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SUMMER 2010 VOL. 98, NO. 1 Editor-in-Chief Lane Shetzer Copy Editor John Sayers, Bethany ’78 Graphic Designer Stacey Castle About The Laurel The Laurel is the exoteric publication of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation. Published prior to 1919 as SIDELIGHTS, a journal devoted to topics related to higher education involving college and alumni interests, The Laurel is now published regularly under the direction and authority of the Board of Trustees of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation. The next issue of The Laurel will be Vol. 98, No. 2 and will be published in the fall of 2010. Printed in the USA | ISSN Number: 0023-8996 Printed by The Watkins Printing Company, Columbus, Ohio. Address ChangeS Visit and choose “Update Your Information” or call 800-PKT-1906 or mail changes to: Phi Kappa Tau, 5221 Morning Sun Road, Oxford OH 45056 or e-mail Cindy Morgan at FEATURES 16

Taking it into your Own Hands Learn, connect and advance in today’s job market.


Member Fraternity Communications Association

Founders Month of Service Recap A look at the Fraternity’s second annual month of service.


A Love Affair A book review of A. E. Hotchner’s recently released “Paul and Me”.



This Laurel is printed on 100-percent recycled paper and fits the Forest Stewardship Council’s requirements for



environmentally mindful publications.


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We Are ΦKT


Chapter Eternal


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The mission of Phi Kappa Tau is to champion a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character.














CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER *Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89



Efrem Bycer, Cornell ’06 Wesley R Fugate, Centre ’99 Patrick Keal, Kentucky ’04 Rick A Keltner, Sacramento State ’76 J Kenneth Loewen Jr, Colorado ’80 Sean McManus, East Carolina ’94 Stephan M Nelson, Southern Mississippi ’73 David Ruckman, Ohio State ’62 Scott Stewart, Nebraska-Kearney ’69 Cliff Unger, Arizona ’98

RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR Charles Underwood, Eastern Kentucky ’03


EXPANSION COORDINATOR Mike CasaSanta, Tennessee ’03


EXPANSION CONSULTANT Ray Sophie, Southern Illinois ’08


NATIONAL ADVISORS CHIEF LEARNING OFFICER: Thomas A Jeswald, Ohio ’63 RITUALIST/CHAPLAIN: Fr. Nick Rachford, Cincinnati ’64 LEGAL: Richard Ludwick, Evansville ’83 SERVICE: Matt Parker, Evansville ’93 RECRUITMENT/RETENTION: Mike Gabhart, Georgetown ’95 LEADERSHIP: Gen. Carl E Mundy, Auburn ’55 ALIGNMENT: Les Fugate, Centre ’99 STRATEGIC FUTURES: Michael D Dovilla, Baldwin-Wallace ’94 TECHNOLOGY: Eric Friese, Auburn ’00







The vision of Phi Kappa Tau is to be recognized as a leadership organization that binds men together and challenges them to improve their campuses and the world. FRATERNITY NATIONAL COUNCIL NATIONAL PRESIDENT Bill Macak, Florida State ’73 NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86 PAST NATIONAL PRESIDENT Charlie Ball, Miami ’82

National Advisors are ex-officio, non-voting members of the National Council.

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To view a complete list of Fraternity leaders, visit

CHAIRMAN David Ruckman, Ohio State ’62 FIRST VICE CHAIRMAN Scott Stewart, Nebraska-Kearney ’69 SECOND VICE CHAIRMAN Bill Fisher, Miami ’80 TREASURER William G Braund, Westminster ’54 SECRETARY Jim Hamilton, Ohio State ’63 *David Boggan John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60 *Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89 Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86 Bill Macak, Florida State ’73 Jay McCann, Spring Hill ’74 Dick Michael, Michigan Tech ’70 Donald J Phillips II, Texas-Austin ’82 Ross E Roeder, Michigan State ’58 Joel S Rudy, Bethany ’60 Brent Vickery, Texas-Austin ’81 *non-voting DISTINGUISHED TRUSTEES Jack Bartholomew, Ohio State ’55 Ray Bichimer, Ohio State ’53 Mark Boyd, Miami ’71 Norm Brown, Ohio State ’50 Gerald Carlton, Ohio ’58 Mel Dettra, Ohio State ’45 F Fred Fether, Bowling Green ’51 Larry Fisher, Ohio State ’60 Hugh Fowler, Colorado ’45 John Good, Ohio ’47 Jim Heilmeier, Kent State ’47 Ted Hendricks, Bowling Green ’59 Greg Hollen, Maryland ’75 Dan Huffer, Ohio State ’57 David W Lawrence, Miami ’61 Bob Leatherman, Akron ’60 Jim McAtee, Ohio ’65 Mac McKinley, Oklahoma State ’51 Fred Mills, Ohio State ’66 Fr. Nick Rachford, Cincinnati ’64 Timothy Smith, Bowling Green ’62 Don Snyder, Cornell ’49 Carl Vance, Miami ’67 Graydon Webb, Ohio State ’69




he Phi Kappa Tau Constitution mandates that every two years the Fraternity assembles in National Convention to elect brothers to the National Council. The National Council serves as Phi Kappa Tau’s legislative body when Convention is not in session. The Phi Kappa Tau Nominating Committee has finalized its list of brothers recommended for election to the National Council, including National Vice President. After months of accepting applications for these positions, the nominating committee, under the leadership of Past National President Charlie Ball, Miami ’82, has evaluated candidates for service. To identify these potential leaders, the committee used the following process: • Over the last year, the committee identified potential candidates for a variety of volunteer positions in Phi Kappa Tau. • The current National Council offered insight into the knowledge, skills and other attributes that are necessary to hold a position on the National Council. The group also took into account proficiencies that could benefit the current board. • A “job description” was compiled for the National Vice President and National Councilor positions. The document was e-mailed to members and posted on the national website. • The committee solicited brothers who were previously identified and marketed the process to solicit nominations. • A written application was created to elicit the knowledge, skills and attributes previously identified. • Brothers were nominated, and the committee reached out to each of the men and encouraged them to apply for a position. • Each candidate supplied his résumé, at least three references and a written critique of the current strategic plan. • Each candidate participated in an interview process with the committee via conference call. • The committee met via conference call to discuss the candidates and create recommendations to present to the membership. The committee believes that these men, as a group, have the skills and talents to augment the National Council and help lead Phi Kappa Tau forward. We congratulate the nominees and ask your support at the Fraternity’s National Convention in July. National Vice President: Stephan M. Nelson, Southern Mississippi ’73


CONSTITUTION AND STATUTES OF THE PHI KAPPA TAU FRATERNITY ARTICLE F NATIONAL OFFICERS I. Election of National President and National Vice President. The National Vice President shall be elected by the National Convention and shall hold office for the term of two (2) years or until a successor shall be elected and qualified. The person so elected National Vice President shall succeed automatically to the office of National President at the adjournment of the succeeding National Convention except when the office of National Vice President expiring at the Convention assembled has previously been vacated for any reason and/or when a vote of confidence is not presented by the National Council. Then and in such event the National Council assembled shall elect a National President and a National Vice President both to serve two (2) years or until a successor National Vice President has been elected and qualified. III. National Council Membership, Election and Meetings. 3. Election of Graduate Council Members to National Council. At each regular National Convention, two (2) of the six (6) Graduate Council members of the National Council shall be elected to serve for a term of six (6) years or until successors shall be chosen and qualified. In the event of the postponement or suspension of the National Convention, the terms of the Graduate Council members of the National Council shall be proportionately extended. In the event a Graduate Council seat on the National Council is vacated for any reason, the National Council shall elect a successor for the remainder of the term. If a vacated term filled in the manner just prescribed has four (4) or more years remaining, the successor so elected shall not be eligible for a full six (6) year term at the National Convention at which such term expires. Except for the intervening situations imposed by (a) a postponed National Convention, (b) a member of the National Council being elected to the position of National President or National Vice President, or (c) a successor having been elected pursuant to this section to serve out a vacated term, a member may not serve more than six (6) consecutive years on the National Council. The election of Graduate Council members shall follow the election of the National Vice President.

