., risk management) and ensure that plans are implemented by the chapter;
  • Ensure that chapter goals and deadlines are met on a timely basis.

Numerous other duties involve attending to requirements for the Peterson Significant Chapter Award and a variety of specific communications needs given the special circumstances facing Mu Chapter. Among them:

  • Coordination with Bill Mason ‘57, who, due to his on-site presence as House Manager and coordinator with Denison University’s Administration, principal Sig House tenant, has day-to-day contact with members of the Active Chapter.
  • Coordination with the Housemother, Connie Purtell, on the condition day-to-day of the Sig House;
  • Coordination with the Mu Chapter Alumni Association on the priorities and operation of the Sigma Chi House as a dual-use facility (rented 2nd & 3rd floor spaces used by Denison and main floor & basement used by the Active Chapter.


Introducing Mu’s New Chapter Advisor, Bell Hoy:

Pepperdine University
Graduated 2010
Studied Integrated Marketing Communications
Pepperdine University
Kappa Omicron 
Pledge Class 2006
Historian & Philanthropy chair

A little bit about me: I'm excited and honored to have the position of chapter advisor for Mu. I look forward to getting the know and lead the active chapter. In my short time as advisor I've seen and learned about the history of the chapter and the house and it's evident that the actives and alumni are very proud of what they've built. I'm excited to work with the undergraduate chapter and immerse my experiences and insights as an active and now advisor, to promote the RBCs of the fraternity. I'm a big Crossfit junkie, so my time is spent, eating & training. When I'm not Crossfitting, I spend time checking out new restaurants and exploring the globe.

Bell Hoy


April 29, 2015 Update

Christian Miranda '16
April 29, 2015
Last night was the Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards here at Denison. These aim to recognize many different people in Greek organizations on campus -- their accomplishments in athletics, academics, as leaders in the Greek community, and much more. I am proud to say that our former Consul, Will Koontz '15 won the Outstanding Chapter President Award for his work in rebuilding the chapter this past year.
Along with that, Sigma Chi won Most Improved Chapter, recognizing the hard work that we put into becoming the stronger chapter that we are now. These are terrific honors, and we are happy that they were bestowed upon us. 
Damn Glad,

Mu Chapter Alumni Update #5

Keeping Up The Sig House...

Following are a variety of 'snippets' that help show what it takes to look after our lovely 85+ year old mansion... as told by 'The Clerk Of The Works' (aka Brother Bill Mason '57):

DU Alumni Assn Sign in Sig House Lawn

It's official, Denison's Alumni Office has officially moved into the Sigma Chi House; a permanent relocation... as new sign in the front lawn attests!

A professional moving company got the job done, protecting the front stairs and wall when moving in their office furniture.

This move now tends to guarantee our rental  income well into the future, ensuring occupancy on a more permanent basis; a good deal for both parties!

A meeting with our new occupants informed them about the nuances of this 85-year old mansion, how the security system works, and how they can get help with any issues by contacting Conni Purtell, Donna Tegtmeyer or me.

The decision made to move our Greek letters off the upper front facia of the building to the front door and in its place install the words Sigma Chi in large letters turns out to have been a very good one.

Ours is the only fraternity on Campus totally controlled by our own Alumni Association. All the other fraternities are University dormitories, completely controlled by the University. The Betas and Kappa Sigs still own their buildings, but the University has put so much money into each of those structures, their alumni have no control over their destiny or operation. 

Sigma Chi is the only fraternity on campus that retains its original Greek identity (ergo, the Alumni Office must say that they are "located on the 2nd floor of the Sigma Chi House").

With this move of the DU Alumni Office, the second floor now has five occupied offices: \four DU Emeritus Professors plus the Mu Chapter Alumni office shared by Donna Tegtmeyer and me.  The rest of the second floor belongs to Mu Chapter Alumni Association. On the third floor, except for the Chapter Room, Denison's Investment Office occupies all the space. 

