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Chapter Investment Fund, the Endowment
Fund, and the Journal Fund.

Other Directors are U. G. Dubach, of Port-
land, Ore., onetime dean of men at Oregon
State, who has since 1947 served as Scholar-
ship Director of the Fraternity with admira-
ble effectiveness; Lyle E. Holmgren, Utah
State, of Logan, Utah, another dedicated ser-
vant on all levels since his undergraduate
days and Director of Alumni Affairs; John E.
Zollinger, William and Mary, '27, former top
executive of International Business Machines
Corp., who is the dynamic president of the
William L. Phillips Foundation and now lives
in retirement in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ; Lewis
A. Mason, Syracuse, '36, former field secre-
tary who is a top executive for Sherwin-Wil-
liams Co. in New York.

Members of national Board of Sigma Phi Epsilon for 1965-1967. From left: Ray C. McCron, Lyle E.
Holmgren, U. G. Dubach, C. Maynard Turner (Grand President), Edwin Buchanan (Grand Trea-
surer), Lewis A. Mason, T. Reginald Porter, and John E. Zollinger (secretary of the Corporation).

Grand President Paul B. Slater receives the sustained applause of the delegates
as he approaches the rostrum and prepares to open the 29th Grand Chapter Conclave.

New York Conclave and Academy

THE setting was different, but in a broad
way it was the very same experience that
has been enjoyed by Sig Eps at Conclaves
before. "Perhaps the best way to describe
these five days is to use that old familiar,
undefinable, but livable word, brotherhood,"
says Jim Kinyoun, Nebraska chapter, of the
29th Grand Chapter Conclave held in New
York August 28-September 1. "Yes, broth-
ers," he adds, "this experience was the won-
derful association called brotherhood."
Approximately 600 undergraduates and

Richaril Aiidei son, of outstanding Monmouth
chapter, receives two Scholarship cups from
Scholarship Director Dr. U. G. Dubach.


alumni attended Conclave sessions at the
Biltmore. Within these days, also, undergrad-
uates attended classrooms of the Academy,
the first national leadership school ever held
in conjunction with a Sig Ep Conclave. "It
was an association which brought into focus
the true spirit of brotherhood," reports del-
egate Richard Hewitt of the Georgia State

Brotherhood is a constantly self-improving
force for those who devote themselves to it.
This was the over-all challenge of the Con-
clave and the challenge of the Academy ses-
sions as well. One delegate expressed a view
shared by many; namely that "it was a thrill
to see men of similar beliefs assembled in
one place put through legislation beneficial
not only to the individual chapters, but also
to the betterment of Sigma Phi Epsilon as a

Introduced as the host chapters were the
New York Alumni Chapter and the Stevens
and N.Y.U. undergraduate chapters. The hard-
est-working hosts, of course, also duly intro-
duced and applauded, were Executive Direct-
or Donald M. Johnson, Conclave Coordinator
George E. Young, and Richard L. Shimpfky,
Dennis W. Mesenhimer, Frank Bush, Robert
Nordgren, and Gareth Jones. As were also
the District Governors and Chapter Counsel-
ors, whose dedication and experience con-
tributed to the Conclave's success.

So well did the Sig Eps at the Biltmore

Delegates at the 29th Grand Chapter Conclave in ISew York City
set a new record for keeping extra busy with a great many things

conduct themselves that an official of the
hotel wrote Paul B. Slater as follows: "Rare-
ly have we seen such a fine group of young
men so dedicated as well as exemplary in
their conduct. You and your associates can
be proud of the leadership you are giving

Represented at the get-together were 149
of the Fraternity's 162 undergraduate chap-

A Procession Begins It

The delegates and visitors were already in
their seats in the Ballroom when the tradi-
tional procession of Grand Officers moved to
the platform. Executive Secretary Donald M.
Johnson introduced them briefly, then Grand
President Paul B. Slater called the Conclave
to order and asked for an opening prayer
from National Chaplain Dr. William C. Smo-

As the men settled in their seats the
Grand President commented on the status of
the Fraternity. He introduced T. Reginald
Porter who on behalf of the National Leader-
ship Committee told the assembled Sig Eps
that the Academy sessions had been planned
"to provide the opportunity to deepen your
understanding of the National Fraternity,"
also "to provide you with tools and techniques
to help you to be responsible leaders in your
chapter and your college community."

