Greek Honors Night
Alpha Gamma Rho was very successful this year at the 2012 Greek Honors banquet on Wednesday October 3. Theta Chapter brought home the Excellence Cup chapter award, which recognizes the top ranked fraternity on campus. Criteria for the award include academics, risk management, member development, unity/diversity, recruitment, and service/philanthropy. Additionally, individual awards were given to Britt Kagay for the Nathan L. Shore IFC scholarship and Ryan Milhollin for the outstanding faculty advisor.
2012 Founders' Day
Brothers past and present assembled on Saturday, March 3, 2012, to celebrate Founders’ Day of Theta Chapter. The day began at the Chapter House with registration and a continental breakfast. At 10:30 a.m. the brothers moved to the Chapter Room for the annual business meeting. There was much to celebrate as the accomplishments of the past year were presented to the alumni in attendance. Thanks to the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, two vans were provided to transport those wanting a ride to Elm Street Ballroom for a great luncheon. Afterward, Chapter awards were presented. Awards were followed by recognition of members present for the 10 year and 50 years classes. The undergraduates would like to thank all alumni and guest who traveled from Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and throughout Missouri to be with us this year. We appreciate your continued support to Theta Chapter. The silent auction raised over $1,200, which will be used to cover undergraduate expenses at the Alpha Gamma Rho National Convention this summer in Vermont.
Pictured above: 50 year members of Theta Chapter
Pictured above: 10 year members of Theta Chapter
Mizzou Homecoming 2012
Theta Chapter had a great showing again in Homecoming this year with the pairing of Alpha Chi Omega and Tau Kappa Epsilon. The theme for the pairing was Wild Wild West. The Float, Skit, and other various events followed the Western theme, while the overall Mizzou theme was Many Tigers, One Roar. While the undergraduates were not able to pull off a back to back championship, they still did exceptionally well. With great competitors, the competition was one not to be forgotten. Here is how the pairing faired in individual events:
Blood- 1st Service-1st Merchandise- 1st Royalty-3rd Campus Decorations- 4th Decorate the District-4th Banner-1st Parade/Float- 1st Skit- 2nd
OVERALL- 3rd Place
The 101st Homecoming was a great success, and we, the men at Theta Chapter look to build on our success looking into the future. We would also like the thank the lovely ladies of Alpha Chi Omega and the men of Tau Kappa Epsilon for being a great pairing. We wish both chapters good luck in the future.
The week of Sept. 17-22, members of Alpha Gamma Rho partnered with the Columbia Fire Department to host the third annual Firefighter Face-Off. The George David Peak Memorial Burn Unit and True North Women's Shelter were the beneficiaries of this philanthropy. The week-long event included banner participation, queen candidate interviews, serenades, T-shirt sales and the actual firefighter competition. In the back lot of the fraternity house, local firefighters of the Columbia Fire Department assisted in the fire hose competitions, tug of war, fire suit relay and water ballon drop. Thanks to all of the sororities, firefighters, and members of Alpha Gamma Rho for making this a successful event.
Popp/McBee Memorial Golf Tournament
A big thank you and congratulations go to Brothers Cory Gregg, Shannon Weber, and Jake Kirtley for heading up a very successful Popp/McBee Memorial Golf Tournament! Lake of the Woods Golf Course was the setting for the 84 golfers (21 teams) who participated in the tournament. Sponsorships, participation fees, mulligans and a raffle raised more than $4,500 for Theta Scholarships.
AGR National Convention 2012
Brothers from across the United States gathered in Burlington, Vermont, July 29 through July 31 to celebrate brotherhood in Alpha Gamma Rho. Theta Chapter was well represented with delegates and also achievements. The brothers who attended (and Mom Marty) had a wonderful experience meeting other brothers and exploring Burlington. Theta Brother Charlie Napier was inducted into the AGR Hall of Fame and Theta Chapter came home with the following awards.
- Maynard Coe Chapter Efficiency Award (top ranked AGR chapter)
- Gold Chapter Status
- Alumni Relations (Highest Honor)
- Recruitment Excellence (High Honor)
- Website (High Honor)
- Best Single Crescent (High Honor)
- Best Management Program (High Honor) - Marty Napier
- Promotion of Cultural & Social Practices (Honorable Mention) - Marty Napier
- Outstanding Adviser (Highest Honor) - Ryan Milhollin
Brandon Thiel named CAFNR's Outstanding Senior
Brandon Thiel, recent plant sciences graduate, Marshall, Mo., was named CAFNR’s Outstanding Senior for 2011-2012. During his time at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Thiel served on the CAFNR Steering Week Committee, CAFNR Student Council, MU Homecoming Committee, Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, and others; all with an executive or officer role.
