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THE MAN BEHIND THE
ALUMNI How advising a chapter helped a Brother achieve a life goal p.15
Meet the Brother making movies sound magical
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Volume 111, Issue 1
EDITOR Adam Lowe, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis ‘16 EXECUTIVE EDITOR Micah Christensen, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis ‘16 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Micah Christensen, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis ‘16 Loren Mall, Kansas State University ‘58 Patrick Hall, Georgia College & State University ‘12 Elliott Beach, Thiel College ‘12 Marco Galvan, University of Texas at Austin ‘10 Jonathon Marine, George Washington University ‘15 Amber Huston, Delta Sigma Phi COO ART DIRECTOR Shelle Design Incorporated Address publication materials and correspondence with national office to: Delta Sigma Phi 2960 N. Meridian Street P.O. Box 88507 Indianapolis, IN 46208 317.634.1899 FAX: 317.634.1410 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.deltasig.org THE CARNATION OF DELTA SIGMA PHI (USPS 091-020), official publication of Delta Sigma Phi, 2960 N. Meridian Street, P.O. Box 88507, Indianapolis, IN 46208, is published semiannually. Publication postage paid at Indianapolis, IN and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to THE CARNATION OF DELTA SIGMA PHI, 2960 N. Meridian Street, P.O. Box 88507, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Subscription price to non-members is $8 per year. Single copies $3. Copyright 2017 by the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity; 2960 N. Meridian Street, P.O. Box 88507, Indianapolis, IN 46208. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical, electronic, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of the copyright owner. THE CARNATION® and Delta Sigma Phi® are registered trademarks of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, Inc.
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ments earned him an Emmy. n each issue of the Carnation, we share
a number of stories about the incredi-
ments of these men, think about what
While we celebrate the accomplish-
ble things our chapters and brothers are
your goals are. Let these stories serve as
doing. We love telling these stories not
fuel for your fire. We are here to push one
only because we want to celebrate these
another to new heights, and to pick each
successes, but to challenge each other.
other up when we are down. That’s what
It is an extension of what makes our
we need to be as members of this great
undergraduate experience so special.
Fraternity. The Better Man is one who
makes life better for their fellow men.
In our chapters, we bring men together
from different ideologies, backgrounds,
Enjoy this issue of The Carnation.
and beliefs. Becoming brothers with people who have fundamental differences from yourself is an opportunity for growth un-
like any other. It is a chance to reevaluate and challenge who you are.
Steel sharpens steel after all.
We have several great stories in store
for this issue. We’ll meet a brother who
is making a name for himself in the
Hollywood film industry. We’ll hear from a chapter advisor about how his undergraduates helped him tackle a life goal he had for himself. We’ll learn
Mission: The Carnation is a lifestyle magazine meant to entertain, educate and inspire the members of Delta Sigma Phi to become better men and lead better lives, while also educating and entertaining other readers who may not be members.
about a brother whose technical achieve-
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo ’72 National President
CONTENTS 4 Pause for Applause 5 Delta Sigs in the Military
The Spy, The Badge and The Brave with Loren Mall
The Man Making Movies Sound Magical
The Push to Go the Distance
Silver Screen Storytelling
FEATURE / Sound of the Cinema
20 Charterings & Recharterings 28 Upholding Our Standards 28 Deltagraphs 29 Bond Eternal
IN THIS ISSUE
The Spy, The Badge and the Brave p.7
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PAUSE FOR APPLAUSE
A BROTHER REMEMBERED CHRISTOPHER L. NORTHERN devoted much of his life to advancing Delta Sigma Phi as one of its most dedicated volunteers. To recognize him for his service, the Fraternity named him Mr. Delta Sig 2018. On February 14, a group of local and regional alumni leaders, national officers, undergraduates from the Zeta Kappa Chapter at the University of Northern Colorado, and his Eta chapter brothers from the University of Texas assembled in Littleton, Colorado, to confer the honor upon him. His wife, Cheryl, their son, Duncan, and daughter, Linden, kept the ceremony a secret until everyone made a surprise appearance at the Northern home. Some of the 24 Delta Sigs were accompanied by their wives. Along with other Northern family members, it was an opportunity for everyone to share their love with Chris, who has given his affection to many members and supporters of Delta Sigma Phi. Bruce Loewenberg, who earlier served with Northern on the Grand Council, delivered the Mr. Delta Sig silver tray and medal to Northern. Loewenberg affirmed, “You are one of the most deserving members to ever receive this honor, the highest award of the Fraternity. Your record of work for Delta Sigma Phi is incomparable.” Northern replied, “Everything I’ve done for Delta Sigma Phi has been a pleasure for me. I treasure every memory.” Northern began his Fraternity service when he was initiated by Eta Chapter in 1977. As an undergraduate, he was appreciated by the other members for discretely monitoring their behavior. They affectionately called him Mum. Northern relocated to Colorado and began his working career in 1980. He served as chapter advisor for a new chapter at the University of Northern Colorado soon after it received its charter as Zeta Kappa Chapter in 1981. For more than two decades, he drove one-hour each way to attend nearly every one of its weekly chapter meetings. At the February 14 event, the undergraduates named him Mr. Zeta Kappa. Northern organized the Colorado Alumni Association in 1989. The As-
sociation meets monthly to further the fraternal bond, and it regularly raises funds to support Delta Sig collegiate chapters in the state. The Association hosts an annual Founders Day dinner, and it attracts a large group of celebrants, including undergraduate members. Northern is well known throughout the National Fraternity. He has facilitated many leadership conferences, and he has attended nearly every national convention since 1977. In 1991, he originated a personal recognition program he calls the 1899 Silver Dollar award. Using his own funds, he has purchased and presented 1899 silver dollars to deserving members. As he presents each coin, he describes how the silver dollar exemplifies the values of the first Delta Sigs of 1899. He expanded the recognition in 2016 to include wives and staff members. In a reflection of his modest nature, Northern says the Silver Dollar tradition belongs to the Fraternity. In 1997, Northern organized a weeklong tour of wineries for alumni and their spouses. It has since become a traditional biennial event. Held in the years between national conventions, the winery tours have become highly popular. They now attract as many as 70 men and women from around the country. Chris Northern was elected to the Grand Council in 2003. In an unprecedented testament to his capabilities, he was elected National President the same day. While he was a member of the Council in 2005, it adopted the Fraternity’s national motto: Better Men-Better Lives. A history buff, he has collected Delta Sig artifacts for display in the National Fraternity’s offices. Chris’s son, Duncan, was the first member of Zeta Kappa Chapter when it was reorganized in 2010. He was the initial president and major contributor to its success. Chris Northern says his proudest fraternal achievement is to witness Duncan carry on the Northern tradition of service to Delta Sigma Phi.
Postscript: Christopher L. Northern died on March 23, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family.
ALUMNI The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors appointed GARY MCBRIDE, California State University ’90, as new chief executive officer, effective Nov. 25, 2017. DR. ROBERT OLSON, Thiel College ‘57, Thiel College’s 18th President, received the Louis and Barbara Thiel Distinguished Service Award at the institution’s Founders’ Day celebration. TRAVIS HARDEE, University of South Carolina, Aiken ’14, was awarded the inaugural Human and Civil Rights Award at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration on campus. BRIAN BATTLE, Alfred University '88, has been named Florida Atlantic University's Interim Director of Athletics. DR. WALTER ROSADO, Thiel College ’04, wrote a book about what a military deployment is really like. Without Fear is an original and honest memoir that follows a support soldier through his training, deployment to the Middle East, and return home. SCOTT CUNNINGHAM, Loyola Marymount University ‘94, won Best Cinematography at the 2017 MTV Music Awards for his on Kendrick Lamar’s video, “HUMBLE”.
