History

We have a strong local history at Epsilon Nu, and have recorded some of our
achievements in this brief summary of our heritage.

Chapter 1: The Founding of Kappa Phi

Kappa Phi Fraternity was founded on December 5, 1963, at the University oftoplogo
Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy when the founders, Gregory D. Bachman,
Davis M. Conway, James C. Cowles, Jerry L. Fortner, William H. Harwell, John
Herold, John Hoog, Stephen E. Krieger, Edward T. Lillie, Ronald Martin, Gerard
Memdel, Stanley Ricks, Donald C. Scarpero, Phillip Schutty, David N. Smith,
Ronald R. Smith, David A. Spencer, and Gary Woodward, met with Norman Fishel,
field secretary of Phi Kappa Sigma. It was Norman Fishel’s stated intention to
form a colony of Phi Kappa Sigma on the MSM campus. Since the founders were at
first in favor of becoming a colony of Phi Kappa Sigma, they chose, on
December 9, 1963, the letters Kappa Phi, the first two letters of Phi Kappa
Sigma reversed, as their official name.

The founding members of Kappa Phi had many reasons for founding a new
fraternity. Most of them had been pledges in other fraternities on the MSM
campus and had quit because they disliked certain elements which were present.
Most of these undesirable elements were involved in the pledge programs of the
other fraternities on the MSM campus, as is evidenced by the early resolution
that “no member shall expect any pledge to do anything which that member can
not or will not do.” The founding members came from two groups. The first
group had already started to found a new fraternity when they met in the Rolla
Building on December 5. The other group consisted of men who were interested
in forming a new fraternity but had not taken any steps toward the actual
formation of one.

Chapter 2: The Organization

Because of the long school vacations for Christmas and semester break, the
next meeting of Kappa Phi after December 9 was on February 4. At this meeting,
the constitution of Kappa Phi was accepted. The Constitution included in its
coverage the requirements for membership in Kappa Phi, the fraternity’s
administration, the financial affiliation between the fraternity and its
members, the conduct of the fraternity meetings, and necessary procedure for
amendment of the Constitution.

At the meeting of February 4, the fraternity’s faculty advisor, Kenneth G.
Mayhan, was also introduced to the founders. At this time, he spoke to the
founders on his views on the fraternity life and on scholarship. This was the
first of several occasions on which he took the opportunity to influence the
course of the fraternity.

Chapter 3: New Members and Officers

Since Davis M. Conway had been the president of one of the groups which merged
to form Kappa Phi, Norman Fishel had suggested at the fraternity’s first
meeting that Conway be accepted as the leader of the fraternity until (1)
Conway requested that elections be held, (2) a majority of members requested
elections, or (3) the first regular meeting of April 1964. Thus, on February

Back Row: Byron Vermillion, Mike Hoff, John Janes, Leroy Kraske, Ken Hammann, Ben Stewart, Peter Dunkailo Front Row: Dave Beardsley, Bob McDavid, Dale Ricks

Back Row: Byron Vermillion, Mike Hoff, John Janes, Leroy
Kraske, Ken Hammann, Ben Stewart, Peter Dunkailo
Front Row: Dave Beardsley, Bob McDavid, Dale Ricks

17, at Conway’s request, the first officers of Kappa Phi were elected. Elected
to office were Davis M. Conway, Alpha (president); Edward T. Lille, Beta
(vice-president); William H. Harwell, Sigma (secretary); Jerry L. Fortner, Pi
(scholastic chairman); Gregory D. Bachmann, Iota (ritualist); Ronald Martin,
Upsilon (extracurricular director); James C. Cowles, Psi (social chairman);
Gary Woodard, Theta (sergeant-at-arms and house manager); and Stanley Ricks,
Assistant Theta.

On March 16, the founders accepted a policy on all men who as non-founders
affiliated themselves with the fraternity before September, 1964. These men
were to be known as tentative members and were to be allowed to attend
fraternity until September, 1964. If they met the requirements of membership
and were accepted by the founders, they would become active members. Those who
did not become active members by September, 1964, would then become pledges.

