AGR 2020/21 RECRUITMENT NETS 41 NEW BROTHERS!
SPRING 2021 NEW BROTHERS
FALL NEW BROTHERS (pictured above & below)
AGR 2020/21 RECRUITMENT NETS 41 NEW BROTHERS!
SPRING 2021 NEW BROTHERS
FALL NEW BROTHERS (pictured above & below)
UT AGR CHAPTER TAKES TOP CHAPTER AND INDIVIDUAL HONORS AT 2020 AGR CONVENTION!
The AGR National Convention was held the week of July 20-23, 2020, virtually. It was originally scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, WI, but moved to a virtual platform because of COVID-19 concerns.
Alpha Kappa received top honors at both the Chapter and Individual levels at this year’s National Convention. AK was recognized as Runners-up for the Maynard H. Coe Chapter Efficiency Award, signifying AK is at the top of Alpha Gamma Rho chapters! The Coe Award is given biennially to a chapter that maintains a high level of consistent operations! Congratulations the active chapter, its advisors, and the Alumni Board and Alumni Association!
Capturing the highest honor for a collegiate member was John Calvin Bryant, AKSN-1273. John Calvin was receiptant of the 2020 Fraternal Excellence Award for Outstanding Undergraduate.
Alpha Kappa was again awarded Gold Chapter, again, for its activities and participation in Academics, Lifelong Membership Development, Committed Alumni Development, Crescents, Recruitment Excellence, Communications, Living the Promise and Values, Housemother Activities & Cultural & Social Development, Undergraduate Activities, Advisor Involvement, & Committed Alumni Corporation.
Former University of Tennessee Vice President for Agriculture, Dr. Jack Britt, a Western Kentucky AGR, was inducted into the Alpha Gamma Rho Hall of Fame. Jack is a member of the AGR National Fraternity Board of Directors.
On-line seminars were held during the late afternoon/early evening for topics such as Recruitment, Chapter Success, and Employment. AK Alum Dipal Chaudhari served as monitor for a Recruitment seminar, John Tarpley, AGR Legal Counsel was monitor for the Business Session and Tracey Binkley, Regional Vice President was Master of Ceremonies for the Chapter Awards Ceremony. Alpha Kappa was well represented at the AGR National Convention!
In other fraternity business, AGR voted to install the colony at the State University of New York-Cobleskill to be Gamma Eta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho.
AGR NAMED TOP FRATERNITY AT UT 2019/20! AGAIN!
Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho took top honors in January at the Greek Awards Program, sponsored by the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life. AGR was named top Interfraternity Council chapter for the second time in three years. Leo Spadafino, 2020 Noble Ruler. was selected as the Emerging Leader of the Year. This was awarded to AK because of the many members we regularly have on the Dean’s list for excellent grades, our participation in activities, our community service, and philanthropy. AK was named IFC Chapter of the Year in 2016.
Pictured at IFC Banquet (L to R): Leo Spadafino, Doug Craig, Chase Williams, Eli Palmer, and Housemother Anne Ricci.
Congratulations Alpha Kappa!
AGR BROTHER NAMED UT TORCHBEARER FOR 2020!
John Calvin Bryant, AKSN-1273, (pictured above in Orange shirt) has been selected a 2020 UT Torchbearer, the highest honor an University of Tennessee student can be awarded.
John Calvin, a senior in Food Technology and Science from Lawrenceburg, TN, will be graduating in May from the Hebert College of Agriculture. John Calvin was surprised at the February meeting of the Herbert College of Agriculture Ambassadors meeting where he serves as President by UTK President Donte Plowman and Dean Cayla Beyl with the announcement along with his parents.
Congratulations John Calvin!
UT GRADUATES 20 AGR BROTHERS MAY 2020!
Twenty Alpha Gamma Rho brothers completed their undergraduate careers in May 2020 when they received their diplomas from UT. Congratulations Brothers and good luck in your future endeavors! This is on top of four brothers who received their degrees in Deccember 2019. (In the past two school years, 50 AGRs have received their dipolmas from the University of Tennessee!)
Andy Swafford, AKSN-1243, Pikeville, TN, a fall 2015 AGR Initiate, graduated with his degree in Plant Sciences with a concentration in Plant Genetics and Biotechnology with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Andy Served AGR as VNR-Scholarship in 2018 as well as Historian and Technology Chair. Andy received the H. Charles Goan Scholarship in 2018, the 2017 H. Charles Goan Scholarship, and the 2016 AGR Alumni Scholarship. UTK Leadership included: Vice President of the Plant Sciences Club, Collegiate FFA Treasurer, Treasurer of the Clay Target Team Club, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ambassador. In 2018, Andy was selected as an Outstanding Junior in the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. Andy also was the 2019 ACUI National Collegiate International Skeet Shoot-off Champion, 2019 UT Haslam Business College Graves Business Plan Competition Winner, 2019 Vol Court Pitch Winner, and 2019 NSSA Collegiate State Skeet 3rd Place Winner. He was a 2019 Haslam College of Business Korpman Scholar. At the 2018 National FFA Convention, Andy received his American Farmer Degree. Andy currently operates three companies: Andy’s Beekeeping, LLC; Four Aims Forestry, LLC; and Andy’s Industries, LLC.