The Grand President called on past Grand
President Robert L. Ryan to serve as parli-
amentarian and assigned personnel to the fol-
lowing committees: Credentials, Constitution
and By-Laws, Resolutions, Scholarship, Rit-
ual, Journal, Public Relations, Alumni Af-
fairs, Nominations, Expansion, History and
Traditions, Awards, Insignia, Auditing, Ways
and Means, and Library.

To do committee work properly requires a
great deal of discussion and in some in-
stances prolonged as well as concentrated
thought. Although the committees are an-
nounced at the first session, some of them did
not get their reports before the floor until a

short time before adjournment of the final

Before, between, and after sessions there
were too many things to do. There were
Academy sessions to attend, exhibits to visit,
and a World's Fair and other sights to see.

There were speakers with inspiring mes-
sages for the delegates and visitors, such as
James C. Hammerstein, of Sigma Alpha Mu;
Allan Jackson, Hlinois, '36, famed CBS news-
caster; Interfraternity luncheon keynoter, J.
Dwight Peterson, Sigma Chi, NIC president;
and finally Sigma Phi Epsilon's great Repub-
lican Senator Bourke B. Hickenlooper, who
had served as the delegate of his Iowa State
chapter at the Richmond Conclave of 1915.

The model initiation produced a new
brother: James H. Gracey, San Jose State. At
an inspirational service on Sunday Morning,
the Rev. Bill Russell of New York's Fifth
Presbyterian Church said: "Structure and
meaning and sense are gone from our Ameri-
can way of life." Sig Eps should help to re-
store these missing elements.

Delegates and visitors reached the peak of
spirit at the Anniversary Banquet where they
entertained themselves with song and were
entertained by superb vocalist Dick Anderson
of the Monmouth chapter and his accompan-
ist on the guitar. And for those who had
achieved excellence, there were awards to col-

Bob Nordgren, staff representative, at the
Academy, opens classroom session on Pledge
Education. Lectures dealt with twelve topics.

When the last session adjourned before
noon on Wednesday, bodies were weary but
hearts were full. Much of what the undergrad-
uates were carrying back to their chapters
with them in their heads would soon be for-
gotten, but what they were taking with them
in their hearts would last forever.

What the Conclave Did

Resolutions approved by the Conclave ac-
complished the following —
^Transferred the assets and liabilities of the
Housing Loan Fund to a new Virginia corpo-
ration known as the National Housing Corpo-
ration of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
^Authorized the establishment of a Chapter
Continuation Fund, to be composed of prop-
erty devolving upon the Grand Chapter by
reason of the dissolution of an undergraduate

IfAuthorized the official badge to include the
plain, unjeweled form, as well as the jeweled

fAuthorized the preparation of a standard,
uniform, and national pledging ceremony as
part of the official Ritual, such ceremony to
include the present pledge obligation.
fRecommended that Cleveland, Dallas, Den-
ver, and San Francisco each be considered as
a possible site for the 1967 Conclave.

What the Conclave failed to do was to (1)
up the pledge fee from $8 to $15, with $10 of
the fee allotted to the national housing
fund; (2) amend the by-laws concerning ap-
proval for initiation, substituting "no more
than two dissenting votes" for the words
"unanimous approval"; (3) amend the by-
laws to change the installation date of newly
elected officers from the present meeting fol-
lowing elections to the final meeting of the
regular academic year.

Most of the delegates felt that the commit-
tee approach to such topics as scholarship,
Ritual, alumni relations, public relations,
pledge education, the library program, and
so on, was effective. However, the purpose of
it would have to be communicated back to
the chapters without loss of momentum in
order to do the most good. The reports of
committees should be written into chapter
programs and stay there as reminders until
the project is accomplished.

Academy leader T. Reginald Porter

The Expansion Committee produced a re-
port which resolved first of all to investigate
expansion possibilities in institutions where
the Fraternity once had chapters. But all
good opportunities in all good organizations
should be systematically explored. The Li-
brary Committee suggested that a library
manual be provided for the chapters and that
the Journal carry a department for the pur-
pose of stimulating interest in getting the
right kind of books. The History and Tradi-
tions Committee called for plans to publish a
History of Sigma Phi Epsilon, granted that
there is inspirational strength in the history
of a steadfast character-building organization
dedicated to the ennoblement of young men.

Paul B. Slater's Keynote

The Grand President's keynote remarks
were, and are, a simple, practical down-to-
earth challenge. Unless the brothers respond
to it they cannot truly be brothers. He said :

"Sigma Phi Epsilon's strength lies in its
membership, in its well-managed national
structure, and in the philosophy of its ritual.

