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Campaign Resources

Please click on the links below to view items from the Housing Campaign Announcement:

PDF of the Housing Announcement PowerPoint Presentation

Campaign Announcement Webinar Recording

3-D Animation Video of House Design (Low Resolution)

3-D Animation Video of House Design (High Resolution) 
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SAE House Architectural Drawings

SAE-SD Theta Campaign Newsletter

Time Lapse Video of the 705 11th Avenue House Demolition
Please use the following password to view the file- SAE11

SD Theta 40th Anniversary Video
This is a 30 minute video that was shown at the 40th Anniversary of SD Theta (Hobo Day 2010)


The SD Theta House Corporation Saturday announced a $1 million capital campaign to build a new fraternity house. It also announced that thus far, $620,000 has been raised toward the goal.

In a session in Sioux Falls which was also carried live via Webinar, preliminary house and floor plans were outlined and the House Corporation made public its commitment to have the new house constructed by the fall of 2013 and its commitment to build the new house debt free. About 40 alumni and undergraduates attended the live session and another 25 alumni and friends were on hand via Webinar from as far away as New York, Alaska and North Carolina.

The highlight of the 45-minute session were two undergraduates who lauded the project and told those gathered how excited they were about the prospect of being the first to live in the new SAE house at South Dakota State. Andy Ott and Calvin Kielas-Jensen said that while the house will be "outstanding," the true meaning of fraternity remains in the relationships that are developed.

On hand for the presentation were Steve Erpenbach, executive director of the SDSU Foundation through which SD Theta is working, and Chris Gomez, consultant with Pennington Company which is assisting the House Corporation in identifying the needed resources to construct the new facility.

And, on hand was Arlie Houtkooper '70, one of the two original founders of the chapter. From Yankton, Arlie and Dennis Jones '69 had entered pharmacy school at SDSU after earning degrees from USD.

House Corporation President Clark Schoening '87, addressed the group via phone from Phoenix, Ariz. He outlined the route taken to make the decision to move to Greek Village, the selection of the "premier" lot there and other details that have taken substantial amounts of time and energy to work through with the State College Development Association.

As the campaign goes public, alumni will be contacted by their peers in the coming weeks about potential commitments to the project. With $380,000 left to raise, there is much work to be done.

Alumni should receive a newsletter this week about the details of the campaign and later in April will receive a brochure with additional details on construction plans for the 9,000 plus square-foot structure with room for 16-18 residents and a live-in graduate student and all the amenities today's students want and need. The House Corporation has chosen to include mostly single rooms, lot of study areas, sizable public gathering spaces and sufficient storage--features the chapter has never had in its former house.

For more information, alumni can contact campaign co-chairs Loren Boone '72 at or Rich Erstad '86 at or contact them via Facebook.
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