Jordan Pruitt, AKSN-1261, Spring Hill, TN graduated with his degree in Mechanical Engineering Jordan served AGR as VNR-Membership Development in 2018. Jordan was initiated into AGR in Winter 2016
Jesse Head, AKSN 1273, of Cedar Hill, TN gradated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Brother Head, the 2020 winner of the J. W> “Prof” Cole Leadership Award was initiated in the Fall of 2016, and he served as the VNR- Risk Management in 2018. In addition, he was one of Smokey’s Handlers in 2018 and 2019. He will be working for the Tennessee Department of Transportation in Nashville, TN. Jesse graduated Magna Cum Laude from UT in May. He is the son of Terry Head, AKSN-479. Jesse received the AGR Professional Promise Scholarship in 2018 and the J. W. “Prof” Cole Memorial Scholarship in 2019.
Tyler Millsaps, AKSN 1274, of Philadelphia, TN graduated with a degree in Food and Agricultural Business. He did an internship with Tennessee Farmers Coop in 2019. Brother Millsaps was initiated in the Fall of 2016. He is working as an Insurance Agent with Bankers Life.
John Calvin Bryant, AKSN 1275, from Lawrenceburg, TN graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Food Science. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016. During his undergraduate time at UT Brother Bryant served as Alpha Kappa’s VNR-Recruitment n 2018 and VNR- Membership Development. While VNR-Recruitment, John Calvin was responsible for recruiting and initiating 42 men into Alpha Kappa. John Calvin was recognized this past spring as a recipient of the Torchbearer award, UT’s highest undergraduate honor. Bro. Bryant was selected as an Outstanding Sophomore in 2018, an Outstanding Junior in 2019 & an Outstanding Senior in 2020 in the Herbert College of Agriculture. In 2019, John Calvin was elected as the Dr. J. K. Bletner “Man of the Year” and awarded the John Marks Long Scholarship. In 2018, John Calvin was elected Executive Vice President of the Interfraternity Council. He plans to attend Medical School in the Fall of 2021.
Dallas Bush, AKSN 1276, of Sevierville, TN graduated with a degree in Public Relations. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016, and he served as VNR- Planning in 2018. Dallas was a UT Campus Ambassador 2017-2020. He will be working for E&J Gallo Winery as a Sales Marketing Representative.
Cody Hunter, AKSN 1277, of Paris, TN graduated with a degree in Biosystems Engineering. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016. He was very active in Boxing Weekend during his undergraduate time at Alpha Kappa, and he won his weight class twice . Brother Hunter will be working for Engineering and Testing Solutions in Knoxville, TN.
Christian Calleja, AKSN 1278, of Louisville, KY gradated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Microbiology. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016.
While a student at UT, Christian was a Senior Student Research Assistant studying toxopasmosis and in 2018 an UT Summer Medical Explorations Intern. Brother Calleja plans in attending either Graduate or Medical School in the future. Christian received 2017 AGR Alumni Scholarship.
Parker Breuel, AKSN 1279, of Jonesborough, TN graduated with a degree in Food and Agricultural Business. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016, and he is working for National Land Reality facilitating land brokerage across Eastern Tennessee. Parker received the 2019 Prof. E. R. Lidvall Memorial Scholarship
Matthew Glenn, AKSN 1281, from Orange, CA graduated with a degree in Food and Agricultural Business. While at UT, Matthew was and Intermural Official and served internships with Tennessee Farmers Coop and Smithfield Farms. He was initiated in Fall of 2016. Brother Glenn has accepted an Associate Operations position with Tyson Foods in Shelbyville, TN.
Alex Vargas, AKSN-1286, New Orleans, graduated with his degree in Supply Chain Management. Alex served as 2018 VNR-Kitchen Management. He was Fall 2016 AGR initiate.
Zachary Petitt, AKSN 1290, of Springfield, TN graduated with a degree in Supply Chain Management. He was initiated in the Spring of 2017, and he served as Alpha Kappa’s VNR- Finance in 2018. He has accepted a position at the Dollar General Corporation in Goodlettsville, TN as a Demand Chain Management Analyst.
Chase Cardoza, AKSN 1291, of Gallatin, TN graduated with a degree in Marketing. Brother Cardoza was initiated in the Spring of 2017, and he was a Smokey’s Handler in 2018 and 2019. While at UT, Chase was an Athletics Communications Student Intern and a member of the UT Bass Fishing Team. He plans on returning to Middle Tennessee to help run his family’s business, Car Cosmetics.
Austin Ford, AKSN 1292, of Mt. Airy, MD graduated with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. He was initiated in the Spring of 2017, and he served as the VNR- Finance in 2019. He will be working as a Nuclear Security Engineer.
Stephen Lee, AKSN-1305, Frog Jump, TN, graduated with his degree in Biological Cell Molecular Biology. He was initiated into AGR in Fall 2017.
Nick Chaudhari, AKSN-1311, Cleveland, TN graduated with a degree in Biological Cell Molecular Biology. He was initiated into AGR in Fall 2017.
Zach Shelton, AKSN 1317, of Maryville, TN gradated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Kinesiology. Brother Shelton was initiated in the Fall of 2017, and he served as the VNR- Planning in 2019. He plans on applying to Medical School. He was initiated into AGR in Fall 2017.
Luke de Avila, AKSN-1318, of San Clemente, CA graduated with a degree in Communications Studies. He was initiated into AGR in Fall 2017. Before coming to UT, Luke attended Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. Luke is returning to southern California to begin a career in sales.
Cody Conerly, AKSN 1335, of Sevierville, TN graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. He was initiated in the Spring of 2018. Brother Conerly will be joining the United States Marine Corps as a Pilot.
Brett Jackson, AKSN 1374, from Union City, TN graduated with a degree in Chemistry. He was initiated in the Spring of 2019. Brother Jackson hopes to work in Forensics in the future.
AGR SCHOLARSHIP REPORT: SPRING 2020 GPA 3.42!
