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Chapter News 1 Chapter news, alumni news, and report of death Fraternity News 26 New Chapter Tools True Brother 27 Core Values in Action History 28 Finding and Celebrating Lost Brothers
REMEMBERING A GREAT BROTHER An Order of Achievement recipient from Gamma-Sigma at Southern Methodist University, R. Richard Rubottom died on Dec. 6, 2010. Initiated in 1929, he served as a traveling secretary, vice president of the Fraternity Board, and chairman of the Educational Board. By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)
MISSOURI S&T’S STORIED HISTORY Installed in April 1917, the Alpha-Delta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Missourie Scient & Technology has established a distinguished record of achievements. A total of 40 national awards have been garnered, including two Grand High Alpha Awards (1973 and 1994) in recognition of the chapter’s superior operations and fraternal spirit for a minimum of three consecutive years. By Jon Williamson (Maryland)
HAPPY 71ST BIRTHDAY MIAMI-FLORIDA The Epsilon-Omega chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Miami, Florida was founded on February 3, 1940. During its 70-year history, the chapter has enjoyed winning the all-sports trophy, scholarship trophy, and the Grand High Alpha Award in 1997. By Jon Williamson (Maryland)
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Chapter news, alumni news, and reports of death
Angelo State (Beta-Alpha)
During the Christmas Break, chapter members participated in “Christmas with the Greeks,” helping take Santa pictures and collecting Toys for Tots. For a recruitment event, the chapter held a barbecue on campus, with Brother Edward Ortiz behind the grill. To help with participation, the event included playing football, soccer, and baseball. The chapter is targeting at least 10 new associate members for the spring semester and is focused on working to accomplish the necessary standards for chartering. Russell E. Geisinger (1947) died August 19, 2010. John A. Hartt (1965) died April 23, 2010 James Weitzel (1954) died 2010. Richard Cass (1948) died 2010.
Chapter officers met January 14-15, 2011, for their Spring Planning Retreat. Budgets were set and activities and brotherhood events were planned for the rest of the semester. The chapter had a cumulative 3.2 for the fall semester, the highest of any men’s fraternity and the 5th highest of all of the Greeks organizations. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual in late January 2011 for 45 new brothers. Frederick Finch authored the book, Starry Nights: Stories of the Days with Jesus. The book is available from Amazon. Finch is retired but was a personnel measurement and evaluation psychologist at the Air Force Human Resources Laboratory. He also did human factors research on the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (later named the Bradley).
Ball State (Iota-Alpha Colony)
The colony’s chartering banquet is scheduled for February 26, 2011, at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Indiana. Former Indianapolis TV reporter/anchor/general manager Tom Cochrun has a new blog. He also is a former Fraternity Board member.
Donald L. Wamp died January 7, 2011. A Chattanooga architect, he served as the ROTC Cadet commander and played saxophone in the marching band at Auburn University. Following his military service as an Army pilot, the family moved to Chattanooga to begin his architectural career which would eventually span more than 50 years and result in the design of over 1,000 commercial, residential, and industrial businesses in the Chattanooga area alone. As a leader in his profession, he served both as local and state president of the AIA (American Institute of Architects). The colony held its first officer retreat during winter break. Results included an official budget and a completed calendar of events and important dates.
The chapter held a officer retreat, which included snowshoeing, sledding, brotherhood dinners, discussion of the chapter’s code, and brotherhood. The chapter has several recruitment events planned, including billiards and an endless wing night. Chapter brothers hosted their annual “Brothers Warming Others” event where they set up a table outdoors in the middle of campus and distribute hot chocolate to appreciative classmates while promoting the Fraternity.
Baldwin-Wallace (Kappa-Phi Colony
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Jon A. Bergstrom (1958) died December 31, 2010. A journalism major, he was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, a voracious reader, a true and gifted gardener, a history buff, a soccer fan, a former youth soccer referee and coach, and a volunteer usher with the San Jose Earthquakes. He loved to travel and had a great, dry wit. Phil Kim (2012) was elected SGA president. During formal recruitment, the chapter added 20 associate members. Open recruitment continues and the chapter plans to add a few more quality young men. New chapter renovations are underway and include improvements to the bathrooms. Chapter brothers participated in Butler’s annual Polar
With families in attendance the chapter held its annual alumniactive softball game on October 17, 2011. Nearly 30 brothers participated and the alumni won again, 16-12. The last time the undergraduates won the game was 2005. An impromptu ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Mike’s bride of one week, Amanda Degnan. The newlyweds embraced and smooched as associate member John Bonilla stepped up to the plate. On November 4, less than a month after the softball game, the chapter hosted a hugely enjoyable night out at the Brunswick Matador Bowl in Northridge. Eighteen actives and alumni brothers participated. Eleven former chapter presidents attended the latest House Corporation meeting. Spencer Schmerling reported on the chapter’s progress in its pursuit of a conditional use permit for its property on Lindley Avenue.
Central Florida (Beta-Eta)
Educational Foundation Board Member Keith F. White was appointed by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, as a judge, on January 03, 2011. White was previously an attorney and partner with the law firm of Broad and Cassel. From 1996 to 2001 he served as a councilman for the City of Maitland, Florida. The chapter was named IFC Softball Champions and IFC Flag Football Champions. In addition the chapter won the Greek Unity Award and the New Member Education Award during the Greek Gala event held on campus. The chapter is currently in first place in intramurals. Alumni brothers held a re-organizational meeting with elections for the Lambda-Pi Alumni Chapter on January 17, 2011. Answering the undergraduate chapter’s request for more alumnus involvement, for the past three years a core group of regional alumni have been meeting on the third Monday of each month in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, building a contact list, planning summer Kansas City Royals game attendance, socializing, and reminiscing. Shown in the picture are Treasurer Jose Valdez, Alumni Chairman Ryan Clingman, chapter President Logan Kirchhoff, Alumni Director Doug McGhee, Alumni Director Dennis Snow, Alumni Secretary Rich Riddell, Alumni President Dudley Chapman, Alumni Vice President Les Alpers, Alumni Director
Central Michigan (Lambda-Omega)
Plunge, raising more than $500. In addition, several brothers volunteered at the local Humane Society for a dog petting event with Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Cal State-Northridge (Beta-Rho)
Central Missouri (Lambda-Pi)
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for nine brothers on November 19-20, 2011. They are: John Bonilla; Jaryd Tashiro, Johnny Prado; Corey Davis; Joseph Solano; Yesai Fstkchyan; Arturo Olvera; Nestor Mendez; and Nikita “Nick” Volkov. The chapter earned a cumulative 2.95 GPA for the fall 2010 semester, second highest of all men’s fraternities.
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Vance Delozier, Alumni Director Greg Woods, Alumni Director Scott Kirkpatrick. Not present, Alumni Treasurer Ron Booth.
held its first Holiday Wreath sale. The chapter participated in Drexel’s annual Turkey Drive and volunteered at a local soup kitchen. The chapter held in Initiation Ritual for eight new brothers on January 29, 2011. This was the first Initiation held since their return to the old chapter house at 3401 Powelton. The chapter added six associate members during informal recruitment. The chapter held an open house to showcase the recent improvements in the chapter house. Many prominent faculty and staff of Drexel attended, including university President John A. Fry. The chapter brothers held an alumni event during Drexel’s homecoming weekend. Alumni Brother John McGarrigle shared information with attendees regarding the state of the house and colony and gave updates about both the chartering effort and the upcoming anniversary celebration plans.
Cincinnati (Gamma-Gamma) Coe (Zeta-Alpha)
The chapter is conducting a fundraiser for chapter house renovations, including new windows and carpet. The chapter was was named as a TRUE Brother Inner Circle chapter on January 7, 2011. The chapter will be completing an Inner Circle retreat in February 2011 with the help of the General Fraternity staff. Sophomore Justin Nylin was named SGA president. The chapter hosted an officer retreat on January 22, 2011, to set goals for the spring semester. Nick Ludwig (2011) attended the Fraternity Board meeting at the Jekyll Island Club & Resort in Georgia as the vice chairman of the Council of Presidents and Grand High Psi.
Winthrop E. Mange (1945) died August 19, 2010. Denison (Gamma-Iota) Alex Daniels and Jimmy Haller returned from semesters abroad in England and New Zealand, respectfully. Formal recruitment is underway and the chapter hosted an open house in addition to other events. Bid day is January 30, 2011. The chapter earned a cumulative 3.12 GPA for the fall 2010 semester.
The chapter earned the highest all-fraternity GPA. Kevin Piket (1997) was hired by Sales Integrity as their vice president - Midwest Region. Sales Integrity helps sales professionals, leaders, and organizations sell more effectively, operate more efficiently, and earn more money. Sales Integrity provides Sales Coaching, Sales Consulting, and Sales Outsourcing services and solutions.
Eastern Illinois (Phi-Alpha)
Eastern Kentucky (Phi-Beta)
Master Steward and Alumni Adviser Mike Smith was named “Pro Bono of the Year” by Law Week Colorado. Smith is a real estate lawyer of counsel at Denver’s Jacobs Chase law firm. He was cited for his pro bono work for the Denver Film Society which needed a legal team to quickly complete acquisition of a new home. John Greenwood was the founder of Proxy Partners, a sponsorship sales and marketing agency. He sold Proxy last year and now serves as president of its holding company, Radius Media Holdings. He was recently featured in the December 2010/ January 2011 issue of Colorado Expressions magazine. The chapter has implemented a mandatory six community service hours for each brother to complete every semester. On January 6, 2011, eight brothers volunteered at a local Teen Center helping underprivileged children. The brothers played basketball, Wii tennis, and air hockey.
William “Harry” Egley (1960) died September 28, 2010. With the help of alumni brothers the chapter
Drexel (Epsilon-Kappa Colony)
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 11 new brothers. Names of initiated brothers can be found on the chapter’s website: http://lca.evansville.edu.
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Ferris State (Iota-Psi)
As part of TRUE philanthropy, a few of the brothers visited a local retirement home and played bingo with the residents. John M. Scheb (1950) died November 17, 2010. The chapter held its winter semi-formal in December 2010. The event included the presenting of awards for fraternal excellence in the areas of Greek Involvement (Adrian Torres), University Involvement and Leadership (Harley Muniz), and Zeta Involvement (Antonio Castillo). Awards were also given for the Most Improved Individual of the Semester (James Swing), for Scholar of the Semester (Jonathon Linares), for Associate Member of the Semester (Francisco Perez), and for Officer of the Semester (Roberto Luque). Chapter President Dean Williams was appointed and confirmed as the executive assistant to the student body president. In addition to his chapter duties, he also created, established, and is president of a political advocacy group recognized by the university on campus. During the fall 2010 semester, Adrian Torres was inducted into the Florida International University Order of , an institution that recognizes excellence in leadership and academics amongst Greek men and women. Dean Williams and Adrian Torres were both inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society recognizing excellence in leadership and academics amongst the general student body.
The chapter earned the highest cumulative GPA of all fraternities. The chapter collected more than 3,000 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive. The chapter held an informal recruitment event with more than 35 prospective brothers in attendance. Chapter brothers have been improving the house with regular clean-ups, a couple of new murals, and fresh paint. One of the murals, made possible by alumni Brother Kevin Joiner, is on the chapter’s front door and displays the Fraternity’s coat of arms. The chapter inducted former Chief Justice Joseph Lambert (1970), Doug Gibson (1965), and former chapter adviser Tony Whitfield (1964) into the chapter’s Hall of Fame.
Florida International (Pi-Phi)
The chapter added four associate members during spring recruitment. Pryor L. Howard (1950) died June 27, 2010.
