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Letter from the President: Spring 2015

Arkansas Alpha continues its progress and my excitement towards the future will not wane. The undergrads continue their academic streak of turning in grades of an overall 3.1 or greater GPA semester after semester. We recruit and retain membership in the range of 130 members. We strive for the Balanced Man ideal and continue to seek ways to improve our member development to better prepare our members for leadership and success in the world. We are anxiously waiting on approval for our re-certification into the SigEp Resource Learning Community program and hope to have feedback later this spring. We are putting the final touches on our Buchanan Cup application and hope to have hardware waiting for us this summer in Nashville at Conclave.

It is our top priority to ensure that the alumni are involved in our success. I will be attending the Carlson Leadership Academy in Oklahoma City 2/20-2/21 and will be seeking out alumni in the area to see how they can be a part of our momentum. We have engaged alumni in Central Arkansas to increase the amount of events and interaction of alumni in the area through luncheons, a golf tournament, and a banquet dinner. We look forward to seeing you at these activities as local alumni solidify the details. Within this newsletter, you will see several upcoming events that we implore you to make it out to.

We recently initiated a pilot mentor program in Northwest Arkansas where we will be pairing local alumni with seniors and recent graduates with similar career paths. By simply committing to exchanging emails and phone calls along with the occasional lunch or other get-together, alumni will be strengthening the SigEp bond, building their network, and driving success for all. We will keep you posted on the progress. If you are interested in participating or initiating something local, please reach out.

Jonathan Leonard
AVC President
BSBA ‘05
MSOM ‘08

In Memory of Glenn Sowder: 1938-2015

Glenn Sowder

A native son of Fayetteville, he enjoyed a truly storied life involving years of service, travel and adventure; but his heart and soul were never far from the place of his birth. Glenn came into his own growing up in Fayetteville, fostering the beginning of dozens (if not hundreds) of lifelong friendships he would cherish throughout his years. Although many of the stories of his youth share a common theme of good natured “hell-raising” and often involve times enjoyably spent in the pool halls of Dickson Street, he demonstrated a deep and profound commitment to those that gravitated to the circle of his presence at an early age, a trait that would in many ways define his life.

His passion for the game of football was without equal and he garnered a name for himself as a rising star of the gridiron in high school, college, during short pre-season trials in the NFL and especially on the fabled U.S. Army Division teams of the 1960’s that were assembled in the Far East.

Glenn joined the National Guard and then the Army, serving early in his career in both Korea and Vietnam. Many a veteran to this day must still scratch their head in bemusement at Glenn’s uncanny ability as his unit morale officer to somehow successfully re-outfit the same Vietnamese band in a different set of outfits to play at the officers club every weekend– changing their name and promoting them feverishly as a fresh new band each week (much to the confusion and delight of his fellow Servicemen). Glenn proudly served our Nation for well over two decades, eventually retiring as a Medical Service Corps Lieutenant Colonel following assignments in Korea, Vietnam, Germany and across the United States.

Among his many passions and joys included his work with the Big Brothers and Sisters organization, a lifelong dedication to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, numerous real estate development projects and memorable as well as extremely entertaining runs for the local political offices of Mayor and City Council. Glen helped Arkansas Alpha maintain undergraduate housing from 2003-2005. We are proud to call him brother.

Spring Rush 2015 Recruits

Congrats to the undergrads on another successful recruitment period.

Austin Burns – Searcy AR
Ben Clapp – Richardson TX
Brandon Cueva – Fayetteville AR
Patrick Guirguis – Colleyville TX
Craig Smardo – Fayetteville AR
Garrison Peppers – McKinney TX
Andrew Gunsch – Tulsa OK
Garrett Moore – Prosper TX
Richard Hundza – Richardson TX
Bryce Hampton – Carrolton TX
Joshua Aguilar – Kansas City MO
Boston Woodworth – Kansas City MO
Corey Thorpe – Caledona MI
Jake Denne – Tulsa OK
Garrett Farren – Dallas TX
Chris Lang – Keller TX
Augie Irons – Austin TX
John Hankes – Collierville TN
Trevor Blue – Southlake TX

Have names for our Fall Pipeline? Reach out to the chapter through Facebook, or the alumni board and we will make sure they make the right decision on Bid Day. Can you help us recruit this summer? Let us know.

Alumni Profile: Omar Kasim

Omar Kassim

Coming Soon to Fayetteville…

Con Quesos

Con Quesos Logo

Omar Kasim is graduating this spring with a BSBA in Small Business Management. He came to Fayetteville from Tulsa and as a SigEp, played a big role in building our annual Autism Speaks Kickball Tournament.

Con Quesos is a restaurant startup based in Fayetteville launching this summer. The concept was devised by Omar his freshman year of college. Through his tenure in the Sam Walton College of Business, he put together a viable business model. By engaging the University, Omar’s establishment will be on campus and will quickly become a must stop on The Hill. Omar states: “Entrepreneurship is in my blood; my dad is an entrepreneur and my grandfather was an entrepreneur. I enjoy the freedom to innovate and the ability to grow my business.”


