STATE OF THE CHAPTER
Epsilon Epsilon 2017-2018
Dear Alumni of the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter,
Lieutenant Commander, Nolan Malloy, and I are very excited to announce that it has been another phenomenal year for our historic chapter’s tenure at Oklahoma State University. The 2017-2018 academic year has been one full of success, during which the Epsilon Epsilon chapter has maintained high standards of excellence in all its endeavors. On behalf of the brotherhood, I would like to thank our fantastic alumni base for their continued investment of time, effort, hard work, and leadership to our great house. Epsilon Epsilon has been, currently stands, and will continue to be the strongest fraternity on campus because of your enduring sacrifice, generosity, and commitment.
Over this most recent winter break, Nolan and I traveled to Roanoke, VA to participate in Sigma Nu’s annual College of Chapters. While there, we met with various alumni, national consultants, advisors, and Commander’s from different chapters across the country to discuss different issues faced by our individual chapters, as well as fraternities and Greek life as a whole. We explored what it meant to be a leader who pursues the values of Love, Honor and Truth, and what is required to ensure a chapter’s success and commitment to those values. We were very lucky to have alumni brothers Steven Brown (EE1026) and Neil Gilpin (EE1385) join us in Roanoke, sharing their own experiences and offering advice on the importance of living out our values as a means of leading with them. At the conclusion of the conference, we developed an action plan to guide us in our term as Commander’s of the Epsilon Epsilon chapter. Together, we look to serve the chapter by maintaining the high expectations laid out by those who have come before us and proactively discover ways to make Epsilon Epsilon a community of men who constantly strive to improve and hold one another accountable in areas such as academics, campus involvement, leadership, and brotherhood, all based in a sincere desire to see one another succeed and grow.
The chapter has a robust foundation to build on, as evidenced by a few awards and honors received this past year. Epsilon Epsilon placed 1stin engineering, 2ndin house deck, as well as 3rdin sweepstakes for the 2017 homecoming season. It was another great year in shows as the chapter placed 2ndin Varsity Revue and 3rdin Spring Sing. In athletics we placed 1stin Co-Ed Basketball, 1stin 2 Ball Indoor Soccer, 1stin Outdoor Soccer, 1stin 4 v 4 Football, and 2ndin Floor Hockey. Our freshmen also won the annual NUJI Cup for the second year in a row. Academically, the chapter placed 5thin grade point average among 24 fraternities registered under IFC with a 3.254. Epsilon Epsilon also raised over $32,000 for the Trimble Strong Foundation through our annual Temple Classic volleyball tournament, making it the most successful philanthropy in all of Oklahoma State Greek Life. At the annual OSU Greek Awards, the Epsilon Epsilon chapter received the Dean Troxel Award for Campus Relations, signifying excellence in campus wide activities like Homecoming and Varsity Revue, as well as chapter charity events and developmental activities. Nationally, the chapter received Excellence in Lead Phase I, the Manpower Award, and award for Operational Excellence. We look forward to the opportunity to compete for another Rock Chapter Award this coming summer.
There was much great individual success for our active brotherhood as well, with several members receiving special recognition for their contributions both to the Greek Community and the campus as whole. Brother Carter Tutt (EE254) was selected as Male Director of the Year for Freshmen Follies. Brother Blake Nisbett (EE2572) was recently elected to serve as Secretary of IFC, making it the 5thtime in 6 years that Sigma Nu will represented on the council. Finally, Brother Gage Calhoun (EE2521) finished an outstanding college career by being named the 2017 Homecoming King and a 2018 Senior of Significance. These awards are just a small example of how the members of Epsilon Epsilon continue to act as leaders on campus. Overall, our membership is currently involved in over 80 student organizations, including Business Student Council, Mortar Board, Student Foundation, Blue Key Honors Society, Beta Alpha Psi Honors Society, Order of Omega Honors Society, Flying Aggies, Oklahoma State Bass Fishing team and the Oklahoma State football team. Furthermore, our members hold leadership positions in over half of these organizations. Our candidate class also held representation in both Freshmen Representative Council, Junior Greek Life, and the Presidents Leadership Council. Lastly, alumni brother Casey Kolbeck (EE2498) was inducted into the Alpha Chapter, one of the highest honors Sigma Nu has to offer. All of these accomplishments are a testament to our consistent hard work and outstanding campus relations.
As one chapter closes and another begins, there will always be consistency in one thing, a passion for the Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity. The legacy of the house is one of excellence, integrity, community, and tradition. This is evident in the actions of our alumni, and is something that pushes us to continue to lead the chapter with the values it was founded on. Through the relentless support and dedication of its alumni and the hard work of its membership, Epsilon Epsilon will continue to serve as a refuge for men who seek the greater reward and a desire be a part of something bigger than themselves. It is a place that has given so much to so many people, and deserves a membership that serves it wholeheartedly and responsibly. We will continue to do just that.
Eminent Commander, JT Zerby (EE2543)
Lieutenant Commander, Nolan Malloy (EE2574)