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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 a special thanks to those who serve 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 email@example.com.
RICHARD PARKER J PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, NAVY RESERVE AUBURN '88 5 YEARS, AND STILL ACTIVE
few times during our lives, we experience a call so strong that it creates a drastic desire for change. That’s exactly what happened to Brother Richard D. Parker, Ph.D.,
Auburn University ’88. At the peak of his career as an educator and scholar, he embarked on a lifechanging trip that caused him to leave it all behind. Dr. Parker worked for 15 years as a professor teaching college courses in business, communication and leadership. He was the author of numerous published articles and commentaries. He had presented at dozens of scholarly
and professional conferences. He had even been awarded his institution’s highest honor for his achievements in research and service. Before he left the world of academics behind, he felt his passion for his career beginning to fade. The growing trend of universities beginning to choose revenue over education began to take a toll on him. With fewer resources and less support from the administration, it became progressively harder for him to do his job effectively. “I knew that I still wanted to make a difference in my life's work,” said Richard. “I no longer felt I could do so as a professor.” The turning point came shortly after his mother passed away. Faced with this loss, Richard realized he needed to make a change or face the possibility of regretting his life choices. He thought back to a trip he had taken a few months prior to his mother’s passing. He had a special opportunity to go aboard a United States Navy aircraft carrier while it was conducting operations at sea. What he saw during his 24 hours aboard the USS Harry S. Truman was what he felt he was missing. He saw in the crew an attitude that was inspiring. At sea, men and women worked long hours under harsh conditions, volunteering to do a job so few stand up to do, and they loved it. They were part of something bigger - and they knew it. The pride in their work and in their ship left him with a desire to join them, and to be part of their team. And that’s exactly what he did.
DELTA SIGS IN THE MILITARY
At the age of 40, Richard sought out ways he could join the U.S. Navy. After a three year search, he found himself commissioned as a Public Affairs Officer in the Navy Reserve. Public Affairs Officers serve as the voice of the Navy. They guide teams that draft the press releases that go out to the media. They film the interviews and events of the Navy’s heroes. They work with media outlets to get the coverage they need. They provide counsel to command. They are the men and women who tell the story of what the Navy is, and why they are an integral part of our armed forces. In this role, Richard found he could put the skills he had refined in his previous career to use in an entirely new way. Instead of giving lectures to students about marketing communications and public relations, he could serve his country. Instead of accommodating a university administration worried about enrollment numbers, he is helping to tell the story of our brave Navy men and women. He rediscovered the passion that had been slipping away from him before. Since joining the Navy he has been underway aboard submarines and surface ships. He has been stationed at Pearl Harbor and Naples, Italy. He has been instrumental in conducting exercises with partners and allies in places like Ukraine and Mauritius. And he has helped plan naval exercises in Bahrain and London. While he may not be a service member in the conventional way we tend to think of, Richard is supporting the cause of national defense nonetheless. His daily work of telling the Navy’s
story to the public is shaping the future sailors who will serve our country next. Richard has been in the Navy Reserve for five years. Richard’s experience as an undergraduate member would prove to be as interesting as his future career. As an undergraduate, he transferred from another chapter of Delta Sig, but loved Auburn so much that he made the Kappa chapter his main affiliation. He also spent a summer at the National Headquarters as an intern for the Foundation. While he has moved away from a career in teaching, he has left one
In this role, Richard found he could put the skills he had refined in his previous career to use in an entirely new way. Instead of giving lectures to students about marketing communications and public relations, he could serve his country... He rediscovered the passion that had been slipping away from him before.
final gift to share to those who still wish to learn. Taking material from the graduate course he taught for several years in leadership communication, he recently published a new book, Leadership Lessons from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “You might not think of Monty Python as being a good source for learning about being a leader,” he said, “but there are some good lessons there. My book looks not only at the film, but also some real life situations, including daily life in the Navy.” What causes a man to drop a successful career to pursue a completely different field? For Richard, it was the desire to make a difference and to be part of a legacy that will be remembered throughout history.
CORRECTION FROM THE FALL 2017 ISSUE
Editor’s Note: In the Delta Sigs in the Military segment of the last issue, we mistakenly used the information for Col. Sonsalla of the Fall 2016 Carnation where Sgt. Seth Peavler should have been. Please see Sgt. Peavler’s correct information below. Seth Peavler Sergeant, US Army Utah State University ‘09 Years Served: 7, and is still active duty
The Spy, The Badge And The Brave by LOREN MALL, HISTORIAN
elta Sig students did not expect to be conscripted into World War I when it began in July 1914. The battles were far away in Europe where the emperors of Germany, AustriaHungary, Russia and the Ottoman Empire sent their youth to fight for domination of the European continent. New machines of war—airplanes, tanks, long-range artillery and poison gas shells—took a barbaric toll on the soldiers who fought the battles. The people of the United States were reluctant to be dragged into the war, and the U.S. maintained a neutral stance.
The American Red Cross, working independently from any government, provided ambulances for wounded soldiers. It advertised urgently for men to drive them, volunteers who would pay all their own expenses. They were required to act impartially and rescue injured men without regard to their country. Like other Americans, Delta Sigs were horrified by the atrocities in Europe. All of them had been born a few years before 1900, and they had been raised in an age of hope and idealism. A dozen or more Delta Sig
students left their colleges to help the Red Cross at the front lines. Wilhelm F. Knauer, a 1910 initiate of Iota Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania, chose to volunteer behind the German lines. The United States supported the United Kingdom and France against Imperial Germany, but Knauer had learned German at home. He could best help the wounded on German-held soil. Knauer left the chapter house immediately after he earned an MBA degree from Penn’s renowned Wharton School of Business in June 1915. He took a steamship to Germany. Throughout the Atlantic crossing, he and the crew were on constant outlook for German submarines that could send the ship to the bottom. On board, he was befriended by a young Swiss salesman, and they learned they both spoke German. When the ship docked in England, the British
military inspectors discovered the selfstyled salesman was an officer of the German secret service. They arrested him. Knauer’s new friendship and his own destination in Germany immediately cast him under suspicion. British soldiers interrogated him for three days before they released him. At the next port in England, officers of the British Navy seized him, convinced he was another German spy. The British ignored his protests that he was a new college graduate on his way to volunteer with the Red Cross. They refused to accept the validity of his passport, and he dared not show his German letters to prove his claim. In desperation, he fumbled to unfasten the Delta Sigma Phi badge of membership from his shirt. The first sailor took it. He examined it. Turning it over and over, he read its engraved initials and date several times. Each of the others did the same before they handed the badge to the next. Finally, the captain took his turn. When the officer looked up, satisfied, Knauer breathed a sigh of relief. He was allowed to continue his journey, with the emblem of Delta Sigma Phi pinned to his shirt. On the other side of the English Channel, members of the German army suspected Knauer was a spy for the British. Wielding loaded pistols, they frisked him thoroughly. They found his German correspondence and realized he was actually
At Kanuer’s next port in England, officers of the British Navy seized him, convinced he was another German spy. The British ignored his protests that he was a new college graduate on his way to volunteer with the Red Cross. They refused to accept the validity of his passport, and he dared not show his German letters to prove his claim. In desperation, he fumbled to unfasten the Delta Sigma Phi badge of membership from his shirt. The first sailor took it. He examined it. Turning it over and over, he read its engraved initials and date several times. Each of the others did the same before they handed the badge to the next. Finally, the captain took his turn. When the officer looked up, satisfied, Knauer breathed a sigh of relief. He was allowed to continue his journey, with the emblem of Delta Sigma Phi pinned to his shirt.
