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Brothers, Parents & Friends of Delta Sigma Phi, LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Greetings! I hope this fall edition of The Carnation finds you happy and well. The theme of the Fall 2014 Carnation is “Courage, Action, Excellence,” the three shining characteristics of The Better Man. The purpose behind The Better Man is to guide members on the characteristics of who a Delta Sig man is. In this issue, you will read about chapters who go the extra mile, some quite literally, to advance our partnership with the American Red Cross. We have highlighted two Delta Sigs who serve our country— one by way of the Navy, and the other by way of our upstanding justice system. We also have a special, expanded edition of Delta Sigs in the Military in honor of Veterans Day.



In addition to the many features on chapters and individual brothers, you will find a brief overview of the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation in its condensed 20132014 Annual Report. The report in the magazine focuses mainly on big picture metrics to showcase all that our wonderful donors have accomplished when it comes to providing opportunities to our undergraduates. These opportunities, such as the Leadership Institute, Regional Leadership Academies, the Bruce J. Loewenberg Summit and Presidents’ Academy help educate our members on what it takes to be The Better Man. All of the articles in this issue are examples of courage, action, excellence or any combination of the three. We have men around the country constantly showing the world who Delta Sig is and what it means to be The Better Man—the Delta Sig man. As our staff and volunteers travel from campus to campus, from alumni event to alumni event, we are constantly talking about The Better Man and what it means to embody him. The Better Man is a man of courage, action and excellence. While we have provided guidelines to each of these traits, we also challenge you to develop your own meaning of courage, action and excellence as an individual and as a chapter. As you read each article, I encourage you to develop your own ideas on how you can be The Better Man and how your chapter can embody his spirit. After reading this issue, I encourage each of you to email to tell us how you embody The Better Man.


Tom Cycyota, Illinois ‘77



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Delta Sigma Phi’s online presence continues to expand as social media has entrenched itself as a vital tool in our communication efforts. Follow us on twitter at @DeltaSigmaPhiHQ and like us on Facebook ( to keep up-to-date with the triumphs and happenings of Delta Sig, as well as to interact with the National Fraternity and one another. IIn keeping with the magazine’s “Courage, Action, Excellence” theme, which trait of The Better Man is most important to you and why?

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KYLE FOWLER, MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY ‘07 “I could argue all, as I try to live by all. But I feel strongly that there can be no excellence or courage without action. Inaction is still action. And I choose to be a better man by ACTING courageously and with excellence. The choice to act is courage. The choice to call yourself to action is excellent. I choose action.”

NICK VINCENT, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY ‘10 “Action. Because it exemplifies all three in one. You can’t show courage or excellence without action.”




“Excellence. Whether it comes in your actions or from your courage, all should be done to excellence.”

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 dam Holland, University of Louisiana at Monroe ’01, A became the youngest mayor in history of Oak Grove, Louisiana at age 33 on July 1.

AUTHOR Terry W. Donze, Missouri S&T ‘68

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BOOK Climate Realism


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SYNOPSIS The threat of global warming has been promoted by both climate scientists and politicians alike for two age-old reasons: money and power. The media has been complicit in this agenda because alarmist headlines sell well. Is the planet really heating up? According to real data not so much, even cooling for the past decade or more. Is humanity causing climate change? Compared to natural forces, man’s output of greenhouse gases is miniscule. Alarmists scream about ice melting, seas rising, polar bears decreasing and hurricanes increasing, claiming salvation will be found by burning food for fuel, despite the actual outcomes of their predictions. They try to shut down debate of their studies because their funding grants may disappear if global warming is found to be a non-problem. Politicians fear loss of a powerful excuse to pass more laws and regulations to tax and control the citizenry. Yet the truth about motives and science will come out, as it always does. It is time to look at climate reality. ABOUT THE AUTHOR An earth scientist for over four decades, Terry W. Donze acted as a consultant for both large and small companies for the past 25 years and continues to work independently as a geophysicist. He graduated from Missouri University of Science & Technology and held senior technical positions with both large and small companies prior to working on his own. He is a Registered Geologist in Wyoming and holds both Professional Geologist and Professional Geophysicist certifications from the Division of Professional Affairs at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He is past president of the Denver Geophysical Society and maintains memberships in the international Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Denver International Petroleum Society, and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. He continues to study earth systems independently while exploring in the American West and internationally.

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Richard D. Winters, the leader of the Band of Brothers immortalized in books and film, was a modest man who never sought glory but became one of Delta Sigma Phi’s most famous members. He was a 24-year-old graduate from the Franklin & Marshall College chapter (Upsilon) when he first demonstrated his extraordinary bravery and skill. A courageous officer during World War II, he led his combat unit from D-Day at Normandy in 1944, through the bloodiest battles in Europe and to the end of the war at Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Renown came to Dick Winters unexpectedly late in his life when his story was published in 1992 in “Band of Brothers,” a book by Stephen Ambrose. The TV film of the same name was shown widely starting in 2001, and Winters became a sensation with legions of admirers from around the world. Keenly aware there were many heroes of the war, he agreed his statue could be erected in France at the place where he parachuted behind enemy lines on D-Day if the memorial honored other soldiers who fought at Normandy on that fateful day. His 12-foot bronze likeness was dedicated there on June 6, 2012, the 68th 6


anniversary of the day that ultimately brought an end to the deadliest war in history. Major Winters was not present. He passed away at age 92 on Jan. 2, 2011, at his home near Hershey, Pennsylvania. The world watched with growing trepidation in the 1930s as Hitler turned Germany into a great war machine. Concern mounted as his armies invaded Poland in 1939, igniting the fuse that exploded into World War II. His armed forces overran Europe in 1940 and were on the verge of conquering Great Britain, North Africa and the rest of the world. Battles ignited around the globe as Imperialist Japan conquered large sections of Southeast Asia and islands of the Pacific. When the U.S. was attacked at Pearl Harbor in December 1941, it entered the war to defend itself and its allies. Over the next 30 months, Americans fought in Europe, Africa and Asia, and in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In 1944, the U.S. led the largest naval invasion in history, intent on retaking the European continent. The landing zone the Allies chose was a series of beaches at Normandy on the coast of France. During the early morning hours of D-Day, June 6, paratroopers of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division parachuted behind the German lines

on the bluffs above the shore. Their mission was to clear enemy fighters from their fortified positions before Allied troops struggled ashore on the heavily defended beaches. One of the “Screaming Eagles” who made the hazardous drop was Lt. Richard D. Winters, a member of E Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne. In a sense, Winters was prepared for one of the most dangerous roles in the offense. He grew up poor during the Great Depression of the ’30s, and he spent his leisure time exploring the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was strong, and he excelled at athletics. In his early years, he earned money to help his family by taking jobs that required physical labor and self-reliance. As a youth, he earned extra pay by climbing to the top of the high tension poles of the electric company and painting the horizontal bars, learning from the experience to tolerate the perilous heights.1 Raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Winters entered Franklin & Marshall, his hometown college, in 1937. Blond, handsome and earnest, he selected Delta Sigma Phi from among a dozen fraternities that fall. An athlete, Winters played intramural football and basketball with the chapter and joined the varsity wrestling team. He continued working part time to pay his way through college but had to give up wrestling, his favorite sport, to free time for his studies and after-class work. Members of Upsilon Chapter tried to teach him to dance and arranged blind dates so he could attend Fraternity parties. Admitting his upbringing in a Mennonite community assured he was not a social lion, he shelved his social activities for later times.2 Concentrating on his courses and jobs, Winters graduated from Franklin & Marshall in 1941 with the highest academic standing in the business college. When he graduated, Winters enlisted in the Army. Determined to do his best to help his country win the war, he volunteered for the new parachute infantry. He also knew he would use the hazardous duty pay to help his parents retire the mortgage on their home.3 Winters and his comrades in E Company prepared for their airdrops with endurance marches, obstacle courses, handto-hand combat and parachute landings.4 In the early morning hours of D-Day, the 101st Airborne’s jump at Normandy was nearly a catastrophe. The airplane carrying the command unit of E Company was one of many brought down by heavy anti-aircraft guns. Nearly half of the paratroopers who jumped were shot on their descent or on the ground by German defenders. First Lieutenant Winters landed unharmed. He collected several paratroopers and assumed command of his unit, known as “Easy Company.” They drove off a series of enemy patrols searching for them in the night. As the morning light rose, Winters’ small detachment of a dozen paratroopers crept along hedgerows toward a fortified battery of heavy artillery at Brecourt Manor. The four big German cannons were raining death on the thousands of troops arriving on Utah Beach. The enemy artillery crews were hidden in trenches,

heavily protected by a platoon of 50 German infantry troops armed with machine guns. Winters spread his men. They enveloped the trenches in machine gun-fire as Lt. Winters led three of his paratroopers in a death-defying frontal assault on the enemy nest. In nearly three hours of close fighting, Winters’ platoon silenced all four howitzers, one by one.5 West Point continues to teach the combat tactics Winters developed on the fly that day. The Allies lost nearly 10,000 men on D-Day, but the survivors took the headlands of Normandy by nightfall. The valor and skill of Winters and his men under their baptism of fire saved many American lives among the seaborne landing forces.6 Some historians have called the battle Easy Company waged that day a key to the success of the “Day of Days.” For his crucial role, Lt. Winters was nominated for the Medal of Honor. Unusually modest, he downplayed his skill and personal bravery, and another officer in the 101st received the nation’s top military medal. Three weeks later, General Omar Bradley presented Winters the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest military honor, awarded for gallantry and risk of life in combat. After the landing at Normandy, the invasion stalled around the beachhead, pinned down by the enemy emplaced behind thick hedgerows. The fighting was fierce, and Easy Company was in the center of it for several weeks. The men cleared concentrations of German troops from their machine gun pits, defensive trenches and farm buildings. Lt. Winters led his men on another charge straight down a road into machine-gun fire, surprising himself by surviving. Americans lost thousands more men before controlling the killing grounds. After breaking out of Normandy, the Allies drove quickly through France, liberated Paris and headed into the Netherlands.7 The Army promoted Winters to captain. Thirteen weeks after D-Day, Winters and the 101st Airborne made its second airdrop behind enemy lines, this time into Holland. German units surrounded the 101st. When Winters learned enemy forces were penetrating his area, he led 15 of his men against an entire company of Germans armed with machine guns. Easy Company captured the position, then took fire from a larger German unit. Reinforced by another 15 men, Captain Winters organized a second assault against the enemy, leading his small force in a direct sprint with fixed bayonets across open ground. Firing shots, they drove off the second company. Later, the handful of Easy Company infantrymen discovered they had defeated a force of at least 300 enemy soldiers.8 It was costly; when Easy Company was finally pulled back from the front, only 98 of its 154 men who jumped into Holland were left. The Allied armies regrouped and drove the Germans into Belgium, aiming toward Berlin. Hitler ordered a massive counterattack. In December 1944, hidden by winter fog, his armies surprised the Allies in the Ardennes Forest. The U.S. ground troops, outnumbered and outFALL 2014


Delta Sigs in the Military armed, were overwhelmed by the Germans’ massive from the Bulge, Captain Winters was promoted to major artillery barrages and ground assaults. In a powerful and named commander of his battalion. Easy Company snowstorm, the Americans, many of them new trainees, remained a part of his unit, but it had less than half its men fell back in chaos. The great dent in the Allied line across who first entered Bastogne. the Ardennes gave the conflict its name as the Battle of Winters’ men were trained for light infantry assaults, the Bulge. but large causalities left the U.S. Army undermanned. For To prevent the Germans from routing the Americans and the fiercest battles, Eisenhower kept Easy Company at the retaking the critical port of Antwerp, General Eisenhower, front lines. As the Allies pursued the Nazi army, Easy faced the Allied Supreme Commander, immediately sent his best more deadly duty. It was March before the Western Allies fighting force, the 101st Airborne infantry, forward to the broke through the concrete barriers of the Siegfried Line, Belgian town of Bastogne. He ordered them to hold the crossed the Rhine River, and overran western Germany. town at all costs and deny the Outside Munich in southern Germans access to the 11 Germany, the men of Easy “After the landing at Normandy, the paved roads that converged Company came upon the invasion stalled around the beachhead, there and provided routes concentration camp at Dachau. through the mountainous They stared in horror at the pinned down by the enemy emplaced Ardennes.9 Rushed to the stockpiles of the dead the Nazis behind thick hedgerows. The fighting was strategic crossroads, the 101st systematically murdered. In fierce, and Easy Company was in the center and a few armored divisions shock, the Americans liberated of it for several weeks. The men cleared arrived on Dec. 19. They starving prisoners, barely alive were short of food, arms, amidst the corpses. Winters concentrations of German troops from their ammunition, medical supplies thought to himself, “Now I machine gun pits, defensive trenches and and men. They had no winter know why I am here! For the farm buildings. Lt. Winters led his men on uniforms. Only hours after first time, I understand what another charge straight down a road into the 101st established a lightly this war is all about.”13 manned perimeter around As Allied soldiers continued machine-gun fire, surprising himself by the town, German tanks toward Berlin, the 101st Airborne surviving. Americans lost thousands more rolled into the area. The remained at the spearhead for the men before controlling the killing grounds. German army immediately rest of the war. In the industrial After breaking out of Normandy, the Allies encircled the paratroopers center of the Ruhr, it seized and attacked them with the war plants that sustained drove quickly through France, liberated 7 artillery fire. At the front of the German military forces. At Paris and headed into the Netherlands. the defensive line, in freezing the first of May in 1945, the The Army promoted Winters to captain.” cold and snow, Easy Company 101st was the first Allied unit bore the brunt of the lethal to reach Berchtesgaden, an German strikes. Shelled repeatedly in the woods where idyllic mountain village where the highest ranking Nazis they dug foxholes in the frozen earth and were picked had resort homes and Hitler’s key officers kept a grand off by snipers who held the high ground, the 101st took club. Winters’ orders were to capture any top German heavy causalities. leaders who remained. The key unknown fact was whether On the third day, their ranks were thinned, and they they might find Hitler hiding there. His refuge was Eagle’s were nearly out of ammunition. Yet hour after hour, the Nest, perched on a high ledge overlooking the town, with vastly outmanned 101st Airborne, with Easy Company stunning views of the Alps of Germany and Austria. As Easy in the forefront, held the perimeter against 15 German Company ascended the mountain to take the sanctuary, divisions with heavy artillery and armor. they learned Hitler had killed himself in Berlin on April 30. While holding the vital network of roads, Winters’ The concrete redoubt on the mountain was abandoned, dinner on Christmas Eve was “five white beans and a and Hitler’s officers had fled. Major Winters discovered cup of cold broth.”10 General Patton’s army opened a the huge wine cellar in the officer’s club. “One of the few corridor to Bastogne, and after the 101st held the line for non-drinkers in the battalion,”14 he opened the doors to three more brutal weeks, the Germans retreated. Winston his paratroopers. Everyone knew the war in Europe had Churchill told his Parliament, “This is undoubtedly the come to an end, and they celebrated. Germany surrendered greatest American battle of the war, and will, I believe, the next day, on May 8, 1945. It was V-E Day, the day of be regarded as an ever-famous American victory.”11 The Victory in Europe. British and U.S. papers covered the story daily on their Easy Company fought some of the most decisive battles front pages, and the 101st became a legend within the Army of World War II, and it had one of the highest casualty and the homes of America.12 After the Germans fell back rates of all units among the Allied forces. 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young men who fought valiantly for their country and stood out for heroism, Dick Winters was revered by his fellow soldiers. He was a courageous leader under hostile attack, brilliant in strategy in the heat of battle, selfless in leading into enemy fire, and devoted to the welfare of his men during the hellish hardships of war. For Dick Winters and others who fought the battles, leaving the war behind was not easy. Sent repeatedly into combat, he had seen death up close, the carnage of the enemy and the slaughter of his friends at his side, left to wonder why he survived. It was a heavy burden to bear. He returned to his parents’ home in Lancaster and settled into his upstairs room, declining to receive the praise of visitors. His father urged him to get out of the house and return to the Pennsylvania tradition of a deer hunt. Winters took a position in a blind, and four deer stopped only 20 feet away. He did not lift his rifle. He had seen too much killing.15 Dick Winters lived quietly after the war until Stephen Ambrose, America’s foremost historian of the time, told the story of Easy Company in his book, “Band of Brothers.” It was a bestseller, and Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg turned it into an award-winning miniseries for television. The 10-hour film with the same name as the book aired in 2001, and the book and video celebrated Major Dick Winters. Acclaimed around the world, Winters remained an unassuming man. On behalf of the U.S. Army, he accepted the Four Freedoms Award issued by the Roosevelt Institute in 2001 to veterans of World War II. He was at the Emmy Awards in 2002 to receive the trophy for the TV film on behalf of the men of Easy Company. To give his men more credit, he wrote his account of Easy Company in his 2006 biography, “Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters,” joining many other published accounts of Easy Company’s journey into the annals of history. At the end of D-Day, Dick Winters promised himself that if he lived through the war, he would find an isolated farm somewhere and live “in peace and quiet.”16 He accomplished his goal. He established a successful business in Hersey, Pennsylvania; purchased a farm; and raised a loving family. Many military veterans consider Major Dick Winters the best combat leader of the largest conflict in history, and the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument behind the cliffs of Normandy is evidence of their respect. He is now

SOURCES 1 Winters, Richard E. Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters (with Cole C. Kingseed). New York: Berkeley Publishing, 2006, 6. 2 Alexander, Larry. Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, The Man Who Led the Band of Brothers. New York: New American Library, 2005, 28. 3 Winters, 24; Kingseed, Col. Cole C., USA Ret. Captains Courageous, January 2002. http://www. 4 Winters, 18, 20-21, 61. 5 Ambrose, Band of Brothers, E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne: From Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. New York: Simon and Schuster, Classic ed., 1992, 2001, 73-83; Winters, 84-89. 6 Ambrose, Band of Brothers, 85.

