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Offices Centennial Gardens on the Bridge of Understanding (dedicated in memory of Edward C. Leemon, Ole Miss ’98). Learn more about the Fraternity’s inaugural Conclave on pages 16-23.

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Contents The Laurel


Winter 2011 VOL. 99, NO. 2 Editor-in-Chief Lane S Baldwin Copy Editor John Sayers, Bethany ’78 Graphic Designer Stacey Castle About The Laurel The Laurel is the exoteric publication of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation. Published prior to 1919 as SIDELIGHTS, a journal devoted to topics related to higher education involving college and alumni interests, The Laurel is now published regularly under the direction and authority of the Board of Trustees of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation. The next issue of The Laurel will be Vol. 100, No. 1 and will be published in the summer of 2011. Printed in the USA | ISSN Number: 0023-8996 Printed by The Watkins Printing Company, Columbus, Ohio. Address Changes Visit and choose “Update Your Information” or call 800-PKT-1906 or mail changes to: Phi Kappa Tau, 5221 Morning Sun Road, Oxford OH 45056 or e-mail Cindy Morgan at Features 8 Men of Character Programs A look at the Fraternity’s 2011-12 education programs. 10 Past Foundation Chairman Shares the World in New Book The former advertising executive examines his Phi Tau experience and leadership development. 16 Conclave in Review A look at the Fraternity’s new biennial summer event. 24 Leadership Academy Recap A look at the Fraternity’s second annual Academy. Insert Remembering 9/11 Phi Taus recount their memories more than 10 years later.

Member Fraternity Communications Association

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

Departments 4 Directory 5 Perspectives 6 New & Noteworthy 13 We Are PKT 26 Chapter Eternal 28 Our Chapters 30 Laurels

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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 Gregory M Heilmeier, Bethany ’86 National Vice President Stephan M Nelson, Southern Mississippi ’73 Chief Executive Officer *Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89 Joshua J Bleidt, Eastern Kentucky ’96 Michael D Dovilla, Baldwin-Wallace ’94 Wesley R Fugate, Centre ’99 J Kenneth Loewen Jr, Colorado ’80 Sean J McManus, East Carolina ’94 David A Ruckman, Ohio State ’62 Scott G Stewart, Nebraska-Kearney ’69 Cliff D Unger, Arizona ’98 undergraduate advisory board President: Steven E Binzel, Case Western ’08 VICE PRESIDENT: Philip Frandina, RIT ’08 AJ Broderick, RIT ’11 Manuel A Davila-Molina, Cornell ’09 Michael Disotell, Westminster ’08 Jason M Lustig, Cornell ’08 Matthew Marone, Florida State ’08 Trey Pippin, Louisville ’09 Jack Van Bibber, Mount Union ’10 Tyler Vienot, Saginaw Valley State ’09 NATIONAL ADVISORS Chief financial officer/treasurer: David N Bauer, Bethany ’83 chief learning officer: Thomas A Jeswald, Ohio ’63 Recruitment/retention: Michael T Gabhart, Georgetown ’95 Ritualist/Chaplain: Fr. Nicholas R A Rachford, Cincinnati ’64 SERVICE: Matthew Parker, Evansville ’93 National Advisors are ex-officio, non-voting members of the National Council.

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EXECUTIVE OFFICES STAFF (800) PKT-1906 Chief Executive Officer Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89


Director of Chapter Services Tim Hudson, Truman State ’97


Director of EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES Sarah Rochford


Finance Coordinator Lisa Adams


communication coordinator Lane S Baldwin


coordinator of volunteer development Tyler Wash, Georgetown ’06


volunteer development consultant Marty Dunning, Kentucky ’07


resource and development coordinator Ray Sophie, Southern Illinois ’08


resource and expansion consultant Jason Sweet, Saginaw Valley State ’09


expansion coordinator Alex Koehler, Mount Union ’07


expansion consultant Matt Marone, Florida State ’08


PROGRAMming COORDINATOR Dustin Brown, Georgetown’05


Executive Assistant Cindy Morgan


Administrative Assistant-Chapter Services Lori Foister


Administrative assistant-foundation Angie Van Winkle


Chairman David A Ruckman, Ohio State ’62 first Vice Chairman Scott G Stewart, Nebraska-Kearney ’69 SECOND Vice Chairman Bill Fisher, Miami ’80 Treasurer Brian T Hardy, Westminster ’93 Secretary James S Hamilton, Ohio State ’63 William G Braund, Westminster ’54 Steve W Chaddick, Georgia Tech ’70 John M Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60 *Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89 Reza Hashampour, Georgetown ’82 Gregory M Heilmeier, Bethany ’86 Joseph J McCann Jr, Spring Hill ’74 Richard F Michael, Michigan Tech ’70 Stephan M Nelson, Southern Mississippi ’73 Ross E Roeder, Michigan State ’58 Brent W Vickery, Texas-Austin ’81 *non-voting DISTINGUISHED TRUSTEES Jack L Bartholomew, Ohio State ’55 Raymond A Bichimer, Ohio State ’53 Mark M Boyd, Miami ’71 Norman W Brown, Ohio State ’50 Gerald G Carlton Jr, Ohio ’58 Melvin Dettra, Ohio State ’45 F Fred Fether, Bowling Green ’51 Lawrence L Fisher, Ohio State ’60 Hugh C Fowler, Colorado ’45 John D Good, Ohio ’47 Jim K Heilmeier, Kent State ’47 Theodore A Hendricks, Bowling Green ’59 Gregory M Hollen, Maryland ’75 Dan L Huffer, Ohio State ’57 David W Lawrence, Miami ’61 Robert Leatherman, Akron ’60 James C McAtee, Ohio ’65 F L Mac McKinley, Oklahoma State ’51 Frederick E Mills, Ohio State ’66 Donald J Phillips II, Texas-Austin ’82 Fr. Nicholas R A Rachford, Cincinnati ’64 Joel S Rudy, Bethany ’60 Timothy F Smith, Bowling Green ’62 Donald E Snyder Sr, Cornell ’49 Carl D Vance, Miami ’67 Graydon D Webb, Ohio State ’69 The Laurel |

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Perspectives History Matters



lthough we still have a “news” section in the Laurel, most of our metaphorical news horses have left their horse barns way before they prance to you through the plodding process of writing, editing, designing, printing and mailing. In the time that it’s taken you to read this paragraph, someone has likely already delivered to you breaking news about a friend or family member via Twitter, Facebook, or e-mail. While The Laurel’s ability to deliver “news” has certainly been marginalized by the modern era of communication, it has presented us with a unique opportunity to provide our readers with information and commentary that doesn’t necessarily depend upon a more immediate news cycle. To that point, we hope you will find interesting the special insert in this Laurel regarding 9/11. Because The Laurel is not a vehicle that requires us to “break” a story, we have the latitude (perhaps even the responsibility) to provide what most news sources today do not—historical context and perspective. Ironically, there are certain events that are actually undersold even by applying the grand acclaim of defining an era; these events actually shape the attitudes and belief structures for generations. It’s an inertia that rarely meets an opposing force. Likewise, the attitudes and beliefs shaped by these events rarely ask for validation. Perhaps they don’t need either forces or validation. They are institutionalized and perpetuated. For 9/11, there will be volumes written upon current volumes. There is geopolitical discourse, there are religious undertones, and there is the grave impact on families and villages. It covers a wide spectrum, from the minor annoyance of TSA at the airport to the sorrows of losing a loved one or friend on 9/11 and its war-on-terror aftermath. For Phi Kappa Tau and its members, however, we focus on the impact at home, in our circle, in our families … it is personal. While not so geopolitical, this impact continues to shape our lives. I have a good friend who is a Marine and served in Desert Storm. He now works as a civilian training current Marines in preparation for security duty in the Middle East. One wonders how his personal and career paths have been altered by 9/11. Further, his son is an active duty Marine captain who has not only served two tours in Iraq, but is now studying Arabic and will be spending much of the next few years in the Middle East. Again, one wonders how this path—his combat experience, his education, his career—has shaped his life, such as who he might marry, where he lives and how he earns a living. This path then affects those of us—friends and family—who value our relationship with him. People may argue about whether these changes’ net effect should be characterized a “good” or “bad,” but there is no debate about the fact that 9/11 continues to shape his path. We spend too little time reflecting on our lives. We spend too little time connecting the dots of our current life with the dots from the past. The point is not that we should spend more time ruminating, but rather to note that our future days, both big picture and small picture, depend upon how we react to the “news” of today. And as you’ll note in the words of our members in our 9/11 insert, reflecting can be difficult due diligence, but it helps define and direct us. Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89, is chief executive officer.

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Beta Xi Re-Charters at the University of Georgia

Phi Kappa Tau celebrated the re-chartering of Beta Xi chapter at Georgia Oct. 22, 2011, in Athens, Ga. The Fraternity’s 62nd chapter, Beta Xi originally charted in 1950. National President Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86, CEO Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89, and Chief Ritualist Fr. Nick Rachford, Cincinnati ’64, presided over the chartering of the 49-member group at the ceremony and banquet. More than 180 undergraduates, alumni and friends were in attendance. The group originally formed about two years ago after UGA undergraduates and alumni connected with the university about restarting the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity on campus. The men formed as an interest group but quickly became a full-fledged Phi Kappa Tau colony. From the start, dedicated Beta Xi alumni stepped up to make sure the group succeeded on campus and within the National Fraternity structure. Spearheaded by Kirk Smith, Georgia ’80, a re-colonization committee developed a feasibility analysis, marketing proposal and recolonization plan. “If not for the commitment of Kirk and Wes, and the tireless efforts of Bill Crane (Georgia ’80) and the contributions of Brian Todd (Wright State ’91) and countless other Board of Governors, Housing Corporation, and Graduate Council members, we could not be at this point two years into the effort,” said BOG Chairman Dan Moore, Georgia ’88. Of course, the group had to persevere. Between the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years, the colony lost a significant part of its membership. Coming into the fall 2010 semester, the group was down to single digits. “Fortunately, the resolve of two young men proved wrong the notion that we had lost our best shot to reestablish the group,” Moore said. “Alex Anthony (Georgia ’11), our 2011 Borradaile Award winner, and Derrek Moore (Georgia ’11), the 2011 recipient of our local Gaby Scholarship, refused to quit. After adding a few key members, the colony went from two members to over 40 by the end of fall semester.” Chapter President Eric Lindberg, Georgia ’11, said that while the months leading up to the chartering were a lot of work, it was indescribable to see how far the group had come over the last two years.

“The group transformed is the best way to put it,” he said. “We went from a group of good friends to a brotherhood that understood the common bonds that holds us together on a deeper level. We all felt that we were writing our own history, as well as finally being able to truly live out what the chapter has stood for, for 61 years, and the Fraternity for 105 years.” Heilmeier encouraged the group to continue positively affecting the National Fraternity. “Beta Xi chapter has overcome a lot, and their resolve is inspiring,” he said. “I hope that every Phi Kappa Tau chapter and colony can look at this group and realize that anything is possible.” Lindberg’s advice for other colonies looking to charter is to recruit the right guys. “People join a place where they have friends, and if they are your friends, they probably stand for much of the same things you do,” he said. “Plus, people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. Your [group] should revolve around what you believe in, what you represent. It’s the ‘why’ and ‘how’ that makes you different from the 20-something fraternities on your campus.” BOG Member-at-Large Bob Ragsdale, Georgia ’66, looks forward to the chapter’s years ahead. “It’s a really neat opportunity to be on the ground floor of a college fraternity chapter,” he said. “The guys were so excited this weekend, and now they have to figure out what they’re going to do for the next couple years to make themselves successful. It’s like a roller coaster—are you going to coast or are you going to set forth a plan? I hope that excitement carries forward into a real solid action plan to succeed at the University of Georgia and within Phi Kappa Tau.” Moore is sure the men have positive futures ahead of them. “They are better men for their travails and are celebrating the reward of their efforts … brotherhood,” Moore said. “They are scholars, athletes, volunteers, authors, entrepreneurs, musicians, Eagle Scouts and, most of all, gentlemen. They are diverse, yet they are unified. They are the finest that the University of Georgia has to offer, and they will excel.”

Alumni and undergraduates gather after the chartering ceremony.

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60th National Convention Phi Kappa Tau Nominating Committee Requests Expressions of Interest The Phi Kappa Tau Constitution mandates that every two years, the Fraternity assembles in National Convention to elect brothers to the National Council. The National Council serves as Phi Kappa Tau’s legislative body when Convention is not in session. Past National Councilor and Nominating Committee Chairman John Johnson, Mississippi State ’64, anticipates that Phi Kappa Tau will elect a National Vice President and two graduate national councilors at the 60th National Convention July 25-29, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.

