Phi Delta Theta-Minnesota Beta Honors Its 51 Veterans

Phi Delta Theta-Minnesota Beta would like to thank the following brothers on this Veterans’ Day for their service within the United States Military:

#1 Steven Jensen–US Army-Germany & Korea
#5 Bob Rude–Naval Aviation Officer-20 years Navy Reserve
#6 Ton Swanson–Minnesota National Guard
#9 William Murray–Army-Airborne
#21 David Skoog-Marine Artillery Officer in Vietnam, Artillery Aerial Observer, Operations Officer at Artillery School Camp Pendleton, Navy Commendation Medal with combat “V”, Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Air Medal (7 times), Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Devise, and National Defense Service Medal
#22 Bob Vilt–US Army Artillery and Artillery Support, Duc Pho and Qui Nhon
#29 Terry Larking–US Army-Military Police. 4th Army Headquarters, Ft Sam Houston, Vietnam-’67 thru Tet Offensive in ’68. 560 MP Companies in the Delta-Provost Marshal Investigator. Rotating among Vung Tau, Soc Tran, My tho, and Can Tho. Soldiers Medal, Tet Offensive with Bronze Ribbon, and Commendation from Australian Force, Tet Offensive engagement.
#33 Daryl Solomonson–Tay Ninh Corp, Tactical Zone 3, B Company, 720th MP Battalion. It was an Infantry assignment including managing the river rats on Song Dong Ni River I Command We would routinely send PBR Boats to Vung Tau for servicing. I was in Talien during the Tet Offensive of 1968. What a Mess. My last two months in country I was the deputy Provost Marshal of Long Bind. I also met my wife Cathy while in Long Bing. After her training at Ft Sam Houston she was assigned to 24th Evacuation Hospital.
#34 Tom Tillisch– US Army Intelligence. First Training, then assignment to Washington DC, Intelligence Assessment. Later, assigned to Saigon in 1970-71.
#45 Randy Schostag–US Army-Security and Intelligence. After training and tour of duty in Germany, I spent 14 months in Vietnam with 4th Corp-Army Intelligence. I was mostly in the Delta Region. Liaison with OSA, Navy and Air Force intelligence. Helped run intelligence nets throughout the Delta, in My Tho, Vin Long, Sadec, Bac Lieu. I was tasked with working with Vietnamese counterparts and province chiefs.
#52 Dick Lien–US Navy. Served around the world—but mostly in Alaska. Dick served four years in the Navy before joining Mankato State.
#53 Jerome Khortum–Lt.JG Naval Aviator. Flew carrier-based jets in Vietnam.
#57 Daniel William Lloyd–Daniel William Lloyd, Graduate of Officer Candidate School, Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia, arrived in Vietnam on February 1, 1969 and served as Platoon Leader with the Grade of Second Lieutenant, Company A, 1st Bn, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, Killed in Action on March 13, 1969, by an explosive device in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Was awarded the Bronze Star, The Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman’s Badge
#58 Michael Mooney–U. S. Army, Infantry, Captain, I Corp-Vietnam, Distinguished Graduate-Officer Candidate School, Bronze Star with ” V” Device, Bronze Star with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Second Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device, Air Medal, Minnesota Commendation Ribbon with Pendant, Candidate, Presidential Clemency Board under President Ford
#64 Bill Bruzek– US Army Intelligence. First Training, then assignment to Washington DC, Intelligence Assessment. Later, assigned to Saigon in 1970-71.
#66 Jim Connors–1968 to 1972- US NAVY -Naval Flight Officer ,1976 to 1980-US NAVY-Dental Core Officer, Last paygrade- Lieutenant Commander ( That would be a Major for you Army types) Eight years and they were all good experience.
#68 Jerry Johnson–S Army- Staff Sergeant in Security and Intelligence. Mostly Ft Devon, Mass
#69 Frank D. Korth–US Army and Army Reserve 1963 to 1976
#71 Paul Getting–Lt.JG Naval Aviator. Married the Flight Surgeons Daughter. After mustering out of the Naval flight Program, obtained a Masters from Mankato and returned to Florida to lead the Tampa Florida Chamber of Commerce.
#75 Preston Banning–US Marines
#80 Tom Alhberg– was in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. NCO-corporal E-4, admin chief for an artillery battery, 12th Marine regiment, 3rd Marine Division, amphibious assault force, two meritorious promotions, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry- unit citation
