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‘True Merit’ Of SHSU ATOs Recognized

SHSU’s chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was recently recognized during the organization’s national awards ceremony. With chapter members are (from left) Walt Hughes, national president of ATO; Orin Covell, president the ATO alumni association; Colton Jackson, SHSU chapter treasurer; Josh Hawley, SHSU chapter vice president; Price Howard, SHSU chapter president; and Wynn Smiley, ATO fraternity CEO.

SHSU’s Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was recognized for its “True Merit” during the organization’s national awards ceremony, held in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 7.

“The True Merit cup is awarded to the chapters that achieve a very high and effective level of operations, excel at recruitment, community and campus involvement and who’s members embody true merit and high level of excellence in their daily activities,” said Brandon Cooper, ATO chapter adviser and assistant director for Student Activities.

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Donations to the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation are Tax Deductible

Under current IRS regulations your contributions to the active Z M Chapter at Sam Houston State, or to our Z M Alumni Association are not allowable deductions. I suggest that if you are seeking a tax deduction, that you consider a gift to the ATO Foundation, for the benefit of the active Zeta Mu Chapter. The Foundation maintains an account for the benefit of the Z M Chapter. Funds from that account helped send three members of the chapter to LeaderShape 2010 this year. The Chapter’s access to these funds requires approval of the Chapter BOT.

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Thank you to our alumni brothers!

July 14, 2010

Dear Alumni brothers,

Thanks to the generous support through the Zeta Mu Alumni Association, brothers David Kelly, Zach Crowder and myself, attended the May 17-22 session of LeaderShape Institute in Gallant, Alabama. This was the first time any delegates from the Zeta Mu Chapter had attended a LeaderShape conference since re-chartering in 2003.

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Hurricane Alex Yields Good Surfing for Brother Kuchta

Brother Geno Chauvin gave us the Heads-Up about brother Steve Kuchta being featured in a Houston TV News story:

Galveston Surfers Ride Alex’s Wake

GALVESTON, Tx - Hurricane Alex is far away enough to spare Galveston the destruction, but close enough to kick up the swells. For surfers, it’s a perfect storm.

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The Zeta Mu chapter awarded with "Outstanding Social Fraternity on Campus" at Sammy's this year

Greetings Taus,

I hope everyone is doing well and ready for summer to get here, I know we can’t wait. This past week your undergrad ATO’s were awarded with a very prestigious campus award. We were awarded Outstanding Social Fraternity on campus at this years Sammy’s awards. The award was given out based on criteria such as philanthropic events, social service, academics, chapter and improvement,and lastly how your chapter exemplified the motto “The measure of a Life is its service.” This is the first time our chapter has won this honor in the fifteen years it has been given out. It just goes to show that when you work hard and put your mind to something you can achieve your goals.

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Brother Webb Melder to Chair Municipal Revenue & Finance Committee of Texas Municipal League

Brother Webb K. Melder, who is mayor of Conroe, Texas, has been named chairman of the Municipal Revenue & Finance Committee for the Texas Municipal League.

The Municipal Revenue & Finance Committee formulates positions of legislation scheduled for presentation in the 2011 Texas legislature.

The Texas Municipal League does a great job representing the cities throughout Texas and I consider it an honor to chair this prestigious committee,” said brother Melder upon learning of his appointment by Frank Sturzl, Executive Director of the Texas Municipal League.

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ATO Zeta Mu Chapter Named 'Best Social Fraternity' at Sam Houston State!

The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity’s Zeta Mu chapter was named Outstanding Social Fraternity at Sam Houston State University during the annual Sammy Awards ceremony held this past Wednesday night at the Lowman Student Center.

The Department of Student Activities presents the Sammy Awards based upon votes from the student body at Sam Houston State.

Congratulations to the undergraduate members of the Zeta Mu chapter of Alpha Tau Omega at Sam Houston State for this much-deserved recognition!

For a list of the 2010 Sammy Award recipients, go to this link:

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Lost Brothers

There are currently over 400 300 250 200 150 brothers for whom we need help getting current contact information.

The following brothers have ‘stepped-up-to-the-plate’ to help us locate those on our Lost Brothers list:

  • 1955-1960: Joe Curtis / John Gresham /AW Radle
  • 1961-1964:
  • 1965-1967: Pete “Kuch” Kucera
  • 1968-1971: Pete “Kuch” Kucera
  • 1972-1974: Dennis Congdon
  • 1975-1977: Bill Fry
  • 1978-1981: Robert “Spock” Hurst
  • 1982-1985:
  • 1986-1989: David Counts
  • 1990-1993:
  • 1994-1997:
  • 1998-2000:
  • 2001-2004: Joel Brush
  • 2005-2010: Matt Riedel
  • Unknown Year A-G:
  • Unknown Year H-O:
  • Unknown Year P-W:

Who will contact lost brothers from your era? If not you, then who?

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Worm and Duffer Sing "My Ding-A-Ling"

From the 2003 ATO Zeta Mu Alumni Reunion, a classic rendition of My Ding-A-Ling being sung by brothers Ron “Worm” Wamble and Larry “Duffer” Dunham.

If anyone has old home movies or still photos of the original “Toy Bells” from back in the day, we’d love to have copies!

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Undergraduate Newsletter - February 2010

The Texas Zeta Mu undergraduate chapter of Alpha Tau Omega has put together a newsletter detailing the chapter activities for January & February 2010. Click on the link below to view a PDF version of the newsletter.

Favorite Quotes

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Prior Proper Preparation Prevents Piss-Poor Performance

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