President Tom Cycyota (left), Illinois ’77, and John Walden, Illinois ’79, stand in front of the Major Dick Winters statue in Normandy, France.

forever fixed in history as an exemplar of leadership and a hero for the ages. Through Dick Winters’ interviews and his war memoirs, we can visualize the scenes he described at the front, but we cannot internalize what happens there. Only the men who have been through it, like all the Delta Sigs who have fought there, know what makes a man stand and fight, how it feels to be completely tired, how much the nerves can stand, what happens to a platoon when its leader is killed, what makes a hero. No one else can explain how a recruit can become a member of this closest of societies. As they live at the front and fight, they are bound together by the knowledge that nowhere else does a man depend so much upon his comrades, that the weakness of one may mean the death of others. Out of this cauldron, they forge their strength, their pride in one another, and what Shakespeare called a band of brothers.

7 Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944—May 7, 1945. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997, 116-119. 8 Winters, 145; Ambrose, Band of Brothers, 123-164. 9 Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers, 200-201. 10 Ambrose, Band of Brothers, 189, n3; Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers, 237. 11 Retrieved November 1, 2009. 12 Ambrose, Band of Brothers, 224-225. 13 Winters, 215; Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers, 464. 14 Alexander, 27; Ambrose, Band of Brothers, 265, 271. 15 Alexander, 218. 16 Ambrose, Band of Brothers, 88.

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Delta Sigs in the Military For years, this publication tracked our brothers who either volunteered or were drafted into military service. As a National Fraternity, we take tremendous pride in the work our brothers do for the world and would like to extend an especial thanks to those who fought for their country. In each issue we will continue to highlight brothers who have served. Tell us your story or provide the name of a brother or brothers who have served by emailing us at

My wife added the flowers in recent years. I married late in life and amazingly enough, God has blessed us with two kids, who are now 8 and 10. My son is a history buff, and can fully explain the meaning of Memorial Day, the tracing, etc. to anyone who passes and asks about Jim.

J CAPT. PATRICK PARKER, PURDUE ’97 STAN/EVAL OFFICER, TRAINING SQUADRON 22, USMC J JIM JOHANSEN, ARIZONA STATE ‘65 WARRANT OFFICER, HELICOPTER PILOT, U.S. ARMY In Remembrance, Submitted Memorial Day Weekend 2014 by Mike Sullivan, Arizona State ’63 Many of you remember, and may have thought of Jim Johansen yesterday. He was killed in Vietnam in January 1969. Jim was my best friend and roommate at the Delta Sig house. We volunteered for Army Helicopter service together in what they called the buddy system. I failed the flight physical because of a broken eardrum, having landed on my ear on water skis behind Brother Mike DeWitt’s speedboat. DeWitt went into the Coast Guard and made it a career. He now lives in Nashville, TN. Brother Tom Sullivan served in the Coast Guard, too. I went out to California and went into police work. Brother Tom Sanders went into the army, and I remember him telling me many years ago that on his return to the states, there was no “thank you for you service” as there is now. Sometimes it was the opposite. That stuck in my head.

 So every Memorial Day weekend for the last 40 years, I put Jim’s photo and the tracing of his name from the Vietnam Memorial in the front window of my house. Since I live on Balboa Island, CA and my house is on the beaten path to the beach and the boats, etc., by now hundreds of thousands of people have passed Jim’s photo and name. Many have stopped and paid respects. Some salute. Jim deserves no less. Some explain the tracing to their kids.



What does a Stan/Eval Officer do? On a daily basis I instruct classroom and flight training events for Student Naval Aviators in the T-45 aircraft. In addition, I head up the Standardization Department, which manages training curriculum for students as well as instructors. Why did you enlist? I wanted to do something challenging that not many people get a chance to do and be able to give back while doing it. Sitting in a cubicle wasn’t cutting it. Why do you still continue to serve? I love what I do. What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your time in the military? To be accountable for your actions. How does your membership in Delta Sig affect your role in the armed forces? All the principles stressed in being a Better Man are encompassed in the Corps’ values required to be a leader in the Armed Forces.

J COL. ALLEN SHREFFLER, ILLINOIS STATE ’86 CHIEF OF INTELLIGENCE NETWORKS ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY COMMAND, U.S. ARMY What does the Chief of Intelligence do? My current position requires me to identify threats and vulnerabilities, provide warning, and protect and defend Army Networks worldwide from cyber actors. In short, ID the bad guys out there who want to attack us in cyberspace. Why did you enlist? I joined the military for several reasons: to fly helicopters, pay for college and to see the world. Why do you still continue to serve? I continue to serve for my God, my family and my Nation; the profession of arms is my profession, and I am a servant-leader. I will retire from the Army in 2016. What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your time in the military? An unbiased test of an individual’s leadership is how his team functions without his presence during a crisis. A well-trained team will continue to function and weather the crisis; a poorly trained team will fail. How does your membership in Delta Sig affect your role in the armed forces? My experience as a Delta Sig prepared me to lead and be led by people with diverse values, morals and beliefs toward a common goal.

J LT. COL. TRAVIS POND, TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY ’96 COMMANDER, DCMA SEATTLE AIR FORCE What does your duty entail? I am in charge of a contract management office (CMO) for the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). As the commander, I am the leader of the organization and am responsible for the day-to-

day activities and the approximately 80 military and civilian employees who work for me. Why did you enlist? I received a four-year scholarship from the Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps). While in college, I attended ROTC classes at University of Kentucky (I attended Transylvania University for my undergraduate courses). In ROTC, I was trained and prepared to be commissioned as an officer in the USAF upon graduation from college. On June 2, 1999, I was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. Why do you still continue to serve (if you are still active)? I have enjoyed each of the six different assignments I have had in the Air Force. I have moved from coast to coast and have deployed three times since 9/11 in support of our war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Military life can be tough on families, but I am lucky enough to have an amazing wife who understands the demands and sacrifices that a military career requires (She was on active duty in the Air Force for 12 years). I look forward to each new assignment and the variety of duties and responsibilities I have had. Moving every two to four years keeps things fresh and new, and I always enjoy a new challenge. I continue to serve for these reasons and because so many Americans do not realize how lucky they are to live in the greatest (and safest) nation on Earth. I certainly recognize how lucky I am, and I know a small number of Americans must serve to keep our country safe and protect our way of life. I am proud to be one of those Americans. What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your time in the military? I have learned that the world is a dangerous place. Most Americans do not realize just how dangerous it is to live in so many countries around the world. I cherish the freedom and safety enjoyed by my family, as I have seen so many other countries where this is not the case. How does your membership in Delta Sig affect your role in the armed forces (or how do they relate)? I am a proud member of Delta Sigma Phi, and I have run into other military members who are also [Delta] Sigs. I don’t think the two are related, but I have always done my best to reach out to any of my Fraternity brothers who are also serving or have served in the military.

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As with any 30-year-old, I have had my good days and my bad days, but Jan. 28, 2014, was certainly no picnic. Six months prior to this date, I married my best friend and soul mate and would soon be witness to my sister doing the same. These days couldn’t be any better. However, with the consistent theme of life having its ups and downs, my sister came to find she had stage 2 breast cancer that resulted in an immediate lumpectomy and would ultimately require chemotherapy treatments to begin the week after her wedding. These occurrences brought my parents to tears as it would any set of parents, but we have always been a family that looks forward to better days. 12


Fast forward to Jan. 28, 2014, my sister was halfway through her chemotherapy with the most intense treatments now behind her. The light at the end of the tunnel was starting to appear, but that morning I received news my mother had to undergo surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumor in her abdomen. To make matters worse, after my mother’s surgical news, she received a phone call from ADT Security Systems that a fire alarm in my childhood home had been activated. I could not imagine things getting worse for my family, but now my parents’ home of 36 years was on fire. I notified my wife, and we raced home as quickly as the speed limits would allow. I was quiet the entire two-hour drive, not knowing what to expect when I drove up our family driveway. Welcomed by the last fire truck leaving my parents’ home, I came to see that the fire left nothing. All that remained

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HOOD xpiration date of my childhood home was a brick exterior and smoldering ash. It was devastating; an unbelievable experience no one can ever prepare for. The hardest part was seeing the look in my father’s eyes. He is, and has always been, the strongest man I have ever known, but on this day, the day his home took defeat to a fire, he was lost. No words escaped his mouth as his home continued to burn; he just stared at the remains. All he had worked so hard for was now gone. News of the Lucas’ house fire spread quickly throughout the community. We even made the front page of the Meade County, Kentucky newspaper with the headline, “Flaherty Home a Total Loss.” Thank-you cards, donations and clothes soon arrived from every direction, but I was certainly not expecting this response from a fellow fraternity brother.

Lance, Keep an eye out in the mail for two WalMart gift cards. I included a message in the gift, but I was unable to write enough to warrant what we want to say. Several of your Delta Sig brothers have come together to send a gift of $1,270, separated into two gift cards of $635 each (couldn’t exceed $1,000 on one order). While it’s easy to assume our Fraternity brothers might just end up being long-lost friends when we leave college, the solidarity and enthusiasm these guys have shown in the wake of your family tragedy has truly been inspiring. The fact is, Lance ... We aren’t just brothers for a few years. We’re brothers forever. Please accept this gift from Ryan Schoonover, Brian Stucker, Jason Harrington, Courtney Bearse, Matt Dowling, Chris Bianchi, Clay Johnson, Ben Carter, Robby and Julie Martin, Nick Kemper, Kyle Mann, Brad Hall, Kenton Lanham, Kevin Gibbs, Collan Darnall, Robert Schoborg and myself. Know that when you’re a Delta Sig and in need, we’ll always be there for you. I know I speak for everyone when I say we wish we could do so much more to help, but we hope this small token helps make things a bit easier on all of you. We love you, man. Give your family our best wishes and know you all are in our thought and prayers. YITBOS. Brotherhood can be defined in several ways. I have no doubt my definition while an undergraduate at University of Kentucky would be much different than the words I would choose upon reading my Fraternity brother’s email. I have made good friends and shared many great experiences with my Theta Mu brothers, but I have never been more proud to be associated with a stellar group of men that supports me no matter which road we took upon graduation. Thank you to those brothers who continue to support me and my family during these difficult times. I will always be there for you just as you have been there for me, as our brotherhood has no expiration date. FALL 2014


Delta Sig Happenings

Fraternity sends five members to UIFI BY BRYAN BERAN, GRAND VALLEY STATE ’09

“Fraternities and sororities have never been more relevant to a generation of student leaders than they are today because of what we teach, because of what we expect, and the men and women that are created because of it,” Peter Smithhisler, President and CEO of the North-American Interfraternity Conference, said. One such program that allows the NIC to create that relevancy is the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI). This five-day, interactive, fun, challenging institute allows fraternity men and sorority women from across North America to explore, define and enhance their leadership skills, personal awareness and commitment to their organization. It helps them grow to expect valuesbased action from themselves and those they lead. Now, Delta Sigma Phi is helping our member take part. 14


This summer, the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation provided full scholarships for five members to attend UIFI: Nick Sweetman, Arizona State University ’12, Alex Bahr, Kansas State University ’13, Jason Mavis, Ohio Northern University ’12, Levi Smith, IUPUI ’13, and Vineel Jonna, Michigan State University ’12. Each UIFI participant attended one of the 12 sessions held between May and July hosted at Indiana University. “UIFI gives you an understanding of your leadership skills, personal values and vision,” Sweetman said. “This is a phenomenal opportunity to gain a larger understanding and perspective of how fraternities and sororities work across the country.” Throughout the institute, participants are given the skills to improve their individual leadership abilities and positively impact their chapter, council and community. By the end of the institution, UIFI participants will have had completed a unique personal plan of action—their UIFI Blueprint. But it doesn’t end there. Participants are challenged to make a commitment to leading positive change within their organization. “One of the key concepts that I got out of UIFI was evaluating why we do what we do and aligning our purpose with our why,” Bahr said. “I look forward to bringing back my UIFI Blueprint to Alpha Upsilon to help improve the chapter’s 2025 strategic plan and align our purpose.” As any leader knows, cultivating positive change is a challenge, one each UIFI participant must be willing to accept. “The UIFI Blueprint has assisted me in creating new initiatives for our chapter members, executive board and myself,” Sweetman said. “From this Blueprint, I have identified what is of high importance to the chapter so my leadership can be effective my last semester as President. Returning from UIFI, you feel inspired, ambitious and motivated. Personally, I use my Blueprint to keep myself on track, looking to accomplish small wins one step at a time.” What sets UIFI apart from other leadership development programs is the strong focus on living fraternal values and identifying opportunities for growth. Being a participant in UIFI means you are willing to talk about how fraternity and sorority leaders exemplify their Ritual. It means having the courage, character and commitment to do what is right and devise a plan to change the current direction. It means having a vision of positive change. “We build programs to build collegiate men to be better leaders, citizen, husbands and parents. In fact, Delta Sigma Phi strives to set itself apart from others and to ever convince the world of the sincerity of our purpose through a mission of Building Better Men. We think, and statistics prove, the institute reinforces our mission and inspires our men to have the courage to dare, the poise to act, and a commitment to excel,” Foundation Board of Trustees President Mike Hoffman, Arizona State University ’85, said.

EVERY PENNY MAKES A DIFFERENCE Alumnus Saves Pocket Change, Donates to Fraternity BY JENNIFER GRAHAM CLARK About 12 years ago, Chris Northern, The University of Texas at Austin ’77, decided he had had enough of carrying pocket change. “I sounded like a one-man band coming down the hallway [at the office],” he said. “I just began dumping it in a jar without any real thought about what I was going to do with it.” In addition to emptying his pockets of change every night, Northern also started putting his one-dollar bills in the jar shortly after he started with the change. Occasionally, he would receive a rebate from something and put the rebate check in there, too. Each addition to the jar was lowimpact, no-real-thought pocket change, and a few months after Northern started this habit, his jar was full. With that first round of money, he took his family out for a nice dinner. But as the tradition continued, Northern began to wonder how else the money could be used. The former Delta Sig Grand Council President knew there is always a good cause within the Fraternity that could use extra funds. “It struck me that my jar of change could fund something,” he said. “When someone said ‘we need to go to RLA [Regional Leadership Academy] or this needs to happen,’ the funds simply came out of the jar.” Northern opened a bank account for the money in late 2005, and every time the jar fills up, he makes a deposit.

