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winTer 2014 VOL. 101, NO. 1 Editor-in-Chief Tyler wash, Georgetown ’06 Managing Editors Cole Yearwood, Oklahoma State ’09 Marty Dunning, Kentucky ’07 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. 101, No. 2 and will be published in Summer 2014. Printed in the USA | ISSN Number: 0023-8996 Printed by The watkins Printing Company, Columbus, Ohio.

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Preparing Our Leaders


Creating the Future


Final Perspectives


Preserving the Past


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Letter from the Editor


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Cover photo taken at Leadership Academy in Oregonia, Ohio. Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89, speaks to the brothers about Phi Kappa Tau.

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The mission of Phi Kappa Tau is to champion a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character. The vision of Phi Kappa Tau is to be recognized as a leadership organization that binds men together and challenges them to improve their campuses and the world. FRATERNITY NATIONAL COUNCIL natiOnaL PreSiDent Steve nelson, Southern mississippi ’73 natiOnaL ViCe PreSiDent rick Keltner, Sacramento State ’76 Josh Bleidt, eastern Kentucky ’96 Bill Brasch, Louisville ’67 mike Dovilla, Baldwin Wallace ’94 Sean mcmanus, east Carolina ’94 David ruckman, Ohio State ’62 tom Skena, Bethany ’81 Dick michael, michigan tech ’70 Cliff unger, arizona ’98 UNDERGRADUATE ADvISORY BOARD PreSiDent: ryan Bruchey, Belmont ’10 ViCe PreSiDent: Jamison heard, evansville ’12 nick Benjamin, rochester ’12 andy Cole, Belmont ’11 austin hancock, Georgia tech ’09 Ken Johnson, Georgia ’11 nathan Shuler, Centre ’12 adam Spaulding, uC Berkeley ’11 trevor Sullivan, Chapman ’09 taylor Weitlauf, Louisville ’12 NATIONAL ADvISORS Chief aLumni OffiCer: mark Scher, rider ’85 Chief LearninG OffiCer: Wes fugate, Centre ’99 LeaDerShiP: James Poss, Southern mississippi ’80 LeGaL: John Christopher, Kentucky ’86 OLD main hOLDinGS Chairman: Doug adams, miami ’81 ΦKt PrOPertieS PreSiDent: Jeff Baird, muhlenberg ’01 reCruitment/retentiOn: mike Gabhart, Georgetown ’95 rituaLiSt/ChaPLain: nick rachford, Cincinnati ’64 SerViCe: Jordan Loeb, indiana ’06 treaSurer: Ken Loewen, Colorado ’80 National Advisors are ex-officio, non-voting members of the National Council.

EXECUTIvE OFFICES STAFF (800) PKt-1906 interim Chief exeCutiVe OffiCer DireCtOr Of ChaPter SerViCeS tim hudson, truman State ’97


interim fOunDatiOn exeCutiVe DireCtOr x271 DireCtOr Of DeVeLOPment/DireCtOr Of COmmuniCatiOn tyler Wash, Georgetown ’06 DireCtOr Of eDuCatiOnaL initiatiVeS Sarah rochford


finanCe COOrDinatOr Lisa adams


COmmuniCatiOn COOrDinatOr Cole yearwood, Oklahoma State ’09


COmmuniCatiOn COOrDinatOr marty Dunning, Kentucky ’07


PrOGramminG COOrDinatOr Dustin Brown, Georgetown ’05


exPanSiOn COOrDinatOr alex Koehler, mount union ’07


COLOny DeVeLOPment COnSuLtant michael Lukins, Washington ’08


exPanSiOn COnSuLtant tommy reisinger, Kent State ’12


reSOurCe COnSuLtant tyler Vienot Saginaw Valley State ’09


DeVeLOPment COOrDinatOr Julia mcmurray


exeCutiVe aSSiStant Cindy morgan


aDminiStratiVe aSSiStant-ChaPter SerViCeS Lori foister


aDminiStratiVe aSSiStant-fOunDatiOn angie Van Winkle


FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES Chairman David ruckman, Ohio State ’62 firSt ViCe Chairman Dick michael, michigan tech ’70 SeCOnD ViCe Chairman Bill fisher, miami ’80 treaSurer Brian hardy, Westminster ’93 SeCretary Greg heilmeier, Bethany ’86 Charlie Ball, miami ’82 Steve Chaddick, Georgia tech ’70 John Green, nebraska Wesleyan ’60 reza hashampour, Georgetown ’82 tom Jeswald, Ohio ’63 rick Keltner, Sacrameto State ’76 Steve nelson, Southern mississippi ’73 Jeff rivard, Central michigan ’65 DISTINGUISHED TRUSTEES Jack Bartholomew, Ohio State ’55 ray Bichimer, Ohio State ’53 mark Boyd, miami ’71 Bill Braund, Westminster ’54 norm Brown, Ohio State ’50 Jerry Carlton, Ohio ’58 fred fether, Bowling Green ’51 Larry fisher, Ohio State ’60 hugh fowler, Colorado ’45 John Good, Ohio ’47 Jim hamilton, Ohio State ’63 Jim heilmeier, Kent State ’47 ted hendricks, Bowling Green ’59 Greg hollen, maryland ’75 Dan huffer, Ohio State ’57 David Lawrence, miami ’61 Bob Leatherman, akron ’60 Jim mcatee, Ohio ’65 mac mcKinley, Oklahoma State ’51 fred mills, Ohio State ’66 Don Phillips, texas-austin ’82 nick rachford, Cincinnati ’64 ross roeder, michigan ’58 Joel rudy, Bethany ’60 tim Smith, Bowling Green ’62 Don Snyder Sr, Cornell ’49 Scott Stewart, nebraska-Kearney ’69 Carl Vance, miami ’67 Graydon Webb, Ohio State ’69

To view a complete list of Phi Kappa Tau leaders, visit Learning. Leading. Serving.

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Letter from the editor Realizing Our Potential Advice is cheap. Charlie Brown could get advice from Lucy for a nickel. (Frankly, I believe Lucy should investigate a new business model. As a professional consultant or life coach, she could charge a much higher price.) Throughout the past decade, Steve Hartman’s office here at Phi Kappa Tau was not only the central hub of leadership for the organization, but also a place where many would go seeking advice. I was one of those seekers on a professional and personal level. At the time, I saw the advice I received as just that: the answer to a pressing question or a little passing professional counsel. It wasn’t until I was able to weave all of the conversations together that I realized it was much more. I was being challenged to realize my full potential. When someone who has a passion for what they do, coupled with an unwavering desire for excellence, challenges you to achieve, it’s powerful. That is the essence of Steve Hartman—whether he knew it or not. As CEO, Steve spent more than a decade challenging students, volunteers, board members and staff to perform at their highest level. Phi Kappa Tau was able to realize its potential because he challenged the individuals who could effect change. We achieved so much during his tenure, great and small, from reorganization and expansion to defining and implementing a strategic plan, as a result of his leadership. As we say goodbye to Steve after his years of service as Phi Kappa Tau’s CEO, we found it fitting to title this issue “Realizing Our Potential.” We hope this compilation of stories and articles will convince our members, friends and family of our potential as an organization and our ability to make a quality Fraternity experience a reality. You will read about the great accomplishments in our expansion efforts, in educational programs, and by chapters, alumni and most of all, students. This great work came about when each brother—student and alumnus alike—accepted the challenge to realize his own individual potential. We will miss the passion, work ethic and leadership that are the fundamental qualities of Steve Hartman. We will not forget his ability to transform simple, caring advice into a challenge to inspire us to realize our potential as a contemporary leadership organization. Steve, on behalf of the countless individuals who are stronger, better people because of your selfless devotion, your thoughtful inspiration and your generous encouragement, we thank you. Godspeed and good luck. Warmest Fraternal Regards,

“Thank you for your leadership and service.” -Vic Hudy, Michigan Tech ’84 “You and Rob (Reese) made a whole generation of Phi Taus proud to be in the early ’90s.” -Jonathan Beam, UNC-Chapel Hill ’92 “May your cares be as light as the ocean’s spray and your joys as great as the ocean’s depth.” -Dan Dauer, Old Dominion ’67 “You have served our organization at the most admirable level.” -Jason McConkey, Baldwin wallace ’08 “You have been wonderful for the Fraternity.” -Charles McKee, Oregon State ’74 “You have accomplished tremendous things during your tenure.” -Mick Mickle, Nebraska wesleyan ’71 “I will miss your wisdom, insight and dynamism.” -Nick Rachford, Cincinnati ’64 “You’re leaving Phi Kappa Tau in a better place than where you found it.” -Ted Zaller, Ohio State ’96 “You’re one of the finest minds and best leaders I’ve ever known.” -John Sayers, Bethany ’78 “Thank you for stepping up to the plate and doing an outstanding job.” -John Mankopf, Coe ’65 “Thanks for everything you’ve done for Phi Tau. You’re a rock star.” Mike Gabhart, Georgetown ’95 “Your leadership has helped establish a strong foundation for us to build upon for many years to come.” John Kaczynski, Central Michigan ’04

Tyler Wash, Georgetown ’06 Editor-in-Chief

From left to right: Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89, Tim Hudson, Truman State ’96, Tyler wash, Georgetown ’06, and Alex Koehler, Mount Union ’07, at Conclave

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“Thank you for everything you have done for Phi Kappa Tau over the past 11 years” Andy Fruth, Southern Illinois ’08

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PHI KAPPA TAU REACHES 4,000 UNDERGRADUATE MEMBERS In celebration of the Fraternity now having more than 4,000 undergraduate members, each chapter has been given a gift from the Fraternity and Foundation Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Scott Stewart, Nebraska-Kearney ’69. Knowing the milestone was within reach, Fraternity and Foundation leaders took time at Conclave in July 2013 to discuss the potential and how to appropriately commemorate the occasion if reached this academic year. “Achieving our 4,000 undergraduate goal is only the beginning,” said National President Stephan Nelson, Southern Mississippi ’73. “It should not be a pinnacle, but the foundation as we continue to grow.” The milestone was achieved because chapters and colonies reported the highest total for associate members in the last 10 semesters. In the fall of 2013, 80 groups reported 1,045 men associated through fall recruitment, which is an increase of 104 from fall 2012. The average class size was 13.

The top chapters were: Beta Beta, Louisville 61; Gamma Omicron, Cal State-Fullerton 38; Beta Iota, Florida State 37; Alpha Eta, Florida 34; Beta Kappa, Oklahoma State 33; Gamma Mu, Bradley 33. Being that it was only possible through the work and dedication to the Fraternity’s creed and mission from of each individual chapter and colony, it was decided each should be acknowledged. In recognition, every group was sent new pop-up banners to proudly display at meetings, recruitment events and other functions. The banner sets, including one with the coat-of-arms and one with the creed, were shipped to each group’s house or greek affairs office.


John Green, Nebraska wesleyan ’60, (second from right) with Tim Hudson, Truman State ’96, Matt Green and Greg Hollen, Maryland ’75, during the inaugural John M. Green Classic.

With clear skies and temperatures in the high 70s, more than 40 brothers and Phriends of Phi Tau set off down the cart path at 8 a.m. on July 14, 2013 for the inaugural John M. Green Classic. The Foundation sponsored the golf event, held at Indian Ridge Golf Club in Oxford, Ohio, to honor Past Executive Director and National President John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60. “It was very gratifying.” Green said. “It was heartwarming to see the guys come out to support not only, I suspect, me, but also the Fraternity and the Foundation. The recognition of the total overall picture, what we do for young people, is what is most important.” Green has served as Domain Chief (now Domain Director), National Councilor, national vice president, national president, Leadership Academy facilitator, SeriousFun Children’s Network camp volunteer, Fraternity executive director and Foundation executive director. In addition, he has received the Palm Award and was a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class. He is currently on the Foundation Board of Trustees. Learning. Leading. Serving.

