Alabama (Alpha-Phi) Arkansas (Gamma-Chi) Arkansas State (Iota-Theta) Auburn – Montgomery (Phi-Kappa) Ball State (Iota-Alpha) Bloomsburg (Beta-Xi) Bradley (Kappa-Upsilon) Butler (Alpha-Alpha) Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo (Phi-Sigma) Cal State – Northridge (Beta-Rho) Central Florida (Beta-Eta) Central Missouri (Lambda-Pi) Cincinnati (Gamma-Gamma) Clemson (Delta-Omicron) Cornell (Omicron) Denison (Gamma-Iota) Denver (Alpha-Pi) Drexel (Epsilon-Kappa Colony) Drury (Theta-Sigma) Eastern Illinois (Phi-Alpha) Eureka (Theta-Chi) Evansville (Iota-Mu) Florida State (Zeta-Rho) Florida Tech (Beta-Nu) Franklin & Marshall (Alpha-Theta) Georgetown (Kappa-Omega) Idaho (Epsilon-Gamma) Indiana State (Iota-Epsilon) Kansas (Zeta-Iota) Kansas State (Gamma-Xi) Louisiana State (Upsilon) Louisiana – Lafayette (Iota-Omega) Lycoming (Iota-Beta) Maine (Beta) Maryland – Baltimore County (Phi-Delta) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Lambda) Miami – OH (Zeta-Upsilon) Michigan (Sigma) Michigan State (Gamma-Omicron) Millsaps (Theta-Eta) Minnesota State (Lambda-Delta) Mississippi State (Epsilon-Chi) Missouri (Gamma-Kappa) Montevallo (Sigma-Epsilon) Nevada – Las Vegas (Delta-Lambda) North Carolina State (Gamma-Upsilon) North Carolina – Wilmington (Delta-Sigma Colony) Northern Colorado (Sigma-Omega) Northwestern (Alpha-Iota) Oklahoma (Gamma-Rho) Oklahoma City (Theta-Delta) Purdue (Psi) Rhode Island (Eta) Richmond (Alpha-Chi) Sam Houston State (Sigma-Mu) Samford (Theta-Alpha) St. Louis College of Pharmacy (Pi-Lambda) Sewanee (Iota-Nu) South Carolina (Epsilon-Psi) South Carolina – Aiken (Pi-Alpha) Southeast Missouri State (Delta-Phi) Southern Methodist (Gamma-Sigma) Syracuse (Alpha-Upsilon) Tarleton State (Phi-Rho) Tennessee – Chattanooga (Zeta-Pi) Texas Christian (Iota-Pi) Texas – El Paso (Zeta-Epsilon) Tulsa (Epsilon-Upsilon) Valparaiso (Iota-Sigma) Wabash (Alpha-Kappa) Wake Forest (Theta-Tau) Washington State (Tau) Western Kentucky (Lambda-Lambda) Western Ontario (Delta-Eta) William Jewell (Epsilon-Nu) Wisconsin – Whitewater (Lambda-Iota Colony) Wittenberg (Nu-Zeta)
James O’Dwyer was named a 2011 honoree of the TeenNick HALO Award, which recognizes teens who work hard to make the world a better place.
The chapter is raising funds to adopt a family impacted by the tornado last spring that destroyed parts of Tuscaloosa.
Fred Finch has written a novel, “Starry Nights, Stories of the Days with Jesus,” available via Amazon.com.
Arkansas State (Iota-Theta)
The chapter held the 33rd Annual Miss Greek Goddess Pageant, which raises funds to benefit local and national service organizations. Last year, over $3,000 and 10,500 pounds of food were collected for the Northeast Arkansas Food Bank.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification on November 17, 2011.
The chapter raised nearly 1,800 pounds of canned foods for the Montgomery Area Food Bank in conjunction with this year’s North American Food Drive.
Ball State (Iota-Alpha)
The chapter conducted Pumpkin Smash, a philanthropic event with six sororities competing. A part of the North American Food Drive, the event raised almost 200 pounds of food and more than $200 for the Second Harvest Food Bank.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 13 associate members.
The chapter raised more than $800 for the victims of last September’s flooding in Pennsylvania.
Chapter President Michael Lane was appointed IFC judicial chairman.
The chapter completed 820 hours of community service for the fall 2011 semester.
Russell J. Dean (1958) died November 5, 2011.
Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (Phi-Sigma)
On November 11, 2011, more than 40 chapter brothers helped the charity Feed My Starving Children create and prepare food packages to be sent to less fortunate children and their families. In total, the brothers helped package more than 25,000 meals that will feed about 70 people for a year. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization committed to feeding hungry children in more than 70 countries around the world.
In conjunction with the North American Food Drive the chapter exceeded its goal and raised more than 20,000 pounds of food, a new record for the chapter.
Cal State-Northridge (Beta-Rho)
On November 8, 2011, author, screenwriter, director, military security consultant, and former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer (1980) was interviewed on CNN in conjunction with the publication of his new book, “SEAL Target Geronimo.” In the book, he gives an insider’s look at the military operation in Pakistan that led to the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
Central Florida (Beta-Eta)
The chapter held its annual philanthropy, Watermelon Bust, raising more than 40,000 pounds of food in conjunction with the North American Food Drive.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 30 associate members.
Central Missouri (Lambda-Pi)
In conjunction with the North American Food Drive, the chapter collected nearly 2,000 pounds of food donations during Halloween and donated them to the local battered women’s shelter. The collected food translated into more than 13,000 meals for local families during Thanksgiving.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 25 associate members.
Newly-elected chapter officers have been working to establish a new spring philanthropy and to adopt a family for Christmas.
To better communicate with potential recruits and alumni, the chapter has a new website.
On October 18, chapter brothers teamed up with our neighboring fraternity, Chi Phi, and Cornell Plantations to lead a cleanup of the gorge that runs behind both chapter houses. The volunteers spent several hours picking up trash and renovating the path by removing the shale that had fallen from the gorge walls. Omicron hopes to schedule a similar event each semester to preserve the beauty of the gorge for years to come.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for eight associate members.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 36 associate members.
Drexel (Epsilon-Kappa Colony)
The Fraternity Board approved the colony’s re-chartering, and the undergraduates and alumni brothers are making plans for a rechartering banquet in the spring.
Ryan Pratt was elected IFC vice president of administrative affairs.
Tom McGrew was commended by the Borough of Rocky Hill, New Jersey, for his work helping residents during Hurricane Irene.
Chris Seaman wrote an article for the school newspaper depicting his military service in Iraq and his transition from combat back to college campus life.
Eastern Illinois (Phi-Alpha)
The first-ever Man among Men Scholarship, established by alumnus and former chapter president Alex Ruwe, was presented to Andrew Kahr after the Initiation Ritual Exemplification.
Bruce Darnall (1966) and Mark Darnall (2011) wrote an article entitled [www.athletesinaction.org/news “Andy Studebaker: ‘Chief’ Defender” on Kansas City Chief, Andy Studebaker] that was published by Athletes In Action, the sports ministry for Campus Crusade for Christ.
In conjunction with the North American Food Drive, the chapter collected 4,100 pounds of food that was donated to the Ozmann Food Shelter in Evansville, Indiana.
Florida State (Zeta-Rho)
Ronald B. “Bart” Gardin (1995) died August 27, 2011. He was employed by DJO Inc. in Vista, California.
Florida Tech (Beta-Nu)
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplificaiton for 14 associate members.
Andrew Ramsperger (1974) died August 24, 2011.
In conjunction with the North American Food Drive, the chapter collected several thousand pounds of food.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification on Nov. 11 for 11 associate members. They also held elections and will begin transitions after the Thanksgiving Break.
Robert L. Smith (1958) died November 8, 2011. He was a retired elementary school teacher, having taught for 36 years in Plainfield Public Schools, Indianapolis Public Schools, and Vigo County Public Schools. He served as acting principal both at the former W.S. Rea School and Deming School.
In conjunction with the North American Food Drive, the chapter raised more than 400 pounds of canned food for local charities.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for nine associate members: Brooks Foreman, Zachary Brown, Alexander Biddlecombe, Patrick Collin, Max Mickunas, William Wozniak, Andrew VonEhrenkrook, Matthew Cullinan, and Hayden Andrews.
Rock Wegner (1950), one of the founding chapter members, spoke at a chapter meeting. He described his life’s accomplishments, chapter history, and what life was like at the University of Kansas after World War II.
The chapter re-organized its Parents Club, which provides a way for parents of current members to be more involved in helping with events throughout the year. As a part of the club, parents may volunteer to make and provide dinner at chapter meetings once a month. Parents Debbie Kremers and Beata Foreman helped reorganize the club and have made dinners for the last few months.
Kansas State (Gamma-Xi)
The chapter brothers assisted in a neighborhood cleanup by raking leaves, cleaning gutters, and collecting more than 100 bags of leaves from the neighborhood.