"Sigma Phi Epsilon leads the fraternity
world in its application of modern business
methods, and plans are underway to step fur-
ther along in the computer field very soon to
make our functions still more efficient. In the
light of growth in the past two years, we
stand second among all NIC fraternities with
162 undergraduate chapters. We have added
six new chapters in the past two years. This
past year saw a record number of pledges,
5,192, and a record number of initiates for
Sigma Phi Epsilon, 3,195.


"More important than numbers, however,
is the increase of the numbers of chapters
with a scholarship record above the all-men's
average. Very close to 60 per cent of our
chapters were in that category in the last re-
porting year of 1964 — three out of every five,
about 14 per cent better than a year previous.
But, we shall not rest until at least three of
every four is in that category.

"Our financial picture is one of strength,
and our chapter and individual donations of
monies to the fraternity's philanthropies and
funds, such as our Camp Fund, the Phillips
Foundation, the Living Endownment program,
have continued to add luster to Sigma Phi
Epsilon's image.

"A new National Headquarters Building is
to be constructed in Richmond soon on the
beautiful site just purchased.

"These accomplishments attest to the solid-
ity of our structure, our management at Na-
tional Headquarters, our manpower, and our
growth pattern. There are those that may say
that fraternity is doomed, that at some time
in our near or far future the college fraterni-
ty shall be no more. And these doom-sayers
perhaps look at records such as I have just
been telling you about. Let us not be so
blinded. Perhaps these critics of fraternity do
not know about our great, true strength.

"For the true strength of Sigma Phi Epsi-
lon and of the entire fraternity system lies in
the philosophy of our Ritual, in the ideals of
our twelve Founders, in the three cardinal
principles of our fraternity: virtue, diligence,
and brotherly love.

"This is the time to take the bushel from
off the light of our beliefs and to tell the
world that Sigma Phi Epsilon is built upon
three pillars of man, and that only with these
three principles can man be a complete crea-
ture. It is time that we stand behind what we
believe, and, more important, that our daily
lives reflect the light of our principles. In
Sigma Phi Epsilon's newest publication. Edu-
cating for Brotherhood, you will find the
three pillars of virtue, diligence, and brother-
ly love. We propose to educate all who would
be Sigma Phi Epsilons in these principles.
We propose that they learn as pledges that
we expect them to build their lives in keep-
ing with virtue, diligence, and brotherly love,

so that when it comes their time to experi-
ence the light and the joys of our Ritual,
they will have built to become true brothers."

The Financial Report

Grand Treasurer Edwin Buchanan stated
that 1964-65 was one of the most successful
years, financially, in the history of the Fra-
ternity, the income being $294,569.26 and the
expenses $288,660.49. Both, the number of
men pledged and those initiated were new rec-
ords. Pledged were 5,192 men and initiated
3,195 new members.

He said that there was a need for more
services to members, and these can be pro-
vided through an adjustment in the present
fee structure and by eliminating the annual
membership dues after that change is made.
Such a proposal deserves serious considera-

He said: "The new national housing com-
mittee will continue the fine work of the
housing loan firm, and have greater flexibility
in trying to meet the several million dollar
need for chapter housing, even though our
assets fall short of the ability to meet this

Grand Treasurer Edwin Buchanan

Describing the purpose of the Chapter In-
vestment Fund, he said: "The fund's invest-
ment goals are first, capital growth; second,
preservation of purchasing power to offset
possible inflation; and third, minimum in-
come. The Chapter Investment Fund is ac-
complishing these objectives. It is the best
medium for investment by chapters or indi-
viduals seeking to help their chapter. This


Executive Director Don Johnson

Fund offers the advantage first of skillful
professional management; second, diversifi-
cation of investments as to the type of se-
curity and geographical distribution of the
same; and third, economy of operation
through the pooling of many small dollar
amounts into a large fund for investment."

The Grand Treasurer also made the point
that the Fraternity does not exist solely for
its balance sheet. Nevertheless, a good bal-
ance sheet is vital to prosperous operation,
and what a blessing it is that Sigma Phi Ep-
silon has a very good one.

The Task of the Journal

Journal Editor John Robson in his report
touched on policies of coverage. He said:
"There are some editors who feel that a fra-
ternity magazine is a brotherhood magazine
and that fact should be its glory and distinc-

"Many observers have noted that good fra-
ternity life cannot be beaten anywhere on
earth. Good fraternity life is a kind of life
lived according to the highest values mankind
has ever learned anything about. That is
good fraternity life. It is a life of challenge,
of growth, and of the kind of beneficial plea-
sures which, when taken in Christian propor-
tion, ennoble a man. If this is true, a maga-
zine for brotherhood has a unique and pecu-
liar responsibility.

