Chapter News & Omegas: March 2019

The following are the submissions received from March 2019.

To submit Chapter News and Omegas, please email communications@lambdachi.org. Undergraduate officers can also report updates on their chapter by logging on to LCAOne/Officer Portal and accessing the “Submit Chapter News” form. If you cannot find news from your chapter, then no information has been submitted for this month.

Alberta (Epsilon-Rho)

The chapter held a winter retreat in the mountains.





Angelo State (Beta-Alpha)

William K. Crouch (1969) died Dec. 20, 2017.

Herrell B. Flynt (1971) died Feb. 21, 2019. After graduation, he began a long career in the oil and gas industry, which eventually took him to Houston. He then moved to Arlington a year later and worked for Bass Enterprises Production Co. He retired from Bass after 31 years.

Gary C. Fogle died (1974) April 13, 2018.

Paul D. Martin died (1969) Dec. 24, 2018. He dedicated over 40 years to the healthcare insurance industry. The partnership, Martin and Herring, was well respected by both clients and peers alike.

Arkansas (Gamma-Chi)

David L. Burrough (1958) died Feb. 23, 2019. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration while in Army ROTC at the University of Arkansas. After serving briefly on active duty in the US Army, he began his career in the finance branch of the US Army Corps of Engineers as an auditor. Over a 40-year career, he became interested in economic development and environmental impact and worked on the development of the Kerr McClelland waterway system in Oklahoma and Arkansas, retiring as the Deputy District Engineer for Project Management, the top civilian position in the Little Rock District. He was inducted into the Arkansas River Historical Society Hall of Fame in 2015 for his body of work with the Corps of Engineers.

Auburn (Omega)

John David (1976) died March 7, 2019.

William G. Faulkner Jr. (1981) died Oct. 13, 2014.

Ball State (Iota-Alpha)

Thomas R. Blacketer (1974) died March 30, 2012.

Buffalo (Colony)

Colony members held their annual bag drop, collecting nearly 200 pounds for the Food Bank of WNY. The event was organized colony Vice President Thomas Girardi.




California – Los Angeles (Epsilon-Sigma)

Steve D. Dunnagan (1969) died April 1, 2018.

Cornell (Omnicron)

Charles R. Cox (1947) died March 18, 2019. He spent most of his professional career as a senior executive with Dravo Corp. in Pittsburgh and later as president of Western Pennsylvania AAA Club.

Drury (Theta-Sigma)

Jim R. Roberts (1971) died Feb. 28, 2019.

Ferris State (Iota-Psi)

William J. Brown III (1970) died March 8, 2019. An US Army veteran, he received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from Ferris State University in 1973. After graduation, he worked with his family at Brown’s Pharmacy in Charlotte, Michigan and later for Spartan Stores in Charlotte and Eaton Rapids.

Florida (Epsilon-Mu)

Ronald H. Roby (1962) died July 24, 2017.

Florida Tech (Beta-Nu)

Jonathon “Jono” Hren (1975) died March 4, 2019. After graduation, he returned home to help run his family’s nursery business in Amagansett for several years. A guitarist, he released an album of original songs titled “Jono — Right from the Start” in 2001.  At college in Florida, he became an active member of the Beta Nu chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha and remained involved with the fraternity over the years, editing some of its history books and proudly displaying related paraphernalia. For many years, he also served as a valued and dedicated volunteer editor of the Cross & Crescent magazine.

Franklin & Marshall (Alpha-Theta)

Edward F. Slothour (1955) died March 15, 2019.

Hamilton (Gamma-Eta)

William Madden (1959) died March 19, 2019.

Kentucky (Epsilon-Phi)

Edward Meredith (1973) died Feb. 25, 2019.

Loyola Marymount (Delta-Psi)

Griffin Pickett (2021) and Wyatt Gold (2021)  were the top fundraisers in the LMU Dance Marathon, benefiting The B Positive Foundation. The chapter had the second highest total raised of Greek organizations. The foundation aims to lessen the financial burden that is so often caused by childhood cancer by assisting families financially, raising awareness, and funding research.

Marshall (Colony)

Paul G. Hackett (1987) died March 23, 2018. A former chapter president, he was the first ever student-Board Member for the Huntington, WV Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Born from his experience with cancer in high school, he originated a long association between his Lambda Chi Alpha chapter and the American Cancer Society. He began his first career in clothing retail in Washington, D.C. and later Atlanta, GA. He worked for Britches, Neiman Marcus, and Hugo Boss, among others. His second career was as a pastor, first at New Hope Church of Dunwoody, GA and most recently at Church of the Savior UCC in Alpharetta, GA. His third career was most recently as a 4th grade math and science teacher with Fulton County Schools.