a volunteer. He was finally allowed to proceed to the war zone and drive ambulances along the German lines in Italy. He carried the wounded from the line of fire, applied the rudimentary first aid he had been taught, and transported them to field hospitals. Unlike many other ambulance drivers, William Knauer survived his war experience without injury. He returned to Philadelphia in 1916 and became the deputy attorney general of the state. Later, he opened his own law office and was active in state politics in Pennsylvania. He continued his fraternity work by officiating at the second chartering ceremonies of the Penn State chapter in 1920. He served as one of the first trustees of
the National Fraternity’s endowment fund in the 1930s. In 1917, the United States belatedly entered World War I on the side of the United Kingdom, France and other nations of the Western Allies. The American Red Cross needed courageous volunteers more than before. Malcolm Schloss of Alpha Chapter drove an ambulance donated by City College of New York into the battlefields of France. Under fire, he rescued the wounded and retrieved the dead. The nation awarded him its highest honor, the Croix de Guerre, the French War Cross. Three younger students of the Penn chapter, Harold Stanley, Robert L. Goeltz, and Frank J. “Yank” Walker, enlisted together. They volunteered
for the Red Cross ambulance unit organized by their university. They worked at the front in France, and each of them received the Croix de Guerre. Two of them came home when the war ended late in 1918, but Walker did not. In November that year, the enemy shelled the French field hospital where he had carried several wounded soldiers. He sprang into action and evacuated several of his patients from the medical tent. His ambulance broke down on another rescue trip, and French soldiers shouted at him to retreat and seek cover. Walker was determined to get the vehicle moving again and transfer the last of his charges to safety. The enemy continued to shell his location. As he worked on the balky engine, one of the explosives struck nearby and seriously injured him. He died a few hours later. It was just two days before the Armistice ended the war on November 11, 1918. By the time of World War I, only a few members of Delta Sigma Phi had reached 30 years of age. This made nearly all Delta Sigs eligible for military service. The Fraternity estimated that 65 percent of members â€œhad been at the war front or close enough to come face to face with reality.â€? The Delta Sigs were amazingly fearless under fire, and many of them were granted awards for heroism. Several dozen of them died in battle. Unknown dozens more were seriously wounded or died later from injuries.
Top: Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, France Bottom: WWI ambulance on a Ford Model T chassis used by the American Red Cross in 1915. Before then, war ambulances were horse drawn wagons.
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the man making movies
sound magical Emmy-winning Brother Colin McDowell, New Mexico
State '91, brings the noise by MICAH CHRISTENSEN
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here are a few things that everyone notices when they speak into a microphone. Your P’s sound sharp, and your T’s can wake up any sleeping animals in the vicinity. How do these things that happen to everyone on a microphone stay out of our television shows and movies? The answer to that lies in the magic of audio engineering. Colin McDowell, New Mexico State University ’91, knows just about everything there is to know about manipulating sound. He has been playing with audio for nearly as long as he can recall. That journey has taken him from blowing up speakers to winning an Engineering Emmy for his work. Colin and his company, McDowell Signal Processing, were awarded an Engineering Emmy for their SA-2 Dialog Processor. If you’ve watched television in the past few years, you’ve heard why this product was worthy of this award. It has been used on shows like “Game of Thrones”, “Criminal Minds”, and “Sense8”. Imagine a battlefield set in a fantasy epic. Knights are battling amidst the screams of dragons and the clanging of steel. Our
valiant heroes are working to execute their strategy to win. One looks to the other, and whispers his command. Realistically, how would anyone hear that voice amidst the fireballs, battles, and orchestra playing the soundtrack? During the post production process, skilled re-recording mixers are able to combine all these audio elements and still get the dialog to come through. But the process leaves sibilance, plosives, and other dialog elements badly exaggerated. And that, is what the SA-2 Dialog Processor takes care of – making all those harsh P’s and T’s sound natural, while at the same time leaving the rest of the dialog audio alone. Colin’s journey in sound began as a kid. He grew up in Buffalo, New York, the same town
that Moog, a major synthesizer company, was headquartered. At some point Colin got his hands on a small Moog synth, connected up to his father’s prized sound system. Unfortunately the raw sound shaping capabilities of the Moog were far too much for a stereo really only meant to play records. The speaker cones were shredded. When his father, also a signal processing engineer, found out, was more impressed than upset. He gave his blown-out speakers to his son, starting him on his journey. Soon, Colin would frequent local music stores, befriending the staff and programming all the synthesizers in the stores. Colin went on to study electrical engineering at New Mexico State University. During his time on campus, he became involved with a group of men who wanted to start a fraternity on campus – one that would be different than the rest. He joined up and became a Founding Father of the Eta Chi Chapter, serving as the Treasurer and helping the Chapter secure on-campus housing. “Our group had some high achievers. But no single person can do as much as a team. Working together, by my senior year, the Eta Chi Chapter had secured on-campus housing, a major component to the growth of the chapter at the time. Looking
Colin’s Engineering Emmy is shared with Mike Minkler and Gary Simpson, who both played critical roles in the development of the SA-2.
back, those experiences helped me develop the right mindset to start my own company.” Colin never strayed far from his love of sound engineering. After college, he began working for IBM in Santa Clara, CA. But soon he landed a job at digidesign (now Avid), producers of the massively popular Pro Tools music production software. After digidesign, he worked at Dolby Laboratories, a premiere name in home theatre sound. In 1998, he set out on his own and founded McDowell Signal Processing, most commonly known as McDSP. “You know what they say, the person who does what he loves, never works a day in his life,” said Colin. “I’m proof of that!”
Colin’s journey in sound began as a kid. He grew up in Buffalo, New York, the same town that Moog, a major synthesizer company, was headquartered.
Colin giving his acceptance speech.
McDSP specializes in pro audio plug-ins for audio workstations. The software they develop is used in live sound production, music recording, post production for film and television, video game audio, and mobile apps. They develop software tailored directly to the needs of their clients, helping to create the best sound possible in any application. The award ceremony was Oct. 25th, 2017, hosted by Kirsten Vangsness, most famous for playing Penelope Garcia on “Criminal Minds”. Colin’s Engineering Emmy is shared with Mike Minkler and Gary Simpson, who both played critical roles in the development of the SA-2. McDSP clients who wanted them to get the recognition they deserve
“You know what they say, the person who does what he loves, never works a day in his life,” said Colin. “I’m proof of that!”
nominated the trio. “Overwhelming,” said Colin. “When they hand you the Emmy, you aren’t prepared for just how heavy it is.” The DSP in the name McDSP is not a coincidence! Colin included those letters as a purposeful nod to Delta Sigma Phi. The letters ‘DSP’ also happen to stand for Colin’s engineering background in ‘Digital Signal Processing’, so when it came to naming the company ‘McDSP’ seemed the best fit. Colin leads a small team of employees. As CEO, he has a load of managerial work he has to do, but he always makes sure he gets his fair share of engineering in. McDSP is celebrating 20 years in business this year. p
elta Sigma Phi sets upon our undergraduates high expectations that our alumni, volunteers, and peers aren’t always held to. It is up to us, however, to live by example. We want our men to achieve the goals they have for themselves and their chapter, and we should be held to the same standard.