Since the account was opened, more than $7,500 has been added, totaling to more than $700 in deposits a year. “Before, it was just money flowing through my pocket, disappearing without any thought,” he said. “Before I started saving, I would have spent the money on a bag of chips or on a soda or something. I wouldn’t even know what I did with the money a day later.” “Many people nowadays pay for everything with some form of plastic. For those of us who do wind up spending cash, there’s a lot of money that passes through our hands that ends up by being spent without any thought.” Today, Northern’s money intentionally makes an impact on young Delta Sigs becoming Better Men. Every bit of money that has come out of Northern’s account has been donated to some group within Delta Sigma Phi—a local chapter, alumni association or Delta Sigma Phi Foundation. Northern appreciates the fact that he’s able to write a check for the Fraternity each year, simply out of his pocket change. He prefers to keep a balance of around $1,000 in the account. “It continues to surprise me, even having done it for more than a decade, to see how much money is there,” he said. “The multiplier is really easy. If you put $15 a week away, you are putting $780 a year aside. When you get in the habit of this, you don’t

notice that the money is gone, but you do notice the pile that builds up.” Over the years, Northern has mentioned to many people that he donates his pocket change to Delta Sig. Some were even inspired to save their own pocket change after hearing him discuss the merits of saving and donating in some way. An advocate of the “every little bit helps” mentality, Northern believes saving spare change is a great way for chapters, undergraduates or anyone short on cash to make an impact. He notes that if all the chapters would come together during a month to save change, if every chapter had $100 to donate to a cause, the Fraternity would raise a bit of money. Saving is really a learned habit, according to Northern. If alumni and undergraduates alike participated in something as simple as dropping change in a bucket, Delta Sig could really make a difference out of something so simple. “I don’t consciously not spend the ones in my pockets, but there is some discipline required when you start it,” Northern said. “It’s like starting a diet or exercise regimen, when it becomes part of the habit, it’s the norm. I have change in my pocket, in the jar. I have three ones in my pocket, in the jar.” After dozens of trips to the bank and countless pennies dropped into a jar, without doubt Northern is making a difference. FALL 2014


Delta Sig Happenings

A Jersey that Starts a Movement

Delta Sigs Participate in Chicago Triathlon BY JENNIFER GRAHAM CLARK


housands gathered in downtown Chicago to compete in the 2014 Chicago Triathlon on Aug. 24. Among those thousands were 10 Delta Sigs. “When we were developing the [Chicagoland] Alumni Association, we were trying to think of some out-of-the-box ideas that weren’t the typical social events or golf outings,” Phil Rodriguez, Illinois State University ’03, said. “There’s nothing wrong with those types of events, we just wanted to try new ideas that would allow us to [eventually] fundraise for undergraduate events, but also allow us to be healthy, challenge ourselves and bring brothers together in a new way.” Rodriguez suggested the triathlon because he knew of a few other triathletes around Chicago. “It seemed like a tough challenge, but one I knew we could do,” he said. Rodriguez started building the team in January 2014. In February, he attended Epsilon Kappa’s reinstallation ceremony at Loyola University Chicago, got the word out, and gained supporters and participants. “I said I would love to get the team custom-made jerseys and would love to market the Fraternity that way,” Rodriguez said. “Chris Edmonds [University of Alabama at Birmingham ’88] told me if I could get more than 10 people [to participate], he would be our lead sponsor. So I got 15 signed up!” After a few injuries prevented some from training and competing, the team ended up with 10 of the 15 signed up competing in the triathlon, which takes swimmers through Monroe Harbor; cyclists down Lakeshore Drive; and runners along Lake Michigan, past the museums and the McCormick Place convention center. It is one of the largest events of its kind in the world. Over 7,000 people participated in the 2014 event. So, the team suited in its Edmonds-sponsored Delta Sig

jerseys participated in the Chicago Triathlon. “I had three different guys [who were not a part of our organized group] drop secret symbols and the handshake on me who were clearly Delta Sigs,” Rodriguez said. “They wanted to know how to sign up next year and how to get our jerseys.” The Delta Sig jerseys even made an impression on other fraternity/sorority members, not just the other Delta Sigs participating in the event. One small idea, in this case a Delta Sig jersey, could start a movement. “When we got the jerseys in, people would email me to tell me they wish they had known about the triathlon team and signed up. That starts the circle,” he said. Rodriguez offers solid advice to those members who are trying to start something similar. “It’s all about finding a couple of core people to ask,” he said. “You have to be consistent with asking people and keeping them motivated. You have to show your excitement. That encourages other people to get motivated and participate.” Building momentum for brotherhood events is, for sure, a grassroots movement at first. “It takes a little bit of time,” Rodriguez said. “You have to be consist with your message and you have to be consistent with your excitement. That enthusiasm will breed more enthusiasm.” For alumni events in particular, Rodriguez encourages members to show their Delta Sig pride to get the event off the ground. “As alumni, members sometimes forget about [the Fraternity]. People need to realize that the Fraternity is a good thing; it’s a fun thing,” he said. “It was cool to put on the jersey on race day and walk around in it. I’m really proud to wear that jersey, and showing that pride makes others inspired.”

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Wiley Named to ASAE Leadership, Becomes Chairman in 2017 BY JENNIFER GRAHAM CLARK


n 2005, before he was even aware, Scott Wiley, SUNY Oswego ’97, was well on his way to positioning himself to lead the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Wiley, past Executive Director of the Fraternity and current CEO of the Ohio Society of CPAs, was recently nominated to serve in ASAE’s leadership for a fouryear term. He will serve as the secretary/ treasurer for ASAE and its foundation. Next year, he will be the chairman-elect of the organization and will simultaneously serve as the chairman of the foundation. The third year, he will be the chairman of ASAE, and the fourth and final year, he will serve as the past chairman. “I was not expecting this,” Wiley said. “Certainly, it’s an honor and a privilege to serve as the volunteer leader of the organization. I find it humbling, but I also know there are a lot of expectations. I’ll be the first chairman under the age of 40, so it’s an exciting time.” Wiley has a long history of dedication to the organization. In 2005, he earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. Roughly five percent of association executives have a CAE, a distinguisher in the field, which demonstrates competency and skills in the profession of association management. In 2012, he was just one of five named as an ASAE Fellow in recognition of his contributions to the profession. After serving as a volunteer with ASAE for a few years, Wiley became the chairman of the board of directors of the Indiana Society of Association Executives in 2008, while he was still in his role of Delta Sigma Phi’s Executive Director. “It really gave me the opportunity to interface with and meet other people in the profession in the area who did what we do, broadly,” he said. After Wiley finished his chairmanship of the Indiana board of directors, he become more involved at the national and international level of ASAE and

was asked to serve on the Executive Management Section Council, its largest professional section. He even served as its chairman. “ASAE represents more than 22,000 professionals, and roughly 10,000 of those people are part of the Executive Management Section,” Wiley said. “It includes anyone who serves in the C-Suite of associations.” C-Suite professionals are those who serve in roles such as Executive Director, CEO, CFO and COO. Over the next several years in his leadership role with ASAE, Wiley will travel all over the world to talk about association environments, particularly those in the United States. “As we expand around the globe, more and more countries are looking at the U.S. specifically in terms of its democratic principles and governance and how volunteer sectors are driving it,” Wiley said. “Many countries don’t have that experience, so I will get the opportunity to talk about it with them.” Wiley says the association’s agenda is tied to three key areas: the future of volunteer associations, the rise of advocacy and transitions in the workforce. On the future of volunteer associations: “We are going to see a demographic shift in our country and around the globe, and that will certainly have an impact on volunteer associations’ governance structure,” Wiley said. “ASAE will look at and develop tools to prepare executives for the change in demographics and help them thrive.” On the rise of advocacy: Associations represent people and the causes they care about, whether that be protecting kids, feeding the needy or championing to expand the opportunities that only fraternities like Delta Sigma Phi can provide. As it relates to advancing the fraternity movement and Delta Sigma Phi specifically, Wiley added, “Some 65 percent of donors have indicated to fraternities as a whole that if the charitable deduction went away, it

would influence the charitable donations they give. We have a responsibility to help organizations by advocating to keep the deduction in place,” he said. On transitions in the workforce: “For the first time in three generations, we are seeing a generation coming into the workforce that is not believed to have as many opportunities as their parents and grandparents did. We can either choose to accept that reality, or we can do something about it. Much like Delta Sig is doing for undergraduate brothers, ASAE is trying to do something about it from a career development standpoint,” he said. Wiley sees many ties between ASAE and the Fraternity, especially when it comes to agendas. “When the Fraternity says its about Building Better Men, and when it says it has a vision of being America’s Leading Fraternity, it’s saying we are going to ensure that every Delta Sig has every opportunity afforded to him to be as successful as he can be, to become the very best version of himself, “Wiley said. “What I learned from Delta Sigma Phi is what I’m going to try to champion as ASAE chairman.” Focusing on an organization’s agenda and keeping it at the forefront is something Wiley learned from all of the boards he served under as Executive Director and took with him when he left Headquarters. “Good board leadership knows that we have an organizational agenda,” he said. “It is the role of the board to champion that agenda instead of its own. It’s to be the chief champion of driving the organization’s agenda.” Thanks to those lessons, Wiley is more than prepared to keep ASAE moving forward. FALL 2014


New Chapter Development

New Chapter Development Delta Sigma Phi Graces 10 Campuses During 2014-2015 School Year Delta Sigma Phi will begin development efforts on the following campuses this academic year:

Staff: NCD Team (Kirby Oscar & Joe Falter) Chapter Development P.O.C.: Patrick Hall

FALL 2014 Eta Chi, New Mexico State University Timeline: Sept. 8 – Oct. 11 Staff: NCD Team (Alec Van Huele & Cal Beneze) Chapter Development P.O.C.: Brett Seidl

SPRING 2015 New Methodist University State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Omega, University of Pittsburgh Timeline: Sept. 15 – Nov. 8 Staff: NCD Team (Kenny Traber & Joe Falter) Chapter Development P.O.C.: Patrick Hall University of South Carolina Aiken – New Campus Timeline: Sept. 15 – Oct. 11 Staff: NCD Team (Kirby Oscar & David Kuczmanski) Chapter Development P.O.C.: Nik Koulogeorge Alpha Theta, University of Michigan Timeline: Oct. 6 – Nov. 15 Staff: NCD Team (Alec Van Huele & Cal Beneze) Chapter Development P.O.C.: Albert Kotchish & Brett Seidl Iota, University of Pennsylvania Timeline: Oct. 13 – Nov. 15 18


Dormant Zeta Nu, Missouri State University Eta Upsilon, Indiana State University Theta Sigma, LaSalle University 2014 CHAPTER INSTALLATIONS AND RE-INSTALLATIONS Epsilon Kappa, Loyola University Chicago, February 1, 2014 Iota Theta, Boise State University, March 8, 2014* Iota Iota, Case Western Reserve University, September 20, 2014* Beta Psi, Arizona State University, September 27, 2014 Zeta Omega, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, November 15, 2014 Delta Mu, Loyola Marymount University, November 22, 2014 Iota Kappa, University of Utah, December 6, 2014* Indiana University, TBD* *New Chapter



n 1974, 9-year-old Mike Hoffman never—in his wildest dreams—imagined he would receive the coveted Silver Buffalo, the Boy Scouts of America’s top service award. Fast forward 40 years. Hoffman is now one of the youngest recipients of the award. “I am probably the fourth or fifth youngest to receive the award in the history of the Boy Scouts, so to be nominated was humbling,” Hoffman, Arizona State ’85, said. “And to be selected was even more humbling. It’s a big deal.” The youngest to receive the award was Walt Disney at age 45—an age only four short years from Hoffman’s. The Silver Buffalo is awarded to those people who give distinguished service to youth, whether it is with the Boy Scouts or on their own. The selection of recipients is a lengthy process, which begins nearly a year prior to the award presentation. The National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts forms a selection committee that narrows the nomination list of more than 100. The committee conducts four face-to-face meetings to narrow the selection. Fellow scout Matt Walker nominated Hoffman. “If you are involved at this level of the Boy Scouts, you know all of the members of the selection committee, and they know you,” Hoffman said. “It’s a big deal within scouting.” Hoffman, the current President of the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation Board of Trustees, is well deserving of the award— his résumé displays years of volunteer work within scouting and Delta Sigma Phi, including roles as Grand Council President and Foundation President. He also believes his dedication to both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts was a major factor in being recognized with the Silver Buffalo. Hoffman became involved at the Executive Board level with the Girl Scouts when his daughters were in the scouts as children. “Locally, I have been privileged to be asked to serve over 12 years, making me the longest tenured member of the Girl Scouts’ executive committee and executive board,” Hoffman said. “During my time as an officer, we were lucky to grow the local endowment from about eight million in endowments to 14 million in endowments.” Hoffman’s national participation within the Boy Scouts has been heavily focused on planning, organizing and delivering largescale events for the Boy Scouts’ National Honor Society, called the Order of the Arrow. “I’ve been the chair of the national conference in 2009 and 2012,” Hoffman said. “I have also been chosen to be the chairman of the 2015 conference, where we expect 10,000 members will attend.” Hoffman has been supporting and guiding youth through scouting for 31 years and through Delta Sig for nearly as long. “There are huge similarities between Delta Sigma Phi and the Boy Scouts,” he said. “Both have moral and ethical stances;

Hoffman, accompanied by his family, received his Silver Buffalo in May 2014.

both are designed to create better men. It was a natural corollary from what I did in scouting to translate that into Fraternity work.” Hoffman has been so involved in the Boy Scouts the last three decades that he was even at the executive board meeting in February when the final vote on the award was done. However, he left early and didn’t find out about the vote’s results until later. “After the final vote, a member of the Court of Honor called me as I was boarding a plane, so I pushed ‘ignore,’” Hoffman said. “He’s a friend of mine, and I planned to call him back late. When I got home around 11 p.m., there was a message on my home answering machine, and I thought, ‘Uh-oh did I irritate someone? Why are they calling me at home?’ That’s very unusual.” The message was to inform Hoffman that he had been selected as a recipient of The Silver Buffalo. “I said to myself, ‘Really?! Wow. No Kidding?’” he said. “I was just floored, for one, that I would even be considered. And two, that I would even be selected.” Through his service to the Boy Scouts and Delta Sig, it’s easy to see why Hoffman’s dedication and service was recognized with The Silver Buffalo and put him among those recognized for service to youth, including the last 14 U.S. presidents, Walt Disney and Douglas MacArthur to name a few. Hoffman, who is pushing full steam ahead toward the Boy Scouts’ 2015 conference, believes in paying the debt, not only in the context of Fraternity, but for any organization that benefits you. “I believe strongly in the things that make you a better man,” he said. “You owe an obligation to pay the debt back to your organization. I was involved in the National Youth Leadership of the Boy Scouts when I was in college, and it was a training ground to make me the person I am now. I believe pretty strongly you just have to give back.” FALL 2014


Delta Sig Happenings

Epsilon Tau Chapter at Grand Valley State University was looking for a fresh start when it came to fundraising for the American Red Cross last fall. On campus, there were other fraternities biking around Lake Michigan and walking to Traverse City, Michigan, all in the name of philanthropy.





“I saw that we needed to improve our philanthropic efforts and looked at what other chapters were doing,” Daniel Stockard, ’13, said. “I thought, ‘How can we compete and still be original?’” So with that in mind, in November 2013, the chapter began to think about doing some sort of canoe race where various chapters would compete to raise money. After examining the logistics of a race, however, the chapter determined the timing would not work. So, the idea was tabled for later, and a canoe fundraiser with just the chapter was planned for spring 2014 instead. “We got in contact with our alumni, and we were pointed to Eric Dittenber (’96),” Stockard said. “He lives on the Au Sable River, and he offered to help us with the logistics of the trip because he’s a competitive canoe racer.” “I had a great time reconnecting with the chapter,” Dittenber said. “If they want to do it again, my house is always open!” The chapter developed a 126-mile canoe marathon on the Au Sable River in three and a half days. Twelve brothers participated in the marathon, which they named River Dash. At any given time, there were nine men in the water— four canoes of two and a single kayak—and a support crew of three that drove alongside the river with food and supplies. They also set up camp each night. Of the 12 members, four brothers did the entire 126 miles in the water. “[Our event] went over perfectly. I was expecting torrential downpours because River Dash was in Michigan in early May, but we got lucky with the weather,” Stockard said. “It was in the high 60s, and it only rained once.” Alumni Darin Lile, ’93, and Dittenber accompanied the men for a portion of the trip. “It would be great to have more alumni participation [next year],” Stockard said. “We have a lot of cool alumni who are doing things. This is a different way to get alumni involved in the chapter again.” The event was more than just a canoe marathon. River Dash also raised $6,500 in roughly a month and a half for the American Red Cross. “Our entire chapter solicited our friends, family and local community to raise money for our efforts,” Stockard said. “It was really great to see the level of enthusiasm people had for the event. It was revitalizing for the entire chapter.” Stockard hopes other chapters looking to compete and be creative in their philanthropic

From top to bottom: The chapter produced posters to hang up on campus to market their event. The chapter’s canoes perch riverside at sunset.

efforts can come up with an idea to ramp up their philanthropic contributions. His advice is to “come up with something that can make you memorable but draws on the resources you already have. Appraise your situation and build an event that works for your chapter. You can’t just talk about things, you actually have to do it.” In Delta Sigma Phi, The Better Man is a man of action. Epsilon Tau’s action made such an impression, it was awarded the 2014 Blood, Sweat & Cash Award, the Fraternity’s award for philanthropic efforts benefitting the Red Cross. “Your chapter can’t just exist in meetings,” Stockard said. “When you actually get out there and do something, you are raising money for a great cause, and you are giving purpose to your chapter; it brings you together.” FALL 2014


Delta Sig Happenings

Delta Sigma Phi Moves //////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Headquarters Location D

elta Sigma Phi is moving! This fall, Delta Sig

Headquarters will move to the Fairbanks Mansion in Indianapolis, a short two miles from our former location at Taggart Mansion. During Convention 2013 in Phoenix, current and past leadership had an opportunity to discuss the growing needs of the Fraternity staff and space constraints of Taggart Mansion. As Delta Sigma Phi continues to move successfully toward the goals of Vision 2025, the Fraternity has expanded its staff to allow Delta Sig to provide more resources to undergraduate and alumni members. This more robust support for chapters, which includes better responsiveness to brothers’ needs and stronger engagement, also led to a need for more office space. Delta Sigma Phi purchased Taggart in 1984 and until a few years ago, the building not only served as a Headquarters, but also as a home to traveling staff members. In 2011, to fit the needs of the growing staff, all residential space was turned into office space. A short three years later, the Fraternity’s operations again outgrew the physical limitations of Taggart. The mansion has been an exceptional and beautiful place for



Delta Sigma Phi to call Headquarters for several decades, but it as we continue our goal to become America’s Leading Fraternity, it is time to move forward. “The move of the National Headquarters from Denver to Indianapolis in 1981 was historic for our Fraternity,” former Executive Director Allen James, North Carolina State ’65, said. “This wonderful, historic property has served Delta Sigma Phi and our members as a beautiful and functional headquarters for 30 years.” On July 1, Delta Sigma Phi officially closed on the sale of Taggart. The Fraternity Headquarters will officially move out of Taggart prior Dec. 1. The new space will be leased. The Fairbanks Mansion is another historic Indianapolis building, and Delta Sig is now proud to call it home. It allows our Headquarters to maintain a traditional feel while providing a productive work environment. The Fairbanks Mansion will provide increased space for offices, meetings and training, including access to additional training rooms. Members are invited to visit Headquarters and tour the Fairbanks Mansion during office hours.

