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November 2011 . Issue 09

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FROM THE EDITOR On November 11, 2011, Americans will honor military veterans during the annual Veterans Day holiday. In other parts of the world, this day is commemorated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day and also falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. In this issue of the magazine, we pay tribute to two alumni brothers who both gave their lives for our freedom: Spc. William K. Middleton (Old Dominion 2007) and First Lt. Andy Zermeño (St. Mary’s 2008).

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The magazine’s cover features a painting created by Bob Bilicki, the father of alumni brother Bobby Bilicki (Old Dominion 2007). The painting depicts one of the last photos taken of Middleton before he was killed. It shows a symbolic gesture of him giving a high five to an Afghan child. This painting was presented to Middleton’s mother during an alumni brother event held on October 15, 2011. As a brotherhood, we are humbled by the ultimate sacrifices so many of our brothers have given to make the United States, Canada, and the rest of the world a safer place. These fallen brothers have shown the ultimate in Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service & Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. As always, we strongly urge all our brothers to BE, KNOW, and DO; to live our Core Values every day, to hold each other accountable, to watch out for each other, and to always strive to be your brothers’ brother. We must use the words we speak, the oaths we have taken, to spark positive action to make our chapters, our families, our communities a better place. We hope you enjoy reading this issue of the magazine. Please let us hear from you and tell us what other great accomplishments you and our other Lambda Chi Alpha brothers are doing. In ZAX and friendship,

Tad Lichtenauer Managing Editor Cross & Crescent Magazine

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REMEMBERING A FALLEN BROTHER On November 22, 2010, Spc. William “Kyle” Middleton (Old Dominion 2007) was killed in action by an IED in Afghanistan. A Sigma-Iota brother from Old Dominion, Middleton’s life was celebrated by his chapter brothers, family, and friends during a charity event on October 15, 2011. By Bob Bilicki (Old Dominion)


BROTHER GIVES LIFE FOR COUNTRY On September 25, 2011, the Sigma-Beta chapter of St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, was dealt a major blow. First Lt. Andy Zermeño (St. Mary’s 2008), an alumni brother of the chapter, died while on patrol in the Wardak province in Afghanistan. By Sal Lievanos (St. Mary’s)


SERVE, SUPPORT & SEMPER FI Kevin Basch (Bowling Green 2011) served the Phi-Mu chapter at Bowling Green State University as scholarship chairman and treasurer. In addition, he served the university as student government president his senior year. On October 7, 2011, Basch began training in Quantico, Virginia, to become an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. By Thomas Roberts (Edinboro)


80-YEAR HISTORY AT MISSOURI Gamma-Kappa at the University of Missouri-Columbia was installed as a Lambda Chi Alpha chapter in 1926. Today, more than 1,700 men have been initiated since that inception, including an astronaut, a top business CEO, a U.S. senator, a president of the United States, and many campus-leading undergraduate brothers. By Jon Williamson (Maryland)


BETA-ETA’S 40TH BIRTHDAY The Beta-Eta chapter at the University of Central Florida was installed on November 28, 1971, and currently has 110 men, including 28 associate members. Only eligible every three years, the chapter has earned the Grand High Alpha Award in 1974, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1993, and 2004. By Jon Williamson (Maryland)


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Alabama (Alpha-Phi)

Alberta (Epsilon-Rho)

On June 14, 2011, Michael E. Smith retired from the U.S. Army after 29 years as an aviation branch officer. His last assignment was in the Pentagon working in the Directorate of Army Aviation, Headquarters Department of the Army. The photo is taken with his family (Sandra, Chelsea, and Patrick) at his retirement ceremony held in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes. The other attendees in the photo are Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. Smith now works for the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a senior aviation safety analyst in Huntsville, Alabama. The second photo of Smith was taken in 1998 in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

The chapter hosted its 26th annual Alumni Day on October 1, 2011, featuring a best-ball golf tournament in the morning, formal dinner in the evening, and a chapter fundraising poker night. Dr. Bill Avison (Alberta 1971) was honored by the EpsilonRho alumni for his contributions to the fields of sociology, psychiatry, and public health over a 30-year academic career at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. In the photo, Avison (right) is presented with the lamp of Lambda Chi Alpha by former Board member Jack Walker.

Arkansas (Gamma-Chi) Razorback student-athletes, in conjunction with both the University of Arkansas Global Campus and Tyson Foods Inc., collected 93,965 pounds of canned goods for area food banks during the recently completed Southeastern Conference’s Together We CAN food drive. The food drive received a tremendous boost from members of the University of Arkansas Greek Life community, including the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, which donated 25,000 pounds of canned goods collected as part of the


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professor and taught in the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Kentucky from 1973-1976, founded the Holistic Health Care Center and served as its medical director from 19761989, was a founding member of the American Holistic Medical Association (1978), and operated a solo practice in Wellness Medicine from 1989-1993. He retired to Panama City, Florida, in 1994 and authored three books: “Saving Yourself from the Disease Care Crisis” (1996), “Recapture Your Health, Step by Step” (2006 co-authored with Jan DeCourtney), and “Beyond Disease Care” (2010 co-authored with Kathleen M. Diehl).

Baldwin-Wallace (Kappa-Phi Colony) The chapter recruited seven associate members.

California-Los Angeles (Epsilon-Sigma) The chapter added 28 associate members. On October 17, 2011, chapter brothers participated in a campus-wide blood drive, providing more donors than any other campus organization.

Bloomsburg (Beta-Xi)

On November 13, 2011, chapter brothers will again volunteer at the Southern California Special Olympics. Chapter brothers also continue to volunteer at the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club.

Approximately 25 alumni brothers attended the 2011 homecoming events and enjoyed reconnecting and enhancing their bond.

Bradley (Kappa-Upsilon)

Cal State-Northridge (Beta-Rho)

Chapter Vice President Williams was named 2011 Homecoming King.

On September 11, 2011, the alumni brothers defeated the undergraduate brothers 18-11 in the annual softball game. The alumni brothers have won this annual event for eight years in a row.

In conjunction with the North American Food Drive, the chapter has so far collected more than 20,000 pounds of food for the fall 2011 semester.

Case Western Reserve (Alpha-Nu)

The chapter added 17 associate members.

Dr. Walt Stoll (1958) died August 11, 2011. He operated a solo family practice in Kenton, Ohio, from 1962-1973. He then relocated to Lexington, Kentucky, where he was a founding

Fall New Student Orientation leaders are: Justyn De Leon, Yesai Fstkchyan, Nestor Mendez, Zach Payne, Daniel Ramos, Joseph Solano, and Steven Zavala.


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John Bonilla is a student coordinator for Student Development and International Programs and second vice president of the University Corporation, CSUN.

Jeffery A. Johnson (1984) died on March 8, 2011. For the past 25 years, he was the purchasing director for Great Lakes Naval Hospital. He also served as the choir director for the venerable Holy Family Parish in North Chicago, Queen of Peace Parish in North Chicago, and recently for all three sites of Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan. Johnson taught voice and music to many in the community. He was a great lover of the theater and an active member of community theater, especially the Waukegan Community Players.

Alex Roncagliolo is president of La Dolce Vita (Italian Club). Nick Volkov is a member of the Personnel Committee of the University Student Union and a member of the Accounting Association.

Colgate (Alpha-Zeta)

Gary Thomas (1982) was named the 2011 Fernando Award recipient on September 16, 2011. The 53rd annual awards ceremony and banquet was held at the Woodland Hills Warner Center Marriott Hotel. The Fernando Award represents the highest honor for volunteerism and civic accomplishment in the San Fernando Valley. According to the Daily News, Thomas has raised more than $5 million for San Fernando Valley non-profits, among them the Boys & Girls Club of America. He was also one of the Valley Economic Alliance’s founders. He joins his father, Fred Thomas Sr., as a recipient of the Fernando Award. His father won the award in 1988. The award was first presented in 1959.

Joe Aceti died October 4, 2011. He was an innovative television director who for three decades helped shape network coverage of major sporting events. Working mostly at ABC, CBS, and Fox, Aceti was known for unorthodox and human-interest camera shots; overhead views, tight close-ups, and sequences capturing quick glimpses of figures on the field as they anticipated a key play. Major events for which he directed coverage include the Olympics, the World Series, and the Ali-Frazier “Thrilla in Manila.’’

Denison (Gamma-Iota) Chapter brothers participated in Delta Gamma sorority’s philanthropy event Anchorsplash, benefiting Service for Sight. The chapter placed third overall in the week-long series of events.

Clemson (Delta-Omicron) The chapter hosted its fall philanthropy, the Greek Bowl, collecting more than 5,000 canned food items and raising $2,000 for a local food bank.

Denver (Alpha-Pi) The chapter added 39 associate members.

Chapter brothers participated in the 2011 Homecoming Week float competition.

Drexel (Epsilon-Kappa Colony) The chapter added 15 associate members. The chapter credits Recruitment Chairman Richard Benton for his organizational skills resulting in the successful addition of these quality men.

Coe (Zeta-Alpha) A clinical psychologist, Kevin Kelly (1967) is producing a movie about the life and work of George T. Henry (1949). Henry is an 88-year-old photographer, whitewater river guide, and has been the official photographer for Coe College for the past 67 years.

The chapter has submitted its chartering application to the Fraternity’s Board of Directors for approval. The alumni and undergraduate brothers will be participating


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in Drexel University’s 38th Annual Holiday Turkey Project on December 20, 2011, at the Paul Peck Alumni Center. Please meet at the Paul Peck Alumni Center which is located at 32nd and Market Streets at 8 a.m.

nominated by Alpha Delta Pi. Warren received second place for the second consecutive year.

Eastern Michigan (Sigma-Kappa) East Tennessee State (Iota-Omicron)

Kevin J. Pitcole (1988) died October 19, 2011.

Jack H. Carpenter died September 8, 2011. A Vietnam veteran, he served in the U.S. Army and then practiced law as the counsel for East Tennessee State University, with the district attorney’s office, and as a public defender. In his later years he managed his own private practice.

Elmhurst (Pi-Zeta) The chapter added seven associate members. The chapter paired with the women of Phi Mu sorority and were named Elmhurst College Spirit Cup winners.

Eastern Kentucky (Phi-Beta) Evansville (Iota-Mu) The chapter will host an alumni brothers’ brunch at 10 a.m. on November 12, 2011, at the chapter house.

Florida (Epsilon-Mu)

The chapter held its 35th annual Watermelon Bust and raised more than 10,000 pounds of canned food in conjunction with the North American Food Drive.. During the 2011 homecoming on October 22, 2011, three of the 15 candidates for homecoming king were chapter brothers. Will Sutherland was nominated by EKU Sports Clubs, Aaron Warren was nominated by Lambda Chi, and Hunter Cecil was

Fraternity Board Vice President Greg Smith (Washington 1959) was honored at a formal chapter dinner on September 30, 2011. The program was hosted by Cory Phillips (1999) and brought together approximately 130 alumni brothers, undergraduate


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Florida International (Pi-Phi)

brothers, and guests. Congratulatory letters were read from Fraternity Board members including Board Chairman Drew Hunter (Denver). Three former chapter presidents also made tribute presentations; Andrew Holcomb (2008), Joey Katz (2008), and Brian Bull (1996). A framed coat-of-arms, signed by all the current undergraduate chapter brothers, was presented to Smith by Fernando Valle (2015). Smith’s son, Dr. Patrick Smith (1996), also gave a tribute to his father. Former Board Chairman Rev. S. George “Doc” Dirghalli (Florida 1950) presented Smith with a certificate of honorary chapter membership. The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of an oil portrait of Smith by acclaimed portrait artist Dan Shouse (1959) that now hangs in the Dirghalli Library in the chapter house. Smith recently retired from the University of Florida as a professor emeritus of its College of Dentistry. Over the past 20 years he has served the Florida chapter as faculty advisor, chapter advisor, and member of the Alumni Advisory Board. The evening program concluded with Smith and his wife Perky announcing the creation of a chapter endowment fund within the Educational Foundation. He concluded his presentation by saying “to be blessed with Honorary Membership in Epsilon-Mu Zeta is one of my life’s greatest honors.”

