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April 2013

Dear Brothers,

Our Zen garden pruning has been moved to October.

Our two coordinating Alpha Tau Gamma Brothers for the use of our pro-bono horticulture skills at the Tenshin-En garden at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston have moved our date to October.

On Tuesday, Marc C. Hansen ’97 and Nathan T. Cenis ’05 were in contact with Karen Haley, MFA manager of buildings and grounds. Her mother has died and she will be away from the museum for the rest of the week. Our ATG men felt it was prudent that we not attempt to prune without the presence of Haley to give her blessing on our work.

We are professional horticulturists. However, we are not experts in the traditions of pruning to enhance the meditation of Zen Buddhism. We look to the trained advice, guidance and counsel of Julie Moir-Messervy, who made five pro-bono trips from Vermont to meet with ATG representatives. She came for two planning meetings of November 20, 2011 and January 13,2012 followed by three working events on January 28, April 21 and December 1,2012.

We were also pleased that Shinichiro Abe of Japan and Woburn stayed with us for a few hours on December 1 and treated us to a brief tutorial on Zen. We were anticipating another this Saturday, April 6.

Hopefully, we shall have a full team on October 6 or 13, 2013.
Fraternally, Jim
James Edward Mulcahy ’60, ATG advisor (401)369-2016 jimemul@earthlink.net


March 2013

University of Massachusetts fraternities and sororities offer to clean up streets after weekend partying
Daily Hampshire Gazette, by Scott Merzbach staff writer, Wednesday, March 27, 2013
(Published in print: Saturday, March 30, 2013)

AMHERST — When residents of neighborhoods between the University of Massachusetts campus and downtown wake up on Sunday mornings, they often find remnants of the previous night’s partying — empty beer bottles, discarded pizza boxes and other trash strewn along the streets.
But some members of the university’s 40 sororities and fraternities are taking it upon themselves next month to cleanup after their classmates to mend fences with fed-up townspeople. (read complete article)


February 2013

ATG Brothers Ethan D'Angelo '11 & Ryan McGillivray '10 as recipients of the Verbeck Outstanding Senior Award at subsequent SSA graduations


October 2012

October 21, 2012   ATG seniors, class of 2013: Ted Smiarowski, Alex Cembalisty & John Waters at first ATG pumpkin festival on front steps of Stockbridge Hall.  Cembalisty produced this fund raiser to help fund the ATG, Inc. $2,500 + in academic scholarships begun in the 2011-2012 school year.  


August 2012

With the school year on the horizon, the brothers living at 118 Sunset Ave., have been busy preparing the interior and exterior of the property. The entire interior walls have been repainted and the hardwood floors are set to be resurfaced this week. The landscaping is constantly changing and being updated. A sustainable garden supplies fresh crops to the house and a new outdoor kitchen is under construction to be added to the outdoor pizza oven built by Ryan McGillivray this past year.

Alpha Tau Gamma brothers, Jordan Borges, Joshua Lima, Michael Carbone, and Ryan McGillivray recently volunteered for the UMass Amherst Landscape Management Department assembling a new greenhouse building. The building will supply the campus with the seasonal annuals and perennials seen throughout the university grounds.




• Homecoming Attractions

When: Saturday, October 17th

Parade begins at Dallas Hall, proceeds to University Drive before turning onto Amity Street and then to North Pleasant -going through the center of Amherst. Finally parade will travel down Mass Ave. and end at McGuirk Stadium.
Be sure to see the ATG float!

Minute Fan Way
Family fun outside McGuirk Stadium, includes
Corn maze Rock Climbing wall Craft Tent
Mechanical Bull Face-painting Photo Booth
Mini Golf Video Game Truck inflatables

Take a tour of the new Paige Laboratory with students, faculty, and alumni. After the tour, enjoy a luncheon ($25), and relax with local music.
Our very own Willie Crosby '10, will give an enlightening talk about growing mushrooms. See more about Will Crosby at Willie's Fungi Ally www.fungially.com
After the luncheon, free shuttle buses are available to and from Paige Hall to McGuirk Stadium.
If you do not wish to attend game, you may join student farmers for a tour of the Agricultural Learning Center, just north of campus.

Tour Hadley Farm at 111 North Maple Street, Hadley MA. No cost to attend.


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