Phi Kappa Tau - Mississippi State University

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Alpha Chi Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau at Mississippi State University

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P H I K A P PA TA U 2 P hi Kappa Tau is a fraternity founded on learning, leadership, character and, most importantly, brotherhood. As a sophomore at Mississippi State, this is exactly what Durward Dunn '72 found the Alpha Chi Chapter to be. "At the time, the fit seemed right," he recalled. After 45 years of membership, the brothers he met as an undergraduate remain his longstanding friends. While at Mississippi State, Durward pursued a degree in management. He now manages a family construction company in New Orleans specializing in marine and heavy construction. Alpha Chi's brotherhood brought Durward the "exposure to interaction and leadership" he needed for his career. But it was the moments between classes, tests, and studying that Durward still remembers as an alumnus. He recalls the first ΦKT crawfish boil he attended, dances and the gun club, cow pasture socializing—moments of brotherhood that endured long past college. Now an alumnus, Durward frequently returns to campus. "I have attended two crawfish boils, one on Hwy 82 and the other at the new temporary house," he said. "The active chapter members are almost as smart as we were. Their commitment impressed me." After the announcement of the Embracing Your Alpha Chi Legacy campaign, Durward knew this was his chance to make a difference in the future of Alpha Chi. "My contribution is just a small part of an effort by many to bring back and reestablish a strong presence on campus, and a chance to add direction to a strongly motivated chapter," he shared. By joining the campaign, his donation will help build the new, three-story chapter house vital to Alpha Chi's long-term success. To those yet to join the campaign, Durward encourages you to "look back and then forward to see how you can help offer our great Phi Tau experience to others. It is time to step forward." Durward and his wife of 42 years, Catherine Chiappinelli (a Phi Tau little sister), live in New Orleans. Together they have four children and four grandchildren. When not occupied by business, Durward spends his time watching MSU sports and working on a weekend house in "Starkvegas" with Ross Hamilton '72 and Mike Waggener '72. "Ross, our wives, and I have traveled for the last 5-6 years together," he shares. You can connect with Durward at EMBRACING YOUR ALPHA CHI LEGACY REMEMBERING ALPHA CHI, HONORING ITS FUTURE Durward Dunn '72 Shares the Importance of the Embracing Your Alpha Chi Legacy Campaign Paul H. Dunn Society ($250,000 and above) William Jones '60 Alpha Chi Society ($100,000 to $249,999) Red Carnation Ball Society ($50,000 to $99,999) Robert N. Forbes '71* 304 South Jackson Street Society ($25,000 to $49,999) Malcolm N. Outlaw '67 Durward B. Dunn III '72 Cindy and David Rice '72 Mike Waggener '72 In memory of Katherine H. Waggener Robert DeMetz '88 Silver Goblet Society ($15,000 to $24,999) John Johnson '64 Alan Wilson '77 Thomas Clayton '85 Barry S. Toney '85 Sonny Pryor '87 The Crest Society ($10,000 to $14,999) Michael S. Albright '67 Stanley Presley '70 Glenn Marchant '74 Joseph T. Drake III '75 Paul D. Smith '81 Eric M. Jonas'85 Brent E. Brockway '88 Lost Weekend Society ($5,000 to $9,999) Bo Mayfield '60* Don Lovelace '67* Larry G. Kirk '68 Tony Acosta '71 In memory of Margaret Moore Acosta Ross Hamilton '72 John W. Starr, Jr., '77 Thomas Majors '78 William Dale Tate '78 William R. Fant, III '81 Joseph C. Lambert '81 Scott Seabrook '84 David Hataway '86 William Irby '86 Dennis Daniels '90 Thomas L. Stennis, III '91 Crossroads Society ($2,500 to $4,999) Oliver Anderson '58 In memory of Anthony Marucci '58 Douglas Hogue '64 Donald P. Hinman '71 Thomas M. Gladney '72 Mike Powell '81* David Gibson '82 Steve Porter '84 In memory of Jamie Irwin Harry Day '88 Stuart Lee '88 William M. Bedgood '90 The Fallen Wing Society ($1,000 to $2,499) Bill I. Ware '60* William M. Bost, Jr. '63 Robert White '63 Donald Family Gift Charlie Donald '75 George Donald '78 David Donald '81 Denis 'Snoot' Everett '75 William Hinman '75 Gordon Burke '78* Rich Aust '79 Richy Bibb '79* Scott Phillips '79* Jay Milton '83* Russ Kern '86* Keith Wilkins '86* In memory of Kevin Wilkins '82 Calvin Morris '88* * Denotes gifts raised prior to October of 2016 MAKE YOUR MARK ON PHI KAPPA TAU Join Our Growing List of Supporters Today! W e are truly grateful to the following brothers and friends who have committed $750,037 to Alpha Chi's campaign. Through your support, you can help Phi Kappa Tau once again have its own permanent home at Mississippi State. Each donor contributing $2,500 or more will be recognized on a prominently displayed plaque, and all donors above $1,000 will be recognized in campaign publications unless otherwise requested. If you feel an error has been made in recording your gift, we sincerely apologize. Please contact our campaign coordinator at (785) 843-1661 with any corrections. Thank you for your support! Campaign Status At-a-Glance As of August 29, 2017 $1.5 Million Goal $750,037 Written Commitments 61 Donors 574 Active Alumni 10.6% Total Participation

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