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November 11, 2018

 William Matz Receives American Flag From the President at WWI Ceremony

On November 11, 2018, Maj. Gen. (ret.) William Matz (Gettysburg 1961) participated in a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I at Suresnes American Cemetery in France, which is managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Brother Matz, who serves as secretary of the ABMC, delivered remarks during the ceremony and introduced President Trump. During the ceremony, President Trump presented Brother Matz with an American flag that recently had flown over the White House. The flag will remain on display at the Suresnes American Cemetery.

November 8, 2018

 Northwestern Graduate Brothers From the Classes of 1980-87 Gather For Reunion

Phi Chapter graduate brothers from the classes of 1980-87 recently gathered in Chicago for an informal reunion. Brothers met for a group dinner at Gibson's Steak House on Friday night, followed by tailgating at the Northwestern v. Notre Dame football game on Saturday.

Pictured (L-R): Back: Mike Bartsch (1986), Ken Glickstein (1985), Peter Baskin (1984), Erwin Aulis (1980), Dave Loomis (1985) and Dr. David Geller (1985). Middle: Mike Huff (1987), Frank Schmitz (1985), Joe Maguire (1983), Drew Soshnick (1985), Bill Bettman (1986) and Dr. Otto Placik (1985). Front: Dr. Stuart Wolf (1985), Eric Gilliland (1984), Scott Snyder (1982) and Dr. Steve Gurtner (1984). 

November 6, 2018

 Dr. William Reid Releases Book About the Aurora, CO Movie Theater Shooter

Dr. William H. Reid, MD, MPH (Minnesota 1966) is among the most experienced forensic mental health professionals in North America. He has received both the Manfred Guttmacher Award for forensic writing and the Seymour Pollack Award for Distinguished Contribution to Education in Forensic Psychiatry, and is a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. William has written, co-authored or edited 16 professional volumes and over 200 professional articles and book chapters, many on antisocial behavior, terrorism and forensic practice. He was one of two psychiatric experts retained by the presiding judge in People of the State of Colorado v. James Holmes, and the only psychiatrist allowed to record interviews with Holmes and access the unredacted videos and transcripts.

A Dark Night in Aurora: Inside James Holmes and the Colorado Mass Shootings uses the 23 hours of unredacted interview transcripts never seen by the public and Reid’s research to bring the reader inside the mind of a mass murderer. The result is chilling, gripping study of abnormal psychology and how a lovely boy named Jimmy became a killer. released July 2018.

The book is available at Barnes & Nobles stores, most other large bookstores and on Amazon

October 23, 2018

 Bub Morgan Hosts a Reunion for the 1964-66 Bucknell Brothers

In September, 19 Bucknell brothers (and four wives) from the classes of 1964-66 met for a reunion at Bub Morgan's (1966) farm in New Hampshire. On the first day, the brothers gathered for a banquet at a country club followed by a campfire. On the second day, they held a golf tournament at the same country club, and in the evening, they returned to the farm for a whole-pig roast. In Fiji tradition, they ceremoniously had the youngest member kiss the pig's butt and the oldest member got to kiss the pig's nose. Additionally, each brother who attended the event received a custom golf towel with a Fiji pig and a certificate memorializing the event.

October 22, 2018

 Alabama Birmingham Participates in Suicide Prevention Training

On October 21, Alpha Beta at Alabama Birmingham participated in QPR Gatekeeper training with A Friend of Mind, a nonprofit organization that focuses mental health education and advocacy. QPR (Question; Persuade; Refer), much like CPR, is an emergency response training that saves lives, by equipping people with the tools to intervene on a suicide crisis.

October 16, 2018

 Bucknell Brothers From the Classes of 1981-84 Gather for Golf Weekend

On October 13-14, 25 Bucknell brothers from the classes of 1981-84 gathered for a golf weekend in New York.

October 12, 2018

 Christopher Salley Receives Two 40 Under 40 Awards

In October, Christopher Salley (Jacksonville 2009) received 40 Under 40 Awards from the Airport Business Magazine and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Christopher was recognized for his career accomplishments and dedication to the aviation industry as the Sales & Marketing Manager of National Jets.

Visit the Airport Business Magazine and the NBAA websites to read more about why Christopher was chosen for these awards.

October 8, 2018

 Utah State Colony Members & Grads Volunteer at a Community Meal

Undergraduates and graduate brothers from the Upsilon Sigma Colony at Utah State recently volunteered at the local Loaves and Fishes Community Meal, by helping with food prep, dishwashing, cleaning and dining with the guests. Loaves and Fishes is a community meal held twice a month with a goal of not only nourishing bodies but spirits. They serve about 250 meals both onsite and to-go.

September 19, 2018

 Sonnie Wooden Starts Selling Sunflower Hats to Be a Beacon of Hope

"Sonnie Studios was started because of my own battle with depression after a friend of mine died by suicide and the loss of my uncle. 

