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Dispatches from the Legion of Honor

Chapter and Alumni News

Alabama in Huntsville

Ryan Tamas during a recent visit to the Colosseum in Rome.

Arkansas

Gus Wolk and his VMI cadet friend Weston Glover cap off their road trip with a stop at Headquarters.

Auburn

This past year the Beta Theta Chapter grew tremendously in service and involvement. The brothers had a cumulative 5845.5 hours of community service. Kyle Sitzer, John David Hart, and Jack Fruin were elected to be representatives to Auburn University’s Big Event, which is a large-scale community service project put on by the University to help Auburn and the surrounding area with various community efforts. Several brothers went abroad to serve in mission trips, including John David Hart who went to Haiti and China, as well as Jack Rebarchak and Michael Price, both of whom traveled to Mexico during spring break for FOCUS Missions.

Additionally, brothers were elected to serve throughout Auburn University in varying areas. Several brothers were elected to serve on the Interfraternity Council, including James Pate and Scott Sturdivant serving as Co-Directors of Risk Management, and Hollis Gilbert, who served as Vice President of Risk Management. Brothers are also involved with COSAM Leaders, including James Pate and Taylor Young, who served as President for the group. Many brothers were elected to serve in the SGA this past year, including Ryan Bell, Cobb Bostick, and Austin McCombs. Brothers also were involved in a vast array of honor societies and groups.

In April, the chapter teamed with Phi Mu Sorority to host the Nu Mu Cookout, a large barbecue cookout and raffle to help serve the Rabren Foundation and the Childrens’ Miracle Network.

Cobb Bostick was also honored to be selected to join the Spade Society, a group honoring the top students at Auburn. James Pate was also selected to join the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society, which is a huge honor.

Butler

This past semester was a great leap forward for the chapter. The chapter was lucky enough to be awarded Rock Chapter honors for the fifth time in a row! In addition, Epsilon Mu was able to bring home the Manpower Award, Excellence in LEAD I, II, and All-LEAD, LEAD Innovation Award, LEAD Chapter of the Year, Excellence in Operational Excellence, Excellence in Personal Development and Membership Value, Excellence in Values-Based Leadership, and NIC Chapter of Distinction. All brothers worked tirelessly over the course of the semester to bring innovation and positive goal steps to their respective committees, as well as honor to their chapter.

Two brothers who particularly stood out are Blake Moskal, who was inducted as an Alpha Affiliate, and Garrett Oberst, who was also inducted as an Alpha Affiliate and was named Sigma Nu Man of the Year! Epsilon Mu is proud to have such outstanding brothers leave their mark in the chapter’s history. Another honorable mention includes Brad Bocketti, former Eminent Commander, who was placed as Butler’s IFC president in January.

The chapter has also excelled in philanthropy, averaging over 18 hours of community service per brother over the course of the semester. Epsilon Mu has amped up their efforts in campus involvement, continuing to bring home a trophy in Butler’s “Spring Sports” as well as having an immensely supportive showing for Butler’s "Polar Plunge.” The chapter has high goals set for their Fall Voodoo event. With the help of their newly initiated brothers, and the momentum of such a successful past semester, the chapter feels confident in their abilities to embrace a challenge and reach even higher in the semester to come.

Cal Poly Pomona

Vice Regent Jordan Wu and his brother Kevin in Taiwan this summer.

Cal State Fullerton

The Lambda Upsilon Chapter had many great achievements both as a group and as individuals since the beginning of the 2016 year. With excellence in grades and dedication to the community, the Lambda Upsilon Chapter was honored to receive such outstanding awards.

The chapter received the Interfraternity Council’s top awards, which included the Dean’s Cup and the 4 Star award. The Dean’s cup and the 4 Star are awarded to the chapter that has reached the highest level of achievement of the academic year. In addition to the chapter, representatives Andrew La and Erich Sieben were able to attend the 67th Grand Chapter in San Diego and were honored to receive awards for implementation of the LEAD Program and academic achievement.

Within the Fullerton community, the chapter also participated in impactful activities for the students of Sierra Vista Elementary School as part of the community service giving back. From this dedication every Friday afternoon, Lambda Upsilon Chapter then received the Service Award from the Parent Teacher association for the chapter’s continual volunteer service. Not only working with younger students, the chapter also organized the traditional philanthropy “SNUPERBOWL” to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Center in April. The chapter was able to raise $1,278 to donate directly to the hospital. Furthermore, for a week of community service in the summer, Brian Burgess, Alexander Foy, Andrew La, and Tyson Phillip participated in an annual Camp Titan program which helps underprivileged adolescents gain confidence and a positive experience.

As a collective, the chapter achieved many things, but a few individuals had the opportunity to participate in other programs and achieve a higher mention. This year Alexander Foy was recognized as IFC’s Fraternity Man of the Year for his performance and dedication as Lieutenant Commander for the chapter. Alexander Foy and Fabian Flores also took the opportunity to study abroad to learn about the world. Brother Foy is studying abroad in Berlin and Brother Flores is studying abroad in Barcelona. The chapter is honored to receive recognition for the dedication and hours put into the community for the betterment of society.

This year, Lambda Upsilon Chapter was also fortunate to have help from a few alumni. Alumnus Calvin Nyo facilitated all of LEAD Phase III. Alumnus Joe Baxter facilitated the officer transitions from the Spring to the Fall of the 2016 year.

