Triangle Education Foundation Welcomes New Staff!

Triangle Education Foundation is pleased to announce Kate Planow as Director of Development. In this role, Planow will be responsible for donor engagement and development of gifts for the Triangle Fund, program endowments, and housing campaigns.

“We are excited to have Kate join our team.Her campus and Greek Headquarters experience will be a great asset and the addition of another front-line fundraiser will expand our capacity to support the growing financial needs of Triangle.”, said Triangle Education Foundation President Scott Bova, CFRE.

Planow comes to Triangle Education Foundation with a unique blend of both campus fraternity/sorority advising experience and organizational management. Most recently she was with Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity as their Event Manager, coordinating their national and regional events. Prior to that she ran the expansion and growth team for Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity; she was also the Assistant Executive Director of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority.Planow has also worked on a few university campuses, bringing in experience in residential life and fraternity and sorority affairs.

Kate is a graduate of University of Hartford where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and was a member of the Psi Beta chapter of Phi Mu.She earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling focused on student development from Central Connecticut State University.She is a national volunteer for Phi Mu in their Leadership & Curriculum Development department and is trained as and has a life, leadership and career coaching practice.Planow has facilitated at many leadership conferences, including two Herbert Scobie Leadership Schools.

Three Alumni Honored With the Distinguished Alumni Citation Award in Denver!

F. Dee Duncan ks64, Robert Hostetler pur62 and Denny Wellen ps70 were presented with the Distinguished Alumni Citation award at the Tour de Triangle in Denver on November 2, 2019.

Foundation Chairman, John Pritchard is82 and his wife Syndi hosted over 60 Triangle members and friends at their home on Saturday, November 2nd for an evening of brotherhood!

Brian Jarman pur01, Immediate Past National President, presented the awards to the deserving alumni and offered these thoughts on the recipients, "Triangle has a strong tradition of recruiting the best and brightest students to our chapters. After graduation, they go on to do amazing things to further the fields of engineering, science and architecture and these three gentlemen demonstrate the caliber of young men Triangle attracts for membership. I am honored to present these awards to three deserving alumni!"

Short bios of the award winners are as follows:

With a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University, Dee Duncan has extensive experience in the design, application and integration of proprietary multi-stream brazed aluminum heat exchanger (BAHX) technology to the processing of industrial gases, natural gas and LNG, petrochemicals and helium and hydrogen liquefaction and refrigeration. Initial cryogenic experience began with NASA-Huntsville designing the Saturn V 2nd stage liquid hydrogen tank insulation system. Technology integration includes BAHX kettles, “cold boxes” and internal tower reboilers. Subsequent experience with BAHX technology included developing “cold” plates for the RCA TV camera on the first lunar rover and upgrading the replacement U-235 compression after coolers for three national uranium enrichment facilities. Knowledge and experience of this proprietary technology lead to the founding and sole ownership of two corporations: Energy and Environmental Equipment, Inc. and Applied UA, Inc. Acknowledgements include life AICHE membership, three U.S. patents and a paper presented at the Snowbird Compact Heat Exchanger Conference. Retirement from day-to-day activities has resulted in clients worldwide seeking consulting services for major multi-billion dollar projects.

After completing his Purdue studies, Hostetler took a position with CTS Corporation, an Indiana-based manufacturer of electronic components and subsystems. He remained there until 1987, rising in his 22 years with the company from director of corporate planning to a six year tenure as president and CEO. When a corporate takeover left him without a job, he and his wife decided to explore life as entrepreneurs and start their own company. The result was the Choice TV Group, a series of 13 companies that developed wireless cable television, then a fledgling technology. The couple was successful at drawing investors, raising $5.5 million to build up the companies. Then, in 1993, they merged the Choice TV Group companies into American Telecasting Inc. As CEO, Hostetler led the company into high-speed data transmission, selling the company to Sprint Corporation in 1999.

