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100 years ago... Fall 1912
An expansion opportunity opened at the
University of California-Berkeley. In 1902, at
the same time Alpha Chi Sigma was founded at
Wisconsin, a semi-honorary chemical fraternity
known as Mim Kaph Mim was established at
Berkeley. In 1908, Geology Professor, G. H. Cox,
an Alpha Chapter initiate, attempted to broker
a merger of Mim Kaph Mim with Alpha Chi
Sigma. After several months of serious corre-
spondence, Mim Kaph Mim rejected the offer.
In September 1912, the fraternity got a letter
from H. W. Nohle, a chemistry student at
Berkeley, saying that sixteen chemistry students
had banded for the purpose of securing a chap-
ter of Alpha Chi Sigma and that their project
had the support of various members of the
chemistry department. There had been consid-
erable dissatisfaction on the part of the chem-
istry students over Mim Kaph Mim. Control of
the organization had been captured by a group
of mining engineering students and only one
chemistry major was invited to join in the fall of
1912. Alpha Chi Sigma was quick to jump in to
fill the void and began working with Mr. Nohle
to prepare a petition.
In addition to the petition from Berkeley, the
National Office received petitions from groups
at Cornell and Northwestern. At Allegheny
College, the Scientific Club was too broad-
based to satisfy the Chemistry Department, so
Department chair Edwin Lee, who also hap-
pened to be an Alpha Chapter alumnus, talked
with GMA Matthews about starting an Alpha
Chi Sigma chapter. There was also considerable
correspondence with groups at Yale, Stanford
and the University Michigan.
Delta Chapter, at the University of MO-
Columbia, moved into their new chapter house
at 1001 Locust Street.
75 years ago... Fall 1937
Eighty Brothers and guests attend the Sigma
Chapter picnic at Mt. Diablo Country Club. The
next weekend Sigma held their semi-formal
dance. In order to make the dance a little less
awkward, a dance instructor was hired to give
lessons during the hour before the dance.
During the Fall meeting of the American
Chemical Society, the Rochester Professional
Chapter organized the traditional Alpha Chi
Sigma Banquet. Over 206 Brothers enjoyed
dinner of roast duckling, creamed spinach and
parsley potatoes, a meal that was topped off
with cherry tart a la mode. A number of speak-
ers addressed the group and at the end, several
door prizes were awarded.
The Washington Professional Chapter held
their October meeting at the home of Brother
Klare Markley. A brief business meeting was
followed with the customary beer and oysters.
D. Mitch Levings, OA, Grand Historian
Beta Delta 1975
The meeting was very well attended, yet
notably absent from the meeting was Brother
Markley who had been recently transferred to
the Bureau of Chemistry and Soils in Urbana,
Illinois. Among the several visitors who did
attend, newly appointed Southern District
Counselor Clyde Hutchison was there, show-
ing home movies taken at the 1936 Conclave.
The September meeting of the Cincinnati
Professional Chapter was held on a houseboat
on the Ohio River.
The Atlanta Professional Group held a joint
meeting with Alpha Omega Chapter at the
Tavern Tea Room. Guest speaker for the
evening was A. Watson Chapman.
50 years ago... Fall 1962
Rho Chapter at North Carolina renovated
their chapter room by disposing of all the old
furniture, giving the walls a fresh coat of paint,
and bringing in a pool table. To complete the
renovations, the chapter added a new FM radio.
Beta Mu Chapter at Occidental College
conducted a slide rule fundamentals class and
safety demonstration for the students taking
John C. Bailar, Eta, was presented with the
John R. Kuebler Award during a special ban-
quet at the Fall meeting of the American
Chemical Society in Atlantic City, NJ. Sid
Kirkpatrick served as emcee for the dinner.
Biographical information on Brother Bailar was
presented by Brother Stanley Kirschner, and
the award was presented by GMA Marvin
25 years ago... Fall 1987
After nearly ten years of inactivity, the
Chicago Professional Chapter was reactivated.
Robert Petitti (Beta Nu) was elected president,
Robin Robinett (Delta) was elected vice-presi-
dent and Christine Beauchamp (Beta Nu) was
elected secretary. The group's first outing was a
picnic followed by a Gilbert & Sullivan play.
In a rare off-Conclave vote, the Grand
Chapter approved a bylaws change affecting
the Professional Representatives. The bylaws
change gave the GMA a mechanism to appoint
replacement PRs whenever vacancies occurred.
John Perry of Xi Chapter (Yale) was elected
to the Alpha Chi Sigma Hall of Fame.
After extensive debate and discussion, the
Supreme Council agreed to continue sponsor-
ing a fraternity leadership program. The revised
Laboratory for Leadershipsm program, devel-
oped by Don Coyne, Bennie Good and Maurice
Bursey, was presented in Columbia, MO. About
20 Brothers from four chapters attended. All in
attendance thought the program was very use-
ful and particularly liked the computerized
At the suggestion of GPA Paul Jones, GMC
Mitch Levings designed jewels of office for each
of the Supreme Council Officers and Grand
Recorder. The Council approved the jewels for
use, but declined to spend the funds to fabricate
The Supreme Council voted unanimously to
adopt an 8-point drug and alcohol policy. The
GMC also issued a revised statement on haz-
Winners in the Professional Representative
election were Arden Dougan (Beta Nu), Pete
Yochim (Nu), Don Green (Sigma) and Don
10 years ago... Fall 2002
Eighty-three Brothers attended the seventh
annual North Central District Conclave held in
the national headquarters building in
Indianapolis. The day was filled with presenta-
tions from Mike Vopatek, Jen Fairgrieve
(Showerman), NCDC John Stipp, Brendan
Mayhugh, Matt Erley, Frank Omana, Wade
Jarrell, Indianapolis Professional President
Christy Gesell, Robin Fishbein and Jeremy
Gallian. The entire Supreme Council was also
in attendance, and while the NCDC Stipp held
a forum for chapter MAs, the other attendees
got to hold a Q&A session with the Council.
The Supreme Council gave Zeta Chapter
permission to pledge and initiate students from
Southern Illinois-Carbondale in order to re-
establish Beta Psi. They also authorized Nu
Chapter to pledge and initiate qualified stu-
dents from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
in order to establish a chapter there.
Dr. Alexander Scheeline took on the role of
Chapter Advisor to Zeta Chapter while Dr.
Thomas Frey and Dr. Rodney Schoonover
joined forces to become Chapter co-Advisors to
Gamma Zeta Chapter. O
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