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February 18, 2019

 Three Former Field Secretaries Meet for a Duck Hunting Trip in Arkansas

Former Field Secretaries Wes Martin (Missouri State 2009) (middle), Brett Pytel (Toledo 2008) (left) and Ryan Pigg (North Alabama 2009) (right) went on a duck hunting trip in Humphrey, Arkansas from January 11-13.

 
February 14, 2019

 Iowa State Graduate Brothers Meet for 7th Annual Brothers Ski Trip

Iowa State graduate brothers traveled to Sun Valley, Idaho for their 7th annual brothers ski trip.

Pictured (L-R): Dave Knoernschild (1989), Pete McNally (1990), Bill Westfall (1989), Bryan Young (1989), Mike Hagan (1988), Joe Price (1986) and Sean Cassidy (1987).

 
February 12, 2019

 Clint Johnson Releases 14th Book With Major History Publishers

G. Clinton "Clint" Johnson, Jr. (Florida 1975) published his 14th book with major history publishers, Tin Cans & Greyhounds: The Destroyer That Won Two World Wars. It was released February 12 by Regnery History of Washington, D.C. It traces the history of naval destroyers of four nations; United States, Great Britain, Japan and Germany from the development of the ship class in 1874 through the end of World War II. 

Clint used his journalism degree by writing for scores of magazines and newspapers for several decades. He wrote his first non-fiction book in 1996. Most of his works have been on the American Civil War. Tin Cans & Greyhounds is his first book on naval history.

More details on the book can be found at www.ClintJohnsonBooks.com.

 
February 5, 2019

 Peter Stoddard (Georgia 1979) Publishes His First Biography

Peter Stoddard (Georgia 1979) published his first biography on the late Lewis Grizzard, Georgia's and America's greatest humor columnist, entitled Lewis Grizzard: The Dawg That Did Not Hunt.

The book is available at Amazon (paperback or Kindle). 

 
February 4, 2019

 Brothers from Eight Texas Chapters Gather for Second Texas Fiji Summit

On February 2, eight Texas chapters participated in the second Texas Fiji Summit: Kappa at Baylor, Sigma Eta at Sam Houston, Delta Tau at Southern Methodist, Tau Deuteron at Texas, Alpha Mu at Texas A&M, Tau Chi at Texas Christian, Tau Delta at Texas Dallas and Lambda Tau at Texas Tech. There were 68 undergraduate and graduate brothers in attendance, including three Archons and several graduate volunteers across the state. Archon Councilor Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) kicked off the Summit with a session on the Fraternity's Ritual and values, and Archon Vice President Jim Link (Ohio Wesleyan 1982) followed with a presentation on Building Courageous Leaders. Undergraduates discussed challenges and successes across their chapters and planned for the upcoming academic year with the graduate advisors. The Summit was organized by Kirk Walden (Texas Arlington 1972) and hosted by David Symonds (Texas Christian 1997) and the Texas Christian Chapter.

 
February 1, 2019

 John Vanek Releases Second Book of a Three-Book Mystery Series

John Vanek's (Case Western Reserve 1970) novel, Miracles, was recently released worldwide (paperback and E-book). Miracles is the second book of the three-book Father Jack Austin mystery series. For more information about John or to order the book, visit www.JohnVanekAuthor.com.

 
January 28, 2019

 Knox Undergraduates Help Pack Bags of Food for Children in Need

Every Tuesday, Gamma Deuteron brothers gather with fellow Knox College students to pack 430 bags of food as a part of Blessings in a Backpack. Blessings in a Backpack, led by Professor Joel Estes, benefits hungry children in the Galesburg, Illinois area.

 
 
January 24, 2019

 Beta Nu at Appalachian State Wins Inclusive Excellence Award

The Beta Nu Chapter received Appalachian State University Fraternity & Sorority Life's Inclusive Excellence Award as the chapter that best exemplifies programs toward diversity and inclusion. The Chapter was also #1 in new member grades and 3rd in overall grades for the fall 2018 semester.