Cal State Los Angeles

The Eta Phi Chapter celebrated their 50th anniversary in May. The event was chaired by Worthy Commander Hugo Barraza with the night’s program highlighting the milestones and achievements of the chapter since its founding. Founding father and the most senior-serving member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich presented the chapter with an official commendation from Los Angeles County.

Worthy Commander Hugo Barraza joins fellow alumnus Michael Antonovich in celebrating Eta Phi's 50th Anniversary.

Cal State San Bernardino

Several recent graduates from Lambda Chi.

California

This year Beta Psi Chapter had a special guest on their intramural basketball team. Richard Rodgers, the former University of California football tight-end and current Green Bay Packers starter, accepted an invitation from team members to take part in the Spring 2016 intramural season. At 6'4", Rodgers was a huge addition to the team roster, which was able to achieve a semi-final appearance. Beta Psi Chapter hopes to have the Berkeley alumnus back on the team for future seasons. 

Carnegie Melon

Division Commander Erik Tomalis (Duquesne) presents Shridhar Singh with Delta Sigma's 100th Anniversary certificate.

Case Western Reserve

This spring at CWRU Greek Life's year-end awards, the brothers of the Delta Alpha Chapter received the highest marks in the categories of leadership, scholarship, ritual, and the second highest mark in the category of citizenship, becoming the highest achieving Greek organization on campus. Also at this ceremony Charlie Topel received the Glenn Nicholls Award for Ethical Leadership in recognition of outstanding character. At the Case Western Reserve University awards ceremony Prince Ghosh received the Dorthy J. Pijan Student Leadership Award for Outstanding Freshman of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Colorado

The chapter had an outstanding academic year, ranking first out of 17 fraternities for the Spring 2016 semester with a chapter GPA of 3.046. The previous semester the chapter ranked second with a GPA of 3.019.

Columbus State

Collegians and alumni from across the country met at the Columbus Country Club to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Mu Xi Chapter at Columbus State University on May 14th, 2016.  Among the special guests in attendance were the parents of Brother Mike Joyce who passed from Leukemia in 2001. They presented the inaugural scholarship bearing their son’s name to Brother Zack Wilkinson.

Dayton

Kevin McGrail takes a break from hikinh the Huangshan Mountain Range in China.

Duke

Mack Chandler was recognized by Duke’s Order of Omega Chapter with the Interfraternity Council President’s award.

Duquesne

At the 2016 Northeast Greek Leadership Association’s Annual Conference Luke Maciod was recognized as one of NGLA’S Greek Leaders of Distinction.

Eastern Michigan

The Lambda Pi chapter at Eastern Michigan University once again had a strong showing at the EMU Greek Awards, both on an individual basis, as well as a chapter. Their awards include recognition as a Chapter of Excellence for the 4th year in a row and rating of excellent in all 5 of the Greek Standards and Assessment Program categories which include: civic engagement, integration of purpose, leadership development, positive relationships, and intellectual development.

Individually, Joseph Sikora was recognized as EMU’s New Initiate of the Year, recognizing his dedication to scholarship and his hard work to overhaul our chapter’s scholarship program.

Also, Matthew Johnson was recognized for the individual Scholastic Achievement Award, recognizing his drive in the class room, his constant display of work in local art galleries, his university graphic design position, founding Ypsilanti’s only art collective (Water Tower Collective) and exceptional grades, all while beating cancer.

Florida

Brothers Alexander Maller, Bradley Maller, and Carlos Eduardo Santiago attended Grand Chapter in San Diego, Calif., and brought home the Manpower Award (80+ members) and Community Service Award for having the highest per man average of community service hours (42) for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Alumnus Salvatore Mortillaro recently passed the Series 6 Investment exam and continues to build his financial services practice with Northwestern Mutual. Alumnus Christopher Yanes completed a summer internship with Gresham Smith and Partners, a leader in design excellence excelling in Healthcare, Aviation, and large scale planning markets. Alumnus Bryce Sperling landed a position with The DiSTI Corporation, a leading provider of graphical user interface software and customized 3-D virtual maintenance training solutions.

Current Commander Landon Willey completed a summer internship in Fort Meyers, Fla., with Gartner, the world’s leading IT research and advisory company. Jordan Nasser completed a summer internship with Tampa, Fla. based Pilot Bank, a full service bank providing retail, commercial, and investment services to individuals, businesses, and institutions in the greater Tampa Bay and Lakeland, Fla. areas. Jared Blackburn completed an internship with the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. within the Bureau of Legislative Affairs. In the future, he plans to attend law school and/or pursue a Master’s Degree and eventually run for public office. Terence Delahunty completed a summer internship with Zero-G, a Dublin, Ireland-based brand strategy and design agency. Michael Schultes completed a summer internship in Orlando, Fla., with Lockheed Martin, one of the largest companies in the aerospace, defense, security, and technologies industry. Schultes worked as a college intern software developer for a large database study involving the F-35 program.

Brothers Harrison Magoutas, Grant Pitt, and Tirthan Shah worked with The University of Florida Homecoming and Gator Growl team over the summer as Director of Web Design, Assistant Director of Sales, and Assistant Director of Web Design, respectively, in preparation for the event. Gator Growl is the largest student-run pep rally in the nation.

