endure some burning, some adversity. Only by enduring do we put ourselves in the position to give the Light.
By Patrick W. McGovern, Indiana ‘99
s this semester comes to a close, I am grateful for Acacia’s progress and hopeful about our future. From the Fall 2015 to Fall 2016, the Fraternity has grown by approximately 11.5%. It has taken time to build up to that accomplishment, and I am very proud of our chapters, colonies, alumni members, and headquarters staff who all helped make it a reality. The cover of this Triad features Acacia Brother William Howard Taft (Yale, 1913), the 27th President of the United States (1909-13). This being a year with a presidential election, we thought it fitting to include a photograph of Brother Taft using a technology (phone) that has evolved quite a bit since his days. By the way, Brother Taft is the only person to have ever been President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Also included is an article from the Triad archives about Brother Taft’s initiation. Please visit our new online Triad archive, at acacia.org/triad. Our theme for last summer’s Conclave was “take the lead.” In my most recent Triad letter, I wrote of taking the lead, regardless of whether or not you are an elected officer or formal leader.
What will it take to make Acacia endure so that it (or we) may give Light to others? One of the means by which we provide enduring value is the support for educational programs and staff enabled via the Acacia Fraternity Foundation, and its many donors. You’ll notice that this Triad includes more information about the Foundation than we usually publish. One of the reasons for this is the additional staff support that the Fraternity & Foundation have this year in the roles of our first-ever Dir. of Alumni Affairs, Jackson Aaberg (Missouri, ‘12); our Dir. of Communications, Michael Moore (Central Oklahoma, ‘11); and our Dir. of Membership Development Benjamin Turconi (California, ‘12). We hope you will begin to see and feel some additional value in Acacia Fraternity as a result. The image of something or someone enduring “burning” leads me to wonder “what remains after the burning?”
Today I’ll focus on the theme of “seeing it through.” Once you have taken the lead, in any context, it is vital that you “see it through” to the successful outcome, or to the point where you can hand it off to someone else to continue the work of leadership while maintaining momentum. To me, the idea of “seeing it through” is similar to the idea of endurance. Once we have taken the lead, we must endure in our leadership to make a lasting impact. I might further reflect that endurance is only meaningful when tested. What are we doing today to build up the capacity to endure? A relevant example of this is the transition of officers in Acacia chapters and the transition from one era of brothers to the next. It is essential that each officer endures the challenges of his term (and each member of his membership) in order to steward the chapter for a period of time, then hand it off to his successor in the best shape that he can. The late psychiatrist Viktor Frankl is known for his book “Man’s Search for Meaning” which he wrote after surviving a concentration camp in World War II. One of Frankl’s powerful quotations is, “What is to give light must endure burning.” As I compare this to our charge as Acacians to Seek the Truth and Give the Light, I wonder if our founders had this idea in their minds - of “enduring burning” in order to “give light.” As we seek the Truth in our own lives, we will undoubtedly
Perhaps it is the “essence” that endures. Perhaps when our members take the lead, and see it through, what endures is a truer sense of who we are as individuals and as a brotherhood. How can the Acacians of today do what is necessary to ensure that future generations of men might have a chance to gain self-awareness via the experience of Acacia Fraternity? The ways and means are many. What part will you play, today? I hope you will enjoy this issue of the Triad and that you’ll feel compelled to support the experience that we continue to provide to young men and old, along Life’s Pathway. Fraternally,
Patrick McGovern, Indiana ‘99 Executive Director Acacia Fraternity
5 TAKE THE LEAD Hundreds of Acacians gathered for the 59th Biennial Conclave and Leadership Academy at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY from July 27-31, 2016. The home of the Kentucky Derby and the famed Louisville Slugger Factory is where we prepared our members to Take the Lead.
17 FORMER VENERABLE DEAN AWARDED EMMY In only a few years after graduation, former Missouri Venerable Dean Jake Lasofsky accomplished a feat that most producers never achieve. Won an Emmy.
22 WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT, ACACIAN This archived article from the 1912 Triad features 27th President William Howard Taftâ€™s journey to becoming an Acacian at the Yale chapter.
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By Jeremy N. Davis, Iowa State ‘00 “Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” – Henry ford
hroughout Acacia’s 112 year history, our beloved Fraternity has experienced its share of challenges over the decades. But each challenge has brought with it opportunity to do things better, and more effectively, while working continuously to enhance the undergraduate experience. Today’s Acacia is no different, as we work diligently to meet the needs of our undergraduates on college campuses, where expectations continually change. We do this through our Cornerstones program. Launched in 2006 at the 54th Biennial Conclave, the Cornerstones membership education program was implemented to “create and foster the optimal fraternity experience.” Over the course of the past decade, Cornerstones has adapted alongside our undergraduates and their campuses. From the original Cornerstones New Member Educational program, to the new www. cornerstones345.org, where we’ve integrated mentoring, membership education, and resources into a centralized location—and we’re not done yet! As you may have recently heard, the International Council, through a recommendation of Acacia Headquarters staff and with financial support of the Acacia Fraternity Foundation, unanimously approved a partnership with EverFi. The significantly expanded Cornerstones curriculum will provide undergraduate brothers with education on alcohol abuse prevention, sexual assault prevention, and hazing prevention. Through EverFi’s GreekLifeEdu online platform, our undergraduate brothers will be empowered to make well-informed decisions about issues that will affect their college years and beyond. With this expanded Cornerstones programming, the International Council also approved a recommendation that the one-and-a-half-hour online curriculum be required for every current undergraduate brother and every new member going forward. What does this mean for each chapter? In order to maintain good-standing with the International Fraternity, each chapter will be required to have 90% of active members and 100% of pledged members complete this course before the end of the Spring 2017 semester. Failure by a chapter to meet this standard will
result in a suspension of social activities, until such time as t he chapter meets the required course completion threshold. Moving forward, the headquarters will not recognize anyone who has not completed the course as brothers. Is this a significant change in expectations for our Chapters? Absolutely. Although this change may come as a surprise to many of our alumni reading this for the first time; we believe that through providing this enhanced Cornerstones GreekLifeEdu curriculum, our undergraduate brothers will have an opportunity to be leaders of change on our campuses. Communications have already been sent to each chapter from Acacia Headquarters staff about how to enroll in the curriculum. As we move towards full-implementation of GreekLifeEdu, our headquarters staff members are committed to helping support this important educational resource, as we continue to enhance Cornerstones! This past summer in Louisville, Kentucky, the 59th Biennial Conclave Delegates approved several funding and operational changes. Going forward, the Fraternity is partnering with Omega Financial (OmegaFi) to create a new membership management portal for all Acacians. It will feature chapter-level membership and financial management tools, and a new Acacia database designed to contain all of our most important data, updated in real-time. The Conclave Delegates also approved Acacia’s membership in the now-reconstituted North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the trade association for men’s fraternities nicindy.org/about/2-0. The NIC now provides additional staff resources, including public relations support, and more proactive advocacy for the rights of our organizations. The NIC is also taking steps to more proactively advocate for the rights of our organizations on campuses across North America, and in Washington D.C. Learn more about the NIC’s vision for fraternal communities at vfc.nicindy.org While we accomplished a significant amount of business at Conclave, there is much to be done going forward. The Headquarters staff will work diligently to implement these changes in-house, as well as with our undergraduate chapters. I would be remiss if I did not extend thanks, on behalf of the International Council and Staff, to each of the Conclave Delegates for approving the several policy
PRESIDENT’S LETTER Although it was a very busy Conclave, the strength of our brot herhood wa s evident throughout the week in Louisville. One of the highlights was the opportunity to p r e s e nt t he Indiana Colony with it s Cha r ter! T he undergraduates and alumni brothers of the Indiana Chapter have worked d iligent ly over the past year—resulting in the Conclave Delegates approving the granting of the Charter to the Indiana Chapter.
and funding changes at Conclave. But I also want to let each undergraduate brother know that while you are experiencing an increase in annual International Dues, please be assured that the International Council and Staff recognize the significant investment each undergraduate brother makes as we work to build a stronger fraternity. Additionally, I extend my thanks to the Acacia Fraternity Foundation Board of Directors for their commitment to Acacia—both financially and through their contribution of time in various AFF meetings throughout the year. As you’ve read above, Acacia is growing—implementing exciting changes to our operations and educational programming—and these changes require a significant investment. At the Conclave, the International Council asked the Conclave Delegates to invest in the operations and staff resources of the Fraternity, and the Delegates approved. As such, the International Council also asked the AFF Board of Directors to significantly increase their support of educational programming for the benefit of our undergraduate brothers. The AFF Directors have since committed to making a significant investment in the educational programming of the Fraternity going forward. As we work to grow and strengthen Acacia, I sincerely ask you, our alumni brothers, to consider supporting our educational programming with a financial gift to the Acacia Fraternity Foundation.
Another highlight recently was the opportunity to present the George F. Patterson, Jr. Award to Brother Stewart Burger, Cornell ‘67 following the initiation of new members at the Iowa State Chapter. Since his graduation from Cornell University, Brother Burger has spent his career at Iowa State University. Throughout the past several decades, Brother Burger has served previously as the chapter advisor and corporation board president for the Iowa State Chapter. Currently he serves as the Iowa State Chapter’s academic advisor. In addition, Brother Burger has also contributed financially to the educational funds in support of the Iowa State Chapter and the Cornell Chapter. It goes without saying that Brother Burger has truly exemplified the values of Acacia and is highly-respected by the brothers of Acacia. Finally, I continue to challenge our undergraduate chapters to live our motto of Human Service by taking a more active role in our local communities through activities such as Acacia Claus, What’s Your 20? (service hours program), and Seven Days of Service, to name a few. I’m proud of Acacia’s commitment to Human Service, and I look forward to our chapters continuing to expand our philanthropic activities in the future. Just as Henry Ford once stated that “Life is a series of experiences,” so too should your Acacia experience—for each challenge we face, our character and Fraternity will be that much stronger going forward. Sincerely and Fraternally,
Jeremy Davis, Iowa State ‘00 President International Council of Acacia Fraternity
und reds of Acacia ns gat hered for t he 59 t h Bien n ia l Conc lave a nd Leadership Academy at The Brown Hotel in Louisv i l le, Kent uck y from July 27-31, 2016. Home of the Kentucky Derby and the famed Louisville Slugger Factory is where we prepared our members to Take the Lead. C onc l ave op e ne d We d ne s d ay evening wit h t he Pre- Conclave Session a s g uest spea ker Jud Horras, President of the NorthAmerican Interfraternit y Conference, gave insight on the vision for fraternal communities that the NIC is facilitating. Acacia is a long-standing member of t he NIC (t he trade assoc iation represent ing f rater nit ies). T he President â€™s Recept ion followed where Acacia Fraternity Foundation Executive Director Darold Larson warmly welcomed the delegation. Soon after, Brothers made their way to Louisville Slugger Field to watch the Louisville Bats host the Charlotte Knights. The night was capped off with time presented for brotherhood where attendees were encouraged to share stories and bond with one another. It was certainly a great beginning to a memorable Conclave!
Thursday morning marked t he formal beginning of Conclave with the first business session. Acacia Fraternit y International Council President Jeremy Davis led the delegation through the last pillar of the 2014 Strategic Plan with inspiring words that challenged members to Take the Lead in their chapters. Members made their way to the first set of Round Tables to discuss what â€™s happening in their chapters. Several topics were covered including recruitment and officer organization. Alumni also took part in their own discussions about best advising practices. Next, the John F. Hoffner Leadership Ser ies feat ured spea ker James
Robilotta of Campuspeak who gave a comical angle on how to lead imperfec t ly. Robilot ta kept the mood light while also highlighting key issues young leaders face today. The day continued with another set of Round Tables and alumni discussions. Thursday came to an end with ritual practice of the first, second and third degrees. Members were divided up into committees where they discussed how their chapters recruited. The trading of ideas was beneficial for all members present. Members who shared their creative recruiting tactics with other brothers sparked conversation, which evolved into
CONCLAVE an organized brainstorming session of 200 active members. Headquarters staff and alumni facilitated the meetings. After the meetings, the delegation made their way to the Crystal Ballroom to hear Vince Fabra of Phired Up Productions to speak on recruitment and retention. The William A. Utic AFF Scholarship Luncheon followed in the Gallery Ballroom on the top f loor of the Historic Brown Hotel. A delicious three-course meal preceded the Award Ceremony. Scholarships were presented and Chapter Excellence Awards were also presented at the luncheon. Multiple chapters earned high praise for their accomplishments with the Kansas State Chapter winning the most awards at six while both the Penn State Chapter and Cornell Chapter finished with five. Friday night was a night full of brotherhood! Alumni and members connected at the George F. Patterson Society alumni reception in the Bluegrass Ballroom. A group of Acacians then pleased their palates at a bourbon tasting hosted by one of Louisville’s signature distilleries, Marketplace.
Meeting while brothers met in the Crystal Ballroom as Acacia headquarters staff spoke on key topics such as public relations, branding, event planning, chapter and personal financial commitments, and recruitment skills. Next, alumni and members sat through their last Round Table meetings. A night of worthy recognition and tears of joy enlivened all who were in attendance. The 59th Conclave Final Banquet and Awards Ceremony made not just a ripple but a splash in several Acacian’s lives. International Council President Jeremy Davis took the podium to begin with recognizing alumni who went above and beyond the call of duty with Acacia’s two highest awards, the Award of Merit and Order of Pythagoras. Acacia Fraternity Executive Director Patrick McGovern announced the winners of the Malcolm Award, Superior Chapter, and Outstanding Chapter. The Malcolm Award went to the Kansas State Chapter, the Penn State Chapter earned the Superior Chapter Award, and the Outstanding Chapter Award landed with the Iowa State Chapter.
Saturday saw the most legislative action of the threeday event. The Final Conclave Business Session opened the day of meetings. Acacians passed bills that would support stronger chapter management in all capacities. An expanded Headquarters staff along with the funding for converting our membership database were among the most notable items approved by the delegation. The Acacia Fraternity Foundation held their Annual
The 59th Biennial Conclave was one for the books! Friendships, ideas, and life changing decisions were fostered between all who attended. None of this would be possible without all the unwavering support given by Acacians who truly believe in Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders. Remember to mark your calendars for the 60th Biennial Conclave on August 1-5, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisana.
ALUMNI PROGRAMMING & ALUMNI ADVISORY Kansas State, Penn State BEST PUBLICATION Cornell, Missouri ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT Penn State COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY Iowa State, Ohio CHAPTER PROGRAMMING & MEMBERSHIP EDUCATION Cornell CAMPUS LEADERSHIP Kansas State DINING OPERATIONS Kansas State FINANCIAL OPERATIONS Cornell, Penn State
MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT Central Oklahoma, Ohio GOOD OF THE FRATERNITY Cornell, Iowa State, Kansas State, Missouri HOUSE MANAGEMENT Illinois, Kansas State, Penn State HUMAN SERVICE Illinois Wesleyan OFFICER ORGANIZATION Kansas State G.K. NELSON ACADEMIC PROGRAMMING Indiana, Iowa State PLEDGE EDUCATION Penn State RITUAL EXEMPLIFICATION Nebraska, Texas RISK MANAGEMENT Cornell
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S AWARD: MOST IMPROVED Oregon State MOST MAN MILES TRAVELED Washington Colony 7038 Miles Traveled LARGEST DELEGATION Iowa, Wisconsin 11 Delegates PRESIDENT’S AWARD: GREATEST GROWTH Colorado BEST YOUNG CHAPTER/COLONY Indiana
AWARD OF MERIT
(awarded during 2014-2016 biennium) Andrew Stout, Cal Poly Ronald Mitchell, Colorado Dr. Robert Travnicek, Kansas Dallas Nelson, Kansas State Jeffrey Lindauer, Indiana Aaron Morrow, Iowa Martin Liphardt, Nebraska James Katsaounis, Ohio Scott Graham, Penn State Arland Stein, Purdue Amos Meyers, Jr., Shippensburg Lamar Tims, Texas
ORDER OF PYTHAGORAS
(awarded during 2014-2016 biennium) Benjamin Turconi, California John Ford, California of Pennsylvania Eric Halahan, California of Pennsylvania Zachary Linkenheimer, California of Pennsylvania Timothy Nagy, California of Pennsylvania Mike Russell, California of Pennsylvania Ralph Vigliotti, California of Pennsylvania Chris Kolberg, Carleton Jerod Miles, Central Oklahoma Michael Moore, Central Oklahoma Timothy Campbell, Colorado
GEORGE F. PATTERSON, JR. AWARD Stewart Burger, Cornell Jeffrey Jordan, Ohio State
CHAPTER ADVISOR OF THE BIENNIUM Cory Oakley, Ohio
David Carson, Colorado Donald Jones, Colorado Hunter Reid, Cornell Frank Cassata, Illinois State Ryan Fergeson, Illinois State David Schoon, Indiana Randy Shoup, Indiana Thom Powell, Iowa Dan Stence, Iowa Drew Sherman, Iowa State Dale Weber, Iowa State Dallas Nelson, Kansas State Jackson Aaberg, Missouri Logan Hughes, Missouri
ROY C. CLARK AWARD Hunter Reid, Cornell Joseph Webb, Iowa State
SENIOR BROTHER Paul Hurlbut, Wisconsin Ryan Connelly, Ohio
Tim Hartshorn, Nebraska Daniel Lang, Northwestern Ryan Connelly, Ohio Ian Hawes, Oregon State Charles Kinzel , Oregon State Michael Oldt, Penn State Alex McKenzie, St. Cloud Tom Shelton, Texas Kenneth Christenson, Washington State James Grant, Washington State Gordon Olson, Washington State David Engeldinger, Wisconsin Kurt Johnson, Wisconsin Alan Scher, Wisconsin
JAMES ROBILOTTA, CAMPUSPEAK
VINCE FABRA, PHIRED UP PRODUCTIONS
Robilotta gave a comical angle on how to lead imperfectly. He kept the mood light while also highlighting key issues young leaders face today. A main takeaway from the presentation is that being honest with oneself is the first step to becoming a true leader. He explained that all leaders differ in some way and the most powerful way to lead is to be genuine in the way they approach and delegate to their peers.
The discussion led members through a recruiting and retention strategy that most members have never encountered. Fabra challenged members to tune in to the present and block out the noise around them that is the everyday life of a college fraternity man. Phired Up Productions continues to support Headquarters staff as well as chapters in improving recruitment and retention for Acacia chapters and colonies.
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY VENERABLE DEAN JACOB STRAYER, firstname.lastname@example.org
ince Conclave, Acacia’s expansion and recruitment efforts have focused on the past, the present, and the future.
Currently, members from Acacia Headquarters staff have been working directly with several of our current chapters on how to best improve chapter recruitment practices. Additionally, we have seen growth from several of our current colonies. The Washington Colony’s fall pledge class is their largest since colonizing. Both Iowa and Arizona State also saw success with their fall recruitment, initiating 14 and 11 members respectively. The Vermont Colony continues to work toward their charter as well and has improved their overall day-to-day operations.
Greetings from the Arizona State Colony, we have reached the halfway point in an eventful fall semester on the ASU campus. In September, seventeen actives inducted 12 men who will go through initiation the weekend of October 29th. Additionally, two brothers have been selected to the IFC conduct board. In keeping with the motto of Acacia, Human Service has been our priority. As one of the smallest fraternities on campus, we have participated in three philanthropy events. We finished second in the most recent philanthropy to benefit Sigma Kappa’s Ultra Violet campaign. We hope to build on our successes thus far and finish the semester strong with Acacia Claus in the coming months with an eye toward spring recruitment in the semester to follow.
