Message from the Executive Director
Patrick W. McGovern, Indiana ’99 Executive Director Acacia Fraternity
“Be Your Brother’s Keeper.” Over the weekend of November 13, I was privileged to stand within the “halls of Acacia” and initiate 53 new brothers into the fraternity, across two separate colonization projects, at Indiana University and University of Iowa. In both instances it was a re-colonization - meaning, at some point in the past, the chapter had been closed. Those decisions are never easy, however, seeing our newly-initiated members filled me with hope and excitement. I was reminded of the oath that we take when we become members. In the oath, we pledge to: “use all honourable efforts to aid and assist my brothers in the furtherance of their laudable undertakings.” (Laudable, by the way, is defined as “worthy of praise.) What does that mean? One of the ways that Acacia staff talk about living our oath is to “Be Your Brother’s Keeper”. The most basic example of this is “if you see something, say something”, which is a basic tenet of bystander intervention training. If you see something amiss, say something to someone, and interject in the situation when necessary. This is not a new feature to Acacia Fraternity, or of fraternities in general. We have a responsibility as fraternity men, and as Acacians, to intervene in situations wherein one of our Brothers has, or is going to, take an action that is not “worthy of praise.”
In the oath, we pledge to: “use all honourable efforts to aid and assist my brothers.”
Over the past few months, I’ve also been involved in a series of conversations and meetings amongst leaders of member fraternities of the NIC (North-American Interfraternity Conference), to strengthen the fraternal industry.
Essentially, we’ve been talking about how to maintain what we currently have that is worth maintaining; and how to improve those areas where we know we need to adapt. We are operating on the premise that the sum of the fruits of our labors will be far greater than that which any of us could achieve on our own. Sound familiar? I am profoundly proud to be an Acacian, and a fraternity man, and it is clear to me that we, as a community, need to continue to challenge ourselves to be among the strongest leaders in all of our communities. The Acacia Fraternity that we have today is undoubtedly not the Acacia Fraternity that we will have tomorrow; or next year; or in 10 or 100 years. We will continue to adapt and thrive.
As it has continued to be a prominent focus in the media landscape & national public conversation, the topic of campus sexual assault / violence has been a focus for the headquarters staff.
This fall, members of the staff participated in a day-long training session regarding Title IX (of the Education Amendments of 1972), and a 2-day-long training session at the TN Sexual Assault Center (in collaboration with the TN Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence). Title IX states that institutions of higher education will ensure that no student is subject to a hostile learning environment. I believe that we, as a fraternity, need to do more in this area, and at the same time, we must be thoughtful and intentional about the way we utilize resources to educate our members and prevent violence; and as we engage with a complex issue. Acacia staff is creating a model for raising awareness and engaging in tough conversations to occur within our chapters. We don’t have all the answers, but we’re going to start talking about it more; and we’re going to do what we can to make our communities more safe.
We must always be prepared to adapt ourselves to the environment in which we exist.
We as fraternity members, and as Acacians, took an oath to be the men in our communities who are the ones who stand up for “Human Service”. We took an oath to assist our brothers in their “praiseworthy” pursuits. When we don’t live up to the expectations of brotherhood, it is the responsibility of our brethren to hold us accountable.
Our recent re-colonizations reminded me that we must always be prepared to adapt ourselves to the environment in which we exist. We must make difficult decisions when the time comes. We must lead. We have something of incredible value in our fraternity. Let’s preserve it. Let’s improve it. Will you join us?
Patrick W. McGovern
International Council of Acacia Fraternity 2014-2016
On the cover: Images of brothers, chapters, and events over the past year, representing our growth as a fraternity.
President Jeremy N. Davis Iowa State ’00 First Vice President Scott H. Meyer St. Cloud State ‘89 Second Vice President Justin M.M. Kaplan Carleton ’07
Inside this issue: Page 6: Acacia’s Strategic Plan
International Counselor George A. “Chip” Ray Penn State ’10 International Treasurer Robert W. Mickam Texas ‘85 Judge Advocate Maximillian J.B. Hopkins California ’80 Undergraduate Counselors Jonathan C. Veres Jackson R. Wolfe California (PA) ‘10 Colorado ‘12
Acacia Fraternity Foundation Board of Directors 2015-2016 President Amos D. Meyers Shippensburg ‘66 Vice President William M. Riley Kansas State ‘60
Executive Director Darold W. Larson Washington State ‘81
Secretary James Katsaounis Ohio ‘95
Treasurer William A. Utic Cornell ‘74
Page 7: Chapter News & Updates
Page 13: Counting the Rings: A Discussion with Brother Don Solanas, Jr.
Page 16: Playing in Rhythm ALA 2015 Recap
Page 17: Alumni News & Notes
Page 19: 2014-2015 Acacia Fraternity Foundation Donors
Directors Dr. John C. Barber Purdue ’58, Emeritus
Kris R. Lutt Nebraska ‘90
John F. Beering Purdue ’88, Emeritus
John B. Pugh Iowa State ’50, Emeritus
Dwyte E. Brooks Northwestern ‘69
Robert E. Roberson Illinois Wesleyan ‘74
John “Chip” Brueckman Cornell ‘76
Michael L. Rollins Washington ‘87
Gerald C. Cook Shippensburg ’66
Larry E. Schroeder Georgia ’ 77
Aaron P. Darcy Indiana ‘95
L. Dennis Smith Indiana ‘56, Emeritus
Brian R. Durst Wisconsin ‘87
Donald W. Solanas, Jr. Louisiana State ‘68
David L. Ferguson Indiana ‘74
Robert G. Travnicek, M.D. Kansas ‘59
Scott C. Graham Penn State ‘98
Michael C. Tu California ‘91
Mark R. Guidry, Jr. Louisiana State ‘57
Dewayne E. Ullsperger Nebraska ‘82
Ronald T. Hopkins Syracuse ‘69
John W. Wedgwood Purdue ’60, Emeritus
Andrew Jee Oregon State ‘87
R. Daniel Wilkes Iowa ‘89
Dr. John B. Lane Vermont ‘57, Emeritus
Harold D. Zarr, Jr. Iowa State ‘73
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Message from the President
Jeremy N. Davis, Iowa State ’00 President Acacia Fraternity International Council
Tell Your Acacia Story As I write this column for the TRIAD on a chilly Fall morning in Ames, I reflect upon the Legacy of Leadership from our Fraternity’s leaders over the course of our 111 year history. Throughout our history, our Fraternity’s leaders have encountered both challenges and opportunities with the hope of leaving the Fraternity in a better position for those who will serve and lead Acacia into the future. In my time as an Acacian, I’ve had the opportunity to know six of our twenty-five past national/international presidents—each having their own unique perception of their Acacia experience. I’d like to take a moment and “share” with you some thoughts from those six past presidents along with our goals for the future of Acacia Fraternity. Past International President Bro. Jerry Cook, Shippensburg ’66, once stated, “I have concluded that the right fraternity experience does truly become ‘a series of opportunities that can last a lifetime’.”
undergraduate student has more Today’s un- Today’s for campus and community dergraduate opportunities involvement than ever before. Going forstudent has ward, it will be critical that Acacia continto evolve and meet the challenges facmore oppor- ues our brothers and chapters at various tunities for ing college campuses, while at the same time campus and encouraging effective alumni involvecommunity ment. Over the past year, the ACACIA Engagement Task Force has been involvement Alumni meeting to develop a “road map” for than ever be- how to more effectively engage alumni fore. at the local and International levels, but
also how to be more effective mentors and advisors to the undergraduate brothers. We believe the model we plan to present at the 2016 Conclave will provide the framework to truly encourage a lifetime of experiences with Acacia.
Past International President Bro. Rob Roberson, Illinois Wesleyan ’ 74, asks, “Will you help educate our new generation of Acacians to ensure that our beloved Fraternity is able to continue to pass the gavel?”
Simply stated, alumni are critical to the overall success of our undergraduate chapters. As is evidenced by our stronger chapters—each has an active and engaged alumni advisory program. We know that when alumni are
involved in supporting the activities of the local chapters, defining expectations of membership, and providing advice when needed—our chapters tend to be successful. We have many chapters (including our “stronger” chapters) that are looking for alumni to serve in various capacities—from advisory roles to housing corporation board positions. As alumni, if you’re willing to re-invest yourself in a local chapter (does not necessarily need to be your “home” chapter), you will find that it is a rewarding experience to watch the young men of your chapter grow and prosper while upholding the values of Acacia. Past International President Bro. David J. Allen, Indiana, Chapter Eternal, once said, “We all have joyful memories of good times as Acacians. But, we also have learned to deal with difficult times and to support one another.”
You will find that it is a rewarding experience to watch the young men of your chapter grow and prosper.
We each have fond memories of our Acacia experience. Unfortunately, there comes a time when things don’t go as planned: a brother faces a lifeaffecting tragedy or medical issue; a chapter or colony struggles due to lack of guidance and advisory support from our alumni brothers; or a chapter fails to uphold the values of Acacia and the decision is made to close the chapter or colony. Part of being a brother is simply that, being a brother and being there to support our brothers in their time of need. For challenges that can be addressed—specifically upholding the values and expectations of Acacia—we believe having an active and engaged alumni advisory group that sets expectations, rather than dictates parameters, is a key component to a chapter’s success. Past International President George F. Patterson, Jr., Cincinnati, Chapter Eternal, stated, “It’s been family first, fraternity second and my [law] practice third.”
Throughout our Fraternity’s history, Acacia has been blessed to have several dedicated leaders who have given of their time to ensure the advancement of Acacia at either the local chapter or at the International Fraternity. Brother Patterson was no exception. Going forward, it will be absolutely necessary for our alumni brothers to step up more so than ever, especially at the local chapter level, to ensure a strong, vibrant future of Acacia Fraternity. To do so effectively, however, each alumni volunteer needs to prioritize his life to ensure those things most important to him (for example, Faith, Family, Country) are never prioritized below our Fraternity. Our most effective alumni volunteers are at a point in their life when they are able to contribute time and effort to the Fraternity without negatively impacting their life, family and livelihood.
Past International President Bro. John Hoffner, Purdue ’66, stated in an email to the International Council in 2014, “I also believe that Acacia, as a part of preserving and not losing its rich heritage, needs to do a better job of recognizing its leaders, past and present, for their service.” Brother Hoffner continued in a subsequent email, “If you look back over our history, I would say that, other than George Patterson, no other Acacian since our Founders, maybe with the exception of Roy Clark, has served with as much distinction and with as many contributions as Don Solanas.” Upon receiving the email from Brother Hoffner, the International Council recognized and understood the need to develop an honor for Brother Solanas for his lifetime of service to Acacia, which began when he was initiated in 1968 at the Louisiana State Chapter, where he served as Venerable Dean in 1970 and Chapter Advisor from 1972-76. Brother Solanas served the International Fraternity as the first undergraduate counselor when the position was created by the Conclave; he served as the 2nd Vice President (1982-92) and as the International President (199298). Most recently, he concluded his term as President of the Acacia Fraternity Foundation this past summer. And so, at the Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy this past summer, the International Council announced the creation of the “Donald W. Solanas, Jr. Lifetime Service to Acacia Award” to honor Brother Solanas for what is truly a lifetime of service to our beloved Fraternity. Going forward, this award will only be presented at the Conclave and will be presented to a brother who truly has given a lifetime of service to Acacia. Past International President and Past Acacia Fraternity Foundation President Bro. Donald Solanas, Jr., Louisiana State ’68, stated, “Our volunteer Council is only as good as an effective and professional staff.” The International Council commends our Fraternity’s professional staff for the work they do on behalf of the International Fraternity. Throughout the better part of our 111 year history, our Fraternity staff has always “done more with less” in terms of financial resources and staffing. Today, our staff is at a point where the International Fraternity is able to visit each chapter or colony once per year to provide guidance that can enhance fraternity operations, have an on-the-ground expansion team (currently at Indiana University and University of Iowa, with Arizona State University beginning in January 2016), and an effective and efficient operations and management team in place. Going forward, to meet the needs of our Fraternity—both at the undergraduate and alumni level—the International Fraternity will continue to develop and deploy educational and operational programs that will support and enhance local chapter and alumni operations: enhanced training focused on sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention, risk management, alcohol awareness, and membership development through Cornerstones programming, just to name a few. These programs, however, require resources for implementation. As Brother Solanas
recently stated, “Your investment in Acacia through the [Acacia Fraternity] Foundation has assisted in the offering of a compelling fraternity experience for thousands of Brothers. Together we look forward to continuing success.” To meet our educational programming needs going forward, continued support through the AFF will be critical and the International Council sincerely thanks our brothers who allow us to continue to offer a compelling fraternity experience. Fraternity and Sorority life continues to evolve on college campuses across the United States and Canada; however, after a challenging year for Greek life in 2014-15, it is likely “change” will continue to be the constant. As Acacians, we have a unique opportunity. For the undergraduate chapters and brothers that choose to step up and be the values-based leaders on their respective campuses, Acacia Fraternity will continue to grow and prosper: but for those chapters who choose to not uphold the values of Acacia, the future is likely dim, should they not make positive change now. How (from L to R) Brothers Robert Travnicek and Jeremy Davis will the changes occur? It will take local alumni leadership, brothers who are dedicated to leading by example, setting and defining expectations for recruitment and membership, academic success, human service and undergraduate leadership. We know that the status-quo for several chapters cannot be maintained going forward; and as the International Fraternity, we’re prepared to offer the guidance necessary to support our local chapters and alumni groups who desire to implement changes that will allow the local chapters to prosper and uphold the values of Acacia Fraternity. In closing, I leave you with a question, “What will be your legacy of leadership in Acacia Fraternity?” Finally, I’d like to extend condolences to the family of Brother Lafayette W. “Pete” Knapp, Jr., Cornell ’49, National President 1970-74, who passed away on October 24, 2015. Fraternally,
Jeremy N. Davis
2015 by the numbers
30 Chapters 4 Colonies
943 Active members 395 Fall pledges
(13.5% increase from last fall)
Expansion outlook Acacia will be expanding to Arizona State University in Tempe! Additionally, a return to the University of Minnesota is being worked into the expansion schedule as soon as Fall 2016. The Acacia Headquarters staff has been working with Phired Up Productions to develop a growth plan for the fraternity. Many of the ideas and practices that have been discussed are already being implemented in our expansion efforts and are being reinforced during visits to existing chapters. Additonally, future expansion opportunities are in the works at Emporia State and a few other universities, with students from Penn, Pitt, Stephen F. Austin, and other universities reaching out to our offices with interest in starting Acacia at their campuses. The expansion and growth outlook of Acacia is bright!
INDIANA AND IOWA COLONIES! Indiana Colony
The Indiana Colony has established its presence on the Indiana University campus, initiating the first 42 members of their refounding class. Expansion Coordinator Drew Sherman has been living in Bloomington this past semester and will continue living there in the upcoming semester. The colony is off to a great start!