Georgia Tech (Beta-Kappa)
The chapter added 16 associate members during fall recruitment. Prem Shetty (2005) was named the president of the chapter’s House Corporation while Ryan Lahm (2002) was named vice president. They replace John Fay and Chris Walzer, respectively. Fay and Walzer were instrumental in the construction of the new chapter house and the large scale capital campaign. Both brothers have agreed to remain active on the House Corporation.
Florida Southern (Epsilon-Xi)
Lonni “Lon” A. Turner Jr. died December 5, 2010. A former Fraternity staff member, he was the manager for the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis. The chapter held several brotherhood events including watching movies, secret Santa gift exchange, and making Christmas cards for the Masonic Home Retirement Community.
The chapter held a retreat to discuss goals for the semester and for the upcoming years, as well as establishing the schedule for the 2011 Spring semester. The chapter hosted a homecoming event on the weekend of October 1-3, 2010. The alumni enjoyed visiting the chapter house and seeing the new renovations. Alumni brothers in attendance represented every decade since the 1950s. The chapter is planning an Alumni Reunion Weekend for June 2-5, 2010.
Franklin & Marshall (Alpha-Theta)
Raymond Lund died January 19, 2010. John O. O’Reilly died October 6, 2007.
Hampden-Sydney (Kappa-Eta) High Point (Iota-Phi)
The brothers completed a deck expansion for the chapter house. The chapter will host its annual Rock-a-thon charity event on March 18-19, 2011. Robert A. Fleming Jr. (1949) died October 16, 2010. After
George Washington (Delta-Xi)
Frank Pappas (1996) served as a bone marrow donor for an unnamed 71-year-old man.
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serving on active duty in Naval Intelligence for 24 years, and retiring in 1970, he began a second career in mortgage banking, retiring in 1982 as senior vice president of the National Bank of Detroit (NBD) Mortgage Co. in Virginia.
The chapter held its scholarship dinner with Frank Martin, the coach of the Kansas State’s Men’s Basketball Team, as the guest speaker. The chapter has seven brothers studying abroad in Prague.
Illinois State (Beta-Omicron)
Ron Santo died December 3, 2010. He was one of the greatest players in Chicago Cubs history and a longtime WGN radio announcer whose devotion to the perennial losers was made obvious night after night by his excited shouts or dejected laments. Matt Dirrane died December 12, 2010. He was struck by a car and killed while on vacation on December 12, 2010. Joseph A. Bauer (1953) died 2010.
Kettering (Lambda-Epsilon A)
The chapter brothers recruited eight new associate members. The chapter held its winter brotherhood retreat which included a trip to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Indiana State (Iota-Epsilon)
James Madison (Phi-Eta) Kansas (Zeta-Iota)
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for eight new brothers in December 2010. The chapter held its first Homecoming Alumni Dinner & Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony on October 22, 2010, at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park, Kansas. Thirtyfive alumni, spouses, and friends enjoyed a chance to get reacquainted and to celebrate four very deserving alumni who were presented with the chapter’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Congratulations to Gayle Anderson (1962), Dick Hite (1950), Gary Sick (1957), and Richard “Rock” Wegner (1950). Fifteen to 20 brothers attended the first of two basketball watch parties at the Lucky Brewgrille on January 17, 2011. The next watch party this season is scheduled at the same location on March 5, 2011. Contact Bob Walrafen email@example.com for more information. In the November 2010 issue of the Kansas Alumni Magazine, Brother Pete Fairchild (1964) contributed to an article about the passion and glory of Kansas Basketball. Farchild, a published author and poet, has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Hudson Review, Southern Review, and Yale Review as well as many other distinguished publications. In August 2010, Judge Lawton R. Nuss (1975) was named the chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court.
Renovations to the entrance of the chapter house are completed and work is beginning on refurbishing the chapter room. The chapter held and Initiation Ritual for nine new brothers. One of the chapter’s founders, Donald Ray Bealer, donated new Ritual equipment. The chapter participated in several community service projects including basin clean up, Boys Scouts of America, and Chili’s and Otters’ give-back dinner which raised $250. The chapter saw a big increase in its GPA, increasing to a cumulative 2.6 for the fall 2010 semester. This was higher than the all-fraternity GPA and just below the all-male GPA. The chapter will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on April 1-3, 2011.
The chapter held an officer retreat. The chapter performed its first senior Ritual. The chapter congratulates former chapter President Vincent Cain for joining the Fraternity’s Professional Staff as an educational leadership consultant. David N. Hite (1961) died January 18, 2011. He was a part-owner with the family of Rose Construction, an Army National Guard Veteran, a past-chairman of the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors, a member of Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph Catholic Church, and an avid University of Louisville fan.
Kansas State (Gamma-Xi)
The chapter earned a cumulative 3.1 GPA for the fall 2010 semester, 5th best on campus and the best ranking for the chapter in recent years. The chapter is ranked first in intramurals,
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Loyola Marymount (Delta-Psi)
This past fall, the chapter held a fundraising event called “Rodeo,” collecting $3,000 which benefited the Drew Kurtzman Foundation. This foundation was started by his family with the help of the Delta-Psi chapter after the passing of Andrew Kurtzman last summer from the effects of Muscular Dystrophy.
the John J. Award from Delta Chi fraternity. This award, named after the former international president of Delta Chi and former president of the National Interfraternity Conference, John J. Kuhn, is presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to the Greek movement. The award, which is the most prestigious that Delta Chi offers, recognizes the accomplishments and the contributions of people within the fraternity and sorority world, regardless of their affiliation.
Maryland-Baltimore (Phi-Delta) McGill (Iota-Iota)
John M. Flister (1990) died December 15, 2010. Brother Samir Khullar, better known as Sugar Sammy, is an Indo-Canadian comic and writer from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His unique cultural background sets the tone for his unique brand of off-the-wall comedy. He is noted for spontaneously improvising with the audience in four languages -- English, French, Punjabi, and Hindi. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 21 new brothers The chapter earned a cumulative 3.32 GPA for the fall 2010 semester.
The chapter has created a semi-annual scholarship for the undergraduate brothers. Through the generosity of the chapter’s alumni, as well as from matching-fund gifts, the chapter’s Alumni Advisory Board presented the first scholarship to Patrick Bonner (2012) for his scholastic achievements and his leadership within the chapter. Chapter officers and members of the Alumni Advisory Board participated in a officer retreat on January 15, 2011.
Methodist (Sigma-Theta Colony)
The chapter held several recruitment events, including a cookout, bowling off-campus, movie night at the Omni, a pool tournament at the Berns Student Center, and the FireAntz game. Chapter President Nick Brock and Standards Chairman Jay Bodell were recognized for their commitment to physical health and mental toughness. Both Brock and Bodell have been invited to participate in World’s Toughest Mudder. To qualify, both ran a 12 mile obstacle course, called the Tough Mudder, and finished in the top 5 percent. The World’s Toughest Mudder is a 50 mile obstacle course that will be run over 48 hours. William G. Rupp (1957) died November 27, 2010.
Included in the photo are Chris Driscoll (2000), John Cooke (1996), Jason Hall (2005), scholarship recipient Patrick Bonner (2012), Kevin Wilson (1995), Matt Griffin (2007) and chapter adviser Sherman Bronson (2007). Jason Hall (2005) joined the Alumni Advisory Board, replacing Patrick Egan, who has taken a leave of absence for professional reasons. Hall will be working with the chapter’s vice presidents and the social chairman. Cristopher A. Ciarrocchi (2010) died December 12, 2010. His major was philosophy and political science. He was an avid sportsman who loved snowboarding and spent time at the Shooting Range. His favorite football team was the Dallas Cowboys and he also enjoyed the Syracuse Orangeman. He loved books and reading and was an enthusiastic debater. During his time in the chapter he served as harm reduction chairman and recruitment chairman.
Last fall, chapter brothers helped clean the football stadium after home games as part of the chapter’s community service efforts. Executive Vice President Emeritus George Spasyk was awarded
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The chapter hosted Watermelon Bust and raised money and canned goods on behalf of the North American Food Drive. The chapter hosted Shave-or-Save, a charity in which brothers auction off the right to have their head shaved. Brothers who are very involved on campus include Andrew Gargiulo, serving in student government, and Garrett Wilkerson serving as editor of the school newspaper. During the fall semester the chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 14 new brothers.
Louis Duerr (1951) died September 3, 2010. Chapter Adviser Shawn Smee and several undergraduate brothers took a trip to Greece. Smee serves as the director of office recruitment for Murray State University.
Murray State (Lambda-Eta)
Mississippi State (Epsilon-Chi) Missouri (Gamma-Kappa)
Edgar H. Pressgrove (1951) died November 30, 2010.
Tim Noce, started his term as Inter-Student Council president. He is the head of the council that represents the four universities in the University of Missouri system. A more detailed article may be found elsewhere in this issue of Cross & Crescent. The chapter was named intramural champions, including first place team in A and B sand and hardcourt volleyball. The chapter raised more than $7,000 for charity in conjunction with Watermelon Fest activities. Alex Berry was elected IFC vice president. The chapter added 18 new associates members during spring recruitment.
The chapter had a successful Watermelon Bash, raising more than 8,800 pounds of food. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 20 new brothers. The chapter has required each brother to complete 10 hours of community service, outside of established philanthropies. On February 5, 2011, chapter brothers will form a team to participate in the Make a Wish Foundation 5k run, raising money for children with terminal illnesses.
Missouri S&T (Alpha-Delta)
Dr. Travis Titlow was elected and installed as president of the American Paint Horse Association, the second largest horse breed registry in the world. Christopher Parks (1990) died December 3, 2010. He was killed in a single-vehicle auto accident.
Harold Christian (1960) died October 12, 2008. Richard Reynolds (1956) and his wife still live on the same farm in eastern Montana where they have lived for 50 years. He will be 83 in April 2011.
New Hampshire (Alpha-Xi)
Montana State-Bozeman (Epsilon-Delta)
New Orleans (Lambda-Alpha)
Edward G. Markin (1930) died 2010. He was one of the founding members of the Epsilon-Delta chapter. James B. Slaughter (1966) died January 1, 2010.
The chapter was recognized by the Shelby County Reporter and the university for its contributions during the North American Food Drive. The chapter raised more than 27,000 pounds of food, quadrupling last year’s total. The chapter also also was recognized by the new university president and invited to a special dinner to be held at his house. www.crossandcrescent.com 7
Justin M. Hartenstein, CEO of AAC Enterprises Inc., saw his company recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s 2010 500 list, spotlighting the fastest growing privately-held companies in
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the USA. Hartenstein credits Lambda Chi Alpha with much of his success by teaching him leadership and delegation skills while he served as both chapter president and vice president. He founded the company while in college, beginning the business by actually building parts in the basement of the chapter house.
Michael Harden was elected to be president of DAX, a local christian fraternity on campus. Wearing his Lambda Chi Alpha letters, Nick Drago was a dancer at The People’s Choice Awards held on January 5, 2011, in Las Vegas.
North Carolina-Greensboro (Phi-Theta)
The chapter earned a cumulative 3.01 GPA, the highest of any fraternity on campus.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for three new brothers: Norrel Lispsey, Eric Spriegel, and Robert Steigerwald.
Pittsburg State (Lambda-Chi)
Northeastern State (Delta-Beta)
The chapter is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will be hosting a banquet this semester to celebrate. The chapter will host its White Rose formal on April 8-9, 2011.. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for new brothers. The chapter has met its probation terms and is now in good standing. Frederick Neglia (1970) died December 28, 2010. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 13 new brothers. The chapter is having Founders Day on February 19, 2011, and is hosting the Ozark Conclave on February 25-26, 2011. Dan Hauser (1967) was named The Heart of America Wing’s “Colonel of the Year” for 2010. Seventy undergraduate and alumni brothers attended a tailgate before the Annual Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium between Pittsburg State and Northwest State.
