Congratulations All Around!

Congratulations are in order!

My Syracuse friends were celebrating Coach Jim Boeheim’s 1,000 win. He is a graduate of Syracuse where he became a member of the Delta Upsilon chapter.


Jim Boeheim during his years playing on the Syracuse basketball team.


Yesterday, Super Bowl LI dominated the twitterverse.  The first time I saw it written like that it took my brain a few minutes to realize the game wasn’t being played on Long Island and that LI referred to it being the 51st Super Bowl. My favorite part was the coin toss. The Pi Phi and the Deke did a great job with it! (Barbara Bush went to Smith College where there are no NPC organizations, but in her post-White House years she became an alumna initiate of the Texas A&M chapter of Pi Beta Phi.)


Bill Belichick, the coach of the winning team, is a Chi Psi. He was initiated in the chapter at Wesleyan University, the second chapter of Chi Psi.


The Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Central Conference took place in Indianapolis over the weekend. Kudos to the winners of the Order of Omega Case Study Competition. They are from Washington State University and they generously donated their $250 prize to the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation ( What a wonderful way to celebrate winning!


On February 6, 1911, a birth took place in Tampico, Illinois. The young boy’s early years involved moving around from one small Illinois town to another. He entered Eureka College with a little luck and a little chance. There he became a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter. His experiences at that college and in that chapter stayed with him his entire life. Would anyone have imagined that the TKE would someday be the 40th President of the United States? When Ronald Reagan died, the Eureka College TKE Chapter President was on the invitation list.

The Ronald Reagan statue at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan.


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