Alumnus and past Headquarters staffer Bill Morosco joined the coaching staff for Presbyterian College’s men’s basketball team under head coach Gregg Nibert. “I am extremely excited and humbled for the opportunity to work with someone as respected as Coach Nibert,” said Morosco. “His experience is something that I look forward to learning from and his winning pedigree is something I hope to contribute to. Presbyterian College and the Clinton community have been unbelievably welcoming and I can already see why this place is so special. It’s a great time to be a Blue Hose and I am enormously thankful that Coach Nibert has given me this opportunity.” Brother Morosco was previously on the coaching staff at The Citadel and prior to that was a graduate assistant at UC Davis.

Georgia

The 67th Grand Chapter in San Diego was a proud occasion for Mu Chapter. Commander Max Brandon and Lt. Commander Mitchell Fenbert accepted Mu Chapter’s fourth consecutive Rock Chapter Award and Vice Regent John Hearn was elected Regent-Elect of Sigma Nu.  In July 2018, during the 68th Grand Chapter in Washington, D.C., he will be installed as the 66th Regent and will lead the High Council during Sigma Nu’s 150th Anniversary.

Mu Chapter joins the men of Kappa Alpha Order for a photo after another successful Classic City Bowl.

Past Regent Robert Durham delivered a touching tribute to one of Mu Chapter’s “Mighty Oaks,” Generalisimo George Hearn III during the Chapter Eternal Report.  

Logan Duncan was inducted into the Alpha Chapter Affiliate Program, the highest honor bestowed upon graduating seniors.  He now carries the badge number of Alpha 620 in addition to his Mu badge. 

Mu alumnus Wells Ellenberg was named a Director of the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation and also accepted the Hall of Fame honor on behalf of Beta Theta (Auburn) alumnus Alvin Vogtle, former Chairman of Southern Company. 

Georgia Southern

During the 67th Grand Chapter in San Diego the Theta Kappa Chapter received the prestigious Rock Chapter award, the highest award for chapters. Because of his dedication and efforts in the chapter’s pursuit of excellence over the last three years, Past Commander Adam Clay accepted the award for the chapter. Watching the presentation were the three other Commanders since the chapter’s reorganization: Evan Winebarger, Eric Degen, and Zach Geurin. Besides the 4 Commanders, the chapter had 3 other collegians and 3 alumni at this presentation. The event was a proud occasion for Theta Kappa as it became one of eleven Rock Chapters during the 2014-16 Biennium, and it is a fitting cap for three years of solid improvement and excellence. Additionally, Adam Clay was elected in November as the IFC President at Georgia Southern.

In April, the Theta Kappa Chapter hosted an Alumni Panel on Entrepreneurialism and Business Leadership as part of their Alumni Speaker Series, and it was a resounding success. On the panel were Steve Gay, a Pharmacist & Owner of the Prescription Shop in Statesboro GA, Andy Oliver, the President & an Owner of Braswell Food Company in Statesboro GA, Shane Ragan, the President & Owner of Ragan Insurance Agency in Columbus GA, and Todd Kalish, the Owner-Operator of the Bradley Park Chick-fil-A in Columbus GA. Alumnus Billy Hickman, a Partner at Dabbs, Hickman, Hill, & Cannon CPA in Statesboro GA, facilitated the event.

In January, past Chapter Advisor, Tony Fair, was awarded the High Council Certificate of Commendation for 30 years of dedicated volunteer service. Tony was presented the award by then Vice Regent John Hearn (Georgia) at the 4th Annual Commanders’ dinner in Atlanta. The entire chapter extends its thanks to the Alumni Advisory Board, the House Corporation, and all the alumni ranks for their assistance, mentoring, and guidance during its 48-year history, especially the last 3 years. The chapter looks forward to the future as well as setting their sights on attaining another Rock Chapter award in 2018 at the 68th Grand Chapter in Washington D.C.

Georgia State

The 2015-2016 calendar year was a successful one for Eta Gamma Chapter in all facets of chapter operations. The chapter had five members with above a 4.0 GPA, 14 members with a 3.5 GPA and for the first time in three years the chapter scored above the all-men's average GPA. This year the Eta Gamma Chapter has worked diligently to reinforce one of the most underrated assets of any chapter, its relationship with its alumni. In the development of this relationship, the chapter managed to develop two incredible programs enhancing the versatility of the chapter and its members. The first of these programs was the Alumni Mentorship Program, which pairs active members and recent alumni with experienced alumni in the brother’s respective field of interest. This program has been underway for nearly a year now and now hosts the mentorship of over 20 collegians. The second of these programs is a variant of a L.E.A.D. Session organized by Candidate Marshal Juan Patino for the candidates of Spring 2016. This program was led by numerous members of the Eta Gamma Alumni Board of Advisors as a workshop focused on the preparation of resumes, interviews, and general business etiquette. These programs led to the chapter winning the Georgia State Greek Program of the Year at this year’s Greek Award Ceremony.

Eta Gamma Brothers display their recent campus awards.

The chapter’s newly elected Commander, Juan Patino, won the Kenneth M. England Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to the school’s most outstanding Greek Member. Brother Justin Cochran, former IFC Vice President of Internal Affairs, won the IFC’s Executive Officer of the Year. Eta Gamma has proven itself dedicated to the strengthening of its manpower by increasing its membership by over 15% over the past academic year. Continuing it’s campus involvement tradition new initiate CJ Harper was elected  SGA Senator, Brian Garcia was elected IFC secretary, Juan Patino was elected the IFC’s VP of External Affairs and Martice McClure was elected president of SCLA. 

