Star & Lamp - Fall 2016

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Thirty Under 30

Young alumni awards

Tom Carter

Mr. Pi Kappa Phi 2016


Woven into the lives of others

The summer experience

10 years of Test on the 10th

Testicular cancer awareness

CEO CORNER Exceptional leaders. Uncommon opportunities. Every two years, our summer becomes a whirlwind—a mad dash from event to event; a three month sprint that exemplifies our tagline. Exceptional leaders. Uncommon opportunities. From our expansion of Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders to a Supreme Chapter big enough for Texas, this June and July were ones for the books. We also celebrated another great summer of service as our Gear Up Florida, Build America, and Journey of Hope teams truly lived the dual mission of The Ability Experience: supporting people with disabilities and developing the men of Pi Kappa Phi into servant leaders. Since the last edition of the star & lamp, we’ve recognized exceptional leaders like 2016 Mr. Pi Kappa Phi Tom Carter, Gamma Delta (Memphis); Hall of Fame inductees Bob Graziano, Delta Rho (USC), and Gregg Kaplan, Alpha Kappa (Michigan); and our newest Thirty Under 30 award recipients. We’ve also reflected on how our educational programs, including awareness campaigns like Test on the 10th and the events sponsored by The Ability Experience, continue to provide the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi with more uncommon opportunities than any other fraternity in the country.

Mark E. Timmes

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The past six months have been filled with countless moments where I’ve stopped to think about the exceptional leaders — both students and alumni — that I’ve met since becoming Pi Kappa Phi’s chief executive officer 22 years ago, as well as the uncommon opportunities we continue to provide and develop in order to remain on the cutting edge of the interfraternal world. After browsing the pages before you, I hope you’ll be as proud of our exceptional leaders and our uncommon opportunities as I am. After a busy summer, reflecting on all our brothers have accomplished and everything the Greater Fraternity continues to offer our students and alumni, I am unequivocally proud to be. Yours in the brotherhood of Pi Kappa Phi,


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During Supreme Chapter in Austin, Texas, Mark is joined by other Alpha Epsilon (Florida) brothers for a signature Gator Chomp


2016 sees continued growth

During the spring 2016 semester, Pi Kappa Phi chartered on four campuses. We invite you to read about each at

Kappa Eta at Geneseo Founded: April 2, 2016

Epsilon Chi at Denver Re-founded: April 9, 2016

Kappa Theta at San Diego Founded: April 23, 2016

Kappa Iota at Idaho Founded: April 23, 2016

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THIS MAP DETAILS Pi Kappa Phi’s current expansion plans through Fall 2017. For more information about expansion or starting a new chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, contact Assistant Executive Director of Chapter Development Brandon Belote at

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Other men may choose not to talk about testicular cancer but Pi Kappa Phi chose to address this important men’s issue





A North Georgia alumnus shares his destined experiences of service through the Peace Corps

2016 Mr. Pi Kappa Phi shares his personal experience of brotherhood



These men are all examples of how to live the values of Pi Kappa Phi after leaving your college campus



ON THE COVER: L to R: Patty Lynch, Iota Omicron (Iona), and Thomas Daily, Omega (Purdue), cyclists on the Journey of Hope TransAmerica Route heading into Boulder, Colo.


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“PI KAPPA PHI IS once again leading the way as it promotes awareness of this issue. Other men may choose not to talk about testicular cancer. Then again, those men might choose not to talk about values and leadership. But we are fraternity men; more importantly, we are Pi Kappa Phi men. As such, we choose to address this important issue with you–as fellow brothers, as fellow men.”(star & lamp, 2006) The American Cancer Society estimates that about 8,720 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in the United States in 2016. About 380 will die. Why is this issue important to our members? For starters, testicular cancer is primarily diagnosed in younger men in their 20s and 30s. While documented cases are comparatively low, testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer for men who are 20 to 34 years old. It is the second most common cancer for men ages 35 to 39 and third-most common for boys, 15 to 19. It is only natural that this issue is important to Pi Kappa Phi. In 2006, the star & lamp reported that Pi Kappa Phi made good on legislation passed at the 48th Supreme Chapter in Washington, D.C., as it announced at the 50th Supreme Chapter plans for a campaign to promote awareness among its members on this important men’s issue. To bring awareness to the issue, Pi Kappa Phi developed the Test on the 10th campaign which is designed to foster proactive behavior among its members. The mission of Test on the 10th


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is three-fold: to educate members about testicular cancer, to encourage members to perform monthly self-examinations and to ensure members share their knowledge about testicular cancer with others. “Thank you to our fraternity for bringing light to this important topic that directly affects our brothers’ lives. Our organization helped me get through one of the hardest journeys in my life,” says Devon Dittelberger, Zeta Eta (South Florida), who you will learn about on the next page.

The best defense: early detection Detecting testicular cancer in an early stage greatly increases your chances of surviving it. This is why it is so important to perform regular self-examinations. The cure rate for testicular cancer is as high as 99 percent when detected in Stage I; the rate can drop as low as 50 percent when the cancer is detected in more advanced stages. Testing yourself on the 10th of each month is your best defense. The summer before high school, current Leadership Consultant Conner Burk, Alpha Alpha (Mercer), felt a lump while showering and had no idea what it was. “I was honestly more confused than worried at first,” said Conner. “I told my parents what I found and we decided to visit a doctor. The diagnosis was that it was a benign lump that probably wasn’t too serious but they had to perform surgery to be sure.”