The chapter held its annual Watermelon Bust, raising more than $800 and collecting 3,500 pounds of canned goods in support of the North American Food Drive. The chapter brothers thank chapter advisor Kenneth Furton for allowing them to put him in the dunk tank and for getting his co-workers to support the cause. Furton is currently the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University.

Florida Southern (Epsilon-Xi)

Florida Gulf Coast (Colony 292) The colony now has 45 members. The colony brothers partnered with the women of Kappa Delta sorority to win the university’s Spirit Cup. Along with their cup, the colony received a $250 donation to the North American Food Drive. The chapter added 17 associate members. The chapter held its annual Watermelon Bust, collecting nearly 3,000 cans of food, which were donated to Lighthouse Ministries in support of the North American Food Drive. On November 18, 2011, the chapter will host its semi-formal at Dave and Buster’s in Orlando, Florida.


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Florida Tech (Beta-Nu)

Charles E. Meeks (1943) died October 14, 2011. Meeks was a chemical engineer by profession and employed by Chemical Products Corp. in Cartersville, Georgia, and then Emery

Chapter brothers helped the university with campus volunteer work. Chapter brothers participated in Relay For Life.

Georgetown (Kappa-Omega) On September 24, 2011, the chapter inducted three additional alumni brothers into the Kappa-Omega Hall of Fame; Tilman Juett (1940), William Owens (1951), and Frank Penn (1968).

Georgia Tech (Beta-Kappa) Uncommon Chemicals in Lock Haven. During his retirement he was quite active in S.C.O.R.E. (Service Corps of Retired Executives) in north-central Pennsylvania.

Hanover (Theta-Zeta) More than 40 chapter brothers helped assemble and participate in the largest Emergency Training Exercise in southern Indiana. The event included 15 agencies, many of which worked within the chapter house, responding to mock terrorist attacks of chlorine gas and simulating the rescue of chapter brothers. The chapter added 27 associate members, the third highest result of the 32 fraternities on campus. The chapter would like to thank recruitment chairman TJ Capaldi for his great work.

High Point (Iota-Phi)

An October 7-8, 2011, a reunion consisting mainly of alumni brothers who graduated during the early 1980s was held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the “Year of the Chopper.� During that era the chapter won almost every event and competition on campus, had a top GPA, and were named recipients of the Grand High Alpha Award. More than 100 alumni brothers, guests, and former chapter advisor Jerry Harmon attended the reunion, which included a video slideshow and the presentation of a proclamation from university president Bud Peterson.

Chapter brothers celebrated the history of its chapter during Alumni Weekend at High Point University. Events included an alumni-versus-undergraduates frisbee game, which the alumni won in a slight upset.


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Illinois State (Beta-Omicron)

Kansas (Zeta-Iota)

On December 3, 2011, the chapter alumni association will host a fundraiser for the Scott Ancelet Memorial Fund. The event will take place at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, Illinois. For details and registration, please visit the chapter website.

Scott Maynard (2012) was a member of last summer’s International Ritual Team that performed the Lambda Chi Alpha Ritual in front of approximately 600 brothers. The chapter held its second annual Homecoming Alumni Dinner to honor the achievements of accomplished alumni brothers. John Edgar (1965), a prominent Kansas City attorney, and B.H. “Pete” Fairchild (1964), a nationally acclaimed poet, received the chapter’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The dinner was followed the next morning with an alumni homecoming tailgate at which more than 80 alumni and undergraduate brothers attended, including award recipient John Edgar and U.S. Congressman Kevin Yoder (1999).

Indiana (Alpha-Omicron) The chapter held its annual Nightmare on Third Street, a philanthropy event benefiting the local Habitat for Humanity. This past summer a group of alumni brothers held a golf outing to support the chapter’s Education Foundation and Housing Corporation. Alumni Brother Ryan Birch organized the successful event. David Murphy was a participant on the 2010 edition of CBS’ reality TV show, Survivor: Redemption Island.

Iowa State (Alpha-Tau) Chapter brothers hosted their annual Gorevile Manor haunted house project, benefiting ChildServe, a convalescent home that helps families with disabled children in Johnston, Iowa.

Hunter Hess (2012) won this year’s ExCel (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) Award. This competitive award was established in 1991 at the University of Kansas and is given each year to only one male and one female senior who have demonstrated excellence at the university related to community involvement and service. They must also have a 3.0 or higher GPA and have leadership involvement. Hess received the award during halftime of the Homecoming football game. He also participated in the homecoming parade and received an annual $500 scholarship.

Alan Stoffer (1990) died October 14, 2011. A former chapter officer, he worked in marketing and technology, setting up computer programs for various companies. He worked for the RMI Company and, most recently, at his own company, Marketing Technology Group. One of his favorite chapter events was organizing and participating in the Gorevile Manor haunted house philanthropy.


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Kansas State (Gamma-Xi)

Alumni brothers Jim Otto and Michael Pinkman spent some time with the undergraduate brothers, telling stories about their time in college and offering career advice. Otto is an employee of the United States government and Pinkman is the senior director of sales at Apple, Inc.

The chapter held its annual Halloween Date Party, which included taking a bus to Kansas City and visiting two haunted houses there.

Kutztown (Sigma-Gamma)

Maryland (Epsilon-Pi)

The chapter added 12 associate members.

Robert L. Wilcox Sr. (1972) died September 22, 2011.

Louisville (Zeta-Sigma)

Maryland-Baltimore County (Phi-Delta)

The chapter held its annual Watermelon Bust, collecting more than 10,000 pounds of canned food for the North American Food Drive. All seven sororities on campus participated by helping to collect donations.

Chapter brothers participated in the Children’s Miracle Network event called Extra-Life where they played video games for 24 hours, raising nearly $300 in donations.

Marshall (Zeta-Zeta)

Zach Smith was chosen to be a member of the Student Orientation Staff.

Rob Kiser retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in August 2011. He also entered Georgia State University in August to study law.

Louisiana-Lafayette (Iota-Omega) John Hyde was selected to the IFC Judicial Board.

Memphis (Zeta-Theta) The chapter added 24 new associate members.

Lycoming (Iota-Beta)

Miami-FL (Epsilon-Omega) The chapter won the philanthropies of Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Kappa Gamma, and held its annual Watermelon Bust. The chapter hosted an Alumni Appreciation Event on October 21, 2011.


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Millsaps (Theta-Eta)

Miami-OH (Zeta-Upsilon)

The chapter held officer elections. The new officers are; president, Andrew Marion; vice president (internal) Jack Lipman; vice president (external), Andrew Gargiulo; secretary, Ben Parva; treasurer, Eli Kerby; harm reduction, Matt Rector; fraternity education, Alex Fraser; recruitment chairman, Aaron Law; ritualist, Garrett Wilkerson; scholarship chairman, Casey Spell; social chairman, Kobie Baus; alumni chairman, Daniel Bryde; and house manager, Lewis Peters.

William R. Stone (1957) died October 22, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army and was an industrial arts teacher as well as a labor relations consultant for the Ohio Education Association. Louis J. Kaczmarek (1950) died September 4, 2011. A World War II veteran, he played football for the Red and White in 1943 and 1948, having his playing career interrupted for 30 months while he served in the war. At Miami he brought the Red and White to an Ohio College crown in 1943 and to the school’s first MAC title in 1948. He went on to serve various stints as a football, basketball, track, and wrestling coach at nine high schools. As head football coach at Ohio’s Green Springs, Delta, and Franklin high schools he mentored nine all-Ohio selections and three high school all-America recipients. Six of his squads were ranked among the top 25 in the state and he was named Mid-Miami League Coach of the Year in 1965. He was named Ohio Athletic Director of the Year in 1985. He has been inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Directors Association, Toledo Woodward High School, Franklin High School, and Toledo City Athletic League halls of fame, Miami University Great Ole Coaches Hall of Fame, and Miami Cradle of Coaches Hall of Fame.

Massachusetts Institute of Tech (Lambda) The chapter earned the forth highest GPA out of 27 fraternties for the spring 2011 semester. The chapter added 23 associate members. Chapter brothers repainted the “Smoots” across the Harvard Bridge for the 53rd consecutive year.

Dr. Gary L. Pielemeier (1952) died May 4, 2011. He was a graduate of Seabury Western Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He was an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, beginning as rector of St. Christopher’s Church in Roseville, MN (1957-1967) and continuing as a supply priest in each of the communities in which he lived, until his death.

Jim Bartolotta and Bill Johnson are playing professional basketball in Iceland.

Murray State (Lambda-Eta)

Robert W. Finzel (1963) died April 24, 2011. He went into sales for contractors and for a pre-engineered metal building systems company. A promotion to sales engineer brought him to the Chicago area and to a home in Glen Ellyn. With two other partners he formed American Scene, Inc in 1972. In 1992 he branched off on his own and formed R.W.F. Services, which designed and executed backdrops, murals, props, set constructions, sculptures, sandblasted glass and much more. One of his more well-known projects was creating the Christmas horns that trumpet from Macy’s State Street store. Finzel and his company were also responsible for the model heart at the Museum of Science and Industry, for which he also designed the three cows known as “Cows on Parade”.

Cmdr. Greg Cook (1993) officially assumed command of the Naval Safety & Environmental Training Center during a changeof-command ceremony onboard Naval Station Norfolk, July 8, 2011. In his prior billet he served as assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland.

New Mexico (Zeta-Mu Colony) On October 21, 2011, an Initiation Ritual Exemplification was held for 14 associate members. This was the first initiation held


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North Texas (Iota-Zeta)

since 2005. The colony brothers would like to thank ELCs Chris Kirkeby and Nolan Ryan, the alumni brothers, and Associate Director of Chapter Services Vince Cain.

Alex Villalobos III (1983) died April 27, 2011. He lived and worked in California as an illustrator.

A former member of the General Fraternity staff, James Chavez became chairman of the Board of Directors at Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives in July 2011.

Northern Colorado (Sigma-Omega) Dr. Roland Grieb was appointed market medical director for the New Orleans region for Peoples Health. He will provide medical support to the Peoples Health Medical Management department, which serves a 14-parish area, including New Orleans and Baton Rouge. His focus is on quality of care programs, process improvement, project implementation, operational management, and clinical oversight. Grieb also works with network providers in the New Orleans area to educate them on company programs and available resources.

North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Gamma-Nu) The chapter added 16 associate members. Lyle Baumgarten, Charles Gage, and Cody Welton are members of the ice hockey team. The chapter has a redesigned website.