Gettysburg

The past few months have been busy for Zeta Sigma Chapter. The weekend of April 11th saw a career networking panel with alumni as well as the campus premier of Jeremy Savage’s play entitled “Hiding Nowhere.” Between then and the end of the semester Pat Dooley and Marc Tessier were involved in multiple performances with the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, and Graham Homan was invited to present research pertaining to both psychological experimentation on rats and the Holocaust. When the Bernie Sanders campaign came to hold a rally on campus, Blake Altenberg and Jon Danchik found themselves amongst the press corps with major news outlets.

Many brothers left for the summer to pursue job and internship opportunities across the country. Alex Delenko stuck around on-campus for most of the summer to research with Dr. Donald Jameson, synthesizing novel compounds and testing their enzyme inhibition properties, and Corwin Leber spent the summer working for Great Gettysburg Addresses, a company that helps local businesses with publicity and exposure. Others within the chapter followed different paths, from working with Sony to offering historical interpretation in National Parks. Needless to say, the brothers stayed busy.

The chapter recently held its yearly summer work weekend, bringing together active brothers and alumni in maintaining their property on the northern edge of the Gettysburg battlefields. With a well-groomed yard and a newly-organized house, the chapter looks forward to the coming year, and continuing to be a place where the good get better.

Illinois State

Andres Tapia III, Connor Kink, and Jordon Seaman were all recognized by Illinois State University’s Army ROTC program. Both Connor and Jordon were awarded the Tawani Foundation Award of Military Excellence, while Andres received an ROTC award in recognition of his steadfast dedication to the program and his willingness to serve.

James Madison

This year, Iota Delta Chapter distinguished itself at James Madison University’s annual IFC awards ceremony. At this function, the chapter and its brothers took home the most awards of all fraternities, including a number of individual awards. Matt D’Angelo took home the individual award for his contributions to the executive board, and Sean Carney was recognized for his work as President of IFC. In addition, the Chapter won awards for its service and philanthropy, and ultimately was awarded “Silver” status.

In May, Iota Delta hosted its annual Serpent Classic Golf Outing, which was attended by over 50 brothers from both the active and alumni chapters. This tournament serves as a way for brothers to reconnect and grow their fraternal bond in the spirit of competition. Mike Resetar took home the medal for lowest score on the day, shooting an impressive even par!

Also in May, 27 brothers entered the Iota Delta Alumni Chapter. In their time, Iota Delta’s manpower increased by nearly two times. In addition, the credibility and overall reputation of the chapter increased significantly. It is through the hard work of these brothers that Sigma Nu at James Madison University is sure to thrive for decades to come. These new graduates begin careers all across the spectrum. Whether their careers begin on Wall Street, in a hospital, or at a tech firm, Iota Delta is proud of its graduates and excited to see where life takes them.

Kansas

Nu Chapter was thrilled to be recognized as a Rock Chapter at the 67th Grand Chapter in San Diego, Calif. This award is the culmination of a body of work, passion, dedication, and love that has been poured into Nu Chapter for the last 10 years by generations of Sigma Nus. In some ways, it is the culmination of more than 130 years of work as this outstanding group of men has embodied and drawn upon the pillars of Love, Honor, and Truth that were first brought to Lawrence in 1884.

In San Diego, in front of all represented Sigma Nu Chapters from across the country, the chapter finally heard its name called for the first time in more than a decade. This award is the pinnacle of achievement and testament to the great men shaped by our beloved Fraternity. It is also evidence of the influence of our great alumni who have supported the chapter along the way.

In addition to winning Rock Chapter the chapter had several milestone achievements recently, some of which include: maintaining the second highest GPA among Kansas fraternities (candidate class ranked first among all new member classes); receiving six awards at the IFC Greek Awards in Spring 2016, a chapter member elected president of the KU student body; and the current Commander chosen to serve on Sigma Nu's High Council as a Collegiate Grand Councilman.

Kent State

Five consecutive Kent State Commanders come together for a photo at a brother's wedding.

Longwood

Recent alumnus Landon Cooper’s logo design was accepted as the official logo for the 2016 Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University this fall. Landon was one of five art directors from Longwood’s Design Lab selected to submit concepts for the competition. "It’s exciting to have my design chosen," said the Virginia Beach native. "I’m proud to see something I created be the graphic mark for a timeless moment in Longwood's history." The final decision was made by a committee of University staff involved in debate planning. Banners with the winning look have just been added to locations across the Farmville campus.

Louisiana State

Well known thoroughbred horse trainer and alumnus Tom Amoss was the trainer for 2016 Kentucky Derby contender Mo Tom who finished 8th in the 142nd Running of the Roses. Leading up to the Kentucky Derby Mo Tom had three first place finishes with a fourth place finish in the Louisiana Derby.

Lynchburg

This year the Mu Chi Chapter achieved not only the highest GPA of all Greek Life on campus, but the highest QPA (Qualitative Point Average) of all Greek organizations on the Lynchburg College campus. This achievement is thanks to internal and external support from our Spring 2016 Scholarship Chair Benjamin Wyland, and brothers like Zach Betterton, Spencer Murray, and Dylan Elliott who work as tutors on campus, and the Lynchburg College academic resources. The success in scholarship works as a driving force for the future in working to maintain academic excellence as well as moral excellence, and setting the precedent for excellence on Lynchburg College’s campus.

Mu Chi brothers during a pilgrimage to the Rock.