National Councilors: Josh J. Bleidt, Eastern Kentucky ’96 Michael D. Dovilla, Baldwin-Wallace ’94 To learn more about these candidates, visit Biographical information is available under “Programs,” “National Convention.” If you are interested in volunteering with Phi Kappa Tau, e-mail for more information. THE LAUREL |

2010 NOMINATING COMMITTEE Charlie Ball, Miami ’82, Chairman • Gerald Curington, Florida ’69 • John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60 • Ken Jordan, Wright State ’74 • Rick Keltner, Sacramento State ’76 • Nicholas Rachford, Cincinnati ’64 • Richard Wilson, Indiana ’81 Learning. Leading. Serving.

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Nathaniel Houghton, Cornell ’08, works on curriculum for the Congo Leadership Initiative. His program, founded in 2008, is currently in the process of incorporation as a nonprofit in the state of New York.


Lifelong Learning

hances are, you haven’t given much thought to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today. However, if you’ve recently talked on a cell phone, logged on to a computer or driven a car with an airbag, you’ve likely used a device that contains columbite-tantalite—better known by its industrial name, Coltan. Coltan contains critical elements in creating “capacitators,” which are used in small electronic devices. It has been estimated that up to 80 percent of the world’s reserves of Coltan is buried deep in the soil of the DRC. Don’t despair if you had not heard of Coltan until now. Of course, until I logged I HAVE NEVER LET MY onto YouTube (using a Coltan-powered device) to listen to a lecture by Nathaniel Houghton, Cornell ’08, I indeed had no clue. SCHOOLING INTERFERE WITH Houghton and two classmates, David Lee, Cornell ’08, and Jason Hwang, Cornell ’08, knew very little about the DRC when they arrived on Cornell’s cam- MY EDUCATION. pus three years ago, but after attending a meeting of Cornellians for the Congo, - MARK TWAIN they started researching. Through much study and travel, they developed the idea that the Congolese have many of the natural resources to be a wealthy nation but need leadership in all levels of society to further the interests of all Congolese people. Today, their idea has developed into the Congo Leadership Initiative (CLI)—a nonprofit seeking corporate status in the state of New York (Undergraduate National Councilor Efrem Bycer, Cornell ’06, is on the CLI board) that specializes in designing and delivering a leadership-development immersion course for Congolese entering their last year of high school. In a recent article published on the Phi Kappa Tau website, Houghton, who is featured in “We Are ΦΚΤ” on page 10, commented, “I hope to involve Phi Tau as much as possible in the continuation of my efforts in the Congo, as the service ideals that I learned with my chapter have certainly influenced my work there.” Houghton and his chapter brothers’ journey was certainly shaped outside of the classroom—their desire to learn more about a land 6,500 miles away, developing their own leadership practice through the creation of CLI, and their connection to each other through Phi Kappa Tau. These things are all possible in a world that shrinks the space between Cornell and Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC. For brothers today, there are so many great opportunities for leadership, and especially for learning (read more on page 16). Our Fraternity is building bridges across generations and chapters through programs that provide more content and a greater number of students than ever before. Further, we are not just conducting programs for the sake of the programming, as indicated in our participation in the University Learning Outcomes Assessment (UniLOA). Our goal is to continue to improve the impact we have on our students and alumni (outlined on page 7). So, for those of you who are inspired by Houghton’s initiative and desire to continue learning throughout your life, today’s as good a day as any to begin that journey. Phi Tau will be here to help. To make an impact on your Phi Tau brothers, please consider volunteering with a Fraternity program or getting involved with a chapter. Learn more at ΦΚΤ

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Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89, is chief executive officer.

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Education Programs The education ducation programs Phi Kappa Tau provides its members are intended to enrich the college experience of each undergraduate, create strong chapters and build brotherhood across generations.


LEADERSHIP ACADEMY enhances undergraduates’ leadership and character development while deepening their understanding of Fraternity values. PRESIDENTS ACADEMY gives Resident Council presidents tools for success and a structure for setting goals for their term in office. REGIONAL CONFERENCES teach undergraduates chapter management, including recruitment, Borradaile Challenge, Ritual and risk management.














BUILDING MEN OF CHARACTER RETREATS build brotherhood, strengthen communication and confront barriers within a chapter. CHAPTER OPERATIONAL RETREATS, including Recruiting Men of Character Retreats, Ritual Retreats, Executive Council Retreats and Responsibility, assist a chapter with specific issues or needs.





BUILDING MEN OF CHARACTER MEMBERSHIP ORIENTATION PROGRAM prepares associate members for initiation into Phi Kappa Tau. RISK MANAGEMENT EDUCATION teaches undergraduates to maintain a safe chapter environment through the understanding of major risk areas. VOLUNTEER CERTIFICATION teaches advisors the minimum required to function effectively in the chapter setting via online and in-person programs. THE EXCHANGE ( houses a wide range of resources to support learning. THE HOLE IN THE WALL CAMP EXPERIENCE allows all Phi Tau members to enrich the lives of terminally and seriously ill children at Paul Newman’s camps.

NIC RECOGNIZES PHI KAPPA TAU FOR ADOPTING UNILOA Phi Kappa Tau recently received the 2010 Laurel Wreath Award from the North-American Interfraternity Council for its leadership and participation in the University Learning Outcomes Assessment (UniLOA). The award recognizes individuals or groups for their unique programs, community outreach, and/or influence within the fraternal world. Phi Kappa Tau adopted the UniLOA in 2009 as an assessment tool for student growth, learning and development. The instrument helps the Fraternity determine how well undergraduates are meeting critical learning outcomes, and measures the impact of the greek organization on the undergraduate student experience. The UniLOA measures student behaviors along seven critical domains, including: • • • • • • •

Critical Thinking Self-Awareness Communication Diversity Citizenship Membership and Leadership Relationships

“The theory is that our students complete their fraternal undergraduate experience better prepared to be leaders in their organizations and communities,” said Phi Kappa Tau CEO Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89. “And, the UniLOA is a tool that will help us understand how well our programs and services are supporting this theory.” The Fraternity will continue to participate in the UniLOA for the next several years with the expectation that it will gain greater insight into the programming that positively impacts student development in the seven critical leadership domains. The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation, through the donations of Phi Kappa Tau alumni, supports programming for students with $400,000 annually. Many of the programs supported by the Foundation are designed for students to learn and develop their skills in the domains outlined in the UniLOA. For more information, visit

UNDERGRADUATE INTERFRATERNITY INSTITUTE (UIFI) is sponsored by the North American Interfraternity Conference and focuses undergraduates on leadership and values. THE LAUREL |

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BETA TAU HOSTS CHAPTER HOUSE CLOSING CEREMONY Beta Tau chapter at Bowling Green held a chapter house closing ceremony after the school notified the group that the university-owned building would be torn down for new construction. While the situation was less than ideal for undergraduates and alumni, the men hit a high note with a reunion and philanthropy event in mid-January. More than 350 undergraduates, alumni and friends attended the ceremony, which included a dinner, reflections from brothers and an a cappella performance. In attendance at the ceremony were Chapter Advisor Tim Smith, Bowling Green ’60, former Phi Kappa Tau Executive Director Bill Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57, and Bowling Green President Dr. Carol Cartwright. Before the ceremony, the chapter held “Hole in the Wall for Hole in the Wall,” an event that encouraged attendees to take a sledgehammer to a wall in the chapter house in exchange for a donation to Flying Horse Farms, the newest Hole in the Wall Camp now under construction just north of Columbus, Ohio. More than $500 was raised for the camp. “[It] was a great opportunity to see the true brotherhood of Phi Kappa Tau, and also be able to share stories with the alumni,” said Chapter President Ben Jasinski, Bowling Green ’08. The chapter house was built in 1950, and Beta Tau chapter has resided there since 1958. While the university will build a residential complex where

the chapter house used to stand, it eventually plans to build a greek village, which may house the chapter. In the meantime, the group will reside at the former Delta Tau Delta house off campus starting in August. “It was a home away from home,” Jasinski said of the house. “There were a lot of memories that were lost not only by the alumni, but also us undergrads.” While Jenkins initially felt the issues which led up to the events of the closing ceremony were less than positive, he said he was impressed with the university’s initiatives in stepping up to help plan the event. “What started out to be a really difficult set of circumstances that angered a lot of alumni turned out to be a milestone event in the history of the chapter because it brought back people who had lived in the house and gave them the opportunity to be together,” he said. “The university did a magnificent job of hosting the event. People came away generally feeling pretty good about the future of Phi Kappa Tau at Bowling Green.”

