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Spring P&G Preview

Tuesday, April 08, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Teri Sloan
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The spring issue of The Purple and Gold will mail out soon, but before it comes to your mailbox here is a preview of what you will see. In addition to the major articles highlighted below, the issue also includes recaps of the 2014 Mid-Year Leadership Retreat and Rowe Regional Leadership Conferences, information about the Trust's newest and largest annual scholarship, and profiles on the first-ever Program for Excellence Grant-winning Alphas.

If you have not been receiving your issues of the P&G, we may have an outdated address for you. Please take some time before April 20 to update your address and ensure that you continue to receive the P&G and other Chi Psi materials.

Tony Townley, AΔ '81, and the "Great Things Going on" at Zaxby's

Twenty-four years after Tony Townley, AΔ ’81, maxed out his credit cards to open his first chicken restaurant, an entrepreneur’s risk has become a businessman’s dream. 

Zaxby’s, the company Townley co-founded and still co-owns, passed $1 billion in annual sales last fall. Its 600th store opened this year in Washington, N.C. The Georgia-based chain has started expanding west of the Mississippi River, with a store opening recently in Ogden, Utah, and plans to get into Oklahoma by the end of the year.

And there’s no end in sight. Townley, Zaxby’s executive vice president, says he and co-owner Zach McLeroy have no plans to sell and no interest in slowing down. Asked if the company has a growth target in mind, such as 1,000 stores, Townley says: “We don’t necessarily set a goal of having a certain number of stores. We’ve always been focused on the product.

“We probably will hit 1,000 stores eventually. But it’s about serving the customer, growing smart and taking care of the things that need attention.”

Nate Winters, M
Δ '15, Uses Personal Struggles to Give Back

At the age of only 21, Mu Delta Brother Nate Winters ’15 has already had more life experience than most twice his age. He has been the subject of an ESPN documentary, received communion from Pope Benedict XVI, become the third-ever high school student to earn the National Consortium for Academics and Sports’ Giant Steps Award, and been called a hero by some of the greatest legends in sports.

In 2008, the then high school freshman was living the high life. As a freshman, he had already pitched 33 innings for Winter Park High School’s 6A varsity baseball team and was on track to fulfill his lifelong dream to play professional baseball. Nate’s father is the owner of the Brevard County Manatees baseball club, a minor league Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, so Nate grew up with a great love of the sport.

But on August 5, 2008, Nate wasn’t sure he would ever play again.

Spotlight Under 30 - Call for Nominations!

Do you know a Chi Psi under 30 who has demonstrated excellence in his career? Do you know a young Brother who is already making an impact on his community?

In our fall 2014 issue, Chi Psi will recognize these Brothers and their impressive accomplishments, shining light on Chi Psi’s most promising young Brothers. Honorees will include both undergraduates and young alumni who have already made significant contributions to their career fields or communities and those who demonstrate great potential for doing so.

Nominate your candidate or yourself by August 1, 2014.
Fill out the online nomination form at or contact Teri Sloan at 615-736-2520. Candidates will be contacted, and those chosen will be featured in the fall issue of The Purple and Gold.

For more information, please visit


Report of the #23

In preparation for the Spring 2014 issue of The Purple and Gold, I began writing a piece on Chi Psi today as compared to ten years ago.  The differences are stark in many ways, yet the value of the experience remains strong.  Thanks to the efforts of our undergraduates, stalwart volunteers, and dedicated and skilled staff, Chi Psi in 2014 is a growing organization with an experience sought-after by young men on our host campuses and schools new to the Fraternity. 

However, I decided to take a different approach following the myriad of articles and stories about fraternity life, which have been published in the last few months.  In particular, the cover story from the March issue of The Atlantic has brought much attention to fraternity life.  I asked a few Brothers to share their thoughts with me about the story, and I share one of them here.  The words that follow were written by Brad Beskin, S `05, who served as a member of the Central Office – and my right-hand man – for eight years.  Ever one to challenge us to be better Chi Psis, I share Brad’s excellent analysis with you and express my appreciation to him for his continuing (now volunteer) work for the Fraternity and Educational Trust.

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