THETA XI FRATERNITY Fall 2017 NEWSLETTER
ALPHA IOTA CHAPTER
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Renovations Intramural Dominance Journey to Theta Xi
THE ARCHER | FALL 2017
ne of the greatest semesters in recent Alpha Iota history has come to a close. As men of Theta Xi, we continually strive to better ourselves as individuals and as a house. This semester was no different. With countless accomplishments from our members this semester in the areas of academics, intramurals, and philanthropy, we continue to be a model for excellence among fraternities at Kansas State University. Academic performance continues to take precedence for the members of Theta Xi. I am excited to inform you that we finished this Fall semester with a 3.573 overall grade point average, with 18 members receiving a 4.0 GPA. This overall GPA of 3.573 is a new all-time record among fraternities at Kansas State. I am very proud of this accomplishment and of all our hard work in the classroom this semester. As I write this article, the fraternity scholarship rankings have not yet been released, but this GPA puts us in a very good position to finish in first place. Intramurally, we were able to tack on another great performance this semester to follow-up our first-place finish from last year. This great intramural performance also came with a championship in team volleyball, which is our first house team sport championship in recent years. I am excited to see what second semester brings us, and hopefully we can perform well enough to finish first in intramurals for a second straight year. Our philanthropy events this semester were also very successful. These events were HBO & Cookie Dough and a Scary Corn Maze at Britt’s Farm. We continue to establish philanthropy as a very important part of being a Theta Xi member, and have continued to make a significant impact in the Manhattan community this semester.
We also welcomed 19 new Associate Members this semester who were all initiated into the bonds of our beloved fraternity. This new class has already accomplished great things, as two new members are on the executive board and one is holding a recruitment chairman position. Our new members were also able to contribute to our record-breaking academic success.
Additionally, thank you to all the donors who made these renovations possible. Your contributions will have a profound impact on the future of Alpha Iota, and we are all extremely grateful. As men of Alpha Iota, we are always working to improve and build upon what we have accomplished. I am excited to see what next semester holds for our fraternity. Great things are soon to come. As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or suggestions to help the Chapter.
As many of you know, we will not be living in the chapter house this coming semester due to renovations. Instead, we will be living in Jardine’s Building L with four members living in New Jardine. Although we would all prefer to be living in the chapter house, we are all very excited to live in the newly renovated chapter house in the coming semesters. This semester will be more difficult to keep our members together, but Vice President, Logan Coates, and I have scheduled additional events throughout the semester in order to keep strong bonds within the house.
YITB, Andrew Buyle A.I. 1027 (913) 544-8696
HOUSE MOTHER REPORT
oohoo, emotions of excitement, exhaus tion, expectation and more are flying around here at 1803 Laramie in Man hattan, KS right about now! We finished a stressful but successful Fall 2017 semester! Academically, we always strive for excellence in various difficult majors. We hosted our annual Wassail event again this year where Manhattan community, friends, Greek representatives, KSU professors and advisors joined us to welcome in the holiday season. That is just one of the things that sets Theta Xi apart. My guys know in this old world a person needs to step up and go the extra mile. Busy people are the ones who are asked to work, solve problems and get things done. My guys realize this truth. We enjoyed about the best Semi Formal in my seven years as House Mom (the best job ever!) I am pleased
my guys can mix celebration, friends, socializing, and at the same time be mature and respectful. My Men are Fraternity Men, not frat boys. Greek image in the public eye is important and these fantastic young men realize it. The House held philanthropies this fall which benefitted Habitat for Humanity and K-State Proud while also attending and supporting the philanthropic events our friends in the other Greek houses promoted. Theta Xi Guys also know teamwork and how to accomplish community service in record time at the Recycling Center for KSU Game Day Recycling! Theta Xi Intramurals were fabulous. We’re number one. Great individual and team sports and efforts resulted in lots of exercise and tons of victories, including Swimming and Volleyball Team Championships. Finally, the giant event occurring is THE MOVE in preparation for the RENOVATION. Thank you, so
very much for your support to allow this much-needed upgrade to happen. Guys have gone to the Rec a whole lot this fall. Now, they are putting those muscles to work and helping move. Oh, this is all the while studying and finishing this Fall, 2017 semester strong. Again, I am delighted to serve as Theta Xi’s House Mom and cannot wait to have you Alumni and your families stop by in the fall of 2018 to cheer for the CATS! I hope you will take that opportunity to meet current Theta Xi Men and tour our renovated House! Have a 2018 filled with family, accomplishment, hard work, satisfaction and joy.