Conner Burk participating in the monthly video series intended to bring awareness and remind members to conduct a self exam



Conner says that so far he has not had any other related issues and still performs self exams regularly. “It is very important to check regularly. If you catch it early like I did, the odds of it being life threatening or a huge health crisis are very slim,” Conner reiterates.

Testicular cancer: the stages STAGE I: The cancer is confined to the

testicle. When detected in this early stage, 98 to 99 percent of cases are cured.

STAGE II: The cancer has spread beyond the testicles to the lymph nodes in the abdomen, located near the kidneys. STAGE III: The cancer has spread beyond the lymph nodes to the vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, lungs or brain. When testicular cancer is detected in this stage, the survival rate varies between 50 and 80 percent. Testicular cancer spreads quickly and can advance from Stage I to Stage III in about four months, or about a semester. Because of the quick progression of testicular cancer, it is important that you see a doctor immediately if you detect anything out of the ordinary. Testicular cancer usually presents itself in the form of a lump, but other symptoms include enlargement of a testicle, a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum, a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum, a dull ache in the abdomen or groin. There are certain groups known to have significantly higher risks, including children born with an undescended testicle, and men who have an immediate family member diagnosed with testicular

cancer. While the causes of testicular cancer are still unknown, you can take a proactive approach to this important men’s issue by educating yourself about the risks, performing routine self-examinations and sharing this information with others.

A brother’s survival In April of 2013, Devon Dittelberger, Zeta Eta (South Florida), was participating in a Relay for Life event at the University of South Florida raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Devon recalls during the final lap thinking how much it would “suck” to have cancer. As fate would have it, a few weeks later, Devon discovered a lump on his left testicle. “I immediately knew it was cancer, recalls Devon, “I had a feeling in my gut that I couldn’t brush off.” Devon had surgery in mid-May and learned that he had Stage II testicular cancer which had spread to his lymph nodes. He had three cycles of chemotherapy and continued treatment throughout the summer and found two additional tumors. “I found out that the surgery was needed without much time to process. I was in the operating room within the same week. I knew that if it was cancerous, the testicle would be removed and chemo was a definite possibility as a precaution. I just braced myself for the impact.” Devon says he learned to be resilient and strong. He had encountered a lot of hardship in his life, but nothing like cancer.


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“It tested me in ways I cannot even articulate,” Devon recalls. “Most importantly, I gained an appreciation for the life that I have and accepted the fact that at any moment it can all be taken away from me. I believe that I was diagnosed with cancer to remind me of my values. I had neglected my family the year before my treatment and cancer gave me the opportunity to reconnect with them and spend some much needed time at home. Overall, I understand now that I have to continue to make the most of each day and prioritize my values.” As a survivor, Devon made it his priority to educate men on testicular cancer. “I was so glad to see Pi Kapp prioritizing testicular cancer awareness and education,” Devon adds. “No one should die from this disease. Since my diagnosis, I have had many brothers and friends come to me regarding potential symptoms. We each need to find our own way to help spread the word.”

Devon ringing the bell all patients ring when they finish treatment at UF Health Cancer Center in Orlando, Fla. Devon concludes, “Don’t be afraid to lean on our brotherhood. That is the power of the fraternal movement. Our bond allows us to come together in times of hardship and hold each other up. Every interaction you have, no matter how seemingly insignificant, can have a large impact on the lives of others.” And remember, Test on the 10th. 

Devon has had the opportunity to work as a member of the speakers bureau for the Testicular Cancer Foundation. He believes every brother should spread the Test on the 10th message on their campus. “Do not let the fear of diagnosis stop you from checking yourself or making an appointment with a healthcare professionals,” Devon cautions. “Additionally, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about this topic with your brothers [or friends]. It can quite literally save their lives. Early detection is the best way to minimize potential impacts and survive testicular cancer.”

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Kaplan and Graziano inducted into Pi Kappa Phi Hall of Fame

This year’s inductees include Robert (Bob) Vincent Graziano, Delta Rho (USC), and Gregg Alan Kaplan, Alpha Kappa (Michigan).

Bob Graziano has had a very successful career within the state of California. Graziano graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1980 with a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting. His first job after college was a certified public accountant role at Ernst & Young. He took a leave of absence four years later to work for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Organizing Committee in ticket operations. His future with the Los Angeles Dodgers came two years later. Graziano joined the Dodgers organizations in 1986 as director of financial projects and became chief financial officer of the team in 1987. He remained in this role until 1997 where he was once again promoted, this time to executive vice president. In 1998 the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise was sold from Peter O’Malley to the Fox Entertainment Group and Bob Graziano was named the 11th president of the team. He worked with Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Daly in managing the day-to-day operations of the Dodgers. Graziano left the Dodgers organization in 2004 when the team was sold to Frank McCourt. He spent 18 years with the Dodgers. During Graziano’s time with the Dodgers, the team won a World Series, two National League pennants and three West Division

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titles. They also had a wild card berth in 1996. Throughout his career, Bob has worked on numerous non-profit boards including the LA84 Foundation, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, Los Angeles Premier Water Polo Club, LA’s BEST, USC Leventhal School of Accounting, USC Sports Business Institute, USC Associates, Jackie Robinson Foundation, Jim Murray Memorial Foundation, Japan America Society of Southern California, and the Dodger Foundation. He now works as a managing director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Gregg Kaplan

is a successful and renowned businessman from the Chicago area. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and an MBA in general management from Harvard Business School. Gregg went on to develop multi-billion dollar companies, and was a finalist for the Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” and the Illinois Technology Association’s “CEO of the Year” award. He was recently awarded a “40 under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business.


