Our fraternity has many distinguished alumni to be proud of. Brothers from Colorado State have achieved tremendous success in a variety of fields and shown incredible committment to Colorado Gamma and Sigma Phi Epsilon. It is incredible to see not only the breadth, but the heights of accomplishments by just a small sample of brothers from the Colorado State University SigEp chapter.
CSU Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Accomplishments...
Jim Benemann (1978)
Walter "Bus" Bergman (1942)
Bus Bergen was a decorated Colorado Athelete, Coach, and WWII War Hero. Bus hit the winning shot for Denver's North High School in 1938 that gave them the State High School Championship while earning letters in Basketball, Football, and Baseball. After a standout college football career for the Colorado A&M Aggies as halfback, Bus turned down an offer from the Philadephia Eagles instead to enlist in the Marines where he achieved the rank of Major and earned a Bronze Star for heroism during the battles of Okinawa and Sugar Loaf Hill. Bus had an incredible tenure at Mesa State as a Coach from 1950 to 1980. He is a member of six athletic hall of fames, including the Colorado State University Hall of Fame (1993) and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (1995). Colorado Gamma and SigEp lost an incredible brother on Sunday, March 28th, 2010 when Bus passed away. (Denver Post)
Leonard Blach (1959)
Co-owner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and played a vetrinarian in 1978 in Casey's Shadow with Walter Mathieu.
Dale Dodrill (1951)
Distinguished football career with the Colorado A&M Aggies and Pittsburgh Steelers. Dale received recognition as a 2-time all Skyline Conference on offense and defense with team captain honors in 1950 for the Aggies and was a four-time AFL All Pro linebacker during his 9 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After retiring from the field, Dale served as an assistant coach with the Denver Broncos and was elected to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. Dale has always been an avid supporter of CSU SigEp and we thank him for his relentless support.
Jasper French (1939)
Jasper (Jap) French is one of three Sigma Phi Epsilon Citation (1973) winners from our Colorado State Chapter. Jap was recognized for building the Colorado State University Alumni Association from 5,000 members to more than 30,000+ members during his tenure as he held numerous roles including Public Relations Officer and Alumni Treasurer. He also played an instrumental role in the construction of Hughes Stadium and Moby Arena while serving CSU.
Albert Hornung (1961)
Al served the Chapter on the Alumni Board for more than a decade and was recognized by Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity as one of only three Distinguished Alumni from the Colorado State Chapter for his enduring committment and contribution to SigEp. Al currently serves as a Director of the Red Door House Corporation, the non-profit corporation dedicated to maintaining and improving 121 E Lake Street for Sigma Phi Epsilon and building long-term assets to support the chapter.
Paul Jennings (1958)
Paul is widely recognized as one of the leaders in the field of earthquake engineering. Paul served on numerous national committees, including the National Research Council Committee on Seismology and the National Research Council Committee on Natural Disasters, which he chaired. He earned his PhD from Cal Tech in 1963 and taught mechanics at the Air Force Academy for a short time before the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 brought him back to Cal Tech where he spent the majority of his career in teaching and administrative roles. Paul is one of three Sigma Phi Epsilon Citation (1993) winners from Colorado State.
Harold B. Joy (1917)
Hal Joy was a charter member of the Colorado Gamma Chapter of Sig Phi Epsilon. After graudating from C.A.C. and completing a tour in the Army, Hal began his career as a draftsman for Temple Buell. Hal worked for Temple until the beginning of the Depression.
Archie Lind (1964)
Currently serving as the Vice President of Aviation Systems for one of the world's largest engineering firm, URS Corporation. Archie also served the Chapter as the Alumni Board Treasurer from the early 1990s through 2004 and is one of only three CSU SigEp alumni recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by Sigma Phi Epsilon Headquarters (1999) for his dedication and committment to CSU and SigEp.
Kenneth Monfort (1951)
Has had one of the largest impacts on CSU with the Monfort Excellence Fund. He also created significant innovations in the beef and cattle industry, like cutting up meat at the plant before shipping, as he grew Monfort Beef of Colorado into a leading national beef producer. Kenneth Monfort was recognized in 1973 with the Sigma Phi Epsilon Citation. Read a detailed history on Monfort, Inc. at Answers.com.
Joseph Phelps (1951)
Founded and operated his Napa Valley vineyard (Joseph Phelps Vineyard) that produced the Wine Spectator 2005 Wine of the Year: Joseph Phelps Insignia (article).
Roy Romer (1950)
Served as Governor of Colorado from 1987 to 1999 and later the Superintendant of the Los Angeles County School District from 2001 to 2006.
Garry Saylor (1958)
Garry Saylor demonstrated the essence of CSU SigEp each and every day. His dedication to the SigEp chapter at Colorado State led him to drive 3 hours each way while serving as the Alumni Board President through September, 1991. Garry is desperately missed by all of his brothers.
Walter Scott (1953)
Brother Scott developed regional construction company Kiewit into one of the largest and most respected construction and mining companies in North America. As Kiewit Chief Executive, Walter took the company into fiber optics and he is recognized on the Forbes 500 list. Brother Scott has served on many corporate boards including the role of Chairman of Level 3 Communications. On April 14, 2011, Walter and Suzanne Scott were honored for their $10 million gift to CSU toward construction of the Engineering II building on Laurel & Meridian St in Fort Collins. The Scott's have supported Engineering students with scholarship opportunities for 29 years impacting 18 students per year as of 2011.
Ed Tauer (1982)
Ed began serving as an at-large member of the Aurora City Council in 1997 and servd as Mayor of Aurora, Colorado from 2003-2011. Ed received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Colorado State in 1982 and later completed a MBA from CU.
Dr. John Weihing (1942)
Dr. Weighing was a leading plant pathologist and public television personality in Nebraska and National Public Television. Dr. Weighing developed a New Land Grant University, among his many personal and professional accomplishments.
Read Nebraska's Resolution 76, 98th Legislature, First Session on Dr. John Weihing
In honor of Dr. John Weihing '42, a distinguished alumnus of the Colorado Gamma Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, we present..
NINETY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE [OF NEBRASKA]
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION 76
Introduced by Smith
WHEREAS, John Lawson Weihing was born February 26, 1921, to Henry and Adele (Krull) Weihing on a farm near Rocky Ford, Colorado; and
WHEREAS, John Weihing graduated from Rocky Ford High School, Colorado State College of Agriculture, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, from which he received his doctorate in botany and plant biology; and
WHEREAS, John Weihing served this country during World War II with the 101st Airborne in both the Pacific and European theaters. His combat experience included a special parachute mission into France the night before the Normandy invasion; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Weihing was one of the first panel members on Back Yard Farmer, the longest running program in all of public television; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Weihing was the first full-time extension plant pathologist in Nebraska, developed the Equation of Nature series for national public television, developed a new land grant university for western Turkey, was director of the Panhandle Research-Extension Center, and published numerous handbooks and articles on plant disease; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Weihing served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1987 to 1991; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Weihing died on February 26, 2003, at the age of 82. Dr. Weihing is survived by his wife, Shirley (Wilkerson) Weihing; their children, Lawson Weihing of Papillion, Nebraska, Martin Weihing of Chicago, Illinois, Adell Gorny of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Warren Weihing of Boise, Idaho; his sister, Joan Call of Grand Forks, North Dakota; grandchildren, Trevor and Quinton Weihing of Papillion; and many nieces and nephews. Dr. Weihing was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, and his sister.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE NINETY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE OF NEBRASKA, FIRST SESSION:
- That the Legislature extends its condolences to the family of Dr. Weihing.
- That a copy of this resolution be sent to the family of Dr. Weihing.