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Fall 2009

From the President Joel Zimmermann ‘10 As the outgoing President of Phi Delta Theta, I would like to extend a final greeting to the alumni and friends of the Wisconsin Gamma Chapter of Phi Delta Theta.

One goal of mine over this semester has been begin establishing stronger ties with our alumni members both young and old. As you likely have noted from a few prior mailings, we are extremely excited about hosting the chapter‟s upcoming 50th Anniversary celebration on the weekend of April 23-25, 2010.

yearly recruitment goals. This fall we are looking forward to another large recruitment class as yet again an extremely large number of young men have begun expressing their interest.

As we move into the holiday season, we here in Ripon would like to wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday and are extremely excited about seeing As per usual, the Phi Delt‟s once again While a large amount of our effort has many of you at our 50th Anniversary contributed to another successful foot- been put into the planning and prepa- celebration this April. ball season this year as you will see ration for this event, the house also later in the letter. has been focused on maintaining our From the 2010 Executive Board Elected Philanthropy Chairman Recently, a new Executive Board was Tyler Ruppert ‘10 elected to serve the brothers of WI Kickball, kickball, kickball!! This year Gamma for the 2010 calendar year. in addition to our annual firefighter run we also decided to support Phi President: Rusty Schultz „11 (Warrens, Delta Theta‟s national philanthropy: WI) Lou Gehrig‟s Disease a.k.a. ALS. The Vice-President: Clayton Schlegel „12 current brothers at Ripon are hosting (Wales, WI) a campus-wide kickball tournament to Treasurer: Matthew Switzler „12 benefit the ALS Association on De(Rosendale, WI) cember 5, 2009. Along with admisSecretary: Max Finger „11 (Oconto, sion to the kickball tournament, each WI) participant receives a t-shirt and an Warden: Matthew Schmalzer „12 ALS wristband. The proceeds from (Appleton, WI) this event will benefit the ALS Association. As we move into the new year, we would like to thank the 2009 ExecuALS, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, tive Board for their time and commitis a progressive neurodegenerative disment to this great fraternity. ease that affects nerve cells in the brain Outgoing Executive Board: and the spinal cord. Motor neurons (P) Joel Zimmermann „10, (VP) Casey reach from the brain to the spinal cord Totten „11, (T) Tyler Ruppert „10, (S) and from the spinal cord to the musRusty Schultz „11, (W) Jared Parr „10 cles throughout the body. The progres-

sive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. This disease can strike anyone at anytime. Currently, there is no cure for the disease. There is only medication to prolong the death of a person diagnosed with ALS. So with the support of our local and national fraternity, we hope to assist the ALS Association in finding a cure for this serious disease.


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Red Hawk Football

Rupert and Jared Parr also aided in the Red Hawk‟s dominating rushing perMatthew Switzler ‘12 formance. Senior Jared Parr scored the The brothers of Phi Delta Theta had a final offensive score against Lawrence great showing this year on the gridiron. University. The offensive line was anThirteen Phi‟s aided Ripon to 7-3 re- chored by junior guard Nick Parulski. cord and a third place finish in the MWC. The Red Hawks held on to the The Red Hawk defense had another Doehling-Hesselton Trophy for the great year holding opponents on avertenth year in a row after beating rival age to 17.7 points per game. Senior Lawrence University 41-17 at Ingall‟s middle linebacker Adam Firgens „10 Field. New to the Red Hawks coaching had a total of 62 tackles along with an staff this year were three Phi Delt interception and two fumble recoveralumni. Matt Birschbach ‟08, Vince ies. Matt Bull ‟11 had a pick six in the Spratte ‟09, and Josh Kraemer ‟09 as- final season game at Ingall‟s field sisted Coach Ron Ernst. Coach Bir- against Lawerence University. Senior schbach assisted on offense while Defensive end Paul Braun was a treCoaches Spratte and Kraemer assisted mendous run stopper; Ripon‟s oppoon defense. nents averaged less than 100 yards a game on the ground this year. The Red Hawk offense had a solid year averaging 28 points a game and rush- Also contributing to Ripon‟s success ing on average just less than 300 yards were John Capozolli, Spencer Russ, a game. Sophomore fullback Matthew Clayton Schlegel, and Matthew Schmalzer contributed 3 TD‟s and 4.7 Switzler on defense and Luke Nolte yards per carry this season. Tyler and Braden Drozd on offense.

Matt Schmalzer ‘12 helped carry the Hawks to a 47-0 victory over Knox College.

Seniors Adam Firgens #40 and Jared Parr #25 during a 35-7 victory over Lake Forest College.

All of the hours in Lane Library have paid off! For the Spring 2009 Semester, the brothers of Phi Delta Theta had the highest grade point average out of all of the fraternities on campus. Great work!

