Sigma Nu friends' 40th reunion

Pictured from left are, seated, Liz McGilvary, Cindy Cummins; second row, Dike Hamilton ('74), Kenny O'Neill ('73), Cindy Smyers, Marti Hamilton, Pam Locker, Lanelle O'Neill ('73), Ken Locker ('73), Patti Pope ('73), Jim Morrison ('71), Judy Morrison ('71), Don Smyers ('73); back row, Leo McGilvary ('74), Bob Pope ('73), Chris Cummins ('74), Joe Mashek ('73). Not pictured are Clyde ('73) and Janet Hebert, and part-time attendees Kirk Strittmatter ('73), Bryan Reese ('73), Tim Hussey ('72) and Stan Langston ('74).In the fall of '73, I attended the UNT Homecoming party at the Sigma Nu house -- members referred to it as "The Rock."

I enjoyed seeing my old friends, many who were teammates on the football team. I said that many of us would probably not see each other in the future and mentioned that maybe we should have our own reunion. My friend Clyde Hebert stated, "Well, Mashek, if you want to put on a yearly reunion, I'll be there."

Everyone at the table said they would also attend. So in 1974, the first Sigma Nu reunion was held at Lake Whitney, which was close to my hometown of West. We had 12 couples attend that year. After nine years camping out on the lake, and families growing and getting older, we decided to go back to Denton for our 10th anniversary. We visited the Sigma Nus and they were overwhelmed at our reunion.

We have gone many different places through the years, and in June 2013, we celebrated our 40th anniversary reunion. Three couples of our group have never missed a single year, and I am one of them! Throughout the years, we have become more like family than just friends. We have seen children born, watched them grow, attended weddings and athletic events, and always look forward to the next reunion.

Joe Mashek ('73), West