Northern Michigan (Lambda-Upsilon)
The chapter established a Google account that has an online database with alumni contact information. This process has allowed the alumni chairman to establish a committee to give brothers the ability to provide updates. The chapter is creating a electronic newsletter to augment the printed and mailed Gamma Rhover. The new e-newsletter will be sent out via e-mail monthly. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 55 new brothers. The chapter earned a cumulative 3.19 GPA for the fall 2010 semester, first among all fraternities. Fifteen new brothers and 12 other brothers received a 4.0 GPA.
The chapter held an alumni honor event on January 22, 2011 in conjunction with the televised Michigan State basketball game. The chapter hopes to make this an regular event. Our Executive Committee has established a new policy to support brothers in their individual, service-oriented philanthropic efforts within the surrounding community. These activities have not always received sufficient recognition when compared to the larger and well-publicized events that are held in cooperation with other campus organizations. Walter Williams (2010) was honored on November 29, 2010, at the annual Kiwanis Football Banquet. A walk-on at the start of his Purdue football career, he was presented with the Pop Doan Award for his outstanding performance on special teams in the Old Oaken Bucket game two days earlier.
Oklahoma City (Theta-Delta)
In exactly one year the chapter has increased its GPA nearly one point, raising it from a 2.4 to a 3.1 GPA. The chapter currently has five IFC members, including Josh Attaway who serves as IFC president. He also is the former chapter president and current Grand High Nu serving on the Fraternity’s Board.
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Greg Jung (1994) is the chapter adviser for the Sigma-Upsilon chapter at Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Michael Gallucci (1949) was honored on May 19, 2010, by the Big Ten Club of Southern California with its Member of the Year Award at their annual dinner held in the Wrigley Mansion, home of the Tournament of Roses. He is a past president (1962) of the club. Brud R. Meyer (1949) died July 3, 2010. Kent G. Huebner (1956) died March 16, 2010
The chapter hosted its inaugural Harry Truman Dinner, which included a prime rib buffet for undergraduate and alumni brothers. Board Member, Master Steward, and Chapter Adviser Ken Greenman was presented with the first Harry Truman Award, honoring him for his outstanding leadership and contributions to Lambda Chi Alpha.
San Diego State (Zeta-Pi)
The chapter held a benefit dinner for a friend of a brother who has muscular dystrophy.
Richmond (Alpha-Chi Colony)
Paul E. Robinson (1970) was appointed to the San Diego Regional Airport Authority by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. As an assistant to former Mayor Pete Wilson, and one time Deputy City Attorney, Robinson has focused on the various aspects of real estate law that currently emphasize land use, environmental and government law. In addition to serving on numerous local boards, he is a member of the San Diego State University President’s Council. He has also been chosen by his peers to be listed in the national publication, Best Lawyers in America, from 2007 to the present. Dr. Darryl Gonzalez (1989) wrote a book, “The Children Who Ran for Congress: A History of Congressional Pages.” This book offers a meticulously researched, comprehensive chronology of the Congressional Page system, from the late 1700s to modern day. Gonzalez is a federal employee in Washington, D.C., and has worked in education for 20 years. He has twice been named in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Matthew Oltman (1997), music director of Chanticleer, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership, and excellence in the interpretation and arrangement of music. With three years of experience as the music director of Chanticleer, Oltman has been responsible for leading rehearsals, choosing repertoire and performance themes, performing administrative duties, working with composers and staff, scheduling, and interpreting and arranging music. Chanticleer, a Grammy Award-winning a capella chorus group, was founded in 1978, and is entering its 33rd season. Thomas S. Burkholder (1971) died September 28, 2008. The chapter participated in formal recruitment and had help from four Phi- brothers from Towson University. The chapter would like to recognize these four Phi- brothers for their support: Dan Reiner, Casey Lipitz, Cody Sizemore, and Edward Macknovitz.
The colony participated in its first formal recruitment and added 10 associate members. The chapter held its first Holiday Social with decorations similar to a Hollywood set design.
Rollins (Theta-Gamma Colony) Rose-Hulman (Theta-Kappa)
Warren D. Dickinson died November 4, 2009. Chapter elections were held for several offices. Ethan Hixon was elected vice president-external, Andrew Reedy was elected secretary, and Seth Bowen was elected alumni chairman. Samuel Lynch died October 9, 2010.
Slippery Rock (Lambda-Xi)
South Carolina (Epsilon-Psi)
The chapter earned a cumulative a 3.13 GPA for the fall 2010 semester, highest of all fraternities. Fourteen brothers achieved the first evolution the TRUE Brother Inner Circle. www.crossandcrescent.com 9
San Diego (Delta-Kappa)
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Southern California (Zeta-Delta)
The chapter earned above a cumulative 3.0 GPA for the fall 2010 semester. Philanthropy efforts have centered around raising funds for Friendship Circle that assists children with special needs by raising their social awareness and interaction skills. This year the chapter held a barbeque at the chapter house for 30 of the children. In addition, the chapter brothers distributed bottled water to individuals at the Los Angeles Mission. At the end of January brothers spent time helping students at the 32nd Street School. Several of the brothers are in involved in varsity sports: Billy Buffington throws the javelin in track & field; Ryan Morris is an infielder on the baseball team; Peter Yobo, the student athlete of the week in December is a member of the football team and also throws the javelin in track & field; Cody Romness is also on the football team; four brothers are on the NCAA 2010 Championship Water Polo team –- Will Agromante, Matt Burton (Elite 88 Award winner for having the highest GPA among all NCAA Water Polo players in 2009), Billy Evashwick, Jon Leopold, and Stephen Siri; and nine of the brothers are on the volleyball team – Joey Booth, Jeff Carlson, Henry Cassiday, Tanner Clayton, Sean Dennis, Tyler Harnacek, Brad Keenas, Steven Mochalski, and Murphy Troy. The chapter’s sweetheart is Lauren Roxborough, a senior and a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Marc E. Igler (1984) died 2010.
and achievements are included in the feature article in the February 2011 issue of the Cross & Crescent.
Southeast Missouri (Delta-Phi)
On December 10, 2010, the chapter brothers participated in a date auction to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event raised 500 for the charitable organization that helps children with life-threatening medical conditions.
After violent tornados touched down in the St. Louis area on New Years Eve, brothers Steve Backer, Nick Maddock, Ot Sripetch, and Michael Covert spent several days cleaning up debris in the areas that were hardest hit. On January 10, 2011, the undergraduates and alumni brothers held an brotherhood event at the St. Louis Blues hockey game. Michael Callahan and alumni brother Nick Wierciak coordinated the event. Sgt. Douglas A. Gross (2000) died December 30, 2010. After graduation, he entered the Army National Guard on April 7, 2003, with basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was assigned to the 1140th ENG BN in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and his unit was deployed to Iraq from February 2004 to February 2005. He served as a machinist and sawgunner in an imminent danger area. In 2009, he was deployed to Iraq for a second tour from April 2009 to January 2010, this time working in food service logistics, and again in an imminent danger area. Some of his awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, NonCommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and two Overseas Service Ribbons.
Southern Indiana (Phi-Xi)
During fall 2010 semester chapter President Mark Furman and chapter Treasurer Nathan Wehr were initiated as members of the Delta Epsilon chapter of the Order of . Upon initiation, Wehr was elected as the philanthropy chair for Order of and Mark Furman was elected as the public relations chair. Both brothers also serve on the Order of ’s executive board. The chapter earned the highest fraternity GPA for the fall 2010 semester. Chapter Treasurer Nathan Wehr was elected IFC president.
Southern Methodist (Gamma-Sigma)
During formal recruitment, the chapter added 29 associate members. As a part of the North American Food Drive, the chapter raised approximately 400 pounds of food, which will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank. R. Richard Rubottom Jr. died December 6, 2010. He was a former Fraternity traveling secretary, Fraternity Board member, and Educational Foundation Board chairman. Brother Rubottom’s many accomplishments
Robert Pittello (1951) died January 6, 2011. He was a member of the Susquehanna University Athletic Hall of Fame and had been involved as a coach in the football program for 48 years. He was the only person to have his jersey, No. 66, retired by the school. Donald J. Wooten died January 20, 2011.
Tennessee-Chattanooga (Zeta-Phi) Texas (Alpha-Mu)
For the fall 2010 semester, the chapter earned a cumulative GPA above the all-men’s average. The chapters community service efforts include working with Habitat for Humanity, collecting food for the North American Food Drive, and visiting veterans at a local retirement community. In an effort to become more involved on campus, the
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CHAPTER NEWS FEATURE chapter is participating in sorority philanthropy events and Greek intramural leagues for basketball and soccer. Dr. Richard W. Traxler (1946) died December 5, 2010. Patrick M. Harvill (1977) died December 28, 2010. The chapter has numerous varsity baseball players, including sophomore sensations Chris Widup and Montana Timmons, who both received considerable playing time as freshmen. Grant McCloskey, Sam Starbuck, Adam Auter, and Sam Glowinski were initiated into into the Sphinx Club.
Texas A&M Kingsville (Beta-Epsilon)
The chapter will host a charity Chopper Chili Cookoff on March 26, 2011. The chapter held an officer retreat at Camp Zepher. The chapter’s White Rose formal will be held on May 7, 2011.
Wake Forest (Theta-Tau)
The chapter added 15 associate members. The chapter received the university’s Chapter of the Year Award, in addition to having the highest GPA for any fraternity on campus last semester.
Texas Christian (Iota-Pi)
Bart Johnson caught a 23-yard touchdown pass as Texas Christian defeated the University of Wisconsin 21-19 in the Rose Bowl, finishing the season undefeated (13-0, and No. 2 in the country. Garrett Winsett was also a member of the team. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for eight new brothers on January 15, 2011. The chapter’s White Rose Formal is scheduled for May 5, 2011 at the Wyndham near the Airport. For more details send an email to the alumni chairman at email@example.com.
Chapter brothers held an Initiation Ritual for their new brothers. Frank E. Rush (1943) died 2010.
Washington & Jefferson (Gamma-Zeta) Washington State (Tau)
Texas-El Paso (Zeta-Epsilon)
The chapter earned a cumulative 3.13 GPA for the fall 2010 semester. The chapter is starting a fundraiser to collect donations of food and clothing items. These items will be donated to the local Smoky Mountain High School. The chapter earned a cumulative 3.2 GPA for the fall 2010 semester.
Western Carolina (Beta-Zeta)
Texas State (Lambda-Phi)
The chapter has arranged a community service outing on April 1, 2011, to Horizon Bay Retirement, a local retirement home. Chapter brothers will visit with residents and brighten their day. On April 2, 2011, the chapter will host its 3rd annual Woman’s Health Day. There will be more than 15 teams of women participating and competing in field events. On April 20, 2011, chapter brothers and Delta Zeta sorority members will visit a local elementary school to help coordinate an Easter egg hunt with the children.
William Jewell (Epsilon-Nu)
Brothers Johnson and Oldham formed a show choir that has received rave reviews. Several brothers are involved with the college debate teams. The end of the last semester saw one team ranking among the top 10 in the nation and the other within the top 30. Brother Reinert scored an impressive 172 on the LSAT and has begun interviewing at law schools. Brother Endicott has received invitations to interview at Biology Ph.D. programs at universities such as MIT and Stanford. During February 2011, Brother Morelli will be participating in the Model United Nations Summit at Harvard University. The chapter held a successful chapter retreat. David E. Jones died March 10, 2010.