Board of Trustees



Why did you join the Board of Trustees? Mike Hoffman, Arizona State ’85, President I felt like I might be of service helping create a new strategic plan and guiding the revision of the our governance model. [The Foundation is] a great group of men, all who have many years of leadership experience in both business and volunteer situations. It is fun and fulfilling to work with these brothers as we chart the success of the Foundation. Brad Sullivan, Transylvania ’99, Vice President I joined the board to give back to the Fraternity in a meaningful way in an area where I believed I could make the most difference. The men before me saw that the Fraternity had the assets and financial resources to allow me to participate in some of the best leadership programming offered in the Greek community, and I want to assure the next generations of men are afforded the same opportunity. Tom Cycyota, Illinois ’77, Trustee As the President of the Grand Council, I have an automatic seat on the Foundation Board, and I am thrilled to serve. I am really hopeful to get the number and amount of people donating to our great Fraternity to be dramatically increased. The Fraternity is doing great things for our undergraduate members, and we need to do everything possible to support them.

John Jenkins, Virginia ’84, Trustee I joined in February 2014 with a hope I could provide our undergraduates with leadership experiences through Foundation funded programs that would afford students some unique educational opportunities and would provide a competitive advantage in both the Greek experience and workplace after graduation. Jim Larson, California Polytechnic State University ’72, Trustee I joined the foundation after I realized the critical connection between a healthy foundation and a growing Fraternity. I hope to be able to bring other brothers into the Foundation’s work by helping us all to understand and appreciate for how important our Foundation is to our ability to help Build Better Men. Jonathan Monfort, California Polytechnic State University ’72, Trustee Primarily, I wanted to give back—repay the debt. Additionally I wanted to learn more about our organization, I had been involved at the local level with the Epsilon Rho ACB for several years and wanted to drive our local organization to align with the National organization and goals. I also joined the board to work with people that have passion for the Fraternity and to learn from those men on how to lead and drive a volunteer organization. Mike Petrik, Eastern Illinois ’76, Trustee Serving on the Foundation board is yet another terrific Delta Sig opportunity, and this one is designed to help ensure that current and future generations of undergraduates can benefit from the same kinds of experiences I did and still do. While I was an undergraduate I stood on the shoulders of actives who came before me—good men who took an interest in

me and our Fraternity. I hope that serving on the Foundation board will allow my shoulders to be put to similar good use. Ken Riley, University of Wisconsin-La-Crosse ’85, Trustee After being asked to become a trustee, I felt that it would be a rewarding way to share whatever skill sets and talents I possessed that connected with Delta Sigma Phi’s vision and mission. I believed that I could connect and network with others in the organization that shared the same passion and objectives for assisting to achieve greater good. Michael Silvaggi, Detroit Mercy ’81, Trustee I was honored when I received the invitation and saw this as the opportunity I was seeking to give back to something that has always been special and important to me. [From my time on the board I hope to gain] the satisfaction of knowing I am a part of Building Better Men and having an impact on the sustained future of this great Fraternity. Scott Wiley, State University of New York at Oswego ’97, Trustee The invitation to join the foundation board was a no brainer for me. I believe in what we are doing. I took my oath seriously, and I learned from many others whom I got to interact with that paying the debt to Delta Sigma Phi is something I will do for the rest of my life. I now understand why others say it is a debt I will never repay. In roughly 14-15, years I want my son to have a Delta Sig experience that will start in college but will not end there. I have a vested interest in our future, and that’s why I’m proud to invest my time, and my wife and I are proud to invest our resources into the Fraternity’s future because it’s one we think is bright. Not pictured: Allen Fore, Eureka ’86, Trustee and Stan McLemore, UAB ’84, Secretary/Treasurer

FALL 2014


Scholarship Winners

McKee Scholarship Andrew Adams, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ’12

Cody Allen, Georgia College ’10

William Arnold, Texas Tech University ’11

Richard Atkins, Albion College ’11

Nicholas Ayala, San José State University ’10

Dominic Badalamenti, University of Missouri ’11

The Delta Sigma Phi Foundation proudly recognizes the following 100 men as winners of the 2014 McKee Scholarship. The scholarship was open to all undergraduate men and all alumni who are pursuing graduate degrees. To be eligible, applicants need a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in addition to being an initiated member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity in good standing. The McKee Scholarship program is made available thanks to the generosity of the late Hensel McKee, University of Washington ’30, and his late wife, Jeanette.

Gurvikram Boparai, University of Virginia ’11


Caleb Britt, Shorter University, ’14


Adam Carrera, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ’10

Nicholas Carullo, University of Virginia ’10

James Cavanaugh, Illinois State University ’12

Jonathan Conley, The Ohio State University ’12

Nicholas Davis, Wingate University ’14

Stephen Deptola, The Ohio State University ’12

Jason Diaz, San Diego State University ’13

Hoang Dinh, University of La Verne ’91

Matthew Ehland, Case Western Reserve University ’13

David Evans, University of Louisiana, Monroe ’12

Micah Fielden, University of Kentucky ’09

Corbin Freres, University of Illinois ’04

David Glerum, Stetson University ’06

Brian Glick, Purdue University ’05

Manuel Gonzalez, Loyola Marymount University ’14

Fernando Gonzalez, Rutgers University ’10

Stephan Gosswiller, Rose-Hulman Institiute of Technology ’14

Grant Grussing, The University of Georgia ’11

Richard Hamilton, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro ’13

Ryan Hanson, Transylvania University ’13

Aaron Honeycutt, Wingate University ’10

Elliott Hurd, University of Utah ’13

Timothy Hutton, Thiel College ’11

Ryan John, Bradley University ’14

Nathan Johnson, Loyola Marymount University ’13

Joel Kimling, Millikin University ’14

William Kiskowski, Towson University ’00

Connor Koch, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo ’13

Connor Kraus, Kansas State University ’13

Josh Kamerath, Utah State University ’08

Joshua Lampert, SUNY Binghamton University ’09

Samuel Hopkins, The University of North Carolina, Wilmington ’13

Patrick Kelley, California State University, Fresno ’12

Jesse Ledin, Woodbury University ’14

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Scholarship Winners

Mark Lesniewski, Gannon University ’10

Stephen Leu, Kansas State University ’12

Joseph Lindsey, Transylvania University ’09

Juan David Llanos, Loyola Marymount University ’13

TJ Lurie, Albion College ’12

Erik Lynch, University of WisconsinLa Crosse ’13

William Lyon, University of California, San Diego ’07

Gabriel Magallanes, Purdue University ’11

Connor Maloney, Utah State University ’13

Kapish Manicka, Miami University ’13

James Mastria, Virginia Tech ’13

Mitchell Mathews, Uinversity of WisconsinEau Claire ’13

Peter Melampy, The University of Georgia ’11

James Mullenbach, Georgia Institute of Technology ’13

Ty Murphy, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ’11

Cody Nagel, The Ohio State University ’12

Christopher Partain, Texas Tech University ’11

Sahil Patel, Case Western Reserve University ’13

Garrett Paulson, University of WisconsinLa Crosse ’13

Song Pettus, University of Kentucky ’05

Stephen Porter, Boise State University ’11

Jordan Potter, University of Kentucky ’12

Grant Price, Grand Valley State University ’13

Jake Pritchard, Kansas State University ’10

Robert Puckett, Transylvania University ’10

Maurice Randle Jr., Millikin University ’13

Beau Rath, University of WisconsinLa Crosse ’12

William Ratliff, University of Kentucky ’10

Noel McKay, Transylvania University ’08



Gabriel Palmer, Arizona State University ’14

Ali Raza, The University of Texas at Austin ’10

Michael Reed, Transylvania University ’14

Kyle Reynolds, Kansas State University ’08

Koty Riker, Utah State University ’13

Austin Robisch, Kansas State University ’10

Chris Rosales, University of Arizona ’12

Michael Ryan, Michigan Technological University ’14

Brent Sanborn, Texas Tech University ’12

Keoni Sanchez, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ’12

Benjamin Seifert, Purdue University ’00

Martin Seitz, SUNY Oswego ’08

Mark Sherman, The Pennsylvania State University ’09

Joseph Silvestri, Albion College ’14

Brian Speckhard, Utah State University ’11

Daniel Stockard, Grand Valley State ’13

Adam Tank, Kansas State University ’06

Samuel Teeple, Eastern Michigan University ’12

Byron Tenesaca, Western Carolina University ’12

Joseph Underwood, Transylvania University ’09

Kyle Van Arsdale, Boise State University ’12

Parker Vascik, Georgia Institute of Technology ’10

Dominick Viramontes, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ’10

Daniel Vogt, Kansas State University ’12

Thomas Wellemeyer, Kansas State University ’11

Applications for the 2015 McKee Scholarship will be available Spring 2015 through Headquarters. Joseph Wenberg, Kansas State University ’12

Sean Wilferd, Missouri University of Science & Technology ’10

Scott Williams, Stetson University ’10

Ryon Wiska, Hillsdale College ’07

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Chapter Report Card



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Chapter Report Card

CHAPTER REPORT CARD CHAPTER REPORT CARD CHAPTER SCHOOL CHAPTER UNIVERSITY B AP Michigan Columbia State E Penn State H Texas A S MarylandAuburn K Hilgard Berkeley R NC State A T Albion Thiel S T Hillsdale U A U Franklin & Marshall Kansas State AA Illinois AG Georgia Tech AC Stetson North Carolina AD


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Wisc-Platteville Clarkson Wisc-La Crosse Loyola - Chicago NW Missouri Woodbury Cal Poly, SLO Grand Valley State East Carolina Illinois State Texas Tech Northern Colorado

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Rose-Hulman 3.21 3.17 1% 100% St. Cloud State 2.5 - -19% 86% ULM - - 71% 100% 4 Eureka 3.134 2.93 -11% 100% 4 UAB 2.75 2.85 -12% 48% 4 UNC - Wilmington 2.93 3.12 27% 100% MSOE - - 18% 100% 4 CSU, San Bernardino 2.77 2.91 -21% 77% 4 Michigan, Dearborn 2.83 3.24 12% 88% 4 Towson - - -14% 100% Wisc-Eau Claire - - 0% 111% 4 Gallaudet - - -10% 100% Johnson & Wales 2.91 3.03 28% 100% 4 SUNY-StonyBrook 2.71 3.01 33% 200% 4 Wingate 2.79 2.98 -4% 85% 4 Hartford - - -19% 240% SUNY-Oswego - - 25% 100% 4 Dickinson 3.02 - 32% 94% 4 Kentucky 3.1697 3.1226 25% 102% 4 Oregon 2.93 3.02 1% 67% 4 Virginia Tech 3.337 3.153 -6% 96% Texas A&M - - 1200% 108% 4 UGA 3.32 3.24 5% 100% 4 Shorter - - 22% 88% Georgia Southern 2.7413 - 32% 94% 4 Georgia College - - -1% 90% 4 Binghamton - - -48% 100% 4 IU-South Bend 3.06 2.87 -11% 83% 4 James Madison 2.887 3.06 17% 97% 4 UCF 3.025 2.94 23% 94% 4 Miami of Ohio 2.81 3.2 -7% 86% 4 IUPUI 3.17 2.98 47% 58% 4 Boise State 2.84 - 25% 94% 4 University of Utah 3.07 - 12% 100% 4 Appalachian State 2.915 3.123 3% 90% 4 Case Western Reserve 3.394 3.34 0% 94% 4 UNC - Greensboro - - -24% - 4 Indiana University - - - 97% 4 Bradley University 3.22 3.21 - 100% – denotes information that was not submitted

(Information acquired from June 2014 Accreditation Applications) FALL 2014


Alumni Feature

family business the


From delectable steak to deli sandwiches, from the Windy City to Florida’s shores, these Delta Sigs find love in food and family.



t the corner of Larrabee and Eerie streets, on a bend and a bank of the Chicago River, the smell of sizzling steak and Italian cuisine lingers. Somewhere on a space-time continuum, where past and present merge, this place, the Erie Café, is your one-stop shop. The former meatpacking house transitions into a club with a 1940s feel, cedar ceilings, industrial machines replaced by elegant dining, and a menu somehow both believably Italian and distinctly Chicago. Beneath the scents of steak and parmigiana lies the spirit of Gene Michelotti and the building where his grandsons, the Lenzi brothers, preside. A place where a familiar, family feel finds its way into the food. A place where only the knives are cutting-edge because the classics never die. You won’t find Chicago steak or scaloppini on South Atlantic Avenue. But beyond the tourist destinations of Daytona Beach, a hidden gem sits on the inlet—Festhaus 32


Shores, a restaurant run by a Boston boy who brought Cheers southward, where there are more beers on tap than unfamiliar faces at the bar. The secret spot takes just a team of one or two, and its food philosophy is simple: great beer, great deli sandwiches and a great time. But the road there wasn’t easy. It’s the place Glen Teschner met his wife, remade his life, and found peace after years of power plays and strife. Between riverbank and beach, over 1,000 miles and 16 hours as the car drives, common bonds connect the two restaurants: a Delta Sig at the helm, a family business behind the passion, and a success defined not just by capitol, but community. The Teschners took a roundabout route from Chicago to Daytona. Ted Teschner was an advertising executive for a Chicagobased company before the job sent him to Boston. But when

meetings, business suits and the corporate ladder lost their thrill, he longed to start a business he could pass on to his family. He wanted something new. Serendipitously, a friend had just opened a restaurant called Mr. Dunderbak’s. An opportunity arose to open a branch in Daytona. So naturally, the longtime ad execturive uprooted his family, headed south and became a restaurateur. The rest is Glen Teschner’s history—a boy New Englandborn but made for the beach and the business. But before he could vend and tend, Glen played his part. His parents, of course, ran the place, but everyone pitched in. His brother managed, his sister-in-law made sandwiches, his sister waited tables. Glen got the clean-up duties. By the time he left for Stetson University, little trace of Boston remained in Glen. He was a surfer, a rising restaurateur and bound to the beach. Ronnie Lenzi oversees operations for the Erie Café, playing the general manager role that outsiders might see as an inherited position, as power passed down because of a last name. But Lenzi’s path to the role includes just as much cleaning of silver spoons as it does the man being fed by them. The business is more of a craft than a feudal hand-me-down. Lenzi’s true birthright was working there, not just eventually taking over. “It’s in your genes, right?” he said. “It’s just one of those things. I grew up in it. I got involved in it.” Growing up in the family business means working from the womb, and Ronnie Lenzi was no different. He butchered the meat, bussed the tables, cooked the food and washed the dishes. He had to learn before he led. “There’s a very old saying that a leader is very often a good follower,” he said to me. “And I find that to be true.” Lenzi never limited himself to simply learning the tools of the trade. Though the city boy left Chicago for Illinois State University in Normal, his path back to his family’s riverside restaurant was anything but. Perhaps, he truly learned to lead not because he was a follower, but because he followed his heart. Lenzi studied a myriad of subjects that interested him, from psychology to art to military science. But despite a workload that kept him busy, he was no stranger to the social life. Though he held none of the traditional offices in the Fraternity, Lenzi led Epsilon Omega Chapter in other ways as a House Manager and Social Chairman. Experiences he credits for skill-building. “Working with counterparts, with people in an organization, those skills were definitely honed at the Delta Sig house,” said Lenzi. Those skills would also come in handy during a stint in Kendall College’s culinary school and a commission in the Army Reserves, helping train new recruits. But you aren’t likely to mistake modern-day Ronnie Lenzi for a drill sergeant. “I don’t look at anyone as a subordinate,” he said of his managing style. “It’s a fraternal environment. It’s a family.”

Glen Teschner poses at his restaurant, Festhaus Shores, with his family.