• The National Vice President will hold office for two years and, at the 61st National Convention (2014), will automatically succeed to the office of National President for an additional two-year term, following a vote of confidence by the National Council. • The graduate national councilors will hold office for six years. Any alumni member in good standing may be nominated for election. The nominating committee will receive and review nominations over the next several months. Alumni interested in serving on the National Council should send a résumé to Members


wishing to submit names for consideration or receive information about the duties and expectations of national councilors should use the same address. Information about the candidacy process will be made available on Phi Kappa Tau’s website at Undergraduate Advisory Board positions will be addressed in upcoming e-mail and print communication. Brothers interested in serving in another volunteer role (e.g., Domain Director, BOG member, etc.) should e-mail for more information.

2012 Nominating Committee John A Johnson, Mississippi State ’64, Chairman William D Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57 Ross E Roeder, Michigan State ’58 John M Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60 Robert M Reese, Kent State ’87 Efrem Z Bycer, Cornell ’06

Convention 2012

Help Wanted

Get involved with your Fraternity in a big way July 25-29, 2012, in Nashville. Phi Kappa Tau is looking for alumni to serve as committee leads on the National Convention floor. Open positions include: Alumni Relations • Credentials • Delegates’ Request • Governance Hall of Fame • Jurisprudence (attorney at law preferred) • Leadership • Parliamentarian Risk Management • Scholarship If you are interested in serving as a lead, please contact National President Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86, at

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Men of Character Programs


8 Purpose


Target Audience




Undergraduates enhance individual leadership and character development while deepening their understanding of Fraternity values.

Recent initiates through secondyear members, especially those aspiring to leadership roles

Two sessions held annually each summer

Summer 2012


Newly elected presidents gain tools for success and a structure for setting goals for their term in office.

Newly elected chapter and colony presidents

Held annually each winter

Jan. 6-8, 2012, in Tampa, FL


Resident Council officers develop into chapter leaders while learning the logistics of their position.

Resident Council officers; all Resident Council and associate members are welcome

Eight conferences held annually in different regions across the country

Feb. 17-19, Athens, GA Feb. 17-19, Chicago, IL Feb. 24-25, Washington, D.C. Feb. 24-25, Dallas, TX Mar. 2-4, Columbus, OH Mar. 2-4, Lexington, KY Mar. 9-10, San Francisco, CA Mar. 16-18, Rochester, NY


Board of Governors volunteers and Domain Directors learn how to function effectively in a chapter setting and work efficiently with undergraduates.

Board of Governors volunteers and Domain Directors

Held annually each fall

Oct. 14-16, 2011, in Columbus, OH


Resident Council members build brotherhood, strengthen communication and confront barriers to chapter success.

Resident Council members; Board of Governors and Housing Corporation volunteers are welcome

The two-day retreat is held at the request of a chapter or colony

Scheduled as requested on campus

Good to Great RETREATS

Resident Council members learn about specific operational areas. Retreats available are Recruiting Men of Character, Ritual, Executive Council and Response Ability.

Resident Council members

The three- to six-hour retreat is held at the request of a chapter or colony

Scheduled as requested on campus


Associate members learn about the history and values of the Fraternity in preparation for initiation into Phi Kappa Tau.

Associate members

The six-week program is scheduled by the chapter

Scheduled by chapter


Resident Council members learn to maintain a safe chapter environment through the understanding of major risk areas.

Resident Council members

Four required seminars are held annually

Scheduled by chapter


Board of Governors volunteers and Domain Directors gain a baseline knowledge of their volunteer position.

All Board of Governors volunteers and Domain Directors

Continuously available online



Members and friends of Phi Tau have Internet access to a wide range of resources to support learning.


Continuously available online



Members continue the Fraternity’s commitment to Paul Newman, Ohio ’43, by enriching the lives of terminally and seriously ill children at Newman’s Camps.


Year-round fundraising activities and volunteer efforts at specific camps


Sponsored by the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), Resident Council members focus on leadership and values.

Resident Council members

10 sessions held annually each summer

Summer 2012

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Phi Kappa Tau Inspires Young Leaders Through a variety of programs and fraternity experiences, we build upon the enthusiasm of our young leaders to help them grow lifelong skills and friendships. The Men of Character Programs Phi Kappa Tau provides its members are intended to enrich the college experience of each undergraduate, create strong chapters and build brotherhood across generations. The Fraternity’s programs are delivered by volunteers, who are alumni and friends of Phi Tau. They contribute their time generously because they believe in the leaders of tomorrow. As Men of Character Programs continue to evolve and grow, the focus is on the following areas: • Leadership Development enhances individual leadership abilities that can be applied throughout life. Leadership Academy is Phi Kappa Tau’s key program in this area. • Life Skills include developing a servant-leader mindset through the Hole in the Wall Camp experience. In addition, citizenship, communication, and critical-thinking skills are offered through other programs and on The Exchange ( • Chapter Management covers the functional skills required for all Resident Council officers, as well as volunteer positions. Programs include Presidents Academy, Regional Conferences, the Volunteer Certification Program and Volunteer Development Institute. • Basic Member Education includes membership orientation and risk management programs, as well as understanding the Ritual, the Constitution and other governing documents.


If you wish to learn more about program schedules and details, contact: Dustin Brown, Georgetown ’05 Programming Coordinator (800) PKT-1906 x222

All Men of Character programs are jointly funded through undergraduate fees and grants from the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation. Through the generosity of its donors, the Foundation provides an annual grant that covers the overhead costs of each program. Many donors have chosen to designate their gifts to help students from their chapter in order to decrease the attendance cost for undergraduates.

If you are an alumnus who wishes to be considered for a facilitator role in these programs, contact: Tom Jeswald, Ohio ’63 Chief Learning Officer

To directly support these programs, visit or contact CEO Steve Hartman at

Visit to learn more about Phi Kappa Tau’s Men of Character Programs.

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By Marty Dunning, Kentucky ’07 “ T h i s i s a b o o k a b o u t d r e a m s a n d t h e i r f u l f i ll m e n t – a n d t h e a d v e n t u r e s o f a l i f e t i m e . ” T h i s s i m pl e , y e t p o w e r f u l phrase is how Norman Brown, Ohio State ’50, begins his book, “Untamed Places.”

Norman Brown, Ohio State ’50


rown’s is a name that many brothers in Phi Kappa Tau know. It may be from his time as both member and chairman on several of Phi Tau’s national committees, the chairman of the Foundation Board of Trustees, a distinguished Foundation trustee, or maybe even from the Heritage Room at the Executive Offices in Oxford, Ohio. But Brown is far more than those things. Professionally, he worked for a major international advertising agency, all the way from assistant researcher to CEO. And, even in retirement he hasn’t really settled down.

Get the Book

“Untamed Places” retails for $60. Norman Brown, Ohio State ’50, has agreed to make his book available to his Phi Kappa Tau brothers for $48. In addition, when purchased through the Foundation, $12 from each book sale will go to Phi Kappa Tau’s Leadership Academy fund, which helps the Fraternity’s rising leaders attend a premier, leadership-development event. Learning. Leading. Serving.

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In fact, it’s quite the opposite, as his new book suggests. “Untamed Places” is a recount of Brown’s travels around the world; it is composed of pictures and poems inspired by the many places he visited. To start the story, we have to take a step back to where Brown said his leadership experience began—in Phi Kappa Tau. As an associate member in Gamma chapter at Ohio State, Brown served as president of his new member class. Then came his two-year stint as chapter president. Having successfully served his chapter, Brown craved more leadership experiences—sitting on the OSU student senate, chairing the university’s social board, and ultimately serving as president of the 1953 OSU class. “None of this was planned, or for that matter, expected,” Brown pointed out. What Brown credits as the foundation for all of this was “the opportunity to mix with brothers of all stripes, and the development of interpersonal skills that came with it.” He came into a chapter that was a large mix of individuals, ranging from WWII veterans to young freshmen. “My eyes never closed in terms of what I was absorbing and learning from others,” Brown said. After his time at OSU, Brown joined the Air Force where he served overseas in the Far East during the Korean War. Shortly after his time in the military, Brown returned to school and earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was recruited for the next major part of his life story: Foote, Cone & Belding. The company was an international advertising agency that was later merged with other advertising agencies into four communications holding companies. It is now part of the Interpublic Group. Advertising combined Brown’s academic experiences— journalism at OSU and his graduate work at the Harvard Business School.

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“One of the reasons I was drawn to an advertising agency career was that it was a hybrid organization of two different kinds of talent—creative people—writers and art directors and film producers—on the one hand, and analytical and management people on the other hand,” he said. “And I was something of a hybrid, with streaks of both kinds of talent in myself.” At Foote, Cone & Belding, Brown started as an assistant researcher in the company’s office in Los Angeles. Over the next 22 years, he climbed the corporate ladder until he was the CEO of the company, the role he held until his retirement in 1992. During his time as CEO, the company experienced a major expansion—from 32 offices in 16 countries to 180 offices in 45 countries. Most of this occurred with the market globalization in the 1980s, which is when the company grew from $1 billion to $5 billion in advertising billings. The company was also recognized for its creative work, receiving “agency of the year” twice while Brown was CEO. Throughout his years with Foote, Cone & Belding, Brown traveled extensively for business. A passage from “Untamed Places” explains his experiences: “He traveled all over the world, but saw much of it only from the windows of skyscrapers or planes. He resolved when he retired to see it from the ground, to plunge into the natural, physical world, and to experience firsthand the huge variety of landscapes, peoples, and cultures that comprise the earth.” When Brown became partially retired in 1992, he began to travel around the world just for enjoyment. As he fully retired over the next few years, he travelled even more, taking photographs of all of his journeys. These trips ranged from intense, small-group adventure excursions with groups such as Geographic Expeditions or Mountain Travel Sobek, to ones that Brown put together himself for family and close friends. Starting in 1995, Brown began writing poetry while he traveled, but only when he was truly inspired. Three years ago, he decided to compile his photographs and poetry into a book, and in 2011, his plan is coming to fruition. “Untamed Places” is the culmination of his photographs and poems, which are organized into four different sections: “Twenty Necessary Sights,” “The Eloquence of Earth,” “Among the Ruins of Antiquity” and “Raw Adventures.” Each section begins with a commentary from Brown himself that helps to explain the particular section of the book and the experiences that lie within. An excerpt from the introduction of the book describes the adventures he experienced:

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Norm Brown travels in the Sahara Desert. “Join me climbing Kilimanjaro, seeing Everest and K2 close up, or strung together with thousands of Japanese on an all-night pilgrimage to the top of Mount Fuji. Find yourself deep in the Amazonian jungle, or crossing the Sahara Desert with Tuaregs, starting in legendary Timbuktu. Retrace the Silk Road through China, examine ruins at Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, probe Outback in Australia and Papua New Guinea, and meet the vibrant wildlife wonders of the Serengeti.” A truly awe-inspiring book, the wonders of the world come alive on each page.The poetry reflects this inspiration and helps give each photograph life and meaning. It is hard to look at these pages and keep the urge to have these adventures at bay. The beginning of the book reflects what every reader must be thinking: Brown is an inspiring man. “To do what he did in [his sixties and seventies]—often with people half his age, several of whom became dear friends—requires not only courage and stamina, but humor and resilience, and the willingness to tough it out and roll with the punches,” the book reads. All of these qualities tie back to what Brown mentioned multiple times— leadership. Whether it was while he was traveling the world, working for Foote, Cone & Belding, serving in the Air Force or leading Phi Kappa Tau, leadership has been a core part of his experience. “It simply has to be more than coincidence that such a disproportionately large number of business, governmental and professional leaders are fraternity men,” Brown mused. Leading by example. That’s the mantra to which Brown subscribes and hopes other Phi Taus do, too. Whether it’s giving back to various organizations or inspiring others through breathtaking adventures, Brown truly serves as an example of what being a fraternity man, especially a Phi Kappa Tau brother, is all about.

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Phi Kappa Tau




True leadership is needed at every level of today’s society, from the

Little League Baseball field to the

halls of Congress. Phi Kappa Tau has a responsibility to ensure that

the leaders of tomorrow are prepared with the

LIFE SKILLS needed to tackle the challenges of tomorrow

big and


A select group of undergraduate men have made their choice to associate with the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. These young brothers made

this choice for many of

the same reasons you did—friendship, scholarship and leadership. We need LEADERS that are true Men of Character, and Phi Kappa Tau is prepared to provide our young brothers with the training and experiences that only the best Fraternity can offer. For this to happen, these young men need you to make another choice for Phi Kappa Tau—to help the Foundation

prepare the leaders

of tomorrow.

