Iota Alumni Newsletter: Winter 2008

Upcoming Events

Active & Alumni EC & Leadership Retreat
Dates: January 12-13
Venue: Marshal Crenshaw’s House in Walburg
Start time: Noon, Saturday, January 12
Agenda: Active and alumni business, 2008 planning
Who should attend?

  • Active and alumni officers
  • All active and alumni brothers in good standing are welcome

Lunch provided, so please RSVP to either Marshal or Jonathan

Alumni Weekend 2008

A final announcement will be made after the EC Retreat in January, but tentatively plan for April 4-6 for the annual Spring Semester Alumni Weekend.
Note: the Brown Symposium XXX will take place April 3-4, so it may be a great time to take an extended weekend trip to Georgetown.

News & Notes

Texas man of letters, Nate Blakeslee ’92, acclaimed book being made into a movie
Nate Blakeslee, senior editor at Texas Monthly Magazine, and author of the widely acclaimed book, Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town, will soon add movie credits to his body of work. “Tulia” is a movie adaptation currently in production and due out in 2008. John Singleton is directing, and Variety reports that Billy Bob Thorton and Halle Berry will star in the film.

Other links by and about Nate:
Google Books -Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town
“Everyone’s Poop” by Nate Blakeslee,
Southwestern Who’s Who From SU?
Top 10 Books on Investigative Journalism

Association negotiates insurance claim after summer rain water damage
Many of you across the state of Texas experienced the massive rainfall of spring and summer 2007. Central Texas experienced some of the worst flooding and water-related property damage and our House was no exception. The House Corporation/Alumni Association has concluded a claim with our insurance provider HRH Kirklin & Co., LLC for water damage as a result of the heavy summer rains. Damage was done to the wood flooring and sub-flooring, the cosmetic elements of which were fixed during the summer repairs by actives and alumni. Important structural work remains to be done by professionals and this settlement will help toward that end. Financial details of the claim will be reported during our upcoming leadership retreat and via the Treasurer’s report in advance of Alumni Weekend in April. We wish to thank several brothers who offered ideas and suggestions to facilitate this process, including Tanner Garth, Dan Middlebrooks, Joe Abel, Russell Ramsey, and Pat Sparks. Outgoing Treasure Charles Bedard led the effort and all dealings with our insurance provider which led to this favorable outcome.

Alumni respond to the end of year call for donations, alumni dues
Matthew Browning ’97, Matthew Barnes ’06, Dr. Harvel Loveless ’69, Mike Ooi ’98, and Thomas Hambleton ’76 each responded with a donation/membership dues to the Alumni Association since Homecoming. If you have also donated but have not been recognized here, please send me a note to the alumni Scribe, and thank you for your contribution!

Membership dues to the Iota Chapter Alumni Association are a suggested minimum contribution of $60 per year. Many brothers, especially younger alums, have opted for a monthly credit card donation in the range of $10-20 dollars. Contact Alan Haworth, Treasurer, by phone ((214) 536-6268) or email to set-up a regular donation.

Of course, you may also send a check, payable to Iota Chapter Alumni Association to the address listed below:
Alan Haworth
9135 Drumcliffe Ln
Dallas, TX 75231

Alumni on the Web:
As part of future updates to the Web site, we’ll be adding an “Alumni on the Web” section. Many Iota brothers are active online, personally, professional, academically, and charitably and we’ll take advantage of the Iota Chapter Web site to serve as a hub for this rich collection of online content.

Here are a few examples of blogs I’ve been reading:
Crosscountry Adventures, by Isaac Smith ’02
Unsquare Dance, by Jeff James ’04 (also our Web master)
grog blog, a caveman designer blog, by Chet Lofgren ’00
Starr Tincup, by Bret Starr ’95
Team Goodman, by Jonathan Goodman ’98

Jeremy Cottrell ’98 on Flickr

Submit your own content or those of your brothers to share.

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