He studied abroad in New Zealand in addition to taking part in three different internships. In the words of his nominator, Dr. David Trinklein, “It’s only once in a great while that a student emerges who so clearly outdistances himself relative to academic performance, extra-curricular involvement and personal achievement.” In his application, Thiel wrote, “I just consider myself a regular student who has been presented with some great opportunities.”
Charles Napier Receives AGR's Highest Honor
Charles A. Napier, outstanding alumnus and technology specialist, received Alpha Gamma Rho's highest honor in Burlington, Vt. on July 31. Alpha Gamma Rho, with 55,000 members nationwide, inducted Napier into the Hall of Fame.
With a well-versed background in advertising and information technology, Napier has had many opportunities to showcase his talent with audio/video work after graduating from Missouri in 1965. Since graduating, he has worked for a number of broadcasting companies, universities, and for the past ten years, the University of Florida Foundation, Inc. Currently he is chief technology officer.
Napier's dedication to Alpha Gamma Rho emanates through his numerous leadership roles. He has served as Executive Vice President (now referred to as Vice Grand President), and he served on the National Board of Directors from 1998 until 2004. He continues to serve the Fraternity as the Multimedia Coordinator, a position he has held since 2002. He has been an advocate for the Brotherhood Program, serving as a coach when the program was implemented in 1992, which involved conducting training programs at Iowa State, Missouri and Truman State. He has been involved with numerous committees and has provided fantastic presentations at various Alpha Gamma Rho conferences, meetings and Conventions throughout the years. Napier was also named an AGR Brother of the Century in 2004. His lifelong dedication to the Fraternity and outstanding service to his industry have qualified his recognition for the Alpha Gamma Rho Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame is to honor those Alpha Gamma Rho alumni who have made outstanding contributions to Alpha Gamma Rho and/or outstanding service in their professional work and/or exceptional service to mankind. Inductees should be held in high esteem as other AGRs reflect on the Brother's stature.
Joe Maurer Selected as 2012 Unsung Hero
Each year the Inter Fraternity Council selects one senior for the unsung hero award based off a nomination and application process from chapter presidents or advisers. This year Theta Chapter is proud to have Brother Joseph Maurer (Belton, M0) representing us as the IFC Unsung Hero of 2012. Joe has constantly been bettering the fraternity since day one. Joe has had much of his involvement at Mizzou Rec or Stankowski where he is constantly involved with Theta Chapter athletics. He is the leader of many of the teams and a constant advocate for everyone to "be a brother" and support your house athletics. Joe's leadership also shows off the field where he constantly helping with Greek related matters including philanthropies, Homecoming/Greek Week dance, serenades and many more. Joe was recognized for this award on April 23 at Harpo's during the first annual Greek Senior Night sponsored by IFC.
Barr, McCartney, and Ellis Recognized at Celebration of Excellence
Brother's Steve Barr '69, Jack McCartney '69 and Steve Ellis '71 were inducted into the Agriculture Alumni Leadership Society on behalf of the MU Ag Alumni Association on April 12, 2012, in conjunction with the CAFNR Celebration of Excellence.
Barr, is founder and past CEO of Osborn & Barr; an Ag. communications, marketing and public relations firm headquartered in St. Louis. Steve is also a past Executive in Residence at CAFNR. His firm also employs Brother's Tyler Kelly '93 and Jason Gerke '92, in it's Kansas City office. Jack is a Seed Adviser for Garst Seed Co. and a farm owner/operator with his brothers north of Kirksville (note: his 4 brothers are also Theta AGR's). Ellis currently advises the AGR Building Association Board of Directors and serves as a Senior Consultant for the National Fraternity. Each of them has also rendered much service to CAFNR, in many ways and for many years.
Their plaques read “[This honor] in appreciation for your exceptional service and tireless efforts to provideleadership to the MU Ag. Alumni Association and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.”
