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Tod Heyman '52 Memorial Bench Dedicated

bench dedication

On October 9, 2015 at the Sig House, the family of Tod Heyman '52 gathered to dedicate this memorial bench in his honor. Mu Chapter Consul during his senior year at Denison, Tod had kept close ties with his Fraternity and Alma Mater throughout his life. He entered the Chapter Eternal on March 2, 2014. The bench, situated on the front walk in front of the Sig House, bears the plaque shown in the inset.


Dusterberg '60 Receives DU Alumni Citation

Dick Dusterberg '60 Receives DU Alumni CitationIn May 2015, another of Mu Chapter's sons was recognized by his Alma Mater.

Richard B. Dusterberg, for more than 20 years, has dedicated his law practice to assisting families with children who have dvelopmental and mental disabilities. His expertise in the field has allowed him to help families not only in his hometown of Cincinnati, but throughout Ohio. In related work, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Community Fund Management Foundation, the largest pooled trust in the U.S. for people with disabilityyies.

Along with his wife, Kristin, he helped establish Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities.

While still engaged in his law practice, Dick returned to school to earn three graduate degrees in the liberal arts, including a PhD in French Literature. Since 1986, he has taught French courses at area universities and to corporate business executives.

For more than a decade, he helped guide the academic and financial mission of the University of Rio Grande, culminating in election as Chairman of thDick Dusterberg's familye Board in 2008. In recognition of his service, the University conferred its Honorary Master of Public Service Degree.

Brother Dusterberg is the author of The Official Inaugural Medals of The Presidents of the United States, the first copy of which he presented in 1971 to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House. Nixon later appointed him to the U.S. Assay Commision, whose members supervise the purity of Ameican coinage. Dick later was appointed to seven presidential inaugural medals committees for five U.S. Presidents. Additionally, he hs published numerous aticles in law, history and numismatics.

Dick was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps  (1960-63), partner in two large law firms, Law Director for the City of Montgomery for 23 years, and a magistrate for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. He managed numerous international student exchanges for his Rotary Club.

At the Alumni Citation presentation, Richard B. Dusterberg was honored for his fulfillment of Denison's aspiration for all is graduates; a life motivated and enlarged by the liberal arts, and his commitment to others who depend on his unique blend of professioinal skill and personal compassion.

The Alumni Citation is an honor held in high esteem by Denisonians, due largely to the small number of Citations awarded through the years. Established in the By-Laws of The Society of the Alumni, it is bestowed upon Alumni "who have achieved recognized leadership among their peers through outstanding contributions and services to the professional, civic, business, or religious life of the nation or to the advancement of the University."


Mason '57 Helps DU Students Honor Veteran's Day

As 'Mase' tells it...

Col Oliver North and Bill Mason '57

"Several months ago a small group of Denison students asked me to help honor local Veterans on Veteran's Day.  They already had made arrangements for an honorary guest: retired Col. Oliver North... best known for the moving testimony he gave before a joint congressional committee investigating the Iran-Contra affair during the late 1980s.

At the evening event sponsored and funded by students, about 30 local Veterans were invited to dinner at Denison's Burton Morgan Hall, with Col. North in attendance.

Relaxed and casually dressed, 'Ollie' devoted one-on-one time with every person in the room, speaking about what Veteran's Day meant to him.

Following the dinner, Col. North stood at the door to the banquet hall and spoke personally with every attendee, spending several minutes with each."

Summarizing his take on the evening, Mason said, "He was super impressive!" 


PHOTO NOTE: When someone told him that Mason had served as a DU coach, Col. Norh asked how long he'd been with the University. Mason answered, "Since my freshman year in 1953..." to which North said, "You have to be close to 80... someone get a picture of us!"


