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Garret Lorenzen, Nebraska Wesleyan '13, pushes litter he and Dan Wythers, Nebraska Wesleyan ’13, found along the riverbank of the American River in Carmichael, Calif. Attendees of the 62nd National Convention spent a morning working with the American River Parkway Foundation to remove litter from the riverbank. Lorenzen and other attendees were able to remove over 100 pounds of litter from the riverbank. Afterwards, brothers spent the afternoon rafting down a cleaner American River.




Contents The Laurel


NOVEMBER 2016 VOL. 103, NO. 2 Editor-in-Chief Tyler Wash, Georgetown ’06 Managing Editor and Creative Director Collin Zimmerman Copy Editor John Sayers, Bethany ’78 Contributors Charlie Ball, Miami ’82 Mike Dovilla, Baldwin Wallace ’94 Tim Hudson, Truman State ’97 Dick Michael, Michigan Tech ’70 Cole Yearwood, Oklahoma State ’09

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 published 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. 104, No. 1, and will be published in Spring 2017.

FEATURES 6 8 10 11 13 14 16 20 30 39 35

Partnering for Success The 62nd National Convention in Review The Men Behind Phi Kappa Tau 2020 Maxwell Trophy Returns to Louisville Phi Taus Under Forty A Historical Perspective Phi Kappa Tau 2020: Focusing our Vision Hall of Fame; 2016 Inductees Remembering George Voinovich From the Archives Support Lasting (more than) A Lifetime

Printed in the USA | ISSN Number: 0023-8996 Printed by The Watkins Printing Company, Columbus, Ohio. Address Changes Visit, call (800) PKT-1906, email Executive Assistant Cindy Morgan at or mail changes to Phi Kappa Tau, 5221 Morning Sun Road, Oxford, Ohio 45056. Directory Contact information for the Executive Offices Staff, Fraternity National Council, Foundation Board of Trustees, National Advisors, Domain Directors and Educational Program Deans can be found online at


5 News and Noteworthy 24 Our Chapters 28 Award Winners 32 Chapter Eternal 36 Laurels



Letter from the Editor 4

With excitement abound, I am proud to announce that The Laurel is receiving a well-deserved overhaul. A new look and feel—including new content—for Phi Kappa Tau’s beloved magazine will be introduced to the brotherhood in the spring of 2017. The current design of this magazine was launched in 2007, to coincide with the conclusion of the Centennial Celebration and to represent a public face of the newly developed strategic plan. Throughout the past decade, the strategic plan—in addition to the hard work contributed by volunteers, undergraduates and staff— moved the Fraternity forward in ways only imagined in the past (page 15). This strategic plan led the organization in the right direction for a decade. After ten years of execution, the National Council took on the monumental task of refreshing the plan. The result is the newly-implemented strategic plan, Phi Kappa Tau 2020 (page 18). In that spirit, the organization launched the Laurel Redesign Project, with the goal of updating Phi Kappa Tau’s most visable communication medium, our magazine. As hard work went into the creation and publication of this issue, a plan has been put into place that will transform The Laurel into an award-winning magazine that will meet the ever-changing needs of our organization. Alumni were surveyed, focus groups were hosted, industry experts were consulted and John Sayers, Bethany ’78, was tasked with leading this effort. John has served as the magazine's copy editor for the past decade, but more important than being intimately acquainted with The Laurel, he has actively volunteered at the local and national level for decades—thus bringing a unique perspective to the project. Professionally, John played a vital role in the project to transform the Library of Congress Magazine into the high-quality publication it is today. His professional expertise, his volunteer experience and his passion for Phi Kappa Tau will provide the valued leadership necessary to achieve the goals ahead of us. We undertake this project with two objectives in mind. • We will provide a magazine that each brother will be proud to display on his coffee table or desk. • We will, above all else, ensure that The Laurel tells the story of who we are as Phi Kappa Tau and why Phi Kappa Tau matters. During his inaugural address, National President Mike Dovilla, Baldwin Wallace ’94, proclaimed, "Moving forward…we will be full steam ahead, with laser precision, to continually strive for the greater good, and always with optimism, knowing that the sun will come up and the new day will give us a fresh opportunity to achieve our goals." And that’s exactly what we are going to do.

Tyler C. Wash, Georgetown ’06 Editor-in-Chief




In March, Phi Kappa Tau honors its commitment to the ideals of its founders with the Founders Month of Service initiative. In its eighth year, the Founders Month of Service initiative continues to encourage members to engage with their communities.

RISING STARS ATTEND SUMMER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM During the summer months, Phi Kappa Tau hosted three successful emerging leader academies. Leadership Academy—the premier and individualized leadership-development program for rising leaders of our Fraternity—walks participants through a shared curriculum. These conversations and activities allow the young leader to understand his strengths and how he can positively affect the world around him. Luke Bianco, Cornell ’16, said, "This experience has been an excellent way to learn more about myself and my Fraternity. The days were long, but the conversations I had were incredibly worth it." The 2016 sessions of Leadership Academy were held in Oregonia, Ohio, Mentone, Calif. and Eatonton, Ga. More than 140 brothers attended these sessions, representing chapters and colonies from all over the United States. Participants developed connections with other rising Phi Kappa Tau leaders, identified their leadership styles and learned how to use their core values when working with others.

This year’s National Community Service Event was hosted at North Star Reach, a new SeriousFun Children’s Network Camp located in Pinckney, Mich. The 35 NCSE attendees were the first group to stay overnight at the camp. They even built the beds they slept on as a part of helping this camp get ready for its first summer of operations. Phi Kappa Tau’s efforts helped ensure the camp was ready to open and serve campers who wanted to "raise a little hell."


This year has been another year of solid growth for Phi Kappa Tau. Not only did this great organization celebrate its 110th anniversary in March, but it also celebrated as several colonies were installed as chapters. The year started out with issuing the 156th charter (Zeta Mu) at Appalachian State (pictured below). In January, volunteers and staff traveled north to Duluth, Minn., to charter issue charter 157 (Zeta Nu) at Minnesota-Duluth. In April, Gamma Iota chapter returned to Sacramento State. Just before departing campus for the summer, the young men at Colorado State celebrated a chartering, culminating two years of work by the Alpha Sigma chapter to again attain its charter.


Phi Kappa Tau has a measured but aggressive plan to continue planting its flag on many more campuses. Over the next two years the Fraternity plans to return or establish new groups at ten campuses. Seven of the groups slated to return are the Omega chapter at Wisconsin, Delta Rho chapter at Eastern Kentucky, Alpha Nu chapter at Iowa State, Pi chapter at Southern California and Chi chapter at North Carolina State. New campus expansion plans include South Carolina and Columbus State. THE LAUREL |



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By: Foundation Chairman Dick Michael, Michigan Tech ’70

Over the past years the Foundation has focused on transformational changes. It has transformed itself to align better with our overall mission and goals. This began with the development of a strategic plan for the Foundation which defines our intentional direction and enhances our relationship with the Fraternity. The Foundation made a significant investment in a new information technology system. The newly implemented database will be used by both the Fraternity and Foundation to better engage our membership from the time they associate with Phi Tau through their alumni years.

many of these initiatives for greater engagement beginning in the new year. The Foundation overwhelmingly supports our leadership programs. The Foundation was founded to financially support Phi Kappa Tau and to sustain high levels of educational programming. Today, hundreds of brothers have the opportunity to engage with other brothers in a positive learning environment. The best way to develop men of character is to expand and enhance our educational offerings. Recently the Foundation established a new fund focused on expanding our digital educational library. This is one example of this ongoing commitment.

The organization’s Comprehensive Alumni Engagement Plan It is through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and staff that is addressing a variety of issues to engage better and communicate we are making significant strides. Providing a positive experience with our alumni. The fraternity experience is not something and personal growth and leadership opportunities to our young that ends at graduation but continues throughout our lives. Whether you are involved with your chapter or the larger Phi Tau brothers is what drives our work. community, the benefits of brotherhood ensure our connections There is no easy way to say it: all this takes money. Your are lifelong. support of the Foundation through your gifts focused to your In partnership with the Fraternity, the Foundation is working specific chapter in a Chapter Educational Grant Fund, or to our Brotherhood Fund allows you to be a part of this 110-year-old toward a unified communication and marketing strategy which movement and develop men of character. embraces who we are as Phi Kappa Tau. We have a great story. Our refocused strategy will better articulate the story of Phi It's a great time to be a Phi Tau! Kappa Tau to all our members and stakeholders. You will notice

Phi Kappa Tau's Online Learning Fund

The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation has established the Online Learning Fund to support world class digital learning as outlined in Phi Kappa Tau 2020. Support the new initiative today by giving to the Online Learning Fund at LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.


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The 62nd National Convention in Review We gathered, met, debated, praised, cheered and exemplified brotherhood of the very best kind. The 62nd National Convention in Sacramento, Calif. was a great success. Throughout the week our brotherhood recognized academic excellence, chapter achievement, inducted esteemed leaders into the Hall of Fame, celebrated our partnership with SeriousFun and reaffirmed our Cardinal Principals. The story of the 62nd National Convention can only be told through pictures depicting the excitement and camaraderie of the week. LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.

[1] John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60, celebrated his fiftieth Convention. The first Convention he attended was coincidently his honeymoon. [2] Brothers of Phi chapter at Bethany pause from the week's activities to mark this special occasion. Sam Engel, Bethany ’46 is the oldest brother in attendance initiating over 70 years ago. [3] Brothers practice for several performances throughout the week as The Warblers. THE LAUREL |

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[4] Ryan Gajdos, Baldwin Wallace ’13, attentively listens to presentations on the Convention floor.

cheered on as the Sacramento River Cats as they clinch a win against the Tacoma Rainiers.

