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									                            Delta Drummer
                                             Published by South Carolina Delta Chapter of
                                    Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at the University of South Carolina
                                                      Founded February 28, 1882

  COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA                                                   SUMMER 2008

   Thanks to Brother David Aldridge ’79 of Atlanta and his
family’s donation, the house now has a fabulous portrait in
honor of the three chapter members—William R Rhea of
Florence, SC; Travis Lane Cale of Greenville, SC; and Justin
Michael Anderson of Greenville, SC—who perished in the
tragic fire in October 2007. The painting has been placed in
the alumni room. The portrait was painted by Lisa Chalmers
of Atlanta.

                                                                  The donated portrait of three deceased brothers—William,
                                                                  Travis and Justin—honors their memory.

This marker was donated by South Carolina Gamma
Chapter at Wofford in honor of our fallen brothers.

Chapter Education Fund
   Honors Alumni,
   Fallen Brothers
   For 2008, we have dedicated any donations to the Chapter
Education Fund at the SAE Foundation in honor of these
alumni and the three brothers who perished in the October
2007 fire: alumni T. Preston Reid ’75, Gary C. Banks Jr. ’56
and W. Elliott Wardlaw ’53 and fallen brothers William Rhea,
Travis Cale and Justin Anderson. Classmates and friends of
the dearly departed brothers can send tax-deductible contri-
butions to Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 35022 Eagle Way, Chicago,
IL 60678-1350. Checks should be made out to SC Delta CEF,
and a note attached asking that the donation be credited to
the South Carolina Delta Chapter Education Fund. The fund
earns interest at the foundation, which is used to pay national
leadership school tuition fees for chapter members. The CEF       The spring 2008 pledge class donated a new tree to the
has approximately $21,000 as of June 1, 2008.                     house.
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Brothers Aid in Cystic Fibrosis Fight
   Brad Starbuck ’09, eminent ar-            is raising funds for the third consecu-       Shipman (see the web site, www.
chon of South Carolina Delta Chap-           tive year to combat cystic fibrosis.
ter, presented a check for $7,997 to         For 2008, Alpha Delta Pi has joined
Larry McDaniel and his son, Hunter,          with SAE for the project. A mara-
in front of the house on Tuesday,            thon will be held at Kiawah Island
May 13, 2008. The check was given            on December 8, 2008 (registration is
on behalf of brothers who partici- 
pated in Running for a Cause, the            marathon/). Five houses have been
annual Kiawah Island marathon to             reserved for runners, and registration
raise money, since 2006, for fam-            is $250, including the sleeping space
ily members who suffer from cystic           and running fee.
fibrosis.                                       The marathon this year supports
   Members obtain pledges from               two children who suffer from the life-
businessmen and individuals for the          threatening genetic illness of cystic
event. Sigma Alpha Epsilon at USC            fibrosis: Jeremy Parks and Grayson

             Let Us Hear from You!
     In an effort to update and maintain our database and because of
  the rising cost of postage, we need to hear from you if you would like
  to continue receiving the newsletter. Please return the enclosed in-
  formation card, even if blank, or update your information online at                      Brad Starbuck ’09, eminent archon so we know the newsletter is actually reaching your               of South Carolina Delta Chapter,
  mailbox! Thank you!                                                                      presents a check for $7,997 to Larry
                                                                                           McDaniel (right) and his son, Hunter,
                                                                                           in front of the SAE house in May.

Fun for All at Formal 2008                                            Spring ’08 Pledge Class
   Formal 2008 was held April 11-13, 2008, in Savannah,
GA. The brothers stayed at the Four Points Sheraton near              Please welcome our new members, the spring 2008
                                 River St. Friday night they       pledge class:
                                 traveled on the Queen of          Samuel Marion Bailey ...............................Beaufort, SC
                                 Georgia up the river and had      Maxwell Jacob Becker.........................Mt. Pleasant, SC
                                 dinner on the boat, which         Andrew Michael Bennett ....................... Statesville, NC
                                 consisted of a buffet of crab
                                                                   Travis Gregory Coleman ..............................Naples, FL
                                 cakes, chicken, roast beef,
                                 rice salad and rolls. A band      Ryan Mark Creasap ............................. Spartanburg, SC
                                 from Charlotte provided live      Ryan Charles DeLoach ..............................Beaufort, SC
                                 music. After the boat excur-      Ralph Alexander Dickson IV ....................Gastonia, NC
                                 sion, brothers and their dates    Robb Alexander Francis .........................Greenville, SC
                                 went to a dueling piano estab-    Aaron P. Harkins .....................................Greenville, SC
                                 lishment near the hotel.
                                                                   Donald Lawson Lowry .......................... Statesville, NC
                                    Saturday morning the mem-
                                 bers went to the hotel pool       Matthew Joseph Mancini .........................Columbia, SC
Brothers enjoying Formal or down to River St. to enjoy             Jimmy Patrick Murray .......................Myrtle Beach, SC
2008 include (l-r) Michael food and other entertainment.           Daniel Taylor Nicholson ..................Pawleys Island, SC
Rentz, Keith Wallace, Mat That evening, the brothers               Jeremy Michael Principe ...................Murrells Inlet, SC
Muburak and Ellison Neese. went to the Mercury Lounge,
                                                                   Ryan Thomas Webster ............................. Charlotte, NC
a two-story business where the top floor featured a three-person
                                                                   Carter Willson ..................................... Brookeville, MD
blue-grass band and the bottom floor had pool tables, darts and
shuffleboard. On Sunday, everyone departed to Columbia.            Adam Maxwell Wind............................... Charlotte, NC
                        Ellison Neese ‘09, Pledge Educator
Summer 2008                                           DELTA DRUMMER                                                                         Page 