FOUNDATION BOARD MEETS IN ATLANTA, EMPHASIZES IMPORTANCE OF CHARITABLE GIFTS The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Board gathered March 6 in Atlanta at the Marriott Courtyard Midtown/Georgia Tech Hotel. In conjunction with the meeting, the Foundation also hosted a reception for more than 40 Phi Kappa Tau alumni and guests on March 5 at Gordon Biersch Restaurant. At the Saturday meeting, Foundation trustees received a detailed update from Chief Learning Officer Tom Jeswald, Ohio ’63, on the Fraternity’s extensive educational plan. The multifaceted plan contains both existing components, such as Leadership Academy and Building Men of Character Retreats, and new elements, such as Presidents Academy. In response to Jeswald’s presentation, trustees discussed new ways to emphasize the importance of charitable contributions to the Foundation to help maximize the impact of educational programs for Phi Tau undergraduates.

Among other board business, the trustees reviewed Foundation financials and received an updated investment report from Trustee Don Phillips, Texas-Austin ’82. The group also heard a presentation by Georgia Institute of Technology Planned Giving Director Louis Rice on charitable gift annuity programs. In addition to the meeting and reception, members of the Alpha Rho House Corporation and BOG gave the trustees a tour of the chapter’s new house. The $3.3 million renovation included numerous environmental considerations, helping the Alpha Rho chapter house become the first LEED-certified building of its kind in the country. The Foundation Board of Trustees’ next scheduled meeting is Sept. 24-25 in Cincinnati, Ohio.




Nine Phi Taus are making a name for themselves, and they haven’t forgotten their Fraternity roots.

Tony Sciarra Recruiter,Tesla Motors Pasadena, Calif.

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Plugging into the Future Tony Sciarra, Cal Poly-Pomona ’99, sees similarities between working for the startup electric car company Tesla Motors and building a Phi Tau chapter. As a Tesla recruiter, Sciarra is constantly educating others about the benefits of driving electric and working to change the image of such vehicles, much like he recruited quality men for Delta Tau chapter.


“The Fraternity has taught me a lot of important things, like how to build enduring relationships and recruit men of character. Because of my relationships with my chapter brothers, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside of them at a recruitment agency, which catapulted me to where I am now at Tesla Motors. All the aspects of running a Phi Tau chapter are similar to running a business, but, unfortunately, my employees don’t have a four-year commitment, so recruiting future leaders is the lifeblood of Tesla, just like it is for a Phi Tau chapter with graduating seniors. I’m so glad I made the decision to join Phi Tau, build my skills and jump-start my career.” THE LAUREL LAUREL|| THE

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Nathaniel Houghton Founder, Congo Leadership Initiative Student, Cornell University Ithaca, N.Y.

Empowering Youth Nathaniel Houghton, Cornell ’08, founded the Congo Leadership Initiative in 2008 after a missionary who works in Cameroon inspired him to empower youth in the war-torn country. The program aims to educate a cohort of highcaliber Congolese high school students in servant leadership, and the organization is currently in the process of incorporation as a nonprofit in the state of New York. “While there is no direct connection between a college student from Buffalo’s suburbs and one of Africa’s poorest countries, I am convinced that once you hear the story of the Congo, you cannot ignore it. There is no other place in the world that has endured such tragedy and I feel compelled to help in any way I can.


“My involvement with Phi Tau is much more natural, but I always consider myself fortunate to be a part of this Fraternity. My work in the Congo is very much a part of my identity as a fraternity man and it dovetails easily with everything I have learned in my two years as a Phi Tau. Our Fraternity’s ideals are at the core of the Congo Leadership Initiative’s mission, and I would have it no other way.”

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In the Fast Lane


Lee Hidy, Miami ’53, a Phi Tau legacy and the 20,000th member of the Fraternity, started racing cars in 1962. Used to doing things outside the box, Hidy, now a solo racer, prides himself on building creative cars to reduce costs in an otherwise expensive sport and being one of the older guys on the track.

Lee Hidy Driver, Sports Car Club of America Syracuse, N.Y.

“My father, who was also a Phi Tau, taught me three important things as I grew up. These were also concepts promoted by Phi Tau when I was an associate member and reinforced when I attended the Centennial Celebration: take responsibility for your actions, contribute to your community and organizations, and find a job that lets you follow your passion. Racing is the dream that I follow. I believe there’s an extra benefit to racing: The adrenaline rush I get stimulates my brain and keeps me sharp intellectually. “Racing has given me great pleasure and satisfaction, and as a teacher, I try to give something back to it. In the future, I hope the younger drivers in this sport strive to emulate the role I’ve created as an unconventional driver. Lead by example is another Phi Tau principle toward the message ‘participate don’t speculate’!” THELAUREL LAUREL| | THE

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On Par for Excellence Jason Hurwitz (right), Penn State ’98, and Jeff Rivard, Central Michigan ’65, both golf superintendents in the same town, met and learned of the other’s Fraternity membership by chance.While each has his own job responsibilities, they plan on staying connected through their love of the game

Jason Hurwitz and Jeff Rivard Golf Superintendents, Fox Chapel Golf Club and Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Blawnox, Penn.

and Phi Kappa Tau. “When you can make a living doing what you love, you’re lucky,” Rivard said. “Running a golf course and association is hard work, but both Jason and I feel fortunate that we want to come to work each day and make the golf world a little bit better. It’s also reassuring to have a Phi Tau brother in the business.Whether it’s to bounce ideas around, trade stories or just play a round of golf, our connection is a testament to the bond of brotherhood that continues even after college.” Learning. Leading. Serving.


Jerry Carlton President, East Dallas Community Organization Dallas,Texas



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Revitalizing Communities Jerry Carlton, Ohio ’58, technically retired in 2006, but has since joined the East Dallas Community Organization (EDCO), which works to stabilize communities in the area by building affordable homes for low- and moderate-income families. Since Carlton joined EDCO, the team has built 32 homes, broken ground for eight more, has property to build up to 90 more, and will help build a playground in conjunction with Home Depot and other Dallas Phi Tau alumni. “Developments like the ones EDCO builds help revitalize communities that need crime reduction, improvement of schools and economic growth. The opportunity I’ve had to help our small organization grow has given me a chance to contribute to people who really need help and are willing to take on the responsibility of maintaining a home and helping their community grow and improve. PHOTOGRAPH BY AARON PERRY

“I am extremely proud that several of my Phi Tau brothers will help with the playground EDCO plans to build in a nearby community that doesn’t have one. It is this kind of ‘giving’ attitude that has always impressed me about the Fraternity. Also, the spirit of leadership and community service that Phi Kappa Tau encourages has always motivated me to continue to be involved.” THELAUREL LAUREL| | THE

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(From left to right) Jeff Coon, Washington ’90, Sean Kelly, Washington ’05, and Steve Sadowski, Washington ’05, started Makegood Software to help website publishers automate their advertising systems. The company’s staff is predominately made up of Phi Tau alumni.

Jeff Coon, Sean Kelly and Steve Sadowski Founders and Employees, Makegood Software, Inc. Seattle, Wash.

“Before Makegood, Steve and I worked together at a different company,” Coon said, “and together we lived the pain of managing online advertising firsthand. Our plans for this company grew from those conversations, and today we’re building the solutions to help many major websites. “Choosing to work with fellow Phi Taus in a startup environment was an easy choice because we have prior experience balancing a wide variety of goals, managing uncertainty, and working together to accomplish difficult tasks. It’s not surprising that we have all stayed involved with Alpha Pi chapter; this level of dedication runs parallel from work to Fraternity.” Learning. Leading. Serving.






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LEARN, CONNECT AND ADVANCE IN TODAY’S JOB MARKET t’s no secret that the job market isn’t what it used to be. Jobs bs are sparse and no one can seem to predict when that might turn around.