Graduating from Penn State in 1972 with a degree in chemical engineering, Denny started his career as a project engineer for Badger, a Raytheon Subsidiary where he worked on Design and Construction of several petrochemical facilities in Argentina, Iran, Taiwan, and North American. Based out of offices in Cambridge and Houston. Wellen then moved to the Stearns Roger Division of United Engineers and Constructors, a Raytheon Subsidiary where he managed design and Construction of several Oil and Gas production facilities including ones located on the North Slope of Alaska and elsewhere in North America, in Algeria, in Siberia, and Kazakhstan. The one in Siberia was the first new oil field to export from Russia after the fall of the Iron Curtain. 2004 saw Wellen named to the Vice President and General Manager postion of the Denver office of Washington Group Inc, which had acquired Raytheon Engineers and Constructors. Managed a group of nearly 1000 professional employees working on design and construction of a variety of facilities. He was then promoted to Vice President of Oil and Gas for Washington Group Inc. and managed a $400 million per year engineering, construction, and maintenance business. Wellen retired from the Washington Group in 2011.

Kahlert Academic Recognition Awards Recognize Outstanding Chapter Scholarship

Four Triangle Fraternity chapters were recognized by the Triangle Education Foundation at the 2016 Herb Scobie Leadership School for outstanding scholastic achievement during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The following chapters each chapter received a cash award in recognition of their academic achievement.

Highest GPA:Georgia Tech $2000

2nd place:Kentucky $1000

3rd place: University of Michigan $500

Most improved GPA:Cal Poly Pomona $1500

The awards are made possible through the generosity of the Kahlert Family Foundation in memory of Bill Kahlert minn46.

For more information on the Kahlert Awards or the Triangle Education Foundation, please contact Scott Bova, CFRE, President of the Foundation at or 317.837.9641

Make Your Year End Gift With Appreciated Stock!

Did you know that you can make your year-end gift to the Triangle Education Foundation with appreciated stock?

This is one of the easiest and tax advantageous ways to donate- you can claim the full, fair market price of the stock and you avoid
paying the capital gains tax on the share growth!

If you are interested in making this type of gift to the Foundation, please give Amy Buchheit, CFRE, Senior Director of Development a call at 317-203-7759 / email her at to get more information or click here to download our form to give to your stock broker.

Don't forget to let us know that you've made your gift so that we can properly thank and acknowledge you for your donation!

As always, if you have any questions about your giving or the work we're doing, please contact Scott Bova, CFRE, President at or 317-837-9641.

Thank you for your support of Triangle!

CEF Grant Applications Are Now Open For Submission!

We are pleased to announce the grant application for the 2019 – 2020 school year is now open.

This year the Foundation is excited to have over $140,000 available to chapters to use to make Triangle’s Mission and Code of Ethics come alive. These funds are available because of the generosity of donors who continue to donate to grow the funds.

A Chapter Endowment Fund (CEF) is a very useful tool for chapters to help fund meaningful programs. Chapters are encouraged to spend time this fall planning their funds usage for the current school year. Remember to hold back funds to send people to the Leadership & Training Weekend in January. Please feel free to reach out to a Triangle staff person for any help with ideas and planning for the best use of your funds.

A couple of key pieces of information:

  1. Grant applications are open, and applications are accepted for the entire school year up to May 30, 2020.
  2. No funds can be expended or committed without an approved grant request.
  3. All are strongly encouraged to view the grant application instructions webinar and read the application instructions located HERE.
  4. You can complete the grant application by clicking HERE
  5. A complete listing of funds available by chapter can be found HERE. If you have any questions about your disbursement for this year, please contact me ASAP.
For those chapters not listed on the PDF in #5 above:
  1. If you are a young chapter (under 15 years since your original chartering) or a brand-new colony (never had a charter) you are eligible for the Young Chapter CEF program. Please reach out to Scott Bova at to discuss getting it set up for this year.
  2. If your chapter does not have a CEF or one that is fully funded, please contact Aaron Girson at to work on getting a CEF that is fully funded.
The Foundation looks forward to a great school year and is here to help you be successful. The Chapter Endowment Fund program provides resources for chapters to become healthy and successful on their campus.

If you have any questions please contact Scott Bova. We wish you the best as you begin the fall semester and look forward to seeing many of you in Indianapolis at the 2020 Leadership & Training Weekend in January.

Hear what our programs are teaching from your Triangle Brothers!

We know you're curious to hear what our attendees are learning at our national programs- so we went straight to the source! Below is undergraduate brother testimony from our Leadership Training Weekend as they were "in the thick of it" Please click on the video below to watch!

You Are Changing the World

You are remarkable! When you invest in your promising undergraduate brothers, you are making an investment far beyond our chapters. Thank you for giving back to Triangle. Please click on the video below to see how you are changing the world.