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O ur id e ntity

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

We Are

Robert Rippy President, Jungle Rapids/ Wrightsville Farms Management Group, Inc. Chairman, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Wilmington, N.C.



The King of Fun

Robert Rippy, East Carolina ’71, is in the business of fun. Following a successful career as a Wall Street investment banker, Rippy invested in the attractions industry. Today, he owns or has interests in a number of businesses, including Jungle Rapids, a successful family entertainment center in Wilmington, N.C. This year, he has also served as chairman of the world’s largest trade association for the global attractions industry, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). “As treasurer and president of Phi Tau, I learned how to run a business. Managing a fraternity is certainly different than operating a family fun center, but the primary issues and opportunities are very similar. And of course, living with 38 fraternity brothers I also learned a lot about tolerance, which has served me well. I made lifelong friendships and business partners in Phi Kappa Tau. From taking care of our guests at Jungle Rapids to leading IAAPA to sharing ideas and best practices with fellow attractions operators around the world, it all started with the foundations I built within the Fraternity and at East Carolina. Those lessons have traveled with me—from Hong Kong and the UK to Colombia, Australia and China—and have helped me understand that the right combinations of commitment, passion and hard work in a close-knit community will pay big dividends in the long run.” The Laurel |

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Photograph by Mark Duncan, AP Images (Finn is pictured at left with ozzie guillen)



Andy Finn Bat Boy, Cleveland Indians North Royalton, Ohio

The Sideliner

Andy Finn, Mount Union ’08, has served as the Cleveland Indians’ visiting team bat boy since 2005. A more grueling job than some might imagine, Finn attends every home game and gets to Progressive Field hours before each game to make sure everything is just right for the visitors. Since joining Phi Tau, Finn has learned to appreciate each and every part of his job. “‘Can I have your autograph?’ It’s a sentence I hear nearly everyday while working at Progressive Field. Back in 2005, my usual response was, ‘I’m nobody special,’ while ducking my head and getting back to work. Phi Tau, however, gave me a different attitude. I learned to hold my head up, walk with confidence and give each person that singled me out a little bit of my time. Phi Tau helped me realize that small things can make a big difference in someone’s life, and really, it’s the small things that matter. Now every time I hear, ‘Can I have your autograph?’ my response is, ‘Absolutely,’ with a big smile.” Learning. Leading. Serving.

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Michael Hennessy Managing Director, Morgan Creek Capital Management Trustee, William & Mary Foundation Board Durham, N.C.




The Faithful Friend

Michael Hennessy, William & Mary ’76, a trustee on the William & Mary Foundation Board, created the Phi Kappa Tau Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of four chapter brothers who died in a tragic car accident in 1978: Paul Cahill ’74, Gary Altman ’76, Glenn Balas ’76 and Graham Tancill ’76.

Photograph by Colonial Photography

“When I joined Phi Tau in the mid ’70s, our chapter was the most diverse on campus. One thing that was a common passion, however, was the arts, and especially music. Brothers held senior leadership roles in most of the cultural organizations on campus, and to this day many of them are artists, writers, educators and musicians. “To honor my four chapter brothers’ love of music, the Phi Kappa Tau Memorial Scholarship is eligible to any William & Mary student pursuing research related to music. I have met five recipients thus far, and I am heartened that all of them are eminently worthy, and especially that these scholarships are making a meaningful difference in their education and life experiences. I know that’s what my brothers would have wanted.” Michael Hennessy, William & Mary ’76, is pictured with the plaque that commemorates his brothers. It reads: In Memorium, Gary Altman, Glenn Balas, Graham Tancill, Paul Cahill, April 14, 1978

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On July 16 and 17, 2011, Phi Kappa Tau hosted its first-ever Conclave with more than 100 undergraduates, alumni and guests in attendance. Held in Oxford, Ohio, at Miami University—Phi Kappa Tau’s birthplace—the event was filled with brotherhood.

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Participants attended sessions in Shideler Hall on Miami University’s campus. The building is named for Honored Founder William Shideler, Miami ’06, a past Miami faculty member. Learning. Leading. Serving.

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Mike Lerdahl, St. Cloud State ’08, talks to Andy Fruth, Southern Illinois ’08, before the Recognition Banquet.


onclave encompasses several different events. These include the National Council and committee meetings, a model initiation ceremony, recognition banquet and Brotherhood Banquet. Representatives from the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, the Fraternity’s national philanthropy, were present at the event’s kick off and attended a “Taste of Oxford” dinner at the Executive Offices to answer members’ questions about volunteering. “I saw our values come out most at the awards ceremony,” said Jon Krodel, Belmont ’08. “It’s powerful to see individuals and chapters excelling in areas of community service, academics, philanthropy, and much more.” Many attendees agreed that the best part of Conclave, as with any national event, is being able to see and meet brothers from around the country.

National Vice President Stephan Nelson, Southern Mississippi ’73, speaks at the Recognition Banquet.

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17 “For me, the best part of Conclave is the same as the best part of any event: getting to see the brothers who I have become very close friends with from across the country,” said Phil Frandina, RIT ’08. “The Brotherhood Banquet is also incredibly special every time.” Although Conclave was planned to conduct business, at times it felt more like a family reunion. “As with any inaugural event, there is always room to grow,” Frandina said. “But to be at the first Conclave is something that is truly special. The staff at the Executive Offices always does a phenomenal job and the events seem to always go on without any hiccups.” Conclave also served as a precursor to next year’s 60th National Convention in Nashville, Tenn, which will be held July 25-29, 2012.

What is Conclave? Along with providing time for brotherhood, the purpose of Conclave is to give the Fraternity a chance to conduct business during an offConvention year. During the 2006 Convention, delegates asked the National Council to conduct an off-Convention-year assembly to allow for annual discussion on broader legislative and fraternal issues. This assembly was convened at Leadership Academy in 2007 and 2009. However, with a new Leadership Academy setting, curriculum and focus, this legislative session will continue to be conducted at Conclave in the coming years.

National Councilor Mike Dovilla, Baldwin-Wallace ’94, National President Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86, and National Councilor Ken Loewen, Colorado ’80, gather in the Centennial Gardens.

Brothers participate in the Candlelight Ceremony at the Brotherhood Banquet. Bill Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57, led the ceremony.

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9/11 Phi Taus recount their memories more than 10 years later


This 9/11 retrospective was only made possible because of the many brothers who were willing to share their stories. It is with gratitude that we present to you this feature.

With the coming and going of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 several weeks ago, we wanted to capture our brothers’ thoughts, emotions, and memories from that infamous day and how they are carried into our lives today and tomorrow. While the rightful focus of 9/11 has been on the tragic scenes of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Somerset County, Pa., the impact of that day was felt in all corners of the globe.

Through this retrospective, we were able to capture our members’ grief, hope, bravery and pride in their country. Because of the volume of responses, we were not able to print everyone’s contribution; however, we have posted every response in its entirety at

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uesday, Sept. 11, 2001, dawned a beautiful day in Washington, D.C., as it did across much of the country. I was working on Capitol Hill, about two years out of graduate school. It was one of those lovely, late summer days with a perfectly blue, cloudless sky and an ideal temperature as I drove across the Potomac River, the sunroof open on my vehicle, ready for another productive day on the Governmental Affairs Committee staff of Sen. George V. Voinovich, Ohio ’56. My office, part of the Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee, which Voinovich then served as ranking minority member, was a small, windowless space on the sixth floor of the Hart Senate Office Building. Normally, I would spend most of my hours in or around that office. That morning, however, I was scheduled to represent the senator at a breakfast reception for the Partnership for Public Service, a newly formed non-profit devoted to promoting federal workforce issues. I headed over to the Capitol around 8:30 a.m. with Andrew, my subcommittee staff director, to grab some coffee and a bite before the program, which was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Congressman Dan Burton, the chairman of our sister committee in the House of Representatives, was one of the main speakers for the morning. He arrived uncharacteristically late, and it was from him that we learned an aircraft had crashed into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. I am not sure about others in the room, but given the realization that this could not be an accident, I couldn’t really focus on much of the program that continued until about 9:45 a.m. At that point, the event wrapped up and we emptied into the corridor outside the meeting room under the West Front of the Capitol. In a room across the hallway was a large TV broadcasting the news and displaying a burning building that was not either of the WTC towers. It was the Pentagon, just across the river, where my girlfriend at the time worked. Andrew and I took one look at the TV, then each other, and without a word quickly began making our way back toward the Hart Building on the northeast side of the Hill, which required us to pass back through the main part of the Capitol. We were already moving at a jog through the maze of corridors, but by the time we reached the first floor on the Senate side, Capitol police were brandishing automatic weapons and in no uncertain terms directing everyone to run from the building immediately. As we double-timed it, Andrew, then a newly minted Navy Reserve intelligence officer (something I, too, would become in less than a year), commented that the nation was at war and he expected to be recalled to active duty. This ended up being true for both of us, in his case about a month later for service at the Pentagon. For me, it was about five years later in Baghdad, Iraq. We arrived back in the Hart Building and went directly to Sen. Voinovich’s office on the third floor. Capitol police had ordered an evacuation of the entire Capitol complex, including all House and Senate office buildings. All Voinovich staffers were convened in the conference room and dismissed for the day. I reemerged into the bright daylight and recall having conversations with a few colleagues that revolved around the theme: What do we do now? The streets around Capitol Hill and the broader District of Columbia were already clogged with traffic, as if it were rush hour in the middle of the morning. At that point, my cell phone rang. It was Jeremy Glesner, Longwood ’95, a close friend and fellow

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Washington-area resident. He called to see if I was safe and if I had heard from my girlfriend, which I had not, despite several attempts to reach her at her Pentagon office and on her cell phone. It was now about an hour after the plane had crashed into the west side of the building. Jeremy’s was the last call I would receive for a while, as the phone circuits began to sizzle with more activity than they could handle. I decided to get in the car and make my way home to Arlington, just across the river, usually no more than a 20-minute commute, perhaps 30 minutes in rush-hour traffic. Unfortunately, on this day, my conveniently located apartment near Pentagon City was also near … the Pentagon. Three hours later, I was able to get as far By J o e Va l e n z a , R i d e r ’ 89 as the north side of Alexandria. Just then, my phone rang. It was my girlfriend, safely out of was working in Tower One on the 36th floor when the first the Pentagon and calling from her apartment aircraft struck. I was knocked from my chair, and I thought not far from mine. (She had been out of her the building was going to topple over. Once I was sure office at the time of the impact, which was that the building was not going to fall, my coworkers and I a good thing. When she returned on Thursstarted a 45-minute walk down the stairs, which unknowday, the glass from the window next to her ingly to us was when the second aircraft struck Tower Two. desk was embedded in the side of her com I evacuated the island before the building collapsed and puter monitor, having shattered into a thoustill didn’t know what was to happen. So many were lost that sand tiny projectiles upon American Airlines day, and so many of us lost someone or several someones who Flight 77’s impact.) I parked the car and ran were very special. I was among the most fortunate. the two remaining miles of my journey. Every day since has been a day where life continues to I will never forget coming out of my define itself. I lost my father in 2004 to heart disease and apartment the next morning to the noxious ironically, his birthday was on 9/11. I found and married the smell emanating from the adjacent Pentamost amazing person and role model for me. Aleksandra is gon, the still smoldering headquarters of the my soul mate and a true inspiration in every way, not only for me, but also for our children KaUnited States Department of Defense. Not trina, Joe Jr. and Nicholas. Our three children teach us every day what life is really about. Plus, much work was accomplished at the office I have the good fortune of being a godfather to two girls and a boy, who I love more dearly that Wednesday, and on Friday, in a service than they can ever know. led by President Bush at nearby National No matter who you talk to, each of us are in some way defined by the events of 9/11. What Cathedral, the American people officially did 9/11 teach me? Several things, but mainly to take nothing for granted and that every single mourned the loss of 3,000 lives in the worst day is nothing more than a gift. It has taught me to enjoy life every day with those most important terrorist attack in U.S. history. to me. It has also taught me to have extreme confidence in the friendships I have built along the It is a day forever seared in my memory, way. While none of us can be with every important person to us on every given day, it is important and most certainly a defining day for our to never forget the people who made you who you are. generation that has only strengthened my How do I feel every 9/11? Lucky. Aleksandra and I chose this day to be permanently embedown desire to continue serving our great naded in our mutual life together: We made 9/11 our wedding day. Every 9/11, we celebrate our tion both in and out of uniform. FKT life together, but we also use the day as an opportunity to teach our children to celebrate life with


to be Thankful


Michael Dovilla serves as state representative for the 18th Ohio House District and is a lieutenant commander (select) in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He is also a member of Phi Kappa Tau’s National Council.

respect and humility. FKT

Joe Valenza is a vice president with Hudson Insurance, a subsidiary of Odyssey Re. He spends his free time with his wife and kids, always working to be the best husband and father possible, and volunteers with the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Rally Foundation for childhood cancer research.

