Oh What A Weekend … Homecoming 2014
What a great weekend of brotherhood, football, tailgating and special events to highlight this year’s Homecoming at Delta Delta. The weather was beautiful, there was plenty to eat and drink, and the company could not have been better.
Special Events Kick Off Weekend
Two special events honoring the families of Sigs Will Lyles ’81 and Keith Krach ’79 took place over Homecoming weekend.
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
On Friday, William Lyles, Gerald Lyles and Will were recognized for their generosity to the School of Civil Engineering. In a ceremony with over 200 faculty, students, administrators and Sigma Chi’s present, the School of Civil Engineering was renamed the "Lyles School of Civil Engineering" in their honor.
Krach Leadership Center
Another large contingent of guests and Sigma Chis gathered outside the new Krach Leadership Center Saturday morning where Keith was recognized for his business, philanthropic and University leadership. This new facility serves as a center for academic advising, professional development and student organizations. Keith spoke highly of how Sigma Chi had shaped his life and how he continues to run his organizations on Sigma Chi values.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels spoke at both events and thanked Will, Keith, and their families, for helping to create our country’s future engineers and leaders.
Reunion Classes Return to 202 Littleton
The Class of '74 had 15 brothers return for their 40th reunion with the group getting together for golf on Friday, returning to 202 and the football game on Saturday, with dinner in Indianapolis that evening. Tim Maloney '74 commented, "What a great group of guys! We really enjoyed our time together and getting to recall our college days and catching up on each other’s lives over these many years".
Several members of the Class of '79 also returned to take part in their 35th reunion. They started early and ended late as they enjoyed taking part in the activities around the Krach dedication, the Alumni tailgate, and even for a half, the football game.
Alumni Tailgate A Huge, Huge Success
Regarding the Sigma Chi Alumni Tailgate, Bart Burrell ’81 remarked, "I absolutely want to pass along my thanks for not just Saturday but the last several years of this group allowing Sigma Chi to piggy back your tailgate. You guys throw an awesome party, with great food, plenty of drinks and perfect weather!! The only mistake that was made was turning the football game over to the Fiji's. They can’t do anything right. Thanks again for being such great hosts."
These comments were directed to a large group of Sig alumni, their wives and friends who organize with the help of the Alumni Relations Committee and undergrads, one of the biggest tailgates held during the Homecoming weekend. With 10-12 cars lined up, tents set up, food and drinks for everyone and music blaring, the huge number of brothers and their families can be seen catching up and truly enjoying their time together. Having a convenient place to congregate prior to, during and after the game, allows everyone to enjoy the true spirit of brotherhood upon their return to Purdue.
Special thanks to Dave and Mary Westerbeck, Bruce and Sally Gordon, Gary and Merry Thoe, Corby and Julie Thompson, Bob and Tara Burlas, Jim and Mary MacDonald, Mark and Susie Herrmann, David and Carrie Woodruff, Jeff and Dixie McKean, Doug and Sally Hull, Bruce and Kelly Petit and Tim and Molly Hull.
House Corporation Meeting
Even with all the fun stuff going on, there was some business conducted by the House Corporation. The annual Delta Delta House Corporation meeting was held Saturday morning to update the alumni on the activities of the House Corp and the undergraduates. The lists of summer improvements were covered, the chapter’s finances were reviewed (they remain strong), and our scholarship distributions continue to grow. Alumni relations activities continue to draw strong participation and the chapter is performing very well. Tim Maloney ’74 retired from the board after many years of service, with Jim MacDonald ’80 joining the board.
A Final Word
What a great weekend! Thank you to all you returned and for those that did the work to make everyone feel so welcome. You truly make Delta Delta a special place to be. We’re already looking forward to next year.