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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.

July 23, 2019

 Western Kentucky Undergraduates Complete 7th Bike4Alz

This summer, Chi Eta at Western Kentucky held their 7th Bike4Alz, a philanthropy bike ride benefiting Alzheimer's research. This year, there were 12 bike riders, with Gabe Hitz (2021) as the lead rider. The Chapter set a $60,000 fundraising goal for the bike ride, which began on May 18 in San Francisco, California. The bike ride ended on July 20 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, having raised $54,000. The Chapter is still committed to reaching their fundraising goal, just $6,000 shy. For more information, or to donate to Bike4Alz, visit

July 22, 2019

 Pi Chapter Brothers Gather for Allegheny's Football Fundraiser

In July, Pi Chapter undergraduates and graduate brothers from the classes of 1970-1999 gathered in Meadville, PA for Allegheny's Football Fundraiser. The event honored the memory of Michael Wilson (1982) and Dr. Neil Capretto.

July 15, 2019

 Chi Mu at Missouri Is Named Columbia's Volunteer of the Month

The City of Columbia, MO named Chi Mu at Missouri July's Volunteer of the Month for their dedication to volunteerism in the community. The Chapter has volunteered at many Columbia events, including the Bear Creek Run Half Marathon, the Stonegrinder 7k and the Parks and Recreation's Holiday Lights and Heritage Weekend to name a few.

For more information, read the City of Columbia's article about the Chapter.

June 28, 2019

 Brad Nielsen (Iowa 1986) Is Named President of The Rotary Club of Shawnee

Brad Nielsen (Iowa 1986) (left) became president of the Rotary Club of Shawnee, Kansas for the 2019-20 presidential year. Brad received his Club President pin from Paul Holmes (Missouri 1989) (right), who was Club President from 2018-19. Both are proud Phi Gams and greet each other at each meeting accordingly.

June 27, 2019

 Jim Sweeney & Dave Zimmerman Travel to Scotland for Golf Trip

Jim Sweeney (New Mexico 1983) and Dave Zimmerman (Rutgers 1969) traveled to Scotland for a golf trip in June, and they played St. Andrews Old course on June 25. 

June 12, 2019

 Bill Martin Receives FEA's Distinguished Service Award

On May 30, Executive Director Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975) received the Fraternity Executives Association's (FEA) Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes persons who have contributed outstanding service in the betterment of all college fraternal organizations by such accomplishments as: sustained and successful leadership in Interfraternity affairs and in support of the FEA.

Jonathan Brant (left) of Beta Theta Pi was the other recipient of the Distinguished Service Award this year.

June 12, 2019

 Amelious Whyte Receives NIC's 2019 Advisor Award of Distinction

Amelious Whyte (Minnesota Faculty), faculty advisor for the Mu Sigma Chapter, received the NIC's 2019 Advisor Award of Distinction. This award recognizing individuals who have shown exceptional commitment to guiding and mentoring a chapter, council or community.

Click the link for more information about the NIC's Advisor Award of Distinction.

June 11, 2019

 Oregon Undergrads Host Philanthropy to Support Pediatric Cancer Patients

The Epsilon Omicron Chapter hosted their inaugural Spike Cancer Philanthropy to raise money for Blankets for Cancer (BfC). The event included a spike ball tournament for University of Oregon students with catered food and drinks. The event raised $3,637 for BfC. Additionally, several brothers traveled from Eugene to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland to deliver blankets and visit pediatric cancer patients (pictured below).

The Chapter chose to support BfC, because it was founded by Blake Arnold's (2020) uncle, Adam Rinde (Arizona 1992).

May 17, 2019

 Arizona Graduate Brothers Attend Karl Eller's Memorial Service

Several graduate brothers from the Upsilon Alpha Chapter at Arizona attended the memorial service for Karl Eller (1952).

Pictured (L-R): Brent Moody (1961), Dick Nixon (1959), Ron Harper (1959), Vince San Angelo (1962), J. Craig Barker (1982), John Marietti (1961) and David Engelman (1959).


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