“John is the most selfless Phi Tau I know,” said Distinguished Foundation Trustee and Past National President Greg Hollen, Maryland ’75. “For the past 50 years he has provided more leadership and service than any living Phi Tau. He has held virtually every office and role within our organization, never turning down a request to serve our Fraternity or Foundation.” Hollen came all the way from Texas to play. It was fitting trip for him considering Green’s role in his development as a golfer. “I’ve known him as a kind friend and mentor for over 35 years,” Hollen said. “It was John Green who brought me to golf, in 1999, as I was leaving the national presidency. My wife asked what I would do when I retired, and when I didn’t have a good answer she suggested I take up golf. John obliged as my teacher and coach!” The inaugural classic coincided with Conclave this year. Eleven foursomes competed in the golf scramble. Skill level ranged from brothers who haven’t set foot on a course in several years to those who barely go a few days without playing a round. “It was a great event and a great time to be with other Phi Taus,” said Old Main Holdings Chairman Doug Adams, Miami ’81, who participated in the Classic. “It is an excellent way to honor someone who is a foundation to our Fraternity. It is a well-deserved honor and I hope we do it for many years to come.” Several undergraduates played in the Classic, as well, before heading home after attending Conclave. “The alumni that we’re at the Classic we’re some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met,” said Kyle Rutledge, Oklahoma State ’12. “I definitely encourage all undergraduates to participate at least once in their undergrad years. Hands down one of the best times I’ve had on a golf course.” Hollen said he appreciates how golf can bring brothers together. “I’m late to the game of golf, but I enjoy its life lessons and special feeling of comradeship with those brothers who play,” he said. “Across social and age lines, the opportunity to spend several hours in common pursuit provides excellent avenues to discuss careers, personal goals, and the Fraternity and how we can help each other. We share more than just the bond of brotherhood, and it is through the golf experience that we often learn to care about that individual and share their life’s experiences and hear their dreams.” Once every group had finished 18 holes, participants met at the club house for lunch, a silent auction and an awards presentation. The LaureL |

PHI KAPPA TAU HONORS JOHN SAYERS wITH PALM AwARD Phi Kappa Tau recognized John Sayers, Bethany ’78, with the Palm Award at Phi chapter’s 90th Anniversary Banquet on Nov. 2, 2013, in Bethany, W.Va. “The fact that I could share this with some of my very best friends in the world and at my alma mater was particularly sweet,” Sayers said. The Palm Award is one of the Fraternity’s most prominent awards. It is presented to alumni, after a nomination and vote of the National Council, who have shown exemplary service and dedication to the national organization. Only 52 men in the Fraternity’s history have been bestowed the honor. “I was more than a little stunned to have received this incredible honor,” Sayers said. “It’s not like I’ve ever held high national office, or donated a million dollars or anything. I’ve just tried to serve where I could, whether it was at my own chapter at Bethany, or in other places.” For many in attendance at the banquet, it was the highlight of the night to see Sayers receive the award. “John has given so much to Phi chapter and to Phi Kappa Tau,” said Mike Holzworth, Bethany ’96. “To me, John is what Phi Kappa Tau is all about. Sitting next to him while the announcement was being made is something that I will remember for the rest of my life.” Since becoming an alumnus, Sayers has attended multiple National Conventions, volunteered on numerous committees, and served for more than two decades on the Phi Board of Governors as chapter advisor, BOG

John Sayers, Bethany ’78, (second from the left) with Phi Award recipients George Manahan, Bethany ’80, John Faber, Bethany ’74, and Mike Holzworth, Bethany ’96, at Phi chapter’s 90th Anniversary Banquet.

chairman and risk management advisor. He still is copy editor for The Laurel, and a Good to Great Retreats facilitator. In addition to giving his time, Sayers donates annually to the Foundation. Sayers said there is still more that he wants to do. “Frankly, I think a person has to do a lot more in his fraternal life to merit this honor than I have,” he said. “However, I suppose this will just force me to get off my butt and do more, to reach that level to make me feel as if I’ve earned it.”


undergraduate experience and be better able to make important decisions. And, with the great strides we’ve made over the last few years, the UAB is poised for continued growth, furthering communication and collaboration with Executive Offices staff, our National Council, and all of our undergraduate chapters.”

Undergraduate Advisory Board members being sworn into office at the second Conclave in Oxford, Ohio.

The Undergraduate Advisory Board (UAB) approved five brothers to serve in the open positions. The new members took the UAB Oath of Service, led by National President Stephan Nelson, Southern Mississippi ’73, during the Brotherhood Banquet at Conclave on July 13, 2013. Candidates submitted applications in May and were then interviewed by National Councilors and UAB members. “Each of the men that applied were bright, articulate leaders on their campuses and in their communities; it was a pleasure speaking with each of them,” said National Councilor Cliff Unger, Arizona ’98. “The new appointees to the board will lend their individual strengths in assuring the National Council has an accurate picture and understanding of our The LaureL |

The following undergraduate brothers were appointed: Nick Benjamin, Rochester ’12 Andy Cole, Belmont ’11 Austin Hancock, Georgia Tech ’09 Adam Spaulding, UC Berkeley ’11 Taylor Weitlauf, Louisville ’12 They will each serve for two years, except Hancock, who will serve for one. UAB returning members Ryan Bruchey, Belmont ’10, and Jamison Heard, Evansville ’12, were elected to serve as president and vice president, respectively. In 2010, during the 59th National Convention in Denver, the Fraternity voted to create the UAB to better serve undergraduate members by being their voice to the National Council. The board consists of 10 members: six members elected during National Convention and four members appointed during the off-Convention year. Members regularly attend National Council and UAB monthly meetings and conference calls, represent the Fraternity at various events, and serve on committees and subcommittees. They act as both National Council representatives to undergraduate brothers, and undergraduate representatives to the National Council. Learning. Leading. Serving.



FOunDATIOn HOsTs EWInG T. BOLEs DInnEr As a part of the semiannual national Conclave event, the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation hosted the inaugural Ewing T. Boles Dinner on July 12, 2013. Members of the Ewing T. Boles Society and Heritage Society joined Foundation Trustee and Past Executive Director John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60, and his wife, Joan, at their home for the memorable evening. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed on the Greens’ back deck overlooking the fourth hole of Indian Ridge Golf Club. “John and Joan hosted a beautiful event, on a perfect night in Oxford,” said National Councilor Cliff Unger, Arizona ’98. “I can’t think of two more gracious hosts.” Special guests Cal Klumb, Miami ’58, and his wife, Carol, were presented a Heritage Society commemorative plate. The Klumbs recently included Phi Kappa Tau in their will and are the newest members of the Heritage Society. The Ewing T. Boles Dinner was developed by the Foundation Board of Trustees as a way to bring together the Fraternity’s most generous and dedicated supporters and provide the appropriate level of appreciation for their support. The Foundation Board of Trustees plans to host the dinner annually with the next being the 2014 Ewing T. Boles Dinner during the 61st National Convention in Washington, D.C.

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wes Fugate, Centre ’99, Cliff Unger, Arizona ’98, and Don Stansberry, Ohio ’87, at the Ewing T. Boles Dinner.


The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation hosted the Pittsburgh Brotherhood Reception at Fox Chapel Golf Club on April 24, 2013. Nearly 30 Foundation donors and guests attended the reception. During the reception, Foundation Trustee and Past National President Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86, presented the Palm Award to Distinguished Trustee Bill Braund, Westminster ’54 (pictured below). The prestigious award is given to an alumnus, after a nomination and National Council vote, who has exhibited exemplary service and dedication to the national organization. Seven of Braund’s Beta Phi chapter brothers were there to witness him receive the award.

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On May 18, 2013 the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation hosted the second annual Phi Kappa Tau Day at the Races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. More than 25 alumni and guests attended the event held in the Jockey Club Suites on Millionaire’s Row, which provided a sweeping view of the track. In honor of Phi Kappa Tau Day at the Races, the first race of the day was the Phi Kappa Tau Classic. “This was the second year for Phi Kappa Tau Day at the Races and once again the event was a success,” said Director of Development Tyler Wash, Georgetown ’06. “It never ceases to amaze me how quickly brothers of all ages and backgrounds come together and act as if they have known each other their entire lives.” Following the race, Past National President Charlie Ball, Miami ’82, presented the trophy to jockey Shawn Bridgmohan (pictured above). Several alumni and guests joined Ball for the presentation. Attendees spent the rest of the day watching the races, reconnecting with brothers, meeting new ones and taking in the historic venue. Some alumni even tested their luck and bet on the horses. With the success of the first two Phi Kappa Tau Day at the Races, the Foundation plans to make this a Foundation event for many years to come.


The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation hosted the Washington, D.C. Founders Day Reception in the Mike Mansfield Room in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol on March 14, 2013. More than 80 brothers and guests attended the reception to celebrate the Fraternity’s 107th anniversary. National Councilor Bill Brasch, Louisville ’67, introduced U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Louisville ’61, to the audience and presented him with a framed fall 2009 issue of The Laurel, which featured McConnell on the cover alongside U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, Rensselaer ’71, and former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, Ohio ’56 (pictured above). McConnell welcomed the crowd to the Capitol and spoke about his undergraduate days at the University of Louisville. Following McConnell’s speech, National President Steve Nelson, Southern Mississippi ’73, remarked briefly on the Fraternity’s current state and Foundation Vice Chairman Scott Stewart, Nebraska-Kearney ’69, recognized the donors in the room for continuing to support Phi Kappa Tau. McConnell and his staff helped the Foundation secure access to the venue and were wonderful hosts for the reception.


In the shadow of historic Wrigley Field, brothers from 27 different chapters came together at the Chicago Brotherhood Reception. The reception, held in conjunction with the Foundation Board of Trustees meeting, was on Nov. 7, 2013. More than 50 alumni, donors and guests attended. “It’s great to meet with the Fraternity’s officers and the Foundation Trustees, as well as to meet local Phi Taus,” said Distinguished Trustee Don Phillips, Texas-Austin ’82. “The atmosphere was casual and collegial. It was a terrific way to reconnect and hear about where the Fraternity is heading.” The reception was held at Goose Island Brewpub. In addition to catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, guests had several opportunities throughout the evening to tour the brewery. Foundation Trustee John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60, greeted the group and talked briefly about the Fraternity’s recent success. “Since the very beginning, our brothers have been coming together at dinners, banquets and receptions to celebrate Phi Kappa Tau and all it stands for,” said Director of Development Tyler Wash, Georgetown ’06. “Events, such as our recent Chicago Brotherhood Reception, are important to the mission of the Fraternity. Brotherhood is a key component to who we are and something that will always be cherished by our members.” The LaureL |

wHY DO YOU SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION? Jack Norris, Louisville ’65 Retired Managing Director, CBRE “We all have a duty; we need to give back so that others can enjoy the experience that we’ve had.”

Gary Rose, Tennessee ’83 Vice President of Business Development, Network People, Inc. “Being able to support the Foundation financially is a humble privilege yet, at the same time, I feel an appropriate sense of responsibility to ‘return the favor’ to the many who came before me that helped make my Phi Tau experience so special.” John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60 Past Executive Director, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and Foundation “We need to help our young men with programming to ensure that they are the kind of successful, not only Phi Tau brothers, but business people and fathers we want them to be.” Doug Adams, Miami ’81 Senior Vice President, PNC Bank “It is important to me to give back to the organization that gave so much to me. As an undergraduate, past staff member, and alumni volunteer, Phi Kappa Tau has provided me with the experiences that have made me who I am today. I hope that my donations can help provide this same experience to the undergraduates for years to come.” Adam Samson, Old Dominion ’07 Lieutenant, U.S. Navy “It is important to keep the cycle going so someone like me can have an opportunity 10 years down the road and not have to worry that these resources have dried up.”

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as Smart & Final chairman and CeO, ross roeder, Michigan Tech ’58, routinely visited different company stores across the country. While visiting one of the company’s stores, he noticed a member of the Coast Guard placing a large order. It happened again while visiting another store in a different state. roeder was familiar with this branch of the armed services because his father had served in the Coast Guard during World War II and he’d been donating to the Coast Guard Foundation since 1989. These recent encounters gave him an idea; he could do more than just donate. after getting his company involved, he was invited to sit on the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees. The Foundation recognized roeder knew quite a bit about fundraising, which he learned working with Phi Kappa Tau. “They eventually asked me if I would chair it, which I said probably wasn’t a job you should have when you’re working full time because it’s pretty all-encompassing. But I said I would do it anyway for a couple years. Then it ended up two years turned into almost eight, naturally.” “They put their lives in danger an awful lot for the american public and I don’t think many even understand that. The Coast Guard is always underfunded, so it is always nice to do things, from supplying money for married housing swing sets to scholarships to educational initiatives for enlisted personnel. It really makes you feel good to give back to some of those young men and women who do so much for the country.”

Ross Roeder, Michigan State ’58 Chairman of the Board, Chico’s, and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, FSWM, Inc. St. Petersburg, Fla.

For his selfless dedication to the men and women of the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Commandant adm. Bob Papp presented roeder the Spirit of hope award. The award is a top civilian honor given annually by the five armed services and the Office of the Secretary of Defense in recognition of outstanding service to the u.S. armed Forces. Learning. Leading. Serving.

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During his time as an undergraduate, William Simonitsch, Florida State ’89, was viewed as a leader. he served Beta Iota chapter as president in the early ’90s. Nearly 25 years later, his peers still feel the same way. Simonitsch, a lawyer, is the president of the National Asian Pacific Bar Association (NAPABA), which is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. he was also named to the 2014 Lawyers of Color’s Third annual Power List, a comprehensive catalog of the nation’s most influential minority attorneys. “I draw upon my experience as a Phi Tau brother and chapter president on a daily basis. Being a fraternity leader is all about motivating others. You don’t have some of the more harsh tools that a lazy leader, in other contexts, can rely upon. So you are forced to develop more subtle interpersonal and political skills to move your members toward a common goal. You must learn to contend with very different personality types, to minimize friction and to help your brothers reach their individual and collective potential. I always use lessons learned at Phi Tau to navigate my career at K&L Gates and in service to NaPaBa.” “Moreover, the issues I contended with as a fraternity brother prepared me to face the myriad issues one faces as member of society at large. as a chapter, we dealt with financial problems, marketing challenges, race, sexuality, substance abuse, loss of morale, generational differences, and organizational growing pains. The Fraternity was a microcosm of the world outside and a training ground for considering and addressing post-collegiate personal and professional challenges.”