Lamb '63 Initiates Annual DU Psych Dept Award  Lamb-Wolf Psych Dept Award

When Doug Lamb was a DU Senior Psychology Major contemplating what to do post-graduation, his major advisor, Dr. Irv Wolf, encouraged him to apply to several graduate schools. Doug did; ultimatately obtaining a doctorate in Clinical Psychology which led to a fulfilling and very satisfying career, mostly at Illinois State University.

In honor of Dr. Wolf's influence, and in recognition of the 50th anniversary of his graduation from Denison, Doug established the Lamb-Wolf Graduate School Award to assist a selected psych student each year to cover his or her graduate school application expenses. 

In May 2014, Dr. Lamb awarded the first stipend to Briella Baer '14 (inset photo), an outstanding undergraduate senior in Denison's Psychology Department.


Hall '64 Credited For So. Korean Hostage Release

According to a 10/27/14 story in The Columbus Dispatch newspaper, Brother Hall played an instrumental role in bringing about the release of Dayton, Ohio journalist, Jeffrey Fowle. As reported:

(North Korean analyst for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Victor Cha) Cha suggests that Fowle’s release is nothing more than a gesture from North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un to former Democratic Rep. Tony Hall of Dayton, highly regarded among North Korean officials for past efforts to deliver food aid.

Hall, who has traveled to North Korea at least eight times and served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, sent emails and made phone calls to officials with ties to North Korea to persuade Pyongyang to release Fowle. (Fowle, 56, of West Carrollton near Dayton, had been awaiting trial after he was accused of leaving a Bible in the bathroom of a sailor’s club in Chongjin, where he was traveling as a tourist, according to Reuters.)


Rare Alumni Initiation Planned

Don Bryant, Jr. '64 will fulfill his long-standing dream of becoming a full-fledged member of Sigma Chi Fraternity!

The 2014 50-Year Reunion ClassMu Chapter's Class of 1964latched onto this novel idea to recognize one of the outstanding men of their class who, as an undergrad Social Member, has remained close to the Fraternity and to Mu Sigs from that era for nearly 50 years.

Donald L. Bryant, Jr. '64

On December 7th this year, Don will be initiated into Mu Chapter of Sigma Chi in connection with the regularly scheduled fall 2014 undergraduate initiation. As an exception approved by the General Fraternity, Don's initiation will follow a formal, although abbreviated, pledgeship.

Although infrequently used, the Alumni Initiation process will closely follow the Sigma Chi ritual and all the customary aspects of formal initiation.

The first step to kick off this process was taken by Mu Sigs of the 1964 Class, including Hugh Fullerton '64, John Lowenberg '64, and Nick Zimmers '64... facilitated by Ryan Temby, Rutgers '90, Grand Praetor for Southern Ohio Chapter and past  Mu Chapter Advisor. As the pieces fell into place, the Initiation DateDecember 7, 2014was set.

Don Bryant is Chairman Emeritus of the Bryant Group, Inc., an organization he founded in 1967 to design and fund employee and executive benefits. He since has become an internationally regarded art collector and significant benefactor to Denison University. His name, synonymous with the study of studio art and art history, now is given to Denison's Bryant Arts Center, a renovated and reimagined Cleveland Hall.

At his 50-Year class reunion in 2014, Don received Denison's highest recognition, the Alumni Citation.


2014 Denison Alumni Citation Recipients.

Our University's highest award given to Denison Alumni honors those who have achieved the highest levels of leadership in their fields. Citation awards are given during Class Reunions each May.

Donald L. Byant Jr. '64
Mu Chapter Social Member, Don Bryant, was recognized with the Denison Alumni Citation for his national reputatation as an art collector (annually one of Art News Magazine's "Top 200 Collectors in the World"). His name, synonymous with the study of studio art and art history, now graces the Bryant Arts Center, the renovated and reimagined Cleveland Hall.
Tony P Hall '64
Brother Tony Hall received Denison's Alumni Citation for his service to the United States as U.S. Ambassdor to the United Nations and for his dedication to finding ways to alleviate world hunger through training and educational programs for the leaders of emerging nations. He is a three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
John D. Lowenberg Sr. '64
Brother John Lowenberg received Denison's Alumni Citation for his leadership in the field of investment banking... skills that have accrued to the benefit of the University where, during his 19-year tenure as chair of the board's Investment Committee, Denison's endowment increased more than tenfold.

