Phi Kappa Tau - Mississippi State University

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Alpha Chi Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau at Mississippi State University

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ALPHA C HI REVIEW P H I K A P PA TA U | A L P H A C H I C H A P T E R | S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 THE Embracing Your Alpha Chi Legacy Recognized Nationally A t the end of 2018, the Embracing Your Alpha Chi Legacy campaign reached new heights. We were recognized by the national fraternity for the most dollars raised for a housing campaign as well as the highest number of first-time donors. We are incredibly thankful for all of you who have aided our efforts thus far. This year we need your help to take another momentous step forward in our campaign—reaching $1,000,000. As you may have read in a recent letter from the campaign board, Brother Bill Jones '60 has issued a challenge to all alumni. Bill is looking for 40 brothers to step up and make a gift or pledge of $2,500—and he'll match these gifts dollar for dollar up to $100,000 through April! We have already reached 57.7% of our campaign goal, but we need fur- ther support to reach the finish line. To complete the 15,800-square-foot, 14-bedroom chapter house we are envisioning, it's imperative we reach our goal of $1.5 million. Alpha Chi deserves a home befitting our strong heritage at Mississippi State and in Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. For those still on the fence, there has never been a better time to join our efforts. Gifts can be spread over five years, and through the end of April, your gift makes twice the impact thanks to Bill Jones. Through donating to Alpha Chi you not only confirm the power of the Phi Tau experience, but the importance of alumni involvement in the preservation of our chapter. It's our time to make a difference; it's our time to act. Love and Respect, William Jones '60 Barry Toney '85 Campaign Co-Chairman Campaign Co-Chairman (919) 417-1947 (214) 926-3348 Will You Join This Historic Campaign? T he year was 1948. Howard Alexander Wilson and a band of brothers founded the Beta Epsi- lon Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau at the University of Southern Mississippi. Thirty years later his son, Howard "Alan" Wilson '77, was initiated into the Alpha Chi Chapter at Mississippi State. While his father's connection kept him interested in Phi Kappa Tau, Alpha Chi always stood out to Alan from the other fraternities on campus. "I joined because I felt comfortable with the broth- ers I met. I stayed because the fraternity helped me mature and grow." Throughout college, Alpha Chi was at the center of many of Alan's favorite memories. He fondly recalls playing pool and foosball with his brothers at the chapter house. He also remembers attending the mostly influential and educational chapter meetings. Not to mention, it was at a swap with Zeta Tau Alpha that Alan met his wife of 37 years, Karen Tupper, who was one of Alpha Chi's Little Sisters. Along with the great memories and wonderful connections Alan made through Alpha Chi, it also offered him life skills that helped him become the man he is today. "We learned how to live on our own and balance our lives without the supervision of our families." Alpha Chi's leadership opportu- nities gave him the tools to succeed throughout his professional career. With all the gifts Alpha Chi has given Alan, there was never a question about donating to the campaign. EMBRACING THE TRADITION Why Howard "Alan" Wilson '77 Supports Alpha Chi's Future (Continued on page 6)

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