Michigan (Beta Lambda) gets a facelift!
After re-chartering in 2014, the newly initiated men and Michigan (Beta Lambda) alumni were glad to be able to call the facility on Cambridge St home again. The 2014-2015 academic year was the first year an ATO Chapter had inhabited the facility in almost 10 years!
This summer, the 87 year old facility received a bit of a facelift with new windows. This upgrade was necessary as a way to improve the look and feel of the home, provide energy efficiency, and an overall safer environment for the chapter members that live there.
The former chapter room has been redeveloped as a Multi Media Chapter Educational Room was funded by the Beta Lambda Alumni Association through contributions to the ATO Foundation. Some of the major improvements were a complete install of new oak panels along the walls along with upgraded wifi service for the members in the space and lower level of the facility. This room is an important symbol of brotherhood and pride for the chapter; and its evolution from a room which was focused on drinking (a “speakeasy” during prohibition), to a room focused on education and leadership is significant and one the chapter alumni and undergraduates are proud of. BOT Chairman, Wayne Gray (’75), had this to say about the updated chapter room; “It will reinforce our commitment to education and leadership, engender pride and brotherhood, and serve to remind us that when we work together we can accomplish great things. The renovated room, like the whole House – especially the Great Hall, reminds us of the brothers that have gone before us, the contributions they have made to our fraternity and the outstanding accomplishments many have achieved personally and professionally, in part due to their development as a member of ATO.”
Lastly, last spring a pool table was donated by Beta Lambda member Rory Haas (’16) and it was just installed along with newly finished wood floor in the parlor on the first floor thanks to the Beta Lambda Alumni Association.