Maryland – College Park (Epsilon-Pi)

Joseph Rowland (1950) died March 20, 2019. He served as B/N in 8th and 9th Air Force in Europe during WWII and was awarded five battle stars, meritorious unit citation. He held numerous engineering and management positions with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Stauffer Chemical Co. in Conn., NY, and SC. He was cofounder of an engineering consulting firm in Anderson in 1983. He was one of the “greatest generation”. Listed in “Who’s Who in Technology – North American Edition” in 1986 and 1988, he was past president of Kiwanis Golden K and St. Thomas School Board in Cornwall, NY. He was a member of Factory Advisory Panel, Vinyl Fabrics Technical Committee, and Chemical Engineering Advisory Panel.

McDaniel (Colony)

The colony added nine associate members.

Miami-OH (Zeta-Upsilon)

The chapter hosted its annual Dad’s Weekend, organized by Alumni Chairman Tyler Springmier. Events included a cookout and bowling. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 29 associate members.  The chapter also hosted an alumni cookout and participated in Delta Zeta’s philanthropy.

Millersville (Delta-Tau)

Conrad J. Olenik Sr. (1951) died Feb. 22, 2019. He was employed at GE for 32 years retiring in 1989.

Minnesota State (Lambda-Delta)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for two associate members. Social Chairman Kyle Mickelson and Recruitment Chairman Sam Graves are graduating from the IFC leadership program.

Missouri State (Beta-Psi)

At the Fraternity and Sorority Life awards banquet, Lambda Chi Alpha won 2018 Chapter of the Year. In addition, Steve Backer was named Alumni Advisor of the Year, Logan Sunnarborg won IFC President of the Year, and Gabe Palmer won Fraternity Freshman of the Year.




Montana State (Epsilon-Delta)

Devin L. Michaelis (2002) died Feb. 28, 2019. He was a paraeducator at Yellowstone Academy for the past 11 years. It is during this time he found his true passion and love: working with youth who struggle socially, emotionally and behaviorally.

Nebraska – Omaha (Iota-Delta)

On Feb. 10, the chapter held a Senior Ceremony for former chapter President Lucas Luke who graduated in December of 2018. He plans to attend graduate school. Chapter members volunteered at the Open Door Mission at the local Timberlake Outreach Center in Omaha. On Feb. 17, chapter members also participated in a bystander training session hosted by the chapter Advisor Scott Ussery and members of the Voice Against Violence.  The chapter had presenters from the Omaha Collegiate Consortium come and present a talk called “Challenge the Silence.” The presentation focused on how to become an active bystander and several intervention techniques for situations. The chapter also put together a team and participated in Theta Chi’s “Nets for Vets” 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Robert J. Farris (1970) died March 20, 2019.

Nevada – Las Vegas (Delta-Lambda)

The chapter won the intramural championship in both basketball and football. Chapter member Shane Slater, ranked 13th in the nation for 197 pound weight class, competed in the Conference Championship for wrestling.




Nevada – Reno (Epsilon-Iota)

Hon. Charles E. Springer (1950) died Feb. 19, 2019. At the Height of World War 11, at the age of 17, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in Japan as a paratrooper in the Occupation Forces. Upon his graduation from Georgetown Law School, he returned to Nevada and in this order: joined the firm of Drendel and Dixon; became Federal Judge Roger D. Foley’s only law clerk; and formed a law firm called Springer, McKissick, and Hug with two of his best friends since youth. Howard McKissick later became a Nevada State Legislator and was Speaker of the House. Procter Hug, Jr. later became Chief Judge of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Together they developed and taught “The Nevada Bar Review Course.” In 1980, he ran successfully on a very small budget against two formidable lawyers and a popular Judge from Las Vegas, for the Supreme Court. He was elected and went on for two more terms unopposed, serving 18 years on the Supreme Court. Always an advocate for Women’s Rights, he was one of the few members in 1995 on the Nevada Commission for Women. He also headed a Supreme Court study o Gender Bias in the Judiciary. He was well respected; a mentor to his law clerks, and wrote many important opinions and dissents that have shaped the Nevada legal community for years. He retired in 1999.

New Orleans (Lambda-Alpha)

Chapter member Jacob Michalik colonized Best Buddies at the University of New Orleans and is currently the president. Eleven out of the 15 members of the organization are brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha. Officers of the organization include Jacob Michalik, Nigel Watkins, Bradly Maggio, and Chase Rich. Best Buddies is a nationally recognized program in both high schools and colleges that pairs students with disabilities with peers/fellow students that are disabled to better assist in their daily lives, bridge the gap that some communities have on disability, and be good friends.





New York (Theta-Upsilon)

Chapter members Andy Huang, Jonathan Portilla and Naveen Siddique volunteered at the Bowery Mission.





North Dakota (Epsilon)

Chapter brothers hosted a Parents Formal Dinner with more than 250 people in attendance. In addition, the Assistant Dean of Students and the Coordinator for Greek Life at the university provided remarks. Five brothers also received scholarships from alumni endowment fund.