Jim Harris (1977), director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, was nominated for Citizen of the Year in the January 2001 edition of Montgomery Living Magazine. Norman D. Weiss died November 20, 2010. The chapter won the championship in intramural football. Varsity football player Dan Woods earned honorable mention All-Conference honors.
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The chapter had very successful fall 2010 semester. Accomplishments included fall recruitment, a faculty social, the North American Food Drive, and election of new officers. The chapter helped the Worcester community by collecting food and donating it to the Friendly House of Worcester as a part of the North American Food Drive. This year nearly 2,800 residents of Worcester enjoyed a holiday meal thanks to the chapter’s efforts. The totals raised included $4,500 and donations of 8,300 pounds of food. The chapter added 24 associate members last fall.
The chapter raised 2,500 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for nine new brothers.
Wisconsin-Whitewater (Lambda-Iota Colony)
The colony brothers collected 600 pounds of food for the city of Whitewater as a part of the North American Food Drive. The colony held an Initiation Ritual for 17 brothers with the help of the Pi-Zeta chapter at Elmhurst College, the colony’s big brother chapter. The colony brothers earned a cumulative 3.15 GPA.
The chapter held formal recruitment. Prospective Lambda Chis were ushered into a remodeled living room to enjoy three new full-sized couches alongside new granite-topped end tables and a matching coffee table. The prized possession of the newly-refurnished room has to be the new TV, in front of which brothers can frequently be found relaxing. The chapter earned the highest men’s fraternity GPA on campus.
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Remembering a Great Brother
An Order of Achievement recipient from Gamma-Sigma at Southern Methodist University, R. Richard Rubottom died on Dec. 6, 2010. Initiated in 1929, he served as a traveling secretary, vice president of the Fraternity Board, and chairman of the Educational Board. By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)
Editor’s Note: The following article was published in the May 2007 Cross & Crescent and we are re-publishing it to honor Brother Dick Rubottom. His formal obituary was published in newspapers across the country, including a lengthy obituary in The New York Times. You may read it by going to their website: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/20/world/americas/20rubottom.html. Retired and living in Texas, R. Richard Rubottom (Southern Methodist 1929) served as the Fraternity’s seventh full-time traveling secretary (educational leadership consultant) from 1933 to 1935. Hired by Clair L. Pepperd (Oregon State 1927) in 1933, Rubottom succeeded Reuben C. Youngquist (Washington State 1928) who had decided to leave the Fraternity staff to pursue his law degree. Rubottom says that the job as traveling secretary meant a great deal to him. He loved to travel, loved Lambda Chi, and could not believe he was able to put the two together. “I’ve always thought it was probably the best job I ever had,” Rubottom says. “And I’ve been kicking myself now for about 75 years for retiring too soon. It was a wonderful, wonderful job.” As a traveling secretary, Rubottom says he enjoyed his relationship with Bruce McIntosh (DePauw 1916), the Fraternity’s first full-time, salaried administrative secretary and chief executive. “Bruce was definitely one of a kind,” Rubottom says. “He was always serious, hard working. He had a sense of humor but he didn’t wear it right out in front all of the time. He was a man whom I respected a great deal and looked up to.” Rubottom began as a traveling secretary prior to the Theta Kappa Nu merger in 1939, so there were fewer chapters to visit but the job still required a great deal of travel. “Mostly by train, bus if necessary,” Rubottom says. “I never minded to travel. I liked to travel. I enjoyed meeting new people and dealing with new problems.” www.crossandcrescent.com
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Scholarship and Lambda Chi
In 1928, when Rubottom graduated from high school in Brownwood, Texas, he didn’t have a father and his mother ran a boarding house. Even though they were poor, Rubottom excelled as a student. “I can remember being called into the office of the principal with three other fellas,” he says. “They gave us a piece of chalk, they gave us our grades, and we had to figure out our averages. I was the honor graduate by two tenths of a point. That’s the way I got to SMU -- it was a wonderful place for me to go.” While at SMU, a few brothers invited Rubottom to go to the Lambda Chi house, where he met several more brothers, including All-American football player Logan Ford (Southern Methodist 1924) and Jack Hogan (Southern Methodist 1931). Not surprisingly, the brothers liked Rubottom and asked him to join the Fraternity. “With only the $50 that my mother had given me and my job, I wasn’t about to take on the obligation of a fraternity,” Rubottom says of how he felt at the time. But after further consideration, he decided that if he was going to stay at SMU, he wanted to join a fraternity. Once he joined Lambda Chi, he quickly became a leader and eventually held many offices, including pledge captain, treasurer, vice president, and president. Rubottom also was sophomore class president, sports editor, associate editor, and eventually editor of the SMU newspaper.
Serving His Country
After working as a traveling secretary, a businessman, and spending four years as assistant dean of student life at the University of Texas, Rubottom worried about the possibility of World War II. “I was concerned about World War II long before we got into the war,” he says. “So I began a correspondence with the Navy department about a commission. I eventually got a reserve commission, as lieutenant junior grade, in the fall of 1941. And I was called to active duty immediately.” Rubottom was put in charge of recruiting and training in New Orleans, Louisiana. He believes his SMU master’s degree in government helped him receive the rank of lieutenant junior grade instead of ensign. After additional assignments in Mexico and Paraguay, he left the U.S. Navy in 1946, at the rank of commander. “And that’s when I applied for the foreign service at the end of World War II,” Rubottom says. “And having that rank, and having had two jobs, one in Mexico and one in South America in the Navy, I was one of the first 10 foreign service officers recruited at the end of World War II.” For the next 17 years, from 1947 to 1964, Rubottom worked for the U.S. Department of State. After assignments in Colombia, Mexico, and Spain, Rubottom was named deputy assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs in 1956, and assistant secretary the following year.
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After stints as U.S. ambassador in Argentina for a year and two years at the Naval War College, Rubottom returned to SMU in 1964. “I had a good career,” he says of his foreign service. “Little bit like resigning from a fraternity. I think I resigned from the foreign service a little bit too early, too.” Rubottom served as SMU’s vice president of life (1964-1967), administration (1967-1970), and planning (1970-1971) before leaving to become president of the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico, from 1971 to 1973.
Past Predicts the Future
In 1933, the Cross & Crescent printed an article about Rubottom’s hiring as the traveling secretary and the article poignantly foreshadowed his future career and his giving nature. “In Rubottom, the Fraternity has a man who is well-qualified from experience, character, and personality to fill his place in the administrative set-up,” the article states. “Coming highly recommended from his own school and chapter, this six-foot, blond, affable Texan has the qualities of character and ability that will win him a place in the hearts of the thousands of brothers he will meet in his travels for the Fraternity.”
Gratification from Giving
Rubottom served on the Fraternity’s Grand High Zeta from 1968 to 1976, and was a member of the board of directors of the Educational Foundation from 1977 to 1996, serving as president, vice president, and secretary. Of his service to Lambda Chi, he said in 2000: “My interest and willingness to serve is repayment to the Fraternity for the major influence that Lambda Chi Alpha had on my life. The older one gets, the more you realize, that you become a better person, the more you give. “The real gratification in life is from what you give -- not what you receive. The only way to keep the Fraternity alive is to continue giving. If you keep the relationship with Lambda Chi Alpha warm, the asset will continue to increase in value.” For his outstanding career in government service and higher education, Rubottom received the Fraternity’s Order of Achievement at the 1998 General Assembly. Rubottom also served the Boy Scouts of America as an international adviser and delegate to four World Scout Conferences. He is a recipient of numerous scouting honors, including the Silver Buffalo, Silver Beaver, Order of the Condor, and Youth of Americas Award. “It is obvious that I have sought out as much constructive influence on my life as I could have, thereby avoiding negative influences,” he says.
A TRUE Brother
Brothers: I learned this evening that Brother R. Richard Rubottom died last Sunday. He was one of the most admired and accomplished men I ever hope to meet. He was initiated in 1929, and served the Fraternity his entire life, first as a chapter president at SMU in the ‘30s, as a traveling secretary in the ‘40s, and as an alumni volunteer.... He was the last of the Fraternity Board member greats who were initiated before Word War II. Dick served two terms on the Grand High Zeta (Fraternity Board), the last as Grand High Beta (vice president). He was heavily lobbied to accept a nomination as Grand High Alpha (president) but declined. He then served on the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation Board from 19771996, and as chairman from 1986-1989. I had the honor to serve on three committees or task forces with Dick. He was crucial to the work of the Futures Committee that I chaired from 19961998. I have never met a man with such an incisive mind or one who could so easily reduce a wide ranging complex discussion to two or three fundamental principles in a matter of minutes. He was also one of the warmest and most supportive men I have ever met. When I would become discouraged with some of our committee work, I had only to talk to Dick and my confidence was restored. His wife, Billy, was a wonderful gracious lady and a friend to all. She died two years ago. I am proud to have known and worked with him, and to call him “Brother.” In ZAX, Jeffrey J. Steele, MD Master Steward, Chapter Adviser, and Board of Councilors
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Missouri S&T’s Storied History
Installed in April 1917, the Alpha-Delta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Missourie Scient & Technology has established a distinguished record by Jon Williamson (Maryland) of achievements.
Installed in April 1917, the Alpha-Delta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha has established a distinguished record of achievements. A total of 40 national awards have been garnered, including two Grand High Alpha Awards (1973 and 1994) in recognition of the chapter’s superior operations and fraternal spirit for a minimum of three consecutive years. Interestingly, the chapter’s award in 1994 was preceded three years earlier by the receipt of the Phoenix Award, which recognizes outstanding improvement in chapter operations at a time when the survival of the chapter is in question. Chapter histories are exciting to piece together because the traditions of a chapter come alive and brothers gain an understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices of time, effort, and treasure made by undergraduates and alumni alike to keep the chapter alive on a campus.
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Notable Alpha-Delta Brothers
Editor’s Note: The Chancellor’s Medal recognizes an individual for long-term dedication and exemplary service to Missouri University of Science & Technology and the state of Missouri. Honorary Knights of St. Pat’s are persons who have rendered extraordinary service to the celebration of the Best Ever St. Pat’s, to the campus, to the community, to the state, or to humankind. Six undergraduates have portrayed St. Pat during the celebration: in 1917-1918 Merryl Lou McCarthy, in 1920 Albert B. Needham, in 1933 Millard H. Murray, in 1939 Sam A. Kurtz, in 1941 John H. Lyons, in 1947 Jim Bowman, and in 1964 Keith Bailey.