Teschner met college at a crossroad that would determine what would become of his fraternity and what would become of his life. Stetson’s Delta Sigs, circa 1979, faced a terrible tragedy. Former Chapter President, Dennis Long lost his life in an avalanche that washed over several Stetson students in Austria. The young man had lived across the hallway from Teschner. Afterward, Teschner says, the fraternity fell into a sort of disarray. The party scene took over and responsibility took a backseat. As a house janitor, Teschner saw, up close, the destruction. So, he became one of the leaders who would help build it back up. As he’d done at the restaurant, he worked his way up from mopping up. Teschner served as his new member class President, then Treasurer, Chapter President, and, eventually, House Father. During this time, Epsilon Omega Chapter found stability. Teschner found a philosophy he still uses with the young people he leads. “I learned to be honest with people and let them know they should have future goals and not just think small, thinking about today,” said Teschner. “A lot of people in their college days, they’re only thinking about themselves and the right now. But you’ve got to think about the people in the past and how we’re carrying on their traditions and how the people in the future are going to carry on our traditions.” Teschner helped his chapter leave behind a stronger legacy. But personally, he was facing a different choice: that all-too familiar battle between passion and practicality. He’d majored in accounting, and he knew there was money to be made in money. But Teschner had also followed in the footsteps, in a sense, of a presidential predecessor. Like Dennis Long, he’d taken a winter term trip to Europe. He was 18, of FALL 2014


Alumni Feature legal drinking age in Europe, and from London to Paris, from Munich to Rome and Madrid, he encountered new drinks and the cultures that surrounded them. He saw firsthand the social atmosphere and camaraderie that could accompany a cold one. He learned to love beer not just for “the good feeling that it brings, the happiness that it brings,” but also something he hadn’t yet seen in Daytona: the romance that goes with it. So a few years later, Teschner faced a choice. On one hand, he’d seen the importance of stability. On the other, he saw romantic adventure. An accounting degree called him elsewhere, but a beach beckoned. “I had to decide whether I wanted to have all of those rules or regulation or a little more creativity,” he said. Teschner’s accounting degree didn’t go to waste. Always the treasurer, he still balances the books. But before he founded Festhaus Shores, Teschner almost left the business. It was a bottoming out and the bottom line that brought him back. Teschner and his siblings split ways and left Mr. Dunderbak’s once they started having families of their own. For Glen, this resulted in his first restaurant, the Bernkastel Festhaus, which enjoyed a 16-year run as a popular spot on the boardwalk by the beach. The end, however, was ugly. The Bernkastel bar resided inside the retail space of a Marriott’s first floor. When the hotel went bankrupt and bottomed out, Adam’s Mark moved in and wanted the other businesses to move out. For 10 years, they pressured the owners to leave. All acquiesced—except Teschner.

It wasn’t for lack of trying that the hotel could not get Teschner to leave. It had him arrested for a noise violation when he had a musician perform outside his bar. When law enforcement didn’t work, it hired a man who shared a love of surfing with Teschner to buddy-up with him and convince him to leave. Teschner still stayed, but the politics tired him. When Hilton moved in next, Teschner told it the one thing Adam’s Mark had never done was offer him cash. Hilton did. He left. Teschner also left the business. He bought a house, then the bubble burst. He couldn’t sell the old place; he couldn’t get a job. So he dusted off the mothballs from his old equipment and started anew. It was January of 2007 when he opened Festhaus Shores. It took 15 days to amass $300 in sales. “I thought for a moment I’d invested my whole future in becoming a homeless guy,” he said. “That was a humbling experience.” Then Bike Week, Spring Break, race week—it all hit at once. Celebrities and athletes came in. Publicity soared. Boom. “We were one of the hottest places on the beach to go,” he said. Seven years later, Teschner does just fine. His favorite part of the business he almost left is that it allows him to be involved with and take care of his family. But perhaps somewhere in a distant second, but still high on the list, is pride he feels when “people come in here, and time after time, they’ll say, ‘This is the best damn sandwich I’ve ever eaten in my life.’” The Lenzis opened The Erie Café in 1994. This year, they celebrate the restaurant’s 20th anniversary—an incredible testament to longevity in a city where so many restaurants come and go with the trends of cuisine. Though Ronnie’s trip to the top has been less tumultuous, much has changed. In two decades of business, he’s witnessed what was once a developing area of Chicago become a trendy spot. And he’s witnessed Chicago’s rise in the culinary ranks. “I think Chicago is the epicenter of what’s going on in the culinary world, especially in the United States,” Lenzi said. “Chicago is just an amazing place for cuisine.” Different cultures have emerged; different cutting-edge technologies and techniques have taken root. But through it all, Lenzi says, his restaurant’s menu, its portions, its philosophy has remained virtually unchanged. What has changed is the restaurant’s reputation within the Windy City’s competitive steakhouse market. Last year, Chicago magazine named The Erie Café as one of the top 20 steakhouses in the city. A television show called “Chicago’s Best” featured its key lime pie. Over the years, the

Ronnie Lenzi poses with NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon at The Erie Café.



food and atmosphere have attracted a who’s who of celebrities “When we go fishing together,” Lenzi said, “there’s no and politicians, including John Belushi, Jeff Gordon, Barack greater joy that I can have.” Obama and the late Robin Williams. Over and over, Lenzi has heard the same remark nearly word for word: “If you want to go to a real Chicago steakhouse, The business that brought Glen Teschner such struggle has you have to go to Erie Café.” given him, in karmic retribution, happiness within and beyond But that, for Lenzi, isn’t the bar. It was in the midst of strife //////////////////////////////////////////////////// that he recognized the value of his his restaurant’s crowning achievement. Instead, he rollercoaster college experience. takes greatest pride in a family “It gave me my own Between riverbank and beach, restaurant that looked beyond confidence. When I went off last names and looked out for its on my own and started in the over 1,000 miles and 16 hours redevelopment area, that was a own—something he cherished from his Delta Sig days. big risk. I had to do a lot of talking as the car drives, common bonds to bankers, talking to investors. He could’ve cut costs. But he kept his coworkers instead. That’s when my skills from connect the two restaurants: a Stetson came in handy.” The family atmosphere was more important. It was at his restaurant that he “That’s the one beauty about met his wife, Melissa, interviewed Delta Sig at the helm, a family our place,” said Lenzi. “We have her for a job and thought, “Wow, employees that have been with what an amazing person.” Today, business behind the passion, us…at least 15 employees…that they’ve had three children together have been with us for close to raise seven between them. and a success defined not just and 20 years. That’s unheard of in One daughter, Hannah, helps this business.” out at the Festhaus. by capital, but community. The result can’t be measured It’s on the shores of Daytona in dollars and cents, but Lenzi Beach that Teschner passes on //////////////////////////////////////////////////// a different passion to his kids—a feels its effect. “I go to work, and it’s like, this family business not of recessions is my family,” he said. and boons, but ebbs and flows: surfing. “You spend so much time with everybody that they become “It’s a way of life and something I’m teaching all my kids your family.” to do,” Teschner said. “I never come back from a surf session A family business doesn’t survive without a next generation. without a smile on my face.” It doesn’t thrive without love. There in the water, away from the equipment he dusted off Lenzi’s most beloved treasure, his son Paolo, could to save himself from dire straits, miles away from Stetson where be a rising star in the restaurant business. He turns five in his brothers faced tragedy and transition, Teschner still shows September, but already he’s a tour de force. a penchant for thriving when the world works against him. He “He is such a people-person that if he decides to go into hasn’t missed a hurricane swell in 25 years. the business, he’s going to be absolutely wonderful,” his father boasts, relaying stories of the young boy leaving the family’s table in the back of the restaurant to socialize with the patrons. Between riverbank and beach, over 1,000 miles and “He’s a natural.” 16 hours as the car drives, common bonds connect the But Paolo’s father will not force his son into the business. two restaurants: a Delta Sig at the helm, a family business He knows firsthand that taking a different journey can often still behind the passion, and a success defined not just by capitol, lead you back home. but community. “I want him to do what he wants to do,” said Lenzi. “If he In Chicago, a workforce united by time and togetherness. wants to be in the restaurant business if we’re still doing it, then In Daytona, a bar where everybody knows your name. Family so be it.” men who find time for more than food. Though they inhabit Should Paolo choose to follow father’s footsteps, he joins separate worlds—the Florida coast and healthy sandwiches a much larger family. But for now, he seems content to simply versus the Midwestern jewel and succulent steak—the sun have a dad. Together, they fish—a hobby Lenzi, a city-boy still sets on both bodies of water they frequent. The past fuels obtained via his wife from northern Wisconsin. On the open the present, and the bonds of family and fraternity remain on water, there are no steaks, no five-star reviews, no celebrities. both the shore and Erie Street: Two restaurants riding on the There is happiness. same wavelength.

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Alumni Spotlights




teven H. David, Murray State ’76, followed a 28-year career in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps with a stint in private practice and as a corporate counsel. He then served 15 years as a Circuit Court judge in Boone County, Indiana, before being chosen as one of only five Supreme Court justices in Indiana. At Murray State, Justice David graduated magna cum laude as a distinguished military cadet on an ROTC scholarship. He later earned his law degree from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He also is a graduate of the Indiana Judicial College and the Graduate Program for Indiana Judges. “I joined Delta Sigma Phi at Murray State for the friendships,” Justice David said. “I ran cross country but didn’t participate in team sports, so the Fraternity provided the fellowship and camaraderie I was looking for.” In many cases, those friendships have survived the intervening years. He keeps in regular touch with several of his Fraternity brothers. His military career took him around the world, but Justice David has strong ties to Indiana. His ancestors settled in southern Indiana in the late 1700s and early 1800s. He was born in Allen County, raised in Bartholomew County and has lived in Boone County for 22 years. “The military was great for me,” he said. Following graduation from law school in 1982, he served on active duty until 1986 and on reserve duty until 2010. His service included two post-9/11 mobilizations in Iraq and Guantanamo



Bay, Cuba. He served as a trial counsel, defense counsel, military judge and commander. Justice David graduated from the Army’s Command and General Staff College, the Military Judges School, and the Judge Advocate General’s Basic and Advanced Officer Courses. His service earned him a number of military and civilian awards, including the nation’s third-highest non-combat medal, the Defense Superior Service Award. He also earned multiple Meritorious Service Awards, Army Commendation Medals and the Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award. He retired from the military in 2010 with the rank of colonel. His civilian legal career began in Columbus, Indiana, where he focused on personal injury, family law and civil litigation. He later became the in-house counsel for Mayflower Transit, Inc., before moving to Boone County, where he was elected Circuit Court judge. He was named Boone County’s Citizen of the Year in 1999. As a trial court judge, he presided over civil, criminal and juvenile matters. He testified before the Indiana General Assembly on juvenile law and is a recipient of the Robert Kinsey Award as the outstanding juvenile court judge in Indiana. In Indiana, vacancies on the Supreme Court are filled by gubernatorial appointment following the presentation of three names by a seven-member panel of appellate judges. Two years after appointment, the justice must face a statewide retention vote. “It’s a great honor to serve on the Supreme Court,” Justice David says. “I’m humbled, and I clearly enjoy it.” Indiana has one of the smallest Supreme Courts of any state, so his selection was especially meaningful. His efforts to improve the availability of mental health services for children led to his recognition by the Indiana chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Justice David serves as co-chairman of the state’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and co-chairs the program committee for the Indiana Bar Association’s Leadership Development Academy. He is a frequent speaker on various legal topics and an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis and Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is a member of many legal and civic organizations, including the Indiana Judges Association, the state and national Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the American Inns of Court, and the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the American, Indiana, Indianapolis and Boone County Bar Associations. He also belongs to the Military Officers Association of America, the Zionsville American Legion, the Lebanon Elks Club and the Lebanon Kiwanis Club. Justice David serves as president of the Community Foundation of Boone County and previously served on both the Zionsville and Lebanon Boys and Girls Clubs’ board of directors. While his workdays are full, Justice David also finds time for exercise and relaxation. “I’ve hiked the Grand Canyon three times, and I like to participate in marathons and triathlons,” he says. “I’m also a golfer.”



avy Capt. Scott L. Johnston grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and after graduating from high school decided to attend University of California, Davis. He lived in the dorms as a freshman and became a resident assistant there as a sophomore. But after studying abroad in Sweden in this third year, he knew something was missing in his life and his college experience. Upon returning from Sweden, he decided to join a fraternity and pledged our Gamma Sigma Chapter in 1985. “I joined the Fraternity because I wanted to experience a greater sense of community and connection,” Capt. Johnston said. “The Fraternity was the ideal place to get that. I wanted a connection, the sense of belonging to something.” Capt. Johnston spent two years at Gamma Sigma while completing his bachelor’s degree, and he still keeps in touch with those with whom he shared the fraternity experience. “A lot of us are connected on Facebook,” he says. “That helps all of us keep in touch.” Capt. Johnston also monitors the progress of Gamma Sigma from a distance. “Like most chapters, Gamma Sigma waxes and wanes over the years, but keeping up with what goes on there is good. It helps me with that sense of connection.” After earning his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Harvard Medical School. He was licensed as a clinical psychologist in 1995 and is board certified in both forensic and clinical psychology. Capt. Johnston was commissioned in the Navy in 1993. During his career, he has served at the Naval Medical Center at San Diego; the Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan; Marine Barracks Washington; Presidential Helicopter Squadron One; and Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. He currently serves as director of the Navy’s Combat and Operational Stress Control unit in San Diego. “We deal a lot with service members who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD),” he said. “It’s a condition that can be caused by the horrors of combat, but there are other causes, too. Normal wear and tear can cause it. So can the stress of prolonged absences from family. Even clashes with one’s own moral values.” PTSD treatment is much more sophisticated now than in the years following the Vietnam War, Capt. Johnston says. “Many of the Vietnam vets came home to less than a warm welcome. Many went into a shell and as a result didn’t get the treatment they needed. In many cases, it showed up 20 years later when they finally visited a Veterans Administration hospital.” Capt. Johnston has had ample opportunity to see the impact of combat on our service members. He deployed with the Constellation Strike Group to the Persian Gulf; the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit; Charlie Surgical Company in Fallujah, Iraq; 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment in Ramadi, Iraq; 3rd Marine Regiment in Haditha, Iraq; and with the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “Three major combat deployments showed me how much



University of California, Davis ’85 some of our Sailors and Marines need help,” he says. “That’s what we try to do where I am now.” Academically, Capt. Johnston has published and lectured around the world on treatment of combat-related PTSD and techniques for building resilience in those who experience PTSD. He is investigating virtual reality treatments for PTSD, stress injuries in detention operations and the use of meditation in substance-abuse treatment. Capt. Johnston’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and various service and unit awards. He is the second of four brothers, all of whom are successful in a variety of careers. One is an engineer for General Motors in Detroit, another works for Microsoft in the Bay Area, and a third is a civilian pilot based in Dubai. Capt. Johnston says he’s had a great career in the Navy, and he wishes that more Americans had the chance to serve. “Only one percent of us these days experience military service, and that’s a shame. You learn a lot about yourself in the service, and you grow a lot as a person in that environment.” He has a son, Brayden, age 5, who just started kindergarten. “You would think I get enough time on ships being in the Navy, but for vacation, I love to take him on Disney cruises. We leave for Vancouver tomorrow.” FALL 2014


Annual Report LIFETIME 1899 SOCIETY MEMBERS as of June 30, 2014 PINNACLE SOCIETY Bruce Loewenberg, University of Missouri ’58 Hensel B. McKee, University of Washington ’30*

MEN Dear Brothers, One year is ending and a new cycle of innovation, creativity and progress is beginning. We are so proud of what the team at Delta Sigma Phi accomplished in the 2014 fiscal year. This year, we are bringing our financial and program data straight to your computer, phone or tablet with our first fully digital annual report. As it becomes more and more common to use smart phones, tablets and laptops to present important information, we wanted to make the fiscal year 2014’s annual report the most accessible tool possible for our donors, supporters, staff and Board of Trustees. By only publishing key highlights in The Carnation, the Foundation is saving a substantial amount that can be re-allocated where it belongs—in areas that support our students. It is our responsibility to be good stewards of your money, and we are excited about this change. Additionally, in the 2013-2014 academic year, we reached more than 1,150 young men through our programs and resources—our highest total to date. We made huge strides in terms of building our undergraduates’ leadership skills through programs such as the Leadership Institute, Regional Leadership Academies, Summit and Presidents’ Academy. And for the first time in Fraternity history, a program was named for a member. The Summit was renamed the Bruce J. Loewenberg Summit in honor of Bruce providing $1 million of his personal trust to partially endow the program. These are some of the many instrumental goals Delta Sig reached this year because of you—our irreplaceable donors. On behalf of the members we serve, thank you so much for helping us Build Better Men.

