University of NebraskaSpring 2009
Noble Ruler Report
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity
Calf Show Report
Alumni Relations Report
The 2008 Alpha Gamma Rho Winter Preview was
once again a great success. It was held at the Lancaster
Event Center in Lincoln on Dec. 19-20. We had rough-
ly 235 entries total.
Our judges were Kevin Jensen from Courtland, Kan.,
who judged the market side of the show and Jack Ward
from Plattsburg, Mo., who judged the breeding. It was
a fantastic two ring show.
We at AGR are proud to put on such a diverse show
with such great cattle. The Kappa Chapter brothers
would also like to send out a huge thank you to all par-
ticipants, alumni and numerous sponsors that helped
make the 2008 Alpha Gamma Rho Winter preview pos-
All of Kappa Chapter looks forward to seeing and
hearing from you next year.
Brandon Hilger and Cory Cable
Calf Show Chairs
With it being April, this let-
a busy time. I am sure many
of you are busy gearing up for
planting season, or you are
ready to be done calving for the
year. Whatever the case may be,
It is also a busy season here
at 1430 Idylwild Drive. Finals
week is right around the corner,
and there is still much to do. Our
annual Hog Roast Philanthropy took place on Thurs-
day, April 23, in Kappa Chapter’s parking lot. Proceeds
from the event went to support Farmer’s Crisis Hotline.
Everyone was welcomed to attend, and the event drew
in quite a crowd as it does every year.
The undergraduate chapter also engaged in our annual
highway cleanup on April 22. Brothers went to pick up
trash on a designated stretch of highway outside of Lin-
coln. In addition, many members participated in The
Big Event on Saturday, April 25. The Big Event is a
University-wide service day that helps out the Lincoln
Finally, AGR’s traditional Farmers’ Ball Party will be
held at the end of Dead Week. It promises to be a fun
time with great memories to be made.
With the school year coming to a close, our outgo-
Gamma Rho house. I am sure many of you remember
the mixed feelings of moving out of Kappa Chapter.
Although they won’t be around the house as much, be-
ing an AGR is something that will stay with them for a
Alumni Relations Report
like to thank everyone that attended the 92nd Annual
Pink Rose at the Embassy
Suites on March 7. The at-
tendance was back up again
this year, and I’m sure that
everyone who attended
would agree that it was an
Just a reminder, this year’s
chapter awards went to
Quentin Dailey for the
Most Outstanding Se-
nior Award, Skip Hecox
for the Most Outstanding
Freshman, Todd Schroeder
for the Greatest Contribu-
tions to Nebraska Agriculture Award, Will Wittler for
the Most Outstanding Alumni Award, Doyle Hulme
for the Greatest Contributions to Alpha Gamma Rho
Award,and Jessica Frerichs for the House Sweetheart.
Once again, congratulations to all the award winners.
The undergraduate chapter also recently held their
Spring Parent’s Day on March 29, with approximate-
ly 75 undergraduates and family members attending.
Everyone had an enjoyable
time visiting the house and
meeting each others’ fami-
lies. The Mother’s Club
held a silent auction dur-
ing Parent’s Day and raised
$1,089 to go towards the
Thank you to all who at-
tended these events, and I
look forward to seeing you
again in the future. Also,
please contact the Home
of any AGR members who
have moved or changed addresses over the past year.
Academics have been a staple
of this house’s past, present and
will continue to be in the future.
This past fall semester the mem-
bers met and surpassed this stan-
dard of excellence with a house
3.247 GPA. This ranks the Kappa
Chapter of seventh out of 24 fra-
ternities at the university, and the
mark ranks above the greek male,
all-non greek and the university grade point averages.
The freshman class had an outstanding GPA of 3.323,
while the seniors had a 3.3 semester GPA. All four
classes within the house surpassed our house goal of a
3.2. The quality of work that brothers have put into this
year has paid off, and it shows in the quantity of quali-
Rose Scholarships, which were handed out on March
7. These scholarships were awarded to: Tyson Narjes
(Kendrin Lewis, High Sophomore, Big/Little Brother),
Shane Strope (Kendrin Lewis), Adam Mass (Henry
Hild), Grant Melotz (High Freshman), Michael Rennau
(High Junior, Active Junior), Ryan Aufenkamp (High
Senior), Trey Kellner (Board High Freshman), Derrick
rey Woerner (Ron Grapes), Jason Warner (Dean Wise),
Jeffery Schroder (Milton Olson), Jamison Jensen (Ac-
tive Freshman), Scott Sorensen (Active Sophomore),
Ben Robison (Active Senior), Bo Fullner (Big/Little
Brother), Dustin Knuth (Dwight Wrich), Kasey Wag-
ner (Wilbur Pauley) and Scott Aden (Pinkerton). The
men have increased their study ethics in and out of the
classroom. We expect to see above standard results for
the current semester.