Fraser E. Landreneau (1990) died November 7, 2011. After completing medical school he was selected for neurosurgical residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he was chief resident from 1998-1999. During his neurosurgical residency he was selected for additional neurosurgical vascular training at the prestigious Barrow Neurological Institute of Phoenix, Arizona. In 1998 Landreneau also completed a Neurosurgical Fellowship at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Australia. After completing neurosurgical training in 1999 he joined the NeuroMedical Center of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2004 he was a founding partner and member of the medical team led by Dr. Thomas Flynn, involved in building the present NeuroMedical Center Hospital at Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana – Lafayette (Omega)
Alumni brother John Glass received the Alumni of the Semester Award during the chapter’s semi-formal on November 19, 2011.
Chapter brothers volunteered at the Sertoma Air Show, thanks to the help of Clayton Choate (1987). The air show is held annually to raise money for the Sertoma Club.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 18 associate members.
Chapter brothers helped flood victims move furniture and other belongings out of flooded basements and homes. Earlier in the semester the Lycoming, Pennsylvania-area was devastated by heavy rainfall and flooding that filled homes with mud and water. The effort made for an emotional experience for many of the brothers who participated. In addition, the chapter brothers coordinated an event to raise money for flood relief agencies, teaming with Phi Mu Delta fraternity of Pennsylvania College to host an event called “Hip Hop Helps.” Several hip hop artists performed without fee, helping to raise $500 for the United Way towards flood relief.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for three associate members: Andrew McGreevy, Kyle Shakespeare, and Vincent Totaro.
Several chapter brothers were inducted into the Gamma Sigma Alpha and Order of Omega Greek Honor Societies. The chapter has more members in those organizations than any other fraternity on campus.
In conjunction with the North American Food Drive, the chapter collected food and monetary donations for the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Bangor, Maine.
On December 2, 2011, the chapter will conduct an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for eight associate members.
The undergraduate and alumni brothers are working hard on renovations in the chapter house, including installation of new windows and a new heating system.
Maryland-Baltimore County (Phi-Delta)
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, Smoot is now officially part of the English language. The word is one of 10,000 words to be added to the fifth edition. The Smoot is a nonstandard unit named after Oliver R. Smoot, who in October 1958 lay on the Harvard Bridge (between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts), and was used by his chapter brothers to measure the length of the bridge.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for three new brothers: Matthew Simkus, Matthew Suber, and Paul Schuler. Each brother also is a newly-elected chapter officer.
Carlyle V Stewart Jr. (1950) died September 25, 2011. Nearing the end of his senior year in high school, he was drafted into the U.S Merchant Marines. He served aboard the U.S.S. Bardstown, transporting German prisoners of war to France and bringing American soldiers back home. After the war he graduated from the University of Michigan and then enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he was trained as a navigator for reconnaissance missions. While taking marketing classes at the Wharton School he found work in New York City as a salesman with a company that made construction materials for new homes. He later switched careers to work with the National Republican Party. Looking to change careers again, he became a partner in an Arlington, Virginia, business. In 1983 he founded Crystal Quarters Corporate Housing in the same location.
Benton E. Gates Jr. (1951) died September 14, 2011. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School where he was a member of the Barristers Society. A long-time Michigan football fan, he played on the freshman team, worked for the athletic department and as a statistician with Chris Schenkel at ABC Sports. Gates then joined the family law practice in Columbia City where he also served as city court judge. He was involved in many civic activities and bar associations.
Peter S. Vlisides (1967) died November 15, 2011. After he completed his master’s degree at Michigan he started his own business in the tourism industry in Wisconsin and then had a 28-year career teaching at the Madison Area Technical College until his retirement in 2009.
Frederick A. Otto (1949) died January 25, 2011.
Charles W. Newman (1939) died.
John Padjen (1950) died.
Michigan State (Gamma-Omicron)
At the annual Greek Week Gala on November 18, 2011, the chapter won the following awards: Chapter of the Year; Chapter President of the Year (Andrew Paulsen); Membership Education Award; Academic Programming Award; and the Grant Davidson Award for Strong Facility Management.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 12 associate members.
Minnesota State (Lambda-Delta)
The chapter will be hosting the Great Plains Conclave in March 2012.
Four brothers were elected to IFC: Nick Jirik, IFC vice president of council management; Cody Nickel, vice president of academic affairs and membership development; Jeremy Herkenhoff, vice president of community service and philanthropy; and Ethan Nelson, vice president of recruitment.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for seven associate members.
