March 2020

Quite a lot has happened since our last newsletter! The most important news is, of course, the rise of COVID-19 and the impact it's now having on us here in the United States. One of the many impacts of the coronavirus pandemic is that our 2020 Pig Dinner, currently slated for April 18th, will be rescheduled . You'll learn more here or from the undergraduates once a new date is known.

Yes, these are challenging times, but we are committed to continuing our work to support the undergraduate brothers of Theta Tau. In fact, we have some exciting progress to report on the design and planning of our new home:

  • The design team was authorized to proceed with design development phase (DD Phase). 
  • The existing site was surveyed in December 2019. Variance was submitted to Cookeville Board of Zoning Appeals and was reviewed and approved at their March 12, 2020 meeting. 
  • The Architect is working on floor plans and building elevations. Other design team members - civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing - are providing input to the Architect, and we anticipate preliminary plans and elevations in the next 4-6 weeks. 
  • A preliminary construction cost will be prepared when Architect completes the design development phase. Creation of construction documents will begin thereafter.

On the subject of the construction cost estimate, Benjamin Franklin was right to say that “a penny saved is a penny earned.” If you have the ability to help us minimize our costs by providing material or services at a "brotherhood" rate, we would be delighted to hear from you. HVAC, roofing, plumbing, windows, doors, flooring, carpet, tile, lumber, audio/visual, security. .. if it goes into building a home and you or your company might be able to lend a hand – or if you know another graduate who can - please contact Justin Cumby ('05) or Billy Leslie ('93).  Your assistance will be much appreciated.

I hope that you and your family are healthy, safe and able to make the best of your social distancing in the coming days.

Charles Worsham ('93)
Campaign Chair

Many Thanks
Many thanks to these graduates and friends* who have pledged their financial support to Theta Tau's new home:
Bobby Adams '11
Baylor Arrants ‘15
Todd Arrants ‘84
AJ Bahou ‘93
Tim Baker ‘17
Halston Balthrop '12
Hal Balthrop '84
Barry Bell '89
Russell Bradley '81
Nathan Brown ‘13
Bo Byers ‘06
Bronson Casey ‘87
Jay Chapman '01
James Cosby '13
Justin Cumby ‘05
Brian Douglas ‘98
Mohamad Elbeitam ‘05
Brent Ellis ‘99
Richie Elmore ‘89
Tad Engle ‘11
Todd Fairley ‘93
Troy Fairley '96
J.R. Gillette ‘05
Kevin Givens '02
Jeffery Grooms ‘98
Mason Guy ‘93
Loren Haynes ‘00
Jeff Hoilman ‘93
Martin Hunt ' 85
Stacy Hunt ‘90
Kelly Irvin '98
Ross Jones '90

Tommy Jones '86
Nathan Kelly '13
Donald Kermick '83
William Leslie ‘93
Michael MacIndoe ‘84
MIchael MacIndoe, Jr. '12
Donald Marsee '88
Halston Mullis '08
James Nelson ‘02
Andrew Norman '17
David Olive '85
Akash Patel ‘15
Paul Polpanich ‘98
Daniel Ray '81
John Rector ‘88
Oliver Rick '85
Michael Robinson ‘05
Robbie Simpson '83
Tim Smith '83
Luke Sowards '06
Scott Stapleton '94
Alfred T. Stewart '10
Theta Tau Chapter
Mark Umbehagen ‘15
Chip Walton '05
Phil Whitehead '87
Mickey Williams ‘80
Randy Wilmore ‘82
Jay & Ann Wolverton ‘85
Charles Worsham ‘93
Lee Wray ‘81
* Gifts and pledges as of March 19, 2020
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