The Push to Go the Distance by MARCO GALVAN, University of Texas at Austin '10
This is why I decided to put my money where my mouth is and made the commitment to run the 2017 New York City Marathon last year. I have been the chapter advisor of the Eta Chapter for a little over a year and a half now, and I have done so much goal setting with the undergraduates. Watching them hit their goals and pursue being better men really pushed me to do the same. I have always said I was going to run a marathon but never pulled the trigger on it. It was the fire from the chapter that pushed me to pursue this goal. It all started with a simple idea, like most goals do, but not for the marathon - for the chapter. I wanted the undergraduates to be self-sufficient. I didn’t want them to be told what to do. I wanted them to find the solution to the problem for themselves – with a little guidance! I continuously preached to them, “If you have a problem, come with a solution as well.” I wanted the chapter to see that I lived this principle as well. The moment I would get tired, the solution was slow-
ing down for a bit and finding a way to pick it back up. If I would get bored during a run, the solution was finding a new song to enjoy to make it just a little bit more fun. A big part of life is realizing you have to solve your own problems most of the time. Luckily, there are the few times you will have guidance. I feel lucky to be able to advise one of the most storied chapters we
have in the Fraternity. I am entrusted to advise a great group of men. Giving back and being able to have them trust in me and in my input is the best feeling. In light of this, I also turn to those that would be able to assist me in my training. I was very lucky to find a brother, Scott Brown, from the Eta chapter who has run numerous marathons. He was a guiding force for me
in what I wanted to accomplish because he understood it was no easy feat. He was there for any question I had regarding training, staying healthy, and nutrition. One of the most important things is having those people you can turn to when you hit a wall. Hitting walls is part of life. We all go through periods where we just canâ€™t get over something. This is something I tell the chapter as well. I need them to know sometimes they are not going to claim that win. That is how life works sometimes. It is how they handle hitting the wall that matters, and knowing you will have people there cheering you on no matter what. My wall came in mile 16 when there was nothing but silence. My batteries to my headphones died, there was no one but runners on the Queensboro Bridge, and I thought I was done. There was no way I was going to be able to finish this race. The plan was to cross the bridge, go to the medical tent and get taken to the finish line.
That was when I heard the roar of the crowd. These spectators knew how hard every runner worked to get there and they were doing everything they could to inspire. These people alone got me through my wall and helped me remember every second of training and time that led up to that point. I love talking Delta Sig with the undergraduates because they know how much time is put into making the chapter great. They were at a total of 20 men two and a half years ago. Now they are about to reach fifty men â€“ each with some of the best qualities a member can have. These men know they have to work hard to get to where they want to be, and they push each other to be better. They understand the time commitment and the work that needs to get done. I learn from them in this aspect. They were the ones on my mind when remembering the time I put into training. Every step and every inch of that marathon was the work that was put over the course of seven months. It made it significantly easier to celebrate my wins as well as my losses. Celebrating your wins is probably the most important thing I want the chapter to do. When you work hard, you deserve to show it off a bit. These men worked hard for two years and hearing Patrick Jessee say the chapter was recognized as a Chapter of Distinction recipient was one of the most emotional moments for me as a fraternity brother - in addition to some of the chapter members. They worked hard and pushed through doubt to get where they wanted to be. I celebrate my win in the fact that I worked hard for a piece of medal that means the world to me. It means so much because I started from a place from which this goal looked impossible. It was everything I have talked
Marco with the Eta chapter men he advises.
about up to this point that got me there, and it is what got my chapter there. It makes looking into the future that much more exciting. The last thing I ask the chapter to do is figure out what they want the future of the chapter to look like and
I feel lucky to be able to advise one of the most storied chapters we have in the Fraternity. I am entrusted to advise a great group of men. Giving back and being able to have them trust in me and in my input is the best feeling. In light of this, I also turn to those that would be able to assist me in my training.
how will they get there. This helps ensure the longevity of the chapter. They understand times are changing and the chapter has to evolve as well. They work toward the betterment of each other and themselves and it is great to advise them in this. So, what do I look forward to? My future plans are to run all six Abbot Major Marathons. This is a new goal I have for myself. This is my future as well. It all comes full circle. As alumni, we should hold all undergraduates to a set of standards, but we have to hold ourselves to those standards as well. No matter how old we are, what our goals may be, we should be chasing them. This is what makes us better men.
STORYTELLING by MICAH CHRISTENSEN
efore the stars walk down the red carpet
on premiere night. Before the crew hits the set to film the first shot. Before the first audition for roles happens – a writer pens the words that begins it all. The world that we are swept off to through the silver screen is birthed first in the mind of its writer.
Don Handfield, The Ohio State University ’90, is in the business of bringing those worlds to life. From his production company Motor he works as a screenwriter and producer, drafting the characters we will root for along their journey and shaping new stories and realities across film, television and new media. Don, simply put, is devoted to the art of storytelling. Don knew where he wanted to end up in his career back when he went to college. At OSU, he double majored in Journalism and Theatre, while taking any and all film classes he could make fit his schedule. His
focus on his film studies even resulted in him bumping his Theatre Major down to a minor. While on campus, Don found himself curious about a particular group of men who were different than the rest. That curiosity led him down the path to becoming a brother of the Alpha Iota Chapter. “I liked the diversity within Delta Sigma Phi,” said Don. “I gravitated towards them.” Don’s work in Hollywood began in a similar manner to most. He waited tables between auditions and roles. One of his first notable roles came in 1994, appearing in “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” and acting opposite Robert Duvall in the big-budget disaster film Deep Impact. His big break as a producer came one afternoon when he met a woman from E! Entertainment Television. His college experience
resonated with her, and she offered him a position at E! as a production assistant. He quickly worked his way up to producing shows at E!, then helped launch the G4 network for Comcast. Don was a creative producer, shepherding ideas through the entirety of the production cycle, structuring how shows were told and sold. With experience in producing, Don founded a commercial production company called Fog Pilot with several partners, including Larry Sher who went on to shoot The Hangover and Dan In Real Life. He quickly learned the principles behind creating a brand, starting a company, and conducting daily operations. He would put these skills to use with his next big business venture. In 2005, Don directed his first short film, My Name Is..., which would go on to win the Grand Jury Prize for a Narrative Short at the 2005 Atlanta Film Festival and qualify for entry into the Academy Awards. Handfield was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine that same year. While his skill in producing was undeniable, Don found his heart pulling him elsewhere. He wanted to tell his own stories, not just those of other people. With this in mind, Don set out to start his own film production company. Don co-founded The Combine alongside actor Jeremy Renner as a means to this end. Touchback, Don’s first featurelength film, was both written and directed by him. He even penned an original novel of the book to help drum up more interest in the film. It was the first ever movie project to
Two of Don's more prolific projects to date.
film inside of Ohio Stadium during a live football game. Handfield would next go on to produce Kill The Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner and The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, and Laura Dern. The film came about after Don tracked down the family of Richard "Dick" McDonald, one of the creators of the famous fast food chain, and obtained the McDonald brothers life rights. Within the mind of every writer is the question of which concept is “the nugget” – the one idea that has the legs to make it to success. While working with his writing partner, Richard Rayner, the conversation naturally switched to the topic of the Knights Templar. As the duo got further into their conversation, the revelation hit them both that this topic may, in fact, be “the nugget” required for their next big project. “Why do we remember the Templars?” said Don. “We realized the intrigue came from them being rounded up and persecuted. The day they were rounded up, Friday the 13th, is known as a bad luck day because of that event over 700 years ago. Their downfall was the mother of all con-
spiracy theories - that was the story we wanted to tell.” Don set to work to create the core document that serves as the basis for every modern television series. The 85-page “bible” lays out the details and intricacies of every character in the show, their major character arcs, and the base plot of the show up to 5 to 6 seasons worth of content. This document is then shown to potential buyers who bid on the rights to turn it into a series. With a pilot script and series document in tow, a bidding war erupted for rights to the series between Amazon and the History Channel. The History Channel won the war, and production for Knightfall began in 2016. The cast and crew spent 6 months in Prague filming on location. Don was on hand for the six months, Executive Producing, writing and producing the ten episode first season. Don has several other projects in the works, including producing a remake of the Vietnamese horror film Housemaid, which is being written by Academy Award winning writer Geoffrey Fletcher. He is also producing a film adaptation of the John Elder Robison book Switched On for Focus Features. Handfield is currently raising a development and financing fund for a slate of film, TV and new media projects through his new company Motor – a production company focused on actively creating IP (Intellectual Property) for film and television through books, comics and video games.
