RETURN TO THE "B", MAY BE SWAN SONG FOR THE HOTEL BETHLEHEM
With the leaves turning and the air getting crisp, it's time once again to catch the game and catch up with old friends at Leh/Laf `97. Those of you at the event two years ago recall the great accommodations provided by the Hotel Bethlehem. We're happy, once again, to be back at the `B. Rumors have it that the hotel may be sold and converted to condos, so this may just be the last time we'll see the place. By the way, the game is at Lehigh this year. Some of you know "the drill" by now:
by Hal Frasch
Saturday, 6 September saw TEP/TAK alumni converging once again on the Allentown/Bethlehem area. This time the destination was a bit west of the Lehigh campus, to the Dorney Park/Wildwater Kingdom amusement park in Allentown. We had over 50 gather, including a good number of kids. By all accounts, the day was a real treat for adults and kids alike.
Dorney has really modernized with the advance of amusement park technology
(OK, I confess I never made it by in college, the last time I was there I was
six years old). Along with a host of water rides, Indy-style race cars, and
"kiddie" rides, there are quite a number of thrill rides to challenge the iron
stomachs and facial-contortion muscles in the best of us. I was really blown
away at the G-forces that a couple of these rides pack. These were just at the
edge of my "brown paper bag" limit. Television ads did not prepare me for the
staggering size of their largest roller coaster. It is really of an amazing
scale. I was also surprised at how much fun these rides still are.
The Alumni Association cut a real break on the ticket prices and hosted a picnic lunch in the middle of the day (see more pictures inside this issue, courtesy of Ken Jensen). There is nothing like the taste of picnic food after a day's worth of activity! It was also pretty neat catching up with a few people I hadn't seen in years. After all the daytime fun, a group of the adults adjourned to the hotel restaurant and bar for dinner, beers, billiards, and (ah, yes) a fine cigar or two.
Special thanks go out to Mike Sicinski for all of the park arrangements and planning, Greg Bury for hotel arrangements, Ken Jensen and Janet York for shopping, Pat Laws for publicity. Ralph and Robin Bohnenberger, Joanne (Tirjan) and David Loew, and Cathy (Geddick) Zver also donated food and stuff. Extra special thanks to Cathy's Food Lane Supermarket for their food donation to the picnic! [Hope we didn't forget anyone!]
One final note: everyone we spoke to or heard from afterward said they and
their families had a great time. Most of us feel that this is an event we'll
(CON'T FROM "TEP / TAK PLANS" ON PAGE 1)
1:00 Game Kickoff: Larry Aaronson is getting a block of tickets. Contact him before the 24th and mail him a check.
5:00 Post-game Social: Social and dinner are at a meeting room in the Hotel Bethlehem. Let Mike Sicinski know that your are coming, and if you are staying for dinner. (See below for contact info).
6:00 Buffet Dinner: Menu to-be-determined; last time the food was great!
7:00 Brief Meeting/Board Elections: Short & sweet: just this year's highlights, and your ideas for next year...
8:00 After Social: Hang at the `B, or pick your South Side nightspot. Meeting room will still be open, with snacks and drinks. We'll see if the crowd is in the mood to "hang" or venture out-and-about.
SUN AM Golf Trip: Nine or eighteen, weather and interest permitting. Remember to pack your sticks!
SUN 11/12:00 Brunch at the `B ! Don't forget this one. We'll firm up plans on Saturday night.
As usual, we're working with the Hotel and covering part of the costs to provide a great event at a great price: $10 per person covers Saturday's events (hotel room & game tix excluded; kids under 10 eat for free!). Here are the contacts/info to take part and give us a head count, or enclose the ATTENDANCE, FEEDBACK, AND DATA UPDATE mailer with your checks:
Russet Road; Orefield, PA 18069
mention TEP/TAK to get rate
S 18th St Apt 402; Phila, PA 19103
* for adults. Make dinner checks payable to "Tau Alpha Kappa Alumni Association", game tickets checks to "Larry Aaronson". To save yourself a phone call or two, let Mike or Larry know of your Tailgate or Golf interest.
by Hal Frasch
We get many requests from our group for alumni address or phone information, such as "I just moved to California, who is out here from TEP? Here is a snapshot of where our alumni and friends live, by state.
PA has the most, with 104. NJ and NY follow, with 84 and 57, respectively.
Next are CA and MD, with 27 and 22. How many of us are in your state?
by Hal Frasch (with lots of help)
Well, I've got a big batch of news and gossip. I'm sure I've forgotten someone along the way. Please don't shoot me, if so. Unfortunately, I lost a couple of news bits along the way, when my notebook computer and car were stolen.
Barry Pierce `67, Jim Fertig `71 and Ted Fedynyshyn `74 chimed in to provide us e-mail addresses.