This semester we have also started a new re-colonization, with a return to the University of Minnesota. The goal is to initiate the first re-founding fathers in Spring 2017 semester. This semester, great steps have been taken for our future. This spring, our plan is to focus on current chapter and colony recruitment with the hopes of several colonies moving closer to their charter. There have been conversations with multiple universities about future expansions and we look forward to revealing these down the road. Some will be re-colonization projects, while others will be a fresh start. If you have any interest in being part of future expansion projects or have an idea for a university you would like Acacia Headquarters staff to look into, please email Director of Expansion and Recruitment Jerod Miles at email@example.com.
20 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA VENERABLE DEAN JAMES CORY, firstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa entered the semester with 14 members and added are adding 15 new members to the pledge class, including Brother Lee Kearney’s, Oregon State ‘59, grandson Brian Kearney. Chapter is aiming to start working on their petition to charter next semester.
11 UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA FALL 2016
Leadership Consultant Kieran Edstrom has spent the majority of the semester at Minnesota actively recruiting new members. As of December 10th, we have 17 men committed to re-colonizing. The headquarters staff, including Leadership Consultant Dan Watson, continue to work on growing this group, in hopes of a 30-man colony in the spring semester of 2017.
52 LOUISANA STATE UNIVERSITY FALL 2018
The Sprig of Acacia continues to grow as Acacia is slated for re-colonization at Lousiana State University in the Fall of 2018.
23 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON VENERABLE DEAN AUSTIN SEELY, email@example.com
The Colony currently sits at 18 members. They have added a pledge class of eight for the Fall of 2016 and are hoping to add about two more members to those total numbers. Aiming for 30+ Actives by end of Winter Quarter.
48 UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT VENERABLE DEAN JAMES WEISBECKER, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Colony currently sits at four members.
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5 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA VENERABLE DEAN EJ MORERA, email@example.com
The California Chapter of Acacia has embarked on new endeavours this semester, including movements to make a more sustainable household, to improve the Berkeley area through philanthropy, and to have a move active recruitment process.
at the recent Panda Game, Ottawa’s largest Canadian Football University rivalry between the Carleton Ravens and the Ottawa Gee Gees. Furthermore the brother’s hosted its annual Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner for brothers who are unable to go home to their families for the long weekend. Brothers enjoyed a full turkey dinner, the U.S Presidential Debate and the Blue Jays Wild Card game against Texas. A huge thank you to Alumnus and brother Joseph Joseph on helping fund the ingredients and coordinate the meal for the active chapter. Our chapter is also proud of having two brothers elected onto the ACACIA International Council at the 2016 Conclave for the next two years, Brother Justin Kaplan as second Vice-President and Brother Graham A. Pedregosa as Undergraduate Counselor. This fall we are continuing our growth at the Canadian Chapter by pinning 9 gentlemen to our ranks. By the end of 2016 we will be the largest our chapter has ever been and we are excited to be planning road trips to American Chapters in the new year.
This fall, the house added new recycling bins to every floor of the house. We found that our consumption as a massive housing complex was naturally, also massive. In order to reduce our footprint we had to reduce our waste as well, and we are working to match Berkeley’s “2020 Zero Waste Goal.”
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In the same vein, we decided to focus our philanthropy efforts toward the “Berkeley Project.” The Berkeley Project is a massive organization that pools together students at Cal and organizes them to work on many community service projects throughout the area. I’m proud to say that almost the entire chapter will be attending this event. I am also proud to say that we have four new recruits lined up to join the fraternity, and knowing all of them, I know that they will make great additions to the group. In light of this semester so far, I look forward to the future days of Acacia to come.
The Central Oklahoma Chapter of Acacia received the Outstanding New Member Education Program from the Fraternity and Sorority Life office at UCO. Also, we brought home the Member Recruitment award from Conclave this summer. Going into the fall, Brother Brian Downs has helped us create a budget. With this we have already paid off our insurance in full and are working towards paying off debt. The game plan is to have all this paid off by the end of the year or early next year. We appreciate the hard work Brother Downs has been putting in to help us get back on track. We also have brought in 19 new pledges for this semester and are very excited to be initiating these new brothers on November 12, 2016. We’ve adopted a new academic plan, which in the spring brought our GPA up .14 to a 2.744. Our goal is a 2.9-3.0 for the Fall of 2016. Our chapter is currently looking for an Alumni advisor. We hope to fill this position by November, we are looking for an alumni who could come to one to two exec and chapter meetings a month. To top all this off, over the summer we painted 217 E. Ayers and have put up new letters on the house. We are very excited with where our chapter is headed!
Fraternally, Christian Furrows 1121
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VENERABLE DEAN GRAHAM PEDREGOSA, acaciacarleton.com This fall the Carleton Chapter of ACACIA focused its online presence with its newly launched website www.acaciacarleton. com. The site has been a great tool in continuing the already positive public image we have within the Carleton Greek community and as well throughout the Carleton campus. The ACACIA Carleton Facebook page is the most active page out of all Greek organizations on campus with over 1500 likes on our page. The active chapter recently continued its tradition in volunteering in the Ottawa Terry Fox Run. Brothers helped in the logistics in one of the city’s largest fundraising events for cancer research. Our chapter also was actively present with alumni and actives
VENERABLE DEAN COLE CASTEEL, centralacacia.com
14 CORNELL UNIVERSITY VENERABLE DEAN HUNTER REID, cornellacacia.org
Life on the Hill is as exciting as ever for the Cornell Chapter of Acacia! The start of this semester came right on the heels of receiving five chapter awards and one individual award at Conclave in Louisville, KY. Actives returned early to give Northcote, our chapter house, a fresh face before assisting with Cornell’s orientation programs. As a result, we’ve recently initiated 3 fantastic sophomores for the fall semester and continue to lay the groundwork for Formal Spring Recruitment. This semester, the Cornell Chapter will be once again joining Cornell Students for Hunger Relief to raise donations in order to give 300 turkeys to local food insecure residents for Thanksgiving. Our 110th anniversary is rapidly approaching and we look forward to many alumni returning for the celebration on
CHAPTER NEWS & UPDATES the weekend of August 26-27, 2017! Keep your eyes peeled for an update on the Kitchen Renovation Project featured in the latest issue of The Traveler. Thank you to all of those who have contributed time, money, and enthusiasm to this campaign and we are excited to renovate one of the mostutilized rooms in our house! We were thrilled to see a large turnout of alumni and guests during Homecoming weekend and would like to extend another thank you to those that were able to attend and reconnect with our brothers. Remember, any visit is a welcome visit and it can be outside of Homecoming, Slope Day, or Reunion!
27 KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY VENERABLE DEAN AJ WERTZBERGER, kstateacacia.org
From receiving the Malcolm Award in 2016, leading eighteen new Young Men on their ACACIA journey, and beginning work on events for the semester to build brotherhood and help the community, the Men of K-State ACACIA continues on its journey toward success. For the Spring 2016 semester the chapter finished with a 3.341 GPA finishing fourth amongst all fraternities at Kansas State and finishing in the top quartile for the 21st straight semester. Eight brothers finished the semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA. SAMOS week, the first week of the school year, brought our new members to Manhattan to experience the culture of Acacia, cast a vision for the next several years of their lives and connect to KSU and local resources. Two of these Young Men have also been selected for the Quest Freshman Honorary and one elected into the K-State Student Governing Association intern program. We were proud to welcome six new brothers bringing our total roll to #1257. This past spring and summer K-State ACACIANs made great strides in international development as we had five members study abroad including two members spending time volunteering internationally. K-State ACACIA’s values have not only been seen in the Manhattan community but throughout the global community. Some events that have already taken place this semester include the fall Chapter Retreat, Night on the Nile date party, and our annual Weekend at Denny’s camping trip. We look forward to the K-State Football Brotherhood event trip this year attending the game against Iowa State and our Winter Formal which will take place in Breckenridge, Colorado. Our fall leadership and professional development series included: Housemother Mom Ann on True Colors and the importance of working with other different personality types and Br. Kurt Roberts, a K-State ACACIA Alumnus who is currently director of Career Development in the Kansas State College of Business.
For the 101st K-State Homecoming, our pairing will be partnered with the Riley County Humane Society to add a philanthropy aspect to this year’s celebration. Following the success of this summer, the goal of the entire chapter is to continue to reach for excellence as we travel along life’s pathway. To keep up with our chapter, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
9 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS VENERABLE DEAN LUKE STAUNTON, rushacacia.com
This semester the Heth chapter has been driven to make a difference for Foundation 40, an organization started by the parents of our late brother Jason Sinnick. The charity supports our injured soldiers. Matt Finnander, a senior in the house, created an initiative to raise money through the sale of shirts in Jason’s memory. Brothers all over the house sport this shirt constantly. Foundation 40 was given a large amount from the Acacia employees that work at a local bar, The Red Lion, through the donation of all tips made that night. The house completed its semesterly blood drive on November 7th, and collected 34 pints of blood, 22 of which were from first time donors. Community Blood Services has praised Acacia for its continued success and from the current drive alone saving the lives of 102 people in Champaign-Urbana. As the semester comes to a close, The chapter will continue its efforts through the sale of a calendar featuring members of the house and the sale of a Kaplan scholarship. The funds will further support Foundation 40. Acacia is proud of its impact on the community, and proud to be keeping “Human Service” an integral part of our chapter. Overall the house GPA has increased .17 over the past three semesters so that the Heth Chapter average is now above the All-Fraternity and All-Undergraduate average. We accredit this success to multiple factors: a new reward system, in-house culture changes, and the recruitment process. We, as a chapter, have always had an academic system of punishment in place where members who earned under a 2.5 GPA for the semester would be put on probation and eventually dismissed from the chapter. To balance this we have also been able to secure enough scholarship funding to be able to grant members who earn a 4.0 GPA a $1,000 each semester. The trouble with this system was that although both probation and scholarships are motivating, they were only involving roughly 25% of the chapter’s active members. So by installing a new grade-teams program we were able to engage every member in the house and motivate them to succeed academically. In addition to this, the Chapter has seen major changes in the culture of the members who live in the house. We have noticed that members who live in the house have outperformed those who live out of the house for the past two semesters. This is a change we are proud of, and one that we hope continues on as the house grows. A contributing factor to this cultural change has been how the recruitment committee has gone about selecting new members to pledge the chapter. The Heth chapter is thriving, we are always looking for new ways to improve our chapter, without losing sight of our core values. Human service and campus leadership as well as high academic performance remain the foundation of the culture of our house. We hope to continue to grow in all of these areas for years to come.
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73 ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY VENERABLE DEAN PARIMAL VYAS, ilstuacacia.weebly.com
The Illinois State University chapter of Acacia has been very busy this semester! We have inducted 12 pledges into our brotherhood and we have also moved into a new house in which 13 of our brothers reside! We had a blast at our Homecoming tailgate that we had at our new house and we were excited to have multiple alumni come down and visit us for the weekend. Moving forward, we are excited to meet more alumni in the area and to keep those relationships strong. Our chapter just held our semesterly leadership retreat at a local Girl Scout camp and bonded a lot while also learning valuable leadership skills. We learned a great deal about each other, but also about ourselves as we worked together in a low ropes course and other activities. Our brothers have also been keeping our motto of Human Service by adopting a local park and cleaning it monthly. Other brothers have volunteered for various 5K’s that have happened, and some regularly volunteer at the Humane Society of Central Illinois.
scholarships from the alumni to active brothers. It was a great way to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of our re-chartering and we have started planning for the celebration of the sixtieth year of our chapter being founded Mark your calendars for Oct. 13-15, 2017!
30 INDIANA UNIVERSITY
VENERABLE DEAN RYAN WILLIAMS, firstname.lastname@example.org The Indiana Chapter is now at 77 Active members with 43 pledges in the most recent Summer and Fall 2016 Pledge Classes. Brothers Aaron Yasko and Luke Mckee did an outstanding job managing the hectic rush process and have already started preparing for the spring rush season.
VENERABLE DEAN NOLAN VALDIVIA, email@example.com
Recently IU Acacia participated in the Indiana University Dance Marathon which raises money for Riley Children’s hospital. As a chapter we raised close to $14,000 and logged over 250 service hours in doing our part to support this great cause. In total Indiana University Dance Marathon raised over $4 Million dollars and was recognized on the Ellen show. In other human service news the chapter purchased a Water Buffalo from the “Heifer” Organization. This buffalo was donated to a family in Nepal and will go to helping their farming efforts as well as provide much needed vitamin rich milk and cheese. The process of getting the money to sponsor this Buffalo was one that brought the brotherhood together and is a cause that many are interested in making a regular effort to contribute to.
Greetings from the Illinois Wesleyan chapter of Acacia! This fall semester has been defined by the increased brotherhood and a continued emphasis on service. The fraternal bond has never been stronger and it shows no signs of slowing down. We hosted our annual R.A.I.N.N. fundraiser on family weekend where people could pay to throw water balloons at the actives. Our chapter is looking forward to the Acacia Midwest Basketball Tournament from Nov. 4 - Nov. 6 which will be composed of six chapters including our newest chapter, Indiana.
Over the University’s homecoming weekend we held an alumni event and chartering ceremony in which Patrick McGovern presented his alma mater chapter their charter, starting a new chapter for Indiana Acacia. Internally we plan on holding our elections on December 4th and having new terms start on January 1, 2017. While the current executive board has done an outstanding job in helping bring Indiana Acacia back to campus and managing the transition back into the house we are excited for the opportunity to get fresh ideas and new inspiration into the executive positions.
Looking towards the end of the semester, we are looking forward to initiating our new members on November 12th and to hosting our annual Acacia Claus philanthropy.
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Moving forward Indiana Acacia is looking forward to furthering our academic and human service efforts as well as doing our best to prepare tomorrow’s leaders through this fine fraternal experience.
TOP 10 CHAPTERS BY ROLL (up to date to 8/1/2016)
We also just hosted our annual Homecoming formal with alumni and celebrated becoming the number one donating group on our campus as well as the handing out of seven
1 Indiana (2557)
6 Texas (1476)
2 Illinois (2499)
7 Nebraska (1338)
3 Purdue (2031)
8 New Hampshire (1263)
4 Penn State (1960)
9 Colorado (1254)
5 LSU (1731)
10 Kansas State (1251)
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19 IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
84 MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY
It was a great experience being at Conclave and meeting many of you this Summer in Louisville! Our men have been excited to continue the success of Acacia this semester! We continue to build upon our academic success and we are working towards our audacious goal of being one of the top two GPA chapters at Iowa State. Last semester we were in fourth place and that just serves as added motivation! This semester we held our semi-annual philanthropy Acacia Root Beer Floats and we were proud to donate the proceeds to the ACCESS Women’s Shelter. This donation will support their Great Relationships in Pairs Program or G.R.I.P.
The Millersville Chapter has been quite busy this fall semester. We started out the year by volunteering as members of the Just Ask Me (JAM) crew to help our schools incoming freshman move in and settle into their new dorms for the year. We’ve successfully hosted another blood drive on campus and also participated at Millersville’s annual Breast-a-Ville awareness event. We’re very happy with what we’ve completed so far but have much more in store for the future.
VENERABLE DEAN BEN DIRKS, stuorg.iastate.edu/acacia
VENERABLE DEAN NICK HENCH, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our chapter reputation and campus involvement is on the rise. We yet again have one of the highest GPA’s on campus among fraternities and plan to keep it that way. We are working very diligently to expand our chapter here at Millersville and plan to double our chapter come this spring semester. With that being said, we continue to be extremely proud Acacian’s here at Millersville University. We’re excited to begin Acacia Claus and start working on plans for next semester!
Currently our Chapter is in the middle of our initiation week. We look forward to welcoming nine new brothers this Saturday into our Fraternity! The following week will be Homecoming Week and we are happy to host Kansas State as they journey to Ames to watch the game on Saturday. We also will have Acacians participating in both tournaments and various traditions throughout the week!
4 UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA VENERABLE DEAN JON ANDERSON, email@example.com
13 UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI VENERABLE DEAN SHANE BURNS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the conclusion of the 2016 Biennial Conclave in Louisville, Kentucky, class has resumed and brothers have returned to campus. Several brothers brought a fire back from Conclave that quickly spread throughout the active chapter. Following a constructive semester retreat, brothers allotted time most everyday to help recruitment. Thanks to this effort twelve men became pledges of the Missouri Chapter of Acacia.
The Semester is in full swing for our chapter and already it is drawing to an end with a little more than a month to go. The boys have been active and there’s no sign of slowing down. With summer rush we signed 11 pledges to the Fall 2016 Pledge Class while we have more prospects for the spring class. We kicked off the beginning of the semester with a grill out with our alumni, parents and families of the active chapter. Homecoming Week was successful again for the house as we paired with Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Mu and Alpha Gamma Sigma. The guys had a lot of fun interacting with other houses on campus. Football season is always a great time to bring the guys together every Saturday to watch our Huskers play and go to the games. In October some of our guys visited our brothers at Illinois Wesleyan and Missouri for quick visits, so thank you to our brothers at those chapters for welcoming us! We continue to diligently do service every week from the People’s City Mission to helping out at Adams Elementary School for their Halloween Night. Our guys love giving back their time to help others. The Nebraska chapter is now looking toward finishing the semester strong academically and recruiting for the spring class. Finally, we would like to thank the alumni not from our chapter but from other chapters around the nation for the support. So live…
Alongside this effort, the chapter’s pledgeship was improved to help include the young pledges in more events throughout their probationary membership. However, brothers were also setting higher standards for themselves as well; for the second time in a year the constitution was reviewed. Increasing the minimum number of service hours in a semester to ten hours and introducing a new executive position were items on the agenda. Many brothers have passed the new minimum hours and are working towards twenty hours this semester. Involvement has increased in not just service events and recruitment; the chapter has seen more participation in brotherhood events, intramurals, and various Greek philanthropies. Brothers hosted one of the most successful Alumni Weekends
CHAPTER NEWS & UPDATES that the Missouri Chapter of Acacia has seen in several years. This is in part to the recent success of the Acacia Missouri Alumni Association. Just recently the inaugural executive board of this alumni association was elected. Several of the founding members were able to garner support from the young alumni of the Missouri Chapter. With many of these young alumni returning for the active chapter’s Alumni Weekend, as well as the University of Missouri’s Homecoming, the celebration was memorable. One of the most exciting events was when recent Order of Pythagoras recipient and Alumni Association vice-president, Brother Jackson Aaberg, presented Brother Logan Hughes with his own Order of Pythagoras award. Even though Brother Hughes received the award at this past conclave, he was not told about it until this commemorative moment since he was absent from Conclave. The active chapter is looking forward to initiating several new brothers this semester, another successful Acacia Claus, and of course enjoying another Night on the Nile formal. Alongside this, the Mem Chapter would like to thank the various international brothers who have visited this chapter over the past few weeks. Whether it was a night or a full weekend, these were memorable times both the brothers and pledges will not soon forget. Similarly, thank you to the alumni that have stopped by out of the blue. The new biennium has started off well for this chapter, and it should continue to become even better over the coming year and a half. Harrison Ingold, 13.0987
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VENERABLE DEAN DAVID HADDAD, ohio.edu/orgs/acacia Business is boomin’ for the Ohio Chapter of the Acacia Fraternity. After a time of intense trial and tribulation in the 2015-2016 school year, things are looking up! Our chapter is off to a phenomenal start this Fall. After our most successful Rush Season to date, the Ohio Chapter is now in the process of educating a pledge class of 29 upstanding young men: our largest in chapter history. The chapter has rediscovered its intensely competitive spirit, placing 1st in this year���s All-Greek Homecoming Week competition, 1st in Homecoming Flag Football, 1st AND 2nd in Gamma Phi Beta’s kickball tournament benefiting the “Girls on the Run” Foundation, and 2nd in Greek Intramural Softball. Chapter pride is running high. Financially, our outstanding dues balance is the closest it has ever been to $0.00 at this point in a semester. This was made possible by the hard work of Treasurers Chaz Farren and Trezon Dancy and the decision to move our billing cycle up to the beginning of summer. Our financial stability has been a huge priority of the current Executive Board since our term began, and our reformation of the collection has been very successful. Ohio’s next great priority, aside from raising the chapter GPA and holding our first successful 7 Days of Service, is improvements to our fraternity house. In the coming years, we hope to paint the chapter room, purchase new furniture, redo the wood flooring, install a trophy display, and build a fence around the back patio of the house. We will be looking for assistance from our young and quickly-solidifying alumni base in order to make these goals a reality.
