STATE OF THE CHAPTER
Epsilon Epsilon 2016-2017
Dear Alumni of the Epsilon Epsilon chapter,
I am very proud to announce that it has been another successful year in our chapter’s campaign here at Oklahoma State. Throughout this academic year of 2016-2017, the brothers of Epsilon Epsilon have excelled in all areas we deem vital to our success, including scholastics, campus involvement and relations, leadership, philanthropy, and above all, brotherhood. To begin the annual State of the Chapter, I would like to thank all of our alumni for their continued support and dedication to our brotherhood. It is because of your unrelenting sacrifice and involvement throughout the years, that we may continue our tradition of being the strongest fraternity on Oklahoma State’s campus.
This past January in Roanoke, VA, Lieutenant Commander, Alex Kirkpatrick, and I learned, listened and gained a new perspective on what it truly means to lead a chapter. Keynote speakers, breakout sessions and meeting with other commanders from across the country allowed us to obtain a new understanding of what national success entails. Back in Stillwater, we applied what we learned in Roanoke and hit the ground running in the following weeks. As a brotherhood, we set goals for the Spring of 2017 at the first chapter meeting of the year and made the commitment to hold ourselves accountable to accomplish everything that we set forth to do. From campus relations, to the way the chapter is operated internally and everything in between, it has been a season of tremendous growth for Epsilon Epsilon internally and externally.
A few of the awards, accomplishments, and honors that we have received as an active chapter include the following. In regards to Interfraternal awards, Epsilon Epsilon won the Campus Relations (2017) and Philanthropy (2016) Dean Troxel Greek awards, 2nd place in homecoming sweepstakes, 5th highest grade point average in the fall of 2016 out of 24 fraternities in the Intrafraternity Council (3.23), 3rd place in Freshmen Follies and Varsity Revue, and 2nd place in Spring Sing. In regards to athletic related awards Epsilon Epsilon achieved the following results: 1st place in men’s 3v3 A league basketball, 1st place in the Football Frenzy tournament, our new member class won the annual Nuji Cup basketball game. Lastly, Epsilon Epsilon raised over $30,000 for Folds of Honor through our annual Temple Classic volleyball tournament, making it the most successful fraternity philanthropy and second most in all of Oklahoma State Greek Life.
Overall, the brothers of Sigma Nu remain involved in almost 80 organizations on campus and hold almost 40 of those respective executive positions in organizations such as Student Alumni Board, Blue Key Honor Society, Speakers Board, Student Foundation Board, various collegiate business/engineering organizations and various collegiate student councils.
Along with our chapter awards and involvement, a number of active brothers have received outstanding notoriety within the Greek community and on campus. To note a few, sophomore brother Braxton Noble (EE2553) was elected as the IFC External Vice President (4th term in 5 years for Sigma Nu to have a represented officer), as well as selected as a Top 20 Freshman. Another sophomore brother, Hudson Kuykendall (EE2550) was elected onto the IFC Judicial Board for the 2017 term. In addition, past Commander, Casey Kolbeck (EE2498) was named a Top 15 Graduating Spears School of Business student, as well as fellow senior Jacob Ishee (EE2476), a Top 5 Finance Graduating student. These are just a few of some of the outstanding awards that Epsilon Epsilon has received in the past year. It is evident that no matter the changes in culture, times, and fraternal operational adjustments, our chapter has and always will continue to consistently produce leaders with an urge for accomplishment.
However, the core of Epsilon Epsilon’s strength comes not only from the active chapter, but from our heavily involved alumni base as well. It is because of the legacy that those before us have set, that we push ourselves to constantly set the bar higher. From our Advisory Board that sacrifices so much of their time and effort, to our alumni brothers that constantly represent us on the local and national level, we would not be where we are today as a chapter without them. A few of the notable accomplishments from our alumni chapter include Sigma Nu Fraternity granting brother Neil Gilpin (EE1385) the Alumni of the Biennium award at Grand Chapter 2016 this past summer. He has been a vital component to our success locally and nationally. We truly appreciate his dedication over the past several years. In addition, Connor Mojo (EE2466) was recently initiated into the Alpha chapter, one of the highest accolades in Sigma Nu, as well as being named Sigma Nu Scholar of the Year. This past College of Chapters, former Regent, Charlie Eitel (EE1096), was a primary keynote speaker for the conference and gave a testimony of his career successes and how Epsilon Epsilon shaped him as the leader he is today.
Sigma Nu’s continued legacy of success is no accident, but rather a direct result of the unwavering commitment of our alumni, tireless work of active members, and the dedication we all have to instilling the same values in all future pledge classes that this chapter was built upon so many years ago. The long lasting relationships of alumni through the years are a testament of these very values. The bonds our alumni experience daily serve not only as our motivation to keep furthering the chapter responsibly, but also serve as an example of who we hope to be in the future. Thank you for setting the bar of commitment to Sigma Nu higher than ever before through your continued support of the house that brought all of us together.
Eminent Commander, Jay Skaggs (EE2518)
Lieutenant Commander, Alex Kirkpatrick (EE2513)