New Hampshire (Alpha-Xi)

Northwestern (Alpha-Iota)

The chapter finished third out of 11 fraternities with a 2.99 GPA for the spring 2011 semester. The chapter’s Clothing Sale philanthropy event sold more than $20,000 worth of merchandise in three days, collected 4,500 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive, and added $1,500 for chapter finances.

The chapter celebrated the end of a successful capital campaign with a reception during the NorthwesternMichigan football game on October 8, 2011. More than 170 brothers and guests enjoyed the game from the Randy Walker Terrace overlooking the north end-zone. Among the notable attendees were Board Treasurer Gregg Behrens (Iowa State), Order of Merit recipient Frank Mann, and former chapter president and Alumni Association President Eric Carlsen. The money raised will help make improvements to the chapter house, including complete remodeling of the bathrooms.

The chapter added 10 associate members, the largest group in three years. Chapter brothers helped build a bridge for the University of New Hampshire-operated Browne Center in Newmarket, New Hampshire. The chapter held a successful alumni banquet at homecoming.

North Carolina State (Gamma-Upsilon Colony)

Creed C. Black (1949) died August 16, 2011. A veteran newsman, he helped the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation become a $1.86 billion-dollar philanthropic powerhouse. The Knight

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 22 associate members October 22, 2011.


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Foundation was established in 1950 with less than $10,000 to make educational grants in the 26 cities in which the Knight brothers owned newspapers. It is now a major underwriter to arts, media, and community-building groups. Black served as the foundation’s president/CEO from 1988-1998, was instrumental in assisting south Florida recover from Hurricane Andrew, and was a recipient of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Achievement.

Stan Sewell (1968) was elected to a three-year term of the Board of Directors of The Texas Association of Healthcare Financial Administration. He has served as a member of the Education Committee during the past year and will now serve as co-chairman of that committee.

Oklahoma State (Alpha-Eta)

Ohio State (Gamma-Tau) Chapter brothers teamed with United Way of Central Ohio to help raise canned goods for the Salvation Army and Lutheran Social Services Food Banks. The tailgate event was hosted in a hangar at the Port Columbus International Airport and collected more than 500 pounds of food.

The chapter hosted its Watermelon Bust on September 26-29, 2011, which included week-long activities for all the participating sororities. Results were the collection of more than 16,000 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive.

Old Dominion (Sigma-Iota) Former chapter officer Michael Motta (2011) has joined the Providence College women’s basketball staff as a graduate assistant. Motta served as the Monarch’s team manager during each of his four years at ODU (2007-11), and was elevated to head team manager in 2009. As part of an internship he also served as a student assistant from January 2011 until the completion of his degree in May.

Oklahoma (Gamma-Rho) The chapter is conducting a new capital campaign with a goal of 1.5 million dollars. The main focus of the renovation will be the second and third floors, which will be gutted, and an entirely new room layout will be constructed. Similar work will involve gutting and remodeling both the housemother’s apartment and kitchen on the first floor, while completely updating the electrical system throughout the house. To make the facility safer for our students a much needed fire suppression system will be installed and two enclosed fire escapes added on. Should we have the financial support, we would like to construct a parking lot at the end of the block, as well as create an endowment for ongoing maintenance of the more than 80 year old chapter house. For more information about the campaign, contact Brad Rukes, campaign coordinator, at (785) 843-1661 or, or to make a contribution to the Building on our Tradition of Excellence Campaign please write to: SP Capital Campaign, C/O Don Sherman, P.O. Box 721891, Norman, OK 73070.

Penn State (Zeta) Michael J. Fleming (1979) died September 25, 2011.

Pittsburg State (Lambda-Chi)


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Chapter news, alumni news, and reports of death The chapter brothers earned first place for their homecoming float and second place in the Yell Like Hell competition.

Sam Houston State (Sigma-Mu) Educational Foundation Board Member Charles W. Jones III (1981) was presented with an American flag by the family of Sgt. Patrick Charles for supporting his Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron while they were on their fourth tour of duty in the Middle East. The flag, with the squadron’s patches (The Hellcats), was sent from their base in Afghanistan in January 2011. Jones is senior vice president, eastern production manager, Wells Fargo Dealer Services.

Richmond (Alpha-Chi)

On October 21, 2011, the chapter brothers celebrated receiving their charter. Originally chartered in 1918, the Alpha-Chi chapter roster includes more than 1,300 initiated brothers. After being suspended by the General Fraternity in the late 1990s, the chapter was re-colonized in 2010. In less than 18 months the colony was able to meet all of its chartering standards and to initiate more than 50 brothers who represent the Core Values of Lambda Chi Alpha. The chartering banquet was the capstone of a tremendously successful re-colonization period for these brothers. They have dominated intramural sports and won sorority philanthropy events, while successfully running their chapter and developing a strong brotherhood. Notable attendees and event speakers included Executive Vice President Bill Farkas (Butler) and Board Chairman Drew Hunter (Denver).

San Diego Area Alumni Association On October 8, 2011, the San Diego Regional Alumni Association hosted a tailgate party for the Texas Christian University versus San Diego State University Homecoming Game at Qualcomm Stadium. Nearly 100 alumni brothers and their guests were in attendance, including undergraduate brothers from the DeltaKappa chapter at the University of San Diego. The event was planned and executed by Mike Powell (San Diego State 1980) with generous support from Mark Miller (San Diego State 1980). The alumni association would like to thank Paul Mance (San Diego State 1982), owner of Mickey’s Deli in Hermosa Beach and a partner in Buddies Burgers near the San Diego State campus, for contributing food and barbequing equipment. The San Diego Regional Alumni Association now has a Facebook page where current and upcoming events are posted.

South Florida (Lambda-Mu) Jason Ferguson (South Florida) recently produced the critically acclaimed Off West End revival of the musical Ragtime at London’s Landor Theatre. Time Out said it moved with the


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“urgent beat of a real heart”. Ragtime has multiple nominations in the Broadway World Awards and the Off West End Theatre Awards.

wide range of business ventures, insolvency matters, commercial litigation, and small-estate planning.

Texas-San Antonio (Phi-Upsilon)

Southeast Missouri State (Delta-Phi) The chapter added 22 associate members. The chapter earned first place in homecoming with its partners Sigma Chi and Alpha Chi Omega. Patrick Vining was elected University Man of the Year. The chapter held a date auction to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Southern Methodist (Gamma-Sigma) Kenneth T Grantham (1949) died October 15, 2011. He was a player on the famous 1947-48 Southern Methodist University football team. His business career started while attending SMU and working part-time for Van Winkle Pontiac. He later founded Ken Grantham Ford and owned Ken Ray Ford. He was in the car business for more than 40 years. A true SMU supporter, he received a red and blue statuette from football head coach Hayden Fry. A Distinguished Alumni Award also was given to Grantham by SMU and can be seen at Moody Coliseum.

On September 3, 2011, the alumni brothers from the University of Texas-San Antonio were recognized as the Tailgaters of the Game during the school’s inaugural football game at the Alamo Dome. University President and Fraternity brother Ricardo Romo (Texas-Austin) stopped by to visit the alumni brothers during the tailgating event.

Tennessee-Chatanooga (Zeta-Phi) Scott LeRoy (1980), a former chapter president, is the new alumni board president for East Tennessee State University. He also has a seat on the Tennessee Alumni Association Board of Governors. In his professional career LeRow works as a lawyer with LeRoy Hurst & Bickerstaff. This law practice covers a


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In August 2011, Shane Foley (Texas-San Antonio) was issued a Unit Citation from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for being a member of the East District Crime Reduction Team. The team was recognized for the number of its arrests, drug seizures, gun seizures, and money seizures during the latter part of 2010.

Alumni brothers hosted a tailgating event on October 22, 2011, in Seattle, Washington, prior to the Washington State University football game against Oregon State University.

Western Carolina (Beta-Zeta) The chapter added seven associate members; Rick Reakes, Kyle Chandler, Josh Leake, Casey Honeycutt, Steven Sherlin, Cory Huneycutt, and Matt Vaughn.

Union (Lambda-Zeta) From October 17-21, 2011, the chapter brothers collected food and donations for the North American Food Drive. In addition the brothers participated in CANstuction, a philanthropic competition where groups use cans of food to create sculptures.

The chapter completed its annual Watermelon Bust, which included a fundraising component to support the North American Food Drive. The chapter collected approximately 1,600 pounds of food, the highest total in recent history.

Valparaiso (Iota-Sigma)

Western Ontario (Delta-Eta)

Gerald D. Leib (1960) died October 4, 2011. After college, he served as a U.S. Navy lieutenant stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. He flew missions over the South China Sea and Vietnam (1964-65) during the Vietnam Conflict. In January 1968 he settled in Los Angeles and began working as a reservations manager for American Airlines. After nearly 30 years he retired as manager of their Sabre Applications in Dallas, Texas.

Chapter brothers are currently developing alumni relations management software (ARMS) to facilitate outreach to alumni, keep track of alumni involvement, tailor notifications and chapter announcements to specific groups of alumni based on their subscribed involvement level, and provide a forum through which alumni and undergraduate brothers may communicate.

Wisconsin-Whitewater (Lambda-Iota Colony)

Washington State (Tau) The chapter completed homecoming activities, including giving tours of the chapter house to visiting alumni brothers. The chapter recently added 30 associate members. A Ritual Initiation Exemplificaiton is scheduled for December 2, 2011, and alumni brothers are invited to attend. Please contact Connor McCormick, the chapter’s alumni chairman, for more information.


In support of the North American Food Drive, the colony brothers have distributed paper bags around the city and campus. They hope to more than double the amount of food collected last year. Terry L. Lawler (1968) died September 29, 2011. His teaching career began at Tremper High School, Kenosha, in September 1968 and continued until January 2002. He was an exceptional

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Advanced Placement English instructor and initiated the theatrical concepts of the Madrigal Feast at Tremper. He was one of the founders of the Lakeside Players. Lawler was an essayist for both the Kenosha News and Wisconsin Education Association Council. In 2010 he published a collection of his essays entitled “The Learning Curve.” He was also involved in alternative energy for the Midwest. Lawler joined Lambda Chi Alpha concurrently with the installation of Chi Delta Rho, a local fraternity, as the Lambda-Iota chapter in 1965 and he recently answered the call to assist in recolonizing Lambda Chi Alpha in Whitewater. He was an active participant in university/fraternity relations for many years.

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for six brothers. This brings the chapter total of initiated men to 1,714. The chapter held a its third annual Watermelon Bash, raising more than $500 for the North American Food Drive. On November 5, 2011, the chapter will host its collection day for the North American Food Drive and alumni brothers are encouraged to attend.

Wittenberg (Nu-Zeta) Ron Janke (1969) of global law firm Jones Day’s Cleveland Office has been inducted into the American College of Environmental Lawyers as a Fellow. Fellowship in the college is extended only by invitation, and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy, and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and “collegiality.” It is generally limited to not more than one percent of the environmental lawyers licensed to practice in a state, according to the College.

Wyoming (Delta-Rho) Partnered with Pi Beta Phi sorority, chapter brothers participated in Homecoming Week activities. Chapter brothers assisted the local public library in moving furniture and book shelves.