[5] Foundation Chairman Dick Michael, Michigan Tech ’70, CEO Tim Hudson, Truman State '97, and Past National President Rick Keltner, Sacramento State ’76, pose just after the first pitch was thrown out. Past National President Keltner had the honor of opening the game.

[7] During the seventh inning stretch, The Warblers had the chance to sing God Bless America to attendees of the Sacramento River Cats game at Raley Field.

[6] Andy Fruth, Southern Illinois ’08, Alex Fruth, IllinoisSpring field ’14, and Guillermo Flores, Southern Illinois ’08, THE LAUREL |

[8-10] Brothers spent a morning cleaning litter from the riverbanks of the American River in Carmichael, Calif. Through their focus on the environment, participants were able to remove over 100 pounds of litter. LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.


The 2016-18 National Council (Back row, left to right) J.H. Mahaney, Bethany ’87, Michael Lummus, Belmont '06, Tom Skena, Bethany ’81, Dale Holland, Kent State ’87 and Gabe Uebel, Eastern Kentucky '94. (Front row, left to right) Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86, Dick Michael, Michigan Tech ’70, Mike Dovilla, Baldwin Wallace ’94 and Bill Brasch, Louisville ’67. Not Pictured: Tim Gallagher, College of New Jersey '86

THE MEN BEHIND PHI KAPPA TAU 2020 The upcoming biennium sees a highly-qualified group of servant leaders who will lead Phi Kappa Tau. The National Council (pictured above) serves as the Fraternity’s legislative body when the National Convention is not in session. It is responsible for a variety of strategic and policy issues and oversees the execution of Phi Kappa Tau 2020. National Advisors Some of our Fraternity’s best and brightest men have been appointed to serve as national advisors to execute Phi Kappa Tau 2020. This highly qualified corps of advisors, which brings a broad and deep set of professional experiences, strong interpersonal skills, and a passion for our brotherhood, is the right team to get the job done for Phi Kappa Tau. The cabinet of national advisors is composed of the following brothers:

Undergraduate Advisory Board During the 62nd National Convention, a slate of outstanding undergraduate men was elected to serve on the Undergraduate Advisory Board. The UAB provides insight to the National Council on a variety of topics pertaining to chapters and the overall fraternal experience. The UAB regularly communicates with chapter leadership to ensure the lines of communication stay strong. The UAB membership is composed of the following brothers:

National Governance Advisor Jeremy Glesner, Longwood ’95

President Shelton Evans, Baldwin Wallace ’13

National Recruitment/Retention Advisor Alex Koehler, Mount Union ’07

Vice President Mark Eddy, RIT ’14

National Education Advisor Allyn Shaw, Michigan State ’85

Hayden Rutledge, Belmont ’14 Austin Shaw, Purdue ’13 Joseph Robichaud, Southern Illinois ’15 Alex Haller, Middle Tennessee State ’16 Sam Stevens, Louisville ’15 Alec Sewall, Ohio State ’15 Carlos Zamora, Case Western ’13 Christopher Youngbrandt, Purdue ’14

National Leadership Advisor David McCollum, Oklahoma State ’66 National Service Advisor Doug Sitzler, Miami ’06 LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.





The Beta Beta chapter at Louisville has grown in the past half-decade. A lot. The growth isn’t the result of some fluke, anomaly or only one group of exceptional recruitment chairmen. Instead, the increase in membership can directly be attributed to concerted chapter efforts. What is most impressive is it has been steady and sustained. Since 2012, the chapter has consistently grown each year. The number of members has nearly doubled in a four-year span resulting in the chapter’s largest membership in its history at 116 men in 2015. Those numbers also made it the largest fraternity chapter on campus. With that accomplishment comes the formidable reward of maintaining that size while ensuring the group is still effective. Beta Beta, not unfamiliar with success due to its long list of achievements and notable alumni, was ready for the challenge of thriving at these new heights. To retain the influx of quality young men Beta Beta had worked tirelessly to recruit, the chapter strengthened its new member program with a heavy focus on mentorship. New members were paired with older brothers based upon similar majors and interests to help ensure a smooth transition. THE LAUREL |

Improved inclusion was not limited to new members. The executive council met individually with all members to better identify how each brother’s talents could benefit the group as a whole. As recruitment became a strong pillar of Beta Beta’s success, it was far from the sole priority. Those large numbers enabled the chapter to continue its commitment to philanthropy. In 2015, Beta Beta raised $22,000 for SeriousFun through its annual sorority step show, and was the largest student organization donor for the annual campus dance marathon and completed more than 4,200 community service hours. “That chapter cultivates learning, leading and serving in all members and excels in each of these areas,” said Louisville Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life Allison Commings. “Beta Beta has embraced the duties of fraternity membership and has executed those responsibilities with purpose.” It is that overall commitment that has regularly earned Beta Beta the distinction as a Founders Four chapter and the opportunity to present for the Roland Maxwell Trophy four out of the last five summers. A difference in Beta Beta’s latest presentation compared to its previous three: it resulted in the chapter raising the trophy. Beta Beta was recognized as Phi Kappa Tau’s most outstanding chapter in the nation with the Maxwell Trophy. LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.

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Standing proudly before brothers and guests at the 62nd National Convention in Sacramento, Calif., to accept the prestigious recognition from the Fraternity, it quickly became apparent why Dexter Horne, Centre ’13, was a candidate for the William H. Shideler award. Along with serving as Delta chapter president, Horne’s leadership was exhibited in his service as recruitment chairman and philanthropy chairman. Outside the chapter, he constantly displayed loyalty to his college and community in multiple roles, including Student Government Association speaker of the house, Politics Department senior representative, Centre College Admissions senior interviewer and Lightbulb Learning Center mentor. Horne's eyes are well adjusted to the spotlight. During his collegiate career, he was a staple on the Dean's List, voted Homecoming King, selected as one of two students to provide the keynote address at Centre's annual honors convocation this past May and received the Paul A. Elfers Omega Scholarship from the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation. With all the individual accolades, Horne is quick to credit those who have helped him accomplish such success. Which is exactly why during his speech at this year’s Brotherhood Banquet, he accepted the Shideler Award on behalf of Delta chapter. In the chapter’s distinguished history, he is the first to win the award and realizes it wouldn’t have been possible without all the men who have come before and along with him. "I owe so much of my success to those men who build me, oppose me, challenge me, but most importantly, accept and love me," Horne said.

Dexter K. Horne, Centre ’13 Masters of Public Policy University of Kentucky Lexington, Ky. LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.


PHI TAUS UNDER FORTY During the Brotherhood Banquet at the 61st National Convention in Washington, D.C., Phi Kappa Tau welcomed the inaugural class of Phi Taus Under 40. At this year’s Convention in Sacramento, Calif., the Fraternity welcomed a new class of successful brothers, under the age of 40, who have exhibited outstanding success in their chosen professional field, while consistently living Phi Kappa Tau’s values. The 2016 class included nine brothers representing chapters from all over the country. It is an impressive group of men who have succeeded in a wide range of professional fields, including education, law, business and entrepreneurship. Phi Taus Under 40 is not merely an award. It is a snapshot of Phi Kappa Tau as a national organization. These alumni come from all backgrounds and have varying experiences, but with one particular trait in common. They are the product of the Phi Kappa Tau experience, which shaped them into the men they are today.

Class of 2016 Inductees Andrew Switalski, Saginaw Valley State ’09 Attorney Dykema Gossett PLLC

John Kaczynski, Central Michigan ’04 Director of Governmental Affairs Saginaw Valley State University

Daniel Schlipf, Georgetown ‘07 Senior Research Scientist ZoomEssence, Inc.

Matt Della Mora, Cal State-Fullerton ’03 Senior Field Representative Mercury Insurance Group

David Ward, Florida State ’08 Vice President, Strategic Partnerships iMobile3, LLC

Tony Spano, Youngstown ’99 Executive Director Hope Foundation of Mahoning Valley

Gordon Daily, Case Western ’00 President Boxcast Greg Waite, Bethany ’99 Director, Division Fundraising American Red Cross J.J Lewis, Central Michigan ’04 CEO Academy of Arts & Sciences




A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE After all the Harvard red and old gold balloons had fallen

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Kappa Tau as an organization faced an important question: Now what? The product that resulted from that question was the Fraternity’s strategic plan. The primary focus of this plan was for the Fraternity to take the leap from “good to great.” The strategic plan, adopted by the National Council in 2008, focused the Fraternity on five strategic goals:

alignment, education, leadership, recruitment/retention and service. As a result of this strategic plan, the Fraternity was able to move forward in ways never before imagined. CEO Tim Hudson, Truman State ’97, recently celebrated his fifteenth anniversary on th Executive Offices staff. During his time in Oxford, Hudson has served many staff positions including traveling chapter consultant and director of chapter services. He has a unique perspective on the realized success of the previous strategic plan.

Observations from our CEO... By: CEO Tim Hudson, Truman State ’97

The easiest way to summarize what I have witnessed over the past decade is to say that Phi Kappa Tau has focus. We have been focused on executing the plan that was adopted in 2008 and we have focus in where we are headed next. From my desk (in various roles throughout this past decade) it is evident that our organization is making intentional decisions that has transformed the experience we provide today’s members (undergraduate and alumni alike). On the next page, you will see a list of accomplishments. A great deal has been achieved by the hard work of hundreds of volunteers and dozens of Executive Office staff members. To be sure, there have been struggles along the way. The move from "Good to Great" doesn’t happen with ease. It takes persistence. There has been a transition of leadership at all levels of the organization. In all of that change, we have been able to point to our plan for continuity. Phi Kappa Tau has arguably moved the needle toward being a great Fraternity, but much is yet to be done. We need to remain focused as we begin our twelfth decade of brotherhood and as we work toward achieving Phi Kappa Tau 2020. I hope you will commit to helping your Fraternity on this journey…and I look forward to seeing our next round of achievements.