In the past academic year, the Mu Chi Chapter has been able to celebrate its members and its advisor with the rest of the Lynchburg College community. At the annual IFC/PC Greek awards at Lynchburg College, Nathan Paxton received an award for outstanding service on and off campus. Paxton works as a PASS Tutor to support students in the classroom, and works in the community as an Emergency Medical Technician for Delta Response Team, where he saves lives and supports the overall health of the local community. Michael Dunmyer received an outstanding academic award for receiving a 4.0 GPA/QPA for the 2015/2016 year. Dunmyer is a Westover Fellow at Lynchburg College, which places him among the best and brightest first-year students Lynchburg College. Paxton and Dunmyer both plan on graduating in May of 2019. The Greek Award council also awarded Chapter Advisor Jonathan Fries the outstanding Greek advisor award. His work is constant and he never fails to help the chapter succeed. Fries also won an award for outstanding advisor work at the Lynchburg College leadership awards. The chapter plans on working to achieve even more great things in the upcoming year.

Benjamin Giustiniani spent some of his time off from school pursuing research in Japan with Lynchburg College Professor Dr. Takashi Maie. Dr. Maie went to Japan with Giustiniani and another student to study Goby fish. Giustiniani, a current Biomedical Sciences major, took this opportunity to learn more about the muscular and skeletal structure of an amazing organism, the waterfall-climbing Goby fish. The trip took Giustiniani to the metropolis of Tokyo, as well as relatively untouched landscapes in the Kushimoto, Wakayama area. Giustiniani was able to immerse himself in the work he loves as well as the culture of Japan through Dr. Maie. Giustiniani stayed with Maie’s family, and was able to immerse himself in a culture some tourists would not be able to under normal conditions. Giustiniani said, “I strongly believe that experiencing things that are outside of your comfort zone leads to a strengthening of character and personal beliefs.” Giustiniani plans on continuing work with Dr. Maie during the upcoming year and exploring more of the ideas Dr. Maie has to share.

In the wake of national conversations about relations between the United States and Cuba, two Brothers, Jon Adams and Michael Dunmyer went on a study abroad trip in Cuba through the Lynchburg College Study Abroad program. The group took the opportunity to explore an area that will soon be seeing even more tourist-like visitors, pending national talks. Adams and Dunmyer spent their time exploring the customs, culture, and atmosphere of the country. They were astonished at the stereotypes being broken concerning communist countries as they talked with local citizens and saw the community progress that was being made. Adams and Dunmyer also explored rural areas, such as farming towns, to see the dynamic of economic and social systems compared to larger cities or even smaller cities in the United States. Adams and Dunmyer came back to the United States with an appreciation of the things they love and hold dear, and the ideas of the citizens of Cuba. Adams graduated in May of this year, and Dunmyer plans on graduating in May of 2019.

Maryland

The men of the Delta Phi Chapter were extremely active this past semester. They cosponsored seven philanthropy events including a road race fundraiser with Alpha Xi Delta for Autism Speaks and Delta Tau Delta’s dodgeball fundraiser for the American Diabetes Foundation. In addition, they hosted their annual Serving Honduras volleyball tournament in the backyard of their chapter house. All proceeds go to the Students Helping Honduras organization, where volunteers build schools for underprivileged children. The event was successful due in large part to the work of Brothers Steven Sexton and Mitchell Goldstein, among others, who were integral in its organization and execution. Thanks to the hard work of all brothers, children in Balsamo, Honduras, are one large step closer to receiving the middle school they deserve and desperately need.

On another note, the renovation of their chapter house was completed. The inside of the house was gutted and completely redone, along with some minor detailing on the outside. This process could not have been completed without the stellar work of the Delta Phi House Corporation. Headed by Ramin Nejaddehghan, with the help of Bobby Becker and Jordan Blaker, the project was completed in a timely and efficient manner. In testament to this work, alumnus and Alpha Affiliate Ramin Nejaddehghan was recognized as House Corporation Officer of the Year at Maryland’s 2016 Greek Awards Banquet.

Middle Tennessee State

Josh Causey takes his son (and future legacy) to visit the memorial for Alpha 1.

Minnesota

After being named a Chapter of Distinction by the North American Interfraternity Conference in 2015 and a Rock Chapter at the 67th Grand Chapter, the Gamma Tau Chapter continues to look to raise the bar in order to avoid complacency and push our members.

A focus of the chapter’s strides to push its own boundaries has been with its philanthropy and service. The chapter’s largest philanthropy event of the school year, Border Battle, was expanded in the Fall of 2015 to include an entire week of activities, such as a football tournament that engaged other Greek organizations at the University of Minnesota, a pageant, a fundraiser with Qdoba, and others. Border Battle raised over $8,800 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. A greater emphasis was also put on Gamma Tau’s major spring philanthropy event, Snuzapalooza. The event included a petting zoo, raffle drawings, and food to raise money for the Wildlife Preservation Network. Gamma Tau Chapter was recognized for its efforts in philanthropy and service at the campus’s Greek Awards in January when it received the Interfraternity Council’s award for Outstanding Philanthropy and Service Program.

The chapter has also focused on improving its use of the LEAD program. Chapter leaders have worked hard to find new facilitators to give fresh life to LEAD sessions, allowing them to be new to even the most experienced members. The chapter has also seen higher attendance at LEAD sessions and other chapter events by incorporating an Attendance Bowl competition that divides members onto teams, which then earn points for attending events. Gamma Tau was recognized at the Greek Awards when it received the Interfraternity Council’s award for Outstanding Membership Development Program for its efforts in LEAD.