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here I was on the day of the 9/11 attacks isn’t that important. I work at the Library of Congress, directly across from the U.S. Capitol building—reportedly the target of United Flight 93, the passengers of which spared the nation one additional horror by forcing a crash landing in a field outside of Shanksville, Pa. But I was doubly spared that day by being on work travel in San Francisco, about as far away from the attacks as I could be. But because I work at the Library of Congress, my work and remembrances regarding that day really began the day after. Our agency, which not only provides the U.S. Congress with reference, research and other services, is also the de facto national library of the United States. As such, we are a repository of the knowledge and wisdom of all cultures throughout the ages, in addition to being charged with serving as the “national memory” for America. Our directors knew immediately that Sept. 11, 2001, was going to be not only a day to remember, but also a day that the entire world would experience and react to. In every one of our custodial divisions, staff mobilized to gather for posterity original materials, including prints, photos, drawings, poems, eyewitness accounts and personal reactions, newspapers, magazines, books, songs, maps, videos, and audiotapes and film. In about a year’s time, we had collected an archive of tens of thousands of items related to 9/11. On Sept. 7, 2002, we opened an exhibition, “Witness and Response,” highlighting a selection of those acquisitions. (The exhibition can be viewed online at Two stories from that exhibition stand out in my mind to this day. One came to us in the form of an ad; the other, in the form of a comic strip— two much-maligned and underestimated media. The ad (right) told the story of how a blind man and his partner dog saved the lives of his officemates when the pair was able to lead everyone out of Tower One of the World Trade Center in utter darkness, then to the river and safety. The comic strip (opposite page) was an account of one womMichael Hingson and Roselle by Richard Avedon an’s volunteer efforts at Ground Zero in the days When the terrorist plane hit Tower One on September 11, Michael Hingson was after the attack. at his desk on the 78th floor. His friend Roselle was nearby. Calmly, Roselle led Michael and Michael led his colleagues down to the ground floor. But safety was Both were stories of heroism and hope. miles away. As they made it outside, Tower Two collapsed and in the smoke and rubble, Roselle led Michael and Michael led those who fled - all the way to the river. Michael has been blind since birth and Roselle is his guide dog.

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“We’re a team,” Michael says again and again. And so they are.




They were joined in our collections by similar uplifting stories, as well as expressions of grief, demonstrations of fear, and even screeds filled with hate. We collected it all, the joy and the misery, the inspiring and the despaired, the good and the bad. Librarian of Congress James Billington often observes that as a comprehensive record of human knowledge, the Library of Congress must collect items of all viewpoints, in a place where “Mein Kampf” sits on the same shelf as the Bible. Now, a decade since that awful day, I see how my city of Washington, D.C., and the nation as a whole have changed as a result of the attacks. What once were open buildings with grand plazas are now heavily armed entrances just inside of fortified barriers. Nationwide, you can hardly travel without fear of invasive bodily search, the peculiar term “Homeland Security” has become a household word, and a presidential candidate has actually suggested that Muslims be prohibited from building any more mosques anywhere in America, period. While I am in the business of memory, I wonder if we remember 9/11 too much. The 10-year anniversary brings back to the limelight the best and worst of that day, and I worry that we have become obsessed with the fear of attack, more planes crashing, bombs, poisoned water supplies and that strange-looking man at the gas station. I hate that every news network whips us all up into an unnecessary frenzy with their “BREAKING NEWS” graphics and a constant flashing feed of bad news running at the bottom of the screen. Is this what “Remembering 9/11” means? We should never forget what happened on that day. At the same time, the events, the fallout and the fear resulting from that day can’t continue to rule our lives as Americans. As brothers in Phi Kappa Tau, we are at our best when we are leading with courage and service, not falling victim to suspicion or bigotry. Let’s instead remember the stories of bravery and inspiration—the blind man who lead his friends to safety, the medical volunteer who saw hope amidst the rubble of Ground Zero. Courage like that is what has made America great today and through our history, not fear and hate. That should be our takeaway, 10 years later. FKT John Sayers is a public affairs specialist at the Library of Congress, 10-term elected recorder of the Town of Wardensville, W.Va., and Graduate Council president of Phi chapter at Bethany. They also let him proofread The Laurel, which sometimes works out okay. R e m e m b e r i n g 9/11

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John Bila, St. John’s ’61, [pictured at right] volunteers with the FEMA Disaster Rescue Team in Palm Beach County, Fla., a project he joined after 9/11.

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used to work three blocks from the World Trade Center but retired a few months before the attack. My former coworkers told me of the pervasive smell that seeped into the air conditioning systems of the air-tight, modern office buildings with permanently sealed windows. I didn’t go to Ground Zero until November because the emotional pain was too raw. When I went, the smell had not abated. The story was that chemicals were used to stop any disease from erupting, but it smelled putrid and sharply penetrating, like embalming fluid or formaldehyde, most likely because of the organic remains of the 3,000 victims who were atomized. In the chilled November air, outdoors smelled like a mortuary. I can’t imagine how bad the smell was in September and October when office workers had to walk through it to get to and from work, and then continue to smell it inside their buildings—for months and months. My nephew was taking exams across the street from the World Trade Center on 9/11 and after the first plane hit, they continued to work on them, not knowing what the explosion was. They were released after the second plane hit and the two buildings collapsed. He had to walk 10 miles to get home since no mass transit buses or subways were running, and cabs were always chock full. The soot and dust stuck tenaciously to his shoes, and he put them in his closet (he was a 27-year-old bachelor at the time). We didn’t discuss the “cremation” event after that. On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, I asked him what he did with the shoes, and he said he wanted to keep them. I told him to get rid of them; they were not a pleasant memory to be reminded of every time he went to his closet. So he finally polished them up and gave them to a homeless charity. When I remember 9/11, these are the stories that come to mind. FKT John Bila is retired from a career in organizational development and motivational psychology and currently volunteers with the FEMA Disaster Rescue Team in Palm Beach County, Fla. He’s embraced a lot of excitement in his life, like hang gliding, bungee jumping, riding two HarleyDavidson motorcycles and driving a Lotus street racer. At present, Bila is writing a book, Steel Rider, about his biking life.

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was serving the National Fraternity and Foundation as executive vice president and CEO on that fateful morning of 9/11. It was a beautiful Tuesday, and we were having our typical morning discussions at the Executive Offices in Oxford, Ohio. Suddenly, one of our staff members piped up and said that she had just learned that a plane had struck the World Trade Center in New York. We quickly gathered in the coffee area in the lower level of the building where we had a small TV. It wasn’t very long after that a second plane hit the second of the two towers and rumors began spreading about a possible attack on the Pentagon. Soon after, the announcement of the crash in Pennsylvania came. We were all a bit shocked, but it was clear that something terrible had happened and more could be on the way. Several of our staff members in the chapter services department By M i k e Ga b h a rt, were spread out around the country. I recall asking Director of G e o rg e t o w n ’ 9 5 Chapter Services Mike Gabhart, Georgetown ’95, to touch base y experiences with 9/11 were with all of our field staff and have them cease all travel, stay where very interwoven with Phi Tau. At they were, and call their families. The same was true for our staff in the time, I was serving on staff Oxford. Call home, touch base and sit tight. as director of chapter services. My memory does not serve me well for the rest of that day That morning, I drove from Oxother than making attempts to touch base with our chapters and ford to Louisville to catch a Southwest flight to asking them to keep us alerted to anything impacting their brotherhood and area in which they were located. Connecticut to visit our chapter at Bryant Col For me personally, I remember recalling the day that President lege. I remember I had to leave very early to Kennedy was assassinated. We were all glued to our televisions then drive down to Louisville and it was a very clear, as we were on this terrible day in September 2001, waiting for word blue-sky day. on what was happening and what to expect. I pulled into the parking lot at the airport and was walking to the gate The days, months, and years that followed 9/11 were filled with when I noticed everyone watching the TVs. My flight was set to depart changes in how we lived, how we traveled, and how we thought. This was a defining moment for many of us, and certainly for our coun- Louisville at about 9:30 a.m., and I had a connection at BWI (Baltimore/ try. For the moment, we appeared to have been caught off guard, Washington International). Our flight never left the ground. surprised that our country could be attacked. It was a wake-up call We watched the horror on the TVs in the airport. It was a helpless for us, for revised security procedures and better and improved com- feeling as we heard report after report of the planes being hijacked. It was also hard to believe that I was supposed to be on a flight to the D.C. munication amongst our various Federal agencies. If there was ever a time for leadership, brotherhood, caring area that day. and pride, it is now, and there are very few organizations that Obviously the trip to Bryant was rescheduled, but about a week latcan promote these critical values of shared respect than our er I flew to New York for Alpha Tau chapter’s re-chartering ceremony at greek system. Let us continue. FKT Cornell. I had a connecting flight in Newark. We actually had to exit the plane on the tarmac because it was such a small jet. I remember looking Joel Rudy is retired from compensatory positions but remains active on out at the city, and the place where the towers once stood was still smolderseveral boards, including the Athens Photographic Project and Hillel ing. That was a heartbreaking site. FKT Foundation and Advisory Board at Ohio University. Mostly, Rudy and


his wife, Marlene, enjoy their two grandsons and two children, while Rudy continues his major hobby of boating.

Mike Gabhart has worked in telecommunications technology since he left the Phi Kappa Tau staff in 2004. In 2009, he became an investor and part owner of Unified Technologies, where he currently serves as sales consultant and education coordinator for the sales team. Gabhart enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Heather, and daughter, Georgia Ann. He and Heather are expecting their second daughter in March 2012.

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Every Minute

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Patrick Madden’s view of the twin towers from outside a Manhattan office building.

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t seemed like an ordinary day at the start. I woke up at 6 a.m. in my hotel room in Tribeca—a neighborhood in Manhattan—where I was staying during a client engagement for my company. It was oddly dark outside for the hour, but it quickly brightened up as the day started. Turns out my hotel window didn’t let in much light. After completing my morning routine, I left the hotel for work. I packed my camera in my knapsack because I didn’t want to chance leaving it in the hotel room. I took the 1 Train from Chambers Street down to Rector Street in New York’s financial district. At the corner by the subway exit is a take-out food market where I picked up my morning coffee and a bagel. From there it was a two-block walk to the office, which was empty when I arrived well before the office opened. Without a key to get in, I had to wait in the hallway for a while before anybody showed up. Fortunately, the other floor tenant had just moved out but left their Wall Street Journal subscription running, so I had some reading material to pass the time. At around 8:30 a.m., one of the denizens of the local office arrived and opened the office up. While discussing some aspect of the engagement we would begin at 10 a.m., another coworker came in and asked, “Did you guys hear a noise?” It was about 8:45 a.m. I hadn’t heard anything, but others had. “One of the World Trade Center buildings is engulfed in flames.” Curious, we all went outside to take a look. Although the building was only three blocks from the World Trade Center, the office faced away from it. As I was maneuvering for a better view, I heard a jet plane fly overhead and crash. When I looked again, the second tower was also in flames, maybe two-thirds of the way up. Just at that time, the sky began showering debris from the first crash. Not knowing what was going on, I hurried back to the office just to get out of the way. We quickly determined that the engagement was not going to happen that day, then shut down the office due to the emerging threat against the financial district. I walked over to a location that had a better view of the skyscrapers and took a number of pictures. While I briefly considered the possibility that the buildings might fall, it didn’t look like they were going anywhere, so I stopped and watched for five minutes or so. I picked up a piece of debris: it was a 1998 memo to Frank Rabinowitz from a coworker. Hopefully Frank found a better place to work in the past three years, I thought.


