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					                                Delta Drummer ENews July/August 2012
                                          South Carolina Delta Chapter
                                              Sigma Alpha Epsilon
                                          University of South Carolina
                                            Columbia, South Carolina
                                             Web www.saeusc.com

Editors Note: Welcome to the Delta Drummer ENews. Questions or comments are welcome to John Stringfellow, email
johnnstringfellow@gmail.com.

Spotlight

                        Brooks “Zan” A Smith ’89, is an artist that creates direct metal sculptures in
                          Charleston (Johns Island). Also known as a “frogsmith”, his father Charles and
                          Zan have been making human size frogs since 1974. To buy, a basic frog costs
                          $3,600.'I want all mine to be like Greek gods,' Zan says. 'A sculptor takes the best
                          that he can do and incorporates it (into the piece). That's what a Greek god is.'
                          You might see their frog sculptures at One of a Kind Gallery and the Hamlet
                          Artwork Gallery in downtown Charleston, the S.C. Aquarium, a school or hospital,
                          the Atlanta Botanical Garden or Les Quatre Vents Gardens near Quebec. Zan’s
                          frogs differ from his father's. Married, he makes smaller child frogs, their webbed
                        hands holding books, because of his 3-year-old daughter, and golfer frogs because
he likes the sport. Visit his web site at http://zansmith.com/.




After high school, he left home for USC. He cut his hair short. He wasn't a Young Republican, but he hung
around the crowd. He wore the white shirt, navy blazer, khaki pants. Even joined a fraternity, SAE.

He is also an avid photographer. He writes: “My passion for photography began in my childhood when I
had my own black and white darkroom and shot with a Nikon FM2. Over the years I digressed into a life
of taking random snapshots in good light. I am now a "born again" photographer and shoot with a Nikon
D700 and iphone 3Gs.” Visit his photo stream on Flicker here. Read more about the father and son
here…Contact Zan at zan@frogsmith.com.

Social Calendar

Alumni Reunion - Oct 6
Parents Weekend – Nov 16
Mother Sons Weekend – Feb 22-23, 2013


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               Questions or comments are welcome to John Stringfellow, email johnnstringfellow@gmail.com.
                           SC Delta Chapter, 509 Lincoln Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201
                            SC Delta Alumni Association, PO Box 11521, Columbia, SC 29211
                              Delta Drummer ENews July/August 2012
                                        South Carolina Delta Chapter
                                            Sigma Alpha Epsilon
                                        University of South Carolina
                                          Columbia, South Carolina
                                           Web www.saeusc.com


Alumni News

Burnett R Maybank, Jr ’50, is an attorney and owner of Maybank Shipping Company in Charleston.
Burnet served as a Army Air Corps bomber pilot in the European Theater which included air support
near the Normandy beaches after D-Day and some of the early bombing missions over Berlin. He
received the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he became a lawyer and served
as lieutenant governor of South Carolina from January 1959- January 1963. His father was both a US
Senator and Governor of South Carolina. Burnet attended the Citadel prior to the war, then after the
war, completed his last two years at USC and attended law school. After college he joined Haynsworth
and Haynsworth in Greenville. He ran for Lt Gov on the same ticket with Fritz Hollings.

Thomas Zachary Purdo, ’10, is an account director with Bluewolf in Brooklyn, NY. The company provides
Information Technology resourcing, remote database administration, and deployment of cloud
solutions. A native of Delray Beach, Florida, Zack attended Pine Crest School. Contact Zack at email
tzpurdo@gmail.com or his new address, 149 Division Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

                 Crawford Clarkson, ’41, is a lifetime member of the SC Association of Certified
                  Professional Accountants. He received his BS in commerce from the USC School of
                  Business in 1941. He was awarded a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant in 1948
                  and was a partner with Clarkson Harden and Gantt (formerly A.C. Clarkson &
                  Company). Upon passing the South Carolina Bar, he was admitted to practice in the
                  Federal District Court, Federal Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
                After extensive service in the Navy and Naval Reserve, he retired as captain, U.S. Naval
Reserve, in 1979. Crawford was senior partner in the CPA firm of Clarkson, Harden and Gantt from 1948
until 1987. In 1987, Clarkson retired from Arthur Young and Company and was appointed commissioner
of the S.C. Tax Commission by Governor Carroll Campbell. He served as chair from 1992 until 1995. In
1985, Clarkson, Harden and Gantt combined with the international firm Arthur Young & Company, later
to become Ernst & Young. Since 1995, Clarkson has associated with the CPA firm of Sellars & Bauknight
and in 1996 also joined Carolina Mediation, Inc. as affiliate working in mediation and arbitration. He has
been active in the state’s civic and political affairs for over 50 years. Crawford received the 1997
Distinguished Alumni Award from the USC School of Business. He has six children with his wife Sarah.

Richard H “Rick” Wallace, ’67 of Columbia, has joined the Mike Kelly Law Group in Columbia. Prior to his
career in law, Rick was a CPA for Ernst & Ernst.