#81 Charles Berge–I did 1 year in Vietnam 1968-1969. I was in Army artillery in the Mekong Delta. I was trained to do artillery Fire Direction Center FDC. We provided artillery support for the infantry, were attached to the infantry. As it was, we all ended up doing most everything associated with artillery/infantry operations, i.e., observing & directing howitzer fire on the enemy.
#89 Don Olson–Navy–Aircraft Carrier–Flight Deck-Aircraft readiness-supporting Navy jet bombing runs in Vietnam.
#91 Michael Frederick–Air Force in 1969. After Officer Training School and flight training I flew F-111s at assignments in the US and Europe. After cockpit assignments I had a variety of staff and command positions and retired as a Lt Colonel in ’93
#94 Gary Dereemer–Lt. JG Naval Aviator. Killed in 1971, Nevada, Gary was such a gifted aviator that shortly after flight school, we was selected and was flying the new A7 Corsair attack fighter, killed in a private plane crash. He and a few fellow pilots had rented an airplane to go skiing, and somehow crashed in the mountains
#96 Vince Johnson–Naval Aviation
#103 Wylie Hammond–Vietnam Veteran
#107 Ed Scott Nash III–Naval Aviation-Engineering
#119 Gary Dudley–US Navy
#121 Tom R Hanson–Captain, U.S. Marines, Naval Aviator 1968-1973, Got to fly the T-34, T-28, TH-57 Bell Jet Ranger and UH1-D Huey in flight school. UH-1E Huey Gunships on active duty, Okinawa to service aboard the LPH USS New Orleans (Aircraft carrier), part of Amphibious Ready Group Alpha supporting Marines in Vietnam. Transitioned to fly the OV-10A Bronco with some hours in a CH-46. Forward Air Controller, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.
#122 Steve Hoyt–Vietnam: July 1970 – July 1971. Occupation: Military Police. Duties included: Escorting convoys in the Mekong Delta, Saigon town patrol, and following a promotion to SGT, supervising a Customs unit at Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport.
#141 Joe Bilek–US Navy-operating a communications receiver site in Hawaii
#152 Bill Mackey–Sergeant, U.S. Army-93rd Signal Battalion-Germany 1964-1967
#162 Mike Turgeon–U.S. Navy 3rd class Petty Officer. Stationed at a communications receiver site in Morocco during the Vietnam Conflict
#174 John Bilek–Navy-operating a US Navy communications receiver site in Hawaii during Vietnam conflict.
#181 Brad Smith–US Navy Communications Receiver Site Operator
#183 Hugh Cholick
#206 Jim Brockberg–US Army 1971-1975, Operating Room Specialist stationed in several US bases and Bangkok, Thailand
#338 Joe Stetch–Air Force for 4 years as an In-flight Refueling Specialist and 6 years in the Army National Guard as a Medical Platoon Officer, an Infantry Officer and an Executive Officer
#383 Joe Christenson–Joined Minnesota Army National Guard in 1988. Artillery Officer who has been deployed from Minnesota on six different missions including Korea, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.
#555 Ali Mohamud
#566 Drew Carpenter–US Active Army and MN Army National Guard-Specialist-Deployed to Taji, Iraq 2005 for 12 months
Army Achievement Medal-Iraqi Campaign Medal
#583 Nicholas Deaconson–US Army-Afghanistan Tour. Active Duty home Station-Italy with the 25th Airborne infantry
#585 David Heinz–US Marines
#587 Matt Schmitz–Minnesota Army National Guard-224thTransportation Company –88M- Motor Transport Operator-Specialist
#589 Kelvin Borchart–US Army- Enlisted in 2002 -2007 as Active duty Infantry. Was recalled in 2009 until 2010-Operation Enduring Freedom-Iraq- while attending college went alumni at MNSU to serve in Iraq
#611 Vincent Williams–Army National Guard. Full tour in Iraq (OEF) 2014
#626 Ryan Hirsch–Minnesota National Guard, Enlisted 2005.Specialized in communications equipment. Radio frequency, digital networks, satellite communications and if we were still using colored flags I’d have been an expert in that too. I served one combat deployment to Iraq in 2008-2009 with the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade. Based out of Balad Air Base (Camp Anaconda), but I occasionally I had others at Baghdad and Tali
#628 Dwaine Stenzel–US Army
#629 Mike Miller–United States Navy-81/2 years starting in 2005. Aviation Electrician’s Mate working on fighter jets and anti-submarine helicopters. Stationed in China Lake, CA, San Diego, Thailand and Egypt. 2012 in Afghanistan-doing combat damage assessments on “wounded” aircraft.
#644 Dennis Durst–US Navy, Funeral Honor Guard for 12 years in which he attended 3300 funerals to present the flag for Navy and Coast Guard Veterans, Toured in Kuwait


