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Gamma Iota Chapter Sets Health and Safety Guidelines for the Fall with Capital Campaign End in Sight

As the developing crisis of COVID-19 impacts the health and daily routines of billions of people worldwide, we are all being challenged in ways we haven’t been before. First and foremost, Gamma Iota Chapter wishes good health to all brothers and wants to remind you of the strong support system you have in our great brotherhood.

Health and Safety Policies at Gamma Iota
Due to the concerns of COVID-19, the Shelter will follow the University’s policy and require masks be worn on the premises in public areas. Masks will not be required for certain activities such as eating or playing basketball outside. Dinners will be served on disposable plates, and active members will be encouraged to take their meals home to eat them. However, the dining area will hold 50% capacity to allow actives to eat in the house if they would like.

Safe social gatherings will take place in accordance with what state and city governments and local businesses allow us to do. With external help, we hope to create some experiences that will give our members social programming that emphasizes health. Our collegians had a tough task at hand with preparing Gamma Iota for the fall. Meanwhile, it’s hard for us as alumni to plan ahead for the next week, day, or even hour to support our families while life as we know it seems to constantly change.

Alumni Database – Mentoring, Internships, Career Opportunities
In addition to our new health and safety guidelines, Gamma Iota will begin offering a new, opt-in alumni database. This new database will list occupations along with email addresses of alumni for active members to utilize for potential mentoring, internships, or career opportunities. Our alumni relations chairman will be the only member who has control over the database to ensure your information is kept safe. Please send your relevant information to Keaton Cruzcosa ’22 at keatoncruzcosa@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

The Shelter Project and Campaign
The adjacent property to the Shelter will be demolished this fall, and we have been working with the City of Austin to acquire all necessary permits for demolition and construction. This has unfortunately been a very slow process, but we do have the permit to demolish the adjacent property along with the approval from the neighborhood homeowner’s association for our project plans. With things moving forward, it’s more important than ever to get on board with a pledge or donation to help us reach our goal.

Thanks to the many generous alumni who have significantly increased, or even doubled, their pledge in recent months, we have raised over $8.75 million toward the Texas Delts: Continuing the Tradition campaign. This puts us less than $750,000 to the campaign’s $9.5 million goal. However, if we are to meet this goal by the end of 2020, we will need your help. Please consider increasing your pledge or making a donation if you haven’t yet. Your unselfish actions will help lead Gamma Iota forward for generations to come!

Fraternally,
Bill McMeans ’80
Campaign Chairman
(512) 261-5734
bmcmeans@austin.rr.com

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