Alpha Tau Omega Plans Move to Union Avenue

October 10, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union’s Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity will soon join other representatives of the Greek community as the chapter’s home relocates to Union Avenue.

The current ATO house, located on campus, was built in 1919 and is in need of a number of costly repairs, according to Blaine Lewis, director of the Physical Plant at Mount Union.

In an effort to provide the chapter with a modernized facility, ATO will move to a new home on Union Avenue, which is currently in the first stages of construction. The new facility is expected to be completed by July 2013 and the current house is slated to be torn down sometime soon thereafter.

“We are excited to be able to bring the ATO chapter to Union Avenue, and we look forward to the new opportunities this beautiful new home will provide for ATO,” Lewis said. “We believe this new facility will enhance the look of Union Avenue and provide a quality facility for members of the chapter for generations to come.”

The new two-story home will be located between the Sigma Nu house and the Dussel House on Union Avenue. The home will have 17 bedrooms and a housing capacity of 25. Additionally, the home will feature a full basement, a large social gathering area called the “Raider Room,” a full kitchen with a breakfast bar, an outdoor covered porch and a second-floor kitchenette.

In addition to Sigma Nu, ATO will also join Phi Kappa Tau and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternities in the Union Avenue corridor.

“We think this will help provide some Greek unity and give these young men a chance to spend time with each other and form new relationships,” said ATO chapter advisor Doug Peterman ‘02. 

Mount Union ATO chapter president Austen Hutton, a senior exercise science major of Salem, OH, said the new house will assist the chapter as it continues on a path to success. For the past several years, the fraternity has received the True Merit Award, a national recognition based on community service, philanthropy, new member recruitment, member retention and member GPA.

 “The past three years have been milestone years for the chapter,” Hutton said. “The house represents a fresh start in a positive direction that we’re heading in.”

In an effort to bring traditions from the chapter to the new location, Peterman said the chapter will take the 1919 cornerstone from the current house to the new home, along with the maltese cross on the west side of the house. In addition, bricks from the walkway that were purchased by members will be incorporated into a walkway at the new home.

“We have a good, rich tradition and history, and that will be carried over to the new house,” Peterman said.

Hutton noted that the chapter room in the new house will be dedicated to the late Carl Orwick ’42, a long-time ATO advisor and supporter of Mount Union.

“This will represent the hard work that Carl put in and the hard work we’ve been putting in the last few years and will serve as a reminder that we have to keep improving,” Hutton said.

Peterman said the new house will aid the chapter in recruiting new members.

“We’re going to build an outstanding facility that will rival some of the better fraternity houses in the country,” Peterman said. “With the University’s knowledge and ideas on the design combined with our own ideas, I think we’ve hit all the important aspects and we’re really going to cater to the next generation that walks through the halls.”

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