Fellow brothers and alumni of Alpha Kappa, my name is Ryan Jernigan and I am excited to serve as VNR Scholarship.
AGR’s Spring Semester 2020 GPA soared above to what is believed to be our highest GPA ever: 3.42, new member GPA right behind the whole chapter at 3.31.
Over one half, 55 brothers, of the chapter made the Dean’s list and over 75% other chapter made a 3.0 or higher Spring Semester. Fourteen (14) brothers achieved a GPA of 4.0!
AGR excelled in the classroom/on-line this past semester.
Ryan Jernigan AKSN 1373
Summa Cum Laude 3.80-4.00
Chase Cardoza David Payne
Cody Conerly Everette Pettigrew
Austin Ford Luke Pettit
Peyton Hampton Zach Pettit
Robert Herrel Zach Promushkin
Ryan Jernigan Colton Ragsdale
Griffin Johnson Seth Sumrell
Nichols Beninati John C. Bryant
Zachary Petitt Hence Duncan
Jacob Eicher John Gehring
Garrett Gephart Eric Hawkins
Thomas Mingle Morgan Remke
Cale Ricketts Justin Scarlett
Zach Shelton Taylor Stafford
Magna Cum Laude 3.65-3.79
Parker Breuel Christian Calleja
Nick Chaudhari Will Henley
John Jenkins David Niknejad
Noel Sawyer Cole Oakley
James Palmer Jackson Remke
Turner Rogers Charlie Vickery
Cum Laude 3.50-3.64
JR Bagley Kyle Bartels
Dallas Bush Thomas Crye
Andrew Fuson Peyton Hampton
Jesse Head Stephen Lee
Tyler Millsaps Allen Moncier
Max Pfefier Royce Piscitello
Jordan Pruitt John Winecoff
AGR WINS UT HOMECOMING AGAIN!!!
It was another year and another win for Alpha Gamma Rho in the annual homecoming competition. This year, the Alpha Kappa chapter teamed up with Alpha Chi Omega and the pair could not have been more dynamic. The homecoming theme for the year was “Light The Way” to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the University of Tennessee. This proved to be a rather demanding theme that required much creativity to excel. The week was filled with hard work on the parade float and the infamous pomping.
The week came and went by fast. There were highs and lows, and victories and defeats. Through it all, the brothers of AGR held strong and saw the competition through to the end. Things like the parade float being seen on ESPN was just one of the events that made all of the hard work pay off. The week ended on Saturday night during the halftime presentation of the trophies. The AGR section sat still, waiting for the final results. The announcement of our victory brought about great celebration and a plethora of flying cowboy hats inside Neyland Stadium, letting everybody know that we were the champions.
FOUR AGRs GRADUATE FROM UT DECEMBER 2019!
Four Alpha Kappa brothers completed their undergraduate careers in December when they received their diplomas from UT. Congratulations Brothers and good luck in your future endeavors!
Stephen Anderson, AKSN-1263, Jackson, TN, graduated from the Tickle College of Engineering with a degree in Civil Engineering. He will be moving to Nashville to work for Hoar Construction. Stephen was initiated into AGR in January 2016.
Weston Sharp, AKSN-1271, LaFollette, TN, graduated from the Haslam College of Business with a degree in Business Analytics. He is applying to the MBA program at UTK, and is doing an internship with TVA. Weston was initiated into AGR in September 2016.
Paden Lowe, AKSN-1298, Blaine, TN, graduated from the Hebert College of Agriculture with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, major in Plant Science. He planning to return the family farm in Grainger County.
Luke Tucker, AKSN-1300, Adams, TN, graduated with a degree in Sports Management. While @ UT, Luke served as VNR-Recruitment in 2019. Future plans include attending graduate school in the Fall at UTK and continuing to work with the football team.
Paden and Luke were both initiated in Fall 2017.
AGR INITIATES 27 NEW BROTHERS IN 2019/20!
FALL RUSH 2019
After working effectively all summer at rush events and orientations it was time to begin fall rush from August 22nd to 27th. 536 men signed up for formal recruitment with The Interfraternity Council of The University of Tennessee. Since Fall Rush is formal now, there are many rules that we must obey to be able to participate in Rush Week. For formal night 8 alumni were able to help us with our quality control interview process and later that night we voted on giving out a total of 36 bids. On Bid Day we were able to achieve 22 new members for the 2019 fall new member class, with 8 of them being Agriculture majors.
These new members possess impressive resumés. Five of the Fall New Members are Eagle Scouts: Matthew Harley, Bryce Jones, Everette Pettigrew, Royce Piscitello, and Jack Vander Wiele, and three of them are legacies, including John Robert Bagley, Morgan Remke, and Eli Robinson.
Rush this Semester was a success to say the least. The weather during the week was not fantastic but there was still a great turnout. We initiated five new brothers into the chapter that come from four different states. The Spring class of 2020 has very impressive academic and leadership resumes that will lead to a great future for Alpha Gamma Rho. The quality of the newly initiated members is very high and gives us great hope that the trend will continue in the Fall. I look forward to staying in Knoxville over the summer to recruit potential new members and work closely with the Herbert College of Agriculture.
SPRING SEMESTER 2020 NEW GUYS
Jackson Hackney, AKSN-1407, Wake Forest, NC- Marketing
Turner Rogers, AKSN-1408, Knoxville, TN- Supply Chain Mgt
Taylor Stafford, AKSN-1409, Houston, TX- Finance
Luke Busch, AKSN-1410, Hendersonville, TN- Supply Chain Mgt
Will Jordan, AKSN-1411, Glenelg, MD- Business Analytics
AGR HERBERT COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AMBASSADORS
AGR has a long tradition of representing UT on the Ag Campus. In 2019/20, four brothers served as Hebert College of Agriculture Ambassadors. Pictured L-R: Will Rice, John Calvin Bryant, Siggy Boehm, and Leo Spandafino.