Vermont Colony The Vermont Colony has one very strong new initiate and the colony is gradually gaining traction with the help of Leadership Consultant Jackson Aaberg, who has spent several weeks in Burlington working with the Venerable Dean. Now, the colony looks to capitalize on this momentum, seeking gains in community involvement and recruitment numbers over the course of the academic calendar.
Director of Expansion Jerod Miles was oncampus in Iowa City for the majority of the semester; recruiting and initiating 11 excellent new members into Acacia. Alumni have been very active in the start of this new colony, running an excellent scholarship recruitment program with the help of the International Headquarters Staff.
The Washington Colony has been enjoying a chapter house to call home this fall, with 12 brothers living together. With a renewed focus on recruitment and a central base of operations, the Washington Colony looks forward to its path to gaining a charter. The colony has just completed its first year of self-governance and looks forward to meeting the requirements to charter in the near future.
You can help! Do you know a young man attending one of these schools who would make a fine Acacian? Would you like to get involved as an advisor to an Acacia colony? Email Director of Expansion and Recruitment Jerod Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2014 ACACIA FRATERNITY STRATEGIC PLAN
P L AY I N G I N R H Y T H M Over the last few issues of The TRIAD, we have run a series of pieces introducing the 2014 Strategic Plan. In this third installment, we highlight one of the last two of the four Strategic Pillars, Sustainable Membership & Growth
SUSTAI NABLE ME MB E R S HIP & GR OWTH > GOAL: INCREASE OVERALL MEMBERSHIP BY 20% BY 2020 Objective 1: Increase member retention GOALS 1) Retain 90% of membership year over year (2015) 2) Every chapter has greater than 50% of officers elected as upperclassmen (2017) 3) Every chapter has greater than 50% of seniors attending > 50% of chapter meetings (2017) 2014/15
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Objective 2: Increase member recruitment GOALS 1) Increase 2014-16 pledge and initiation numbers by 10% from 2012-14 2) Increase 2016-18 pledge and initiation numbers by 10% from 2014-16 2014/15
Objective 3: Increase of new chapters and colonies GOALS 1) By 2016 we have 33 chapters and 3 colonies 2) By 2018 we have 34 chapters and 3 colonies 3) By 2020 we have 36 chapters and 4 colonies 2014/15
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A C A C IA F R AT E R N ITY
P LAY I N G I N RH Y TH M
Our primary focus is currently on Objective #1, as retention is one of the most overlooked aspects of active membership growth. We believe that if every chapter simply retained every member it initiated, then all of our chapters would have sustainable membership. Objective #2 considers the aspect of chapter growth. In order to have the ability to do more activities and have a greater impact on our communities, we must grow. The only way to do this is by attracting new, high quality members to our organization. Objective #3 considers the growth of our organization as a whole and is being fulfilled by our current colonies and future expansions. To read the entire 2014 Strategic Plan, including an introductory letter from Past International President Robert E. Roberson, Illinois Wesleyan â€™74, please visit acacia.org/blog/2014-strategic-plan.
Chapter News & Updates
(as submitted by chapters)
No. 4) Nebraska Chapter
unlacacia.acaciaconnect.org Venerable Dean Tanner Rasmussen, trasmuss14@@gmail.com No Update Received.
No. 5) California Chapter
berkeleyacacia.acaciaconnect.org Venerable Dean Raymond Chan, email@example.com This semester we have decided to focus on business-like internal operations, accountability, officer performance, and cultivating a culture of leadership. Our brotherhood has been rallying around the best Cal football team in years with Sonny Dykes at the helm. We are also proud to say that along with improved athletics, our academics are better than ever with the #1 GPA among IFC fraternities at Berkeley! We have also recently completed renovations and have a new kitchen after months of work. The brothers could not be more pleased with the new facilities and the recent move to a house chef. We are working with Headquarters in order to make revamped recruiting efforts for 2016 and grow our chapter once again. If any Acacian finds themselves in the area, stop by, we would love to meet you!
No. 6) Ohio State Chapter acacia.org.ohio-state.edu
Venerable Dean Abe Lesinski, firstname.lastname@example.org The Ohio State Chapter of Acacia is alive and well despite a rough summer. We have just had a successful homecoming; while our team didn’t win, we made great strides in strengthening the ties of friendship between councils. We initiated our new members in early November. We were excited to initiate both a combat veteran and a member of the local Masonic chapter into our brotherhood. The Ohio State University is welcoming a new chapter to the IFC, bringing our total count to 37 individual chapters. We are also welcoming back a PHA sorority next semester, bringing their total to 17 chapters. We are happy to see that our community is growing here at Ohio State and welcome any of our chapters to come visit and experience all that the Waw chapter and Ohio State have to offer.
No. 9) Illinois Chapter rushacacia.com
Venerable Dean Ben Belford, email@example.com Hello from the Illinois Chapter! The fall semester has been off to a great start for all of our current brothers and new members. Fall rush went wonderfully, with a strong and balanced pledge class of 32 aspiring members. Our rush chairmen did an excellent job with the entire process. We also added several upgrades to our chapter house over the summer. Our laundry machines were fully upgraded and a 10 foot wall was built to add privacy to our courtyard. The wall is decorated with a large Acacia graphic in the center. The highlight of our social schedule for many was a chapter trip to the Cubs vs. Pirates game on September 25th with the ladies of Delta Delta Delta. It was exciting to see the Cubs make their final playoff push live and in person. Although the Cubs suffered a
thrilling loss, hopes were high among all the brothers in attendance. Our brothers also enjoyed a successful chapter retreat, headed by several chapter Acacia alumni as well as Executive Director Patrick McGovern. Normally, we use one of the campus venues, but this year we took a different approach. We took the entire active chapter and pledge class to a paintball field and practiced team building in a more intense fashion. We enjoyed hearing the perspective of our alumni and discussed plans to improve chapter operations. Several members of the executive and alumni boards presented on safety, scholarship, the new alumni mentor program, and more. We plan to continue our growth and improve our academic standing. The latest initiative we are excited about is a Greek campus-wide movement called “Greeks Go Green.” Throughout the month of October, our brothers are working together to accomplish a variety of eco-friendly tasks against the other fraternities and sororities on campus. We look forward to a great second half of the semester here at the Illinois chapter! The future holds for us many wonderful opportunities. We plan to continue our growth of the new alumni mentorship program, increase our numbers with another successful recruitment, and continue to set the standard for academic excellence.
No. 12) Wisconsin Chapter
wiscacacia.acaciaconnect.org Venerable Dean Paul Hurlbut, firstname.lastname@example.org Hello Brothers! The Wisconsin Chapter of Acacia is having a tremendous Fall semester. At the top of our list is being able to initiate 12 awesome Pledges despite only having an Active Chapter of 18 guys. We continue to improve upon our Rush process semester to semester and our senior members are more invested in the future of our Chapter than I have ever seen. In mid-October we had our Homecoming game vs. Purdue and had one of the biggest turnouts for Alumni Members, coming in at about 70 people. It was an awesome experience to see so many of our past members and we are continually grateful for all the support they provide for the Active Chapter. We can’t wait to see even more past members come back in the future after the great success of this year. Our presence on campus has been steadily increasing as we are starting to have events with other Greek organizations and are starting our second year back in Humorology. Also, we will have a group of members participating in Badgerthon this coming Spring — second year of doing that philanthropy as well. Everyone is excited for our food drive event before Thanksgiving and our annual Acacia Claus near the end of the semester. Lastly, Brotherhood is stronger than ever here in Wisconsin. A large percentage of our members are attending every event and Chapter meeting that we hold, which makes for a very tight Fraternity. We had our first walkout in years to the Nebraska Chapter, continue to find fun events for the brothers to participate in like paintballing, and have a study night at the library every Tuesday where we continue to fill the room we have reserved. So Live.
No. 13) Missouri Chapter
missouriacacia.acaciaconnect.org Venerable Dean Dillon Schmidt, email@example.com Greetings from the Missouri Chapter! This year has been a big year for us. It marks our ten year anniversary since rechartering, we’ve reached our thousandth member, and our academics have drastically improved. We were honored to receive an academic banner for being one of fourteen fraternities on campus to receive higher than the all university average. We are confident that our new academic policy, created this past semester, will have the same positive outcome this semester as it did in the previous one.
Each semester our recruitment process has improved from the last. The recruitment chairmen, along with the help of the active chapter, worked really hard to bring the chapter one of the best pledge classes to date. They have shown great qualities in leadership, service, academics, and brotherhood. We were very excited to see them all initiated in November.
No. 14) Cornell Chapter
No. 19) Iowa State Chapter
Venerable Dean Hunter Reid, firstname.lastname@example.org
Venerable Dean Joe Webb, email@example.com
Things are going well in Ithaca for the Cornell Chapter of Acacia! This semester we have been reinforcing our relations with sororities through our participation in their philanthropy events. Brothers joined Phi Sig Sig to benefit the Kids in Need Foundation and Practice Makes Perfect, will be helping raise awareness for the prevention of domestic violence with Alpha Chi Omega, and are raising donations with Phi Mu to help kids at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. We will also be joining Cornell Students for Hunger Relief to raise donations in order to give 500 turkeys to local food-insecure residents as well as holding our very own Acacia Claus.
Hello Brothers! After a quiet summer in Ames, the Iowa State chapter is excited for the start of a new academic year! Over the summer, many of our brothers were scattered across the globe with study abroad programs in Spain, internships and research assistantships across the nation forging their future careers. Fifteen brothers spent their summers living in Ames devoting their time to recruiting the fall 2015 pledge class of 14 outstanding new members. As summer drew to a close, six of our brothers attended our biennial Acacia Leadership Academy including three alumni working on international staff and council. The brothers had a fantastic experience meeting Acacians from chapters across the US and Canada while engaging with guest speakers and the various opportunities!
Many alumni came back to celebrate Homecoming with us and we are getting ready to reconnect at the upcoming Acacia Winter Barbeque alumni event in NYC on December 5th (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details). This past spring, our Venerable Dean was recognized as an Outstanding Chapter Officer at the Cornell Fraternity and Sorority Awards Ceremony in April. Additionally, the Cornell Chapter was recognized for Outstanding Facility Management as well as the 2nd Highest Participation for the Interfraternity Council in the Senior Class Campaign.
October has sprung quickly upon us, and after testing out the waters of a new semester we are excitedly anticipating initiation on the 24th! At the start of our semester our officers held a retreat to create our first strategic plan: serving as a guide for the growth of our fraternity over the next three years. With a revamped Cornerstones program, our weekly personal development workshops are helping prepare our brothers as educated men to lead more fulfilling collegiate careers. Homecoming is quickly approaching and we have our sights set on once again winning homecoming with our pairing with Delta Tau Delta and Alpha Delta Pi, who we have won 3 out of the past 6 homecomings with.
With classes underway, the Iowa State brothers are buckling down for another semester of seeking knowledge and wisdom. Our annual Acacia Root Beer Floats, 7 days of Service and Acacia Claus are also on our horizon, with a Christmas party serving as one final hurrah before conquering finals. To all of our brothers, keep living out our motto of Human Service and we are looking forward to seeing all of you at Conclave in Kentucky! Acacian and Proud, Joe Webb.
No. 15) Purdue Chapter
No. 21) Penn State Chapter
Venerable Dean Shaine Coon, email@example.com
Venerable Dean Jason Kurkiewicz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings from the Purdue Chapter! Last semester, we led all Greek houses at Purdue with service hours per member. This semester, we hope to continue this trend and have a goal of achieving 30 hours of service per brother. One of our service events has been a weekly visit to a food pantry on Saturdays.
The Penn State chapter moved into a renovated house this past fall! 67 brothers currently occupy the chapter house, which is an all-time record. The expanded gathering space, updated club room, two new kitchens and widened corridors have been substantial upgrades.
The brothers of Cornell Acacia have our heads up and are looking forward to the upcoming semester. We always appreciate returning alumni and engagement from any nearby Acacians. Feel free to reach out for updates or to get involved!
The chapter will initiate 16 new members in the coming weeks. In addition, the brothers have been participating in the annual Bischoff Trophy Race for intramural sports, canning for the 2015 edition of THON, and raising $500 for Shriner’s Hospitals with a volleyball tournament. Overall, the brotherhood is doing fantastic and will elect a new Executive Board this month.
No. 25) Colorado Chapter colacacia.org
Venerable Dean Jackson Wolfe, email@example.com Greetings, Brothers from across the country! It has been an exciting fall semester in Boulder. We spent the past two years turning our new house into the premier fraternity house on campus. We continued adding to our house, with a brand new, beautiful sound system for our basement.
Once again, this semester we will be having a Seven Days of Service. In addition, we have participated in various other events and we continue to maintain an Adopt-a-Spot in West Lafayette. Over the summer we had our veranda redone and our ladies’ head remodeled. Upon returning to Purdue this fall, we were able to recruit nine quality men as pledges. We look forward to initiating these fine young men into our brotherhood. Recently, we gathered a group of brothers and pledges to visit the colony at Indiana University. We had a cookout together and got to know our future brothers of the returning chapter. We look forward to the future and wish the best to Acacians everywhere.
The good vibes are clearly showing around here, because by the end of the semester we plan to initiate 19 new members. With a brotherhood of 44, that will set a record for our largest brotherhood at the Colorado Chapter since our refounding in 2008! We have a great group of guys that are ready to show their dedication to Acacia as brothers in the spring. We have a lot of room to grow, and I am very excited about Acacia’s future in Colorado. As we continue to strive to better ourselves, our fraternity, and our community, we look toward the motto of Acacia for guidance. Last year we passed a bill for required service hours and it has been going extremely well, with many brothers taking an active role in improving our community. Coming up in the last two months of the semester, we will be holding Seven Days of Service, as well as engaging our community in Acacia Claus.
No. 26) Syracuse Chapter syracacia.acaciaconnect.org Venerable Dean Koy Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org We’re currently undergoing a rebuilding process and plan to recruit valuable members who will extol the values of Acacia.
We are continuing our usual service activities this year, focusing on being the highest contributors to the Red Cross Blood Drive. We participate in the blood drive in memory of our brother Loren J. Hill, who passed away in 1990 after being unable to get a blood transfusion. We will also be competing in the Color Me Chi-O charity 5k again.
No. 27) Kansas State Chapter
Additionally, we’ve made many house improvements. We’ve hired a new chef, repainted our basement, improved our landscaping, and improved our kitchen cleaning process. Our members this term are more engaged, more enthusiastic, and in a better position to raise our profile and better serve our community.
