Joe Wayne Johnson, AO ‘57.5, Joins Chapter Eternal

JOE WAYNE JOHNSON, 71, passed away Friday, June 11, 2010 at his home. He was born on September 25, 1938 in Dallas, Texas to Hiram E. and Mary Sue Johnson. He is preceded in death by both his parents. Joe graduated from Southwestern University with a bachelor’s degree and then completed his law degree from Southern Methodist University. He worked for the City of Houston as the Assistant Director of Public Works for 20 years before retiring. Joe is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ann Johnson, children- Mishann Johnson Childers and husband, Wayne Childers of Cypress, Forrest Johnson and fiancé, Jessica Stutes, of Vidor, brother and sister-in-law- Hiram and Myrna Johnson of Bedford, grandchildren- Rachel, Joseph, Megan and Brennan Childers of Cypress, and James, Mason, and Ethan Johnson of Houston, as well as numerous other family, loved ones and friends.A Memorial Service for Joe was held on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 2 pm at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 15919 Ridge Park, Houston, Texas 77095.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joe Johnson to either the Boy Scouts of America or the Cornerstone United Methodist Church Building Fund at www.cornerstoneumc.org.

The Alpha Omicron Alumni Association Forms the Centennial Scholarship Fund

Brothers,

This fall the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha will celebrate its 100th year. Join us at Southwestern during Homecoming Weekend on November 5-6, 2010 for our Centennial Celebration!

To mark this momentous occasion, the Alpha Omicron Alumni Association has formed the Centennial Scholarship Fund. Our chapter has lost two initiated brothers in the last two years because they and their families could no longer afford to fund their education at SU. This endowed fund will support an undergraduate brother through an annual need-based scholarship. You will receive a mailing in the next few weeks; you can support the undergraduate chapter by contributing to this fund in the following ways:

  • Mail a check to me made out to Southwestern University (return envelope enclosed in the mailing).
  • Visit http://southwestern.edu/pkacentennial to give online.
  • Return the pledge form enclosed in the mailing.  You can satisfy your pledge over 1 to 5 years.

Your tax-deductable contribution will help us ensure that all brothers are able to have the same quality experience that you and I had as Pikes at Southwestern. For more information about the opportunity to contribute to the Centennial Scholarship Fund and for information about our upcoming Centennial Celebration, please visit http://alphaomicroncentennial.org/.

Enclosed you will find additional information about the Centennial Fund and plans that are developing for our Centennial Celebration. Thank you for your continued support of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha. I look forward to seeing you this fall.

In the bonds,

Daniel Webb AO ’05

President, Alpha Omicron Alumni Association

Centennial Scholarship Fund

OverviewThis endowed fund was organized by the Alpha Omicron Alumni Association (AOAA) in collaboration with staff at Southwestern and voted on by the alumni in attendance at Founder’s Day, March 6, 2010. This fund will create an annual scholarship which will be allocated by Southwestern’s Office of Financial Assistance to the undergraduate member of our fraternity who demonstrates the highest degree of financial need each academic year. In the event that there is no such brother, the annual scholarship will go to descendants of AO alumni attending Southwestern. If this too is not possible, the Office of Financial Assistance will allocate the scholarship to a Southwestern student demonstrating financial need.

$100,000 Goal – The AOAA has set a goal of $100,000 for this campaign. To endow the Centennial Scholarship Fund, we need to first raise $25,000.

Why GiveOur chapter has lost two initiated brothers in the last two years because they and their families could no longer afford to fund their education at SU. As the cost of education continues to increase, this fund will help ensure that all brothers are afforded the same opportunities to benefit from the Southwestern Pike Experience as we were.

How to Give ­– Listed below are the methods of giving to the Centennial Scholarship. Should you wish to talk to an officer of the AOAA about your gift, please refer to the contact information listed on the cover letter.

  • Mail a check to me made out to Southwestern University (return envelope enclosed in the mailing).
  • Visit http://southwestern.edu/pkacentennial to give online.
  • Return the pledge form enclosed in the mailing.  You can satisfy your pledge over 1 to 5 years.

Donor Recognition

  • Centennial Circle – $5,000+
  • Naming Level – $2,500+
    • Give your gift in honor of or in memory of another brother.
  • President’s Club – $125/mo., $1,500/yr.
  • Lonestar Leaders – $100/mo., $1,200/yr.
  • Gold Level – $50/mo., $600/yr.
  • Garnet Level – $25/mo., $300/yr.

