Over the last several months, members of the SigEp-Iowa Delta alumni board and undergraduate chapter worked hard to bring alumni of the fraternity to the current chapter facility. The best way to do this and appeal to all generations of alumni and members was an alumni tent.
The alumni tent was set up in the SigEp parking lot and all alumni and guests were invited to attend. The event took place on the Saturday of the Drake Relays April 27th from 2-5 p.m. Over 200 alumni and current members were in attendance. This is the first time SigEp has had a gathering quite like this and it was the best yet. Usually during the Drake Relays, SigEp hosts its annual alumni golf outing.
Vice President of Communications for SigEp’s Alumni Volunteer Corporation, Peter Zemansky was instrumental in the tent and bringing brothers from six generations together. Brother Zemansky found the best tent available for how many people we were expecting, reached out to hundreds of alumni, created the Facebook page for the event, gathered estimations in terms of guest to expect and made the whole thing happen.
Alcoholic beverages were sold to those who were 21 by a third party vendor to ensure the safety of everyone at the tent. Cones with fencing attached were wrapped around the tent and the surrounding area to make sure that it was a controlled environment and everyone could be safe and have fun.
Brother Charlie Hartig ’08 was inducted into the Sigma Phi Epsilon-Iowa Delta Hall of Fame during the reunion. This award goes to a recent alum who has represented the fraternity, the university, and his self well. Born and raised in Dubuque, IA, Charlie earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University and Juris Doctor degree and Health Law Certificate from Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Law. Charlie Hartig previously held roles of increasing responsibility at nationally recognized Fortune 100 pharmacy organizations including Express Scripts, Omnicare, and CVS Health. He now serves as Chief Executive Officer and an owner and operator of Hartig Drug Company. During Brother Hartig’s time in SigEp, he served as the chapter’s Vice President of Recruitment.
At each of the previous alumni reunions during the Drake Relays, brother Gerry Anderson ’58 has presented the Rod Rhodes Scholarship. The scholarship goes to a junior in the chapter who emulate Rod Rhodes through our core values: virtue, diligence and brotherly love. Unfortunately, Brother Anderson was unable to attend this year’s reunion, but will present the award at SigEp’s Balanced Man Scholarship Banquet on August 30th. Gerry Anderson is one of five members of SigEp-IA Delta’s Golden Heart Society. Brother Anderson studied journalism while at Drake and was an editor for The Times-Delphic, Drake’s student newspaper.
Gerry and Rod met in junior high school and were fraternity brothers at the same time. After graduation, Gerry went on to serve the United States in the air force and air guard. He now lives with his wife Joann (the former mayor of Wayzetta, Minnesota) in Minneapolis on Lake Minnetonka. Gerry has been a great supporter of Rod Rhodes leadership efforts through connecting with many alumni and providing significant financial support to the fraternity. Sigma Phi Epsilon acknowledges Gerry’s outstanding support throughout the many years and he is truly an alumni that we are proud to have.
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