Serving as Ambassador President is John Calvin Bryant, AKSN-127, Food Science, Lawrenceburg, TN. Other AGRs are Leo Spandafino, AKSN-1321, Nashville, TN, Siggy Boehm, AKSN-1331, Animal Science, Kingsport, TN, & Will Rice, AKSN-1362, Ag Business, Knoxville, TN.
2020 AGR LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
The leaders of the Alpha Kappa Chapter spent February 7th and 8th in St. Louis, MO at the Alpha Gamma Rho Leadership Seminar. Those in attendance included advisor Doug Craig and Alumni President Kirk Huddleston. Others in attendance included Leo Spadafino (Noble Ruler), Houston Cooksey (VNR- Membership Development), Justin Scarlett (VNR- Alumni Relations), Will Rice (VNR- Planning), Kelan Stepp (VNR- Recruitment), Will Henley (VNR- Activities), Wyatt Haley (VNR- Management and Operations), Zach Day (VNR- Kitchen Manager), Gordon Moncier (VNR- Risk Management), Max Pfeifer, and Eli Palmer. Also, AK Alum and AGR Legal Counsel John Tarpley was in attendance.
These brothers attended many educational meetings, and they were able to connect with other AGR chapters from across the country. These meetings gave attendees opportunities to explore and learn about what makes effective leaders as well as learning about the ways to combat issues that individual chapters and fraternities as a whole encounter. Also, the members were able to establish relationships with those that keep AGR running. This included hearing AGR CEO Rex Martin speak on the state of the fraternity nationally. This weekend was extremely beneficial for our chapter officers, as it gives them many valuable ideas and experiences to take back to Alpha Kappa.
Pictured above, Top (L to R): Kirk Huddleston, Houston Cooksey, Max Pfeifer, Will Rice, Will Henley, Eli Palmer. Bottom: Doug Craig, Zach Day, Kelan Stepp, Leo Spadafino, Wyatt Haley, Gordon Moncier, Justin Scarlett
LARGE AGR PRESENCE AT HEBERT SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET
As always, AGR had a large number of brothers recognized for receiving Hebert College of Agriculture Scholarships at the annual Scholarship Banquet held last November.
Pictured above, Back (L to R): Siggy Boehm, John Calvin Bryant, Thomas Mingle, Jack Remke. Front: Tyler Millsaps, Hence Duncan, Will Rice, Leo Spadafino, Ethan Niles.
TENNESSEE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
INITATED INTO AGR
On November 12, 2019, Dr. Charles Hatcher, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Agriculture was initiated into Alpha Kappa in a ceremony at the Chapter House.
Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Charles, AKSN-1405, served ten years as State Veterinarian. He was a practicing Vet before becoming State Veterinarian. His family operates Hatcher Family Dairy in College Grove, TN.
Brother Hatcher is MTSU graduate and graduated from the UT Vet school.
Pictured with Brother Hatcher are Jacob Eicher, Evan Beech, Tom Looney, Jimmy Burton, Chuck Yoest (his son-in-law, & AGR Big Brother), Brother Hatcher, Chase Williams, Houston Cooksey, Eli Palmer, Doug Craig and Austin Ford
AGR WINS UT ACE CUP 2nd YEAR IN A ROW!
The brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho won the All Campus Events Cup for the second year in a row, which was awarded to the on-campus organization which had ACE CUP the highest average placement over the span of Homecoming, Carnicus, and All-Sing. Prior to last year, a fraternity had not won the ACE Cup in over 20 years. Winning this award in consecutive years was an important goal for the chapter this year, and it was achieved by our brothers putting in countless hours of effort. We would like to thank the ladies of Delta Gamma and Alpha Omicron Pi for their part in our success.
Alpha Gamma Rho was well represented at the 2019 Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Banquet.
Brothers receiving awards, pictured left to right: Wyatt Haley, AKSN-1340, Nolensville, TN - Outstanding Sophomore of the Year in Animal Science, Charles Harrison, AKSN1270, Philadelphia, TN - Outstanding Senior of the Year in Food and Agricultural Business, and John Calvin Bryant, Food Science & Technology, Lawrenceburg, TN - Herbert College of Agriculture Outstanding
Junior of the Year. Congratulations Brothers!
SIX AGRs GRADUATE FROM UT DECEMBER 2018!
Six Alpha Kappa brothers graduated from the University of Tennessee in December of 2018. We congratulate them on their graduation and wish them the best in their new careers. These six brothers and their short Bios are listed below:
Ryan Lewis, AKSN-1211, Lebanon, TN, Bachelors of Arts in Communication. Ryan was initiated in Fall 2014 and is in the job market currently.
Ryan Pickett, AKSN-1229, Pulaski, TN, Bachelor of Arts (History). Ryan was initiated into AGR in Fall 2014. He has accepted a position with Aflac Business in Sales.
Patrick Fagan, AKSN-1246, Paris, TN, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Political Science. Patrick was initiated into AGR in Fall 2015. He served as VNR-Membership in 2017. Patrick is planning on attending law school in the fall @ Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville.
Austen Burk, AKSN-1248, Murfreesboro, TN, Biosystems Engineering. Austin was initiated into AGR in Fall 2015. He is an OSB Mill Plant Engineer for Louisiana Pacific.