Robert L Sumwalt, III, ’79, has been reappointed by President Obama to a five-year term as a member




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             Questions or comments are welcome to John Stringfellow, email johnnstringfellow@gmail.com.
                         SC Delta Chapter, 509 Lincoln Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201
                          SC Delta Alumni Association, PO Box 11521, Columbia, SC 29211
                              Delta Drummer ENews July/August 2012
                                        South Carolina Delta Chapter
                                            Sigma Alpha Epsilon
                                        University of South Carolina
                                          Columbia, South Carolina
                                           Web www.saeusc.com


of the National Transportation Safety Board. He was first appointed in 2006 by President Bush and
served a two year term as NTSB vice chairman. Robert was a US Airways pilot for 23 years.

Rush

We are accepting rush recommendations for summer and fall rush 2012. Please recommend an
outstanding young man using our online form here. Rush chairmen this year are:

       Lawson McAbee, at email lawsonmcabee@gmail.com and phone 864-908-7178
       Connor Dunaway at email cdunaway33@gmail.com and phone 980-258-5983

Orientation meeting will be Sunday, Aug 26 on campus, and open house begins Labor Day, Sept 3. Rush
Week 2012 is Sept 3-7.

Tail Gating Tent Needed
The chapter at Carolina has been using borrowed tents for years in its football tailgating area. The time
has come to step up and give the brothers a decent tent, something that is equal to what other
fraternities are using. The overall cost for the tent and the grill equipment is about $5,000. We already
have a significant donor for part of the cost, so we need to raise the difference as soon as possible. If
you want to help, your donation can be done through our web site using a credit card, debit card or
check draft. You can mail a check made out to SAE to Josh Nexsen, Alumni Treasurer, PO Box 11521,
Columbia, SC 29211, or go online to www.saeusc.com and choose DONOR page for an online donation.
Many thanks to these donors: Gilbert Holt, Phil McAbee, and Nancy Powers.

Annual Dues
Your contribution helps support the alumni association and the chapter. Would you consider sending in
your annual suggested voluntary dues of $25? You can use our online payment option here, or mail your
check made out to SAE to Josh Nexsen, Alumni Treasurer, PO Box 11521, Columbia, SC 29211.

Join our Social Media Groups




Eminent Archon
Want to contact our president? Justin Mims, Email mimsjh@email.sc.edu, Phone 843-601-6709


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             Questions or comments are welcome to John Stringfellow, email johnnstringfellow@gmail.com.
                         SC Delta Chapter, 509 Lincoln Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201
                          SC Delta Alumni Association, PO Box 11521, Columbia, SC 29211
                                Delta Drummer ENews July/August 2012
                                          South Carolina Delta Chapter
                                              Sigma Alpha Epsilon
                                          University of South Carolina
                                            Columbia, South Carolina
                                             Web www.saeusc.com


Spotlight

James A McAlister III, ’83

James, a fourth generation funeral director and embalmer in Charleston, opened James A. McAlister, Inc. Funeral
Home this past December. The path to that decision evolved from a long, rich family history, filled with twists and
turns.

The family business was begun in the 1879s when great-grandfather John McAlister moved from his home in
                        upstate South Carolina to Charleston, where he joined his brother, James, in business.
                        James owned an established livery and boarding stables, and John was one of the first
                        licensed embalmers in the state. In time, James decided to sell the business - then called
                        McAlister Brothers - to John, who changed the name to John McAlister, Inc. Over the
                        years, a family funeral business evolved, employing several generations of family
                        members.

                        Eventually James, great grandson of the founding McAlister, found his way into the family
                        business, too. "I had done several things since college, including running a restaurant," he
says. "But I had grown up in the funeral home, and I finally decided I wanted to be a funeral director." James went
to work for the business and attended classes at Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, from which he
received an Associate of Science degree in 1987.

In the following years, James found that his family's business, like many others, harbored fierce power struggles.
Ultimately, one set of relatives gained control of the business and later several employees, including James, left
the business. As it so happened, years before, James' grandfather had owned a parcel of land just outside of
Charleston, and he wished to open another funeral home there. The family bypassed his dream and the funeral
home was never built. James was able to purchase property adjacent to the land his grandfather had owned, and it
was there that he built his own funeral home. "I feel that I have fulfilled my grandfather's dream," he says, with
pride.

The new James A. McAlister, Inc. Funeral Home is located in a 10,500 square foot building that formerly housed an
AT&T communications office. James says it was fortuitous to find an existing building of that size, with ample
parking. The funeral home has three full-time employees, including a cousin, Benjamin H. McAlister. Benjamin, a
licensed apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer, was a former employee of the original family firm.

Did you know.... While our official charter date is Feb. 28, 1882, in 1856 a student at South Carolina College by
the name of Talbot Adams was initiated. He was sent a charter to start a chapter but his efforts failed. He is listed
as a member of Alabama Mu. This means that had he been successful SC Delta would have been one of the first
five chapters of SAE.




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               Questions or comments are welcome to John Stringfellow, email johnnstringfellow@gmail.com.
                           SC Delta Chapter, 509 Lincoln Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201
                            SC Delta Alumni Association, PO Box 11521, Columbia, SC 29211

				
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