Greetings all! I hope that this letter finds you in good health and good spirits. I have some very exciting news to share with all of you. For the past few months, our members have been focused on the final steps to officially become a Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. For those who don't know, since our inception on September 8th, 2018, our members have been operating as a "Colony," which acts as a probationary stage before being accepted into the Fraternity as full-fledged members. After building a robust petition that was presented at the 2020 Virtual National Conference, we can proudly say that we will be the Gamma Eta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho. Our petition consisted of reports from all current officers, letters of recommendation, and other reports that highlighted our intent to continue as a viable chapter in the organization and pay tribute to dedicated members and alumni who had made this today possible. We will officially be the Gamma Eta Chapter following an installation ceremony that will be held in the coming months.
We could not have reached this point without our dedicated group of advisors, members, alumni, and external supporters. It would be impossible to call out everyone who made our transition from Colony to Chapter possible, but there are a few supporters that need to be recognized. First, our advisors Jill Brinkman, Douglass Adams (Zeta ’82), and Dr. Jason Evans (Alpha Alpha ’09). Each one of these individuals brings something different to the table for us to consider on a daily basis. We would like to thank Brother Adams for providing his wisdom and perspective, based on his experiences as a SUNY Cobleskill Alumni and Zeta Chapter brother in the 1980's. We would like to thank Brother Evans, for his mentorship and tenacious drive to connect us with the resources we need to be successful. And our final advisor, Jill Brinkman, we thank you for making us better men, and for loyalty to each and every one of us. We would also like to recognize, our first two Noble Rulers, Thomas Coene, William Britt, as well as all our alumni who set the vision for our Colony and continue to support us beyond their college career. Lastly, we thank Matt Barney, who's tireless support as the Greek Life Director has been unquantifiable to our group of young professionals. Without each of you as a guide to "today," I can say undoubtedly our experience over the past few years would have not been possible.
I promise you that we do not take "our today" for granted. We have many unknown challenges ahead of us in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this semester will be different, here is what we do know. (1) Our brothers are committed to chapter growth. (2) Our brothers are committed to our academics. (3) Our brothers are committed to the community. And lastly, (4) our brothers are committed to each other.
I'll close with one last fact. The brothers of Gamma Eta choose to live for today. Denny Crane said, "The only thing to be scared of, son, is tomorrow. I don't live for tomorrow. Never saw the fun in it." While we can try to anticipate what tomorrow will bring, there is nothing more valuable than living in the moment. Our success can largely be attributed to preparation, but in reality, it was the day-by-day, moment-by-moment that has made our fraternal experience successful, impactful, and memorable.
Jared R. Saville, Noble Ruler ‘20
Our Semester (Spring 2020 Recap)
The brothers were off to an excellent start at the beginning of this semester. Our recruitment committee, led by Brother Sean Randall, VNR Recruitment, did a magnificent job filtering through potential new members. We held countless dinners at many of our Brothers off-campus apartments, along with a few other recruitment activities. All of this great work and commitment culminated with the initiation of 12 high-quality new members – which brings our total membership to 31 active members!
Just as our campus was shutting down due to the COVID-19 crisis, we held our first “Grill and Chill” fundraiser at the campus’s Carriage House Café & General Store. It was a tremendous success due to the collaborative work from the entire colony, spearheaded by the fundraising committee. We had a great turnout and exceptional burgers, hotdogs, and shakes; undoubtedly, the event raised the visibility of AGR on campus, and the entire evening was buzzing. As we left for spring break in mid-March, we were given a week extension to the break as the College set about planning for remote learning for the remainder of the semester. We are all now focused intently on completing all of our now-virtual courses and preparing for summer internships. Having been dealt with such an unexpected blow to our semester plans, my executive team has been meeting virtually. Though the Spring Formal, community service events, and fundraising activities have been canceled, the team is working diligently on completing the chapter petition process. We are looking forward to virtually engaging the entire colony soon to ensure that Convention and all that comes after are great successes. As for now we are grateful for the safety of our Brothers across the country and wish them and their families all good health during this pandemic.