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September 15, 2021

 Houston Graduate Chapter Brothers Participate in 9/11 5k Charity Run

On September 11, 16 brothers from the Houston Graduate Chapter and four friends participated in the Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run, a 5k charity run. This was the second year the Graduate Chapter participated in the run. The team raised $6,4362,83 (about 30% of the event's fundraising totals), making the Graduate Chapter the number one fundraising team for two years running.

The team included: Don Amfahr (Illinois 2011), Michael Baumann (Texas San Antonio 2007), Corbin Carlson (Texas San Antonio 2010), Michael Childress (Texas State 2017), Bill Gassmann (Arkansas 2009), Paul Hains (Texas Christian 1987), Chad Heins (Illinois 2012), Brian Kindervater (Sam Houston State 2015), Nathan Navarro (Texas Christian 2012), Will Nichols (Texas San Antonio 2009), David Piech (New Mexico 2004), Jordan Raymond (Texas San Antonio 2011), Vijay Sekhara (Connecticut 2012), Trent Shumate (Texas Christian 2013) and Evaristo Tavera (Texas San Antonio 2007).

August 9, 2021

 Alberta & Calgary Hold Annual 137 km Philanthropic Relay Race

On August 6-7, Epsilon Alpha at Alberta and Upsilon Chi at Calgary held their annual Run to Red Deer relay race to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). During the two-day event, brothers from each chapter ran 137 kilometers relay-style from their respective campuses in Edmonton and Calgary to Red Deer, Alberta. This year, approximately 20 brothers participated in the race, and the chapters raised over $6,200 for the CMHA.

August 2, 2021

 John E. Criss (Ohio State 1950) Receives His Diamond Owl Certificate

John E. Criss, Jr. (Ohio State 1950) received his Diamond Owl certificate, celebrating 75 years of membership.

John (center) is pictured with his two Phi Gam sons, Scott (Ohio State 1991) (left) and Jeff (Ohio State 1980) (right). John is also the grandsire of John S. (Ohio State 2009), who is not pictured.

July 26, 2021

 WPI Graduates From the Classes of 1988-94 Visit the Chapter House

On July 23, a group of Pi Iota graduate brothers from the classes of 1988-94 visited the WPI chapter house one last time. The house is about to be torn down to make way for the new building.

July 22, 2021

 Ryan Taneja (UCA 2024) Named to AY Magazine's Best of 2021 List

Ryan Taneja (Central Arkansas 2024) is the first Indian and college student to be named in AY Magazine's "Best of 2021" list for the Nonprofit, Fundraiser and Person of the Year categories. He was chosen for these awards because of his activism and the Alpha Rho Chapter's support of his domestic survivor initiative called the Mini Taneja Purple Initiative.

Ryan is also the first Indian and teen finalist for Arkansas Time Magazine's Best Arkansan, Best Philanthropist and Best Celebrity award. He will learn if he wins that award in the August issue of the magazine. 

July 7, 2021

 Archons Announce Appointment of J.C. Neilson As Archon Councilor

The Archons are pleased to announce the appointment of James “J.C.” Neilson (Akron 1991) as Archon Councilor. He was appointed on July 2, 2021 to a vacant position on the Archonate. 

J.C. has previously served Phi Gamma Delta as a Section Chief, member of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and Field Secretary. Professionally, J.C. has more than 25 years experience in human resources and human capital experience in a variety of industries. Today, he serves as the Managing Partner, Owner and Founder of Driving People Operations (DPO), a boutique business coaching and human capital management (HCM) consulting firm. He is also passionate about serving his community, including as a board member of The Plus Collective – a giving program and foundation that awards grants to organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community while also cultivating partnerships with community allies.

June 29, 2021

 Roger Crossland (Columbia 1970) Released His Third Book

On June 29, Roger Crossland (Columbia 1970) released his third book, The Abalone Ukulele: A Tale of Far Eastern Intrigue. It is a historical novel set in 1913 Shanghai, where four cultures are about to collide. China, Korea, Japan and the US. The point of collision is three tons of Japanese gold ingots meant to undermine an already collapsing China. Roger has 35 years of service, active and reserve, as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer (two hot wars, one cold). Captain Crossland has written internationally on the subject of maritime unconventional warfare and includes U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings and the New York Times among his credits. His first book, Red Ice, was well received, and his historical crime novel, Jade Rooster, received the Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Book Award in 2008. 

For more information about Roger and his books, click here.

June 2, 2021

 Peter Hanscom Is Named to IBJ's 2021 Forty Under 40 List

Peter Hanscom (Evansville 2010) was named to Indianapolis Business Journal's "2021 Forty Under 40" List. Peter is the Vice President, Marketing & Digital Engagement at the United Way of Central Indiana.

For more information, click here.

June 1, 2021

 Caleb Hearon Was Cast as a Series Regular in TBS's Pilot 'Space'

Caleb Hearon (Missouri State 2017) was cast as a series regular in TBS's Pilot Space, a romantic-comedy. Filming will begin in June in Portland, Oregon. Caleb is a comedian, writer and actor, who is currently writing for Netflix's animated series Human Resources.

May 15, 2021

 Jack Still Wins Faculty Award & Voted Most Likely to Succeed

Jack Still (2021) won William Jewell College's Faculty Award, which is the college's highest academic award. Finalists must hold a GPA of 3.7 or higher to be considered, and the winner is selected by a faculty committee on the basis of academic achievement and exemplification of the ideals of a liberal arts education. Jack also won the Colonel Alexander Doniphan Award, which is awarded to the senior man voted most likely to succeed by their classmates.

As an undergraduate, Jack served his chapter as Recording Secretary (2018-19), President (2019-20) and New Member Educator (2020-21).

^ Pictured: William Jewell President Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls presented Jack Still with the Faculty Award. 

May 7, 2021

 Sigma Eta at Sam Houston State Wins Two Greek Awards

Sigma Eta at Sam Houston State received the Most Philanthropic Award and the Bearkat Cup, for outstanding performance in the intramural league, at The Pantheon 2021: Greek Awards showcase.

May 5, 2021

 Douglas Nelson Celebrates 75 Years of Membership

Douglas E. Nelson's (Colorado 1949) daughter, Sarah, submitted this photo of her father proudly holding his Diamond Owl Certificate, which celebrate 75 years of membership.


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