Nathan Seidner, AKSN-1266, Knoxville, TN. Communication Studies.
Nathan was initiated into AGR in Spring 2016. He is in the landscaping business.
Christian Cardona, AKSN-1269, Queens, New York, Plant Sciences Landscape Design. Christian was initiated into AGR in Spring 2016. He is currently working in sales for AG Heins Construction Co. and is Designer for McReynolds Horticulture and Design.
AGR NAMED TOP UT FRATERNITY FOR 2017!!!
Alpha Kappa was named IFC Chapter of the Year at the annual Greek Awards Banquet on February 8th, 2017. President JR Clay filled out the application in early December, giving the committee a list of our accomplishments and a description of our values. The committee was especially impressed with our philosophy of making better men and our campus involvement. We were also nominated for Best President (Mason Hodge), Best New Member (Thomas Adams), and Outstanding Advisor (Doug Craig). We are proud to bring home this award and only see improvement in the future.
Pictured above: Doug Craig, Tyler Doss, Sam Daniel, JR Clay, Jordan Pruitt, Hunter Jones.
UTIA CHANCELLOR INITIATED INTO AGR!
Alpha Kappa chapter was honored to initiate Dr. Tim Cross (pictured center above), Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) into our Brotherhood in April.
Brother Cross’ almost 23-year career at UT includes serving as Intern Chancellor of UTIA, Dean of UT Extension (2008 to 2016), Assistant Dean (2001 to 2006) and as Professor of Agricultural Economics for seven years.
Brother Cross earned his BS and MS degrees in Ag Economics from Oklahoma State University and doctoral degree in agricultural and resources economics from Oregon State University.
DEAN BEYL HONORED BY AGR
Dr. Caula Beyl, Dean of the UT College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has been honored with AGR’s Outstanding Faculty Award for her many contributions to the chapter.
Pictured with Dean Beyl are (L-R) Stephen Anderson, Dr. Beyl, J R Clay, and Jacob Harrison.
AGR GAINS 25 NEW BROTHERS IN 2016/17
Fall 2016 Rush at UT produced another great set of young men wanting to be brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho. The hard work and effort put forth by VNR-Recruitment Percy McReynolds paid off as 19 outstanding UT students signed bid cards following IFC Rush. Headlining the group are three Alpha Kappa legacies: Jesse Head, son of Terry Head, AKSN-479 (and brother of Clint Head, AKSN-93 and Clay Head, AKSN-1019), Charles Harrison, son of John Harrison, AKSN-547, and grandson of Charles Harrison, AKSN-72, and Tyler Doss, son of Barry Doss, AKSN-621.
Winter 2017 Rush at UT produced another great set of six young men wanting to be brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho. The hard work and effort put forth by VNR-Recruitment Addison Jones.
Winter 2017 Rush at UT produced another great set of young men wanting to be brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho. The hard work and effort put forth by VNR-Recruitment Addison Jones. New brothers pictured above: Will Lovell, Michael Aleman, Austin Ford, Chase Cardoza, and Zach Petitt. Austin Wilson not pictured.
2017 ALPHA GAMMA RHO LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Alpha Kappa chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho was represented (16 alums, 18 undergraduates) at the annual Alpha Gamma Rho/ Sigma Alpha leadership conference in Nashville, Tennessee February 3-4 and was themed as the “Total Leader Challenge.” Brothers developed their leadership skills by participating in group activities & breakout sessions.
The weekend culminated with the Alpha Upsilon chapter initiating Joe DiPietro, President of the University of Tennessee System into AGR. We would like to thank headquarters for putting on an excellent conference and are looking forward to next year’s event. Alpha Kappa alumni in attendance included Stratton Bone, Waymon Hickman, Doug Craig, Ken Alley, Hale Moss, Larry McCraney, Jerry Estes, Mike Estes, Mark Wilson, Don Miller, Louis Buck, Reuben Buck, Keith Harrison, Tracey Binkley, Evan Smith, and Evan Beech.
AGR WINS 2015 HOMECOMING! AGAIN
AGR brings home its 8th Homecoming trophy in the past 11 years.
Brother Isaac Britt pictured posing with AGR/AXO’s 2015 Homecoming trophy.
On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, the University of Tennessee Volunteers triumphed with a 24-0 romping over the North Texas “Mean Green” . Prior to Saturday’s game, however, the actives of Alpha Kappa were busy competing in the All-Campus Events’ Home- coming Challenge. We are happy to report that the overall Homecoming
Champion trophy has returned to its home at 1840! This year we partnered with the lovely ladies of Alpha Chi Omega under the theme of “Let the Games Begin!”
While a sold-out Neyland Stadium and an SEC Network audience watched Tennessee dominate on the field, we received the great news that AGR/AXO won 1st place in Bed Races, Lawn Display, Window Display, Large Float, Smokey’s Howl, Tower of Cans, and placed 2nd in Large Banner. With Brother Isaac Britt leading the Homecoming Committee this year and with the dedicated work of many brothers, Alpha Kappa was well represented to the Volunteer community. As a chapter, we are very proud of our accomplishments and look forward to a successful Homecoming next year with the ladies of Delta Zeta.