When the crowds and the frenzy got too intense for me, I decided to return to my hotel room and took a roundabout path getting there. As I walked away, I saw the faces of the thousands of people I shared the streets with and many of them were crying. The rest were watching in shock, horror and disbelief. Without doubt, many of these people knew people who worked inside the twin towers and others were just scared by the unfolding tragedy. I was on the verge of tears a couple of times, as well. I was happy to reach my hotel room: it was an opportunity to calm down, change into comfortable clothes and watch the TV to find out what was going on. While in the room, I heard what sounded like another jet flying overhead. Aside from experiencing a brief moment of panic, I didn’t give any more thought to the noise. I then called a friend to let him know that I was safe. It turned out that he had no idea what was going on, and we both looked at the TV only to discover that the second tower had collapsed. Shortly after this, and after talking to my friend, the hotel’s management evacuated the hotel. I packed my essentials into my knapsack and left the building, where I discovered that everything outside was coated in a one-eighth inch of coarse dust from the building’s collapse. After deciding I would go to my friend Jack’s office in Midtown, I walked up West Broadway for a few blocks, stopping to take pictures every so often. While walking up the street and away from the World Trade Center, I heard what sounded like an avalanche, then I ran for cover. A few seconds later, I decided that I was safe and peeked out from the side of the building where I was standing. Where the remaining tower stood a few seconds ago (see photo 1a), there was now a cloud of dust and smoke (see photo 1b). In the course of a few seconds, what was once the tallest building in the world was now rubble. Within another few seconds, a billowing cloud of dust hurdled down the street towards me. I ran away from it, but realized that I was no match for its speed. I turned onto a side street and again headed for cover. A few minutes later I came back out; the cloud had stopped a block or two behind me. From that point on, I was safe from any further danger. Later that month, my chapter, Alpha Tau at Cornell, re-chartered, and while I have so many memories from 9/11, the chartering is what I like to remember when I think of that time. FKT Patrick Madden is a consultant for Neohapsis, where he specializes in computer and web application security. In addition to chairing Alpha Tau chapter’s Board of Governors, he enjoys softball, general aviation and college hockey. Madden and his longtime partner, Mark, live in Boston, Mass.

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or me, Sept. 11, 2001, started in Sarasota, Fla. I was visiting the area after having recently flown in as a crew member on the Air Force VC-25A, or the Air Force One, the aircraft that was carrying the president of the United States. I ate breakfast with my sister and then we headed to the airport so I could give her and her friends a tour of the airplane. During the tour, one of the communications systems operators (CSO) came up to me and said, “Maj. Holland, an airplane just hit the World Trade Center in New York.” I remember telling my sister that it must have been a news helicopter. I thought back to a history report I saw as a kid, about a B-25 bomber flying into the 76th floor the Empire State Building in thick fog, so I assumed something similar must have happened. Just 15 minutes later, the same CSO came up to me and said, “Hey Sir, a second airplane has just crashed into the World Trade Center.” I looked at my sister and told her, “You have to go now!” I rushed her and her friends off the airplane and told them to stay in the press holding area with the news cameras. You see, as one of the navigators for the Air Force One, I had planned on a pretty straight forward flight from Sarasota, Fla., to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., transporting President George W. Bush. But like countless other Americans, I knew my plans for the day were about to change. Col. Mark Tillman, the president’s pilot, told me to get ready, that the president was en route to the aircraft and we would be taking off immediately for Washington, D.C. We departed the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport at 9:55 a.m., just 50 minutes after I got word of the towers. As we were climbing out, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic controllers were busy shutting down the airspace across the nation. I remember one of the controllers telling an American Airlines flight that had just taken off from Miami, en route to Dallas, to proceed to Orlando and land. “Negative, we are going to Dallas this morning,” the American Airlines pilot responded. “Not anymore you’re not,” the controller said. “National emergency, land immediately in Orlando.” After leveling off, we discussed our options. We knew we could not get the president right back to Washington, D.C., especially after finding out that the Pentagon was also attacked by an airliner. We had received various threats that Air Force One was a target. Likewise, we had heard that numerous other locations in Washington, D.C. were targets. We landed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., at 11:45 a.m. President Bush wanted to address the nation and put the U.S. military on high alert. As we landed at the B-52 bomber base, I remember seeing everyone in combat gear, even the guy marshalling in our aircraft was being guarded by an airman with an M-16 rifle. An armored military vehicle was used to take President Bush from the aircraft to their command center. Barksdale AFB was ready for war. We departed Barksdale for Omaha, Neb., and Offutt Air Force Base, which is the home of the United States Strategic Command, a location in which the president would be able to communicate with the National Security Council and Cabinet members. We landed at Offutt at 2:50 p.m.

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After the president spoke to various national leaders from an underground bunker at Offutt, he decided that he had to get back to Washington. So, at 4:30 p.m. Air Force One departed for a return flight to Washington D.C., landing at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., at 6:30 p.m. With all of the events unfolding around the nation, I will never forget how extremely professional and composed everyone on Air Force One was that day, including the White House staff. People were not yelling and crying, everyone was very matter of fact and focused on the task of ensuring the safety and security of the president. It was a surreal feeling flying across the country in Air Force One after all of the commercial aircraft traffic had grounded. There was an eerie quiet on the aircraft raBy J o h n G o o d, o h i o ’ 47 dios, almost like we were completely alone in the sky as the world below us was crumn the morning of 9/11, I received a message bling apart. on my pager to immediately contact the Air Re After President Bush addressed the nasponse Center in Cape Coral, Fla., where I voltion that evening from the White House, I unteered. The Air Response Center consisted of looked at my wife and told her to turn the a number of local residents who were volunteers TV off. I couldn’t watch the destruction in a phone bank where relatives and friends of potential 9/11 any longer. My day had been full of the victims could call to get information about their loved ones. Clicontinuous images of death and destrucents of the center included many airlines and also some hotels tion and I had had enough. and businesses, including the Marriott, which had two hotels That night, I tried to clear my mind almost directly under the twin towers. and get some rest, but as you can imagine, The phone number of our center was flashed upon TV screens I didn’t sleep. As the images continued to all over the country during news reports and quite rapidly our play over and over in my head, it would system went into heavy action. Our job was to weed out calls take me a couple of days to finally get a from the media and people who were only curious and to try good night’s sleep. and help the others find out whether or not their friends were Now I can’t believe it’s been more than on involved flights or in one of the Marriotts. We received frantic calls constantly and heard many 10 years since the tragic events of Sept. 11. heartbreaking stories over our eight- to 10-hour shifts each day for three days. It is very important for us, as a nation, not The work was exhausting, frenzied and distressing, but at the same time rewarding beyond to forget the brave, young men and wombelief to know that someone had been helped or relieved to find that their friends were safe. FKT en that have answered our nation’s call to military service—to carry out our mission John Good joined Lawhead Press, Inc. in Athens, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio University. He worked of fighting terror, spreading democracy and there, and eventually ran the company, until 1990. He and his wife, Gail, currently reside in Ft. Myers, Fla., preserving our way of life. To them I say where they are loving retirement, loafing and playing golf. thank you, and I ask you to never forget the members of the military that are stationed around the world. Please keep them in daily thoughts and prayers. FKT


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Col. Dale Holland is currently the vice commander of the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The wing is responsible for worldwide special missions, communications support for the president and other top officials, and 24/7 alert airlift. He and his wife, Michelle Tontimonia, have been married for 20 years and have two children, Sid and Alaina. R e m e m b e r i n g 9/11


“I was sitting down to enjoy my breakfast at the Foy Student Union at Auburn University when I looked up at the TV to see a jetliner crashing into the World Trade Center. I was immediately overcome with shock and a bitter taste rose up inside of me for those who would do harm to innocent people. As a junior in college then, I decided to finish school, but the events of that day changed my life forever. After graduation, I moved home to Nashville, Tenn., lost 25 pounds in three months and enlisted in the United States Army. Seven-and-a-half years later, I find myself a Veteran of two foreign wars, having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. —Staff Sgt. Daniel Robert, Auburn ’01

“Living in Pittsburgh, we were in line with United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Penn., about 70 miles west of Pittsburgh. A golf outing was being held at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh, and golfers were very surprised by how low a commercial airliner flew over the course. That was Flight 93 on its way to crashing nearby.” —Jeff Rivard, Central Michigan ’65

What do you “I was sleeping in the Beta Mu chapter house when my brother Adam (fraternally and biologically) called me and asked if I was watching TV. Groggily I answered, “No,” since he woke me up. I asked what channel and I vividly remember him saying it didn’t matter. I turned on the TV to watch the second tower fall. From this American tragedy, I remember most of the chapter sitting together in front of my TV for hours.” —Eric Goetz, Kent State ’99

“Since I am a Gideon, I was on Miami University’s campus distributing Gideon New Testaments on Sept. 11, 2001. Passing students told me that a plane hit the World Trade Center. Later, other students told me about the second plane. Many more students accepted a Bible after these events.” —Robert Kroeker, Kansas State ’66 “As a 25-year member of the Secret Service, I was traveling to New York City to protect King Abdullah of Jordan at the 56th session of the United States General Assembly on 9/11. After the planes hit the twin towers, the king cancelled his trip and returned to Jordan. I quickly changed plans and traveled directly to Texas to be with President Bush’s twin daughters. We increased their protection over an extended period because we were concerned there may be additional attacks. Sept. 11, 2001, and April 19, 1995 (the Oklahoma City Bombing), are two days etched in my memory. These tragic days claimed seven Secret Service colleagues and friends. God bless America!” —Chris Butler, Sacramento State ’82

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“9/11 was a day that shaped my generation. I woke up that morning and turned on the TV in my room just in time to watch the second plane hit the towers. I had class that morning and remember driving into campus talking to my girlfriend (who is now my wife) on the phone, getting updates on the events of the day. I never made it to class. I spent the entire day sitting in the front room of the Beta Beta chapter house watching newscasts from New York with about 20 of my brothers. My parents know where they were when JFK was shot. I know where I was on Sept. 11, 2001.” —Dave Walker, Louisville ’00

“It was fourth grade. My bus was late pulling in so I ran into my classroom to try and beat the bell. My run came to an awkward halt when I arrived at the door—I had never seen Mr. M. cry before. My classmates were staring at the TV in confusion. I slowly took my seat and joined the distressed classroom with the most uncomfortable pain that sharpens every September.” —Fred Tugas, Old Dominion ’11


“On 9/11, I was working as an assistant district attorney in Angelina County, Texas. I went to the judges’ offices and they had the TV on showing the attack of the first airplane. This was the first notice I received that something was wrong. At the time, I was serving as the intelligence officer for a Marine Corps Reserve Infantry Battalion out of Houston. Within 20 minutes of the second plane hitting, my cell phone rang providing me a warning to be prepared to report to Houston if necessary. I finished the day not knowing if I would be at work the remainder of the week or month.” —Lt. Col. Al Charanza, Texas-Austin ’86

“On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I was with a fellow brother, his wife and my fiancé in the middle of the Caribbean Sea on a cruise ship. My fiancé and I were standing in line for breakfast when we overheard the people in front of us talking about how they were going to get home. We politely asked them what they were referring to and they told us the news. We suddenly were no longer hungry so we got out of line and went directly to our cabin to turn on our TV. We were on the ship until Saturday so there was absolutely nothing we could do, but it made us feel guilty having any sort of fun with such devastation taking place back at home. Fortunately, we were able to make our flight home. Only about 25 percent of the people on the ship were able to do so. When we arrived in Sacramento, we were the only plane that had landed for quite some time and the airport was completely empty. It was very eerie. I have never been so happy to be home in my life.” —Jason Smith, Cal State-Chico ’92

remember about 9/11? “I was sitting in the Burbank, Calif., airport waiting for a flight to Sacramento where I was to address an assembly committee on part-time workers. Needless to say, I never made the flight and somehow the issue before the committee was dropped. Oddly, I do remember that the parking lot would not refund my $20 for all-day parking.” —Tom Crosby, Southern California ’75

“I went into work as a police officer at Rutgers University Police Department to work traffic for the new student pedestrian traffic. We were all called into our headquarters after the second tower was hit and asked who would volunteer to go into New York City to relieve the NYPD officers that had been there all day. Five of us volunteered and soon we were on our way. We arrived via ferry into New York City and remained there for 32 hours taking part in securing the perimeter of the World Trade Center and also the search and rescue of the victims of this tragedy. The scene was unexplainable and the visions we witnessed will forever be in my mind.” —Jason Farella, Rider ’90

“On 9/11, I was working at a transportation company in Richmond, Va. When the first plane hit the twin towers, the dispatchers had it on a TV in their offices. I went to see because my brother was working in New York at the World Trade Center complex. I was there when the second plane hit and immediately tried to call my brother on his cell phone. I was not able to get him and was not able to get him for several hours. He was working in the building behind the Trade Center and saw the second plane’s effects on the building firsthand. He then ran to the docks and luckily was on the last boat to leave before the twin towers fell.” —Mark Ferraro, Longwood ’94 “I was in my Morgan Stanley office in Iron Mountain, Mich., talking to a woman in the twin towers trying to reach someone in our mutual fund department. All of a sudden, I heard a scream and the phone didn’t go dead, just empty. It took a month before I found out that this person was alive and well at a new location. Unfortunately, my coworker in the mutual fund department did not make it out. He was lost along with 12 other Morgan Stanley souls that horrible day.” —John Curran, Southern California ’59

