Alpha Tau Omega - Florida State University

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega at Florida State University

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V I K I N G THE NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF EPSILON SIGMA CHAPTER OF ALPHA TAU OMEGA AT FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY - FALL 2017 a t o f s u . c o m New House Plans Moving Forward Almost 70 years in the making, ATW purchased three parcels of property in Tallahassee on July 7, 2016. Today, ATW owns 608, 616, and 618 West Lafayette Street, a prime on-campus location almost equidistant between the Westcott Fountain and the Tucker Civic Center. Built in the early 1960s, the property contains an existing 20-unit apartment complex and two, four-person townhouses. The facilities are functional, but not attractive. The House Corporation intends to engage an architect to develop a master plan for redeveloping the property and building a more traditional fraternity house facility. However, before the design work can begin, the House Corporation had to work with Poole Engineering and Surveying and the City of Tallahassee to address a large right-of-way easement FSU has on the street side of the property. After months of negotiations, the City has agreed to reduce the size of the easement by nearly 50%. The reduced easement provides ATW with much more space on which to build and will influence the property master plan. Final city approval is expected this fall. "Once the easement issue is behind us," explained Vice President of Housing Chris Diaz '85, "we can start the redevelopment planning process and design something really special for ATW." New House Project Phases 1. Acquire Property – COMPLETE 2. Resolve University right-of-way easement – NEARLY COMPLETE 3. Select architect – NEARLY COMPLETE 4. Develop a master plan for the property 5. Determine cost of renovation and construction plan 6. Finalizing financing and fundraising options 7. Select general contractor/builder 8. Secure construction financing 9. Begin construction 10. Complete construction 11. Celebrate In Memory of Brother and Former Chapter Advisor Skip Smith '79 William P. "Skip" Smith Jr. '79, 56, of Tallahassee, Florida, entered Chapter Eternal on September 4, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Skip was born on September 7, 1960, in Tallahassee to William P. "Skipper" Smith and Ann Carlisle Smith. He married the love of his life and devoted partner, Sharon Cook Smith, on August 15, 1998. After graduating from North Florida Christian School in 1978 and the Florida State University in 1982, where he majored in accounting and finance, Skip began his banking career with Tallahassee's Barnett Bank in 1984. After 14 years in small business and consumer lending roles, Skip joined Capital City Bank in 1998 and made countless contributions to the institution's business banking area while rising through the ranks. The consummate professional, Skip was well respected for a banking expertise accumulated from more than three decades in the industry and an unwavering standard of service that quickly became his trademark. Skip was every bit a skilled and accomplished banker, but his life's resume contains so much more than professional achievements. One of the traits that stands out most when remembering Skip is his heart, because it could be seen in everything he touched. He was endlessly kind and generous beyond measure. Everyone, whether client, family member, friend, or one of the thousands of members of the community who benefitted from Skip's passionate philanthropy, got Skip's best. He held back nothing. Skip was a member of the Jackson Masonic Lodge and Marzuq Shrine Temple of Tallahassee, where he was devoted to helping raise funds for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. For 20 years, he served on the board of the Florida Sheriffs Association Committee of 99, which honors outstanding service among (Continued on page 2)

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