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VENERABLE DEAN RYAN MCDOWELL, acaciaorstate.com Greetings from the Oregon State Chapter! We kicked off the year with another impressive term of recruitment, netting a total of 21 pledges whom we are very excited to have with us. We’re moving forward through the term and continually seek to improve our chapter and better our members. This term we’re once again participating in the Red Cross Blood Drive to honor the memory of our Brother Loren J. Hill. We plan to hold an Acacia Claus at the end of the term to benefit Shriners Hospital and hope to expand our chapter’s philanthropic efforts and live our fraternity’s motto of Human Service. We’re at the cusp of a great year here at Oregon State and look forward to setting the bar higher each term as we move forward.
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VENERABLE DEAN JASON KURKIEWIVZ, email@example.com The past calendar year has been one of the most successful for the Penn State Chapter. We are proud to celebrate earning the 2nd highest GPA of Penn State fraternities for the Spring semester, winning the overall Intramural Championship, and being awarded the Superior Chapter Award at Conclave 2016. We are excited to continue to represent Acacia at the highest standard. The Penn State Chapter is also off to an exciting start to the Fall. Thanks to the hard work of Head Recruitment Chair, Thomas Scarafone, we have recently inducted 29 new members who have been working hard to become Acacians. These young men will learn from actives and alumni how to improve their skills in Philanthropy, Academics, Networking, and more. The Penn State Chapter members continue to strengthen in quality and quantity. The bar higher each term as we move forward.
28 THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS VENERABLE DEAN ZACK FERNANDEZ, texasacacia.com
Throughout the summer and the beginning of this semester, the Texas chapter of the Acacia Fraternity has been working hard to solidify its future on campus and has enjoyed ever increasing brotherhood. This past rush season has gone better than the last one, and daily preparations ensure that spring semester’s rush will be even better. A new academic success plan has been instituted and brothers now find themselves competing amongst each other to not only ensure that their team’s GPA reigns supreme, but to also ensure that members find themselves better prepared for the world on the other side of these transitive years in Austin. Social relations have been on the up-and-up lately, and Acacia finds itself spreading a presence and good reputation that exists beyond just the fraternity house. Successful tailgates and mixers have provided ample opportunities for the men of Acacia to prove themselves, and plans are in the works with multiple organizations for human service opportunities.
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INDIANA CHAPTER HOSTS MOVEMBER FOUNDATION EVENT By Jesse Scheinman, VP of Community Programs on the Indiana University Interfraternity Council Acacia, along with Delta Chi next door, hosted the first Interfraternity Council Philanthropy Day in support of the Movember Foundation for Testicular and Prostate Cancer Research. The event featured a Domino’s Pizza Eating Contest, chapter philanthropy exhibits, a dunk tank, DJ, and bone marrow swabbing by Be The Match. We surpassed our goal of $2,500 and raised $2,782 for Movember. This event also served as a kickoff to our larger No-Shave November, which will launch in just over a month! It was an honor to work with President Ryan Williams, who I worked with in securing the operations on the lawn, and TJ Gaier, who was on my organizing committee and did a tremendous job with operations, marketing, etc. In addition to volunteering the front lawn and assisting the event, after the event was over members of Acacia, including Ryan and TJ, brought the remaining pizzas over to the homeless shelter a few blocks away. I was incredibly impressed by their thoughtfulness, and it showed a chapter that truly cares about the community.
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38 WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
VENERABLE DEAN JACOB NELSON, firstname.lastname@example.org
VENERABLE DEAN DAVID CZYZEWICZ, wsuacacia.com
Greetings from the Wisconsin Chapter of Acacia!
This has been a very active and changing year at the Washington State chapter. We have inducted seven new pledges for the Fall 2016 pledge class. Our chapter has participated in numerous philanthropies thrown by other houses. We’re also throwing a Haunted House philanthropy this semester to bring back an old cougar tradition. The chapter was represented at the 59th Biennial conclave by Venerable Dean David Czyzewicz, recent Alumni, Dan Watson, who is now a Leadership Consultant for Headquarters and esteemed alumni Darold Larson, Executive Director of the Acacia Fraternity Foundation. At Conclave we had two brothers receive the Ling-Stout scholarships from the Acacia Fraternity Foundation. The recipients were Brother Tim Kearny and Brother David Czyzewicz.
The Fall semester has been off to a record-breaking start. After one of our most successful rush periods, we recruited 22 pledges, the largest in our chapter’s history. We created a large pledge project for the new class, in which they successfully built a fraternity bench that resides outside our house. We look forward to initiating the new members in November! Outside of rush, our philanthropy has improved greatly. On weekends, we donate our time to Second Harvest Food Bank, a non-for-profit organization that packs and delivers food to families in need around Wisconsin. Furthermore, we will be partaking in Toys-4-Tots this upcoming winter. We will be pairing with a local Sorority for a bake sale while also having toys donated to us from local department stores. Finally, our chapter just came off a huge ranking in academia for spring; we were fifth in the IFC. This semester we look to further our ranking and move into the top 3 in IFC. We plan to achieve this goal by holding multiple weekly study rooms for our members on top of providing a notes and information bank on classes that all members can use. Overall, the Wisconsin Chapter of Acacia has had a tremendous start to our Fall semester and we cannot wait to see what is in store for us down the line. So Live!
Our chapter also participated in the Annual Acacia Golf Classic jointly held for the alumni and undergrads from the Washington State Chapter, the Washington Colony, and the Oregon State Chapter. Our chapter was well represented by Brother Tim Kearny, Brother Alex Pettit-Estell, Brother Ugo Nnadi, and Brother Jason Fernandez. During our homecoming weekend we threw a pancake breakfast and then we were graciously hosted by two of our Alumnus Tom Dorsey and Tom Leahy for a tailgate before we crushed the UCLA Bruins. We would also like to thank all Alumni who came out and celebrated homecoming with the Washington State Chapter. We also had a caravan of brothers head down to the Oregon State Chapter for their Homecoming Weekend where they were facing the Cougars on Halloween Weekend. It was a weekend of cross chapter bonding that helped facilitate new and strong ties of brotherhood. CHAPTERS THAT DID NOT SUBMIT AN UPDATE: Bloomsburg, Colorado, California of Pennsylvania, Indiana of Pennsylvania, Morningside, Ohio State, Purdue, Rensselaer, Saint Cloud State, and Trine
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What influenced you to work in television? I have been with MLB Network for just over two years. I started in August 2014 as a freelance Broadcast Associate (which is our entry level position here). I was promoted earlier this year to Associate Producer. I work now with NHL and MLB Networks which are operated out of the same building in Secaucus, New Jersey. Before working here, I attended the University of Missouri and there I was a producer for KOMU News which is the Columbia, MO NBC affiliate. I realized I wanted to work in television production towards the end of high school, when I realized it was the best avenue to be involved with sports which I am really passionate about. I never really had a desire to be in front of the camera so I decided to go the production route.
ONLY A FEW YEARS AFTER GRADUATION, FORMER MISSOURI VENERABLE DEAN JAKE LASOFSKY ACCOMPLISHED A FEAT THAT MOST PRODUCERS NEVER ACHIEVE. WON AN EMMY. Whatâ€™s your favorite memory as an Acacian?
rother Jake Lasofky and his producing team at MLB Network were awarded Outstanding Studio Show at the 2015 Emmys. He was awarded only a few years after his graduation from the Univeristy of Missouri. We asked the former Mizzou Tiger a few questions about how Acacia played a role in his career as a producer: How was the transition from an undergraduate fraternity member to an Emmy-Winning Producer?
The transition from undergrad to now has had its ups and downs. The job search was tough at times but in the end it worked out better than I could have ever expected. Itâ€™s really a dream come true to say that just two years out of school, my peers and I here at MLB Network have been recognized as the best in our industry. I work with some really special people who make our network one of the tops in the country. I think that my time as Venerable Dean as well as a journalism student at Mizzou, helped me learn to manage a ton of responsibilities which helped my transition to post-college life. My time as Venerable Dean was trying and frustrating at times but also helped shape me into a better leader for the rest of my life. I wanted to challenge myself by having to handle the duties of a VD and full time student, and I came out on the other end extremely prepared to work and succeed in a highly intense industry.
I have a handful of great memories during my time as an undergraduate Acacian. I think the most fulfilling memories involve our philanthropic efforts. During my 3-plus years involved with the fraternity, we raised tens of thousands of dollars for philanthropies and various charities around Mid-Missouri. Our Acacia Claus efforts really grew throughout my years at Mizzou. Being able to decorate and deliver gifts to children alongside brothers is always a tremendously rewarding experience. I believe our efforts to help others in our community set us apart from others. We were one of the smallest fraternities on campus but we made sure our presence was felt by those who we helped.
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ollege is an exciting time. It is a time of exploration as you lay the foundation on which your future will be built. Becoming a member of the fraternity, you made a commitment to better yourself and your brothers. Therefore, by becoming an Acacian you have taken the first step towards expressing your inner excellence. Cornerstones is the official membership development program of the Acacia Fraternity in which any member can take part. Our personal development process focuses on goal setting through a cycle of assessment and adjustment. The program is designed to develop life-long habits.
Personal development is a process and no one should expect to be an expert overnight. The whole point of personal development and the Cornerstones program is to push us outside our comfort zones in order to grow. By definition that is uncomfortable, but I am a firm believer that so are some of the best things in life. Think back to making the decision to join Acacia. Did you have apprehensions? Possibly you were worried how it might go or if you would enjoy being a member? However, you decided to take a chance and made a decision that changed your life for the better. Countless friendships and opportunities have been created because of the numerous individuals that stepped outside of their comfort zones.
Cornerstones can be an individual effort, but it’s best when the whole chapter participates. There are many ways to incorporate Cornerstones into your chapter. For example, hold a chapter retreat at least once a year and have everyone write down their values and set goals for the coming semester. Allow members to share them with each other, then together as a brotherhood, each member can work to achieve them. Members with the same goals, such as raising their GPA may be able to help one another. If we don’t discuss our goals, how can we help our brothers achieve them? Your chapter’s Cornerstones chair (or Senior Dean) can also design a better program for the chapter. He can do things such as: schedule speakers to come and present topics relevant to the goals of members; work with the scholarship chair to set up study partners for those expressing a desire; organize older brothers to serve as tutors; and work with the alumni relations chair to help members achieve their professional goals. The recently released Cornerstones App for iPhone (web app coming soon) is another tool to aid members in building relationships as part of their goals. Through this app, brothers can track professional relationships and cultivate opportunities. Alumni can participate in the Cornerstones program as well. Simply download the Personal Development Plan (PDP) from cornerstones345.org and go through the valuesclarification and goal-setting exercises. This can aid you in guiding undergraduates, or can serve as a personal opportunity to develop further. If a member reaches out asking to learn more about your profession or field, give them a few minutes. It’s surprising what a small amount of time can do to inspire a curious mind.
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(Continued from the previous page...) As individuals, we are constantly in a state of change. If we consistently chart a course and practice excellence, we can hope to achieve it. The dichotomy presented is that not taking action to improve means we are practicing something other than excellence. “We are what we repeatedly do,” so let us repeatedly aim to better prepare ourselves as educated men. If you have any questions regarding Cornerstones, please contact Acacia International Headquarters at acacia.org or Director of Membership Development Benjamin Turconi at email@example.com
NEW TECHNOLOGIES and OmegaFi presented a customized solution for all of them,” explained Acacia Executive Director Patrick McGovern.
“We also realized we need more than just technology. The hands-on approach OmegaFi takes to train and work with our students, officers, advisors and headquarters staff was just as important. I’m excited about the increased efficiency they will bring to our operations and the additional support and benefits we’ll be able to provide our brothers.”
“We identified a number of needs,
Commenting on Acacia’s decision, Fred Maglione, CEO of OmegaFi said, “Acacia is making some innovative and forward-thinking moves in the fraternal world. We’re excited to help them grow and continue moving forward.” The inherent integration of
fter a thorough review, the Acacia Fraternity and Acacia Fraternity Foundation have selected OmegaFi as their technology and financial management partner to increase revenue, simplify operations and establish consistent financial, data and performance standards at both the chapter and headquarters levels.
cacia Fraternity has partnered with EverFi to expand our Cornerstones educational content and take a leading role in combatting serious issues facing our members today. EverFi’s mission is to help students address critical life skills such as
prevention education on alcohol abuse, sexual assault, and hazing as well as financial literacy in higher education institutions across the country. Each year over 700,000 students complete these EverFi courses. Now, every current and future Acacian will have the opportunity to learn more about these important topics. In our preamble, we state that we aim to “seek the truth.” To fulfill that commitment, Acacia Fraternity created our Cornerstones Membership Prevention Education program at the 54th Biennial Conclave in 2006 with the mission
OmegaFi’s platform including Compass(International Database), Vault(Chapter Financial and Member Management) and myAcacia(Individual member) provides online tools and resources to manage all membership and donor data. In addition, OmegaFi will create a custom-branded membersonly portal as a value-added benefit of membership. All chapters are expected to utilize OmegaFi’s finance and management tools to bill and collect dues, fees, and rents and pay bills using their Bill Pay and Officer Purchasing Visa Prepaid Card. We are excited for this new partnership with OmegaFi and look forward to sharing more with all of our members next year when we are rolling out the new member portal.
to “create and foster the optimal fraternity experience.” This is why we have joined more than 25 organizations that offer education on alcohol, gender violence, and hazing through EverFi’s GreekLifeEdu. As leaders, it is our duty to not only be wellversed in these topics but to “give light” of knowledge to our fellow students. This online education will empower you to make well-informed decisions about issues that affect your college years and beyond. Visit EverFi.Com and OmegaFi.Com for more information or contact Assistant Executive Director Michael Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALUMNI NEWS & NOTES
ALUMNI NEWS & NOTES
CALIFORNIA Richard L. Centner, #621 – My daughter, Teri, who used to play in the frat house when we visited, is now retired from the Air Force with the rank of Major. She recently joined the staff of the Library of Congress and for the past year she’s been president of the MIT Club of Washington, DC. CALIFORNIA OF PENNSYLVANIA Joshua J. Pennington, #156 – Was voted Mentor of the Year for 2016 for the Boyertown Community, and named ‘Neighborhood Champion’ by the Reading Phillies AA Baseball Club, for citizens exhibiting excellence in the community. Robert Scott Crall II, #207 – Technical Recruiter, Huth Technologies, LLC CARLETON Justin M.M. Kaplan, #285 – Recently enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves as a Communicator Research Operator. I was also promoted to Divisional Information Systems Security Officer and received a Command Commendation from the Assistant Deputy Minister/Chief Financial Officer of the Department of National Defence for my dedication to my portfolio.
CINCINNATI G. David Hubbard II, #232 – Former JD, then VD, of Cincinnati Chapter; Founder and Chapter Advisor to Boston University Chapter; Former N.E. Province Gov.; G.F. Patterson Award (Cincinnati); For HQ, I constructed collapsible alter (for travel) and large lighted fraternity pin (now in HQ entry); and initiation boat for Boston University chapter – now at the Vermont Chapter. I’m a 32 degree Mason in Boston. I’ve enjoyed and loved my association with Acacia. INDIANA Michael D. Findley, #739 – Active in business (52+ years). Jean and I love to travel, spend time at our lake home in Michigan, visit friends and relatives and support various nonprofit charitable groups in Fort Wayne. William R. Wise, #1152 – IT Consultant for Knauf Insulation in Shelbyville, IN. Married to Bonny Chasteen Wise (ZTA) for 38 years. Kerry T. Ryan, #1221 – Live with my wife, Brigid, and 4 children in historic town of Hingham, Mass. I’m a lawyer in the Boston area, practicing business litigation. Matthew E. Foss, #1967 – My wife (Janelle) and I had twins, Maddux and Millie Foss in July. KANSAS STATE Douglas W. Moore, #436 – Retired Architect and Captain of Civil Engineer Corps, USN Ret.
MILLERSVILLE Joseph J. Mang, #140 – Married Kristen on 7/11/14, baby boy Noah born 1/20/16!
R. William Kearns, #739 – I am still working for Becks Hybrids as a Sales Consultant. Becks is the largest family-owned seed corn company.
MINNESOTA William A. Peterson, #539 – Lois, My wife, died in March.We were married for 70 years.
George E. Gillespie, #869 – Enjoying retirement. Golf, travel and grandchildren.
Hollis W. Rademacher, #671 – I would love to hear from anyone from the University of Minnesota Chapter. MISSOURI Elliot C. McKee, #851 – New baby 10/23/2015! NEW HAMPSHIRE Robert M. Chamberlain, #35 – Made a trip to Burma this year (2016). Great time! Saw the 19th and the 21st in the same century. NORTHERN COLORADO Bruce E. Smith, #17 – I’m still recovering from knee replacement surgery - a slow, painful process. Robert C. Trezise, #37 – Still organist for St. Clare’s Parish; Grand Musician for Grand York Rite Bodies of CO; and Secretary of Corinthian #35, AF&AM of Leadville. I love retirement! NORTHWESTERN G. Robert Chancellor, #568 – M.Music-NWU 1968; PhD. Music-NWU 1974; Director of Choral Activities 1966-1974; DCA-SWM. Univ. 1974-1975; DCA-Tn. Tech Univ., 1975-1975; DCA-Delta State Univ. 19771980; Retired 1980-2016. OHIO Walter L. Kutscher, Jr., #145 – I joined the Ohio Chapter 63 years ago. College tuition was $1,000 per year. Gas was 28 cents per gallon. OKLAHOMA James R. Newton, #726 – CLU member MDRT PENN STATE Marvin A. Yeager, #397 – Had my 90th Birthday on February 13, 2016! John R. Kaufman, #439 – Let’s hear from class of ’53 Penn Staters and class of ’55 from Franklin! Frank Parduski, #946 – Retiring end of 2016. Long road. PITTSBURGH-JOHNSTOWN Stephen R. Elias, #109 – In May, 2016 I was promoted to VP of Operations in New England with Northeast Foods, Dayville, CT. PURDUE Anders S. Platou, #485 – I am 94 ½ and getting older. Say hello to my 1940-43 brothers. Paul R. Collier, #637 – Celebrating my 86th birthday. Still very active!