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elta chapter at Centre received the Fraternity’s Maxwell Trophy during the inaugural Conclave Brotherhood Banquet on July 17. The Maxwell Trophy is Phi Kappa Tau’s highest honor awarded to a chapter, and Delta chapter has received the honor five times. During the 2010 calendar year (the award was previously based on the academic year), the chapter most exemplified the Fraternity’s values in all aspects of programming and operation. Delta chapter achieved Maxwell level in all 14 areas of the Borradaile Challenge. National President Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86, presented the Maxwell Trophy to the group. The award memorializes Roland Maxwell, Southern California ’22, National President from 1934 to 1959, former president of the North-American Interfraternity Conference and winner of the NIC Gold Medal for distinguished service. Chapter President Jordan Fitch, Centre ’09, Membership Orientation Officer Jim Ransdell, Centre ’09, and recent Leadership Academy graduate and John Cosgrove Spirit and Leadership Award winner Wood Smith, Centre ’11, presented Delta’s Maxwell application to the awards committee July 16. According to these men, Delta chapter prides itself on always working to uphold the Fraternity's Cardinal Principles, and instills this same commitment in new members year after year. In their Maxwell application, the men included the following: “[The] men of Delta use Phi Kappa Tau’s mission, along with the national vision and creed, to better our chapter and the Fraternity as a whole. We recognize that each piece of this mission implies room for improvement, and we consistently strive towards these ideals in order to better represent ourselves as men of character.” While Delta chapter is well-rounded, the group does have a major strongpoint—academics. As well as being chosen as the Maxwell Trophy winner, the group was also named one of the top scholastic achievers in Phi Kappa Tau with a 3.23 cumulative GPA. During the last academic year, Delta chapter was also recognized with Centre’s John W. Yerkes Scholarship Cup, which is awarded to the fraternity with highest academic average in the preceding year. Members of Delta chapter are not only involved in the chapter, but also heavily involved in other campus organizations. Ninety-six percent of the chapter is involved in another student organization, and more than half of these men hold leadership positions in those groups. Just in the past few years, members of Delta chapter included a Centre valedictorian, Rhodes Scholar and Rotary Scholar. “The men of Phi Kappa Tau at Centre College set a high standard,” said Centre College President John Roush. “Their contributions to their Fraternity, to our campus, and to the community are significant and important. What makes us most proud of Centre’s Phi Tau chapter is the kind of citizen-leaders produced year after year. And, while I am quick to add that the [chapter] should not get full or even the most credit for this accomplishment—the families of the young men would be first in this line—it’s clear to me that membership in the organization contributes mightily to this result.” Finally, service is a key motivation for Delta chapter members—many even join the chapter for this reason. This year, the men logged more than 2,500 hours of community service and held philanthropy events in support of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps and the St. Balderick’s Foundation. The group raised more than $15,000 for charity. “Delta chapter has demonstrated excellence across the board this year—from scholarship to risk management to service—and they make

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Wes Fugate, Centre ’99, Wood Smith, Centre ’11, Jim Ransdell, Centre ’09 and Jordan Fitch, Centre ’09, celebrate after Delta chapter is named the Maxwell winner.

my job as chapter advisor one that I embrace and enjoy,” said Chapter Advisor Patrick Noltemeyer, Centre ’98. Fitch said that receiving the honor provides even more motivation for the 2011-12 academic year. “The honor of the Maxwell Award only gives our chapter more momentum towards excellence in the coming year,” Fitch said in a Centre news story. “After a strong year of recruitment with 26 men initiated, we have a renewed energy in our chapter that we knew would help us grow in the right direction.” For Smith, a very new initiate who is already becoming a leader in his chapter, fraternity membership means being a part of something bigger than yourself. “There's nothing more fulfilling,” he told Centre News, “than knowing that where you fail, someone else excels, and together you can maybe make a difference in at least one person's life.”

Delta Chapter BOG Members: Bryan Rich, Centre ‘98, BOG Chairman Dominic Barbato, Centre ‘00, Alumni Advisor Patrick Noltemeyer, Centre ‘98, Chapter Advisor James Boyd, Centre ‘01, Financial Advisor Robert Hartkins, Centre ‘99, Member-at-Large Chris McCrary, Centre ‘99, Risk Management Advisor David Williams, Centre ‘99, Scholarship Advisor

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Phil Frandina Named Shideler Award Winner

hil Frandina, RIT ’08, was named the 2011 Shideler Award winner at Phi Kappa Tau’s inaugural Conclave Brotherhood Banquet on Sunday, July 17, in Oxford, Ohio. The Shideler Award is the Fraternity’s highest undergraduate honor, presented annually to the most outstanding graduating senior in Phi Kappa Tau. The award is in the form of a scroll and memorializes Honored Founder William H. Shideler, Miami ’06. Frandina, a two-term president of Gamma Nu chapter at RIT and member of the Undergraduate Advisory Board, was honored to be chosen as Phi Kappa Tau’s most outstanding senior. “As soon as Brother [Steve] Nelson took the stage to announce the winner, my heart really began to pound,” he said. “It was strange, because even though I already knew I had won, there was still a great amount of nervousness about me. Having that many people applaud my efforts over the last four years was overwhelming and truly humbling.” National vice president Stephan Frandina credited National Vice President Steve Nelson, Southern MissisNelson, Southern Mississippi ’73, sippi ’73, as his inspiration for applying for the award. presents the shideler award to A proven leader and hard worker, Frandina recently graduated from RIT’s Saunders College of Business Marketing Program with a 3.6 GPA. He rephil frandina, rit ’08. ceived a job at Swagelok right after graduation. Within his chapter, Frandina led the group to create an adapted membership orientation program called “Milestones or Millstones.” Under his leadership, Gamma Nu chapter also created a new philanthropy event, the Breezeway Battle of the Bands, which raises substantial philanthropy dollars for the Association of the Hole in the Wall Camps. Frandina currently serves as the Upstate Domain Director. Frandina’s story is remarkable; from his humble Phi Tau beginnings has come a true success story. As a freshman at RIT, he had no intention of joining a fraternity. Frandina originally went to recruitment just to support a friend from his residence hall floor, and in the end, decided to accept the bid he was offered from Phi Tau. After the first couple weeks of association, and with no signs of hazing, he realized how special the organization really was. It was then when he realized he was in the right place. “My family has always pushed me to strive to be something that they could be proud of, something good,” Frandina said in his acceptance speech. “My chapter brothers of Gamma Nu pushed me one step further, pushed me to be great. However, my brothers all across the country pushed me to truly be great. They managed to stay a step ahead of me as leaders, as followers, and as men of character. Though friendly competition will always remain, they are the carrot on a stick just ahead of my nose that makes me push myself to go to sleep better than I woke up.”


Father Nick Receives Palm Award


Ken Jordon, wright state ’74 presents the Palm award to fr. nick rachford, cincinnati ’64.

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r. Nick Rachford, Cincinnati ’64, was named the Palm Award recipient at the inaugural Conclave at Miami University. He received the award at the Recognition Banquet on July 17. The Palm Award is one of Phi Kappa Tau’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. “I didn’t recognize the description until Les Fugate said the recipient was the national chaplain,” said Rachford of the award presentation. “At that point I was stunned and had no thought other than that I had to go to the podium. Once there, I was still flabbergasted.” Rachford has an impressive history with Phi Kappa Tau. He has served as a Domain Director, Foundation trustee, Board of Governors member, on numerous committees, and he currently serves as the Fraternity’s national chaplain and chief ritualist, a position he’s held for nearly 20 years. “I am overwhelmed and speechless to receive this honor that has also been received by so many outstanding brothers of our Fraternity,” Rachford said. “I have a great love for our Ritual and hope to continue conducting and explaining it.”

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Award Winners Previously, all Phi Kappa Tau awards were

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over the academic year. Beginning this year, the National Council voted to alter the Borradaile Challenge reporting calendar to align with the c alendar year. Thus, these awards are based on the 2010 c alendar year.

Jack L. Anson undergraduate (Presented to Ben Donlon, Louisville ’09, by National President Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86, and Undergraduate Advisory Board Member Jason Lustig, Cornell ’08) Learning. Leading. Serving.

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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 colony, Ohio State; Delta, Centre; Eta, Muhlenberg; Kappa, Kentucky; Alpha Theta, William & Mary; Alpha Tau, Cornell; Alpha Phi, Akron; Beta Iota, Florida State; Beta Kappa, Oklahoma State; Beta Xi colony, Georgia; Beta Chi, Southern Illinois; Delta Chi colony, Rochester; Delta Omega, Truman State; Epsilon Gamma, College of New Jersey; Epsilon Kappa, Rutgers; Zeta Alpha, Belmont; Charleston colony; North Texas colony

Harold E. Angelo Award Presented to the chapter that has shown the greatest improvement compared to its record the previous year. Epsilon Sigma, Chapman Jack L. Anson Undergraduate Award Presented to an undergraduate for outstanding interfraternal service. Ben Donlon, Louisville ’09 Board of Governors Award Presented to up to three BOGs for outstanding contribution to their chapters. Delta, Centre

Administrative Excellence Presented to those chapters and colonies that exhibit an outstanding record of compliance with administrative reporting. The chapter or colony must file 100 percent of required reports, 90 percent on time.

Borradaile Undergraduate Award Presented to the undergraduate who, by his actions, has shown leadership and a true understanding of brotherhood.

Delta, Centre; Epsilon, Mount Union; Theta, Transylvania; Alpha Tau, Cornell; Beta Beta, Louisville; Beta Kappa, Oklahoma State; Beta Omicron, Maryland; Beta Omega, Cal State-Chico; Gamma Alpha, Michigan Tech; Gamma Beta, Cincinnati; Gamma Nu, RIT; Delta Theta, Georgetown; Delta Tau, Cal Poly-Pomona

Clinton D. Boyd Vice President of Alumni Relations Award Presented to the undergraduate who implements the best alumni relations program.

Alex Anthony, Georgia ’11

Bryan Burns, Cal Poly-Pomona ’08 Dr. Edgar Ewing Brandon Award Presented to a chapter advisor who has shown outstanding service to the Fraternity.

Community Service Award Presented to the chapters and colonies that accumulate the most hours per man, as well as the most cumulative chapter hours. There are scrolls for the two runners up for each category. All chapters and colonies that average 20 or more hours per man are awarded Maxwell status and a scroll. All chapters and colonies that average between 10 and 20 hours per man are awarded Order of the Start status and a scroll.


Hours per man Alpha Upsilon, Colgate—65.09 hours Delta, Centre—65.01 hours Kappa, Kentucky—41.15 hours Total Hours Alpha Upsilon, Colgate—4,166 hours Delta, Centre—4,160.5 hours Kappa, Kentucky—2,016.5 hours More than 20 hours per man Alpha, Miami; Epsilon, Mount Union; Alpha Kappa, Washington State; Alpha Lambda, Auburn; Alpha Tau, Cornell; Beta Kappa, Oklahoma State; Beta Lambda, Indiana; Beta Phi, Westminster; Beta Chi, Southern Illinois; Beta Omega, Cal State-Chico; Gamma Beta, Cincinnati; Delta Nu, Wright State; Delta Tau, Cal Poly-Pomona; Epsilon Beta, West Virginia Tech; Epsilon Epsilon colony, William Paterson; Zeta Alpha, Belmont

Patrick Noltemeyer, Centre ’98

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Frederick R. Fletemeyer Prize (Presented to Beta Xi colony at Georgia [received by Kenny Johnson, Georgia ’11] by Heilmeier and National Councilor Mike Dovilla, Baldwin-Wallace ’94)

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Award Winners


Dwight I. Douglass President’s Award Presented to up to three chapter presidents who demonstrates general administrative excellence.

Richard Massock Award Presented to the chapter with the most outstanding chapter-produced newsletters and alumni programming.

Markus Delello, Rensselaer ’09 Jason Lustig, Cornell ’08 Josh Smith, Ohio ’07

Delta, Centre

Frederick R. Fletemeyer Prize Presented to the Fraternity’s most outstanding colony. Beta Xi, Georgia Greg Hollen Colony President Award Presented to the colony president who demonstrates general administrative excellence. Eric Cyffka, Rochester AM William D. Jenkins Interfraternity Excellence Award Presented to a non-member undergraduate for outstanding contribution to the greek community. Brandon Kuhn, Kappa Alpha Order (nominated by Beta Iota chapter at Florida State)

Roland Maxwell Scrolls Presented to those chapters that meet Maxwell expectations within the Borradaile Challenge.

Delta, Centre Epsilon, Mount Union Alpha Tau, Cornell Delta Tau, Cal Poly-Pomona Zeta Alpha, Belmont

Roland Maxwell Founders Four 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.

