Alumni News and Updates

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    BECOME A REGISTERED MEMBER OF MS. THETA OF SAE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION! 

     

    Please click here to fill out your registration form.

     

    If you would prefer to send in a hard copy of your registration you may mail us at:

     ΣΑΕ ∙ P.O. BOX 1013 ∙ STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI 39760

    (Please include: Your Name, Mailing Address, Email Address, and the year you signed your ΣΑΕ Bid.) 

     

     

     


     

  • Welcome Ms. Theta of SAE Alumni!  We want all of you to continue, or renew, your interest in the chapter.  Some of you have kept in close contact with our chapter, and for that, we thank you.  Some of you may feel you have lost touch with the chapter, and would like to know what is going on with the new generation of Miss. Theta SAE’s.  We would like for all of you to register on the web-site and keep up with your fraternity brothers, and get to know the members of the active chapter.

     

    To become a registered member of the Mississippi Theta of SAE Alumni Association,  simply click on the form, fill it out, and you will be kept up to date with emails and letters about events and happenings with the chapter.  

     

    We look forward to having you register and become a member of the alumni association, and renewing friendships from your college experience.  This should be a great forum for rekindling your SAE spirit. 

     

    Again, welcome aboard, and Phi Alpha!


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    The Mississippi Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon would like to provide you with an update on our chapter.

             

     

              With the hard of work of our three rush chairmen: Tanner Case, Jordan Nations, and Tyler Seal, and the rest of the chapters help, we present to you the 2017 new member class.  At the end of fall recruitment, we were able to add, and initiate, 42 new members into our chapter. We now have 130 active members in our chapter. 

     

              This year we held our initiation ceremony at the historic Chapel of Memories. We were honored to have numerous alumni present to participate in our ritual and to pin several of the newest initiated members of our brotherhood. Our members always enjoy the opportunity to meet the alumni and parents who help make Mississippi Theta the outstanding chapter it is today. The new members will now learn the history and tradition of our chapter by the new member educators: Hayes Norris, Hunter Shows, and Jack Sims. 

     

     

              The Pro Council members for the Fall and Spring semesters hold positions that help benefit the chapter in helping raise money for our philanthropy, plan social events for our chapter, and many other ways.  They are listed as follows:

    Rush Chairmen: Tanner Case, Jordan Nations, & Tyler Seal

    Member Educators: Hayes Norris, Hunter Shows, & Jack Sims

    Social Chairmen: Lane Hynum & Gates Willson

    Philanthropy Chairmen: Nolan Ahlrich & Josh Jacobs

    Scholarship Chairman: Nathan Holtman

    Alumni Chairmen: Chandler Causey & Haven Cox

    Community Service Chairmen: Gaven Lefler & Alex Morris

    House Manager: Tanner Case

     

     

     

     

              This past spring we elected our new Eminent Archon, Clayton Converse. Clayton is a junior from Brownsville, TN. His mother, Hayden McWilliams Hooper, is originally from Indianola, MS and now lives in Brownsville, TN. Hayden was an SAE little sister and sweetheart as an undergrad. His father, Clark Converse, is originally from Jackson, MS and now lives in Brownsville, TN. Clark  is a Mississippi Theta alumnus, class of 1995. Clayton is a business administration major and plans to either pursue an MBA at Mississippi State or attend law school. He is currently weighing his options.

     

     

     

    Every year, our Housing Corporation sponsors many of our members to enable us to attend SAE national educational events. These events range from the Devotie Ritual Institute to the Eminent Archon Institute, located at SAE’s national headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. Last year, our chapter was able to attend every national event. This summer, our chapter had four representatives attend the 82nd Annual John O. Moseley Leadership School in Phoenix, Arizona. Those brothers are Tanner Case, Lane Hynum, Tyler Seal, and Jack Sims. Events like leadership school allow our brothers to gain a deeper understanding of leadership, and help to provide us with the tools to be successful throughout life. The information our attendees share with the chapter help to deepen every member’s understanding of what is means to be a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and to live by our creed, “The True Gentleman”.

     

    The alumni and parents luncheon will be held on October 21, 2017.  This is the Kentucky football weekend and the event will be held at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon House from 11am-2pm. We hope to see you all there. This upcoming spring we are planning to do an alumni golf scramble.  We will give out more details in the Christmas newsletter. If you wish to participate, email us at either (chc213@msstate.edu) or (cdc760@msstate.edu). Events like this would not be possible without the help from the mothers, fathers, and volunteers that help to orchestrate many of our chapter’s activities. One of our chapter’s most valuable resources are the parents that graciously volunteer their time and effort to make Sigma Alpha Epsilon the outstanding fraternity it is today. We appreciate you and your continued commitment to SAE. Our “parent’s club” sign-up sheet is located on our chapter’s website at: http://www.saedawgs.com/parents-club or by emailing saemstheta@gmail.com.

