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09-04-2006

Zeta Nu Celebrates 50 Years of Brotherhood with Record Numbers

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The culmination event was held in July in conjunction with Clarkson University's alumni weekend, bringing together 120 brothers and dozens of their family members and friends to celebrate the end of one era and the beginning of the next 50 years of Zeta Nu Fraternity.

The three-day event began on Friday with a welcome reception followed by a BBQ. On Saturday afternoon, the celebration picnic kicked off with softball, horseshoe games, a clambake and an intense game of poker, which was followed later by a formal 50th Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony. zetanu2006

"I would like to extend my compliments to the ZN Alumni Association (ZNAA) for staging the excellent weekend that I attended. It was a really wonderful experience to interact with the members of the 1966 graduating class and many brothers from the past 50 years of Zeta Nu Fraternity," remarked Brother John Phillips '66.

At the dinner, awards were given to those alumni whose time and effort have made large contributions and impacts to mark this 50th anniversary year. In attendance was Clarkson University President Tony Collins, who gave a congratulatory speech regarding Zeta Nu's remarkable experiences and brotherly bonds that were shown over 50 years of being a local fraternal organization. Collins praised the Zeta Nu alumni for their support and contributions to both Clarkson University and the current brothers. He also congratulated the fraternity on the outstanding leadership that has passed through year-to-year over the last half century.

"For my fraternity to pay off an $85,000 mortgage and rebuild our original house after a large fire 10 years ago is an outstanding achievement," remarked brother Clifford A. Parsons '05.

The weekend concluded with a continental breakfast and golf tournament at the local Potsdam Country Club and Golf Course. The 50th year will climax with their annual Halloween party where reuniting of fraternal bonds, great music, and costume contests will take place.

Brother James (Jim) Hyde '87 stated, "I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who had a hand in planning and implementing the Zeta Nu 50th Reunion. Nice job, the food was good and the house and yard were in good shape. I met a lot of interesting brothers and family members and all around I had a really great time. It was swell."

February 23, 1956, Zeta Nu Fraternity Inc. was chartered as a local social fraternity at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., and started by 31 founding brothers, originally residing in a house at 74 Elm Street. Zeta Nu is proudly founded on fundamentals of spirit, zeal and bonds of brotherhood.

The brotherhood still resides at 27 Main Street today, right in the heart of downtown Potsdam. However, on February 17, 1996, after many years at that residence a major chimney fire broke out. The fire spread quickly through the walls destroying the top two floors and back of the house. However, due to the spirit of the Zeta Nu brotherhood and strong alumni support, the house was rebuilt and ready to move into during November 1996. Amazingly, much of the ZN memorabilia survived, including photo albums, composites, ledgers, plaques, trophies, etc.

Community service has always been a large part of the brotherhood. Brothers have helped with St. Mary's Fair and adopt-a-highway to recently supporting Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) and the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign. In 2001, the brotherhood had a large response to the September 11 terrorist attacks by raising $10,400 to support the relief effort to those who were affected.

Academics are also an important aspect of Zeta Nu and, therefore, there are both strong academic and career-networking support. Academic scholarships and endowment funds, and career contacts are part of the close alumni support that Zeta Nu is proud to offer throughout the years.

Zeta Nu gladly celebrates their brotherhood and what it stands for: close bonds, friendships, leadership, academics and unforgettable long-lasting memories. Brothers look to the future for 50 more years of Zeta Nu Fraternity. The fraternity has offered young gentlemen at Clarkson a unique way of life for the past 50 years, both within their fraternity and within Clarkson's Greek system. Zeta Nu provides their members with brotherhood bonds, experiences, memories and ties that last for life.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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