"The Journal's policy of coverage, as a
brotherhood magazine, however, has changed
as the fraternity's climate has changed. Its
policy of coverage is directly influenced by

readers who give their views in a number of

"Our surveys of readership appear to pro-
duce two chief conclusions. First, that the
Journal must be an undergraduate-centered
publication, and, second, that every brother
ever initiated is eligible for coverage in the
pages of the Journal. It is a strange fact,
but it is a fact, that the undergraduate per-
spective is the significant thing in the minds
and hearts of the readers, from the youngest
member down to the oldest alumnus, even
though that alumnus may have departed to a
far end of the earth.

"When you explore this mystique at
length, you begin to conclude that a fraterni-
ty magazine must be an undergraduate-cen-
tered publication. The focus which draws
heartfelt alumni interest is undergraduate
brotherhood. Even in the pages of Sig Epic
Achievement, the lesson of example is that
many distinguished alumni were, in the years
past, privileged to hone their leadership
potentiality to an effective edge in the magi-
cal atmosphere of active brotherhood.

"When a magazine prints news about
brothers everywhere, it begins to receive
more and more news about brothers every-
where. This is undoubtedly the factor which
produces the maximum number of readers of
a fraternity magazine. And certainly in such
a response lies the real evidence that the
bond is being kept alive and that the
Journal is the vital instrument in this

"Through the years there is a sameness
with respect to the fields of coverage. Un-
doubtedly, rushing and pledge training and
nearly all phases of operation are better
planned and better executed in the chapters
than in years gone by. And, perhaps campus
life has fewer leisure moments. But, prize-
winning floats are still being built; intramu-
ral trophies won; an occasional scholarship
cup collected; and sweethearts chosen.

"Inside of the member, however, in his
mind and in his heart, there is a new atti-
tude. The member of a generation ago took
his fraternity for granted pretty much. He
also took himself for granted pretty much.
He took his aims for granted, his world
where his feet touched the earth. But the


solid perspective of yesterday seems to have
disappeared. Tomorrow's perspective is not
such a well-known quantity. The member
does not know what kind of world it will be,
much less his identity in relation to himself,
his fellowman, his vocation, his country.

"He does know that in this world a very
responsible kind of leadership will be needed ;
that the young men who have had an ideal
fraternity experience ought to be, and it is
prayerfully hoped will be, in the forefront of
the young men called upon to provide this

"Your editor feels that a brotherhood mag-
azine, Sigma Phi Epsilon's brotherhood mag-
azine, must be sensitive to the kind of change
that is involved in the things that I've been
talking about. Our Journal ought to continue
to attend to the material coverage, but it
must also, it seems to me, serve the broad ob-

Projects in Progress

Executive Director Donald M. Johnson
made only an extemporaneous report, speak-
ing of projects not covered in other reports
or supplementing them. He spoke of the new
pledge education textbook. Educating for
Brotherhood ; of plans for the new National
Headquarters Building at Richmond which it
is expected might be ready for dedication by
Founders Day, 1966; and of the necessity of
engaging the highest type of young men to
serve as Staff Representatives.

Mike Lockwood, Ohio State, receives Paf-
ford Trophy from Dennis Mesenhimer.

Ross Small, Florida
Frayser Award, 1963-64

Excellence Rewarded

At Mackinac in 1963, the Awards Banquet
was the occasion for rewarding the pursuit of
excellence in Sigma Phi Epsilon since the
Conclave of two years before. In New York's
Biltmore in 1965, the Interfraternity Lunch-
eon, the Anniversary Banquet, and a Grand
Chapter session all formed settings for var-
ious kinds of presentations of 107 or 108 to-
kens of high merit.

The awards in which the entire Fraternity
could take enormous pride were the nine
handsome trophies to the outstanding chap-
ters of the nation. The Outstanding Chapter
Award for 1964-65 was received by Mon-
mouth, Terre Haute, Kansas State, Fort
Hays, Ferris State, Dartmouth, Atlantic
Christian, Oregon State, and Washington and

The Charles H. PaflFord Award for the
most outstanding scrapbook was won by Ohio
State; the Benjamin Hobson Frayser Award
for the outstanding chapter publication by
Georgia Tech for The Red Door, edited by
John Kenneth Smith; and the Carter Ashton
Jenkens Award for the outstanding contribu-
tion to the Journal to Thomas F. Ryan, Jr.,
of Ferris State.