AGR RECRUITMENT 32 NEW BROTHERS IN 2015/16
2016 Winter New Member Class:
Left to right: Back Row: Eric Carter, Andrew Remke, Beck Ensign, Eric Wilkowski, Front Row: Christian Cardona, Hunter Sandidge, Lee Gore, Kyle McMullen, Stephen Anderson, Jordan Pruitt, Nathan Seidner, and Ashton Smith,
Winter 2016 recruitment netted AGR another outstanding class of 12 new brothers. VNR-Recruitment Percy McReynolds, his assistants and the chapter are responsible for a diverse class of new men we are proud to call Brothers. Months of hard work in contacting and meeting incoming students paid off with yet another top flight class of 12. 22 UT students were invited back for interviews, 14 given bids, and 12 accepted.
AGR continues to be on the lookout for quality men who would benefit Alpha Gamma Rho.
Part of the success for Rush comes from your Annual Alumni Dues. Your dues help support the Rush budget with two Rush scholarships, a stipend for the VNR-Recruitment and funds to support recruitment activities.
FALL 2015 NEW MEMBER CLASS
Left to right: Front row: Andrew Swafford, Parker Keith, Jacob Harrison, Mike Gruden, Brian Greene, Dylan McBride, Sam Daniel
Middle Row left to right: Hunter Foote, Jake Seeley, Austen Burk, Andrew Raffanti, Drew Maudlin, Jake Bartow, Tyler Chumney, Dalton Teel.
Back Row left to right: Nathan Rogers, Patrick Fagan, Ryan Watson, Addison Jones, Garrett Brock
Fall 2015 recruitment netted AGR another outstanding class of 20 new brothers. VNR-Recruitment Dane Brunson, his assistants and the chapter are responsible for a diverse class of new men we are proud to call Brothers. Months of hard work in contacting and meeting incoming students paid off with yet another top flight class of 20. 47 UT students were invited back for interviews, 30 given bids, and 20 accepted.
In this group are three AGR
legacies. Will Seeley, AKSN-1238, is the son of Billy Seeley, AKSN-679 and younger brother of Will Seeley, AKSN-1140. Jacob Harrison, AKSN-1242, is the son of Keith Harrison, AKSN-619, and younger brother of Jonathan Harrison, AKSN-1077.
Addison Jones, AKSN-1249, is the younger brother of Spencer Jones, AKSN-1183.
Even with the conclusion of formal Fall IFC Rush, the chapter continues to be on the lookout for quality men who would benefit Alpha Gamma Rho.
AGR AT AG DAY 2015
AGR was well represented at AG Day October 3, 2015. Pictured: Front: Sam Koeshall, Sam Daniel, Zack Fox, Jonathan Ray, Andrew Stafford. Back: Doug Craig, Mike Estes, Keith Barber, Charlie Goan, Greg Hensley, Adam Hensley, Bobby Simpson, Dale Woods, Larry Arrington, Kyle Hensley.
ALPHA KAPPA HOSTS AGR NATIONAL BOARD
Alpha Kappa had the honor of hosting all three AGR National Foundation boards in Knoxville on Nov 12, 2015. The boards were here for one of their annual meetings but we were lucky to have the Housing Resource Trust board visit us. We had the opportunity to let them see what we are planning for the house addition/renovation and capital campaign. This is important because they could back a loan for us in the amount of $300K to $400K. This might allow us to start construction in the spring of 2016. We will have a meeting with UT in early December and then can go back to the Housing Board to see if they will help. Members of the National Board
are pictured above visiting the chapter house during their visit to (Knoxville and UT.
We picked part of the boards at 8:15 at the downtown Crown Plaza hotel and brought them to the house. We had a presentation by Dean Beyl, Chancellor of CASNR. We then had a presentation by a UT facility member form Fraternity/Sorority affairs. Both spoke highly of AGR. This was followed by a tour of the main and AG campuses. Lunch was provided at the Fraternity house before taking the board back to hotel. On that night, Alpha Kappa hosted a reception at the Crown Plaza hotel where we provided the food and a cash bar. To say the least, the boards were very impressed by the participation of our undergraduates in all the activities on campus. I would say that we are currently among the top chapters nationwide but we must keep up the good work of our undergraduates and the support that the alumni provide in order to remain in the top tier.
AGR National Board members attending were Cal Willemssen, National Board Grand President and retired VP of First National Bank of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jack Britt, National Director and former VP of Agriculture at the University of Tennessee and consultant, Keith Bjerke, National Director and a retired VP for University Relations at North Dakota State University, Bernie Staller, National Director and former Chief Operating Officer of the National FFA; Donald Steed, National Director and co-owner of Thompson, Steed LLC, Gene Lemon, Alpha Gamma Rho Legal Counsel and President of J & CL, Inc., Tracey Binkley, National Director and Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley; Jared Biciolis, National Board Undergraduate Director and Noble Ruler of Alpha Pi Chapter, and Phil Josephson, Executive Director of Alpha Gamma Rho
Alpha Kappa alums attending the reception were Doug Craig, Charlie Goan, Dwane Bell, Bill Coley, Bond Jones, Keith Barber, Ken Alley, and Kirk Huddleston.
Alpha Kappa was well represented at the 63rd AGR National Convention in Indianapolis on July 31 – August 3, 2014. In attendance were actives Noble Ruler Josh Thompson, AKSN-1134, Sam Koeshall, AKSN-1190, and John Edwards, AKSN-1192, Alumni President Ken Alley, AKSN-296, Advisors Joe Harrison, AKSN-111, and Doug Craig, AKSN-280, Regional Vice President Tracey Binkley, AKSN-736, and alumni Larry McCraney, AKSN-353, and Thomas White, AKSN-725.
Advisor Joe Harrison received the Highest Honor – Advisors Awards as the top advisor in the nation, and Alpha Kappa received the Sleeter Bull Award as the most improved chapter in the nation. Furthermore, Alpha Kappa received Gold Chapter Status overall and received Highest Honor for Crescents – Series.