    One of our main goals as a chapter is to get our members involved with leadership organizations on campus and within our community. Throughout the year many members of our fraternity have joined many organizations and leadership roles throughout the university and we could not have been more proud of them. We hope to continue this trend this school year by influencing our new members to join these organizations.

    SAE places a high value on service and giving back to our communities. During the first week of classes, our chapter held a late night event where we sold cheese fries in order to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Thanks to our philanthropy chairmen, Nolan Ahlrich and Josh Jacobs, the event was a huge success and allowed us to raise over $3,000.00. 

    This past spring we held our own worship night at the SAE house. Wade Wellborn, from Harrisburg Baptist Church, opened the night with worship in song and then our fellow member, Gates Willson, gave an incredible sermon. We hope to continue this tradition by hosting another worship night sometime this fall.

     

    Our Housing Corporation and alumni advisors are some of the main driving forces behind our success. They provide our chapter with priceless advice and resources that help make SAE the exceptional fraternity that it is today. If you would like to get involved with our Housing Corporation please contact Mr. Barry Bridgforth, HC President, at: barrylaw@hbdlaw.com.  

     

    We have begun our recruitment process for the upcoming year. If you know of anyone that is going through rush this upcoming year, please contact one of our rush chairmen: Tanner Case (601-622-5451), Jordan Nations (601-320-2584), or Tyler Seal (601-750-1013). We value your recommendations and look forward to having one of the best new member classes on the row again next year. If you would like to help with MS Theta recruitment please contact Mr. Tom McElroy at: tmcelroy@mlock.com. We are very thankful to all that help contribute to our rush campaigns.

     

    For all the latest news about MS Theta, please visit our website at: http://www.saedawgs.com. (The image to the right shows the homepage of our website) If you use social media our accounts are viewable via Twitter: SAE_MSUdawgs and Instagram: SAE_MSU_MSTHETA.

     

     

     

    We have recently created an alumni page on Facebook. “Like” our Alumni page by searching: “SAE Mississippi Theta Alumni” in your Facebook search bar or by using the link: https://www.facebook.com/saemstheta/?fref=ts.  By “liking” our Facebook page, you will gain access to updates and events from our active chapter and Housing Corporation. (The image to the right shows our Alumni Facebook page)

     

    We want to thank you all for your support. Please feel free to forward our newsletter to anyone we may have missed, and if you know of anyone that would like to receive our newsletter please contact our alumni chairmen Chandler Causey (cdc760@msstate.edu) or Haven Cox (chc213@msstate.edu)

     

    Phi Alpha,

    Chandler Causey                                           Haven Cox                 

    Alumni Chairman                              Alumni Chairman

                

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    Tommy Nusz, Entreprenuer, Family Man, & True Gentleman

     

    Since Tommy left the SAE house, he and his wife Terri (Foster) Nusz have led a life we can all be proud of.  It is men like this that we hold up as examples for our Active and Pledge members to strive to emulate.  I remember Tommy as a lively, athletic, funny, upperclassman, who was kind-hearted towards us lowly pledges.  As I gained active membership into the fraternity, I remember admiring his ability to balance his fun with his schoolwork.  Please read this article to re-acquaint yourself with Tommy if you have lost touch with him and Terri.  Phi Alpha Tommy, and way to go!

     

  • Mr. James Robertson, The Life of a True “True Gentleman”

     

    How do you, in a short article, describe a life that has so matched the meaning of the words in “The True Gentleman”?  As SAE’s, we all know the words, and most of us will never forget them.  The words are burned into our memory from so many forced recitations.  As pledges of SAE, we are immediately required to memorize them.  As fraternity actives, each fall, we make sure that the new pledges know these words, and can recite them without fail at command.  It is a rite of passage for SAE’s that I doubt will ever change.

     

    As we move through college and into our adult lives, maybe a few think back on what these words really mean.  We catch ourselves being reminded of the True Gentleman, and how the words written so long ago touch on so many aspects of how we carry ourselves, and deal with people in our lives.  We know that we should strive each day to embody these words in flesh and blood.

