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Fall 2015 Class

The undergrad chapter cleaned up in recruitment this year with 52 new members ready for the lifelong brotherhood of Sigma Phi Epsilon. The Arkansas Alpha Alumni Volunteer Corporation welcomes this dynamic group of men to our chapter:

Reed Abbott Shawnee, KS
Kyle Adams Dallas, TX
Sebastian Auerbach Zurich, Switzerland
Jorge Avile Santa Cruz, Boliva
Mason Beitter Plano, TX
Peyton Bradley Garland, TX
Eric Coleman Austin, TX
Scottie Coleman McKinney, TX
Riley Coover Keller, TX
Ross Cornett Austin, TX
Alex Cottrell Van Buren, AR
Jared Cuckler Tulsa, OK
Ryan Donnelly Overland Park, KS
Sam Ferguson Kirkwood, MO
Calvin Fields Dallas, TX
Ryne Fletcher Springdale, AR
Christian Frantz Coppell, TX
Gage Gabbard Benton, AR
Kale Garner Jonesboro, AR
Nick Geile St. Louis, MO
Danny Gouskos Dallas, TX
Nick Hart Pensacola, FL
Kyle Hennings Highland Park, TX
Brantly Hoag Tampa, FL
Harrison Howard Little Rock, AR
Travis Hull Dallas, TX
Vincent Iannazoo Tulsa, OK
Cade Kennedy Denton, TX
Luke Lauterbach McKinney, TX
Luke Luechtefeld St. Louis, MO
Spencer McCoy Richardson, TX
Grant Messina Frisco, TX
Zac Musgrove Norman, OK
David Orellana Rogers, AR
Devin Ozowski Plano, TX
Kenny Phipps IV Dallas, TX
Matthew Robbins Plano, TX
Aviel Samuel Dallas, TX
Adryan Santiago Keller, TX
Jack Sheng Conway, AR
Peyton Simpson St. Louis, MO
Grant Spillers Flemington, NJ
Carrson Steele Bozeman, MT
Austin Stelling Austin, TX
Connor Storey Houston, TX
Alex Tolliver San Diego, CA
Jacob Varner Plano, TX
Dylan Wallace McKinney, TX
Mike Wilkes Plano, TX
Brian Wolfe Dallas, TX
Harrison Woods Dallas, TX
Nathan Woody Plano, TX


Fall Calendar of Events

Founder’s Day October 24th

We will be seeking a tailgate spot in The Gardens. Family is welcome! Homecoming October 31st—UT Martin game

EDGE November 14th

Egan Camp in Tahlequah, OK. EDGE is a high-energy overnight program that offers SigEp’s newest members the type of outside-the-classroom education that is hard to find at most colleges and universities. As students are adjusting to college, SigEp provides them a curriculum that stresses how to overcome obstacles and create healthy habits for a lifetime of achievement. EDGE participants can expect to return home with a foundation for a successful life in college and beyond. College men today face many challenges: the pressure to fit in or to be different, the pressure to drink alcohol or use drugs, and the pressure of balancing a social life with the rigors of a tough academic schedule. Throughout this overnight program, undergraduates participate in teambuilding activities, small group discussions, large group presentations and a variety of activities to build self-awareness and reflect on personal goals. New members also learn critical leadership skills for the Fraternity and their everyday lives. The program includes a look at our Ritual, our values and a discussion about why they matter. We are seeking volunteers to assist with facilitating! Reach out to your AVC if you are interested.

SigEp Drive-ins

One only has to pick up the latest issue of TIME, scroll through Facebook or watch the evening news to know that once again the landscape of a college campus is changing. If our young brothers are to be truly successful, our Fraternity now more than ever needs volunteers who are committed, passionate, well trained and prepared to support our undergraduate chapters. SigEp’s Drive-Ins were created with just this purpose in mind. Attendees will not only make important connections with other volunteers, but also you will leave with a much better understanding of what is happening in the Fraternity today and have an action plan of how to implement what you have learned! To sign up contact

  • Bloomington, Ind., September 20.
  • Washington, D.C., September 27.
  • Hoboken, N.J., October 11.
  • Tampa, Fla., October 18. San Diego, October 25.
  • Kansas City, Mo., November 1.

Conclave 2015: BELIEVE

Conclave was held in Nashville this year and was the largest in fraternity history. The Gaylord Opryland Resort was a fantastic experience and Arkansas Alpha was represented by brothers Phillip McKnight, Jonathan Leonard, John Sokol, John Rumbelow, John Stanley, and Bill Raffety. We enjoyed several speakers including General Counsel for Chi Omega Beth Stamos, and the writer of The Dark Power of Fraternities, Caitlin Flanagan. Richard Bennet of the University of Central Missouri was elected the new Grand President. Legislation was passed making the Balanced Man Program the only recognized member development program for SigEp. The Career Fair included companies such as Amazon, Apex Systems, Altria, Comcast, Ernst & Young, and Under Armour. The next Conclave will be August 2-6, 2017 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fl.

Alumni Profile: Ted Harrod

Ted Harrod is an alumni in Plano, Texas. Ted runs the family business, J&H Truck Service which has been in operations for over 30 years. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a business degree. Ted chose the U of A having a great deal of family in Arkansas. He chose SigEp because of their diversity and spirit. During his time as an under- grad, he served as a rush chairman, finding new members to continue that tradition. Ted’s favorite memory of the chapter was the Fite Nite charity event, which he assisted with organizing: “The experience helped me in running my business today. My father said ‘the principle is always the same.’ No matter what business you choose, the discipline is a must.” Ted has a 30 year old son and a 28 year old daughter. He was a tournament handball player but has taken up tennis with his girlfriend more recently. Alumni and undergrads in the Greater Dallas area are encouraged to reach out to Ted for tailgates, mentoring, and any other opportunity to keep the brotherhood strong.

