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October 25, 2001
Vol. 28, No. 12

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The politics of interpreting Islam

UT scholars: World events challenge journalism ethics

Archer Fellows serve in Washington, D.C.

ExxonMobil gives $158,500

UT staffer gives $700,00 for scholarships

UT team seeks to save Ukraine historic site

Inaugural D. Harrington Symposium Nov. 2

Longhorn Halloween Oct. 28

Dr. Laura Flawn dies in collision

UT's bell ringer making music for nearly 50 years

Professor Jaime Delgado dies

UT grad students empowered in wake of Sept. 11 tragedy

UT researchers discover wood pulp replacement

UT engineers unlock defense body's protectve systems

New process detects cancer's ability to spread

Dr. Wood leads team in $80 million quake study

Undergrad biomedical engineering program created

FACTS brochures available

Faculty Council

News Briefs

Arete

Hearts of TX Campaign ends Oct. 31

UT book de-mystifies directing

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The 'Treasury' Bonds of Brotherhood: University of Texas at Austin staffer gives $700,000 for fraternity scholarships

University staff member Arthur Rauch decided it was time to put his money where his mouth is. Rauch, a longtime counselor and learning specialist at the UT Learning Center, has made a bequest to the university that will create a $700,000 scholarship endowment for members of Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity he has served as campus adviser for more than 20 years.

Rauch’s ties to the fraternity go back a half-century to his own college experience at the University of Missouri. In 1952, he pledged Phi Kappa Psi, a move he says dramatically altered his college experience and his life.

the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity
Photo by Marsha Miller
The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity will benefit from scholarships made possible by a $700,000 gift from the fraternity's academic adviser Arthur Rauch (front row, kneeling).

"I didn’t have a close family," he said. "But after I pledged Phi Psi at Missouri, I immediately felt a sense of belonging and support."

Now nearing his 23rd year with the university, Rauch remains sold on fraternities’ and sororities’ value to students and to the communities in which they live. In his case, he said joining Phi Psi not only enlarged his circle of friends, it thrust him into a world of volunteerism and public service he might not have entered on his own.

He and his fraternity brothers cleaned up parks, put on events for orphans and visited nursing home residents in Columbia, home of the University of Missouri.

"Everything we did helped the university and the community," Rauch said. "To me, that became a very important part of the experience."

He acknowledges that fraternities get their share of bad press, and laments that it can often overshadow the good the organizations do. Many people do not realize, he said, that the university's Greeks have taken on some important projects — such as Phi Psi’s complete renovation of the playgrounds of the UT Child Care Center and its volunteer efforts at the Children’s Hospital of Austin.

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Rauch finds great satisfaction in his role as the fraternity’s academic adviser, which includes helping the pledges hone their study skills and set goals. The university's Phi Psi chapter president Bryan Dahlberg said Rauch’s emphasis on scholastic achievement has a positive effect on academic performance in the fraternity.

"He hounds us, and we listen to him," Dahlberg said. "This gift he’s making is extraordinary, and very unexpected, considering how much time he has already given Phi Psi over the years."

The endowment will generate a number of scholarships for UT Phi Kappa Psi members each year. The awards will cover tuition and books and include a stipend beginning at $1,500 per semester. Qualifying students, in addition to being members of the fraternity, will need a GPA of at least 3.2 and a record of service to the university, the fraternity and the community.

Rauch said he hopes his donation will provide an incentive for students in terms of qualifying for the scholarships, and that it also will serve as a catalyst for other alumni to make Greek-related scholarship gifts.

"There are a lot of people working on campus, as well as UT alumni, who are associated with a fraternity or sorority," he said. "Through their gifts, they can support education and celebrate the spirit of brotherhood or sisterhood that these organizations give us."

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