On the flip side, it can be argued that there’s never been a better time to learn. As opposed to h over the past couple years. While the job market, college enrollment has seen tremendous growth ed since the ’50s, over the last two enrollment in degree-granting institutions has steadily increased p by more than 3 percent and at an years, college enrollment among recent high school grads is up all-time high, according to a Labor Department report. And, college isn’t just for young adults anymore. The average age of a college student continues to rise as adults of all ages find that the benefits of lifelong learning trickle over into the job market. While the growing statistics may be daunting for those hoping to attend school in the near future, education has never been more accessible. Higher education has moved outside the physical classroom with many reputable universities offering online courses, or e-learning, at a reasonable price, and even free of charge. These platforms for lifelong learning make it easy for people of all lifestyles to get ahead. Phi Kappa Tau is getting involved, too. In the last year and the coming one, the Fraternity has and will continue to develop its undergraduate education programs—Leadership Academy, Presidents Academy and Regional Conferences, among others. Phi Kappa Tau will also continue to expand its e-learning website, The Exchange ( All of the Fraternity’s programs aim to connect members, promote brotherhood and encourage its men to learn from one another. And, as far as the job market’s concerned, these opportunities aren’t just for students. Professionals and soon-to-be professionals can continuously enhance their marketability by making lifelong learning a priority.

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wledge about finding If that’s not enough, turn the pages to get inside knowledge finding, getting and keeping a job in the current market, including tips for résumé writing, interviewing and networking. Happy learning! Learning. Leading. Serving.





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CONSIDER THIS Tom Jeswald retired in August 2009 as vice president and manager of human resources planning and development at The PNC Financial Services Group, headquartered in Pittsburgh. Along with his Bachelor of Science from Ohio University, he holds a master’s and doctorate in industrial psychology from Purdue University. Jeswald is Phi Kappa Tau’s chief learning officer and oversees all areas of learning for the Fraternity.

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE JOB By Tom Jeswald, Ohio ’63 Your First Boss is more Important than your First Job. Over the years, when I did campus interviews for my employers, I was amazed at the number of graduates who were willing to accept a job offer without meeting the person who would be their direct boss. The quality of your boss in your first professional job can have a huge effect on the development of your technical skills, ethics and confidence. A good boss can turn a common entry job in an average organization into an outstanding early career experience. There is ample research to support this. Look for employers who are smart enough to have you interview with a potential boss. Then look for a potential boss who listens 80 percent of the time spent with you.

Your New Residence and your New Budget Problem. You probably look forward to taking a job in an exciting location with easy access to the activities you love. You might want to do some homework on the financial condition and prospects of the states and municipalities you are considering for your residence. Bad policy decisions at the state government level, coupled with the recession, have created budget problems that could last a decade or longer. Guess who will be expected to pay for those bad decisions?

It’s the Revenue, Brother. At the current stage of economic recovery, many employers are beginning to hire in sales-related occupations. I’ve noticed that undergraduates who have not studied business or grown up in a business-oriented family often have an attitude bordering on disdain for these jobs. Yet revenue-producing jobs are fundamental to most organizations’ success. This job family includes sales, as well as fund raising and grant writing in nonprofit organizations. Ruling out a career in these areas is a decision that you might regret later in life. Revenue-producing jobs don’t fit everyone, but consider this: In an economy dominated by service industries, selling has changed. Selling a service is not like selling a tangible product. Beyond relationship and communication skills, it requires a strategic mind. Does that describe you?

Don’t Become Cannon Fodder. Even though there is a growing demand for revenue producers, I see a trend that occurs periodically. Many employers hire a large number of inexperienced sales employees to be unleashed on their markets. You and your peers are available, inexpensive and willing to take a risk. What often happens in such situations is a high failure rate among the new hires. If you are considering a job as part of a large entering class, make sure the reward justifies the risk. Find out if there is a pathway out of the entry job to something bigger.

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MARKET AND EARLY CAREER DECISIONS 19 Find a Mentor. Mentors can be a great help, particularly in the first six to 12 months in a new organization. A mentor’s advice can make you more productive faster. What effective mentors do best is teach you the organization’s culture—how things get done, what behavior to avoid, etc. Without a mentor, you will learn by trial and error. Sometimes that is a long and painful path. If your organization doesn’t routinely appoint mentors for new hires, you can recruit one with a little effort. Most people will be flattered to be asked. A couple of guidelines when finding a mentor: • Don’t aim too high. A top executive won’t have the time to give to establishing a mentoring relationship. A very experienced peer is often the best choice as a mentor. The key is that there should be little chance of competition between you and your mentor. • The mentor should have had experience in the job role that you have, or in one very closely related to it. • Look for someone who is a good listener and can anticipate your questions.

“Fire” your Mentor, “Hire” a Coach. Even the best mentoring relationships tend to run out of energy after a while. You will know when it’s time to taper off the mentorship and turn it into a work friendship. There will come a time when your career issues become complex and personal: What is the next best job for me? Should I look for a job in a different organization? Answers to these questions come from within you and can’t come from a mentor. A mentor does the work of the organization by giving you culturally correct answers. A coach has provocative questions and helps you reflect on your career issues. It is a rare mentor who can shift to a coaching role. Coaches are more highly skilled and take a neutral stance toward your issues. It is harder to find a coach within most organizations. They will often be senior individual contributors, not managers.

What is Productive Networking? A very bright, recent graduate who worked for me was off to a great start in her job. To prepare her first performance review, I spoke to several managers who observed her work. In addition to the many positive comments that I received, there was one consistent concern. She seemed to avoid informal contact with staff members. “She never has lunch with peers,” was the most frequent comment. In the performance feedback session that I held with this employee, I heard her viewpoint. She did not enjoy small talk; it was simply a waste of time. “Networking” was for people who were just looking for a different job. She also volunteered that if it was really expected of her, she would start going to lunch with the staff and chat with everyone. Through some give and take, I tried to get her to consider a different view of informal interactions. As a manager, I want productive networking among the staff (over lunch or coffee or THE LAUREL |

wherever it naturally occurs). I want each person to know a little about what everyone else is working on. Then, if I come across a piece of information that might be valuable to you, I will let you know. That information might be redundant, or it might save your hide. This sort of exchange happens every day in networked staffs and we all are more effective because of it. It is worthwhile to tolerate the bit of gossip and small talk that goes along with productive networking. If you are going to be on campus for another year or two, here are a few more things to think about:

A Guaranteed Career Obstacle, Only $3.99. A couple of years ago, I made an internship job offer to a young man after interviewing him at a prestigious university. In the process of checking his references, he revealed that recently he had pled guilty to shoplifting an inexpensive item. He told me that he took the item because he was embarrassed to go through the cashier. This man could not be bonded because of his minor act of dishonesty. Therefore he could not be hired by my firm, any other financial services company or several other categories of employers. During that recruiting season, about one-third of the companies interviewing at that campus were financial firms. I hope the lesson here is obvious.

Quirks, Unhealthy Habits and Addictions. Many young people are surprised how completely life changes upon starting a first professional job. One of the changes is that any odd or risky behavior is usually observed by co-workers. Generally, innocent quirks are merely laughed at. When people are counting on you to produce, however, any truly questionable behavior they see might provoke some serious action. Look at yourself and clean up your act before you go on a bigger stage.

Make some New Friends (Especially Ones who don’t Look Like You). By 2050, it is expected that minorities will be the majority in America. It is safe to say that you and your generation will have careers that will be deeply affected by international relations, especially in the emerging markets of China, India, and Latin and South America. Your own ability to work with people based overseas could be a critical asset. Make the effort to create some new friendships and broaden your horizons.

Some Questions about Social Networking. Using social networking websites is probably a part of your daily life. How would potential employers perceive you if they looked at your posts? What about the photos in which you are tagged? Even if your profile pegs you as a Vienna Choir boy, what story would your friends tell employers? If you think you have hidden anything embarrassing from the general public, what would you do if you received a friend invitation from a recruiter or a potential new boss? Learning. Leading. Serving.




