• Alpha Gamma Rho Philanthropy 2011


    Just as last years philanthropy Bringin’ the Heat; this years first shot at the Firefighter Face-Off was just as successful. With the support of Chi Omega, Phi Mu, Alpha Chi Omega, Zeta Tau Alpha and of course Sigma Alpha the weeklong event list played out to be quite successful. Between serenades, interviews, a barbeque and don’t forget the Face-Off competition on the same week as Greek Week there was hardly time to relax. Regardless, the men of Alpha Gamma Rho know the importance of giving back to the community and this goes to prove it. Despite the bad weather everyone showed up willing to lend a hand to support True North and the local Burn Unit.


    Many women from all the participating sororities showed up bright and early ready to participate or cheer on their teams for Saturdays Firefighter Face-Off. The Columbia Fire Department not only volunteered their time but also three of their fire trucks to help with the competition. Between relays, balloon drops, tug-of-war and of course the hose-down competition the day was literally a blast! Participants went from cold and tired to wet and wild in a matter of minutes after turning on spectators with live fire hoses.


    Again, the men of Alpha Gamma Rho love to volunteer their time to help the community, but there is no doubt this event could not have been successful without the help of the Columbia Fire Department and the wonderful ladies that participated throughout the week. Of course lets not forget our sponsors from all over Columbia as well as surrounding cities.


    With the help of all these generous people Alpha Gamma Rho was able to raise $4,000 to give to our great beneficiaries. This money is used to do many services; within the George David Peak Memorial Burn and Wound Center the money goes to deliver world-class care to the people of Missouri, train the health care professionals of tomorrow and conduct groundbreaking research that improves and saves lives. While True North uses these moneys to have outreach practices, special counseling services and even provide shelter to battered, abused and neglected women and their children, all in hopes of getting them safely back out on their own. We hope next year to have a well established word of mouth concerning our beneficiaries and our overall philanthropy and therefore have even more participation. With more participation comes more profit that can go to better these great organizations and what they strive to do to help our community. Please continue to our Media Gallery to view more pictures of the event.



    2011 AGR Classic: Blizzard Attempts to Stop the Show


    Oh, the weather outside was frightful, and the roads were not delightful, but as long as we have a Classic, let it snow, let it snow, let us show! Indeed, the show did proceed on schedule. More than 17 inches of snow, hazardous road conditions and a last minute change in venue were only some of the challenges faced by the Classic committee and the exhibitors at the 17th Annual AGR Classic held Feb. 5-6 at the Midway Exhibition Center west of Columbia. A total of 197 young exhibitors brought 120 heifers and 137 steers from Missouri and Iowa, among other states, to compete in the first points of 2011.Thanks to the hard work of the Classic tri-directors Tony Ryan, Michael Gillum and Chase Heath, the show was well organized, and they were prepared for making so many last minute changes. Nearly every Theta brother that wasn’t working on Founder’s Day could be found setting up stalls, shoveling snow, weighing in cattle, shoveling snow, registering exhibitors, shoveling snow…well, you get the picture.Kirk Sterwalt was the judge. A special thank you goes out to alumnus Kyle Allen (’06), our ring announcer for the past five years.


    Excellence Continues at Theta Chapter


    The College  of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources hosted their Celebration of Excellence 2011 on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at the Reynolds Alumni Center.  The annual banquet and awards presentation honors outstanding faculty, staff, alumni and students.



    Theta Chapter was well represented in every category.  The Alumni of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Robert “Bud” Hertzog (Theta ‘49).  Brother Hertzog founded and manages one of the most extensive veterinary practices in the Midwest, is part president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and past executive chairman of the American Veterinarian Medical Association and has been official veterinarian for both the Kansas City Zoo and the Kansas City American Royal.    He also found time to serve on the Jackson County Legislature, the Lee’s Summit School Board and the Missouri  State 4-H Board of Directors.  Charles Kruse, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation said it best, “For Bud, his time at MU opened doors to a world he now takes pride in offering others the chance to enter.”


    An Alumni Honorary Membership Award was presented to Dr. Jim Spain, (Theta 2001) currently vice provost at Mizzou.  Before assuming his job as provost, Dr. Spain was a professor in animal sciences.  Those who know him say Spain is one of the best examples of a well-rounded, land-grant faculty member.  He uses his teaching, research and outreach to make an impact around the state on students, members of the agriculture community and in economic development in Missouri.


