Alpha Tau Omega - University of Nebraska-Linocln

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Gamma Theta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega - University of Nebraska-Linocln

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under construction W e write you with some exciting news and with it a sense of urgency and hope. As time has passed since our chapter's suspension in 2015, we have had time to reflect. That time has made us realize how important Alpha Tau Omega is to our brothers, to the university, and soon, to many young men who should be given the same experience we had. On April 29, Alpha Tau Omega undergraduates and alumni leaders met with university officials to seek re-instatement as a fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The chapter conducted all of the required elements as part of its sanctions and made necessary, and much-needed, cultural changes. These included a letter of apology, sexual assault and alcohol training, leadership training, and character building exercises for all members. We are excited to tell you that the chapter has been re-instated as a recognized student organization, is approved for student housing, and the chapter will be able to recruit new members this summer. In high hopes that positive action would be taken by UNL this spring, the Gamma Theta House Board chose to move forward with much-needed construction work while the house was vacant, which was a year ahead of our original plan. To date, the inside of the house has been torn down to the studs from the third floor to the basement, including the kitchen, bathrooms, and the house parent quarters. Permitting has been applied for and remodeling work is underway. It is the goal to have the majority of the work done by the time school starts so that the house is livable come September. There will be some work that will continue past September, but our youngest brothers will have a place to call home once again—ON CAMPUS! Yes, we are moving forward! As a result, the urgency for re-energizing and completing our campaign over a very short timeline is of the highest importance. To date, we have raised $1,983,524, thanks to the support of 160 loyal alumni, but as you know, our total project cost is an estimated $3.2 million. This includes the expansion, the refurbishment work, and all furnishings, including beds, desks, chairs, kitchen equipment, etc. The math is simple—we still need to raise $1.2 million. Only 12% of alumni have made their commitment to the campaign, which means there are 1,143 alumni who are yet to contribute. With the news of our reinstatement, it is more imperative than ever to reach our fundraising goal and ensure Alpha Tau Omega has the best possible future as we return to campus. The house board has been working with Union Bank & Trust to obtain a construction loan, but we must show that alumni have made sufficient pledges. The reality is we need to raise $500,000 cash in the next 60 days to bridge the gap between the loan amount and the cash we have on hand while the pledges continue to come in. The remaining $700,000 can be in the form of pledges to be paid over a three-year timeline. INSIde: Thank You, Alumni • 2 Alumni Spotlight • 3 Chapter Report • 3 Save the Date • 4 alpha tau omega • university of nebraska-lincoln • spring 2016 University AnnoUnces AlphA tAU omegA As recognized stUdent orgAnizAtion campaign Board needs help now more than ever Before! (Continued on page 4)

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