Venerable Dean Colten Johnson, email@example.com
No. 38) Washington State Chapter
The Kansas State University Chapter of Acacia Fraternity continues to develop men that are positive influences in their community. From reaching high marks in academics, guiding twenty-one Young Men on their Acacia journey, learning from the variety of CORE presentations, and overall bonding closer as a brotherhood, the Men of Acacia are a positive influence to those around them. This fall, K-State Acacia brought in its largest Young Man class since re-founding. Twenty-one men have begun their journey in becoming an Acacian, starting with SAMOS week that took place the week before classes started. For the Spring 2015 semester, the chapter finished with a 3.446 GPA, the highest in chapter history. We also finished second amongst all fraternities at Kansas State, and placed in the top quartile for the 19th straight semester; twelve brothers finished the semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA. K-State Acacians sought out professional success to add to their academic success, as we had numerous brothers take on summer internships, including internships at Microsoft and Textron Aviation. K-State Acacia has continued to push both academic and professional success in order to develop better men for tomorrow. The semester has been busy for K-State Acacians so far with the numerous events for K-State’s 100th Homecoming Celebration, brotherhood trips, and other events. Brothers have enjoyed hosting the annual “Back-to-School” BBQ, sharing time with their dads during the annual “Dad’s Day,” solving clues and racing around Manhattan during the “Heroes and Villains Date Party,” and celebrating “100 Years of Coming Home” during this year’s homecoming celebration. Brothers have also had the opportunity to hear a number of different CORE presentations, including Housemother Mom Ann on True Colors and the importance of different personality types, Bryon Williams about the importance of cultural diversity, Sarah Barr about the judicial process, and the Riley County Police Department presenting “Operation Greek” and the importance of safety with alcohol. We are currently in the process of planning our two main philanthropies for the year, “Acacia Claus” and the “Boys & Girls Club COLORDash 5K,” as well as other smaller community service events. To constantly keep up with K-State Acacia, visit our website (www.kstateacacia. org) often, as well as like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
No. 28) Texas Chapter texasacacia.com
Venerable Dean Dominic Gillan, firstname.lastname@example.org Texas alumni, mark your calendars. The centennial of our founding at the University of Texas at Austin is coming in April of 2016! We’ve got a weekend of activities planned, highlighted by our centennial banquet held at the new JW Marriott in downtown Austin on April 2nd, 2016.
Venerable Dean Jobe Ashby, email@example.com The Washington State University Chapter of Acacia has been busy as of late! The semester kicked off with formal recruitment, but as everybody knows recruitment happens 365 days a year. We are currently sporting a pledge class of ten, which continues our upward momentum in growing the chapter. The numbers are in and our chapter ended up ranked first on campus for number of community services hours per member. This is tremendous news considering our chapter is the smallest on campus out of twenty-six fraternities! Partnered with the university’s center for civic engagement, our members were able to work in groups out in the community and boost our hours and public relations. Speaking of public relations we recently held an alumni tailgate generously hosted by alumni brothers Tom Dorsey and Tom Leacy. The entire active chapter showed up for the fun and met alumni to exchange stories of the good times and make some more. Our next big alumni event is our 80th anniversary initiation taking place December 5th at the masonic lodge in Spokane. All alumni are welcome to join us for this momentous event. Already a large number of masons will be in attendance as well as some active members from the OSU and UW chapters hopefully. Masonic relations have been at an all-time high since our chapter gained our new chapter advisor, Scott West of the Pullman masonic lodge and former assistant police chief for the Pullman Police Department. As the semester draws to a close in the next two months big changes will take place. Dan Watson, former Venerable Dean, will be stepping down from his position as Inter-Fraternal Council Director of Scholarship and a whole new group of active officers will be elected November 16th.
No. 42) Ohio Chapter ohio.edu/orgs/acacia
Venerable Dean Ryan Connelly, firstname.lastname@example.org Fall semester for the Ohio University Chapter of Acacia is back in full swing. Ambitious ideas and goals were cultivated after three of our members attended the Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy this summer. Each member brought back notebooks full of plans for the current semester; the ties that were made at the Leadership Academy are already proving to be beneficial as well. The Ohio Chapter is soon to host the Carleton Chapter of Acacia as well as some members of the Colorado Chapter of Acacia later this semester.
A more formal invitation is planned to be sent out sometime before Christmas. If you’re not on Tom Shelton’s (i.e., the official Texas alumni) mailing list, then contact either him at email@example.com or Rob Mickam at RMick3@gmail.com in order to get the details. It looks to be a really fun weekend and a great opportunity to get back in touch with some long lost brothers. Hope to see you there!
No. 35) Oregon State Chapter acaciaorstate.com
Venerable Dean Lucas Bengtson, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oregon State Chapter is proud to announce its largest pledge class since 1995! Members worked very hard this summer setting up recruitment events and making phone calls to recruit a total of 23 pledges. With 32 active members and so many pledges, our focus for this term will be on retention and making sure our recruits receive the teaching and resources they need to be great brothers for the next few years.
Our Chapter has taken on twenty-two new men this semester. That pushes our chapter to a new high of over eighty active Acacians. We were co-host to a new philanthropy event called Promcacia, where we ventured to the local retirement home in formal attire and asked the residents of the home to attend the “prom”
with us that was set up in the main community room. We are also currently planning our first 7 Days of Service which will take place the first week of November. The week includes volunteering at a local food pantry, an Athens beautification day, setting up and running a local middle school carnival, and even a pancake breakfast hosted by the local Masonic Lodge!
October 31st. We are also planning two philanthropies for later in the semester. Our first is called Just For Kicks, a joint kickball tournament with our local ADPi chapter with all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House. We are also very
Lastly, the Ohio University chapter engaged in the Academic Draft once again, which was a huge success last semester, pushing our chapter’s grades to a new level. We have already started fundraising for the 2016 annual 5cacia. The Ohio Chapter works weekly concessions at local sports games in exchange for a donation of over five thousand dollars to kick-start our 5cacia fundraising.
No. 44) Rensselaer Chapter rpi-acacia.org
Venerable Dean Eric Dominguez, email@example.com This semester the Rensselaer Chapter of Acacia has continued to strengthen alumni relations. This was done with the help of Leadership Consultant Michael Moore from Acacia HQ, who helped bring back a culture of communication between the alumni and the active chapter. As a result of these stronger ties, the alumni donated new commercial appliances for the house. Furthermore the active chapter made a concerted effort to become a bigger presence on our campus by participating in interfraternity council events and hosting philanthropy events to help The Animal Support Project. The brothers began participating in RPI’s “Greek Week” and won second place overall. Lastly, the executive officers are in the process of creating a stronger foundation for officer transitions so that they run smoothly and do not hinder our chapter’s progress. There are plans to schedule a retreat for the newest executive officers to teach them what their responsibilities are and boost their morale.
No. 54) Illinois Wesleyan Chapter
iwu.edu/greek/organizations/interfraternity/Acacia2.html Venerable Dean Ziven Chinburg, firstname.lastname@example.org The Illinois Wesleyan chapter put on a robust rush this fall semester. Currently, we have eight pledges – the most that the chapter has had in four years. Thanks to outstanding individual efforts, our chapter managed to turn a slow starting rush season into one of our most successful. The chapter had to push off initiating the spring 2015 class until the first week of the fall semester due to complications in maintaining a high quality pledge program. We are well satisfied in the pledge program that our initiates were able to receive. The chapter had to overcome this time deficit and focus on selling its core values. By looking at what makes our chapter worth perpetuating, we were able to imbue the chapter with a renewed vigor and spirit. We have been focusing on philanthropy this semester -- striving to continue the success of last semester in both fundraising and campus presence. In September, we hosted Wetter for the Better on the campus quad. Wetter for the Better is a philanthropy event in which people pay to throw water balloons at brothers. The event rose over $200 for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Coming up on October 24th, we are co-hosting the Acacia Midwest Basketball Tournament with the Illinois State chapter. This tournament will raise money for the V Foundation. We hope to host three other chapters from around the Midwest and raise at least $1,000. To round out the semester, we are preparing to do Acacia Claus for the first time. We would like to thank all of the alumni who came to our homecoming banquet. The event was well attended and reviewed. Homecoming highlighted those alumni who donate to Acacia. This year, the Acacia 915 giving circle scholarship expanded to five recipients. This is up from the original two. Acacia alumni are second in percentage of donating members for I.W.U. Greek life, behind only FIJI. With a continued effort, we can become the most donating fraternity on campus. The active chapter would like to extend sincere thanks for the generosity of our alumni in their willingness to donate to both the chapter and to the university.
No. 61) Central Oklahoma Chapter centraloklahomaacacia.acaciaconnect.org
excited to begin the International Fraternity’s philanthropy of Acacia Claus in November as well. We are also striving to have the highest grades in IFC at Central, and have been hard at work as a chapter to reach this goal. We hope all is well around the nation and internationally! If you are ever in the area we would love to have you.
No. 67) Trine Chapter trineacacia.org
Venerable Dean Jonmarc Hewett, email@example.com Hello brothers from the Trine chapter! This semester has been a productive time for our chapter as we grow closer together each day as a brotherhood! A few of our major events this semester: a local community figure has recruited us to help run a haunted hay ride and will donate $1 per person who goes through; the local United Way has asked for some help, most notably helping with their Cardboard Regatta (this year was their most successful one yet); the local city has recruited us to help with their yearly cruise-in occurring each fall, and finally we are starting on Acacia Claus planning so this year can be even better than last year!
We hope everyone is doing well and look forward to seeing the great things Acacia is doing in the world! So Live Brothers!
No. 73) Illinois State Chapter ilstuacacia.weebly.com
Venerable Dean Frank Cassata, firstname.lastname@example.org The Illinois State Chapter has had a busy, but exciting fall semester so far. We took in a 10-man pledge class, one of our largest to date. As a chapter we continue to move forward in expanding our reach after receiving our charter; one of our great accomplishments was signing a lease to rent a 15-man chapter house for the 2016-2017 school year, as we move closer to other Greek housing in the community.
Venerable Dean Cody Beat, email@example.com
As a chapter we most recently hosted an Active-Pledge Leadership Retreat at a local Girl Scout camp. Many of our brothers learned a great deal about themselves and the chapter as a whole with a plethora of skills taken back to campus.
The Central Oklahoma chapter has been hard at work here in Edmond. We started the semester off in a great way by recruiting 33 men, and are initiating 30 on
Finally, as we wind down the end of our semester we are preparing for Initiation and upcoming elections for a new executive board.
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No. 80) Saint Cloud State Chapter acacia-scsu.org
Venerable Dean Dylan Tafuri, firstname.lastname@example.org The past several months have been quite productive for us Acacians up in St. Cloud. Over the summer six of our members attended the Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy in Indiana and brought back a positive mentality that we had taken in while learning from all of the brothers there, active and alumni alike. We used that momentum to push through a fantastic rush period and bring in nine pledges who are eager to exemplify what a man of Acacia should stand for. Our chapter is trying to bring prestige and further our reputation in our community in new ways as well as old. Over the summer our house was one of five stops as part of the Lemon Twist Art Show that was held in historical buildings in St. Cloud, bringing in many people who probably would never have thought to speak to fraternity men nor expected the quality of discussion they enjoyed. At the end of September we took part in putting on a car show to help house veterans through the V.A. that is held annually in Waite Park. We just held a fundraiser outside of the Hockey Center where we let pent-up college students take a sledge hammer to a donated junk car right before midterms, for a small fee of course. Additionally, we had a strong participation in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at St. Cloud State University. As always we strive for academic excellence and are pushing to become the best men we can be. Every one of us will be a better man because we joined this brotherhood — those of us in St. Cloud and anyone who is privileged to read a Triad — and that is because we learn how to better lead from each other as we travel along life’s pathway. So I’d like to thank my local chapter for its symbiotic relationship in helping one another grow and everyone else whom I have the privilege to call brother for upholding what we stand for as paramount in the development of true leadership. With the highest regards from the SCSU Chapter, So Live.
No. 83) California University of Pennsylvania Chapter caluacacia.acaciaconnect.org
Venerable Dean Michael Russell, email@example.com Greetings from the CUP chapter. It is hard to believe we are already halfway through the Fall semester. The past six months have been as good as they can be for us here in California, PA. Closing out the spring semester we were able to bring
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home our 3rd consecutive Greek week victory! Even with the semester coming to an end, a group of brothers kept their focus on improving the chapter house throughout the summer months. During that time and with the generous help and support of our Housing Corporation we were able to renovate all of the bedrooms as well as completely overhaul one of the rooms into a kitchen fully stocked with appliances. We hope that these renovations and future renovations will help us to continue to fill the chapter house year after year. As for current operations, the CUP chapter recently helped the University fund and implement a hazing prevention program. This program allowed a speaker to come in and have various presentations and one-on-one meetings will all of the campus organizations. The program was extremely beneficial and we were glad to help be a part of it. Homecoming festivities are currently underway. We are excited to see Alumni and put together another float. Best of luck to all of the other chapters and I hope you all have a successful upcoming year.
No. 84) Millersville Chapter
millersvilleacacia.acaciaconnect.org Venerable Dean Jeremy Houck, firstname.lastname@example.org Since the last update, our chapter has made a lot of successful steps towards becoming one of the most productive chapters at Millersville University. This summer we had an extensive officer training retreat for the new executive members and together made our plan for the semester. Our chapter is in an exciting rebuilding phase after having a large graduating class, however, we had one of the most successful rushing period in a few years. Our GPA’s are currently the highest of any fraternity on campus and we are extremely proud of that! We are currently working on getting started with our annual Acacia Claus event and have already completed 10 hours of community service this semester. This semester we also assisted the Red Cross in having a blood drive that yielded one of the highest amounts of blood collected since we started assisting them. We have another one planned in November and hope to have the same excellent turn out! We are very proud to be Acacians at Millersville University and continue to grow as leaders for the University and beyond. With an Acacian serving as the President of the Inter-Fraternal Council, Acacia has grown to be one of the most respected chapters in Greek Life. Giving our honest share of effort and using our mistakes to grow stronger is what makes us Acacians. We have set our eyes on achieving specific goals and the Millersville Chapter is immensely pleased at how well things are going for us so far this year! We saw a terrific rush followed by the initiation of seven pledges, which unfortunately narrowed to six shortly after. While this was somewhat off of our new member expectations for the fall, we feel that we can work with this number and that these men once full brothers will serve as a base for our chapter allowing us to grow even further.
Managing Risk instead of Consequences
Risk Management (sometimes referred to as “harm reduction”) is one of the least glorified parts of chapter management, but it’s value cannot be overstated. It is the official stance of Acacia Fraternity that every chapter will elect a Risk Manager to assist the Venerable Dean in this important task. Upon the Risk Manager rests the duty of ensuring that threats to the continued operations of their chapter are eliminated or controlled.
Managing risk (or “reducing harm”) means putting procedures in place to ensure that your members and guests are safe and are allowed to continue having a good experience.