David D. Dimmich, #948 – Owner-Operator of David Dimmich Farms. Member of Board of Trustees of Indiana Wesleyan University. Assistant Coach of the Indiana Wesleyan University Men’s Basketball Team for 11 years. Daniel T. Kaschak, #978 – Tom Brown ’67, Jack Keithley ’67, Mark Schnarr ’67, and Dan Kaschak ’67 travelling together for 50 years now! Just returned from Scotland. Steven P. Gress, #1111 – Received the 2016 ACEC Indiana Consulting Engineer of the Year Award on 6/9/16. TENNESSEE Thomas Farmer, #132 – HEALORA won the award in Pioneering Solutions In Digital Technology @IDEAS_LA. Find us on twitter @ HEALORA and on Instagram at HEALORA411. UCLA Jose Sanchez, #417 – After 30 years with the Metropolitan Water District, I am preparing to retire at the end of this year. (Continued from previous page...) WASHINGTON Don Sabo, #595 – My wife, Adrienne, is in her 32nd year of teaching music in the public schools. She’s thinking of retiring but every year realizes how much she loves teaching and inspiring the kids. Daughter Paige spent a 5 month tour in the US performing in “In the Mood, a Musical Review of the 40’s.” The show went to Australia in September for a 6-week tour to the major cities. Son Shanley graduated from culinary school in June 2014 and immediately began his career as chef/ baker. I’m in my 46th year as a field assistant with the University of Washington Husky Marching Band. WASHINGTON STATE John H. Ray, #118 – We attended the Washington State chapter reunion of the 194050-60’s time period in Leavenworth, WA in September 2016. Nicholas Montanari, #837 – Just started work at HopeWorks in Everett, WA. HopeWorks is an affiliate of Housing Hope, a 27 year old local organization working to end poverty in Snohomish county. HopeWorks was created to offer low income individuals job training and career pathways to living wage jobs. HopeWorks does this by operating multiple enterprises/businesses with a margin (profit) and a mission ( job training) focus. I work to help our enterprises succeed in both margin and mission - Married Mikaela on July 19, 2014
ALUMNI NEWS & NOTES
By Alan Leahigh, Illinois Wesleyan ‘64
s he pushed the keys to create his greeting, Brother Steve Aves (IWU-255) had no idea that it was the first of more than 25,000 messages that would be exchanged with and among his fraternity brothers over the next 16 years. “This e-mail list and website are for alumni and actives of the Illinois Wesleyan University chapter of ACACIA to communicate about the chapter and furthering the ‘ties of friendship,” wrote Brother Aves, a 1978 graduate of the chapter. “I’m sending this initial message to a few Brothers just to get it going.” That was Message No. 1 posted to a Yahoo! Groups listserv on Jan. 8, 2000. On July 4 this year, Message No. 25,000 was posted to the discussion board by Brother Jay Williams (IWU-257). In between those two communications, separated by 16 years, are 24,998 others. “Joy, successes, frustrations, opinions, humor and the occasional inappropriate remark,” according to Brother Terry Amstutz (IWU-264), a frequent contributor to the ongoing conversation. “What a great connection for the brotherhood this listserv has been.”
he National Senior Games Association (NSGA) visited the swimming competitions for the 2016 Wisconsin Senior Olympics at Shorewood Recreation and Community Services VHE Community Pool to present a Personal Best Award to 85-year-old Don Hoeppner, Wisconsin ‘52 who is described as “A man who never met a sport he didn’t like.”
Brother Aves has managed the listserv throughout its 16year run. “Steve, bless you for initiating and administering,” posted Brad Highum (IWU-268). “This has proved to be a vibrant communication space that serves many purposes.” “Well done, Brother Steve,” added Brother Randy McCullough (IWU-254). “Thanks for starting and administering this wildly successful and sometimes even useful communication group,” he added wryly. Brother Aves says that he has decided to archive the site, preserving all of the 25,000 messages and file attachments. “This is a treasure trove of information,” he said. “There is a lot to be learned here that we take for granted.”
“You have to work at it, but to be able to do this and meet so many others doing the same thing is all worth it,” said Hoeppner.
“Our recognition program has profiled people from many backgrounds. We find that many decide to pick up a sport in midlife to enjoy greater health and the social experience,” NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker said. “Don has always stayed active and been involved in sports, which is reflected in the
excellent quality of life he continues to enjoy. He inspires others of all ages to become more active to improve their own lives.” An in-depth interview feature about Hoeppner and other athletes can be found on the Personal Best page at www.NSGA.com. “This recognition program is intended to send a message out to aging adults to ‘get in the game’ and get the most out of their lives,” said Riker. “We’re not just recognizing Don. All senior athletes demonstrate that everyone can be their own personal best.” NSGA is a nonprofit member of the United States Olympic Committee that promotes health and wellness for adults 50 and over through education, fitness and sport.
ARKANSAS Harold R. Freeman, #322 CALIFORNIA John R. Bell, #322 Frank G. Dewitt, #363 Thomas A. Conover, #552 Michael P. Craska, #802 COLORADO Charles H. Asgian, #397 Roland W. Dunn, #422 James H. Schmidt, #428 D. Kent Dewell, #617 CORNELL Roy S. Clarke, Jr., #441 William E. Bunyan, #449 Harold C. Mack, #460 Robert J. Cipperly, #529 John A. Shepardson, #552 Phillip G. Tays, #581 Stephen D. Browne, #611 Robert P. Matusiak, #758 Jeffrey C. Chung, #876 David J. Nevarez, #912
CHAPTER ETERNAL Gertrud Herzog; Nephew of Jenifer, Ingrid (Mark), and Peter. Jason was an avid Chicago Cubs and Miami Dolphins fan who thoroughly enjoyed fishing in all waters. He embraced the challenges of life and would never be one to seek the spotlight. Jason deeply loved his family, friends, schoolmates, and Acacia Fraternity brothers, along with many more. He will be missed by all. ILLINOIS WESLEYAN Donald J. Kreibich, #44 INDIANA Allen M. Beck, #357 Otis E. Young, Jr., #393 Douglas E. Arvidson, #567 Richard C. McQueen, #580 James L. Turner, #672 Robert H. Griffith, #686 Joseph K. Abrell, #689 Tim L. Gardner, #952 J. Michael Chapel, #1013
CINCINNATI Howard E. Dunifon, #156
IOWA William M. Henderson, #380
DENVER Richard P. Handt, #116 John F. Denson, #137
IOWA STATE Robert L. Carstens, #354 James T. Parry, #464 Takenori Aso, #660
FRANKLIN William G. Buckley, #438 GEORGE WASHINGTON Richard H. Nelson, #29
KANSAS Ronald L. Leslie, #710
ILLINOIS William H. Justi, #576 Arthur E. Bass, #615 Ronald H. Maurer, #822 Jason D. Sinnick, #2381
KANSAS STATE Robert A. Coloney, #386 Robert B. Miller, #392 Billy R. Cox, #418 John P. Griebel, #460 Norman I. Pfeifer, # 529 Herschel R. Pickett, #507
Jason D. Sinnick, age 21, passed away on August 11, 2016. Loving son of Peter and Brigitte Sinnick; Adored brother of P.T.; Cherished grandson of Peter W. and Janice Sinnick, along with Klaus and
Herschel Ray Pickett was born July 9, 1940, in McDonald, Kansas, and passed away on December 6, 2016 in Aurora, Colorado at the age of 76
years. He attended school in Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Agriculture Economics with a major in economics and rural banking. While at KSU, he was a member of Acacia Fraternity, serving as rush chairman and president. He also spent one semester at the University of Arizona in Tucson, helping to organize a chapter of Acacia Fraternity. In 1983, he chartered the First National Bank of Parker, serving as president and CEO. He was a member of the Parker United Methodist Church, the Economic Development Council, and the Parker Chamber of Commerce, where he served on the board as president. He was the recipient of the O’Brien Award for outstanding service to the chamber and to the community. He was a board member of Colorado Banker’s Association. He is survived by his wife and three children. LOUISIANA STATE Brian P. Stockstill, #1182 MIAMI OF OHIO Edwin L. Eby, #41 Ralph L. Guernsey, #42 Alan W. Plavec, #296 MILLERSVILLE Brian D. Shea, Jr., #116 MINNESOTA Richard W. Anthony, #517 MISSOURI SCHOOL OF MINES Lawrence Michael Ford, #15 MORNINGSIDE Yuichi Ichinose, #113 NEBRASKA Otto L. Apfelbeck, #525 Ronnie L. Gemelke, #640 Michael A. Biner, #680 NEW HAMPSHIRE Chester Gadzinski, #106 Leon W. Towle, #147
Allan W. McLeod, #497 OHIO Robert E. Forsythe, #31 OHIO STATE Charles T. Phillips , #523 Scott H. Wholaver, #569 Douglas R. Sage, #681 OKLAHOMA Wayne C. White, #572 OKLAHOMA STATE John R. Mackey, #372 OREGON STATE Jack E. Shearer, #135 PENNSYLVANIA STATE Robert C. Dieruff, #362 Charles F. Doughty, #959 PURDUE Neil S. Teufel, #506 James N. Sherwood, #552 Donald C. Carmichael, #678 Clarence O. Eyer Jr., #701 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Sheldon L. Foreman, #96 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN Harry Dieter, #72 TEXAS Hubert S. Ratliff, #318 Norman V. Suarez, #344 Stephen G. Bruce, #693 Stephen C. Beasley, #870 Kenneth L. Covington, #1083 UCLA Charles W. Riley, #6 Robert M. Shaw, #21 WASHINGTON Virgil D. Lang, #419 WASHINGTON STATE Delmar W. Dow, #55 Jeffrey S. Smith, #626 WISCONSIN Lloyd J. Quinn, #650 WYOMING Floyd D. Harnagel, #108
“ACACIA IS SYMBOLIC OF IMMORTALITY. FOR CENTURIES IT HAS BEEN EMBLEMATIC OF ETERNAL LIFE. THOUGH WE ARE NOW DEPRIVED OF THE PHYSICAL PRESENCE OF OUR BROTHER, EACH OF US SHALL ALWAYS CARRY HIS LIFE WITHIN US. WHAT HE ACCOMPLISHED AND STOOD FOR CANNOT BE TAKEN AWAY. HE STANDS NOW, AS ALWAYS, WITH HIS GOD, AND FOR THIS WE MUST BE GRATEFUL.” *Most Brothers listed above passed away since our last Triad publication; however, many are names we have just recently learned about from past years. Please feel free to contact Acacia Headquarters for more information about a Brother, or to inform us of a Brother’s recent passing.
By Jackson H. Aaberg, Missouri ‘12
ny membership organization is strengthened when it can be sure of on-going support from its members. Acacia is no different. We rely on alumni support and we are now in a position to better equip and reinforce our chapters and colonies through organizing our alumni ranks. As the first Director of Alumni Affairs on record, it has been a fulfilling journey thus far balancing the needs of the Fraternity staff and Foundation staff to enhance our alumni infrastructure, programming, and events. Both the Fraternity and Foundation are committed to continual improvement in various ways. The Fraternity’s strategic plan speaks to the importance of strengthening the relationships our chapters have with their respective alumni bases. One of the most immediate ways that we have been able to act on this initiative, is by picking up where the Alumni Engagement Task Force left off. In its place, we established the Alumni Involvement Committee, whose primary task is to support alumni via a few different working committees. Together, we hope to add an increased level of support for undergraduate members across North America. We have begun creating and adapting resources in an
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effort to supplement all of these new initiatives. With the number of different resources in supply for undergraduate members of Acacia, it only made sense to begin supplying more for alumni, especially as the involvement of our collective alumni base grows over this next biennium. In addition, the Foundation has been working diligently in an attempt to connect more with you, our brothers. We have begun to share the success stories of not just the Foundation, but also of our undergraduate brothers and alumni volunteers. To see such stories and others, please visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ AcaciaFoundation. We have also dedicated many hours to planning, executing, and attending Acacia gatherings around the country. With encouraging attendance thus far, it is clear that the ties are as strong as ever. Further, the Foundation is excited to announce that it will begin sending out a letter to all parents of our newest brothers, welcoming them to the Acacia family, and inviting them to support our scholarships and programs which benefit members. In this era of 24-hour news cycles, we believe that this touch will add an extra sense of connection to let parents know we have their son’s best interests at heart. This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we hope to achieve in the coming years. We hope you will enjoy finding out more information about the Foundation in this edition of the Triad and in future issues.
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FROM THE ARCHIVES
t was June Fourth, and not July Fourth, that became a big letter day in the history of Yale chapter for 1913. The fireworks were modest, and the noise was confined mainly to 16 York Square; but those present at the Acacia House had the distinct pleasure of witnessing the initiation into the fraternity of Yale’s most distinguished alumnus, Former President William Howard Taft, of the class of 1878. Brother Taft arrived in New Haven on April 4th, to assume his duties as Kent Professor of Law in Yale College, and Professor of Constitutional Law at the Law School. At that time he received an ovation from the student body never before accorded to any person under similar circum stances. Professor Taft’s response in his brief address to the Yale men who had welcomed him home gave evidence, at the beginning, of his strong Yale spirit and his great desire to contribute from his long experience in service as a member of the faculty. Professor Taft was no stranger at Yale when he left the White House. For a number of years, he had been connected with the corporation, attending important meetings during his term as President. As Secretary of War, and before, he had taken part in commencement celebrations with his class. His son, Robert A. Taft, had graduated here as of late as 1910, keeping up the family tradition. The connecting link with Acacia is this: Mr. Taft, as PresidentElect, was made a Mason at sight in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 18, 1909. His interest in things Masonic has grown constantly from that time. As President, he showed his appreciation of the Yale Masonic Club by allowing himself to be enrolled as an Honorary member. It is unnecessary to say that Yale chapter of Acacia needed him and that at an early date after his entrance into the Yale community he was unanimously elected to Honorary membership in Yale chapter. Professor Taft, in accepting the proposal of the fraternity, made clear his interest in Acacia. He was kind enough to say that he considered it a privilege to come into contact with such an organized body of Yale men from all departments, bound together by the Masonic the, as well as a group of students, considered as such, among whom he might have some influence through intimate acquaintance. These ideas were again expressed in his hearty speech after the
initiation ceremony when he complimented the work of Yale chapter and proved conclusively that he had been over the journey by goal allusions to the ritual. From the side of Yale chapter, little can be said except that we count 1t a memorable achievement to secure the co-operation of Brother Taft, and are sure that he will do us great good. He promises to be an occasional visitor at the House and here he will always be given a most cordial reception. In connection with this account, the Yale chapter takes pleasure in announcing that on the same evening what we call the Taft night- Professor John Milton Berdan, one of the most popular men on the English faculty, and Mr. Arthur Marvin, the well known Registrar of the Scientific School, were also introduced to the mysteries of our tomb. Dean Charles Reynolds Brown, of the Divinity School, who was to be included in the list, was unable to come on account of sickness, but he expects to travel into Egypt early this year. We congratulate ourselves again on the connection of these prominent brothers with Yale chapter. Although the program of June Fourth was hastily prepared, owing to the lateness of the term, and the examination schedule, notice to the neighboring chapters and to our alumni in the vicinity of New Haven was in given in time for a number of visitors to attend. Those present from out of town were: Brothers Homan, Lawrence, Holmes and Smith of Columbia, Gale of Harvard, Farnesworth of Cornell, and the following alumni of Yale chapter, Downs, Hilditch and Hunter of New York, and Mac Donald of Wallingford, Conn. After refreshments had been served in the House parlors, short addresses were given by the new initiates, including our baby Brother officer, who played the goat of the evening, and the visiting brothers from Columbia, Harvard and Cornell. The words of Brother Homan were peculiarly appropriate since in 1909 he had gone to Cincinnati to see President-elect Taft made a Mason, and now on this night, for Yale chapter, had administered the Acacia obligation to the same distinguished brother. The meeting broke up at a late hour, but not until the Yale chapter clock and calendar had recorded a good long impression of the occasion for future reference, and the Yale cheer, with nine Tafts, and a lot of other appendixes, had disturbed the quiet of the Square.
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BECAUSE OF ACACIA
By James O. Cory, Iowa ‘15 My name is James Cory and I am the first Venerable Dean of the refounding Iowa Colony and the grateful recipient of the George F. Patterson scholarship. Acacia Fraternity was not something I joined for the social opportunities in brotherhood or even necessarily the alumni support, but I found both in spades regardless after I became initiated and I couldn’t be more thankful. At the University of Iowa, the college of engineering is relatively small compared to Iowa State or other Universities, but despite its small size I still felt like just another face in a crowd. This campus only began to feel smaller and I only began to find a home here when our fraternity began to grow in size and the local alumni began to look after us. I know that the men who decided that I was worthy to receive the George F. Patterson scholarship do not know me personally, or at least didn’t know me before I had received at Conclave, but I wish to let them know that when I had applied with some encouragement from local alumni and none other than Jerod Miles, I wasn’t expecting to receive anything. I thought to myself that truly, there were possibly much more deserving members of the fraternity on a national level than myself. So it goes without saying that when I was called up for the scholarship at the luncheon during the
International Conclave, I was taken by complete surprise. It was more than I could’ve asked for considering that in order to take summer classes and get ahead on my engineering degree, I had to sacrifice my job of 5 years at Pioneer Hi-Bred and forego my summer nugget of income. I had already made up in my mind that living on ramen and microwave rice for a year would be worth it if I could be that much closer to graduating. Thanks to the fraternity and this scholarship, I’ve been given just enough slack to finish out my term as president strong, focused on ensuring an organized officer transition that won’t be inhibited by 20 hour work week at a part time job on top of my studies, and with a balanced diet of ramen, microwaved rice, and the occasional filet of either tilapia, chicken breast, or even pork. All joking aside, I am grateful for the financial support and am glad to have such wonderful support from the fraternity foundation.
The Foundation’s George F. Patterson, Jr. Scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate demonstrating high academic achievement and chapter leadership.
Established in 2002 at Acacia Fraternity’s 52nd Biennial Conclave on the occasion of his 80th birthday, the Foundation’s Patterson Scholarship is named in memory of “Mr. Acacia,” George F. Patterson, Jr., Cincinnati ’42. George was a second generation Acacian. His father, George F. Patterson ‘15 was a member of the Iowa chapter. As an undergraduate, George served his chapter as Venerable Dean and later as chapter advisor. George was Acacia’s National Treasurer and National President, and went on to serve on the National Interfraternity Conference board of directors. He was elected NIC President in 1974. George was a founding director of the Acacia Fraternity Foundation. George received the Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit and Acacia’s Outstanding Alumnus Award, which was renamed in his honor in 1980. George was also a recipient of the NIC Gold Medal, the interfraternity world’s highest award.
Introduction Founded in 1989, the Acacia Fraternity Foundation makes it possible for Acacians and friends of Acacia to make tax-deductible contributions to support the educational activities of Acacia Fraternity and provide scholarships for undergraduates. Over the last 26 years, the Foundation has raised over $10 million dollars for these purposes.
Highlights for the Year The Foundation received $516,900 from over 1,955 donations during the past fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. At year-end, the Foundation has assets of nearly $2.9 million. The Foundation received $204,000 in Annual Fund contributions and an additional $25,000 to support the annual Acacia Leadership Academy. During the past fiscal year $287,000 was contributed for chapter accounts. The Foundation awarded 181 scholarships to undergraduate Acacians totaling almost $125,000 and distributed $229,000 in educational grants to the Fraternity and its chapters.