The chapter was also recognized at the Greek Awards as an Interfraternity Council Chapter of Excellence. Furthermore, two individual members were recognized by the Interfraternity Council. Max Kasel received the award for Outstanding New Member after his efforts to start the Mental Health Initiative during his first year in Sigma Nu. Nicholas Ohren, received the Interfraternity Council’s Living the Ritual Award for living our values of Love, Honor, and Truth in his daily life and representing Greek life in the most positive way.

Mississippi

Under the leadership of past Commander Taylor Massengill, the Epsilon Xi Chapter at Ole Miss completed another successful year characterized by commitment to leadership and service. The 27th Annual Charity Bowl was played in April, where the chapter's donation of over $100,000 was announced to the community. This year's recipient of $75,000 toward medical expenses was Mr. Kevin Orr, a retired Oxford Police Officer who was injured in the line of duty. Additionally, $25,000 was donated to medical research and Mississippi hospitals. The total amount raised through Charity Bowl will approach $2 million next year. Many brothers continued to give back though community service with organizations such as Coaching For Literacy, which harnesses the power of sports to fight against illiteracy in Mississippi. This year's candidate class also volunteered over 300 hours of their time with Oxford's Habitat for Humanity.  

On campus, the chapter received the IFC's Leadership and Character Development Award and Chapter Advisor John Green was recognized as Advisor of the Year. Commander James-Roland Markos completed his term as 2015 IFC President. Peyton Vaughan and Quinn McKemey were elected to the 2016 IFC Executive Board as Vice President of Recruitment and Vice President of IFC Judicial respectively. Brothers also led in student government, as Brent Ferguson was elected ASB Attorney General, replacing fellow Epsilon Xi member Loden Walker. Jacob Munn was voted President of the School of Accountancy and Caleb Carroll was chosen as a Senior Class Officer.

Epsilon Xi remains committed to serving the Legion of Honor at the national level as well. We are proud to report that at Grand Chapter, alumnus and Housing Corporation Board Member Carter Hutchins was elected Vice Regent for the next biennium. Commander James-Roland Markos also serves as one of two collegians on the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation's Board of Directors.

Alumnus and former Commander Bob Galloway designated the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the Lamar Order at the University of Mississippi School of Law as the beneficiaries of a $1.6 million planned gift. Brother Galloway is a graduate of the law school and was a member of the University Scholars Program as an undergraduate that eventually evolved into the Honors College.

Wister Hitt was also one of seven students recognized with Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society’s Freshman Leadership Award. The award was created in 2009 to identify, encourage, and honor leadership among campus freshmen. Hitt is a public policy leadership major from Yazoo City, Miss. He is a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class, the Lott Leadership Institute and College Republicans. He serves as an ASB senator, Freshman Council president and Candidate Class President for the Epsilon Xi Chapter.

Alumnus and former Mississippi track and field coach Joe Walker was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Mississippi College. Walker spent 30 seasons at Mississippi. During that time, which spanned two stints, he guided the Rebels to 11 top-20 national finishes and was a six-time SEC Coach of the Year honoree. His pupils earned All-America recognition 124 times, including 12 NCAA individual championships, as well as 60 individual SEC titles. The Utica, Miss., native was the 2002 USOC National Coach of the Year. At least one of his athletes or former athletes has participated in every Olympic Games but one (2004) since 1976. Perhaps his most notable mentee is Brittney Reese, who won a pair of NCAA long jump titles at Ole Miss and has gone on to be a three-time Olympian, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, six-time world champion, nine-time U.S. champion and the American indoor record holder in the long jump.

Missouri State

This summer, Commander Luke Wiesboeck continued his career in motorcycle road racing. He competed in 10 National events that spanned over multiple states, including Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and his home state of Illinois. Luke suffered a setback at Road America during practice when the temperature dropped rapidly causing the motorcycle to lose grip and slide out in a turn. Luke managed to compete in his race that same day with bursitis in both knees and a bruised shoulder. He finished in 4th place.  His highlights of the season were 3 podium finishes while obtaining 6 different sponsors including Lucas Oil and Factory Effex. He sports the black and gold colors of Sigma Nu while using number 023. Luke will be going into his 5th year of racing in 2017 and plans to keep pursuing excellence in his sport.

Luke Wiesboeck competes in a motorcycle road racing event.

Montana State

The Zeta Nu Chapter is excited to continue growing after their re-chartering ceremony this last spring. In April, Commander Michael Richie volunteered to shave his head to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The Chapter looks forward to participating in more philanthropy events this fall. The Zeta Nu Chapter would like to recognize Chapter Advisor Glen Herculean for his outstanding dedication to the fraternity and for earning MSU’s Fraternity Adviser of the Year.

Nevada

Delta Xi Chapter has owned the Graham Mansion at 1075 Ralston Street in Reno, Nev., as its chapter house since 1950. During the early years of ownership, the Alumni Housing Corporation completed extensive remodeling of the original building to accommodate the needs of a fraternity. More recently the south wing of the original mansion, euphemistically referred to as the Alpha Chapter, was boarded up and uninhabitable for a number of years due to failures in heating system, plumbing problems, poor water connections, a leaking roof and other factors. Several years ago the Delta Xi Housing Authority, present day owner of the house, repaired the roof and deck above the Alpha Chapter using funds bequeathed by deceased Brother, John R. Chatburn.