Erik Heller has been selected as the student speaker at Winter Graduation Commencement.
Mississippi State (Epsilon-Chi)
Chapter brothers helped distribute 400 meals during Homecoming weekend.
Chapter President Nick Smith was elected IFC vice president of finance and records.
Undergraduate and alumni brothers helped raise money for John Paradise, who has colon cancer, by organizing a Boston Butt Cook that raised close to $3,000 for his therapy. The brothers met again three weeks later and raised money for general chapter funds by selling pork butts and raising $2,000 for the chapter’s use. John Paradise attended this event and offered many encouraging words.
Nevada-Las Vegas (Delta-Lambda)
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 18 associate members.
Two chapter brothers were chosen to compete for the title of MR. UNLV.
Two chapter brothers were elected IFC officers.
Derek Imig is fighting in his third professional mixed martial arts fight.
North Carolina State (Gamma-Upsilon)
The chapter initiated 23 brothers during the fall 2011 semester.
North Carolina-Wilmington (Delta-Sigma Colony)
The colony held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for nine associate members.
In conjunction with the North American Food Drive, the colony collected 444 pounds of food for local charities.
Colony brothers are participating in the Toys for Tots drive to collect toys for children from less fortunate families during the holidays.
Northern Colorado (Sigma-Omega)
On November 5, 2011, the chapter hosted its first ever Pillow Wars, a philanthropic event benefiting Northwestern University Dance Marathon and its benefactor, The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, an organization that fights child cancer by funding research and providing support to affected families. Sixteen teams from around campus competed in the competition, which featured pillow-related events, including pillow relay races and dodgepillow, and ended in a free-for-all pillow fight. The chapter raised a total of $550 to donate to DM and the B+ Foundation.
Roger R. Anderson (1959) died October 28, 2011.
Dave Pauling (1961) died November 28, 2011. He started working for the city of Tulsa in 1978 as an assistant city attorney. He was the city’s lead trial counsel, specializing in police-related civil rights litigation, until 1992. He taught at the Tulsa Police Department’s academy on the subject of police civil liability for more than 10 years. Later, as the city attorney, Pauling supervised a staff of 35, including 22 attorneys. Since he retired, Pauling had taught federal government at Tulsa Community College. He previously was an adjunct instructor in Northeastern State University’s criminal justice graduate program. An Oklahoma Bar Association member, Pauling was a past president of the Oklahoma Association of Municipal Attorneys.
Oklahoma City (Theta-Delta)
University President Robert Henry congratulated the chapter brothers for earning the Homecoming Sweepstakes Trophy by excelling in several week-long events including window painting, banner, monument, and lip sync. A particular honor was Scott Jones’s election as 2011 Homecoming King.
Eighteen chapter brothers participated in the university’s dance marathon, which is a national fundraiser for Riley Children’s Hospital.
Rhode Island (Eta)
Chris Ferretti, a 2009 graduate of the Actors Studio MFA program, earns extra money by doing impressions of actor Christopher Walken, over the phone.
On November 13, 2011, the chapter held an Officer Installation Ceremony.
As of November 27, 2011, the chapter has two new associate members: J.P Shannon, a member of ROTC on campus, and Ryan Busch, a newly-elected member to the IFC judicial council.
Chapter brothers helped the university to staff the local food drive UR Thankful.
Sam Houston State (Sigma-Mu)
The chapter won Greek Week, its first win in several years.
Chapter brothers participated in the Alpha Delta Pi charity golf tournament and the Phi-Mu 5K run.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy (Pi-Lambda)
On November 5, 2011, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 19 associate members, the largest class in the chapter’s history. Of note, alumni brother Adam Sharpe welcomed his younger brother Brett Sharpe into the Fraternity. This is the third set of blood brothers initiated by the chapter.
The chapter brothers grew mustaches in November as part of Movember, a charity event to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer prevention. Proceeds generated from a campus barbecue, dodgeball tournament, mustache shaving event, as well as other events will be donated to The Empowerment Network, a local organization that supports St. Louis city residents who are battling or have survived prostate cancer.
Anson Mount (1995) is an actor on Hell On Wheels, a new TV series on AMC.
Thomas P. Herbkersman (1983) died November 14, 2011. He was a forensic accountant, co-owner of the Brown Trout Mountain Grille, owner and Broker in Charge of Brown Trout Mountain Properties in Lake Toxaway, N.C., Broker in Charge of Promenade Real Estate Co., and CFO of Paddocks Realty and Development on Hilton Head Island, as well as CEO of Bernard Neil and Associates.
