Earlier this year, we conducted the First Annual “Tau Madness” NCAA Basketball Pool which raised over $600 for the Piano Restoration Fund. Frank Kulze ’75 was our first winner. He was presented with the massive traveling trophy which will go to the winner of this pool each year on October 25, 2014 at Homecoming.
We celebrated Homecoming Weekend October 24-25 and it was a most enjoyable time to be a Tau from Gamma Zeta Chapter.
Dane Luhrsen’77, Jeff McGill ’73, and Parker Pevitz ’16 organized everything from a wonderful catered brunch in our newly renovated Dining Room to a post game victory cocktail party in the West Living Room . It even included music supplied from our newly renovated baby grand piano! It even included a rare Illinois Big Ten victory!! Continue reading
On Friday, October 24, the 84 & 84.5 Phrogues gathered in Champaign for our 30th Homecoming Reunion. We met at Stone Creek Golf Course in Urbana where we ate lunch (thanks for picking up the tab Dawg) and played 18 holes. Stone Creek is now the home course of the #1 ranked NCAA Men’s Golf Team, your Fighting Illini.
After hacking it around all afternoon, we met for dinner at Biaggi’s on South Neil in Continue reading
If you’ve been to the Chapter house over the last six months, you may have noticed that the grand piano was missing. It was off at the Piano People in Champaign for a complete restoration. It made its way back to the house for Homecoming and looks better than ever. Considering this piano was originally built in Germany in 1902, purchased by Gamma Zeta in 1917, made it through two world Continue reading
At Homecoming 2014 current Gamma Zeta Worthy Master Jimmy Kowalczyk and Undergraduate Director of Alumni Relations Parker Pevitz recognized the Gamma Zeta pledge class of 1977.
They thanked the class of 77 for their generous donations of over $400,000 which led to the complete restoration of the Chapter Room/Dean Olson Room, the Study Room/JD Sinnock Room, Dining Room/EL Simmons Room and the dining room extension. Continue reading
Gamma Zeta alumni have created seven scholarships with an endowment of over $500,000 awarding nearly $20,000 per year to Gamma Zeta undergraduates. Criteria include academics, community service and leadership. We have an outstanding scholarship committee which includes: Continue reading
Congrats to Ron Henson ’60 who recently won the WI Sr Olympics for the 2nd year in a row winning both races he entered, a 10k Time Trail and a 20k Road Race. Last year he set a new State Record…this year he missed it by just 4 seconds.
This qualifies him for the National’s, in Minneapolis, July 2015. These Olympics have 22 disciplines such as track and field, archery, and weightlifting. They start at age 50 and awards are given in 5 year increments…so Ron competes with everyone, but will win (or lose) in his 75-79 age group.
Ron just started biking 11 years ago at age 65 so there’s still hope for all of us!! Thanks to Ron for the inspiration and good luck next July at Nationals!!
Saturday, October 18, 2014 two Gamma Zetas, Bill Erickson ’50 and Bob “Chick” Doster ’48 were inducted into the Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame. They join Walt Jr. Kirk ’46, Bill Small ’63 and Bruce Brothers ’56 who were previously inducted into the Hall giving Gamma Zeta a full starting five in the Hall of Fame… Incredible!! Unfortunately only Bill Small is still around to enjoy it. Thanks to Bill Erickson’s family for sharing the pictures!
We’re very excited to announce that Sam Gingher will play ATO’s restored Bechstein Grand Piano from 8:30 am – 11:00 am at brunch at the ATO Gamma Zeta Chapter house on Saturday morning October 25 at Homecoming. Sam is a fantastic pianist and ABD doctoral Piano Performance student, and Krannert Debut winner from last year. Here’s some more of his accomplishments: Continue reading
Please review this letter from Bill Forsyth ’83, a member of our current Scholarship Committee and former ATO National Thomas Arkle Clark Award Winner as the top ATO Undergraduate in the nation. Bill addresses the importance of university and community service and leadership – ‘GZ mentor letter (3) (1)