Three Brothers Join the Triangle Education Foundation Board of Directors

The Triangle Education Foundation is pleased to announce that Ryan Billups kan12, LtGen (Ret) Ted Bowlds miss72 and Jim Schier ky66 will join the Board of Directors effective July 1, 2016.

"We are thrilled to have these three distinguished Triangle brothers join the Foundation Board of Directors. Their professional accomplishments will round out the membership of the Board of Directors and bring fresh perspectives for stewardship of Foundation funds." said Scott Bova, CFRE, President of the Foundation.

Billups will serve a one year term as the Undergraduate Board Member. He is currently a sophomore at the University of Kansas majoring in political science with plans to attend law school at KU. He currently serves as chapter secretary and is on the finance committee for the KU Student Senate.

LtGen Bowlds starts his first term as a Board Member. He has over 35 years experience in the military aerospace industry and is the current President and CEO of Innovative Perspectives, LLC, a company that assists companies with strategic planning and government contract proposals.

Schier, President of Schier Construction in Houston, is the last member of the Board of Directors for the 2016 term. He has over 35 years in the construction management industry, specializing in water plant facilities. Schier will serve a three year term as a Foundation Board Member.

Triangle Education Foundation Raises $7,020,000 in most successul campaign in history!

The Triangle Education Foundation's Campaign for Triangle has surpassed its $6.5 million goal hitting $7,020,00 at the campaign’s July 22, 2017 conclusion. The extraordinary success of the Campaign grows the Foundation’s endowment expanding support of leadership, scholastic achievement and student aid programs.

“The generosity of alumni and friends of Triangle is truly humbling and is a credit to the values the Fraternity has instilled. I am especially excited about the broad base of support for the Campaign for Triangle with gifts from members spanning nine decades. The team effort by volunteers and Triangle staff made this resounding success possible”, said Foundation President Scott Bova, CFRE.

Since the Campaign began, annual program funding has increased from $150,000 to more than $300,000, as Campaign commitments are fulfilled program funding will continue to grow. Campaign gifts have enabled the launch of several new programs including the Larry & Judy Garatoni Building Better Men initiative, the Melissa & John Gargani Academic University, significant expansion of Triangle’s Chapter Endowment Fund program, a new partnership with First Robotics and the funding of a new Director of Leadership Programs position for Triangle.


The Campaign for Triangle built on the success of the 2001 – 2009 Formula for Success Campaign that raised $4,500,000. Due to the overwhelming response of alumni and friends of Triangle, the initial Campaign for Triangle goal of $5 million was increased to $6,500,000. In total, more than 450 donors contributed to the Campaign including numerous six and seven figure gifts. The $7,020,000 raised during Campaign for Triangle is the largest campaign in the Triangle Education Foundation’s history.

Triangle Education Foundation Immediate Past Chairman, Al Ver ar65 said, “The Campaign for Triangle has been an affirmation of our members’ commitment to the future success of our Fraternity. I am gratified by the generosity shown by all our donors, their gifts make the Triangle Education Foundation’s work possible. The Triangle Education Foundation is committed to supporting the educational needs of Triangle, its chapters, and our undergraduate brothers.”

The success of the Campaign for Triangle has been in tandem with a continued focus on annual giving; during the Campaign, annual unrestricted giving to the Triangle Education Foundation totaled $1,850,000. Since 2012 gifts to the Campaign and Triangle Fund totaled more than $8,500,000, making the past five years the most successful fundraising years in Triangle history.

Triangle Education Foundation to Award $10,000 in Scholarships to FIRST Alumni

The Triangle Education Foundation is pleased to announce that there are FOUR $2500 scholarships available to alumni of the FIRST Robotics Program!

Students of FIRST robotics as they seek continuing education in STEM areas. If you have any questions about the scholarship or application process, please email


  • Must be a current member of a FIRST Robotics team
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Must be a current high school senior, planning on attending an accredited 4-year US educational institution in the fall of 2020
  • Must intend to pursue a major/concentration relating to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics)

Applications are due May 31, 2020. Winners will be reviewed and selected by July 15, 2020, by which date the winners will be contacted via phone or email. The Triangle Education Foundation will award scholarships on the basis of holistic achievement and a demonstrated passion for STEM. Areas of the review will include academic accomplishments, community service & extracurricular activities, references, and a personal essay. Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

Preference will be given to students attending universities associated with a chapter of Triangle Fraternity.

Click here to apply

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