Here are some ways you can manage risk in your chapter: 1. Elect a Risk Manager that is NOT holding another Executive Office (e.g. VD, SD, JD) 2. Review & follow all guidelines in the Acacia Insurance & Claim Manual (check with your VD) 3. Follow all FIPG Guidelines & campus guidelines 4. Hold a Bystander Intervention training (contact Associate Director of Operations, Benjamin Turconi, at email@example.com for details)
For the Millersville Chapter it is our first semester integrating Cornerstones into our new member program, and so far things have been progressing nicely. We feel that this change has given new meaning to the process, and we have been pleased with the results thus far. To go along with new things, our chapter is holding its first Acacia Claus and Seven Days of Service this semester; we are excited at the prospect of giving back to the communities in which we reside.
No. 85) Carleton Chapter carletonacacia.com
Venerable Dean Mac Griffith, firstname.lastname@example.org No Report Received.
No. 88) Bloomsburg Chapter bloomuacacia.org
Venerable Dean Patrick Hanosek, email@example.com We, the brothers of Bloomsburg Acacia, are pleased to inform you that we have come a long way since our last newsletter. Each brother within our chapter that has been around for more than 2 years can attest to the fact that Acacia at Bloomsburg University has taken a new, positive direction. This, in part, due to a new found emphasis towards success; in our fraternal affairs, collegiate, and post collegiate lives. We acknowledge that obstacles will present themselves in any situation, as they did when negative influences in our leadership affected the good standing of this chapter; but choose not to let the actions of a few define us as a whole. Growth is key.* Organizational growth is one way to ensure a long organizational life. Our last 3 pledge classes have been comprised of 9 or more potential new members, just about double the average pledge class size prior to fall of 2014, furthermore; Rush event attendance has almost tripled in size, generating an average crowd of around 150+ interested students. Overall, the number of active brothers in the Fraternity has risen to 52. Financially, our chapter has made the necessary adjustments so that we do not fall into debt again. Brotherhood in this fraternity means accepting the responsibility of dues,
something that we have taken lightly in the past, but no longer. Brothers are now aware that not paying dues by deadline dates constitutes grounds for termination of membership. If brothers are unable to pay quickly, payment plans incorporating promissory notes with established monthly due dates are developed. Cooperation in this aspect of the fraternity has led us to higher financial organization, creating positive new trends for this chapter, such as the complete payment of Acacia insurance and timely payment of national dues. *Expansion has its pros and cons, however. To ensure that we initiate only those with the best for the fraternity in mind (driven, motivated, honest), we have capped our potential new members at 14 per semester.
No. 89) Indiana University of Pennsylvania Chapter iupacacia.acaciaconnect.org
Venerable Dean Blaise Natale, firstname.lastname@example.org Here at the Indiana University of PA Chapter we have two new potential brothers that are doing an exceptional job and we hope that it carries on to their time as brothers. Our newly initiated brothers are doing phenomenal jobs with their positions and are taking the fraternity in the right direction with the guidance from the rest of the active brothers. We are planning to host an Acacia Claus and hope for great results. This semester we are working on getting more involved with the fraternities and sororities and we have been successful thus far. We have participated in the majority of philanthropy events that they sponsor. We are also making a major push to have one of the highest GPAs on campus.
No. 90) Morningside Chapter webs.morningside.edu/acacia Venerable Dean Barrett Hamilton, email@example.com No Report Received.
Counting the Rings by Benjamin Turconi
Many think that the only information one can glean from the rings of a tree is the age of the subject in question. However, the rings of a tree also indicate the history of the organism and how it weathered the previous years. Each generation of Acacia has been fortunate to have legends walk amongst them, who each have added their mark to the rings of the organization. For the first few decades, our founding fathers served as these figures. In the ’50s, it was Charles A. Sink, the last living of the founding fathers. Later, Roy C. Clark and George F. Patterson would be the legends of their days. Our generation’s figure will be decided by later generations, but one could argue that Brother Donald W. Solanas, Jr., Louisiana State ’68, will be one of those figures. We sat down with Brother Solanas to discuss his experience with the fraternity. While his family was originally from New Orleans, Don grew up in La Mirada, CA, just a few minutes from Disneyland. As high school graduation approached, Don decided he wanted to be a petroleum engineer. Few schools had petroleum engineering programs, — most focused on mechanical and electrical engineering — but of the few, Louisiana State University had one of the best reputations. Don’s father called Louisiana State his alma mater, having graduated from there before moving to California. Don had been going to LSU football games since he was ten years old. Between his patronage and program of choice, it seemed as though Brother Solanas was “meant” to go to LSU. Brother Solanas went through formal rush in the fall of 1967, but wasn’t sure if fraternity life was for him. He had not been around Greeks prior to this, though his concept of fraternity was pretty positive. Don was attracted to Acacia because, as he explains, he “liked the guys.” He eventually pledged in the spring of ’68 and was initiated the following fall. He admits that he did not know much about its background when he joined, but came to appreciate the Masonic heritage once he learned about it. The Acacia chapter was between houses in 1968. A University policy was in place that forbade a fraternity from building a new house while owning another. This left the chapter without a house and it had to rely on the quality of its membership to see it through this time. Don thought they were “good guys,” a cross-section of cultures and majors. He liked how they all found a common bond in brotherhood. When asked what made Acacia different from the other fraternities on campus, Don answered, “Acacia was an LSU fraternity, through and through; they had good relations with other fraternities and sororities, they just weren’t as big. They were still competitive in the community though. The opportunities for someone coming in were good, lots of room for personal growth.” The chapter got its house shortly after Don joined and he helped to build its momentum as it grew into a thriving chapter. “It was a nice opportunity,” Don said, “to become involved and be part of something that was growing.” The chapter more than doubled its membership in the next few years while Don was involved. Don’s service to the fraternity in elected positions introduced him to the scope of the national fraternity. He ran for the position of Social Chairman as a Sophomore and was later elected as the Venerable Dean his Junior year. While serving as Venerable Dean, (Continued on next page...)
Don had the opportunity to attend the 1970 Conclave in Estes Park, Colorado. There he met Acacia leaders from across the country, namely Brother George F. Patterson, Jr. and Lafayette W. “Pete” Knapp (who was elected National President that year). The 1970 Conclave held discussions that would shape the way our fraternity would operate for future years. This was the period of time that many refer to as the “Student Revolution,” and the universities where Acacia was present experienced a change in culture. Don thought it was interesting to see how the student revolution was causing universities to change how they regarded their students. This in turn led to the traditional fraternities modifying their organizations. Brother Solanas was present when the delegates voted to add two positions to the National Council (in fact, the LSU delegation that moved to vote on the legislation), which are still present to this day: the Undergraduate Counselors. Don served as the first Undergraduate Counselor, appointed by “Pete” Knapp to serve on the National Council along with Barry Hurt, Mississippi ‘68.
“If you’re going to make it smaller, you have to be willing to work to make it bigger, too.”
While many fraternities eventually adopted positions on their national councils that allowed for a student voice, Acacia was one of the first to do so. Don attributes Acacia’s continued existence to our dynamic nature. “Fraternities were changing with the time and with the campuses,” he said. “Each of our chapters reflect their institution. The approach to being Greek varies with the university and we do a good job of reflecting the campus culture. That is really important and can be credited to the leadership on the [Headquarters] staff and [International] Council.” Don believes that this attitude is the reason we have weathered the most tumultuous of times. The changing campus culture had caused many students to question the value of joining organizations such as fraternities. Don described his experience of his first council meeting as alarming. “Our chapters weren’t able to maintain themselves. We pulled [the charters of] some of the traditionally large Acacia chapters. Nearly 10% of our membership! This was very, very painful to remove their charters.” While this may have discouraged many, Don took out of it a renewed vigor for the organization, stating, “If you’re going to make it smaller, you have to be willing to work to make it bigger, too.” Don regards his time as Undergraduate Counselor as the period of time that truly lit his passion for Acacia. He went on to serve many positions, most notable of which being the International President from 1992-1998. Most recently, he just retired as the President of the Acacia Fraternity Foundation after serving the Foundation as an officer for 7 years. Remarking on his reason to run for these positions, Don stated that “when you have been involved with an organization that has impacted you so much, and that you’re so proud of, I couldn’t think of any other way to try and return what I had received from my involvement.” In light of his comments, one might ask who his mentors were over the years, and what they did for him. When asked, Don struggled to come up with just a few names. “That is the wonderful thing about the fraternity experience,” he says, “when you join a fraternity, everyone becomes a mentor. You get to take the best of everyone you meet and make yourself a better person.” It is this comment that inspired the theme for this article.
By examining the traits of our leaders, or “counting the rings,” we can see how to make ourselves and our organizations better. It is through Brother Solanas that we remember the original purpose of our fraternity: to come together as good men and become better. We also find from his story the secret to our success, and that is a willingness to adapt. Our fraternity has been fortunate to have great leaders over the years. The only question now is, “who will be the next to leave their mark on Acacia?” 15
Acacia Leadership Academy Bloomington, IN
The Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy returned to the Indiana chapter house this summer. Leaders from almost every chapter across North America came to learn leadership skills and gain the ability to effectively manage their respective chapters. As with all ALAs, the attendees modeled an ideal chapter, electing officers and appointing committees to carry out the work of the week. Brother Cole Casteel, Central Oklahoma ‘12, was elected to serve as the Venerable Dean for the week along with seven other officers. The delegates heard from a variety of speakers covering topics ranging from health and wellness to risk management. Syndicated radio host Adam Ritz spoke on a broad range of topics including values-based decisionmaking and the impact of social media. Adam spoke to the attendees about his own personal tale in order to illustrate how we as individuals can “get caught up in our own hype,” leading to poor choices that can have life-altering, negative consequences. After this presentation, a discussion was held on how to be safe and avoid the consequences that can come with with substance abuse. The next speaker was Aaron Boe, a leading consultant to fraternities and sororities on the topic of on the topic of consent and sexual assault prevention. During his talk, members explored various ways to ‘be your brother’s keeper’ regarding all types of social relationships and situations. Finally, the members learned about heath and wellness from Mrs. Ronie Pastko, a health coach and expert on stress reduction techniques. Many do not realize that stress is the number one issue facing today’s college student, yet very few people are taught about stress
reduction. Mrs. Pastko taught the members that proper nutrition and stress management are important for academic success, as well as some strategies to achieve these goals. Later, she led a “warrior yoga” class that enabled the members to feel the benefits of exercise while also gaining points for the coveted ALA Olympics Trophy. This ALA was not just about learning from speakers, however, as delegates were divided up into small discussion groups to dive deeper into the topics they had learned about and to share strategies from their individual chapters. Members were able to share their personal stories of success with each other and work through issues facing their respective chapters, leaving with a larger set of strategies than they came to Bloomington with. The International Council also made a big announcement at this last ALA, appointing Jackson R. Wolfe, Colorado ‘12 (pictured at right), as the new Undergraduate Counselor to the International Council! Jackson is filling the vacancy left by Drew K. Sherman, Iowa State ‘12, who had to resign his position after becoming a member of the Headquarters staff. Brother Sherman is currently serving as the Expansion Consultant to the Indiana Colony and has already overseen the recruitment and initiation of the first 42 members of the refounding class!
Alumni News & Notes California
Robert W. Scott, #669 - Recently retired from second career. First career: began with ROTC 1968-72 (interesting times!), followed by 30 years in Air Force, primarily in C-130’s flying special operations missions, retiring as Colonel. Second career: National Nuclear Security Agency (agency under Department of Energy responsible for the safety and security of the nation’s nuclear weapons). D. Brian Williams, #704 - I retired from BP in August after 31 years, spanning time in San Francisco, Alaska, Scotland, Egypt and Houston, TX. The next phase of life is being planned and is TBD!
John C. Haas, #509 – I was inducted into the Great Plains Canola Hall of Fame in July of 2014.
R. Arturo Aleman, #142 - Became the business manger of Finsol and moved to Honduras. Elliott C. Wimberly, #387 – I’ve made a donation in honor of Don Solanas for his unfaltering work for Acacia.
Northeastern Oklahoma State
Ian E. Finn, #149 – Welcomed our first child, Liam Timothy Finn, born August 26, 2015. Andrew J. Stout, #142 - Thanks to the teaching of Acacia, and the years of experience with the AFF. I have been able to take those skills and develop a business model to help people establish and run family private foundations and endowments. I was recently promoted to Senior Portfolio Manager and Institutional Consultant within our firm.
Imtee H. Baksh, #197 - Married Anita Benedict and celebrated the birth of our daughter.
Stephen G. Flaming, #152 - Retired August 31, 2015 from TaylorMade Golf.
Thomas G. Williams, #136 – Bowled my 10th 300 game two days after my 76th birthday. David M. Wellman, Sr., #34 - After graduating from NEOSU 40 years ago, I just received my first copy of the TRIAD and was delighted to find that the fraternity is prospering. Since ACACIA was founded by Masons, it caught my curiosity and I became one and have been one since 1980 for 35 years. It was recently my honor and privilege to architect, create, design and build the largest Masonic Square and Compasses in the world on the grounds of the Masonic Children’s Home of Georgia as a fund raiser for the Home.
Northwestern Oklahoma State
Lindsay A. Smith, #339 - Recently elected to serve as the President of the Oklahoma Dental Association. (Pictured at right)
Eric D. Wheeler, #21 - I recently moved from Minnesota to Massachusetts with my girlfriend as she began her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. I found a job in the Health IT industry as a Social Media Specialist at the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech.
Paul C. Herrington, #882 – In late April I came to Cornell for its 150th birthday celebration. That was a great time! I had not been on campus for quite a few years, but still managed to find my way around. There are a lot of buildings that did not exist when I was there. Of course, one can’t expect things to stay the same for 30+ years. Spent a couple nights at the house. It’s in good shape – keep up the good work, guys! Having been out of Cornell for over 10 years before most of the current brothers were born made me feel like a fish out of water, but it was nice to visit and talk about how things were different “when I was there.” Great to see a picture of Amanda “Pearl” Murray hanging in the dining room. Brought back lots of good memories.
Allan C. Campbell, M.D., #930 - Although retired from clinical practice, I am active on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria as Chair of the Department of Dermatology. I am also on the Board of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M. Marlene and I have four children and 15 grandchildren, scattered from NYC to Portland, OR. Our two boys are both physicians and our girls have Masters degrees. All are doing well.
William T. Cunningham, #636 - Still working at the age of 85 and loving the challenge of working with people who have real estate needs. I retired 25 years ago after selling a retail business my wife and I owned for 30 years. I needed a purpose in life, so started another career in real estate. Patricia and I have been married 55 plus years. We now have six grandchildren with ages between 25 and 14. The oldest works in NYC in the fashion industry. Her sister is in Vet school at the U. of Penn. The oldest grandson is a Freshman in college with the three youngest in high school. James C. Gillen, #660 - Retired after 40 years in electronics sales and marketing management with ITT and Litton Industries. Presently own Apple Valley Stainless Fasteners, LLC a retirement business selling stainless steel fasteners to the old car and street rod hobbies. Michael P. Fogarty, #1617 – Recently founded MF Digital Marketing (www.MFDigi. com), a graduate school enrollment agency. Matheau P. Luers, #1641 - Recently assumed an Associate Director role in Ernst & Young’s Tax Technology Enablement Group.
