On April 19th, 2012 the Zeta Mu chapter of Alpha Tau Omega gathered at the Oakwood cemetery in Huntsville, Texas for the signature event of the semester. The chapter holds a ceremony every year to honor General Sam Houston and replace the tattered flags flying over his grave with new ones. This year our key note speaker was Mayor of Huntsville Mac Woodward. The event was a huge success with various members of the community attending.
Brother Drew Pollard (Class of 2012) was named Sam Houston State’s ‘Outstanding Mass Media Sales Senior’ for 2012. Congratulations Drew!
Brother Mark Belmarez (ZM 1995) was selected Student Leader of the Year at Houston Community College-Central. Congratulations Mark!
Without going into detailed specifics the doctor has given me the “all clear!” sign. No more chemotherapy required. No more surgery required. The pathologist sent 36 slides of the tumor to the Mayo Clinic because of its rarity to confirm the findings. Bottom line: your prayers and positive thoughts worked! Thank you, my Brothers. I am forever in your debt for the Love and Respect that you have shown my family and me since this was first diagnosed last November. I look forward to seeing all of you soon and sharing our Brotherhood! God bless all of you!
Alpha Tau Omega National CEO Wynn Smiley & Brother Diego Garcia are at the NIC Annual Meeting in Washington DC and are promoting the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) on the Hill. The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for collegiate housing and infrastructure grants. Review the Bill, and if you are in agreement, contact your Representative and Senators to let them know your opinon on the bill.
I am not easily fooled…I usually can sniff out a plot when it is underway, but this time you caught me completely unawares…I was blown away with the recognition and generosity shown to me at the reunion…the shotguns have been a wish of mine, since the old heirloom family 16 ga. Model 12 was burned up while I was at Sam…Duffer’s buffalo painting will occupy a prominent place in my office, and the Little Bird caricature statue was just off the charts…INCREDIBLE!
Please click on the link to view the Houstonian Newspaper article.
Tonight I learned that the Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University is named for an ATO Honor Initiate. Newton Gresham was initiated in 1963 and served as president of the university from 1963 to 1965. Very cool. More information about Brother Gresham can be found in the Philosophical Society of Texas Memorial.
Thirty years ago this month a fire consumed “Old Main” on the SHSU campus. Many of us remember being rousted out of bed and heading to the hill to watch as flames consumed this historic building. The Houstonian has published an article looking back at that fateful night:
University community members remember the night that a fire destroyed the Old Main building
On one cold night David Clements was walking back to his dorm when he saw smoke billowing out of a historic campus building. Old Main was on fire.
The freshman called the fire department to report what he saw. Firefighters from surrounding cities had to be called in because of limited staff at the Huntsville station. The wood and brick framed building had already been engulfed in flame for 20 min. It was too late to save.
Thirty years ago, on Feb. 12, 1982, Old Main fell for good.