YITBOS, Mike Hoffman, Arizona State ‘85 President, Delta Sigma Phi Foundation Board of Trustees

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FOUNDER’S SOCIETY Dick Handshaw, Alfred University ’68 E. Chicago Tool (Cornel Raab), Purdue University ’66 John Boma, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign ’80 Jon Gundlach, Oglethorpe University ’87 Loren Mall, Kansas State University ’58 Ted Desch, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign ’49 Tom and Cyndy Cycyota, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’77 Tom Roeser, Purdue University ’70 GORDIAN KNOT SOCIETY Christopher Edmonds, University of Alabama at Birmingham ’88 Chuck Finklea, Barton College ’74 Dave Harvey, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ’88 Ed Clements, San José State University ’49* Erik Johannesen, San Diego State University ’78 Gary Kalian, The University of California, Berkeley ’58 Gil Williamson, San José State University ’58 Kevin Schaudt, Eastern Michigan University ’83 Louis Ripberger, Purdue University ’74 Tom Decker, Saint Louis University ’69 Tony Smercina, The University of Texas at Austin ’81 William Shepherd, University of Alabama ’34* LAMP SOCIETY Brian Patrick, University of North Texas ’68 Bud Tishkowski, Hillsdale College ’57 Charles Gilbert, Georgia Institute of Technology ’59 Chris Cronin, University of Detroit Mercey ’84 Dan Kitrell, St. Cloud State University ’80 Donald Hunt, Iowa State University ’28 Gene Blanchard, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign ’50 Jerry O’Brien, Purdue University ’59 Jon Hockman, The Ohio State University ’87 Lee Dueringer, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign ’60 Mark Johnson, San Diego State University ’83 Mike Griffin, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ’86

Roger Carroll, University of Virginia ’80 Rolfe Allen, University of Maryland ’34* Russell Shaw, The Ohio State University ’59 Scott Wiley, State University of New York at Oswego ’97 The Family of Ken Kramer, University of Detroit Mercy ’58* LUTE SOCIETY Allan Winter, University of Colorado ’55* Allen Fore, Eureka College ’86 Allen James, North Carolina State University ’65 Beta Beta ACB, University of Missouri Bill Tilghman Jr., Barton College ’84 Bill Yates, Grand Valley State University ’97 Bob Banning, University of Missouri ’57 Bob Kennel, North Carolina State University ’57 Bob Rojka, San José State University ’49* Brad Heutmaker, University of WisconsinOshkosh ’93 Brad Sullivan, Transylvania University ’99 Brian Brooks, University of Missouri ’64 Charles Kubin, The University of Texas at Austin ’52 Chris Northern, The University of Texas at Austin ’77 Dave Collins, Western Michigan University ’65 David Bahlmann, Hillsdale College ’58 David McCarthy, The University of California, Los Angeles ’81 Dennis Sheehan, University of Maryland, 1953 Don Chandler, The University of Texas at Austin ’73 Don Falk, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign ’49 Don Heppermann, University of Missouri ’63 Don Keltner, University of Southern California ’51 Ed Rodriguez, The University of Texas at Austin ’86 Edward Runser, Edinboro University ’72 Epsilon ACB, Pennsylvania State University Eric Wagner, The Ohio State University ’62 Erik Token, University of Missouri ’83 Eta ACB, University of Texas at Austin Frank A. Hoke, University of Missouri ’30* Frank Boyle, Michigan State University ’48 Gene Vance, Transylvania University ’85 Hank Stricker, Jr., University of Michigan ’48 Harry Vogts, University of Wisconsin-Madison ’29 Howard Etling, University of Missouri ’32* James Braeutigam, The University of Texas at Austin ’59 James McGinty, Auburn University ’44 Jason DeKeuster, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire ’95 Jeff Burrows, University of Missouri ’76 Jim Greener, Arizona State University ’62 Jim Haleem, Western Illinois University ’66

Jim Larson, California Polytechnic State University ’72 Jim Mumford, Wingate University ’92 Jim Unger, University of Missouri ’67 Joe Bertolino, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania ’94 John McDonald, Purdue University ’70 John Prange, Millikin University ’58 John Ting, The University of California, Berkeley ’67* Jonathan Monfort, California Polytechnic State University ’82 Ken Kramer, University of Detroit Mercy ’58 Kevin Cole, High Point University ’89 Larry Lundberg, San José State University ’66 Marc Mathews, Transylvania University ’77 Mark Davis, University of Missouri ’97 Marshall Cox, The University of California, Los Angeles ’56 Mike and Pam Wims, University of North Texas ’66 Mike Hoffman, Arizona State University ’85 Mike Morris, Eastern Michigan University ’65 Mike Petrik, Eastern Illinois University ’76 Mike Renfro, The University of Texas at Austin ’79 Morris Heintschel, The University of Texas at Austin ’70 Nathan Wight, Illinois State University ’97 Neal Griesenauer, Missouri University of Science & Technology ’58 Orlando Montesino, The University of Texas at Austin ’72 Patrick Jessee, Purdue University ’01 Ramsey Mankarious, Michigan State University ’87 Randy Peterson, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte ’93 Richard McLellan, Michigan State University ’61 Roy Bliss, Arizona State University ’62 Russell Roebuck, Barton College ’58* Stan McLemore, University of Alabama at Birmingham ’84 Steve Banfield, Transylvania University ’87 Steve Cunningham, University of Missouri ’70 T. Mabry Carlton, Stetson University ’54 Thomas Archer, University of Virginia ’87 Tim Gentry, University of Missouri ’81 Timothy Forrester, Michigan State University ’88 Tom Seto, Purdue University ’05 Walt Kurczewski, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign ’62 Willard Leutzinger, University of Missouri ’68 John Droste, Missouri University of Science & Technology ’81 Bill Murray, The University of Texas at Austin ’51

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30+ YEAR DONORS 51 William Cross, Stetson University ’59 Gerald Crump, The University of California, Berkeley ’55

50 Richard Louis Duroe, Iowa State University of Science & Technology ’50 Sigfred Sandberg, University of New Mexico ’47

49 Bruce Jerome Loewenberg, University of Missouri ’58 David Roy Allen, Western Illinois University ’61 Robert Lee Day, Jr., The Ohio State University ’61

48 Charles S. Gilbert, Georgia Institute of Technology ’59 Loren Dale Tregellas, Kansas State University ’55

47 Elmo Foucheaux Vestal, The University of Texas at Austin ’47 T. Eugene Blanchard, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’50 Kermit Q. Greene, The University of California, Los Angeles ’46 Laurence Gene Keisling, University of Pittsburgh ’57 Richard Allan Klumpp, Loyola Marymount University ’58

46 Edward Cameron Timmermann, Sr., Thiel College ’48 Larry L. Lundberg, San José State University ’66 Loren Lee Mall, Kansas State University ’58 Richard E. Belcher, Edinboro University ’62

45 George Barry Lamm, Barton College ’58 Charles W. Schubele, III, Drexel University ’58 Clifford F. Burk, Jr., University of Detroit Mercy ’65 James D. Foss, University of Southern California ’53 Phil Ramazzina, Oregon State University ’59 Ragnar Louis Lindberg, University of Missouri ’57 Thomas W. Applegate, Lehigh University ’53

44 E. Allen James, North Carolina State University ’65 John Dennis Pietras, St. Francis College ’51 D. Lee Dueringer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’60 Nathaniel K. Willis, Cornell University ’32 Robert Dale Hahn, University of Maryland, College Park ’62 William Arthur Truex, San Diego State University ’62

43 Donnie Edward Snedeker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’57 Eric Armin Wagner, The Ohio State University ’62 Robert Henry Holliday, Jr., High Point University ’67 William R. Hodson, Drexel University ’64

42 Charles Alan Jones, Ph.D., The University of California, Berkeley ’61 Richard W. Crain, Western Illinois University ’53 Michael D. Wims, University of North Texas ’66 Ronald Lee Woofter, Ohio Northern University ’59

41 Carl F. Raiss, III, University of Michigan ’49 Carl Reed Wermuth, University of Missouri ’62 Charles G. Winston, Southern Methodist University ’56 Clarence Dale Swenson, University of Kansas ’57 J. David Holmes, CMB, University of North Texas ’66 Fred V. Dellett, Jr., Kansas State University ’56 Jack Rowley, Jr., Waynesburg College ’57 James R Bradley, University of Wisconsin-Madison ’49 Jesse Allen Weigel, University of Pittsburgh ’53 Hugh Marvin Allison, Jr., The University of California, Los Angeles ’57 Robert Dana Andrews, Jr., Albion College ’58 Theodore Edward Desch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’49 Terrence Lee Potts, San José State University ’67



40 Robert Walter Chapman, Michigan State University ’60 Bruce Algot Holmgren, CFE, Morningside College ’67 Charles R. Walgreen, III, University of Michigan ’55 Daniel Sandy Elliott, Drexel University ’61 Edward Deyo Le Fevre, CPA, Millikin University ’54 Forrest Lane Jones, Southern Methodist University ’50 John William Prange, Millikin University ’58 Marshall G. Cox, The University of California, Los Angeles ’56 Michael Jean Engle, Saint Louis University ’66 Russell Clyde Shaw, JD, The Ohio State University ’59 Waldo Pierce Emerson, University of Florida ’60 William Karl Bissey, Ohio Northern University ’72

39 Alexander Doig, San Diego State University ’57 Bruce Volney Penwell, Jr., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’48 David Ernest Collins, Western Michigan University ’65 Howard H. Benton, Kansas State University ’60 James L. Madsen, Eastern Michigan University ’68 John Raymond Parker, Purdue University ’68 Peter H. Dahlquist, Kansas State University ’54 Terry Wayne Donze, Missouri University of Science & Technology ’68 Wayne Alan Jacobson, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse ’65

38 Brian Shedd Brooks, University of Missouri ’64 Charles C. Kubin, The University of Texas at Austin ’52 David A. Darwin, North Carolina State University ’65 Gary Lee Zarybnicky, USA, University of Kansas ’60 Jae Lance Allen, Arizona State University ’64 James Oliver Braeutigam, The University of Texas at Austin ’59 Mark Lee Dunker, The University of California, Berkeley ’58 Milton W. Heath, Jr. University of Michigan ’49

37 William Klein Walker, The University of California, Berkeley ’47 William Lawerence Epperly, Western Illinois University ’64 Burnell John Oates, University of Wisconsin-Platteville ’68 Carlton Russell Blanchard, Alfred University ’59 Donald Earl Newhall, USAFR, San José State University ’51 Frank Lashley Frederick, North Carolina State University ’63 Giles A. Light, Jr., Transylvania University ’63 Guyton Covada Thigpen, Jr., Thiel College ’47 Jack Duane Dostal, Wittenberg University ’60 James Miller Evans, Ph.D., California Polytechnic State University ’58 Kenneth H. Burtness, The University of California, Los Angeles ’63 Roland Christian Wedemeyer, The University of California, Berkeley ’51 William A Brady, Michigan State University ’38 Erwin (Win) Werner Wuttke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’65

36 Arthur S. Fetters, Jr., Michigan State University ’50 Ashley Brown Futrell, Duke University ’75 Darrell Keith Kougher, Edinboro University ’67 Dennis Reed Howard, University of Virginia ’71 Richard F. Mead, The University of California, Berkeley ’52 Harry William Newlon, San Diego State University ’50 Jack Edward Ott, M.D., University of Pittsburgh ’55 James Bruce Gustafson, University of Minnesota ’67 Kenneth Daniel Bieber, Duke University ’67 Marcus E. Drewa, University of North Texas ’53 Richard Douglas McLellan, Michigan State University ’61 Robert Warren Henny, Michigan State University ’57 Robert F. Fellrath, Central Michigan University ’52 William Lewis Hoover, The Ohio State University ’64

35 Allan Lee Brandt, University of Nebraska-Lincoln ’64 Bobby R. Sefton, Millikin University ’52 Robert John Lagomarsino, University of California, Santa Barbara ’48 Bruce Arthur Westphal, San José State University ’61 Burton Lad Rohde, The University of California, Berkeley ’68 David Michael Press, Lehigh University ’69

Eugene Lee Swearingen, Kansas State University ’58 Frank Michel Basile, Tulane University ’58 Gary Lee Workman, Millikin University ’61 Gerald A. Hartmann, Iowa State University of Science & Technology ’56 Harrison Edgar Stroud, The University of California, Los Angeles ’48 Henry M. Wagoner, II, University of Michigan ’67 John Mitchell Ozier, Auburn University ’69 John Herbert Weber, PhD, FASM, Lehigh University ’60 Keith Ronald Hooker, Arizona State University ’60 Larry Dale Matheny, University of Missouri ’67 Lester Warren Jacobs, The University of California, Berkeley ’62 Lester Andrew Wagner, University of Virginia ’66 Michael R. Laxner, Loyola University Chicago ’71 Orlando Carlos Montesino, The University of Texas at Austin ’72 Robert Lonson Martin, University of Virginia ’65 Roger Anthony Mola, Purdue University ’71 Ronald Clark Winkler, The University of California, Berkeley ’65 Warren Wentworth Sauer, San Diego State University ’58

34 William O. Stidham, Eastern Michigan University ’58 William Kurt Hartwig, California Polytechnic State University ’61 Robert Samuel Divine, Georgia Institute of Technology ’48 Robert F. Calderwood, Utah State University ’68 Craig Alan Cerqua, University of Wisconsin-Platteville ’75 David Rolla Mohr, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’68 David Lee Fratta, Indiana University of Pennsylvania ’67 Donald B. Falk, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’49 Earl J. Kroner, Oregon State University ’51 Edward Melvin Swanson, Hillsdale College ’57 Edward B. Rasmessen, USAFR, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’34 Frank Maurice Haynes, University of Colorado Boulder ’56 C. Gary Kalian, The University of California, Berkeley ’58 Irving Taylor Cutter, III, The University of Texas at Austin ’60 James W. Pilz, Michigan State University ’46 Kenneth W. Klindt, Iowa State University of Science & Technology ’56 J. Michael Scigliano, Ph.D., Iowa State University of Science & Technology ’60 Michael Balfour Bixler, CFM, The University of California, Berkeley ’63 Patrick A. Wilkerson, Kansas State University ’53 Philip David Kluge, Hartwick College ’76 Raymond G. Thomas, Michigan Technological University ’49 Robert Charles Nelson, The Ohio State University ’62 Ronald Leo Bloom, University of Missouri ’64 Spencer Eugene Kneubuehl, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater ’70 Stanley C. Kottemann, Tulane University ’47 Curtis Wayne Rush, Kansas State University ’59

33 Robert Housel Bader, California Polytechnic State University ’59 Brien George Hallmark, University of Montana ’58 Bruce Andrew Marshall, Southern Methodist University ’77 Bruce Dwight Baker, Missouri University of Science & Technology ’71 Bruce Stewart Cameron, California Polytechnic State University ’61 Carl Richard Stephens, Northern Arizona University ’54 Clyde Coleman Medlock, Jr., Duke University ’59 Dennis Paul Niemiec, Michigan State University ’74 Donald Mason Chandler, The University of Texas at Austin ’73 Douglas R. Olson, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ’57 Gary Anthony Teixeira, University of Houston ’72 Henry Cole Boss, II, Kansas State University ’69 James S. Carpenter, Jr., Georgia Institute of Technology ’61 Joseph C. Offutt, III, Missouri University of Science & Technology ’73 John Robert Macauley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’42 John Charles Munday, San José State University ’55 Kenneth J. Sims, Jr., Thiel College ’57 T. Lewis Graham, Purdue University ’69 Lonnie Boyd Williams, Jr., Wake Forest University ’75 Murray C. Edge, University of North Texas ’55

Patrick John Stephens, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse ’67 Roger George Gregory, University of Idaho ’58 Russell Lee Yensen, California Polytechnic State University ’63 Thomas Edward Desmond, University of Tennessee (Cumberland) ’50 Thomas Andrew Sgritta, Jr., Purdue University ’65 Thomas Jay Hewitt, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh ’64 Van Ray Botts, Jr., University of California, Santa Barbara ’48

32 Alan S. Livingstone, McGill University ’65 Allen B. Lee, San Diego State University ’62 Bob Lewis Draime, Jr., Michigan Technological University ’74 David Allen Hotchkiss, Kansas State University ’57 Glenn B. Eades, Oregon State University ’55 James Carroll McGraw, Auburn University ’50 Jim Haleem, Western Illinois University ’66 Joe Fredrick Willerth, Purdue University ’67 John William Pearson, The University of California, Berkeley ’64 Kenneth John Yerike, University of Nevada, Las Vegas ’70 Mark Barden Haselton, California Polytechnic State University ’61 Marvin W. Causey, University of New Mexico ’47 Randall Ralph Ice, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ’68 Richard Blair Foulk, Thiel College ’46 Robert A. Fraundorf, University of California, Santa Barbara ’55 Robert L. Brander, Central Michigan University ’51 Robert Stanley Cansler, East Carolina University ’75 Jon Russell Rice, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’73 Anthony John Perfilio, Esq., Utah State University ’66 William E. Gibson, Thiel College ’49

31 William R. Surles, University of North Texas ’66 George Charles Finklea, Jr., Barton College ’74 David Allen Arceneaux, Nicholls State University ’71 Gary Scott Likins, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’59 Hal Wade Ingram, Jr., North Carolina State University ’75 John Taylor Van Hook, Jr., Western Illinois University ’68 Jason C. Reed, The University of California, Berkeley ’62 Joseph Michael Luchetski, Duke University ’76 John Douglas McDonald, Purdue University ’70 Marc Alan Mathews, Transylvania University ’77 Marshall Miller Johnson, The University of California, Los Angeles ’47 Michael P. Smelt, Michigan State University ’57 Michael Glen Malone, USMC, University of Southern California ’61 Paul Wendell Burch, Kansas State University ’62 Richard R. Dolson, University of Pittsburgh ’75 Richard Lawrence Knoblauch, Rutgers University ’63