TWO ALUMNI were inducted into the Pi Kappa Phi Hall of Fame earlier this year. The Hall of Fame consists of distinguished alumni members who have brought honor to the fraternity through lifetime achievement in their career. Hall of Fame members have honored the fraternity in wide variety of professional fields including the military, business, the arts, politics and more.

As the founder and former CEO of Redbox DVD Rental for nearly seven years, Gregg built the Redbox management team from scratch. What started off with five employees grew to over 1,200 employees. Redbox produced over $800 million in revenue in its first seven years. He admits the idea of renting DVDs from kiosks was unoriginal, but it had yet to be a successful venture until McDonald’s got involved with the scale of the project. Redbox has become a convenient network of entertainment distribution varying from DVDs to video games. This gave Gregg an impressive amount of credibility in Chicago’s venture capital scene. “About eight years after I started Redbox, it was crossing $1 billion, and it was definitely a sort of pinch yourself kind of moment, which not a lot of companies have done and be ridiculously profitable at the same time,” Kaplan said. Redbox was acquisitioned by Coinstar in April of 2009. Gregg went on to be the president and chief operating officer of Coinstar Inc from 2009 to 2012. Together, these businesses encompassed over $2.2 billion in revenue, one billion was increased during his term within the companies. Gregg currently serves as an operating partner at the Pritzker Group Private Capital where he oversees the services sector. 

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University of Massachusetts Basketball team volunteers with Theta Mu Chapter The University of Massachusetts men’s basketball program participated in the 2016 Ability Experience bike-a-thon hosted by Pi Kappa Phi.

Andrew Walton, Theta Kappa (Baylor), volunteers with Shoot4Life Ministries Andrew Walton, Theta Kappa (Baylor), took a trip to Kumasi, Ghana, this summer.

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Kappa Kappa Chapter charters at University of New Mexico Kappa Kappa Chapter was officially chartered at the University of New Mexico on Saturday, October 22, 2016.




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Stories of our members and friends successes in life. Professional and personal accomplishments from around the world.

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Alumni initiating a great friend In the fall of 2014, Jake Stampalia made the 10,104 mile trip from Perth, Australia, to Greeley, Colorado,

6th annual Bike-A-Thon a success for Omega Chapter Despite experiencing multiple seasons in one three-day period, the Sixth Annual David Feltner Memorial Bike A Thon went off well. FOR THE LATEST SUCCESSES, PHOTOS AND BREAKING NEWS, FOLLOW PI KAPPA PHI AND THE ABILITY EXPERIENCE ON . . .

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AS A YOUNG BOY, I remember being awe struck by the wondrous stories and journeys of my Aunt Tracy. She crossed the globe discovering new languages and experiencing foreign cultures. Once home, she would always present me with a little token from her travels. My father, mother and my grandmothers also spent time on distant shores. Their stories instilled in me a deep sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. As I grew older, my curiosity grew stronger. I knew I had caught the travel bug and it was incurable. Ultimately, this delivered me to the tiny nation of Samoa. Those close to me know service is a significant passion in my life. What many don’t know is this passion is a trait handed down to each generation in my family. Service to family, to country, and to others runs deep in my veins. My grandfather and father served in the military. Four others in my family served in the Peace Corps. I now signify the third generation from my family to serve in the Peace Corps. It seems I was always pre-destined to serve in some capacity abroad. My background gives some insight on how I made the decision to join the Peace Corps, but the actual story is much wackier than, “I did it because four others in my family did.” I have always had an affinity towards the quote, “Take the path less traveled.” Looking back, I chose my path late in my college career. A single speech from Kyle Thomas about his time volunteering for The Ability Experience changed the course of my life forever. His passion ignited a flame inside me, which led to me changing my college major, four years of volunteering and raising funds and awareness for people with disabilities, plus an early career in the same field.

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When I graduated I spent a year planning and implementing a Journey of Hope route for The Ability Experience. The thought of, “what am I going to do when this trip ends,” was constantly pressing on my mind. My application for the Peace Corps was completely filled out, but I just couldn’t bring myself to turn it in. Why? I couldn’t decide whether to pursue a job with The Ability Experience or the Peace Corps. Ultimately, I didn’t choose either. Looking back, this decision led me down a side street, but this curvy back road somehow landed me where I found myself today. When my cycling trip ended I took a job in Lexington, Ky. A few months passed and there were issues with funding for the newly founded organization. One day my employer walked in and said, “Zack you might want to start looking for other possibilities.” The next day I turned in my application for the Peace Corps. Several weeks passed and I was extended an interview. I was ecstatic. The interview went well, but I wasn’t informed if I had acquired the position or not. Finally, one day early in June I received a phone call, “Zack would you like to come to Samoa?” In a matter of days I was back in Georgia. Time flew in preparation for my departure. It was all just one giant blur of packing, seeing friends/family, and doctor appointments. On October 1, I found myself on a plane heading for Samoa. My first several months in the country still seem fresh in my mind, as they were eye opening. It was a giant crash course of Samoan culture. The initial three months of service, my entire group spent training. A volunteer from a previous group stated, “Training is the hardest part. Once you get through it, you can certainly make