Class Agents

Steve Raben AO ’59

John Raish AO ’63

Richard Pinger AO ’65

John Curry AO ’67

Bill Smith AO ’70

Ted Caryl AO ’73

Dustin James AO ’78.5

Steve Ressling AO ’79

Audie Alcorn AO ’81

Randy Bowden AO ’82.5

James Morrison AO ’84

Mike Lade AO ’85

George Cruz AO ’92

Thomas Singletary AO ’95

Patrick Jennings AO ’97

Drew York AO ’99

Bradford Barron AO ’01

Jason Modglin AO ’02

Ben Woods AO ’03

Daniel Webb AO ’05

AOAA Lunches on 14 May, 18 June and 16 July at Noon at Ouisie’s Table

Shield & Diamond

A page from the March 2010 Issue of Shield & Diamond with a note about our AOAA lunches at Ouisie's Table in Houston

The Houston-Area alumni of Alpha Omicron will be gathering for lunch at Ouisie’s Table 3939 San Felipe, Houston, TX, 77027, 713-528-2264, on the following Fridays: 14 May, 18 June and 16 July at Noon, in the Cooper’s Bin Vineyard room.  Hope to see you there.  The image above is a copy of a page from the March Issue of Shield & Diamond with a photo of our group from December, minus Mark Danheim, who actually had some work to do and left early.

in the bonds,
Dustin James AO 78.5

Earl Moseley, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Announced

Dear Alpha Omicron Brothers, Little Sisters, and Friends,

As the remaining members of the AO ’81 PKA pledge class, it is indeed our honor to be writing to you on behalf of the legacy of Earl Lee Moseley, Jr. Many of you have already heard that our dear fraternity brother, Earl, passed away on February 25th in San Antonio, after a 10-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

For those of you who were able to attend Earl’s funeral in San Marcos on March 5th, and/or the memorial service at Southwestern the next day, it was so good to get together with you and to share in our memories, our tears, and our laughter. For those of you who could not attend, your presence was felt, and you were in our hearts, our minds, and our conversations.

The purpose of this post is to announce to you the establishment of the Earl Lee Moseley, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund at Southwestern, and we are asking for your support in helping make this memorial a reality. You may read about Earl, and about the founding of this scholarship, on Southwestern’s website, at http://www.southwestern.edu/giving/story.php?id=2311 .

But we do not really need to explain to you the greatness of Earl as a brother and as a friend. He was an inspiration to us all, and we miss him terribly.

Earl never married, and had no children, and yet he influenced so many – directly, one-on-one, and through the many organizations which were important to him and to which he devoted his infinite love, spirited energy, and careful guidance. What better way to help perpetuate Earl’s legacy than by establishing a scholarship in his name, at one of the institutions that Earl loved, Southwestern University, and to thereby carry on the work of helping other young people – as Earl himself helped so many – to develop and nurture the kinds of talents that Earl possessed and so freely shared.

Please help us do this. The university requires a sum of $25,000 in order to activate this scholarship. Once activated, the scholarship will be awarded each year to one or more junior or senior Southwestern students who demonstrate campus leadership, civic engagement, and financial need. Among such students – as identified jointly by the Offices of Civic Engagement, Student Affairs, and Financial Aid – further consideration will be given to those students who are from under-represented groups at Southwestern.

Earl knew a few things about raising money. He knew the importance of large gifts in helping to make a dream become a reality. But he also knew about the ‘power of the people’ – how the combined efforts of many, however small individually, compounded together to create something that was, in the end, greater than the sum of its parts. So, in whatever way you are able to help us commemorate Earl, we ask you to do this – to help us establish this scholarship in Earl’s name, at his alma mater.

Gifts may be made online at http://www.southwestern.edu/giving/moseley/ or by calling Southwestern at 512-863-1482 or 1-800-960-6363.

Many people asked us, at Earl’s funeral, what they could do, to commemorate and honor Earl, our good friend. Here is a great opportunity, to help carry on through others what Earl did as a way of life.

Please consider making your gift today, so that we may reach our goal sooner rather than later. Thank you.

Lastly, please forward this information to others that may share an interest in giving to this scholarship fund.

Fraternally,

The Alpha Omicron Pike Pledge Class of 1981

Audie Alcorn

Andy Hamblen

Mark Lewis

Stattler Mood

Ray Page

Ken Pool

Paul Ross

Les Sanders

Clay Traylor

Russell Wickman

Official Exclusive World-Wide Hotel Headquarters for Alpha Omicron Centennial–Austin Marriott North!

We have made special arrangements with the Austin Marriott North, 2600 La Frontera Blvd, Round Rock, Texas 78681, for a block of 50 hotel rooms on Friday and Saturday Night, November 5 and 6, 2010.  This hotel is the Official Exclusive World-Wide headquarters for the Alpha Omicron Centennial Celebration! The cost each night is $115 and includes breakfast in a separate dining room just for us.  Use the following link or phone number to make your reservation.  Normal weekend cost is $129/night w/o breakfast.  The reservation link is:

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ausno?groupCode=aocaoca&app=resvlink&fromDate=11/5/10&toDate=11/7/10

or you can call 1-800-865-0546 and reference “Alpha Omicron Centennial.”

Please spread the word to all your pledge brothers.  We can get more rooms-they have a bunch of them!

Founder’s Day Re-Cap

Brothers,

Almost 100 Pike alumni, family and friends gathered in Georgetown last Saturday to celebrate Founder’s Day. It was great to see so many there. Below is a re-cap of what transpired.