We would also like to congratulate Jeffrey Schroeder
on making it as 2009 Undergraduate Director. He was ini-
tiated in 2006. Schroeder has earned the AGR Excellence
Scholarship and served as Executive Board Member.
More than 75 undergraduates and their families attended the Spring Parent’s
Day. During the event, brothers were able to visit with other members’ families.
2009 Undergraduate Director
The following are reports written by undergraduate mem-
bers about AGR members who they consider mentors.
By Logan Sand
Ben is originally from Chappell, Neb., which is a
small town of less than 1,000 people. He grew up on a
family farm and raised cattle and also grew wheat. Ben
went to high school at Chappell High.
Ben was initiated into Alpha Gamma Rho in 1954. He
later got his degree in General Agriculture four years
later. While in college, Ben was involved in many
clubs. He was part of the Block and Bridle club, the
Agronomy Club and the Corn Cob club. Twenty-two
years later at the young age of 44, he graduated from
He started work at an insurance company and is now
retired. After his retirement he worked as an Assistant
Attorney General in Grand Ledge Mich. He currently
lives in Grand Ledge with his wife, Lavonne. Together
they have three kids: Michael, Todd and Kelly. During
the summer they live in Grand Ledge, but in the winter
Ben and Lavonne migrate to Florida.
His most memorable time in AGR was his freshman
trip. They went to a Missouri football game which hap-
at the time. Throughout his years at AGR, Ben made
many friends in the house. He had a very fun and re-
warding stay at the Alpha Gamma Rho house.
By Blake Kai
After college Brandon went straight back to his fa-
life, and it was what he always wanted to do. He owns
80 acres of his own and rents about 500 acres. It is a
rotation between soybeans and corn. He also custom
raises about 1,200 pigs year round.
problems and worries of getting land and hogs were
challenges he’s faced. He said there are constant stress-
es and struggles of working with his family.
But that’s not always a bad thing having to work with
your family. It can also be a good thing. No matter what
job you have or who it’s with there’s always going to
be ups and downs. Another positive is that he found his
wife from a nearby town and now they live on a small
farm near his father’s farm. He loves that he’s indepen-
dent and makes his own decisions. He loves the satis-
faction of growing his own crops and getting money
from his own creation.
He said the friendships he made at AGR last forever
and how he is glad that he made so many friends so
quickly. He loved how he got to live with some of the
greatest guys he thought were on campus.
By Cody Messersmith
Bruce was initiated into AGR in 1984, during his sum-
mer of his senior year. He and his wife, Nancy live on
a farm just outside of Pender.
After Bruce graduated with a degree in Agriculture
Economics, he went back home to his family farm. He
farmed with his father. Over the past few years Bruce
agriculture. He still farms on the side. His operation
consists of about 650 acres of farm land. He produces
corn and soybeans.
Bruce has a few hobbies, such as spending time with
his family, boating and being around his friends. Bruce
is a very outgoing person and loves to have fun.
The best parts about AGR he says were making life-
long friends and having a lot of fond memories.
By Scott Aden
Cody was like the big brother that I never had in el-
ementary. We lost touch as he moved through high
school and college. It wasn’t until this summer that I
discovered he had joined AGR while in college. Need-
less to say it was nice to catch up with him and hear
about his experiences as a member of AGR
Cody was a part of the 2001 pledge class. After grad-
uation, he to work on the family farm where he con-
tinues to work today. Their operation consists of corn,
soybeans, wheat, cane, alfalfa and an Angus cow-calf
operation. Cody’s main responsibility lies in the cow-
calf portion of the operation. He hopes to one day in-
herit the farm and continue the tradition.
He found the fellowship of brotherhood and the many
friends that he made to be the most rewarding part of
his experience at the house.
Mentor Reports Cont’d
By Bo Fullner
I interviewed Dean Lindstrom, and he was very mod-
est and spoke of gratitude to be chosen for the Crescent.
Dean was initiated in 1952 graduated with a degree in
When asked about AGR, Dean spoke of his fellow
brothers and how helpful they were. He came out of
AGR with new friendships and can easily rattle off old
names of those in the house. One of the greatest advan-
tages of the house was the social life and getting to be
with other Ag students.