Delta, Centre Epsilon, Mount Union Alpha Tau, Cornell Delta Tau, Cal Poly-Pomona

outstanding greek advisor award (presented to wes fugate, centre ’99, by heilmeier and Ohio Valley Domain Director jeff steller, kentucky ’06) Learning. Leading. Serving.

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Roland Maxwell Trophy Presented to the most outstanding chapter in the Fraternity.

Outstanding Advisor to a Colony Award Presented to the most outstanding colony advisor.

Delta, Centre

Ron Kocher, Ohio State ’61 (advisor to North Texas colony)

Monroe Moosnick Scholarship Trophy Presented to the chapter that has the highest cumulative GPA. Alpha Tau, Cornell—3.46 GPA Alpha Theta, William & Mary—3.3 GPA Delta, Centre—3.25 GPA Paul Newman Award Presented to the chapter that raises the highest dollar amount to benefit the Hole in the Wall Camps.

Outstanding Greek Advisor Award Presented to a greek advisor in recognition of their tremendous contribution to our Fraternity and their respective greek community. Wes Fugate, Centre ’99 (advisor to Beta Xi colony at Georgia) Palm Award Presented to alumni who show outstanding service to the national organization.

Alpha Phi, Akron—$25,500

Father Nick Rachford, Cincinnati ’64

Order of the Star Chapters Presented to those chapters that meet Order of the Star expectations within the Borradaile Challenge.

Philanthropy/Hole in the Wall Camp Certificates Presented to those chapters that raise funds to assist both local philanthropic causes and the Hole in the Wall Camps, Phi Kappa Tau’s national philanthropy. The following is in order of amount donated ($2,000 minimum).

Eta, Muhlenberg; Theta, Transylvania; Kappa, Kentucky; Alpha Delta, Case Western; Beta Beta, Louisville; Beta Kappa, Oklahoma State; Beta Phi, Westminster; Beta Omega, Cal State-Chico; Gamma Alpha, Michigan Tech; Delta Theta, Georgetown; Epsilon Rho, Indiana U of Pennsylvania 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. Patrick Madden, Cornell ’85

Heilmeier congratulates Alpha Tau chapter at Cornell for winning the Moosnick Award.

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Omicron, Penn State ($54,294); Delta, Centre ($15,640); Beta Chi, Southern Illinois ($11,020); Gamma Omicron, Cal State-Fullerton ($10,600); Kappa, Kentucky ($7,345); Epsilon, Mount Union ($7,151); Alpha Upsilon, Colgate ($5,890); Alpha Eta, Florida ($4,731); Alpha, Miami ($4,391); Delta Nu, Wright State ($4,300); Alpha Tau, Cornell ($4,133.77); Epsilon Kappa, Rutgers ($4,075); Alpha Delta, Case Western ($3,827); Beta Beta, Louisville ($3,755); Beta, Ohio ($3,165); Delta Tau, Cal Poly-Pomona ($2,744.57); Gamma Alpha, Michigan Tech ($2,628); Zeta Alpha, Belmont ($2,556.59); Alpha Pi,

Washington ($2,550); Zeta Beta, Saginaw Valley State ($2,390); Epsilon Chi, Virginia Tech ($2,319.33); Gamma Nu, RIT ($2,280); Epsilon Nu, Clemson ($2,270) Recruitment Pacesetter Award Presented to those chapters that set the pace for the largest recruitment classes in the country.


More than 30 Alpha, Miami; Beta, Ohio More than 20 Epsilon, Mount Union; Eta, Muhlenberg; Omicron, Penn State; Alpha Lambda, Auburn; Alpha Tau, Cornell; Beta Beta, Louisville; Beta Omicron, Maryland; Beta Phi, Westminster; Beta Chi, Southern Illinois; Beta Psi, Cal State-Long Beach; Gamma Tau, Old Dominion; Delta Delta, Bryant; Epsilon Nu, Clemson; Zeta Alpha, Belmont Sonny Strange Recruitment Plaque Presented to the chapter with the highest recruitment and retention rate. Epsilon Sigma, Chapman William H. Shideler Award Presented to the most outstanding graduating senior in Phi Kappa Tau, this is the Fraternity’s highest undergraduate honor. Phil Frandina, RIT ’08 Thomas L. Stennis II Award Presented to the Domain Director with the most outstanding domain program. Les Fugate, Centre ’99

Paul Newman Award (presented to alpha phi chapter at akron [recieved by Chad Warrick, Akron ’09] by heilmeier and National councilor josh bleidt, eastern kentucky ’96) Learning. Leading. Serving.

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Hosts Second Annual Leadership Academy


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his summer, Phi Kappa Tau held two sessions of Leadership Academy at two different locations—Jameson Camp in Indianapolis and Camp Rock Eagle in Eatonton, Ga. More than 110 rising Phi Kappa Tau leaders attended the events. Leadership Academy is the Fraternity's premier, individualized, leadership-development event. The curriculum guides students to think critically about important issues facing individuals, chapters and the Fraternity, while preparing them to be ethical leaders on their campus and in their chosen field. Academy helps members highlight their strengths as a way of developing values-based leadership skills. Last year was the first year that the Fraternity hosted Academy as an annual event. Previously, the event was held biennially on off-Convention years.

Brothers participate in the traditional Hole in the Wall Camp pudding-eating contest.

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“Leadership Academy has been a great program for more than two decades and has maintained a consistent focus on values and principles,” Leadership Academy Dean Wes Fugate, Centre ’99, said after Academy 2010. “Over time, however, the needs of today’s students and the organization have changed. Thus, Phi Kappa Tau spent time with some of the great minds within the Fraternity and from the interfraternal community to redevelop an Academy that sets the Fraternity at the forefront of leadership development.” At Academy 2011, participants uncovered their strengths and learned how to use them in leadership roles; created personal visions for their chapters; and participated in a brother-to-brother session, challenge course, and Phi Kappa Tau’s traditional Candlelight Ceremony. Of course, attendees also had the opportunity to build a brotherhood with members from across the nation.

John Ryniawec, Westminster ’10, Chris Lovekin, Ohio State AM, Justin Anderson, Ohio State AM, and Colin Agner, Westminster ’10, meet at Academy.

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“The best part [of Leadership Academy] was meeting my brothers from across the country and reconnecting with the idea that I'm not just a part of Delta chapter, I'm a part of the national Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity,” said Wood Smith, Centre ’11, winner of the 2011 John Cosgrove Spirit and Leadership Award for Session I. “Understanding that I had brothers that cared about me from California to Virginia and from New York to Texas really brought about a change in the fire that I feel for my Fraternity.” The Cosgrove Award was given to two brothers—one at Session I and one at Session II. The award recognizes participants who most clearly demonstrate the spirit of Leadership Academy. The Session II winner was Nicholas Krause, Saginaw Valley State ’11. Academy is designed not only to give participants time in a large-group learning atmosphere, called the “community,” but also in smaller breakout groups called “chapters.” The small groups allow for deeper conversation and are generally where the real brotherhood growth and development is experienced. With the new Academy format, some changes were made to the layout of the experience. For example, there was free time scheduled into each day, allowing participants time to play basketball, swim, play volleyball or just relax with new friends. Attendees also had a chance to work together in teambuilding exercises. “The challenge course helped me realize that our Fraternity is in good hands and that I can depend on other people within my chapter when it comes to getting things done,” Jacob McAbee, Murray State ’07, said. Overall, participants had the opportunity to develop themselves as Phi Taus, men and leaders. McAbee, also a Leadership Academy attendee in 2009, credits the program with developing him into who he is today. “It's a great week of fun, learning and bonding that only Phi Kappa Tau can provide,” he said. “If you don't believe me, ask former graduates of Leadership Academy. They will all tell you the same thing. I have attended two. I am currently serving as president of Delta Pi chapter at Murray State University. So, you can say that by attending Leadership Academy, it has led me to go on and do bigger things within the chapter.”

Fugate Completes Dean Tenure, Stansberry to Take on Role Academy 2011 was a first in many regards, but the last in another: Wes Fugate, Centre ’99, served his last year as dean of the program, a position he’s held for five years. Don Stansberry, Ohio ’87, became the new dean at the end of Academy 2011. “Leadership Academy has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have enjoyed either within or outside of Phi Kappa Tau,” Fugate said. “Seeing the effect that this program has on the lives of the Fraternity’s, and indeed the world’s, future leaders reminds me of the positive impact Phi Kappa Tau has on its members.” Stansberry is ready for the challenge. “I am very excited to be leading our Leadership Academy program,” he said. “The program is designed to focus on the strengths our men bring to Phi Kappa Tau. By capitalizing on this, attendees are able to return to their campuses and help their brother maximize their strengths, as well. I believe in this program.” The dean of students at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., Stansberry previously served Phi Kappa Tau as the Tidewater Domain Director for 10 years. He is also a member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). “While my past five years as dean of Leadership Academy will always be some of my most cherished fraternal memories, it is not difficult to leave this position when you have someone as talented as Don Stansberry stepping into the role,” said Fugate. “Don has decades of experience working with students in higher education, particularly Greek students. I am eager to see how he will put his many talents to use to continue to make Leadership Academy the nation’s premier fraternal leadership program.”


Volunteers and Staff Members Dean Wes Fugate, Centre ’99 Assistant Dean Don Stansberry, Ohio ’87 Lead Leadership Coaches Jennifer Jones-Hall Todd Napier, Evansville ’83

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Leadership Coaches Thad Doyle Andy Fruth, Southern Illinois ’08 John Green, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60 Chris Jefferson

Tanner Marcantel Jordan McCarter Sarah Rochford Justin Roush, Centre ’07 Libby Shanton Cat Sohor Jeff Steller, Kentucky ’06 Casey Stevens Tom Tinker, Cal State-Fullerton ’97 Cody Ward, Georgia ’09 Staff Marty Dunning, Kentucky ’07 Mike Lerdahl, St. Cloud ’08 Cindy Morgan

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chapter eternal T h e f o ll o w i n g m e m b e r s w e r e r e p o r t e d d e c e a s e d t o t h e E x e c u t i v e O f f i c e s b e t w e e n J u n e 2 5 a n d Oc t . 2 4 , 2 0 1 1 .



Billy E Wenum ’46 Ted A Messner ’68


William L Denham Jr ’27 Thomas L Baggette ’54

Baldwin-Wallace Norman Fadil ’51


Edwin V Murphy ’49

Bowling Green

Paul L Cashell ’51 Gary L Pritt ’73



David F Cole ’57 Leslie E Edmonds ’54

Raymond K Peterson ’38 Raymond I Dawson Jr ’39


Charles W McKinley ’48 Jerold F Milner ’49

East Carolina

David Ozag ’05


Tom L Barrow ’34

Florida State

William M Watson ’52


Samuel T Lipham Jr ’49

Georgia Tech

George D Boggs ’50


Andrew F Kirsch ’50


Alvin C Belsley ’54

Iowa State

William E Franks ’61


Philip Harrison ’62

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David C Sprang ’49


Lloyd W Waddell ’41


Lawrence R Toussaint ’48


Martin W McIntosh Jr ’72 Andrew P Schweickhardt ’97


Williard P Keebler ’48


John C Linville ’48

Michigan State

Edward D Kaupas ’51


Kent State

Mississippi State

Ohio State

Charles E Whitehead ’42 David E Garwood ’47 Paul R Dobbins ’54 Robert J Cheney ’56 Garwin P Velie ’71 James J Yatsko ’73 Thomas J Higgins ’85

Oklahoma State

Andrew Sunderland ’92

Oregon State

Everett P Smyth ’54


William B Cottingham ’53 Val Gerstenschlager ’58 Douglas A Todd ’70

Southern California

John E Murphy ’49

Alvin G Perry ’41 George L Herd ’67

Southern Illinois

Mount Union

Southern Mississippi

Stanley Lutz Jr ’38 William W Steiner ’39 Robert B McCallum ’57

Nebraska Wesleyan

Valjean M Cashen ’53 Daniel T McQuagge ’61


Frederick D Regetz ’51

Carroll J Story ’39 Francis Hughes ’42 Rigdon E Joosten ’48 Richard C Hanna ’49 Elton L Weston ’49 Bill J Jenkins ’52 Leon D Dappen ’61 Ralph H Wolfe Jr ’62 Michael J Mohr ’65


New Mexico

Texas State-San Marcos

Daniel Hardin ’52

North Carolina State

Sidney H Roddey Jr ’50

Northern Michigan Raimo M Mikkola ’64


Carl E Wiegel ’38 Robert N Freeland ’52 Wesley C Uhl ’54 Josh Paul Rodgers ’95

James M Whaley ’49 Victor R Williams ’51 Jim D Lovett ’52 John H Sherrer ’63

Texas-El Paso

Earl L Mercer ’50 Robert E Nesom Jr ’55 Haynes M Baumgardner Jr ’68 Mel Kyser ’68