Walter R. Kolbe, #527 – Spent 4th of July with Brother Larry McComber & Diane at Lake Tahoe, NV. Great hosts, great tours, terrific fireworks!!
James L. McCormick, #578 – I’m 89 years old and play golf 5 days a week. Shoot my age from regular tee – most of the time.
Leonard W. Boord, #225 - Continue work as chartered Financial Consultant and registered Investment Advisor. Travel extensively. I have 3 granddaughters.
Kent A. User, #762 - Architect at Usher Consulting.
Rev. Dr. Lauren B. Meiswinkel, #530 – I serve as Chaplain for Post #134 of the American Legion (USN). Chaplain for Lions of West Chester and serve as a volunteer Pastor for West Chester YMCA. Anthony S. Ladner, #1344 - Married and have a baby girl, Mae Helena. Mark Ruzomberka, #1499 – I had my first child, Ryan Ruzomberka in June 2015.
Peter N. Baker, #646 - Purdue: Outstanding Mechanical Engineer - 2005; Chicago Pediatric Society - President 1993; Chicago Pediatric Society - Outstanding Clinical Pediatrician 1997; retired; five children. John W. (Wally) Marks, #835 – Retired in 2013 after 45 years as Petroleum Geologist. Enjoying grandkids, reading, fishing, travel and wife of 47 years. Kenneth Craig Newman, #1004 - I am still working and am the President and CEO of AgReliant Genetics which is the third largest seed corn company in North America. Jeff M. Rachke, #1923 – Recently passed PE (Professional Engineering) exam for license in Illinois.
William E. Howard, #66 - Son Bill is a stock broker in Clayton, Missouri. Married, two children, John and Katie. Daughter Jennifer lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is married, in real estate, and has two children, Luci and Hudson. Brian S. Hamilton, #534 – Coordinating traveling science exhibits at Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI), one of top ten science museums.
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Luke N. Lamprecht, #232 - My wife, Mary, and I celebrated the birth of our daughter, Allison Susan Lamprecht.
John H. Ray, #118 – We visited the Washington State Chapter in May 2014 when we attended the WSU Track and Field Reunion that was held in conjunction with the Pac 12 Track and Field Championship. Great bunch of guys at the house who were attending summer school. Gary A. Baines, #169 – Retired in 2006 after 35 years as a pediatric dentist.
Letter from the Acacia Fraternity Foundation President, Amos Meyers, Jr., Shippensburg ‘66 Acacia is special! It’s special because we make it special. Many alumni serve the fraternity in various roles because Acacia holds that special significance in their lives. It may have happened as an undergraduate, it may have been reconnecting with a brother, or it may be a lifelong connection with the Fraternity. A major part of that special significance for me grew out of the friendship and brotherhood of a group of Acacia brothers from my Shippensburg chapter. What began as a casual gathering of guys has continued for 48 years, as an annual long week-end. With all the changes life has brought us this gathering is a constant – the annual renewal of brotherhood. Through one member of that group, past International and AFF president Jerry Cook, I became involved in the work of the Foundation and currently serve as its president. As president, the most important thing I can share is the role AFF plays in the support of the activities of Acacia. In addition to safeguarding chapter accounts, the Foundation works to grow its base of funding to be able to provide annual support for the educational programs of Acacia. The AFF currently supports 25% of the Fraternity’s annual budget providing funds for the Acacia Leadership Academy, Conclave, Cornerstones programming, leadership workshops, other educational activities, and scholarships.
(AFF President Amos Meyers, Jr. awarding Penn State VD, Bill McDonnell, with an AFF Scholarship)
Although I was asked to write this article as a “bio piece” I felt a better use of this space is to underscore the role of the Foundation and to honor the years of brotherhood that have enriched my life as we gather “On Top” in the mountains each spring. [Please also read the related item on the Chapter Eternal for Brother Bollinger, page 27.]
Acacia is special! Reach out and renew a bond of brotherhood, and take the opportunity to support AFF’s efforts to continue creating possibilities for future Acacians to form these special bonds. Most Fraternally, Amos Meyers, Shippensburg ‘66 Acacia Fraternity Foundation, President
A NEW LIFE FOR AN OLD Have you found that you no longer have occasion to wear your jeweled Acacia badge? While we sincerely hope you enjoy wearing it to formal Acacia events and other special occasions, we also invite you to give new life to your old friend — your Acacia badge — by gifting it back to the Fraternity to be passed along to a current Venerable Dean. Now is a great time to surprise a newly elected Venerable Dean with a gift that he will certainly take to heart. Please send your badge to Acacia International Headquarters at 8777 Purdue Road, Suite 225, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
We would like to thank the following brothers for donating their badges to a current Venerable Dean: Christopher B. Carpentier, Indiana Weimar L. Christman, Michigan George J. Clark, Penn State John N. Drowatzky, Kansas John L. Garrett, Penn State Donald G. Geurkink, Oklahoma State Robert E. Griffin, Colorado John L. Hedrick, Colorado State Dr. A. Neill Johnson, Washington State James E. Muehleisen, Colorado Hugh L. Robertson, Indiana Gilbert E. Rumsey, Kansas State Carroll S. Senn, Colorado Robert C. Trezise, Northern Colorado William H. Weiskopf, Sr. Northwestern
Foundation Donors 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.
Leadership Fund, Annual Fund - July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 2015 Acacia Leadership Academy $25,000 and above Mark R. Guidry Jr., Louisiana State # Leonard W. Kearney, Oregon State ALA# Robert G. Travnicek, M.D., Kansas $10,000 - $24,999 Ronald A. Mitchell, Colorado * $5,000 - $9,999 Larry E. Schroeder, Georgia # Dewayne Edward Ullsperger, Nebraska ^# William A. Utic, Cornell $2,000 - $4,999 John F. Beering, Purdue Mark Andrew Christiansen, California ALA# Gerald C. Cook, Shippensburg # Gregory J. Hamer Sr., Louisiana State # Amos D. Meyers Jr., Shippensburg The Royal Order of Scotland Byron A. Tabor, Iowa # Bert Todd Wion, Oklahoma State ALA# $1,000 - $1,999 Lanny R. Brent, M.D., Kansas State John C. Brueckman III, Cornell Jack R. Burchfield, Central Oklahoma Aaron Peter Darcy, Indiana # Bryan William Dowd, Morningside Brian Roger Durst, Wisconsin # David Luther Ferguson, Indiana ALA# David R. Fischell, Cornell # James C. Fish Jr., Texas Harry T. Flasher, Miami (OH) William Grandy Foster USN Ret., Syracuse ALA# Bruce F. Garnand, Kansas State William H. Hernstadt, Rensselaer ALA# Destry Wade Hood, Nebraska ^ Andrew Jee, Oregon State Henry Lansing Jones, Michigan †(4) John B. Lane, Vermont ALA# Daniel R. Lang, Northwestern Robert A. Lincicome, Illinois # Kris Robert Lutt, Nebraska Microsoft Corporation John B. Pugh, Iowa State Richard Scott Rasmussen, California # William M. Riley Jr., Kansas State ALA# Donald W. Solanas Jr., Louisiana State Paul Van Stevens, Southern California # Lowry Lamar Tims, Texas # Michael Carl Tu, California Washington Alumni Association & House Corporation John W. Wedgwood, Purdue ALA# James T. Wormley, Illinois ALA# Harold D. Zarr Jr., Iowa State ALA# $500 - $999 Anonymous # Glendon Arthur, Ohio
* First-time AFF donor
William Chin, Rensselaer Albert S. Conly, Texas John R. Dick, Iowa State †(11) Michael Peter Fillman, Western Ontario David A. Fruchey, Purdue ALA# Guy G. Gebhardt, Illinois Wesleyan # John Edward Gilliland, Miami (OH) Elbridge Bud Griffy III, Oklahoma ALA# F. Howard Halderman, Purdue ALA# George E. Hansell, Purdue # James E. Hayes, Purdue # Grant M. Herbst, Franklin Mary Hill, Friend of Acacia *†(12) Richard E. Holloway, Texas Paul G. Ingram, Oregon State ALA# James Nick Katsaounis, Ohio ALA# Michael Allen Koler, Ohio State Curtis A. Krizek, Kansas State Darold W. Larson, Washington State # Woodrow W. Mann, Arkansas Patrick Wayne McGovern, Indiana # Martin Thomas McKnight, Oregon State # Robert L. Reeves, Louisiana State ALA# Paul E. Ruby, Illinois # Jose R. Sanchez Jr., UCLA ALA# L. Dennis Smith, Indiana ALA Andrew James Stout, Cal Poly/Pomona # United Way of Central Indiana # D. Brian Williams, California Kevin Russell Wills, Nebraska # David E. Wolfe, Iowa State # Bernal R. Woodward, Syracuse # Mack E. Wootton, Indiana ALA# $250 - $499 Jason Bradley Archer, Kansas State Daniel D. Bayston, Illinois ALA# Wayne A. Beeder, New Hampshire Fred H. Belcher Jr., Louisiana State Benevity Community Impact Fund # Thomas Jonathan Boagni, Louisiana State Jeffrey T. Boaz, Illinois Wesleyan Kevin M. Bol, Indiana ALA# Thomas E. Bolman, Miami (OH) †(3)# Leonard Wesley Boord, Ohio Jonathan Charles Boraski, M.D., Vermont * John A. Britton, Kansas State Donald C. Clagett, Penn State ALA# Brad D. Cleeton, Missouri C. F. K. Cole, Texas Thomas C. Crews, Colorado State Arthur B. Curtis III, Long Beach State ALA# Scott Allen Daugherty, Indiana Ernesto Espinoza, California ALA# Thomas S. Everett, Indiana Peter J. Eversole, Iowa State Larry B. Forsland, Minnesota # Matthew Edward Foss, Indiana * Richard T. Freije Jr., Purdue ALA# Randolph S. Friedman, California # Steven R. Goedde, Purdue # # Donated to multiple funds
Scott Christopher Graham, Penn State # Hal D. Hanes, Indiana ALA# Christopher John Hathaway, Purdue Per Hilmo, Washington State ALA# Ronald T. Hopkins, Syracuse Michael A. Howard, Oregon State Samuel J. Jacobs, Colorado State Eric B. Johnson, Missouri Kris Ivan Kallembach, Indiana Edwin P. Kohler II, Penn State Robert J. Lieblein, Shippensburg Robert K. McDonald, New Hampshire * Scott Howard Meyer, Saint Cloud State ^# Gerald E. Schenbachler Morrison Sr., Washington * Lawrence A. Morton, Shippensburg ALA# David W. Powell, Indiana # David R. Quick, Rensselaer Hollis W. Rademacher, Minnesota John A. Rosso, Arizona ALA# Mark J. Schnarr, Purdue ALA# Harold L. Skerritt, Iowa State George W. Sorrells III, Indiana # James Peter Steffus, Indiana Ralph N. Straley II, Penn State ALA# Robert C. Thames, Texas ALA# William Michael Thornton, Ohio State # Robert L. Treasure, M.D., Colorado ALA Robert C. Trezise, Northern Colorado ALA# L. David Waibel, Purdue # James David Weaver, Indiana Paul A. Weglage, Ohio State John H. Werth, Miami (OH) ALA Jay W. Williams, Illinois Wesleyan Knox Williams, UCLA ALA# William D. Willis, Louisiana State Donald S. Wilson, Northwestern James Anthony Witkop, Rensselaer