Worcester Polytechnic (Pi)


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Remembering a Fallen Brother On November 22, 2010, Spc. William “Kyle” Middleton (Old Dominion 2007) was killed in action by an IED in Afghanistan. A Sigma-Iota brother from Old Dominion, Middleton’s life was celebrated by his chapter brothers, family, and friends during a charity event on October 15, 2011. By Bobby Bilicki (Old Dominion)


ditor’s note: To acquire a print of the painting or to

donate to the Kyle Middleton Scholarship Fund, please email Bobby Bilicki at When war takes place thousands of miles away from home you tend not to think about it. Most Americans simply hear news reports about casualties and think how awful that must be for the family of the fallen soldiers then go about their day and lives. That is how I felt until Thanksgiving of last year. I was in New York City celebrating a family reunion when I decided to check my Facebook account. My thoughts on war quickly altered. A fellow Lambda Chi Alpha brother of mine had been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan. William “Kyle” Middleton was killed in action on November 22, 2010. I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye, nor did any of our other Old Dominion University chapter brothers. Some of us who had graduated and moved out of Norfolk didn’t even realize Kyle had joined the Army until we found out about his death. It was a tumultuous Thanksgiving for the Sigma-Iota chapter brothers. It certainly put things into perspective. Kyle had died serving and sacrificing for our country, the larger brotherhood, which is pure exemplification of the Cross in our Creed. Unfortunately, like good times in the Fraternity, bad times bring us together as well. I attended his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery and it seemed surreal. I never imagined I would have to witness a movie-like funeral at Arlington. Needless to say, it was extremely emotional for all family, friends, and brothers alike. This is when the alumni brothers chose to act.

Alumni Brothers Called to Action Over the next few months, a small group of alumni in the Washington, DC area evolved into the Lambda Chi Alpha Sigma-Iota Alumni Association. The group had been established a few years back, but this event led us into progressive action. We thought we needed to have such a brave soldier and brother honored so we created an educational fund in Kyle’s name to go directly to the active Sigma-Iota chapter. The scholarship will be awarded to the brother with the best GPA and most improved GPA each year. We sent out a mass email and got a few donations, but that didn’t satisfy the alumni association. We needed to host an event to bring everyone back together and remember Kyle in a positive, fulfilling manner. As some chapters must experience, it’s not easy to gather the old brothers and get them together with wives, children, and location creating obstacles. What would make this work?


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Inaugural Charity Event I decided that the best time to gather was during the annual ODU Homecoming, and piggy-back off the festivities. The location had to be O’Sullivan’s Wharf, a longtime Lambda Chi hangout in Norfolk. With the help of Kyle’s mother, stepmother, father, and of course Facebook, we were able to pull 100 of Kyle’s friends, brothers, and family together for a two hour charity social to raise money for Kyle’s Scholarship Fund. Our goal was to raise $2,000 (which was about what we had in the account at the time) but thanks to the overwhelming support we raised $8,600. It was an emotional day for everyone since it was the first time everyone got back together since the funeral. We received numerous requests to turn this into an annual event, so we are without a doubt going to hold the second annual event in fall of 2012. It was great to see brothers young and old reminiscing about their college days and discussing their current life stories.

This is when I had an idea to create an object that brothers could walk away with to remember Kyle forever. I saw a picture on Facebook of Kyle giving an Afghan child a high five. This was one of the last pictures of Kyle before his death. It symbolizes peace in a time of war, while also representing the Crescent, pure and ever-growing, like Kyle. It showed he had a righteous side during wartime, I believe a valiant belief he obtained through his knowledge of Lambda Chi Alpha principles. So I asked my father, Bob Bilicki, an avid artist, if he would be willing to paint this picture and make it come to life. Even though he didn’t know Kyle, he felt the passion in the request and obliged. Now, trying to get the brothers to unite and celebrate the painting was next.

All in all, if Kyle were given one more day on this earth, I think he would have used it on October 15, 2011. Oh wait, he was there, in every heart and mind of the 100 friends, family members, and brothers at O’Sullivan’s. If each and every one of those 100 people walked away with a piece of Kyle, they will live a better life. If war can bring us this close, imagine what peace could bring us. Rest in peace Kyle.


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Brother Gives Life for Country On September 25, 2011, the Sigma-Beta chapter of St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, was dealt a major blow. First Lt. Andy Zermeño (St. Mary’s 2008), an alumni brother of the chapter, died while on patrol in the Wardak province in Afghanistan. By Sal Lievanos (St. Mary’s)


n September 25, 2011, the Sigma-Beta chapter of

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, was dealt a major blow. First Lt. Andy Zermeño (St. Mary’s 2008), an alumni brother of the chapter, died from injuries suffered from a rocket-propelled grenade while on patrol in the Wardak province in Afghanistan. His death came two weeks before his first combat tour was scheduled to end.

Brother Anthony Noriega (St. Mary’s 2007) says, “During his time as an associate member, Andy embodied all characteristics of a great brother of Lambda Chi Alpha. His compassion, energy, spirit, determination and patriotism, made him successful and it was his faith that called him to be a ‘servant.’” Andy was initiated in 2004 and soon after became very involved on the St. Mary’s campus through Residence Life, University Ministry, and ROTC. Soon after he graduated from St. Mary’s with a degree in psychology, he married his wife, Rachel, and joined the Army in 2008. They soon started a family, which today includes a 3-year-old son and a 19-month-old daughter. “The joy of having a family was a blessing that Andy always hoped for and, with love and passion, he was able to raise and support his family,” says Noriega. “The undoubted love that he had for his wife and two children is a true testament of the wonderful spirit that brother Andy embodied.” Andy planned on making a career in the military, working there for 20 years and then possibly going into teaching. Anthony added, “He was called to serve our country; he wanted to protect our country and now we, his family, friends, and brothers, are left with the memories, which will never be forgotten. Vir Quisque Vir, Every Man a Man is a motto that we as brothers believe in; Brother Andy Zermeno, Sigma-Beta 605, actually lived it. He answered the call of duty that so few can make and defended us all valiantly and bravely.” On October 8, 2011, Andy was laid to rest at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. His bother, Father Joaquin Zermeño, a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, helped officiate the funeral mass at St. Mary’s University.


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Header Serve, Support & Semper Fi Kevin Basch (Bowling Green 2011) served the Phi-Mu chapter at Bowling Green State University as scholarship chairman and treasurer. In addition, he served the university as student government president his senior year. On October 7, 2011, Basch began training in Quantico, Virginia, to become an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. By Thomas Roberts (Edinboro)


evin Michael Basch (Bowling Green State 2011)

was born just west of Cleveland, Ohio, in a suburb called Westlake. Basch, a 2011 political science graduate, served the Phi-Mu chapter as scholarship chairman and treasurer but his leadership training didn’t stop there. During his senior year he

As his high school years concluded, Basch set his sights on Bowling Green State University. He decided to begin his college career as an education major, but like many college students Basch changed his major. This soon-to-be Student Government Association president set his sights on political science instead.

served as student government president. On October 7, 2011, Basch began training in Quantico, Virginia, to become a U.S. Marine Corps officer.

Growing up A former high school football and lacrosse player, Basch places a high value on surrounding himself with people who share similar values and ambitions. When asked how growing up in Westlake shaped him he replied, “I guess the biggest thing I took from where I grew up was the peer group I was able to build as a kid. I was lucky that in my neighborhood there were a lot of kids my age, a lot of guys with whom I am still good friends.”

Becoming a Brother of our Bond Prior to attending Bowling Green, Basch had no plans to join a fraternity. Then a girl he met the summer before his freshman year asked him and a few of his close friends about their interest in joining a fraternity. Kevin and his freshman roommate, who later became chapter president, shared the


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FEATURE our bond, he acknowledged one particular brother’s influence in helping him make what he says was one of his greatest decisions. “The High Alpha when I was a freshman was Joe Coval, and he was great,” Basch says. “I talked with him a lot. This was obviously a big decision for me. Joe said ‘This is what we have to offer. It’s not for everyone but I really think it’s a good fit for you.’ I remember that my dad was superhesitant. He didn’t go to college and had heard all the negative stories about hazing and everything in between. Joe offered to call my dad and had a conversation with him that put him at ease. Looking back, it was one of the greatest decisions I ever made, one that opened up so many doors and introduced me to so many quality individuals.”

same reaction to this new friend’s question. “We had heard all the negative things about fraternities and I wondered, what do we want? I don’t see what this is going to offer us,” Basch says. After accepting an invitation to the Lambda Chi house, this sentiment against joining a fraternity began to slowly change. After spending a couple of weeks getting to know the guys, Basch started to notice what the bond of Lambda Chi Alpha really had to offer.

Not only did he immediately have 30 or more close friends as a freshmen, he also started hearing things from the older brothers that hadn’t even crossed his mind. They said to him, “Distinguish yourself from your peer group. Develop yourself personally and professionally. Where are you, compared to where you want to be?”

Kevin says his dad’s view of fraternities now has shifted 180 degrees: “When I left for school he said, ‘I want you to get these types of grades, I want you do to this and that,’ and reiterated that I was an adult. I surpassed a lot of his expectations and I think the reason I did was due to my support group.”

Campus Presidency

“Wow, this is real,” Basch thought. “I’m in college now. It’s time to step up and start preparing myself for what the rest of the world has to offer.”

Shortly after being elected scholarship chairman, Basch realized he liked being a part of the solution rather than part of the problem. A fraternity friend, who was currently SGA president, suggested that Kevin get involved with student government.

During this time when he was beginning to express interest in joining

“I was a committee chair under him during my sophomore year. Then he


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FEATURE graduated and I ended up running for the position of vice president. Once I got involved with it, I just loved it. It got me up in the morning. I like to be active.” When asked about his level of motivation and involvement Basch says, “I think it all stems from what I used to tell freshmen at orientation. ‘You have to get connected to the campus, find something you are passionate about that is going to be beneficial to you, and then just go after it. Sure, you can sneak by, underachieve, and still graduate but you’re not going to get a job, especially in this economy.’” Basch’s passion for being a part of the solution led him to tackle student-led issues at Bowling Green. “There were a lot of issues I had to deal with,” he says. “The biggest thing we accomplished while I was president was the way our class registration worked. The administration would make their best guess, based on past years, as to what classes students would sign up for. The students would then have to scramble to get into this limited roster of classes. Sometimes there would be a class with a lot of openings while many others were too full to get into. The problem it caused for seniors with only one required class left was that it might be full. Then they would have to stick around for another semester and would be stuck with the bill for tuition, room and board, etc. It delayed the whole process.” Basch worked with the administration to change the system, including allowing students to register three

semesters in advance so that the university administration could meter the classes by the actual demand. “I just loved being a part of the solution, offering my input and trying to do what I thought was right for the campus and to make a positive change,” Basch says.

Going Forward Basch is currently enrolled in officer candidate school, a commissioning program for the U.S. Marine Corp. Once he completes his 10th week in Quantico he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant. “After being involved in student government I started getting a passion about public service,” he says. “What can I do not only for people around me but for the community and the country?” “Lambda Chi aligned with my own core values and bettered me as a person,” Basch says. “Now I foresee that with the Marine Corp, if I have half as good of an experience with the Marines as I did with Lambda Chi, I’ll love every minute of it.” There are many similarities between the Marine Corps and Lambda Chi, one of them being brotherhood. “They understand what brotherhood means, what being a part of something bigger than yourself means,” he says. “They understand what committing yourself to core values means, even if at times it can be difficult.”