A number of alumni returned to Ripon on November 7th to witness the final game of the season as the Hawks went on to defeat the Lawrence University Vikings 41-17. Front Row: #25 Jared Parr ‘10, #35 Tyler Ruppert ‘10, #40 Adam Firgens ‘10, #31 Matt Bull ‘11, #65 Paul Braun ‘10, #66 Luke Nolte ‘12 Second Row: Scott Dicks ‘74, Matt Birshbach ‘08, Joel Zimmermann ‘10, #64 Nick Parulski ‘11, #27 Clay Schlegel ‘12, Vince Spratte ‘09, Ray Anderson ‘08, Third Row: Brian Bousley ’94, Mark DeDina ’07 Josh Kraemer ‘09, Max Finger ‘11, Doc Weiske ‘50, #97 Matt Switzler ‘12, #32 Matt Schmalzer ‘12, #28 Spencer Russ ‘12, #91 John Capozzoli ‘12, Kyle Bobholz ‘06, Lou Nickell ‘72, Bill ‘Breadman’ Hitch ‘72

You can access this newsletter and more, news online any time at pdtwisgamma.org.


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PHI DELTA THETA Wisconsin Gamma Chapter – Est. 1960 Ripon College

Celebrating 50 Years April 23rd-25th, 2010

From the Alumni Chairman Rusty Schultz ‘11

As I sit here writing this letter I can‟t help but wonder; “where‟s the time gone?” I know that it‟s in there somewhere, but it seems only like yesterday that my diploma was handed to me as I graduated from high school…not 2½ years ago. Whether it‟s those years you spent away at college or maybe as your children or even grandchildren grow up, time has a nasty reputation of sliding away from us too quickly.

As many of you know by now, this April 23rd-25th the Wisconsin Gamma Chapter of Phi Delta Theta/West Hall Boys will be celebrating 50 great years of existence on the Ripon College campus. With a weekend chalked full of events and activities, we hope that you and yours will join the brothers of today and yesterday in celebrating this momentous occasion.

made here and there doesn‟t quite pay all of the bills. With that being said, following the holiday season you will be receiving a formal invitation to the weekend in the mail. Whether or not you are able to join us in Ripon in April, we ask that you please consider contributing to the event as any funding is greatly appreciated. I can think of no better way to share the rich history of this chapter of Phi Delta Theta than through this celebratory weekend. I hope to see many of you this coming April and look forward to seeing how the many puzzle pieces connect.

With months of planning and preparation now under our belts, I am proud to say that arrangements for the 50th Anniversary Weekend are nearing completion. With countless hours of As a junior, my 2½ years at Ripon Col- work being put in by both actives and lege serve as just a small piece of a alumni, I guarantee that this will be a greater jigsaw puzzle of Phi Delta Theta weekend that you‟ll not want to miss. Below, a brief summary of what is currently planned for Alumni Weekend 2010 is provided. As menhistory. While my puzzle piece has a tioned earlier, funding for many of these events is few jagged edges and tells a couple of While a majority of the preparations required. If you, your family or a group of your classgood stories, one must realize that have been made at this point, it is ex- mates would like to sponsor a particular event or there are hundreds of more pieces that tremely difficult to host such an event activity or if you would like to help in the remaining have come before me all with tales and with little to no funds. While our planning, please feel free to contact Rusty at memories of their own. fundraising chairperson has been SchultzW@ripon.edu or (608) 343-0115. working feverishly, a hundred dollars

Friday, April 23rd

Saturday, April 24th

Sunday, April 25th

Welcome Reception—(7-10:30pm)

4-Man Golf Scramble—(10am) Hit the

Fireman’s Breakfast—(9-11am) Join us for

Meet, greet and reunite with brothers and catch up over a cold beer and hors d‟oeurves. Location TBD.

links and play 18 at Tuscumbia Country Club, Wisconsin‟s oldest golf course! Social Hour—(6:30pm) Enjoy this time prior to the banquet to reminisce of days past, meet with current students and catch up with old friends.

a hearty fireman‟s breakfast to kick off your day. Fireman Laps—(11am-1pm) The true namesake of the event, either join or cheer on the brothers in suiting up in fireman‟s gear as they run 200 laps to support the Ripon FD. Firefighter Challenge—(1pm-3pm) Prepare for the challenge of a lifetime as you compete in a number of firefighter challenge events.

50th Anniversary Banquet—(7pm) Enjoy a fabulous dinner in a formal atmosphere as the brothers of PDT celebrate 50 years on the Ripon College Campus.


Phi Delta Theta—WI Gamma 300 Seward Street Ripon, WI 54971

December 5th—Krazy Kickball Tournament to benefit Lou Gehrig‟s Disease December 19th - January 17th –Winter Break January 23rd—Bid Day 2010 February 13th—Father‟s Day March 13th-21st—Spring Break March 26th-28th—Retreat Weekend April 23rd—50th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration/Alumni Weekend 2010 April 24th—50th Anniversary Banquet and Golf Outing April 25th—50th Anniversary Wrap-up/Annual Firefighter Run May 2nd—Springfest

The Brothers of Phi Delta Theta wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Fall 2009 Alumni/Parent Newsletter