Monday, March 22, 2010

Ohio Nu News


March 2010


A Letter From The Board


By Tom Siegel


On February 16th the new Alumni Board met for their first meeting at the Strongsville Library. Elections for officers of the board were held making Tom Siegel President, Ralph McNerney Vice President, Frank Papa Treasurer and Bob Dolan Secretary.


The next order of business included a discussion of goals for the future of Ohio Nu and the necessary committees needed for us to carryout plans to reach them. The following committees were formed with a board member chairing or sitting on each committee.


Re-colonization Committee - Chairman Ralph McNerney

Primary goal is to restart an active chapter at CSU. Major activities will be to develop relations with SPE National and CSU. Other activities will include communications with the SPE Regional Governor, CSU Leaders, Alumni Association, Student Life Staff and Greek Life Coordinator.


Administration Committee – Bob Dolan

Primary goal is to expand our communications to all Ohio Nu Alumni possible. Major activities will be to build, update and maintain an accurate Data Base and Home Page. Other activities will include the News Letter, Facebook and communications to Alumni.


Fundraising and Scholarships – Frank Papa

Primary goal is to increase the funds available to the Ohio Nu Alumni for Alumni Operations, Active Chapter Operations and Scholarships. Activities will include developing and holding fundraisers for the Alumni Corporation, fundraising for Scholarships and overseeing the administration of Scholarships.


Alumni and External Relations – Rick Cubberley

Primary goal is to increase our "Active Participating Base" of SPE and LTD Alumni. Activities will include Golf Outings, Reunions and other events. The committee will also work to build relations with other Northeast Ohio SPE Chapters and SPE Alumni in the Greater Cleveland Area.


Volunteers are needed for all committees. We are closer today of bringing back an Active Ohio Nu Chapter to CSU then in the last two decades. We can't guarantee it will be easy or even if we will succeed. One thing we can guarantee is that the help and support of the alumni is essential to making our goal a reality. Please consider chairing or joining a committee. You may have a special talent, skill or experience that is needed. If you have an interest in helping out, just call or email any board member. Our next board meeting will be in May, open to any alumni wishing to attend.


Re-colonization Report


By Ralph Mc Nerney


Dave Huiett (66), Frank Papa (79), Bill Shepard (80), Ralph McNerney (71), and more recently Bob Dolan (90) have been doing background work on re-colonizing SPEs at CSU. They are now part of a new Re-Colonization Committee of the Ohio Nu Alumni and Volunteer Corporation.


Activity began with participation in CSU's ten year old Greek Alumni Council, which Dave helped establish and which acts as advisory group for the undergraduate Greek Council and supports CSU's Greek Coordinator, Bill Russell. Bill Russell is a CSU Delta Sig from the late sixties and early seventies.


Activities to date include.


In Sept., Dave, Frank, Bill and Ralph met with Dr. James Drnek, the Dean of Student Life at CSU, Bill Russell, and other Student Life Staff. The meeting reviewed the status of Greek Life at CSU. This meeting went well with evidence that this may be a good time for re-colonization.


The evidence included a strong CSU effort to become a residential campus, (CSU will be building residence halls for 4,000 students) and a new University Center will open in Fall 2010, providing potential office space for Greek societies.


Two meetings in early November were held with SPE/LTD alumni to discuss re-colonization and see if alumni would support it. 18 alumni attended these two meetings and general support for re-colonization was expressed, though there were many questions.


A 2nd meeting with Dr. Drnek and his staff was held on 3 Feb. There was discussion of developing a CSU Task Force, which would be responsible for evaluating how to develop the CSU Greek System. Greeks at CSU are experiencing some difficulty as the Delta Sigs, Tekes, and Sig Taus have lost houses.


Met with CSU Vice President Boyle on the same day and he presented an idea for privately developed Greek housing east of the YMCA (which the university now owns) between Prospect and Carnegie. Dave Huiett has been visiting universities with townhouse and condo style Greek housing systems. This may be possible at CSU through private developers.


Considering the formation of a new, local LTD Chapter as a stepping-stone to the formation of a new Sigma Phi Epsilon at CSU. This could be done as early as Fall 2010 by rushing children of SPE Alumni currently attending CSU.


Volunteers needed. Let us know if you are interested


Questions and Answers


Q: Why are we referring to the Ohio Nu Alumni Corporation as the Ohio Nu Alumni

Volunteer Corporation or AVC?

A: SPE National refers to Local Alumni Boards or Groups as Alumni Volunteer

Corporations. We want to be the same to show our desire to re-colonize

Q: How can I find information about Ohio Nu on the Internet

A: Our website at   (Notice the caps)

Our Blog at http: 

Our facebook Spe Ohio Nu with a communication link at

Q: I have a child attending CSU, does Ohio Nu have any Scholarships available and

how would they apply for them?

A: Scholarships are available up to $1,000 to Cleveland State students who are

children and/or grandchildren of Ohio Nu Sig Eps and/or LTDs. Contact

Cleveland State Financial Aid office for applications..

Q: I have a son attending CSU and would like them to become part of an active Ohio Nu

SPE or LTD chapter, who should I contact?

A: Son's, Grandson's, Nephews or Friends of SPE/LTD alumni attending or planning

on attending CSU can contact Ralph McNerney or any board member.




May – Board Meeting

August – Golf Outing & Dinner Meeting Aug 7th Mallard Creek, Columbia Station

August – Board Meeting

September – Start of New LTD Local at CSU

November – Board Meeting


Look for more Ohio Nu News in the coming months. If you have anything you would like us to share send it to any board member. Also don't forget to keep us updated with your latest email, address and contact information. Please feel free to forward the Ohio Nu News to any alumni we may not have on file.


We look forward to seeing you at the next board meeting, golf outing, annual membership meeting or fall Rush parties.