We invite you to learn more about Zack’s first year in the Peace Corps and follow his second year in his column A Servant Leader STARANDLAMP.COM

it through the next two years.” I wasn’t sure what to think of it at the time, but it certainly rings true to me looking back. Training was easy and overwhelmingly stressful at the same time. Our schedule during the week was mapped out. All we had to do was show up. Easy right? What was difficult was learning the language, the culture, family dynamics, adapting to the food, our role, teaching, and the list goes on. Everything was so new and different. I had so many questions, and when one was answered I had two more. I remember being nervous around the local guys not knowing if I could join in and play rugby. Eventually, they asked me to play. It took time for me to realize the village would always be welcome to the idea of me trying new things. I just needed to put the effort in and ask. Conversing with my family was extremely difficult as my brother was the only member who spoke English well and he was gone during the day driving the village bus. Furthermore, the heat, oh the heat, was something to get used to. Growing up in the south you know about humidity, but the humidity here is on another level. I found myself taking showers just to cool off. Over time I became comfortable and training wound down. I became accustomed to the food and what was expected of me. After training, my comfort zone was again extinguished as I was placed in the village I would be living for the next two years. I moved in just as school ended, so I had the next two months to learn and adapt to my village. I became friends with the couple who ran the store close to the school compound. They both

speak English so at times I would walk down just to chat. I struggled with all the free time. With no school going on, I wasn’t sure what to do. I would go for long walks, read, and watch shows on my computer but this would only account for maybe half the day. This time period was also extremely difficult with it being December and January. Christmas and New Years left me aching for more than a phone call from my family as I lay ill in my bed with Zika. Missing friends and family is difficult. Knowing that life is continuing without you back home is hard to comprehend at times. I have missed the birth of my nephew and niece, countless weddings, and a family reunion. The trade off has been difficult but ultimately every second here has been worth it. When school began, I hit my stride. My host mom, who is also the principal, was extremely helpful. She was key in helping me settle in at the school. I was able to quickly establish good relationships with my family and staff. Teaching kids who speak little English proved to be a challenge, but as time passed it was a blessing watching them grow. I began playing rugby in the evening with the local boys. This opened the gateway to meeting new people in the village. On Sundays, I attended church and found myself with a second family. The pastor took me in as one of his own. I got involved with our volunteer led GLOW and BUILD camps. I discovered new hobbies such as drawing, ukulele and boxing. Soon I will be volunteering my time to help with the Special Olympics of Samoa. The great thing about your time in Peace Corps is you have the ability to do so much more than your project dictates!

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With almost a year under my belt what have I learned? I have learned I am loved beyond measure. The support I receive from friends and family at times is unfathomable. Anytime I am down they are the first to pick me up and say, “You got this!” Furthermore, I look at life differently. Life used to be fast paced and stressful, but now I understand that it is better to slow it down and just go with it. Life is filled with so many unknowns and it’s harmful to worry about it all. I have discovered I am able to accomplish what ever I put my mind to. For many years, I would discourage myself from trying new things I interpreted as too difficult. Not anymore! I thought, “If I am able to integrate and be a productive volunteer, I can honestly do anything.” Of course there will be failures, but you just need to push past them until you succeed. I have come to trust myself more and found a new sense of simple independence. I don’t have to worry much about bills, rent, or other troubles I remember having in the States. My world centers on teaching, my host family, integration and further service. Living abroad has taught me to live a simpler life, which has led to happiness. Lastly, I have learned to appreciate the small things. This could be a slice of cheese, a card from home, a smile from a student, or a fellow staff member handing me a cup of coffee. Everyday in Samoa is such a gift and I am extremely happy I embarked on this adventure. I know there will be many more ups in downs over the next year, but I am not afraid. I will be able to handle the dips and turns because of the support system that I have built around me. Here’s to another fun year in the sun! 



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AUSTIN, TEXAS. THE LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. With over 850 students, alumni, guests and friends of the fraternity in attendance, the 55th Supreme Chapter showcased not only the best of Austin’s playlist, but Pi Kappa Phi’s as well. We had dinner from a food truck, an opening concert at Austin City Limits, a children’s adventure to The Thinkery, legislative sessions, the performance of Pi Kappa Phi’s Ritual of Initiation and banquets and luncheons that celebrated some of the fraternity’s best and most inspiring members. Austin was a weekend with Pi Kappa Phi brothers from across the country and their families that we will never forget. As always, the 55th Supreme Chapter gave us all an opportunity to make new connections, rekindle old friendships, and ignite our passion in Pi Kappa Phi.

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National President Tracy Maddux kicked off the weekend with a welcome concert at the world famous Austin City Limits.

EACH YEAR since the 1970s the fraternity presents an award to our most outstanding chapter advisor. Great care goes into selecting the person who receives this award and the recipient is rarely selected for their time commitment alone. Instead, the person more often than not is lifted up because of the impact they have on the individual lives within the chapter. Alumni of the Delta Omega Chapter held a successful fundraising campaign to rename the award to honor the man who served 17 years as their chapter advisor. During the Supreme Banquet, newly elected National President Tom Sullivan had the pleasure of announcing the Dr. Wade G. Birch Chapter Advisor of the Year award. "This is a special moment for me as this man was my chapter advisor, too. His path started with Durward Owen requesting him to take the role, something he agreed to do out of his love for the National Fraternity," said Sullivan. "While he was initiated at the Beta Lambda Chapter at the University of Tampa he believed (and still does) that anyone can volunteer some part of their time and make a difference."

