Brothers Honored for Contributions to Sigma Chi
Three Significant Sigs and two other dedicated brothers were recognized for their professional achievements and contributions to Delta Delta at our recent Alumni Honors Dinner. Held in the Great Hall, this dinner was attended by over 50 alumni and guests and 40 undergraduates and pledges on September 15, 2023.
The evening was kicked off with brief comments by Consul David Kolssak ’25 and House Corp President Tom Hall ’81. Dinner was served giving undergraduates and alumni a chance to learn from each other over their dinner conversations. Following dessert of apple or cherry pie, Master of Ceremonies Phil Steele ’77 got the award presentations started.
Three Delta Delta brothers were honored with Significant Sig awards this evening, David Omholt ’92, Ed Quatmann ’92 and Stan Jones ’71.
Dave Omholt ‘92 was recognized for his work through his company, The Entrepreneurial Authority, to help thousands of clients start their own franchise businesses. Scott Hutton ’94 and Mark Singleton ’92 both spoke about his accomplishments and his impact through his many activities to better his community and industry.
Ed Quatmann ’92, now the the Chief Legal Officer of Ceasar’s Entertainment, has found success throughout his career by working closely with his peers to implement change and provide opportunities for those within his organization. John McCall ’92 and Mark Singleton ’92 both relayed stories of how Ed’s calm presence and demeanor from his days at Purdue to his business dealings today have always stood out.
Stan Jones ’71 was awarded his Significant Sig award posthumously. Stan entered Chapter Eternal in February 2017 while still working throughout the country to improve opportunities for all children to attend college. Phil Steele ’77 highlighted Stan’s career accomplishments. The programs Stan developed as Indiana’s Commissioner of Higher Education created numerous opportunities for all Indiana students to attain a college degree.
Thirteen brothers from the Class of ’92 returned to the Sig house to help recognize the accomplishments of their pledge brothers, who now join the list of 65 other Delta Delta alumni brothers who have been honored as Significant Sigs.
Grand Consul Citation
Tim Maloney ‘74 entered Chapter Eternal in July after a long battle with cancer. Tim was recognized with a Grand Consul Citation for his contributions to Delta Delta during the Chapter House renovation campaign and with the brothers in the chapter. Bernie Sergesketter ’58 commented on Tim’s active involvement in the Renovation campaign and Phil Steele ’77 noted how Tim passed on his deep love of Delta Delta and the lessons he had learned to the undergraduates. His pledge brother, Curt Uminger ’74, spoke of Tim’s humility and, even throughout his battle with cancer, never complained. The citation will be given to Tim’s family.
Ben Taylor Award
The Ben Taylor Award is given to Delta Delta alumni who have committed untold hours and energy to the chapter. At the Honors Dinner Butch Brose ‘09 was presented the Ben Taylor Award by a contingent of Sigs including Todd Kaminski ’82, Tom Hall ’81, Chris Horney ’08 and Bernie Sergesketter ’58. They all spoke of Butch’s total commitment and engagement with the chapter as he embraced the care of the chapter house. He also has endeared himself to the undergraduates with his honest and supportive approach to maintaining our home at 202 Littleton St. Along with his Ben Taylor award, Butch also received a monetary gift from the House Corporation that he can use to take his wife, Carolyn, on a nice trip.
Following the award presentations, Gavin Philipps ’95, addressed those in attendance, to recognize the value of the experience gained from their early days as Sigma Chis at Delta Delta. That each of the honorees this evening owed their success in some part to the lessons, values and skills acquired as an undergraduate. Gavin challenged the younger brothers to set their standards and goals high, so they, too, might someday attain the level of success celebrated this evening.
To the chorus of brothers singing “The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi” and “My Name is Sigma Chi, Sir” the dinner was concluded. Special thanks are in order for actives, David Kolssak, Ryder Elitharp and Krue Nagel; and Butch Brose ’09, Jay Milligan, Gavin Philipps ’95 and Phil Steele ’77 for making all the arrangements for the Alumni Honors Dinner.
Congratulations to all the brothers recognized at this inspirational gathering of alumni, undergraduates and guests.