Sig House Landsccping

Completed in time for Alumni Weekend, the Sig House looked great; new trees, huge rocks on both ends of the porch, mulch, grass and sorely needed new shrubbery at the base of the front porch wall (all thanks to John Lowenberg '64 and others).

Two large holes in the south lawn were filled, and plans underway to put a couple coats of paint on the entire white exterior trim (thank goodness 98% of the dormers and all House window frames are white aluminum!).

The need to make improvements around the House is everpresent. And, considering the high profile of our new tenants, we must be prepared to take on new projects.

Presently under review is a new heating system to replace the old steam set up; our 85-year old steam pipes periodically need to be replaced.

The good news is that the new landscaping in front has come into its own and enhances the look of the stone mansion. And with the additional work around back, the rear of the building shows well, too, with landscaping down the rear concrete stairs.


Meet Mu Chapter's Newest Housemother, Conni Purtell

Mu Chapter Housemother, Conni PurtellFor nearly a hundred years, decorum, politeness and grace defined the style of Mu Chapter Sigs. A proud legacy of resident Housemothers over the years helped see to it!

That tradition continues with the employment of Mrs. Conni Purtell as Mu Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity Housemother. She took over this position from former housemother, Carolyn Mugavin, in February 2015. Conni established her residence in the totally refurbished, private Housemother Suite located on the lower level of our Historic Sigma Chi House.

Mrs. Purtell grew up in nearby Westerville and graduated from Westerville High School.  She also lived previously in Granville Township before moving to Newark. Her four boys, all currently living in Newark and Columbus, have blessed her with three grandchildren.

Conni has proven she is comfortable caring for people of all ages, having served as cook and aide in several local area assisted living facilities.  She has accepted a staff position with Denison’s Physical Plant, a job that causes her to rise early but also allows time for babysitting her grandchildren.

Mrs. Purtell graces the Sig House with a bright smile and cheerful welcome to all visitors and serves as a friendly presence and confidant to members of the Active Chapter who are encouraged to seek her counsel.  Her goal is to ensure, in addition to academic studies and what The Norman shield teaches about our Fraternity, that our young men also learn lessons of respect, courtesy and good manners!

Although relatively new in this role, Conni
is working out well, according to Bill Mason. Says Mase, "It pleases me to no end how proud she is of her apartment which she keeps in spotless condition. She enjoys inviting visitors to the Sig House to see her apartment and is assuming more and more responsibility for the things I did in the past. She's a good fit, interacts well with Donna Tegtmeyer, and is a participating teammate!"

April 27, 2015 Update

Mu Chapter Consul, Christian Miranda '15

April 27, 2015


This past week was a busy one, but it was productive and fun! It was our Derby Days philanthropy. We were lucky to have all five of the sororities participate in the events, all of them bringing something new to the table.

By far our most profitable event was the Brother Auction, where Mu Sigs were sold to teach a talent to the highest bidding sorority. Our highest bid –$210 – was for breakfast to be served in bed from the newest members! Not even a week in the fraternity and they are helping a tremendous amount.

We will know the total numbers for donations and such this week and will be giving it to the Spencer Greene ‘14 foundation soon. On that note, we have a tremendous amount of shirts left, so to reiterate the message that I passed along earlier from Brother Neeson ‘15, if anyone would like a shirt please let me know and we would be happy to get it to you. I know that Sandy Thomson ’57 already bought one and gave an extra donation. These donations go a long way so please consider it.

This past week we had the Richard C. Harman '35 Life Loyal Sig Award Dinner. Although we did not have the attendance that we had hoped, we were able to continue a tradition that I believe will grow to become an annual event that will honor Richard C. Harman ‘35, the Mu Chapter, and the recipient of the award. I think what is most important is that there were a good amount of alumni there and they were able to connect with the new initiates and give them insight on what it means to be a Sigma Chi. This connection is one that I think they will not soon forget. 

In hoc,

Christian Miranda ’15, Consul


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