Lifetime of Responsibility: Volunteering

Alumni are always welcomed at tailgates, rituals, and chapter meetings. But there so many opportunities to get involved:

Area Alumni Chairs

Responsible or maintaining the alumni network in areas such as Dallas and Memphis. Organizing networking lunches, fishing trips, etc. along with other ways to keep alumni outside of Fayetteville engaged.

Golf Tournament Volunteers

We need volunteers to help organize and run the tournament to ensure ts success.

Chapter Speakers

Alumni willing to speak at chapter about various subjects: Career-pathing, community involvement, how to buy a car, graduate school, etc. Want to take group to the driving range or each seniors about wine pairings? each out to us!

Leadership Continuum

Arkansas Alpha needs alumni present at EDGE, Carlson Leadership Academy, and the Philip Cox Volunteer Institute.

Leading Now

This summer some of our undergraduates were able to participate in very exclusive programs offered by SigEp.  John Sokol completed the Ruck Institute held at national headquarters.  The Frank J. Ruck Leadership Institute is an intense five-day event for SigEp’s top rising leaders.  The Fraternity’s best and brightest gather in Va. over the summer for a program focused on personal leadership skills and the Balanced Man Ideal.  Prominent SigEp alumni serve as mentors and guide Ruck scholars through competitive challenges and lessons in leadership.  Participants are stretched both mentally and physically, and pushed to explore their potential.  The result is that Ruck scholars learn about their leadership styles, and how to apply them to different situations.  The program’s mission is, “Teaching the few to impact the many,” and Ruck scholars all return to their campus ready to utilize their new skills to impact their campus and community.  Ruck scholars are selected for their leadership experience on campus and in the community, as well as a commitment to Sound Mind and Sound Body.  Ruck scholars must be strong students and physically active.

John Rumbelow is the first Arkansas Alpha member to participate in the Quest to Greece. The Tragos Quest to Greece is a powerful overseas experience that is unmatched in the fraternity world. Participants are stretched mentally and physically during a 10-day journey through Greece in mid-June. Each scholar prepares for the trip with multiple books, and various classic writings and plays. Once there, they get to see the very mountains and seas that serve as settings for these stories.  The undergraduates are joined by alumni mentors and a professor who help lead scholastic discussions. In addition to the readings, other topics of discussion focus on personal experiences relating to SigEp’s core values. With a diverse pool of backgrounds, the group’s members challenge each other to think about their world differently.  Inspired by the ancient Greek ideals of Sound Mind and Sound Body, the Tragos Quest to Greece provides an opportunity for undergraduates, mentors and professors to experience Greek culture and contemplate the origins of Sigma Phi Epsilon.  The idea that a balanced man requires a sound mind and sound body goes back to the time of Aristotle 2,600 years ago.

Introducing our Chapter Counselors

Dan Hoelter and Brett Moore have stepped into the role of chapter counselor for Arkansas Alpha. The chapter counselor mentors the undergraduate officers and facilitates discussions on long-term strategy, risk management, and other key elements to our success. They also keep the AVC informed on the progress and needs of the chapter so we can better serve the organization.

Brett Moore

Brett Moore

Brett attended the University of Arkansas, graduating in 2002. As a member of Arkansas Alpha, he served as the chaplain. Brett was a part of the re-chartering of Arkansas Alpha and takes great pride in the Balanced Man Program. Brett’s favorite memory as an undergrad were the recruiting events at Lake Hamilton during the summer. Brett has enjoyed the volunteering experience: “I love seeing the men accomplish great things and seeing how far they have come. I love the brotherhood of SigEp and the fact that I can still lean on brothers for advice.” Brett currently works for Transplace where he is building a new division by bringing in local business and meeting their transportation needs. Brett and his wife Lisa are expecting a daughter in March. They live in Cave Springs with their dog Chief. Brett enjoys the outdoors, golf, hunting, and just about everything to do with Razorbacks athletics.

Dan Hoelter

Dan Hoelter

Dan attended Emporia State University and graduated in 2004. As a member of Kansas Epsilon, he served as VP of Programming. He was also student body vice president. As Dan reflects on his SigEp experience, “After just coming from basic training right into college, I was looking for that same sort of brotherhood and I found that with SigEp. It was a natural fit. When I joined my chapter, it was not a high time for our organization. Being a part of that turnaround was a tremendous experience for me that was topped off with being awarded the Most Outstanding Chapter on Campus award.” Dan served on Kansas Epsilon’s AVC as Chapter Counselor and AVC President. Dan is committed to the Balanced Man Program and mentoring the future of our organization because “only the constant development of our men can we continue to grow and flourish.” During his last semester as an undergrad, Dan was called up to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was deployed to Iraq for 14 months. Upon his return, he completed his master’s degree and began a career in consulting. For the last 4 years, Dan has been working at the Walmart Home Office working for the International Division, focused on Technology Enablement. He is a member of Walmart’s Young Professional Steering Committee and the Northwest Arkansas Emerging Leaders Steering Committee. He participates in the Project Management Institute of NWA. Dan fully embraces Walmart’s mentoring culture and applies that process to SigEp, a recipe for success. In his spare time, Dan is an ultra-marathon runner and actively seeks out opportunities to do the impossible.

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.