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December 2014 VOL. 101, NO. 2 Editor-in-Chief Tyler Wash, Georgetown ’06 Managing Editor Marty Dunning, Kentucky ’07 Senior Writer Cole Yearwood, Oklahoma State ’09 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 each year 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. 102, No. 1 and will be published in Spring 2015. Printed in the USA | ISSN Number: 0023-8996 Printed by The Watkins Printing Company, Columbus, Ohio. FEATurES 7

Palm Award


Hall of Fame: Leading by Example


Picturing the Future


Epsilon Wins Maxwell


Benjamin Wins Shideler


Convention by the Numbers


Servant Leadership


Phi Taus under 40

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, Ohio 45056 or email Cindy Morgan at


Letter from the Editor


News & Noteworthy


The Torch


We Are FKT


Chapter Eternal


Our Chapters



The Laurel is printed on 100 percent recycled paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® requirements for environmentally mindful publication. Cover photo taken at the 61st National Convention where Steve Nelson, Southern Mississippi ‘73, Mike Dovilla, Baldwin Wallace ’94, John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60, and Bill Macak, Florida State

’73, participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Letter from the editor The NexT ChapTer


Starting a new book is exciting. You don’t know what’s going to happen or what adventures the characters will take you on. As the words on the page become real in your mind, you become engulfed in the story. You allow Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” Orwell’s “1984” and even Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” to transport you to a different time and a different place. As you spend time with Atticus Finch, Captain Nemo, Winston Smith and Professor Dumbledore, hours feel like minutes. When you come to the end of the chapter, you jolt back into reality. We all have mixed emotions when you turn the page to a new chapter. You think back to the great undertakings the characters achieved, but you look forward to diving into the next pages of adventure. What will happen? Where will they go? Such is life. Each chapter of our life builds on the last. The events of the past shape the success of the future. We are thankful for the past adventures because they brought us to this new place. The same is true in the life of our Fraternity. The past chapters of Phi Kappa Tau have taken us on magnificent journeys. We cherish the tales of Old Main, “Doc” Shideler, The Boles Challenge, Mr. Fraternity and the Centennial Celebration. We think back to our chapter and the men who stood next to us during initiation. While we enjoy the journey we have taken thus far, we look forward to meeting the characters and seeing the adventures that are ahead in the next chapter. As you dive into this issue, “The Next Chapter,” you will experience a host of characters and adventures. You will be introduced to volunteer leadership, Hall of Famers, Phi Taus Under Forty, community leaders and the Shideler Award winner. You will read of adventures from the Maxwell chapter, the 61st National Convention and our chapters across the country. We find ourselves at the end of a great chapter. As we turn the page to see what adventures lie ahead of Phi Kappa Tau, we are filled with excitement—excitement about our future and the journey that is about to begin. Fraternal regards,

Tyler C. Wash, Georgetown ’06 Editor-in-Chief P.S. When you have a free evening, take a look at Phi Kappa Tau’s Digital Archives ( Peruse issues of The Laurel and SIDELIGHTS that date back to the very beginning. I challenge you to read about your chapter history and search to see how many times your name appears in the archives. Read about the men who shaped our Fraternity and see the chapters of our history come alive. Learning. Leading. Serving.

Several men have marked the pages of phi Kappa Tau history, including the men in this photo from 1966. Those who attended this meeting of national leadership in Kearney, Neb. were (from left to right) Tom Stennis, ray Clarke, John edwards, Lou Gerding, bill Jenkins, Jack anson, Warren parker, Tom Cunningham, mel Dettra, ray bushey and Don Lease.

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More than 60 undergraduates and alumni from around the country volunteered at the 2014 National Community Service Event at Camp Korey in Carnation, Wash. texaS State and lynchburg charteringS it is always a cause for celebration when a colony becomes a chapter, and last semester, two Phi Kappa Tau colonies were able to host such a celebration. on May 2, the Gamma Psi chapter officially returned to Texas State in San Marcos, Texas after an absence on campus of around 26 years. More than 40 brothers became re-founding fathers of this chapter. Just a short week later, Phi Kappa Tau’s 149th chapter was chartered at Lynchburg in Lynchburg, Va. The Lynchburg colony became the Zeta Epsilon chapter with more than 25 founding fathers. expanSion at michigan State The expansion team kicked off the semester by beginning a new alpha alpha colony. Phi Kappa Tau’s 25th chapter has been inactive at Michigan The LaureL December 2014 |


mOre NCSe phOTOS aT State for almost 10 years. “The semester has started and we are already working to find the men who will bring back alpha alpha chapter,” said Expansion Consultant Tommy Reisinger, Kent State ’12. “Each day through presentations, tabling, recruitment events and one-on-one interviews, we are continually meeting some truly amazing men with the potential to create something special.” on oct. 11, 33 men went through the Colonization Ceremony and took the oath of associate Membership. The expansion team then traveled to Boone, N.C. to start a new colony at appalachian State. 150th chapter chartered at illinoiS-Springfield Phi Kappa Tau has reached a milestone: its 150th chapter. on oct. 11, Zeta Zeta chapter at illinois-Springfield was chartered in Springfield, ill. in the spirit of the fraternity’s founders, the men of Zeta Zeta have broken through a barrier to create something new and remarkable. The chapter is the first North american interfraternity Conference fraternity to come to the university. “This was a huge milestone for us personally and for the campus,” said Chapter President alex fruth, illinois-Springfield

’14. “i think us chartering opens the door for further expansion at uiS. We have also shown the university all of the positive sides of bringing greek life to campus while becoming one of the strongest leadership organizations.” The momentous occasion was celebrated with a chartering ceremony and signing followed by a reception. Guests included alumni, parents, friends, university administrators, Executive offices staff and undergraduates from several other Phi Kappa Tau chapters. illinois-Springfield Vice Chancellor for Student Services Dr. Clarice ford, National President Rick Keltner, Sacramento State ’76, National Vice President Mike Dovilla, Baldwin Wallace ’94, National Ritual advisor Dave Lapinski, Penn State ’74, CEo Tim hudson, Truman State ’97, and foundation Executive Director Tyler Wash, Georgetown ’06, were among those in attendance.

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Leaving a Legacy

Charles M. Shaw, UC Berkeley ’49, entered Chapter Eternal on August 12, 2012. Shaw is a man who many brothers did not have the fortune of knowing while he was alive, yet he has become unforgettable after his passing. Shaw was a loyal donor to the Foundation for decades; a tradition he continued beyond his living days. With this transformative gift, his legacy of dedication is forever solidified. The details of his life are not well publicized, but what is known is truly remarkable. His life embodied a commitment to the responsibilities and values outlined in the creed of Phi Kappa Tau.

Drawing by Logan Lukacs

It was during his youth in Southern California that his passion for geology and a mineral collection began. He followed that passion to college but put his aspirations on hold to answer the call of duty and serve his country. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his time in the service, he attended UC Berkeley, where he was initiated into Nu chapter and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

Not yet done with academia, he joined the university’s Department of Geology and Geophysics to pursue a doctoral degree. During this time he received a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Oslo in Norway. The culmination of his studies was the doctoral thesis, “An investigation of some chemical reactions involved in the genesis of metamorphic rocks.” In 1956, he earned his Ph.D. Shaw went on to have a long career as a consulting geologist in the western United States and New Zealand. He continued to collect minerals, especially ore specimens from unusual locales. His passions and loyalties are clearly evidenced through the benefactors in his will. In addition to the Foundation, he named his alma mater, The Nature Conservancy, Save the Redwoods and the Audubon Society. It is fitting that his last wishes help fulfil one of his earliest commitments. Through his generosity, the Foundation has established the Charles M. Shaw Fund to be used for initiatives with the greatest need. Ten academic scholarships in 2014 were awarded because of the fund. A veteran, a scholar, a philanthropist and of course, a Phi Tau. Charles M. Shaw will be missed.

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paLm aWarD VIDeO



The Palm award is one of the fraternity’s most prominent awards. after nomination and vote of the National Council, the award is presented to an alumnus who has shown exemplary service and dedication to the national organization. only 52 men in the fraternity’s history have been bestowed the honor. Phi Kappa Tau recognized two of its most dedicated alumni at the 61st National Convention Brotherhood Banquet. The Palm award was bestowed upon Mac McKinley, oklahoma State ’51 and David Ruckman, ohio State ’63. McKinley was presented with the 53rd Palm award and Ruckman with the 54th. in addition to recognizing Ruckman and McKinley, the fraternity unveiled the newly created Palm award Medallion. Previously this honor was accompanied with a framed certificate, but now, by National Council action, a distinguishing medallion is presented to the honoree. The front of the medallion bears the fraternity’s coat of arms and the reverse is the honoree’s Palm award number. all living Palm award winners will receive a personalized medallion. maC mCKINLeY is a retired senior vice president at KBJ architects. he is a past national president and Distinguished foundation Trustee. he served on the National Council and foundation Board of Trustees. he also served as a Domain Chief (now Domain Director) and several fraternity and foundation committees. he is a consistent and loyal donor to the foundation and has attained membership in the prestigious lifetime giving society of the Douglass Society. he lives in Katy, Texas. DaVID rUCKmaN is a retired stockbroker at Merrill Lynch Securities. he is currently the foundation chairman and has been a trustee since 2005. By virtue of his position as foundation chairman, Ruckman has served on the fraternity National Council and Coordinating Council for more than nine years. he is a consistent member of the Ewing T. Boles Society and has attained membership in the prestigious lifetime giving society of the Epsilon Circle. he and his wife, Marilyn, live in Gates Mills, ohio.

f.L. “Mac” McKinley, oklahoma State ’51

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David a. Ruckman, ohio State ’62

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Phi Kappa Tau depends on the character and commitment of alumni to lead by example. This year’s Hall of Fame class is an extraordinary group of highly-successful brothers who are each accomplished in a variety of fields including athletics, geology, psychology, higher education, medicine, journalism, business and military service. The class includes brothers initiated across the country and during seven different decades. “It’s an incredible honor to be inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame class and, as I look at the company I’m with, I can’t help but feel I’m not worthy,” said Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Famer Michael York, Central Michigan ’91. “I’m extremely humbled to be a Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Famer because there’s no question the Fraternity gave me more than I gave it.”