  • Earl Moseley AO ’81 Memorial – Over 100 members of the Southwestern community gathered at the theater on campus to remember and celebrate Earl’s life. Earl was loved and respected by many.
  • Centennial Celebration – November 5-6, 2010: Mark your calendars for our chapter’s Centennial, to be celebrated during Homecoming Weekend 2010. Dustin James AO ‘78.5, the Centennial Planning Chair, is organizing activities for the weekend. He is finalizing plans for a dinner party on campus, Friday, Nov. 6, and additional activities throughout the day on Nov. 6. More will come on this in months to come.
  • Earl Lee Moseley Memorial Scholarship Fund: Through the hard work of alumni brothers Ray Page AO ’81 and Audie Alcorn AO ’81, a scholarship fund is in the process of being created through Southwestern to honor the life of Earl Moseley that will provide a scholarship on an annual basis to a student who demonstrates financial need, leadership and involvement with civic engagement.
  • Alpha Omicron – Pi Kappa Alpha Centennial Scholarship Fund: Those in attendance at at Founder’s Day voted to commemorate our centennial year by creating an endowed scholarship fund through Southwestern that will annually benefit a Pike undergraduate who demonstrates financial aid. Mark Wood AO ’77 has been charged with organizing this initiative and has set a goal of raising $100,000. More information will be provided shortly about how to contribute to this scholarship. With your help, we will reach this goal.
  • Active Chapter – Addison English, Chapter SMC, provided those in attendance with an update on the chapter. AO is healthy and thriving. Thirteen pledges were introduced and we learned of the successes our chapter is having as campus leaders.

Below are photos from the day. Should you have any questions about the chapter or the AO Alumni Association, please feel free to contact me. I encourage you to start talking to your pledge brothers about attending Homecoming Weekend for our Centennial Celebration. I look forward to seeing you there.

In the bonds,

Daniel Webb AO ’05
President, AOAA

Daniel Webb ’08
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Southwestern University
800-960-6363
http://sualumni.net

Alpha Omicron Brothers Remembering Earl Moseley

Alpha Omicron Brothers Remembering Earl Moseley, AO '81 at the Memorial Service on Southwestern's Campus 6 March 2010.

AO Founders' Day

About 100 members of Alpha Omicron gathered in Georgetown, Texas for Founder's Day on 6 March 2010

"Down in Old Virginia"

The members of Alpha Omicron circle up to sing "Down in Old Virginia"

Alpha Omicron Centennial Scholarship Fund Established

At the business meeting on Saturday, March 6, 2010, the Alpha Omicron Alumni Association approved the following recommendation of the Centennial Scholarship committee:

“The Committee recommends the establishment of an Alpha Omicron Centennial Scholarship with the following elements:

1. We set up an endowed scholarship through Southwestern University. Annual withdrawals would be calculated using the regular distribution percentage used by the school.
2. Distributions would be made to provide scholarship funds to active Alpha Omicron Pikes on the basis of need.
3. We would hold back the first $2500 from the endowment effort to fund the first year’s scholarship award.
4. Single or combined gifts totaling at least $2500 would be eligible for naming honors in tribute or memorial.
5. If there is no active chapter at S.U. the proceeds of the endowment would go to the benefit of S.U. students who are descendants of Alpha Omicron Pike alumni.”

Immediately after this recommendation was approved, brother Mark Woods, Chair of the Centennial Scholarship Committee, announced that $12,000 had already been pledged to the fund.  Brother Steve Raben then announced that the first named scholarship would be the “Sessions Scholarship” in honor of U.S. Representative Pete Sessions (AO ‘76.25), his brother Mark Sessions (AO ‘76,5) , Pete’s son Bill Sessions (AO ’09) and the Honorable Judge William Sessions (Pete and Mark’s father, Bill’s grandfather).

The goal of the Centennial fund is to raise at least $100,000 in pledges by the Centennial Anniversary in November.

Tribute to Earl Lee Moseley, Jr., AO ’81


Thanks to Laurie Lewis for compiling this loving tribute to Earl Lee Moseley, Jr., AO ’81, and for allowing me to use the file on this web site!

Founder’s Day Business Meeting Agenda

1:30 p.m. – March 6, 2010

  1. Call to order – DW
  2. Introduction – DW
    1. Recognize AOAA officers in attendance
    2. Summarize how the AOAA has assisted the chapter in recent months
  3. Discussion of scholarship funds
    1. Intro and background context – DW
    2. Discuss Earl Moseley Fund – Ray Page
    3. Discuss Alpha Omicron Centennial Scholarship Fund –Mark Wood
      1. What is the goal
      2. How can we get there (different funding tracks)
      3. Merits of each
      4. Questions (Kent can field appropriate questions)
      5. Vote – DW will administer the vote
  4. Discussion of Centennial Plans
    1. What is being planned – Dustin James
    2. Discuss Class Agent Program – DW
    3. Receive feedback / answer questions
  5. Update from Active Chapter
    1. SMC – Addison English
  6. Conclude