Chapter Accounts The Foundation has established an account for each Acacia chapter and colony. Many chapters have established additional accounts for special projects, such as chapter house renovation, and named scholarship endowments. Contributions to chapter accounts are tax-deductible and can be used to support qualified educational activities, including: •
Cornerstones, Acacia’s undergraduate member development program
Internet and campus computer system connections, including monthly fees
Chapter scholarships and “Dollars for Scholars” programs
Study programs such as renting on-campus study rooms
Membership recruitment scholarship programs
Leadership and other chapter achievement awards
Educational seminars, faculty speakers and community service projects
Renovation, maintenance, and operational expenses for the qualified educational portion of chapter houses
Expenses for attending Acacia’s Leadership Academy and Venerable Dean Summit
Chapter library materials, including furniture and computers
The Foundation gave $229,000 in grants to support the Fraternity’s educational programs during the past fiscal year. Of this total, $97,000 was granted to chapters and $132,000 to Acacia Fraternity headquarters. The Foundation is especially proud to underwrite the cost of the Fraternity’s popular and effective Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy, held alternating summers in Bloomington, Indiana and the new Leonard W. Kearney Venerable Dean Summit held each winter during semester break. Educational grants were also awarded for the following activities: •
Cornerstones Membership Education program and App
Registration fees and travel expenses to attend educaitonal events
Percentage of cost for publishing the Triad and Acacia’s Director of Communications
Leadership training materials
Reimbursement of operating and maintenance costs for various chapters
Publication of Gold Books
Support for Acacia’s headquarters staff
Support for Leaderhsip Consultant visitation programs
Scholarship program costs
Foundation Expenses The Foundation makes every effort to minimize its expenses in order to maximize support for the educational activities of the Fraternity. Foundation directors are not reimbursed for travel and meeting expenses. Darold W. Larson, Washington State ’81 continues to work for the Foundation as its paid Executive Director. Last fiscal year the Foundation had direct administrative and management expenses of $45,000 for liability insurance, fidelity bonding, accounting, bank charges, and IRS and state taxexempt filing fees. The Foundation’s direct fundraising cost, including printing, postage, donor development and travel expense, totaled $126,000. The Foundation also reimburses the Fraternity for a portion of the headquarters administrative staff, office rent and computer expenses which support the Foundation’s administrative and fundraising activities. The Foundation reimbursed the Fraternity approximately $23,000 for these costs last year.
Annual Financial Statement
The Investment Committee of the Foundation is charged with the responsibility to monitor and prudently invest the financial assets of the Foundation. The Foundation’s assets are invested in a mix of money market funds, certificates of deposit, a domestic stock index fund, and an international stock index fund. These financial assets are invested through accounts maintained in the name of the Foundation at Charles Schwab and Company, Inc. and The Vanguard Group, Inc.
All Foundation expenditures, scholarship awards and educational grants are carefully reviewed and documented in compliance with IRS regulations to ensure the continued tax-deductibility of donations to the Foundation. A copy of the Foundation’s 2015-2016 financial statement is included at the end of this report.
The primary intent of the Foundation’s Schwab account is the preservation of principal for those chapters that have elected to place their funds in the Foundation’s “not at risk” investment portfolio. The Investment Committee invests most of the funds at Schwab in a certificate of deposit ladder designed to provide a steady stream of principal and interest on a monthly basis. The Foundation has 42 certificates of deposit at Schwab with maturities ranging from July, 2016 through May, 2020. Chapter funds in the Foundation’s Schwab account earned a 1% average return in the last fiscal year. The Foundation’s Vanguard account is designed to provide a greater long-term rate-of-return for those chapters that wish to grow the value of their accounts by participating in a conservative investment pool. 70% of the Foundation’s Vanguard account is invested in stock index mutual funds: 90% in Vanguard’s Total U.S. Stock Index Fund and 10% in the Vanguard’s Total International Stock Index Fund. The money invested in these stock index funds is subject to market risk. Our returns for these assets match those of the stock market as a whole. 30% of our funds at Vanguard are invested in money market and the certificates of deposits. These assets are held to maturity and are not subject to market risk on the principal invested. The Foundation has 29 certificates of deposit at Vanguard with maturities ranging from July, 2016 through May, 2021. 2015-2016 was challenging as stock markets declined by over 10% during the year. However, the Investment Committee’s “buy and hold” strategy ensured that our U.S. stock index fund investment now exceeds its predownturn value with the recent recovery of the stock market. International stocks have not performed as well as U.S. stocks and the Investment Committee is considering whether to continue holding an International stock index fund. Despite the “roller coaster” year for market values, chapter funds in the Foundation’s Vanguard account earned a 2% average return in the last fiscal year from stock dividends and interest earned on the 30% portion of the Vanguard portfolio invested in certificates of deposit.
Membership The membership of the Foundation is comprised of all active, alumni and honorary members in good standing with the Acacia Fraternity who contributes to the Foundation during the period between Annual Meetings. As of the end of the Foundation’s 2015-2016 fiscal year, the Foundation had 1,292 members.
Board of Directors The membership elects representatives at each Annual Meeting to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which oversees the affairs of the Foundation. The Board of Directors is presently composed of 23 voting directors and 6 non-voting emeritus directors representing 18 different Acacia chapters. The 2015 annual meeting was held on August 1 at Courtyard by Marriott in Bloomington, IN. The follwing board members were elected and re-elected to serve a three-year term:
William M. Riley, Kansas State ’60 William A. Utic, Cornell ’74 John C. Brueckman III, Cornell ’76 Brian R. Durst, Wisconsin ’87 Robert E. Roberson, Illinois Wesleyan ’74 Larry E. Schroeder, Georgia ’77 Dewayne Ullsperger, Nebraska ’82 Dwight E. Brooks, Northwestern ’69 Aaron P. Darcy, Indiana ’95 Chris R. Lutt, Nebraska ’90 Michael L. Rollins, Washington ’87
To find the full list of Foundation Directors refer to next page.
FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Acacia Fraternity Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity created in 1989 to attract and receive gifts to support the educational endeavors of the Fraternity. The membership elects representatives at each Annual Meeting to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which oversees the affairs of the Foundation. The Board of Directors is presently composed of 24 voting directors and 6 non-voting emeritus directors representing 21 different Acacia chapters. Retiring from the Board of Directors: • Christopher J. Caywood, Michigan ’80 – Attorney, Director and Co-Owner, Caywood Propane Gas, Inc., former President of Online Services at DeVry Education Group; resides in Kenilworth, IL • Robert Daniel Wilkes, Iowa ’89 – Real estate investment advisor, Skogman Commercial Realty; resides in Hiawatha, IA We thank Brothers Caywood and Wilkes for their dedicated service on the board of directors and to Acacia.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, Founding member of Shippensburg chapter. Elementary classroom teacher and administrator (retired).
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. Past Chairman of Colorado Association of Fund Raisers, National 4-H Hall of Fame, President of The Pathfinder, Inc.
Amos D. Meyers, Jr., Shippensburg ’66 Volcano, HI
William M. Riley, Jr., Kansas State ’60 Manhattan, KS
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, Past Chapter Advisor, Ohio Chapter; Past Assistant Treasurer and Communications Director, Acacia Headquarters. Associate Vice President, University Communications, Drexel University.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award., Bill is a founding director of the AFF and served as President from 1998-2010, Retired in 2015 as manager of corporate real estate for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Licensed Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering, Past President of the California Chapter’s House Corporation at the UC, Berkeley. Past president of the Harvard Alumni Association.
James N. Katsaounis, Ohio ’95 Philadelphia, PA
William A. (Bill) Utic, Cornell ’74 Fremont, CA
Dwyte E. Brooks, Northwestern ’69 Las Vegas, NV
John C. (Chip) Brueckman III, Cornell ’76 Plano, TX
Aaron P. Darcy, Indiana ’95 Raleigh, NC
Gerald C. Cook, Shippensburg ’66 Roswell, GA
Brian R. Durst, Wisconsin ’87 Woodstock (Atlanta), GA
David L. Ferguson, Indiana ’74 Bloomington, IN
DMD, FAGD, FADI. ADA Delegate; ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs; ADA Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws; NDA Treasurer; Chair-NDA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs; Clinical Faculty, UNLV School of Dental Medicine; President of the Board, Helping Kids Clinic Charity.
Order of Pythagoras, Roy C. Clark Outstanding Acacian Award, Served as Undergraduate Counselor on International Council; served on Cornerstones Membership Development Advisory Committee. Chief Marketing Officer for GE Software.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, Current President, Acacia Housing Corp of Wisconsin Chapter. Founding Father, Wisconsin Chapter. District Sales Manager, American Family Insurance.
Order of Pythagoras. His career has been in marketing for Proctor and Gamble, Seven Up, Cadbury-Schweppes and most recently for the company that oversees the Texas state lottery. Sales, Merchandising, and Business Development Manager at GTECH, Inc.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. Past International President; Past President of the AFF, 1994 – 1998; Chairman of the Nominating Committee; Past Southern Region Director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Recently retired as Lead Public Health Advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Atlanta, GA.
Order of Pythagoras, Past President of the Indiana Chapter House Corporation Board; Past Chapter Advisor, Indiana Chapter; Lawyer at Ferguson Law.
FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Scott C. Graham, Penn State ’98 Boston, MA
Mark R. Guidry, Louisiana State ’57 Henderson, NV
Ronald T. Hopkins, Syracuse ’69 Fayetteville, NY
Andrew Jee, Oregon State ’87 Dallas, TX
Kris R. Lutt, Nebraska ’90 Decatur, IL
Roger A. Nealis, Indiana ’63 Louisville, KY
Robert E. Roberson, Illinois Wesleyan ’74 Richview, IL
Michael L. Rollins, Washington ’87 Grayslake, IL
Larry E. Schroeder, Georgia ’77 Cary, NC
Donald W. Solanas, Jr., Louisiana State ’68 Baton Rouge, LA
Robert G. Travnicek, M.D., Kansas ’59 Long Beach, MS
Michael C. Tu, California ’91 La Canada Flintridge, CA
Dewayne E. (Dewey) Ullsperger, Nebraska ’82 Minnetonka, MN
Harold D. Zarr Jr., Iowa State ’73 Ankeny, IA
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, Director of Athletic Development, Boston University; former Acacia Leadership Academy Fellow; Penn State Square and Compass alumni board member; Penn State Chapter Advisor.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award; International Treasurer, 1985-1990. Officer, Syracuse Corporation Board, Chairman of the Audit Committee. President, George O. Miller Co.
Order of Pythagoras, Served as Undergraduate Counselor on National Council. President of Sweeteners, Starches and Acidulants, Archer Daniels Midland.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award, Served as Acacia Fraternity International President from 2009-2014, Served as Treasurer of International Council (2001-2009), AFF Board of Directors (1998-2001), Compliance Examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. Past AFF Treasurer, Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree, Software consultant, IBM DB2 Content Management.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, Northwestern Acacia 1960-61; Graduated University of Nebraska College of Medicine 1965; Private Practice of Medicine Wilber Nebraska 1968-1989; Harvard School of Public Health 1989-90; District Health Officer, Mississippi State Department of Health 1990-2013; Felix Underwood Award; Donald Evans Sutter Award; Physician Service Award; retired July 2013.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, Roy C. Clark Award, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. Current member of Audit Committee of the AFF, former Vice President of the AFF. Vice President and Actuary, UnitedHealth Group.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award, Past Chapter Advisor, Louisiana State Chapter; Board of Directors, Acacia Fraternity Foundation (2011 – present), member of the Investment Committee. Retired CEO, Avasem Corporation; General Manager, Avanti Bufalini, LLC and Avaline Partners, LLC.
Order of Pythagoras, attorney with Jee Law, PLLC; past Acacia Fraternity Leadership Consultant.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, House Corporation Board President (1997); AFF Board of Directors (19982001); President RAN Sales Associates, Louisville, Kentucky.
District Sales Manager O.S.K. Lines.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award, Donald W. Solanas Jr. Lifetime Service to Acacia Award, International President, Acacia Fraternity, 1992-1998; Second International Vice-President, 1982-1992; First Undergraduate Counselor on National Council; Past Chapter Advisor, Louisiana State Chapter; Co-Owner, COO Arrowhead Energy Exploration, LLC.
Order of Pythagoras, Partner with the law firm of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award; Alumni Board President, Iowa State Acacia (1996 - present), AFF Investment Committee Chairman (2012 - present); Professor of Business Finance, Des Moines Area Community College.
LEADERSHIP FUND DONORS
The Foundation wishes to recognize the generous support from seventy-eight Acacians and friends of Acacia made leadership contributions totaling $1,000 or more between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
JULY 1, 2015 - JUNE 30, 2016
$50,000 and Above
Amos D. Meyers, Jr., Shippensburg
$1,000 - $1,499
Robert G. Travnicek, Kansas
George F. Rapp, M.D., Indiana
Brent B. Bayer, Kansas State
Robert E. Roberson, Illinois Wesleyan
Travis J. Bowie, Kansas State
$20,000 - $30,000
Michael Lee Rollins, Washington
Jeffrey J. Bowker, Kansas State
Mark R. Guidry Jr., Louisiana State
The Royal Order of Scotland, Friend of Acacia
Jack R. Burchfield, Central Oklahoma
Leonard W. Kearney, Oregon State
Arland T. Stein, Purdue
Charles H. Busch, Kansas State
Larry J. McComber, Iowa State
Kenneth & Patricia Thomas Memorial Trust
Brian Roger Durst, Wisconsin
Harold D. Zarr Jr., Iowa State
Rick C. Elliott, Kansas State
$10,000 - $16,000
David Luther Ferguson, Indiana
Robert L. Carstens, Iowa State
$1,500 - $2,499
William Grandy Foster, Syracuse
Colorado House Corp., Colorado
William Kent Barnow, Kansas State
Richard T. Freije Jr., Purdue
Benevity Community Impact Fund
Dwyte E. Brooks Sr., Northwestern
Jerome Arnold Gordon, III, Indiana
Gene Greenlees, M.D., Texas
Christopher James Caywood, Michigan
James Basil Goritsan, Oregon State
Donald G. Lyon, DVM, Iowa State
Kansas State Chapter, Kansas State
Gregory J. Hamer Sr., Louisiana State
Gary A. Patterson, Kansas State
Gerald C. Cook, Shippensburg
Robert Lee Hampton, Kansas State
Matthew Carl Dunning, Wisconsin
Hal D. Hanes, Indiana
$5,000 - $9,999
Michael Peter Fillman, Western Ontario
John F. Hoffner, Purdue
Gary Eugene Beachner, Kansas State
Aegon Transamerica Foundation
Daniel R. Lang, Northwestern
H. Benjamin Funk, Kansas State
Nathan Craig Mentzer, Kansas State
Dr. Leonard Ling, Friend of Acacia
John Charles Haas, Kansas State
John B. Pugh, Iowa State
Thomas E. Mueller, Indiana
Darwin K. Klein, Kansas State
David R. Quick, Rensselaer
William M. Riley, Jr., Kansas State
James L. McFarland, Wisconsin
Randolph K. Shoup, Indiana
Paul E. Ruby, Illinois
Scott Howard Meyer, Saint Cloud State
Kerry W. Skelton, Purdue
Larry E. Schroeder, Georgia
Kelly D. Miller, Kansas State
Donald W. Solanas, Jr., Louisiana State
Khozema Z. Shipchandler, Indiana
W. Jeffrey Neal, Kansas State
George W. Sorrells, III, Indiana
Dewayne E. Ullsperger, Nebraska
Terry L. Poling, Kansas State
Lowry Lamar Tims, Texas
William A. Utic, Cornell
Mary L. Reid, Friend of Acacia
Michael Carl Tu, California Knox Williams, UCLA
$2,500 - $4,999
$1,500 - $2,499
Bert Todd Wion, Oklahoma State
Lynn R. Johnson, Kansas State
Brian Scott Strayer, Ohio State
David E. Wolfe, Iowa State
Dr. John B. Lane, Vermont
James David Weaver, Indiana
Darold W. Larson,Washington State
Jay W. Williams, Illinois Wesleyan
Fred W. Loseke, Jr., Kansas State
Kevin Russell Wills, Nebraska
Acacia Fraternity and the Acacia Fraternity Foundation express their sincerest thanks to the following donors for their support during the last fiscal year. Your contributions to the Foundation ensure that the Fraternity realizes its vision of providing training, support and guidance to every undergraduate member.