The Successes of the Last Decade With the keen dedication from Phi Kappa Tau brothers and volunteers this plan moved the Fraternity from “good to great” in these specific areas: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Undergraduate membership grew to more than 4,700. Average chapter size increased from 38 to 50. Twenty-two chapters were chartered. Presidents Academy was developed and launched. The Volunteer Development Institute was developed and launched. The online Volunteer Certification program was established. Four new Regional Conferences were added. Leadership Academy developed from one biennial gathering to three annual events around the nation. Founders Month of Service was created. The National Community Service Event was launched. Good to Great Retreats were developed to assist chapters with operational needs. Learning.Leading.Serving. was approved as the Fraternity’s tagline. New branding standards and graphics were created. A Comprehensive Education Plan was created. A Comprehensive Alumni Engagement Plan was created. The roles of the National Council were codified and streamlined. The Undergraduate Advisory Board was created. Conclave was created as a biennial national event in Oxford, Ohio.

Members of the first Undergraduate Advisory Board were inducted during the 59th National Convention in Westminster, Colo.



Volunteers attend the first Volunteer Development Institute in Lexington, Ky. in 2010

Phi Kappa Tau brothers attend the first annual Leadership Academy in Eatonton, Ga. in 2011.

Undergraduates who attended West Coast Road Trip regional conference at Chapman University made blankets for the SeriousFun Camps as part of the first Founders Month of Service in 2009. LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.

BUILDING A DURABLE PH By: National President Mike Dovilla, Baldwin Wallace ’94


This past summer at the 62nd National Convention in Sacramento, Calif., as the mantle of leadership passed from one generation to the next, I observed that Phi Kappa Tau is larger than each of us. This brotherhood was here before us, and it will be here after us. We are its stewards but for a time. Our charge is to take what has been gifted to us, hold it in trust for a moment, and leave it better than we found it. Ten volunteer members of your National Council accepted that charge for this moment; we are working each day diligently to prove we are worthy of that trust, and we are committed to leaving Phi Kappa Tau stronger for future generations. That’s why we have wasted no time during the first few months of our administration in outlining an optimistic vision for the Fraternity and acting with vigor and precision to carry out that plan. The core of our effort is the next phase of our strategic plan, Phi Kappa Tau 2020: Focusing Our Vision. As we have launched Phi Kappa Tau 2020 and begun these two years of work together, it is an appropriate time for a retrospective and prospective look at our strategic planning process and execution.

Reviewing our Accomplishments Since celebrating our centennial in 2006, Phi Kappa Tau executed a strategic plan that represented the Fraternity’s first true roadmap for its future. The plan, based on the tenets of Jim Collins’ book, "Good to Great", used the Fraternity’s 100th birthday—and an associated capital campaign by the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation—as a springboard to address some of our brotherhood’s most important challenges. Under the leadership of Past National Presidents Charlie Ball, Miami ’82, Bill Macak, Florida State ’73, and Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86, as well as the National Council, Executive Offices staff, and brothers across the country, the Fraternity made substantial progress. Since placing that first-ever strategic plan in motion, Phi Kappa LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.


HI KAPPA TAU FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY Tau has experienced record-breaking undergraduate membership of more than 4,700 men, created new educational programs, certified over 800 alumni volunteers, and chartered 22 chapters. As the Centennial Celebration was intended to be a brief commemoration and not a destination, the strategic plan was a blueprint for a short period of time. Unlike many such plans that are written and then are placed on a shelf to collect dust, the strategic plan was carried into effect and many of its goals were achieved. But, as the plan reached its intended endpoint, it became clear that we need to take action once again to challenge our organization. As an advocate for long-term strategic planning throughout my professional career, I have been a vocal proponent during the past six years on the National Council for a new plan that would set challenging but attainable goals for the next few years and initiate a dialogue on a much loftier vision for our future. This past March the Fraternity entered the second decade of its second century, and at the 62nd National Convention in July the National Council unveiled Phi Kappa Tau 2020.

Looking Ahead with Optimism Like the earlier plan, Phi Kappa Tau 2020 is composed of five strategic imperatives: Governance; Recruitment/ Retention; Leadership; Education; and Service. Like the efforts of our predecessors, we are advancing this plan with enthusiasm. Key among the National Fraternity’s accomplishments since July 10, 2016, are: • the appointment of five distinguished alumni as national advisors for Governance, Recruitment/ Retention, Education, Leadership and Service–all of whom are leading committees in executing their strategic imperatives of Phi Kappa Tau 2020; • the appointment of five highly qualified national committee chairmen charged with transforming the fraternity experience for Phi Taus of all generations; THE LAUREL |

• the establishment of the Presidents Roundtable Initiative (PRI), a series of monthly conference calls with small groups of chapter presidents, designed to increase transparency and better communication between the National Fraternity and its chapters; • the establishment of the Volunteer Recruitment and Training Initiative (VRTI), a program chaired by National Vice President Bill Brasch, Louisville ’66, to identify, engage and cultivate high-quality alumni volunteers to Boards of Governors and House Corporations; • the establishment of a Convention Review Commission (CRC), chaired by Past National President Greg Hollen, Maryland ’75, and charged with conducting a full-scale review of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity’s national biennial gathering; and • the recruitment of nearly 1,200 new undergraduate members by chapters across the United States. Moving forward, Phi Kappa Tau will continue to improve significantly, swiftly and fearlessly. I challenge each brother—undergraduate or graduate, our newest initiate or our most senior alumnus, from all parts of this great National Fraternity—to answer the question: “What kind of Phi Kappa Tau are we building?” For my part, I can answer with intentionality and pride that we are building a durable Phi Kappa Tau–one that will be here not just in 2020, but when men who haven’t even been born are celebrating our bicentennial in 2106. The work of building that Phi Kappa Tau rests not only with your National Council, Executive Offices staff, current alumni volunteers or the young men who are experiencing their first few years of brotherhood as college students, but with each and every one of us. Let us remember the Mark of Distinction the Fraternity conferred, the Oath to which we subscribed and the sacred meaning of our Cardinal Principles as we work together to build this second century of Phi Kappa Tau.



Strategic Imperatives


Phi Kappa Tau 2020


Phi Kappa Tau will have a comprehensive strategy for learning and discovery. • Ensure programming is accessible to all members. • Manage measurable outcomes and consistent assessment for learning. • Manage a robust and qualified facilitator prospect pool. • Ensure proactive health and safety programming for individuals and chapters. • Evaluate subjects that are critical to members and implement appropriate programs. • Enact the approved Comprehensive Education Plan.


Phi Kappa Tau’s organizational infrastructure, financial resources and policies will be aligned with our mission, vision and strategic direction. • Continually reassess the governing documents that guide policies and procedures. • Integrate the Ritual throughout all areas of the Fraternity. • Ensure the continuity of leadership throughout the organization. • Facilitate a communal living environment by establishing the fraternity house as a venue for developing and instilling social skills, ideals and values. • Ensure the Borradaile Challenge is a fully utilized standards and assessment tool that evaluates a quality fraternity experience • Ensure appropriate financial resources are available to further the Fraternity’s mission. LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.





Phi Kappa Tau’s membership will be leaders in their chosen fields, community and on-campus.

Phi Kappa Tau will be experts at attracting, retaining and developing undergraduate and alumni talent.

• Recognize and celebrate leaders in their chosen fields, community and on-campus. • Encourage undergraduates to be leaders on their campus. • Encourage undergraduates, alumni and staff to be leaders in the fraternal movement. • Establish and manage a leadership resource center. • Enact the approved Comprehensive Alumni Engagement Plan.

• Ensure sustained growth through undergraduate recruitment and retention. • Ensure sustained growth through expansion. • Manage a robust volunteer corps at the local, regional and national level. • Recognize individual, chapter and organizational achievement. • Enact the approved Comprehensive Alumni Engagement Plan.


Phi Kappa Tau will instill a commitment to service in all members. • Integrate service throughout the member experience by encouraging members to play an active role in their communities, states and country. • Encourage member volunteerism and philanthropy with SeriousFun and USO. • Encourage member volunteerism and philanthropy in the local community. • Encourage member volunteerism and philanthropy to Phi Kappa Tau. • Leverage collective knowledge to provide assistance with volunteer and philanthropic opportunities. THE LAUREL |

Partnering for Success

The Role of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation In conjunction with Phi Kappa Tau 2020, the Board of Trustees adopted a strategic plan for the Foundation. This strategic plan outlined a strategy for transformational change which will allow the Foundation to continue to support the ever changing needs of Phi Kappa Tau and further guide our young brothers to improve their campus and the world. The strategic plan focuses the Foundation on four strategic goals: Relationships, Engagement, Alignment and Communication. Giving back to Phi Kappa Tau is one of the finest traditions of our Fraternity. With strong strategic plans in place for both the Fraternity and Foundation, it is an exciting time to be a Phi Tau. Support the mission, vision and strategic direction of our Fraternity by donating today. You will be glad you did!



Marty Beard

Roman Davis

UC Berkeley ’83

UC Berkeley ’66

Don Carlyon

Beard is chief operating officer of Blackberry. Before serving as COO of Blackberry, he was president of Sybase. Beard also serves CTIA – The Wireless Association as a member of the Board of Directors.

Carlyon is president emeritus of Delta College, having served as president for nearly three decades. Carylon grew Delta College into one of the leading community colleges in the nation.

Jeff Cabot

Steve Conrad

Cabot is Executive Director of Kids Voting USA, a national organization that is committed to creating lifelong voting habits in children. He is a former chief of staff to the Mayor of Columbus.

Conrad serves as chief of police for Louisville Metro. Conrad previously served as chief of police in Glendale, Ariz. where he oversaw the implementation of a body camera program and organized security at Super Bowl XLII.