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Advice for Undergraduate Brothers Basch’s advice for today’s undergraduate brothers is to participate in extracurricular activities, to strive academically, and to perform community service so that you distinguish yourself from your peers and work towards something you are passionate about. “If you do these things, no amount of money can compare to the fulfillment and level of success you’ll feel,” he says. “I would hope that a lot of guys out there will take very seriously the opportunities they have. I know it took me until I became a Lambda Chi to start understanding the opportunities I had. There are plenty of people in the world who don’t have the opportunity to go to college, to become a member of a fraternity, or to even live in a country like ours. Take advantage of the opportunities you have.” Lambda Chi and his Phi-Mu brothers taught him to be passionate about what he was doing and to give back to something bigger than himself. “I know that in the Marine Corps I will not be making the money I could in investment banking or some other high profile career, but it’s something I’m passionate about and it will be fulfilling and something I will be proud of,” Basch says.

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80-Year History at Missouri Gamma-Kappa at the University of Missouri-Columbia was installed as a Lambda Chi Alpha chapter in 1926. Today, more than 1,700 men have been initiated since that inception, including an astronaut, a top business CEO, a U.S. senator, a president of the United States, and By Jon Williamson (Maryland) many campus-leading undergraduate brothers.

Our Gamma-Kappa chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia was installed as a chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha in 1926. The initiation was held at the Baptist Church in Columbia and the work was done by men from Alpha-Delta chapter at Missouri University of Science & Technology, at that time known as Missouri School of Mines. More than 1,700 men have been initiated since that inception, even allowing for about five years when the chapter was dormant.


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Chapter President

Notable Gamma-Kappa Brothers

In this, their 80th year, I spoke with Nicholas Smith, their chapter president to see how things have gone this fall.

Dee W. Akins (1959), English teacher at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas

“Missouri just finished celebrating homecoming and, I should say, this is the school where the homecoming tradition originated. We had our largest return of alumni ever. This fall we began as the intramural champions and also Greek Week winners from last year. We recruited 32 new associate members to work with our 75 returning active brothers. The secret to our recruitment was focusing one-on-one and two-on-two with potential recruits. We emphasized going out to dinner in very small groups, which allowed us to let the potential members see what makes us different from the other fraternities. We stressed the associate member program and the fact that we do not haze.”

David Aull (1954), chairman of Innco Hospitality, Inc., Wichita, Kansas

Dr. Barrett Baebler (1976), assistant professor Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri

James H. Ball, Sr. (1964), retired senior vice president/general counsel of Nestle, USA

G. Kent Bankus (1964), vice president and general counsel of General Dynamics

Dr. John R. Bates (1978), veterinarian, Imperial, Missouri

Gerald C. Baumer (1959), retired vice president with Marriott Corp.

David V. Berger (1984), vice president of sales with Georgia Pacific, Atlanta, Georgia

Bradley B. Berlin (1989), equipment manager with the Washington Redskins, NFL

Dr. Stephen Bozoian (1977), dentist, St. Louis, Missouri

Jeffrey S. Brockman (1988), distributor and sales manager with Miller Brewing in Los Angeles

Harold P. Brown (1967), president and CEO of Gough Econ Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina

John W. Brown Jr. (1973), president/CEO SEGA Inc., Stilwell, Kansas

David L. Busch (1969), associate circuit judge, Ray County, Richmond, Missouri

Dr. Jon D. Bush (1985), physician of internal medicine, Internal Medical Clinic of Kansas City

Were you pleased with the results? “Of the 32 new men, one is a junior, seven are sophomores, and the rest are freshmen. They are a very diverse group of men.”

David Caffrey (1982), president of Premier Bank, Lenexa, Kansas

Dr. Robert T. Caffrey (1983), OB/GYN with Independence Women’s Clinic, Independence, Missouri

Casualty of World War II: Kurt R. Schaeffer

John Case, retired executive, Chase Brass & Copper Co., Hendersonville, North Carolina

Is the chapter active on campus?

Dr. Ward A. Chambers (1967), physician with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

“Dan Philyam was a finalist in the Mizzou Idol contest; Perry Clarke has made the golf team; Alex Berry is the vice president of finance for the IFC; Justen Yao is a champion ping-pong player; Danny Forman and I put together a program called Greek Advocates which seeks a solution for and creates awareness of sexual violence; Andy Rosburg is on the volleyball club and was just selected as a member of the basketball team; Ben Carrier is a member of Order of Omega; Cory Martz is president of the geography honor society; and Adam Laney is our 4.0 GPA scholar.”

Robert Cowee (1952), retired executive secretary of Scottish Rite, Leawood, Kansas

Dr. Timothy T. Coyle (1992), oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Houston, Texas

Granville Crabtree (1956), member of the Florida House of Representatives since 1966

George E. Crawford (1954), president of Crawford Construction, Inc., Columbia, Missouri

James V. Critchfield (1971), executive vice president of Accurate Biometrics, Chicago, Illinois

Sen. John Danforth (Princeton), former attorney general of Missouri, former United States senator, former ambassador to the United Nations

Gary E. Davis (1964), vice president of operations for Stewart Enterprises Inc., Kansas City

Is the chapter active in community service and philanthropies?

Carl DiCapo (1949), owner of The Italian Gardens, Kansas City

Dr. John F. Doane (1986), physician/ophthalmologist, Kansas City

Dr. Jeffrey T. Driskill (1983), director of enrollment management, Baker University

Peter A. Dunn (1984), senior associate and director of business development at BRR Architects, Kansas City

Charles P. Farley (1972), vice chairman & chief creative officer with Cohn & Wolfe, Atlanta

“We raised about $3,000 at our Watermelon Fest this fall. We also had every brother and associate member go to the local food bank and assist in sorting and handing out food. This past summer we had several brothers participate in Race for the Cure in St. Louis, and then this fall we also held a dodge ball tournament in a local church, with proceeds going to charity.”

Dr. C. Byron Faulkner (1985), eye surgeon, Springfield, Missouri

Michael L. Flanegin (1974), president of Nightscapes Inc., Sarasota, Florida

Dr. Roger A. Gafke (1961), professor emeritus of journalism, University of Missouri

Jonathan Goede (1984), chief photographer with KSHB-TV, Kansas City

Stephen Goodman (1972), executive vice president Plano Bridge Co., Plano, Texas

Dr. Paul J. Graber (1931), former professor emeritus of accounting at University of Tulsa

Kerry Hammann (1978), captain/firefighter/paramedic, City of St. Charles, Missouri


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Do you have an active chapter alumni group? “Brent Fuson, a High Alpha in the 1980s, has been very helpful and has served as a mentor for me. Dave Johnson and my dad Brian, also a Lambda Chi, have been very supportive. The entire alumni association, led by Brett Anwarder, as well as the House Corporation, led by Ron Graves, and our chapter advisor Tim Hulen have all contributed to the chapter’s success.”

Alumni Association President Brett Anwarder is president of the chapter alumni association. Where do you find the time to keep in touch with so many alumni? “My regular jobs are as a high school (Blue Springs) science teacher and also as freshman football coach. In addition, I do volunteer work for Muscular Dystrophy. The chapter has approximately 1,200 living alumni; I have found about 900 of them and also established their e-mail addresses. I spend a couple of nights a week keeping in touch with them. This is our third year since the re-founding of our alumni association and, if this recently concluded homecoming is any indication, the word is starting to spread that we have a growing and excellent chapter to welcome them back. A couple of weeks ago at homecoming we had 150 to 200 alumni stop by our house.”

to all of them. Our website is Our membership dues are $50 a month with recent alumni dues of only $30 a month. We also have a lifetime membership of $1,000, and seven brothers have already signed up for that. Our next big alumni event will be the basketball game against Baylor on February 11th. We want to encourage everyone to come on back to the house for that one.” What motivates you to make such a personal commitment and investment? “I joined in the fall of 2004, not long after the chapter was re-chartered. Our chapter’s new founding fathers at that time were, for the most part, men who had been pledges of other fraternities. They didn’t like the organizations they were in so they joined Lambda Chi. We emphasized our ideas and treated everyone equally. I had a thoroughly wonderful undergraduate experience. I held the office of ritualist and then president in my senior year.” What is your best memory? “One summer I spoke with my dad, who is not a Lambda Chi, and told him I wanted to give something back to Lambda Chi since it had given me so much. The chapter used to have a custom-made wooden coat-of-arms, but it disappeared. My dad and I worked together to make a new one and it is bolted to the wall in our current house. It looks great!”

House Corporation President Ron Graves is the current president of the House Corporation.

How do you keep in touch? “It is a slow and steady process. I send out a monthly email

“The University of Missouri is a campus on which it is a challenge to achieve success if you don’t have a house. Our


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Dr. Carl E. Hartmann (1941), retired chiropractor, Arizona

William G. Rath, Sysco Corp., Ballwin, Missouri; former chapter consultant

Col. Leonard L. Maseman (1940) (West Point), career officer and received: Legion of

Cpt. Richard Richards (1969), former flight manager of the Space Shuttle Program,

Merit (2), Bronze Star Medal

former astronaut, received: Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying

Dr. Robert Heitman (1973), professor University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama

Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, NASA Distinguished Service Medal,

Richard L. Henninger (1970), pitcher with the Texas Rangers in 1973

Jerald L. Hewitt (1983), director of pricing for Boeing Company, Mission Viejo,

John J. Robbins (1951), retired from the Central Intelligence Agency


Matthew K. Rose (1981), chairman of the Board, president, and CEO of Burling-

NASA Space Flight Medals (4)

Carl Hohnbaum (1958), senior vice president/director Legg Mason, Pittsburgh,

ton Northern/Santa Fe Corp., Ft. Worth, Texas, previously featured in the Cross &

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Meryl Hrdlicka (1947), former chairman of the board of trustees, Edmonds Community

Martin N. Schaller, retired U.S. Navy officer & technology executive, Burke, Virginia


A J Schnack (1990), editor, director, writer, Los Angeles

John Arthur “Mr. Mizzou” Kadlec (1951), special assistant to the athletic director at the

Robert Schnitker (1959), owner and president of Merchants Coupon Clearing Service,

University of Missouri, inducted into the University of Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame,

St. Louis

former radio color commentator for the Missouri football games, former assistant coach

Mark H. Schnoebelen (1978), vice president of Massman Construction Co., St. Louis

at the University of Missouri and also Kansas State University, grass practice fields

Charles F. Self (1983), vice president of Affiliate Relations, Raycom Sports, Charlotte,

behind the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex named in his honor

North Carolina

David Johnson (1978), president/chairman of the Board of Maxus Properties, Kansas

Dr. Robert Blair Sexe ’88, trauma surgeon, Osage Beach, Missouri


Charles L. Shippee (1969), owner/operator of CyberAg Feed Co., Inc., Kansas City

Philip R. Keating (1990), broadcast journalist for FOX News Channel

Dr. Keith Steinbecker (1991), surgeon, University Hospital, Columbia

Bret D. Kimes (1986), general partner at Edward Jones Investments, former president

Jon T. “Sunny” Sundvold (1983), treasurer Mid-American Alliance Corp., former all-

of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Board of Trustees

American in basketball, played in the NBA for Seattle, San Antonio, and Miami from

Dr. Glen A. Kleine (1957), former Dean College of Applied Arts/Technology at

1983 to 1991, former TV analyst, inducted in the University of Missouri Athletic Hall

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of Fame in 1990

Dr. David A. Kunz (1969), professor of finance at Southeast Missouri State University,

Cape Girardeau


John F. Landsbaum (1986), retired regional vice president for Enterprise Rent-A-Car

David F. Larrabee (1982), senior vice president American Century Investments, Inc.,

Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the United States, vice president of the United States in 1945, United States Senator from Missouri from 1934 to 1944, served as a

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Victor F. Swyden (1939), former administrator of the University of Missouri @ Kansas

captain in the U.S. Army in World War I

John Laughlin Jr. (1976), senior vice president of RGA Swiss Financial Group LLC, St.