William Simonitsch, Florida State ’89 Partner, K&L Gates LLP Miami, Fla.

“Without question, I would not be where I am today if I were not a Phi Tau man.” The LaureL |

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To start off the year right, participants representing 70 chapters attended Presidents Academy and 17 volunteers attended Volunteer Development Institute (VDI). The two programs were held concurrently at the DFW Airport Marriott South in Fort Worth, Texas on Jan. 3-5. “This year’s program was the most successful Presidents Academy I have seen to date,” said Presidents Academy Dean Andy Fruth, Southern Illinois ’08. “We have such a great team of facilitators who give up their time and it always makes the program run smoother when we have a group of students like the ones we had this year. I must credit Former Chief Learning Officer Tom Jeswald, Ohio ’63, for giving me such a solid foundation to work with when I transitioned into the dean’s role, as this program would not be what it is without the work he put into its development.” It was the first time both programs were held at the same location. Participants from both programs were able to interact and learn from each other during meals and the Ritual session. “I believe one of the best opportunities and probably my favorite part was when the VDI attendees and the Presidents Academy attendees were able to spend time together,” said Gamma Iota Colony Recruitment Advisor Cynthia Keltner. “It is so inspiring to hear about all of the wonderful work the chapters and colonies are doing on their campuses.” VDI Dean Les Fugate, Centre ’99, said the weekend was enhanced by the diversity of attending volunteers ranging from those who have held a position for more than a decade to those recently elected. “We have a diverse set of advisors in our Fraternity,” he said. “Those diverse experiences make a program like VDI richer. They have the opportunity to learn firsthand from those who have gone through similar trials and tribulations. There are advisors there who have experienced the highest of highs but also the lowest of lows. That collective knowledge is of great value to our volunteers.”

Greg Hollen, Maryland ’75, speaks to the brothers attending Presidents Academy.

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VDI is designed for volunteers who work directly with chapters and is focused on providing the volunteers with an intensive understanding of the national organization and all related policies. Participants left with an increased confidence and understanding of how to advise a chapter, and how to provide support to undergraduate students.

Anthony Melatti, Georgia Tech ’11, and Michael Braun, Michigan Tech ’12, fill out their workbooks during a session at Presidents Academy.

As a relatively new Board of Governors chairman, the opportunity to engage with volunteers from across the country was invaluable for Levi Bishop, Oklahoma State ’06. “I wanted to grow and gain as much insight for my position as I could,” he said. “I also wanted to help bring some of my practice and philosophy to the table; having a melting pot of ideas coupled with our training and experience is what will help drive us forward and help us all grow as volunteers and leaders.” Delta Theta Chapter President Caleb Nicol, Georgetown ’13, attended Presidents Academy at the suggestion of his predecessor. “I am a young member in the sense that I have only been a part of Phi Kappa Tau for just a year,” he said. “So I really wanted to learn things that would help me fulfill my position to the best of my ability.” Presidents Academy is designed for new presidents to gain deeper understanding of the responsibilities of a chapter president. Participants learned to lead effective chapter meetings, lead an effective Executive Council, create constructive relationships beyond the Resident Council, and take positive action during challenging times. Participants also created connections with chapter and Fraternity leaders, enhanced their communication skills and left with a plan for positive change in their chapter. “Presidents Academy gave me invaluable advice on how to lead the men of my chapter and how to increase my chapter’s success,” said Nu Chapter President Paul Shefelton, UC Berkeley ’13. “The facilitators showed us the many resources available to for recruiting, chapter organization and

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Attendees and facilitators at Presidents Academy

improving chapter efficiency. These were resources that would have helped my chapter grow if only we had been utilizing them properly. Now that I have had the proper training, I have already begun to implement many of the resources they showed us.” This year’s Presidents Academy keynote speaker was University of North Texas Athletic Director Rick Villarreal, Southern Mississippi ’76. Villarreal, who has been at UNT since April 2001, has more than two decades of leadership experience in business and athletic administration.

As an undergraduate, he served as chapter president. “His personal story, sense of humor, and message of perseverance had the students, staff and volunteers in the room soaking in every word,” Fruth said. Since its inception in 2010, the Presidents Academy has continued to grow each year. “The most obvious growth I have seen as dean is our program participation by our students,” Fruth said. “We had 70 men this year, up 16 from the previous year, which is fantastic. My goal is to have more than 80 students at next year’s program. If met, that would mean that we would have representatives from almost every chapter and colony in Phi Kappa Tau.” Many presidents appreciated the opportunity to engage with their peers. “The best part of Presidents Academy was meeting my fellow presidents from across the country and reconnecting with the idea that I’m not just a part of a single chapter, I’m a part of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity,” said Lambda Chapter President Austin Shaw, Purdue ’12. “With the close relationships I made within my small group, I have brothers who have my back and are willing to share their knowledge with me and vice versa who live up to 2,000 miles away.”


regional conferences

Regional Conferences are one-day conferences focused on preparing incoming officers to be strong and effective leaders and managers throughout the year, while providing additional members training to be more effective chapter leaders. Conferences educate participants on leadership skill building, an overview of fraternity operations, and the day-to-day tasks of the particular offices.

leadershiP academy

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with rising Phi Tau leaders while identifying their own leadership style and learning how to effectively use their core values as a leader. There will be three sessions of Leadership academy in 2014: June 5-8, 2014 in oregonia, ohio, June 12-15, 2014 in Mentone, Calif., and July 24-27, 2014 in Eatonton, Ga.”

good to great retreats

Good to Great Retreats, modeled after ideas for success presented in Jim Collins’ book “Good to Great,” are four-hour programs designed to assist chapters with specific issues or needs. The programs focus on such topics as Recruiting Men of Character, Ritual, Executive Council transitions, and risk management, through a program called Responseability.

Building men of character retreat

Building Men of Character (BMC) Retreats are two-day chapter-focused programs that result in the chapter developing a vision and plan of action for positive change in the chapter. after participating in this weekend full of engaging activities, chapter members will gain a deeper and greater understanding of Phi Kappa Tau’s values in order to develop leadership, enhance communication, emphasize chapter identity and strengthen the bonds of brotherhood.

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Creating the Future S

By Expansion Coordinator Alex Koehler, Mount Union ’07

ince 1906, Phi Kappa Tau has chartered on 148 campuses and initiated more than 90,000 men. Each of those men have had a very distinct fraternity experience. Some were a part of a chapter that excelled in campus activities. others were in a chapter that had great social functions and excelled academically. a select few even had the privilege to be an undergraduate when the chapter won the Roland Maxwell Trophy, which is given to the most outstanding chapter in the country. There are always a few similarities. first, that chapter experience was united by Phi, Kappa and Tau. Second, someone else came before and made it possible for others to join. a few remarkable men started every chapter. Shortly before his death, founder Taylor Borradaile, Miami ’06, famously proclaimed, “Things are working out just the way we planned them.” While the founders did believe it was their duty to bring change to the Miami university campus, they probably could not have imagined how profound and far reaching their impact would be. Similarly, a small percentage of Phi Kappa Tau’s 90,000 members are founding fathers of their chapters. They probably do not realize their own significance either. These men are opening the doors for thousands of others to receive the gift of Phi Kappa Tau. They are quite literally creating the future of the fraternity.

“wE ARE HERE NOT JUST FOR OURSELVES BUT FOR THE HUNDREDS OF BROTHERS THAT wILL FOLLOw IN OUR FOOTSTEPS. IT IS OUR COMMITMENT TO GREATNESS THAT wILL LAY THE FOUNDATION OF SOMETHING SPECIAL.” – CLAY RISINGER, OHIO STATE ’12 Since 2010, Phi Kappa Tau has been expanding aggressively throughout the country; a period paralleled by few in the fraternity’s history. in this time, 11 chapters have been chartered, with more than 400 men already initiated into these groups alone. This remarkable growth has a broad impact on all members. Expansion enables the fraternity to better fulfill its mission to champion a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character. Growth means more resources are being fed directly back into the experiences Phi Tau offers its members. Learning. Leading. Serving.

Beta Xi Georgia Athens, Ga. Chartering Date: Oct. 22, 2011

delta chi Rochester Rochester, N.Y. Chartering Date: March 3, 2012 Beta mu Kent State Kent, Ohio Chartering Date: April 4, 2012 gamma Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Chartering Date: June 8, 2012 lamBda Purdue west Lafayette, Ind. Chartering Date: Aug. 25, 2012 Zeta gamma San Jose San Jose, Calif. Chartering Date: Sept. 7, 2012 uPsilon Nebraska wesleyan Lincoln, Neb. Chartering Date: Oct. 20, 2012 Zeta delta Charleston Charleston, S.C. Chartering Date: Nov. 3, 2012 Beta alPha Texas-Austin Austin, Texas Chartering Date: Dec. 8,2012 ePsilon ePsilon william Paterson wayne, N.J. Chartering Date: Sept. 28, 2013 Psi Colorado Boulder, Colo. Chartering Date: Nov. 16, 2013

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Newly initiated brothers following the chartering ceremony for the Beta Mu chapter at Kent State.

Brothers of the Zeta Delta chapter at Charleston together at chartering ceremony.

current colonies

Alabama Idaho (Beta Gamma) Illinois-Springfield Indiana-Kokomo Lynchburg Middle Tennessee State Minnesota-Duluth North Texas Sacramento State (Gamma Iota) Texas State (Gamma Psi)

uPcoming eXPansions Appalachian State Colorado State (Alpha Sigma) Illinois (Zeta) Michigan State (Alpha Alpha) South Carolina Tennessee (Delta Kappa)

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Due to increased membership, Phi Tau has been able to improve the curriculum of and access to Men of Character Programs. These programs are constantly being enriched by their deans and loyal volunteers. furthermore, there has been a focus on improving the quality and distribution of resources for chapters. Branded recruitment resources are readily available. There has been an increase in social media activity, including the phitaublog. There has also been a stronger emphasis placed on alumni relations initiatives around the country. all of this has been significantly impacted by the growth of the fraternity across the board. Equally as exciting is the rekindling of fraternity pride that occurs during a re-chartering. There is often as much joy on the faces of alumni during a re-chartering as on the founding fathers. The dedication of a chapter’s founding fathers to move from an interest group to a colony to a chapter is truly inspiring and reminds everyone of their own efforts they have made to strengthen their chapters and the fraternity. The needs of all members are being better addressed as a result of expansion efforts, and Phi Tau will be able to consider more new initiatives in the coming years. additionally, the fraternity strengthens its national brand by expanding to a variety of institutions. it has successfully joined some of the oldest greek communities in the nation. in contrast, it has also chartered chapters on campuses younger than itself. Most recently, two colonies were each installed as the first fraternity on campus. as the fraternity continues to have a deliberate focus on growth and diversity, it is better able to fulfill the vision of being recognized as a leadership organization that binds men together and challenges them to improve not only their campuses, but the world. There are many exciting benefits that come with growth and an increase of membership. unless they were sitting in that meeting on March 17, 1906, each Phi Tau can attribute his membership to another member in the fraternity. Even those who are founding fathers of their chapters relied on the knowledge and guidance from alumni, Board of Governors, Domain Directors and Executive offices staff. Today, Phi Tau has 91 collegiate active groups—81 chapters and 10 colonies—with more than 4,000 undergraduates. Each of those chapters exists because others came before them, and the resources and manpower that were created as a byproduct. The expansion calendar is filled with a wide range of campuses eager for Phi Kappa Tau to return or to start a new chapter. Phi Tau will continue to grow, and as it does, the entire fraternity will improve. While starting a fraternity was probably not a part of a young Borradaile’s life goals, there are more than 90,000 men who are glad he did. FKT

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Final Perspectives



C. Steven Hartman, Muskingum ’89, resigned as chief executive officer of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and Foundation, on Dec. 6, 2013. Hartman became the CEO of Indianapolis-based professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, which is recognized as the premier developer of principled business leaders with more than 228 active chapters and 240,000 initiated members. Hartman, who has served with humble confidence and brought exemplary leadership to his role as Phi Kappa Tau CEO for more than 11 years, has led the organization through many changes. John Sayers, Bethany ’78, spoke with Steve on his penultimate day on staff – which also happened to be his birthday – to talk about these changes and the Fraternity’s future. It’s been quite a decade. where have you seen the most significant changes in the Fraternity? The board made a commitment through the Strategic Plan going back to 2007 to focus on undergraduate leadership development and officer training. Since that time, we’ve been able to design, develop and deliver new programs that continue to offer our students a unique experience in the fraternal world. These include Presidents Academy, Volunteer Development Institute, Conclave, Volunteer Certification Program, and revisions to the Building Men of Character Retreats and Regional Conferences that provide a more consistent curriculum across the Fraternity. To some degree, though, I’m not sure if the major changes are in what we do, but more in how we do them.

what do you mean? When you look at some of the major social changes in the U.S., we’re looking at a time when many of the traditional ways of learning, collaborating and problemsolving are changing. In the ’90s, email

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became ubiquitous and that changed how people connected and communicated – the speed and volume of information increased dramatically. In the 2000s, the rise of social media further accelerated that change. To us, that means we need to be more active, more conversational and more pointed in how we communicate not only the more practical aspects of the Fraternity but also our aspirations as an organization. Our mission can just as easily, and more effectively, be communicated by a quick Twitter link to a story about a chapter doing something for its community than by congregating 50 people in a room and preaching about brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character.