RECHARTERING ETA UPSILON AT INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY by ELLIOTT BEACH, Thiel College ‘12
Chapter Mission Statement Delta Sigma Phi - Eta Upsilon strives to better our brothers as gentlemen, scholars and leaders. We aspire to create an inclusive brotherhood whose morals are atypical of a mainstream fraternity. Using our morals as the cornerstone of our success, we aim to not only better ourselves, but also set an example for all individuals that come after us. So too, with the growth of our chapter, we challenge ourselves not to be satisfied with praise for the quantity of brothers that we
have, but for the quality of men in which we call our brothers.
ince being redeveloped in the spring of 2015, the Eta Upsilon New Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi has steadily built itself into a high performing group on the Indiana State University campus. Their commitment to diversity, academics, and campus engagement make them a role model for all chapters of Delta Sigma Phi. The chapter strives to improve its recruitment totals in innovative ways such as hosting a service event
for brothers and potential new members. Along with this and other events, the chapter created, with the help of Recruitment Specialists, a recruitment plan to assist the chapter in the future. The New Chapter’s plan, with tangible steps and goals, has already led to a successful and replicable recruitment campaign that the members look to capitalize upon. The New Chapter has quickly become an integral part of the Indiana State campus. Former Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Dr. Bo Mantooth, speaks highly of the chapter and said the following: The chapter has been a pillar of our community… The chapter has some of the top leaders on the Indiana State University campus. 95% of members are involved in another organization outside of Delta
Sigma Phi, with 47% involved as leaders in those organizations. On top of this, over 50% of members are involved in 2 or more organizations. This includes members in leadership roles of groups such as student government, orientation leaders, state dance marathon, finance club, and many others. The New Chapter was recognized for their outstanding leadership at the 2017 Biennial Convention by receiving the Strong Leaders Award. The New Chapter has also taken the lessons gained from ritual to heart as evidence by the New Chapter receiving the first ever Loren Mall Ritual Award. Eta Upsilon New Chapter has taken an innovative approach to ritual education by hosting weekly chapter quizzes and discussion sessions for initiated members. This exemplary approach to ritual education provides an example that all chapters can look to. Many members of the chapter are part of different service groups ranging from Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, State Dance Marathon, and Timmy Health Club. These numerous philanthropic and service organizations have led the chapter to providing over 750 hours of community service. The leadership of the New Chapter has been strong since its inception. Chapter Advisor, Reece Rhae, has consistently been working with the executive board to improve chapter operations. Reece has been an advocate for the chapter and had this to say about the chapter: They have strong leadership in place and are looking to the future of their leadership team and developing their future leaders and creating transition plans. They are maintaining a high GPA and, while being active with
philanthropy, continue to look for improvements and ways to expand their impact.
I am exceedingly impressed and proud of everything they have accomplished in their short time… I am happy to call each and every one of these men my brother and friend. – Justin Henson
The New Chapter also has the support of a fully functioning and active ACB comprised of chapter alumni that live in the area. Justin Henson, Vice President of the ACB, had the following to say about the
chapter: I am exceedingly impressed and proud of everything they have accomplished in their short time. From founding fathers to the new initiates, they have all stepped up… I am extremely happy to call each and every one of these men my brother and friend. The New Chapter has been consistently above the all Greek, all IFC, and all undergraduate average GPA. The New Chapter maintains stringent academic bylaws that truly show the value placed upon academics by the members. The New Chapter created a five-year strategic plan with which they plan to capitalize on the success they already have. This five-year plan focuses on recruitment, new member education, philanthropy and building a relationship with chapter and area alumni. In the near future, the New Chapter hopes to grow to a size of 60-70 members, grow their philanthropic efforts with the American Red Cross, continue to build relations with the surrounding Terre Haute community, and become a leading chapter of Delta Sigma Phi.
RECHARTERING THETA SIGMA AT LA SALLE UNIVERSITY by AMBER HUSTON, Delta Sigma Phi COO
ince their inception in the spring of 2015, the men of the La Salle University chapter of Delta Sigma Phi have worked diligently to build a strong presence on the campus and in their community. They have built a strong connection with each other, the Ritual, and the ideals of the Better Man. Since the chapterâ€™s development, they have met Delta Sigma Phi's recruitment goals. The chapterâ€™s membership has always been an area of strength for Theta Sigma.
Currently sitting at 44 members, the chapter is far above the average IFC chapter size of 29 due to recruiting from the other organizations in which the men are involved. Some key characteristics the men look for in their potential new members include service, unity, leadership, integrity, and knowledge. Another remarkable accomplishment of the chapter is their community service. Every member of Theta Sigma has completed more than the 20 hour minimum requirement last year. In fact, the average hours completed per man was 48.8, as several
men went on service trips and alternative spring breaks. In total, the chapter served 2149 hours to organizations like the La Salle Trash Bash, Pheed Philadelphia, AIDS Outreach, Toys for Tots, and the La Salle service trip. Theta Sigma has also hosted several blood drives for the American Red Cross, gathering just under 120 pints of blood in the span of two events. Another area in which the chapter has shown particular ambition is their involvement in the community. 95% of the men are in some way involved in another organization, most of which are service-based. Some of these organizations include Pheed Philadelphia, College Republicans, College Democrats, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Neighbor to Neighbor, club and varsity sports, and many others. Perhaps more impressively, the men maintain separation in their non-Greek orga-
Another remarkable accomplishment of the chapter is their community service. Every member of Theta Sigma has completed more than the 20 hour minimum requirement last year.
nizations—no more than 4-5 men are involved in any one organization. Theta Sigma has rallied around the idea of changing the reputation of the Fraternity Man at La Salle. They have a drive to not only be the best chapter on their campus, but the best in the state. The chapter offers a home to men who did not originally want to be a part of a Greek organization. Since so many of their men are involved in service organizations, they have a strong pull towards community service, which brought many of the men together. Alumni engagement is a focus area for the chapter; they are working to build an alumni base with their younger alumni. To improve the spirit
of alumni support for Theta Sigma, they have begun regular communications with alumni in the Philadelphia area via a newsletter to be sent monthly. During Christopher Crawford’s, New Chapter Development Specialist, most recent visit to the chapter, he spoke with several graduating seniors, helping them explore the possibility of being supportive alumni from a distance. It is worth mentioning that the chapter confused the Chapter requirements in “Alumni Engagement” of the Fraternity's annual accreditation program, and completed the Chartered Chapter requirements instead, which includes additional metrics. Moving forward, the chapter is committed to both addressing their
weaknesses and playing to their strengths. As noted above, the chapter’s top priority is to build a stronger alumni base while maintaining their excellence in membership and Fraternal Standards sections.
CHARTERING IOTA OMICRON AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY by JONATHON MARINE, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY â€˜15
e, as the George Washington chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, hereby pledge to continue our commitment to the missions of the Fraternity, to become Better Men, men of Courage, Action, and Excellence. Furthermore, we commit to a personal mission of creating a legacy of a fraternity that strives for academic and professional excellence and continues to redefine Greek Life on our campus.
