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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
September 5
On August 21st, 2018, the Beta Delta Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega put on a very special dinner for our board of trustees, seniors, and new members. The night was an unique and special experience which allowed for new members to meet both our board members as well as seniors who were able to share advice and pass down wisdom. Board members, Walter Monroe and Barry Burns offered valuable advice to our rising new members and our president, Matthew Tedford briefly spoke on what this brotherhood has meant to him. This dinner was organized to help connect freshman with older men in the fraternity who could help guide them and offer support as they transition from high schools across the country to The University of Alabama. The night was a big success and we plan on rooting this event into our chapter’s traditions!
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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
September 5
On April 17th, 2018, Alpha Tau Omega and Kappa Delta hosted the annual Crossing Points Prom. The night was one filled with dancing, food, and plenty of smiles to go around. The Crossing Points Prom is a very special night for the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega and is an event that has quickly become one of our most cherished traditions. Crossing Points is a collaboration between The University of Alabama’s College of Education and the Tuscaloosa City Schools system. Its mission is to help students with disabilities transition from school to adult life. George Shirley attended UA and was initiated into The Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity in 1944. George later served on The University of Alabama Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1998. George married Betty, who was a Kappa Delta and their grandson, Walt, was born with Down Syndrome. In the early 2000s, Betty Shirley had the idea of hosting a prom for the Crossing Points students in collaboration with Alpha Tau Omega and Kappa Delta. Originally held in the Ferguson Center ballroom, the event now takes place at the Alpha Tau Omega house every spring. The Crossing Points Prom is an important historical event for Beta Delta which allows us to demonstrate our appreciation for alumni like George Shirley, our respect for Betty Shirley and Kappa Delta, and our support for the Tuscaloosa community.
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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
September 6
Congratulations to brother Carson McCullough (‘15) for Brother Of The Week, August 29th. This summer Carson had the opportunity to work as a Merchandising Operations Intern with Walmart in Bentonville, AR. He is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering at The University of Alabama and hopes to return to UA next year to start working towards an MBA. We wish the best of luck to him!
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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
September 6
Congratulations to Brother Jack Vermilyea (‘15), for being selected as Brother Of The Week August 22nd. Jack is currently a senior studying English at The University of Alabama. He plans on traveling to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as a writer and correspondent. We wish him the best of luck in his endeavours!
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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
October 6
Congratulations to new members Thomas Bugg and Sam Barnes on being chosen for The University of Alabama’s First Year Council! The First Year Council helps to educate students on the processes and layout of the Student Government Association. It provides an unique experience for students to connect with current SGA officers and senators and to build a stronger network at UA. Congrats to Thomas and Sam!
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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
October 6
Congratulations to the following new members on being selected for The University of Alabama’s Freshman Forum: Jackson Elliott, Acker Holt, Jake Miller, William Graves, Wesley McCalley, Matthew Mulanix, Andrew Graves, Zac Pate, Spencer Logsdon, Conner Sorrells, William Babb, Landon Gray, and Ben Hendrix. Freshman Forum is a network of freshman students who strive to further their personal and professional growth through a series of interactive discussions, leadership training and civic engagement! This is a phenomenal achievement for these young men and we are excited to see the types of leaders they will become on campus and within the fraternity! Congrats to all of these men!
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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
October 6
On September 27th, brothers Bennett Webb (‘15), Tristan Rafool (‘15), Willis Harkey (‘14), and William Arnold (‘17) participated in the 2018 Betty Shirley Annual Golf Tournament! The tournament proceeds went towards the CrossingPoints Programs which helps young adults with disabilities transition from school to adult life. Bennett Webb said this, “I enjoyed being able to go out, despite a little rain, and support a good cause.” CrossingPoints is an incredible program and is treasured dearly by our chapter!
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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
October 6
On September 21st, ATO partnered with Phi Mu to host this year’s annual Bonnamu Music Festival! The festival was a battle of the bands, with different fraternities putting together their own bands in a competition to see who was the best! ATO had their own band performing named, “Shirts off for Bungles” composed of Alex Tedford (‘17), Alex Edwards (‘15), Hayden Holthaus (‘17), and Sam Pointon. A big thank you as well to Local Roots for bringing their food truck to provide food and beverages during the festival! Last year, Bonnamu raised about $5,500. This year, close to $38,000 was raised with all proceeds going to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Alabama! The money will serve to fund things which are not covered by insurance such as social services, pastoral care, and child life programs! The night was an incredible success and what an honor it was to collaborate with the women of Phi Mu on such an impactful event!
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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
October 6
We are excited to begin a new series of named Tau Talks, in which we will host various speakers to come and talk to our brothers. On September 11th we kicked off the semester with Jared Pacileo! Jared works for The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at The University of Alabama as the IFC assistant director! Jared spoke to our new members about the positive impacts ATO has on our campus at UA. He mentioned how the biggest difference between ATO and other fraternities was the level of involvement, participation and academic excellence we take part in at UA. We take our academic success and campus involvement very seriously; having Jared commend us on our successes and encourage our new members to strive for excellence was greatly appreciated as we continue to strive towards our chapter success both within the community and on campus! Thank you Jared Pacileo! #TauTalks
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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
October 6
On September 16th, we had the pleasure of having Chuck Wint, from Lifeline, come and speak to our new members about what Lifeline is and the benefits it provides as part of our Tau Talks series. Lifeline is a free confidential agency for our members, provided by ATO, which deals with alcohol, drug, or mental health issues. Chuck has been working with our chapter for over a year and is an incredible resource. The Lifeline program has worked with the UA football team since 1995. It gives students and athletes the opportunity to consult with professionals in recognizing and correcting problems to improve quality of life. Thank you to both Chuck Wint and Lifeline for being such an impactful resource to both our chapter and the local community in Tuscaloosa!
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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
October 6
On September 18th, we continued our Tau Talk series with Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. David Grady! Dr. Grady previously served as associate vice president and dean of students at the University of Iowa and carries with him over 25 years’ experience in higher education administration. Dr. Grady spoke to our new members about the importance of both making the most of their next 4 years at The University of Alabama but also the importance of keeping up with their school work and focusing on their academic success. A big thank you to Dr. Grady for taking the time to speak with our brothers!
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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
October 6
On September 19th, we continued our Tau Talks series with UAPD, who come and spoke to our chapter about best practices to promote safety. They discussed some of the key issues our campus faces today and different strategies and actions we can do to help promote and create a safe environment for everyone. A big thank you to UAPD and their officers who took the time to speak to our chapter!
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Alabama - Beta Delta
Alabama - Beta Delta
October 29
Thanks to the ladies of ZTA for giving us our annual workout of the year.
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