Homecoming 2011 at Michigan Alpha

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The Alumni Association hosted the Homecoming Open House to provide alums and their guests with an opportunity to visit the chapter house, meet fellow alums, enjoy breakfast refreshments and share good memories. Alums representing graduating classes from the 1960s through the 2010s attended.

During a brief program that started at 10 a.m., active chapter president Will Hardenbergh '12 and Alumni Association President JT (Tom) Buck '77 welcomed alums and gave them an overview of Michigan Alpha's outstanding progress during the past year as well as plans to keep the momentum rolling.

Alumni Association Secretary Greg Karmazin '87 initiated a new tradition for Homecoming by reading the names and Bond Numbers of alums who moved on to the Chapter Grand during the past year. A moment of silence was held to honor these loyal alums.

Another highlight of the program was Karmazin introducing attendees to Jim Izen '89 who was visiting the H 991 chapter house for the first time since 1990. After graduating from the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Izen entered the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) where he had a distinguished 20 year career.

His USMC service included the combat mission of leading the first A1M1 tank platoon into Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. Everyone gave Izen a hearty round of applause to thank him for his service to our nation.

Other alumni attendees included Dr. Ted Ludwig '61, Pat Hayden '66, Jon McLain '77, Joe Fattore '80, Nat Love '81 (PDT Province President), Andrew Brandner '93 and James Alsobrooks '10.

The Alumni Association was pleased with the event, but hopes to see more alums attend the 2012 Homecoming Open House on October 13 when the Wolverines battle the Fighting Illini. We are considering ideas to expand the Open House to attract more alumni participation. Mark your calendars!

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