SC Deltas Enjoy 2008 Pledge Retreat
    At this year’s pledge retreat, we went on a 22-mile canoe
trip down the Edisto River. In addition to the 17 pledges, Brad
Starbuck, Drew Davies, Matt Muburak, Thomas Riley, DJ
McMurchie, Ben DeCastrique, Michael Rentz and I attended.
We left Friday afternoon, canoed about a mile, then set up camp
alongside the river. Saturday we canoed about 15 miles through
sun, wind and heavy rain. We found a good high spot by the river
and camped. For dinner that night, we cooked foil packs, which
consisted of hamburger patties, potatoes, carrots and onions. It
was a great weekend, and everyone had a great time.
    A few guys flipped their canoes and found out how cold the
water really was. Other than a snake in a boat and the monsoon
rain Saturday, we had a great trip. This trip is going to become
the template pledge retreat for future pledge classes.
                                               Name of Author?     South Carolina Delta brothers during the pledge retreat

     Spotlight on Former County Auditor Alumnus
    Editor’s Note: Excerpts from Brad        lost in the Democratic primary to Paul      say, and he has to be able to resist their
Warthen’s blog from The State, were          Brawley in 2006.                            pressure to deny reality.
used here. See http://blogs.thestate.           Some basic facts about the job              When asked why the job is elected—
com/bradwarthensblog.                        of auditor: It is a highly technical,       and particularly, why is it elected in a
    Harry Huntley ’78 was Richland           nonpolicy-making job. The office is         partisan manner—Harry replied, “The
County auditor for 17 years. He was          responsible for all property tax billing,   function I performed was not really a
initially appointed to the job in 1989 to    and the auditor recommends millage          partisan function. It’s for everybody.”
fill the unexpired term of predecessor       rates to the county council based on the       In fact, he only switched parties to keep
Pat Antley. Harry immediately proved         numbers he deals with every day. He         the party from getting in the way, rather
to be an able administrator, making his      is the real-life “math check” on what       than for electoral reasons. With the county
endorsement a “clear choice” for The         politicians may want the numbers to         increasingly Democratic, he didn’t want a
State newspaper a year later.                                                            label to keep people from feeling like they
    He is a CPA and was once quoted as                                                   can deal with him. “It takes down a bar-
saying, “I think I’m still the only audi-                                                rier in community meetings,” he notes. So
tor in the state who is a CPA.”                                                          as far as he’s concerned, elections for his
    Harry used to be a Republican.                                                       office should be nonpartisan.
He had been blessed with a lack of                                                          Harry and his wife, Kathryn, can be
opposition. He did have opposition                                                       reached via e-mail at harryhuntley@
in 1990—his first election—and the                                              or by phone at (803) 782-0922.
then-board (all of whom are gone now)                                                    UPC WILL ADD HIS HOME AD-
endorsed him. Unfortunately, Harry                  Brother Harry Huntley                DRESS HERE FROM DATABASE.

