Alpha Scholarship Awards Banquet

The first annual Alpha Scholarship Awards Banquet was held in Duluth at the Fitger’s complex on April 23, 2022. The banquet was attended by 41 Alumni, Actives and their guests.

Scholarship Awards

$10,000 in scholarships was presented to three highly qualified actives by Scholarship Committee Chairman Chad Roberts and President Jeff Gaylord:

Marcus Young – John L. Banks III Memorial Scholarship $3,333

Marcus is the new chapter president

Jacob Schwaab – Daryl Brooks Knodt Memorial Scholarship $3,333

Jacob is the new treasurer

Ben Churchill – John L. Banks III Memorial Scholarship $3,333

Ben is the new secretary

Order of the Blue and White Forever Inductees

Three new members were inducted into the “Order of the Blue and White Forever” for their significant donations to the Alpha Nu Omega Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. They previously received blazers from John Erickson and were honored with the distinguished pin of the order and their names will be added to the plaque of honor in Kirby Student Center:

  • Jerry Maeckelbergh
  • Mike Maeckelbergh
  • Dennis Johnson
  • Previously inducted John Erickson also received his pin

New Members Blazer Presentation

Alpha blazers were presented to eight of this year’s new members courtesy of John Erickson and his “Bring Back Blue Blazers” initiative:

Here is a photo of the Active Chapter with their blazers

Video Slideshow

A video slideshow of the banquet can be seen by clicking on the following link:

Banquet Slideshow

 

New Active Chapter Executive Board Elected

  • President – Marcus Young
  • Vice President – Broderick Aspling
  • Pledgemaster – Andrew Strapko
  • Secretary – Ben Churchill
  • Treasurer – Jacob Schwaab.

They will start to take over this semester, and fully take over in the fall of 2022. 

 

Mini-Reunion and Hall of Fame Weekend

It was generally agreed that our Mini-Reunion/Hall of Fame weekend at UMD’s Homecoming was a great success. There was something for everyone from a meet and greet with old brothers, an informative meeting, tailgating, football, Hall of Fame induction, formal dinner at the Kitchi Gammi Club and a winning UMD hockey game. A video slideshow of the activities can be seen here:

Mini-Reunion Slideshow

 

Hall of Fame Members
Alpha Alumni Meeting

 

Funding the Future

The Alpha alumni who attended our recent mini-reunion saw the kickoff of the Funding the Future scholarship program presented by alumnus Scott Schnuckle.  Since then a number of members have asked how specifically they can get involved with this effort to make the Alpha Alumni Association Scholarship Fund meaningful in today’s scholastic world.  We know that each member has different motivations and means, but the spirit of Alpha runs through us all.

Here is a 3 minute video of Scott’s PowerPoint presentation:

This program has been undertaken to make up for the insufficient increase over the years in our Scholarship Fund that provides interest money and associated funds for presentation to our deserving active members. Up until the end of last year the fund provided less than half the goal of a year’s tuition and books at UMD because educational expenses have increased significantly.

While the kickoff for the “Funding the Future” program was officially begun at the Fall 2021 mini-reunion meeting, early donors have stepped up with significant contributions that, coupled with strong market earnings. have significantly increased the Fund from $100k to $185k. Our goal is $250k and it is attainable. We are already getting additional responses. The program goes to Spring of 2023 so we can do this if everyone help.

We understand that many members do not have large sums of money while raising young families or working for their own goals, but we ask that you consider a donation even if it is only in the form of dues. Those that have already received an Alpha scholarship have an extra motivation.

We ask that you go to our Scholarship Donation page on this website to find a convenient way to donate large or small to “Funding the Future”. Ways to pay dues (which largely go to the Scholarship Fund) are also on the site.

Active Chapter Thanks Video

The Alumni Association thanks those who have made significant donations to the Scholarship Fund. The Alpha Scholarship program is recognized by our Active Chapter as a significant benefit both to its members and the prestige of the Fraternity. Here is a short video that the Actives made to express their gratitude to the Alumni Association and its donors to the Scholarship Fund:

Alpha Nu Omega Active Chapter Thanks