Actives Finish on Top in Hockey Game!

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, Sigma Phi Epsilon took it to the ice and this year’s annual Alumni vs. Actives Hockey Game. The game started promptly at 2 PM with the Actives in red and the Alumni in white. There was lots of talk before the game and even a few wagers.

The two teams faced off at center ice of Frear Park with three 15-minute periods coming up. The Actives took the lead quickly, with Chris DiNicola ’16 scoring the the Actives’ first goal. Adam Lebrun ’17 scored the team’s next 2 goals, and Thomas Cronin ’16 scored the team’s fourth goal to round our the first period. Actives 4, Alumni 0.

The second period started as both teams skated back out to center ice, the Alumni were determined to take back as many goals as they could. Adam Lebrun ’16 pulls out a hat-trick to make the score a solid 5-0. Right before period’s end, the Actives were called for tripping, causing a shootout. Andy Lutringer ’98 capitalized and scored the goal for the alumni, ending the second period. Actives 5, Alumni 1.

At the start of the third period, the Actives are slow to skate back on the ice from being short-handed. The Alumni take advantage of the Actives’ slow skating and capitalize two more goals. One goal by Chris Bodner ’05 and the other by Jeff Liebowitz ’14.

A big thank you to all of the Alumni who came out and shook off the cobwebs on their hockey gear to play with the Actives:

Andy Gribbin ’84
Don Burgio ’89
Will Hallam ’91
Andy Lutringer ’98
Shawn Daly ’01
Dan Keefe ’01
Chris Bodner ’05
Jeff Liebowitz ’14
Joe Livote ’14
Greg Desmond ’14 (Goalie)

The Active roster consisted of:

Ben Hurley ’15
Alex Lin ’15
Andrew Groskopf ’16
Christopher DiNicola ’16
Thomas Cronin ’16
Adam Lebrun ’17
Rob Patterson ’17 (Goalie)

Another thank you to all of the supporters who came out to watch this game happen! This is a tradition that is making a strong comeback and hope to grow into a larger event each year. We hope to see you again next year!



Brian Michalka Selected as a Tragos Quest to Greece Scholar!

Brother Brian Michalka has been recently selected to be a Tragos Quest to Greece Scholar! The program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a 10-day journey through Greece with fellow undergraduate members of Sigma Phi Epsilon, alumni members, and university faculty. Brian was selected as one of the top 16 members in the country from a pool of over 15,000 men. Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) is the only national fraternity to offer a program like it. The Tragos Quest to Greece focuses on the fraternity’s ideals of Sound Mind and Sound Body, two of SigEp’s core practices. It epitomizes SigEp’s commitment to breaking stereotypes about Greek-lettered organizations and carrying out the mission of Building Balanced Men.

Brian is very eager to attend a trip to expand his experience as an avid leader within the chapter. As a Materials Science Engineering major with a strong GPA, Brian is currently serving his second term as Chapter President and is the Balanced Man Scholarship Chairman. Brian has revolutionized the way NY Delta runs and paved the way to implement the Balanced Man Program within the chapter. He has also increased the number of Balanced Man Scholarship by 500% from past years. Brian also serves as the Treasurer of the University’s Crew Team and is a member of RPI’s White Key Leadership Society.

Each participant prepares for this trip by reading about ancient Greek philosophy and culture. The learning continues overseas with daily discussions based on readings and personal experiences. the discussions are designed to challenge each scholar along his journey of introspection and transformation. During the Quest, scholars discuss the Socratic method of teaching.

The trip is funded by a grant from the SigEp Educational Foundation, which raises money for SigEp’s various local and national leadership programs. The experience is made possible through the generosity of William G. Tragos and his wife Lilli.