David K. Haviland, Indiana ALA# Joseph A. Homans, Washington State ALA# Robert A. Huster, Illinois Wesleyan ALA# Daryl L. Johnson, UCLA ALA# Carl F. Kantner, Wisconsin ALA# David A. LaGraffe, Syracuse ALA# Donald R. Lambert, Central Oklahoma ALA# Samuel R. Lolan, Louisiana State Andrew Gabriel Long, Indiana ALA# Tomislav A. Marincic, Michigan ALA# Joseph H. Marshall, California Randall M. McCullough, Illinois Wesleyan ALA# Stephen T. McDonald, Indiana James L. McFarland, Wisconsin ALA# Joseph Michael Orlesh, Louisiana State # David R. Parks, Indiana ALA# Joseph D. Patton Jr., Penn State Dr. William A. Peterson, Minnesota John H. Ray, Washington State ALA# Mark E. Richards, Shippensburg ALA# Hugh Rose, Michigan ALA# Richard L. Routh, Indiana ALA# Arthur K. Rue, Wyoming ALA# Donald W. Sabo, Washington Charles F. Schwab, New Hampshire ALA# Patrick Aaron Smith, Colorado ALA# James R. Speece Jr., Shippensburg ALA# Timothy J. Sullivan, Illinois Lawrence C. Sweet, M.D., Michigan ALA# John E. Tyson, Cincinnati ALA# Jarrod N. VanZant, Central Oklahoma ALA# Daniel T. Walker Jr., Illinois # Davis Walker, New Hampshire ALA# Lance K. Yokota, California ALA#
$100 - $149 Tamim A. Abouhalkah, Texas Reg DeWayne Aldrich, Central Oklahoma Lawrence N. Allen, Purdue ALA# $150 - $249 William P. Allen Jr., Texas ALA Roger H. Brent, Kansas State ALA# Alan Bruce Anderson, Washington Stewart L. Burger, Cornell ALA# Warren L. Anderson, Washington State Frank C. Carder, Purdue ALA# Eric M. Aupperle, Michigan William E. Coggins Jr., Angelo State Colony Thomas John Balcerski, Cornell ALA# Neil R. Cole, Nebraska David L. Bardal, Minnesota ALA# Dr. Alan C. Eachus, Syracuse ALA# Christopher Jason Berry, Iowa Jeffrey Jay Eller, Washington State # David E. Bimler, Shippensburg Ralph L. Fearon, New Hampshire ALA# John Michael Binnie, Purdue William J. Feth, Cornell # David A. Blocker, Indiana * Richard H. Fjeldheim, Wisconsin # Brian J. Boesenberg, Iowa State * Kerry John Fladung, Iowa State Kenneth Stephen Bonnette, Louisiana State Donald F. Friend, Ohio ALA# Neal E. Brown, Washington State # Berge Francois Garabedian, Texas ALA# Jerald C. Burgess, Oregon State James R. Golan, Purdue ALA# Marty L. Byrd, Central Oklahoma ALA Stephen M. Golden, M.D., Boston ALA# Timothy Jiro Campbell, Colorado ALA# Max H. Gollmer, Indiana ALA# Kevin Todd Cannon, Indiana James S. Grant, Washington State ALA# Melvin L. Capell, Louisiana State LTC Myron Edward Grizio Ret., Missouri School Hanny Alexis Carp-Martinovici, Cornell # of Mines ALA# Robert L. Carstens, Iowa State ALA# David Andrew Guidry, California Rolf A. Cederwall, Illinois # Richard Robert Halderman, Purdue ALA# Michael Albert Chiappetta, Illinois *
ALA Acacia Leadership Academy
^ Corporate matching gift
†( ) Memorial gift
John Charles Chipperfield, Millersville Roy S. Clarke Jr., Cornell Robert E. Combs, Purdue Joseph E. Cook, California Forrest G. Critchfield, Nebraska Thomas W. Cypher, Shippensburg Ronald J. Daigle Jr., M.D., Louisiana State ALA Jerry W. Dallas, Mississippi State * Donald W. Dauterman, Oregon State # James H. Davis, Iowa State John N. Davis, Penn State William J. Dilcher, Iowa State Bruce H. Doelling, Purdue ALA# Charles Edward Donly, Rensselaer John R. Drebus, Indiana ALA# Christ Drossos Jr., Indiana ALA David G. Dunlap, Texas John A. Durnin Jr., Louisiana State John Rogis Ebensberger, M.D., Iowa ALA Dino Nicolas Efthimiou, Indiana * Richard Eimas, Colorado George F. Fenton Sr., Washington State # Michael Patrick Fogarty, Indiana Robert T. Franson, Cornell ALA Michael A. Frucci, Washington State ALA# H. Benjamin Funk, Kansas State ALA# Fredrick C. Garrott, Illinois # George E. Gillespie, Purdue Thomas G. Golding, Long Beach State ALA# Robert H. Goodman, Penn State ALA# David A. Gorelick, Cornell ALA# Michael J. Grace Ph.D., Nebraska James G. Graham, Purdue # Thomas D. Grayson, Ohio State William J. Greer, Purdue ALA# Gary J. Haag, Kansas State ALA# Robert Andrew Haiges, Oklahoma State William A. Haines, Purdue Brian Michael Hall, Indiana James G. Hall, Missouri ALA Philip L. Hall, New Hampshire David C. Harrison, Colorado State * Harley A. Hartman, Southern California Warren S. Hawkins, Louisiana State Albert O. Haynes, Purdue ALA# John B. Hazelworth, Michigan ALA Richard W. Hegarty, Penn State Edward G. Hempel, Rensselaer Dean J. Hewitt, Missouri ALA# Jeremy James Heyer, Iowa ALA Jeffrey W. Hinger, Louisiana State Frank M. Hollister, California ALA Jerry B. Holmes, Texas John A. Homerin, Eastern Illinois Noel Lavoy Hooker, Central Oklahoma * Robert M. Houghton, Illinois Wesleyan * Scott James Houston, Indiana # Stephen A. Hoverman, Ohio Richard N. Howell, Indiana Robert D. Howlett, Iowa State Shelby D. Hunt, Ohio Robert D. Hurrell, Wyoming ALA# John W. Iberg, Minnesota ALA# George B. Jackson, Penn State Paul A. James, Northwestern Allen Neill Johnson, Ph.D., Washington State Hilton A. Jones Jr., Washington State ALA# Kurt Russell Jones, Central Oklahoma ALA Michael A. Jutras, M.D., Texas Gerald E. Kahler, Ohio Charles W. Kennedy, Illinois Wesleyan
John K. Kidd, Indiana Col. Forest M. Kimsey, Kansas State Edward Kirklin, Friend of Acacia Christopher W. Knapp, Iowa State # Paul A. Larson, M.D., Northwestern Robert E. Larson, Friend of Acacia * Alan K. Leahigh, Illinois Wesleyan David Michael Lemke, Wisconsin Robert W. Le Veau, Colorado Jon O. Long, Missouri ALA# Lewis M. Lubarsky, Shippensburg ALA# Morgan J. Lynge, Illinois # William M. Lynn, UCLA ALA# Mark Edward MacDonald, Shippensburg KevinCharlesMaguire,NewHampshireALA David L. Mari, Illinois # Theodore V. Martinson, California * Curtis E. McCann, Oregon State ALA# Norman L. McCracken, UCLA ALA John G. McDonald, Iowa State William A. McElfresh, Michigan Calvin K. McMurray, Louisiana State John C. McNabney, Rensselaer * Jeffrey William Meade, Iowa Fred H. Merrick, UCLA ALA# Douglas E. Merz, Nebraska Rodger L. Merz, Nebraska Paul A. Meschler, Franklin Robert August Milani, Illinois # Jonas Benjamin Miller, California Michael L. Miller, Purdue Michael William Miller, Indiana Patrick David Miller, Indiana * Ray E. Miller, Shippensburg ALA Richard P. Milne, Vermont Paul G. Molnar, Cornell ALA James Aaron Moore, Ohio State Robert Glenn Mooth, Indiana John R. Moritz, Colorado John R. Moser, Miami (OH) * Gregory John Mulawa, Michigan James Satoshi Murakami, Long Beach State Roger A. Nealis, Indiana Scott Alan Neslund, Indiana John Kelly Notariano, Louisiana Tech* William I. Oâ€™Brien, Ohio P. Roger Pankey, Arizona Jeffrey Lynn Peil, Iowa State # Eugene B. Pflughaupt, Northwestern Bradway F. Phillips, Ohio State Anthony David James Phillips, Carleton Wayne C. Pinney, Oregon State Michael Victor Pirrotta, Penn State Donald A. Pizer, Penn State * Richard L. Pottenger, Purdue David A. Prosser, Shippensburg George F. Rapp, M.D., Indiana Dennis C. Rasmussen, Oregon State Eric A. Rasmussen, Purdue Mark A. Rasor, California Neil C. Ray, Penn State ALA# James N. Reichard Jr., Louisiana State Robert M. Riggs, George Washington Kevin C. Robert, Louisiana State Hans M. Roensch Jr., M.D., Missouri Raymond J. Rogers, Rensselaer ALA Joel Romaine, Shippensburg ALA# Allan F. Rucka, Northwestern ALA Roy T. Sager, Shippensburg Richard Hamilton Sands, Michigan H. Keith Sawyers, Iowa State
David L. Schoon, Indiana John M. Segin, Illinois State * Daniel P. Self Jr., Ohio State William T. Siegle, Rensselaer Harrison W. Sigworth Jr., Oregon State # Roy A. Silver, Southern California William J. Smalley, Purdue Thomas A. Smith, Purdue # Christopher W. Soika, M.D., Penn State Gary L. Stansbery, Ohio Steven R. Steinhubl, Purdue # Roger K. Stewart, Southern California ALA Duane L. Stowe, Washington State Brian Scott Strayer, Ohio State ALA# William H. Stuart Jr., Washington State James W. Sutton, Indiana Steven C. Swan, Illinois Wesleyan ALA# James F. Taylor, Louisiana State ALA# Brett C. Thomas, Washington State Scott L. Timmons, Indiana * United Way of Tri-County Inc. George R. Van Horne, Rensselaer * Zachary Michael Vietri, Indiana James W. Voth, Illinois John C. Wagner, Northern Colorado Jeffrey Burns Warner, Iowa Charles B. Wegman, Syracuse William H. Weiskopf Sr., Northwestern James E. Weiss, Iowa State James R. White, Mississippi State Roy S. Whiteman, Indiana Donald Evan Williams, California Donald L. Williamson, Shippensburg Ben F. Wilson, Louisiana State * Phillip T. Wilson, Illinois Wesleyan Elliott Chuck Wimberly, Louisiana State * John H. Witmer Jr., Penn State Adam Roy Worth, Indiana * Howard S. Zwiefel III, Cornell # $50 - $99 Van C. Alexander, Miami (OH) * Amazonsmile Foundation * Martin E. Amundson, M.D., Michigan Walter P. Anderson Jr., Louisiana State * Otto L. Apfelbeck, Nebraska ALA Gary A. Baines, Washington State Alan Bruce Baird, Texas ALA# Charles A. Barnett, M.D., Indiana Sterling L. Benz, Iowa ALA Pavel Igorevich Beresnev, Iowa State Wallace E. Bernard, Nicholls State Colony Mark O. Bernardy, Oregon State Carl F. Billhardt, Rensselaer Charles David Blanke, M.D., Northwestern Richard W. Blowers, Central Missouri State Robert E. Blue, Purdue ALA Jameson Brady Boblenz, Trine (Formerly Tri-State) ALA William B. Borst III, Indiana ALA William Bowers III, Penn State William T. Bradford, Long Beach State John W. Bridenstine, Iowa State ALA James B. Bruce, Washington * Walter E. Bruetsch, Rensselaer ALA# Paul Joseph Burke, Minnesota William C. Burnett, M.D., Oklahoma State * Gayle E. Buroker, Evansville Keith Michael Bushey, Indiana Walter A. Clark, Colorado # Wesley G. Clark, Colorado
John T. Clutter, Washington State David E. Conner, Purdue # Aaron Lee Cook, Missouri School of Mines Robert K. Craig, Colorado Richard E. Curp, Miami (OH) Dennis E. Davis, Purdue # William L. Dearcop, Cornell Gary S. DeVoe, Oregon State # Douglas Samuel Dicke, Louisiana State * Andrew John DiMarzio, Indiana Leonard J. Dow II, Miami (OH) Scott W. Dudley Jr., Vermont * Robert Stuart Dyer, Wyoming Richard L. Egelston, Rensselaer William R. Epcke, Northwestern ALA# James L. Ernette, Franklin James F. Essman, Northern Colorado ALA Leo M. Evans, Southern California ALA Paul G. Fahlstrom, Minnesota * Robert W. Felsburg, Penn State Warren Mark Flodin, Miami (OH) ALA# John B. Forder, California Gerald A. Gaebel, New Hampshire John K. Gardner, Arizona Ronnie L. Gemelke, Nebraska Herbert W. Gilbert, Wyoming Timothy Michael Gilmour, Carleton * Leroy C. Graham, Colorado H. Virgil Grumbling, Jr., M.D., Michigan John Charles Haas, Kansas State ALA# Ronald A. Hankins, Colorado William Hansen, Minnesota * William Lincoln Heubaum, Morningside Steven Robert Hill, Purdue ALA# Holly H. Holliday, Colorado State * Galen Paul Hunter, Colorado * James M. Hunter, Wyoming * Robert E. Jacobsen, California John H. Jacobsmeyer, New Hampshire * Frank T. James, Northwestern Jonathan Allen Janoski, California (PA) James W. Kehe, Cornell Larry J. Kelly, Indiana Richard Kevin King, Nebraska * Rev. Robert H. King, Illinois Dale A. Kjack, Washington State Jeffrey David Kjome, Wisconsin Douglas E. Klaus, Illinois John C. Klinsing, Colorado Lafayette W. Knapp Jr., Cornell Michael Bradley Kupper, Indiana Ernest J. Larson Jr., Nebraska James M. Lasher, Oregon State Anthony David Little, Oregon State # David Christopher Lowicki, Louisiana State Stephen D. Luthye, Kansas Kenneth L. MacRae, Iowa State # Paul Anthony Malarik III, Indiana ALA Gordon E. Malick, Franklin Charles F. Martin III, Purdue ALA# Kevin Thomas May, Wisconsin # Douglas Roger McCan, California James L. McCormick, Kansas George Harvey McCurdy III, Central Florida Bradley M. McGuinness, Purdue James B. McNay, Northern Colorado John William Milne, Franklin ALA Christopher P. Minardi, Rensselaer ALA# Thomas L. Mitchell, Illinois Douglas W. Moore, Kansas State (Continued on next page...)