On October 19,1964, the fraternity formed the new office of Steward, known as
the Gamma. This office was created to relieve the Theta of some of the
responsibilities which his office included. Most of these responsibilities
were involved in the maintenance of the fraternity’s house. Ronald R. Smith
was elected to this office.

Chapter 4: Kappa Phi’s New House

At the meeting of March 2, a committee was appointed to secure a house for theHouse December 1968
fraternity. This committee consisted of David Spencer (chairman), Gary
Woodard, Jerry Fortener, and Phillip Schutty.

The housing committee proceeded after March 2, to set up a housing corporation
and found a house which was suitable for the usage of the fraternity.

The house which was purchased was located on eight acres of land along Vienna
Road. This property which included a pond, was located 1.1 miles from the MSM
Electrical Engineering Building. The house itself, which was brick, had twoBack of House (Delto Area) Before We Bought
floors containing 2500 square feet of floor space each, and was for sale at
$35,000. The changes which were necessary in the house and the furniture
originally bought raised that amount of initial expense to about $50,000. The
housing corporation managed a long term loan of the house at 6.6% interest and
vised changes in house and furniture purchases.

Chapter 5: Delta Tau Delta

Although Kappa Phi was originally formed with the intention of eventually
becoming a chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma, the founders soon became disenchanted
with Phi Kappa Sigma’s lack of correspondence and support. They then began to
look around and considered other national fraternities.

In the Fall of 1964, a graduate student who was a member of Phi Kappa Tau
Fraternity became interested in Kappa Phi and arranged to have a field
secretary of the fraternity visit Kappa Phi. This visit precipitated the
formation of the NFSC (National Fraternity Selection Committee), whose duty it
was to choose several good national fraternities, correspond with them, and
recommend to the chapter an affiliation movement.

In addition to Phi Kappa Sigma and Phi Kappa Tau, the NFSC chose Phi Gamma
Delta, Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, and Delta Tau Delta as
national fraternities to consider. On December 14, 1964, the NFSC recommended
that a decision be delayed until three members of Kappa Phi could attend and
report to the chapter on the national convention of Phi Kappa Sigma.

In early February of 1965, Kappa Phi decided, upon recommendation of the NFSC,
to petition Delta Tau Delta Fraternity for colony status. A letter of intent
was dispatched immediately, and on April 10, 1965, Delta Tau Delta recognized
Kappa Phi as an official colony. On May 10, while visiting Kappa Phi, Bruce
Jones, field secretary of Delta Tau Delta, announced that Whit Smith, stationed
arby Fort Leonardwood, was to serve as Kappa Phi’s colony advisor and do all he
to expedite the acceptance of Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Delta Tau Delta.

Chapter 6: Epsilon Nu of Delta Tau Delta

On December 10, 1966, Kappa Phi Fraternity was initiated into Delta Tau DeltaThe Passing of Epsilon Nu's Charter
Fraternity as Epsilon Nu Chapter, the 96th chapter to be initiated into Delta
Tau Delta. The initiation took place at the Delta Omicron Chapter at
Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Since its initiation, Epsilon Nu has consistently been among UMR’s academic
leaders. It had distinguished itself in numerous organizations, perhaps the
most well known of which is the St. Pat’s Board, on which it has had two St.
Pats (presidents).

In the Fall of 1986, Epsilon Nu celebrated its 20th anniversary with a banquet
on Homecoming weekend. Many alumni returned for the joyous occasion. At theEpsilon Nu  Installation 1966
same time, a mortgage burning ceremony was held to celebrate the fact that the
eight acres of land, and the house that was Kappa Phi’s first house, was paid
for.

Epsilon Nu’s intramurals records have not been the best ever, but a collection
of trophies and plaques has been assembled, represented our triumphs over the
odds. Epsilon Nu has received various awards from Delta Tau Delta (national)
for programs, some recent ones include awards for excellence in website design,
exceeding the All Men’s/All Fraternity Average GPA, excellent Honor Board
practices, and outstanding Undergraduate Manual.

Chapter 7: Achievements

Epsilon Nu’s intramurals records have not been the best ever, but a collection
of trophies and plaques has been assembled, represented our triumphs over the
odds. Epsilon Nu has received various awards from Delta Tau Delta (national)
for programs, some recent ones include awards for excellence in website design,
exceeding the All Men’s/All Fraternity Average GPA, excellent Honor Board
practices, and outstanding Undergraduate Manual.