Delta Sigma Phi started recruiting and colonizing at George Washington University in the fall of 2015. Recruitment Specialists, Ben Riesmeyer and Alec Van Huele, were responsible for recruiting the alpha class and original Founding Fathers of what would become the Iota Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi. The original new chapter was comprised of 47 members. Before December, the first executive board was established with David Sullivan becoming the first president. The rest of the executive board consisted of brothers Justin Gray as
the sergeant-at-arms, Rowland Zhang as treasurer, Scott Barnes as vice president, Tyler Giles as secretary, Zamin Raza as the vice president of membership development, and Ingmar Empson as the vice president of recruitment. Ingmar Empson was soon replaced by Samuel Shapiro as the vice president of recruitment before the chapterâ€™s first semester was through. In the areas of service and philanthropy, the George Washington University Chapter truly exemplifies leadership through service. In the first two full semesters that the chapter was in operation, the average man had accumulated over 81 hours of service, or 40.5 per semester. 100% of the chapter membership completed at least 20 hours of service during the 2016 calendar year. The wide range of service outlets showcases the var-
Iota Omicron is off to such a strong start. The chapter was able to complete 11 components of the Pyramid Program with only one full semester as a group. This shows the chapter has built a good foundation which can help it grow in all areas of the Fraternity. Additionally, the academic performance of the chapter and work with the American Red Cross was superb. Being above the all-campus average and well above the 3.0 mark shows the chapter has set high standards for their academic performance and believe in the importance of an education.
ious interests and ambitions of the men. Among these are the Honey Nashman Center, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Humane Society, and the American Red Cross. The men were able to collaborate with 10 other Greek organizations to organize care packages for the American Red Cross and have planned a Delta Sig Dog Days event during spring 2017. Though a chartering request was submitted in 2016, it was declined despite strong philanthropic commitments and an active presence on campus. At the end of the spring 2017, the new chapter was nominated for chapter of the year, and won both a national and university award for its service and philanthropic achievements. Finally, in the fall of 2017, their chartering application was accepted and approved, and the former Delta
Sigma Phi new chapter of George Washington University became the Iota Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi. The chartering ceremony was well attended, with Delta Sigma Phi Executive Director, Patrick Jessee, and Grand Council Vice President, John Jenkins, in attendance. “The chapter has determined their values of measurement to be the following: etiquette, engagement, maturity, integrity, and drive,” said Amber Huston, Chief Operations Officer of Delta Sigma Phi. “This unique qualification of the ‘Better Man,’ has helped them adopt an identity separate from other fraternities on campus, and will continue to guide their vetting efforts during recruitment in the future.” Iota Omicron is off to such a strong start. The chapter was able to complete 11 components of the Pyramid Program with only one full
semester as a group. This shows the chapter has built a good foundation which can help it grow in all areas of the Fraternity. Additionally, the academic performance of the chapter and work with the American Red Cross was superb. Being above the all-campus average and well above the 3.0 mark shows the chapter has set high standards for their academic performance and believe in the importance of an education. The Iota Omicron Chapter is still expanding and developing, and welcomes all who would like to make this brief history longer and more fruitful.
FOUNDATION ANNUAL REPORT
Due to a reporting issue, we missed including some of our very important 30 year donors and 1899 Society members in last issue’s annual report. With our sincere apologies, here are the individuals we missed:
30+ Year Donors 52 YEARS Richard Duroe, Iowa State University of Science & Technology ‘50 50 YEARS Sigfred Sandberg, University of New Mexico ‘47 Loren Tregellas, Kansas State University ‘55 48 YEARS Richard Klumpp, Loyola Marymount University ‘58 47 YEARS Ragnar Lindberg, University of Missouri ‘57 46 YEARS Ed Timmermann, Thiel College ‘48 45 YEARS Thomas Applegate, Lehigh University ‘53 44 YEARS Nathaniel Willis, Cornell University ‘32 43 YEARS Fred Dellett, Kansas State University ‘56 Charles Jones, The University of California, Berkeley ‘61 Russ Shaw, The Ohio State University ‘59 42 YEARS Robert Andrews, Albion College ‘58 John Parker, Purdue University ‘68 41 YEARS William Bissey, Ohio Northern University ‘72 Dave Collins, Western Michigan University ‘65 40 YEARS Bob Chapman, Michigan State University ‘60 Forrest Lane Jones, Southern Methodist University ‘50
38 YEARS Milton Heath, University of Michigan ‘49 Roger Mola, Purdue University ‘71
Edward Rasmessen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‘34 Joe Willerth, Purdue University ‘67
37 YEARS William Brady, Michigan State University ‘38 Brownie Futrell, Duke University ‘75 Darrell Kougher, Edinboro University ‘67 Orlando Montesino, The University of Texas at Austin ‘72 Don Newhall, San Jose State University ‘51 Jack Ott, University of Pittsburgh ‘55 Bill Walker, The University of California, Berkeley ‘47 Win Wuttke, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign ‘65
33 YEARS Henry Boss, Kansas State University ‘69 Van Botts, University of California, Santa Barbara ‘48 Thomas Desmond, University of Tennessee (Cumberland) ‘50 Murray Edge, University of North Texas ‘55 Brien Hallmark, University of Montana ‘58 Erik Johannesen, San Diego State University ‘78 Clyde Medlock, Duke University ‘59 Bill Surles, University of North Texas ‘66
36 YEARS Robert Fellrath, Central Michigan University ‘52 Kenneth Klindt, Iowa State University of Science & Technology ‘56 Earl Kroner, Oregon State University ‘51 35 YEARS Roger Gregory, University of Idaho ‘58 Bob Lagomarsino, University of California, Santa Barbara ‘48 Burton Rohde, The University of California, Berkeley ‘68 Warren Sauer, San Diego State University ‘58 Henry Wagoner, University of Michigan ‘67 34 YEARS Mike Bixler, The University of California, Berkeley ‘63 Bob Divine, Georgia Institute of Technology ‘48 Don Falk, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign ‘49 Richard Foulk, Thiel College ‘46 David Fratta, Indiana University of Pennsylvania ‘67 Frank Haynes, University of Colorado Boulder ‘56 Spencer Kneubuehl, University of WisconsinWhitewater ‘70 Stanley Kottemann, Tulane University ‘47 Marc Mathews, Transylvania University ‘77 David Mohr, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign ‘68 Robert Nelson, The Ohio State University ‘62 Jim Pilz, Michigan State University ‘46