      SC Delta Chapter Friends, Alumni Share Their News
Jeffrey B. Butler ’99 serves as a            who is also a pilot, have two children:     Share your fond memories of Gary with
Netjets Aviation pilot, flying the rich      Elizabeth, 3, and Jacob, 1. Write to        Robert by writing to Robert at 13 Pier-
and famous. Brothers may remember            “Kool Aid” at 330 Brookshire Dr.,           ates Cruz, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.
Jeff attending USC in 1995, but he           Columbia, SC 29210 or via e-mail at
                                                                                                Delta Drummer is published by the brothers of Sig-
pledged and was initiated at Embry-                          ma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at the University of South
Riddle. Jeff reports, “I have not only                                                     Carolina for members and friends. Alumni news, photos
                                                                                           and change of address notices should be sent to South
been helped by my classmates at Flor-        Robert W. Scoggin ’59 shares this             Carolina Delta of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, c/o Newsletter
ida Rho, but am currently employed at        sad news, “We lost our brother, Gary          Program Headquarters, PO Box 1311, Bloomington,
                                                                                           IN 47402-1311. Alumni may sign up to view the
Netjets thanks to another Sigma Alpha        Banks Jr. ’?? in August 2007. He was          newsletter online. To sign up to view the newsletter elec-
Epsilon I met after graduation who           my big brother in SAE, and we worked          tronically, update your personal information or to make
                                                                                           a contribution to the newsletter via our secure server,
gave me a recommendation.”                   together for our entire business career.      visit and, when prompted,
   Jeff and his wife, Molly (Florida),       He was a ‘True Gentleman.’”                   enter your organization code: 0114.
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        More SC Delta Alumni Updates
M. Nixon “Nick” Ellis ’74 joined            ing and development of Emtricitabine        rector of HIV in the marketing group.
Phase Bioscience of Durham, NC, as          (FTC), in the company’s initial public      Nick and his wife, Josephine, reside at
president, CEO and member of the            offering and in establishing the compa-     UPC WILL ADD HOME ADDRESS
board of directors on April 10, 2007.       ny’s alliance with Abbott Pharmaceuti-      HERE.
Most recently, Nick was president of        cals. Nick began his career at Burroughs
Trimeris, Inc., where he was instrumen-     Wellcome Co. as a virologist and held       John L. Ward ’55, a former eminent
tal in the development of FUZEON, the       positions of increasing responsibility in   archon, is a retired physician. He
first injectable peptide approved for the   the Division of Virology. After leaving     writes, “I’m enjoying being a ‘moun-
treatment of HIV disease. Before join-      his position as assistant division direc-   tain man’ near Zirconia, NC.” Johnny
ing Trimeris, Nick was a cofounder of       tor in virology, he was named assistant     and his wife, Nini (Stevens), an artist,
Triangle Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where       director of the company’s business          have two grown children: Logan and
he served as president, COO and as a        development group in London. Shortly        Bill. Contact Johnny at 30 Quinine
director. During his tenure at Triangle,    before Glaxo’s purchase of Wellcome,        Hill, Columbia, SC 29204 or via e-mail
Nick played key roles in the licens-        Nick was appointed global brand di-         at

   Spotlight on Former Professor, Author Alumnus
   John M. Bryan ’65 retired in 2005        writings—to offer fresh insights into       taught undergraduate and graduate
after a 32-year career as professor of      the design and construction of the          courses in American art and architec-
art and architectural history at the Uni-   South Carolina State House and into         tural history, historic preservation and
versity of South Carolina in Columbia.      the often controversial symbolism at-       the decorative arts. During the fall
His research has been funded by the         tached to the building.                     2003 semester, he received a Mortar
Smithsonian Institution, the National          John has serves as the historian for     Board award for excellence in teach-
Endowment for the Arts, the National        the USC “Horseshoe.” The “horse-            ing.
Endowment for the Humanities and            shoe concept” governed the trustees’           In the fall of 2005, John was invited
numerous foundations. His notable           plans for the growth of South Caro-         to join The Cosmos Club in Washing-
publications include eight books, four      lina College virtually from its begin-      ton, DC, after a year-long review by
historic preservation urban plans and       ning in 1801. An                            a committee of current members. The
articles published in France and Eng-       early diary notes                           Cosmos Club selects its new members
land. His recent biography of Robert        that the original                           on the basis of career achievement and
Mills (Princeton Architectural Press,       campus was on a                             distinction in their fields. The 3,500-
2001) won awards from the American          site that was very                          member club (see www.cosmos-club.
Victorian Society and the Southeastern      reclusive for there                         org) was founded in 1878 in the home
Chapter of the Society of Architectural     were no houses                              of John Wesley Powell, director of the
Historians. John collaborated with the      around and the                              Geological Survey who is perhaps best
Smithsonian Institution in collecting       lands were “un-                             known for his exploration of the Grand
the papers of the 19th-century South        cleared and cov-                            Canyon. New members are selected
Carolina architect Mills and served         ered with lofty                             on the basis of the originality of their
as curator for two national American        pines and wild shrubs.” In this setting,    work in the sciences, literature or art
Institute of Architects exhibitions         the trustees over a period of 43 years      along with distinction in one’s profes-
   Brother Bryan is the author of           built a cohesive, balanced design of        sion or in public service. The club has
Biltmore Estate, Duke University,           three-storied structures dominated by       been the birthplace of other kindred
Robert Mills and Creating the South         the stately South Caroliniana Library.      organizations, including the National
Carolina State House, which offers an          John has also received the USC           Geographic Society and, in August
unprecedented look at the construction      Educational Foundation’s Award for          1940, was the site of discussions that
and renovation of South Carolina’s          Research in the Humanities and Social       laid the foundation for the Anglo-
most important government structure.        Sciences. This award is given for in-       American radar partnership that was
Prompted to research the building by        novative research or creative achieve-      instrumental in winning WWII.
its restoration between 1995-98, John       ment on a significant subject. The             John and his wife, Martha, make
witnessed every stage of excavation,        Educational Foundation Award is the         their home at UPC WILL ADD HOME
demolition and rebuilding. He draws         university’s most prestigious annual        ADDRESS FROM DATABASE.
largely on these observations and on        prize for research and scholarship.         He can also be reached via e-mail at
archival sources—including diaries,            In addition to the introductory Sur- or by phone at
letters and other contemporaneous           vey of Western Art, professor Bryan         (803) 777-2514.

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