The Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Chi has, since its founding 128 years ago, sent over 2000 graduates out into the world. We have produced demonstrably good results in preparing young men for responsible, productive and, in many notable cases, strong leadership positions after college.
Our mission is to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and communities.
It is hard to believe it, but the 2014-15 academic year at UNL is about to end. It has been a jam-packed year at 1510 Vine and one that bears witness to our hard-earned momentum. Alpha Epsilon’s full reinstatement by the University on May 1, 2014, has been a major boost and one the Chapter guards carefully, especially in this particularly difficult media environment for Greeks across the country. The house is filling up nicely, with 35 members living in this spring term. We fully expect that our goal of being at capacity will be realized next fall. Once again, the alumni involvement and support in rebuilding the house has paid off handsomely as we enjoy a high-quality, first-rate Chapter House that our undergraduates value.
We continue to grow our membership with well-screened young men in a very compet... more
Gerald W. Ferguson ’51, age 86, entered Chapter Eternal on Friday, July 25, 2014, with his loving wife, Beverly, close by his side. Jerry was born in Scottsbluff, Neb., on July 19, 1928, and attended Scottsbluff High School where he excelled in multiple sports. He attended the University of Nebraska and joined the United States Air Force in 1951, attending Officers Training School. Prior to his deployment to Okinawa, Japan, he met Beverly and they were married on November 28, 1953. As a coach, teacher, and athletic director, Coach “Ferg”, a man of integrity, leaves behind a legacy regarded as one of the most successful and respected high school football coaches in the Santa Clara Valley.
Fred E. G. Bruening ’52 entered Chapter Eternal on August 27, 2014. Born February 19, 1930, in Hartington, Neb., Gene attended Cedar Catholic High School in Hartington and earned his master’s degree in business at the University of Nebraska. Gene reached the rank of 1st lieutenant in the United State... more
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dr. Mick Dragoo ’64. Mick died on March 17, 2015, at his residence in Escondido, California, of an apparent heart attack. He is survived by his dear wife of 46 years, Mary, two sons, Jason and Justin, and several grandchildren. Celebration of life ceremonies were held in Rancho Santa Fe on March 27.
Mick was the lead donor in the most recent Alpha Epsilon capital campaign in which he generously gave $250,000, which was instrumental in sparking completion of our $2.6 million target. Undergraduate officersheld a private candlelit White Rose Ceremony at 1510 Vine on March 19 to honor Mick for his dedication to Sigma Chi. He leaves behind and will be sorely missed by his brothers from the Sigs of the Sixties. All honor to his name.
Alumni Activity Coordinator
Why You Should Get Involved
As I took the time to look back and see what the Alumni Chapter did over the past 12 months, I can say without hesitation that we had a meaningful year. Our first event in 2014 was the Alumni Chapter officer’s annual planning meeting in February. Further highlighting our year:
A record 39 brothers attended our April spring luncheon at Rodizzo’s in the Haymarket. New officers were elected at the meeting. Lincoln Country Club was the annual site for the summer recruitment event organized by Trey Pittenger ’01 on June 28th.
2014 Homecoming weekend featured two alumni reunion events and a Big 10 evening football contest between Nebraska and Illinois. Over 40 Sigs of the Sixties and spouses gathered at JTK for a pre-Homecoming dinner. Another reunion organized by Dr. Michael Kroeger ’72 met at Lazlo’s with 16 brothers in attendance. My wife and I were able to attend both great events.
We had our annual Homecoming reception this year at 1510 Vine prior to the Saturday evening foot... more
Last week, on Wednesday March 11th, Alpha Epsilon member Thien Chau ('16) was elected by his peers as the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN) President for the 2015-16 school year.
The Daily Nebraskan article announcing Chau's victory can be found here.
This is a massive accomplishment both for Thien personally, and for the chapter collectively, and is yet another indicator of the continued progress being made at 1510 Vine. The chapter is attracting and developing excellent young men who a... more