32 YEARS Marvin Causey, University of New Mexico ‘47 Bob Draime, Michigan Technological University ‘74 Robert Fraundorf, University of California, Santa Barbara ‘55 William Gibson, Thiel College ‘49 Mark Haselton, California Polytechnic State University ‘61 Allen Lee, San Diego State University ‘62 James McGraw, Auburn University ‘50 Kenneth Yerike, University of Nevada-Las Vegas ‘70 31 YEARS James Cipra, The University of California, Los Angeles ‘61 Marshall Johnson, The University of California, Los Angeles ‘47 Steve Kleinschmidt, University of Missouri ‘77 Michael Malone, University of Southern California ‘61 Dick Mills, San Jose State University ‘57 Mike Morris, Eastern Michigan University ‘65 David Petersen, Washington State University ‘76 Jason Reed, The University of California, Berkeley ‘62 Taylor Van Hook, Western Illinois University ‘68 30 YEARS John Bley, Humboldt State University ‘60
Frank Boyle, Michigan State University ‘48 Bruce Brown, University of North Texas ‘67 David Cox, Auburn University ‘35 Tom Decker, University of Missouri ‘69 Martin Gregg, University of California, Santa Barbara John Heitler, The University of Texas at Austin ‘51 Mike Hoffman, Arizona State University ‘85
Don Hunziker, Kansas State University ‘61 Mike Martini, The University of California, Los Angeles ‘44 Al Maxson, The Pennsylvania State University ‘56 Junius Pridgen, University of Virginia ‘65 Gerald Retzlaff, Iowa State University of Science & Technology ‘62
Don Saxon, Michigan Technological University ‘48 Darrell Schermerhorn, California Polytechnic State University ‘55 Dan Schwartz, Purdue University ‘80 Muggs Stoll, San Diego State University ‘81 Bill Tilghman, Barton College ‘84 Gene Vance, Transylvania University ‘85
The 1899 Society was created to recognize those donors who have made annual or lifetime gifts to the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation. Annual memberships begin at $1,000 and lifetime memberships begin at $25,000. SOCIETY........................... GIVING LEVELS Pinnacle Society..............$1,000,000+ Founders’ Society............$500,000-$999,000 Gordian Knot Society.....$250,000-$499,999 Lamp Society....................$100,000-$249,999 Lute Society.....................$25,000-$99,999
1899 Society FOUNDERS' SOCIETY George Handshaw, Alfred University ’68 John Boma, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign ’80 GORDIAN KNOT SOCIETY Kevin Schaudt, Eastern Michigan University ’83 Jon Gundlach, Oglethorpe University ’87
LAMP SOCIETY Cornel Raab, Purdue University ’66 Gerald O'Brien, Purdue University ’59 Roger Carroll, University of Virginia ’80 Bernard Tishkowski, Hillsdale College ’57 LUTE SOCIETY Stan McLemore, University of Alabama at Birmingham ’84 Jonathan Monfort, California Polytechnic State University ’82 Bradley Heutmaker, University of WisconsinOshkosh ’93 Neal Griesenauer, Missouri University of Science & Technology ’58 Ronald Reed, Western Illinois University ’68 James Greener, Arizona State University ’62 Roy Bliss, Arizona State University ’62
David Collins, Western Michigan University ’65 Steve Banfield, Transylvania University ’87 Jeffrey Burrows, University of Missouri ’76 Fred Dellett, Kansas State University ’56 Timothy Forrester, Michigan State University ’88 Francis Boyle, Michigan State University ’48 Walter Kurczewski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’62 Donald Falk, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign ’49 Michael Renfro, The University of Texas at Austin ’79 Orlando Montesino, The University of Texas at Austin ’72 William Murray, The University of Texas at Austin ’51
UPHOLDING OUR STANDARDS
RHO – NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY Last September, the Grand Council voted to revoke the charter of the Rho Chapter at North Carolina State University. This difficult decision was made in cooperation with the chapter’s alumni volunteers after multiple attempts at corrective action to address ongoing behavioral concerns of members and repeated University conduct violations. In mid-August, Fraternity staff and Rho alumni conducted a full membership review and provided the remaining undergraduate members clear operating expectations to see them through the rest of the year. However, in the weeks following the membership review, alumni and Headquarters staff were made aware of several, repeated violations of the agreed upon expectations, as well as University and Fraternity policy. Despite some of the chapter’s strengths, such as their robust alumni support network, it was a combination of poor decision-making and complete disregard for Delta Sigma Phi’s values that ultimately led to the chapter’s closure. While difficult in the short-term, we are committed to working with the alumni and NC State to restore the Rho Chapter with men of Courage, Action, and Excellence upon our return. THETA UPSILON – TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY Last December, the Grand Council formally revoked the charter of the Theta Upsilon Chapter at Texas A&M University. Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity is committed to upholding our standards and fostering meaningful Fraternity experience. These standards include recruitment: the lifeblood of our organization. Unfortunately, Theta Upsilon had been unable to meet a threshold for these standards, which led to the chapter ceasing to be operationally viable. The chapter’s numbers had steadily declined from a high of 36 in the Spring 2015, to only ten members and one new member in the Spring of 2017. The chapter’s failure to uphold and meet the expectations of recruitment standards of the Fraternity have led to the decision by the Grand Council to revoke the chapter’s charter. KAPPA – AUBURN UNIVERSITY Last December, Delta Sigma Phi’s Grand Council voted to revoke the charter of the Kappa Chapter at Auburn University. Since Fall of 2016, the Kappa Chapter had been the subject of multiple University conduct sanctions, financial suspensions, and failed multiple times to uphold the basic expectations of membership in Delta Sigma Phi. Last Fall, the chapter was found responsible for alcohol and hazing violations by the Auburn University IFC, which resulted in the National Fraternity conducting an extensive membership review. Despite being placed on a cease and desist from both the University and the Headquarters, conduct problems, including vandalizing of property and harassment of individuals, continued. After blatant disregard for the safety and well-being of members, not to mention the values of Delta Sigma Phi, the chapter’s charter was revoked. The Alumni Corporation Board (ACB) has since been re-established and is working closely with the national Fraternity headquarters and Auburn University to ensure a robust volunteer support structure exists for a redeveloped chapter, and to secure plans for the chapter house moving forward.
ALPHA UPSILON Top: Brother Jeff Stock (’91) puts the finishing touches on the cement letters that he helped build. Bottom: Brothers Josh Stock and Alec Stock (’16) follow in their father's footsteps. GAMMA XI The chapter celebrated their 65th Birthday. This gathering was at the chapter house, where we conduct our annual alumni association meeting. The Bond Eternal ceremony was conducted to remember the four Brothers who passed away since last homecoming. The annual business meeting was held and a lunch buffet for those attending was enjoyed by all. The homecoming float made in conjunction with the Kappa Delta Sorority won first place, and the “Mean Green” won a great football game against UTEP.
