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January 2016

Flying Eagle
Experience the Brotherhood
 



Letter from the "E"

Dear Alumni Brothers,
               It has been too long since the last Alumni Newsletter has gone out, and we are in a new era for Delta Chi at Embry-Riddle. The past few semesters have been challenging, but our brothers have stepped up to the plate and have faced adversity head on. As a result, the long-awaited house is on the horizon, and will be built within the year. It is my job as the Alumni Secretary this year to ensure that you, our wiser (and slightly older) brothers are kept up to date with every single step that is taken on the journey towards the house.
               My name is Rollin LeMand, and I am the new Alumni Secretary. When I ran for “E”, I made a few promises in my campaign speech and I intend to uphold them. First, I will be sending out an official Alumni Newsletter twice every semester. In these Alumni Newsletters, you can expect to find Alumni Spotlights, Important Information and Dates, interesting stories about current brothers so you can get to know them, information about the Executive Board, and more. On top of the newsletter, I will be sending out more frequent reports and updates. The newsletter and updates will be sent via email.  Second, I’d like to create a list of alumni who are able to attend events on and around campus, given the proper times notice. This way, we can have more direct alumni involvement in things that are going on with the chapter. Also, I think a stronger interaction between alumni and newer brothers will help as we move closer to having a house once again. Who better to educate the people who will be living in the house than those who have already done it? Lastly, I’d like to make things more personal for you all, our alumni. With the help of my brothers, I will send out personalized emails periodically throughout the year. In this way, we can have current brothers talk about their own lives and their experiences in Delta Chi, and then learn from hearing feedback from your replies. This will make the things going on in the chapter more personal for alumni who can’t be here in person by hearing first-hand accounts of what is going on.
               As we get closer to having a house, it is critical that you all as alumni can feel just as involved as all of our current brothers. This achievement will not just be something for current brothers to cherish, but will be the greatest milestone that Delta Chi at Embry-Riddle has seen in a long time.
               In order to successfully send out the Alumni Newsletter and frequent updates, please make sure I have your most up-to-date contact information like emails, mailing address, and phone number. You can reach me at my email lemandr@my.erau.edu or my cell (407-902-4321). Please feel free to contact me for comments or suggestions about what you would like to see from me this year.
ITB,
Rollin LeMand, “E”
 
Letter from the "A"

Dear Alumni,

                I am the new president of the chapter this year and I wanted to introduce myself and tell you all a little bit about myself. I’m originally from Marietta Pennsylvania and spent a lot of time doing outdoor activities on the Susquehanna River, like hiking and canoeing, which is right beside my house. I’m now a senior studying Commercial Space Operations. As the president of the chapter I hope to lower our inactive brother count and get as many of our brothers the help they need to become active. With the new house coming we have much to look forward to this upcoming year and having the support of all of our brothers will be very important in the whole process. The future of the chapter is looking bright, with a new ABT working with us we will accomplish all the goals we set this year.
ITB,
Auburn Wherley, "A"
 
Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Borth '15

            My name is Ryan Borth and I am a 2015 graduate of the Embry-Riddle Chapter of the Delta Chi Fraternity. I was the recruitment chair for most of my tenure in the chapter. I am currently employed as a flight instructor at Riddle with plans of moving to the airlines within the year. Flying has been my passion ever since I was a kid. To me, there’s nothing like it. Breaking through a fog layer and watching the sun come up while most people are still asleep gives life a different kind of meaning. Some people call it crazy, I call it aviation.

            One of the first things I teach my students when they start flying is that when things go south you need two essential skills; leadership, and ability. When I tell them this they look at me like a deer in headlights. Most of them just left home for the first time a month ago and the closest thing to leadership they know was being captain of the kickball team. I was the same way. I would still be the same way if I hadn’t rushed Delta Chi. I can say with certainty that I would not be the man I am today without this fraternity.

            To most, Delta Chi is just the name of an organization; a group of guys who do fundraisers and philanthropies to put words on a résumé. To me, to us, Delta Chi is the foundation on which our character stands. The hands that built this fraternity are the hands that built us as men. Even as some of the practices evolve, the vision remains the same. Leadership and ability are not virtues than can be merely taught by a flight instructor. Those virtues are the culmination of being surrounded by great people and ideas which empower the individual to unleash their full potential. Part of being a good leader is understanding that the decisions you make shouldn’t be what’s best for you or your career, it should be what’s best for the crew, company, or country. These values are more than just Delta Chi. It’s hard coded into who we are as brothers. These are the ideals that I will carry into the industry when I go. When the time comes to make a decision that puts the crew’s interest ahead of my own, I will know it was Delta Chi that taught me how to do that. So thank you fellow alumnus for putting your blood sweat and tears into this fraternity. Many lives including my own have been changed as a result.