Foundation Donors Edward Andrew Moss, Missouri School of Mines ALA# James E. Muehleisen, Colorado ALA Michael I. Nabel, Rensselaer Richard H. Nakamura, Syracuse * Andrew Joseph Novoshielski, Penn State * William Philip Nuss, Louisiana State John Stephen O’Kelley, Arkansas ALA Elbert Eugene Oliver, Indiana GeraldKeithOrrison, MissouriSchoolof Mines David E. Ozvat, Ohio State John Scully Parker, California * Michael Andrew Pastko, Purdue # Glenn S. Pate, Indiana David G. Perkins, Illinois Wesleyan ALA William R. Picard II, Louisiana State ALA# Anders S. Platou, Purdue James W. Popek, Northern Colorado Kenneth A. Porter, Iowa State ALA Howard G. Pratt, Illinois JamesElliottRobinson,OklahomaStateALA# Carl D. Rogge, New Hampshire Roy S. Rossman, Penn State ALA Robert Charles Rupe, Oregon State Steven R. Rybacki, Purdue * Douglas C. Sawtelle, Colorado State Bruce G. Schneider, Cornell Charles L. Schroeder, Southern California William Gerard Sfida, Penn State Gilbert B. Siegel Ph.D., Southern California Max E. Skirvin, Indiana Kenneth L. Smith, Michigan ALA William L. Smith, California ALA Victor Ronald Smith, Penn State James M. Spence, San Jose State Harold D. Stephenson, Georgia ALA# John C. Stevens, New Hampshire Alan V. Stevens, New Hampshire # Theodore Thomas Storer, Indiana William Bennett Stratbucker, M.D., Nebraska John A. Stuckey, Indiana Stanley L. Swart, Miami (OH) ALA# Larry W. Talbert, Oregon State ALA John Gregory Thagard, Texas ALA Richard S. Thomason, Louisiana State ALA Ryan J. Thornburgh, Indiana * Thomas L. Timothy, Purdue Thomas F. Treat USAF, MSC (Ret.), Arkansas
Charles D. Wasson, Colorado ALA Michael Steven Weber, Iowa State George Richard White, New Hampshire ALA Clyde E. Whitson II, Purdue Christopher Gerald Widing, Ohio * Albert H. Wiese, Iowa State ALA Nevin R. Williams, Ohio Thomas G. Williams, Miami (OH) Warren D. Wilson, Wyoming Robert A. Young Jr., California James A. Youngquist, Illinois Joel Alexander Zeni, Oregon State * John F. Zubak, Indiana #
Murrey L. Grider, Arkansas ALA Mark P. Gutis, Syracuse ALA Dale O. Hackett, Syracuse ALA Brian Stuart Hamilton, Rensselaer ALA Harold E. Heath, Central Oklahoma ALA William C. Hirt, Tennessee Robert Hochhalter, Illinois * Michael A. Homsey, Shippensburg Blake John Hutchison, Wisconsin †(1)# Sho Iketani, Cornell Craig Sewell Johnson, Louisiana State Charles F. Jones III, Louisiana State Jay Scott Kallor, Missouri School of Mines John R. Kaufman, Penn State Andrew Philip Kerner, Penn State Walter R. Kolbe, Iowa State # Walter L. Kutscher Jr., Ohio Howard P. Lambert, Penn State Richard John LaPorte, Indiana E. Arthur Larson, Friend of Acacia Gregory James Lary, Ohio # Douglas J. Lary, Minnesota David V. Lemone, Luther A. Smith ALA John W. Maddox, Kansas Ryan Madlener, Friend of Acacia * Joseph L. Manson, Indiana John W. Marks, Purdue # Jason B. P. Mierek, Illinois Wesleyan * Jerod Kale Miles, Central Oklahoma *
$49 and below Daniel F. Alcock, Oklahoma ALA Thomas S. Altvater, Central Missouri State Daniel L. Barnett, Indiana ALA Daniel R. Barr, Michigan Charles David Bentley, Georgia Joseph Peter Bushelman, Nebraska ALA Judson E. Capell, Ohio State * Edward J. Cardinal, California Richard Everett Carver, Missouri School of Mines Roger N. Cavitt, Illinois Wesleyan Paul David Cobb, Purdue Philip W. Culler, Ohio Gregg Alex Cummings, California William H. Cushman, Oregon State # William Robert Day, Bloomsburg Leo H. Dorfman, Texas * David S. Dow, Michigan ALA Brian S. Downs, Central Oklahoma # Stephen B. Draper, Penn State ALA John W. Dyar, Indiana ALA Richard W. Ekins, Washington ALA†(6)# John W. Ellenwood, Ohio Robert L. Falzone, Penn State ALA Bruce A. Farthing, Indiana * James C. Fetterman, Mississippi State Jeffrey S. Finkelstein, UCLA * Gayle E. Fitzsimons, Colorado Arnold L. Flottman Jr., George Washington James A. Frost, Cincinnati Robert E. George, Nebraska Brian Matthews Giffin, Purdue # Stephen R. Gold, Nebraska
^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 Microsoft Corporation UnitedHealth Group Matching Gift Funds Verizon Wireless †We would also like to recognize those Brothers, families and friends who gave in memory of a loved one: †(1) David J. Allen & George F. Patterson †(9) Richard S. Reid, Oregon State †(2) Michael A. Blood, Illinois Wesleyan †(10) Melvin W. Rapp, Illinois †(3) Dr. Irving M. Field, Missouri †(11) John R. Dick, Iowa State †(4) Henry L. Jones, Michigan †(12) Ronald D. Hill, Washington State †(5) Walter R. Scott Jr., Penn State †(6) Richard W. Ekins, Washington †(7) Dr. Lawrence A. Upton, Syracuse †(8) L. Craig Fulmer, Indiana
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Acacia Fraternity Foundation 2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients
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 Acacia Fraternity Foundation Scholarship Dinner during our 11th Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy, on August 1, 2015:
George F. Patterson, Jr. Scholarship ($3,000) Ryan M. Haefke, Kansas State ‘14 Hometown: Holton, Kansas Major: Accounting/Finanace GPA: 4.00 KSU Acacia Recruitment Chairman; College of Business Administration Ambassador; Staley School of Leadership Studies Ambassador; College of Business Administration Dean’s Honor Roll; State of Kansas Scholar
Duncan McPherson Fraternityship ($3,000) Joseph L. Webb, Iowa State ‘12 Hometown: Murray, Iowa Major: Nutritional Science / Pre-med GPA: 3.96 IFC VP of Scholarship; ISU Acacia Junior Steward; Neuroscience/Genetics Lab Assistant; Alternative Breaks Site Leader; Dairy Sensory Evaluation Panelist, Mayo Clinic National Research Fellow
David J. Allen Scholarship ($2,000) Simon P. Fraher, Oregon State ‘13 Hometown: Olympia, Washington Major: HBS Bioresource Research GPA: 3.77 OSU Acacia Treasurer; Monsanto Biotechnology Scholar; Oregon Seed Assocaition Scholar; OSU Dean’s List; Oregon State University Provost Scholar
Emma C. Allen Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) William B. McDonnell, Penn State ‘13 Hometown: Media, Pennsylvania Major: Mechanical Engineering GPA: 3.92 US Lacrosse and US Swimming Academic AllAmerican; Penncrest Department Physics Award; American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Emma C. Allen Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) Zev A. Allen, Kansas State ’14 Hometown: Soldier, Kansas Major: Life Science: Pre-Med GPA: 3.8 KSU Acacia Recruitment Chairman; Morse Family and Community Public Policy Scholar; Neil Atkinson Junior Leadership Award Winner; Kansas Honors Scholar
Emma C. Allen Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) Arthur J. Wertzberger, Kansas State ’15 Hometown: Alma, Kansas Major: Construction Science & Management GPA: 3.4 John Gehrt Community Service Scholarship; Kansas Masonic Foundation Scholarship; Mid-East League AllAcademic; FCCLA National Community Service Silver Award
Emma C. Allen Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) Scott A. LaMunyon, Kansas State ‘14 Hometown: Towanda, Kansas Major: Psychology and Pre-Law GPA: 3.6 KSU Acacia Junior Dean; Dean’s Honor Roll; Man of Faith Scholarship; KSU Pre-Law Ambassador; Founder of Annual Manhattan COLORDash 5K
Emma C. Allen Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) Zane A. Norton, Nebraska ‘14 Hometown: Hastings, Nebraska Majors: Mechanical Engineering GPA: 3.55 Chancellor’s Leadership Award; Order of Omega; Engineering Dean’s Scholar; James Canfield Scholar; Nebraska University Dean’s List
Acacia Fraternity Foundation Scholarship ($1,000) Clint P. Dalton, California ‘12 Hometown: Oceanside, CA Majors: Integrated Biology/German GPA: 3.82 IFC VP of Philanthropy and Programming. 4 years of honors & Deans honors; Ehlert Prize awarded during German commencement
Acacia Fraternity Foundation Scholarship ($1,000) Gabriel R. Manning, Illinois ’13 Hometown: Sherman, Illinois Major: Animal Science: Science/Pre-Med GPA: 3.85 Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society; UI Dean’s List; American Society of Animal Science Scholars; Mayo Clinic Undergraduate Research Fellow
Chapter Fund Donors California PA Fund ($1,000+) Eric Vaughn Zwigart # ($100+) Travis George Haberjak Darold W. Larson, Washington State # Michael A. Pisco Shannon Raymond Plue * ($50+) Bruce Edward Carpenter Guy Raymond Holmes * Matthew Regis Nebel * Anthony Paul Rossini * Richard John Rubican Russell John Suprek ($50 & below) John I. Ford III Matthew Zachary Taylor * California PA Scholarship Fund ($1,000+) Eric Vaughn Zwigart # Cal Poly Pomona Fund ($500+) Andrew James Stout # California Fund ($2,500+) Mark Andrew Christiansen # Alan Ryo Hirasuna Zackary Wynn Morris Carleton Fund ($100+) Imtee Hasib Baksh * Aaron John Golem * Central Oklahoma Fund ($25+) Nathan Andrew Woolard Colorado Scholarship Fund ($5,000+) Colorado Acacia Fraternity House Corp. * ($200 - $300) Thomas M. Putnam # University of Colorado ($100 & below) Walter A. Clark # Carroll Jack Washington # Cornell Fund ($1,000+) David R. Fischell # ($100-$500) Hanny Alexis Carp-Martinovici # Howard S. Zwiefel III # ($50 & below) Aditya Ramesh * Illinois Building Fund ($5,000+) Larry F. Lewis Paul E. Ruby # ($4,000 - $4,999) Daniel D. Bayston # ($250 & below) Rolf A. Cederwall †(10)# Fredrick C. Garrott # Illinois Scholarship Fund ($1,000+) James T. Wormley #
July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
($200 - $500) Andrew Jacob Alsterda * Daniel D. Bayston # Daniel Bryant Grober * Eric J. Kuehl * Robert A. Lincicome # David L. Mari # Kevin J. O’Leary, M.D. * Paul E. Ruby # David M. Uhlenhop Michael James Walsh * Robert L. Willerton *
Jason & Shae Ledune * Gerald and Sue Palermo Krish and Shuba Prabhu William Lee Reel Michael R. & Pamela G. Spencer Michael J. and Joyce C. Vietri * Salibaco, LLC Tendercare Home Health Services, Inc.
($100 & below) Rolf A. Cederwall # Richard J. Dominetta * Kyle James Gallagher * Ronald M. Hamelberg David L. Kuhn Morgan J. Lynge # Ronald H. Maurer Robert August Milani # Patrick R. Moran * Stephen Mark Nelson Richard K. Price John R. Revell * Christopher David Rockey * Joel A. Winick
The following Friends of Acacia: Joseph & Ame’ Alerding * Eugene P. & Lori T. Avery Deborah Wood Associates, Inc. Karen O. Fanning Edgardo Garcia-Hosokawa J. W. Engineering, LLC Gary and Diane L. Luechauer Tuley Law Office
Illinois State Fund ($50+) Frank Joseph Cassata * Illinois Wesleyan Fund ($500+) Daniel John Burras †(2)^ R. Lee Christie Randall M. McCullough # Verizon Wireless ($50 - $400) Jeffrey D. Cary †(2) Erik Christopher Hjerpe Stanley Joseph Martin Jr. *†(2) Indiana Fund ($500+) Russell E. Frew Scott James Houston # Brant Edward Lieske Khozema Zoher Shipchandler ($200 - $400) Douglas J. Bade Robert J. Barlow Timothy L. Bray Jay E. King * John W. Morgan Michael J. Oakes David W. Powell †(8)# Randolph K. Shoup George W. Sorrells III # Max F. Spaulding John F. Zubak # ($100 & below) Dustin Scott Detzler Barry A. Forst Brett Cayne Paschke Leo W. West Kenneth Robert Whitelaw * Indiana - Kyle P. Simcoe Memorial Scholarship Fund ($1,000+) Jerome Arnold Gordon Jr. ($200 - $500) The following Friends of Acacia: A & A Custom Automation, Inc. * Thomas S. and Cynthia L. Corbett *# D’Zynes Hair Salon Samantha Davis Enviro-Max Inc.
($100 & below) Adam David Cohen * Bret Michael Baumbaugh *
International Council Speakers Fund ($250+) Brian S. Downs, Central Oklahoma # Scott Howard Meyer, Saint Cloud State ^# Robert W. Mickam, Texas * George A. Ray, Penn State Iowa Fund ($2,500+) Aegon Transamerica Foundation Byron A. Tabor ^# ($250 & below) Aaron Lee Morrow William Edward Null, M.D., Kansas State # Ronald J. Stearns Iowa State Fund ($1,000+) Robert L. Carstens # Laury Edward Decker # Dr. Randyl D. Elkin Donald L. Good David E. Wolfe # ($400 - $750) Donald G. Lyon Jeffrey Lynn Peil # Benjamin John Schneider * Richard W. Taylor # Douglas R. Whitney ($100 - $300) John P. Bahr John W. Baty Craig Allen Buske # Jerry W. Crossett William J. Dilcher John R. Fulkerson James M. Hanson Gary D. Harter Robert D. Howlett Joel E. Jensen Christopher W. Knapp # Philip C. Larson Dennis G. McComber # Lynn R. Pendry Jay D. Quick Arthur P. Roy Nicholas Adam Seibold # David William Smith Howard V. Speer David M. Strom * Dale W. Weber # Larry P. Yarham Harold D. Zarr Jr. # ($50 & below) Gregory Michael Janda Lowell B. Johnson, D.V.M. Walter R. Kolbe #
Kenneth L. MacRae # Larry D. Miller *# Gordon G. Moore * Ezra Louis Shields Iowa State - Harold D. Zarr, Jr. Educational Scholarship Fund ($500+) Harold D. Zarr Jr. # John F. Hoffner Leadership Series Fund ($1,000+) John F. Hoffner, Purdue # Kansas State - Acacia Century Fund ($25,000+) Norman K. House ($4,000 - $7,000) John Charles Haas # Larry L. Ihrig Lynn R. Johnson W. Jeffrey Neal # Terry L. Poling Leon A. Scheffler # ($1,000 - $3,000) William Kent Barnow Brent B. Bayer Travis J. Bowie Charles H. Busch Hazen Collier Deeds * Daniel C. Dolezal # John Robert Fralick # Gary J. Haag # Robert Lee Hampton James Michael Hoenscheidt Jay M. Humburg Darwin K. Klein Men of Acacia, Kansas State Chapter Nathan Craig Mentzer Kelly D. Miller Edward Francis Prosser * Donald M. Rasmussen # ($500 - $800) Roger D. Brannan Timothy Isaac Franklin # Kurt Christopher Guth Curtis R. Hapgood Gregory Wayne Kobs *# Chad Clinton Miller Brian Thomas Murphy Charles A. Paulson # Terry Lynn Resseguie # ($250 & below) Matthew Ray McHenry * George A. Nelson Kansas State - Samuel G. Unger Memorial Scholarship Fund ($250+) John Robert Fralick # Kansas State - Scholarship Fund ($1,000+) James Dennis Bassett Gary J. Haag # ($250 - $500) James S. Birkbeck Stephen Patrick Collins Alan Scott Davis * Daniel C. Dolezal # Rick C. Elliott * John Robert Fralick # Timothy Isaac Franklin # Harlan D. House Gregory Wayne Kobs *# Fred W. Loseke Jr. Michael Lewis Meyers Michael J. Munson
Charles A. Paulson # Donald M. Rasmussen # Terry Lynn Resseguie # Leon A. Scheffler # Tyler Keith Turner Jody Lewis Vanarsdale Steven J. Wagoner ($200 & below) Stephen J. Griffith *# Brian Carl Nelson William Edward Null, M.D. # Gilbert E. Rumsey Allen L. Sneath Kansas State - William M. Riley Jr. Leadership Fund ($2,500+) William M. Riley Jr. # Ling-Stout Western Growth Fund ($50,000+) Dr. Leonard Ling, D.D.S., Friend of Acacia * Louisiana State Fund ($2,000+) Mark R. Guidry Jr. # ($250 & below) Larry Wade, M.D. * Michigan Fund ($100+) Richard August Kruse Minnesota - Donald H. Arvold Memorial Scholarship Fund ($100+) Larry B. Forsland # Gary Vernon Reiter, Saint Cloud State # ($50 & below) Richard A. Berndt Daniel R Blegen * Edward A. Cunnington Orrin S. Estebo Frederick R. Faxvog Kurtis A. Greenley John W. Iberg # Dr. John R. Lloyd Donald C. Oster * Richard W. Palecek Mark N. Stageberg * Missouri Fund ($100+) Jeffrey W. Foresee William Joseph Gust * Nathaniel David McKee Nebraska Fund ($1,000+) Justin Edward Cardisco ^ G.E. Foundation ($600 & below) Bruce W. Froendt Thomas Charles Macy Todd William Seiffert * Kevin Russell Wills # Nebraska - L. Ronald Letson Scholarship Fund ($10,000+) Laurence Ronald Letson Ohio State Fund ($100+) William Michael Thornton # Oregon State - Chapter Scholarship Fund ($250+) Ian C. Hawes # Martin Thomas McKnight # Harrison W. Sigworth Jr. # ($100 - $200) George T. Abed #
Pittsburgh-Johnstown Fund ($100+) Jerome A. Stephens Jr.