Davis formally served as director of chemical development for GlaxoSmithKline. Eight patents are attributed to his work. Davis also revolutionized a system of working called Discovery to Supply (D2S).

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Leitner is a playby-play broadcast announcer for the San Diego Padres, as well as a play-by-play announcer for San Diego State University football and men’s basketball. For the past 37 years, he has been the voice of the Padres.


Phi Kappa Tau depends on the character and commitment of alumni to lead by example. During the Centennial Celebration, Phi Kappa Tau introduced the Hall of Fame to recognize alumni who are truly distinguished in their fields of endeavor. This year’s selection committee was chaired by Greg Hollen, Maryland ’75. Brothers also serving on the committee included Charlie Ball, Miami ’82, Michael Berry, Georgetown ’80, Mitch Engel, Miami ’71, John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60, and Roy King, New Mexico State ’73.


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Reitz formally served as Vice President of Mutual Fund Operations at AllianceBernstein, a global asset management firm. Reitz currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Student Partner Alliance.


UCLA ’84

Cornell ’57

Rutledge is the retired master distiller and COO of Four Roses Distillery. He served as the chairman of the board of the Kentucky Distillers Association and is a member of the Global Whiskey Hall of Fame.

Muhlenberg ’67

Terry Williams

Bob Tobin

Louisville ’62

Brigadier General Williams formally served as the commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruitment, Parris Island. From 1998 to 2008, Williams served as a staff officer at U.S. Pacific Command.

Tobin is the retired CEO of Stop and Shop, a Bostonbased supermarket chain. He joined the company shortly after graduation and rose through the ranks until earning the position of CEO in the mid-90s.

John Sampson

Nebraska Wesleyan ’60

Sampson is president of Sampson & Associates, a company focused on the mergers and acquisitions of businesses. Sampson negotiated and structured over 100 acquisitions of businesses with combined sales of over $3 billion.


Larry Tyler

Louisville ’61

Tyler is an interdisciplinary professor of engineering and physics at University of Louisville. He is currently serving the longest tenure for any faculty member, amassing 53 years of teaching and research.


Men of Character Programs

"I made connections I'll keep for a long time.� Zachary Duranto, Indiana-Kokomo ’15

Presidents Academy January 6-8 Irving, Texas

Volunteer Development Institute January 6-8 Irving, Texas

Regional Conferences

Bluegrass – Feb. 18 in Louisville, Ky. Capital – Feb. 4 in Lynchburg, Va. Heartland – Feb. 25 in Champaign, Ill. Leaders – Feb. 11 in Alliance, Ohio New England – Feb. 25 in Wayne, N.J. Pacific Northwest – Jan. 28 in Moscow, Ida. Red River – Feb. 4 in Ada, Okla. Southeast – Feb. 18 in Eatonton, Ga. West Coast – Feb. 11 in Orange, Calif.

National Community Service Event March 31-April 2 North Star Reach Camp Pinckney, Mich.

Leadership Academy

Dates will be announced in early 2017.

Conclave July 14-16 Oxford, Ohio

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24 BETA CHAPTER at Ohio was recognized for its involvement in community service on campus. Also, brothers at Beta helped donate more than 800 cans of food during the Greek Week Canned Food Drive with Alpha Xi Delta and Theta Chi. GAMMA CHAPTER at Ohio State initiated 15 men this past spring. It was their largest class since rechartering in 2012. The group once again held its fall pumpkin sale to raise money for SeriousFun. DELTA CHAPTER at Centre received the Chapter of Excellence Award from Centre College. Also, Dexter Horne, Centre '13, won the Max P. Cavnes Prize for the best-loved and most-respected senior man at Centre. The chapter also participated in a St. Baldrick’s event and was able to raise more than $6,500 for childhood cancer research.

In the weeks leading up to halloween, Gamma chapter sells pumpkins with proceeds supporting SeriousFun.

IOTA CHAPTER at Coe held a 5K for SeriousFun in April. The event brought in runners around the community as they took part in the event. In addition to the event, the chapter had five brothers compete at an indoor track conference meet in February.

Upsilon received a commendation for three consecutive years of 100 percent participation in the Brothers Trust. Pictured left to right: Charlie Ball,

EPSILON CHAPTER at Mount Union had Joey Colon, Mount Union ’14, bike across the country from Boston, Mass., to Eugene, Ore. to raise awareness and money for mitochondrial pyruvate carrier deficiency. Colon and his friend, pictured above, raised more than $3,000 for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Andy Jones, Mount Union ’15, received the A.P. Rickard and Alice M. and Stanley T. Evans Freshman Prize during the Honors College dinner.


Miami ’82, John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60, Connor Dethlefs, Nebraska Wesleyan ’12, Garret Lorenzen, Nebraska Wesleyan ’14, Tyler Wash, Georgetown ’06, and Warren Mattox, Nebraska Wesleyan ’69.

UPSILON CHAPTER at Nebraska Wesleyan hosted a SeriousSoup event in February and raised nearly $2,000 in two and a half hours for SeriousFun. During this year’s Greek Week, the chapter took first place at the Lip Sync Competition. More than 125 Phi Tau alumni, students and their parents, campus officials and friends attended the 2016 Founders Day Dinner in April. THE LAUREL |

PHI CHAPTER at Bethany had its president Jesse Lathrop, Bethany ’14, named the most outstanding president by the campus community. The chapter also held a Spaghetti Fundraiser for SeriousFun. ALPHA SIGMA CHAPTER at Colorado State recently chartered in the spring with 55 men and this fall welcomed a new class of 18 brothers. A homecoming brunch was hosted for alumni at the new Lory Student Center. ALPHA DELTA CHAPTER at Case Western was recognized for its excellence in community service by SeriousFun. Carlos Zamora, Case Western ’14, Matthew Yoder, Case Western ’13, and Jonathan Krauss, Case Western ’15, were recognized for their service at the North Star Reach SeriousFun camp.

2015 Pacesetter Chapters

Chapters who recruit and initiate over 20 men.

Mount Union, Rensselaer, Washington State, Auburn Cornell, Mississippi State, Baldwin Wallace, Louisville Idaho, Georgia, Bradley, RIT, Old Dominion, Ole Miss, William Paterson, Arizona, Belmont, Illinois-Springfield and North Texas.

2015 Community Service Chapters Chapters who report over 15 hours per man each year.

Ohio State, Centre, Mount Union, Kentucky, Nebraska Wesleyan, Colorado State, Baldwin Wallace, Texas, Michigan Tech, Central Michigan, RIT, Old Dominion, Muskingum, Murray State, West Virginia Tech, William Paterson, Rutgers, Arizona, Belmont, Saginaw Valley State, San Jose, Lynchburg and Middle Tennessee State.

2015 Academic Excellence Chapters

Chapters who have a GPA 0.1 above the all men's average or above a 3.0.

Ohio State, Centre, Mount Union, Illinois, Coe, Kentucky, Lawrence, Berkeley, Franklin & Marshall, Nebraska Wesleyan, Bethany, Michigan State, Case Western, Florida, Washington State, Washington, Cornell, Colgate, Mississippi State, Baldwin Wallace, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Georgia, Maryland, RIT, Evansville, Rochester, Truman State, William Paterson, San Francisco State, Chapman, Arizona, Shepherd, Belmont, San Jose, Lynchburg, Illinois-Springfield, Minnesota-Duluth and Appalachian State.

2015 Philanthropy Award Chapters

ALPHA THETA COLONY at William & Mary colonized in January, pictured above. The colony completed the Framework Retreat to establish a foundation for success as it works toward chartering. ALPHA TAU CHAPTER at Cornell held a Karaoke Night with Kappa Delta and donated all proceeds to SeriousFun. Outside of the Karaoke Night, the chapter raised more than $2,000 for other campus philanthropy efforts. ALPHA CHI COLONY at Mississippi State improved its GPA this past semester, moving up to the third highest GPA on campus. The brothers are also looking forward to moving into a new facility in the spring. ALPHA OMEGA CHAPTER at Baldwin Wallace held its 74th Anniversary Celebration for alumni, undergraduate brothers and guests. Through a fundraiser, alumni helped raise more than $4,000 for the chapter.


Case Western ($2,196.13), UC Berkeley ($2,200), MinnesotaDuluth ($2,299.85), Cincinnati ($2,325), Maryland ($2,300), Indiana ($2,500), Auburn ($2,850), Cornell ($2,894), Old Dominion ($3,000), Michigan State ($3,110), Lynchburg ($3,238.56), Ohio ($3,416), Virginia Tech ($3,557.28), Belmont ($3,801), Baldwin Wallace ($4,302), Michigan Tech ($4,694.19), Washington State ($4,841), Cal StateChico ($5,000), Wright State ($5,238.17), Texas ($5,388), Mount Union ($5,480.97), Akron ($5,740), Rutgers ($5,860), Colorado ($5,900), Florida State ($6,047), East Carolina ($6,175), Nebraska Wesleyan ($6,633.06), Centre ($8,107), Cal Poly-Pomona ($10,942.64), Ohio State ($11,128.87), Muskingum ($11,830), Cal State-Fullerton ($20,000), Florida ($25,200) and Louisville ($30,435).

2015 Order of the Star Scroll Chapters

Auburn, Cornell, Cal State-Chico, Central Michigan, RIT, East Central Oklahoma, Cal State-Fullerton, Old Dominion, Evansville, St. Cloud, Cal Poly-Pomona, William Paterson, San Francisco State, Rutgers, Chapman, Belmont and Lynchburg.



Phi Tau’s two known SGA Presidents: Hunt Vandertoll, Centre ’13, (left) and Aaron Vance, Louisville ’14 (right).