 

In The Bond

 
Important Information
  • This is the first edition of the new Alumni Newsletter for 2016.
  • The Capital Campaign! Our goal of raising $350,000 towards the house was surpassed in a fraction of the expected time. The new goal for the Capital Campaign is set at $600,000! Get more information about the project from our brother, Ed Fusco, at ed.fusco@7-11.com.
  • In Fall 2015, we initiated eight new brothers: Derrick Sanders, Nagy El-Sayed, Arthur Binet, Dave Cleveland, Seth Heishman, Itay Sharir, Gene Barbery, and Cameron Robb.
  • Several new members were elected to the Executive Board for this year, their information can be found below. Feel free to reach out to them with any comments or suggestions.
  • A new ABT President has been elected, Dave Cloutier. His email address is dccloutier@constellation.aero.
 
Your Newest Initiated Brothers: Gamma Upsilon.

Our most recent pledge class, Gamma Upsilon, was initiated this past semester, Fall 2015. These outstanding individuals represent a new step forward for Delta Chi. They have strived to represent our best values on and off campus, and hold dear the brotherhood of college and university men. A few of them wanted to write a short paragraph about themselves so you could get to know them a little bit. If you would like to reach out to these guys and chat, let one of the Executive Board members know!

Arthur Binet
My name is Arthur Binet. I’m currently a freshman studying Aeronautical Science with the goal of becoming a commercial pilot after graduating. I moved to Daytona Beach from Le Mans, France. That is where I lived for 5 years and before that I lived in Chicago, Illinois which is where I was born and lived for 13 years. My passion for aviation started when I was a baby. We would go on family trips to France twice per year and during those trips the plane rides quickly became my favorite part. I knew for sure that I wanted to fly for a living after I went on a discovery flight on my 14th birthday. The pilot who later became my flight instructor for my private pilot training actually let me take off and land the airplane by myself without previous flying experience except for simulators. That flight is one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I will always cherish it. My main reason for joining the fraternity is that there are many international students such as myself, therefore I quickly felt like I belonged here. What I also noticed is that the brothers here are the friendliest and they are very invested in Delta Chi. This helped me make my decision to join easier because I wanted to be part of something that everyone really cares about.   

Cameron Robb
My name is Cameron Robb and I am currently a senior and graduating this summer.  I was born and raised in Hawaii and moved to San Diego in 2008.  My major is Aeronautics with minors in Homeland Security and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  When I graduate, I would like to work for the FBI, CIA, or a private intelligence agency. 

Dave Cleveland
My name is Glenn Dave Cleveland II.  I lived in South East Asia until kindergarten, then spent the majority of my life growing up in a small town called Peachtree City.  For seventh and eighth grade I went to a Lutheran school, and for Junior and Senior year I high school I attended a military school in Waynesboro Virginia.  After which, I spent one semester at Georgia Southern University before return back home due to some poor choices.  Eventually I moved up to Virginia to be closer to my high school sweetheart, whom I am still with, and I joined the army reserves.  While at basic I had a lot of time to think, and I decided that I would much rather be a pilot than what I was doing.  So, after flying in Virginia for about six months, and barely getting any hours logged because weather was always terrible, I decided to apply at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Once I was accepted I figured a degree in Aeronautical Science would go hand in hand with being an airline pilot, so that was the major I declared.  Now, one of my hometown friends had joined Delta Chi his freshman year of college, so when I found out that there was a chapter here as well, I figured it couldn’t hurt to check it out.  I was instantly made to feel welcome, so when I was given a bid I took it.  I guess you could say the rest is history.  

Eugene Barbery
I’m Eugene Barbery, and I am one of the junior brothers at the Embry-Riddle chapter of Delta Chi. I originally wanted to rush just to get out of the dorms, and get to meet new people. Eventually it got to the point where I realized every brother treats everyone just like family and I could not pass the chance to be a part of that. While pursuing to be more involved in the fraternity, I am currently studying Mechanical engineering with a Human Factors minor. Eventually I want to work developing new engineering feats for Tesla, NASIC, or Space-X. Studying at Embry-Riddle is a great advantage for acquiring a career with these companies, which is why I chose to come study here. It was probably the best decision I have made so far in my 19 years of living, because without that decision I would not be a part of Delta Chi today.

 

Executive Board 2016
 
Position Name Phone Number E-mail Address
“A” Auburn Wherley 717-870-3078 wherleya@my.erau.edu
“B” Ivo Vissers 386-299-7540 Ivovissers93@gmail.com
“C” Tyler Rokosny 201-704-5508 tylerrokosny@gmail.com
“D” Mitch Licht 954-803-5648 lichtm@my.erau.edu
“E” Rollin LeMand 407-902-4321 lemandr@my.erau.edu
“F” Tyler Reigle 908-283-4357 reiglet@my.erau.edu
“G” James Donahue 508-802-0799 donahuej@my.erau.edu
 
Recent Pictures

The Gamma Sigma pledge class from Informal Weekend Fall 2015


Greg Nelli/Pat Phelan Scholarship Recipents (From left to right: Spencer Price, John Daniel Graham, Tyler Dalicandro, Eric Bremer, Nadav Eldar, Mitch Licht, Ed Fusco)


Group picture taken during the Greg Nelli plaque ceremony on the Legacy Walkway.


The laying of the Greg Nelli plaque on the Legacy Walkway


Once again, Delta Chi was crowned Greek Week Champions in 2015. This year will be no different!



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