By Anna Petersen
LAS VEGAS — For the past eight years, a group of Delta Chi brothers have participated
in an annual, informal Las Vegas reunion.
According to Tri-State alumnus and Delta Chi brother Trent Unterbrink 1998 BSME, “Our
group of brothers from the late 1990s and early 2000s would always talk about how we shouldn’t
let another year go by before we see each other or get together again. Someone would
always say, ‘Let’s go to Vegas.’ Then another year would go by and nothing would happen. This
went on for 10 years. Finally, in April 2010 we decided we would go to Vegas in March
Delta Chi brother Jason Pickles 1999 BSME organized the event, Unterbrink said. The
group chose March because of the lack of holidays, minimal family events, warmer weather,
and, of course, March Madness college basketball.
Alumnus Bryon Lewinski 1999 BSACC, who now serves as principal/controller of SmithGroup
in Detroit, Michigan, describes the annual event as “just us guys getting together,
watching sports, gambling and having a good time.”
The group also has taken multiple excursions to take part in activities such as shooting
machine guns, watching Pen & Teller and the Blue Man Group, riding ATVs through the
desert, and even meeting the CEO of The D (Derek Stevens). Some of the members have
visited the shop from the well-known show “Pawn Stars,” and Unterbrink even got to
meet Pete Rose.
This annual reunion is a special time for all the members. They not only get to catch
up with old friends and reminisce about the good old memories, they also get to create
more. One of Lewinski’s most memorable moments happened the first time they began the tradition,
watching the show at the Bellagio Fountains. As for Unterbrink, “one of our brothers
actually got married at a Vegas chapel one year,” he said. “That was a great memory
and something most of us never thought we would see.”
Although the group continues to change the establishment, the reunion is always held
in Las Vegas, preferably on the Strip. The number of brothers varies yearly, but there
are about eight consistent participants.
“It’s incredible that Trine/Tri-State as well as Delta Chi have had such an impact
on our friendships and lives,” said Unterbrink, who now works on the management team
of Cooper Tire’s Global Technical Center in Findlay, Ohio. He has been with Cooper
Tire since he was a co-op student at Tri-State 23 years ago.
Photo: Delta Chi brothers pose at a recent Las Vegas gathering: from left, Clint Hill 2001
BSCJ, Ian Eicher 2001 BSME, Jason Pickles 1999 BSME, Tyler Boger 1999 BSME, Tom Griffin
2004 BSME, Bryon Lewinski 1999 BSACC, Trent Unterbrink 1998 BSME and Todd Wirges 2000