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Alumni Chapter of the Year Alpha Rho Alumni Chapter

Event of the Year - Chicagoland Open Bruce Swanson Golf Classic

Volunteer of the Year Jon Campbell, Delta Iota (Middle Tennessee State)

Housing Corporation of the Year Alpha Epsilon (Florida)

Executive Director Emeritus Durward Owen greets undergraduate members

Newly elected National President Tom Sullivan addresses the Supreme Chapter

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Regional Governor of the Year Jeff Alexander, Delta Psi (Texas - Arlington)


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Pi Kappa Phi Foundation Chairman John Andrews announces Common Loyalty Campaign successes at the Supreme Banquet

The Durward W. Owen Interfraternity Award was presented to Larry S. Wiese, Executive Director of Kappa Alpha Order

Howard H. Baker Leadership Award Jeffrey George, Theta Alpha (Southern Mississippi)

Build America team members perform camp songs for the audience during the Service Before Self & Build America Team Arrival Luncheon

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Common Loyalty Campaign Cabinet Chair Ernest Johnson discusses the campaign at the Supreme Banquet 17




contacted me regarding an article relating to my recent fraternity honor (page 19), I told them that, rather than talk about brotherhood, I’d give them an example of just what I think it truly is. I also wanted to emphasize a lifelong personal philosophy of not waiting too long to do something special for someone that means a great deal to you. My recent road trip with Brother Adrian Cronauer is a perfect example. In the late 1980s when the movie “Good Morning Vietnam” was hot, Adrian came to Senator Bob Dole’s office. I was the staffer asked to introduce Adrian to the senator and we became fast friends. Need I state the obvious, but Adrian is one of the single funniest and most personable gentlemen I’ve ever met and of course, he has an incredible radio voice. Adrian eventually ended his Washington career with the perfect job, Special Assistant for POW-MIA Affairs in the Pentagon, since every veteran group in America absolutely loves him. As many of you know, we initiated Adrian at our 2002 Supreme Chapter in Washington and our wonderful friendship has endured. He retired to the Roanoke, Va., area eight years ago with the love of his life, Jeane. Since he’s been there, I have stayed in touch with him. This past May, Jeane passed away and Adrian moved into a Roanoke senior center and has been turning down all requests to appear publicly until “Brother Tom” called. I had felt for some time that we needed to get together and the perfect opportunity presented itself.

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DEED American Idol finalist Melinda Doolitle who was singing during the program and her manager. He was even sought after by the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah James.

The Air Force Memorial’s 10th anniversary celebration needed someone to read a powerful poem written just for the Memorial while the Air Force Band played an original score. I knew just the voice. While initially reluctant to perform, Adrian embraced the idea when I told him that I’d personally drive to Roanoke to bring him to D.C., find him accommodations near the memorial and drive him back. Of course, the chance to spend quality time with him was clearly worth the logistics.

On Friday, we met for breakfast and got to the Memorial site early to experience the crisp, clear October morning, just like the same day 10 years ago when I had the honor attend its original dedication. Adrian and I sat in the green room and chatted with Bob Schieffer of CBS News who was the event moderator and a USAF veteran himself. We took our seats near the band and needless to say, Adrian became an instant crowd favorite. His incredible voice filled the Memorial during the performance and he was surrounded for autographs and photos afterward, as I knew he would be. I couldn’t be more proud to call him brother and I knew that he was at one of life’s stages that he could use some personal contact. It’s hard to describe in words what a truly wonderful person he is but needless to say, there are many like him in Pi Kappa Phi so never ever hesitate to contact them again to let them feel the true essence of brotherhood. 

We arrived in D.C. on Thursday, Oct 13th, where he practiced his poem reading with the band. Hearing that rich radio voice once again just confirmed my convictions. That evening we attended a black tie event hosted by Ross Perot, Jr., a major patron of the Memorial, and that’s when I discovered how popular Adrian is. He was pursued for photos by

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Pi Kappa Phi announced Major General Thomas L. Carter, Gamma Delta (Memphis), as the 2016 recipient of the Mr. Pi Kappa Phi award. Given annually, the Mr. Pi Kappa Phi award is the fraternity’s highest and most prestigious honor to be bestowed upon a member. Although they come from different backgrounds and professions, all recipients of Mr. Pi Kappa Phi have one thing in common: a profound love of and dedication to their fraternity. Major General Carter had the great privilege to serve the highest levels of the U.S. government, both as a civilian and military officer, including the White House, U.S. Senate and the Department of Defense. Among his active duty experiences, he served as Air Force Aide to President Ronald Reagan during which he carried the “nuclear football.” In 2012, he was named to the Pi Kappa Phi Hall of Fame because of his notable professional accomplishments. He is a former archon of Gamma Delta Chapter and serves on the Gamma Delta Housing Corporation. He has been involved in Pi Kappa Phi at the national level through Nu Phi, serving as a Foundation trustee, fraternity staff and various alumni committees including the Centennial Commission. He currently leads the Fraternity’s efforts in the Fraternity/Sorority Political Action Committee. Perhaps most significant, Tom has mentored hundreds of young Pi Kapps into internships, jobs and better lives.


