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Omegalite JULY 2012


Calling all alumni!

Join us for Omega’s 90th birthday party as we “Recognize the Past, Position for the Future.” The milestone anniversary celebration will be held alongside the Oct. 13 Purdue homecoming. Along with events at the chapter house during the day, we will have a 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. buffet meal in the Purdue Memorial Union’s West Faculty Lounge. Reservations for the informal banquet are due by Oct. 1. The cost is $40 per person. Seating is limited to 200, so act soon. Those wishing to attend the noon, Oct. 13 football game (Purdue vs. Wisconsin) may purchase tickets ( $ 5 0 / e a ch) through the housing corporation, but the deadline is Sept. 1 for those wishing to sit in the Pi Kappa Phi block . Payments for the banquet should be sent to: Omega of Pi Kappa Phi PO Box 2700 West Lafay e t t e, IN 47906 We will also be conducting a fundraising drive alongside the celebration. The housing corporation has identified several giving options. 1. Kitchen Improvements. Install walk-in freezer and storage areas. Fund-raising goal: $25,000. 2. CIF Investment. Tax deductible donations to Omega’s education fund available through the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation. Fund-raising goal: $ 10,000. 3. Building Fund: Support future major renovations. Fundraising goal: $10,000. See enclosed brochure for more information about gift opportunities.

Lt. Troy Harris, investigations commander for the West Lafayette Police Dept., speaks at a press conference in 2001 alongside the chief.

Omegas serve and protect

Many undergraduates spend their time avoiding law enforcement, but some chapter alumni embrace it as a career. At least four Omega alumni careers are on the badge side of things nowa d ay s. Troy Harris (Omega 1375) finds similiarities between being a fraternity member and a police officer. “They both promote and foster brotherhood,” Harris said. He said fraternities exist, in part, to protect each other. “Both are a way of life, not just a club or a job,” he said. “I truly believe that anyone who has not been a member of a fraternity will never understand what its culture is about, the same goes with a career in law enforcement.” While an undergraduate living in the fraternity house, Harris started his career as a State Excise Police Officer. Excise is a division of the state’s Alcohol & Tobacco Commission and enforces alcohol consumption law s. He would work on campuses away from Purdue on

special event weekends. After graduating with a degree in law and society, he joined the ranks of the West Lafayette Police Department as a patrol officer. H e ’s moved up the ranks from sergeant of patrol to sergeant of investigations to his current role as lieutenant of investigations. He also commands the city’s narcotics unit and oversees officer professional standards. “This work is rewarding when you h ave an impact on a person’s life, particularly with a child, “he said. “It's always great to hear from them or a parent that I had something to do with turning their life around in some capacity. And secondly what I find valuable is a simple ‘thank you’ or acknowledgement for the type of work we do on a daily basis.” Harris’ empathy comes from his own childhood. Until he was 10, he lived in government-subsidized housing with a brother and his mother in a single-parent home in Huntington, IN. Continued on Page 2

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JULY 2012 “We always seemed to be surrounded by despair and people of low character,” he said. “I remember witnessing thefts, fights, alcohol and drug abuse and thinking I might be able to do something about it.” He credits his mother with helping him break away from that lifestyle. “She was able to instill a well-developed sense of values, a strong sense of moral right and wrong,” he said. “She was alway s encouraging us to do our best and think of others before ourselves.” Similarly, Joe Soeka (Omega 1665) said making a difference in his community and getting drugs off the street motivates him. He’s an Alaska State Police Officer for the Anchorage International Police and Fi r e Department. “I love that my job is different every day,” Soeka said. “Anchorage is a great city in which to live and work. We have tourism and small cultural communities so I get to constantly interact and meet different peop l e. “I find it most rewarding when I have the ability to work on a case that makes a noticeable difference to my community, s u ch as taking a large amount of drugs off the streets.” Soeka earned an undergraduate degree in law and society. He also has a certification in forensic science from Purdue. Soeka specializes in collecting, handling and examining evidence seized by fellow officers. H e ’s also a certified aircraft firefighter and is part of response team for international, private and commercial aircraft incidents. Like Harris, he said the brotherhood in the fraternity and on the police force are similar. “Police work presents you opportunities for leadership, training, and expresses the importance of providing a service to your community,” he said. “Pi Kappa Phi provided so many opportunities to become involved in philanthropic events, and it stressed the importance of giving back to society.” The path is somewhat different for Chad Johnson (Omega 1280), but the motivation is pretty much the same. He majored in exercise and fitness when he was an undergraduate with hopes of becomming an athletic trainer. Instead, inspired by his great-grandfather, who served in World War I, and his father who is a Vietnam veteran, Johnson turned to serving his county. While still attending


