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May 14, 2020

 Houston Graduate Chapter Hosts a Virtual Pig Dinner in April

In April, the Houston Graduate Chapter hosted a virtual Pig Dinner. There were brothers, representing 17 chapters, in attendance.

 
May 13, 2020

 Kelley Rea Donates 6,000 Masks to Essential Workers in Sarasota, Florida

To help fight the pandemic, Kelley Rea (Michigan 1966) (pictured) and his wife, Mary Jean, Jecklin, paid six Vietnamese refugees, who alterations boutique would have otherwise been shuttered, to sew 6,000 masks. Kelley added filters to the masks, and he personally delivered the masks to emergency care and essential service workers in Sarasota, Florida.

 
April 20, 2020

 Phi Sigma at Florida State Holds a Virtual Pig Dinner on Zoom

On April 17, Phi Sigma at Florida State hosted a virtual Pig Dinner on Zoom. Nearly 70 brothers attended the event, including several brothers who hadn't reconnected with the Chapter for 20 years. The Pig Dinner included a report from the Chapter President, a report from the House Corporation President, an Exile's Toast and Comments and Criticisms for the good of the Chapter.

 
April 7, 2020

 The Loyola Colony Is Hosting a T-Shirt Fundraiser for COVID-19 Relief

The Delta Colony at Loyola New Orleans partnered with Merchose to design and sell a COVID-19 Relief T-shirt. All proceeds from the T-shirt sales will benefit the Frontline Responders Fund, which is helping to provide supplies to the frontlines both locally and nationally. T-shirts can be purchased online HERE until April 15.

 
March 31, 2020

 Western Kentucky Grad Brothers Are Making COVID-19 Face Shields

Dr. Tyler Jury (Western Kentucky 2012) and Clay Simpson (2012) are producing COVID-19 face shield to protect doctors and nurses in Kentucky. Tyler and Clay share their story:

"Last week, we embraced the difficult reality of temporarily closing our workshop. This was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make since the day Clayton & Crume was founded, but we were confident in our ability to move beyond this pandemic and focus on eventually resuming operations.

"Monday morning, we arrived to a quiet, empty leather shop, void of its usual conversations and buzzing sewing machines. Our workspace sat silently, an engine of potential, waiting to be put to use again. As our awareness of our medical community's needs grew, and our resources at our shop continued to nudge us to respond, we turned to what we know how to do best: create.

"We wanted to figure out a way to make a difference, even if a small one, while our workshop and retail store were shut down. Hearing about the shortage of medical PPE (personal protective equipment) nationwide, we spent the entire day sourcing fabrics, plastics, padding, foam & various other materials from around town in an attempt to make face shields to help healthcare workers on the frontline of this crisis.

"Our goal was to make 1,000 of these by the end of the week— allowing us to deliver them to local hospitals and immediate care centers. We landed some material, made a rudimentary prototype, and picked up the phone to call our contacts in the medical field. Within 24 hours, not only did we have our initial stock spoken for, but the Commonwealth called and asked if Clayton & Crume could use our knowledge of design, manufacturing and assembly to tackle a large-scale production effort of face shields to supply throughout Kentucky. We immediately began to line up materials, suppliers and additional resources to allow us to respond to our state's demand and to serve our frontline medical providers. 

"Production will start Monday morning (March 30) on over half-million face shields for our state. We’re eager to put our skills to use in the fight against COVID-19 and to help play a small role in keeping the state we love safe.

"Clayton & Crume began with a mission to make leather goods that last. While we anxiously await for life to return to "normal," we are responding to the challenge that lies ahead with that same spirit and intention - to create, by hand, what is tested and lasting. We plan to share this journey and encourage you to follow along as we tackle something beyond what we ever imagined we would create."

 
March 29, 2020

 Brendan Roe (Iowa 2021) Donates His Bone Marrow Through Be the Match

Brendan Roe (Iowa 2021) is stepping up to be a Bone Marrow donor through Be the Match. Brendan said, "I would have never guessed two years ago, when I signed up with my 30 fraternity brothers at Iowa's Dance Marathon, that I would get the phone call to donate. With starting nursing school in the fall, I couldn't think of any better way to start off a career of helping others than helping someone else that needs it. I ask everyone in a time of the unknown to not forget about others, to remember to give a helping hand and give someone hope. You give hope to a mother, father, daughter, son, child or friends."

If Brendan's story inspires you, join at join.bethematch.org/Brendan and indicate you need a cheek swab kit mailed to you.

 
March 6, 2020

 Tennessee Tech Brothers Help Clean-Up After the Nashville Tornado

Following the the tornado that struck Nashville, and the surrounding area, brothers from the Theta Tau Chapter at Tennessee Tech volunteered at food shelters (pictured below) and cleaned up debris (pictured above) in the most damaged areas.

 

 
March 3, 2020

 John Rowell (Idaho 1948) Receives His Diamond Owl Certificate

John Rowell (Idaho 1948) received his Diamond Owl certificate, celebrating 75 years as an initiated brother. The certificate was presented by John Koyama (1986) (pictured below).

Brother Rowell's has an amazing Fiji history. His father, Paul (1922), uncle, Ralph (1922), and brother, Peter (1947) were also Phi Gams from the Mu Iota Chapter. John and Ralph attended Idaho during WWII, and they lived in the Phi Delta Theta house with other Phi Gams and members of three other fraternities. John transferred to Oregon State University and moved into the Kappa Omicron chapter house. He graduated from OSU.

 
February 25, 2020

 Nicoletti & Bushe Are Raising Money to Run in the Boston Marathon

Lucio Nicoletti (WPI 2020) and Ben Bushe (WPI 2021) received charity bids to run in the Boston Marathon on April 20, 2020. Lucio and Ben will be running for Team Inspire of the 26.2 Foundation. Lucio and Ben have been training since the fall, and they each set a fundraising goal of $8,500 for the Foundation.

Section Chief Tim Kilduff (Kent State 1968, WPI 2018) founded the 26.2 Foundation, which is pursuing the dream of building an International Marathon Center in Hopkinton, Massachusetts with the purpose of promoting educational initiatives that offer multi-generational programs to raise health and wellness awareness through the sport of marathoning. Tim is also a past race director of the Boston Marathon.

Click on the following links to support Lucio's and Ben's fundraising efforts:

Support Lucio Nicoletti

Support Ben Bushe

 
February 18, 2020

 Mu Lambda at South Carolina Named IFC Chapter of the Year

Mu Lambda at South Carolina was named 2019 IFC Chapter of the Year by the office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.

 
February 14, 2020

 Knox Undergraduates Shave Their Heads to Raise Money for St. Baldrick's

Brothers the Gamma Deuteron Chapter at Knox set a goal to raise $1,200 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation in February. Not only did the Chapter exceeded their goal by raising over $3,300, brothers also shaved their heads to fully participate in the fundraiser.

 
February 12, 2020

 The Zeta Chapter at Indiana Wins Indiana State Day & University Awards

On February 8, the Zeta Chapter at Indiana attended the Indiana FIJI State Day (pictured above) with the other eight Phi Gam chapters. During the event, Zeta received the Beta Cup (most outstanding chapter) for the second consecutive year, as well as the Most Outstanding Recruitment, Community Service and Campus Involvement Awards. Additionally, Holden Jastremski (2020) won Most Outstanding Member.

On February 9, the Chapter also won several awards during the University's Greek Assessment & Awards Program (pictured below). They won the Chapter of Excellence Award (the most prestigious award), the Chapter Alumni Relations Award and the Chapter Civic Engagement Award. And, Chris Johnson (2020) was named Chapter President of the Year.

 

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