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under EACH YEAR, Pi Kappa Phi recognizes young alumni for their achievement after their undergraduate careers have come to an end in the Thirty Under 30. Each alumnus was nominated for inclusion in the Thirty Under 30 class by his peers, older alumni or friends of the fraternity. The Thirty Under 30 committee of volunteers reviewed all of the nominations in areas such as impact, leadership and service, and awards and recognition. On the following pages, we introduce you to these young men. For their complete story and why they’ve been included in this group, we invite you to read the full feature story at:

ThirtyUnder30.STARANDLAMP.COM These young alumni represent 28 different chapters this year. These alumni come from all types of backgrounds, and were nominated for all types of outstanding achievement including volunteerism and professional accomplishments. While the qualifications of the honor can vary, all of the recipients have a common commitment to fraternal values. These men are all outstanding examples of how to live out the values of Pi Kappa Phi after leaving your college campus. We introduce the class of 2016 Thirty Under 30 recipients. . .

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Kappa (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Theta Zeta (George Washington)

Theta Eta (American)

After graduating from Chapel Hill, Blake enrolled in an intensive 12-month program at Wake Forest University for his MA. This was followed by an opportunity to work as a Global Markets Intelligence Analyst for Ipreo where he provided research on stocks and shareholders for publicly traded companies. Blake currently works at Meritage Homes as a market research analyst, providing in-depth research and analysis on the metropolitan home markets in Raleigh and Charlotte.

Daniel co-founded SFE Super PAC with fellow Pi Kapp, Winslow Marshall, while still an undergraduate at George Washington. He is one of the youngest political campaign managers in the country after working on multiple campaigns including Monica Wehby’s campaign for senate in Oregon.

After receiving his masters degree from The London School of Economics, Sam went to work for a member of Congress where he handled foreign affairs, financial services, banking, small business, economic development, and science & tech issues. In September of 2015, he received a political appointment from the Obama administration and now works as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator at the U.S. General Services Administration.




Beta Omicron (Northwestern State)

Delta Beta (North Georgia)

Alpha Kappa (Michigan)

Shayne earned his Masters from Northwestern State and is pursuing his doctorate in higher education administration from LSU. He currently works for Northwestern as the Director of Greek Life and Assistant Director of Student Life.

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Chris was commissioned into the United States Army as a Military Intelligence Officer from North Georgia College in 2011 and deployed twice to Afghanistan-3BCT/10th MTN DIV & 2/75 Ranger Regiment. He believes one of the greatest attributes the fraternity can bestow upon its members is the sense of pride backed by a hard work-ethic.

Sagar is a lifelong student of the sciences and humanities. His major accomplishments include his publication record (47 publications in peer-reviewed journals) as well as his contribution to the establishment of the Michigan Journal of Medicine, a training tool for medical students to hone the skills required for a career in academia.




Zeta Chi (Albright)

Theta Iota (Washington State)

Zeta Chi (Albright)

Simon is the marketing manager for North America in the Global Oilfield Solutions business of BASF, the world’s largest chemical company. His advice for students and young alumni is “Never stop learning and growing. There is always more to learn and understand in our personal and professional lives, challenging yourself to continuous learning and personal growth will provide a solid foundation upon which to build a successful life and career.”

Adam is an agent of change, and a bit of a gambler. He has seen his big bets pay off, both from a profitability and impact vantage point. Adam’s next endeavors are a mixed of purpose-driven initiatives, and expanding his primary business, The Fulcrum Agency.



Alpha Omicron (Iowa State)

Gamma Iota (LSU)

Eric currently works for the biotech startup NewLink Genetics. His work focuses on developing immunotherapy vaccines with the aim to increase overall survival in patients diagnosed with cancer. The company also develops small molecule drugs and viral vaccines for recent epidemics such as Ebola and Zika.

After graduating from LSU with a business degree in December 2015, David returned full-time as chief executive of a firm he founded in 2007, which provides communications consulting and critical enterprise software to America’s leaders. The firm’s cloud-based software, Partyline Platform, delivers valuable tools and essential insight to the top four leadership offices in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Trevor has always been passionate about academics. He has successfully written grants and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, published more than twelve scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, written two book chapters, given numerous invited lectures, and actively mentored undergraduate and Masters’ students with their research and studies.

MATT LOFFA Alpha Rho (West Virginia)

Matt started his career with Odeon Capital as a broker for mortgage back securities, corporate bonds, and international equities in emerging markets. He now works in Jersey City for one of the largest dealer brokers in the world, ICAP Plc.





Theta Lambda (Missouri State)

Eta Rho (Texas State)

Theta Pi (Texas - Tyler)

After receiving his Masters, Robert accepted a full time position with Housing and Urban Development as a Management Analyst. He now works at the University of Kansas Medical Center as their director of government relations.

Nathan credits Pi Kappa Phi with educating him on what it truly means to lead by example and for connecting him to other leaders on campus. Nathan is currently working as the communications director and lead district representative for State Senator Donna Campbell.

Martin works for a major energy services company in Pittsburgh, Penn., and specializes in business ethics and compliance. He remains active in the fraternity by serving on the Council of Advisors for the University of Pittsburgh’s Delta Upsilon Chapter, among holding other volunteer positions.




Iota Gamma (Wyoming)

Eta Sigma (UCLA)

Zeta Sigma (UC - Davis)

Sean dedicated two years with City Year as an AmeriCorps volunteer serving in an urban middle school in Jacksonville, Fla. During his time with City Year, Sean was nominated for the Eli Segal Bridge Builder Corps Member of the Year and was the recipient of the Comcast NBC Universal Leadership Award. After completing his service, Sean relocated to Roanoke, where he works with students who have Cerebral Palsy in a selfcontained special education classroom.

Robby graduated from UCLA as the valedictorian of the School of Arts and Architecture. He currently is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia while serving as the assistant director of first-year composition working with students from various backgrounds, helping improve their writing skills.