Bill Jenkins worked for Phi Kappa Tau for 36 years, serving in a number of roles, including executive director. He also served as NIC president. At Leadership Academy 2009, Jenkins presented these thoughts as a breakout session. This resource, along with many others, is available on The Exchange at

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The Résumé: • NO typos. Spell check is NOT your friend. • Ditto for cover letters. Extra eyes are mandatory. • Prospective employers do care how you financed your college. Think about highlighting related experiences, if possible, instead of your six-year lifeguarding career. • Update your voicemail. Get professional and bag the corny call-back message on your cell phone. • One page résumés are still the best. (You haven’t lived that long.) First Impressions: • Wear your new two- or three-button suit (dark, navy blue or gray with muted pinstripes are best) before the interview. • Ditto with your new shoes before the interview. • Keep jewelry to a minimum—a watch and one ring. No lapel buttons, goofy ties or wild cufflinks. • Ditch the facial hair and sideburns. • Shoe polish is best on leather, and your shoes should match your belt. • Wear a long-sleeved, professionally laundered shirt in white/light blue; forget black and really dark blue. • Invest in a really good necktie. Learn how to tie it. • Do NOT chew gum, smoke or use any tobacco products. • Avoid strong-smelling cologne; opt for light aftershave. THE LAUREL |


The Interview: • Going in, understand what the company/organization does. • Shut off your cell phone. Best bet: Leave it in the car. • Be courteous to everyone with whom you are in contact. • Look the interviewer in the eye. • Have a firm handshake, but no knuckle-crushers. • Salary/vacations are not typically brought up by you. • Send a brief, handwritten thank-you note to the primary interviewer. Don’t even consider e-mailing; it’s cheap and looks it. The Interview Lunch: • It’s NOT about lunch; your deportment is being judged. • Keep your suit jacket on unless invited otherwise. • Left-handed? Don’t ask to sit at the end of the table. • Keep your arms and elbows close to your body. • Let your interviewer act as the host; follow his/her lead. • First thing’s first: Put the napkin in your lap. • If the interviewer asks, “What would you like?” you can ask, “What do you recommend?” • Tip: Order something light and get a Big Mac later. • Stay away from red sauce-laden pastas and milk. • Hint: Keep an extra clean shirt/tie in your car. • Stay away from wine. Water (with lemon) is your best bet.


• You don’t want coffee? Don’t turn your cup upside down. • Keep your wallet, keys, sunglasses, cell phone, and other personal items in your pocket and never on the table. • If eating utensils are already at your place setting, work from the outside-in toward the plate. • Passing food is like reading a book: from left to right. • Taste your food first, then add seasoning. • Break off pieces of bread and butter one at a time. • NEVER soak up gravy with a piece of bread. • Scoop soup away from you and never tilt the bowl. • Cut steak or other meat one bite at a time. • Keep your utensils on the plate between bites. • If a utensil falls to the floor, politely ask for a replacement. • Unless there is a piece of meat, cheese or fruit on it, don’t accept or use a toothpick. • Have to leave the table? Fold your napkin with the used portion inward and place it to the left of your plate. • As you finish your meal, place your knife and fork in the center of the plate. Don’t stack your dishes. • Have a top/trench coat hanging on a rack? Put your ID in a pocket, but NOT your car keys. • Top/trench coat at a coat-check? Tip $1. • One last thought: Gracious dining habits are sure signs of a man’s confidence in himself. ΦΚΤ

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March 2010 marked Phi Kappa Tau’s second annual Founders Month of Service. The event encourages brothers to participate in service events during the Fraternity’s founding month to honor Phi Kappa Tau’s founders. While the Fraternity encourages service any time of the year, brothers are challenged to give back to their communities during the month of March to better understand and live the founders’ principles of democracy, integrity, equality and brotherhood. This year’s Founders Month of Service was record breaking. Take a look at some of the extensive service Phi Taus from across the nation took part in during the month of March.



The length of time a ballroom dance routine lasted during Beta Iota chapter’s (Florida State) third annual DANCING WITH THE GREEKS PHILANTHROPY EVENT, which raised more than $2,000 for the Hole in the Wall Camps. Sorority members pair with male partners to take dance lessons and perform a routine that is eventually judged on technique, theme and originality.

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The number of SERVICE PROJECTS National Service Advisor Matt Parker, Evansville ’93, participated in, for a total of 28.5 contributed hours.



The number of service hours Zeta Alpha chapter (Belmont) members contributed to a HABITAT FOR HUMANITY project.

The number of Delta Epsilon (St. Cloud) and Gamma Mu (Bradley) chapter members who spent their entire spring break volunteering at a HOLE IN THE WALL CAMP.

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6,288 The number of SERVICE HOURS Phi Taus completed during the month of March. That’s nearly twice as many hours as last year’s event.


The number of hours National President Bill Macak, Florida State ’73, his wife, Janie, and son Andy Macak, Florida State ’03, volunteered to REPRESENT THE PHI KAPPA TAU FOUNDATION at the Schwarzkopf Society Recognition Luncheon for Camp Boggy Creek. Named after one of the camp’s founders, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the luncheon was held to recognize members for their support of the camp.




The number of women’s high-heeled shoes 10 members of Zeta Beta chapter at Saginaw Valley State walked in during the WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES PHILANTHROPY EVENT at the school. The event raises awareness and funds to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.


pounds The amount of spaghetti Beta Chi chapter at Southern Illinois served during its ALL-YOU-CANEAT SPAGHETTI DINNER to benefit the Hole in the Wall Camps. The group raised $1,500.

The amount of PHILANTHROPY DOLLARS Phi Taus raised during the month of March. That’s $38,571 more than last year’s event contributed.


The number of L.A. MARATHON RUNNERS who received water cups from members of the Delta Tau chapter at Cal Poly Pomona.



The length of a WHEELCHAIR RAMP constructed by San Antonio-area alumni for a local homeowner.

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A Love Affair

Book Review “ P a ul a nd M e ” b y A . E . H o t c h n e r By Bill Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57 n 1995, at its National Convention in Washington, D.C., Phi Kappa Tau adopted Brother Paul Newman’s magnificent legacy—the Hole in the Wall Camps—as its national philanthropy. Having played a part in that deliberation, I felt then, and continue to feel, that the Fraternity’s decision at that gathering may have been the very best decision made in our organization’s 100-plus-year history history. So now you know my bias bias. Fast forward to 2010. “Paul and Me” hits the bookstores just after the first of the year. Especially relevant for Phi Taus, A. E. Hotchner’s “Paul and Me: 53 Years of Adventures and Misadventures with My Pal PAUL NEWMAN” is a fun, informative, delightful and quick read. Hotchner first met Newman in 1955 when the almost unknown actor took the lead part in Hotchner’s first television play. Both men were “elevated (by the project) … from relative obscurity to recognition and began a close and trusting friendship that lasted till Newman’s death in 2008.” As the author of “Paul and Me,” Hotchner has had a colorful career in his own right. He met Ernest Hemingway after WWII and buddied with him for 14 years before writing “Papa Hemingway,” published in 34 countries and 28 languages. He’s written some 15 books, a dozen plays and musicals, and scores of television dramas. “Paul and Me” opens with this poignant statement and easily pulls the reader into the pages beyond:

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Paul Newman was an unadorned man. He was direct and honest and off-center and mischievous and romantic and very handsome. All of these attributes became the generating force behind him. He was the same man in 2008 that he was in 1955, unchanged despite all the honors and the fame, not a whisper of a change. That was somethingthe constancy of the man. In these bleak times that feature men whose greed and selfishness have been so disillusioning and ruinous to their fellow citizens, Paul’s concern for those less fortunate and his altruistic mien were important antidotes. He was a complicated, unpredictable, talented man who certainly gave back to the world as much as the world gave to him.

Hotchner’s great relationship with Newman is everywhere in “Paul and Me.” The book depicts Newman as a fun-loving, talented man and takes the reader along on the friends’ many adventures. They traveled, skippered a succession of bizarre boats, confused the business world, scored great triumphs on the stage, and sustained a wonderful friendship for many, many years. Probably of Learning. Leading. Serving.


singular importance is the fact that the two of them created Newman’s Own as a prank and “watched it morph into a major enterprise that so far has donated all its $300 million in profit to charities, including the Hole in the Wall Camps worldwide.” “Paul and Me” includes snippets of text from a book written by both Newman and Hotchner in 2003 called “Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good.” If you read “Paul and Me,” I’d surely recommend you also read “Shameless Exploitation” for the background about how salad dressing played such a monumental part in making the Hole in the Wall Camps a reality. Members of Phi Kappa Tau will find special interest in how the Hole in the Wall Camps came to be, Newman’s profound determination that these camps would become reality, how critical the funding became, and how close they came to not happening at all. But Newman persisted. Prose by William Woodward was always Paul’s favorite and gives all of us an inside look into his motivation to create these camping experiences for children who have had more than their share of bad luck:


In the queer mess of human destiny the determining factor is Luck. For every important place in life there are many men of fairly equal capacities. Among them Luck divides who shall accomplish the great work, who shall be crowned with laurel, and who shall fall back in obscurity and silence.