Tom Steele `70 e-mailed in to let us know he moved his family from Wisconsin to North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He also gave us some help with some TEP big/little brother "family tree" information.
Ron Roth `76 e-mailed in from California, just to say hello and thanks for keeping up the e-mail list and Newsletters. Living in CA makes it hard to attend events, but he likes keeping up with everyone/everything. Dave Ward `76 gave a new address. He is in Lovettsville, VA.
Jim "JU" Underhill `77 e-mailed in to give us some news updates on fellow alums Rob Sederholm and Walter Marx, and addresses on a few "missing" folks. After three years in NYC getting his CPA, Jim moved to Charleston, WV to work with an industrial distribution firm, McJunkin Cooperation. He and wife have three kids, David (12), John (9), and Grace (6). Jim says his six-year-old daughter secretly runs the place. Jim is now Senior VP of Accounting and Information Systems at McJunkin. Rob Sederholm `77 is in Pittsburgh working with computer systems. Rob and wife Susan have a young son, Danny. Walter and Cathy Marx `77 live in New Jersey and have two daughters. Walt works at Chase Manhattan in NYC.
Dave "Dactyl" Caplan `78 turned the big 4-0 in March (as a most of the `78'ers and `79'ers have done recently or will do soon). Barry Glickman `79 recounted the party that celebrated this fateful event, and Barry was close to the 40 mark, himself, at that writing. Unfortunately, Barry's muffler decided to succumb to old age on the way home from the Caplan party on the NJ turnpike.
Scott Frock `79 lives in Stratham, NH (near Exeter and an hour from Boston) with wife, Carol, and 7 1/2 year old daughter Carolyn. Scott recently started a new financial planning position with Cabletron Systems Inc, also in NH. Fred and Karen Hencken `79 made their family a little bigger this fall, with a 8 lb 10 oz addition. Samantha Leigh Hencken was born on July 10, joining sibs Freddie and Allison. Fred Sr. has become quite the handyman in their new home in North Wales lately. Ken Klages `79 e-mailed in from San Rafael, CA, to say hello. Ken and Kathy have been married now for 8 years. Ken quit his (12 year) job with Chevron 6 years back to pursue a home-based marketing business with his wife. Razi Sarlati `79 and wife Marion are still in the Chicago suburbs. Razi recently quit his job at Bechtel and started his own business out of his home. The Sarlatis were in Allentown in January, visiting Marion's family, and got together with the Henckens.
Bob and Kim Roe `80 are in Bethlehem. Bob is a CADD designer/drafter. Kim is taking courses at NCACC.
Larry and Rochelle Bertan `83 had their second child. Jacqueline Celia Bertan was born on April 15, weighing in at 7 lbs 12 oz and 19 3/4 inches. She joins sister Elizabeth ("Lizzie"). Aaron Shefter `83 gave us an electronic holler from "down south". Aaron works in the David Taylor Research Center, part of the Naval Surface Warfare Center South Florida Testing Facility.
Glenn "Glinky" and Peggy Wikle `84 left New Jersey last Fall, and moved near Sante Fe, New Mexico (specifically, El Dorado --doesn't sound like New Jersey, does it?). Glenn now works for a program trading firm, Prediction Company. Sons Hank and Ryan seem to have adjusted well to the new environment, open area and all. Glenn says NM is "not a land of C++ programmers or high-tech companies ... you are more likely to meet an artist than a software geek". Rich and Barbara Zieger `84 are expecting their first baby in December. Just wonder how long it will take the little one to learn some of Dad's living room gymnastics?
Russ and Bev Johnson `85 are expecting a baby. Russ is still busy at work at Wycliffe Bible Translators, Bev is cutting back to part time. They'll be visiting family on the East Coast during the Christmas holidays. Linda Busch (now Busch-Kerr) LS`85 was wed on 1 June to a Michael Kerr, whom she met and fell in love with on a Windjammer sailing cruise a couple of years ago. It was a classic romantic, lost-distance relationship story with a courtship and a very happy ending. The honeymoon was in Jamaica, where Michael's family lives.