Brother Harrison has served as an AGR advisor at Tennessee since 2002 and will retire as Senior Chapter Advisor at the end of 2014.
Tracey Binkley served as Master of Ceremonies for the Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony where David Van Wert (Iowa State), Keith Bjerke (North Dakota State) and Ole Meland (Cal Poly-SLO) were inducted into the AGR Hall of Fame. Cal Wilhemmson (South Dakota State) was inducted as the new National Grand President, and Sam Houston State was voted in as AGR’s 71st chapter (Gamma Epsilon). Dr. Dwight Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer of the National FFA Organization, was initiated into the fraternity.
AGRS RECEIVE $30,000 INSCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS AT 2014PARENTS-FOUNDERS DAY
A big crowd was on hand Sunday April 6, 2014 for AGR’s Annual Parents-Founders Day Banquet.
Ethan Gossett, AKSN-1102, was selected by the graduating seniors has receiptant of the Prof Cole Leadership Award and the Chapter as the Dr. J. K. Bletner Man of the Year Award. Sam Koeshall, AKSN-1190, was selected as receiptant of the Prof Lidvall Brotherhood Award. Evan Smith, AKSN-1126, was selected as AGR Big Man on Campus.
2014 Parents-Day Founders Scholarship Winners
Back Row Left to Right: Sam Koeshall, Tanner Pritchett, Casey Goins, Reid McCullough, Brandon Adkins, Mathew McDurmon, and Bryan Agee.
2014 Parents-Day Founders Awards Winners
From left to right: Hayden Kelly (Most improved GPA), Sam Koeshall (Prof Lidvall), Evan Smith (Big Man on Campus), Ethan Gossett (Dr. Bletner and Prof Cole), Evan Willis (Highest new guy GPA and New Member award), Jay Robinson (Most improved GPA)
Scholarship Winners are listed below:
AGR Professional Promise: Kevin Coggin, Douglas Wong and Bryan Agee
Prof. Lidvall Alpha Gamma Rho Endowment: Billy Rochelle, Tanner Pritchett, Samuel Koeshall, Scott Adkins
AGR Alumni Scholarship: Spencer Jones
AGR National Scholarship: Emery Chaple
H. Charles Goan Endowment: J. Elliott B. Reynolds
John Dale Moss Endowment: Tyler Fuqua, Evan Smith
Dr. J. K. Bletner Alpha Gamma Rho Endowment: Forrest Duncan
R. Dan Culp AGR Leadership: Josh Thompson
Hall-Estes Scholarship: Casey Goins
Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship Fund (in memory of Steve Hamblen)Reid McCullough
John Marks Scholarship: Robert Gipson
Lucy R. Henry Memorial Scholarship: Matthew McDurmon
WINTER RUSH NETS SIXTEEN NEW BROTHERS!
2014 WINTER NEW GUYS
Front Row: Alec Groome, Andrew Futrell, Mathew Shih, Vincent Ruggeri, Colton Smith, and Zach Fox.
Middle Row: Zack Duncan, Andrew Dulac, Anderson Taylor, Matt Hotsinpiller, and Chase McGhee.
Back Row: Robin Ferguson, John Edwards, Landon Donkin, Andrew Morris, and Jared Bruhin.
Winter Rush at AGR exceeded all expectations with 16 UT students signing bids. The recruitment plan VNR-Recruitment Conner Villas and his assistants put into place netted the largest group of new AGRs for Winter Rush ever, and possibly the largest New Member Class for a fraternity at UT during Winter Semester Rush.
Conner and the chapter followed the AGR Recruitment Textbook page-by-page by inviting potential AGRs to the house before Rush started January 14 to watch football and basketball games, hang out with brothers and a group was taken out to dinner one night. Conner and his assistants utilized “brick-by-brick” recruitment foundation that has been in place at 1840 for a number of years that emphasizes inviting guys over during the semester and building friendships and relationships. (For example, AGR initiated 13 brothers in Winter 2013 and 11 brothers in 2011.)
AGR continues to recruit quality young men during the Semester, building on the foundation already in place at 1840.
Plans are being made for Summer recruitment. If you have the name of a potential AGR, please contact Conner Villas at 1-704-421-1635 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Referring a young for AGR membership is a big, big plus in recruitment.
The Winter New Member Class:
AKSN-1191 Anderson Taylor; Paris, TN; Computer Science
AKSN-1192 John Edwards; Speedwell, TN; Animal Science
AKSN-1193 Colton Smith; McNairy, TN; Chemistry
AKSN-1194 Landon Donkin; Springfield, TN; Construction Science
AKSN-1195 Andrew Dulac; Queenstown, MD; Animal Science
AKSN-1196 Robin Ferguson; Fort Mill, SC; Logistics
AKSN-1197 Jared Bruhin; Sevierville, TN; Animal Science. Jared is the nephew of Louis Buck, AKSN-558.
AKSN-1198 Andrew Futrell; Harriman, TN; Civil Engineering
AKSN-1199 Matthew Shih; Knoxville, TN; Food Science
AKSN-1200 Vincent Ruggeri; Westchester, PA; Natural Resources and Environmental Economics
AKSN-1201 Zach Fox; Knoxville, TN; Plant & Soil Sciences
AKSN-1202 Matt Hotsinpiller; Mt. Juliet, TN; Business
AKSN-1203 Zack Duncan; Mt. Juliet, TN; Political Science
AKSN-1204 Alec Groome; Mt. Juliet, TN; Kinesiology
AKSN-1205 Andrew Morris; Lexington, TN; Plant Sciences. Andrew is the son of UTM AGR Mark Morris
AKSN-1206 Chase McGhee; Sevierville, TN; Kinesiology
AGR WINS HOMECOMING 2013!
On Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, the University of Tennessee Volunteers struggled with an unfortunate 55-23 loss to the Auburn Tigers. Prior to Saturday’s game, however, the actives of Alpha Kappa were busy competing in the All-Campus Events’ Homecoming Challenge. We are happy to report that the overall Homecoming Champion trophy has returned to its home at 1840! This year we partnered with the lovely ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha under the theme of “Cirque de Rocky Top.”
While a sold-out Neyland Stadium and an ESPN audience watched the homecoming results, we received the great news that AGR/ZTA won 1st place in Soap Box Derby, Lawn Display and Window Display, and 2nd place in Large Float and Large Banner. With Brother Will Batey leading the Homecoming Committee this year and with the dedicated work of many brothers, Alpha Kappa was well represented to the Volunteer community.
As a chapter, we are very proud of our accomplishments and look forward to a successful Homecoming next year with the ladies of Alpha Omicron Pi.
FALL RUSH NETS 17 NEW AGRS!
2013 New Guys:
Front Row (L-R): Evan Willis, Emory Chaple, Austin Lockhart, Percy McReynolds, Phillip Bagsby, Seth Martin
Fall Rush netted the signatures of seventeen University of Tennessee students to join Alpha Gamma Rho. The chapter is very proud to welcome these men into AGR. Recruitment continues at UT with several more outstanding young men considering AGR for their fraternity.
Austin Lockhart-Communications-Brentwood, TN-Fr.
Emory Chaple-Economics-Tampa, FL-Soph.
Sam Koeshall-Plant Science, Biotech-Philadelphia, TN-Fr.
Phillip Bagsby-Plant Science, Turfgrass-Franklin, TN-Fr.
Seth Martin-Nuclear Engineering-Seymour, TN-Fr.
Casey Anderson-Civil Engineering-Thompson Station, TN-Soph.
Evan Willis-Plant Science-Hillsboro, TN-Soph.
Tanner Pritchett-Food and AG Business-Pleasant View, TN-Fr.
Casey Goins-AG Business, Hendersonville, TN-Fr.
Oscar Riley-Smith-Sports Management-Oundle, United Kingdom-Fr.
Jonah Smith-Food and AG Business-Franklin, TN-Fr.
Percy McReynolds-Plant Science, Horticulture-Knoxville, TN-Fr.
Blake French-Kinesiology-Paris, TN-Soph.
Spencer Jones-Business Mangament-Franklin,TN-Soph
Santiago Arbelaez-Biology-Hermitage, TN-Fr.
Ben Jelks-Marketing-Paris, TN-Fr.
David Hunter-Undecided-Nashville, TN-Fr
WINTER RUSH OUTSTANDING! 12 NEW BROTHERS!
Winter recruitment netted eleven new brothers for Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho with initiation for 11 new brothers was held on January 28, 2013. Joe Harrison stated that these eleven young men were among the top groups he had had the privilege to sit in on QC interviews. Another young man signed a bid in February and he was initiated February 18, 2013.
Front (left to right): Sheridan Brewer, Collin Gatlin, Tyler Ballard, Andrew Howe, Josh Schueller
Back (left to right): Christian Burfield, Bryan Agee, Reid McCullough, Will Freeman, Andy Hickman, Ryan Brown. Not Pictured: Dane Brunson.
VNR-Recruitment Elliot Reynolds and the chapter did an outstanding job coordinating Winter Rush and AGR continues to seek quality and qualified men for membership.
RUSH: LATE SPRING AND FALL 2012
We have had an excellent year so far in recruitment. We initiated two young men towards the end of the spring semester and sixteen men at the beginning of this fall. Fall rush this year was quite different than in previous years. Fraternity rush was on the same week as sorority rush this year. It was also during welcome week. This proposed an unusual obstacle this year, due to the fact that there was not the usual two weeks of school before bid day. This cut down a lot of the guys that went through rush and their time going to see all the fraternities. We were able to get through this obstacle with a very active summer recruitment and hard work from all the brothers during rush week. We could have not done as well without the whole Fraternity’s help, and I thank them for that. I also would like to thank the alumni for their help and recommendations.
The group of young men we got this fall, I believe, has the utmost potential to keep this Fraternity at the level it is running at today. I see in them the motivation and drive to grow the Alpha Gamma Rho name across both campuses. They come from all over the state of Tennessee and from Colorado to Georgia. This group has already been active in helping me recruit more young men for next spring and mid semester this year. Due to their efforts and other brothers in the Fraternity, I believe a group of four or five mid semester initiations is possible.
Formal rush may be over, but as an Alpha Gamma Rho brother, you know that recruitment never stops. We continue to recruit potential brothers year round, as this is the key to fill our brotherhood with the highest quality members. If any alumni, or anyone else, have any potential recruits or recommendations for me, then please send me their contact information.
Please feel free to contact me anytime.
Kevin Coggin email@example.com (931) 309-040
Our 18 new brothers are
L-R: Ethan Masaro, Cameron Beasley
Fall 2012 Initiates: Standing: Trent Bibee, Hayden Bliss, Isaac Britt, Brandon Adkins, Kolton Huckaby, Jake Sproul, Corey Powell, Jay Robinson, Forrest Duncan, Joshua Goode, Brennan Lytle, Billy Rochelle.
Seated: Connor Villas, Alex Killebrew, Ryan Daniel, Mitch Baker
The Fall initiates are: