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Chapter News & Omegas: March 2018

The following are the submissions received for March 2018.

To submit Chapter News and Omegas, please email editor@lambdachi.org. Undergraduate officers can also report updates on their chapter by logging on to LCAOne/Officer Portal and accessing the “Submit Chapter News” form. If you cannot find news from your chapter, then no information has been submitted for this month.

Alabama (Alpha-Phi)

Raymond A. Petty Sr. died March 22, 2018.

Alberta (Epsilon-Rho)

Chapter members earned third place in the Next Great Greek Baker. The chapter held social events with Alpha Psi and Ceres sororities. Levon Vokins was elected chapter president.

Arkansas State (Iota-Theta)

Thomas R. “Tommy” Taggart died March 8, 2018.

Baldwin Wallace (Kappa-Phi)

Lucas Shalkhauser and Clay Kelley spent their spring break at Nasa’s Space Center University in Texas. Chapter members volunteered at the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, unloading 30,400 pounds of food. Paul Peters traveled to Lambda Chi Alpha International Headquarters in Indianapolis to meet as a member of the Student Advisory Committee . The chapter earned a 3.4 GPA for the fall semester. Three members attended the Greek Leadership Institute, with one brother serving as a development facilitator. The chapter added two associate members.

Harold J. Bower died March 4, 2018. After earning his bachelor’s degree in 1966,  he earned a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his certification in secondary school administration as a principal and school superintendent.

Boston (Alpha)

Arnold Coursey Aldrich died.

Butler (Alpha-Alpha)

Charles M. “Butch” Albea died April 22, 2016.

Robert W. Albright died.

Cal State – Northridge (Beta-Rho)

Brian D. Garfield died March 6, 2018.

Coastal Carolina (Pi-Kappa)

On March 24, the chapter received its charter from Board member David Huffine during their chartering banquet.





Coe (Zeta-Alpha)

Jene H. Jacoby died Feb. 27, 2018. A World War II veteran, he joined the Army as a private and was released as a second lieutenant. He served in France and Germany and was on his way to the Far East when the war ended. He resumed his education at Coe College and then transferred back to the University of Minnesota where he graduated with a business degree. He moved west to California and attended the University of Southern California taking advanced business courses and working. He was an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha at all three schools and remained a strong supporter of his fraternity throughout his life. He moved to Arizona in the early 1950s and went to work for AiResearch. Several years later he started his own business, Jacoby Enterprises, Inc., which he and his wife ran together for several years.

Colorado-Boulder (Gamma-Mu)

Joseph A. Roberts died.

Colorado State (Gamma-Pi)

Ron Schmidt died March 6, 2018. After graduation, he joined the US Army Reserves, where he served for six years as a sergeant. In 1969, Ron began working at Markley Motors as a salesman until 1973, when he became an agent for Farmers Insurance Group until he retired 44 years later on October 31, 2017.

Delaware (Lambda-Beta)

The chapter held an Associate Member Ceremony for new members. Chapter members participated in UDance, an annual dance-a-thon that raises money for the families of children suffering from pediatric cancer. The chapter raised $46,318, bettering their total from last year of $43,777. This result placed the chapter as one of the biggest fundraisers on campus among fraternities. Five members even earned the right to be a part of the coveted “Comma Club” by individually raising more than $1,000.



Denison (Gamma-Iota)

Charles V. Cupp II died in 2017. He completed graduate work at both the University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany and the Thunderbird School of Global Management of Phoenix. Charly worked for the Libbey Owens Ford International Division and owned Lehman Insurance. He moved to California where he owned several businesses as well as investing in real estate.

Michael Rahal died May 10, 2017. He was a longtime wholesale food distributor who enjoyed a decidedly more exciting side pursuit during his middle-age years: auto racing. Rahal, father of 1986 Indianapolis 500 champ Bobby Rahal, was a passionate amateur auto racer, providing inspiration for his son as he competed at races in the 1960s and 1970s. Born and raised in Cleveland to parents who had immigrated to the U.S. from Lebanon, Rahal joined the Navy at age 17 and served during World War II as a torpedoman on the USS Macdonough destroyer, his son said. After graduation, he began his career working for his cousin in the fruit juice business in northwest Pennsylvania. He moved to Glen Ellyn in 1954, continued to work for his cousin and then started his own company, Nationwide of Chicago — Food Brokers. The firm provided fruit juice concentrates and jellies for pie filings. Rahal ran his firm until retiring in the late 1980s or early 1990s, Bobby Rahal said. The Oak Brook-based firm, now known as Rahal Foods, is run by Michael Rahal’s son Ian.

Arthur M Stevens Jr. died 2017. After graduation, he moved to Dearborn, Michigan where he took his first job with Ford Motor Co. and was in management training. After about a year he took a position with RR Donnelly Publishing in Chicago learning about publishing, writing, editing, printing processes. Then he joined Protectoseal Co. This launched a lifetime career in the Fire and Safety Industry. Stevens had moved to Justrite Manufacturing and was vice president of sales and marketing and then promoted to president of Justrite Manufacturing. A few years later he started his own consulting business known at Stevens Associates. He continued to represent Justrite, assisting with their marketing and advertising as he helped additional companies build their brand awareness. 

Richard E. Hartman died.

Charles McFarland died.

Drury (Theta-Sigma)

Don L. Akers died July 3, 2016. After graduation, he served in the Army at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia where he taught at the engineering school. After the service he had a career in marketing and sales with Shell Oil, Royal McBee, Bell & Howell and later worked in commercial real estate.

Florida (Epsilon-Mu)

For the 2017-2018 academic year, the chapter has raised more than $34,000, and more than $135,000 alongside our paired sorority of Alpha Delta Pi, for Dance Marathon benefiting UF Health Shands’ Children’s Hospital. In total, the event raised a grand total of $3 million. The chapter’s participation included 12 captains, two associate directors, and one overall fundraising director. Also, six brothers remained on their feet for 26.2 hours as dancers, including one brother who now danced four years in a row.

Jon Steven Mohler died.


Georgia (Nu)

Chapter members volunteered to clean up at an ESP galla event. ESP stands for Extra Special People and is a local charity for special needs children in the Athens area. The chapter also plans to help raise money to fund an ESP summer camp that is handicap accessible.




Indiana State  (Iota-Epsilon)

Chapter brothers volunteered in Greek-life community service activities. Six chapter members participated in the Anchor Splash philanthropy organized by Delta Gamma sorority and Corey Dossett-Ware won the Mr. Anchor Splash competition. Chapter members attended the Chi Omega’s Wings for Wishes event that raises funds for children with life threatening medical conditions.



Johnson & Wales – Providence (Colony)

On March 24, nine members completed the Initiation Ritual Exemplification with the help of the Pi chapter at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.




Kansas (Zeta-Iota)

Kyle Garton attended the Navy Memorial in downtown Washington, DC, which is depicted in this photo. He is the newest submarine officer and plans to attend Nuclear Power School after graduation. David Pitts is designing a mouse trap car that would be able to drive on a track. He uses a program called Solidworks to design the car and as a group they construct the car along with testing it.



Kansas State (Gamma-Xi)

Rich Neth died March 16, 2018. He drove trucks for Coca Cola and moved on to Western Distribution and Pepsico Food Services in Denver. Neth’s truck driving then took him to Renton, Washington, with Dallas-Mavis (later Active USA), transferred to Denton, Texas and then back to Renton.

Lehigh (Gamma-Psi)

James “JC” Parry died Dec. 31, 2017.

Louisiana State (Upsilon)

James W. Finley died.

Louisiana Tech (Theta-Psi)

Charles D. Rose died Feb. 27, 2018. Following his service in the Air Force, he attended Louisiana Tech University and was a former chapter president. After graduation, he went to work at Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico as a nuclear physicist. In the early 1980s, he began what would be a lifelong career in geostatistics, specializing in coal sampling. For many years he worked as an independent consultant, and then in 2003 joined SGS North America, an international testing company, as vice president of technical services in their Minerals Services Division.

Miami-FL (Epsilon-Omega)

Peter Merlino died March 8, 2018. His lifelong passion of food and wine was exemplified through the restaurants he owned in Miami, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Millersville (Delta-Tau)

On March 24, 13 chapter members chapter participated in the Big Event organized by SGA. Chapter members also volunteered with Adopt a Highway.





Missouri-Columbia (Gamma-Kappa)

Robert J. Rayburn died.

Montevallo (Sigma-Epsilon)

Bruce L. Bryant died March 9, 2018. He was an employee of Amerex in Trussville, Alabama for over 25 years.

Murray State (Lambda-Eta)

The chapter was named Best Philanthropic Chapter at Greek Awards. During the past year, the chapter completed  Watermelon Bust and a city-wide food drive. Chapter President Austin Zinobile (pictured) accepted the award on behalf of the chapter.




North Dakota (Epsilon-Zeta)

SGA Vice President Erik Hanson is running for SGA president. On March 3, the chapter hosted an alumni event with the help of Randy Ritterman, Adam Weisberg, and Jacob Boardman.  Alumni in at attendance included Randy Ritterman, Adam Johnson, Patrick Sewich, Jordan Vinger, Alex Schanilec, Tony Schanilec, Andrew Lendway, and Colin Guidinger.

North Carolina State (Gamma-Upsilon)

Stacy O. Barbour died.

Northeastern State (Delta-Beta)

Seth Clark and Kyle Bacon received Outstanding Senior Awards from the university, which only awards three per year. Hoang Do received Hall of Fame honors.

Ohio State (Gamma-Tau)

Nyall Sheldon died March 24, 2018. Born in Exeter, England, he moved to the Columbus area in 1989 and settled in Worthington, Ohio. His lifelong love of technology and computers led him to a successful career in IT and network security that spanned nearly 10 years.

Oklahoma State (Alpha-Eta)

Bobby Dean died.

Richmond (Alpha-Chi)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 18 associate member. Seven chapter brothers have dedicated the entirety of their spring break to give back to communities across the country (Detroit, New Orleans, and West Virginia) as a part of  university-sponsored service trips. Chapter members participated in the Best Buddies event on campus. Brothers pictured are Connor Willmott, James Bernstein, Ian Craig, Daniel Lackland, and Daniel Bollier


Rose-Hulman (Theta-Kappa)

Willis E. Rose Feb. 27, 2018. A member of ROTC, he joined the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps in September of 1942 and was ordered to active duty in June of 1943. Assigned to the 290th Engineer Combat Battalion, he was stationed in France, Germany, and Austria until his release from the army with the rank of captain in 1946. Upon his return to civilian life, Rose completed his degree in mechanical engineering at Rose Poly, graduating with honors in 1947. He was then hired as an engineer in the development laboratory at Linde Air Products in Tonawanda, New York. That same year he took a position with Roots-Connersville Division, where he was employed for 38 years.

San Diego State (Zeta-Pi)

Patrick Heidmiller died.

South Dakota Mines (Pi-Mu)

Chapter members volunteered at Feeding South Dakota, sorting food to be distributed. On March 16, the chapter held an ice skating social event with Alpha Delta Pi sorority. The chapter received the Community Service Award from the South Dakota Board of Regents, an award that goes to only one collegiate group in the state. The chapter held a dodgeball recruitment event.  On March 24, the chapter held a game night where brothers played House on the Haunted Hill and Quiplash.

South Dakota State (Lambda-Theta)

Chapter members participated in Greek Week activities.





Southern Illinois – Carbondale (Colony)

On March 23, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for four new brothers.

Susquehanna (Iota-Eta)

Gene L. Stock died Feb. 26, 2018. He served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. He retired from Sprout-Waldron, Muncy, where he was a sales representative.

Tampa (Colony)

The colony added five associate members.

Texas State (Lambda-Phi)

Derek Aldridge died.

Texas Tech (Sigma-Nu)

Bruce Williamson died.

Tulsa (Epsilon-Upsilon)

Chapter members volunteered at Global Gardens, a local non-profit whose mission is to empower students in low-income communities through hands on science and education. Their work included helping to renovate and maintain several of the gardens that the organization uses to teach the students about science, health and the environment.

Union (Lambda-Zeta)

On Feb. 17, a group of chapter brothers performed the Associate Member Ceremony for the new associate members of the Vanderbilt colony.

Wake Forest (Theta-Tau)

Fritts L. Biesecker died March 28, 2018. After graduation, he began his accounting career with Peat Marwick Mitchell. In September 1961 he entered military service and was honorably discharged in September 1963, having reached the rank of specialist fourth class in the Officers Pay Section. At that point, he returned to Peat Marwick Mitchell, where he worked until June 1980, when he left to become the tax director at J. A. Jones Construction Co. In 1981, he  started a private CPA practice, which he maintained until 2017. He served on the Theta-Tau Alumni Association as president, secretary or treasurer from 2004 until 2017.

Washington & Lee (Gamma-Phi)

The chapter earned the highest fraternity GPA for the fall semester.

Western (Delta-Eta)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for six associate members.

Western Carolina (Beta-Zeta)

The chapter added 10 associate members.

West Texas A&M (Iota-Xi)

Noal Henry died.

Wilmington (Pi-Delta)

Chapter members participated in Greek Games.

Wisconsin – Whitewater (Lambda-Iota)

The chapter partnered with Phi Delta Theta and Alpha Gamma Delta to collect money and food donations. With spring donations totaling more than 2,000 pounds, the group has collectively raised more than 4,500 pounds.

Wittenberg (Nu-Zeta)

Brad L. Rabold died Feb. 27, 2018. Following graduation, he spent five years serving in the United States Navy hunting submarines on a P3 Orion airplane, traveling the world. Post Navy, he completed his college education at Shippensburg University. He spent his 21-year career working for SMS/Siemens/Cerner, most recently as a project manager.