One of the most emotional entries in the Hotchner book describes the April day in 1988 when he and Newman visited the Connecticut campsite:

Where only a year ago there had been barren land, now there was this glorious make-believe town, this fulfillment of Paul’s unrelenting vision … then Paul began to laugh, a deep, roaring laugh … I joined his laughter … doubling us over, capturing our breath, tearing our eyes … the joy of this special moment, when our crazy adventure with that bottle of salad dressing had miraculously produced this fantasy for sick children.

On a personal note, just 10 years later, in 1998 in New York, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Hole in the Wall Camps, I had the special opportunity to spend the evening with Paul and his wife, Joanne, at a dinner function. I will not soon forget his very first comment when I introduced myself to them. He said, “I want you to know how very much I appreciate all that Phi Kappa Tau has done and will do for the Hole in the Wall Camps. It truly means more to me than you might imagine.” “Paul and Me” is a fun read, a collection of memories of a man who knew Paul Newman about as well as anyone. For sure, Hotchner’s memories are so genuine and personal that the reader is quickly absorbed, entertained and moved. ΦΚΤ


A delightful series of recollections which chronicle the life of actor/philanthropist Paul Newman and his 53-year friendship with A. E. Hotchner. THE BAD: “Paul and Me” is no literary masterpiece, but it isn’t meant to be. THE GRADE: B+; If you are a Paul Newman aficionado, the book provides interesting insights into the life and drive of the man. And, you’ll feel good about the emergence of his magnificent vision for Hole in the Wall Camps. THE GOOD:

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AKRON Charles R St John ’44

AUBURN Elwood F Richardson ’43 C D Alexander ’50

BALDWIN-WALLACE Alva C Stein ’42 Norbert E Hecker ’47 Glenn P Beck ’55

BETHANY Merle A Coe ’33 Richard A Shillinger ’56

CAL STATE-CHICO John T Jessee Jr ’58 Duane G Thompson ’58 Christopher Marc Benson ’76 Reg Allan Jespersen ’80

CAL STATE-LONG BEACH Michael T McGuire ’57

CASE WESTERN Marion F Rudy ’48 William C Moushey ’50

CINCINNATI Robert D Sterling ’58

CLEMSON Edward M Tobin ’95

COLGATE Warren H Vail Jr ’51

COLORADO Bruce F Bauer ’35 William A Hage ’64 Roger D Hogoboom Jr ’85

COLORADO STATE Leon E Gottsche ’55


DELAWARE David R Hoyer ’50 Robert Hugh Dryden ’82


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Laurence D Frederick Jr ’40

INDIANA William A Jones ’50 Thomas H Hougland ’63

IOWA STATE William P Browne ’64

Mark K Phillips ’76

EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA Charles Ned McKenzie ’72 Robert Eugene Jones ’77

KANSAS Larry Murrow II ’85


FLORIDA Samuel L Jones Jr ’38 Robert E Reif ’42 Samuel L Payne ’43 Alexander H Clemmons ’46 John W Seaman ’46 Granville E Noblit III ’51 Bennett A Crews ’73

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL Bruce T Havens ’56 Henry L Masters ’04


KENTUCKY John J David Jr ’41 Charles H Wills ’47 Harold S Hoskins ’62

LAWRENCE Kurt Schoenrock ’51

LOUISVILLE John D Quinn ’51

MARYLAND Roland W Purnell ’53

Donald L Farabee ’70

GEORGIA TECH John R Rainer ’50 Hugh G Henderson ’59 Clifford A Rinehart Jr ’70

IDAHO Jay A Thurmond ’58

JOHN DAVID, Louisville ’41, died Feb. 27, 2010, at age 87. An Army veteran, David was also a retired electrical engineer with AT&T. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and held a 58year membership to the YMCA.

John B Clark ’56


Herman Albertine ’47 Richard D Moore ’58

FRANK SYLVIN FULWILER, Washington ’35, died Oct. 26, 2009, at age 94. After service in the Navy, Fulwiler started a career in professional city administration. He served as city manager of Chula Vista, Calif., and Spokane, Wash., and is Spokane’s longest-serving city manager.


MIAMI Dorrell S Polhamus ’39 Richard L Eisnaugle ’42 Albert C Graf ’46 Thomas J Husmann ’49 Bruce J Bond ’69

MICHIGAN STATE Richard C Wever ’47

Harold M Willard ’49

MISSISSIPPI Charles T Keck ’75


MUHLENBERG Frank R Boyer ’35 Frederick C Vogt ’54

NEBRASKA WESLEYAN Ernest Bartley ’37 Charles T Streeter ’40

NEW MEXICO STATE James E Noyes ’50



OHIO STATE John L Bartholomew ’55 Lawrence P Davis ’58

OHIO William C Kisler ’49 Donald E Hill ’51 Leonard H Wehling III ’84

OKLAHOMA STATE Robert I Garis ’68 Bob Quapaw ’79

RENSSELAER Ernest F Nippes Jr ’35 Donald E Spencer ’45 Stanley L Pratt ’50

JOHN SEAMAN, Florida ’46, died Jan. 12, 2010, at age 85. Post-high school, Seaman served as a fighter pilot during WWII. After college, he spent his professional career as an investment banker and a founder of the First Commercial Bank of Tampa. Seaman retired with H.G. Nix in Tampa, Fla., and was a seasonal resident of Beech Mountain, N.C. CHARLES WILLS, Kentucky ’47, died Feb. 14, 2010. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, Wills earned a Master of Laws from Emory University, the first such degree granted from an accredited school in the state, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the same school. He practiced law in Atlanta for almost 50 years.

SAN DIEGO STATE Karl L Goodwalt ’50

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Francis R Willis ’45 Lawrence A Miller ’48 Duane K Larson ’55 Foster A Hooper ’61

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS Robert N Robertson ’54 David F Roberson ’57 Robert W Jennings ’63 Michael W Dattilio ’68

ST. CLOUD Robert A Stardig ’70

TEXAS-EL PASO Jay C Best ’50

TRANSYLVANIA Franklin S Watts ’40

UC BERKELEY Donald R Fleming ’32 Patrick M Smythe ’50

WASHINGTON F Sylvin Fulwiler ’35 Carl J Matronic ’37

WASHINGTON STATE Denman Knight ’38 Thomas R Daniel ’75 Tom S Heikkinen ’83

WESTERN MICHIGAN Thomas A Sutton ’66

WESTMINSTER Richard B Barnhart ’52

Wills was a member of various bar associations and served as president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association in Georgia. HERMAN ALBERTINE, Cornell ’47, died Jan. 22, 2010, at age 84. He served in the Navy during WWII and worked as an electrical engineer after the war. Albertine eventually joined General Electrodynamics Corporation, where he developed video technology for space exploration, and later ITT Industries/Varo, where he led significant advancements in night-vision technology. At age 83, Albertine completed work on his 23rd Habitat for Humanity house.