South Carolina-Aiken (Pi-Alpha)
On November 11, 2011, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 10 associate members and two honorary initiates.
Southeast Missouri State (Delta-Phi)
The chapter teamed with the Boy Scouts of America to collect donations for local charities in conjunction with the North American Food Drive.
Southern Methodist (Gamma-Sigma)
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for four associate members. Attendees included local alumni brothers and the Initiation Ritual team from Texas Christian’s Iota-Pi chapter.
As a philanthropic project, chapter brothers collected trash at White Rock Lake.
Chapter brothers distributed candy on Greek Row during a Halloween event for underprivileged children.
William R. Watson (1951) died October 3, 2011. He served in the intelligence branch of the U.S. Army before joining the family business, Watson Motors in Hackensack, New Jersey. A revolutionary in the travel industry, he spent over three decades as president of Raymond and Whitcomb Co., working in concert with prominent institutions and renowned non-profit organizations. He pioneered the African Quest, first to circumnavigate the African coast, brought the first cruise ship into the Caribbean, was instrumental in the revival of the Orient Express, and launched myriad trips to previously inaccessible regions of the world.
Tarleton State (Phi-Rho)
On October 1, 2011, the chapter held an Associate Member Ceremony for 20 new members. The event, which coincided with Tarleton State’s Family Weekend, was immediately followed by the Big Brother Ceremony.
Chapter brothers hosted a Hot Dog Eating Contest during Tarleton State’s Family Weekend. The contest was held during the pre-game tailgate activities with chapter brother Jared Mays taking first place.
On October 20, 2011, the chapter partnered with members of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority to trick-or-treat for canned goods in conjunction with the North American Food Drive. Members went door-to-door in the Stephenville, Texas, community and collected several hundred pounds for the local H.O.P.E., Inc. food bank.
During the last week in October, the chapter participated in Tarleton State’s Homecoming Week activities. Some of the highlights included winning the Yell Contest and the Blanchard Award for best float in the Homecoming Parade. The Blanchard Award is given to the float entry with the highest overall score in the “adherence to theme category.” This year’s Homecoming theme was Feel the Purple Rush.
On November 9, 2011, the chapter joined the local Chamber of Commerce, which will help with networking of businesses in the community. Following an official ribbon cutting ceremony, chapter President Anthony Linder gave a brief presentation about Lambda Chi Alpha.
On November 16, 2011, the chapter hosted Dream Date, which included auctioning 10 dates with brothers. Some of the dates included concerts, sporting events, and dining out. Proceeds from the auction went to the North American Food Drive.
On November 19, 2011, the chapter held a brotherhood retreat at Tarleton State’s Challenge Course. Members participated in low and high elements and, at the end, had some fun riding down the zip-line. The Challenge Course fosters team-work, encouragement, and critical thinking.
Calling themselves the Biscuit Brigade, more than 30 alumni brothers ranging in age from mid-60s to mid-80s meet every six weeks for breakfast at Country Place Restaurant in East Brainerd, Tennessee. The humorous name is a nod to their meeting site, their status as veterans, and the group’s purpose, which is to support military personnel serving overseas.
Texas Christian (Iota-Pi)
On November 6, 2011, the chapter hosted a dinner in celebration of its recent contributions to the Tarrant Area Food Bank in conjunction with the North American Food Drive. After the dinner chapter Vice President Caten Hyde and chapter President Jeremy Burkett presented Francie Cooper of the TAFB with a donation check. The chapter raised more than $3,500 for the food bank this month in addition to canned food contributions.
Texas-El Paso (Zeta-Epsilon)
The chapter won the Greek League Football Tournament.
Chapter members participated in Alpha Sigma Alpha’s Strongman competition, Zeta Tau Alpha’s Crown Cup competition (earning first place), and Alpha Xi Delta’s Xi Man competition.
In conjunction with the North American Food Drive, the chapter raised 188,885 pounds of food, benefiting the El Paso Rescue Mission and Emmanuel Children’s Home, in Juarez, Mexico.
Chapter members helped pack lunches for the West Texas Food Bank.
The chapter held a weeklong tabling event for the Movember movement.
The chapter held its Thanksgiving dinner on November 23, 2011.
The chapter has a group of alumni brothers who would like to start an Alumni Organization. For more information, please contact Anuar Jauregui at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 16 associate members.