     

    Mr. James Robertson has lived these words through his life.  His life is a story of success that was built one step at time.  By the time he was 19 years old, both of his parents had passed away.  He and his brother, Mr. Bill Robertson, were faced with running a small farm with limited means during the throes of terrible economic times during the Depression.  To complicate matters, Uncle Sam came calling and Mr. James, like so many others, joined in the defense of his country.  He served his country in General Patton’s 3rd Army in Europe during the Battle of Bulge as an Infantry soldier.

     

    This rugged start in life did not deter Mr. James, and he would probably say it helped him to become successful.  We can look at his life as an example of what it means to be a True Gentleman.  I knew him as one of my best friends Dad.  He would take us to watch our beloved Mississippi State Bulldogs play football, and let us ride his horses, and play on his farm.  As I became older, and knew more of his story, I felt compelled to offer his story as one that might inspire young SAE’s to strive to be the best in everything they do.  To compete, but to compete fairly, and with honor.  The following is a short write-up that one of his children gave to me at my request.  It is predictably modest, and contains just the facts.  I hope that you will be as impressed and interested in this life as I am.

                                    ---John Garrard, Miss. Theta of SAE, 1980

     

     

    James C. Robertson

    704 Magnolia Drive

    Indianola, MS  38751

     

    James Cooke Robertson of Holly Ridge, Mississippi entered Mississippi State University in the fall of 1941 and pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon.  His brother, W.T. Robertson, was a member of the chapter at that time.  James volunteered for ROTC at Mississippi State and was called to active duty.  After completing basic training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama, and Officer’s Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, he  graduated as a Second Lt. in the spring of 1944.  Mr. Robertson was assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma.

     

    Immediately after D-Day on June 6, 1944, Mr. Robertson was sent as a replacement to Europe.  He waded ashore on Omaha Beach on September 17, 1944 and was assigned to Company K of the 320th Infantry of the 35th Division, which was part of General George Patton’s Third Army.  After moving through Southern France, his company, as well as many others, was loaded onto trucks headed to Bastogne, Belgium for what is known as the “Battle of the Bulge”.  U.S. soldiers immediately launched an attack on Hitler’s elite troops.  Snow was two feet deep, and weather did not permit any air support.  After the weather cleared, the Air Force was able to provide much needed assistance.  Because of severe frostbite, Mr. Robertson was evacuated to a field hospital on December 25, 1944.  After a few days, he was flown to a hospital in Liverpool, England for a lengthy recovery.  As the war ended, he rejoined his unit in the Army of Occupation south of Cologne, Germany.

     

    Mr. Robertson was then assigned to a new division headed to the South Pacific, and the war with Japan.  While on board a ship in LaHarve, France with 15,000 troops, the atomic bombs were dropped.  These bombs ended the war with Japan, and Mr. Robertson returned to Mississippi.  He participated in the Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe Battle Campaigns, and received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal.  In 2009, Mr. Robertson was awarded the Legion of Honor Medal, by the French Government, in a ceremony at the French Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia.

     

    He continued his education at MSU, and in 1947, he served as President of SAE, and a member of the Interfraternity Council.  After graduation, Mr. Robertson returned to Holly Ridge, Misssissippi, and he and his brother Bill farmed together.  He and his wife, Anne (Barrett) Robertson, have been married for 57 years, and are the parents of four children who are all MSU graduates.  His son, James Cooke Robertson, Jr. (Jim), as well as his grandson,Christopher Polk were members of Mississippi Theta of SAE.  Grandson Baird Allen is an SAE at Millsaps College.

     

    SAE Connections

    Mr. James C. Robertson, Sr.- Miss. Theta of SAE, 1942, EA Miss. Theta, 1947

    Mr. William T. Robertson, Sr.- Brother, Miss. Theta of SAE, 1939, EA Miss. Theta, 1942-1943

    Mr. Jim Robertson- Son, Miss. Theta of SAE, 1980

    Irene Robertson Long- Daughter, Miss. Theta of SAE Little Sister, Phi Delta Chapter of Chi Omega

    Mrs. Betty Barrett Robertson Rogers-Daughter, Miss. Theta of SAE Little Sister, Phi Delta Chapter of Chi Omega

    Mrs. Susan Robertson Allen- Daughter, Miss Theta of SAE Little Sister, Phi Delta Chapter of Chi Omega

    Mrs. Elyette Poindexter Robertson- Daughter in Law, Miss. Theta of SAE Little Sister, Phi Delta Chapter Chi Omega

