Knebel receives Interfaith Ambassador of the Year award

At the Inaugural Interfaith Banquet in central Indiana the Center for Interfaith Cooperation named Don Knebel pur65 the first Interfaith Ambassador of the Year, Virtually anyone from any faith tradition could partake, a sold-out crowd of community leaders gathered at Christian Theological Seminary to recognize the outstanding contributions of Knebel.

A retired partner of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Knebel is the founding Board Chair of the Center of Interfaith Cooperation, serving in that roles from early 212 through the end of 2014. He is passionate about the need for members of all religious tradition to have a better understanding of each other and is a frequent speaker.

Don is currently a member of the Board of Directors/Trustees of the American Pianists Association, booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Christel House International, Christian Theological Seminary, and United Way of Central Indiana. He is currently serving as the Vice Board Chair of the Triangle Education Foundation.

On hand to celebrate the occasion with Brother Don was his family members, National Councilman and Past National President Jeff Cottrell mtu94, and Triangle Education Foundation staff members Angie Christie and Scott Bova.

“I was thrilled to represent Triangle at the Interfaith Banquet honoring Brother Knebel. Don has perpetually championed the pursuit of knowledge and truth and he is a great role model for all members of Triangle. I am honored to call him Brother and friend. Congratulations to Don from your Triangle brothers,” said Cottrell.

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Triangle Education Foundation Mourns the Loss of Br. Richard H. Sudheimer minn52

December 22, 2014


Triangle Fraternity Mourns the Loss of Br. Richard H. Sudheimer minn52

PLAINFIELD, IN. – Triangle Education Foundation mourns the loss of Richard H. Sudheimer minn52. Brother Sudheimer passed way Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at age 81.

Initiated at the University of Minnesota Triangle Chapter June 1, 1952, Richard graduated in 1956 with a degree in engineering. He retired after more than 30 years in advanced development planning with the U.S. Air Force.

Richard had a large presence in Triangle Fraternity. Brother Sudheimer served on the National Council from 1972 to 1976 and as the Fraternity’s National President from 1974-1975. He was named a Director of the Triangle Education Foundation in 1982 and served as their Secretary and Treasurer. He was elected a Lifetime Director Emeritus of the Foundation in 2009.

Richard was committed to the Greek community and held various leadership positions. He served as a Director of the National Interfraternity Conference Director (now the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and its President in 1978. In addition, he was a Director of the National Interfraternity Foundation (NICF) and served as its Chairman from 1987-1988. He continued to stay involved as recently as 2009 when he attended the Centennial Celebration for the North-American Interfraternity Conference, and was part of a team that lobbied on Capitol Hill to our Nation’s leaders for passage of the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act.

Brother Sudheimer is a recipient of the Triangle Service Key – the highest honor bestowed to member – and the Top Triangle Award. Richard also received the NIC Gold Medal, awarded to individuals in recognition of lifelong service to the fraternity movement who are models of selfless service, visionary leadership, and courage of conviction in 1987.

In 2007 Triangle Fraternity, in recognition of Richard’s lifetime service to Triangle and the Greek community, established an award named in Richard’s honor, the Richard H. Sudheimer Interfraternal Leadership Award. Award recipients are non-members of Triangle Fraternity who are recognized for their significant contributions for the betterment of the interfraternal movement – actions Brother Sudheimer supported with unwavering dedication. In Triangle’s history, there are seven men and women who have received the Sudheimer Interfraternal Leadership Award. Richard personally handed the award to six of those seven recipients at various receptions around the country.

National President Jeffrey T. Weikinger tol97 says of Richard, “The Triangle family is mourning the loss of a man who exemplified the values of our Fraternity. He built relationships and friendships everywhere he went. His character spoke volumes for his work, convictions, and belief in the advancement of the American college fraternity.”

Funeral arrangements and memorial dedications have not yet been finalized.

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Record Breaking Success Because of YOU!


There’s no other way to express our gratitude than by saying thank you!

Your belief in the mission of the Triangle Education Foundation helps our brothers excel with character and integrity! The challenge issued by Jim McShane marq65 inspired you to invest in our work and helped to raise $342,000+ this past year!

Your generosity has allowed us to send record-breaking numbers of young men to our Herbert Scobie Leadership School this upcoming weekend and increase our support of the fraternity for the upcoming school year!

None of this would be possible without you, our partners.

Again, thank you for your investment in the Triangle Education Foundation.

In F, S & C-
Al Ver ar65
Triangle Education Foundation Board Chairman

Triangle Brothers Share Fraternal Values at UIFI

“In addition to all the learning, personal growth and networking I’ve done, I have made the most out of an opportunity to teach others about my fraternity with pride.I feel so blessed for that and I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of this without a scholarship.”