ANNUAL FUND, PYTHAGORAS FUND - JULY 1, 2015 - JUNE 30, 2016 2016 ACACIA CONCLAVE AND LEADERSHIP ACADEMY $50,000 and Above Robert G. Travnicek, Kansas
Harrison W. Freeland, Illinois Wesleyan * Richard T. Freije Jr., Purdue ALA# Randolph S. Friedman, California ALA#℗ Michael A. Frucci, Washington State ALA William B. Frye, Colorado State Michael J. Grace, Nebraska Hal D. Hanes, Indiana #℗
Arthur B. Curtis III, Long Beach State ALA# Jeremy N. Davis, Iowa State ALA# Christ Drossos Jr., Indiana ALA#℗ Alan C. Eachus, Syracuse ALA# Ralph L. Fearon, New Hampshire ALA# BurnettG.FirstenbergerJr.,NorthwesternALA# Donald F. Friend, Ohio ALA#
James M. Hanson, Iowa State ALA# Eric B. Johnson, Missouri David P. Jones, California * Leonard W. Kearney, Oregon State #℗ Joe A. Kuhlman, Illinois Terry A. Lesch, Texas ALA Tomislav A. Marincic, Michigan ALA#℗ Robert K. McDonald, New Hampshire James L. McFarland, Wisconsin # Scott H. Meyer, Saint Cloud State #^ Ray E. Miller, Shippensburg Michael I. Nabel, Rensselaer ALA#℗ Denzil E. Oswalt, Oklahoma State Allen E. Parker, Syracuse Kevin M. Renslow, Saint Cloud State ALA James F. Rogers, Texas $250 - $499 John A. Rosso, Arizona ALA#℗ Jackson H. Aaberg, Missouri #℗ Allan F. Rucka, Northwestern ALA#℗ George T. Abed, Oregon State # Reg D. Aldrich, Central Oklahoma ALA# Gregory G. Ryan, Penn State Patrick A. Smith, Colorado ALA# John W. Baty, Iowa State Ralph N. Straley II, Penn State ALA#℗ Lowry L. Tims, Texas ALA# Robert L. Treasure, Colorado Robert C. Trezise, Northern Colorado ALA#℗ Benjamin B. Turconi, California #℗ John W. Wedgwood, Purdue ALA Alik Welyn, Friend of Acacia * Robert W. Williamson, Washington State Donald S. Wilson, Northwestern #℗ James A. Witkop, Rensselaer Brent B. Bayer, Kansas State # Bert T. Wion, Oklahoma State ALA $150 - $249 Wayne A. Beeder, New Hampshire David E. Wolfe, Iowa State ALA# ThomasS.Altvater,CentralMissouriStateALA# John F. Beering, Purdue ℗ Harold D. Zarr Jr., Iowa State #℗ Thomas J. Boagni, Louisiana State ℗ Anonymous Thomas E. Bolman, Miami of Ohio †(1) Terry R. Black, Illinois Wesleyan ALA# $500 - $999 Neal E. Brown, Washington State #℗ Lanny R. Brent, Kansas State Daniel D. Bayston, Illinois ALA#℗ Eric F. Brown, Nebraska ALA# Brandon W. Brunner, Kansas State Will B. Betchart, Colorado ℗ Stewart L. Burger, Cornell ALA#℗ Matthew J. Burbach, Nebraska Frank C. Carder, Purdue ALA James J. Chancellor, Louisiana State Robert L. Carstens, Iowa State ALA# Christopher B. Carpentier, Indiana Donald C. Clagett, Penn State ALA# Mark A. Christiansen, California ℗ Craig R. Caskey, Louisiana Tech Roy S. Clarke Jr., Cornell ALA Kenneth A. Christenson, Washington State Brad D. Cleeton, Missouri Stephen R. Deal, California of Pennsylvania * Thomas C. Crews, Colorado State ALA J. S. Cleland, Ohio William E. Coggins Jr., Angelo State Colony Larry B. Forsland, Minnesota # Albert M. Donato III, Indiana # Robert C. Crouse, Shippensburg †(8) AmazonSmile Foundation Peter J. Eversole, Iowa State ℗
H. B. Funk, Kansas State ALA#℗ Fredrick C. Garrott, Illinois #℗ Stephen M. Golden, Boston ALA# MyronE.Grizio,MissouriSchoolofMinesALA# Robert A. Haiges, Oklahoma State ALA# F. H. Halderman, Purdue ALA# Richard R. Halderman, Purdue # David Hall, Iowa ALA Tommy K. Hughes, Eastern Illinois Robert L. Hurni, Ohio State ALA# Hilton A. Jones Jr., Washington State ALA# Albert C. Kemper, Colorado State ALA# John K. Kidd, Indiana ALA# Donald R. Lambert, Central Oklahoma ALA#℗ Michael J. Lembo, Rensselaer ALA# Brant E. Lieske, Indiana ALA#℗ Anthony D. Little, Oregon State ALA#℗ Samuel R. Lolan, Louisiana State Joseph J. Lundy, Penn State #℗ William M. Lynn, UCLA ALA#℗ David L. Mari, Illinois ALA# Joseph H. Marshall, California Norman L. McCracken, UCLA ALA Randall M. McCullough, Illinois Wesleyan ALA# Paul A. Meschler, Franklin ALA#℗ Robert A. Milani, Illinois ALA# James A. Moore, Ohio State ALA# Robert G. Mooth, Indiana ALA#℗ Roger A. Nealis, Indiana ALA#℗ Joseph M. Orlesh, Louisiana State ALA# Dr. William A. Peterson, Minnesota ℗ Hollis W. Rademacher, Minnesota John H. Ray, Washington State ALA# Mark P. Ruzomberka, Penn State ALA# H. Keith Sawyers, Iowa State ALA# Andrew K. Sherman, Iowa State Harrison W. Sigworth Jr., Oregon State #℗ James R. Speece Jr., Shippensburg ALA# Jarrod N. VanZant, Central Oklahoma ALA#℗ Michael S. Weber, Iowa State #℗ Michael K. Yates, Illinois ALA# Howard S. Zwiefel III, Cornell #℗
$10,000 - $49,999 Benevity Community Impact Fund ^ Mark R. Guidry Jr., Louisiana State # $5,000 - $9,999 G.E. Foundation ^ Larry E. Schroeder, Georgia ALA#℗ William A. Utic, Cornell ALA# Kevin R. Wills, Nebraska #℗ $2,000 - $4,999 Gerald C. Cook, Shippensburg Aegon Transamerica Foundation ^ Amos D. Meyers Jr., Shippensburg #℗ The Royal Order of Scotland $1,000 - $1,999 Dwyte E. Brooks Sr., Northwestern Jack R. Burchfield, Central Oklahoma Christopher J. Caywood, MichiganALA Aaron P. Darcy, Indiana #℗ Brian R. Durst, Wisconsin # David L. Ferguson, Indiana #℗ Michael P. Fillman, Western Ontario ALA#℗ Gregory J. Hamer Sr., Louisiana State John B. Lane, Vermont ALA# Daniel R. Lang, Northwestern Darold W. Larson, Washington State ALA#℗ John B. Pugh, Iowa State #℗ William M. Riley Jr., Kansas State # Robert E. Roberson, Illinois Wesleyan ALA# Paul E. Ruby, Illinois #℗ Donald W. Solanas Jr., Louisiana State Brian S. Strayer, Ohio State # Michael C. Tu, California Jay W. Williams, Illinois Wesleyan ALA# Knox Williams, UCLA
* First-time AFF Donor
William G. Foster, Syracuse ALA# David A. Fruchey, Purdue ALA# Bruce F. Garnand, Kansas State ℗ Guy G. Gebhardt, Illinois Wesleyan Robert K. Hampe, Washington State # Grant M. Herbst, Franklin Mary Hill, Friend of Acacia †(5) James M. Hoenscheidt, Kansas State Richard E. Holloway, Texas Ronald T. Hopkins, Syracuse ALA#℗ Scott J. Houston, Indiana ALA# James N. Katsaounis, Ohio ALA#℗ Edward S. Knight, Texas ℗ Michael A. Koler, Ohio State Curtis A. Krizek, Kansas State Paul A. Larson, Northwestern ALA#℗ Robert A. Lincicome, Illinois # Kris R. Lutt, Nebraska ℗ Woodrow W. Mann, Arkansas Patrick W. McGovern, Indiana Robert V. Moel, Rensselaer Michael J. Oakes, Indiana ALA# Wilbur G. Sandbulte, Iowa State ALA Joe D. Smith, Oregon State ALA# L. D. Smith, Indiana #℗ Arlo E. Sommers, Ohio State ℗ George W. Sorrells III, Indiana # Paul V. Stevens, Southern California #℗ Britt W. Thomas, Oregon State #℗ United Way of Central Indiana ^ James D. Weaver, Indiana ALA#℗ Edmund S. Wilkinson Jr., Southern California D. Brian Williams, California ALA Bernal R. Woodward, Syracuse #
# Donated to Multiple Funds
ALA Acacia Leadership Academy
℗ Pythagoras Fund
^ Corporate Matching Gift
(Continued on next page...) †( ) Memorial Gift
FOUNDATION DONORS $100 - $149 William G. Alexander, Ohio State William P. Allen Jr., Texas Martin E. Amundson, Michigan David H. Anderson, Illinois Wesleyan * Alan B. Anderson, Washington Warren L. Anderson, Washington State ALA James W. Andrews, Oklahoma Michael W. Angello, Penn State Daniel M. Arnold, Michigan ℗ Alan B. Baird Sr., Texas ALA David L. Balderach, Texas * David L. Bardal, Minnesota ALA Randall C. Bell, Kansas Matthew J. Bielaska Jr., Rensselaer * William H. Block, Rensselaer Robert E. Blue, Purdue ALA David J. Bolger, Texas #℗ Roger B. Bowman, Oregon State ℗ Roger H. Brent, Kansas State Harry J. Brooks, Texas Rodney S. Brown, Indiana ALA Paul J. Burke, Minnesota Keith M. Bushey, Indiana #℗ Timothy J. Campbell, Colorado ALA Melvin L. Capell, Louisiana State Edward J. Cardinal, California Richard B. Cassin, New Hampshire Frank A. Cave, Texas Roger N. Cavitt, Illinois Wesleyan ALA# Richard L. Centner, California Tyson C. Chastain, Indiana Oscar C. Chowning, Kansas * Michael J. Ciaraldi, Cornell Wesley G. Clark, Colorado Robert E. Combs, Purdue #℗ Laurence M. Connell, UCLA * Joseph M. Cook, Illinois * Joseph E. Cook, California Robert A. Crane, Long Beach State * Mark D. Cranston, Wyoming Philip J. Crihfield, Purdue Jerry W. Crossett, Iowa State # David H. Crumpton, Tennessee Jon L. Danuser, Missouri School of Mines Donald W. Dauterman, Oregon State ℗ John E. Davis, Penn State James H. Davis, Iowa State # Gary S. DeVoe, Oregon State Leonard J. Dow II, Miami of Ohio ALA John N. Drowatzky, Kansas Scott W. Dudley Jr., Vermont David G. Dunlap, Texas John R. Ebensberger, Iowa Richard Eimas, Colorado Jeffrey J. Eller, Washington State ALA Brian L. Essary, Indiana # James F. Essman, Northern Colorado ALA Thomas M. Fansler Jr., Purdue Frederick R. Faxvog, Minnesota ALA Frederick J. Fett, Miami of Ohio Ian E. Finn, California of Pennsylvania Kerry J. Fladung, Iowa State Stephen G. Flaming, Central Oklahoma Matthew E. Foss, Indiana Robert T. Franson, Cornell ALA Robert P. Franz, Vermont Adam J. Fuchsteiner, Saint Cloud State William C. Fullerton, Penn State/Altoona * Rodney K. Gangwish, Nebraska ℗ Berge F. Garabedian, Texas ALA# Richard S. Garard, Purdue # John K. Gardner, Arizona ALA# Bryan P. Gavrushenko, Penn State Gary G. Geroux, Washington State *
* First-time AFF Donor
Alan M. Gold, Penn State * Paul B. Goodman, Washington State ℗ James S. Grant, Washington State ALA#℗ United Way of Greater Atlanta Steven P. Gress, Purdue # Elbridge Griffy III, Oklahoma ℗ Edgar H. Grubb, Penn State ℗ Gary J. Haag, Kansas State ℗ Mark E. Hackbarth, Indiana * William A. Haines, Purdue # Robert R. Halderman, Purdue # James O. Harris, Oregon State * James E. Hart, Ohio State R. S. Hawley, Cornell ALA William D. Hayes, Nebraska Albert O. Haynes, Purdue ALA# John N. Hazelwood, Washington State Edward G. Hempel, Rensselaer Greg M. Hilbert, Iowa Charles C. Hill Jr., Arkansas * Per Hilmo, Washington State John A. Homerin, Eastern Illinois ALA Noel L. Hooker, Central Oklahoma Joseph E. Hopkins III, Colorado * Stephen W. Houser, Kansas State ALA Walter D. Huber, Penn State * John W. Iberg, Minnesota George B. Jackson, Penn State Frank T. James, Northwestern ALA# Paul A. James, Northwestern Jonathan A. Janoski, California of Pennsylvania ALA#℗
Andrew Jee, Oregon State Jason P. Jeffords, New Hampshire ALA# Allen N. Johnson, Washington State Gerald E. Kahler, Ohio ℗ Robert P. Kameen, Penn State ℗ Carl F. Kantner, Wisconsin ℗ Joe D. Kennedy, Nicholls State Colony * Charles W. Kennedy, Illinois Wesleyan Col. Forest M. Kimsey, Kansas State Robert H. King, Illinois Edward Kirklin, Non-Acacian Christopher W. Knapp, Iowa State #℗ James T. Kolbe, Northwestern David S. Kyner, Kansas Bryk J. Lancaster, Iowa James D. LaPierre, New Hampshire ℗ Stephen G. Lappin, Texas ALA Alan K. Leahigh, Illinois Wesleyan ALA David M. Lemke, Wisconsin Robert J. Lieblein, Shippensburg Jeffrey A. Lindauer, Indiana ALA# Andrew G. Long, Indiana # Jon O. Long, Missouri ALA# Frederick O. Ludlow II, Wyoming Thomas C. Macy, Nebraska Paul A. Malarik III, Indiana # Barry S. Mann, Northwestern Michael J. Mansfield, Stephen F. Austin * Charles F. Martin III, Purdue # Jason L. McDonald, Louisiana Tech William A. McElfresh, Michigan
# Donated to Multiple Funds
Calvin K. McMurray, Louisiana State Frank J. Merritt, Purdue # Arthur E. Mertes, Illinois Rodger L. Merz, Nebraska Douglas E. Merz, Nebraska Michael L. Miller, Purdue ALA# Richard P. Milne, Vermont William J. Mollere, Louisiana State ℗ Douglas W. Moore, Kansas State ALA# John R. Moritz, Colorado Zackary W. Morris, California ALA Lawrence A. Morton, Shippensburg ℗ Keith A. Nagley, Millersville George A. Nelson, Kansas State Gregg C. Nelson, Washington State ALA Elbert E. Oliver, Indiana Benjamin R. Onken, Illinois Glenn S. Pate, Indiana # Everett R. Patterson, Illinois Joseph D. Patton Jr., Penn State Harold D. Peck Jr., Nebraska Bradway F. Phillips, Ohio State Jerry D. Pierson, Kansas Michael V. Pirrotta, Penn State Donald A. Pizer, Penn State Anders S. Platou, Purdue Richard E. Porter, Long Beach State Jeffrey R. Powers, Purdue David A. Prosser, Shippensburg ALA# Joseph N. Psyk, Saint Cloud State ℗ Thomas M. Putnam III, Colorado Mark W. Quebe, Purdue #
David W. Smith, Iowa State ALA Kirkland G. Smith, Texas ALA# George M. Stanis, Vermont Gary L. Stansbery, Ohio Duane L. Stowe, Washington State ALA Robert J. Svatos, Illinois William L. Sweet, Southern California Jason R. Taylor, Iowa #℗ Douglas F. Trumbower, Penn State ℗ Ronald W. Tuggle, Mississippi State Bruce A. VanSkiver, Washington State John P. Wagner, Purdue L. D. Waibel, Purdue # Keith G. Wallace, California Joel E. Weaver, Cincinnati Paul A. Weglage, Ohio State ALA Charles B. Wegman, Syracuse William H. Weiskopf II, Northwestern Howard W. Wendt, Nebraska Andrew J. Wertz, Ohio State Alan J. Whiley, Long Beach State Gregory A. White, Indiana Robert K. Wichmann, Purdue # D. E. Williams, California Edward A. Wilson, Michigan Phillip T. Wilson, Illinois Wesleyan John H. Witmer Jr., Penn State Hal Woo, Cal Poly/Pomona * James T. Wormley, Illinois ℗ Lance K. Yokota, California ALA Robert A. Young Jr., California James A. Youngquist, Illinois
$50 - $99 Lawrence N. Allen, Purdue ALA# Thomas A. Anesta, Rensselaer * James H. Arey, Rensselaer * William S. Bailey, Illinois * Charles R. Bailey, Purdue Gary A. Baines, Washington State ALA# Thomas J. Balcerski, Cornell Thomas J. Barrett, Penn State * Lucas L. Bengtson, Oregon State Steven A. Biesiada, Miami of Ohio * George F. Rapp, Indiana # Carl F. Billhardt, Rensselaer Dennis C. Rasmussen, Oregon State ALA Robert L. Billin, California ℗ Derrick M. Ray, Missouri ALA# Richard W. Blowers, Central Missouri State George A. Ray, Penn State #℗ Jason A. Bogert, Purdue * James N. Reichard Jr., Louisiana State Paul J. Boget, Ohio * John M. Renfrow, Illinois * Aden T. Boschee, Saint Cloud State ℗ Kenneth W. Rhylander, Nebraska * Ryan L. Bothman, Washington State * Dennis G. Richards, Shippensburg James E. Bourland, Illinois Wesleyan * Thomas E. Richardson, Arkansas William Bowers III, Penn State ALA Charles L. Roberts, Georgia John W. Bridenstine, Iowa State Corey J. Robins, California * James T. Bruther, Purdue Hans M. Roensch Jr., Missouri William E. Buster, Illinois Raymond J. Rogers, Rensselaer David D Buttrick, New Hampshire * Michael L. Rollins, Washington # Barrett K. Byrne, Washington State ℗ Joel Romaine, Shippensburg ALA# Jeffrey D. Cary, Illinois Wesleyan William D. Rowland Jr., Northeastern Robert L. Childers, Northern Colorado Oklahoma State Randy L. Clark, Central Oklahoma * Richard J. Rubican, California of Walter A. Clark, Colorado ALA# Pennsylvania Stephen Clevenger, Indiana # Mark J. Sampias, Colorado ℗ John T. Clutter, Washington State Stephen L. Schmidt, Illinois State David E. Conner, Purdue # CharlesL.Schroeder,SouthernCaliforniaALA# Aaron L. Cook, Missouri School of Mines Charles F. Schwab, New Hampshire John A. Culwell, Oregon State Michael S. See, Washington State Richard E. Curp, Miami of Ohio Daniel P. Self, Ohio State Frederick R. Davidson, Millersville * William T. Siegle, Rensselaer ALA John L. DeFabis, Indiana ALA Roy A. Silver, Southern California George H. Devaughn, Mississippi State Harold L. Skerritt, Iowa State Frank G. Dewitt, California * John R. Drebus, Indiana Merrill G. Smith, Miami of Ohio ℗ Keith A. Ducote, UCLA Thomas A. Smith, Purdue # John A. Durnin Jr., Louisiana State Zilmon F. Smith, Texas Wentworth G. Eaton, Texas
ALA Acacia Leadership Academy
℗ Pythagoras Fund
^ Corporate Matching Gift
†( ) Memorial Gift
FOUNDATION DONORS Jeffrey S. Edison, Carleton * Richard L. Egelston, Rensselaer ALA Stephen R. Elias, Pitts/Johnstown * John W. Ellenwood, Ohio ALA# William R. Epcke, Northwestern ALA# Harry A. Erickson, Cincinnati James L. Ernette, Franklin ALA Paul G. Fahlstrom, Minnesota Robert L. Falzone, Penn State ℗†(3) Robert W. Felsburg, Penn State James C. Fetterman, Mississippi StateALA#℗ Gayle E. Fitzsimons, Colorado Harry T. Flasher, Miami of Ohio ALA John B. Forder, California James E. Fortune, Tennessee Richard L. Fowler Jr., Rensselaer Frederick N. Fritsch, Oregon State ALA# Warren F. Fuqua, Northwestern Michael E. Ganter, Minnesota Robert E. George, Nebraska Herbert W. Gilbert, Wyoming George E. Gillespie, Purdue ALA# Ward L. Ginn, Kansas State ALA Steven R. Goedde, Purdue ALA Stephen R. Gold, Nebraska Carl E. Gookins, Purdue * Leroy C. Graham, Colorado James K. Grant, Illinois H. Virgil Grumbling Jr., Michigan ALA Benjamin J. Haddad, Ohio * Brian S. Hamilton, Rensselaer ALA Ronald A. Hankins, Colorado Raymond M. Hare, Oregon State # Harley A. Hartman, Southern California David K. Haviland, Indiana ℗ DanielT.Henry,MissouriSchoolofMinesALA Carmen N Hesselberg, Wisconsin * Ronald G. Higgins, Kansas State John A. Higgs, Ohio * Steven R. Hill, Purdue G. D. Hubbard II, Cincinnati Galen P. Hunter, Colorado Blake J. Hutchison, Wisconsin #†(4) Ryan D. Hutton, Carleton * Gerard D. Irmer, Boston * Robert E. Jacobsen, California JCPenney James J. Johnson, Long Beach State * Lowell B. Johnson, Iowa State # Robert E. Katherman, Long Beach State Larry J. Kelly, Indiana ℗ Don E. Kiefer, Central Missouri State Robert J. Kirsop, Ohio * Dale A. Kjack, Washington State Edwin P. Kohler II, Penn State Walter R. Kolbe, Iowa State ALA# Kevin H. Kolke, Miami of Ohio ALA Jeffrey L. Korbelik, Nebraska Walter L. Kutscher Jr., Ohio ALA# Sean M. Lamy, Louisiana State * James M. Lasher, Oregon State Thomas C. Lindberg, Washington State Mark E. Lucas, California of Pennsylvania * Jacob F. Luftman, Rensselaer John W. Maddox, Kansas Gordon E. Malick, Franklin John W. Marks, Purdue ALA#℗ Kevin T. May, Wisconsin # Douglas McCan, California John C. McCleary, Iowa Nathaniel D. McKee, Missouri #℗ James B. McNay, Northern Colorado Lauren B. Meiswinkel, Penn State ALA Fred H. Merrick, UCLA Christopher P. Minardi, Rensselaer ALA#℗ Jeff A. Moffatt, Louisiana State *
* First-time AFF Donor
