Alumni of RU’s Delta Chi and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternities are honoring the memories of their brothers.
In November, members of Delta Chi made a gift to the “Seat of Honor” campaign for the Douglas and Beatrice Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Their purchase was made in memory of Jon Cain Capps ’97, one of the chapter’s founding fathers. A plaque bearing his name was placed on a seat in the performance hall as a permanent tribute to the legacy he left at Radford.
Todd Barrish ’98, another Delta Chi founder, says Capps was “an inspiration to us. He was smart and feisty, and he was instrumental in getting us organized.” The RU chapter earned its charter in 1997, less than three years after the founders began their efforts.
Barrish, executive vice president and general manager of Dukas Public Relations in New York City, was at work one day this fall when “out of the blue, someone sent me an email about the seat-naming campaign, and I thought, ‘I wonder if some of the guys ….’ It was the same day that one of the banks crashed,” he says, but he e-mailed a few brothers and immediately received replies of “I’m in,” and those brothers forwarded the message to others. “A thousand dollars is not a small amount to raise, and we did it in about 10 minutes,” says Barrish. “Then people wanted to come down and see the plaque, so a group of us went to Radford to tour the Covington Center and get a picture to send to Jon’s mom.”
All of which speaks volumes about Jon Capps. “He was really close to his mom and to his fraternity brothers,” says Barrish. “He was a proud, strong guy who wanted to leave a legacy on the RU campus -- and he did. Delta Chi has been going strong since 1994.”
In October, alumni from Tau Kappa Epsilon purchased six seat plaques, the most thus far by any group or individual.
Chad Eaton '88 rallied TKE alumni and received an overwhelming response. Over the course of six days, 70 people from the chapter's 400 alumni contributed $5,600. The total was more than enough to purchase the six plaques, which will be used to honor six deceased TKE brothers.
"It has been amazing how people have responded to this, particularly in these difficult financial times," Eaton said.
The seat-naming campaign provides donors the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in the Performance Hall of the Covington Center, which opened with a gala on Saturday, Nov. 15.
To learn more about the Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts Seat-Naming Campaign, visit the web site or contact Elizabeth Ton at (540) 831-6117 or email@example.com.
Friends and Delta Chi brothers of Jon Cain Capps. In front, Shawn Whitacre (left) and Mike Clevenger (right). Standing (left to right): Erika Phillips, Todd Barrish, Jason 'Block' Allanson, Paul Alexander, Stuart Bowman, Leno Phillips and Dallas Gotschall.