Epsilon Nu’s brightest moments include in 1991 when it received the Court of
Honor award from the Arch Chapter for its overall performance in 1990. This
award put EN Chapter in the top 24 chapters of 124 Delt chapters in United
States and Canada at the time. This was the first time EN Chapter had received
this award since the Court of Honor program was begun. Since then, the chapter
has received a total of 5.

Then, in 2000, 2004 and 2006, Epsilon Nu again received the highest award given
to any chapter, the Hugh Shields Award for Chapter Excellence. This award is
reserved for only those “chapters of excellence,” and only 10 are given every
year.


 

Chapter Presidents

1963 Mike Conway 1978 Warren Greenwalt 1994 Daniel Ludwig 2009 Austin Thompson
1964 Tom Lillie 1979 Jeff Sheets 1995 Jason Carter 2010 Joshua Parks
1965 Jerry Fortner 1980 Clarence Miller 1996 Samuel Erter 2011 Derek Dixon
1966 Ronald Smith 1981 Nick Dungey 1997 Clint Napton 2012 Gabriel Ellis
1967 Dale Ricks 1982 Dave Anderson 1998 Jeff Heckman 2013 Matthew Vogel
1968 Eric Aschinger 1983 Christopher Greenwood 1999 Ben Braker 2014 Joseph Collum
1969 Anthony Mack 1984 Steven Bretzke 2000 Matt Chesebrough 2015 Ian Flannigan
1970 Gary Wicke 1985 John Powell 2001 Doug Chappell 2016
1971 Donald Power 1987 Rob Brown 2002 Chris Kelly
1972 Gary Shanklin 1988 Charlie Pulay 2003 Matt Wolken
1973 William Morley 1989 John Pulay 2004 Brian Schwegal
1974 Dave Lyon 1990 Jim Hill 2005 Ryan Kelly
1975 Edward Haberstroh 1991 John Goethe 2006 Joseph Brunner
1976 Kelly McGrath 1992 Matt King 2007 Greg Eike
1977 Michael Hauser 1993 Kirk McMenamin 2008 Nicholas Russo

Highest Initiate Grade Point

FS
1965
Bob McDavid SS
1979
John Alles FS
1993
Brad Butler FS
2005
Jason Hartman
SS
1966
Gerald Miller FS
1979
Dave Kneipkamp FS
1994
Jeff Heckman SS
2006
Nicholas Russo
SS
1968
Charles Parks FS
1980
Scott Niewoehner FS
1995
Phillip Courtney
Preston Kramer
Brian Miller
FS
2006
Austin Thompson
FS
1968
David Holdener FS
1981
Dennis Card FS
1996
Ben Braker FS
2007
Matt Linderer
FS
1969
Richard Smith FS
1982
Terrence Palisch FS
1997
Jason Bodson FS
2008
Michael Kennedy
FS
1970
John Morrisey FS
1983
Robert Carden SS
1998
Minjie Xu FS
2009
Gabe Ellis
SS
1971
Sandy Cambell FS
1984
Andrew Jones FS
1998
James Henken FS
2010
Matthew Vogel
FS
1971
Bob Jones FS
1985
Tom Sovar SS
1999
Jason Bridges FS
2011
Adam Wojciehowski
FS
1973
Bill Van Veghte III FS
1986
James McDaniel FS
1999
Eugene Shoykhet SS
2012
James Taylor
SS
1974
Ed Doss FS
1987
John Winkler FS
2000
James Kramer FS
2012
Peter Moore
FS
1974
Marc Bunz FS
1988
Perry Mar FS
2001
Brian Schwegal FS
2013
Adam Bratten
FS
1975
John Trousdale FS
1989
Josh Chandler FS
2002
Nathan Wilke FS
2014
FS
1976
Jeff Sheets FS
1990
Brain Verman SP
2003
Mike Scherr FS
2015
FS
1977
Tim Heath FS
1991
Dan Ludwig FS
2004
Kurt Bloch
Ryan Seman
SS
2016
FS
1978
Dave Anderson FS
1992
Gary Greene SP
2005
Zach Nelson