Ron Carter `86 tied the knot on 9/27 to a gal who also works for Andersen Consulting, named Karen (did not get her maiden name). The bad news is she is a Lafayette grad (Hey, no booing and hissing out there, let us be kind to the less fortunate). Ron assured us that, over the years, she will come to see the errors of her ways. You don't plan to let her read this, do you Ron? Joe and Donna Cicchiello `86 are back on the East Coast, and recently had a baby. The Cicchiellos lived in Oregon for about a year, but are now in Stewartsville, NJ. Ryan Patrick Cicchiello was born on 8 September. Word has it that Andy and Tammee Fechhelm `86 are expecting. Dayne Weierbach `86 got married recently to Cindy Collier in Monrovia, MD. Alums in attendance included Jim Gehring `86, Ron Carter `86 (and fiancé Karen), Andy and Tammee Fechhelm `86, Mark and Denise Seal `86, Bill and Helene Sokol (`86 and LS CC), Joe and Nancy Ciasullo (`86 and LS'85), and Dave and Renee Schwartz (`88 and LS'88). The Ceremony took place in a park pavilion, with bride & groom arriving in a horse-drawn carriage. Dress was casual, kids were invited. A picnic followed, as well as softball game. Mark Seal `86 e-mailed in to let me know he joined the Information Superhighway, or at least an alley way thereto. Mark said he drives an old 386/33, "it's like surfing with a brick". Nancy "Kate" (Spelman) Milner LS `86 e-mailed in from Ohio to say hello. She and Scott are married, live in the Cincinnati area, and have a 3-year old, named Sam. Mike and Theresa (Treadwell) Pagan LS'86 had a baby last year, but we didn't know about it in time for the last Newsletter. Angela Pagan was born in July `96.
live in their (dream) log home, nearby to Reno and Lake Tahoe. Connie Wolfe LS'87CC recently quit her assistant professorship to attend law school. Janet York has a new job at ANADIGICS (analog and digital ICs) in accounting. One of her first visitors at her new office was Joanne (Tirjan) Loew LS`87CC and her two boys. Evidently Janet's former employer, UPS, just couldn't function without her, though, as UPS service had a long interruption not long after her departure. Enrique Ross `88 has been married for 3 years. The Rosses were expecting in February, but we have not heard if it was a boy or girl. Enrique works in construction management in Aditeco, Mexico. He received his MBA in Mexico after an MSEE in the States. Craig and Sally Stansbury `88 took a September "long overdue" vacation in merry old England. Lynne Schiller LS'88 had a winter vacation in Belize (it is in Central America, for the geographically-challenged). She spent 10 days scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, caving, canoeing, and hiking. She needed additional "time around the house" just to rest up for it.
Sue (Kay-Adones) Durner LS `89CC had a baby boy in October `96. Grant Henry Durner was born on 20 October, weighing in at 8 lb 14 oz and 22 inches. Dawn Mastroddi LS `89CC moved to the San Francisco area in July. She will soon (November 1) be Mrs. Rick Clark, and is eyeing Berkeley for some continued education.
Kirk and Geneva Aulenbach `90 just missed the tax deduction deadline with their new family expansion. Kayla Noel Aulenbach joined the world right after New Year's on 5 January (8 lbs 6 oz, 20 1/2 inches). Curtiss Byrne `90 checked in from St. Louis, MO to say hello.
Lou Savastani `91 e-mailed in to give me an updated address. He is living in Philadelphia and is engaged to a gal named Kate, who is completing a residency in obstetrics in NJ.
Mike and Martha Merritt had their first child on 26 August. Jennifer Elizabeth weighed in at 6 lb 14 oz and 21 inches.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
A few of the same people have been doing the "heavy lifting" for the last couple of years. If each one of us takes "a turn at bat", we can continue to benefit from the Association in the future. Do your part, especially if you haven't done much in the last couple of years!
Now this may not seem like the most exciting way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but back in April, I participated in Lehigh's Greek Alumni Council Meeting, as the [Tau][Epsilon][Phi] representative. I received new information on the social policy at Lehigh, some current stats on residential life on campus, and up-to-date info on the fraternities at our esteemed alma mater.
Probably the most shocking item on the agenda, and most heatedly debated, was the newly-evolved BYOB social policy. In short, it's a new risk management approach to reduce the University's liability for social mishaps, and thoroughly eliminate the carefree, go- party-before-it-really-counts attitude of our undergraduate years. While I have a copy of the policy white paper for any that wish to peruse it, I will highlight some of the more critical points and facts.
1. All parties are closed, with a 200 person invite list at the start of the party and up to an additional 100 persons allowed in, up to midway through the party. This number includes all brothers and affiliated sorority members, and all guests must be signed in and carded.
2. BYOB allows each individual to bring in up to 1 six-pack of beer or wine coolers (no glass), or on special occasions up to one fifth of 80 proof or less alcohol. All alcohol legally brought into the party will be checked at the door, and can be redeemed one at a time at the bar. Any beverages left unconsumed when the person leaves may be checked out and carried with that person. Of course how do you find wine coolers in a can?
3. The host must provide non-alcoholic beverages and non-salty food. Does this mean no fattening foods as well?
members know how to handle their guests. I'm sure they don't mean handling in a Marv Albert way. Additionally, a hired security guard is also necessary.
5. No outdoor parties will be allowed to have alcohol.
6. There is no formal policy yet on how graduates and undergraduates may interact or co-sponsor parties that more closely fit the "old ways". This is an action that IFC/PHC will work on for the next session since this was one of the more sensitive alumni subjects, especially for Lehigh-Lafayette weekends.