HAROLD WILLARD, Michigan State ’49, died Dec. 24, 2009, at age 82. He was a reporter and editor for the United Press in Des Moines, Iowa, and London, and the Washington Post in Washington, D.C. After retirement, Willard was an adjunct professor of journalism at Loyola College in Baltimore, and he authored a biography of legendary jazz trumpeter William “Wild Bill” Davison. LAWRENCE DAVIS, Ohio State ’58, died Dec. 7, 2009, at age 71. A proud Ohio State alumnus, Davis served in the Army before starting a career with Kaiser Aluminum. He was known as an entrepreneur in the banking industry after creating a money processing procedure used through ATM machines. THOMAS DANIEL, Washington State ’75, died April 29, 2009, at age 53. An experienced airline pilot, Daniel had more than 20 years of service with Horizon Air, a partner of Alaska Airlines. Also an avid mountain climber, Daniel conquered Mt. McKinley, Mt. Whitney, and summits of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. He was an active alumnus and advisor to Alpha Kappa chapter. ROGER HOGOBOOM, Colorado ’85, died Nov. 11, 2009. He worked with FINRA, an independent securities regulator, as an examiner and deputy chief litigation counsel. Hogoboom graduated from the University of Denver with a law degree in 1996. With Phi Kappa Tau, he served as a scholarship advisor. HENRY MASTERS, Franklin & Marshall ’04, died Nov. 21, 2009, at age 25. A student in the master’s of public health program at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Masters also loved animals and worked in a veterinary clinic before attending school. He volunteered at The Food Project, which promotes personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. With Phi Kappa Tau, Masters served as a risk management and philanthropy chair.


ERNEST NIPPES, Rensselaer ’35, died April 3, 2010, at age 92. A founding father of Rho chapter, Nippes was also inducted into the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame in its inaugural year. He received the 1989 Borradaile Alumnus Award for outstanding career achievements as a professor of metallurgical engineering at Rensselaer (RPI). Described by family and friends as “an academic committed to leadership, service and devotion,” Nippes was dedicated to his alma mater. He received three degrees from RPI—a bachelor’s in chemical engineering, master’s in metallurgical engineering and doctorate in metallurgy—before starting a career with the school. Nippes spent more than 50 years as a student, professor, department chairman and dean of research, and sponsored programs at RPI. “His love for the great outdoors, hunting and fishing, a good song, a lively dance and historical trivia had only one rival—his devotion to RPI,” Nippes’ family said. Over the course of his professional career, Nippes was co-inventor of the Gleeble, a thermomechanical simulator used by metallurgical engineers; co-founder of Dynamic Systems, Inc., the manufacturer of the Gleeble; author of more than 100 articles; editor of the Ninth Edition of the American Society of Metals Handbook on welding, brazing and soldering; and leader in his field, working with NASA on the Apollo and Gemini projects, U.S. Navy on the Nautilus and Sea Wolfe, and the National Science Foundation on numerous projects. Nippes was one of only three American welding authorities invited to visit research centers in Moscow, Kiev and Leningrad under a National Academy of Sciences Exchange visit. He served as national president of the American Welding Society in the late ’60s. He received many awards from RPI, including the Alumni Key Award, Albert Fox Demers Medal, David M. Darrin Counseling Award, and Rensselaer Alumni Association Teaching Award. Phi Kappa Tau also benefited from Nippes’ dedication. He served his chapter as chapter advisor, BOG member, faculty advisor and Rho alumni president, and the national organization as a domain chief and National Councilor. He was also a Phi Award recipient in 1958 and 1964 for outstanding service to his own chapter. Nippes was the first Phi Tau to serve on the board of directors of the then-National Interfraternity Conference. Nippes is survived by his wife, sister, five children, 11 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.

FRANK RUDY, Case Western ’48, died Dec. 13, 2009, at age 84. While he held more than 250 patents for various inventions, Rudy, a Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame member, may be best known as the inventor of the Nike Air Sole. An engineer by trade, Rudy’s experience at Case Western was interrupted by a military draft in 1943. He served with the Army’s 278th Engineering Battalion and honorably left the military after having achieved the rank of a top NCO medical and surgical officer. Back at Case Western, Rudy joined Phi Kappa Tau and was proud to be one of the Phi Kappa Tau brothers. “He appreciated the knowledge and experiences he received from his affiliation with the Fraternity and was honored when he was selected as one of the members of the inaugural class of the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame,” said friend Ben Walby. After graduating in 1950, Rudy and his wife, Margaret, moved to California so Rudy could use his engineering and medical skills. He initially worked with Lockheed Aerospace and later moved to the North American Rockwell Corporation as a corporate director. Because he was instrumental in so many of the inventions the companies patented, he decided to leave aerospace in 1969 to pursue a career as an independent inventor. His initial venture was to create a more comfortable ski boot using air linings for the Head Ski Company. Then, in 1977, Rudy approached Nike with his patented idea of using air-cushioned bags in the soles of athletic shoes. By December 1978, the Tailwind was introduced—the first running shoe to incorporate Nike Air. Rudy worked on Nike Air refinements throughout the rest of his life. “Frank Rudy holds a singular place in the pantheon of Nike innovation,” said Nike, Inc. President and CEO Mark Parker in a written statement. “His relentless creativity and focus on solving problems was, in many ways, the template for how Nike pursues performance to this very day.” After reaching a pinnacle in his career, Rudy turned his attention to cancer research. A recognized philanthropist, he and his wife have benefited Ordway Research Institute in Albany, N.Y., and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. In honor of their leadership in philanthropy, Rudy and his wife were inducted into the Cleveland Clinic’s 1921 Society in 2005. In 2008, they were recognized as distinguished fellows for extraordinary contributions of service and resources to the Cleveland Clinic. “My life experiences have opened new doors, interests and challenges,” Rudy once wrote. “But helping to find the answer to cancer, that will be one of my greatest achievements.”

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philanthropy benefitting Kick for Nick, a nonprofit organization that gathers and distributes soccer balls to Iraqi children. The event collected more than 200 balls and more than $500 for the organization.

Omicron chapter at Penn State raised more than $53,000 for Dance Marathon—a national Penn State-originated philanthropy event that raises money for local children’s hospitals and charities. The group also held its own philanthropy event, Hold ‘Em for Haiti, and donated more than $400 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund.

DELTA CHAPTER at Centre received the school’s Yerkes Cup for finishing the academic year as the fraternity with the highest GPA. The group also received Fraternal Excellence Awards in philanthropy, risk management and overall GPA. The chapter was named the 2009-10 Chapter of Excellence for the second year in a row. The award is given to the overall best chapter at Centre. EPSILON CHAPTER at Mount Union held the school’s first Cafeteria Worker’s Appreciation Dinner to celebrate the service of the

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BETA KAPPA CHAPTER at Oklahoma State hosted its first all-greek philanthropy chair mixer for officers to meet, collaborate and discuss upcoming philanthropy ideas. The group also held its annual Stardust Formal for alumni and undergraduates. BETA LAMBDA CHAPTER at Indiana raised $1,200 for the Hole in the Wall Camps through

a new philanthropy event, A Concert for Kids. More than 150 people attended the event, making it the chapter’s biggest philanthropy in recent years. BETA CHI CHAPTER at Southern Illinois was named Most Outstanding IFC Chapter and Most Improved Chapter at the school’s Greek Awards Banquet. The group was also recognized with the Most Outstanding Philanthropic Event on Campus for its spaghetti dinner that benefitted the Hole in the Wall Camps, and received Double Gold Status from the American Cancer Society after raising more than $8,450 for Relay for Life.

staff. More than 40 employees attended the appreciation dinner. The group also received five awards at the school’s greek awards program—Brotherhood Award, awarded to Jon Vogler, Mount Union ’08; Advisor of the Year, awarded to Roy Clunk, Mount Union ’75; Outstanding Fraternity Man, awarded to Alex Koehler, Mount Union ’07; Excellence Award in Alumni and Parent Relations; and Silver Level Chapter of Excellence. BETA BETA CHAPTER at Louisville co-hosted, along with the men’s soccer team, its first

Beta Iota chapter at Florida State associated 19 new members last semester, and was named the school’s 2009 IFC Fraternity of the Year for the fourth time in five years.The group also raised more than $2,000 for the Hole in the Wall Camps at its annual Dancing with the Greeks competition.



BETA OMEGA CHAPTER at Cal State-Chico participated in the 2010 Earth Day Bidwell Cleanup at a local community park. The annual cleanup is a “Keep California Beautiful” event.

awarded to Javier Rondon, Georgetown ’07; Fraternity Man of the Year, awarded to Andy Smith, Georgetown ’07; Chapter Advisor of the Year, awarded to Dr. Adela Borrallo-Solis; and President’s Cup.