Joe Soeka, an Alaska State Police Officer, poses with actor Nick Cage. Purdue as an undergraduate in 1991, Johnson joined the Army National Guard. “I remember wearing my father’s uniform from his time in the A r m y,” Johnson said. “I have always felt a sense of duty to protect, so it felt natural for me to join.” During his time with Guard, he became certified as an EMT. Discipline, self-control, situational awareness and the ability to perform under pressure were the common traits between the Guard and police work, according to Johnson. “That is probably where I first caught the adrenaline bug,” he said. The teamwork aspect of fraternity wa s useful in his first law enforcement job as a corrections officer in the Johnson County, TN, county jail. “As a detention officer, my life relied on my ability to interact successfully with many different personalities while someone wa t ched my back and I wa t ched theirs,” Johnson said. To d ay after five years as a deputy sheriff in Tennessee, his duties range from patrol to serving civil court papers and from responding to various emergencies to “ t h e many citizens who need directions.” “The most challenging aspect of this job is dealing with people who are just that. Lost in the game of life,” he said. “ L aw Enforcement Officers deal with these same people time and again.” However, the bottom line for being an officer is having a “strong sense of right and w r o n g, enjoy unpredictable situations and helping people,” Johnson said. The final known Omega alumnus who serves in law enforcement is Scott Emery (Omega 1132). He is a 19-year Pennsylvania State Trooper veteran.


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“Mirror Men” make splash on campus, beyond

College students picking up a guitar or singing lyrics is hardly unusual. Recording original scores and producing videos makes students a little more intriguing. More than 100,000 You Tube views makes them stand out. Five chapter members, armed with video cameras and some audio equipment, formed a popular campus band called “Mirror Men.” What made them even more notable was the recording of an original song on You T u b e. “Boiler Up,” a song and video that features band members, Purdue Pete and even a cameo appearance from Robbie Hummel, has been viewed more than 150,000 times. Before reaching that point, vocalist/musicians Alex Prichodko (Omega 1752), Rob Lampert (1762) and Tyler Julian (1753) were joined by guitarist Chris Ruff (1755) and drummer/tech guy B r i a n Vanneman (1766). Armed only with a Macbook and their creativity, they recorded a song. “The band started in our dorm room before we even joined the fraternity,” Ruff said. In college, the three from Carmel, IN – Prichodko, Ruff and Vanneman – got to know fellow Pi Kapps Julian and Lampert. Then, they coalesced. Over a weekend, the group put together a song, recorded it and then

In this screenshot of the You Tube video, “Boiler Up!” Robbie Hummel appears alongside Alex Prichodko, Tyler Julian and Purdue Pete. Watch video at: =leFAuhEX52A

Members of Mirror Men perform at “Arctoberfest,” a chapter-sponsored October 2011 Halloween party for clients of the Arc of Tippecanoe, a local special needs agency.

played it at a social function at Pi Kappa Phi and later at a ch a p t e r meeting. The band “Mirror Men” was born. The group starting writing original music and recording songs and videos. Various other chapter members appear briefly in some of its nine You Tube videos, too. “For me, the band started out as a fun way to make music and grew in to so much more,” Ruff said. “I think the most important aspect of our band is that we are all such good friends, and this friendship comes from our common bond, Pi Kapps.” The first show was at Pi Kappa Phi. Since that time, they have performed at more than a dozen Greek parties and a handful of philanthropic events. The hip-hop, pop band has nine original songs being sold on iTunes and Amazon, a Facebook page with nearly 1,000 people who “like” it and a Twitter account with more than 200 followers. What grew from a dorm gathering has grown in popularity. The band has performed before more than 1,000 people twice at consecutive Purdue University Dance Marathons (PUDM), an on-campus major fund-raiser for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. It has also performed during Relay for Life, the Grand Prix Alternative and a

campus Battle of the Bands. Mirror Men also recorded a song and video for a student body president and vice-president ticket. “The fact that we are all Pi Kapps plays one of the most important roles in our band chemistry,” said band member Lampert, a Michigan native. “Our common loyalty is the reason why we were always able to immerse ourselves in the best times and get through the occasional frustrating times.” Lampert, who graduated in May with a degree in organizational leadership and supervision, sang and played the piano and guitar. “The opportunity to play live music with some of your best friends is something special that few people are able to experience,” he said. “It has been a great ride and it means a lot that I was able to be a part of it.” The band earned enough money to cover the costs of equipment, but has ceased operations. It will do an encore performance at the Nov. 1718, PUDM. That version of the cancer- r e s e a r chfund-raiser resonates with Pi Kapps. It’s dedicated to two Purdue students who were treated at Riley, but died. One of them is Pi Kappa Phi’s David Feltner, who died on June 5, 2011. For now, the band has disbanded as two members have graduated. Management major Julian graduated along with Lampert in May.


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Cycling trip impacts chapter members Descriptions such as “ awesome” and “cool” are often repeated by five fraternity members as they refer to a cross-county cycling event this summer. For 25 years, Pi Kappa Phi has sponsored a 4,000-mile Journey of Hope. The June-to-August Journey is the highest profile event for Push America, the national outreach program to assist the disabled. In 2012, four riders from the Purdue chapter are on the Journey that concludes on Aug. 5 in Washington, D.C., and another one is a crew member. Riders include: Peter Bassick (Omega 1805), senior in mechanical engineering from Lake Forest, IL. Brett Ponscak (1846), junior in selling and sales management from Hebron, IN. Nick Eckstein (1817), junior in civil t e chnology from Carmel, IN. Eric Miller (1816), junior in biomedical engineering from Fort Way n e, IN. The one crew member is: Erik Moeller (1848), a junior in economics from Zionsville, IN. A sixth Omega guy on the Journey is alumnus David Stinnette (1689), a 2009 cyclist. He is the Trans team project manager this year. Their experiences have exceeded expectations on many levels on the 70+ day trip. There are three teams – North, Trans and South – with 82 cyclists and 23 crew from chapters from all over the nation participating in 2012. The Purdue guys are participating on the Trans (22 cyclists and seven crew) and North (30 cyclists and eight crew) routes with four and two members respectively on them. “It’s really eye-opening to see all the country and a lot of different cultures,” Erik Moeller, a Trans crew member, said. “Eastern Washington was so rural as was Idaho and Omega Journey of Hope Wyoming. I was surprised to see that most of Montana was Cyclists 1991 Brian Carlson dessert, too.” 1994 Wallace Davis While they average 60 miles 1996 Porter Draper per day, some days are more 1997 Woody Eddy physically challenging than oth1997 Andy Parker ers. For the Trans team, there 1998 Brent Grunig 1999 Andy Parker are three days where they ride 2000 Gary Fischer 125 miles and others when they 2002 Jake Fehrman are in one location for up to two 2002 Phil Leslie d ay s. More often than not, when 2007 Young Yang they are not traveling they are 2009 David Stinnette doing Friendship Visits, p a r t i c i2009 Kevin Vargo 2010 James Loy pating in programming with 2010 Craig Vargo local facilities for disabled. 2011 Chris Ruff “The Friendship Visits hav e 2011 Branden Sowers been an absolute blast,” Moeller 2012 Peter Bassick said. “The clients and the care2012 Nick Eckstein 2012 Eric Miller givers are so, so excited to see 2012 Brett Poncsak us.” 2012 David Stinnette One such visit that resonated 2013 Colin Aker with Moeller occurred in early Crew June during a visit to a YMCA 2012 Erik Moeller facility in Missoula, MT. While 2010 Kyle Pluchar 1997 Brian Quandt there, he interacted with a 2012 Erik Moeller youngster, Justin, and an older


man, Eric. Justin could not speak and was socially distant. “All he wanted to do is swing,” Moeller said. “He led me through the entire YMCA through l o cked doors, just to Eric Miller, Peter Bassick, swing. He couldn’t Erik Moeller, Brett Poncsak say it, but you could and Nick Eckstein, pose in see it in his eyes. It front of the State Capitol in meant so much to Denver on June 28. him to just have someone swing with him.” For the older man, E r i c, it was the ability to get him to interact with others that made the difference. “He was just so happy just to hang out with us,” Moeller said. “He just watched us play tennis in a parking lot. He was hesitant to participate. S o, I put a racket in his hand and pushed him to play. I wanted to push his comfort zone; I wanted him to be involved, too.” Fellow Purdue fraternity brother, cyclist Nick Eckstein, is changed by the Journey of Hope experience. What he’s learned might seem trite – “they are not people with disabilities, they are just people,” he said. For Eckstein, his significant moment could have easily been unnoticed by others. It involved a Denver 33-yearold, C a s s i e, with cerebral palsy. He spent two hours in a paddleboat with her. “What had an impact on me is what she was repeatedly saying,” he said. “She kept repeating, ‘Nick, I am having such a good time.’ The way she looked at me I could really tell it meant something to her. It shows me that what we are doing has such a significant impact on others.” Chad Coltrane, CEO of Push America in Charlotte, met the North and Trans teams in Denver in late June. He said the experiences by Omega guys, are common. “It’s not only normal to get reactions like that, but they are great responses to what is done outside the cycling aspect,” he said. “They are examples of part of the mission of Push A m e r i c a . And it’s a testament to them, too.” “Interacting with the non-verbal kid and trying to get someone involved has real value. Those might be hard interactions to have initially, but they open up your mind.” Also weighing on Eckstein’s mind as he rides in the Journey of Hope, is the fact that he is using a bike belonging to a late chapter brother. David Feltner, who intended to ride in the 2012 Journey, died on June 5, 2011, from cancer. Feltner’s family donated his bike to the chapter for Push America cycling events. “D-Felt (as Feltner was known within the chapter) still has an impact on me today,” E ckstein said. “His family gave me the opportunity to ride his bike. There is no way I could make it on days when it’s 100+ degrees without my Journey of Hope teammates and the memory of Dav i d spurring me on.”


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Chapter wins fifth straight “Best Chapter” award Jefferson High School on a daily basis during the fall and spring semesters. It will have five members participating in the 2012 Journey of Hope – a crosscountry, summer cycling trip from the West Coast to Washington, DC, to raise money and awareness for the disabled (collectively raising more than $15,000). And the chapter consistently raises more than $10,000 annually for Push – 10 years running as the top fund-raising Purdue fraternity. In October 2011, it held a 72-hour David Feltner (Omega 1738) Memorial Bike-A-Thon to raise funds for three organizations – Push America, Midwest Assistance Dogs and the Arc of Tippecanoe County. After the cycling event, it hosted a Halloween party for more than 100 special needs clients of the Arc, complete with an outdoor concert by campus band, “Mirror Men,” which is made up of Pi Kapp members. Other non-traditional events during the year include a totally volunteer, offcampus leadership retreat that involved alumni and senior chapter members as facilitators. In March 2012, Pi Kappa Phi had its annual “War of Roses,” a weeklong event focused on empathy training and disabled awareness. The capstone event – which involved 11 campus sororities – was a talent show attended by nearly 1,000 people. The chapter involves parents, too. In October, the fraternity invited dads to attend a cookout and golf tournament and watch a Purdue football game. In April, it had more than 250 moms, chapter members and guests for a Pi Kapp 100/Moms Day event that raised more than $5,000 for Push America and another $7,500 for a chapter improvement project. The Pi Kapp 100 is a 100-kilometer cycling event from Zionsville to campus. This year, it Chapter members dance to songs by Mirror simultaneously hosted Men during the October 2011 “Arctoberfest,” regional Journey of Hope a Halloween party for special needs folks. It riders in the area for is just one example of chapter programming. training.

Pi Kappa Phi was named the R.B. Stewart Outstanding Purdue fraternity for 2011-12 at a Greek Awards ceremony in April. The fraternity was one of two Purdue fraternities to be named one of the three finalists in each of the eight judging categories. In fact, Pi Kappa Phi was the individual award winner in each of the eight – brotherhood, social, alumni relations, philanthropy, scholarship, chapter pride, leadership and recruitment. “It really is a great accomplishment,” a r chon Alex Prichodko (Omega 1752) wrote in a congratulatory e-mail to chapter members. “I know I'm proud of everyone in our ch a p t e r. It's the individual efforts and mentalities of every one of our members that collectively makes us the best ch a p t e r at Purdue.” The 2012 award was Pi Kappa Phi’s fifth consecutive – a feat never before accomplished in Purdue fraternity history, dating back to 1875. Pi Kappa Phi’s programming helps set it apart from other fraternities. It approaches the routine differently. For example, recruitment events often have speakers who espouse fraternity values. Others explain how leadership and service are expectations of new members. One of the recruitment events each semester showcases how the chapter is involved in its national philanthropy, Push America, on a local basis. Fraternity members volunteer in special needs classes at Lafayette

The five consecutive RB Stewart Awards stand in front of memorabilia from the 201112 school year. “Pi Kapps around the country look to Purdue to set a standard for excellence,” 2002 chapter alumnus Ph i l Leslie (Omega 1506) wrote in an email to the chapter president, “and this is another example of why.” Congratulations came from far and wide. “It's a great testament to the organization to win through successive generations of members and leaders,” said Pi Kapp 1992 alumnus Chuck Smith (Omega 1241), a Fortune 500 executive. Smith addressed chapter members in a March 2012 Leadership Retreat held off campus. National fraternity CEO Mark Timmes joined the well-wishers, too. “The brothers of Omega chapter continue to impress and make all of Pi Kappa Phi proud,” he said.

Omega alumnus Chuck Smith addresses the second annual chapter-level leadership retreat in March 2012, via Skype.


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School board, teacher laud chapter volunteer efforts

A celebratory mood infiltrated the Oct. 15, 2011, Lafayette School Board as the fraternity shared its Push America fund-raising success from last school year. The fraternity presented the school board a record $5,412 for special needs classes at Lafayette Jefferson High School. It was the fourth year the chapter has shared money with the school. It has donated $12,866 over the last four years. Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi, allows chapters to share 25 percent with a local partnership. The Purdue fraternity raised a record $21,648 last school year. Memorial gifts for two members who died in 2011-12, helped the fraternity raise so much money. Undergraduate David Feltner (Omega 1738) died June 5, 2011, after a long battle with childhood cancer. Donors gave $8,000 in his memory. Ryan McHie (Omega 1660), a former undergraduate, died Nov. 21, 2010, in a car accident. His memorial gifts raised nearly $2,000. Nine fraternity members were joined by six special needs students to commemorate the donation that wowed the school board members. Fraternity alumnus Steve Beeler (Omega 1169) coordinates the special needs classes at the high school. “I am proud to stand before you tonight to recognize the achievements

Administrators and special needs students receive a check for a quarter of the chapter’s fund-raising for Push America. The philanthropy gives grants to support local volunteering.

of your wonderful staff who fully support our volunteer relationship in the Lafayette Jefferson High school special needs classes,” Branden Sowers (Omega 1803), Pi Kappa Phi’s Push America chairman told the board. Janelle, a special needs student, read from a prepared statement to the audience, which included members of the media, fellow special needs students and their parents, school board, school administrators and chapter members. “The guys hang out with us and they play games with all of us,” Janelle said. “Sometimes they help us on schoolwork. They also help us at the library and sometimes they go bowling with us. We also enjoy hanging out with them. I think that they should come back again next year because we enjoy their company. She described how the “Purdue guys” help her and her classmates with reading, homework and community activities such as bowling, shopping and going to the public library. She gave a heartfelt thank you to Pi Kappa Phi members that was echoed by the classroom Fraternity members Matt McKee and Brett teacher. Poncsak pose with a special needs student at Alyssa Jenkins, the Lafayette Jefferson High School. This photo is coordinating special featured on the Push America website along needs teacher, said she with being used on the national philan- could always tell when thropy’s stationery. the fraternity members

are approaching as the students’ eyes light up. “When you approach the classroom I usually hear their excited response. ‘The Purdue Guys!’, Jenkins told the chapter members at the board meeting. “Gentlemen, on behalf of the students and staff in my low incidence classroom we thank each one of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to help a group with a small voice in this large community express themselves.” Superintendent Dr. Ed Eiler thanked the fraternity members repeatedly. He said he saw the “spirit of David within fraternity members.” Feltner participated in the first year of the partnership in 2007 and hoped to be part of the national fraternity’s Journey of Hope in 2012. “Being in front of the school board gave me a sense of accomplishment,” Sowers said. “I know the students were excited to be there and it was nice to see that. The experience was a very real way of giving back to the community.” The donation will help with various projects that the school cannot fund, such as Indianapolis Indians games, trips to the Indianapolis Zoo and the Purdue Musical Organization events. “Gentlemen, the impact of donating such a gift to my classroom was most impressive,” Jenkins said. “Your leadership and support is most generous of which I am immensely grateful.”


Large Pi Kapp group participates in Dance Marathon

Twenty-two Pi Kappa Phi members were among the 1,200 who participated in a record-setting event at Purdue on Nov. 19-20, 2011. The Purdue University Dance Marathon (PUDM), established in 2005, raises money for cancer research at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The fundraiser that involves Greek and nonGreek students alike, raised a record $303,563.82 nearly double what it did last year. Participants paid a fee of $100. In the event’s inaugural dance six years ago, approximately 100 students participated. It raised $1,500. This year, the participant total exceeded 1,200 and fund-raising

JULY 2012 blasted through the $250,000 ambitious goal. The 22 Pi Kappa Phi members raised more than $5,000 collectively toward the fund-raising effort. Brian Vanneman (Omega 1766), the morale chairman and on the PUDM executive board, was the highest ranking fraternity member in the organization. Numerous times during the 18-hour event he took the stage to announce speakers, groups of performers or new dance steps. Assisting Vanneman with morale were Rob Lambert (1762), Tyler Julian (1753), Alex Prichodko (1752), Ricky Rivelli (1831) and Alex Drennan (1798). Chris Elliott (1794) was involved in PUDM’s Greek relations outreach, too. Rivelli also took the stage during the two-day event, teaching the audience various dance steps. The

Annual housing corporation report

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$500 or more Robert Rust Ja ck Berlien Robert Geyer Mark Higgins $250 to $499 W. Kelley Carr Thomas Heelan Jeff Egilsrud Peter Todd Don Porth $100 to $249 Donald Swager John F. Gumpper Edward Vana Richard H. Lowe Duane M. Davis Al Kirch n e r Lawrence Hines Ja ck Silvius David Griffiths Larry Reed Edwin Gruwell James O'Reilly Bob Griffiths Ronald L Lema Gerard Buente Jim Cridge

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PURDUE UNIVERSITY campus band, “Mirror Men” which is comprised of all Pi Kapps, performed at 4 a.m. on Nov. 20 for the crowd. Other chapter members to participate included: Nathan Plag, Austen Burkholder, Kenny Lambert, Doug Breuckman, Eric Miller, Alex Faulkner, Brett Poncsak, Erik Moeller, Nick Prichodko, Cam Skwarcan, Collin Aker, Nick Herhusky, Mike Kessler and Tripper Carter.

Pi Kapp dance participants.

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Jerry Davee Robert Roth Fred Lyijynen Ken Kraus Doug Kunnemann Jim Taller Brian Huseman Adam Corbin Durward Owen

Total 2011 Donations: $7,922 Breakdown: Omegalite publication ($1,010), mortgage reduction ($3,667), chapter house improvements ($1,560), Chapter Investment Fund ($625), chapter’s Push America fund-raising ($110), non-designated ($950). In May 2012, the 24-year, $460,000 permament mortgage was retired, four years prior to maturity. The mortgage was cast in 1992, following the completion of the five-year “Campaign for Omega” fund-drive. The house was rebuilt after a June 11, 1987 fire. Portions of the $975,000 rebuild were funded by insurance proceeds and nearly $400,000 in the alumni campaign. The housing corporation now has a building fund set aside for future renovations to the now, 25-year-old rebuild.


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Homecoming schedule Purdue plays Wisconsin at noon, Oct. 13 for homecoming. Here is the alumni schedule for that day: • 9 a.m. to noon. Open house and ticket distribution. • 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., pregame lunch in house basement. • Noon. Gametime. • 4 p.m., end of Second Annual David Feltner Memorial Bike-aThon benefiting Push America. • 6 p.m., 90th Anniversary Celebration reception. West Faculty Lounge, Purdue Memorial Union. • 7 p.m., Buffet service begins. • 8 to 9:30 p.m., 90th Anniversary program.An Omega alumnus has been recognized as one of the nation’s top engineers by a national magazine.

Magazine honors Omega alumnus

In February, Peter Todd (Omega 1457), an owner-agent for Boldt Co., was honored by Engineering News Record as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” Midwest list. The list “recognizes young design and construction professional who are shaping the industry with

Almanac DEATHS 89 Herman “Gus” Riggs* 4/29/10 Oldest living alumnus upon his death. He was 100 years 7 months old when he died. 112 Lawrence M. Condry 2/12/08 253 Thomas F. Miller 11/4/07 379 Fred A. Quisser 1/19/11

their unique talents and reshaping their communities” and are under the age of 40, according to a press release from Boldt. His company, headquartered in Peter Todd Wisconsin, has 12 U.S. offices. The firm provides construction services to companies in power, industrial, education and healthcare as well as commercial and renewable energy markets worldwide. Todd earned a building construction management degree from Purdue. His work managing a $500 million hospital project in Palos Heights, IL as well as volunteering for United WayMilwaukee helped qualify him for the recognition.

Chapter receives national awards Peter Bassick (Omega 1805) was named the 2010-11 National Pi Kappa Phi Philanthropist of the Year, primarily for his efforts with an April event. Bassick conceptualized and planned a fund-raiser to help defray costs associated with a special needs dog for the late chapter brother David Feltner.

577 Daniel C. Seeley 10/23/10 961 Raymond C. Stith 1/25/10 MARRIAGES Steve Hilton (Omega 1718) and Anna Helm, Mattituck, NY, July 9, 2011 Porter Draper (Omega 1401) and Brooke Hardin, July 17, 2011, Santa Barbara, CA Andrew Rosner (Omega 1715) and Rachel Bourne, Sept. 24, 2011, San Diego, CA. Justin Hubbert (Omega 1554) and Lauren Rocha, Aug. 20,

PURDUE UNIVERSITY Pi Kappa Phi teamed with Purdue University Dance Marathon (PUDM) to organize the fundraiser that would pay for the dog and benefit Riley Children’s Hospital. The chapter set a $5,000 goal, but raised $13,000. Bassick’s award was one of seven that the chapter received from the National Fraternity during the summer of 2011. Leading the way was the Champion Master Chapter Award. The National Fraternity recognizes chapters that achieve a Level III status in each of the 7 Objectives of Chapter Excellence. Other awards include: • Commitment to Continued Growth (one out of 30 chapters nationally to win this award) • Recruitment Excellence Award (one of 40) • Retention Excellence Award (one of 64) • Legacy Recruitment Award (one of 16) • Alumni Chapter Newsletter of the Year (second consecutive year) • Top-5 Fund-Raising for Push America • Thomas Sayre Society – at least $150 Push America fund-raising per man

2011. Jason Wade (Omega 1645) and Amanda Anderson, Oct. 15, 2011, Lafayette, IN Jim Vinson (Omega 1681) and Michelle Graveel, Dec. 5, 2011, West Lafayette, IN. BIRTHS Avery Grace, daughter of Brian (Omega 1446) Brian and Tracy Quandt, July 11, 2011. Andrew Newell, son of Steve (Omega 1444) and Rebecca Templeton. Dec. 11, 2011.

Cory (Omega 1453) and Jill Wheeler, March 17, 2012. Austin Draper, son of Porter (Omega 1401) and Brooke Draper, June 8, 2012.





Drew, son of Lee (Omega 1462) and Jennifer Gillis, Aug. 10, 2011. Arden Nichole, daughter of


JULY 2012


War of Roses event draws 1,000 spectators

Delta Delta Delta wins 5th annual War of Roses Pi Kappa Phi extends its thanks to the 12 sororities that participated in the annual “War of Roses” and its new rose queen, Susan Kurth of Delta Delta Delta. The crowing of the new queen occurred in front of a crowd of nearly 1,000 on March 23, 2012, in Loeb P l ayhouse on the Purdue campus. It ended a week of events at which chapters had the opportunity to participate in various programming efforts coordinated by Pi Kappa Phi. Some of those events included a SkipA-Meal at Hot Box Pizza, an empathy dinner at the fraternity, visits with special needs classes at Lafayette Jefferson High School, penny wars and t-shirt sales. On Fr i d ay, sorority representatives were asked about the value of working in the special needs classes alongside a random question of amusing options. For example, they were asked w h i ch emcee Prichodko brother would they most like to go on a date with, Nick (Omega 1761) or Alex (1752) – Nick was selected primarily due to his height. Following questions for each candidate, there was a talent competition that featured dance routines or musical talents. 2012 Rose queen Kurth did an acrobatic, i n t e rpretative dance. The event raised nearly $4,000 for Push America, its national and local outreach for those with disabilities. "It was heartwarming to work

Siblings Alex and Nick Prichodko served as emcees at the talent show in Loeb.

Delta Delta Delta and Pi Kappa Phi members pose on the stage of Loeb Playhouse at the conclusion of the “War of Roses” in March 2012. alongside the caring and empathetic sorority women during the week,” event coordinator Branden Sowers (Omega 1803) said. “Push A m e r i c a and its efforts are special to members of Pi Kappa Phi locally and nationally. The sorority and fraternity members' efforts during the War of Roses will assist the disabled in our community and nationwide. We were humbled and blessed by the outpouring of compassion and support Pi Kappa Phi received." Between Fr i d ay ’s Q&A session and the talent show, Pi Kappa Phi’s Chris Ruff (Omega 1755) spoke emotionally about his Push America Journey of Hope cycling ride in 2011. Ruff, alongside chapter Push chairman, Sowers, cycled cross-country raising awa r eness and funds for the disabled. They participated in one of three teams that totaled 90+ Pi Kapp members from various chapters across the country. “When we signed up for the Journey of Hope, neither of us really understood how much it would change our lives and the lives of those we visited with along the way,” Ruff said. “No matter how ch a l l e n ging the day’s ride was, we always mustered up enough energy to spend time with these (benefitting) organizations … the time we spent with these organizations usually lasted only an hour or two and consisted of dances, karaoke, games, wheel chair

basketball, and much more.” While votes were being tallied for the Rose Queen, a video was shown to the capacity crowd in the auditorium. The video showed the sororities competing in various events during the week and included still photos of the Jefferson High School special needs classes visit.

2012 Rose Queen presentation.

These talent show competitors were among the 12 sorority acts.


JULY 2012


Moms Day a major success A record attendance and number of Pi Kapp 100 participants were part of the huge success of Moms Day on April 14. More than 260 people attended the 2012 version of the annual Moms Day/Pi Kapp 100 at Pi Kappa Phi. The crowd was buoyed by 17 regional Journey of Hope riders who were in the area training for their summer excursion. They rode along the chapter’s 100-kilometer cycling event to raise money for Push America, the national outreach program benefitting the disabled. Those JOH riders came from five states: Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. The Pi Kapp 100, which started in 1999, has riders and crew members pledge a certain amount of fund raising for Push America – $150 for riders and $75 for crew. This year, the chapter had 23 riders and crew, which included alumnus Mark Nigh (Omega 1262). The Journey of Hope riders, who will start their cross-country trek this summer, were being trained by Omega undergraduate Branden Sowers (Omega 1803), who made the ride in 2011. They participated in the Zionsville-to-Purdue ride on Saturday, observed some of the Moms Day events, then traveled back to the Indy area for additional training over the weekend. The Moms Day events started with a luncheon buffet provided by

the chapter. That was followed by the noon arrival by the cyclists – who received a police escort through West Lafayette to the fraternity house. An hour-long program let moms and accompanying family members learn about how many activities chapter members participate in during the school year. The chapter was the host of Chad Coltrane, CEO of Push America from Charlotte, as its keynote speaker. He lauded Omega for receiving Push’s highest honor for 2010-11 – the Star of Hope – as the No. 1 Pi Kapp chapter in the nation (out of 160) in fund-raising, chapter-sponsored programming and awareness of members. During his weekend visit, Coltrane also participated in the chapter’s volunteer relationship with the special needs classes from Lafayette Jefferson High School. The Moms Day speakers included Omega JOH alumnus Chris Ruff, academic advisor Rita Baker, Push chairman Sowers (also a JOH veteran), archon Alex Prichodko and chapter advisor Pat Kuhnle. The early-afternoon speaker portion ended with chapter members – directed by alumnus Bob Griffiths (Omega 643) – singing “The Rose of Pi Kappa Phi” to their moms. The moms stood, while the sons went to one knee sang.

Push America CEO Chad Coltrane speaks at Moms Day.

2012 Pi Kapp 100 riders and crew. This year’s ride included Journey of Hope riders on a regional weekend training session.

Alumnus Bob Griffiths leads the brothers in singing “The Rose” at Moms Day. Afterwards, the sons gave their mothers a red rose. Moms and their guests had some down time with their sons for a couple of hours after the speaking engagements to bid on silent auction items. Then, the chapter had a 4 p.m. reception with appetizers with a public auction starting at 5 p.m. A home-baked pie drew $55 silent auction bid and other items – such as NHL replica jerseys and White Sox-Brewers’ tickets – drew hundreds each. A total of $9,716 was raised during the event with $3,120 going toward Push America and the remaining $6,681 targeting a yet-to-be-determined house improvement project. The Pi Kapp 100 also raised nearly $5,000 toward the chapter’s annual Push America total, allowing the school year’s total to top $10,000 in fund-raising.