Homecoming 2013: Marietta Delts gather to celebrate 45 years and to honor Robert Ferguson

Chapter Adivsor Robert G. Ferguson '71, left, and Alice Virginia "Ginny" Ferguson, with House Corp. President Jon Hartshorn '89, holding a plaque from the Marietta Delt Alumni declaring Ferguson to be an alumnus of Epsilon Upsilon. The alumni also granted Mrs. Ferguson honorary membership in the House Corporation and the title of Epsilon Upsilon's Delta Queen.

Chapter Adivsor Robert G. Ferguson ’71, left, and Alice Virginia “Ginny” Ferguson, with House Corp. President Jon Hartshorn ’89, holding a plaque from the Marietta Delt Alumni declaring Ferguson to be an alumnus of Epsilon Upsilon. The alumni also granted Mrs. Ferguson honorary membership in the House Corporation and the title of Epsilon Upsilon’s Delta Queen.

Alumni and Undergraduate Marietta Delts gathered on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Marietta Shrine Club to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the installation of the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of the Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity at Marietta College.

The celebration served a second purpose: To pay tribute to Robert G. Ferguson ’71, a Marietta native and Delt from the Gamma Xi Chapter at the University of Cincinnati, who has served as chapter advisor for nearly 40 years.

On had to pay tribute to Ferguson was Delta Tau Delta Northern Division President Thomas Calhoon and Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity Second Vice President James Garboden, who was representing International President Travis Rockey, who is recovering from an illness.

Garboden presented Ferguson with a plaque from the International Fraternity for his service as the Marietta Delt chapter advisor.

Former Northern Division President Bruce Peterson and Tom Humes ’71, a Delt from Ferguson’s undergraduate years at Gamma Xi, paid tribute by video.

Jon Hartshorn ’89, president of the Crescent Colony of Marietta, Ohio Inc., better known as the House Corporation, presented Ferguson and wife Ginny with a plaque of a proclamation adopted by the Marietta Delt Alumni earlier in the day declaring Ferguson to also be an alumnus of Epsilon Upsilon. The Marietta Delt Alumni also made Ginny Ferguson an honorary member of the House Corporation and granted her the title of Epsilon Upsilon’s Delta Queen, for her lifetime.

The evening ended with a roast of Ferguson by Shawn Selby ’92, Andy Byers ’06, Matt Dole ’01 and Dan Moorman ’92. Greg Manko ’92 served as master of ceremonies for the banquet.

To read transcripts of the roast speeches, click here.

Before the tribute to Ferguson, Randy Williams ’73 presided over a ceremony of remembrance for Marietta Delts who are in Chapter Eternal.

The weekend’s events began on Thursday with a reception for Marietta Delt Alumni held at the Town House. On Friday, a reception for alumni took place at the American Legion. On Saturday morning, the House Corporation met. Major business included the above-mentioned resolution concerning the Fergusons, the unveiling of the new Alumni-Undergraduate Web site (MariettaDelts.org), the election of Shawn Selby ’92 as secretary, the formation of a committee to revise the bylaws and the appointment of Cory Medina ’03 as fundraising chairman.

There was no Homecoming Parade this year – a decision made by the college. The Chapter did not field a Homecoming King candidate, but last year’s Homecoming King, Vincent Hendershot ’13, crowned this year’s winner.

On Sunday, the Ritual was held and two new undergraduate Delts were welcomed into the Chapter. The weekend ended with the traditional Alumni-Undergraduate football game, with the alumni winning.