Brian C. Montgomery, Miami of Ohio ℗ Joseph E. Moorhead, Illinois * John H. Morrison Jr., Michigan John S. Morton, Miami of Ohio Edward A. Moss, Missouri School of Mines Marcus W. Mountford, Kansas State Philip W. Newman, Oregon State # Cory S. Oakley, Ohio ℗ Gerald K. Orrison, Missouri School of Mines Edgar A. Owre, California David R. Parks, Indiana # Michael A. Pastko, Purdue David R. Paules, Wyoming Jeffrey L. Peil, Iowa State # Jacob L. Pergande, Iowa State Brett J. Perrier, Louisiana State * John L. Philp, Arizona * William R. Picard II, Louisiana State ALA# Michael A. Pisco, California of Pennsylvania ALA Richard L. Pottenger, Purdue ℗ Howard G. Pratt, Illinois # Aditya Ramesh, Cornell # Neil C. Ray, Penn State John S. Redding, Illinois Forrest A. Reed, Ohio State * Carl A. Reed, Oklahoma Gary V. Reiter, Saint Cloud State #℗ Thomas L. Ricketts, Cornell Carl D. Rogge, New Hampshire Frank R. Roper, Southern California ALA Douglas A. Rowland, Shippensburg Robert C. Rupe, Oregon State # Bryan D. Schuller, Washington *ALA William G. Sfida, Penn State Max E. Skirvin, Indiana ALA Bruce E. Smith, Northern Colorado Terry W. Smith, Illinois Wesleyan Richard J. Stemmler, Indiana of Pennsylvania Harold D. Stephenson, Georgia ALA# William B. Stratbucker, Nebraska James W. Sutton, Indiana ℗ Steven C. Swan, Illinois Wesleyan ALA Lawrence C. Sweet, Michigan John G. Thagard, Texas ALA# Leon L. Thompson, Missouri School of Mines * Ryan J. Thornburgh, Indiana Thomas F. Treat, Arkansas Douglas R. Walker, Nebraska * Michael Wickersham, Illinois * Col. Nevin R. Williams, Ohio †(7) John P. Williams, Purdue Thomas G. Williams, Miami of Ohio Donald L. Williamson, Shippensburg Warren D. Wilson, Wyoming ALA William R. Wise, Indiana Arthur C. Woodard, Penn State * Mack E. Wootton, Indiana #℗ Marvin A. Yeager, Penn State Tim R. Yoder, Ohio State John C. York, Indiana ALA John E. Ziegler, Penn State * $49 and below Dr. Stephen H. Achtenhagen, Colorado James E. Agan, Long Beach State * Grant L. Albansoder, Iowa State * Daniel F. Alcock, Oklahoma Alexis L. Alverio, Illinois * Ronald R. Anderson, Iowa State * Douglas R. Angell, Colorado Richard C. Appel, California of Pennsylvania * Steven J. Armenia, Syracuse ALA
# Donated to Multiple Funds
Associated Students, Inc. of Cal Poly Pomona Zachary T. Bailey, Trine * William D. Bain, Oregon State * David J. Barker, Syracuse * Daniel R. Barr, Michigan Jeffery W. Baur, Illinois Wesleyan ALA Charles E. Baxter, Northeastern Oklahoma State * Mark T. Bayley, Penn State * David L. Beach, Washington State John D. Beard, Colorado * Stanley A. Bergeman, Washington * Dennis L. Berry, Michigan Robert G. Betzer, Illinois Wesleyan Nareshkumar D. Bhakta, Pitt/Johnstown * Jeremy M. Bider, Carleton ℗ Renard L. Biltgen, Illinois * Paul M. Bingaman, Shippensburg * Thomas D. Blake, Penn State * Jeff J. Bluedorn, Indiana of Pennsylvania * Christopher D. Bortz, Pitt/Johnstown * Michael J. Borza, Penn State * James W. Boswell III, Syracuse * James R. Bowers, Penn State Robert C. Bowman Jr., Miami of Ohio Brian J. Brearey, Miami of Ohio * S. J. Briggs, Wyoming * Robert S. Bristol, Michigan Larry J. Brown, Southern California * Noel E. Brown, Arkansas * Donald L. Brown, New Hampshire * James P. Buckner, Missouri School of Mines William G. Bullock, Ohio ALA
Kyle F. Coover, Kansas State * Erwin D. Cornelius III, Illinois State * Richard A Coulson, Iowa Christian A. Cox, Iowa State Troy J. Crawford, Ohio * Jeremy M. Crouse, Penn State/Altoona * Robert S. Cumella, Rensselaer Gary E. Cunningham, Pitt/Johnstown * William H. Cushman, Oregon State # Craig T. D’Agostini, Indiana * Joel W. Davenport, Indiana * Gregory M. Davis Jr., California * James H. Davis, Miami of Ohio * William R. Day, Bloomsburg Christopher Del Pino, Carleton * James R. Dennehey, Vermont * Delos Detar, Illinois * Kenneth S. Dewire, Syracuse Charles H. Dingle, Iowa State Eric Dominguez, Rensselaer ℗ Ira S. Dubnoff, Syracuse Albert R. Duncan Jr., Mississippi State Francis J. Eggert, Minnesota Gary L. Eldred, Penn State * Hugh I. Ellis, California * Derek J. England, Illinois Wesleyan * Richard O. Erdmann, Illinois * Nicolas A. Estrada, Rensselaer *Jordan R. Faeth, Ohio * William E. Farrell, Penn State Brandon M. Feder, Colorado * Raymond J. Fencl, Illinois * Thomas E. Fennell IV, Miami of Ohio *
The AFF would like to thank the following companies for their corporate giving programs to support organizations like Acacia: Aegon Transamerica Foundation Benevity Community Impact Fund G.E. Foundation JCPenny Macy’s Foundation United Way of Central Indiana †We would also like to recognize those Brothers, families and friends who gave in memory of a loved one: †(1) Dr. Irving M. Field, Missouri †(5) Ronald R. Hill, Washington State †(2) Donald R. Kielhorn, Iowa State †(6) Lynn W. Horn, Washington State †(3) William S. Dye Jr., Penn State †(7) Col. Glenn N. Smith, Ohio †(4) David J. Allen, Indiana & George F. †(8) Dwight E. Bollinger, Shippensburg Patterson Jr., Cincinnati †(9) Kevin & Kyle Simcoe, Indiana
Shane M. Burns, Missouri * Ben A. Burzlaff-Meyer, Saint Cloud State * Jeremiah Q. Butcher, Louisiana Tech Richard A. Cable, Washington Christopher S. Cagadas, Illinois William L. Camden Jr., Tri-State * William D. Carstedt, Northwestern ALA Richard E. Carver, Missouri School of Mines Frank J. Cassata, Illinois State ℗ Ansel R. Castellano, East Stroudsburg Colony * Brett A. Chabert, Louisiana State * Robert M. Chamberlain, New Hampshire * G. R. Chancellor, Northwestern Robert J. Christ, Cornell * Eric H. Christenson, Colorado * Jared J. Christenson, Washington * Rolland L. Clark, Wyoming * Lawrence E. Clay, Nebraska ALA Richard D. Clayton-Cox, Purdue * Paul D. Cobb, Purdue Martin S. Collier, Ohio State R. D. Conlin, Illinois * Ross W. Coons, Illinois Wesleyan * Ronnie L. Coons, Illinois Wesleyan Michael L. Cooper, Colorado *
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℗ Pythagoras Fund
Paul W. Field, Washington State * Matthew R. Finstein, Illinois State * Rusty J. Fishel, Indiana Joseph R. Flaherty, Rensselaer * Alexander C. Fleming, Franklin * Warren M. Flodin, Miami of Ohio ALA Arnold L. Flottman Jr., George Washington David J. Flounders Sr., Pitt/Johnstown * Richard A. Fogel, Penn State * Robert S. Foote, Illinois * Tim M. Ford, Indiana of Pennsylvania * Macy’s Foundation ^ David H. Franks, Louisiana State * Larry C. Franks, Indiana Alex I. Fraser, Iowa State Michael E. Fricker, Central Oklahoma * James A. Frost, Cincinnati George H Fuller, Louisiana State * David M. Fulmer, Syracuse * Harbin Noel Q. Gado, Washington * Robert W. Gailey, New Hampshire * Dallas M. Gandy, Central Oklahoma Gabriel A. Garcia-Cantu, Texas *
^ Corporate Matching Gift
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FOUNDATION DONORS Russell M. Garrard, Purdue * Warren R. Gedstad, Illinois * Ryan T. Gerstein, Rensselaer * Donald G. Geurkink, Oklahoma State David J. Gliozzi, Indiana of Pennsylvania * Timothy L. Glover, California of Pennsylvania * Matthew D. Goeller, Nebraska * Pablo E. Gonzalez, Central Oklahoma * Edward A. Gonzalez, Stephen F. Austin * Brent D. Goodale, California Matthew S. Goodlett, Oregon State * Brian J. Graham, Purdue * Kevin J. Graves, Indiana * John L. Greife, California * Lee E. Grigsby, Louisiana State David W. Grimes, Washington State * B. D. Groff, Penn State * Christopher O. Gulley, Central Oklahoma Blake E. Gurzynski, Trine * John C. Haas, Kansas State #℗ Ryan M. Haefke, Kansas State * Steven K. Haines, Indiana Stanley W. Hamilton, Kansas * Robert B. Hamilton, Wyoming * Calvin J. Hansen, Nebraska Roland W. Hart, Wyoming Todd S. Harvey, Vermont * James R. Hassel, Tennessee * Robert T. Hay, Ohio * Harold E. Heath, Central Oklahoma ALA# Bradley M. Heller, Long Beach State Charles W. Henley, Arkansas * Michael J. Henry, Indiana * William C. Hepler II, Indiana ALA# Paul S. Herbert, Illinois * Jonmarc J. Hewett, Trine * Gary D. Hewitt, Oregon State Bradley D. Highum, Illinois Wesleyan * Shawn R. Hill, Illinois * Christopher T. Hill, Cornell * William H. Hill, Washington State * William C. Hirt, Tennessee Jerry E. Hite, Washington State * Erik C. Hjerpe, Illinois Wesleyan Robert Hobe, Purdue # Wilber Hobson, Arkansas * Jarred L. Hooker, Louisiana Tech * William E. Huffman, Iowa State * Samuel J. Hundley, Kansas State * George W. Hunt, Nebraska * Paul K. Hurlbut, Wisconsin * Barry S. Hurt, Mississippi State * Richard B. Huyett, Oregon State * Donald R. Hyer, Illinois Sho Iketani, Cornell Harrison G. Ingold, Missouri * L. R. Iorio, Oklahoma Earl G. James, Penn State * Jeffrey L. James, Washington State * Kristopher A. Janzen, Central Oklahoma Noah J. Jellison, Ohio State Marc L. Jensen Sr., California * Wayne L. Jenson, Wisconsin Jared M. Johnson, Penn State * Calvin F. Johnson, Colorado * Jeffrey A. Jones, Illinois * Justin M. Kaplan, Carleton ℗
* First-time AFF Donor
John R. Kaufman, Penn State Lucas S. Keeton, Oregon State * Donald J. Kelly, Shippensburg * Ryan C. Kelly, Indiana William L. Keltz, Cornell Kirby B. Kepford, Illinois * Paul T. Kilker, Ohio Paul R. Knachel, Indiana Gordon H. Koehler, Iowa State * Peter C. Kozup, Ohio * Dustin T. Kraemer, Purdue * George P. Kyriazis, Rensselaer * Michael W. Lagg, Penn State * Timothy P. Lam, Syracuse * Billy L. Lambert, Purdue * Howard P. Lambert, Penn State ALA# J. Brian B. Lang, Purdue Alexander B. Larsen, Pitt/Johnstown * Stephen R. Larson, Northwestern * Martin E. Larson Sr., Washington State * E. A. Larson, Friend of Acacia Gregory J. Lary, Ohio Lewis W. Latremore lll, New Hampshire James A. Lavanchy, Indiana Jeffrey J. Lee, Illinois * Michael B. Lee, Washington State * Earl E. Lego, Shippensburg * David V. LeMone, Luther A. Smith Stephen P. Lindberg, New Hampshire Rodney S. Lister, Purdue Victor W. Locasio, California * Chester E. Lopez, California * Lewis M. Lubarsky, Shippensburg Peter M. Lucas, Illinois * Donald E. Lund, Ohio State * John W. Lundstrom, UCLA * John T. Lyon, New Hampshire * Patrick B. Machus, Washington * Christopher C. MacKenzie, Iowa State Robert C. Madsen, Southern California * Eric G. Maitlen, Indiana * Kevin R. Maloney, Carleton Thomas W. Manges, Trine * Stanley A. Marczak Jr., Louisiana State * Michael A. Markovich, Penn State * Cletus R. Martin, Purdue * Theo S. Mascari, Indiana * John W. Matthews, Oregon State * Donald D. Mattox, Nebraska Larry S. May, Texas Robert B. Mayhew, Penn State * Joseph E. Mayse, Illinois State * Clifford D. McCabe, Oregon State * Richard McClannahan, Illinois Wesleyan * James R. McCormick, Michigan James J. McDermott, Illinois Wesleyan # William B. McDonnell, Penn State * Ryan N. McDowell, Oregon State * Bruce L. McFarland, Nebraska * Matthew P. McGrath, Iowa * Patrick B. McGrath, Illinois Wesleyan Philip I. McNamee, Northwestern * Scott E. Meddaugh, Washington State * Peter J. Mehta, Indiana * Men of Acacia Kansas State Chapter of Acacia Fraternity #℗
# Donated to Multiple Funds
Jorge L. Michel, Oregon State * Joseph L. Mikan, Houston * Jeffrey W. Milberger, Texas * Joseph C. Miller, Illinois * Michael S. Miller, Nebraska * Lawrence M Mincer, Colorado * Dyke A. Minix II, Indiana * Kevin C. Mire, Miami of Ohio *
Rodney J. Sayles, Oklahoma * Gary L. Schmirler, Washington State * David W. Schweitzer, Iowa * Carl S. Sechrist, Arizona John E. Seeber Jr., Indiana * George K. Seitz, Kansas Robert M. Seute, Kansas State * Gary D. Sexson II, Illinois Wesleyan
Jon M. Monroe, UCLA * Todd B. Moran, Nebraska * Jay M. Morrison, New Hampshire * Tyler G. Moule, Carleton Jonathan P. Mulholland, Indiana * John M. Murphy, Washington * Dennis A. Myers, Penn State * Aditya S. Navale, Iowa State * Charles D. Naylor, Long Beach State * Matthew T. Newman, Oregon State * John D. Newton, Rensselaer Walter O. Nielsen Sr., San Jose State Eugene J. Nietsche, Syracuse * Darwin P. Oakes, Indiana * Eric P. Offner, Louisiana State * Guy P. Olsen, Rensselaer Burt A. Omar, Long Beach State Helen Oshiro, Widow of Brother Jacob S. Padilla, Cornell * Anthony J. Paolo, Indiana Ryan J. Parker, Ohio State * Charles E. Peery, Washington * Philip J. Pellegrino, Penn State * Jefferson T. Person, Washington State * Anthony D. Phillips, Carleton ℗ Paul R. Pinsukanjana, California * Thomas A. Plagman, Iowa State * Edward M. Plater II, Michigan * William G. Pols III, Franklin Mitchell Price IV, Northwestern Oklahoma State * Andrew G. Raguskus, Rensselaer * Goutham Ramdas, Saint Cloud State Ralph J. Ranes, Iowa * Casey L. Rapp, Central Oklahoma * Ernest W. Rapp, Indiana Randolph J. Reece, Purdue # George Rettof, Illinois * Ethan G. Rice, Kansas State * Paul E. Rigby, Illinois * Thomas F. Rippere, Rensselaer Rex R. Ritz, Iowa * Terry L. Roberts, Washington State Claude D. Robinson, Washington * George A. Robinson, Iowa State James E. Robinson, Oklahoma State ALA Roland J. Rome Jr., Louisiana State * Kyle A. Roskowski, Trine * Jeremy P. Rudkin, Indiana * Michael K. Rudolph, Pitt/Johnstown * Mike N. Ruffo, Illinois * Stephen H. Russell, Vermont * Eric R. Ruzalski, Illinois * Kevin T. Ryan, Northeastern Oklahoma State * Richard J. Saad, Franklin Jack R. Sandridge, Central Missouri State MarkA.Santucci,CaliforniaofPennsylvania* John J. Sawyer, Rensselaer *
Michael C. Smith, Northwestern Blaine H. Smith Jr., Oklahoma Leland W. Sperry, Cincinnati Frank D. Staley Jr., Indiana #℗ Klaus-Peter R. Steuer, Long Beach State Alan V. Stevens, New Hampshire Charles A. Stevens, Long Beach State Forrest L. Stewart, Indiana * Thomas B. Stewart, Central Oklahoma * Dana C. Stiefel, Cornell ℗ Rollyn L. Storey, Michigan ALA John R. Stotler, Washington State * Thomas E. Straughan, Oregon State*# Thomas B. Stryer, Miami of Ohio James B. Stucker, Miami of Ohio Joseph M. Stunja, Penn State Sean T. Sullivan, Rensselaer * David L. Swartz, Syracuse * Dylan G. Tafuri, Saint Cloud State * Nicholas A. Tarcha, Cincinnati Wilmer E. Terry, Arizona * Don R. Tillotson, Kansas State Walter R. Tingley Jr., California ALA Raymond S. Tittle Jr., Michigan * David M. Townley, Arizona ALA Forrest J. Trachsel, Kansas State * Karl D. Tremba, Penn State * Stephen G. Tucker, Georgia * Robert L. Turner, Purdue Mark D. Twietmeyer, Oregon State *# Allan A. Tyler, Vermont * Matthew A. Tyner Jr., Indiana * Jonathan C. Vaage, Iowa State Nolan K. Valdivia, Illinois Wesleyan * Jonathan C. Veres, California of Pennsylvania * David J. Vesledahl, Saint Cloud State * Dean R. Vickstrom, Iowa Andrew B. Vipond, Nebraska * Stacey L. VonStein, Shippensburg Michael J. Vosatka, Iowa State * Jeffrey J. Vroman, Iowa Norman P. Wagoner, Iowa State * Luke J. Walker, California of Pennsylvania* Sanford H. Wallins, Syracuse * Douglas C. Wallway, Iowa State Stephen J. Washburn, Purdue Richard Watson, Texas Randolph C. Watterworth, Michigan Jason B. Weathers, Georgia * John M. Webb, Northern Colorado Everett H. Webber Jr., New Hampshire * Jonathan P. Wedley, Carleton ℗ Kenneth R. Weldin, Washington State David M. Wellman Sr., Northeastern Oklahoma State * Arthur J. Wertzberger, Kansas State * Robert C. Wheaton, Wisconsin * Richard W. Whyte, Illinois Wesleyan
ALA Acacia Leadership Academy
℗ Pythagoras Fund
^ Corporate Matching Gift
†( ) Memorial Gift
FOUNDATION DONORS Herbert A. Wiechman, Oklahoma State * Clark L. Wilkins, Washington State * Wilho E. Williams, Washington State * Richard I. Williams, Grand Valley State Colony Clyde A. Williams, Kansas ALA Mahlon T. Wilson, Colorado Nicholas M. Wolanczyk, Ohio * Jeffrey P. Woodcock, Wisconsin Aaron H. Woodstein, Illinois Wesleyan * David A. Wylie, Kansas State W. S. Yaw, Illinois * Dalton A. Yost, Ohio * Andrew T. Young, Illinois State * Wilbur F. Zanin Jr., Illinois * Edward A. Zuercher, Cincinnati * Ryan D. Zumbach, Iowa State * Derek E. Zynn, Purdue * INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL SPEAKERS FUND $350+ Jeremy N. Davis, Iowa State # Scott H. Meyer, Saint Cloud State # Robert W. Mickam, Texas George A. Ray, Penn State #
LING-STOUT WESTERN GROWTH FUND $5,000+ Dr. Leonard and IIona Ling Foundation SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT $2,000+ Larry E. Schroeder, Georgia #
TOP 10 CHAPTERS BY DONATION
$500-$1,999 John B. Lane, Vermont # $100-$499 Anonymous CORNERSTONES FUND $1,000 and above John F. Hoffner, Purdue # Colorado Acacia Fraternity House Corp. # David R. Quick, Rensselaer Robert E. Roberson, Illinois Wesleyan # Lowry L. Tims, Texas # $500-$999 William G. Foster, Syracuse#
TOP 10 CHAPTERS BY DONORS
“I HAVE A RENEWED VIGOR TOWARDS SUPPORTING ACACIA FRATERNITY FOUNDATION DUE TO THE INTENSE FOCUS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS ON TRULY HELPING EDUCATE THE ACTIVE MEMBERS NATIONWIDE IN THE “REAL WORLD” SKILLS THEY WILL NEED TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE ONCE THEY GRADUATE. THE MULTI-FACTED CORNERSTONES EDUCATION PROGRAM HAS THE FOCUS OF THE FRATERNITY SQUARELY TARGETED ON SOMETHING I FEEL COMFORTABLE AND PROUD TO SUPPORT. AND, IN THEIR WAKE, THE PROGRAMS LEAVE THE DESTRUCTIVE AND NON-HELPFUL NONSENSE BEHIND WHILE TRULY ENHANCING THESE YOUNG MEN’S LIVES.” -Scott Houston, Indiana ‘80
The Foundation awarded numerous scholarships over the past year from chapter scholarship programs and the General Fund. The following major scholarship recipients were announced at the William A. Utic AFF Scholarship Luncheon during our 59th Biennial Conclave on July 29, 2016:
George F. Patterson, Jr. Foundation Scholarship ($3,000) James Owen Corey, Iowa ‘15
Duncan McPherson Fraternityship ($3,000) Noah Benjamin Trapp, Kansas State ‘14
Emma C. Allen ($1,250)
Michael Patrick Foy, Wisconsin ‘14 Thomas James Gaier, Indiana ‘15
AFF General Scholarship ($1,000) Dillon Mumme, Iowa State ‘13 Nicholas Hench, Millersville ‘13 William Quaranta, Penn State ‘13
Arthur D. Lautzenheiser Scholarship ($2,000) Cody Reed Christiansen, Indiana ‘15
David J. Allen Scholarship ($2,000) Matthew Thommes Kudla, Indiana ‘15 Conor James Wiegmann, Indiana ‘15
David J. Allen Scholarship ($1,000) Ryan Douglas Williams, Indiana ‘15 Neil Katen Shah, Indiana ‘15
Ling-Stout Scholarship ($1,000)
Justin Todd Honda, Oregon State ‘13 Tim Sean Kearny, Washington State ‘15 Eduardo Manuel Morera Jr., California ‘14 Adrian Williams, Oregon State ‘15 Jacob Paul Strayer, Arizona State ‘16 Samuel John Strayer, Arizona State ‘16
Ling-Stout Scholarship ($750)
David Lee Czyzewicz, Washington State ‘15 Oliver John Jek, California ‘14
CHAPTER FUND DONORS
CHAPTER FUND DONORS July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 Chapter accounts have an important role in fulfilling our mission, “Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders.” There are accounts for each Acacia chapter and colony. Many chapters have established additional accounts for special projects, such as chapter renovations and named scholarships endowments. KANSAS STATE - WILLIAM M. RILEY JR. LEADERSHIP FUND $5000+ William M. Riley Jr.