BETA ALPHA CHAPTER at Texas hosted Army Gen. Anthony Cucolo to speak to the membership on leadership. Brothers enjoyed his stories about serving abroad and his message that every man, regardless of position, can be a leader. BETA BETA CHAPTER at Louisville had Aaron Vance, Louisville ’14, elected as Student Government Association president. Vance was also named the greek man of the year by the Louisville Fraternity and Sorority community. BETA EPSILON CHAPTER at Southern Mississippi had its president Patrick McDermott, Southern Mississippi ’13, named most outstanding chapter president on campus this past spring. The chapter hosted Silly Olympics for SeriousFun. Members also volunteered at a senior home, playing bingo with the residents. BETA KAPPA CHAPTER at Oklahoma State held a Phi Tau March Madness philanthropy event, which featured dunk and three-point contests. The men paired with the women of Alpha Xi Delta for the university’s annual America’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration, including the construction of a house deck. BETA LAMBDA CHAPTER at Indiana collected plastic and other recyclable material to help raise money for SeriousFun. Through this philanthropy event, the chapter was able to increase sustainability awareness on its campus. BETA MU CHAPTER at Kent State held SandWars Volleyball Tournament in April. Several chapters from Kent State took part in the competition, as well as other Phi Tau chapters. Alpha Phi chapter at Akron won the Men’s Division for the second year in a row. LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.

BETA XI CHAPTER at Georgia celebrated 65 years of brotherhood with 250 alumni, undergraduate brothers and guests. The gathering took place at the Athens Classic Center. The weekend included tours of the chapter house and an event at a local brewery, Terrapin Beer Brewery, which was co-founded by John Cochran, Georgia Tech ’89. An auction was also held at the chapter house and raised $2,000 for SeriousFun. BETA OMICRON CHAPTER at Maryland had Marcos Colon-Pappaterra, Maryland ’15, featured in a Kit-Kat commercial in May. The commercial displayed Marcos’ passion for engineering and free-running, which tied all back to enjoying a Kit-Kat. The chapter also participated in TerpThon in March and raised more than $8,000 for Children’s National Health System. GAMMA ALPHA CHAPTER at Michigan Tech participated in Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival in January. After constructing several intricate snow sculptures with the theme of “Love for the 50 States," the chapter once again placed first out of several entries on campus. GAMMA IOTA CHAPTER at Sacramento State chartered this past spring. After chartering, the brothers hosted a brotherhood retreat at Camp Far West in Wheatland, Calif.. GAMMA NU CHAPTER at RIT celebrated its golden anniversary in April with 320 alumni, undergraduates and guests in attendance. The weekend kicked off with a gathering at the chapter house for presidential citations to be given to various members of RIT’s faculty and staff who have been instrumental to the chapter’s success over the years. The festivities culminated with Saturday night’s formal banquet at the RIT Inn. Auction items included original Phi Kappa Tau sweaters from the ’60s and a brick from the original house. GAMMA XI CHAPTER at East Central Oklahoma had its 50th anniversary in April with many of the original charter members present, as well as Past National President, Greg Hollen, Maryland ’75.


GAMMA OMICRON CHAPTER at Cal StateFullerton raised more than $45,000 during Greek Week for Camp Titan, Cal State-Fullerton's campus philanthropy. The chapter raised more money than any other chapter on campus. Also, the chapter raised more than $8,000 for SeriousFun camps in the past year. GAMMA TAU CHAPTER at Old Dominion provided critical service to the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk. The chapter supports the event in memory of a deceased brother, Ryan Buck, and the loss of the son of a Gamma Tau founding father. Zach Williams, Old Dominion ’14, served as the chapters coordinator for the event. DELTA EPSILON CHAPTER at St. Cloud took home five awards, including highest chapter GPA and most improved GPA, at the campus’s fraternity awards banquet. Student Government Association President Randy Olson, St. Cloud ’15, was named the greek man of the year. Chapter Advisor Loren Boone was named advisor of the year and Aj Lindell, St. Cloud ’00, was named alumnus of the year. DELTA THETA CHAPTER at Georgetown accepted six awards during Greek Week. The chapter received awards for risk management, leadership development and chapter operations. Hunter Gatewood, Georgetown ’14, was awarded fraternity scholar of the year. DELTA LAMBDA CHAPTER at Muskingum held its 8th annual Quincy Conner Memorial Golf Scramble at the Champions Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio. The alumni event honors Quincy Conner, Muskingum ’99, who devoted his life to service. Money raised during the afternoon of golf was donated to the Quincy Conner Foundation, a foundation that honors the values Conner stood for. DELTA TAU CHAPTER at Cal Poly-Pomona placed first in Greek League basketball, football and volleyball this past spring. The chapter also held a charity event with proceeds going toward The Painted Turtle camp. The chapter raised more than $6,000 during the event, which is the most the chapter ever raised in one night.


DELTA OMEGA CHAPTER at Truman State hosted its 21st annual Cookout for the Kids. During the Cookout, brothers prepared 200 lunches for delivery and pick up. The 27 chapter raised almost $2,000 for SeriousFun camps during the fundraiser. EPSILON LAMBDA CHAPTER at Longwood partnered with the Washington Nationals to auction off player memorabilia at a Longwood Lancers baseball game. Brothers used the raffle to raise money for SeriousFun and auctioned off a baseball autographed by Stephen Strasburg and a baseball bat autographed by Wilson Ramos. EPSILON SIGMA CHAPTER at Chapman won first place with the women of Delta Gamma for the pair’s Beatles-themed routine during Gamma Phi Beta’s annual philanthropy Airbands. Fraternities, sororities and clubs partnered to create lip syncing routines for the competition, which benefited the nonprofit Girls on the Run. ZETA ALPHA CHAPTER at Belmont had Grant Gill, Belmont ’12, receive a Fulbright Scholarship for overseas teaching in the Slovak Republic. ZETA BETA CHAPTER at Saginaw Valley State had Jason Pelletier, Saginaw Valley State ’13, and Timothy Nelson, Saginaw Valley State ’12, make Homecoming Court at Saginaw Valley State University. ZETA GAMMA CHAPTER at San Jose hosted its first alumni event of the new school year before the semester started. Alumni and undergraduates headed to Lake Camanche in Calif. for swimming and an annual football game. ZETA ETA CHAPTER at Alabama improved its GPA to 3.29 this past spring, which is the chapter’s best since chartering. Additionally, seven members achieved a 4.0. ZETA MU CHAPTER at Appalachian State hosted its first-ever alumni tailgate before the second home game of this football season. The young chapter had most of its alumni and undergraduate members at the event. On September 25, the chapter welcomed Tom Mullikin, South Carolina National Guard commander and Mulkin Law CEO, as a guest speaker. Mullikin spoke on the effect of climate change on various industries and engaged with members in a discussion of new environmental regulations. LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.

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Phi Kappa Tau chapters from all over the country submitted outstanding materials for chapter, group and alumni awards. The Phi Kappa Tau Awards Committee was charged with the responsibility of reviewing and deciding which applicant best aligned with the awards’ criteria. The committee was led by Cro Skender, Case Western ’00. Outstanding Greek Advisor Award Mindy Dilley, Nebraska Wesleyan Outstanding Colony Advisor Award Brandon Baswell, Michigan State ’87 Thomas L. Stennis Award J.J. Lewis, Central Michigan ’04 Gregory D. Hollen Award Reece Kopacek, Minnesota-Duluth ’16 Dwight I. Douglass Award Connor Dethlefs, Nebraska Wesleyan ’12 Taylor A. Borradaile Award Brandon Smith, Louisville ’12 Jack L. Anson Award Jamiaus Marion, Southern Mississippi ’14


Clinton D. Boyd Vice President of Alumni Relations Award Taylor Babrow, Old Dominion ’15 William D. Jenkins Award Saxon Nelson, a member of Kappa Alpha Order Sony Strange Award Auburn Jason Crawford Award Mount Union Jack Jareo Award Cal State-Fullerton Richard G. Massock Award Old Dominion

Dr. Monroe Moosnick Award Cornell Community Service Award Louisville F. R. “Flicker” Fletemeyer Award Appalachian State Board of Governors Award Cal Poly-Pomona Harold “Hap” Angelo Award Illinois-Springfield Paul Newman Award Louisville The Maxwell Scrolls Ohio State, Centre, Mount Union, Nebraska Wesleyan, Baldwin Wallace and Louisville


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On Sunday, June 12, George V. Voinovich, Ohio ’56, former U.S. senator, Cleveland mayor and two-term Ohio governor, entered Chapter Eternal at age 79. Voinovich was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame. He is survived by his constant companion, Janet, his wife of 53 years. With a distinguished record of public service spanning nearly a half-century, the passing of Voinovich is a loss to Phi Kappa Tau, the State of Ohio and the United States. From his time as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Cuyahoga County Commissioner, Cuyahoga County auditor, lieutenant governor of Ohio, mayor of Cleveland and governor of Ohio to his twelve years as Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator, Voinovich strived for more than 40 years to make all levels of government “work harder and smarter and do more with less.” Voinovich was inducted into the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame in 2006 during the Centennial Celebration. He was a lifelong supporter of Phi Kappa Tau, participating in many local, regional and national events, and served as a mentor and friend to countless Phi Tau brothers. Voinovich was a loyal donor to the Foundation by making a gift each year, without fail, since 1985. In 1986, he was bestowed the Fraternity’s Taylor A. Borradaile Alumnus Award for his outstanding achievements as a public servant. Voinovich was one of only three Phi Tau brothers to serve as a U.S. senator, along with Sen. Mitch McConnell, Louisville ’61, and Sen. John Barrasso, Rensselaer ’71. “Sen. Voinovich was a man of integrity and deep commitment to his faith, his family, and those he served in public office,” said McConnell. “From the mayor’s office to the governor’s mansion to the United States Senate, George had a singular political career but never forgot who sent him there.” Voinovich and McConnell served together in the U.S. Senate from 1999 to 2011. With the election of Barrasso in 2007, the three Phi Tau brothers served alongside each other for four years until Voinovich retired in 2011. The three senators were profiled in the Fall 2009 issue of Phi Kappa Tau’s magazine, The Laurel. During the interview with Voinovich, he spoke highly of his Phi Kappa Tau experience and how it helped him throughout his many roles in public office.