• Thomas D. Akers (1973), Lambda Chi Alpha’s first astronaut, repaired the Hubble Space Telescope; four-flight veteran, Akers logged more than 800 hours of space flight, including more than 29 hours of space walks –- a one-time NASA record; retired colonel; former instructor of mathematics at Missouri S&T; faculty adviser to Alpha-Delta chapter. • Keith E. Bailey (1964), Alumni Association Merit Award 1979; OGS – Claghn of the Emeral Isle; Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; member of the Missouri S&T Athletic Hall of Fame; Knight of St. Patrick 1964; retired chairman/president The Williams Co.; recipient of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Achievement; chairman of the Board of Trustees • David B. Bartholic (1962), Academy of Chemical Engineers; multiple patents; founded DART Inc. of Texas • Dr. Oral E. Bass (1962), physician in Wichita, Kansas • Jerry R. Bayless (1959), associate professor, chairman of the Civil Engineering Department and associate dean of engineering; recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal; member of OGS – Clan of the Shamrock; Academy of Civil Engineers; faculty adviser to student council and Alpha-Delta; Honorary Knight of St. Patrick and treasurer; Merit Award recipient of the Miner Alumni Association • Dr. Robert T. Berry, (1972), graduate U.S. Army, Command General Staff College 1988; adjunct professor, Missouri S&T; member of Athletic Hall of Fame; OGS – Clagan of the Shamrock; retired lietenant colonel; vice president of business development and general manager of the St. Louis regional office for Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co.; president of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers in 1972; strong supporter of the recent fundraising efforts of Alpha-Delta. • James E. Bertelsmeyer (1966), president MSM/UMR Alumni Association (2000-2002); Alumni Achievement Award 1988; Honorary Knight of St Patrick , OGS – Claghn of St. Patrick; retired founder, chairman/CEO of Heritage Propane Corp.; James E. Bertelsmeyer Educational Assistance Fund to benefit members of ΛΛΛ furnishing Scholarships since 1998 (more than 50 associate member scholarships since 2008) • John J. Bertelsmeyer (1969), director and former president of the Alpha-Delta House Corporation; Academy of Engineering Management; OGS, president; Power Supply Industries, Inc.; son Scott is Alpha-Delta 1169. • David Butterfield (1969), pilot (captain) US Airways • Kenneth L. Cage (1963), Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers; counsel of McDermott, Will & Emery; recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award for initiation, negotiation and implementation of a patent secrecy agreement in 1988; received the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award for revision of export law for foreign filing of patent applications in 1985 • George Colville Jr. (1921), awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in World War I. • Robert B. Cook, (2007), certified 22 year-old skydiving instructor with more than 1,727 jumps in five years. On July 29, 2006, an Australian woman was making her first skydive when engine failure caused the plane to plummet to the ground minutes after take-off. Cook, her instructor, clipped his skydive harness to hers and demanded she use his body as a human shield. He was killed on impact and five others died at the scene of the crash. The woman was one of two to survive the crash. Robert was posthumously awarded the Star of Courage, Australia’s second highest honor that recognizes bravery in peacetime. • Dr. Jay C. Dotson (1952), professor emeritus of mining and engineering at the University of Arizona • Dr. Henry I. Douglas (1960), retired professor of mechanical technology at SUNY Agricultural and Technology College • Roger L. Echelmeier (1960), former chapter president; owner of Echelmeier Co. in Eureka, Missouri -- representing manufacturers of HVAC, filtration and industrial process equipment. • 2nd Lt. Charles A. Ellett (1941) served with Gen. Douglas McArthur in the Philippines, declared killed in action (KIA) on November 24, 1944 • Paul P. Fullop (1948), member of the Athletic Hall of Fame for three sports; served as a fighter pilot in WWII and responsible for the sinking of at least 5 Japanese ships. • Robert A. Garvey (1960), Prof MetE 73 Hon Met ’91, is a member of OGS and received an Alumni Achievement Award in 1997 from the Miner Alumni Association, Chairman/CEO Birmingham Steel Corporation, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MST • Tom E. Green (1985), former president Alpha-Delta House Corporation from 1998 to 2009; Alpha Delta Wall of Fame; Honorary Knight of St. Patrick; president of Key Sport Shop, Inc. • James O. Guest (1962), former aerospace engineer and current farmer, a Missouri State Representative since 2002, St. Patrick • Dr. Edward Haug Jr. (1962), professor emeritus and Carver Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Iowa; founded the University of Iowa Center for Computer-Aided Design; inducted into the Legacy of Iowa Engineering in 2010 • Curtis D. Hertel (1969), former chapter adviser, vice president, director and chairman of House Committee of the Alpha-Delta House Corporation; vice president of Power Supply Industries, Inc. • Clemence W. Hippard (1917), St. Pats Committee; Institute of Mining Engineers; research engineer for Union Electric Power Company. He was largely responsible for the Muckers Club becoming a chapter of Lambda Chi. • Francis K. M. Hunter (1923), served as chapter president in 1920 and cleared up the mystery surrounding why Gen. John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing, a Missouri native and World War II hero, was not initiated. • George Jamieson (1950), a member of the Academy of Chemical Engineers and received the Chancellor’s Medal in 1999; OGS – Claghn of St. Patrick; retired research associate with Exxon Corp. • Col. LeCompte Joslin (1934), member of the Missouri S&T Athletic Hall of Fame • Paul D. Kearn (1918), was Alpha-Delta 11; former chapter president, St. Pat’s Committee and Theta Tau • John L. Key (1970), CEO and director of Gryphon Gold Corp. • John C. Killinger (1973), director, Miner Alumni Association; Alumni Service Award 2001; Alumni Admissions Ambassador of the Year in 2007; OGS – Claghn of the Claddagh • Leonard C. Kirberg (1966), honorary member Chi Epsilon; president of Academy of Civil Engineers; OGS – Claghn of the Shamrock; director of Alumni Association; vice presdient, executive vice president, and president/CEO of Horner & Shifrin, Inc.; president of numerous technical and professional engineering groups, including Engineers Club of St. Louis (Award of Merit & Achievement Award Medal), Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri, American Society of Civil Engineers (STL Section), Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (Engineer of the Year -STL Chapter), Downtown St. Louis Rotary Skyway Farm Foundation, Inc., president Alpha-Delta House Corporation, and alumni recruitment adviser • Harry A. Kluge (1917), Alpha Delta 1 who took the oath at Xi chapter at Depauw University; varsity baseball, track Athletic Association; St. Pat’s Committee; Rollamo Board; American Institute of Mining; sergeant in World War II; recipient of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Merit in 1968; county superintendent of highways in Madison County, Illinois; life member of Illinois Society of Professional Engineers; past president of Illinois Association of County Superintendents of Highways; National Assoc. of County Engineers; director of First National Bank of Collinsville, Illinois • Sam A. Kurtz (1940), elected St. Pats in 1939, former chapter president; member, Missouri S&T Athletic Hall of Fame • Allan H. LaPlante (1963), president of Lapco Oil and Gas Co.; OGS; alumni director and Achievement Award; Academy of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineers • John H. Lyons (1942), former chapter president; third Lambda Chi selected to portray St. Pat in 1941 • Dr. Donald Meyer (1946), professor emeritus of physics at the University of Michigan • James L. McGregor (1937), captain of the basketball team in 1936; inducted into the Missouri S&T Athletic Hall of Fame • Dr. Aaron J. Miles (1930), chairman of the Mechanical Engineering department from 1942 until 1964; coordinator for the co-operative engineering program; first dean of School of Engineering in 1964-65, retired in 1967; in 1969 the Auditorium of the Mechanical Engineering Annex Building was named in his honor; honorary knight, St. Pat; Alumni Award, Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers; Memorial Scholarship in his honor; dean emeritus of the School of Engineering; one of five professors instrumental in securing federal grants in 1960 to build the first nuclear reactor in Missouri on the Rolla campus. • Phillip C. Miller (1971), president, Long Wave, Inc.; owner of Oklahoma City Yard Dogs, one of the 15 Arena Football League teams • Millard H. Murray (1932), 2nd Lambda Chi selected as St. Pat in 1933 • Charles D. Naslund (1974), Alumni Achievement Award, Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering; chairman, president and CEO Ameren Energy Resources; chairman and president of Ameren Energy Generating Co.; member, Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and several other technical, professional and community organizations • Albert B. Needham (1921), first Lambda Chi selected St. Pat in 1920
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Notable Alpha-Delta Brothers Continued
• Kenneth Niewoehner (1948), a metallurgical consultant; big supporter in identifying pictures of Alpha-Delta brothers from the 1940s; president of the Missouri Academy of Science; senior of the year in 1948; president, the Rifle Club; vice president, Tau Beta Pi; editor-in-chief, the Rollamo; treasurer, Alpha-Delta, Theta Tau, Blue Key, AIME, ASM, SAME, Glee Club, Alpha Phi Omega, and Student Council. • Seymour Orlofsky (1944), former chapter presdient; president, senior class; served in the Merchant Marine in World War II; member of the OGS – Claghn of the Blarney Castle • Col. Edward A. Owsley (1935), served as chapter adviser; recipient of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Merit in 1982; honorary life member and service award from the Miner Alumni Association; OGS; president, East Tenth Street Corp. • Paul E. Ponder (1950), registrar and director of admissions in 1958; dean of students; assistant to the chancellor in 1963-64; dean of student affairs in 1974; registrar until 1979; director of institutional analyses and planning in 1982 • Scott S. Preston (1997), chief of operations, 18th Engineer Brigade, Germany; former chapter president; member of St. Pat’s Celebration Committee and Court Herald (1995); secretary of the chapters House Corporation; Young Alumnus Award (2009) from the Miner Alumni Association • John W. Rayl (1942), lost his life in World War II. Rayl Cafeteria in the dorm quadrangle was dedicated in his honor on October 25, 1958 • Charles R. “Chuck” Remington Jr. (1949), served as chapter adviser in the 1960s; professor emeritus of mechanical engineering; executive secretary of both Chancellor’s Council and Administrative Council; director of career development (placement); Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers; OGS – Claghn of the Claddagh; Presidential Citation and Service Award from the Miner Alumni Association • Paul B. Rothband (1943), AA Kemper Military School; member of the Academy of Chemical Engineers; OGS – Claghn of the Claddagh; Service Award from the Miner Alumni Association in 2003 • Dr. Bernard R. Sarchet, chairman, Department of Engineering Management -- a position he held until his retirement in 1981; member, OGS – Claghn of the Shamrock and the Academy of Engineering Management; in 1975, he became director of external affairs • Fred C. Schneeberger (1925), president Alumni Board of Directors (1945-46); received the Thomas Jefferson Award, one of the highest honors ever conferred by the University of Missouri system • Jon C. Schneider (1987), Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Alumni Service Award 2010; OGS; director of technical and professional Development Boeing Corporation • Andrew M. Singleton (1999), varsity football, received the Burger King Football Scholar Athlete; director of the Miner Alumni Association; director of the Alpha-Delta House Corporation • Francis G. Slack (1969), Academy of Engineering Management, director Alpha-Delta House Corporation; Owner Trabue Boilers • Dr. Harry B. Smith (1942), received 15 patents related to electronic systems and circuits, development of the pulse Doppler radar for which he received the David Sarnoff Award in 1962 and the IEEE Pioneer Award in 1984; president, Westinghouse Defense and Electronic Systems Center; recipient of the University of Maryland College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1982
• Dr. Frank H. Speckhart (1962), retired professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee • Howard H. Stine Jr. (1966), Academy of Engineering Management; president Alpha-Delta House Corporation; OGS – Claghn of the Shamrock; provides scholarships for Lambda Chis in engineering management • Gerald L. Stevenson, ChE (1959), former chapter president; president, Miner Alumni Association (1994-96); Academy of Chemical Engineers; OGS – Claghn of the Blarney Castle; senior vice president, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. • Dr. Wilbert “Wil” Stoecker (1948), former IFC president; member of the Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers • William A. Stoltz (1968), Academy of Engineering Management; honorary knight of St. Patrick; treasurer of the Alpha Delta House Corporation for more than 20 years; former chapter adviser; recipient of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Merit; both sons, William (Alpha-Delta) and Brian (DeltaPhi) are Lambda Chis; president/CEO of Central Federal Savings and Loan in Rolla. • Harold Thomas (1927), inducted in the Missouri S&T Athletic Hall of Fame • Maurice R. “Bud” Topel (1952), member of the Academy of Civil Engineers and was district engineer of the Effingham District of the Illinois Department of Transportation • Carl J. Uthoff (1921), a genito-urinary surgeon, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, clinical Professor at Loyola Medical School of Chicago and invented the Uthoff Galvanic Current Generator • James N. Vangilder (1968), chairman and CEO of Havco Wood Products Inc.; he and his wife provide four scholarships to high school students each year; member of the Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers; Board of Directors of Capital Bank; Missouri Blue Cross & Blue Shield • Jon L. Vaninger (1963), director and vice president of the Miner Alumni Association; director of Alpha-Delta House Corporation; son John is Alpha-Delta 1215 • Brig. Gen. William W. Wanamaker (1923), previously graduated from West Point in 1918 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and a Bronze Star; buried in Arlington Cemetery following his death on February 8, 2000 at the age of 101 • John R. Warner (1970), OGS – Clan of the Shamrock, Academy of Mines and Metallurgy; group vice president of Ryder Scott Co. • Dr. Robert C. Weber (1967), associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Marquette University • Rev Z. Williams Met (1931), former chapter president and first recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal at Rolla in 1982; instructor, professor and chairman of the Department of Mechanics; president of Missouri Board of Curators; treasurer and director and received a Presidential Citation plus an Achievement Award from Rolla Alumni Association, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Theta Tau; former chapter adviser; Academy of Civil Engineers; OGS – Claghn of the Shamrock; board of directors, executive vice president, president and chairman of Rolla State Bank • Dr. Robert P. Zerwekh (1961), professor and director of engineering management at the University of Kansas
The Muckers Club was formed in the summer of 1913 by sophomore John Cole, who conceived the idea of organizing a club of students, the primary object being the maintenance of a table where members could receive their daily bread among congenial companions. Two years later the club had grown to 20 men with several campus leaders, including varsity men, on the campus and the organization had leased a house. By the fall of 1916 a three-year lease had been taken for a different house and the organization was ready to petition Lambda Chi Alpha. One interesting bit of trivia is that the first radio dedicatory broadcast of the Sweetheart of Lambda Chi was played by Sammy Kaye and his orchestra during the Rolla Dance from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on March 19, 1938.