Francis h. buhLer, miami ’47 Retired President Old Dominion Box Company

pauL J. sac, sacramento state ’63 Senior Counsel Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

geraLd b. curington, FLorida ’69 Deputy General Counsel Executive Offices of the Governor of Florida

charLes m. shaW, uc berkeLey ’49 Expert Geologist and Philanthropist

scott a. duLchavsky, uc berkeLey ’13 Chairman of Surgery Henry Ford Health System

John W. sLocum, Jr., Westminster ’59 Professor Emeritus Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University

WiLLiam a. hoFFer, purdue ’68 President and CEO Hoffer Plastics

bob e. smith, sacramento state ’64 All-American Golfer NCAA

danieL W. king, st. Johns ’63 ray s. WaLker, penn state ’33 Research Psychologist Founder National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Bradford Coal Company

Leroy Chiao, UC berkeley ’79, presents William macak, Florida State ’73, with his hall of Fame plaque.

WiLLiam c. macak, FLorida state ’73 Retired Colonel U.S. Marine Corps

michaeL W. york, centraL michigan ’91 Sports Anchor, Fox Sports Detroit

“Phi Kappa Tau is blessed with a wealth of talented alumni who, in various fields of endeavor, have made a name for themselves. I think each would point to their experiences as an undergraduate member of Phi Kappa Tau and the things that they learned, which have carried into their adult lives,” said Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Bill Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57. Joining Jenkins on the committee were Mac McKinley, Oklahoma State ’51, Jeff Rivard, Central Michigan ’65, Fred Mills, Ohio State ’66, Mitch Engel, Miami ’71, and Charlie Ball, Miami ’82. The Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame uses a biennial selection process. The next class will be inducted at the 62nd National Convention in Sacramento, Calif., on July 6-10, 2016. Twelve alumni were inducted into the Hall of Fame during the Brotherhood Banquet at the 61st National Convention in Washington, D.C. and are listed above. Members of this class will also be featured in the “We Are PKT” department of the next several issues of The Laurel.

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The Businessman

Hall of Famer Frank Buhler, Miami ’47, isn’t afraid of a little hard work. It was the key to his success in the business world for so many years. After graduating from Miami University, Buhler spent two years in the management training program for J.C. Penney. He then worked at Hinde & Dauch Paper Company for 10 years before moving to Lynchburg, Va., where he eventually purchased Old Dominion Box Company. During his tenure running the company, it experienced continued growth for decades.


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In retirement, Buhler has remained loyal to Miami and Phi Kappa Tau. In addition to his alma mater and fraternity, his generosity has benefited Lynchburg College. The college honored him in 1999 with an honorary degree for his years of service. He continues to make an impact, now as Board of Governors chairman for the recently charted Zeta Epsilon chapter. “The impact of a great college and a caring fraternity life instilled in me a determination to set goals and work hard to accomplish what had been planned. My Phi Kappa Tau experience gave me a background that helped me deal with people knowing that 95 percent are good and reliable.”

Frank Buhler, Miami ’47 Retired President, Old Dominion Box Company Lynchburg,Va.

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nine yearS and 533 mileS apart, Phi Kappa Tau’s Executive offices newest leadership of Tim hudson, Truman State ’97, and Tyler Wash, Georgetown ’06, had the same motivation for joining the fraternity. “The men that i met going through recruitment is the simple answer,” hudson said. “i think most brothers join because of people.” “i joined for the reason a lot of brothers do, and that is the people,” Wash said. “i joined because of two people and because they asked me to join.” This isn’t the first instance the two have had nearly identical Learning. Leading. Serving.

responses to a question. “Tim and i agree on 99.9 percent of things regarding the big picture of the organization,” Wash said. “it is just how to get there that we sometimes have differing answers.” Even when they don’t see eye to eye, they still get along. “We have on multiple occasions disagreed on things, but we do that with a lot of respect and we don’t throw tantrums or put walls up that impact our ability to work together and our ability to be friends,” hudson said. “We have navigated that well.” That respect is important for Phi Kappa Tau’s future. in May, hudson was announced as Phi Kappa Tau’s chief The LaureL December 2014 |

executive officer and Wash was announced as the foundation’s executive director. Through five years of working together, hudson and Wash have a unique relationship rooted in their fraternal bonds and developed through a mutual admiration. Now that hudson is chief executive officer and Wash is foundation executive director, they will rely on that relationship like never before. five-hour drive to think More than 14 years later, hudson still remembers the names of everyone he met during his first trip to oxford. firing off each name, while sitting in his new office, hudson easily recalls many of the details from his interview for leadership consultant on the Executive offices staff. Several of the details from that long-ago weekend occurred right where he is now, the CEo’s office. Kilby McCurley, Bradley ’95, encouraged hudson to apply. The two had met when McCurley visited Delta omega chapter as a leadership consultant, hudson still an undergraduate. “i spent a good amount of time just talking with him and hosting him while he was in town,” hudson said. “i was just intrigued by the experience he was having on staff by traveling around, meeting brothers and giving back to the organization.” Even with the personal invitation, hudson had doubts at the time about his chances of getting the position. “i wasn’t a chapter president,” hudson said. “So in my own head i thought that’s probably a deal breaker.” he applied anyway. “i thought it might just be a neat experience to be a part of the interview process and it would give me a chance to come to oxford and meet some other folks that i felt like had a great opportunity to give back while they were having some fun,” hudson said. Even without presidential experience, he still impressed during his interview, which also happened to be his birthday. “Working in oxford turned into a viable opportunity and i started thinking about it on the five-hour drive home,” hudson said. “i thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great to work there with those people.” Quick learner Being a leader in the fraternity is practically all Wash knows. Since deciding to join, he hasn’t spent much time without a leadership role. “from the day i was initiated to the day i was sworn in as chapter president was less than six months,” Wash said. instantly he went from being another guy in the chapter to being ThE guy in the chapter.” “i had to manage people who had been in the chapter two or three years longer than me,” Wash said. “They trusted me to do it, and i am thankful that they did.” The experience is one Wash has yet to forget. “When it comes to leadership, the number one thing i learned was to put together a good team,” he said. “in the chapter, it was having the right vice president and the right Executive Council. That is The LaureL December 2014 |

still what i believe today. The better your staff is, the better the people around you are, and the better leader you will be.” at the time, he didn’t know yet exactly what the experience was preparing him for. “i was just a normal college guy,” Wash said. “i didn’t know what i wanted to do next.” Wash was more than just a normal guy though. With an undergraduate résumé that included Leadership academy and Convention attendance, plus several officer positions, he was an ideal candidate for the Executive offices staff. at the urging of then Delta Theta chapter Board of Governors Chairman Mike Gabhart, Georgetown ’95, he applied. “The interview obviously went halfway decent because they offered me the job,” Wash said. Wash practically went directly from the graduation stage to the moving truck. he was now headed to oxford to work at the Executive offices, specifically under hudson. a brick foundation Gabhart, who had introduced Wash to the idea of working at the Executive offices, was also the one who would formally introduce Wash and hudson. “i know we had interacted before that over the phone and through email when he was a chapter officer, but specifically i remember being introduced to him by Mike Gabhart during the 2008 Convention in Louisville,” hudson said. “i have a lot of respect for Mike, who has been a great mentor to me, and i could tell he held Tyler in high regard.” Gabhart wasn’t the only one singing Wash’s praises. “at that point, i know that other volunteers had made comments about the ‘the eager young man from Delta Theta chapter,’” hudson said. “i remember thinking he would be a good prospective staff member.” a year later, with Gabhart’s help, hudson’s instinct became reality. The young man hudson was introduced to at Convention was now his employee. “My first memorable connection with Tim was when i moved in,” Wash said. “here was my first professional boss in a Cubs t-shirt and gym shorts, ready to help me move in. it was not what i was expecting, but it is something i will not soon forget.” Now officially a college graduate and ohio resident, Wash was ready to get to work. “he immediately jumped in and brought some great energy and a tremendous passion for the organization,” hudson said. hudson found the perfect way to channel that energy. With the staff preparing to host Leadership academy in oxford, Wash’s first major task was not what he originally imagined. “i would have said ‘yes’ to just about anything at that point,” he said. “i didn’t realize that the assignment was going to be for tearing down and rebuilding a brick wall with Tim hudson and John Green. i was the new guy on staff, just graduated. i got to spend hours of manual labor with who i thought was just going to be my boss and then this Phi Tau legend who i had only known from history books.” The process benefited more than just the Executive offices’ curb appeal. “That’s when i got to really know them as people,” Wash said. homegrown talent Neither hudson nor Wash had long-term plans when they first joined staff. Both saw it as a temporary, but important, layover before attending graduate or law school and starting a career. Learning. Leading. Serving.


What caused each man to join the fraternity years before is what kept him in oxford beyond his respective two-year marks. “it was a lot about the people and the relationships,” hudson said. “it’s neat that you can go almost anywhere in the country and run into a group of folks who you built relationships with while at alumni events or helping re-start a chapter. Then there is everyone on staff who you have either been in the office with or traveled with. They all just kind of kept it fresh and interesting.” hudson’s ascent has been vertical. from leadership consultant to director of chapter services, he spent more than a decade being educated in not only chapter operations, but every facet of the organization. “i was involved with all the bright spots and all the low spots for the organization during that period of time,” hudson. “Whether it was opening chapters, celebrating milestones, working with the awards process and interacting with the boards to succeed around areas of strategic planning or dealing with risk management problems, complicated situations, chapter closures and tragedy, i have experienced it here.” The balance reinforces to hudson why his job matters. The years have also provided him with countless opportunities to network with volunteers. “Building the relationships i have with the folks who are involved and spend so much time giving back to the organization helps me really appreciate the work that they do and the time they give to help us move forward,” hudson said. “We would not be as successful as we are today without our involved volunteers.” Being able to have more than a decade of experience with those folks is a big advantage for me moving into this role.” Wash’s path hasn’t been as direct, yet still as effective. Since joining the staff in 2009, he has had five different titles: intern, consultant, coordinator, director and executive director. “i got to touch every piece of the organization in one way or the other,” Wash said. “in my first year alone, i had the opportunity to deal with volunteers, risk management situations, chapter finances, Ritual and every aspect of the Borradaile Challenge.” at the time, the Executive offices staff was smaller than it is today. Just like at Delta Theta chapter, Wash excelled with increased responsibility.


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“When i first started we didn’t even fill the first floor of the Executive offices with staff,” he said. “We were slim and everyone did a lot. That really allowed me to get to know the organization at every aspect.” mileS and mileS as much as the time in the Ewing T. Boles Executive offices building has meant for their development as colleagues, it is the time away from it that has been paramount for their development as friends. as an organization with active chapters and colonies in more than 90 cities and towns across america, travel is a reasonable requirement of the job. hudson and Wash have had to fulfil that requirement as much as anyone else on staff during the past five years. on countless of these occasions they have done it together. from Los angeles to Kent, ohio, to Jacksonville, fla., with so many places in between, the pair could easily write their own version of Johnny Cash’s “i’ve Been Everywhere.” The charterings, receptions, golf outings, professional conferences, Men of Character programs, and foundation Board of Trustees and fraternity National Council meetings add up. Each trip has strengthened their bond. “i enjoy the opportunity to throw a suitcase in a rental car and hit the open road with Tim,” said Wash. “one night in the middle of Virginia, Tim took to naming each chapter he visited and adding in interesting facts from each location. With the exception of that particular two hours, the time behind the windshield has been some of the best memories i have.” There is a key to their success at retaining sanity after hundreds of days on the road with each other. “You do those things and you have to find a balance in the time you talk about work and the time you talk about nothing related to the office,” hudson said. “i know Tyler and i have been able to do that very well, because if not we would have burnt each other out many years ago. That’s something i appreciate.” With so much face time sitting next to each other on planes, in rental cars and at functions throughout the country, the two have built on their common ground. common denominator hudson and Wash have spent more than a combined 18 years on the Executive offices staff. up until January, only one of these years had been without Steve

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hartman, Muskingum ’89, as chief executive officer. hartman’s impact on the organization speaks for itself, but there are few examples as loud as hudson and Wash. “Looking back, i didn’t realize the impact Steve was having on me at the time,” Wash said. “it wasn’t until after he was gone that i realized what was happening.” More than a mentor, hartman challenged employees to think about the issues they faced in a new way. “he showed me how to work through a process to arrive at a solution,” Wash said. “it didn’t matter what the problem was and it didn’t really matter what the solution was. it was how to go from point a to point B and how to do it intentionally, strategically and achieve the right end goal.” This was different from what Wash experienced at Georgetown. “it was always academics, this political theory or this is how you do a math problem, but it wasn’t the critical thinking Steve challenged us to do,” Wash said. hudson now sits on the other side of the desk where he learned from hartman for so many years. “When people come in to sit at the table and start talking, i can’t help but think about how i used to wander in here to sit down and talk with Steve about what was going on,” hudson said. The hours the two spent talking in that office would be nearly impossible to accurately calculate, but their value is unquestionable. “Primarily, we just sat in his office and worked through the next phases of projects, the strategic plans, hiring at all levels, risk management issues or other things that came up,” hudson said. “i think Steve did an excellent job of working with me to help me advance in a lot of ways from management to oversight of different operational areas.” Much of Wash’s professional success can be attributed to the trust hartman placed in him from the beginning. Sometimes, Wash didn’t even know if he was ready. “after i started to dabble in fundraising, within the first few months Steve had me presenting in front of the board to Ross Roeder, Jim hamilton, David Ruckman and John Green,” Wash said. “These were people who i knew by name and reputation. it totally terrified me because these were big names in Phi Tau and i was pitching them a new way to run the

foundation as a 25-year-old.” Whether Wash was ready or not, hartman believed he would be successful. “he had the faith in me to do it,” Wash said. “he helped me through it, but he let me own the process. after that meeting, i looked back and realized there weren’t many places or many bosses where you would be trusted to do that. The trust Steve had in me really gave me an experience i wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else, period.”


tomorrow iS today Phi Kappa Tau has experienced tremendous growth during the last five years. and through it all, hudson and Wash played a part. “Things are looking very steady, but ‘good enough’ is not where we need to be,” Wash said. instead of resting on what has already been accomplished, both are focusing on what still needs to be done. “our main goal is to not become complacent,” hudson said. “We are not at a point where we have to stop and reflect so we can steer in a different direction. We are on the right path. i think our organization is there because of the people who have come before us.” hudson knows great opportunities still exist. “The big areas for us are around improving our technology, increasing housing options where it is feasible, enhancing the alumni experience and continuing to improve our educational offerings all while sustaining our current growth trends.” To accomplish any of it, hudson will look toward Wash and the foundation for help. “Ewing Boles gave us a tremendous gift in the 1980s with his bequest and that held us for 15 years, but now it is time to really take this thing to the next level and do it strategically,” Wash said. Taking it to the next level is no easy task. Kirkie Bowers. Dick Young. Jack anson Bill Jenkins. John Meyerhoff. John Green. Joel Rudy. Steve hartman. These men, and so many others, have each had a profound effect on Phi Kappa Tau through leadership, especially in regard to the professional side of operations. in front of hudson and Wash is the chance to impact the organization in a manner only a handful of men ever had. and the two friends will do it together.

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representatives of the epsilon chapter at the 61st National Convention receive the maxwell award at the brotherhood banquet.

for the fourth time in as many years, Epsilon chapter at Mount union found itself in the coveted founders four, which is the top four Phi Kappa Tau chapters from across the nation. Brothers sat in anticipation during the Brotherhood Banquet at the 61st National Convention in Washington, D.C. for the presentation of the Maxwell award. Time and time again, Epsilon strived to be better and worthy of the award only to fall short of its goal. This time was different. “When newly elected President [Rick] Keltner began to announce our statistics, we all exchanged glances as to if it was really happening because it sounded too good to be true,” said Ryan Smith, Mount union ’11. Epsilon chapter best exemplified the fraternity’s values in all aspects of programming and operation during the 2013 calendar year. National President Rick Keltner, Sacramento State ’73, welcomed them to the stage to receive the trophy. “hearing Epsilon called at the Brotherhood Banquet honestly made my heart stop,” said Chapter President Greg Koman, Mount union ’11. “Winning the Maxwell Trophy is something that my chapter has been trying to accomplish since before i was initiated in 2011 and for that goal to have been accomplished is truly incredible. it left me with this incredible sense of fulfillment.” from being within arm’s reach of the trophy for so long, Epsilon members now knew what it was like to lift it up. “after four years in the hunt, two of which i was not a part of, it seemed as if a weight was lifted from our chapter’s shoulders,” said Chapter Vice President Michael Gates, Mount union ’12. Koman, Gates, Smith and Marcus Zappa, Mount union ’12, Learning. LeaDing. Leading. Serving.

maxWeLL FOUNDerS FOUr VIDeO presented Mount union’s Maxwell application to the awards Committee on July 3. The four spoke about their chapter’s dedication to learning, leading and serving. utilizing what they learned at various programs, brothers were involved with a wide array of organizations ranging from athletics, such as the swimming and diving team, to honorary societies, such as order of omega, to professional-development clubs, such as the Pre-Law Society. Nearly 70 percent of Epsilon members held a leadership role in an outside organization. The chapter remained focused on service and philanthropy throughout the year by performing 3,934.5 hours of community service and raising more than $12,000 for philanthropic endeavors. Members continued to develop the chapter’s relationship with Seriousfun Children’s Network by making a total of six trips to flying horse farms in Mt. Gilead, ohio. Mount union Director for the office of Student involvement & Leadership Kate Carnell said the chapter’s success is a testament to what it stands for. “This is the fourth year the [chapter] has achieved founders four status, which signifies their ability to demonstrate excellence over a sustained period of time,” Carnell said. “i believe that the men, under the advisement of BoG Chairman Roy Clunk, Mount union ’75, and President Greg Koman, are a definite representation of learning, leading and serving.” although this is the first time in its history Epsilon has brought the Maxwell Trophy back to alliance, ohio, it is just in time. The chapter’s Centennial Celebration will be april 17-19, 2015. This is their time. THE LAUrEL The LaureL December 2014 |


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bY COLe YearWOOD, OKLahOma STaTe ’09 Nick Benjamin, Rochester ’12, almost didn’t take the necessary risk. all the improvements the chapter made did not go unnoticed. for he waited until after his freshman year to join Phi Kappa Tau. Even the chapter’s work during 2013, it was recognized with the Rochester though he didn’t have four undergraduate years with the fraternity, he ifC’s overall Excellence in Strategic Planning award, which is given to still was able make a lasting impact on Delta Chi chapter. the top fraternity in the ifC. “Through his ambitious personality and commitment to the ideals of “The award is a direct reflection of Nick’s leadership,” DiSarro said. Phi Kappa Tau, he has risen to be one of the chapter’s most exemplary “he has impressed me as someone who is detail-oriented, thoughtful brothers,” said Delta Chi President Dan o’Brien, Rochester ’13. and strategic in his decisions and actions, while demonstrating a high When Benjamin first joined, Delta Chi colony was working toward level of maturity and responsibility.” re-chartering. Shortly after it re-chartered, the chapter reached a DiSarro is not the only person Benjamin has impressed. in crossroads. it was on track for financial stability with many involved recognition of his outstanding achievements, Phi Kappa Tau presented young members, but there were still issues to be resolved. Benjamin with the William h. Shideler award as top graduating senior Things could have gone either way for the young group. The chapter in the fraternity, during the Brotherhood Banquet at the 61st National elected Benjamin to serve as president in 2013 and help lead Delta Chi Convention. to the next level. “Right when i heard ‘Nick Benjamin,’ i think my heart missed a few “The chapter was not making much of a commitment to the values beats,” he said. “Then seeing everyone in the room almost immediately of Phi Kappa Tau, was hardly known on campus and was not what stand up was awe inspiring. it is an honor. i’m humbled by it every time was considered a ‘high-quality’ fraternity by many standards,” o’Brien i think about it and honestly it still seems surreal.” said. “Nick recognized these problems and addressed them through although Benjamin has moved to Buffalo, N.Y., and has started his working to ensure that the systems were in place for future leadership professional career, his Phi Tau career is far from over. he is committed to succeed.” to Phi Kappa Tau for life. Being president allowed Benjamin to learn the importance of “it is strange that, looking back, i almost missed out on what has working with people instead of positions. During his term, Benjamin become the defining part of my collegiate experience and one that i strengthened the Executive Council by instituting a more effective know will continue to be important to me until the day i die,” he said. structure supported through the bylaws and worked with other chapter leaders to establish attainable goals. With an empowered Executive Council and increased returns through its recruitment efforts, the chapter was also able to improve its reputation. “Nick effectively motivated members to become more involved on campus and to put on more collaborative programs with other groups,” said university of Rochester Director of fraternity and Sorority affairs John DiSarro. Benjamin led by example. he was a Student association senator, a university of Rochester orientation orientation leader, interfraternity Council vice chairman, order of omega vice chairman and BlueCrew business manager, as well as a member of several other organizations and ShIDeLer INTrODUCTION event committees. Beyond his VIDeO involvement on campus, he was elected to serve on the Phi Kappa Tau past Shideler award recipients at the brotherhood banquet at the 61st National Convention congratulate Nick benjamin, rochester ’12, on reciving undergraduate advisory Board.

the Shideler award. pictured are (left to right) Stephan Nelson, Southern mississippi ’73, Gabe Sarah, arizona ’98, michael Lummus, belmont ’06, benjamin, brian browne, Case Western ’06, phil Frandina, rIT ’08, and Trevor Sullivan, Chapman ’09.

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The first chance to bump elbows with brothers from across the country was at the National Convention registration. Not only were reunions held between brothers from the same chapter, but from many friendships that have developed over the several years of Phi Kappa Tau events and history.


convention floor

National Convention is the supreme legislative body of the fraternity. With this in mind, undergraduate and graduate delegates met on the Convention floor to elect new officers, debate several pressing topics, award brothers and chapters for their accomplishments, hear from guest speaker Vince fabra, Director of Programs for Phired up, and hear from the top four chapters in the nation.









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SeriouSfun and uSo

Phi Kappa Tau’s National Philanthropy and Service partners, Seriousfun Children’s Network and the uSo, were not only represented at the National Convention, but the organizations also gave presentations and awards at the recognition luncheon.

baSeball Brothers young and old were able to take in america’s pastime during the Convention by attending a Nationals game.


There’s no better place to celebrate independence Day than in the nation’s capital. With the majority of the fourth of July free, brothers were able to attend several events such as “a Capitol fourth” concert and fireworks on the National Mall. The LaureL December 2014 |


good and loyal citizen reception

The Phi Kappa Tau foundation hosted a “Good and Loyal Citizen” Reception for National Convention attendees at the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate office Building on Capitol hill. With the room nearly filled to the brim, brothers raised their glasses for a series of toasts from foundation leaders on the impact of the brotherhood.

model initiation

Brothers had the unique opportunity to attend a model initiation in the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. During this excursion, brothers were also able to visit the arlington National Cemetery to witness the laying of the wreath, given by Phi Kappa Tau, at the Tomb of the unknown Soldier (pictured on the cover). Learning. Leading. Serving.


The 2014-16 National Council “i look forward to pushing all of our current strategic initiatives to their logical conclusion and continuing to fill our Phi Kappa Tau leadership pipeline with great young leaders. To do that you absolutely must engage with people, with Phi Taus,” stated Keltner. “Being in the company of serious, committed brothers that buy into our mission, vision and creed is the thing i look forward to.” for Phi Kappa Tau, Keltner has served at nearly every level, including chapter president, committee member, Golden Bear North Domain Director, chapter advisor, house Corporation member, Good to Great Retreats facilitator, national councilor and national vice president.




The gavel collection of Rick Keltner, Sacramento State ’76, started in 1977. The simple wooden gavel given to him while he was Gamma iota chapter president was his first. Today, the collection has grown to 23 very different gavels. The degree of decoration ranges from none on the first to more ornate ones like an elaborate, handmade gavel commemorating his installation as the master of union-Kit Carson Lodge No. 58 free & accepted Masons of California. More than an assortment of souvenir shop trinkets, the gavels are a collective representation of Keltner’s commitment as a leader to his community and the organizations he loves. Keltner is involved with numerous civic groups and clubs, including Elk Grove Community foundation, Downtown Sacramento historic Masonic Building foundation Board of Directors, optimist international, Shriners international, National Sojourners, Grand Lodge of California free and accepted Masons, and union-Kit Carson Lodge No. 58 free and accepted Masons.

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an iraq war veteran, a member of the ohio house of Representatives, a small business owner, an adjunct professor at Baldwin Wallace and an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve, Mike Dovilla, Baldwin Wallace ’94, now adds national vice president to his list of leadership roles. Dovilla has held many volunteer roles at the chapter, regional and national levels, including Beta omicron chapter advisor, Chesapeake Domain Director, alpha omega Graduate Council president, Beta omicron scholarship advisor and alpha omega BoG chairman. “over the past 21 years, my fraternal and professional experiences have had a symbiotic relationship with one another,” Dovilla said. “My years as a Phi Kappa Tau undergraduate and new alumnus prepared me for my career in public service, while those professional opportunities have in turn readied me for service at the highest levels of the fraternity. i look at this next phase in my fraternity life as one of excitement, commitment and challenge. i look to it with relish.”

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NaTIONaL COUNCIL The upcoming biennium sees a highly-qualified group of servant leaders who will lead Phi Kappa Tau. The National Council 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 that advance Phi Kappa Tau’s mission.


Joining Keltner, and Dovilla, the National Council is made up of the following brothers:

Josh Bleidt, Eastern Kentucky ’96 Bill Brasch, Louisville ’67 Dale holland, Kent State ’87 J.h. Mahaney, Bethany ’87


Bill Dick

Dick Michael, Michigan Tech ’70 Bob Plumleigh, Southern California ’47 David Ruckman, ohio State ’62 Tom Skena, Bethany ’81

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J.H. David



advice and counsel is a key component to leadership. advising the National Council are two special groups of dedicated brothers, National advisors and the undergraduate advisory Board. NaTIONaL aCaDemIC aDVISOr allyn Shaw, Michigan State ’85

NaTIONaL LeaDerShIp aDVISOr Leroy Chiao, uC Berkeley ’79

NaTIONaL aLUmNI aDVISOr Bob Ragsdale, Georgia ’66

NaTIONaL LeGaL aDVISOr Jerry Currington, florida ’65

NaTIONaL eDUCaTION aDVISOr Sean McManus, East Carolina ’97

NaTIONaL rITUaL aDVISOr Dave Lapinski, Penn State ’74

NaTIONaL FINaNCe aDVISOr Gabe uebel, Eastern Kentucky ’95

NaTIONaL reCrUITmeNT aDVISOrS athony Siarra, Cal Poly-Pomone ’98 Nick DiMasi, Chapmen ’01

NaTIONaL hOUSING aDVISOr Jeff Baird, Muhlenberg ’01 NaTIONaL IT/CYber SeCUrITY aDVISOr Jeremy Glesner, Longwood ’95

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NaTIONaL SerVICe aDVISOr J.J. Lewis, Central Michigan ’04

undergraduate adviSory board preSIDeNT andy Cole, Belmont ’11 VICe preSIDeNT adam Spaulding, uC Berkeley ’11 Nick Benjamin, Rochester ’12 Dan D’amico, Belmont ’13 alex deWinter, oklahoma State ’13 Charles Gates, Mount union ’13 Stephan Janak, uC Berkeley ’13 Ryan Jepsen, Lynchburg ’14 Greg Koman, Mount union ’11 Taylor Weitlauf, Louisville ’12

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Phi Taus under 40

more Than Just an award the phi kappa tau Foundation created a new initiative to recognize 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 inaugural class of phi taus under Forty was introduced and honored during the brotherhood banquet at the 61st national convention in Washington, d.c. the inaugural class included 23 brothers representing chapters from all over the country. it is an impressive group of men who succeeded in a wide range of professional fields including education, law, business, journalism, entrepreneurship and the military. “being selected for the inaugural phi taus under Forty class means accepting a greater responsibility as an ambassador for young alumni professional success and involvement within phi kappa tau, while encouraging our alumni to reinvest their time, talent and treasure back into our Fraternity,” said phi taus under Forty member adam samson, old dominion ’07.” phi taus under Forty 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 very special trait in common. they are the product of the phi kappa tau experience, an experience which shaped them to be the men they are today.

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ian andrews, mount union ’01 executive director, Lakewoodalive

matthew Johnson, cal state-Fullerton ’99 tv news anchor/reporter, katu news

alex barth, Washington ’94 senior marketing manager, amazon kindle

michael Lummus, belmont ’06 digital marketing solutions manager, teradata

pJ best, rit ’03 attorney, anders, riegel, and masington LLc

andy macak, Florida state ’03 Infantry Officer, u.s. marine corps

Jordan blair, southern california ’07 vp for marketing and community relations, Jesuit high school

steve moore, rutgers ‘99 pharmacist and president, the prescription shoppe

Josh bleidt, eastern kentucky ’96 president/operating partner, three sheets to the Win

richard murray, colorado ’00 attorney, polsinelli pc

Josh brant, auburn ‘97 owner and president, allegiance merchant services

matthew parker, evansville ’93 regional executive-business/commercial banking, bbva compass

John busuego, cal state-Fullerton ’02 Executive Officer – ROTC, Washington state university

adam samson, old dominion ’07 Integrated Air and Missile Defense Officer, u.s. navy

chad corbitt, Florida state ’06 president, tutor matching service

gabe sarah, arizona ’98 assistant professor of anesthesia, uc-san Francisco

mike dovilla, baldwin Wallace ’94 state representative, ohio house of representatives

robert schumaker, cincinnati ’96 associate professor, central connecticut state university

Les Fugate, centre ’99 vice president, runswitch public relations

gabe uebel, eastern kentucky ’95 owner, splatter, inc.

Wes Fugate, centre ’99 vice president and chief of staff, randolph college

cliff unger, arizona ’98 director of account management, readytalk

adam goetz, clemson ’95 Financial advisor, a.d. goetz Financial of massmutual pittsburgh

Wes Fugate, centre ’99, chaired the committee, which also included bill Jenkins, bowling green ‘57, bill macak, Florida state ‘73, steve hartman, muskingum ‘89, and stephen rupprecht, oswego state ‘91.

phI TaUS UNDer 40 VIDeO

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chaPTer eTernaL The foLLowing members were rePorTed deceased To The execuTive offices beTween January 15, 2014 and ocTober 31, 2014.



Philip R. Lewis, ’43 Hal M. Herring, ’47 GEN Carl E Mundy Jr USMC (Ret), ’55 Richard L Shobe, ’55 Monty D Simmons, ’57


Joseph M Casper, ’44 Robert A Ferry, ’48 Robert A. Meesig, ’48 Dale H. Richmond, ’51 Lloyd E. Govener, ’63

CAse wesTeRn

Russell M Lawall, ’26 Clifton W. Woltz, ’41 Jack D Robertson, ’75


Robert L Faulwetter, ’57


Thomas R. Sisson, ’57 Stewart V. Golden, ’59


John C. Britting, ’48 Robert O. Perry, ’57


Dr. P Arthur Ruggieri, ’34 Dr. William J Bannen, Jr, ’40 Dr. Charles R Ford, Jr, ’41 F Melvin Sweeney, ’42 Dr. W Duane Belt, ’43 Robert J Smith, ’43 Edwin M. Steinman, ’43 Thomas S. Stimmel, ’44 L Glenn Wheaton, ’44 Raymond F Bobofchak, ’45 Burhl D Sisler, ’45 Ralph L Huth, ’47 Robert T Manthorne, ’47 Peter P Pecora, ’47 Robert W White, ’47 Michael P D’Anci, ’48 Thomas R Liedke, ’48 John F Macdonald, ’48 William E Makris, ’48 Dr. Amos E Redding, Jr, ’48 Elmer H Freese, ’49 Dr. Frank Labella Jr., ’49 Cecil R Boord, ’51 James F Hunter, ’52 Irvin B. Etter, ’53 Philip T Pagliaro, ’53 Richard P. Lash, ’54 William T Ramsey, ’54 Dr. William K Richardson, Jr, ’54 Robert C Campbell, ’55 Ronald L Cutler, ’55 Melvyn H Moss, ’55 Philip Forgione, ’57 John G Keresty, ’60 Robert A. Coulter, ’61 Dr. John T Koedderich, Jr, ’61 Joseph W Mayernick, ’70 Dr. James E Linn, Jr, ’83

BOwLing gReen

Donald N. Panning, ’51 Jerry L. Grove, ’58 Thomas R Williams, ’58 James E Lambrecht, ’61


Dan Johnson, ’09


Marvin Reed Johnsen, ’80 Marc D. Farthing, ’94

eAsT CenTRAL OkLAhOMA Danny R Talley, ’68 David H Hardin, ’69 Rev Mark S. Barnett, ’81 Michael David Ross, ’83 Jon M. Arrasmith, ’01

eAsTeRn kenTuCky Jack P. Wade, ’86 Robert Bironas, ’12


Charles L Griffiths, ’67

geORgiA TeCh

Clarence C. Johnson, ’46 Charles M Weems, Jr, ’51 Garland W Hudson, ’57 Robert F Starr, ’58 Joseph C Roy, Jr, ’60 Hugh L. McCoy Jr., ’61 Gary P. Parker, ’74


William H. Lewis, ’49 Jon R. Hedman, ’61

iOwA sTATe

Richard R. Balsbaugh, ’48 James N. Woodruff, ’51 Robert A. Breiholz, ’56 Wayne Tiffany, ’74

kAnsAs sTATe

Ronald E Stepanek, ’50 Richard J. Schuetz, ’53

kenT sTATe

Walter Sullivan, ’52 Mr Todd W. Wollenzier, ’95


Jerome O. Siebers, ’52


Ian D. Campbell, ’52

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Jeffrey L Terbeek, ’68 Malcolm H. Laning, ’72 Timothy J Axelrod, ’85

Gerald L Jackson, ’54 Richard Lennox, ’55

MiChigAn sTATe

Robert R. Mumaw, ’37 Robert L Longyear, ’42 Jack A. Kuder, ’49 Dr. George R Thayer, Jr, ’54 Kenneth Gregory, ’61 COL R Joseph Labenne USAF(Ret.), ’62 Charles Phares, ’93


David W. O’Neill PE, ’58


Dr. Gardner F Wood, Jr, ’51 James C Woldow, ’61

MississiPPi sTATe

Bobby J. Cook, ’50 Roy E Crampton, III, ’59 Sidney J De Deaux, ’59 Robert L McHaney, Jr, ’59 Jesse L Barron, ’60 J O Baylen, ’60 Phillip H Haughton, ’60 Lundy W Daniel, ’61 Cp. Samuel H Quimby, ’61 CAPT David M. Brown USN, ’62 Roger P Chatham, III, ’62 Dieter P Berge, ’63 David E Busby, ’63 Gene D Ezelle, ’63 Donald W. Kelly, ’63 Stanley Ronald Gural, ’64 Dr. Lelan L. Langston Jr., ’65

OhiO wesLeyAn

MAJ George W. Person USAF(Ret.), ’48 William A McManigell, ’49


Howard L Scharf, ’50 Virgil Richard, ’57 Rick D. Stephens, ’73

ORegOn sTATe

Dr. Craig H. Davis, ’54


William C. Ryff, ’97

Penn sTATe

Louis W Davis, ’41 John W Yaag, ’56 Dennis Miller, ’61


Marshall J Fox, Jr, ’43 Edward L Kennedy, ’47


Mark R Warda, ’76

sOuTheRn iLLinOis

Dr. David T. Kenney, ’53


Charles A. DeMore, ’42 Harry W. Chapman, ’51


TexAs sTATe

neBRAskA wesLeyAn


Robert E. Mentzer, ’31 Robert B Parks, ’75

nORTheRn MiChigAn

Ronald A. Robertson, ’61 Robert P Braspennickx, ’63

OhiO sTATe

Wendell R. Jones, ’50 Arthur L Brenneman, ’51 Robert C. Karnosh, ’51 Dr. Gene H Abels, ’52 David L. Shelley, ’52 Eugene W Davis, ’53 Dr. William L Pritchard, ’54


Harry H Horton, ’34 Dr. Loren L. Pace, ’35 Dana S. Jones Esq., ’39 Robert K Sassaman, ’39 Donald C Dangler, ’45 John D Good, ’47 Willis L Tompkins, ’49 William A Reimer, ’61

Michael L Munson, ’69 Franklin R. McGuire, ’43 Jack W Gannon, ’48


Rodger T Ederer, ’40 George H. Whiteside Jr., ’47 Richard K. Hoover, ’48 Robert Jefferson Lowery, ’78

uC BeRkeLey

Charles G. Dondero, ’31 Matthew C. Lynch, ’41 Thomas G Diel, ’52 James P McNally, ’62


Ronald G Johnson, ’51 Richard J. Warren, ’51


Christopher D. Trahan, ’98


John S. Richmond, ’55

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Jon C. Hall, ’67


Robert R. Churchill, ’50 Roy R. Reed, ’05


Terence C Garner, ’64 William Patrick Hewett, ’75


Frank A. Laraia, ’53


Austin R. Pickering, ’48


Richard V. Fanelli, ’38 William O Boles, ’49 Gordon M Campbell, ’67 William Thomas Smith, ’81


Joseph P O’Mary, ’48 Charles D. Potts, ’48 Joseph A. Amon, ’68 Christopher D O’Bryan, ’87


Dr. Felix K. Gyi, ’77


Robert J Johnson, ’47 James B. Cuthbertson, ’57

MOunT uniOn

John D Bailey, ’16 C. B. Bragdon, ’16 Lawrence A. Carlile, ’17 John F Orth, ’22 Dr. W R. McLaughlin, ’28 Joseph E. Cattarin, ’31 Wilbur E. Goist, ’32 A W. Curtis, ’33 Mr. Allan J. Dalrymple, ’33 Donald W Fein, ’34 Charles H. Derthick, ’36 Dr. James J. Karam, ’36 Mr. James Norum, ’36 Kenneth J Erb, ’37 Robert C. Henshaw, ’37 John F. Leonard, ’37 Dr. James A. Rutledge, ’37 Rv. Gladstone Brown, ’38 James E. Shafer DDS, ’38 John W. Haas, ’39 Harold W. Spies MD, ’39 Dr. Robert R. Hirst, ’40 Earle E. Wise, ’40 Rv. Norman E Crewson, ’41 Robert W. Morledge, ’41 David A Royer, ’43 Lawrence H. Scales, ’43 Frederick E Tucker, ’43 Harold E. Stevens, ’44 Alexander Nash, ’45 Robert W Ohler, ’45 Harold G. Waltz, ’46 William E. Butusov, ’47 Earl L. Clemens, ’47 Joseph A Gianni, ’47 Edward I. Henning Jr., ’47

JOhn gOOD, ohio ’47, died april 3 at age 85. Good was born in athens, ohio, where he remained following graduation from high school to attend college at ohio. Spending most of his life in his hometown, he was president and owner of Lawhead Press, a major regional printing company that was the first publisher of The Laurel. Good served as Beta housing Corporation secretary and president, Beta Board of Governors member, awards Committee chairman, Leadership academy facilitator, national councilor and foundation Trustee. Due to his success in business and his dedication to the fraternity, he was inducted into the Phi Kappa Tau hall of fame as a part of the inaugural class in 2006. in addition to his service, he attended multiple National Conventions and was a regular contributor to the Phi Kappa Tau foundation for decades. CARL MunDy, auburn ’55, died april 2 at age 78. as an undergraduate, Mundy enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and enrolled in the Platoon Leaders Class Program while at auburn. upon graduation from auburn in 1957, Mundy was commissioned as a second lieutenant. he had a distinguished 38-year active duty career that included service in combat with a Marine battalion in Vietnam from 1966-67, The LaureL December 2014 |

Harry A Lundgren, ’47 John W. White, ’47 Wayne E Willis, ’47 Dan G. Biliuris DDS, ’48 Richard A. Carlson, ’48 Earl R McLoney, ’48 Rev. Robert C. Gumbert, ’49 Jack C Huntsberger, ’49 Walter E Knisely, ’49 Homer R Lash, ’49 Donald W. Peters, ’49 John M Poplin, ’50 G Randall Jacobs, ’51 Carlos Poland, ’52 Charles M. Stock, ’54 Eugene K Moulin, ’56 Richard R. Curren, ’59 John T Kinsey, ’60 Paul Hobe, ’62 Terry A. Young, ’63 Timothy F. Butler, ’65 William P. Bresnahan, ’66 Bradley R. Adams, ’67 Douglas A Holder, ’71 Charles Milnac, ’77 Russell F Lenahan, ’78

OLe Miss

Dr. Raymond R Stevens, Jr, ’79


William C. Miller, ’38 Richard C Southwick, ’46 Kingdon C. Hicks, ’49 Dr. Harry L Thomas, Jr, ’52 Edward O Robinson, ’58

which earned him, in addition to other awards, the Bronze Star with combat valor device and the Purple heart. he served as the Marines Corps 30th commandant from 1991 until his retirement from active duty in 1995. Mundy’s dedication to service members and their families continued on in his chapter retirement from active duty. he served as chapter president and chief operating officer of the united Service organization, which is the service partner for the fraternity, and chairman and chairman emeritus of the Marine Corps university foundation. Phi Kappa Tau honored Mundy in 1991 with the Borradaile alumni award during a reception on Capitol hill in Washington, D.C. The fraternity inducted him into its hall of fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. he was also the keynote speaker at the 58th National Convention in Louisville, Ky., in 2008. Because of Mundy’s tremendous record as a leader, National President Bill Macak, florida State ’73, appointed him national leadership advisor for the fraternity in 2008. ROB BiROnAs, Eastern Kentucky ’12, died Sept. 20 at age 36. Bironas, originally from Louisville,

sOuTheRn MississiPPi H G. Gillaspy, ’51 Luke J. Caruso, ’53 Robert A. Gustin, ’56 Alfred L. Ellis, ’57


Dr. Roy L Beckelhymer, Jr, ’50 S Taylor Steves, ’55 L Neal Duniven, ’56 Henry A Taylor, ’59 Scott G Moore, ’61


Mr. Howard N. Smith, ’61 Chick C Willette, ’66


Charles L Callahan, ’51

wAshingTOn sTATe

Robert F. Boring, ’42 Virgil E. Whiteley, ’47 David W. Orahood, ’52

wesT ViRginiA

John E Klemm, ’40

wesTeRn MiChigAn John E. Houk, ’67


W Reed Dennison, ’65

yOungsTOwn sTATe John J. Capenos, ’68

Ky., was killed in a single-vehicle accident near his home in Nashville. Bironas was honorarily initiated into Phi Kappa Tau during the 60th National Convention in Nashville. in the time since his initiation, Bironas was always willing to support the fraternity and foundation through any means he could, including staying in touch with his new brothers and autographing items that were part of the foundation’s silent auctions. a 2007 Pro Bowl kicker, Bironas played nine seasons for the Tennessee Titans. During his remarkable career, Bironas made 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts, which ranks him fourth most-accurate kicker in NfL history. he is also second leading scorer in Titans history with 1,032 points and holds Titans records for longest field goal, 60 yards, and game-winning field goals, 11. although he made a name for himself on the field with his foot, he developed a reputation with his service to the community. in 2008 he started the Rob Bironas fund, a component of the Community foundation of Middle Tennessee, to support children’s organizations. The fund has contributed thousands of dollars to pay for musical instruments for children who otherwise could not afford them, as well as grant wishes for Make-a-Wish children.

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OMiCROn ChAPTeR at Penn State paired with Phi Mu for ThoN, a fundraising and awareness campaign at Penn State for the fight against pediatric cancer. The pair was able to raise $162,749.08, which ranked ninth out of all greek pairings.

The Alpha Omega chapter at Baldwin Wallace raised over $1,000 for SeriousFun Children’s Network through their Phi Tau Fair event. BeTA ChAPTeR at ohio held its Moms Weekend auction, which raised nearly $3,000 for Seriousfun Children’s Network. Chapter brothers also participated in a highway clean up. DeLTA ChAPTeR at Centre hosted its annual event for the St. Baldrick’s foundation in May. Brothers, faculty members and students shaved their heads to raise awareness and money for children’s cancer research. Due to high turnout, $6,000 was raised. ePsiLOn ChAPTeR at Mount union was recognized for excellence in community service, excellence in philanthropic efforts, excellence in campus involvement & leadership, excellence in new member education, improvement in risk management and excellence in alumni & parent relations during Mount union’s Greek awards. in addition to the chapter awards, three individual brothers were recognized. Ryan Smith, Mount union ’11, won the outstanding Learning. Leading. Serving.

Senior fraternity Man award, Greg Koman, Mount union ’11 won the outstanding fraternity President award and anthony ocacio, Mount union ’11, received the Phi Kappa Tau Brotherhood award. TheTA ChAPTeR at Transylvania hosted an alumni golf scramble. Nearly 50 undergraduates and alumni participated in the event. akin Erol, Transylvania aM, was presented the New Greek Member of the Year award from Transylvania in March. kAPPA ChAPTeR at Kentucky hosted a car show with local classic car owners to raise money for Seriousfun Children’s Network. The event raised about $850. LAMBDA ChAPTeR at Purdue had 40 brothers and associate members participate in Boiler Blast. The community service event is organized by the university so students can volunteer for various

causes around the West Lafayette, ind., community. Mu ChAPTeR at Lawrence participated in Relay for Life to help raise awareness and

Phi ChAPTeR at Bethany received several awards at its campus during the annual Greek Week awards banquet. awards included fraternity of the Year, Best fraternity President, Best Graduating Class and Best Philanthropic Work. The brothers also raised money for Seriousfun Children’s Network by hosting a spaghetti dinner for students and community members.

The Epsilon chapter shows off its numerous awards received at Mount Union’s greek life awards ceremony. donations for cancer research and treatment. The chapter also hosted an alumni event in which undergraduates and nearly 30 hosted alumni enjoyed games and dinner. nu ChAPTeR at uC Berkeley hosted a philanthropy event that consisted of 64 teams and raised more than $2,000.

ALPhA DeLTA ChAPTeR at Case Western raised several hundred dollars for Seriousfun Children’s Network through a casino night event. Members also gave back to the local community by helping build greenhouses.

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ALPhA Pi ChAPTeR at Washington held a banquet and silent auction, which raised $5,000 toward Camp Korey, a Seriousfun Children’s Network camp near the chapter. ALPhA sigMA COLOny at Colorado State, which was colonized in March, has already

ALPhA eTA ChAPTeR at florida hosted a volleyball tournament, Safe Sets, to raise money for Seriousfun Children’s Network. ALPhA OMegA ChAPTeR at Baldwin Wallace hosted its fourth annual Phi Tau fair, which raised $1,252. The purpose of Omicron chapter at Penn State had several brothers participate in THON, and through their partnership with Phi Mu placed among the top greek organizations in fundraising for pediatric cancer research. BeTA BeTA ChAPTeR at Louisville hosted a spring concert featuring the Ying Yang Twins for Louisville students. Nearly 1,000 students attended. BeTA gAMMA COLOny at idaho hosted its annual Silly olympics in March to raise money and awareness for Seriousfun Children’s Network. This year’s event was the best attended with 14 sororities. Events included a watermelon toss, hula hooping, pudding eating contest and donut fishing.

Brothers from the Beta Kappa chapter at Oklahoma State enjoy their new basketball court as part of several housing updates. begun participating in campus events, such as Kappa Delta’s ice cream fundraiser, Colorado State’s town improvement project and social activities with several sororities.

the event was to raise money for Seriousfun Children’s Network and to promote campus unity. More than 200 people attended the fair and 20 campus organizations participated this year. Each organization provided its booth and activity it wanted to use to raise money toward its philanthropy.

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BeTA ePsiLOn ChAPTeR at Southern Mississippi put together Silly olympics and a dinner to raise money for Seriousfun Children’s Network. The events raised $600. BeTA kAPPA ChAPTeR at oklahoma State has continued to improve its chapter house with the help from the Board of Governors, house Corporation and Parents Club. in the past year, the parking lot has been paved, a basketball hoop has been

added, the study room renovated, the game room renovated, the showers have been renovated and new floors have been installed. BeTA Mu ChAPTeR at Kent State put together the Phi Tau Spelling Bee and raffle to raise money for Seriousfun Children’s Network. BeTA xi ChAPTeR at Georgia organized a sold-out benefit concert in february at the Georgia Theatre in athens, Ga., featuring Ben Rector. The event raised more than $12,000 for Seriousfun Children’s Network. The chapter also has the largest spring associate class for ifC fraternities at Georgia. BeTA Phi ChAPTeR at Westminster held its annual Phi Tau Phest, which is a concert of local bands that play in order to raise money for philanthropic causes. The concert raised about $400 with more than 100 people in attendance.

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BeTA Chi ChAPTeR at Southern illinois raised $700 for Seriousfun Children’s Network through its Quatros event. BeTA Psi ChAPTeR at Cal State-Long Beach hosted a kickball game between undergraduate and alumni brothers. BeTA OMegA ChAPTeR at Cal State-Chico held an alumni weekend in May to help raise money for their house. The weekend included a BBQ dinner for all brothers and helped raise money for new kitchen appliances. gAMMA ALPhA ChAPTeR at Michigan Tech received several awards at the Michigan Tech Greek awards ceremony, including the outstanding New

Several members from the Delta Chi chapter at Rochester participated in Relay for Life, and the chapter raised about $4,500 for charitable causes. gAMMA LAMBDA ChAPTeR at Central Michigan hosted Seriousfun Week in the spring to raise awareness and money for Seriousfun Children’s Network. Events included throwing pies at Phi Taus, Phry Tau, a hot dog eating contest and a carnival. The philanthropy raised more than $1,000.

Brothers from the Delta Chi chapter at Rochester with the chapters awards received at the school’s fraternity and sorority awards ceremony. Member of the fraternal Greek Community award. for the seventh year in a row, the chapter took home first in the snow statue competition’s fraternity division during the school’s Winter Carnival in february. gAMMA BeTA ChAPTeR at Cincinnati raised about $3,000 with its Phry Tau booth while participating in Relay for Life Learning. Leading. Serving.

with various other organizations on campus. gAMMA iOTA COLOny at Sacramento State hosted a founders Day golf event, dinner and silent auction for alumni, which raised $1,000. The event also provided the opportunity for the colony members to better connect with local alumni.

gAMMA nu ChAPTeR at RiT held a standup comedy show, hilarity for Charity, with local comedians performing to raise money for alzheimer’s research. The chapter also partnered the Lambda Pi Chi to host the Gabby oberti Memorial 5K to benefit Seriousfun Children’s Network and a charity chosen by oberti’s family. fifty runners ran in the May race. gAMMA OMiCROn ChAPTeR at Cal Statefullerton participated in the

Surfrider foundation Beach Cleanup in March to benefit the local community. gAMMA TAu ChAPTeR at old Dominion hosted its fourth annual Chili Cook off at the Norfolk Masonic Temple to raise money for Victory Junction, a Seriousfun Children’s Network camp. The event raised $800 for the camp. DeLTA BeTA ChAPTeR at Evansville hosted an alumni gathering at Evansville’s annual bike race. Several recent and local alumni attended. DeLTA nu ChAPTeR at Wright State, along with alpha Xi Delta, hosted a roller disco rally which raised nearly $5,000 for Seriousfun Children’s Network and autism Speaks.

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ePsiLOn DeLTA ChAPTeR at Virginia Wesleyan hosted a campus-wide game of tag. Tickets to participate were sold and the event raised $150 in the process, which all went to Seriousfun Children’s Network. The chapter raised $300 for Seriousfun by selling red carnations leading up to Valentine’s Day.

ZeTA ALPhA ChAPTeR at Belmont created a community service twitter handle, @askPhiTau, in which any person could tweet an educational question or service request and a member would complete whichever was asked. The initiative resulted in great exposure for the chapter. D’angeleau Newsome, Belmont

kenyOn COLOny hosted a Good Guy/Gal olympics, which was an a community outreach initiative to recognize a male or female student on campus for being a generous person. Students submitted forms online and aubrey Powers won. During the 10-day period that submission were accepted, more than 900 nominations were made.

Members of the Gamma Tau chapter at Old Dominion working their Chili Cook Off for Victory Junction.

DeLTA Pi ChAPTeR at Murray State hosted a sand volleyball tournament in which eight greek organizations participated and helped raise $360 toward Seriousfun Children’s Network. DeLTA TAu ChAPTeR at Cal Poly-Pomona held a fundraiser, Phitauction, which raised more than $4,000 for Painted Turtle, a Seriousfun Children’s Network camp. Nearly 150 people attended the auction which featured 22 brothers. DeLTA Chi ChAPTeR at Rochester was recognized with the ifC’s overall Excellence in Strategic Planning award, which is given to the top fraternity in the ifC. The chapter also participated during Relay for Life with various campus organizations and was able to raise about $4,500 for charitable causes. ePsiLOn BeTA ChAPTeR at West Virginia Tech chapter participated in a Pie a Residential advisor philanthropy event. Students placed bids on the Ras they want to pie to raise money.

The snow statue from Gamma Alpha at Michigan Tech won the snow statue competition for the chapters seventh consecutive win. ePsiLOn kAPPA ChAPTeR at Rutgers participated in a community service event called Special friends Day, which consisted of members spending time with children who have mental disabilities. ePsiLOn RhO ChAPTeR at indiana u of Pennsylvania recently assisted with a canned food drive, which helped raise $200. ePsiLOn Chi ChAPTeR at Virginia Tech received the outstanding Community Relations award at the campus’s interfraternity award Ceremony in april.

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’10, received the fraternity Man of the Year award at Belmont’s annual Greek Week award Ceremony. ZeTA BeTA ChAPTeR at Saginaw Valley State participated in the campus’s Relay for Life and helped raise, along with all other campus organizations, $48,000. ZeTA ePsiLOn ChAPTeR at Lynchburg held a Phi Tau raffle, which consisted of selling tickets to raise money for cancer research. The event raised more than $1,000. ZeTA ZeTA ChAPTeR at illinois-Springfield hosted a coffee fundraiser to benefit Seriousfun Children’s Network. The event raised $300.

MiDDLe Tennesse sTATe COLOny participated in a wing cooking contest against other greek organizations in the spring. The colony took home a people’s choice award. it also hosted a photo frenzy event, which helped raise its profile on campus as a new organization. nORTh TexAs COLOny hosted a Silly olympics philanthropy event, which raised nearly $2,500 for Seriousfun Children’s Network. Seventy people participated, helping it become the largest spring event held by an ifC organization.

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Graduate School of Management at the university of auckland Business School in New Zealand. Lowe teaches courses related to leadership, ethics and governance. •

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kRis kePPeL, Bethany ’80, was a finalist for the Brooks Running 2014 inspiring Coach of the Year award. Keppel, now in his 21st season as Land o’Lakes high School (fla.) cross country coach, inspired his team as he continued to coach during his battle with pancreatic cancer.

A group of Phi Kappa Tau alumni gathered on Kentucky Derby Eve at the home of Jim Goodwin, Michigan State ’66. Every year Goodwin hosts several of his contemporaries/associate class brothers from his chapter for Derby Weekend. He has been doing this since he was an undergraduate. Nick Morris, Kappa ’71, Bill Brasch, Louisville ’67, Jim Goodwin, Michigan State ’66, Bill Kolomyjec, Michigan State ’66, Gary Griffin, Michigan State ’66, Chuck Hoodhood, Michigan State ’66, Mike Bradburn, Michigan State ’66. •

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JiM RuTLeDge, Louisville ’62, oversaw the production of the four Roses limited edition small batch that was selected as american Whiskey of the Year for 2013 by Whiskey advocate. it was announced in the publication’s spring 2014 issue. This is the second year in a row the product received the honor. Rutledge is the master distiller for four Roses Distiller in Lawrenceburg, Ky.

JOsePh COhen, Louisville ’64, was reappointed as the general counsel to the Louisville Bar association and Louisville Bar Center. Cohen is an attorney at Seiller Waterman LLC in Louisville, Ky. JOhn shiRey, Purdue ’68, was presented the National Public Service award by the american Society for Public administration and the National academy of Public administration in March in Washington, D.C. Shirey is the current city manager of Sacramento, Calif.

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J.J. Lewis, Central Michigan ’04, was named the manager of major giving for WRCJ 90.9 FM.

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BReTT BenCe, Nebraska Wesleyan ’74, is serving as the president-elect of the american academy of optometry. Bence is the director of optometry and a partner at Northwest Eye Surgeons in Seattle. Since 2005, he has been serving on the american academy of optometry Board of Directors. keVin LOwe, Louisville ’77, became the fletched Building Education Trust chairman in leadership and a professor in the

JeFF CARR, Colorado State ’83, co-founded SlamData in early 2014. The company, based in Boulder, Co., addresses the issue that primary methods for analytics on NoSQL data are far too complex and resource intensive. he serves as CEo. guTheRie ZARing, Georgetown ’84, was elected to the Georgetown College Board of Trustees and serves as the president of the Georgetown College alumni Board. Learning. Leading. Serving.


LaureLs 30 DAViD suTTOn, oklahoma State ’89, and his wife, Kimberly, had their first child, olivia Marie, on July 18. Sutton has volunteered on the Beta Kappa Board of Governors and house Corporation in various roles for more than a decade. •


B.J. RuCkRiegeL, Eastern Kentucky ’96, was included in the forty under 40 list for 2014 from Business first. The list honors 40 young members of the Louisvillearea business community for career achievements, community service and the likelihood to be among the movers and shakers of the next generation of business leaders. Ruckriegel is Cfo and controller of CandyRific LLC, which designs, makes and distributes novelty candy items to retailers.

John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60, and Gary Nixon, Akron ’61, took a trip to Alaska.

shAne sTuBeR, Georgetown ’95, celebrated his first year as executive director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Louisville, Ky. eDDie RAuen, Cincinnati ’98, became the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s ohio Valley chapter president. Rauen is a former Executive offices staff member. •

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RyAn kiRBy, Bradley ’00, had a painting featured as the october cover of outdoor Life Magazine. The whitetail buck painting was the first piece of art featured on the cover of the magazine in more than 20 years. Kirby is a renowned wildlife artist based in Boone, N.C. JOey BALL, Georgetown ’01, and his wife, Emily, had their daughter, ashlynn Kay. Chance Pearce, Oklahoma State ’09, and wife, Ball served on the Delta Theta Autumn, with their family’s newest arrival. Chapter Board of Governors for four years as recruitment advisor ALex BARTh, Washington then a member-at-large. ’94, and his wife, Jen, had their second child, Morgan Payne, DAViD hAney, Transylvania in october. Barth has served in ’03, is serving as presidentvarious roles on the alpha Pi elect of the Young Professionals Board of Governors and house association of Louisville. haney Corporation. practices law in insurance Learning. Leading. Serving.

Ray Sophie, Southern Illinois ’08, was joined by several of his Phi Kappa Tau brothers for his marriage to Lisa (Jaquez). litigation, nursing home litigation, medical malpractice and business litigation as a member of Gwin, Steinmetz & Baird’s Long Term Car and Business Litigation Group. TRisTAn hiLPeRT, Cal Statefullerton ’03, was hired as the coordinator of fraternity and Sorority Life at the university of Wyoming in august. hilpert has previously volunteered on the Epsilon Sigma Board of Governors. he received the outstanding advisor award in 2012. PJ BesT, RiT ’04, married Kate (Thomson). Best is the allegheny Domain Director and has volunteered as the Three Rivers Domain Director, and a Regional Conferences and Good to Great Retreat facilitator. J.J. Lewis, Central Michigan ’04, was named the manager of major giving for WRCJ 90.9 fM in addition to his role as manager of major giving for Detroit Public

Television, which he started in 2013. he volunteers for the fraternity as Great Lakes East Domain Director and national service advisor. kyLe CAnTReLL, Tennessee ’07, accepted a position as a fourth grade teacher for Murfreesboro City Schools in Murfreesboro, Tenn. ChRisTOPeR nOwiCki, Michigan Tech ’07, celebrated his one-year wedding anniversary with his wife, Kelsey (Kusibab) in august. PhiL FRAnDinA, RiT ’08, earned a master’s degree from New York university. frandina volunteers for the fraternity as upstate Domain Director, and a Building Men of Character Retreat and Good to Great Retreat facilitator. he received the William h. Shideler award,

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31 which is presented to the most outstanding graduating senior, in 2011. MATT MAROne, florida State ’08, spent a week in august volunteering in uganda. Marone and others in his group contributed to the building of a marketplace for disabled locals to sell their goods and services. Marone is a former Executive offices staff member.

Matt Marone, Florida State ’08, while on his week of volunteering in Uganda.

Patrick McLaughlin, Oklahoma State ’09, receives his promotion to corporal in the United States Marine Corps. ChAnCe PeARCe, oklahoma State ’09, and his wife, autumn, had their first child, Chandler James, on aug. 14. Several brothers attended a gathering in North Carolina, which also served to develop interest in the Appalachian State expansion. RAy sOPhie, Southern illinois ’08, married his fiancée, Lisa (Jaquez), on aug. 9 in Nevada. Sophie is the Golden Bear North Domain Director and a former Executive offices staff member. ALAn BuRMAn, Saginaw Valley State ’09, married his fiancée, Kate (Rockafellow) in July. PATRiCk MCLAughLin, oklahoma State ’09, was promoted to corporal in the united States Marine Corps. he is currently serving in okinawa, Japan.

TReVOR suLLiVAn, Chapman ’09, became a staff editor for the Chapman Law Review at the Chapman university Dale E. fowler School of Law and received the William h. Shideler award, which is presented to the most outstanding graduating senior, in 2013. niCk TeReCk, Saginaw Valley State ’09, was promoted to the director of Residence Life at Baker College in owosso, Mich., after working as a residence hall coordinator at the college for six years. he has volunteered for the fraternity as a Regional Conferences and Leadership academy facilitator, and is currently the Zeta Beta Board of Governors chairman.

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ADAM CLARk, Louisville ’10, accepted a corporate accountant position with BB&T in WinstonSalem, N.C. TAnneR PeARCe, oklahoma State ’11, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the united States army. he is currently serving in fort Lee, Va. wOOD sMiTh, Centre ’11, started as an assistant language teacher for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET). it is a Japanese government initiative that brings college graduates—mostly native speakers of English—to Japan as assistant language teachers and sports education advisors in Japanese kindergartens, elementary, junior high and high schools.

sTeVe TOTin, Westminster ’11, had a sculpture selected for the “Multiplicities: New Directions in fiber” show at the iMaGo Gallery in Warren, R.i. Totin is an artist who specializes in found materials and his work “brings the discarded fragments of our lives together, allowing the sub-reality they create to be observed and analyzed for its aesthetics, its energy and its involvement in the world we live in.” BRenDOn ViCkeRy, Texasaustin ’12, started his professional career at Morningstar, inc., in Chicago. Vickery served as Beta alpha chapter president when the colony re-charted. he received the Gregory D. hollen Colony President award in 2012. ChAD wARRix, Eastern Kentucky ’12, was made a Kentucky admiral, along with his halfway to hazard partner, David Tolliver, by Kentucky State Senator Brad Smith in September. The duo received the honor during the Crockettsville Charity Concert and Trail Ride.

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