North Texas (Iota-Zeta)

Robert W. Burd (1983) died March 9, 2019.

Northern Arizona (Colony)

Colony members participated in a sorority philanthropy event, placing first in the dance competition and third overall.

Northern Colorado (Sigma-Omega)

On March 23, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for three associate members and one associate member from the Delta-Omega chapter at Colorado State University-Pueblo..




Oklahoma (Gamma-Rho)

Owen W. Lafferty (1959) died March 17, 2019. He served three years on the Air Force. In 1970, he managed the Texas operation of Wheeler Brothers Grain Co. He served on the board of the Texas Grain and Feed Association and was awarded the Lone Star Award. He served on the executive board of the National Grain and Feed Association.  

Oklahoma City (Theta-Delta)

The chapter won first place in Spring Sing competition. In addition, the chapter earned the trophy best in show which was voted on by the Blue Key Honors Society. Fabius Bascon and Tyler Jones wrote, choreographed, and directed the chapter’s musical performance.



Oregon State (Alpha-Lambda)

Chapter members have participated in Alpha Chi Omegas’s “Healthy Relationships Week,” Kappa Delta’s “CARDV Wishlist Drive”, Tri Delta’s “Delta Dunks,”and Sigma Kappa’s “Spaghetti night.” The chapter won first place in three of these events by raising the most money out of any other chapter on campus. In addition, the chapter hosted a philanthropy, “Can You Dash,”  raising the equivalent of about 10,000 meals.

E. Fred Brauti (1943) died March 8, 2019. A World War II veteran, he graduated from the Oregon State University School of Pharmacy in 1949. In 1953 he graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School. He completed an internship and residency in radiology at the University of Minnesota. He then joined a private radiology practice at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis. In 1966, he moved back to Oregon and practiced with Corvallis Radiology until he retired in 1987.

Parsons (Iota-Rho)

Richard Vieweg (1968) died Aug. 16, 2010.

Penn State

Carl K. Lunde (1954) died June 5, 2018.

South Dakota (Alpha-Gamma)

Ronald R. Svihovec (1959) died March 16, 2019.

South Dakota Mines (Pi-Mu)

On March 20, chapter members volunteered at the Humane Society. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for four associate members.

Southern Indiana (Phi-Xi)

Colin Mcduffee represented the chapter on the homecoming court. Chapter members finished third in the Lip Sync competition.

Tennessee – Chattanooga (Zeta-Phi)

Joshua T. Edgemon (1995) died March 10, 2019. He graduated from Cornell University School of Law. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1995 to 2002, stationed in Germany and deployed several times, including tours in Macedonia.  He was associated with King and Spaulding in New York City, and was presently associated with Legility, Inc. of Nashville.

Tulsa (Epsilon-Upsilon)

James R. Fenn (1953) died Feb. 15, 2019. After his honorable discharge as a Captain from the U.S. Air Force, Rod enjoyed a long career as a commercial pilot.

Valparaiso (Iota-Sigma)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for seven associate members: Cody Packer, Jake Diamond, Chad Dykman, Cameron Bobos, David Sanders, Christian Licea, and Casey Hill. Jake Landgraf has accepted a position in Indianapolis through the Orr Fellowship. Jake Diamond, David Sanders, Ray Polalis, and Ben Ganswindt are participating in service trips over Spring Break.

Milan J. Chestovich (1963) died Sept. 11, 2018.

Bertam W. Haerther (1959) died June 29, 2017.

William Houghtaling (1960) died April 13, 2018.

Ronald L. Schultz (1961) died Feb. 5, 2014.

Washington (Alpha-Psi)

Richard C. Dexter (1950) died March 2, 2019. He served in the Navy during the second world war and later during the Korean War as a Communications Specialist at the age of 17. He attended the University of Washington for a year, was called out of college to go to Japan for a years duty, then went back to the University of Washington to complete his degree in electrical engineering. There he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He worked for Western Union for 34 years. He served in California, then being transferred to Western Union, Mahwah, NJ, and Upper Saddle River, Ramsey, NJ, he was promoted to Director, Network Operations. He became President of the Western Union Retirement Association and was dedicated to his tenure.

Western Illinois (Beta-Tau)

John J. Sanko (1971) died Jan. 17, 2019.

William Jewell (Epsilon Nu)

Hall of fame basketball coach Larry Holley (1967) retired as coach at William Jewell after the 2018-19 season. He was the head basketball coach at William Jewell for 40 years and retired with 918 victories, the ninth most of any college coach in history. Holley was a 2018 recipient of the Lambda Chi Alpha Order of Achievement award for career achievements.

Wisconsin – La Crosse (Colony)

The colony added four associate members. The colony submitted its chartering petition to the Grand High Zeta.

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