Bobby is currently pursuing his Ph.D at Arizona State University while leading research at the Population & Forensic Genetics Lab primarily studying human and primate genetics in the context of forensics, evolution, and health. Bobby has been published in journals, featured in conferences, and recently wrote a chapter for a genetics textbook.

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Alpha Gamma (Oklahoma)

Theta Tau (High Point)

Alpha Alpha (Mercer)

After graduating in May 2014, Akash launched a new nonprofit in Oklahoma City, Aspiring Americans, to serve other immigrant students like him. Through the nonprofit, Akash has worked to serve immigrants who want to contribute their talents and passions to American society by raising over $170,000 for resources such as grants and scholarships, creating Oklahoma’s first training program for educators about opportunities for immigrant students, and helping coordinate legal clinics and community workshops.

Realon graduated cum laude from Elon University School of Law and passed the North Carolina Bar Exam in July 2014. As a law student he collaborated with a fellow student and local attorneys to form a nonprofit “Greensboro Connect” which pairs attorneys with persons living with a disability.



Gamma Theta (UNC - Wilmington)

After Chris received his Masters of Business Administration from East Carolina University, he started his first corporate role as an account manager for Gartner Inc., the leading IT research and advisory company in the world. He recently relocated to Chicago from Fort Myers, to work in Gartner’s Major Accounts channel.

Brett and his wife moved to Port Shepstone, South Africa, in August 2015 for full-time ministry work at a Rehoboth Children’s Village, a home for orphaned and abandoned children, many of which are HIV positive. Currently he is helping develop and run a water bottling plant at Rehoboth Children’s Village to make the village self-sustainable.


Alpha Gamma (Oklahoma)

Eta Zeta (Queens)

Joe serves as the director of development for the Victory Fund, a national organization that recruits, trains, and supports out-LGBT leaders running for office. In 2015, he received the Horizon Award from Freedom Oklahoma, Oklahoma’s LGBT advocacy organization, for his potential and commitment to advancing equality.

After graduation, Carl took a job with Wells Fargo Securities, becoming one of the first graduates from Queens University to be accepted into an investment banking analyst program. He recently launched a podcast called “Interns on Fire” as an extension of his 2014 Amazon bestselling book on internships, Cash in Your Diploma.

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Eta Upsilon (Miami - Ohio)

Omega (Purdue)

Zeta Eta (South Florida)

After graduating in 2014, Alex was the campaign manager for a state legislative candidate, Tim Brown, in Toledo, Ohio. In September 2015, Alex was selected to be the personal aide to Governor John Kasich on his presidential run. He remained with the governor throughout his campaign and has continued in this role back in the governor’s official office.

Craig is a board certified oncology pharmacist currently working as a specialty practice pharmacist at the Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital specializing in breast cancer. He has published research articles ranging from appropriate use of antibiotics to providing information on the safe and effective use of different chemotherapy agents.

While at law school, Nick has worked on behalf of veterans with disabilities pro bono and served as the 2015-2016 Seventh Circuit Governor for the ABA Law Student Division where he represented and lobbied on behalf of all the law students in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin to the American Bar Association. He was recently elected to be the president of his law school and will be on the council of advisors for the new chapter at DePaul University following their expansion this fall.




Omega (Purdue)

Epsilon Phi (UAB)

Delta Delta (Truman State)

After graduating from the University of Alabama School of Law, Brad moved to Washington, D.C., to serve as a Legislative Counsel on Senator Jeff Sessions’ (AL) Judiciary Committee staff, where he worked primarily on intellectual property and bankruptcy issues. In March, Brad moved across the Hill to become Legislative Director to Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX).

Nathan is a postdoctoral research fellow at Auburn University studying evolution of invertebrate animals. He recently started a position as the regional geneticist of the Southeast Region for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Matt joined the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center as a research and development engineer in 2015. He currently works in the Sensors and Systems Development Branch, designing and developing future electrical systems for air and spacecraft.

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HOUSE & HOME Alpha Psi Chapter dedicates fireplace in memory of Dr. Phillip M. Summers

DURING HOMECOMING in October at Indiana State, the Alpha Psi Chapter held a dedication for a new fireplace in their chapter house. The chapter chose to dedicate the fireplace in honor of their chapter brother Dr. Phillip M. Summers. Before his passing, Dr. Summers had a vision of a fireplace and decorative mantle that would be a permanent place the chapter could memorialize and remember alumni who had passed to the chapter eternal. Summer’s Pi Kappa Phi service included nine years on the fraternity’s National Council, including one term as national president. He also went on to serve as president of the Indiana University Alumni Interfraternity Council and as president of the Alpha Psi Alumni Board. He also served on the Pi Kappa Phi Properties board of directors, Pi Kappa Phi Foundation board of governors and board of trustees. Summers received a

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Pat Summers, Phil’s widow, reminisced about Phil and how shortly after they were married, he had said he would spend a lot of time with the fraternity as the organization helped him become a man and he felt he owed it to the men who would come after him to give back.