Steve Harman '62

On August 1, 2013, Brother Harman received Sigma Chi's Seven Lights Alumni Award "... for his dedication to the principles of the Fraternity introduced by our seven Founders and the reasons we honor their names."

Seven Lights Alumni Award

This recognition was introduced in 2013 at the annual Balfour Leadership Training Workshop. Harman was in the first group of alums to receive the award which initially was presented on August 1, 2013.

Formal presentation was made on May 31, 2014 at the 50-Year Sig event held in the Sig House by Ryan Temby, Rutgers '09. Temby (left in the photo), one of those who recommended Harman for the award, made the presentation.

Ryan Temby initially joined the Mu Chapter family as Chapter Advisor. He now serves the Fraternity as Grand Praetor, Southern Ohio Chapters.



David Crouse '77

Brother David Crouse is the fifteenth Mu Chapter Sig to receive the Significant Sig Award. The award citation given in 2009 by the General Fraternity contained these words:

Sigma Chi Fraternity takes pride in presenting the Significant Sig Award to recognize alumni for their professional achievements that have brought honor and prestige to the Fraternity. Established in 1935 as a simple token of recognition, The Significant Sig Award has become one of the most distinguished awards in the Greek-letter world.

David Crouse is the founder of Crouse Entertainment Group, a media company that specializes in creating high-quality documentary film and television productions. His 1991 documentary "Alaska’s Bald Eagle: New Threats to Survival" won an award at the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Festival, and his group’s documentary "Lost in Middle America (and what happened next)" was nominated for four Emmy awards in 1999. His most recent production, which won a 2003 Emmy for its soundtrack, documents the life of author C.S. Lewis, and is narrated by Academy Award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley.

Commenting on this recognition, David recalls that he began his 40-plus years in radio and television as a DJ and news reporter at WDUB, ultimately becoming station manager in his senior year. He lived in the Sig house most of his college career. "I have worked in every capacity of broadcasting," he said, "And have the distinction of being the first producer in television history to secure interviews with five former U.S. Presidents for a single TV documentary."


Stan Clauson '66

Frank L. "Stan" Clauson, Jr. reports that he recently was elected president of the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association. In Aspen, he is president of his firm of planners and landscape architects, providing services to mountain resort communities. His son, Fritz graduated from Kenyon in 2009, which afforded many great opportunities to visit Denison during Parents’ Weekends. Fritz recently completed his Masters in Planning at the University of Colorado-Denver. Stan and his wife, Judy, have two other children whose families also live in Colorado: Elli, a teacher in Basalt; Max, a telecommunications executive in Boulder. Stan and Judy have four, wonderful grandchildren (all girls) which, he notes, "... will make a great ski posse."


Lewis Clark '09

Living in New Taipei City, Taiwan R.O.C. puts Brother Clark a long way away from his home in Dayton, Ohio! He originally went to Taiwan to teach English as a foreign language and since then became involved with a website called "Taipei Trends" (www.taipeitrends.com.tw), a travel and promotion organization, where he's contributing articles, putting up ads, organizing and hosting events, etc. Lewis says, "Things are really picking up, too! Very exciting stuff!"

Andy Stromwall '04

President of the Sigma Chi Southern Milwaukee Alumni Chapter, Brother Stromwall presently is featured in a welcoming video on the new Alumni Chapter website. (http://www.milwaukeesigmachi.com/).

Bill Bowen '55

Awarded the National Humanities Medal on July 10 in a White House ceremony. Brother Bowen was one of 12 recipients of the award which honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities. Brother Bowen is president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Princeton University.

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