Photos by Ken Jensen
Sororities averaged $3276/semester in spring 97 ([Kappa]A[Theta] is highest at $3670, and A[Chi][Omega] lowest at $3025). I have a full copy of the statistics for Spring 97 and the Fall 97 projections for those of you who just need to know more trivia.
Also, Lehigh is maintaining individual fraternity Web pages for the Greek Alumni Council. We could obtain our own page with up to 10 MB of storage space by getting an application from the computer center and having Mike Barr sign it. This would be a good visible forum for our chapter that would keep us visible within the Lehigh community. I think this would be worth pursuing in addition to Pete Foltz's site, especially should the time come when we want to recolonize on campus. To check out some of the other Greek sites, look for "http://insam.res.lehigh.edu/".
It was definitely a good experience to interact with the other chapters at Lehigh, and run into some old friends from undergraduate days. If anyone would like to hear more details about the BYOB policy, or some more information on the housing statistics at Lehigh, please contact me at "email@example.com" or call at (732) 988-1049.
Fraternally yours, Ken Jensen, TAK 264
President Peter Likins resigned to take over the presidency at the University of Arizona. He was reportedly wooed partly for his fundraising abilities. Highlights of his tenure at Lehigh included:
* institution of Patriot League football (Likins was the "prime mover" who made the League happen).
* broadening out of the LU curriculum away from a one-dimensional, engineering-centered school
* the focus on cost-center accounting at LU, resulting in belt-tightening campus-wide, including staff and faculty trimming. (From 1982 to 1992, we saw the rent on 227 Warren Square go up by a factor-of-ten).
* vast social policy changes and restrictions on parties and on alcohol, in particular. This was due, in large part, on laws enacted to make Universities legally liable for the behavior of their students.
Also of note to LU, one of the major television networks (sorry, forgotten which one) recently ran a special report news story on crime and security on University campuses. Unfortunately, Lehigh was a prime part of this story, due mainly to the Cleary dormitory murder several years ago and advocacy on this issue by the Cleary family, after their daughter's brutal murder. They have been trying to get universities Nationwide to accurately release crime-on-campus statistics, as well as beefing up security and crime awareness on campus. Lehigh has made progress on security issues, since the day when most of us were undergraduates, but still have a way to go, according to the Cleary family.
One of the first tasks of each new Board, after their election at Leh/Laf, is usually to firm up next year's schedule of events. Here is what is potentially "on the blotter" for 1998:
3rd Annual MD / DC / VA-area Gathering: This has been quite the "hit" for the last two years, as we have a pretty big group in the region.
Summer Charity Work: Perhaps in the Philadelphia area, once again?
Dorney Park/Picnic again? or back to the Road Rally / Picnic? Stay tuned. Let us know what YOU think.
NY State Gathering: Bonnie (Ackerman) Lundy has generously offered to host a get together in Endicott, NY. Maybe Fall, see the leaves turn?
Leh / Laf (11/21/98): Always the week before Turkey Day.
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Leveraging the financial success we did have, in the wake of our attempt to purchase 214 Warren Square, will be high on the Board's agenda for 1998. This success, added to the steady income from the Annex, are forming an "nest egg" for our future.
The lesson learned from the attempted purchase, by the folks who came incredibly close to pulling it off, is that we need to have the money in the bank before trying to conduct business. Because there are delays in coordinating decisions in a group, time is our enemy.
We certainly can purchase the 214 property from the present owner, although it may cost us a little more. We know that we raised the money, but we took too much time. We could, also, find a better property on the South Side, but Warren Square does have a great isolation factor which would help with zoning issues.
We are not in an immediate rush to reactivate the chapter, in light of the continued "shake out" at Lehigh of the fraternity and social scene, but things finally appear to be "bottoming out" now. We need to position ourselves to be ready. Look for a fundraiser to get us prepared for a property purchase, this time ahead-of-time.
The Annex is doing quite well this year, thanks to the continued efforts of Mike Sicinski, with some help from a number of others. This summer we had a very successful work weekend, which brought the place back up into renting condition (you know, somewhere in between what we lived in as undergrads and what we would live in now). Thanks again to everyone who worked hard to make that a success!
The place is fully rented, with five tenants this year. Several are on the LU wrestling team, so security has not been an issue. Seriously, all are very well-disciplined individuals, and have made very good tenants.
Contrast this with last year, when we (Mike, that is, on our behalf) had to take some "tenant action": evicting one of the individuals for non-payment (the others were fine), and pursuing legal action. We never did get all we were owed, but managed to mitigate the loss, somewhat. That, on occasion, is the landlord business.
Overall, the finances are in pretty good shape. We've maintained a moderate income from the full booking of the Annex this year, and a number of folks left a good sum of money "in the TAK kitty" after the Square Bridge Builders attempted purchase of 214 Warren Square. Look for a financial report for the year at Lehigh/Lafayette.
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