5th Annual 2018 Tau Madness NCAA BBall Tourney challenge

Bill Barry ’77 presents “Tau Madness” trophy to 2014 winner Frank Kulze ’75

Enter the 5nd Annual 2018 “Tau Madness” NCAA Basketball Tourney Pool today!!

  • Test your NCAA basketball tourney picking skills against Gamma Zetas of all ages and around the world.
  • Make a $100 donation (we’re splitting the pot 50/50) between the pool winners and Feed My Starving Children, the undergrads’ “Signature” charity.
  • Take a chance of winning a great pot
  • Maybe get your name on a very cool trophy which will be displayed forever in the chapter house that you can show off to your children and grandchildren in the years to come!!
  • Most importantly earn bragging rights over Gamma Zeta brothers young and old!

Here are the rules.

  1. Make a $100 Donation for each entry by completing the form below.  You may submit multiple entries.  Just be sure to donate $100 for each entry.
  2. You’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions to register and enter your picks with our pool manager runyourpool.com.  (Note that you can set up your username and password now but will not be able to make your picks until after the final brackets are announced on “Selection Sunday” March 11.

You must make your donation and register and make your picks before the entry deadline of March 15 12:15 PM ET

Pick Settings
Entry deadline: March 15 12:15 PM ET
Multiple entries allowed: Yes
Scoring Settings
Points awarded for wins (by round)
First Four: Play-in games are not included or scored
Second Round: 1 pt.
Third Round: 2 pts.
Sweet 16: 4 pts.
Elite 8: 8 pts.
Final 4: 16 pts.
Championship: 32 pts.
Tiebreak
Championship game total points
First additional tiebreak: Pool points in Second Round
Second additional tiebreak: Pool points in Third Round
Pot
Split 50/50 between Feed My Starving Children and winners
Winners share will be split as follows:
1st place – 60%
2nd place – 25%
3rd place – 15%

Make your donation by clicking on the “Donate Here” button and completing the form below.

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RG Swedo Golf Outing – Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mark your calendars!! Just heard from Matt Massucci ’96 that the 2017 RG Swedo Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, August 12 this year. Top ATO Foursome wins the Matt Heldmann Trophy. Don’t miss it!! Watch this space for more details to come. Contact Matt directly with questions… especially if you’d like to be a sponsor this year – Matt Massucci ’96
(847) 304-0153
matt@hirewell.com

Phillip Coover ’04 interviews Bob Cavoto ’75 on “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast

Check out Phillip Coover’s ’04 latest “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast. His guest is Bob Cavoto ’75. Very interesting, entertaining and valuable interview whether you are in Real Estate or not and regardless of where you are in your career. – Here’s a link to download.  Be sure to give them a great rating on iTunes!!

Link to the Real Estate for Breakfast main page and all of Phil’s interviews.

Announcing – 3rd Annual 2016 Tau Madness NCAA Bracket Pool – Enter today!

Enter the 3nd Annual 2016 “Tau Madness” NCAA Basketball Tourney Bracket Challenge today!!

  • Test your NCAA basketball tourney picking skills against Gamma Zetas of all ages and around the world.
  • Make a donation to the house (we’re splitting the pot 50/50).
  • Take a chance of winning a great pot (last fall’s “Last Tau Standing” NFL Pool winner’s share was over $3,000!! and we think this will be even bigger!!)
  • Maybe get your name on a very cool trophy which will be displayed forever in the chapter house that you can show off to your children and grandchildren in the years to come!!
  • Most importantly earn bragging rights over Gamma Zeta brothers young and old!

Here are the rules.

  1. Make a $100 Donation for each entry by completing the form below.  You may submit multiple entries.  Just be sure to donate $100 for each entry.
  2. You’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions to register and enter your picks with our pool manager runyourpool.com.

You must make your donation and register and make your picks before the entry deadline of March 17 (Thu) at 12:15 PM ET .