30 Benson R. Quan, The University of California, Berkeley ’68 Bruce Edward Brown, CPA, University of North Texas ’67 Darrell Allan Schermerhorn, California Polytechnic State University ’55 David Ogden Cox, Auburn University ’35 David H. Lubetzky, The University of California, Los Angeles ’61 David L. Petersen, Washington State University ’76 Donald Foster Cole, California Polytechnic State University ’76 Erik Lynn Johannesen, San Diego State University ’78 Frank Latimer Barkley, Jr., Duke University ’57 Frederick W. Rosenkampff, Western Carolina University ’59 James Arlo Cipra, The University of California, Los Angeles ’61 James Hollis Adams, Jr., Georgia Institute of Technology ’60 James R. Zinck, Western Illinois University ’54 John Edward Heitler, The University of Texas at Austin ’51 John Charles Bley, Humboldt State University ’60 Juan Luis Garcia-Tunon, Saint Louis University ’68 Martin James Gregg, Jr., University of California, Santa Barbara Richard Owen Pompian, PhD, University of Michigan ’57 Richard T. Dietrich, University of Idaho ’65 Steven Alan Viskup, University of Kansas ’61 Wesley Harwood Eaton, Boston University ’40

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On why giving back is important… My college experience involved a lot of philanthropic work both within Delta Sig and in other on campus organizations. I was co-chairman for K-State Proud my senior year which raised $119,000 for students who were at risk of leaving the university. Philanthropy is something that became very important to me, and I wanted to give back to an organization that gave so much to me. My college experience would have been entirely different without Delta Sig. I know this money will go toward undergraduate members, and I know the push has been for the Leadership Institute along with other leadership initiatives. Delta Sig helped me grow in leadership, and I want to be sure that it continues to do that for undergraduates in the future.” – Kyle Reynolds, Kansas State University ’10

On innovation… LI, Summit and RLA are great examples of the innovative spirit of Delta Sigma Phi. They provided insight into the idea of leadership and recruitment and worked to fulfill the incredibly important mission of creating truly better men.” – Stephen Ball, University of Missouri ’11


On Regional Leadership Academies… Delta Sigma Phi serves as one of the cornerstones in my life. As I look back upon my collegiate experience, I can recall the countless moments and opportunities that Delta Sigma Phi taught me on being a better leader and person. Through the Fraternity’s programs, like the Regional Leadership Academy, I was able to set a strong foundation for my future. To this day, I believe that Delta Sigma Phi helped place me on my path in this life and I will be forever grateful. – Phil Rodriguez, Illinois State University ’03 On Summit… I had the unique opportunity to be a founding father and was fortunate to attend the Leadership Institute and Summit during my time as an undergrad. This Fraternity instilled confidence and leadership required for my everyday and professional life, and I’m forever grateful for the experiences as a Delta Sig that have shaped who I am today. I attribute many of the strides I’ve made to being a Delta Sig. I’m currently working in oil and gas in Midland, Texas. I love my job, and I still keep in touch with the majority of the founding fathers from Zeta Zeta as well as many of the younger brothers. Lubbock isn’t far away, and I’m fortunate to be able to visit here and there. We started with 45 founding fathers; the chapter now has well over 100 brothers. I still get chills when I go back and see the enthusiasm and energy of our now chartered chapter of men. Every one of us is a leader in some capacity, and I’m convinced that the group we have in Lubbock and around the nation will continue to impact the world in a very positive manner. – Taylor Williams, Texas Tech University ’10




On repaying the debt… I want to thank all of the brothers who give donations to the Foundation and enable the incredible experience that is LI! The lessons I’ve learned & the people I’ve met have been invaluable and will stick with me for as long as I shall live. LI is a testament to what Delta Sigma Phi is all about and it wouldn’t be possible without your help. You truly understand what it means to repay the debt and I will aspire to do just the same! – Scott Williams, Stetson University ’10 On receiving the McKee Scholarship… As a recipient of the McKee Scholarship, I am forever grateful and truly inspired by the generosity of my brothers and scholarship donors. I believe that one man can make a difference, but as brothers of Delta Sigma Phi, working together, we are unstoppable. This scholarship shows the capabilities of a strong, communal effort. Showing that we are a strong national brotherhood of active members and alumni, working together so that the world may ever be convinced of the sincerity of our purpose. – Jordan Potter, University of Kentucky ’12 On The Journey… Going on The Journey was one of the most humbling experiences I have ever been a part of and has helped me develop a better sense of privilege. While in Honduras, I learned just how diverse our world is and how truly blessed I am to have so many opportunities to succeed. In the United States, it is easy for us to get caught up in and frustrated with the smaller parts of life, but the time spent in Honduras helped me redefine my appreciation for the blessings I used to take for granted. Words fail to describe just how much can be learned from The Journey, and I strongly recommend that all of the brothers of Delta Sigma Phi take advantage of this life changing opportunity! – Ty Murphy, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ’11



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At the end of May, 12 undergraduates from various Delta Sig chapters across the nation embarked on a once-in-alifetime trip. For the first time in Delta Sigma Phi history, the Fraternity offered a service-immersion trip (in partnership with the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values) called The Journey. The inaugural Journey trip took members to Honduras to immerse themselves in another culture. They also had the opportunity to give back by building a house for a deserving local. During their time in Honduras, members had an opportunity to be candid and talk about the things they were learning and how the experience affected them. The Carnation also had an opportunity to interview two of the 12 members to briefly after their return to the States to learn about some of the takeaways from the experience.



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TY MURPHY, SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES ‘11 Q: What was your experience like? A: The Journey was the most eye-opening experience that I have ever had. To immerse yourself in a totally new culture for a week is so incredibly humbling. Q: What was the most important thing you learned? A: The most prominent revelation that I had on The Journey was the fact that materialism will not, and cannot, bring you happiness. True happiness— happiness that is not short-lived—is only found in appreciating and blessing everything that comes your way. Q: What was the most challenging part of the trip? A: The most challenging part of the trip was stepping out of my comfort zone and fully immersing myself in the Honduran culture. Once I began speaking with the people, eating the food, and taking full advantage of the new experience, I was



“The thing I’ll remember the most from this trip is all of the different feelings and emotions I felt—the feeling of accomplishment I felt when we finished the house for Pastor, playing with the kids, just the feeling of happiness. I’m different in the way I see the world and just how grateful I am for all the privileges and opportunities I’ve been given. It definitely puts your life into perspective once you leave the U.S. and come to a place like Honduras. – Brian Speckhard, Utah State ’11

awarded with a rich, new perspective. Q: How are you applying lessons you learned from The Journey in everyday life? A: I have begun paying attention to when I feel like I am lacking something in my life, like money for example, and immediately nipping it in the bud and remembering just how blessed I truly am. Q: What did you learn about the power and importance of community? A: During The Journey, we got to see how powerful we are as a group focused on a single task. During the dedication of the home, the entire community came out to join us. It was refreshing to see such love for a fellow man. Q: What did you learn about privilege?

A: I learned that privilege is simply a matter of perspective. In Honduras, people felt privileged if they had basic needs like food, water and roof over their heads. Here in the States, we tend to focus on more materialistic ideals. Q: What advice would you offer people who are thinking about going on the next Journey trip Delta Sig offers? A: The Journey was an incredible experience, and words cannot effectively describe how much you can grow. As in every aspect of our fine fraternity, you get out what you put in. If you jump in feet first and make every attempt to immerse yourself in the culture, you will be awarded wondrous, new perspectives on life. DEVIN STEIN, UTAH STATE ’12 Q: What was your Journey experience like? A: While I was expecting the usual Delta Sig leadership training, The Journey turned out to be an eye-opening cultural immersion experience that has definitely changed my perspective on a lot of things.

“There is nothing to forget [from this trip]. I see people who look at what they have and don’t complain ... some of them don’t have running water or electricity, but they wouldn’t want a thing more. What they see is what they love because it’s what they have. In this culture, community is family.” – James Lee, Ohio Northern ’12

Above and Below: Members commute between the build site and their sleeping quarters. Inset: Executive Director Patrick Jessee, Purdue University ’01, and James Lee, Ohio Northern University ’12, interact with a Fulbright Scholar from Heart to Honduras.

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JOURNEY ATTENDEES Gilberto Corona, Loyola Marymount University ‘13 Geoffery Elliott, Appalachian State University ‘13 James Lee, Ohio Northern University ‘12 Tony Lopez, Woodbury University ‘12 Roderick McRae, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ‘09 Ty Murphy, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ‘11 Josh Noble, Eastern Michigan University ‘12 Greg Peterson, Loyola Marymount University ‘13 Beau Rath, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse ‘12 Brian Speckard, Utah State University ‘11 Devin Stein, Utah State University ‘12 Chris Wrobel, The Ohio State University ‘14 JOURNEY FACILITATORS Ry Beck, University of North Texas ‘04 Patrick Jessee, Purdue University ‘01 Ross Klein, Georgia College ‘09 Branden Stewart, Grand Valley State University ‘07



“The people made the experience. This has opened my eyes to the different issues in other countries. It makes me what to help a lot more and it really drives my passion to do that. I feel very blessed and encouraged to do things like The Journey. ” – Gilberto Corona, Loyola Marymount University ’13 Q: What did you learn about privilege? A: I learned to appreciate the privileges I have more. It’s common to hear about how lucky we are to live in the place we do, but its an eye-opening experience to step out of the privileges we have to see life without the same opportunities we’re given. Q: What did you learn about the power and importance of community? A: Community is a powerful thing because it gives support to individuals without needing to ask. The entire community came together to see Pastor [for whom the house was built] off to a better life, and seeing that kind of deep appreciation for mankind in general is something beautiful and not seen nearly enough in the States. Q: What was the most challenging part of the trip? A: Trying to communicate with the natives. We were lucky enough to have [locals] translate for the rest of the group, but the language barrier definitely posed an issue at times. Q: What was the single most important thing you learned from your experience? A: One of the most important things I learned on The Journey is the importance of pursuing happiness before privilege. In the United States, we’re blessed with so many privileges that we’re oftentimes blinded when it comes to the simple things in life—like the pursuit of happiness. Experiencing a culture with so few material and cultural

privileges, yet so much happiness really helps to encourage the pursuit of the things in life that matter. Q: How are you applying lessons you learned from The Journey in everyday life? A: Probably the easiest way to apply what I’ve learned in Honduras is to encourage both myself and others to step back and appreciate the things we have, and to think about life as something we have full control over. We’re blessed to have the opportunities to do endless numbers of things in this country, and to not appreciate that is to not live life to the fullest. Q: What advice would you offer people who are thinking about going on the next Journey trip Delta Sig offers? A: The best advice I could give to anyone hoping to go on The Journey is just to do it, and to do everything while you do it. The experience is going to be extremely memorable regardless of how involved in it you are, but the more you put yourself into the culture, the more you’ll get out of it.

“Remember: All the experiences we had from building the house, the kids who jumped in and the sense of family and community throughout this entire journey. You open your heart and they opened their heart. I’m going to remember the people ... they are family in experience— they may not be by blood—but they don’t leave anyone behind.” – Roderick McRae, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ’09

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“Respect all. Fear none. That was one of the real key things. Stay hungry. A game is never over until it’s over. You’re never out of the game, so you need to understand that no matter what the score is, you have time on the clock. We’re going to fight and scratch and claw our way until the end.” – Mike Bellotti 52


They call it The Miracle Game. A story only preserved in silent film, it mirrors the great movies of old: a California setting, an underdog story, an impossible end. It was 1971 in Hayward, not Hollywood, California. On one sideline, the University of California, Davis football team—a team that, before Head Coach Jim Sochor took over, hadn’t had a winning season since World War I. On the other presides California State University, Hayward, perennial stalwarts, Bay Area bruisers. The scoreboard read Hayward 29, UC Davis 14. Thirty-one seconds remained. The UC Davis Aggies’ quarterback Bob Biggs dropped back

to pass; Hayward cheerleaders popped champagne in the locker room. Meanwhile, Mike Bellotti was sprinting down the middle of the field. The tight end had never been so fast until he found himself racing time. 31 seconds. Biggs lets loose. The ball spirals, a finger’s length from a leaping defender, into the hands of Bellotti. The big body, taken at the knee, falls on the 2-yard line. 20 seconds. A lumbering running back, George Muck, breaks the boundary. Touchdown. A quick snap, a quick pass. Two feet touch inbounds for two points; a wide receiver named Fortner keeps the game alive. Hayward 29, Davis 22. An Aggie somehow catches the onside


play kick against his chest—the football hits everyone in the heart. 15 seconds. A Biggs bomb, a Hail Mary, glances off the fingertips of Mike Everley. 9 seconds. Biggs throws to Tay Thompson on the right sideline, the 29-yard line, his feet crossing the chalk. 4 seconds. Biggs sidesteps a sack and lets the football fly. Bellotti, once more, streaks up the middle. The ball falls into his arms. He embraces the first teammate he finds. Hayward 29, Davis 28. 0 seconds. Coach Sochor makes the call. They’ll go for the win. They’ll go for two. Tension mounting, the

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Alumni Feature Aggies’ offensive line jumps offside. Hayward fans rush the field. They think it’s an end, but the jump is no more than a 5-yard penalty. The line jumps again. Another penalty flag, five more steps back, five more hashes from the finish line. Fans surround the field, breathing down the backs of the players. Biggs drops back; fans watch. He hurls a hope to the right; fans wait. Mike Everley makes the onehanded grab; fans wilt. Hayward 29, Davis 30. In the pile that swallows Everley whole, you see him. Mike Bellotti is raising those reliable hands, those hands that made the magic, The Miracle, possible. It was such moments that make Sochor say, “I just knew. He was going to be a good coach.” Bellotti became more than a good coach. He became a great one. So great that, in December 2014, the College Football Hall of Fame will immortalize his work with induction to their hallowed halls. His 116 wins at University of Oregon still stand as the most in school history. Stepping into the role after Rich Brooks left to lead the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams, Bellotti took Oregon to new heights. In 14 years, he led the Ducks to 12 bowl games, winning six, including the Fiesta Bowl in 2001. He coached his team to two Pac-10 titles, and by 2001, to the No. 2 ranking in the sport. And he oversaw the beginnings of a partnership with Nike co-founder Phil Knight that would elevate the Oregon Ducks to national prominence. After all that, Brooks says, his Hall of Fame induction was a formality. “I didn’t think there was much doubt it would happen,” Brooks said. “The success he had here was unprecedented.” But before Bellotti could transform the track town of Eugene, Oregon to a football factory, he had to arrive. And he arrived on a path less taken, not on a route up the middle but through the 54


small schools of the West. A feat he can finally appreciate.

“It’s supposed to be fun. The man says ‘Play Ball’ not ‘Work Ball’ you know.” – Willie Stargell, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates Bellotti thinks about his journey and remembers Willie’s words, words he read or heard somewhere and never forgot. “I never went to work,” Bellotti. “I went to play.” It was as Bellotti played for UC Davis that Sochor (himself a Hall of Fame coach) saw something special in the stoic tight end, something that wasn’t necessarily physical. “He wasn’t fast,” Sochor said,“but he was solid. He caught every ball, made every play. He was reliable.” He was also a born leader. Once the tight end turned wide receiver was gone, and the time came for Sochor to supplement his staff, he couldn’t quite let go of Bellotti’s talent. So, he brought Bellotti back. He passed onto his former player, soon-to-be peer, his offensive philosophy—his winning ways. And with his wife Colleen at his side, Bellotti began his small-school hopscotch. He stayed on Sochor’s sideline until 1977, when he joined forces from a team he once deflated—Cal State Hayward. Under Head Coach Tim Tierney, he says he learned how to recruit. In ’79, Bellotti took a one-year sabbatical to Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Under Head Coach Pete Riehlman, he says he learned the administrative demands he’d one day face, watching as the man coupled organizational skills with strong decision-making. And it was 20 years ago that Bellotti earned his first head coaching job, taking the helm at California State University, Chico in 1984. Just five years later, his former UC Davis colleague Nick Aliotti would convince Rich Brooks to take a

look at the once miracle-maker. Brooks bought in. To many, Bellotti arrived at Oregon a fresh face, but after years of leading young men through a league with more moxy than money, he was ready-made. “At the Division II level where I spent half of my career…you are working with non-scholarship athletes who just love the game, and they have a greater appreciation of it,” Bellotti explained. “You’re not making millions of dollars or hundreds of thousands of dollars… but you’re still putting in the extra time. Because you truly believe in it.”