Given the social and educational changes you mentioned, what opportunities do you see for our future as an organization? Without getting into proposed scenarios on national education reform, I think the core of our organization still has value in today’s world. It’s interesting; even though

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we have all of these ways to communicate and share information, relationships and friendships are still built on shared experiences. Sure, it’s possible to have a shared experience with thousands of others while watching a football game and tweeting about it with the other viewers, but when it comes to building trust and reliability, that happens over time, and the Fraternity provides that. We’re still a home-away-from-home on campus, where the big institution can become smaller. The throngs can actually become faces and names. Life is full of ups and downs, and having close friends and family by your side during those times brings more to life. Plus, most people still want to feel part of something bigger than themselves and want to make a difference with like-minded people. We provide that. Further, going back to social changes, we have a unique opportunity to address gender-related topics. We need to

Hartman (right) with Past National Presidents Bill Macak, Florida State ’73, and Charlie Ball, Miami ’82.

Along these lines, when you look at the changes in the family structure, changes in the traditional rites of passage to adulthood—marriage, children, home ownership—our organization has a huge opportunity to engage men in thoughtful conversation, not just about “What career do you want?” but “What do you want your life to be like?”

Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89, (center) with Bill Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57, and John Green, Nebraska wesleyan ’60, at the start of Hartman’s tenure as CEO.

be able to talk to our members about the fact women now earn 60 percent of all bachelor’s degrees and the majority of graduate degrees. Having respect for women, for all people, is certainly an issue of principle for us, but if that moral argument falls on deaf ears, then the more practical argument approach is to point out that there’s a very good chance that most of our undergraduate members will soon have a job where their boss is a woman. Hartman speaks to brothers attending the 2013 Leadership Academy in Oregonia, Ohio.

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So how do you see an organization like ours doing this more effectively?


The key to this is the strength, depth, and commitment of the local chapter alumni and volunteer advisors. They are the unsung heroes of the Fraternity – when an adult role-model puts in the time to go to chapter meetings, to spend time in conversation, and to get to know an undergraduate and to help him in his role as a chapter officer, it provides the mentoring that needed to give that student the ability to lead his peers, to challenge inappropriate behavior, and to help clarify decisions and consequences.

Hartman (right) with David Power, Louisville ’90, and Oliver Muenz-winkler, Louisville ’06, at the 2012 Day at the Races.

what will you miss the most about being CEO?

Hartman (left) with Rob Reese, Kent State ’87, John Friend, Kent State ’87, and Doug Adams, Miami ’81, at the John M. Green Classic.

Again, in today’s world, very few college students arrive with a roster of adult role models, other than their parents. Their peers are largely their role models, and let’s face it, they don’t always validate the right things. When you throw another adult into that sphere of influence, it raises the expectations and standards. In short, the practical implication is that chapters need to have at least one or two engaged advisors who are helping our students build leadership skills. We’re just now completing a strategic plan on alumni engagement that I hope addresses this and other ways we can keep Phi Kappa Tau a lifelong experience for its members.

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Most definitely the people. I’ve worked in an environment where I can keep regular contact with so many people I call friends, where it’s my job! Hard to beat that. It’s going to be particularly hard to turn off the lights in my office and walk away from our great Executive Offices staff. A lot of us have been together for a decade or longer. On a more practical level, there’s a part of me that hates to leave unfinished business. There’s lots of work still to do in our organization and still a lot that I want to be a part of. I still plan on playing my part as a volunteer, and I’ll be curious to see where we go from here. We’ve been very fortunate to have a series of thoughtful, progressive National Councils in the past few years to get us moving in the right direction—that’s made my job easier and makes me very hopeful for our Fraternity’s future.

while that is indeed so, I believe that it couldn’t have gone forward without you. You were the straw in the mud that made our bricks, to use the analogy from Exodus. You made us strong and worked with some good men to build a foundation that we will continue to build upon. we will all miss you sorely, brother. I’m grateful for a great 11 years, and I look forward to joining our dedicated volunteer corps. Efharisto! FKT

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The Phi Kappa Tau Awards Committee announced the recipients of the 2013 awards during the Fraternity’s Conclave in Oxford, Ohio. Chairman Les Fugate, Centre ’99, oversaw the presentation ceremonies, which were held during the Foundation-sponsored Recognition Luncheon and the Brotherhood Banquet on July 13, 2013. Previously, all awards were given based on chapter performance in the metrics of the Borradaile Challenge during the academic year. Beginning two years ago, the National Council voted to alter the Borradaile Challenge reporting calendar to align with the calendar year. Thus, all awards are now based on the 2012 calendar year. The awards are listed in alphabetic order, with the exception of the recruitment awards, which are grouped together.


academic excellence—Presented to those chapters and colonies that exhibit an outstanding record of academic achievement. The chapter or colony must be 0.1 above the all men’s average GPA. Gamma, Ohio State; Epsilon, Mount Union; Mu, Lawrence; Nu, UC Berkeley; Alpha Eta, Florida; Alpha Kappa, Washington State; Alpha Pi, Washington; Alpha Upsilon, Colgate; Beta Alpha, TexasAustin; Beta Xi, Georgia; Beta Omicron, Maryland; Delta Beta, Evansville; Delta Theta, Georgetown; Epsilon Gamma, College of New Jersey; Epsilon Kappa, Rutgers; Epsilon Nu, Clemson

harold e. angelo award—Presented to those Resident Councils that have realized the greatest improvements upon the previous year. Epsilon Delta, Virginia Wesleyan Borradaile undergraduate award—Presented to the undergraduate who, by his actions, has shown leadership and a true understanding of brotherhood. Joe Powell, Old Dominion ’10 Borradaile alumnus award—Presented to an alumnus with outstanding achievement in a career field. Jerry Fry, East Central Oklahoma ’86 community service award—Presented to the chapters and colonies that accumulate the most hours per man, as well as the most cumulative chapter hours. Each of these groups averaged 20 hours or more of community service per member—earning them Maxwell status. Gamma, Ohio State; Epsilon, Mount Union; Lambda, Purdue; Rho, Rensselaer; Upsilon, Nebraska Wesleyan; Phi, Bethany; Alpha Lambda, Auburn; Alpha Rho, Georgia Tech; Alpha Tau, Cornell; Alpha Omega, Baldwin Wallace; Beta Beta, Louisville; Beta Phi, Westminster; Gamma Nu, RIT; Epsilon Beta, West Virginia Tech; Epsilon Delta, Virginia Wesleyan overall community service award Gamma Lambda, Central Michigan—59.2 average community service hours per man; 3,080 total.






Presented to up to three chapter presidents who demonstrate general administrative excellence. Brandon Wojtasik, Baldwin Wallace ’09

frederick r. fletemeyer Prize—Presented to the

Fraternity’s most outstanding colony. Beta Gamma colony, Idaho

greg hollen colony President award—Presented to the colony president who demonstrates general administrative excellence. James “Nalu” Camanse, Purdue ’12

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Jack Jareo award—Presented in recognition of the most outstanding alumni-produced newsletters and alumni programming. Beta Beta, Louisville

Key award—Presented for outstanding service to another chapter

for a minimum of three years. Ron Helman, Beta Theta Pi (nominated by Gamma Alpha chapter at Michigan Tech)

richard massock award—Presented to the chapter

with the most outstanding chapter-produced newsletters and alumni programming. Gamma Tau, Old Dominion

roland maxwell scrolls—Presented to those chapters that meet Maxwell expectations within the Borradaile Challenge. Delta, Centre Epsilon, Mount Union Alpha Tau, Cornell Alpha Omega, Baldwin Wallace Beta Beta, Louisville Gamma Omicron, Cal State-Fullerton Epsilon Sigma, Chapman roland maxwell founders four Plaques—

Presented to those chapters that meet Maxwell expectations within the Borradaile Challenge and are selected to present for the Roland Maxwell Trophy as the Founders Four. Epsilon, Mount Union Alpha Omega, Baldwin Wallace Beta Beta, Louisville Gamma Omicron, Cal State-Fullerton

Philanthropy/seriousfun children’s network Camp Certificates—Presented to those chapters that raise funds to assist both local philanthropic causes and SeriousFun Children’s Network, Phi Kappa Tau’s national philanthropy. The following is in order of amount donated ($2,000 minimum). Beta Epsilon, Southern Mississippi ($2,205); Epsilon, Mount Union ($2,339); Delta Beta, Evansville ($2,350); Epsilon Kappa, Rutgers ($2,452); Gamma, Ohio State ($2,500); Epsilon Chi, Virginia Tech ($2,855); Kappa, Kentucky ($3,000); Beta Beta, Louisville ($3,150); Zeta Alpha, Belmont ($3,406); Beta Phi, Westminster ($3,482); Gamma Lambda, Central Michigan ($3,522); Alpha Omega, Baldwin Wallace ($3,793); Alpha Eta, Florida ($3,955); Beta Iota, Florida State ($4,000); Gamma Eta, East Carolina ($5,595); Delta Tau, Cal Poly-Pomona ($6,737); Epsilon Sigma, Chapman ($7,497); Delta, Centre ($11,655); Beta Xi, Georgia ($11,868); Gamma Omicron, Cal State-Fullerton ($31,240); Omicron, Penn State ($82,813)

recruitment Pacesetter award—Presented to those

chapters that set the pace for the largest recruitment classes in the country. The following chapters recruited and initiated more than 20 men with at least 75 percent retention rate or at least 15 men with a 100 percent retention rate. Alpha, Miami; Beta, Ohio; Gamma, Ohio State; Delta, Centre; Lambda, Purdue; Omicron, Penn State; Upsilon, Nebraska Wesleyan; Alpha Eta, Florida; Alpha Kappa, Washington State; Alpha Lambda, Auburn; Alpha Tau, Cornell; Alpha Upsilon, Colgate; Beta Alpha, Texas-Austin; Beta Beta, Louisville; Beta Omicron, Maryland; Gamma Lambda, Central Michigan; Gamma Mu, Bradley; Epsilon Gamma, College of New Jersey; Epsilon Nu, Clemson; Epsilon Sigma, Chapman; Zeta Alpha, Belmont

roland maxwell trophy—Presented to the most outstanding most improved recruitment award—Presented to chapter in the Fraternity. Alpha Omega, Baldwin Wallace

monroe moosnick scholarship trophy—Presented

to the chapter that has the highest cumulative GPA. Winner: Alpha Tau, Cornell—3.43 GPA First runner-up: Upsilon, Nebraska Wesleyan—3.36 GPA Second runner-up: Epsilon Sigma, Chapman—3.35 GPA

the chapter that showed the most improvement in regard to recruitment. Delta Epsilon, St. Cloud

sonny strange recruitment Plaque—Presented to the chapter that initiated the most brothers, maintaining more than 75 percent retention. Beta Iota, Florida State

Paul newman award—Presented to the chapter that raises William h. shideler award—Presented to the most the highest dollar amount to benefit SeriousFun Children’s Network. Gamma Omicron, Cal State-Fullerton

order of the star chapters—Presented to those chapters that meet Order of the Star expectations within the Borradaile Challenge. Beta, Ohio; Kappa, Kentucky; Upsilon, Nebraska Wesleyan; Phi, Bethany; Alpha Delta, Case Western; Alpha Eta, Florida; Alpha Lambda, Auburn; Gamma Lambda, Central Michigan; Gamma Nu, RIT; Gamma Tau, Old Dominion; Delta Tau, Cal Poly-Pomona

outstanding graduating senior in Phi Kappa Tau, this is the Fraternity’s highest undergraduate honor. Trevor Sullivan, Chapman ’09

thomas l. stennis ii award—Presented to the Domain Director with the most outstanding domain program. J.J. Lewis, Central Michigan ’04

outstanding advisor to a chapter award—

Presented to the most outstanding chapter advisor who has served in the role for a minimum of two years. Robert Nixon, Old Dominion ’07


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TREVOR SULLIVAN Wins shideler award

By Cole Yearwood, Oklahoma State ’09


Shideler Award recipient Trevor Sullivan, Chapman ’09, after his graduation ceremony with his father, Tom, Chapman ’13, and mother, Kim. Photo courtesy Trevor Sullivan.