Love, Mom Rose of Theta Xi
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TREASURER Brothers, As I begin my time as Treasurer for Theta Xi I would like to first look back on the many successes this past semester. We have officially broken ground on our upcoming renovation and have remained within our budgets. Now more than ever it is vital that we stay under budget, and Brother David Feist did a fantastic job making sure that happened. Looking forward I am eager to dive in to my role as Treasurer and continue to
move forward with a successful renovation. Being out of the house for a semester isn’t ideal, of course, but I’m confident that in the end it will be well worth it. This next semester is a vital one for the future of Theta Xi and I’m excited to help make the transition as smooth as possible. YITB, Braden Fain A.I. 1048
Brothers, My main goal as secretary this year to make several changes and improvements to the website. The website will be more important than ever next semester as we will not have a house; thus, I plan to upload a house tour video. Also, I plan to make the website more user-friendly and easier to navigate. YITB, Samuel Ockerhausen A.I. 1058
Overall, members enjoyed a week of getting to meet new students in both Greek-life and the Manhattan Community. We worked with new friends in order to accomhis fall, our house was paired with Tau Kappa plish common goals, all while sharing the love we have for Epsilon (TKE) and Gamma Phi Beta (G-Phi) our wildcats. The week concluded with a narrow defeat to for the annual homecoming week festivities. Mem- the number 3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners. bers participated in the usual activities of pant the chant, wildcat request live, the children’s carnival, the float/ YITB, parade, and many others. This year, we placed in the top 5 Kirkland Lambert in almost every event, including a first-place finish in both A.I. 1053 WRL and paint the ‘ville. Had it not been for a misunderClockwise starting at left: Ethan Kallenberger standing of paperwork by our partners, we would likely leads Theta Xi to first place in WRL, Brothers have finished in the top three for pairing points. participate in Pant the Chant, Brothers run the
annual Homecoming 5K
SCHOLARSHIP The Alpha Iota chapter of Theta Xi has always been founded on the outstanding academic achievement of its members. The 2017 Fall semester proved to be indicative of yet another great year, with our members achieving an overall house GPA of 3.573. Eighteen members were able to receive a 4.0, with five of those members being newly initiated into our brotherhood. This was unprecedented, as this GPA set a new Kansas State fraternity record; this can be attributed to the great effort exerted by all brothers, and I am very pleased to see everyone’s hard work rewarded!
At this semester’s scholarship dinner, we had the great opportunity to hear Dr. Emily Lehning, the Associate Vice President of Student Life, speak. She shared with our brothers the importance of establishing strong relationships within our community, and also emphasized the idea of sticking to commitments and obligations until completion, regardless of what circumstances may be present. I believe this message was very beneficial, and I know many of us have taken these words to heart and have implemented these ideals into our own lives. As men of the Alpha Iota chapter, we are never content with our current status and we strive to accomplish more. Although we had remarkable achievements this semester, I know that we can continue to better ourselves through discipline and accountability, and I am very excited to see what our brothers achieve in the coming Spring. YITB, Nathan Hartter A.I. 1064
Left: Brothers pose for a picture at Wassail; an event held every fall semester. The purpose is for members to invite professors of their choosing to join them in celebrating the year by relaxing, eating food, and building relationships.