Donald W. Dauterman # Gary W. Heesacker Donald R. Hoskins Paul G. Ingram # Lloyd D. Johnston Kenneth J. Manning * James S. Nichols Jr. # Paul D. Tamura # Britt Ward Thomas # Dale W. Weber, Iowa State #
Purdue Fund ($1,000+) James E. Hayes # Arland T. Stein ($200 - $500) Andrew Nicholas Blejde * Philip Jay Crihfield Bruce H. Doelling # Richard S. Garard F. Howard Halderman # George E. Hansell # Steven Robert Hill # Charles E. Hines # John F. Hoffner # Derrick J. Kraus Matthew Gregory Lerzak Steven W. Lowe Kenneth E. Michael Mark J. Schnarr # Thomas Stieglitz Garrett Christopher Veeder * John P. Wagner #
($50 & below) Antranik Barsamian * Lucas Langdon Bengtson James H. Bigej William H. Cushman # Gary S. DeVoe # Paul S. Drlica * Murrey A. Dumas Raymond M. Hare Eric Calvin Hawkes Alan M. Jesse # Russell J. Parkinson Elvin Keith Stratton Charles F. Switzer # John D. Titus William G. Wu Michael David Zumwalt Oregon State - Richard S. Reid Scholarship Fund ($2,000+) Leonard W. Kearney †(9)# Mary L. Reid, Friend of Acacia * ($100 - $500) George T. Abed # Keith Edward Brown * Ian C. Hawes # Paul G. Ingram # Alan M. Jesse # Mitchell Irvin Ladd Anthony David Little # David A. Mack Curtis E. McCann # Martin Thomas McKnight # Tony R. Miller Philip W. Newman # Kenneth E. Roberts Jr. Harrison W. Sigworth Jr. # Joe D. Smith Charles F. Switzer # Paul D. Tamura # Britt Ward Thomas # Ernest W. Wakeham ($75 & below) Dennis D. Beardsley Brian Jeffrey Bowman Karl A. Drlica Frederick N. Fritsch # William Stephen Gaughan * Robert B. Hardin Jr. Matthew Grant Lehman Ryan Joseph McCabe Bruce S. Mehus Rodney L. Mirich, M.D. Mark Sansone Dale G Shuman * Dale M. Wells Penn State - G. Kenneth Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund ($100+) Scott Christopher Graham # Brian Thomas Taddeo ($50 & below) Mark Paul Ruzomberka Penn State - Square & Compass ($50+) Gregory G. Ryan Penn State - W. Russell Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund ($50+)
Leland and Martha Adams Jr., Friend of Acacia †(5)
* First-time AFF donor
# Donated to multiple funds
($100 - $175) James W. Bedford Frank C. Carder # David E. Conner # Dennis E. Davis # James Weston Davis Jr. * Steven P. Gress Richard Robert Halderman # Robert R. Halderman Paul E. Householder Brian C. Johnson # Joe T. Jones Jeffrey James Lemna # Charles F. Martin III # David S. Moorman John R. Nye Michael Andrew Pastko # John Lawrence Pracht Mark W. Quebe Dr. Fred L. Rasp Jr. Ken P. Reagan * David John Ritz Thomas A. Smith # Steven R. Steinhubl # James J. Thayer L. David Waibel # John W. Wedgwood # Kenneth W. H. Wong Robert L. Zell ($75 & below) James T. Bruther Mark R. Burton William J. Bushnell Robert Andrew Corson * Brian Matthews Giffin # Jeffrey S. Guernsey Albert O. Haynes # Jerry L. Hendress Le Roy E. Knohl Angelo M. Marasco John W. Marks # Richard D. Miller * Cary D. Riggs * Allen Robert Thayer David E. Thoma, D.V.M. John Frederich Volk * William Z. Way # St. Cloud State Fund ($200+) Scott Howard Meyer ^# Jacob Alan Sundquist *# Brian Lee Thompson ^# ($150 & below) Benevity Community Impact Fund # David L. Bardal, Minnesota # James William Curtis * Ryan Allen Dawald
ALA Acacia Leadership Academy
Adam Joseph Fuchsteiner *# Benjamin Matthew Hokkanen * Scott A. Lalim Luke Noel Lamprecht * Jason Marcus McNally * Chad Kennedy Olson Christopher Kelly Plourde Joseph Nicholas Psyk * Gary Vernon Reiter # Kevin Michael Renslow Colin James Roemer * Daniel J. Scheller UnitedHealth Group Matching Gift Funds # Andrew James Wright * Syracuse Fund ($100+) Russell C. Dionne * Syracuse - Chapter Library & Educational Fund ($500+) Joseph E. Peter Texas Fund ($250+) John H. Peper Thomas Frank Smith IV * Robert C. Thames # Vermont Fund ($1,000+) John B. Lane # ($100 & below) Jon Gideon Kantor Washington Fund ($200+) Richard C. Abrams * Michael Lee Rollins ($100 & below) James Robert Buckley *# Andrew Jerome Fabrizio * David L. Mari, Illinois # Alan B. McAllister *†(6) Anthony Thomas Rossano Washington State Fund ($500+) Gordon Duane Olson # ($150 & below) Marc Joseph Bachmeier Patrick R. Brentin Neal E. Brown # John P. Byrne Barrett K. Byrne Jack O. Davis Paul B. Goodman James S. Grant # James G. Gregory John M. Hinshaw Darold W. Larson # David Alan Loofburrow James Peter May Thomas William McDougal Jeffrey Alan McQuarrie Clifford J. Monlux Jeffrey Aaron Olson * Craig Allen Paulson Patrick Douglas Sheehan # Wisconsin - Michael S. Hannes Memorial Scholarship Fund ($200+) Matthew Carl Dunning Brian Roger Durst # David John Engeldinger # Kevin Thomas May # Alan Benjamin Scher
($100 & below) Blake John Hutchison # Kurt Erik Johnson * ^ Corporate matching gift †( ) Memorial gift
Message from the Foundation
Darold W. Larson, Washington State ‘81 Executive Director Acacia Fraternity Foundation
Have You Been in Egypt? The state of Indiana is home to some great Greek systems on its university and college campuses. Living on the north side of Indianapolis, I’ve found an abundance of alumni with a Greek pedigree. In fact, on a per capita basis, there are more Acacians that reside within a fifteen-mile radius in Indianapolis than anywhere else in the United States. When acquaintances learn of my association with Acacia, more often than not I find myself talking Greek! Recently, during a “dinner with eight” church event, I discovered seven of the eight couples had Greek affiliations. That common point of interest took up much of the evening discussion; there was talk of the relevance of today’s Greek system, lasting friendships, lessons learned, leadership opportunities and the rite of initiation.
The desire to win has always been part of my personality. Team Acacia is experiencing many wins as of late. Contrary to what you read in the media, fraternity interest has never been greater. Acacia is experiencing a renaissance of sorts with continued growth from our existing chapters along with the addition of our newest colonies; optimism abounds for the 2015-16 academic year. Our current colonies are at Vermont, Washington, Indiana and Iowa and we’re pleased to announce our newest expansion effort set to begin in January at Arizona State University. For Acacia, that winning formula doesn’t just happen. At the undergraduate level having the right people in the right positions can make all the difference. Every chapter needs the involvement of alumni in various roles. History has proven over and over that those chapters with strong alumni support and involvement have been traditionally successful; many of those without adequate guidance have recurring problems and failures!
Our pledge program and subsequent Eureka moment upon initiation can be most powerful - a game changer.
Over the last decade or so, the International Council and the Headquarters’ staff have emphasized the importance of the Ritual. I hadn’t thought much about it recently, but the discussion of initiation took me back to February 22, 1981 - the date of my entrance into Acacia. Like the vast majority of those reading this article, my initiation was a very meaningful experience. When performed correctly, our pledge program and subsequent Eureka moment upon initiation can be most powerful - a game changer. Do you remember your initiation? You may recall at one juncture the active chapter invites your return to state your case as to what just transpired. Game changer was the appropriate term for this geometrically challenged Acacian. Probably not stated too eloquently, I informed the chapter that what had transpired was similar to a basketball game having gone to overtime - with my loss.
Acacia Fraternity is blessed with passionate leadership within the International Council and Foundation Board of Directors. We also have an enthusiastic Headquarters’ staff that could not function properly without alumni support. While the opportunities for service at the Council or Foundation levels are limited, the potential for helping out financially is enormous. I make no apologies asking for alumni support, whether it be personal involvement, financial backing, or both, because I know the fraternal experience provided by Acacia has been a valuable one for tens of thousand of brothers. Have you been in Egypt? The winning answer is, I have! Fraternally,
Darold W. Larson
Please write us at: Acacia Fraternity Foundation, 8777 Purdue Road, Suite 225, Indianapolis, IN 46280
Chapter Eternal ILLINOIS WESLEYAN Robert O. Miller, #62
LONG BEACH STATE Thomas Q. Fitzgerald, #247
CENTRAL MISSOURI STATE Harold L. Caskey, #23
INDIANA Bernard C. Thompson, Jr., #265 James T. Ellis, #501 William R. Geroff, #684 Robert A. Mickler, #1213 Jacob T. Churchia, #2349
LOUISIANA STATE Sam H. Lott, #20 J. Darby Sere, #218 Steven J. Smith, #405
COLORADO Jack L. Noble, #390 John D. Prugh, #573 Peter R. Story, #581
IOWA Roger L. Westerlund, #362 Roger W. Pearson, #374 Gregory W. Franck, #800
COLORADO STATE Stuart R. Scott, #211
IOWA STATE Forrest D. Pitsenberger, #336 Mervel E. Wood, #344 Donald E. Hamann, #355 Richard G. Wilson, #409 Donald R. Kielhorn, #423 Quenten D. Sundberg, #454 David C. Thomas, #610 Timm A. Wilkin, #717
CALIFORNIA David L. Fischer, #415 Frederick O. Foster, #470 Paul B. Caster, #476 Frank M. Hollister, #596
CORNELL Thomas P. Hanzas, #507 Lafayette W. Knapp, Jr., #509 Bion W. McClellan, #567 FRANKLIN John W. Milne, #556 ILLINOIS Austin E. Jones, #687 Eugene J. Segin, #734 Benjamin W. Pugsley, #756
KANSAS Williamson T. Hough, #506 James H. Short, #587 KANSAS STATE Charles F. Hall, #303
MEMPHIS STATE George R. Holley, #6 MIAMI (OH) Kenneth A. Umbach, #15 James H. Riley, #55 Donald J. Rockafellow, #200 MICHIGAN Melvin G. Kramer, #377 Lenhard A. Forsberg, #513 Paul S. Brentlinger, #518 Eric M. Aupperle, #594 Keith L. Kussmaul, #643
NEBRASKA Robert D. Vanderslice, #491 Brien U. Connealy, #704 NEW HAMPSHIRE Ronald H. Ruffle, #160 OHIO Philip E. Henderson, #169
TEXAS Leslie G. Hearn, #298 John B. Victery, #394 James K. Moore, #497 Roger L. Brandt, #549 Paul A. Mamaliga, #614 Kenneth W. Durr, #829
OHIO STATE Willard E. Hill, #535 Newell R. Davis, #539 George H. Wadge, #571
UCLA Glenn E. Lavering, #20 Robert A. Hefner, #25 Gerald D. Samuelson, #70 Robert H. Paddleford, #162
OKLAHOMA STATE Earl E. Purcell, #678
VERMONT Norman O. Stevens, #39
OREGON STATE R. Ray Rickey, #130
WASHINGTON Gerald E.S. Morrison, Sr., #439 William J. Devery, #448 Michael R. VanDenBergh, #770
MINNESOTA William C. Dreher, #558
PENN STATE John D. Garber, #296 Robert J. Thorpe, #328 John R. Crosetto, #486 Robin C. Smith, #593 James G. Ascah, #654
MISSOURI Donald L. Bess, #637 Anthony R. Olson, #846
PURDUE Clyde E. Whitson II, #530 J. Allan Schuerman, #766
WASHINGTON STATE William J. Gammie, #83 Wallace F. Caldwell, #166 WYOMING Gene L. Surber, #134 Daniel P. Wilkinson, #195
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.
Lafayette W. “Pete” Knapp, Jr., Cornell ‘49 Brother Lafayette W. “Pete” Knapp, Jr., past National President. Pete recently passed away on October 24. Brother Knapp was initiated into the Cornell Chapter on November 20th, 1949, he served his chapter with distinction and remained involved after his graduation. Brother Knapp went on to serve as National Treasurer from 1962-1970 and then as the National President from 1970-74. Pete helped to guide the fraternity through tumultuous times during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Brother Knapp was an important figure in the engineering world, making great advances in farm safety and public health. His Master’s thesis was a groundbreaking study on farm tractor rollover safety and he went on to work on faculty for Cornell University in 1951 and then the University of Iowa in 1959. Pete authored the grant received by the Kellogg Foundation to construct the Accident Prevention Laboratory
Roger Pearson, Iowa ‘53 Brother Roger W. “Rod” Pearson passed on February 12th, 2015. An Iowa native, Brother Pearson was born in Radcliff, Iowa. After serving in the Korean War, Brother Pearson attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Roger joined the Acacia chapter and eventually served as the Venerable Dean of Iowa chapter while he was an undergraduate. After graduating, Roger went to work
at the Oakdale Campus of the University of Iowa. This facility continues its work to this day on preventing accidents in the home, the agricultural environment, and with farm machinery. Pete served as a consultant to the International Labor Organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, an agency of the United Nations; he traveled throughout the world promoting agricultural safety on their behalf. Pete is survived by his daughter Deborah Knapp, son Christopher Knapp, Iowa State ‘70, and his grandsons Thomas and Andrew Knapp. The Acacia Fraternity is saddened by the loss of Brother Lafayette W. “Pete” Knapp, Jr. and hope that we can keep his memory alive through our daily actions. Memorials may be given in Pete’s name to The Congregational Church of Iowa City, Hospice of Iowa City, and the Oaknoll Foundation.
for the National Headquarters as a Leadership Consultant from 1955-1958. Roger and his wife, Nancy, were owners of the once well-known store Pearson’s Brentwood. They are members of Hope Lutheran Church in Palm Desert, CA. Roger is survived by his wife Nancy; his brother, Tom; four children; Jody, Tobi, Cris and Roger II; five grandchildren, Barret, Nicholas, Hannah, Sophia, Coco; one great grandchild, Walter. Rod lived by his faith and spread kindness, respect, and love everywhere.
Dwight E. Bollinger, Shippensburg ‘67 Dwight E. “Ed” Bollinger passed to the Chapter Eternal in July of 2011, though the Interational Fraternity just received word of his departure. He was a good Brother, father, and grandfather – a lifelong Acacian. A donation was made by the Shippensburg Brothers who gather “On Top” each Spring, to honor Brother Bollinger and underwrite the cost of this edition of the Chapter Eternal.
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Published on Dec 15, 2015