    A 2010 Mumford Outstanding Staff Award was presented to James Hundle (Theta 2009)  James is Administrative Assistant to CAFNR Dean Thomas Payne (Theta 2001).  Best described as a “mover and shaker,” he gets things done.  One of his responsibilities includes managing The Gathering Place, a bed and breakfast owned by CAFNR Alumni and leased to the Hotel and Restaurant Management Department of CAFNR.  Another of his projects is Mizzou Central, a face for the University each August at the Missouri State Fair.  In addition to promoting CAFNR to 350,000 attendees, Buck’s Ice Cream, made at Eckles Hall, is sold at the fair. Members of Theta Chapter manage and sell hundreds of gallons of ice cream to fair goers.


    Dalton Brown (Theta 2008) was selected by CAFNR Student Council as the Outstanding Junior.  An animal science major with a pre-veterinary emphasis, he is from Exeter, Missouri.  This year he was selected for prestigious CAFNR student honors that included the Dickinson Scholars program, CAFNR Student Development Board and CAFNR Student Council, where he was team leader for the student recruitment group.


    Bryant Kagay (Theta 2010) of Maysville, Missouri was nominated for Outstanding Freshman, Jacob Buehler (Theta ’09) of North Kansas City was nominated for Outstanding Sophomore, and Jason Reichert (Theta ’07) was nominated for Outstanding Senior.  The senior winner will be announced at graduation on May  14, 2011.


    And finally, Alpha Gamma Rho was selected as the Outstanding CAFNR Organization for 2011.  During the past year members can point to their important leadership roles throughout the campus and the college.  The chapter’s philanthropic achievements have been equally impressive.  Our philanthropy netted just over $5,000 for True North, the Columbia area shelter for battered women.  AGR Classic attracted 200 exhibitors and over 400 head of cattle.  And finally, participation in fund-raising projects at Greek Week and Rocking Against Multiple Sclerosis (RAMS) added to our philanthropic success. 



    The Blizzard of 2011


    The blizzard of 2011 blanketed much of Missouri, shutting down traffic and closing the University of Missouri for a record three days – February 1, 2, & 3.  Nearly every retail business in Columbia was closed on Wednesday including the Mall, most restaurants, and several grocery stores and gas stations.


    It wasn’t business as usual at 602 S. College – it was crazy.  While some brothers shoveled the walks and dug out the parking lot for the adventurous with 4-wheel drive trucks, others helped Mom Marty who took over cooking for two days.  Of course, there were snowball fights, a snow fort built in the front yard, and cookies and milk for the snowbound.


    We survived and managed to successfully pull off the AGR Classic Cattle Show which was moved to Midway and Founder’s Day which was moved to the Chapter House.   Over 100 alumni, from across the state, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma and Illinois made it to Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 5 to attend one of the weekend events which included the Founder’s Day activities, initiation, Classic, Ag. Unlimited, a 50th birthday celebration and for some, the Tigers basketball game. All in all, February’s whiteout may have slowed us down, but in no way did it stop Alpha Gamma Rho.



    Cassville Man Nominated to Mizzou Board


    Gov. Jay Nixon on Jan. 26 nominated Cassville man Donald Cupps to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators for a term ending Jan. 1, 2017. The board oversees operation of the university's four campuses at Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis, according to a news release from the governor's office. Cupps practices law as the attorney for the city of Cassville, as the attorney for the Barry County Industrial Development Authority and at his own practice, Ellis, Cupps and Cole PC, also of Cassville. He serves on the board of trustees for the Public School Retirement System of Missouri and has previous board experience for the South Barry County Hospital District, the County Employee Retirement Fund and the Cassville Industrial Development Corporation. "Don Cupps has long-standing, strong ties to the University of Missouri and to rural Missouri,” Nixon said in the release. Cupps obtained his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri and his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. His wife, Mary, both of his parents, and his brother, David, also are graduates of the university. The University of Missouri Board of Curators consists of nine members appointed by the governor. Appointments are subject to approval by the Missouri Senate. "His dedication to public education and community service, and his experience in the business and agricultural communities will serve the people of Missouri well on the board of curators," Nixon said in the release. "I know he will continue to be a strong voice for rural Missouri in this position.”


    Source:Springfield Business Journal