"For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with depression. I remember being 12 years old and tying a belt into a loop and asking myself, "How would this feel?" I knew something wasn't right and it scared me. As I got older I lost more people close to me and it wore me down greatly. The night a family friend died by suicide, I was contemplating a lot, including if this life was worth living. Then I received the call where I found out what happened to him. His passing in 2015 made me get my life a bit more together.

"My uncle's death is one that is still painful for me to this day. I saw him wither away. As I hugged him and held him in my arms, I felt as if he would poof away. He was weak, but his pride prevented him from telling me what was wrong. He would only say, "yeah, I'm all good." One week later, he passed away from cancer. There is only so much one person can endure, and with all these things happening in the cold climate, where the sun hides behind blankets of gray fuzz, that I lived in did not help. 

"The sunflower hats I created are used to be a beacon of hope in any battle. They are there in the colder months still shining, and they are there when you are struggling the most. When we are not making sunflower hats, Sonnie Studios collaborates with artist and businesses to bring art and design to the forefront. Whether it is designing furniture or making our golf polo, it is all being created for people to enjoy. The people I work with and I know life is hard, but, we are grateful to be here, and we just try to smile as much as we can while we are here."

 - Sonnie Wooden (Iowa 2018)

To learn more about Sonnie Studios or to buy a sunflower hat, visit

September 14, 2018

 Jonathon Click Teaches in Africa During His Summer Vacation

During the summer, Jonathon Click (Grand Valley State 2018) spent four weeks in Tanzania, Africa on a teach abroad. The teach abroad was designed for education majors, because they need to be able to teach in a variety of school during their trip.

John is pictured at Mt. Kilimanjaro, which he climbed while in Africa. He also went on a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater.

September 13, 2018

 Rho Upsilon Brothers Receive Awards for Their Work Ethic & Involvement

During Rho Upsilon at California Riverside’s 43rd Pig Dinner, five brothers received awards for their work ethic & involvement in the Chapter.

Pictured: Chris Troung (2018) received the John Fowler Award for exemplifying the Fraternity's ideals in his life. Paul Salama (2019) received the Mike Bacich Award as the brother who best displayed leadership inside and outside the Fraternity. Joe Nofal (2020) received the Anthony Marguleas Award for his outstanding service to the Chapter, campus and community. Markus Gilliland (2018) received the Founder's Award for his dedication to the Fraternity. 

Not pictured: Kevin Kordys (1982) received the Jim Stellar Award, which is presented to the brother who truly embodies "Not For College Days Alone."

September 10, 2018

 WPI Graduate Brothers Gather for Various Trips During the Summer

Three groups of Pi Iota at WPI graduate brothers gather for various trips during the summer.

Picture 1 (above): Brothers hiked the Presidential Traverse, a 20-mile trail, in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Picture 2: Three Army ROTC graduate brothers hiked to the top of Mount Ida in the Colorado Rocky Mountains in August.

Picture 3: Sixteen graduate brothers participated in the Walter Knapp Memorial Golf Outing, which was held at the Townsend Ridge Country Club in Townsend, MA on August 31. Derick Ford (2002) is the Club's golf pro.

September 5, 2018

 Kettering Brothers From the Class of 1974 Gather in Michigan for Reunion

Brothers from the Alpha Gamma at Kettering class of 1974 from having been gathering for regular reunions every five to ten years since graduation. Through the years, they have met in Indiana, Las Vegas, NV, Chicago, IL and the Outer Banks, NC, to name a few.

The brothers are pictured in Northport, MI during their most recent reunion in September 2017. They rented a house by they lake, where they spent their time eating together, telling stories and bonding. They are closer now than they ever have been before - the epitome of "Not For College Days Alone."
Pictured (L-R): Mike Curtiss (1974), Jay Jarrett (1974), Joe Pakkala (1974), Ken Lazar (1974), Jeff Johnson (1974), Rick Bauer (1974), Art Zelenak (1974), Jim Shufflin (1974), Dean Kimsey (1974), Tom Arndt (1974), Russ Reineck (1974), Chuck Johnson (1973) and John Reedy (1974). Not pictured: Jeff Spitzer (1974).

August 30, 2018

 John Boyd Martin Hosts a Pi Deuteron 1957 Pledge Class Reunion

John Boyd Martin (1959) hosted a Kansas 1957 pledge class reunion dinner party at his home in Overland Park, KS on August 24. Brothers and their spouses traveled from Florida, Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas to attend the event. 

August 23, 2018

 Three Georgia Brothers are Recognized on UGA's "40 Under 40" List

Dr. Scott Irvine (2002) (left), John Ozier (2002) (middle) and Latham Saddler (2005) (right) were featured in the University of Georgia Alumni Association's "40 Under 40" list for leading the pack in their industries and communities. Brother Irvine is an Associate Professor for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama, Brother Ozier is the Vice President of Creative at ole Song, LLC and Brother Saddler is the Director of Intelligence Programs for the National Security Council.

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