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January 15, 2019

 Rose-Hulman Graduate Brothers Host Undergrads in Denver for New Year's Day

Rose-Hulman graduate brothers Wes Bolsen (2000) and Jeff Ludwig (2016) hosted 15 Rho Phi undergraduate brothers in Denver for New Year's Day. Brothers enjoyed a steak dinner, two days of skiing and brotherhood.

January 7, 2019

 Saving Gamma From Gitchi-Gami - By David Smith (Minnesota 1970)

Saving Gamma from gitchi-gami (Lake Superior)

By David C. Smith (Minnesota 1970)

As has become our custom, my wife JoEllen and I celebrated this New Year’s with our good friends, Wendy and Mike McBain, at their home on the North Shore of Lake Superior* just south of Grand Marais, Minnesota. That’s just 60 miles down the coast from Canada. They shared this story: 

One morning in early December, Wendy spotted a white object floating in the lake. With binoculars she saw that it was an owl! Northern Lake Superior is unbearably cold even in July and August, much less December. Mike hurriedly dressed and rushed out with thought about getting the canoe from storage, but discovered that the owl (a male) had washed ashore and was huddled on the pebble strewn beach. (see photos) 

As advised by The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine, Mike approached the bird cautiously, and seeing that it was unable to fly, gathered it up in a towel. He found that several rocks were frozen to it, which he and Wendy carefully removed. They brought the owl inside where it recovered somewhat. Then the McBain's drove the owl 40 miles down Hwy 61 to Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, where they met a DNR conservation officer who transported it to Duluth and then on to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul. 

Snowy owls are at home in Arctic regions, where the seasonal abundance of their favorite prey, lemmings, can very greatly. When lemmings have a boom year, snowy owls over produce, and the excess owls face starvation in the ensuing lean years. That’s when they venture down around the Great Lakes in search of prey, which is usually small rodents, but they occasionally try to use their sharp talons to snatch fish out of the lake. Perhaps that’s how this one wound up in Superior’s icy waters, or perhaps it was knocked down by a territorial eagle or just fell from exhaustion. 

Nature can be cruel, and despite our best efforts often only the strongest survive. This snowy owl received the best urgent care, including a blood transfusion. But sadly, it was so severely depleted by starvation that he could not recover his strength and had to be put down. The Raptor Center has, however, enjoyed many successes and has several owls among its current patients. The lovely but ill-fated snowy white owl was a rarer challenge.

January 4, 2019

 Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb Hosts Hanover Brothers at Colts Game

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (Hanover 1990) (pictured fifth from left) hosted his Tau Chapter graduate brothers at the Indianapolis Colts game on December 23, 2018.

December 17, 2018

 The Rose-Hulman Chapter Helps Clothe Children in Need

On Saturday, brothers from the Rho Phi Chapter at Rose-Hulman volunteered with the Noon Optimist Club for their Clothe-A-Child event at the Terre Haute Walmart. Brothers helped local children shop for new, properly fitting clothing. This year, 800 kids (from kindergarten - 5th grade) received new coats, sweatshirts, pants, etc. for free.

To learn more about this year's Clothe-A-Child event, watch the video here.

December 13, 2018

 Mississippi State Freshmen Win the Chapter's Scholarship Award

Mississippi State brothers Leroy Torres (2022) (left) and Austin Molnar (2022) (right) were awarded the Chapter's Toward Excellence Scholarship, recognizing high achievement in scholarship, community service and leadership.

December 10, 2018

 The Alpha Upsilon Chapter Wins Auburn Fraternity of the Year

Alpha Upsilon at Auburn received two awards from Auburn's IFC. They won the Martin Fraternity of the Year award (pictured), as the best all-around chapter on campus. They also received the Academic Excellence Award, given to the chapter with the highest GPA and a proven scholarship plan.

November 29, 2018

 Beta Psi Awarded 2018 Chapter of the Year at Boise State University

This week, the Beta Psi Chapter at Boise State was named Chapter of the Year for the 2018 calendar year. They also received the Intellectual Development Award, Leadership Development Award, Community Service Award and Ritual Integration Award.

November 28, 2018

 Tim Woliver Elected to His First Term as Cibolo, TX City Councilman

Tim Woliver (Bowling Green 1992) was elected to his first term as the District 6 Councilman to the City Council of Cibolo, Texas on November 6, 2018. He was elected with 66% of the votes, defeating his opponent who was a two-term Councilman and two-time Cibolo mayoral candidate. Tim retired from the U.S. Air Force as Lt. Col. in April 2017 after 24 years on active duty.

November 16, 2018

 Rob Caudill Tapped to Lead Phi Gamma Delta as Executive Director

The Archons are pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Rob Caudill (Akron 2004) to serve as the Executive Director of the Fraternity upon Bill Martin’s retirement in July 2019. 

"Rob has the experience and character to lead Phi Gamma Delta into the future as the Fraternity implements its Positive Impact 2030 strategic vision. Rob has the strategic mindset, operational savvy, and strong leadership to continue Phi Gamma Delta’s prominent position within the fraternal world while upholding the high ideals of the Fraternity for our members," said Archon President Clark Robertson.

...Read the full Press Release here. 

November 15, 2018

 Brian Cortese is Participating in a Cancer Research Co-op

Brian Cortese (Northeastern 2019) a senior biochemistry major on the pre-med track, chose the CaNCURE program for his co-op during his sophomore year and has worked there since January 2017. CaNCURE, a Northeastern and NIH National Cancer Institute funded program, trains undergrads in cancer nanomedicine research by matching students with mentors in research institutions, like Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber and Mass General Hospital, to name a few. After his co-op and graduation, Brian plans to attend medical school to pursue a career as a physician scientist.

Brian's brother, Matt Cortese (Connecticut 2015), and grandfather, George McWicker (Florida 1954), are also members of Phi Gamma Delta.

For more information, about Brian and his work at the CaNCURE co-op program, click here

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 Graduates 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.


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