Dr. Philip Vance (1976), physician, Tacoma, Washington


Dr. Richard Wallace (Northwestern 1958) – chancellor emeritus for the University of

Dr. Charles “Pat” Leslie (1936), former physician in Kirkwood, Missouri

Dr. Douglas L. Long (1984), chiropractor, Evansville, Indiana

Missouri, has held numerous academic and administrative positions with the University

Dr. Robert Malmo (1934), former professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada,

Richard J. Wegner (1953), retired vice president with AT&T

Phi Beta Kappa, 20th Anniversary of the International Organization of Psychophysiol-

Edwin Q. White (1943), former Asia Bureau Chief for the Associated Press

ogy Award in 2002, Citation of Merit from the University of Missouri, author of 101

of Missouri since 1966

papers and book chapters, past president of the Canadian Psychological Association •

Robert H. Mayer (1957), retired Director of Compensation/Benefits for Anheuser-

Busch Cos., Inc. •

Kurt L. Williams (1986), co-producer on film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, coproducer of multiple films such as Invisible Hulk, X-Men Last Stand David W. Wolfe (1959), museum director, Founding of Freedom Museums, Kansas City

Robert L. McMurray, partner, McMurray Law Office, PLLC, Signal Mountain, Tennes-


Robert A. Wolken (1991), manager/head of operations at Rain Management Group, Los Angeles

Christopher Menz (1982), CFO of Heritage Communications, Inc., St. Louis

Carl T. Miles (1940), former pitcher with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1940, former

Dr. Jesse Wrench (Cornell 1905), Phi Beta Kappa, former professor of history at the University of Missouri, Auditorium named in his honor

superintendent of schools in Centerville, Iowa •

John Minton (2007), aka John Christopher, professional singer, album Leap of Faith, single Innocence Lost

Dr. Scott A. Montgomery (1986), urologic surgeon, Kansas City

Dr. Louis G. Morton (1953), retired professor of Political Science at Mesa State College

Marvin E. Mueller (1950), retired Director of Purchasing at Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

Cpt. Richard N. Nitschke (1959), adjunct faculty at Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach

Dr. Joseph O’Rourke (1952), retired professor emeritus and chairman of the Speech Department at Wabash College

Dr. Todd G. Owsley (1982), surgeon, University of North Carolina Hospital, Chapel Hill

Dr. Carl Prestigiacomo (1981), professor of accounting at the University of Missouri

Jeffrey K. Rath, attorney, Jones & Rath, St. Louis, Missouri; former chapter consultant


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FEATURE chapter closed in 1997, and when we re-chartered in about 2003 we didn’t have a house. We were very fortunate that at the same time, the Sigma Chis were being removed from the campus for a period of four years. They were looking for a group to lease their chapter house and we found ourselves at the right place at the right time and we leased the house for four years. In 2007 we were also lucky because Delta Chi was closing their chapter and we were looking for a place to live. It was significantly smaller than the Sigma Chi house, but it seemed like the right fit. That is where we are today, at 111 E. Stewart.”

as president of the Missouri Student Association and then the next year was selected as the president of the Missouri Student System.” Do you have a goal for the chapter? “My dream is that in the next seven years the chapter will embrace the idea of being selected as a Grand High Alpha chapter and grow and be all that we are capable of being!“

How did you get involved in Lambda Chi? “I am a legacy. My dad and uncle and his cousin are Lambda Chis from this chapter. I joined in the fall of 1983. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Back then our chapter had between 110 and 120 brothers, and the big events were homecoming and Greek Week. I remember working for a couple of weeks each year on house decorations, building a float, and preparing a skit. Of course it was great to work with a sorority on those projects.” How did Lambda Chi come back on campus and do it so successfully? “John Wells, who currently works for the Missouri State Lottery, Brian Adams, a public school teacher, and I were the core group that attempted to bring it all together. A very big factor in our success was the team that Headquarters sent here to lead the effort. They were outstanding! We had men join who thought they’d never join a fraternity. Testimony to the recruitment effort was having 10 seniors become part of that founding class. Many of these men were leaders in other campus organizations.” When did you think you had established yourselves as leaders on the campus? “It was when Bryan VanGronigen, who is now a teacher in a private boarding school in South Carolina, was elected president of the IFC. He had been elected treasurer of our chapter when he was just a freshman and he was active in interfraternity circles throughout his undergraduate years. When he became president of the IFC, we knew we had the respect of the entire fraternity community. Another important event was when Tim Noce was elected, unopposed,


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Beta-Eta’s 40th Birthday The Beta-Eta chapter at the University of Central Florida was installed on November 28, 1971, and currently has 110 men, including 28 associate members. Only eligible every three years, the chapter has earned the Grand High Alpha Award in 1974, 1983, 1987, 1990, By Jon Williamson (Maryland)

The University of Central Florida was founded in 1968, and the fraternity system came into being soon afterward. The Beta-Eta chapter was installed on November 28, 1971. The Grand High Alpha Award is presented to a chapter that has maintained superior operations and fraternal spirit for a minimum of three consecutive years and is thus recognized for sustained excellence. A chapter may receive this award only once every three years. Our Central Florida brothers have been so honored in 1974, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1993, and 2004.

Chapter President This year marks the chapter’s 40th birthday and I spoke with the chapter’s current chapter President Andrew Watnik.

“Presently, the chapter has 110 men, 28 of whom are associate members. I am majoring in legal studies and I’m planning on going to law school after I graduate.”

How did you choose Lambda Chi? “I joined in the spring of ’08. My roommate and I both decided to go through recruitment at the same time and we both chose Lambda Chi. None of the other fraternities was what I wanted. This has been a fabulous experience and I will miss attending chapter meetings, playing sports, and just hanging out with the brothers, after I graduate.”


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I understand we have our first house on the campus. “Yes, we are located at 3680 Khayyam Avenue and the house sleeps 18. Even though we have a house, it isn’t large enough to accommodate all of our members for meetings so we continue to meet in the Math & Physics Building, Room 260. The house is a positive change for us since it serves as a place to gather and hang out all the time.” Tell me a little about the chapter. “We are a very diverse chapter and we are very proud to have just initiated our first deaf member. Billy Olafson and Lucian Clower are 4.0 GPA men. Wes Jones is an SGA Senator and also serves as Speaker of the House. A number of our brothers are active in the Young Investor’s Club. The brothers are very supportive of sorority philanthropy events such as the Zeta’s Lip Sync and the Kappa Delta’s Shake Down. Of course we are very active with our own Watermelon Bust which raises money for the North American Food Drive. We have won the overall intramural trophy five times in the past ten years. I should also mention that Alex Malabae of Delta Delta Delta was our Crescent Girl last year. We are very supportive of our National organization and have recently assisted with the installation of the Rollins chapter.” Mike Saunders is your High Pi. “Yes, he is. He has been the chapter advisor for over thirty years. He is a good friend, mentor, and role model for all the

brothers. We can always rely on him.”

Chapter Advisor & Master Steward I have the pleasure of currently working with Mike Saunders, who is one of the volunteer Master Stewards for our great fraternity. Mike, tell me about your experience with Lambda Chi. “My journey in Lambda Chi Alpha began in the fall of 1971 when I joined. But the local Chi Alpha, which was dedicated to becoming a chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, actually began in the fall of 1968. We really owe our beginning to Pete Fisher, the Resident Advisor for men at the school, who brought men together with the goal of their becoming a fraternity. There were only a few fraternities on the campus back in those formative years, but I chose Lambda Chi Alpha because I liked the associate member program; I looked forward to going to the meetings, I didn’t want to be hazed, I liked the idea of being one of the charter brothers, and of course I liked the brothers and the other new members.” How did you become involved with Lambda Chi Alpha after you graduated? “I graduated from law school at the University of Florida, but I had always kept up with the brothers at Central Florida and things just seemed to come together in the fall of ’77. I got a job at the Public Defender’s office and then went with the State Attorney’s office. At the same time, the previous High Pi Larry Matthews left Orlando to take a job in Arkansas, so I was asked if I was interested in replacing him. I said yes, and I have been in the position ever since. There is a footnote to the story about Larry. He has been the High Pi at our University of Richmond Colony, which will be chartered this fall.”


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Notable Beta-Eta Brothers

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Scott A. Alfele (1991), vice president of heavy construction, Ebsary Foundation Company, Miami, Florida Dr. Michael G. Argento (1971), professor of adult studies, Florida Community College, Jacksonville Matthew B. Artzt (1995), regional manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Coral Springs, Florida Hank Ashby (1972), Beta-Eta No. 2, president of Envirolab, Ormond Beach, Florida James “Kelly” Austin (1987), The Golf Channel, Orlando, Florida Dr. Fredrick W. Baker II (1993), physician, Department Chair of Family Medicine, Vero Beach, Florida James A. Battaglioli (1988), owner of JMJ Inc. dba Cilantro Tamales Franchising, Naples, Florida David C. Becker (1989), executive editor of Harcourt School Publishers, Orlando, Florida, former chapter president Cmmdr M. Oren Belson (1989, University of Wisconsin @ Madison Andrew Bickerstaff (2012), former lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, served two tours in Iraq, awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V”, Melbourne, Fl Jimmie Bickerstaff (2010), former U.S. Marine Corps, served in Iraq Asher J. Blumenthal (2001), fireman, Orlando, Florida Michael S. Bolton (1996), officer U.S. Air Force Matthew B. Bonin (1994), Young & Rubican, New York City, former consultant for Lambda Chi Alpha Jeffrey R. Braund (1989), president of Summit Athletic Media, Charlotte, North Carolina James R. Brosche (1981), owner Brosche Land & Cattle Co., Southlake, Texas Dr. Ralph Bundy (1972), Beta-Eta Zeta No. 1, physician, Ormond Beach, Florida Scott A. Burnett (1994), Special Agent with FEMA, Atlanta, Georgia John David Caldwell ’97, graduate of US Air Force Academy 2002, Marvin Clegg (1975), retired Attorney, public defender, Daytona Beach, Florida Dr. H. Trevor Colbourn, University of London ’48, 2nd president of the University of Central Florida from 1978 to 1989, when its name was changed from Florida Technological University, inaugurated first football team at UCF, oversaw huge building boom at UCF, President Emeritus, inducted in the UCF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008, author of books and articles Victor M. Collazo, Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida Dr. James H. Collins (1992), dentist, Melbourne Beach, Florida Daniel Y. Cone (1984), Sergeant with Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Bartow, Florida Dr. Charles T. Crinnian (1974), neurohospitalist, Scottsdale, Arizona John C. Crotzer (1990), warrant officer, U.S. Army Phillip P. Dalhausser (1998), professional beach volleyball player, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Joseph DeSalvo (1975), specialty publications manager, former chapter president Dr. Jeffry T. Donner, consultant; retired, Sebastian, Florida Kenneth E. “Pete” Fisher (1968), resident assistant at UCF when the colony

