Despite the ongoing challenges and limitations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the DZ chapter successfully initiated 12 new fraters into the TKE bond on 11/14/2020. We are very excited about what this new group of members have in store for the future of DZ chapter and TKE.
The annual St Judes Run/Walk to End Childhood Cancer was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That didn't stop the DZ Chapter and Alumni Association from joining forces to raise $5908 for such an important cause. We ranked 4th out of 88 St. Louis area St. Judes fundraising teams and ranked 3rd out of 41 among other TKE chapters. We are very proud of this accomplishment.
Fellow DZ alumnus and past Prytanis Dominick Gillette was selected as a member of the fraternity's Strategic Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He joins other members and alumni throughout the country to take on this endeavor. Congratulations Frater Gillette on this selection.
Fellow alumnus Frater Temulji (TJ) Hughes became the 30th President of the Rotaract Club of Tortola, British Virgin Islands on July 4. Congratulations, Frater Hughes on your selection and we wish you all the best in your new position.
Fellow alumnus Frater Wayne Klobe released his book "We Took an Oath" in July 2020. The novel is based on his experiences working with the police department during his career. It is available on Amazon and Kindle. Congratulation, Frater Klobe!
FELLOW DZ ALUMNUS AND PAST PRYTANIS KEYEON PITTS PARTICIPATED IN A PODCAST PUT ON BY TKE HQ ON THE SUBJECT OF PRIDE AND DIVERSITY IN THE FRATERNITY. WE ARE PROUD OF FRATER PITTS FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THIS CAUSE AND HIS WILLINGNESS TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE OTHERS.
THE DZ CHAPTER WAS AWARDED BY TKE HQ WITH THE EXCELLENCE AWARD IN ACADEMICS FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE CHAPTER FOR THIS ACHIEVEMENT.
SEMO named fellow alumnus Frater Don LaFerla and his wife Gloria as Friends of the University by the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation, for their decades of support and involvment with the institution. Congratulations Frater and Mrs LaFerla on this amazing accomplishment.
Fellow alumnus Frater Chance Ziegler was part of a team that was deep in the running to win the The Holt Prize. It is an annual, yearlong competition that crowdsources ideas from MBA and college students after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education. It is also often referred to the "Nobel Prize for Students". Congratulations to Frater Ziegler on his team's impressive accomplishment.
IN FEBRUARY 2020, FRATER MATT HENSON STEPPED DOWN FROM THE CHAPTER ADVISOR POSITION AFTER 6 YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO THE DZ CHAPTER. HE WAS REPLACED BY FRATER ZACH BUCHHEIT, PAST PRYTANIS AND 2018 GRADUATE. HE HAS DONE AN AMAZIING JOB SO FAR WORKING WITH THE CHAPTER.