Pick Settings
Entry deadline: March 17 (Thu) at 12:15 PM ET
Multiple entries allowed: Yes
Scoring Settings
Points awarded for wins (by round)
First Four: Play-in games are not included or scored
Second Round: 1 pt.
Third Round: 2 pts.
Sweet 16: 4 pts.
Elite 8: 8 pts.
Final 4: 16 pts.
Championship: 32 pts.
Tiebreak
Championship game total points
First additional tiebreak: Pool points in Second Round
Second additional tiebreak: Pool points in Third Round
Pot
Split 50/50 between ATO Gamma Zeta and winners
Winners share will be split as follows:
1st place – 60%
2nd place – 25%
3rd place – 15%

Make your donation by clicking on the “Add” button and completing the form below.

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Thanking our Veterans today – Walter T. Morey ’40

Walter Morey (2)

As a way to thank our Veterans today on Veterans’ Day, I thought that it would be interesting to share the nomination which was recently submitted for one of our own, Walter T. Morey ’40 for the University of Illinois Army ROTC Hall of Fame.  He had an exceptional career as a student, in the military and in civilian life and deserves to be recognized and remembered as do all of our many Gamma Zeta veterans.  We’ll find out during the spring of 2016 if he’s selected for the Hall of Fame.  Thanks to all of our veterans today!

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I’d like to nominate Major Walter T. Morey ’40 for the Army ROTC Hall of Fame.  Here is some information about him:

Born: August 02, 1918
Died: March 18, 2009
Early life:
  • 1936 Graduate of Stephen Decatur high school with honors
  • Reached Eagle rank with two palms as a Boy Scout
  • Served as Assistant Scoutmaster
College life:
  • 1940 Graduate of the University of Illinois
  • Appointed in 1939 as Student Colonel to lead the 4,000 students in the University ROTC Brigade by Col. Fred R. Brown Commandant with approval of A.C. Willard, President of the University
  • Maintained an academic average in the College of Commerce of 3.92 and a military average of 5.0
  • Winner of the University gold medal, as the most outstanding sophomore cadet
  • Winner of the Connor’ cups for the best drilled freshman and sophomore in the field artillery in 1937 and 1938
  • Won the Hazelton medal during his first year basic course as the best cadet of that rank
  • Awarded an excellence bar with three stars for maintaining a military standing in the upper 4 percent of his class
  • Member of three military fraternities—Caisson club, Scabbard and Blade and Pershing Rifles
  • Member of Skull and Crescent, freshman activity honorary and Sachem, sophomore activity honorary, Ma-Wan-Da senior honorary society
  • Business Manager of the Illio
  • Active in Star Cross, Student Alumni Association, Accountancy Club and the YMCA
  • Cabinet member of the Inter-fraternity council
  • President of the Military Council
  • Chairman of the Military Ball
  • Treasurer and then President of the Student senate
  • Member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
  • 1947 Graduate of Harvard Law School
Military:
  • During WWII, served three years of active duty with the 36th Field Artillery in North Africa, Italy and France. Major Morey’s unit was the first to fire on the mainland of Europe in 1943
  • At the outbreak of the Korean War, he served as a battalion commander in Korea until 1951
  • Awarded the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and three French Croix de Guerre
Post Military:
  • Attorney in Decatur
  • Founded and served as Chairman of the Board of Soy Capital Bank
  • Founded Security Savings and Loan
  • Partner in the development of Brettwood Village Shopping Center
  • Elected to the Decatur City Council in 1960 and served for six years
  • Trustee at Millikin University
  • Member of the University of Illinois President’s Council
  • President of the Decatur Bar Association, Rotary, United Way of Macon County and the American Red Cross in Decatur
  • He served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church
More info:
Link to great Daily Illini article from when Walter Morey was selected to be Colonel of the student ROTC Corp at Illinois – 039-DIL-1939-04-23-001-SINGLE (2)

Gamma Zetas to participate in Medical/Dental Mission trip to Honduras in 2016

Paul and Joe with the children of El Cacao

Paul and Joe with the children of El Cacao

Gamma Zeta Alumnus Dr. Seth Berl ’78 has participated in 20 medical/dental mission trips to Honduras and led them for the last 13 years.  Dr. Tom Sullivan ’78 has joined Seth for the last four years.  Last year for the first time, two Gamma Zeta undergrads, Joe Pearson ’15 and Paul Jaroslawski ’15 joined the team and had an incredible experience.  We’re very pleased to announce that Gamma Zeta alumni will be sponsoring at least two undergrads to join the trip again March 5-12, 2016.

