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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.

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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.

 
April 21, 2021

 Justin Marks (App State 2021) Wants to Do His Part to Save the World

Justin Marks (Appalachian State 2021), a sustainable development major with a concentration in community and global development, wants to save the world. In March, Justin appeared on an episode of Ellen DeGeneres's "Ellen's Game of Games" show. While on the show, Justin described himself as an "active citizen" - someone who strives to making their community better by volunteering, learning about the environment and social issues, and educating others about the community's needs.

Justin has truly made community service a priority. As the Beta Nu Chapter's Service and Philanthropy Chairs, he has helped organize fundraising and service projects in the greater Boone, North Carolina area. And in 2018, he won New Member of the Year for helping the Chapter raise their number of community service hours. Justin has also volunteered for Appalachian & the Community Together, he works at Hospitality House as a shelter associate, and he volunteers as the fundraising intern for F.A.R.M. Cafe, a community kitchen in Boone. Additionally, Justin won the North Carolina Campus Compact's 2019 Community Impact Student Award for App State.

Justin has also expanded his active citizen role outside of his local community. During spring break in 2019, Justin participated in App State's Alternative Service Experience by going to Puerto Rico to work at the Las Casas de la Selva, a sustainable forestry and rainforest enrichment project. While in Puerto Rico, he learned about the management of tropical forests and sustainable economic development. Justin described this experience as widening his worldview, making him want to learn more and give back.

For more information, read Justin's story in Appalachian Today.

 
April 14, 2021

 The Alpha Sigma Chapter Is Making Community Service a Priority

From December 2020 - April 2021, Alpha Sigma at Arizona State completed over 250 hours of community service through multiple service projects. This includes 130.5 hours for the Salvation Army, 36 hours for St. Mary's Food Back and 28 hours for Feed My Starving Children, to name a few.

Pictured: Alpha Sigma brothers and Tempe, AZ Mayor Corey Woods (second from the left) volunteering with the Salvation Army.

 
April 6, 2021

 Louisiana State Graduate Brothers Raise Money for Former House Cook

On April 3, Beta Rho at Louisiana State graduate brothers and their families traveled to visit Jessie Hamilton, the Chapter's former cook, at her home in Baker, Louisiana. Brothers surprised Jessie with the money to pay off her mortgage for her 74th birthday. Jessie worked as the Chapter's cook for over 14 years, but now she works two jobs at the airport. As the Chapter's cook, brothers formed a very special bond with Jessie. She gave brothers rides to the grocery store and the doctor, and she was always a warm presence which left a mark on many brothers even 30 years later. At the beginning of the pandemic, Andrew Fusaiotti (1992), who has kept in touch with Jessie over the past 30 years, called Jessie to check on her. Andrew was sad to learn that Jessie was still working two jobs at her age. He decided he would ask his Phi Gam brothers to help raise money to pay Jessie's mortgage. Andrew and 90 Beta Rho brothers raised $51,765: $45,000 for Jessie's mortgage and $6,675 for herself. Brothers called the day Jessie Hamilton Day.

Watch the video here.

 
April 1, 2021

 Dan Scott (Sewanee 1950) Receives His Diamond Owl Certificate (75 Years!)

Phillip Smith (Sewanee 1983) (right) traveled to an assisted living facility in Murfreesboro, TN to present Dr. Dan Scott (Sewanee 1950) (left) with his Diamond Owl certificate, which celebrates 75 years of membership. Not only are Phillip and Dan connected as chapter brothers, they also know each other through family. Dan is also the father-in-law of Phillip's older brothers, Rick.

 
March 22, 2021

 Beta at Penn Hosts Chipotle Profit-Share Fundraiser for AFSP

With COVID-19 taking a mental toll on people everywhere, brothers from the Beta Chapter at Penn decided to focus their philanthropic efforts on suicide awareness and prevention this semester. On March 22, the Chapter hosted a profit-share fundraiser with the campus's Chipotle to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in Philadelphia. In just four hours, over 125 people dined for the cause, raising over $1,100 for AFSP.

 

 
March 9, 2021

 The Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Alberta Hosts a Clothing Drive

On March 3, the Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Alberta held their second clothing drive for the Bissel Center (BC), a local nonprofit that donates clothes to single moms in Edmonton, Alberta. By the end of the event, the Chapter collected 10 bags of clothes which were donated to BC. Several Epsilon Alpha brothers were raised by single moms, so BC has become a very important organization to the Chapter. They hope to continue to host more philanthropy events and clothing drives for BC in the future.

^ Pictured (L-R): Tanner Mergle, Philanthropy Chair Michael Kummer (2023) and Mark Vickers (2021).

 
February 15, 2021

 Aaron Pickering Is Elected Vice President of Public Relations of the IFC

Aaron Pickering (Coastal Carolina 2021) was named Vice President of Public Realtions of CCU's IFC.

 

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