“I have often thought that I would not be where I am today without my Phi Kappa Tau experience. I developed leadership and interpersonal skills that have benefited me throughout my life,” said Voinovich. “Most importantly, I learned what it means to be a member of a team, and teamwork became a mainstay of my political career. For that, I am eternally grateful.” National President Mike Dovilla, Baldwin Wallace ’94, worked as a U.S. Senate committee staffer for Voinovich from 2001 to 2003 and kept in regular contact with the senator. Dovilla currently serves as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives representing the Seventh District. “During Phi Kappa Tau’s 110-year history and of our more than 95,000 initiated members, George Voinovich was among our most accomplished brothers. We were tremendously proud of him and deeply mourn this loss to our brotherhood,” said Dovilla. "Ohio has lost a statesman, but I have lost my public service mentor and friend. Much like the debt I cannot repay to Phi Kappa Tau for all it has given me; I owe so much of my professional career to George Voinovich." Throughout his life, even during his tenures as mayor, governor and U.S. Senator, Voinovich remained loyal to his alma mater and chapter. Voinovich was a regular visitor at the Beta chapter house in Athens, Ohio, where he would visit with the undergraduate members. In 2011, the Beta chapter at Ohio University celebrated its 100th anniversary, and Voinovich served as the honorary chairman of the Beta Chapter Centennial Cabinet. “Sen. Voinovich truly cared about Phi Kappa Tau and the Beta Chapter,” said former National Councilor Rick Harrison, Ohio ’79. “He never said no to stopping by the chapter house to talk to the brothers, despite his busy schedule. He wouldn’t just fly through; he would sit and spend time talking about his life’s path and the respect he had for public service.” Voinovich was vocal about the important role Phi Kappa Tau played during his time at Ohio University and throughout his life, especially during his first campaign where he ran for student council president. “I will never forget how the Fraternity helped my big THE LAUREL |

brother, Roger Pendell, get elected as student council president and the following year getting me elected president of the student council,” wrote Voinovich in an open letter that was read during Beta’s Centennial Celebration. “It was the first time a Fraternity had the presidency two years in a row. Of course, so many of my Phi Tau brothers helped elect me to the seven different offices that I have held during my 44 years in government.”

because of the bonds of brotherhood, he must learn to live with everyone in the group.” Voinovich’s dedication to public service and ethical leadership is a shining example for all Phi Tau brothers to follow. With his passing, the State of Ohio and the United States has lost a true statesman and Phi Kappa Tau has lost a treasured brother.

The George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs was established in 2007 at Ohio University. The school is a multidisciplinary school which focuses on applied research and leadership development. Ohio University is the permanent home of the George V. Voinovich Collection comprised of three sets of archival collections created by three of the offices held by Voinovich: mayor of Cleveland, governor of Ohio, and U.S. senator. In the closing of his open letter to the brothers who attended Beta’s Centennial, Voinovich provided his views on Phi Kappa Tau and fraternities in general. “I feel the college fraternity is the most valuable group through which a student can learn to get along with people. Within the fraternity, an individual will find an example of almost every type of personality, and






Charles F. Galey ’52 Jeffery O. Marriott ’93 Kenneth S. Peterson ’48 Richard L. Barnhart ’51 Robert C. Black ’47 Sheffield Boardman ’61 William E. Burch ’45


Bruce H. Long ’43 Charles R. Emrick ’48 Dennis M. Pierce ’69 Earle W. Phillips ’44 George V. Voinovich ’56 Jarl S. Gustafson ’60 Jeffrey H. Halderman ’67 John L. Ross ’66 Kevin P. Davern ’77 Robert E. Covell ’34 Robert V. Swearingen ’39 Roger L. Porter ’49 Thomas G. Hauenstein ’52 Willis D. Crites ’43


Earl F. Peitz ’49 Edward A. Van Allen ’48 Edwin R. Kling ’55 Gerald C. Zeman ’61 John E. Shackelford ’47 Karl F. Leupold ’46 Stephan D. Dreffer ’62 William C. Mosure ’46 William D. Turpin ’62


Bernie D. Oliver ’62 Richard L. Soehner ’52 Robert H. Kinzel ’02

MOUNT UNION Daniel G. Spring ’53 Harold J. Logan ’48 J.H. Hurst ’30 Orloff W. Miller ’50


Byron M. Shinn ’52 Robert W. Coleman ’60 Steven M. Stark ’75 Vries Gravestein ’32


MUHLENBERG COLLEGE Albert L. Wagner ’43 Norman K. Seiple ’27


Charles W. Ransler ’41 Douglas B. McGregor ’91 Edward A. Permar ’31 Stephens L. Dalton ’79 Thomas F. Fitch ’63 William R. Barnette ’29


David M. Snider ’65 Frank R. Hamilton ’55 John T. Haywood ’77 Robert L. Raybourn ’49 Robert M. Coleman ’35 Roger L. Mulloy ’42 Salvator J. Amato ’42 Seth Whitaker ’15


Forrest W. McCaffry ’40 Gregory O. Munson ’68 Steven D. Baribeau ’86 Thomas D. Mathern ’63 William A. Clingenpeel ’50


Evan Vande Walle ’35 Joseph F. Kunz ’58 Scott J. Sprtel ’94 William G. Thompson ’44


Kenneth L. Jackson ’46 Larry Delucchi ’66 Michael E. Chalekson ’99 Raymond Vingo ’58


George R. Kahlbaugh ’49 John P. Maurer ’52 Steven P. Wolfe ’79


Edward C. Campbell ’52 Edward G. Kleitz ’47 H.M. Schmidt ’46 James J. Moran ’51 John W. Harding ’58 Paul G. Simpson ’52 Toros M. Simonian ’51 Wallace P. Hough ’65


John V. Turner ’43 William R. Waltz ’50


Gene W. Patterson ’54 George W. Williams ’59 John W. Mudie ’45 Joseph J. Sullivan ’50 Robert D. Gordon ’59


Bernard L. Scott ’49 Brett R. Cascini ’75 Buddy R. Guest ’46 Charles Linke ’53 Charles A. Harvey ’48 Donald K. Routh ’67 Donald K. Unvert ’50 Eldon E. Chamberlin ’40 Gary E. O’Mara ’57 Harvey G. Humphrey ’58 James L. Strong ’49 Kerry K. Anderson ’56 Paul D. Dunlap ’49 Robert C. Brockley ’47



Bret C. Steinhart ’93 Ellis E. Whiting ’51

MICHIGAN STATE Alfred E. Brose ’29 Carlton R. Brown ’45 Charles Shean ’31 Edmund E. Tenney ’51 George F. McGregor ’39 Leland R. Cribbs ’27 Theodore A. Killian ’33


Alfred M. Greenfield ’31 Charles F. Opperman ’29 Harold F. Lenz ’31


Albert V. Krewatch ’25 Ralph W. Beach ’29 Thomas A. Cavanaugh ’32 William B. Smith ’32

CASE WESTERN Albert C. Drechsler ’38 Bob J. Gridley ’50 Grant R. Rubly ’26 John C. Reimers ’27 Kenneth C. Garman ’44


Floyd D. Griggs ’54 Frank R. Brandenburg ’29 Harry Hershey ’40 Howard A. Brand ’30 Lee Hammond ’26 Marion W. Pearce ’32 Merrill L. Carter ’31 Paul A. Neuschwanger ’31 Vern W. Johnson ’29

OREGON STATE Robert G. Billson ’52


Bob F. Henderson ’61 Broward Williams ’32 J.V. Revels ’26 Richard B. Holland ’33 William E. Culbreath ’31

WILLIAM & MARY John H. Hazard ’61

PENNSYLVANIA Alfred S. Warner ’26 Arthur K. Husband ’32 David C. Reed ’27 Francis E. Ambler ’26 Jacob M. Gwynne ’31


Alexander F. Powers ’31 Bryan S. Halter ’31 Edward A. Buckley ’34 Elwood O. Larson ’31 J.A. Brantingham ’35 Neil V. Follett ’47 Norman M. Voldseth ’38 Ray Chapman ’47 Thomas F. Turner ’60 Turner F. Kuhn ’31 Wesley Frankhouser ’31 Winfield S. Mortimer ’34


Daniel A. West ’14 Eugene Tomlinson ’33 Sigmund Redelsheimer ’48 William R. Myles ’54

OHIO WESLEYAN Edgar H. Mosher ’35 George S. Howard ’23 Robert A. Caruthers ’31 Robert P. Yowler ’33 Thomas R. Smith ’33 William B. Barnett ’52


Alvin C. Koritz ’31 Frederick Oldenburg ’31 Graham W. Godby ’32 J.L. Devries ’35 Nathan A. Edwards ’31 Orville E. Demond ’31 Wayne B. Hibbs ’28

GEORGIA TECH James P. Chambers ’87 Nelson E. Love ’61 Robert B. Palmer ’70



De W. Maddox ’40 Frederick V. Kroeger ’39


Donald E. Snyder ’49 Kenneth N. Ross ’40


E.V. Conway ’48 Robert A. Boyd ’50 Thomas B. O’Reilly ’47


Robert L. Marsh ’38


Arthur C. Christopher ’63 Daniel F. Stubbs ’60 Eric C. Gustafson ’95 James L. Paulk ’43 Kenneth F. Locke ’63 Philip T. Young ’38 Winston E. Jones ’74