Family Day

This past Saturday, the brothers of Phi Delta Theta held their Inaugural Family Day. The event consisted of 2 hours of bowling at a local alley where parents, siblings, active members, and Phikeia had the opportunity to interact with new faces while competing in a fun game of bowling. After hitting up the lanes, everyone returned to the Phi Delt house for a Tex-Mex themed pot luck. Each family contributed an item and everyone got to eat a delicious lunch. In addition, families were given a tour of the house and were able to ask questions about the Fraternity. The brothers received great feedback from the event and would like to thank all of the families for coming out. They are hoping to do another similar event during the Spring semester. Here are a few pictures captured from the event:

Sweet Gamma Phi

After 2 weeks of preparation from brothers Ryan Demko, Steve Clark, Alex Beck, and Brett Marshall, the men of Phi Delta Theta made a grand proposal to the ladies of Gamma Phi Beta asking them to be their partners for Homecoming 2016. The Phi Delts prepared 70 gift bags with Hershey’s Kisses and a rose and attached a hand-written, personal note for each member of Gamma Phi Beta. They then serenaded the ladies with an edited version of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline and made it their own calling it Sweet Gamma Phi . Now, all that’s left is waiting to see if they say yes. You can watch the serenade below.

Big Brother Reveal!

Last night, our Phikeia got to find out their big brothers were. The results are as follows:

Phikeia Wallace Pope & #661 Brett Marshall
Phikeia McKinley Johnson & #661 Brett Marshall
Phikeia Noah Micke & #654 Alex Beck
Phikeia Tony Shear & #646 Justen Smithers
Phikeia Zack Osweiler & #657 Flavius Stanici
Phikeia Austin Croteau & #663 Yachi Gutierrez

Congrats to all of the big and little brothers! Littles, your big bros look forward to being your friend and your mentor through your Phikeia process and beyond.

Homecoming Summary

Last week was a fun and busy week for the Minnesota Beta Phi Delts as it was Homecoming. The theme was “Maverick Takeover” and the brothers were participating in events all week long to gather points with our partners Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Chi. These events included a Bonfire and Fireworks show, a food eating contest, a lip sync competition, a homecoming parade and of course the homecoming sports games which were Football and Hockey. The biggest achievement of the week was without a doubt the team’s 1st place finish at the Lip Sync competition. For those unfamiliar, the Lip Sync competition is a dance off essentially where teams practice and perform a series of dance routines based on given regulations. Phi Delta Theta, along with Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Chi was judged to be the top performers among 11 other teams. Stay tuned to our blogs for a video of that dance, it should be up very soon!

The Phi Delts, Alpha Chi Omegas, and Sigma Chis posing in victory after winning the Lip Sync Competition!

The Phi Delts, Alpha Chi Omegas, and Sigma Chis posing in victory after winning the Lip Sync Competition!

Welcome New Phikeia!