in 22 years, Trevor Sullivan, Chapman ’09, has given a lot of cards to his father, Tom; everything from father’s Day cards to holiday cards to birthday cards. on July 13, 2013, Trevor added a new card to the list. “By far the best card i have ever given him,” Trevor said. in front of more than 100 brothers from across the country, Sullivan presented his father with a membership card to the fraternity during the Brotherhood Banquet at Conclave in oxford, ohio. “it was really special to be able to hand him his card and tell him he is a brother,” Trevor said. Tom, an Epsilon Sigma Board of Governors member, was initiated that morning. Trevor’s trip to the Brotherhood Banquet stage was a long one, both literally and figuratively. it was a trip the California native almost didn’t start. as an incoming freshman at Chapman in orange, Calif., Sullivan wasn’t set on greek life. With no one in his family being affiliated, his first encounter with the fraternity and greek life was by chance. “My best friend from high school was a year above me going to Chapman and she was dating a Phi Tau,” Sullivan said. “She told me i should go check out their table and that’s what kind of pushed me Learning. Leading. Serving.

over to Phi Tau.” Sullivan got to know some of the brothers and became associated with the chapter. “as an associate i was kind of just happy-go-lucky, enjoying greek life,” he said. although Sullivan was enjoying it, he thought he made one mistake. “i had been kicking myself for not running for a position in my associate class,” he said. “i was too shy to run and i didn’t know anyone, but as i made my way through the process i told myself i wanted to run for a position and take up a leadership role in the chapter.” he would soon have his chance. “once i became initiated, i was elected treasurer that semester, so i started to really get into the nitty-gritty of the chapter operations,” Sullivan said. What he saw wasn’t picture perfect. “Even though we were a small chapter that liked to have fun and had really good brotherhood, in terms of our finances and our internal structure, we were suffering,” Sullivan said. “There was a lot of unused potential and we were wasting a lot of resources. Every The LaureL |

year we were kind of taking one step forward, two steps backward.” Chapter finances became Sullivan’s priority. “Trevor immediately sprang into action in order to fix an inadequate budget, promote fiscal responsibility and convert to omegafi,” said Tristan hilpert, Cal State-fullerton ’03, who served as Epsilon Sigma chapter advisor. Sullivan was far from finished impacting Epsilon Sigma. “Being treasurer, i got to take an active role in the fraternity i love,” he said. “That experience just made me want to get more and more involved. The organization fits me so well and i feel like i fit so well in the fraternity.” once Sullivan’s term as treasurer ended, the chapter elected him president. “Trevor was the inspiration for change within his chapter, as the goals he set for the chapter were to strive for excellence, progression and adaptation,” hilpert said. “he strengthened the bonds of brotherhood between members and led the chapter to become a top-producing

garner greater involvement in event planning and contributions to the chapter. “Through his role as president, Trevor served as a role model and leader not afraid to implement change for the betterment of the organization,” said Chapman assistant Director for Student affairs alli Segal. also during his presidency, Sullivan helped the chapter develop, plan and implement the first orange Community festival. The event, which raised $2,000 for Seriousfun Children’s Network, brought together members from the Chapman and orange communities. all the chapter’s work would soon be recognized. at the 60th National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., Epsilon Sigma won the Roland Maxwell Trophy, which is presented to the most outstanding chapter in the nation. “it is still surprising to think about,” Sullivan said. “When i was president, my goal was always to go from basic level to Maxwell level. We weren’t even thinking about getting into the founders four. our goal was just to get

Shideler Award Recipient Trevor Sullivan, Chapman ’09, (right) presents his father, Tom, Chapman ’13, with his membership shingle at the Brotherhood Banquet during Conclave.

chapter on campus, where it achieved its highest point in the chapter’s 13-year history.” To maintain recent progress the chapter had made, Sullivan and other officers reformed the chapter’s election process, rewrote the bylaws for the first time in more than a decade, and improved struggling alumni relation with consistent newsletters and events. improvement was also realized through restructuring organizational hierarchy to provide more effective lines of communication, creating transition binders for new officers, and reinstating a defunct committee system to The LaureL |

our chapter from the underachieving chapter it was to using our full potential and showing even though we are a young and small chapter we can still accomplish many of these goals the fraternity has set out for us. Nowhere did anyone think we could actually win the Maxwell Trophy.” Epsilon Sigma had quickly made huge strides. “Winning the trophy really validated all the work the executive board and all of the brothers did to raise the standard for our chapter,” Sullivan said. “it was really a special moment for us.”

No longer a chapter officer, Sullivan became an undergraduate advisory Board member in 2012. Even after his presidency, Sullivan’s legacy as a leader was evident. Chapter advisor John Resurreccion, Chapman ’02, said he noticed a difference in the chapter when he returned as a volunteer in 2012. “Trevor was no longer president, but the transition the chapter had made from when i last held a volunteer position was almost unbelievable,” Resurreccion said. “Trevor’s time in office set many precedents. Specifically, the executive board communicated more openly with the Board of Governors, expected more from the chapter and actively looked to the Borradaile Challenge as a guide.” in addition to a commitment to the fraternity as an undergraduate, Sullivan was unquestionably dedicated to his university. he served as a lead resident advisor, was inducted into several honor societies, placed on the chancellor’s list throughout his collegiate career, and nominated for the university’s outstanding sophomore, junior and senior awards. Because of Sullivan’s impact on the fraternity and campus, Resurreccion encouraged him to apply for the William h. Shideler award, which is presented to the most outstanding graduating senior. When he found out he had won one of the fraternity’s greatest honors, he was speechless. “My parents actually called me first,” Sullivan said. “They said they had someone on the phone who wanted to talk to me. it was a little weird and they were being a little cryptic about who it was. Steve Nelson comes on the line and tells me i won. Getting the call from the national president telling you you’ve been awarded the award for the most outstanding graduating senior, there is no adjective i can think of to describe exactly how that it is.” Sullivan eventually found the words. at Conclave on July 13, 2013, just like at Convention in Nashville, he was called to the Brotherhood Banquet stage. “That was a little nerve-racking,” he said. “i got up there and i just started talking and it flew by. “ Standing before his brothers and parents, Sullivan took it all in. “Talk about a transition from when i joined to now graduating with all these accolades,” he said. “it was a very special moment.” for Sullivan, Conclave wasn’t an end in his Phi Tau journey, but instead a landmark. “The fraternity has given me so much during my four years as an undergraduate, i want to pay it forward,” he said. “You get out of an organization what you put into it, so i want to continue to put a lot into Phi Tau.” FKT Learning. Leading. Serving.


Building on success

By Cole Yearwood, Oklahoma State ’09

ALPHA OMEGA Wins maxwell trophy



lpha Omega chapter brothers had been in this position before. In 2012, the chapter had been recognized not only as Maxwell level, but also included in the Founders Four. Several brothers made the trip to Nashville, Tenn., for the 60th National Convention to present for the Roland Maxwell Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding chapter in the nation. It was a huge accomplishment for the chapter. “‘Let’s achieve Maxwell status’ was always our goal,” said Brandon Wojtasik, Baldwin Wallace ’09, who presented for the chapter and served as president in 2012. “Obviously you want to win Maxwell, but our goal was to take the first step. The first year we achieved Maxwell status, we were already a Founders Four chapter, which was unbelievable.” Wojtasik and the other chapter brothers who had made the trip sat in anticipation during the 2012 Brotherhood Banquet waiting to hear which chapter would be called to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center stage to be recognized as Phi Tau’s best. “In 2012, I don’t want to say we didn’t expect to win, but I think we knew that we were the new guy in the run,” Wojtasik said. “We just wanted to make some kind of splash.” Alpha Omega wasn’t called up to the stage, but the brothers weren’t disappointed. “Being named one of the top four chapters in the country was one of the biggest points of pride for me up to that point,” Wojtasik said. The men headed back to Berea, Ohio refocused. “At the time, it was in the middle of 2012 and we had just had a really good spring, so I was like let’s go back and hopefully we will be back up here next year,” Wojtasik said. “We knew going into Conclave that we had to bring something special representing what we had done to impress everyone and the judges. The big changes we put in place were innovative with taking all the success we had achieved and asking how we could take steps forward without taking any back.” Recruitment was the first step forward. Several brothers worked with the campus orientation process during that summer. “We really wanted to make a new, stronger push in that area as greek life was in kind of a downswing at our campus,” Wojtasik said. “Having them out there all summer was just huge for us. We set ourselves up perfectly for the future with the class we brought in.” Next, the chapter focused on giving back. “Getting out there in the community with more philanthropy was a huge step we wanted to take, especially getting the SeriousFun name Learning. Leading. Serving.

out more,” Wojtasik said. To build upon the success of its annual haunted house, which benefits SeriousFun Children’s Network, a special community time one Saturday afternoon was implemented to encourage Berea-community members to bring their families. The new element earned the chapter the Community Innovation Award. In addition to hosting the haunted house, chapter brothers completed nearly 1,000 community service hours in 2012. Brothers also continued to be active in numerous other campus organizations. “This [chapter] supplies Baldwin Wallace with community citizens, community servants, and community leaders, both inside the walls of Baldwin Wallace and throughout Berea,” said Bonny Boutet, former graduate assistant in the Baldwin Wallace Office of Greek Life. “Our society needs men of this caliber and Alpha Omega chapter produces them.” Throughout the year, the chapter also worked on increasing alumni engagement through several events, including barbecues, socials and golf outings. A 70th anniversary celebration was the crowning achievement of the chapter’s alumni engagement efforts. More than 90 brothers attended, which made it one of the largest Alpha Omega alumni gatherings in history. The event helped the chapter raise the $1,906 donation to earn its bronze chapter shield in the Centennial Gardens at the Ewing T. Boles Executives Offices in Oxford, Ohio. The following April, the university recognized all the hard work. Alpha Omega

won nearly every award for fraternities at the Fraternity/Sorority Community Awards, including Outstanding New Member Program, Outstanding New Member, Outstanding IFC Officer, Greek Man of the Year, Outstanding President and Outstanding Fraternity. “What I have been most impressed with has been how the brothers of Phi Kappa Tau have been able to maintain the progress made during the previous year, as evident in their growing list of awards” said Baldwin Wallace Student Involvement and Greek Life and New Student Orientation Director Marc West. “Phi Kappa Tau continues to set the standard for the fraternity community at Baldwin Wallace.” Just like at Natioinal Convention the year before, Alpha Omega brothers came to Conclave representing a Founders Four chapter. Once again, the brothers sat in anticipation during the Brotherhood Banquet. “It was a pretty surreal moment having all of us down,” Wojtasik said. “It was very nerve-racking, but I felt confident throughout the whole thing and all I could do was wait. It was a great feeling, though, to be there with all the guys from Alpha Omega and all of us sitting on the edge of our seats, instead of just three of us.” Finally, it was time. National President Steve Nelson, Southern Mississippi ’73, took the stage to make the presentation everyone had been waiting for. “Going back to that moment gives me chills,” Wojtasik said. “It is so vivid in my mind hearing him say ‘Alpha Omega.’ Everything about it was just perfect.” FKT

National President Steve Nelson, Southern Mississippi ’73, (left) with National Councilor Mike Dovilla, Baldwin wallace ’94, Brandon wojtasik, Baldwin wallace ’09, Deonquay Barnes, Baldwin wallace ’12, Mitch Miceli, Baldwin wallace ’09, Daniel Saadeh, Baldwin wallace ’12, Philip wallace, Baldwin wallace ’09, Kevin Howell, Baldwin wallace ’12, and Ryan Stover, Baldwin wallace ’10.

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chaPTer eTernaL The foLLowing memberS were rePorTed deceaSed To The execuTive officeS beTween JuLy 2, 2012 and Jan. 15, 2014.



morris B Jobe ’38 Charles C Ballard ’41 Clifford L Davis ’46 John L nelson ’46 raymond roberts ’46 richard L Levering ’47 ernest W hookway Jr ’50 Bruce G averell ’52


theron r Lang ’43 edwin f Pearson ’45 William O holcombe Jr ’46 Laverne J hoover ’47 Perry G myer ’47 Billy G Collier ’49 Kenneth L todd Jr ’50 Charles r Snow ’51 hughes C Sharp ’55 Cecil a robinson ’56 robert m Jackson ’57 marx h Branum ’58 Gerald Wayne thacker ’78

BaldWIn WallacE

roy e Seitz ’42 John V Shumway ’42 John D Pesek ’43 richard e emmer ’47 Kenneth B hicks ’48 Donald r Carle ’50 ray L Staley ’52 Dale r reinke ’55 thomas C ellis ’78


richard D eskey ’34 John L Palafoutas ’52

BOWlIng grEEn

ray Clarke ’51 John D Gregory ’56 ray D Gottfried ’57


John D Battistoni ’08


Sam Lewis Jr ’63 Larry r Schow ’63 Bruce e Campbell ’73 michael James riley ’78


CAL STATE-LONG BEACH James a Gustafson ’56 Bruce C Sandie ’60

caSE WEStErn

robert C Boehm ’35 richard C turney ’39 Glenn W yerdon ’43 Dean m marsh ’47 ernest Doebelin ’49 robert G Bumm ’50 WT Mansfield ’54 richard mikula ’54

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thomas e rulison Jr ’66 ronal D Brewer ’69


James L Lindle ’71


David xavier hicks ’88


James t Stalter ’95


thomas W Gregory ’52 David a Gustafson ’52 frank f Lougee ’52 William h hunding Jr ’53 John e Vikdal ’56 robert D Brown ’58 robert J Lala Jr ’72


Bruce J Von Bevern ’47 ralph r Westfall ’50 Lawrence M Griffin ’55 James W Button ’61 Gary P Barth ’62


edward J Cory ’31 napoleon agapetus ’38 John W rold ’46 ted B Gibson ’51 michael m mcKinstry ’66


William S Pond ’41 David t mott ’42 Charles S Stiles ’50 Dale P aden ’57 Daniel S Gettman ’02


Charles r Volk ’47 robert J Burns ’48 robert a Worsnop ’48 George S evans ’49 Dave Wang ’04


thomas e hanaway ’32 robert L Carey ’50 James f Jordan ’62 Clarence m Gardner iii ’77


michael mcPartland ’83


ralph L minor ’38 John W Seaman ’46 roy f Smith Jr ’48 freeman O Greenlund ’51 Willard e Wisler ’51 richard S Calvetto ’52


George t Wajdowicz ’51 raymond G hemann ’54

John h Carter ’56 Gary L Wetherington ’64

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL Kenneth L trostle ’38 John Kurkis ’48 Donald J Kasper ’51 ernest G rider ’59


robert D Paisley ’75 Kirk alan arnold ’76 Gregory Landen taliaferro ’82


William Sheppard Sr ’49 James C morrison ’53


Don D King ’47 William K mize ’49 J engram ’53 Clement f Perschall ’65


Bruce e Williams ’51


Dwaine a tesnohlidek ’56 Gregory B Panike ’67


albert r haskins ’32 James a mcBride ’32 Kenneth L Dittmer ’49


Donald Q harayda ’49 Jack D Wild ’49 Kenneth e Bergmann ’50 Charles r Burner ’50 Jon t Gardner ’50 forrest D Concannon ’51 edwin m Bass ’57 frederick a trippel iii ’60

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William e Saupe ’49 James D Conlan ’50 eugene f Stoermer ’57 edward J Putzke ’67


James J mcDermott Jr ’73


alan J Pickering ’48 frank a munden Jr ’59 Philip G harrison ’62


Dale Collins ’50


harry L Snyder ’43 e K haag ’49 Dale f Leuenberger ’49 Lyle G Schnittker ’49 Clarence m martin ’50 richard W auth ’52


francis J halcomb Jr ’37 Patrick h Carigan ’46 Charles D Lucas Jr ’49 eugene h fontaine ’50 thayer i Glasscock ’50 Graham e Beard ’58 thomas J Scott ’59 B W Oates ’63


Philip D hamlin ’59


roy thompson ’32 Gooich J Gevaart ’52


robert S edwards ’48 Charles S yentsch ’49 robert B Bossung iii ’50 Charles e Jett ’51 W neville Caudill ’52 harry e randolph ’52 George mcaleese iii ’54 Paul h ruby iii ’54 Paul G Parker ’55 Gregory L Bobrow ’56 robert r hornback ’57 William robert Blakeley ’59 John e Smith Jr ’63


michael e Birrell ’72


William e Cromer ’36 robert ehinger ’37 robert D Lightner ’37 Joseph h Christman ’44 David J Putts ’44 edward J Bosmeny ’46 robert W Bryant ’47 robert W Cantoni ’48 William h Kraft ’48 William h Braun ’49 Philip G martin ’50 Donald h Davis ’57 ronald e Peloquin Sr ’57 albert J Desantis ’62 thomas L Colliver ’90


Wilson r hardleben ’36 Glenn h Girardin ’55


robert D Jennings ’46 James t Bates ’52


Lucien G maury ’42 hugh C Gray ’43 Joseph D Bristow ’49 John S Cates ’67 Kevin B Wilkins ’82


Donald e howe ’35 George G Cornish ’42

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John a morgan ’52 frederick e Cobb ’57 John S Bracken ’60 James eberhart ’82 nathan P Peterson ’09


robert J Lieberman ’39 ulrich P horger ’44 David K hoffman ’46 ernest h Wallander ’46 Paul W Grunmeier ’48 eugene J roszko ’48 Benjamin Bacharach ’49 David P Jentsch ’49 millard n Wilfong Jr ’50 harold e Sheely ’52 robert J fritsch ’53 irving O thomas ’53 theodore r march ’55 melvin J Strickland ’60 robert L mcGuire ’64 Daniel J mcClung ’05

nEBraSka WESlEyan

Victor Bailey ’34 Dale W magnuson ’39 James L tipton ’40 robert h merrill ’41 merton L ekwall ’42 James h Varney ’42 Bert homan ’43 William Cary Jr ’44 Warren Spellman ’45 W thomas Cooper ’46 John W messervey ’46 J L munoz Jr ’46 C eugene Schmeckpepe, ’46 William ericson ’47 eugene m hunt ’47 robert K Wilcox ’47 roy D Clark ’48 William S Dunn ’48 Dick D Dutton ’48 John e harding ’48 ivan D ruggles ’48 Dale O Jarvis ’49 robert r Peterson ’49 Donald a Staples ’49 Paul r Swanson ’49 William W alexander ’50 Donald P fahleson ’50 Wesley J howe ’50 robert V Larsen ’50 robert e miller ’50 richard n Crone ’51 John G Poehling ’51 Gary J Lemmon ’52 John r allely ’53 Kent L Sherman ’54 roger O Drake ’55 martin h Park ’56 Dean L Pedersen ’57 allen C Zimbleman ’60 franklin e may ’65 James e Segin ’66 Joe a moore ’68 harold m Pumphrey ’68 Jerry a retherford ’68 Gary L Papke ’70

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ramon S Saul ’48 Donald L Shellenberger ’48 William C Barrow Jr ’49 John e Benglian ’49 John r naylor ’51 James h adams ’52 Vahan hajian ’52 frederic C moffatt ’52 theodore Goobic iii ’53 John J tihansky ’53 Joseph C Bors ’55 Larry m Cole ’57 richard C moody ’57 Jack f Strange ’57 emanuel V Orfanon ’58 Stuart ray rosenburg ’86

J Jay mulder ’74 John W hansen ’85 Kenneth Patrick hastings ’86 ryan Lamberty ’90

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richard L fisher ’61 William C mealing ’68

NORTH CAROLINA STATE alonzo m moore Jr ’37 edward r needham ’49 William h robertson ’65


nile O Barnett ’33 harold e aspenwall ’34 Victor J hug ’34 Carl W Puchstein ’35 estes a Pickup ’42 Larry Bigler ’46 Victor m ralston Jr ’46 max e Douglas ’47 William J Spath ’47 robert W Lyon ’48 richard L yoo ’50 William f Kelsey ’51 rudy G moc ’51 richard J rouce ’51 robert a Lawson ’53 albert J Lash ’56 roger a runnion ’57 Samuel L Barile ’67 Curtis m Weeks ’74


Joseph e Badger ’29 Bradford L Smith ’37 Jack K follrath ’45 harold feeback ’47 robert D Stacy ’47 Isaac H Brownfield ’48 Charles L Copenhaver ’48 John h Garner ’48 Doyle S Geiser ’48 everett C Dill ’49 thomas r harding ’49 John r alter Jr ’50 Donald O Lamport ’50 John Cushing ’52 William S Lindsay ’55 Frank W Brumfield ’56 Craig a robertson ’62 Donald G Bahna Jr ’84


James D Walker ’50 elbert m Wheeler ’51 Sean L miller ’88


James L Quinn ’68


Donald r Grufke ’47


William m Bartels ’48 robert h Klein ’48 francis h Pschirer ’48


Blaine W Osterling ’39 richard t Kreusser ’48 robert L hartwig ’50 Paul K Graegin ’53 richard D Cannon ’59 David L Corder ’59 G William Crist Sr ’59 Willis L Likens Jr ’63 matthew J Dillane Jr ’67


Stephen G Jerritts ’44 Gerard t noll ’50 Charles a harring ’52


robert e Gourley ’69

SagInaW VallEy StatE John D Schmidt ’11

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA O Zeller robertson ’46


George t richardson ’53 thomas r Coonan ’59 Clarence e Welch Jr ’64 John e roberts ’68


James L Buck ’51 Stevens e moore Jr ’55 William r Walker ’62 James r Brown ’67 James V Shamburger ’69


robert J Singleton ’67


William e reed ’64


Wesley C Stidnick Jr ’50 David h Kimbrell ’52


robert h Collier ’43 William B White ’44 C howard Pieper ’48 Joel B mcCarty Jr ’56

Donald a maxwell ’57 andy S robertson ’57 Donald J Bennett ’60 roger Cramer ’67


edward h Casner ’42 audian Paxson ’49 harry r hirsch ’53 a Ben Pinnell Jr ’54 Larry t fanning ’62


richard S Smith ’52


thomas J harris Jr ’48


Scott C Smith ’75


John W ellis Jr ’40 robert W routh ’40 norton S Curtis ’42 ronald S morgan ’48 Charles m Shaw ’49 Stephen e Connor ’50 roger W Gilbert ’50 richard P mcDermott ’51 richard e Doty ’55 alan J airoldi ’57 Dennis r Schmitz ’61 rodger e Stevens ’65


Donn O inglis ’47 Jeffrey C Walker ’81

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Omar nyhus ’41 Charles Sheldon ’42 Jack S thorington ’42 Leon W Brouhard ’43 Donald e Defeyter ’51 John W Goeller ’61 Gary a mceachern ’67 richard S Bastedo ’88


alfred J Cope Jr ’59 James n Donaldson ’59 George B Voynick ’59 James Weaver ’65

WIllIaM & Mary

alphonse f Chestnut ’39 robert t Dillon ’49 George W Walter ’50 John B Stone ’58 John C hogwood ’61 Dwaine r harrell ’64

WIScOnSIn-MadISOn Paul Jon Lemley ’84

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addison W Brant Jr ’67

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WIllIaM crOMEr, Miami ’36, died Jan. 10, 2013 at age 96. in 1938, Cromer received the first William h. Shideler award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding graduating senior in the fraternity. founder William Shideler, Miami ’06, presented the award. following graduation, Cromer began a career at General Electric Co. after 21 years, he left G.E. for financial officer positions with Kaman Corp. and the East ohio Gas Co. in 1969, he became the controller and chief financial officer for the National office of the Boy Scouts of america. ROGER GILBERT, uC Berkley ’50, died feb. 12, 2013 at age 80. a Phi Kappa Tau hall of fame member, Gilbert had a successful career as an insurance executive with Great american insurance and went on make a rather significant mark on the fraternal world by joining the board of the fraternal Risk Management Trust (fRMT) in 1995. he later served in the dual role of fRMT chairman and president from 1997 until 2010, guiding the organization through a time of growth and of many important changes. under his leadership, fRMT grew to become a re-insurance company for 29 fraternities, including Phi Kappa Tau. BEN PINNELL, Texas-El Paso ’54, died July 14, 2013 at age 78. he earned a bachelor’s degree from then Texas Western College (now university of Texas at El Paso) and a master’s degree from Southern Methodist university. following graduation, he worked for the fraternity as a field secretary. Pinnell served in the army Reserves as a second lieutenant and enjoyed a long career in land development. JAMES DONALDSON, Westminster ’59, died July 18, 2013 at age 73. a Phi Kappa Tau hall of fame member, Donaldson had a long and successful career as a professor and wealth management advisor to high-net-worth clients. he held wealth management positions in financial planning and management at JPMorgan Chase, The Chase Manhattan Private Bank, Chemical Bank, Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank Trust), TD Bank, and N.a. and Trust Company of Connecticut. JOHN ROBERTS, Southern illinois ’68, died March 2, 2013 at age 65. he worked as a safety engineer for aoN Corporation for more than 25 years. he served as William & Mary chapter advisor. Roberts was a master model railroader and National Model Railroad association past president. SEAN MILLER, oklahoma State ’88, died Jan. 7, 2013 at age 43. Miller served the chapter as treasurer and president. he graduated from oklahoma State university with a bachelor’s degree in information systems and later from the university of oklahoma with a bachelor’s in physical therapy. he worked as a physical therapist in Norman, okla. DANIEL MCLUNG, Muhlenberg ’05, died Jan. 5, at age 27. McClung worked as a playwright and fiction writer based in New York City. his plays were developed at aliveWire Theatrics, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and PS 122. he served Eta chapter as scholarship chairman. JOHN SCHMIDT, Saginaw Valley State ’11, died Dec. 4, 2013, at age 21. Schmidt was pursuing a degree in political science. he served Zeta Beta chapter as recruitment chairman. Learning. Leading. Serving.