After his college career, he married his wife, Jan. He
moved to Kansas where he did construction for three
years. He then went to Holdrege, Neb., where he farmed
crops with his brother and parents for seven years. He
then traveled to Iowa where he spent 27 years of his
life in bank management. He and his wife had eight
He is now in Kearney, Neb., where he enjoys yard
work, golf, music and church activities. Dean said some
of his greatest challenges in his life have been raising a
family, working with Ag related loans and dealing with
the farm economy.
By Brenn Kai
Don was initiated into AGR in 1968. He is married to
his wife, Sharon, with four kids. They live happily on a
farm outside of Pender, Neb.
After college he went into the service. He then came
back to farm and has been doing that ever since. The
reward he gets from farming on his own is that he is
able to be his own boss. He also says that his wife never
complains. When asked how many acres he farms he
just replies by saying “enough to keep me busy”.
In high school he was one of the FFA members to get
a State Farmer Degree. He also played an active role in
then a Vice President.
One of the best things about being in AGR is the people
you meet and the friendships that are started. His only
regret is not staying in contact with many of them over
the years and not knowing where most of them are.
By Tim Rennau
After college, Doyle Hulme entered the Air Force
Doyle returned to Nebraska from California due to his
father’s heart problems. It was then when he began
helping on the farm.
In 1965, Doyle was hired on at the New Holland
plant in Grand Island, where he eventually became
general manager and retired in 1996.
Doyle’s family consists of two sons, Mike and Steve,
who were both Alpha Gamma Rho members, and one
daughter, Trisha, who is a teacher in Lincoln with a
master’s in Speech Pathology. Doyle met his wife,
Kay while they were in high school and started seeing
her as the result of an AGR social event. They will
have been married for 52 years this November
Among Doyle’s other accomplishments are holding
group to help organize Husker Harvest Days. Doyle
was also the recipient of this year’s Outstanding
By David Shestak
Wayne Hanson was initiated into Alpha Gamma Rho
in 1951. After Wayne graduated from the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln he enlisted into the Army for two
After the Army, Wayne settled down in Dorchester
where he farmed with his wife, Zelma. They have
been living there since 1954. Wayne and Zelma have
four children, Amy, Brenda, Marla and a son, Matt.
Matt helps Wayne farm more than 2,000 acres.
Wayne was a part of the Nebraska Farm Bureau As-
sociation for more than 30 years. He was also a part of
the Saline County Farm Bureau.
The biggest challenge for Wayne in his career has
on the farm and to farm with his son.
The best part of Alpha Gamma Rho for Wayne was
to see the freshmen develop into responsible leaders.
Crescent Publishing Service
This issue of the Kappa Chapter Crescent was published through
the Crescent Publishing Service (CPS). This is a special project
of the Alpha Gamma Rho Home Ofﬁce to assist chapters in im-
proving communications with alumni.
Chapters pay a small fee for the service below the actual pro-
duction cost to encourage regular contact. This project is made
possible by donations from alumni like you.
Please consider contributing.
Dear Kappa Alumni,
As Recruitment Chairs, we
would like to notify all alumni
about our plans for the summer.
This year’s recruitment will be
a very large project since we
have so many brothers graduat-
ing this spring.
We are very fortunate to have
received alumni donations this
year. As a result of the dona-
tions, we now have a new re-
cruitment brochure plus we are
able to have more opportunities to provide a great re-
We are planning several rush events across the state
and would enjoy seeing Alpha Gamma Rho alumni at
these functions. If you have any
recruitment prospects recom-
mendations, or if you would like
a copy of the brochure or have
any questions, please feel free to
call us at 308-390-2122 or 402-
We look forward to seeing any
alumni who can make it attend
any of the upcoming recruit-
Please help us recruit men of
the highest potential.
Scott Sorensen & Jamison Jensen
May 30 - Golﬁng/Trap shoot
June 13 - Boating at Wisner
June 27-Boating at Central city
July 11 - Boating at Johnson Lake
July 25 - Tanking in Middle Loup
River by Mullen
Upcoming Recruitment Events
The Kappa members recently held a State FFA Luncheon where
they served 400 FFA students as part of a recruitment effort.
Alumni News Wanted
The next issue of the Rho Chapter Crescent should be full of news about alumni brothers. Please send us your
updated contact information and the latest on your accomplishments (marriage, family, jobs, etc.) to: Kappa
Chapter Alpha Gamma Rho, Attn: Alumni Relations, 1430 Idylwild Dr. Lincoln, NE 68503.
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Please Mail to: Alpha Gamma Rho – Kappa Chapter,
Attn: Recruitment, 1430 Idylwild Dr. Lincoln, NE 68503
Please help us recruit the best of men. If you know someone who would make a good addition to our fraternity,
please let us know so we can contact him and enhance our brotherhood.
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