The brothers of Phi Delta Theta-Minnesota Beta would like to welcome our 8 Phikeia to the brotherhood! Back Row (Left to Right): Wallace “Chocolate Thunder” Pope, McKinley Johnson, Tony Shear, Gene Sanguma. Front Row (Left to Right): JT Nevers, Zack Osweiler, Austin Croteau, Noah Micke.

Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

Yesterday in chapter meeting, brother #610, Ian Elhard, presented the following video to the rest of the chapter. It’s a TED Talk video that discusses how changing society’s attitude, as well as your own, can lead to better, more positive work outputs. It mentions a few ways to help yourself get on this better track as well. We encourage you to watch this video and reflect on it to see what you can do to make each day a little brighter. As a chapter we each shared 3 things that we were thankful for during our final role call. What will you do? Remember, always strive to become the greatest version of yourself.

Phi of the Week: #661 Brett Winston Marshall

This week’s recognized brother is one of the newer ones, #661 Brett Winston Marshall. Brett was voted as this week’s Phi of the Week for the outstanding work he has put in thus far this school year. He has taken over three positions within the chapter and is excelling at all of them. He is the Marketing and Public Relations Chair in which he runs and operates the fraternity’s Social Media pages on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. He also set up and built this website and keeps it up to date each week. In addition, he has helped with numerous recruitment events, embracing his public relations role. He took over as Scholarship Chair as well where he, along with the Executive Board, developed a new Scholarship plan to help the brothers succeed more academically. Finally, he has taken on a smaller role, Homecoming Chair, where he helps coordinate events and forwards information along to the chapter.

He is a Sophomore this year studying Marketing as his major and Public Relations as his minor. He is from Albertville, MN and is a graduate of St. Michael-Albertville High School. He enjoys eating Macaroni and Cheese and Mashed Potato Bake. His favorite movie is Miracle and he says he has an obsession with the TV show Parks and Recreation. Julianne Hough is his celebrity crush. His favorite beverage is root beer and his favorite vacation spot is Banff, Canada.

Brett wasn’t someone who ever thought Greek Life would be where he would find himself, but discovered last spring that he was wrong. He said that although he got along with everyone in high school, he never felt like he fit in anywhere and he came into college and had the same luck through the first semester. Then, in the spring, Phi Delta Theta President, Carl Vagle, brought Brett over to the house and his whole life changed. “When I met the brothers, I instantly felt welcomed. I felt like they were people that wanted me there and wanted to help me become the greatest version of myself. They got me involved and were constantly inviting me to events and wanting to get to know me better and that’s what was important to me. I joined because I was finally wanted and fit in. It has been one of the greatest decisions of my life.”

Brett was an outstanding student growing up. He was on the A-Honor Roll from the 1st grade onward to his senior year. He graduated with honors and in the top 15% of his class of over 360 students. He played Varsity Golf and Hockey, both of which he Captained his senior season. He received All-Conference Academic Honors in both sports his junior and senior years. He was also All-Conference Honorable Mention for both sports his senior year. He has co-operated a twitter account that peaked at 60K followers. The account promoted anti-bullying and offered self-help. He has volunteered with the Suicide Prevention Collaborative and has spoken in a high school about the dangers of depression. He volunteered also with Youth Frontiers where he spoke at their annual fundraiser about how the organization helped him and how he thinks promoting positivity in youth is important.

Brett, we hope your success and drives continues as you move through college. We know you’re bound for great things and can’t wait to see what your future holds for you.


It’s On Us

The Maverick Greeks at Minnesota State University, Mankato are always looking for ways to make Campus life better not only for Greek organizations, but for the entire student body. Under the direction of Connor Donohue of Phi Kappa Psi and the Maverick Production Team, all of the fraternities (Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Delta Chi) and sororities (Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Chi Omega, and Alpha Sigma Alpha) teamed up to make this video promoting an end to Sexual Assault on college campuses. Featured in this video is Phi Delta Theta President #643 Carl Vagle. To take the pledge, click here: It’s On Us Pledge