During the university’s homecoming the chapter earned second and third place in the chariot race competition.
In conjunction with the North American Food Drive the chapter hosted Choptoberfest, with pumpkin-based field games. During the Monday night dinner the chapter raised more than $600, while the Friday member auction raised 790 cans of food, both of which were donated to the Eastern Food Bank of Oklahoma. In total the chapter packed 2,280 pounds of food for distribution to help Tulsa-area families.
On November 12, 2011, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for five associate members: John Denfeld, Justin Phillips, Nathan Feldsien, Kyle Groves, and Ryan Von Borstel.
The chapter held a hayride and bonfire with the members of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
The chapter brothers continue their weekly staffing of a local soup kitchen.
Wake Forest (Theta-Tau)
In conjunction with the North American Food Drive the chapter held its annual Pumpkin Bash philanthropy, which included competitions between sororities.
Washington State (Tau)
The chapter celebrated Dad’s Weekend with dads and many other alumni brothers visiting the chapter house.
The chapter will hold an Initiation Ritual Exemplification on December 2, 2011. Alumni brothers are encouraged to attend.
Chapter brothers volunteered at the R.E.A.C.H. Inc., which stands for Retired Equine and Care Habitat. Owner Randall Kent praised the chapter’s efforts in an email to the International Headquarters, which we’ve published in this month’s TRUE Brother article.
Western Kentucky (Lambda-Lambda)
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 15 associate members.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, 18 chapter brothers participated in the 5K Veterans Day Run and collected donations for 1st Lt. Eric Yates Scholarship Foundation. Yates was a WKU graduate who died in Afghanistan in 2010, giving his life to save others by covering an improvised explosive device (IED). During the 5K run, the chapter brothers ran with Yates’ unit, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, which includes chapter brothers Joel Padgett and Micah Adams, who are also members of WKU’s Reserve Officers’ Training Program (ROTC). The chapter brothers wore military-style T-shirts for the race that included the phrase, “We believe in Heroes and we honor our vets. Unable to repay the freedom given to us.”
Western Ontario (Delta-Eta)
Canadian Premier Dalton McGuinty sent a letter of greetings to the chapter. Susan Truppe, a member of the Canadian House of Commons, visited the chapter.
William Jewell (Epsilon-Nu)
Edward F. Leonard, III Ph.D., has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the trade association representing 75 national and international men’s fraternities. As a member of the nine-man board, Leonard’s responsibilities will include working with NIC member fraternities, other fraternal trade organizations, and the higher education community. He has served as the president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, since August 2007. At Bethany, Leonard has been instrumental in developing the institution’s vision, strategic plan, and recommitment to its core values. As an experienced fundraiser Leonard has launched the institution’s largest comprehensive capital campaign of $25 million. Leonard joined Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at William Jewell College. His fraternal involvement has been constant over the past three decades. This service includes five years as a professional staff member for Lambda Chi Alpha, nearly 20 years as a chapter advisor, and a decade of service on the Board of Directors including president/chairman of the Board. “We look forward to working with Ed,” said NIC President and CEO Peter D. Smithhisler. “His extensive record of fraternal leadership will make for a smooth transition to our Board. Ed’s vision and perspective will be welcomed.” Leonard and his wife, Shelia, reside in Lindsborg, Kansas, with their two sons Quade and Thomas. Founded in 1909, the NIC, through advocacy, collaboration, and education, works to ensure that fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success.
Brian L. Warr (1968) died October 30, 2011. Initiated by Epsilon-Nu at William Jewell, he was an Eagle Scout and later served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-1972. Stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, Illinois, he was a member of the Military Airlift Command Band. He also played the French horn in the Alton Civic Orchestra and the St. Louis Muny Opera. He was a longtime board member of the Independence Symphony and served on the Board of the Sunshine Center. Warr’s professional career began with the law firm of Paxton, James, and May. He later became a partner in the firm of Paden, Welch, Martin and Albano L.L.C. until his retirement.
Wisconsin – Whitewater (Lambda-Iota Colony)
The colony submitted its re-chartering paperwork to the Fraternity Board for approval.
The chapter held a Turkey Fry fundraiser that was attended by nearly 300 people and generated nearly $2,000 in donations for the local Second Harvest Food Bank. Notable attendees included nearly a dozen university faculty and staff, including the president and his wife, a Wittenberg police officer, and the director of Greek Life. The donation equals nearly 7,500 meals for the elderly and the poor in the community.