devoted brother, loyal donor to the Foundation and Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame member, Clarke served his Fraternity as national president from 1973-75. During that time, he presided over four expansions. Prior to that esteemed position, he served as Domain Chief (now Domain Director), national councilor and national vice president. After his term as national president, Clarke continued to stay involved. He served again as national councilor, then as a Foundation Trustee. “He was very much devoted to the On Aug. 18, 2013 Past National concept of Fraternity and believed in our President Ray Clarke, Bowling Green ’51, entered Chapter Eternal. He was 82 mission,” said Executive Vice President years old. Emeritus Bill Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57. “Rather than mourn his loss, I think we can stand back and celebrate the man’s devotion to the Fraternity and contributions to the leadership of our organization.” Professionally, Clarke served in the U.S. Army and went on to a long career in human resources management with Owens-Illinois, Cutler Hammer and Eaton Industries. Although he never served Beta Tau as an undergraduate officer, Clarke’s loyalty to the Fraternity and his chapter was always apparent. As a young alumnus working in Toledo, Ohio, Clarke was a fixture at chapter and alumni events. “Ray was one of those guys that you could always count on,” said Gary Fernwood, Bowling Green ’52. “If you needed help with anything, needed any advice or wanted to have a celebration, Ray was always involved. He is just a good guy. I mean, I’d like to have had him as a brother and I mean that literally.” Ray continued to remain close with his chapter brothers throughout his life. “We have a group of guys who graduated in the ’50s and we’ve gotten together at least once a year for 60 years,” Fernwood said. “All through those years, Ray was almost always there. We were all married with kids and Ray was a bachelor, but he would always come and have a good time.” In addition to staying active with Beta Tau chapter and serving the Fraternity at the national level, Clarke made a special connection to another chapter. While working for Cutler Hammer, he made frequent trips through Houghton, Mich., and on these trips he developed many close relationships with Gamma Alpha chapter brothers. “Every trip, he would wander over to the house to check in and help out where he could,” said Ray Raymond, Michigan Tech ’77. In winter 1970, the brothers made him an honorary member of the chapter. “There are a lot of Phi Taus over the years, throughout the world who have benefited from meeting and talking with Ray Clarke,” Raymond said. “He helped others become better men without preaching or telling.” The LaureL |




By Bill Jenkins, Bowling Green ‘57

id you hear that? That sound? I sure did. It was applause. Welcoming applause. Applause from residents of Phi Tau’s Chapter Eternal, rolling out the Harvard Red and Old Gold carpet Aug. 18, 2013 for past National President Ray Anderson Clarke, Bowling Green ’51. Ray was 82. . . not necessarily “old” these days, but failing health in recent months finally took him from us, in Asheville, N.C. He was our oldest living past president, and his death has bestowed that curious honor on F. L. “Mac” McKinley, Oklahoma State ’51, (national president 1977-79.) Over the years, I’ve been asked to write tributes for several departed brothers. This one hits close to home. Fifty-eight years ago Ray and I crossed paths for the very first time. He had graduated from BGSU in 1952 with a degree in business. He was serving on Beta Tau’s Board of Governors. . . I was going through recruitment as a brand new Bowling Green freshman. Little did either of us even faintly consider where our Phi Tau memberships would lead. Others are sure to write about the many facets of Ray’s professional career, his longtime association in a multitude of roles with our Fraternity, and his stubborn quality of being an independent sort of person. I want to take this moment to remember and share the qualities of the man himself, and how those qualities influenced me over time. I had started my college career in the business school, but switched to art early on (I thought my Dad would kill me). It became painfully evident what art students have to spend in supplies and as my art work evolved, Ray was an important benefactor! His purchases of several of my pieces during my years on campus meant a great deal to this struggling art major. Ray couldn’t have been more pleased when I told him I had been hired by the Fraternity’s then National Secretary Dick Young, Miami’25, to join the headquarters staff as a field secretary. I began my new adventure Feb. 1, 1960. . . Ray lived Toledo at the time and on many occasions when I was traveling in the area, his guest room was my home away from home. I had fully intended to teach art after a couple years on staff as a field man. Somehow, Phi Kappa Tau got in the way and 18 years later when I left staff to start another career in St. Louis in fundraising, Ray was still very, very much involved in the affairs of our Fraternity. Somewhere in all that he was appointed Domain Chief (now called Domain Director) and his climb to the national presidency began. In those days Ray’s “domain” was unbelievably huge: From Columbus, Ohio on the south to Hancock-Houghton, Mich., on the north. And it was during that time Ray took a liking to Gamma Alpha chapter at Michigan Tech and virtually adopted it as his second chapter; a relationship that continued to this past Aug. 18. Ray Clarke could be pretty decisive when he wanted to be. I have an idea lots of undergraduates blinked when he arrived for a chapter visit, but you can rest assured those same students were better The LaureL |

(From left to right) Shideler Award recipient Henry Adler, Bowling Green ’56, Past National President Ray Clarke, Bowling Green ’51, past Field Secretary Ben Pinnell, Texas-El Paso ’54, Noel Palm, Bowling Green ’51, Foundation Executive Vice President Emeritus Bill Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57.

equipped to handle chapter management affairs when he left. From Domain Chief to a seat on the Fraternity’s National Council was simply in the cards for the man. I believe he was elected to the National Council in 1966. I had returned to the staff from the Army two years earlier and Ray and I immediately continued our friendship. Ray was elected national president in 1972 at our Convention in Miami, Fla. He was one proud Phi Tau. I was completing my second year as the Fraternity’s executive director, and while I cannot say he and I always saw eye-to-eye on all things fraternity, I always knew where he stood. And as I think back to his presidency, I believe his most significant contribution was to light a fire under our educational Foundation. He saw the need for the Foundation to become much more involved in the educational pursuits of our student brothers, and to lend increasing support to the educational programming so critical to a first-rate Fraternity experience. What more can I say? I’ll miss the man. He kept me on my toes when I was on staff, and his love for our Fraternity was rock solid. Thanks for your friendship and support, Ray. . . and for your devotion to our great Fraternity and its mission. We’ll cross paths again one day. I hope you’ll remember the handshake. Learning. Leading. Serving.

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BETA CHAPTER at ohio hosted a date auction to benefit Seriousfun Children’s Network. Thirty brothers volunteered to be a part of the auction. The event raised more than $2,000. The chapter also conducted a winter clothes drive to benefit local shelters.

semester to flying horse farms, a Seriousfun Children’s Network camp, to volunteer. THETA CHAPTER at Transylvania had Nick Melgar, Transylvania ’10, named the university’s greek Man of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year.

Gamma Alpha chapter’s first-place ice sculpture from the 2013 Winter Carnival.

OMICRON CHAPTER at Penn State partnered with the Student Nursing association of Pennsylvania for ThoN, which is the Penn State ifC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. ThoN is considered to be a yearlong effort, including a 5K run/walk, a family carnival, and the actual twoday dance marathon. Together, omicron and SNaP raised $107,772, and several brothers participated in the 46-hour dance marathon.

Brothers from several different chapters volunteering during the same week at flying horse farms, a SeriousFun Children’s Network camp. GAMMA CHAPTER at ohio State held its annual pumpkin sale during homecoming week to raise money for Seriousfun Children’s Network. Brothers sold pumpkins 24 hours a day for the entire week and were able to raise more than $4,000.

KAPPA CHAPTER at Kentucky hosted Trunk or Treat with the Greeks for the first time to raise money for Seriousfun Children’s Network. With support from the greek and Lexington communities, the event raised nearly $2,000.

EPSILON CHAPTER at Mount union had the highest GPa out of all fraternities on campus for both semesters during the 2013-2013 academic year. it also sent brothers had brothers travel several times a

LAMBDA CHAPTER at Purdue donated more than 2,000 lbs of canned food to local food banks during a food drive before Thanksgiving.

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Gamma Lambda chapter brothers placing American flags in the ground to honor 9/11 first responders. XI CHAPTER at franklin & Marshall partnered with the woman of alpha Phi sorority to host a pumpkin carving event for children in Lancaster, Pa. all 100 pumpkins were carved and taken home by children at the event.

UPSILON CHAPTER at Nebraska Wesleyan hosted its first Phi Kappa Tau Phiesta to raise money and awareness for Seriousfun Children’s Network. The dinner at the chapter house had more than 200 people attend and raised $2,000. PHI CHAPTER at Bethany was recognized by the office of Student Life for exemplary philanthropy efforts and community service. The LaureL |


epsilon epsilon chapter brothers sitting in front of the student center during their annual Couch-A-Thon. ALPHA DELTA CHAPTER at Case Western hosted a 5K run for Seriousfun Children’s Network. fifty runners ran the race and it raised $700. ALPHA KAPPA CHAPTER at Washington State won three out of seven awards given to fraternities during a campus award presentation in fall 2013. ALPHA PI CHAPTER at Washington hosted a haunted house during halloween to raise money for Camp Korey, a Seriousfun Children’s Network

camp. Brothers also volunteered as servers during an auction fundraiser at Camp Korey. ALPHA PHI CHAPTER at akron took home third place in the campus’s Dean’s Cup for fraternities in 2013. ALPHA OMEGA CHAPTER at Baldwin Wallace won greek week. The chapter also hosted its annual haunted house, which raised $12,000. BETA ALPHA CHAPTER at Texas-austin placed second

Guests enjoying dinner during Gamma Omicron’s Monte Carlo Night. out of 24 chapters during the ifC Movember competition. The chapter raised $3,453 for the competition during November. BETA BETA CHAPTER at Louisville hosted the 11th Phi Kappa Tau Step Show. The show was sold out with a capacity crowd of 1,850, and it raised nearly $10,000 for Seriousfun Children’s Network. BETA GAMMA COLONY at idaho averaged more than 10 hours of community service per member during spring 2013, it also hosted a Building Men of Character Retreat.

Beta iota chapter brothers spending their spring break in Colorado to volunteer at roundup River Ranch, a SeriousFun Children’s Network camp. The LaureL |

BETA THETA CHAPTER at Kansas improved its chapter overall. it was able to host multiple philanthropy events and several members held leadership positions in outside campus organizations.

BETA IOTA CHAPTER at florida State had 19 brothers drive nearly 3,500 miles roundtrip to spend spring break volunteering at Roundup River Ranch, a Seriousfun Children’s Network camp, in Colorado. BETA KAPPA CHAPTER at oklahoma State sent three brothers to volunteer at flying horse farms, a Seriousfun Children’s Network camp, in ohio. The chapter also had eight members earn a 4.0 GPa during fall 2013. BETA LAMBDA CHAPTER at indiana hosted its first Meat-aPalooza, an all-you-can-eat event, to raise money for charity. BETA XI CHAPTER at Georgia completed the renovation, expansion and occupancy of its new chapter house in downtown athens, Ga. The two-story, 8,800-squareLearning. Leading. Serving.

our chaPTerS GAMMA IOTA COLONY at Sacramento State raised $1,000 for Seriousfun Children’s Network during the 50th anniversary dinner of the Gamma iota chapter chartering.


Beta Psi chapter brothers celebrating after winning the IFC Sports Cup. foot brick Georgian architecture facility sits on an acre of land immediately outside of the campus and at the western edge of downtown. The chapter held a grand opening and a formal dedication ceremony with nearly 300 guests in attendance. BETA OMICRON CHAPTER at Maryland hosted an alumni tailgate on oct. 27, 2013. The

tailgate was attended by more than 100 brothers. BETA CHI CHAPTER at Southern illinois raised more than $5,000 for the american Cancer Society’s efforts to fight breast cancer. This amount earned the chapter gold-level standing and placed it second for overall donation in the Jackson County Relay for Life.

Beta Mu chapter brothers outside their chapter house for a barbeque. Learning. Leading. Serving.

epsilon chapter brothers visit flying horse Farms, a SeriousFun Children’s Network camp. BETA PSI CHAPTER at Cal State-Long Beach won the ifC Sports Cup for the second year in a row. The Cup, which is sponsored by the ifC and is different from intramurals, is based on flag football, volleyball, soccer and basketball.

GAMMA LAMBDA CHAPTER at Central Michigan honored first responders who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, by planting 441 flags outside the Bovee university Center on campus. GAMMA NU CHAPTER at RiT had Chris Dunn, RiT ’12, serve as ifC president and Paul Darragh, RiT ’12, as Student Government president.

BETA OMEGA CHAPTER at Cal State-Chico began a citywide trash pickup every Saturday. The rest of the greek community has joined in in the effort.

GAMMA OMICRON CHAPTER at hosted Monte Carlo Night. Nearly 250 guests attended the annual philanthropy event at the chapter house and $7,000 was raised for Seriousfun Children’s Network. Since the event was created in 1999, the chapter has raised more than $77,000 for charity.

GAMMA ALPHA CHAPTER at Michigan Tech placed third overall in the 2013 Winter Carnival. The chapter took first in the ice sculpture competition for the sixth consecutive year.

GAMMA TAU CHAPTER at old Dominion had 15 members participate in the Jingle Bell Run. The members raised $1,700 for charity, which was the most among greek organizations.

GAMMA BETA CHAPTER at Cincinnati raised more than $1,000 for Seriousfun Children’s Network by hosting Phry Tau during Relay for Life. The chapter also raised $600 by hosting a band night at a local pizzeria.