TEXAS-EL PASO Barney T. Sudderth ’63 Paul E. Hines ’62


Warren G. Barr ’64 William A. Baker ’77


Frank L. Weidner ’46 G.D. Jud ’62 Homer G. Ellis ’53 Hugh D. Ruthven ’55 Thomas P. Sanderson ’43


Dock H. Davis ’59 Donald L. Metcalfe ’56 James F. Rice ’56 John J. Heleringer ’51 Robert Boegershausen ’47


Gary D. Morical ’66



William A. Whelan ’51 William P. Kapp ’43


Andrew D. Bensabat ’85 Arthell Kelley ’56 Aubrey J. Weil ’49 Carl E. Carrier ’52 Clymer L. Wright ’51 Dennis G. Dickinson ’73 Donald L. Parker ’67 Earl R. Ober ’52 Elwood H. Carpenter ’49 Hubert L. Smith ’52 R.W. Gilbert ’68 Robert C. Congleton ’51 Robert E. Montgomery ’69 Robin Starrett ’78 Ronnie E. Kopesky ’67 Sherman C. Hull ’75 Thomas J. Helton ’65 William B. Edmondson ’66 William B. Kennedy ’50

NEW MEXICO STATE Jack H. Stallings ’53


David A. Hougland ’62 Keith W. Kappelmann ’50 Larry E. Butcher ’63 Robert J. Cooper ’55

FLORIDA STATE Howard E. Guthrie ’49 Ira F. Wilson ’56


Leslie C. Matthies ’63


Robert C. Alther ’55 Tony H. Lock ’82


Mark R. Keefer ’97


Jackson L. Barton ’73 Lee J. Berman ’85 Randy M. Looper ’68 Robert MacInnes ’64 Robert I. Thompson ’53


Charles D. Phillips ’55 Donald E. Anderson ’50 Howard H. Kelly ’52 Philip J. Riede ’52


Kris H. Campbell ’83

BOWLING GREEN Henry K. Schindler ’67 John T. Mittermaier ’50 Michael A. Srp ’99 Ricky E. Strait ’66


Seth W. Morton ’85

WESTMINSTER Jeffrey T. Renshaw ’90


Albert J. Shafter ’53 Bill V. Isom ’57 John T. Merry ’54 Keith W. Tomlin ’76



Charles Preusser ’64 David A. Parker ’58 E.B. Marler ’62 Jeffrey W. Cozy ’82

MICHIGAN TECH Alton C. Rhodes ’66






Richard A. Lauzon ’61 Franklyn B. Swartz ’61

EAST CAROLINA Archie L. Bailey ’71 Phillip M. Privette ’65 William F. Jones ’71


David L. Oakleaf ’70 James R. Boyer ’67

Clyde S. Leslie ’70 Stephen W. Enslow ’70 Theodore C. Opper ’80 Todd A. Blaeuer ’84


Christopher D. Perkins ’07


Caleb B. Higginbottom ’07


Frank H. Kelton ’81





David M. Paganucci ’69

William J. Teeples ’69


Christopher Du Mont ’76 Rick A. McKinney ’79


Ted A. Nunziato ’73

Charles R. Walker ’97 Carey D. Hartsfield ’88


Christopher G. Foti ’94 Raymond F. Ficke ’92



John A. Spindler ’67 Ron Volentine ’75


Andrew Hendry ’67

NORTHEASTERN Leonard J. Baker ’69


Craig Maine ’69


Cem M. Ozruh ’04

Gordon S. Skinner ’58 James R. Proud ’60 P.M. Davis ’60 Timothy J. Kelly ’09 LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.

Remembering Don Snyder attended their father’s alma mater and joined the Alpha Tau chapter.


In 2008, Snyder’s grandson, Matt Marone, Florida State ’08, was initiated into Beta Iota chapter. Following his grandfather’s example, Marone served not only his chapter but the national Fraternity. He was elected to the Undergraduate Advisory Board and then joined the Executive Offices staff as an Expansion Consultant. “Phi Kappa Tau and the fraternity world have lost a good friend and a strong leader. Don was an excellent mentor to many of the younger men within the Fraternity, especially those who followed him into top leadership positions,” said former Fraternity and Foundation Executive Director John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60. “Don and his wife, Dorothy, were ever-present attendees at national Fraternity events. I always sincerely appreciated their friendship and especially Don’s guidance to me personally. Don will be sorely missed.” Pictured above is Don Snyder, Cornell ’49, (left) being inducted into the Hall of Fame by renowned comedian Shelly Berman, Southern California ’05, during the Centennial Celebration in Oxford, Ohio.

On March 5, Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame member and past Foundation Treasurer Donald E. Snyder Sr., Cornell ’49, entered Chapter Eternal. He was 87 years old. Snyder was active with the National Fraternity for several decades; focusing his efforts on housing, finances and the Foundation. Snyder served as a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Board of Trustees and served as the Foundation’s treasurer from 1993-2002. “Don was the eternal optimist. An inspirational, yet behind-the-scenes leader, he played a vital role in the creation of the modern Foundation,” said Past National President and Foundation Vice Chairman Greg Hollen, Maryland ’75. “His steady hand and financial prowess gave the Foundation creditability.” Phi Kappa Tau was not simply a passion for Snyder, it was a legacy that he passed on to his sons. Donald E. Snyder Jr., Cornell ’76, and Richard Snyder, Cornell ’84, LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.

Snyder was inducted into the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame in 2006 during the Centennial Celebration. He was bestowed this honor for his business acumen. Following a successful private law practice, Snyder joined Eastman Savings and Loan in 1956, later becoming president and chairman of the board. In 1975, he joined Eastman Kodak, holding several executive positions in finance before becoming corporate treasurer in 1979, and chairman of the board of Eastman Credit Corporation, until his retirement in 1988. He then served on the boards of Allendale Insurance, ACE Ltd. and EXEL Ltd., and as CEO, chairman of the board and president of CODA Ltd. in Hamilton, Bermuda. Snyder was a lifelong supporter of Phi Kappa Tau and a loyal donor to the Foundation. He was a consistent member of the Ewing T. Boles Society and was awarded membership in the Boyd Circle for his philanthropic support to the Fraternity. In 2001, he was bestowed the Fraternity’s Palm Award for this exemplary service and dedication to the national organization. He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy of 61 years.


Support Lasting (more than) a Lifetime The year was 1965 and C. Howard Pieper, Texas ’48, was returning to his home in Minneapolis from a work trip to Nigeria. Howard had a passion for overseas travel and exercised it on a regular basis. The Nigeria trip was special, not because of the destination, but because of his “souvenirs.” Howard had brought back two African Grey parrots, Koko and Sam. The parrots quickly became part of the family, and when Howard and his wife moved to Houston, the parrots made the move south, as well.

Howard’s philanthropic legacy 35 lived on through the good work of the C. Howard Pieper Foundation. The foundation made annual gifts to several charitable organizations that had missions focused on animal care, the environment and the arts—all passions of Howard. Included in the list of worthy organizations was the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation. Howard was proud of his affiliation and supported the Fraternity throughout his life. He made annual contributions to the Foundation and was proud of his membership in the Heritage Society.

Howard joined Phi Kappa Tau Follow in Howard's footsteps in 1948 and served as the chapter’s The C. Howard Pieper Foundation visit social chairman. Graduating early, continued to support Phi Kappa he joined the Army. His assignment Tau annually with donations to the was in intelligence, where he controlled informationFoundation. In 2016, the foundation’s trustees voted gathering flights. After the Korean conflict, he returned to disburse the remaining assets to the organizations to the University of Texas to earn his master’s degree in Howard was most passionate about. Leon Whitney, architectural engineering. Texas ’54, was a chapter brother and loyal friend of Howard. He served as a trustee of the Pieper Foundation. Howard was determined to work overseas, and in the 1960s he took a job with a consulting firm in Nigeria. Knowing Howard’s love for Phi Kappa Tau, Leon When he returned, he and Betty, who he met in college, reached out to the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation staff to reconnected and soon married. Howard kept ties with start a conversation which resulted in a substantial gift. Phi Kappa Tau by regularly attending get-togethers The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Board of Trustees with Beta Alpha alumni and serving on the Board of voted to honor Howard’s lifelong generosity by creating Governors for Epsilon Alpha at Texas A&M. the C. Howard Pieper Fund as a permanent fund. This In 1995, Howard had the foresight to plan for the action assured that Howard’s legacy will live on and his future. He downsized his business and reviewed his generosity would support the future generation of Phi estate plans. His primary concern was for his two parrots Tau brothers for decades. because of their long lifespan. Howard’s estate plan Howard was a renaissance man, a leader, a scholar, includes a permanent sanctuary for his parrots and the a world traveler and a music lover. He was a mentor, creation of a philanthropic foundation to support the providing helpful advice to his many friends—of all charities and causes which he was passionate about. ages—often charging “a Scotch” for valuable professional Howard passed away on February 22, 2013, two advice. He was a nature lover and had numerous and weeks after his beloved parrot, Sam. Howard and his various pets over the years, including ducks, cats and, parrot, Sam, were together for 46 years, a remarkable most of all, parrots. length of time for a pet, and as Howard noted, “One who talks to you, too.” THE LAUREL |





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• 1960 •

REX JOHNSON, Kansas ’85, started working as the Director of Security and Privacy for RSM US, LLP. NEIL COHEN, College of New Jersey ’86, provided security support for the Rio Olympics. Cohen is a senior consultant at Dynamis, Inc.