    Mr. Lawrence Long- Son in Law, Miss. Theta of SAE, 1974

    Mr. Denton Rogers- Son in Law, Miss. Theta of SAE, 1968

    Mr. Christopher Polk- Grandson, Miss. Theta of SAE, 2005

    Mr. Baird Allen- Grandson, Miss. Delta of SAE (Millsaps College), 2009

    Mr. Alexander (Xan) Robertson- Nephew, Miss. Theta of SAE, 1972

    Mr. Alexander (Xan) Robertson, Jr.-  Great Nephew, Miss. Theta of SAE, 1999

    Mr. Elliott Robertson- Great Nephew, Miss. Gamma of SAE, 2002, EA Miss. Gamma, 2004

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    We Are Proud of Durr Boyles, MS Theta Alumni, Business Leader, & Soldier

      

    1997 National Alumni Association President going beyond the call of duty

    Former Alumni Association national president and engineering graduate Colonel Durr Boyles is not your typical Bulldog alumnus. Since last December, Col. Boyles has been serving his alma mater, and more importantly, his nation, with the 168th Engineer Brigade out of Vicksburg.

    Col. Boyles, who is also a principal at Boyles Moak Insurance Services in Jackson, is a proud member of the Mississippi National Guard, a role that was influenced by his father, a retired National Guard colonel, and also his time as a ROTC cadet at Mississippi State.

    “Mississippi State made it easy to be in the ROTC because there was an accepted friendly environment surrounding the military on campus,” said Col. Boyles. “I had three fraternity brothers who were in ROTC, and knew many other MSU students as well. ROTC was a very positive experience for me.”

    His graduation in 1982 proved to be one of the proudest moments in his Bulldog and military career. While the country was still recovering from the scars of Vietnam, Col. Boyles and eleven other MSU ROTC members took a stand for their country at graduation.

    “At the time, it was not a popular endeavor to join the military,” he said. “After receiving my diploma at the graduation ceremony, as instructed, I walked to the back of the coliseum removed my robe to uncover my dress army uniform underneath.”

    Soon twelve ROTC cadets walked down the middle isle toward the front. At first they experienced sporadic cat calls and whistles from the crowd, but through the procession, intermittent claps began to outnumber the jeers.

    “As we approached the podium,” he continued, “the entire coliseum was applauding. It was a magical moment for me. I felt very proud to receive my commission as second lieutenant that day and I became aware that perhaps this single, small, event characterized that as a country we were heading in a renewed patriotic direction.”

    The memory of his graduation and commissioning ceremony is one that Col. Boyles carries with him to this day.

    Currently, Col. Boyles is serving a one year deployment in Afghanistan. While there he is serving as Deputy Commander of the 168th Engineer Brigade, which is the engineer command for combat engineering, construction engineering and mine clearing for the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions.

    Among the many responsibilities while deployed, the 168th Brigade is helping assist the Afghanistan National Army and Afghanistan Border Patrol with construction efforts at their locations. They are also providing schools for the Afghan people to help develop construction skills that will provide a trade for citizens to learn and earn a better living.

    Col. Boyles is one of many Bulldog graduates defending his country overseas. MSU is proud to be the home to thousands of brave men and women serving in military and civilian roles.

    “While I’ve been in Afghanistan, I have met a number of Bulldogs,” said Col. Boyles. “You’ll be proud to know that several MSU graduates are serving in key positions in Special Forces, aviation, engineering and with the CIA/NSA organizations here. Bulldogs are serving their country in some very important roles in Afghanistan.”

    The MSU Alumni Association is proud to have so many military volunteers and professionals as part of the Bulldog family. It is individuals like Col. Boyles that make MSU and the United States a better place.

    “In May of this year, we invited all of our former national presidents back to campus to thank them for their service to Mississippi State” said Jimmy Abraham, associate vice president of development and alumni and executive director of the Alumni Association. “All of us could not help but think of Durr, and while we wished he could be with us and we missed him, he would not be anywhere else but serving his country. Durr is an outstanding person and a true Bulldog who loves our university so much, and we are so very proud of him, as we are all of our men and women in uniform.”

    When he isn’t overseas, Col. Boyles resides in Jackson with his wife Robin and children, Graham, 18, and Conner, 15. Apart from his education at MSU, Col. Boyles also holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College. He is scheduled to return home this December.

    “My experience in Afghanistan has been very rewarding,” said Col. Boyles. “I am proud and humbled by the young men and women who are only a few months or years out of high school performing complex tasks under very, very difficult circumstances. If you ask me why I am here, it’s to be here with the officers and noncommissioned officers I have served with previously; and, to be with the youngsters who are here to serve our country with a devotion to a cause that is much greater than themselves.”

    The MSU Alumni Association thanks Col. Boyles, the 168th Engineering Brigade and all of the men and women serving our nation all around the world.