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was first organized, referred to by brothers respectfully as ‘Father’ Hon. Jeffrey M. Fleming (1981), 9th Judicial Circuit, Osceola County, Kissimmee, Florida Albert Francis (1977), deputy executive director Canaveral Port Authority, Florida Dr. Kenneth G. Furton (1984), dean of arts and sciences at Florida International University, Miami, chapter advisor at FIU Michael D. Gaines (1978), director with BellSouth, Atlanta, Georgia Heny M. Girgis (1989), CEO of Skillstorm Inc., San Diego, California Joseph M. Goodberlet (2000), firefighter Osceola County, Palm City, Florida Darrell G. Gordon (1985), commercial pilot, Atlanta, Georgia Blake S. Greenfield (1993), pilot United States Air Force Dr. Paul Gregg (1975), former senior vice president and CFO for CNG Producing Company, professor of business at University of Central Florida Michael Hinn (1991), president/CEO Knight Images, Orlando, Florida James M. Hobart (1991), co-founder of Knight Images, Orlando, Florida Justin Hoysradt, vice president of Abundant Energy Inc., West Palm Beach, Florida John T. Hueckel (1983), NASA, Kennedy Space Center Thomas Jamison (1981), firefighter/paramedic, Palm Harbor, Florida R. Nelson Kirkland (1985), former publisher of the News Chief, President of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Scott J. Koch (1996), commercial pilot, Lake Mary, Florida Carlos A. Lavista (1989), executive assistant to commissioner of Dade County, Florida Barry J. Lenz (1972), assistant district director, U.S. Department of Labor, Tampa, Florida James M. Lineberger (1985), Director Ambulatory IT, St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, Idaho William A. Long Jr. (1973), owner/manager of Jonah Consulting Group, former vice president and CFO of Gold Coast Restaurants, 2002 inductee into the College of Business at UCF Hall of Fame Emerson M. Lotzia Jr. (2002), TV sports anchor, Elmira, New York John E. Madison (1981), owner of Big Ugly’s Barbeque & Wings, Winter Springs, Florida Marcos R. Marchena (1982), member of the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees, Vice Chair of University of Central Florida Foundation Lt. Col. David J. Martinson (1990), U.S. Air Force Gene McDowell (Florida State 1963), head football coach at UCF for 13 seasons from 1985 to 1997 during which time the school moved up to Division I-AA and then Division I Dr. Michael K. McElhenie (1986), psychologist, Dallas, Texas Dr. Lanny McHargue (1973), University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona Thomas Messina (1984), associate vice president and executive director of Alumni Association at University of Central Florida, 2006 inductee into the College of Business Hall of Fame for UCF, former High Alpha Daniel E. Montplaisir (1990), vice president of Advancement at EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University; chapter advisor, Embry-Riddle; former chapter president; educational leadership consultant; director of finance and director of development for the Educational Foundation Mark S. Moore (1998), founding partner and President of Kavaliro, in Orlando William G. Peppler (1996), founding and managing partner of Kavaliro, in

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Orlando, Florida Dr. Patrick Powers (1962), dean of the Knowles Memorial Chapel and Chaplin to the College, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida Timothy V. Randolph II, president, discovery marketing & distribution, Rainsoft, Orlando, Florida Michael Roy, Lampe, Roy & Assoc, Jacksonville, Florida James W. Rudolph, executive, Lockheed Martin Space Operations, Cape Canaveral, Florida Dr. Larry P. Rumbough (1984), mediator, Winter Park, Florida Dr. Timothy B. Rumbough (1986), professor of speech at Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania Orlando J. Sanchez (2000), firefighter, Orlando Airport Michael K. Saunders ’75, attorney, former prosecutor with the State of Florida, recipient of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Merit in 1992, current High Pi, Master Steward Charles F. Schott (1992), assistant controller of finance, Occidental Libya Oil and Gas, Tripoli, Libya Vito W. Scutero (1992), president of TekPartners, Inc., Coral Springs, Florida Dr. Chris Shacoski, veterinarian, San Leandro, California Michael R. Shutley, senior manager of Government Relations with Brinker International, Texas, former Fraternity Board Member 1999-2000 Peter N. Small (1980), controller/CPA Calton Homes, Altamonte Springs, Florida Steven Smith (1981), executive director of Credit Data Services, Melbourne, Florida Dr. David Soluri (1975), Professor at University of Central Florida John G. Sowinski (1985), founding partner of Consensus Communication, Orlando Bradley Staley (1975), president of All State Concrete Corp., Apopka, Florida Dr. Jason S. Starr (2001), physician, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida Dean A. Taylor (1977), controller of Omninet Capital, Beverly Hills, California Rev. Marty Vershel, senior pastor of Parkway United Methodist Church, Sugarland, Texas David Vazquez (1991), director of University Budgets for Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, Florida Shawn C. Wehrle (2001), officer, U.S. Marine Corps Stuart Weise (1987), senior vice president of BankNorth Group, Inc, New Boston, New Hampshire Hon. Keith F. White (1989), circuit judge, Orange County, Orlando, Florida; former Board member, Educational Foundation Ross A. Wolf (1988), Deputy Sheriff, Orange County, Florida Craig Wollam (1981), president of Sterling Construction of Central Florida, Lake Mary, Florida, former chapter president Nicholas Yanas (1982), lieutenant/paramedic at Orange County Fire Authority, Orlando, Florida


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Our chapter at Central Florida has initiated a large number of brothers in just 40 years.

became and remains our song. We still play ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’. We play it for the associates as we are about to start the initiation. Then, after ritual is finished and the new Beta-Eta Zeta numbers are given out, all the Brothers, new and old, make a big circle, arm in arm, and sing along with Neil as ‘He Ain’t Heavy’ plays and finishes our night of initiating new Brothers into the Bond. It is a great moment of brotherhood.” In the fraternity you have a proud reputation of being involved in the ritual.

“Yes, and you can trace it back to the late 1970s. I don’t remember the exact date or number of brothers, but I believe that the chapter was down to single digits. A number of the alumni got together and assisted the chapter with recruitment. In the fall of 1978 about 26 men joined. They were really sharp and, I believe, many were from Melbourne. That was followed by another outstanding group being recruited in the spring. In the 1980s we had two recruitments of 57 and 58 men each. One of the campus groups in which we were always active was the Orientation Team. That gave us significant visibility with the freshmen. We have a proud history of being a diverse chapter. This includes the first African-American to be elected Student Body President, and we have had a total of 11 or 12 SGA Presidents. Our brothers have always been involved in student government.” Many of our chapters have a special tradition. Does that hold true for Central Florida? “Yes, and this one has been a fixture with our brothers for the past 40 years. In the fall of ’71, one of my associate member classmates, Walt Morris, was a big Neil Diamond fan. He told the chapter about this cool Neil Diamond song, ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.’ Well, we started playing that at initiations, parties, and most of our major events. That

“I became involved as an undergraduate and always enjoyed it. I have practiced in and attended all chapter initiations since 1976 and have been a participant in the initiation of over 1,500 chapter brothers. I should add that my brother Daniel and his son Mitch are chapter brothers. The real push to be involved in our ritual had its foundation when “Doc” Dirghalli attended the 1979 Conclave that the chapter hosted and encouraged alumni to become involved in the ritual. My goal is to be supportive of our colonies to ensure that they do it correctly. Our Ritual is the heart and soul of every Lambda Chi. I want it to be perfect. In 2010 I assisted with the performance of 10 Initiation Rituals, two of which were here at Central Florida and, so far this year, I have been involved with five and my plans are to participate in four more. It is such a privilege.” In 1992, you received Lambda Chi’s highest honor. Why didn’t you use that as an opportunity to walk away and hand the reins over to someone else? “That was a proud moment when I received the Order of Merit. It was a great honor, and it was especially so receiving it in Orlando with my parents in attendance. I have a deep love for Lambda Chi Alpha and I am always reminded of the camaraderie that has been built through the summer events of General Assembly and the Stead Leadership Institute and so I have just kept going. I have adapted to the organizational changes through the years. I want to see all of our chapters grow and our bonds of brotherhood strengthened.”


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Harm Reduction 101 Harm Reduction is critically important within every chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha.

By Chris Cole (Gettysburg)

When an incident occurs, the highest priority must be given to working in partnership with the General Fraternity. This semester we have seen a number of incidents go unreported by the chapter and this has caused a very negative reaction from the General Fraternity. When responses from the Office of Administration become reactionary in nature, it becomes more difficult to work in collaboration with the chapter. When an incident occurs, reaching out to your educa-

Harm Reduction is critically important within every chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha. From crisis management to event planning, each chapter has a list of things that are beneficial to the overall success of a chapter and the safety of its members. However, there are times when our men fail to see the common goal toward which we are striving, and fall short of making the best choices. You will find some practices below that are recommended by the General Fraternity and that you, as undergraduates or alumni advisors, may be able to incorporate into your chapter operations.

Crisis Management Planning The most common risk currently out there is the potential for an incident. We never know when it’s coming but we can be ready for it. Through proper planning a chapter can be very well prepared for any type of incident that might occur. Following the Crisis Management plan that the Risk Manager has created will provide a clear list of instructions when the pressure is high.


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tional leadership consultant or calling the Emergency Hotline number (317-8728000) allows us to help your chapter in working through whatever incident may have occurred, big or small.

Case Studies Over the next few months we will be publishing a series of harm reduction casestudies in the Cross & Crescent; each one describing an incident from a chapter, outlining the response, and showing how the General Fraternity will be most likely to respond in supporting our brothers.

Fall 2011 Suspension of Operations During the fall 2011 semester, the following chapters had their operations suspended by the Fraternity’s Board of Directors for violations of our Constitution and Statutory Code.

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Appalachian State (Sigma-Upsilon) California-Riverside (Delta-Nu) Central Michigan (Lambda-Omega) Texas State (Lambda-Phi)

Our hope is that by the end of the series you as the undergraduate or the alumni brother will have a better understanding of how to handle a situation when it occurs, and also how to work with the staff to help you through the process. It should be noted that, just because an incident occurs, it does not necessarily mean there will be a negative impact on the chapter. There are times when a properly planned event has something unforeseen go wrong. Our main goal is to ensure that the safety of the brothers has been taken into consideration and that all brothers are following the procedures and policies that have been set by the undergraduates within the Constitution and Statutory Code. From alcohol incidents to allegations of hazing, all incidents must be reported in order for the General Fraternity and the chapter to work together. Unfortunately Harm Reduction is a part of the chapter experience that can be seen to reduce fun within a chapter environment. We can work to create better practices and procedures but it truly falls to the members to implement those changes within the chapter. Join us over the next few months and read how being proactive when an incident occurs can help prevent assumed reactive perception of reporting an incident.