 
January 22, 2019

 Clemson Undergraduate Brothers Give Back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On MLK Day, over 200 Clemson students, including brothers from the Chi Alpha Chapter, decided to honor Martin Luther King's legacy by spending their day off giving back to the community. Students broke up into teams to volunteer at more than a dozen location throughout the community. Chi Alpha brothers volunteered by organizing school supplies for Clemson Community Care.

For more information about Clemson's day of service, click here.

 
January 15, 2019

 Rose-Hulman Graduate Brothers Host Undergrads in Denver for New Year's Day

Rose-Hulman graduate brothers Wes Bolsen (2000) and Jeff Ludwig (2016) hosted 15 Rho Phi undergraduate brothers in Denver for New Year's Day. Brothers enjoyed a steak dinner, two days of skiing and brotherhood.

 
January 7, 2019

 Saving Gamma From Gitchi-Gami - By David Smith (Minnesota 1970)

Saving Gamma from gitchi-gami (Lake Superior)

By David C. Smith (Minnesota 1970)

As has become our custom, my wife JoEllen and I celebrated this New Year’s with our good friends, Wendy and Mike McBain, at their home on the North Shore of Lake Superior* just south of Grand Marais, Minnesota. That’s just 60 miles down the coast from Canada. They shared this story: 

One morning in early December, Wendy spotted a white object floating in the lake. With binoculars she saw that it was an owl! Northern Lake Superior is unbearably cold even in July and August, much less December. Mike hurriedly dressed and rushed out with thought about getting the canoe from storage, but discovered that the owl (a male) had washed ashore and was huddled on the pebble strewn beach. (see photos) 

As advised by The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine, Mike approached the bird cautiously, and seeing that it was unable to fly, gathered it up in a towel. He found that several rocks were frozen to it, which he and Wendy carefully removed. They brought the owl inside where it recovered somewhat. Then the McBain's drove the owl 40 miles down Hwy 61 to Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, where they met a DNR conservation officer who transported it to Duluth and then on to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul. 

Snowy owls are at home in Arctic regions, where the seasonal abundance of their favorite prey, lemmings, can very greatly. When lemmings have a boom year, snowy owls over produce, and the excess owls face starvation in the ensuing lean years. That’s when they venture down around the Great Lakes in search of prey, which is usually small rodents, but they occasionally try to use their sharp talons to snatch fish out of the lake. Perhaps that’s how this one wound up in Superior’s icy waters, or perhaps it was knocked down by a territorial eagle or just fell from exhaustion. 

Nature can be cruel, and despite our best efforts often only the strongest survive. This snowy owl received the best urgent care, including a blood transfusion. But sadly, it was so severely depleted by starvation that he could not recover his strength and had to be put down. The Raptor Center has, however, enjoyed many successes and has several owls among its current patients. The lovely but ill-fated snowy white owl was a rarer challenge.

 
January 4, 2019

 Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb Hosts Hanover Brothers at Colts Game

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (Hanover 1990) (pictured fifth from left) hosted his Tau Chapter graduate brothers at the Indianapolis Colts game on December 23, 2018.

 
December 17, 2018

 The Rose-Hulman Chapter Helps Clothe Children in Need

On Saturday, brothers from the Rho Phi Chapter at Rose-Hulman volunteered with the Noon Optimist Club for their Clothe-A-Child event at the Terre Haute Walmart. Brothers helped local children shop for new, properly fitting clothing. This year, 800 kids (from kindergarten - 5th grade) received new coats, sweatshirts, pants, etc. for free.

To learn more about this year's Clothe-A-Child event, watch the video here.

 
December 13, 2018

 Mississippi State Freshmen Win the Chapter's Scholarship Award

Mississippi State brothers Leroy Torres (2022) (left) and Austin Molnar (2022) (right) were awarded the Chapter's Toward Excellence Scholarship, recognizing high achievement in scholarship, community service and leadership.

 
December 10, 2018

 The Alpha Upsilon Chapter Wins Auburn Fraternity of the Year

Alpha Upsilon at Auburn received two awards from Auburn's IFC. They won the Martin Fraternity of the Year award (pictured), as the best all-around chapter on campus. They also received the Academic Excellence Award, given to the chapter with the highest GPA and a proven scholarship plan.

 

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