We’ll pick two ATO Gamma Zeta undergrads to partially sponsor (we’ll pay the $950 ground costs… you pay flight and incidentals) from applicants who meet all of the following criteria and complete the following application by Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:59 pm Central (no excuses… get your fully completed applications in early).  We will notify those selected by Wednesday, Decmeber 9 via email.

If you have any additional questions about the trip, please contact Dr. Seth Berl 229-850-0019 or sberl@moultriega.net
Criteria:
  1. Complete and submit application below by Wednesday, December 2 at 11:59 PM Central to be considered.
  2. Must have a valid Passport that does not expire in 2016 and submit copy via separate email to daneluhrsen@gmail.com by Wednesday, December 2 at 11:59 PM Central.
  3. Must agree to personally fund and purchase airline ticket and cover incidental expenses (estimated at approximately $600-$800 for ticket and $100-$200 for incidentals)
  4. Ticket must be purchased on a flight that coordinates with Dr. Berl for ground transportation in Honduras
  5. Must personally coordinate all your own transportation in the United States to and from airport
  6. Must be in good academic standing and personally work out details with instructors to miss class.
  7. Must agree to do a daily “blog” on ATO website while in Honduras to report back your experiences
  8. Must agree to participate if selected

APPLICATION

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Please welcome our newest Gamma Zetas!

12033035_411733359032535_4228559273444949758_nPlease welcome our newest Gamma Zeta’s – the new member class of 2019!  Welcome guys to a lifetime of ATO!!  Congrats to our rush team led by ’17s Sam Selby, Juliano Florio and Michael Weinstein who brought in this great class.  Very cool that it includes at least three legacies – Will McCarty, son of Bill McCarty ’79, nephew of Matt McCarty ’90 and Grandson of Bill McCarty ’54.  Sean Ewert, son of Dr. Greg Ewert ’82 and Matt Kleinhans, brother of Joe ’17 and Robert Kleinhans ’15.  Sorry if I missed any more.  This class is in good hands now with Joe Hagerty ’17 who will take over as VP of New Member Training.
Meet the ’19s…
Adam Maksimovich Burr Ridge IL Political Science
Andre Kohn Palos Park, IL Actuarial Science
Billy Barbour Orland Park Chemcial Engineering
Clay Dargert Frankfort Kinesiology
Colin Michels Downers Grove, IL Consumer Economics and Finance
Connor Sklena Glenview Undecided
Dan Gilbert Woodridge,IL Biology
Daniel Reinke Elmhurst Business
Dino DeVivo Norridge, IL Finance / Accounting
Doug Garza Cheltenham, PA Aerospace Engineering
Emery Parker Wadsworth, IL Accountancy
Eric Denby Downers Grove Undecided
Fayez Hneiti Palos Hills, IL Biology
Hayden Chromy Homer Glen Actuarial Science
Joey D’Alessandro South Elgin, IL Undecided
John Nolan Chicago Economics
Ketan Patel Chicago Industrial Engineering
Mark Diamond Lockport, Il Undecided
Matt Kleinhans Elmhurst Business
Matt Wicks Skokie, IL Kinesiology
Michael Kozyra Elmwood Park Undecided
Neal Currie Jerseyville, Il Undecided
Robert Dunn Elmhurst, IL Civil Engineering
Steve Vogrich Lake Forest Engineering Undeclared
Steven Berg Elmhurst Biology
Tigue Chimack Bartlett undecided
Tyler Kalinich Elmhurst I-Health
Will McCarty Winnetka Econ
Brandon Gilligan Naperville, IL Political Science
Josh Chopra Queens, NY Mathematics
Ross Tizes Chicago, IL Economics
Quinn Gaughan Lake Forest, IL Business
Sean Ewert Lake Forest, IL Engineering Undeclared