Halsey Registration Open

Members of the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter are excited to be able to start planing for the 56th Annual Halsey Invitational Volleyball/Basketball Tournament the last weekend of January 2014. The website and registrations opened within the last week or so. For all Halsey related information, navigate to the Halsey page of the Weblog.

While the teams didn’t perform so hot at the 2013 Halsey (featuring basketball player’s knee that got busted out), in 2012 our recreational volleyball team came in 2nd place.

halsey 2nd place


Drake & Iowa State Hold Professional Mixer

Central Iowa Alums of Delta Sigma Pi were invited to the Drake Campus Tuesday night to attend a professional mixer. The Alpha Iota and Mu Psi chapters combined forces to plan and execute an excellent night of networking and general conversation.


Most of the attendees were Drake Deltasigs, but there were a handful of collegiates who travelled from Ames, 6 Des Moines – Central Iowa alums, several professionals not affiliated with Delta Sigma Pi, and a couple of recruiters from Principal Financial Group.

Black & Blue

Black & Blue

Only some people got the memo that the colors of the night were black and blue.

Besides networking and enjoying some refreshments and snacks, attendees could check out informational cards placed on every table featuring advice on LinkedIn, etc.

Jethros post event

After the event, a few alums and some of the Iowa State collegiates continued the networking and merriment at Jethro’s near campus.

Thank you Drake and Iowa State for a great night!

In Other News
On October 12 The Kansas City Alumni Chapter and the St. Louis Alumni Chapter held a joint event. It was a trip to Hermann, MO to visit the Hermannhof Winery. The day’s events were scheduled to include lunch, wine tastings, a stop at Tin Mill Brewery, and a possible trip to Stone Hill.

No Keg Stands at the Keg Stand & Location for 10/22 Event at Drake

keg stand HH

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its monthly happy hour Tuesday night at The Keg Stand in West Des Moines. Six brothers were in attendance and enjoyed hanging out after work. One brother was sort-of in attendance, saying hello to a few bros before attending a rival happy hour her coworkers were having at the other side of the bar. That brought the total attendance to six-and-a-sort-of. The establishment proved to have plenty of choices of beers on tap and appetizers/dinner to enjoy. It seemed Angry Orchard and burgers were the popular things to get. Exciting topics of discussion included new jobs and potential jobs (one brother has at least one interview next week). There was talk about the Iowa Wild and things going on downtown like the new Hub Spot. There was plenty of laughing and catching up, but no one attempted an actual keg stand (which was probably for the best).

10-22 event

The event the Drake and Iowa State chapters are co-sponsoring Tuesday is fast approaching. Alumni are invited and can register via this link.

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One brother asked about where exactly this event is located. Here is the answer. Pomerantz Stage is at the Western end of the main floor of the Olmsted (student center) building. Olmsted has doors on its North and South (blue arrows). There is a pay lot very close. Other parking recommendations include street parking on 29th, 28th, and 27th streets south of University Ave.

Upcoming Monthly Happy Hour at The Keg Stand in WDM and 11/2 Regional Conference and 10/16 Webinar

Mark your calendars for next week Tuesday, October 15. The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi will hold its monthly happy hour from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at The Keg Stand (3530 Westown Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266).

It has yet to be determined in which section of the establishment we will be congregating (it’s a fairly large space) but look for some T-shirts laying around with Delta Sigma Pi letters, a clipboard (and maybe a binder), and a table of people generally socializing. We have enjoyed meeting many new faces this year (including significant others). So come one, come all. No real agenda for the happy hour, just a chance to unwind, catch up, have a laugh, a beverage, and maybe some foodstuffs.

RVP Kirstie just recently announced the details surrounding the FIRST EVER! Great Plains Regional Conference. It will be Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Omaha at the University of Nebraska. Deltasig collegiates as well as alumni are invited to attend this 1-day event. Registration is free and a lunch is provided. The event will begin with check-in at 9:30, will include lunch, and wrap up around 5pm. The dress code is casual. The agenda is still being finalized but sessions will be targeted towards the collegiates and cover a variety of chapter operations topics, motivation, the Hub/CMP, awards, officer transitions, and more. The collegiates are always open to meeting more alumni, so all are invited and encouraged to attend. If you are interested in presenting, co-presenting, or helping with a session in some way, please contact Kirste as she is looking for more volunteers for this event. Link to registration form

A webinar that may be of interest is coming up Wednesday, October 16, 2013. “Get an Interview without a Resume” will teach you the value of LinkedIn and how to use it to its fullest potential. The live webinar will be 10/16 at 6 pm central time and you can register through the Deltasig E-Learning website. “Description: This webinar will teach you a process to get around the resume filters major companies use to select candidates for their positions and teach you how to use LinkedIn to its fullest potential. This won’t be about how to set it up, every student should be able to figure that out on their own, this is purely about how to use it once you have it set up and the value that it can bring.” While this appears to be geared towards students, alumni might find value in it as well.

IA Magazine Published and Great October Events at Drake

Having 2 launch parties the last full week of September, the 2nd annual issue of IA Magazine has been published. The publication can be enjoyed online. Central Iowa stories include: The “Iowa Nice” guy, Clive’s Greenbelt Trail, business and art in Marshalltown, an illustrator, public art, gardens, restaurants, golf, agriculture, The Iowa Innovation Corp., and more.

The Drake University Ad published in IA magazine

The Drake University Ad published in IA magazine

In the month of October (and November) Drake is hosting several lectures and a debate that may prove to be must-attend events.

On Thursday, October 3, Johnnie Carson, LA’65 and senior advisor to the president at the United States Institute of Peace, will deliver a lecture titled “Africa: The Changing Face of the Continent.” In his lecture, Carson will review trends in African politics and economics, specially discussing Africa’s economic growth rate, progress in combatting disease, and its greater political stability.
10/3, 7:30 pm, Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave.

On Tuesday, October 8, Bob Johnson, futurist, author, and distinguished fellow at the Institute for the Future, will deliver a lecture on leadership in the 21st century.
10/8, 7:00 pm, Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave.

On Wednesday, October 9, William P. Dougherty, Ellis and Nelle Levitt Professor of Music at Drake University, will discuss the relationship between music and text in his lecture “Signs in Song.”
10/9, 7:00 pm, Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave.

On Wednesday, October 16, Olafu Ragnar Grimmsson, President of Iceland, lectures on climate change and global warming.
10/16, 6:30 pm, Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave.

On Wednesday, October 23, Americans for Prosperity – Iowa and National Review will sponsor the first debate between Iowa’s Republican U.S. Senate candidates. The debate will be open to the public. Tickets are available at AFPIowa.com.
10/23, 7:00 pm, Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave.

On Tuesday, October 29, Neil deGrasse Tyson, a world-renowned astrophysicist who has made the leap to pop culture icon, will deliver the 31st Bucksbaum lecture.
10/29, 7:00 pm, Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave.

On Wednesday, November 6, Michele Norris, National Public Radio (NPR) host and special correspondent, will present “The Race Card Project” as part of the 2013 WOW! Wonder of Words Festival. The Race Card Project encourages people to share their thoughts about race, ethnicity and cultural identity.
11/6, 7:30 pm, Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave.

On Thursday, November 21, Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, D.C., will deliver the 32nd Bucksbaum lecture, “The Genius of Jobs, Franklin & Einstein.” Isaacson previously served as chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. Isaacson is a noted writer and biographer. He is the author of Steve Jobs, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Kissinger: A Biography, and co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.
11/21, 7:30 pm, Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave.