Frater Sodalis is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with a $75,000 scholarship fund in honor of a club sponsor.
The club was founded in 1943 and is the longest continuously standing men’s social club on campus that has never been banned nor suspended.
This year’s theme is ‘75th’ in honor of the 75th anniversary. Frats welcomed 35 sophomores and juniors to their brotherhood this year.
“This is a really exciting time for Frats in general,” said vice president Garret Mayes, a junior accounting major from Willis. “We have such a huge class, and it is the seventy-fifth year, and I’m so glad that I am a part of it.”
Tim Yandell has been the Frater Sodalis sponsor for the past 25 years. Yandell pledged Frater Sodalis in the spring of 1983 and later served as Brat dad.
Some alumni from Frater Sodalis started a scholarship fund in honor of Yandell and his service to the Frats.
“I pledged in 1992, and I have been friends with Tim for over 20 years,” said Tyler Sparks (’96), Frater Sodalis alumnus. “Several guys look up to him as a mentor and a friend.”
Yandell has made his mark on campus, whether it came to raising funds for the renovation of the Larry “Satch” Sanders Intramural Fields in 2004, to being an inspiring mentor to Frats.
“Tim came back and has given 25 years of his time to meet these gentlemen – to be a mentor to them, and a friend,” said Ken Smalling (’89), Frater Sodalis alumnus. “Tim’s involvement in these men’s lives are incredible. Tim has a heart of servant leadership that you don’t see in a lot of people.”
At the annual Homecoming breakfast Saturday, the club celebrated raising $75,000 in honor of its 75th anniversary on campus. The scholarship fund is available for one member that must be an active club member who is a junior or senior with a certain GPA.
“We are extremely excited for the opportunity to honor Tim for his many years of leadership and service to Frater Sodalis,” said Steve Reynolds (’98). “Tim has been a great friend and mentor to so many of us and I can’t think of a better way to show our appreciation. The Tim Yandell, Frater Sodalis Endowed Scholarship is the first of its kind for an ACU social club and just like Tim, it will support Frater Sodalis for years to come. We are grateful to all of the Frater Sodalis alumni who contributed to make it a reality.”