Merit Citation in 1996 and was named Mr. Pi Kappa Phi 2003. In order to make Dr. Summers’ vision a reality, the Alpha Psi Housing Corporation held a fundraising campaign which included a lead gift from the Summers family and many other alumni donors which fundraised more than $40,000 to complete the project as Dr. Summers had originally dreamed. On hand to witness the dedication was Pat Summers, Dr. Summers’ widow and

several other alumni. The chapter and alumni in attendance sang the Rose of Pi Kappa Phi to Pat. Located in the library of the chapter house, the fireplace is beautifully crafted and includes a portrait of Dr. Summers centered above and a plaque which lists the donors who helped make it happen. There will be another plaque which will list all the Alpha Psi brothers who have passed to the chapter eternal. Thanks to all of those who helped realize Dr. Summers’ vision. 

ACROSS THE NATION Charles Gavin recognized by Auburn, Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame AUBURN UNIVERSITY’S Samuel Ginn College of Engineering hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, Sept. 3, to celebrate the renovation of the former Textile Building, which has been renamed the Gavin Engineering Research Laboratory. Charles E. Gavin III, Alpha Iota (Auburn), has had a hugely successful career in both the textile and surfactant chemical industries. Gavin founded MFG Chemical, Inc. in 1981 in Dalton, Ga., to serve as a supplier to the carpet industry. Highly successful today, MFG offers custom and toll chemical manufacturing to a wide variety of markets, including oil fields, water treatment, paper and mining. What began as a husband-wife team now includes three plants and a distribution center, serving a broad segment of the chemical industry’s top Fortune 100 companies and major international clients. Gavin serves as the board chairman, and he recently returned as CEO following the death of his son, Chuck, who previously served in that role.

Gavin was named Distinguished Auburn Engineer in 2014, was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2016 and is a member of

the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council, Engineering’s Eagles and Keystone societies and the President’s Circle of the 1856 Society. 

Devoted volunteers pass to Chapter Eternal Emmett Orin Dendy, Omicron (Alabama), age 90, died June 23, 2016. In 1946. Following his graduation, Emmett maintained a strong commitment to the Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi where he served for many years as the chapter advisor. In 1972, he was honored as Chapter Advisor of the Year. In 1977, he received a Pi Kappa Phi Merit Citation. He was named Mr. Pi Kappa Phi in 1979. Emmett was also a member of Nu Phi and the Centennial Commission. Joseph L. Alexander passed to the chapter eternal on August 9, 2016. He was Gamma Alpha Chapter (West Alabama) initiate number one. He was

initiated May 2, 1964. In 1992 he received the Pi Kappa Phi Merit Citation and was honored as Chapter Advisor of the Year in 1980. He served on the Gamma Alpha Housing Corporation and the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation Centennial Committee. Joe was honored as Mr. Pi Kappa Phi in 1993. Mike Mynatt, Alpha Sigma (Tennessee), passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016 following a period of declining health. Mike was initiated in 1978 and served as archon, vice archon and warden of the Alpha Sigma Chapter. Mike served as chapter advisor for Alpha Sigma until the early 1990’s when his work took him to Florida. However, in true Mike form he didn’t stop volunteering, instead he put aside his SEC loyalty and stepped into the chapter advisor role at Alpha Epsilon

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(Florida). He also served as treasurer of the Alpha Epsilon Housing Corporation from 1994 to 1996. Mike returned to Knoxville in 1999 and was again appointed chapter advisor for Alpha Sigma and served in that role through 2010. He also served as president of the housing corporation. In 2006 Mike was presented with a Merit Citation, the second highest honor an alumnus can receive from the fraternity. In 2009 he was recognized with the Chapter Advisor of the Year Award. Chapter Eternal: You may view chapter eternal listings reported in the past 12 months online at chaptereternal. 


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the teams, I saw a quote on a coffee table book at the office of our corporate sponsor, KRG in Denver, that reminded me of today. The quote was: “What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

There is no doubt there are stone monuments you will be able to reflect upon for the rest of your life. These monuments come in the form of your first day on the bike. The first rides or that moment when you doubted yourself but pushed through. It can be found in rides like Yakima, Kirkwood and Bullhead City. It can even be found in days like today—when you held your bike over your

head with pride or as a crew member, the relief knowing you lead a team across the country safely. These are all things that will add to the incredible character that you came into this summer with thanks to some incredible moms, dads and family members who guided you to this point.

It is easy to see your impact woven into the lives of others. I got a call last week from a man moved to tears from his chance meeting with the team in Charlottesville. The director of the Eisenhower Center in Ann Arbor said he would like to give The Ability Experience a grant because of the impact the team visit has on his clients and the good they are doing across the country. Hunter from Sportability was moved by the grant they

Once again, historians on each team of The Ability Experience summer events along with staff photographer Johnny Andrews captured the summer from beginning to the end. update us on your life:

received from the south team because one more athlete was going to be able to enjoy an entire season of competition. Gentlemen, you will likely never know the extent of the impact you have had. There is an incredible power in that but I can assure you, it is woven across the country in the relationships you have built with all of our friends of different abilities. I thank you for your work in making this such a powerful experience for everyone whose path you crossed this summer. 

Excerpt from address by Basil J. Lyberg, Chief Executive Officer of The Ability Experience, at the Journey of Hope Arrival Celebration in Washington, D.C., on August 13, 2016

The following pages represent some of our efforts to use shared experiences to support people with disabilities and develop the men of Pi Kappa Phi into servant leaders. 31

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Gear Up Florida

Build America

Journey of Hope North Route

Journey of Hope TransAmerica Route

Journey of Hope South Route

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PHINAL THOUGHT EVAN AUSTIN, Eta Beta (Indiana State), competed in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as a swimmer for Team USA. He also competed in 2012 in the London games. his philosophy:

Born with limits. Living without them.


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