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April 2, 2014

Kovner Banquet 2014


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Highlights from this year's banquet on March 21, 2014

New Emcee, Donny "Boss" Hoegg, welcomes the unattentive

For those of you who missed last year’s banquet or were too drunk to remember, we elected a new president of the alumni association, Donny "Boss" Hoegg. As a part of his official duties, Donny made a valiant effort to keep the brothers' attention, but in spite of his best material... let's just say he's no E. F. Hutton.

Remembering Scott Campbell '01

Scott Campbell ’01, or Scotty Balls as brothers knew him, passed into the Chapter Eternal last May. A number of his classmates gathered to honor his memory at Kovner, including Chris Laskey '97, Ray Lerro '97, Todd Smith '98, Vasili Barbounis '99, Tony Gibilante '99, Jay Jaitley '00, Jeff DiBlasi '01, Chris Hopkins '01, Jim Montgomery '01, Ryan Cassidy '02, Jake Freeman '02, Jay Carrington '03, Steve Breslin '04 and Andrew Haas '04.

Alumni give undergrads a free ride

We all remember the penniless existence of our college years, digging through couch cushions for beer money – in fact, for some of us, not much has changed. At any rate, thanks to the generous donations of Marv Welsch ‘49, Bob Yeager ‘68, Joe Costy ’77, Chris Cataldi ‘96, Kevin Mickelber '96, and a small stipend from the alumni association, the undergrads attended the event for free!

Well traveled brothers

A few brothers logged a lot of miles to make their way to this year's event. Todd Smith '98 flew in from San Diego to join the brothers remembering Scott Campbell. Joe Costy '77 drove up from North Carolina for his eighth consecutive year for a reunion with those 70s guys. And David Silver '64, came all the way from Kentucky to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his graduation.

Undergraduate awards

Congratulations to the 2014 undergraduate award winners:

  • Athletic Achievement - Bob Pallante
  • Jerome R. Balka - Dylan McKay
  • Shawn J. Battle Spirit - Eric White
  • Alfred L. Kovner Memorial - Jesse Monoksi
The Story of Alfred Kovner: Brother in Arms

Before presenting the final award of the evening, Shawn Mahoney '92 shared the military history of Kovner that he had researched over the past several years.

Shawn's speech concluded, "Kovner was a lot more than a quote. He was an example of what we strive to be as brothers. He never returned home, but his strength, courage, and convictions live on through Pi Lambda Phi. And this is why we honor his memory."

Kovner 2015 — keep the tradition alive

More than 90 brothers and undergrads came to catch up, meet the undergrads, and celebrate this one-of-a-kind tradition this year. If you missed it, plan to attend in 2015 with a bunch of your classmates! Every year missed is a lost opportunity to catch up with old friends, and remind the active brotherhood of how great we thought we were.

Photo Gallery

See the Kovner Banquet in all it's full color, two-dimensional glory! Photos are now available on Flickr, where you can view, comment, share and download full-sized images.

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Page Updated: 4/2/2014