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Going for Two Straight
oping to continue off last year’s success of ending Beta Theta Pi’s 12 year run as intramural champions, Theta Xi is off to an excellent start. After winning a few team and several indivudal sports, it looks like Theta Xi might be crowned intramural champions once again this year. Individual sport winners include Andrew Buyle for badminton and under 6-foot one-on-one basketball, Bryan Left: Andrew Buyle and Bryan Armbrust win doubles Armbrust and Andrew Buyle for doubles volleyball, Kirkland Lambert volleyball Middle: Nate Sterns versus Andrew McKittrick in who took down fellow brother Andrew Buyle in singles tennis, and raquetball Nate Sterns for racquetball and handball. Right: Andrew Buyle wins under 6-foot basketball
Theta Xi won swimming again Theta Xi won Volleyball this year The soccer season was off to a great this year (no surprise) with wins while managing to lose only one game start as we won our first five games of from Senior veterans Eric Aube, (a match is three to five games) the the group stage, but sadly came to a Andrew McKittrick, and Jacob whole season! We took down Sigma disappointing end with a 1-0 loss to Carroll, Junior Jacob Ockerhau- Phi Epsilon in the hard-fought final Phi Delta Theta in the first round of sen, and Freshman Sam Ocker- after beating powerhouses Delta Sigma playoffs. The team was led by the inhausen. Special thanks to Jace Phi, Beta Theta Pi, and Phi Delta Theta credibly talented junior Logan Coates. Carlton who placed second in the in the games prior. Special thanks to Special shout-outs go to defender Josh 50-yard breaststroke, Braden Fain the fans who came out to watch each lawless who played outstanding in his who tried his best not to drown, game as the attendance was crazy with rookie season for Theta Xi, and seniors Kirkland Lambert and Nick Kalny over 50 people showing up on a Mon- Eric Aube, Andrew McKittrick, Jacob for participating. day night to support Theta Xi in the Carroll, and Nate Sterns who will all be final! dearly missed next season.
ad’s day was a huge success again this year with dads coming from all over the country to partake. We had Dads come from as far away as California, Minnesota, and Texas, while also having dads come from as close as Manhattan. The day began shorly after the arrival of the dads as we journeyed to the stadium to join the Theta Xi tailgate. There, Vice-President Andrew McKittrick organized the annual washer tournament. While
the tournament was proceeding, Timmy Brill and his father grilled us all an excellent lunch of hamburgers and bratwursts. After the tournament was finished, we made our way into the stadium to see the Cats beat the Baylor Bears 33-20. Overall, Dad’s day was an amazing experience and thank you to everyone who participated.
THE ARCHER | FALL 2017
t is an exciting time at the Alpha Iota! In the past year I have had the pleasure and honor of coordinating undergraduates and alumni in preparation for our renovation that is already well under way. I would like to start by thanking all the alumni that made it to Manhattan for the groundbreaking ceremony this Fall. It was wonderful to see many familiar as well as new faces showing their support for our undergraduate chapter and our continued success as well as joining us for an important benchmark in our chapterâ€™s history. We hope to see anyone who is able at our ceremony celebrating the completion of the project this Summer in August. It cannot be overstated how valuable your support and commitment, as alumni and active members, to the Alpha Iota has been. With the renovation, this will make our appeal to potential new members even stronger and help to encourage our guys to live in all 4 years thanks to a modernized facility. This will facilitate our tradition of strong senior leadership in the house and make it much more comfortable for all members to live in the house. Thanks to the much-needed updates, it will make it even easier to nurture our culture of success and hard work. We would encourage anyone who is interested to contact a member of the undergraduate chapter and schedule a walkthrough of the house while it is under construction or stop by any time next Fall and take a tour! Personally, I am very excited for this new phase in our houseâ€™s history and think that this facelift will reap more benefits than we think. If you would like to stay up to date with pictures of the renovation as it progresses, please feel free to reach out to me on Facebook and I will add you to our alumni group where pictures will be posted regularly. If you have more specific questions about the undergraduate chapter at any time, feel free to reach out about that as well. Also, please keep an eye on your email account for more information about Formal which will be coming out shortly. YITB, Eric Aube A.I. 1022
Top: The house before renovations. Middle: Pictures from the groundbreaking ceremony.
If you have not donated yet and would like to please Bottom: Model of the new house rendered by BBN contact Mark Buyle at firstname.lastname@example.org architects. Notice the new addition on the left side of the picture next to the chimney.
