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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 6, 2021

 Beta at Penn Hosts Fundraiser for Suicide Awareness & Prevention

With COVID-19 and its effects 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.

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 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.

February 12, 2021

 The Kent State Colony Is Raising Money for the American Heart Association

The Kappa Upsilon Colony at Kent State hosted Heal Hearts with Hearts to raise money for the American Heart Association (AHA). The Colony sold hearts with messages for a $1 donation, and each heart sold was placed on the Colony's house. All money raised was donated to the AHA.

February 1, 2021

 Phi Gamma Delta Is Celebrating Black History Month

Phi Gamma Delta is celebrating this year’s Black History Month by sharing the fraternal achievements of some of our Black brothers: 

  1. Caileb Booze (Oklahoma State 2020) made history at Oklahoma State University by becoming the first Black president of the IFC in February 2020. 
  2. In June 2020, Juan Dozier (Western Kentucky 2020) established the Juan H. D. Dozier II Scholarship at Western Kentucky University in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement.
  3. Dr. Amelious N. Whyte, Jr. (Minnesota Faculty) currently serves as Educational Director, one of the Fraternity’s Appointed General Officer positions. Previously, Amelious served the Mu Sigma Chapter at Minnesota and won the Fraternity’s Crowder Cup in 2018 and 2020. 
  4. Danny Osafo (Iowa 2022) was elected as VP - Diversity & Inclusion of the University of Iowa’s IFC on February 1. 
  5. Patrick Ngalamulume (Idaho 2017) was sworn in as an attorney in October 2020. Becoming a lawyer was a dream of Patrick's since he immigrated to the U.S. from Zambia 13 years ago. To learn more about Patrick, read the spring 2017 magazine cover story

^ Pictured (L-R, top-bottom): Caileb Booze, Juan Dozier, Amelious Whyte, Danny Osafo & Patrick Ngalamulume. 

January 29, 2021

 The Texas San Antonio Chapter Hosts Canned Food Drive

This week, Sigma Alpha at Texas San Antonio hosted a canned food drive for The Roadrunner Pantry, UTSA Student Union's food pantry.

January 15, 2021

 Central Florida Undergrads Volunteer By Packaging 50,000 Meals

In December, brothers from the Omega Phi Chapter at Central Florida volunteered with Feeding Children Everywhere by packaging 50,000 meals.

December 20, 2020

 The Nevada Reno Colony Volunteers at the Sierra Safari Zoo

In November, the Delta Colony at Nevada Reno volunteered at the Sierra Safari Zoo. Brothers helped by cleaning and disinfecting so families could still safely visit the zoo.

November 17, 2020

 Frank Paredes Wins the Chief Probation Officers of CA's Award of Excellence

Special Assistant Francisco "Frank" Paredes (California State Northridge 2006) was awarded the 2019 Award of Excellence from the Chief Probation Officers of California. Read the full story here.

November 3, 2020

 Andrew Carter Named One of Ingram's "20 in Their Twenties for 2020"

Andrew Carter (Missouri 2013) was recently named to Ingram's Magazine "20 in Their Twenties for 2020" list as an emerging leader in the Kansas City area. In 2017, Andrew founded Let it Fly Media (LIFM) with his partner, Ben Walnick. Previously, Andrew worked as a broadcast journalist in sports and news for over four years. He also won the 2016 Heartland Chapter Regional Emmy Award for Weekend Newscast - Medium Markets.

Click here to read more about Andrew on Ingrim's site.


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