TKE Homecoming 2013 Golf Outing at Heritage Golf Club in Tucker


Fraters and Friends — join us again for the annual Homecoming Alumni Golf Outing at Heritage Golf Club in Tucker.  This will be a Best Ball/Scramble format as in the past.

We have a Shotgun start scheduled for 12 noon on Friday, November 1st.  Limited to the first 52 golfers!

A ticket is $75 and includes all golf fees and a box lunch.  Please join us!


Annual Joint BOT/BOA Meeting Held

Adcock and Reagan sign the 2013-2014 lease agreement.

It’s easier to look at the big numbers when it’s not your money.

The annual joint meeting took place in the 4th floor study hall in the Chapter House on the evening of May 2, 2013 with chairmen John Reagan and David Adcock presiding.  The annual joint meeting is held primarily for the signing of the lease for the coming academic year and the presentation of Chapter plans for the coming year.

This meeting was notable for the presence of many new members including Eric Broadwell (BOT) and Bryan Hess, Doug Hale, and Keith Altobelli (BOA) joining the “Eternals” John Reagan, Gary Minor and Scott Smelter (BOT) and David Adcock and Michael Smith (BOA).  Members Ric Gray and Minton O’Neal were otherwise occupied but will be active in the future.

A slate of BOA members who had agreed to serve was presented by Adcock and approved by the BOA:

  • BOA Chairman: Ric Gray
  • BOA Treasurer: Keith Altobelli
  • BOA Secretary: Michael Smith

Doug Hale will be working with the Chef and Steward to manage the mandatory meal plan.

A BOA Vice-Chairman (VP) will be named later by Gray.

If you see a generational trend in the staffing of the BOA, you are not alone.  The only thing missing was Joe Jackson playing in the background.

Eric Broadwell will replace Darrell Sumner as BOT Treasurer, Darrell having served since the days of the abacus and Napier’s Bones.

There was some discussion on the rent structure, utilities, and meal plan costs.  The undergrads presented a thorough analysis of utilities costs in the new building, which will be discussed further. On the matter of how the rent is determined, the BOT reiterated its position that while rents will remain competitive with Georgia Tech, TKE is not competing against non-comparable facilities, such as off-campus apartments, and that it is not in the business of providing subsidized housing but responsible stewardship of the property.  

It was a short, amiable meeting of old friends and fraters.


Greek System Leads Retention at Tech

Institutional Research and Planning has studied the retention of Georgia Tech students from 1993 through 2012. Cohorts were defined as first-time students who entered in the respective summer or fall terms and were full-time in the cohort-year fall term. Retention is defined as being enrolled (taking classes or participating in co-op/internship programs) during or having graduated by each successive fall term.

The report shows clearly something any Tech grad would tell you–that most don’t graduate in four years but most do in five.

Of particular interest to us is that the Greek system leads the way in giving kids a reason to stick around…something else we’ve all known for years.  What’s interesting is that the number is astounding: 97.2% of freshmen who entered in fall 2011 were still in school the following fall.  That’s a statistically significant difference from the non-Greek rate of 94.0%.

The following table illustrate the great strides Tech has made in keeping students enrolled since the early 1990s.  The reasons for this were not part of the research but possible explanations include the greater amount of academic help that is available to students since the days when STEP was the only reason some of us got through physics and chemistry, as well as the greater emphasis on competent teaching by professors and teaching assistants. Like most research-oriented schools, Tech has long faced significant challenges in this area but these days new faculty members are usually coached and monitored and there is training available for graduate students who work as teaching assistants.

Georgia Tech Freshman Retention Since 1993

Georgia Tech Freshman Retention Since 1993

For those who would like to check the report out:


Twenty Years Ago…


The “Blizzard of ’93” at TKE

Twenty years ago, Atlanta and the rest of the East was slammed by an early spring blizzard: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution



Bill Bulpitt and his Tiger Featured in Alumni Magazine

BulpittThe word “engineer” goes back to the Latin ingenium but the descendants of the word have different connotations depending on the language.  For example, in the Romance languages such as French, “engineer”–ingénieur–came down the same road as “ingenious”–ingénieux.  In English, however, “engineer” is closely associated with engine and carries the connotation of a person who carries a rag in the back pocket and gets grease under the fingernails.

Frater Bill Bulpitt is a man about whom “engineer” in both senses applies.  He’s a world-class expert on renewable and transitional energy and is equally at home rebuilding an ICE.

The latest edition of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine features a short article of about Bill and a recent project, restoring a Sunbeam Tiger.

(Photograph from the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine.)