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Autism Advocate

Fraternity teachings help Phi-Delta alumni brother from MarylandBaltimore County model the way for his autistic son. By Mike Shelah (Maryland-Baltimore County)

In the fall of 1991 I stood as a 19-year-old young man in one of the many lecture halls on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with 12 others I would eventually call my brothers. We stood, staring at a gold lamp burning oil, shining the only light in the dimly lit auditorium. Slightly uncomfortable, we were all wearing a suit and tie or sport coat and it seemed just a little too warm that night. Many of us had family present and the atmosphere was one of somber reflection. Our chapter advisor Bradford C. Peabody read to us about what it meant to be a brother in Lambda Chi Alpha. I was about to meet my big brother, who, to this day is a dear friend. More importantly I heard for the first time “Chalepa Ta Kala: Naught without Labor.” Or that which is worthwhile is often difficult. That statement struck me as significant that day. Through my association and initiation I came to feel the importance of those words, and today I truly live them. Fast forward to 2011 and I am a 39-year-old husband and father. I know many of you reading this today can identify with that statement. It doesn’t really seem to need much more explanation. Being a good father and a


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LOYALTY | DUTY | RESPECT | SERVICE & STEWARDSHIP | HONOR | INTEGRITY | PERSONAL COURAGE Mikey is extremely routine based. Everything must be done in a certain way at a certain time by a certain person. This may not sound so outrageous, but just suppose your normal routine is going grocery shopping and buying a box of Cheerios which happen to be out of stock. With my son, this is a catastrophe because he doesn’t know how to cope with such a dramatic change, and it is difficult to teach him to accept such diversions in his routine.

good husband is rewarding but rarely is it easy. Now, factor in my additional challenge - my 6-year-old son Mikey has autism. I know many of you reading this today identify with that statement, too. Two of my roommates from college were Phi-Delta chapter brothers as well and both have children “on the spectrum.” To brothers out there dealing with the daily challenge of a child with autism I ask you to look to your brothers for support. We are out there and we will help you. To brothers out there who are unfamiliar with autism or don’t know much about it, I hope this will help you understand and inspire you to action. Autism Spectrum Disorder or “ASD” for

short is a neurological disability affecting one in every 110 children in the United States. In many respects my son is a typical 6-year-old boy. He loves Thomas the Tank Engine, Legos, and watching baseball with his dad. He loves to swing on the playground, and going to Chuck E. Cheese’s is hands down his favorite treat. To see my son you would never guess there is something different about him. In many respects he is anything but typical. When Mikey talks it is difficult to understand him because he learned to speak much later than others, and most of his language is what they call “scripted.” In other words he repeats things he hears on television and radio.


A simple change like this can derail him for the entire day and evoke tantrums, meltdowns, and even violent behavior towards his family. Consider this as well, Mikey is a 6-year-old-boy without friends. He goes to school with other autistic children and is unaware of the concept of friends. Eventually he will understand the concept but then we will have a new problem; teaching a child without social skills to make and keep friends. As a father, this is a frustrating existence. You deal with it every day and, on top of that, you spend an enormous amount of time explaining to friends and family what autism is. Despite all of your explaining, they still don’t get it. They don’t deal with it every day. When they do see you with your child it is in small, controlled doses, often under ideal circumstances to make the experience as pleasant as possible (for everybody). You as the parent often feel alone and exhausted.

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LOYALTY | DUTY | RESPECT | SERVICE & STEWARDSHIP | HONOR | INTEGRITY | PERSONAL COURAGE my family. “We have come together through Delta Pi and we stand together in Zeta Alpha Chi.” When you’re 19 these words just sounds really important. When you are 39 these words truly become a mantra for how to interact with people every day. My hope for each one of you reading today is that this will become your mantra when you are closer to 19 than 39. I welcome every Lambda Chi I meet with open arms. We all have our faults, but through those faults we all can find our greatness, through the light “of perfect brotherly love.” Thank you.

Chalepa to Kala The words “Chalepa ta Kala” apply to every walk of life but I have taken on a new challenge to truly embrace the sentiment of these words. On May 19, 2012, I am going to run 40 miles to raise $40,000 for Pathfinders for Autism, a Maryland-based non-profit that supports families dealing with the daily struggles of autism. I started a blog to chronicle my progress towards the run. When most people learn what I am doing their first response is “are you nuts?!” Many people have pointed out

to me just how difficult running 40 miles will be, and I do not disagree. But I also feel that it has to be difficult and it has to make a statement in order for people to take notice. I decided to take on this burden because I want to make a difference. Our Coat of Arms also says “Vir Quisque Vir” or “every man a man.” I have always taken this to mean that we must all be accountable and that it is not enough for us to simply get by, but that we must also contribute for the good of others. As true brothers I believe it is our calling to do something in this world to make a difference. I have chosen to make a difference with something that impacts


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Brother Honored after Tragic Accident A Lambda-Omega alumni brother from Central Michigan, Mark Angelocci died needlessly in a tragic accident on July 2, 2011. By Kristin Humes & Ryan Collins (Central Michigan)

Editor’s note: Kristin Humes was Mark Angelocci’s girlfriend. She is a 2011 graduate of Central Michigan University and an alumna of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Ryan Collins was a friend and Lambda-Omega brother of Angelocci’s. The following is their tribute to him. Isn’t the familiar saying, “Only the good die young?” This became a reality for close friends and family on July 2, 2011, when Mark DuVall Angelocci (Central Michigan) passed away due to injuries sustained after being hit by a drunk driver. Mark embodied every characteristic of a genuine patriot and touched the lives of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.


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Mark was a brother of the Lambda-Omega chapter at Central Michigan University, being inducted with the Zeta number of Lambda Omega 611. He became an alumnus brother in the spring of 2010. He was a TRUE brother who loved his fraternity more than anything else. If you had to characterize the type of brother he was, you might say he’s the one by your side when you really need something; the one who isn’t going to leave until you are all right. It was only when everyone around him was happy that Mark was truly happy.

great people to do great things. We look forward to the day when we will be with Mark again. It’s our goal to make sure Mark is never forgotten. Brothers have banded together to build a foundation in his name. If you would like to donate please contact humes1km@ for more information.

Mark’s drive to live life was contagious. One of his favorite sayings was, “Life is great,” which summed up his outlook on everyday life. It’s something that you don’t often catch the average individual saying. His dreams were larger than life and there is no doubt that he would have fulfilled each dream if he’d been given the opportunity. Mark lived an amazing life, even though it was cut so short. The greatness he accomplished here on earth will be nothing compared to what he will do in heaven. God uses


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Theta Chapter at Dartmouth College During its short history, the chapter produced numerous members of Phi Beta Kappa, excellent athletes, and campus leaders. By Jon Williamson (Maryland)

reverting back to being the Occom Club, until a new president took over the reins at the college. The group was rechartered in the fall of 1917. The first meeting after the rechartering was held in 26 South Fayerweather on November 7, 1917. The first chapter president was Paul E. Moyer (1918), and Harold Turner was given the honor of Theta Zeta No. 1.

Impact of The Great Depression

The history of the Theta chapter at Dartmouth College begins in April 1914 with the organization of the Occom Club by six juniors and four sophomores. The name Occom was taken from the first NativeAmerican to be educated at Wheelock’s Indian School, which was soon re-named Dartmouth College. Before moving to a better location in the Bridgman Block, in a space that was vacated by another fraternity, the Club occupied rooms over Carter’s Jewelry Store. After contact was made with national officers of Lambda Chi Alpha the new men were initiated on October 26, 1914. The installation took place while the sitting Dartmouth president was absent from the campus. Upon his return, and learning of the establishment of a new fraternity, he would not allow the newly formed Lambda Chi chapter to keep its charter. The situation continued, with the men

In 1919 the chapter purchased its first house at 35 North Main Street. The membership reached its peak of 44 men in 1923, but by 1931, just two years after the start of The Great Depression, there were only three remaining undergraduates. The alumni felt that their only hope was to sell the house and create a club or local organization. Toward this end the house was sold to another fraternity for $14,000. The local club never got off the ground and the chapter was closed. By the mid 1930s several other fraternities were also challenged by low membership numbers and too little financial support. Two other fraternities with this difficulty decided to attempt to combine forces, form a local fraternity, and build a new structure on two valuable pieces of land. Joining with them in this effort were several Theta chapter alumni, who added to the effort with the monies received from the sale of the 35 North Main Street property.


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Formation of Gamma Delta Chi

Notable Theta Brothers

The result was a new fraternity, Gamma Delta Chi. The following is taken from today’s Gamma Delta Chi website:

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“It was during this same hectic period that the alumni members of the Dartmouth chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, a fraternity whose undergraduates had disbanded some years before, became interested in the new fraternity. Discussions commenced and finally culminated in August 1936 with the merger of the Lambda Chi Alpha group with Gamma Delta Chi. Their contribution included not only a strong group of interested alumni, but also substantial funds which, added to the common fund, helped make possible the erection of the house.”

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The Theta chapter at Dartmouth College produced numerous members of Phi Beta Kappa, excellent athletes, and campus leaders.

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Col. Roland C. Batchelder (1921), served in the state legislature after World War II, was a high school teacher and principal Casualty of World War I: Fred C. Gilpatric (1918) Dr. Gerald I. Cetrulo, fencing coach for Seton Hall University from 1937 to 1942 and introduced the sport to the school; in his capacity as coach won 70 70 straight matches including two NCAA titles and four Eastern Collegiate Championships, inducted into the Seton Hall Hall of Fame for fencing Harris M. Chadwell (1920), M.A. (1921) and Ph.D. (1924) from Harvard, professor of chemistry at Tufts University, during World War II was chairman of chemistry at the National Defense Restrictive Commission (NDRC), received the Medal of Merit from the United States, received the Cause of Freedom Award from the British Government, associate director for Natural Sciences of Rockefeller Foundation, and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1950 to 1963. Dr. Frank Connell (1930), on the faculty staff at the Dartmouth Medical School from 1935-54 Harold “Dave” Davison (1915), recipient of Croix de Guerre for bravery in 1918 in World War I, later speaker of the New Hampshire House in 1927 and President of the New Hampshire Senate in 1929 Judge Joseph C. Hannon (Northeastern University 1912), justice of the Second District Court of Eastern Middlesex County, Massachusetts Rear Adm. Theodore Lonnquest (1917), MIT (1924), commissioned as an ensign and advanced in grade to rear admiral in 1946, in Naval Aviation during World War I, served aboard the U.S.S. Langley, U.S.S. Pennsylvania, and the U.S. S. Saratoga, became Director of Engineering at Bureau of Aeronautics and in 1946 was on the military staff for atomic tests at Bikini Atoll, retired in 1956 John A. McGuire (1928), served as the Town Clerk of Wallingford, Connecticut from 1934 to 1949 at which time he was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives and served from 1949 to 1953, he was in the insurance, real estate, and travel businesses. Philip M. Morse (1925), big game hunter and museum contributor Rex M. Naylor (Yale 1915), professor of history at Dartmouth and also served as chapter advisor for Lambda Chi Alpha and treasurer of the House Corporation Dr. Leon B. Richardson (1900), professor emeritus of chemistry at Dartmouth and for whom the prize for outstanding work in chemistry by a freshman is named, author, served as chapter advisor Samuel Stratton (1920), served in the U.S. Navy during World War I, upon discharge earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and became an associate professor of economics at that institution, in 1943 and continuing through 1963 became the 11th president of Middlebury College during which time the institution embarked on extended construction and saw its enrollment increase. It is noted that another Lambda Chi, John Malcolm McCardell, Jr. (Washington & Lee) served as the 15th president (1991-2004) of Middlebury College. The McCardell Bicentenial Hall is named in his honor and he is presently the vice chancellor of the University of the South. Ralph Taylor, played ice hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1927– 1930 and then a partial year in 1930 with the New York Rangers, later coached St. Louis in the American Hockey Association Dr. Carl L. Wilson (Denver 1920), professor of botany at Dartmouth

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