Curt Ward ’88

Thank you to Curt Ward ’88 for participating in this Q&A

Why did you join Fiji as an undergraduate?  My two older brothers were FIJIs and I had grown up seeing the fun and great friends they made.  

What is the funniest memory from your Fiji days?  My mind is a catalog of funny memories.  There are too many to choose from, but one that sticks is out is the time we hosted a mock wedding for a party our senior year.

What is the single fondest memory you have shared/will share with your children and grandchildren?
  The acceptance that the Purdue FIJIs gave me when I transferred there from DePauw FIJI house my junior year.  I was invited into the chapter and accepted into my pledge class, even though I went through pledgeship at DePauw.

How do you stay connected with your brothers as a graduate?
  Every year we have a pledge class reunion during the first weekend in March and we also get together for football game tailgates and keep in contact via email and phone.

Have you visited Purdue since graduation?
I visit at least once a year.  It is great to get to a football and basketball game and stop by the house as well as checking in at Pig Dinner.

What about your membership in Fiji makes you the most proud?  "Not for college days alone." This is a group of men that live that phrase out in their lives.
How would your life be different today if you had never joined Fiji?  Wow...wouldn't venture a guess.  My life is what it is and it is richer because I joined FIJI.

Where has life taken you since graduation? My life has been quite a journey since graduation. I am very blessed.  Right now, I am the program director for the St Vincent Family Medicine Residency in Indianapolis, IN.  Who'da thunk it?  

Who do you stay connected with in your graduate years? Are there any brothers you've lost touch with whom you'd like to reconnect?
  There are some that I stay in contact with more than others.  Ultimately, I wish I would connect better with all of them

What is the best thing about your graduate experience? 
Being encouraged by the good work the fraternity is doing in supporting and developing the new young brothers.  Connecting with other alumni to relive old memories and make new ones.

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William G. Hanley '60

Purdue’s Hanley Hall Named After Lambda Iota Graduate and Wife

William G. Hanley and his wife Sally will have a building named for them on the Purdue campus. The $11.5 million building, will serve the academic needs of the growing College of Consumer and Family Sciences. The Bill and Sally Hanley Hall will house programs focused on early childhood education, child development, aging and family research with a focus on military families.

The couple contributed $3 million to the project.

"A high quality of life through all of life's stages is perhaps the greatest gift we could hope to contribute toward," Sally said.

"This building presented the perfect opportunity for us to extend our giving at Purdue," Bill Hanley added, according to a Purdue University press release. "Sally and her twin sister, Sue Berner Eibel, had a playschool at the family home during their college summers. Sally taught first and second grades. She also believes firmly in spending time with and supporting older people. Sally has volunteered with Mobile Meals both as a coordinator and driver."

The Hanleys received a silver shovel with their names engraved at the building’s pre-construction celebration in October.

“We want to give back to the communities and institutions that made us who we are,” said Bill. “Boiler up!”

Read more about William and Sally Hanley's contribution in the Purdue Exponent!

Don Albert '55

Don Albert '55 Inducted into Purdue Hall of Fame

Coming to Purdue from Alliance, Ohio, Albert won four letters in golf (1952-55), serving as captain of the undefeated 1955 squad. In his career, teams went 58-13 in duals and 36-4 in invitationals. Purdue was third in the 1952 NCAA championships and won the Big Ten Title in 1953 and 1955. He won the 1953 and 1954 Big Ten individual championship, becoming Purdue’s second All-American golfer. He played in the 1953 U.S. Open and many PGA events. He won military tournaments and many club, district, and state titles, and is in the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Appeared in the Purdue Alumnus magazine.

Read more about Don Albert from the Purdue Exponent!

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