Our three newest inductees were joined that day and evening by fellow AGR Brothers Doug Thomas '79, “Bud” Hertzog '49,Thomas Payne '01, Jim Spain '03, Lloyd Wilson '84, Jon Hagler '11, Lowell Mohler '57, and James Hundle '10; along with collegiate Brothers Matt Eisenbath, Avery Fisher, Brandon Thiel and Britt Kagay. Their recognition reminds us that......"No fraternity can be any stronger than the college to which it owes it's existence."
IFC Spot Light Chapter
Members of Theta Chapter are very proud to be able to display for the 3rd time since the awards introduction, the Mizzou IFC "Spotlight Chapter" Banner, which has been award to Alpha Gamma Rho more than any other fraternity to date. IFC's website defines the award as a "program [that] rewards an individual chapter every two weeks for exceptional displays of the four IFC values: Leadership, Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service, with an emphasis on Service. Winning chapters will receive a pizza party on the IFC’s tab, an advertisement in The Maneater, a letter to their Nationals, and t-shirts." The award became available in 2011.
Ag Rho Selected as Outstanding Sophomore
Congratulations to Matt Eisenbath, 2012 CAFNR Outstanding Sophomore. Matt will be recognized at the 2012 Celebration of Excellence Banquet, April 12, 2012. Matt's accomplishments start with his GPA, where he has earned a 3.385 cumulative. He is actively involved in philanthropic events with the fraternity as well as the Vice Noble Ruler of Membership Development.
He has recently accepted the role as the Tri-Director of CAFNR Ambassador and Co-Chairs the MU Admissions Student Outreach, both roles recruiting young members to join the college and university.
“As his academic adviser in the MU Science and Agricultural Journalism program, I have seen how carefully Matthew makes decisions about his life,” commented Sharon Wood-Turley, Science and Agricultural Journalism program chair. “When he was examining various paths he might take, he thoughtfully weighed his options and realized how deeply he was connected to CAFNR. In making the choice to stay, Matthew made a statement about who he is and where he wants to go.”
Young Member Makes Early Impact on Campus, Selected as Top 14!
Andrew Fisher, just a freshman, is already making a splash on campus. He has differentiated himself within the fraternity and on campus as a leader, where he is a current member of the RAMS (Rocking Against Multiple Sclerosis) Steering Committee and Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board. Just this past week Andrew was revealed at the steps of Jesse Hall, early in the morning as one of the ODK Top 14 Freshman, an award presented by the Omicron Delta Kappa Circle at Mizzou.
Founders' Day Moved to New Location
Brothers past and present assembled on Saturday, March 3, 2012, to celebrate the 96th Founders’ Day of Theta Chapter. The day began at the Chapter House with registration and a continental breakfast. At 10:30 a.m. the brothers moved to the Chapter Room for the annual business meeting. There was much to celebrate as the accomplishments of the past year were presented to the alumni in attendance.
Special thanks to the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, two vans were provided to transport those wanting a ride to Elm Street Ballroom for a great luncheon. Afterward, Chapter Awards were presented. Awards were followed by recognition of members present for the 10 year and 50 years classes.
The undergraduates would like to thank all alumni and guest who traveled from Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and throughout Missouri to be with us this year. We appreciate your continued support to Theta Chapter. The silent auction raised more than $1,200, which will be used to cover undergraduate expenses at the Alpha Gamma Rho National Convention this summer in Vermont.
Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis raises over $75,000
RAMS, which has quickly become a large campus-wide philanthropy, provides a competition among Greek chapters. This year freshmen members decided to put on a dance routine to raise awareness of the fight against multiple sclerosis. While the dance team did not make it to the final round of competition, Alpha Gamma Rho cumulatively placed second in the fraternity competition. Congrats to all members involved in the cause.
AGR Classic Show Up in Numbers
The 2012 AGR Classic took place on February 4 and 5 at the Boone County Fair Grounds. This year’s Classic featured nearly 300 exhibitors. On Saturday, 272 heifers were shown and the nearly 250 steers were shown on Sunday. The exhibitors came from 10 states. In addition to Missouri, cattle exhibitors came from Indiana, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Kentucky, California, and Wisconsin. We would like to thank all of the exhibitors and sponsors that made our show successful. Michael Gillum and Chase Heath, co-chairmen for this year’s show, receive all appreciation in their hard work put into the show.