The rapidly growing chapter needed additional rooms, so in the fall of 2014, the Delta Xi Housing Authority authorized a renovation and remodeling project of the old Alpha Chapter to provide an additional 5 rooms and 8 beds at a cost of $196,000.  Co-Project Chairman, Ron Metzger and Larry Tiller led the effort to raise necessary funds to design and construct the project. Donations of $105,000 from over 80 Delta Xi alumni were raised.  Together with $5,000 from the chapter and a loan from the Chatburn Fund the project was funded. The loan will be paid back by the Chapter over a five-year period.

A plaque at the Delta Xi Chapter house honors those who donated for the recent restorations.

Construction began in late July 2015 under contract with Tim Milton Construction of Reno, Nev. The project had several challenging issues including a deficient structure and poor plumbing. Brother Brian Hartman provided a design for a robust structural system providing support from the basement through to the sizable deck above the Alpha Chapter. Brother Doug DeAngeli provided the design for the HVAC and plumbing systems to include new hot water piping under the house’s main living room. Doug’s company, RHP, sub-contracted the HVAC systems and plumbing to TMC.

The chapter house was opened in late October 2015 with several actives moving in.  A formal Open House for alumni attending Homecoming festivities was held October 24th. The entire house, including the 8 new beds, will be occupied for the Fall 2016 semester with 44 brothers living in and others filling a waiting list. This project will sustain the growth of Delta Xi Chapter for years to come.

On July 22, 2016, a Bronze Plaque with the names of nearly 60 alumni who donated between $1000 and $5000, as well as significant project contributors, was affixed to the structure to commemorate the project.

Alumni are encouraged to visit the house and see the new Alpha Chapter during Nevada Homecoming Festivities on October 22, 2016.  

North Carolina State

Associate Director of Leadership Development Chris Brenton joins Jeff Sagerer (Case Western) and Joey Jenkins (Old Dominion) during one of this past summer's UIFI sessions.

North Dakota

Epsilon Kappa brothers join the UND Softball Team for a homerun derby philanthropy event.

Northwestern State

On April 23, 2016, Phi Mu Sorority and the chapter co-hosted a color run. The profits were split and donated to charitable organizations. The event was able to raise $3,500. Phi Mu donated their half to Children’s Miracle Network while the chapter donated our half to St. Jude Childrens Hospital. The Mu Rho chapter of Sigma Nu looks forward to hosting additional joint service and philanthropy events in the upcoming year to encourage Greek unity on the campus.

On June 25, 2016, Mu Rho Chapter hosted its 2nd annual softball tournament in Natchitoches, La. The softball tournament consisted of 10 co-ed teams including an alumni team. The chapter was able to raise $2,000 to put toward building a chapter house. The chapter looks forward to inviting other regional chapters to participate in the future.

Oregon

The chapter received several 2015-2016 Fraternity & Sorority Excellence Awards at the annual presentation in June. Longtime Chapter Advisor Dan McCarthy was recognized as the fraternity community’s Outstanding Chapter Advisor and Commander Patrick Poggi was recognized as the fraternity community’s Chapter President of the Year. Additionally, the chapter was recognized with awards for excellence in Civic Engagement, Outstanding Leadership Development, and Outstanding Values Integration.

Pennsylvania

This summer has been an extremely productive period in the Beta Rho Chapter’s 122 year legacy.

The chapter created a scholarship for new university students in memoriam of an alumnus, Zane Grey, a man who defined the Western novel genre.

Additionally, a LinkedIn group for collegians to engage with their alumni brothers in their professional life has been created. Alumni Relations Chair Scott MacGuidwin has also been busy developing a professional panel of alumni hosting CEOs, successful entrepreneurs, and industry leaders who are excited to come back home to 3819 Walnut St.

LEAD Chair Conrad Mascarenhas has been heavily preparing for the inaugural LEAD Retreat before the start of the semester.

The Class of 1966 was also recently back at the house to host their 50th reunion, a huge milestone! It was fantastic to hear how their experiences in the fraternity still shape them as men today, and the chapter hopes to see them back again soon!

Community Service Chair Justin Bean has been busy starting an inaugural haunted house, Sigma Boo, with several performing arts groups on campus. He’s also laid the groundwork on a comedy show for charity as well as the return of the toy drive that brothers from years past fondly remember.

The house has also been under huge renovations this summer led by the Alumni Property Company including replacement of the main porch, resurfacing the parking lot, and reinstalling the basketball court.

Philadelphia

Mu Pi celebrates the initiation of their new brothers.

RIT

In the second semester of the 2015-2016 academic year, the chapter had the second highest grade point average of all Interfraternity Council fraternities on the campus with a stellar GPA of 3.225! The chapter was only 0.08 points behind the highest GPA. The chapter GPA gained from 3.168 to 3.225, a 0.057 increase from last semester! We want to congratulate our Scholarship Chair, Matthew Freeberg for this achievement! Brother Freeberg worked hard with all the brothers to ensure they are on the right path. The initiated candidate class for the second semester consisted of three new brothers: James Brunner, Brian Gillette, and Ryan Ostler. The candidate class had the fourth highest new member class GPA of all Interfraternity Council fraternities with a GPA of 3.085.

Iosif Shayman paddleboards across Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.