Omar has served as the VP of Philanthropy for the chapter. Omar “enjoyed the idea of the Balanced Man Program. It allowed me to get involved immediately in the chapter and take a leadership position early on in my college career.” Omar learned the importance of giving back to the community, which is something he plans to do with his startup. Omar’s favorite memory as an undergrad was attending Conclave in 2013.

Omar is also the President and Founder of the Entrepreneurship Club at the U of A and is involved in the Big Brother/Big Sister Program. He enjoys running, hiking, reading, and traveling. We are excited about his new venture and look forward to some great food on campus.

Read more about Omar’s restaurant concept: Con Quesos.

Ark Alpha Undergrad Finalist for Governors Cup

Brother Omar Kasim (Class of 2015) earned his selection into the 15th annual Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition  for his franchise restaurant business plan. The  Governor’s Cup Competition accepts innovative business plans from six Arkansas colleges and universities and will hear oral presentations, including Omar’s pitch, April 2-3. The competition will announce the winners at a luncheon on April 22, which will award a select group of winners a total prize pool of $154,000. First Place winners will have the opportunity to compete at the Tri-State Competition in Las Vegas.

Omar’s Con Quesos fusion-taco restaurant concept caught the judges’ eyes because his submission is not just for a competition, but a real business plan that he plans on carrying out after he graduates this spring. Con Quesos will be a fast-casual restaurant that will focus on serving college student populations with unique fusion tacos such as the Southern BBQ and Mediterranean and delivery service to dorm doorsteps. Omar’s vision is to start with an on-campus location in Fayetteville and expand in college campuses across the nation.

Win or lose, Omar is currently looking for investors in Con Quesos. Interested in hearing more? Contact Omar by email

New Members join Sigma Phi Epsilon Brotherhood

Sigma Phi Epsilon would like to recognize our new fall 2014 pledges and future Arkansas Alpha Alumni. Please join us in celebrating our new bothers. Show your support by joining us for one of our wonderful events we have this fall, or just by stopping by to say hello.

ADDISON HICKEN, McKinney, TX Business Undeclared

ANDREW COREY, Dallas, TX International Business

AUSTIN BAKER, McKinney, TX Broadcast Journalism

AUSTIN PROCHASKA, Westlake, TX, Business Management

BERT BRANHAM, Waco, TX Business Undeclared

CASEN KANDAL, McKinney, TX Marketing

CASEY MEDLEN, Tulsa, OK Finance

CHARLIE PROUDMAN, South Lake, TX Engineer Undeclared

CHRISTIAN MASON, Carrollton, TX Mechanical Engineering

COLE BAKALAR, Leawood, KS Finance

DREW HAMMONS, McKinney, TX Finance

DREW MCRAE, Flower Mound, TX Business Undeclared

EDDIE SWEENEY, Keller, TX Business Management

HAYDEN COUPE, Waco, TX Business Undeclared

HUNTER BARICK, Carrollton, TX Marketing/Finance

HUNTER WEBB, Bentonville, AR Business Management

JACK RAYBUCK, Kansas City, MO Business Undeclared

JARED COX, Joplin, MO Engineer Undeclared

JARED THOMAS, Dallas, TX Business Undeclared

JOEY KIRAN, Dallas, TX Economics

JOHN RAY (JP), Bentonville, AR Supply Chain Management

MATT RODRIGUEZ, Dallas, TX Finance

MATTHEW KANTOR, German- town, TN. Finance

MATTHEW SILVEY, Broken Arrow, OK. Finance/Accounting

MICHAEL DIGIORNO, Leawood, KS Business Undeclared


NICK DAVIS, McKinney, TX Business Undeclared

REED BARTZ, Fayetteville, AR Supply Chain Management

RILEY VAUGHAN, Keller, TX Mechanical Engineering

RYAN GRANT, Joplin, MO Psychology

SAM FLOOD, Carrollton, TX Finance

SETH HOFFMANS, Bryant, AR Marketing

SINJIN VENEGAS, Dallas, TX Marketing

TAYLOR HANNA, Andover, KS Biology


TRENT JARRETT, Bentonville, AR Mechanical Engineering

WILL BERRY, Austin, TX Finance

ZACH FRUEH, O’Fallon, IL Civil Engineering

ZACH GORMAN, Bentonville, AR Marketing/Finance

ZACH RYAN, Fayetteville, AR Marketing

Founder’s Day Weekend a Success!

Founder’s Day 2014 was at this year’s Alabama game. A great tailgate near The Pit and a golf tournament at Stonebridge Mead- ows. We had 12 teams of alumni and undergrads participating in a 4-man scramble. Thank you to our undergrads for supporting the tour- nament this year. Big thanks to our hole sponsors Robert Buddig, Drew Speed, Joe Neal, and others.

A spring 2015 golf tournament in Maumelle is in the works, please send your suggested dates to Phillip at or to Jonathan at jonathanwleonard@ We are looking forward to next year!

Golf Tournament Photo Gallery