Leonard W. Kearney Martin T. McKnight Stanley A. Roberts John M. Willis
LOUISIANA STATE FUND $7,000+ Mark R. Guidry Jr.
$100-$199 George T. Abed Stephen F. Anderson Keith E. Brown James H. Fleming John R. Gruher Robert B. Hardin Jr. George A. Hinkel Donald R. Hoskins David A. Mack Gerald H. Matson Rodney L. Mirich James S. Nichols Jr. Kenneth E. Roberts Harrison W. Sigworth Jr. Thomas E. Straughan Charles F. Switzer Paul D. Tamura Scott M. Thibert Ron K. Tsukamaki Dale M. Wells
LOUISIANA STATE - CHARLES L. ‘CHIEF’ SARTAIN, JR. SCHOLARSHIP $10,000+ Mark R. Guidry Jr. MINNESOTA - DONALD H. ARVOLD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $100+ Larry B. Forsland Scott H. Meyer, Saint Cloud State MISSOURI $3,500+ Kenneth & P. Thomas Memorial Trust, Friend of Acacia $50-$99 Bill C. Hott MISSOURI - ANTHONY R. OLSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $250+ Kerri Bloss, Friend of Acacia Jason J. Gass Derrick M. Ray $100-$249 Jackson H. Aaberg Laura Bettenhausen, Friend of Acacia Dean J. Hewitt Dean Reeder Samuel C. Smith $99 & Below Jay Dade, Friend of Acacia Brian S. Downs, Central Oklahoma Nathaniel D. McKee Laura Snyder, Friend of Acacia Arthur L. Wallhausen Jr. NEBRASKA $1,000+ Kevin R. Wills OHIO STATE $50+ David E. Ozvat OREGON STATE $20,000+ Leonard W. Kearney $200-$300 Martin T. McKnight OREGON STATE - RICHARD S. REID SCHOLARSHIP $1,000+ James B. Goritsan Mary L. Reid, Widow of Brother $200-$999 Charles E. Buxton Kent W. Cox Jerry L. Evens Michael A. Howard Paul G. Ingram
$99 & Below Stephen K. Anderson Roger W. Avrit Antranik Barsamian William H. Cushman Jerry F. Franklin Frederick N. Fritsch Raymond M. Hare Eric C. Hawkes Alan M. Jesse James W. Kelley Geoffrey L. Latham Kenneth J. Manning Bruce S. Mehus Richard W. Monnie Philip W. Newman Robert C. Rupe Keith M. Seymour Mark D. Twietmeyer Ernest W. Wakeham Robert O. Weed PENN STATE - W. RUSSELL SCOTT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $50+ Leland J. and Martha Adams Jr., NonAcacian PITT/JOHNSTOWN $250+ Ryan M. Flurie PURDUE $3,000+ Arland T. Stein $1,000-$2,999 Richard T. Freije Jr. Kerry W. Skelton $500-$999 David A. Fruchey Derrick J. Kraus Steven W. Lowe William H. Strong $200-$499 Vane P. Clayton William A. Haines Joseph B. Martin Sr.
David S. Moorman Randolph J. Reece Matthew D. Schaaf W. S. Seaboyer Thomas Stieglitz L. D. Waibel Robert K. Wichmann $100-$199 William T. Ballew James E. Baynes James W. Bedford Max K. Biery Evan P. Brady Philip G. Bright Lon A. Brown Mark R. Burton Brent D. Cherry Larry R. Clapper David E. Conner David D. Dimmich Bruce H. Doelling James D. Dyer John H. Elder Richard S. Garard Steven P. Gress Robert R. Halderman F. H. Halderman Richard R. Halderman Richard T. Harris Jr Mark L. Hildebrand Charles E. Hines John F. Hoffner Joe T. Jones Daniel T. Kaschak Michael G. Kicherer William A. Lyon Bradley M. McGuinness Michael L. Miller John C. Miller Dennis D. Miner James R. Myers Kenneth C. Newman James F. Newsome John L. Pracht Mark W. Quebe Christopher R. Sherman Devin R. Slagle Thomas A. Smith James F. Smith II David E. Thoma Joe S. Varner William Z. Way Howard L. White Robert L. Zell $99 & Below Jack F. Armbruster Peter N. Baker Sr. William J. Bushnell Paul R. Collier Robert E. Combs John T. Gall James G. Graham Albert O. Haynes Gary P. Hermsen Robert Hobe Michael W. Jensen Anthony A. Jung Thomas E. Kaercher Jr. Robert W. Kearns Nathan A. Klein Ryan J. Laurent Jeffrey J. Lemna Angelo M. Marasco John W. Marks Charles F. Martin III
Frank J. Merritt Jeff M. Rachke Gene D. Reihl Jack V. Robertson Ernest W. Scheerer Jeffery A. Stoner A. R. Thayer Thomas L. Timothy Thomas A. Walsh ST. CLOUD STATE $500+ Scott H. Meyer $100-$499 Gary V. Reiter Brian L. Thompson $99 & Below Benevity Community Impact Fund TEXAS $10,000+ Gene Greenlees $250-$1,000 Richard A. Gump Jr. Thomas L. Shelton Robert C. Thames $99 & Below Aaron A. Hollingsworth VERMONT $1,000+ John B. Lane WASHINGTON $2,500+ Michael L. Rollins $1,000-$2,499 Darold W. Larson, Washington State $250-$999 Robert A. Hofstatter Donald W. Sabo $100-$249 Richard C. Abrams Robert E. Hunt Jr. David L. Mari, Illinois WASHINGTON STATE $200+ James S. Grant Darold W. Larson Peter G. Vierthaler $100-$199 Marc J. Bachmeier Mark W. Berry Patrick R. Brentin Neal E. Brown Martin R. Fischer Robert K. Hampe John M. Hinshaw Joseph A. Homans David A. Loofburrow Jed W. Morris Mark D. Murray Craig A. Paulson John P. Pribble Dustin J. Reischman David L. Roller, Friend of Acacia Patrick D. Sheehan Scott M. Valley
CHAPTER FUND DONORS WISCONSIN FUND $1,000+ Matthew C. Dunning WISCONSIN - MICHAEL S. HANNES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $1,000+ James L. McFarland $400-$999 Matthew C. Dunning George W. Sorrells III, Indiana Curtis R. Waltz $200-$399 William C. Andrae Eric C. Bingen Brian R. Durst David J. Engeldinger Alan B. Scher $100 & Below Blake J. Hutchison Kevin T. May ARIZONA STATE FUND $100+ Darold W. Larson, Washington State Brian S. Strayer, Ohio State CALIFORNIA FUND $150+ Richard E. Carsner Alan R. Hirasuna COLORADO SCHOLARSHIP FUND $15,000+ Colorado Acacia Fraternity House Corp. $50-$99 Walter A. Clark Carroll J. Washington Jr. CORNELL FUND $100+ Bruce E. Bridgeman William L. Dearcop William J. Zeligson Howard S. Zwiefel III $50-$99 James W. Kehe Aditya Ramesh INDIANA U. OF PENN. FUND $50+ John A. Mitchell ILLINOIS FUND $50+ David L. Mari Jack L. May Jr. ILLINOIS BUILDING FUND $5000+ Paul E. Ruby $100-$199 Daniel D. Bayston ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP FUND $250+ Daniel D. Bayston James M. Kurtzweil Terrence A. LaBella David L. Mari $100-$249 Richard A. Guinn Ronald M. Hamelberg Robert A. Lincicome Richard K. Price Daniel T. Walker Jr. Joel A. Winick
$99 and below Aaron E. Alley Richard J. Dominetta Howard G. Pratt ILLINOIS WESLEYAN FUND $500+ R. L. Christie Randall M. McCullough Robert E. Roberson $100-$499 James J. McDermott INDIANA FUND $5,000+ Thomas E. Mueller Khozema Z. Shipchandler $1,000-$4,999 George F. Rapp Randolph K. Shoup James D. Weaver $500-$999 Hal D. Hanes Brant E. Lieske William H. Purcell Thomas O. Schoellkopf $100-$499 Kevin M. Bol Kevin T. Cannon James P. Clark Stephen Clevenger Thomas C. Cornwell Aaron P. Darcy Scott A. Daugherty Albert M. Donato III John W. Dyar Brian L. Essary Thomas S. Everett John H. Gentle Dennis E. Harrold William C. Hepler II Scott J. Houston Charles W. Jarrett Jr. Jerrald T. Kabelin Kris I. Kallembach Calvin L. Kemp John K. Kidd Shaun M. Kirkwood Jeffrey A. Lindauer Andrew G. Long Paul A. Malarik III Joseph L. Manson Robert G. Mooth John W. Morgan Roger A. Nealis Brock P. Nolan Peter M. Noverr David R. Parks Glenn S. Pate David W. Powell Richard L. Routh Adam F. Saad Ted B. Shuel George W. Sorrells III Robert L. Stasey Leo W. West Roy S. Whiteman Ernie L. Wilhoit Mack E. Wootton $50-$99 Daniel L. Barnett William B. Borst III Mark D. Cole Daniel E. Cravens Homer M. Dalbey John A. Duke, UCLA Kirk A. Eggebrecht Ronald M. Finnigan Stephen S. Herdrich Clifford E. Hunt
Robert D. Smith Frank D. Staley Jr. Kenneth R. Whitelaw $49 & Below Bruce A. Farthing Paul J. Goralski Matheau P. Luers Michael W. Miller Larry C. Risk Jerry L. Silence INDIANA - KYLE P. SIMCOE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $1,000+ Jerome A. Gordon III $250-$999 Connor M. Chakeen Indianapolis Fruit Company, Inc. Tendercare H. Health Services, Inc. Enviro-Max Inc. Gerald and Sue Palermo, Friends of Acacia A&A M. Products, Inc. William L. Reel, Friends of Acacia Dâ€™Zynes H. Salon, Friend of Acacia Michael R. & Pamela G. Spencer, Friends of Acacia $100-$249 Randy & Jennifer Barry, Friends of Acacia Karen O. Fanning, Friends of Acacia Michael J. and Joyce C. Vietri, Friend of Acacia $99 & Below Eugene P. & Lori T. Avery, Friend of Acacia Knob Creek Union Church, Friend of Acacia J. W. Engineering LLC Patricia E. Hall, Friend of Acacia Jeff D. Williams and Linda G. Sease, Friend of Acacia Larry and D. McDonald, Friend of Acacia Julia H. Turnbaugh, Friend of Acacia IOWA FUND $250+ Aaron L. Morrow Jose R. Sanchez Jr., UCLA $50-$99 Raymond J. Ottomeyer IOWA STATE FUND $1,000+ Robert L. Carstens $250-$999 Takenori Aso John P. Bahr Robert K. Borcherding John R. Fulkerson Philip C. Larson Linda S. Newsum, Friends of Acacia Jeffrey L. Peil Nicholas A. Seibold Richard W. Taylor $100-$249 Stewart L. Burger, Cornell Stephen J. Casper IV Jerry W. Crossett James H. Davis James M. Hanson Christopher W. Knapp Walter R. Kolbe Kenneth L. MacRae William G. Pearcy Lynn R. Pendry Bernard H. Schwartze John E. Shrader Howard V. Speer Terry L. Thoem
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AFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S LETTER
By Darold W. Larson, Washington State ‘81 “It’s our year!” This summer I had the pleasure to write an article in the Triad titled Tinkers to Evers to Chance, recognizing the optimism of the Chicago Cubs franchise ending a one hundred eight year championship drought. Today the Cubbies are champions of the baseball world! I believe this, too, is Acacia’s year!
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here have been three major growth eras within the Greek community. The greatest growth occurred prior to WWI (1900-1916), post WWII (1945-1965), and the decades of the ‘80s and early ‘90s. Based on what you may hear periodically, one might conclude that fraternity life is waning as a number of high profile incidents have placed Greek life squarely in the media spotlight. The intense media scrutiny has some questioning the relevance of today’s Greek experience. Yet all the indicators tell me that we are entering a Golden Age of Fraternity!
The term Golden Age comes from Greek mythology and legend and refers to the first in a sequence of four or five (or more) Ages of Man. The Golden Age is first, followed in sequence, by the Silver, Bronze, Heroic and then the present, Iron, which is a period of decline. Decline, Hardly! I’m pleased to report the exact opposite is occurring – we are in the fourth generation of growth. A tremendous opportunity awaits Acacia in the coming years and we need your assistance. New generations of university presidents are emerging. Realizing there is a great transferring of wealth occurring in our society, growth of endowments has greater emphasis at many universities. Research has proven that Greeks more often support their alma mater and give in greater amounts. It is no surprise then that campuses are open to expansion and, with that, more seasoned leadership is being hired to work with the Greek community.
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record number of donors and scholarships dispersed, and greater support by way of educational grants, there is much @AcaciaFoundation www.acacia.org/foundation Acacia has been experiencing steady growth with an to be thankful for this past year. To that end, the following impressive 11.5 percent increase in membership from pages of the Triad will share how the Foundation is making Central Indiana Happy Birthday Congratulations Boston Area Alumni a difference. Support to the Foundation’s Annual Fund is the start of 2015 to the beginning of 2016. Expansions Alumni Gathering Brother Ferguson! Brother Durst! Gathering in recent years have each been challenging in their own directed towards three primary areas: ways, but we’ve found success in our current expansion formula. During this renaissance in the Greek movement, 1) Growth, more expansions and chapter visitations. the greatest areas of growth are occurring the Midwest, 2) Educational programming such as Acacia’s award Acacia Fraternity Foundation posted ain photo. 10 minutes ago Southwest, and the West Coast. Looking at our chapter winning membership educational program Cornerstones, distribution on a map today, Acacia chapters are densely and national and regional leadership academies. populated in the Midwest, and Northeastern United States. 3) Scholarships for worthy undergraduates. The Fraternity has aggressive growth goals over the next several years, and looks to add chapters at campuses that meet our selection criteria. Below is a list of our recent expansion activities. Based on growth projections, we believe three of these chapters will be chartered next summer. Our newest colony at Minnesota began in September of this year.
The Black & Gold Brigade A brigade is defined as a tactical formation that is typically composed of three to six battalions plus supporting elements. Our supporting elements are you - the alumni of Acacia - an enlarged or reinforced regiment who supports the next generation of Acacians. A call to arms! The Acacia Fraternity Foundation recently kicked off the 2016-17 Annual Fund. Our goal is to gain the support of 150+ alumni and more to make a Leadership Gift of $1,000 and greater. Like the Fraternity, the Foundation is making great strides in support of our venerable association. With a
Upon reaching our fund raising goals for the year, additional income will be directed towards endowing Foundation accounts – the Acacia Leadership Academy, the Scholarship Fund, Cornerstones, and the Acacia Growth Fund. How does one place a value on the Greek experience? There is truly something unique... distinct… superior when it comes to the Acacia experience. Thank you for being more than an interested alumnus in Acacia. I look forward to working with you to assist in formulating our vision to make a most meaningful experience for the next generation of Acacians. For more information on trends in the Greek community, the renewed growth in Acacia, or joining our Black and Gold Brigade please contact me at email@example.com or at 317-872-8210. For those alumni who utilize Facebook, you can follow Foundation activities by visiting Facebook.com/AcaciaFoundation. Fraternally,
Darold W. Larson, Washington State ‘81 Executive Director Acacia Fraternity Foundation
For Donors 70.5 years or older, you can use your IRA to make a charitable gift to Acacia. In 2015 President Obama reinstated a law that extends the IRA charitable rollover now and beyond. The legislation allows individuals age 70.5 or older to make a direct transfer of up to $100,000 from their IRA to the Acacia Fraternity Foundation without having to recognize the transfer as taxable income. Consider the IRA charitable rollover if you have excess IRA funds, or want to lower the amount of your required minimum IRA distribution. While there is no charitable deduction, there is also no tax when the distribution is a direct charitable rollover. Basic Provisions • • •
You must be at least 70.5 years of age. Tax benefits apply for gifts that total up to $100,000 per person per year. You must transfer funds directly from an IRA to one or more eligible charitable organizations.
The law is applicable solely to make direct gifts to charity, not for planned gifts such as charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts. Gifts cannot go to donor-advised funds or private foundations. This is an easy way to benefit the AFF without tax complications. How to Make a Gift Contact your IRA administrator to transfer your desired amount. Use your IRA to make a tax-free charitable donation for your annual contribution, a major gift or to satisfy a current pledge. Tax-free rollover gifts can be $1,000, $10,000 or any amount up to $100,000. If a spouse has an IRA and is 70.5 or older, she can also give up to $100,000. For More Information Contact your financial advisor about whether an IRA rollover to the Acacia Fraternity Foundation meets your needs or call the Foundation Office. The AFF is a qualified tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are taxdeductible to the full extent provided by law. The Foundation supports Fraternity’s leadership training, educational endeavors and educational portions of fraternity house structures and scholarships to deserving student Acacians.
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