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Leaders on Campus

As all of you know ATO is the National leadership Fraternity and in such I would like to share some warming news about the chapters current members who have excelled to great heights this year showing how much they are being noticed by the university. The Order of Omega which as you know represents the top 10% of the Greek community has invited several brothers into this years initiation class. Those brothers include, Jake McGee, Sean Kelley, James Gutowsky, and Shane Rankin. Most of which also received the ATO Scholarship. The initiation ceremony will be on October 30th at 5 p.m.

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SHSU hits another enrollment record

Sam Houston State University’s enrollment continues to grow and break records, with campus officials estimating that about 17,618 students are attending SHSU this fall.

That number accounts for a 2 percent growth over last fall, when enrollment was 17,214…

Read the entire article at The Huntsville Item.

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Vote for your Bro!

I have as of today I have become a Deputy Voter Registrar for Walker County. I have already gotten over 50 students to register to vote for the November elections here in Huntsville. I have taken the task upon myself to ensure that brother Woodward has the most support possible from the student body here at SHSU. I am also in the process of getting a booth set up on campus Monday morning-afternoon to persuade the student body to become registered voters. I am setting a personal goal of getting 200 able body voters registered by this Tuesday Oct. 11.

Vote for Brother Woodward!

Love and respect,
Shane Rankin

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VIP Seating at Battle of the Piney Woods

Update September 29, 2011 : Roy “Bird” Harper has a couple of tickets left for the Premium ATO Seating (first three rows on the 50-yard line) for $30 plus handling charge. Game time is 2pm and Bird will be hosting a Tailgate Party before the game which will be BYOB. Otherwise, scattered tickets are available through or Ticketmaster.


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Fall 2011 Pledge Class

After a very successful fall 2011 rush week, we were able to pick up fifteen great new guys:


  • Ian Cottle- Cypress, Tx
  • Derek Lacaze- West Columbia, Tx
  • Colby Singletary- West Columbia, Tx
  • Mitch Lundquist- Cypress, Tx
  • Jonny Herrera- Freeport, Tx
  • Alex Jones- Bethalto, Il
  • Matthew Mann- Cypress, Tx
  • Juan Macias- Houston, Tx
  • Kyle Cuccia- Cypress, Tx
  • Blake Skweres- Cypress, Tx
  • Grey Wichmann- Houston, Tx
  • Brady Cullen- Livingston, Tx
  • Jake Matcheski- West Columbia, Tx
  • Briggs Milburn- Georgetown, Tx
  • Cosme Alonzo- Dallas, Tx

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Career Day

Brothers, putting this Career Day together is for a qualified cat herder. Here is the latest info and schedule. This isn’t in concrete yet but it is current as far as I know. Depending on the interest I will try to get us overnight reservations at the Comfort Inns and Suites right off I45.

Career Day times: all times are for 24 Sept.

  • 12:00 luncheon for alumni and wives - am asking Spot to set up a luncheon for those who wish to attend. Please let him know if you will attend asap.
  • 2:00 Career Day at the Lodge - dress casual. The Career day will be conducted in three sessions.
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ATO Zeta Mu Bid Day Fall 2011

Sweetheart Karon Crouch shared this short video with us from yesterday’s Bid Day festivities. Ruh Rah!

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Passing of Brother Bill Philleaux

Fellow ATOs…

Well… The news finally arrived. We all knew this email would be coming someday, but always wanted it to arrive much later than sooner. We have lost our Brother Bill Philleaux, the first president of our beloved Dons Social Club, and one of the primary factors in getting the club established at Sam Houston. His wife, Ann, has described the last few hours in her email below. Having learned of what Bill was going through, and the pain that he was enduring, as crude as it may sound, he is probably better off and will no longer have to deal with all those pains, for he is in the hands of the good Lord.

Obviously plans for his services have not been announced, but as soon as I learn of them I will pass them along.

Love & respect to one and all,


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Last night made me realize something. Since returning from Iraq I’ve wondered why I am on edge, cranky, and agitated. People have been fascinated and quizzical as to how many people I have killed and what it’s like over there. I can only speak for myself, but would like to try and make people who have never “been there” understand. To me it’s quite simple:

  1. Killing an enemy combatant is easy. There is no remorse because he was trying to end your life and would have taken another’s later down the road.
  2. Saving a wounded individual is the most fulfilling. Making sure that person receives the life saving measures to go back to his family gives one a feeling that is indescribable.
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Students Are Invited To “Take A Peek At Greek”

Members of Greek organizations volunteer for numerous hours of community service and raise money for local and national philanthropic projects.Sam Houston State University students will be returning to campus soon and are being invited to take a sneak peek at being Greek at the “Greek Life Recruitment Fair” on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Lowman Student Center Plaza.

We want students make the most of their college experience by joining our respective fraternities and sororities,” said Brittney Randolph, SHSU’s National Panhellenic Council director of recruitment.

Greek Life offers something for everyone, especially those who would like to excel at philanthropic, social, athletic, and leadership-based activities in addition to their academic pursuits,” she said.

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