On a cold, rainy Saturday morning in Seattle, Washington, Beta-Psi alumnus Eric Mattoon (Beta-Psi, ‘83) was honored with a John G. Tower Distinguished Alumni Award, in appreciation of his love for Kappa Sigma and the success he’s enjoyed in both Kappa Sigma and his career. Around 50 Brothers listened as Worthy Grand Master, Justin Hansen (Xi-Beta, ’01), presented the award prior to the Husky homecoming football game on Saturday, October 19, 2019.
Eric has long served his Beta-Psi chapter and is known by many for his efforts to bring alumni brothers together, frequently in support of the undergraduates and the chapter. Since Beta-Psi’s recolonization in 2014, Eric has been a driving force in re-engaging alumni brothers through Chapter-led events and Husky Tailgates, which he organizes and leads. Eric attended Kappa Sigma’s 150th-anniversary celebration this past summer, along with his wife Michele, who is a great supporter of Kappa Sigma and also serves as a volunteer for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega.
After accepting the award, Brother Mattoon said, “My Kappa Sigma experience has provided me with lifetime friendships, many of whom I consider family.” Eric also spoke on the many lessons he learned while serving as GMC in the Chapter, “I learned how to organize meetings and the application of Roberts Rules of Order, a skillset which has come in handy in many different professional situations … I also learned how to deliver bad news, to remain self-disciplined and to successfully maneuver in a politically charged environment.”
Professionally, Eric worked for several years in the grocery merchandising industry, before earning his MCSE through Microsoft and moving over to the tech world. In May of 2019, Brother Mattoon graduated Magna Cum Laude with a second bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, University College with a degree in Computer Science, which he achieved in 2 years while working full time.
The John G. Tower Distinguished Alumni Award is named in honor of Senator John G. Tower, who served as a member of the Supreme Executive Committee for six years culminating in the office of Worthy Grand Master in 1971-1973. He also was the Kappa Sigma Fraternity Man of the Year for 1961. Brother Tower is legendary and served the great state of Texas as Senator and our country in several commissions in support of America’s Defense Department. He was truly one of Kappa Sigma’s great leaders.
Kappa Sigma is pleased to present this most prestigious award to Brother Eric Mattoon, who represents our Fraternity so very well.