ERNIE ALLEN, Louisville ’65, received the University of Louisville Alumnus of the Year Award at the 34th Wilson Wyatt Alumni Awards. He founded the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and was later chairman, president and CEO. In 2015, he was appointed by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to head a global initiative to combat online child exploitation. JOHN BRASCH, Louisville ’67, was named one of the 20 people to know in construction by Louisville Business First, a weekly business journal. Brasch is owner and president of Brasch Constructors, Inc. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame. • 1980 • MIKE BERRY, Georgetown ’80, was named Communicator of the Year by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and International Association of Business Communicators. Berry is a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame and is the president and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

DON STANSBERRY, Ohio ’87, was recognized by Old Dominion University with the Outstanding Administrator Award. Stansberry is the associate dean of students at ODU and has been working at the university in various capacities since 2000. He has previously served Phi Kappa Tau as Leadership Academy dean, Gamma Tau Board of Governors member and several other volunteer roles. SCOTT BROWN, Tennessee ’88, was named senior director of global strategy for 1WorldSync, the leading multi-enterprise product information network. Brown is dean of Building Men of Character Retreats. BILL KOTCHER, Michigan State ’88, was named the chief operating officer of Tioga, the nation’s leading supplier of chrome alloy, stainless, low-temp and heavy wall pipe, fittings, flanges and related products. • 1990 • JOE RAYMANN, Auburn ’90, will appear on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Williams has been a regular extra for the past six seasons. PATRICK WILLIAMS, Auburn ’91, will appear on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Williams has been a regular extra for the past six seasons. CRAIG WILLIAMS, Bethany ’93, joined the staff at Johns Hopkins University in a duel role overseeing regional development and helping turn research discoveries into business opportunities. Previously, Williams was the chief of staff for Maryland Governors Larry Hogan. MIKE GABHART, Georgetown ’95, was the recipient of the Unified Technologies Mike Fischer Award. Gabhart is the Bluegrass East domain director.



KEVIN LOWE, Louisville ’96, was named the director of the Graduate School of Management at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Lowe oversees the MBA, Business Matter and Executive Education programs. B.J. RUCKRIEGEL, Eastern Kentucky ’96, was awarded the Young Alumni Award from the Eastern Kentucky University International Alumni Association. Ruckriegel is an award-winning chief financial officer/chief operating officer for CandyRific, a worldwide leader in the novelty candy industry.


TONY SCIARRA, Cal Poly-Pomona ’99, and Colleen Kirtz welcomed a son into the world in September. • 2000 •

ROB ZANGARDI, Ohio ’96, was featured in an August New York Times article on his work as a celebrity stylist with his business partner. Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, both accomplished celebrity stylists, started R and M in 2011. Since working together, the pair has styled Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani and others. DAVID REED, Indiana U of Pennsylvania ’98, was honored with the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from IUP at its annual awards event. Reed was among seven alumni who were recognized for career achievements and service. In 2002, Reed, a Republican, won the seat for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives 62nd Legislative District. He is serving his seventh term and was elected the majority leader of the 199th legislative session. WES FUGATE, Centre ’99, received the 2016 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award from Centre College during the college’s homecoming festivities. Fugate is the vice president and chief of staff, and the secretary of the Board of Trustees at Randolph College. Fugate is a Foundation trustee and a member of the Phi Taus Under 40 inaugural class.


VINNY SANDY, Ohio ’02, and his wife, Katelynn, welcomed their second daughter into the world in August. Sandy is a former member of the Executive Offices staff where he was the director of educational initiatives. J.J. LEWIS, Central Michigan ’04, was appointed president and chief executive officer of the Academy of Arts & Sciences in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Lewis had been serving as interim CEO since October 2015. ALEXANDER KANEVSKI, Rutgers ’05, started working as a senior chemist at Reckitt Bensckiser, the world's leading consumer health and hygiene company. Kanevski is the Mid-Atlantic domain director. CODY WARD, Georgia ’09, started as the assistant director for housing administration at Virginia Tech. JEFF STELLAR, Kentucky ’06, married Sadie Ferguson. Stellar is the dean of the Volunteer Development Institute and the 2009 recipient of the Shideler Award.


ALEX KOEHLER, Mount Union ’07, married Holly Fabrizio. Koehler is a former member of the Executive Offices staff where he worked in multiple roles, including director of expansion. He is the national recruitment advisor.


MICHAEL ENRICO, Sacramento State ’08, and his wife, Teresa, welcomed a baby girl to the world in March. KYLE CORRIVEAU, Oklahoma State ’09, married Emily Dexter. Pictured with Kellsey and Tyler are Wash wedding coordinators Wes Fugate, Centre ’99, (left) and Cody Ward, Georgia ’09.

TYLER WASH, Georgetown ’06, married Kellsey Miller. Wash is the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation executive director. He joined the Executive Offices staff as a consultant after graduation from Georgetown. NICK ZAPPITELLI, Florida State ’03, married Megan White. Zappitelli is the former Bluegrass East domain director.

BRAD SCHUTTE, Oklahoma State ’06, and his wife, Megan, welcomed their first son to the world in July. BRENT LUCICH, Oklahoma State ’06, and his wife, Charlsie, welcomed their first daughter to the world in May.

CALEB KNIGHT, Oklahoma State ’09, married Chelsi Wade. NATHAN SCAGGS, Oklahoma State ’09, married Andi Bruno. • 2010 • MICHAEL FRYAR, Centre ’12, recently completed a master’s program at the London School of Economics and is now headed to Harvard’s Center for International Development to begin work as a research fellow with the Evidence for the Policy Design program. Fryar is Centre’s first Rotary Global Scholar.

CARMEN CINCOTTI, College of New Jersey ’12, is currently the #4 ranked eater in the world according to Major League Eating, which is the body that oversees all professional eating contests. Cincotti competed in the world famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on the Fourth of July. He recently won the Siegi’s World Championship Bratwurst Eating Contest at Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa by eating 101 brats in 10 minutes. CORY STOPKA, Miami ’13, married Anna Findsen.

RYAN CATES, Oklahoma State ’05, married Vy Truong.




From The Archives Charles T. Ball, Miami ’82

Phi Kappa Tau National Conventions are opportunities to celebrate the breadth and diversity of our brotherhood, as delegates young and old come together to elect officers, reward accomplishments, and conduct the business of the fraternity. Often the business is routine, but some conventions have been truly consequential and historic.

candidate badge and the plain and jeweled membership badges, colors, flower, password, grip and coat-ofarms, most of which are unchanged to this day.

It can easily be argued that one of the most consequential conventions in recent years was A group of men pose for a picture during the our Centennial Convention held at 1917 Convention at the University of Illinois, Miami University in the summer of 2006. Not only was it a brilliantlyhome of the Zeta chapter. produced celebration of our first This year marks the 100th 100 years, but it also marked the anniversary of the Phrenocon beginning of a massive two-year long volunteer-led effort convention held at Mount Union College a few days before to establish a strategic plan for the Fraternity's future. This Christmas in December 1916. Delegates to that hastilyplan, adopted at the 2008 Louisville Convention, rethought organized convention gathered to officially adopt the and overhauled the Fraternity's educational programming name Phi Kappa Tau and to invite the founding chapter at and leadership training and formalized a commitment to Miami back into the fold of the national organization as philanthropic service. Also, it reinvigorated the Fraternity's Alpha Chapter. The Miami group had withdrawn from the commitment to growth and expansion which has had a national Phrenocon in March 1916 and had adopted the major impact on our average chapter size and the overall Greek-letter name Phi Kappa Tau when the other chapters health of the Fraternity. had been reluctant to go along. Once National President Ewing T. Boles, Centre ’14, convinced the Miami chapter to return to the fledgling national fraternity, the leadership set about to fashion Phi Kappa Tau into a viable and lasting organization. The December 1917 National Convention hosted by Zeta chapter at the University of Illinois has long been considered to be one of the most consequential meetings in our history. Founder William H. Shideler presided as acting president and Founder Dwight Douglass made what is very likely his last appearance at a Phi Kappa Tau event. Delegates to that Seventh National Convention celebrated their full admission to the National Interfraternity Conference earlier in December. Committees worked into the late night hours and fleshed out an expanded and dramatized Ritual and regalia, approved designs for the THE LAUREL |

This multi-year commitment to growth has seen undergraduate membership near the 5,000 mark for the first time ever, a number of successful new chapters and the rechartering of closed chapters. Zeta Chapter, the host of that historic 1917 National Convention which has been closed for several years, will re-charter this month with more than 70 charter members as the most recent example of this commitment. Historians of the future will judge the wisdom of these planning efforts and the quality of our execution of their objectives. But the very fact that our organization had had the discipline to stick with a consistent set of objectives through the administrations of six national presidents and two Chief Executive Officers is remarkable. LEARNING. LEADING. SERVING.

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Mike Dovilla Baldwin Wallace ’94

WHAT I DO WHEN I’M NOT VOLUNTEERING FOR PHI TAU Row on my erg while listening to podcasts; explore Northeast Ohio’s great parks with my yellow Lab, Halsey; cook, read, and travel.

WHO I’M FOLLOWING ON TWITTER @OHRGOPCaucus @USNavy @BaldwinWallace @phikappatau @TheCityClub @gmfus @GrandLodgeOhio @ShareTheRiver @Indians

MY FAVORITE PHI TAU MEMORY …is always in the process of being created, each time I see another young man develop his potential to serve and lead others as a result of his involvement in our brotherhood.

THE BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT “Do a good job with the job you have and the future will take care of itself.” -U.S. Sen. George V. Voinovich, Ohio ’56

ON MY DESK RIGHT NOW The Bible I received from my grandmother; a Masonic trowel; draft legislation on Ohio’s energy efficiency standards; numerous books in various stages of completion (and soon to be replaced by others) on subjects ranging from leadership to history to wine; several professional journals; paperwork related to a few too many ongoing projects; and a stack of stationery, a good fountain pen, and roll of stamps for daily handwritten correspondence.

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