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Journey to Theta Xi
Living across the world takes you on a journey that molds your personality and makes life an attentive classroom. My journey started in Africa. Zimbabwe is a small sub-Saharan country just north of South Africa. It is a country full of proud people, epic landscapes, and home to the seventh Natural Wonder of the World. I was fortunate enough to be born and raised in Zimbabwe. I learned to appreciate the opportunities given to me from birth, but also become cognizant of other’s struggles, so I would never take anything for granted. These experiences in Zim helped immensely, as I soon found my family and myself moving to Saskatchewan, Canada. I had never seen snow before in my life, but I was quickly greeted with ten feet of it at once. Learning hockey, figuring out the utility of the word “eh”, and wearing snowshoes to school became a quick turn-around from my previous home. Even considering my time in Canada was short-lived, I was able to learn to not complain about change but embrace the knowledge that is couple with it. Next, I was at the U.S. Canadian border making my way towards Chicago. Chicago is a powerful city that had me spellbound-- from the sports culture I fell in love with to the concrete jungle which I could only juxtapose to previous jungles I had encountered. Chicago always gave me something to keep my hyperactive brain busy. Whether it was making excuses that this Chicago Bears Quarterback was the answer, Derrick Rose is unhuman (until he became almost too mortal), or just reading what happened on the West Side this time. Chicago was passionate, and like no other place I have ever seen. This couldn’t last too long as my Dad’s job kept us on our toes. Next we came to a stop in a small lakes town in Wisconsin. Considering my love for Chicago sports, the group of Packers were surprisingly welcoming. But before we were fully unpacked we were whisked away again. I arrived to Kansas City not knowing it would be my longest tenured home.Only with the knowledge of The Wizard of Oz, and my disdain for the smell of cows. I was quickly surmised by the parallels between Chicago and Kansas City. Disregarding size, the love for sports, and buzzing of the City and its’ surroundings were fairly similar. I met lifelong friends and became proud to say “I live in Kansas”. Unexpectedly, I decided to stay in-state for University as Kansas had everything I currently needed to succeed. I chose Kansas State University and never looked back. I not only found an education and career path I love, but I also found lifelong Brothers in Theta Xi that will last throughout the rest of my journeys. YITB, Conner Robinson A.I. 1055
NEW EXECUTIVE Meet all of the members for the new 2017-2018 Exec. This group was elected at the November 12th Chapter and were installed at the December 3rd Chapter. Overall, there are three Juniors, two sophomores and two Freshmen.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS The Alpha Iota Chapter initiated nineteen new members into the brotherhood during the fall 2017 semester
Ali Karamali Brenden Levi Caleb Vering Carson Hartter Chris Anderson Conner Robinson Dalton Wilbrant Dylan Roney Grady Dickerson Josh Lawless Landry Weber
Goodbye Wet & Wild Our first date party of the semester, Wet and Wild, was a huge success this year as always. The date party consists of members creating a water slide out of the fire escape on the back patio with PVC pipe and mattresses. Not only do we make a slide, but we also create three large pools for our members and their dates to hang out in and relax throughout the night. The date party has existed at Alpha Iota for several years and is always a great way to start off the new fall semester. However, with the renovations altering the backyard and patio of Theta Xi, it looks as if this semester’s Wet and Wild will go down in history as the last ever. The new executive board and social committee will have to work together to create a new date party for the 2018 fall semester. As always, if you have any ideas for new a date party please let us know!
FIND OUT MORE For the quickest updates on what’s happening at the house, follow the K-State Theta XI Twitter by scanning the QR code on the left. For more in-depth information about the house, find the official website on the right.
