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November 12, 2019

 Joe Harle (Idaho 1942) Celebrates 75 Years as a Phi Gam & His 100th Birthday

Joe P. Harle (Idaho 1942) turned 100 today (November 12, 2019). He also recently received his Diamond Owl certificate, having been a Phi Gam for 75 years. Joe pledged into the Mu Iota Chapter at Idaho on September 21, 1938, and he was initiated into the Chapter on March 4, 1939. Then he transferred to the Missouri in fall 1939, where he was welcomed into the Chi Mu Chapter.

Joe was the first of five Harle men who became Phi Gams. This includes Joe's brother, Neil (Missouri 1947), his late son, Robert (Texas Tech 1970), and grandsons, J.W. (Texas Tech 1999) and Lee (Texas Tech 2004).

Don Shelton (Idaho 1976), recently retired executive editor of The Seattle Times, captured Joe's Fiji story. Click here to read the "Fiji Centurion Story" about Joe Harle.

October 18, 2019

 Bike4Alz Wins Western Kentucky University's Philanthropy Award

Bike4Alz, the Chi Eta Chapter's philanthropy, won Western Kentucky's inaugural Outstanding Student Excellence Philanthropy Award. Bike4Alz is an annual cross-country bike ride that raises money and awareness for Alzheimer's research. This year alone, Bike4Alz raised over $66,000.

October 14, 2019

 Ed Gulewitz (TCU 1989) Urges Others to Become Organ Donors

T Six years ago, Ed Gulewitz (Texas Christian 1989) thought he was going to die, but a double lung transplant saved his life. Now he wants to pay back that "gift," by encouraging others to become organ donors. Read the full story here.

October 10, 2019

 Four Nebraska Grads Talk About Their Involvement in ESPN's College GameDay

Twenty years ago, Nebraska brothers Tony Paladino (1999), Joe Andreasen (2001), Brian Marasco (2001) and Mike Ruhlman (2001) received a call from ESPN asking if they wanted to work on College GameDay for the Nebraska vs. Washington game. At the time, GameDay's Stage Director was a brother from the Florida Chapter. The four brothers share the story here:

Currently, Joe and Mike are GameDay's Stage Director and Camera Operator, respectively.

^ Pictured (L-R): Mike Ruhlman, Brian Marasco, Joe Andreasen and Tony Paladino.

September 23, 2019

 Virginia & Virginia Tech Partner to Raise Money for Cancer Research

On September 19, the Omicron Chapter at Virginia (pictured) partnered with the Rho Alpha Chapter at Virginia Tech for their annual FIJI Run, which supports the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. Together the chapters ran the game football 159 miles, relay-style, from Blacksburgh, Virginia to Charlottesville, Virginia for the Commonwealth Clash football game.

Leading up to the run, the Omicron Chapter also teamed up with Tread Happy and LuluLemon for a workout class and fundraiser, which raised hundreds of dollars for cancer research.

September 20, 2019

 Ieuter Family Fiji Sires & Sons Gather During Their Family's Summer Vacation

During the summer, the Ieuter family gathered for their summer vacation. The eight family members who are Phi Gams gathered (in their purple shirts) for a Fiji Sires and Sons picture.

Pictured: Bill Ieuter (Illinois 1957) with his sons: Charles (Illinois 1983), William (Iowa State 1985) and Jacob (Kansas 1986); grandchildren: Max (Michigan State 2012), Rolf  (Wisconsin 2014) and Charlie (Kansas 2021); and nephew Karl (Miami 1995)

September 19, 2019

 Kettering Brothers from the Class of 1969 Meet for Their 50th Reunion

Alpha Gamma at Kettering brothers from the class of 1969 met in Spring Green, Wisconsin for their 50th reunion. The reunion featured a visit to the House on the Rock and Frank Lloyd Wright's studio, Taliesin.

September 16, 2019

 The Tennessee Chapter Hosts The Inaugural Fall Graduate Dinner

On September 6, the Kappa Tau Chapter at Tennessee hosted the inaugural Fall Graduate Dinner at their chapter house. During dinner, Chapter President Lucas Adams (2021) and Corresponding Secretary Carson Watts (2021) spoke about the positive direction the chapter is heading during dinner, the chapter's growth and the unique relationship the chapter has with their graduates. The Chapter plans to make this dinner an annual tradition.

August 26, 2019

 Three Undergraduate Brothers Receive AFLV Scholarship

Sam Ellis (Georgia Tech 2022) (left), Evan Campbell (Georgia Tech 2022) (middle) and Joe Franklin (Clemson 2022) (right) were named scholarship recipients at AFLV's LeaderShape Southeast Session, which took place at the University of Central Florida's campus.

August 19, 2019

 Florida Graduate Brothers Spend Five Days Camping in Yellowstone National Park

This summer, seven graduate brothers from the Upsilon Phi Chapter at Florida spent five days camping and hiking in Yellowstone National Park.

Pictured (L-R): John Van Wettering (1983), Jeff Pile (1983), David Smith (1983), Doug Watson (1980), Greg Biehl (1984), Ned Westbrook (1983) and Ron Herbanek (1980).

August 15, 2019

 Alberta & Calgary Compete in Their Run 2 Red Deer Philanthropy Race

Last weekend, Epsilon Alpha at Alberta and Upsilon Chi at Calgary competed in the annual Run 2 Red Deer relay race to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Runners ran an accumulated 150 km relay to Red Deer, Alberta from their respective starting points. Currently, the chapters have raised over $6,600 for the CMHA, and they are still accepting donations.

August 5, 2019

 Wilmar Jensen (Chicago 1947) Receives His Diamond Owl Certificate

J. Wilmar Jensen (Chicago 1947) received his Diamond Owl certificate, celebrating 75 years since his initiation into Phi Gamma Delta. Wilmar, who is 91 years old, Wilmar still works four days a week as an attorney in Modesto, California, and he farms walnuts and almonds.

August 1, 2019

 Ed Marohn (Idaho 1968) Releases His First Novel, Legacy of War

Ed Marohn (Idaho 1968) (pictured below) published his first novel, Legacy of War, on July 1, 2019. For more information or to purchase the book, visit

July 29, 2019

 Hale Irwin (Colorado 1967) Receives the PGA Tour Payne Stewart Award

Hale Irwin (Colorado 1967) was named the recipient of the 2019 PGA Tour Payne Stewart Award, named in honor of  World Golf Hall of Famer and Phi Gam Payne Stewart (Southern Methodist 1979). The Award is presented annually to a professional golfer who best exemplifies Payne's values of character, sportsmanship and charity. Hale was selected for the award for his 45 PGA TOUR Championship wins, 20 TOUR wins and exceptional character, sportsmanship and unwavering commitment to charitable impact. Hale will be honored with the award on August 20 at the Payne Stewart Award Ceremony, which will be televised live on the Golf Channel.

For more information, click here.

July 24, 2019

 WPI Graduate Brothers Gather for a Deep Sea Fishing Trip

On June 30, five graduate brothers from the Pi Iota Chapter at WPI went on a deep sea fishing trip off of Block Island, Rhode Island.

Pictured above (L-R): Tom Medrek (1978), Bob Ferarri (1974), Dave Willens (2009), Ray Dunn (1978) and Mark Macaulay (1989).

Pictured below: Dave Willens with the 40 lbs. striper he caught at the beginning of the trip.


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