National Scholarship Cups were presented
by Dr. Dubach. In order of chapter founding,
for the 1963-64 session they were received by
Richmond, Santa Barbara, Monmouth, Drury,
Bowling Green, Parsons, Southwest Missouri
State, Lewis and Clark, Wichita State, Ten-
nessee Wesleyan, and West Virginia Tech.


Eight of the Fraternity's most outstanding alumni — the top men in their respective fields — received
the Certificate of Achievement at the Anniversary Banquet. From left: Robert Harper, Alabama;
Ben Hibbs, Kansas; Senator Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Iowa State; Allan Jackson, Illinois; Roger W.

For campus firsts thus far reported for the
1964-65 session, these chapters were honored:
Oregon State, Thiel, North Texas State,
Tampa, Ferris State, and Cleveland State.

The Excelsior Award is a new award for
chapter improvement. Dr. Porter made the
presentation to chapters at Pennsylvania,
Purdue, Syracuse, Ohio State, Montana,
Washington (Mo.), Johns Hopkins, Muhlen-
berg, Bucknell, Westminster, Stevens, Okla-
homa, Illinois Tech, Memphis State, Arizona
State, Ball State, Kent State, Lenoir Rhyne,
East Tennessee State, Arizona, Henderson
State, Texas Christian, Georgia State, Parsons,
West Virginia Tech, and Long Beach.

Twelve Camp Fund awards were made. Os-
cars for five years of giving were received by
the chapters at Dartmouth, Henderson State,
Arkansas State, and Michigan State. Ten-
year coffee services were presented to the

Ben Chapman, Georgia Tech
with Frayser Award, 1964-65

chapters at Delaware, Arkansas, Cornell,
Kansas State, North Carolina, Washington U.
(Mo.), Omaha, and Arizona State.

Sigma Phi Epsilon had never before hon-
ored its distinguished alumni who have risen
to the topmost place in their professions.
This time, at the Anniversary Banquet, eight
eminent members of Sigma Phi Epsilon arose
from their tables and each in turn came to the
front of the large room to receive a Citation
Award. The recipients were Bourke B. Hick-
enlooper, Iowa State, Senator from Iowa;
Floyd B. Odium, Colorado, chairman of the
Federal Resources Corporation, Allan Jack-
son, Illinois, '36, famed CBS newscaster;
Felix S. Hales, North Carolina State, retired
head of the Nickel Plate Railroad; Elmer
Louis Kayser, George Washington, retired
dean of students at his alma mater and pres-
ent historian of the University; Roger Warren
Jones, Cornell, special assistant to the Direct-
or of the Bureau of the Budget for the Feder-
al Government; Ben Hibbs, Kansas, editor of
The Saturday Evening Post during twenty of
the greatest years of the Post's history; and
Robert Earl Harper, Alabama, former maga-
zine association executive and now director of
public information for the Treasury Depart-

Twenty-three others received the Citation
Award but were unable to be present. These
brothers included James A. Crabtree, Joseph
E. Marmon, Atticus J. Gill, Craig S. Atkins,
John A. Love, Reuben G. Gustavson, Tom
Ewell, Paul M. Dean, John D. Randall, F. J.
Knauss, Ted Mack, Basil O'Connor, Fred


Jones, Cornell; and Floyd B. Odium. Past Grand President Bedford Black made the presentations.
Photographs of Felix Hales, North Carolina State, and Dean Louis Kayser, George Washington, who
also received the Certificate of Achievement were not made available for use in this issue.

Korth, Gen. A. C. McAulifle, J. Roscoe
Drummond, Warren Beck, Howard E. Buhse,
Thad L. CoUum, John Chapman, Ellis 0.
Briggs, Herbert Quails, Bob Broeg, and Sen-
ator Harry F. Byrd.

Another award of distinction is the Order
of the Golden Heart, the highest honor which
can be bestowed upon an alumnus for con-
spicuously dedicated effort. At the Anniversa-
ry Banquet, the Grand President called upon
two men to come forward to receive the gold-
en medallion : J. Russell Pratt, Michigan, '38,
onetime field secretary, past Grand President
and former chairman of the National Housing
Board; and John Robson, Lawrence, '28, ed-
itor of the Journal since 1942.

Bedford W. Black, toastmaster at the An-
niversary Banquet and chairman of the
Awards Committee, introduced a special out-
standing service citation for Fred M. Sackett,
Jr., a leader in the Davidson chapter who ac-
complished much both for the chapter and, in

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