Interfraternity Council Representatives

1964 Harwell Schutty 1979 Nick Dungey 1995 Sean Tietelbaum 2010 Derek Dixon
1965 Jerry Fortner 1980 Clarence Miller 1996 Clint Napton 2012 Adam Wojciechowski
1966 Eric Aschinger
Tom Fritzinger
1981 Richard Weber 1997 Frank Koch 2013 Ian Flannigan
1967 Peter Dunkailo 1982 Steve Bretzke 1998 Doug Chappell 2014 Ian Flannigan
Adam Bratten
1968 Robert Cramner 1983 Lew Westermeyer 1999 Tim Thomason 2015 Ian Flannigan
Tyler Hembrock
1969 Gary Wicke 1984 Terry Palisch 2000 M. Daniel McGhee
1970 Gary Shanklin 1985 Rob Brown 2001 Matt Wolken
1971 Donald Power 1986 John Fox III 2002 Kraig Kelley
1972 William Morley 1987 Sean McKessy 2003 Ryan Kelly
1973 Jeff Wassilak 1988 Kenneth Johnson 2004 Joe Brunner
1974 Mike Hauser 1989 Noel Gibler 2005 David Baugher
1975 Hillis Pratt 1990 Josh Chandler 2006 Greg Bates
1976 Tom Schmitt 1991 Matt Leap 2007 Kevin Butler
1977 Johnie Trousdale 1992 Keith Dandurand 2008 Trevor O’Bryan
1978 Jeff Sheets 1993 Jim Schrock 2009 Josh Parks

Student Knights

1965 Gary M. Woodard1966 David Smith1967 James C. Cowles, Jr.1968 Walter D. Dietrich1969 Virgil A. Deshazer1970 Richard Campen1971 James W. Walker

1972 Roy B. Woods

1973 Paul E. Erlandson

1974 William L. Morley

1975 David L. Lyon

1976 Merle Dillow

1977 William J. Tierney

1978 Eddie H. Doss

1979 Thomas H. Schmitt

1980 David K. Hall1981 David E. Dubois1982 Clarence Miller1983 David A. Robben1984 Christopher S. Greenwood1985 Steven M. Bretzke1986 Terry T. Palisch

1987 Craig A. Thomas

1988 Frederick T. Miller

1989 Andrew P. Jones

1990 Charles M. Pulay

1991 John D. Pulay

1992 Timothy A. Stelljes

1993 Brian K. Verman

1995 Matthew L. Leap

1996 Keith R. Dandurand1997 Samuel D. Erter1998 Liem D. T. Nguyen1999 Jeff Heckman2000 Gary Roberts2001 Daniel Woodcock2002 Daniel Maddex

2003 James Henken

2004 Corey Ernst

2005 Brian Schwegal

2006 Mike Scherr

2007 Bryan Madson

2008 Marshall King

2009 Brandon Kelly

2010 Winston Carr

St. Pat’s Board Representatives

’69 Michael J. Schreiner’70 Sammy Hopper’71 Jack Higgins’72 Kenneth Kifer’73 Lloyd Reynolds’74 Donald Dierker’75 Craig Thomson

’76 Edward Haberstroh

’79 Gary Underwood – Masterguard/St. Pat

’78 Joseph Morales

’80 Kevin Hauser

’81 Clifton Dodson

’82 Keith Markway – Trumpeteer

’83 Scott Niewoehner – Guard

’84 Scott Muskopf – Masterguard

’85 Robert Carden – Guard’86 David Hettenhausen – St. Pat’87 Scott McReynolds – Trumpeteer’00 Brian Johnson – Herald’01 Dan Maddex – Masterguard

House Mascots

1969-1969 Studley1972-1974 Seymour1975-1977 Zeke1975-1979 Heidi1978-1987 Astro1981-1982 Beouregard1982-1983 Gonzo

1986-1991 Jake

1988-1990 Thor

1992-1996 Kooter

1998-1999 Hindippens

1996-2011 April

2009-Pres Reagan

2012-2012 Sasha