“I coached the game of football because I loved the game of football.” – Mike Bellotti Rich Brooks believed in Mike Bellotti. The defensive-minded head coach made Bellotti his voice in the sky, his offensive coordinator. Game-time decisions bounced back and forth between the booth and sideline before they reached the quarterback, and the tandem paid dividends. In ’89, Bellotti’s first season with the Ducks, Oregon earned a berth to the Independence Bowl—its first postseason appearance in 26 years. But Bellotti shined beyond the booth. On the practice field, he also set himself apart. “He communicated well,” said Brooks. “He was an excellent teacher.” When the time came for Brooks to leave on his own terms and on top (a Pac-10 champion and Rose Bowl participant in ’94), he talked to administration. He tabbed Bellotti as the man for the job. “He certainly had the demeanor and personality,” Brooks said. “He was a guy who had managed a staff before and showed in his five years under me that he was capable of becoming a head coach.” In 1995, Bellotti took over the sidelines, and he never looked back. “A lot of people have a hard time making that transition—being a coordinator to managing both sides

of the ball and managing the entire program rather than just one facet of it,” Brooks said. “But he did that almost effortlessly.” Effortlessly and quickly. Bellotti’s first season raised the bar as Oregon won nine games and a trip to the Cotton Bowl. By 2000, the Ducks were celebrating a 10-win season for the first time. The next year they won 11. The rest is history. By the time Bellotti would step away in 2008, he had tallied a win total that still accounts for over 25 percent of all Oregon football victories. The rest is present day. The new era of Oregon football changed the landscape of Eugene—the stadium, the practice facility, the bright colors that no longer spotted the town on Saturdays, but swarmed it. It might be the town that Nike built, but Bellotti built the program. And the rest is football’s future. Like Sochor, like Riehlman, like Brooks before him, Bellotti left a legacy of leadership behind. Coaches would follow in his footsteps. Names like Chip Kelly, Dirk Koetter, Jeff Tedford, Chris Peterson, Robin Ross, and Robin Flugrad now fill some of the highest profile positions in football. They once made up Bellotti’s staff. But perhaps Bellotti’s most impressive feat rests in the fact that in the moment he’d reached the pinnacle of his profession, national prominence, big money and big success, he was willing to leave it all behind.

“To me, the moments I remember the most vividly are when we stepped up…we’ve had some young men step up, take advantage of an opportunity to be great, demonstrate greatness on the field. And to celebrate those young men in the locker room, whether it be by singing the fight song, a hug, that kind of thing … you witness something that’s transformational in their life and your life too.” – Mike Bellotti

MIKE BELLOTTI – A Man of Football and Fraternity On Dec. 9, a shade of green foreign to Eugene, Oregon, will surround a table at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. A group will raise its glass for a man of football and fraternity. As a Delta Sig at University of California, Davis, Mike Bellotti felt the Fraternity provided him with balance and perspective. “I think anytime you experience something with other people—joy, sadness, sorrow, humor—it bonds you,” he said. “Even though at Delta Sig it wasn’t a group of football players. It was a group of engineers and musicians, football players and non-football players … It was the way you could come together by living together, by having a common goal.” Despite rising to the top of his profession, despite the arduous schedule football mandated, Bellotti has never forgotten that forged bond. He advised chapters at California State University and University of Oregon. Many of his Fraternity brothers remain his closest friends. “My experience in those formative years of college, with those guys, in that environment, was wonderful,” he said. “That helped shape me. I have such fond memories of it.” At the College Football Hall of Fame, those two worlds will coalesce once more. On a night when the crowd will toast and celebrate a football coach, a table of Delta Sigs will raise its glass and pay homage to a friend.

You can nearly paint the conflict in your mind: at the season’s close, Bellotti rejoiced with these boys who had become young men. The hugs beneath the stadium lights. The fight song echoing from the showers of the locker room. The smiles through the sweat. You can imagine that Bellotti found joy in their joy, in a Holiday Bowl victory, in another year’s end. But he’d not only spent the Holiday Bowl with these boys, but most holidays. At some point, perhaps, he realized those days couldn’t always belong to his football family. Amidst the growing green of Oregon in the spring of 2009, Bellotti considered a new life. Like the setting around him, so much was changing. By the fall, there would be a new Pac10 Commissioner. University President David B. Frohnmayer and Athletic Director Pat Kilkenny were stepping down at Oregon. It was a time of transition, and Bellotti wondered if it was his time.

“I don’t know if there ever is a right time,” Bellotti admitted. “Most coaches don’t know when the right time is, and most coaches who walk away are forced away after things have gone bad.” Bellotti thought the timing was good. The program was strong. Chip Kelly was ready to take over. Bellotti’s two knees needed replacing, and something much closer to his heart required reparation. “[Colleen] stood by me through 36 years of coaching—many times as a single parent, many times as father, mother and protector of our children while I was off raising other people’s children,” Bellotti said. “I had also recognized that my children had gotten the shorter end of the stick over the years of me being a college football coach. And I had one child left at home and maybe I could try to be a little bit more involved in his life.” He recalled that it was on the good weeks that they’d spend dinner at the same table. FALL 2014


Alumni Feature “It’s not always about wins and losses or being the highestrated team ... It’s more about the ability to influence people.” So Bellotti passed the torch, stepping into the Athletic Director position, a coach that left at the top of his game. With his decision came joy, and perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising, not after The Miracle Game. Bellotti always knew how to finish strong.

“A good leader like that, a great leader, he’s going to be the same on the field and the same off the field … He was the kind of guy that was like a savant. His mind, you could always count on it. You just felt good being around him.” – Jim Sochor “I think he is very much like he was on the field. He wasn’t a boisterous guy. He was a matter-of-fact guy that understood what he wanted, and went about his job in achieving what he wanted.” – Rich Brooks Saturdays are different now, even if Bellotti never truly left football behind. The tactician’s audience has changed, no longer gathered around lockers, but instead, television sets. Now, thanks to his work as an analyst with ESPN and ABC, his words are no longer hidden in a halftime huddle. Some Saturdays, he finds himself full-circle, in settings all too familiar— small schools and small fields on the California coast. But this time, he’s on the sideline, not as a coach or analyst, but as spectator. He’s a father—just another father—watching his son kick field goals for the Kingsmen of California Lutheran University.



He cherishes that opportunity. “We have great kids,” Bellotti said. “I recognized that when I retired as football coach … I’ve been able to spend more quality time with my children and see, talk and experience things with them that I hadn’t done for 20 or 30 years.” Perhaps he doesn’t give himself enough credit for the paternal, nurturing role he’s always played. From player to coach, from mentor to father, Bellotti has provided guidance and unwavering support to many. And it was that nurturing demeanor and spirit his first mentor valued most. “The guys around him,” Sochor said, “they knew he was rock solid … he led more by example than anything else. His quiet, strong demeanor rubbed off on people.” On Dec. 9, many of those people will surround Bellotti as he delivers his Hall of Fame induction speech and college football celebrates his storied career. His old coach, Sochor; his golfing buddy, Brooks; his fellow Delta Sigs from UC Davis; his family. They will be there, and Bellotti will know he achieved what always mattered to him most: “It’s not necessarily always about the wins and losses or the big game, the great game, or being the highest rated team,” Bellotti said earnestly. “It’s more about the ability to influence people.”

“Find out where they want to go and take them there.” – Jim Sochor (on the definition of leadership, 2008) They call it The Miracle Game. But there is irony in the silent, grainy football footage. The Aggies win, but a story is lost. The screen goes black. The stadium empties. The legacy that is left to linger misses the point.

This wasn’t a miraculous end. It was a beginning. “That kind of set the tone from then on,” said Sochor. “We won the next 18 conference championships in a row— more than anybody in the history of American football.” There’s a moment in The Miracle Game one could easily miss. Bellotti runs across the middle, splitting two defenders in his wake. The gesture, like him, is quiet but assured. The hand goes up. He wants the ball. He sees the way forward. He sees where his team needs to go, and he wants to take them there. It’s the mentality seen in Bellotti’s on-field person that Sochor says helped shift a team toward competitiveness— that helped lift a team’s confidence. “The team felt that,” Sochor said. “He was the tipping point to our success.” Over 40 years later, The Miracle Game still leaves its mark. The plays remain legend. The player became legend, and his successors spread across the football landscape, from college to professional. But mostly it’s the neversay-die philosophy that endured. Years after his two pivotal catches, Bellotti told the Register-Guard, “I truly believe that you’re never out of a game … That game was probably the catalyst for that belief.” Bellotti is right. He never is out of the game. Even if the sideline is no longer his sanctuary, it remains his permanent place. For even if he sits in the stands, Bellotti is never out of the game. His offensive philosophy endures. His former assistants prosper. His legacy lines the skyline of Eugene, Oregon, and the face of a placekicker on Cal Lutheran’s campus. In December, he’ll take a familiar route. He’ll split the crowd on his way to the game’s great stage, perhaps raising his hand to silence their cheers, a smallschool hero that made it big. Then he’ll see it when the cloth is unfurled: his likeness immortalized. And he’ll know he was right. He’s never out of the game. Within it, he’s forever cast in bronze.

Delta Sigma Phi’s 59th & Biennial Convention July 9-12, 2015 New Orleans

TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND CONVENTION 1. BROTHERHOOD: Reconnect with and meet new Delta Sigs. 2. C  ELEBRATE ACHIEVEMENTS: Witness chapters and brothers win coveted awards like the Pyramid of Excellence and Mr. Delta Sig. 3. PERSONAL GROWTH: Step out of your comfort zone, attend programming and bring new ideas back to your community. 4. R  EPRESENT YOUR CHAPTER: Delta Sig has more than 100 chapters. Make sure you chapter is in New Orleans next summer! 5. H  AVE FUN: The city of New Orleans is full of culture. From jazz to the French Quarter and Café du Monde, the city has something for everyone!

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Chapter News

The Carnation is bringing back a Delta Sigma Phi tradition. For decades, undergraduate chapters of Delta Sig submitted a brief recap of the chapter’s wins, updates and forthcoming events. With the advent of the Internet, the capability of our organization to communicate expanded drastically in a few short years. Now that the Fraternity has a clearly-established communications model, it’s that time again—Delta Graphs is coming back. Headquarters reached out to several undergraduate chapters for an update on the year so far. What we see below is intended to provide a snapshot of the full section yet-to-come this fall. To submit your chapter’s graph, please send us an email at

GAMMA EPSILON San José State University The Delta Sigma Phi chapter at San José State University is getting ready for a fall semester filled with excitement. We are planning many brotherhood events ranging from barbecues to Family Appreciation Day. We are looking to recruit quality men this semester who will upkeep the culture of having a strong brotherhood at Gamma Epsilon. Gamma Epsilon will also be welcoming our new chapter advisor Bryan Beran. This semester will also be the third year of our Philanthropy Spartans Best Dance Crew. The event is continuing to grow and raised over $3,000 last year. We hope to raise more this year and make the event even better than it has been in the past two years. GAMMA XI University of North Texas After 62 years of continual enterprise at the University of North Texas, the last 365 days have been those of resurgence for the Gamma Xi Chapter. On the heels of some difficult membership changes came what we expect to be our flagship education program, the Summer Leadership Retreat. Akin to the Leadership Institute, our Retreat aims to bring all of our members together after a summer apart for brotherhood, education and fun. The 2013 Retreat, which focused on defining chapter goals around our values, teaching basic risk management practices and rekindling the bond of brotherhood, is being considered by many in the fraternal community as a best practice to follow a membership review. Some achievements that followed include an increase in chapter membership from 11 to 30 men, surpassing the all-campus, all-Fraternity, and all-men’s average GPA figures, Homecoming and Greek Week honors, and a swelling of pride in our Fraternity. This year’s retreat will be focused on values-based recruitment. 58


Our pride doesn’t stop there. The momentum surpasses generations. Alumni engagement in recruitment, our annual Golf Tournament, Homecoming, and our new Alumni vs. Active sport series is at an all-time high. As the largest chapter group in the Dallas, Fort Worth region, Gamma Xi is poised to do great things this fall and beyond. We wish our brothers good planning, execution, and a little bit of luck in their endeavors. GAMMA SIGMA University of California, Davis On Feb. 27, 1954, Davis Colony became the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi. Thirty-five members of the original colony signed the charter and became the first Delta Sigs on the campus of the University of California at Davis. Aug. 10, 2014, Lodi, California – Seventeen of the original 35 members joined with their brothers to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of Gamma Sigma Chapter. The celebration at the Old Ice House, which is now a picturesque wine tasting facility with oaken casks lining weathered brick walls, was a memorable occasion. John R. (Rudy) Monnich, one of the original Davis Delta Sigs, shared selections from his award winning Silkwood Wines with us during the catered banquet. Time had taken a toll. More than a few brothers were missing. Canes, walkers, and an occasional wheelchair toddled around the room. Nametags flaunted large print and a picture from the college yearbooks. Tales of halcyon days had ripened with the passage of time. Distinguished careers in education, law, veterinary medicine, agriculture, public service and business lay behind us. The values of Delta Sigma Phi have served us well. Happy Birthday, Gamma Sigma! *Items submitted prior to September 15, 2014

ETA Robert Pace, ’76 , 4/15/14 Ronald Pruitt, ’60, 5/5/14 OMICRON William Feild, ’51, 5/10/14 RHO Jerry Davidson, ’34, 1/1/95 Keegan Kimball, ’09, 4/30/14 Ted Owens, ’58, 4/10/14 Edward Sykes, ’33, 9/1/99 Stanley Timblin, ’57, 3/12/14 Jesse Womble, ’33, 8/1/93

GAMMA THETA Anthony Caputo, ’52, 6/2/14

ALPHA UPSILON Raymond Burns, ’50, 1/18/14 James Larkin, ’49, 7/6/14 Robert Mall, ’56, 5/8/14 Hal McDonald, ’63, 5/8/14

GAMMA NU Charles Bradshaw, ’52, 7/13/14

ALPHA PHI George Cromer, ’53, 6/18/14 James Gray, ’47, 6/12/14 Melville Morrison, ’43, 11/17/02

DELTA ZETA William Andrews, ’55, 6/20/14 Frederick Barber, ’57, 5/25/14

BETA BETA Randall DeWitt, ’97, 5/4/14

GAMMA XI Floyd Krodell, ’55, 4/23/14

DELTA ETA Paul Biering, ’57, 12/31/13 DELTA THETA Ronald Smith, ’64, 6/8/12

SIGMA Robert Richard, ’49, 6/30/14

BETA GAMMA John Bellanger, ’73, 6/12/14 James Roberts, ’44, 5/22/14

UPSILON Karl Nolph, ’56, 6/16/14

BETA DELTA Elmer O’Brien, ’53, 5/2/14

DELTA MU Charles Hayden, ’60, 5/1/14 Lyle Herrick, 4/21/14 Paul Reilly, ’67, 4/30/14

CHI Lloyd Moppert, ’47, 6/5/14

BETA EPSILON Jack Pfeifer, ’53, 7/1/14

EPSILON EPSILON John Gordon, ’71, 4/24/14

PSI Daniel Willis, ’31, 6/30/14

BETA IOTA Albert Ferst, ’69, 12/16/11

EPSILON RHO David Loomis, ’59, 6/26/14 Mark Nyberg, ’87, 8/2/14

ALPHA ALPHA Jack Gordon, ’47, 4/24/14

BETA MU William Thomas, ’66, 6/28/14

ALPHA GAMMA Charles Burrows, ’63, 7/19/14 Kenneth Hill, ’57, 6/19/14 Hugh Pattillo, ’62, 7/9/14

BETA NU William Anderson, ’59, 4/10/14

ALPHA ZETA Carl Siegel, ’56, 4/8/14 ALPHA ETA Worthy Riddell, ’48, 1/6/14 ALPHA THETA Gene Bowles, ’66, 1/31/14 ALPHA IOTA Charles Alexander, ’52, 4/10/14 Charles Aured, ’53, 1/9/14 Lawrence Ford, ’63, 9/17/09 James Nanney, ’49, 5/11/14 ALPHA LAMBDA Tony Lents, ’59, 5/31/14 ALPHA PI Ronald Boer, ’51, 6/20/14 M. D’Ooge, ’43, 4/16/14 Francis Kruse, ’83, 5/28/14

BETA PI David Kellar, ’88, 7/2/14 Robert Borges, ’70, 1/5/14 BETA RHO John Pierson, ’49, 6/10/14 BETA PHI Kevin Gannon, ’87, 7/15/14 James Garwood, ’70, 7/29/14 John Kepler, ’68, 4/10/14 Patrick O’Malley, ’56, 9/25/13

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Brothers are listed by chapter, with the following dates being of initiation and then of passing.

EPSILON TAU Robert Moses, ’70, 7/28/14 EPSILON OMEGA David Michael, ’86, 4/9/14

Due to incomplete information, deceased dates may reflect the date the Fraternity was notified. Many of these notifications came from the Fraternity’s Directory Update. The Fraternity was notified of these members’ passings between March 20, 2014 and August 20, 2014.

BETA PSI David Moynahan, ’59, 3/8/14 Philip Poling, ’51, 2/1/14 Joseph Raineri, ’59, 3/7/14 BETA OMEGA Albert Dudash, ’55, 6/6/14 GAMMA ETA Albert Kern, ’50, 6/10/14

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