Levi Gauby Michael Modlin Nate Hartter Nick Kalny Ryan Boland Sam Ockerhausen Syrus Herz Tanner Zink
Left: Brother Conner Robinson with his nanny in Zimbabwe Right: The freshman class of Theta Xi Alpha Iota at Semi Formal
Junior in Mechanical Engineering
Junior in Mechanical Engineering
Sophomore in Accounting
THE ARCHER | FALL 2017
HBO & COOKIE DOUGH P hilanthropy continues to be a primary focus of the members of Alpha Iota. Our main philanthropy event during the Fall semester was called HBO & Cookie Dough. For HBO & Cookie Dough, we turn our dining room into a movie theater where we serve cookie dough, cookies, ice cream, and hot chocolate and donate the proceeds from ticket sales to charity. This semester was unique for philanthropy, as we decided to change our charity of focus for this event in efforts to boost our Fall earnings and to find a way to impact the K-State community. After much discussion, we decided to collaborate with Kansas State’s Student Foundation and sponsor the K-State Proud organization. This
organization is very important for the K-State community because it assists students who are unable to afford college tuition and helps them stay at K-State to pursue their undergraduate degree. Due to our efforts this semester, we were able to raise around $1,200, with all of these proceeds going directly towards K-State Proud. We are very proud of this accomplishment because the money we raised is enough to keep one student enrolled at K-State for an entire semester.
During the Fall semester, we also participated in a Scary Corn Maze at Britt’s Farm. This event was a blast, and we love volunteering every year. From this event, we were able to raise
Left to right: Brothers and guests gather in the dining hall eating cookies and watching a movie. Brothers show off their cookie making skills. Brothers Sam Ockerhausen, Mikey Modlin, and Tanner Zink collect tickets to the event.
$900, with the proceeds going directly towards Habitat for Humanity in Manhattan. In all, we were able to raise around $2,100 this Fall. Knowing that all of our hard work continues to make a profound impact in the Manhattan community, the results of our successful philanthropy events were very fulfilling for the men of Theta Xi. As always, we will be looking to improve upon our success, and our impact on the Manhattan community will continue to be great in the years to come. YITB, Andrew Buyle A.I. 1027
New Theta Xi Mentorship Program The transition from college to the real world can be hard for some; thus, Alumni Stanton Weber (A.I. 977) created a new program to help make this transition easier and more efficient for members while also helping the members to establish early connections with workers in their desired field. Stanton chose sophomores as the ideal class to be affected by the mentorship program because sophomore year is a pivotal year in one’s college career. It is the year that people generally begin to look more into life outside of college and apply for different opportunities such as internships, research opportunities, etc.
Stanton’s dream for this program is for it to continue year after year and not die off immediately after its inaugural year. To make this happen, both Alumni and current members must be willing to contact their mentor or mentee regularly to establish a real connection that can be beneficial to both parties. Thank you to the Alumni who volunteered to be mentors for the current sophomore class, but next year we will need even more Alumni to step up as the current freshman class is quite large with nineteen members. If you are interested in joining the program, feel free to contact Stanton Weber or you can contact me, Sam Ockerhausen, personally at email@example.com.
Sophomore in Mechanical Engineering
Junior in Personal Financial Planning
Freshman in Medical Biochemisrty
Freshman in Accounting
A Letter From the Editor B
The fall 2017 semester at the Alpha Iota chapter of Theta Xi is one for the history books. From being the last members to live in the old house, winning several intramurals, and breaking the record for the highest GPA for a fraternity in Kansas State University HISTORY, this semester was one to remember. As we say goodbye to the old house, on behalf of all of us I would like to say a whole-hearted thank you to our incredible Alumni. Whether you donated large sums of money to the renovation or merely spent just a semester of your life living at the old house, you all have been a part of something great and kept Alpha Iota alive so that us younger generations could share many of the experiences you cherish from being in the house. Some of you may remember may remember my brother as secretary a few
years ago (my archer is better than his by the way), he is the one who pushed me to join Alpha Iota, and I am so happy he did. Theta Xi has allowed me to be a part of something bigger than myself and that has made a huge impact on me as a person. I never knew what I was going to do with my life until recently; however, ever since I accepted my bid I never worried because I knew Theta Xi would help me along the way to accomplishing my dreams, whatever they may be. I am so thankful for the guys in the house, many of whom will be my friends for life. This house has given me so many opportunities, as I am sure it has for many others who have gone through here, and the memories I have already made in this house are ones to remember for the rest of my life. I am so grateful to be a part of this fantastic fraternity.
Thank you to the very generous alumni who have donated toward our renovation, and I am looking forward to meeting all of you as we celebrate the re-opening of our beautiful house next fall! YITB, Samuel Ockerhausen A.I. 1058 (913) 461-1597