Anthony Seibert (Cincinnati 2009) is the current chapter adviser. “I love Lambda Chi and had a great undergraduate experience in the Fraternity at Cincinnati, serving in the offices of High Sigma, High Delta, High Kappa, and High Alpha. When I came to MS&T, becoming the chapter adviser was an opportunity to keep my positive Fraternity experience going. It has been my privilege to work with many dedicated alumni who are assisting the chapter’s
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return to excellence. In the past couple of years internal improvements have been made to the electrical and plumbing systems and, more recently, to our parking lot. Our current chapter president is dedicated to our growth.”
I spoke with Matthew Callaway, the current High Alpha, for a chapter update. “Currently we have 51 men living in the house and 58 total members. Many of us are very active on the campus, especially in Intercollegiate Knights which is a service organization doing volunteer work, primarily at St. James Boys and Girls Town of Missouri. Within that organization Michael Dwyer and I serve as co-president, Matthew Naglich is vice president, Jared Fields is treasurer, Matthew King is secretary, and Tony Roth is the social chairman. This past November I was honored to be named the Greek Student of the month. The chapter’s longest running tradition is the Chicken Benefit Dinner. This year it celebrated its 50th anniversary and raised $7,500 which was split three ways: March of Dimes, Gingerbread House, and Choices for People. The brothers are active in intramurals finishing second in A and B football leagues. We have a number of alumni working with the chapter to help upgrade the house and redoing individual rooms. Leading the efforts are Len Kirberg and Curt Hertel.”
the conversation wasn’t so pleasant. We had had a traveling secretary visit the chapter one year and, unfortunately, he witnessed a friendly food fight. He got quite upset and threatened the chapter with sanctions. A couple of brothers went to the room where he was staying and threw his clothes out the window. Needless to say George wasn’t happy.”
How did you get re-involved with Lambda Chi?
“It began with a great undergraduate experience. I’m fortunate that it carried over with my two sons, both of whom are Lambda Chis. Bryan was initiated in 1994 at Southeast Missouri State and Bill here at Alpha-Delta. I was privileged to attend both Initiations and each was very special. Both have maintained long-term friendships with their Fraternity brothers as a result. Col. Owsley got me involved when he was the chapter adviser and Howard Stine was president of the House Corporation. The colonel stepped down and, after another person worked at it for a short time, I was invited into the position which I held for about 10 years. I should add that Tom Green replaced Howard as president of the House Corporation, did an excellent job, and continues to assist the chapter today. I felt at the time, and still feel, that there are good reasons for continued involvement with the Fraternity. Our chapter has always been a good one and has always represented the national organization well.” During the past couple of years there has been a lot of energy in the House Corporation. “Yes, and it is due mostly to the magnificent job done by Len Kirberg. He has done a stellar job of raising money and getting other alumni to join him in making improvements to the chapter house. Len displayed outstanding organizational skills in planning improvements and then creating a list of jobs and also a budget of how much each project would cost to accomplish. The alumni have seen the results and Len has gained lots of respect for what he has done.”
Order of Merit Recipients
William Stoltz received Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Merit in 1992. “It was quite an honor. Ten years prior to that, I had the pleasure of going to our General Assembly where Col. Ed Owsley received the Order of Merit. Ed loved Lambda Chi. I have wonderful memories of that event because while we were there I had the opportunity to meet George Spasyk and have a good conversation with him. He is a great Lambda Chi. Of course there was one instance when
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Alumni Brother Len Kirberg
There is a belief within Lambda Chi Alpha that she has been blessed to have the right people in place at the right time to handle any challenge.
How did all of this get started?
“At our House Corporation meeting in the fall of 2006 a couple of alumni raised their concerns about needed chapter house repairs and the dwindling numbers of members. It was decided to schedule an Alumni-Chapter Work Weekend in January 2007 and we utilized The Transit of Alpha-Delta Zeta together with our website to announce it. We also welcomed donations. The results were that 17 alumni showed up and over $2,000 was donated. The foundation for our success was laid.”
You must be very proud?
Len Kirberg fits that description. “Well, I haven’t been alone. Many brothers have stepped forward and assisted in both the fundraising and manual labor efforts. I especially need to recognize Curt Hertel, Jack and Jim Bertelsmeyer, Jon John Vaninger, Gene (son Tim is an AD initiate ), Al, and Bob Faenger, Chuck Toedtman , Pete Legsdin, Doug Workman, Tom Green and Jerry Stevenson. Each of these brothers and others have been invaluable to our efforts. In addition, the campus is fortunate to have Tiffany Krotze as the Greek Advisor. The chapter recognized her good work two years ago by presenting their award as Best Administrator.”
Then what happened?
“The chapter began to educate a core group of St. Louis alumni leaders about chapter member demographics, utility bills, recruitment challenges, finances, and other issues. A $250,000 alumni improvement fund was budgeted for the chapter. Of these monies, $96K was for recruitment, $119K for renovating the sleep/study rooms including new furniture, and $36K for energy efficiency and paying off bad debt. Our theme was ‘Reaching for 100 Years.’ By the spring of ’07 almost $80K had either been pledged or donated. As of today we have raised $300,000 made by 161 contributors.”
“Yes, I am proud of our alumni. We have successfully accomplished many tasks including recently enlarging the parking lot to accommodate 60 cars. More projects are on the way including replacing the exterior deck on the rear of the house. Also, we would like to paint the exterior of the house so that it will appear more classic and contemporary, and make landscaping improvements. We are now seeing the fruit of our labors as we are recruiting high quality men and the chapter membership is stable. We continue to solicit donations and encourage more alumni participation with the projects. Donations can be mailed to ADZ House Corporation, 10553 Pine Lake Drive, Rolla, Missouri 65401. Chuck Remington, a long term High Pi and former professor at MS & T, and Larry Thomas (house corporation director) continue to assist in our fundraising efforts.”
How and why did you become re-involved with Lambda Chi Alpha?
“Lambda Chi was a life-changing experience for me. When I entered
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Gen. John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing – was he a Lambda Chi? I remember finding a stack of old Banta’s Greek Exchange magazines in my chapter library when I was a pledge. I read through the issues devouring the information contained in each. The magazine was published monthly and contained fraternity and sorority news. In one of the issues the article stated that Gen. John J. Pershing had been initiated into Lambda Chi Alpha. My initial thought was “Wow,” but I had to get back to memorizing Lambda Chi history, both national and local, so I didn’t give it much additional thought. I began doing serious research for the Fraternity in 1970 and in the back of my mind was the membership of General Pershing. I asked our Headquarters to check on his membership and much to my dismay no record of his Initiation could be found. I didn’t do another follow-up until the mid ’90s and again the request uncovered no helpful information. This past fall Tad Lichtenauer established the Cross & Crescent’s strategic plan for this year and he assigned me to do an article on Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri @ Rolla), and I decided to get to the bottom of the general’s Initiation. The “real” story of General Pershing is in the October 1933 edition of The Transit, the chapter’s frequent publication. The story is told by Francis ‘Frank’ K. M. Hunter (1923). “When I reached Rolla in September 1919, I had just finished two years in the U.S. Army, one of which was in the A.E.F (American Expeditionary Force). I picked Lambda Chi because its membership at that time was composed entirely of veterans; some were A.E.F. men like myself, some were navy men, some were army men, some army men who had not gone over, and some had only been in R.O.T.C. camps; but everyone had served the U.S. to the best of his ability. One evening sitting around the fireplace having a ‘bull’ session and fighting the war over again, we decided to ask General Pershing to become an honorary member of Lambda Chi Alpha. I was delegated to write to him, which I did, outlining the aims and ideals of the Fraternity and pointing out that our chapter at that time was composed entirely of veterans, and extending him a cordial invitation to become an Honorary Member. Shortly thereafter we received his reply which read as follows: My Dear Mr. Hunter: I have received your cordial letter of February 3rd 1920, inviting me to become an Honorary Member of the
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. I indeed appreciate the honor you have done me, and it gives me great pleasure to accept. At the same time I wish to congratulate you on the splendid record that your chapter made by its one hundred percent enrollment in the forces of this Country when it went to war. Sincerely yours, John J. Pershing Needless to say, when we received this letter we felt like a million dollars, and thought that we had not only scooped all the other fraternities on the campus, but all over the country. I do not remember whether we got the ‘Miner’ (school newspaper) staff to put out a special edition or not, but I do remember that the ‘Miner’ carried a big headline across the front sheet telling the news. I also wrote a letter to the New York Tribune, which then published the news. It was also published in the St. Louis papers. We then wrote the general that of course he would have to take the oath of allegiance to Lambda Chi, and asked him to set a time and place for the ceremony, asking him, however, to stop off at Rolla for this if at all possible. We got in touch with Bruce McIntosh, who was then traveling secretary, and he agreed to go any place in the U.S. that the general might designate, to administer the oath to him, in case he chose some place too far away for us to be able to go. Shortly after this we received a short note from General Pershing’s secretary saying that the General had misunderstood, and that he could not see his way clear to take an oath of allegiance to any organization and that he very much regretted, etc., etc. In post haste we then got in touch with the central office and they finally agreed to take in General Pershing without the oath provided he would acknowledge his membership and witness an initiation, but by this time it was too late, and though we wrote at length to the General we were unable to get him to reconsider. It was then, as I now realize, that we made our mistake. If we had published the whole correspondence in the ‘Miner’, it would have been self evident that we acted in good faith when we made the announcement; instead of this we decided to keep quiet and answer no questions, and let the whole thing drop. The consequence was that it soon developed into a mystery and I am sure many good people at the time thought that we made the whole thing up. Well, fellows, the mystery is solved! We sincerely hope that the story will never die! We, as a chapter, feel a deep sense of pride over the relations we held with one who ranks so high in the esteem of the nation.”
college I was introverted, but I blossomed under the friendship of my Fraternity brothers. I never would have graduated if it hadn’t been the appeal of coming back to the school every year; the fun and the brotherhood brought me back. After graduation I visited the house for several years and, while on fishing trips going through Rolla, I would stop. Then I found myself with new friends and new responsibilities. Even so I always read the newsletters and kept up with what was happening in the chapter. When I became president of my company I became overwhelmed with responsibilities, so the opportunity for greater involvement didn’t exist. In 2007, I retired and was one of the alumni who showed up at the chapter-alumni work weekend. After that weekend some alumni met again and realized that just one day wasn’t enough to make all of the changes that needed to be made. So we improved our communications by getting the word out and asking people to help. The results were immediate and we have never looked back. By our 100th anniversary in 2017 we want the chapter house to be a source of pride for every Fraternity brother, and for the chapter itself to be one of the top chapters at the school. The AD Zeta House Corporation and the chapter are planning to develop a more complete history of the chapter for the 100th Anniversary. I stay involved because I want to give back to Lambda Chi Alpha in return for what Lambda Chi Alpha gave me as an undergraduate.”