Every summer the Undergraduate Interfraterniy Institute (UIFI) is held to bring together student leaders from fraternities and sororities across the country for a week-long, hands-on learning that supports and enriches the Triangle experience they are having on their campuses.

UIFI offers students the opportunity to explore, define, and enhance their own leadership skills, personal awareness, and commitment to the fraternal movement, as well as to grow to expect values-based action from themselves and those they lead.

Through the UIFI experience, students are challenged to live and lead in a manner that is congruent with both their personal values and the Ritual of Triangle. Each participant has devised a personal plan of action to elevate their individual chapter and fraternity as a whole.

“This experience has been so overwhelmingly positive, I have so many ideas to bring back to my chapter and have formed many, many great Greek connections with leaders from all over the country.”

To learn more about the UIFI curriculum or how you can help send more brothers to this interfraternal leadership experience, contact Scott Bova, CFRE, President of the Triangle Education Foundation at or 317-837-9641

The Triangle Fund Receives Record Support

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Triangle Education Foundation's Triangle Fund is made up of hundreds of annual unrestricted gifts from Triangle's loyal alumni, parents, students, staff, and friends. In 2013-14, gifts from more than 1,000 donors added a record $347,690 in operating support.

Triangle Education Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Triangle and annual giving is the underpinning of the Foundation’s philanthropic support. It provides the stable structure that is vital to the success of all of our fundraising efforts that benefit Triangle brothers, paying for educational programs, scholarships, financial aid, and more.

In fact, consistent annual giving is so important that Triangle Education Foundation recognizes our valued donors at every opportunity. Learn more about our giving societies and follow the links to see the names of our most loyal annual fund donors. We would love to add your name to our honor roll. Triangle makes it easy by offering a variety of ways to give. You can make a gift online on our secure giving site or learn about other ways to give including stock transfers and automatic recurring bank drafts.

As Triangle Fraternity grows at a historic rate, the generosity of our donors is what makes it possible for us to meet the resulting demand. We cannot do it without you. YOU are shaping futures and changing lives of a growing number of young men who now proudly call themselves Triangle.

Triangle Education Foundation is a registered 501C3 organization with charity status. All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Triangle Education Foundation Welcomes New Board Members!

Triangle Education Foundation welcomed Michael Butler marq93, and Maxwell Mengenhauser sdm12, as new board members at their October meeting.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike and Max to the Foundation!Both men are a dynamic addition to the board and bring a fresh perspective to our governance.” says Scott Bova, CFRE, President of the Triangle Education Foundation.

“In just the short time they’ve been with us, we’ve already seen their hard work and dedication to advancing our mission of helping Triangle brothers excel with integrity and character!” enthused Bova.

Mike Butler marq93 is the president, CEO and Founder of Life Spine.Since the company’s inception in June 2003, Butler has turned Life Spine into one of the fastest growing spine companies in the world, bringing six new products to market.Butler’s innovations in the engineering process have reduced the time from product conception to FDA submission to seven months and engineering time from concept to prototype to five weeks.Mike has served in various management capacities at Abbott Laboratories, Inter-Med, Richard Wolf Medical, Visionary Biomedical, Microbrush and Eli Lily.During that time, he successfully brought more than 200 separate medical products to market.Butler graduated from Marquette University in 1995 with a degree in biomedical mechanical engineering.

Max Mengenhauser sdm12 serves to provide prospective from the main clients the Foundation exists to serve, the undergraduate members. Max is a member of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where he was initiated into Triangle in 2012. Since joining the chapter, Max has been his pledge class captain, 2013 Rush Chair and a 2014 Facilitator at the Foundation funded Leadership Training Weekend.Max is majoring in Chemical Engineering and is expected to graduate in December 2015. He has interned at Lafarge North America where he was on the process/quality team. Max is also involved on SDM's campus, holding leadership roles in the Student Association, Rotaract Club and the Concert Choir.

“With Max and Mike joining us in this leadership role, we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to three long standing directors, Chuck Bowman ps56, Steve Miller ill64 and Gene Cummings nu58.With Gene, Steve and Chuck’s leadership, the Foundation has grown exponentially.Having worked with all of these gentlemen for my career at the Foundation, I can confidently say I’ve never met Triangles more dedicated or committed to advancing the brotherhood then Steve, Chuck and Gene!We thank them for their tireless service to the Triangle Education Foundation and look forward to their continued involvement in new volunteer opportunities with Triangle.” expressed Bova.

For more information on the Board of Directors, how the Triangle Education Foundation is helping our members excel with character and integrity or to make a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation, please contact Scott Bova, CFRE, directly at or 317-705-9803

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