Zeta Beta Tau - Cornell University

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Kappa Chapter of Zeta Beta Tau at Cornell University

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KAPPA CHAPTER OF ZETA BETA TAU FRATERNITY AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY | FALL 2018 EDGECLIFF NEWS THE Transforming Edgecliff Help Sustain Kappa's Future at Cornell M any considerable, exciting changes are in progress at 1 Edgecliff Place. This summer saw the installation of new Wi-Fi rout- ers, which significantly upgraded the system, as well as kitchen improvements, including new flooring and lighting in the second- and third-floor hallways. The storage areas were all cleaned out in addition to the upgrades. Later this fall, we plan to paint and add up- graded flooring in the first-floor common ar- eas. We look forward to sharing more renova- tion updates in our next issue! We are grateful for the alumni support that allows us to continue improving Kappa's chapter house, and we welcome you to stop by and see the great improvements completed by Sunny Brook Builders and our facilities manager, Dean Shea. We strive to provide top-notch living spac- es for our members, and ask that you take time to consider what your own experience at Kappa meant to you. Improvements like these mean that we are able to recruit men of character who exemplify the strong values of Zeta Beta Tau. If you would like to help Kappa continue to grow and build a stronger, more successful chapter, please consider making a donation online today: http://bit.ly/2wEUvQL Supporting Kappa sustains the chapter for current and future brothers, just as alumni did while we were active members. Your in- volvement is essential for retaining the true meaning of Kappa, ZBT, and what it means to be a fraternity man. We encourage you to vol- unteer, attend alumni events, or stop by the chapter house on your way through Ithaca. Fraternally, David Burrows '91 President, Kappa Foundation Inc. (917) 373-6299 / dmburrows@optonline.net A s a refounding father of the Kappa Chapter of Zeta Beta Tau, Todd Ackerman '89 had an opportuni- ty that most aren't able to experience. Along with his good friends, they were able to refound and mold the Kappa Chapter into what it is today—even securing their chapter house after discovering a sorority house was using it and the lease was up. "We decided to start from scratch, dictate the culture, and find people who wanted to do the same thing," he shared. Upon graduating from Cornell with a bachelor's degree in economics, Todd realized it was important to him to work for himself. He has spent the last 25 years in the insurance business. His firm is Cedar Point Finan- cial Services. Todd specializes in life and disability in- surance planning, with an emphasis on helping people save money for retirement and defer income taxes. As an independent broker, he is able to represent any com- pany or carrier, and most importantly, set his own schedule. There is no question that Zeta Beta Tau has had a large impact on his business. "People like to do business with those they like and know," he shared. There's a natural connection between brothers, and Todd has taken the "brotherhood for life" mantra to heart. He remains in touch with his Kappa brothers, as well as ZBT alumni from across the country as the co-president of the ZBT Los Angeles Alumni Association. They meet for quarterly lunches and other events throughout the year. Todd advises both current and future members to take advantage of these connections, as "you never know when your paths may cross again." He believes that the fraternity experi- ence while in college is almost an entirely different college experience from those who don't get involved with Greek life. "The fraternity provides structure and the opportunity to meet like-minded people who share similar values," he explained. Having the perspective and clarity he does now, Todd feels lucky to have been able to have that experience. In addition to keeping up with his Kappa brothers, Todd enjoys spending his summers at a lake house he built seven years ago in the Adirondack Mountains, and the other half in Santa Monica, California. He also trains and competes in IronMan triathlons. Most importantly, he cherishes his time spent with his family, especially his two daughters. Todd looks forward to helping future young men follow the same path he did to Kappa and ZBT, so others can have the benefits of the fraternity—a brotherhood for life. You can connect with Todd at todd@toddackerman.net. Refounding Father, Proud Alumnus WHY TODD ACKERMAN '89 BELIEVES IN THE ZBT EXPERIENCE

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