James L Peel ’47

UC Berkeley

Gordon E Seck ’49

William & Mary

James A Karabedian ’43


Richard N Terlecki ’68

Jim Lovett, Texas-Austin ’52, died Sept. 29, 2011, at age 77. He earned a doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Texas and began his own law practice in 1963 in Clarksville, Texas. Lovett was elected a district court judge in 1996 and retired in 2008. He was instrumental in forming the Child Welfare Board, which served abused and neglected children, and a probation rehabilitation program using horticulture. Lovett was awarded a Presidential Commendation from the State Bar of Texas. David Cole, Cincinnati ’57, died July 16, 2011, at age 73. He served in the U.S. Army and went on to become a computer programmer and systems analyst after college. Cole will be remembered for his love of the great outdoors, culinary arts and opera. Philip Harrison, Kansas ’62, died June 29, 2011, at age 68. A graduate of Culver Military Academy, Harrison earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Kansas University and a master’s in the same field from Indiana University. He worked as a teacher at Northwood Institute in Indiana and was the former director of student affairs at Indiana University in Kokomo, Ind. In 1972, he moved back to Lawrence, Kansas, where he became the vice president of Gill Real Estate Agency until 1995. Harrison was an Eagle Scout, member of the Kiwanis Club and licensed pilot. Ted Messner, Akron ’68, died June 18, 2011, at age 64. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and spent the majority of his professional years in the healthcare industry. An active volunteer in several political, musical and social organizations, Messner enjoyed cooking and always had a sense of humor. Mel Kyser, Texas State-San Marcos ’68, died Aug. 13, 2011, at age 66. He taught high school English and journalism for more than 19 years and was very active in the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. Kyser was an active member of First Baptist Church in Kyle, Texas. The Laurel |

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david ozag enters chapter eternal Chesapeake Domain Director Dr. David Ozag, East Carolina ’05, died unexpectedly Aug. 2, 2011, while on vacation in Alaska with his family. He was 49. Ozag’s life reflected his commitment to his lifelong interest in learning. He was a 1980 graduate of Governor Thomas Johnson High School. In 1984, he received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Maryland. He was a Certified Public Accountant. In 1988, Ozag received an MBA from Mount St. Mary’s University. In 2001, he received his doctorate in human and organizational systems from The George Washington University, and that same year, he completed a master’s certificate in distance education from Thomas Edison State College. In 2004, Ozag received a Master of Science degree in management information systems from George Washington. In 2010, he received a Master of Science in accounting from the University of Connecticut. At the time of his death, Ozag was working on a certificate in financial planning from Florida State University and a second doctorate degree in accounting from the University of Florida. Shortly after receiving his first bachelor’s degree, Ozag started a teaching career at Frederick Community College that lasted nearly 30 years. During that time, he taught more than 260 college classes in 40 different topics at more than 30 colleges and universities. In addition to teaching at FCC, Ozag’s fulltime appointments were at Gettysburg College, East Carolina University and Bucknell University. Additionally, Ozag held appointments at Hood College, Mount St. Mary’s, the University of Maryland-University College, the George Washington Medical School, Drexel University and Kaplan University. Ozag’s volunteer efforts were also significant. He formerly served on the board of Rockville Striders, a youth track organization. He also served for 11 seasons as a volunteer head ninth grade and assistant boys’ varsity basketball coach at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. While teaching at East Carolina, Ozag became involved with the Gamma Eta chapter as faculty advisor. After experiencing the organization and realizing that his personal values lined up with those of the Fraternity, Ozag The Laurel |

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David Ozag (second from left) stands near the bronze terrapin at the University of Maryland with Domain Directors Scott Conroe, Cornell ’01, PJ Best, RIT ’04, Dave Lapinski, Penn State ’74, and J.J. Lewis, Central Michigan ’04, during Phi Kappa Tau’s 2011 Capital Conference.

was initiated in 2005. He went on to serve as the Chesapeake Domain Director for Phi Kappa Tau. In that role, he conducted numerous chapter-development exercises across the country and served on several National Fraternity committees. “David was a true example of a Phi Tau man … from his lifelong dedication to learning to his support of the organization as a volunteer,” said Phi Kappa Tau Coordinator of Volunteer Development Tyler Wash, Georgetown ’06, who worked closely with Ozag as a Domain Director. “I am so grateful that I got the chance to form a friendship with him. I will miss his dedication to Phi Kappa Tau, his commitment to lifelong learning and, most of all, his dry wit. When David passed away, Phi Kappa Tau lost one of its best.” Ozag was formerly a member of the George Washington University Alumni Association Board of Directors. He was also an Eagle Scout. Additionally, Ozag published numerous academic articles, primarily on the topics of trust, hope and organizational commitment. In 2009, he published a book entitled “Winning Mergers.” He was an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins, University of Maryland athletics and East Carolina University football.

“Dave will be greatly missed,” said Phi Kappa Tau CEO Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89. “He was always willing to give his time and energy for Phi Kappa Tau and for his friends and family. He believed in the Fraternity for the opportunity it creates for lifelong friendship and lifelong learning. On a personal basis, I will miss Dave’s text messages during Redskin games and his easygoing nature.” Ozag was a member of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church and Frederick Elks Lodge #684. He was also a Kentucky Colonel. “David Ozag is a shining example of what it means to be a member of Phi Kappa Tau,” said Phi Kappa Tau National President Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86. “He was continually striving to provide friendship to all members, deepen his knowledge of the world, and was forthright and truthful at all times. His calm and pleasant demeanor will be sorely missed by all his brothers.” Ozag is survived by his brother, Joseph Ozag Jr.; sister-in-law, Janette; and four nieces and nephews, who were his godchildren. Additional godchildren included Erin Dickman of Charleston, S.C., and Eli Crutchfield of Rockville, Md.

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Our Chapters a review of chapter news from across the country. v i s i t www . p h i k a pp a t a u . o r g t o r e a d m o r e n e w s .


Gamma Eta chapter at East Carolina felt the effects of Hurricane Irene in August.

Alpha Delta chapter at Case Western hosted its annual Phi K 5K race for the Hole in the Wall Camps. The group raised more than $1,200.

Upsilon colony at Nebraska Wesleyan held an open house and colonization ceremony for alumni and new associate members. Attendees toured the reconstruction at the chapter house, listened to addresses by prominent Upsilon alumni, and helped install the first Upsilon colony officers. [From left] Warren Mattox, Nebraska Wesleyan ’69, shakes hands with Jerald Warren, Nebraska Wesleyan AM, and Zach Schroder, Nebraska Wesleyan AM.

beta phi chapter at Westminster volunteered at Garfield Community Farms. Brothers worked in the community garden for local residents. Gamma Alpha chapter at Michigan Tech raised more than $2,000 for the Hole in the Wall Camps through a fundraising competition with Delta Zeta Sorority. The chapter connected with alumni to raise donations. More than 30 Phi Taus from Epsilon chapter at Mount Union, Lambda colony at Purdue and Alpha Omega chapter at Baldwin-Wallace volunteered at Flying Horse Farms. The men helped the Hole in the Wall Camp get ready for fall sessions.

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Delta Pi chapter at Murray State recruited 14 men this fall, which more than doubled the chapter size from 11 to 24.

Beta Beta chapter at Louisville co-hosted its third consecutive Kick for Nick philanthropy event, a non-profit organization that gathers and distributes soccer balls to children in wartorn countries. The chapter, along with the Louisville men’s soccer team, collected nearly 600 balls and $1,200 for the organization.

100 people attended the show, and both Barnes and the chapter hope to participate in more interPhi Tau chapter collaborations in the future.

Delta Nu chapter at Wright State attended the inaugural Wright Brothers Day at Wright State in October. The event, held to recognize the day Wilbur Wright flew the Wright Flyer III for 39 minutes, was organized by the school’s marketing club, of which Kyle Boze, Wright State AM, is president.

Gamma Lambda chapter at Central Michigan hosted its second annual Phry Tau philanthropy benefitting the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. Endless fried food, including french fries, fried Oreos and fried pickles were served to the Central Michigan community. The group raised more than $1,000 for the camps. The Laurel |

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Gamma Tau chapter at Old Dominion participated in and raised $3,000 for the Out of Darkness Community Walk in Virginia Beach, Va. Delta Beta chapter at Evansville hosted a recruitment event that showcased recording artist Waylon Barnes, San Francisco State ’07. More than

Delta Epsilon chapter at St. Cloud participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in October on campus. The group raised nearly $1,000 for the American Cancer Society event, sponsored by the SCSU Student Health Services Center.

Patric Khiev, Cal Poly-Pomona ’11, wrote a successful $499,000 grant for the city of Whittier, Calif. So far, he has raised $2.5 million for the city’s new bike and running path.

Epsilon Lambda chapter at Longwood won the school’s greek week earlier this fall. The group participated in events like volleyball, spirit night and Greek Sync—a night of creative skits and dances—to take home the prize.

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Delta omega chapter at Truman State teamed up with the Missouri Department of Conservation to participate in Share the Harvest, a nationally recognized initiative where hunters donate their venison to food pantries. Learning. Leading. Serving.

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Pete Goltra, Oklahoma State ’70, received the Award of Merit from Shriners International. A past recipient, Goltra was again recognized for his outstanding contributions to the community and organization.

Jim Rutledge, Louisville ’62, received a certificate of appreciation from the Executive Offices and Beta Beta chapter at Louisville for his years of service to the chapter. He is the master distiller and CEO of the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Ky. [From left] Bill Brasch ’67, Rutledge ’62, Steve Smith ’68 and Josh Smith ’98. •

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David Belew, William & Mary ’50, was honored with the inaugural David L. Belew Legacy Award by the Hamilton Community Foundation, a charitable organization with which he has volunteered since 1961. The namesake award was given to Belew for his years of service with the foundation, including two terms as president and a current post as trustee emeritus. •

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Mike Rosser, Colorado State ’61, was elected to the Research Institute for Housing America (RIHA) Board of Trustees. As a member of the RIHA board, Rosser will help carry out the group’s mission to promote and disseminate knowledge on the functioning, Learning. Leading. Serving.

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Mark Ridenour, Miami ’79, was named to Miami University’s board of trustees by Gov. John Kasich. The executive vice president and chief financial officer for Heidtman Steel Products in Toledo, Ohio, Ridenour will serve until 2020.

structure, and future of mortgage markets. Jim Hamilton, Ohio State ’63, was named the Association of Fundraising ProfessionalsWestern Pennsylvania chapter’s outstanding volunteer fundraiser of 2011. He volunteers with the YMCA and Forbes Health Foundation, both of which nominated him for the award. John Shirey, Purdue ’68, recently became Sacramento’s city manager. He is responsible for the city’s $812-million budget and a workforce of about 4,000 people. Jack Osterholt, Louisville ’68, was named deputy mayor of Miami-Dade County in Florida. In the position, he will work on economic enhancement, environmental management, and planning and zoning, among other things.

Ken Jordan, Wright State ’74, recently retired after a 30-year career as an investigative agent for the National Labor Relations Board, Cincinnati regional office. During his career, Jordan received several commendations, including a Federal Service Excellence Award from the Greater Cincinnati Federal Executive Board for outstanding professional performance. During his retirement, Jordan looks forward to being active in Phi Kappa Tau, traveling and supporting local arts organizations.

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Brian Ezzelle, North Carolina State ’87, is a cargo claims specialist and 15-year employee of UPS Freight. He recently completed his certification to obtain a Virginia Auctioneer License and took over the in-house salvage freight auctioneer duties for UPS Freight. •

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Matt Parker, Evansville ’93, Phi Kappa Tau’s national service advisor, and Hole in the Wall Camper Tim Weaver received the first-ever Golden Tee Heroes Award from Incredible Technologies for their philanthropic work for Double H Ranch, a Hole in the Wall Camp in upstate New York. This year, “Raising Hell for the Ranch,” a philanthropy event that includes a Golden Tee tournament, head shaving, live music, raffles, door prizes and more, raised more than $5,000, all of which goes to the camp. B.J. Ruckriegal, Eastern Kentucky ’96, was named a Louisville-area CFO of the year by Business First, a Louisville business newspaper. He works for CandyRific LLC, a global confectionary compay. •

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California State University at Chico recently sponsored its annual Chico Experience Week to welcome new students and parents, invite alumni back for a visit, and recognize those alumni celebrating their 50-year college graduation. Five Beta Omega chapter alumni attended the celebration and were recognized on their anniversary. [Front row from left] Jim Allgaier ’58 and David Martinez ’60. [Back row from left] Tony Edler ’58, Mike Oliver ’59 and Tom Gosnell ’60.

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