The chapter’s annual philanthropy event, St. Baldrick’s, was held in May. It was an incredible event, as many members of the campus community attended! The event raised $4,788! Over 30 community members shaved their heads and donated to a great cause.

Mu Zeta Chapter sent two representatives, Thomas Chappell and Ryan Glynn, to the 67th Grand Chapter held in San Diego, Calif.. They brought home an astounding eight chapter awards from Grand Chapter! The chapter is incredibly proud of the brothers and the hard work they have done this past year.

At the end of the spring semester the chapter had eight brothers graduating: Justin Cha, Asif Hashim, Blaine Kaplan, Dylan Panara, Jonathon Pons, Andrew Stadnicki, Jonathon Pons, and Ethan Young. Lastly, the chapter is thrilled to be celebrating its 25th Anniversary White Rose this year. The anniversary will be in April of 2017.

Southeast Missouri

Recent Mu Kappa initiates following their ceremony at Headquarters.

Stetson

The Delta Mu Chapter has accomplished many things this past year. The chapter won Fraternity of the Year at Stetson University and was able to maintain a 3.0 GPA as a whole for the entire school year. This is not including the individual awards given to the brothers for community service and group efforts. Danny Humphrey was recognized as an Alpha Affiliate at the 67th Grand Chapter. Additionally, alumnus Bill Watson was inducted into the Sigma Nu Hall of Fame. Lastly, over the summer, Steven Ersing competed in the United Kingdom for Team USA Ball Hockey.

Stevens

This summer has been an extremely rewarding one for the brothers and alumni of Gamma Delta Chapter.

Multiple brothers have been admitted to the prestigious Stevens Student Managed Investment Fund which began in the spring of last year. This fund manages a portion of the Stevens endowment and is advised by a board of industry professionals and business school faculty. The opportunity to manage real money in the tune of a couple hundred thousand dollars is unparalleled and is a remarkable preparation for the financial services industry. Daniel Pallone has been distinguished as a portfolio manager in the fund, Jonathan Hatter is returning for his second semester, and Luke Guglielmo, Peter Shamieh, and Daniel Polk are starting their first semesters on the team.

June saw the return of the annual Alumni Weekend where alumni from various classes could reminisce and share stories from their times living in the house and being a part of the Stevens Greek community. There’s nothing better than a summer barbeque with brothers and alumni at the house.

Five brothers, Jonathan Hatter, Liam Hanlon, Peter Shamieh, William Persson, and Daniel Polk, all students in Stevens’ newly branded School of Business, just returned from Spain as part of the school’s study abroad initiative. The trip is the final part of a course, titled Global Management, focused on the study of the Spanish economy while also incorporating foreign culture. Another continent over was Aanand Bhanderi, who has been spending the past 7 months studying abroad in Australia.

More locally, Norman Gerad Ross is spending his entire summer in rural North Carolina helping approximately 1,600 young men with their sailing ranks and building their character.

Texas Christian

Chris Dorr brings the serpent and stripes across the pond to Edinburgh.

Texas A&M

This past spring the chapter was very successful socially, but also academically. In what has become a norm for the chapter, numerous brothers received the “Deans Honor Roll” (3.85 GPR +), further solidifying their academic presence on campus. Brothers who received this were: Trent LaFrano, J. Conor Mullis, Reid Stacell, Brian Ogden, Trey Neal, Payton Shirley, Adam Patrick, Paul Scranton, Kyle Carlisle, Matt Durst, Joey Coll, Matthew Swanger, Will Chambers, Josh Green, Thomas Emeterio, Danny Stamp, Mitchell Balod, Ben Ray, Max Gollomp, Jake Bogar, Will Pfieffer, and Brandon Little. However, it was the entire chapter that contributed to achieving the elusive and sought after Regents Award for Academic Excellence. Congratulations to these Brothers for their hard work and academic performance. 

Furthermore, the chapter participated in Snook, Texas’ annual Chilifest, an outdoor music festival. Each IFC Fraternity created a structure to celebrate local Texas musicians near and far. The brothers performed exceptionally well in this event, taking home first place, while wielding their famous theme “Jurassic Classic.” The builds were judged on creativity as well as the happenings inside of the build.

In the alumni sphere, many alumni have begun to do important things in the work force. Notably, Aldo Sordelli completed his first year at Boeing International. Secondly, Wesley Dickens climbed the Facebook employment ladder to become one of Mark Zuckerberg’s most esteemed associates. Furthermore, Joe Laurel concluded his first year at the elite Georgetown Law School. The chapter is expecting big things from these brothers in the future.

Villanova

The Kappa Zeta Chapter is proud to have completed an exceptional year. The chapter was recognized for having the best philanthropy and chapter operations by the Greek Life office and Josh Beltran was awarded President of the Year. In addition to success as a chapter, a number of brothers have excelled on a personal level due to brotherhood development and leadership programs. Steve Perotti is Director of NOVADance at Villanova which raised over $160,000 to help fight pediatric cancer. Brothers Ben Crawford, Jakub Glowala, Steve Perotti, and Matthew Sopher all planned and led service break experiences that took groups of students all over the country to help communities and give back. Jakub Glowala served as Interfraternity Council President. The chapter is also proud to have 5 brothers on the Special Olympics Committee at Villanova which is the largest student run event of its kind in the world. The chapter is proud of all of the accomplishments this year and how the brothers have strived for greatness.

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