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					                               North Carolina Nu Chapter News for Alumni
                                            June 2012 Issue


John Adams Hodge, ’77, is a leader in environmental and aviation law in Columbia. He is listed in The
Best Lawyers in America® - Environmental Law. John has practiced environmental law for 28 years and
aviation law for over 24 years. He brings a unique set of scientific and technical skills to the practice of
law. He is a Registered Professional Geologist (P.G.) and an Adjunct Professor in the South Carolina
Environment and Sustainability Program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and was
formerly an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. For many years, he
taught a graduate course, ENHS 776, “Environmental Regulations and Planning.” He is also an active
pilot and a former airline pilot and instructor who has a wealth of aviation industry and flight
experience. He is a former staff counsel and hearing officer for the South Carolina Department of Health
and Environmental Control (DHEC) and a Certified Circuit Court Arbitrator. John is active in a variety of
legal, scientific, and civic organizations. He was selected by NASA as a Solar System Ambassador and
serves as a volunteer speaker on planetary science. In 2008, John was awarded the Order of the
Palmetto, the highest civilian award in South Carolina. . After graduating from Duke, John attended USC
where he graduated with both a JD Law degree (1983) and an MS in Marine Science/Geology (1981). 

Mr. Hodge has served as a judge for the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition finals,
and for the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition (Latin American Rounds). He is
a frequent speaker on a variety of legal, scientific, environmental, geological, aeronautical, and related
topics. Sharon, his wife, is also a partner in the firm, and his son, John, is SAE from Duke, Class of 2012.

Alumni Notes:

Peter M. Stetler, 68, is a consultant with Alstom in Saint Marys, Georgia. Hi son Dixon, is an SAE from
Mount Union. He can be reached at PMS@ALUMNI.DUKE.EDU.

Saxby Stradinger, ’10 is a natural gas sales rep with Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City. He is a past
president of the former Colony. Reach him at

Don Parson, ’63, writes: “I'm now spending most of my year in Belfair Plantation in Bluffton SC while my
daughter goes to school at Hilton Head Prep. She's still doing golf almost every day. She graduated
from the 8th grade and right after the ceremony we drove back to Chapel Hill. I went to London and
Scotland with a group of junior players. Was a great trip. This summer we will be in the mountains,
Linville Ridge Country Club until mid-August. I can be reached at 919-417-2775 or 2745.” Contact Don at

Raymond Allen Frese, ’73, has a new email address - He is with Wells Fargo Bank
of Texas in Plano.

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                                            June 2012 Issue

Brendan P. McGill, ’00, formerly with the Alston Law Firm, is now an attorney with Mohawk Industries,
Inc. in Atlanta. He graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 2003. His new email is

Ray Holloman, Jr., ’01, is a lead college sports editor and writer with AOL's in
Washington, DC. He has also written for ESPN The Magazine, AOL’s, and’s
Page Two and was an intern with Sports Illustrated. Reach out to Ray at email

Feb 2009 Colony Charter Celebration

  Sam Wass, Ben Castellon, Fred Ehrsham, John Hodge               Ritual Team and Colony Members

               Hudson Duan & Tim Light                             Saxby leading brothers in a song.

Do You Know Your Chapter History?

Your chapter, founded Feb 20, 1931 as the 131st Chapter of SAE, was formerly Psi Delta Sigma, a local
fraternity. In the fall of 1926, several students formed a Club, but the actual founding of the local society

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                                            June 2012 Issue

was not until 1927 with 10 charter members and two faculty. The group has the support of several SAE
alumni on the faculty/staff of Duke University. It had always been the intent of Psi Delta Sigma to
petition and join a National Fraternity. The following members of this local fraternity formally petitioned
SAE on October 17, 1930 for a charter: John Layton Tucker, William R Gordon, Allen O Gamble, O C
Blackmon, Jr, Millard W Warren, Sidney K Watts, Jr., Rawlins Coffman, Conrad Crouch, Royden E Daniels,
William Allen Day, Irvin Hall Elmore, John J Gamble, Allen R Lewis, John F Long, James L Judd, Joseph J
Matthews, A Benjamin Narbeth, Samuel F Nicks, Jr, Ralph O Starnes, James P Taylor, Robert B Walker,
and John J Zimmerman. Psi Delta Sigma was one of 6 local societies that were petitioning for national
fraternities. Rush "season" consisted of the first two weeks of the academic year, then preceding
"pledge day", a 24 hour period when no active member could talk to a freshman rushee about the
fraternity. All the fraternities were located in dormitories, with the West Campus designating a single
dormitory "group" just for the chapters. The dormitories facing "Fraternity Court" were divided into
independent sections used as fraternity houses. The sections were 3 or 4 stories high and were provided
with large chapter rooms accommodations for 18 to 30 men. The benefits of this arrangement included
centralization, contact with the main student body, and nearness to classrooms and library. There were
an average of 23 active members per fraternity, with 25% of the men students were Greeks. 6 of the 18
fraternities were considered "local". In April 25, 1930, the Province Gamma convention held in
Columbia, SC approved the Psi Delta Sigma petition. Joel R Abney was Province Archon and C B
Barksdale was Province-Recorder/Treasurer. Endorsements and support came from Dr. W H
Wannamaker, Dean of the University and advisor to the Pan Hellenic Council; Dr. Clement Vollmer,
Professor of German History (SAE); Dr. E W Nelson, Professor of History (SAE); Dr. Harvie Branscombe,
Professor or Religion (SAE); Adlai C Holler, Mass Gamma, who resided on campus; O C Godfrey,
Secretary to the Pan Hellenic Council (this council was the forerunner of IFC); Carey E. House, Tenn
Kappa, an SAE student that entered Duke in 1930; and Joe Savage, President of the Student Body. Alfred
Nippert, from the SAE National Headquarters presided over the induction ceremony of the new SAEs.

Chapter Officers

Colin Scott, Eminent Archon – Email Cell (619) 972-9764. Colin is from San Diego
where he attended Torrey Pines High School. He is a Political Science major.


The chapter is looking for rush recommendations, fall 2012 and spring 2013 freshmen. Please complete
the online recruitment form here.

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