"I will endeavor to retain the spirit of youth"
~Sigma Chi Creed, George Ade ΔΔ 1887

22nd Annual Brotherhood Dinner Wows Sigs

Brothers celebrating at 2013 Brotherhood Dinner (L-R): Dan Demars ’65, Tom Leslie ’68, Dave Schellhase ’66 and Rick Rudy ’65.

“What a great evening of brotherhood. Dave Schellhase was just great,” exclaimed Brian Griffiths ‘95. For the returning alumni and the undergraduates in attendance at the 22nd Annual Sigma Chi Brotherhood Dinner, it was truly a fun and rewarding evening.

Special Guest Wows Brothers

Our special guest Dave Schellhase ’66 is the only Sigma Chi to have a banner hanging in Mackey Arena with his name and number on it. Dave entertained the crowd with his stories on his basketball playing days at Purdue, how he chose to attend Purdue, and highlights from his career.

It was a true joy to see the reaction by the undergraduates -- most of whom were unacquainted with Brother Schellhase’s accomplishments. Some of which included being the first Boilermaker to score 2000 points in his career, scoring 57 points in a game, being a three time All Big Ten first team selection, and a two time Consensus All American. Dave in his senior year led the nation in scoring with an average of 32.5 points per game and is a member of Purdue’s Hall of Fame.

(L-R) Undergrads Nick Bafunno, Jordan Eddy and Kenny Zipparo with special guest Dave Schellhase ’66.

One of the fun trivia facts the crowd learned was that Dave in 1967 was the first EVER draft pick for the Chicago Bulls when he was their first pick (10th overall) for the expansion team. Dave spent two years with the Bulls before going into coaching where he was the head coach for 21 years at Moorhead State and Indiana State.

Undergraduates Host Outstanding Event

This year the undergraduates led by Alumni Relations Chairmen Stuart Hester, Consul Greg Burns, Steward Tyler D’Onofrio and Jon Gipson, our cook, out did themselves by putting on an outstanding event. The Great Hall sparkled and the meal was outstanding. A special thank you should also go to Butch Brose ’10 who worked diligently with the brothers to get the chapter house in order and Phil Steele ’77 for arranging for the guest speaker.

This event is also special in that alumni brothers from other chapters have a chance to participate and share in the brotherhood experience. Brothers from Hanover College, Indiana and other chapters were in attendance. It is always gratifying to hear what each Sigma Chi alumnus has to say in the Good of the Order as the dinner concludes with the brothers sharing in the ritual.

The Great Hall awaits the arrival of our guests for the 2013 Brotherhood Dinner.

Reflections on Brotherhood

Jeff McKean ’86 summed it up well when he commented, “Today my closest friends and those that I see regularly are my Sigma Chi brothers. The bond of fellowship has stayed strong over all these years. Being in the Great Hall tonight – a place with special memories and where I met my wife - continues to remind me of all I have gained by being part of this fraternity.”

To all those alumni who returned …. Thank You! You continue to demonstrate to our undergraduate brothers the true meaning of brotherhood.