As much as we may want it to, eventually our time at K-State must come to an end. When that day comes, active members make the transition to alumnus status.Alumni receive a newsletter from the organization at least once a semester updating them on chapter activities, news, elections, accomplishments, alumni news and a directory listing all of our alumni with their contact information.
The chapter also has a large alumni event each semester to welcome back the men who came before us. In the fall we have our Founder’s Day banquet. In the spring we have an alumni gathering at the K-State spring football game followed by the Alumni/Scholarship banquet and Don Edwards Memorial Golf Tournament which raises a few thousand dollars in scholarship funds for deserving Delta Chis at Kansas State.
The benefits of keeping in touch with our alumni are numerous. Most importantly it gives the chapter a sense of perspective when making long-term plans. They have been through most everything we have to deal with and they can give advice and feedback instead of the chapter having to try and fail. Our Alumni Board of Trustees oversees the operation of the house and meets with chapter leaders monthly to go over chapter business. Our Housing Corporation has funds for future housing options for the organization. We have our own Educational Foundation which raises money for scholarships and awards over $2500 annually to Kansas State Delta Chis in scholarships or educational programming.
They also provide a network to find an internship or job. We have had members graduate in just about every major offered at K-State. That provides us with someone we can call and talk to about professional issues. Some times the best way to get in the door of a company is to have someone you know that works there give you a reference. And our alumni base extends to all chapters, as a Delta Chi is our brother no matter where they graduated from.
Some of the more famous alumni from Delta Chi include men like Benjamin Harrison, President of the United States, Henry “Scoop” Jackson, late Senator from Washington and presidential candidate, Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War, Henry Hartsfield, space shuttle commander, Richard Shelby, Senator from Alabama, John Mica, Florida Congressman, William Sessions, former Director of the FBI, and James Webb, former Secretary of Navy and Senator from Virginia.
From the entertainment industry we have Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher from “Dude Where’s My Car?” and “That’s 70’s Show”, and Russell Nye, Pulitzer Prize winning author.
In the annals of sports history, we have Rod Dedeaux, former Head Baseball coach at USC who was named the college baseball coach of the Millenium, Pat Gillick, former General Manager for the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Oriels, Nolan Harrison, former defensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders, Larry Himes, former General Manager for the Chicago Cubs, and Ron Mix, NFL Hall of Famer.
Our corporate success is one of the brightest stars for Delta Chi alumni. Just look at the list of men and the positions they climbed to after graduating as one of our brothers. John Calhoun, VP Quaker Oats, C.W.W. “Tex” Cook, Former Chairman, General Foods , Jerry Dozier, VP Merrill Lynch, Verne Drews, VP Nabisco, Thomas Glasgow, former Chief Operations Officer for McDonald’s, Sam Ginn, Chairman of the Board of Vodafone AirTouch, R. Jim Harring, Corporate Vice President, Motorola, William Hayes, Sr. VP of Texas Instruments, Gordon Jones, retired VP of Hearst Publications, Ed Kangas, Chairman of the Board of Deloitte, Touche, Herb Klein, Editor in Chief, Copley newspapers. Nixon’s Press Secretary, and Charles Marshall, Former Vice Chairman of the Board for AT&T.
College is a great time, but it should only serve as a starting point for a successful life. We appreciate and keep in touch with our alumni and in turn they provide us with advice, job connections and financial and volunteer support.