GAMMA BETA CHAPTER at Cincinnati hosted Rock-daBlock, a philanthropy concert that benefitted the Hole in the Wall Camps. More than 200 people attended the event that raised $600 for the camps. The group also celebrated its 50-year anniversary with an event that was attended by nearly 25 percent of living Gamma Beta alumni. GAMMA LAMBDA CHAPTER at Central Michigan participated in the community’s CommUNITY March and Peace Vigil during Martin Luther King Jr. Day week. Eighty-five percent of the chapter demonstrated campus and community unity by marching from campus to downtown Mount Pleasant. GAMMA OMICRON CHAPTER at Cal StateFullerton received four awards at the school’s Pursuit of Excellence Awards Banquet—Outstanding Program of the Year for the group’s philanthropy Monte Carlo Night; Chapter’s Choice Award based on Panhellenic and IFC votes; Outstanding


EPSILON NU CHAPTER at Clemson raised more than $1,000 for the Salvation Army’s Haiti fund by collecting donations from local businesses and students, and holding a social event centered around Haiti relief efforts.

Gamma Alpha chapter at Michigan Tech won its third consecutive first place in the statue competition at the school’s 2010 Winter Carnival. The group’s snow sculpture [pictured above] captured “A Classic Mario Plight Portrayed in Snowy White.”

Alumnus of the Year, awarded to Chapter Advisor Matt Della Mora, Cal State-Fullerton ’03; and 4-Star Award, based on programming. The group also won Greek Week.

Camps during its annual Freezea-Thon, where brothers sit in the Minnesota cold for 100 consecutive hours to raise funds and awareness for the Fraternity’s national philanthropy.

GAMMA PI CHAPTER at Youngstown volunteered at the sixth annual Game of Hope Charity Basketball Classic, which raised more than $8,000 for chronically ill children in Mahoning Valley.

DELTA THETA CHAPTER at Georgetown received 10 awards at the school’s Greek Banquet—Greek Field Games; Scholarship Cup; Community Service Cup; Collegiate Involvement Cup; Educational Programming Cup; Senior Scholar of the Year, awarded to Dan Schlipf, Georgetown ’07; Varsity Athlete of the Year,

DELTA EPSILON CHAPTER at St. Cloud raised $850 for the Hole in the Wall

EPSILON SIGMA CHAPTER at Chapman hosted its annual campus-wide philanthropy event, Red and Gold Week, and raised $200 for the Hole in the Wall Camps. ZETA ALPHA CHAPTER at Belmont won its fourth straight Greek Sing competition, which takes place during Greek Week. In addition, Tim Harms, Belmont ’06, received the 2010 Harold Love Outstanding Community Involvement Award, given annually by the State of Tennessee Higher Education Commission to honor students’ and faculty members’ public service.

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Mike Oakes, Florida ’75, created a holiday light show in memory of Ben Crews, Florida ’73, who died in 2008 after a battle with cancer. Crews’ signature was his hour-and-20-minute synchronized light show using four neighborhood houses, which Oakes recreated in December with more than 75,000 lights on 64 circuits, all synchronized to more than 30 Christmas songs. The show raised nearly $4,500 for the American Cancer Society. •

1950 •

CHARLES KURFESS, Bowling Green ’50, received the Ohio State Bar Foundation Honorary Life Fellowship Award for a career exemplified by a lifetime of service to the public and integrity, honor, courtesy and professionalism.

Readers’ Person of the Year. He was chosen for making the “greatest contribution to the betterment of Louisville during 2009.” LEE TURK, Louisville ’66, relocated to Natchez, Miss., and opened Rising Sun Bed and Breakfast in the historic town.

1970 •

DAN KNEER, Evansville ’70, was the keynote speaker at the New York IIA Chapter 37th Annual Audit Seminar at Madison Square Garden.

Alpha Tau chapter at Cornell celebrated its 80th anniversary with nearly nearly 60 alumni and undergraduates in attendance. (From left to right) Eric Riedel, Cornell ’04, and Justin Fike, Cornell ’05. JOHN WILLIAMS, Transylvania ’71, was named dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry, one of the oldest dental schools in the nation. LEROY CHIAO, UC Berkeley ’79, will host Inside the Russian Space Program in June for Berkeley alumni and other interested persons. The group will travel to Russia and Kazakhstan

RAY NOAH, Texas-El Paso ’52, and his wife, Cynthia, received the Heart for the Arts Award from the Richardson Arts Alliance. The couple was honored for being outstanding community leaders who have devoted time and financial resources to further the arts in the area. •

1960 •

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL, Louisville ’61, was voted the Louisville City Hall Examiner Learning. Leading. Serving.

Eta chapter at Muhlenberg held its 9th annual chapter golf tournament at Brookside Country Club near Allentown, Penn. Proceeds benefited the chapter’s scholarship fund. THE LAUREL |

to watch a launch and get an inside look at the Russian space program. •

1990 •

STEPHEN MARTINO, Kansas ’91, was appointed director of the Maryland State Lottery Agency by Maryland Gov. Martin

O’Malley. Martino previously served as the executive director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.


WES FUGATE, Centre ’99, was awarded the Dr. Tom Shoemaker Greek Advisor of the Year Award for his role as greek advisor at the University of Georgia.

Roger Swaninger, Central Michigan ’69, (middle) was recognized as a business and community leader by The LEE Group, MI LLC. He is the president of Spectrum Human Services, a nonprofit community mental health center. Alpha Delta chapter at Case Western celebrated the 85th anniversary of the founding of the chapter and 10th anniversary of the chapter’s re-chartering. The weekend celebration included dinner in downtown Cleveland, a golf outing, cookout, banquet and Cleveland Indians game. More than 35 alumni and undergraduates attended the weekend’s festivities.

2000 •

MICHAEL ANTHONY, Baldwin-Wallace ’04, joined Hitchcock Fleming & Associates Inc. (hfa) as an account coordinator. At the marketing communications agency, Anthony assists with strategic marketing efforts for Goodyear.

MATTHEW CARRIER, Belmont ’06, was a contestant on the Country Music Television (CMT) reality show “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?” He was recruited while grocery shopping in Los Angeles.

JOHN DEAN, Louisville ’04, will attend the University of Oxford in England for the 2010-11 academic year to earn an M.B.A. He was one of 238 students from 49 countries admitted to the program.

Beta Omicron chapter at Maryland celebrated its 60th anniversary with more than 100 undergraduates, alumni and friends. The group also awarded scholarships to IFC Vice President Ben Goldstein-Smith, Maryland ’08, and Chapter President Tim Tabler, Maryland ’08. (From left to right) Beta Omicron CEG Fund Board member Andy Katz, Maryland ’76, Past National President Greg Hollen, Maryland ’75, and retired University of Maryland Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Dru Bagwell. THE LAUREL |

J.J. LEWIS, Central Michigan ’04, was appointed to the City of Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities. The commission researches programs and legislation relating to persons with physical and sensory disabilities, and advises the Alexandria City Council and community members about these programs and laws.

Matt Manolio, Kent State ’87, and his family have decorated their Ohio home with more than 30,000 painted eggshells during Easter for 52 years. This year’s theme was “We Can Fly!” complete with a bluebird, goldfinch, hummingbird, Cleveland Cavaliers logo and music. Learn more at

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Gen. Carl Mundy speaks at the Fraternity’s 58th National Convention. August 2008

Mike McCrum builds a ramp during the Fraternity’s second annual Founders Month of Service. March 2010

Destiny begins with the choices made today. Bill Jenkins speaks at Phi Kappa Tau’s 2010 Regional Conferences. February-March 2010

Thomas Owens takes notes at the Fraternity’s first Presidents Academy. January 2010

Choose wisely.

It was an honor to serve.

Paul Newman enters Chapter Eternal. September 2008

Phi Kappa Tau holds 2009 Regional Conferences. FebruaryMarch 2009

— Bill and Janie Macak

Phi Kappa Tau hosts Leadership Academy 2009 in Oxford, Ohio. July 2009

Phi Kappa Tau holds its inaugural Founders Month of Service. March 2009

The Phi Kappa Tau National Council and Foundation Board of Trustees meet in St. Petersburg, Fla. Winter 2009

Summer 2010 Laurel  

Taking it into your Own Hands: Learn, Connect and Advance in Today's Job Market

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Taking it into your Own Hands: Learn, Connect and Advance in Today's Job Market