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Happy 71st Birthday Miami-Florida
The Epsilon-Omega chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Miami, Florida was founded on February 3, 1940.
By Jon Williamson (Maryland)
numerous occasions. In 1997, the chapter received the Grand High Alpha Award for maintaining superior operations and fraternal spirit for a minimum of three consecutive years.
I recently spoke with the current chapter President Zachary Most. “Right now we have 40 actives in the chapter as we prepare for spring recruitment. Our brothers are active in numerous campus organizations, with one on the Greek Week Committee, another who will be in charge of homecoming in 2011, still another who is a part of Category 5 (a group that sets up activities for sporting events), and the chairman of philanthropy for IFC. In addition, Karl Rennalls is an athletic trainer with the football team. The chapter holds its watermelon bust each fall to benefit Camillus House in Miami, which provides food for the needy. Last year we contributed 200 pounds of food and more than $1,000. We are active in intramurals, placing second in softball last year, and we continue to strive for academic excellence with a 3.18 GPA, which is above the all-men’s average. The chapter has a number of traditions including a Thanksgiving pot-luck dinner where brothers invite a date or a friend. We hold a formal in the spring and go to Key West or Ft. Lauderdale.”
Delta Sigma Kappa was founded on December 20, 1927, for the usual reason of students wanting to establish lifelong friendships during their college years. Thirteen years later on February 3, 1940, the group became the Epsilon-Omega chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, with Peter Stern elected as the chapter president. During that period of time they dominated every facet of life on the Miami campus, retiring the intramural trophy and scholarship trophy after recording the highest points and GPA for five consecutive years. They were also dominant in varsity sports with Robert P. Masterson (1938) being one of four Lambda Chis to captain the team in consecutive years. He then went on to play professional football for nine years. In 1935 Gardner Mulloy (featured in numerous articles in the Cross & Crescent) received the university’s first tennis scholarship and went on to organize and coach the first team. By 1954 he was ranked the No. 1 player in the world. Following this auspicious beginning the chapter, during its 70-year history, has enjoyed far more successes than failures, winning the all-sports trophy and the scholarship trophy on
Freddy Stebbins is the current chapter adviser. “I joined the chapter as an associate member in ’86. A friend had told me about Lambda Chi so I went by the house, took a liking to everyone, and became a part of the largest AM class to date (38). We became known as the ‘big boom,’ and moved into the house. Almost immediately I became involved in the chapter and by the time I graduated in 1990 the brothers had enabled me to be elected President of the Student Body. They
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Stephen J. Adams (1944), retired administrator at the University of CaliforniaSan Diego Dr. Gary Shun An (1985), assistant professor of trauma and Critical Care at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Dr. William J. Anderson (1962), professor emeritus, director of neuroscience and academic affairs at the Indiana University School of Medicine Thomas Ardito (1952), former executive director of Goodwill Industries in Miami, Florida Dr. Adam J. Ball, urologist, Miami, Florida Raymond Barrows (1981), registered nurse, Miami, Florida Charles F. “Mercer” Beasley (Princeton 1906), member of the National College Tennis Hall of Fame and author of How To Play Tennis: The Beasley System, best known American tennis coach of the first half of the 20th century, tennis coach at Tulane, Princeton, and the University of Miami Thomas G. Beltz (1975), commercial pilot, 2003 US Standard Class Champion in gliding and #1 in Sports Class in 2010 in gliding Dr. Benjamin A. Biebel (1994), radiologist, Miami, Florida Dr. Francisco J. Blanco (1985), dentist, Miami, Florida Alfred Carapella (1951), played professional football with the San Francisco 49ers from 1951 to 1955, played in the Pro Bowl, member of the University of Miami Athletic Hall of Fame Dr. William Carr (1965), dentist, Indianapolis, Indiana Albert J. Carreno (1973), vice chairman of Harper Carreno Mateu, Coral Gables, Florida Dr. Drew Chenelly (1966), psychologist, Albion, New York Dr. Roland Chin-Lue (1993), doctor Xavier Ignacio Cortada (1986), Cuban-American painter with exhibits across the Americas, Europe and Africa, has received numerous awards including the National Champion for Children Award, featured in the December 2010 issue of the Cross & Crescent Dr. Michael J. Crooks (1990), physician with Northwestern University Luis F. De La Aquilera ’81, president and chief marking officer for TotalBank, Miami, Florida Carl Dibernardo (1951), NCAA Light-heavyweight boxing champion, member of the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Dr. Samuel M. Dodek (1990), dentist, Columbia, Maryland Edward Dunn, member of the University of Miami Athletic Hall of Fame (football and elected in the inaugural class of 1967), former member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees, , inducted into the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Hall of Champions on October 20, 2009. Dr. John M. Dyer, professor at the University of Miami Dr. Edward T. Foote (Yale 1959), president of the University of Miami from 1981 to 2001, chancellor from 2001 to 2003 Dr. Hector M. Garcia (1981), physician attached to the Miami Heart Institute, Miami, Florida Dr. Donald E. Harper (1961), professor of marine biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas Dr. William Heuson (1942), former professor of International Finance at the University of Miami and an Award for Academic Excellence is named in his honor Robert King High (1948), five-term mayor of Miami, Florida Dr. Bernard Hindman (1955), radiologist at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine Frank R. Jimenez (1987), former chief of staff for the US Department of Housing & Urban Development in Washington, DC
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Dr. Frederick A. Kam, executive and medical director of Auburn University Medical Clinic Thomas Kearns (1945), played professional football with the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants, member of the University of Miami Athletic Hall of Fame, major benefactor in the construction of a permanent Sports Hall of Fame building at the University of Miami and in whose honor it has been named, former State Representative in the Florida legislature, former director of Barnett Bank, former member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees and a member of Iron Arrow, the University’s highest honor Alan S. Knitowski (1991), chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Phunware, Inc., Austin, TX, president of Alternative Investments at Curo Capital, president and managing director at Ecewa Capital Group Dr. William A. Kormos (1988), physician with Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts Frankie Laine, singer, songwriter, actor, and entertainer, multiple No. 1 recordings, two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Dr. George Lederhaas (1984), anesthesiologist with Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida Dr. J. T. Mallamo (1961), retired neuro and interventional radiologist, Monterey, California Dr. Nicholas Mataragas (1994), physician, Illinois Dr. Philip T. McCreanor (1986), associate professor of environment engineering at Mercer University Dr. Michael S. Meyer (1991), cardiothoracic surgeon, San Antonia, Texas Jordan R. Miller (2007), associate director of chapter services for Lambda Chi Alpha William Miller (1967), All-American in football, played with the Dallas Texans, Buffalo Bills and then from 1964 to 1968 with the Oakland Raiders including catching two touchdowns in the 2nd Super Bowl. Gardner Mulloy, attorney and tennis professional, several previous articles in the Cross & Crescent, inducted into seven halls of fame including the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the University of Miami Athletic Hall of Fame (inaugural class of 1967), won a doubles title at Wimbledon, ranked No. 1 in the world in 1954 Dr. Leonard H. Raucher (1985), family physician, Baltimore, Maryland Dr. Mitchell F. Reiter (1990), orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Jose W. Ruiz (1997), otolaryngolist, Miami, Florida Dr. William W. Sandler (1968), former dean of students at University of Miami from 1962 to 2006, in his honor is the William W. Sandler, Jr. Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education at the University of Miami, recipient of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Merit in 1988 Dr. Christopher M. Schulze (1996), physician, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dr. Jackson Sells (1946), professor emeritus of electrical engineering at the University of Miami Dr. Paul B. Sygall (1991), anesthesiologist, Greenwich, Connecticut Dr. David J. Thein (1975), periodontist, Overland Park, Kansas, High Pi at Pittsburg State, Kansas John “Red” Tobin (1941), three-sport star at University of Miami, member of the University of Miami Athletic Sports Hall of Fame Dr. Peter Van Houten (1978), physician, Greenville, North Carolina James Vollenweider (1962), played in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts Dr. Barton Westerlund (1947), professor of economics and marketing at the University of Arkansas Dr. Clyde S. Wilkins (1998), physician, Jupiter, Florida Gene Williams (1936), judge, Dade County, Florida
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were my giant campaign team. With over 9,000 students it was a big deal to be elected, not only for myself and my fraternity brothers, but also for my family. Just as had the fraternity, the election changed my life. I immediately became well known and got to hang out with famous people. It was the greatest thing that ever happened to me in terms of education, visibility, leadership, and the ability to give back to the university. I traveled with the football team and was frequently interviewed by newspapers. In addition, my tuition, room, and board were paid by the university. It was quite an honor.” How did you get re-involved with the Fraternity? “After graduation I worked for a couple of years and then applied for and was accepted into graduate school. This was made possible by being a graduate assistant, which meant I lived in the fraternity overseeing the brothers and making sure they followed policies and procedures of the school. I lived in the house for the next three years while I earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (Master of Humanities). Today I am a teacher of humanities at Miami Dade College.” What happened during the period of receiving your master’s to result in your being selected as chapter adviser? “Well, I had moved to California with a brother who worked in the entertainment industry and tried my hand as a stand-up comedian; in fact I still do some of that in Miami. While in California I got a job with the Los Angeles Dodgers on their radio broadcasts and traveled with the team. In addition, I worked on a television travel show. Both jobs I thoroughly enjoyed. But, when those opportunities ended, I moved back to Miami and worked as an actor and a voice-over artist. By 2003, the chapter had met with a number of challenges and I was asked to become involved as a member of the Alumni Control Board. I got to know Jordy Miller, then the High Alpha (chapter president) and,
currently, the associate director of Chapter Services with Lambda Chi. In 2005 I was asked to become the chapter High Pi as well as a member of the House Corporation.” Why did you agree to accept those responsibilities, especially in challenging times? “I did go back and think of all of the great memories revolving around my involvement with our chapter. My best friends are Lambda Chis and I have been a groomsman in 10 to 15 weddings of fraternity brothers. I have traveled around the country staying with Fraternity brothers and rekindling these friendships. It comes down to wanting these men to be able to have what I had when I was an undergraduate. I remember Doc Heuson, a professor here at Miami. For 20 or 30 years he would meet with the new initiates immediately following their initiation and tell them about the history of this great chapter. I still feel obligated to the men I was a brother with, to keep traditions such as ‘Doc’ Heuson’s alive with the men I knew in the ‘80s and ‘90s. It is my duty to keep the ball rolling. I am so proud of the men in this chapter. I owe it to them.”
