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ATO Event Line-up

We have an incredible line-up of events for the rest of this summer and through the fall with many opportunities for you to catch up with your Gamma Zeta friends starting with the ATO National 150th Celebration
which will be held Thursday, August 6 - Saturday, August 8 in Indy.  Your BOT and undergrad Executive Team will be represented but we'd especially like to see other Gamma Zetas attend the banquet on Saturday evening the 8th.  

If you're in the Chicago area, be sure to check out the 
Leukemia Cup Poker Run and After-Party which will be held on Saturday, August 8 in Montrose Harbor.  Dante Ciccone '02 is the Co-Chair.  Justin Ross '02 and Joe Patrevito '02.5 are on the organizing committee of this very cool event.  

The RGS Golf Outing follows on Saturday, August 15 at Carillon Golf Course in Plainfield.  This event honors and remembers R. Greg Swedo '96.  Matt Massucci '96 is coordinating.  Also, for the first time, the top ATO foursome at this event will be recognized with the Heldman Trophy!!  Don't miss it!!  

The Class of 1965 - 50th Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 3 in Champaign.  We'll be dedicating a Memorial Display to our 21 "Gold Star" Brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country in the Library of the chapter house that day and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

The Chief and the University ATO Networking Lunch will be held in Chicago on Friday, October 9 in Chicago (Location TBA).  Former Chief Illiniwek (and Thomas Arkle Clark Award Winner) Bill Forsyth '86 and former Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees Larry Eppley '82 will be our featured guests.  They'll share their unique perspectives on the Chief and answer your questions.  Mark your calendars now and watch our website for additional details on what is sure to be a fun and interesting event!

Homecoming and Class of '80 35th Reunion is Saturday, October 24 2015 and we'll again recognize our undergrad scholarship winners and a full agenda of activities at the house including recognition of the Class of '80.  We'll be holding our BOT Annual Meeting on Friday evening at the Chapter House and all are invited.

The Illini football team travels to Soldier Field on Saturday, November 28 for the 
Illini vs. NW at Soldier Field - Illini Greek Reunion.  Our own John 'Sanch" Aymond '80 who represents us on the GACBA (Greek Alumni Council Board of Advisors) is behind this event and we're counting on a huge ATO presence.  Please order your tickets through the link provided so that you'll be placed in the ATO Block at Soldier Field.

Finally, we'll be holding our 25th Annual Holiday Happy Hour on Friday, December 18 in Chicago (location TBA).  This event is always a lot of fun and attendance has been growing each year.  Get it on your calendars now!!
Hope to see you all at one or more of these fun events.

Dr. Michael Terry '93 wins his 3rd Stanley Cup Championship ring with the Blackhawks!


Doc Terry showed off his first two Stanley Cup rings at our ATO networking lunch last year.  Well... now he has three.  Congrats Mike!!

Congrats Steve Weissenstein ’83 – Inducted into Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame!

This past month, Steve Weissenstein ’83, head coach of the Glenbrook South women’s basketball team, was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 26 years as a head Titans basketball coach (17 with the girls and nine with the boys) he owns a career record of 443-291.

Here’s a quote from one of the articles about Steve…“A great friend of mine, Rob Judson (Gamma Zeta ’80), Read more

Matt Dixon ’11 awarded J.D. Sinnock Law Scholarship – Congrats Matt!!

Matt Dixon ’11 has been awarded the J.D. Sinnock Michigan Law Scholarship which is awarded each year to a University of Michigan second year law student. It’s made in honor of J.D. Sinnock ’86 who was tragically killed in an automobile accident by a drunk driver shortly after graduating from Michigan Law School in 1989. This is the first time that a Gamma Zeta has won the Sinnock Law Scholarship. Both J.D. and Matt are former Gamma Zeta Worthy Masters. Congrats Matt!!

Don “DA” Armstrong ’77 chairing NM Annual Meeting in Milwaukee – Congrats DA!!

This week, Don “DA” Armstrong ’77 is chairing the Northwestern Mutual Annual Meeting in Milwaukee.  This is a big deal as the event includes 10,000 people from across the country, comprising members of Northwestern Mutual and their families.

Congratulations, DA!!

Congrats Robb Rugg ’79 – selected to Naperville Central HS Athletic HOF

Congrats to Robb Rugg ’79 for being selected to the Naperville Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame – Class of 2016! His induction will be in January!

Congrats Kyle Cushing ’11 – Top 20 Chicago Startup Founders Under 30!

Congrats to Tau Tank veteran Kyle Cushing ’11!! – named one of the Top 20 Chicago Startup Founders Under 30

Chicago’s 15 On-Demand Startups Making Life Easier in Chicago – Congrats Michael Lavitola ’09

Another Tau Tank veteran, Michael Lavitola ’09 gets some recognition.  His company Foxtrot was named one of Chicago’s 15 On-Demand Startups Making Life Easier in Chicago. Congrats Michael!!

Help!! Send us your rush recommendations!!


Hello Gamma Zetas,

We need your help!!

Attracting the best possible new members to our chapter is the lifeblood of our fraternity.  We need every undergraduate and alumni member to do their part to recommend qualified candidates to our rush team.  If you know of a young man who will be attending the University of Illinois and you believe would be a great ATO, please complete the brief Recommendation Form on our website.   Our undergraduate rush team will follow up with them and make sure that they are invited to appropriate rush events. Read more

"Gold Star" Gamma Zetas to be remembered and honored with memorial display at chapter house

We announced last month that we are working on a memorial display for the Chapter house to honor and remember our twenty-one Gamma Zeta brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  Brian Grant '65, Retired Rear Admiral Bill Masters '65 and others from their class have been leading the charge to create plaques for each man.  They will be dedicated at the Class of '65 50th reunion on October 3 and celebrated again on Homecoming.

We've raised about $1800 towards the cost of the plaques but still need some more donations to complete this project and would appreciate your support.  Read more and here is a link for donations.
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