Brothers below are listed by chapter, with the following dates being of initiation and then of passing.
EPSILON Ryan Douglas Butner, 10/7/68, 9/30/17 ZETA Noel Beddow, 1/1/06 ETA Charles E. Schuelke, 1/23/83, 2/25/18 Chris Northern, 11/20/77, 2/14/18 KAPPA Alton Brooks Parker, 11/22/50, 3/9/17 George Davis Webb, 11/26/53, 11/6/17 LAMBDA Frank Conley Slay, 7/20/47, 9/30/17 Ned Morris Wells, 5/28/64, 9/9/13 RHO Herbert R. Little, 5/18/59, 9/23/17 SIGMA Robert Ralph Bush, 2/13/54, 8/28/17 PHI Donald Wray Charpentier, 2/3/57, 8/16/16 David Filiatreau, 12/29/58, 6/30/17 OMEGA Harold Arthur Lehrian, 2/8/59, 8/9/17 Walter Claude Overby, 2/10/57, 10/29/17 ALPHA GAMMA Jon Harald Akslen, 5/6/61, 11/21/14 Arthur Leroy Bostock, 3/7/59, 3/25/00 Robert M. Bush, 11/23/63, 4/10/15 Walter Branch Clark, 2/23/63, 6/14/14 Wilburn Conn Currence, 2/28/58, 1/11/07 Welborn O. Darden, 2/26/66, 11/30/17 Wolcott B. Etienne, 10/28/67, 3/2/15 Edward Leroy Gates, 2/24/51, 6/26/17 Alva Knox Gillis, 2/28/58, 12/10/08 David Neil Keyser, 12/9/50, 12/26/10 James Edward Randolph, 12/3/61, 1/1/17 Michael Lake Sappington, 2/11/67, 9/30/98
John Nicholas Scandalios, 5/15/48, 1/22/17 Peter J. Van Norde, 5/18/40, 3/6/09 Marion Shearouse Watson, 5/17/64, 4/16/15 Joseph Lee Wheeler, 5/25/63, 5/30/13 Anton Solms Withington, 2/29/64, 12/19/07 Oliver A. Wright, 3/7/36, 6/25/03 Kevin Ziolkowski, 1/18/87, 7/2/10
ALPHA CHI John B. Adams 2/26/58 8/31/16 Orris Hoyt Burroughs, 4/30/47, 3/30/10 John Wiley Dykes, 10/22/47, 1/29/18 William I. Millward, 3/7/65, 5/6/15 Carl Arthur Pedersen, 3/7/65, 7/13/17
ALPHA DELTA Brian Champ, 4/18/94, 3/23/18
BETA ALPHA John C. Flack, 1/29/44, 3/31/17 Robert (Bob) Moburg, 1/31/65, 10/17/18 Edwin Zosulis, 2/14/60, 9/14/17
ALPHA ZETA William Earl Assenheimer, 12/4/66, 11/17/17 ALPHA ETA George E. Killian, 9/28/47, 12/6/17 ALPHA THETA David Ludington Hilderley, 2/15/53, 10/4/17 Richard Owen Pompian, 2/17/57, 10/10/17 ALPHA LAMBDA Wayne S. Martin, 2/17/57, 4/6/17 ALPHA MU John C. Bradford, 10/19/22 ALPHA NU David Joseph Newbury, 12/3/89, 2/1/18 ALPHA XI Fred Walter Raff, 4/1/93, 1/18/17 ALPHA SIGMA Raymond Clyde Patterson 3/27/47 ALPHA TAU Thomas Henry Bonino, 2/17/51, 9/3/10 ALPHA UPSILON David Tedrick Lane, 9/29/62, 8/16/17 Joseph Pat Marnell, 3/6/55, 10/24/17 James Edward Scheid, 4/28/57, 6/20/17 ALPHA PHI Ira Jay Chaffin 2/2/66 9/5/16
ALPHA PSI Alfred F. Johnson 11/6/48
BETA GAMMA Lloyd Kevin Chapman, 12/11/78, 1/29/18 William J. Stock, 3/8/43, 11/22/17 BETA ETA Kenneth I. Zachary, 3/15/58, 3/26/17 BETA IOTA Malcolm S. Host, 10/2/49, 7/7/17 Milton R. Ogden, 9/7/55, 1/2/18 BETA LAMBDA Marion Joseph Signore, 10/19/50, 4/27/99 BETA MU L. Leroy Butcher, 10/19/41, 5/2/10 Howard McKinley Fawbush, 3/30/53, 11/27/17 BETA NU J.D. Simmons, 9/22/56, 1/16/15 BETA XI Robinson D. Walker, 4/24/55, 12/25/16 BETA PI Richard Joe Braun, 5/27/51, 9/14/17 Harold Cowdrey Carter, 5/27/51, 3/18/09 Glenn Allan Shockley, 1/16/55, 10/3/17 BETA TAU James Anthony Sande, 3/31/65, 8/9/17
BETA PHI James Arthur Field, 5/5/57, 11/1/15 James Donald Geis, 5/5/57, 11/1/16 William Henry Hackett, 4/7/57, 11/21/17 John Edward McNeal, 11/24/68, 3/1/17 BETA PSI Jerald P. Baldwin, 10/13/52, 11/25/16 Shaun Patrick Campbell, 12/7/02, 10/28/17 Keith Ronald Hooker, 9/25/60 CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES COLONY William L. McLinn, 6/9/68, 9/4/89 GAMMA DELTA Kelly Huss, 4/20/69, 8/06 Dale Ireland, 2/24/70, 4/12 GAMMA EPSILON William C. Brady, 9/13/66, 11/26/17 Millard Crain, 6/12/56, 9/9/17 Bernard Gedryn, 6/2/52, 12/1/17 George Harvey Owren, 9/5/62, 12/1/17 GAMMA ETA Richard D. Perry, 2/10/57, 12/25/17 Michael Woyetz, 3/24/50 GAMMA KAPPA Scott C. Ryan, 3/26/83 GAMMA PI Donald Edwin Mowery, 12/15/55, 1/6/17 GAMMA RHO Robert S. Ward, 6/1/62, 10/19/17 GAMMA SIGMA Gary Jewett, 9/11/56, 3/29/18 GAMMA TAU John Arthur Barnett, 5/4/58, 11/20/17 William P. Phenix, 3/11/51, 12/16/17 Andrew Jordan Small, 5/14/61, 7/28/03
GAMMA XI William Charles Oâ€™Dowd, 10/10/92, 10/31/17 James Robert Sorenson, 3/20/71, 10/9/17
EPSILON OMICRON Victor C. Kazmierczak, 5/14/67
GAMMA CHI William R. Hodson, 5/31/64, 9/7/16
EPSILON ZETA Christopher William Hardy, 4/27/88, 6/1/13
EPSILON RHO John Gordon Johansen, 2/6/55, 5/1/17
GAMMA OMEGA Donald Christopher Chase, 4/15/67, 7/10/16 Gerald Hudson Pace, 6/8/63, 11/17/16 DELTA ALPHA John A. Dougherty, 12/1/81, 7/20/17 DELTA ZETA W. Wayne Lewis, 9/30/61, 1/1/18 DELTA ETA Favre Eugene Eaton, 5/25/57, 12/1/14 Dave F. Laidlaw, 2/28/59, 3/15/17 Joseph Henry Tiller ,11/25/63, 9/30/17 DELTA KAPPA Jeffrey Lee Kuyper, 6/1/85, 3/10/17 Leo David Sears, 2/24/61, 12/5/16
ETA CHI Jason Wright Shaw, 12/1/94, 10/14/17 ETA OMEGA Max Beaudreau, 3/9/11, 2/3/18 HILGARD Richard Alan Burt, 3/4/56 Keith F. White, 10/14/51, 11/3/17 ZETA UPSILON Roger Dale Prior, 3/7/73, 9/1/15 ZETA XI Kenneth J. Walsh, 12/19/85, 7/2/17 KAPPA DELTA James Kendall LaRue, 1/19/08, 11/9/17
DELTA OMICRON John P. Carland, 12/6/59, 12/21/17 EPSILON BETA Kenneth Lee Willkomm, 5/1/65, 10/19/17 EPSILON EPSILON Gary Steven Burr, 6/13/69, 2/19/17 James Carroll Creasy, 2/27/66, 1/11/18 Ronald Joseph Hurwitz, 5/28/72, 1/1/18 EPSILON ETA Robert Allan Brostowitz, 4/19/69, 4/19/17 Gary Brannen Huske, 12/3/66, 12/16/17 Clark M. Petit, 11/20/80, 10/17/98
//////////// RICHARD PERRY Premier Expansion Specialist and Pioneering Chef / 1938-2017 Richard Douglas Perry, an extraordinary Delta Sig, passed away at age 79 on Christmas Day, 2017 in St. Louis, his hometown. When he graduated from the University of Illinois and Alpha Alpha Chapter in 1961, he joined the fraternity staff and was responsible for much of the fraternityâ€™s strong growth in additional chapters in the 1960s. After he left fraternity work, he had a starring role in the creation of Modern American cuisine.
Perry entered Washington
University in 1956. He was bright, handsome and pleasant. All the fraternities courted him, and he selected Delta Sigma Phi. He was elected president of his new member class and began to attend
1961 and again during 1965 and
but dignified, folksy and humble
national fraternity events before
1966. During those three years,
manner. His reputation for distinc-
he was initiated.
he established 12 chapters.
tive dining soared, and he gained
After a stint in marketing, Perry
national attention as a pioneer in
University of Illinois. At Alpha
returned to his love, cooking. Perry
the renaissance of American food.
Alpha Chapter, he held many
opened The Jefferson Avenue
Some connoisseurs compared him
leadership roles, including recruit-
Boarding House in 1972 in St.
to the top-rated American chefs of
ment chair and chapter president.
Louis. His untutored artistry as
As a graduate, he organized its
a chef garnered glowing reviews
by local patrons and restaurant
wrote a detective story. Naturally,
critics. Perry greeted his patrons
a chef was the main character of
at the front door in his friendly
Perry transferred to the
The National Fraternity hired
Perry as its expansion specialist in
During his retirement, he
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