International Headquarters Staff Member
I have had the pleasure of working with Jordy Miller at Lambda Chi International Headquarters for the past several years. “I remember the fall of ’03. I was recruited by Stebbins. I was invited to the house, and
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Alan Knitowski, Epsilon-Omega 1095
Alan S. Knitowski (1991) is a successful serial entrepreneur with multiple post Internet and technology bubble exits to such companies as Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ: LVLT) and Internet Security Systems (NASDAQ: ISSX). He has been a founder, executive, angel investor, and fund manager throughout his career in the private sector after serving in the U.S. Army as an Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger qualified captain in the Corps of Engineers both domestically and abroad. He has also created and managed companies that have won both regional and national awards for growth, including the 2008 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Orange County and the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 North America awards. Knitowski is currently the CEO and chairman of Phunware, Inc., an enterprise branded mobile application infrastructure company based in Austin, Texas. The company’s primary business focus is on mobile application infrastructure for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad (Apple) applications while its secondary business focus is on mobile application infrastructure for Blackberry (RIM), Android (Google), Pre (Palm), Windows CE (Microsoft), BREW (Qualcomm) and Symbian (Nokia) applications. “Lambda Chi means college to me,” Knitowski says. “It fundamentally defined my collegiate experience and my association with the U. It also paved the way for the organizations and alliances that I made throughout college and defined the way that I grew up away from home for the first time. I cherish the memories of all that Lambda Chi represented ... sports, friendships, brotherhood, parties, road trips, academics and Hurricane football. It also served as a launch point to my life beyond college and established a basis for who I became and what I’ve accomplished. Without Lambda Chi and the U I may have never been able to get in to all of the graduate programs that further defined the transition from where I started to where I now am.”
I liked the guys. I got to thinking that I could do a good job leading them, and I decided then that I wanted to be president of the chapter. While sharing my hopes with Freddie he quickly brought me back to reality when he reminded me I had to be invited to join the Fraternity before I could become president. The year after I joined, the chapter encountered a couple of significant challenges. Some of the brothers dropped out, but 10 to 15 of us wanted to do things the right way and continue on so that we could enjoy a great fraternity experience. During those times, Freddie reminded me that this was an opportunity to do what I said I had wanted to do, to move forward and accomplish good things.” What influenced you to work for Lambda Chi after you graduated? “Our live-in adviser in 2006 was Chris Hall who had just completed two years as an educational leadership consultant (ELC) and was a valuable asset while the chapter built an action plan and moved forward. We became friends and he encouraged me to apply for an ELC position. I loved being an ELC because I was able to visit places across the country that I would otherwise never have seen. It was great building relationships with alumni and undergraduates; being there with knowledge and able to assist the
officers and members of each chapter I visited. I developed a sense of duty to stay and assist as a mentor, being a role model for the younger brothers. I miss my undergraduate experiences, especially the random nature of how we ended up making a lot of things happen spontaneously. One of us would make a suggestion and then the entire chapter would buy in and we would then move forward to accomplish the task. I wish the chapter a Happy Birthday with many more successes in the future.”
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New Chapter Tools
Branding guidelines and website support/services for chapters.
by Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)
In an effort to continue to provide chapters with the With the website, your chapter also gets its own private social network resources and tools they are requesting, the International (like having your own Facebook just for your chapter), where you can: Headquarters staff has produced two new marketing * Plan events (recruitment, social, etc.) resources. * Accept and process dues payments The first is the new Lambda Chi Alpha Styleguide that supports the Fraternity’s current masterbranding. The other is the partnership with Celect, a Greek-licensed vendor, for chapter website support and services.
* Share photos, music, and files * Create event invitations * Communicate privately with committees * Maintain alumni relations * And much more
The International Headquarters has launched a revitalized branding system to create a visual image consistent with our Fraternity’s Seven Core Values. Critical to the overall impact of this masterbrand is the consistent branding support execution done by our vendors and individual chapters. This styleguide serves as a reference for all who work with Lambda Chi Alpha, both internally and externally. You can find the 2011 Styleguide here (to utilize the interactive links within the .pdf be sure to download the document to your computer).
The purpose of the Lambda Chi Alpha Styleguide is to make clear and simple rules, permit few exceptions to the rules, and provide uniformity for all communications.
As a part of this new relationship, the staff has worked with Celect to create new layout design templates below, which you can customize after your site goes live, that meet our branding requirements. This is a great opportunity to refresh your chapter’s website at a low cost. Please contact Celect at (217)-337-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to get started building your site. Celect develops customized websites equipped with private social networks and online management tools for fraternities, sororities, councils, churches, student groups, and other community-based organizations. Serving more than 1,500 organizations and nearly 1.1 million unique members, Celect strives to redefine the way organizations unite, communicate, promote, and monetize.
The International Headquarters staff has established a new partnership between Lambda Chi Alpha and Celect, the Greek industry’s top web design and development company. Our new partnership with Celect entitles each of our chapters to a brand new website at a discounted price of $200 (plus monthly hosting) — 40 percent less than the cost of other site management software or custom development. The platform makes it simple for chapter brothers to edit their own sites after they go live, no programming required.
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Cross & Crescent February 2011
Core Values in Action
A Gamma-Kappa brother at Missouri, Tim Noce was elected student body president of the entire University of Missouri system. By Jon Williamson (Maryland)
Core Values form the foundation of Lambda Chi Alpha’s approach to brotherhood. As a part of the True Brother Initiative, our Seven Core Values – Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service and Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage -once learned and internalized, equip each Lambda Chi Alpha undergraduate brother and associate member with a clear moral compass, always orienting him, no matter the environment or consequences, toward making ethical decisions. For Lambda Chi Alpha, it is not enough simply to know how to do things the right way; more importantly, it is to do the right things, for brotherhood and leadership are ultimately about action, about doing.
Core Values in Action: Service & Stewardship
Frequently I will call a chapter president and ask him to brag about his chapter for a couple of minutes so that we can include the update in an upcoming issue of the Cross & Crescent. In the middle of January, I reached Nick Smith at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Nick shared with me that the chapter had won the intramural title for the fall, had an officer in IFC, enjoyed over a 3.0 GPA and their chapter strength was above 100. After congratulating him on those impressive accomplishments I asked him if there was anything else I should include. He responded, “Yes, we have the president of the student body for the entire University of Missouri system.” Timothy J. Noce will graduate this coming May, completing a major in business with an emphasis in management. “I lost my voice while on my way back from New Zealand and Australia where I have been studying international business during the break between semesters,” Noce says. “I’m not sure what I will do when I graduate but I want to combine energy and technology in a job, or perhaps I’ll go to graduate school.” How did you become involved in Lambda Chi? “I wasn’t sure I wanted to join a fraternity. A few of my friends were Lambda Chis, my friend Mike introduced me to Lambda Chi Alpha and I joined in the fall of ’07, my freshman year. I became involved in the house immediately, serving as kitchen steward my first year, then IT chairman and, this past year, served on the Executive Committee.” You successfully combined fraternity with student government. “Yes. Also in my freshman year I learned there was an open Student Senate position so I ran and was elected. At the end of my sophomore year I was appointed to the executive cabinet of the president and then in my junior year I ran and was elected to be president of the student body at the University of Missouri at Columbia. This past fall I was elected the inter-campus chairman for the students on the four University of Missouri campuses: Columbia, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Rolla. Voting in that election are the presidents and vice presidents from each campus as well as the student curator and a representative from the lobbying group for all campuses, representing Associated Students of the University of Missouri. In addition to organizing meetings and events I am the student voice for the four campuses.” How would you describe yourself to others? “I have a younger brother who is a sophomore in high school and a younger sister who will enter the University of Missouri at Columbia next fall. I love to swim and play water polo. I love Lambda Chi Alpha and I will miss my time spent hanging out with my brothers, which has been priceless. Some of my best friends are Lambda Chis and it has been the best time of my life.” www.crossandcrescent.com 27 Cross & Crescent February 2011
Finding and Celebrating Lost Brothers
Two recent discoveries: LSU’s Eugene Callahan and Chicago’s Perry G. Miller.
By Jon Williamson (Maryland)
Election week last November was an exciting one for me -- not because I’m a Republican or a Democrat or a Tea Partier, but because one of our own (Kevin Yoder), whose career we have been following since he was first elected to the Kansas State House, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Several other of our brothers were elected to state offices and we will be featuring them in the coming months. It reminded me of the importance of following the careers of our graduated brothers so that we can celebrate their occupational successes. We used to do a great job at the chapter level of keeping up with our alumni with the periodic publication of newsletters and now that process has moved online with the increased use of chapter websites. The day after the election I obtained a copy of our Butler chapter’s 2010 membership directory which contains the history of their first 75 years and some pictures which bring it to life. Such a directory is a great way to keep alumni involved. My favorite picture is of the brothers with their tireless chapter adviser, Dr. Elgan Baker (DePauw), and which was part of our article last November about the Butler chapter. Every now and then we lose track of brothers, even prominent ones.
Cross & Crescent February 2011
LSU’s Eugene Callahan
Such is the case of a Pulitzer Prize winner and also a two-time Academy Award winner. I am a TV and movie buff and one of my favorite series was Naked City from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Probably only a few of you remember this series but perhaps you will remember Butterfield 8, The Hustler, Splendor in the Grass, The Cardinal, America - America, Funny Girl, The Candidate, The Stepford Wives, King of the Gypsies, Grease 2, Black Widow, Little Nikita, and Steel Magnolias. The common thread running through all of these films is the set decorator and production designer Eugene Callahan (Louisiana State 1946). Callahan was born and raised in Louisiana and began his designing career while an undergraduate at Louisiana State by working on opera sets. After graduation he turned to the new medium of television, working on numerous live shows and continuing with filmed episodes. He began working on feature films in 1959 with The Fugitive Kind, and just two years later he won his first Academy Award for his work on The Hustler, which he shared with Harry Horner. In 1964, he received two nominations; one for a movie in color, The Cardinal, and a second for one in black and white, America, America for which he won his second Oscar. His final Oscar nomination was for his work on The Last Tycoon in 1977. Prior to his death in 1990, he completed work on the movie, Steel Magnolias, which was filmed in Natchitoches, Louisiana. This was a distinguished career for a brother who worked on more than 50 movies and 1,000 television programs.
Chicago’s Perry G. Miller
The range of our brothers’ achievements is quite diverse. Another example of excellence is found at our chapter at the University of Chicago, founded in 1920 and dormant since 1937. Although only 156 brothers were initiated by our Gamma-Lambda chapter, the majority were distinguished as scholars, writers, artists, and scientists. We even had an all-American football player. A most distinguished brother, Perry G. Miller, was born in Chicago and graduated from the University in 1927, earning his doctorate in 1931. He then journeyed to Harvard where, with the exception of his time spent in the U.S. Army during World War II, he taught English until his death in 1963. There seems to be general agreement among historians that he was an influential figure, writing intellectual pieces about American civilization, political institutions, and the Puritans. His first significant publication was in 1933 and titled Orthodoxy in Massachusetts, 1630-1650. This was followed by 10 other works in addition to biographies of Jonathan Edwards and Roger Williams. Although he died in 1963, his final work, Life of the Mind in America: From the Revolution to the Civil War, was published in 1965 and it was for this effort that he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. As a side note, I found it interesting to learn that Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter wrote an obituary for Miller that was published in The New York Herald Tribune.
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