GAMMA PSI COLONY at Texas State partnered with the women of Delta Zeta to sell carnations on Valentine’s Day with proceeds benefiting The Painted Turtle Camp, a Seriousfun Children’s Network camp. The chapter also took first place in both Delta Gamma’s anchor Splash and Delta Zeta’s Mr. Bobcat competitions. The LaureL |


Beta Beta chapter brothers after its annual step show with the Sigma Kappa step team. EPSILON OMEGA CHAPTER at Shepherd placed second in the homecoming competition. Lynchburg colony brothers volunteering to help with clean up at the construction site of the campus’s new student center. DELTA EPSILON CHAPTER at St. Cloud won the award for highest greek GPa. in addition, Eric Peterson, St. Cloud ’12, serves as Student Government president. DELTA THETA CHAPTER at Georgetown competed in the college’s annual Songfest. The chapter’s skit was selected as most comedic. DELTA NU CHAPTER at Wright State raised $500 for Seriousfun Children’s Network through two 50-50 raffle events. The chapter was also able to raise $300 for breast cancer awareness during Relay for Life. DELTA CHI CHAPTER at Rochester raised $500 for Seriousfun Children’s Network and increased its chapter size to more than 40 brothers. EPSILON BETA CHAPTER at West Virginia Tech was recognized by its university as an outstanding student organization for volunteering countless hours of service to the Morris Creek Watershed. The chapter collected 1,000 lbs of trash. The LaureL |

EPSILON EPSILON CHAPTER at William Paterson continued its tradition of hosting Couch-a-Thon to raise money for Seriousfun Children’s Network. The brothers collected $500 in donations while sitting on a couch in front of the student center on campus for 24 straight hours. EPSILON KAPPA CHAPTER at Rutgers cosponsored the Phiesta philanthropy event with Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Sigma, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Phi Kappa Psi in September. The event raised $5,000 for the Eric LaGrande foundation. EPSILON RHO CHAPTER at indiana u of Pennsylvania raised $3,000 for charity.

ZETA ALPHA CHAPTER at Belmont partnered with alpha Gamma Delta and the Student activities Program Board to host highlight the Night, a black light rave that attracted more than 350 people. The chapter also partnered with alpha Sigma Tau to host Tower fest, an outdoor benefit concert. The events raised more than $1,200 for Seriousfun Children’s Network and other charities. ZETA BETA CHAPTER at Saginaw Valley State had brothers complete a minimum of 30 volunteer hours each during the academic year. NORTH TEXAS COLONY at North Texas hosted its Zombie 5K Run for Seriousfun Children’s Network. More than 200 people participated and $1,100 was raised.

LYNCHBURG COLONY at Lynchburg helped out on campus by spending a day picking up trash at the construction site of the new student center. ILLINOIS-SPRINGFILED COLONY at illinois-Springfield raised more than $500 for the american Cancer Society by collecting donations during soccer games. four brothers also shaved their heads for breast cancer awareness.

Make it a priority to have your chapter showcased on the website or in The Laurel. If your group has hosted or participated in a service or philanthropy event, experienced a great recruitment season, received awards, had a brother accomplish something newsworthy, or is planning an upcoming event, submit information and high-resolution photos for consideration. EMAIL:

Beta Xi chapter brothers during the dedication ceremony for their chapter house.

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honoring Phi KaPPa Tau aLumni in Their ProfeSSionaL and PerSonaL accomPLiShmenTS. viSiT To read more newS.

University of Louisville Provost Dr. Shirley Willihnganz (right) presents Larry tyler, Louisville ’61, with a framed copy of the special tribute to him from U.S. Senate minority Leader mitch mcConnell, Louisville ’61, that appeared in the Congressional Record. More than 50 Beta chapter alumni from the ’50s to present attended a summer reunion in Athens, Ohio. •

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CLIFF SHIELDS, Mount union ’41, was inducted into the ohio foundation of independent Colleges hall of Excellence. Shields is a member of the Phi Kappa Tau hall of fame. •

LARRY TYLER, Louisville ’61, was honored by the Speed School of Engineering at the university of Louisville for an unprecedented 50 years (and still counting) of teaching and student mentoring with a surprise recognition dinner at the Seelbach hotel. More than 200 friends, faculty, and former students attended. he is a past recipient of the university’s Distinguished Teaching award, the Speed School outstanding Teacher award and faculty favorite award.

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BILL MALLORY, Miami ’54, was inducted into the Midamerican Conference hall of fame for his achievements as head football coach at Miami and Northern illinois. in addition to the two MaC schools, Mallory also coached at Colorado and indiana. he is a Phi Kappa Tau hall of fame member. ROSS ROEDER, Michigan State ’58, was honored with the Spirit of hope award, a top civilian honor for service to the armed Services. he has served for many years on the Coast Guard foundation, including as Learning. Leading. Serving.

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university of Louisville College of Business Dean Charlie moyer (left) with terry forcht, Louisville ’58, at the Entrepreneurship Circle of Fame induction ceremony. the foundation’s chair. Roeder is a current foundation Trustee. TERRY FORCHT, Louisville ’58, was one of six inducted into the university of Louisville College of Business’

Entrepreneurship Circle of fame inaugural class. forcht leads The forcht Group of Kentucky and owns 92 enterprises, including nine nursing homes, nine banks and 13 finance companies.

dan WIllIaMS, Westminster ’61, has been named Westminster College Class of 1964 Reunion chair. it will be the third consecutive year a Phi Tau has been trusted with this responsibility. DAvID SAMS, Louisville ’64, was named president of Delaware Life holdings. The company The LaureL |

allyn ShaW, Michigan State ’85, was promoted to vice president of Student affairs at Michigan State. Dr. Shaw is a past Building Men of Character Retreats dean. Breittholz is a past Leadership academy dean.

Gamma Xi chapter alumni volunteering for tornado response efforts in Bethel, Okla. recently completed a purchase of the domestic u.S. annuity business and certain life insurance businesses of Sun Life financial inc. Delaware Life holdings now serves more than 450,000 annuity and life insurance policy holders. JACK NORRIS, Louisville ’65, retired as CBRE (CB Richards Ellis Group, inc.) managing director in March. he took with him a professional portfolio spanning more than three decades with the design and development of more than 14 million square feet of office space and commercial properties. JERRY CURINGTON, florida ’69, was honored by alpha Eta chapter for his work with its Century Club during a fall alumni event. •

1970 •

BARRY MASK, auburn ’78, has been named as the new CEo at the alabama association of Realtors. he is also a member of the alabama house of Representatives, representing Coosa and Elmore counties (near The LaureL |

Montgomery). Mask is a past national councilor. BILL MACAK, florida State ’73, and andy Macak, florida State ’03, visited Masada and Jordan River Village, a Seriousfun Children’s Network camp, while in israel. Bill is a past national president. •

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BOB vINCENT, Maryland ’80, 2013 was honored at halftime during the Maryland Terrapins football game on aug. 31 for his service in the Navy. Retired Cmdr. Vincent spent 26 years in the Navy and served as an attorney in the Judge advocate General’s Corps. BRIAN BREITTHOLZ, ohio ’83, has taken a new post as assistant vice president for alumni relations at Cleveland State university. in his recent past, he worked in the alumni relations department for both indiana and Miami universities. Before that, he was the director of greek affairs at Miami and akron.

NEIL COHEN, College of New Jersey ’86, self-published his first novel, “Exit Zero.” The book follows a group of estranged friends who must come together during the first 48 hours of a zombie outbreak. it is available on amazon. GREG HEILMEIER, Bethany ’86, his wife, Theresa, welcomed a son, Jack Doria, to their family last November. heilmeier is a foundation Trustee and a past national president. WIllIaM SIMOnItSch, florida State ’89, was elected to a one-year term as National asian Pacific american Bar association (NaPaBa). The NaPaBa is the national association of asian Pacific american attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NaPaBa represents the interests of more than 40,000 attorneys and 66 state and local asian Pacific american bar associations. Simonitsch lives in

Miami and is a litigation partner in the Miami office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP. guy WIllIaMS, Mississippi State ’89, and his team were nominated for a 2012 academy award. The group earned the visual effects nomination for work on Marvels Studios’ “The avengers.” Williams works and lives in New Zealand. •

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curtIS Wray, Louisville ’90, was awarded a research grant from the american Cancer Society (aCS), which is one of largest providers of funding for medical research in the united States. The five-year grant for $729,000 will provide Dr. Wray with resources to conduct clinical research and generate new data on hepatocellular carcinoma (hCC), which is a form of liver cancer. KILBY MCCURLEY, Bradley ’95, recently tied the knot with Jamie (York) in atlanta. The wedding was attended by several of the current and former Executive offices staff members. McCurley is a former staffer.

andy macak, florida State ’03, (left) and Bill macak, florida State ’73, on masada, an ancient fortification in Israel.

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assistant to the vice president and chief of staff at Randolph College in Virginia, and the fraternity’s chief learning officer. TONY SPANO, Youngstown ’99, nominated for the handson Volunteer Network award and recognized in the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals inaugural class of honorees for the 25 under 35 awards. •

more than 75 golfers from nine chapters played in Beta mu’s 23rd annual Big Dog Classic and $9,000 was raised for flying horse farms, a SeriousFun Children’s Network camp. JOSH BLEIDT, Eastern Kentucky ’96, and Chad Warrix, Eastern Kentucky ’12, received the Danny R. ford Distinguished Service award from the Kentucky hall of fame and Museum. The award honors those who continually give back to the Kentucky Music hall of fame and Museum. Warrix is a musician and Bleidt is his manager. Bleidt serves on the National Council. JEFF lEWIS, College of New Jersey ’97, and his wife, Jayne (a former Executive offices intern), welcomed a daughter, Blair Elizabeth, to their family last November. Jeff is a former Executive offices staff member. JaSOn hurWItz, Penn State ’98, is the golf course superintendent at fox Chapel Golf Club near Pittsburgh. in June, his course hosted the Constellation Senior Players Championship, which is Learning. Leading. Serving.

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J.J. lEWIS, Central Michigan ’01, has taken a new role as Detroit Public Television manager of major gifts, which takes him back home to Michigan. he was also appointed to the howell Carnegie District Library Board of Trustees in howell, Mich. Lewis is the current Great Lakes East Domain Director. WaltEr dOylE, florida State ’03, was recognized as a member of the florida State university alumni association’s 2013 Thirty under 30 class. Doyle is the director of teacher engagement for DonorsChoose. org in New York.

Chad Corbitt, florida State ’06, (left) with florida State university Director of Greek Life robyn Brock, Walter Doyle, florida State ’03, and Beta iota Chapter advisor David Ward, florida State ’08, at the Young Alumni Awards Dinner. considered one of the Champions (Senior) Tour’s major titles, along with such events as the uS Senior open and British Senior open. hurwitz coordinated the efforts of 25 employees and 50 volunteers. PATRICK NOLTEMEYER, Centre ’98, was promoted to special assistant to the president

for institutional research and special event at Centre. WES FugatE, Centre ’99, was honored with the Council for advancement and Support for Education (CaSE) 2013 alice L. Beeman award for outstanding Research and Communications and Marketing for Educational advancement. Dr. fugate is the

BRIAN NAGEL, Kent State ’03, was featured in pop star Katy Perry’s music video for her newest single, “Roar.” CHAD CORBITT, florida State ’06, was recognized as a member of the florida State university alumni association’s 2013 Thirty under 30 class. he was one of three from the 30 honorees who received the Reubin o’D. askew Young alumni award, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a young fSu alumnus by the association. Corbitt is vice The LaureL |

Retired Cmdr. Bob Vincent, maryland ’80, (right) with his wife, Tracy, son, Robby, and Col. John Ewers (left) on the field at Byrd Stadium. president at Group interactive Networks in Gainesville, fla.

published in the american Chemical Society Journal.

DANIEL SCHLIPF, Georgetown ’07, had his article “Pore-Size Dependent Protein adsorption and Protection from Proteolytic hydrolysis in Tailored Mesoporous Silica Particles”

PHIL FRANDINA, RiT ’08, finished the New York City Marathon. frandina serves the fraternity as the upstate Domain Director.

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DAvID RODOCKER, oklahoma State ’08, interned with the Texas Rangers athletic training staff. During the summer internship, he reviewed medical reports of players in the upcoming draft, assisted in the training staff with player support and gained game day experience as an athletic trainer. he currently is in his second year in the graduate athletic training program at Stephen f. austin State university and hopes to begin his career in athletic training with a professional baseball team upon graduation. RAY SOPHIE, Southern illinois ’08, recently graduated from arizona with a master’s of public administration and moved to Sacramento, Calif., to start his

career in the California State auditor’s office. Sophie worked for four years on the Executive offices staff. CHANCE PEARCE, oklahoma State ’09, recently married his college sweetheart, autumn (Marsh), in ardmore, okla. The couple met while Pearce was an associate member during his freshman year. •

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FRED TUGAS, old Dominion ’11, received the Monarch Legacy award from old Dominion for making “a significant impact on the campus community.”

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The Laurel Winter 2014  

This issue contains Preparing Our Leaders, Creating the Future, Final Perspectives, And the Winner Is, Rising to the Top and Building On Suc...

The Laurel Winter 2014  

This issue contains Preparing Our Leaders, Creating the Future, Final Perspectives, And the Winner Is, Rising to the Top and Building On Suc...